Did Dallas Not Dupe Us Enough? Is McKayla Made for Teen TV? Did Owen Drop Dead? And More Qs!

Jake DaltonWe’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Breaking Bad, The Closer, Dallas and Rookie Blue! But first, the Olympics!

1 | Do you think the overly enthusiastic commentators – “This is state of the art!” – are jinxing the Olympic athletes?

2 | Is Jake Dalton the hottest male gymnast in U.S. Olympic history? (Hey, we’re allowed the occasional rhetorical Q.)

3 | Watching Usain Bolt’s post-victory push-ups, did it strike you that he’d be the best possible candidate for the “Athlete” slot on Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars?

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4 | Did you catch — and love — American sprinter Allyson Felix’s shout-out to ABC’s Scandal during a post-race interview?McKayla Maroney

5 | How has McKayla Maroney not yet been offered a guest spot on some ABC Family or CW series? Come on, the face says it all…

6 | Is there any way to erase from our memories the horror of Ryan Seacrest’s social-media updates, before American Idol returns in January?

That concludes the Olympics portion of this week’s column. Now back to our regular programming…

7 | Did you wish for more (or any!) Jesse Plemons in the latest Breaking Bad, especially after the Friday Night Lights alum made such a fleeting debut last week? And while we appreciate Skyler’s practical/ethical concerns (and Anna Gunn’s performance), will Walt’s wife be a wet blanket for all of this final season?

8 | How nice was it see Political Animals creator Greg Berlanti show off his Dawson’s Creek roots by casting David Monahan – Jack’s first boyfriend on the Creek – as T.J.’s married, Republican lover? Speaking of the troubled Barrish boy, what was more tragic — T.J.’s own OD, or that he lured poor Gunner off the wagon? (Seeing even fictional addictions reignited always puts a pit in our stomach.) And as adorbs as Doug’s fiancée is, how sad was it that she fell for the oldest trick in our the book, unwittingly revealing big scoop by tripping on a surreptitiously posed question?

9 | Do you vote for The Newsroom‘s Will to have a few bites of his “special” baked goods before every show? It certainly seemed to make him much more fun to be around.

10 | Drop Dead Diva theory: Is Owen actually dead? Wasn’t it odd how no one aside from Jane talked to him or acknowledged his presence at the firm?

11 | Did The Closer‘s Corey Reynolds impress you with his performance within what was admittedly an over-the-top storyline, as Gabriel’s girlfriend confessed to being “planted” in his life? Now onto a new mystery: Why did murder suspect Scott Michael Foster’s grandma gift him — recently, mind you — with an extremely dated iPod model? (Maybe it was to explain why he had no incriminating photos on it…?)

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12 | Did you catch Ginny’s sly defense of the rapid-fire Bunheads (and Gilmore Girls) dialogue — “It’s funnier when it’s faster” — cloaked in a throwaway comment about old-time movie banter? And how is that the things we like about this show are also the things we dislike?

13 | Wouldn’t it be a little weird if Blake won Season 2 of The Glee Project, making him the third male champ in two seasons? In such a scenario, Oxygen might as well add a subtitle: “The Search for the Next Darren Criss-style Breakout Heartthrob.”

14 | If Dallas really wanted to hornswoggle us with Rebecca’s true identity, why didn’t they name Tommy’s sister Gladys, Ethel or something? Also, wouldn’t you have liked to see the TNT drama pull the rug out from us a bit more, with another juicy twist that fewer people saw coming? Meanwhile, that dramatic shot panning away from the new Ewing offices at the close of the finale — was that CGI? Helicopter? Camera pigeon? Whatever the case, well done.

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15 | Do you find NBC’s Go On to be more like Community — could Matthew Perry’s snarky radio jock be more like Jeff Winger? — or Perry’s ABC sitcom Mr. Sunshine?

16 | Burn Notice fans, was Fiona’s “Boston bad girl” outfit the most hideous, unflattering thing you have ever seen, ever?

17 | Having seen The X Factor‘s Season 2 key art, we must ask this important question: Shouldn’t Demi Lovato go back to being a brunette before the live shows begin?

18 | Is Sadie’s unseen Uncle Dan on Awkward the new Tino? (If you got that reference, brownie points for you!) And can we have next week’s episode now?!

