Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure? If you’re a sequestered FBI trainee on "Quantico," ABC’s suspenseful and sexy drama, no one. The recruits are confined to the training facilities, so they are definitely making the best of their current situation.
A sneak peek of this Sunday’s episode finds the FBI’s randiest recruits recapping their "athletic" sexcapades while bugging a room. Shelby brags that her hook-ups with Caleb are perfect because it's not even a "friends with benefits" situation. He is merely a placeholder for Mr. Right.
In an adjoining room, Booth (Jake McLaughlin) worries how he’s going to tell Alex (Priyanka Chopra) something that will rock her world (and not in a good way)—possibly that he’s working a secret op with the man who will frame her for a massive New York City terrorist attack? Stay tuned.
More secrets are revealed when “Quantico” airs this Sunday at 9/8c on ABC.
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Last week’s two-hour premiere of “Being Mary Jane” featured visceral drama the fallout of Mary Jane’s car accident, thanks of brilliant writing and genius casting of character actor, Emmy winner Loretta Devine.
Though she's been acting for over 30 years, viewers may know Ms. Devine best as the late Adele Webber on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Aunt Honey on the short-running Raven-Symone led sitcom, “State Of Georgia” and her breakout role in 1995’s “Waiting To Exhale." Her most popular roles are intensely maternal archetypes. So when viewers saw the first scenes of downtrodden and gracious Cece—another driver in Mary Jane’s car accident—they may have written her off as a nice churchy grandmother that desperately needed Mary Jane’s help.
Suddenly, the entire façade crumbled in scene-stealing fashion as Cece revealed herself to be an opportunistic, morally corrupt hustler who was underestimated by both Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union) and a room full of SNC's lawyers, who she promptly shut down: “I understand what you see: a shifty black woman who has the future of your company in her hands. You don’t like me anymore than you like Mary Jane, but you tolerate her because she’s good for business. Well you are going to tolerate me because so you can stay in business.”
The reveal led to a deliciously awkward and provocative moment in the premiere in which Mary Jane and her extortionist feasted on popcorn and traded insults and insight over Mary Jane’s career. It was harsh reality, clever banter and social commentary in one electric and stunningly acted package.
Unfortunately, a character like Cece probably won’t be around for more than a few more episodes, but I’m salivating to see her and Mary Jane spar for at least one more round. “Being Mary Jane” airs tonight on BET at 10/9c, and it is rumored that someone may die or leave the BMJ-verse forever! Who do you think it will be?
Last week’s episode of “Jane The Virgin” found Jane and her hilarious hallucination “Bachelorette Jane” struggling to choose between her two loves: Rafael, the handsome hotelier and father to her newborn son and Michael, her former fiancé. The CW’s telenovela has successfully created a perfectly confounding love triangle with both Michael and Rafael being major contenders for Jane's heart. Normally, it’s completely lopsided, with one person being far better than the other. We all remember “Scandal’s” Jake-Olivia-Fitz federal fiasco, don’t we? (Spoiler Alert: They’re both married). Don't get me started on "Parks And Recreation's" April vs. Ann disaster.
Last week’s episode found Jane testing the waters with both Michael (Brett Dier) and Rafael and making a pretty strong case for both.
Jane (Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez) approaches everything with logic and organization, so let’s review the pros and cons for both contenders for Jane’s very organized and imaginative heart.
This week’s episode marks an annual “Supernatural” event: star Jensen Ackles steps behind the camera for the fifth time to direct! “The Bad Seed” is packaged with enough flashy, macabre humor to mask a predictable and slight plot.
The boys still have to contend with an angel cursed with an attack dog spell and a “primal force” with a nasty craving for souls. Sam and Dean both agree that the only way to save Castiel, who is having horrifying angel seizures as the curse digs deeper, is to force Rowena to reverse the spell; and best way to find out any information on The Darkness is to track down Metatron.
Grab your favorite wig and let’s dive in, shall we?
YOU GET A COVEN! AND YOU GET A COVEN! We find the fabulously coifed witch trying to build her own coven. But it’s not just old coven you that meets at the local community center, it’s a MEGA-COVEN!!! *cue confetti cannons* When the potential recruits don’t react like “Oprah” audience members winning European cruises, she kills most of them in an excruciating way that at least offers easy clean up. Rowena (Ruth Connell) actually escapes by the end of the episode. Is it bad that I actually want to see what her MEGA-COVEN in action?
