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Kerry Washington’s Scandalous SNL Promos

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With Kerry Washington hosting this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, naturally, a few Scandal references are in order. SNL regular Taran Killam teams up with the 36-year-old actress for a series of promos. The best one features the two playing up the ABC drama’s signature flair for the dramatics. Their looks when they look straight into the camera and utter “ooooh Scandal” are priceless.

If this is a taste of things to come, I’m definitely recording this weekend’s show. Believe it or not, Washington is only the 9th African-American woman to host in the show’s 39-year history. Insane, right? Watch all the promos below.

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Not to quote the most overused term in the 21st century, but boy was tonight pitchy, pitchy, pitchy. Whether it was nerves or due to production’s inability to get the sound right, most of the singers couldn’t hit a note to save them.

How does The Voice rarely get a bum performance, yet The X Factor is littered with them. Even though the talent is substandard as a whole, I just can’t break up with the FOX show. With all that being said, there were a couple of standouts. In the end, all you need is one or two acts to emerge as viable recording artists.

Going into tonight’s show I made predictions on which act each judge would eliminate. Thankfully, I didn’t place any bets as I only got one right- Demi’s group. Watch all the performances below and see if the judges made the right decisions.

Before you watch the vids though, can I just mention how much it irritates me to no end how Mario Lopez pronounces Paulina’s name. We get it Mario, you speak Spanish. Speaking of Paulina, if it’s at all possible, she’s saying even less than Britney Spears last year. Production barely gives her a chance to speak and when she has an opportunity, it’s a muddled mess. Bring Brit back!!!

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The X Factor returns after being sidelined by the MLB playoffs. On tonight’s show, the field narrows down from 16 to 12. Each judge can only choose three acts to move forward, eliminating one act each.

For the first time ever, the FOX singing competition will allow social media votes to act as the fifth judge. Starting at 12pm ET/9am PT today, fans can make their voice heard using special hashtags on Twitter and Instagram. Whether or not the results actually influence any of the judges’ final decisions remains to be seen. However, it’ll be interesting to see the real-time results during the live show as each act performs. More interestingly, if any of the judges ignore the public vote.

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict which act each judge will eliminate regardless of their performance tonight. For Paulina, I’m going with Carlos Guevara. With the girls, Demi will cut Danie Geimer. Meanwhile, Jeff Gutt will get the axe from Kelly. Last and certainly not least, Simon will surprisingly discard one of his manufactured acts. So long Sweet Suspense. You’re no Fifth Harmony ;) Check out the special hashtags below along with makeover pics.

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The CW Begins Promoting Nikita’s Final Season

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Not sure how many Nikita fans there are here, but hopefully some of you find this post of interest.

I’ve been a fan of the CW series since the beginning. Even though it was always ratings-challenged, I’m glad the network stuck with it for several seasons. Even more appreciative that instead of making the writers quickly craft a series finale last year, they gave them a shortened fourth season (six episodes) to wrap things up properly. They’re also bringing in Judd Nelson for the spy series’ swan song. The final countdown begins November 22 with the finale airing December 27. At least they’ll be something new to watch during the repeat-heavy holiday season.

When the show returns, things don’t look great for our favorite heroine. Not only is Nikita trying to clear her name after being framed for the President’s assassination, but life on the homefront sucks as well. Looks like Mikita is on the rocks. In the first look at the final season, Michael declares he’s done fighting for them. Ouch. Check out the promo below.

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The shirtless promo pic I shared of Freddie Prinze, Jr. proved so popular, I figured the video of his buff torso in action would be equally well-received. On last night’s episode of Witches of East End, the 37-year-old made his debut by taking off his shirt and making out with the wonderful Madchen Amick. Not a bad way to make an entrance.

I have to say. Freddie looks way better now than he did during his 90s hey day. I rewatched She’s All That the other day, and he has way more sex appeal today. I’ll take him as a toned spectacled silver fox over his twinky former self any day. Watch the video below and see if you feel the same way.

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Have you checked out Showtime’s new series Masters of Sex? The steamy new show chronicles the unusual lives of Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan)- pioneers in the science of human sexuality. Their research touched off the sexual revolution in the 1960s. Showtime just renewed the show for a second season earlier this week.

On a recent episode, Dr. Masters interviews a young man (Finn Wittrock) for his studies. Once he discovers he’s a gay prostitute, he becomes uncomfortable questioning him on his sexual activities. Rather than explaining the ins and outs of gay sex, Wittrock suggests Bobby Campo and himself do the deed in front of Dr. Masters all in the name of science. Check out the hot and heavy scene below.

A new episode of Masters of Sex airs tonight. Definitely give it a try. In addition to all the male eye candy, Lizzy Caplan aka Mean Girls‘ Janis Ian is fantastic on it.

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CBS Eying Charmed Reboot

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Hollywood truly has run out of original ideas. On the heels of NBC bringing Murder, She Wrote back, CBS is resurrecting another classic show. reports that a “re-imagining” of Charmed is in the works. The Aaron Spelling-produced original ran for eight seasons from 1998-2006. Very few details about the project have leaked, but we know that a script is being written by Party of Five co-creator Chris Keyser and partner Sydney Sidner.

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NBC Reviving Murder She Wrote

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The original aired on CBS for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996, but it’s the peacock network who’s reviving the classic crime procedural. The network confirmed the news today. Hopefully for NBC this reboot lasts longer than their latest attempt. Ironside only last a couple of episodes before getting the official heave ho this season.

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