Hello Dollies? Things get really creepy as the fearful foursome unravel the mystery of A
Last week on "Pretty Little Liars," we watched as A or his/her/its minion discreetly planted a cop’s badge at the scene of the crime – Jason DiLaurentis’s house, which someone had set on fire.
- This week, Spencer woke from her drug-induced fog to Allison riffling through the bag Jason gave them. "Don’t get hung up on the details and miss what’s parked right in front of you," Alli told her. "But here’s the good news, you’re getting warmer." When she awoke in the morning, Spencer thought it was all a dream – but the back door was wide open and the bottle of pills were too. "You think I’m losing it, don’t you?" Spencer asked Emily. But Emily recalled a similar experience she’d had with Alli’s apparition. "Alli is like holding all of our brains hostage. And we won’t be able to sleep until we find out what happened to her."
- At Hanna’s, mom Ashley asked her daughter if there was any other news about the fire – and then discovered Hanna’s loaner phone and took it away. Again.
- Aria brought her on-again older beau Ezra some coffee at the university and asked if he wanted to get dinner – her dad was away at a conference in Vermont. But Ezra was still stressed about the fallout. Case in point? The Vermont boarding school application – with a request for Aria’s transcript – that she found on her dad’s desk. "My dad’s turning this into a war," she told the girls.
- Post-op Jenna removed her bandage to realize that she still couldn’t see – the eye surgery didn’t work. She went to school and told the girls. "The funny thing is I woke up this morning and I could see clearly, just not with my eyes," she said. And she finally apologized to them for all the angst and anger. "Can we just please move on? I’ve never been the person that you really need to fear."
- At school, Spencer showed the girls a bunch of ads from papers that revealed a back and forth between A and Alli in the weeks leading up to her death. Labor Day weekend, Alli was meant to meet the secret stalker on Spruce Street – where the girls had come across that creepy doll hospital. But they didn’t buy Jenna’s apology, so they decided to head back to Brook Haven.
- The girls stalked the store at Brook Haven until a weird old lady opened it up. She invited them in and a creepy kid told them that Alli had been in looking at the voodoo doll – two summers ago. “There are people who wanted to hurt her, a man and a woman." The old lady told them the kid "sees things – things that haven’t happened yet." Then he told them he was sorry about what happened to Alli – all that dirt in her lungs. Eeeps.
- At home, Aria mocked the kid’s warning, but the others were freaked out. Hanna suggested the woman was Melissa, since the kid said she wasn’t blind. Then Spencer told them what she’d learned – that Melissa had accused their father of wanting Alli dead because she knew about Jason. That he was her brother. "All I know is that Melissa hated Alli’s guts. She worked in the next town over and she probably walked past that creepy doll shop every day."
- At the Montgomery house, Aria confronted her mother about the whole boarding school thing. Her mom told her she was trying to keep her safe – from Ezra and from whatever else was going on. Aria said that she could easily play the same games with their lives – by telling the dean that her dad had an affair with one of his grad students. That shelved the boarding school thing right quick, but created it a permanent rift between Aria and her parents. And then, Ian got fired. Which meant he had to move back home – and leave Aria.
- At the Hastings house, Melissa asked Spencer about the bag. Then Spencer asked Melissa about the video – and her role in it. "I didn’t do anything," she said. "I was looking for Ian. But just because they wanted to see Alli dead doesn’t mean they killed her. Half this town wanted that girl to disappear." When Spencer said she was going to the cops, Melissa fired a warning. "There are other videos out there that might surface. I’ve seen some stuff that makes you and your friends look pretty bad."
- Mona, meanwhile, got a text from A instructing her to break up Hanna and Caleb – and of course she showed it to Hanna immediately. So Hanna asked Caleb to help them figure out who A was by doing something to prompt a text. How? Stakeout. With Mona. Ouch. "We both love Hanna, and that’s why we’re here," she reminded him. Emily, staked out in her own car, signaled showtime. That’s when Melissa spied Caleb and Mona making out in the car. They waited for the text message. And right on cue, it came.
- But Spencer wanted more proof. "I just forced my boyfriend to make out with my best friend from junior high," she said, "What’s next? Hiding in Melissa’s closet? Rubbing her belly till the baby confesses? What more proof do we need?"
- Spencer suggested going to talk to the creepy kid, Seth, again. So Spencer, Hanna and Emily explored the doll hospital – empty and open – looking for Seth and the old lady. As they were about to leave, a doll started speaking on repeat. They followed the disembodied voice to a cabinet where they saw a blonde doll buried in dirt, repeatedly telling them "don’t end up like me."
- Toby came in to check on his sister Jenna and noticed Garrett sitting outside the house, spying all creepy. She asked Toby to look at something Garrett had given her – the missing page from the autopsy report. She said she wanted to take it to the cops.
- The girls, too, were headed to the police station, with all of Alli’s stuff. But before they left, they overheard Melissa and Garrett – who were kissing and talking about the girls. But before anyone could confront them. The cops showed up and arrested Garrett.
- Meanwhile, Jenna, satisfied with her handiwork, looked at her reflection in the mirror with a smirk before seeing a fly – and killing it.
