Something About Ryan

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“Something About Ryan” chronicles Ryan’s misadventures living at home with his family on Staten Island. Taking onto his Italian side of the family, Ryan Mooney plays Ryan Nuzzolo, a live at home slacker who does not want to grow up and move out. Ryan’s lifestyle includes hanging in front of the TV, attending community college, and partying all the time with his best friend and neighbor Anthony. The problem for Ryan is that he does not look for trouble, it just seems to find him.

Ryan Mooney is a comedian turned actor from Staten Island, New York. He started doing stand up comedy as a teenager in New York’s major comedy clubs such as Caroline’s, Gotham Comedy Club and Comic Strip Live. He recently wrote, produced and starred in a sitcom pilot, “Something About Ryan”

Watch it now on Youtube by clicking HERE!

Enjoy!

Leverage

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For those of you who are just as excited and as anxious as I am, I am THRILLED to announce that the hit new drama on TNT called Leverage returns to TV on Wednesday July 15th @ 9/8cPM. Just so you know. Mark Your Calenders!

[I will be sure to post a reminder just as soon as this glorious day arrives.]

When TNT says “We Know Drama”…they are not kidding.

I have to say, it takes a lot to get me hooked on a new show. I am pretty rigid with my TV schedule and I don’t often allow room for new TV ventures that come along to intrude on my viewing pleasure when most of them turn out to be more than a waste of my precious free time. However, I was pleasntly surprised last year when LEVERAGE turned out to be sofa king good.

The series follows a team of thieves, hackers and grifters who act as modern-day Robin Hoods, taking revenge against those who use power and wealth to victimize others.

Oscar Winner, Timothy Hutton [who I totally LOVE] plays former insurance investigator Nate Ford, a once-loyal corporate employee who had recovered millions of dollars in stolen goods for his employer. But when that employer denied his son’s insurance claims and allowed the boy to die, he realized he could no longer work for such an entity.

Last season:

Nate, out of work and descending into alcoholism, Ford is hired by an aeronautics executive to recover airplane designs the executive claims were stolen by a rival company. Helping him are four highly skilled team members: Parker, an expert thief; Alec Hardison, a specialist in Internet and computer fraud; Eliot Spencer, a high-octane “retrieval specialist” who can take out a gang of henchmen without breaking a sweat; and Sophie Devereaux, a grifter who could win awards for her acting skills during difficult scams.

At first the newly formed team is hesitant to trust each other after so many years working alone but being double-crossed changes the dynamic, ultimately forcing them to unite. They emerge from the job realizing they are far better working together than apart. Once they discover they can trust each other the group targets their cons toward the richest, the greediest and the most unjust.

I can’t even imagine what we have to look forward to this season.

More About The Characters:

Nathan Ford

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Timothy Hutton plays; Nathan Ford: Good-looking and still sharp, despite the layers of insomnia and hangover damage he’s accumulating as fast as he can. Nate was an expert at recovering stolen items…until the insurance company he worked for (I.Y.S.) refused to pay for his 8-year-old son Sam’s “experimental” treatment. When his son died a couple of years ago, Nate went on the skids. In the pilot, Dubenich hires him as the one honest man to keep a group of thieves in check. Now, Nate leads the team to right injustices, funded by their unique take on “alternate revenue stream”. He has a long catch-and release history with Sophie, who is the only team member he selected himself.

Alec Hardison

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Aldis Hodge plays; Alec Hardison: Young, thick-shouldered, and looks like he should be playing pro ball. But Hardison’s tall good looks are counter to type; he’s actually a geek of the first order and an expert at all things electronic. He loves orange soda…and might have a bit of a crush on Parker.

Eliot Spencer

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Christian Kane plays; Eliot Spencer: Eliot is not a large guy, but he is deceptively dangerous. His coiled and precise movements belie his quiet cowboy charm. He doesn’t like guns and, it turns out, doesn’t need them. Despite his rep as a tough guy, he is an apparent whiz in the kitchen and known to take the occasional manly sip of tea. Delicious.

Parker

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Beth Riesgraf plays; Parker: Petite, cute, blonde… and a social pariah. Parker’s idea of fun would scare the living daylights out of most people. She has neither modesty nor fear of heights. Like Hardison, Parker grew up in the foster care system, but her tale is one of abuse and neglect. She’s insecure about only one thing: her ability to pass herself off as a normal person.

Sophie Devereaux

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Gina Bellman plays; Sophie Devereaux :Sophie has dark eyes and lips you find yourself staring at while she’s talking. Where Parker’s a stiletto, Sophie is all curves and mist. She’s a seductress capable of convincingly playing any character or nationality… as long as it’s not on an actual theatrical stage where she will overact magnificently. She may very well be in love with Nate.

Raising The Bar

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Raising The Bar is back  for season two on TNT on Monday Nights @ 10/9cPM

Well, I have to say  that I was highly disappointed with this show last year. After only three episodes I couldn’t watch it any more. While it is a show about lawyers, it’s NO Law and Order. And while TNT has been doing a great job providing all sorts of new and exciting television its certainly NO Leverage!

