‘Scandal’s’ 5 Standout Moments, OWN’s ‘Love in the City’ Debuts, NBC’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Trailer & More

by | April 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, Love in the City, OWN, Scandal

Mama Pope causing mayhem. (Photo: ABC)

Thank goodness it’s Friday! Before you put your weekend plans into action, here’s what buzzing in Black Hollywood: OWN’s new reality show about four women in NYC debuts and NBC’s “Rosemary’s Baby” has a new trailer and release date. Also, check out my weekend watchlist and what’s hot (and not).

“Scandal,” “Scandal, “Scandal.” If you haven’t noticed, I took a break from writing about the show. The last couple of episodes were a bit of a miss for me. So I passed on writing about it. But this recent episode was intriguing that I felt inspired to share moments that stood out for me. Check it out and let me know if you agree. ”Scandal’s” season 3 finale airs Thursday at 10 p.m. EST on ABC. Watch it here.

The entire episode. Debbie Allen directed it and I think it was one of the better ones since the series returned from its winter break. Also, the camera shots masking Kerry Washington’s pregnancy weren’t as obvious as in previous episodes. Good job, Debbie!

Papa Pope to the rescue. Before the music cued for James Brown’s “Super Bad,” I knew Olivia’s daddy (her actual father) was the “best option” to help stop his wife, Maya Pope aka Maria Wallace (Mama Pope), from killing President Fitz Grant. So now, he’s a gladiator (sort of) and helping the man (Fitz) he swore to take down. Only on “Scandal.”

“Cyrus will kill you!” That’s what Erica Campbell of WE tv’s “Mary Mary” told me last month when we talked about her favorite TV shows. At the time, we were talking about his late husband James but the sentiment apparently applies to everyone. In last night’s episode, we see Fitz’s Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene seized the opportunity to take out VP Sally Langston–who’s running against Fitz in the upcoming election–when he chose not to alert attendees at Senator Hightower’s funeral about the bomb planted there. I knew something was up when The Undisputed Truth’s “Smiling Faces Sometimes” started playing (he was even strolling down the halls, a slight smile as if proud of his decision). Damn, Cy!

Spill it already, Mellie! “I have kept this secret for 15 years! … Big Jerry isn’t something I want to be nailed to anymore,” a drunken Mellie rambled onto Olivia. Ugh… C’mon, Shonda Rhimes & co., write that Mellie finally tells Fitz that his father raped her! Please! Her walking around carrying this burden is annoying and I really think their relationship will transform after this. Besides, she’s going to need someone to cuddle up to if her lover, her husband’s running mate, California Governor Andrew Nichols, is blown up in the bomb Cyrus refused to warn about.

Mama Pope is scary! We thought Papa Pope was a trip. Huh, Mama Pope makes him look like a newborn kitty. Girlfriend let Papa Pope shoot her longtime lover, leaving Olivia to believe she was incapable of loving anyone. Not true. She calmly demanded, “Bring my baby home,” when it looked like Liv would be blown to smithereens. After Liv was safe, Mama Pope left Papa Pope gushing blood from his chest, clinging for his life in their daughter’s office. Damn! (Sidebar: Mama Pope was able to get in because Quinn and Huck were having a quickie in the parking garage!) The only family more dysfunctional than the Popes? The Lannisters from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” I mean, in the season 4 premiere, I just knew Jaime Lannister wanted to choke King Joffrey, who’s the son he conceived with his own twin sister, Queen Regent Cersei (I had to explain this point to my sister, a new “GOT” viewer, via text).

OWN’s “Love in the City” debuts Saturday. ”Love in the City,” the hot new docu-series starring celebrity hairstylist Kiyah Wright, life coach Bershan Shaw, actress Chenoa Maxwell and philanthropist Tiffany Jones will air at 10 p.m. EST Saturday on OWN. I talked with the four ladies today and the interviews were hot! You’ll definitely want to check back next week to see what they say about Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels,” owning ones sexuality, May-December romances and more. Here’s a quick review I did two weeks ago after watching the first episode. Watch the first five minutes of the premiere episode below.

NBC’s “Rosemary’s Baby” gets airdate, trailer. This modern adaptation based on Ira Levin’s book of the same name will debut over two nights on NBC on May 11 and May 15. This horror flick stars Zoe Saldana as Rosemary Woodhouse and “Suits” star Patrick J. Adams plays her husband, Guy. I grew up watching the 1967 classic starring Mia Farrow and hope this miniseries is a good remake, unlike 2004′s “The Stepford Wives,” also based on Levin’s work. Check out the teaser below.

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand this weekend…
“Game of Thrones”: The premiere was good and look forward to checking out Joffrey’s wedding. It airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. Watch it here.
“Love in the City”: The series premiere Sunday. I watched the first two episodes and look forward to checking it out again tomorrow. It airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. EST on OWN. Watch it here.
“Resurrection”: It picked up a bit last week. Let’s find out how Caleb disappeared and if others will, too. It airs at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. Watch it here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Rihanna on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Vogue Brasil (Looks like a vintage cover. Me likey!)
NOT: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s alleged involvement in “suspicious behavior” with a woman and two other NFLers (…).

HOT: High school student Akintunde Ahmad, who has a 5.0 GPA, being accepted into just about every Ivy League school (Congrats, dear!).
NOT: People who assume students like Akintunde Ahmad and Kwasi Enin only gained acceptance into Ivy League schools based on their face (black American) and not facts like their super high SAT scores or high GPAs (Ignorance is a choice for many…).

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