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The Bachelor Canada recap, episode 4: a plot to oust the virgin

THE BACHELOR CANADA Episode 4

Dear Brad,

Something’s rotten in Bachelor Land, and it ain’t the fact that Whitney claims to be 24 years old (though she could easily pass for 35, no?). Here are the facts as we see them: Last week, Chantelle-the-virgin-pastor revealed her lack of sexual experience. You said this was not a problem—and to prove it, you kept her around for another week. But then this week she’s the only one who doesn’t get a date, and then all of a sudden her grandfather passes away. Before you can say “saving it for marriage,” she’s leaving the mansion because she decided attending her grandfather’s funeral was more important.

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The Bachelor Canada recap, episode 3: lumberjacks and teeny bikinis

THE BACHELOR CANADA Episode 3

Dear Brad,

You’ll forgive us if this missive sounds a little woozy. We decided to join in on The Bachelor Canada drinking game fun, you see, opting to do a shot every time Whitney said “win” and Chantelle said “virgin” in tonight’s episode. Needless to say, we are now absolutely blotto. And while we’re on the topic of everyone’s favourite 25-year-old female pastor from Alberta, we’d like to say for the record that she may not be quite as innocent as she seems. Who knows? Maybe she’s not even a virgin. This is a competition, after all, yet you seem to be lapping up her Little Miss Purity act.

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The Bachelor Canada Recap, episode 2: How many bachelorettes does it take to screw in a light bulb?

THE BACHELOR CANADA Episode 2

Dear Brad,

We’re guessing that the best and worst part about watching The Bachelor Canada is seeing the stuff that you weren’t present for during taping. For example: How did you feel last night when eight girls (some of whom are pushing 30) didn’t know where or even what The Big Easy is? It’s not that we think your dream girl needs to be some sort of globe-trotting PhD, but really? While marvelling over the bachelorettes’ collective ignorance of city nicknames, we came up with this joke: How many Bachelor Canada contestants does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: A whole bunch—but just remember that Chantelle, bless her heart, doesn’t screw anything. (For the record, Brad, that is not an anti-virgin joke—we love that Chantelle is saving herself for a night of unbridled passion in the fantasy suite.)

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The Bachelor Canada recap, episode 1: an open letter to a very giggly ex-football player

THE BACHELOR CANADA Episode 1

Dear Brad,

We know that finding love isn’t easy. If it were, The Bachelor Canada wouldn’t exist. Except that it probably would—we’re pretty sure that when the entire planet is annihilated in a nuclear holocaust, the only two things that survive will be cockroaches and The Bachelor franchise. Anyway, Brad, point is that love don’t come easy, so we’re here to help you navigate those choppy waters, every week. And by choppy waters, we mean the pack of bat-dung-crazy women who are throwing themselves at you like pencil shavings on a magnet.

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The L.A. Complex, episode 3: ghost of an ex-gay lover and a sex-free birthday

The L.A. ComplexSeason 2 | Episode 3

This week’s episode of The L.A. Complex takes a turn for the surreal as extended dream sequences, visions of tormented ex-lovers and a show-within-a-show hospital killing spree play with our expectations of reality. Find out who left the Deluxe broken-hearted and who is just broken after the jump.

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The L.A. Complex, episode 2: signin’ your life away

The L.A. ComplexSeason 2 | Episode 2

Aptly titled “The Contract,” this week’s L.A. Complex deals with the complications than ensue every time you sign your name to paper. The paper in question this week: a non-disclosure agreement hiding a scandalous offer, a rental agreement with unusual payment terms and a promise of good behaviour. Find out who used their signing approval for good and for evil, after the jump.

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The L.A. Complex, episode 1: religion, psychiatry and discovery

The L.A. ComplexSeason 2 | Episode 1

We’re back! Our favourite drama about struggling Canadians navigating Hollywood has been renewed for another season on MuchMusic—and we’re ready for the denizens of the Deluxe to get back to their usual tricks of illicit sex and blind ambition. The details on the season opener after the jump (spoiler: Alan Thicke has joined the cast!).

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Top Chef Canada recap, episode 13: you win some, they lose some

Guess who’s coming to dinner? (Image: Courtesy Top Chef Canada)

TOP CHEF CANADA Season 2 | Episode 13

Last night’s Top Chef Canada episode started in fine finale form, with the three remaining contestants—Carl Heinrich, Jonathan Korecki and Trevor Bird—offering backhanded praise to their opponents for the confessional cam (a sample: “I wouldn’t call Carl robotic, but…”), while psyching themselves up for the big competition ahead (the prize, lest you’ve forgotten: $100,000, a GE Monogram kitchen and some title or other). But the producers had one big trick up their sleeves before that could happen—such a big trick, in fact, that it necessitated a special 90-minute finale, a luxury even the U.S. version of the show hasn’t availed itself of. Find out all the nefarious twists and turns, including the return of the season’s designated villain, in our recap below.

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Top Chef Canada recap, episode 12: fashion victims

Jennifer McLagan joins the regular crew at the Shops at Don Mills (Image: Courtesy Top Chef Canada)

TOP CHEF CANADA Season 2 | Episode 12

With only four chefs remaining in the competition, last night’s episode of Top Chef Canada started in style—with Carl Heinrich, David Chrystian, Trevor Bird and Jonathan Korecki suiting up at their condo, accompanied by appropriately gladiatorial music. Over the next 43-odd TV minutes they’d be confronted with a legendarily tough (and foul-mouthed) guest judge, and one of those perplexing elimination challenges that leaves a chef between a rock and a hard place. Find out who makes it to the final and who gets sent packing, below.

