‘Nashville’ recap: 'Road Happy'

A text Juliette? A TEXT? And I thought getting dumped via Post-It note was the worst form of communication I'd seen on television. Along with featuring Rayna dealing with parenting issues, Deacon bonding with Will, and Gunnar getting some obvious yet still obnoxious news, Wednesday night's episode of Nashville also showcased Juliette with a devil may care attitude rather suddenly when she decided to finally tell Avery he is the father of her baby, via a text message that just read, "I'm pregnant. It's yours." I'm surprised she didn't throw in a baby emoji just for giggles. Clearly the currently downward spiraling baby daddy did not take the surprise well, especially considering he received the message as he started his court-mandated community service for being found drunk in some random family's car in their driveway. Avery tried to get more information, mainly he tried to make sure this wasn't all some sick joke, but instead got his phone taken away by the roadside trash pickup, community service monitor. Before we immerse ourselves too deep inside the psyche of Miss Juliette Barnes, we have to talk about the episode as a whole. "Road Happy" showed many of our favorite (and perhaps not-so-favorite) characters juggling life on tour with other dilemmas and story lines. Starting with Rayna and Luke, both big time stars continued their separate tours. Whatever happened to their joint "Honeymoon Tour" by the way? Seems like that idea fell by the wayside rather quickly. Rayna was enjoying her time schmoozing with press and random important fans and bringing Sadie for the ride when she received a phone call from her younger daughter Daphne saying she missed her mother. After complaining about not getting to see Rayna all that often, Daphne asked her mother when she and Maddie would see her again? Ray eventually plans a fun trip with the whole family, including Luke and his son but excluding Luke's daughter who apparently had dance camp to attend. (If it's anything like Camp Rock, count me out. If it's anything like that jazz dance class in Center Stage, count me so in.) Daphne wasn't really feeling this family trip as "Ruke" had to go off and take care of commercials, interviews, and whatnot intermittently, so she throws a typical pre-teen/teen tantrum, tells her mom she sucks, and storms out of the trailer. Rayna makes it up to the girls by taking them bowling and spending some fun times with them where Rayna also gets to bond with Maddie, who has seen a less-than-flattering picture of herself in a tabloid mag and starts doubting her beauty. Rayna tells her daughter that when she dealt with the "haters" of the Country world and beyond, she decided to be the best version of herself (presumably that means selling her soul to the Devil for the perfect hair), and advises Maddie to do the same. Maddie takes her advice but the process is one Rayna was not too happy about as Teddy realizes Rayna is very clearly the cool parent out of the two of them and decides to make up for his boring-ness by taking the girls to a "beauty day": Daphne gets her ears pierced and Maddie gets highlights. Rayna is not pleased at missing the transformations to her daughter and for the first time in... well, ever, I can't put all the blame for the bad decision to overcompensate on coolness on Teddy alone. The poor, dumb man was influenced and persuaded to be the fun parent by Jeff Fordham, who is very clearly only chatting up Teddy to eventually sign Maddie and Daphne to Edgehill with just Teddy as the signer. It seems like a smart move until you think about the plan in detail: Can Maddie actually get signed if Teddy gives permission? Technically, she's not his daughter, she's Deacon's. And no one better mess with that duo, despite how good Daphne says she's getting on the ukelele. Teddy also meets a lady tonight and impresses her by telling her he'll get her out of her parking ticket. The joys and seduction of local government, ladies and gentlemen. NEXT: Gunnar, can't you get your own storyline? 

Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Top Gear’ Hosts Attacked In Argentina Over License Plate; Samantha Glynne Named VP Branded Entertainment At FremantleMedia; More

