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10 Great Red Carpet Looks; The 2011 Emmys

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I always watch the award show red carpet arrivals with great interest…the actual shows, not so much. Who wants to hear and see a bunch of actors pontificate about the finer points of their “craft”, phony air kiss one another, and bash conservative politicians? Yawn…

So, without further ado, here are the ten overall looks, not just dresses, that made me say “Wow!”, along with a lot of difficult names that I had to look up proper spellings for… 

This may seem like an odd choice, as others have expressed strong dislike for Kaley Cuoco’s Emmy look…But, I thought she looked cute, unique, and age appropriate. 

I love just about everything about Kate Winslet–she’s one of my all time favorites…Last night, she looked flawless as usual, and although red was a really popular color for a lot of ladies last night, Kate did it best! 

Christine Baranski–classy, gorgeous, and age appropriately HOT! 

Jane Krakowski…I would have advised against the overdone spray tan, but other than that–she looked fantastic! 

Dianna Agron was a vision in violet…

Julia Stiles…great fitting, beautiful strapless gown–perfect! 

I thought Kate Flannery looked beautiful and elegant…and her gown is an exact match with her eyes–did you notice that? 

Padma Lakshmi…not sure what the heck that is on her arm, but she was a goddess last night…

Sofia Vergara–perfect! Someone should steer the redhead from Mad Men in this direction…you don’t always need to have everything spilling out of your top, we all know it’s ample and impressive already…

And finally, my absolute favorite look of the night…Cobie Smulders was perfect in every way! I loved the color of her gown, her flawless hair and makeup, and gorgeous accessories….WOW! 


The 6 Greatest T.V. Couples, By The Decade

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Tonight is Emmy night…the evening the world stops and honors excellence in television. As a card carrying member of the television generation, and an unabashed romantic as well, here are my top picks for the greatest t.v. couples of all time, by the decade…

THE FIFTIES

LUCY & RICKY

Despite their separate twin beds, the Latino/Redhead heat between these two was hard to miss…much later in life, I met a real life Lucy & Ricky…my two younger boys’ grandparents! RIP Dorothy & Tony Casas…:*) 

THE SIXTIES

MARSHALL DILLON & MISS KITTY

Did they, or didn’t they? I guess we may never know…but we all loved the hint of romance between Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty, a classic Good Boy/Bad Girl attraction…:-) 

THE SEVENTIES 

THE BRADYS

Mike & Carol…ahhh, the perfect, unrealistic blended family (see, The 80’s, 90’s and 2,000’s)…oh man, did they set us all up for disappointment! 

THE EIGHTIES

MADDIE & DAVID

Sexual tension as plotline on television…and Moonlightling taught us a little something about that, now didn’t it? Once the golden couple actually begins a relationship, the party’s over…

THE NINETIES

ROSS & RACHEL

The One That Taught Us That Maybe Our Soulmate Was There All Along…

THE NEW MILLENIUM

MARY & MARSHALL

Partners…Equals…Lots in common despite being opposite on the surface….hmmm…the perfect couple perhaps? We’ll see! 

Hot In Cleveland, Hot Everywhere!

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At first I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to this one…from the previews and the hype, it looked just a little too canned and predictable, sort of like The Facts of Life was back in the 80’s. And really, with Betty White’s recent career comeback, we all knew Hollywood would have to find a place to plug that live wire back in! I’ll file this one in the annals of don’t judge a book by its cover, because Hot is way less Facts of Life, and far more Golden Girls, which I’m sure is no coincidence. Like Golden Girls, there are more than a few overly predictable gags, and spots where star of the show Valerie Bertinelli overplays the cute factor. But, there is a lot of really great television that shines though too. And Valerie, like co-star Betty White, really deserved a new venue after her own recent career resurgence, fueled by her astounding weight loss and resultant rockin’ bikini bod, and bestselling heartfelt memoirs detailing her life, her mistakes, and most importantly of all, how she found her way to reinvention and a happy life.

