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Gymnast becomes first woman to finish 'American Ninja Warrior' finals course

Anything you can do, Kacy Catanzaro can do better.

On this week’s episode of American Ninja Warrior, the show that pits some of the world’s best athletes against insane obstacle courses, gymnast Kacy Catanzaro became the first woman to complete the qualifying course. But she didn’t stop there. Catanzaro then became the first woman to complete the finals course, and she made it look easy.

The nearly 10-minute finals course included balancing obstacles, the salmon ladder—which Arrow fans knew a woman could complete—and the much-dreaded spider climb. But Catanzaro used her 5-foot frame to her advantage and landed herself a ticket to Las Vegas.

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 9

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And then there were two. This season the final two weeks of our travels took us to the Dominican Republic. This week, the overnight dates were spent in and around the beautiful Paradisus hotel. I had visited the Dominican Republic many years ago and was looking forward to getting back to see how much had changed over the years. Andi came into this week with a clear head and incredibly happy with the three men she has narrowed it down to. Letting go of Marcus last week was difficult, but these three relationships are definitely different than the rest. As I told Andi after hometowns, it’s really an embarrassment of riches. I felt like she had done a terrific job of narrowing it down to a bunch of great guys. After hometowns her job wasn’t as much to find out if these guys were sincere but more so trying to decide which lifestyle fit best. Which man could she really see forever with?

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'The Bachelorette' episode 9: 'I loved when you just hopped on my lap and went to town'

Okay, sure, the man who made the above statement to Andi was not—I repeat, not—talking about something that went down in the Fantasy Suite… but I needed a catchy headline. After all, this week’s “exotic” dates were pretty darn tame, even though Andi made the most shocking decision… EVER by sending one of the men home before even handing him the coveted date card. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight, but if you’ve seen tonight’s episode and have thoughts (and I know you do) let me hear ‘em. Do you want the booted little-b bachelor to become the next capital-B Bachelor? Was the homemade, illustrated fairy tale book cute or creepy? And is eating dinner on the beach really all that romantic? If you ask me, sand and fine cuisine don’t mix. (Not that the folks on this show ever eat, but…)

 

PopWatch Planner: 'Housewives,' 'Hotwives,' Jack Bauer, and more

The summer’s starting to heat up, which means its time to retreat inside to air conditioning and some good TV. Luckily, there’s a lot to consume, with Jack Bauer facing a finale on 24, a new season of Real Housewives, and the arrival of a parody version, The Hotwives of Orlando. But if you want a little more adventure, venture out to theaters for some laughs with Sex Tape or some meditation on Wish I Was Here.

Here’s this week’s pop culture schedule:

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Video: Seth Meyers recruits LeBron James on 'Late Night'

After opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat, LeBron James has a big decision to make. And luckily for him, Seth Meyers has an offer he can’t (but probably will) refuse.

On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Meyers and his team put together a rather compelling argument for James to take his talents to New York, but not in the way you’re thinking. Meyers isn’t recruiting James to the New York Knicks. Nope: Meyers thinks James’ talents are better suited for an office setting that offers him a computer, a tape dispenser, access to tons of electrical outlets, and eight different kinds of milk to keep his bones strong. Not to mention that the Late Night office has “heat, calves, and [nail] clippers.” So really, is it all that different from the basketball world?

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This week's cover: Chris Pratt goes from zero to hero in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

A lot of people think EW writers spend their days boozing it up with stars. In the case of this week’s cover profile of actor Chris Pratt, that’s 100 percent accurate. The Parks and Recreation star already has one box office hit under his belt this year thanks to The LEGO Movie, and he might well have another when the latest Marvel spectacular, Guardians of the Galaxy, arrives in theaters Aug. 1. On a break from shooting next summer’s dinosaur fourquel Jurassic World, Pratt hoisted some beers with EW’s Clark Collis in New Orleans while recounting his unlikely career trajectory. READ FULL STORY

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' gets a Russian remake

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As much as it’s always sunny in Philadelphia, you might be surprised to learn that it’s also always sunny in Moscow. Well, sort of.

Philadelphia’s City Paper has discovered that there is a Russian knockoff of the hit American show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which is titled—you guessed it—It’s Always Sunny in Moscow. The Russian take on the show premiered on May 12 and has reportedly aired 16 episodes, drawing inspiration from the first three seasons of the American show. City Paper used Google Translate on the official page of the TNT network to learn a little bit more about the show. For example, its description starts: “Strong friendship, true love, idealism, nobility and dignity, humility and kindness—all this has nothing to do with the heroes of the series ‘In Moscow always sunny.'” READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 8

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I understand that much of what will be talked about this week centers on Eric Hill and how we decided to handle his tragic death. I will definitely get to that below, and I will fully explain how and why everything happened, but before that I do want to give a brief mention to each gentleman’s hometown as I think it was a very interesting group of hometown dates.

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'The Bachelorette' episode 8: 'I kicked him out!'

As you may have guessed by now, rose lovers, I don’t usually feel sorry for people on reality TV. In general, my feeling is they have no one to blame but themselves for whatever misery this—or any other—reality franchise does to them. That said, I came dangerously close to sympathizing with Andi and her final four suitors when they found out the sad news about Eric Hill’s death on tonight’s episode. Andi, especially, took it hard, seeing as she and Eric did not leave things on great terms. “Our last conversation,” she sobs into a producer’s shoulder. “I kicked him out!” Yes, it sucks when actual reality intrudes on a reality TV romance fantasy. The scene was so sad it almost overshadowed the four hometown dates that came before it. No spoilers here—stay tuned for my full recap later tonight—but let me know what you thought of Andi’s trips to Wisconsin, Iowa, Florida, and Texas. Which family was your favorite? Is it me, or does Chris wear too much hair product for a farmer? And who told Marcus a striptease was a good idea? Post your thoughts now!

'Penny Dreadful' to make Comic-Con debut

EW has learned exclusively that Penny Dreadful will make its San Diego Comic-Con debut on the first of the convention.

Moderated by Archer‘s Aisha Tyler, the panel will held on Thursday, July 24th from 6 to 7 p.m. in Ballroom 20 and will feature series stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway, as well as the series’ creator, writer, and executive producer, John Logan.

In addition to the star-studded panel, Showtime will also host signings, and it will offer exclusive merchandise to fans including character figurines, deluxe deck of tarot cards inspired by the ones in the series, and special-edition books. Showtime has teamed with Titan Books to produce deluxe hardcover editions of the classic novels that inspired the series. The Penny Dreadful Collection will include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Penny Dreadful concluded its first season last week and has been renewed for a 10-episode second season.

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