In the season two finale, we finally learn who A is -- sort of
For weeks now, ABC Family has been promising the big reveal of A on the the “Pretty Little Liars” season two finale, and this week, they lived up to the promise. Sort of.
Last week, when we left Rosewood, Officer Garrett Reynolds was arrested for the murder of Alison DeLaurentis – thanks to a key piece of evidence, the missing page from Ali’s autopsy report – that his ex-girlfriend Jenna turned into the cops.
- Our fearful foursome weren’t sure the cops got the right guy. Still, Spencer’s sister Melissa seemed to think so. “I know how Jenna Marshall went blind,” she told the girls. “So if he killed Alison, it’s because he thought she deserved it.”
- When Melissa left, they got a text from A demanding what belonged to him/her/it. And then invitations to a hide-and-seek-themed masquerade ball that evening. “Hide and seek was my favorite game with Melissa,” Spencer said. “You want to know why? I always won.”
- Spencer was ready for a fight. She said they needed to unmask A before the masquerade. The girls reconvened at Ezra’s – he was already gone. They were reexamining the contents of Ali’s bag, and Spencer found a pen from a place called Dougherty’s Landing. So they drove down there on a dark, rainy night – and almost hit something. They arrived at a place called the Lost Woods resort, and it was Creepy. (With a capital C.)
- A guy knocked on the car window. He asked if they were checking in. Spencer asked him for room one. She also asked about Vivian Darkbloom. “You stay at the Lost Woods because you don’t wan to be found,” he told her.
- The girls explored the room, but didn’t know what they were looking for. And the room was gross. Ew. While Emily and Hanna chilled out, Aria and Spencer went back to the now-dark registration office to steal a peek at the registration book.
- Hanna, dirty from a fall, decided to take a shower. Idiot. And Emily, the bigger idiot, left tog et cell reception on her phone because she thought she had a call from Maya. So yes, Hanna wa lone in the room, wrapped in a towel. Classic horror movie schtick. As a masked person explored the room, Hanna heard the phone ring.
- Cut to: daylight. The girls were all gathered in the room, and the masked person was watching them through a hole cut out in the wall. Gross.
- When they got back to Rosewood, Spencer went to go see Toby. “Jenna found a way to forgive me,” she said. “Do you think you’ll eve be able to?” When Spencer left, Toby’s phone rang. It was Dr. Sullivan.
- Later, Jenna, clearly not blind, met up with a someone who’s face we didn’t see. “You know what you have to do,” she told the person, handing off what looked like a folded T-shirt.
- None of the girls had dates for the ball that night. But while they were exploring, Hanna was approached by a tall, dark masked stranger. Caleb. Mona convinced him to come to the dance to be with Hanna – even though Hanna lied about her whereabouts the day before.
- Mona had taken Caleb to the costume store she’d mentioned – in Brookhaven. She told Spencer it was the last day she ever saw Ali alive. She told Spencer Ali had been dressed as Vivian that day – and she was watching someone.
- Aria roamed through a maze at the masquerade, hoping she’d really spied Ezra. And she had. They shared their first dance – masks off.
- Emily got a call from Spencer – she was back on her way to the hotel, with Mona. She said Room 2 was the key – that Ali had been spying on A via the room. At the hotel, Spencer made small talk with the creepy innkeeper while Mona swiped the key. Then the girls went to the room, where they they found A’s headquarters – a shrine to Ali, with photos of them all plastered to the walls, doll versions of themselves, designs for a costume, the black swan – for that very night. Creeeeeepy!
- Emily ran into a masked suitor, too. It was Paige, her swim team pal. “I care about you,” Paige said, “so I’ll be here for you, whatever you need.” And Em told her she needed a friend.
- As Spencer explored the room, Mona was getting weirder and weirder. Spencer asked her to get them some gum from the car, and when she came back, she was wearing a black hoodie. Mona hit her and when Spencer awoke, Mona was driving, quite recklessly. “I admire you, Spencer,” she told her. “That’s why you get to decide how this ends tonight. You can join the A team. Or you can disappear.”
