Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr
In this hour-long special, Will meets his new sister for the first time
It's finally time for baby #2 on "The Little Couple"! In the hour-long season premiere (Tues. March 4 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC), Bill and Jen are in India waiting anxiously to pick up their adopted daughter, Zoey. In this exclusive clip, the couple has one last, poignant meal together with Will to enjoy their last moments as a family of three. Jen knows it can only get crazier from here, but hey, exponential cuteness!
In the episode, after 20 long hours of travel, the family arrives in the bustling city of Mumbai. Unlike Will’s adoption, Jen and Bill have very little information regarding Zoey’s health and well-being and are full of anticipation to meet her. They are even more excited to introduce Will to his new little sister. The couple has spent months trying to prepare Will for Zoey’s arrival, but they have no idea how the new siblings will react to each other. Finally the moment of truth arrives as the couple enters their hotel room and Will spots Zoey for the first time.
Will you be watching "The Little Couple" season premiere?
Is this the new 'Real Housewives' or just a bunch of rich brats?
There are so, so many reasons to hate-watch Bravo's new series "Southern Charm" (Mondays at 10:00 p.m.). These are the stories of the very idle rich (well, except for the one guy who's going to law school and complains about how his stoopid job at a law firm gets in the way of his party schedule). They play polo. They have parties at noon on a weekday. Occasionally they get arrested or dabble in extreme sports. And they drink. They drink, and they drink, and then they drink some more. Man, do they drink. When the punch tastes like Benadryl, as one man-child describes it, this is not considered a negative. It tastes like drunk, and that's good enough to do the job.
Despite a little drama, mostly this show is a raging sapfest
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."
Juan Pablo is in the hot seat, and he still doesn't let anyone talk
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.
It's time to push forward, but that may not be a good idea
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!
We talk about the season finale, goats, Juan Pablo and much more
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):
It was wall-to-wall nude and black with a few notable exceptions
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.
It's either a bold move or a fashion fail
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.
Warning: may cause nausea if you have a fear of heights
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.
The show's marathon runs from 6am to 3pm this Sunday
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?