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Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 5

Monday night we left you hanging as AshLee picked up the rose ready to offer it to Graham who then dashed away. We opened Tuesday night showing Graham in the throes of a full-blown anxiety attack; probably not the best physical reaction to have when embarking on a new relationship. I think one of the most telling things about this scene was who jumped to Graham’s side to take care of him in the midst of panic. Michelle Money didn’t have to go over to check on him, she just did it. She was deeply concerned about someone she cared for, and it was her natural reaction. Noticeably missing from Graham’s side was AshLee, who stood like a statue in rose-hand-out-mode. This lasted about five to 10 minutes while we all waited, and AshLee never really went to check on him. She just stood there while Michelle’s actions, and instinctual reaction, spoke volumes. The girls in the house are clearly starting to question AshLee and her intentions. Many thought Graham was going to turn down the rose and leave, but he ended up shockingly accepting it, securing his place in Paradise for one more week. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 4

Another week in Paradise, another week of enjoying the beautiful beaches, the perfect weather, the great activities that the Yucatan peninsula has to offer, and of course, the ups and downs of love and relationships. We begin this week seeing one of my favorite couples in Bachelor history—Graham and Michelle Money. These two serve as a crisp taco shell to wrap this episode, but we will get to that later. I know that Graham and Michelle may not count as a “couple” since they are not romantically involved (anymore), but they are such great friends that it’s fun to watch their dynamic and undying support of each other. Michelle was the source of much entertainment this week. (What else is new?) You gotta love a girl who will take the hit of not being taken on a date with Robert and then do the hair of the woman who did get asked. As Money says, “(it’s) tough, but I’ll make your braid look awesome.” Yeah, I bet that braid is pulling extra tight on Sarah’s head. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 3

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Another week in beautiful Mexico! I can’t even tell you how amazing it was to spend almost a month there. And every day was full of excitement. This week was a pretty quiet week in paradise with no balcony jumpers or hospital visits… wait, that’s not true. Chris Bukowski kept the streak alive and judging by the previews for next week’s two-night special event the hospital visits aren’t over yet. But let’s not jump ahead, as we have so much to discuss from this week.

We began this week by catching the aftermath of last week’s rose ceremony where Elise made the odd decision to offer Dylan a rose despite the fact that he’d repeatedly told her “do not offer me a rose, if you do I will turn it down.” We did get Elise’s explanation: “He told me three times he wouldn’t accept the rose—I needed him to confirm that.” Well, I’ll let you ponder that little gem, but the fact is Elise and Chris seemed pretty happy after the ceremony and were ready to start a fresh new love affair. Hey, it just might be crazy enough to work. Soon after the rose ceremony, we got our first new arrival of the week in Danielle from Juan Pablo’s season. There’s apparently a new house rule that stipulates that there are no rules as for who you can and can’t ask on a date. Much to Michelle Money’s chagrin, Danielle took this to heart and asked out Marquel, who gleefully accepted and off they went to the state of Campeche for their date. It seemed to go pretty well between the two of them but the “Cookie Monster” wasn’t done with dates yet this week.

Elise also got a date card this week and there was only one guy (now) that she was ready to extend it to and that’s Chris Bukowski. Chris was extremely excited to accept only he took an odd step getting out of the ocean and messed up his knee pretty badly. I’m no doctor (although I do play one on TV), but after seeing it, I can tell you it didn’t look right. Despite the bad knee, Chris decided to man up and go on the date with Elise to Campeche, which is really one of the most beautiful places in all of Mexico. But he honestly felt like crap the entire time, and it was a pretty tough for him to enjoy. It was so bad in fact the next morning Elise and Chris went to the hospital to get it checked out. They confirmed what he already knew: that it was a torn ligament. Chris came back to the villa determined to gut it out and stay in paradise, but as you know by now that didn’t happen and it changed everything this week. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 2

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These days saying something is “inexplicable” is like saying something is great. The word is not only overused, it’s misused. If you want a good example of when to properly use the word “inexplicable” just watch the beginning of this week’s show. What Michelle K. did was more than a bit unusual. But what our crew member did was truly 100 percent inexplicable. The number of things Mr. Putz could have done before deciding the best option was to jump off a 25-foot balcony in the dark onto wet concrete is incalculable.

The fact that the option of jumping off a 25-foot balcony to escape detection is inexplicable in and of itself. We had a pretty clear idea about Michelle’s special relationship with our audio guy after she left the show and started making odd comments to us. At that point we figured “she’s already off the show let’s just let this go and move on.” A no harm, no foul situation. I wasn’t all that pleased she decided to take up a spot that first week, but the damage was done. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs the 'Bachelor in Paradise' premiere

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Welcome to Paradise!

