The Legend of the Blue Sea Ep 13 Recap & Update: Episode 14 Postponed to 2017, Storyline To Get Overhaul

The Legend of the Blue Sea Ep 13 solidified Heo Joon Jae and Sim Cheong’s relationship. With it, the flashbacks became more rampant as Joon-jae became more and more curious about his past life. Meanwhile, more attention has been given to Joon-jae’s missing mother. In the last episode, she had actually almost run into her husband at the hospital. But because of his cataract, he couldn’t see who the woman in front of him was. Unfortunately, Joon-jae’s mom could see him quite clearly, and she has mistaken his obliviousness for a real intent of disregard. It was also in this chance meeting that she discovered his husband’s new wife, who turned out to be her schoolmate who had offered her life insurance in the past. In Episode 13, Cha Si Ah wanted to impress Joon-jae so much that she took Ahjummoni Yoo-ran with her to his house to cook there in person. She figured that since Joon-jae loved the lunches she always brings, it would be a good idea to have the actual cook in the house so they can have a fresh hot meal together. But when Si-ah checked a picture in Joon-jae’s room while he’s away, she recognized his missing mother as Ahjumma Yoo-ran. Alas, instead of making sure that Joon-jae would see his mom at last, Si-ah chose to leave before the mother and soon could reunite. [Image by Seoul Broadcasting System] Meanwhile, Kang Seo-hee’s plan to change Heo Il Joong’s will has finally come into fruition. With Il-joong’s failing eyesight, she has managed to manipulate the lawyer and a witness to convince Joon-jae’s father to sign the tampered will. The new document reflects Heo Chi Hyun and herself as sole heirs to his inheritance. Since the will has already been signed by Il-joong, Seo-hee didn’t need to look after her useless husband anymore. One evening, with his vision almost impaired to the point of blindness, Il-joong fell off the stairs while Seo-hee watched. At just the right time, Chi-hyun arrived on site and witnessed his mother’s indifference. It’s a good thing he came on time because he was still able to call for an ambulance for his unfortunate stepfather. But even though he could see all of his mother’s devious plans, he always turns a blind eye at the expense of his clueless dad. Aside from this, the episode confirmed the real relationship between Seo-hee and Ma Dae Young. Turns out they are not just business partners, but lovers as well. It is assumed that Dae-young is probably Chi-hyun’s biological father. The real question is, will Chi-hyun come clean to the atrocities he witnessed his mom do, or will his love blind him from doing what’s right? Going back to Joon-jae, his desire to uncover more from his past life led him to agree to a deep psychoanalysis. This was when he discovered that in his past life, he died at a young age. It happened during the time when he had tried to protect the mermaid Se Hwa from Dae-young’s spear. In turn, Se Hwa plunges the spear deeper while she has Dam Ryeong in an embrace, so that she will die with him at sea. Unfortunately, Episode 14 will not be airing tonight. Instead, a movie-like episode will take its place, which would be a summary of the Korean drama so far. According to The Korea Times, the special episode will be similar to a director’s cut of the episodes covered by the drama. ~@only.junjihyun~ Legend of the Blue Sea to air special broadcast (Director’s cut of E01-E13) on Thursday (29th). E14 will be broadcast next week. ~ The first and last scene of episode 13….a heartbreak ???? ~ We’ll have to wait for next week to know what will happen to them next. ???? ~ Admin @twoworlds.w #LegendoftheBlueSea #푸른바다의전설 #전지현 #이민호 #leeminho #lmh #junjihyun #giannajun #jeonjihyun #sbs #kdrama #LOTBS #koreandrama #heojoonjae #shimchung #taeoh #shinwonho A photo posted by Legend Of The Blue Sea (@sbs_lotbs) on Dec 28, 2016 at 4:03pm PST According to Soompi, the K-Drama’s plot might have major developments in store, that’s why the airing of the next episode has been moved to 2017. Fans surmise that the show’s low ratings prompted production to rethink the show’s plot and editing of the remaining half of the drama. Despite Lee Min-ho and Jun ji-hyun as the flag bearers of the show, Episode 13 still received poor ratings to finish 4th (15.8%) nationwide, and only 2nd (18.4%) in Seoul. [Featured Image by Seoul Broadcasting System]

Michelle Le: On 'Dateline'–Missing California Nursing Student Found Dead, Killed By Best Friend Giselle Esteban

