Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr
The tension mounts between Ann and Shannon
Guess what? Crazy, bickering women aren't strictly confined to "The Real Housewives" franchise! They also pop up a-plenty on "Cheer Perfection" (Wed. 10:00 p.m. ET, TLC). In this exclusive clip, the mama drama reaches new heights as Anna and Shannon get into it in the parking lot outside the gym. As they battle to defend their teenaged girls, they oddly sound a lot like five-year-olds.
If you're not familiar with the show, head coach Alisha chooses the top five athletes from youth silver to return to Chicago so they might compete in duo and trio divisions. Furious that her daughter Torrann wasn’t selected as one of the ‘fab five,’ cheer mom Ann continues to lash out at the other moms in the gym. And since she has unresolved issues with Shannon, she continues to pick fights with her.
Debbi Morgan, Robin Strasser and Erika Slezak will be returning to the revived shows
If we know anything, it's that you can never count out a long-running soap. After a previous deal to revive the canceled soaps "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" fell apart, now The Online Network has announced it has closed deals with the following talent to revive both shows. More deals are expected to come through in the following weeks, and soap fans can rest assured that at least some of their favorite actors -- and characters -- will be retuning to a screen (yes, a computer screen) near them. Below is a list of some of the writers and stars who will be continuing the story.
The famous chef says
When "The Taste" premieres with a two-hour episode tonight (Tues. 8:00 p.m. on ABC), the new cooking contest promises to put 16 competitors of varying skill levels -- from professional chefs to home cooks -- to the ultimate taste test. Each must create a perfect bite for food icons and judge/mentors Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludovic Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey. To make it a little tougher on the judges, the taste test is truly blind -- they don't get to see the chef or learn anything about him or her before they must decide whether or not they want that chef to be part of their team. Then, at the end of each episode, they must judge the competitors' dishes blind to determine who's getting sent home. You know, like "The Voice," but with food.
Adrienne and Paul reemerge and Lisa holds a grudge against Mauricio
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
You know that fight Mauricio and Brandi had last week at Kyle's little Moroccan-themed get together? Well, it was so intense, it's still going on a week later! Not really, but we're picking up right where we left off last week, which means more of Brandi screaming and swearing, more of Mauricio wondering why he didn't just pick up McDonald's and have a quiet meal at home, and Ken nibbling on Mauricio's knees in defense of his glamazon faux-girlfriend. Oh, and as usual Taylor tries to make it all about her, not that anyone cares.
Twelve bachelorettes play a nasty game of volleyball to win time with Sean
Okay, I had massive Slingbox problems, so I missed the first ten minutes of the show. Still, I think I can get up to speed pretty quickly. I'm just guessing, but I'm sure some bachelorette said she's falling harder than she expected to fall, another said she's worried she's going home, another said she will do anything to get a rose, and Sean said he's just so happy and blessed. Am I right? Am I right?
Phaedra and Kenya ask the eternal question: stallion or donkey?
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
Whatever did this show do before Kenya? Really, the girl is a one woman drama factory, and now that NeNe finds reality TV a bit beneath her, Kim has shuffled off to her own show and Sheree has been unceremoniously dumped, "The Real Housewives" desperately needs an unhinged nutbag like this one. Even with Walt out of the picture, she's still able to stir up plenty of drama all on her on with nothing more than a twirl-worthy dress and a hair flip. Bring it on, Crazypants!
Sybil and Branson return, but not under the best circumstances
We return to "Downton Abbey" this week and find that, despite Edith's horrifying rejection at the altar, life continues on for our beloved Brits. Though Matthew has (finally) agrees to save Downton from a fire sale, that hardly means everything is smooth sailing. This week's episode takes a while to warm up, but once it does it suggests some difficult times are ahead for some pivotal characters (no spoilers, no spoilers) and that we're going to see even more cracks in the problematic class structure and political landscape of 1920s England. As much as I've enjoyed the more insular storylines (and there's still plenty of house intrigue), I can appreciate that in season three we're moving into a broader view of what was happening in the world beyond Downton -- even if it's abundantly clear that not all of it was good.
The star promises that Violet will get a 'happy ending' - but not with a guy
The end is nearing for "Private Practice," (Tues. at 10:00 p.m.) which will be heading off into the TV sunset after six seasons on Jan. 22. I'll admit I'm sad to see the show, a frequently sudsy medical procedural with unexpected emotional kick, go. Even though I came to the party far too late, having gotten hooked on the show during a trip to Brazil (the show was subtitled instead of dubbed into Portuguese, so how could I resist?), it only took a few episodes for me to get so hooked on the travails of Oceanside Wellness Center's beleaguered staff I added it to my to-do list the minute I got home.
So, I was excited to get a chance to talk to star Amy Brenneman (Dr. Violet Turner) about what's on the way. The actress, unlike her grieving character, seemed upbeat and happy to talk about what's next for her (which, so far, isn't TV) and was excited about how Violet's character arc concludes -- hinting that women who might see themselves in Violet should be as well. We discussed whether or not it's possible for the recently widowed Violet to have a happy ending, why she isn't eager to be an "actor for hire" again, and why she found the mixed-up styles of the final season to be "fun, not a challenge."
The Baton Rouge designer explains why his BFF Josh couldn't pitch in
As promised (and hopefully this isn't a huge spoiler for anyone), I interviewed this season's "Project Runway All Stars" winner Anthony Ryan Auld today. It's always a relief to find that someone who seems personable and chatty on reality TV (which, given the sleep deprivation and stress, is not so easy to pull off) is just as friendly over the phone. Auld, who called from his Baton Rouge home, talked about what's next, what he thought of the other finalists, and what was really going on when his BFF Josh McKinley refused to help him in the finale.
Shocking information is revealed in Mystic Falls
Credit: The CW
Before we get started, I'm assuming all of you have read about the "Vampire Diaries" spin-off? If not, just skip the following paragraph. I can't really say there are spoilers, because we know very little about the show. But if you watch "The Vampire Diaries," it's hard not to come to certain conclusions about how it might impact the original, no pun intended.