One last slaying spree for murderous Alaric, while Damon reunites with an old pal who has an agenda
Last week on "Vampire Diaries," Elena, Matt and Dr. Meredith Fell had finally discovered the identity of the Mystic Falls serial slayer – and it was Alaric.
Elena read an old journal kept by Samantha Gilbert, old kin who killed in a similar manner in the early 1900s – and Alaric had inherited her “you’ll never die” ring, which was apparently causing him to repeat her crimes.
- So this week, Alaric had a CAT-scan, and got the all-clear, but he still turned that ring over to Elena. Then Damon, Meredith and Ric headed back into town for the grand unveiling of the bridge. "Ric, the world can’t stop just because you’re an accidental psycho killer," Damon announced, deciding they should stay – because his old teacher Sage had showed up. She was looking for her old love, Rebecca’s brother Finn. "He didn’t mention you," Rebecca taunted. "Have a nice life."
- When Damon got home, Stefan was binging on blood bags. "Whether it’s a bag or a blonde, the same principle applies," Damon said. "Control!" Later, Elena went to the Salvatore pad to return the diary of Samantha Gilbert – and Stefan was there. He told her what had happened to Samantha and then said their was nothing they could do save Alaric.
- At Bonnie, her mom Abby had fully transitioned into a vampire – courtesy Damon – so Caroline brought her a variety pack of bagged blood from the hospital. But Abby was mopey because she couldn’t feel her connection to the Earth anymore. "I don’t know how to help her," Bonnie said.
- Sage told Damon that Finn was her maker – and her one true love. "Hope’s a bitch, Rebecca," Damon said. But she said she and Damon could find him, but they’d need to take Rebecca down in the process. He was game. Damon attempted to seductively lure her back to his place. Rebecca showed up, despite herself. Then they had some kind of weird vampire orgy, with Sage watching as Damon and Rebecca got cozy.
- Later, as Rebecca slept, Sage wandered into her mind. Then she made out with Damon in the shower to convey the information. It was all about the second white oak tree – the only other wood that could slay an original. The Salvatore history told them that the wood had been chopped down in the early 1900s to build the old bridge.
- Sage told Damon that she’d help him kill Rebecca if he wanted, but her old love Finn, still MIA, was untouchable. Deal. But when Damon finished getting dressed, Sage was gone.
- Elena called Caroline – who’d gone to try to convince Abby’s adopted son Jamie to visit – and asked her to get Bonnie to help with the Ric situation. When Jamie finally showed up, he and Bonnie flirted until Abby came in. He game his pseudo-mom a hug and she couldn’t resist – she bit him. Bonnie brought her a blood bag and Caroline fixed things. "Nothing a little vampire blood can’t cure," she said with a smile.
- Ric, meanwhile, was telling Meredith about his vampire-slaying past, including the death of her cousin. Then he gave Elena all his next of kin contact. Bonnie was going to help reverse the ring damage. But they’d need something Alaric wore before he’d put on the magic ring. His wedding ring.
- Elena went to go get wedding ring from Alaric’s loft – and found Stefan there. He’d been further digging into the Samantha Gilbert story. "She’d been under suicide watch. And she killed two people at the institution. No personal effects, no jewelry." Meaning just taking off the ring wasn’t enough to stop the violence. And Alaric was alone with Meredith. Uh oh! "Not everyone can be saved," Stefan said. "Are we talking about Alaric here? Or are we talking about you?" Elena asked. "Because I wasn’t planning on giving up on either one of you."
- In the drawer, they found pictures of Alaric’s victims – and a hit list of all the founders’ council members, along with a note for Jeremy, the other ring bearer, to carry on his work after his death. Eeps.
- Back at the Gilbert house, Alaric asked Meredith if she ever felt remorse – for not carrying out her duties as a council member. Then he attacked her. Elena got there, Alaric almost attacked her before Stefan stepped in, knocking him out cold. They went upstairs to find a bloodied Meredith, and Stefan almost couldn’t control his hunger – but then managed to give her blood instead.
- Damon found Sage and Rebecca at the bridge – which was burning. "I'm just looking out for myself," Sage said. "You lied to me, Damon. The originals are linked – if one dies, they all die." Damon tried to attack Sage, but she had 500 years on him, so they were no match, really. But Damon did have one bit of ammunition – he told Sage that when the original witch plotted her plan to kill them, Finn was the one who’d volunteered to die. He was hardly waiting on Sage.
