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10. Best Silent Killer: When it came time for the jury to have at the final three Survivor: South Pacific contestants, the most vicious commentary of all comes from an unexpected source —Whitney — the sweet Southern belle. "Albert, you're sleazy," she says. "Coach, you used Christianity to manipulate your whole tribe. And Sophie? You're the most condescending person I've ever met." Are you sure about that, Whitney? Because that condescending person managed to snare enough votes to win.
9. Most Biting Remark: Top Chef delivers a Christmas miracle, or perhaps just a case of...
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[SPOILER WARNING: This story contains key plot details from Wednesday's season finale of American Horror Story. Read at your own risk.]
American Horror Story really lived up to its name, huh?
In the FX series' first season finale, the Harmons were finally reunited in the afterlife when Ben's vengeful former lover Hayden hanged him by the chandelier, staging it to look like a suicide. (You'll recall that Vivien and Violet, Ben's wife and daughter, already died, respectively, in childbirth and by overdosing on pills.)
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So what does this mean for Season 2? Will Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott, who starred as Vivien and Ben, return to haunt the new owners of Murder House?
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Just us, or did Rubber Man put on some pounds? Tate, is that you in there?
American Horror Story's Connie Britton on the big shocker of "Birth" and what's ahead
We at TVGuide.com can't wait for next week's American Horror Story finale — Christmas comes early! -- and in snooping around, we've stumbled across these rather spoilery photos of this season's clincher.
What will happen now that Vivien's joined the ghosts trapped in the house? Will she get her babies back? Is Violet really over Tate? Is Ben going to shoot himself to get his family back?
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[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from Wednesday's episode of American Horror Story, "Birth." Read at your own risk.]
Who could possibly survive giving birth to the maybe-Antichrist in a house full of would-be baby-snatchers, both living and dead?
What do brains taste like? Does Jessica Lange do her Tennessee Williams thing when the cameras aren't rolling? (Yes!) How difficult is it to cut an umbilical cord, Dylan McDermott? Who doesn't approve of Connie Britton screaming about vaginas outside Murder House when there is a real-life convent across the street? Is the place really haunted?
American Horror Story Exclusive Sneak Peek: Find out what the house really wants!
snooped around visited the Harmons' haunted house on a mighty chilly day last month, just as the cast and crew of American Horror Story put the final touches on filming "Birth," the season's penultimate episode (Wednesday at 10/9c on FX), creepy, gross and bizarre things were going down. We took notes and quizzed the show's stars for answers! Who is delivering Vivien's...
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When we last saw the ghost of Nora Montgomery, formerly a '20s-era socialite who maintained her well-to-do lifestyle by feeding her flailing, drug-addicted surgeon husband starlets in need of an abortion, she was telling Ben to man up and protect his baby from crazy Hayden! (At least, he thinks the thing inside Vivien is his...)
American Horror Story's Lily Rabe, who plays the original owner of and oldest ghost in Casa Harmon, tells TVGuide.com that modern-day Nora is more of a haunted, rather than haunting, spirit.
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FX's American Horror Story is arguably the season's sexiest, scariest, strangest show — and it's about to get even weirder. Yep, that means fans can expect more Rubber Man, more ghosts of tenants past, more on Constance's creepy kids and — finally! — the truth behind the baby-daddy mystery. At the heart of the sex-and-screams series are Ben (Dylan McDermott) and Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton), the tenuously married couple who buy the wicked old mansion in L.A. known as "The Murder House." Britton and McDermott take us inside the don't-watch-it-alone thriller...
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Wednesday's episode of American Horror Story. Read at your own risk.]
Is Ben going to get out of American Horror Story alive? Even with Hayden out of the picture (or so it seems) at the end of Wednesday's episode, Ben's still in all sorts of trouble. He confessed to Vivien that he cheated again — that is, after she caught him the first time -- and has been booted from the house. He was also visited by the ghost of Dr. Charles' angry wife, who wants him to man-up and protect his (er, Rubber Man's) baby at all costs. Meanwhile, Larry the Burn Guy wants Ben to leave the house, give him a thousand bucks, or kill him, depending on his mood.
American Horror Story: What else went down on Halloween night? Evan Peters dishes
But forget about Ben — what about everyone else? The long Halloween night may be over, but the horrors — and lingering questions — remain. What's growing inside Vivien? What does Constance want? Why can't Tate know about Adelaide's death? (He's also totally dead, right?) Series stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Evan Peters do their best to answer:
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They say "Everything's Bigger in Texas," which happens to be the episode title for the premiere of Bravo's Texas-set ninth season of Top Chef (10/9c). And it also may explain why a ginormous platoon of 29 chef-testants descends on the historic Alamo for the first round of competition, and why the process of narrowing the field to a Top 16 can't even be contained within the first pulse-pounding episode.
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Halloween isn't over just yet for the Harmons. On Wednesday's conclusion of American Horror Story's two-part event, it's not just Hayden and the house ghosts who want vengeance.
When Tate takes Violet out for their date — curious that he jumps at the chance to do it on Halloween night — he'll be greeted by some angry, not to mention bloody and mutilated peers who will reveal new things about his dark past. But first, TVGuide.com quizzed Evan Peters, who plays Ben's homicidal dreamer psych patient Tate, about all the questions lingering from last week: i.e. Why does Tate know so much about what lurks in the basement? What's his deal with Rubber Man? Is he working for Constance? While we're at it: What's so great about Violet anyway?