Sydney Bucksbaum
Writer Sydney Bucksbaum likes to think her hobby of watching insane amounts of TV isn't an obsession... it's not an obsession, okay, so just drop it! As the resident CW-lover on the staff, she truly believes her Clark Kent/Dean Winchester/Damon Salvatore/Lucas Scott/Oliver Queen/Chuck Bass/Seymour Birkhoff/Wade Kinsella/Vincent Keller/Micah Barnes is out there somewhere, waiting for her, in real life (just go with it). After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, Sydney has made it her mission to campaign for more shirtless scenes for her favorite CW hunks. You're welcome.
  • 'Scandal' Season 2 Finale: One Father of a Reveal
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 17, 2013
    For a show that prides itself on its scandalous content, big twists, and shocking turns, Scandal outdid itself in the Season 2 finale "White Hat's Back On." Even when you think a show can't shock you even more, it throws you for a loop.  In one hour-long episode, Scandal managed to tie up huge mysteries (Billy Chambers is the mole!), answer a whole slew of questions (David Rosen isn't evil!), and yet it raised even more (duh). Rowan, the head of the evil B6-13 branch of the CIA, is Olivia Pope's father? What?! The crazy thing is, no matter how shocking this reveal was, we should have seen this (or something like this) coming. How much do we know about Olivia's past? Hardly anything. Before she started working on Fitzgerald Grant's campaign for president, we know absolutely nothing about her. We've never met any of her friends (outside Olivia Pope and Associates), we never heard a single word spoken about her family... this shouldn't have been a surprise. And yet, the fact that Rowan of all people was revealed to be her father was just insane.  This is a man who ordered not one but two of his assassins to kill Olivia, after ordering one of those assassins (Jake, who turned out to be B6-13!) to sleep with her and get it on tape so he could show it to the President to split them up. No matter what kind of messed up father/daughter history they have, that seems a bit extreme, yeah? I can't wait to see their crazy, messed-up back story in Season 3! While the reveal of Rowan as Olivia's father was huge, that was just the final 10 seconds of the finale. The rest of the hour was bursting with so many twists that I don't think I breathed a single breath once. David Rosen, who we all thought was evil after last week's reveal of him working with Billy Chambers, was actually still a good guy working for justice. He got Billy to admit to all of his crimes while wearing a wire and used the recording to secure himself a new job: US Attorney for DC. He may not be a Gladiator, but the white hat is firmly back on his head... and it turns out it never left!  The Cytron card, the only piece of evidence that could have proved that President Grant won the election illegally, was given to Cyrus in exchange for the President's public approval of David. Cyrus smashed the card into bits, and there is no more worry about the President being impeached now. As for that second election... we'll just have to wait and see. But now that Grant is back with Mellie, he might have a better chance at winning that second term. Speaking of Cyrus, looks like a heart attack can't keep this Chief of Staff down. He was out of the hospital and back to work in no time - but not before a tearful make-up with his husband James. Nothing like a medical emergency to remind you to cherish the ones you love. Meanwhile, Jake saved Olivia's life again by killing the other assassin that was sent to kill her. But since he disobeyed orders, Rowan threw him in the hole that made Huck forget about his family. Will Jake hang on to his feelings for Olivia, or will he forget about her?  Speaking of Huck, his time in the box seems to have shaken him to his core. He couldn't torture Billy Chambers, so baby Huck, aka Quinn, took up the task with an enthusiasm that greatly worried Huck. Looks like the student has become the master... and it's not a good sign for Quinn's mental health. And there's also the little question of who leaked Olivia's name to the press as the mistress the President was sleeping with! Mellie clearly didn't play that card since she got the President back, so was it Cyrus? Rowan? One of the Gladiators? Fall has never seemed so far away. Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum | Follow Hollywood.Com On Twitter @Hollywood_Com More:ABC Renews 'Scandal,' 'Nashville,' and MoreKerry Washington Dishes On Her 'Scandal' Costar's Kissing SkillsKerry Washington On How to Avoid a 'Scandal' Like a Pro  From Our Partners:Zoe Saldana Strips Down For Magazine (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • How Will the Big Death on 'Arrow' Affect Season 2? Producers and Cast Weigh In
