Here's what you need to know to get by at the water cooler
Ten episodes into the second season of "Pretty Little Liars," the girls "Gossip Girl" from the grave pal A's getting up close and personal.
Like hands around Emily's neck personal. While Emily was trying to enjoy a massage, the creepy creeper snuck in to give her a message. And all the girls got the point.
In the meantime, chaos all around. Spencer and Emily told Aria about the creepy photos they found in Jason DeLaurentis's shed -- and he explained them away by saying they were from an old role of film he found in dead bestie Ali's room. And then he had them framed and gave them to her. Weird.
Hanna made enemies with her soon-to-be step-sister Kate by dissing the giro's mama Isabel during an outing to the equestrian club.
Spencer told Ezra about the whole situation with Jason -- and Ezra finally stepped up, saying he and Aria should come out as a couple. Of course, Aria's mom spied Spencer and Ezra together and thought they were a couple -- and she totally disapproved.
Then Spencer and Toby, snooping through dead guy Ian's yearbook, discovered that Ian, Jason and bad cop Garrett all belonged to some non-existent club with the initials "N.A.T." Then they found a t-shirt that said "Nos Animadverto Todas," which meant: "We see all." Freaky.
Does that mean more than one creeper was involved in shooting those weird videos. Seems like it, since Garrett paid Jason a visit that night, making sure they were "still cool."
"What does it matter,” Jason asked. "It’s over now, right?" But Garrett informed him threateningly that, "I’m a cop now, it matters more than ever."
Looks like the girls might have more than one A-suspect on their hands.
The new British period drama provides entertaining summer fun
The dog days of August are hardly the time you would expect an enjoyable new television series to start, but behold: thanks to BBC America, we can get a much-needed dose of relief from summer reality shows with the "The Hour," starting Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. With a first-rate cast, lush production values and a mysterious Cold War espionage backdrop, it looks like intriguing and stylish fun.
Set in the BBC newsroom in the mid 1950's, the central characters are outspoken rebel journalist Freddie Lyon (Ben Wishaw), and Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) an ambitious young blonde who has just snagged the plum assignment of producer on the first hour-long prime time newscast. She is determined to make sure Freddie is a part of her team, despite his abrasive alienation of everyone in the workplace (and the not so hidden fact that he is crazy about her). Complicating matters is the smooth, rakishly handsome anchorman Hector Madden, played with considerable charm by Dominic West (best known in the US for playing Jimmy McNulty on "The Wire"). Although Madden seems intelligent enough, he is everything Freddie is not – charming, likeable, confident – and he develops an instant rapport with Bel.
If all that sounds vaguely familiar, it should. Creator Abi Morgan has been quite open about her love of "Broadcast News" and how she based the central love triangle around the Holly Hunter/Albert Brooks/William Hurt relationship in that film. But this is no easy Mad Men-esque knockoff; once you throw in whispered phone calls, a debutante with a secret, coded ciphers on the inside of cigarette papers and various sinister men in fedoras running around in the London Underground, it may start to seem more like "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold" than a 1980's workplace romance. Even if all of the elements are familiar, "The Hour" is still a lively and refreshing way to escape the heat.
Come back and let us know what you thought in the comments!
Veteran Rick Forrester is coming home
Jacob Young is having a blast following his character JR Chandler into the bottle, but when "All My Children" goes dark next month, Young is ready to go back to where he got his start. The daytime vet has signed on to return to "The Bold and the Beautiful" and will show up on canvas right after "All My Children" wraps on ABC.
Many suspected Young might make this move back to CBS, but when MSN TV asked him a few weeks back, he played coy. Now, the secret is officially out. Young will be back on "The Bold and the Beautiful" September 26, the Monday after "All My Children" bows on ABC.
"It was always at the back of my mind that I'd love to return to this role," Young told TV Guide. "It was my first part on television and the fact that Rick's still around is almost too good to be true. To go back and make the role my own again is a real thrill for me. I'm eager to work with Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) again. We had such a great rapport when I was younger. When they suddenly aged Rick and gave me the part she was, like, 'I'm too young to have a kid this old!' That was when I was 18 and now I'm almost 32. I can't wait to go back and bust her!"
With the future of "All My Children" back up in the air, much of the cast has hit the audition circuit and Young's costar Debbie Morgan has already signed on with "The Young and the Restless," sister soap of "The Bold and the Beautiful."