Controversy doesn’t just seem to follow Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear gang, lately it’s been in hot pursuit. Three times in the past year the host and the show have come under fire for alleged inappropriate remarks or provocations. In May, Clarkson was accused of making a racial slur during an unaired episode whose footage leaked online. Prior to that, the BBC apologized for other comments Clarkson made in a Top Gear special filmed in Burma that did air. In 2011, the network’s motoring show was criticized over comments about Mexicans which were perceived as racist. And most recently, the stars and crew of the show were forced to leave Argentina amid angry protests over a license plate that appeared to refer to the Falklands War. The latest incident caused the Argentine ambassador to the UK to ask the BBC for a public apology on Tuesday. A Christmas special was to be shot last month with Clarkson and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May driving the Patagonian highway to the southernmost city of Ushuaia, BBC News reports. But shooting was curtailed when a Porsche with the plate number H982 FKL provoked anger amongst locals. The show’s cars were abandoned and the crew escorted to the airport after being hit with rocks. A statement from the embassy said Alicia Castro made a formal complaint to the BBC “regarding Jeremy Clarkson’s provocative behavior and offensive remarks towards the government and the Argentine people, following Top Gear‘s recent filming in Argentina. … Furthermore, the Argentine ambassador deeply regretted Jeremy Clarkson’s entirely false accusations of alleged resentment against British citizens in Argentina.” Prior to the request for an apology, Top Gear producer Andy Wilman said the license plate was not deliberately chosen and was “most definitely” not a stunt. A BBC spokeswoman said, “The BBC has received a complaint and will apply its usual processes.” FremantleMedia has appointed Samantha Glynne as VP Branded Entertainment in the Digital Branded Entertainment Division. Based in FremantleMedia’s London office, she will drive branded entertainment activities for FremantleMedia around the world, working with regional commercial and digital teams to deliver brand strategy, lead key relationships with brands and agencies and maximize advertiser engagement on TV and digital platforms. Branded content is an important growth area with Fremantle’s existing key partners including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Ford and Samsung across TV franchises Idols, Got Talent and The X Factor. Glynne formerly was Managing Partner and Director of Channels at Publicis Entertainment in London and Paris and Head of Commercial Content at North One Television/All3Media. France’s TF1 has long been home to the CSI franchise. Now it’s adding CSI: Cyber to the lineup. CBS Studios International concluded a licensing deal with the broadcaster for exclusive first-window, free-to-air rights. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has grown to be a flagship series for TF1 since first airing in 2001. CSI: Cyber stars Patricia Arquette as a cyber-psychologist who tracks crimes that start in the mind, live online and play out in the real world. James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol, Charley Koontz and Shad Moss also star. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and distributed globally by CBS Studios International. UK producer 7Wonder has hired Steve Condie as head of specialist factual. The exec previously was with Oxford Scientific Films, where he executive produced a number of series for the BBC and Channel 4, including the Philippa Gregory-presented The Real White Queen, Jimmy Doherty’s Food Prices: The Shocking Truth and BBC Four’s recent music and fashion series Oh You Pretty Things. 7Wonder was launched in March as a joint venture by Australia’s Seven Network and former Maverick Television executives Alexandra Fraser, Liza Abbott and Simon Ellse. Its first commission, Micky Flanagan’s Detour De France, is set to launch this fall on Sky 1.

Costumed Characters Brawl On Hollywood Boulevard As Mr. Incredible Fights With Batgirl

A woman dressed as Batgirl was allegedly attacked on Tuesday by a man dressed as Mr. Incredible. The incident, which occurred on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, was apparently about a turf war, and part of the brawl was caught on video. The footage shows Freddy Krueger, Chewbacca and Waldo trying to break up the fight, which eventually spills out into the street. At one point, Mr. Incredible breaks free and appears to slam Batgirl to the ground in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre. The FilmOn.com production company was shooting nearby and caught some of the attack on video. The fight continued until passersby intervened. A man dressed as Spider-Man told KTLA that the fight began when Mr. Incredible accused Batgirl of standing too close to him.The costumed characters often compete for tourists' attention -- and tips -- on the crowded sidewalk. “The good ones, we’re stationary, we’ll stand against the curb, people come to us,” a Batman told CBS Los Angeles. “But the bad ones they roam up and down, so they cross paths or they target the same people, and then they get into each other. It’s less now because we have a lot more police presence here since last year, and it has made a difference. It’s not cleaned up yet, but it is getting better.”The Los Angeles Times said police reported no arrests or injuries when called to the scene. However, police told CBS that after seeing the video they may follow up. The fight has a Los Angeles city council member considering a push for new regulations on costumed characters, according to Westside Today.Some of the other costumed characters told KTLA that Mr. Incredible is no longer welcome in the area.