- But Spencer had her phone on iPhone, and the girls were seeing everything that happened in the car. “Mona’s A,” Hanna said, flabbergasted.
- Still speeding along in the car, Spencer kept Mona talking. “I am so over Ali, I told you,” Mona said. “She was never my friend, but Hanna was and you guys stole her from me.” Then Spencer pulled the emergency break and climbed out the car, making a run for it. Mona went after her, but nearly got run over by Hanna, who was chasing them in her car. The girls tussled, and Mona rolled down a cliff.
- Cut to: the cops, EMS and Dr. Sullivan as the girls gathered, Hanna in tears. “I can’t believe this,” she said. “She was my friend.”
- But they found her. “She’s alive,” the cops said. Later, Dr. Sullivan told them she suffered through a dissociative disorder. As Mona got her mug shot, we heard her say, in her head, that it was far from over. And that she really liked the lipstick she was wearing, tawny toffee.
- When the girls got to Emily’s house, there were cops all over the place. They had found a body. “They think it’s Maya,” Emily’s mother told them as Emily collapsed in tears.
- And in the end, Mona, in her white psych ward robe, received a visitor – wearing a bright red trench. “I did everything you asked me to,” she said.
So while we may be one step closer, the big reveal actually leads us to a thousand new questions – and it, seems, the real puppetmaster is still out there.
Can't wait to find out who A really is? "Pretty Little Liars" returns to ABC Family in June with all new episodes in June.
Everything comes at a price in Starz's new original drama
Nothing at the Miramar Playa Hotel is what it seems on "Magic City" premiering Friday, April 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.
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Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Watchmen", "Grey's Anatomy") as Ike Evans, Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum of Solace", "Max Payne") and Danny Huston ("The Kingdom", "Children of Men", "X-Men Original", "Wolverine"), "Magic City" puts viewers in 1950s Miami and the Miramar Playa Hotel where the Kennedys, the mob, and the CIA all hold court.
Ike Evans (Morgan) has made a pact with the most dangerous criminal in town, Ben "The Butcher" Diamond (Huston) and his world now threatens to implode as he fights for his family and the Miramar Playa Hotel in the Magic City.
"Magic City" premieres Friday, April 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.
The Donald adds insult to the injury of O'Donnell's bad news
'The Bold and the Beautiful' cast celebrates 25th anniversary with 'The Talk'
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Mon: Bethenny Frankel, Tom Bergeron
Tues: "Little Couple," Jennifer and Bill, latest "American Idol" cast-off
Wed: Ashley Judd
Thurs: Kathy Bates
Fri: Jon Hamm and John Slattery, Renegade Moms
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Ice Cube, Joan Collins, Jennifer Goldstein; guest-host Nick Lachey
Tue: Elizabeth Hurley, Ewan McGregor, Christina Ricci, Carla Gugino; guest-host Dana Carvey
Wed: Josh Duhamel; guest-host Martin Short
Thurs: Denzel Washington, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Weatherly, Vanessa Hudgens; guest-host Michael Strahan
Fri: Taylor Swift, Dwayne Johnson, Rebecca Romijn; guest-host Jerry O'Connell
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"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Ed Helms, Kathy Freston, Willow Tufano
Tues: Armie Hammer, Kevin Nealon, Brad Pitt; 15 Year-Old British Youtube sensation Birdy serforms
Wed: Elizabeth Banks, Casey James performs
Thurs: Kristin Chenoweth, Tina and David Long; Nelly Furtado and K'naan perform
Fri: Julia Roberts, Liam Hemsworth; Justin Bieber introduces Carly Rae Jepsen performance
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: Buddy Valastro , O.A.R. performs
Tues: Pauley Perrette
Wed: Jo Frost, Gloria Estefan, Soleil Moon Frye, Rick Springfield
Thurs: Shailene Woodley
Fri: It's a makeover day with no celebs on the docket
Mon: Sean Bean; John McCook, Jacob Young, Texas Battle, Katherine Kelly Lang, Kim Matula and Heather Tom; La Toya Jackson guest co-hosts
Tues: Cote de Pablo, Sara Leibowitz
Wed: Miss Piggy, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Rachael Harris
