True Blood, Joseph Manganiello
On Sunday's episode of True Blood, the witches and the vampires square off for what is sure to be this season's battle royale. Sookie, for perhaps the first time in the series, finds herself utterly alone in her fight against the world. Tara is off battling vampires. Alcide has reconciled with Debbie. Jason is too busy being forced to propagate a race of werepanthers. Bill is consumed by Portia Bellefleur and other kingly matters. Even her faerie godmother has abandoned her! Sure, Sookie has Amnesia Eric, but in his current state, what help is he? I ask you: Who will pay attention to Sookie, the neediest waitress in all of Renard Parish?! Read on to find out.
This week's episode of True Blood, "You Smell Like Dinner," launches two story lines that will seem familiar to readers of the Charlaine Harris novels on which this show is based. But while one story will hew closely to the text, another will move along much more swiftly, helped along by a topical addition. The title is apt. The scent of two characters will be specifically noted in dialogue, and at least three other characters will be made someone's figurative dinner — but not all in the way you'd expect.
Welcome back, fangbangers! Mickey O'Connor here, ready to dive into the cesspool of platelets, fornication and biscuits with gravy that is True Blood. For this first episode, my recap will be pretty, well, recappy, since there is so much new ground to cover, but after this week, I'm hoping to keep things on the shorter side to put the spotlight where it belongs: on your brilliant observations in the comments section. Let's let the bon temps roulez!
On Thursday's season finale of 30 Rock, Liz Lemon revealed what she thinks is a dream summer vacation: 12 weeks of community service on a chain gang. She gets to be outside, wear comfortable clothes, garden, and learn Spanish! But we know that Tina Fey has higher standards. To that end, we've come up with a handy list of activities for her to do on her hiatus (besides having her second child):
Let's hear it for Mercedes!
Tuesday's episode of Glee, "A Night of Neglect," shines the spotlight on one of McKinley High's many unsung heroes: Mercedes (Amber Riley). Within the show's ever-growing ensemble, Mercedes' screen time has taken a few hits, both in the scripts and in reality. The clever writers have frequently used the show to address its critics, incorporating meta story lines that mirror the public's reception to the show. (Remember Jacob's rant about Mr. Schue's rap stylingz?)
SPOILER ALERT! This story reveals key plot details of Big Love's series finale. Don't read any further if you haven't watched yet.
At the end of Big Love, Bill Henrickson got his wish: His trio of wives remained a cohesive and loving family unit despite attacks on several fronts.
Lady Gaga loves making an entrance, but her red carpet arrival at the Grammys was distinguished by what wasn't seen — namely, Gaga herself. Instead, the mercurial singer was carried inside a semi-translucent egg down the carpet by a coterie of blank-eyed attendants. Inside, she appeared to be breathing using an oxygen mask.
On Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives, Susan has trouble with a client. Bree and Keith discover a fundamental sexual incompatibility. Tom invites his mother (guest star Lois Smith) to visit to help Lynette with the baby. And Gaby and Renee discover they have a lot in common, including their love for ruining other people lives, which can mean only one thing: catfight!
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