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'Arrow' Season 2, episode 18 video: Thea kidnapped in 'Deathstroke'

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:30am

It looks like "Arrow" villain Slade Wilson is finally ready to make his move in the Season 2 episode, "Deathstroke." With the kidnapping of Thea Queen, there's really no way Oliver can wait. Slade has to go, or the heroes have to die trying to get rid of him.

Unfortunately, a video promo from the episode doesn't make it clear which of those options is most likely to occur in the episode.

Thea, for example, looks more than a little troubled during her kidnapping. This is fair, considering she wasn't expecting that kind of thing from one of her mother's campaign donors. On the other hand, Oliver and Roy look ready to end it with Slade. And an arrow to the face has got to be bad, even to a man with mirakuru in his system.

The solutions will come when "Deathstroke" airs Wednesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

'Suits' Season 3, episode 14: Louis and Mike face death and life in 'Heartburn'

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:00am
With "Heartburn," "Suits" has finally shown the world what actually happens to high-powered lawyers a lot of the time: They have heart attacks, negotiate impossible deals and change position whenever necessary.

It's just unfortunate that all of this turns out much worse for Louis Litt than it does for Mike Ross.

At least it's an excellent closing statement?

Louis starts out his day in a great place, despite calling Sheila "Mom" in bed. But it all goes downhill from there. Norma isn't good at stalling, someone steals Louis' cab, and a great closing statement gets totally derailed by an inconvenient heart attack.

It's a small heart attack though, so Louis doesn't have to die. He just has to reassess certain aspects of his life.

For a little while, this means getting engaged to Sheila with a proposal that references the Lannisters of "Game of Thrones." Because Louis is a Lannister, as we all know.

Unfortunately, both Louis and Sheila prove to be totally inflexible when it comes to compromise of any kind. That is not a good thing in a marriage, not that they get anywhere near that far. While Sheila does eventually agree to move to New York, forgoing her beloved Harvard in the process, Louis won't even consider marrying a woman who doesn't want babies.

This is a deal-breaker for many people, of course, but only on TV would such a deal be broken after one conversation. Further discussion is usually preferred. But this is television, and people don't have time for contemplation.

Besides, Rachael Harris has another show now.

Get it in writing

Louis' heart attack proves rather inconvenient for Rachel -- and not just because she's potentially losing her ballet buddy. The actual inconvenience comes from Louis' old promise that the firm would cover Rachel's law-school tuition (she negotiated that when falsely accused of leaking secrets a couple of seasons ago).

There's just one big problem: Rachel didn't get the agreement in writing, and Louis never bothered to tell Jessica about it.

Knowing Louis, it's entirely possible that Rachel could get the guy to honor his arrangement somehow, but she is a good enough person to not put the recent heart-attack victim in the hot seat. What can she do though?

Rachel eventually comes up with another method to fund her law school tuition. She gets Jessica and Harvey together and comes up with a bonus/payment package that covers everything. When Jessica objects, Rachel points out that Harvey got his law school paid for too.

That does the trick.

Mike is stuck between a rock and a lucrative job offer in a challenging field

One of these days, Mike Ross really needs to sit down and think about how easy he has it in some ways. He's a lawyer without the hassle of going to law school (or getting any degree), and his brain essentially qualifies him to do roughly any job on the planet.

But thanks to deception, Mike can't easily realize his full lawyering potential. This is indeed a problem. In "Heartburn," however, a solution almost magically appears. After Mike helps a dissatisfied executive avoid a dead-end job, that appreciative businessman offers his lawyer a job in high-end investment banking.

It would mean an end to being a lawyer, but Mike knows that could happen anyway. This, at least, is an easy and lucrative way out.

The future of "Suits" pretty much depends on whether or not Mike takes the leap. That should be very interesting to see in upcoming episodes.

'Teen Wolf' Season 4: Kate Argent is a were-jaguar

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:30am

"Teen Wolf" fans were shocked when, at the end of the Season 3 finale, Derek Hale got a blast (literally) from his past in the form of Kate Argent. The presumed dead werewolf hunter was back, but she was a little different this time.

Crazy Aunt Kate wasn't exactly human this time -- she was a strange beast with bluish skin, fangs and glowing eyes. According to actress Jill Wagner, this is because Kate is now a were-jaguar.

Wagner made this clear on Tuesday (March 25) when she tweeted about her altered role in the MTV series:

Enter the were jaguar@MTVteenwolf

-- Jill Wagner (@JillWagner) March 25, 2014

How did this happen? How did the hunter become the hunted? Based on hints given by "Teen Wolf" and the show's own rules, it seems that Kate was changed all the way back in Season 1 when Peter Hale (Ian Bohen) slashed her throat with his claws. It's not the normal route, but even a deep clawing of a person can change them.

One important question: How did Peter, a werewolf, create a were-jaguar? While this question has not yet received any sort of "Teen Wolf" answer, there may be a precedent. Peter's illegitimate daughter, Malia, is after all a were-coyote instead of a werewolf like her dad.

And then there are the cases of Lydia -- who got banshee powers after being mauled by Peter Hale -- and Jackson -- only a werewolf after dealing with kanima-dom for a season.

It may be that a bite from this man has an even more unusual effect than that of most werewolves.

