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Top Moments: The Bachelor's (Fake?) Apology and Survivor's Dumbest Tribe Ever

The Bachelor

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13. The Worst Ex Factor:
If you have to ask, "You sure this isn't racist?" three times, chances are, it probably is. On MTV's The Challenge: Battle of the Exes, Emily decides to play a "prank" on her African-American partner and ex-boyfriend, Ty, by smearing chocolate all over her face to do a blackface impersonation of him with Camila, who does her best ...
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Thursday TV in Review: Awake Dreams On, and HBO's Oscar-Winning Saving Face

Awake

When a new show comes along that blows you away with its risk-taking originality, like NBC's haunting Awake (see my review of the pilot episode here), it's almost inevitable that one of the first ...
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Parks and Rec: Leslie's New Competition, Tom and Ann's Future and a Visit from Anna Faris?

Amy Poehler

As Super Tuesday drew to a close, the candidate on everyone's mind at Parks and Recreation's PaleyFest event was Pawnee City Council hopeful Leslie Knope.

There are only a few weeks left in the NBC comedy's fictional campaign, but the race could go either way. Two endings were shot for the season finale — one in which Mouse Rat performs "Catch Your Dream" and the other in which they sing "Screw Your Dream" (you get the idea). "For a long time, we didn't know what it was going to be," star and producer Amy Poehler told TVGuide.com at Tuesday's event, which featured a panel moderated by TV Guide Magazine's Michael Schneider. read more

Ratings: Awake Has Decent Premiere; Idol Dominates

Jason Isaacs

Awake didn't open to huge numbers for NBC, but it wasn't a complete nightmare.

The long-awaited drama's series premiere bowed to 6.2 million viewers and a 1.9 ratings in the adults 18-to-49 demo on Thursday. That's a massive 44 percent and 58 percent improvement on ...
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With So Many On the Bubble, Can Smart Comedies Survive?

Joel McHale

When it comes to comedy, the networks have some tough decisions to make in the next few months. Do they stick with low-rated but critically adored shows with rabid fan bases, like NBC's Community? Or do they attempt to emulate the success of sitcoms with broad appeal but little acclaim, like the CBS hit 2 Broke Girls?

A handful of shows — including Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory — manage to pull off the rare feat of landing big accolades and big ...
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Mega Buzz: Glee's Cliff-Hanger, Castle's Reckoning and Housewives' Seduction

Lea Michele, Nathan Fillion, Eva Longoria

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Did Quinn die on Glee? — Kathy
NATALIE:
Well, probably not. If Quinn was dead, wouldn't they be looking to cast an undertaker instead of a wedding planner? It's up to you decide if Ohio's premier knot-tying expert, who's described as more lumberjack than Jennifer Lopez, is coming to Lima to help Finn and Rachel pick out a chuppah or to find the most sanitary caterer in the Buckeye State for Will and Emma. Either way, you should probably start sending your requests for wedding-themed songs to Ryan Murphy pronto.

Is there any reason to hope Castle and Beckett will hook up this season on Castle? — Elizabeth
ADAM:
Hope springs eternal, Elizabeth, especially after... read more

Ratings: Big Bang Beats Idol Overall for the First Time

Big Bang Theory

The ratings keep getting bigger for The Big Bang Theory — and they keep getting smaller for American Idol.

The hit sitcom bested Idol outright for the first time in both viewership and the adults 18-to-49 demo Thursday, drawing 16.1 million and a 5.2, improving a tenth from last week. Idol averaged 15.4 million and a 4.4 (down 14 percent in the demo) for the hour. During the ...
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Mega Buzz: New Girls on Grey's and CSI and an Old Flame on The Good Wife

Justin Chambers, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Charles

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

What's coming up on Grey's Anatomy? — Jesse
NATALIE:
In this week's episode, everyone but Alex will notice a spark that's developing between him and intern Morgan (Amanda Fuller). "Karev's really oblivious to the fact that everyone's rumoring around the hospital that they're doing it," Fuller tells us. "They're spending so much time together, and they bicker and banter like two kindergarten kids who have a crush on each other, so he begins to realize that everyone may be right about her being into him."

I really liked Elisabeth Shue on CSI. But please tell me the show isn't going to try to force her and Ted Danson together. — Kasey
ADAM:
Sorry, Kasey, but I think it's a safe bet that... read more

NBC Sets Community Return Date, Premieres for Bent, Best Friends Forever

Community

The darkest timeline is over: Community will return on Thursday, March 15, NBC announced Tuesday.

In addition, the network announced premiere dates for midseason shows Bent, Best Friends Forever and Betty White's Off Their Rockers.

Off the schedule since December, Community will re-inherit its 8/7c slot from 30 Rock, which will shift to 8:30/7:30c, followed ...
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Ratings: Big Bang Beats Idol Head to Head Again, But Fox Wins Another Low Night

Jim Parsons

The Big Bang Theory continued to dominate over American Idol head to head on Thursday, but it was a down night overall.

The hit sitcom scored 15.5 million viewers and a 5.0 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demo, easily trumping ...
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