Who is going to die?

Some major characters will be meeting their ends this season on “The Vampire Diaries,” according to a report by TV Guide. “A lot of people are dying,” Katerina Graham told the magazine. “Not, like, too many, where it’s like, ‘Why are all these people dying?’ But a couple of important characters are going to go.” Who do you think will not live to see another season?



"You tried to kill me off? Bad idea!"

Howard Gordon, executive producer of “24,” told during a Dec. 13 interview that Jack Bauer almost didn’t survive the series’ eight and final season. While cynics scoff at the notion of killing off Bauer with a potential film franchise waiting in the wings, Gordon said he went so far as to write Bauer’s death scene, but didn’t think it would be a proper way to say good-bye. “In the end it felt too depressing,” Gordon told the website. “I think it would have been a really depressing moment… more depressing than surprising. In a strange way, that’s probably the ultimate tragedy and probably the most politically correct ending, but it wasn’t something anybody wanted to commit to. Not just for the reason of the show, but honestly, if we had really felt that was the best ending, we would have all gone for it.” For the record, Gordon says the president would have stepped in to save Bauer, but, tragically, it would have been too late.



Bones spin-off not a certainty

“Bones” star Emily Deschanel told “Entertainment Tonight Canada” on Dec. 21 that rumors of a spin-off are a bit premature, if not outright false. “It’s all misreported completely,” the actress said of the buzz surrounding  a proposed spin-off of “Bones” based on Richard Greener’s The Locator novels. “There’s a lot of false information… There may be a spin-off. And [if there is], it wouldn’t happen until the end of the season.” Stay tuned. Would you tune in for a “Bones” spin-off?



The best of 2010

Add The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and St. Louis Post-Dispatch among the media outlets proclaiming “Mad Men” as the best show on television in 2010. The Plain Dealer TV critic Mark Dawidziak ranked “Mad Men” the best drama of 2010, noting “No other series digs quite so deeply or provocatively into the American psyche and culture.” Post-Dispatch critic Gail Pennington called “Mad Men” the hour of television that I find closest to perfection: intelligent, always involving and continually surprising.”

Among dramas, The Plain Dealer ranked “Dexter” fourth (“Topping last season’s serial killer showdown between Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) and Arthur Mitchell (former Akronite John Lithgow) was not an option. But producers came up with a fifth season that was every bit as engrossing and brilliant”) and “Breaking Bad” seventh ([“Bryan Cranston’s] portrayal of Walter White, the mild-mannered chemistry teacher turned drug dealer, is as disturbingly mesmerizing as ever). The Post-Dispatch called “Breaking Bad,” which it ranked second, “darkly comic and deeply tragic.”

Time for you to sound off – what are your picks for the best series of 2010?



Chart-topper Darren Criss

Darren Criss’ cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” topped the Billboard charts and, according to E! online, it also ranks as “Glee’s” greatest performance of 2010. “There’s a reason this is the best-selling track from “Glee”: Darren Criss,” the E! website says. “The dude just oozes charm. His voice, his confidence, the way he commands that glee club (and not in an annoying way like Rachel Berry) gets us every single time.” Click here to check out all of the Top 10 performances!



Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

Christina Hendricks may be famous for playing the (former) Sterling Cooper office manager on “Mad Men,” but she has her sights set on becoming Princess Diana of Themyscria – also known as Wonder Woman. The actress said on the Dec. 21 “Rachael Ray Show” that she’s aware of rumors linking her to the role of a long-awaited film version, she hasn’t been offered the role – but she would love to wear the iconic bullet-stopping bracelets. “I don’t know where [the rumor] got started but I love it!” she told Ray. “I’ve been wanting to wear that outfit my whole life! I’d love to [do it]. That would be such fun! Let’s put it out there!” Would Christina Hendricks make a good Wonder Woman?



Dr. Who: A Christmas Carol

When the annual “Dr. Who: A Christmas Carol” special airs Dec. 25 on BBC America at 9 p.m. (eastern), prepare for a Time Lordian twist on the Dickens’ holiday classic. The plot centers on The Doctor’s attempt to save the soul of an old scrooge to save Rory and Amy (who are on a spaceship about to crash). The special will feature an appearance by classical vocal star Katherine Jenkins and Harry Potter’s Michael Gambon. It also marks the first time American audiences will be able to see the annual “Dr. Who” Christmas special on the same day as British fans. Of any TV series ever, what’s your pick for the best Christmas episode ever?



Brittany the vampire slayer?

“Glee” star Heather Morris (who plays Brittany on the series) is reportedly being considered for the title role in the big-screen reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. “They’re considering me!” the effusive actress exclaimed to “Access Hollywood” earlier this month.  “I found out and I almost peed my pants ’cause I was so excited!” In a previous article by The Hollywood Reporter, however, the film’s screenwriter, Whit Anderson, dismissed the rumor. “We’re not even thinking about casting yet,” Anderson told the publication. “The script isn’t even written!” What do you think, “Glee” fans? Would Brittany make a good Buffy – or would you rather see a “Glee” remake of the “Buffy” musical episode?



Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt

Former “Desperate Housewives” star Nicollette Sheridan (who played the devious, man-eater Edie Britt from 2004 to 2009) has dropped allegations of emotional and physical abuse from a $20 million lawsuit she filed against the show’s creator, Marc Cherry, in April 2010. Sheridan originally claimed that Cherry “forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head” during a September 2008 rehearsal. Sheridan was also suing for wrongful termination and gender discrimination because, she says, her character was killed off in retaliation for complaining about Cherry’s alleged hostile behavior to network executives. In exchange for the actress dropping her abuse claims, both ABC and Cherry have agreed not to ask Sheridan to submit to physical or psychiatric analysis as part of their defense strategy. Claims of wrongful termination remain unsettled. Legal wrangling aside, do you miss Edie stirring up trouble on “Desperate Housewives”?



January Jones as Betty Draper

During a Dec. 16 interview at New York City’s 92nd Street Y (the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association) in front of a live audience of “Mad Men” fans, series creator Thomas Weiner found himself defending the honor of Betty Draper (played by January Jones). When the interviewer, Fordham University law professor and novelist Thane Rosenbaum, said he found the controversial character “loathsome,” Weiner came to Betty’s defense. “I want to defend her because I’m very close to (Betty Draper),” Weiner said, noting that the character reminds him of his own mother. What do you think of Betty Draper? Love her? Hate her? Love to hate her?

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