It's tweet time! From May 3 to May 7, you get a chance to tweet with the stars and producers of all the shows. Head on over to tweet.cwtv.com and read the 140-characters-or-less thoughts of the folks who make TV worth watching.
Folks in the Eastern and Central time zones can tweet live with the bigwigs during the shows. Mountain and Pacific zoners? Sorry, guys -- with one exception, you'll have to tweet before the shows air there.
Here's who's tweeting:
Monday, May 3 One Tree Hill: Robert Buckley. Gossip Girl: Executive Producer Josh Schwartz and Zuzanna Szadkowski (Dorota).
Tuesday, May 4 90210: Shenae Grimes (Annie), Michael Steger (Navid), Tristan Wilds (Dixon) and Trevor Donovan (Teddy). Life Unexpected: Kristoffer Polaha (Nate), Shiri Appleby (Kate), Austin Basis (Math) and executive producer Liz Tigelaar.
Wednesday, May 5 America's Next Top Model: Jay Manuel and Nigel Barker, plus a "surprise guest" joins them from 8:45 - 9pm Eastern. We'll only be surprised if the guest isn't Tyra.
Thursday, May 6 The Vampire Diaries: Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) and executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. Plus, SPECIAL WEST COAST BONUS TWEETS! Kevin and Julie will tweet during the Pacific/Mountain airing as well! Supernatural: Misha Collins (Castiel).
Friday, May 7 Smallville: Erica Durance (Lois Lane).
You'd think the boys would know better than to throw their lot in with a demon again on Supernatural. It really doesn't tend to turn out well, does it? But it's Crowley! He's so persuasive! And so... awesome! What could possibly go wrong?
Oh, crap, did we just say that out loud? We're doooooooomed!
We know he's evil, but we can't help but adore Crowley. We love how pissed off he is about his reduced circumstances, and how matter of fact he is about being, you know, a demon. Sure, he let Dean get beaten up by Brady, but it was all in service of The Plan. Granted, he didn't tell Dean The Plan... but that would have screwed up said plan.
Possibly our favorite Crowley moment came when the Hellhound came sniffing around. He flipped Dean the Magic Tracker Coin and disappeared, which made the guys think Crowley had really betrayed them. Nope! He was just nipping home to get his own Hellhound, which was bigger than the one tracking them. Heh. Well done, sir.
There more after the break -- read on!
Then there's Brady, the demonic handler (or "stableboy," as Crowley calls him) for the Horsemen. Brady was Sam's best friend in college -- and Brady has been demonic since the middle of sophomore year, guiding Sam astray at Old Yellow Eyes' request. After he confesses to barbecuing Jess himself, we can't really say we like him.. but we do appreciate his flair. Our favorite bit: Offering the troublesome employee a position in "communications," then asking "You ready to enter the cutthroat world of upper management?" Yo, flunky -- he meant that literally! Piss off the boss, and you become a donor to the blood phone.
But that bit of theater wasn't enough to make us mourn him when Sam killed him. Sure, he tried to throw Sam off his game by suggesting he was part demonic already:
Maybe you hate us so much because you hate what you see every time you look in the mirror. Maybe the only difference between you and a demon is your hell is right here.
Nice try, Brady -- that little bit of mind-messery isn't enough to stop Sam from gutting you like a fish. Take that!
We finally figure out Pestilence's plan -- and it's a doozy. First, he infects everyone with mild swine flu. Then, he sells them a vaccine that is actually a carrier for the Croatoan virus. Sneaky! Humanity will be turned into bloodthirsty cannibals -- and we'll pay for the privilege!
Sam has a plan to beat the devil. When he drunk-dials Bobby, he asks how Bobby managed to short-circuit his possession and take control of his body. See, Sam figures he can do that to Lucifer -- they just needed to tempt him to the lip of the prison, and then Sam will... let himself be possessed, jump into the box, imprison Satan and jump out again? We're unclear on the finer points, but we agree with Bobby. Bad plan.
Speaking of bad plans... Remember how we said we loved Crowley? Well, that only lasted until the last scene, when he showed up at Bobby's place and offered to find Death -- in exchange for Bobby's soul. "I promise -- it's a temporary loan. I'll give it right back!" Crowley protests. We're not buying it -- and at first, neither is Bobby. "Here's my counter," he says, and shoots Crowley "so full of rock salt [he] craps margaritas." Hold that thought, Bobby... Dealing with demons never ends well!
Potential vamps think best when unencumbered by shirts. Try it, Stefan!
We finally find out why Damon promised Stefan "an eternity of misery" on The Vampire Diaries -- and at first, we sympathize. Then he has to blow it in the last two minutes, but what can you do -- we still love the guy, even when he is unreasonably pouty.
[Note: Karin, your regular correspondent, decided to spend her birthday looking for weres in the wilds of North Carolina, since they seem to be missing from Mystic Falls. Thus: me standing in. Wish her a happy birthday in the comments, won't you?]
The big reveal
Were you surprised at how the Improbably Buff Brothers Salvatore turned? When they got shot trying to rescue Katherine, and Katherine was pulled away before she could help them, we almost thought they were goners -- momentarily forgetting that we've been watching a show all season that proved they survived. (We're slow sometimes.) Now, we knew that Damon had been partaking of Katherine's blood, but we thought Stefan had stayed clean. Ah, but sneaky Katherine compelled him.
