We kick things off for "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" with Chris Harrison saying that the "I like you a lot" part of Juan Pablo's non-proposal to Nikki got quite the audience reaction. Um, what's wrong with that?
Honestly, all the crappy Juan Pablo stuff aside, what is wrong with saying that? Why does this show have to end with a proposal? Why do we act like after seven weeks couples are going to be madly in love season after season? If Juan Pablo hadn't been such a cad, the ending of this season would have been awesome. It was refreshing to see, at least.
Clare's Hot Seat
Clare is still hurt about what happened and she still won't repeat what Juan Pablo said to her in the helicopter (though she kind of said it during the finale). This is where Clare loses a little -- she should have kicked JP to the curb then and there. Instead, she kept wanting him to prove to her that they were made for each other. Um, if you were made for each other, he wouldn't have said something like that to you.
Thankfully, Harrison asks her why she stayed after that date and Clare says she should have left, her gut was telling her to leave. Well, at least there's that. It seems like Clare really grew as a person on this show, so at least there's that, too.
Clare's pretty proud of herself for what she said to Juan Pablo when he dumped her and says that was her closure. In the grand scheme of Clare's life and personal arc, she probably thinks she really told him off. We think she could have gone father and really laid into him, but hey, you go, girl. Move on with your life, you seem like mostly a nice person who is discovering herself. Yay for Clare?
Juan Pablo's Hot Seat
After a shout-out to Venezuela (not to belittle what is happening there at all, it's just not germane to this reunion special), Juan Pablo says he still doesn't have any regrets and says his relationship with Clare was a roller coaster. He also says he doesn't want to talk about "his private things."
Harrison keeps pressing the helicopter comment issue and JP says it was a private conversation and it's between the two of them. He also says he has nothing bad to say about Clare. Does it seem as though Juan Pablo has no idea what Harrison is even talking about? It really seems that way. He is ... so weird. Nikki's Hot Seat
Nikki says she's still in love with Juan Pablo and that their relationship is going strong, which is kind of surprising. Harrison asks her if JP has told Nikki he loves her and she says, "Not exactly." Now, stop gasping in surprise, audience.
As we've said, Juan Pablo's jerky stuff aside, the ending of this show was FINE and he doesn't necessarily have to have said "I love you" yet. They knew each other seven weeks and then had to go into hiding and sneaking around. They haven't had a chance to have a real relationship.
Do we think Juan Pablo and Nikki are forever? Probably not, honestly. But it's not some huge scandal that he hasn't said "I love you" yet, gang. Let's all be adults.
This is probably all a big set up for a live, on-air proposal, you know?
Nikki and Juan Pablo Hot Seat
Juan Pablo says they're going strong, they weathered the four months of secrecy, and everything's great. He also then says there's no big surprise. Um, what? Huh. We honestly thought the proposal prediction was spot-on.
Harrison keeps at Juan Pablo with telling Nikki how he feels and then point-blank says, "So, you love her?" OK, stop that, Chris Harrison. You are better than this. Stop making me be on Juan Pablo's side. JP is exactly right -- he doesn't have to say "I love you" for "The Bachelor" reunion special.
Harrison is still at it like five minutes later, asking Juan Pablo, "So you're not going to tell her you love her?" and then Harrison goes to the "Bachelor" alums for support, saying that this is what the show is about and we're all on the journey together.
Um, no. He doesn't have to say it! Harrison is acting like he's mad that Juan Pablo the trained monkey won't perform his tricks now. Geez. Back off. JP is not there and it's kind of nice to see someone on this show stop pretending.
Harrison then says that people are dying right now, they're throwing things at their television. Wrong again. My TV is still perfectly intact. Why does he have to say it, Chris Harrison?! And why are you being so weird about this?! Let it go, dude.
Nikki rightly points out that couples on this show before have sat together at the reunion special and have said they're in love even when it's not there. Yes! She says this is a real relationship and it's not realistic to sit there and pretend, especially considering the short amount of time the show tapes over and the fact that he was dating other women at the same time.
Is this a double-secret probation thing where Chris Harrison is haranguing Juan Pablo in order to make Juan Pablo look better? Because it's totally working. Juan Pablo and Nikki are coming off looking like mature, sane people and everyone else is harassing them.
When we come back from commercial, Harrison wants to know how long Nikki will give Juan Pablo to say "I love you" to her. Oh. My. God. Dude! Give it a rest!
Then Juan Pablo cryptically says their plans changed drastically a couple weeks ago -- hmmm -- and that they are starting their lives together but they're keeping things private. OK, then.
Harrison once again goes back to the "Bachelor" alums for help, asking Catherine what she would do if she were Nikki. Catherine says this show is about love and don't bite the hand that feeds you. WHOA.
Are you serious with this? Was Juan Pablo contractually obligated to tell Nikki that he loves her? Why do we have to pretend? Why is it not OK to just be adults and say we're figuring things out?
I don't know about you guys -- and lots can be said about Juan Pablo -- but I am totally on his side here. He absolutely does not have to blurt out "I love you" on live TV just to make ABC happy here.
Do you know what would have been a lot more interesting? If Harrison and the show had embraced the idea that for this couple, they need more time and they aren't going to BS the viewers and pretend they're in love. But God forbid.
What do you think, fans? Was this the weirdest, most awkward "After the Final Rose" ceremony ever?
On the latest "Archer Vice" episode, Archer, Ray and Cyril took off for Colombia to look for distributors for their product -- which, conveniently for the drug lords, is already in the U.S., so no smuggling needed!
Of course, it turns out La Madrina, the big-wig drug cartel head whom Archer is there to see, is actually an undercover member of the Policia Nacional de Colombia. To preserve her cover, she's ending Archer and his boys to prison. Ruh roh.
Malory: "Wait until you're waist-deep in dirty diapers, or he's up with the croup and there's no bourbon in the house. Then fast-forward to him knocking up the au pair, flunking out of college and then single-handedly bankrupting your drug cartel." Pam: "Wait, 'college'?"
Lana: "Don't you have a tractor pull to headline?"
Pam: "You think if I had 100 pounds of coke I'd be sitting here playing choo-choo spoon with a tranny?" Lana: "Oh for the -- I'M PREGNANT!" Cheryl: "It said, baffling medical science."
Krieger: "ISIS had satellites. The, whatever we are, Gang Who Couldn't Sell Coke Straight, doesn't even have cable."
Ray: "Do not compare what we do now to intelligence work." Sterling: "Don't worry, I won't. Because selling cocaine to cocaine dealers doesn't really compare to helping overthrow democratically-elected governments, like the U.S. did in Guatemala, Chile, Nicaragua, uh, oh, Iran? Because, spoiler alert, those didn't really work out so great. But that's OK! Because I'm pinning my hopes for the future on the next big shipment of Stinger missiles to that rag-tag bunch of Mujahideen heroes in Afghanistan."
La Madrina: "Are you sure you can't make love to me just once more?" Sterling: "Not without a blood transfusion, no."
Sterling: "Guys, if we get out of this, the first thing I'm gonna do, I swear to God --" Ray: "If you say, 'buy a tiger,' we will beat you to death with your own shoes."
