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'Community' Season 5 finale: 5 things to know about 'Basic Story'

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:15pm
The first part of the "Community" Season 5 finale, "Basic Story," is coming all too soon to NBC. What strangeness will come along with that finale? Keep reading for five spoilers to keep you guessing.

When it becomes evident that the Save Greendale Committee has done its job all too well, everything seems set for pure contentment. But then it turns out that by saving Greendale, the Committee may have actually destroyed their (semi-)beloved school.

RELATED: Six seasons and a movie for "Community"? It might happen.

Here is what we can tell you about the episode:

1. One scene focuses very closely on a man slurping soup.

2. The city of Greendale defines a dog as an animal with four legs and a tail. Somehow, this is related to an important development in the story.

3. Two of the characters make a big and surprising decision. It involves olive oil, but not in the way you would expect (if you have a dirty mind).

4. Did you know that six people every year are crushed to death by vending machines? Dean Pelton tries to bring that number to seven.

5. There is a big -- but understated and surprising -- cameo who makes perfect sense, considering some plot developments in the episode.

"Basic Story," the first part of the "Community" Season 5 finale, airs Thursday, April 10 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The second part, "Basic Sandwich," will follow one week later.

'America's Worst Tattoos': Megan Massacre warns against 'job-stoppers'

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:00pm
A bad decision can have lifetime repercussions. Nothing can be done about some of them, but if your drunken night out or relationship issues or poor choice of artist ends in one very ugly bit of body art, Megan Massacre is here to help.
The New York-based tattoo artist, model and DJ is one of the artists featured on TLC's "America's Worst Tattoos," returning for Season 2 with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, March 27.
Along with Jeremy Swan, Tim Pangburn and Lisa Del Toro, Massacre works to transform ink disasters into something that won't be a source of continual pain and embarrassment.
"There isn't just one individual reason," Massacre tells Zap2it. "Maybe the tattoo's really old and it doesn't look great anymore. That's going to happen to every tattoo; that's inevitable.
Sometimes people make bad decisions, or the artist was not very good, or it was a great idea for a tattoo, but the artist didn't know what they were doing. Maybe they were inexperienced, or the artist was on drugs or drunk.
"Sometimes a client is, too. Sometimes somebody gets drunk or is on drugs, and they make bad decisions."
Some people have taken the lessening of a social stigma about tattoos as an excuse to go for it. It's not unusual to see college-age people with arms covered in ink, or even tattoos on necks, faces and hands.
"When kids turn 18," Massacre says, "they're getting tattoos in these spots first. They're getting neck tattoos and hand tattoos first, and it drives me crazy. It's so dumb. We have a word for them in tattoo shops, among us artists -- we call them 'job-stoppers.'
"It will literally stop you from getting any kind of a normal job. You can be a tattoo artist, you can be a musician, you can be a sports player, but that's not what everybody wants to be.
"Unless you have a job where it doesn't matter, you're screwed."

'Game of Thrones' Throwback Thurdsay: This Season 1 flashback will make your heart hurt

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 5:30pm
At this point in "Game of Thrones," the list of characters who have been sent on their own solo storylines is far longer than those who are with their allies. Fans' dreams of one day seeing Bran and Arya and Jon and Sansa reunite have slowly faded as the realization has sunk in that what we want to happen and what will happen on "Game of Thrones" are very different things.
That's why, as we said in the title of this article, this "Game of Thrones" Throwback Thursday post will make your heart hurt. With Season 4's premiere just around the corner and life getting very dark for fan-favorite characters, this look back to simpler times in Season 1 is just a reminder of how far this show has come.

Yes, there really was a time the Starks were all together, all alive and all (mostly) happy. If only Ned had heeded Catelyn's gut instinct and stayed in Winterfell ... well, most of these people would probably still be dead. Valar morghulis, everyone!
"Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' gets key art, Kevin Smith has two new AMC pilots

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 4:30pm
TV news and notes:

- "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" will launch April 27 on HBO. The network has released key art for the weekly topical series with the tagline "Just the nightly news. Only weeklier." Oliver comes to HBO after a long tenure as a "Daily Show" correspondent.
- Kevin Smith's TV empire continues to grow with the news that AMC has ordered two more pilots from the filmmaker. In addition to Season 4 of "Comic Book Men," the network is developing "Hollywood Babble-On," a weekly entertainment news show based on a podcast the filmmaker does with radio personality Ralph Garman. Additionally, frequent "Comic Book Men" guest Robert Bruce is getting a shot at his own spinoff. The unscripted series would follow the self-proclaimed pop culture on his travels around the country in search of rare items.
- AMC is developing a series with "X Files" mastermind Chris Carter and "The Walking Dead' executive producer Gale Ann Hurd. "Area 51" is based on the best-selling novel "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base," by Annie Jacobson. The thriller delves into the truth behind the mysterious army installation in Nevada.
- Starz has cast the leads of its new original series, "Survivor's Remorse." Jessie T. Usher will play Cam Calloway, Ronreaco Lee will play Reggie Vaughn, Erica Ash will play Cam's sister M-Chuck, and Tichina Arnold will play Cam's mother Cassie. The six-episode series series is set in the world of professional basketball and will shoot in Atlanta. LeBron James, Tom Wener, Mike O'Malley, Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter are producing.
- LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell will co-host the new CBS special "ACM Presents: An All-Star Tribute to the Troops." It will be broadcast on CBS on May 20 as a follow-up to the ACM Awards on April 6, which air at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes and Lee Brice have been added to the performance line-up.
- "Nightline" has named a replacement for its NBC News-bound co-anchor Cynthia McFadden. JuJu Chang will now be co-anchoring the ABC News series alongside Dan Harris and Dan Abrams. [Deadline]
- Showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman will be staying with CBS Television Studios for two more years. The creator of "Emily Owens, MD" has re-upped her deal with the studio through 2016. Two of her projects -- "Jane The Virgin" and "Sober Companion" -- were picked up to pilot this development season. 

'Sons of Anarchy' EP Dave Erickson joins 'The Walking Dead' spinoff

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 3:00pm
The upcoming "The Walking Dead" companion series has landed Dave Erickson as a co-writer and executive producer. Erickson comes to the spinoff from AMC's "Low Winter Sun," which was canceled in December.
Before that he served as co-executive producer and writer on several episodes of FX's "Sons of Anarchy" between 2008 and 2011. Erickson's other big credit was on the short-lived "Cantebury's Law."
Back in January, AMC chief Charlie Collier said the network was taking their time in developing the companion series, noting they wanted to "do it right." The primary goal is to make sure whatever they come up with doesn't diminish "The Walking Dead." 
"What we want to do is find something that everyone involved feels as passionately about as being a unique vehicle and unique enterprise as compared to the original series," he said.

'The Red Road' episode 5 'The Great Snake Battle' clip: Watch Phillip confront Jake

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 2:45pm

Sundance Channel's freshman series "The Red Road" is airing its penultimate Season 1 episode Thursday (March 27), and the stakes are higher than ever for Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa). 
In this Zap2it-exclusive clip from episode 5, "The Great Snake Battle," Phillip and his father Jack (Tom Sizemore) have an explosive encounter about what happened to get Phillip set up in Florida.
The synopsis for "The Great Snake Battle" reads: "Harold makes a curious discovery as he puzzles over new details; Kopus heads to Brooklyn armed with new knowledge; Jean makes a bold decision."

"The Red Road" airs Sundance Channel at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Thursdays.

'The Vampire Diaries': Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder tease Damon and Elena's 'friends with benefits' experiment and more

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 2:30pm
Even though Elena and Damon tried to break up at the end of last week's episode of "The Vampire Diaries," it's pretty safe to say that it didn't stick seeing as how the two vampires fell right back into bed with each other the next second. The biggest question on everyone's mind: Is Delena broken up or back together?

Neither, it would seem. That's right, Elena and Damon are going to try being friends with benefits, although "TVD" star Ian Somerhalder doesn't have the highest of hopes for that experiment. "Friends with benefits never ultimately work," Somerhalder tells Zap2it. "They are wonderful for a spell. But hey, you never know."

His co-star Nina Dobrev feels the same way. "Well, we've all seen the movie 'Friends With Benefits' with Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, right?" Dobrev tells Zap2it. "Everyone always goes into that whole arrangement with optimistic views and wanting it to work but it always gets messy. It's hard to just separate sex and emotions. Those just go together."

Complicating matters is the fact that both Damon and Elena are coming down from being infected with the ripper virus, so things won't be normal for a while. "Damon's head is in the clouds. He's going to need an exorbitant amount of booze and a little love to come out of this thing," Somerhalder says. "Damon has these cycles where he goes through these super intense moments. He lives within the confines of the experiences in which he is given. So he's never truly happy."

He continues, "People are never happy in Mystic Falls because then there would be no drama. No drama, no show. So he's just now focused on the next thing. 'How do I protect my girl?' His girl and his brother are the two most important things in his life."

That might be a little difficult to do, however, now that shady siblings Luke and Liv have woven themselves into Elena's life for mysterious purposes. "Elena is definitely going to butt heads with them in ways that are not positive," Dobrev teases. "I can't give away anything. I have to be a little vague there."

And as for Elena's relationship with Jeremy, things are about to take a hard left turn when Jeremy makes a decision that leaves Elena devastated. What's he gotten himself into?

