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Tuesday 13 November 2012


If you blinked you may have not realized that All Star Drag Race is already down to its final four teams. Evaluating the queens based on “synergy” does add some newness—but it also sashays their numbers down crazy fast!

And they’ve already begun teasing Season Five (Category is: Roman realness).

Already? It’s like seeing Christmas displays in July. This is all moving too fast—and I’m still recovering from losing Pandora Boxx in Episode One.

But I digress. After reflections on last week—and Raven saying Juju looked more like “Tran Dresser” than Fran Drescher—this week’s episode dove right into the mini-challenge: Butch self-pics! (#QueensWithGuyPhones).

Tuesday 30 October 2012


All night I was expecting Hurricane Sandy to send my electricity (and windows) sashaying away. Heck, even a weak thunderstorm causes my TV to take a raincheck. But I was one of the lucky ones: The only thing I saw sashaying away was another team of queens on RuPaul’s All Star Drag Race.
Our girls start off playing a game called #InDaButtRu. (Yup, it came complete with its own hashtag). It’s basically The Newlywed Game, except the questions are about whose tuck is tighter. Team Latrila struggled to really guess anything correctly, while Team Rujubee dominated. When asked about the type of boy-underwear her partner wears, Jujubee got it in one. (Raven hilariously deadpans, “The Devil wears nada.”)
Rujubee wins the challenge—but their prize is just a cream pie in the face. I was expecting some type of main-challenge advantage or maybe a Sequin Queen gift card? Nope, just pies. But it did provide RuPaul with a segue for the next challenge: The girls had to impersonate celebrities in the campy RuPauls Gaff-In, which apparently was taking the place of our belovedSnatch Game. This week’s guest judge, Vicki Lawrence, appeared in the skit as well in her Mama guise. (So edgy!)
The challenge itself is a whirlwind of scene changes. First there’s a swinging cocktail party with Mama and the Pit Crew. Then they have to feed jokes to RuPaul in a segment called “Howdy Ru.” And then they’re popping out of the joke wall. A season of Drag Race without Snatch Game hurts my soul in a deep place, but we did get a Laff-In style joke wall where the queens popped their heads out like cuckoo clocks and delivered jokes they wrote themselves.
Most of the puns fell flat, but watching the girls desperately try to open the barn doors was hysterical. These girls can work a runway backwards in hells. But opening silly doors? Now that’s a challenge.
Latrice was largely unsuccessful as Oprah, shouting “You get an African baby! And you get an African baby!” Even Manila’s gap-toothed Madonna couldn’t steer them in the right direction.
Team Yarlexis stuck to Spanish-speakers—Yara cuchi-cuchied it up as Charo, and Alexis channeled Shakira. Nina Flowers chose La Lupe, a Cuban singer banished by her country and the music industry. Why? Because there’s nothing funnier than a pariah most of the audience has never heard of? Tammy Brown impersonates Tammy Fae Baker, but the transformation purely cosmetic.
After the comedy chaos, our girls prepared for a runway delivering Sixties realness: Realizing they still don’t know much about one another, Latrice and Manila kiki about growing up and coming out and Manila’s boyfriend, Sahara Davenport (who has sadly since passed away). It was a quick mention but my heart breaks a little.
And we move on to talking, once again, about Tammie Brown’s craziness.
On the catwalk, all the queens give us an Austin Powers vibe. My nitpick is that there was a lot of matchy-matchy among team members, which I hope doesn’t become a thing. We’re already getting cheated out of so much with the forced pairing. Identical outfits make it that much more blah.
At the judges’ table, Vicki and the gang are joined by second celebrity judge Busy Phillips. Chad’s Betty Davis redeems Shannel’s unlovable Lucy Ball. My favorite part was Manila getting read for her ridiculous white eyeliner, which made her look completely cross-eyed. Michelle Visage certainly noticed it—how did Latrice not? 
Team Yaralexis took the home the prize (custom jewelry!). Team Rujubee is also called safe; the judges didn’t love Raven’s Bea Arthur (I beg to differ), but Jujubee’s execution of a Fran Drescher laugh keep them safe. That leaves two teams for the bottom: Teams Brown Flowers and Latrila.
Eeep! Manila and Latrice won last week—how the fabulous have fallen.
In the end, it’s Tammie versus Latrice, lip-synching “No Business Like Show Business.” Latrice will always be my chunky-yet-funky mother hen, but Tammie is just so damn intriguing! It’s especially true in the lip-synch—her face, which is always twerking, was really working overtime. The queens weren’t sure. I wasn’t sure.  And part of me expected Manila to press the emergency siren.
But that didn’t happen, and Latrila won the challenge—sending Brown Eye, er, Flowers to chantay away. After the usual good-byes, Nina Flowers packs her bags and Tammie Brown takes her spaceship back to Planet Eyebrow.


