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'Shameless' season finale: How would you grade the second season?

Shameless closed out its second season tonight with an overall quiet ending.

It seems strange to call the finale a “quiet” episode, considering it featured a break-out, the beginning of a family scandal, and two major character departures (though, they could always come back). But it was all weaved so artfully into the structure of the episode that it didn’t seem like anything special. Fitting, I suppose. Life for the Gallaghers, rocky as it is, always seems to go on despite everything around them, and that’s very much the tone that was struck in the episode.

Above all, I’m interested to see how this ending serves the story going into season 3. In tonight’s finale, Monica (the children’s mother) took off with a lesbian lover after Frank and Debbie broke her out of the psychiatric ward. Ian learned that his one-night-stand from the previous episode was none other that Steve/Jimmy’s father! And Karen left home after her mother decided to keep her baby — despite her wishes. (Good riddance to her, by the way. I had no sympathy for that character and was glad to see her go. My blood pressure couldn’t take looking at her for a one more second.)

So will Monica return? How will Ian’s revelation play out in the third season? What will Fiona do with her life now that she has her GED? And will I ever stop breaking down into tears every time Debbie cries? These and more questions linger, but while we ponder those, I have a reflective question for Shameless fans: What did you think of the season now that you’ve seen it all?

Admittedly, I felt like it took a while to get on its feet. Everything I enjoyed about season one was there: Deplorable human behavior tinged with drama, pillar of strength Fiona, and uncomfortable sex scenes. But it took a few episodes for me to see where the season was going. So after a bit of a slow start, I’m please with where we ended up. What about you? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in comments.

Mike Daisey issues another apology: 'Things came out of my mouth that just weren't true'

Before the curtain falls on the 15 minutes of ridiculousness that is the distressing dilemma of Mike Daisey, there is one more act: Daisey’s latest apology, which in reality should have been given eons ago and saved face for Daisey, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and everyone involved in the Apple factory farce.

Daisey once again took to his blog for his most recent apology, only this time the playwright-slash-performer decided to abandon trying to explain his good intentions and instead took full blame for the debacle.

He apologized first to his audiences: READ FULL STORY

Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up? Romney turned rapper in 'Shady' mash-up — VIDEO

If you think this is just a casual mash-up of Mitt Romney sound bites overlaid onto the beat from Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady,” you’re in for a harsh reality check.

A fellow named Hugh Atkin deftly created an entire rap parody of the 2000 hit song by splicing together hundreds of quotes from Romney, President Obama, Newt Gingrich, and other political pundits into one masterful example of the power of clever editing and attention to detail. If Thelma Schoonmaker decided to transition into government-themed hip-hop mash-ups, this would be the result. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Bill Maher defends Rush Limbaugh. Repeat: Bill Maher defends Rush Limbaugh.

Just so we’re all on the same page here and to avoid any confusion (though complete and utter bafflement is still acceptable): Yes, it’s that Bill Maher and that Rush Limbaugh we’re talking about. While some of his sponsors, late night talk-show hosts, and even the president have gone against Limbaugh in the wake of his controversial statements in which he called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” after she testified before Congress about government-funded contraception, the conservative talking head has found the unlikeliest supporter in this firestorm: Bill Maher. Again, that Bill Maher. READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart slams Rush Limbaugh, Fox News over birth control issue

On last night’s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart gave a thorough dose of smackdown to hot-headed radio personality Rush Limbaugh, who as you may have heard is facing heat for calling a Georgetown law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified before a Congressional committee supporting the government mandate for health insurance to include contraception.

Limbaugh has since apologized, but that didn’t stop Stewart from going into full attack-dog mode against the conservative pundit, whom he thoughtfully labeled “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Gross.” READ FULL STORY

Rush Limbaugh apologizes for 'insulting word choices'. (Well, this most recent one, anyway.)

Here’s something you never thought you’d hear Rush Limbaugh say: I’m sorry. Well, sort of. After being caught in a firestorm of backlash and scrutiny (more so than usual, anyway), the conservative radio host quasi-apologized to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, the woman he called a “slut” and “prostitute” on his show last week in reaction to her testifying before Congress about government-funded contraception.

In a statement on his website, the controversial talking head said, “For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.” Limbaugh then insisted his verbal attack on Fluke, which caused sponsors to pull out and President Barack Obama to speak up and show his support for Fluke, was a failed “attempt to be humorous.” (Ha ha?)

READ FULL STORY

Mitt Romney botches 'Seinfeld' reference during debate, Jason Alexander tweets back

During his opening statement at Tuesday’s Republican Presidential Debate on CNN, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney dropped in a non sequitur Seinfeld reference. “I want to restore America’s promise, and I’m going to do that…” began Romney, but before he finished his statement, the audience began applauding, to which Romney remarked, “As George Costanza would say, when they’re applauding, stop.” Watch below. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Pet Peeve: Subtitles on English-speaking immigrants or just straight-up old people

Dear Reality TV,

STOP IT!

Love, Annie

P.S. American Idol, you are just as bad.

Oh and speaking of pets, I think we all know who’s behind this…. READ FULL STORY

Apple CEO promises to end the unsafe working conditions that helped boost profits

Metropolis

Last month, the New York Times ran a fascinating in-depth piece on beloved megacorporation Apple, explaining how the company’s techno-utopian garden of leisure has actually been built on the bruised backs of a dystopian worker-society who live in a factory without sunlight — coincidentally also the plot of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, which is currently available on the iTunes store, so you can watch it on your iPad and enjoy the cheap irony. According to Reuters, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced earlier today that Apple was making a concerted effort to end underage labor and improve working conditions in factories which create Apple products. READ FULL STORY

POLL: Which is scarier? 'The River' or 'Law & Order: SVU'?

A funny thing happened yesterday while I was chatting with The River‘s executive producers Michael Green and Zack Estrin. I was going on about how I hate them for reinforcing my fear of dolls, when they brought up something that I had previously only given passing thought to: What scares have more lasting impact: Real or mystical?

“Personally, I think that SVU is scarier than us. I gotta be honest,” Estrin told me. “You know, someone could do that [stuff]. You open up the newspaper today, and you’re reading about a guy that brought his kids into his house and lit them on fire and hacked them. To me, that s–t is scary. That is real.”

Again, I say, I had never deep dived into the subject until he put it into that interesting perspective. I make no secret of the fact that I love scary movies because I love the thrill. But when I tally it up, have my SVU marathons been responsible for more nightmares than, say, The Woman in Black? The answer is absolutely. READ FULL STORY

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