"All I can say is that it's been great to play and watch Elena grow as a character," Dobrev says. "She's had to make a lot of really difficult decisions that have influenced herself and others around her, and now Jeremy is going to have to make one that is similar. So she will be majorly affected by it but because of what she has gone through, she understands, as well. She knows that she has to let him be his own person and make his own decisions because she did the same."

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

'Game of Thrones' cast offers Season 4 teases: Pay attention to Brienne, Cersei, Sam and more

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 2:00pm
"Game of Thrones" continues to get bigger and bigger with each passing season, and in Season 4 the central characters find themselves scattered more than ever. Each character has an important role to play, even if they seem like they may be lesser players in the game of thrones.
RELATED: "Game of Thrones" cast tells lies and truths about Season 4

Thats why we asked the likes of Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie, John Bradley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright and the rest of the cast members we bumped into at the "Game of Thrones" Season 4 premiere why their characters are the ones to watch this season. From more magic to troubled romances, here are their teases of the upcoming season.
"Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

'Salem' star Janet Montgomery is too outspoken to have survived the 1690s

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 1:30pm
WGN America's spooky new series, "Salem," doesn't premiere until April. Since that's way too long to wait to get our fill of the series' supernatural take on the Salem witch trials, Zap2it decided to get you -- and the stars -- excited for the debut by subjecting them to our "Salem" Survey.

Up next is Janet Montgomery, who plays the witchy Mary Sibley on the new drama, premiering Sunday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. Read on to find out what she'd take with her to puritanical Salem, why she couldn't actually survive there and why the crew is key to "Salem's" success.

Zap2it: Describe your character in 5 words.
Montgomery: Damaged, emotional, vengeful, illusive, lustful.

What three items would you take with you to a deserted island (or puritanical Salem)?
My dog Guthrie, milk and British tea bags. S***, I need a kettle too right?!

Could you have survived in the 1690s?
Probably not. I am far too outspoken to be a woman living in this era.

Which witch is which? Name the book/TV show/movie/play each witch is from. No cheating!
Glinda the Good Witch:
"The Wizard of Oz"
Hermione Granger: "Harry Potter"
Bonnie Bennett: No clue.
Fiona Goode: "American Horror Story"
Sabrina Spellman: "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"
Endora: "Wicked"
The White Witch: "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe"
Willow Rosenberg: "Buffy"?!

Pick one: "The Witches of Eastwick," "The Craft," or "Practical Magic"
Tough one. I adore Jack Nicholson so probably "The Witches of Eastwick," but I also grew up watching "The Craft" with friends from school and really love this movie!

If you could cast any spell, what would it be?
To be able to fly. I just want that sensation you have in dreams when you fly to be real. Plus it would save on gas.

Would you be a good witch or a bad witch?
I think a bit of both. Would hate to become predictable and being good all the time would get boring.

What's the most surprising true fact you learned about the actual Salem witch trials?
Wait, this is based on something that really happened?!

What's the most challenging thing about starring in a show that's both genre and period?
It takes a lot of time to get through hair and costume and then we spend a lot of time getting the right horror shots on top of this. It's long days, but everyone works so hard. We are blessed to have such a wonderful crew around us.

Check out Zap2it's other "Salem" surveys here:
Xander Berkeley
Tamzin Merchant
Iddo Goldberg
Elise Eberle
Ashley Madekwe
Seth Gabel
Shane West

'Reign': Alan Van Sprang says King Henry has 'found clarity' (to everyone else, he's nuts)

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 1:00pm
King Henry is going nuts, y'all. France's monarch has become increasingly unsettled on "Reign" as of late -- that "accidentally pushing a girl out the window while having sex" thing was pretty noteworthy -- but in "Monsters," Alan Van Sprang says that Henry's madness will really come out.

"He's found himself," Van Sprang tells Zap2it. "He's found clarity -- for him, anyway, everything's crystal clear. He knows exactly what he needs to do, how he's going to go about doing it. He doesn't really care about anyone close to him right now -- [he's willing to take] whatever steps he needs to take to satisfy his sudden clarity."

That's what King Henry thinks, anyway. "For everybody else around him he's sort of bat nuts. Everybody else he's stepping on along his way doesn't appreciate his clarity whatsoever," Van Sprang says.

He continues: "Obviously Catherine, since she's his wife and knows him very well, knows something is up, but everybody else as well -- Francis, Mary, Sebastian, all of the court seems to know that something's gone a bit strange with Henry. But for him it's not only business as usual but it's a brand new business. He's like a shiny new car."

In "Monsters," Henry's manic energy comes out when he becomes infatuated with a servant who wins a contest.

"He meets this young woman, Penelope, who's won the Queen of the Bean festival, which is a queen for the day lottery," Van Sprang says. "When he meets Penelope he finds something extremely interesting about her and he connects with her. Through that he makes her not just the queen for the day, but he thinks she's the queen of his life, and lets everyone know how attracted he is to her and how much he loves her and adores her."

