‘Carrie Diaries’ Star Austin Butler Talks Marathoning ‘Sex and the City’: ‘I Was Really Attached to It’ (VIDEO)

Before Mr. Big, there was Sebastian Kydd.

Austin Butler stars as the quasi-love interest to a teenage Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) on The CW’s new drama The Carrie Diaries — a prequel to the HBO hit, Sex and the City. On the pilot episode, high school junior Carrie crushes on troubled rich kid Sebastian after she finds out her summer crush is her new classmate.

But Sebastian and Carrie’s relationship isn’t going to be without its drama. After all, this is Carrie Bradshaw we’re talking about — and Sebastian isn’t just another run-of-the-mill bad boy.

“He’s so much more than that,” Butler told Celebuzz at the New York premiere of The Carrie Diaries back in October. “And it’s fun for me because as I read the episodes, I get to see where his humanity is.”

“When you first see someone, you might think, ‘Oh, they don’t feel this or they don’t feel that, but then you get to see what he feels and what pushes his buttons,” he added. “It’s really fun.”

Like Carrie’s future love Mr. Big, there’s more to the Kydd than meets the eye. But the similarities between Chris Noth’s beloved character and Sebastian might end there. As for Butler, the 21-year-old admitted he had never seen the HBO series until production of The Carrie Diaries began. However, now, he’s hooked.

“I hadn’t seen it before I started. I mean, I had walked in on an episode while my mom was watching it, but I had never sat down and watched an entire episode. And then while I was in New York shooting the pilot, I bought the first two seasons on iTunes, and I watched them in a week. I think it’s really a good show! I laughed along with it, I felt bad for them — I was really attached to it.”

The Carrie Diaries premieres Jan. 14, 2013 at 8PM on The CW.

Below, watch Celebuzz’s interview with executive producer Candace Bushnell.

Are you excited for the series premiere? Sound off in the comments!

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Midseason TV Preview: Standouts From 21 New Shows in 2013 (PHOTOS)

It’s a new year and that means the networks are rolling the dice on series to fill the time slots vacated by their fall fails and while their hits shoot more episodes.

There are some definite trends in the midseason offerings like suburban housewives who find their world evolving (ABC’s Red Widow, NBC’s Save Me).

And grown children returning to the nest (ABC’s How to Live With Your Parents and Family Tools, FOX’s The Goodwin Games).

How about a return to the 80s (The CW’s Carrie Diaries, FX’s The Americans)?

Or, manly men who are having their beliefs challenged (FOX’s The Following, NBC’s Do No Harm, The CW’s Cult)?

In the above gallery, I’ve compiled a list of 21 new shows premiering during the midseason. And, below I’ve listed some new offerings that pique my interest the most from the batch.

Dramas:

  • As a Sex and the City fan, I’m really looking forward to The CW’s Carrie Diaries, which follows the development of the future sex columnist as a 16-year-old in 1984.
  • There’s so much to love about what FX’s The Americans has to offer. Felicity fans get Keri Russell, Brothers & Sisters fans get Matthew Rhys. There’s spy intrigue set in the Cold War era. Can. Not. Wait.
  • Speaking of historical dramas, I’m definitely curious about History Channel’s first scripted series The Vikings. Not only because I love the blend of history and fantasy (Starz’s Spartacus!), but Elizabeth, The Tudors and Camelot’s Michael Hirst is behind this project.
  • Grappling for my attention are FOX’s The Following and The CW’s Cult. Both explore extreme fanaticism and star two actors I appreciate: Kevin Bacon (in his TV series premiere) and Matt Davis (formerly of The Vampire Diaries).

Comedies:

  • NBC has already previewed 1600 Penn for audiences in December, but I promise it doesn’t lose the pilot’s hilarity (and further builds on defining its characters really well) as the season continues. As my TV reporter colleagues have pointed out, Josh Gad is a lot. But, there’s some great stuff coming for the other actors.
  • The Goodwin Games doesn’t have a premiere date yet, but it’s definitely a competitive entry into the midseason comedy ring. Not only does Ugly Betty star Becki Newton get another chance at a series (I did enjoy Love Bites, judge me), but Scott Foley gets to flex his comic muscles again too (see his stints on Cougar Town and Scrubs).

