It seems that everyone I've talked to about Lifetime's "Flowers in the Attic" (premieres Sat. Jan. 18 at 8:00 p.m.) has some memory, good or bad, of the V.C. Andrews' Dollanganger trilogy. If they read the books, they had one of two reactions. They either ripped through them, binging on the glorious trashiness of it all, or they just read the incest parts -- and rolled their eyes at the purple prose. No one is ever going to call "Flowers in the Attic" good literature. Weird, yes, creepy, definitely, but good? Only in the sense that guilty pleasure, so-bad-they're-good kind of way. If you watch anything on Bravo now, you probably have a soft spot for "Flowers in the Attic."
So much happens in this episode of "The Bachelor," I say let's just cut to the chase. There's nudity, rubber fire hydrant suits, drunkenness and puppies. Only one of these is cute. You can guess which one, can't you?
Don't let anyone say "RuPaul's Drag Race" lacks star power. The series, which is returning for its sixth season Mon. Feb. 24 at 9:00 p.m., will not only feature a new fleet of impressive drag queens and the inimitable RuPaul, but will squeeze some new celebrities onto the judges' panel as well.
If you're struggling with your New Year's resolutions, know that whatever self-improvement you're attempting it probably pales in comparison to this woman's many challenges. In this exclusive clip from "My 600-lb Life" (Tues. Jan. 14 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC), we meet Olivia, a 46-year-old woman finally faces her excess weight after a suicide attempt and a long struggle with depression. She doesn't leave her Chicago basement for two years before deciding to make one last attempt at changing her life. She travels to Houston for life-changing surgery, and, as she says, it's one step at a time.
A 21st century continuation of Carl Sagan's heady 1980 series "Cosmos" may not be the pet project you'd expect from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, but it's just one of the surprises the new series, which will air on both FOX and Nat Geo networks, hopes will blow your mind.
Starring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (who became a Twitter break-out star for his comments about the scientific inaccuracies of "Gravity"), the new show is set to premiere Sun. March 9 on FOX and Mon. March 10 on Nat Geo. While the audience at press tour tried to show an interest in all things science, most of the questions were lobbed squarely at MacFarlane.
"Brain Games," the Emmy-nominated Nat Geo show that returns for its second season tonight (Mon. Jan. 13 at 9:00 p.m.) promises more blow-your-mind revelations courtesy of host Jason Silva. Just as you'd expect from enthusiastic "wonder junkie" Silva, this is a TV series that is both smart and great fun (hey, Emmy nomination, people), and the second season explores a new array of topics on how we see, process and think about the world around us - with episodes devoted to attraction, trust, competition, colors, stress and more. Really, everything you need to know? "Brain Games." Okay, everything that's fun to know, at least. Watch this clip from the premiere to get a sense of it.
During press tour, FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly addressed a flurry of questions (and limited his opening questions with an egg timer, which he ultimately reset). But in the onslaught of information, he confirmed some good news for "Batman" fans. The origin story "Gotham," which digs into the story of Commissioner James Gordon, is set to staff up in February and head "into script right after that," according to Reilly.
So, just wondering what bug crawled up NeNe's butt that she felt the need, once again, to light into Porsha like a feral cat on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" this week. Granted, I'd be in a crappy mood, too, if I was at a party where I felt pressure to buy ugly, overpriced jewelry from Cynthia's sister, but picking this fight for the second time didn't make much sense. After all, NeNe discovered that Porsha's nerves are a little frayed when she brought up the topic of the younger woman being a shoddy soul sister in Savannah.
After a death-a-riffic third season, I had high (albeit ridiculous) hopes that "Downton Abbey" might err toward the side of fluffiness and light this time around. I know, I know; as a soap in period dress, the show thrives on domestic trauma and Big Moments. I guess I've just grown so attached to these characters (yes, even Thomas) that I wish they'd all get a little vacation from the non-stop sads. At first, it seemed that things might be looking up, too.
Mary had ditched the all-black wardrobe for some lovely lavender threads (though she looks fab in black; I guess she's a winter), Edith is still happy in love, and below deck everyone was in fine fettle except Moseley, who's never happy anyway. This week, Robert and Cora had thrown open the doors to an assortment of love interests for Mary, and all was well. For a minute. We'll pause here so that anyone who didn't see the episode but is debating about reading further can realize, mmm, bad idea.
This year, certain fashion trends made themselves apparent on the red carpet of the 2014 Golden Globes. Minimal make-up, nude color schemes, strong eyebrows and blinding brights were just a few. The problem is, of course, what a stylist says is "on-trend" may look fine on the runway and like crap on a mere mortal. There were a lot of near misses on the carpet this season. Let's hope that some of these trends don't bleed through to your next formal event, lest you feel the need to hold down a friend and force her to wear lip gloss. It could get ugly. I'm just warning you.