Evil Mary Poppins. Like mother, like son. Crowley (Mark Sheppard) has the same overwrought flare as his Rowena, and he’s channeling it into raising an obedient dark force. He gets her a demonic nanny dressed like Mary Poppins, gourmet chocolates and all the translated Hitler speeches and human souls she desires. Amara likes her studies and does them without complaint. She realizes that humanity means suffering, loneliness and then death. And she's not sure why. Baby, you and me both.
Crowley wants to harness Amara’s power—whatever that may be—Amara has other plans. “Good, evil, heaven, hell. It all seems so unimportant. I don’t think you’re seeing the big picture.” Something tells me that picture may not include humanity at all.
Honestly, the Crowley-Amara scenes should have been trimmed to make room for more action. Crowley’s gothic-castle version of hell is as ominous as a M. Night Shyamalan movie. For all he claims to be a bigger, badder King of Hell, Crowley spent an entire episode fetching frilly things for a little girl.
I love television dramas. I relish in the intrigue and the betrayal and glorious lives of fictional characters that live in sprawling luxurious homes or just covet them, and have twisted, dirty personal lives. As an entertainment blogger, there are never enough dramas. As a black woman, there are is a depressing scarcity of dramas starring women of color. We might be the overconfident, oversexed, sassy best friend whose only purpose to boost the self-esteem of the classically beautiful heroine or the medical examiner forever stuck in the lab doling out boring, impersonal medical facts, but rarely the muse.
Enter "Being Mary Jane"—BET’s addictive, sexy and provocative drama about a successful, complicated black woman who wants it all, starring the flawless and underrated Gabrielle Union. It's "Scandal" crossed with "The Good Wife." The new season starts on today! Here are four reasons you should watch.
1. Gabrielle Union. While we were rightfully and passionately celebrating the historic Emmy nominations ofViola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Regina King and Queen Latifah and other people of color, I was saddened by Gabrielle Union's snub. As Mary Jane Paul—a troubled but brilliant broadcaster—Union has given so much; she has turned in nuanced, candid, vulnerable performances that can be compared to Viola Davis' incendiary wig and make-up removal scene on “How To Get Away With Murder.” Her epic monologues rival any "Gladiator In A Suit" speech made on "Scandal" because they are not about lofty political ideas or the failings of society, but the everyday battle of being a (single) woman, being black and how hard it is to be one or both.
2. Her love life is worse than yours. Misery loves company, so anyone—single, married, recently dumped—can tune into “Being Mary Jane” and commiserate. Mary Jane has unknowingly slept with a married man and knowingly stalked the wife. She’s saved sperm her lover’s sperm in a desperate and misguided impregnate herself. She pushed away her niece who all but idolized her. Her relationships, platonic, familial and otherwise, are trainwrecks, and you can’t help but revel and weep at the carnage. After seeing the gorgeous men in her orbit, can we blame her?
There is a certain comfort and frustration when watching your favorite, long-running television show. Like putting on an old sweater, it fits perfectly, provides some warmth, and you already know where will chafe and irritate. I felt such when tuning into "Out Of The Darkness, Into The Fire" and "Form and Void", the first two episodes of "Supernatural's" eleventh season.
Dean (Jensen Ackles) emerges from The Darkness as gorgeous as ever, barking orders and omitting information. Sam trails behind him, hair whipping up in the wind, obediently swallowing his concerns. They wander through a town of poor, mostly dead humans, save the pretty new deputy with the shockingly blue eyes, and prepare to kill their way out of the latest version of the end of days, and fly out of town to save Castiel.
It’s reminiscent of season 2's "Croatoan" or Season 3's "Jus In Bello" or season 5's “Good God, Y’all” or "99 Problems” but peppered with enough one-liners and gore to keep things interesting.
"Supernatural" is an old dog, yet I’m still entertained by the repetitive tricks. Except over the summer, they seemed to have learned new ones.
"Grey's Anatomy" is about to get even dreamier!
