The Olympics are over and that can only mean one thing: the hiatus is over too! Every two years, rotating from summer to winter, TV shows takes a break while for a few weeks while the ratings hit sports event dominates the airwaves. Don't get me wrong - I like the Olympics... but I also like my scripted and reality shows as well. Now that the break is done, I can get back to some other problems, like catching on the last cliffhanger!
This week on The Originals, Elijah and Marcel search for Klaus and Rebekah, secrets are revealed about Genevieve's past, and sibling rivalry comes back in full force.
LET'S PLAY A GAME
Sophie is dead. Gone. Resting in the family crypt and won't be coming back, especially since the actress is in a new NBC pilot. Picking up from the last episode, the witches are laying Sophie's body to rest but Elijah has another idea. He disturbs the ceremonial burial (with a few fists and elbows - he snapped two necks with ease) and demands that Monique tell him where Celeste has hidden his missing siblings. I'm not sure what Monique did on the other side but apparently she lost a bit of her mind. She casually smiles at the Original and sends him a message from Celeste - covering his entire body in names and telling him to solve the mystery to find his siblings.
The mysterious names, which included Sabine's, were deduced to be the former inhabitants of Celeste's possessed soul. By solving the mystery the names would disappear but which name was it? The name belonged to a witch named Clara, and while Elijah couldn't recognize her face from an old photo Hayley found - Marcel sure did and he had some explaining to do.
CRAZY FOR YOU
Rebekah and Klaus aren't far; they're not even outside of New Orleans. After the attacks from Genevieve and Bastianna, they were taken to the abandoned Fleur-de-Lis Sanitarium where each was tortured in two separate methods: Klaus with physical pain from Papa Tunde's blade and Rebekah with delirious visions. Rebekah's personal torture may have been the worst. She's still infected from the werewolf bites, she can't use her powers and she's seeing the deceased bodies of ghosts. Genevieve has her own reasons for hating Rebekah - after all, the Original daughter did kill her!
From photos uncovered by Cami, we knew a little bit about Klaus and group's past in New Orleans; this time we found out more about Rebekah and Marcel's dark secret in 1919. The lovestruck pair plotted to have Mikael, the Mikaelson's father and resident vampire hunter, come to New Orleans to distract Klaus so the pair could escape and be together. For this to ultimately happen, Rebekah needed the help of a witch to contact Michael, that's where Genevieve came in.
In the past, both Genevieve and Rebekah worked at the hospital during the tuberculosis outbreak as nurses. Rebekah took a shine to her new friend and invited her, along with Clara, out for drinks and jazz merriment. Turns out that the Elder witch has a thing for Klaus and while using this new friendship, Rebekah manipulated her friend into sending a message out to Mikael. Unfortunately for their plans, they had second thoughts to cancel the spell but the damage was done. Rebekah couldn't let her betrayal come to light and have Klaus find out, she had to tie up loose ends. She forced a bloody rag down both Genevieve's and Clara's mouth, causing the pair to become infected with tuberculosis and die a slow death. Celeste was inhabiting Clara's body at the time - she could be free to move on to the next body but Genevieve, on the other hand, died.
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While Rebekah ran desperately throughout the building, Genevieve was taking Klaus down memory lane, spilling every dark secret about why Michael discovered them in New Orleans. Klaus, at first, doesn't believe his sister could do that but Genevieve is great a convincing him.She offers him her blood and Papa Tunde's blade to kill his devious sister and after a few fights, the rebellious Mikaelson is ready to silence his sister forever. Marcel and Elijah break up the fight in time and Elijah stabs his brother with the blade, stopping him in his pursuit to kill Rebekah and Marcel...only for now.
Will Klaus seek his revenge against Rebekah and Marcel? Could Genevieve betray her witches for Klaus? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Save the cheerleader, save the world! Remember when that used to be a thing? (Wow...I just showed my age.)
Announced yesterday from the peacock network, NBC has officially decided to revive their X-Men/superhero-like drama Heroes from the TV grave for an initial 13-episode miniseries. The new television event, Heroes Reborn, will be set to air in 2015. No word yet has been revealed if any of the original characters and cast will return to the new series.
For those of you unfamiliar with the show, Heroes was a smash hit action series in 2006 that featured everyday people discovering that they were developing superpowers. The first season received immense buzz and viewer popularity that it seemed like the show would continue to progress but it faltered in later seasons, being cancelled in 2010 after its fourth season. The show stared hit performers like Zachary Quinto, Hayden Panettiere, Ali Larter, Adrian Pasdar, Milo Ventimigilia and a revolving door of other main characters, recurring and guests - it was a big show with a large cast.
I'm interested to see how this new series of Heroes will pan out, especially since a revival has been rumoured since MSN was in talks to bring it back. I watched the show for the first three seasons before walking away from it - too much kept happening to follow and it lost its edge near the end. Maybe things will turn around in 2015? A lot can happen in a year and diehard fans must be excited to see their show come back.
Are you excited for a Heroes return? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Let the good news begin! The CW, arguably one of the most unpredictable broadcast networks, has announced early season renewals for five of their programs. Freshman dramas The Originals and Reign were both picked up for a second season while returning favourites Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries were each picked up for a third, tenth and sixth season respectively.