Hopefully, fans will find out when "Teen Wolf" Season 4 premieres Monday, June 23 on MTV.

'American Idol': Eliminated singer Majesty Rose got advice from Janelle Monae

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:00am
"American Idol" Top 19 finalist Majesty Rose and Janelle Monae are totally friends now. The "Idol" hopeful, who sang Monae's hit "Tightrope" during one of the first live shows of Season 13, got a chance to bond with Monae when she sang her new single on the Top 9 elimination show, which saw Rose voted out of the competition.

"She was giving me her tips," Rose tells Zap2it and a small group of reporters after her elimination. "One of the comments [the judges] said last night [was that] when I get hyped and the audience is there, they really do take me to another level -- like I'm out of the world -- so seriously my vocals can be crazy. ... I was like, 'Janelle, how do you do that?' -- because she sings live and she's dancing all over the place."

Monae's tips? "When you exercise sing at the same time. I was like, 'Crap, that's hard.'"

The judges also gave Rose some advice after her elimination -- that is, once she found her way back to the stage. After the show ended, she bolted for the door. "I ran away from everybody. Everybody was like, 'What?' It was a very strange atmosphere because after the show, when it cut off, I ran away and then everyone was standing there like [looks around]. I was about to go out the door and everybody was like, 'Majesty! Come back!' I was like, 'Why? I'm gone. Like, what? Bye everybody!'"

The person who brought her back? Harry Connick Jr. "Harry was like, 'Majesty, I have something to tell you.' I was like, 'Okay, I'll come back for you, Harry,'" she says with a laugh. "[The judges] were really affirming me a lot. It was really nice. They were just telling me about how this isn't the end, and I was like yeah, I know that. They were telling me how I am really artistic and it doesn't really matter."

Rose seemed upbeat after her elimination, especially for someone who'd been teary after every Bottom 3 finish, but she says it's bittersweet. "It's a mixture of feelings right now. Obviously I'm sad. My whole life is changed again! But at the same time I am really happy because I made it. What number am I? [Top 9.] That's really good out of over 75,000 people. I can't be all that sad. There's worse things going on in the world than this, definitely."

Besides, after she goes home, rests up and goes out on tour, Rose has plenty of opportunities ahead of her. "I actually see myself doing everything, seriously," she says. "Being diverse, or 'divergent' like I like to call it is tricky being on 'American Idol', but I think outside of 'American Idol' it can really work in my favor a lot because I can do a lot of things. I can sing and I can act and I think I can do everything really. I can see myself on Broadway and on kids shows and everything! So I'm excited I can choose."

'Grey's Anatomy' Season 10, episode 17 recap: Cristina imagines her life with and without Owen in 'Do You Know?'

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:45pm
What if one moment, one decision, changed not only your entire life, but the entire lives of the people around you? "Grey's Anatomy" pondered this very same question during the highly-anticipated Cristina-centric episode on Thursday (March 27), "Do You Know?" by having the doc imagine two possible scenarios that both ended in total misery. The end of the hour found Cristina not making a decision at all, and life went on.

So what was the decision she was mulling over? It all had to do with Owen. After a patient survived a car accident, only to be told he would be paralyzed from the neck down, Cristina asked the man if he wanted to have the ventilator removed, thus ending his life. "Do you know who you are? Do you know what's happened to you? Do you want to live this way?" Those questions lead Cristina to wonder what her life would be like if she chose to be with Owen ...

Scenario No. 1

First, the guy decides to have the ventilator removed after Cristina worked against all odds to save his heart. The depression makes her decide to go all in on a relationship with Owen when she sees him by the elevator. They go on to get a house, a dog, and even have two kids, something Cristina never wanted, but she did it to make Owen happy enough to give up a job opportunity in Germany. 
But her home life gets in the way of her work and Cristina has to give up her trial to Shane. Shane goes on to win the Harper Avery Award for that very same trial, and Cristina realizes she made a mistake with her life, agreeing to have kids and giving up her career. She cries to herself all alone later that night. 
Also, after getting his hand crushed by a cart, Avery can't operate ever again.

Scenario No. 2

Rewind to the patient making a decision, and this time, he decides to live because of the love he has for his wife. Cristina and Owen celebrate by hooking up, and Owen promises Cristina he's okay with not having kids. But of course, years later he decides he does want them. They go back and forth in their relationship, over and over, breaking up and getting back together so many times Meredith can't even pretend to care anymore. Cristina focuses on her trial more than anything else, including helping the patient who decided to live, even when his wife asks for Cristina when he crashes during a trial experiment. Owen, stunned at Cristina's coldness, kisses the patient's wife after she tells him she wanted kids and can't have them anymore. 
Years down the road, Owen becomes an alcoholic and Cristina realizes they ruined each other's lives by constantly getting back together even though they don't work. Their relationship is toxic, so she ends it. She goes on to win a record-breaking four consecutive Harper Avery Awards while Owen continues to show up to work drunk, and gets fired by the board, completely ruining his life and career. 
Also, Bailey is some sort of a TV star and Meredith and Derek adopted a third child and Avery still can't operate because of the same hand injury.

