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<p>Caleb of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Caleb of "Big Brother"

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Sunday - Nominations and the first Battle of the Block

In which we witness the birth and demise of The Bomb Squad

Let's see... Where did we leave things?

Frankie was still one Head of Household.

Caleb had gone into the first challenge in Beast Mode and he was also Head of Household.

Julie Chen had explained the whole "challenge" thing and how a former Head of Household could potentially go up on the block, but I napped through it.

And already, the people who dedicate their lives to watching the feeds have a wealth of knowledge about why all 16 of these hamsters are bad, bad people. And I'll say it again: For purposes of these recaps -- and purposes of comments -- ONLY STUFF FROM TV IS CANNON.

Good times. On to the recap!

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Zendaya drops out of Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, project put on hold

Zendaya drops out of Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, project put on hold
"We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold,” Lifetime said of the Disney Channel star, who was heavily criticized for not looking like the late R&B star.


BET Awards host Chris Rock asked white people about BET at a monster truck rally
One white person did know what BET stood for. Plus: Watch Rock’s opening monologue, and BET misspells “Lionel Ritchie.”


"Mad Men" throws a wrap party
The cast and crew celebrated the end of filming on Saturday night.


Report: “The View” is seeking a conservative and a Latina
“Good Day L.A.’s” Lauren Sanchez, a former “View” runner-up, could get the gig, and so could former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr.’s daughter, Abby. PLUS: Just give Whoopi her own show already.


“Orange is the New Black” was celebrated at NYC Pride Parade, with co-Grand Marshall Laverne Cox
Cast members took a ride on the Litchfield Correctional Facility float.


“Game of Thrones” meets “Frozen”
It’s the mashup that was bound to happen.


Louis CK: Jimmy Fallon has “totally changed the tempo and the feeling of latenight”
Louis CK says of all the late-night hosts, "Jimmy Fallon is the most different,” yet "he’s still the guy with the skyline, the desk and the band.”

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Series premiere review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Pilot'

The world struggles to move on from a Rapture-like event

"The Leftovers" debuted on HBO tonight. I published a review of the early part of the season on Wednesday, and an interview with creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta on Thursday, and now I have specific thoughts on the first episode coming up just as soon as I wonder how Gary Busey made the cut...

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;True Blood&quot;</p>

Sunday's "True Blood"

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'I Found You'

This show is going to town on all the things that may be least important to the audience.

Despite all evidence to the contrary, “True Blood” would like to give you what you want from it. This is not a Brechtian experiment in raising awareness of the audience’s desire to have its feelings manipulated in the name of “entertainment” by frustrating and disappointing us at every turn; at its best, it’s a robust sexy horror comedy made by HBO pros. But it’s been having trouble being scary and funny—intentionally, anyway—because of creative exhaustion, or the contempt that’s bred by familiarity, or because Alan Ball has left the building. Or maybe its priorities are just screwed up. “I Found You” opens with a languorously paced scene in which Jason Stackhouse tracks down Eric, standing in front of a window with his shirt open, as if practicing his moodiness. “Why’d you come here, Jason?” asks Eric “I came because I knew you’d ask that f***ing question,” replies Jason, who accuses Eric of running away to escape their undeniable, unspoken passion for each other: “Ah cain’t get you out of mah head,” he drawls. “But you probably hear that a lot, don’t you?” The two end up in a fierce and shirtless lip lock. 

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10 deserving Oscar contenders from the first half of 2014

10 deserving Oscar contenders from the first half of 2014

At the year's mid-way point, we look spotlight some contenders we'd like to see in the race

Tomorrow, half of the year will officially be in the books. So far 2014 has been, well, sort of up and down — for me, anyway. There have been a few indie/specialty/prestige delights, though just as many have fallen short. The same disparity is evident in the on-going summer blockbuster landscape, where for every "Godzilla" or "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" there are the requisite stinkers keeping the year in perspective.

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<p>NBC&#39;s &quot;Constantine&quot;</p>

NBC's "Constantine"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'Constantine'

Neil Marshall keeps the DC Comics' pilot interesting, but is that enough?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dies

“Designing Women” star Meshach Taylor dies
Taylor, who also co-starred on “Dave’s World" and other TV shows, died Saturday of cancer. He was 67.


Report: "True Detective" Season 2 will have just 1 male lead
According to The Wrap, the first script shows only one male lead, while there are additional male and female co-stars.


“Girl Meets World” debuts to 5.2 million
The “Boy Meets World” spinoff ranked as the No. 1 series launch this year among kids and tweens.

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<p>Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: CBS' 'Scorpion'

'Katharine McPhee: Nerd Wrangler' gets a pilot boost from director Justin Lin

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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Toughest Best and Worst ever: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

Toughest Best and Worst ever: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

We really had to search for some Best's with this one

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" is headed for one of the biggest openings of the year. Even with the worst reviews of the series to date, Michael Bay and Paramount's giant robot franchise has proved it has a ton of life left in it.

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<p>&quot;Black-ish&quot;</p>

"Black-ish"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Black-ish'

Anthony Anderson comedy has things on its mind, no idea how to say them

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran takes 'X' to No. 1 on next week's album chart

Who else debuts in the top 10?

Ed Sheeran will land his first No. 1 album next week as “X” easily tops the Billboard 200.

It’s a good week to be a British singer/songwriter. Following Sheeran at No. 1 (with sales of up to 210,000),  Sam Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour” will hold at No. 2 (72,000).

The second of four debuts comes in at No. 3, as rapper G-Easy’s “These Things Happen” sells 48,000. Also bowing in the top 10 will be hard rock heavyweights Mastadon with “Once More ‘Round The Sun” at No. 8 (28,000), and Phish, whose “Fuego” swims in at No. 9 (28,000).

This week’s No. 1, Lana Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” will likely drop to No. 4 (45,000). The unsinkable soundtrack to “Frozen” remains afloat at No. 5 (40,000). Miranda Lambert’s “Platinum” falls to No. 6 (30,000) and Linkin Park’s “The Hunting Party,” drops to No. 7(30,000). At No. 10 is “Now That’s What I Call Music 50” (24,000), according to Hits Daily Double.

 

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<p>&quot;Girl Meets World&quot;</p>

"Girl Meets World"

Credit: Disney Channel

'Girl Meets World' premieres strong on Friday, while 'Rake' limps off for FOX

'Crossbones' is now struggling for NBC

The long-awaited series premiere of "Girl Meets World" did big numbers for Disney Channel on Friday (June 27) night, but it still couldn't keep up with its lead-in, the original movie "Zapped."

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