The death of former missing nursing student Michelle Le is back on television. This time the murder case will air on Dateline NBC. The Dateline episode, “Vanished,” aired on television in 2013. Michelle Le was tracked down and murdered by her ex-best friend, Giselle Esteban. Inquisitr brought you the story when it aired on Investigation Discovery’s See No Evil and Oxygen’s Snapped. Dateline will outline the case and bring you key points in the investigation that led to the killer’s arrest. Giselle Esteban killed Michelle Le out of jealousy. @HaywardPD @AlamedaCountyDA. Join me on #Snapped @oxygen 6/9p — Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) September 11, 2016 Michelle Le’s dead body was found decomposed after months of being exposed to the elements. The body was in such a bad state that a cause of death couldn’t be determined. According to Dateline NBC’s coverage, Michelle Le first vanished in May 2011. What was strange was that she disappeared from the safest place one would expect, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, where she was a nursing student. Authorities say that 26-year-old Michelle Le was in class one minute and the next minute she had completely disappeared. The last anyone knew was that Michelle was going to her car to retrieve an item. Someone in her car was later seen speeding out of the parking lot. The bizarre mystery left Michelle Le’s family baffled and sick with worry. The tenacious nursing student was not the kind of person to leave class and fail to return without warning. It didn’t take long for detectives to unravel Michelle’s life and find a deadly connection between her one-time best friend, Giselle Esteban and her disappearance. California detectives learned that Michelle Le’s former friendship with Giselle Esteban had turned ugly. Esteban was convinced that Michelle Le was after her boyfriend especially after learning that the two had a brief relationship at one time. #news Giselle Esteban: ‘Snapped’ Spotlights Ex-Friend Who Lured, Killed California Nurse, Michelle Le — Sports News (@bazmi117) September 11, 2016 However, the man at the center of the controversy, Scott Marasigan, denied ever having with Michelle Le. Still Giselle Esteban had cooked up an entire ual fling in her mind, which she believed existed between the father of her child and her best friend, CBS-SF Bay Area reported. “Marasigan testified on Monday that he never had with Le, either during their month-long dating relationship or at any later time. He said Tuesday that Esteban was irate at him when she learned that Le had confided to him at a party in 2005 that she was pregnant and was planning to have an abortion. Esteban was also pregnant at the time and ultimately gave birth to the couple’s daughter on Oct. 31, 2005. Marasigan said he and Esteban had “some discussions about whether I slept with Michelle” but he denied Esteban’s allegations that he’d had an affair with Le.” Giselle Esteban decided that she needed to settle it in the worst way possible. She was going to kill Michelle. To do it, she tried to hunt down exactly which class Michelle would be attending that day. Then she stole a nursing lab coat and walked the halls looking for Michelle Le. Detectives know that this is what happened because hospital video surveillance captured it all. Prosecutors believe at some point she accosted Michelle Le at her vehicle, evidenced by the blood found in the car. From there, no one knows exactly how Michelle was killed. But her body was later found dumped after months of trying to locate her. Some other details that stand out Giselle Esteban was so obsessed with Michelle Le that internet searches show that she looked up her name 300 times, according to NBC Bay Area. The family and the community were so distraught that they offered a $65,000 reward for info leading to Michelle’s whereabouts. Records show that Esteban had a history of depression and disturbing behavior. Read about that here. Be sure to watch Michelle Le’s sad story on Dateline NBC. It airs this Friday, December 30, at 9/8 p.m. Central. [Featured Image By Paul Sakuma/AP Images]

'Vikings,' Season 4, Episode 15: Travis Fimmel And Michael Hirst Discuss Ragnar's Fate