Reality:

  • Premiering New Year’s Day Tuesday at 8 PM, TLC follows 90s girl group TLC member Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins as she moves to L.A. to jumpstart her music career again. She was always the most interesting member of TLC for me, so I’m interested to see how her unique gravelly vocals work as a soloist and years later.
  • Bravo goes deeper into the professional life of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills castmember Lisa Vanderpump with her spinoff Vanderpump Rules, which previews as a backdoor pilot as part of a two-hour RHOBH on Monday at 9 PM. Again, Lisa has been one of the most colorful additions to the franchise for me, so I’m way more interested in seeing her manage the staff than the drama between them. That could change as I get to know the cast, though.
  • I’m certain Foodies will find something to love about the new reality competition from ABC, The Taste, which combines elements of Top Chef with the winners judged in blind taste tests (a la The Voice’s blind auditions). Its judging panel should be entertaining with Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain on tap.
  • Speaking of The Voice, executive producer Mark Burnett once again throws some power the contestants’ way with CBS’ The Job, in which contenders vie for their dream gig while also considering offers from other companies. That’s a good twist on The Apprentice formula.

Click through the gallery above for a quick look at 21 new shows in 2013.

Which new midseason series excite you and which ones won’t make your DVR playlist?

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‘The Voice’ Nabs Highest Finale Ratings Ever; ‘Heroes’ Alum Headed to ‘Beauty and the Beast’

NBC’s The Voice has been on top of the ratings all season. And with its two-hour Season 3 finale, the reality show has achieved its most watched and highest rated finale ever with 14 million total viewers and a 4.9 rating in the ad-coveted demo. Cassadee Pope’s big win had the show up 11 percent compared to the rest of the season. CBS’ Tuesday night lineup also saw gains in the ratings of 7 to 18 percent. [EW]

Heroes alum Sendil Ramamurthy has been cast on The CW’s Beauty and the Beast as Assistant District Attorney Gabriel Lowen. As the new guy in town, Lowen may cause some drama between Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) as he is said to be a new love interest for the police officer. Ramamurthy’s role is recurring and will begin with his first appearance on Episode 15. [Zap2it]

Sean Hayes could be coming back to TV full time next season. The actor, known for his work on Will & Grace has signed on to executive producer and star in a new project from writer Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted) on NBC. On the show, Hayes would be dealing with becoming a father to a 14-year-old girl who just moved in with him. [TV Guide]

MTV2 is beginning production on a six-part special with music superstar and entrepeneur Mac Miller. The special will follow miller along with his four best friends as they leave Pittsburgh, Pa. for Los Angeles, Calif. The show will premiere in the first quarter of 2013. The network has also set the Season 3 premiere date for Guy Code on Jan. 15 at 11 PM. [MTV2]

Rosie O’Donnell has revealed she is in talks to join NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The talk-show host revealed that she may be taking over for Sharon Osbourne on the new season at Cyndi Lauper’s second annual Home for the Holidays benefit at The Beacon Theatre. When asked what kind of judge she’d me, she said, “I think I’d probably be nicer than most but I think I’d be honest. I think he [Stern] is a genius, so to work with him would be a thrill for me.” [NY Observer]

NBC’s Parks and Recreation is bringing in Jason Schwartzman for a guest spot. The Bored to Death actor will play Dennis Lerpiss, the owner of the Pawnee VideoDome. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) will help Lerpiss declare the store a historical landmark on an episode set to air in 2013. [HuffPost TV]

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‘The Carrie Diaries’ New Trailer: Carrie Bradshaw’s Manhattan Love Affair Begins (VIDEO)

Goodbye Gossip Girl, hello Carrie Bradshaw!

The CW’s Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries  is one of the most anticipated midseason shows. And judging from this newly released trailer — which premiered during Monday night’s Gossip Girl series finale — it won’t disappoint. The series follows Carrie, played by AnnaSophia Robb, in 1984 as she falls in love for the first time with Manhattan.

The ’80s-inspired trailer introduces us to Carrie’s high school friends – Maggie (Katie Findlay), Mouse (Ellen Wong) and Walt (Brendan Dooling) — and her first serious love interest Sebastian (Austin Butler). Carrie’s free-spirited fashion editor mentor Larissa (Freema Agyeman) also makes her debut.

And if you’re wondering where Carrie’s BFFs — Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte — are, The Carrie Diaries takes place before the fab foursome even met.

“We didn’t want to do the Baby Muppets syndrome — ‘Oh, it’s baby Samantha! It’s baby Miranda!’” executive producer Amy B. Harris said at the New York premiere of the series in October. “There would never be a Charlotte, because everyone’s been a Charlotte until they’ve had their heart broken three times.”

