10 Things That Happened on TV This Week

The return of TV stars John Stamos, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Alyssa Milano. Plus: Actors Tom Hardy, Adrien Brody, and Henry Cavill are driven to extremes.

(SPOT.ph) New shows bring the star power, from Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Dracula, to Alyssa Milano in Mistresses, to John Stamos in the third season of Necessary Roughness. Feel the Christmas spirit with double Christmas specials from How I Met Your Mother. Meanwhile, ABS-CBN does its part to raise funds for typhoon victims by holding a solidarity concert, to be aired this weekend.




Filipina X Factor contestant goes home (The X Factor, RTL-CBS channel, Dec. 8)
After a shocking elimination, Ellona Santiago was just as surprised as anyone to find out she was going home. But as one of the best performers on The X Factor USA, she continues to bring Pinoy pride.





Jonathan Rhys Meyers makes undead look sexy (Dracula, Diva Universal, Dec. 9)
Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars in this provocative new drama as one of the world's most iconic characters. It's the late 19th century and the mysterious Dracula (Rhys Meyers) has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. But he has another reason for his travels: He hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan...until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.




Justin Bieber brings Christmas cheer to Tacloban (QRT, GMA News TV Channel, Dec. 10)
Pop megastar Justin Bieber sang to young survivors of the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Tuesday after he flew into the disaster zone to boost an international relief effort. Bieber sang Christmas carols to children at a local school. Prior to visiting the Philippines, Bieber had posted a message on fundraising website Prizeo.com, urging his millions of fans to donate to the victims of the super typhoon.





Alyssa Milano makes her TV comeback (Mistresses, Star World, Dec. 10)
Mistresses had its double episode premiere this week. The show is a provocative and thrilling drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery.




Elementary, my dear Watson (Elementary, RTL-CBS channel, Dec. 11)
British actor Jonny Lee Miller plays a New York-based Sherlock in this modern-day take on the great detective. Lucy Liu stars as Dr. Joan Watson. In the first of recent back-to-back episodes, the duo works on a cyber-crime case and Dr. Watson tries online dating. In the second episode, a mysterious lady from Holmes’ past shows up during the investigation of a murder case. Is she a suspect?



Double Christmas episodes of HIMYM (How I Met Your Mother, Star World, Dec. 12)
The How I met your Mother Christmas Special features two festive episodes. In Season 2’s "How Lily Stole Christmas," Ted (Josh Radnor) must find a way to make amends when a fight between him and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) threatens to ruin everyone's holiday. In Season 4’s "Three Days of Snow," a blizzard hits New York City, threatening a tradition of Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily's, and leaving Ted and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) to keep MacLaren's doors open.




John Stamos plays slick in sports drama (Necessary Roughness, BeTV, Dec. 12) 
The therapist Dr. Dani (Callie Thorne) may soon have a new boss: Connor McClane (John Stamos), the powerful, ambitious and seriously handsome founder of V3, a global sports and entertainment management company. This dealmaker is as slick as his company's headquarters and has an ability to recognize talent and nurture greatness-which is why he wants Dr. Dani on his team and has made her an offer she can't refuse.





A show of solidarity (Kwento ng Pasko: Pag-asa at Pagbangon: The 2013 ABS-CBN Christmas Special, ABS-CBN, Dec. 14-15)
ABS-CBN's recently held star-studded solidarity concert will be aired as a two-part special this weekend. The concert featured Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda, Judy Ann Santos, Sarah Geronimo, Anne Curtis, Angel Locsin, Piolo Pascual, Coco Martin, John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes, Enrique Gil, Jodi Sta. Maria, Richard Yap, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Gerald Anderson, Lani Misalucha, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Lea Salonga, and more. Proceeds of the solidarity concert will be donated to the Sagip Kapamilya calamity fund of ABS-CBN Foundation.





Henry Cavill, Adrien Brody, and Tom Hardy are driven to extremes (Driven to Extremes, RTL-CBS channel, Dec. 15)
The ultimate driving challenge pits Hollywood actors, top motorsport racers and their cars against some of the most hostile places on Earth. Part endurance test and part travelogue, Driven to Extremes sees Academy Award winner Adrien Brody, British actor Tom Hardy, and action hero Henry Cavill take on the harshest terrains-and there’s no stunt doubles and computer-animated visual effects to help them out here!




Homeland 3 premieres (Homeland, Fox Channel, Dec. 15)
Decorated war hero Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) is now working for AlQaeda and is plotting an attack against the US. But the only person suspecting him is disgraced and mentally unstable ex-CIA Agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). In the aftermath of the CIA headquarters bombing, lines are blurred between friend and foe as Carrie searches for the truth behind the attacks while Saul (Mandy Patinkin) leads a global manhunt for Brody.


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