And this little gem of a sitcom is, at core, all about reinvention. The pilot episode begins with main character Melanie Moretti, played by Bertinelli, treating her two best girlfriends, eyebrow artist Joy Scroggs and soap actress Victoria Chase, played by Frasier’s Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, to a girls’ vacation to Paris to celebrate the success of her new book, a self help advice volume for women. These three are jaded refugees from the land of L.A., where they live as best they can among the dismissive and vapid, and have become more or less invisible and irrelevant in their hometown, all because of what they’re not–18-25, and/or male. Fate does them a favor, when their plane from L.A. crash lands in Cleveland. The “girls” are not happy at first to be stuck in “Cleeee-veland” of all places. That is, until they visit a local bar for a bite, only to find that Cleveland does indeed rock after all. Why? Because in Cleveland, they’re hot! Men not only notice them, but find them beautiful and fascinating again. And, in the back of their minds, they realize that, being honest with themselves, their lives in L.A. are not so hot anymore, and they’ve been given a rare opportunity to start over. Melanie decides to stay, rents a house, which comes with Betty White, aka Elka, the wise cracking, feisty octogenarian who serves as a golden fourth for this trio of friends.

This show is truly delightful! Light entertainment at its best, especially when the world we live in becomes overly burdensome, depressing, and just, well…too much. We all need escape and entertainment, and I certainly did last night after the rough couple of days I’d been treated to courtesy of a fellow blogger, and my own big mouth and stubborn nature. And I love the idea of reinvention…actually I loved the word and the process way before Madonna tried her best to ruin it for everyone. True reinvention, not the phony attention seeking Madonna kind, involves taking chances and being open to change. And it’s about making our lives what we want them to be as well as what they were meant to be, not desperately trying to fit ourselves into a persona and/or a world where we really don’t belong. I think we’ve probably all been down that dead end, square peg/round hole road a time or two.

So, like the ladies of Hot In Cleveland, find the place where you’re hot and live there–literally or just figuratively as a state of mind. And laugh along the way and have some fun….Life really is way too short to live any other way!

Hot In Cleveland can be seen on TV Land…for a schedule and full episodes online, visit the show’s official site here: http://www.tvland.com/shows/hot-in-cleveland/

The full first season is also available on Netflix streaming video here: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Hot_in_Cleveland/70172451?trkid=2361637

My Life Flashed Before My Eyes…In Technicolor Barbie

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Like most girls growing up, I had a Barbie Doll…mine was the 70’s version, the blonde, tanned California Girl one. Of course, being dark haired and dark eyed and not from California, this did a number on my self image. But, I got over it…eventually.

These days Barbie has branched out, and recently I stumbled upon their Barbie Collector line…a fabulous assortment of pop culture and entertainment inspired dolls. And Holy Moly! My entire life, the t.v., movie, and musical part of it anyway, flashed before my eyes…

My mother was a big time Elvis fan…she and I would watch Elvis movies that ran on Saturday afternoon t.v. back when there were only 3 channels…

The Carol Burnett Show was a favorite of mine on Saturday nights…Nobody is funnier than her comedy team, and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at any comedy sketch as I did when I saw “Went With The Wind” for the first time…

Ahhh, the 80’s…the excess, the big hair, the catfights! On Dynasty, not in real life…well, I’ve always had big hair…

I did like to have fun! 😉

This little gem of a movie led to leg warmers, off the shoulder t-shirts and a very unfortunate perm…

And present day…my favorite obsession! And the only real Victoria in my opinion…I’m still mad that they replaced her in Eclipse. 😦

To see the entire Barbie Collector pop culture collection, click here: Barbie Collector

A Wonderfalls Weekend

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The “Smoosh Faced” Lion That Started It All

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love Wonderfalls. For those of you who’ve never heard of this fabulous example of episodic television at its very best, Wonderfalls was a short lived, brilliantly written and acted FOX series from 2004. It’s about a 24 year old girl named Jaye Tyler, with an impressive, but utterly useless philosophy degree from Brown University, who works as a retail clerk at a gift shop in Niagara Falls. She has a quirky family, a supportive best friend, and a hunky love interest who came to town on his honeymoon, but stayed on and got a job as a bartender when he caught his new bride…er…servicing the bell staff in the honeymoon suite.