While this is great news for fans of these shows, no news has been revealed about The CW's remaining bubble series The Tomorrow People, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie and Beauty and The Beast. Renewal and cancellation announcements will probably be revealed closer to May - The CW's annual TV upfronts - and after when both The 100 and Star-Crossed premiere in the coming weeks.
It's no secret that I'm super excited to hear this news. I love the programming on The CW (even providing recaps for The Originals and The Carrie Diaries, with more shows to come) and with the smaller number of series on the network, it's become an interesting topic to determine which shows get renewed and which get cancelled. Now that five programs were renewed and Nikita finished its run back in December, the debate just got a lot more interesting.
Did your shows get renewed? Which series will get the axe? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
A lot of updates this week in TV news as the cancellation axe hits across the board. Veteran comedy favourite Psych will be closing its doors for the last time at the end of its Season 8 finale. USA has set the series finale (which originally was the season finale) on Wednesday, March 26 at 9 p.m. While fans will be sad to see Psych go, the show did prove to be the little engine that could by lasting eight long seasons on the air.
Unfortunately for the next two seasons, their freshman run will be their last. Perennial bubble series Sean Saves The World and The Michael J. Fox Show have been cancelled by NBC in their first season - being replaced by Hollywood Game Night which will takeover the full Thursday hour time slot. The Michael J. Fox Show was picked up for a full series before the fall season and it's already aired 17 of its 22 episodes so far. Sean Saves The World, on the other hand, has stopped production on any new episodes and will be likely burned off in the summer.
In relatively good news, House of Cards has already been renewed for a third season - even before the second one has even aired. No word yet on a premiere date but great news for the Netflix produced series.
Did you predict these shows would end? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Another death hits New Orleans and even I was shocked that the writers finally made the decision. One thing that The Vampire Diaries has done so well back in the earlier season (I'm choosing to ignore the deaths in recent seasons) is that death, even with supernatural beings, can be permanent. There's no going back and even with a little intervention (or ghost appearances), the character can't return. Will this be the case here? I'm not sure yet.
This week on The Originals, a sacrificed witch returns from the grave, Hayley welcomes back her werewolf family, Cami reaches out to Klaus for help, and someone from the main cast dies!
RISING FROM THE ASHES
The Harvest worked but not in the way people expected; Celeste used the power instead to resurrect three fallen Elders while the four girls, including Davina, remain in limbo. That's no longer the case! Hidden in the Deveraux family crypt, Monique - Sophie's niece and Davina's best friend - awakens from her sleep and uses her powers to free herself. Monique is alive again, much to the surprise of Sophie, but Celeste seems particularly calm at seeing the returning witch.
Cami's uncle, Father Kieran, has planned to shed the tragedy of Cami's brother by reopening the church and bringing about some sense of calm to the city. While everyone comes to welcome the church back, Bastianna - the Elder who died at the Harvest - threatens Father Kieran due to his dealings with the vampires and hexes him, similar to the one placed on Cami's twin brother. Kieran warns Cami of his future demise and when all hope is lost, Genevieve - another of the returning Elders - offers her Papa Tunde's blade with an offer: plunge the blade into Klaus' chest and the hex will be removed from her uncle.
For a second I was convinced that she would do it; Cami has not been one to betray family. However, she offers up the blade to Klaus in the hopes of an alliance and the chance to protect Kieran. While most play to win, she's playing smart and wants to be on the winning side in this upcoming war.
SEPARATED AT BIRTH
Family means everything to Hayley and on only a full moon, her werewolf family will transform from their cursed state back into humans. With help from Rebekah, Hayley throws a party for their arrival and welcomes the family back into the fold. Among those is the tall and ridiculously good-looking Jackson, the werewolf who has been watching her all season. Both Jackson and Hayley's families were close - they came to an agreement with the hopes that Jackson and Hayley would get married in the future and unite the families.
Elijah is the smartest child of the Mikaelsons. He seamlessly put together the mystery of Sabine's true identity of Celeste all on his own. As he confronts her about her treachery, Celeste, with power from Genevieve and Bastianna, condemn Elijah to make a choice: he can only protect Klaus, Rebekah or Hayley from their upcoming attack - he only has enough time to save one. Ultimately he decides to save Hayley and Jackson from the burning fire at the compound, but where have Rebekah and Klaus gone?
BETRAYAL CUTS DEEP
While Rebekah was betrayed by a potential werewolf fling (and kidnapped by Genevieve), Klaus tried to use Monique as bait to draw out Bastianna to save Father Kieran. Unfortunately for him, Marcel didn't want another child to die and he tried to stop Klaus from hurting the returning witch. Klaus snaps Marcel's neck and as he turned away, Sophie attacked him with Papa Tunde's blade and offered him to Bastianna as a peace offering. Since Cami wasn't the one to stab Klaus, Bastianna refused to remove the hex and now Kieran is a ticking time-bomb until he snaps.
