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How you doin? My favorite show to watch while on the treadmill, and by favorite I mean only, is The Wendy Williams Show. Season 6 of Wendy kicked off on Monday with a very welcome Hot Topics show, dedicated to Wendy’s take on celebrity news stories. Since Wendy has been on vacation for the last six weeks, there was a lot to catch up on.
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Over the weekend I watched Mission Blue, a new documentary on Netflix from the producers of The Cove. It offers a fascinating look at world renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle and her efforts to shed light on the destruction of the world’s oceans. Its a sobering look at her one-woman crusade against overfishing and big oil and to establish “hope spots” around the world.
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The season finale of HBO’s The Leftovers aired last night, answering some of the most nagging questions I had about the show and leaving just enough mystery to tempt me to tune in next season. As I pointed out in my initial Leftovers post, the slow pace and tone of the show frustrated me and though I never quit watching, I came close. After the jump, let’s look at the 10 questions The Leftover answered last night (Spoilers Ahead, obviously).
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I’m devastated by Joan Rivers passing. She’s such a giant in her industry and consummate entertainer who’s been on television in one way or another since I began watching TV. Whether it was her guest-hosting The Tonight Show as Johnny Carson’s fill-in, the host of her own ill-fated late night talk show on FOX, center square on Hollywood Squares, all the way up to her anchoring E’s Fashion Police. Rivers left us with a staggering amount of work, most of it available online. But there’s perhaps no more better look at the legacy she leaves behind than the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, which I watched again over the weekend on Netflix.
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So, how ’bout those Emmys, huh? I was going to write a quick post about my thoughts on the Emmys 2014, and Seth Meyers’ completely competent, but boring and stiff turn as host in the grand tradition of Late Night Hosts before him. But I feel like after reading this Michelle Collins recap http://vnty.fr/1rBzYUg anything that I could write would be reductive. Suffice it to say Meyers did what Meyers always does, plays the straight man to funnier comedians like Billy Eichner (the best part of Monday night), Beyonce Amy Poehler, and Andy Samberg.But I’d like to make a suggestion to The Televison Academy and future winners of Emmys going forward: Follow John Larroquette’s Example.
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Back in 2011, Bravo aired a 30 minute pilot based on the New York magazine back page feature “The Approval Matrix.” Hosted by Faith Salie, the show attempted to bring the popular feature to television. I barely remember watching it, and the pilot was so disastrous, Bravo has wiped any trace of it from their website. Proving there truly are no new ideas in Hollywood or cable TV, Sundance TV has given a new version a six episode commitment, this time with Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chappelle Show) as host. Let’s compare the two!
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(Cue the smooth guitar solo)…

This season of The Real Housewives of OC brought us Tamra trying to convince Eddie to have a baby by adopting a robot for a few weeks. Vicki faced her empty-nest square in the eye and cried every time she thought about Briana and Troy moving to Oklahoma. Heather continued to be judgemental and privilaged, and Shannon joined the cast with a whiny needy voice and a husband whose main attribute is looking sweaty. Lizzie joined the cast too, and besides playing a masterful game of ‘marry, shag, kill’ contributed little. All the ladies took a trip to Bali, which gave Vicki myriad excuses to scream, Tamra plenty of excuses to get pissed off, Heather to act cool and better than everyone else, and Shannon to snivel to all the girls how mean Tamra is. Oh, and Lizzie came along too. We end the season, much like other seasons, in Vicki’s backyard…
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