The Borgias Recap: “The Purge”

On this week of The Borgias, Caterina Sforza (Gina McKee) had Rufio (Thure Lindhart) start assembling the bastard and second sons of Rome’s most prominent families.  The men were weary at first, but soon united.  Cesare (Francois Arnaud) and Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons) realized what Caterina was doing with the Get Borgia Gang (hereafter the “GBG”), and decided to subvert them.  The Borgias men also planned to pin Juan’s murder on Caterina.
Cesare, along with his trusty manservant Michelotto (Sean Harris), intimidated various members of the GBG, and as a result, received their confirmation of Caterina’s new plan of attack.  Each member of the GBG had Cardinal relatives.  READ MORE

The Borgias Recap: “The Face of Death”

The Season 3 premiere of The Borgias picked up with the immediate aftermath of Rodrigo’s (Jeremy Irons) poisoning. Cesare (Francois Arnaud) and the rest of the Borgias family, as well as the clergy, rushed Rodrigo to the Vatican doctor.

The physician relayed it was just a matter of time before the Pope’s soul “left this Earth.” Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) was more proactive.  Employing a new technique she’d read of, Lucrezia pumped her father’s stomach. 
It was touch and go, but Rodrigo pulled through.  He woke, disgusted.  Apparently, he'd been aware of his surroundings, while lying seemingly unconscious. He'd heard all the cardinals plotting and praying for his death. 

He later confessed to Vanozza (Joanne Whalley) that while he laid on the precipice of death, God did not appear to him.  Might the Pope of Rome experience a crisis of faith? READ MORE

PC #61: Deception and Revenge Downton Behind The Alley

On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe and Melodie Aikels dish the latest in pop culture, celebrity, TV, movie and music topics and headlines, including:

Justin Bieber gets caught smoking weed. Bethenny Frankel files for divorce. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announce the impending arrival of baby. 

Downton Abbey returns to PBS with a new season and Pop Confidential’s Jamey Giddens has Confessions of a ‘Downton’ Newbie. Once Upon a Time, Revenge and The Good Wife return with their winter premieres. The PC crew dish about Gossip Girl’s series finale, before diving into upcoming new series: The Carrie Diaries, Banshee and Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual.

Jillian Bowe shares her thoughts on Django Unchained and the controversy that has swirled around it. The PC Gang then make their Golden Globe Outstanding Drama predictions.

Adele’s album 21 was 2012’s bestselling album.

All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast! 


15 Dysfunctional Soap Opera Families We'd Go Home With For The Holidays

No. 15: The Graysons, Revenge

Retribution is a dish best served over the holidays, if you're a member of the Grayson clan on ABC's smash primetime soap Revenge. Blackmail, corporate espionage, insider trading and not-quite-fatal tumbles off balconies could all be on the gourmet menu, but for the chance to break holiday bread with Queen Victoria (Madeleine Stowe), we'd risk it. 



Kelley Menighan Hensley Nabs 'Reality Show'

As The World Turns' Kelley Menighan Hensley  is back on TV! The actress has snared a role in Showtime's new scripted satire Reality Show. The project focuses on Mickey Wagner (Adam Rifkin), a washed up reality TV producer, who makes a desperate attempt to return to Hollywood by creating a reality series centered on a real family.

Unfortunately for the family, they aren't aware of Wagner's plans, and have no clue he's placed them under 24-hour surveillance. Hensley plays Katherine Warwick, the family's matriarch, who according to Hensley's blog is:

 insanely vanilla, crafty, sex deprived, and happy as can be.  Or is she?


Take a peek of the show after the jump!

Which Show Will Win Outstanding Drama Series?

With the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards upon us it’s time for TV fans to don their TV critic’s hats and predict which drama will take home the golden ladies for Outstanding Drama Series.

Who will win Outstanding Drama Series?