All Sophie has done this entire season was find a way to bring Monique back. She lost her sister to the cause and when her dearly departed niece returned, Sophie wanted to keep her away from the battle and blood in New Orleans. They almost made it out until Monique revealed that she never wanted to leave, she wants to stay and embrace her witch roots. Monique used her magic to slowly kill Sophie, berating her as a non-believer and someone not worthy to join the witch cause and support the Elders. I was absolutely shocked by this death - Sophie has never been the best of characters but for the writers to actually kill her off, it could be on the same tone as Vicki's death in The Vampire Diaries. Great twist!
Is Sophie's death permanent? What will happen to Klaus and Rebekah? Will Jackson and Hayley spark a new flame? Can Cami save Kieran? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
The end is almost nigh for Carrie's life in Castlebury. It's Graduation Day and the Castlebury group of friends are saying goodbye to their old lives as they move to the next stage in life. No word yet on if The Carrie Diaries will return for a third season; it's ratings have been stable and it's started to grow in its timeslot but we're talking about The CW. Anything could happen come May! Here's hoping the show comes back for another year.
This week on The Carrie Diaries, Carrie receives devastating news as she starts her new life, Maggie suspects Pete is cheating, Mouse runs in to an old flame, and Larissa sets the wedding of the century.
STOPPING BEFORE THE START
High school is gone! Done! This means that the Castlebury setting is over and the characters will be heading to the city (or their respective places) more often come next season. Picking up from the last episode, Carrie has accepted the job at Interview over attending NYU in the fall. Tom is not happy with her decision; she's on her own from this point out and he wishes that she made the right choice. On her first day of work, Carrie is shocked to hear that Larissa has been fired from Interview due to an article she was in but there's more to the story: Carrie was let go as well! She is close friends to Larissa, somewhat like a protege, and the Publisher decided to cut them both in one big swoop.
SUNNY FUN TIMES
Carrie's attempt at getting back into NYU is a failed cause; she turned down her acceptance and even if she made a cause to get back in, she wouldn't be able to go until the spring of next year. Sebastian, unsure of how to tell Carrie he's heading to California, is somewhat relieved to hear that she no longer has any commitments in New York. He invites her to join him in Malibu, enjoying the sun, sand and romantic times together until she has to come back - if she wants to come back. Even with advice yet again from Weaver, Carrie's still not sure what she really wants to do.
Samantha is not one for relationships; she hates all the complications and wants to keep things simple. Elliot - her open marriage bed buddy - pops back into her life and plans a surprise meeting, Samantha pushes the guy away and demands that he leaves. She's always had a soft spot for him and ends up hooking up with him yet again; much to the dismay of Samantha. This latest hook up is making her think about her future and leaving the city may be her only shot to get away from Elliot.
Maggie is in love with her army guy, Pete. She's excited that her new school is closer to Pete's army base and they'll get to spend more time together. Though, something's up. Pete's acting a bit mysterious and when Maggie looks into his jacket pocket for chapstick, she finds a girl's number in his pocket. Donna and Walt thinks he's cheating and after placing a call, the mysterious Jenny hangs-up the phone. Maggie is not one to keep things quiet; she confronts Pete at the laundromat and finds out he's not cheating - he has an engagement ring and he proposes to her! She accepts but I'm thinking she's rushing into this. I mean, she's 18 years old and just graduated from school. Rushing much?
CASTLEBURY'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST
Mouse is the new valedictorian...and so is her ex-boyfriend, West. The former flames have yet to reconcile and their interactions are annoyance at best. The valedictorian gift is a set of encyclopedias but unfortunately for them, there's only one set and they'll have to share. Neither is willing to compromise on the letters! After some sarcastic (and truthful) words from the janitor, the pair reconcile and hook up one last time on the floor of the high school. The encyclopedias will be donated to someone else and both will end on good terms as Mouse heads to Harvard and West moves to Princeton.
I DO (BUT I CAN'T)
Larissa's wedding is the event of the year, taking place at a larger-than-life airport terminal. Bennett is officiating the ceremony and everyone is there to celebrate, including Tom. As Larissa speaks her vows to Harlan, Carrie begins to have second thoughts about her move to Malibu and leaving everyone behind on the East Coast. She tells Sebastian that she's no going with him and through a tearful confession, the pair say their final goodbyes, potentially forever.
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LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Carrie is ready to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life. Larissa lets Carrie sublet her place for $550 a month (the 80s were tough for renters, weren't they?) and Carrie makes peace with her father, promising to stand on her own two feet and go to school. The young Ms. Bradshaw makes one final call to someone to come over and the mysterious person is Samantha. The future Samantha has made peace with Elliot after he left his wife and now she's changing her tune to leave the city. Carrie asks Samantha if she wants to live together on the condition that Samantha doesn't take Carrie's underwear. (Apparently Samantha has done away with underwear altogether!) The pair are now roommates and Carrie starts her new life in the city waiting tables until the next chapter begins.
Is this the real ending of Sebastian and Carrie? Will she get back together with Weaver? Now that high school is over, which friends will start to disappear? Will The Carrie Diaries come back for a third season? Share your thoughts in the comments below.