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.
  • NBC Cancels 'Deception'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 08, 2013
    In a move that surprised no one, NBC has officially canceled Deception, Deadline reports.  The revenge-centered drama lasted one season, but never cultivated ratings high enough to make it a sure-fire renewal. Starring Meagan Good, the soapy series centered around the high-profile murder of Vivian Bowers and her childhood best friend Detective Joanna Locasto (Good) who goes undercover in the Bowers’ household to find out the truth behind her death and cover-up. The season/series finale revealed that (SPOILER ALERT for the .000001 percent of you that care) Vivian’s father Robert (Victor Garber) was behind her murder, though many other cliffhangers were left open-ended. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Deception' and the Reason We Need One Season Programs From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Seth MacFarlane Heads to 'The Simpsons' Season Finale
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 08, 2013
    Guess there isn’t a South Park-style rivalry between Family Guy and The Simpsons after all. Seth MacFarlane, creator, executive producer and voice actor of Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, will lend his voice to his network-mates The Simpsons for the show's season finale. MacFarlane voices a charming married man whom Marge (Julie Kavner) inadvertently meets on a swingers’ website and – obviously – shenanigans ensue. Mistaking a swinging Ashley Madison-type website for a Dolly Madison-type cupcake site, Ben (MacFarlane) pursues Marge after they learn they share a love for a Downton Abbey-type TV series, Upton Rectory. Also in the season finale, Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Moe (Hank Azaria), Lenny (Harry Shearer) and Carl (Azaria) win $200,000 in the Springfield Lottery, but when Carl takes off to Iceland – his homeland – with all the winnings, the guys embark on a Nordic adventure to get the cash back. The hourlong season finale airs Sunday, May 19 at 8 PM ET/PT on FOX. More:'The Simpsons' Borrowed a Lot From Creator's Real Life'Simpsons' Scribe Don Payne Passes AwayThe Best 'Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror Segments Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Arrow' Showrunner Teases 'Insane' Final Two Episodes, Oliver/Laurel Resolution and 'Olicity' Chemistry
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 08, 2013
      All the pieces are in place for an explosive final two episodes of Arrow. Oliver (Stephen Amell) knows his mother Moira (Susanna Thompson) is up to something nefarious with Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Laurel (Katie Cassidy) knows that Oliver still loves her after Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) dumped her and told her the truth, and Thea (Willa Holland) agreed to help Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) find the vigilante. Plus, The Undertaking is finally upon us!  Executive producer Marc Guggenheim knows that he and the rest of the Arrow showrunners have a lot of balls up in the air when the penultimate episode, "Darkness On the Edge of Town," airs on Wednesday night, and he couldn’t be more excited for fans to watch them fall. "It’s insane. The story line I’m most excited for fans to see play out is the resolution of the Oliver/Laurel/Tommy love triangle," Guggenheim tells "I think that’s the character story line that gets the most exciting in the final two episodes." Now that Laurel knows that Oliver still loves her, expect the drama to heat up again between the exes. "I think that she had always thought that Oliver had moved on. That whether he loved her or not, once you sleep with someone’s sister, you’re not getting back together anytime soon or ever," Guggenheim says. "She thought, at the very least, that whether Oliver had feelings for her or not it was very much a moot point. Obviously she was shocked to discover in 21 that it is very much not a moot point. That’s the quandary she finds herself in at the top of 22." Will Laurel choose get back together with Oliver now that she knows the truth? "Well, the world as she understood it has changed. It’s been upended," Guggenheim explains. "She never thought that Oliver would try to get back together with her or acknowledge feelings that would open that door. It’s a development that she certainly didn’t expect and thus is trying to wrap her brain around it when 22 begins." While Laurel struggles with her romantic relationships, Oliver will have his hands full with his familial relationships… specifically, with his mother Moira. "He hasn’t even learned the complete truth about her yet. He’s learned that she’s been lying, that she’s been working with Malcolm Merlyn, but he doesn’t know that they plan to destroy the city," Guggenheim reveals. "And he doesn’t know the connection that his father had to this whole Undertaking. So there’s still a lot of bombs left to explode, and we’re actually going to blow them all up in Episode 22." One of those bombs is the result of Thea and Roy’s search for the vigilante. "22 features the first time that Oliver and Roy meet, and it’s a fun moment," Guggenheim reveals. "It’s a big moment in the life of our series and it will have pretty big repercussions for the Roy/Thea relationship." Another shocking, upcoming moment has already been teased thanks to some spoiler-filled finale photos The CW released. We already know Malcolm will somehow capture the vigilante, tie him up and de-hood him. But how will Oliver get into that situation? "It’s certainly a spoiler for sure. I don’t want to spoil it even further by saying how he specifically got there but there will be no doubt by the end of Episode 22 how he got there," Guggenheim teases. "There are so many spoiler-worthy moments in these last two episodes that we