Episode 15 of Vikings Season 4 was the episode everyone had been anticipating — and dreading. Vikings showrunner, Michael Hirst, and the actor who plays Ragnar Lothbrok, Travis Fimmel, discuss Ragnar’s fate. SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses Episode 15 of Season 4 of History Channel’s Vikings. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers. Episode 15 of Vikings Season 4 saw Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) meet his fate the way his did in the ninth book of the Gesta Danorum, at the bottom of a snake pit. Having been captured by King Ecbert (Linus Roache) in Episode 14 of Vikings, Ragnar convinces the king to hand him over to King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) since Ecbert doesn’t have the heart to kill him. In Episode 15 of Vikings, King Aelle was brutal after he took ownership of Ragnar and tried to get the Viking to repent and accept his god over the pagan gods. When branding him with a red hot poker and cutting a cross into Ragnar’s forehead didn’t work, Aelle ended Ragnar’s life by dropping him into a pit of venomous snakes. [Image by History] While Vikings fans were devastated over hte death of Ragnar, what was it like for the cast and crew filming the scene? Travis Fimmel, who plays Ragnar, was happy with the way the scene turned out, but that was after he had spent a great deal of time going over the scene countless times with the show’s creator, Michael Hirst, to finalize exactly how it would all play out. As for Michael Hirst, he explained to The Hollywood Reporter that he, Fimmel and the actor who plays King Ecbert, Linus Roache, would often lock themselves in a room to try and knuckle down what would happen. “[Travis Fimmel] said his character didn’t make speeches so his last speech was something we had to negotiate and fight about. He fought in a good way; he argued with Linus, because Linus wanted to say some things and Travis wanted to cut them or whatever. The three of us were often locked in a room, really discussing the death of a character whose death affected us all both at the level of the story and show but also personally. It was an amazing period of time.” When it came to filming the actual scene though, Travis Fimmel explained what it was like being stuck in a pit filled with snakes. “There were about 60 of them and then there were fake ones around my legs,” Fimmel told THR. “I was covered in snake poop at the end. I got bit a few times but that was fine — it was them pooping on me that annoyed me more than anything.” [Image by Bernard Walsh/History] Michael Hirst also told Entertainment Weekly that Episode 15 of Vikings “was shot in the deepest winter, in the harshest conditions, with Travis absolutely suspended in this cage, above a muddy field, in torrential freezing rain.” Considering Ragnar Lothbrok was only initially supposed to stick around for one season of Vikings, the character has now become an integral part of the show. However, the historical stories involving Ragnar are also wound together with the feats of his sons. So, as far as whether the show can go on without Ragnar Lothbrok, Hirst definitely thinks it can. “I’ve just finished [Season 5, Episode 16]. There are people walking around the studios going, ‘Who’s Ragnar?’” Both Michael Hirst and Travis Fimmel agree Ragnar will not return in Vikings, that he is definitely dead. However, they suggest Ragnar will live on in the show, much in the way Athelstan (George Blagden) lives on via flashbacks, visions and his actions shaping the remaining characters decisions. What did you think of Ragnar’s death in Episode 15 of Vikings?Let us know your thoughts by commenting below. Vikings returns to History Channel with Episode 16 on January 4, Wednesday, at 9 p.m. ET. The synopsis for Episode 16 (entitled “Crossing”) of Vikings Season 4 according to Carter Matt is below. “Bjorn’s fleet launches a surprise attack, while Lagertha’s quest for power continues in Kattegat.” [Featured Image by Jonathan Hession/History]

‘The Flash’ Season 3 Episode 10: Barry And Iris Scene? Wally West As Kid Flash And More

The Flash Season 3 Episode 10 airs Tuesday, January 24th on CW and it looks like its going to be an explosive episode. Many fans are wondering if Iris and Barry have finally had as the promo for episode 10 features a bare-chested Barry Allen in bed with Iris. Also, it looks like Wally West has come into his own as Kid Flash and may actually be faster than Barry. It has taken about three seasons of The Flash for Barry and Iris to officially be together; therefore, some fans are demanding some on-screen action between the two lovebirds. In a discussion with TVLine, co-showrunner Aaron Helbing does not confirm or deny whether Iris and Barry go at it onscreen or offscreen when asked if the lovemaking has already happened. “That’s open to anybody’s interpretation,” Helbing hedged. “They’re two consenting adults who love each other, so….” In the midseason finale, Barry and Jay Garrick figured out how to get rid of Savitar by throwing the box containing the philosopher’s stone into the speed force. It turned out that this Is not a good idea as Barry goes five months into the future and witnesses the self-titled “god of speed” kill Iris. The good news is that it gives Barry and the team time to prevent that future from taking place and Jay Garrick assures Barry that the future is not written in stone. In Episode 9 of The Flash Savitar brags that he is “holding the power of life and death over all” The Flash and his friends and claims to know their ” fears and weaknesses, and destinies.” Savitar prophesizes that one will “betray” Barry, that “one shall fall,” and one “shall suffer a fate worse than death.” ‘The Flash’ Season 3: Who Is Savitar? Every Clue We Have About The God Of Speed’s True Identity — ⚡️Flashy Fandom⚡️ (@gustinfangirls) December 25, 2016 While Barry may be able to save Iris, many fans suspect that someone will die in her place. It is unclear what suffering a fate worse than death means and who in Team Flash is destined to die. The promo for The Flash Episode 10 previews Barry and the team working diligently on stopping the near future that he saw. There is not doubt that Barry will do everything in his power to save Iris. The episode is titled “Borrowing Problems from The Future,” which indicates what Barry witnessed in five months time being the main theme. A consistent theme in The Flash is that time will find a way of replacing the thing you try and change. Therefore, someone must die in place of Iris and sometimes things get worse as we saw with Flashpoint. Wally West is going to go against Jared Morillo also known as Plunder and proves his skill as a speedster. It seems like Flash and Kid Flash will have a rocky start as a duo but work things out later on. So, who else is anticipating the rest of The Flash season 3? ⚡️ Why isn’t it just playing already!? — The Impact (@The_Impact_) December 26, 2016 Killer Frost condition seems to be getting worse as the short promo focuses on her eyes. While her powers are very effective, she loses some of her morality every time she uses it and perhaps she will be the one to “betray” Barry as Savitar predicts someone on the team would. Barry Allen is notoriously stubborn and has tried to fix the timeline several times despite being warned not to. Cisco is also learning how to vibe and may help Flash manipulate the timeline without the same side effects. He may also help Barry go into the future, rather than the past. The promo also features a serious Harrison Wells, which suggest that it may not be the fun-loving HR and Harrison Wells from Earth 2 Is back to help Team Flash defeat Savitar. The Flash Season 3 Episode 10 returns to CW on January 24th, 2017. What are your predictions? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below. [Featured Image by Handout/Getty Images]

