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Winter Games Round-Up: Mikaela Shiffren, J.R. Celski, women's ski cross

It's not over until it's over

2014 Winter Olympic Games

 2014 Winter Olympic Games

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So… we're just not going to discuss hockey, okay? There are a lot of other Olympic events left to watch. Let's just move on. Mikaela Shiffren! 

 

Exclusive clip: See what Robby Benson's up to now on 'Oprah: WATN'

The former teen heartthrob has reinvented himself again

Robby Benson

 Robby Benson

Some teen heart throbs don't age well, and then there's Robby Benson. In this exclusive clip from this Friday's season finale of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (Feb. 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET on OWN), check in with Benson, who seems to be doing just fine since leaving the spotlight and has become an undeniable silver fox. See? Not every child star becomes a complete mess or stars in a bad reality TV series! 

Winter Games Round-Up: Skier Maddie Bowman, ski cross are must-sees

Hey, Team USA got some more gold medals, people!

2014 Winter Olympics

 2014 Winter Olympics

Credit: AP Photo

Okay, we're not going to talk about what happened with the women's hockey. We're just not. That was heartbreaking. But the men are in the semi-finals. So there's that! They could win! 

Exclusive clip: Chelsey's test run at parenting backfires on 'Myrtle Manor'

Jared and Chelsey's freak-out doesn't make for a happy baby

"Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor"

 "Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor"

Credit: TLC

On this week's episode of "Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor (Thurs. Feb. 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET on TLC),  Chelsey has a brilliant idea. Why not babysit for her sister so that Jared will be inspired to let her have a baby? Clearly, Chelsey knows nothing about babies.

In this exclusive clip, watch Chelsey and Jared get completely freaked out and overwhelmed by simple things like feeding a baby, changing a diaper and putting a baby down for a nap. As Kim points out, Chelsey and Jared may not be meant to be parents. Bet that won't stop 'em!

Exclusive clip: Miners face brutal task in 'Ice Cold Gold'

Greenland has the goods, but who's crazy enough to face the elements?

"Ice Cold Gold"

 "Ice Cold Gold"

Credit: Animal Planet

Given how many gold mining reality TV shows there are on the air right now, you'd think some of these guys would just say, eh, maybe it's time to go into a field that's less crowded, like directing. But no, these rough and ready guys are determined to find gold, even when that means going to places with intentionally misleading names, like Greenland, which is mostly ice. If The North Face isn't sponsoring this show, it should. Anyway, here's a first look at the second season of Animal Planet's "Ice Cold Gold" (premieres Thurs. March 6 at 10:00 p.m.),  in which we meet our seven determined miners and see that, even though they seem to be having a lucky streak, that comes with a whole new set of complications. Seriously, guys, have you considered real estate? Something? 

Winter Games Round-Up: Bode's injured, but America's still strong in the slalom

Women's figure skating features a rousing rivalry, too

2014 Winter Games

 2014 Winter Games

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Okay, after all the heartwarming video about Bode Miller and "let's make him" cry interviews with the guy, we're just going to have to accept that he hurt his knee in the giant slalom and won't compete in the slalom. It's okay, though. He has a lot of medals. Like, six, which is a US record. He even got a bronze in the Super-G last weekend. Don't cry for Bode. There have been way too many tears this Olympics, people. It's going to be okay.

If we're going to cry for anyone, we may want to cry for the men's Russian hockey team, which was eliminated by Finland. Given that President Vladimir Putin pretty much said they'd better damn well bring home the gold, I'm a little worried about them. 

VH1 gives a green light to new series 'Naked Dating'

The show asks whether it's easier to find love without clothes

VH1

 VH1

Credit: VH1

After "Naked and Afraid" put the nude spin on "Survivor," we all knew it wasn't going to be long before every format added a naked element. To that end, VH1 has given the greenlight to “Naked Dating” (working title), a one-hour weekly series that will explore the art of romance free of pre-conceived notions, stereotypes -- and clothes. So, naked naked naked. But blurred out. Still, naked! The series will play with the idea of what it really means to be naked in the search for love. So, naked!

Must-see Olympic events for Tuesday: Will the U.S. pass Russian in the medal count?

Did you see the ice dancing last night? Did you? Come on!

2014 Winter Olympic Games

 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Credit: AP Photo

So did you see the ice dancing last night? Did you? DID YOU? Because it was awesome. And, Team USA for the gold, people. That's never happened before. There was some other stuff, sure, but ice dancing! It wasn't just about Meryl Davis and Charlie White, either. Alex and Mia Shibutani ice danced to friggin' Michael Jackson. They also used some Michael Buble music, but we won't hold that against them. 

5:00 p.m. ET - NBC - Alpine Skiing (Women's Giant Slalom), Freestyle Skiing (Men's Halfpipe), Bobsled (Women's), Snowboarding (Men's Snowboard Cross)

'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Is everyone turning on Lisa?

Carlton may still be mad at Kyle, but everyone else is angry with Lisa

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Credit: Bravo

I understand why Lisa isn't everyone's cup of tea. Sometimes she sticks her nose where it isn't wanted (hey, that's how you stay on a reality TV show, people). She freezes out anyone she feels has wronged her (sorry, Kyle). But she's usually the one woman on the show who's able to step back, arch an eyebrow at the silliness of it all, and say something pithy about it. That counts for a lot given how many of these crazy ladies seem to think their tempests in teapots are real world problems. You didn't come to my expensive party! The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Is that a poor person? Eww!

'The Bachelor' recap: Did someone break Juan Pablo's heart?

Squabbling breaks out between two of the women, too

"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor" 

Credit: ABC

While I completely understand why so many people hated Sharleen, I have to admit I had a soft spot for her. Even though she seemed unduly tortured by the prospect of having a fling with a hot guy on national television (pfft, Sharleen, hardly anyone gets married after "The Bachelor"), I had to admire her ability to keep a clear head in the face of mental manipulation and her own primal instinct to fight for what appear to be limited resources (as in, Juan Pablo). She was attracted to him. She couldn't stop kissing him. But in the end, she knew she wanted something more.

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