Thurs: Maya Rudolph, Ice Cube, Jenn Falik
Fri: Wayne Brady, Jimmie Johnson, Christian LeBlanc
Mon: The cast of “Mad Men,” Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart; Josh Turner, Bernadette Peters
Tues: Lee Brice, The Professionals, Kirk Cameron
Wed: Lucy Danziger; Randy Travis
Thurs: John Rich, Casey James performs
Fri: Brian Malarkey
Mon: Gloria Steinem, Mike Nichols, Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, Pastor Phillip Wagner and Pastor Holly Wagner
Tues: Katharine McPhee, Dr. Drew Pinsky; Kris Jenner co-hosts
Wed: Faith Hill and Tim Mcgraw, Andie MacDowell
Thurs: Cuba Gooding Jr, John Quinones, John Quinones
Fri: Michelle Dockery, David Arquette, The Cranberries
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Kristen Johnston, David Otunga, the latest “Celebrity Apprentice” castoff
Tues: Audra McDonald, Shawn Doyle, Tracey Lomrantz
Wed: Tommy Davidson, Stevie Ryan
Thurs: Nick Jonas, Sheryl Lee Ralph
Fri: Sherri Shepherd; Opera singer Hai-Ting Chinn sings the Twinkie ingredients
Reality star offers wardrobe malfunction and dish about her new talk show
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Apparently, Frankel is known to drop and give her friends 20 when they're out dancing. Anderson Cooper asked about it, and she was game to show him and the audience how it works -- so game that when she jumped into position, she exposed her bottom half, including her hot pink panties. Anderson, who was already on the floor for the push up challenged, doubled over in laughter, but Frankel took it in stride.
"How'd it look?" she asked the audience. "You saw the pink?"
During her visit, Frankel also revealed she doesn't regret letting cameras into her life 24/7, in spite of the drama that sometimes creates, but she also admits it's a bit much.
"Am I getting tired of it and do I find it really harrowing and exhausting? I do, but I don't ever regret anything that I do," she told Anderson. "The reason I went so far and really gave it all is because I do have a relationship with my fans and we've gone through me getting married and me having my baby, and all that's happy. You can't just be like, 'Everything's perfect, see you later.' Truth be told, we have our issues. We work through our marriage. New success is stressful, in the sense that we're not used to it. Just a bunch of things we go through, whatever we go through. If the cameras are there I'm going to be honest about it, whether I'm going to do that for the rest of my life, film everything is another, story but when I do something I do it all the way.
As for whether she can see a time when she's over the cameras, she admits, "I can definitely see that time, because of my daughter also. I don't want to make decisions for her that she isn't responsible for and doesn't want."
Currently, Frankel is preparing for the test run premiere of her daytime talk show, "Bethenny," which is set to run for six weeks in the summer on select Fox-owned stations. Word is she'll dish the new show during her visit to "Anderson."
"Anderson" airs weekdays in syndication.
The continued serial killings in Mystic Falls prompt the brothers Salvatore to revisit past memories
When we left “The Vampire Diaries” and Mystic Falls more than a month ago, Elena and Esther’s plan to finally put the original vampires to death permanently failed big time – and Klaus and his kinder, gentler brother Elijah were both pretty mad about the whole situation. But we didn't see them at all this week. Instead, the story centered on that elusive Mystic Falls murderer who'd been taking people out vampire-hunter-style!
- This week, as we returned to the quaint little town, the first thing we witnessed was the murder of a Salvatore – but no worries! It was in 1912 – and it wasn’t Damon or Stefan! But its safe to presume it was one of their kin – and that the murder echoes the current slew of serial killings that had been happening in the Falls.
- When we returned to present day, we found Alaric in a prison cell. Apparently, Dr. Meredith Fell, esteemed council member, said Alaric tried to attack her with the knife. Yup, the same murder weapon he found in her office. So she framed him for the very murders she seemed to have committed. Alaric insisted he was being set up, but as Det. Forbes presented the evidence, he seemed less sure of himself.