19 | Um, didn’t Project Runway‘s Top 3 contestants this week basically make the same grey or black dress?

20 | Who would have thought Rookie Blue‘s running phone gag would become so important? That was one well-planted seed.

21 | And these three aren’t part of The CW’s 90210 because…?

Hit the comments with your answers — and any other questions you care to throw out there!

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86 Comments
  1. Maggie says:

    2. LOVE Jake Dalton, but Sam Mikulak is pretty gorgeous as well!

    21. Oh my gosh, last night’s Rookie Blue gutted me (no pun intended, RIP Jerry!) I always got a giggle out of the phone gag, but well done to the RB team for how they used it last night, so something Jerry would do. Andy & Traci just sitting on the couch at the hospital, holding hands with tear-stained cheeks, ah so sad :(

  2. Elyse says:

    Tino from my so called life. I need it to be Thursday again so I can see Jakes reaction! he’s too nice to have his heart stomped all over :(

  3. Lauren says:

    #16 = EXACTLY what I was thinking while I was watching.

  4. Alex says:

    Pretty Little Liars – Spencer didn’t get an acceptance email. The email notified her that UPenn had received her application.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      You would be correct; we mistook her ebullience for something else. Edited! — Management

      • 8daymeg says:

        Even more unbelievable than an acceptance letter would be is the mere idea that Spencer Hastings would forget to turn in her early admissions application. I don’t care how many times this week she and her loved ones got murdered by a pair of black gloves, it just wouldn’t happen. And even if it did, A would be the least of her worries because Mr. Hastings would have already murdered her with a field hockey stick and buried all the evidence in the backyard.

  5. Lauren says:

    #16 = EXACTLY what I was thinking while I was watching. Mr. Sunshine + Community (although that’s being a bit generous) = Go On

    • megalion says:

      Ugh I just want Mr Sunshine back. Was the only sitcom that I’ve watched via broadcast regularly in years. I love a lot of others (ie BBT) but watch on DVD.

      Go On does look promising but ….. I want Mr Sunshine back!!!

      :p oh well

  6. colormelauren says:

    #13 – except that Blake’s the most talented one….if anyone else wins it’d clearly be pandering. Aileen is good too. But Blake blows them all out of the water. He’s on a different level and has actual chops.

    • Tricia says:

      Agreed. I’d like to see a female win, and my guess is Aileen will, but Blake is the most deserving contestant. They really blew it last year; should’ve saved the multiple winners idea for better talent.

    • dude says:

      But this isn’t a competition for the best performer. It’s for the performer that most fits the upcoming season they have planned. If another performer better fits the show they have planned, I would hope they’d be chosen over Blake just cause he’s good.

    • kavyn says:

      I disagree. He’s the most consistent, not the most talented. His voice is very dull and drone-like. He’s definitely the best actor of the bunch though, but as a singer he does not appeal to me at all. He couldn’t harmonize and personally I didn’t enjoy any of this Last Chance performances aside from the one he did with Nellie.

  7. Go On wasn’t like Community, it WAS Community.

  8. Ann says:

    According to an interview on Lifetime with the actor who plays Owen, he is alive. He just acted really stupidly.

  9. Meh says:

    #2 He’s alright, but he’s no Blaine Wilson.

  10. Lorie says:

    #5: for some reason, I can see McKayla on ‘Bunheads’ as Sasha’s nemesis.

    • Ace says:

      Ha! That’s a great idea! Sasha, in her new role as cheerleader, finds herself playing second fiddle to team captain McKayla. Love it!

    • dude says:

      That ungrateful brat definitely does not deserve a television deal for being a bad sport.

      • Nicole says:

        She has said in interviews that she wasn’t ungrateful for the medal, she was just disappointed in herself for her performance.

  11. Martin says:

    Yes on Jake Dalton, Was sort of hoping for a Pam reveal at the end of the season finale.

    Also, me thinks Spencers email was from A or it was never sent in or something like that, can see that coming in to play later on.

  12. Jrs says:

    Enough with the Olympics crap already!!! Please let it all end soon!

  13. Catherine says:

    Since we already know that the USA Women’s Gymnasts loves TVD and TVD loves them back (http://youtu.be/nHbEc6sfAOU), I think Julie Plec needs to have the whole team in an episode this season. Maybe just have them in the background of a scene, sitting at a table in the Grill!