Reality

Rewind back to the patient making a decision, and this time, even after looking at his wife, he decides to die. Cristina walks out again in a haze, and sees Owen by the elevator for a third time. But she hesitates going to him, and thus, she's able to save Jackson's hand because she saw the cart about to crush it. Before she can walk up to Owen, Meredith intercepts her and asks her a question, and Owen gets on the elevator with a quick smile in Cristina's direction. 
So while Cristina still hasn't made a decision about her future with Owen, at least she was able to save Jackson's career. But why did both scenarios with Owen end in misery? Is this a sign that Cristina and Owen's relationship is doomed to fail no matter how much they love each other? 
And how weird was it seeing Cristina pregnant, giving birth, holding a baby, and being a mother? It just felt ... not right. Right?
"Grey's Anatomy" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

'Scandal' Season 3, episode 15: A confrontation with Fitz and Mellie but no payoff

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00pm
On the latest "Scandal" episode, titled "Mama Said Knock You Out," Fitz pushes Mellie closer and closer to when she finally explodes a giant, raping-father-in-law truthbomb all over his life.

The White House

The Grants' two older children, Jerry and Karen, are back in town for a family interview with reporter Noah Baker. But in typical Grant fashion, all hell breaks loose. Jerry not only runs an anonymous anti-Grant Twitter account, but he bought a "Reston for President" T-shirt. The horror! Gotta love how the son of a president "acts out."

That's not the worst of it, however. Karen walks in on her mom in flagrante delicto with "Uncle Andrew" and it's just about game over for the family, the interview, the vice president spot and Olivia/Fitz -- because Fitz goes absolutely ballistic even though he has no real right to.

Not only does Fitz punch his new vice presidential candidate, but he screams and screams at Mellie about how her frigidity drove him into Olivia's arms, but now it turns out she's not frigid, so she's really just a hateful shrew who ruined their marriage (paraphrasing).

During the knock-down, drag-out, it really seemed as though any second Mellie was going to explode at Fitz and tell him his father raped her, but alas, not this week. Maybe for the season finale.

Honestly, the prospect of Fitz finding out what Mellie really did for him and how much of a complete stronger-word-than-jerk he is is delicious. We cannot wait for that bombshell.

Because if Fitz keeps up this reign of terror he's on, he's going to lose Mellie and Olivia. Did you see the look on Olivia's face when he screamed at her that he was talking to his wife? Ouch.

The Gladiators


Olivia and crew are investigating B613 -- specifically, where it gets its funding. After first waving her off poking that particular bear, Liv's dad tells her it's not one department that funds B613, it's all of them.

But the Gladiators have bigger fish to fry by episode's end, because Harrison's sexy time buddy Adnan Salif was playing him in order to get all the information Pope & Associates has on the president's campaign schedule.

Adnan and Olivia's mom Maya give said information to Ivan Yushkin, an advance man for Dmitri Bolenko, a terrorist. What exactly they're planning against President Grant remains to be seen, but Jake and the Neverland B613ers are watching Ivan, Maya and Adnan -- though Jake, rather hilariously, says, "Let's watch this play out."

Oh, and Quinn has the problem of two many torturer boyfriends. She keeps making out with Huck, but Charlie has decided to "protect" her from Huck by moving into her apartment. Yay?

Best Lines:


Olivia: "Change of plan, I need you to look into the kids."
Abby: "Do we think they're funding B613?"

Maya: "You think you're family, but you're nothing but the help."

Overall, not the same gut-punch episode that the last two have been, but that's to be expected. There's still plenty of intriguing stuff happening as we hurtle towards the end of Season 3.

'Vikings' Season 2, episode 5 recap: 'Answers in Blood' brings a family reunion

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00pm
For a while, at least, it was one big happy family on the latest episode of "Vikings," "Answers in Blood." As the title says, there was also more than enough blood to go around. 
With Lagertha and Bjorn arriving to help Ragnar in the fight against Jarl Borg, it was finally time to jump into action. Bjorn and Ragnar went into town under the cloak, setting fire to Borg's winter supplies. It's a simple, but very effective plan. Knowing the chaos Ragnar is bringing him, Borg has no choice but to retaliate.
Unfortunately for Borg, the ensuing battle is far too much for him and his limited number of men to handle. After sustaining massive casualties, he calls his men into retreat, leaving the invaded town behind. That wasn't without some close calls though, as Bjorn was nearly killed. His dad saves him, but also scolds him for it. Poor Bjorn gets no credit for the dozens of men he actually killed.
There's more than just the obvious reason of survival that leads to Borg's escape. Just before going into battle, he learns that his new bride is with child. Jarl Borg is going to be a dad and that kid is absolutely doomed.
Back in town, a sacrifice is to be made to the gods. Rollo goes to do the deed, but Ragnar pulls him back at the last minute, handing the ax to Bjorn to prove himself. He does as his father orders and the warriors go through with creepily smearing the slain man's blood all over their faces. They seem to enjoy it, but it's sort of disgusting.
Ragnar tells Lagertha he doesn't want her or Bjorn to leave, even though it's not necessarily something Aslaug is happy about. It's also reported back to Ragnar that King Horik was attacked in Wessex, with most of the men being slaughtered. He doesn't know what's happened to Athelstan, though.
The former monk is being held captive by Christians who won't kill him due to the orders of King Ecbert. However, he is tortured by visions of demons as his mental state diminishes. Even asking the Lord to come help him does nothing to help put him as ease, as he actually sees some kind of beast lashing out at him.
Finally, Lagertha reveals she is leaving to return to her husband. She gives Bjorn permission to stay behind and live with his father and half-brothers, who he instantly bonded with. Now Ragnar really has taken everything from his former wife. You can't help but feel bad for her. She's a fighter though, so chances are she'll be back yet again. After all, Ragnar would have failed in defeating Jarl Borg without her.
What did you think of the episode?

