Ugly Betty Season Premiere Recap and Episode 2 Spoilers!

‘Ugly Betty’ finds new digs

In short order, we learn (via a confessional to her mom’s tombstone) that Betty refused both Henry’s wedding proposal and Gio’s Rome date because she wasn’t ready for a serious relationship and had to find out who she was. So yes, like Kelly Taylor and Brad Womack, Betty chose herself.

With this free time, Betty travels the country alone to gain experience and come back refreshed with a binder chock full o’ ideas. Too bad the new Mode presided over by Wilhelmina is a chilly, monochrome wasteland where Amanda and Marc are so starved for warmth and fun they flock to Betty upon her return.

Although this wasn’t the best episode, it did bring it back to the heart of what the show is about: Betty doing well in the face of her social awkwardness, backstabbing cohorts and ridiculous circumstances. She sets out three goals for herself:

1) Gain more responsibility at work in view of getting a promotion
2) Get her own apartment in the city
3) No more romantic entanglements… READ FULL RECAP

Preview of ‘Ugly Betty’ Episode 3.02: Filing for the Enemy

Next week on Thursday, October 2, Betty will be in dilemma whether to stay loyal to Daniel or to accept the luring offer proposed by Wilhelmina in “Filing for the Enemy”.  Now that she gets her hands on Mode, Wilhelmina is trying to lure Betty to the dark side by asking her to be an assistant. Marc is horrified on the idea of having Betty bossing him around and Betty gets a vision on how she will turn out when she accepts the job. Daniel is still struggling to keep the custody of his son, Daniel Jr., while Christina is growing suspicious of her husband Stuart. Elsewhere, Hilda’s romance to her son’s coach, Diaz heats up.

Brothers & Sisters: Is Jason Ritter the New Brother? Plus Spoilers

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According to Kristin at E!Online Jason Ritter came to a casting meeting for the role of the Walkers missing brother… Ryan Walker! However, there is still no decision yet if he will get the part. For more info I personally think he looks the part, and would fit in or cause trouble whichever way you want to look at it.

Kevin is going to have his hands full this season, dealing with health issues (as well as the usual Walker family insanity). — TV Guide

Grey’s Anatomy Episode Recaps & Spoilers: “Dream a Little Dream of Me”

Here are two early recaps of the amazing season premiere!

Episode Recap: “Dream a Little Dream of Me”

“Fairytales don’t come true,” Meredith uttered as she stood in the very same spot we last saw her in Season 4, in the midst of her house of candles. Suddenly, we were reminded of all the things we feared might happen when Derek left her that night to end things with Rose. Could things already be coming to a crashing halt?

If you only caught the first few minutes of this episode, you might have thought the fairytale ended with a fatal car crash involving Derek. Thankfully, that scene wasn’t real as we learned that Meredith was being plagued by those haunting images in a recurring dream. But creator Shonda Rhimes wasn’t done playing with us yet. Rose later surfaced to deliver the news that she was carrying Derek’s baby! Again, another ruse, but I have to admit I enjoyed the way the writer’s turned the tables on us and acknowledged the obvious obstacles they could have thrown at Meredith and Derek, yet they did not. Instead, it looks like these two are in for a much bumpier ride—the reality of moving in together…. FULL RECAP

‘Grey’s’ returns with new hunky doc, old drama

Kevin McKidd moves from ‘Rome’ to Seattle to liven up season premiere

By Linda Holmes, MSNBC contributor

Back to basics: When “Grey’s Anatomy” returned Sept. 25, Meredith spent the episode talking herself in and out of moving in with Derek, eventually (as always) using her patients as tools of self-discovery and choosing cohabitation. Derek successfully shook off a resentful Rose, who agreed to retreat to another specialty so she won’t keep stabbing him during surgeries…. READ FULL RECAP

From Kristin at E!Online:
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Who wanted to scream “Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!” at Dr. Meredith Whiny-Pants Grey during tonight’s premiere of Grey’s Anatomy? Thankfully, Cristina (Sandra Oh) did the honors in a scene that pretty much stole the two-hour episode —well, along with the intro of her new love interest Major Hottie, who so lived up to his name.

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A Major Case of the Hotties: Anyone else foaming at the mouth during those scenes with Cristina Yang’s hot-as-fire new love interest, Kevin McKidd? Sure, the facial hair takes a little getting used to, but I for one am digging the raw, rugged, and so-not-pretty new flavor at Seattle Grace.