Wednesday 24 October 2012


All-star shows are a special situation: There’s no time spent learning new names and back stories so, after some chatter about who lost weight and who has nicer outfits, the competition gets going pretty quickly.

On All Stars Drag Race, things got hot fast: Those heartfelt conversations about how you learned drag? Forget it. Instead we get a dozen queens who want nothing more than the crown they think they were robbed of the first time.

Monday 22 October 2012


Over four seasons, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has blossomed into a worldwide, cultural phenomenon that’s made superstars of its former drag competitors. International appearances, national glossy magazine photo shoots, stints on the runways of New York Fashion Week and buzzed about music releases are just a few of the accomplishments of former “dragtestants.” One thing is for certain, fans can’t get enough of these gals and Logo’s responding to the demand with an all-new offering for the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” franchise. “All Stars: RuPaul’s Drag Race” is set to serve up a new twist on the mega-hit “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as it pits queens from previous seasons in a wig-to-wig drag battle royale. “All Stars: RuPaul’s Drag Race” has been greenlit for six, one-hour episodes and is slated to premiere this fall on Logo.

Wednesday 17 October 2012


Stars: Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Zachary Quinto, Lily Rabe, Chloe Sevigny, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan, Franka Potente, Clea DuVall, Lizzie Brochere, Chris Zylka

Just when you thought American Horror Story co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk couldn't get any crazier, they go and announce exactly what the second season, subtitled Asylum, is all about: In a nutshell, the walls of the show's new setting, the Briarcliff mental institution in the 1960s, house not only loons but also a (possible) mad Nazi doctor, a serial killer named Bloody Face who wears victims' flesh as a mask, mutated ghouls, and, for the hell of it, aliens. That's certainly a far cry from a perverted ghost clad in all-black latex.

As it's been widely reported, Murphy's master plan for American Horror Story has been to treat each season as its own self-contained narrative, with key actors (here, Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, and Sarah Paulson) returning each year to play all-new characters. Asylum is the first attempt to make such an unprecedented format work, and the decision to mine campy scares from religious imagery, including exorcisms and evil nuns, is definitely a step in the right direction.

Like any good horror sequel, Asylum promises to make last year's inaugural season look reasonably restrained by comparison. Watching every episode's bloody, sexually depraved insanity should make us all feel like inmates.

Sunday 14 October 2012


Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Sarah Wayne Collies, Chandler Riggs, Steven Yeun, Laurie Holden, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, David Morrissey, Danai Gurira, Michael Rooker, Dallas Roberts, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride
Premiere date: October 14

You notice that deafening silence? That's the sound of millions of Walking Dead haters finally shutting their traps. There's really no other way for them to respond now that AMC's zombie apocalypse series has seemingly abandoned its slower, action-less episodes in favor of all-out human-versus-human and human-versus-walker contentions and psychological warfare. The last half of The 

Walking Dead's second season, overseen by new showrunner Glenn Mazzara (who replaced original shotcaller Frank Darabont), was a breathless onslaught of zombie carnage and killed-off major characters, culminating (finally!) in the introduction of both comic book favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the prison setting of Woodbury.

And anyone who's up on Robert Kirkman's comic knows who's waiting to raise all kinds of sadistic hell inside and outside Woodbury's gated walls: The Governor (Walking Dead newcomer David Morrissey), a cold-blooded alpha male who's about to make the lives of the hardened Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his crew exceedingly problematic. Even more so than the hundreds of zombies crowding around Woodbury looking to rip open some arms, legs, and other body parts. Those naysayers' traps? We're hoping they're left agape in disbelief at what's going down on screen.