Find out how, exactly, Henry's new obsession will play out when "Reign" airs Thursday night (March 27) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

'Community' Season 5 video: '80s cartoon PSA from 'G.I. Jeff'

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:44pm

"Community" Season 5 has a treat for former 1980s cartoon watchers: In the upcoming "G.I. Jeff" episode, the characters become G.I. Joe characters and even includes a PSA at the end. Watch the ridiculous video here.

For this PSA, Britta (as "Buzz Kill") and Abed (as "Fourth Wall") teach a couple of kids about the evils of graffiti. Sort of.

In case you're not familiar with this particular form of "educational" television, many cartoons in the 1980s and 1990s -- including "G.I. Joe" -- ended their episodes with brief skits like this. Characters from the stories would step out of their world to tell normal kids about what was right and good in this world.

Some of them were almost as funny as this "Community" video.

For example, one time the "Thundercats" warned a couple of youngsters that sheltering from a thunderstorm under a tall tree was a bad idea. The more you know can save your life!

The "G.I. Jeff" episode of "Community" airs Thursday, April 3 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

'Survivor: Cagayan's' Lindsey Ogle: Trish was 'cruisin for a bruisin'

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:30pm
When Lindsey Ogle (right) voluntarily left "Survivor: Cagayan" Wednesday (March 26), it was perhaps the strangest exit of the game we've seen in all 28 seasons. Ogle tells Zap2it that she felt like Trish was constantly nagging at her and she couldn't take it anymore.

Zap2it: Walk us through what was going through your head when you decided to leave the show.
Lindsey Ogle: Oh, gosh, if I only knew. [laughs] I've watched a lot of "Survivor" and you sit there, with your bowl of chips and your pop and you're like, "I would never, ever do that. She's a wimp," but it's a little different when you get out there.

In my honest opinion, I felt like even seeing it again, I got the same feeling still -- do I have any regerets? Absolutely not. I made the best choice and I really do feel like it's a selfless decision that you have to make sometimes and not everybody is going to agree with you, not everybody's going to believe you, but you have to know in your heart that that is exactly what you needed to do at that time. ...

You see [Trish and me] doing like jabs back and forth with each other -- those weren't the only conversations we had -- but we really didn't get along. You could tell the energy between the two of us, just exchanging energies itself was not going to be good.

Have you ever met someone before where you just think, "I don't really like them. I can't put my finger on it, but I just don't like them." ... I think that happened between Trisha and I both. And you're seeing an edited version. You have people on these social media sites saying, "Oh my gosh, what a quitter, way to walk away from your problems." But I'm telling you right now and people who know me before my child, my right hook is really something you don't want to mess with.

I'm on Brawn tribe and I own a beauty salon -- gee, I wonder why. My daughter has really matured me over the past eight years, but you don't own a hair salon and get put on the Brawn tribe for nothing.

I felt like I got to the point -- have you ever been so angry that your hands are sweating and your adrenaline and your heart is about to beat out of your chest and you're going to do something. You're doing to do something crazy. And people are like, 'You need anger management."

It really is a primitive thing. Our species survived by the will, I just turned into this primitive-type creature. You can bash a chicken over the head with a stick and be like, OK, let's eat it. You're starting fires, you're not taking hot showers, you're not in a bed. You have this primitive response and that came through me.

I'm not -- I don't want to say a "masculine" woman, but I'm rough and tough. I can play basketball with the boys, go fishing and hiking and camping and do all these things, but I'm definitely a go-getter, I'm a mover and a shaker, and I felt like she just reached that point where she was cruisin' for bruisin', you know what I mean?

And it had been a very long time since I had that feeling in side of me and I got a little scared and I thought, "I don't want to hurt this woman." Even if we don't get along, even if she's not my cup of tea, it's not something I want to portray. ... This is how I know I'm a good mother. I'm making a decision for somebody else when they are 50,000 miles, a million miles away from me, on the other side of the world, and I'm making a choice for that person because I don't want their lives to suffer for my decision, losing my cool and breaking this lady's leg.

The big issue that viewers seemed to have was that there was no real basis for why you quit. It's not like she was some hero and you were some villain, but we didn't really see what she was doing to you to make you so angry.
This season is packed full of awesome drama, there's so much to cover that you can't cover absolutely everything. I can say for a fact from the time I woke up to the time I went to sleep -- her yapper. She was the most badgering person. I felt like she needed a cup of coffee and a cigarette hanging gout of her mouth. She would sit there and critique everything you would do. You could have gotten 10 piles of wood and she would be like, 'Where's the rest?" with her cigarette slipping out of her lips while she talks.

