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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Premiere: Play Name That Quote With “Growing Pains”

Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder

OK, I may have just watched the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries twice in a row, but I believe this is by no means a sign of an unhealthy obsession. I’m merely dedicated to my job! Also, after crying and yelling at Elena through the TV and trying to send Matt some kind of telepathic hug, hyperventilating during the Caroline-and-Tyler/Klaus scene and pausing the screen to gaze into Damon’s eyes, I realized I’d missed some choice quotes, so I just had to review the fundamentals, you know? Now that I’m an expert at everything that was said during “Growing Pains,” I’m going to challenge you to a little game. Name the characters that said these great quotes…

Candice Accola and Michael Trevino

1. “And now the world has one more quarterback.”

2. “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

3. “I love you, and it’s because I love you that I can’t be selfish with you.”

4. “I am that selfish, but you already knew that.”

5. “I’ll be with you forever … if I want.”

6. “Easy, love. Wrong time, wrong place, wrong equipment.”

7. “You can’t possibly hate me more than I hate myself.”

8. “You don’t have to live with that; you get to live with that.”

9. “I’m smiling.”
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Arrow Premiere Leaves Us With 10 Burning Questions

Admittedly, my biggest question while watching the premiere of Arrow last night was: Why do they keep making Stephen Amell wear shirts? But we assume that mystery will never be fully resolved, so instead, we turn to the kinds of questions that the CW’s newest superhero series might actually answer. Or maybe, those of you who aren’t stereotypical girly girls like myself and have actually read the Green Arrow comics already know the answers and can fill us in — assuming the show sticks to the source material. Here goes:

1. Will we ever be free of the show’s terrible voiceover? Seriously, it only reiterates the things we can already gather just by watching the show, and it’s SO AWKWARD. Crossing fingers that was just a pilot thing.

2. Did Oliver’s dad know they were going to wreck on this island? It sure seemed like they had that emergency raft ready pretty quickly — especially given how fast the water sucked up Sarah. And if they were expecting it, why didn’t they pack more water?
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Connie Britton Won’t Back Down: Nashville Role Is Her Latest Tough Lady We Love

Connie Britton

Oooh, we are so eager to see how Rayna James is going to put that little upstart Juliette Barnes in her place — eventually. That we are so eager to take sides after seeing just one episode of Nashville is mostly due to the talents of Connie Britton (with a little help from Hayden Panettiere’s unparalleled bitchface). This is going to be one good fight. Though it’s certainly not the toughest battle the 45-year-old actress has fought onscreen. What we would give to see her face down an entire town of small-minded football fans for the sake of the kids on Friday Night Lights one last time. Or to see her actually survive the torments of her haunted house on American Horror Story.

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Actually, some of us missed Connie’s other amazing roles, pre-Tami Taylor, and we are now kind of motivated to catch up on them. She’s had recurring roles on Ellen, Spin City, The West Wing and 24. And she first honed her suffering wife act in Ed Burns‘ breakout movie, The Brothers McMullen, back in 1995. One day, we hope, the world will stop putting terrible obstacles in the way of the women she plays, but until then, we’ll be rooting for her!

[Photos: NBC, Fox Searchlight, ABC]

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666 Park Avenue‘s Vanessa Williams, Terry O’Quinn Reveal Their Own Nightmare Apartment Stories

On 666 Park Avenue, which premieres tonight on ABC, Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams play a pair of Manhattan landlords who seem to have some shady dealings with their tenants — which may or may not involve buying up their souls for the man downstairs. TransformersRachael Taylor and Brothers & Sisters alum Dave Annable are the fresh-faced young couple hired to be the place’s live-in property managers. When we caught up with the cast at Comic-Con over the summer, VH1 Celebrity wondered if they had their own nightmare apartment tales to share. Well, of course they did.

“Actors, unless they’re blessed from the get-go, can live in some pretty bad places,” O’Quinn said. The Lost star immediately recalled an apartment that “was in New York, over on 49th Street, somewhere between 7th and 8th. It was probably a 10 foot by 12 foot room. And I had a hot plate. If I wanted to wash anything, I did it in the bathtub, so you took greasy baths sometimes.”