Well, "Voice" fans, its the last week of blind auditions for Season 6 and, as open spaces on each team begin to dwindle, it'll prove awfully hard to earn a spot on either Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher or Shakira's team. So who made it through on Monday (March 10)? Let's get to it.
First up is Kat Perkins, a former country singer-turned-rocker whose band opened for Bon Jovi before she divorced her drummer husband. After disbanding, she became a nanny, but is ready to go back to what she knows she was born to do. She takes the stage with Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman" and she really sounds incredible. It's a bit startling that no one jumps to turn for her, but finally Adam and Shakira make their move, followed by Usher after that massive bridge. In the end, however, she goes with Adam because of how determined he was to score the "rocker chick."
Up next is former soccer star Gabi Ramirez, who takes the stage with Ed Sheeran's "The A Team." He says he's hoping the coaches will be able to teach him how to control his voice, which seems like something you'd hope to have mastered already when coming to "The Voice," but maybe that's just me. He doesn't get a chair to turn because the performance is lacking in dynamics, something that all four coaches mention.
Coming to the stage next is Paula Deanda, a former pop star who once opened for Rihanna and appeared on TRL. After being dropped, she's spent the past five years making music on her own, but she's hoping the show will be a rebirth of her career. She sounds really wonderful on Ariana Grande's "The Way," thrilling the coaches with her high notes. Blake and Shakira turn quickly, but Adam and Usher never do. Adam says there were some moments that weren't that great, which is why he didn't turn. Shakira promises she'll have her 100 percent improved within just a few weeks, while Blake praises her ability to attack. Adam supports Shakira as her coach, barely letting Blake speak. In the end, though, she picks Blake, which is a surprise. Didn't Paula say she came to the show because of Shakira? That's some tricky editing there.
Up next is Jake Barker, who has never performed in front of people until now (except all those preliminary auditions to get here, of course). He takes the stage with Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" and doesn't appear to have even an inch of stage fright. He plays around with his falsetto, doing runs at the end of nearly every line. It's impressive, but it's an overused crutch. It stops being special when it's employed every 15 seconds. Anyway, Usher turns, followed by Adam and Shakira. Adam's the only coach willing to admit he doesn't need to hit those trills every other line, while the others tell him he shouldn't really change anything. In the end, Jake goes with Usher. Hopefully Usher help him rein it in.
Montage time! A bunch of artists went to a bunch of coaches, but the show didn't care enough to let us them meet them, so should we care enough to talk about them? Not yet, nope.
Up next is Luke Cooper a former drug addict who got clean after becoming a dad. A nurse at a local hospital, he's looking to get back into the music world he walked away from when he made the decision to get clean. He hits the stage with a performance of Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive." Immediately, the way he pronounces the words rubs me the wrong way. There's nothing inherently wrong with his voice, but he hits on vowels in a way that sounds so unnatural. In the end, none of the coaches fall for him either. Blake points out that Luke sang too much in his nasal register, while Adam says he felt the style of the performance took over.
Next up is Ria Eaton who's faced quite a financial struggle, along with her family, after her dad lost his job. She hits the stage with Anna Kendrick's "Cups (When I'm Gone)" and it's one of those performances where it seems like no one is ever going to turn. In fact, it very nearly is -- until Blake and Shakira turn just before the music ends. Blake mentions that it seemed she got better when she thought it wasn't happening for her, while Adam and Usher steal the show by championing Shakira from the sidelines. In the end, the cheerleading is all for naught and Ria teams with Blake. Is there anyone out there who wants Shakira for a coach?
Up next is former political science student Cierra Mickens, who is at a crossroads between pursuing music and attending law school. Judging by her performance of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," it looks like law school will have to wait. She's pretty stunning on the track, and a whole lot of fun, too. She manages to score chair turns from Blake, Shakira and, at the very last minute, Usher. Shakira goes for the jugular and, while Blake is throwing a fit on Usher's last-second button push, she jumps on stage and makes an emotional connection with Cierra right away. The other two try their hardest to sway Cierra their way, but in the end, it doesn't matter: She's Team Shakira.
Next up is Tyler Montgomery, who turned to music to deal with the tragic death of his father in a house fire. He takes the stage with Stevie Wonder's "I Wish," displaying his high-pitched rasp. It's a pleasant performance, but it never really builds to much and that's likely why none of the coaches ever turn. Well, that and the fact that they never thought he could've been a dude.
Duo time! It's time for Alaska & Madi from Tulsa, Oklahoma -- so, sign them up for Team Blake right now. They've even won the same award as him. If he happens to turn for them, no one else really stands a chance. They perform The Civil Wars' "Barton Hollow" and bring some really stunning harmonies to the stage. Adam turns pretty quickly, followed by Blake. The look on Levine's face says it all -- he knows this is a losing battle. And then he learns where they're from. Of course, they pick Blake. There was never any doubt.
Up next is Ddendyl (Yeah, you read that right) who grew up in an area where cows outnumbered people about 100 to one. She's completely adorable, currently living in D.C. working as a lounge singer. Looking to show off her wide range, she hits the stage with "Stand By Me." Sounding like raspier Norah Jones, she gets a turn right away from Shakira. No one else turns for her, which is silly, but at least Shakira didn't have to fight anyone for her, considering her track record.
Closing out the night is Josh Kaufman, a working musician father of two who tutors on the side to make ends meet. He's hitting the stage with George Michael's "One More Try" because of what it represents for his career and his family. We already know it'll be a great performance thanks to the show's incessant teases, but Josh truly goes above and beyond what the producers led us to expect. This man is a genuine talent and the performance is just stunning. All four coaches turn because how could they not? Usher and Adam latch on to Josh's mention of wanting to be a soul artist, while Shakira admits she'll be devastated if he doesn't choose her. In the end, however, he goes with Adam. Looks like turning around first worked out this time around.
With only one spot left on each coach's team, tomorrow's final night of blind auditions ought to be an interesting fight. Which artist shone brightest tonight? And who was let go to early? Sound off in the comments below!
Time to find out which lucky lady will "win" this season of "The Bachelor." But really, no matter who wins, don't we all lose? This was a terrible season of the show, you guys. We actually can't wait to move on to "The Bachelorette" as a palate cleanser.
Juan Pablo's family is on hand to meet the finalists and Clare is up first. She's totally smitten by seeing JP with his daughter, which is actually understandable. Say what you will about JP (and you can say a lot) but he is pretty adorable when he's with Camila.
Clare's overall experience is kind of weird, though. She has this conversation with JP's mom where Clare's all, "Juan Pablo and I are great at communicating and I love how JP tells it like itis" and his mom is like, "JP is rude sometimes" and Clare's like, "You totally just reaffirmed all my feelings!" It's bizarre.
However, she tells JP's cousin Rodolfo that she's falling in love and that she's ready to be a part of this family and they seem to really like her. To be honest, we don't really see JP in for the long haul with either finalist, but Clare seems like the best match for him.
Nikki's Family Time
Nikki is pleasant and seems calmer, like she's not trying as hard to impress them. She also makes a good impression on JP's mom -- mama likes how strong Nikki is, like she won't be afraid to stand up to Juan Pablo if need be.
Rodolfo asks Nikki how she'll deal when things are rough and Nikki reveals a lot about herself when she says a relationship that has no fighting has no passion. Hmm. I know some people think that's true, but I have come to find that it's not. Relationships can be passionate without fighting. And fighting does not equal passion. But that might be a lesson Nikki needs to learn in her life still.
