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Takedown time! Alaric's on a mission to kill Klaus and his bloodline
Last week, as Alaric attempts to die in peace, Bonnie and the witches fold his plans, forcing her to offer up her blood and revive him. Oops. That caused big problems on this week's "Vampire Diaries."
- The day after the dance, Rebecca was all in twist about Caroline showing up late for clean-up committee. Perhaps she was really mourning the loss of her mother, Esther. But that wasn’t the only thing she had to worry about. It was takedown time! Alaric was reborn as a vampire, but Esther insured that he’d be a slayer, set to destroy the Originals and all who followed. But everyone thought he was dead-dead, so boy were they in for a shock.He attacked Rebecca and Caroline saved her, but then he broke her neck and dragged her away, crisping in the sun all the while. Rebecca told Klaus and announced, once again, that she was leaving. But Klaus wouldn’t leave without Elena and his hybrids.
- At the Gilbert pad, Damon and Stefan quizzed Bonnie on the situation – she said there had to be a way to reverse the spell. Bonnie suggested a desiccation spell her mother had used to put Michael down, at least temporarily. But it would take all of them – in cooperation – to do it. Including her witch-turned-vamp mother. Mom showed up, but she warned Bonnie that the spell would take her to dark places. “The spell allows you to stop a vampire’s heart. To do that, we need to find a balance among the living. Can you handle that?” What? “I have to stop a human heart,” Bonnie explained. Eeek. Why am I mourning Jeremy already? Yup, Damon asked him to hand over his ring.
- Ric, meanwhile, called Elena and said he had Caroline – and if they wanted her alive, she better get her butt to school. Caroline sure gets kidnapped a lot. Elena ran to school, where she found the girl strapped to the desk with a pencil slammed through her hand. Alaric said she could free her, but then blocked her. “How many times do I have to tell you, Elena? Stop trusting vampires.”
- Klaus showed up to, hoping to grab Elena for his road trip out of town. When the brothers Salvatore slammed the door in his face, he took a newspaper and threw it through the window – it hit like a brick. That’s when the gang discovered Elena was MIA. Klaus, still trying to get into the house, started throwing stakes of wood – from the neighbor’s fence – into the house. Then he came at the house with a tank of propane and an open flame. But Stefan came outside and informed him that he’d received a call from Alaric – who said Klaus better turn himself over, or Elena and Caroline were both dead.
- Stefan and Klaus got to school, where Klaus warned him that if this worked out, he’d still be taking off with Elena. Stefan said he’d come with. He had to do what he could to protect Elena. Then everyone sipped Bonnie’s blood to get connected. Then Klaus reminded them that he was the creator of their bloodline, so it was in their best interest to protect him.
- Inside the high school, Alaric strongly suggested Elena put Caroline out of the misery. “Isn’t that what you wanted, Elena, for me to show you how to kill a vampire? If you don’t side with the humans, you’re just as bad as them.” He slammed the stake into her hand, but she turned on him, splashing a glass of vervain juice in his face and releasing Caroline, who made a run for it. Klaus caught her and said, “We’ll save Elena. You go straight home. You understand me?”
- Elena called Alaric’s bluff, saying she should just kill her. He couldn’t. He was still in there somewhere. That’s when Klaus grabbed Alaric, trying to reach his heart. At the same time, in the woods, Bonnie hovered over Jeremy, ready to stop his. But the connection broke and Alaric turned things around, ready to stake Klaus. He would have done it, too, but Elena took her little nail file and said, “Stop! Let him go or I’ll kill myself.” Elena had realized something. It wasn’t that Alaric felt connected to her. He was connected to her. He wasn’t immortal. Esther had linked his life to Elena’s, so if she died, he’d die, too. “You’re wrong,” Alaric said, but as Elena sliced her own throat, he let Klaus go.
- Stefan and Damon were passed out in the hall. Alaric awoke and told them what was happening. “The witch linked my life to Elena’s, so Klaus is going to kill her,” he said.
- Elena awoke some hours later with a nurse draining her of all her blood, courtesy Klaus. Tyler showed up, shocked to see what was happening. He was still pretending to be sired to Klaus, so he did as told. “Don’t worry,” Klaus said, “it will be completely painless. As the last drop is drawn, you’ll simply fall asleep.” Meanwhile, he taunted her with the fact that she tore the Salvatore brothers apart. “Once you’re dead, you won’t have to choose. Their family stays in tact. No broken hearts. But just between us girls, who would you have picked.” She told him to rot in hell.
- Later, when Klaus stepped out, Tyler came back and tried to free Elena. Klaus caught him in the act, asking how he broke the sire bond. “By breaking every bone in my body 100 times for the girl I love. Maybe real love is stronger than fake loyalty,” Tyler said. Klaus wanted to kill Tyler, but Damon and Stefan showed up. And Stefan caught hold of Klaus’s heart. That’s when Bonnie started the spell again, and Jeremy’s heart stopped, too.
