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Spring in Dundalk

Earth Day was on Sunday and I did plant a two foot tall Spruce tree, it was a little breezy out but the temperature was about 55-60. On Monday April 16, 2012 the temperature in Dundalk was 70 degrees of delightful blue sky and warmth. A week later April 23, 2012 the temps dropped and the snowfall began, this morning I awoke to two feet of snow on the ground. My hubby took pictures from last night and this morning. Notice my garden chair! One of my chickens Dini (named after Houdini, you can guess why) passed away two weeks ago. The weather has been crazy here running hot and cold and she got sick. I got antibiotics for all of them but it was too late for Dini. I had her from baby chick to now 5 years. Pet Chickens can live to be 15 years of age.

Hope everyone is doing well. Television has been interesting, I'm loving Fringe, it's absolutely amazing, ratings aside, it's such a pleasure to see such a different and interesting show. The Borgias, is still as wonderfully decadent as ever. Game of Thrones is building up to something mind-blowing I can tell, The Killing is excellent noir story telling, and Ringer really picked up and became a show I enjoyed in the vein of Revenge another terrific show.

Enjoy the pics!

April 23, 2012, snowfall begins in the early evening

Keep an eye on the Garden chair. Last night April 23, 2012 5pm this picture was taken.

April 24, 2012 the morning after the snowfall

April 24, 2012 this morning 7:30am take a look at the Garden chair now. 24 inches of delightful white fluffy stuff. Very heavy wet shoveling. I got to the bird feeders and cleared them off. So many birds needing food.

Me and my chickens

The "Hee Haw Honeys" and me by the pond doing a little gardening. That's Rusty, Chicken Little and Dini. Huey the Great Pyrenees is in the background.

Dini Rest in Peace April 10, 2012

My sweet Dini a few days before she passed away.

The Final Countdown

Five episodes left of Live With Regis and Kelly. It's been a celebrity and flashback filled few weeks. This past week was awesome, I laughed, I cried and I became sad. I started to watch LIVE from the beginning with the national premiere episode featuring Bob Hope and Malcolm Jamal Warner on September 5, 1988 co-hosted by Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford. I have been editing the show since August of last year, I still have a ton of work to do but as a fan of the show am so sad Regis will be leaving. What a great couple of weeks with wonderful memories Thanks Regis, you're one of a kind.If you get a chance watch Friday's episode Adam Sandler was brilliant and Regis appears in Adam's new movie "Jack and Jill".

TV.com has opted to do a separate series instead of continuing on the original guide.

Regis and Kathie Lee

Regis and Kelly

I also wanted to comment on Veteran's Day yesterday. The Bold and the Beautiful had a wonderful episode a tribute to the veterans and those in action now. The tribute had a beautiful song called "Blessed" sung by Beau Davidson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkkQ64gzUZ8&feature=related

The Showtime series Homeland is so good, don't be surprised when Damien Lewis wins the EMMY for Best Actor next year. Claire Danes as Best Actress.

Homeland

Other shows that I'm thoroughly enjoying are American Horror Story, Psych (love Woody), The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, Harry's Law, The Good Wife, Bones, Castle, CSI, Criminal Minds, Ringer, Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries, The Gifted Man, The Mentalist and am eagerly awaiting the return of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles.

A Comic's Life circa 50's and 60's

Have I got an idea for a show after reading about stand up comics at the onset of TV. The stories are fabulous and eye opening for sure. I have been reading Kliph Nesteroff's blogs for years and find them totally enthralling and uber interesting since it revolves around the humble beginnings of that marvelous invention called the television.

http://classicshowbiz.blogspot.com/2011/03/interview-with-bobby-ramsen-part-one.html

This particular interview was a real eye opener and for you fans of Ed Sullivan, Bob Newhart, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Riversetc. The behind the scenes stories are fantastic fodder for a TV show. Really you can't make stuff like this up instead we get saddled with a Playboy Club entry and Pan Am. I'd take the laughs any day. I became curious when working away on The Merv Griffin Show and coming across comics I'd never heard of, so I investigated and found out just how tough it was to start out in stand up back then.

