It looks as if this long, dark tea-time of the soul that has been our stay in Neverland on "Once Upon A Time" might actually be wrapped up sooner rather than later, and I hope that means Emma and the gang can head home to Storybrooke. Really, I don't care where the story heads, as long as it's off this misbegotten island (I'd like to ask Ed Kitsis and Adam Horowitz what's their deal with islands).
If you ever think, gosh, I should have gone into the glamorous world of medicine, take heart! It's not all "Grey's Anatomy" and lollipops, people. Being a first year intern certainly wasn't all that glamorous for Dr. Andy Kahn. In an exclusive clip from this week's episode of "Untold Stories of the ER" (Fri. at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery Fit & Health, then repeats Sat. at 9:00 p.m. on TLC), watch as Kahn gets stuck with a case none of his coworkers wanted -- a wild-eyed, compulsive masturbator who won't even take a break when medical professionals want to take his blood pressure.
This week, the Silas/Amara/Tessa triangle finally did in some dopplegangers, and 2,000 years of hatred and spite was taken to its logical, bloody conclusion. I will say I'm a little sad to see this storyline wrap up (if it is, in fact, wrapped up) because I'd grown so fond of Silas. Yes, he was a horrible, horrible villain, but he was also a pretty funny one. Take this week's opening scene; Silas yammers about his horrible life to a couple sitting at a bus stop. Yes, it might have been funnier if he hadn't liquified the internal organs of the boyfriend to make a point, but then, it wouldn't be Silas.
You may miss Haley Joel Osment in the pilot of "Alpha House" (his character doesn't step from the shadows until we're a few episodes into the season), but he's sure to have an impact. As Shelby, an eager young reporter for the Reno Gazette assigned to cover Senator Laffer (Matt Malloy), he might be just doing his job -- or maybe looking for dirt to dig. Go ahead, say it -- Shelby just has a sixth sense about these things.
When people think of Gary Trudeau, they probably think of the politically-themed comic strip "Doonesbury." What they don't think of is a sitcom about Republicans. During a recent press day for Trudeau's new Amazon series "Alpha House" (premieres Nov. 15), I talked to stars John Goodman and Matt Malloy about why they wanted to get involved and what they thought of their oddball characters.
While people may not associate Amazon with original programming, "Alpha House" and the new series "Betas" hopes to change all that. The shows feature recognizable talent and clearly aim to horn in on the prestige audience Netflix has built.
Even though this has been a fairly boring season of "Top Chef," we do get a mild surprise at the beginning of this week's episode: Nick is sick! I should say Nicholas has strep, but that doesn't rhyme. In any case, he must recover from strep throat in one day or risk being eliminated from the challenge. I didn't think this was humanly possible, so I'm wondering if part of this episode will feature a wonder drug or a maybe some real New Orleans voodoo, which would really spice things up!
"American Horror Story," you so crazy! I say that with love, by the way. So much happened in this episode, much of it entirely batcrap insane, that it took a while to digest it all. It was like going to a Vegas buffet of all-you-can-eat mucho nutso. Still, that's a minor quibble. I am hoping, though, that you can stop with the extreme low angle shots. I don't need to see so many feet, and it's less spooky than annoying. There are so many other ways for you to trigger nausea. But, again, the loopy cinematography just means you're trying as hard as you can to bring the shock and awe. Don't think I don't appreciate it.
You know, searching for gold isn't easy. Doing it in icy water? Even harder. But that's exactly what the brave (and crazy) souls on "Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice" (Fridays at 10:00 p.m. on the Discovery Channel) are up to.
In an exclusive clip from this week's show, The Clark captain Zeke Tenhoff heads under the ice with a member of his diving crew to check out a new piece of equipment that is capable of sucking up more gold. However, with more equipment comes more danger and the chance to get stuck under the ice.
Finally! Tim Gunn has landed his own fashion competition series on Lifetime. "Under the Gunn" premieres Jan. 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET, and really, not a moment too soon. America’s favorite mentor will pass the torch to "Project Runway" alumni Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos. The trio has shown their prowess on the runway as contestants, but now must prove they have the vision and business savvy to mentor and manage a fashion empire with 15 new up-and-coming designers under their watch.
In tonight's new episode of "The Originals' (Tues. at 8:00 p.m. on the CW), we got a few surprises. Klaus bit Elijah with his killer hybrid spit! Tyler's back! Oh, and Marcel didn't steal Hayley last week -- Tyler did. I'm not sure I bought much of Tyler's cameo appearance, as much as I enjoyed seeing him again (even if he did show up on "The Vampire Diaries" just to take a crap on Caroline's heart).