Wednesday 10 October 2012


Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Jamey Sheridan, Susanna Thompson, Paul Blackthorne
Premiere date: October 10

Full disclosure: Arrow is present in this countdown out of sheer morbid curiosity. It doesn't take a television genius to guess that the CW's adaptation of DC Comics' Green Arrow character has the overpowering potential to be a complete disaster. For one, it's the CW, the home of Gossip Girl and other shows firmly entrenched far beyond the world of comic book lore (save for Nikita, perhaps); and, two, superheroes haven't fared well on boob-tubes in recent years (try to remember NBC's The Cape).

Still, it'd be great to see DC successfully launch a live-action hero who's not nicknamed the Dark Knight, so Arrowdeserves at least an initial look. It's also tough to root against the always alluring Katie Cassidy, an underrated young actress who's given strong performances on doomed TV shows in the past (Harper's IslandMelrose Place). If only for her sake, give Arrow a shot.

Friday 05 October 2012


True Blood has made its first major Season 6 hire, and it’s pretty bloody fangtastic.
Acting vet Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) is joining the HBO smash as a series regular, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Hauer will play Macklyn, a mysterious and sinister figure with deep ties to Sookie and Jason.
Hauer is well known for his portrayal of Blade Runner‘s Roy Batty, a renegade robot trying to evade capture in Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi film. But the Dutch actor has a varied resume that includes parts in movies like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Batman Begins and Sin City and guest roles in TV’s Smallville and Alias. In 1988, he won a Golden Globe for his work in the TV movie Escape From Sobibor.
True Blood‘s sixth season is slated to premiere in June.


Monday 01 October 2012


ABC’s Once Upon a Time opened Season 2 neither in Storybrooke nor in fairytale land. It wasn’t even Boston. Instead, the setting was… New York City? 

Even more curious was the focus of those first two minutes — a character listed in the credits only as “Mysterious Man,” played by True Blood/Terriers alum Michael Raymond-James. “People wondered if we were going to start in Storybrooke or fairytale land. We started in a third place,” series cocreator Eddy Kitis tells TVLine. “We wanted to start in a world nobody expected.” What are viewers not named Desmond Hume to make of the jarring Season 2 opening and its enigmatic subject? “We’re very excited about the answer to who he is, and to reveal that sooner rather than later” — sometime within the first nine episodes, says cocreator Adam Horowitz.

Until “sooner” arrives, the show bosses hint that Mysterious Man’s apartment was not decorated in a vacuum. “We try to be meticulous with the production design, so… yes, there’s stuff in the apartment specific to the character,” says Horowitz. Adds Kitsis: “There’s one thing in there in particular … I’m not going to say what it is…. that has very significant meaning.” Fine, twist our arm. TVLine paid ridiculously close attention to the opening sequence, and even freeze-framed for you both sides of the Mysterious Man’s digs, calling out possible clues to his identity. One item in particular raised a red flag for us. Here now the photos and the sum total of our observations. (Plus, our full recap can be found on Page 2.) 

1 | Mysterious Man apparently works on the Upper West Side, cutting through Central Park on his way home — and then taking an odd detour to East 47th St. — before hopping on the N-line subway at the 5th Avenue station. 

2 | Mysterious Man lives on Grand Street in Little Italy, across from the famous Piemonte Ravioli Co. 

3 | Mysterious Man’s apartment is teeming with anachronisms including pocket watches and monocles (see letter A in photos below), radios and clocks (C), cameras (L) and desk microphones (K).

4 | His other vintage possessions include a “Cleaner & Hatters” sign (B), a corded rotary-dial phone (D), a cobbler’s wooden shoe forms (G) and a Berol Giant manual pencil sharpener (J). Is he an anachronism himself, something out of time and place?

5 | Speaking of music… the tune playing throughout is “Charley’s Girl,” a Lou Reed ditty that warns, “You better watch out” because “she’s gonna turn you in” — as a beautiful blonde bail bondsperson might? 

6 | Dreamcatcher (H)! Women’s bowling trophy (E)!…? 

7 | Speaking again of music, the Mysterious Man loves his wax — which he presumably spins on his Desmond-like record player (M) — and just album covers in general. One example (I) is a print of John Guliak’s 7 Stories & 13 Songs. (If that’s also an album cover hanging to the left of the doorway, my research came up empty in ID’ing it. Any help?)

