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The Vampire Diaries: Hell Gets New Management

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

With The Vampire Diaries inching ever nearer to its ultimate conclusion, we just had to know that the Cade (Wolé Parks) problem would resolve itself sooner than later for logistics' sake, but who could've expected such a twist to be associated with the Devil's demise? Kai (Chris Wood) "killing" Damon (Ian Somerhalder) in last week's final moments was, in classic Vampire Diaries style, just a moment of cliffhanger drama because of course that wasn't the end of our steely-eyed antihero. Damon invites Cade to go ahead and finish things by dragging him onto Hell after Kai siphoned his body dry, but Cade's got some leverage to play with in getting Damon back onto the earthly plane of the living to retrieve that dangerous dagger. Stefan tries to play to his sensibilities at first, offering kill Cade and resolve both of their problems, but Kai's vision is too tunnelled to see the benefit in that so he stabs Stefan in the hand upon discovering that he's a human now instead. Damon wants Stefan to back down from his intention to go human toe-to-immortal hellbeast toe with Cade, but Stefan's already been ready for that bossy protector chat and injects Damon in the neck with something that'll buy him a little time. Thankfully, Damon wakes up and says that Stefan's little suicide mission doesn't invalidate his agreement with Cade anyway, before he can execute his brother. Damon chooses the self-sacrificial route behind door number three, however, and offers his own soul in trade for both his brother and lady and, slowly and terribly, stakes himself to make it so. She arrives just in time to find Damon in Limbo, seconds from being dragged to Hell by Cade, and decides to put up a fight the only way she can. [...] Cade was right to worry about her because she's stronger than even he might've expected as the two engage in what Damon cheekily calls and "anti-climatic" showdown of stares and grunts with their telekinetic force



CBS Legal Drama Doubt Canceled After Two Episodes

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

The series, which marked Katherine Heigl's second recent attempt to return to primetime and the first major network role for Laverne Cox, was greeted by so-so reviews and a low 0.8 rating among adults ages 18-49. After coming in last place that week among shows on the Big Four networks, Doubt took a big 25 percent tumble its second week, falling below the series low of its predecessor, the medical drama Code Black.



The CW Wants to Do a True Four-Show Crossover Next Season

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

"The thing that we didn't really plan on -- again because we weren't aware that we were going to switch Supergirl from CBS to The CW and it was really going to be part of it -- that was the one show that actually didn't have built-in shutdown days, so all the other ones did," he continued. Because the show starts on Supergirl, Melissa [Benoist] ended up being heavily in The Flash and then in Arrow.



When We Rise: 5 Powerful, Can't Miss Moments in ABC's LGBT Miniseries

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

[...] it is also heartening to see Diane step up to take care of "untouchable" patients and make the case that the federal government's apathy was genocide. New episodes will return Wednesday, March 1 after being preempted by President Donald Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 28.



Connie Britton Leaves Nashville -- But What's Next?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

Connie Britton made her exit from Nashville official Thursday night, with the tragic death of her character Rayna Jaymes. [...] if Britton's looking to return to the small screen, we have a few suggestions about where her career path could take her next. Though Britton hasn't been seen on American Horror Story since its initial Murder House season, the news that an upcoming season of Murphy's other anthology will be a crossover between Murder House and Coven provides the perfect opportunity for her to return to the franchise. Perhaps the only person who could provide the necessary comfort for Britton fans after Rayna Jaymes' death would be Tami Taylor. Since Friday Night Lights went off the air in 2011, fans have been clamoring for a reunion, spurred in part by adorable social media posts from Britton and her FNL co-star/onscreen hubby Kyle Chandler. According to Deadline, she's "one of the most sought-after female leads and already has been the subject of a lot of interest from the broadcast networks." If the actress is looking for some lighter fare, maybe there's a role for her on her BFF/former roommate Lauren Graham's recently-announced Fox comedy pilot, Linda From HR.



The CW's Black Lightning Finds Its Leading Man

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

Black Lightning, the latest CW superhero saga from prolific producer Greg Berlanti, has found the perfect man for its titular tights: Black Lightning makes for the second big superhero series with an African-American lead on TV -- coming just under a year after Netflix's Luke Cage nearly broke the Internet with demand on the day of its release -- and would join The CW's other DC Comics based superhero shows The Flash, Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, should it go to series.



