Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr
When a famed opera singer comes to visit, it isn't all fun and games
After a death-a-riffic third season, I had high (albeit ridiculous) hopes that "Downton Abbey" might err toward the side of fluffiness and light this time around. I know, I know; as a soap in period dress, the show thrives on domestic trauma and Big Moments. I guess I've just grown so attached to these characters (yes, even Thomas) that I wish they'd all get a little vacation from the non-stop sads. At first, it seemed that things might be looking up, too.
Mary had ditched the all-black wardrobe for some lovely lavender threads (though she looks fab in black; I guess she's a winter), Edith is still happy in love, and below deck everyone was in fine fettle except Moseley, who's never happy anyway. This week, Robert and Cora had thrown open the doors to an assortment of love interests for Mary, and all was well. For a minute. We'll pause here so that anyone who didn't see the episode but is debating about reading further can realize, mmm, bad idea.
What did you think of this year's fashion statements?
This year, certain fashion trends made themselves apparent on the red carpet of the 2014 Golden Globes. Minimal make-up, nude color schemes, strong eyebrows and blinding brights were just a few. The problem is, of course, what a stylist says is "on-trend" may look fine on the runway and like crap on a mere mortal. There were a lot of near misses on the carpet this season. Let's hope that some of these trends don't bleed through to your next formal event, lest you feel the need to hold down a friend and force her to wear lip gloss. It could get ugly. I'm just warning you.
Is it a fashion hole-in-one or a fail?
Like everybody else ever, I love Jennifer Lawrence. Not only is she an amazing actress, she's been impeccable on the red carpet since before most of us knew who the hell she was ("Winter's Bone" fans, go ahead and be smug). But tonight at the Golden Globes, I have questions. What do you think of her dress?
The show is set to air summer 2014
Like big, historical drama? Period costumes; a feisty time-traveling woman and lots of beautiful scenery? Then "Outlander," a new series based on the book series that's set to air this summer on Starz, is right for you. Just check out this trailer and enjoy the tartan.
Plus, the first scene of the new season is screened
Hey Clone Club, the first second-season scene of "Orphan Black" was shown at press tour, and I think it's safe to say that the pressure is not letting up on Sarah and the rest of the clones as their story continues. First, a recap of the scene, then we'll get into what Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris and co-creator Graeme Manson had to say (and after press tour, I'll be writing up my own one-on-one interviews with Manson and Gavaris, which hint at some big picture shifts ahead). Hold on to your hats. It's gonna be a bumpy ride when the show returns Sat. April 19 at 9:00 p.m. on BBC America.
One controversial scene won't be cut
Fans of the beloved "Outlander" historical novels may be anxiously awaiting the new Starz series of the same name, or they may just be anxious. With fans having their own ideas about what Claire and Jamie should look and act like, a TV show runs the risk of disappointing. Fortunately, all those involved who came out for the "Outlander" panel at press tour made it clear they intended to stay true to the spirit of the books, despite some minor changes.
If the Puppy Bowl is too cute for you, consider the Fish Bowl
If you hate football and just can't handle the cuteness of the Puppy Bowl, good news -- there's a programming option for you, too. On Sun. Feb. 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Nat Geo WILD will be offering the aquatic stylings of Goldie the Fish.
The win offers a chance for one designer to get to 'the next level'
So, spoiler alert -- I spoke to the winner of "Project Runway All Stars," and I can only say so much before I have to reveal the gender, so let's just say don't click to the story if you don't want to know.
Doing it in nature takes a nasty turn
You know, nature may be beautiful, but it's probably best not experienced naked (sorry, "Naked and Afraid"). In this clip from an all-new episode of "Sex Sent Me to the ER" (airing Sat. Jan. 11 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC), we meet Erik and Salina, a young couple who decide to climb a tree and get it on on a branch. Given that the title of this show is "Sex Sent Me to the ER," you can guess this does not end well.
The 'Daily Show' replacement talks about his new, unnamed show
When John Oliver sat down for his HBO panel at press tour, he probably wasn't expecting to spend so much time talking about Sarah Palin. But when one journalist asked him if he might want to stop by to say hello to the former Governor of Alaska, the stand-up comedian couldn't resist.