It's prom time again on Glee, and this year's festivities contain just as much drama as last year's, plus infinitely more dinosaurs. That's right - Brittany decides to exercise her presidential rights in order to celebrate the peace that apparently once existed between cave men and dinos. It doesn't make much sense, but it does give Brittany the opportunity to prance around in a Flintstones-esque getup to Ke$ha's "Dinosaur."
It wouldn't be prom without a heated race for king and queen, and the usual suspects have their eyes on the prize: Quinn, Santana, Kurt, and Brittany. Only Quinn uses questionable methods in hopes of winning the crown, but once again, there's a shocker when the envelopes are finally read. It really feels like we're inching closer to that bittersweet Glee graduation, so let's recap the episode when youread more
How did you feel about the second helping of prom - and which prom episode do you prefer?
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With just two weeks to go before the season 14 finale, two more couples are sent packing.
CBS dominated the ratings last week with 14 of the Top 25 programs. But FOX managed to tie it in the 18-49 demo with a 2.2 rating. ?NCIS? was tops again, while ?American Idol? performed quite stron...
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Executive producer Shane Brennan also talks to THR about the eventful two-night crossover with "Hawaii Five-0."
I've fallen way behind on television for the 20th time, so there are lots of shows left out that I wanted to comment on but didn't have time or shows I haven't watched yet--Breakout Kings season finale, Fairly Legal, Magic City, Bones, and maybe even some more in the backlog. As a general rule, though, the shows I left out are shows I don't have anything pressing to discuss--mostly comedies and other shows which aren't really good or really bad (though I liked Veep and Girls enough that I would have said something had I enough time).
Castle: If Andrew Marlowe hadn't gotten Castle and Beckett together at the end of this season, he would have had a revolt on this hands that would make Hart Hanson hate look tame. So he did the smart thing and did what everyone was asking for and finally pulled the trigger. Now, I won't give him much credit for such an easy decision, because he's bungled the show incredibly, but maybe the show is moving in the right direction. Maybe... but probably not. The whole SERIOUS episode tone made a return along with the conspiracy, so the plot was predictably the running around in circles stuff we've gotten to know.
Towards the end of House's seventh season, there was a planned arc where House would be on the road which was ultimately scrapped. I suspect the remnants of that story found its way into last night's episode, in which House and Wilson take a road trip, possibly their last, and have a good time doing various funny things. It was different than the usual episode, much like last week's episode in which Wilson went through serious treatment, and it had the needed somberness that lay behind the plot. Still, this plot feels forced, created only because of the hard deadline of a series finale. Imagine what could have happened had this plot been done 3 seasons ago and the possibilities that could stem from it. The rest of the episode focuses on Chase and he comes to the realization that he should go off on his own. Coupled with none of the series finale promo photos containing Chase, we're being led to believe he'll actually leave. Maybe he will, maybe he won't. He left in the past but came back later. Again, this is the series finale and the writers can do whatever they want without consequences.
I don't get why the central of Smash is cheating. It's happened so many times that either it's the only drama the writers know how to write or that they're telling us it's something inherent in theater. Now, since a lot of these people are working in theater, are they really telling us that infidelity is this prevalent in theater? And WTF is going on with Michael? Do the writers want us to dislike him more than Ellis? Also, Julia is an idiot. She's the one who got into the mess with Michael in the first place and now she think it's Tom's fault for saving the show. Are the writers actively trying to make us hate as many characters as possible?
I haven't said much about 2 Broke Girls for a very long time, and even after the season is over, I don't think much needs to be said about the show--it hasn't changed. The stereotyped characters are still there, the corny jokes are still there, and the plots are still the same. Well, it's a CBS comedy and the ratings are fine as is. The show certainly had potential to do cool things with the cupcake business, maybe turn it into a real plot instead of a plot device, but the writers were more comfortable regurgitating the same stuff over and over again than actually making progress. The season finale, like the pilot, pushes the cupcake plot one step forward. Now they have a semi-endorsement from Martha Stewart, which should be a big deal.