I hope you take a few moments out to read the story it's definitely entertaining. I myself was a big fan of Totie Fields when I was a kid, her abrasive and stern manner aka the female Don Rickles always cracked me up. My favorite comedian as a kid was Jerry Lewis, I know alot of people find him obnoxious, but as a kid I loved him. That has changed over the years today my favorites would be George Lopez (pee my pants) and Billy Connelly.

A terrific bio of Totie http://amanandamouse.blogspot.com/2009/08/totie-fields-blography.html

Here's a video of Totie and Jerry Lewis from the MDA telethon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=velqgpw6PTY

One of my favorite shows was Here's Lucy. (as well as I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show) One particular episode with Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon was hysterical, Lucy's real life mother Dee Dee also appeared in that episode.

Here's Lucy Screen Credits

Who are your favorites old and new? What comedy shows stand out for you?

Cowboys & Aliens

Two of my favorite categories! I bet you thought I was talking about the new film starting this Friday .... in a roundabout I am I guess. I have been pretty disappointed with this years blockbusters. X-Men wasn't bad, it was interesting and at least had a good story. Thor well let's just say it was different, not bad but not great. Transformers, uh it was okay for me a little too long. I don't know I just didn't feel the characters in these films. I still much prefer last summers "The Expendables" which I just watched again. I guess I'm just old school in the action genre.

Cowboys & Aliens

Well the Fall Season is upon us and with 52 new entries, there is such a diverse selection of programming, with the comedy/sitcom genre dominating the half hour timeslot. I will give my thoughts on the new shows as I see them. So far there are a few which stand out for me. Alcatraz, The Firm, A Gifted Man, Awake, Grimm, Missing, Once Upon a Time, Person of Interest, Ringer, The Finder, Terra Nova, Unforgetable, and The Secret Circle. For a full list of the new shows, go here -> http://www.falltvpreview.com/showlist.php

This Summer has been pretty good show wise, I'm enjoying the final season of "The Closer" and "Rizzoli and Isles" on TNT. "Fallen Skies" my sons favorite, I don't mind it but it's no "Battlestar Galactica" that's for sure, even "V" was better. Other shows I'm enjoying are "Suits", "Royal Pains", "Burn Notice", "In Plain Sight", "Covert Affairs", "White Collar" yes USA Network is kicking butt. "True Blood" is definitely going in a new direction and I'm loving it. "Alphas" is absolutely great! I really am loving this new show. "Warehouse 13" continues to deliver the goods. I am watching alot of reality shows as well "Tatum and Ryan O'Neal" on OWN as well as "Finding Sarah". "The Bachelorette", "Big Brother 13", "Love in the Wild", and my usual Food Network programs, HGTV, Holmes on Holmes, the list goes on.

We have this network called CTS which airs alot of older shows and programs. I was able to watch a 1950 Laurel and Hardy show. Their site is here -> http://www.ctstv.com/

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and is excited about the new Fall Season which is upon us.

Alphas

Springtime Shows

Okay, okay I know I haven't blogged since Christmas. Life has a way of throwing you curves.

I wanted to talk about the strangeness of the show programming, I really miss the old days when rarely was a show postponed or rescheduled or pulled to air a few months later. It really screws everything up.

A new influx of programs has me enchanted again. Several shows have lost my interest and I have had to move on to more entertaining fare. House's episode last week was phenomenal, I was really impressed. I'm also enjoying Chicago Code similar to Detroit 1-8-7 both shows are well done. I'm still loving Blue Bloods and Friday's episode proved just how fantastic Tom Selleck is. Can't wait for his new Jesse Stone movie in May.

