On set at Dayzee’s Café for a 'Blessed' daytime performance
"The Bold and the Beautiful" is celebrating Veterans Day today, with the help of local guardian angel Dayzee Leigh (Kristolyn Lloyd). Marcus (Texas Battle), Oliver (Zack Conroy), Thomas (Adam Gregory), Hope (Kim Matula) and crooner Beau Davidson also visit the cafe to help Dayzee honor the brave men and women who protect and serve the United States of America.
To set the scene, "'The Bold and the Beautiful" called in 20 real U.S. veterans from the Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force. These heroes, who served in World War II, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan and key military bases, portrayed themselves for an afternoon at Dayzee's Café, where they were treated to a live performance of Beau Davidson's new single, "Blessed."
The Nashville crooner, who usually performs sensual, emotional country music and was also operatically trained, went down a more patriotic road when writing this single.
"Normally, I write love songs, but I needed to step out of my shell and write something different," Davidson told MSN TV. "With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the political and economic strife right now, it's tough times. I thought, 'I need to write my own personal tribute about how I feel about the daily things we take for granted.' No matter what happens in this country or what sort of struggles we're going through, we're all blessed. My mom used to say, 'Count your blessings,' and that's kind of where the song comes from."
The cast and crew at "The Bold and the Beautiful" also got in on the salute to veterans in a more personal way, decorating the set with photographs of veterans in their families.
The last time Davidson visited "The Bold and The Beautiful," it was a very different affair. It was all about the romance when he was called in to perform as his "pal" Whip's (Rick Hearst) wedding gift to Taylor (Hunter Tylo). The episode aired back in April stateside, and as it continued to air in different countries, Davidson was blown away by the extended fan response.
"I was getting emails, Facebook requests and Twitter messages from all over the world," he marveled. "I got email from Norway, South Africa, Australia and Italy -- and from people who don't know anything about country music. They're rabid fans [of the show], and then to see them react to music the same way… They’re willing listeners and watchers and when they see something cool, like a song in the context of the show, they perk up. It's wonderful for me as an artist."
Check out how Davidson's performance goes today, Nov. 11, on "The Bold and the Beautiful" and if you enjoy "Blessed" look for it on iTunes.
UPDATE: Here's Davidson's "Blessed."
"The Bold and the Beautiful" airs weekdays on CBS.
Watch a sneak peek and interview with cast about special Haiti episode
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
MSN TV set out into the friendly skies with ABC’s new series, "Pan Am." The series, much of it filmed in an original Boeing 707 that has been meticulously refurbished, has an intriguing storyline this week where Colette (Karine Vanasse) and Ted team up to seek medical help in an emergency landing in Haiti (where there is political unrest). Watch the latest clip:
MSN TV had the chance to talk with Karine Vanasse who drove down from her native Montreal to tell us what she loves most about playing Colette, Colette’s burgeoning romance with Captain Dean Lowrey (Mike Vogel) and how wearing clothes from a different era helps with filming.
"Pan Am" airs Sundays at 10p.m. ET on ABC.
TV favorite hosts the 'American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards' on Hallmark
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
A lot of us were in mourning when Carson Kressley (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “How to Look Good Naked,” “Carson Nation”) got voted off this Season’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Carson’s dances always put a smile on our face and we enjoyed every second of his dances. But rest easy, fans can get another dose of Carson as he hosts the innaugral "Hero Dog Awards" tonight on Hallmark Channel. Carson told us, “The event was fantastic. It was a great fundraiser. It was a great award show but it was also a great "friendraiser" for the American Humane Association. I am a big animal lover and they protect pets and animals in many different ways. Horses, dogs, (and) cats (are all protected). Anytime there’s a movie with a cat in it, they make sure that bowl isn’t really real and they’re not getting hurt. They also advocate for pet adoption and shelters. They do a myriad of important things. It’s really important and I got to work with Betty White. (She was) Fantastic. I think we’re sort of best friends now. She gave me her address. I’ll start showing up.”
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Celebrity judges and presenters include Betty White, Victoria Stilwell, Whoopi Goldberg, Hayden Panettierre, Joe Magnaniello, Michael Vartan, Pauley Perrette, Jason Lewis, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Faith Ford. Categories for the dogs include Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things). One of the eight finalists will win the American Hero Dog of the Year Award.
