Friday, August 22, 2014

TELEVISION: True Blood ends Sunday -- and I'm glad

True Blood comes to an end on Sunday and I can’t help but feel … relieved.

The show, which started as a dark and dirty guilty pleasure seven seasons ago, is not exactly going out on top of its game.

Let’s face it, when True Blood landed and took the country by storm, it was a wild ride full of sex and blood. There were colorful sets, multifaceted characters and outrageous situations. What we’re dealing with now isn’t even a shadow of the show’s formal greatness.

I had to laugh at Sunday’s preview for the finale: Will it end with true love or the true death?

I would love for it to end with true death – for Bill and Sookie. I cannot take one more second of Bill’s maudlin flashbooks, his moody stare or his martyr complex so he can sacrifice himself so he won’t saddle Sookie with Rosebilly’s baby.
As bad as Bill is, though, Sookie is worse. She mourned Tara for 15 seconds. She spent months with Alcide, watched him die trying to protect her, and then hopped in the sack with veiny Bill in less than a week. Where is her rooting value?

I have no doubt that Bill and Sookie will get their “happily ever after.” It makes me want to gag, but the writing is on the wall.

And, before I hear from aggressive Eric fans, he doesn’t belong with Sookie either. She’s like an albatross around the neck of every man she’s been paired with on the show. Eric does not want to settle down. He doesn’t want to be domestic. He might want to “win” – but the life Sookie wants is not the life that Eric wants. So, no, they don’t belong together either.

Quite frankly, when it comes down to it, I’m not watching Sunday’s finale to find out how Sookie and Bill get their happy ending. All I care about right now is Jason, Jessica, Lafayette and Hoyt.

The writers did a huge disservice to the bulk of the secondary characters this season, but what they did to Tara was downright criminal. The original character met a bloody death – off screen – and then served as her mother’s V-fueled hallucination for a few episodes, finally digging an old gun out of the dirt and leaving. Nice.

Of course, poor Sam’s story wasn’t much better. After giving up his bar to be mayor (what qualifies him for that position again?), his pregnant girlfriend (who he fell in love with in five minutes -- a five minutes where he should have been mourning the death of the girlfriend before her-- last season) was kidnapped by rabid vamps. After saving her, she gave him an ultimatum and left town. Then, in a flashback sequence while reading a letter (completely disrespectful for an original character, by the way) Sam just took off and left town in the penultimate episode.
Another slap in the face to fans.

Lafayette turned a straight vampire gay and then helped Tara’s mom dig in the dirt.

Eric and Pam got some cool scenes – especially Pam’s Russian Roulette round Eric’s assault on Sarah Newlin. However their flashback sequences were just as boring as Bill's -- and Pam's nonreaction to Tara's death felt a little insulting.

The only characters that got any decent story were Jason, Jessica and Hoyt.

Jason has been a favorite of mine since the first season (Tara finding him in the freezer with a steak on his junk and his subsequent trip to the hospital was hilarious). As a fan of the books, Jason was always one of my least favorite characters. On the show, though, Jason was often the only reason to watch. He was an idiot – but he somehow managed to get things done and help despite the fact that he’s an idiot.

I wasn’t so sure about Jessica’s story at the beginning of the season. I saw no chemistry between her and James and watching her guilt over killing Andy’s fairy kids manifest as obsession was painful. Unlike a lot of other people, I never wanted Jason and Jessica to settle down. Jason strikes me as the type of guy that’s going to have kids – and he’ll probably be a good father – and Jessica can’t give him kids.

Jessica also wants a guy who’s going to be loyal to her, and Jason just isn’t capable of it. He’s loyal in his
own way, but he can’t commit to one woman. It’s just not who he is.

I was actually crushed when they sent Hoyt away. His romance with Jessica – especially in the second season – was so heart-warming and sweet I couldn’t help but love them. I honestly thought that Jessica and Hoyt were done for good after what happened – but the way the writers brought Hoyt back (and had him dispatch Violet) was some of their best writing all season. I can only hope Hoyt and Jason find a way to be friends again in the finale.

I have no idea if there is going to be a big death in the finale. True Blood always liked to be controversial – so maybe the writers will really kill Bill. I honestly don’t think so, though. The writers made Sookie and Bill the central love story – and they’re the couple who will be the centerpiece of the finale.