Williams’ college apartment in Syracuse sounds worthy of its own TV show. “I had a couple of bizarre, unexplained incidents that happened with plants that started swinging when no windows were open,” she told us. “Things that were hung on the wall and start going back and forth in, literally, a corner when every window was closed and no radiators were going. We definitely felt that there was a presence of some kind there.”
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Scott Speedman Will Have Sexy Shirtless Scenes On Last Resort, Producer Promises Us

Scott Speedman - Last Resort

It’s been 10 long years since Felicity left our lives forever and took Noel Crane (Scott Foley) and Ben Covington (Scott Speedman) with her. Since then, we’ve been secretly — OK, maybe not so secretly — hoping for Scott Speedman to return to our TV screens on a weekly basis. No offense to the other Scott, but Speedman always had our hearts.

Well, it looks like the TV gods have finally answered our call (now if only they’d bring back Malibu Shores)! Scott Speedman stars in the new drama Last Resort as XO Sam Kendal, who suddenly finds himself in charge of a submarine after his captain (24‘s Andre Braugher) disobeys a direct order from the U.S. government. And as if that isn’t enough to pique your interest, the creators of Last Resort have stuck our eye candy on a beautiful tropical island with lots of irresistible women, where there should plenty of opportunities for gratuitous shirtless scenes. Don’t believe us? We went straight to the source (we’re really connected here at VH1) to get the lowdown on Speedman’s shirtless-ness.  “We, by no means, wish to be just a political thriller. You know, in terms of love, romance, sex, all of that is part of the DNA of the show as well,” show creator and executive producer Karl Gadjusek told us in a conference call. So what about the shirtless-ness? Will Scott Speedman be shirtless? “Yes, I guess he will.” YES! YES! YES!

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Jimmy Fallon Takes On Our TV-Theme Song Challenge (Inadvertently)

OK, this is probably a coincidence, but it’s one we can’t ignore: Less than two days after our own Kate Spencer asked stars on the Emmys red carpet to sing their favorite TV theme songs, Jimmy Fallon and the cast of Guys With Kids performed their own medley of classic TV tunes. So, it was ostensibly inspired by the fact that Fallon sings the theme song of Guys, which he also co-created, and this performance was clearly planned well in advance, judging by the choreography and cleverly arranged order of songs. But we can’t help but be delusional and pretend we inspired this brilliance.

Above, you have Fallon, Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger and Jesse Bradford singing the themes from The Jeffersons, Happy Days, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saved by the Bell, Cheers, All in the Family, The Greatest American Hero (our personal fave) and more. And below, Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris, The Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan, Girls’ Alex Karpovsky and others sing songs from shows like Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch. It’s apples to oranges, but we encourage you to enjoy both masterpieces.
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Miley Cyrus’ Two And A Half Men Steez Reminds Us Of All Our Fave ’90s Ladies

Miley Cyrus, Tiffani Amber Thiessen and Courtney Love

I’ve been staring at these photos of Miley Cyrus from her upcoming guest appearance on Two and a Half Men all day now. And while you might get hung up on the photo of her in cute lingerie, sitting in bed with a shirtless Ashton Kutcher, that’s not what compelled me most. Something about the other two cute outfits appealed to me on an entirely different level, and I finally put my finger on it. Miley is totally channeling all the ladies I looked up to in the ’90s! She’s got the skimpy floral thing that characterized oh so many of Tiffani Amber Thiessen’s Kelly Kapowski costumes on Saved By the Bell. And then the combat boots and punky hairstyle that remind me of the edgy feminine styles of Courtney Love, Juliana Hatfield and all the other ladies who stared back at me from the pages of my Sassy magazine. I kind of love it. How about you? Enjoy a little Kelly love and then check out the full Miley pics below.

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[Photos: Greg Gayne/Warner Bros., Paramount Television, Getty Images]

Related: Did Miley Cyrus Cut Her Hair For Two And A Half Men?