decided that we could afford to spin one. And even with that spoiler out there, there’s still plenty in the last two hours of the show to be shocked by." That’s quite the understatement, and according to Guggenheim, fans of Oliver/Felicity relationship should definitely not miss Wednesday’s episode – as if any Arrow fan would ever miss an episode! "Episode 22 features a moment between the two of them where I think it will only pour gasoline on the fire because the chemistry between them is so palpable," Guggenheim reveals. "I think 22 will increase the number of people shipping Oliver and Felicity." Guggenheim himself has been feeding the flames of "Olicity" shippers in the past month since he has been tweeting out lines of dialogue between Felicity and Oliver that could only be described as incredibly flirtatious and teasing. "I love doing it. When I did the very first one it was this lark, and then it started this mini Twitter fire storm," Guggenheim says. "What I really love, and quite frankly am appreciative of, is the fact that everyone is in on the game. They know it’s a tease, they know that we all share a love of Felicity, and I love the fact that people are shipping Oliver and Felicity and coining the term 'Olicity.' It makes me really happy." Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW. 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  • 'Hart of Dixie' Season Finale Cliffhanger: Who Did Zoe Choose?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 08, 2013
    Going into the Season 2 finale of Hart of Dixie on Tuesday night, there were a few things I was expecting: Zoe (Rachel Bilson) would inevitably regret her drunken one night stand with Wade (Wilson Bethel) that occurred at the end of last week's episode, but ultimately would look for a deeper meaning in their tryst and question her feelings for him and his feelings for her again. Or Zoe would also try to get together with her supposed soulmate George (Scott Porter), now that they were both single at the same time. And amid all of her emotional struggles, she would wrestle with the decision to go back to New York and accept a job at her old hospital, thus saying goodbye to Bluebell for good. However, none of these things happened. Well, to be fair, they each happened but in ways I was not expecting. And that is what made "On the Road Again" the perfect season finale for a show like HOD. Let me explain... First of all, Zoe didn't actually end up choosing between #Zade and #Zeorge, as the Bluebell public named the couples. In the end, she chose herself. She decided to move back to NYC for the summer and take up the job at her old hospital, give herself some space to figure out how she truly felt about Wade (after he confessed his love for her and promised he was ready for a real relationship now), and do what she loves in the city she loves. The distance would help her see things more clearly. As she told Wade, it was only three months.  The hopeful look on Wade's face when Zoe told him she'd be back in three months spoke volumes on how he feels, but the appearance of Jonah (Travis van Winkle) at the wedding Zoe was attending in NYC means the doctor probably won't be pining for Wade alone. So, what about George? After pouring his broken heart out through song (and many, many beer pitchers), he realized, with the help of country performer Lily Anne (Amy Ferguson), that singing was actually therapeutic and joined her on the road to tour. With those lingering glances and musical chemistry, something tells me sparks might be flying on the road for these two. The episode ended without any true resolution to the Zoe/George/Wade love triangle, because each component of the triangle found another entity to focus on/distract themselves with until the inevitable conflict rears its head again in Season 3. And while that might sound like it would make fans mad, that is actually the exact reason why this was the perfect season finale for HOD.  This show is all about adult relationships in a small town. Sure, sometimes those relationships can get melodramatic and unrealistic but most of the time, the couples on HOD represent real issues and struggles. People cheat, people fall out of love, people fall in love with people they used to hate, and nothing is ever tied up in a happily-ever-after bow. Life and love are messy and there is no The End once you've found happiness. Maybe Zoe didn't choose George or Wade just yet, but she's got three months away in the city that never sleeps with a hot, uncomplicated doctor who just wants to have fun with her. George found a new way to pass the time, and someone to pass the time with. Wade finally realized he was ready for a real relationship, and can prove to Zoe he meant what he said by responsibly running the Rammer Jammer, cultivating his new successful business over the summer. Life will keep moving, and when Zoe returns to Bluebell in three months time, things will probably have changed. If she and Wade still feel the same way, then they can try again. If they don't, then the relationship was doomed to fail anyway.  The choices Zoe made were real, and in my opinion they showed major growth on her part. Instead of just jumping back in to a relationship, she's going to focus instead on herself. By using a bit of patience and thinking things through, she can make a healthy choice once she returns to Bluebell. And when Season 3 picks up this fall, you can be sure that the love triangle will also pick up steam again. After all, it isn't HOD without a little drama! Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Hart of Dixie': Was Wade's [SPOILER] Believeable?'Hart of Dixie' Showrunner on Zoe and George: 'That Might Not Happen... and That's Okay' The CW Orders Renewals for 'Hart of Dixie' and More  From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Divergent' is Still Filming But the Sequel, 'Insurgent,' Is Already In the Works
