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'Scandal' recap, 'I'm Just a Bill'

I am done with "Scandal." I am furious. I am spent.

Well, I'm probably not done done, but I'm definitely going to grumble about this week's episode for quite some time. It started off so well.

Olivia was being awesome, Susan Ross was refusing to be pushed around by Fitz (or anyone else from the Grant administration) and there were even a few laughs -- all wrapped up in an episode directed by the great Debbie Allen. And then, within the last few moments, all of that changed.

The culprit? Rowan. Pope. Every time Olivia is happy, he just has to pop up and destroy it. And while I love the way Joe Morton delivers Rowan's trademark monologues, I'm really over the way the character complicates Olivia's life and drags the storyline right back into the will-they-won't-they depths of the "Let's Bring Down B613" storyline.

But enough of my whining, let's get into the recap. Rowan is back and he's bullying Olivia, like he always does. He wants her to take him on as a client, shutting down the Gladiators'...

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'Survivor' recap, 'Livin' on the Edge'

We start out tonight's episode coming back from last week's Tribal Council where Hali was voted off, and there's...something crawling on the beach - wait, it's a sloth! It's adorable! Can we spend an hour watching that instead of these people? That would be awesome.

And to prove my point, Dan obnoxiously has to point out to Shirin the difference between a flip and a blindside. Shirin knows that she's on the bottom, and she's scrambling to stay in the game.

Now that Hali's gone, Jenn seems to have lost the will to play the game. Suck it up, buttercup; it's a game for a million dollars, and there's only 10 days left.

Shirin goes to Mike for a new alliance; she must really be scrambling. Mike is willing to entertain the idea, mostly because no one would suspect him of it. She suggests getting rid of Carolyn, because they know she's working with Rodney, but she's not a part of the Blue Collar tribe.

Reward Challenge time! This week it's an obstacle course, but it's on water. That's totally...

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Carice van Houten owes her 'Game of Thrones' stardom to Seth Meyers

Dutch actress Carice van Houten made her American late night talk show debut on Tuesday night with her good friend Seth Meyers. The two have known each other for a long time, and as Meyers explained, without him, her fame as the Red Priestess Melisandre on HBO's "Game of Thrones" might never have come to pass.

"I deserve a little bit of credit because when you got offered the part of Melisandre, you texted me because you assumed I was nerdy enough to have read the books," Meyers said. "And you were right. And I told you you should do it. And yet, I haven't seen a dime!"

"You're basically responsible for my whole career," she responded.

Van Houten joined the series in its second season and appears in the fifth season which just started airing Sunday. And like many of the cast members, she has to appear nude quite frequently. Something that isn't as big of a deal in the European country where she lives.

"I always feel like everyone thinks the Dutchy will do it," Van Houten said. "If the...

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'The Americans' recap: KGB spies target Afghan commander

KGB spies Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) come face-to-face with an Afghan leader who mercilessly executes Soviet troops in “I Am Abassin Zadran,” the Season Three penultimate episode of “The Americans” on FX.

Abassin (George Georgiou) and two other mujahedin commanders are in Washington seeking Senate approval to acquire anti-aircraft weapons. These shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles would give Afghan warriors a significant edge over their Soviet counterparts in this Vietnam-like war.

Posing as CIA officers, Philip and Elizabeth employ a divide-and-conquer strategy to turn Abassin against his countrymen.

To spare their village from fighting, the other mujahedin leaders forged a secret pact with a Soviet general, the KGB spies falsely allege. That’s why these Afghan “traitors” will sabotage the arms request.

“My men are honorable,” Abassin says, exalting the insurgents under his control. “They want to fight and die as martyrs!”

Seething with rage, Abassin...

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Netflix renews 'Orange Is the New Black' for season 4

Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" will be returning for a fourth season in 2016, the company announced.

Season 3 of "OITNB" will premiere June 12 on Netflix in all territories. The renewal isn't a surprise: "Orange" has been one of the top-performing original series on the service, execs have said.

The series has garnered more than 20 awards, including three Emmy Awards and two GLAAD Media Awards, and is a recipient of a Peabody Award and a Television Critics' Assn. Award. It's produced for Netflix by Lionsgate.

Jenji Kohan (Showtime's "Weeds") is series creator and showrunner of "Orange Is the New Black," based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman about an upper-crusty Brooklynite sentenced to prison after running drugs for an acquaintance (and, as it happens, her lover). Taylor Schilling stars in the lead role as Piper Chapman. Cast includes Laverne Cox -- the transgender actress who's been a breakout star from the show -- Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba and Natasha...

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Amazon to stream 'Orphan Black' season 1 free for 24 hours

Amazon will make the entire first season of "Orphan Black" available free to stream in the U.S. on Friday, ahead of the clone-conspiracy thriller's season three debut on TV.

The first 10 episodes of the show, starring Golden Globe-nominee Tatiana Maslany, will be available for free Friday, starting at 12:01 a.m. PT and ending at 11:59 p.m. PT, on Amazon Instant Video apps for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, and on the web.

The e-commerce giant's goal: to get binge-watchers hooked on "Orphan Black" so they'll subscribe to Amazon Prime to catch up on season 2. Amazon last year struck a pact with BBC Worldwide North America under which Prime Instant Video is the exclusive subscription VOD service for seasons one and two of the series. The unlimited video service is available through the $99-per-year Prime membership program geared around free two-day shipping.

Season three of "Orphan Black" premieres Saturday, April 18, at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America as well as on sister networks...

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