Young, who also did stints on "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" before signing on to "All My Children" in 2003, was in the running for a few primetime roles, but isn't grumbling now that he's decided to stick around daytime, instead.
"I know this daytime medium really well and I love it," he told the mag. "I love the over-the-topness of it. I love working every day. It brings me a lot of joy. Cady McLain (Dixie) and I were talking the other day and I said, 'I'd stay in this medium as long as it will have me, until I can't work anymore.' It's brought so much to my life and that's the bottom line. To have a steady job and to work as many years as I have is an amazing thing. The whole world's unpredictable now, not just show biz. My uncle just lost his job after 30-some years. Laid off. Done. It's going on everywhere.
"Do you ever think about that ultimate question: If I was to die tomorrow, would I be happy with what I've achieved? Well, I gotta say yes! Sure there have been ups and downs but I've had a lot of success in my life and a great deal of it has to do with the daytime soaps."
Young was not actually the first Rick Forrester, but he was the first Rick to see his own drama. He played Brooke and Eric's son from 1997 to '99 and during those two short years, Adrienne Frantz' Amber put him through the ringer with her machinations.
After Young left, Justin Torkildsen assumed the role and got into his own share of the drama, but since Kyle Lowder stepped in in 2007, Rick's action has been sporadic. The Forrester heir returns to canvas often, and even had moments with Taylor and her daughters, Steffy and Phoebe, but he never seems to stick around for long.
Word is that with Young back in the role, Rick will be front and center again.
As an interesting side note, this puts Lowder officially out of a job, though he wasn't getting much action on "The Bold and the Beautiful," anyway. With "Days of our Lives" going through a reboot, Lowder's real life wife Arianne Zucker (Nicole) wouldn't mind seeing him return to Salem, but not as Brady (Eric Martsolf has that role covered).
"I would like to see the character of Eric Brady back... and it would be interesting to see my husband," Zucker told MSN TV a few months back. "Think about it: He's Sami's twin. They don't look alike, but their coloring is so similar, with their platinum hair and the blue eyes. I think that would be cool!"
Hey, you never know in daytime…
"The Bold and the Beautiful" airs weekdays on CBS and "All My Children" airs weekdays on ABC.
The CW has a new doctor in the house
Dr. Drew Pinsky ("Celebrity Rehab," "16 and Pregnant," "Loveline") is coming to daytime this September. The new CW series "Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers" jumps off from an "Extra" segment to create half-hour sessions with the good doctor and his experts, who promise to give viewers the tools to make things happen in their lives.
"'Extra' was pulling together experts and now they’re allowing me to pull in some of the people I want to work with, as well, to change people’s lives, to make a change, to intervene," Dr. Drew Pinsky explained. "I can’t do everything by myself. In my practice, I’m a primary caretaker. I know how to navigate the system, bring in the best and get people through it. That’s what we’re going to do."
The new talker will take on all sorts of change, from quick fixes to more dedicated efforts that take more than just an hour to effect. "The thing that I have been fascinated by so far is that, sometimes, relatively small changes in focused areas can make a huge change," he marveled. "[We have a] woman that had her teeth done. It changed who she was, changed the rest of her life. That, to me, has been a very pleasant surprise."
Topics covered range from losing weight to financial problems, and everything in between - including love. Dr. Drew will put 30 years of "Loveline" experience to work in his new "love Lab." "We'll have the best therapists. We’ll have the best matchmakers. We’ll have the best in every field trying to explode the paradigm and teach you how to live a better life, even a better dating life," creator and senior executive producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey previewed.
With all these experts coming in, there will certainly be a celeb component, as well. It's hard to imagine a daytime talker or a Dr. Drew vehicle without that! Dr. Drew was quick to note, however, that he's interested in everyday people, too.
"One of the things that comes across my Twitter feed all time is, 'How come you don’t just deal with regular folks? Why the celebrities?'" he admitted. "When we originally conceived of 'Celebrity Rehab,' I wanted regular people in with the celebrities, but it became increasingly clear that regular people can’t really consent for that. They don’t know what that feels like to be filmed when this kind of work is being done. So I’m very anxious that here we deal with mostly regular people."