- Of course, as Bonnie tried to revive him, nothing happened. But that was just a scare tactic. A few seconds later, he came back to life. But Klaus was still out. Stefan looked at his former friend, cold and seemingly dead, with a mix of relief and regret. He couldn’t dwell, though. Time to take Elena home. And they still had to take care of Klaus’s body. But before he and Damon left, she told them, “I know it’s selfish. I know it seems like I’m stringing you both along. But if I choose one of you, I lose the other. And I’ve lost so many people. I can’t bear the thought of losing one of you.”
- When Elena walked in to the house, she was welcomed by a victory party, complete with shots. They still had to figure out what to do about Alaric, who was now MIA, but they took care of Klaus. Then Tyler said, “Hang on, do you guys hear that?” Everyone paused in fear. “That is the sound of a Klaus-free life.”
- Meanwhile, at Mayor Lockwood’s, Alaric was having his own little party. A council meeting, where he called out the Mayor and Sherriff Forbes for being the proud parents of vampires themselves. He was taking over the council, and he meant business.
- On the road, Damon was feeling celebratory. “Give or take a immortal hunter who wants to kill us, we won, Stefan,” he said. To which Stefan added: “Turns out we make a pretty good team.” Except for that Elena choosing between the brothers thing. “She’ll probably make a list of pros and cons, and at the end of the day, dump both of our asses,” Damon said. “Unless she chooses one us. Then in 60 years, we’ll go back to being brothers and none of this will have mattered, right?”
- In the end, Elena and Jeremy were alone in the house. They fretted over Alaric's life connection to Elena. "I'm not going to lose you, Elena." But he just might. When he went to take a shower, Elena passed out, blood dripping from her nose, unexplained.
Next week, Alaric and his newly-revamped town council are on a mission -- to rid Mystic Falls of vampires, once and for all.
"The Vampire Diaries" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.
NATAS still looking for broadcast or online home
The 39th annual Daytime Emmy nominations were due to drop Friday, May 4, but the big reveal has been postponed. Word is that's because the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is in talks with the TV network HLN and also has its eye on the online portal AOL. NATAS hopes to forge a new Daytime Emmy partnership -- or two -- in time to announce the nominees on Wednesday, May 9.
It seemed all hope of finding a telecast or online partner for the Daytime Emmy Gala was lost, but B&C has uncovered two juicy new prospects. According to the story, NATAS is already working on banging out a telecast deal with Time Warner's HLN and also hasn't given up on finding a social media partner. It's not clear whether talks with AOL are underway, but the story posits that AOL is NATAS' first choice portal for an online partner. While B&C attributes the news to "several sources," NATAS, HLN and AOL had no comment.
Telecast or no telecast, the Daytime Emmy Gala will take place at the Beverly Hilton Saturday, June 23. Performer pre-nominees were announced in March, with blue ribbon judging ending April 24. Stay tuned for more on this, including the nominations.
The shock jock, new 'Got Talent' judge checks into 'The View,' 'The Talk' and 'Today'
As previously reported, Howard Stern is heading to "The Talk" for a sit down with his "America's Got Talent" cohort, Sharon Osbourne the week of May 14. First, however, the newly appointed “AGT” judge has a live date with the ladies of "The View" on Thursday, May 10. With all the buzz about him being an honest, yet compassionate judge, the shock jock will likely try to share his softer side with daytime audiences.
UPDATE: Stern will also stop by "Today" on Thursday, May 10.
"The View" is dedicating an entire hour to talking to Stern, who will sit down with the whole panel of hosts and be their only guest for day. Guests for the rest of the week include Ricky Martin (Broadway’s “Evita”), Christina Ricci (“Bel Ami” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream”), Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”), Robin Roberts (“Good Morning America”), Dr. Phil McGraw (“Dr. Phil”), Giada De Laurentiis. The week of May 7 also promises musical performances from Norah Jones and the cast of “Evita” (featuring Martin).
Then Stern will pop up on CBS daytime the week of May 14, when "The Talk" heads to New York City. Other guests on "The Talk" during its East Coast visit include Tom Selleck ("Blue Bloods), Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Famliy"), Rachael Ray ("The Rachael Ray Show") and Michael Weatherly ("NCIS"). Stay tuned for Stern's specific air date.
"The View" airs weekdays on ABC. "The Talk" airs weekdays on CBS. "Today" airs weekdays on NBC.
Former President talks driving, Bin Laden's death and Hillary's state secrets
Bill Clinton visited “The Ellen Show” on Thursday, May 3. The former President and Ellen DeGeneres talked big issues like Bin Laden and what never comes up in pillow talk with Hillary, as well as more personal matters, like what he misses about being a regular Joe.
