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My dearest Joseph,

I’ll admit that you weren’t openly in my life until I started watching The Vampire Diaries again, but now that I have, I never want to see you go.

I mean first on my list of things I love about you are your eyes, your intoxicatingly deep and vibrantly blue-green eyes. Here’s a cheesy line from me to you— I could swim in your eyes all day. (You’re welcome)

So, you also have that accent going for you, and I’m a sucker for a man with an accent.

AND THAT SMIRK. That honest to goodness, dimply smirk melts my heart like butter in a microwave.

You like comics…and I like comics…so we could read some comics together. And that leads me to the fact that you have a good taste in pop culture, like the Superman movie and The Walking Dead. So I mean, we could watch some things and hang out and be nerds together.

I find it brilliant that you are into directing and writing as well, because that shows that you have many talents. You aren’t afraid to take some risks and work towards what you want, all the while being creative. Cheers, mate.

But the most admirable thing about you, love, is that you care about the world. You are an avid supporter of Positive Women, which for those who don’t know, works to improve the lives of women suffering from HIV/Aids . You urged people to donate to the cause instead of getting you anything for your birthday.

Can you say adorable?

You may play that manipulative and cunning, but alluring and loving, Klaus on Vampire Diaries, but I know that you have a big heart.

I can’t wait to see more of what you do, and I hope they bring Klaus back from The Originals to The Vampire Diaries, because even though I love you dearly, I’m cheering for Klaroline even more.

And that’s the honest truth.

I intend on being your last love,
Anjelica Oswald
@thisisjelli

PS I’m not entirely a creep, I swear. That is a quote from Vampire Diaries, ya fools.

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By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother returns to CBS on September 23 at 8 p.m.

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We’ve met the mother; now what about a series depicting how she met the father?

In an interview with TV Guide, HIMYM co-creator and executive producer Carter Bays said he’s not ruling out the possibility of a relationship-themed spinoff. Theories on what that could entail include a series following Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan), newlyweds Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) or How I Met Your Father, which would follow the Mother’s (Cristin Milioti) journey to how she met Ted (Josh Radnor).

This isn’t the first time talks of a spinoff have occurred. In early 2012, Bays and fellow executive producer Craig Thomas said a spinoff was a possibility.

“We’ve had conversations about rewinding back to 2005 and doing a series called How I Met Your Father,” Thomas said. “From the perspective of what was happening with the Mother all those years. Occasionally, she’ll stumble through McLaren’s and no one will see her.”

Before they decided the way season eight would actually end — and before contract negotiations were completed — Bays and Thomas said they thought about technically ending the series after season eight and doing a ninth season that would show what happened after Ted met the Mother or doing a season of little stories that happened throughout the whole time period of the show.

The ninth and final season will take place over the course of Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend. Guests expected include Sherri Shepherd, Ellie Kemper and Roger Bart — who will play an employee at the hotel where the wedding is located. Wayne Brady as Barney’s brother, Tim Gunn — who made his first hilarious cameo in the 100th episode — and John Lithgow as Barney’s father will all return for the final season as well.

Although there is one guest I am particularly interested in meeting: Robin’s mother.

“We’ll meet Robin’s new stepmom, who wants to sing at her wedding,” Bays said in an interview with TV Guide. “And Robin’s mom, whom we’ve said almost nothing about, will also be a factor, whether we meet her or not. We’ll be exploring why Robin hasn’t talked to her. Her personality will help explain Robin in the same way her dad’s did.”

I’m incredibly excited for this season and cannot wait for the show to return. Are you excited? Are you hoping any familiar faces will pop up during the show’s final season? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee will return to Fox on September 26

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Actress/singer Demi Lovato is in talks to join Glee in a significant arc for season five.

The X Factor judge will play Dani, a NYC-based struggling artist friend of Rachel and Santana’s. She will also interact frequently with Adam Lambert’s incoming character, and the two will perform several numbers together.

According to TV Line, Lovato will appear in at least six episodes, beginning with the second part of the show’s Beatles tribute, which will air Oct. 3.

Lovato previously starred in the Disney Channel series Sonny with a Chance, which ended two years ago, and the Camp Rock movies with the Jonas Brothers.

I said it with the announcement of Lambert’s presence on the show: Glee should not bring already known stars in as guests to interact with the main younger cast. It is a different question when bringing on Idina Menzel as Rachel’s (Lea Michele) mom or Kristin Chenoweth as Will’s (Matthew Morrison) old friend but bringing in known names for arcs as college friends or flings will definitely interrupt the flow of the show. Who knows? Maybe Lovato will surprise us all? But I must say I’m not thrilled for the casting of either Lovato or Lambert. Hopefully, their guest spot doesn’t turn into anything more permanent.

Glee season five will premiere Sept. 26 after being pushed back a week after the death of star Cory Monteith in mid-July. The first two episodes of the season will be Beatles tributes while the third episode will pay tribute to Monteith. It was revealed earlier that the episode will deal directly with drug addiction, the cause of the star’s death. However, show creator Ryan Murphy has recently stated that the Monteith’s character Finn Hudson will not die of a drug overdose.

“At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered,” Murphy said in an interview with Deadline. “But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that. Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died. The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’ That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way.”

“But I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve,” Murphy added. “After that, we’re going to take two weeks or three weeks down to get our heads together because it’s been a really hard thing to write. We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them around. We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving.”

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
The 86th Academy Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, March 2, 2014 on ABC

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It’s time to brush off your dancing shoes and starting learning some new moves!

Everyone is making dance puns so you know what that means… Ellen DeGeneres that she will host the 2014 Oscars!! She announced the news via Twitter on Friday.

“It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars! I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra,” DeGeneres wrote.

This will be the second time DeGeneres has hosted the Oscars. Her first time was back in 2007. The talk show host even grabbed an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for her first Oscar hosting gig.

And here’s her opening monologue to prove how fantastic she will be:

“There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement.

Last year’s show succeeded to pull in ratings after producers brought in Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host. However, he drew mixed reviews for his edgy commentary and performances, such as “We Saw Your Boobs.”

DeGeneres’ outstanding talk show, which has won 45 Daytime Emmy Awards in its decade of airing, proves she knows how to talk to an audience and get them laughing without resorting to crude comments. Plus, it means we can expect a fantastic opening like the one she served for her first gig because her openings on her show are quite possibly the best you will ever see.

All in all, Ellen is wonderful; this award show should be spectacular; and I cannot wait to live tweet it. Only seven months to go!

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee will return to Fox in the fall on September 26

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According to Fox entertainment chairman, Kevin Reilly, Glee will most likely end after season six.

“I would not anticipate it goes beyond two more seasons,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s two very clear arcs to get to that end and conclude. Listen, if we discover a new crop of kids and there’s some breakout, who knows? But right now we’re thinking about two seasons.”

When the show was renewed for two years in April, my skepticism hit an all-time high. The show has gone downhill and even the declining ratings are a reflection of the people’s apathy for the show. Personally, I’m not sure how the show will last another two years, especially after star Cory Monteith’s death in mid-July. The Finchel storyline was a major part of the show and continuing on without that seems improbable. Not to mention the fact that principal characters continue to leave — ahem, Jayma Mays.

A special tribute to Monteith is planned for the 2013 Emmy Awards in September.

The Monteith tribute episode on Glee will be the third episode in season five, and Reilly said it will “deal directly with drug addiction and with the circumstances surrounding Cory’s death.” However, he said that does not mean Finn will die of an overdose.

PSAs from the cast will air throughout the episode and proceeds from the episode’s music sales will go to a scholarship fund for kids established in the name of the late actor.