This week's episode of "True Blood" was equal parts poignant and gory, not always successfully so. Though storylines need to be wrapped up as we go roaring into the season finale next week, the juxtaposition of a fond farewell to Terry Bellefleur and the brutal conclusion of Bill and Eric's efforts to save their vampire kin from human captors was sometimes moving but often jarring. Yeah, I get it -- the horrors that made Terry want to die are probably similar to the horrors we're seeing in the human-vampire battle. Fine. I just think it's hard to switch focus after you've shown someone getting their genitals ripped off.
It's an episode both gross and poignant as the war continues
Were these designers chosen for talent or for mental instability?
Last night's episode of "Project Runway" had a great deal going for it, didn't it? Jesse Tyler Ferguson! Bow ties! A trip to Mood! Some exceptional designs (Cam's and Bradon's come to mind) walked the runway! Alas, all of that was overshadowed by Sandro. Sandro, who'd seemed like a somewhat eccentric, mostly tasteless addition to the show (remember when he sent that model down the runway with her vajayjay showing? Oh, how we laughed!), proved himself to be less quirky fun than entirely unhinged.
Of course, this was reality TV gold, so the episode started with his meltdown, then returned to it at the end of the show so we could hear every bleep and, whenever possible, read lips to fill in the gaps. F word! S word! C word! Something Russian! Whoot!
He's 'working past the hurt' with co-star Breckin Meyer
If you want to feel kind of lazy and possibly insecure about your own inability to finish a single load of laundry, talk to Thomas Lennon about his schedule. He's written a bunch of scripts with "The State" and "Reno 911" co-star Robert Ben Garant (look for their big screen takes on "Baywatch" and "Night at the Museum 3" soon). He's written a book, also with Garant, about how to break into Hollywood ("Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!") Plus, he shows up in, well, pretty much everything. He's also grown a most excellent mustache, which is more than enough, really.
In addition to playing a mean boss this fall on the new NBC show "Sean Saves the World," he's a bounty hunter with self-control issues on "Franklin & Bash" tonight at 9:00 p.m. on TNT (if you missed that, don't worry -- he'll remind you). His secret? Being kind of compulsive, though perhaps not in a crippling O.C.D.-I-left-the-iron-on-and-must-wash-my-hands-400-times kind of way. He even carved a few minutes out of an admittedly crazy schedule to talk with me and take off his clothes (well, that's what he said, anyway; it was a phone interview). Here's what he had to say about his Hollywood and Vine doppleganger, his "feud" with Breckin Meyer, and leaving bun prints on Linda Lavin's car.
An All-Star steps in for a dancer who's out sick
It's time for the top ten! I got a chance to visit the set of "So You Think You Can Dance" this week and talk to some of the dancers (and hear what Nigel, Mary and some choreographers had to say). I'll post a story soon, but before that happens, we have to say goodbye to two dancers. I really can't understand how Cat Deeley does this every week.
The show won't be in the States until January, but here's a taste
January seems a long way away, especially when American fans of "Downton Abbey" realize they'll have to wait until then to see season four. Luckily, PBS brought some of the stars -- Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith, Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Joanne Froggatt, (Anna Bates), Phyllis Logan, (Mrs. Hughes), Sophie McShera, (Daisy Mason) as well as executive producer Gareth Neame and series executive producer of "Masterpiece" Rebecca Eaton -- to talk to press tour attendees about the show and what fans might want to expect. I'll be live blogging the most likely very polite conversation.
Gretchen apologized, but Heather didn't feel she needed to do the same
I love the parties they have on "The Real Housewives" franchise. For the season finale of the Orange County installment, Vicki's house gets all decked out like a winter wonderland them (penguins in the pool!) so that, if there is blood splatter, it will really pop against all the white. It's little details like that that really set this series apart.
With Brooks having backed out, it's anyone's guess what Des will do
So, after last week's episode of "The Bachelorette," it seemed that this season of the show was pretty much a gory mess of disappointment and dead roses. Brooks, one of my favorites to win the whole kit and kaboodle (glad I didn't put money on it!) dumped Des like a load of moldy laundry. It was the kind of teary, agonizing break-up that made me want to buy Des a copy of "He's Just Not That Into You" and a pint of Ben & Jerry's. If you didn't see it, it was bad with a capital B, and, while plenty of people have been dumped in exactly the same way, most of them didn't have camera crews around to record every single, hideous moment. At least we learned Des' false eyelashes are really, really well secured. I see sponsorship possibilities!
Sarah takes the crazy train to a horrible stop
The pressure of floating along finally sinks one player
First off, let's all congratulate McCrae and Amanda on their 'Big Brother' (read: totally fake) engagement. So… the "Big Brother" house is kind of like Las Vegas? Does that apply to making racist comments? Because I think Aaryn, GinaMarie and a couple of other people would REALLY like to invoke that rule.
One character may or may not realize she's gay
As you might expect, having Rebel Wilson and Conan O'Brien (the executive producer of her new ABC series "Super Fun Night") on the same panel meant that many, many wisecracks were traded. After O'Brien gushed about meeting Wilson when she was a guest on his show, calling her a "revelation" and "vulnerable, fearless and one of the most likable performers" he has ever met, he explained that he was then eager to work with the "Bridesmaids" star.