8 | But perhaps most… curious … is something that was barely yet purposefully glimpsed. Just after the Mysterious Man arrives home, the camera angle changes to peer down at the bookcase with the radios. Sticking out from behind it is a sign (inset, letter F) bearing the logo for the progressive punk rock band NoMeansNo — specifically, the logo used on the album The Day Everything Became Isolated and Destroyed. I’m just spit-balling here, but if you wish to risk being spoiled, check out the fourth track. 

Lastly, let’s not forget the message delivered to this man via “air mail” — a postcard from Storybrooke bearing the simple message: “Broken.” Which to me suggests he was never able to enter the Maine town… until now.



Spooky, seductive and all kinds of sexy, ABC’s 666 Park Avenue officially opened its doors this Sunday at 10/9c — but how likely are you to frequent the Drake again this season? We’re eager to hear your thoughts on the supernatural series, but first, a brief refresher: Wide-eyed Midwesterners Jane and Henry (Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable) are met with the deal of a lifetime upon relocating to New York City: agree to manage an historic apartment building and, in turn, become tenants in any Manhattanite’s dream dwelling. There is, of course, a catch — though one unbeknownst to them: the owner of the building (played to creepy perfection by Terry O’Quinn) and his wife (Vanessa Williams) have some seemingly devilish ties, as demonstrated by their bringing back to life — and then killing again — a deceased tenant, among other unexplainable incidents. However, to hear the Lost alum’s character explain it, what he does is merely “fulfill dreams.”

In a Rosemary’s Baby-type turn of events, Jane, an architectural pro, begins to investigate the Drake and its mysterious goings-on while her other half Henry remains (almost) cluelessly smitten with their new abode. Robert Buckley, Mercedes Masöhn and Erik Palladino also co-star as various inhabitants and employees of the haunted housing unit. Now it’s your turn, what grade would you give 666 Park Avenue?


Sunday 30 September 2012


Stars: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, Mandy Patinkin, David Harewood, Morgan Saylor, Jackson Pace, Navid Negahban, David Marciano, Jamey Sheridan
Premiere date: September 30

Last fall, Showtime's topical drama series Homeland debuted with one of the most impressive first seasons we've seen on television in years; the TV community was definitely blindsided. Led by a pair of electric performances from Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, the white-knuckle thriller program introduced viewers to two enormously fascinating characters: Carrie Mathison (Danes), a paranoid CIA operative who's not all there psychologically, and Nicholas Brody, a POW hiding a dark past and whom Carrie suspects is in bed with terrorists. Over 12 masterfully paced and altogether riveting episodes, Homeland kept viewers enthralled with its mental cat-and-mouse games.

After a wonderfully exciting first season finale, the stakes are through the roof as season two gets ready to begin at the end of the month. Carrie's an electroconvulsive therapy case, and Brody, whose intentions are even more threatening than one might've previously thought, is holding down a powerful government position; this year, the terror is much closer to home. And we couldn't be more amped.


Stars: Terry O’Quinn, Vanessa Williams, Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Robert Buckley, Mercedes Masohn, Erik Palladino, Helena Mattsson, Samantha Jade Logan

Premiere date: September 30

It sure didn't take networks long to jump on the American Horror Story momentum train. By the looks of it, ABC's supernatural drama 666 Park Avenue appears to be a shameless cash-in on the FX breakout's proven formula of scary movie influences melded with gorgeous faces and a sexual undercurrent. Here, Terry O'Quinn (Lost) and Vanessa Williams (fresh off Desperate Housewives) play the overseers of a lavish high rise in Manhattan that's ravaged by all kinds of freaky occurrences once a pretty young couple (Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable) settle into their new apartment.

If 666 Park Avenue has even half the amount of cheeky insanity seen in American Horror Story, it could be yet another small-screen guilty pleasure, but keep in mind that it's on ABC, not FX. Anticipate genre elements more along the lines of PG-13 fare like The Apparition than a Greg Nicotero project.


Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Weschler, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Connor Paolo, Margarita Levieva
Premiere date: September 30

Television's most addictive non-cable show is the one that we can't stop talking about. Revenge powered through its immersive, surprisingly intense debut season with the heart of a soap opera and the spirit of the best "female vengeance" genre storytelling.