'Real Housewives of Orange County' Season 12 Cast: Vicki Gunvalson Teases New 'RHOC' Member, Heather Dubrow Compares Co-Star To Jason Voorhees

Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson may have just dropped some major hints when it comes to Season 12 casting. The RHOC veteran, along with co-star Heather Dubrow, said that they both wanted to return to the hit Bravo series for another season. Will Kelly Dodd, Shannon Beador, Meghan King Edmonds, and Tamra Judge also come back for Season 12? On her official Instagram page, Vicki Gunvalson posted a photo with YouTube beauty guru Brianna Stanko with the hashtags, “#rhocinthemaking” and “#season12.” Real Housewives of Orange County fans seemed thrilled with the possible addition of Brianna to the Season 12 cast. A few commented that she could replace Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, or Heather Dubrow on the show. “Oh god please replace heather she’s such a bore man!! And don’t even get me started on Shannon the negative Nancy,” a fan wrote. “I hope Shannon and Tamra are leaving the show. NOW!! Heather can be given one more chance to tone down her attitude or else she needs to go too!” another added. Having so much fun at her first OC dinner at Mastros. She just moved here from Atlanta. Give her some love girls! @briannastanko #rhocinthemaking #season12 #letsgo @rhoc_kellyddodd Kelly we are missing you girl A photo posted by Vicki Gunvalson (@vickigunvalson) on Dec 20, 2016 at 9:23pm PST Brianna joining the cast of the Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 also got fans wondering if any of the other housewives were fired from the show. During the Season 11 reunion, Vicki told Shannon to “get off her show” if she didn’t like her attitude. Meghan King Edmonds also hinted that Season 11 may be her last season as she didn’t want to raise her daughter in such a negative environment. “I’ve seen a lot that I didn’t like this year and I feel these other women are really going too far. If this is the kind of example my child has to look forward to in the OC, I don’t know if you want to be around for that,” Meghan said. Meanwhile, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Heather Dubrow shared that she will be interested to return to Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 if the Bravo producers were to ask her back. In spite of all the things that happened in the Season 11 reunion, which aired last month, Heather said that she is really thankful to be part of the reality show. “Terry and I have been so lucky, and we’re blessed … and we owe all of it to being on The Real Housewives of Orange County, so if they asked me back, I would assume I would probably say, ‘Yes,’” Heather said. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU! #family #christmas2016 #alliwantforchristmasisyou @drdubrow @nickbro2016 @max_dubrow A photo posted by Heather Dubrow (@heatherdubrow) on Dec 25, 2016 at 4:47pm PST Heather added that she wanted RHOC fans to see the Dubrow’s new 20,000 square-foot mega mansion, which according to Daily Mail took more than two years to build. Apart from the mansion’s big reveal, Heather is also excited about her new project, her very own YouTube channel called Heather’s Closet. “I want the fans of the show to see our house. I feel like you’ve all built it with us, and you want to take a tour with us, and see what’s going on with us … The twins [Max and Nicky] just became teenagers, and of course I have this new YouTube channel, [Heather’s Closet]… so I’m excited to share that with everyone. But the off-season shenanigans that are going on make me a little uncomfortable.” When asked about her relationship with Vicki Gunvalson, Heather admitted that she actually do not know where she stands with her Real Housewives of Orange County co-star. She said that while they are not close friends, they consider each other as “really nice acquaintances.” As for how Vicki can bounce back after all that has happened in Season 11, especially after that brutal reunion, Heather predicted that her co-star is far from leaving RHOC. “Vicki is like… what’s that one character in the horror movies that you keep killing and they keep getting up? She’s like Jason [Voorhees] … Vicki just comes back. She just keeps coming back,” she said. Tell us! Will you be watching Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 when it premieres in 2017? Sound off in the comments below. [Featured Image by Scott Roth/Invision/AP Images]

'Dance Moms' Season 7 Recap, Spoilers: Abby Lee Miller Sends Elliana Home, Mini Mom Quits In Episode 5