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 07, 2013
      Divergent is still a year away from hitting the big screen, but Summit Entertainment is so sure its adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling YA series will be a success that it's already begun work on the sequel. Insurgent, the second installment in the series, is officially a go with Jane Got a Gun's Brian Duffield writing the script, Deadline reports.  Without giving too much of Divergent's twists and spoilers away, Insurgent continues the journey of Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) as war now looms between the factions (the series is set in a dystopian future where society divides people into five factions based on personality). As Tris and her friends escape to safety, sides will be chosen, secrets will emerge, old faces will resurface, and Tris will risk everything — despite Four's insistance to take better care of herself— as she struggles to harness her incredible power as a "divergent." Kate Winslet will also return to star as villain Jeanine Matthews, the leader of the Erudite faction. Divergent is currently in production with Neil Burger directing. The film is scheduled to hit theaters March 21, 2014. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Divergent' Casts Three More Dauntless InitiatesKate Winslet Officially Playing 'Divergent' Villain'Divergent' Finds Its Love Interest: Why He's More Than Just Sci-Fi Romance Fodder Hollywood's Next Big Action Star Joins 'Divergent' From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • 'The Butler' Serves Up a New Side to the White House With Oprah, Forest Whitaker and More
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 07, 2013
      Movies that take place in the White House are usually focused on the President of the United States, but Lee Daniels' drama The Butler serves up a new perspective on the old location. Starring Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda, and Oprah Winfrey (among a long list of Hollywood power players that make up the rest of the cast), the movie tells the story of Eugene Allen, the longtime White House employee who served under eight American presidents. Allen was the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made. The Butler also stars Alex Pettyfer, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Melissa Leo, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, Terrance Howard, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Vanessa Redgrave. Watch the just-released trailer below: The Butler  hits theaters October 18, 2013. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:Robin Williams to Play President Dwight Eisenhower in 'The Butler'Nancy Reagan Approves of Jane Fonda's Casting in 'The Butler'  From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • 'Arrow' Sneak Peek: Don't Ever Do a Favor for Malcolm Merlyn
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 07, 2013
      As we finally learned on last week's Arrow, Malcolm Merlyn's (John Barrowman) plans for The Undertaking include completely leveling all 24 square blocks of The Glades "right down to the bedrock," and blaming it on a natural disaster. He’s convinced that area of Starling City can’t be saved from the corruption and crime that took his wife away from him all those years ago. But how will he maneuver a natural disaster to fit his plans? Thanks to Unidac Industries, a prototype that can create such a disaster is ready for use and on its way to Starling City. Malcolm announced last week that "The Markov" device passed its final beta test, and in this new clip from Wednesday's Arrow, "Darkness On the Edge of Town," it looks like Dr. Brion Markov isn't getting the payment he expected. The lesson: never do Malcolm Merlyn a favor. Ever. Watch the full clip below: Arrow airs on Wednesdays at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:'Arrow': Emily Bett Rickards Teases Major 'Olicity' Action'Arrow' Flashback: Pre-Island Oliver Was a Major Douche'Arrow' Season Finale First Look: Oliver's Secret Is Out!  From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Kanye West Serenades Kim Kardashian at the 2013 Met Gala: 'You're So Awesome'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 07, 2013
      It's a classic, beautiful love story. Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy impregnates girl. Girl's ex-boyfriend releases a single about how he "hit it first." Girl finally gets a divorce from her professional basketball player husband. The public fat-shames girl for her maternity fashion choices. Boy defends his girl during a performance at the 2013 Met Gala. Okay, okay, so maybe Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's relationship isn't exactly the most normal of stories, but it certainly is one of the most fascinating ones playing out in headlines these days. And at last night's Met Gala, West made a grand gesture that was actually pretty sweet in light of all the flack Kardashian has been receiving lately. He serenaded his lady love, telling her, "Don't let nobody bring you down, 'cause you're so awesome."  Watch the vine of West's impromptu defense of his baby mama below: Kanye telling Kim not to worry what anyone says that she's awesome. Quite touching really. #metgala — CocoRocha (@cocorocha) May 7, 2013 If only he had ditched the massive amounts of auto tune. Oh well, baby steps. Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:Miley Cyrus and Nicole Richie Take Hair-Raising Risks at the 2013 Met GalaSneak Peek at The Met's 'Punk: Chaos to Couture' Exhibition From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • 'Rihanna 777': 7 Things We Took Away From the Concert Special
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 07, 2013