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 16, 2013
      There was a lot of death and destruction in the Season 1 finale of Arrow, "Sacrifice," but no one paid a bigger price than Tommy (Colin Donnell). Fans everywhere screamed at their TVs as they watched Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) best friend save Laurel’s life only to get trapped in a collapsing building. Oliver arrived just in time to trade tearful goodbyes as Tommy bled out, and with his final breath, Arrow Season 1 ended.  "It was really tough," Amell tells us of learning Tommy's fate. "When [Donnell] found out, I was the next person to find out. We went for coffee." Sounds like their bromance carries over into real life! Tommy’s demise was the death no one saw coming. "I’m very gratified and happy because it is so hard in today’s Internet world to actually surprise an audience. We managed to surprise a fair chunk of people," executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. "As far as why Tommy, we wanted Oliver to face a crisis in the last episode and basically face defeat and a loss ... [Tommy's death] is the one loss that affects all the characters. It affects Oliver and Laurel, obviously, but it even affects Thea — and it affects Moira because now she’s partially responsible for the death of Oliver’s best friend. Tommy’s death sends a ripple effect throughout the entire cast." Losing Tommy Tommy's death thwarted most fans' hypothesis that Tommy would take up his father’s Dark Archer cause. "The ancillary effect is that everyone expected us to pull a Sam Raimi Spider-man thing where Tommy tries to avenge his father’s death, or because of the love triangle with Oliver and Laurel, so it paid the dividend of surprising people to go this route," Guggenheim says. "But at the end of the day, it’s not about just surprising people, it’s about the creative map. When you make the decision to kill off a character, you don’t undertake that lightly. You want to make sure that killing off a character has a greater creative benefit than keeping the character on the show." What does Tommy’s death mean for Season 2, especially amid all the destruction The Undertaking earthquake caused in The Glades? "We’re back in the writers room on Season 2 already and one of the things that we are very committed to is that Tommy is a specter throughout Season 2," Guggenheim reveals. "His death has had repercussions and will continue to have repercussions, mostly on Oliver and Laurel ... It’s going to drive how Laurel feels about the Arrow, it’s going to drive how Oliver feels about himself as the Arrow, it’s going to drive how Thea has reacted to The Undertaking and the earthquake that her mom was involved with." Amell says of Tommy's death, "Purely from a creative standpoint, if I just view it in a vacuum, it’s really exciting because people were worrying that we’re burning through story because a lot happened this year, but everything is reset ... There are so many new opportunities between me and Susanna [Thompson], between me and Willa [Holland], between me and Laurel. We’re going to need to Oliver Queen in the real world because of everything that happened with the Queen family. It’s not all pancakes and roses  — pancakes and roses, is that even a thing?"  Rest assured, Arrow fans, this might not be the last time we see Tommy Merlyn on the show. "I’ll tell you what I told Colin. I was up on set for Colin’s last scene and his performance was so amazing, so I said to him, ''I'm really glad the show does flashbacks,'" Guggenheim teases. "I wasn’t even saying it to console Colin, I was saying it to console myself ... We’re not limited to flashing back only to Oliver on the island — there’s every possibility that we’ll see Colin Donnell on the show again." What Can We Expect From Season 2?  