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The Bachelor Watch: Fireworks in the Fantasy Suites

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It's down to the final three!

Welcome back to The Bachelor where we join gentleman farmer Chris Soules on his journey to find love. At this point in his mission: possible, Chris has winnowed his herd of potential wives to three contenders — Whitney, the fertility nurse, Kaitlyn the dance instructor and rap enthusiast, and Becca, who is a chiropractic assistant and a practicing virgin. The only reason to bring that up at this point is that tonight Chris is taking all three women to Bali for some alone time in the infamous Fantasy Suites. Since Chris made out with exactly everyone on the show, there’s little doubt that he will jump at the opportunity to jump at the women in privacy. As he doesn’t know Becca’s status, all eyes are on her and the inevitable Fantasy Suite invite.

Here’s what happened on The Bachelor:

Kaitlyn: Chris announces his first date with Kaitlyn by saying, “she’s definitely a person I can see having in my life,” which sounds simultaneously ominous and vague. Chris takes her to a temple for what Kaitlyn dubs “a spiritual moment.” But who cares about that when a monkey mounts Chris’ head and then pees on him! Life on the farm has trained him well, though, because Chris is surprisingly chill about a monkey urinating on him. (We can all agree that Bachelor Brad would have punched a monkey for doing that.) Kaitlyn must really be in love, because she doesn’t make him change his shirt or anything before making out with him. He changes his shirt before dinner for sanitary reasons, and that’s when Kaitlyn tells him that she’s feeling vulnerable. Chris responds that he’s “extremely excited” and one can only assume he is talking about the Fantasy Suite. He hands her the card and the key and she agrees to forgo her individual room. Their Fantasy Suite has a bathtub filled with flowers arranged in a heart shape, which inspires Kaitlyn to tell Chris that she is falling in love with him, and he says he is falling in love with her too. While on most seasons of The Bachelor that would be a jaw dropping admission, Chris probably says that to all the ladies.

Whitney: When Chris visited Chicago, Whitney told him that she was falling in love with him. Then her sister ruined it all by refusing to give her blessing to their union, because at the time Chris was still dating three other women. For their reunion, they go on a boat ride in the Indian Ocean and drink and make out and flat-out canoodle, while Whitney spends a lot of time apologizing for her sister (whose behavior does not merit an apology). After jumping into the ocean and kissing in the water, Whitney interviews that she thinks she’s going to marry Chris. Chris has some concerns, though. Namely, he’s not convinced she wants to leave her rewarding job in Chicago for farm life in Iowa. He tries to tell it like it is: there’s nothing in Arlington, nothing to do there at all, nada, zip, zero. (Dude, the Chamber of Commerce is going to have words with you. Four-letter ones.) Whitney doesn’t care, because she is ready to go from making babies to having babies, and she can do that in Arlington. Chris nods his approval. Isn’t it nice that Whitney is willing to give up her career without even asking Chris to give up his other two girlfriends? They make out, and he interviews that he’s falling in love with her. He hands her the Fantasy Suite card and she says something like, “I’ve thought a lot about this … and let’s do it. Check please!” Chris takes her to a much nicer Fantasy Suite than the one he took Kaitlyn to.

Becca: As everyone but Chris knows, Becca has decided to wait until marriage to have sex — and to wait until the Fantasy Suite to tell Chris that factoid. For their date, Chris take Becca on an agricultural tour of rural Bali, because: farmer. Then they hit up a temple and meet a local soothsayer who tells them that they should “make love.” Becca dies laughing, but not for the same reason that Chris does. Chris interviews that he is falling in love with her. (See? He does say that to all the ladies.) After their romantic day spent making out in streams and looky loo-ing at temples, Becca is starting to feel things for Chris. Chris is starting to express some concerns about Becca, specifically the fact that she has never been in love. They have a big talk, but the most Becca can manage is that she “thinks” she’s falling in love with him, but she doesn’t really know because she’s never been in love before. Then Chris hands her the Fantasy Suite card and Becca hems and haws and Chris lets loose with a few nervous giggles. She finally agrees to spend some time alone with him. The cameras follow them into the Fantasy Suite, and while Chris interviews about looking forward to new “intimacy,” Becca finally tells him she’s a virgin. He lets out a disappointed sigh, tries to keep a straight face, takes a deep breath and says, “I respect that,” but his voice rises on the last word like a question. Then she admits that she may not be waiting for actual marriage. Girl, do not lose your virginity on national television. Seriously, that’s like the first rule of Girl Club.

