Mar 16, 2012
Months after filming “The Bachelor” finale, Lindzi Cox apparently no longer expects Ben Flajnik to be back with her. While she hinted that she would open her heart once again for the winemaker if his relationship with Courtney Robertson didn’t work out, the runner-up of the show’s 16th season claimed she didn’t mean what she said back then.
“The one thing I want to set the record straight is when I was walking out and said, ‘If it doesn’t work out, call me!’ that was a total joke,” she claimed. “We were walking and it was that awkward silence where no one was saying anything and I was like, ‘Dude, I got to break this somehow!’ That was a joke!”
Asked how she would respond if Ben called her to beg for a second chance, Lindzi replied, “I don’t know what I would say… I don’t know what I would say to him, but it wouldn’t be much.” However, when later pressed with the same question, she made it clear that she would never date Ben again as saying, “I could absolutely be friends with Ben. I don’t think we’d work dating.”
The 27-year-old lady additionally backtracked her comment that Ben would look like a total fool if he does want to marry Courtney. “I think that – I don’t still mean what I said,” she said before elaborating, “And watching the show, I got to see how their relationship was and I think that ultimately, it’s not my place to say if it’ll last or not or if he’s making a good decision or not, because he has to do what’s best for him and I really wish Ben nothing but the best.”
Showing support for Ben and Courtney, Lindzi added, “I think that I’m in a really good place now and Ben made his decision and I completely respect that, and I wish them nothing but the best.” When asked if Ben made the right decision by picking “bad girl” Courtney, she wisely stated, “I don’t necessarily think Courtney is a bad girl, and I don’t think that he – it’s up to them if their relationship works and I wish them nothing but the best.”
The business development manager went on defending Courtney who was deemed the villain on the show. “She wasn’t that bad in the house. All she did was sleep a lot, and when she was up, she isolated herself. It wasn’t bad for me,” she insisted. Still, she admitted that watching Courtney skinny dipping with Ben was “kind of stung a little bit because he still had a lot of other really great women there.”
Ben dumped Lindzi and proposed to Courtney in the Monday, March 12 episode of “The Bachelor”. Despite the controversial decision, the episode (2.9/8) saw a 36% drop from last year’s finale, marking the lowest-rated closer ever for the ABC reality series.
While “American Idol” producers had decided to axe Jermaine Jones on Tuesday, March 13, the other finalists apparently had no idea what led to his disqualification until the situation was addressed on Thursday. “We didn’t really find out until America found out,” Hollie Cavanaugh said after the performance show was aired.
The Liverpool-born singer went on sharing her feelings about the shocking elimination, “We were all really taken aback by it. It’s really sad and really unfortunate.” Affirming her fellow contestant’s statement, Skylar Laine claimed, “We were so surprised. We didn’t know anything about it until tonight. They kept us in the dark.”
Colton Dixon revealed he heard on Tuesday night that Jermaine was no longer on the show, but he didn’t know why. “We found out when you guys did and all the details,” the 20-year-old Tennessee boy stated. “I hate that for him. Everyone has a past and his just happened to be exposed. He handled it so well and I am so proud of him for that.”
Also reacting to Jermaine’s exit, Erika Van Pelt claimed the situation is “shocking”, “confusing” and “emotional” for them. She added, “But we’re hoping that everything gets worked out at home for him. We’re praying everyday for him.” Jermaine’s roommate Joshua Ledet echoed her statement as gushing, “It was devastating for us.”
Refusing to judge the “gentle giant” based on his criminal past, Elise Testone stated, “That hiccup doesn’t define him. This is just part of his life. He’s going to be fine. We’re all very, very sad not to have him with us.” As for Shannon Magrane, she would miss him because “he’s always been such a happy person. He’s such a goofball. He always kept all of us laughing.”
Jermaine’s depature was addressed on the March 14 performance show. Footage of him being confronted by the “Idol” producers was played and he was seen explaining why he didn’t disclose his legal issues to them. “I just was scared and nervous and didn’t want to get judged and penalized for anything in the past,” the vocal instructor reasoned.
Asked about a charge which allegedly involved a fight, he cleared it up, “It wasn’t a fight, I wasn’t fighting… I thought I was left carrying my bags..the police and paramedics came because I couldn’t walk.” Still, Nigel Lythgoe said they had to boot him from “Idol” because the show is “not allowed to have someone with an outstanding warrant on the program.”
Toward the end of it, the clip showed Jermaine in Tuesday rehearsal, during which he practiced his rendition of “Somewhere Out There”.
Footage of Jermaine Jones being confronted by “American Idol” producers:
I’m hearing that fans of the Fox series 24 are going to have to continue waiting for the long-awaited 24 feature film. 20th Century Fox isn’t going forward with the film this year. It hadn’t been greenlit, but it was scheduled to get going in late March, with Kiefer Sutherland jumping into Jack Bauer mode when his new series Touch goes on hiatus in April. The studio was zeroing in on a director — Antoine Fuqua was the most recent conversation I’d heard of — when the decision was made this week to not go forward, at least this year.