And as for the other major cliffhangers in the finale, we saw Oliver, Shado, and Slade successfully stop Fyers on the island, so what’s next on the island? "Oh my God, things are just starting on the Island," Amell teases. "We’re going to continue to carry that story line all the way through to where we found Oliver in the pilot, so clearly a lot more has to happen." Now that The Undertaking occurred and The Glades have been destroyed via a man-made earthquake, will we pick up right away after the disaster in Season 2? "I think we’re looking at a time jump," newly promoted series regular Colton Haynes (Roy) reveals. "I think it’s going to be really interesting for the fans because they’re going to want it right where we left off, but they’re going to get so many answers and more right from the beginning. Also, since the devastation of The Glades, I think they’re going to be assembling a little team to help out Starling City, so you can possibly draw your conclusions. You know the DC universe is very big so there might be a lot more characters coming." Emily Bett Rickards, the fan-favorite Felicity, agrees, "I think a time jump would be smart, but also if we started off back in earthquake disaster I think it would work as well. There’s so many directions the show can go and our creative team is so smart and fast. I mean, that’s why the show is so action-packed and doing so well, they can do anything." We’re excited to see what the Arrow team thinks up for Season 2, but in the meantime, we’ll be mourning Tommy by re-watching the entire first season.  Additional reporting by Kelsea Stahler Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Arrow' Finale Scoop: Is Detective Lance Going to Die?'Arrow' Showrunner Teases an Insane Finale Two Episodes'Arrow': Emily Bett Rickards Teases Major 'Olicity' Action  From Our Partners:Zoe Saldana Strips Down For Magazine (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Supernatural' Season Finale Recap: Locked Out of Heaven
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 16, 2013
      And just like that, the angels are no more. Supernatural knows how to throw fans with a twist in the last moments of its season finales, and Wednesday’s Season 8 finale, "Sacrifice," found every single angel being forced out of heaven and falling to earth. Their wings burning off looked like millions of meteors falling toward the ground, but Sam, Dean, and a newly-human Cas knew exactly what was happening. Metatron betrayed everyone, and like I predicted, his three trials weren’t for closing the gates of Heaven for a family time-out but actually to force all angels out of the pearly gates. He took Castiel’s grace, his angel essence, as the third trial, and Cas woke up on earth, as a human, to watch the repercussions of his actions unfold. Sam and Dean, meanwhile, only just aborted their plan to close the gates of hell after Naomi revealed that it would end up killing Sam. Too bad, since they were so close to actually winning for a change! Sam only had to speak the final words of the exorcism and Crowley would have been cured. He was showing signs of humanity too, giving a monologue for the ages as only the king of hell can, revealing all he ever wanted to be was loved. Like Marnie from Girls! Who knew the king of hell loved him some Lena Dunham comedy? But Dean showed up in the nick of time to tell Sam to stop, and in a tearful exchange, proved to Sam that he wants his brother to live. Even though it meant they wouldn’t close the gates of hell, and that others would die as a result, Dean needed his brother. Sam was shocked to learn that after all he had done, Dean really did still love him and forgive him, and with Dean’s help, Sam let it all go. His guilt over making Dean turn into an angel and a vampire over his own brother, his supernatural obligation to complete the trials, everything. His hands stopped glowing, but something else went horribly wrong. Sam fell to the ground in pain, and all Dean could do was cry out for Cas’s help… not knowing that his angel friend was in no position to help now that he’s a human. Dean’s cry for help showed that even though he was still holding a grudge against Cas, he could never truly hate him, and deep down will always count on him. Too bad it was too late. Where this leaves us for Season 9: Cas is a human. The angels have all fallen to earth. Metatron is locked in heaven. Kevin Tran is safe in the Men of Letters bunker (nice detail, having the alerts going crazy with all the heavenly activity). Crowley isn’t cured, but isn’t his full demonic self either. And Sam and Dean are helplessly alone, with Sam in a lot of pain after failing to complete the third trial.   To tide you over until Supernatural returns in the fall, here are the best quotes from "Sacrifice": Dean: You hid the demon tablet underneath the devil? Seriously?Kevin: What, I was delirious! Cas: What was he like?Metatron: God? Pretty much like you’d expect: larger than life, gruff, a bit of a sexist, but fair! Eminently fair! Dean: You show us yours and we’ll show you ours.Crowley: Come on now, Dean. I’m trying to conduct a professional negotiation and you want to talk dangly bits?  