Will Elena and Esther's plans to take down the Originals work?
Last week on "The Vampire Diaries," Elena helped original witch Esther cast a spell that linked all her children – the Original vampires – so that they would finally be able to kill the immortal Klaus.
Elena had mixed feelings about the whole thing, given original Elijah’s previous kindnesses to her. And then there was the added stress of her ever-more entangled love triangle with the brothers Salvatore. Damon finally said he loved her, but, uh, wrong brother! Rejected, he hooked up with original vamp Rebecca. And Stefan, meanwhile, was colder and more distant than ever.
This week, Elena and Esther were all set to put their plot to kill the Originals into action. But as always in Mystic Falls, things didn't go exactly as planned.
- As Rebecca did the walk of shame – still rocking that emerald green gown she wore to the ball – Elena showed up. “This is how you lash out at me?” But Damon said, for once, that this had nothing to do with her. Elena told him about Esther’s plan – and its casualties. Then Stefan showed up and said, “Klaus has to die – they all do.”
- Back at the Originals mansion, the bloodsucking brothers mocked their sister for being “a strumpet,” then went off to go party. But Elijah stuck around and asked Rebecca whether she thought Esther had been acting weird. Yup, suspicions had been aroused.
- Bonnie and Elena, practicing Esther’s sage secret spell, discussed the fact that Bonnie and Abby were going to help the original witch kill her clan. Elena fretted, as usual, but Bonnie wasn’t budging. The full moon was that night – game on.
- Stefan thought Elena would mess up Esther’s plan – and Damon didn’t doubt it. With good reason. Elijah showed up at her door, and she went with him to the woods, where he told her about the town’s history. "Below us is a cavern I used to play in a boy, nature's way of providing us with shelter against the savagery of the full moon," he said. "Part of nature’s balance."
- Then he asked why she was lying to his face. "It’s not just Klaus that she wants to kill," Elena said. "I wish there was something I could do to help." And of course, there was. So Elijah kicked the ground, collapsing the cavern and plunging them both deep into the Earth. Lost in the underground caverns, Elena ran into Rebecca, who was assigned to hold her hostage. Eeeps. And Rebecca was out for blood. "I don't know what I want more – to find out we're saved, or to find out that I can kill you."
- Damon called Alaric, but he was busy with the hot doc. She told him they still couldn’t track the serial killer because when they brought Ric to the hospital, he was already half-healed.
- At dusk, Bonnie and Abby met Esther at the old mansion where the witches had burned. "The Bennett bloodline made manifest," Esther called them.
- Elijah, meanwhile, called on Stefan and Damon. He said they'd have to stop Esther – or Rebecca would kill Elena. But how? By breaking Bennett bloodline. That’s right: Kill Bonnie and her mother, or Elena bites it. Damon’s plan: "Kill 'em." Or dagger one of them. "They’re all linked," he reminded Stefan. "One goes down, they all go down."
- Damon called Alaric at the bar to let him know about the plan. Also there: Klaus, hitting on Caroline, who had no interest. "I’m too smart to be seduced by you." And smart enough to keep him busy, maybe, while Esther moved forward with her plan.
- At the witches mansion, Esther created a pentagram of salt and lit five torches. She told the Bennetts that as the witch who created the original vampires, she could also reverse the spell. “And when they become human again, they can be killed.”
- One glitch: while Klaus was busy flirting, Cole was hitting on Doc Fell – crudely. And so, Alaric stabbed him – and that revealed Esther’s plan to link them all as each of the vamps fell, albeit temporarily. Klaus and Elijah, united again, went to go find their mother. With Damon and Stefan right behind them.
- As they pulled up to the mansion, Damon reminded Stefan: "If we sit this out, Esther completes her spell, Klaus dies, you get your revenge – it’s what you wanted the whole time. The only collateral damage is Elena." But Stefan, despite himself, couldn’t let that happen. "But if we do this, it will wreck her," Stefan said. "She’ll hate us." Yup, Damon added, "but only one of us has to do it. Heads I do it, tails you do it." And then they flipped a coin.