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Way Off Broadway, the finale: there’s no place like home

Way Off Broadway, Episode 12

It’s finally time for the big show. After eight weeks, over a dozen four-hour rehearsals, four celebrity guests, seemingly endless inner turmoil and moments of pride and shame, Sarina Condello’s production of The Wizard of Oz is about to be fully realized by 21 amateurs. It feels like it’s been a long road for director Sarina, musical ingénue Sheila and their cast of hopefuls, but, in fact, this play has been developed at warp speed. The lease is up on the church basement and they’re hauling everything down the street to Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall where, in two days, they’ll perform for a sold-out crowd of 1,000-plus friends and family.

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Way Off Broadway, episode 11: I can barely hear my heart beating!

Way Off Broadway, Episode 11

In this week’s episode of Way Off Broadway, a tense mood is making certain cast members varying degrees of crazy. Rebecca, the Good Witch, is super-anxious, and Jon isn’t helping her much when he shares his own neuroses. Elaine Overholt is back for a final boot camp session before the cast performs for friends and family, which is certainly causing some, if not all, of the stress. And, wouldn’t you know it, Elaine isn’t happy—and her arrow is pointing directly at the chorus.

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Top Chef Canada recap, episode 11: Italian stallions and KD virginity

A bevy of guest judges showed up for an Italian feast at Fabbrica: Lorenzo Loseto, Carlo Rota, Rick Campanelli, Lidia Bastianich and Franco Stalteri (Image: Top Chef Canada)

TOP CHEF CANADA Season 2 | Episode 11

Last night’s episode of Top Chef Canada kicked off with a little sentimental reflection by the chefs at their digs—the condo that is finally living up to its “luxury” billing now that there are only five occupants (cramming the original 16 contestants in there probably violated some kind of occupancy regulation). Trevor Bird hoped to God that he wouldn’t have to do dessert again (foreshadowing alert!), while David Chrystian announced to all of Canada that he was set to go home and propose to his girlfriend (good luck, David!). This week’s twists and turns, including guest spots from an R&B star, a former MuchMusic VJ and a legend of Italian cooking, in our recap below.

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Canada’s Best Beauty Talent, episode 12: there is still no winner

Canada’s Best Beauty Talent, Episode 12

This episode is the worst yet. We have no trouble saying this, because, after the promise of an actual, legit conclusion to the series, we are still left wondering who won. Marcia is up first for judging, and every single judge says exactly the same thing: she’s a great makeup artist, but her two looks do not dazzle. Why on earth does this take five minutes to report? And why couldn’t each judge say something constructive? We don’t see Marcia rolling her eyes, but as soon as Lisa Tant takes her turn to offer her own variation of the hive-mind opinion (she says it doesn’t “razzle dazzle”), our eyes roll for her. At least when Caylee shows up for judging, there’s a somewhat constructed faux rivalry developing between Coco Rocha and Tant. Rocha apparently loves Caylee’s two hairstyles, while Tant is “overwhelmed and underwhelmed.” Caylee’s hair-noose is referred to as a beard several times before the judging is over, and then Rocha drops the bomb: the show is technically not over. The viewers (we’re not the only ones?) now have to vote for their favourite online. Let the record show that this reality web series knows how to appease its sponsors…but not our curiosity.

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 22: and the winner is…

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 22

It’s the finale of Canada’s Got Talent we’ve been waiting for—someone is going to win it all. Even though the judges reveal the fate of the competitors at a leisurely pace, the results only take a few minutes, which is why this final hour-long episode of Canada’s Got Talent has plenty of filler. First up is an interview between host Dina Pugliese and Martin Short’s Jiminy Glick character, which is funnier than we thought it would be. Glick suggests Pugliese (silent “g,” like lasagna, she says) change her last name to Jackson, and then says Short looks like a basset hound who’s depressed (meta!). He even gets a dig in at Stephan Moccio’s scarves (one of at least four that evening), joking, “I love that affectation.” There’s also a requisite sentimental clip montage featuring the highs and lows of the season (including judge Measha Brueggergosman’s hairdos), a zany blooper reel and performances by Hedley and Jackie Evancho. And we’ve got to give the producers credit: unlike in some American reality shows, the sponsorship by Tim Hortons, Nissan and Excel didn’t seem too in-your-face (um, except for maybe the Tim Hortons “Block Party” and the Excel “Refresh Lounge”).

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Top Chef Canada recap, episode 10: I got soul, but…

Marcus Samuelsson and Dale MacKay joined the judges this week (Image: Top Chef Canada)

TOP CHEF CANADA Season 2 | Episode 10

Last week, we complained that the one-two punch of a vending machine quickfire followed by a camping challenge made it feel a bit like a novelty episode. So it was with great anticipation that we tuned in to see last night’s episode, which featured Top Chef Masters champ and all-around chef hero Marcus Samuelsson, who, as Ryan Gallagher suggested, did push the chefs to try harder. It also featured a shot of a young Trista Sheen, who grew up in Flemingdon Park, in full-out cornrows. In other words: an excellent episode all around.

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