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ABC has finally set the date for the premiere of the new season of the “Bachelor.” The madness beings again for the sixteenth time on January 2. Let’s be honest, last season of the “Bachelorette” was less than thrilling. I think everyone can agree that although they loved J.P. (what a cutie), Ashley was painfully annoying. Apparently, things are working out well for them and they’re shockingly still together living in a NYC apartment. Bentley did add some comic relief, but most of the dates were just plain awkward and left Ashley in tears, again.

This season, “The Bachelor” promises to be better and I believe it because from the start of Ashley’s journey, I always loved Ben F. I, like most fans, want him to find love and can’t wait to see who he chooses. We can only hope Ben doesn’t take any of his suitors on dumb dates like a flash mob or kite making.

Ben is also very excited for this season. According to AOLTV, he has claimed to be in love only three times (one of them was unfortunately with Ashley). The season premiere will be two hours long–obviously overdone with too many interviews and fake tears. I can’t wait to see who the new cast is. But if all else fails, Ben, I’ll be your girlfriend!

-Becca Spector

MTV announced last week that Rob Dyrdek’s new TV venture, “Ridiculousness,” has been renewed for a second season. Surprisingly, the show inspired by “Tosh.0”  averages 1.9 million viewers. For those of you have not tuned into MTV to see the show, Rob finds crazy viral videos and basically rips on them with his panel. His panel includes co-hosts Sterling “Steelo” Brim and Chanel West Coast (“Fantasy Factory” receptionist). There are also guest hosts like Big Black and Johnny Knoxville to add to the show’s craziness.

“Ridiculousness” is shot in front of a live studio audience, which really allows Rob to go crazy. He brings the same spunk and humor that he did to “Rob and Big” and to “Fantasy Factory.” As a result, the series has actually become MTV’s second highest rated show right behind “Jersey Shore.”

I give credit to the show because it doesn’t replay the same viral videos you have seen everywhere, but rather finds new and different ones that are hysterical. I am happy with MTV’s decision and hope Rob’s creativity continues into next season.

-Becca Spector

Fall is in the air, and the Syracuse weather is starting to take its true shape, the leaves are changing, and a few pairs of UGGs have been spotted. The new season can only mean one thing: Halloween is almost here and so are our favorite Halloween movies and TV specials. ABC Family kicked off its annual “13 Nights of Halloween” this week, beginning with a special Halloween-themed episode of “Pretty Little Liars.”

Not my personal favorite way to start it off; I would have had the first movie be “Hocus Pocus.” That is truly a Halloween film classic. Then, there’s also Disney Channel’s original “Halloweentown” and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s “Double, Double, Toil, and Trouble.” Even though those last two movies we not chosen for this year’s lineup, “Hocus Pocus” will be aired on Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star in “50/50” as best friends dealing with Gordon-Levitt’s character’s cancer diagnosis. The film is based on a true story, which makes it even sadder.  Seth Rogen is great and has some definite quoteable lines. Gordon-Levitt is flawless and is so cute even with his little bald head. He really makes you feel for his pain. Also the clear standout star of the film is his dog, Skeletor. I mean, who would not love that face?

The plot is pretty predictable, but still holds your attention. You really feel for Gordon-Levitt’s character because he has a whore for girlfriend, a neurotic mother and well, obviously, he has cancer.

I want to put a warning on this movie, though, because I pretty much cried throughout the whole thing and after asking my friends, the average was about 30 minutes of constant tears. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but it definitely is a tearjerker and overall is a great film. If you’re looking for a good cry, go see “50/50.”

-Becca Spector

First the whole world watched in awe as Kate Middleton married Prince William, then this past week everyone cringed while watching Kim Kardashian marry Kris Humphries in an E! two-part special.  Obviously, a wedding as special as Kim’s had to be shown in two parts a month after the actually ceremony took place. Everyone watched the pre-wedding preparations like Kris Jenner’s facelift and Rob’s battle with his weight loss (he’s still cute even at 200+ pounds).

Like every average wedding, Kim had a personal fitting with Vera Wang for her not one, but three dresses and Robin Thicke performed. Also, did I mention Kim and Kris–Humphries that is–were paid $12 million by E! for the exclusive film rights to the wedding. I know a few people who would get married for much less.

