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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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HBO cancels 'Looking,' will air 'final chapter' as special

There will be no third season for HBO's gay-themed series "Looking," which has been canceled, HBO announced March 25.

Instead, a "final chapter" will be aired as an HBO special in order to wrap up the show's various storylines, it said.

"After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special," HBO said in a statement. "We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans."

An HBO spokeswoman said more details about the special -- such as its length and air date -- are not yet available.

The news will no doubt be met with varying degrees of regret and derision by the gay community, which has largely been split over the series and whether it represented gay culture and lives in an interesting, accurate and entertaining way.

But it should also be met with a sense of loss by anyone who believes unapologetic and...

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'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Jon Hamm, star of AMC's "Mad Men," recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his spokeswoman said.

Hamm had the support of his longtime partner, actress-filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt, in his struggle, publicist Annett Wolf said in a statement Tuesday.

The couple have asked "for privacy and sensitivity going forward," the statement said. No further details were provided.

The disclosure, first reported by TMZ, came as the final season of the 1960s-set drama begins April 5 on AMC.

The 43-year-old Hamm plays Don Draper, a troubled advertising executive with a dark past. The role brought him stardom and repeated Emmy Award nominations.

Associated Press

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Justified 'Trust' recap: Almost made the county line

If you've ever run a long-distance race, you know that feeling that shoots through you near the finish line. Arms pumping, legs driving, knowing the faster you move, the sooner the pain stops. You shut out everything around you, bare your teeth and just go.

Problem is, when you're that focused on what's in front of you, you tend to lose sight of what's coming up behind.

In "Trust," Raylan, Markham, Wynn Duffy and especially Boyd Crowder are all closing in on the thing they've spent weeks or years chasing, and one by one, they all suffer figurative (or in Boyd's case literal) wounds from something they should've seen in their periphery.

Boyd and Raylan's inability to step out of who they are within Harlan has long foretold their doom, and it's Boyd whose devils seem to catch up with him first, as Ava cuts him down right after he pulls the big score he's been chasing since we met him as a white supremacist with a talent for explosions way back in the series' pilot.

There is something sad...

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'The Voice' recap: Tough calls as knockouts roll on

“The Voice” coaches always talk about how difficult it is for them to choose between singers on their teams as they trim up in the battles and knockouts before taking it live for the playoff rounds. But in fact, in Tuesday’s hour-long show, they really did have to make some tough calls as three talented sets of team members took the stage to compete. Only Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera still had a steal in play.

“I just want the best team I can possibly have,” Shelton said, speaking, one assumes, for all the coaches, before the evening’s pairings proceeded.

Here’s how it all went down:

Corey Kent White vs. Cody Wickline (Team Blake): Shelton pitted these two appealing young country singers against each other in order to decipher which of them had the best shot at a win. “This is definitely going to be one of my toughest decisions,” he said before they took the stage. “Both of these guys are artists that I can hear being played on country radio.” Wickline, a cowboy-hat-wearing,...

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