For all of us that miss Carson (and love Betty White), we’ll get a 90 minute dosage of his humor and charisma as the Emmy winning stylist with the heart of gold hosts the inaugural “American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards” which will air on Hallmark Channel November 11, at 8 PM ET/PT.
Missed last night's 'Vampire Diaries'? Here's what you need to know to get by at the water cooler.
Missed last night’s "Vampire Diaries" mid-season finale? Here's what you need to know to get by at the water cooler.
"You father’s dead," Stefan said to Klaus, who was off hunting werewolves. And yes, original papa vamp Michael lay slain, a special dagger through his heart, on the floor of the Salvatore mansion. Elena had killed him. Stefan saw it with his own eyes. And Rebecca told him, yes, "it’s true. He's finally out of our lives for good."
Of course, it was all a part of the gang's plot to lure Klaus back to Mystic Falls so they could kill him. And as soon as they knew Klaus was on his way, they brought Michael back to life. When he awoke, Rebecca was leaning over him. And she had a bone to pick. "Klaus was not born a killer – none of us were," she said. "You did this to us. You’re the one who destroyed our family."
Elena and Bonnie went back to civilian life. It was homecoming, but both weren’t feeling it – and Bonnie was still mourning her break-up with Jeremy. Elena suggested they talk about it. "He fell in love with his ghost girlfriend and lied about it," Bonnie said, matter-of-fact. "What's done is done."
Later, Elena discussed the big plan with Damon while Stefan hunted a new tie for homecoming. He was crankypants-ing around, but he told them, despite the whole Klaus-compulsion thing, that "it's certainly not going to be me who screws up."
Caroline was pissed at Tyler because he'd set Matt up with Rebecca for the dance. "Matt's a guy, Caroline, and Rebecca's hot," he said. "Don’t overthink this."
Rebecca, meanwhile, was all decked out in red for her first ever high school dance. She wanted to forget about the whole killing Klaus thing and just enjoy herself. But she warned Elena: "Michael is definitely not a good person and he can’t be trusted. I spent my whole life loving and hating my brother with equal measure. But I never thought I'd be the one to help drive a stake through his heart."
In a sweet bonding moment, Elena gave Rebecca back her mother's necklace – and then she staked her. "I'm so sorry," she said, as Rebecca convulsed in pain. "But I can't leave anything to chance either."
Later, she told Damon, "it had to be done. Rebecca was never going to be completely on our side. Stefan was right. Somebody’s going to let their humanity in the way, and it's probably going to be me."
Damon said they couldn't trust any of them – and that he didn't Elena anywhere near them when everything went down. "Do you trust me?" he aksed. "Then you have nothing to worry about."
When Matt showed up to pick up Rebecca, she was clearly out of commission, so Elena offered to be his back-up date. And then the gym was randomly flooded, so the party was moved to Tyler’s house. When the gang got there, he told them: "It’s not a party. It’s a wake."
Front and center? Klaus, who announced to the crowd, "It’s been a long time coming."
Caroline, furious with her boyfriend, explained: "Apparently our sired hybrid friend Tyler thought it would be okay to let his master throw a party."
"I’ve been planning my father’s funeral for 1000 years," Klaus told Stefan, but he was pretty pissed when he didn't see Rebecca around. "Where’s my sister?"
Stefan tried to negotiate for freedom from his compulsion, but Klaus to bring Michael's dead body to him.
Michael, too, wasn't super-cooperative. He was curious about Rebecca's whereabouts and wasn't about to deliver himself, knocked out, to Klaus. So he attacked Stefan, drinking enough to knock him out, because he didn't trust him.
Klaus thanked Tyler for coming through for the party. Then told him that he had invited a few dozen friends of his own – a team of hybrids he'd sired on his big cross-country trip. "So if anyone should so much as make a move against me," he warned, "they may feel compelled to return it. Feel free to warn your friends."
So Tyler told Caroline. "He’s two steps ahead of you," he said. But Caroline said she didn't know anything. "And even if I did, I wouldn't tell you, because you’re sired to Team Klaus now, and you can't be trusted."
Then Tyler knocked Caroline out with some needle full of vervain. Craziness. He told Matt to get her out of there -- it was the only way to keep her safe.
Damon showed and attacked Tyler in a pretty evenly matched battle, but Bonnie came and witchy migrained both of them. Damon had the white oak stake.
