Henning Fog
July 24, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

With the long-awaited Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince finally on the big screen and setting the Muggle box office on fire, we realize the time has come to hang up our wizard/witch robes and (immobile) broomsticks…and reacquaint ourselves with the glorious, decidedly non-magical television set. TV recaps and news dominated this week’s PopWatch comments.

10. The judges lost their composure over Melissa’s and Ade’s emotional dance on Wednesday’s So You Think You Can Dance, but Annie Barrett (and you) wondered if this wasn’t a bit over the top.

9. Michael Jackson was as eccentric as he was talented. But were the two inseparable? Owen Gleiberman examined the “weirdness” at the “soul of his musical and cultural power.”

8. So Hell’s Kitchen is back. Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? Desperate to catch up with Christian Bale, Gordon Ramsay has really upped his verbal assault game this season.

7. Bruno alum Paula Abdul may not be sitting at the American Idol judges’ table next season, which prompted Michael Slezak to speculate on the show’s hypothetical future. Can there be a Simon and Randy without a Paula? (Don’t get Slezak started on Kara….)

6. Noted philanthropist Mandi Bierly shared the song she couldn’t get out of her head (Kenny Loggins’ “Meet Me Halfway” from the Over the Top soundtrack), then asked you to reciprocate. The number of good songs featured in crappy movies appears to be staggering.

5. You had quite a bit to say on the subject of Chris Brown’s public video apology. I’ve got nothing.

4. Susan Boyle sat down with Meredith Viera on the Today show this week to talk fame, pressure, and dolls rendered in her likeness. Three months in and this train is still chugging along.

3. …I mean, who DOESN’T love talking Emmy nominations? This year’s crop elicited quite a response.

2. Time will prove that the Wicker Man remake with Nicolas Cage is in fact the movie of the decade (hell, century), but you and Jeff Labrecque clearly think differently. Did anyone even SEE this Dark Knight movie?

1. It’s Chris Harrison. He wins again. The Michael Phelps of ‘Enter the Fray’, folks.

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