Then Stefan makes the classic blunder of the broken-hearted: Much like the ex who calls you to tell you he or she won't be calling you anymore, Stefan decides to visit Daddy Dearest -- you know, the guy who said vamp lovers were dead to him -- to tell him... he'd soon be dead to him. Oh, Stefan.... do the words "cut your losses" mean nothing to you? Apparently they don't, which is why Stefan is shocked to discover that Daddy Dearest shot his sons himself, and that he's more than happy to kill Stefan for realz this time. Cue the fisticuffs, and Daddy Dearest accidentally skewering himself (Hah! He deserved it!) Of course, that leaves a tempting pools of blood gushing from Daddy Dearest, and Stefan succumbs. Presto! Vampire!
There's more after the jump -- including movie comparisons, Elena kicking ass, and Jonathan Gilbert showing his stripes. Read on!
The big reveal, part 2
We were moderately squicked out at how Stefan turned (even if Daddy Dearest deserved to die, it was still heartbreaking to see him become the instrument that turned his son into what he most hated), but Damon... now that was a shocker. He really was all set to become an ex-parrot, but blood-drunk Stefan brought him a chew toy and basically forced Damon to drink. Gah! No WONDER he's so pissed!
The big petulance
Except that's NOT why Damon's so pissed. Yeah, yeah, Stefan forced him to become an unholy creature who preys upon humanity blah blah blah. What really pissed Damon off is that Katherine brought Stefan back form the dead, too. (Which was hardly Stefan's fault, you know?) He's petulant that he has to share his toys... or, more accurately, he's pissed off that he has to share Katherine with another toy. OMG, y'all-- The Vampire Diaries is actually Toy Story! Stefan is totally the Buzz Lightyear to Damon's Woody!
Damon and Alaric
If Stefan and Damon are Toy Story, Damon and Alaric are Lethal Weapon -- or any of the innumerable buddy cop flicks that graced us in the 80s and 90s. They squabble! They don't like each other's methods! But in the end, they put their ultimate trust in each other! Our favorite exchange:
Damon: I'm not going with you, you tried to kill me!
Alaric: Well, you did kill me!
He's got a point, Damon...
We loved how Alaric decided to do the "moderately healthy" thing and move on from his dead vampiric wife. Of course, moving on (without the phone call saying you're moving on) is a sure way to get the object of your affection haunting you again. Bingo -- there's Isobel!
We just posted an interview with Kevin WIlliamson where he talks about Elena gaining strength and standing on her own. We saw that this week when she would not back down from helping Stefan, no matter how vamp-facey and growly he got. Go, Elena! And she used just the right psychology on Stefan in the end -- she wasn't saying "Stay here, I need you!" She told him that she believed in him and she knew he could fight. Well done, girl -- we can see why those Salvatores are so taken with you!
Jonathan Gilbert is the meanest man ever
But blood-drinking fiends have nothing on creepy uncle Jonathan Gilbert. We were shocked at the way he toyed with Pearl -- first telling her that the original Jonathan Gilbert's dying regret was that he didn't save Pearl, the laughing in her face as he told her that Jonathan hated her. Dude, unnecessary! Then he goes on a staking party, killing Pearl and Harper. Plus, he skeeved us out, the way he hovered outside Elena's door. Ick.
The only moderately good thing that may come from Jonathan's staking rampage? We're guessing Anna will be sticking around. She and Jeremy are so cute together (and who knew Jeremy was hiding washboard abs under his Hoodies of Sadness? We feel slightly dirty for even noticing...) that we would have been sorry to see her go.
Once again, Nylon magazine can't help but dress their guest models in wackadoo ensembles, and this time around the Barbie doll is 90210's Annalynne McCord. Nylon posted a video of McCord talking fashion during the shoot, where the actress makes some allusions to her true opinion of wearing a bra over one's shirt. She does, however like lots of spikes and leather. Interesting.
Check out the video to see what other fashion tips McCord has to offer and some of the looks from the shoot.
The Vampire Diaries: Kevin Williamson teases the season finale
We're winding up the first season of The Vampire Diaries, and we've got so many questions! Where did all the bad vamps go? How is Stefan going to take the fact that Elena literally stabbed him in the back? Will we ever see Katherine in the present day -- and if we do, how many people will die?
Well, executive producer Kevin Williamson isn't really answering our questions ... but he is giving us plenty more to think about! Find out what he loves about Elena, why it's 1864 all over again, and why our show is really a family drama with one crucial difference:
Supernatural: The Prophet Chuck on cons, Kripke and the season finale
If any character speaks for The Great and Powerful Kripke on Supernatural, it's The Prophet Chuck -- the poor schmuck who discovered he's actually writing the Winchester's lives. We caught up with Rob Benedict, the actor who plays Chuck, and got him to spill on being Kripke's on-screen alter-ego, the differences between real and televised conventions, what it was like to finally be the hero, and what we'll be feeling at the finale. Take a look!
You've heard what Rob had to say -- now we want to hear your thoughts! Talk about it in the comments!
