'The Bachelor' takes on Puerto Rico
January 31st, 2012
12:11 PM ET

'The Bachelor' takes on Puerto Rico

The latest "Bachelor" episode took Ben and the 11 remaining contestants from Park City, Utah, to the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Chris Harrison, doing his best Brad Womack impression by rocking the plaid, informed them there would be one group date and a pair of one-on-one dates. That said, all of the women would go out with Ben in some form.

The first one-on-one went to Nicki the dental hygienist, and she and Ben went to Old San Juan for a Puerto Rican take on the snow cone. As soon as Nicki wondered if anything could go wrong, the neighborhood was drenched by heavy rains.  (Maybe the show's producers have some sort of "weather distortion machine," like the kind you only see in bad sci-fi movies.)

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The key to 'Alcatraz's' secrets
January 31st, 2012
11:15 AM ET

The key to 'Alcatraz's' secrets

Thanks to Monday night's episode of "Alcatraz," we now have a few more hints as to what's going on in the overall story.

This week's focus was on murderer/thief Cal Sweeney, but thankfully it wasn't an hour-long bank robbery episode. Instead, the bank robbery scene served the plot, with Rebecca in the unusual position of helping former Alcatraz inmate Cal escape the authorities.

While there wasn't too much of Hauser or "Doc" Soto this week, I did enjoy their scenes together. (And it looks like Rebecca takes center stage next week, as well. I am looking forward to Robert Forster's return as her uncle, the Alcatraz guard.)

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Shirley MacLaine joins 'Downton Abbey'
January 31st, 2012
10:18 AM ET

Shirley MacLaine joins 'Downton Abbey'

The second season of "Downton Abbey" hasn't yet wrapped up in the States, but we're already setting our sights on season 3. The fan and critic fave is expanding its cast next season with Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine.

MacLaine will appear in the series as a new character, Martha Levinson, who's the mother of Lady Grantham, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Creator Julian Fellowes has "written another brilliant character in Martha Levinson, who will be a wonderful combatant for Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess," promises executive producer Gareth Neame. "We are excited at the prospect of MacLaine playing her."

The Daily Beast reports that the second season of "Downton Abbey" will wrap up Stateside on PBS February 19, with the third season arriving in the U.S. early next year after bowing first in the U.K. this fall.


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Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger exit 'X Factor'
January 31st, 2012
09:48 AM ET

Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger exit 'X Factor'

The contestants on "X Factor's" second season won't be the only new faces, as Simon Cowell's reality competition has cleaned house.

Fox has confirmed to CNN that neither "X Factor" host Steve Jones nor mentor/judge Nicole Scherzinger will return for the show's second season. Jones also confirmed the news via his Twitter account, simply saying that it was a "shame" but that he did have a great time.

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