Hot Flashes, Then Chills: I know we’re supposed to feel for Alex given everything he’s been through, but his whiplash-inducing hot-cold nature toward Izzie is a bit nauseating, isn’t it? I really wish the writers would just pull these two in one direction or the other, and oh, hey! Look down there in the Diagnosis section—we have some amazing, definitive, exclusive scoop on Alex and Izzie’s fate!

Incredible Non-Melty Icicles! Grey’s has never been known for its realism, but I’m sorry, I had to laugh out loud at that renegade icicle piercing Christina’s gut (I hate it when that happens!) followed by a long scene in the O.R. where they debate what to do with it, in which the icicle…wait for it…does not melt. Cue the scientists: This technology could cure global warming.

The Gaying of Grey’s: First the writers plan two seasons ago to make Cristina’s character bisexual (a plan foiled by some loudmouth scoop hound whose name may or may rhyme with Shristin), then they start the current “exploration” storyline with Callie and Hahn, and now comes the news that Melissa George is coming on to play a bisexual character who may do a tonsil tango or two with Callie and/or Hahn.

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“It’s On!” This is what sources very close to the show tell me regarding the couple many of you have been waiting to see since season one: Alex and Izzie. I’m told it’s definitely happening this season and will be a major storyline—most likely, I’m guessing, that “huge love story” Shonda Rhimes promised for Heigl.

Major Hope: Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of Kevin McKidd, aka the army doctor who planted one on Cristina.

McMansion: I’m told their dream house is still in the works, so don’t give up on Meredith and Derek just yet. She may stop whining and learn to embrace her happily ever after, after all!

Grey’s Anatomy, “Dream a Little Dream of Me”: Pain don’t hurt

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… I wanted to throw a brick at the TV when we got the dream sequence fake-out about McDreamy being in a car crash, and again with Rose’s pregnancy joke (which led to an ABC promo that Shonda had to publicly disavow). And, yes, Lexie suddenly having an unrequited crush on George in the same way he did on Meredith way back when is a little too cute and self-conscious a role reversal. And, yes, I still think Callie and Dr. Hahn are gay for each other (but not, in an unexpected twist for Hahn, for anyone else, past or present) only because the writers needed to give these two characters something to do.

But every minute of it was worth it for the moment when Izzie started counting to 30 after Mariette Hartley woke up from surgery, then realized that this woman would spend the rest of her life having to be told, over and over and over, that her husband was dead. That Izzie found a way, in the end, to turn Mariette’s curse — a condition that makes Leonard from “Memento” seem like a lucky bastard in comparison — into a blessing (Mariette will instead be perpetually told that her husband is just around the corner) didn’t diminish the awesome horror of that earlier moment. If anything, it elevated all the fairy tale talk, because it showed how every fairy tale is a horror story, and vice versa, depending on the perspective you take on it.

Really, aside from the missteps I mentioned above, I quite liked “Dream a Little Dream.” I’ve made peace with the aspects of the series I know are fundamental to its DNA — the narration, Meredith’s need to obsess about her relationships every minute of every day — and the running meta-commentary about the drop in the hospital rankings  suggests Shonda and company are aware of how they slipped in recent years and are going to make a good-faith effort to get back to doing what they do best (possibly, although ABC & Shonda Rhimes denies it).

On Kevin McKidd… they laid on the “He’s a combat field surgeon who doesn’t play by the rules!” thing a little thick — and, as noted in the column, the surgical staple gag was straight outta “Roadhouse” — but McKidd brings a distinctly masculine energy that the show has needed for a while.

New Desperate Housewives’ Casting & Spoilers!

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Gail O’Grady (American Dreams, NYPD Blue) is joining the cast of Desperate Housewives as the cul-de-sac’s newest troublemaker. her character — which will appear on a recurring basis — was originally conceived as a Mrs. Robinson-esque seductress who sets her sights on one of Lynette’s rapidly aged twin terrors. Originally because it’s entirely possible some of those plans have changed.

Desperate Housewives has tapped Gail O’Grady’s former American Dreams co-star, Peter Onorati, to join the cast as the husband of her soon-to-be-introduced cougar character, sources confirm to Mike Ausiello exclusively.