New shows that have me entralled are The Borgias (the first crime family), with Jeremy Irons leading the pack of pope power pounders! The Killing (Twin Peaks like) with Mirelle Enos playing Det. Sarah Linden. Why I like this one is it's raw, no make up on the Det. it's all natural, no fancy smancy fashions, nails, jewelry, it's bare bones and human failings which brings the realism to the forefront. Camelot, wonderful, delightful and engaging. Joseph Fiennes (formerly of FlashForward) and Eva Green as the naughty Morgan. Love it! I still love Merlin as well.

Edie's back as the pill popping/snorting Nurse Jackie and the awesome cast of misfits which work the halls of All Saints Hospital. The Glades returns this summer for round two another must see show. Rizzoli and Isles also returns.

Last nights Fringe episode ran like a comic cartoon if you've seen the actual Fringe comic then (it's in an older blog of mine) you'd see what a great job they did in incorporating it into the show. LSD. (episode title was Lysergic Acid Diethylamide). Brilliant.

And yes I have been watching alot of reality programming, The Judds on OWN, Celebrity Apprentice, Surivor, American Idol, Mythbusters, Love it or List it, Iron Chef, the list goes on.

For your comic pleasure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgSUDjJfI0Y

On the tv.com front I have completed The Joey Bishop Show 1968 (talk-variety) from scratch. I am currently working on The Dick Cavett Show.

I thought I'd include this clip (from TomAlger) from The Steve Allen Show with a very young Frank Zappa. Really fun stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql_3LS_B4q0

Janis Joplin on The Dick Cavett Show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94DZaPdpogc&feature=fvst

Dig those dangling microphones!

Dick Cavett Show

Dick Cavett Show

The Rise of Sci-Fi and Other TV musings

Well last year it was a huge influx of Medical programs, shows etc. So many fell to the wayside, (Trauma, Mercy, Three Rivers, Miami Medical) and a few hung on Nurse Jackie (my personal favorite).

This upcoming fall season is set to chill you to the bone! Or so they say. Surprised

Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
Another try for Alex O'Loughlin this time as Steve McGarrett with Scott Caan (James Caan's son) as Dano. LOST's Jin (Daniel Dae Kim)and Battlestar Galactica's Boomer (Grace Park)round out the cast.

The Gates (ABC)
Definitely one succubus too many?!?!?! The show that has no BITE! Yell

Scoundrels (ABC)
Dreadful! What a waste of airtime! 24's Carlos Bernard (Almeida) can't even save this one, poor David James Elliott and Virginia Madsen stuck in such crap. "The Riches" it ain't.

Rookie Blue (ABC)
Same-o-same already renewed for a second season.

The Event (NBC) Called a mix of Flashforward and V, starring Blair Underwood, Jason Ritter, Zeljko Ivanek, Ian Anthony Dale, Sarah Roemer and Laura Innes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XFr6PdLMiA

Undercovers (NBC)
J.J. Abrams' new series spy dramedycross between "Alias" meets"Hart to Hart" a little bit of "True Lies" thrown in for good measure. Starring Boris Kodjoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Gerald McRaney. Has potential.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIDRG1edDpg

Day One (NBC)
Um if looks could kill? thrill? spill? okay chill! Already downgraded from a series to a mini series.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWE_WZEYWyc&feature=related

Persons Unknown (NBC)
The Prisoner rip-off not bad but not great.

Chase (NBC)
Jerry Bruckheimer show US Marshalls show already done with the fabulous USA show "In Plain Sight". Stars Kelli Giddish (from Past Life), Jesse Metcalfe (from "Desperate Housewives"), Amaury Nolasco (from "Prison Break").

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iySot267PvU

The Good Guys (working title Code 58) (FOX)
From Matt Nix (Burn Notice) starring Bradford Whitley and Colin Hanks.Love it, quirky, entertaining and funny.

Running Wilde (FOX)
A comedy starring Will Arnett and Keri Russell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYfRSHilLcs

The Jury (FOX)
based on the British television series.