Though in its fifth season Mad Men still feels like a very fresh show, in large part due to Megan. She's a new character, far more developed than in the fourth season, and it allows us to have a new perspective on the old characters. Her decision to leave the firm for acting is the catalyst for exploration in her and other characters. For Don, it's a chance to get things right with a marriage and while he's unhappy, he takes it out on Peggy instead. His glances into the distance tell a different story than what he says to Megan, and the empty elevator shaft was ominous enough. Peggy, at first, does not understand why Megan is leaving, especially since her Heinz idea was so successful. Peggy reflects on her own experiences, how hard she worked to get into the door and then come up with good ideas, and can't understand why Megan would leave something like this. But in her conversation with Joan, who views Megan through a second-wife lens, Peggy states that Megan is good at everything. And maybe she is--maybe she'll succeed at acting like she did acting. Pete continues to flounder and finds himself in the arms of Beth, played by Alexis Bledel, whose unaffected acting style reminded me of January Jones. Once again, Pete finds himself following the footsteps of Don, but he's simply not Don. As hard as he tries, Pete can't make this thing with Beth permanent or even a multiple times fling.
Game of Thrones exposed major weaknesses in the characters. Most obvious is Theon, whose rein over Winterfell is as ineffectual as his beheading of Rodrick Cassel. While Ned knocked off heads in one blow, it takes Theon several chops, and then Osha completely fools him. Daenerys has even less is work with than Theon, who at least has some soldiers. All she has are a dubious claim to the throne and her dragons, which are stolen at the end of the episode, brought to the warlocks' place. Robb finds himself attracted to the nurse, but Catelyn reminds him of the deal with the Freys. Of course, were he to renege, that would mean drama, which is what GoT is all about. At King's Landing, the residents turn on Joffrey, the guards, and the other royalty, and Joffrey unable to retaliate, getting slapped by Tyrion once more. Jon is tasked to execute the wildling woman Ygritte but can't do it and finds himself huddling with her at first (love interest alert!). It's the peripheral characters who are the strongest--the Hound, Jaquen, Osha--and yet, they're not the ones in charge.
Book spoilers: The show continues to detach itself from the books as the season proceeds, and I'd say last night's episode had the largest departure, with Catelyn meeting with Robb, the dragons being taken, the extension with Ygritte the Theon plot retooled with no mention of Reek. The Reek twist is really cool in the book, as Ramsay Bolton is assumed dead. But I assume Ramsay is still around since Roose Bolton says his bastard will take care of Theon. It's increasingly likely that Talisa is Jeyne who Robb brings back to Riverrun in A Storm of Swords.
I think I'm done commenting on Once Upon a Time unless the season finale is notable. It's too stupid to warrant any meaningful thought.
Fringe: Yes, yes, everyone knows what I'll say first... the plot doesn't make sense and there are plot devices everywhere. Well, that's true, and I'll also say that the plot doesn't really matter at this point, given how much random stuff was make up on the spot through the years. So yeah, the return of William Bell, despite its plot deviceshness, makes for exciting television. He's supposed to be dead, he knows Walter well, and he's been behind DRJ the whole time. Why? Who cares, Olivia is cortexiphaning it up, Walter is sciencing it up--it's all quite fun.
Supernatural: Like with Fringe, I don't think the plot matters at this point. Maybe in the fifth season or even the sixth, but not anymore, what with Crowley, Lucifer, angels, demons, Leviathans all mashed into one unconceivable blob of general Winchester enemies. Last week's episode kind of just threw everything against the wall and almost all of it stuck. There was the return of Cas with Mischa Collins spitting great one-liners every minute, poor Kevin Tran who becomes a prophet overnight, a couple of Cas's old angel buddies, some demons, and finally Oscar the Leviathan who snatches Kevin.
Grimm usually has a twist on a fairy tale story, like the Rapunzel episode all the way back, but it basically did the full Cinderella story, only making Cinderella into a bat-like wessen. It made for an okay episode, bolstered by the cool screeching ability, with some development on Nick's parents front.
The Secret Circle peeled back the last layers to the Blackwell mystery and the show suddenly became a lot more interesting. It turns out that he's the ultimate bad guy, tricking everyone and using magic to get everyone pregnant. His plan has been years in the making, and will culminate when the crystal skull is assembled. This is serious business!
The Vampire Diaries: Finally, finally, finally(!!!!) Klaus is gotten rid of. Yes, I've been vocal about his uselessness, so I was of course pleased when he was spelled. He'll surely be back, but hopefully the situation in Mystic Falls will be different enough that his role is different. The rest of the episode was classic VD with hunter Alaric on the loose and all the characters running around the place doing their thing.