The Morning After: Chris stares contemplatively at the ocean and expresses his doubts about Becca. It’s not about her virginity, though, pinky swear. Becca hasn’t said she loved him and expressed some doubts about moving to Arlington, which is a dealbreaker for Chris. (Bachelor lesson: If we learned nothing from Britt, it’s to lie convincingly.) Chris loves all three women and isn’t sure what to do, so he cries in his hotel suite and stares into the middle distance while using the soaking pool. Then he does the only logical thing and calls in a wingman, which he is contractually obligated to do to justify the expense of flying Chris Harrison to Bali. Chris and Chris have some Chris time and Chris listens patiently as Chris explains that he is falling in love with Becca even though she isn’t in love with him yet and isn’t willing to move to Iowa yet. Then Chris time is over and Chris goes back to staring into the middle distance.

The Rose Ceremony: The Bachelor decides to desecrate Bali’s most sacred temple with their Rose Ceremony, because they can. They all wear color-coded Balinese clothing and Chris Harrison tells everyone to refrain from kissing for the next 30 minutes or so, if they can contain themselves. Chris stares at the three women he spent the last three nights with standing next to each other and breaks out in a cold sweat. Then he calls Becca aside and Whitney and Kaitlyn share some side-eye, because they think he is kicking Becca to the Balinese curb. Becca and Chris sit down for a tête-à-tête, and Becca immediately declares that she’s falling in love with him, which is a nice save. While they are gone, Kaitlyn interviews that she feels bad for Becca, but is really excited too, because she can’t wait to meet Chris’ family and is excited about their future. Uh oh. Kaitlyn is going to get kut for being happy. Sure enough, Becca and Chris return, holding hands. Kaitlyn goes wide-eyed as she realizes her mistake. Chris apologizes for the delay and picks up a rose. He hands it to Whitney, who happily accepts it. The second rose goes to Becca. Kaitlyn nods, because she knew that was coming. She rolls her eyes and lets Chris walk her out, clearly out of contractual obligation more than interest. She won’t make eye contact with Chris as he apologizes. He hugs her, and she’s like, whatever. He mumbles about following his heart, and she is trying not to cry while also undoubtedly relieved at not having to move to Iowa.

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Marisa Tomei to Play Gloria Steinem in HBO Miniseries

Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez—AFP/Getty Images Marisa Tomei arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills on Feb. 22, 2015

Steinem will consult on the project, which George Clooney is producing

Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei will play the renowned feminist writer and activist Gloria Steinem in an upcoming HBO miniseries.

The series, called Ms., will focus on the creation of Ms. magazine in 1971 and the feminist movement of the 1960s and ’70s, the Wrap reports. Steinem herself will consult on the project, and Kathy Najimy will co-star. Bruce Cohen, George Clooney and Grant Heslov will executive-produce alongside Najimy and Tomei.

Tomei, who won an Oscar for her role in My Cousin Vinny, previously worked with Clooney and his producing partner Heslov on the 2011 drama The Ides of March. She recently inked a development deal with HBO.

[The Wrap]

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American Horror Story: Freak Show Star Ben Woolf Dies

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Steve Granitz—WireImage/Getty Images Ben Woolf arrives at the American Horror Story: Freak Show Los Angeles Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on Oct. 5, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif.

He was hospitalized last week after being struck by a passing vehicle's mirror in Hollywood

Ben Woolf, the actor who played Meep on AHS: Freak Show, has died, PEOPLE has confirmed.

While the Los Angeles medical examiner says an autopsy confirming cause of death is still pending, Woolf was hospitalized in critical condition on Thursday after being struck in the head by the mirror of a passing SUV, as he was crossing a street in Hollywood.