Click Here to Get Wonderfalls on Netflix

As if this engaging plot wasn’t enough, in the pilot episode, Jaye discovers that she has a special gift—animals talk to her. Well, not really animals, but objects with faces. Namely those sold in the gift shop where she works, cartoon characters on signs and the sides of boxes, totem poles, pink lawn flamingos, etc. And each time one of them talks to her, it tells her to do things, to save people, to affect the outcomes of their lives…And so she does, which inevitably leads to some madcap adventure or another.

The Original Pilot, Never Aired…Same Script, A Few Different Actors

If you haven’t seen these, you really should! I recently rented all thirteen episodes on three DVDs from Netflix, and enjoyed them just as much as I did the first time around. 

After I watched the last one this weekend, I looked around my house and realized I have amassed a lot of inanimate objects with faces over the years…And I wondered, if they could talk, what would they tell me to do?

I bet they’d say…

Why’d you move to Florida, anyway? 

Finish that degree, and make it the last one! Blockhead!

Dust us! Our dust bunnies have dust bunnies!

Yeah! What the rag dolls said!

You really should dress more fashionably…and coordinate your accessories for godsakes!

Don’t write that…you’ll be sooorrr-eeee

The Official Wonderfalls Music Video

While We’re Waiting for Romantic Dawn to Break in November…

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First Official Trailer For Breaking Dawn, Part 1

Honestly, I’d sort of forgotten all about Twilight lately…in the lag time before the Fall 2011 premiere of Breaking Dawn, Part 1, I’d moved on to other romantic obsessions, such as all the episodes of the 80’s campy drama, Beauty and the Beast, now available on streaming video at Netflix. And then, this morning, I saw it! The brand new, just released trailer for Breaking Dawn, Part 1…and it looks like it’s gonna be epic! If you’re an older than tween Twilight fan like me, you’ll probably agree that it just seems way too cruel to make us wait till Fall. So, I found a few Twilight related items on the web that can help us all get our Twi-Fix over the summer.

All of these are ubercool, and more or less age appropriate, Twilight related goodies. Click on any of the photos to view and purchase each item from a vendor’s website…

For the cerebral Twilight Fan, there’s this book, available from Amazon.com on the philosophy of Twilight…I can’t even imagine…But, it has a 4 out of 5 star rating, so it looks to be worth a read. Apparently this is part of a larger series on the philosophy of pop culture.

This silver toned Twilight Moms medallion from Infinite Jewelry Co. is cute…I’d wear it! Well, I’d wear it to the movie, then tucked under my shirt the rest of the year…lol

Summit Entertainment makes an entire line of Twilight inspired makeup, from lip glosses, to nail polishes, to these great little complete palettes. Each is named after a character in Twilight, and inspired by the character’s personal style….This one is the Team Jacob look, with rich, warm tones…

And for the Twi-Mom who likes to plan ahead, and lives within spitting distance of Utah, or comes equipped with the means to get there, here’s a fancy Breaking Dawn premiere event you can sign up for. It’s being held at the Hampton Inn in West Jordan, Utah, which is conveniently located behind the Cinemark Theater. This one even features a Renesme lookalike contest…that alone would be worth the price of admission, which is a bargain at only $35!

If you live in a chilly, Forks-like climate, and want to be stylin’ when you’re headed out to the November Breaking Dawn, Part 1 premiere, my pal Sharmon Cate Hardin, Now You’re Covered, makes a truly gorgeous replica of Bella’s La Push knit hat from the original Twilight movie! She can do them in any color too, not just Bella Gray…my favorite was a beautiful claret red. Not to worry, any color will match perfectly with the disguise you’ll be wearing as you walk up to the box office…dark glasses, fake nose, and mustache…:-)

Here is Sharmon’s Rockin’ Red Version

This is the True to Twilight Gray Movie Hat

And just so you don’t lose track of time and miss the premiere, here’s a great wall clock that is about as understated as Twilight wall clocks can get….

Happy shopping! There’s no better way to pass the Twilight time….

Stupid Network Tricks; Gone Too Soon vs. Stayed Too Long

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Well folks, it’s that time of year again! That magical season when we learn whether or not our favorite shows will live to see another season, or leave us forever wanting more. I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that a lot of network execs seem to be a tad out of touch with what we the people want to see piped into our living rooms each evening, versus what we could do without.There were a few surprises on the cancellation list this year…shows I thought would carry on because they were either very well done, or had won awards, or seemed to have a pretty large, loyal audience. Go figure…But, then again, it’s not the first time there has been a significant mismatch between the shows that end up on the chopping block, and those which should have been on it years ago…

Here are my picks in each category for the worst cancellation and continuance mistakes of all time….

