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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'Real Housewives of Orange County': Did Vicki and Brooks really split?

It's an epic smackdown between Briana and Brooks

Damn if the wheels didn't completely come off the wagon, roll down the street, hit a few pedestrians and cause a multi-car traffic pile-up of crazy during the third part of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" reunion. While all of the ladies were in attendance with the usual nattering, the show really picked up speed when the focus turned to Vicki's relationship with her Southern "gentleman" Brooks. When both Vicki's daughter Briana and Brooks joined the Housewives on the couch, the fighting was heated enough to send poor Lydia running to the bathroom to adjust her false eyelashes. When someone who just joined the show is driven to tears by second-hand conflict, it's baaaaaaad.

While Vicki threatened to rip off her mic pack and stomp off the show in a huff (which would have been, honestly, something Miss Piggy really would do on "The Muppet Show") if details were dished, Briana paused for a hot minute before revealing why she absolutely refused to live in her mom's house if Brooks was coming around. In short, Brooks allegedly told Briana's husband Ryan to hit her, he told Briana he is, ahem, well-endowed (Girth Brooks, eye roll, eye roll) and he texted Vicki that she was fat and ugly. 

On cue, the other Housewives gasp in horror (if they had pearls, they would clutch them) while Vicki squawked about how Brooks never hit her, so, you know, no biggie. Briana, meanwhile, calmly stared down Brooks and challenged him to stand up for himself. While I lost a lot of respect for Briana and Ryan this season after the "get your feet off my f---king sofa!" incident this year (a blow-up Briana still dismissed at the reunion as Ryan's way of venting pre-deployment stress, to which I would suggest, try Zumba next time), I couldn't help but enjoy her refusal to back down when Brooks tried to offer a half-assed apology. As for Brooks, he was caught flat-footed by Briana's accusations. Note to Brooks: You either don't remember saying something, or you can claim you said it when you were drunk and angry -- not both. 

The ending was strange and not entirely clear, at least not at first. Vicki tried to claim that she put her family first, and it hurt her deeply that Briana was unhappy. Briana suggested she only put her foot down about Brooks because she loves Vicki. Aw, time for hugs! But no, not exactly. Brooks then suggested that he loved Vicki enough to accept he'd never be accepted by her family and frenemies and exit stage right (Note to Brooks: you exit stage left, unless maybe you're on a reality TV show, in which case you just run screaming in any direction you can). Andy asked Vicki if she could let Brooks go, and suddenly all of this hypothetical conversation became an in-the-moment break-up, right there with cameras rolling.

While it took Vicki a moment to realize it, when she did her eyes became, well, less squinty than usual as the shock of what had happened registered on the parts of her face that haven't been entirely immobilized by injectibles. She then started blathering about how Gretchen put up with the whole world hating Slade, but she stuck by her man and everything worked out. This, of course, offended Gretchen, because everything is always about her, even desperate, inarticulate grasping at straws by a middle-aged woman who doesn't want to get dumped on TV. 

Brooks happily skipped from the stage, giving Vicki a quick peck and a pretty unconvincing "I love you" before making his way to freedom. Vicki then collapsed into a sobbing fit as the Housewives clustered around her like an inept production of "Swan Lake," fluttering and patting and occasionally trying to subtly check their hair and make-up. No one, of course, had any time for Briana, since she could just go home to her husband (oh, he's in Afghanistan, never mind) or her mom (nix that) for comfort. But then, as Tamra said, this show is a sister act. I think that meant that as much as these lunatic women fight and bitch, they still love one another in their own twisted, weird ways. That, or she meant "Sister Act," in which case I'm really curious which one of them sees herself as Whoopi Goldberg. 

While Vicki put on an impressive show about Brooks, I'm not sure I believe he's gone, or that she cares that much if he is. This is a woman who wakes up her nine-month-old grandson at one in the morning so she can play with him, so I don't get the sense Vicki cares particularly much about the feelings of anyone who's in her orbit. Brooks served his purpose, which seemed to be sending her goofy Hallmark cards on a daily basis and giving her a fur coat I have a sneaking suspicion she paid for herself, so really, isn't it time to move on? 

