The ballet hunk confesses to an emotional ending to the dance drama's six-week season
Report: NBC pushing Trump for it
Season 13 of 'Celebrity Apprentice' could be an all-star edition. According to the New York Post, NBC wants a battle between former winners Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers and Bret Michaels -- as well as fan favorites Trace Adkins, Omarosa, Gene Simmons, Lennox Lewis, Meat Loaf, Jesse James and Gary Busey. And the network wants a February premiere date.
Of course, the first person NBC needs aboard is Donald Trump. And according to the Post, he's mulling it over.
Come for the dates — stay for the show's best prank yet
By Diane Vadino
Special to MSN TV
How did we get to hometowns already? Wasn't it just yesterday that we were gathered at the mansion with all those fresh-faced bachelors and Kalon was landing his helicopter on the lawn? But no: We're back from the Balkans and considering the remaining four bachelors: Fun Arie! Wacky Jeff! Studly Sean! And Chris, who seems to have wandered in from a different reality show (um, "Bachelor Pad 3," which he's just confirmed he'll be appearing in.) Side note: Why is Chris still even in this show? Because he's "very, very, very happy" when Emily comes to visit him and his family in Chicago's Hanover Park. I maintain that he is a bit of an odd duck, but he definitely gets his stuff slightly more together back home, showing us around his Polish-themed haunts: "On a scale of 1 to Polish, we're Polish," he says. It's kind of adorable the way this show reminds us of America's cultural diversity. (With more to come.) Happy Fourth of July!
Back at Chris' family's house, we have mom Rose, dad John and a bevy of protective siblings. It's the same slightly awkward family dinner as usual, with two exceptions: Chris's sister Renee is this year's overprotective (but usually accurate) sister who's like, dude, I can see you're not into him, so will you just cut him loose already so I don't have to pick up the pieces later? And dad John, meanwhile, commits the season's biggest sin: He tells Chris that Emily's in love with him, after John basically pries it out of her: "Do I sense some love?" John asks her, while Emily just kind of nods. It's a little painful, and it leads Chris — who's giddy with delight at his dad's misreading of the situation — in exactly the wrong direction.
Next we're in St. George, Utah, with Jef, and his millions of siblings, since his parents are off in South Carolina doing "charity work." First up is some shooting: "Who knew Jef in his skinny jeans was such a good shot?" Emily says, before picking up the rifle herself. "I'm nervous 'cause I don't want to totally suck." She figures it out, and they carry on to the family gathering, attended by siblings aplenty (Steve, Mike, Melissa and Julie — and "there's a few missing here.") "Honestly, parents usually love me," Emily says. "[But] I'm going to have to work my charm on a lot of brothers and sisters." And there does seem to be some level of disconnect — at least between how Jef has always seen himself previously ("They know I'm free-spirited and do my own thing") and how he's positioning himself to Emily, as a guy who can't wait to be a dad as soon as possible. "She's like the coolest girl in the world," Jef says. "I've never seen you with those other girls," Steve says. The best for Emily, though, is yet to come. Jef takes her out into the wilderness and reads her an exceptionally sincere-sounding love letter, which includes the following: "From the first time I met you, there was a unique connection ... I love the way you smile; I love the way you grab my hand and hold it. ... Most of all I'm completely and hopeless in love with you." Do you buy it? I totally buy it. I'm confused as to whether I'm rooting for Jef or Arie, but I buy it.
Speaking of, our Indy car racer is next, and we're headed to Scottsdale to watch Arie zip around the track. ("Arie definitely looks stupid hot," Emily says.) Arie's dad is Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, Sr., and that last name is our first clue that we're about to get "The Bachelorette's" first-ever Dutch-language interlude. (Moooooi!) Arie is open about his concerns bringing Emily into the fold of his European family: "I think tonight the person I have to win over is my mother," he tells Emily. "If they say bad things, I'll just translate them favorably." Which is funny but also slightly terrifying.
