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'Bob's Burgers': Gene The Showman

April 27th, 2015 11:34am EDT
'Bob's Burgers' Season 5, Episode 17 Recap: 'The Itty Bitty Ditt
Gene Belcher is not the most talented 11-year-old at Wagstaff Middle School, but he has made up for that lack with general enthusiasm and happy-go-lucky resilience. His story could be the height of tragedy: always meaning well but never achieving anything. But instead, he is an emblem of endurance. His spirit has never been broken, nor has it ever come close to breaking. Partly that is due to the fact that he has never been invested in anything enough to truly be defeated. He cannot be tragic because he does not enter the journey in the first place. But just because he does not commit does ...
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 'AC/DC'

April 27th, 2015 10:15am EDT
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Recap: 'AC/DC' Destroys Jake's Body For The
It's been way too long since our last "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." "Sabotage" was six weeks ago! At least things are back to normal now.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine's" returning to some very familiar territory with "AC/DC." Jake, in pushing himself to be the greatest cop ever (a constant state of John McClane, really), pulls a daring rooftop car chase. Except for the car with an open sunroof, tripping up Jake and also crushing several of his bones.

But he'll still push on, despite the whole "crushed bones" thing.

Here's the part that feels so familiar. "AC/DC" sees Jake drive himself obsessively toward...
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'Idol' Top 5 Revealed

April 23rd, 2015 3:07pm EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 5 Revealed-Did Your Favorite Make the
Last night, American Idol 2015 calmed from its previous explosive episode. The final six contestants brought out their best arena anthems to gain voters. The most shocking thing about Idol's newest episode was the interesting definition of arena anthems.

American Idol now has their five finalists, with only a few more weeks to the finals. There are some contestants who continuously push themselves, while others ride the middle. Now is the time to start pushing harder to make the finals. Did the top 5 performers do that last night?

Top Six Performances

Jax

"Are You Gonna Be My Girl...
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One 'Idol' Goes Home While Connick Jr. And Alexander Have Face Off

April 16th, 2015 9:21am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Harry Connick Jr. And Quentin Alexander C
Last night, The Top 7 (who became six) American Idols sang American Classics. The audience finally got to pick what songs the contestants sang. The results were the best night of American Idol 2015 performances. Everyone really showed their versatility and heart.

The night wasn't completely filled with great performances, because things got intense. Last night's results led to one of the most awkward moments on Idol ever (see video below in article). Quentin Alexander got very emotional over the possibility of Joey Cook or Rayvon Owens leaving. After being prompt by Ryan Seacrest, he expre...
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Our Favorite Couples On TV

April 10th, 2015 1:10pm EDT
Outlander
What is the point of television if it's not desperately rooting for two star-crossed lovers to finally get their happily ever after, and crying with them when they don't? This blogger and hopeless romantic couldn't help but wonder: what are the best OTPs on television?

Here are seven swoon-worthy couples that pined, angsted and canoodled their way onto our hearts...

Jamie and Claire, "Outlander"

Star-crossed lovers, Claire and Jamie, were intended to be separated by centuries, yet meet and fall in love, thanks to a bit of magic and a lot of adventure. Add in the majestic, lush gree...
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'Idol' Top 8 Perform

April 9th, 2015 2:05pm EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 8 Perform Billboard Hits
Last night on American Idol 2015, the contestants took on Billboard hits. Jason Derulo and Florida Georgia Line came to mentor the top 8. It was a country versus pop battle. The Idol fan save also came back into play as it became a battle of vocals versus performance skills.

Top 8 Performances

Jax

"Pokerface" by Lady Gaga

Judges' Comments: Keith Urban said it was an interesting arrangement. He loves Jax's artistry. He praised her for making a song her own each week. Jennifer Lopez said that Jax is clearly a favorite to win, but she needs to caution herself from rearranging a song ...
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'New Girl': Jess Attempts To Pass Herself Off As A Golfer

April 8th, 2015 11:15am EDT
'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 20 Recap: 'Par 5'
The thirtysomething characters of “New Girl” have spent a lot of time thinking about who they really are. Sitcom plots often feature people pretending to be someone whom they are not. Thus, “Par 5” – featuring Jess, Winston, and Schmidt trying on different personae with varying levels of commitment – just made sense as an episode of the sitcom known as “New Girl.”

Jess attempted to pass herself as a golfer so as to network for the sake of asking a city bigwig for new computes for her school. With her club sailing about 50 feet into the fairway on her first swing, it was immediately appa...
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Are You Missing 'Empire' Yet? Here's Some Cookie Lyon Jabs To Fill The Void

April 5th, 2015 4:03pm EDT
10 Of Cookie Lyon's Most Bruising Verbal Jabs On 'Empire'
She’s one tough Cookie! No one can deliver a gut punch—physical or verbal—like Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson). Her verbal knockouts are as noteworthy as Floyd Mayweather’s fists. And no one is safe, especially Boo Boo Kitty. Below are 10 of Cookie’s most bruising verbal jabs.

Don’t Hush the Cookie Monster

Cookie’s grand entrance into the Empire boardroom nearly gets rebuffed by Lucious’ henchman Vernon.

Vernon: “Good to see you, Cookie…”

Cookie: “—Vernon, kiss my black ass.”

When shuttled into Lucious’ corner office, Cookie’s still not willing to back down:

Cookie: “You’re messing wit...
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Schmidt's Mom Visits On 'New Girl'

April 1st, 2015 9:15am EDT
Schmidt's Mom Visits on New Girl
The controlling Jewish mother role has been saturated many times over on television. Of course, this characteristic is not limited to Jewish mothers, so the ubiquity of this figure is even more overflowing. Certainly, a lot of actual mothers are like this, so Louise Schmidt was not in an ideal position to say something new about the human condition. Nora Dunn brought plenty of verve to her performance, making her stand out in a way that made it clear once again that Nora Dunn deserves to be a bigger star. She did not establish a new paradigm for overbearing mothers, but she did not have...
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'Killing Jesus' Premieres Tonight On National Geographic

March 29th, 2015 10:57am EDT
Killing Jesus
At an advanced screening of "Killing Jesus," the movie, based on the New York Times best-seller of the same name, author and executive producer Bill O’Reilly asked the crowd of nearly 1000 guests “ How does a poor carpenter become the most famous person in civilization?”

The movie, co-produced by Ridley Scott, Oscar-nominated director of Alien, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, makes it world premiere on Sunday March 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm/7:00 pm central on the National Geographic Channel.

Following the screening I spoke one-on-one with O’Reilly and the film’s cast. When I as...
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