Abby Lee Miller is leaving no stone unturned until she finds ALDC’s “Great Eight.” In the last episode of Dance Moms Season 7, “New Kid on the Block,” Abby brought in a new dancer, Maesi Caes, to bridge the gap between the minis and the junior elite. After sending Daviana Fletcher home in Dance Moms Season 7, Episode 4, “Winner Takes All,” Abby Lee Miller brought in yet another dancer on ALDC in Episode 5, “New Kid on the Block.” By bringing in Maesi Caes to the team, Abby thought that she could help bridge the gap between Brynn Rumfallo’s and Elliana Walmsley’s height. “I am building one super ALDC team. That team that nobody’s gonna beat and I always look at Kalani as the oldest member of the group, and Lilliana as potentially the youngest member of the group. I never really looked at it from the middle out, and that’s what I should be doing because that’s the core and this is gonna put the pressure on that kid.” Oh, you know…just a casual stretch pic with @brynn.rumfallo while @camrynbridges steals my snack ????✌???? #lovethem #squad #friendsforlife #makingmemories #funtimes #lovemygirls #dancerslife #dancerlife #wearefamily #dancefamily #lovemylife #squadgoals #aldc #aldcla #aldcalways #dancemoms #season7 #adidas #missthem #silly #mygirls #meandmygirls #lifetime A photo posted by ✌????Maesi Caes✌????️ (@maesicaesofficial) on Dec 28, 2016 at 10:23am PST Some of the moms, particularly Yolanda and Stacey, were not too thrilled with the addition of the new Dance Moms cast member. At one point, Yolanda even said that the ALDC does not need Macey on the team because she’s not really sure what asset she’s bringing in. The mini mom was also frustrated how everyone was so accepting of Maesi and her mom Jamie. “Jamie is thoroughly being accepted by all the junior elite moms. You guys were brutal to me when I came in but all of a sudden this woman walks in and you’re like, ‘Come on in,’ with open arms. I think it’s ridiculous,” Yolanda said. Ashlee Allen, Brynn Rumfallo’s mom, speculated that Yolanda was threatened by Macie’s presence. With the addition of Macie, Ashlee pointed out that Elliana is no longer going to be the star of the “little kid team.” It seems like the pressure really did get to Maesi. As seen on the Dance Moms Season 7 episode, “New Kid on the Block” the 11-year-old ended up forgetting the choreography during the group dance. Their hip hop routine, “Notorious ALDC” ended up placing third in the Teen Group category, breaking the Dance Moms stars winning streak. “Maesi, you messed up the hip hop dance right in front of everybody. You forgot the steps in front of people who have worked hard and long, who I’ve worked hard and long with to get them to this level. We worked too hard to let some kid who’s a nobody come in here and screw that up,” Abby told the newcomer. When Abby told Maesi that she’s cut from the team, the junior elite moms quickly came to her defense. They encouraged the ALDC coach to give Maesi another chance just like what she did with some of the other Dance Moms stars before. “But Abby you’ve had other kids mess up that you kept. Elliana forgot her whole solo the first time she did a solo. And you kept her,” Ashlee pointed out. Thanks everybody for all of your help! It’s the holidays and let’s please remember… ALWAYS be kind to each other and DO the Right Thing! ???? Today please join me in giving someone you don’t know an extra big smile, say “Well, Hi there!” or give them a simple high five! ????????You never know the pain that person might be hiding and how that little act of kindness will be just what they needed! Spread the LOVE! ???????????? #ignorethehate#payitforward#randomactsofkindness A photo posted by Elliana Walmsley-9 (@ellianawalmsley_) on Dec 24, 2016 at 8:51am PST This seemed to be the breaking point for Yolanda. Saying that she’s done “being the center of everyone’s negativity,” Elliana’s mom decided that it was time to leave Dance Moms. “Abby, honestly, at this point, give her Elliana’s spot,” she said. “Alright, Elliana you’re going home,” Abby conceded. Elliana broke down in tears after hearing what her mom and Abby said. Yolanda later admitted that by giving her daughter’s spot to Maesi, she was hoping that the junior elite moms would realize how rude they were towards her. “I just made this flippin’ comment to the junior elite moms hoping that they would kinda take a step back and be like, ‘Wow, you know maybe we are actually not being very nice to Yolanda and Elliana.’ Nope. Nothing at all.” Tell us! Were you surprised with Yolanda and Elliana Walmsley’s exit? Sound off in the comments below. Dance Moms Season 7 airs Tuesdays on Lifetime. [Featured Image by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]

Watch Downton Abbey Marathon Via TV, Streaming Live Online And How To Watch All Six Seasons On Demand [Video]