Metatron: You’re not the most subtle tool in the shed, are you? Dean: I’m down with sending the angels back to heaven, just ‘cause they’re dicks. Cas: You really think it’s wise to be drinking on the job?Dean: What show have you been watching? [This wins for greatest quote of the season. Hands. Down.] Sam: You want to know what I confessed in there? What my greatest sin was? How many times I let you down. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Supernatural' Recap: Sam and Dean's Trip Down Memory Lane Wasn't Happy'Supernatural' Recap: Could Sam and Dean Really Close the Gates of Hell?'Supernatural' Recap: Charlie Lets Go, Dean Hangs On Tighter From Our Partners:Zoe Saldana Strips Down For Magazine (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Arrow' Season Finale Recap: Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 16, 2013
      THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM THE SEASON FINALE OF ARROW With the city crumbling and going down in flames, the most moral character dying a hero’s death, and Oliver failing in the most important mission of his life, the first season of Arrow ended with a bang… and a heartbreaking whimper. That’s right, while everyone and their mother had a theory on who the big death on the Arrow finale was going to be – from Thea, to Det. Lance, to Laurel, to Moira, to Malcolm – no one predicted that the pure-hearted, noble, all-around good guy Tommy Merlyn would be the one to die in "Sacrifice." And the last line spoken of the season foreshadows a very dark Season 2 ahead: as Oliver watched Tommy take his last breath, he pleaded, with tears streaming down his face, "Open your eyes, Tommy… open your eyes." Alas, Tommy's eye's won't open ever again on Arrow, and we all must come to terms with the fact that Colin Donnell will not be gracing our TV screens each week anymore. Excuse me, I think I have something in my eye... Nope, just tears. Lots and lots of tears. Tommy’s death, the destruction of The Glades, and so many other major events occurred that made the finale feel more like a cinematic full-length feature film instead of just a single episode of television. The epic tone and dark endings for all characters call for a different kind of recap. So instead of my usual Arrow recap, I will focus on what each of the characters sacrificed… because as the name of the finale suggests, everyone made a sacrifice in one way or another. Some even had deadly consequences. TommyTommy made the ultimate sacrifice: his life. He knew that Laurel would not have left CNRI even after being warned about the upcoming earthquake, so he rushed into the crumbling building to free her from the rubble, while confessing his love for her despite the fact that she was back together with Oliver. She made it safely out, but Tommy got caught as the building collapsed. Oliver made it in time to have one final conversation with him before he bled out thanks to the giant piece of metal sticking through his chest. Det. LanceDet. Lance sacrificed his job to alert the police about The Undertaking, revealing that he has been in contact with the vigilante for months. He even told his boss that he helped/was helped by the vigilante in numerous cases, accidentally revealing he hasn’t been working as hard as he could to bring the vigilante in. He knows it’s worth it to reveal all this to his colleagues if it means saving all the people in The Glades. But all he got was a suspension from his job. Lance also sacrificed his own personal safety – and his personal feelings and opinions by working with Felicity and the vigilante – by venturing down into the subway tracks to dismantle the Markov device. If only Malcolm hadn’t been so devious as to have a second device programmed too, then Det. Lance would have successfully saved Starling City. MoiraMoira sacrificed her freedom and her children’s respect by holding a press conference to reveal to all of Starling City what Malcolm was planning and that she was complicit in The Undertaking to save her family. Thea couldn’t even look at her after her confession, since her mother just admitted to attempting to kill her boyfriend who lives in The Glades. OliverOliver sacrificed his mother’s ignorant bliss by revealing to her that Robert actually survived the Queen’s Gambit shipwreck, only to take his own life via bullet to the head days later in the life raft so Oliver would have enough food to survive, make it home, and right all his wrongs. It was this confession that propelled Moira to realize that she couldn’t let Robert’s death be in vain, so she held the press conference to try