Midway through the season Awake appeared headed towards something big for Michael, with the hallucinations and whatnot, but it changed course and we're not bad in normal territory. While it's a bit different, as Rex's pregnant girlfriend is there, it's nowhere as urgent as prior indicators were. At this point, with anemic ratings, it's almost pointless to talk about the show as a whole, but it's worthwhile to say that Awake, as a procedural, is very solid, balancing the different characters wonderfully. We really get to know Michael, Rex, and Hannah. It was good to learn that the conspiracy turned out to be nothing more than a dirty cop, not something spanning both worlds. This is all a bit odd, considering Howard Gordon is the showrunner. Perhaps Kyle Killen has more control of the show than the titles would indicate.
I haven't said much about The Mentalist, but my impression of the second half of the season is that the writers decided to turn back and keep everything calm instead of doing anything too dramatic. At one point it seemed like Van Pelt would be shooting people up at any moment and she's fine now. The rest of the personal stories--Rigsby having a baby, and Cho and Summer--have felt awfully subdued. Even though the Cho and Summer story got pretty heated, it's over now and the subplot never felt like a big deal anyway.
Revenge turned things up a notch by giving Daniel full knowledge of his family's horrid past, and Emily knowing about this. Daniel's been the hapless guy, not too bright, and in the dark about most things. But by learning these things and continuing to defend his family, there are no excuses. Now the question is, does Emily care about him that much, to keep him alive even when he flies against the face of Emily's purported goals?
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is quickly becoming my favorite new comedy of the season, over New Girl and Suburgatory. The show moves quickly, from one development to another, and it's all very fun and energized. June turning the tables on Chloe was great stuff, and continued to peel back the layers on Chloe, making her a more understandable character.
The strength of previous NCIS arcs was that the characters were not only involved but completely immersed in the arc. Tony and Jeanne--that actually matter to Tony. Ziva and Ari and Rivkin--again it deeply mattered. This Watcher Fleet plot, though, is trivial. Supposedly this is a major national security issue, but from the safety of a familiar NCIS office, it sure doesn't feel like it. The characters investigate as they usually do, as if nothing is wrong. And, really, from the audience's perspective this is nothing more than an extended case, nothing more than another bout of interrogations and computer magic.
Glee: Yes, it was a piece of utter, godawful crap. The domestic violence PSA plot ranks in the top 5 of worst things I've ever seen on television, out of thousands of episodes watched. Full stop. I don't want to insult Marti Noxon, but seriously, WTF? It's not that domestic violence isn't a big issue--it is. But you have to go about it the right way. The dialogue reads like a stupid, condescending guides to domestic violence, like one of the pamphlets Emma has. Worst of all this is Glee, which has little continuity. We barely know anything about Cooter, so the domestic violence seems more like an external problem that magically comes from nowhere. It'd be far better if someone we've know the whole time, say, Will, had been doing this to Emma for a while. That way, it would explain his patheticness and his ass would be thrown in prison and we'd never have to see him again. And like all Glee PSA's, it won't be revisited, which diminishes the issue again. Obligatory praise: Rachel botching her audition was incredibly powerful, not that it was unexpected, but because we've been following her and her dreams since the first episodes (hence the various callbacks to the Rachel quirks introduced in the pilot), and now we see them destroyed. So the lesson is: more continuity, better plot, less continuity, worse plot. It ain't that hard to understand, Glee writers.
Hawaii Five-0/NCIS: LA crossover: The Hawaii segment of the two-parter was about one might expect, running around the island looking for the smallpox. I haven't watched NCIS: LA regularly since the first season, but it felt the same to me. The comedic beats aren't quite right in the way NCIS's always are, and the entire show slows to revolve around these canned jokes.
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"Smash season finale spoilers: 6 big moments to look forward to!"It?s been a rocky, emotional road for the Smash cast of characters workshopping, teching, and previewing their Marilyn Monroe musical, but the stakes have never been higher than in the season finale, ?Bombshell.? Curtains are finally up on the musical in Boston after Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman) makes her hasty exit, far stage
Rachel and Quinn took big steps during Tuesday's "Prom-asaurus" episode.
Recently I heard from Ernesto Robles, a friend I had helped overcome his fear of dogs on Dog Whisperer. Now Ernesto was helping other people with their fears. Ernesto told me that he had met a 14 year old young man through his involvement with his kids' school. This teenager was a big fan of Dog Whisperer, and had written a great essay about his pets and what they meant to him and how my work had influenced him.
