If you are one of the many that has fallen in love with Schitt's Creek, either on Pop TV or via binge-watching on Netflix, then you are already aware that Catherine O'Hara, aka Moira Rose, is an international treasure.
For four seasons she has delighted us as the vain but surprisingly compassionate matriarch of the Rose family whose wig game is always on point and who will never be caught at a bad angle. Her aesthetic is the dream and her pointed one-liners could give Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter) a run for her money. Still, as each season of Schitt's Creek has gotten better and better, Season 5 looks like it will bring Moira to her greatest heights yet.
The premiere picked up with Moira in the midst of filming her comeback horror movie that we still don't understand but has something to do with birds. At first it seemed like Moira was the only one on the entire set with a hope that the feature could bring her back to her soap opera days of glory, but she used her charm and powerful skills of persuasion to convince the director that the script just needed a few improvements to make it worth it.
The episode ended with Moira on top of a makeshift cliff, in full bird regalia, talking to her avian friends in a truly moving performance. It's... absolutely freakin' ridiculous, but it is also genius. The scene emphasizes what we've known but haven't gotten to fully experience yet: O'Hara, just like Moira, can make anything work when given the room to express her comedic genius. The scene -- as well as the vindication from her director -- gave Moira a huge confidence boost that will only make her more of a force when she finally returns to Schitt's Creek.
The first season of Schitt's Creek focused on the simple town folk who so wildly differed from the rich Roses who landed upon them, while the later seasons shifted to focus more on David's (Dan Levy) and Alexis' (Annie Murphy) romantic developments. Moira and Johnny (Eugene Levy) have had their moments of growth as well, but if Season 5 is going to continue on the path of giving us more Moira and letting O'Hara shine to the full extent of her ability, than we are more on board than ever before -- and we've been very on board for a while.
Schitt's Creek airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on Pop.
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[Warning: The following contains spoilers for the latest episode of The Masked Singer.]
Like popping zits or smelling your own farts while quasi-comatose on the couch, The Masked Singer is the guilty pleasure nobody wants to cop to but everybody loves, so here we are once again recapping what happened during this dopey daydream! To see who won, scroll to the end.
Things got underway with the embarrassing dad-rock classic "Who Are You" playing as host Nick Cannon emerged wearing another of his hypnotic suits that looked like he got tangled up in some drapes in a Las Vegas hotel room and then walked away fully formed. Why doesn't he have a clothing line, or a chain of tuxedo rental boutiques? Anyway, this week's lineup included Lion, Deer, Peacock, Unicorn and Monster.
Lion provided the first shock of the night: nailing a rendition of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" so well it reframed the whole contest. As Jenny McCarthy noted, 'That's a trained vocalist," and suddenly, it seemed like the show's competitors weren't just the celebrity equivalent of discounted perfume kiosks in the mall, but actual real-deal singers people actually pay to hear. Everyone was completely stumped. Lion's package hinted she's some kind of activist.
Deer sang "Get Your Shine On" by Florida Georgia Line, sailing confidently over it with a country twang and husky voice. The performance was fine but the -- no pun intended here -- elephant in the room here (there's no elephant to make this a true pun but just go with it) is that Deer is kind of hot. Deer is like a woody, masculine lodge come to life, and he looks like he smells like leather, tobacco, aftershave and low-key politically incorrect beliefs that make him a problematic crush. He's definitely an athlete, and (spoiler!) we found out who he was at the end of the night.
Peacock did a spiel that hinted at his longevity in the game and you got the sense this show is actually awesome for him because it lets him truly cast off perceptions and see him, uh, fly. Peacock was great too, singing OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" while gliding around the stage with panache. Jenny's hunch to ask about Vegas was right, leading the panelists to think he could be David Copperfield, or perhaps noted magic fan Neil Patrick Harris. His hint that he's played dramatic roles prompted aspiring Mensa spokesperson Nicole Scherzinger to holler "He could be an actor!" for everyone at home without sense enough to come in from the rain. Oh, Nicole. Don't change. (Or light a match if you smell gas in the house, in case you didn't know.)
Unicorn, someone with ties to Beverly Hills, opened her package hinting she wanted to conquer a fear of singing. Well, some fears are good: They keep us from jumping off cliffs or putting your hand on a hot stove or singing "Oops I Did It Again" in a unicorn costume. After the legitimately good performances prior, Unicorn sounded like a cat trying to climb out of a burlap sack, setting her up for elimination. Denise Richards was one of the good guesses, since she said she lost her sheen.
