The Season 3 winter premiere promises plenty of drama as HankMed's fate hangs in the balance
Llanview Tweets out the love
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"One Life to Live" concluded its run with more than just happily-ever-afters wrapped in tidy bows of apologies, forgiveness, arrests, new beginnings and returns from the dead. The finale within the finale -- the somewhat kitschy but poignant goodbye to "Fraternity Row" -- paid homage to the soap, the genre and the heartbroken fans who aren't ready to say goodbye. "One Life to Live" literally wrote those fans and their activism into the end; while also giving shootouts to iconic characters and archetypes, the hated and revered scribes of past and visionary show creator Agnes Nixon. (see clip above)
Viewers seemed to take to heart the show's message that we should stop complaining long enough to enjoy the goodbye party. Many even tweeted satisfaction with the end. That doesn't mean the boycotts or heartbreak are over, but fans are certainly less riled up over the way the show closed than they were with the "All My Children" blowout last year.
Unfortunately, both ABC soap finales were written with an eye for a rebirth on the internet and now, that possibility is looking slim. Not only are John McBain & The Mannings moving to "General Hospital" and Hillary B. Smith (Nora) to "The Bold and the Beautiful," but there has also been an ominous silence from producers at Prospect Park. That means Friday's finale was likely the only end to come.
Unless Prospect Park pulls off a back from the dead twist. Some soap fans continue to hold tight to one of the central lessons of the genre: Never say never...
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Soap Stars Tweet Their Love
Here's a look at what the cast and crew of "One life to Live" and their daytime compatriots tweeted about the end.
Former Head Writer Ron Carlivati: To all #OLTL fans: I am both celebrating and grieving with you today. This is a hard day for all of us but I really hope you enjoy the show!
Kristen Alderson: Can not believe today,LAST EPISODE of #OLTL !It was more than where I worked,it was home...with an amazing family.Thank u Llanview & fans...
Kassie DePaiva: <----- We live on in Port Charles. Goodbye Llanview!!! / I just can't believe it is over. It has been awesome!!!!!!! / The day is finally here and I don't even want to think about it. I've loved this show from the day I first watched it as a child. / I just loved watching The View this morning. It made me very proud and very sad that this wonderful show has to end. We said goodbye with our heads held high.
Hillary B. Smith: Good morning, My Tweets! It is the last day of OLTL and I am filled with love for all you beautiful fans. Have a wonderful day! / There will b other projects. I have one at the end of the month. It will be announced shortly..... Not ABC. Who knows what evil lurks and where I will turn up next!!! I love you, my Frans! [Frans = friends+fans]
Melissa Archer: so sad today is last episode...doesnt seem right. :(
Farah Fath: Doesnt seem right cause it isn't! RT@_MelissaArcher: so sad today is last episode...doesnt seem right. :(
Shenell Edmonds: Omg! I'm tearing up reading all of your comments on today's show! Thank u so much for the amazing experience! / Final episode of #OLTL. So grateful to have been part of this for nearly 3 years. Today's scene was something totally new for me. / WHHHAAATTT.? Lol this episode is carazayyy.! Hope u guys r enjoying as much as I am! / watching the final epi with cast and crew.! We just erupted and@SeanRinggold Nexium commercial.
Susan Lucci: "'One Life To Live is airing its final show today. It's a sad day indeed. I want to bid a very fond and heartfelt farewell to all my friends at OLTL. I know I join your millions of fans in missing you on screen already and for myself personally, I am so very sorry to see yet one more very important part of the daytime community cease production. It's impossible to imagine a daytime lineup without the presence of the miraculous Agnes Nixon. I also want to congratulate this remarkable cast on all your accomplishments. You have entertained the audience so well for so long and I hope at this sad time that you all take a moment to rejoice in that. On a personal note, I do hope our paths cross again real soon. With much love and admiration, Susan. [blog post from susanlucci.com]
Laura Wright: sending Love and Hugs to the Cast and Crew of OLTL and all the amazing loyal fans!! Xoxoxoxo
Cady McClain: Sending major love to all the OLTL fans today. A sad day for all of daytime drama. / All the years I worked on AMC and ATWT, OLTL was always a neighbor and friend. I remember watching the show on the ABC feed, always impressed with the quality of the work and the many fun stories they came up with. OLTL, you will be missed by fans and friends and colleagues. / A slow but steady murder of ABC daytime... / Thank you #OLTL for all these happy endings.