The six lucky remaining contestants head down under to beautiful Auckland, New Zealand this week on America's Next Top Model and immediately, the "Don’t Admit That" Award goes to... Jessica. She confesses, "I thought New Zealand was right above Canada or something." Wonder if she knows where Canada is. Some people just don’t deserve to travel.
As a model, you must always be ready
After a 22-hour flight, the girls get off the plane and go directly to meet Miss J and New Zealand's Next Top Model judge, Colin Mathura-Jeffree out on top of a volcano. It’s drizzling and the girls' hair is suffering—not to mention the fact that they smell like yesterday. And what do we like to do as soon as we get to a new country? We like to do some go-sees! They have four-and-a-half hours to make six go-see visits and they are each given a car and told not to be late.
More on the down-under divas after the jump.
The mad-dash that is the go-see
The models dash off to New Zealand designers such as Twenty-Seven Names, Emma Ford Swimwear, Cybéle Wiren and Stolen Girlfriends Club. They try to get the upper hand by starting with the farthest and working their way back and it would have been a really good plan, if they didn’t all have it.
Maybe it’s because she was well-rested from being in first class but Angelea does really well. At Kate Sylvester—the owners actually said that they would book Angelea AND they would like to have her around, just for kicks. We have to admit, she’s even growing on us a bit. Angelea manages to get to all of her go-sees and makes it back with 20 minutes to spare.
Some were not that lucky, in fact, three were late, including Krista who just missed it by 3 minutes. And then there’s Alasia who was very, very late—45 minutes. But no one was surprised by that. The remaining girls who were on time were the only ones who got judged. Alexandra booked 0 out of 6, mainly because she was too casual, wearing UGGs (hey--we're in New Zealand!) and no makeup. Jessica booked 1 out of 6 designers. Most thought she was too commercial looking and not high-fashion looking. And Angelea booked 6 out of 6. Every single one. She worked it—even with her nappy hair.
A sweet new (Zealand) pad
After traipsing around Auckland and attempting to be charming, the girls are too tired to really explore their new digs, but they are totally blown away the next day. They were even treated to an incredible rainbow first thing in the morning. Man, that New Zealand Visitor’s Bureau is workin’ it, big time!
We've seen the sheep, now bring on the Hobbits
For the photo shoot this week, the girls pose with sheep but they also need to stand out—even when they are all wearing the exact same dress! The pressure is on because the fantastic Nigel Barker is the photog this week. Alexandra left her funk behind in NYC and has a new fire to go with New Zealand. Jessica second-guesses herself and while her bod looked good, her face gave away the fact that she was truly uncomfortable. Alasia gives the same pose over and over again. Angelea focuses too much on the dress and doesn’t model herself. But Krista works it, despite her fear of the sheep.
Anyone for pre-panel cocktails?
It’s not hard to see that the girls who felt they did well at the shoot did and those who didn’t... well, we’re far enough into this competition where they should know how to nail a shoot. And Raina absolutely nailed it. It’s an epic failure for Alasia. André tells her that he was more intrigued by the sheep in the photo than by her. Alexandra finally looked like a model. Jessica’s body language worked but her face didn’t and Krista was absolutely magical. And then, we have to wonder, was Angelea nervous or was she hittin’ the NZ bars before panel? After the judges told her they didn’t like her outfit (an outfit that she scored for winning the go-see competition!), she insisted on going out and returning to the room, doing a crazy, club walk for the judges, even though they asked (read pleaded with) her not to. It was so cringe-worthy, we have to wonder what she was thinking…or drinking.
Krista ends up getting best photo for the second week in a row. Jessica and Alasia are at the bottom two and it’s decided that Alasia will take the long flight home to the United States this week. Surprisingly, she took her elimination like a trooper and walked out with her head held high. We think Jessica’s attitude just may have saved her this week.
What was up with Angelea?
We have to hear what you think about Angelea's antics during panel. It was weird enough that it traumatized the guest judge! What do you suppose was going on with her? Did her nerves get the best of her? Has she become too confident in the past couple of weeks? Did she hit her head on the way out of the limo? Tell us in the comments!
90210: Multiple Choices, but all the wrong answers
"Wow, you really are dumb. And I am way better looking than you give me credit for."
Well, it seems that no one is happy this week on 90210, and not just because of standardized testing. Everyone seems to be making the wrong choices and even bystanders are starting to get hurt. It's making us squirm just thinking about it, so we may as well dive right in.
The gamblin' man gets himself into trouble even before the opening credits. Falling in too deep with Mark at the poker table results in an uncomfortable deal for Dixon. Long story short, the school security camera catches him and Mark's friends breaking into the school. Mark only wanted the SAT tests in advance, but when he and his friends learned the tests hadn't arrived, they made the halls their own personal spray paint canvas.
The moral of this story isn't tough to suss out: Dixon is a moron. Dixon, did you really think $6,000+ is less than or equal to a late-night locker decor job? Did you also not know that the school has security cameras (your dad is the principal and those kids were wearing masks for a reason)? Could you not predict that when a high school student comes to a high school poker game with six grand he means business, and that same said high school student probably has some pretty powerful parents/means of getting his money from you? We could keep going, but we might work ourselves up a little too much, and we're out of the necessary Margarita mix to calm down.
