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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Daytime Emmy Awards: Matt Lauer desperately wants your love, but Ellen DeGeneres was behind the whole thing

(This post has been updated on Wednesday afternoon to reflect the unfolding storyline that is the Matt Lauer-Ellen DeGeneres prank war.)In case anyone needed visual evidence about how much “Today” show host Matt Lauer wants you to love him, we have exhibit A from the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday night. Show More Summary

Is CNN as bad as everyone thinks it is? Yes ... and no.

Is CNN as bad as everyone seems to think it is? Often, yes. The network’s live coverage of Monday’s destructive acts in Baltimore, and its seeming appetite for more trouble on Tuesday, in many ways demonstrated the strengths and shortcomings...Show More Summary

TV highlights: Another J.K. Rowling novel comes to life with HBO’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’

(All times Eastern)SERIES PREMIERE: A J.K. Rowling novel comes to life, but this time Harry Potter is nowhere to be found on the miniseries “The Casual Vacancy” (HBO at 8 p.m.). Adapted from Rowling’s novel of the same name, the two-night series stars Michael Gambon and Keeley Hawes. Concludes Thursday.Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ celebrates ten years of performances

(All times Eastern)“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC at 8 p.m.) celebrates 10 years of the competition program with fan-favorite moments alongside new performances. Patti LaBelle, Lil’ Kim and Amber Riley take the stage while former contestants and returning strut their stuff.Read full article >>

How Bruce Jenner’s interview perfectly captured why some people genuinely love the Kardashians

There are some people out there — a lot, actually — who genuinely, unironically, truly love the Kardashians.Hard to imagine, right? Mostly, it seems people alternate between indifference and rage when it comes to the famous-for-being-famous...Show More Summary

TV highlights: Bullock and Gordon finally track down the Ogre on ‘Gotham’

Eras night on “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC at 8 p.m.) means the remaining couples will be dancing to styles like the modern Charleston, jive, futuristic jazz and quickstep. A double elimination occurs after this week’s performances.Read full article >>

Where to watch the White House correspondents’ dinner on TV and online

Another year, another White House correspondents’ dinner. You can witness all the weirdness that is this annual Hollywood-Washington mash-up: President Obama performs a stand-up routine. A celebrity host (this year, “Saturday Night Live’s” Cecily Strong) makes fun of everyone. Show More Summary

TV highlights: Watch Cecily Strong host the White House correspondents’ dinner on C-SPAN and CNN

(All times Eastern)Ah, Nerd Prom. Hosted by “SNL” cast member Cecily Strong, the “White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner” (C-SPAN at 6?p.m. and CNN at 7) looks to take a few jabs at the media and President Obama, who always comes armed with a stand-up set of his own.Read full article >>

Showtime’s ‘Happyish’: A dark, profane dramedy without any heart

It’s rare to encounter a half-hour dramedy on a premium network that is as misconceived, off-putting and impenetrably shrill as Shalom Auslander’s “Happyish,” which will have its official premiere Sunday night on Showtime. (The network...Show More Summary

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ kills off major character in shocking twist — for some people, anyway

Well, that was unexpected. Unless you’re an Entertainment Weekly subscriber.On Thursday night’s episode of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” star Patrick Dempsey — who has been on the show as Dr. Derek Shepherd since the pilot in 2005 and is responsible for introducing the phrase “Dr. McDreamy” into the lexicon — died in a grisly car accident.Read full article >>

TV highlights: Bruce Jenner sits down with Diane Sawyer for a tell-all interview on ABC

(All times Eastern)The five remaining teams hop in one of Amsterdam’s surprisingly real hot tub boats and float along the river while searching for their next clue on “The Amazing Race” (CBS at 8 p.m.).Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart’ plays host to Neil deGrasse Tyson

(All times Eastern) After witnessing a ghastly car accident, Derek springs into action in hopes of saving the lives of those involved on “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC at 8 p.m.). Raj struggles with the idea of life without his parents’ trust...Show More Summary

TV highlights: BBC America’s ‘Orphan Black’ returns for a third season

(All times Eastern)RETURNING SHOW: It’s back! It’s back! It’s finally back! After a cliffhanger finale last season, “Orphan Black” (AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance and We TV at 9 p.m.) returns for a third season with a new, dangerous strain of clones.Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart’ plays host to Neil deGrasse Tyson

(All times Eastern)After witnessing a ghastly car accident, Derek springs into action in hopes of saving the lives of those involved on “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC at 8 p.m.).Raj struggles with the idea of life without his parents’ trust fund on “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS at 8) while the rest of the gang is faced with the horror of having to call tech support.Read full article >>

‘The Prancing Elites Project’: Loved from afar, but unwelcome at home

The Prancing Elites! To have clicked on them is to love them. Widely celebrated in the usual, culturally viral manner (first as a YouTube and Twitter sensation, then in numerous talk-show appearances, etc.), this dance troupe of five young, gay, super-proud African Americans has found fans everywhere they go — except at home, in and around Mobile, Ala. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘The Americans’ wraps up its third season on FX

(All times Eastern)One contestant is offered a key advantage that changes the game for them entirely on “Survivor” (CBS at 8 p.m.), while another lashes out after their integrity is questioned.It’s arena anthems night on “American Idol” (Fox at 8) with the Top 5 performing before one singer is eliminated from the competition.Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ returns to Comedy Central for Season 3

(All times Eastern) Actor John Ratzenberger of “Cheers” fame stops by “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox at 8 p.m.) to play judge when the 11 remaining contestants are asked to pair their food fare with a selection of spirits.Read full article >...

TV highlights: Neil deGrasse Tyson’s talk show ‘StarTalk’ premieres on Nat Geo

The remaining eight couples on “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC at 8 p.m.) dance all over winter’s grave with a celebration of spring break, taking on songs like “Heat Wave” by Martha and the Vandellas and our century’s masterpiece, “Bootylicious.”...Show More Summary

TV highlights: BBC America’s ‘Orphan Black’ returns for a third season

(All times Eastern)RETURNING SHOW: It’s back! It’s back! It’s finally back! After a cliffhanger closer last season, “Orphan Black” (AMC and BBC America at 9 p.m.) returns for a third with a new and dangerous strain of clones.Read full article >>

‘Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro’: Wherever she goes, there she is

One thing we don’t lack for in TV land: stand-up comedy specials. I feel as if I spend a significant chunk of my day tossing DVD copies of upcoming stand-up specials into a special drawer — and deleting press releases that tout still more of them on the way. Show More Summary

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