“These are all characters that are different than the Sex and the City characters,” she continued. “Those archetypes are still there. You can see how she became friends with Miranda and Samantha.”

The Carrie Diaries premieres January 14, 2013 at 8PM on The CW.

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‘Gossip Girl’ Series Finale Hits Ratings High; ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Gets Longer Episodes

Gossip Girl’s series finale scored on the ratings Monday night for both The CW and the show itself. The two-hour event, which revealed the anonymous blogger, averaged 1.4 million viewers and was up 34 percent from last week’s outing. Gossip Girl also gave the network its best Monday night showing since Jan. 30 and Dec 5. respectively. The episode within the finale event garnered the drama’s best ratings since April 2011. Meanwhile, The Voice’s final performance night was also up from last season’s final Monday performances. [TVLine]

HBO’s third season of Game of Thrones is getting a bit of an extension. Though the show will still only run for 10 episodes, each episode has tacked on a few minutes, adding almost a whole episode’s worth of minutes to the third season. Season 3 of the drama will focus on the content from roughly the first half of George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords. Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013 on HBO. [EW]

Discovery’s American Guns will not be back for Season 3. The reality series, about a family of gun makers, has been receiving an increased amount of backlash since the devastating school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. While the network says the decision was made a while ago, the decision came out to the media on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the network said, “American Guns concluded earlier this year. Discovery Channel chose not to renew the series and has no plans to air repeats of the show.” [Deadline]

When Jimmy Kimmel Live! moves to the 11:35 time slot on ABC this January, he’ll be doing so with some big names. The comedian has lined up a list of high profile guests for his new time including Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Gosling, Bruno Mars, Sofia VergaraEllen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Jamie Foxx, Mark Wahlberg, Nicki Minaj, Mindy Kaling, No Doubt and the Kardashian sisters, among others. Jimmy Kimmel’s last night at 12 AM will take place Jan. 7 with a special episode, Jimmy Kimmel Live: Goodbye to Midnight. He makes his 11:35 pm debut on Jan. 8. [THR]

ABC’s Modern Family is giving Married … With Children fans a reunion of sorts. David Faustino who played Bud on the late ‘80s/early ‘90s sitcom will reunite with Ed O’Neill on the ABC show. Faustino will play Drew, a former classmate of Claire’s (Julie Bowen) who she see at her reunion. Unfortunately, he isn’t set to share any screen time with his former TV dad.  [THR]

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‘Gossip Girl’ Series Finale Recap: The Final XOXO Is a Perfect Score

It was an episode of television that I was dreading, but also counting down the hours for: the very last of The CW’s Gossip Girl. For six years, we’ve been immersed in the world of these Upper East Siders.

We watched them love, hate, scheme, backstab, travel, dabble in fashion, hook up with cougars, sell each other for hotels, think they murdered someone, go by a fake identity, marry and divorce royalty… the list goes on and on. On Monday’s episode, we said goodbye in a perfect, yet surreal series finale.

Note: MAJOR spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Monday’s episode, “New York, I Love You, XOXO.”

Where do I even begin? Bart Bass (Robert Burke) is dead and Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester) are wanted for questioning. They escape to an inn in upstate New York where Jack Bass (Desmond Harrington) finds them, because of that one time he put a tracking device on Chuck’s limo when they were fighting. Obviously.

“Blair, you can come on out! Uncle Jack’s here to help.” My my, Uncle Jack you’ve been missed. His delivery has always been so on point and perfect. Like, oh, by the way, Bart’s dead. No big deal. In a smart but semi-obvious move, Jack suggests that Blair and Chuck get married so Blair doesn’t have to testify against Chuck under spousal privilege.

Chuck didn’t kill Bart; he just didn’t save his life either. Truthfully, someone just needed a damn reason for these two to finally get hitched. That gorgeous Harry Winston didn’t belong on a necklace, it belonged on her finger. In a last ditch effort with the people they loved, Chuck and Blair returned to Manhattan and got married surrounded by their loved ones at an epic NYC landmark, the Bethesda Fountain.

Meanwhile, Serena (Blake Lively) lost her Lily (Kelly Rutherford) uniform and private jet once she found the special package Dan (Penn Badgley) left in her suitcase. She went from a mature lady with a cape coat and a bun to long tresses, cleavage and studded Louboutins as she raced back to her first love, Dan Humphrey, to find out the truth once and for all.