Basically, the family time went a lot like how most family times go -- everybody loves everybody and nobody knows who the "Bachelor/ette" should pick. Though, as an audience member points out, the family members were a little "beware of Juan Pablo" to the girls, which is kind of hilarious.
We then check in with some studio audience members, including the "Bachelor" alum seating section, but nobody says anything terribly noteworthy.
Clare is like ... glowing with excitement, she's so pumped to be there. If she's not the girl he chooses, it feels like that's going to be either really sad or really ugly. Also, when she's not pulling witch-face, she's a really striking woman.
And then -- whoa. Complete 180.
Apparently, as the chopper was landing, Juan Pablo leaned over to Clare (no cameras around, no audio) and whispered something in her ear that made her cry. She says, "He told me something that no woman wants to hear ... some sexual thing that I don't even want to repeat."
Wow. Keeping in mind all the off-screen drama that has been going on with Juan Pablo this season, this does not surprise us at all. And what is also not surprising (though sad) is that Clare stays on the date with him. Oh, Clare. She says he needs to prove that he knows her better than what he said to her, but honestly? She should have just left his butt right then and there.
That night in an interview, Clare more or less reveals what he said. He basically said that he loved hooking up with her, though he obviously use coarser language than that. Good lord. After what happened to them on ocean-gate, that's what he says to her?!
He also apparently said they don't know each other very well. That's a super classy double whammy. "Hey babe [finger guns], I don't really know you very well, but I sure loved [fill in the blank with what you think he said]."
Come to think of it, that could be like "The Bachelor/ette" tagline, huh? It may be a true statement on JP's part -- in fact, it may be one of the truest things said on this show ever -- but it's certainly a rude thing to say.
She then brings up the conversation to Juan Pablo and he just says he was being honest with her. Hmm. He doesn't apologize or anything -- though Clare isn't exactly confronting him head-on either. She's being fairly circumspect with him and more straight-forward with us in her talking-head interviews.
Clare is also kind of veering more into the "you don't know me" territory. Um, what about the sexual thing he said that was gross and inappropriate? It's like she's completely forgotten about that.
Then Juan Pablo keeps getting grosser, when he brings up the kissing rule and South Korea and "jokingly" says that she broke her word and so she can't blame it on Juan Pablo. Um, what?
Clare then continues to shift the focus to Juan Pablo knowing her enough, while he talks in circles about how special she is and that she should know that because he chose to bring her this far and let her meet his family. Ughhhhh. He is the worst, you guys. The worst.
They end the night snuggling and kissing. Oh, Clare. What about this night makes you think he's the one for you? What did he say that takes back the gross, sexual thing he said to you in the helicopter? We had some hope for you, Clare, but you have completely lost us. You two dysfuncationally deserve one another.
Back in the studio, Sharleen continues to have our undying love when she says she wishes Clare had stuck to her guns better. Sean also makes us giggle when he says Juan Pablo was "talking in circles," which he was, but then Sean says he wanted JP to "just shoot her straight," which -- we know what he means and it's live TV, but it's a funny thing to say.
Juan Pablo says he knows Nikki is in love with him, but he has to figure out how he feels about her. And also he should be sure to tell her how much he likes sexing her up.
As they relax on a yacht, Nikki interviews that she thinks they have something special and she doesn't see him having that with anyone else and says she's waited a long time to be in love like this. Hmm.
They move to a beach and Juan Pablo tellingly says that he's looking forward to being done with the show, be in his own bed, watch baseball on TV. He makes no mention of having a life with Nikki.
That night, Nikki says she wants to know it's her, that she's the one Juan Pablo loves. Well, something tell us he's not going to spill the beans on that one. They both talk about how nervous they are -- it's not exactly a sparkling conversation.
In her talking-head interview, Nikki says she's never felt this way before and he's the one for her, etc. Then she gives him a very beautiful, eloquent card and he responds with, "Thank you" and kisses her on the forehead. Ooof. Not exactly what she was looking for. And honestly? He doesn't seem that concerned.
After he leaves, she cries. Oh, Nikki. Even with how crazypants you turned out to be, you are still too good for him. Don't cry, sweetie.
The plinky-plunky strains play as Nikki cries, then the music stops and she dramatically sniffles us back to a dead-silent studio audience and Chris Harrison. My god, it's like when they would have the clock tick silently on "24" when somebody big died.
It's time for the getting glammed up, staring out at the ocean montage. Everyone is arriving at the proposal spot by boat, which is exciting. It would have been better if they made them ride the patented Jeff Probst jet ski, but whatevs. Also, just for the record, both women look excellent, but we prefer Clare's teal dress to Nikki's dark blue one.
Anyway, both women are absolutely sure they are the one. Wouldn't it be funny if that were true? If Juan Pablo brought them both there and suggested they make it work as a threesome? It'd be even more awesome because Clare and Nikki hate each other.
Clare Gets Dumped
Clare's first off the boat, so obviously she's not "the one." Though, again, wouldn't it be amazing if she was the winner and then Nikki showed up to an empty tableau, no Juan Pablo? And that was her indication she lost? That'd be hilarious.
Anyway, so Clare's not the choice. After ocean-gate and then the awful "I don't know you, but I like sexing you up" comment, Clare is getting dumped. That's ... terrible and also just epitomizes this entire awful season.
May we remind everyone how we were Team Zakkkk and wish he was "The Bachelor" this season? It probably would have been better and there no way it would have been worse.
After he dumps her, Clare won't let him hug her -- and the live studio audience cheers. Ha! She then kind of tells him off, saying she can't believe what he put her through and that she would never wnat her children having a father like him. She could have used even stronger language, but we'll take what we can get from Clare.
As she hugs Chris Harrison and walks away, Juan Pablo says, "Ooh, glad I didn't pick her." Oh. My. God. You guys, I can't even with him. What a d-bag.
As Clare leaves, she's mad that he would say things like he can see himself in Sacramento and that his family loved her and whatnot. Well, that's par for the course on this show. He has to stuff like that. There has to be dramatic tension. We're totally with Clare on the "don't tell me you love f***ing me" thing. But we would have respected her a lot more if she'd dumped his butt as soon as he said that to her, not three days later when he didn't propose to her.
She was all set to get engaged to him and then she got mad because he dumped her. That's all well and good, but it would have packed a lot more punch if it hadn't happened right after he didn't put a ring on it, you know? The Proposal Non-Proposal
The nice thing about having to include all this drama is that we don't have to sit through the stupid Neil Lane segment! Bonus.
Anyway, Nikki voiceovers as she walks up that she's ready to get engaged, which is really interesting considering the way they left things after her date. She's envisioning that he has all these things to say to her that he's never been able to say before. Hmm.
After she walks up, Nikki takes his hands and slathers praise on him, which is making her look so foolish in the wake of all that we've seen. Oh, Nikki.
In his speech, Juan Pablo says that he's not 100 percent ready to get engaged, but that he is 100 percent sure he wants to see how things go with Nikki, so he offers her a rose and not a ring and they smooch it out.
We will say -- that was a refreshing way to for this show to end for once. Very honest, very upfront. Why does it always have to end with a proposal? If Juan Pablo hadn't been such a lout all season, we'd be totally on board with how this ended and very excited for them as a couple.
