"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Will Jeremy survive in 'Stand By Me'?

Elena grapples with another uphill battle

All too often it seems "The Vampire Diaries" moves at such a breakneck speed that truly powerful moments whip past our heads so fast they barely register. Tonight's episode actually takes a breath, and it's to everyone's benefit. It is, perhaps, the last significant death we'll have for a while (or at least we can hope so), and instead of the plot soldiering on, Elena and company take time to really grapple with what it means, to embrace the enormity of the loss, and the idea that (as powerful as they are thanks to vampirism and witchcraft), not every plot twist can be handily erased.

Read Full Post
2013 Academy Awards preperations

 2013 Academy Awards preperations

Credit: AP Photo

Listen: CulturePop Podcast No. 2 - The Oscars, Mariah Carey, Downton Abbey

Hear Melinda and Liane weigh in on reality TV and more

Okay, before you listen, know that we had the technical difficulty of sounding like we were recording in a subway bathroom. We didn't put echo on our voices, I swear. But if you turn down the volume, we sound fine, I think. Just a little… dramatic, I maybe. Yes, we're still finding the right mix of software, Skype and level adjusting! Next week will be better! 

 
Here's the rundown: 
Read Full Post
"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

Credit: ABC

Desiree of 'The Bachelor' talks about her jerk brother and losing Sean

She admits she wasn't 'the love of his life'

Desiree Hartsock, the latest girl kicked to the curb by Sean Lowe on "The Bachelor," won fans with her bubbly personality, loving nature and sense of humor, plus won sympathy when her brother Nathan was a complete jerk during the home visits. When Sean rejected Desiree, even he had to admit he might have made a mistake. In a conference call with journalists, Harsock discussed her brother, being the next "Bachelorette" and why she thinks things went wrong with Sean. 

Read Full Post
"Top Chef: Seattle"

 "Top Chef: Seattle"

Credit: Bravo

'Top Chef: Seattle' recap: The finalists are joined by 'Last Chance Kitchen' winner

It's a tough battle to the finish for these three serious contenders

It's down to Sheldon and Brooke! For now! Brooke knows it's going to be top three, but she likes thinking of herself as top two. I don't blame her, but I think she'll end up being the top one, so she might enjoy that more.

Before we get started, we visit each chef on their home turf. It has been six months since the show (sans finale) wrapped, and it's given Sheldon time to learn about all things non-Asian. I'm worried about this, because he's just so good at his particular wheelhouse (which is distinctly different from Brooke's wheelhouse) that I think he's going to overreach. Do what you're good at, Sheldon!

Read Full Post
"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

Credit: ABC

'The Bachelor' recap: Sean tells all, more or less

Sean says he thinks Tierra should never have done the show

Chris Harrison promises that all of our burning questions will be answered, and by Sean himself no less, on this very special episode of "The Bachelor." I doubt it. I have burning questions about why this show is so creatively edited, and why Sean thinks he can really find love on a nationally televised dating show that has a really crappy track record, and who was actually a terrible kisser because I have my suspicious, and I'm pretty sure he's not going to answer any of those questions. At least not honestly or directly.

Read Full Post
"Body of Proof"

"Body of Proof" 

Credit: ABC

Interview: Dana Delany and Mark Valley talk big changes to 'Body of Proof'

The two new stars of the revamped series

After a ten-month absence, "Body of Proof" returns to ABC tonight (10:00 p.m. ET), but fans of the show may be in for some surprises. After the series saw a ratings surge for the second season's final three episodes, (which were driven by a ticking clock and higher stakes), the show was renewed with the proviso that it emphasize what was ratings gold -- and lose what didn't deliver.

That meant retooling the show from the ground up. Of course, that also meant cast and executive changes. While stars Dana Delany and Jeri Ryan return, Sonja Sohn, Nicholas Bishop and John Carroll Lynch will not. Plus, writer/executive producer Evan Katz ("24") and Mark Valley ("Boston Legal") joined the show. Valley, who will play Detective Tommy Sullivan, is the latest romantic interest for Delany's prickly Megan Hunt. I spoke to Valley and Delany at TCAs this winter, and discovered that the two already have banter well in place. Plus, there were some changes to the show Delany was excited about -- as well as some she wasn't. 

Read Full Post
"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

Credit: Bravo

'The Real Housewives of Orange County' set for 8th season this spring

An heiress will be joining the cast of crazy women

Can you stand it? No, really, can you? "The Real Housewives of Orange County" will be returning for an eighth season on Monday, April 1 (8:00 p.m. on Bravo). Returning Housewives Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino and Heather Dubrow are joined by new castmember, heiress Lydia McLaughlin. Also, after leaving the show four seasons ago, original Housewife Lauri Peterson will make a "surprising return." Click here for a sneak peek at the show.  

If you can't bring yourself to watch the video, here's a rundown of what's ahead: 

Read Full Post
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Credit: Bravo

'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: 'White Party Pooper'

Adrienne, Paul and Brandi fight some more

I've heard of many ridiculous Hollywood parties in my time, most of them hosted by talent agencies. But never before have I heard of someone having a party for her nose, or, to paraphrase Kyle, a nose quinceanera. I had hoped Kim might really go all-out with the theme, giving people gift bags of tissue paper and decongestants and floating big, green blobs in her pool, but no such luck. Instead, she has some little fake lilies and Chinese lanterns and calls it a party. I call that a Friday night. What a wasted opportunity!

Read Full Post
"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

Credit: ABC

'The Bachelor' recap: It's time for home visits for the final four

Sean locks horns with a reluctant brother

It's time for home visits! These are always more than a little uncomfortable, as the parents don't want to look like they're sending a daughter head first into traffic but do want to be supportive. Or at least some of them want to be supportive. Basically, everyone looks a little miserable and hyper aware of the cameras, and half of the time you expect them to turn to the camera operator and ask if they look fat in whatever they're wearing. So, I hope Sean is ready for this, because I'm pretty confident most of the people he'll be meeting aren't. 

Read Full Post
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" 

Credit: Bravo

'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: 'Praise the Pageant'

Cynthia's pageant hits some rough patches and Porsha tries parenting

Le sigh. It's time for yet another uneven episode of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," which alternates between kinda boring and off-the-rails nutjob crazy. This week, it's a little more the former simply because Kenya is behaving herself like a proper Miss USA and not running around twirling her dress. I didn't realize how dependent I had become on Kenya for "RHoA" drama, sort of like ignoring a creeping caffeine addiction or a suspicious mole, but now I'm confronted with the reality that the show is just kind of dull without her shenanigans, whether I like her or not.

Read Full Post