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Loretta Devine adds her spark to The Carmichael Show

Loretta Devine stars in The Carmichael Show on NBC

From her Broadway turn in Dreamgirls and starring roles in films like Waiting to Exhale and Jumping the Broom to TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, Loretta Devine has the thespian trifecta when it comes to a diversified resumé. The delightfully humble Devine returns to TV in comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s new multicam sitcom The Carmichael Show (beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 9pm on NBC). The laugh-out-loud series is a modern-day All in the Family of sorts that follows the Carmichael family’s zany dynamics. Carmichael plays Jerrod, who’s hiding from his contrarian father (David Alan Grier) and Bible-obsessed mother (Devine) that his girlfriend Maxine … Continue reading

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Ray Donovan recap Season 3 Episode 7: Is it time to repent?

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Recap Ray Donovan Season 3, Episode 7 “All Must Be Loved” (original air date Aug. 23, 2015): Episode 7 of Ray Donovan “All Must Be Loved” starts at home. Father Romero (Leland Orser) tending to his pigeons at a facility for the Servants of the Paraclete (you’ll learn a lot about Catholicism in this episode). Paige Finney (Katie Holmes) is alone sitting at the edge of her bed stoically contemplating the day ahead. She grabs her sunglasses but leaves her wedding bands on her nightstand. Before she leaves she peeks in on Varick (Jason Butler Harner) sleeping in a room … Continue reading

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Lifetime’s “Unauthorized Full House Story” is going to be cutthroat …

Unauthorized Full House Story on Lifetime

From 1987 to 1995, Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron, Jodi Sweetin, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were part of TV’s most beloved family sitcom — Full House. The series followed a widowed father (Saget) raising his three young daughters with the help of his brother-in-law Jesse (Stamos) and best friend Joey (Coulier). After a 192-episode run, ABC pulled the plug, but their story was far from over. Fast-forward to present day and you’ll find Saget’s edgy autobiography Dirty Daddy still garnering laughs, Netflix in production on the spinoff series Fuller House, and Lifetime telling the behind-the-scenes story … Continue reading

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Ray Donovan recap Season 3 Episode 6: So that’s why Paige is married

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Ray Donovan recap Season 3, Episode 6 “Swing Vote” (original air date Aug. 16, 2015): Episode 6 of Ray Donovan “Swing Vote” starts with absentee parents Abby and Ray Donovan actually under the same roof, a surprise for Bridget as she readies herself for school — neither of them noticing as they both are cashed out in separate rooms. This episode, however, shows some hope for the estranged couple. Mickey (Jon Voight) gets a lesson from Mrs. Minassian (Grace Zabriskie) and her grandson on what happens when one of her debtors is late with their payments. Her grandson unleashes some … Continue reading

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Recap of Ray Donovan episode 5: That naughty little Paige

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Ray Donovan Season 3, Episode 5 “Handshake Deal” (original air date Aug. 9, 2015): Oh good gawd, Ray and Mickey in matching Hawaiian shirts?! That is precious. Here’s the recap of Ray Donovan episode 5. As enjoyable as it was to see the Donovan clan enjoying a poolside party at Mickey’s North Hollywood apartment complex — with Abby sunbathing, Terry, Bunchy and Daryll playing catch in the pool with Conor, and Mick and Ray smiling and enjoying a beer together (in their matching shirts) — we figured it was some effed-up drug trip Mick was on. Instead, Daryll woke Mick … Continue reading

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Recap Ray Donovan Season 3 Episode 4: Family first doesn’t always work out

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Ray Donovan Season 3, Episode 4 “Breakfast of Champions” (original air date Aug. 2, 2015): Lots of crazy cereal talk in this episode. Made me pick up a box of Captain Crunch (so why does that cereal rip out the top of your mouth, anyways?). OK, enough of that, here’s the recap Ray Donovan Episode 4. The episode begins with Abby returning to Boston to visit her Southie family. She surprises her brother Dave (Aaron Hendry) at their family bar. “You look like a fucking teenager,” he tells her. “I feel like an old woman.” Abby (Paula Malcomson) takes no … Continue reading

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Bachelorette finale left one man feeling: “I’m the world’s biggest joke”

Bachelorette finale finds Kaitlyn Bristowe engaged to Shawn Booth

The odds that the 2015 season of The Bachelorette were going to be out of control were evident right from the beginning with the whole Britt Nilsson versus Kaitlyn Bristowe, but we never predicted this one. It felt like it would come down to a coin toss for Kaitlyn Bristowe as she confessed her confused love toward both of her finalists — Nick Viall and Shawn Booth. In the end Kaitlyn professed her exclusive love to Shawn Booth and the two are now engaged. For Nick Viall it was a painful déjà vu and complete blindside. The Chicago software sales … Continue reading

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Ray Donovan recap Season 3, Episode 3 – What would you do to save your brother?

Recap Ray Donovan Episode 3, Season 3

Ray Donovan Season 3, Episode 3 “Come and Knock on Our Door” (original air date July 26, 2015): Episode 3 of Ray Donovan begins with a beat-up Ray (Liev Schreiber) sitting in Bridget’s room watching her sleep. Bridget’s startled by both his looks — his face took quite the beating by that ex-NAVY Seal Paige Donovan got him involved with — and him actually being home. He apologizes for not making it home for dinner. She tells him Abby (Paula Malcomson) gave his food to the dog. “She thinks you’re still punishing her over that cop,” Bridget (Kerris Dorsey) explains. … Continue reading

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Ray Donovan recap Season 3, Episode 2 – Go home already Ray!

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Ray Donovan Season 3, Episode 2 “Ding” (original air date July 19, 2015): Oh Ray, just go home. As much as his family and his loyal partner Lena look to get inside his twisted head and help, Ray (Liev Schreiber) continues to turn everyone who cares about him away. The episode starts with Ray, alone at Fite Club, releasing his demons on a punching bag. Mickey (Jon Voight) is looking to turn his condom-infested Melrose Place into a golden opportunity now that Gary is dead. “Tragedy or not, the girls still need to put food on the table,” Mickey reasons. … Continue reading

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Recap: Ray Donovan Season 3, Episode 1 – “RAAAAAAY!!!”

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Ray Donovan Season 3, Episode 1 “The Kalamazoo” (original air date July 12, 2015): “You don’t know who you are anymore,” Ezra told Ray at the end of Season 2, and he was right. The season 3 premiere of Ray Donovan begins with a barely distinguishable Ezra (Elliott Gould) bedridden, clinging to life via the oxygen supply feeding him when a man in collar comes into focus. The man claims to be a minister to broken priests — Father Thomas Romero (Leland Orser) — who needs to know who placed the call from Ezra’s office that notified them of the … Continue reading

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