More idiocy after the jump!
Debbie and Harry
Well, Debbie, you wanted couples counseling, now you've got it. Not only does she admit to Harry that her yoga teacher kissed her two months ago, she also confesses that she liked it. Despite Harry's emotional distance (and let's face it, emotional infidelity) in the past, we almost feel bad for him. Dealing with Dixon, Naomi's slander fallout and now a straying wife makes out for one heavy week. As stomach-turning as their front for the dinner table was, we can understand why they covered it up for the kids. And, as foolish as Debbie was about blurting out her yoga teacher-jones, their marital snags did a good job of illustrating a common problem for kids today: When things go south for their parents' relationship. Kudos, writers.
Annie and Liam
We're kind of sick of Liam at this point. We get he is supposed to be the bad boy, but we don't like wandering eyes and lying in his repertoire. He needs more redeeming qualities than just his abs. His brain won't be bailing him out anytime soon, since apparently he thinks it's a prudent move to steal from his stepfather. Not only is the man extremely powerful, as we've seen in the past, he's the master of deception and can probably smell it a mile away.
And Annie, where do we start with you? Comparably, you weren't the most ridiculous character this week, but people tend to jump into fountains and splash around when they're happy/drunk, not pissed off. Haven't you ever seen La Dolce Vita? Actually, probably not. Why would you know an iconic film from 50 years ago when you don't even know your contemporary fellow television actors? And stop calling Liam with your issues. You had that adorable Sisterhood-of-the-Traveling-Pants-moment with your girlfriends, why don't you call them? Except maybe not Naomi, since you're getting too close to her boyfriend. AGAIN.
Silver and Teddy
The odd couple had a minor tiff at the beginning of the episode and Silver was absolutely adorable trying to make it up to Teddy. We're pretty impressed by how much she's maturing since the spying debacle. But oops, here comes another stumbling block: Teddy neglected to tell his father about Silver. Not fun feeling like another flash in the pan, is it?
Cleaning up trash and social isolation wear down Naomi pretty quickly, who decides to make amends by announcing to the entire lunchroom that Mr. Cannon was innocent. She gets her girlfriends back, but Liam is still keeping his distance. He comes back to comfort Naomi only after Annie tells him to (questionable motives, anyone?), and even then he's an unconvincing boyfriend.
But you're not done getting drawn through the ringer yet, Naomi. Jen's back, apparently more sociopathic than ever! What kind of diabolical shenanigans will she dream up this time? We're itching like crazy to find out! No, wait...that's a mosquito bite.
We still really want to know, though.
Notes and Quotes
Mark is threatening Dixon with a baseball team? He has six grand to drop on a poker game, surely he can come up with more interesting consequences than that.
Ivy can't get a break here. It seems she's always playing second fiddle to Naomi or Dixon's issues, when she's probably the coolest chick on the show. Can't we get some recognition for the low-maintenance girls with mad board skills?
If Teddy wants to play professional tennis, why isn't he being offered any scholarships/tours? Or is daddy just going to pay for it?
Scott Patterson looks terrible since we last saw him as Luke. Is that intentional given his ex-con character? Or did Lorelei just really do a number on him?
Ivy is kind of rocking those overalls.
Why is Annie wearing a strapless dress to school? She looks like she's going to semi-formal.
Naomi, don't let Jen screw up your life more than she already will by blowing your SATs. You're stronger than that.
Looks like we'll get some more funny quotes next week with Silver's word vomit. This week was kind of a bust in that department. That said:
Dixon: Who is that?
Navid: I don't know.
Dixon: Go find out.
Navid: Why me?
Dixon: Because you want to be the door guy.
One Tree Hill: Tears, punches and yet another crazy stalker
Brooke gives Victoria and Alex a dressing-down for public undressing
One Tree Hill is back from the hellishly long hiatus, and we wish we could say that they spent the time coming up with new and innovative plot lines. Alas -- except for a couple of really heartfelt moments and one genuine surprise, we were, shall we say, underwhelmed. What about you?
What worked for us:
Haley spent the episode in a bit of a fog -- and that was exactly right. She's still mourning her mom, and nothing makes sense. We were dubious when she was checking out the pregnancy test at the beginning of the ep, but her reaction at the end -- wracking sobs as she took in the reality (her mom) and the potential (a new baby) that she'd lost -- shattered us. Well done, as always, Bethany Joy Galeotti.
Brooke turns over a new leaf
Hallelujah! Brooke seems to be out of her jealous-girl rut, and she's showing the big heart that we've been missing this season. When Julian reveals that Alex is starring in a sex tape, Brooke recalls when she went through being the unwitting star of such a tape and urges Julian to help her. Now that's the Brooke we remember!
Clay comes clean
We don't know what it says about our relationship with the show, but we were genuinely shocked when Clay showed Quinn the picture of Sarah. Think about it: Clay had some information that, had he kept it to himself, would have resulted in the sort of endless complications and misunderstandings that this show has wallowed in for way too long. Instead, he came right out with it. Holy crap! That was unexpected!