- After chasing Elena around for a while, Rebecca was done playing. She doused Elena gasoline, then lit a fire. "Here’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to come outside – or you’re going to stay in there and burn." Then she videoed her on her iPhone. Elena did the usual – she talked. "You’re not going to do it," she said, "because you might still be alive tomorrow – and if you kill me, you’ll have used up all your revenge."
- Elijah, Cole and Klaus arrived at the mansion to find Finn and Esther inside the circle – which they could not enter. "All of you, you’re a curse on this earth, stressed out over generations. If you’ve come to plead for your life, sorry, you’ve wasted your time."
- Bonnie and Abby were inside the mansion – and Bonnie ran into Stefan. Bonnie told him she couldn’t stop Esther, she was channeling them. So he told her that he’d find another way. "The only way I can stop her," he told Bonnie, "is if I make sure one of you is no longer a witch." But it was Damon who did the deed – he fed Abby a drop of blood, then killed her.
- As he did, flames erupted in the pentagram, enveloping Esther and Finn as she cried, "Sisters, you can’t abandon me." With that, they were gone.
- Free, Elena went to Bonnie's, hoping to talk to her, but Bonnie refused to see her. "Everything that happened tonight was to save you," Caroline explained, "and that’s okay because she loves you so much. But somehow she’s always the one who gets hurt."
- Meanwhile, at the Salvatore house, Stefan said, "I lost that coin toss, Damon. I should have been the one to turn Abby." But Damon called him out – pointing out how long it had been since Stefan had human blood. Besides, "I thought I could win her from you fair and square, but she didn’t want me," Damon said. "It’s for the best. I’m better at being the bad guy anyway."
- Home, Elena found a note from Elijah. "Today I did things I abhor to protect the one thing I value most – my family. If anyone can understand that, it's you. Your compassion is a gift, Elena. Carry it with you, as I will carry my regret. Elijah."
- Elijah really was mournful of his actions. "Mother made us vampires," he told Rebecca, "but she didn’t make us monsters. We did that to ourselves."
- Rebecca, meanwhile, had news. She told Klaus that, while holding Elena hostage, she saw markings on the cavern walls – markings that warned about a sapling of the white oak tree, the only wood that could kill them.
- Alaric, awake post hook-up with Meredith Fell, perused her apartment – and shockingly, found documents about the serial killer, and then the actual murder weapon. Just as he realized the implications, Meredith pointed a gun at him. “You weren’t supposed to find that,” she said, then shot him.
Mystery suspension reportedly solved
The mystery behind the sudden suspension of "The Colbert Report" has reportedly been solved. Host Stephen Colbert is caring for his ailing 91-year-old mother in South Carolina, according to this New York Post report.
The fake newscaster suspended production of his show for the week on Wednesday, citing only "unforeseen circumstances."
According to a Post source, Colbert is especially close to his mother because when he was 10, his father and two older brothers were killed in a plane crash.
“They are a very private family,” the source said. “It’s not surprising that he did not want anyone to know what was going on.”
The source said the show could return next week.
"The Colbert Report" airs weekdays at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.
'Friends' Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow are also on the schedule
Bing: More about "Anderson" | More about Janet Jackson
When Cooper sat down with Jackson in the pre-shot episode, they covered everything from Whitney Houston's death and life after Michael Jackson's passing to Janet's own career and personal life. Jackson talked candidly about her struggle with weight loss and, as seen in the clip above, recounted having her breasts bound from her first day on "Good Times." Later, her personal trainer and chef stopped by to share tips on how to lose weight and keep it off.
Jackson also addressed buzz she's the new judge on "X-Factor" and reminisced about going to Studio 54 as a kid, being introduced to drugs and being pranked on the "Fame" set.
Of course, it's Jackson's response to Houston's death that has everyone talking, already.
"She was known as The Voice: When she would open her mouth and this instrument would come out you would obviously understand why," Jackson said to Cooper. "She was such a sweet, sweet soul. Especially back in early '80s and early '90s is when I connected with Whitney the most. It doesn't matter if we were doing an awards show. We would always take the time out to find one another. Either she'd come to my dressing room to say hey and I'd be in makeup or I'd find her in her dressing room to say hey, we always found time to talk to one another. She was such a sweet soul."
