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Adam Bellotto is an entertainment writer (that is, film, television, gaming, comics, and anything else) and TV blogger for Starpulse. His work can be read at Film School Rejects and Perihelion Science Fiction, among other places. Find him on Twitter right over here- https://twitter.com/Eat_Sleep_TV

'The Bachelorette' After The Final Rose: Was Nick A Jerk, Or Was Andi? Andi, Probably

July 29th, 2014 10:45pm EDT
'The Bachelorette' After The Final Rose: Was Nick A Jerk, Or Was
Like any season of "The Bachelorette," we're not over until all three hours of finale have been painfully worked through.

And hour three begins with a broken, sluggish, post-breakup Nick. It's a sad time to be a (former) reality show contestant, and "The Bachelorette" conveys Nick's sadness with roughly a jillion shots of Nick, looking forlornly across various views of scenic somethings.

Although, learning of Nick's post-dump backstory is pretty neat. Did you know he was at "The Men Tell All?" And yet, because of Andi's powerful shunning techniques, he was not able to Tell All? For once, ...
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'The Bachelorette' Season 10 Finale Recap: Love (Also Sports) Triumphs Over All

July 29th, 2014 12:52pm EDT
'The Bachelorette' Season 10 Finale Recap: Love (Also Sports) Tr
It is time: "The Bachelorette" has come to and end. It's a sad day for us at home, because no longer can we guilty pleasure-binge on Andi Dorfman and her search for TV-quality romance. But it's a happy day for Andi, as she'll finally settle down with one of the two predetermined men of her dreams. Also sad for us at home (again), because Bachelorette finales clock in at three full hours and they're mostly filler.

Oh, and don't forget the other eliminated Bacheloretteers, like Bryan, Chris or Cody. They're here too, being forced to watch the woman they once loved, making out with and being...
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'Under The Dome' Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Hooray For Hoarders!

July 29th, 2014 9:19am EDT
Under the Dome
So far, each of episode of "Under the Dome's" second season has contained some kind of terrible, mysterious threat. Like magnets, butterflies, or a particularly lethal strain of swine flu.

And in every instance, the people of Chester's Mill have bounced back without any noticeable change in demeanor. Acid rain doesn't stop them. Having most of the town obliterated by magnets is barely worth noticing. Whatever the horrifying weekly crisis may be, these Chester's Millians can roll with it.

Unless Big Jim is put in jail. Under those circumstances, it'll take exactly one night for the entire ...
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'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 3 Recap: Dude, Where's My Crotch?

July 28th, 2014 9:15am EDT
The Strain
Before we begin, let's give a quick shout-out to everybody involved with that opening "Eichorst covers his horrible vampire features with simulated human" sequence. TV is not a medium known for the highest quality of special effects (and as nifty as "The Strain" is, the CGI tongue spikes can look a little dodgy sometimes). But that was some grade-A makeup work. Kudos, you vampire freaks!

Alright, now for the endless joy and squickyness of "Gone Smooth." Last night's episode was all about our four survivors (well, three, really, because Ms. Smarmy Lawyer Lady was too busy decomposing to mak...
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'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: Adventures In Pornography

July 28th, 2014 8:32am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: Adventures In Pornograp
There is an established pecking order on "Ray Donovan." Family-based dramaticisms come first; then, Mickey and his kooky shenanigans; then, time permitting, Ray patching up the careers of various Hollywood types.

"Gem and Loan" does away with this entirely. That's a wonderful thing, because "Gem and Loan" is easily the strongest episode so far this season.

Here, the family schtick and the celebrity cover-up schtick are lumped into the same category. Bridget is a bright student, so much so that she's eligible for a powerfully ritzy private school. Unfortunately for her, it's also the priva...
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'The Bachelorette' Season 10, The Men Tell All Recap: TV Ultrasounds, Racism Cured Via Cookie Frosting

July 22nd, 2014 11:52am EDT
'The Bachelorette' Season 10, The Men Tell All Recap: TV Ultraso
In proud Bachelorette tradition, it's time to postpone the finale everyone's dying to see (although it would take almost no effort to google "Andi Dorfman" and figure out which guy she picked- the finale was taped weeks ago) for a block of pure, uncut filler.

Yes, it's "The Men Tell All," which is another of those awkward moments when Chris Harrison grinds the show to a halt to talk things through with the Bachelor or Bachelorette. Only, it's two hours long, it continually cuts to a crowd of emotion-hungry women (plus two dudes, for diversity quotas), and it ends with blooper bonus footage...
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'Under the Dome' Season 2 Episode 4 Recap: A Poison Pig And The Quest For Free Wi-Fi

July 22nd, 2014 8:40am EDT
'Under the Dome' Season 2 Episode 4 Recap: A Poison Pig And The
Have you prayed to the dome this week? We can only hope so, because for the first time all season, "Under the Dome" boasts a threat that's actually threatening. No more butterflies or magnets or blood rain that causes mild skin irritation; "Revelation" brings Chester's Mill to the brink of societal collapse with swine flu terrorism.

The townspeople seem to have recovered from last week's Biblical-ish acid rain (Big Jim's face is less splotchy, at least, even if Lyle's isn't, at all). Little do they know, an actual danger is on its way in the form of Rebecca Pine and her census-turned-killi...
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'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Ray Vs. The Bob Seger Cover Band

July 21st, 2014 9:38am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Ray Vs. The Bob Seger C
Last week on "Ray Donovan," we learned everything there is to know about what already happened on last season of "Ray Donovan." This week, we're in for a treat- a fairly substantial nudge into this brave new world called Season Two.

And like last week foretold, Season Two is heading in more or less the same direction as Season One. But at least now we know what the differentiating factors are going to be.

There's still going to be a family-sized portion of Ray/Mickey daddy drama, but now the drama has a new twist! Parole! Which has already given us a new location in Mickey's brand new th...
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'The Strain' Episode 2 Recap: Nazi Secrets Revealed! (Hint: They Were Vampires)

July 21st, 2014 8:45am EDT
The Strain
We already know how "The Strain" fares with two hours' running time and a Guillermo del Toro manning the cameras. But how does it fair with just one hour and a distinct lack of del Toro?

The answer? Still pretty outstanding.

Because of the time crunch, we don't get nearly the same amount of "getting to know you" time that we did last week. Plus, we've got a new character to introduce- Vasiliy Fet, rodent hunter extraordinaire- meaning "The Box" has an even larger piece of bread on which to spread its perilously thin amount of butter.

But all in all, things work out. And if we've learned...
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7 Facts We Learned About 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' From the TCA Press Tour

July 17th, 2014 7:30pm EDT
7 Facts We Learned About 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' From the TCA Press
Last fall, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" went from "a show that hasn't started airing" to "a show beloved by all" almost overnight. This is good. The bad is this peculiar season called "summer," when fall shows (such as "Brooklyn Nine-Nine") do not air.

But summer's end isn't too far away, which means we only have about two months and change (the season premiere is set for September 28) before "Brooklyn Nine Nine" rises anew. And in order to whet society's collective appetites, the cast and producers of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" arrived at this summer's TCA Press Tour, to discuss the show's second seas...
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