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Alyssa is a freelance writer who has worked in almost every field of writing. But no genre is more enjoyable than snarking on the latest episode of her favorite TV shows.

'True Detective' Continues Its Hot Streak

7/27/2015 9:28am EDT
'True Detective' Review: The Incredible Improvement Of 'Church I
If you ignore every Vince Vaughn scene that’s not with Colin Farrell, this season of True Detective isn’t actually that bad. His acting is beyond terrible, shooting for some sort of brooding but really getting a sort of monotone acting that’s usually reserved for community theater. The other characters have gotten more and more interesting, especially as they delve into the case and get closer to each other. But Frank’s issues, such as whether or not he’ll adopt a child, are boring, poorly written, and badly acted. Every time he’s on screen, the tension dissipates.

It’s really too bad, bec...
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'BB17': Julia Is The Superior Twin & More

7/27/2015 8:37am EDT
BB17 - Liz and Julia
Battle of the Block is a drama killer. It’d be one thing if it only lasted a few weeks, in order to force the creation of strong alliances and keep bigger characters in the house. But it goes on for far too long and creates the need to constantly backdoor targets and put up the same people every week. This biggest fear is that this has become a permanent fixture in the game, the way that the Power of Veto started off as a twist and become just another part of the game. This twist kills drama, lasts forever, and ensures that alliances like Sixth Sense stay in power for four weeks in a row wi...
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Who Was Sent Home On ‘Big Brother’ Last Night?

7/24/2015 8:32am EDT
BB17
The Audrey Show’s been cancelled. And it’s a real bummer. 90% of the interesting content from BB17 has come from her actions, gameplay, and personality. If she hadn’t played so hard, so fast, she probably would have made it much further in the game. People in the house loved her and wanted to be a part of her positive story, but the constant rumor mongering turned people against her hardcore. However, she also set the tone for the entire season. If she didn’t play so hard, maybe the other players wouldn’t have followed her leave. Who knows what the season will hold without her? Without the ...
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'BB17' Week 4 Veto Rundown

7/23/2015 8:44am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: Memorable Moments From Week 4 Veto, Audrey
How can the season with the best feeds in years be such a disappointing TV show? Many feed watchers were excited to see this episode after everything that happened before the veto ceremony, only to see a watered down lie on the air. What narrative are they trying to sell? That Shelli is a victim of Audrey? Making it look like this wasn’t planned from the start (it was) makes Audrey look more paranoid than in reality. Is all of this in service of not making the season’s only solid showmance, not the villains? Because it’s far too late for that.

Worst of all, after weeks of complaining, the ...
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Best Moments From 'Big Brother' Week 5 Eviction

7/17/2015 8:17am EDT
BB17
There’s something off about the editing this season. While it’s still worlds better than the bore-fest that was BB16, the focus on competitions has pulled too much focus away from a great cast. Plus the constant twists get in the way off the really interesting characters and their relationships. We hardly know anything about cast members like Jackie, Becky, Jason, and Meg, but we do know that some dude named Gronk likes to party. Maybe that’s why they didn’t bother to introduce a new Takeover Twist at the end of this episode. If there was less focus on the compulsory parts like competitions...
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'Big Brother' 17 Crazy Cast Continues To Entertain Us

7/13/2015 8:32am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: The Hilarity Of Week 2 Nominations
Although this season of Big Brother hasn’t done well with capturing the pure insanity that is the live feeds, it has done well creating an entertaining season. A lot of that comes down to having a likable and fun cast. (No racists or delusional nutbags for the first time in a long while???) This episode was one of the funniest, in part due to the absurdity of the twin twist, the ridiculous game of telephone when it comes to information, and colorful characters. Now if only the show would do away with overly long competitions and unnecessary twists, we’d have a real incredible season. This c...
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'Big Brother' 17 Cast Never Stops Scheming

7/10/2015 8:45am EDT
BB17
Womp womp. A major twin is ruined. A huge character is evicted. Boring takeovers fail terribly. And yet, BB17’s potential never ends. This is a cast that never stops scheming. They’re all incredibly intelligent, belligerent, and fun. It’s a shame this season is a twist-filled romp fest because this is one cast that doesn’t need any twists to be entertaining.

Here are the best and worst moments from the Week 2 Eviction:

Best: Twin Twist Failure

Another twist bites the dust. Da’Vonne outsmarts Big Brother by figuring out that Liz is a twin just two weeks into the game. Da’Vonne is an extre...
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'Big Brother': Sometimes Bad Gameplay Can Be Pretty Entertaining

7/9/2015 9:01am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: Best And Worst Moments Of Week 2 Veto
Pretty boring episode. After a week of nonstop gameplay and changing alliances, it’s a little disappointing when things stay the status quo. However, sometimes bad gameplay can be pretty entertaining. Shelli and Clay made some monumental mistakes, so their downfall could be massively fun. But none of that has happened yet. What we were left with was a meandering episode that spent far too much time on competitions and filler.

Here are the best and worst moments from the week 2 veto episode:

Worst: Underwhelming Twin Segment

What’s the point of the twin twist segment if nothing is going t...
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Did 'True Detective' Kill Off Its Main Character?

7/6/2015 9:30am EDT
'True Detective' Review: Musings On 'Maybe Tomorrow'
As suspected, True Detective was never going to be the type of show with the courage to kill off a main character in its second episode. Even though Ray Velcoro is the show’s most—and only—interesting character, that would have been a major, fascinating turning point for the show. It could have raised the very low stakes for the other characters and forced them to shine a bit more.

It doesn’t take long to reveal that Ray was only shot with buckshot, with no more damage than to his piss-soaked clothing. The problem with this sort of fake out is that the show just exposed itself as a show mo...
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'Big Brother' 17 Cast Continues To Shine

7/6/2015 8:49am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: Best And Worst Moments From Week 2 Nominat
Seriously, how did we get so lucky with this cast? Last year, Battle of the Block was a burden on the season. It still is, but this time around people are more eager the play the game and play against each other. No more bandwagons. No more lying down and letting a majority alliance do whatever they want. Battle of the Block is still terrible, but BB17 proves that twists are irrelevant as long as the show has a strong cast. So far BB17 has proven to be the remedy to the past few terrible seasons.

Here are the best and worst moments of Week 2 Nominations/Battle of the Block:

Best: The Mess...
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