  14. LizA180 says:

    I just got into Awkward. Hilarious and a very ADULT show. Is this aimed at teens because its so much about sex in high school. Maybe I’m just old, but jeez…I had no idea what was going on in high school like those kids, do.

  15. AW says:

    Wet blanket??!?! I thought Skyler was RIVETING in this week’s Breaking Bad – her story is the one I’m most compelled by, she’s the one I’m rooting for the most. And this week’s episode lit a fire under what has been an admittedly slow-burning season so far.

    She’s living in constant fear and terrorized by a despicable man who she hates. “Wet blanket”, pfft.

    • Kat says:

      Agree 100%. How anyone can justify Walt’s behavior or still be on his side at this point baffles me. Skyler is acting like all wives who love their children would in that situation.

  16. Kim R says:

    11. Fantastic performance by Corey Reynolds. I, for one, am glad how they wrote that storyline.
    20. The ongoing phone saga reminded me of what NCIS does…drops little pieces along the way that come into play later on. The final scenes were heart wrenching. Love the show. :)

  17. Velvet says:

    McKayla Maroney is a very pretty girl.

    • CA says:

      It’s just too bad that she had such a sour attitude for getting the silver. She is the one who fell which lead to her not getting the gold.

      • megalion says:

        Sour attitude!? I saw disappointment.

        If anyone deserves the sour attitude award, is Russian Komova. For all that the commentators kept harping that Mustafina was a real diva, it was Komova who had all the diva attitudes. I did see Mustafina brush off her coach’s attempt to console after a bad performance. But she did not SHOVE him like the commentators commented. If anything, she was not the only one to wave off coaches because they weren’t ready to be consoled.

        Komova on the other hand cried endlessly when she (and the team) got ousted out of gold position. Hey, performance is performance. We always hear that gymnastics is a mental game. I wonder if her lack of self control was responsible for her performance issues.

        Jordan on the other hand, rightfully earned her spot in the all around but lost it because of a rule that doesn’t even make sense. Countries are limited to five gymnasts now and all around takes 24. If a country happens to have several really good all around contenders, so what? They can’t d

  18. Velvet says:

    Jake Dalton is the most handsome USA gymnast and kinda on the pretty side. No further comment.

  19. Velvet says:

    DDDiva: Initially, I thought something looked wrong when Owen showed up at Jane’s office. He was emotionless. I thought it was very possible he was a ghost. In the end, he accepted her proposal and I believe he even put the ring back on her finger. Now, I’m confused.

    • Velvet says:

      Even though Owen and Jane seem happy together, I wish he would go away. The show always evolved around Jane/Deb and Grayson. Without that the show has a big, empty hole feeling.

  20. TJ says:

    Speaking of Fiona–has anyone noticed that her eyebrows have been funky since she’s been in prison? She needs to trim and shape them up already!

    • Sarah says:

      HAHAHA! THANK YOU! I went back over previous episodes and compared them and she went in with normal eyebrows (botox included in this statement as normal, but at least her hair color and thin) then the next episode she had a noticeable change. Her eyebrows went from curved to almost straight ( byproduct of botox) they were thicker and about 3 shades darker. Her forehead moved significantly less as well. So for all of her hard time in prison, Fiona came out with a lot of expensive work done on her face.
      Trimming and shaping won’t help much because it is almost like the new shape is covering the fact that her forehead doesn’t emote anymore.

  21. That looks like the 160 gb iPod classic that’s out right now. Just because it doesn’t have a touch screen doesn’t mean it’s outdated :)

  22. Carm says:

    Fiona’s outfit on Burn Notice is very ugly. But like almost anything else she wears, it is not unflattering.

    • Castle Lover says:

      Exactly what I thought while watching the episode. The outfit was, indeed, hideous, but she still looked pretty hot.

  23. Gaby says:

    Wow, TVLINE. You guys are usually my favorite TV bloggers/critics, but that Skyler White “wet blanket” quote was the worst and you guys should feel bad. Yeah, because rooting for a meth making psych is the way to go…. um.

  24. MEL31602 says:

    10) My father and I thought the exact same thing during the entire episode.

  25. wrstlgirl says:

    I can’t believe they killed Jerry. Srsly messed up. Such a great character on an awesome show. He will be missed.