Supernatural Reminds Us That Families are Awful

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

There's nothing more disappointing than an episode that isn't bad enough to ridicule or good enough to load heaps and heaps of praise upon, and that's how Supernatural opted to follow up on the mythology-bending shenanigans of "Stuck in the Middle (With You)." Mark Pellegrino is totally back as Lucifer, chained up in Crowley's (Mark Sheppard) basement, sassing the King of Hell and gleefully making the point we were all thinking, Okay, so your best and brightest demons figured out how to basically build a portable cage for Luci so that...something something revenge...but srsly, YOU KNOW HE'S GOING TO ESCAPE. -- Maybe Crowley should take important intel-filled phone calls about his undead time-traveller son and Luci's antichrist baby momma on-the-run in another room. Because THAT obviously isn't going to bite everyone in the butt later. The meat of "Family Feud" forced the not-as-buried-as-we-thought hatchet between Crowley and Rowena (Ruth McConnell) back to the front of their relationship because when Lucifer inevitably breaks out of his time-out chair, it would be entirely too convenient to have a competent witch on our side to clean the mess up. Remember when messing with timelines had actual serious repercussions on this show and sending someone back in time wasn't something so simple that Sam could throw the spell together in their freaking living room? REMEMBER?



The Bachelor's Next Episode Is Getting Split In Two

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

Monday, Feb. 27th's new episode will be an hour long instead of the usual two hours in order to accommodate the two-hour premiere of the LGBT civil rights limited series When We Rise. The Bachelor's season finale will happen as planned, with the final episode airing at 8pm on March 13th followed by the live After the Final Rose special.



The Big Bang Theory Didn't Show Sheldon as Dumbledore, So We Made It Happen

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

Thursday's The Big Bang Theory found the guys excited to buy tickets for San Diego Comic-Con, the massive annual convention about comics and sci-fi/fantasy/horror movies and TV. A huge part of the Comic-Con experience is cosplay, where attendees dress as their favorite characters. The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS.



Happy Twin Peaks Day! Showtime Unveils Revival Posters

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

The dual posters feature translucent photographs of the late Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) and Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), who investigates her death in the original series, each set against a wooded backdrop. The reboot is written by series creators Lynch (who is also directing all 18 episodes) and Mark Frost, who are acting as executive producers along with Sabrina S. Sutherland.



The Walking Dead: Carol Has Earned the Right to Be Left the Hell Alone

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

People keep showing up, knocking at her damn door. Asking her to sign a petition, maybe whip up a batch of her famous farm-to-table artisanal cookies. Yet just when she manages to get a little bit of R&R, here comes Daryl (Norman Reedus) tap-tap-tapping at her door all teary-eyed, no doubt interrupting an engrossing Price Is Right or Judge Judy episode. Painful memories she's obviously trying to block out with books and needlepoint or whatever, are gonna come rushing back. [...] if Daryl really loved her and had been selfless enough to say, "You know, I'm going to honor her needs and stay away," Carol would be happily roasting nuts and stirring soup, with no more noise than the crackle of the fire. [...] the assertion that something is wrong with her choice to be alone invokes the age-old, destructive myth of the miserable, lonely spinster -- the fabled witch in the woods who's crazy for retreating from the world.



13 Times Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone Defined Relationship Goals

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

When they were the only people in a crowded room. The family that gets stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame together stays together (this is admittedly not an realistic goal for most of us, but remember, this is fantasy). When they found time for a private moment in the midst of an awards show. The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs Sunday, Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on ABC. Other Links From TVGuide.com Ryan GoslingEmma StoneLa La LandCrazy, Stupid, Love.Gangster Squad89th Annual Academy Awards



Nashville Boss Reveals How the Show Will Move Forward Without Rayna

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

[...] when you watch the next episode, you're left in a different place. Nashville airs Thursdays at 9/8c on CMT.



Big Bang Theory's Creator Chuck Lorre Is Terrified of Steve Bannon

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

Before joining the Trump campaign, Bannon was the chairman of Breitbart News, a right-wing website that recently made headlines when its most high-profile editor resigned after making controversial comments about pedophilia. Trump has echoed Bannon's belief that the mainstream media is the administration's "opposition party," since the media reports things that Trump and Bannon don't want them to... Lorre says he isn't afraid of liberal commentator Rachel Maddow, but he will be when she becomes President Elizabeth Warren's Chief of Wealth Redistribution (that's a joke).



