I was looking forward to the much-anticipated face-off between Marcel and Klaus on "The Originals" (Tues. at 8:00 p.m. on the CW) last night. While the two vampires and former friends brought different assets to the table, that didn't necessarily mean it wasn't a fair fight. Klaus is an Original (so he can't be killed) and a hybrid (so he's even more powerful than a vampire). Marcel is just a regular vampire, but he has an army of fellow vampires, plus a pocket witch (Davina) on his side. This was going to be a long, drawn-out battle to the death, right?
The two rivals face off, but the result is nasty, brutal and very short
Ylvis performs - in fox costumes, of course
Really nice continuous shot to open the show and remind us of who's been given the boot. And hey, is Bill Nye double-jointed? Because I don't think arms are supposed to spin like that. While I'm excited to find out who takes home the mirror ball tonight, I'm not quite sure why we need two hours to allow three people to compete, eliminated dancers to dance, and announce rankings. An hour, absolutely. Two? Seems a bit much. But maybe it will be fun. Oh, and Ylvis is performing "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)"!
Two sellers change the terms of a major deal
A wild man can't be controlled - even with massive amounts of drugs
If you're already feeling like a post-Thanksgiving lump on Friday, you may want to watch "Untold Stories of the ER" (Discovery Fit & Health, 10:00 p.m. ET). No, it won't help you digest that wad of food that's probably still sitting uncomfortably in your stomach, but you can at least comfort yourself in knowing that you aren't sitting in an ER where people like the guy in this exclusive clip might be running around.
Brandi and Carlton seem to be getting closer
It was bound to happen sooner or later on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." After all, these society matrons couldn't possibly be working so hard at self-maintenance strictly for the amusement of their husbands. It was about time a few of the gals found a romantic spark with someone who could truly appreciate their designer clothes, handbags, and face-freezing Botox. C'mon, guys don't get Hermes! Short of making out with a mirror, the next best thing? Another Housewife, of course!
One couple nails the samba relay
Oh no. The show is starting with a Very Inspiring slow motion intro that looks sort of like our final four are headed to war. I know you have to goose the drama, "Dancing with the Stars," but this is a bit much. Still, it's the finals, so let's get excited!
'Atlantis' didn't do too badly, either
Did you watch the "Doctor Who" special "Day of the Doctor"? So did lots of other people! "Doctor Who" and new series "Atlantis" broke records on Saturday. "Doctor Who"’s 50th Anniversary special, "Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor," delivered 3.6 million viewers for the daytime simulcast and primetime encore.
These are solid numbers for "Doctor Who," but not landmarks for basic cable in the United States ("Duck Dynasty," for example, raked in 8.4 million viewers for its season finale). But the show did do gonzo business on social media. On Saturday, BBC America was the #1 cable network on Twitter, "Doctor Who" was #1 on Twitter in all of television and the series set a record on Tumblr with the highest level of activity of any televised event ever, surpassing the Super Bowl and MTV’s Video Music Awards.
Wednesday night it's a yuck-a-thon on TLC
This Wednesday, TLC is gifting all of us with two new episodes of "Extreme Cheapskates" and "Hoarding: Buried Alive" (at 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. respectively). As gross as these shows may be, they're tremendously reassuring to anyone who has ever had a moment of quirk and wondered if they, in fact, were a little weird. Guess what? There's a very, very small chance too many people are as oddball as the two women we see here. In fact, these ladies may be unique in the world. So, watch the clips below, then pat yourself on the back. You may buy toilet paper from Costco, but that does not make you either extremely cheap OR a hoarder.
Will Ferrell's 'legendary' character can't get it right
For all the many Whovians who have spent the weekend dissecting "The Day of the Doctor," here's a clip to lighten up matters. Will Ferrell, as his Ron Burgundy "Anchorman" character, tries to sort out why no one has will tell him the Doctor's name, a play on the old "Who's on First" Abbot and Costello bit.
Watch the graphic (sorry, no Tatiana) trailer for confirmation
Finally, we have a return date set for "Orphan Black"!