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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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TV highlights: ‘Intervention’ returns to A&E Sunday

(All times Eastern.)Here’s some nightmare fuel for you: In the Lifetime Original Movie “Stalked by My Neighbor” (Lifetime at 8 p.m.), a woman and her young daughter escape the memories of a traumatic home invasion by ditching town, but they soon find themselves haunted by a sinister figure across the street.Read full article >>

‘Glee’ got pretty terrible, but here are nine times it was great. (And one time it was amazing.)

“Glee” ends forever on Friday night. Are you:A) Thrilled? B) Depressed? C) Unaware?If you answered C, you are among the majority of the population who likely had no idea the Fox dramedy was still on the air. That’s okay! Even thoughShow More Summary

‘Bloodline’: Has Netflix found its own Florida-based ‘Empire’?

In ceaseless jokes about the kookiness of Florida, popular culture often overlooks the deeper sense of dread and sadness that comes with its beautifully beguiling nature. You’ve been there, so maybe you’ve noticed: Beneath Florida’s forced smiles and Mickey Mouse sunshine, it’s a partly cloudy Eden overrun with snakes.Read full article >>

TV highlights: After six seasons, ‘Glee’ takes its final bow

(All times Eastern)SERIES PREMIERE: Reviewed by Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever on Page C1, the psychological-suspense-family-drama “Bloodline” (Netflix streaming) zeroes in on the Rayburns of Key West, a tightknit family that owns a beachside resort. Show More Summary

TV highlights: Lena Dunham and a really terrible wig guest star on ‘Scandal’

(All times Eastern) A patient’s diagnosis sparks a conversation about Alzheimer’s disease between Maggie and Richard on “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC at 8 p.m.) while Arizona struggles with the prospect of Callie moving on. Read full articl...

Pat Sajak, you do NOT want to start a Twitter war with Tom Bergeron

A word of advice for anyone who throws shade at “Dancing With the Stars”: You’ll have to go through host Tom Bergeron first, the man we previously deemed America’s Hero for his quick zingers during the increasingly-ridiculous ABC competition show.Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Empire’ wraps up its first season with a star-studded finale

(All times Eastern)FINALE WATCH: “Empire” (Fox at 8 p.m.) closes its record-breaking and Cookie-tastic first season with Lucious revealing a game-changing secret that could change Jamal and Hakeem’s relationship forever. The show favorite, Cookie, looks to the future with a new plan for company domination. Show More Summary

‘One Big Happy’ and ‘Undateable’: Why one sitcom stinks and the other doesn’t

In “One Big Happy,” another malfunctioning NBC sitcom that premieres Tuesday night, Elisha Cuthbert (of the late, great “Happy Endings” or, if you prefer, eternally Kim Bauer of “24”) stars as an uptight lesbian named Lizzy who has decided to make a baby with her best friend and roommate, a hunky-dory straight guy named Luke (Nick Zano). Read full article >>

TV highlights: E!’s first scripted drama, ‘The Royals,’ premieres Sunday

The film “Wuthering High School” (Lifetime at 8 p.m.) is a modern retelling of Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights,” in which a high school girl in Malibu struggles to cope with her mother’s death and becomes irresistibly drawn to a troubled boy. Stars Francesca Eastwood, James Caan and Sean Flynn.Read full article >>

Wendi McClendon-Covey’s mother lode

Mother knows best — and don’t dare think otherwise around Beverly Goldberg, the laugh-out-loud funniest character on network TV.On the surface, the matriarch of “The Goldbergs,” a sitcom based on the creator’s real-life upbringing in...Show More Summary

TV highlights: ‘The Amazing Race’ continues in Bangkok

(All times Eastern)“The Amazing Race” (CBS at 8 p.m.) continues in the busy streets of Bangkok, where the remaining racers are faced with sampling a traditional Thai delicacy.“Mysteries at the Castle” (Travel at 8 and 9) digs into the...Show More Summary

TV highlights: New information about B613 threatens the future of Pope & Associates on ‘Scandal’

(All times Eastern)SERIES PREMIERE: Hosted by NBC News’s Richard Engel, “Dateline: The Real Blacklist” (NBC at 8 p.m.) looks at real conspiracy-themed criminal investigations involving larger-than-life perpetrators and circumstances. The show’s first investigation covers the 2006 poisoning death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.Read full article >>

Why daylight saving time is terrible for your favorite TV shows

Still feeling sleepy because of that lost hour Sunday morning? While you’re grumbling about daylight saving time, remember who really has it tough this week: TV executives.Poor Hollywood suits! It happens every year like clockwork: Daylight saving time takes over, and television ratings inevitably drop across the board. Show More Summary

TV highlights: Cookie prepares to announce her own agenda on ‘Empire’

(All times Eastern) The Blue Collar tribe is affected when Jeff calls for a new division of labor on “Survivor” (CBS at 8 p.m.), and one contestant’s strategy backfires in a big way during the immunity challenge. Read full article >...

TV highlights: The ‘Broad City’ girls, Abbi and Ilana, stop by ‘The Daily Show’

(All times Eastern) The 17 remaining “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox at 8 p.m.) chefs are challenged with retrieving the main ingredient for their crabs cakes directly from the ocean, and a fumble leads to an early expulsion from the kitchen during dinner service. Read full article >>

Sam Simon, co-creator of ‘The Simpsons,’ dies at 59

Sam Simon, the often-overlooked but instrumental co-creator of “The Simpsons,” which popularized the hapless patriarch Homer (“D’oh!”) and his puckish son, Bart (“Eat my shorts!”), and became a phenomenon in the new genre of irreverent animated sitcoms, died March 8 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 59. Read full article >>

TV highlights: Chris hands out the final rose on ‘The Bachelor’ finale

(All times Eastern) FINALE WATCH: After scandals involving villainous widows and unexpected virgins, this season of the “The Bachelor” (ABC at 8 p.m.) is ready for Chris to make his big decision: Becca or Whitney? Before the final rose...Show More Summary

TV highlights: Jon Stewart, Louis C.K. and Amy Schumer perform on ‘Night of Too Many Stars’

(All times Eastern)Spy cameras disguised as a robotic dolphin, tuna, nautilus and squid capture never-before-seen footage of dolphins in their natural habitat off the coasts of Mozambique, Costa Rica, the Florida Keys and Australia on the documentary “Dolphins: Spy in the Pod” (Discovery at 8 p.m.). Read full article >>

‘Ellen’s Design Challenge’ controversy comes to an end as disqualified winner says he didn’t copy design

So, what have we learned from the minor disaster that was the first season finale of HGTV’s “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” in which producers abruptly took away the grand prize from the winning furniture designer after implying he was guilty of woodwork plagiarism?Read full article >>

TV highlights: Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ premieres on Netflix

(All times Eastern)The remaining “The Amazing Race” (CBS at 8 p.m.) racers continue on through Phuket, Thailand, where one lost fanny pack causes a team’s downfall. SERIES PREMIERE: The harrowing docu-series “In an Instant” (ABC at 9) reenacts real-life stories of life-threatening encounters. Show More Summary

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