I'm not sure if Briana saw the irony in her mother's defense of a jerk mirrored in her own defense of Ryan's inexcusable behavior, but as she pointed out, she is her mother's daughter. Let's just hope that doesn't mean we're getting subjected to a spin-off. One Vicki is more than enough.

What did you think of the battle between Briana, Brooks and Vicki? Were you surprised that Lydia got upset? Do you think these women really are a "sister act"? 

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Dr. Luke pulls out of 'Idol' talks due to a conflict of interest

Dr. Luke pulls out of "Idol" talks due to a conflict of interest
The pop music hitmaker can't join "American Idol" because his lucrative deal with Sony Music would've conflicted with "Idol's" goal of developing talent for rival Universal.

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'Bunheads' says farewell in dance form

'Bunheads' says farewell in dance form

Ginny, Sasha and Amy Sherman-Palladino salute fans and bunheads alike
No *you* stop crying and watching the final "Bunheads" dance.
"Bunheads," which won a Television Critics Association Award for Youth Programming, was cancelled by ABC Family last month, but in this final farewell dance, fans get the chance to bid adieu to Sasha and Ginny and Boo, as well as a number of supporting bunheads.
The video, which premiered on Buzzfeed, was directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino and choreographed by Marguerite Derricks and is set to Elton Johns "Blues for Baby and Me."
Although Sutton Foster was unavailable and Kaitlyn Jenkins couldn't perform due to an injury, the dance features touching send-off moments for Julia Goldani Telles, Bailey Buntain [The Blonde Bunhead] and "So You Think You Can Dance"  veteran and Season 2 guest star Jeanine Mason. [The other featured dancers are Matisse Love, Ra’Jahnae “Rae Rae” Patterson, Colleen Craig, Maine Kawashima, Eli Gruska, Adam Bernstein, Edgar Khachaturov, Kara Hess and Micah Moch.]
And stay tuned to the end for a cameo that's both emotional and a wee bit hilarious.
Farewell, "Bunheads." Long may you dance...
Check out the good-bye above:
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Tina Fey & Amy Poehler have been asked to return as Golden Globes hosts

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler have been asked to return as Golden Globes hosts
Unlike Ricky Gervais, Fey and Poehler hosted as a one-time deal.

Mitch Hurwitz's "Arrested Development" update: "I'm working on the movie right now"
"I can't get into much more detail because I don't want to scare anybody off," he tells Rolling Stone. "I don't want to be presumptuous about it. I don't own the property outright – it's a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie."

"Bunheads" films a farewell video for fans
Amy Sherman-Palladino gathered some key cast members to say goodbye in a video shot on Aug. 17.

Letterman asks Patrick Dempsey about his "Grey's Anatomy" future
"I think it depends on renegotiations," says Dempsey. PLUS: Dempsey won't co-own Tully's Coffee.

Lauren Graham brought in "Parenthood" daughter Mae Whitman to read for her CW series
"I didn't want people to think, she's you but she's not you," says Graham. "She is a muse for me, but she has a job and I would never – nor can I – pull her from that job. We’re all here at Parenthood through next year."

Lady Gaga to make her "Watch What Happens Live" debut

It'll be her 1st appearance on Sept. 11.

Anna Faris on "Mom": "We have, like, an anal-sex joke! It's amazing!"
Faris talks about her transition from movies to television.

Watch a video explanation of "Breaking Bad's" ricin journey
Here's a visual of that led to last night's epiphany. PLUS: RJ Mitte turned 21 in Vegas, and "Breaking Bad" fan invites The Cousins to vacation in Hawaii.

"Psych" books Sutton Foster and WWE's Bella Twins

The WWE twins will play "sinister, double-dutching, demonically sexy" sisters.

Discovery is making "I F*cking Love Science" for the web
Will the curse word be retained?

