Can’t Stop Watching: ‘AHS: Coven’s’ Suprises, Don Cheadle Cast in Miles Davis Biopic & More

"American Horror Story: Coven" (Photo: FX)


Last night’s episode of “American Horror Story: Coven” delivered as always but still left me scratching my head occasionally. Queenie, Zoe and Nan, hoping to find answers behind Madison’s disappearance, find an Ouija board (and formed a coven) in the house only to discover there’s a nefarious ghost trapped in the house. I have to say, the scene was classic (and perhaps stereotypical) scene of a black person intuitively knowing when to leave well enough alone yet the white person allows their curiosity to get the best of them. You know you thought the same thing. I’ve seen the Twitter feed. The scary entity? The Axeman, who nearly 100 years earlier, butchered folks around New Orleans. The young witches at Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies in 1919 took it upon themselves to end his treachery and murdered him, trapping his spirit in the house (And they say witches are bad). Zoe promised to free his spirit if he told her where Madison was located. The girls were eventually led to the attic where Spalding, the necrophiliac butler, has kept her decaying corpse since Supreme Witch Fiona murdered her, thinking the younger witch was her replacement. With Misty’s help, Madison was brought back from the dead. She didn’t seem to recall that Fiona murdered her and Zoe also didn’t remember her agreement with The Axeman. No worries, he did and attacked newly-blinded Cordelia, who’s bedroom is the same room where he was murdered (Sidenote: Cordelia’s never sensed his presence before?) Led by Zoe, so obviously the next in line to be Supreme, Queenie and Nan performed a ritual that released his spirit, setting him loose (materialized in the flesh) on the streets of New Orleans yet again. The episode concluded with him sitting at bar next to Fiona, the latter depressed because she’s battling cancer and desperately wants to remain powerful and be loved. Oh, Lord. There’s an interesting aspect that we learned during last night’s episode that I’m still assessing how my feelings about: Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau charged Cordelia’s hubby Hank with murdering that group of witches. Didn’t see that one coming. Apparently, he married Cordelia only to get close to her so he could essentially murder witches attending the Academy per Marie’s orders. She even ordered him to bring her all of the witches’ heads (that would be six, including newly revitalized Madison). Again, I ask, what type of witches are these? Where are their powers? I mean, if Fiona’s the Supreme, why didn’t she see this coming (To her credit, she always thought Hank was scum.)? The Council of Witchcraft was unable to foresee see this? Now that she’s been gifted with a form of psychometry, a result of her blindness, maybe Cordelia will have a revelation. And Marie, my favorite character (I wanted to see how the series portrayed this historical figure)— I’m unsure how I feel about the story line with her. There were aspects I’ve enjoyed, like the Halloween episode, “Fearful Pranks Ensue,” where she was really in her power and you knew she didn’t take any mess (Angela Bassett is great as Marie). But subtle doubts linger. “American Horror Story: Coven” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on FX. Catch up on past episodes here.

Watch last night’s episode of “American Horror Story: Coven”

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Bellamy Young, who plays First Lady Mellie Grant on ABC’s “Scandal,” guest hosted on “The View” Wednesday and she shared that tonight’s episode will reveal more about her character and the events the led to who we see today. “It’s the why, the why [you’ve] become a bad girl. The one choice that you make that put you on a different road and all of a sudden you think you’re living one life and you wind up in left field,” Young said about her character. Ah, so Mellie was corrupted? Well, Mellie is expected to be 1960s Jackie Kennedy but she’s more like Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. I will say this, Mellie is fun to watch on TV. My favorite “Scandal” character? Cyrus Beene. He’s a card. Watch Young on “The View” here. As you know, based on my ode to Tisha Campbell-Martin last month, I’m a fan of “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” So it was a treat to see three of the cast members-Nick Cannon, Nelly and Kevin Hart-on “The View” earlier this week. The “fakest reality show ever” is “hysterical funny” as Shepherd noted and is “one of the best” as her co-host Whoopi Goldberg said. The cast, which also includes Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin (Tisha’s hubby) and J.B Smooth, is an exaggeration of these entertainers’ real-life personas. And it seems that Hart finds herself competing with guest stars like Chris Rock and his ongoing low-key beef with pal Cannon. “See, Nick always has something great going and Kevin always wants that,” Nelly explains. And that’s about how it is. “If Nick has a house, Kevin’s house has always got to be bigger,” Shepherd chimed in. If you haven’t already seen “Real Husband of Hollywood” check out past episodes here. Why we’re talking about brothas, Academy Award-winning actor Don Cheadle will play Miles Davis in the late jazz musician’s biopic. As the daughter of a jazz aficionado, I can definitely say this is great casting! Yes, he physically resembles Davis and he’s a talented thespian. I hope the story is good because Mr. Davis lived quite a life. Read more here. Speaking of biopics, I’d love to see one on Caryn Johnson aka Whoopi Goldberg. Any takers?

On my watchlist tonight? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“Scandal”: As I stated above, tonight’s episode will be all about Mellie. It airs at tonight 10 p.m. EST on ABC. [Watch here]
“Revolution”: I still have a few episodes to go before I’m all caught up. It airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on NBC. [Watch here]

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Maya Rudolph landing a variety series on NBC (Hmm, Maya’s funny so I’ll check this out!).
NOT: Concept designer Peggy Noland’s new dress with Oprah Winfrey’s head Photoshopped on a naked body (You can get a fat or skinny body options. What in the …)

HOT: Jennifer Hudson added a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Wow! Good for JHud).
NOT: Perri “Pebbles” Reid appearing on “The Wendy Williams Show” (Perhaps I expected a bit more if she was going to do a televised address of her grievances).

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