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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.

'Big Brother': James Proves To Be A Contender & More

8/3/2015 9:02am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: Endurance, A New Power Player, And Karma F
See? Battle of the Block really was destroying the show. It’s no coincidence that the second that monstrosity of a twist ends, an underdog finally gets to make a big move. Hopefully the vast improvement in the gameplay is enough to convince the producers to never bring that twist back again. It’s not like the veto twist that actually enhanced the game when it was introduced over a decade ago.

Not to mention that it’s already week 6 and there have only been three different HOHs and most of them have been from the same alliance. The Sixth Sense alliance has dominated since week 2 and not had...
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'Big Brother' Sees A Power Shift & More

7/31/2015 8:48am EDT
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Our national nightmare is over! Battle of the Block is finally over. This twist has been a plague on Big Brother for two seasons and hopefully this episode has finally put it to bed forever. Now that the house is split into two warring alliances and they aren’t forced to put up at least 4 people every week, people can finally target each other without letting dumb twists stop them.

Here are the top moments from Week 5 Eviction:

Post Veto Meltdown

The fallout of Jason’s nomination is delicious. Finally, Jason, Meg, Jackie, and James have to wake up to the fact that they’re on the bottom o...
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'Big Brother': Jason Gets Blindsided And More

7/30/2015 8:55am EDT
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Finally, something happens in the house that draws a line in the sand. Big Brother is always more satisfying when there are two strong sides of alliances, battling each other. Up until this point, Vanessa, Shelli, and Clay have done an amazing job making it look like they’re everybody’s friend and that there are only a few outsiders. Even with Audrey proclaiming that the Sixth Sense alliance was moving to wipe them all out, the underdog group refused to see that they weren’t with the majority. But with one move, Vanessa showed her hand and now there’s no way Jason, Meg, Jackie, and James do...
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'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
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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
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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
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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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