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American Horror Story: Apocalypse Finale Kind Of Saves the World. Well that was probably the best American Horror Story finale yet. Apocalypse ended on Wednesday with the day saved for now, and it happened mostly as expected after last week's episode. Mallory (Billie Lourd) went back in time and destroyed Michael (Cody Fern), running him over and over and over with a car just after his grandmother Constance (Jessica Lange) kicked him out of the house for being totally evil. Despite his begging to be brought into the house so he could become trapped inside it, Constance left him to die in the street. Bye bye Michael. The apocalypse never happened, and the underworld was so pleased that they even sent Misty (Lily Rabe) back to life while Mallory prevented Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) from staying at the Hotel Cortez, and planned to retrieve Madison (Emma Roberts) from retail hell. So in the end (or almost the end) everything worked out, but it took an awful lot of blood to get there. First, Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) explained the situation. Coco (Leslie Grossman) and Mallory were going to join the bunker, alongside the evil Dinah Stevens (Adina Porter), but with totally new identities. Coco was based on Madison, and Mallory was cast as her meek assistant, to help keep her powers hidden from Michael. After Cordelia, Myrtle (Frances Conroy), and Madison returned, bringing with them the real Voodoo queen, Angela Bassett (who gloriously took down Dinah), they made robot Kathy Bates explode, Madison used the robot arm gun to shoot Michael a hundred times or so, and that bought some time to prep Mallory's time travel magic. (Then Madison's head exploded!) That's when Billy Eichner showed up out of nowhere, stabbed her, and got all yelly until Myrtle set him on fire and threw him over a ledge. Mallory wasn't strong enough to do the spell, so Cordelia had to kill herself to give Mallory full Supreme power, and it would have all been very emotional if Mallory didn't then go back in time to erase all of it. She had fixed everything except for Myrtle still being dead, and all seemed fine, until she reminded us via voiceover that the devil will never stop, and it turns out he literally won't stop doing the exact same thing. We were suddenly back with those two random kids who fell in love in the bunker way back at the beginning of the season. We saw them meet and plan a date, we saw them have a baby a year later (bit of a jump there, but OK), and then we saw them three years later, complaining about their angry toddler. They then arrived home from a date night to discover the a blood-covered kid in a rocking chair, giggling over his dead babysitter. That's when the doorbell rang, and the Satanists had arrived to claim the kid as one of their own. Originally, we thought only a horrible encounter between a possessed ghost and a human could create such a monster, so it sure is great to know that anyone can do it. Anyway, that was that, and we have to say we walked out of this finale feeling pretty damn satisfied, if a bit concerned. Still not sure what was up with either of Billy Eichner's characters, and we've still got a lot of questions about what is up with Ms. Venable and that whole purple/grey scheme she apparently totally invented with help from a robot, but aside from that, our questions were answered, the witches are mostly all safe, and we couldn't ask for a whole lot more. American Horror Story airs on FX. (Eonline)
Colton Underwood's Bachelor Season Gets a Premiere Date. Viewers, will you accept this rose? ABC just announced that Season 23 of The Bachelor, starring Colton Underwood, will premiere on Jan. 7, 2019. The former athlete first competed for Becca Kufrin's heart in Season 14 of The Bachelorette this year, and he later broke Tia Booth's heart on Season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise. As always, two-hour episodes will air every Monday night, and host Chris Harrison will be back; Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner and Nicole Woods are the executive producers. Underwood, whose virginity became a hot topic in Bachelor Nation, was selected in September. He follows Arie Luyendk Jr., who's expecting a baby with fiancee Lauren Burnham. "I'm very excited," Underwood, a former NFL player, explained on Good Morning America two months ago. "'Third time's a charm.' That's what they say, right? That's what I'm hoping for." Underwood met three of the women competing for a rose when he taped an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in September. "I found out just very shortly before Good Morning America -- a little over a week [before]. It's been a whirlwind, but now I'm on Ellen," he said. "This is unreal." Underwood added that he's hoping to find a partner who is "fun, spontaneous and outgoing," as well as someone who is a "good person" and "could be a good mother" one day. "I feel like I was born to be a dad," the free agent, 26, explained. "I'm super excited about this." More than anything, Underwood said he was looking for a woman who can keep him on his toes. "I like to be challenged in a relationships," he told Ellen DeGeneres, adding, "My motto for this season is to live in the moment. I'm going to be present and just enjoy myself and have fun. The other two shows, I had to deal with some situations. Now I just want to relax and have fun." (Eonline)
Goop's coming to TV. Sources said that Gwyneth Paltrow hinted during a WSJ. Magazine panel at the Wall Street Journal's D.Live tech conference on Tuesday that there's a television project in the works for her $250 million wellness and lifestyle brand. But the star-turned-entrepreneur did not elaborate on any specifics for a show. Paltrow also dished that Goop, which recently launched its first international pop-up in London as part of a European expansion, will next move into the Australian market. The brand was created a decade ago as a Paltrow home newsletter. Also appearing at D.Live were comic Kevin Hart and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom -- who's been taking flying lessons and flew himself (with an instructor) to the Laguna Beach, Calif., event. (Page Six)