During the visit, Jackson continued that even though she still thinks about losing her brother every day, she can't imagine what Houston's daughter is going through.
"My thoughts obviously [are] with her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who has just got to be reeling," she said. "It's a very, very tough time. I lost my brother, she lost her mother. There's still a difference, even though there's a still a loss to a family, I don't know what that's like being so young. It was hard for me. It was very very difficult for me. I didn't want to accept it, It's very difficult. You have to come to terms at some point, you have to actually give it up to God and it sounds so mean, but you have to move on. You can't hold onto that, because it can be very devastating. Sometimes therapy is the best thing…"
Then on Tuesday, Courteney Cox & the cast of “Cougar Town" come to "Anderson" to talk about their show, but Cox will also get into life after her split with David Arquette and her friendship with Jennifer Aniston.
Another "Friends" alum, Lisa Kudrow, is coming to "Anderson" on Friday. Kudrow will be on hand to promote her show "Who Do You Think You Are?" along with Blair Underwood, who shares his experience tracing his roots. Then it's time to catch up with The Duggar clan.
Other "Anderson" guests lined up for that week include "Mob Wives" star Karen Gravano and the cast from National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers" on Wednesday; and a sex offender and an expert panel on the topic on Thursday.
"Anderson" airs weekdays in syndication.
Ripa and NPH to dish the 2012 Academy Awards
Bing: More about "Live! With Kelly"
The "Live! With Kelly" Academy Awards wrap up will include interviews with the winners, presenters and a fashion panel. Harris and Ripa will recap Oscar's legendary red carpet, showcasing the gowns, shoes and jewels worn by Hollywood's A-Listers and as the reigning darling of awards show hosting, NPH will certainly weigh in on Oscar vet Billy Crystal's performance.
As daytimer fans know, Ripa is still sampling co-hosts after Regis Philbin's exit. Other co-hosts slated for that week include Lucy Liu, Alec Baldwin and Dan Abrams. Guests on the schedule include Poppy Montgomery, Larry the Cable Guy, Don Cheadle, Kristin Chenoweth, Anjelica Huston and Donnie Wahlberg.
To prepare for the Oscar madness, Ripa will spend the week before lounging in Hawaii. "Live! With Kelly" is going on location in O'ahu, with co-hosts Daniel Dae Kim, Matthew Morrison, Carrie Ann Inaba and Mark Consuelos. Guests slated for Hawaii include Jon Cryer, Derek Hough, Rico Rodriguez, Patricia Heaton, Carson Kressley and Jorge Garcia; Cobra Starship will perform and it all leads up to the show's much hyped Hawaiian Dream Wedding.
"Live! With Kelly" airs weekdays in syndication.
Cancellations also place viewers in the dark
Of the many things Stephen Colbert is on a consistent basis, silent is not one of them. Yet viewers who tuned in to see the latest "Colbert Report" on Comedy Central on Wednesday night were instead surprised by a rerun featuring the host ranting about Herman Cain.
Ticketholders were even more surprised. As first reported by Mediaite.com, they received a last-minute email confirming the cancellation, which now extends through the remainder of this week. "Unforeseen circumstances" were blamed.
Internet speculation is rampant, and no fake news is hardly good news. Colbert's companion broadcast, "The Daily Show," only suddenly suspended production twice with Jon Stewart at the desk: once when his second child was born, and once when a staff member died.
Colbert has not tweeted since a zinger about Valentine's Day on Tuesday.
Update: The Wall Street Journal reports that a Colbert family emergency halted production.
"The Colbert Report" airs weekdays at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.
Rex Lee comes clean about Mr. Wolfe, cast cleanses and offers some advice
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
Rex Lee was an audience favorite on HBO's hit show "Entourage" as Lloyd, Ari Gold's flamboyant assistant. Now, Lee is making broadcast audiences laugh on ABC's "Suburgatory" which airs on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. MSN TV had the chance to talk with Lee about his new show and life outside the studio.
MSN TV: How fun is it to work on “Suburgatory”?