GONE TOO SOON:

“Wonderfalls” FOX, 2004

Synopsis: “Launched in March 2004 as a mid-season replacement, this supernatural comedy drama suffered a death as quick as its premise was quirky. Thanks in part to a punishing Friday-night time slot, Wonderfalls managed only four episodes before Fox pulled the plug. Less than a year later, however, the offbeat series found new life on DVD, where all 13 completed installments were released to brisk sales and critical acclaim (see Wonderfalls — The Complete Series). The brainchild of veteran director Todd Holland (Twin Peaks, My So-Called Life) and Dead Like Me creator Bryan Fuller, Wonderfalls chronicles the misadventures of Jaye Tyler (Caroline Dhavernas), a Niagara Falls, NY gift-shop employee whose snarky world view gets shaken up when inanimate objects — a wax lion, a stuffed chameleon — begin ordering her around. Convinced she’s cracking up, Jaye nevertheless follows the animals’ instructions and unwittingly helps a broad range of unusual characters: an elementary-school Romeo, a stuttering stalker, a faithless nun, a mysterious housekeeper, etc. Her partners in crime on these assignments include sardonic pal Mahandra (Tracie Thoms), buttoned-up lesbian sister Sharon (Kate Finneran), and overeducated, underachieving brother Aaron (Lee Pace). Though unaware of their daughter’s peculiar conversations with stuffed animals, Jaye’s stuffy parents Karen (Diana Scarwid) and Darrin (William Sadler) also figure prominently in her adventures. So does Eric (Tyron Leitso), a hot, heartbroken bartender whose honeymoon was recently cut short when he caught his bride servicing the hotel bellhop. As Jaye flirts with Eric, fights with her family, and struggles to maintain her ironic detachment, she comes reluctantly closer to understanding the nature of her unorthodox destiny”. Source: http://www.fandango.com/wonderfalls%5Btvseries%5D_v305155/plotsummary

My Take: Loved this one! It was smart, funny, and different–oh boy was it different. Of course, it gave up the ghost way too soon, thanks to unimaginative network execs and viewers, with zero tolerance for quirky genius. Sorry folks, I calls ’em as I see ’em!

“Once and Again” ABC 1999-2002

Synopsis: “Lily Manning (Sela Ward) is a 40ish suburban soccer mom living in Deerfield, Illinois. Recently separated from her philandering husband Jake (Jeffrey Nordling), Lily is raising her two daughters, insecure, anxiety-ridden 14-year-old Grace (Julia Whelan), and wide-eyed, innocent 9-year-old Zoe (Meredith Deane). For support, she turns to her more free-spirited younger sister, Judy (Marin Hinkle), with whom she works at their bookstore called My Sister’s Bookstore (renamed Booklovers later in the series)”. Lily’s life changes when, during the pilot episode, she meets Rick Sammler (Billy Campbell) in the principal’s office of Grace’s school, Upton Sinclair High School. Rick is a single father and co-head of an architectural firm, Sammler/Cassili Associates, which is located in downtown Chicago. Rick has been divorced from his uptight ex-wife Karen (Susanna Thompson) for three years and has two children, Eli (Shane West), a 16-year-old basketball player at Sinclair High who suffers from a learning disability, and sensitive 12-year-old Jessie (Evan Rachel Wood), who longs for the days before her family’s disintegration. Lily and Rick share an immediate mutual attraction and begin dating. Their budding relationship causes problems in both of their respective families. Grace strongly objects to Lily and Rick’s relationship as she still hopes to see her parents get back together. Karen, a public interest attorney at the downtown law firm of Harris, Riegert, and Sammler, is worried about the toll Rick’s new relationship would take on their children, particularly Jessie, who is shy and emotionally fragile. She is also working through her own feelings of jealousy that Rick is moving on to a new relationship. In addition to Lily and Rick’s relationship, the show also focused to a lesser degree on their exes, Jake and Karen, and their own struggles to move on in a post-divorce environment”. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_and_Again

