HELLO … IT’S ME …

HELLO

IT’S ME

AND I’M STILL ADDICTED TO WATCHING TOO MUCH TV …

 

It’s been a while.

Yeah.

Like, a really long while.

Whatevs.

 

I’m not going to waste anyone’s time with details, excuses, or dramatic re-enactments explaining my disappearance. Aint nobody got time for that. This isn’t an episode of Snapped.

However?

And, luckily for y’all…

My undying love – for all things television – has NOT been compromised.

not. even. a. little.

In fact – during my unexplained absence – my love affair with TV has grown even stronger.

 

 

With the newest viewing options; from cable and networks providing ondemand capabilities – to Smart TV’s and RoKu apps, such as: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime?

I’ve inevitably developed a sixth-sense.

For real, people.

I’ve been given a gift. Finding the most awesome television shows, ever.

Some people read fortunes, see the dead, or communicate with the other side. Other people provide stock options, develop retirement plans, or figure out super fancy shit with money. Some people learn. Some people teach. Some people have degrees. And some people just flip burgers or mop floors.

I am not any of those people.

I’m just a television junkie. Committed to all things TV since 1974.

 

 

And I am here to give you the inside info.

  1. I’ll let you know when something is worthy of binge-watching. And I’ll give you the reasons why.
  1. I’ll let you know when something is NOT worthy of binge-watching. And I’ll give you those reasons why.

 

Why?

Because I’m nice like that.

 

 

On the other hand?

I am NOT going to research facts, or spend hours perusing IMBD, or spend one second looking up Rotten Tomato or other notable Critic Scores. I am NOT going to read reviews before, during, or after – watching any show, on any venue, ever.

This is just an unbiased and un-researched television junkie’s blog.

That. Is. All.

 

So…

Brew some coffee, or pour yourself a cocktail, and let’s watch worthy TV, together, again!

Hope y’all enjoy my recommendations, as much as I enjoy watching these shows.

 

* PS: Suggestions are ALWAYS welcome, usually on my Facebook account. Except for anything SyFy and/or History. NO. Because, BORING. Denied.
FYI: I favor crime/suspense/murder/mystery – on any & all venues. And then I will lean on: Comedy, HGTV, IDTV, BRAVOTV, or even Reality TV, when desperate.

 

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ABC cancels ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’

According to this article:

In a crushing blow to the daytime soap genre, ABC announced today that it yank All My Children and One Life to Life and replace them with two lifestyle shows.  AMC will end in September, followed by OLTL in January 2012, to make way for shows dubbed The Chew and The Revolution. In an announcement, ABC says “these new shows expand ABC Daytime’s focus to include more programming that is informative and authentic and centers on transformation, food and lifestyle — cornerstones of programming that resonates with daytime viewers as evidenced by the success of The View.”

“While we are excited about our new shows and the shift in our business, I can’t help but recognize how bittersweet the change is,” said ABC Daytime President Brian Frons in a statement. “We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days. They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on ‘real life’ takeaways. A perfect example of this is The View, and that factored into our decision. The Chew and The Revolution are in the same vein and will be great additions to the lineup, with The View serving as an ideal foundation from which to launch these programs. They will also provide enormous opportunity for the creation of ancillary businesses and growth.”

* General Hospital, the third most-watched sudser in daytime, will not be affected by the changes.

The Chew will be produced by Gordon Elliot (Paula Deen’s Home Cooking) and is a one-hour series that enables viewers to “get the dish” on anything and everything related to the world of food and beyond.  Hosts will include Mario Batali (Iron Chef America), entertaining expert Clinton Kelly (What Not to Wear), Carla Hall (Top Chef), Michael Symon (Iron Chef America), and nutrition expert Daphne Oz.

The Revolution, from Executive Producer JD Roth and 3 Ball Productions (The Biggest Loser), will be a daily show about health and lifestyle transformations. The show is hosted by a team of experts and rotating guest contributors and will feature a “unique concept.” ABC says: “Each week one woman’s five-month weight loss journey will unfold in just five days, with daily results and a final transformational reveal on Friday.”