and give everyone in The Glades advance warning to evacuate. Oliver also sacrificed his friendship with Tommy to tell him the horrible truth about Malcolm’s plans, in order to open his eyes and try to get him back on the good side. When Tommy was dying, though, Oliver spared him the truth that he killed Malcolm so he could die a little happier. Oliver also maybe, probably sacrificed his relationship with Laurel, since he warned her about staying out of The Glades before Moira held her press conference. She’s going to wonder how he knew something was going down in the first place, and something tells me he won’t want to let her in on the Arrow secret. That means more lies, and not a happy ending for Laurel/Oliver. Also, he sacrificed his own health and well being by stabbing Malcolm through his own chest with an arrow! Talk about an archer shish kabob! MalcolmMalcolm sacrificed his son’s innocence by playing Tommy the voicemail his mother left as she was dying. While Malcolm hoped that would convince Tommy that The Undertaking was the right thing to do, it backfired and Tommy ended up pulling a gun on Malcolm. Malcolm just knocked Tommy out, but he lost his son’s respect. RoyRoy sacrificed his own safety to help those who needed it in The Glades. Taking out muggers, saving people trapped in a bus… turns out, he didn’t need to meet the vigilante face to face in order to become a better person. He had it in him all along! TheaThea sacrificed her own safety to find Roy and make sure he was safe during The Undertaking. She even took out his would-be shooter with a broken bottle over the head! Go Speedy! The best quotes from "Sacrifice":  Diggle: I take back every joke I made about you sticking a tracking device in your boot. Det. Lance: Please, take a seat.Felicity: You know, I think I’ll stand… [Lance slams the door, Felicity promptly sits]Det. Lance: You’re not exactly a hardened criminal, are you?Felicity: No, I’m not any kind of criminal.Det. Lance: Well, then what do you call computer hacking?Felicity: A hobby? That I do not engage in. Tommy, to Oliver: I wish you would have died on that island. Tommy, to Malcolm: He said you wanted to nuke The Glades or something. It’s funny, scotch doesn’t make it sound any more believable. Maybe after your jihad we could grab some steaks! Oliver: I’m out of bows.Diggle: I’ve got my gun.  Slade: I should have figured you couldn’t save the day without making a mess.  Thea: I went to your house!Roy: Yeah, I figured I would run for my life along with everyone else. Malcolm: If I learned anything as a successful businessman, it’s redundancy. Oliver: It should have been me! Open your eyes, Tommy. Open your eyes. And there you have it, folks! Season 1 of Arrow is officially done. See you in the fall! Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Arrow' Recap: The Truth Led to Make-Ups, Break-Ups, and Showdowns'Arrow' Recap: The Undertaking Has Begun!'Arrow' Recap: Oliver Makes a Mistake and Diggle Pays the Price From Our Partners:Zoe Saldana Strips Down For Magazine (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Office': 10 Best (And 5 Worst) Episodes
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 15, 2013
    As The Office's series finale approaches (the hour-long episode plus retrospective airs Thursday from 8-10 PM ET/PT on NBC), we've been trying to prepare for the inevitable waterworks the final episode will bring. In order to gear up for the farewell event, we decided to look back on the past nine seasons and choose the best and worst episodes of the series. It shouldn't be a surprise that most of the best episodes made the list because of the Jim and Pam romantic moments... Click here to view 'The Office': 10 Best (and 5 Worst) Episodes Gallery   Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'The Office' Series Finale: Retrospective, Guest Stars, and MoreSteve Carrell Is Returning for the Series Finale of 'The Office' 'The Office' Wraps Shooting: Cast Shares Finale Secrets  From Our Partners:Zoe Saldana Strips Down For Magazine (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Arrow' Finale Scoop: Is Detective Lance Going to Die?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 15, 2013