Victoria and Boy Alex tell all
After far too much skulking and hiding and almost being caught, Victoria and Alex are finally outed about their relationship. The storyline itself didn't do much for us -- we still think Victoria could do much better -- but we loved a couple of little grace notes. One, there was the way Victoria sort of kicked Mouth's prone form as she stepped over him after the curtain came down, exposing her and Alex together. That was just so perfectly Victoria. Then, there was Victoria's unrepentant attitude. She will take whatever "Lovahh" she damn well pleases, and Brooke will just have to deal. Bitchy, but that's why we love her!
What we weren't so thrilled about
Yet another crazy stalker
Really? Another crazy stalker? Haven't we gotten our fill of this plot line with Derek, Nanny Carry, and Nate's blackmail babe? Le sigh.
The sex tape scandal
We're still confused about why this sex tape is so scandalous. Moderately uncomfortable for Alex, sure, but hardly something that will sink a movie. Why is it a big deal? And then there's schmuckboy actor. Was anyone surprised to discover he leaked the tape? And after next week's promos, is anyone confused about his motive for doing so?
Grubbs and Miranda
Oh no, Miranda will be deported! Whatever will they do! Were any of you surprised that Grubbs proposed? Any at all?
Mouth, Lauren and Skills
We know we're supposed to care about this storyline. Somehow, we don't. Also, perhaps you shouldn't have your top-secret intimate conversation in front of a camera that broadcasts your picture to the crowd. We're assuming Quinn told everyone about that. And if she didn't, she really should speak up!
That KISS clip went on forever. We get it -- Jamie's a cute kid. (He's also better at carrying a tune than Nathan.) We didn't need quite so much of it.
So that's our take -- what about yours? Do you agree with our sentiments, or do you think we just woke up cranky and need to self-medicate with some chocolate and/or booze to get in the spirit of things> Do you have any chocolate and/or booze? Will you share? Tell us about it in the comments!
This week's episode of Gossip Girl, once again, played the passive aggressive card. Lily has been lying about her whereabouts for months and when she finally comes clean, we’re still left in the dark. Obviously she’s sick and from what we can infer, it’s cancer. But, what kind? And what is the treatment she’s undergoing? And did the words, “he already cured her once” actually come out of Serena’s mouth? There isn’t a cure for cancer. Maybe if Serena pursued some form of higher education, she’d know that. William’s motivation seems suspect. Rufus is so jealous he’d probably undermine any progress made by William just to get him out of the picture. And in the center of this storm sits Lily who is afflicted with something so horrific she can’t even speak its name. Or the writers haven’t yet decided just which form of cancer Lily is fighting. Then there’s Chuck, who is ruining Blair’s dating life and trying to manipulate Nate into giving Serena the slip. If Chuck can’t be happy, then no one can. Here are some other thoughts:
It’s in the genes: Some girls just know how to play the game. Jenny sleeps over at Nate’s, she’s wearing his shirt and already trying to plan the day’s events before morning coffee.
Deer in the headlights: Rufus wears this expression a lot lately. It doesn’t help that he looks so little compared to William Baldwin. Who do you think would win in a duel?
Matchmaker, matchmaker: Chuck wants his play pal back so he toys with Jenny and convinces her to do the dirty work to break Nate and Serena up. He doesn’t seem to realize that he’s back at square one if Nate goes straight into Jenny’s arms.
Mystery illness: Finally, Lily makes reference to the “C-word,” but why are we avoiding the details?
Backstabber: Vanessa nabs the one spot in the dramatic writing program open to transfer students, leaving Dan’s dreams flailing in the wind. And she doesn’t even seem that torn up about it. Plus, Dan discovers she told other people about her plans. DUMP HER!
Stood up: The eligible bachelors fail to show up to Blair’s brunch. Is it Chuck’s doing or has Blair lost her mojo? Who are we kidding? Blair's mojo is legendary.
Best advice: “Get him drunk. Take advantage of him.” Is it really just that simple?
Best line: “And look like someone who doesn’t even have a father.” Oh , Chuck. You just made us blush.
Taking charge: Rufus is finally standing up for himself and playing Alpha Male. Drive the good doctor out of town, Rufus, and tell him to never come back.
Favorite girl: Willa. She knows what she wants (Dan) and she isn’t afraid to user her assets (her Daddy) to snag him. And she can see through Jenny’s feeble attempt to look and act older.
True colors: “Why do you go from zero to blackmail in 60 seconds?” Dan’s got Jenny pegged.
Daddy dearest: Does William actually believe Lily got cancer to bring him and Serena back together? What kind of divine intervention is that?
Grown up: Blair realizes she doesn’t need to hook up with some random guy to prove she’s over Chuck. Chuck needs to realize that playing games won’t work in this situation. He needs to grow up. Looks like Blair is already there.
Shut down: Nate finally tells Jenny to scram when Serena walks in on Jenny’s attempt to seduce him. Find an unattached man, Jenny. And kudos to Nate for sticking with his girl. Serena is a complete nutjob, but he’s committed to her.
What sort of illegal maneuvering is William partaking in on Lily’s behalf? Is she really even sick or is this just a way for William to get back into their lives? What did you think?
One Tree Hill: Tyler Hilton on music, the show and what he really thought about Chris Keller
Remember Mia, our fabulous fellow podcaster? Well, she's now doing music coverage, which leaves her no time for chatting about TV with us. (Sob!) On the upside, it means when she talks to musicians who have been on TV -- like One Tree Hill's Tyler Hilton -- she know just what to ask!