You may be sick of your daily commute, but it turns out driving is the one thing Bill Clinton wishes he could still do. "If I want to give up Secret Service protection for life I could do it," he admitted. "That’s why … whenever I’m on the golf course, I always make them let me drive the golf cart."
Clinton also covered more serious matters, like the Chinese wall between him and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Apparently, the two never talk top secret business. In fact, Clinton does his best to stay out of the loop, entirely, unless he's called upon.
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"In general if a former President asks for it on a daily basis, you can get a briefing from the CIA called a Presidents Daily Brief," he explained to DeGeneres. "You can get an attenuated version of that. When she got named to that position I said, 'Look, I don’t want any more briefings, unless the President or the National Security Council, the White House people want me to have it.' Because I give too many talks. I do too much work. I never want to inadvertently say something that complicates their job."
The Secretary of State didn't even tell her husband about Bin Laden's capture. "I didn’t know about it until they told me," he swore. "She never said a word."
During his visit, DeGeneres also presented Clinton with a one-of-kind self portrait. Considering how goofy these two are known for getting, it should be a doozy. Tune into "The Ellen Show" for the full interview.
"The Ellen Show" airs weekdays in syndication.
AMC whets appetites with early Season 5 promo
Now, the network formerly known for broadcasting 24 hours of American Movie Classics has ushered in the viral promo campaign for Season 5 of "Breaking Bad," which premieres at a TBD date this summer.
Live procedures include eye lift, Botox, cellulite and spider vein removal, and more
The fourth hour of "Today" will delve into plastic surgery Thursday, May 3, in the segment "Needles, Knives or Nothing: Kathie Lee and Hoda's Guide to Getting Work Done." The hosts will investigate multiple cosmetic procedures, and even try a few out. Tamra Barney ("Real Housewives of Orange County") and three men who've had plastic surgery get in on the conversation, along with beauty experts with tips on how to fake it.
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Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will do more than talk procedures on Thursday. Kathie Lee will undergo a live "eye lift" using Ultherapy, a non-invasive tissue lifting; while Hoda will get laser hair removal. They will also bring in guests to try out Botox, Cellulaze (cellulite removal) and Sclerotherapy (spider vein removal) live. Viewers will see the results, instantly.
"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Tamra Barney will join the ladies to dish about America's obsession with plastic surgery and when it goes too far. In addition, with plastic surgery among men on the rise, a "Man Panel" of three men will discuss their own surgery experience.
For those afraid of the knife and the needle, hair stylist to the stars Louis Licari and Smashbox Cosmetics make-up artist Lori Taylor will share tips of their trades.
"Today" airs weekdays on NBC, with the fourth hour beginning at 10 a.m. ET/PT.
The honorable NFL pro and 'Dancing With the Stars' finalist presiding
Warren Sapp has done his time as an NFL player, NFL Network analyst and even "Dancing With the Stars" contestant. Now, word is he's ready to compete on the same field as daytime queen "Judge Judy." Sapp has indeed donned a robe for "The Judge Sapp Show." Closer inspection, however, reveals he is not a daytime contender ... yet?
"In my chambers deliberating!!" Sapp tweeted April 29, along with the above image.
Word of his new project started to spread after an aspiring actor got wind of his legal efforts. Media Rantz did some digging and found proof that the bankrupt NFL analyst, who is embroiled in his own legal issues, picked up a gavel for tapings on April 27 and April 29.
"As a studio audience member, you will be watching and reacting to court cases as presiding Judge Warren Sapp decides who is right and wrong," explained the Onset Productions listing for Sapp's paid audience in Glendale, CA.
There are also more tweets to back up the claim. “Warren Sapp was my judge 2day #LightsCameraAction," tweeted Heidi Monroe-Blanco, along with an image of her "Judge Sapp" plaintiff holding room sign (right).
Then there's Jamie Hall's Instagram pic, coupled with the tweet, “Break time with the ladies on Judge Sapp's Show!”
There's even an early version proof of the show's title animation floating around, with the explanation, "'Judge Sapp' is an irreverent, sports-themed version of 'The People’s Court'."
Clearly, "The Judge Sapp Show" is coming together, but closer inspection reveals the judge is coming to the Internet, not daytime TV.
The "Plaintiff Holding" sign boasts the logo for NOC (Network of Champions), a YouTube entertainment channel about athletes. "We bring you the world's most famous sports stars saying and doing the unexpected each week," the channel description touts. "Check out new athlete lifestyle, music, and comedy content daily, and help us build a revolution in sports."
If Sapp scores on the Internet, he could find a way back to TV. But for the time being, "Judge Judy" has the daytime bench covered, along with her competitors Judge Toler of "Divorce Court" and "Judge Alex."
"Judge Judy," “Divorce Court" and “Judge Alex" air weekdays in syndication.