Daytime already has a few doctors in the house, but Gregorisch-Dempsey doesn't see them as competition. "Dr. Oz does a great job, but I feel like those shows -- 'The Doctors,' 'Dr. Oz' -- are sort of narrow casting and more about health," she explained. "We have opened it up to lawyers, doctors, candlestick makers. It’s every expert in every field. It’s a little bit of a hybrid. There will be a lot of takeaway information: That’s the magazine piece. And then there will be a lot of compelling stories: That’s the talk piece -- which they do a little bit of, but I feel like, ad nauseam, they’re just rapid fire, dressing up in clown suits, and Drew will never do that."
The new series will also reveal the man behind the doctor. "This is a show where I have a chance to bring myself and my family into it," he said. "My wife is going to participate in it, I’ve got 18-year-old triplets that are going off to college and my life is changing a lot right now. It’s funny. I get in front of people; I get emotional. I’m going to tell that story of what it feels like to do something that a lot of people do, which is deal with sending kids off to college or ending one phase of life and entering another.""Dr. Drew's Lifechangers'" airs weekdays at 3 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, beginning in September 19.
Here are the major plot points you need to know about to get by at the water cooler
Don't have HBO? Missed last night's 'True Blood'? Here are the nine major plot points you need to know about to get by at the water cooler.
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Last week on "True Blood," long-dead witch Antonia possessed her nercromancer pal Marnie and cast a spell that called vampires in the area to come out into the sun. As the Vampire King of Louisiana, Bill let his people know -- and all the vampires silvered themselves into their coffins so that they wouldn't go into the light.
This week, the witch and her newfound coven continued to chant. So who were amongst the casualties? Not whom you'd think.
- Newbie Vampire Jessica couldn't resist the spell, so she headed towards the light and the true death. But Jason Stackhouse, who could do nothing but think of the connection he'd made with his best friend's girl, came to the rescue. So naturally he was rewarded with a kiss or ten. Then they heard the calls from Bill, who was still silvered to a bed in a cell. He told them it was only a temporary break in the spell, and that Jessica had to go back to the chains. Later that night, Jessica went back to her house -- and told Hoyt that she couldn't be with him anymore. "It's not enough." Hoyt cried, telling her he'd die without her. So she killed him. Okay, so it was all a dream. She was still chained to the bed. Really later, she did go home and talk to Hoyt. "I know there's someone else," he said. "You know what, you don't deserve me." And then he got mean, reminding her of all the stuff she couldn't give him. Like kids. And daylight. Jessica showed up at Jason's -- and he rejected her, disinviting her from his house.
- There was a dead vamp, though -- Buella Carter, the beautician who'd been helping corpse-faced Pam. Jason and Sheriff Andy Bellefleur discovered the body -- and Andy wanted to drink some the remaining blood. Ew. Vampire Bill showed up to chat with the reporter, glamouring her into taking a statement from him to air on TV, where he could seduce the audience.
- The Sheveport werewolf pack leader, Marcus, meanwhile, was really pissed about the war between vampires and witches. He declared that the pack would stay out of it -- because anyone who got involved would end up dead. Deb and Alcide enjoyed the barbeque until a flight broke out -- and Alcide stepped in, showing his leadership skills. "You got alpha in you," Marcus told him. "You can move up in this pack. Door's open." Alcide was still conflicted, but Deb told him she needed to be a part of it. "You need to stay away from Sookie."
- Sam Merlotte went to go see Luna, who was still mad that she was seduced by his brother, who had shifted into Sam. She accepted his apology -- especially when he said he'd play Barbies with her daughter. Shortly thereafter, Marcus -- Luna's ex -- showed up at her house. He was mad. "You like mama's new friend baby girl?" Marcus asked, all condescending. Oops. Looks like Sam has a new enemy. "You just pissed on the wrong pooch my friend," Marcus said before taking off.
- At Merlotte's, Terry was busy cooking while the baby sat in a play pen, that scary doll right behind it -- and the ghost that was haunting the baby singing. Lafayette walked in, saw the ghost again, and walked right out. Arlene, meanwhile, waited on Mrs. Fortenberry, who sure was acting weird during her meeting with the oil speculators. Because she was really Tommy-as-Mrs. Fortenberry, of course.
- Later, at home, Lafayette saw the ghost again -- and she was fighting with a white man, her baby's father, who had killed her baby. He wouldn't even let her see the body. He woke, and she was there, in his apartment -- and then in him. Lafayette, possessed by this vengeful mother, headed back to Merlotte's. Humming that same eerie tune, he headed to the Bellefleur house, where Arlene and Terry were crashing since the fire, and took the baby.
