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Television Without Pity: A personal EWlogy -- ESSAY

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I’ll never look at a bucket of ribs the same way again.

I’ve been a steadfast reader of Television Without Pity since I lit upon Tracie “Potes” Potochnik’s America’s Next Top Model recaps back in 2004. In snarky TWoP style, Potes regularly engaged in a gentle mockery of host-mogul-mentor Tyra Banks about everything from her Kool-Aid weave to her love of barbecue-slathered pork. From the first lines of those recaps, it felt like I’d found the website equivalent of my very soul (and what a trash-TV-filled, highbrow-educated soul it is). And so, like Tyra Banks and those ribs, I devoured the damn things week after week. As with all of the site’s recaps, they were well worth the wait.

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'New Girl': Live-in Lovahs

We had two returns to celebrate tonight, Newbies! First (and most importantly) FURGUSON! Oh yeah, and a financially ruined Schmidt is moving back into the loft. Also, Abby’s moving out. So much has changed, so much has stayed the same… READ FULL STORY

'New Girl' recap: Misled 'Exes' and Places for Sexin'

Can’t say this episode did a lot to move sitcom gender politics forward, folks. As we have long known, women only have two modes: adorably naïve or vengeful psychopath. Men, meanwhile, are just out to bone. Feel free to disagree with me (and all respect to Adam Brody and Mary Elizabeth Ellis), but this ep felt like a bit of a letdown after Sunday’s genuinely hilarious, plot-advancing post-Super Bowl episode. Sure, it exposed an emotional side to Nick we rarely see (albeit one even Jess didn’t fully buy),  but it also lost some ground — for me at least — with a reliance on clichéd “big concepts” rather than small-scale character comedy. The latter is where New Girl thrives. So, shall we? READ FULL STORY

'Retromania' on MTV: Amber Rose is still trying to make 'fetch' happen -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Mean Girls geekery rolls deep, y’all.

To wrap up the ongoing Retromania: Hip Hop Week on MTV, Amber Rose (a.k.a. Mrs. Wiz Khalifa) has rounded up buddies Iggy Azalea, Waka Flocka Flame, and frequent MC collaborator Ed Sheeran to reenact a scene from one of her favorite early aughts movies. So what happens when a model, two rappers, and an inked-up ginger channel their inner teen queens to engage in a little telephonic subterfuge? Find out below… READ FULL STORY

A tribute to fall TV's first casualty: 'Lucky 7' in memoriam -- VIDEO

Nothing good comes from winning the lottery. Poor Lucky 7 learned that the hard way when ABC canceled the freshman drama after airing only two episodes.

Let’s raise a glass to the show that we barely got to know. Your legacy will probably not extend any further than this video tribute. Brutal? Sure, but no one ever said fall TV was an easy place to make it.

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We pitched five shows to TLC -- here's what they said

As you know, TLC recently aired a special titled The Man With the 132 lb Scrotum. Let that sink in for a second.

So just how out-there does an idea have to be to get the green light at TLC? To find out, we got on the phone with the network’s development execs, Amy Savitsky and Mariana Flynn, and pitched them five of our best ideas in hopes that they would get picked up and we could leave this journalism business once and for all.

How’d we do? Read on.

TITLE: AGIN’ CAJUNS
PITCH: The Golden Girls meets Swamp People: all the laughs, drama, and WTFs of a retirement home in Cajun country.
TAGLINE: “Where the bayou plays bingo”
TLC VERDICT: DEVELOP “This is fun, and if you want to take it to the next level, there are some things we could play with — like an upstairs-downstairs thing, where the young employees are catering to the older folks,” Flynn says. Savitsky explains further: “There’s a great battle of the generations that could take place there. For the network, it would be helpful to infuse the cast with some younger folks.”

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Does SportsCenter need to worry about the new Fox Sports 1 anchors?

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On Saturday FOX launched its 24-hour sports channel FOX Sports 1, and despite a solid roster of NASCAR, UFC, and MLB games, the clear must-watch on the schedule is the the flagship highlights show, FOX Sports Live and it’s co-anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole. Onrait and O’Toole have been entertaining Canada for years with their unique brand of sarcasm and adorable Canadian accents, and this weekend they traded in their beaver-pelts and igloos for spray tans and plastic surgery as they headed south for their debut from Los Angeles. In a throwback to the haloed SportsCenter days of Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick, FOX Sports 1 is banking on chemistry and entertainment from their anchors to drive ratings and pull in viewers.

Here are a few of the highlights:
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Cory Monteith: Matthew Morrison dedicates cabaret show to 'Glee' costar

In keeping with the show-must-go-on spirit of his TV series, Glee star Matthew Morrison went ahead with his cabaret act, Up Close and Personal with Matthew Morrison, this afternoon following the death last night of his costar Cory Monteith. According to a source at the show, Morrison walked onstage at NYC’s 54 Below theater with his Glee piano player, Brad Ellis, who also accompanies him in his stage show, and said to the crowd, “Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room. What do you do in this situation? We came here to do a show. You came here to see a show. And that’s what we’re going to do. We’re doing this in Cory’s honor.” The audience applauded, and Morrison invited his band onstage for a special rendition of “What I Did for Love,” a song performed by Lea Michele on the second season of Glee. Morrison has five additional shows scheduled through Wednesday.

What would have happened on 'Happy Endings' season 4? Producers say...

The bittersweet saga of Happy Endings still has a sad conclusion: No other network stepped up to the kickball field’s home plate after ABC killed the show in May, meaning that Brad, Jane, Penny, Alex, Dave, and Max — Maaaax!! — will live on only in our weird fanfiction memories.

That said, at least we’re getting a bit of closure. Series creator David Caspe and Executive Producer Jonathan Groff (no, not that Jonathan Groff) recently did a postmortem interview with TVLine in which they discussed the show’s fate — “For me, the show’s a gigantic success,” said Caspe, who is such a Dave — and teased a few of the storylines fans could have expected if Happy Endings had survived to see 2014.

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'Catfish: The TV Show' react in GIF form -- Ramon and Paola

This season’s ‘Catfish: The TV Show,’ which premiered Tuesday, June 25 at 10 p.m. on MTV features so many OMG moments that it is best to analyze each episode with equally expressive reactions. And not just text-based or still image reactions — GIF reactions. READ FULL STORY

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