What Ernesto told me next stopped my heart: the teen had been bullied non-stop since he was in elementary school, and a couple of months ago, it became too much for him, and he tried to take his own life. I spent time with him this week, and I am so grateful he didn't succeed. He is such a smart and wonderful kid. He's a straight-A student and he is going to bring a lot to the world if he gets the chance. And he will get the chance.
Ernesto and I spoke about our own experiences getting bullied as children and teenagers. Ernesto was beaten so badly he was hospitalized. I was bullied in Mexico because I was poor and called an el perrero -- the "dirty dog boy." They made fun of me because dogs followed me around and they thought I was dirty and had fleas and ticks. I didn't realize until I came to America that having dogs follow me around might be a good thing.
All of us have something about us that makes us different. It might be because of the color of our skin. Because we have a different religion. Because we or our parents come from another country. Because we like boys or girls. Because we're heavy or skinny. Because we're short or tall. Because our hair's a certain color. Because we're in special classes. Because we're poor.
It doesn't matter what it is, bullies will find something different about you and try to make your life hard. For me it was because I was short, poor, and had dogs following me around. But when I told my mother at the age of 13 that I wanted to be a dog trainer, she believed in me and encouraged me and didn't let me listen to the negative things people said about me. If you aren't lucky enough to have someone like that in your life, there are always dogs -- they love and accept you no matter what. And when I came to America, I couldn't speak a word of English, I was poor and homeless, but all of a sudden it was cool to have dogs following me. Over time, I went from being the "dirty dog boy" to the "dog whisperer." It really does get better.
I hated seeing in the news so many stories about teen suicides, and also about bullied kids going to school and taking revenge. Don't let anger take over you. On Dog Whisperer, I worked with a Labrador named Holly. Holly was very aggressive when she met me and bit my hand. I didn't want her to think that she made me afraid of her, so I didn't budge when she bit me. Even though I had to go to the emergency room later and get stitches from what she did. Now Holly's at the Dog Psychology Center and we can play like best friends.
I wish I could tell you that bullying will change. It won't. But you can change how you react to it. Whatever you do, don't hurt yourself and don't hurt other people, because that's how it gets worse.
I want to thank Ernesto, my fellow "dog boy," and his mother for inspiring me to make this video for the It Gets Better Project.
Let's all work together to be kind and support each other, even if we're different. If we do that, it really will get better.
Stay calm and assertive,
The It Gets Better Project began in response to the alarming number of suicides of teenagers, particularly LGBT teens. If you or someone you know is being bullied, or contemplating harming themselves, please seek help. There are many resources available below:
There's also a great program in schools which I helped develop along with Yale University and North Shore Animal League -- it's called the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum and uses dogs in the classroom to help teach children compassion and empathy and has been shown to help combat bullying.
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On Wednesday's performance night, the #Idols took on the '60s and British-imported songs. Scroll down for all the fashion goodness!
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(LEFT, 1st look for "River Deep Mountain High" by Ike and Tina Turner)
Tina Turner was known for her tight-fitting flashy dresses, and I wanted to incorporate Hollie's spin on her love of sequins for her tribute to Tina. She told me that she would start from the audience, then walk to the stage. So I wanted to make sure her shoes were as high as she loves them to be, comfortable, and perfect for the sequins dress. One of the reasons why I gave Hollie a thick-heeled shoe was because they're easier to maneuver on stage, and it still suited the retro look. Hollie wore an AllSaintsdress and Sam Edelmanshoes. Jewelry included Arden B.earrings, Swarovskibracelets, a JewelMintring, and a Prb Studios, Private Collection ring.
(RIGHT, 2nd look for "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis)
I loved Hollie's version of "Bleeding Love," and when she sang the tempo of the song during fittings I knew in an instant that the Leon Max dress needed to be on Hollie for this week. I was looking online that morning and I had it sent with a rushed delivery to my house that same day. The dress fit her like a glove, and all I needed to add was the black chiffon train that cascaded down the lucid steps. I styled Hollie in a Max Studiodress with Kizmit-customized chiffon train and Bebeshoes. Jewelry included a Saint Vintagenecklace, Swarovskiearrings, and a Bijou Tresorring.
(LEFT, 1st look for "Fortunate Son" by CCR)
"Fortunate Son" sounded so rugged, so I wanted to bring in some metal elements to her outfit with the eyelets. The hang of her fringe vest, sequin dress, and her cowgirl boots really balanced out the Hollywood #glam and the country that never left the girl. I styled Skylar in a Parkerdress topped with a vest from Haute Hippie, and Old Gringoboots with major #sparkle. Accessories included a Guessbelt, Neon Dirtearrings and bracelet, and a Silpadaring.
