"The Vampire Diaries" is back, and for just a moment it's possible to pretend that the season opener might ease into the action. Caroline and Elena are skipping off to college just like regular girls who drink beer instead of blood, talking about laundry days and where to put the panini press, while devoted Damon has promised to keep the flame alive long distance while babysitting Jeremy. This makes me miss old, bad boy Damon just a little bit, as he seems to be one step away from wearing an apron and making French toast, but he's still his snarky self, so I'll let it pass. These first few moments are as charming as they are jarring, as we know "The Vampire Diaries" never lets our vampires relax for long.
As Marcel on "The Originals" (premiering tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on The CW), Charles Michael Davis is all charismatic malice, charming even when he's tearing apart anyone who'd be stupid enough to stand in his way. Marcel might just be the guy to take on Klaus (Joseph Morgan), though we'll find out how that head-to-head turns out soon enough. The show, a spinoff from "The Vampire Diaries," follows Klaus to New Orleans, a little swamp he once built into a real city many, many years ago -- and, when he left, a city he left in the hands of his friend Marcel. Now Klaus is back, and Marcel isn't all that happy to hand over the reigns. I talked to Davis during press tour, and found out that, like Marcel, he's charming and, yes, funny. Unlike Marcel, I don't think he kills people when they displease him. Or at least I hope not.
Given that "American Horror Story: Coven" will be chock full of grand dames (Kathy Bates! Angela Bassett! Jessica Lange!), it's only right that the costumes be all kinds of awesome. Forget those mental patient rags and nuns' habits of "Asylum" and put these ladies in ornate frocks and elegant black dresses with on-trend peplums! It's highly superficial to gush over what these ladies will be wearing, but damn, these costumes are awesome! Plus, we don't have much else to go on at this point, other than some creepy promos that don't tie into the actual show and a teaser that makes the show look a little bit like "The Craft," which I'm hoping is just an unfortunate accident.
Oh, last night's episode of "Nashville" started out with such promise, didn't it? First, Juliette meets with the new president of Edgehill Records, Jeff, and discovers she's no longer the bright shiny penny of the company. As we learn, he's a bean counter, and Juliette hasn't been moving enough beans lately. When she protests that she's simply growing into a "mature" new sound, Jeff snaps back that that sound isn't even besting Rayna James' sales numbers, so clearly, the mature audience isn't all that interested. Juliette fumes and storms out, which allows Rayna to storm right in.
"Top Chef" is back, and while some things are different (there's a cool TV in the stew room!), many things remain the same. Case in point: at this stage in the competition, there are too many cooks in the kitchen and not enough minutes in the show to get to know them all. So, let's not worry about who's who or where they're from. After all, one of the few chefs with an interesting backstory gets the boot before the show is over. Let's just hope the food continues to look delicious.
So, "Top Chef" returns tonight for an 11th season, this time very slightly tweaked. If you got a chance to watch the web series "Padma's Picks," you probably already know one of the first twists. Padma Lakshmi, having traveled around New Orleans (where the show is based this season), has already hosted a mini version of the show, in which ten of the city's best chefs have battled to get a slot on the TV series. It's a small twist, however, and after so many seasons, the question isn't whether this twist will add something to the existing series -- it's whether the existing series needed a bigger revamp.
Walter White may be gone from the airwaves, but Bryan Cranston -- or at least his voice -- isn't. He's narrating H2's new show "Big History," a series that will dare to reveal one grand unified theory for how every event throughout history is connected. It's not blue meth, but it's still pretty cool, don't you think? Oh, and Bill Gates is involved, too, if you needed more big name cred.
The 10-hour series will premiere on Sat. Nov. 2 at 10:00 PM ET. In addition to be narrating by three-time Emmy winner Cranston, the show is produced in collaboration with the Big History Project – a free, online course from Professor David Christian and Bill Gates.
It's hard to pick just 10 creepy moments in "American Horror Story" (does an entire season count?), but the nonstop scariness of this series, which returns Oct. 9 at 10:00 p.m. on FX, did have some standout moments. Of course, if you haven't watched, this photo gallery is chock full of spoilers. But if you want to remember the best of the worst of times from the show, don't blame us if your blood runs cold.
Check out our picks here:
Interested in voodoo? Well, you will be after "American Horror Story: Coven" begins on Oct. 9 at 10:00 p.m. on FX, so the network decided to release this little tutorial. Consider it educational programming for your dark side. Of course, no one seemed to think that including the bit about how Hollywood always messes up voodoo, and that fact has completely annoyed practitioners, but I'm sure "AHS" will be very, very respectful. Not camp or crazy at all.
I'd like to think I try to be smart about my finances. Yet, I draw the line at sharing dental floss. You know who doesn't? These people on "Extreme Cheapskates" (season premiere Wed. Oct. 23 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC). Never has a couple sharing the shower been so unsexy.