Smallville Spoilers, Previews! Erica Durance Interview & more!

9/25 All New ‘Plastique’ HD

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It’s Clark’s first day at the Daily Planet with Lois, and the pair are immediately thrown together on a story when a bus explodes outside the office. Clark rescues Bette (guest star Jessica Parker Kennedy), a young girl who bonds with Chloe over their shared meteor abilities, but Bette is hiding a big secret. Paramedic Davis Bloome arrives in Metropolis and is drawn to Chloe.

NEW! In lieu of The Kiss, “smoldering” Clois moments are to come, and the rumor that Smallville is ceding its time slot to Reaper after Episode 10 was news to her. From other sources, Lois will briefly gain “powers” at some point this season. — TV Guide

From Kristin at E!Online

Lois & Clark…the Couple? Look for an upcoming episode where Clark and Lois investigate a man who stalks couples, so of course Lois decides they should play a couple as bait, and Lois plays it to the hilt while Clark feels a wee bit uncomfortable. But subterfuge aside, don’t expect Lois and Clark makeout sessions quite yet. “I think they are just being very careful on how they have that relationship unfold,” said Erica. “And I just want to make sure she earns the right to be loved by Superman.”

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Who Is the Good Samaritan? There seems to be a superstrong man running around saving the day…but who is he? That is the question asked by many characters this season, including Tess Mercer: “The supers have to work together to trick Jimmy because he is hot on the trail. In the end of the episode, Lois is talking to Clark and basically says, ‘I’m going to find out who this hero is and that’s going to be my mission in life.’ ” Poor Clark had better watch out because Lois is also on the case. Said Erica, “Wouldn’t it be great if she just went around trying to get in trouble to see if she can find him?”

Is Lex Right Under Our Noses? Since Lex is missing, there’s a new toughie in town. “All I can say for Tess is that you don’t get into the position she’s in without being bad. She will be somebody to be reckoned with.” About that missing bald hottie, I would think if you spent a whole season searching for him, he’d eventually pop up, right? “That’s what I like to think. Then boom, he’s been in the backyard the whole time!” Oh, that must have been the one place they didn’t look!

Chloe and Cousin: Chloe won’t be returning to The Daily Planet any time soon. She will be working at the Isis Foundation helping the meteor-challenged. And that’s not the least of her worries—Lois is an issue as well. Erica said that, “Lois has to deal with the fact that her cousin is finding true love, and in true Lois fashion, she sticks both feet in her mouth at the most inopportune time.”

Season Nine? Regarding rumors that Smallville might continue for another year after this one, Erica said if they ask her to be on it again, “I’d totally be in. Who wouldn’t work with Tom Welling for another season?”

More Grey’s Anatomy Season Premiere Spoilers and Previews!

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From Kristin at E!Online

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Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) & McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey):

  • The show’s marquee couple is finally getting together! Meredith is ready to commit, and McDreamy is happy to have her. Meredith will be taking baby steps (two forward and one back), so be patient with her, but they are on the road to happiness.
  • One major obstacle is out of the way: Rose’s (Lauren Stamile) last episode is tonight. McSteamy (Eric Dane) spends the episode nagging McDreamy to just take care of the Rose problem once and for all, but that’s not exactly how the final Rose-McDreamy split goes down.
  • Last but not least, the love shack is coming: Sources on the set told me that later this season they’ll be working on a McMansion for the happy couple.
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Izzie (Katherine Heigl):

  • Izzie’s dead fiancé drops by tonight. Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s appearance is one of the dreams referred to in the title “Dream a Little Dream.” (By the way, the title makes for a great tension builder. There were several scenes where I found myself wondering…wait, is this someone’s imagination or is it real?)
  • Izzie is also front and center this season. ABC boss Steve McPherson has said of Katherine Heigl: “She is absolutely staying with the show. She has an unbelievable storyline for her this year, which is really central to everything that is going to go on this season. Shonda is really excited about that; she’s the one who actually crafted that.”
  • I’ve got the dish on Izzie’s future, and I’ll tell you all about it in tonight’s “Grey’s Anatomy Dissection” post after the show airs!
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McSteamy (Eric Dane): Our mischievous little McSteamy is growing up! Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) is going to get a real, live, single love interest this season. Eric told me exclusively: “I think he’s going to [find real love] this season. I don’t know how long that’s going to last. The nature of the show is people don’t stay together very long. We always end up getting back together, and then we break up again, then we get back together again—but I think this year he’s going to find somebody.” Is it Lexie as the season premiere hints? (Sloan is unusually nice to her.) Could it be Izzie? Is it the Little Miss Type A character for whom they are now casting? The debate continues…