Monster came next. When we first saw him, T-Pain made for a very good guess, and him saying in his package that he was coming back from the South seemed to make that hold up. His rendition of "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw made clear, in a way, the strength and control in his voice, and he wailed out some pretty impressive high notes toward the end. Still, some of his clues threw people off the 'professional singer' train, leading people to guess he could be Kevin Hart, Nelly or Derek Jeter.
After votes, shock! Deer, not Unicorn, got the boot. After more fumbling than a teenage boy with a bra strap, he got the thing off and revealed himself to be Terry Bradshaw, who said he was relieved this was over. (Us too, Terry!) Anyone else very disturbed you thought Terry Bradshaw dressed as a deer was kind of hot? Whew.
The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Fox.
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[Warning: The following contains spoilers about the latest episode of Vikings.]
Based on the first photos of Lagertha's (Katheryn Winnick) return, we knew the shieldmaiden would be in a dire state when she reappeared in Wednesday's Vikings episode. But we never could have predicted just how bleak her situation truly was.
After barely escaping the battle in which she witnessed the death of her lover Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a severely injured Lagertha was taken in by an old healer while she hovered in the space between life and death. During this time, Lagertha had a vision of her ex-husband Ragnar's (Travis Fimmel) death. (If you somehow forgot, halfway through the fourth season Ragnar was executed by King Aelle [Ivan Kaye], who dropped the famed Viking into a pit of poisonous snakes after torturing him.) But in a devastating twist, Lagertha's vision didn't just find her bearing witness to Ragnar's horrific death, but taking on the roles of various participants in it.
"That sequence was something that I remember spending quite a lot of time discussing with Helen Schaver, the director, and she had very strong feelings about it," Vikings creator Michael Hirst tells TV Guide. "[Lagertha and Ragnar have] always been so spiritually close. She says, 'Whatever you do, we'll always be together.' So I always thought that she would be graced this vision of his death, but I think Helen wanted to make the point that she's not simply passive. She doesn't dream of just happening to be passing [by], but somehow she's so involved in his life, the decisions in his life, the way that it's gone, that she's somehow implicated."
Since Ragnar's death in Season 4, viewers haven't really gotten to explore the depths of Lagertha's grief nor any potential feelings of guilt regarding the way their paths diverged and the way his, in particular, ended. In fact, Lagertha has been such a pillar of strength for the past five seasons, that we haven't seen very much at all of how all the various things she's survived and overcome affected her, which is why this week's breakdown came as such a shock yet also felt long overdue.
"We've always seen how incredibly strong she is and how she's gone through so many trials. ... She was betrayed by Ragnar, she was abused by her next husband, she had to kill her best friend. But throughout all this, she seems not untouched by it but not unchanged by it," Hirst explains. "She's always remained strong and resilient and she's always kind of bounced back and I felt, and I think Katheryn felt too, that these things eventually took their toll."
The past season has been especially tough on Lagertha, who lost her kingdom to Ragnar's most ruthless son Ivar (Alex Høgh), was confronted by Rollo (Clive Standen) about Bjorn's (Alexander Ludwig) true parentage, then had to flee to England where she not only was at the mercy of King Alfred (Fredia Walsh-Peelo) but also found her relationship with Heahmund tested in challenging new ways.
"She didn't have that kind of independence she usually has or the power that she often has. She was the mercy of Heahmund and the situation," Hirst says of Lagertha's journey this season. "I think something snapped. I think something finally broke inside her. And it's been coming. You can't suffer what she's suffered as a human being without cracking.
"That was a big discussion with Katheryn because Katheryn always said she wanted to appear tough because she is a kind of role model. She wants women to see her as a survivor, and I said, 'You are. You are the ultimate survivor, but there comes a point in everyone's life when it gets too much or you can't easily rise about this immediately situation you're in.' So it seemed like the point at which something snapped and changed, for however long that is. She ran out of hope and she never runs out of courage, but she went to a very dark place."
Fortunately for the beloved shieldmaiden, Judith (Jennie Jacques) discovered where Lagertha had been recovering and returned her to the Royal Willa at Wessex where she nursed Lagertha back to health. But even once Lagertha was fully returned to the world of the living, she seemed truly changed by the experience.
"Everything changes, as I have changed. I am no longer Lagertha, shieldmaiden, since my shield is gone. I have nothing to protect myself with," Lagertha said, to which Judith suggested that Lagertha still had "herself and her honesty" to protect herself with.
"Sweet Judith, do you think that is enough?" a teary-eyed Lagertha asked.
As happy as we are to have our Lagertha back, we have to admit we're a little worried about where she goes from here.
Vikings airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on History.
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