May 24th, 2010
11:54 AM ET

Simon Cowell tops list of most influential in reality TV

The Hollywood Reporter has released its third annual list of the most powerful folks in reality TV, and it's no surprise that Simon Cowell ranks number one.

The “American Idol” judge returns to the top spot for the second year in a row thanks to his continuing influence over the genre.

“He tops this list for the second year in a row, not just because he's a singular on-air talent able to captivate an audience in a way that no one has replicated, 10 years into the reality TV era; and not just because he has pulled in what Forbes says was $75 million last year from 'Idol,' producing NBC's 'America's Got Talent' and other deals, making him the highest-paid person on television - but because Cowell represents the best of reality TV,” THR says.

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May 24th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

TV recap: The last 'Lost' is one for the ages

[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen the series finale of "Lost" yet, DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]

To quote John Locke, "We're gonna need to watch that again."

As I said earlier, Sunday night's episode succeeded in many ways as an ending to this season. Just about everything one might want to know about the mysteries of this season was answered. As for some of the earlier mysteries, of which I've talked about here before (the bird that said "Hurley," anyone?), we're left to piece them together ourselves.

The good news is that many answers were more implied (as opposed to the straightforward answer on the whispers) than some might realize (see the discussion about Aaron here), and quite a lot can apparently be explained by the island's electromagnetic "source," which played a big part in the climactic scenes.

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May 24th, 2010
09:56 AM ET

The 'Celebrity Apprentice' winner is....

Spoiler alert: Today’s blog entry reveals the winner of this season’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”

This is the first “Celebrity Apprentice” finale that made me cry, laugh and scream. No, I am not usually a spaz.

The show began with Donald Trump ending all questions about Bret Michaels. He announced Michaels would appear live in the boardroom, and even though we waited an hour and a half, it was worth it.

Trump introduced Holly Robinson Peete first, and she entered wearing a sparkly, silver, cleavage-showing, halter dress. Women, never wear that in a boardroom.

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May 24th, 2010
09:30 AM ET

Trailer Park: Zac Efron, Betty White and Helen Mirren

For the most part, Zac Efron hasn't strayed from musicals and comedies, but the young actor is stepping outside of the box with his next film.

Fans of the “High School Musical” star will soon see Efron’s serious side in the new drama, “Charlie St. Cloud.”

Efron plays the film’s title character, who appears to have it all: great friends, family and an all-around amazing life. But when tragedy strikes, everything changes and Charlie's forced to see life in a whole new way. Oscar-winner Kim Bassinger plays Efron’s mom in the film, due to arrive in theaters on July 30.

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May 24th, 2010
12:11 AM ET

The final 'Lost:' Share your reaction

[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen the series finale of "Lost" yet, DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]

I'll make this relatively spoiler-free for now, actually. So - that was a real curveball, those last five minutes. A lot of it was very fitting, it definitely took us on an emotional journey, and there were so many moments that moved me, and really worked. But, those last five minutes will certainly start some "healthy debate," to say the least.

As a finale to season six, it was very good. As a finale to the series as a whole, less so. But it was hardly a misfire. And I'll leave it at that for now.

Check back here tomorrow for my full reaction: here's what I had to say as it was happening.

In the meantime, let the conversation begin in the comments below. Better yet, share your video of what you thought about it.


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