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Major Hottie & Yang: There are more than a few meaningful glances exchanged between Dr. Yang (Sandra Oh) and Major/Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) when he arrives at Seattle Grace after having intervened on scene at a major trauma. Cristina also delivers the line of the episode (which I am sworn by Shonda under penalty of torturous death not to reveal) while in the presence of Owen Hunt. His accent is awesome, his acting is better, I have lurved him since Rome, and I think you guys will take to him right away. (The Chief certainly hearts him.) Keep an ear peeled for his description of trauma surgery in the field during war. It turns on Cristina, and it’s fascinating for us civilians as well.

Our Good Friend the Nazi: I talked to Chandra Wilson at the Emmys and asked her how Bailey’s marriage was doing, among other things. She said, “Bailey’s trying to be real professional right now and take care of her stuff at the hospital. She’s doing a lot of surgery this season and trying to move ahead, but I think there’s going to be some counseling and therapy for her in there somewhere.”

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Alex: Ah, Alex. You know, the best thing about Grey’s is it tells you what it’s doing without ever being too on the nose. Alex and Izzie heat up tonight, and then flare out, but not before Justin Chambers breaks our hearts in one scene by helping a patient with her dilemma and in the process telling us a little bit about why Alex can be such a butthead.

Callie & Hahn: Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith) are a go. They’re taking it slow, much like McDreamy and Mer, but they are gearing up to hook up. As Brooke Smith told me about the storyline, “Anything can happen…And it could really rock your world, I imagine, if you all of the sudden thought you were in love with a woman and maybe you weren’t before…” Excitement in the works for both of them…BTW,  in the premiere, George expresses regret about his the marriage to Callie. Too bad. Callie O’Malley was the best married name ever.

One Tree Hill Preview & Spoilers!

9/29 New ‘You’ve Dug Your Own Grave, Now Lie In It’ HD

Lucas and Lindsey face a tenuous future, while Nathan receives an offer from a pro basketball team. Haley unwittingly puts Jamie’s life in peril, while Brooke struggles with giving up her company. Peyton discovers a dark secret about her new recording artist. Haley learns the truth about Dan, which leads to a final showdown with Carrie (guest star Torrey DeVitto).

Shocking Dismissal from America’s Next Top Model: Episode Recap

Shocking Dismissal from America’s Next Top Model

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Episode Recap: Fierce Eyes This week’s episode featured models in blindfolds, very little Tyra Banks, and the dismissal of not one but two contestants… READ FULL RECAP

From TV Guide

Warning: This post contains spoilers about the outcome of the most recent episode of America’s Next Top Model.

Isis, the first transgendered model in the history of America’s Next Top Model, was sent home this week — and Tyra Banks made it clear that her being transgendered had nothing to do with it.

Isis found herself competing for the last photo with Samantha, who earned a spot in the bottom two by pulling up her skirt slightly while walking a runway blindfolded. Isis put herself in jeopardy, Banks said, by looking “sleepier and sleepier and sleepier” each week — like someone afraid to stand out.

Earlier in the episode, fellow contestant Clark had whispered that it was time for Isis to go home, and that parts of her body were too manly for her to get modeling jobs.

Also sent home this episode was Hannah, the Alaska resident who pushed Isis two weeks ago for backing into her personal space.

Isis said when she was announced as a contestant that she was there to win, not just set an example.

“I like to help people, but I’m here to follow my dreams,” the 22-year-old told Us.

90210 Spoilers for ‘Model Behavior’ & Possible Gossip Girl 90210 Crossover?

9/30 All New ‘Model Behavior’ HD

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Brenda, Kelly, Ryan and Harry confront Adrianna about her growing problems, but Adrianna denies being on drugs. When Debbie is given the opportunity to shoot a fashion show for Nylon magazine, Annie decides to use the fashion show as part of her class assignment on careers. Ryan asks Annie to partner with Adrianna on the assignment, and Annie reluctantly agrees, even though she is still upset with Adrianna over her relationship with Ty. Naomi decides that the fashion show is the perfect place to bring her parents back together, but her plan backfires when her parents have a huge fight. Silver catches the attention of the Debbie’s client at the fashion show. Also at the show, when an indie film producer remembers seeing Annie in Spring Awakening and offers her an audition, Annie convinces him to include Adrianna. Feeling guilty after Annie’s nice gesture, Adrianna admits that she lied about her relationship with Ty. Kelly gets a call from an old friend that makes her question her relationship with Ryan. Finally, Naomi and Ethan come to a crossroads in their relationship.