      Seven shows. Seven countries. Seven days. 777. When Rihanna decided to fill an airplane with press and take them along for the ride as she toured seven different countries in seven days with no breaks in between to promote her album Unapologetic, most thought it was a crazy and possibly bad idea. And no surprise there: it was.  The poor journalists who got invited on the 777 Tour started getting restless and understandably grumpy once the lack of proper rest and respect started to take its toll as they bounced from Mexico, to Paris, to London, to the final stop in NYC with little time to actually get to know the star. That said, even with the discomfort, there were still moments of free booze, flirting, partying, nudity, and the occasional Rihanna sighting. Still, we're glad it wasn't us on board, because...  Here are the seven things we took away from Fox's concert special "Rihanna 777": 1. Everything was done at the last minute. T-minus an hour-and-a-half before the first show was supposed to begin in Mexico and the hair, makeup, and equipment still hadn’t arrived. The bags didn’t end up arriving until five minutes after showtime. Now that's some poor planning.  2. This looks like it was actually the worst vacation ever. Everyone had to sleep on the plane, because all waking hours during the week were spent traveling to and from shows, setting up and taking down shows… and the shows themselves. We were exhausted just watching! 3. Speaking of exhausted...during the second show in Toronto, Rihanna was already tired. She couldn’t even sing the full chorus to "S&M" without pausing to take a breath. 4. The flight attendants chose tour stop no. 3 in Stockholm to also partake in the partying. One of them even acknowledged that waking up early the next morning for work was going to be quite the difficult task to achieve, but the next morning she was all smiles, claiming to have chugged enough water to ward off a hangover. Party on! 5. For Stockholm and Berlin’s concerts, Rihanna chose to go bra-less underneath a skin-tight white t-shirt and black mesh tank, prompting Fox to blur out the nipular area. 6. After her Paris performance, Rihanna acknowledged that she should forgo any partying and sleep to save her voice and energy, but her reasoning to go to the club? “I don’t know, it’s Paris.” Wait, we thought that logic was only applicable to Rome.  7. An Australian DJ with an amazing head of hair who was desperately flirting with another journalist decided to drop trou and streak through the cabin while everyone chanted. It seemed to temporarily lift everyone’s spirits when the jet lag was starting to take its toll. Before the last show in New York, he wound up going on the news (naked, again) to discuss his nude jaunt. Like we said, we're glad we weren't there.  Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum More:Rihanna Unapologetic for 777 Tour Shenanigans - GALLERYRihanna's Controversial Tweet: In Bed With Shirtless Chris BrownChris Brown Talks Relationship with Rihanna: 'I Just Got to Move Forward'  From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Dancing With The Stars': Louis van Amstel Predicts Week 8's Elimination
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum May 06, 2013
      There comes a time in each Dancing With the Stars season when the fan favorites with so-so dancing ability must go, and that time came last week when Andy Dick was eliminated from the competition. "It was so sad. The guy brought so much heart and hard work to the show, and had so much commitment," DWTS pro dancer Louis van Amstel tells "I’m not saying Ingo [Rademacher] and Sean [Lowe] have not, because they are working so hard as well, but there was just something about Andy that was undeniable." Though van Amstel enjoyed watching Dick improve from week, he understands why he was eliminated. "He’s going to be missed, but from a dancing point of view, it was time for him to go," van Amstel says. "But if he would have stayed and Ingo had gone home I would have not been surprised just because of Andy’s likeability factor." Now that Dick is out of the competition, van Amstel thinks this week’s elimination will come down to Rademacher and Lowe. "Both Ingo and Sean, you could read on their faces that they were thinking and trying to do a good job and in a way that’s very endearing," van Amstel says. "But these two guys are up against Jacoby [Jones], Aly [Raisman], Kellie [Pickler], and Zendaya. From day one they came out of the gate strong while these guys have kind of just hopped along." Since the beginning of Season 16, van Amstel has been confident that the top dancers were Zendaya, Pickler, Jones, and Raisman, and that means bad news for Lowe and Rademacher. "I really don’t think, quite honestly, that there is anything that Ingo or Sean can do to beat Jacoby, Aly, Zendaya, and Kellie," van Amstel says. "So unfortunately, one of the two is going home, either Ingo or Sean. But we’re talking Week 8. That is not a bad result for someone that has never danced." When it comes to the top three dancers, van Amstel isn’t sure who will make it to the finals — or which team he prefers. "I like when the competition is not very clear. There is competition between the first and second place, between Zendaya and Kellie, and then between the third and fourth place. Who will be the third couple in the final, between Aly and Jacoby?" van Amstel wonders. “But this is based on dancing, not based on who has the biggest fan base. We don’t how the fanbases are going to vote, so I think it might be the battle of the fanbases." Watch Andy’s final dance in the competition, the Rumba:   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 5: Why Louis van Amstel 'Isn't Worried' for Andy Dick 'DWTS' Week 4: Aly Raisman 'Surprised' Louis van Amstel'DWTS' Week 3: Louis van Amstel Thinks Victor Ortiz 'Redeemed Himself' 'DWTS' Week 2: Louis van Amstel is 'Worried for D.L.' Hughley'DWTS' Week 1: Louis van Amstel Weighs In on the Best (And Worst) Pairs From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)