“Vampire Diaries” brings out the claws in us all

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It’s a little embarrassing to admit I lust after enjoy watching the men of  “The Vampire Diaries” as much as I do.

"The Vampire Diaries" is the kind of show that keeps on giving.

Yet, like George Washington, I cannot tell a lie.

Week after week, the finely chiseled jawline of Paul Wesley (a Jersey boy, holla!) and the mesmerizing baby blues of Ian Somerhalder – not to mention their oh-so-hawt bods – make me weak in the knees.

And what’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing… except that the bods in question belong to guys just a bit younger than cute lil’ me.

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My “Affair of the Heart” with Rick Springfield

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It’s a love affair that has endured nearly 30 years.

No, it’s not Bacall and Bogey. Nope, I’m not talking about Taylor and Burton, either. It’s Springfield and Gacser.

No, my eyes are not totally closed. That naturally happens when I smile ear-to-ear.

What do you mean “Who?” G-A-C-S-E-R. It’s like “Gotcha,” except with an “errrr” on the end.

Is it possible you haven’t heard of my lifelong (albeit unrequited) love of rock star/“General Hospital” heartthrob Rick Springfield?

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“Paranormal State”: They’re heeeeere! (in New Jersey, I mean)

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Ryan Buell will never forget the paranormal investigation that freaked him out the most.

Paranormal Research Society founder Ryan Buell and tech expert Sergey Poberezhny spoke last night at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ./Event photos by Ava Gacser

The star of A&E’s “Paranormal State” and the founder/director of Penn State University’s Paranormal Research Society said the case that most got to him involved a renovated townhouse in Pennsylvania. The home was once the site of drug-dealing, prostitution and other assorted unsavory activities, possibly including sacrifices. The current owner had purchased it for a song via foreclosure, and her adult son and his fiancée were living there.

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Cesar Millan: Who let the Dog (Whisperer) out?

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Cesar Millan may have finally met his match – and it’s not a tiny Chihuahua named Lola.

Although you can't tell from this photo, Cesar was signing my copy of his new book, "Cesar's Rules," when this photo was taken at Borders in Bridgewater, NJ, on Oct. 5./Book signing photos by Ava Gacser

Rather, it’s Lola’s owner, “Deal or No Deal” host Howie Mandel. And you’ll see exactly how Cesar handles Howie when “The Dog Whisperer” returns for a new season at 8 p.m. Friday on National Geographic Channel.

But during a signing on Oct. 5 at Borders in Bridgewater, NJ, for his latest book, “Cesar’s Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog,” Cesar hinted that it was Howie – who has spoken publicly about his obsessive-compulsive disorder – who was the real handful.

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“Jerseylicious”: Season 2, take 1

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It’s nothing but drama, drama, drama in the Garden State.

They're baaaaack.... spray tans and Aquanet and all.

At least that’s what you’d assume after watching the first few episodes of “Jerseylicious” this season. What have hairstylists Tracy, Gigi and Anthony, makeup artists Alexa and Olivia, and Green Brook-based Gatsby Salon owners Gayle and Christy been up to? A whole lot. Check it out.

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