Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr
The blind auditions continue for our judges
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8:01 p.m. EST - Ducky from Pennsylvania has a silly mustache, and he paints. If he gets on "The Voice," he can get married! So, there's a lot at stake. I'd suggest he could get married anyway, as he probably needs someone to help support him and pay his bills, but alright. He performs "Tighten Up." Though he has a pretty unique, nuanced voice, no one turns for Ducky. Cee-Lo just didn't feel he was the best. Christina wishes she'd pressed her button. Adam declares he has a sweet mustache! Easy to say when you're not stuck grooming him, Adam. Blake offers him a sip from his cup. Ducky takes it, because it's all he's getting. Blake thinks he'll look back and regret not snapping him up. Carson invites everyone to weigh in on whether @duckydukemusic was unfairly overlooked.
The brief peace treaty is broken when Kandi decides to stir things up
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
Remember last week, when our refined, cultured ladies took a trip to an orphanage and felt humbled and grateful to have such bounty in their lives? And how they then vowed to behave themselves after they left Africa, as they had now seen the big picture and realized their quibbles were nothing more than petty and ridiculous? Remember that? Yeah, don't bother, because that vow lasted a shorter length of time than most New Year's resolutions or Kardashian marriages. Heck, Marlo couldn't even dwell on her blessings long enough to get past dinner, because she was simply too incensed that her shrimp was RAW. "Waiter! Get me properly cooked shrimp so that I might be able to feel gratitude for my privileged life! Pronto!"
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Welcome to Reality TV Roundup
-- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...
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," "Survivor," "Top Chef," "Project Runway
" or any other competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too.
Esther is putting her plan into action - but can she really defeat Klaus?
It seems we're entering the winter of Elena's discontent, or at the very least one hell of a romantic lull. Since she rejected Damon, he's quickly reverted back into bad guy mode, and though Stefan seems perilously close to becoming the Stefan we used to know, he's clinging to two ideas pretty fiercely -- that feelings are pain, and loving someone is just a bad idea for all involved when you're a bloodsucker. Even a minor spark with Matt never really got rekindled, so Elena is just going to have to go it alone -- as usual. It turns out having hot vampire brothers lust after you isn't so much fun after all.
It's a Broadway challenge and more than one designer has flop sweat
Credit: Lifetime Television
So this week we have the "Godspell" challenge, which will allow the judges a chance to cackle as they toss out one of their few (maybe only) reliable rules (don't go costumey!) to make the designers, well, go costumey. Welcome to Upside Down World, where good is bad and bad is good and, well, that's kind of "Project Runway" every damn week. Remember, it's not fun unless somebody cries!
The New Zealand native admits he'd like to see the 'Breaking Bad' version of 'Diaries'
You might not recognize Daniel Gillies
in a knitted cap and relaxed street wear as the elegant and sophisticated Elijah of "The Vampire Diaries
," and he knows it. "I look like a New Zealand woodsman or something," Gillies joked during a recent group interview. Gillies talked to reporters about whether or not Elijah actually drank the blood-infused champagne that would bind him to his siblings in last week's episode, which Original he's most loyal to, and the show Gillies himself would like to model an "adult" "Diaries" after.
The final four face the silliest challenges of the season
So, our final four intrepid chefs must face off in British Columbia, which seems a little random given that the show is called "Top Chef Texas," but I guess Texas was closed that week. Seriously, though, did the show's producers feel they'd exhausted the possibilities of an entire state? Anyway, Sarah is thrilled to be in British Columbia, plus she's a new, nicer Sarah! At least until Bev show up. Sarah, Lindsay and Paul have a bond. Bev, well, Little Weirdo is on her own unless Paul throws her some conversation. Yes, Sarah can tell us she's new and improved, but let's face it -- you can take the mean girl out of Texas, but she's still a petty, backstabbing viper under the parka. Sarah interrupts Bev when Paul asks Bev about Last Chance Kitchen. Sarah rolls her eyes behind Bev's back. Yes, New Sarah is JUST as awful as the old Sarah!
Peggy and Alexis are feuding, but what's up with Heather and Gretchen?
"The Real Housewives of Orange County"
So, "The Real Housewives of Orange County" may have been the first in the housewives franchise, but increasingly it's starting to look like a tired, middle-aged trophy wife who's trying too hard. Yet again we get another week of petty spats that go nowhere, bimbo logic and a few dramatic moments that, bluntly, defy logic. Maybe the housewives are just getting tired. Maybe the scripting is falling flat. Or maybe (shocker!) the ladies are just learning to deal with their problems in their own weird, dysfunctional way.
Her character will be the focus of a crossover with 'Grey's Anatomy'
It may be hard to visualize scruffy teen Rayanne Graff of "My So-Called Life" all grown up, but A.J. Langer has been playing Erica Warner, a mom suffering from a brain tumor, on "Private Practice" this season. The role will get a double-series punch as part of a special, two-hour "Practice" crossover with "Grey's Anatomy" on Thursday (starting at 9 p.m. on ABC). I spoke with Langer about her unexpected role, why she put acting on hold for four years and why she doesn't mind if she's always associated with a fictional rebellious teen.
It's Kim's turn on the reunion that seemingly will never end
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
We have finally reached the end of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" three-part reunion, which feels a bit like having gotten through a particularly tedious government studies class or a "Nightline" marathon. But the good news is that we finally get to see Kim post-rehab, Dana (before she's shuffled off into the reality TV sunset, I'm sure) and all the many men of the show (all three of them). And really, isn't that enough?