And so it goes: Halfway through their remarks, Arie's mom Mieke starts speaking in Dutch, which means Emily gets to enjoy sitting there in silence until Arie realizes they're torturing her. Eventually, his mom drags Emily outside: "So, do you want to have a chat with me? I was just wondering like a few things." It's so terrifying and Dutch and includes perhaps the most thorough read of last year's "Bachelor" debacle yet. "Usually when you're being proposed to you're not the Bachelorette," Mieke says. Didn't see that coming, Emily? Nevertheless, Arie is resolute: "I could definitley propose to her right now."
Finally, we're in Dallas with Sean's family. The day ends with the usual family pow-wows, and Sean does this funny thing where he runs down his street (Sean is forever running down streets yelling Emily's name) to smooch her. But none of that matters, because what precedes it is easily the funniest (er, intentionally funniest) moment on this show ever, when perfect Sean shows Emily where he actually lives — essentially, in his parents' attic. With his stuffed animals ("that's Moomoo, and that's Froggy"), and his saltines, and his cookie crumbs. "I'm trying my best to be a polite Southern girl," Emily says, "when in reality I'm going back on every conversation we had." Personally, I totally bought it when Sean says, "I wish my mom had picked up a little bit." (My notes read: "Did the producers not let him clean up his room?") Emily: "In that moment, it was like every amazing thing I had thought about Sean completely shattered." To Sean: "That's alright—I can clean," she says, dying on the inside. "He's a mess, and he's really into stuffed animals." At that point, Sean can't take it anymore: "The look on her face was pure horror and disgust." But it was all a joke! And most definitely the best joke ever played on this show.
Without much ado, though, we're in Las Vegas for the night's cocktail party where four are about to become three. Jef and Arie snag the first roses, and it's clear who's going home — though even if it was a prank, I think Sean's prank is still freaking Emily out. Chris is gone. He's thinking, But my dad said! "I loved the girl, and I thought she loved me back," he says. It's sad, but he's so aggro about it that it's hard to feel bad for him. "I'm 10 times the man of all those dudes that are still in there right now," Chris says. We're betting he'll be back in fighting mode in a couple weeks — when "Bachelor Pad 3" premieres.
"The Bachelorette" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Unlike in years past, the happy couple will go straight to rehash mode
Emily Maynard will have barely processed her happily-eve after on the July 22 finale of ABC's "The Bachelorette" before her and her Prince Charming are whisked away to shoot the "After the Final Rose" special.
ABC usually pre-tapes its "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" finales and subsequent follow-up but this year, Maynard and her man (Arie, Chris, Jef or Sean) will go straight to the live special immediately after she hands the man of her dreams his rose, the network announced today.
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Both "The Bachelorette" finale and "After the Final Rose" will also air on a new night, Sunday instead of Monday, another network first in the seven-year history of the show.
"The Bachelorette" finale airs Sunday, July 22, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. "After the Final Rose" airs Sunday, July 22, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Bravo special stresses the importance of big and small things
If you're looking for a positive spin on reality TV, check out the Bravo special "10 Things That Make Me Happy." The half-hour program follows Bravo stars Kyle Richards of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" fame and designer Jonathan Adler of "Top Design."
Both Richards and Adler will give audiences a glimpse into their worlds by highlighting the 10 things that make them happy -- big and small.
Prized possessions run the gamut of costs and sentiments including designer handbags, a custom couture ping-pong table and family heirlooms. Richards will even reveal the secret to her coveted shiny hair, a beauty tip which rings in at just under $10.
"10 Things That Make Me Happy" airs Sunday, July 1, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.
Choreographer plugs the dance competition series' 200th episode
Mia Michaels is a fascinating woman.
A choreographer on the hit FOX show, "So You Think You Can Dance," Michaels has grabbed headlines as of late for the work she did teaching Tom Cruise how to move in the big-screen musical, "Rock of Ages."
After finishing up the movie, Michaels returned to "So You Think You Can Dance" to once again guide young dancers and give them the steps and confidence they need to win.