The party cleared out so that Klaus could face off with Michael. A gang of hybrids watched them, waiting for Klaus's cue to tear Michael limb from limb. “Still hiding behind your playthings, like a coward," Michael said. "They’re still part vampire – they can be compelled by me."
Then he pulled out his trump card: Elena. "Go ahead," Klaus said, "kill her." It would mean no more hybrids.
"So you can live forever, with no one at your side," Michael said. "Nobody cares about you anymore, boy!"
But Klaus called his bluff. So Michael ran a stake right through her heart. As Klaus watched in shock, Damon staked him with the white oak dagger. Then Elena came back to life – it was Katherine this whole time – and bombed the hybrids. And Damon was about to finish Klaus, Stefan attacked, saving him – and allowing him to grab the dagger and stake Michael. The dagger ignited Michael's body, killing the original once and for all.
"What the hell did you do?" Damon asked Stefan.
"He's earned his freedom," Klaus said. But it seems Stefan might have lost everything else.
Caroline woke in Tyler's bed, and she was mad. "I'm sorry I stabbed you," he said. "But I need you to understand. Klaus can't be killed, I can't be fixed. I'm okay with it. I don't have to turn, Caroline. I never have to go through that pain again. If being sired to Klaus is the price I have to pay, so be it. But don’t turn your back on me now."
Damon was pissed, too, that Stefan had foiled their plans. Katherine was long gone – because she knew Klaus would come for her – but they were left to clean up the mess. "We'll survive this," Elena told him. "Trust me."
"You’re never getting Stefan back," he said. "You know that, right?"
And Elena told him what he wanted to hear: "Then we'll have to let him go."
Of course, what Damon didn’t know is that Katherine and Stefan had their own plan the whole time. She had told him that he needed to care enough to save Damon. "Your brother will be dead, Stefan," she told him. "Unless you care enough to do something about it."
She told him later, "humanity is a vampire's greatest weakness. No matter how you try to turn it off, it fights its way back in. So do what I need you to do, Stefan. Get mad."
Klaus, meanwhile, was already mad. Because Stefan had taken all those family members Klaus had been carting around in coffins for 1000 years. And Rebecca, too, was still MIA.
Eeeps. Looks like the second half of this season – returning January 5 – means all out war.
Here's a sneak peek:"Vampire Diaries" returns Thursday, January 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.
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"Just in time for the December holidays, we are taking ‘The Talk’ to New York City," Julie Chen announced this morning on the show (clip above). "There is no place like New York during the holidays, so we thought that would be the perfect time to take the show on the road."
"The Talk" will head east for episodes airing Monday, Dec. 12 through Friday, Dec. 16 and promises a week packed with holiday segments, as well as interviews with celebrity guests and famed New Yorkers.
East Coasters who want to join "The Talk" audience in Manhattan should visit CBS as soon as possible, as tickets are already posted for tapings on Dec. 12, 13 and 14.
"The Talk" airs weekdays on CBS.
'That uterus can't have any spring in it anymore'
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The stars of “19 Kids and Counting" came to "Today" to announce their big news: With another baby on the way, America's biggest family is about to become "20 Kids and Counting." After landing the exclusive reveal yesterday, "Today" delved into the medical side of making 20 babies with the "Today" professional panel, including legal analyst Star Jones, advertising executive Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Snyderman.
As seen in the clip above, most of today's debate was about the Herman Cain and Penn State sex abuse scandals, but then, 4:24 minutes into it, Curry turned the conversation to, "The Duggars at 20: How much is too much?"
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Deutsch was all for adding another baby to the happy family, but Dr. Snyderman immediately got into the reality of Michelle Duggar's age and procreative health, shocking everyone with her choice words.
"She's a high risk pregnancy, because she's 45 and because that uterus can't have any spring in it anymore," Snyderman said, eliciting gasps and laughter from her colleagues.
Curry even covered her head in astonishment and then tried to interrupt her expert, but the doctor continued.
"I mean, really, it’s gotta be like a water balloon that has no tensile strength," Snyderman added. "I just don't understand the need to be in the 'Guinness Book of Records' to perpetuate this kind of thing."
Curry had started the topic with a note that they didn't have much time, but that didn't seem to be the issue as the seemingly panicked and mortified host briskly concluded the segment.
"We're going t have to stop this. I think we're going to have to stop this now. You guys continue in the green room," she said, sending "Today" to commercial.
Stay tuned to see what Curry has to say about it all tomorrow, assuming she takes a seat with the professional panel again.
