Miniseries will chronicle magician's rise to fame
The war between vamps and humans takes a new direction
Can you believe it's been a whole season of "True Blood"? I certainly can, as plot points and storylines have zinged past our heads like vases during a lovers' quarrel in a 1940s B movie. Though that's meant some shoddy character development and (especially in this episode) some false turns in the service of wrapping up a storyline, the good news is that this season finale sets us up for what could be a dark future, but one possibly more satisfying than this one.
They may not be pretty, but they work
Want to have a bloody good weekend? Then tune in to Discovery Fit & Health on Saturday at 10:00 p.m. for an all new episode of "Bizarre ER." On the show, you'll meet a woman who’s landed in the ER after hurling herself off a ten-foot platform onto a giant rubber ball, a man who’s trapped inside his own prosthetic leg, and a kickboxer who’s travelled 8,000 miles over ten days with a broken jaw. But wait! There's more!
In the clip, get a glimpse of the man who receives a double arm transplant after his own were electrocuted in a freak accident.
The reality stars say we'll never see the whole, horrible truth
George Wright and Scott Lomu of Discovery's "Jungle Gold" (Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET) give the term "gold diggers" a literal spin with this reality show, now in its second season. If you haven't seen the show, it's a doozie. Two guys lose their shirts when the real estate bubble bursts and decide to do the logical thing -- hunt for gold in Ghana! I got a chance to talk with the pair about how the show came about, how they feel about those that accuse them of faking and what their wives really think of what they're doing.
With the Giudices in legal hot water, will this add drama or be too much?
Season six of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" hasn't gotten the go-ahead from Bravo just yet, but if it does, we can guess at least one meaty topic that will be gossip fodder -- Teresa and Joe Giudice's legal problems. While the ladies have snarked back and forth over the seasons about who is in debt, who's declaring bankruptcy and who's just a piece of work, the latest disaster is much weightier than past ones. Joe Giudice could be deported (he was born in Italy) and both he and his wife are facing jail time.
The season premiere is the top nonfiction series telecast in cable history
Our special guest has stories that will stun you
Melinda and I were thrilled to get a chance to talk to "Breaking Bad" writer/director George Mastras this week. We love the show (Mastras is Emmy nominated for the season five episode "Dead Freight," which he wrote and directed), but we'd be eager to talk to this guy anyway -- he's a former lawyer, criminal investigator, novelist, world traveler and grade A storyteller. Whether or not you watch "Breaking Bad," you owe it to yourself to hear what Mastras has to say about the creative process, why he's not rooting for Walter White anymore, and one of the scariest travel encounters we've ever heard. Tune in. You won't regret it. [SPOILER ALERT: If you're very behind and haven't gotten as far as season 5, episode 5 of "Breaking Bad," you may want to save this podcast (and read no further) until you watch it.].
One pastor is the brother of dance music icon Grace Jones
Oxygen is hoping to make the case that men of God aren't necessarily stuffy (and, in some cases, can be kinda sexy) with its new show, "Preachers of L.A." (premiering Oct. 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET). Promising to give viewers a "candid and revealing look at six boldly different, world-renowned mega-pastors in Southern California," the show has given HitFix a first look at the stars' virtual trading cards. Fun facts: one of the guys is music icon Grace Jones' brother. Also in the batch are former drug addicts, a retired pro skateboarder, and one guy who designs his own clothes. Collect 'em!
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All-Stars are added to the mix and the bar is raised
We're down to the top ten, and this season is getting much, much harder to read due to the level of talent this season. Usually there are a few dancers squeaking through on great backstories and arresting person style (mohawk, cough, cough, ear plugs, cough). This season, even the remaining tap dancer and hip hop dancer are strong in other styles. Of course, having too many favorites is a problem I can handle.
Cristina Yang may be Meredith's person, but she could be more
It had to happen eventually, didn't it? After the upcoming tenth season of "Grey's Anatomy," Sandra Oh (who plays the frequently crotchety Dr. Cristina Yang) will be signing off from the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As Oh explained, "It's such an interesting thing to play a character for so long and to actually get the sense that she wants to be let go as well. [Cristina] wants to be let go, and I am ready to let her go." Me, too.