'The Vampire Diaries' Season 5, episode 17 recap: Another doppelganger bites the dust in 'Rescue Me'

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:45pm
Let's sing this together now, shall we? Dun dun dun ... another one bites the dust!

Yes, "The Vampire Diaries" said goodbye to yet another doppelganger on Thursday (March 27), as Tom Avery, an Atlanta EMT with some questionable hair and who looks exactly like Paul Wesley, was unceremoniously killed in a deal made with the Travelers. So did Caroline really kill an innocent, nice guy to save Stefan's mind and memories? Read on for the recap of "Rescue Me" ...

Even after Caroline made Sloan promise to stop "psychically doppel-bombing" poor Tom Avery through Stefan to save Stefan from being memory robbed again, she keeps on keeping on, searching for more information that could help Caroline and Enzo find the guy -- while on what's got to be one of the most awkward road trips ever. They've been searching all around Atlanta with no luck, so Sloan continues to go deeper into the connection and sees that he works at Atlanta Metropolitan Hospital. Caroline seems confident in her ability to kill Tom, even going so far as to get Enzo to call her a "pearly blonde angel of death." Of course, everyone's got their doubts that Caroline can actually go through with it, but she knows it's the only way to save her friend. So off to the hospital they go.

When Caroline and Enzo get there, they find out from a doctor that Tom -- one of the best, nicest, most talented EMTs he's ever worked with -- disappeared four months ago and no one's heard from him since. That's all it takes to convince Sloan to dig deeper into Stefan's mind more, and in an extremely, surprisingly powerful scene, Caroline talks him through the pain over the phone. Watching her suffer empathetic, emotional pain over hearing Stefan go through physical, psychic pain was so touching, and for a moment, it was believable that Caroline would actually kill an innocent person to save him. They have one of the strongest friendships on this show, and to think, at the beginning they didn't even know each other.

Sloan's psychic probing uncovers a memory -- seems like there's a delay on the doppelganger frequency by about four months, huh? -- where a girl named Hazel asks Tom out to dinner as a thank you for saving her friend's life earlier that day. He agrees to meet her at her house, and Stefan relays the address Hazel tells Tom to Caroline and Enzo. They arrive at the house, notice a ton of mail piled up, and force the door open. They see Hazel -- a witch! -- kneeling on the floor in some kind of a spell/trance, and Enzo breaks off the doorknob and throws it straight at her head, killing her. 
Caroline's pissed off that he would just murder someone, but he's got a point: They can now enter the house since the owner is dead, and they're one step closer to accomplishing the goal they promised they would achieve. Anyone else get the feeling that while Caroline might not have the wherewithal to go through with killing Tom, Enzo would be more than happy to take up the charge? Tom's odds are going down, and fast.

Back in Mystic Falls, Elena wakes up in Damon's bed after their night of break up sex. In the grand old tradition of the walk of shame, she tries sneaking out of the room without waking up Damon, but hey ... he's a vampire. That's kind of impossible. Plus, it turns out he's been awake for three hours and was just enjoying lounging naked in bed with Elena. She tells him that the last night was a mistake, and Damon being Damon, he suggest that they keep "making mistakes." Employing some serious will power that not many women would have in that situation, Elena declines. "Your loss. I make one hell of a naked breakfast," Damon tells her, standing naked in all his glory as she runs out of the room.

Elena then heads to the high school for Jeremy's parent-teacher conference, and while she waits in line she calls up Bonnie for a little girl talk. Bonnie's chilling in their dorm and sees Luke, and tells Elena that she wants to get to know Katherine's BFF to find out what he knows and if they can trust him. Plus, she thinks he's a suitable guy for Elena to date now that she's "broken up" with Damon. But as we all know, Elena tells Bonnie that Damon is more Luke's type. "That'd be cute too," she quips. Yes, yes it would, Bonnie.

But the mood of their fun phone call gets ruined when Elena tells Bonnie that Jeremy didn't sleep at the Salvatore house last night. Since he wasn't with Bonnie, where was he? Everyone's thinking it: He's cheating again. That seems especially likely when Damon, Matt and Tyler see Jeremy meeting Liv for a bottle of gin at the Mystic Grill that morning. What are they up to?

It's not what everyone thinks, though. No hanky-panky going on here. Liv does a silence spell to ward off Tyler's hybrid eavesdropping, and then warns Jeremy that all the witches are talking about how the Travelers are heading to Mystic Falls for something to do with Elena. In Liv's own words, the world literally revolves around her for something. LOL. Welcome to "TVD," right?

When Elena tries to check in as Jeremy's guardian, she's in for a rude awakening, since she's not listed as his primary contact. That would be ... Damon. Cue: Damon walking up, plopping himself down right next to Elena, ready for a day of fake-co-parenting with his now-ex. Awwwwwkward.

