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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' season finale recap, 'Judgement Day'

After this season's finale of "Real Housewives of New Jersey," it's safe to say I have never witnessed a "Housewives" finale that was so emotional yet very boring.

The episode begins with Teresa G. walking into her Oct. 2 court case. She eventually finds out she is going to jail for 15 months, which sets a depressing tone. The episode then cuts back to six months prior.

Melissa brings her kids over to play with Teresa G.’s kids. They both emphasize to their kids how it is important that they support each other.

Dina is finalizing plans for her Project Ladybug event. The Twins' friend, Abbey, lets Dina hold the event at her lavish, 31,000-square-foot mansion. Yes, 31,000 square feet. I’m pretty sure that is the size of the Duggars’ home. However, they have 19 kids.

Dina is worried there will be drama at the charity event, which is understandable. According to "Housewife" history, whenever there is a charity event, usually a weave is pulled or someone is chased down. Her fears are very...

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'The Walking Dead' recap: Survivors taste good

Poor Bob. Poor, poor Bob.

It's not often that one of the side characters on "The Walking Dead" gets a nice moment. Usually, all the joy, relief, laughter and romance are reserved for Rick, Daryl, Michonne or a select few other favorite characters. The rest are generally zombie chow.

But in "Strangers," things seemed to be going well for Bob (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.), the former army medic who has battled his demons in the past, but seemed to have at long last found love with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green). Suddenly, Bob was everywhere this episode, smiling and smooching and looking like the love in his heart was enough to fight back the apocalypse around him.

We should have known that he was about to get Mrs. Landingham-ed.

For those who didn't watch "The West Wing," Mrs. Landingham was the president's executive secretary, who was little more than a witty addition to scenes until suddenly in the second season episode "18th and Potomac" she was given her own subplot. Things were seemingly...

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'Homeland' recap: Uncovering conspiracy is 'game changer'

A terrorist supposedly assassinated in an airstrike turns out to be alive – and likely plotting an attack on Americans – in Episode 404 (“Iron in the Fire”) of Showtime’s espionage thriller “Homeland.”

A secret informant identified Taliban leader Haissam Haqqani (Numan Acar) as being inside a Pakistani farmhouse before U.S. missiles struck. But instead of eliminating Haqqani, the attack killed 40 people at a wedding party.

Along with igniting an international crisis, this tragedy prompted the brutal murder of Sandy Bachman (Corey Stoll), CIA station chief in Islamabad. A mob directed by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency stomped Sandy to death in the street.

CIA analyst Fara Sharazi (Nazanin Boniadi) spots Haqqani while tailing his nephew Aayan Ibrahim (Suraj Sharma), the airstrike’s lone survivor. Aayan hands over prescription medications to Haqqani as Fara records the scene on her cellphone.

“We may have a game changer here,” exclaims Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes),...

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5 tips for telling a great tale at Stoop Storytelling

Story time isn't always just for kids.

Jessica Henkin, 40, started the Stoop Storytelling Series with her friend Laura Wexler in 2006. For each show, seven "regular folks" get up on stage and tell a seven-minute story based on a chosen theme. The first show was themed "Failure," just in case it was a flop. Nine years later, the series has gained a loyal audience and a lot of laughs along the way. Stoop Storytelling's mainstage series launches its season at 8 p.m. Monday at Center Stage (stoopstorytelling.org).

Before the Stoop stories begin, Henkin told us her top five tips for telling a great story.

Be specific

We have learned that it helps to be very specific in your story. Talk about a specific point in time as opposed to a series of little anecdotes, to really kind of get yourself in the moment.

Make it matter

It should matter to you. … And if you're telling the story, it's important to kind of get a sense from the people listening of how they're reacting to it and to tweak...

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Md. native makes a splash as celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie

If you keep up with pop culture, Hollywood's glitterati and, particularly, the "black" blogosphere, you've probably heard of celebrity blogger "Necole Bitchie."

Necole Kane, who grew up on the Eastern Shore and lived in Baltimore for several years while attending Morgan State and Towson universities, is the visionary and CEO behind Necolebitchie.com, one of the hottest urban gossip websites in the country.

The site, which debuted in 2007 and has built a cultlike fan following, dishes up a mix of celebrity entertainment news, pop culture, music and fashion via posts, photos and video interviews on "Bitchie TV," her YouTube channel.

Necolebitchie.com boasts more than 2.5 million monthly unique visitors and 12 million to 13 million monthly pageviews; her team cites data from Google Analytics. She has about 600,000 followers on Twitter, and her two fun (and occasionally profane) Instagram feeds have some 400,000 combined followers.

It's all a bit more than she expected, coming from quiet...

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'American Horror Story': The curious case of Kathy Bates' Baltimore-ish accent

Her beard may be the least interesting aspect of Kathy Bates' character on "American Horror Story: Freak Show."

Can we discuss Ethel Darling's unique accent? More directly: Is that some form of Baltimorese?

The signs are there: There have been quite a few "hons," super-rounded vowels and other word pronunciations that you can imagine coming from the mouths of lifelong Baltimoreans.

We're not the only ones who have noticed it. Chatter about the accent has been incessant since the show premiered last week.

One fan, Natalie Sermon, @miznattie, tweeted directly to Bates: "Your bearded lady and her evident Baltimore accent is fan-freak-in-tastic!! #heavyontheO #AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow"

And Bates, @MsKathyBates, responded: "Glad YOU got it. Tell NY Times."

We're assuming Bates is alluding to this part of the Times' "AHS" review: "and [there's] Kathy Bates as the bearded lady, whose accent wanders around the Southern states, periodically landing on something vaguely Appalachian."

Really,...

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