Emily VanCamp, who's aces, plays Amanda Clarke, a.k.a. Emily Thorne, a scorned gal who infiltrates Hamptons high society to administer fierce payback for her father's wrongly imprisonment. How she triggers romance, homicide, and endless backstabbing is what drives Revenge and makes it a pulpy pleasure that one need not feel guilty about.


Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Jared S. Gilmore, Robert Carlyle 

Premiere date: September 30

Magic has come to Storybrooke — and ABC’s Once Upon a Time will conjure up even more fantastical drama as a result. This Sunday at 8/7c, last year’s highest-rated new drama returns for Season 2, picking up right where it left off, with Mary Margaret, David et all fully aware of their remarkable identities, Emma a full-on believer and both Mr. Gold and Mayor Regina Mills – aka Rumplestiltskin and the Evil Queen — champing at the bit to use the restored magic to their advantage.

Thursday 27 September 2012


Stars: Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Columbus Short, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Joshua Malina, Jeff Perry

Premiere date: September 27
It's no mystery that Hollywood isn't exactly a fruitful terrain for black actresses looking to expand their portfolios beyond sassy love interest parts and insufferable Tyler Perry movies. So kudos to the gifted Kerry Washington for landing a formidable character in ABC's politically charged, deftly conceived drama Scandal.

At the forefront minute by minute, Washington (who'll soon keep her hot streak going in Quentin Tarantino'sDjango Unchained) is all imposing presence and commanding energy as a crisis management expert tasked with keeping staff members inside the White House from monumentally tarnishing their careers. Easier said than done, of course, but Scandal's nonstop CNN-serving conflicts afford Washington with plenty of room to show and prove.

Wednesday 26 September 2012


Stars: Ty Burrell, Julia Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons
Premiere date: September 26

Up until now, ABC's Modern Family has coasted on its uniformly likable and expertly written characters, top-shelf comedic performances, and consistency, all of which, of course, make for a sitcom of the highest quality.

There's no reason to wonder if the Dunphys will lose any of their hilariousness at any point in season four, but here's the rub: In the behind-the-scenes world of Modern Family, this past summer was mostly spent battling through contentious salary re-negotiations. The end result is that the cast will reportedly make upwards of $175,000 per episode throughout this 22-episode season. That's a lot of scratch. Now all they have to do is continue to justify such large paydays.

Monday 27 August 2012


Was sitting through this hit-and-miss season of True Bloodworth it to see Bill go bad, Andy turn officially hot, Jason become full of hate (again), Tara kiss Pam, and Alcide finally become pack master? In the spirit of a loaded Lafayette, Arlene, and Jane Bodehouse, I'd say yes. It wasn't perfect (the Ifrit was voted the Single Weakest Twist in our Summer TV Awards and like us, the writers are now pretending Terry doesn't exist), but it certainly sets us up for an interesting season six. Let's dig in.

Monday 20 August 2012


When I look at this season of True Blood, I think of the time my mother, sister, and I were the only ones riding a Tilt-A-Whirl at a county fair in Pennsylvania. The operator of the ride worked the controls to maximize our spinning. I choose to believe he did that because he thought we'd enjoy it, not so I would get pinned to the back of my seat and wouldn't be able to breathe and my mother would get so sick she'd end up missing most of the concert we were there to see later that night. The True Bloodwriters had good intentions, I'm sure, when they separated the show's characters this season: the actors would be serviced with their individual story lines and fans would have more arcs to ponder. But really, it's felt like we've been spinning in a circle when we'd rather have just headed in one direction. With this episode, the story lines finally started to merge. Is it just in time or too little too late? Let's dig in.

Monday 13 August 2012


With only two episodes left, there are many answers to look forward to now: How are Sam and Luna going to get Emma out of the Authority compound (a puppy can't fit where a mouse can)? What happens now that Tara has killed the sheriff of Area 5? Will Salome want to stop Russell from going after Sookie (nice surprise that she's anti-daywalking)? And most importantly, how many more pillows will Sookie hold in her lap as Anna Paquin tries to cover her baby bump? Let's dig in.