The scheming is reaching a fever pitch at and around Southfork Ranch. Bountiful proof was supplied by Monday's (March 10) episode of TNT's "Dallas," "Playing Chicken." After their meeting at which Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi) was revealed to be working secretly with the CIA, Ann (Brenda Strong) told Bobby (Patrick Duffy) she feared for Emma's (Emma Bell) safety. He promised that the women would "always be safe on Southfork. You can count on that." Others might not be, though: Greed-accusing graffiti indicated an uprising by workers on the ranch over the planned fracking of the land by John Ross (Josh Henderson), who was drawn into a fight by foreman Bo (Donny Boaz). Bobby broke it up by declaring, "Southfork is a cattle ranch, not an oil field, and I intend to keep it that way. Nobody is losing their jobs." Noticing Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) was distracted as they discussed John Ross and Pamela's wedding plans, Ann asked what was wrong. Sue Ellen shared her hunch that John Ross was cheating with Emma, then apologized and said, "I should be the one who deals with it. And I will." Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) tried to learn more about Trevino's (Juan Pablo Di Pace) dealings with Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) with a Mexican-jail visit to Cliff, who laughed over his former company now being called Ewing Global. "How very J.R. of you," he noted. Cliff vowed the truth about his being framed for J.R.'s murder would come out, and as Christopher left, a youngster literally ran into him -- and lifted his wallet, which the boy then passed to two men in a waiting car. Trevino and Elena (Jordana Brewster) tracked down Rhonda Simmons (Emily Kosloski), the woman mentioned in an intercepted e-mail from Bobby about Cliff's arrest. Trevino showed her an envelope stuffed with thousands in cash, promising it could be hers if she told the truth about Cliff. He gave her until the next day to decide. Ann advised Emma to "stay safe" and close to home because of the possible drug-cartel danger, but Emma immediately rebelled and stormed out. Pamela saw her and proposed they engage in some "retail therapy," and once Emma learned she was going to buy honeymoon clothing, she was in. John Ross summoned Bo to his office, and instead of firing hm -- which Bo expected over their earlier fight -- persuaded him to convince the other ranch hands to support the fracking plan, in exchange for not delving into an earlier drug-dealing charge made against Bo by Emma. "You can get your men aboard my train," John Ross said, "or you can watch 'em get run over." Worried about Emma, Ann went to see Ryland and asked him to help rein her in by disclosing his CIA connection. He replied that in the wake of Emma getting him arrested, he can't trust her that much ... adding that "next time, if there is a next time, we could all end up dead." Continuing to research Trevino, Christopher approached a former business partner from whom Trevino stole a patent. The man cautioned Christopher that "Nicolas Trevino always wins," and suggested he might start seeking "who, or what, he was before he became Nicolas Trevino." Elena went to a gun range to seek a weapon supposedly stolen from the site and used to frame Cliff. She conned a supervisor into helping her, but when he searched for records on the pistol, none could be found. Admitting to Trevino that she felt defeated, Elena had renewed hope when Rhonda called him and said she agreed to tell him the truth. He met her in an otherwise empty parking lot, and as he handed her the cash, her car's passenger-side door opened -- and out stepped Bobby, encouraging Rhonda to tell the truth. She said she knew nothing beyond seeing J.R. leave a club and Cliff follow him out, and Bobby told Trevino, "Sometimes, the truth hurts." Trevino agreed, but added ominously as he left, "It'll be interesting to see who it'll hurt more." Telling Ryland that Emma was "more your problem than mine," Judith (Judith Light) was warned by him that the files Emma stole and gave to John Ross also included "unflattering" information on Judith. She then thought it might be time to launch a probe of John Ross, "to convince him to return the files." Bum (Kevin Page) was wrapping up a meeting with John Ross when Emma walked in, prompting Bum to advise him to stay away from her. Later, Bum went to Sue Ellen and confessed that he'd lied to her earlier: "You were right about John Ross and Emma. I'm sorry." "Not nearly as sorry as I am:," Sue Ellen replied. After Bum left, Emma seduced John Ross, wearing the same suggestive lingerie she'd convinced Pamela to buy during their shopping trip. "I want you to remember me wearing it," Emma told him. And he did later, as an unsuspecting Pamela tried to put romantic moves on him at home while wearing the lingerie, leaving her visibly confused. Trevino returned to Elena, who was even more riddled with doubt about their intentions. Trevino turned the conversation to the personal, telling her, "Fate has brought us together again. I would never forgive myself if I didn't say what's always been in my heart. I've never wanted a woman more than I want you." Then they embraced and kissed. And more. Back in Mexico, Christopher was approached by the two men who drove off with his wallet, offering to help him find what he wants to know about Trevino. He was driven to a residence guarded by armed men, and a woman (Angelica Celaya) emerged and apologized for having him brought "so mysteriously." Playfully shooing her two children away, she informed Christopher she could "tell you quite a bit" about Trevino. "I'm Lucia Trevino ... his wife."
After the very bad thing implied on "How I Met Your Mother" last week, Monday's (March 10) episode, "Daisy," returned to a full focus on the wedding and our core gang. The only mother present was Robin's.
In accordance with the stipulations laid out after "Rally" two weeks ago, we meet "Daisy" on its own terms.
- Marshall and Lily are going to be parents again, and they're going to Italy, and their story here is kind of awesome and tear-jerking. Marshall's troubled (belatedly so, maybe, but at least he got there) by Lily's late-night sojourn and her seemingly abrupt reversal on the New York-vs.-Italy question.
Thanks to Billy Zabka, he learns she was headed to the Captain's house in the Hamptons, where she asks to use the powder room, hangs out for a little bit and leaves. Ted susses out that whatever secret she was keeping is in the flower pot in the powder room -- his guess of smoking is wrong, and they instead find a positive pregnancy test. Cue the tearful reunion and Marshall's decision to go to Italy after all: "It's your dream," he tells Lily, "and you're giving me mine -- again." (Child No. 2, we see in a flash-forward, is of course named Daisy.)
- Sherlock Mosby, on the other hand? Yeesh. It's entirely in character for Ted to want to milk his sleuthing skills for everything they're worth, but Marshall is not wrong when he mutters, "Oh, this is going to be unbearable."
- Tracey Ullman makes her first full appearance as Robin's mom, proceeding to freak her daughter out by listing all the ways Barney is similar to Robin's dad. She pulls Robin off the ledge, though, by noting that for every marriage like hers, there's one like Marshall and Lily's, and if she has someone she knows she can depend on, she'll be fine. Robin thinks for a moment, then says "I do," and please oh please oh please oh please let her be talking about Barney, or perhaps Lily, and not Ted.
- Cameo count: Chris Elliott as Lily's dad, Mickey, who continues his child-care duties in Italy; Kyle MacLachlan as the Captain; and Laura Bell Bundy as "Boats, Boats, Boats" Becky, who's now engaged to the Captain because boats.
So that's at least one more week of Internet hand-wringing over the Mother's fate. What did you think of "HIMYM" this week?
"Bones" Season 9 is back on Mondays with episode 16, the "The Source in the Sludge." The show wastes no time in showing its stuff, bringing in CIA Agent Danny Beck (Freddie Prinze Jr.), terrorism and chopping up eyeballs.