"Today" airs weekday mornings on NBC.
Former 'Earl' star set for a stint as Ava's new love interest
"Up All Night" is one of the funniest -- and surprisingly realistic -- comedies to hit the small screen in a long while. And while the new parents played by Christina Applegate and Will Arnett get to have most of the fun on the show, this week Maya Rudolph’s needy talk show host, Ava, gets in on the action, too, because she finally scores a real love interest. Jason Lee -- he of “My Name Is Earl” and the recently slaughtered “Memphis Beat” – is swinging by tonight to kick off a guest stint as a sweet guy next door type who steals her heart. And he’s already signed on for three episodes and counting, so you haven’t seen the last of Lee. We caught up with him to talk improv, “Earl” and parenting, on set and off!
MSN TV: How did the “Up All Night” gig come about?
Jason Lee: It had been a while since I had done any kind of comedy on television, so it was really, really cool to come back and work on a great show. And so, they keep having me back, which is great.
Fortunately, they're all very cool people. As a guest star, you hope for that – you want to be able to just blend right in and have fun and have it feel comfortable. With Maya, I think there's great chemistry there. She is very playful. There's a lot of improv and goofing off. There was definitely some laughing with me and Maya messing up lines and goofing off and adding things that make the other person kind of chuckle. That's the fun of working on a comedy, you get to play like that. I feel right at home.
Tell us a bit about your character Kevin. How does he compare to Earl?
Oh, man. He's way more straight-laced, a bit more clean-cut, and he doesn't have an awesome mustache, unfortunately. This is sort of me kind of playing it straight. It's nice that it's just this sweet kind of guy from next door who sort of grounds Maya's character.
And I like that, you know, I get to be funny, but it's also a little bit sweet. Going from Earl which was kind of outlandish at times, and certainly a blast to do, it's nice just to see what it feels like to play it straighter, you know?
Ava’s the diva, and Kevin’s the down-to-earth type. How do the two characters fit?
It’s a reflection of, ultimately, who she is. Eva is very likable, sweet, innocent, you know, and she brings out -- he brings that out in her. And I like that she's not afraid to be that way around this guy. She's still very kind of smart-assy and jokey. It brings out a cool side of her, and it certainly allows me to kind of do something a little different which is very cool – playing it a little straighter and be a little bit more, I guess you could say, leading man, or whatever the term is. Or just kind of "the guy," you know, which I've never really done, coming from Earl and things like that.
You’re a dad yourself. Can you relate to the show?
Oh, my gosh, totally. I'm a father twice over. So, yes, absolutely. And, you know, it also helps playing a dad on the show, because I can totally relate and, you know, identify with that energy of being a father. And, you know, so, hopefully, that translates well. The - my character's daughter on the show is - I think she's, like, maybe 11 or something. So, it seems to be a good fit anyway. And it's also cool that every single cast member is a parent. Like, we all have kids. So, that's really cool.
You’ve gone from Kevin Smith movies to “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Does that surprise you?
I just like the idea of working, you know. I used to not want to do cheesy and, you know, maybe not do certain types of movies. But things change all the time. Like, you have kids, and you think, “Wow, I have kids now, and gee. And oh, wow, I'm getting offered this ‘Alvin’ movie. I bet my son would like that.” And I don't know if that's something I would've done when I was 25-years-old, doing the Kevin Smith stuff.
Everything just kind of happens as it happens and unfolds over time as you grow and life changes. And then you find that you're just really happy to be a working actor and getting, hopefully, decent work and expanding and broadening your horizons and all of that stuff.
Here's a sneak peek:
"Up All Night" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Nick confronts the Hexenbiest who tried to kill Aunt Marie
What would you do if the person you're called to protect is someone who's done you and your loved ones harm? That's precisely the predicament that Nick (David Giuntoli) faces in this Friday's episode of "Grimm."
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In this week's episode ("Beeware"), Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to a case where an innocent flash mob results in a gruesome homicide. As Nick delves further into the investigation, he learns more about his unique family history and finds himself in the proverbial pickle when he and Hank are assigned to protect a dark character (make that Hexenbiest) from his recent past. Where's Monroe when you need him?
Check out this exclusive sneak peek, where Nick challenges the supposed victim of his next case to reveal her true identity. Tell us what you think (and why Captain Renard is so chummy with her).
"Grimm" airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.