Hello, Bravo? Just FYI, it seems that Lifetime or maybe even the Hallmark Channel has taken over "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." Why do I suspect that? Oh, just because this week's episode became a drippy, maudlin mess that was about as much fun to watch as a fish tank video or back-to-back episodes of "Mixology."
Oh, aren't you looking forward to the public hanging, I mean, Women Tell All episode of "The Bachelor"? As Chris Harrison always (and tiresomely) promises, this episode is going to be explosive or mind-blowing or best ever or whatever the hell, but this time he may not be entirely full of crap. This has to be the first season during which not only have two women left, but the promos suggest we'll see more irritated eye rolls and female bonding than tears of pain and girl-on-girl battling. You could almost call this the girl power edition of "The Bachelor." Almost.
What did we learn from the season premiere of "Vikings" last week? It may have been over a thousand years ago, but even way back then divorce sucked, kids feel put in the middle, and women did not take kindly to a husband's suggestion they try a threesome. Ragnar, you dog, you!
Doing a podcast right after the Oscars may have been a little much for us, as we had technical difficulties and human difficulties and, after panning John Travolta for mispronouncing Idina Menzel's name, I managed to slur it myself (but hey, I didn't call her Adele Dazim or anything). Thankfully, we had Billy Jr. and Shane from "Rods N' Wheels" (season finale 9:00 p.m. ET tonight on Discovery) as our guests. Could not have asked for nicer (or more patient) guys to chat with us. If you don't already watch the show, Melinda explains why you really, really should at the 33 minute mark. These guys are fun -- and shout out to Jay Leno, give them a call. They're waiting. We loved these guys, and we think you will, too. Here's the rundown (and, at the bottom, a clip from the show):
This year it seemed everyone got a memo to blah it up on the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards. Thankfully, a few women (and even a few men) willfully ignored the directive to dress like expensive paper bags. Maybe no one wanted to look like a crayon melting in the rain that never came, who knows? While some stars are still knockouts in beige, a few very notably were not.
So, Pharrell Williams decided that wearing that oversized Vivienne Westwood ranger hat did not create enough buzz. Thus, we get shorts at the Oscars. Shorts. With dress shoes, without socks. Because I'm really not sure which socks would work with formal shorts and a bow tie. Excuse me, I think my head just exploded.
So far, so good. Climber Joby Ogwyn conducted one of several test jumps this week in preparation for his wingsuit flight off the summit of Mt. Everest, and you can watch the footage from one jump below. In May, Discovery will broadcast the epic live event, titled "Everest Jump Live," in 224 countries and territories. Warning: if you have a fear of heights, this clip may be a bit much for you.
Believe it or not, the Oscars aren't the only game in town this weekend. I will be live tweeting the season five "The Real Housewives of New York" finale, too. The episode begins at 9 a.m. ET on Bravo Sun. March 2 as part of the network's "RHONY" marathon (which runs from 6:00 a.m. ET to 3:00 p.m. ET). It's all a warm up for the really exciting part -- the season six premiere of the show Tues. March 11 at 9:00 p.m. But wait, there's more! Like, a contest. A contest for cool stuff. Got your interest?
If you haven't seen the midseason premiere of "Grey's Anatomy" but are a fan of the show, you probably know the big cliffhanger was what April was going to do after Jackson's protestation of love. It's always great when a guy feels comfortable sharing his feelings, though it's a little less great when said guy decides to stand up and shout them at you as you're about to marry another guy. Timing is everything, isn't it?
"We're property." "Everything we are belongs to them." "You don't own us."
The battle for clone autonomy is gearing up to return on Sat. April 19 with season two of "Orphan Black." If that seems like an age from now, BBC America has been releasing one teaser trailer a day since Feb. 26 on their Instagram account (@OrphanBlacktv), with eight on the docket. If that's too much work (c'mon, people!) we've posted the latest three below.