- Alaric awoke in the bed, Damon by his side. "Bonnie did a little spell," Damon said, "something to keep the killer in you at bay." Alaric didn’t remember most of his actions, but worried about Meredith.
- Bonnie gave Elena a bunch of herbs for Alaric to take twice a day. But things were still awkward between them. "I’m sorry, Bonnie, I didn’t want this to happen. If there was anything I could do to make it different…" Bonnie hugged her. "Please say that you forgive me." And Bonnie did.
- Back at Bonnie’s, Abby was writing a note when Caroline walked in. "You’re leaving?" Abby said Bonnie was better of without her. But Caroline said, "She wants to make this work. Please, just stay." But Abby wouldn’t. "Tell her I’m sorry."
- Elena found herself alone in that big old Gilbert house. So she called her brother, who’d she’d brainwashed off to Chicago for school. "I just wanted to hear your voice," she said. "I just miss you."
- As Stefan drank to control, Damon delighted in deceit. Because Sage and Rebecca may have destroyed the bridge – but there was still a piece of it tucked away where Stefan and Damon could use it at just the right moment. The old sign Alaric had restored for the ceremony but failed to turn over. "Game on, brother," Damon said. "Let’s kill some originals."
With the returns and season premieres of several shows, April's TV forecast looks bountiful
- May as well begin with "The Killing," Veena Sud's alternately savaged and addicting spin on "Twin Peaks"-style small-town murder stories. Its controversial first slate of episodes concluded with a faux-cliffhanger and a lot of unanswered questions. And rain. Lots of rain. TV Line suggests that April 1's two-hour premiere will pick up at the moment its predecessor ended. Specifically, Linden won't be flying anywhere, and Holden's mystery partner and motivation will be revealed. Just not Rosie's killer.
- No other resurrected April series carries the "How will this all end?!" burden more than "House." Since, ya know, the show is actually ending and all. Once again, TV Line has been on serious spoiler patrol, and alleges that these final weeks, beinning April 2, will be chock full of House-on-Wilson melodrama, and that Olivia Wilde won't be the finale's only returning star. Presumably, this won't include Kal Penn, unless House's final miraculous act is raising Dr. Kutner from his mortal coil.
- While we're keeping an eye on FOX's morbidly humorous dramas, "Bones" is also dusting itself off on April 2, and TV Line reports that its May 14 season finale will now be dubbed "The Past in the Present." Then again, IMDB has it registered as "The Patriot in Purgatory." What we do know is there will be alliteration, with an emphasis on the hard "P."
- Not every FOX hit involves wisecracks about dead bodies and archaic disease. The "Glee" cast is resting its pipes for an April 10 resurgence. Then again, the last we checked in with New Directions and company, Quinn got decimated in a brutal car accident, so perhaps all three of the network's shows share a deviant streak. E! assures fans that actress Dianna Agron will continue to appear in some capacity, even if in flashbacks. The show's flashbacks, not yours.
- This is all getting very grim, so why not change gears to HBO's witty half hour of animation, "The Ricky Gervais Show," which brings a breath of fresh hilarity to Friday nights as of April 20? If you've had a bad week, just sit back and enjoy as Ricky and Stephen Merchant belittle poor Karl as he pitches a movie, parades an invention called the mug coaster and brings attention to philanthropic causes.
- Not to be outdone in the bombast department, HBO is also welcoming back the much-ballyhooed "Game of Thrones" for a second run on April 1, and banking on its goodwill taking away from AMC's "Killing" bow. The network's so confident, it's already released detailed episode summaries for all the way through May. Check out the Wrap for a concise rundown, or just take our word for it that Tyrion Lannister will spend the majority of his time reigning in that damn wayward nephew Joffrey of his.
- Showtime likes to keep it simple. Their half-hour black comedies dabble in the comparatively manageable worlds of prescription drug addiction, adultery and neglectful parenting. Oh, that unpredictable "Nurse Jackie." When Edie Falco reprises her titular role on April 8, we'll find out if she and Kevin can keep their mostly loveless, disloyal marriage together. Also, Jackie will make out with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.