Check out Mia's interview with Tyler, and then take a listen to his special in-studio performance:
One Tree Hill Show Rehab: Do You Agree With These Fixes?
One Tree Hill returns tonight, and we are, of course, waiting to see what craziness awaits. We have to admit it's been a bit of a rocky season sometimes, and that makes us nervous for the show's renewal prospects.
We're not alone. Our good friends at Zap2It have cast their gimlet eye on One Tree Hill and come up with a prescription for what ails the show. Some of their suggestions -- actually mentioning Leyton on occasion, giving Brooke better storylines, bringing back Rachel -- get a big thumbs up from us. Others -- especially cutting Victoria and shaking up the romances -- aren't as much to our liking.
What about you? Check out Zap2It's One Tree Hill show rehab, then tell us what you think! Would you follow their suggestions, bring on different changes, or keep the show exactly as it is? Talk about it int he comments!
Supernatural: The Gods Must Be Crazy Seriously Ticked Off
Psst, Dean! It's best not to piss off the kitchen god while actually standing in the kitchen. Also, Baron Samedi will be happy to kick your butt
The mythology geeks (and Neil Gaiman fans) among us were thrilled with this episode of Supernatural -- and who wouldn't adore dueling members of various pantheons? Add in a generous dollop of Gabriel/Loki, some impressive porn, and even a major advancement of the plot, and we were seriously happy campers. What about you?
What we loved:
The Elysian Fields Hotel
We were wondering how the writers would work in a cursed/torturey/otherwise unpleasant hotel -- and we loved how they did it! We're sure the production designers were thrilled that they got to create something swanky for once. Plus, nice little in-joke with the name!
How we love gods behaving badly ... and arguing theology, in their own way. Of course Odin wouldn't believe in the Judeo-Christian apocalypse -- as far as he's concerned, it ain't over 'til the wolf eats the sun. And we loved Odin and Zao Jun arguing about the World Turtle. Hee!
Our one quibble? Why would the Chinese pantheon send the Kitchen God? Why not Guan Yu or Lei Gong? And Baldur? He's the god of peace! Couldn't the Aesir have sent Thor to back up Odin, or Tyr? (Like we said: Mythology geeks.)
Cultural Imperialism Smack-down
Oh, Kali -- how we adore you. (And that's not just because you scare the crap out of us, what with the girdle of human skulls and the destructive flame and all that.) We loved her speech to Gabriel, basically tearing him a new one for the angels having the gall to call the apocalypse all on their own:
Westerners. I swear, the sheer arrogance! You think you're the only ones on earth? You pillage and you butcher in your God's name. But you're not the only religion, and He's not the only God. And now you think you can just rip the planet apart? You're wrong. There are billions of us. And we were here first. If anyone gets to end this world, it's me.
Because yeah, this is something that's bugged us. It's one thing for the Olympians and the Aesir to be powerless in the face of the Apocalypse -- their followers are pretty thin on the ground, you know? But Kali, and the rest of the Hindu gods... they've got about a billion people believing in them. Why don't they get a say in the apocalypse? Why isn't Buddha kicking some butt? Heck, even the Flying Spaghetti Monster should have some say in the destruction of the world.
Look, anything Gabriel/Loki does makes us squeal with glee. We loved watching him seduce -- and then trick -- Kali. We loved him standing up to his brother. And most off all, we loved his version of heaven -- forever banging busty blondes in Casa Erotica 13. Godspeed, trickster angel.
Lucifer is looking a little worse for wear, isn't he? That meat suit won't last him that much longer... We always love his character -- he's so convinced of his own rightness, so sure he's going to win. We're glad Gabriel pricked his ego a bit, but Lucifer... he's not going to listen. And yes, he is a badass.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Hey, look! There just might be a way out of this! Gabriel tells the boys that they can't kill Lucifer, but they may be able to imprison him again. All they need are the Four Horsemen's rings... and they've already got two of them! We just might get out of this after all...
Hey, it's Matt Frewer! And he's sneezing all over everyone, driving what appears to be a sickly-green Pinto station wagon (license plate: "SIKN TRD"), and consorting with bad CGI flies! This is going to be fun!
The Vampire Diaries: The Smugger They Are, The Harder They Fall
Wow, we did not see Stefan's dramatic fall off of the wagon coming in this episode ofThe Vampire Diaries. We knew he'd struggle a bit, but did not see the full on addict-style melt down that erupted. It almost seemed like an anti-drug allegory, and the conversation Stefan had with Elena about how he can handle it, and how she and Damon were in cahoots etc. totally seemed like it was straight out of an ABC after school special circa 1980-something.
You know we heart Stefan, his noble intentions, and his, um, assets, but he is out of control and frankly a little unlikeable. He's worse than the vamps who aren't conflicted at all about partaking in essence of human. Hearing him go on and on with his inner conflict to Amber, we thought, just take a few more sips, do the eye voodoo on her, and be done with it. Though we have to confess that we were spurred by our annoyance that he was touching her so intimately prior to puncturing her neck. Honestly, it felt like he was cheating on Elena. There was clearly some sensual delight in addition to just being hungry. Why on earth would he have not made sure he had plenty to eat before showing up at this event?