Also, there is a lot about eels, life insurance and PhD orals exams. Those parts are integral to the story if not obviously as fascinating at first glance. Find out why in this recap.
Terrorism and murder sometimes look a lot alike
The victim of the week is Sari Nazeri, a young refugee from Afghanistan. Sari and her brother, Aziz, had been brought over to the US by the CIA after Sari led the military to a terrorist leader named Ibrahim. With her help, the man was killed in a targeted airstrike.
Or was he? Sari is found dead in a trout pond, left in a bag full of eels. It turns out that this was once Ibrahim's trademark method of murder, leading the government to believe that the terrorist might have survived his supposed death. An interview with Ibrahim's one-time prison guard, Eric Johansson, confirms that other prisoners had called the man a chameleon. Could that chameleon have sneaked into the United States?
Two alternatives to this theory come up early in the episode. One is that Aziz killed his sister, apparently because that's the default thinking when it comes to Muslim men on TV shows. There is even briefly some evidence for this, when Booth finds out that Aziz had a burner phone he had used to call one of Ibrahim's former colleagues back in Afghanistan.
But it turns out that Aziz just loved his sister and wanted to go home.
The end of this line of investigation leads directly to another: Aziz claims that Sari had been sneaking out at nights. Booth's old friend, Danny, happens to be the case handler for Sari and at first doesn't seem to know anything about where the young woman had been going.
That's a lie. As we soon learn, Sari and Danny were in love and had been having an illicit relationship. Booth now treats Danny as a prime suspect, only backing off when further evidence finally exonerates the CIA agent.
When the squints do their investigation, they find two important things: Sari was left to die of dehydration, and she bit her killer in a struggle. The first finding leads away from Danny, since that's not exactly an angry lover's method. The second provides DNA evidence that points to the real killer: Derek Johansson, the ex-military guard.
This isn't an ideological "Homeland"-type scenario though -- Derek is just in it for money. He gets even more money when he promises to deliver the entire terrorist network to the US government.
Of course, Booth isn't OK with this. Fortunately, Derek is still getting rehab at the military's expense and therefore qualifies for a court martial for murder and terrorism. Yay justice!
Thank goodness Brennan has money
The Booth-Brennan subplot of "The Source in the Sludge" deals with life insurance. Because why not? It seems that Brennan's premiums have been raised because her insurance feels that running after Booth to crime scenes and facing down criminals is dangerous.
Considering that Brennan has almost died a few times, that might be fair. Well, it would be fair if she didn't almost-die just as often at home or in the lab. But you can't expect insurance to take such things into account. They just look at the running around with guns.
Especially irksome to Brennan is that she is paying more for insurance, despite the fact that Booth is totally likely to die first. Again, all the insurance cares about here is which of the partners is actually trained to chase criminals and fire guns.
In the end, however, Brennan's worries are eased when she runs the actuarial numbers from the insurance company and decides the higher premiums are warranted. She decides -- fortunately for viewers -- to keep going out in the field and to pay higher premiums. Staying at home or in the lab would not have been an entertaining choice.
Oral exams are awful, stressful, terrible things
Take it from someone who has taken a PhD orals exam: The test is awful. Literally months of studying everything one could know on a subject boiled down to the questions asked by a handful of professors. It's not a huge shock that someone as odd and high-strung as Daisy might fail it.
It is only slightly more surprising that Brennan failed too (even if she stumbled by being rude to the professors). Fortunately, Daisy gets to take the test again -- and she only needs a little pep talk (not sex) from Sweets!
If you love someone, call him a lamprey
Hodgins spends most of this episode obsessing over the lamprey eels found with the body. He especially likes the way they poop and their non-evolution for 360 million years. Angela is less impressed with the poop, but she does see the eels as a metaphor for her husband.
It's a good point -- losing millions and gaining a mentally handicapped brother would throw most people. Hodgins is still just playing with the stoic, unchanging eels.
Did you see that twist coming? Stop reading if you haven't seen episode 4 of The CW's excellent new alien drama, "Star-Crossed," because star Victoria Platt is about to discuss the epic twist involving her U.S. government alien relations liaison Gloria Garcia and the secret Atrian son she has been hiding.
It turns out that the little boy is half-human, half-Atrian -- but not just any Atrian. He's Nox's son, a.k.a. Roman and Sophia's half-brother. It turns out Nox wasn't necessarily the heroic, diplomatic family man everyone thought he was when he was killed accidentally at the end of the pilot.
Star Victoria Platt tells Zap2it that the half-Atrian child was as much of a surprise to her as it was to viewers. "I found out when they sent me the script. I had absolutely no idea," she says. "That was another one of those moments where I'm reading it and I'm like [Gasp!] Oh my God! Oh no, it's Nox! I immediately called Jason [Douglas, the actor who plays Nox] and I was like 'Jason, guess what! You're my baby daddy.'"
It's unclear how Gloria and Nox got together, but it is clear they both have very similar views toward human-Alien integration. "The obvious back story is we're both founders of the integration program, so maybe it's the reason the integration program was formed -- I got pregnant when we fell in love and now we're like 'What do we do with this child?' I can't have him live at the sector like an animal, but he can't live outside the sector like a human, so we need to create a program that will change the world so our son can have a better life."
Or perhaps the two met with the integration goal already in mind and fell in love that way. "Or was it the opposite experience? That the two of us had really clear views as to a different world," Platt says.
"Gloria Garcia is obviously a woman of color who must be mixed in some way, and then [Nox] is an Atrian, and we look and go 'This world could be different, it doesn't have to be like this and let's work together to change it.' I found the leader of the Atrians and I work for Homeland Security, so this is an awesome match and maybe we fell in love because of that and then this child was born of the sort of symbolic union of the two races getting together. I don't know exactly how it happened; I kind of like B."
[The show] does have a lot of political relevance and social commentary about where we are and where we've been and the possibility of where we could go if we can stretch ourselves a little more and be a little more tolerant and inclusive," Platt says.
We'll learn even more about Gloria's plans for her son in episode 5, "Dreamers Often Lie." What we won't necessarily learn is how his human biology mixes with his Atrian genes. Since Atrians have two hearts and humans have one, maybe "he has a heart and a half," jokes Platt. "No, we didn't [delve that far]. I was actually wondering [when I read] how they were going to do it in terms of makeup. Are the markings going to be lighter? Are they going to be different in some way? He's pretty much got every trait -- the markings were the same."
Continues Platt, "I tend to think that because I believe personally that Gloria believes Atrians are a superior race, that that would probably be the dominant gene and he would probably have two hearts."
What do you think of Gloria's big reveal?
"Star-Crossed" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
"Teen Wolf" really likes to mess with its viewers. In the Season 3 episode, "De-Void," flies make everybody fight, the nogitsune seems ready to win, Scott and Allison are kissing again ... And then it seems to all get better with one howl.
Is it true? Has Stiles been saved? If he has, then what is going to happen in the final two episodes of the season? Also, who is going to die?
Don't shoot Stiles!
"De-Void" picks up right where the previous episode left off. Sheriff Stilinski confronts Evil Stiles in Derek's loft and asks the boy to put on handcuffs. This turns out to be singularly ineffective, since the nogitsune version of Stiles is super-strong. He's also cool with high-voltage electricity and guns pointed at his head.
