Last night I was going to post a piece about all of the things that were frustrating me about "Once Upon A Time" this season. What the hell was up with Tamara and Greg? Why did they kill magical beings with a taser, of all things? Why did they want to kill them anyway? And why don't Neal and Emma just get together already? But I didn't, knowing I (along with some other journalists) was going to have an informal breakfast with show creators Adam Horowitz and Ed Kitsis today. The good news is that some of the things that were bugging me will be resolved by the end of the season finale on May 12, and even better? They can't defend that stupid taser, either.
Show creators Kitsis and Horowitz talk season finale and that taser
Creator Mike Kelley says a 'core cast member' will be offed, but who?
The two-hour season wrap-up of "Revenge" isn't upon us until May 12, but we already know one thing. ABC has promised that "someone will die," and show creator Mike Kelley has told TVLine that it will be "one of our core cast members" who won't make it to season three. Apparently this demise will come as a shock to Emily, but I'm not so sure it will be as much of a shock to us. After all, there are only so many "core" characters who could be sent packing without ruining the balance of the entire show.
After tonight's episode, we seemed closer to narrowing the field of possibilities as well. Here's a totally uninformed look at who could go, how likely that might be, and what we'll do (or not do) without them.
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...
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too.
The pithy designer apologized just once for talking trash on the show
Competition reality television can be a cruel mistress. The moments when you behave like a perfectly decent person end up on the cutting room floor while the one time you snarl at a competitor who richly deserves it, they put it on a loop. But this season of "Project Runway" had to be one of the nicest in recent memory. It was low on villains, high on little acts of kindness, and featured some pretty damn good clothing to boot. But maybe I feel that way because the competitor for whom I was rooting, Michelle Lesniak Franklin, took home top honors. Whoot!
Olivia and Fitz are back on again, but for how long?
Before we get started, is anyone working on a song using the dialogue between Fitz and Olivia as the lyrics? "I cannot exist without you, I cannot breathe without yoooou!" Cue piano glissade! "I'm nothing and you are everything, and I need you to give me another chance!" I'm serious, it could work. But I digress. This episode wasn't about Fitz and Olivia, not really. This episode was about Huck and his sad, bad backstory that we had all expected to hear about eventually even as we kind of preferred being left in the dark. As messed up as Huck is, you knew it had to be bad with a capital B.
It's a hectic fashion week when one designer almost misses the deadline
So here we are at the finale, and while I don't think I'll be too upset if any one of these three designers win, I definitely have a favorite going in (which some of you who listened to the podcast this week already know).
As much as I appreciate some of Stanley's work, he seems to be stuck in churning out retro silhouettes for a consumer old enough to remember when these looks were in the first time. I love that he has such an appreciation for quality fabrics and all the little details, but I suspect that someday there is a job at St. John waiting for him.
Klaus visits an old friend in New Orleans but that isn't the surprise
I will say, Klaus can be a very difficult hybrid to love.
At first, his visit to New Orleans seems like the usual vampire busy work. Find a witch, threaten her, discover who wants to kill you, blah blah blah. But on "The Vampire Diaries," vampire busy work is never just that. Klaus quickly bumps into his old friend Marcel, a charming vampire who was once one of Klaus' minions. That was 100 years ago, of course, and these days Marcel is the king of all he surveys. He's somehow managed to make the witch community believe he controls the magic in town (which may be true or may be a bluff), has run out the werewolves, and has a steady stream of delicious tourists on which to dine. If Klaus were a nice guy, he'd be proud of his former lackey, who has so clearly made good (at least in vampire terms) on Bourbon Street.
Alas, Klaus is not a nice guy, as much as I want to believe that's not the case.
Guest host Valerie Alexander joins in to discuss 'Duck Dynasty' and more
Melinda Newman was on the road this week, so lawyer-turned-screenwriter Valerie Alexander (whose book, "Happiness as a Second Language" comes out next week) dropped by to fill in. We talked about lots and lots of stuff, and here's the rundown:
It's a low key finale, but that may just be okay
It may just be Brad Goreski's world, but that may be okay with me. I may not always love the clothes or his poindexter chic personal look, but in many ways Goreski seems perfect for reality TV. While Rachel Zoe may have made him, she could stand to turn the tables and take a few pointers from her former assistant stylist. In the second season of his show, Goreski is funny and personable where Zoe is cold and focused. I may want to hire the ever-precise Zoe as my stylist, but I'd prefer to hang out with Goreski. In the realm of reality TV, that seems like the bigger win.
The prickly stylist-turned-designer is talented, but not much fun
Even after five seasons of "The Rachel Zoe Project," I'm still not sure what to make of Rachel Zoe.
On the one hand, I admire the fact that she's a self-made woman, someone who has built a legitimate brand for herself as a stylist (quick, name another stylist. Well, except Brad Goreski, I guess). She's carved out a reality TV niche without a sex tape (cough, Kardashians, cough) or by screaming hysterically on another reality TV show. She clearly has a passion for what she does, and an exceptional eye for detail. In creating her own fashion line, she's been able to immediately assess what's wrong (or right) with an outfit, although sometimes she changes her mind again. And again. And then, back again. Still, every decision she makes is in the pursuit of perfection, or at least perfection in how she defines it.
That being said, I would never want to be stuck in an elevator with this woman.