PBS will say goodbye to 2016 with a Downton Abbey marathon that will feature all six seasons of the popular series. The marathon begins on Dec. 29, at 9 p.m. ET and ends on Sun. Jan. 1 when the new season of Sherlock on Masterpiece premieres at 9 p.m. ET. For fans of the show, the Downton Abbey marathon is a welcome change of pace and return to the beloved show. Those who want to watch the marathon may do so on TV, streaming online through PBS and their cable or satellite television subscription. PBS Anywhere is your go-to source for live streaming PBS TV shows and movies like Downton Abbey. Those with a cable or satellite subscription can watch on mobile devices or online by logging into their selected apps. The full series of Downton Abbey is available for free for Amazon Prime members. Downton Abbey is not available on Hulu or Netflix. There might not be a better time to binge-watch Downton Abbey than this upcoming holiday weekend. Downton Abbey is PBS’ most popular show and was the reigning Masterpiece show in its history. PBS will air every episode in order, and undoubtedly, many people are going to put their television channels on PBS and won’t change the station until 2017. Check out these photos from Downton Abbey Season 6. Many people miss Downton Abbey and were saddened that the series ended. The Downton Abbey marathon will delight fans who want to sit back, relax and indulge in the classic and timeless drama of Downton Abbey. Those who haven’t seen Downton Abbey are likely to get pulled into the world of the Dowager Countess, the Crawleys, and Isobel. It’s another world and everything from the speech, fashion choices and gorgeous sets will lure new fans in. Those new to Downton Abbey can learn about the cast and characters below. Check out the slideshow featuring photos from the Season 6 Christmas special below. Downton Abbey first aired in the United Kingdom in 2010 on the ITV network. In Jan. 2011, the series came to America through Masterpiece. The show quickly grew in popularity and many worldwide became enthralled with the show and its plot. Created by actor and writer Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey currently has an 8.7 IMDB rating. A historical, period drama set in England, Downton Abbey takes place between 1912 and 1925. The show incorporates historical accounts of real, world events into the series which helps create a sense of realism in the fictional show. The plot focuses on the lives, heartbreak, and drama of the wealthy Crawley family as well as their servants. The show went on to win numerous awards and has attracted an enormous fan base. Many hope that one day a Downton Abbey movie will grace the silver screen, but until then, several PBS specials are in the works and have aired. As Downton Abbey aired for six seasons, the cast of characters is vast. Here is a list of the main cast of characters for all six seasons. Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crowley Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley Jim Carter as Charles “Charlie” Carlson Raquel Cassidy as Phyllis Baxter Brendan Coyle as John Bates Tom Cullen as Anthony Foyle Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley Kevin Doyle as Joseph Molesley Siobhan Finneran as Sarah O’Brien Michael Fox as Andrew “Andy” Parker Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates Matthew Goode as Henry Talbot Harry Hadden-Paton as Herbert “Bertie” Pelham Thomas Howes as William Mason Lily James as Lady Rose MacClare Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow Allen Leech as Thomas “Tom” Branson Rose Leslie as Gwen Dawson Phyllis Logan as Elsie Hughes Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley Sophie McShera as Daisy Mason Matt Milne as Alfred Nugent Lesley Nicol as Beryl Patmore Amy Nuttall as Ethyl Parks Julian Ovenden as Charles Blake David Robb as Dr. Richard Clarson Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley Ed Speleers as James “Jimmy” Kent Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley Cara Theobold as Ivy Stuart Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley Are you going to watch the Downton Abbey marathon this holiday weekend? Are you going to watch on TV, live streaming or binge-watch with Amazon Prime? [Featured Image by ©Nick Briggs/Carnival Film and Television Limited 2015 for Masterpiece PBS (used with permission)]