Over the weekend, Woolf’s status had been upgraded to “critical, but stable,” with TMZ reporting that he was still under “constant doctor supervision,” and that his family was sitting vigil by his bedside.

After the accident last week, Woolf’s rep said in a statement to PEOPLE, “Ben is one of the kindest and hardest-working people I know. His condition remains critical at this time and we ask that everyone please keep Ben in your thoughts and prayers, and respect his family’s privacy during this time.”

Prior to his role on AHS: Freak Show, the 4′ 4″ actor, who was diagnosed with pituitary dwarfism as a child, also had roles in the films Dead Kansas and Haunting Charles Manson.

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved Ben,” his family said in a statement Monday. “He touched so many hearts in his 34 years. His memory will live on within each of us and within his work.”

His rep added, “Ben was one-of-a-kind, and will never be forgotten … The time we all shared together will be remembered forever.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Calista Flockhart Joins Supergirl Pilot

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Mark Sullivan—WireImage/Getty Images Calista Flockhart arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, Calif.

She'll play the boss to Melissa Benoist's title character

Calista Flockhart hasn’t been a regular face on television since Brothers & Sisters ended in 2011, but that might change if her new superpowered pilot gets picked up.

The former Ally McBeal actress will star opposite Melissa Benoist in the CBS pilot Supergirl, Deadline reports. In this adaptation of a DC Comics story, Flockhart will play Cat Grant, the media mogul boss of Kara Zor-El (Benoist), a 24-year-old alien from planet Krypton who, in addition to being Superman’s cousin, decides to stop hiding the special powers she’s long avoided embracing.

Flockhart’s co-starring role in the pilot could mark both her return to network television, and it will reunite her with writer-executive producer Greg Berlanti, who worked on Brothers & Sisters.


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The Parks and Recreation Series Finale Will Honor Producer Harris Wittels

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Ben Cohenmdash;NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images Colton Dunn (L) as Brett and Harris Wittels as Harris in the "Pie Mary" episode of "Parks and Recreation."

The cast and crew will work together to pay tribute to the comedian, who died Feb. 19 at the age of 30

Harris Wittels was best known for his work as a producer and writer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which makes it especially heartbreaking that he died just days before the show’s series finale. Probably no one senses this tragedy more than the show’s cast and crew, and accordingly, they’ve planned to honor their friend and colleague with a special tribute after the hour-long episode closes the series on Tuesday.

Wittels’ death rocked the comedy world on Thursday, and prompted his Parks coworker and close personal friend Aziz Ansari to write a nearly 3,000-word Tumblr post in remembrance of his life and work. “I don’t know when my brain is going to be able to process the terrible feeling that fills my heart with dread and my eyes with tears every 20 seconds when I realize this very special person is really gone,” Ansari wrote.

It’s unclear how long the tribute will run, and Deadline Hollywood has described it only as a “We Love You, Harris message.” But no matter the format, it’s bound to be a one-two punch for mega-fans of the show, who will be bidding goodbye to both Pawnee and a promising writer and producer whose best work was still ahead of him.

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TV Viewers Deserted the Oscars This Year

onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Kevin Winter—2015 Getty Images 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre

Preliminary numbers say ratings were down 14% from 2014

The preliminary Oscars ratings are in, and it doesn’t look good for the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted awards ceremony.

According to The Wrap, 36.6 million viewers tuned into the 87th Academy Awards. (Although the show ran through midnight). That’s down almost 7.1 million from 2014 viewership when Ellen DeGeneres hosted the broadcast to 43.7 million viewers.

Although there were shining moments — especially in terms of musical performances — the show was met with lukewarm reviews.

See More: An Oscar Telecast Saved by Music

[The Wrap]

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Watch the Nostalgic New Trailer for Mad Men’s Final Season

Revisit the show's highlights before it returns for a final bow April 5

Before going forward with its new season, Mad Men wants viewers to take a trip down memory lane.

