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Has The Bachelor Jumped the Shark?

The Bachelor - Jake Pavelka, Ali

Did The Bachelor jump the shark with Ali's abrupt exit stage left?

"I'm going to go right on a limb and say no," host Chris Harrison told TVGuide.com. "But you know, I think the great thing about the show is people are deeply disappointed and upset that she's gone."

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Reality Dating Shows: What Will They Come Up With Next?

Conveyor Belt of Love

From masks to big money, reality dating shows have offered over-the-top concepts from Day 1. The Bachelor franchise is still going strong in its 14th season. Since its inception in 2002, however, ways to find love on television have hit an all-time low. Let's take a look back at some of network TV's worst (and completely out-there) dating shows.

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Did the Scrubs Reboot Jump the Shark?

Dave Franco, Michael Mosley, Nicky Whelan, Kerry Bishe

Sacred Heart Hospital has closed for good. In fact, it's been leveled. In its place stands a shiny new medical school campus that is the home of the rebooted Scrubs (Tuesdays at 9/8c).

For now, the setting change notwithstanding, things are pretty much the status quo on the ABC sitcom. J.D. (Zach Braff), Turk (Donald Faison) and Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) — plus former intern Denise (Eliza Coupe) — have all joined the faculty of the new medical school. A very-pregnant Elliot (Sarah Chalke) is waddling through the halls. Carla and The Janitor are no longer on the show, their absences explained tidily early on in the new season.

But things will change soon... read more

5 Reasons Why Project Runway May Have Lost Its Style

Project Runway

Ever since Project Runway made the move from New York to L.A. — and to Lifetime — fans increasingly have grumbled about the reality competition show. While the Season 6 premiere brought in record ratings for the women-oriented cable channel, it has lost nearly a million viewers, leaving 3.2 million watching the Oct. 29 episode. (The season ends Thursday... read more

The Office: Here Comes the Bride, the Baby — and the Shark?

The Office

Expectant parents Jim and Pam are set to walk down the aisle Thursday in an hour-long episode of The Office, but will it be happily ever after for them and the show?

We all know romantic "I do's" and impending tots spell more doom than bliss for veteran shows and with The Office attempting a jump-the-shark double here (Pam is due in February), the Dunder Mifflin crew seems closer to strapping on water ...
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Is Neil Patrick Harris the Patron Saint of "Un-Jumping" the Shark?

Neil Patrick Harris

Let's face it: Neil Patrick Harris is awesome.

The multitalented How I Met Your Mother star breathed some much-needed life into Sunday's Emmy awards. Harris, who also served as a producer, kept the show moving and brought plenty of fun with a rousing opening musical number and a comedy sketch based on his role in Joss Whedon's Internet experiment, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

See how Harris dominated our Emmys Top Moments countdown

The result was a less-bloated, exponentially more watchable telecast that drew in an audience 9 percent larger than last year's record low. So, we wonder: Does Harris have the magic touch?< read more

The View Taps Reality Mom Kate Gosselin as Co-Host

Kate Gosselin

When Elisabeth Hasselbeck said Kate Gosselin should "get the camera off the kids" and "get a job," she didn't mean her job.

But desperate times call for desperate hosts, and The View says Gosselin will serve as a fill-in host for Hasselbeck ... read more

12 Ways Mad Men Could Still Jump the Shark

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

With critical praise, a growing audience, and plenty of awards, Mad Men is going strong now. But no show is safe from jumping the shark. Here are just a few developments that could end Mad Men's smooth ride:

1. Flash-forward to 1986

2. Season 4 is about Betty's attempts to perfect her three-bean casserole

3. New client: Crocs

4. Theme song is replaced with "Eye of the Tiger"

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Benjamin Bratt Talks Cleaner Slate of Guests

The Cleaner, Benjamin Bratt

Are special guest stars always a shark jump? The Cleaner's Benjamin Bratt says no way — especially when they include Whoopi Goldberg, Mia Kirschner, Gary Cole, and Joe Don Baker, some of the actors appearing on his A&E drama this season. read more

Do Rescue Me's Musical Numbers Hit the Right Notes?

Steven Pasquale

Don't worry, we cringed too when Steven Pasquale burst into song in the latest episode of Rescue Me.

But once the shock wore off — and we realized that Pasquale could still make Sean Garrity hilariously stupid while singing — it became apparent that creators Denis Leary and Peter Tolan had put some thought into the song-and-dance routines. (That's right, routines; there are more to come.)

"Those would be my fault," Tolan told TVGuide.com. "We were sort of looking for a way to showcase Steve's singing, and this seemed like the most natural way — these fantasies while he was being prepped for surgery or after. The good thing is they're all on story. The first one is more naturalistic — there's sort of an MTV feel to the second half of it, but it feels a little more grounded. Then they just spin out of control."

Pasquale has a history with ... read more

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