The enormous costs of maintaining old (and many think outdated) soaps was the primary reason behind the network’s decision to yank AMC and OLTL. Keeping the genre relevant and profitable remains job one at the three broadcast networks, and NBC and CBS have gone to great lengths to slash the budgets on shows like Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless to keep them on the air for rabid fans. Other shows haven’t been so lucky (RIP, As the World Turns and Guiding Light). The cuts haven’t affected the shows: Y&R remains the most-watched show in daytime and is No. 1 among women 18-49 and Days is tied for third (with The View) in women 18-49.

AMC averages 2.5 million and ranks No. 5 in women 18-49 among all soaps. OLTL averages 2.5 million and ranks No. 4.

UM….

WHAT?

And OMG.

NO.

I have been watching All My Children since I was 4 years old, helping my mother fold the laundry.

And, aren’t there ENOUGH television shows centering around transformation, food and lifestyle – already?

Sorry ya’ll, but I need a BREAK from all of that, every now and again. So I can watch ‘My Stories.’

Now what am I supposed to do?

TV Land & ABC

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ABC Daytime and TV Land have joined forces to create an unprecedented network event where characters from “All My Children” and “Hot in Cleveland” cross-over to continue a storyline established on last seasons “Hot in Cleveland.”  The story revolves around Wendie Malicks character, Victoria Chase, and her industry-nemesis, Susan Lucci.  The two-part “Hot in Cleveland” episodes will air on TV Land on February 16th and February 23rd at 10PM ET/PT and the “All My Children” episode will air on ABC at 1PM ET/12PM PT on February 24th.

“All My Children’s” Emmy Award
®-winners Susan Lucci, Michael E. Knight and Darnell Williams will appear as themselves on “Hot in Cleveland” and Golden Globe®-winner Wendie Malick as her “Hot in Cleveland” character Victoria Chase will appear on “All My Children” as Gertie, a housekeeper who ends up moonlighting as a bartender at Confusion after Erica Kane fires her.

“We are thrilled Victoria Chase will join the cast of ‘All My Children’ – there are very few actresses who could pull off a dual role performance as BOTH a maid and bartender. We hope she is up to the challenge,” teased Julie Carruthers, executive producer, “All My Children.”  Brian Frons, president daytime, Disney ABC Television Network joked, “There is only room for one Erica Kane in Pine Valley and Victoria Chase will unfortunately find that out the hard way.”  Frons went on to say, “This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of both shows with similar demos and we expect each other’s viewers to follow from one show to the next.”

“We’re so happy that Victoria Chase will finally get to show ‘All My Children’ fans why she is a soap superstar,” responds Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land.  “We’re so excited to partner with ‘All My Children’ to bring to life this classic TV form when television worlds collide.”

“Hot in Cleveland” revolves around three fabulous best friends from Los Angeles – novelist Melanie Moretti (Valerie Bertinelli), eye-brow archer to the stars, Joy Scroggs (Jane Leeves) and former soap star Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick) who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an unexpected landing.  When the friends discover that life is better for them since they are hot in Cleveland, they decide to stay.  Starting over together, they rent a house that happens to come with a very opinionated caretaker (Betty White).

Filmed in front of a live studio audience, “Hot in Cleveland” is executive produced by Emmy® Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions and is helmed by Emmy® Award-winning Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Ellen”) serving as executive producer, show runner and writer.  Lynda Obst also serves as executive producer.

Season one of “Hot in Cleveland” will be available on DVD on January 11th, just in time to relive all ten hilarious episodes from the first season before the second season kicks off.  The two-disc set is loaded with uproarious bonus material including: the original full-length pilot, bloopers, wardrobe featurette, We Love Our Age featurette, a set tour, Victorias (Malick) full-length Japanese Lady Pants commercial and more.

Entertainment Weekly and TV Land have named Susan Lucci one of the Top 50 Television Icon’s of all Time for her portrayal of the legendary Erica Kane, the sexy, sassy, beautiful “woman you love to hate!”  In May 1999, all of America stood and cheered when she won the Emmy Award
® for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and in 2005 she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Three-time Emmy Award®-winner Michael E. Knight created the role of Tad Martin on “All My Children” in 1983, when he was better known as “Tad the Cad.”  Today, Tad is less of a cad, but ever more a fan favorite and respected actor.  Emmy Award®-winner Darnell Williams made a triumphant return to the show in January 2008, after a 20-year absence, to reprise the fan-favorite role of the presumed deceased Jessie Hubbard.

