Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr
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
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.
Anthony Ryan, Emilio and Uli battle for the title of All-Star winner
Before we start, a heads-up -- I will be interviewing the winner, whoever that may be, tomorrow morning. So keep your eyes peeled! Will post as soon as I'm able, promise.
Uli, Emilio and Anthony Ryan are our final three, and they'll have to create a mini-collection for a runway show. And they have to create a theme, music, all that stuff. But they have $3,000 and have the night to think about it. Enjoy the sleeplessness, finalists!
Kristen and Sheldon duke it out
It's time for Restaurant Wars! As Stefan says, this challenge is always a bleep show, and almost immediately I get the impression this episode will be no different than previous seasons. Stefan and Josh know nothing about Sheldon's Filipino cuisine, and Kristen has to put up with Josie. This is, I think, the greater disadvantage.
Life after Briarcliff is dreamy for Kit, Grace and Alma - for a while
We're closing in on the end of the second season of "American Horror Story," and I'm still not sure how all of the different threads of this story can be satisfactorily tied up, though we do get a hint this week of one big, ugly potential resolution ahead for at least two characters. Of course, there's still plenty of time for everyone to be killed off in, say, a raging flu epidemic (topical, if not dramatic) or an alien invasion, so never say never with this show.
Brandi gets a threatening letter and Kyle's husband loses his cool
Aww, darn. This episode started out on such a pleasant, only mildly crazy note. But we know that mildly crazy is never as much fun as sobbing and fighting, so everything melts down pretty quickly. Plus with Taylor in the house (yes, she's still on the show; isn't that weird?), it only takes a moment for her to try to make an argument all about her, even when it's not and no one seems to have noticed she was there.
The women pull off the gloves as they show their true selves - but not to Sean
Oh boy! It's week two of "The Bachelor," and you now what that means -- this is the week the women turn on one another! I could rattle on about how limited resources in a confined space tend to bring out a primitive, competitive urge in people, and how this artificial dating pressure cooker has transformed a decent guy into a demigod and otherwise normal women into psychotic monsters. I could, but what fun would that be? Bring on the crazy!
Kenya and Phaedra discover that business and friendship don't mix
As one of the two new "Housewives" cast additions, Kenya has not disappointed in bringing the crazy. Porsha, on the other hand, has served no purpose whatsoever and, I think, will soon be disappearing from the show. In this episode, all we see of Porsha is Kordell bringing her breakfast in bed and promising he has powerful, twin-making sperm (yawn) and another moment in which Porsha proves yet again she's only slightly smarter than a bag of lawn clippings. Kenya, on the other hand, is a sassy drama machine. In fact, without her in this episode, I fear we'd have nothing else to do but watch NeNe drive around Los Angeles and whine about her early call times. I'd rather watch "The New Normal" than watch that, but not by much.
Rescue is within reach for the mansion, but not all is well
It has taken more than two seasons for "Downton Abbey" to do this to me. Yes, we've had break-ups and weddings and betrayals and deaths (yes, deaths) before now. We've had fights and veiled insults a-plenty. But I can honestly say this was the first episode of the show to truly punch me in the gut. If you let it, this one could break your heart.
And yes, stop reading right now if you haven't watched the episode. This is one you need to watch, I think.
Jennifer Lopez, Amanda Seyfried and Taylor swift walked the red carpet
This year's Golden Globes had a lot of, well, beige. Despite promises of wild color and interesting silhouettes, not too many risks were taken. But that doesn't mean some celebrities didn't push the envelope -- and some pushed hard. Perhaps too hard (Jennifer Lopez, we're looking at you). Here's a look at the good, the bad and the ugly.