Nashville Just Made a Game-Changing Move

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

Nashville did the unthinkable on Thursday's episode and killed off its leading lady, country diva Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) - and in the cruelest of fashions, after lulling fans into a false sense of security. Rayna survived her car crash from last week's episode (after surviving an earlier attack by her stalker) and seemed to be on her way to a full recovery, only to suddenly crash in the hospital, go into organ failure, and draw her last breath in the final moments of the episode. For those of you wondering whether Rayna will make another miracle recovery and somehow be revived in next week's episode... we hate to break it to you, but it's not gonna happen. [...] Rayna says that's been struck with sudden inspiration to write another song with Deacon (Charles Esten) and is desperate to finish it, but she's struggling to come up with the last part of it in her head. Later, when Rayna sees the ghost of her mother in a vision (red alert! red alert! warning! warning!), her mother, played by guest star Carla Gugino, gently tells her that maybe the song is already finished. Rayna's youngest daughter, who's forced to skip a concert at her school because of the family emergency, gets a big speech from her mom about the responsibility of sharing her gift (aka her voice) with the world. Daphne's school friend, who clearly has a crush on her, convinces their teacher to bring the concert to the hospital, where Daphne and her classmates gather around Rayna's bed and serenade her. When Rayna comes out of what appears to be a successful surgery, Deacon assures Maddie that everything's going to be fine and tells her to go home for the night, so she does - and, of course, gets stuck in traffic as she's rushing back to the hospital the following morning, so by the time she gets back Rayna is already on a ventilator.



Stephen Colbert Flips Off Donald Trump's Anti-Transgender Bathroom Policy

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

The comedian used animated bathroom signs to portray his feelings on the president's decision to revoke the federal protections that let transgender students use restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity. In the cold open, the male and female figures on individual bathroom signs come together to form a gender-inclusive bathroom sign, before swapping clothes and giving POTUS two defiant middle fingers each. The host pointed out the inconsistencies between this act and Trump's statements on the campaign trail, in which he said he was fine with transgender people using whatever bathroom they choose.



13 of the Best Oscar Speeches of All Time

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

The 89th Annual Academy Awards are Sunday, which means we're thinking about our favorite acceptance speeches (again). No one has ever received a standing ovation for merely thanking the Academy, and your grandma isn't going to share a video of someone who just read off a long list of names most common folk don't recognize. In 2002, after receiving a standing ovation as the first African-American woman to win the award for Best Actress, an emotional Halle Berry ended up giving one of the best Oscars speeches of all time. Cuba Gooding, Jr. accepted the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Jerry Maguire with the right amount of excitement and enthusiasm one would expect from someone who just won an Oscar. The official Academy clip of Meryl Streep's acceptance speech for Iron Lady is on YouTube, but it's un-embeddable, which is a shame because from her witty opening remarks When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America go, 'Oh, no. Tom Hanks won back-to-back Academy Awards in 1994 and 1995 for his performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, but it was his first eloquent speech that sticks out as one of the best of all time. When Dame Julie Andrews took home the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1965 for her performance in Mary Poppins she said, "I know you Americans are famous for your hospitality, but this is really ridiculous." Louise Fletcher's acceptance speech for Best Actress for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was funny ("Well, it looks like you all hated me so much that you've given me this award for it, and I'm loving every minute of it"), but it was also incredibly heartfelt. In 1998, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were just two childhood friends who were excited and terrified to be onstage accepting the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting. [...] I don't know why it took me so long; though I don't think, you know, that I'



How to Get Away with Murder: Wes' Killer Revealed!

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

While he's waiting, Asher (Matt McGorry) calls the mystery number they found in Atwood's (Milauna Jackson) phone records, and it's to a burner phone in Denver's drawer. [...] Denver walks in at that exact moment and locks Connor up, offering blanket immunity, which Connor refuses. When they officially arrest him, Connor offers up Oliver's (Conrad Ricamora) copy of Annalise's phone records. It's kind of underwhelming that the actual culprit is someone we've never met before, but at the same time, there's only so much internal murdering and covering-up the main group can get away with for the show and dynamics to remain somewhat sustainable.