- The one other thing those mysterious "they" tend to say is that "Revenge" is a suspenseful drama best talked about last among a bulleted checklist of television shows. Or something relatively akin to that. ABC, of course, is hoping their "Revenge" will continue to spite the competition. Creator Mike Kelley and his team have been pretty tight-lipped about how they'll resolve Emily's murderous Fire & Ice engagement party, although he did tell E! that suddenly scheming Ashley will "play a big part in the finale." And that, my readers, is one small step for TV kind.
Grammy winner and reality star signs on as guest host for 'Spring Into Action' week
Bing: Watch episodes and clips of "The Revolution"
Braxton's week with "The Revolution" includes a Harley Pasternak celebrity fitness series that promises to help fans get Lady Gaga's abs, Rihanna's legs, Megan Fox's butt, Katy Perry's chest and Amanda Seyfried's arms. Braxton and her sisters will get in on Thursday's demonstration on how to get Katy Perry's chest.
There will tons of chatter on spring fashion, as well, culminating in a Friday fashion show featuring looks worn by Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron and Cameron Diaz.
"The Revolution" hasn't been getting the ratings it needs to stay in the daytime game, so far. The fledgling self-help show is staying on point for "Spring Into Action Week," with segments aimed at helping viewers transform their body, health, style, mind and environment; but is also clearly hoping an eye-catching guest host and celebrity inspired features will help their plight.
"The Revolution" airs weekdays on ABC.
Diana DeGarmo and real-life boyfriend Ace Young collaborate in daytime
Bing: More about "The Young and the Restless" | Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young
"Diana is a country artist, so we thought, 'What a better way to show Diana's true talent and her writing talent as well?'" Young says. "Everyone at 'The Young and the Restless' has been amazing in supporting us and telling us what the story is for Angelina, so we make sure we hit that."
Of course, Angelina is a Jersey girl, not a country girl. "You can't just throw her down south and expect her to sound like Dolly Parton," DeGarmo notes. "The great thing is, we've been able to gradually transform this character and it's going to be a great, huge, poignant moment for her. I think everyone's going to be really surprised by it."
Watch the clip for more, and don't miss the new song, which will air over several episodes.
"The Young and the Restless" airs weekdays on CBS.
Reports: Toby and Kelly to follow Dwight and Robert out the door
If "The Office" returns for a ninth season -- and that's apparently a big if -- NBC's number-one-rated sitcom will be short-staffed on familiar regulars.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paul Lieberstein -- who currently heads the writing staff, produces and co-stars in the show as submissive HR director Toby Flanderson -- wants to leave the series to join "The Farm" as co-creator. This is the widely reported NBC spin-off that, if successful, will transplant Rainn Wilson's cantankerous Dwight Schrute from "The Office" to the Schrute family bed, breakfast and beet farm. (A test run for the series is expected as an "Office" episode later this season.)
The latest news comes two months after FOX green-lighted a pilot from Mindy Kaling, a reportedly "Bridget Jones-esque" comedy which -- if picked up -- would probably spell the end for her Kelly Kapoor character.
Unfortunately, the potential downsizing goes deeper. Veteran and integral cast members John Krasinski (Jim Halpert) and Jenna Fisher (Pam Halpert) have yet to extend their contracts past this season. Neither has Ed Helms, whose Andy Bernard character slipped into the irreplaceable district-managing shoes of Michael Scott when Steve Carrell split at the end of Season 7. (One thing Helms has signed himself on for, however, is the role of potential love interest on Kaling's pilot, which will reportedly also star "Saturday Night Live" funnyman Bill Hader.)
The only obvious plug for this potentially massive casting hole is Ricky Gervais, co-creator of "The Office" and progenitor of the Michael Scott character in his sitcom's earlier British incarnation. But there is no apparent interest there. According to this New York Times report, Gervais tweeted on Thursday, March 22: "I can't do this AND take over as archbishop." (The tweet has apparently since been deleted.)
Would any of you stay tuned for an "Office" anchored by Kevin, Stanley and Ryan?
"The Office" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
The controversial Florida shooting case comes to daytime
Bing: More about "Anderson" | More about Trayvon Martin
"We don't want to have another family go through this," Trayvon Martin's father says in the clip above. "We are very appreciative that the community across the nation is standing behind us and asking the same questions that we are asking. Why isn't George Zimmerman arrested? We want an arrest, we want him to have a fair trial. We are not asking for an eye for an eye, but we want justice for our son. The only thing that will ease the pain is seeing him being punished for the crime that he committed."