The day is made even worse by a super judgey counselor, who can tell that things aren't exactly what you'd call "stable" in the Gilbert/Salvatore household. She tells Elena and Damon that Jeremy is skipping school, failing classes, starting fights (duh), and even has been caught cheating twice in math. He needs a more stable home situation, which is kind of hard when your sister's a vampire, you're living in the mansion of her two ex-boyfriends who are brothers and also vampires, and you're a supernaturally gifted vampire hunter with a half-alive, half-dead girlfriend who acts as the anchor to The Other Side. Oh, and you're constantly fighting to save everyone's lives, because this is Mystic Falls. Yikes.

Back at the Whitmore dorm, Bonnie tries to play things cool with Luke to find out what his deal is. But his whole cover is blown wide open when Hazel's ghost shows up to pass through Bonnie, and gives her a message to tell Luke of all people: She failed to conceal the doppelganger and the Travelers are coming. Hazel passes through Bonnie, and Luke's got some major explaining to do. He tells Bonnie that he and Liv are twins and witches, and they're basically trying to stop the Travelers from doing something. He texts Liv -- still at the Mystic Grill with Jeremy -- about what Hazel said, and she tells Jeremy she's moving on to Plan B. Having Jeremy protect Elena was Plan A, so what does Plan B entail?

Back at the school, Elena tells Damon that the judgey counselor was right: Their situation isn't stable. She tries to end things again, but he pushes her up against a locker and gives the single most sexy speech in the history of "TVD." Like, seriously, whoa. HOT. We're not even going to write down any of it here because it's way too sexy to be repeated. BRB, fanning ourselves. We don't even judge Elena for daydreaming during the chemistry teacher's speech about the students because yeah, Damon's chemistry is way more interesting. When she leaves the classroom to get some air (in the wood shop of all places?), Liv randomly shows up and attacks her with her full-on witch power.

Liv tells Elena that she'll make the Travelers too powerful now that Luke "failed to keep her safe" (by keeping Tom hidden), and almost stakes Elena with a piece of wood, but Damon knocks Liv out. He tortures her, and she reveals what we already know: If there is only one Elena doppelganger and one Stefan doppelganger alive in the world, the Travelers will come to Mystic Falls to use Elena for ... something, and the witches can't let that happen. But Damon says that he can't let Liv kill Elena, and almost kills her, but Jeremy runs in and stops him.

Back in Atlanta, as they're walking through the now-dead Hazel's house to see what she was up to, Caroline figures out that four months ago, Tom was hidden as soon as Silas died, meaning the witches knew that Tom was the only doppelganger left standing in the way of what the Travelers want. Caroline and Enzo find Tom under sedation in the basement, and she wakes him up, knocks Enzo out, and tells Tom that she's going to save him. Uh oh ...

Predictably, Caroline doesn't go through with killing Tom. Instead, she takes him out for a hearty brunch and compels him to tell her his life story. She wants to see what kind of person he is, and she says Tom is one of the nicest people she's ever met in her life. She can't kill him now. She compels him to get on a train, leave town, meet a pretty girl and settle down for a nice, long, happy life. But before he can ride off into the sunset, Enzo finds them and kills him. Turns out, Enzo also cut a deal with the Travelers, since they told him they know where his Augustine love Maggie is. If he kills Tom, they'll tell him where to find her. So Tom was doomed from the start. Enzo tells Caroline that for the sake of her friendship with Stefan, she can take credit for killing Tom to save Stefan, and they part ways.

Back at the high school, Jeremy yells at Damon and Elena for trying to kill Liv, and they try to tell him that they know what's best for him, like doing better in school. But Jeremy rightfully explains that he's doing poorly in school because he can't care about classes and homework when he's constantly fighting to save everyone's lives. He says he can make his own decisions, and they need to trust him. He promises that he can get Liv and Luke to save Elena, not kill her, and Elena realizes that she needs to trust him like he's always trusted her.

Jeremy get Luke and Liv to team up with him to thwart whatever the Travelers are planning, and they agree to work together because they know that Jeremy's hunter skills are a huge asset. He also enlists Matt and Tyler too, and they all form some kind of a dream team that we never knew we wanted and yet all of a sudden cannot live without. Instantly on board with this. Also, Jeremy moves out of the Salvatore mansion and into Matt and Tyler's house, and seriously, we are ON BOARD WITH THIS. Can we go live with these three? A human, a hunter, and a hybrid, all with bartending experience? This is going to be one big rager like 27/7.

After Jeremy leaves the mansion, Damon and Elena finally have that adult conversation they've been avoiding for a long time. They keep doing bad things to each other and for each other and with each other, because they don't work together. Even though they clearly love each other and want each other, they can't be with each other. Quick, say "each other" five more times fast! All jokes aside, Elena tells Damon that she has to leave for her dorm on her own, since she knows if Damon drives her they'll just end up back in bed together. She says he has to let her go for real, and in a surprisingly mature move, he does. He kisses her on the forehead and leaves. This is it ... the real, official end of Delena.

Caroline makes her way back to the Travelers camp, and tells Stefan that Tom is dead, but confesses that she couldn't go through with it. Enzo made the actual final move. She apologizes, knowing that she just admitted she couldn't kill even to save his life, but Stefan reminds her that she could have, but she chose not to, and that's because she's a good person. He also knew all along she wouldn't do it, because that's how good of friends they are. They share one of the sweetest friend snuggles in the history of ever, and is it wrong to want to slide on in between them to join in on the platonic and in no way romantic friend snuggle? Because that looks mighty comfy, just sayin'.

