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Dance Moms Season 5 episode 9 recap: A little less talk and a little more dancin’

Uh oh, Dance Moms nation. The counter is back. I suppose it was only a matter of time. And just for the record, I’d consider using Lifetime-sanctioned photos for these things if, you know, they actually offered some from each — or any — episode. Which they don’t. And what’s a story without pictures? So I make my own. So let’s all just ignore the counter. We do not see you, counter! Lalalala! As promised, we’re back in Pittsburgh. Holly says she sees L.A. as a success, even if Abby did try to sabotage Nia at every turn — Aubrey […]

Comedy

Parks And Recreation Series Finale

I’ve been dreading tonight for months. I have had a sad feeling in my stomach thinking about the finale of Parks and Recreation. I wrote about the series finale for the March issue of Channel Guide Magazine, and posted something on the website last week, but even now, having just finished watching the one-hour finale, I have an uneasy feeling in my stomach that lies somewhere between heartburn and malaise. Time will tell what history thinks of the final episode of Parks and Recreation. But I guess I don’t care what others think. I had a deep personal love for the show […]

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Kids TV: Bella and the Bulldogs on Nickelodeon

I really wanted Bella and the Bulldogs to be great. I really did. I would have settled for it to be good. But instead it’s more of the same. I had high hopes for Nickelodeon’s newest live-action comedy, Bella and the Bulldogs the laugh track-backed story of a girl as she bolts from the sidelines to the headlines as the quarterback of her middle school football team. When I read the show’s logline, I imagined an opportunity for Nickelodeon to step away from the bouncy-haired starlets who make up its cavalry of talent and portray an athlete as someone who […]

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Child Genius Episode 1: “I am not a Tiger Mommy”

I am feeling dumb. I checked out Lifetime’s new reality competition series, Child Genius interested in checking out the intriguing partnership between American Mensa (A society for people with high IQs) and Lifetime, (the home of True Tori and Bad Girls Club, so take from that what you will.) In the interest of full disclosure, I was once a member of American Mensa, but the brilliant kids in this competition are the crème-de-la-creme with IQs measured in the top .1% in the nation instead of Mensa’s normal top 2% criterion. So again, I am feeling dumb. The competition spans over […]

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The Coworkers’ Guide to Girlfriends Guide to Divorce episode 4

In which Ryan Berenz (11 years into Marriage No. 1, two preschool boys) and Lori Acken (nine years into Marriage No. 2, four grown kids) debate a few quagmires revealed in Girlfriends Guide to Divorce Episode 4 “Rule 426: Fantasyland: A Great Place to Visit.”  • Is Fantasyland a great place to visit? Lori: Given that my fantasies currently involve stuff like a 92% raise, black pants with no cat hair and just one flat surface in my house staying crap-free for more than an hour … I’m willing to go there. Fantasies one hopes will completely change one’s life? The distance between entry and exit is always […]

Comedy

USA Announces “Playing House” Season 2

Break out the hedgehog cupcakes and unwrap your wheel of Spanish Manchego, the gods have heard our prayers. Playing House will return for Season 2! The announcement just came to me a few minutes ago and after I ran around the office, doing a jig and high-fiving myself, I wanted to spread the word: TV’s funniest comedy is returning to TV. (watch Lennon and Jessica’s LOL season 2 announcement here) I know that I bitched and whined a lot (and may have called the people who make programming decisions at USA Network bad names), but now we can rejoice and […]

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How legit is ‘The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns?‘ Former nun gives her review

Trolling Facebook a few months ago, one of my friends — a religious sister— posted the news release for Lifetime’s new ‘docuseries,’ The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns. I laughed out loud! The title alone is saturated with incorrect stereotypes and inaccuracies, so naturally, I had to go immediately and see if there was a trailer— and indeed there was. Still, I vowed not to even watch the series (while trying to remember if any of my streaming subscriptions even had Lifetime), chalking it up to another mind-poisoning hour of un-reality television that informs society the “truths” of today. With irritation and […]

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FOX’s Greatest TV Moment This Year, and Why All Gordon Ramsay TV Shows Should Have Kids.

Can all reincarnations of FOX shows with Gordon Ramsay be revamped to include kids? That’s what I’m wondering … We’re 2 weeks into the second season of MasterChef: Junior Edition and I’m already clamoring for kid-testants to be mandatory on all future Gordon Ramsay shows. Here are my reasons why (In no particular order) 1) Gordon Ramsay is nicer. On his other shows, Gordon Ramsay is a screaming Scotsman. He seems to relish when the contestants on Hell’s Kitchen mess up so he can morph into the Tryant of Taste. If he treats his actual employees like that, does it […]

When Reality TV ... isn't.
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When Reality TV … isn’t

After surviving food poisoning, starvation and freezing in the Indian mountains for 21 days, Phaedra Brothers never thought the biggest challenge she’d face on Naked and Afraid would come when she got home. To call Phaedra Brothers a survivor is an understatement. “My parents were very interested in any lifestyle that was different from the norm,” she revealed to me in a phone interview that was so engrossing we spoke for nearly an hour. “As a child I was raised in environments where there was no running water, no electricity, no modern conveniences and we lived out of tents most […]

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My “Playing House”-Related Plea to USA Network

I am not known for my patience, but I have been a stoically patient lady waiting for the announcement of a Season 2 pickup for USA Network’s comedy, Playing House. I have gotten to a point of impatience where I can no longer stay quiet. TV hates me. It must. For the first time in years, a network presents a show that perfectly encapsulates my life, my desires and my TV wants and then after dangling a few episodes of perfection in front of me and likeminded viewers, it withholds the very TV manna that I have come to crave. […]