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NBC has cancelled the “Playboy Club” after only three episodes. Hugh Hefner spoke out on Twitter about NBC’s decision, saying “It should have been on cable, aimed at a more adult audience.” I personally agree if a show is going to be called the ‘Playboy Club’ it should be aimed at a fully adult audience.

The show had too much hype, but not the good kind. Companies threatened to pull their ads before the show even began due to its adult premise. Combine that with lack of viewers and average writing, the show didn’t stand a chance. It is being replaced with Brian William’s new show “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” Good news though, NBC did order full seasons of “Up All Night,” with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett as well as “Whitney,” with Whitney Cummings.

Honestly, even “Holly’s World” is better than “Playboy Club” and that show is just downright weird. Thank you NBC for the cancellation–can you please bring back Liz Lemon now?

-Becca Spector

The sixth season of “Dexter” began last Sunday with a lot of blood and some interesting twists. It wasn’t the best of “Dexter,” but certainly got viewers excited for the season to come. “Dexter” has changed since last season; he is now guilt-free and is embarking on a fresh start. This episode began to resolve our open-ended questions by explaining what happened while “Dexter” was on hiatus– Batista and Laguerta are divorced, meanwhile, Deb and Quinn are living together.

Dexter tracks his next victim to his high school reunion. We learn that Dexter was unpopular in high school (shocking) and his plan is to go unnoticed and murder his former classmate. Unfortunately, Dexter is now popular due to the fame associated with his profession, and people give him attention–he even gets an awkward quickie by a random in a bio lab. But of course, Dexter is a professional murderer and ends up successfully killing the asshole wife killer.

In this episode they set up this season’s serial killer. The killer’s MO is clearly connected to religion and he is very creative with what he does to the bodies. The killer even packed a victim’s intestines with snakes, which was seriously vile and uncomfortable. The next episode previewed severed body parts riding on horses. Sometimes I question how the writers come up with these things. I have high expectations for this season and am really excited to hear more from this season’s badass duo Travis (Colin Hanks) and Professor Gellar (Edward James Olmos).

-Becca Spector

The Office” ended season seven with one big lingering question on everyone’s mind–who would take Michael Scott’s position and, more importantly, who is going to hate on Toby? Some were probably a little disappointed to find that is was “Boston Legal” actor, James Spader, but the episode was still great nonetheless. While the show probably won’t ever have the same dynamic as it did with Carell, it still works. In fact, Spader’s role is almost the exact opposite of Carell’s.

The episode starts with Robert California (Spader) driving down to Florida and receiving an instant promotion–meanwhile, leaving Ed Helms, better known as Andy Bernard, in charge at Dunder Mifflin. The office goes into uproar when the staff finds a mysterious list dividing the employees between the categories of winners and losers. The ‘losers’ are upset because the ‘winners’ are invited to a nice lunch as Andy desperately tries to lead the losers out of their misery, especially pregnant Pam. (Angela too, is pregnant with her gay senator husband’s child).

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Riding on the high of five Emmy wins,“Modern Family” premiered season three last week with a classic Pritchett-Dunphy family vacation. Everyone’s favorite family takes a trip to Wyoming to a dude ranch, which becomes the perfect place for Phil to show off his machoness and make us all laugh at the same time.

This episode centered around the idea of manliness. Mitchell complained about his for half the episode because he’s unsure if he is fit to raise a son. I think this line sums it up best: “I realized if I was gonna raise a boy, I was gonna have to butch up my life. I wanted to be able to teach all the things to my son that my dad taught…Claire.” Mitchell isn’t really ready for a son so in order to prove his manliness, he sets a birdhouse on fire with beloved pyromaniac Luke–the obvious scene-stealer.

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The 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired last Sunday night. But since a strong majority of us were at Tiesto that night, let me give you a recap of the highlights. Be happy you missed it because the Emmys just seemed to come up short this year. The jokes weren’t that funny, awards were predictable and performances were mediocre.

Glee’s Sue Sylvester otherwise known as Jane Lynch hosted this year’s show and, honestly, it was nothing special. She was funny, but not the greatest host an award show has ever seen. Though, I will admit she was a huge improvement from James Franco’s hosting gig at the Oscars. (Seriously, that was just plain awful.)

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