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'Downton Abbey' Season 5, Episode 4 recap, Love's labour's lost

With the exception of Isobel Crawley, most everyone on tonight's episode either gave or got bad news. 

Really, no one has been in really good spirits so far this season. Is the dog happy at least? 

But hey, there was a fashion show! And we did finally get to meet Mary's socialite nemesis, Mabel Lane Fox! And, as her name pretty much suggests, she was awful. 

Let's get right to the big bombshells.

Mary makes a break for it

Poor Lord Gillingham. It's not like we really enjoy him all that much, but he's not a terrible guy. Well, until tonight. 

Mary's just not feeling it, so when she goes to London to attend a fashion show, she decides to break the news to him in person. At a park. In front of a Peter Pan statue. I guess that's the way you cushioned the blow in 1924. 

Gillingham's not having it, and basically says that if a woman of Mary's social class sleeps with a man then it's expected that she will marry him. For her part, Mary seems taken aback but keeps her cool, even when he...

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'Looking' recap, 'Looking Top to Bottom'

Patrick is looking to his romps with Kevin, Dom is trying with Lynn, and Agustin is starting to use his new pal, Eddie, as a stand-in.

In this season's third episode of HBO's "Looking," aptly titled "Looking Top to Bottom," the three gay men at the show's center all seem to be searching for boyfriend material -- even if their choices at the moment, respectively, are an unavailable boss, a romantic partner with different ideas for the future, and a harmless bear who is up to the task socially, but maybe not romantically.

It's hard to know if any of the budding relationships taking form this season will last, or fizzle out, as Patrick, Dom and Agustin become more aware of the shortcomings in each.

Is Patrick destined to have his heart broken by Kevin, only to reconnect with Richie? Is Lynn looking for Dom to play the younger, dependent boyfriend, and will that cause Dom to sour on their relationship? Is Agustin's friendly interest in Eddie going to turn into a situation where Eddie is...

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' finale recap, 'Curtain Call'

Much like “Coven” before it, the season finale of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" arrives with an overarching sense that the entire season can’t be browbeaten into cohesion in the space of one episode. Of course it can’t, but it’s pretty fun to watch Ryan Murphy and company try.

“Freak Show” has been, for the most part, a fun season – featuring more gasps, shocks and truly OMG-WTF moments than ever before – and the fact that it spends so much time drawing connections between itself and the seasons that came before it is worth the price of admission alone.

But is it a good season? That, much like the much-debated meaning of “freak” is probably best left to the eye of the beholder.

It’s Dandy’s world now. It’s a new day at Fraulein Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities and Dandy is in charge now. He’s made the freaks put up new banners proclaiming himself the star of the show, but shockingly enough, audiences aren’t exactly lining up to see Dandy belt out Cole Porter tunes.

The remaining...

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'Top Chef' recap, 'The Final Battle of Bean Town'

Ever wondered why Boston is called “Bean Town”? Me neither. But since this is the last challenge in Boston, Padma will give us one last local history lesson.

Apparently back in the day, the locals used to bake beans in molasses, and it was so prevalent that sailors could tell they were coming into Boston Harbor by the scent of baked beans. However, nobody can explain to me why these sailors didn’t just turn around and go home. Because molasses baked beans are not delicious.

The fact is, no locals nowadays use the term “Bean Town” and no one in Boston cares about baked beans. But we’ll do this challenge under the guise of “putting this dish back on the map.” Good luck with that.

The chefs will have one hour to come up with a dish that highlights beans. The winner gets a trip to Napa, because you really need to have some incentive to be excited about cooking beans.  Yes, we’re all so thrilled about this beans challenge.

This week’s guest judge, Wylie Dufresne, is one of the most...

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15 years after outcry, major TV networks make uneven progress toward ethnic diversity

Kenya Barris, creator of ABC's "black-ish," was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family's efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television.

"I saw 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld' and thought, 'What part of New York is this?'" recalled Barris, who is black. "It's not about being diverse. It's about being true to the world."

His show comes 15 years after civil rights groups, galvanized by a lineup of new network series almost entirely devoid of minority characters, sought and ultimately won agreements from major broadcasters to put programs on the air that better reflect the nation's population.

An AP analysis of regular cast members on prime-time comedies and dramas on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox found progress since then in hiring black actors, but slighted other minorities. Casts at three of the four networks are still whiter than the nation as a whole.

That's in contrast to a fall 2014 season that seemed to signal broad change...

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Former Harford resident moves on to Hollywood Week on 'American Idol'

Could Shi Scott be the next "American Idol"?

Some of her one-time classmates at Aberdeen Middle School thought she could and it turns out they weren't alone.

The 19-year-old former Belcamp resident sailed through to Hollywood on a "golden ticket" after she won over two out of three judges in her audition on the show's 14th season, which began airing this month.

Scott, who attended elementary and middle school in Harford before moving to Gaithersburg during high school, nervously sang a pitch-perfect rendition of Amy Winehouse's "Valerie."

"It really sounded like an Amy Winehouse impression to me," judge Harry Connick Jr., told Scott, before he voted to put her through to Hollywood Week, which airs the first week in February.

"There's an incredible talent and personality in there, and I would rather see that than anything else," Connick told her.

Scott, who spoke by phone Tuesday from her Gaithersburg home, said she could not reveal if she actually made it through Hollywood Week, which...

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