The only things that **can stop Evil Stiles are the Oni -- and he can count on the Sheriff, Argent, Derek and Allison to take care of that problem.
They do a great job too -- at least until the Oni and Stiles all disappear.
Back in the basement again
Where did everybody go? Well, when next we see Stiles he's back in that Echo House basement, this time for the purpose of menacing Noshiko. The elder kitsune had been coming to pay her respects to dead boyfriend Rhys.
Stiles isn't cool with this. What he is cool with is taking Noshiko's final "tail" and using it to disembowel himself. But wait, there's more yuckiness! A giant slash to Stiles' abdomen releases flies, lots and lots of flies. The bugs menace Noshiko briefly before flying away into the night.
When she looks up, Stiles is gone again.
Pretty flies for some white guys
If you didn't hate the common housefly before this episode of "Teen Wolf," it's a safe bet that you've changed your mind after seeing what Stiles' bugs can do.
First, one gets to the hospital and burrows into Isaac through his IV needle. The next fly lands on Derek, getting to the inside via a slash left by the earlier Oni attack. Fly number 3 lands in the water, only to get splashed into Ethan's face when he and Danny are in the locker room.
A little later, Aiden gets his fly too -- in a parking lot where he and Lydia have found a passed-out Stiles.
Initially, the flies seem to do little damage, other than causing creepily glowing eyes. They actually seem to work by stimulating sex -- Allison gets some kissing and Danny gets a two-man shower from their respective fly-zombies.
But the first signs of aggression begin to arise quickly. Derek vents his frustrations about the Argent family's damage to the Hales over the years by tying up and torturing Chris Argent. Isaac shackles Allison to her bed while she sleeps and then heads out to look for the Twins. As for those Twins, Ethan and Aiden want to fight both Isaac and each other.
It's kind of a mess.
Happy kissing time for Scott and Kira
Throughout all of this, Scott and Kira have the tough job of hiding in Scott's room and sharing his bed. These sweet little lovebirds don't have sex or anything, but they do share a kiss and then spend the night spooning.
In the morning, Scott finds a "Call me" note ... And traps a fly under a drinking glass. Bullet dodged there, Scott!
Evil Stiles is a rotten patient
After finding Stiles passed out, Scott and friends drag the kid back to the McCall house. Melissa has some ideas about visiting the hospital, but everyone knows that would be a very, very bad idea after last time.
Unfortunately, Stiles is still evil and is therefore a terrible patient. He taunts Aiden into leaving and has to have his mouth duct-taped shut to keep him from driving everyone insane (possibly literally). At least Dr. Deaton is there with a vial of kanima venom to paralyze Stiles for the time being.
The others wisely keep that duct tape intact most of the time -- Melissa pulls it off briefly, only to hear Evil Stiles threaten to tell Scott why his parents split up. Apparently, the cause of the split is on Melissa and is so bad that Scott would never forgive her.
Wow. Not cool, Evil Stiles. Not cool.
Here's a terrible great idea -- let's call Peter!
No solutions to the Stiles problem presenting themselves, Lydia brings up a terrible (although possibly effective idea: Ask Peter Hale.
Peter is actually not a terrible choice. He doesn't care what happens to Stiles, after all, and he does know way more about supernatural stuff than everyone. The former/maybe current Alpha tells Scott and Lydia to get into Stiles' head and pull the real boy out of the nogitsune.
What could go wrong?
Girl power to the rescue!
Remember all that werewolf fighting happening over at the school? Well, it is all getting out of hand until Kira and Allison show up to kick some butt. They technically only kick butt briefly before letting the boys deal with their considerable aggression issues.
When that doesn't last forever, the girls go charging in with arrows and swords a-blazing. Nobody dies though. You can thank Scott and Lydia for that one.
Hookups, a blast from the past and gauze vomit save the day?
The inside of Stiles' brain proves more tricky than originally anticipated. Scott and Lydia wake up strapped to beds in Echo House and are then separated for individualized odysseys.
For Lydia, this means a trip back to that fateful high-school dance when Peter bit her on the football field. She is wandering the halls this time, searching in vain for Jackson to come and get her.
It doesn't work -- Colton Haynes is under contract elsewhere. But his absence (and Peter screaming) does remind Lydia of where she really is and why she is there. It's not just about balloons!
Scott, meanwhile, has a more immediate concern to deal with. He magically finds himself in a closet with Allison. For anyone who has missed make-out sessions between Scott and Allison, here's your gift for the season!
Alas, Lydia isn't really at a school dance, and Scott and Allison aren't dating. It's all a nogitsune trick. And when the two break free of the illusion, they find themselves in that big, white Nemeton room. Stiles and the nogitsune are right in front of them. It's just too bad that this is a magical white room that no one can cross, no matter how long and how fast he or she runs.
You see, Stiles and the nogitsune are busy playing the game of Go -- and Stiles doesn't even notice his friends. This is why it's a good idea to have a werewolf howl and a Lydia to remind you of it. At Scott's call, Stiles realizes what's happening and ...
... The real world comes flooding back. Scott and Lydia are out safely, but Stiles still has a problem. That problem would be gauze vomit. Yes, "Teen Wolf" is going back to its snake-slithering-in-and-out-of-Jackson roots and terrifying its audience.
Maybe it works though. The massive pile of bandages seems to hide a secret, a secret named Stiles. Is this the real Stiles? If so, who was the vomiter? And where did he go? Have we reached happily ever after? Which Stiles is which? Where did other-Stiles take Lydia?
"Revenge" isn't even pretending to be anything other than a daytime soap with a better time slot -- the show is straight-up sudsy goodness, as demonstrated in Sunday's (March 9) episode of the ABC drama, "Payback."
From Emily's blackouts -- retold later via fuzzy-focused shots a la a true crime show recreation -- to the murder, "Payback" was pretty action-packed. And that's not even counting the epic twist at the end of the episode: That Stevie Grayson, Conrad's first wife, is Jack's mother?!
Seriously: Murder, blackouts, kidnapping rescue, blackmail, possible psychotic breaks and secret children -- all in one 42-minute episode of television. You love us, ABC, you really love us.
After a middling Season 2, "Revenge" seems to be going for as many soapy twists as possible in Season 3. It was a great episode after the long Olympics hiatus, too -- what did you think?
"Teen Wolf" Season 4 is casting two new characters -- one a student and the other a teacher. Considering the impressive death rate for recurring characters on this show, maybe fans don't want to get too attached to new jock Mason or math teacher Ms. Fleming.
Mason is described as a proudly gay athlete who is both funny and handsome (as reported by TVLine). The best friend of Beacon Hills' new star lacrosse player -- also a new character in Season 4 -- there is no word yet on whether the kid is supernaturally inclined or not. Either way, Danny should be happy at his arrival.
The second new character, Ms. Fleming, is a little more mysterious. Although E! Online has reported that the character will appear in the upcoming season, there is little known about the school's newest teacher.
Statistically speaking, however, Ms. Fleming is likely to soon be evil, dead or both. Good luck, ma'am!
"Teen Wolf" Season 3b is currently airing Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
"Orphan Black" has released its first full Season 2 trailer and it's kind of amazing. With fighting, mystery, romance and even a bald (dead?) clone, the new season looks to be everything fans could want.