    • Jessie says:

      I am devastated. Naom Jenkins is fantastic and I wish hey had chosen to keep his character around. This week had me in tears.

  26. CJ says:

    7) Haven’t we all learned not to rush Breaking Bad?? I would not underestimate Jesse Plemons’ importance this season, and I am content to wait around until his moment comes.

    16) I cannot stand Fiona, not matter how beautiful or hideous her outfit.

  27. nick1372 says:

    6. oh, I hate those segments.

    9. That was funny, but once was enough.

    15. I liked Go On, but I didn’t see much resemblance to Community.

  28. Bob Loblaw says:

    McKayla Maroney is not impressed.

  29. Jared says:

    Jake Dalton is gorgeous and would watch him or Mckayla on ANY TV show..

    AWKWARD is so great!..the wedding was hilarious and can’t wait for the conclusion next week..poor Jake :(

  30. jonne says:

    WOW…Skyler a “wet blanket”? Are we watching the same show?

  31. “Wasn’t it odd how no one aside from Jane talked to him or acknowledged his presence at the firm?”
    It was! I was wondering abou that, too, bude he always touched something, so…

  32. Emily says:

    No on Jake Dalton. His eyes… they just make me think of Lance Bass, and I can’t get past that :(

  33. nitemar says:

    10- Yes, Owen is RIP. Luke should warn Jane, you would think?

  34. cjeffery7 says:

    2. jake dalton??? NO. SAM MIKULIK is where the hotness is at.
    4. YES!
    5. Mckaylaisnotimpresseddottumblrdotcom

  35. flutiefan says:

    Jake Dalton and Sam Mikulak are both yummy.

  36. Peggy says:

    I don’t understand why “Go On” is being compared to “Community”. That never once crossed my mind. However I did think it was like “Dear John” but then again the TV audience the networks care about are two young to remember that show. I look forward to “Go On”, nice to see Matthew Perry do well again.

  37. Kat says:

    Wow…Skyler, a “wet blanket”? Does “Team TVLine” hate women or something?

  38. Dan says:

    I posted a rather long comment telling you (tvline) why Skyler White is the best thing about Breaking Bad and that you should feel ashamed for calling her a “Wet Blanket” but it didn’t appear on the comments page.. censorship? really?

  39. Eli says:

    12. The only thing I dislike about the show is too much Emily Gilmore. Do I think Kelly Bishop is funny, yes, but only with moderation. Having to watch her for most of the episodes just gets tiresome. Give us more bunheads and less old people complaining about stuff!

  40. Abby says:

    Jake is hot but I thought Danell Leyva was the hottest. :-)

    • Ty says:

      he is the hottest, but alot of people go for white first, their loss.

      • megalion says:

        It’s funny that you are implying racism in other people, you’re the one making this a racial issue here. You’ve no way to know what governs a person’s preference. Don’t presume that you do.

        • Ty says:

          there is nothing racist about peoples attractions and what they prefer, but many people do have a preference for lighter skin, that’s a fact.

  41. Ryan says:

    Um… That model isn’t dated if you have a ginormous music selection like I do where it won’t fit on an iPod touch so you buy the iPod classic!

  42. Brock says:

    #21. Yes, please. Sigh.

  43. megalion says:

    Re #1, YES, most notably the commentators leading up to McKayla’s vault in the event final. I was listening to them and thinking that they’re speaking as though she’s already won. And shut the hell up before you jinx her. And she was jinxed!

    Re #2, American boys were hot but the hottest was Marcel Nguyen of Germany.

  44. Stephone says:

    Are we just forgetting Danell Lyeva?! I think he’s the most gorgeous gymnast we have. That Sam guy looks weird and the other has gorgeous eyes but aside from that he’s pretty generic.

  45. DeeKayTee says:

    YES!!!! About Owen on DDD, I was thinking the exact same thing! But I assumed they would have revealed at the episodes end if that were the case but maybe they are saving it for the season finale…..

  46. Deena says:

    #2–OK, I’m seriously dating myself here but Mitch Gaylord. He was so hot they gave him his own movie about gymnastics! I think I need to find myself a copy of American Anthem :)

  47. crystal says:

    Breaking bad is the best show on tv!! It always starts off slow but then before u know it, everything takes off

  48. crystal says:

    And I heard it starts to take off in tonight’s ep!!