Their Steroline snuggle sesh is ruined, though, when the Travelers make their move. Sloan has all the Travelers drink the mixture of Stefan and Elena's blood, and then lights them all on fire while they chant and scream horribly, suffering slow and agonizing deaths by being burnt alive. Caroline and Stefan watch on in horror, and then vamp-speed away. All the Travelers then materialize next to Bonnie to pass through her all at once, and she passes out from the sudden onslaught of pain. Her shadow then pulls itself away from her unconscious body, forming a figure that gets up and walks away. Meet Markos, the leader of the Travelers.

Where did he come from? Was he on The Other Side, and the Travelers mass sacrifice gave him the power he needed to come back? Or was he on The Dark Side, and that's why he needed the group suicide to come back? Or was he somewhere else entirely? And what are his plans? If Elena and Stefan's blood was used to call him forth, what else does he need with them? So many questions!

What did you think of "Rescue Me?" How adorable was Tom, and how sad was it to see him die so suddenly and so soon after meeting him? How sweet was the Steroline cuddle sesh? How freaking epic will the Jeremy/Tyler/Matt trio be? Let us know in the comments!

"The Vampire Diaries" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Lifetime's 'Petals on the Wind' first photos and premiere date

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:30pm
Get excited, VC Andrews fans. "Petals on the Wind," the Lifetime sequel to "Flowers in the Attic," is only two short months away. The network has announced a premiere date and released a few first-look photos.

The sequel will jump 10 years ahead from the events of "Flowers," with Rose McIver and Wyatt Nash replacing Kiernan Shipka and Mason Dye as Cathy and Christopher Dollanganger. Heather Graham will reprise her role as their mother, Corrine, and Ellen Burstyn is returning as their grandmother.

The movie description reads: "'Petals on the Wind' continues to follow the twisted plight of the family as they attempt to put their sordid past behind them, but soon discover certain secrets can't be left behind. When Cathy finds herself in an abusive relationship with a fellow dancer, Julian (Will Kemp, below left), Christopher and Cathy are forced to face the forbidden feelings they developed for one another while coming of age during captivity. But when tragedy strikes the Dollangangers once again, Cathy returns to Foxworth Hall to confront her grandmother and seek revenge on her mother with a plan to seduce her husband Bart (Dylan Bruce, "Orphan Black"). When Christopher runs to Cathy's side, the two are determined to start over again - together."

Exciting stuff. "Petals on the Wind" premieres Monday, May 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.

'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' Season 3 finale: A proposal and a possum drop

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 9:30pm
For the Season 3 finale of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," it was all about what the Shannon-Thompson clan was doing leading up to the annual "Tallapoosa Possum Drop," which is a real thing that happens for two different New Year's Eve celebrations every year. The Tallapoosa one, thankfully, uses a taxidermied possum (as opposed to a live one).

Either way, it was just one of many down-home holiday activities in the special, like bobbing for hot dogs in vats of egg nog, "Slopoke Boggin'" at a giant mud pit, sledding at a hill with man-made snow and the "even-steven" burn-barrel tradition.

They also make New Year's resolutions. Sugar Bear's resolution is to give up chewing tobacco ("dippin'"), but Mama June is skeptical because he's told that tale before. Meanwhile, Mama June resolves to get over her fear of mayonnaise. She goes to see a hypnotherapist (as one does), but it does not help, for Mama June is still completely grossed out when Honey Boo Boo makes her a mayo bath.

But the big news is that Michael comes over to ask Mama June and Sugar Bear if he can marry Anna (pictured above with baby Kaitlyn). He's actually very sweet and earnest and earns Anna's parents' approval. Mama June then says what he really needs is Anna's approval -- and privately, she says, "Michael's gonna make a good first husband."

Anyway, Michael pops the question via a flashmob dance at the local pizzeria and a pizza that says, "Will you marry me?" He does have a beautiful ring for her, though, not just pizza. Anna says yes and seems very excited.

So, will Season 4 of "Honey Boo Boo" feature a wedding?! Mama June says they're in production right now, but does not give anything away about the big day.

'Surviving Jack' series premiere: What did you think of FOX's '90s throwback?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 9:00pm
FOX's "Surviving Jack" has brought both Chrstopher Meloni and the early '90s back to TV. The single-camera comedy finds Meloni as a no-nonsense dad, taking over as the main parental figure while his wife goes back to law school in 1991. Having two teenagers under his watch, along with a slew of friends, leads to quite a few funny situations.
There's something to be said for the "Wonder Years" feel the show gives off, using music and imagery from the era to immediately transport viewers back to their younger early 90s selves. Is it enough to keep them tuning in again, though?
Trading on nostalgia to drive a show certainly hasn't hurt ABC's "The Goldbergs," which is going strong during it's first season and looking likely to get a second. Is the early '90s generation ready to relive their teenage years, though? If so, it might be just about time for hypercolor to make a comeback.
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'American Idol' Top 9 results: Did CJ Harris, Majesty Rose or Sam Woolf go home?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 8:32pm
After a solid showing during "American Idol" Top 9 "I'm With the Band" week, the judges decided not to use the save they have in play for another three weeks. With a Bottom 3 comprised of CJ Harris, Sam Woolf and Majesty Rose, which contestant was sent home?