A potential romance between Samantha Ryan (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Gibbs once again plays out in the next episode of “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service“. Being partnered after top secret information is leaked by someone on the inside, the two get closer and may share a kiss as it’s teased in a preview.
“The Tell“, which features Curtis reprising her role as the ambiguous director of PsyOps, will air Wednesday, March 21 at 8/7c on CBS. As usual, it’s followed by a new episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles” at 9/8c. In the upcoming outing of the spin-off series, the NCIS: LA team investigates a shooting outside the Vietnamese Consulate just prior to an international conference at the venue that the Secretary of the Navy is scheduled to attend.
In another news related to “NCIS”, it has been reported that Jimmy Palmer’s nuptials which is going to be featured in the season finale will take place in Florida instead of Washington D.C., where the show is set. Executive producer Gary Glasberg teased, “The whole team will, in theory, all head down for that and at the same time be dealing with some significant stuff back in D.C. It’ll be a juggling act between the two.”
He went on dishing, “There’s some danger involved and we’ll have to see where that puts our team. There’ll be a cliffhanger and we’ll see what’s left when we come back.”
In anticipation of “Mad Men” season 5 premiere on AMC, the cast of the Emmy-winning series stepped out for a red carpet event. On Wednesday, March 14, the likes of Jon Hamm and January Jones attended a big screen premiere of the show’s season opener at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles.
Looking sleek in a grey suit which was paired with a striped tie, the Don Draper depicter, Hamm, was all smiles as he came hand-in-hand with longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt. The “Friends with Kids” director, meanwhile, looked simple but elegant in a green tube dress.
Jones stole the limelight with her black retro body-hugging knee-skimming dress, which showed some skin in the midriff, while her new pink-streaked hair was curled. Also rocking a black number were her co-stars Jessica Pare and Alison Brie.
Other stars supporting the screening were John Slattery, Rich Sommer, Vincent Kartheiser and Jared Harris, as well as young actress Kiernan Shipka who plays Don and Betty’s daughter. Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks, meanwhile, missed out the event because they’re out of the country to work on other projects.
The fifth season of “Mad Men” will debut Sunday, March 25 at 9/8c with a two-hour premiere. Creator Matthew Weiner recently told the audience at PaleyFest that he expects the critically acclaimed series to end after its seventh season, saying, “I don’t want to overstay our welcome.”
Judge Elizabeth Allen White has delivered a verdict in one point of Nicollette Sheridan’s lawsuit against Marc Cherry and ABC. During the “Desperate Housewives” trial on Tuesday, March 13, the judge dismissed the battery charge, which means the show’s creator is no longer a defendant in this case.
In delivering the verdict, the judge said that Sheridan’s claims did not meet the standards of workman’s compensation statutes that apply to these matters. Responding to the ruling, Cherry said to media outside the courtroom, “Obviously I’m thrilled by the judge’s decision. But I’m going to withhold further comment until this matter is resolved completely.”
Meanwhile, construction coordinator Michael Reinhart has testified for Sheridan in the wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC and ABC Studios. The employee on the drama series told the jurors he received an email believed to be suggesting a plan to wipe hard drives clean of correspondence relating to Sheridan’s firing.
Saying that he could not recall the specific language of the email, its sender or the other recipients, Mike admitted that he may have misunderstood the email. The worker additionally said he regretted describing the email as a “definite conspiracy.”
Closing arguments were initially expected to begin Tuesday afternoon, but are now scheduled on Wednesday.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will have its own take on one famous fairytale in next week’s episode. Russell can’t help reciting a line from “Alice in Wonderland” when he and his team are called to investigate a robbery-homicide at a wedding, which picks the story written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson as its theme.
While the CSI team has little to work with to find a killer, Hodges is surprised by his mother’s visit to the town and his workplace. To get his meddlesome mom off his back, he wants her to believe that he is engaged to Morgan.
Hodges’ lie leads to him and Olivia heading to a jewelry store to shop for engagement rings. Things get worse when they are kidnapped by robbers and tossed into the back of an ambulance. Dishing on the scene, Wallace Langham said, “There are guns, kidnapping, car chases and a police rescue. I’m stuck in a ’70s TV show!”
“Malice in Wonderland” will air Wednesday, March 21 at 10/9c on CBS. Jaclyn Smith will guest star as Hodges’ mother.
In related news, it has been announced that “CSI” will return with a new season since it’s included in 15 series which got renewal for 2012-2013 season.
The veteran actor has nabbed a recurring role on the upcoming sixth season of Burn Notice as the CIA training officer who taught Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) everything he knows, The Huffington Post reports.
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