The conflict between Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) and corporate pro-clone Rachel looks to be at the center of the action, with Sarah trying to rescue her daughter, Kira, and to keep her own freedom. In addition to this, you've got a sick Cosima, an angry (of course) Alison, Hot Paul possibly going over to the Dark Side and Felix being his normal, loving self.
Science rears its disturbing head as well. A brief image of a file mentions a "Project LEDA" -- could that be name of the clone experiment (and is it named after the mythological Leda, impregnated with two sets of twins by Zeus?)? And then there's that bald, dead-looking clone. Creepy doesn't even begin to cover it.
With no one to trust, how will Sarah survive? The answers will begin to come Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.
The already-strained Mikaelson family dynamics are tested even further in Tuesday's (March 11) episode of "The Originals," "Farewell to Storyville," when the three living siblings are trapped in the City of the Dead cemetery together.
Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is understandably filled with rage after the revelation that his sister, Rebekah (Claire Holt), and his protege, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), conspired to have him killed so they could run away together, which makes the fact that they're stuck together thanks to a witch's boundary spell even more awkward -- and dangerous.
In Zap2it's exclusive sneak peek at the game-changing episode "Farewell to Storyville," Marcel promises he'll get Rebekah out from the cemetery -- and then they can run away together.
"I'm not leaving you in there. Davina will find a loophole, get you out early, then we can all go together. If Klaus comes after us, we will take him on one hell of a ride," Marcel tells her during a panicked phone call.
Rebekah isn't too happy with her predicament. "I lived for centuries looking over my shoulder, ready to run at a moment's notice," she says -- she's not ready to go back to that.
"The Originals" airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
And as sometimes happens, all four of those shows came out all right.
"True Detective" delivered a series high of 3.5 million viewers for the first airing of its season finale, with that number growing to 4.9 million with a pair of repeats later in the night. (Demand for the episode caused streaming service HBO Go to crash.) The show has averaged about 11 million cumulative weekly viewers for the season, counting replays, DVR, on-demand and multi-platform views.
The biggest surprise of the night might be "Resurrection." The ABC drama's debut scored 13.3 million viewers -- topping "The Walking Dead" (12.7 million) in viewers and finishing second in the hour in adults 18-49 to "TWD."
"Cosmos" delivered an OK-not-great 5.8 million viewers and 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 on FOX -- but the premiere was also simulcast on nine other FOX-owned cable channels. Factoring those in, the science series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson drew a healthy 8.5 million viewers and a 2.9 in the 18-49 demographic.
"Castle" Season 6 dives into a world of shadowy warriors, geishas and karaoke in the upcoming episode, "Way of the Ninja." In a preview video, Castle, Esposito and Ryan visit what appears to be a Japanese-fetish bar to question geishas about a murder.
The result? Castle (Nathan Fillion) ends up alone with an informative young woman (Arden Cho, "Teen Wolf") and learns a few surprising things about Jade, the victim. He also gets some kissing and then apparently an attack from management. Meanwhile, Esposito (Jon Huertas) mostly looks lost while poor Ryan (Seamus Dever) gets dragged off to sing "What I Like About You" (badly) at karaoke.
What does any of this have to do with the case? When do the ninjas show up? The audience will find out when "Way of the Ninja" airs Monday, March 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
ABC Family has announced premiere dates for its summer schedule. In addition to returns for "Pretty Little Liars," "Switched at Birth" and "The Fosters," three new series -- "Chasing Life," "Young & Hungry" and "Mystery Girls" -- will premiere.
Following that season premiere is the series premiere of "Chasing Life," a one-hour drama about a young journalist whose hard-working life takes a turn when she finds out she has cancer. Italia Ricci, Mary Page Keller, Haley Ramm, Rebecca Schull, Richard Brancatisano and Steven Weber star.
Two new comedies premiere Wednesday, June 25 -- "Young & Hungry" at 8 p.m. and "Mystery Girls" at 8:30 p.m. "Young & Hungry" is the story of a blogger, Gabi (Emily Osment), trying to be a personal chef to Josh (Jonathan Sadowski), a wealthy, young entrepreneur. Gabi needs to impress Josh's aide, Elliot (Rex Lee) and enlist the help of best friend Sofia (Aimee Carrero) and Josh's housekeeper, Yolanda (Kym Whitley), to keep her job and maybe even find love.
"Mystery Girls" stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth as former TV detectives brought back together by a real-life mystery. When the witness to a crime happens to be a "Mystery Girls" super-fan who will only talk to the former stars, Charlie (Garth) and Holly (Spelling) use their TV-honed skills to solve the case.
Jimmy Kimmel is taking his show on the road again. After past weeks in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Detroit, ABC's late-night talk host brings "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to Austin, Texas, for five programs starting Monday, March 10. The timing isn't random: It coincides with the city's popular annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival that showcases new entertainment and technology. "It's a big part of the reason I'm going there," the friendly Kimmel tells Zap2it about the event ... adding that during a recent Austin visit, "we went to four different barbecue places, and I ate more than a full meal at each one of them. They rolled us to the airport, but I had some great stuff." That wasn't Kimmel's first visit there, nor will it be his first time at SXSW. "It's a great town, and it's a great festival," he reflects. "I'm from Las Vegas, so I love the neon in the desert at night and the atmosphere in general. The people are very friendly. I can't think of a better place to spend a whole week. "They have a phrase they use frequently there, which is 'Keep Austin Weird.' We're planning to inject a little more weirdness." Part of the fun of SXSW, says Kimmel, is the element of surprise. So many people from so many different walks of show business - and of life in general - attend the event, it's hard to predict whose paths will cross. However, the week's scheduled "Jimmy Kimmel Live" guests include Lady Gaga, Seth Rogen, Snoop Dogg, Rachael Ray, Robert Duvall, Willie Nelson, Lil Wayne, Rosario Dawson, Darby Stanchfield ("Scandal") and Texas Governor Rick Perry. "We could bring guests in if we wanted to, but we don't want to do that," Kimmel explains. "We want to get people who live in, or are associated with, Austin. Or who are there specifically for South by Southwest. We're trying to make the show special and unique to the city and what's going on there." Recalling his past experiences taking his show to locations outside Los Angeles, the host says, "Brooklyn was the exact opposite of a controlled environment. We were there during the hurricane (Sandy), and we had no power for the first day ... and a huge generator was running the show for the next two days. "I hope natural disaster does not follow us, because if so, this is going to be the least pleasant TV visit to a city ever. I don't know if it's just me, but odd things do seem to happen to me on almost a daily basis." Kimmel hopes that won't get in the way of his receiving the good will of Austin's general population. "I think the key to doing something like this," he says, "is to highlight the city and the people in the city. For us as writers, and for me as a host, it gives us something to focus on. It gives a little diversion and an energy boost from an audience that presumably will be excited." An enthusiastic response normally greets "Jimmy Kimmel Live" tapings, but Kimmel reasons, "People get used to having you at home. It's like the difference between being at home with your family and going to visit relatives in a distant land." The "distant land" known as Austin is, Kimmel reports, "a college town first and foremost, and I think a lot of those students decided to stay after they graduated. There's a real artistic flair to almost everything there. You don't see too many crappy-looking signs on buildings. People take extra time and make things fun or funny or stylish, and I love that kind of thing." Kimmel also is a fan of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts, from which his Austin shows will originate. "Our theater in Hollywood was not built as a theater but as a Masonic lodge," Kimmel says. "It's more than 100 years old, so we're not set up there the way we'd like to be set up to host a television show. It's sort of a rectangle with no curvature, but at this center, they have symphonic orchestras performing there almost every night." During his recent Austin trek, Kimmel "went in the theater and said to the people who run it, 'I think I could do the show without a microphone here.' The audio is so clear and good, you really can hear what's going on from any seat - even though they have something like 1,800 seats there." As with the fact it's happening during SXSW, it's likely no coincidence the week away for "Jimmy Kimmel Live" comes early in a change in the late-night landscape, Jimmy Fallon having recently assumed hosting NBC's "Tonight Show." A battle between the two Jimmys for the same audience demographic has been foreseen, as David Letterman still gets his share of viewers for CBS. But Kimmel maintains he's simply doing what he's always done ... though he's lately scored guests including Meryl Streep and George Clooney, and such firsts as the reveal of the latest Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover and Kimmel's playing airport chauffeur for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. "You just kind of keep going," reflects Kimmel, whose wife Molly McNearney is expecting their first child together. "Everybody makes a big deal out of the show once every 12 to 18 months. There's some major event that gets a tremendous amount of publicity, but in June, we'll still be doing our show, and nobody will be paying attention to us again. "It's a funny thing, the notion that there's any 'king of late night,' which is preposterous in this splintered television environment. People kind of cling to that because it's a phrase that's been used a lot, and I guess they don't want to let it go. Johnny Carson was the king of late night, and there will be no further kings."
