One of the great, under-appreciated joys of watching "Scandal" each week is Cyrus Beene. As played by Jeff Perry, Fitz's long-suffering Chief of Staff lives in a constant state of panic as he frantically cleans up the messes POTUS (Tony Goldwyn) blithely makes as he flip-flops between pining for Olivia (Kerry Washington) and hating her guts. It's a tour-de-force performance that doesn't always take center stage -- at least, not until last week.
Man, do Melinda and I have all the luck or what? We got yet another amazing guest to sit down with us a few weeks ago (or really, sit down with Melinda, as I was phoning in from Las Vegas). Phil Collen, superstar guitarist for Def Leppard and Manraze (his band with Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols and Simon Laffy of Collens Girl), had a friendly chat with us which was ridiculous, raucous fun. We discussed Manraze's new EP, "I Surrender," Def Leppard's next album, his in-the-works autobiography, his amazing abs, veganism and, yes, those infamous Def Leppard backstage passes.
Warning: Phil's team just happened to pass along the image below, as it was something we discussed during the podcast. Alas, it may not be suitable for your workplace. You're welcome. Here's the rundown:
Alaska is not the easiest place in which to live. Actually, it's a pretty damn hard place in which to live, at least if you go by what you see on "LIfe Below Zero: Long Road Home" (Tues. Dec. 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Nat Geo). In this exclusive clip, we see why it's really, really important for Sue to get fuel to run her company. As the only emergency airport for 100 miles, fliers are grounded and worse, can't fly in -- and she hasn't gotten a shipment for a week.
Remember the old Snooki? The drunken, sloppy, dancing-on-tables Snooki? Well, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is thin, fit and sober these days. She's doing things like appearing on "Dancing with the Stars" and taking care of her baby boy. But she's still funny, as we can see in this exclusive clip form "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (Sun. Dec. 8 at 10:00 p.m. ET on OWN). And she has awesome biceps. So there!
I really wasn't sure what to make of this week's episode of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." At first, it's all about big, meaningful moments that would likely resonate more if they didn't seem so laden with humble bragging and narcissism. While David Foster receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a big deal, it's probably more exciting if you're actually there. Watching Kim shopping for graduation dresses with her kid? Not all that exciting either way.
High school isn't easy for most kids, but Sarah Atwell has had it considerably tougher than your average teen. She suffers from a rare disease called neurofibromatosis, which has caused a massive tumor to overtake half of her face. In the one-hour special "The Girl with Half A Face," (premieres Wed. Dec. 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Discovery Fit & Health with an encore Wed. Jan. 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET), Sarah invited cameras to follow her (get an idea of what they found in the clip).
This week on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," we saw several things I never expected to see. One, Peter gave Apollo advice, and it didn't suck. Two, NeNe gave Cynthia parenting advice, and it also didn't suck. And finally three, fiercely independent Kandi turned into a puddle of spineless goo when confronted with a difficult situation, which did, in fact, suck. But hey, if everyone insisted on behaving themselves with such exceptional reserve, this was going to turn into a Very Special Episode of "Downton Abbey" or something.
It's back to Neverland, and we seem close to wrapping up and heading back to Storybrooke. It can't be soon enough, if you ask me, as Neverland has been a dark and depressing place where story lines became clunky, Pan's motivations bent awkwardly in the service of forwarding Emma, Regina, Snow and Charming's stories and it all felt a little more claustrophobic than I imagined it would. But I'm not giving up hope yet, mind you. Anything is possible in Neverland, right?
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?
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?)"!