- Back at Sookie's, the little blonde was pulling the chains off of her new love interest Eric, who still didn't have his memory back. He hadn't fed since he ate her fairy godmother, and he didn't want to feed on Sookie, but she asked him to. "I'm trusting you Eric," she said. And he responded with: "I won't betray you, ever." So he drank, then asked Sookie to drink from him. "We will be one." Then they went at it again in the shower, finding themselves in the woods, in the sun, where it was snowing. They were all lovey-dovey, talking about all that was possible, especially if they ran away together. But Sookie reminded Eric of their obligation to stand by Bill. And Eric told her he just wanted to be with her, forever. "There's no such thing as forever," Sookie said. Sookie and Eric showed up at Bill's -- and said they would fight with him. "She has a warrior's heart," Eric told Bill. "I can help," Sookie said. "I have powers."
- Antonia-in-Marnie ranted to Tara about the fact that their spell only killed one vampire. "Snuff them out, that is our only hope." Tara was all about it, so Antonia said she could teach her. Then Bill called. He apologized for the historical events and asked if there couldn't be peace between them. He asked if they could meet. "Can you trust in the possibility of peace?" They set a date to meet at midnight in the cemetery.
- Bill met Antonia-as-Marnie at the cemetery, each bringing their army of warriors -- Sookie, Eric and Pam on Bill's side, Tara on the other. Bill offered "a peaceful resolution" -- and promised that no vampire would harm her again. But Sookie heard Antonia casting a spell in her hear -- and had his human minions poised with guns. And then Eric, unable to control himself, attacked. Then it was all out war. Pam was attacking Tara, but Bill forbid her. Eric was devouring humans left and right, and Sookie, attacked by a witch, used her light powers. But then she was shot, and Bill, trying to save her, attacked. Eric, meanwhile, confronted Antonia as Marnie -- and lost. She had total control over him. And he who saved Sookie? Alcide.
"True Blood" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
Jesse and Hank rejoin the living, while Walter's life slips further out of his control
"Maybe he's still out there." -- Walter White
For the last few episodes, Jesse has been spiraling into ever more self-destructive behavior. Indifferent to his own physical safety, destroying his body through drugs, and generally courting death at every turn, his nihilistic attitude seemed like it was dragging him down to rock bottom at a fast pace. But with all the chaos Jesse was creating in his own life and for others, it was easy to forget about the true master of self-sabotage: Walter White.
If you think about it, Walt has been faced with the opportunity to walk away (nearly) scot-free from his criminal life numerous times. From turning down Gretchen and Elliott's offer to pay for his cancer treatment, to being unable to resist Gus Fring's shiny meth super-lab, he may have a million justifications for his choices, but they all spring from his colossal egotism and pride. And tonight, his inability to take the gift of escape that Hank was inadvertently offering him came down to how galling it was to hear poor dead Gale taking on the mantle of the great genius that is Heisenberg. Granted, that theory would have died a natural death once the police realized the infamous blue meth had not gone away, but by putting Hank's superior detective work, not to mention his dogged determination, back on the case, Walt managed to increase the possibility of he and the people he (ostensibly) cares about getting into deeper trouble much faster.
Jesse, however, is looking less like a source of trouble and more like a useful pawn in a much grander scheme from Gus. The elaborate charade that Gus put together was awfully contrived; plans like this one, which depend on an unsuspecting patsy acting exactly a certain way at exactly the right time, always seem more like a writer's convenience than true character development. But now that Jesse has a greater sense of purpose, more responsibility (or at least thinks that he does), and a potential new mentor/father figure in the taciturn Mike, it will be very intriguing to see where his strained relationship with Walter goes in the future. As Mike says, there are more than a few questions still outstanding.
- Skyler seems to be already overplaying her hand with Walt, despite their passionate reunion in the bedroom. Going from "maybe you should move back in" to "your father's moving back in on Tuesday" in less than 24 hours? Walt definitely seems more ambivalent than she is noticing.
- That poor Aztek.
- Please put Mike on the phone with Walt in every episode. ("Hello again!")
- "A guard-like capacity."
- As usual, amazing cinematography out in the New Mexico desert during Mike and Jesse's speeded up Day of Dead Drop Digging.