One theme that runs through much of J.J. Abrams' work as a writer and producer is family, from the ad hoc families of the college students on "Felicity" and the castaways of "Lost" to the father-daughter drama of "Alias," the husband-wife drama of "Undercovers" and the father-son drama of "Fringe." Whatever situation the characters land in - and some of these shows have very fantastical premises -- the core of the story is people struggling with, or forming, close family bonds. Expect more of the same when Abrams' latest project, "Believe," premieres Monday, March 10, on NBC. Created by Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") and Mark Friedman for Abrams' Bad Robot Productions -- with Jonas Pate and Hans Tobeason as the current showrunners -- it centers on 10-year-old Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a precocious girl who was also born with a range of unusual powers, including levitation, telekinesis and precognition. But she's not fully in control of what she can do, and there are dark forces in the world who would like to exploit her, led by Roman Skouras (Kyle MacLachlan). So her protector, Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo), turns to an unlikely person -- wrongfully imprisoned death-row inmate Tate (Jake McLaughlin) -- to be her guardian as they move from town to town, one step ahead of danger. As to the possible reason Tate was chosen for the job, says MacLachlan over lunch with Zap2it during a press event featuring the cast members in Pasadena, Calif., in January, "I would not even begin to suppose on that." "What I would say with regard to their relationship," says Lindo of Bo and Tate, "is there's a much bigger picture that I am attempting to bring together, and they're part of that bigger picture." There's even a little sibling rivalry in Winter's group. Says Jamie Chung, who plays Winter's protegee Channing, "I have a trust in Winter and his decisions, but I think Tate's a brute. I think I would be a better candidate." Emotions also play into Channing's faith in Winter. "I am paternal," Lindo says. "I have a paternal relationship certainly with the character that Jamie plays. That's a good characteristic to have as a basis for that part of our relationship.""In this storyline," says Chung, "Winter is her mentor, but in real life also, in a person way, if I want to try something as an actor, I feel like Delroy will say, 'Just give it a try.' " RELATED: 24 midseason premieres you can't miss Meanwhile, at another table sit MacLaughin and Sequoyah, and there's a whole other father-daughter thing going on. As for playing a surrogate dad to Bo, McLaughlin ("In the Valley of Elah"), an Army veteran who was injured fighting in Iraq, says, "I'm not only a dad [in real life] but a dad with a daughter the same age. My daughter's 11." Says Sequoyah, "He basically treats her the same way he treats me." "I'm not mean," says McLaughlin. "I'm a nice guy." "I'm trying to train him," says Sequoyah. "Table manners," says McLaughlin. "We're working on that now." Although McLaughlin is a father, Tate is thrown in at the deep end of unknown waters. "I'm put in a situation," says McLaughlin of his character, "where I'm extremely reluctant to take on that role. I'm trying to get out of it at every corner. I don't know how to deal with kids. I don't like kids. I don't have anything to do with that. As the show continues on, you'll see that there becomes a level of attachment from both of our sides." Even though the situations are often life and death, Bo never stops being a kid, and Sequoyah likes it that way. "The thing is," she says, "you think Bo would be all serious, but she's not. When a serious scene is going on, she'll be dancing. They don't play her as a serious person unless something really serious is going on. Most of the time, she's happy." But there's a downside to being so young. "A lot of the powers," says McLaughlin, "they're manifested through an emotion that she's not controlling." Meanwhile, Channing has her own feelings for Bo. "It's not maternal," Chung says, "but it's more like a big sister kind of relationship." "If you talk about the whole parent thing," says Lindo, "I bet that, if you asked each of us, in terms of our desires for Bo, our ambitions for Bo, they would all have some parental element."And that even goes for Skouras, who has his own reasons for wanting to control Bo's evolving abilities. "I only see her potential," says McLaughlin, "and her developing that potential. Maybe I'm the stern parent, but definitely, he has that kind of impact." Adds Lindo, "If Skouras is really committed to the positive things that he sees, that he can influence in this young lady's life, and I see the same thing -- we're coming at it from two very different places."
Zap2it: Do you view your new "Dallas" character, ranch hand Heather, in the tradition of the strong female characters in the show's past and current versions?
AnnaLynne McCord: Yes, and I think that stays true to the good ol' South, too. I'm a Southern girl from Georgia, and there's a saying we have ... "Don't mistake my kindness for weakness." We can be real polite, and we can be real nasty. We don't want you to bring it out of us, but it's there.
Zap2it: So much of your "Dallas" work is with Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher. Did the two of you adjust to each other fairly quickly?
AnnaLynne McCord: Absolutely. I very much enjoy working with Jesse, but he tried to warn me that he can come on a little strong with how much he cares about the work. And I was like, "I can handle you, honey!" It's been all good fun, and I appreciate his dedication.
He cares intensely about doing his absolute best. He's very earnest, and I think that comes through with his choices for Christopher - and those particular qualities are what attract Heather in the storyline. She picked a good one this time, and you can see that in the dynamic they have. Anytime you talk about keeping things casual, you know what happens.
Zap2it: How has the rest of the "Dallas" cast been toward you?
AnnaLynne McCord: Heather didn't encounter any of the other characters until a bit later, and I was thankfully more comfortable in my role and what I was doing by then. Everyone has been so lovely and welcoming,
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" was a big event for TV on Sunday (March 9). It was so big, in fact, that the President of the United States, Barack Obama, recorded an introduction for the science program. Watch the video here.
The focus of this introduction is on discovery, invoking explorers of the past and linking them to Carl Sagan's original "Cosmos" program of three decades ago -- much like this new "Cosmos," now hosted by astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, does.