Danielle Parker: I send a big hug to all the #OLTL fans today. XO
Crystal Chappell: Sweet Friday! All my love to the wonderful people at OLTL! Been a fan, will always be! / Wow! Cried during the View. Tissue plz / Wow! Excellent OLTL! I've got total puffy, red eye now...
Aiden Turner: I agree RT @Chrishell7 All my love to the fans & actors of #OLTL Today will be a tough day. Thank u #AgnesNixon for all you've given us!
"One Life to Live" aired its final episode on Friday, Jan. 13, on ABC.
What does it take for celebs to get ready for the Golden Globe Awards?
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
Ever wonder what celebrities do to get ready for a big-event weekend like the Golden Globe Awards? Well, I just found out as I was invited to the Wella Beauty Bar (for MSN TV) at Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood to find out. This is where celebrities got pampered literally from head-to-toe for the Globes. The atmosphere was Hollywood hipness and a fun party inside the salon. My wonderful stylist, Florido Basallo, blew my hair out and made it so thick and beautiful. While waiting for my stylist, I was offered a UV Vodka drink in orange or pink. Feeling very fancy, I sipped on a pink drink while Florido finished up with my hair. I felt like I looked like I could have been in a hair commercial thanks to his amazing help and the Wella products he used.
Next, I went to get my make-up done and loved the finish product. From berry stained lips and brown smoky eyes, I felt amazing and it's not every day that you get your make-up done while sitting next to former Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky, who was getting her hair in an up-do. Other celebrities in attendance included Jessica Szohr, Cheryl Burke, Busy Philipps, Karina Smirnoff, Carmen Electra, Maria Menounos, Leah Renee, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Giuliana Rancic, Stephanie Pratt, Amber Lancaster, Camille Grammer, Kim Richards, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, Melissa Rycroft and Ty Strickland just to name a few.
I was then quickly whisked away to the Fake Bake station for a golden spray tan. This spray tan technique left my skin glowing but also very natural. I was told that it adjusts to one's own skin for a very natural look. After the spray tan I was taken to get a back massage. All in all, they made sure that I felt like Cinderella getting ready to go to a ball and make sure that all the celebs feel the same.
The sponsors for the event included:
· Wella Beauty Bar
· Schick Quattro for Women
· Fake Bake
· Miami Oasis
· UV Vodka
· and Teleflora
ABC, CW and Showtime add and confirm new shows, keep others in limbo
- ABC has designs on complementing its comedy-drama weeknight punch of "Modern Family" and "Grey's Anatomy" this spring. As reported by Reuters, both shows will have new neighbors come April. "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," a sitcom about the roommate from hell ("Breaking Bad" alum Krysten Ritter), has been slotted to follow "Modern Family," while salacious crisis-management drama "Scandal" gets "Grey's" as its lead-in. Meanwhile, no definite return set yet for the fledgling "Cougar Town."
- Not to be outdone, CW is coming on strong. The "Gossip Girl"/"Vampire Diaries" groundbreaker has its eyes on a couple of different genres. TV By the Numbers has details on histrionic game show "Oh Sit!" which should premiere this winter and is basically a hybrid of musical chairs and "Wipeout." Elsewhere, Entertainment Weekly reveals that recurring "Smallville" hero and D.C. Comics' masked archer/millionaire Green Arrow may get an hour of his own. According to EW, a pilot is likely in the works and being overseen by some of the creatives behind "Brothers & Sister," "FlashForward" and "Vampire Diaries."
- And last, but most certainly not least, Showtime has whet the curiosities of "Dexter" fans once again. New York Daily News was at their panel during the TCA conference, and reported that network President David Nevins left the door open for a possible ninth season and beyond, teasing journalists that season eight is only its "likely endpoint" because, "We’re keeping our options open.” Outside of TCA, Mediabistro has confirmed that Showtime is moving forward with a documentary on former Vice President Dick Cheney, and that R.J. Cutler, who captured President Clinton's 1992 campaign run, will direct.
On Caroline's 18th birthday, she gets the gift of life -- from Klaus
When we last left "The Vampire Diaries" and Mystic Falls, Damon and Elena were getting closer – recall that sweet and steamy kiss – as Stefan held Klaus’s kin hostage, which, of course, made everyone’s life chaos. And Caroline was MIA.
Not so this week. In fact, this week celebrated the newbie vamp’s 18th birthday, and all she wanted to do was wallow. But her still-human pals wouldn’t let her.