People are like, "You need to grow thicker skin," but I'm gonna tell you what -- my skin cannot get any thicker. I have blubber skin, like a whale. It cannot get any thicker. I feel like could swim deep down in the Arctic Ocean with my skin.

She wanted a result and she was gonna get it, and I feel like she had the security blanket of the camera to hide her. ... Any time she wants to put some 12-ounce gloves on and we'll get a referee, I'd be more than happy to. I think that'd actually be pretty good for her because she'd see, for fun, what really does happen. I think she felt pretty protected with her little group and the cameras, and I think she was the little guy trying to put on the big-boy pants. I just feel like, if it was set up in a fair way, I'd love to do that. I don't think we're in the same weight class, but if she's up for it, I'd be down. It's all in good fun."

"Survivor: Cagayan" airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. 

'Surviving Jack': After 'Law and Order: SVU,' Christopher Meloni is going for laughs

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:00pm
Christopher Meloni's new series isn't so much about the law, but there's no question he's still trying to maintain order.
Three years after ending his long "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" run as Detective Elliot Stabler, the actor goes for laughs in the FOX sitcom "Surviving Jack," premiering Thursday, March 27.
Bill Lawrence ("Cougar Town") is among the executive producers of the 1990s-set show, based on Justin Halpern's autobiographical book "I Suck at Girls." Meloni basically plays Halpern's father, a no-nonsense doctor who becomes a Mr. Mom to his teen children when his wife (Rachael Harris) starts law school.
"I was kind of leaning toward this arena," Meloni tells Zap2it of tackling a more humorous project than he usually has lately, "and it's been borne out in that I feel lighter in my day."
And lighter in his new role, too: "I think people find it refreshing when someone is unapologetically himself, right or wrong. I've been comparing this guy a lot to Archie Bunker, without the racist element. He has a stance, and he can defend it, and that's a refreshing thing in this day and age, especially when political correctness is kind of the framework from which we make so many decisions."
That's also mirrored by Jack's matter-of-fact take on the lives of his offspring (Connor Buckley, Claudia Lee). He's not above slamming the door, literally, on a prospective boyfriend for his daughter.
"He's a doctor, so he looks at things clinically and analytically," Meloni reasons. "He's like, 'You're getting all agitated over nothing. Life will be tough enough as it is. Don't add to the agitation.' He does have the capacity for understanding people and where they're at, though. He won't coddle them, but there is an empathy to the man."

'Survivor: Cagayan's' Alexis Maxwell would have put herself on the Brains tribe

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:30am
In what was arguably the saddest elimination on "Survivor: Cagayan" so far, Alexis Maxwell was blindsided by her tribe Wednesday night (March 26) and sent packing. The 21-year-old student couldn't hide how upset she was, breaking down into tears during her on-camera exit interview. She tells Zap2it that she was just really disappointed in herself.

Zap2it: We didn't realize you were such a fan of the show until your exit interview after you left Tribal Council. You were really upset!
Alexis Maxwell: Yeah. When I was an applicant, I applied with my dad because we anticipated the blood vs. water theme, so I kind of felt like I was playing for the both of us. I felt like I would do better than that. I just really was disappointed in how quickly and abruptly my game ended.

Are you glad you went on "Survivor," even if you did get voted out fairly early?
It was easily the best experience I've had in my life so far, I'll never forget it. It was a very exciting year and despite being pre-merge and not playing very well, I really loved it. I had a lot of fun out there.

What did you think of the Brains/Brawn/Beauty twist?
I was shocked when we heard that. I had absolutely no idea. I should have picked up on it during the pre-show press interviews when they were asking about looks and stuff ... but it was definitely interesting. I was surprised that I was put on the Beauty tribe. I was flattered, but it's not the tribe I would have necessarily put myself on.

That's interesting, what tribe would you have put yourself on?

I would have put myself on Brains. As a viewer, it probably sounds ridiculous because I didn't look very smart out there, but I am a student, I go to Northwestern, and my whole life is my education, so that's really what I characterize myself as. I feel like I would have felt more comfortable on the Brains tribe, though I'm happy I wasn't on it, obviously.

Watching last night, we really thought Jeremiah was going to be voted out based on the editing. Did it seem that way to you, or did you have an inkling it might be you going home?
In my heart, I really believed Jeremiah was going home. I was sitting at that Tribal Council just thinking I'm so proud of myself, I can't believe I made it to the merge -- because I knew the merge was the next day -- and I was thinking about all these post-merge plans and the whole time, no one was thinking about voting out Jeremiah. They were always going to vote for me. The "Survivor" fan in my had the inkling that it wouldn't be as straight-forward a vote as I thought it was going to be. But in my heart, I really didn't believe what my brain was telling me, so I think my judgment was clouded by my own passion for the game.