- Justin Bieber Wears Bunches Of Bling, Rides In New $500K Rolls Royce For Dinner At Flavor Of India

Posted on Wed Oct 22nd, 2014 9:35pm PDT       By X17 Staff Justin Bieber treated pal Lil Za to dinner at Flavor of India Wednesday night and X17online got the exclusive shots of the bad boys' new half a million-dollar Rolls Royce Phantom! The Biebs is growing up and stepping up the swag factor with a $500K grown-up car. Looks like he's left behind the hot box-mobile and traded it in for this lovely ride ... and we don't see Lil Za complaining! That's not the only expensive purchase Justin's made lately ... check out the bling around his neck! Apparently being pop royalty afford you the equivalent of the palace jewels 'cause this boy just bought three over-the-top gold necklaces with rubies, diamonds and a sapphire. Bet that cost a pretty penny ... Despite having all the money in the world, Bieber brought home doggy bags from the Beverly Hills restaurant. Waste not, want not! #munchies   SEE THE GALLERY Justin Bieber Rolls Up In New $500K Rolls Royce Stories from around the Web

‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Episode 3 Recap: Carny Tales

*** WARNING: Contains spoilers! Please do not read on unless you've seen Episode 3 of "American Horror Story: Freak Show," titled "Edward Mordrake (Part 1)." Or if you don't mind spoilers, go right ahead! ***Tonight's episode was a talky one, wasn't it? The past two instalments of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" have been fast-paced and jam-packed, and we've been treated/subjected to gruesome murders at the hands of Twisty. Tonight was more about storytelling, building the foundation for what's to come. We're also introduced to three new characters and given Ethel's messed-up backstory in full detail. You can tell the powers-that-be behind "AHS" have learned a thing or two from "Coven." Where "Coven" was more of a throw-s**t-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks approach, it's apparent that "Freak Show" is working to establish more of a thorough story, with character depth and interlacing stories, no matter how ludicrous some may be. In this particular instance, they're sacrificing some of the artifice and going for substance. So tonight we get not one but two genuinely touching moments -- Dell and Ethel bonding over a flask of hooch and Ethel thanking the doctor for showing her respect. Unusually heartfelt for "AHS.""Freak Show"s answer to Papa Legba (sigh, remember Lance Reddick in that costume? And those red contact lenses?) is Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley). We're told the "carny tale" of his sorry life, of his imprisonment in an asylum after his second face drove him mad, and how he hung himself after murdering a bunch of other freaks. The tale passes the absurdity line when Ethel tells the rest of the crew that if they perform on Halloween, Mordrake is summoned and takes another life. At first I thought this makes absolutely no sense, but then I remembered this is "AHS," and the only way to approach the ridiculousness is to shrug your shoulders and just accept it. One thing I will not and cannot accept, however, is Bentley's British accent. Sorry, dude. Come to think of it, I'm not even 100 percent sure he was supposed to be British.Two-face Mordrake is a cool concept, but it's too bad they decided to make him a ghost character. It would've been more exciting to see him truly interact with the others as a live human rather than some top hat-wearing agent of death. Also: not enough of that second face. More, please!Esmerelda and Dr. Mansfield ("doctor") as freak curators are a more interesting pair. Emma Roberts has shed the bitch persona in order to inhabit this more innocent, good-hearted character, and I already like her nerd chic infinitely more than her witchy Madison. Denis O'Hare, as always, plays the creep/opportunist with aplomb, and he's got something up his sleeve pants. (Does anyone have any creative guesses as to what it is? I'd love to hear them in the comments!)Things between Bette and Dot are getting worse. They share a dream/nightmare about Dot getting Bette's head removed from the body, and when they wake, the gloves come off and we see that Dot has absolutely no qualms about murdering her conjoined twin in order to live a better life. The stage is set here for one of them killing the other, though as I said last week, I predict that by the end of "Freak Show," both Bette and Dot won't be alive. Either one living while the other one dies is too easy. A jealous, power-hungry Elsa is also on the periphery, and I'd say that she's a bigger threat to the twins than anybody else. (She's also a threat on stage. Zing! Lange singing Lana Del Rey was the stuff of dreams.)And we can't ignore the larger, looming threat: Twisty and his new minion, Dandy. Dandy's become even more unhinged -- especially after Gloria gives him a Howdy Doody costume to wear -- and he crafts his own creepy clown ensemble. Slow clap to "Freak Show" costume design for making two very different freaky clown costumes. In this case, the clothes do not make the murderer, as Dandy is too weak to kill Dora. He doesn't get a chance to kill Twisty's captives, either (would he have? I doubt it), as the clown arrives home with a new victim before he gets the chance. Methinks it's only a matter of time before Dandy graduates to full murderer; something needs to push him over that edge, and it just might be killing Twisty and taking his throne.We'll see next week, when Part 2 hopefully draws to a more exciting finish. Freak Of The Week: Edward Mordrake wins solely for how awesome the concept of his freakdom is. Weirdly, his second face reminded me of Kuato from "Total Recall" -- the second time that movie has had relevance in the context of this show (the first for the three-breasted woman). Random Thoughts: So Ethel is "not the one." Who is? Who will Mordrake take with him to add to his dead body collection? I received some emails and read all of your comments about Kathy Bates' accent. I will readily admit I've never been to Baltimore, so I've never heard anyone speak with this accent before. Mea culpa. All of you seem to think she's nailed it, so I have no choice but to agree with you. Your accent may suck, Wes, but you're rocking those mutton chops like no one's business. Can we talk about Angela Bassett (a.k.a. "Triple Tits") in that hot maid outfit? Dayum, girl. Suddenly Viking helmets are in high demand for kinky sex play. Pour one out for Meep, Jimmy. A thing in life I never thought I'd see: legend Patti Labelle dressed up as Woody Woodpecker. Stevie Nicks as a witch is nothing now. I think we can ...