Things with Caroline and her now-hybrid ex finally came to an end as Tyler realized that, because of his sire-bond with Klaus, he would never be able to put her first.
In the meantime, though, it was business as usual. Damon and Stefan met Bonnie at the old witch-haunted house, where they were hiding the coffins (and the dead witches made them invisible with their still very much alive powers), to see if they could get that mysterious fourth one open. When they got there, one of Klaus’s hybrid minions was stalking around, trying to find Klaus’s kin. So they tore his heart out. Then Stefan and Damon argued – again – about how to approach the whole situation. Stefan wanted to call Klaus’s bluff, but Damon reminded him that would mean maybe losing everything. A risk he wasn’t willing to take.
When Bonnie and Elena got to school to decorate Caroline’s locker, Elena confessed that B she needed to tell Bonnie something. But no, it wasn’t about kissing Damon. It was about compelling Jeremy – Bonnie’s ex – to leave town so he would be safe from the chaos. So Bonnie caught up with Jeremy to say a bittersweet good-bye.
Stefan showed up at Klaus’s new house to threaten him. “Get your hybrids out of Mystic Falls, or I will remove them myself.” When Klaus responded to this by saying he’d kill people – like, uh, Damon – Stefan suggested he go ahead and make a move, see what happens. Then he killed Klaus’s house-hybrid, you know, just to clarify his point.
Since Caroline blew off school, Bonnie, Matt and Elena showed up at her house with a surprise – they were taking her to the falls for a campfire outing. But given that she was already dead, she really wasn’t feeling it. So Elena came up with another plan – a funeral. “You need to say good-bye to your old live so you can embrace your new one.”
Time for cake. But Caroline was being weird. Because she confessed that she texted Tyler. When Elena questioned this, Bonnie told her to stop controlling everyone – and said that she didn’t like that Elena compelled Jeremy to leave town. Way to ruin a perfectly good funeral.
Tyler, meanwhile, was at Klaus’s. “About your girlfriend, I need you to bite her,” he ordered him. “One could consider this me putting your undying loyalty to the test.” But Tyler refused, which couldn’t be a wise choice.
Damon and Alaric met up at a fundraiser, where Alaric wondered what was up with Elena. Then Alaric ran into hottie Dr. Meredith Fell, who ventured to discuss the town’s “vampire problem.” She told him some British guy was matching every pledge that they raised – the Brit guy being Klaus, of course. Tyler’s mom was kissing Klaus’s but – because he promised to protect Tyler and the town. She asked Damon to “get your brother under control or the council will have to take action against him.”
Caroline’s mom Liz agreed. “I’m not going to let innocent people get caught in the crossfire of a pissing contest between a hybrid and vampire.”
Alaric came to Meredith’s aid when she was in an argument with an ex – who suggested he get to know her before he became her white knight.
Upstairs, Stefan took out one of the hybrids and Damon caught him in the act. “To beat the villain, Damon, you have to be the better villain.” Ouch.
Back at Caroline birthday party/funeral, Tyler showed, asking to talk to Caroline. “Maybe we just weren’t meant to be together, and that’s okay,” Caroline said. But Tyler wouldn’t let go. “I love you,” he said, then kissed her – right before biting her. “Oh no,” he said. He apparently couldn’t help himself.
Meanwhile, Elena told Matt that her motives for sending Jeremy away were sincere. But she was wasted. She and Matt went into the woods, looking for Caroline. Instead, they found Stefan. Or really, he found them. He took Elena – and told Damon he was making his next move. “What’s Klaus going to do if he can’t make any more hybrids?” Stefan told Elena he might just have to turn her into a vampire.
“Stefan wouldn’t ever dream of killing her,” Klaus said. “Crazy or not, that kind of love never dies. He’s bluffing.”
Matt brought a dying Caroline home, where Sherriff Forbes Tk.
From the speeding car, Stefan called Klaus and told him he just fed Elena his blood – and he was about to drive off the bridge. Klaus finally agreed to do what he said. Elena was livid: “My parents died on this bridge, I almost died. You knew that. You saved me.”
But Stefan said he didn’t really care what she thought about him anymore. She was Klaus’s only weakness, they only thing that would get him to stopped.
As Bonnie said good-bye to Jeremy, Elena came running – presumably to tell him what happened, to tell him don’t go. But Bonnie stopped her.
