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Last night the hills were alive with the sound of groans disparaging "The Sound of Music Live!"
NBC's live three-hour special musical event, starring Carrie Underwood as Maria and Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp, took its share of criticisms. With viewers and critics knocking everything from the gloomy lighting and cavernous sets to Underwood's she-ain't-Julie Andrews performance.
But bad reviews and Twitter takedowns aren't spoiling NBC's curtain call.
Here are five ways NBC won with "The Sound of Music Live!":
'The Vampire Diaries' Shipper-cap: Elena Learns About Damon's (Bad, Bad) Past With the Augustine Experiment
How well do you really know the ones you love?
As Elena discovers this week on "The Vampire Diaries," not as well as you think?
Elena has always known Damon is a bad boy, a complicated guy, a vampire with a sordid and bloody past. But now that their relationship is in full-on serious mode, she's discovering more about him — and much of it isn't good.
This week, she learns all about his past as an Augustine vampire — how he was captured by Dr. Whitmore, how he held on despite painful torture, and how he brutally murdered not only the entire Whitmore family but left his compadre, Enzo, behind.
Damon might be the reformed bad boy, but let's face it … when he was bad, he was really, really bad. And as much as Elena loves him, can she accept even the darkest parts of him?
Let's jump to the various relationship statuses from this week's episode. It was pretty much an A-B story week, meaning no Bonnie/Tyler, no Caroline/anybody (well, not really), and no Matt/flavor of the week:
Elena and Damon
Status: In love, but getting complicated
Better the devil you know than the one that just came back from the dead?
All through this week's episode, Olivia and team are trying to protect her mom from Eli/Rowan's machinations. They try to get her on a flight to Hong Kong, but when Rowan puts Maya on the no-fly list, Liv has to call in the president to put her on a military plane.
But as Olivia's memories come creeping in, she remembers a phone call right after Maya said goodbye for the last time. The man on the phone called her "Marie." And the name on the no-fly list, the name of the supposed deadly terrorist?
"He's not the monster," a horrified Olivia whispers as the plane takes off. "She is."
Who's sorry now??? #Scandal
Why are we surprised? They should rename this show from "Scandal" to "Roller Coaster Ride of Insane Plot Twists."
I need Shondacare. Special insurance. Years are shaved off my life every single Thursday. #Scandal
- kellywoo at Yahoo TV2 days ago
Even after 27 seasons, "Survivor" still manages to surprise us.
For just the second time in the show's history, players drew rocks after a deadlocked vote. This time, it takes place after a crazy tribal council where Tyson and Hayden essentially play tug-of-war with Ciera.
After Caleb's elimination, Hayden knows he's on the chopping block and decides to go for the ballsy move of calling out Tyson as the winner, with Gervase and Ciera playing second and third fiddles.
At tribal, Hayden keeps hammering away at Tyson as the player in control of the game. He puts doubt into Ciera's mind about her place within her alliance. Does she want to be one of four or one of three, with him and Katie? And in her four, she's clearly in last place, even behind Monica.
- kellywoo at Yahoo TV2 days ago
Casting superheroes is maybe the trickiest task in Hollywood. But The CW thinks it has found the right man behind the mask — they've tapped Grant Gustin to play the Flash in an arc on "Arrow" this season, with an eye toward a spinoff.
The 23-year-old actor is set for the role of Barry Allen, a forensic investigator who comes to Starling City to investigate robberies connected to his tragic past. A comic book nerd, Barry is fascinated by "The Hood" — without realizing that the man he's working with, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), is the very vigilante in question! And while Barry starts off as a regular guy, "Arrow" co-creator Andrew Kreisberg teased, "His life will get a bit faster."
If fan reception is warm toward Gustin's portrayal, the character will be spun off into his own series.
So, just who is the potential new Flash? Here are five things to know about Grant Gustin:
1. He warbled on "Glee."
- kellywoo at Yahoo TV4 days ago
Bill Beckwith, a carpenter and contractor who co-hosted HGTV's "Curb Appeal," died Monday after his motorcycle was hit by a car in San Francisco.
The handyman helped homeowners make improvements to the outdated exteriors of their houses to raise their "curb appeal," or attractiveness to potential buyers. As a carpenter, the 38-year-old specialized in cabinetry and finish work, which he also did for his own company, BB Design.
Beckwith grew up on a vegetable farm in Maine, and developed a passion for carpentry as a child. He graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in English and martial arts, and during his summers, renovated cabins on a fly-fishing ranch. Later, he moved to San Francisco, started his own firm, and then joined the cast of "Curb Appeal."
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- kellywoo at Yahoo TV4 days ago
Reality television boosted Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne's fame, but now "The Talk" host regrets ever doing it.
The rocker and his wife of 30 years — along with their children, Kelly and Jack — appeared on MTV's "The Osbournes" from 2002 to 2005. It was a runaway success and made all four into big stars. But it came at a cost, Sharon Osbourne said on the U.K.'s "Graham Norton Show" recently.
She called it "the biggest mistake" of her life.
"We both worked to continue a lifestyle we had become accustomed to and we had to travel so my kids spent quite a time away from us and you can never get that time back," she admitted.
"It was the biggest mistake I ever did, but would I have wanted to live a lesser life? You make the most of what you have. I don't know how, but Jack and Kelly came out just great."
- kellywoo at Yahoo TV9 days ago
On "Survivor," if you're planning a "big move," it means one thing : You're going home.
We've seen it time and time again. Last season, Malcolm kept trying to make big moves and it cost him. This time, it's Caleb who schemes to make the big move of blindsiding Tyson and it gets him eliminated.
The thing about big moves? If you announce them to the people, it's no longer a big move.
With Caleb's departure, the Alliance of Singles is now blown to smithereens.
Here's what happened in this week's episode:
The Plot Thickens: Usually, scrambling only happens after an Immunity Challenge, but with so few players remaining, it's Scramble O'Clock all day, every day. Caleb and Hayden confer about trying to knock King Tyson off his throne, and pull in Katie and Ciera to their plan.
But Ciera immediately tattles to Tyson and assures him she's on his side until the end. They decide to get Caleb out before he can do it to them.
- kellywoo at Yahoo TV11 days ago
A sweet-voiced, instrument-strumming, classically-trained singer from Boston wows the judges and audiences of a reality competition on television. Sounds like "America's Got Talent" — but it isn't.
It's " Arabs' Got Talent."
In a surprising turn of events, Jennifer Grout, a 23-year-old white woman who doesn't speak much Arabic has made the finals of the Middle Eastern version of the popular reality show.
Grout stunned judges when she sang "Baeed Annak" ("Away From You") in Arabic, accompanying herself on a lute-like instrument called an oud — all this despite not understanding the phrase "What's your name?" Many are comparing her to Susan Boyle, a performer who seemed an unlikely star until she opened her mouth on "America's Got Talent."
- kellywoo at Yahoo TV14 days ago
Caroline Forbes is a machine of perky energy, can-do attitude, and high moral standards. There’s no project she won’t undertake — and complete.
So when she discovers Jesse has become a vampire, she sets out to make him in her image: a good vampire, one who doesn’t drain people of blood.
The problem is that this project is doomed to fail. Dr. Maxfield’s experiments turned Jesse into a vampire who doesn’t need to feed on human blood — he needs to feed on vampire blood. And that makes him dangerous to all of them. When he attacks Damon, Elena feels she has no recourse other than to stake him.
RIP, Jesse. And just when his relationship with Caroline was heating up! Can the girl not catch a break in the romance department?
Check out this week’s status updates on all the couples of “The Vampire Diaries”:
Caroline and Jesse