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Giancarlo Esposito Talks Perks Of Playing Scary Dudes On Breaking Bad, Revolution

It was quite strange for fans of Breaking Bad to see Giancarlo Esposito beaming and embracing Aaron Paul at the Emmys on Sunday night, not to mention speaking warmly about his daughters and opera-singing mother on Leno last night. We’re a little more comfortable seeing him go from chicken/meth magnate Gus Fring to insurance-adjuster-turned-militia-baddy Capt. Tom Neville on Revolution. And it turns out, Esposito seems to like it that way. There are certain perks to having the general public scared of you.

“I was on an airplane recently and I got up to go to the bathroom, and a woman spotted me and she started to get tight as I got toward her,” Esposito told Leno. “And then she hit the wall, literally hit the wall and said, ‘No, you go before me, Gus.’ And I said, ‘No,no,no,no, you’ve been waiting in line.’ And she said, ‘No, Gus, it’s really ok.’ They call me by my character name, they call me sir. And she would not move until I went into the bathroom. And when I came out, she was gone.”

We wonder if he’ll still have that same effect now that Leno also showed the public his appearance as Big Bird’s camp counselor on Sesame Street?

Giancarlo Esposito on Revolution

[Photo: NBC]

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Michael Trevino, Tyler Blackburn, Stephen Amell And Other TV Hotties Short Circuit Our Brain With This Pic

Stephen Amell, Jay Ryan, Stephen R. McQueen, Dylan O'Brien, Harry Shum Jr., Tyler Blackburn, Justin Hartley, Taylor Kinney and Michael Trevino

I first saw this photo this morning on Arrow star Stephen Amell‘s Facebook feed (like it, you won’t be sorry), and no kidding, all work stopped for a full five minutes. I’m surprised there’s no brain matter splattered on my screen right now. In case you haven’t yet committed the fall TV schedule to memory, here’s who they are, from left to right: Amell, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast), Steven R. McQueen (The Vampire Diaries), Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars), Justin Hartley (Emily Owens, M.D.), Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire) and Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries). The spread is actually from Bullett Media, who decided to explode our hearts too, by gathering these guys’ quotes about what they look for in a woman.

“I judge a woman purely on how she looks first thing in the morning. That’s the critical point, right?” Amell says. OK, so he’s not all that romantic. But points for honesty!

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“If a girl doesn’t get along with my dog, then we’ve got a problem,” McQueen says.

Our personal favorite is from Tyler Blackburn: “I enjoy a certain amount of decadence in my life, so I want to be with someone who shares an appreciation for the finer things. And if that finer thing happens to be fried, well, put it in your mouth.” We’re totally down with that one.

For the rest of the guys’ quotes (especially a surprising revelation from Taylor Kinney, a.k.a. Lady Gaga’s main squeeze), head over to Bullett.

[Photo courtesy Bullett Media)

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Nina Dobrev Helps Us Understand Why Elena Doesn’t Want To Turn On The Vampire Diaries

Between the season-four promo and the above brand-new clip, we’re pretty sure most of you are with us on this fundamental question about The Vampire Diaries: Dear god, why doesn’t Elena want to become a vampire? Thankfully, VH1 Celebrity got the chance to talk to Nina Dobrev on the phone while she was in Toronto for the premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and she gave us a list of all the drawbacks of being a vampire:

“For one you can’t have kids, you will never be able to experience something for the first and last time, and I think [Elena] really wants to be normal,” Dobrev told us. “There’s so much chaos in her life, there’s so much death, and so much sadness, especially when you become a vampire all your emotions are heightened, so if it’s raining you all of sudden start bawling because you’re so sad that the clouds are out and the sun’s not out. If someone makes a moderately funny joke you erupt into hysterical laughter, so it’s almost like going through puberty again and your emotions. And I don’t think anyone wants to go through that again. Once was enough.”

Hmm, we’d never thought of it that way. At the same time, the 23-year-old Degrassi alum has been going through the emotional turmoil of teenage life onscreen for quite some time now. Is she looking forward to graduating to adult roles sometime soon?
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