Why do you think they kept Jeremiah over you?
I don't know. I really didn't help myself when I was talking about my relationship with Jefra and LJ. I did say that I was going to vote out LJ right away post-merge, but I was also saying that if we needed another number, I could pull Jefra in, so they're probably thinking well why wouldn't you just go with Jefra if you're that close? So what I thought was helping me was actually hurting me.

When you were voted out, who did you think was in the best position in the game?
It's hard to remember, but I think I felt like Spencer was in a really good spot just because he seems to be on the bottom of his Brains alliance, which is a good spot because he won't be targeted. And I thought he had the savvy to make it far.

Were you rooting for anyone in particular to make it to the end?

At the time, I was rooting for Jefra and Spencer, but now just Jefra [laughs]. Just kidding, I'm still rooting for Spencer, but I'm a little bit salty. [laughs] But definitely Jefra, she's my girl.

Would you go back if they asked you?

I would go right now. I would literally leave right now if they asked me to.

"Survivor: Cagayan" airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

TV ratings: 'Survivor' beats 'American Idol' again; 'Mixology' up, 'The 100' dips slightly

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00am
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 26, 2014

For the second week in a row, "Survivor" beat "American Idol." Last week it was by a slim margin, but this week was by over a million viewers and 0.3 in the adults 18-49 demo. This is the first season where the CBS reality show has beaten the FOX reality show head-to-head.

Elsewhere, new CW sci-fi drama "The 100," which had a big premiere for the network last week, stayed fairly solid in its second week, dipping slightly from its debut.

There's also good news for "Mixology" fans. The new ABC comedy had been steadily declining since its premiere in mid-February, but last night was back up to 4.9 million viewers, which is just shy of its premiere numbers of 4.98 million.

Despite losing head-to-head with "Survivor," FOX did win the night in total viewers, as CBS was in reruns for the two hours following "Survivor." FOX earned 9.15 million with a 5.6 rating/9 share in households for the top spot, followed by CBS at 8.15 million, 5.1/8; ABC at 6.1 million, 4.0/6; NBC at 3.7 million, 2.5/4 and The CW at 2.4 million, 1.6/3.

In the adults 18-49 demo, FOX won there as well with a 2.1 rating, followed by ABC (1.8), CBS (1.7) and The CW and NBC tied at 0.8.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

"Survivor: Cagayan" (9.8 million viewers, 5.8/10 households)
FOX: "American Idol" (8.6 million, 5.4/9)
ABC: "The Middle" (7.1 million, 4.5/8)/"Suburgatory" (4.9 million, 3.3/5)
NBC: "Prince Harry's South Pole Heroes" special (3.8 million, 2.6/4)
The CW: "Arrow" (2.6 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: "Survivor: Cagayan" (2.3)

9 p.m.

ABC: "Modern Family" (9.7 million, 6.0/9)/"Mixology" (4.9 million, 3.2/5)
FOX: "American Idol" (9.6 million, 5.9/9)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" rerun (7.29 million, 4.6/7)
"Law & Order: SVU" rerun (3.5 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: "The 100" (2.3 million, 1.5/2)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (3.5)

10 p.m.

"CSI" rerun (7.4 million, 4.8/8)
ABC: "Nashville" (5.2 million, 3.5/6)
NBC: "Chicago PD" rerun (3.8 million, 2.6/4)

18-49 leader: "CSI" and "Nashville" tied (1.3)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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'Agents of SHIELD': SkyeWard fans will be 'satisfied,' says Brett Dalton

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 9:30am
One big surprise towards the end of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" episode 15 "Yes Men" was the revelation that Ward is not in love with May, but instead another female warrioress on their team -- namely, Skye. Considering the SkyeWard pairing is one fans have been rooting for since the show's pilot, it's understandable why they would get excited about this reveal.
Of course, Ward didn't realize that he had told Lorelei about his feelings for another woman, though it did seem to be enough to cause May to leave him (of course, May has that whole being-a-mole thing to keep herself busy too). So can viewers expect more SkyeWard action coming up?
"I do think fans of the hashtag 'SkyeWard' will be satisfied," Brett Dalton tells Zap2it at the "Agents of SHIELD" PaleyFest red carpet.
He plays coy when asked which of the characters he 'ships Ward ending up with. Ward currently has slept with May and Lorelei and -- apparently -- has feelings for Skye, and Dalton hedges, "There's not a bad choice."
He did offer as good a tease as he could give of what might draw Ward and Skye together in "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD's" final seven episodes of Season 1.
"I think that what May and I had was kind of a sense of understanding between two people who have similar jobs," Dalton says. "I think there's a different understanding between Ward and Skye. Neither one of them has met anyone like the other one, and that's something different and very special. So they're just different."
Meanwhile, Chloe Bennet teases that tough times might be ahead on the road to SkyeWard happiness. "I think couples, even if they're soulmates, they're going to go through some stuff," she tells Zap2it. "We'll see what happens. I'm still a SkyeWard 'shipper. Love is difficult and love is confusing and s*** happens, so you never know."