Legendary actor and two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington is coming to "Grey's Anatomy," which is the stuff of my TV fantasies.
Before you wonder if he'll whip out his "Training Day" persona during surgeries or will have meet-cutes in the elevator with Dr. Stephanie Edwards (one of my faves), Washington will be utilizing his talents in behind the camera, TVLine.com reports. Washington will direct this season’s ninth episode slated to air during November sweeps.
Though he has directed feature films such as "Antwone Fisher" (2002) and “The Great Debaters” (2007), this will mark his first time directing on the small screen.
Until Washington’s arrival, “Grey’s Anatomy” is continuing to cycle back to its racy rom-com + surgery roots. The sneak peek for this Thursday’s episode, “Old Time Rock And Roll,” finds Maggie remorseful and mortified after a night of “filthy” sexy time with an intern.
Check into “Grey’s Anatomy” every Thursday at 8/7c on ABC.
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October 12 should be designated a national holiday that joins the ranks of January 31—Justin Timberlake’s birthday and November 30—“Thriller’s” release date, because The CW’s breakout hit “Jane The Virgin” finally returns for season 2!
In the last season’s finale, Jane's newborn son was abducted hours after bitch. She had yet to decide between her accidental baby’s father, Rafael, and her former fiancé, Michael. Xo had married Rogelio in a drunken ceremony.
Here is everything you need to know before season 2 begins.
The real deal. “Jane The Virgin” never denies his telenova roots, which means “fantastical” sequences and deliciously ridiculous plots. Showrunner Jennie Urman hopes to balance that with the reality of Jane (Golden Globe winner Gina Rodruiguez) tackling motherhood. Urman tells TVGuide.com, “You're suddenly on a 24-hour-a-day schedule, and you're up every three hours, and every moment feels like Groundhog's Day, and you're just trying to get your bearings. Your whole world changes immediately. And you're very emotional, obviously. So Jane is going to go through all of that.” In a way only Jane can, I’m sure.
Jane, Interrupted. Jane has always been incredibly ambitious, but since giving birth to the world’s cutest distraction, she will be torn between career and home, according to TVGuide.com. Last season Jane applied to graduate school. I bet on Rogelio’s beloved Twitter followers that she gets accepted.
A white wedding. Our favorite virgin will walk down the aisle this season, TVGuide.com reports. Jane will put an end to her love triangle with Michael (Brett Dier) and Rafael (Justin Baldoni) by going all in with one lucky guy. “It’s a choice we wanted to make and we didn't want to stall forever because it's going to bring its own fresh complications.” Well, let’s hope the honeymoon is nice. Are you Team Michael or Team Rafael? Sound off below!
It’s Britney, bitch. Popstar Britney Spears will be guest-starring this season. Details are scarce but apparently Ms. Spears is Rogelio’s nemesis. I am so there!
Keeping on Sinning. Sin Rostro is slated to wreak havoc all season, but she doesn’t plan to balancing mayhem and baby hostage wrangler. EW.com reports that baby Mateo will be safely returned to his parents quickly. So what is Sin Rostro's endgame?
"Jane The Virgin" airs on October 12 on The CW at 9/8c.
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In any race, the beginning and the end are the most important, and usually the most difficult. So it’s understandable that the season 2 premiere of The CW’s “The Flash” weakest moments in an otherwise intense episode came at the top and bottom of the hour.
The trailing seconds of last season’s finale saw Barry being sucked up in a massive blackhole created in the space-time continuum. “The Man Who Saved Central City” opens six months later with Team Flash disbanded and Barry shouldering the blame for Eddie's death like the giant-hearted superhero that he is.
Even if he is the fastest man live, Barry is spreading himself too thin. He has inherited the now abandoned Star Labs as well as the debt and the ghosts that come with it. He still daylights as Central City CSI, moonlights as The Flash and he even re-builds the businesses destroyed by The Singularity (though I wonder why they haven’t been repaired already. Does insurance cover not cover damage created by black holes?)
So why is Barry so guilt-ridden he doesn’t feel worthy enough to attend his own celebration? And why is Caitlin noticeably absent?
Because Ronnie is also dead.