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From Kristin at E!Online

In “Model Behavior,” the episode of 90210 airing Sept. 30, we learn that Brenda (Shannen Doherty) has been keeping in close contact with twin brother Brandon and ex-boyfriend Dylan. In this ep, Brenda reveals some heretofore unknown details about Brandon’s current whereabouts.

But that’s not all. Next week, that wayward Dylan finally phones home again. (He could learn a thing or two from E.T.) Apparently the call is to Brenda’s phone, but both Brenda and Kelly end up talking to him, and after the fact, the two girls get into a “tense” convo (most likely because he calls Brenda’s phone). Eek!

Possible Gossip Girl 90210 Crossover?

From TV Guide

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The actress, who plays Annie on 90210, had this to say to Extra about complaints she’s too thin: “Shake it off, baby!” Grimes and castmate AnnaLynne McCord also sidestepped talk of a clothing rivalry with the Gossip girls. “We beat the makeup by far, I’ll tell ya that! But oh my god, Leighton [Meester] — I love her. She rocks that show,” McCord said.

Everyone’s getting along so well that Grimes is down for a crossover with her fellow CWers: “We have been talking about that since day one,” she said.

New Ugly Betty Spoilers! Video

‘Ugly Betty’ Scoop: Betty-Daniel Romance?! Amanda Moving Out?! Who’s the New Guy?! Watch Now

New Supernatural Tonight!

9/25 All New ‘Are you there God?
It’s Me, Dean Winchester’ HD

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Sam and Dean are stunned when the spirits of Meg (guest star Nikki Aycox) and Agent Henricksen (guest star C. Malik Whitfield) appear and accuse the Winchesters of failing them. Although rattled, the brothers must pull together to save Bobby, who is too crippled with guilt to fight off the angry ghosts of the young children he couldn’t save.

Gossip Girl Leighton Meester Opens Up About Prison Past

Leighton Meester Opens Up About Prison Past

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Nearly a month after news surfaced that she was born in prison, Leighton Meester is breaking her silence on her family’s past.

“It makes me very nonjudgmental and open-minded,” Meester told Us Weekly. “And I think it just makes me appreciate the things that I have now.”

The actress’ parents, Connie and Doug, were involved in a drug ring that smuggled 1,200-pound shipments of marijuana from Jamaica into the United States, Us reported. Both of them served time for the operation, and it was during the beginning of Connie’s sentence that she gave birth to Leighton in a Texas federal prison in 1986.

Connie — who was sentenced to 10 years, but was released after 16 months — now works as a screenwriter. Doug, who split from her in 1992, is in construction.

Though her parents’ past is “questionable,” as Doug puts it, the Gossip Girl‘s relationship with them is anything but, especially with Connie.

“She’s always there for me no matter what,” Meester said. “I swear, that woman knows everything.”

As for her daughter, Connie calls the 22-year-old, “very gifted,” “very talented” and “very intelligent.”

“I love her dearly,” she said. — Joyce Eng, TV Guide

New Gossip Girl Spoilers!

NEW! Dan is offered the job of a lifetime, but only if he digs up dirt on someone very close to him. Elsewhere, a surprising person considers asking for a divorce… from his/her parents. — TV Guide

9/29 New ‘The Serena Also Rises’ HD

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In the midst of Fashion Week, a furious Blair learns that her mother, Eleanor, at the suggestion of her protégé Jenny, has given Serena and her new socialite friend, Poppy Lifton (guest star Tamara Feldman), front row seats to the Eleanor Waldorf show. Hurt once again by Serena’s popularity and her mother’s betrayal, Blair decides to sabotage the show. Meanwhile, Dan starts hanging out with Chuck, but a walk on the dark side always has its risks and Dan learns that the hard way. Lily learns a secret that her new husband, Bart, has been keeping from her.

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