Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr
It's a tough battle to the finish for these three serious contenders
It's down to Sheldon and Brooke! For now! Brooke knows it's going to be top three, but she likes thinking of herself as top two. I don't blame her, but I think she'll end up being the top one, so she might enjoy that more.
Before we get started, we visit each chef on their home turf. It has been six months since the show (sans finale) wrapped, and it's given Sheldon time to learn about all things non-Asian. I'm worried about this, because he's just so good at his particular wheelhouse (which is distinctly different from Brooke's wheelhouse) that I think he's going to overreach. Do what you're good at, Sheldon!
Sean says he thinks Tierra should never have done the show
Chris Harrison promises that all of our burning questions will be answered, and by Sean himself no less, on this very special episode of "The Bachelor." I doubt it. I have burning questions about why this show is so creatively edited, and why Sean thinks he can really find love on a nationally televised dating show that has a really crappy track record, and who was actually a terrible kisser because I have my suspicious, and I'm pretty sure he's not going to answer any of those questions. At least not honestly or directly.
The two new stars of the revamped series
After a ten-month absence, "Body of Proof" returns to ABC tonight (10:00 p.m. ET), but fans of the show may be in for some surprises. After the series saw a ratings surge for the second season's final three episodes, (which were driven by a ticking clock and higher stakes), the show was renewed with the proviso that it emphasize what was ratings gold -- and lose what didn't deliver.
That meant retooling the show from the ground up. Of course, that also meant cast and executive changes. While stars Dana Delany and Jeri Ryan return, Sonja Sohn, Nicholas Bishop and John Carroll Lynch will not. Plus, writer/executive producer Evan Katz ("24") and Mark Valley ("Boston Legal") joined the show. Valley, who will play Detective Tommy Sullivan, is the latest romantic interest for Delany's prickly Megan Hunt. I spoke to Valley and Delany at TCAs this winter, and discovered that the two already have banter well in place. Plus, there were some changes to the show Delany was excited about -- as well as some she wasn't.
An heiress will be joining the cast of crazy women
"The Real Housewives of Orange County"
Can you stand it? No, really, can you? "The Real Housewives of Orange County" will be returning for an eighth season on Monday, April 1 (8:00 p.m. on Bravo). Returning Housewives Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino and Heather Dubrow are joined by new castmember, heiress Lydia McLaughlin. Also, after leaving the show four seasons ago, original Housewife Lauri Peterson will make a "surprising return." Click here for a sneak peek at the show.
If you can't bring yourself to watch the video, here's a rundown of what's ahead:
Adrienne, Paul and Brandi fight some more
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
I've heard of many ridiculous Hollywood parties in my time, most of them hosted by talent agencies. But never before have I heard of someone having a party for her nose, or, to paraphrase Kyle, a nose quinceanera. I had hoped Kim might really go all-out with the theme, giving people gift bags of tissue paper and decongestants and floating big, green blobs in her pool, but no such luck. Instead, she has some little fake lilies and Chinese lanterns and calls it a party. I call that a Friday night. What a wasted opportunity!
Sean locks horns with a reluctant brother
It's time for home visits! These are always more than a little uncomfortable, as the parents don't want to look like they're sending a daughter head first into traffic but do want to be supportive. Or at least some of them want to be supportive. Basically, everyone looks a little miserable and hyper aware of the cameras, and half of the time you expect them to turn to the camera operator and ask if they look fat in whatever they're wearing. So, I hope Sean is ready for this, because I'm pretty confident most of the people he'll be meeting aren't.
Cynthia's pageant hits some rough patches and Porsha tries parenting
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
Le sigh. It's time for yet another uneven episode of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," which alternates between kinda boring and off-the-rails nutjob crazy. This week, it's a little more the former simply because Kenya is behaving herself like a proper Miss USA and not running around twirling her dress. I didn't realize how dependent I had become on Kenya for "RHoA" drama, sort of like ignoring a creeping caffeine addiction or a suspicious mole, but now I'm confronted with the reality that the show is just kind of dull without her shenanigans, whether I like her or not.
Everything is mostly fine for the season finale until it isn't
A scene from the "Downton Abbey" finale
It's been a long, difficult third season for "Downton Abbey," and it wasn't too much for any of us to hope that the show might cruise calmly into a happy ending with this, the seventh and last episode of the season. Of course, this would be the point in the recap where I tell the four of you who've been able to sidestep spoilers for this episode to watch first and then come back. I would hate to be the person to blow the twist in this one for you, simply because it must have taken great effort to block out the hints and full-blown revelations that have been everywhere short of the nutrition labels for Wheetabix. There might even be one there, if you read the fine print.
It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now
Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...
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It's flowers and hardware for this week's unconventional challenge
Oh, boy! It's an unconventional challenge! I'm really hoping we get some crazy, creative stuff this week, because this season needs a boost. Sort of like how Dream Team needs a boost. Or therapy. Or a mediator. Seriously, I don't think I can stand to see the designers on this team take another drubbing, because it's only a matter of time before someone starts cutting themselves to deal with the pain. These are creative types, "Project Runway." They're sensitive. Be nice.
Tim invites the designers into the workroom, which is stuffed full of noxious Glade candles. Please stop making Tim pimp for brands, "Project Runway." He's better than this, even if the show is not.