Looking back on True Blood, I can’t help but be thankful for the earlier seasons as I try to forget the horrible writing from the latter seasons. Even with all that disappointment, though, I can’t hate a show that gave me eye candy like Alcide, Jason and Eric – even if the writing ruined the show’s overall legacy at the end.

What do you think? Will you miss True Blood?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

When does your favorite television show return this fall?

It’s that time of year again, and the new television season is quickly approaching.

So, when does your favorite show return this fall?

Sept. 3
The League, 10 p.m., FXX

Sept.  7
Sunday Night Football, 8 p.m., NBC
Utopia, 8 p.m., FOX
Boardwalk Empire, 9 p.m., HBO

Sept. 9
Sons of Anarchy, 10 p.m., FOX

Sept. 10
Hell’s Kitchen, 8 p.m., FOX

Sept. 11
The Biggest Loser, 8 p.m., NBC
Thursday Night Football, 8 p.m., CBS

Sept. 15
Dancing With the Stars, 8 p.m., ABC

Sept. 16
New Girl, 9 p.m., FOX
The Mindy Project, 9:30 p.m., FOX

Sept. 17
Red Band Society, 9 p.m., FOX
10 p.m., The Mysteries of Laura, NBC

Sept. 21
60 Minutes, 7 p.m., CBS
Madam Secretary, 8 p.m., CBS
The Good Wife, 9 p.m., CBS

Sept. 22
The Big Bang Theory, 8 p.m., CBS
Gotham, 8 p.m., FOX
The Voice, 8 p.m., NBC
Scorpion, 9 p.m., CBS
Sleepy Hollow, 9 p.m., FOX
The Blacklist, 10 p.m., NBC
Forever, 10 p.m., ABC

Sept. 23
NCIS, 8 p.m., CBS
The Voice (Results), 8 p.m., NBC
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 9 p.m., ABC
NCIS: New Orleans, 9 p.m., CBS
Awkward, 10 p.m., MTV
Chicago Fire, 10 p.m., NBC
Person of Interest, 10 p.m., CBS
Faking It, 10:30 p.m., MTV

Sept. 24
The Middle, 8 p.m., ABC
Survivor, 8 p.m., CBS
The Goldbergs, 8:30 p.m., ABC
Law & Order: SVU, 9 p.m., NBC
Modern Family, 9 p.m., ABC
Black-ish, 9:30 p.m., ABC
Chicago P.D., 10 p.m., NBC
Nashville, 10 p.m., ABC

Sept. 25
Bones, 8 p.m., FOX
Grey’s Anatomy, 8 p.m., ABC
Scandal, 9 p.m., ABC
How to Get Away With Murder, 10 p.m., ABC
Parenthood, 10:30 p.m., NBC

Sept. 26
The Amazing Race, 8 p.m., CBS
Dateline NBC, 8 p.m., NBC
Shark Tank, 9 p.m., ABC
Hawaii Five-0, 9 p.m., CBS
20/20, 10 p.m., ABC
Blue Bloods, 10 p.m., CBS

Sept. 27
48 Hours, 10 p.m., CBS

Sept. 28
Once Upon a Time, 8 p.m., ABC
The Simpsons, 8 p.m., FOX
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 8:30 p.m., FOX
Family Guy, 9 p.m., FOX
Resurrection, 9 p.m., ABC
CSI, 10 p.m., CBS
Revenge, 10 p.m., ABC

Sept. 29
Mom, 8:30 p.m., CBS
Castle, 10 p.m., ABC
NCIS: Los Angeles, 10 p.m., CBS

Sept. 30
Selfie, 8 p.m., ABC
Manhattan Love Story, 8:30 p.m., ABC
Happyland, 11 p.m., MTV

Oct. 1
Criminal Minds, 9 p.m., CBS
Stalker, 10 p.m., CBS

Oct. 2
The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m., CW
Bad Judge, 9 p.m., NBC
Gracepoint, 9 p.m., FOX
Reign, 9 p.m., CW
A to Z, 9:30 p.m., NBC

Oct. 3
Last Man Standing, 8 p.m., ABC

Oct. 5
America’s Funniest Home Videos, 7 p.m., ABC
Bob’s Burgers, 7:30 p.m., FOX
Homeland, 9 p.m., Showtime
Mulaney, 9:30 p.m., FOX

