[WARNING: The following contains spoilers from Monday's Star-Crossed. Read at your own risk.]
Monday's Star-Crossed ended with a twist:
I tried to give Downton Abbey the benefit of the doubt. I tried to stave off my judgments until I had given the show time to prove me wrong, to prove that this wasn't just another case of rape as cheap and consumable entertainment. But here we are at the end of the season, and my frustration has only grown.
Downton's fourth season notoriously featured the show's most beloved character, Anna (Joanne Froggatt), being violently assaulted by a visiting valet. But contrary to creator Julian Fellowes' defense that he wanted to "[explore] the mental damage and the emotional damage" that follows sexual assault, I still have very little idea how Anna has been intimately affected by this tragic incident. Instead of parsing Anna's psychological state, the show continued its violation of her character by immediately shifting the dramatic tension to questions about how Bates (Brendan Coyle) would respond.
Scandal, I have some questions for you. Namely, what the hell happened?
The ABC drama used to be believable. Not plausible, but at least somewhat believable. For any show to pull off the over-the-top melodrama Scandal does without becoming completely unhinged, it needs to be grounded by some semblance of reason. Even cartoons exist within a set of limitations. For example, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote can both run in midair unless Coyote looks down and realizes he's about to fall. Then, by the rules of cartoon physics, he plummets. Recently though, it's felt like Scandal's been running full-speed ahead with no ground beneath it, but when they look down and see they're about to fall, they say, 'F--- it, I'm going higher."
Debra Messing is slated to star in the NBC drama pilot Mysteries of Laura, TVGuide.com has learned.
The Will & Grace and Smash star will play a female homicide detective who struggles to balance her career and devilish set of twin boys.
Wendell Pierce has joined Ray Donovan as a recurring guest star, Showtime announced Wednesday.
The actor, who's best known for playing Bunk on The Wire, will play Mr. Keith, a down-on-his-luck parole officer who gets a payoff from professional fixer Ray (Liev Schreiber).
CeeLo Green has turned his chair for the last time: The Voice coach won't be returning to the hit series, he announced on Wednesday's episode of Ellen.
"I'm going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a television show development deal with them as well and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year," the singer toldEllen DeGeneres. "But yeah, I'm going to miss The Voice, too. I'm not coming back, guys."
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's first departure from its traditional comic book roster. Based on a popular franchise, the film's leads are a far cry from the clean-cut Golden Age Avengers. Most of them aren't even human.
Seven months after being released from the Los Angeles Clippers, Lamar Odom has signed a two-month contract with Spain's club team Laboral Kutxa, E! News reports. Odom signed on for the rest of the 2013-14 season, with the option to play for one more year.