In tonight's new episode of "The Originals' (Tues. at 8:00 p.m. on the CW), we got a few surprises. Klaus bit Elijah with his killer hybrid spit! Tyler's back! Oh, and Marcel didn't steal Hayley last week -- Tyler did. I'm not sure I bought much of Tyler's cameo appearance, as much as I enjoyed seeing him again (even if he did show up on "The Vampire Diaries" just to take a crap on Caroline's heart).
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Malcolm D. Lee is fairly comfortable calling his first film "The Best Man" a "classic" African-American-centered film. The 1999 flick was "one of the movies that started it all, so to speak, with African-American movies, African-American as just being American, just being human beings and not always causing mayhem and what-have-you."
That doesn't mean "The Best Man Holiday," that film's sequel, doesn't have its fair share of what-have-you, which is stoked by its returning cast like Terrence Howard, Melissa De Sousa and Taye Diggs. In the 15 years that it's taken to arrive at the next chapter of the "Best Man" story, Lee said he wanted to arrive at a story that was more "complex, sophisticated and worthy" of the talents from what he calls his Black Pack.
But the holidays will bring out the crazy out of anyone, and Lee said that choosing to work with a Christmas-themed story helped "illustrate" and push along his plot. Family holidays don't hurt a color palate, either, with lush decor and stage-like scenery for brawls, breakups, perils, absurdities, music and celebrations of the couples from the film.
Watch our full interview above on how Lee knew his timing was right for a sequel more than a dozen years on, and how to portray deep topics like faith in a non-cheesy way. Stay tuned for more interviews from the cast.
"The Best Man Holiday" is out on Friday (Nov. 15).
"Trust the system."
Right away, this episode felt different to me. The opening sequence, in which Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of his team rescue an Agent Shaw from an underground base in Siberia in order to retrieve whatever information Shaw has managed to steal, felt to me like an episode of "Alias," and that's high praise if we're talking about spy TV. I like starting shows like this in media res. I'm not sure about those dodgy hover-sled effects, but I like the energy and the ambition of the way this episode kicked off.
Saffron Burrows is introduced this week as Agent Victoria Hand in a major classified base called The Hub. We haven't had many looks so far at the larger infrastructure of S.H.I.E.L.D., and for Skye, this is her first look at it as well. I like how Simmons references the Triskelion in passing, and there are a few other passing nods to the larger world that feel like they would have actually happened instead of just being fanservice. That's hard to pull off, but they're getting better at it. Bonus points for even getting the hair coloring right on Hand. Longtime comic fans are going to be pleased to see that sort of detail included.
A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I choke a hippie to death with his own ponytail...
CW is rebooting "Tales from the Darkside"
The '80s George A. Romero's classic series is being updated by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Stephen King's son, the horror writer Joe Hill.
Josh Holloway's "Intelligence" will premiere in January instead of February; "Hostages" ends Jan. 6
The CBS drama will kick off on Jan. 13 instead of its original premiere date of Feb. 24.
Laura Prepon to appear in 4 "Orange is the New Black" episodes next season
She was originally expected to appear in just one episode.
Taiwanese animators stick up for Jimmy Kimmel by bashing the Chinese government
Next Media Animation says: "Commie Chinese puppets demand Jimmy Kimmel's head on a spike?"
George R.R. Martin won't allow anybody else to write books set in "Game of Thrones" world
"Not while I'm alive," he says. "But eventually I will not be alive because Valar Morghulis – all men must men die."
Amanda Peet stopped having her say on "Game of Thrones" scripts
Peet, who is married to "Game of Thrones" co-creator David Benioff, used to read the scripts in advance to offer her suggestions. But not anymore. "I want to be surprise," she tells Vanity Fair. "I just want to be a fan." What's it like living amid a "Game of Thrones" world? "Even last night I was yelling at him because he was freaking looking at dailies in my bed," she says.
Unemployment boosts "SpongeBob's" ratings
About 5.2 million viewers watched "SpongeBob, You're Fired," the Nickelodeon show's best ratings in two years.
Jimmy Fallon won't pretape the first minutes of his "Tonight Show"
In 2009, Conan O'Brien ran across America to kick off his "Tonight Show." But Fallon says, "I don't think it will be a pretaped bit. I probably want to do it live." He adds: "I know the first guest, kind of."
President George W. Bush returns to "The Tonight Show" next week
Bush, who last visited with Jay Leno to promote his book in November 2010, will be Jay's guest on Nov. 19.
Will Jerusalem-shot "Dig" become USA's "Breaking Bad"?
The archaeology thriller, expected to air next fall, is USA's most expensive and ambitious drama. It's from Tim Kring and the man behind "Homeland," Gideon Raff.
Damon Wayans Jr. has breathed new life into "New Girl"
"He really kind of rounds out the energy of the cast," says Zooey Deschanel. "It's amazing. He's hilarious, so it's fun. It's just like having one more really hilarious person on set. We love his personality."
Joan Rivers slams Jennifer Lawrence for slamming "Fashion Police"
Lawrence dissed the E! show for being too mean-spirited.
John McCain co-sponsoring the "FANS Act" to curb sports blackouts
The Furthering Access and Networks for Sports (FANS) Act would eliminate the FCC's sports blackout rule.
Shenae Grimes to reveal her disappointment with the "90210" finale
Grimes has set up a chat with "90210" fans, where, she says, "I want to candidly speak out about my experience with YOU, my loyal fans who are looking for the same closure I didn't find with our finale."
"Sons of Anarchy": TV's most sexist show?
Why does the FX series keep its women boxed into stereotypical roles?
"Vampire Diaries" couple back together in real life?
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder are reportedly hooking up again.