Tuesday 07 August 2012


RuPaul’s Drag Race has unmasked 12 lucky queens returning for this fall’s all-star edition and they are as follows: Chad Michaels, Yara Sofia, Pandora Boxx, Jujubee, Nina Flowers, Mimi ImFurst, Manila Luzon, Shannel, Alexis Matteo, Tammie Brown, Raven and Latrice Royale.
Silence! Press PLAY below to watch RuPaul announce the returning contestants via a cheeky Wonder Woman-inspired clip and then hit the comments with an answer to this question: Which MIA girl(s) got the shaft? (It’s pretty obvious, so don’t f— it up.)

Monday 06 August 2012


This is how you do an episode of True Blood that moves: We got to the bottom of "the Obamas" and what should be the final appearance of the Ifrit, while still having time for Lafayette to be awesome, Sam to be naked, Alcide to wear his leather jacket, Pam to meet the new sheriff in town, and Steve Newlin to get a pet (sadly, it's Emma). Now if we could just stop Bill from being such a tool. I'm all for Stephen Moyer getting to play something other than the dark knight in shining armor. But bad guys are supposed to be more fun and they're not when they're being brainwashed. To quote Cougar Town, slap out of it!

Monday 30 July 2012


This week presented more of Russell's insidious infiltration of The Authority. What does he want? Still unclear. Whether it's pure anarchy or -- more likely -- something much more coldly calculated, his appetite for blood, lust, and all things whimsically perverse is being fed aplenty. Truly, he's about the only one who's satisfied this week as nearly everyone else betrays his or her own weakness in the face of outside attackers.

Picking up where we left off, Jason left Chez Compton when he saw the bursts of light coming from Stackhouse Shack. He found Sookie trying to sparkle-finger the fairy right out of herself. Jason gave her a wonderfully charming big brother pep talk, telling her not to waste her fairy powers because they were a legacy from their parents -- not a curse (or, as Sookie has unfortunately discovered, a way to find out which local pervs want to suck your toes). The Stackhouse sibs sought expertise from the burlesque fairies, who reluctantly obliged after Sookie started screaming about vampires in the middle of their club.

Monday 23 July 2012


I would say this was the most action-packed hour of True Blood’s fifth season. The question is: Do you like total chaos? Because that’s where we're at now.

Monday 16 July 2012


In general, I prefer my True Blood episodes to have an “S” in the rating. But if that’s not possible, then I at least expect a big twist. And we got one in “Hopeless.” I figured Russell wouldn’t suffer the true death, but I didn’t see Roman getting it so soon. If he's really dead, I hope next week starts with him exploding into a bloody mess because a man as grand as he can't go out with such little splatter. Either way, RIP, Nike golf polo. And welcome back, Russell Edgington, who has more fun in the promo for next week than we've seen all season. It's finally go time!

Monday 09 July 2012


Every episode of True Blood this season has felt a bit like that love scene between Alcide and Sookie: There’s a build up, but instead of reaching a climax, the action stops short. Enough with the foreplay! This season needs to get it on already. With Russell located, a fire monster in play, and masked bigots taking out shifters, it could be go time. Then again, with so many story lines to set up, the writers may tease us a little longer (Jesus’ head?). Let’s dig in.

Monday 02 July 2012


First things first: Why did we picture Scott Foley, whose character’s name I can’t even remember, when Eric released Pam and Alcide was last seen FINALLY making out with Sookie on her couch? Because this is the only photo spoilerphobic HBO provided of the episode. (I would have settled for a shot of Roman’s blood-splattered face, even.) Let’s dig in.

Monday 25 June 2012


When you look at this hour on paper, so muchhappened. And yet, it still feels like we're ramping up and waiting for the action to truly begin. Maybe if we would have seen more of Bill's and Eric's sex scenes with Salome, I'd have felt like we got more bang for our buck. Let's dig in...

Monday 18 June 2012


And now we know why we got so much male nudity in the season premiere -- everyone stayed clothed in this hour. Did the episode drag a bit because of it? Yes. But at least all the story lines the writers are taking their sweet time setting up promise to be juicy.