Since the two were interrupted in order to attend the Waldorf/Bass nuptials, Dan took a different route in revealing his truth, the final chapter of “Inside Out.” In a move far more Rufus (Matthew Settle) than Bart, Dan screwed Vanity Fair and gave his final chapter, which revealed Gossip Girl, to his old pal Nate (Chace Crawford). Although Dan’s move was altruistic and made me happy, I don’t know anyone in New York who would screw over Graydon Carter and live to tell about it. But here goes: Dan is Gossip Girl.

If you’ve been following speculation and collecting spoilers, it was obvious that it was leaning towards Dan or at least someone in his family. The reasons are too long to list. His voiceover that revealed him as the modern male Edith Wharton was brilliant. I’m sure there are a ton of people who were pissed, but when you have that big of a reveal you will never be able to please your entire audience.

As Chuck asked Blair at the end, “Is your life really ruined?” No, everything ended up exactly as it should be. Personally I thought it all wrapped up perfectly. I’ve watched this episode, particularly the flash-forward, multiple times now. The guest stars were incredible, beloved couples ended up together, and Nate ended up being a sexy bachelor a la JFK Jr. running his own paper.

If I could’ve wished for anything different, it would’ve been more time in the flash-forward. I wanted to see Blair and Chuck playing with their son, to hear what Dan and Serena were up to for the five years we didn’t see. I wanted Eric and Jenny to have more lines. I wanted to see how Georgina/Jack, Rufus/Lisa Loeb, and Lily/William all ended up together. By the way, how did it take Georgina and Jack this long to meet and end up together? They are actually perfect for one another; that could’ve been my favorite coupling!

In the end, Lonely Boy married the Golden Girl and proved that with some brains and balls, any outsider could infiltrate the old world of Manhattan’s elite. The right people will end up together eventually. And last, but of course not least, using the song from the Sex and the Cityseries finale will automatically pull on some heartstrings. XOXO.

Buzz Moments

OMG: Dan was Gossip Girl. Wow.

Thank you, TV gods.: Chuck and Blair FINALLY got married! Bonnie and Clyde, Chuck and B, holla.

Awk-ward: William’s diss to Ivy that she’s just a Lifetime movie.

Hotness: The palpable chemistry between Georgina and Jack when they first met. Nate stepping off that plane in a power suit. Chuck and Blair’s old Hollywood kiss. Serena getting married in a dress that had a nod to her gold Cotillion gown. “You’ve Got The Love” as the final song.

Fab-u-lous: Every single cameo including NYC’s very own Mayor Bloomberg, Rachel Bilson, Kristen Bell, Lola, Agnes, Juliet, and Lonely Boy’s ex-bff Vanessa.

Can.Not.Wait.: To see all the bonus stuff on the DVDs!

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): An enthusiastic 10. Everything felt like it got wrapped up perfectly.

Leigh Raines

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‘Gossip Girl’ Series Finale: A Walking Map of Hookups (INFOGRAPHIC)

The end of an era will take place Monday night as The CW’s Gossip Girl airs its final episode.

Over the past six seasons, Gossip Girl has given us our fair share of amazing fashions and scandalous hookups. And on Monday’s episode, it seems that Blair (Leighton Meester) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) will make the big leap into marriage. With drama, of course.

But before Blair and Chuck make it official, Celebuzz is looking back at our favorite Upper East Siders and Brooklynites and their incestuous ways since the pilot.

Whether it’s Blair with Chuck, Nate (Chace Crawford) or Dan (Penn Bagdley), or Serena (Blake Lively) with Nate or Dan – fans are hard pressed to find a main character that hasn’t slept with at least two others on the sexy show. Gossip Girl hookups have been documented extensively and filming locations blasted all over the internet. But now, we have come up with a combination of the two – A Walking Tour of Gossip Girl Hookups.

Of course, we can’t document where every hookup has been that’s taken place on the show – that would take years – but we’re giving you the details as to where our major players have gotten down and dirty, at least once.

Take a look at our infographic and read our list below to take your own walking tour of the hottest GG sites. Click on the pic below for a full size version.

