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Weekend Review: Black Sails, Mitt and Lizzie Borden

Black Sails

It's quite a week for those who enjoy rugged armchair escapism of the historical epic variety. First came the three nights of Discovery's enjoyable gold-rush melodrama Klondike (repeated in its entirety on Saturday, starting at 9:30 am/8:30c), during which Jack London (played by Johnny Simmons) is heard rhapsodizing, "What you're looking at here is a walking, talking novel," as he surveys the squalor and violent desperation teeming throughout Dawson City, the miniseries' Yukon frontier setting.

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The Weekend Playlist: Doctor Who and Other Finales, Affleck Joins SNL "5-Timer" Club

Matt Smith

Another May weekend, another deluge of season finales — though none are likely to blow the mind with as much daring, panache and imaginative fervor as BBC America's gloriously inventive Doctor Who (Saturday, 8/7c), which signs off until next time-travel with one of its trippiest yet emotionally powerful episodes to date. Steven Moffat's typically clever script, brimming with colorful incident and characters grandly heroic or villainous, finds a nifty way to salute the 50-year history of Doctors as we learn more about the impossibly irrepressible companion Clara (the smashing Jenna-Louise Coleman), first seen in a cosmic haze — "I don't know where I am ... Sometimes I think I'm everywhere at once" — with only one constant to guide her: "I have to save the Doctor." That same impulse prompts lizard lady Vastra, her wife Jenny and the stalwart Strax to summon Clara to a psychic conference call, interrupted by the menacing "Whisper Men" (reminiscent of the ghoulish Gentlemen from Buffy's classic "Hush" episode).

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VIDEO: Today Says Goodbye To Meredith Vieira

The Today Show

Wednesday marked Meredith Vieira's final Today show, and she received a fond, elaborate sendoff...
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Watercooler: American Idle

Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart

How do we say this delicately? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Seriously, has there ever been a less captivating American Idol than Carole King night? Nothing against King, one of our nation's greatest musical contributors, but her folksy, classics just don't lend themselves to the kind of lively TV we've come to expect from the season of Idol.

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American Idol Backstage Report: Can James Durbin Win It All?

James Durbin

If you go strictly by the reaction of the studio audience Wednesday night, James Durbin is the next winner of American Idol. Instead of marching drummers and flaming pianos, the hard-rocking Durbin, 22, filled the auditorium with the sweetness of his voice, starting a cappella, and doing a stunning rendition of the Carole King classic, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" 

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American Idol Top 6 to Duet on Performance Night — Our Dream Pairings!

American Idol

Although American Idol has waited until the Top 4 to pair up the finalists for the last two seasons, but this year the remaining six finalists will duet on Carole King night, Entertainment Weekly reports. After weeks of Scotty sticking closely to his country roots and Jacob refusing to restrain himself on any of the high notes, it's about time these Idol hopefuls paired up and learned a little something from each other (especially since the judges remain so tight-lipped on giving any advice whatsoever).  We provide our dream pairings and what the final six will hopefully take away from having to... read more

Don Kirshner, Music Impresario and TV Producer, Dies at 76

Don Kirshner

Don Kirshner, who provided one of the early hip outlets for pop and rock music on television, has died. He was 76.

The music impresario and television producer died Monday of heart failure in Boca Raton, Fla., promoter Jack Wishna told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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He was the man behind and the host of the syndicated Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, which premiered in 1973 and ran until 1981. In many markets, it served as ... read more

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