Kendall Jenner Has Nothing But Love for Kim Kardashian

In addition to the photo, Kendall wrote, “Happy Birthday to my beautiful sister! I don't know what I would do without your amazing soul. lots of love sister pants.” Meanwhile, momager Kris Jenner praised the budding supermodel while attending the Angel Ball earlier this week and said, "She is so talented and I am really proud." As for Kendall’s spot on the Victoria’s Secret Angel roster, Kris teased, "I don't know. You will just have to wait and see. I don't know what's in store. I don't have a crystal ball, but she is sure up for the challenge." Happy Birthday to my beautiful sister! I don't know what I would do without your amazing soul. lots of love sister pants A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on Oct. 10, 2014 at 7:19 PDT

‘Survivor’ recap: Resetting the game

It is perhaps the saddest thing I’ve ever heard uttered on Survivor. Yes, even sadder than Jon talking about his father with terminal cancer. Yes, even sadder than a contestant like Jonathan Penner crying while being medically evacuated from the game he loves. And yes, even sadder than the previous saddest thing ever uttered on Survivor, which were the words "And the winner of Survivor: All-Stars is… Amber Brkich!" The new champion of depressing statements came from the lips of one Alec Christy and it was this: "For the first time in my life I can say I beat Drew!" For the first time? In your life? As in ever? How old are you, man? 22? So, not even in, like, checkers? Or Jenga? Or, I don’t know, Candyland? Candyland is 100 percent luck. I mean, there is ZERO skill involved in that at all so you just figure by the law of averages you would have had to have won at least once. Also, isn’t there a pretty good chance that at some point in whatever contest you were competing in that Drew would just opt out for a snooze halfway through, thereby allowing you an uncontested victory? Or did he later convince you to trade your win away to him in exchange for a pre-owned flint? So many burning questions here that clearly need to be delved into during my next round of Survivor couples counseling. But that's for a later time and place. For now, let's jump into the latest shenanigans that went down on episode 5 of San Juan del Sur. After the blindside of Drew, Jon knows he's on shaky ground and therefore begins his "apology tour." As for Jeremy, he informs us that, "I'm right in the middle of where I want to me. This is beautiful. I'm in a beautiful spot right now." I am convinced that uttering such statements on Survivor is not unlike reading passages of the Necronomicon that automatically unleash all manner of demon entities in Evil Dead movies—as soon as you speak them, you are immediately damning yourself to a swift and unsettling tribe switcheroo to undo whatever good gameplay has already been done. Sure enough, that is exactly what happens as the contestants converge at the lamely dubbed Hero arena. But first, Coyopa takes a gander at the new Hunahpu, sans Drew. "I thought Drew was Mr. Popular," says a shocked Baylor. That’s funny—so did Drew! Then Probst says it's time for another shock, which only serves to remind me of the time I tried to convince myself that "State of Shock" was a good song because it was sung by Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson and they were two huge stars so how could their duet not be awesome? But deep down I knew it was not awesome. (What was awesome, however, is the video for another song off of that terrible record in which the other Jackson brothers literally used a wax dummy of Michael in their music video and hoped no one would notice—"Torture" indeed.) No, the shock here is that it's tribe switcheroo time. I went on last week about how while often the tribe swap is a godsend in terms of breathing unpredictability into stale voting patterns, I actually would have liked to have seen the original tribe dynamics play out more this time. Both tribes were just coming off big switch-up votes, with Rocker and Drew being the victims. How would the alliances have shifted as a result of those? I would have liked to have seen that play out a bit more. Of course, I’m sure you would have liked it more had I not rambled on about mid-1980s Michael Jackson misfires, so let's just call the whole thing even and move on with our lives. NEXT: Sizing up the new tribes