Stefan, we're not impressed.
Follow us after the jump to read about the return of Bonnie and our take on Damon this week!
Yay, Bonnie's back! We missed her. Boo, she's breaking up with Elena. We get grief, but that's a bad judgment call in our opinion. Hopefully she'll change her mind. It clearly hurt Elena's feelings that Bonnie talked to Caroline every day when she refuses to speak to Elena, but maybe she'll get over it.
Speaking of Caroline, we would like to congratulate her on winning Miss Mystic Falls. She really wanted it and does loads of community work, and it's about time something went Caroline's way. She's got the title, Bonnie's friendship, and it looks like things are working out between her and Matt.
Damon, we love that you're the responsible one for a change. We love the chemistry that's been slowly building between you and Elena, too. We thought we were going to swoon when the two of you danced because you had to step up when Stefan disappeared. Might we have another Katherine-style love triangle in our midst? We certainly hope so. With Stefan going through a personality change, we can at least say that we know Damon is constant with his sociopathic ways. And we know that when he loves, it's deeply.
There were all sorts of hints around the mysterious Uncle John, Pearl, and some mystery invention. No lycan hints this week, though. Wonder if it would make a difference if we begged...
America's Next Top Model: The Competition Gets Really Hairy
The girls calm down a bit this week on America's Next Top Model but the competition is stepped up as only half of the original contestants are left on the playing field.
And it turns out the playing field is moving...
Doesn't anybody knock in NYC?
The girls are just kickin' it in the house (and not arguing for once) and Pat Cleveland and Whitney Port walk in the door. They want to take them out on the town and the models even get to wear something from Whitney's collection. The glam squad is on hand to get the girls evening ready and as they primp and preen, Pat gets a one-on-one with each girl and hopes to help them bring out what is within them and let their true personality come through. Why do they insist on pushing this personality thing when clearly, there are a few who are completely personality-free?
The evening turns out to be a real drag
It turns out that the girls get their night out at the hottest drag queen club in town. Miss J shows up and announces a dreaded runway challenge. Poor Alexandra. Last time they did this she became the first contestant in the history of ANTM to fall completely off of a runway.
Angelea does well. Anslee doesn't show any personality. Krista owns her walk and the crowd loves her. She's the unanimous winner and she scores a tiara and a few delicious pieces from Whitney's collection.
Don't be tardy to the party
Once again, Alasia takes her sweet time getting ready to go out and the girls decide to leave her behind in the loft but at least they wait for her in the limo. However, they do make it clear that they are not about to wait for her again.
A hairy situation
The girls get to their photo shoot location and Weaven Steven and Derek J are on hand. The two hairstylists are known for making outfits completely out of hair. One word: Nasty. Somehow, the worst part about it is the smell. Actually, the models and their outfits end up looking really cool. They girls are split into teams. It's extra hard because as they are being photographed the other team is allowed to heckle, which puts more pressure on almost everyone.
Krista is focused and channels Grace Jones in the hope of getting best photo of the week and Mr. Jay is really happy with her shoot. Alexandra's outfit ended up looking less Barbarella and more Wilma Flinstone and the more critiques she received the more she started sucking.
Time to catch some Z's
When the girls arrive at panel everyone is nervous. But the four behind the desk claim to be tired and hope to catch some Z's. And everyone knows that the best way to fall asleep is to count sheep…in New Zealand. So after the judging one will be eliminated and only six will head down under.
The hairy photo shoot ends up producing some nice shots. Jessica doesn't have a "bad hair day." Tyra says that Krista's film was a "joy to go through." Anslee didn't take enough risks. Alasia did the same thing over and over again but she got lucky with a good shot. Alexandra looked awkward but her face looked stunning. Angelea took risks and they liked it. And Raina looked high fashion. It seems like everyone did well—until the judges start deliberating.
The flight to NZ is a full 22 hours long and the girl who gets best picture of the week gets to fly there first class. Krista gets it and she did earn it. And she selects Angelea to ride with her. If there's anyone who doesn't belong in first class…we digress. Anslee and Alexandra end up in the bottom two. Anslee has proven to be nothing more than a beauty model. And we all know that you must model H to T. Alexandra takes decent pictures and the judges are feeling a lack of drive from her. It turns out that Alexandra gets to stay and Anslee is sent home to her family.
It really seems like Alexandra is struggling in just about every aspect of the competition and while the judges recognize this, and her seeming lack of drive, they sent Anslee home. Do you think they made the right decision? Who should have gone home this week? Tell us in the comments.
One Tree Hill: A Nate/Jamie Rock Band experience, plus James Lafferty spills!
One Tree Hill returns on Monday, and The CW sent out a little taste of what we can expect. Check it out:
Even more fun: We got to talk with James Lafferty, who promised us that the final episodes of the season would give us plenty of reasons to tune in. Find out what James had to say about his favorite moments for Nathan, filming in Utah and making a movie with Robert Buckley after the jump!
James told us the Jamie/Nathan KISS fun was all part of his character "putting in the dad time that he wasn't able to able to put in while he was playing so much basketball." Until the end of the season, Nate "gets to be a father and a husband" -- a situation that James appreciates.