“All My Children” celebrated its 40th anniversary on January 5th, 2010. The program has successfully maintained its popularity and continues to be one of daytime’s most compelling dramas. “All My Children” took home the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, the third time the show received this top honor, having also garnered the award in 1994 and 1992.  In 2004 the show also received its third consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series Writing, its third Writers Guild Award and its fourth GLAAD Media Award in March 2007.

Created by Agnes Nixon, “All My Children” premiered on the ABC Television Network on January 5, 1970, as a half-hour show; seven years later it expanded to an hour.  Julie Hanan Carruthers is executive producer with David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski as co-head writers.  “All My Children” is produced in Los Angeles and airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (1:00-2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

About TV Land

TV Land is the programming destination featuring the best in entertainment on all platforms for consumers in their 40s and 50s.  Consisting of original programming, classic and contemporary television series acquisitions, hit movies and a full-service Web site, TV Land is now seen in over 98 million U.S. homes.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products.  The companys portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.

Dancing With The Stars – Season Premiere

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Okay, okay, so Dancing With The Stars [DWTS] premiered and sadly, I missed it! I was too busy trying to watch the Season Premiere of HOUSE. And even more sadly, I do NOT have  DVR or any other recording device. I know. FOR SHAME!

Thankfully, ABC allows me to watch full episodes right online. So I will be able to play catch-up later on. But, for those of you, my dear readers, who HAVE seen the show…PLEASE TELL ME WHAT I MISSED. Because with this seasons Celebrity Line-Up like this:

Audrina Patridge “The Hills Hottie” with partner Tony Dovolani
Brandy“R&B’s Platinum Girl” with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Bristol Palin“Alaska’s Most Famous Daughter” w/partner Mark Ballas
David Hasselhoff“The Hoff” with partner Kym Johnson
Florence Henderson“America’s Mom” with partner Corky Ballas
Jennifer Grey“The Original Dirty Dancer” with partner Derek Hough
Kurt Warner“The Superbowl Success Story” w/partner Anna Trebunskaya
Kyle Massey“Disney Channel Dynamo” with partner Lacey Schwimmer
Margaret Cho“Comedy’s Most Outrageous” w/partner Louis Van Amstel
Michael Bolton“The Balladeer” with partner Chelsie Hightower
Mike Sorrentino“The Situation” with partner Karina Smirnoff
Rick Fox“Basketball’s Foxiest Champion” w/partner Cheryl Burke

This season looks like it’s going to be a ‘Train-Wreck-A-Palooza!’

PS: For those of you living under a rock:

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Three opinionated judges, twelve professional dancers, twelve celebrities, tons of glitter and spray tans, and Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke. That’s the basic formula for Dancing with the Stars, but really there’s nothing formulaic or predictable about the series because it’s our show. We, the viewers, call the shots. We determine who stays and who goes each week. No, we’ll never be able to dance like Chelsie Hightower, Maksim Chmerkovskiy or Cheryl Burke, and that’s exactly why we watch. We can totally relate to the stars competing on the show and it’s pretty cool to know they’re just like us. These actors, athletes, musicians, reality stars, and where-are-they-now personalities start out as lumbering Frankensteins with two left feet, and they slowly transform (we hope) into graceful twinkle-toed Baryshnikovs. OK, our weekly phone and online votes aren’t powerful enough to help them that much, but we do have the power to determine the show’s outcome. You’d think the stars were competing for more than just a mirrored disco ball, the way the celebs risk torn ligaments, poked eyes, fainting spells and wardrobe malfunctions to earn a perfect 30 from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. We’d never want to face their wrath, but it sure is fun to see them unleash it on the stars. That’s probably the one time we wouldn’t want to be in the stars’ shoes, no matter how shiny and glittery they might be.

Share your thoughts in the comments!