"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" returns on April 1 with the episode "End of the Beginning" on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

'Game of Thrones' Season 4: Arya and the Hound have mutual respect

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 8:30am
When "Game of Thrones" viewers pick up with their favorite characters again in Season 4, they'll find Arya continuing in her travels with the Hound. But while that relationship might have at first started with the Hound keeping Arya around so he could sell her off to her family later, Maisie Williams says that there's definitely mutual respect between the two characters this season.
"She respects him more than she'll ever let on, and she does kind of like how brutal he is, but hates the fact that it's to the wrong people, in her opinion," Williams tells Zap2it. "She hates that he's so sour to her, but then worked for the king for his whole life. She respects his attitude, but hates the fact that she gets the brunt of it. But she'd never let him know that."
She continues, "She's constantly sarcastic and digs at him. They're not friends at all, but it's almost, at the end of the day, they're better off together. But they'll never say that. They would never mention that ever to anyone.
While the Hound has a soft spot for Arya's older sister Sansa, he also has one for her. That's something Williams says Arya recognizes in her traveling companion.

"Definitely, especially now that she knows the Hound's got a bit of a weak spot for her, and he did actually help her out and he didn't need to help her out at the Red Wedding," she explains. "He could have just let her run in there and get herself killed, but he hit her over the head, which actually was the better option.
"I think now that she realizes they're stuck together, she's a lot less fearless of the things she was afraid of before," she continues, "and also the change in her as well. I think she lays it down to the fact that she's with the Hound and so she's safe, but mentally what's going on is she's more ruthless now and she's not scared of how she's going to feel about things anymore because nothing, there's just nothing there."

"Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

'Gigolos' Season 5 finale: Watch Brace make a T&A commercial for his website

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 8:00am

On the Season 5 finale of "Gigolos," Brace decides he needs to make a commercial for his website. "I want to invite people to the party in my mind so I can monetize on it," Brace says in the above preview. "My goal is to put together a commercial that is designed to bring in people that really want to live the Brace philosophy."

Below, watch a sneak peek of the commercial and, ahem, brace yourselves. IT starts with the line "Welcome to Braceland," which really tells you all you need to know.

Also in the episode, Nick teaches Vin how to swim and Bradley contends with his baggage, airing Thursday, March 27 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

'The Vampire Diaries': Candice Accola promises a 'strong' Caroline leading up to the finale, teases what's coming next

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 7:30am
Caroline's going on a road trip for her first college spring break on "The Vampire Diaries," but she's not heading to some boozy beach town with plans to party all night and sleep all day. Nope, she's heading to Atlanta with none other than Enzo to track down Stefan's doppelganger and kill him, ensuring that the Travelers don't kill her BFF. That's a lot of pressure for someone who just wants to make it through her first year of college unscathed ... and maybe get some good grades along the way.

Zap2it got Candice Accola on the line to talk all things Caroline, including what to expect from her road trip with Enzo, whether she can really kill a Stefan doppelganger in cold blood, whether or not she 'ships Caroline with Stefan, and much more. Plus, Accola promises we'll get to see a "strong" Caroline leading up to the big events of the season finale, and we all know a strong Caroline is the best Caroline. Check out Zap2it's full Q&A with Accola below.
Zap2it: First off, I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to see Caroline and Enzo's road trip this Thursday (March 27).
Candice Accola: Oh yay! Yeah, it's really fun. We actually get to see them go on a road trip, we don't just hear about it. We go on this road trip and we learn more about Enzo and why this doppelganger is so important to the Travelers.

All that time cooped up together on the road, that's definitely going to affect Caroline and Enzo's shaky alliance, right? How might their dynamic change?
I think that it's going to give Caroline a deeper understanding and a better understanding of who Enzo is, along with the audience. There's definitely going to be very heated banter. Not heated like in a romantic way, though. More heated in just a challenging way. It's challenging banter. I think it's also reflective of Caroline's disdain for Damon. Considering that Enzo is Damon's sidekick and buddy, I don't think Caroline trusts Enzo too much at this point. She's going to keep her guard up while she continues to understand and figure out who this person is and what he's doing in Mystic Falls.

I have to say, I was extremely shocked at how nonchalant Caroline was telling Stefan about how she agreed to kill his doppelganger in cold blood. Not only is he some innocent (I'm assuming), unsuspecting guy, he also looks identical to her BFF! Can she really go through with it?
I think what's going through Caroline's mind is that of course she can do this. She's willing to do anything and everything to save and protect the people that she loves. And Stefan has become one of her friends who she cares about, and she'll risk everything to keep him safe. I don't think she's really put it into perspective of who this doppelganger is, what his story is, however. Her attention is really focused on Stefan, whereas Stefan is more in the perspective of what the audience's perspective is, like, "Okay Caroline. You've never really killed someone just because you needed to, so why would you start now?" It will be interesting to see in this week's episode how Caroline handles meeting Stefan's doppelganger.