"The most gratifying part [I get to play] is Nathan being in those situations where he can be a father and husband because he's come so far. It's where he always wanted to be, so it's great to play him in that situation."
And Nathan's support as a husband and friend will be increasingly important as Haley and Quinn deal with the death of their mother, James says. Those sort of emotionally taxing scenes can be the most challenging and rewarding, he said.
Also rewarding: Hanging out with Jackson Brundage's character, Jamie, who is so much more than just a little kid. "Jamie has become sort of the giver of sage advice - it's like we lost Whitey and he's been reincarnated in this wise little boy."
Jamie's wise advise may be necessary if rumors of a Tree Hill pregnancy are true -- but James wouldn't tell us one way or the other. "It's always a possibility," he told us. "But I can't really say whether it will happen or not, or who it would be if it did happen."
So what can he tell us? "Fans can expect a lot of definite reasons to tune in," he told us. "People are making decisions all around. And they'll have reasons to tune in next year if we come back."
About that... James doesn't know about the show's fate any more than we do. "It changes every week -- you can speculate all you want, read the blogs, pay attention to the message boards, but it's so completely out of my hands that I just close myself off from it." If the show does come back, he said, it will be the fans that make it happen. "The fans are so vocal and active -- it's one of the reasons we love what we do."
90210: Matt Lanter on Liam's Dad, Naomi's Mistake and Annie's Potential
Alas, there's no new episode of 90210 tonight... but we've got something to whet your appetite for next week! We talked to Matt Lanter about the return of Liam's Daddy Dearest, how likely it is that Liam and Naomi will get back together, and whether we can expect sparks to fly between Liam and Annie. Check it out!
Finally Chuck Bass gets recognized for something other than drinking and Thai prostitutes: His money!
Gossip Girl's young heir and entrepreneur was admitted to the Forbes Fictional 15, the 15 wealthiest characters in the imaginary realm. Other make-believe heavy-hitters include Scrooge McDuck, Tony Stark, Lucille Bluth and Carlisle Cullen.
Check out the link to see who the rest of Chuck's competition is. We're betting he'll come up with a nefarious plan to dispatch each of them in a glorious rash of Bass-brand ruthlessness.
One Tree Hill fans: Post your questions for Tyler Hilton
OK, One Tree Hill (and OTH Podcast) fans -- here's your chance! The fabulous Mia, late of our podcasts, will be interviewing Tyler Hilton for her site, Chubby Jones, and of course she thought of you! Yes, Mia misses you as much as you miss her, and she knows you wouldn't want to pass up the opportunity to grill the man who was Chris Keller. So post your questions before 8 am Central on April 21, and Mia will do her best to ask Tyler what you want to know!
"I slaved over those burgers and beer for your 100th episode. The least you could do is sit and enjoy it!"
This week on Supernatural we saw Bobby get mad, Dean get desperate and Zachariah get even...sorta. We also saw a lot of other crazy crap, but that's just par for the course with this show.
The down-and-out Zachariah gets offered another chance in the game by the powers that be and immediately sets to work on the Winchesters again. Though some really big developments happened, the central story seemed to be the brothers' struggling relationship and Dean's lack of faith in, well, anything. Read on for some more brotherly emotional torture!
Strung out by a need to save as many people as he can, Dean is bound and determined to be the sword of Michael. He even gives away his leather jacket, probably the most comforting scrap of fabric since Linus's blue blanket. But Sam can't let Dean just give in and puts him under house arrest with Bobby and Cas.
We absolutely loved Bobby's scolding. He may not be Dean's father, but he's the closest thing the brothers have, and this episode saw him doing a damn good job. Even though it seems their family ties get them into trouble with Zacharaiah, we never get sick of seeing the small clan (finally) come through for each other.
Watching Dean verbally take down Sam was extremely hard. Basically getting a no-confidence vote regarding your addictions from the one person you love the most is devastating. It's even worse when they think you'll become a minion of Satan, as opposed to say, going back on cigarettes or killing people for sport. At least Dean got some retribution in the form of an angelic ass-kicking and a few tongue-lashings.
We got to see the Littlest Winchester...Milligan...whatever, again, who it seems has also been persuaded by the angels to be the sword of Zachariah. He's been told some unflattering things about his brothers, though he's definitely channeling a lot of Dean with that hard, sarcastic attitude. Shockingly, the kid is getting set up by Zachariah as a pawn to get at the senior Winchesters, namely Dean. But since Dean has a hard enough time letting one brother down, let alone two, the ploy backfires and he takes out his overprotective angst on Zachariah's head.
We also saw Cas bust out some mighty angel kung fu and trick his fellow angels with a sigil involving a glimpse of his abs. Sigh. But seriously, Cas, you let Dean outwit you like that? You're thousands of years older and wiser, so let's use our big boy brains, shall we?
All in all, the 100th episode was very satisfying. It had everything: some brotherly strife and eventual making up, Cas's bare chest, some Zachariah zingers, gratuitous violence, Cas's bare chest...
What did you folks think? Chime in!
Quote of the episode:
Dean: Cas, the last time someone looked at me like that, I got laid.