Jon Hamm, Ian Somerhalder
Television this week needs an American Red Cross telethon, stat! Jax's blood boiled on Sons of Anarchy. Top Chef's Kelly had no time for first aid, so she encased her bloody finger in a rubber glove. New Jersey's Real Housewives displayed remarkable sangfroid with a less-than-genuine hug. Vampire Diaries' Caroline, and not Jeremy, changed her life by drinking vampire blood. And Mad Men's Don Draper blunted his profound mourning with impromptu fisticuffs and a dangerously heightened blood-alcohol level. Welcome to this week's Top Moments: Let It Bleed Edition.
TV Guide Magazine partnered with the Paley Center for Media for its sixth annual PaleyFest Fall Preview Party series, kicking off Sept. 9 with the gang from NBC's new workplace comedy Outsourced (premiering Sept. 23). The cast, headed by newcomer Ben Rappaport as Todd, a Kansas City man whose company transfers him to India, came from taping their Halloween episode. "Todd throws a party and I come as Hugh Hefner, with the velvet jacket, slippers and pipe," reported Rappaport, while Drew Carey Show vet Diedrich Bader, who plays another American import, told us that, earlier in the day, he "leapt out of a closet dressed as Frankenstein and got the [expletive] kicked out of me." With the characters working at a call center selling novelty items, some will utilize props to transform themselves into such clever disguises as a 'chick magnet' and a 'spice rack.'
Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm
As summer TV begins to hand off to the fall season, some thoughts and observations on a few of the shows and headlines that stood out.
Instant Classic TV: I haven't been able to stop thinking about Sunday's episode of Mad Men, regarded by many as the high point of the season to date and a series peak as well, a blistering tour de force for Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, who now have dynamite entries for their Emmy reel next year. (This season has been particularly strong for Moss, as Peggy Olson comes into her own: partying with bohemians, doffing her clothes to unnerve the chauvinistic new art director, and now standing up to Don.) "The Suitcase," so masterfully penned by Matthew Weiner that it wouldn't be a surprise to see him at the Emmy podium yet again next year, felt like watching a three-act play — or maybe a three-ring circus veering from drama to comedy back to drama, or perhaps an emotional heavyweight bout that went on much longer — and with more actual ferocity — than the legendary Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston rematch knockdown of May 1965.
For Lady Gaga, 13 could be a lucky number. The chameleonic artist is nominated for a baker's dozen of Moonman trophies at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, including two — for "Bad Romance" and "Telephone" — in the coveted Video of the Year category. In fact, her tally is the most single-year nominations for any artist in VMA history. "Gaga had some of the best videos of the year," says the VMAs' executive producer, Jesse Ignjatovic. "She will be extremely present in the show — and we'll see how many wardrobe changes there are!"
On Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim Kardashian takes viewers along as she receives her first round of Botox injections.
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With sister Khloe in tow, the elder Kardashian visits a plastic surgeon for the procedure — and she even opts not to use the numbing cream.
"I think I can handle it," Kim says in the video below. "I have a really high tolerance for pain."
Having a more difficult time with the procedure is needle-phobic Khloe, who continually makes fun of her sister...
It ain't easy being vamp candy. Fed up with being fed on, Sookie (Anna Paquin) is tempted to start a new life sans Bill (Stephen Moyer) — or any other bloodsucker, including Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) — in True Blood's third-season finale.
"By the end, she's just like, 'Oh, God, I hate you all'... for a moment," says creator Alan Ball. Sookie's not the only one feeling frayed. Eric's torn about his revenge on Russell (Denis O'Hare); Tara (Rutina Wesley) discovers a surprise about Sam...
Cheers to Nikita for putting the boot in reboot.
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Lots of action franchises have been revamped in recent years, with mixed results (Bionic Woman, we hardly knew ye). But with a sizzling star (Maggie Q), a sleek visual style and a sly sense of humor about itself, the fourth incarnation of La Femme Nikita may be the sexiest — and most successful — yet. Paired with The Vampire Diaries, this rogue assassin could kick serious butt for the CW on Thursdays...
Let's make that a few bites.
Man alive (and not so alive), what a killer Vampire Diaries season opener! The pacing, the storytelling, the badass Katherine. It was like three episodes crammed into one breathless hour of neckbiting and heartbreaking twists that, quite honestly, left us thirsty for more.
Where to start? Hmm... love Stefan getting all tough with John in the hospital. And Bonnie giving Damon the what's what about her vendetta against vamps was deee-lish...