First off, let's start with the ridiculous way Ryan Seacrest introduced performance night's ankle/shoe theft brouhaha by making a "shoe drops" pun and then actually dropping a shoe on the floor. No. (But also yes, puns are great, but NO.)

Now that we've covered that, it was a swiftly moving night of results thanks to the new half-hour length (so as to launch FOX's newest comedy, "Surviving Jack"). One benefit of the shorter length is that Randy Jackson's useless assessment was boiled down into a short package where he said his three favorites were Caleb, Malaya and Jena.

It was time for the first results: The first big change is that the reveal of who was safe via the big screen rather than Seacrest's dramatic name-calling. The first person summoned to safety was a surprised-looking Jena, followed by Malaya and a good ol' Seacrest fakeout.

Janelle Monae performed her single from the "Rio 2" soundtrack before we got back to more results: Alex, Jessica and Caleb were safe, leaving CJ, Majesty and Sam on the bottom.

Majesty had to sing for her life with Pharrell Williams' "Happy" but ultimately, the judges couldn't agree and declined to use their save, sending the preschool teacher from Florida home.

Unfortunately, the show was so short that we didn't even have time for her exit package -- nor the ceremonial "Hunger Games"-ing of her photo.

Did America pick the right Bottom 3? Did the right singer go home? What did you think of the shorter results show?

'Mind Games' canceled as 'Celebrity Wife Swap' gets Season 3 premiere date

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 8:15pm
ABC has announced the premiere date for Season 3 of "Celebrity Wife Swap" -- in the time slot currently occupied by "Mind Games," the new drama starring Christian Slater and Steve Zahn.

"Celebrity Wife Swap" will return Tuesday, April 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC and will feature the families of Daniel Baldwin and Jermaine Jackson. No other celebrity participants have been announced at this time.

Until April 15, reruns of "Resurrection" will air in the Tuesday night 10 p.m. time period. There is no official word on "Mind Games" included in the release, but the program has not been performing well in the ratings, earning less than 2 million viewers for its latest new episode.

'How I Met Your Mother' cast on 'Inside the Actors Studio' answer questions in character

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 8:00pm
Before "How I Met Your Mother" airs its series finale, the cast sat down with James Lipton for an "Inside the Actors Studio" episode.

It was poignant and funny, as each cast member chose his or her favorite scene in the history of the show -- "Suits" (NPH), the two-minute date (Radnor), the bangity-bang song (Smulders), Marshall's father's death (Hannigan) and the cock-a-mouse (Segel), in case you were wondering -- but the highlight was the actors showing off their talents by answering questions off-the-cuff in character. The best bon mots:

Lipton: "Your friend Ted has described you as a sociopath, is that true?"
Barney: "What does 'sociopath' mean again?"
Lipton: "Ted?"
Ted: "Well, it's interesting because the derivation, it changed around 1863 -- [raucous laughter and applause]."

Lipton: "What is the Playbook?"
Barney: "That was a book in my days, back in my young (awesome!) days where I had different ways to get dirty. That included lots of different doppelganger names -- The Scuba Diver, that was a good one."
Lipton: "Oh, Jesus."
Barney: "The 'Oh, Jesus' was awesome!"

Lipton: "Lily, have you ever admitted to finding Robin sexually attractive?"
Lily: "I will admit it right now. [Robin and Lily kiss]."

Lipton: "Is it accurate, Marshall, to say that you have a belief in the paranormal?"
Marshall: "I have to take umbrage with your question, there's nothing 'paranormal,' it's just all the natural world."
Lipton: "Where did you acquire this belief?"
Marshall: "Uh, with my pair-a-normal eyes."

Lipton: "Would it be correct to say you're inclined to correct people?"
Ted: "I don't know if 'inclined' is the right word. I feel it's more -- I think we should take great care with what we say and I think that sometimes there's a better word and I think that sometimes people misuse words."

The "How I Met Your Mother" series finale, "Last Forever," airs Monday, March 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Is America over 'Duck Dynasty'? Season 5 finale ratings lowest since Season 1

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 7:45pm
Is America camo'ed out? 
"Duck Dynasty" wrapped up Season 5 last night with a one-hour finale show, but it seems not as many fans tuned in. According to E! Online, only 6 million watched, down significantly from the 8.4 million who watched the end of Season 4, and the 9.6 million who tuned in for the Season 3 finale.  
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Are Phil Robertson's controversial remarks at the end of 2013 to blame for the drop in viewers? Or did the Robertson family reach saturation level before Phil's statements? Season 6 has been confirmed, and perhaps the best barometer will be if the show can set a new premiere record. Season 5 premiered to 8.5 million viewers, down from 11.8 in Season 4. No Season 6 premiere date has been announced at this time.

'The Good Wife': Alicia struggles to accept 'The Last Call'

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 7:30pm

Grab your box of tissues, "Good Wife" fans. Sunday's (March 30) episode, titled "The Last Call," is just as heartbreaking as one would expect in the wake of Will Gardner being shot and killed at the end of last week's episode.

