Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
The night may have belonged to Dancing's newly-crowned champion, Jennifer Grey, but the conversation in the ballroom after the finale was all about the woman who came in third, Bristol Palin. There was relief in many quarters that she hadn't won, and wide admiration for the way she'd handled the firestorm of criticism about her inclusion in the final three.
"I really respect the way Bristol handled all that controversy," says contestant Florence Henderson. "She's a tough kid. I remember being 20 and having to ...
OK, we've made no secret of our admiration for Glee's bullying story line and have nothing but love for Chris Colfer. It's an important topic and the kid is like seven layers of fabulous, playing the fear and humiliation of a high-school abuse victim. But between his dad's heart attack and the bullying stuff, it's starting to feel like he's the only student at McKinley worthy of a real story arc this season.
Again, the topic is being handled wonderfully, from the teacher-parent meetings, to the way the guys stepped up to defend him against closet-case Karofsky, to Sue's vow to watch his back. It's just that ...
High school, for any kid, is tough enough. But if you're half-human, half-Kaiju (a "monster" in the Godzilla genre), it's a mess. Cartoon Network's first original CGI movie, Firebreather, follows 16-year-old Duncan Rosenblatt (voiced by Jesse Head) as he deals with his unique appearance (scaly skin, pointy teeth, etc.), superhuman abilities, typical girl troubles and an estranged father the size of a skyscraper who now wants a relationship with his son.
Erik Christian Olsen
Eric Christian Olsen remembers the moment he learned he'd graduated to "regular" status for the second season of NCIS: Los Angeles, after guesting on two episodes in Season 1. "I got the call while I was in Canada doing The Thing prequel," he says. "I was so excited they were picking up the option I was jumping around with a tentacle hanging off [my] back."
Here's a change you can believe in. On The Biggest Loser's makeover episode, the remaining contestants finally shed their stinky workout gear and unveil polished new looks, walking the runway at a Ford Warriors in Pink breast-cancer-awareness event. "They've been sweating away for months," says host Alison Sweeney. "It's the first opportunity for them to think about how far they've come — and to enjoy it."
Steve Tyler, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson
For the past eight years, American Idol has been appointment television for millions on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Get ready to change that appointment, because Fox is taking the bold step of sliding its spectacularly successful reality franchise to Wednesday (performance show) and Thursday (results show).
Neil Patrick Harris and Jorge Garcia
Well here's something to be grateful about this week: A How I Met Your Mother worth spending the holiday with. And we have Lost's unluckiest castaway to thank for it.
Last night, Jorge Garcia dropped by HIMYM for a Thanksgiving episode packed with enough fun to make up for the past few weeks of turkeys.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
Two helicopters circled overhead. The paparazzi were out in full force. Security guards were everywhere. And there was a full moon.
But for all the insanity this week surrounding Bristol Palin's inclusion in Monday night's Dancing With the Stars finals — like the man who shot his TV set in anger, and whoever sent that threatening letter containing what turned out to be a benign white powdery substance to the show's production offices — everything inside the studio was relatively normal.
Batman Beyond Complete Series
The futuristic cartoon Batman Beyond may have been ahead of its time when it premiered in 1999, but the under-appreciated series is currently having a bit of renaissance with a pop culture comeback. Repeats of the animated show — which featured teenager Terry McGinnis taking over the role of the Dark Knight, with an elderly Bruce Wayne as his mentor — air daily (at 7:30am/6:30c and 5:30pm/4:30c) on the new network The Hub.