The Walking Dead (AMC)
starring Andrew Lincoln (British actor from "Teachers"), Jon Bernthal (from "The Pacific" and "The Ghost Whisperer"), Sarah Wayne Callies (you may remember her from "Prison Break"), Laurie Holden (from "The Shield").

The Glades (A&E) previously called "Sugarloaf". Stars Matt Passmore (McLeod's Daughters"), Kiele Sanchez (LOST and Samantha Who?) and Carlos Gomes (Shark and Sleeper Cell).

Covert Affairs (USA)
stars Piper Perabo and Peter Gallagher

Falling Skies (TNT)
Alien invasion. Producer Steven Spielberg starring Noah Wylie

Franklin & Bash (TNT) Courtroom drama witha spectacular cast, I have high hopes for this one. Starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue, TNT's Raising the Bar) and Breckin Meyer (Heroes) and Malcolm McDowell.

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) starring Angie Harmon (Women's Murder Club, Law and Order), Sasha Alexander (NCIS)and Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos).

Lost Girl (Showcase)
Succubus detective, more vampires starring Anna Silk

Alphas (Syfy)
starring David Strathairn. Superheroes who fight crimes, "Heroes" reinvented?

Nikita (CW)
starring Maggie Q, a super spy cross between "Alias" meets "Dollhouse".

My Babysitters a Vampire (Teletoon)

Unnatural History (Cartoon Network) Kevin G. Schmidt stars as a well-traveled teen with extraordinary powers who spends more than a night at the museum.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZPAij8EmV8

Blood of Pegasus
starring Rae Dawn Chong (sword and sandal sci-fi thriller)

So we'll just have to see how things play out so far, it's up in the air. I think I'm sticking with the old shows the new stuff looks so dreary and disappointing.

I miss Boston Legal, I miss LOST, I miss 24.

Franklin & Bash cast:

Franklin & Bash

Summer Shows 2010

What a pleasant surprise so far, although ratings aren't what they used to be, the shows are varied and entertaining.

First on my list is the absolute brilliant "The Good Guys" if you haven't seen it, give it a try, created by Matt Nix (of "Burn Notice" fame), there's lots of action, great characters and entertaining storylines. Bradley Whitford is dynamtie as the off-the-hook stache Det. Stark and his trusty sidekick straight man Colin Hanks (yes Tom's son). Together they make magic on the small screen. Highly entertaining, funny and enjoyable. Cool

Next "Scoundrels", reminiscent of "The Riches" a few years back, Virginia Madsen and David James Elliott surprised me with their total about face acting in roles I've never seen them in nor thought of them to be in. Really cool, really funny and extremely entertaining. Money mouth

"The Gates" wow I was surprised how dull and lifeless this one was, I mean considering it's about vampires and werewolves!I recognized several actors from soap operas and I'm not sure if that's what they're trying to do here is a soap-horror show. Either way disappointing. Surprised

"Persons Unknown" I actually really like this one. It's kind of reminiscent of "The Prisoner" where a small group of people (who of course have something to hide) are held captive in this strange little town. Jason Wiles is the lead actor (he was great on"Criminal Minds" the episode "The Fight" which I think was a possible pilot for Forrest Whittaker in a spinoff of CM) and the rest of the cast is very good. Weird but good. Wink

"Memphis Beat" If you haven't seen this one, your missing out. It's fun and quirky and has the fabulous Jason Lee ("My Name is Earl") in it. Tongue out

"Hot in Cleveland" I absolutely love this show! Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendy Mallick! I mean they are absolutely divinely funny and great together. Kiss

There are more shows coming out like Covert Affairs and Rookie Blue. All in all I have been very happy with this year's showing.

I'm a huge George Lopez fan and after watching this interview on The View, I thought I'd share it with you.

http://theview.abc.go.com/video/george-lopez

Hot in Cleveland

Have a cool summer ~~~~~~~~~~

Earth Day 2010

Happy Earth Day! For me it's a day of gardening (that's why I'm late to post my blog) and enjoying the birds. We had a little snow this morning but it's already melted, still cool outside though. My chickens (4 hens) ended up getting a cold so they are on antibiotics. Poor things!