- Damon called Elena to let her know. But he said he wasn’t going to do anything about it. He was being a total bitch. “I’m mean, you hate me,” he told Elena. “The Earth is back on its axis.”
- Klaus’s sister Rebecca met with the mayor to ask her about the big old tree that was made of the only wood that could kill her. Not exactly in those words, of course. The mayor told her that the records were then kept by the Salvatore clan.
- In another flashback to 1912, we saw that Damon was, historically, the straightlaced one, while Stefan faced his demons. In present day, they decided to get a drink. Rebecca waltzed up to Damon and Stefan at the bar, and Damon wondered if she might be back for more. Then he told it was boys’ night – and she wasn’t invited.
- Another flashback: Damon fell hard for a boxer chick name Sage. Could she have been the killer back in the day? She mocked Damon on his killing form – “a woman is not just for food, a woman is for pleasure” – and decided to teach him a lesson. She suggested he go after the buttoned up ones, make them beg for it. Rebecca said that sounded exactly like Sage she knew – the one who had been obsessed with her brother Finn some 900 years ago.
- Elena confronted Meredith, who was defensive immediately. “You date vampires, Elena,” she said. “It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that your guardian is a murderer.”
- So Elena and Matt broke into Meredith’s place to find the evidence she hadn’t handed over. “Skeletons in the closet,” Elena said. “Just like a true founder. They found files on all the victims – including Alaric. They also found an old Gilbert journal – and then Meredith got home. Good thing they were tucked away in the closet. Except, of course, that she was waiting for them when they opened the door. She turned them over to Det. Forbes, who told them that Meredith had cleared Alaric – but that now she couldn’t use any of the evidence they’d found against Meredith because they had broke and entered.
- Damon was irritated with Stefan for swearing off human blood, so he attacked a poor, unsuspecting blonde and offered her up, blood dripping down her neck. He told Stefan if he didn’t drink, he’d hand her over to Rebecca, who’d definitely kill her. Stefan was a ravaged bloody mess when Elena and Matt walked in on them – and she was disgusted with them both.
- At the Gilbert house, Matt confessed, “I just don’t get it. Your thing with them.” She told him that, after her parents died, Stefan just made her feel safe, as idiotic as that sounded. And “Damon just sort of snuck up on me,” she said. “He got under my skin and there’s nothing I can do. I can’t shake him.” Then Matt gave her the Gilbert journal from Meredith’s house. “Sometimes,” he said, “it pays to be the only normal one in a town of vampires. You’re practically invisible.” That’s when Alaric came home.
- Damon got home to find Stefan brooding, as usual. “There’s a road called recovery, and we are on it,” Damon told him. Stefan said he didn’t need his help. But Damon reminded him of the last time he’d said that – in 1912. That was the last time Damon had convinced him to give in to his urges. “Have a drink with me, brother.” And that was the first time that they realized Stefan really couldn’t control himself on human blood. He’d turned into the Ripper. “I watched you go over the edge and I didn’t do anything to stop you,” Damon said. “I didn’t want to. But I want to now. Whenever you go too far, I will be there to pull you back. Every second of every day. Because right now, you’re all I’ve got.”
- Alaric, home with Elena, told her he didn’t want her to get in trouble for him. “If not for you, for who?” she asked. Then they agreed to just take care of each other. She told him about the journal, which wasn’t Jonathan Gilbert’s, but rather his granddaughter’s.
- Stefan, meanwhile, dug through the family archives. He said they got a confession for the murders 10 years after the fact – the same Gilbert granddaughter, Samantha Gilbert. “That’s weird,” Damon said. “Because I’m pretty sure I’d already killed her. If she became a vampire, we’d know about it, right?” Could it be those crazy Gilbert rings? One Jeremy’s, the other Alaric’s?
- Meredith Fell showed up at the Gilbert house asking Alaric to trust her – again. Is he nuts? Hell no. But he let her in, despite himself. “I think you’re sick, and I want to help you,” she said. That’s when Elena came downstairs, still holding the journal. “Ric, I think she’s right.”
