The Arrangement is E!’s hot new drama that we just can’t get enough of, and tonight at 10p Megan’s past comes back to haunt her. Will it be enough for Kyle to call off his planned $10 million marriage arrangement with her?
While that question I cannot answer, there are several that Josh Henderson (Kyle), Christine Evangelista (Megan) and Creator Jonathan Abrahams recently answered about the show during the NBC TCA Winter Press Day.
Is The Arrangement about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes?
Abrahams: Not at all. I kind of just saw this as for what we feel is a truly unique story that takes place in Hollywood, and our characters are very unique in their own right.
OK, so it is not about them, but is it about religion?
Abrahams: Well, it’s not a religion. I mean, it really is not a religion. And I don’t mean that coyly. Like, this is not a show about faith. You know what I mean? That’s not sort of the underlying theme of do you believe or do you not believe and what’s — there are shows out there that examine that and they do it really well. But, for me, it was really about Hollywood is such an aspirational town, right? And these self help organizations are about aspiring to a higher way of living. To being having more success in your profession and more success in relationships and having a more fulfilling life. And there’s a real promise to it, that “Come join our thing and do our program and spend X amount of dollars for the weekend intensive and you can change your life.” And, to me, that’s not really about faith. It’s about hope. You know what I mean? Or aspiration. So definitely not a religion.
What was it about Josh Henderson that made Abrahams cast him in the role?
Abrahams: When we went into casting, I was terrified of casting the role of Kyle West because honestly because there’s a lot of great actors out there, but there are very few people who walk into the room and have the kind of charisma where it kind of knocks you back a little bit, and that’s what this part needed. And it was myself and Jimmy Fox, my partner, we were in the casting room. We had seen a lot of guys and a lot of good actors. And Josh walked in the room, and it was literally the first line he said, and we did that, like, look at each other like, “Yes, this is happening,” because he’s just kind of like an unfair version of a human being. Do you know what I mean? Like, he’s incredibly good looking, yet he’s not like your typical action hero who is shut down emotionally. Right? Like, he really has access to his vulnerability. He can sing. He can dance. He’s an incredible athlete. It’s like I envy him on every level.
So that was the challenge of casting Kyle West. And I just felt like we got really lucky. He walked in the room fairly early on in the process, and we knew right away. And then on the other side of it, casting, you know casting the role of Megan, who is an unknown, somebody who is on the fringes of Hollywood, trying to make her way, we needed to find somebody who you would buy, you know, could be that person. So she’s somebody who is kind of slipping through the cracks. In real life Hollywood, there are a lot of people like that, great actors who just aren’t quite they haven’t had the right break or met the right person or whoever, and it took a really long time to find somebody who kind of fit that whole very complicated checklist.
How does Henderson see Kyle?
Henderson: I guess in this industry and what’s interesting for me about playing Kyle West is that he’s four, five, six different people in one character. He’s the guy on set. He’s the guy in front of the camera. He’s the guy behind closed doors. He’s the guy with the girl. He has a past, but he also has an image that he has to keep up that he relies on. There you are.
How does Christine Evangelista see Megan?
Evangelista: How you do that, yeah. But I don’t think she’s really sacrificing herself in any way. But I think what Jonathan did so well was normalizing something like this, where her biggest mentor and her agent is sort of saying, you know, “This isn’t the most uncommon thing. This happens in life. And this is a way for you to get to this point.” And it’s sort of like, okay, well, I could use this in a way to advance myself, and I’m being told that this is acceptable on some level. But I think there’s this thing between the two of them. I go back to this connection where she wants to believe that this could be something more, that this is someone that she could trust. But, yeah, I think it was difficult for such a strong woman to put herself in such a vulnerable position, and I was very interested to see how she navigates through that and how she comes out of it and if she sacrifices her character in some way because of it. That was very enticing for me.
Does Henderson have anything to hide like Kyle?
Henderson: I don’t think I have anything to hide, I guess. But, again, you know, this life, you kind of check your privacy at the door when you become an actor, especially if you have some success. And then playing a role like this, it’s a weird thing, an actor playing an actor and kind of having to live Kyle West’s life and not try to, you know, I guess, refer to my life in a way.
The Royals are back tonight at 10p on E! and it is better than ever.
The season premiere picks up two weeks after the second season finale. Prince Liam is still dealing with the after effects of finding out that Ted Pryce killed his father King Simon, and having the fans be judge and jury on him. He is coping with it by joining a fight club and fighting people. One night/morning after a fight, he goes to a bar with the bartender has a past with him and his brother.
On that note, his brother Robert is alone on an island debating whether or not to be rescued. As we know Robert is alive, but when will he be reunited with his family? That we don’t know.
Then there is Princess Elanor (Alexandra Park), her and Jasper (Tom Austen) are still playing cat and mouse with their relationship. Will they finally make a go for it?
Meanwhile, she makes a new friend, the head of security’s little girl. It is a unique friendship, but it works for both of them.
What about Queen Helena? There is a movement for King Liam to become a real thing. She wants this to happen, now, so she is trying to get a DNA sample from King Cyrus and he doesn’t want to give it up. The man, who is dying from cancer, has locked himself in his room, and won’t come out. He eventually comes out and does an on-camera interview that tarnishes their names. Making Helena even more determined to get that DNA test to prove her twins are the late King Simon’s kids.
Talking about kids, she hasn’t practiced making any in a long time. Rachel (Victoria Ekanoye) offers to get her man, but a mix up leads to a very awkward moment.
And all of this leads up to results from the DNA test. Are the twins the rightful heirs to the throne? You will just have to watch this soapy Royal drama that makes wish more monarchies were as interesting as this one.
First E! gave us Keeping Up with the Kardashians, then they gave us the spinoffs Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Khloé & Lamar, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons and I Am Cait. If that wasn’t enough, now Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are getting their own show.
When is E! going to realize, the Kardashians as a whole do well, separately they fail. So stopping giving them shows. While they are at, please cancel Keeping Up with the Kardadshians too.
Signed The Average American.
For over a decade Giuliana Rancic has hosted E! News and come on August 10th that will no longer be the case. She is exiting the show, but not the network. Even though we won’t see her on a daily basis, she will still be part of Awards season with Live on the Red Carpet and Fashion Emergency.
All I have to say it is about time and a really good start. I for one won’t miss her. Will you?
When it comes to her replacement, they haven’t announced that person yet. I am hoping they give it to Zendaya. How smoking would that be?
Botched is back on E! tonight at 9p for its second season and they are helping to fix what other plastic surgeons and people who claimed that they were wronged.
VH1 reality star New York is on tonight and she wants to fix her oversized sagging fake boobs and her leaky nose. When Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif are done with her, Flavor Flav will want to make time for her.
The next case is a woman who suffered such severe burns on her chin, that she needed a new one. The doctor who gave her the new one made it too big and her face became boxed shape. The doctors have to work their magic to make her face round again. Will they be able to do it?
Then the last case, is a really tough one. A post-op woman comes in after some scary plastic surgery and asks the doctors to help her. The fly by night person she went to, inserted cement into her face and now it is deformed. Her boobs are so huge, her nipples can’t even be seen because so much skin is over them. It is such a tough case, the doctors don’t know if they can operate on her. Will they be able to make her botched work disappear? You don’t want to miss what happens next.
Actually you don’t want to miss Botched because this show is about so much more than botched plastic surgeries. It’s about bringing the beauty out of all of us. A beauty that shines through with both doctors. They don’t see the botched surgeries, instead they see the beautiful person under it and how they can make them feel comfortable in their own skin again.
BTW did I mention that next week they are working on a Baywatch Babe? Think you know who?