‘Arrow’ recap: 'Corto Maltese'

Arrow had quite a few balls in the air tonight. In addition to Oliver, Roy, and Diggle's trip to Corto Maltese to bring Thea back and track down a missing a A.R.G.U.S. agent, there was also movement forward with Laurel's storyline and Felicity and Ray's new working relationship. With so much going on in tonight's episode, it's should come as no surprise that some things didn't work as well as others. But that's okay because while the A.R.G.U.S. plotline felt rushed and rather underwhelming, the episode took its time developing Laurel's subplot, which was both compelling and poignant. FLASHBACK — Thea and Malcolm  Last season was tough on Thea. Not only did her mother die, but she found out that her brother, Oliver, and her boyfriend, Roy, were constantly lying to her and keeping secrets from her. This is where her mind's at in the opening scene, a flashback to her getting into Malcolm Merlyn's limo the day after Slade's siege on Starling City. Thea tells Merlyn that she wants to go away with him because she believes he's the one who can teach her how to never feel this kind of pain again—the pain that comes with betrayal and loss. Later, we are shown Thea's first day of training under Malcolm's tutelage. Her first lesson: learning that while pain may be inevitable, suffering from it is optional. Malcolm demonstrates this truth by pouring boiling water on his hand without flinching. To Thea's horror, he then takes her hand and proceeds to pour hot water on it. Thea and Malcolm have their first real father-daughter moment when Malcolm takes her in his arms after Thea becomes discouraged from not being able to handle the boiling water. Unfortunately, the moment is ruined when Malcolm says it isn't her fault, but his. All this time he's been trying to train her as his daughter, but for her to actually learn, he needs to treat her like his student. He then starts attacking her. Thea pulls out a nearby sword and commands the son of a bitch—her words—to stay away. Like when she pulled a gun on him in the second seasons finale, Malcolm's proud of his little girl. PRESENT DAY  After several leads relating to Sara's murder don't pan out, Oliver decides to take a break, and to instead focus his efforts on bringing Thea home. Felicity tracked her phone to Corto Maltese. Initially, Roy thinks it might not be a good idea to go after Thea because of the letter, but Oliver says that letter was addressed to Roy and not him. Watching Laurel grieve for her sister has made Oliver want to see his sister even more. Feeling responsible for Thea running away in the first place, Roy says he's going to go with him and moves to pick up his gear, but Oliver's like, "What are you doing? You can't travel with that." Oliver's decision to go to Corto Maltese is good news for Diggle because it means he now has a few days off from Team Arrow to play with his baby girl. Unfortunately, Lyla asks Diggle to accompany Oliver to Corto Maltese to check up on Mark Shaw, an A.R.G.U.S. agent who's stationed there, but hasn't checked in for days. Before sounding the alarm, Lyla wants to make sure Shaw isn't just drunk in a villa somewhere. NEXT: Family reunion