Though most people know Jorge Garcia from his role as the mostly lovable lottery winner Hurley on "Lost" (and others might recall him from "Becker" or "Alcatraz,"), the actor is taking a turn for the mean on "Once Upon A Time" (Sun. 8:00 p.m. on ABC). As the giant who lives at the top of the beanstalk, he'll be facing off against Emma and Captain Hook, who hope to steal a magical compass from him that will transport them to Storybrooke. I talked to Garcia about the role, why he was glad to see Dr. Frankenstein and what he likes about having a full-time job.
It's a disco challenge! I would think that would be lots of fun, but then, I'm sure it also means lots of really cheesy designs, less Bianca Jagger and more K.C. and the Sunshine Band. We can only hope someone was paying attention in Design History class. That's required, isn't it? Probably not, but if it's an elective, it would be a smart one for anyone who goes on this show to consider.
At first I thought this was going to be an episode about the return of Sad Elena. A vampire, even one who's intrinsically good, has to have a cold little center to make it possible for him or her to feed on humans (or, if not, live off of blood bags). But since Elena can't manage to survive off of "juice packs," she has no choice but to go after the warm, beating stuff -- and it's not in her nature. Or, at least, Stefan hopes not. And while this episode is about that, it's also about another Sad Girl -- Rebekah. While we've definitely seen her mushy center and desire to be loved before, tonight's episode may be her most poignant one yet. While it doesn't erase what we know about her capacity for intentional cruelty, it does make her considerably more sympathetic
So, as we know from the promos that have been plastered all over ABC, this episode will focus on Juliette's undoing. Last week we saw her steal a bottle of nail polish, and now the video of that self-destructive moment has gone viral. Let the fallout begin! I have to wonder what it's going to take for Juliette to recover from this screw-up, especially since we know that in real life she's hardly to sweet country princess she pretends to be. Maybe she can save some puppies from drowning during a natural disaster or something.
Well, that didn't take long. Just three episodes in, and the second season of "American Horror Story" (Wed. 10:00 p.m.) has started to give me nightmares. Surprisingly, this has nothing to do with the creepy timing of tonight's episode. The asylum is hit by a monster storm, and the episode is called, yes, "Nor'easter." Which is, by the way, part of the weather system that created Frankenstorm Sandy (the other part was pure hurricane). It would probably be especially spooky for some people in New York and New Jersey, but their power's still out.
Taylor Swift is going to sing! And another couple is going home. But Taylor Swift is going to sing! Of course, she hasn't really been under wraps this week or anything. I feel like I can turn on ABC almost any time of day, and she's right there, promoting her new album, "Red." She must be exhausted. But hey, you can never get too much Taylor Swift, right? Oh, and we're also getting some Jason Mraz, so it's a red letter day. Or "Red" letter. Your choice.
Most people will likely be distracted by the Eastern seaboard being washed away this evening, but for those not watching the Weather Channel (and who still have power), the good news is that the TV schedule just keeps rolling along. Tonight "All on the Line with Joe Zee" (Sundance Channel, Mon. Oct. 29 10:00 p.m.) will wrap up another season, this time with Zee guiding designer Nicole Richie to QVC greatness. It seems struggling designers couldn't have a better mentor than Zee, whose other job is Creative Director for Elle magazine. Here are a few tips on enjoying life (or, if you're a designer, for improving your business) that I gleaned from an interview with Zee during a recent trip to Los Angeles. You're welcome.
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...
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any 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.
If you've ever seen "The Manchurian Candidate" (either the original or the remake), the premise seems like pure cinema. Under hypnosis, an otherwise upstanding citizen becomes an assassin, killing while in a trance before forgetting the murder ever happened. But is it possible in real life? In "Brainwashed" (Oct. 28, 9:00 p.m. ET on Discovery), researchers decide to find out.
Using Tom Silver, a hypnotist with over 28 years of experience who has put people under on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," "The Doctors," "The Ricki Lake Show," the show put a group of volunteers through a series of increasingly difficult tests to see if any one of them might emerge as a potential killer. And the goal isn't just theory and conjecture -- the show created a scenario in which a hypnotized person would be given a real gun (filled with blanks) and a mark to shoot at close range, fake blood splatter and all.
I spoke to Silver about the show, and while he was unwilling to discuss whether or not the test worked (you'll get no spoilers from me, but you really do need to watch the show), he did talk about implanting memories, using hypnosis for either good or evil and why Taiwan hired him to pull secrets out of imprisoned colonels and generals.