Rex Lee: It is so much fun. We’re a big happy family. Some of us are starting a cleanse together today.
What kind of a cleanse?
It’s from BluePrintCleanse. It’s the intermediary one. It has four juices you drink during the day, a snack later and then a small meal after that. It’s for four days and we’re in day one.
Which of your cast members from “Suburgatory” make you laugh?
All of them, undoubtedly. It’s hard to pick one out, they’re all so funny. I think Chris Parnell is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and he’s cute. It’s interesting because he’s quiet then he’ll say something funny and I can’t stop laughing.
What’s happening on Mr. Wolfe on the episode which airs Wednesday, Feb. 15?
Another character who is very athletic hurts himself. There is a lot of soul searching at that point. What’s important? Why is someone popular and why they’re not. There’s also a student body election that I am involved in. It’s a bigger episode (for Mr. Wolfe) but he is involved in other people’s storylines.
We loved the way Mr. Wolfe came out. Are you happy with the way the writers
had him tell the students?
It was interesting. I read the episode: We had a meeting. I needed to talk to my boss about something else so I wanted to set up a meeting with her. She instantly was worried about the episode, which I wasn’t (worried about). She was sending me an email asking me what was wrong. When we shot it I was definitely feeling unsure of myself and so I kind of lost sight of whether I felt the episode was well written or not. Now that I’ve seen it edited, I love it.
Do you think Mr. Wolfe being gay was written specifically because you were playing him?
I don’t know for sure. I know last year before we were shooting, they were having talks about it, unbeknownst to me. I think the fact that I was the actor in the role had something to do with it.
You’ve had a history of being a guest star and then becoming a series regular. What is it about you that makes people want to keep you around?
That’s happened to me twice now. The first time I went into that job (“Entourage”) with that agenda. The second time (“Suburgatory”) I just went to work on this project, I didn’t think it was going anywhere. It was a surprise when they decided to keep me around. I didn’t know it was what I wanted until it happened. When it happened I was thrilled.
As an Asian actor, are you happy with the roles out there for you?
Sure, just the fact that I’m working means there are roles for me. There are certain times, moments I have, when I think I wish it would be better but I can’t complain.
Do you have any advice for Asian kids who want to come out to their family since the Asian culture is very different and sometimes is not as accepting?
That is a tough question. You’re right the Asian culture is not as accepting. This isn’t advice for anyone. I can only speak for myself and hope that they can make their own decisions. I know that for me, I reached a point where I couldn’t lie anymore. I had to be honest. It was something I had to do for me. I didn’t necessarily receive an outpouring of support from my family at the beginning. It was tough. Even though I knew it was tough, it was something I had to do for myself. I don’t know anyone else’s situation so I couldn’t presume they had to do it.
There aren’t that many role models out there, and we feel that you are a role model for people given what you had to go through.
I think it’s definitely important to know that someone has paved the way. I think role models (are good) but I can’t stress enough that I don’t know the family situation of everybody out there who is an Asian gay person. I would encourage people to do it but I can’t tell people to do it.
"Suburgatory" airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Star denies report on why FOX series will end
According to the Post, the "House" star blamed "the coming to work over and over again."
Wednesday morning, Laurie released a response to TVGuide.com, in which he insists that quote "was a remark I made five years ago about a different subject."
According to Laurie: "As House himself has repeatedly said, 'everybody lies.'"
Laurie claims he loves his job and works "harder at it than most journalists work at theirs." Echoing a press release Laurie and his fellow executive producers released last week, he insists that the show's eight-year run must end "to preserve some of the character's mystique."
The series could have continued with some re-working, Laurie's statement notes. (According to this TVGuide.com story posted earlier this week, negotiations between FOX and NBCUniversal -- the studio that produces "House" -- broke down and would have necessitated painful budget cuts.)
"But none of us could face that," Laurie explains. "We wanted to keep the band together and go out with as much dignity as we could muster."
Acknowledging what he labels "this petty rebuttal," Laurie admits that his plan isn't off to a great start.
"But what the heck," his statement concludes. "I had to put the record straight."
"House" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.