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February 4, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Did they or didn't they? That, my friends, is the eternal question that plagued me in the hours following Monday night's episode of “The Bachelor.” Actually, I slept for solid eight, but whatever: I still spent more time than I care to admit debating with my roommates whether or not Juan Pablo had sex with Clare in the ocean. I'm aware I need help. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's go back to the beginning, this week's arrival in Vietnam, where the ladies were put up in a pretty amazing hotel overlooking the countryside.
February 28, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
February is widely known as Black History Month, and Stephen Colbert chose to celebrate it in the strangest way possible on Thursday's show: with an animated short for a proposed TV show known as "Laser Klan. " Yes, that spelling is not a mistake. This animated short is about the Ku Klux Klan and uses the real-life news that Klan members were attempting to sell a "workable death ray" to Jewish groups in order to kill Muslims. Last month, another real-life KKK sympathizer was arrested for building a portable X-ray machine he was attempting to sell use with Jewish groups, again to kill Muslims.
March 11, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Can we get a slow clap going for Jason Mesnick? After five long years, he is no longer the most hated man in the history of "The Bachelor. " That title now belongs to none other than El Bachelor himself, Mr. Juan Pablo Galavis. It was hard-won, to be sure. Jason set the bar pretty high -- proposing to one girl on the finale only to dump her on national television weeks later and subsequently marry his runner-up? And yet somehow good ol' JuanPabs managed to top Mesnick. Congratulations, sir. From the beginning, I didn't have a good feeling about JuanPabs.
February 7, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Rosie O'Donnell returned to her old stamping grounds on "The View" on Friday and before her hour was up, the outspoken former moderator got into an awkward moment with Barbara Walters. O'Donnell, who was back on the show for the first time since 2007, was asked near the end of the program if she missed the platform of a daily TV show. O'Donnell said she did miss it, but added that she didn't miss the backlash if she said something people disagreed with or weren't ready to hear, "Your Twitter feed blows up. " O'Donnell added, "People can be very mean online.
March 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Star Wars Rebels" will be the first look fans get of their favorite science-fiction universe since its creator, George Lucas, sold the property to Disney and stepped down from the helm two years ago. Naturally, fans are approaching the new series with equal parts excitement and trepidation. After all, Disney itself has been compared to the nefarious "Empire" more than a few times over the years. "Rebels" executive producer Dave Filoni finds the notion that "Star Wars" may be unrecognizable in its new iteration "fascinating.
January 24, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It's as close as television can get to the "boldest, biggest" social experiment that one can imagine -- at least that's what Fox's new head of alternative entertainment promises of the network's latest reality import: "Utopia. " The network announced Thursday it's adapting the hit Dutch TV series of the same name, which comes from "Big Brother" creator John de Mol. The series takes a group of 15 everyday people and transplants them on an isolated, undeveloped location for a year and chronicles them 24/7 as they attempt to create their own civilization.
February 21, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Hulk Hogan, arguably the most famous wrestler ever to grace the WWE's mat, is coming back to the ring. His first WWE appearance in seven years will be Monday, Feb. 24, on "Raw" on the USA Network and on "WWE Raw Backstage Pass" on the newly launched WWE Network. Monday is the first night of the subscription-based wrestling streaming video service. After that, he'll be back again. This time as host of WWE's "WrestleMania 30" to be held April 6 in New Orleans. The man who gave the world "Hulkamania" in the 1980s hasn't been part of a televised WWE event since 2007, when he appeared on the 15th anniversary of "Monday Night Raw. " While the 60-year-old semi-retired pro wrestler is billed only as host of the event, anyone want to guess if some outrageousness will transpire and the elder statesman of wrestling will be forced to jump in the ring?
February 19, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Arsenio Hall has been hosting his revived late-night show since last fall, but no one told the staff at "NBC Nightly News," it seems. During a recent report on Jimmy Fallon taking over "The Tonight Show," producers filled the screen with nine headshots of Fallon's late-night colleagues. There was Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Chelsea Handler, Andy Cohen, Carson Daly, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel. Missing? Arsenio Hall. Hall was also absent from a New York Times report on the shifting late-night landscape.
January 9, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Yes, in Westeros winter is still coming. And this year, it'll get a little closer on April 6, when Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones" begins. The fourth season of the sprawling, hugely popular series is expected to adapt the events from the second half of George R.R. Martin's "A Storm of Swords," the third book in his in-progress fantasy series of novels. Fans will get their first peek at the new season this Sunday, just before the series premiere of HBO's highly anticipated Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson crime series, "True Detective.
March 13, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
TV's popular curmudgeon is baaaaaack. "Louie," centered on the self-loathing semi-alter ego of comedian Louis C.K., will at long last return to FX with new episodes in May. After a 19-month hiatus, the cable comedy will return to the small screen with a 14-episode fourth season that kicks off Monday, May 5 -- but will he have returned from China, where he baptized his new self at the end of Season 3? And wait -- there's a special roll out after all that waiting. FX will air two all-new episodes back to back in the 10 p.m. hour for what will result in a seven-week run that culminates on June 16. You can thank the multi-hyphenate headliner for a slightly bigger serving of crank.
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