1. Nate and Lady Catherine – The Hudson Hotel (356 W. 56th St.)
2. Chuck and Raina — The Empire (44 West 63rd St.)
3. Nate and Raina – The Empire (44 West 63rd St.)
4. Dan and Blair — Hotel (unknown location)
5. Chuck and Blair – A limo on the Upper East Side
6. Nate and Diana – The Archibald Townhouse (4 E 74th St.)
7. Nate and Serena – The Shepherd Wedding (Campbell Apartment; 15 Vanderbilt Ave)
8. Nate and Blair — The Palace Hotel (455 Madison Avenue between 50th and 51st street)
9. Dan, Olivia, and Vanessa – NYU, the fictional Erlick Resident Hall, 10th St. and Broadway)
10. Dan and Serena – Humphrey Loft 455 Water St.
11. Dan and Vanessa — Humphrey Loft 455 Water St.
12. Dan and Georgina – Humphrey Loft 455 Water St.

Locations were found using this Google Map and Vulture’s definitive location map.

Inforgraphic designed by Jacqueline Quon. Additional research conducted by Imani Harris.

The special two-hour series finale of Gossip Girl airs Monday at 8 PM on The CW.

Which hookup did you like the best? Who do you think Gossip Girl is? Sound off below!

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Candice Accola Talks ‘Klaroline’ and Tension with Tyler (Q&A)

Tyler’s (Michael Trevino) plan to take down Klaus (Joseph Morgan) with his pack of unsired hybrids is about to come to a head on Thursday’s first-ever holiday episode of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries and it appears that not everyone will make it out alive.

Candice Accola, who plays Tyler’s girlfriend and the object of Klaus’ infatuation, told Celebuzz that our nerves over the situation are justified: “I think there’s always reasons to be nervous when watching the show so I think that the viewers definitely have a lot to watch out for.”

Fans “already expect a certain amount of drama and craziness to happen so I think they’re already expecting a lot and the writers delivered.” And as always, she teased that you should definitely be ready for a cliffhanger on the midseason finale.

But how will this impact Tyler and Caroline? What does Accola think about ‘Klaroline’? Can we expect more BFF moments between the blonde vamp and Stefan (Paul Wesley)? We spoke with the actress to get all the answers you’ve been searching for.

Celebuzz: Caroline and Tyler haven’t had the happiest times in their relationship recently and now with them at odds on the plan to take down Klaus, what can you tell us about the tension they’re facing?

Candice Accola: This is kind of a very human thing for Caroline and Tyler to go through within their relationship. Their communication, just to be quite frank, sucks this week. It’s not been very good in the past weeks. I think what’s funny is that Caroline is just convinced that if Klaus can go away and Hayley [Phoebe Tonkin] can go away and all these plans can work out then magically Caroline and Tyler can be just be perfect together and live in this beautiful little Mystic Falls bubble.

Their disagreements are very human right now. They both are having perspectives on what they feel is right and neither one is really forgiving of agreeing with the other person so that is definitely a recipe for some miscommunication in this episode. There’s definitely conflict. Just because you love someone doesn’t mean that magically makes everything else go away so I think they are going to start realizing that, not just in this week’s episode but in episodes to come.

Celebuzz: Fans love everything about Klaroline, especially after that flirty adorable scene at Miss Mystic Falls. What is your take on their relationship? Is more flirting on the horizon?

CA: It’s just Caroline and Klaus being in conversation. She’s still not — By no means is Caroline like ‘Now I think he’s really cute and I really like this guy.’ There’s an ease to a conversation that’s also just really human. Tyler went to take care of himself and in doing that found a comfort and a friendship with Hayley. While Caroline was back in Mystic Falls, she was kind of using Klaus, or manipulating Klaus for the grand plan and in that came a different kind of comfortability in their conversation.

I think that that never went away and now that Caroline and Tyler [are] starting to be at odds against each other and their communication isn’t very strong we’re just going to see glimpses of Caroline searching for that communication with other people. I know that the viewers are going to read into them and by all means, have at it because I do really love those characters together and the dynamic that they have but I just don’t see the longevity in it and I don’t see any emotional truth to it. Sometimes if you’re going through some hard times, sometimes it’s just nice to have someone make you laugh when you haven’t had that with your partner in a while and I think that’s what Caroline is experiencing. I don’t think by any means does she like him. She just thinks that she’s laughing again for a second.

Celebuzz: We love the scenes we’ve seen between Caroline and Stefan this year. Their friendship has been a highlight of the season. How will it continue to develop throughout the course of the season?

