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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.

Did 'True Detective' Kill Off Its Main Character?

July 6th, 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

July 6th, 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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'Big Brother' Has First Live Eviction

July 3rd, 2015 7:54am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: Week 1 Live Eviction, Head Of Households,
Seems like Big Brother’s answer to fitting in the craziness of this week was to show virtually none of it. The biggest problem with Big Brother is that the formula of competitions, ceremonies, and other staples in every single episode can leave very little time for the most important parts of the game: strategy and socialization. Battle of the Block and 2 HOH competitions makes this even worse. Jackie got almost no screen time in a week where she was nominated. Instead of a double HOH, we could have had a bit of explanation of why certain things went down, from Jace’s own Shelltown bro deci...
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'Big Brother' 17: Insanity Of The First Live Feed Week

July 2nd, 2015 8:51am EDT
Big Brother Review: Week One Veto, Ridiculous Fights, And Two Bi
The difference between the Big Brother live feeds and episodes are truly astounding. It’s one of the things that makes Big Brother stand out among the competitive reality show. The episodes are not only a short snap shot of hundreds of hours of live footage, but also a telling narrative of what the producers want us to think is important. BB17’s first week on the live feeds has been true insanity. There has been dozens of alliances, confrontations galore, and the rise and fall of a very significant character. But the trouble is that the first week of episodes can’t even begin to illustrate ...
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'Big Brother' Recap: BB Finally Has A Decent Cast?

June 29th, 2015 9:49am EDT
Big Brother 17
Could it really be possible that we have a really good season of Big Brother after years of terrible casts and unexciting twists? BB17 is filled with likeable cast members, strategic players, and twists that so far haven’t stopped gameplay in its tracks. The episodes so far have been a great mix of entertaining interactions and serious gameplay. As with every Big Brother season, it’s too early to be this hopeful. But since BB15 and 16 were so terrible, it refreshing to have a season start off so well.

Here are the best and worst moments from the third episode:

Best: BB Fast Forward

Lucki...
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Recap: Is 'True Detective' A Shadow Of Its Former Self?

June 29th, 2015 8:47am EDT
'True Detective': 5 Memorable Moments From 'Night Finds You'
Is True Detective a shadow of its former self? So many of the things that made the first season a success have fallen short so far in this season. Everything from the dialogue to the detective dynamics just doesn’t live up to what they once were. And since those were the elements that made True Detective more than just another murder mystery with a famous cast, the show isn’t quite the stand out it used to be. If season 2 had been the introductory season, it probably wouldn’t have the following it originally had.

However, there is still some potential. Ray Velcoro is one of those Rust Cohl...
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'Big Brother' 17: Premiere Night 2

June 26th, 2015 8:21am EDT
'Big Brother' Recap: Best And Worst Moments Of Premiere Night 2
And with that the game can finally begin. It’s always fun to see the houseguests first get into the house and try to find their bearings. There’s always a couple of people who come in swinging, ready to play hard as soon as they enter the front door. There’s always a couple of showmance-hungry women who declare that girls just totally hate them for, like, no reason at all! Some contestants try too hard for attention right away. And a BB season wouldn’t be complete without clueless contestants who have no idea what sort of show they signed up for.

However, Big Brother doesn’t truly start un...
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'Big Brother' Premiere: Who Is The Most Likable?

June 25th, 2015 9:08am EDT
Big Brother
In the first of a two night premiere, Big Brother 17 is off to a running start. It introduces most of the stalwart Big Brother tropes, from contestants who try too hard to force a showmance to a plethora of unwanted twists. But it also only introduces half the cast, the only welcome rollover from Big Brother 16. The first episode illustrates the brimming potential of the cast and the overall season, as well as some iffy moments that could have us begging for the Big Brother days-of-yore.

Here are the best and worst moments of the first episode, plus a bonus likeability meter for the new ho...
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Will 'True Detective' Season 2 Live Up To The First Season?

June 22nd, 2015 10:00am EDT
'True Detective' Season 2 Premiere: Ways 'The Western Book Of Th
True Detective’s first season was without a doubt a cultural phenomenon. Rust Cohle’s insane speeches were just as memorable as his flash forward facial hair. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s chemistry doubled, as did their career resurgence. But the lackluster ending marred some of the show’s overall shine. True Detective’s second season not only has a lot of live up to. It also has a lot to make up for.

While the show has made a valiant effort to fix some of its worst errors, it’s also lost some of its charm. Replacing the Southern Gothic setting is a familiar Los Angeles locati...
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Big Brother 17: Cast Superlatives - Meet The Cast

June 18th, 2015 8:47am EDT
Big Brother 17
One of the best parts of a new season of Big Brother is making snap judgements about the fresh cast members based on nothing more than a couple of interviews and their cast photo. First impressions mean so much in reality television, but none more than on Big Brother, a show that fairly often uses audience reactions to shape twists and hand out super powers. That’s why we sit in judgement over preview material and social media to discover who the next cast bigot will be (last year’s Caleb Reynolds was the “winner” of that honor) and guess who our favorites will be.

Based on CBS promo mater...
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