Michaels, 42, chatted up reporters in a teleconference to promote the show's 200th episode, which is airing Wednesday June 27, the same night the Top 20 finalists will be revealed.
MSN TV: What advice would you give to the top 20 finalists?
Mia Michaels: Be inspired. Have a healthy competition with the people around you but stay focused and be the best you can be. Become your own competition. That's always what I've done in every phase of my career.
Are there any dances you want to learn?
I would love to learn Latin ballroom. I want my legs to look like that. My parents ballroom danced and dance was always a part of everything. I was running around a studio at 3 years old. Plus I'm from Miami.
Is there anything you think the finalists should work on?
Have a work ethic. We had to have them really open up and we worked to pull more out of them as performers. Initially, they held back a little bit during rehearsals but after last night's show, they got it. They know now that it's important to go hard. It's a blood, sweat and tears sort of thing. Having a work ethic is everything. That's the key for sure.
What is your dream collaboration?
I would love to work with Tim Burton. I want to do film and stage musicals and I love his work. And Baz Luhrmann. And Sting.
Are there any dances you want to bring back from the past?
The Roger Rabbit. I Roger Rabbit-ed for the gods. (Laughs) They need to bring that back in a really unique and classic way.
"So You Think You Can Dance" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Former daytime queen reportedly will make cameo on E! reality series
Oprah, how the mighty have fallen! In order to land big interviews these days, Oprah Winfrey apparently has to offer big favors in return.
According to US Magazine, Winfrey -- once the most watched and respected media mogul on earth -- has agreed to appear on an upcoming episode of E!'s "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
"Oprah signed the release!" the story quotes an excited unnamed source.
Not coincidentally, Winfrey was fortunate enough to recently score Kim Kardashian for an interview on her OWN cable network (which, due to poor ratings, is teetering on the brink of nonexistence). During the interview, according to US, Kardashian said, "I've obviously made plenty of mistakes in my lifetime, but I'm not the type to sit and beat myself up over it." Winfrey then replied, "That is so perfect, I could weep."
It's possible that Winfrey's cameo consists entirely of allowing E! to use footage of her interacting with Kardashians backstage at OWN. And, for Winfrey's sake, we hope that's all it is. However, the US story seems to suggest that more is involved. And, of course, it spins Winfrey's commitment not as a quid-pro-quo situation, but as an organic byproduct of her becoming instant BFF's with the K-Klan.
"She and Khloe [Kardashian Odom] especially hit it off," the US source said. "Khloe had her dying laughing. It meant so much because she loves Oprah!"
"Keeping Up With the Kardashians" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on E!
The worst-timed kiss in franchise history leads to a surprise elimination in Prague
By Diane Vadino
Special to MSN TV
Welcome to what is quite possibly -- and entirely not ironically -- the best episode of "The Bachelorette" of all time. It has everything: actual romance (between puppets), gorgeous locations (in Prague), an all-time most-awkward kiss (oh, Doug), fireworks on demand, and a weeping man (hello, Chris). So here we go: one group date, and three one-on-ones. And next week, hometowns. What more could we ask for?
Arie's up first, and we have the minimal drama of Arie having dated Cassie, a "Bachelorette" producer with whom Emily is friends. Chris even breaks in, presidential-news briefing style, to bring us up to date (so this is what "full disclosure" looks like): Cassie and Arie dated five million years ago, approximately twice, but no one mentioned any of this to Emily, who is put out by the entire thing. Emily and Cassie have a little discussion about Arie's supposed indiscretion. Then Emily and Arie talk. Sample:
Arie: "What is another important thing to you?"
Emily: "Not having any secrets ... that's huge."
And so on. Then Emily, Arie, and Cassie talk, but off camera. Who made that decision? At the same time, though, who in the world cares? Arie is like, Are you crazy, that was ten million years ago, can we please talk about something else. Like how he's realized he's in love with Emily. "If things keep going this way," Emily says, "nothing would make me happier." Cue fireworks!