- “You are not the guy! You are not capable of being the guy. I had a guy, but now I don’t. You are not the guy!"
- "If he had taken his life in a different direction, who knows?"
"Breaking Bad" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
Marlena and John: reunited and it feels so good
MSN TV was invited to Salem for a cake and champagne party with "Days of our Lives" starsDeidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Kristian Alfonso, Sarah Brown, Galen Gering, Kate Mansi, Patrick Muldoon, Peter Reckell, Melissa Reeves, Freddie Smith and more. While onset, we checked out the new Salem hangout and got up close and personal with Hall and Hogestyn.
The "Days" crew was thrilled to show off Salem's new fab town square, but that set is still top secret, so we can't show it to you yet.
We can, however, share our chat with Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John)! In the video below, the super couple talks to MSN TV about returning to the fold for the "Days of Our Lives" reboot, along with old friends like Matthew Ashford (Jack), Christie Clark (Carrie) and Patrick Muldoon (Austin).
With a new "Days of o Lives" writing and exec producing teams at the helm, some Salem locals will say goodbye over the coming weeks, while other will make grand returns for the opening of the town's hip new hang out. An opening ceremony lures favorites back and kicks off a shift in storytelling on September 24, 2011, with a special episode airing the Friday before.
Here's what Hall and Hogestyn had to say about it all.
"Days of our Lives" airs weekdays on NBC.
Louie meets a new lady, and reconnects with an old friend
That was certainly the case in "Come On God", despite the characteristically profane subject matter at its center. By portraying Ellen, a deeply religious, profoundly conservative virgin who travels the country speaking out about the evils of masturbation, as a strong, attractive, self-possessed and intelligent person, Louis C. K. may have written his most subversive plotline to date. Louie may regard Ellen with trepidation and disbelief, but she is never reduced to a punch line. Indeed, her pointed question to him ("Have you ever been happy? Are you happy now?") is left to hang in the air, echoing and unanswered. She is an authentic person. And in the end, so is Louie. His authenticity derives from embracing and accepting life as it is: messy, complicated, exciting and sometimes heartbreaking (not unlike the central activity of this episode). Ellen's world may fascinate and even entice him, but there is no way for both their worlds to do anything but collide.
The next of back-to-back episodes also opened up Louie's eyes to another world, although this one was a troubling glimpse of a life narrowly avoided. A long-lost friend and fellow comic Eddie Mack (played with scabrous soulfulness by controversial comedian Doug Stanhope) stops by to talk to Louie en-route to a sadly rinky-dink gig in Maine, and the two men climb into Eddie's junk-filled car for a melancholy night that progresses from seedy liquor store to an open mike night at a Brooklyn to a late night confession from Eddie that he is planning to commit suicide. Punctuated by black and white flashbacks to Louie and Eddie's youthful days as budding comics, and framed against the inky light of New York in the wee hours, "Eddie" was a moving and elegiac film about one man's deep regret and pain, and another man's helplessness in the face of it. It's obvious Eddie is a talented performer, but his bitterness and hostility have overwhelmed any chance of obtaining even the modest happiness that Louie has managed to hold onto. Louie alternates between angry "tough love" (responding to Eddie's request for a reason not to kill himself with the gloriously simple "I got my reasons to live; I work hard to figure out what they are. I'm not just handing them to you.") and guilt at not being there (or even thinking about his old buddy) for the last twenty years. Perhaps Eddie was trying to reach out to an old friend, or perhaps he was just trying to say a sincere good-bye. The ending is left beautifully ambiguous, but with some trust that a sincere "I hope you don't do it" may be enough to help a friend.
- I'm hard pressed to come up with a better show on TV right now than "Louie".
- Hey, it wasn't all serious stuff; the Ellen story bookended an outrageous fantasy sequence involving an elevator, a pretty neighbor, a philosophical Asian man and a very smelly grocery bag.
- "Shakespeare. Definitely." Good for you, Greg Gutfeld.
- "I was married for nine years and believe me, God was not smiling."
- Also doing a superb acting job: Liz Holtan as the charming Ellen. Her final monologue about her ideally pure and passionate love story was really lovely.
- Most bleakly comic throwaway moment? Eddie's singsong "I would like to die from you!" as he is choosing a bottle of vodka.
- "You're railing against water now."
- "Life isn't something that you possess, it's something that you take part in and you witness."