      While last week’s Arrow could have worked as an incredible season finale, it was actually just the incredible penultimate episode. But don't worry, because Wednesday’s epic Season 1 finale, titled "Sacrifice," ups the ante and executive producer Marc Guggenheim warns fans that no one is safe. Now that Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) has the Markov device – and killed anyone who could possibly blow the whistle on his plans to level The Glades and blame it on an earthquake – will he succeed in beginning The Undertaking? "Malcolm has everything he needs now. He definitely is ready to start The Undertaking," Guggenheim tells "He may not have all the people that he wants on his side, but he has all the resources that he needs. And the people on his side… well, that math will certainly change by the end of the finale." Does that mean his son Tommy (Colin Donnell) will finally and officially join the dark side? It would certainly not be that far-fetched, after he just watched his ex-best friend Oliver (Stephen Amell) getting hot and heavy with his ex-girlfriend Laurel (Katie Cassidy) through the window of her apartment. One character we’re extremely worried for is everyone’s favorite IT girl, Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). At the end of last week’s episode, "Darkness on the Edge of Town," Det. Lance (Paul Blackthorne) zeroed in on her in his investigation of the Dark Archer and the vigilante. "We will totally understand because of the events in Episode 22 why Lance is investing in Felicity in 23. The repercussions are pretty huge," Guggenheim reveals. "The theme of the finale is sacrifice, and the Felicity/Lance interaction leads Lance to make a rather large sacrifice." It sounds like we should be less worried for Felicity and more worried for Det. Lance! But he isn’t the only one making a sacrifice in the finale. "All the characters in the episode each either give up something or are forced to confront giving up something," Guggenheim teases. "I think that’s true for just about every character in the show. But the one that Lance makes is pretty significant." Could Lance be the big death we’ve been warned about? We’ll have to wait until the final minutes of the finale to be sure.  One story line that won’t be revisited in "Sacrifice," however, is Diggle’s (David Ramsey) hunt for Floyd Lawtin, better known as Deadshot. "Unfortunately, that got put on the back burner. It was something we talked about resolving in the end of the season and the truth is we just had so much other story to tell," Guggenheim explains. "We decided that rather than try and burn through it and short change it, we put it on the back burner and we’re bringing it back in Season 2. We actually have a really cool storyline involving Dig and Deadshot which offers a lot of twists and turns, and it will actually fit in better with the themes that we’re playing with in Season 2 than it would have if we had tried to wedge it in to Season 1." As if we didn’t have enough to look forward to in Arrow Season 2 already! The Arrow Season 1 finale  airs Wednesday at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Arrow' Showrunner Teases 'Insane' Final Two Episodes'Arrow': Emily Bett Rickards Talks Major 'Olicity' Action'Arrow' Season Finale First Look: Stephen Amell Reveals Oliver's Secret Gets Out!  From Our Partners:Zoe Saldana Strips Down For Magazine (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'DWTS' Week 9: Louis van Amstel Thinks 'It Will Be a Shocker' If Ingo Survives
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 14, 2013
      Tonight is the last elimination before Dancing With the Stars Season 16’s finals, and pro dancer Louis van Amstel has a good idea of who the final four couples will be: Zendaya, Kellie Pickler, Jacoby Jones, and Aly Raisman. After last week’s elimination of Sean Lowe, van Amstel believes Ingo Rademacher’s time is up. "I thought it was either going to be Ingo or Sean eliminated last week, and it was very clear that the judges wanted Sean to go home so he got unfairly scored," van Amstel tells "It was obvious that the judges wanted everyone else to stay. Ingo did an okay job and the right one got the boot first." But now that Lowe is gone, and after last night’s round of dancing, van Amstel is confident Ingo will be eliminated on Tuesday’s results show. "It’s going to be hard for Ingo because it’s already absolutely clear that Zendaya and Kellie are in the finals, and there are only two spots left," van Amstel says. “Jacoby, the entire season, has been so committed and Aly has been gaining momentum later in the season and she’s got a huge fan base. But who knows, because Ingo has a big fan base too so there could be a shocker if he stays for the finals." Tune in to Dancing With the Stars on Mondays at 8 PM ET/PT, and Tuesdays at 9 PM ET/PT on ABC. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'DWTS' Week 7: Louis van Amstel Predicts Week 8's Elimination 'DWTS' Week 6: Why Louis van Amstel 'Isn't Worried' for Andy Dick 'DWTS' Week 5: Aly Raisman 'Surprised' Louis van Amstel'DWTS' Week 4: Louis van Amstel Thinks Victor Ortiz 'Redeemed Himself' 'DWTS' Week 3: Louis van Amstel is 'Worried for D.L.' Hughley'DWTS' Week 2: Louis van Amstel Weighs In on the Best (And Worst) Pairs From Our Partners:Zoe Saldana Strips Down For Magazine (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • NBC (Finally) Cancels 'Smash'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 10, 2013