- And at the doll hospital, the cranky old lady told A that this was more than what she’d bargained for. But the wad of cash A handed over shut her right up.
"Pretty Little Liars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
Celebrated theoretical physicist to follow Leonard Nimoy with cameo
Stephen Hawking will appear as himself in the April 5 episode of "The Big Bang Theory." According to TV Guide Canada, the world's most famous theoretical physicist will interact with Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), the CBS comedy's lead nerd. (Cooper is such a Hawking fanboy that he was pranked in an earlier episode by a fake Hawking voicemail from one of his buds.)
Hawking will appear the week after another stellar geek cameo from Leonard Nimoy, "Star Trek's" Mr. Spock, who lent his voice to a Sheldon dream sequence.
Hawking was invited to appear on the show before, according to the report, but producers were told he was too ill. Hawking is wheelchair-bound and mute due to a form of Lou Gehrig's Disease but, at age 70, has outlived his initial death sentence by 44 years.
Hawking has played himself on episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "The Simpsons" and "Futurama."
"The Big Bang Theory" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Feisty Kate Reed finds herself facing off with foes old and new in the Season 2 premiere
St. Patrick's Day prep, stars from the big screen and small, plus Cirque du Soleil
Daytime will be packed with stars from the big screen and small the week of March 12, with many buzzing about St. Patrick's Day, which falls on a Saturday. Kyle MacLachlan, Mark Consuelos and Michael Strahan are on board as guest-hosts at "Live! With Kelly." Creator of the viral "KONY 2012" video, Jason Russell, is coming to "Anderson." Will Ferrell, Jason Segel, Ewan McGregor, Jonah Hill and Ellie Kemper are hitting the circuit to promote their big screen efforts, "Casa de Mi Padre," "Jeff Who Lives At Home," "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" and "21 Jump Street." Reality TV stars, hosts, judges and castoffs are popping in from "Jersey Shore," "Fashion Star," "The Voice," "American Idol," "Shahs of Sunset," "Hollywood Girls Night" and more. Ashley Judd, Mary McCormack, Sarah Shahi, Amanda Peet and more are plugging primetime premieres, while Julianna Margulies, Jennifer Morrison, Whitney Cummings and Jeremy Sisto are also talking. Toby Keith, “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard, "The X-Factor" finalist Chris Rene, One Direction, Cirque Du Soleil and Ireland’s Bell X1 perform.
Schedules subject to change. Original airdate and repeat notation provided when available.
Mon: "KONY 2012" creator Jason Russell
Tues: the families of serial killers, Quanitta "Queen" Underwood
Wed: Julianna Margulies
Thurs: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Miss Piggy
Fri: John Ramsey
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Nicole Richie, Cee Lo Green, latest "American Idol" castoff; guest-host Kyle MacLachlan
Tue: Will Ferrell, Elle MacPherson, "The Bachelor" Contestant; guest-host Mark Consuelos
Wed: Susan Sarandon, Jeremy Sisto, guest-host Michael Strahan
Thurs: Ashley Judd, Whitney Cummings; guest-host Michael Strahan
Fri: John Larroquette, Mary McCormack; guest-host Michael Strahan
Bing: Watch clips and episodes of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Jason Segel, Jennifer Morrison; "Ants," The Foot Juggling Act From Cirque Du Soleil's "Ovo"
Tues: Jessica Simpson, Ellie Kemper; Dierks Bentley & The Punch Brothers
Wed: Jonah Hill, La Reid; "The X-Factor" Finalist Chris Rene performs
Thurs: Ewan McGregor, Drew Brees; Toby Keith performs
Fri: Amanda Peet
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: William Shatner
Tues: Dana Delany
Wed: Leslie Bibb
Thurs: Jessica and Ashlee Simpson
Fri: Mystery Taster; Ireland’s Bell X1 performs
(repeats and preemptions)
Mon: Kaley Cuoco, Paul Bartolotta
Tues: Emmy Rossum, Dr. Tess Mauricio
Wed: Daniel Radcliffe; guest-host Kelly Osbourne
Thurs: Pre-empted for 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship
Fri: Pre-empted for 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship
Mon: Lucy Lui, Jean Chatzky; One Direction performs
Tues: Will Ferrell and Nick Offerman; Nicole Richie, Elle Macpherson and John Varvatos, Jeff Lewis
Wed: "Jersey Shore" stars Sammi Giancola, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Deena Nicole Cortese; Jordan Metlz
Thurs: Joel McHale, Martha Stewart
Fri: Sarah Shahi, Diane Von Furstenburg, The Professionals
Mon: Guest to be announced
Tues: Adrien Brody; Jeremy Jordan
Wed: Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, John Ramsey, Rita Rudner
Thurs: Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario and Shay Mitchell; Donald Sutherland
Fri: Eric McCormack, Annie Potts, Isabel Toledo
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Tichina Arnold, Reza Farahan, the latest “Celebrity Apprentice” castoff
Tues: Nick Jonas; “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard performs
Wed: Jeremy Sisto, Iyanla Vanzant, Coco Austin
Thurs: Ali Landry
Fri: Alison Sweeney, Shanola Hampton, world champion eater Takeru Kobayashi takes on Twinkies
Penultimate episode of the season ends in murder and mystery
The soap might be a better lead-in than 'The Revolution'
Bing: More about "General Hospital" | More about Katie Couric
Katie Couric and her exec producer Jeff Zucker have been voicing concern about "The Revolution," which can't seem to get any footing in the ratings game, according to TV Guide sources. While word is ABC Daytime's Times Square Studios is still committed to creating more non-scripted shows, the magazine also hears that the neither the doctor show nor the game show in the works looks like a home run. The last thing the net needs is another talker flat-lining in daytime.