CA: That’s something that’s very strong with Caroline and Stefan is their communication is just very on point. They’re very much on the same page. It’s nice. They trust each other’s judgments very easily. I love those scenes too because it’s just Caroline is so strong and comfortable and able to say things very clearly when she’s around Stefan. I love the dynamic of their talks.

They’re definitely on the same page with the plan that’s ensuing and I just love watching this friendship build. She is Team Stefan all the way. She knows that the root of him is a very selfless, good man and she wants that for her friend. She doesn’t want Elena [Nina Dobrev] to get hurt. That’s why she wants to just hit Elena over the head with a frying pan being like, ‘What are you doing? There is this great man that has done nothing but prove that he’s selfless and yea maybe he was the Ripper and maybe he messed up but he works on it. He wants to be better. Damon [Ian Somerhalder] never wants to be better. Damon’s always Damon.’ That’s very much the tone of what Caroline has been giving Elena.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8 PM on The CW.

Who do you think will die on the midseason finale? What are your thoughts on ‘Klaroline’? Let us know in the comments below!

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‘Arrow’ Star John Barrowman Teases Plenty of ‘Twists and Turns’ on Midseason Finale

On The CW’s Arrow this season, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has had to deal with his fair share of bad guys — and even a few bad gals.

When he thought he found himself the perfect girl, she turned out to be quite a nutcase. Talk about a rough season!

If you think that things are about to get easier for your favorite hero, you’re sorely mistaken. On the mid-season finale “Year’s End,” it looks like Queen is about to meet the Dark Archer and this new opponent could turn out to be one of his most challenging ones yet.

The big question on every fan’s mind must be: Could Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) — aka the “well-dressed-man” — and the Dark Archer be one and the same? Celebuzz spoke exclusively to Barrowman about Arrow‘s roller coaster mid-season finale, but he wanted to save some surprises about his character’s future.

“What I possibly can say is: Up to that point you’re going to see a lot of builds with the relationship that Malcolm has with Tommy,” Barrowman said. “You’re going to get a good build with the relationship that he has with Moira, and there’s going to be some twists and turns in there. Also, with the whole Oliver and Arrow situation; it will lead up to kind of a great finale. I can promise you that. That’s really all I can say.”

“He [Malcolm] will cause trouble,” he continued. “There will be a lot of twists, and less turns when you don’t expect them. Malcolm will be a part of Starling City’s world.”

With an answer like that, it seems like fans can come to their own conclusions about the identity of the Dark Archer. Could it be Malcolm, could it be his son Tommy (Colin Donnell), or could it be a character that is yet to be revealed?

We asked Barrowman if we will see Malcolm when Arrow returns for the rest of its first season in 2013. Spoiler alert!

“All I can say is that, yes, I will be in the next part of the season. I don’t even know if I was supposed to reveal that yet, but, yes, I’m coming back,” Barrowman revealed.

Fans can now rest easily that Malcolm shouldn’t get into any sort of fatal accidents during the mid-season’s end. But I do suppose that it’s possible he could die and come back as a ghost. Though I really doubt that would happen, anything’s possible, right?

What do you think about the new details revealed from Arrow‘s mid-season finale? Do you think it’s likely that Malcolm is indeed the Dark Archer? Or are you convinced it will turn out to be some other character on the show?

Michelle Carlbert

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‘Gossip Girl’ Recap: The Beginning of the End

I’ve just finished watching the last episode of The CW’s Gossip Girl before the series finale and I only rewound the last scene and previews about four times. So. Many. Questions.

For a show that’s been phoning it in since the second half of Season 4, these last few weeks have been a rollercoaster to say the least. Monday’s Chuck (Ed Westwick) centered episode was technically the first half of the series finale. Let’s start our goodbyes…

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Monday’s episode, “The Revengers.”

Bart Bass (Robert Burke) used to just be a cold-hearted prick, but he was still somewhat human. The Bart that has developed over this last season was just plain insane, sociopathic, and villainous. I say was, because The Grim Reaper actually made an appearance on this episode. Bart Bass is dead… for real this time.

There was no way Chuck was going to be killed off. However, I never foresaw the way he was going to pop back onto our screens. Did Dan (Penn Badgley) always know where he was? Did Chuck parachute off the plane? I’m missing the part where we went from A to B. How did that whole arrangement happen?

