The Vampire Diaries
What turned The Vampire Diaries' Katherine Pierce (aka Katerina Petrova) into a cold-blooded killer? Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine/Katerina) says we'll find out on the November 11 episode when the action flashes back to 1490s Bulgaria.
"We find out how ...
Saturday Night Live
The Women of SNL (Monday, 9/8c, NBC)
For years, the female members of the Saturday Night Live ensemble have been the scene-stealers to watch, and this two-hour special will put them in the spotlight, with classic clips interspersed with original material. Look for the greatest moments of contemporary faves like Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch, as well as classic bits from Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, Nora Dunn and original cast members Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman.
SEATTLE MED: Welcome, TV peeps, to the November sweeps, late-October edition, where not all stunts are created equal. First among non-equals is TV's still-reigning hospital soap, the durable Grey's Anatomy, showing it has lost none of its juice — and neither has the faux-documentary format — in a wrenching and pivotal episode seemingly inspired by last summer's excellent Boston Med. Or is it the local sweeps news? The show temporarily becomes Seattle Medical: Road to Recovery, with sensational teasers amid other infotainment hoopla, as hand-held cameras follow the doctors along the usual rounds of triumph (a double arm transplant, a regenerative trachea procedure in the pediatrics ward) and tragedy (Mandy Moore, from the shoot-em-up cliffhanger, is back, but goes into an irreversible coma after Bailey's routine op). The gimmick, though familiar, illuminates character as we watch them do their jobs from a new perspective while sparing us from the show's maddening tendency to overshare...
Jessica Simpson, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, Heidi Klum
Are they kidding? Last night, Project Runway wrapped its season with a windy, way too long finale that was packed with more back-and-forth bitchiness from the judges than actual fashion. Which is kind of fitting, since the winner didn't give us much fashion, either...
When Mindy Cohn was learning the Facts of Life, she must've skipped Wardrobe 101. For the season premiere of makeover series What Not to Wear (Friday, 9/8c, TLC), the '80s TV star — now 44 and looking to revive her acting career — turns herself (and the seriously frumpy contents of her closet) over to fashion experts Stacy London and Clinton Kelly...
Eva La Rue
As if keeping your job in this economy wasn't hard enough, Eva La Rue's character Natalia Boa Vista puts her entire career on the line when she takes aim at Horatio (David Caruso) on Sunday's episode of CSI: Miami (10/9c, CBS).
When Boa Vista doubts the story of a murder suspect (guest star Shawn Hatosy) who suffers from gruesome visions, but has no recollection of killing the victim, she ...
Really, who hasn't dreamed of keeping a pet tiger in their apartment? The difference, however, is that the folks profiled in Animal Planet's hit series make it a reality — often with tragic consequences. It's not called Fatal Attractions for nothing (Friday, 9/8c, Animal Planet). We asked Dave Salmoni, the network's large-predator expert, what motivates people to bring the wild things where they are. ...
The Walking Dead
With its putrid zombie hoard, The Walking Dead is the ultimate Halloween gift for fans of gore: There are splattered heads, swarming flies and enough tattered, rotting flesh to make most watch through splayed fingers. But peel back just a thin layer of the decaying skin and you'll find the heart of AMC's newest drama is entirely human — racing 90 beats a minute, pumping furiously to stay alive. "There's us and the dead. We survive this by pulling together, not apart," says deputy sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).
"It's a story that anyone can relate to," explains Robert Kirkman, author of the acclaimed comic-book series on which the show is based. "The zombies are representative of disaster, but the focus is on the people — everything they go through."
Rick Grimes is an Everyman with everything: a wife, a son...
America's Next Top Model
Dag, Tyra, make up your mind. Are you against bullying or not? Earlier this season, er, cycle, La Banks tackled the headline-dwelling issue of bullying by having her mini-minions photographed with words that hurt painted all over their bodies. Whether or not the concept was hypocritical (after all, this show is all about being judged), props must go to ANTM for at least trying to be part of the solution.
Then last night they kind of blew it all to hell. By recruiting a gaggle of professional models to dish out backstage abuse to the remaining contestants during a Zac Posen show, Top Model stooped to just the sort of mean-girl antics that Miss Jay actually told the pros to unleash on the newbies. Did they really need to be insulted, shut down and psyched out like that, right before hitting the catwalk?