So, a naked make-up artist and a naked sober coach are on a deserted island... what, this isn't the set up to a joke? No, it's what really happened on "Naked and Afraid" this week, and I was expecting a complete debacle. The make-up artist assures us she's a "girly girl" who works at the mall, while the middle-aged sober coach was a big time addict who totally digs adventures, dude. That's a recipe for disaster and certain death, right?
Somebody catch me, because I may just fall over from shock any minute. Was there actually a peaceful resolution of a conflict between two women (and their respective menfolk) on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"? Did my eyes deceive me? Did I imagine that there was a civilized discussion of feelings without screaming or hair pulling? This may mark the beginning of the end for the entire franchise. How can we carry on from here?
Blame it on the witches. "American Horror Story: Coven" cast a spell on viewers, and nowhere was this more evident than at PaleyFest. While the show has always been a reliable hit at the event, this year the fan reaction seemed, well, more ardent than usual. Young fans asked the cast for hugs. One asked for a job. Evan Peters got a hand-knotted panda bear cap, while Sarah Paulson got letters, a T-shirt, and was asked on a date by one young female admirer. There was screaming. A lot of screaming. As one woman sitting behind me grumbled, "This isn't a One Direction concert." Despite the similarities, the audience still managed to learn a lot -- even (gasp) details about the top-secret coming season, "Freak Show." Here are twelve factoids worth mentioning.
In what's becoming a PaleyFest tradition, "American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy had a casting surprise for the audience. Another top drawer talent will be joining the show. "The Shield" star Michael Chiklis will be playing a role in the "freak show" themed fourth season, which takes place in Florida in the 1950s.
I got a chance to talk to Ian Somerhalder at PaleyFest last week, and I had to ask him about whether or not Damon and Elena's relationship on "The Vampire Diaries" was as toxic as the characters seemed to think it was. Ian had his own take on it, and about that toxic comment? Well, watch the clip. He had his own take on friends with benefits, too, if you're wondering.
Do you think Damon and Elena should get back together?
It's hard to believe, but it's been almost a year since the Boston Marathon bombings killed three people and injured 264 others. Because the way we mark tragic anniversaries in this media-saturated age is with television programming, Nat Geo will bow a special two-hour documentary, "Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers" on Sun. April 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET., of which I was given an early look. It's worth noting that the gears of justice grind more slowly than those of television -- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the bombings, has not yet gone to trial.
As many times as Elena tries to convince Damon (and us) that they're bad for one another, I still can't say I'm convinced. In this week's episode of "The Vampire Diaries," our tortured couple gets to play the bad parents at Jeremy's parent-teacher conference, which Elena takes far more seriously than seems entirely necessary. Jeremy, to his credit, defends his cheating, fighting and failing by pointing out he can't exactly raise his hand and tell the teacher, "Sorry I missed class today; we were under a doppleganger invasion." Maybe not, but that's way better than the dog ate my homework, isn't it?
This week's episode of "Scandal" revolved around Fitz and Mellie's lovely plot devices, I mean children, Karen and Jerry. I bet you forgot Fitz and Mellie even had kids other than little Teddy, didn't you? Well, I'd want to forget about Karen and Jerry, too, as they just seemed to pop up for the sole purpose of undermining Fitz's campaign and, by extension, making poor Olivia feel like the maid. Teenagers!
Just as the weather is warming up in much of the U.S., it's time time to start gearing up for the frigid, dangerous waters of "Deadliest Catch." The 10th season of the show begins next month (Tues. April 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET), and this first look at what's ahead suggests more danger, familiar faces, and a government shutdown.
Who says Zach Galifianakis has cornered the market on awkward talk shows with "Between Two Ferns"? John C. Reilly lets his character, Dr. Steve Brule, take a seat to interview a doctor "who looks at kids' brains" on "Check It Out" (airing on Adult Swim on Fri. March 28 at 12:30 a.m.). In the clip below, Brule reveals a little bit about his childhood. Unfortunately, it involves cages. However, this might explain a lot.