Executive producer Brad Bell reveals big plans for his show and his 'pill-popping princess'
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As fans of "The Bold and the Beautiful" know, the drama revolves around the glamor and fashion of Los Angeles, but location shoots have always been one of the show's signatures. The cast and crew often travel to local L.A. beaches and hot spots, have made several visits to Italy and even made it all the way to Australia. Now, they're heading back to Italy.
"I am excited to feature another gorgeous Italian region on 'The Bold and the Beautiful,'" Brad Bell announced March 15. "Brooke, Ridge and our other characters will find out that even in the remote location of Puglia, you can’t run away from the drama.”
At least five characters are going abroad to shoot eight to ten episodes in and around Puglia's Masseria San Domenico and Borgo Egnazia resorts. They'll be on location from May 7 to May 11, with those episodes to air soon after.
With the soap genre in trouble, most shows are struggling to save money these days. Bell has another plan to stay in the game. "At a time when everyone's cutting back, I'm doing the opposite and trying to create a show unlike any other show in the world -- A daily show with extremely high production values and great locations," he told MSN TV. "We're just going for it and hoping that pays off."
Bell also revealed he's been inspired by his new generation of stars, including Kim Matula (Hope, pictured above), Scott Clifton (Liam) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), who will likely go to Italy and just returned from Aspen on March 14.
"This young group of actors are so wonderful to be around and always on time and available," Bell raved. "There's not a diva in the group – Not that we've ever had a diva before! But it's just easy. We have so much fun. It's been one great trip after another, so we're going to let it roll."
When Bell took the young trio to Aspen last fall, conniving Steffy managed to marry Liam on a cliff, but only after trapping Hope in a gondola so she had to watch the ceremony. Now, Hope has Liam back, but she is about to fall down the prescription drug rabbit hole.
"I started writing this story awhile ago, and since then it's become very topically, sadly, because of the passing of Whitney Houston," Bell reflected. "Just about every week, you hear about people mixing prescription drugs and alcohol. More people are addicted to prescription drugs than everything else combined and young girls are doing it, so it's a very important story and we're telling it through Hope. It will hopefully be informative, with a lesson in the end, but a fun ride too."
In other word, say goodbye to Hope, the uptight good girl. "Now she's the pill popping princess," Bell previewed. "This is an issue storyline and a storyline to showcase the range that Kimberly Matula has. She's going to be able to let it rip."
It's not clear where the second Aspen trip falls into this story, but Liam, Hope and Steffy are taking their triangle drama back to the slopes in episodes that start airing April 20 and run through the beginning of May.
Stay tuned for dish on all "The Bold and the Beautiful" anniversary festivities, from the onset cake party where we caught up with original castmembers Katherine Kelly Lang and Ronn Moss to the Monday, March 19, celebration on "The Talk" and the very special air show on Monday, March 25.
"The Bold and the Beautiful" airs weekdays on CBS.
Hallmark Channel's new lifestyle series will feature celebs, famous family and friends
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"It's really a dream come true," Osmond tweeted when the news broke.
“Marie Osmond has entertained millions of people since her career launched at the tender age of three,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. “She is someone we all feel that we know, and the essence of who Marie is fits perfectly with the Hallmark brand to be emotive, family-oriented and celebratory.
“Marie Osmond is perfect for Hallmark Channel because the star remains so true to who she is: an extraordinarily talented and grateful human being who loves and believes in family, hard work and the American dream. It is a joy to welcome her to the network."
"Marie!" is touted in the network's press release as "an inspirational journey to help people make a difference in their own lives. The segments will feature celebrity and non-celebrity guests who drop by for everything from revelatory discussion, lifestyle tips and trends, socially important issues, and breakthroughs that empower families. Marie’s potential guests include everyone from the publicly famous to everyday people with out-of-the-ordinary experiences, to the star’s famous family, her closest girlfriends, and the nation’s leading experts in diverse fields designed to revolutionize lives."
"Marie!" will air weekday afternoons on Hallmark Channel.