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It’s the moment Sex and the City fans have been jonesing for ever since The Carrie Diaries premiered midseason last year. At long last, the moment is here. The CW prequel finally introduces one of Carrie’s lifelong pals.

Who better for young Carrie to meet first than the one and only Samantha Jones. The younger version is portrayed by Lindsey Gort. It’s impossible to match the brilliance of Kim Cattrall, but based on first impression, Gort does a decent job of capturing the iconic character. She definitely has big Manolo pumps to fill. Cattrall was such a pro with her comedic skills that Samantha never became a ridiculous caricature.

The young Sam Jones makes her debut on the second season premiere titled, “Win Some, Lose Some,” on October 25th. After a series of surprising events, Carrie meets one of the greatest loves of her life while spending the summer in Manhattan living with Walt (Brendan Dooling). Check out the Samantha preview below.

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If you encountered an extraordinary amount of grouchy people today, perhaps they were merely just taking part in the annual celebration. National Grouch Day was originally created to celebrate Sesame Street‘s resident curmudgeon, Oscar The Grouch. According to Muppet Wiki (yes, that’s a thing), “A Grouch’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else.”

Even though this random holiday was intended for Oscar the Grouch, television and film are filled with crotchety characters- some lovable, some not so much. A few celebrated habitual pessimists include Simon Cowell (early American Idol era), Glee’s Sue Sylvester, Archie Bunker, Judge Judith Sheindlin, Breaking Bad‘s Walter White and those Grumpy Old Men Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Who are your favorites? Share them below after watching Oscar the Grouch’s grouch anthem.

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Smash Returns… Sorta

In: Donovan, The Arts, TV Shows

While the making of Bombshell dominated Smash during its entire run, it’s The Hit List which was introduced in the second season that’s getting new life. The fictional Broadway show that won seven fake Tonys on the NBC show will receive an actual real-life world premiere. On December 9, two performances of The Hit List will be performed at 54 Below in New York. Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus who all appeared on Smash will star in the live show which is co-presented by Season 2 showrunner Joshua Safran.

“HIT LIST, a modern fable about identity and the price of fame, tells the tragic love story of a wannabe pop singer who transforms herself to become a star and the hidden songwriter she uses to get there – but at what cost?” – 54 Below

54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. Tickets are $55 plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. The two shows will begin at 9:30 and 11:00 pm. Check out clips from Smash and a 54 Below promo below.

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Best decision by NBC in recent memory. The peacock network announced Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to host the 71st and 72nd annual Golden Globes. Truly amazing.

“We’re elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years.” – A spokesperson for NBC said in a statement

After last year’s sensational performance, I couldn’t be anymore excited. Those ladies killed it. One person who’s probably not feeling this development is Taylor Swift. She didn’t appreciate being the butt of one of their jokes during last year’s telecast. Poehler’s rep jokingly tweeted, “Sorry @taylorswift13 but Amy & Tina will be back for the next two @goldenglobes.” I’m betting the “22″ singer stays clear from this year’s event ;)

Just in case you forgot how hilarious the 30 Rock and Parks & Recreation actress were on the 70th annual show, I’ve embedded their best moments below. The 2014 Golden Globes will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 12.

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Once Upon A Time producer Edward Kitsis teased there would be at least one gay character this season. On last night’s episode, we discovered who the show’s first LGBT fairy tale character would be. While I was hoping for Robin Hood and his merry man being a band of gay archers, it actually was another warrior. It’s none other than Mulan (Jamie Chung) herself.

After being advised to tell the person you love how you feel about him or her before it’s too late, Mulan rushed to Aurora (Sarah Bolger) to reveal her true feelings. Before getting the courage to declare her love, Aurora tells her that Prince Phillip and her are expecting. #buzzkill.

“Dear @jamiechung1 & @SarahBolger, I’d give you each an Emmy for that. No foolin’. You made me cry & I had read the script! #AskOnce” - Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White) via Twitter.