HGTV Builds Rating As Viewers Look For An Escape

HGTV has apparently nailed it, as it were. Home & Garden Television is rapidly climbing in the ratings within the fragmented cable television universe as viewers seek a “steady diet of programming comfort food,” as USA TODAY described it. “Programs cover every nook and cranny of HGTV’s genre, from house-flipping to interior design. “ Just four years ago, HGTV was mired in 16th place among cable networks. Popular shows on HGTV include Property Brothers, Flip or Flop, and Fixer Upper. [Image by Brian Ach/Invision/AP Images] With tremendous growth, Knoxville, Tennessee-based HGTV is now in third place in all of cable television, Bloomberg reported today, stunningly beating out, among others, long-established CNN, which can’t be good news for its parent, Time Warner. “The escapist appeal of looking at other people’s beautiful homes turned Home & Garden Television into the third most-watched cable network in 2016, ahead of CNN and behind only Fox News and ESPN. Riding HGTV’s reality shows, parent company Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. has seen its shares rise more than 30 percent this year, outperforming bigger rivals like Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox Inc. and Viacom Inc. HGTV’s formula is relentlessly consistent: a shabby house gets a makeover, and a happy couple moves in. A variation on the theme — house-flipping for fun and profit — works too…” “The key, Scripps executives agree, is a refusal to upset HGTV’s audience. There’s no profanity, and on-air conflicts are confined to paint colors or tile choices. Instead of making the network feel trivial, its fans say, the relentlessly pleasant programming is a comfort, especially in hard times.” Although airing scripted fare rather than reality programming, the Hallmark Channels perhaps similarly also offer viewers an escape from the stress of day-to-day life or depressing media news, with most (but not all) of the shows feature community minded characters living in upscale homes in idyllic towns, driving luxury cars, and wearing nice clothes, and reuniting with lost loves as the credits roll. Commenting on HGTV’s success for the home-improvement-minded consumer, a media analyst noted in July that “HGTV offers a safe and uplifting environment during these times. It’s natural for people to look to escape with their entertainment choices.” [Image by Alan Marler/AP Images] Bloomberg noted, however, that HTV lost about 4 million subscribers in the 2015-2016 time frame, but that is a lot less than the 6 million-plus cord-cutters who defected from Disney-owned ESPN in the equivalent period. ESPN reportedly lost more than 600,000 subscribers in November 2016 alone. The Scripps Network charges cable providers about 23 cents per subscriber as opposed to the seven bucks that ESPN charges for its programming. “The average HGTV viewer is a college-educated, suburban woman with household income of $83,600 a year and an interest in home improvement — catnip to advertisers like Home Depot and Lowe’s…HGTV’s ad rates are about twice what other cable networks command, said Nancy Go, Wayfair’s vice president of brand marketing. But she says it’s worth it: Wayfair’s web traffic doubles when it airs commercials on the network,” Bloomberg added. The channel is not totally free of drama, however, at least off screen, particular given the reported marital issues of the stars of Flip or Flop. A controversy also recently emerged relating to the church attended by the stars of Fixer Upper, which has nothing to do with the show itself. HGTV is reportedly going global by producing new shows based in Canada, the Middle East, New Zealand, North Africa, Poland and Singapore, as well expanding its social media presence via Snapchat and Facebook videos. Are you a fan of HGTV and do you watch it for an escape or a form of relaxation from, for example, news and politics? Do you think that you fit the profile of the typical HGTV viewer? [Featured Image by Ryan Emberley/Invision/AP Images]

'The Bachelor' 2017: Who Is Elizabeth Sandoz And What Is Their Connection?

Nick Viall is about to try to find love on The Bachelor 2017 and one girl that shows up is familiar to him. It turns out that a girl named Elizabeth “Liz” Sandoz will be on this season and she already knows Nick Viall pretty well. Elizabeth actually has already slept with Nick, but it was just a one night stand for these two. Hollywood Life shared some of the details about who Elizabeth Sandoz is and how she already knows Nick Viall. I couldn’t ask for a better maid of honor, my best friend since kindergarten, my other soul mate, my friend who gets my taste in music, and my favorite person to be weird with any day of the week. Love you, @esandoz. ❤️ #JannerForever #TheBachelor A photo posted by Jade Tolbert (@jadelizroper) on Feb 14, 2016 at 1:32pm PST Elizabeth Sandoz was actually the maid of honor at Jade Roper Tolbert’s wedding to Tanner Tolbert. This is where Nick met Liz. They were both at the wedding. Bustle shared that Jade picked Elizabeth because she is her closest friend. They have actually been best friends since kindergarten. Elizabeth loves to travel and works as a life coach. Elizabeth Sandoz has her own website, which is called A Romanced Life. On her site, Elizabeth shares about her life and her job. She hasn’t posted on it in almost a year, though. When Jade Roper Tolbert got married, Elizabeth Sandoz was there and by her side. She also was the girl who caught the bouquet meaning that she should have been the next one to get married. Nick did share that he falls in love with more than one girl this season. Reality Steve was able to spoil how Elizabeth Sandoz and Nick Viall know each other. It is from the wedding, but it wasn’t just that they were introduced or ran into each other. On Episode One, Liz will get an intro video that shows everyone a bit about her. In this video, she will admit that she has already met Nick Viall. They won’t keep the fact that Elizabeth Sandoz and Nick know each other a secret at all. They will show Sandoz dancing next to Viall and even show some clips of Elizabeth from the wedding. Elizabeth will admit that they had a lot of alcohol that night and when she is asked if she spent the night with Nick she will say that she is going to plead the fifth. Of course, the fact that Elizabeth and Nick have already had comes out later. She will even say that Viall asked for her number that night, but she didn’t give it to him because for some reason she thought he was just being nice to her. The fact that they had on that night will come out later, though. ‘The Bachelor’ spotlight: Elizabeth Sandoz has a past with Nick Viall from Jade Roper’s wedding #TheBachelor — Matt Carter (@MattCarterMedia) December 24, 2016 When Elizabeth Sandoz meets Nick Viall on night one, she won’t even say her name because she wants to figure out if he knows who she is and Nick will remember her. It is obvious that Nick Viall didn’t know that she was coming that night. It will be interesting to see how long Nick will keep Elizabeth Sandoz around. He had a long time to call her after the night they spent together and obviously they never ended up dating. Are you shocked that they cast Elizabeth Sandoz despite her past with Nick Viall? Do you think that Nick should send her home right away? Sound off in the comments section below on your thoughts, and don’t miss new episodes of The Bachelor 2017 on Monday nights starting on January 2 on ABC. [Featured Image By Rachel Murray/Getty Images for iHeartMedia]

