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POSTED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 4:34 PM

Who says you can’t take the Robertsons out of the bayou? In this week’s season finale of Duck Dynasty, Willie flies the entire enterprise down to the tropical splendor of Hawaii!

Kowabunga, dudes. Turf beards and surf boards don’t seem to go together. Watch this sneak peek to see Uncle Si get “totally gnarly’.

Let’s face it: everything this hairy crew participates in is funny. Si going down a water slide looks more like a Looney Tunes short than a reality show.

POSTED: Friday, April 19, 2013, 10:38 AM
Janelle Arthur: the judges decline to keep her hangin' on

Admit it: you tuned in to American Idol last night hoping to see Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey scratch it out again. On Wednesday’s performance edition, Nicki dismissively told Mariah, “Simmer down, sir!” You’re lucky Nick Cannon wasn’t there, Nicki. He would have given you such a noogie!

The ladies remained in their corners, but there were a number of firsts on Thursday: the first time the judges haven’t used their save at this point in the season; the first female from the Top Ten to be tossed, the first time Paula Abdul (making a surprise return) has ever gotten a standing ovation; the first time an Idol contestant, singing for survival, picked a Vanilla Fudge song (oh, the Supremes covered “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” previously? Never mind.) And the first time to my knowledge that Idol has used backup dancers – during the Donna Summers medley. Yeah, I know those guys were holding microphones, but I suspect they were props. The boys were obviously there for the choreography. Five grooms for five sisters.

In the end as Janelle Arthur and Kree Harrison huddled on stage, awaiting the ax, it fell on Janelle. It’s kind of ironic because she is the one out of these five who is the most poised and gracious,. the one with (by far) the greatest commercial potential.

POSTED: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 12:06 PM

Ryan Lochte may be fast in the pool, but he’s pretty slow on the uptake. Sheinelle Jones and Mike Jerrick, the anchors of Fox29’s Good Day found that out this morning – to their uncontrollable amusement.

The Olympic swimmer came on during the 8 o’clock hour via satellite to promote his new E! series, What Would Ryan Lochte Do? The interview, as you can in the clip below, went south in a big hurry.

Lochte answered questions with questions. That is when he could think of anything to say.


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POSTED: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 9:47 AM
CNN's John King misreported an arrest related to the Bostom Marathon bombing case.

It set off sirens all across the media yesterday afternoon when CNN anchor John King informed Wolf Blitzer on-air that an arrest had been made in the Marathon Bombing nightmare in Boston. Of course an exclusive (as CNN quickly labeled it) will do that: grab everyone’s attention.

King announced it with such finality. It was sourced (“a law enforcement official”) and King even had a telling detail. The arrested suspect was “a dark-skinned male”.

Not so fast, Bobalooey. Within the hour, CNN was backing away from its exclusive faster than Darrelle Revis, as anchor after anchor sought to minimalize and rationalize King’s stunning gaffe.


POSTED: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 4:29 PM
Showtime's hit series "Dexter" returns for its eighth and final season.

You just knew that Dexter Morgan, America’s favorite serial killer, was not going gentle into that good night. But as this two minute clip just released by Showtime hints, this could be a very rocky finish.

Warning: Before you watch the video in which Dexter (Michael C. Hall) tracks down Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) in a bodega, bear in mind that Deb hurls more f-bombs per sentence than anyone in TV history (with the possible exception of Al Swearingen on Deadwood). Does she seem strung out to you? Cause she’s cursing even more than usual.

Along with that electrifying two minute clip, the cable channel also announced a starting date for Dexter’s eighth and final season: Sunday, June 30.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 10:12 AM
The cast of "All My Children" is seen in an undated photo provided by Ferencomm for The Online Network. The Online Network (TOLN) announced Monday, March 11, 2013 the highly-anticipated online debuts of the beloved long-running serial dramas ìAll My Childrenî and ìOne Life to Liveî for Monday, April 29. Both soap operas were cancelled a little more than a year ago by ABC, which had broadcast them for decades. (AP Photo/Ferencomm for The Online Network) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Yesterday we talked about One Life to Live’s transformative return – to the internet anyway, starting April 29.

Today it’s time to take a look at OLTL’s younger sister, All My Children.

Here’s an extended trailer of the soap (which returns the same day with the same delivery system, meaning you can stream it or get it on Hulu or iTunes.).


POSTED: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 1:50 PM
Snoop Dogg's Reddit appearance was larger than all other AMAs, spare President Obama's before the November election. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Snoop is about to go “upside ya head” in a whole new way.

Calvin Broadus Jr., the rapper formerly known as Snoop Dogg and currently Snoop Lion, has been tapped to record the theme song for the revived and revamped One Life to Live.

Yes, you read that right. The chronic smoker of chronic has written a song, “Brand New Start” that will usher in each episode of the soap. We have a feeling this will sound a little different than your usual string syrupy soap themes.

POSTED: Friday, April 12, 2013, 10:19 AM
Top 5. From left Angie Miller, Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb.

Well, it’s official. The long and terribly bland reign of WGWG is over.

The initials stand for White Guy With Guitar, a short-hand way of referencing the gender gap on American idol. The last time a female won Fox’s talent show was in 2007, when teenager Jordin Sparks took the crown.

Even last year, when females outnumbered males in the Top 5, Phillip Phillips still won.

About this blog

A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.

Reach David at dhiltbrand@phillynews.com.

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