Netflix is continuing its original programming onslaught with the new half-hour "Grace and Frankie," and this comedy comes front loaded with names sure to resonate with the Baby Boomer set. Oscar-winner Jane Fonda will co-star with Lily Tomlin in what Netflix promises will be a "very different kind of sitcom" from "Friends" creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris.
When Jen faces the camera to calmly explain her cancer diagnosis, it's almost as if the tiny doctor is speaking reassuringly to one of her own patients. Yes, it's stage 3, and it will require chemotherapy, and it's best for her to start treatment right away -- despite the fact she and Bill have a new arrival, Zoey, in the house.
I bet she's a great doctor, because she's so calm and collected as she delivers this dose of horrible news. It's easy to believe that everything is going to be fine (and, according to Jen, it is now). But I bet being a doctor who knows full well what stage 3 of a fast-growing cancer can be, she was more rattled than we ever knew.
While I think there's an entire book to be written about the weirdly cozy relationship between Aviva's ex-husband Harry, Aviva, Sonja and Aviva's current husband Reid, sadly that wasn't the focus of this week's episode of "The Real Housewives of New York." No, that was devoted to a topic familiar to anyone who watches reality television -- does a book deal make you a "real" writer, and if so, do you actually have to write anything? Or can you, like, call up a guy and tell him some stories and make him, like, do it so you can go to parties and stuff?
As we all know, this is going to be a tough season for 'The Little Couple' (TLC, Tues. at 10:00 p.m. ET). Though they've finally completed their family with the adoption of baby Zoey, Jen is ill. In this week's episode, we learn what the diagnosis is. Although we've all read about it, it's not easy to hear.
It's hard to be the father of a teenaged daughter, isn't it? Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best" (USA, Tues. at 10:00 p.m. ET) is certainly feeling challenged by 16-year-old Savannah, who is embarking on a runway modeling career. The problem is that she has to wear the clothes given to her, which might show skin, like elbows and backs and stuff. I'm fairly sure most people wouldn't find the outfits she wears for her first runway show all that scandalous, but you be the judge. Watch the clip and weigh in. Too much?
The first part of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" season reunion is never all that fiery. The ladies have just arrived, they're still thinking about how pretty they look in their big girl clothes, and no one's been drinking (actually, can't rule that one out entirely). But the cracks start showing in the women's composure once Andy starts poking them with a stick, and soon we get a good idea of who will be going for the throat, who will sit meekly on the sidelines, and who will emerge the queen bee.
If you ever find yourself watching "Survivor" and rolling your eyes at the general whininess of the contestants, try tuning in to Discovery's "Naked and Afraid" (Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET). You will not find the survivalists on this show whiny. Crazy, maybe, but not whiny. Never, ever whiny.
When the show kicks off, Tom Bergeron makes it abundantly clear that it's out with the old "Dancing with the Stars" and in with the new. Buh-bye, Brooke Burke-Charvet, hello, Erin Andrews (hate to say it, but it's already an improvement)! See ya old musical director, hello shiny new one! Look at these new singers! Check out our new band! Okay, we get it. After this many seasons, why not distract us with a nip and a tuck?
Dammit, Kenya, why'd you have to do that? Just when we'd categorized Twirl Girl as our resident drama queen/lunatic, she had to go grab our sympathy by sobbing through a fertility ritual and then talking (seemingly honesty, but who knows?) about how her biological clock got flipped on when she was 35.
We got more than one surprise in this episode, and for me one of them is that, yes, the show appears to be back on track. After the endless, dreary sludge of Neverland, we're back in Storybrooke AND Fairytale Land with complimentary story lines, a mystery, and a new big bad worthy of Regina's bad side. Spoilers after the jump, yo.