AMC premiered a new trailer for the Season 7, Part 2 during Sunday’s Oscars. Aptly called Nostalgia, the minute-long teaser shows key clips from throughout previous seasons.

There are no spoilers for what’s to come, of course — although we’re sure fans with a lot of time to kill before the show’s April 5 premiere will be busy dissecting the relevance of the video footage AMC chose to show. Could Peggy and Pete be revisiting their past?

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Watch John Oliver Take Elected Judges to Court

Is it right that judges must run for election to win a term in office?

John Oliver took viewers to court on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight to have a little chat about the judiciary.

Oliver’s interest in the subject was ignited when Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore told the state’s probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, defying a ruling by a federal judge that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Moore, who has a long history of defying federal law when they conflict with his religious beliefs, said that under his interpretation of the law, federal law had no bearing in Alabama.

As Oliver pointed out, that is not exactly correct as the U.S. Supreme Court’s job is to strike down laws that are unconstitutional. However, Moore’s actions spurred Oliver to take a closer look at the role of the elected judiciary in the United States, which is second only to Bolivia in the size of its elected judiciary.

While some judges in the U.S. are nominated and confirmed, others, especially at state level, must run for election to win a term in office. To illustrate the occasional wackiness that transpires in judicial campaigns, Oliver showed a series of jaw-dropping commercials that judges run during their campaigns in the hopes of appealing to voters. (The judge who named his son “Justice” is especially uplifting.)

The problem with an elected judiciary, according to Oliver, is that when it comes to judging people, the right decision is sometimes unpopular and unpopular decisions and elections are uneasy bedfellows. In fact, academic studies have shown that judges change their behavior in election years issuing harsher sentences to appear tough on crime. In Oliver’s opinion, that is unfair. Legal rulings, he said, should not be based on popular opinion but on rational jurisprudence.

For Oliver, though, that’s not the most unsettling aspect of elected judges. That is reserved for judges who ask for and receive campaign donations from lawyers — lawyers who will then try cases in front of those judges.

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The True History Behind Downton Abbey’s Anti-Semitism Storyline

© Nick Briggs/Carnival Film and Television Limited 2014 for MASTERPIECE Atticus Aldridge and Lady Rose MacClare

“I am very alarmed by the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe," the show's creator tells TIME

Contains spoilers for the episode of Downton Abbey that aired in the U.S. on Feb. 22, 2015

The latest ritzy wedding on Downton Abbey was an unusual one—and not for reasons the show’s viewers are used to. There were none of the exhales of finally that came with Lady Mary and Matthew’s nuptials, and none of the raised eyebrows that accompanied Lady Sybil’s upstairs-downstairs marriage to Tom, the family’s chauffeur.

Lady Rose MacClare and Atticus Aldridge come from similar socioeconomic backgrounds but different religions—though they’ve changed their name and acquired a noble title, the Aldridges are Jewish—and neither family is thrilled about the engagement. In typical Downton fashion, when it comes to love there is, as the Dowager Countess puts it, always something: Despite the fact that Rose’s aunt Lady Grantham’s father was also Jewish, the match is still not fully accepted within the household. The show has a solid track record of incorporating real-life historical moments; the Aldridge family’s struggle to be accepted mirrors the experience that a wealthy Jewish-British family might have faced in the real 1920s, and the real Rothschild family gets a shout-out during the episode.

But, in this case, the true story behind the fiction doesn’t actually go back quite so far in time. Rather, for Julian Fellowes, the creator and sole writer of the Emmy-award winning show, the plot line is a familiar one.

“In my own youth I went out with a girl for some time from a very prominent, grand Jewish family,” Fellowes tells TIME. “And it was one of my only times when I have been considered ineligible and not a sort of desirable party.”

In the latest episode both families protest the wedding, with Atticus’s father Lord Sinderby calling Rose a shiksa—a derogatory Yiddish term meaning gentile woman—and Rose’s mother staging a scene that makes it look as though Atticus is cheating. Fellowes explains that he had wanted the show to have a romantic storyline in which the disapproval went both ways. The timing of this story airing in the U.S. amid a rise of anti-Semitism in Europe is simply coincidental. (Similarly coincidental was the tragic death of the Grantham family’s dog, who some theorized was killed off because she was named Isis; “[The connection with ISIS] never occurred to us until it appeared in the paper,” Fellowes says.)