"Duck Dynasty's" Willie Robertson: "I didn't know I had a garden gnome"
Robertson is still amazed by all the "Duck" merchandise his reality show has spawned: "I knew I had a Chia Pet and a bobblehead and an action figure," he says. "I didn't know I had a garden gnome. That's awesome. I guess Pez dispenser is the last weird thing I have to see myself on."

Keith Olbermann returns to TV tonight

"There has been no friction at all," he says of his recent ESPN2 rehearsals. "No one has said to me, 'We let you back in, now sit back and shut up.' Instead they've said, 'We've let you back in, now tell us everything you want and why.'"

"Parks and Rec's" Jim O'Heir goes from Kimmel actor to Kimmel guest
The actor famous for playing Jerry Gergich has recently appeared in sketches playing plus-sized characters.

In defense of Miley Cyrus
Why she isn't a racist for her VMA performance and why she's not headed toward a Britney Spears-style meltdown. PLUS: MTV boss explains Miley's performance, AND "Breaking Bad" reacts to Miley.

"Under the Dome" star says producers envisioned the show lasting 3 seasons

Jolene Purdy says, though, that her character should've been killed off a long time ago.

Watch "Sunday Night Football" auditions with Ken Jeong, "America's Got Talent" judges

The "Today" crew also "auditioned."

The James Franco roast was full of gay jokes

Gay jokes from Seth Rogen, from Andy Samberg and from Sarah Silverman.

"Burn Notice" props are going up for auction

Starting Tuesday, you can bid on your "Burn" favorites.

Meredith Vieira launching a YouTube channel
The LIVES channel will be geared toward women.

"Burning Love's" Ken Marino goes shirtless in the middle of Melrose to campaign for an Emmy
TMZ caught Marino spinning a sign for his fake reality show.

Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg make their debut as a couple

Check out "The View" and "Blue Bloods" stars on the red carpet.

After rejecting "Jersey Shore," New Jersey's Asbury Park welcomes "Jerseylicious"
One of the show's stars says "it's not like we’re party animals."

Watch the 2nd trailer for VH1's TLC biopic
"CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" airs Oct. 21.

Former "X Factor" judge Cheryl Cole gets a massive tattoo of roses covering her butt
The large floral design also covers her lower back.

Alex Trebek joins the TCM cruise

You can go cruising with the "Jeopardy!" host.

It's a "Beverly Hills 90210" reunion
With Joe Montana!

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Joshua Jackson lands on Showtime for 'The Affair'

Joshua Jackson lands on Showtime for "The Affair"
The former "Fringe" star will join Dominic West and Maura Tierney in a pilot in which his wife has an affair, which will be told from several perspectives.

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<p>The Replacements at Riot Fest</p>

The Replacements at Riot Fest

Credit: The Replacements Live Archive Project

The Replacements reunited this weekend: Stream the whole live set

Riot Fest in Toronto was home to the first Mats show in 22 years

The MTV VMAs wasn't the only notable happening on Sunday night: legendary rockers The Replacements got together for the first time in 22 years to perform at Toronto's Riot Fest.

Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were joined by drummer Josh Freese (nope, not Chris Mars) and guitarist David Minehan as they played a 22-song set over 75 minutes, with a little bit of banter in between.

"Hello. Sorry it took so long, for 25 years,we had a wardrobe debate. Unresolved," Westerberg began as he stood with Stinson.

The Replacements Live Archive Project captured good audio of the whole performance, which you can stream below or download in full here.

Are you the guy/gal who screams the lyrics to "Can't Hardly Wait" or "Swingin' Party?" And did you check that "Everything's Coming Up Roses" cover?

The Placemats will play the Chicago (Sept. 13-15) and Denver (Sept. 21-22) legs of Riot Fest, too. Should they survive these one, maybe there will be more to come?

The three surviving original members Westerberg, Stinson and Mars released a covers EP "Songs for Slim" for ailing former guitarist Slim Dunlap earlier this year.

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Carly Rae Jepsen covering 'Part of Your World' from 'Little Mermaid?' Yes, please

Carly Rae Jepsen covering 'Part of Your World' from 'Little Mermaid?' Yes, please

'Call Me Maybe' singer has whoozits and whatsits galore

Carly Rae Jepsen has released a cover of "Part of Your World" from "Little Mermaid," as part of Disney's relaunch of the 1989 title. Thanks for this, universe.

