Anyone who has ingested Turkey's tryptophan and carbo-loaded a plate of mashed potatoes knows that Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday for flopping down on the sofa, and zoning out on reality TV.
Here are five great marathons to veg-out to:
- Show: American Pickers Wednesday, 11a.m.-10 p.m.
- Show: Duck Dynasty Thanksgiving Day, 6 p.m. -4:00 a.m.
- Show: Swamp People Thanksgiving Day, 7 a.m-6 p.m.
- Show: Pawn Stars Friday 8a.m. to Saturday 4:02 a.m.
- Show: Keeping Up With the Kardashians Sunday 7-11 a.m & 8:30 p.m holiday special.
Find out more--like why you should forgo Black Friday sales to watch these shows--here.
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Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Season Two determined a winner this week and, although she wasn't my favorite, I'm just thrilled that the winner had a nice mom.
The Lifetime reality competition, (headed by Dance Moms dance coach Abby Miller)--where young dancers compete for a chance to win $100,000 cash prize and a scholarship to the Young Dancers Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York--seems to attract some of the meanest moms on TV.
While the behavior of the mothers are certainly not the responsibility of their children, I don't really like seeing their bad behavior rewarded, so I'm glad that the mother who made a point to provide positive support for her daughter (rather than cutting down other moms, contestants and even their own children, as so many of the other mothers did) was the one whose dancer came out on top.
Meanwhile the mother who offered decidedly non-inspirational pep-talks like, "No one believes you can win," can't go home, thinking that her manner of "coaching" was successful.
Watching Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition I've been surprised at how often the dance moms-- who allegedly want their children to succeed (after all, the moms are living vicariously through their kids)-- cut down their own daughter and/or undermine their children's confidence at pivotal moments, like just before they step out onto the stage to perform.
So, I was relieved when the dancer who won had a very supportive mother. I'm sure the judges didn't base their decisions on who had the best cheerleader for a mom, but I'm still glad those mean moms went home empty handed.
Find out who won Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Season Two--and whether or not Abby really is the ultimate arbitrator of who wins the competition--here.
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The gift that keeps on giving, Project Runway had already spawned Project Runway All Stars, Project Accessory and the short-lived Mad Fashion, among others. Now Lifetime is currently in production on Under the Gunn, a new fashion design competition, which is scheduled to premiere in January.
In addition to tapping Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn as host, Under the Gunn also features Project Runway alums Mondo Guerra (Season Eight's fan favorite and winner of Project Runway All Stars Season One), Anya Ayoung-Chee (Season Nine's winner) and Nick Verreos (Project Runway Season Two), who will each mentor a team of designers.
Gunn, who recently gained more power and responsibility after a decade as Project Runway's mentor previously starred on Bravo's Tim Gunn's Guide to Style.
Learn more about Under the Gunn and plan to catch the premiere on Lifetime, January 16, 2014, at 9PM Eastern/Pacific.
Bravo's new series Thicker Than Water premiered tonight and introduced us to the Tankard family, a self-described "black Brady Brunch," a blended, religious family that lives in a three-story mansion and believes God himself has granted them their luxurious lifestyle.
But never fear, Bravo mediates any envy viewers might feel toward Tankard's wealth, numerous toys (including airplanes) and close-knit family with suggestions that the pampered, glamorous lives of Bravo's reality stars (think Real Housewives) don't protect them from personal turmoil...or a lack of good sense.
Hopefully later episodes of Thicker Than Water will distribute both, because in the premier they land entirely on the shoulders of one cast member--Brooklyn, the elder daughter who has had troubles with the law and happens to be the same Tankard Bravo wants us to laugh at for forgetting to even register for the big race she'd been training for.
With Thicker Than Water, Bravo also delves into the world of evangelicalism associated with the Word of Faith (also known as prosperity theology), which maintains--among other things--that financial wealth is a blessing of God and should be embraced. (That world was previously introduced through TLC's reality show about vivacious and extravagant preachers' wives, The Sisterhood.)
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X Factor Season Three has revealed the Top 12 acts that judges--Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio--have decided will advance in the reality singing competition and perform live for viewers' votes.
The twelve musical acts represent the top three in each of four categories (Girls, Boys, Over 25s and Groups).
Meet the X Factor Season Three Top 12, tune in Wednesday, November 6th; and vote for your favorites.
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When Project Runway All Stars returned for a third season, it did so with a number of new faces joining the returning contestants.
Charmed actress Alyssa Milano has taken over the Heidi Klum hosting role, while former mentor Joanna Coles--who served in the Tim Gunn role for the first two seasons of Project Runway All Stars--has been replaced by Marie Claire's Senior Fashion Editor, Zanna Roberts Rassi.
Project Runway's Season 12--which unveiled new twists and a more empowered role for Tim Gunn--just wrapped (find out who won here), which is why the cast (judges, host and mentor) is different on the spin off.
Project Runway All Stars Season Three features three former Project Runway winners: Jeffrey Sebelia, Irina Shabayeva and Seth Aaron Henderson.
Meet the rest of the PRAS 3 designers here.
Project Runway All Stars airs Thursdays on Lifetime.
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In addition to the departure of Taylor Armstrong (who was allegedly fired ), and the introduction of two new housewives ( Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud de Ohoven); Season Four features the usual over-the-top parties and epic catfights, plus the sobriety of Kim Richards, a tabloid scandal and a "fateful" visit to Puerto Rico.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns November 4, 2013 and airs Mondays on Bravo, 8-9PM Eastern/Pacific.
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The Survivor: One World villain (who Survivor host Jeff Probst previously labeled, "a devil") left that season suffering an appendicitis, which Probst now suggests was faked. Read more about Cumbie's departure.
Survivor: Blood vs Water brought back 10 previous players and has them competing with their loved ones. (Meet the contestants here)
In departing this time, Cumbie left behind his (surprisingly nice) fiance, Caleb Bankston, a 26-year-old post office manager/farmer.
Maybe Caleb is better off.
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Chef Gordon Ramsay of Hell's Kitchen, who hosts, judges (along with Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich) and executive produces MasterChef Junior, joined the show's little contestants at The Grove Park in Los Angeles to lift an enormous Mystery Box and reveal a penny-sized cupcake. The record setting tiny cupcake was a red velvet created by Sprinkles Cupcakes, which is credited by the Los Angeles Times as "the progenitor of the haute cupcake craze."
The cross-promotional event was meant to visually connect MasterChef with "small" aka "junior" before audiences tune in to watch the mini-chefs vie for a mini MasterChef apron. But if you're like me, now you can only think of "red velvet cupcakes."
Still, I'm a huge fan of MasterChef, so I'll tune in to see if the kid chefs are cute and sweet like cupcakes--or as annoying as last season's Krissi.
How about you? Will you watch MasterChef Junior?
MasterChef Junior premieres September, 27, 2013 at 8/9PM Pacific. Learn more about the competitionhere.
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Dancing With the Stars has returned for a seventeenth season with a new cast of "celebrity" dancers. While some past season have been littered with retired professional athletes and faded musical stars, this season is heavy on the comedians (although there's no one like last season's controversial Andy Dick) and younger actors (aka Disney Channel stars).
Still, there are some exceptions, like Valerie Harper which will make DWTS 17 all that more watchable.
As with several of the past seasons, this one also features three new professional partners, after all but one of the first timers from last season--including Lindsay Arnold (of So You Think You Can Dance Season 9)--haven't returned.
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays on ABC, 8/7 Central.
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