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17 stars and shows that should come home like LeBron James and Rosie O'Donnell

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From LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers to Rosie O'Donnell's unexpected return to "The View," last week featured two emotional announcements from two pop culture icons. Literally and effectively, James and O'Donnell are coming home.  James to his home state and the team he first became an NBA Mvp with and O'Donnell to the show that made her a powerful political commentator. With this in mind, HitFix's editorial staff began realizing how many stars and TV shows needed to "come home."  Whether it's "Project Runway" back to Bravo or Salvatore Romano to "Mad Men," there were a ton of favorites who would be better off returning where they started. For some it would be a happy ending, for others it would bring closure and for a few it would get them back to what they do best. Take a few minutes and check out our homeward bound suggestions »


- Gregory Ellwood, Melinda Newman, Katie Hasty, Daniel Fienberg, Drew McWeeny, Dave Lewis

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'Death Is Not the End'

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Last week, "True Blood" went on a killing spree, dispatching major characters and lesser recurring characters and bit players and new characters—including a few that had potential, such as Sarah Newlin’s guru boyfriend—with an indiscriminating, bland casualness. The only loss that was supposed to mean anything was the unexpected, last-minute killing of Alcide, but his shooting—at the hands of a couple of random gun nuts, just after he’d appeared from out of nowhere to help rescue Sookie from the infected vamps—was such a hectic mess, and carried so little dramatic weight, that the only real emotion came from the slow, mournful version of Steely Dan’s “Fire in the Hole” that played under the closing credits.  Surprisingly, tonight’s episode begins with an effort at closure, as if real lives had been cut short, or at least as if real characters the audience cares »


- Phil Dyess-Nugent

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Series premiere talkback: 'The Strain' - 'Night Zero'

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I posted my review of FX's "The Strain" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those who turned into FX's first-ever Sunday night drama, what did you think? Did you find the vampire makeup and special effects creepy, or just as silly as Corey Stoll's wig? Were you interested in the characters and/or the story of this takeover plot? How did you feel about old Abraham Setrakian's way of caring for his "wife"? Was the whole thing scary or too cheesey? And will you watch again? Have at it. I don't plan to cover this show weekly (too many things on Sunday nights), but I'll try to check in from time to time, depending on what's happening on the show. »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Season premiere review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Parallax'

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"Masters of Sex" is back for a new season. I reviewed the start of the new season on Friday, and I have specific thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I can buy an extra $100 worth of french lingerie every month... "We have the work." -Virginia "Parallax" is an episode that tries very much to live up to its title by giving us different angles on the immediate aftermath of Bill's declaration at the end of season 1. We revisit Bill and Virginia's night together multiple times, each time getting a new perspective, until we can fully understand the nature of this new phase of their relationship. That puzzle structure, with the same scene shown multiple times at different lengths, is one of those stylistic flourishes where the payoff really has to be worth the repetition, and here it absolutely is. As we hear more and more »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Two Boats and a Helicopter'

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A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I think I know what happened to your face... "Why do you persist?" -Mary What a bizarre, marvelous, freaky, abrupt left turn is "Two Boats and a Helicopter."(*) After two big, sprawling ensemble pieces to open the series and give us a sense of the Departure's impact on the larger world, this one essentially turns into a solo piece about Reverend Matt — or, rather, into a duet between Matt and the cruel, capricious cosmic force that's brought so much uncertainty into the world, and misery into Matt's life. Kevin and Laurie appear briefly (Laurie, interestingly, watching her husband and daughter's house while they sleep), and we also discover that Matt and Nora Durst are siblings, but the great bulk of this is just Christopher Eccleston running around, chasing signs and wonders sent from a deity whose behavior suggests »


- Alan Sepinwall

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Sunday - Nominations, The Frogwarts Battle & Donnybrook

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When we left things on Thursday, Nicole and Derrick had just won Head of Household, which made me somewhat happy, because I like Nicole and I'm fine with Derrick and I was honestly going to be satisfied with Anybody being HoH, since Devin couldn't win and everybody is planning to target Devin, at least until they abandon that plan in a moment of suspicious or just-plain-silly strategy.  But who's going up on the Block tonight? And then who's going Off the Block tonight? Follow along... 8:04 p.m. "This one's for Team America, for my family and for my boys in blue," Derrick says of his key. He's excited. His new roomie? Not-so-excited. "I did not want to be HoH this week. I did not feel that I was on anyone's radar," Nicole laments, sighing, "Sucks." 8:04 p.m. Zach is giddy, saying there's a 150 percent chance that Devin is »


- Daniel Fienberg

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World Cup: Lukas Podolski And Bastian Schweinsteiger's Victory Selfie Is The Cutest

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As far as I'm concerned, the World Cup isn't so much an opportunity to admire stunning feats of athleticism as it is to ogle the sport's assortment of hardbodied players, and I've no doubt spent far more time Google Image Searching shirtless photos of Cristiano Ronaldo than tuning in to the actual matches. So what better way to end the whole thing than with a truly adorable victory selfie by German players Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger (who kind of looks like Kenneth from "Mad Men," incidentally) following today's 1-0 win over Argentina? The bromantic photo op almost makes three weeks of putting up with hordes of insufferable bandwagon soccer fans seem worth the aggravation. (I said almost.) Aha! pic.twitter.com/iK5hbfm7Hr — Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) July 13, 2014 Follow Riot on Twitter »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Press Tour: Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman's instant 'A to Z' chemistry

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NBC's relationship comedy "A to Z" will answer a question TV fans never even thought to ask: Do Cristin Milioti (the Mother on "How I Met Your Mother") and Ben Feldman (Ginsberg on "Mad Men") have chemistry? That, and the conceit of following a relationship from beginning to end over the course of a single season, were the hot topics at the show's panel at the TCA 2014 summer press tour. Executive producer Ben Queen (a writer on "Cars 2" and creator of that short-lived Fox series "Drive" with Nathan Fillion and Emma Stone) said chemistry was the primary concern in casting. "When they got together to do the network test they had met each other literally a hour before. It was real electric chemistry. I had been told this existed and it's there," Queen said. While Feldman was more self-effacing ("Cristin had her job, they needed to bring in a »


- Geoff Berkshire

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