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10.1 million watched Miley Cyrus twerk on VMAs, up from last year

10.1 million watched Miley Cyrus twerk on VMAs, up from last year
That's up from the 6.1 million that tuned in last year, but down from the 12.4 million who watched in 2011. PLUS: Brooke Shields slams Miley's "disturbing" performance.

Claim: Justin Timberlake nixed plans to include more 'N Sync songs
The other bandmates "were pushing for more," a source tells Us Weekly. "While he was thrilled they could come for him, he didn't want the reunion to be the whole thing." PLUS: How the 'N Sync reunion came together.

Did Disney force ESPN to pull out of the "Frontline" NFL concussions project?
ESPN president John Skipper did meet with Disney CEO Bob Iger before cutting ties, but denies Disney had any say.

Adam Levine and his best friend sell an autobiographical comedy to NBC
This is the 2nd time "The Voice" star and Gene Hong have sold a comedy based on their friendship.

Lynda Carter to guest on "Two and a Half Men"
"Wonder Woman" fan Alan will get to meet his childhood crush.

Judd Apatow to make Amy Schumer a movie star

After starring on "Inside Amy Schumer," the comedienne is working with Apatow on her first feature film.

Restaurant's "Breaking Bad" stipulations included no murders or drug use

Garduño's, a New Mexico Mexican food chain, had to close down one of its locations for one day to accommodate filming for last night's episode.

"Horrible Bosses" writers to make a CBS pilot based on their movie
"Punching Out" will revolve around three guys who hate their job so much they quit to go back to their childhood jobs -- at the mall.

Amazon orders Chris Carter's "The After"
The thriller is "The X Files" creator's first pilot in more than a decade.

CW unveils new show posters
Check out key art for "The Originals," "Reign" and "Tomorrow People."

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" 

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Is everyone making nice before jail?

It's all huggy, lovey time, but did they know what was ahead?

Watching "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" last night, it was almost an out-of-body experience. The feuding housewives held hands! They burned symbolic pieces of paper! They visited mediums and cried! It was as if the tough Italians had been held down and forcibly sprinkled with fairy dust or forced to eat hallucinogenic mushrooms and listen to the Grateful Dead.

There was some grumbling about the New Age-iness of it all, but mostly our grumpy crew had no problem getting in touch with their collective feelings in an attempt to purge the hatred and feel the love. When Teresa Giudice wants to tell everyone how much she loves them, I'm fairly sure that's a sign of the coming apocalypse.

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Watch Robin Thicke's absurd 'Give It 2 U' music video with 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar

Watch Robin Thicke's absurd 'Give It 2 U' music video with 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar

An imaginary conversation with Thicke on the making-of this silliness

"So, Robin, as the art director behind this next music video for 'Give It 2 U,' what did you have in mind?"

"Mostly I'd like to be surrounded by hundreds of beautiful, hard-working, talented college-aged women in various states of dress, while I do next to nothing at all. If we shoot it on a football field, perhaps that will give the impression that I'm athletic and that I'm desirable, because I am quite literally playing the field and committing to nothing but my avoidance of physical activity."

"Do you want it to have a similar feel to 'Blurred Lines?'"

"Yes, if we could intermittently throw the performing troupes' names and other names and stuff in red sans serif font all up on there, it might look like art, or sarcasm."

"Great, so the university dance teams will wear their usual uniforms?"

"Well, some of them. Others will need to wear protective upper body gear, like a football player, which will guarantee maximum discomfort and the threat of literally sweating ones' boobs off. Bring in the Luxury Girls, a name I only know as phone sex workers but might also be some other thing that involves cosplay. Also, make sure there is one fawningly beautiful model who is dressed head to toe in bags and mounds of cotton candy, a guise that no reasonable, mentally healthy male would ever sustain exception for those guys in the Lonely Island. I think that Andy Samberg is so funny... but Justin Timberlake's not in that group, right?"