Oct. 6
The Originals, 8 p.m., CW

Oct. 7
The Flash, 8 p.m., CW
Supernatural, 9 p.m., CW

Oct. 8
Arrow, 8 p.m., CW
Kingdom,  9 p.m., DirecTV

Oct. 10
Cristela, 8:30 p.m., ABC

Oct. 12
The Walking Dead, 9 p.m., AMC
The Affair, 10 p.m., Showtime

Oct. 13
Jane The Virgin, 9 p.m., CW

Oct. 14
Marry Me, 9 p.m., NBC
About a Boy, 9:30 p.m., NBC

Oct. 22
The 100, 9 p.m., CW

Oct. 24
Grimm, 9 p.m., NBC
Constantine, 10 p.m., NBC

Oct. 27
2 Broke Girls, 8 p.m., CBS

Oct. 30
The Millers, 8:30 p.m., CBS
Two and a Half Men, 9 p.m., CBS
The McCarthys, 9:30 p.m., CBS

Elementary, 10 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Sadie Cooper Mysteries find the sarcasm (and don’t let go)

I think sarcasm is one of those things that you either get – or you don’t.

I happen to get it.

I know there are some people out there who don’t like sarcasm – and they certainly don’t find it funny. I am not one of those people. If I didn’t have sarcasm, I wouldn’t have anything to fall back on besides snark.

Luckily for me, I have discovered the Sadie Cooper Mysteries by Vanessa Gray Bartal – and they fulfill my sarcasm and snark quota at the same time.

I almost didn’t give these books a shot. I’m not going to lie, the cover of the first mystery – Pecked to Death – was not exactly giving me confidence when it came to the book. And, just to be completely honest – I hate all the covers. There, I said it.

The stories, though, the stories are magical. I would be really sad if I had missed these stories.

At the center of the narrative is Sadie Cooper, a small-town girl turned weather forecaster who embarrasses herself on television and gets fired, loses her boyfriend, and has to return to her childhood home all in one day – due to the death of a close family friend.

Sadie is not your typical heroine. She’s sarcastic, snarky and not above using her looks and body to get what she wants. She’s unapologetic about using people and blasé about certain things in her life.

Then there’s her former best friend – Luke – who Sadie basically dumped in the dirt when high school hit. Luke is an academic and he doesn’t understand why Sadie just stopped being his friend one day. Oh, and then there’s that pesky hookup they had during their college years that left Luke brokenhearted – again – as Sadie took off with her football player boyfriend.

Sadie understands what she did was wrong. She wishes she could go back in time, but she knows she can’t. Her decisions in life were formed around her dying mother’s wishes: She wanted to make her proud, so she remade herself.
Once home, Sadie is butting heads with Luke and her father, Gideon. Much like Luke, Gideon doesn’t get (or like) Sadie’s personality change in her teen years. He’s pretty much given up hope that his daughter will turn into the woman he wants her to be.

Despite Sadie’s hard edges, she does have a good heart and she does want to make amends. That doesn’t mean she’s going to revert to the same kid she was before she “changed.” At a certain point, Sadie just informs Luke that they’re going to be friends again so he had better get over it.

You learn, through the narrative, that something bad did happen to Sadie (which I don’t want to ruin for you) – so maybe there’s more to her story than anyone knows. I don't think it is enough to wash away the horrible things Sadie has done, but it does make her more vulnerable as a character.

Anyway, at the end of the first book, Sadie decides she’s going to stay in her hometown and move in with Luke – and another family friend. Since the sexual tension between Sadie and Luke is thick enough to cut with a knife – and then build a sandwich with it – Luke is worried.
There are currently three books in the series. And, while the mysteries are silly and entertaining, the most important thing in these books is the sense of family. I love a book when the mysteries are secondary to the character development – and I can honestly say that’s what is going on here.

Sadie is learning – and at a quick pace – that she wants what she gave up years ago. Luke is hiding behind an annoying girlfriend that he sees no future with -- but he needs a shield to keep him away from Sadie. Before it’s all said and done you know, as a reader, that these two will find their way together. You’re just waiting to find out how.

The secondary characters in these stories are just as important as Sadie and Luke are – especially Gideon. While Sadie’s relationship with Luke is a work in progress, her relationship with Gideon is a natural disaster in progress.