      In a move that surprised literally no one, NBC finally pulled the plug on struggling musical drama Smash. After two seasons of constant shake-ups, problematic plotlines, and lackluster ratings, the network canceled the Broadway-based series starring Katherine McPhee on Friday afternoon. After Smash's move to Saturday nights mid-season this year, the cancelation was sad yet expected. The two-hour season - now series - finale airs on a special night, Sunday May 26. Let's hope the series doesn't end on a cliffhanger! Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:NBC Cancels 'The New Normal,' Picks Up 3 New SeriesNBC Cancels Matthew Perry's 'Go On'NBC Renews 'Community' For Season 5  From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Ansel Elgort Starring in 'The Fault In Our Stars' Opposite 'Divergent' Costar Shailene Woodley
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 10, 2013
      The debates can finally end: Ansel Elgort has just landed the lead in the hotly-anticipated adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, directed by Josh Boone. He will star opposite YA queen and Divergent costar Shailene Woodley. "Ansel is whip-smart and uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters," Green tells EW. "I am by nature a cautious pessimist, but I’ll just say it: Now that we have Shailene and Ansel, I am completely, unreservedly psyched about this movie." Elgort's Augustus Waters is a videogame-loving ex-basketball player who lost his leg to osteosarcoma, and a complete dreamboat. Woodley plays Hazel, a teenage cancer patient who meets fellow sufferer Augustus in a cancer support group. "Elgort is the epitome of the boy John Green brought to life so vividly in his novel and he truly embodies the character traits we admire so much about Gus," Boone says. "His humor, sensitivity, honesty and confidence floored us. Watching him with Shailene was like seeing the film for the first time. Hearing then say okay to each other was incredibly moving. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have found our Gus." Playing Woodley's on-screen love interest will be quite the change from their current on-screen relationship: Elgort is currently playing Caleb Prior, Woodley's brother on Divergent (adapted from the Veronica Roth bestselling series).  "We were all swept away by the humor, charm, and aching vulnerability Ansel brought to his portrayal of Gus," The Fault In Our Stars producer Wyck Godfrey says. "His performance completely annihilated our concerns about his playing Caleb in Divergent with Shailene, and we are confident that the fans of Fault will fall in love with him the same way that Hazel does – slowly, and then all at once." Divergent is currently in production, while The Fault In Our Stars begins production in August. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:Shailene Woodley, Queen of YA, Gets Lead in 'The Fault In Our Stars''The Fault In Our Stars': Who Will Play Augustus?'The Fault In Our Stars' Gets a Director  From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • NBC Cancels 'The New Normal,' Picks Up 3 New Series
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 10, 2013
      NBC continued its crusade against its half-hour comedies on Friday afternoon when it canceled Ryan Murphy’s rookie series The New Normal. Of all current NBC comedies, only two – Parks and Recreation and Community – earned a renewal for next season.  NBC also picked up three new series: Blacklist, The Night Shift, and Welcome to the Family. Starring James Spader, Blacklist is about the world's most wanted criminal who mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection. The Night Shift is an ensemble medical show following Army doctors working the late shift at a San Antonio Hospital. Welcome to the Family focuses on when cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love, followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:NBC Renews 'Community' for Season 5NBC Cancels 'Go On'NBC Picks Up Blair Underwood's 'Ironside' and More  From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)