This show was created with one simple purpose: give some of our favorite cast members a second chance at love. Now how could something so simple “feel so right” in many ways and go “oh so wrong” in so many others? These questions will be asked and answered several times over the next two months as the drama unfolds in Tulum, Mexico. Tulum, Mexico, and especially Papaya Playa, were the perfect place to find Paradise. Unbelievable beaches, amazing weather and scenery, and an abundance of history made this the perfect place to help our Bachelors and Bachelorettes find love, and sometimes, their fair share of drama! READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette' season finale: And the 'winner' is...

Okay, rose lovers — the suspense is over. If you don’t want to know who Andi chose in tonight’s season finale, stop reading now. I’m serious, folks. If you’ve somehow stumbled onto this post and have not yet watched Andi hand out her final rose at the Proposal Platform, then walk away. I’ll wait. Okay, for those of you who have witnessed the conclusion of tonight’s “journey,” click through to discuss Andi’s choice of future husband… READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All': 'I had no idea you guys were kissing her so fast!'

Awww, Marquel—don’t feel bad, little buddy! You may have found yourself in the “Friend Zone” with Andi, but the “ladies” in the audience were truly digging your chocolate-chip cookie lapel pin tonight. (If you haven’t seen it, you’re in for a treat—pun intended.) As for the rest of tonight’s Men Tell All? Well, other than that disturbingly TMI segment with Ashley and JP, the “shocking” “revelations” were “few” and “far between.” Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click over for Kristen’s full Bachelorette: The Men Tell All recap), but here are a few of my (spoiler-free) highlights: Everyone attacking Andrew for his (alleged) remarks about Marquel and Ron; Andrew attacking JJ; Chris the farmer joining Andrew in his attack on JJ; a weird Canadian woman interrupting Harrison’s hot-seat interview with Chris; and the brilliant opening gag with the scarves. As for the Bachelor in Paradise teaser? I think it may have given me eye herpes. (That is to say, August 4 can’t get here fast enough.)

'The Bachelorette' episode 9: 'I loved when you just hopped on my lap and went to town'

Okay, sure, the man who made the above statement to Andi was not—I repeat, not—talking about something that went down in the Fantasy Suite… but I needed a catchy headline. After all, this week’s “exotic” dates were pretty darn tame, even though Andi made the most shocking decision… EVER by sending one of the men home before even handing him the coveted date card. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight, but if you’ve seen tonight’s episode and have thoughts (and I know you do) let me hear ‘em. Do you want the booted little-b bachelor to become the next capital-B Bachelor? Was the homemade, illustrated fairy tale book cute or creepy? And is eating dinner on the beach really all that romantic? If you ask me, sand and fine cuisine don’t mix. (Not that the folks on this show ever eat, but…)

 

Throwback Thursday: What's the best episode of 'Boy Meets World'?

Girl Meets World–which premiered on Disney Channel this past week–could really be dubbed a permanent ’90s Throwback Thursday (that’s technically airing on Fridays). In honor of this week’s Throwback Thursday, let’s hash out a very specific, very ’90s question: What is the all-time best episode of Boy Meets World?

As is the case with long-running shows (Boy Meets World aired from 1993 to 2000), there are a ton of options, and it’s a bit of a tough call. Do you go with one early in the series’ run that gave us an iconic moment (like, say, when Topanga kissed Cory up against the lockers), or a past-its-prime contender that reminded fans of the glory days (that would be “Seven the Hard Way,” a.k.a the episode with Plays With Squirrels)?

Or do you pick an episode that had a super-significant moment, but actually wasn’t all that great of an episode (cough, Cory and Topanga’s wedding, cough)? And let’s not forget about episodes with all-time perfect catchphrases, but a plot that wasn’t particularly memorable–looking at you, “Un-dah-pants episode.”

Clearly, there’s a lot to consider. With that said, here are a couple of finalists: READ FULL STORY

Queen Elizabeth II visits 'Game of Thrones' set, doesn't sit on pretend seat of power

Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the Belfast set of Game of Thrones Tuesday, touring the series’ vast armory, perusing its racks of lavish costumes, and meeting actors including Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Conleth Hill (Varys), and Rose Leslie (Ygritte). The real queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries did not, however, attempt to gain control of seven fictional kingdoms by taking a seat on the show’s fearsome Iron Throne—a chair constructed by a thousand surrendered blades, “heated white-hot in the furnace breath of Balerion the Black Dread.”

Naturally, the wildest and most lawless kingdom of all—The Internet—was most displeased: READ FULL STORY

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