The whole ensemble really is charming and I’m just enjoying the ride. I can’t wait for the next chapter in the story.

Pecked to Death (Book One) is .99. Slumbered to Death (Book Two) is .99. Salvaged to Death is .99.

BOOK REVIEW: Liliana Hart's J.J. Graves Mysteries offer hot times, true emotion

When I find a series I love – I run with it.

I mean, I devour every single book in the series – not a thought to anything else on my Kindle – until I’m done. That’s why my entire winter was filled with J.D. Robb books and nothing else. Yeah, I came to that series late.

Well, while on vacation last week, it happened again.

I discovered Liliana Hart’s Addison Holmes mystery series two years ago. I liked the sassy heroine and the bevy of colorful people in her life. I found that Hart’s writing style was so easy, it was almost as if she was reading my mind when it came to the way that people talk.

So, while I have kept up with Hart’s Addison Holmes series over the years, I never tried her J.J. Graves Mysteries. I have no idea why.

This week, though, bad weather and vacation collided and I finally gave them a try. Less than 24 hours later, I had read through all three of them. Yes, I loved them that much.

The series is about J.J. Graves, a small town funeral home director and city coroner who has had her fair
share of trouble. Her parents died two years ago and, while they weren’t bad parents (they weren't especially good parents, mind you), they were bad people. It seems that J.J. – Jaye, to her friends—didn’t exactly know what was going on where her parents were concerned.

After their deaths, Jaye is forced into the “family business” of running the funeral home and has to return to her small town roots.

Jaye isn’t alone, though, her best friend from childhood, Jack, is the town sheriff. And while everyone else in town looks down their nose at Jaye – he is always her rock. Although, he’s starting to look at her a different way. Yeah, you know the way.

Enter Brody – a famous writer – who wants to follow Jaye around on her latest case to get ideas for a book. Brody and Jaye quickly fall into bed – much to Jack’s chagrin – and there’s a certain sinister element closing in on Jaye -- and Brody just may be a part of it.

So far, there have been three books in the series (a fourth is coming this winter). As a reader, it’s not hard to see where things are going here. Jack and Jaye are the couple to root for and – after the surprising and horrifying events at the end of the first book – Jack makes his intentions known pretty quickly in the second book.

The strength in these books is not the mysteries themselves – although they’re fine. The background on Jaye’s family and Jack’s time out of town is very interesting. They’re not what’s important, though. Jaye and Jack are what’s important – and it’s their bond that keeps the series at such a high level.

Jaye is a character that is constantly unsure of herself. Jack is a character that is never unsure of himself. Jaye needs a little push from time to time. Jack is willing to give her that push. They’re fiery and hot and they don’t put up with each other’s crap -- so they're arguing (and making up) a lot.

That is why I love them.

Seriously. If you’re a fan of the genre – and you like a lot of sex (if you don’t like sex, don’t read it because there’s a lot of sex in these) – these are the books for you.

Trust me, give them a try.

Dirty Little Secrets (Book 1) is free. A Dirty Shame (Book 2) is $4.99. Dirty Rotten Scoundrel (Book 3) is $4.99. For what I'm sure is a limited time, an omnibus of all three books in the series is available for .99.

Get out of the water! Shark Week starts Sunday

One of the happiest weeks of the year is upon us as Discovery Channel kicks off the 27th annual Shark Week extravaganza on Sunday.

I love sharks – and shark movies. I love the good ones (Jaws), the bad ones (Bait) and the completely outrageous ones (Shark Night). I have shark slippers, jewelry and T-shirts. So, of course, Shark Week is a big deal for me.

This year’s schedule is full of new offerings at night – and repeats of older shows during the day. And, for the second year in a row, Discovery is hosting the live Shark After Dark program – which brings guests together with comedian Josh Wolf – to talk about each night’s entertainment roundup.

Last year, millions of fans joined in and live Tweeted Shark After Dark – which airs at 11 p.m. nightly --  making the show a runaway success.

After the scathing dress down the Discovery Channel got for airing a mockumentary about the existence of the extinct Megalodon last year (only running a brief disclaimer at the beginning of the show and then presenting the mockumentary as fact), it doesn’t look like producers are backing off their approach (which saw millions of viewers) because a follow-up is scheduled.

Discovery Channel wisely bumped the follow-up off the opening night, though, and buried it later in the week, though.