How to Get Away with Murder's Karla Souza on Wes' Killer: "It's a Big Blow"

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

Oh, God, no! I'm like, not only did she lose her best friend slash love of her life, not only is she pregnant, but now she has to deal with her father having sent for Wes' death. Are you surprised Pete [Nowalk, the creator] went with someone outside of the main cast? [...] I did feel like it would be someone that had been within the storyline but wasn't part of the actual Keating 5. At some point, I thought it might have been Bonnie (Liza Weil) or something like that. Pete really grounded it all in because they've been touching upon my father, sort of tickling that storyline a lot, so to have that storyline come to such a blow at the end of Season 3 makes very much sense with the writing and how the writing's been for my family. What kind of family friend is he? The writers really see how people react. Do you think Dominic could have anything to do with her kidnapping? See, I'm telling you -- you're great! [Laughs] I, of course, made up an idea in my head because I had to play trauma and all these things and of course I had to think of something that might not have been the way Pete was thinking about it. The characters still don't really know who killed Wes. Do you think they'll still be playing the blame game? When someone so close dies like that, it's sort of a natural immediate reaction to find out the reasons behind it. Personally, when we lost my father, it was impossible to know the exact reason why he died, whether it was the medicine was too strong or his heart just gave in. Who knows how that's going to play into the dynamics of the group?



The Blacklist: Redemption: Tom Just Wants Mommy and Daddy to Stop Fighting

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

Tom may never have had a chance to grow up with his mother and father as Christopher Hargrave, but on Redemption, he suddenly finds himself in the unenviable position of being caught between two warring parents, only one of whom is telling him the truth. While Liz and Tom are trying to sort out child care for the day, he gets a call from his father's attorney, who wants him to go to New York for a private meeting about Howard's will. According to Howard, the plane was sabotaged by his wife/Tom's mother Scottie so that Scottie could take over Howard's global company. While Tom's on the phone relaying the information to an understandably confused Liz, Scottie pulls up in a police car and, as Howard predicted, tries once again to recruit Tom to her organization. In terms of the case of the week that Tom gets pulled into, involving a woman and her son who have been kidnapped, Redemption feels very familiar to its predecessor, with part of the team tracking down a vaguely memorable villain as they're guided by the brains of the operation back at the hub. [...] she adds, Howard bottled up his pain until it turned into paranoia and he vanished a few months before the plane crash, after the company board declared him mentally incompetent. Another interesting tidbit, per Scottie (as she creepily flirts with Tom -- who is, again, her son): Since Christopher's body was never found, Howard always held out hope for finding his son and left a sizable portion of the estate to him. The point is driven home at Howard's funeral, where Scottie gives a touching speech in which she blames herself for losing Christopher since she was supposed to be watching him the day he disappeared at the beach, and says she hopes she, Howard and Christopher will all be together in the next life.



2017 Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

The throwback musical has been trucking along to the Dolby stage since its festival premieres in September, cleaning up everywhere, including a 7-for-7 sweep at the Golden Globes. The most Oscars won by a film in one night is 11 -- by Ben-Hur, Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: Barry Jenkins' moving, compassionate portrait of a life marginalized is a critical darling and has a lot of vocal supporters, including Mark Duplass. After two years of #OscarsSoWhite, it would be a big statement for Moonlight to win, especially over La La Land and its racially tone-deaf charges. [...] keep an eye out for Hidden Figures, a crowd-pleaser that's rivaling La La Land in box-office receipts (and we know the Oscars are all about $$$). La La Land would be the first film since Braveheart 21 years ago and the second film overall to win Best Picture without a Screen Actors Guild Award ensemble nod. Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge The wunderkind will take it home for his song-and-dance visual feast. Chazelle, who turned 32 last month, would become the youngest director winner ever. Best Supporting Actor For the second year in a row, the supporting actor Globe, SAG and BAFTA went to three different people. [...] for the second year in a row, one of those winners was nominated at the Oscars (Globe champ Aaron Taylor-Johnson from Nocturnal Animals). Ali, who received a slew of critics awards, should be able to pull this out. Patel won the BAFTA and his feel-good film is peaking at the right time. Hedges, who turned 20 two months ago, would become the youngest male acting winner ever, toppling Ordinary People's Timothy Hutton, who won here 36 years ago at 20 years and seven months old. Davis, who's now the most nominated black actress with three nods under her belt, has dominated the season and you get the sense at every show that everyone just wants this for her. The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs Sunday, Feb. 2