This sounds like good news for "General Hospital," especially as the buzz comes at a time when the show is turning high drama and juicy casting into a rating's boost. The show first killed off Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough), who grew up in front of fans, and then her explosive death brought back veteran faves Anna, Robert and Holly (Finola Hughes, Tristan Rogers, Emma Samms), with Dr. Noah Drake (Rick Springfield) arriving on March 19.
At the same time, with the "One Life to Live" exec producer and writer now at the helm in Port Charles, Llanview's Manning family crashed into town. In yet another explosive storyline, Starr's (Kristen Alderson) car went over a cliff with true love Cole and baby Hope inside, setting the Llanview expats up for a battle with Sonny. Todd and Blair (Roger Howarth, Kassie DePaiva) have already burst onto the scene to support their daughter and John McBain (Michael Easton) is set arrive March 13.
"General Hospital" hopes to keep the ratings momentum going with those storylines, as well as the upcoming returns of more Port Charles veterans, including Robin Mattson's Heather Webber and Kristina Wagner's Felicia. What more, with vet Jack Wagner coming back to the net for "Dancing with the Stars" and buzz that Kin Shriner is bringing Scotty Baldwin back to Port Charles, "General Hospital" is teasing "more good news to come."
In other words, stay tuned.
"General Hospital" airs weekdays on ABC
They will always love her
"Glee" is reportedly shooting a full-episode tribute to Whitney Houston. According to E! Online. the episode will employ eight Houston songs to underline the difficulty the show's graduating seniors are having with letting go.
The FOX musical comedy-drama acknowledged the superstar last month, when Amber Riley performed "I Will Always Love You." But, in an eerie coincidence, that was shot prior to the singer's death on February 11.
"Starting a new episode today," tweeted star Leah Michele on Thursday, March 8. "A very special tribute to one of the worlds most amazing singers. Very excited about this one."
No air date for the episode has been revealed.
"Glee" returns from hiatus Tuesday, April 10, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Rounding up the biggest and best of this week's pilot, pickup and casting announcements
- Mark Wahlberg's made quite a name for himself in recent years as a guy with serious instincts for developing and helping fund cable hits, from "Entourage" to "Boardwalk Empire." Now, he'll be producing "Teamsters," a working-titled reality series for A&E that focuses on the Boston-HQ'd faction of America's most famous labor union. One assumes his crew will be paid fair wages.
- Also in the world of non-scripted tube-age, MSN reported yesterday morning that ABC has finally entered the singing-competition genre with "Duets," which will premiere this summer. Moreover, they've nabbed Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke as mentors. Maybe if they're lucky, Robin's dad Alan will pen a theme song a la his composition for "Diff'rent Strokes."
- Back to hour-long dramas, Connie Britton has accepted the lead role of an aging country music star paired up with young hotshot Hayden Panettiere in ABC's "Nasvhille" pilot. Now that's some aggressive age- and gender-demo mindfulness.
- Meanwhile, Sigourney Weaver is following the lead of peers like Glenn Close and trying out a small-screen female lead she can really chew on. USA's persuaded the recent "Rampart" star to helm its summer miniseries, "Political Animals." Weaver will play a former First Lady and Secretary of State re-entering the political arena after her marriage and presidential campaign both crumble. Sounds like "Good Wife" meets "Commander-in-Chief," although presumably they'd prefer the former's success.
- But hey, it's not all singing, scandal and subterfuge. There's also old-fashioned laughers in the works. In fact, according to Deadline, Comedy Central's got three new series ready to go in '12: "The Burn," a topical humor show with frequent celebrity-roast emcee Jeffrey Ross; "Review with Forrest MacNeil," which features "Eastbound & Down" sideman Andrew Daly as a critic who re-enacts and reviews people's life experiences; and Nathan Fielder's semi-eponymous economic satire "Nathan For You." Funny, no?
- CBS is giving the upcoming season an international flavor. Brit Theo James is replacing Ryan Phillippe as a young police commissioner for their aptly titled "Golden Boy." If you haven't heard of James until now, you may soon forget him if the pilot fails.
- Lastly, a short-lived FOX series might be dragged out of extinction. E! alleges they've confirmed that Steven Spielberg's dinosaur romper "Terra Nova" might see new life thanks to Netflix, who've already resuscitated canceled cult favorites like "Arrested Development." Take that, carefully assessed mediocre ratings!