Elena went to Damon, to tell him all that happened. “You can’t kiss me again,” she said. “It’s not right.” But he told her, “It is right. It’s just not right now.”
And Damon told her Stefan saved them all – but Damon didn’t know the half of it.
Klaus, meanwhile, showed up at Caroline’s. “My blood will save her,” he said. “Please let me help.”
When he came to Caroline, she asked if he was he was going to kill her. “On your birthday? Do you really think that low of me?” She said yes. But could be the start of something – it sure seemed like it. “I’m dying,” she said, and he told her he would let her, if she felt her existence had no meaning. “But there’s a whole world out there waiting for you – great cities and art and music. Genuine beauty. You can have all of it. You can have a thousand birthdays. All you have to is ask.”
“I don’t want to die,” she said. And so, he gave her his blood. “Happy birthday, Caroline.”
When she awoke the next morning, a present waited for her – a diamond bracelet. From Klaus.
In the end, Elena stood at the bridge – the one she was meant to die at. Matt showed up, and she told him she felt stuck. So he suggested she let go of that girl, the one who did die that night.
In the end, though, more drama. As Alaric enjoyed a drink with the beautiful Dr. Fell, Sherriff Forbes and Damon hovered over a body, staked. But not a vampire, a human. Meredith’s ex, the medical examiner.
"Vampire Diaries" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.
Careful what you say on live TV!
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino visited with "Live! With Kelly" Wednesday, Jan. 11 and jokingly agreed "Jersey Shore" is staged, as reports previously have suggested. Then he not only backtracked, but even went so far as to casually answer another question by confirming the show's reality. So was he joking? Or did he slip? You be the judge.
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In the "Live! With Kelly" clip above, guest co-host Boomer Esiason cops a feel of The Situation's abs of steel and then The Situation revealed what it took to get his signature six pack insured. "I had to take all these tests… make sure I was healthy," he panned. "You're not allowed to have cigarettes. Can't drink. And I had to tell them that whatever they see on TV is a little, uh... you know…"
"Staged," Ripa offers.
"Yeah," he says with a laugh and a shrug. "No, I'm just joking!"
The Situation then reveals he was also joking about the insurance policy, which doesn't exist.
When Kelly Ripa asks about the Snooki "situation," he takes the opportunity to reaffirm the reality of his reality TV show. "This is real life," he started. "This is not scripted. I'm not going to lie: I could have brought it up, obviously, maybe not on the show or another time…"
Ultimately, The Situation stuck to the party line, but sometimes, you have to go to the tape to decide for yourself. Whatever The Situation says, doubters will continue to doubt.
"Live! with Kelly" airs weekdays in syndication.
It is -- according to the People's Choice Awards
Move over People's Choice -- It's on to the next awards show
Ricky Gervais stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday, Jan. 12, to promote the Golden Globe Awards. In the clip above, the two comedians reminisce about a hot pair of gold briefs and then Gervais reflects on his first two Golden Globe hosting gigs. It doesn't sound like his one-two punch will be any softer this Sunday.
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DeGeneres first broaches the topic by asking Gervais why he wanted to take the podium for a third time.
"The reason I said yes the first time was because I was very flattered," Gervais recalls in the clip above. "It was a huge global audience for a comedian. I like writing jokes. That’s what I do. The reason I did it the second time, was I thought I could improve on the first. Which, I think I did.
"I wasn’t going to do it again, but there were loads of people in the press saying I’d never be invited back and that’s why I said yes. So I could go, 'See I was.'"
Gervais also reveals he knows when his comedy is gasp-worthy, but he was surprised by the overwhelming response to his "Golden Globes" gigs. "I knew what I was doing," he insists. "It’s the same as stand up. I know where the gasps are going to come. I know when the laughs are going to come. I knew all that. I didn’t think the press would-- I mean you usually have to kill someone to get that many columnists. They were still talking about it, so I was shocked at the reaction. Yeah, yeah, I was."
"I don’t think I was nasty," he adds. "If they saw my stand-up, their heads would explode. People say, 'Is there anything you shouldn’t joke about?' I don’t think there is. I just think it depends what the joke is. Comedy comes from either a good or a bad place and I was just teasing them, ya know. It wasn’t a room full of wounded soldiers. These are the richest most privileged people in the world."
"The Ellen Show" airs weekdays in syndication. The 2012 "Golden Globes" airs Sunday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.
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