Monday 11 June 2012


As much as things changed during last night's season premiere, much returned to the status quo. For example, Eric certainly changed his tune quickly, no? Straight from "F--- Sookie" to f---ing his sister. Yes, Truebies, Eric Northman is back to his old tricks, so to speak. And in the throes of a bromance with Bill. Who saw that coming? Then again, vampires are nothing if not opportunists. Which brings us to where things began...

Monday 07 May 2012


…Sharon Needles! It wasn’t a big surprise that the goth goddess from Pittsburgh was crowned America’s Next Top Drag Superstar, even if her little Quija-board piece obscured the tiara. Sharon got the lioness’ share of the viewers’ love on Facebook and Twitter and had a better back story and edge than Chad Michaels. (We were Mother Dust all the way, though—well, some of us were.)

Of course Ru waited until the 59th minute to make the announcement—the preceding 58 were filled with a reunion show that managed to be both corny and riveting. Latrice shared what being on the show has done for her already (and nabbed Miss Congeniality), Jiggly tore Phi Phi for throwing her under the bus (complete with teary “you were my sister!” moment) and Willam revealed what got her kicked off the show. (She was gettin’ the hot-beef injection from her husband—an explanation we’re not totally sure we buy.)

For the full play-by-play of the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4 finale, read Queerty’s Start Your Engines recap below!

Wednesday 25 April 2012


We have made it to the end, or have we? I am going to be completely honest here and say that I have known who the winner was in season 2 and in season 3. I also knew who the Top 3 were this season from the beginning OK I’LL ADMIT IT! But you have to give me props for not outright spoiling it for everyone. Now while I HAD heard from a couple people that Phi Phi O’hara was declared the winner, I had also heard that they left all three hanging and were going to do a live finale. I was confused about that because let’s face it, I don’t think RPDR is at a budget to do a live show. It wasn’t until I saw Kenya Michael post on her FB today that she got her dress for the reunion show that I KNEW they didn’t have a winner. How did I know? They usually film the reunion weeks after the show, so for them to not have done it yet was fishy for me.
Who was right? I WAS! After 13 weeks, intense competition, tons of drama…we still don’t have a winner. I’m going to give a BIG kudos to RuPaul for this because while I do love knowing everything before it starts this is REALLY exciting! WHO THE HELL IS THE WINNER?!? At this point there is NO winner…and the reunion is next week! It’s. So. Freaking. Awesome.

As with all finale episodes, the big challenge was to film a music video for RuPaul. They premièred it two weeks ago so we’ve all seen it and it’s fabulous. What we saw tonight was how it all came together. Living legend CANDIS CAYNE was the guest choreographer and she gave them something extremely simple to do. Unfortunately Sharon couldn’t get it. Was this the moment? Does Sharon choke…?
Phi Phi on the other hand was great. Not only did she get the choreography, but her performance with Ru was fabulous as well. Is this who deserves the crown?
Chad…Chad Chad Chad. Chad was fine, but Chad was just very beige for me as he has been for the second half of the season. But he has been incredibly consistent throughout the season, will he win?
WHO KNOWS! I think any of them have a good a chance to win and it’s really up in the air. If RuPaul bases this STRICTLY on fan votes, it’s going to Sharon, but that’s not the case. I have this theory that RuPaul will never ever chose a winner that will be more popular than him. Take a look at the history, Nina, Jujubee, Pandora, Manilla are all essentially the most popular from the past seasons and none of them are winners, because they don’t need it just like Sharon won’t need it. Sharon is going to be famous for the rest of her life.  Let’s face it, this show is essentially a big ego boost for RuPaul and he makes it very obvious. My guess in all honestly is that Phi Phi will win this season. Phi Phi can paint for filth, her looks are always great and she’s a solid performer. Also her performance on this final episode was pretty much perfect. A lot of people don’t like Phi Phi and I get that. She has been a bitch this season and she is not apologizing for it. The really unfortunate thing with that though is that if Phi Phi does win, she will be the least liked winner they’ve ever had. If she wasn’t such a bitch during the entire run of the show she would’ve done very well for herself. Sadly she decided to play it this way, not hating just stating the obvious. You catch more flies with honey than with piss and vinegar running through your veins.  I don’t think Chad really has a chance at winning at all, this contest is between Phi Phi and Sharon.
So there you have it, if I hear anything during the week about the winner I’ll be sure to post it. Otherwise we’ve got one more week.



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