Grey's Anatomy: Minnick and Arizona Share a Secret

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

Minnick thinks this is a fun game (red flag alert!), but Arizona completely disagrees, saying all she really wants to do is tell her colleagues how great Minnick is. For Jo, the day's work should have come with a big ol' trigger warning, after she and a team of other surgeons (April included) are tasked with performing a kidney transplant between a mother and her son. The case takes an unfortunate twist when the mother's other kidney fails after her good kidney is removed, and the abusive father steps in to offer his kidney up to his son, bringing up all kinds of feelings for Jo. Alex (Justin Chambers) offers her the option to recuse herself from the case, but she insists on forging ahead, and takes the opportunity to tell the father that if he really wanted to do a good deed for his family, he would donate his kidney anonymously and leave them alone for the rest of their lives.



Grimm Sneak Peek: Eve Is Literally Battling Inner Demons

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

For several weeks, Eve has been fighting to keep her inner Juliette suppressed in fear that her alter-ego will return as the evil hexenbeist who ruined her friends' lives. Eve doesn't want to deal with the guilt of all the harm she caused before the secret anti-Wesen government agency Hadrian's Wall found her and turned her into an emotionless mercenary.



The Blacklist: Red Uncovers His Biggest Betrayal to Date

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

The person who's been closing in on Red by killing off members of his inner circle and, on Thursday's episode, trying to poison Red himself, is apparently Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq), Red's bodyguard and all-around right-hand man. In order to root out "the traitor in the family," as he puts it, Red summons together the 11 people who had access to the bank account from which money was withdrawn and sent to Isabella Stone (Melora Hardin). According to the doctor, Dembe is the one who brought Red to the hospital, but now he's nowhere to be found. With the help of the task force, Red retraces his steps and discovers that the poison in question came from a serpentarium owner known as "The Apothecary," who provides deadly toxins to people who want to commit untraceable murders (and who, incidentally, has recently impregnated his wife, whom he keeps sedated and imprisoned in a bedroom). [...] when Red interrogates Marvin -- after receiving the antidote, getting some of his strength back, and obtaining Marvin's whereabouts from Jelly Bean(!!) -- the terrified lawyer spins a pretty convincing yarn that he has no idea what Red's talking about, and that he missed the dinner because he and his wife were on their way to a yoga retreat.



Riverdale's Madelaine Petsch on How Cheryl's Parents Made Her a "Villain"

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:00:00 UT

Riverdale delivered its creepiest hour yet with a special trip inside the Blossom mansion. The richest family in town buried their eldest son in Thursday night's episode as the audience got a bird's eye view into Cheryl's (Madelaine Petsch) home life. The icy relationship between Cheryl and her parents has gone sub-arctic in the days since Jason's death as it's obvious that the Blossoms blame their daughter for the death of their son. Jason's memorial didn't help to smooth things over as Cheryl disobeyed her mom's direct order and delivered the eulogy for her twin wearing the same white dress she was wearing on the Fourth of July morning when Jason disappeared. TVGuide.com talked to Petsch about what seeing Cheryl's home life means for her character and what's next for her as the Blossom secrets begin to come to light. data-image-credit=Diyah Pera, Diyah Pera/THE CW data-image-alt-text=Madelaine Petsch, Riverdale? data-image-credit-url= data-image-target-url= data-image-title=Madelaine Petsch, Riverdale? data-image-filename=170223-news-riverdale-madelaine-petsch.jpg data-image-date-created=2017/02/24 data-image-crop= data-image-crop-gravity= data-image-aspect-ratio= data-image-height=1380 data-image-width=2070 data-image-do-not-crop= data-image-do-not-resize= data-image-watermark= data-lightbox=> Can you explain why Cheryl has such a contentious relationship with her parents? For most people, thier closest comrades are their family and their mom and their dad. For a young girl to not have a mom as a role model and to have her mom be the meanest to her and emotionally abuse her made [Cheryl] put up some very high walls at a very young age. The only way she thought she could protect herself from being hurt was if she could hurt people first and doesn't allow anyone in. There's a lot of people already shipping Betty and Veronica -- platonically and otherwise. Are you hoping that Cheryl and Veronica become th