[I promise give you more on Leverage in another post. However, for those of you as anxious as I am Leverage returns to TV on Wednesday July 15th @ 9/8cPM. Just so you know.]

Okay, so getting back to Raising The Bar, I was expecting more drama, more twists to the plot, and a much better dialog. In fact, I thought it was a little too ‘Soap Opera-esque’. But I have decided I might not give up on this show COMPLETELY just yet. Although, I do not have high hopes of this being one of my favorites.

About The Show:

The series follows the cases and lives of young lawyers who work on opposite sides – the public defender’s office and the district attorney’s office – as well as those who sit in judgment on their cases. This season’s cases tackle such issues as hate crimes, drug dealing and child pornography as the lawyers face off against each other in the courtroom. RAISING THE BAR not only looks at courtroom battles but also the relationships among people on different sides.

I am hopeful this season will at least be OKAY. I mean at least Mark-Paul Gosselaar [you may remember hm from the television series Saved by the Bell] who plays the lead character Jerry Kellerman finally cut his hair!


Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List

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My Life On The D-List, staring Kathy-Griffin airs on the Bravo Network, on Monday Nights @ 10/9cPM

I love me some Kay-Griff. She is forever making me laugh out loud. And season five has been just as funny as I would expect of her! Even though I don’t watch this show on Monday nights, I love when Bravo runs a marathon with back to back episodes. So far, this season I’ve only caught a glimpse of two episodes.

1. Featured the one and only utterly FABULOUS Bette Midler

And

2. Featured the insanely funny Lily Tomlin

Both were a sheer delight. And, according to what I found on the internet I can expect a lot more laughter.

About The Show and What To Expect This Season:

Season five follows the comedienne as she steps up her game in an effort to increase her star status and land that coveted A-list position. After all, she is a two-time Emmy winner and a bikini model now. Team Griffin – assistant Tiffany Rinehart, tour manager Tom Vize, mom Maggie Griffin and untamed dogs Chance and Pom Pom – will also have their work cut out for them as Kathy puts them to work schmoozing and bribing, all for the cause. First, Kathy learns that any respectable A-Lister must be on Facebook. So naturally Kathy charges 88-year-old Maggie to manage and keep her page updated. Maggie only hopes that as payback some of her favorite A-Listers (like Betty White) will show up one day and bring wine.

Throughout the season, Kathy seeks advice from some of her A-List celebrity friends on how they obtained their status: “See how I fare after tips and lessons from everyone from Paris Hilton to rapper T.I.,” says Kathy of her celebrity adventures. “We’re in Miami with unofficial mayor of Miami, Gloria Estefan, and unofficial deputy mayor, Rosie O’Donnell. I spend the weekend in Savannah at Paula Deen‘s house, hit Vegas with Bette Midler, do a casino gig with Lily Tomlin, spend the day in Harlem with Rev Al Sharpton and go to Palm Springs to visit Suzanne Somers‘ compound where I pray that Barry Manilow shows up.”

This season Kathy also (unsuccessfully) rallies for a Grammy win for Best Comedy Album, canvasses door to door and on the California state capital for gay marriage rights, and obtains a star on the (Palm Springs) Walk of Fame. Perhaps getting this A-List thing isn’t as easy as Kathy hoped.

While I will admit, I do find herstand-up to be funnier than some of the shows, nonetheless, My Life On The D-List never fails to put a smile on my face.

So You Think You Can Dance [SYTYCD]

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So You Think You Can Dance [SYTYCD] airs Wednesday Nights @8/7c PM on FOX for competition and Thursday Nights @ 9/8c PM on FOX for the results.

Okay, for real, this is my favorite show all summer long. Feel free to judge me, but I am forever amazed with what the human body is capable of doing with some of the dance moves on this show.

There is not one element missing from this show. From the contestants, to the music, the movement, the costumes, [oh the costumes!], the makeup, the hair, the choreographers, the judges, and the passion. All of it, literally moves me to chills and even tears.

[Is that totally lame?]

Maybe I am biased so in love with this show because I used to dream of being a dancer when I was a little girl. I used to envision myself as a back up dancer on Solid Gold. I also would have given a limb to be a contestant on Dance Fever. I am sure that my hard core appreciation for this show is deep rooted since half of my life was spent dancing.

[Unfortunately, I don’t think I will have the kind of time required this year to write weekly blogs this season, but I will do my best to write updated posts as often as possible.]

About The Show:

So You Think You Can Dance, the original dance competition series. The competition will inspire and amaze viewers while dancers skilled in styles ranging from hip-hop to ballroom compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancer.

Lets start with some information on the judges and hosts shall we?

Cat Deeley is the main host, and she is freaking adorable. I just love her Birmingham, England accent and the way she dresses. She is beautiful to look at and a sheer pleasure as the host. She is also one of the foremost television presenters in the UK and has recently become one of the hottest new faces on American TV.