The Unusuals

I accidentally stubmled upon a brand new show called The Unusuals airing on ABC @ 10/9c, last Wednesday. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I couldn’t figure out if it was supposed to be funny, or serious, or a spoof or what. But then I let down my cynical wall and just let myself just go with the flow. And quite frankly, I fell in love with the characters rather quickly. Now that I have watched TWO full episodes I can honestly say, I truly enjoy it. I have added my commentary in bold below.

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About The Show:

Like a modern-day M*A*S*H, The Unusuals explores both the grounded drama and comic insanity of the world of New York City police detectives, where every cop has a secret. [There is a lot more comedy than drama, which is ever so refreshing.]

It also helps to have a twisted sense of humor, since every day could be your last.  Detective Casey Shraeger (Amber Tamblyn) has just been transferred to the NYPD’s Homicide unit from Vice and is instantly thrown into a setting of bullets and bodies. As she begins her new assignment, Casey finds that the force is full of secrets, which serves her well, since she’s keeping a few of her own. [Casey is a terrific character. She is from a super weathly family, that does not approve of her career choice. And she has to hide her background from the force in order to be taken seriously by her co-workers. Only the boss knows that she is really a rich princess. And, she happens to be very lovable.]

But her first case is not an easy one, as she’s assigned to investigate the death of one of the department’s own, the former partner of Detective Jason Walsh (Jeremy Renner), who is now her new partner. [They make a great team.]

As the duo seeks out the cop killer, the secrets and eccentricities of the rest of the department begin to emerge. Prank-magnet and social climber Detective Eddie Alvarez (Kai Lennox) has no qualms about stealing cases, as long as he can turn them into front-page stories; [That guy is HILARIOUS]

Eric Delahoy (Adam Goldberg), who is trying to get himself killed in the line of duty. [Of course, because he is essentially trying to kill himself, and he fails at every attempt, he ends up being the hero in critical situations. No one other than his doctor knows why he has a ‘death wish’.]

And Leo Banks (Harold Perrineau), an overly cautious officer who refuses to remove his bulletproof vest. [I think it is beyond funny he will NOT take off his bullet proof vest. EVER. It makes for great outfits. And so far he might be one of my favorite cast members.]

Delahoy & Banks are polar opposites!

And the very religious Detective Henry Cole (Josh Close) is trying to keep his secret past from both his streetwise partner [is kind of  a creepy character.]

Allison Beaumont (Monique Gabriela Curnen), and Sgt. Brown (Terry Kinney), who is struggling to rid the 2nd precinct of corruption. [Not sure about them yet. I haven’t made up my mind if I like them or not.]

* I am certainly enjoying the way the show’s plot lines, characters and humor. I didn’t expect to be that amused. I just finished watching the second episode but I dont want to give that away just yet!

In case you missed last week…

About The Premiere:

Casey is taken off the streets where she’s been working as an undercover hooker and finds herself reassigned to the Second Precinct, effective immediately. She meets her new partner, Jason Walsh (Jeremy Renner), whose last partner, Detective Burt Kowalski, was just murdered. Tasked with tracking down the murderer, Walsh races off to investigate Kowalski’s past, with Shraeger trailing behind.

As the duo seeks out the cop killer, the secrets and eccentricities of the rest of the department begin to emerge: Prank-magnet and social climber Detective Eddie Alvarez  has no qualms about stealing cases, as long as he can turn them into front-page stories that make him look good; Detective Eric Delahoy ( is trying to get himself killed in the line of duty for reasons known only to him and his doctor; his partner, Leo Banks , is convinced he is going to die and refuses to take off his bulletproof vest; and the very religious Detective Henry Cole is trying to keep his unholy past from both his streetwise partner, Alison Beaumont, and from his boss, Sgt. Brown, who is struggling to rid the Second Precinct of corruption.

If you’d like to watch the pilot you may do so by following this link:  Watch The Pilot Episode.


LOST

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Okay. Um.

I have never watched this show.

*Hangs Head In Shame*

But, I know a lot of you who do LOVE this show. So tell me people. Is it too late for me to try and get into it? I mean tonight at 8pm on ABC is the premiere of a Brand New Season. Or, will I be ‘LOST’ trying to figure out what’s happening?