We can't give away too much, but suffice to say that Alicia, Diane, Cary and Kalinda are each starting to work through their shock and grief -- and in very different ways. As the preview above shows, Alicia has to deal with the last call Will made to her, a voicemail on her phone from just before the courtroom shooting.

There are a few "bright" spots within the episode -- David Lee is a pleasant surprise in the wake of the news, and Eli Gold has a small humorous moment in the first few scenes.

Furthermore, and not that this show ever has bad acting, but the entire thing could be an Emmy reel for everyone involved, from Julianna Margulies to Alan Cumming to Hunter Parrish, who plays shooter Jeffrey Grant.

It's one not to be missed. "The Last Call" airs Sunday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' reunion will feature a Porsha Stewart-Kenya Moore fist fight

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 7:15pm
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" stars Porsha Stewart and Kenya Moore have always had a combative relationship, but the two got into a physical fight during the taping of the latest reunion special for their Bravo reality series.

According to Us Weekly, "There was a major physical altercation between Porsha and Kenya -- to the point that Porsha beat the crap out of Kenya, dragged her across the stage by her hair, and gave her a major beatdown."

It appears that Moore might've instigated the attack, at least according to RadarOnline. The site reports that Moore brought sex toys to the taping to tease Stewart about the rumors that her estranged husband, Kordell Stewart, is gay.

"Kenya brought sex toys to the reunion taping to taunt Porsha about Kordell's sexuality and she couldn't take it anymore," a source tells Radar. "Porsha beat the s*** out of her! She is a little thing and she jumped on her and pulled her down to the ground by her hair, and Kenya doesn't have a weave, it is all her own hair. Porsha was sick of her saying that she was Kordell's beard and those toys were the last straw. Porsha is a skinny thing but she was whopping her butt!"

Apparently security guards broke up the fight while cast members Nene Leakes, Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey and host Andy Cohen watched the drama unfold.

'The 100' promo: 'The nightmare never ends' in 'Earth Kills'

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 7:00pm
"The 100" is steadily getting darker with each new episode, and episode 3 of The CW's new survival drama is no exception.

"Earth Kills" will find the 100 teens on Earth battling their surroundings when a mysterious orange cloud descends on their camp, battling each other as the more violent criminals start making their goals known, and battling their own health, as fatally wounded Jasper continues to fight for his life after getting stabbed by the Grounders. One child on the ground says it best: "The nightmare never ends."

Watch a promo for "Earth Kills" below:


"The 100" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

What's 'American Idol' rehearsal really like? Zap2it sits in with Keith Urban

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:45pm
Perhaps one of the most annoying critiques to cross an "American Idol" judge's lips is the dreaded "you were much better in rehearsal." That's nice and all, but it's the live show that counts, since that's what America sees. Zap2it sat in on the "Idol" Season 13 rehearsal for Top 9's "I'm With the Band" week. Here are our major takeaways from the two-hour affair.

- The final dress rehearsal, held around five hours before the show goes live, is pretty much an exact run-through of what you'll see later in the evening. The contestants were, for the most part, wearing whatever they wore during their performances. Ryan Seacrest, in jeans and a button-down, did abbreviated versions of each of his hosting standups, and the contestants each got one final run-through of their song with the band and the staging. The only difference was the lighting -- the studio remained brightly lit the whole time.

- The judges can watch (or not). During Top 9 week, Keith Urban sat in his seat and watched each singer's dress rehearsal run-through alongside two judges' stand-ins. When it came time for the judging portion, the stand-ins would say nonsensical phrases about the weather, or, a personal favorite: "I had a great cup of chili today."

- The audience isn't there, but the studio isn't empty. In addition to various production people -- for example, vocal coaches Dorian Holley and Michael Orland adorably coaching Majesty Rose through her tambourine moves, "Toddlers & Tiaras" style -- there are also contest winners, executive guests, charity benefactors and sponsor guests who sit in on rehearsal.

- Although the studio is mostly empty, the contestants bring their A-game. Well, at least their B-game. They don't want to waste their best moves on an empty studio, but they have to bring enough energy to their performance to feel confident that they can come through when it counts. They all did an admirable job in rehearsal, but some perked up immensely once they were able to feed off the energy of the live show's crowd. For example, Caleb Johnson was incredible during his rehearsal, but explosive during the live show. The vocals were impeccable both times, but something about the energy of the audience really brought out his best.

- Not many major changes will be made before the live show. At this point, the kids have (hopefully) perfected their vocals and moves for each performance, and it's kind of too late to make any major changes anyway. The rehearsal performances pretty much looked and sounded exactly like they did when the show went live. 

'The Vampire Diaries' PaleyFest video highlights the life and death of Katherine Pierce

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:30pm
"The Vampire Diaries" lost one of the series' best characters when Katherine Pierce was sucked out of this world and pulled violently into Hell. But before we say goodbye to her forever, The CW put together a fantastic highlights reel of the sassy doppelganger.

Shown before "The Vampire Diaries" PaleyFest panel on Saturday (March 22) and finally released on the show's official Facebook page, the clip celebrates the life, death and schemes of Katherine Pierce, plus shows some very spoilery scenes from upcoming episodes, including ... gasp, Caroline killing Stefan's new doppelganger?

Watch the video below:

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"The Vampire Diaries" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.