"No, he's not."

"Phew, seriously, that guy makes me look completely self unaware."

"What would you like 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar to do in your video?"

"I dunno, let 'em riff with no design of choreography and maybe one rehearsal under their belt. Give them some fourrunners and girls of their own. What do you think of 'Ass Float?' Don't answer that, I already know the answer."

"Robin, what is your child Julian up to on the day of shoot?"

"Great question, maybe I should bring him on set, dress and style him in the same way as his dear old man, with slick hair and tailored suits and no signs of maternalism except for his infantile existence and the buttresses of mammaries. That way, we can intimate an almost parody-like cycle of ladies' men begetting ladies' men whilst shattering age boundaries of sexual maturity.

"Also, a sushi piñata."



"What will you wear?"

"I play the role as the referee and have stolen a suit from off of Beetlejuice's body."

"And thus the core of the 'Give It 2 U' video will be that it is very beautiful, very fun but ultimately vapid, with a couple of grossly exaggerated product placements and a hinted use of women of color as fashion accessories... so you and Miley are obviously getting along."

"Yes, couldn't you tell?"

"Now, Robin, the title 'Give It 2 U' seems like a very transparent rip, a page straight from the Prince playbook. Your falsetto sounds great."

"Thank you, that was my every intention."

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'Sons of Anarchy' gets an online aftershow

"Sons of Anarchy" gets an online aftershow
FX has picked up three episodes of "Anarchy Afterword," which will air online with host Chris Franjola and guest Kurt Sutter.

Jay Baruchel sells semi-autobiographical comedy to ABC
The "Undeclared" alum won't star in a comedy about a Hollywood actor who trades his fame to move to Vermont and live near his mom and with his best friends.

CBS is remaking "Love, American Style"

The 1970s comedy anthology series is coming back without the anthology component.

Being outraged at the VMAs: "One of our nation's more embarrassing traditions"
If Miley Cyrus did what she did last night on another show, there wouldn't be that much outrage, says Amanda Marcotte. "It's easy to understand why" there's outrage, she says. "It's August, people are bored, and getting all bent out of shape about nothing is a way to pass the time. But it has to stop! If you look back at some previous VMA scandals, you'll see how dumb they always are in retrospect." PLUS: Parents TV Council blasts VMAs as "unacceptable," and Kelly Clarkson describes VMAs as "#pitchystrippers."

"Breaking Bad's" epiphany, explained

How it was all figured out.

Kate Gosselin sues Jon Gosselin

The former TLC star is accusing her ex-husband of spying on her via wiretapping, hacking her computers and identity theft. The suit is for millions of dollars.

New "Doctor Who" Peter Capaldi likely won't change his Scottish accent
Steven Moffat says he expects Capaldi to retain his accent, like previous Scottish "Who" Sylvester McCoy.

OneRepublic's Ryan Teder joins "The Voice"
He'll advise Adam Levine's team.

Watch Kevin Spacey's speech urging TV execs to change
"If you are watching a film on your television, is it no longer a film because you're not watching it in the theater?" he said at the Edinburgh TV Festival. "If you watch a TV show on your iPad is it no longer a TV show? The device and length are irrelevant."

"American Horror Story" releases its 4th teaser
Titled "Stakes."

See a preview of "The Young & the Restless'" tribute to Jeanne Cooper
Featuring her real-life son, Corbin Bernsen.

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<p>&quot;Soongava: Dance of the Orchids&quot;</p>

"Soongava: Dance of the Orchids"

Credit: Rapsodie Production

Nepal and Greece enter the foreign-language Oscar race

At least one lesbian-themed drama will be in the running

Well, it won't be France's "Blue is the Warmest Color" (for eligibility reasons discussed here), but at least one lesbian-focused drama stands a chance at winning this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. And it's from rather an unexpected country: Nepal. Subarna Thapa's film "Soongava: Dance of the Orchids," a story of a young dancer who defies her wealthy Hindu family's plans for an arranged marriage to move in with her working-class female lover, was announced as the landlocked South Asian state's official submission yesterday.

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