'Vikings,' Season 4 Part 2, Episode 15: Ragnar Lothbrok's Fate Is Decided

For many fans of History’s Vikings, it has been a anxious wait between Episode 14 and Episode 15 of Season 4. With Ragnar’s talk of death in the previous episode, it was expected this episode would see his demise. SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses Episode 15 of Season 4 of History Channel’s Vikings as well as the historical aspects of some of the main characters. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers. [Image by History] Episode 15 of History’s Vikings saw the first episode involving the epic conversation between old frenemies, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and King Ecbert (Linus Roache), that the actors had hinted about in a recent video interview with AOL Build. In this Episode 15 conversation, Ragnar kept telling Ecbert that he must kill Ragnar and that he was ready to die. Ecbert was hesitant — and who wouldn’t be considering how brutal the Vikings can be when it comes to revenge. Ragnar, however, did offer a compromise: have Ecbert turn Ragnar over to King Aelle (Ivan Kaye), and let him do the deed. The episode gave little hint at whether King Ecbert would follow this path in the television interpretation of Vikings, but for those who have read the historical stories of the Vikings knew it was likely Ragnar would be handed over to King Aelle because in the ninth book of the Gesta Danorum, the historical document that deals with the death of Ragnar Lothbrok, Aelle captures Ragnar and throws him into a pit of venomous snakes, causing his death. [Image by Jonathan Hession/History] Then, when IMDb issued the following revised synopsis for Episode 15, history buffs really got concerned. “King Aelle can’t hide his pleasure when Ragnar arrives in a cage and shows him no mercy.” As the episode aired, some fans were prepared and took to Twitter prior to the Vikings episode airing to voice their concern. Others, once Episode 15 started to reveal its plan, were horrified that Ragnar could go out in such an undignified way. Hopefully this isn’t the episode that Ragnar dies ☹️ #Vikings — Lina Roque (@linaroque) December 29, 2016 And then the Seer turned up and the prophecy about Ragnar dying “on the day the blind man sees him,” comes into play. #Vikings
“You will die the day the blind man sees you”
Blind man: I can see you.
Me: — Chynna Hall (@ChynnaHall) December 29, 2016 Finally, after all the expectation, in Episode 15 of Season 4 of Vikings, Ragnar is handed over to King Aelle and tortured. Aelle tries to break Ragnar in this episode of Vikings, but, as he soon discovers, Ragnar Lothbrok is not a man to be crushed. Not even when a red hot poker is presented to him, and most certainly not when he is thrown into a pit of venomous snakes. Farewell, Ragnar. Thank you for the performance @TravisFimmel . The @HistoryVikings saga continues. #vikings @mrszoomby — Chris Baskind (@chrisbaskind) December 29, 2016 Regardless of whether fans knew this event was coming, or if they were watching Episode 15 of Vikings without the historical knowledge of Ragnar’s fate, it was still a hard episode to watch. What was interesting to note in Episode 15 of Vikings though was King Ecbert’s response to Ragnar’s fate. His face was the last thing Ragnar saw as he lay dying and many fans speculated that perhaps the pair truly were friends, or at least Ecbert thought they were. After all, even though Ragnar and Ivar (Alex Hogh) plotted behind Ecbert’s back to have him killed along with King Aelle when Ragnar’s sons return to seek revenge with what will likely be the Great Heathen Army, Ecbert still presented himself at Ragnar’s death out of respect before wandering off in obvious grief over the death of Ragnar Lothbrok. What did you think of Episode 15 of Vikings? Do you think the show will be the same now without Ragnar Lothbrok? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below. Vikings returns to History Channel with Episode 16 on January 4, Wednesday, at 9 p.m. ET. [Featured Image by History]