Esther is putting her plan into action - but can she really defeat Klaus?
It seems we're entering the winter of Elena's discontent, or at the very least one hell of a romantic lull. Since she rejected Damon, he's quickly reverted back into bad guy mode, and though Stefan seems perilously close to becoming the Stefan we used to know, he's clinging to two ideas pretty fiercely -- that feelings are pain, and loving someone is just a bad idea for all involved when you're a bloodsucker. Even a minor spark with Matt never really got rekindled, so Elena is just going to have to go it alone -- as usual. It turns out having hot vampire brothers lust after you isn't so much fun after all.
It's a Broadway challenge and more than one designer has flop sweat
So this week we have the "Godspell" challenge, which will allow the judges a chance to cackle as they toss out one of their few (maybe only) reliable rules (don't go costumey!) to make the designers, well, go costumey. Welcome to Upside Down World, where good is bad and bad is good and, well, that's kind of "Project Runway" every damn week. Remember, it's not fun unless somebody cries!
The New Zealand native admits he'd like to see the 'Breaking Bad' version of 'Diaries'
The final four face the silliest challenges of the season
So, our final four intrepid chefs must face off in British Columbia, which seems a little random given that the show is called "Top Chef Texas," but I guess Texas was closed that week. Seriously, though, did the show's producers feel they'd exhausted the possibilities of an entire state? Anyway, Sarah is thrilled to be in British Columbia, plus she's a new, nicer Sarah! At least until Bev show up. Sarah, Lindsay and Paul have a bond. Bev, well, Little Weirdo is on her own unless Paul throws her some conversation. Yes, Sarah can tell us she's new and improved, but let's face it -- you can take the mean girl out of Texas, but she's still a petty, backstabbing viper under the parka. Sarah interrupts Bev when Paul asks Bev about Last Chance Kitchen. Sarah rolls her eyes behind Bev's back. Yes, New Sarah is JUST as awful as the old Sarah!
Peggy and Alexis are feuding, but what's up with Heather and Gretchen?
So, "The Real Housewives of Orange County" may have been the first in the housewives franchise, but increasingly it's starting to look like a tired, middle-aged trophy wife who's trying too hard. Yet again we get another week of petty spats that go nowhere, bimbo logic and a few dramatic moments that, bluntly, defy logic. Maybe the housewives are just getting tired. Maybe the scripting is falling flat. Or maybe (shocker!) the ladies are just learning to deal with their problems in their own weird, dysfunctional way.
Her character will be the focus of a crossover with 'Grey's Anatomy'
It may be hard to visualize scruffy teen Rayanne Graff of "My So-Called Life" all grown up, but A.J. Langer has been playing Erica Warner, a mom suffering from a brain tumor, on "Private Practice" this season. The role will get a double-series punch as part of a special, two-hour "Practice" crossover with "Grey's Anatomy" on Thursday (starting at 9 p.m. on ABC). I spoke with Langer about her unexpected role, why she put acting on hold for four years and why she doesn't mind if she's always associated with a fictional rebellious teen.
It's Kim's turn on the reunion that seemingly will never end
We have finally reached the end of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" three-part reunion, which feels a bit like having gotten through a particularly tedious government studies class or a "Nightline" marathon. But the good news is that we finally get to see Kim post-rehab, Dana (before she's shuffled off into the reality TV sunset, I'm sure) and all the many men of the show (all three of them). And really, isn't that enough?
Survivors' footage drives the special about the recent maritime disaster
If it all seemed a bit like the sinking of the Titanic when it was happening, the capsizing of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy is now revealed to be, at least through survivors' footage, possibly just as scary. In "Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Concordia" (world premiere special airs Sun. Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. on Discovery), exclusive footage shows Captain Francsesco Schettino speaking by phone on the bridge, seemingly oblivious to the emergency situation unraveling for his 4,200 passengers and crew. An officer is heard shouting, "What shall we do?" while someone else cries "General emergency!" and yet the order to abandon ship still isn't given. Instead, Schettino is heard asking for "tug boats." Hard to believe? Watch a snippet of the special below.
The girls are ready to mutiny against the model, but is Ben ready to hear it?
Ben and the girls are off to Belize, and Ben is so excited! I'm less excited because Courtney is still on the show. This girl practically defines the word simpering, and with the baby voice, the lip sucking and the general childishness, I can't quite wrap my head around the idea that Ben has an interest in this manipulative, catty airhead. Each week that passes that doesn't result in her getting the boot just convinces me that Ben is 1) stupid 2) completely superficial and/or 3) an insecure little boy who's looking for someone as close to simple minded as possible so he can feel better about himself. In any case, I'm beginning to think that any of the girls who seem the least bit funny, smart or bubbly will really be better off getting kicked off the show at this point. Increasingly, it seems like dodging a bullet.
It's time for the latest batch of contestants to be tested
It's time for another two-hour shot of blind auditions. What we don't know? Whether Cee-Lo will bust out the cat again. We can only hope.