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'Survivor' finale recap, 'It's a Fickle, Fickle Game'

We start out tonight with Jeff, live in Los Angeles; social media; voting for next season, hashtag blah blah blah.

Let’s get on with this finale -- it’s two hours long.

But I spoke too soon, because it seems we’re going to recap the whole season, explaining the whole White Collar, Blue Collar and No Collar thing again, but this time with a sweetheart edit for the Blue Collar tribe. No Collar also went to Tribal Council a lot.

Mike screwed up by being a jerk at the auction and pissed off his whole alliance, but then he won Immunity a bunch of times, so he was OK. Will was a jerk, Dan spouted off a lot and and Mike made a new alliance with Carolyn

At the most recent tribal council, Dan tried to use his two-vote advantage to get rid of Carolyn, but she had an Immunity Idol that she’d been keeping under wraps. It was awesome to watch. Bye Dan!

So now we’re left with Sierra, Will, Carolyn, Rodney and Mike. Sierra is a non-entity, Will is a loudmouth who sucks at challenges, Carolyn is a real...

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HBO sets Aug. 16 debut for David Simon miniseries

HBO today announced an Aug. 16 debut date for "Show Me a Hero," a six-hour mini-series written and produced by David Simon and William Zorzi and directed and produced by Paul Haggis.

Simon and Zorzi are former Sun reporters.

Here's the release from HBO:

            Your readers may be interested to know that part one of the exclusive HBO miniseries SHOW ME A HERO debuts SUNDAY, AUG. 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).

            From creator David Simon (HBO’s “Treme” and “The Wire”) and director Paul Haggis (“Crash”), and based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, this six-part miniseries explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, NY.

            In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor (Oscar Isaac) of a mid-sized American city is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income...

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'MasterChef' season premiere features Baltimore contestant

Baltimore resident Andrew Michael Woods is among 40 of "the best home cooks in America" competing on the new season of "MasterChef," which premieres on at 8 tonight, May 20, on Fox with back-to-back one-hour episodes.

Woods, a native of Charleston, S.C., was not available to discuss his performance on this season's competition. But there's an encouraging sign -- he is the subject of the most prominent photo in the online press packet for the premiere episode.

Full disclosure: Woods and I are friends.

The first episode, "Let the Battle Commence," shows the 40 hopefuls presenting their signature dishes to host/judge Gordon Ramsay and judges Graham Elliott and Christina Tossi. The second episode, "The Battle Continues," follows at 9 p.m. with the top 22 contestants competing.

 

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'The Bachelorette' recap: Already getting hot and heavy

Episode two jumps right into where we left off -- at the mansion with Britt, the girl who gives free hugs on Hollywood Boulevard, and Kaitlyn, who told Prince Farming he could “plow the f--- out of her field anytime."

They are spending the final minutes of alone time with the suitors, hoping to woo them and impress them enough to vote for one of them to be this season's Bachelorette.

I can’t believe that is an actual sentence, but it is.

THE BIG REVEAL

Things get exciting when Chris Harrison pulls Britt outside and tells her in his best Ryan Seacrest voice that she’s not going to be the Bachelorette. Britt looks genuinely surprised and in response, Chris tells her the vote was “very close” which seems comparable to telling the kid that sat on the side of the field during a soccer match eating grass that, "you still get a participation ribbon” for being there.

He escorts her to the limo, and here come the infamous tears. Too bad she didn’t bring the Kleenex from Tanner, who Britt called...

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Buck Showalter once taught David Letterman to be a ballplayer on 'Late Night'

The biggest of the big-name guests have paraded into the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City in recent weeks, all to say a fond farewell to David Letterman, the late-night titan who will appear in CBS' 11:30 p.m. timeslot once more tonight.

One former big-name guest who didn't make it to the "Late Show with David Letterman" retirement tour, however, was Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who in a 1992 epsiode of NBC's "Late Night with David Letterman" tried to teach a then-45-year-old Letterman how to be a ballplayer.

"We're looking for the subtleties," Letterman said. "We're looking for the lost art of baseball. ... I want to look like a player."

Showalter, manager of the New York Yankees at the time, then joined Yankees hitting coach Frank Howard in teaching Letterman and "Late Night" staffer Mary Connealy some of the game's finer points, such as spitting, successfully being hit by a pitch and shouting nonsense from the dugout during a game.

"Usually there are a lot of things said that...

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'Dancing With the Stars' season finale recap: And the winner is...

The show has set up an outdoor stage and we see all this season's eliminated contestants and pros plus the troupe before the finalists are introduced.

Next is a recap of last night - read what I wrote last night if you want to know what happened.

Although, we do see that Tom Bergeron gave some encouraging words to Noah Galloway backstage before his freestyle and we learn how they got all that fake facial hair off Riker Lynch so quickly. They also show Rumer Willis's proud papa Bruce Willis - the clip Erin Andrews was calling for last night.

Apparently Twitter chose Riker Lynch & Allison Holker to reprise their freestyle. Huh. Maybe Noah's fans aren't on Twitter.

Back from commercial, Riker & Allison are dancing what looks like a samba on the outside stage. Is this their fusion dance and live TV missed the intro? No, wait, here's Erin to explain. Apparently that was just a back-from-commercial bumper.

Erin mentioned earlier that she was wearing flats tonight and you can see them in this...

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