Barry used his speed to stabilize The Singularity, and Firestorm used his incendiary gifts to merge it, and was presumably caught in the blast. To Barry, Ronnie is “The Man Who Saved Central City” and he is the man killed him. Thus, he hogs the blame and blitzes into missions alone.
And you already know how successful that is. Barry gets his beautiful face smashed in by a radiation-guzzling hulk, and even that doesn’t knock some sense into him. Because that’s Joe’s job. In the flashback young Barry, grieving for a dead mother and an imprisoned father, is always angry. It’s Joe gives Barry permission to be sad and seek comfort. “I got you,” he says both times.
Joe West's (Jesse L. Martin) effortless wisdom and palpable love for Barry is the beating heart that charges “The Flash.” When combined with Grant Gustin’s emotive powers and adorkableness, they create SuperFeels. They're able to induce ugly-cries with a single monologue and whip up angst with a slight furrow of the brow!
The rest of the episode boasts some wicked surprises, namely a new take-charge Iris West reassembling Team Flash; Cisco’s strange snap-back to another world or alternate timeline; and Harrison Wells confessing to Nora Allen’s murder which frees Barry’s father!!!
As an avid television viewer, epic highs immediately makes me tense for the gut-wrenching, I-might-have-to-call-in-sick-to-work-because-Barry-Allen’s-life-fell-apart lows. Is Papa West going to contract cancer? Is Caitlin going to angst about Ronnie’s death for a second consecutive season? Is Iris West going to lose her fabulous wardrobe?!
The other shoe drops, and it’s a maddening one: Henry West, literally 15 minutes after being sprung from the clink and with Barry making plans to move in together and make up for a missing decade with his father, is leaving Central City. So Barry can be The Flash. Huh?! It’s obvious that Joe West is Barry’s father, blood relation or not, and Henry would have be sidelined somehow to keep their relationship going. I was worried the Atom Smasher would attack the prison and kill Henry West before he could be freed. As painful as that would have been, it would have made more sense. Almost anything else would have. But Barry’s life mission has been to reunite his family, and the second he’s done it, Henry vanishes before the frosting on his own celebratory cake dries.
I’m not new to superhero series, cinematic or animated, and the “love and family is a distraction” a stupid, overused cliché that needs to die a death worthy of the worst villains.
However, I may be more a little happy that Joe’s position as Barry’s surrogate father, cheerleader and shrink is firmly intact, especially since Jay Garrick and his dorky helmet arrives with an ominous warning.
Ultimately, “The Flash’s” season opener was a thrilling, intense sprint of an hour that was empowered by Gustin and Martin's soulful performances and stunning visual effects, but was tripped up by hurdles of Henry West’s ridiculous excuses for departing and narrative issues. Thankfully, this season is a marathon, not a sprint. Grade: B+
Best Moments: Cisco’s seemingly ad-libbed “fo’ real?!” when Jay Garrick bypasses Star Labs’ newly upgraded security system. And the Flash symbol or is it a Flash Light?
What did you think? Share your thoughts below!
Congratulations, “Supernatural” fans, you have survived another week! In a matter of hours all of us will be face-deep into Winchester feels! We need to celebrate and medicate because this week's episode looks like an intense and bloody one.
If you’re over the age of 21, you can play Small Screen Girl’s Supernatural Drinking Game. If you’re younger than 21 or just hungry, you can play along with pie or a nice mocktail. Or you could ask yourself what would Dean Winchester do (#WWDD) and have both! No driving afterwards! Mazel!!
Drink when there is a long overdue Broments.
Drink when Sam feels guilty for no reason.
Take a shot for “Moose!”
Drink when a poor, innocent soul is killed in the grisliest of ways.
Drink for cursed Castiel.
Drink for glorious Impala porn.
Take a bite of your snack for Rowena’s fabulous mane!
Drink when Sammy uses his beautiful soul.
Take a bite of your snack every time Dean says “Sammy.”
Drink for Hurt Winchesters!
Drink when you marvel at how big Sam is.
Drink for glaring mistakes in the lore.
Drink when you ogle Dean's bowlegs!
Drink, scream, throw something when the episode ends with a nail-biting cliffhanger.
"Supernatural" airs every Wednesday on The CW at 9/8c. Don't forget to share this with your friends so they can play along!
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