(RIGHT, 2nd look for "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" by Dusty Springfield)
It's hot in our current fashion silhouettes, and it's been Skylar's signature style with the short-in-the-front, long-in-the-back dresses. I took the long maxi dress with the high slit and draped the front to the sides to give it just that look. And I didn't forget her crystals in this look! Her shoes covered in crystals came in from her home town boutique and made it on the show just in the nick of time. Skylar wore a snake-print BCBGMAXAZRIAdress and belt. Jewelry included Prb Studios, Private Collection earrings, Prb Studios Gypsy Global Chicbracelet, and BCBGring.
(LEFT, 1st look for "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" by The Temptations)
I #LOVE giving Joshua a pop of color, so of course the yellow daffodil was a must! Tulips and daffodils are in the same family, so Joshua was right that night Ryan asked him what his flower was. Not only was his flower a #fun accent, I jazzed up his jacket sleeves with Swarovski crystals. Only on an awards stage, at a concert, or on American Idol can you throw crystals on a man and it looks show-stopping! Joshua wore an Expressshirt topped with an H&Mjacket with Kizmit customizations, Theorypants, and Mr. B's for Aldoshoes. Accessories included an Expressbelt, Paul Smithsocks again this week, and a flower from Rolling Greens (which Randy Jackson loved).
(RIGHT, 2nd look for "To Love Somebody" by the Bee Gees)
For the second look I wanted to bring back the sexy look that Joshua had with his leather jacket last week. He really wears the street style on stage like a nicely-tailored suit when he performs. Joshua wore an Unconditionalshirt, Michel Berandijacket, Zarajeans, and Aldoshoes. Accessories were an Expressbelt and socks, Swarovskinecklace, London Manoribracelet, and Christian Tsewatch.
(LEFT, 1st look for "The Letter" by The Box Tops)
We all know Phillip's fashion style by now, and the biggest challenge every week is making sure I switch it up so it doesn't look the same. Now his pants are fitting tighter and his shirts are more groomed; refining Phillip's look is simply perfecting the fit. I wanted him in lighter colors for "The Letter" because it was a softer song that made me think of something earthy and rustic. I styled Phillip in a Marc by Marc Jacobs button-up shirt over a Kinetixshirt, G-Star RAWjeans, and To Boot New York by Adam Derrickshoes.
(RIGHT, 2nd look for "Time Of The Season" by The Zombies)
For this performance Phillip's navy blue shirt was a nice contrast with the video screens, which made him pop on that big stage. And a note -- I got his fitted jeans and tops from LIVE! On Sunset, my go-to spot to shop for the #Idols. For this more mellow song, he wore a Velvet Menshirt, Stitch'spants, and shoes by The Frye Company.
(LEFT, 1st look for "Proud Mary" by CCR)
I'm sure everyone is curious about my reaction to Jimmy Iovine's comments regarding Jessica's white dress, and I didn't think they were that bad. Like Simon Cowell, if there isn't anything bad to say, throw the stylist under the bus. It's show business. It's just too bad Jessica was the target, and the camera angle made the dress appear even shorter. Tina Turner was best known for her fringe dresses and short skirts... Production wanted her in a fringe dress, which was the last thing I wanted Jessica in. She is not Tina T, she is Jessica aka BB Chez (and maybe a bit of Beyonce like JLo said). It was our spin on a modern day tribute to Tina's sexy song "Proud Mary" (which was a cover of CCR's original). Jessica shimmied in a BCBGMAXAZRIAdress and Bebeshoes. Jewelry included a BCBGnecklace and bodychain, bracelet from Prb Studios, Private Collection, and earrings from Prb Studios Gypsy Global Chic.
(RIGHT, 2nd look for "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker)
You can't take the sky-high shoes away from Jessica; it's her signature style. Even before Jessica and I met, she was my height until her shoes came off... That's exactly what happened in this song. After singing a song like "Proud Mary," I was happy to hear that she was singing a sweet youthful song so I could showcase yet another style of Jessica Sanchez. I styled Jessica in a Blesse'd Are The Meekdress and shoes by Shiekh, both with Kizmit-customized Swarovski crystals. Jewelry included Prb Studios Gypsy Global Chicearrings and necklace, Deepa Gurnamibracelet, and Neon Dirtring.
The competitor weighs in on the coach's comments that his performance of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" was "derogatory to women."