So just to be clear, we will be meeting the doppelganger in this episode, "Rescue Me," right?
Well, we are on a journey to find him.

Hmm, okay, cryptic. So can you tease or reveal when ... or, I guess, if we'll meet the doppelganger?
No. [laughs] Just to be safe, no. Sorry!

Fair enough! Changing gears a little bit, I hear there might be a major, juicy "Steroline" moment in the episode. Do you want to see something romantic happen between these two BFFs?
There's been speculation from fans from all the way back in Season 2 when Stefan took Caroline under his wing after she turned into a vampire. I think it's really interesting that viewers and fans have had theories to back this relationship even though Stefan and Elena were so madly in love and now they're all comfortable pairing Stefan and Caroline together, because that would be the ultimate betrayal of a friendship and an ex. Personally, I really love what this friendship has become and what we're going to see from this week's episode is a really raw moment between them in their friendship. It will give us all a glimpse at really how close they've become. What's in store for them in the future, that's all in the writers' hands. I just think it's so interesting that a lot of people have been supporting the progression of that friendship turning into something romantic.

It's been said before and I'll say it again now, that's because you just have chemistry with every male co-star you share a scene with. Do you ever get tired of Caroline constantly being "shipped" with every other guy on the show?
[laughs] I'm completely flattered to be the driving force behind a character that gets "shipped" as they say with all these other characters. As a fan of television myself, I love when I get super into the romantic tension between two characters. It's fun! It's fun to cheer them on. And to be on the other side of that, as the character, it's really cool. That means that at least they're enjoying what's happening on screen and they see possibilities for where these different characters can go. It's funny how much it happens with Caroline but I'm really happy to be a part of a character who that happens to.

Yeah, and people are already shipping Caroline with Stefan's new doppelganger, if you can believe that. What do you think about that fan theory that a relationship between Caroline and the doppelganger would be a "safe" way of paying off the Steroline chemistry without ruining their friendship?
I think that's a really creepy theory [laughs]. That's very creepy. All those fans will just have to wait until they see this week's episode to see if that happens or not.

You said earlier that Caroline's going to get to know Enzo better this week on their trip, and his progression this season has been really interesting. He started off as a loose canon, then kind of saved the day with the ripper virus antidote, but I'm hearing that he will become a big bad by the end of this season. What can you tease about how his motivations might change or how he becomes a villain?
What I love about what the writer's have established within the series is that there is an immediate suspicion to anyone that joins the show. I think that's so fun and it's a part of what makes this series so nail-biting. So I say run wild with your suspicions and keep watching to see if they're true or not.

Well put! Okay, now looking ahead to the season finale -- and I honestly can't believe we're talking about the finale already. I feel like we just started this season.
I know!

[Creator] Julie Plec has revealed that everyone will realize that The Other Side is "disintegrating." What can you tell me about how that might affect all of our favorite characters?
I can tease that all of the characters are going to band together leading up to the finale. As opposed to the past when you'd see different groups separate and try to accomplish their own end result, we're really going to unify these characters and they're going to come together to accomplish what they set out to do. Leading up to the finale over the next couple of episodes, it's going to be really important to learn the mythology not just of the Travelers but also The Other Side and whether that is as strong as we always thought it would be or need it to be, or if it's much more frail than we ever expected it to be.

Interesting. So what are you most excited for fans to see from Caroline as we gear up for the finale?
What I'm excited for fans to see leading up to the series finale for Caroline is how strong she's become in her own convictions to protect the people that she loves. It's kind of been a running theme for her over the season but there's a more rooted strength this time around, and that's been really fun to play.

And looking ahead to next season, what do you want to see from Caroline in Season 6 of "The Vampire Diaries?"
As far as next season goes, I have no idea. After nine months of working, I can't even fathom what the writers have in store for us next year.

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

'Party Down South: The After Party' reunion: An unaired fight between Josh and Mattie

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 7:00am

Check out this sneak peek of the "Party Down South: The After-Party" reunion. In this first of a two-part reunion episode, viewers are treated to a never-before-seen fight, which you can preview exclusively at Zap2it in the above video.

The fight took place on the first night the "Party"-ers were in the house, when Josh Murray and Mattie Breaux got into a fight over $100. At the reunion, Josh apologizes for essentially stealing Mattie's money.

The "Party Down South" reunion airs Thursday, March 27 and Thursday, April 3, both at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.