Still, though the story was not planned in response to current events, Fellowes acknowledges that the issues raised by this particular Downton wedding aren’t a matter of history only. “The situation is not as simple as one had hoped and these emotions are still rampant,” he says. “All of this stuff is pretty fundamental and we are still looking for solutions to a lot of it. I think, at least I hope, it’s useful and helpful to be reminded that these divisions have had to be addressed and resolved since the beginning of history.”

Likewise, the characters’ fears of assimilation and anti-Semitism are worthy of empathy in any time period. “When [Lord Sinderby] explains why he doesn’t want to have non-Jewish grandchildren, you do—or I hope you do—slightly understand his point of view and you slightly sympathize,” Fellowes says.

This season, which has just one episode left for U.S. viewers, was the first to mention Hitler and the Nazis. In fact, “Nazi thugs” supposedly murdered Lady Edith’s now-deceased beau Michael Gregson. But, though the show is known for jumping ahead in time, Fellowes notes the show’s timeline won’t make it all the way to World War II, by which time George—Lady Mary’s son—would be old enough to fight on the front lines.

“George would have fought in that war because he was born in 1921, I think,” he says. “He would be called up by 1941 or 1942. We’d have to hope he’d get through it. Of course fewer people died in the Second World War [than the First] but people did die, and we have to just hope little George gets through.”

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American Idol and The Voice Owe Their Success to This 1940s Radio Show

As The Voice returns for its eighth season, a look back on the show that popularized the broadcasted talent show

If past years’ ratings are any indication, some 12 million Americans will tune in Monday night to the premiere of Season 8 of The Voice. Though American Idol has lost some of its luster through its 14 seasons and The X Factor’s ratings are on the decline, the TV-watching public is stuck on these shows like white on Ryan Seacrest’s teeth.

Long before Simon Cowell was a twinkle in his father’s eye, the Kelly Clarksons and Carrie Underwoods of the day were introduced to America by a man named Arthur Godfrey. Like The Voice, in which coaches can hear but not see competitors as they audition, Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts relied on the aural above the visual—it was, after all, a radio show.

When LIFE profiled Godfrey in 1948, his voice was ubiquitous on the American airwaves, reaching 40 million listeners each week. “By refusing to shut up while other entertainers are enjoying a late morning’s sleep or rehearsing their next week’s shows” Ernest Havemann wrote, “he has built just about the biggest audience of anybody on the air.”

Talent Scouts, “a sort of amateur hour for young professionals,” ran for 25 minutes on Monday nights with the sponsorship of Lipton tea. During the show, the “scouts”—who could be anyone from a manager to a parent—brought out their “talent” to perform in front of a live audience. Winners were decided by an old-fashioned applause meter, with a new star declared each night as opposed to the current model of waiting until the end of the season.

“He will probably be on television very shortly,” LIFE predicted, and the prophecy soon came true: After two years on the radio, Talent Scouts became a regular show on CBS, requiring no changes other than allowing cameras into the studio Godfrey already occupied. The show reached number one in the Nielsen ratings during the 1951-52 season, and remained a top program until it ended in 1958.

In addition to emceeing, Godfrey offered input on decisions like wardrobe and song choice. Diahann Carroll, who debuted on the show as a teenager, said in an interview that “he had something to say about almost everything.” When Patsy Cline appeared in 1957 ready to perform “A Poor Man’s Roses” in a cowgirl outfit her mother had sewn for her, Godfrey advised her to ditch the country duds for a cocktail dress. He suggested she sing “Walkin’ After Midnight” instead. And after ten years of performing without a big break, Cline’s star was finally born.

Godfrey had a couple of misses during his years judging talent. He passed over a certain hip-gyrating Mississippi kid, for one thing. Mr. Presley, no worse for the rejection, would find his break somewhere else.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LizabethRonk.

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