From what I can gather, the show is about: An Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, its survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discovered that the island holds many secrets, including a mysterious smoke monster, polar bears, a strange French woman and another group of island residents known as “The Others.”

The survivors have also found signs of those who came to the island before them, including a 19th century sailing ship called The Black Rock, the remains of an ancient statue, as well as bunkers belonging to the Dharma Initiative – a group of scientific researchers who inhabited the island in the recent past.

As the second part of Season Three opens, Jack seems to have gained the upper hand, as Ben’s life literally rests in his hands. His demands are simple — release Kate and Sawyer as prisoners of “The Others,” let them safely return to the island and he’ll stay behind. But does Jack have a hidden agenda? Kate finally made her romantic decision between Jack and Sawyer by choosing the smitten con man — but were her feelings for him genuine? Juliet — one of “The Others” — makes a shocking decision that could endanger her standing with her people. After the death of Eko, Locke’s obsession to uncover the secrets of the island leads Sayid to believe that his intentions may not be in the best interests of his fellow survivors. Sun and Jin will continue to celebrate their pregnancy — but is the child really Jin’s?

Just as Charlie returns into the good graces of Claire and her baby, Aaron, Desmond drops a bombshell on him that could change the course of his life forever. After the hatch imploded and the electromagnetic charge was expelled, questions arise as to what effects it had on the island — as well as the outside world. Will Penny Widmore find the island and her long, lost love, Desmond, and can the survivors find a way to interact with the outside world? 

So. Do I need to know anything else before tuning in tonight? C’mon people. Share your LOST wisdom with me in the comments!

Samantha Who?


I . Love. This. Show.

I. Can. Not. Wait. For. The. Return.

SAMANTHA WHO?

Samantha When?

Tonight.

Monday January 12th @ 9:30pm on ABC

In case you don’t know – About The Show:

“How would you like to rewind your life, erase all the mistakes and cringe-worthy moments and start over with a clean slate? It’s a common fantasy. But for Samantha Newly (played by Christina Applegate), the fantasy is far too real. After a hit-and-run car accident puts her into an eight-day coma, she wakes up with retrograde amnesia. She can function in the world, but she can’t remember a single fact about her own life!”

I have always been a fan of Christina Applegate. She has wowed me since back in the day of her rebel teenage years when starring as Kelly Bundy on Married With Children. And with a co-star like, Jean Smart as her mother, who refuses to give Sam any accurate facts about the past she is trying to remember, you cannot go wrong. Pairing up two female situation comedy divas together….Good call ABC.

If you could start over, would you do things differently? Could you do them differently? Can people change? Or are we just… who we are? Please let me know in the comments!

PS: Check out a sneak peek over of the premier over here.

YES! Scrubs Is Back Baby!

Scrubs officially premieres TONIGHT. Tuesday January 6th, 2009 at 9/8c On ABC.

I *love* the TV Show Scrubs so very much. I have written about my love for this TV show time and again. And finally I am thrilled to announce that SCRUBS will be on ABC tonight.

Scrubs was created by Bill Lawrence back in 2001 and broadcast on NBC. The show has long since lived on my television. I welcomed every season with as much anticipation as any other thus far.

I have to admit; once George Clooney left the cast of ER back in 1999, I vowed I would never to watch another “hospital” related series. However, Scrubs takes on a completely different approach to work and life in a hospital setting with a comical twist.

Scrubs, is somewhat like the series ER, with the fast paced medical crisis and deeper hidden meanings of life. Mixed with a dash of the Seinfeld magic (four main characters which all have equal roles in each episode) and you have one very brilliant program.

The writing isn’t packed with medical jargon or overly dramatic scenes. Instead the lines are peppered with cunning sarcasm and steadfast wit. The writing is what makes the show unlike anything else out there these days. The story lines, the acting, the ever so perfect sound track, all good reasons as to why this sitcom has outlasted so many others over the past five years that have fallen short and to the wayside.