Next up is John, in this week's placeholder date. This date basically consists of John saying things like "This is going awesome" and Emily just sort of nodding with a sad smile on her face. Also, John confuses saying private things aloud with actual intimacy, so every once in a while he'll offer something up about a past relationship (his ex-girlfriends must love being picked apart on TV). "I'm not a starter—I'm a closer," John says confidently, while Emily keeps nodding. "I'm falling for Emily. It's happening," John says. It's like watching someone narrate a landslide. "That ledge of mud and dirt is falling. It's happening." There's no roses on the one-on-ones this week, but if there were, it's exceptionally hard to imagine John getting one. Even if he thinks he aced it.
John comes home soon enough and provides the guys with an inaccurately rosy picture of their date. This, however false, has the pleasing result of making both Chris and Sean insane. Pretty much everything you need to know about them is seen in how they handle this news. Sean more or less immediately runs out into the street and shouts Emily's name ub the street, until he tracks her down and takes her out for a drink. Emily is tickled pink. By contrast -- and take note, guys -- Chris begins his slow spiral into rose-ceremony weeping. "I love that Sean had the confidence to just come out and find me," Emily says. "This is the best surprise -- my face hurts I'm smiling so much." Emily apologizes for the group date. "You don't have to say sorry," Sean says. Hopefully Chris is at home watching this, seeing how it's done.
Next up is the group date, and it is awesome. Let's begin with Doug. Poor Doug. I really like Doug, and I don't think Emily got to see the same, awesome Doug we saw at home -- he always seemed basically terrified of her. "Today's going to be an awesome day," he says, incorrectly. "Doug is so sweet, and so sweet for me, but I don't know if we have that chemistry that I want," Emily says, revealing that he was nearly eliminated last week. After a conversation that visually resembles two guidance counselors talking about a bad student in the cafeteria, Emily takes Doug out for a serious conversation. She's clearly about to give him the boot, but he's equally clearly not getting it. "I have the hardest time getting a read on her," Doug says. "I'd love to give her a kiss." Emily is on the opposite wavelength. "I completely understand slow moving but then there's no moving at all," she's says. Doug is incorrectly interpreting this as...oh, it's just so terrible, because then, at the worst possible moment, he moves in to kiss her. "Thank you for that," she says. But she's sending him home. "I feel really stupid for just giving you a kiss," he says. What sucks is that he interprets this as having taken a risk and failing, rather than the truth, which is that he waited seven episodes too long to take a risk. Nothing else that happens on the group date is nearly as entertaining, except Chris laying into Emily for not giving him a one-on-one date. It's icky. Unsurprisingly, Sean gets the rose.
Finally, we have Jef's one-on-one is beyond adorable. If I were placing bets (totally unspoiled), I'd put them on Arie, but she does actually seem to have an even better time when she's with Jef, right? There seems to be more genuine laughter between these two than any other couple I remember being on this show, ever. Next, Jef tells Emily he loves her through puppets. It's so adorable. Like, if you saw it in a romantic comedy, no one would believe it, because it's so ridiculous and adorable. "It somehow makes it easier to express some big feelings," Jef says. Isn't this sort of the plot of that Mel Gibson movie where he has to took through the stuffed beaver? Also, they both want kids "yesterday." Also, Jef says, "I want to date you so hard and marry the **** out of you."
At long last comes the rose ceremony, which is unremarkable save for Chris's disintegration into unmanly tears. It's obviously going to come down to John and Chris, who had a master plan for apologizing for his group date behavior at the cocktail party. Except: we're totally skipping the cocktail party! Jef and Arie get their roses, and Chris, obviously, freaks out the moment the final rose is announced. At the moment of truth, he asks Emily to speak with him privately. He's basically crying at this point. "I really took this week for granted," Chris tells her uninterested ears. "I'm falling in love with you. If I wasn't able to say that, it would kill me. I do not want this to end between me and you."
It doesn't: Chris wheedles his way into the final rose. John is like, So that's what crying gets you? Next week: hometowns!
"The Bachelor" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.