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This week, the fourth season of "Arrested Development" started filming, Sharon Osbourne spoke out about NBC's treatment of her son and the Chinese sitcom "Ipartment" was accused of taking content from "Friends," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Big Bang Theory."
Click through our slideshow for a recap of what happened this week in TV and what we learned from it.
Sharon Osbourne Bashes NBC
The Event: When Sharon Osbourne announced her "America's Got Talent" departure in July, she declined to comment on why she was leaving. But on Monday, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/07/nbc-responds-to-discrimination-claim_n_1750799.html" target="_hplink">she claimed it was because NBC had fired her son Jack</a> from the show "Stars Earn Strips" after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. "I just can't be fake," she explained. "It's discrimination, and it was badly handled." The Lesson: Blood runs thicker than water.
Lena Dunham And Jon Hamm Introduce The "New Yorker" iPhone App
The Event: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/07/lena-dunham-jon-hamm-new-yorker_n_1753032.html" target="_hplink">Lena Dunham put together a clever video featuring herself and "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm to introduce The New Yorker iPhone app</a>. Thanks to a few technology jokes from the small-screen duo, the video was all over the web instantly. Long live Hannah Horvath and Don Draper! The Lesson: If you want publicity, leave it to two of the biggest geniuses in the TV industry.
A Chinese Sitcom Supposedly Rips Of "Friends"
The Event: The hit Chinese sitcom "Ipartment" was accused of basing its plot off of "Friends" and lifting jokes directly from "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Big Bang Theory." "We didn't copy the American sitcom," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/friends-how-i-met-your-mother-ipartment_n_1760469.html" target="_hplink">a show rep said when confronted about the issue</a>. "Comedies have stereotypes, like the handsome man, the gorgeous woman, the cheap man and so on. They have that in many comedies. Our creation is not plagiarism, but more a homage to the American sitcom." The Lesson: Being a continent away doesn't keep you safe from the plagiarism police.
Keri Russell's TV Show Gets Picked Up
The Event: Despite her recent flop in the short-lived "Running Wilde," "Felicity" star <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/the-americans-fx-keri-russell-tv-series_n_1760732.html" target="_hplink">Keri Russell is headed back to the small screen for FX's "The Americans,"</a> which was picked up for 13 episodes this week. Russell will play a KGB spy living amongst American citizens in Washington, D.C. Felicity gets another chance! The Lesson: When people love something (or someone), they have a hard time setting it free.
"Arrested Development" Starts Filming
The Event: Despite the tweets and confirmations that a fourth season of "Arrested Development" was indeed happening, diehard fans of the series were afraid to believe it. But on Wednesday, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/arrested-development-season-4-photos_n_1757993.html" target="_hplink">photos from the set hit the web</a>. It's happening! The Lesson: Sometimes it isn't too good to be true.
The "Idol" Rumors Continue
The Event: We had another week of inconclusive "American Idol" rumors. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/10/american-idol-alanis-morissette_n_1763968.html" target="_hplink">Alanis Morissette</a>, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/05/nick-jonas-american-idol-judge_n_1743868.html" target="_hplink">Sean "Diddy" Combs</a>, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/05/nick-jonas-american-idol-judge_n_1743868.html" target="_hplink">Nick Jonas and Pharrell Williams</a> are all supposedly in talks to join the judges panel. Can't these guys make a decision already? The Lesson: The waiting game can only last so long.
"90210" Stars Get Back Together Again
The Event: Old Navy has a way of bringing together '90s stars. First, it was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/blossom-old-navy-commercial_n_1373583.html" target="_hplink">Mayim Bialik and Joey Lawrence of "Blossom" fame</a>. But now, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/902010-reunion-old-navy-commercials_n_1757383.html" target="_hplink">"90210" fans are rejoicing over commercials starring Jennie Garth, Luke Perry and Jason Priestley</a>, who were in a love triangle on the series. The Lesson: It's never too late to rekindle an old flame ... or two.
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" Premieres
The Event: Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson taught us a lot this week about her family with the premiere of her "Toddlers and Tiaras" spinoff. The Thompsons went to auctions, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/here-comes-honey-boo-boo-redneck-games-pigs-feet-video_n_1758906.html" target="_hplink">participated in red neck games </a>and taught us some new words, including "redneckonize." When her family tagged along for her 17-year-old sister Chickadee's prenatal check-up, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/here-comes-honey-boo-boo-preview-video_n_1739407.html" target="_hplink">we learned a new name for female genitalia -- biscuits, which you can find out the original of here</a>. The Lesson: There are always ways around censorship.