Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr
It's a ridiculously big wedding for the season finale
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
Oh, yay, it's time for Pandora's wedding. Sorry, I just can't get excited about a person/character I don't care about having a ridiculously expensive wedding. It's a bit like being dragged to the nuptials of a second cousin you never particularly liked and having to make tepid small talk with complete strangers until you can run to your car without offending anyone. I know, I know, some people love weddings, any weddings, but when the main players are exceedingly dull rich kids, it's hard not to think that there are starving people somewhere who'd be happy to eat not only the leftovers, but possibly the flower arrangements.
Pandy wants more diamonds on her dress! Pandy wants everything pink! Pandy wants bubblegum pink labels on all the wine bottles! Pandy wants Mommy to wear a tiara! Glad she likes everything the color of Pepto Bismol. Unfortunately, I am even less excited about Paul's colonoscopy. At least a minute is dedicated to Paul passing gas after the procedure. Oh, I'm sorry, passing AIR. All I can say is both of these storylines make me want to sick up a bit.
One girl complains to Ben about another - and it might cost her a rose
Catfight in Park City, Utah! Or at least it looks that way from the promo. We’re getting tears, insults and death threats, which means “The Bachelor” has just hit its stride. It’s hard to believe these girls are willing to take one another out over a dork like Ben, but anything is possible when you lock a bunch of women in a suite without phone, Internet, fashion magazines or basic cable.
Six rich Persian-Americans get their fifteen minutes with new show
Ryan Seacrest strikes again. He'll be adding to his Kardashian TV empire with a new series, "Shahs of Sunset," beginning Sun. March 11 (10 p.m. ET on Bravo). Following the lives of six Persian-American friends, the show will focus on their efforts to juggle social lives and careers with family tradition.
“Shahs of Sunset” cast includes:
It's another day of auditions for our intrepid judges
We're off to San Diego for another day of auditions. If you're still watching, that is. In other news, the New York Giants are going to the Super Bowl. Now, let's get to the really important stuff -- singing!
10:58 p.m. EST Today's auditions will be like no other… because they will take place on the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego. That's nice, I guess, although I'd think an aircraft carrier and its crew has more important work to do than hosting 10,000 people and a TV show.
Everyone's excited about going to Africa - but not everyone knows Marlo will be joining them
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
It's our last episode before the ladies leave for their trip to Africa, so it's a chance for fond good-byes (or passive-aggressive sniping, at least in Peter and Cynthia's case), worry (Phaedra's probably a bit justified in suspecting Apollo is going to drop Ayden on his head at some point) and whining (and most of that is from someone who isn't even going on the trip). Not much happens in this episode, but what does happen is surely setting up a battle royale next week, so hold on to your hats.
The 'Ice Ice Baby' rapper talks nice, nice landscaping with HitFix
Yes, the man best known for rapping his way through "Ice Ice Baby" in the '90s, Vanilla Ice (aka Robert Van Winkle), hasn't simply become a Trivial Pursuit question. The second season premiere of his DIY Network show "The Vanilla Ice Project" (Sat. Jan 21 at 10 p.m.) will give fans of Ice (and home improvement) a chance to see one thing the rapper has been up to over the last 15 years -- house flipping. I had a chance to talk to Ice last week, and not only is he an old pro at plugging product, he knows his stuff when it comes to real estate. No, really.
Bonnie searches for a clue to the locked coffin - but at what cost?
Tonight's episode of "The Vampire Diaries" chews through an awful lot of plot -- I think, in addition to B and C storylines, we might have some D and E ones as well. But the ones that resonate the most have to do with rejection and what these continually challenged characters are willing to do for love (both romantic and familial) -- which, as you might expect, is a heck of a lot.
The designers must design for a swine - but will they Muppet it up?
Credit: Lifetime Television
I would call tonight's episode a hare-brained idea, as I'm not sure I have an appropriate porcine equivalent (all porked up?), but I think I'll just get to the point. As Angela awkwardly informs our judges (and by the way, I'm still trying to give her some wiggle room to get her footing as a hostess, but I'm beginning to lose hope), tonight's challenge will be dressing international celebrity Miss Piggy. The designers all seem to be falling over with excitement about this, which is endearing but also makes me think they're horribly sleep deprived and a little punchy. I can't imagine most designers stay up at night, praying that some day they'll be able to dress a foam puppet, but maybe the All Stars are just that wacky.
It's time for more golden tickets - and more crying
It's time for another dose of "American Idol," which you may or may not be looking forward to if last night's ratings are any indication (although, let's face it, 21.26 million viewers is nothing to sneeze at). Dan is freezing his butt off at Sundance, so I'll be handling his "Idol" duties until next Wednesday. Allow me to freely admit that I didn't watch much of the show last season, as it overlaps with my other Thursday night recapping duties and Steven Tyler's hat collection scares me a little, so I hope you'll bear with me.
One chef forgets an ingredient - but at what cost?
There's no rest for the wicked, as the chefs must pack up and head back to San Antonio for their next challenge. But for this one, they'll want to be at least a little wicked, as that's pretty much the theme. I suspect that means Lindsay and Sarah will do exceptionally well, because these girls cannot stop being catty little monsters to poor Beverly.