After last week’s Thanksgiving from hell, I really thought that Lonely Boy had reached the end of his road and become unforgivable. He was done for in my book. Somehow on this episode, he managed to redeem himself for me and probably many other fans as well. While I don’t think Serena (Blake Lively) respects Dan for the way he treated her, I think he was finally earnest and so was she. She loved him enough to not want to be part of a world that could ruin the good, moral guy that she fell in love with. She needed a clean break. L.A. is hardly a clean break, but whatever. Also why the hell would anyone ever take life advice from Bart Bass?

What was in that envelope that could convince her to get off the plane? It has to be more than the nice article he wrote for her. Is it all the evidence to take down Gossip Girl? I know Nate (Chace Crawford) said he had it compiled at his apartment, but there’s still a lot of holes in this story. Who ever thought that Dan would end up leaving us with the most questions? Perhaps, he really has always been the ultimate insider. Last week, he told Rufus that he has had a plan this whole time. I have to say that I actually believe him.

All the ladies were put to awesome use on this episode. Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) is the ultimate ride or die bitch. She will do anything for her man. She is afraid of no one. If Bart Bass ever hijacked my town car, I’d piss my pants. Let’s not even lie: He is terrifying. But just as Blair drunkenly sang in the video at her birthday party on Season 4, she will always “stand by her man.”

I can’t even talk about the scene on the tarmac without getting misty eyed. It was so Casablanca. Blair’s whole plan, while not entirely flawless, was completely awesome. She made Bart just paranoid enough to start freaking out. Then again, she had the best bitches and schemers on her side! Even Ivy and Sage who my feelings waver about, put on a good show on this episode.

Unrelated to Blair’s plot, Sage retrieving The Captain in order to help Nate was adorable. She knows this guy and she actually cares about him. How many of Nate’s exes can we really say that about him aside from Serena? Best of all, she inspired him to start looking for Gossip Girl again. He has nothing left to lose at this point. It’s go big or go home, right?

This episode brought up so many feelings. I felt like it was an early season of the show. There was gasping, fan girl-ing, some tears and yelling at the TV. Yes, of course, I know this is just a show, but haven’t this crew of Upper East Siders (and one Brooklyn-ite) found a special place in our hearts over the past few years? After all, you wouldn’t be here reading this review if you didn’t agree a little bit!

Buzz Moments

OMG: Bart Bass is really dead this time, you guys.

Thank you, TV gods.: The moment Dan introduced Chuck at the gala, shocking everyone.

Awk-ward: That weird superhero movie theme music on the rooftop scene.

Hotness: Blair and Chuck’s kiss on the tarmac.

Fa-bu-lous: Blair and her bevy of bitches.

Can. Not. Wait.: Chuck and Blair’s wedding, the reveal of Gossip Girl, the flash-forward, the return of Jenny and Eric, basically ALL OF IT.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 9. Amazing episode, but I’m reserving my 10 for what is sure to be an epic finale.

Until next week when it’s time to say goodbye, xoxo.

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‘Supernatural’ Recap: We See What We Want to See—Maybe Even in Memories?

The Winchesters of The CW’s Supernatural have a familiar saying: “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.” They use it freely—whenever one of them isn’t quite ready to deal with a particularly complicated issue  like “stopping” one’s brother back in the day or “icing” a vampire on Season 8.

But the Winchesters have never been particularly good at pushing such a thing down for too long.

Eventually it eats at them until that “bridge” comes to them. In “Citizen Fang,” Sam (Jared Padalecki) certainly followed the trend by having old hunter friend, Martin (guest star Jon Gries), track Benny (Ty Olsson). When Sam got a call that there was a vampire kill that seemed to have Benny’s name all over it, he and Dean (Jensen Ackles) were forced to deal with the situation.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t yet watched Wednesday night’s “Citizen Fang.”

Left to his own devices with Dean off hunting, Benny high-tailed it home to a small town in Louisiana. He looked up a relative– his great-great granddaughter Elizabeth (Kathleen Munroe), which became nice and awkward after Dean hit on her. He also took a job at a southern diner of sorts—the same job he had way back when, before he was a vampire pirate.

In that diner, Martin watched him have an uncomfortable encounter with an old patron who just happened to have his creepy eyes on Benny’s kin. This patron also just happened to end up killed outside the diner that night. But Dean wasn’t about to just “witch hunt” his old friend, he went to talk to Benny, who told him a tale of another vampire named Desmond from “back in the day” who was trying to get Benny’s attention.

