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'The Walking Dead' recap: Rick wins, but who loses?

For the fifth season finale of "The Walking Dead," Rick finally won his power struggle with Deanna for the hearts and minds of Alexandria. On the one hand, yay, Rick won't be cast out into the wilderness. But judging by his very first act as leader -- shooting Pete the accidentally killing abuser -- doesn't bode well for the path of civilization and peace.

Of anyone in the crew, it seems Michonne understood most deeply the dangers and sad reality of Rick's way, when we saw her stoically take her katana blade down from the mantel where she had previously hoped it would stay. She saw there was a chance for them to survive without their weapons, but that window seems to have closed. At least for awhile.

Most symbolically, the other active voice for peace and forgiveness, Deanna's husband, Reg, was the victim of Pete's accidental slaying, getting his throat sliced open during a confrontation at Rick's trial. With Reg gone and Deanna without any sort of grounding, it looks like she'll be...

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'Once Upon a Time': Maleficent, the author and 'Best Laid Plans' arrive

"Once Upon a Time" started with a boy, Henry, figuring out that the characters in a book he was given, fairy tale characters, were actually real and living in his town. It's that book now, and the author of it, that's driving the character motivations -- and now the author has been found.

But, we'll get to that. First a journey to the past. After a premonition by an evil queen, Snow White and Prince Charming are determined to make sure that their child is good, and will not be an instrument of evil.  So, of course, you hunt for a famed unicorn to get some clarity. Touching the horn of a unicorn allows them to get a glimpse of their child's future. Charming got a good glimpse -- a cute baby, nothing out of the ordinary. Snow did not get that glimpse. Instead, Snow met the teenage Emma Swan -- and teen Emma reaches into Snow's chest and pulls out her heart, then turns it into dust. But she's her mother! "I don't care," Emma says.

The heroes are trying to figure out what it means to have...

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Trevor Noah to be Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show' replacement

Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to "The Daily Show" a handful of times during the past year, will become Jon Stewart's replacement as host, Comedy Central announced Monday.

Noah was chosen a little more than a month after Stewart unexpectedly announced he was leaving "The Daily Show" following 16 years as the show's principal voice.

The New Jersey-born Stewart is being replaced by the son of a black South African mother and white European father. Noah has an international presence, and hosted a late-night talk show in South Africa, "Tonight with Trevor Noah."

He will join Larry Wilmore, a writer-comedian who replaced Stephen Colbert in January in the half-hour slot following "The Daily Show." When Noah takes over, Comedy Central will have completely remade the one-hour comedy block that gave the network critical acclaim and, arguably, its identity.

His selection means late-night TV continues to be a male-dominated domain. Tina Fey and Amy...

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'Scandal' recap, 'Put a Ring On It'

So, remember that time that Cyrus fell for the spy/male escort Elizabeth North hired to dig up dirt on him and then found out he was a spy and was forced to get engaged to him in order to avoid a major political sex scandal? Well, "Scandal" finally did, too.

Olivia is woken from an intense nightmare (more on that later) by the news that Michael, the man to whom Cyrus is reluctantly betrothed, just got caught fooling around with another man in a club called Gentleman John's. There are some pretty incriminating Instagram photos. This could ruin Cyrus, who has pushed the wedding back four times. His disdain for Michael is still fresh as the day it was born and this recent drama is not helping matters.

Olivia's plan of attack? To have a beautiful, heart-wrenching wedding at the White House. They can't ask Fitz to sign off on it because he's trying to pass some important bill and needs the Tea Party's support. So Olivia thinks of another solution: Mellie. Due to the fact that Olivia is...

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'Survivor' recap, 'Odd Woman Out'

It's dawn on the morning after last week's Tribal Council, and Shirin is still in shock, and scrambling because Max (her only ally) is gone. She has a moment of self-doubt about why they wanted her gone (which proves she has a total lack of self-awareness.)

Hali tries to clue her in a little, which reminds Shirin of high school in Orange County where she was an outsider, which makes me feel a little bit of empathy. Of course, if she was constantly singing and whistling around me, it might not matter.

Over at Escameca, Dan is telling the same stories he's been telling for days, and Rodney is sick of hearing them. But now he has Joaquin, and they have a budding bromance and are bonding over their common shallowness. (Seriously. They're bonding about liking girls and drinking.)

Reward Challenge time! It's an obstacle course up a tower, and at the top of the tower is a giant slingshot. Once the teams get to the top, they have to hit six targets to win. The reward is a trip to a turtle...

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'The Americans' recap: KGB spy mission takes tragic turn

When the FBI sends a high-tech machine out for a fix, Soviet spies Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) seize the opportunity to install a listening device on Episode 309 (“Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?”) of “The Americans” on FX.

FBI Special Agent Frank Gaad (Richard Thomas), under intense pressure after a KGB bug was discovered inside a ballpoint pen, took out his frustration on a temperamental mail robot. Now Philip and Elizabeth break into the repair shop and begin the delicate process of turning the robot into an unwitting Soviet asset.

Tragically for Betty (Lois Smith), the shop owner’s elderly mother, she comes in for some late-night bookkeeping and encounters Elizabeth. Betty soon realizes she’s about to become collateral damage in the Cold War.

After Elizabeth stoically reveals the purpose of her mission, she forces Betty to overdose on heart medication.

“You think doing this to me will make the world a better place?” Betty bravely asks. Sadly,...

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