Earth Day 2010

On the TV front, I just wanted to say that I'm loving Miami Medical. Nurse Jackie is fabulous as ever and I just think that Edie Falco is doing a brilliant job in the role.Other medical shows I watch are House, Mercy, Trauma and Royal Pains.

Doctor Who has returned, reinvented with Matt Smith and I was not disappointed with the first episode. I remember the show as a child and still love it all these years later. I am so happy that Fringe has been renewed for a third season, the show is so good and I need my Walter Bishop fix! LaughingJJ Abrams has another new series in the works called Undercover starring British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw,Boris Kodjoe,Carter MacIntyre and Gerald McRaney! I am so going to miss LOST when it finishes this year. This has been an extremely rewarding season as the story finally comes together. Yes I'm a big fan of JJ's EmbarassedI just love mystery and action with sci-fi thrown in for good measure. JJ will be directing the pilot of Undercover and it is the first one he has directed since LOST. The show is described as a Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Bourne Identity cross. Caprica has been absolutely mind-boggling good, I really didn't know what to expect but it's an interesting and different take with a fabulous cast. Sad to see 24 come to an end but I think it's time. I'm also still watching V and FlashForward. Diehard sci-fi fan.

Hope you enjoy the Wavin' Flag song for people of Haiti.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB7L1BIDELc

Peace Out.

When Monsters Were Monsters

Since there are so many remakes on the horizon especially in the "Monster" genre I thought I'd post an ad from my old tv guide when monsters ruled. With the onset of the 1950's so was the rise of the monster. With successful films like Nosferatu, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, the next step became the birth of The Zombies, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Godzilla, The Blob, The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers well you get the drift. Alas everything old is new again as the newest generation of filmgoers and tv viewers are finding out.

Here's a list of the top sci-fi pics from 1950 to 1965 with great posters.

http://www.cinemacom.com/50s-sci-fi-BEST.html

Monster TV 1961 ads

The Wolfman 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPieOzIA7NM

Godzilla vs, King Kong 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPuylH-m1ac&feature=related

Clash of the Titans http://clash-of-the-titans.warnerbros.com/

I personally have always loved horror films from the past, but some of the newer ones are just too gross for me. :oops:

I have to admit that I never tire of them and always want to see how they are reinvented. I recently watched "Jason and the Argonauts" which those special effects fans out there know that Ray Harryhausen did. It took him four months alone just to work on the skelton battle scene. Of course things have changed alot and in effect will continue changing over the years. I just love horror! Good or bad I will tune in.

Jason and the Argonauts skeleton fight scene

This site has lots of old horror and even more recent stuff available to view online for free.

http://retrovision.tv/movies/horror/

I watched "Dementia 13" written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Roger Corman. There is "The Golem" from 1915 which although a silent is eerily scary and frightening. They even have the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie which I have seen!

Of special note is a tv special from 1980 about the history of sci-fi on TV.

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/a-history-of-sci-fi-television-1980/

So what are your favorite sci-fi or horror programs, movies, characters? And which ones would you like to see remade?

From Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

Say hello to mama.

Holiday Season - Best of - Worst of

HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2009

Wishing everyone all the best for the Season.

Fox Family Christmas Tree 2009

The Fox Family Christmas Tree 2009.

Well another year has come and gone and the best of and worst of lists abound. I happened upon this animated television show called "He-man and She-Ra Christmas Special", I couldn't believe it so I watched LOL if you want to see the second worst Christmas program of all time then you can view it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzH7hztIHeg.

The first place program was quite a ditty called "Star Wars Christmas Special" (1978) what never heard of it, for shame.

Star Wars Christmas Special 1978

Makes Ernst Saves Christmas a cla$$ic doesn't it! :)

Frosty the Snowman 1960

Cheers and all the best for the New Year!