Now, Dean was desperate to believe his friend was telling the truth, and looking Benny dead in the face seemed to be all he needed. Though Sam and Martin went after Benny, Dean went with him—to take on Desmond. Luckily for Dean, Benny didn’t betray or disappoint him but unluckily for Benny, he got a crash course in the Winchester lifestyle.

After killing Desmond, Dean warned him that he couldn’t stay—that there was no “home” anymore. Too many other vampires would come looking for him. Oh yeah, and Benny could barely control himself around the blood anyway—even when that blood was his “brother” Dean’s. But it wasn’t other vamps he had to worry about—it was Martin – who hoofed it back to the diner after being ditched by Sam (we’ll get to that in a minute) and used Elizabeth to get to him.

Benny tried really hard to control his anger and himself, so that he wouldn’t have to reveal what he was to either Elizabeth or Martin, but Martin knew enough about him already to know he wasn’t crazy. And all he wanted was Benny’s head on a stake. So Benny mulled it over for a few seconds before realizing just how defeated he was and laid his head down, literally.

Of course, it was just a trap, and he ended up releasing his vampire nature to take Martin out in the name of self-defense. Are we crazy to say that although, intellectually, Martin was making great points, we were thrilled to see him laying on the floor with his throat ripped apart because it meant Benny lived to see another day (and therefore another episode)? Are we even crazier to hope that maybe, just maybe, it wasn’t Benny at all but Elizabeth who attacked Martin, protecting her family at all costs and creating an (admittedly soapy) extra complication down the line? Yeah, okay, we may have went too far with that last part…

What was so much more powerful than what Benny did to Martin, though, was the realization he seemed to have just seconds before making the decision: he couldn’t fight his fate. He didn’t like it, but he didn’t really have a choice. And now Dean should have no choice but to add him to the list of “things” he hunts. But will he? Considering he didn’t outwardly lie but still omitted exactly what went down with Benny to his brother, we’re sure just when Sam and Dean are on good terms again, Benny will pop back up. But it probably won’t be for awhile because Sam still has a lot to get over with his brother.

See, Sam received a text from Amelia (Liane Balaban) while hunting for Benny initially and high-tailed it over to her house. When he got there, though, she and her not-so-dead, now-also-not-so-ex were cozying up on the couch. Sam didn’t take a second to ponder his sanity, though we certainly did—after all, it was just a short year ago that he was scratching at his hand every two seconds. Calling the number back, he reached Dean—on one of their burner phones in Baby’s glove box. He swapped the numbers in Sam’s phone “just in case,” and it certainly came in handy for him here.

But the thing is: as much as he used it to get Sam off Benny’s trail, he also seemed to use it a little bit for Sam’s sanity. After all, Sam checked in on Amelia and saw she was doing well. It may still hurt that she can’t be doing well with him, but at least he wouldn’t have to worry about her, right?

Possibly but to be honest, we’re still not entirely convinced we can trust everything we see in Sam’s flashbacks. Call it being overly cautious because of his history, or call it reading too much into production style of shooting the specific flashbacks, but just because Amelia is a real person (for the record, we never doubted she wasn’t) doesn’t mean Sam’s relationship with Amelia was exactly how he chooses to remember it.

We’ll be finding out soon, though, as the last moment of the episode was her walking up to him in a bar, stating that she knew it was him outside her house. And the petrified look on his face promised he’d be crossing a very important bridge, too, come the January 2013 return.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Who knew Martin had it in him not only to stand up to Dean but to physically knock him on his ass?

Thank you, TV gods: Even when about to rip out someone’s throat, Benny is so soulful, and Olsson deserves most of the credit for that. We cannot thank this show enough for bringing him back and showing such a different side to him!

Awk-ward: It’s always distracting when a show reuses recognizable guest stars in brand new roles, so we’re just going to pretend “Elizabeth” is actually the same woman from The Kids Are Alright. After the changeling debacle, she just picked up and moved south and started a new life!

Hotness: Is it just us or was Don the most level-headed, well-adjusted guy ever? It really put into perspective just how messed up Sam and Dean both are!

Fab-u-lous: Sam’s hair was particularly on point on this episode. Perhaps it was because he didn’t do any fighting—or even much hunting at all—but it was this perfect, unmoving fashion statement.

Can. Not. Wait.: What will happen when Sam has to confront Amelia after all this time!?

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 8

What did you think of “Citizen Fang” and more importantly, how will you get through hell-atus!? Let us know in the comments below!

Danielle Turchiano

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