My Take: One of THE best shows ever aired on television. The amazing intro alone was worth keeping it for. ‘Nuff said…:-(

Swingtown ABC 2008

Synopsis: “As America celebrates its 200th birthday, two generations of friends and neighbors in a Chicago suburb explore new freedoms and seek connections with each other in the midst of the socio/sexual revolution”. Source:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0928173/

My Take: Okay, this one is still a little difficult for me to talk about because I’m still mad about the fact that it was cancelled before it had a chance to play out. The long and short of it is that network execs clearly caved to pressure from morality groups that had probably never even watched one stellar, Emmy worthy episode of this amazing show. Everyone was shortsighted here, and had a kneejerk reaction simply because the plotline centered upon the 70’s and the practice of “swinging”. But, you have to trust me here, that was a very, very minor part of the show. It was well written, featured rich storylines, with deep, complex, interesting characters. And it was ultimately murdered by the morality police way before I was ready to see it go. The irony? The show actually would have deterred the practice of swinging, had it been allowed to breathe in and out for a couple more seasons…

STAYED TOO LONG:

E.R. NBC 1994-2009

Synopsis: “ER follows the medical personnel and patients in the emergency room of Chicago’s fictional County General Hospital. Created by best-selling author Michael Crichton (“Jurassic Park”) and produced by John Wells (“The West Wing”), Christopher Chulack (“Third Watch”), David Zabel (“JAG”), and R. Scott… More Gemmill (“Jonny Zero”), the Emmy Award-winning series has completed fourteen seasons as one of television’s highest-rated dramas.
The doctors and nurses of County’s ER confront the daily challenges of a busy urban hospital, including overcrowded waiting rooms, staffing shortages, and the impact of life-and-death decisions. While they teach the next generation of doctors, each must tackle the demands of their personal lives, at times unsuccessfully”. Source: http://www.tv.com/er/show/111/summary.html

My Take: What stinks after 15 years? Well, the usual fish and company, and nighttime dramas beating worn out plots and recycled storylines to death. By the time it was over, was there anyone left who really cared? That’s nothing against the fine actors, writers, etc., believe me. But this one is a good example of network execs and producers milking a menopausal cow that had done her duty and then some, and should have been retired long ago.

Grey’s Anatomy ABC 2005-Present

Synopsis: “Grey’s Anatomy is a medical drama about a group of surgeons working at Seattle Grace Hospital. The show centers around Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and her life as a third year resident at the hospital. In addition to her relationship with her neurosurgeon husband, Derek Shepherd (Patrick… More Dempsey), and best friend Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), it also explores her relationships with her peers and the other doctors around her. Each episode dives into different medical cases and personal dramas of the doctors at Seattle Grace, with Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) at the helm of the surgical department.”  Source: http://www.tv.com/greys-anatomy/show/24440/summary.html

My Take: A musical episode??? SERIOUSLY??? Aside from the fact that we all thought Grey’s was one big music video anyway, come on guys, that’s a shark in a shark suit, jumping the shark. Please put it out of its Mc-misery before this gets really Mc-ugly…seriously…

Melrose Place FOX 1992-1999

Synopsis: “The lives and loves of a group of young adults living in “Melrose Place” in California. Each with their own dreams and drives, the inevitable conflicts, conquests, and consummations ensue”.  Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103491/

My Take: Okay people, this one was the coolest of the cool–for the first oh, I’d say 3 seasons. Then it just got stupid. Once everybody had slept with everybody else in the building, and Kimberly came back from the dead the first time and took that wig off :::shudder::: it was time to cut it so that it could live forever in the Hip Hall of Fame. But what do the greedy execs do? Yep, they kept it going after it made campy look campy. Then, after it slinked off with its formerly cool tail between it’s legs, what did they do? Of course, they brought it back years later with new, baby faced actors. I actually watched that one and liked it, but I think America has had enough of the gang on Melrose, and it was cancelled toot sweet, hopefully never to return again. Let’s hope not anyway…let me keep my memories of the super engaging Allison/Billy/Amanda triangle from the first couple of seasons, will ya?!

Here’s hoping your current favorites and mine have survived the out of touch network axe during the annual chopping season! You’d think they’d get smarter at this after decades of practice, wouldn’t you…