So what is Discovery offering this year?


Air Jaws: Fin of Fury (8 p.m.): Using incredible new cameras and high tech underwater gadgetry, Shark
Filmmaker Jeff Kurr and his team embark on a worldwide mission to track down the missing “mega-shark” Colossus.

Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine (9 p.m.): Said to be the deadliest great white shark of all time, “Submarine” is a 30-foot great white that has terrorized the shores of South Africa for decades. Locals believe that this shark is responsible for countless fatal attacks, but its existence has never been proven.


Jaws Strikes Back (9 p.m.): Marine biologist Greg Skomal and the sharkcam team travel to the remote Pacific Island of Guadalupe to film the hunting behavior of the largest great white sharks on Earth.

Monster Hammerhead (10 p.m.): For the past 60 years, reports of a monster hammerhead clocking in at more than 20 feet long have circulated throughout Florida. Now a team of scientists and anglers explore the waters of the world’s largest hammerheads to see if these stories could be true.


Alien Sharks: Return to the Abyss (9 p.m.): Shark researchers investigate the ocean’s darkest depths in
search of shark specials that have never been seen before on camera and get a glimpse of the elusive ghost shark.

Lair of the Mega Shark (10 p.m.): Shark experts Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande head to New Zealand to investigate the sightings of a 20-foot great white shark, which leads them to the nocturnal feeding ground of a “mega-shark.”


Zombie Sharks (9 p.m.): Shark Diver and conservationist Eli Martinez explores a catatonic zombie-like state in sharks called “tonic immobility” and sets out to solve a mystery of predators using it on massive great whites.

Spawn of Jaws: The Birth (10 p.m.): Dr. Michael Domeier continues his quest to unlock one of the greatest shark mysteries: the location of great white pupping grounds. This two-year mission follows the journey of a pregnant great white called Gil Rakers as she prepares to give birth.


I Escaped Jaws 2 (9 p.m.): Shark attack victims recount their harrowing near-death experiences and reveal how they escaped with their lives.

Sharkageddon (10 p.m.): Massive tiger sharks and other predatory species are invading the shores of Hawaii. After a spike in attacks, including two fatalities, Hawaiian native and surf-legend Kala Alexander sets out to uncover the truth behind what’s disrupting the Hawaiian food chain.


Megalodon: The New Evidence (10 p.m.): Collin Drake returns to share new details of his case and present the shocking new evidence of the existence of Megalodon, an enormous prehistoric shark that could still be roaming the oceans.


Great White Matrix (9 p.m.): Shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder and Andy Casagrande head deep into the shark-infested waters of Australia to investigate a series of bizarre shark attacks and capture the great white bite on camera.

Sharksanity (10 p.m.): A look at the most insane bites, strikes and close calls from Shark Week 2014. Plus your picks for the five crazies Shark Week moments ever.

So, what do you think? Are you looking forward to Shark Week?

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Avery Shaw title hits shelves

For those that follow my books, the fifth Avery Shaw mystery -- The Preditorial Page -- has officially hit stands.

Here is the blurb: Is speed-dating okay when you're in a relationship? It is when you're looking for a killer, especially in Avery Shaw's world. 
A naked body has been discovered in the nearby Clinton River, and while Sheriff Jake Farrell is keeping his cards close to his vest, Avery has another avenue of information: Eliot. 
It doesn't hurt that the medial examiner seems to have a crush on her -- and verbal diarrhea -- and she keeps stumbling on information that propels her ahead of the pack. 
Unfortunately for Avery, when she discovers information that no one else has -- and she finds herself on top of the media game -- she has to make a decision, and that decision is going to tick off everyone she knows. 
Between Jake's anger, Eliot's worry, and Grandpa's insistence that you can't force a handicap parking space on a business owner, Avery has her hands full. 
Lexie has a new place to live, Carly is adjusting to married life and Avery is trying to convince the men in her life that she's not in danger, despite all evidence to the contrary. 
It's a busy week -- kind of. 
In actuality, it's just a normal week for this hard-headed reporter, until someone's eye focuses on Avery and she finds herself in real danger. Again. 
Jake is angry and Eliot is torn, but Avery has an idea on how to solve the case. The only problem is, when all is said and done, someone is going to be shot ... and Avery is going to regret every move she's made on this case when it happens. 
Will someone survive to see another Avery Shaw catastrophe?