Martin also tells Cooper that he believes Zimmerman was looking for a confrontation and discusses how race has played a part in the way this tragedy has unfolded.
"I honestly believe had Trayvon been a white kid, he would have been arrested. Zimmerman would have been arrested. I just feel as though the Sanford police department is doing us an injustice. They actually are trying to sweep our son's death under the rug. Trayvon was a person, he wasn't just a statistic. He was loved by his family. He was loved by his friends. I just refuse to stop pursuing the arrest of Mr. Zimmerman until he is arrested."
The shooting was less than a month ago and while his mother says the police immediately supported Zimmerman, she believes justice will ultimately prevail.
"It's a nightmare," she says of her loss. "It's hard to sleep. Everything reminds me of him and the only thing that's fueling us to keep pressing on for justice is the fact that we know that justice will be served… I believe that."
She is just as certain that the calls for help in the background of the now infamous 911 call were her son's. "I believe that's Trayvon Martin, that's my baby's voice," she insists. "Every mother knows their child and that's his voice… He was afraid for his life. He saw his death coming. He saw his death coming. The screams got more frantic. At that second that we heard the shot the screams just completely stopped. He saw his death, he was pleading for his life."
Those cries stopped after the shooting and a witness to the aftermath, Mary, visits "Anderson" Thursday to reveal what she saw.
"In my opinion it did not look like [Zimmerman] was trying to help in anyway," she concludes. "The gun shot was to the chest and [Trayvon] was face down. He had his hands on Trayvon's back."
Martin's parents also spoke to Matt Lauer on "Today" March 21. Watch that interview here.
"Anderson" airs weekdays in syndication.
Jenna Fischer spills on Spader, and two other comedies add to their roster
- E! spoke with "The Office" queen bee Jenna Fischer about how its eighth season might draw to a close. For starters, she ensures viewers that "there will be a boss" and they "won't leave people hanging on that again." Phew. Moreover, she hints that James Spader's departure as Robert California will be "surprisingly sexual." Clearly, Fischer must have forgotten about California's skinny-dipping exploits a few weeks back.
- Meanwhile, FOX's increasingly ensemble-driven comedy "New Girl" looks set to get another top-flight boost of wit. TV Guide reports that "Reno 911!"/"The State" alum Thomas Lennon will guest star in their May 8 episode (did somebody say sweeps? Hey-oh!) as a possible new roomie for Zooey Deschanel. It's unclear if the appearance will turn into a full-time gig, but it will definitely be hilarious.
- Last but not least, TV Guide is also confirming that venerable "Smallville" co-star Allison Mack has landed a semi-permanent role on FX's hallucinogenic melan-comedy "Wilfred." The actress formerly known as Chloe Sullivan will play a love interest for Elijah Wood's neurotic stoner, Ryan. Hopefully, Ryan will be able to simply get high on romance.
The two apparently couldn't agree on cancellation announcement
RadarOnline reports that, after her OWN talk show was canceled last week for low ratings, O'Donnell feuded with Winfrey over the language in the announcement.
According to the report, O'Donnell's people called the network's publicity team, explaining what needed to be included in the press release. But Winfrey balked and told them to instruct their boss to phone her directly. O'Donnell refused.
"This is Oprah's network though and she has the final say," RadarOnline quotes an unnamed source.
In the statement released by OWN, Winfrey said: "I'm grateful to Rosie and the dedicated 'Rosie Show' team for giving it their all." However, according to RadarOnline, O'Donnell felt that statement laid too much of the blame for the show's failure on her. (Many suggestions made by O'Donnell to improve her show, such as moving it to New York, fell on deaf ears, according to the report.)
"The Rosie Show" debuted last October to about 500,000 viewers but lost half that audience within days of its premiere.
Meantime, O'Donnell seems to be going out of her way to prove that Winfrey cannot break her spirit. TMZ posted the following video of O'Donnell addressing fans outside her 50th birthday party on Monday, March 19, where O'Donnell reportedly partied, danced and sang for three hours.
"The Rosie Show" airs its final episode Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.