Jerry Seinfeld & Louis CK discuss The Gettysburg Address
Watch the latest video from Ken Burns.
Michael J. Fox: "Don't piss off Taylor Swift"
Fox talks to Letterman about his Taylor Swift feud, stemming from this year's Golden Globes.
Is speculation the new spoiler?
Sometimes, speculating about a show could ruin plot twists.
Why "The Originals" is better than "The Vampire Diaries"
There are great villains on "The Originals," and it's not bogged down by doppelgängers.
"Homeland" Season 3 has proven to be superior to Season 2
This week's episode shows the writer know where they're going.
Read "The Simpsons'" animation No-No's
How not to draw Lisa Simpson.
Katey Sagal releases her 1st album in 9 years, says she's now more recognized for "Sons of Anarchy"
Sagal says more people look at her these days as Gemma Teller than "Married with Children's" Peg Bundy.
"The Mindy Project" has become so good it's surpassed "New Girl"
Mindy Kaling's comedy is no longer a work in progress. PLUS: Kaling says: "It's not like Danny and Mindy are Jim and Pam."
YouTube star Shane Dawson signs on for NBC's "Losin' It"
Dawson will star in an autobiographical weightloss comedy from the creator of "The Big C."
Hoda Kotb is staying on "Today"
Kotb has signed a new, multi-year deal with NBC News.
Fox orders "Here's Your Damn Family" from Johnny Galecki
The "Big Bang Theory" star is producing a comedy about a 30-something son whose mom marries a man with three teens.
See "The Addams Family" cast in color
Check out new pics that are totally different from the black and white version.
It turns out that not all preppers are ready to shoot anyone who comes near their stash of canned beans. In "Doomsday Preppers: We Are the Marauders" (Tues. Nov. 12 at 9:00 p.m. on Nat Geo), we meet Kevin. In this exclusive clip, we discover that he actually has an inclusive, community-based plan for when armageddon hits. That's the good news. The bad news is that, unless you're in Costa Rica, you won't be able to hit him up for stuff.
You likely watch TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive" to make yourself feel better about what your garage looks like. But that doesn't mean the show doesn't have real drama. In Wednesday night's episode (Wed., Nov 13 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC), a family comes undone over one man's hoarding problem. Watch this clip and feel the sad.
What do we call these Marvel mini-series events that have been announced?
They're not movies, of course, but they're not conventional TV projects, either. They're small and self-contained and also part of a larger plan that builds to a brand-new group for Marvel, the Defenders. Netflix is planning to release them, and I assume that means we'll get each of the programs in a batch so we can binge-watch if we want. It should make for a very different type of conversation than we're having week to week about "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." I'm sure they want these to land in a very different way, and a big part of that is going to be what sort of talent they attach to each of the shows.
Sign #1 that they're doing it right: Drew Goddard will be writing "Daredevil," set to run for thirteen episodes. They're looking to do series of the same length starring Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, and then they'll do a cross-over event with all four of them together. It sounds like all of the shows will be set in the same corner of the Marvel Universe, New York's Hell's Kitchen, and I like the idea of painting in some of the grittier details of what's happening in this world using these characters.
MTV's EMAs has its biggest U.S. audience ever -- thanks to Miley Cyrus' (censored) joint-smoking
MTV, however, won't acknowledge that word of mouth over Miley's stunt helped boost interest in this year's European Music Awards.
Michael Ian Black and Tom Papa will help co-host Nat Geo's "Duck Quacks Don't Echo"
The scientific experiment testing show will also be co-hosted by Seth Herzog.
"All My Children" is getting the axe, again
Several of its stars say the online soap is finished.
Kurt Sutter: A "Sons of Anarchy" prequel could be set in the '60s
"I've had discussions with the network about it, and I think they are open to it," he said Sunday at a Hurricane Sandy benefit. "I think there is something really interesting about the origins of the club. And to do a period piece set in the '60s, post-Vietnam could be kind of cool. I don't think we would dovetail and start right after the series ended, but it's something I'm potentially excited about it."
TNT announces the return dates of "Rizzoli & Isles" and "Perception"
Both will return on Feb. 25.
Jimmy Fallon: "We will take everything that works" to "The Tonight Show"
"We're not going to do anything that drastic," he says of his move to 11:35. "It's not reinventing the wheel. We've seen that doesn't work." He adds: "I'm not going to go out to change anything, but just gradually it just will change because I'm getting older and it is an hour earlier."
"Couples Therapy" confirms it's including a single Farrah Abraham, plus Jon Gosselin
Also appearing: Ghostface Killah and "Real Housewives" star Taylor Armstrong.
Check out "Breaking Bad's" Jonathan Banks on "Community"
Here's your first look at Banks as an intense criminology professor.
Netflix's "Daredevil" series will be written by "Lost" and "Buffy" vet Drew Goddard
Goddard also worked on "Angel" and "Alias," collaborating separately with Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams.
Alec Baldwin's stalker trial features crying and heckling
Plus there were threats during this morning's courtroom appearance.
Stevie Nicks was initially reluctant to appear on "American Horror Story"
As Ryan Murphy explains, "she was very resistant because from the beginning of her career people who are in the Wiccan community had given her a hard time thinking she was a witch and she got a lot of scary fan letters. She didn't like the darkness of that, and I explained to her the part and she’s like, 'Aw f—, let's just do it. OK, I love it.'"
Masterchef Junior" champ: "It was a big shock"
Alexander Weiss says of watching himself on TV: "The first couple of episodes, it was very awkward. I never pictured myself being on TV. It was strange. It was also really interesting. I got to step back and look at myself cook and see what I look like in action. It was kind of entertaining."