For those interested, the book is available for $3.99 as an ebook and $13.29 as a paperback.

As always, thanks for reading.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GENERAL HOSPITAL: How Rafe became another plot point

So General Hospital writer Ron Carlivati took in all the fan complaints over the past few months and fixed them.

He listened as fans complained about newbies taking over the show.

He listened as fans complained about killing off another child.

He listened as fans complained about plot-driven writing when they really wanted character-driven writing.

And he fixed it. No, he did.

How did he fix it?

He took the legacy character of Rafe (he’s a Barrington – he is a legacy character), made him a drug addict and then had him work for Fluke to run Patrick off the road and ultimately kill Gabriel. Then they had him try to run a police barricade – somehow fly out of the car (are there no airbags in Port Charles?) and die from a blow to the back of the head, even though he flew face first out of the car.

It makes perfect sense.
Oh, wait. What the heck is going on here?

This is the exact opposite of fixing things.

First off, if there was nothing for Rafe to do – and that was apparent – send the kid off to boarding school. Instead, we’re supposed to believe that Rafe got into drugs and let Fluke order him to knowingly run Patrick’s car off the road.

In what world?

Rafe may not have been a perfect kid, but he certainly wasn’t a purposeful murderer. He risked his life for Sam and Danny numerous times – and that was before he even knew them.

So Rafe was suddenly a drug-addicted thug – even though we hadn’t seen him on screen for months – and he’s perfectly fine with running Patrick off the road with a pregnant woman and a small child in the car.

The sad thing is, Rafe’s drug addiction could have been a decent story. As fans remember, Patrick spiraled down into drug addiction himself after Robin “died.” How great would a story of Patrick hating Rafe and then helping the kid go through rehab and come to terms with what he accidentally did (instead of turning Rafe into a hitman) been? It certainly would have been a superior story to what we got.

After directing his anger at the perpetrator who killed his son for all of five minutes – seriously, Sam and Patrick solved that case in an hour, so why couldn’t the PCPD – they blamed Silas, blamed Kiki and then figured out it was Rafe over the course of one conversation.

There was no flow. There was no buildup.

Then Molly jumped in the car with Rafe and they fled from the police – and tried to run a road block. That
sound you just heard was millions of GH fans collectively slamming their foreheads against their desks. It’s just ludicrous.

And, what’s even funnier is that Rafe isn’t dead quite yet. He’s just brain dead. I mean, just last week, Alice collapsed at ELQ and we found out she needed a new heart and – oh my stars and garters – here’s a heart for her. What are the odds of that?

Pretty big in Carlivati’s world, frankly. Why do you think Lulu is considering having a baby? Because Ava is going to need one to steal in nine months after Nina throws her down a flight of stairs. That’s why.

Why do you think immigration suddenly showed up at Maxie’s apartment? Because Levi called them himself to force Maxie into a green card marriage (just wait for it) to try and keep her away from Nathan.

Carlivati needs to stop with his current mantra: All plot all the time, none of that pesky character development.

He needs to reverse course, take a long look around, and fix what he’s broken. Sure, Bob Guza actually broke GH. Carlivati is desecrating the corpse, though, and it’s gone from mildly irritating to repugnant.

Fans want to see what’s going on with Lucy, Felicia, Kevin and Scotty.

Fans want Monica trotted out for more than a medical malady. We haven’t seen her since AJ’s funeral, for crying out loud.

Fans want to see some romance – and Nathan and Maxie can’t carry the entire show.

I will give Carlivati some (minor) kudos, though: Revitalizing the Brownstone was a great idea. All these
young hipsters that are living with family members would actually have a place to live together – and that could be entertaining while also being a nod to the past.

That’s the only good thing – besides Nathan and Maxie (I know, I sound like a broken record) – right now, though.

Because there’s certainly no rooting value in Nina and Ava – the airhogs of summer. There’s certainly no rooting value in the rapist with a brain tumor, Franco. There’s certainly no rooting value in Ric faking his death and letting Julian go free. And there’s certainly no rooting value in Jordan and Anna having hilariously public conversations in the park.

Shape up Carlivati. Fans have put up with enough. We want our show back.

What do you think? Did Carlivati make a mistake killing off Rafe?