Hopefully, Mulan finds her happily ever after on OUAT. I’m intrigued how the writers will develop this storyline for the rest of Season 3. Check out the heartbreaking scene below.

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Sean Lowe Finally Sets Wedding Date

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan, TV Shows

After 16 prior tries, The Bachelor finally got lucky with Season 17. A bachelor is actually tying the knot with the season’s winner. Jason Mesnick (Season 13) is the only other Bachelor to walk down the aisle, but he did it with the runner up, after dumping Melissa Rycroft on national television. So that doesn’t really count ;)

For awhile there, I didn’t think Sean Lowe or his intended Catherine Giudici were going to make it. With his Dancing With The Stars stint, I feared Lowe would follow the same path as fame-hungry Jake Pavelka. Alas, they’ve beaten The Bachelor odds and fallen love… for real.

The happy couple will tie the knot in a live telecast on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 with Chris Harrison hosting of course. Reportedly, the two-hour telecast will feature popular Bachelor franchise couples. I’m sure original Bachelorette Trista Rehn will be there with her hunky fireman Ryan Sutter. Just in case you forgot how great Sean looks shirtless, refresh your memory below.

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Girls United isn’t letting Simon Cowell’s rejection slow them down. Alex, Candi, and Nichole plan to forge ahead and conquer the music industry on their own. Truth be told, the US edition of The X Factor hasn’t produced one superstar yet. Only minor successes with Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony have been produced thus far. I’m sure Girls United will do fine on their own. Or at the very least won’t do any worse had they placed 6th or 10th in the competition.

Even though their Four Chair Challenge performance wasn’t anything to write home about, I was still rooting for the girls. Mostly because I’ve been a fan of Nichole Cordova (the blonde) for years. She was the only one in Robin Antin’s girl group Girlicious I could stand. Plus, she was the most talented in my book.

According to their press release, they’ve been described as a cross between female super groups the Spice Girls and TLC, whom they consider pioneers of the Girl Power movement in music. How hilarious is it that Antin’s Pussycat Dolls are nowhere to be mentioned. LMFAO.

Hot off their X Factor rejection, the girls recorded a cover of Ariana Grande’s “Pink Champagne” and filmed a music video. It’s actually pretty good, considering I’m assuming the budget was limited at best. Check out the fun clip below. Based on it, Simon should’ve kept them instead of his new manufactured girl group, Sweet Suspense. #justsaying.

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Did you catch Ryan Murphy and company’s tribute to Cory Monteith on Glee last night? I can’t even imagine how difficult it was for the writers, crew and especially actors to film this episode. With emotions still raw, I’m certain plenty of tears were shed during filming.

Did it live up to the hype? Given the delicate nature, producers did a solid job. It was a little uneven and disjointed at parts, but when it was on, they got it right. Without question, Lea Michele’s “Make You Feel My Love” performance was the most heartbreaking. I’m certain those tears were 100 percent authentic.

Other musical standouts include Amber Riley’s “I’ll Stand By You” and Kevin McHale & Chord Overstreet’s duet on “Fire & Rain.” On the complete opposite spectrum, Naya Rivera’s “If I Die Young” disappointed. It sounded too fast, plus her storyline seemed forced. Why Dianna Agron wasn’t invited is beyond insane. Besides Kurt Hummel and Rachel Berry, Quinn had the closest connection to Finn and not Santana. I really hope behind the scenes drama and politics weren’t the reason for Quinn’s omission.

At the end of the episode, FOX aired PSAs filmed by the actors persuading people to help others, who are struggling with addiction. They urged people to call 1-800-662-HELP and find help on a treatment website. Profits from official track sales will go to Monteith’s favorite charity, Project Limelight. Check out all the performances from “The Quarterback” below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts on the episode afterwards.

UPDATE: The tribute episode gave Glee it’s biggest audience in more than a year with 7.4 million tuning in. The episode tied ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy for the lead among adults 18-49 in its hour.
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