The lead character, Dr. John Dorian, “J.D.”, played by (none other than) Zack Braff, provides the viewer with his inner monologue during each episode. The seamless integration of reality and fantasy scenes are impeccable. J.D. embarks upon his forever battle to win the respect from his superior Dr. Percival “Perry Cox”, played by John C. McGinley. The never ending longing for approval and sheer nuisance of J.D.s desperate need to bond like father and son with Dr. Cox, gives way for multiple scenes in which Dr. Cox seems to get off degrading J.D. with the constant use of different female nicknames such as Vivian or Fiona. To quote Dr. Cox, “Back off Tiny Dancer, I have work to do.” Berating, all in the name of mentor. His wife, Jordan Sullivan, played by Christa Miller
is the only person that can get away with giving it to Perry, and she dishes out just as much if not more to damage his super ego.

The show becomes even funnier when it is complimented by J.D.’s “man-love” for his best friend, the surgeon, Dr. Christopher Duncan “Turk”, played by Donald Faison. J.D. and Turk have an onscreen friendship that leaves you wondering, scratch that, knowing, they must be having a great time while filming. They make you want to drink apple martinis and get to know them in real life.

You add one gangly, neurotic, basket case, smarty, (and hottie) Dr. Elliot Reed, played by Sarah Chalke, a woman everyone can relate to. Every woman has been an “Elliot Reed” in one situation or another. Lest not forget to mention Sarah Chalke has a gift for the scenes that require some pretty crafty physical comedy as well.

Top that with the gossipy, know what’s best for everyone else, can’t take her own advice, heart of gold, spicy girl from The Block named Nurse Carla Espinosa, played by Judy Reyes. Nurse Carla Espinosa is married (on Scrubs) to surgeon Dr Turk, aka Dr. Turkleton.
One of the key characters in the show has to be the Janitor, played by Neil Flynn. The Janitor is the arch nemesis to J.D. Only, J.D. doesn’t know the exact nature of the Janitor’s hatred, even though it is apparent the Janitor is out to get J.D. at every turn. He may not be a lead character, but the series would not be complete without our “jumpsuit.”

The all mighty head of Sacred Heart Hospital, Dr. Bob Kelso, played by Ken Jenkins. The best way to summarize Dr. Bob Kelso is to quote him. “What has two thumbs and doesn’t give a crap? Bob Kelso, Nice to meet you.”

For the hospital’s legal department you have a mid 40 year old, spineless, still living at home with his mother, incapable of confrontation without passing out unconscious, Ted Buckland, played by Sam Lloyd

Last but certainly not least you have a possibly gay? Possibly straight? Always inappropriate, high “5? obsessed, surgeon Todd Quinlan, played by Robert Maschio

I look forward to every single new episode. I own all of the previous seasons on DVD. The sound tracks are downloaded in my ITUNES. I watch Scrubs via syndication on Comedy Central. If you haven’t been watching Scrubs, you have seriously missed out on some of the best television program to come along!


How long have you been watching Scrubs? Are you excited for the return of the show?

Scrubs Is Moving To ABC!

I *love* the TV Show Scrubs so very much. I have written about my love for this TV show time and again. And finally I am thrilled to announce that SCRUBS will be returning some time this fall on ABC. I am just not sure when exactly. (At least not yet.)

Does Anyone Know WHEN Scrubs WILL be BACK?

Rest assured I will find out when Scrubs will be airing the premiere of its 7th season on ABC by calling a certain phone number. In season 4 Surgeon Dr. Turk changes his phone number to #1-916-Call-Tur. This is a valid number and a voice message tells you the latest info about Scrubs. (Sometimes even one of the cast members ANSWERS the phone.)

Scrubs was created by Bill Lawrence back in 2001 and broadcast on NBC. The show has long since lived on my television. I welcomed the sixth season with as much anticipation as any other thus far. I am now dying for Season 7.

I have to admit; once George Clooney left the cast of ER back in 1999, I vowed I would never to watch another “hospital” related series. However, Scrubs takes on a completely different approach to work and life in a hospital setting with a comical twist.

Scrubs, is somewhat like the series ER, with the fast paced medical crisis and deeper hidden meanings of life. Mixed with a dash of the Seinfeld magic (four main characters which all have equal roles in each episode) and you have one very brilliant program.

The writing isn’t packed with medical jargon or overly dramatic scenes. Instead the lines are peppered with cunning sarcasm and steadfast wit. The writing is what makes the show unlike anything else out there these days. The story lines, the acting, the ever so perfect sound track, all good reasons as to why this sitcom has outlasted so many others over the past five years that have fallen short and to the wayside.

The lead character, Dr. John Dorian, “J.D.”, played by (none other than) Zack Braff, provides the viewer with his inner monologue during each episode. The seamless integration of reality and fantasy scenes are impeccable. J.D. embarks upon his forever battle to win the respect from his superior Dr. Percival “Perry Cox”, played by John C. McGinley. The never ending longing for approval and sheer nuisance of J.D.s desperate need to bond like father and son with Dr. Cox, gives way for multiple scenes in which Dr. Cox seems to get off degrading J.D. with the constant use of different female nicknames such as Vivian or Fiona. To quote Dr. Cox, “Back off Tiny Dancer, I have work to do.” Berating, all in the name of mentor. His wife, Jordan Sullivan, played by Christa Miller
is the only person that can get away with giving it to Perry, and she dishes out just as much if not more to damage his super ego.

The show becomes even funnier when it is complimented by J.D.’s “man-love” for his best friend, the surgeon, Dr. Christopher Duncan “Turk”, played by Donald Faison. J.D. and Turk have an onscreen friendship that leaves you wondering, scratch that, knowing, they must be having a great time while filming. They make you want to drink apple martinis and get to know them in real life.

You add one gangly, neurotic, basket case, smarty, (and hottie) Dr. Elliot Reed, played by Sarah Chalke, a woman everyone can relate to. Every woman has been an “Elliot Reed” in one situation or another. Lest not forget to mention Sarah Chalke has a gift for the scenes that require some pretty crafty physical comedy as well.

Top that with the gossipy, know what’s best for everyone else, can’t take her own advice, heart of gold, spicy girl from The Block named Nurse Carla Espinosa, played by Judy Reyes. Nurse Carla Espinosa is married (on Scrubs) to surgeon Dr Turk, aka Dr. Turkleton.
One of the key characters in the show has to be the Janitor, played by Neil Flynn. The Janitor is the arch nemesis to J.D. Only, J.D. doesn’t know the exact nature of the Janitor’s hatred, even though it is apparent the Janitor is out to get J.D. at every turn. He may not be a lead character, but the series would not be complete without our “jumpsuit.”

The all mighty head of Sacred Heart Hospital, Dr. Bob Kelso, played by Ken Jenkins. The best way to summarize Dr. Bob Kelso is to quote him. “What has two thumbs and doesn’t give a crap? Bob Kelso, Nice to meet you.”

For the hospital’s legal department you have a mid 40 year old, spineless, still living at home with his mother, incapable of confrontation without passing out unconscious, Ted Buckland, played by Sam Lloyd

Last but certainly not least you have a possibly gay? Possibly straight? Always inappropriate, high “5? obsessed, surgeon Todd Quinlan, played by Robert Maschio

I look forward to every single new episode. I own all of the previous seasons on DVD. The sound tracks are downloaded in my ITUNES. I watch Scrubs via syndication on Comedy Central. If you haven’t been watching Scrubs, you have seriously missed out on some of the best television program to come along!

What are some of you favorite lines in the show? Feel free to quote the characters in the comments!

How long have you been watching Scrubs? Are you excited for the return of the show?

Michael Imperioli Compares ‘Life On Mars’ to Life on ‘Sopranos’

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If one were to compare Life On Mars Detective Ray Carling to The Sopranos’ Christopher, one big diff would be the gents’ temperament. “Ray’s center of gravity is a little different,” Michael Imperioli says in this video Q&A. “He’s a police officer, so he can’t let his emotions run rampant,” as his Sopranos alter ego did (often to his own detriment).

Find out more and watch Imperioli reflect on the 1970s craze he had forgotten about until starting work on Life on Mars.

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Life on Mars airs Thursdays at 10 pm/ET On ABC