Nigel Lythgoe, is one of the judges that sits on the panel every episode. And I also believe he may be one of the producers? Nigel is always honest and accurate when assessing or judging a performance and NOT in a cruel Simon Cowell kind of way. [But I do love me a dose of  brutal reailty dished out by Simon.] Nigel is kind, generous, and seemingly fair when subject to making decisions about who should be cut from the show.

Mary Murphy, is also one of the judges that sits on the panel every episode. And she IRRITATES me to no end. I cannot stand when she screams. I cannot stand when she looses control. Her laugh cuts into me like nails on a chalk board. But, she does have extensive knowledge and provides excellent training as a world-class technical dance instructor.

Mia Michaels often sits in as a guest judge, and choreographs the most brilliant routines I have ever witnessed. She is MY FAVORITE dancer/judge/choreographer/artist. Mia turns dancing into inspired and unique works of passion and beauty. Mia Michaels is a chorographic GENIUS. And Mia Michaels was the 2007 Emmy Winner – So You Think You Can Dance: “Calling You”!

There are many other talented guest judges, and choreographers, that frequently appear on the series,  I just don’t know all of their names. My bad.

Now, onto the some of this years contestants! My FAVORITES [so far] are:

Phillip Chbeeb, Jeanine Mason, Caitlin Kinney, Kayla Radomsky, Vitolio Jeune, and Evan Kasprzak. My heart races every time I watch one of them perform on stage.  And I bite all my fingernails off every time any of them end up in the bottom three!

If you have not watched this show, or you missed an episode, you can catch up right HERE.



Saving Grace

Saving Grace , Season Premiere Tonight @ 10/9c PM on TNT.

I love Holly Hunter. I really do. But, I think she could stand to eat a sandwich and pack on a few pounds like normal a human being, instead of suffering from the Olsen Syndrome. Alas, that’s neither here nor there when it comes to her acting capabilities.

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About The Show:

Det. Hanadarko investigates brutal crimes while trying to balance her relationship with her partner, Ham. Grace also must figure out cryptic messages from her last-chance angel, Earl. At the end of the second season, death row inmate Leon Cooley, who shared visions of Earl with Grace, was executed, leaving a hole in Grace’s life. Soon, she began having dreams of a young drug addict named Neely, which lead Grace to believe Neely also shares a connection with Earl.

Meanwhile, Ham’s divorce was finalized. Ham hopes he and Grace can finally be together, but Grace might not be on the same page. This season, we will learn more about the personal lives of fellow detectives Bobby Stillwater, Butch Ada,  and Captain Kate Perry.

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Holly Hunter plays the role of GRACE, Det. Hanadarko .  And as a detective she is hot. The over sexed, stereotypical drunk (slugging Jack Daniels straight from the bottle) yet manages to stay brilliant. She is often the single member of the police force that can crack a case with the smallest piece of evidence, and stay awake for days.

Of course, this sort of role has been done to death.

But, NOT by a women.

When this show first aired, I watched maybe two or three episodes and decided I just wasn’t into it. But, if there is anyone here, reading this blog, who does happen to like/love this show, maybe you can convince me in the comments section of this post to give this show another chance?

* New Episodes of Saving Grace can be seen weekly on TNT on Tuesday Nights @ 10/9c PM.

HawthoRNe

HawthoRNe, is a brand spanking new series to join the TNT drama family.  HawthoRNe will air on television every Tuesday Night @ 9/8c Pm. You can catch a sneak peak online HERE.

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ABOUT THE SHOW:

Pinkett Smith plays Christina Hawthorne, a compassionate and headstrong Chief Nursing Officer heading up a group of dedicated nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital who spend long days and nights on the hospital’s front lines. Hawthorne is the kind of nurse you want on your side when you or someone you love is in the hospital. She is the kind of nurse who fights for her patients and doesn’t let them slip through the cracks. When necessary, she takes on doctors and administrators who are overworked, distracted or just unable to see the human being behind the hospital chart.

Whether showing humanity to a homeless woman, trying to talk a suicidal cancer patient off a ledge or exposing a doctor’s near-fatal error, Hawthorne will do everything in her power to help her patients. When a patient’s care is at risk, she doesn’t hesitate to violate protocol, defend her staff or stand up to administrators who seem to have forgotten a hospital’s true purpose.

But the long days at the hospital and Hawthorne’s intense focus on helping others take a toll on her personal life. Christina is recently widowed – her husband died one year ago after a battle with cancer, leaving her to raise a smart, rebellious teen-age daughter on her own. Hawthorne is still coming to terms with losing her husband, finding a way to balance her career with her equally important role as a single parent, and finding the time to take care of someone who always seems to fall through the cracks – herself.

*This show was definitely worth checking out. I very much enjoyed watching the season premiere. The show moved a little fast for me to grab a firm hold on all of the characters just yet, but so far, I think my favorite is Ray the male nurse.

Here are the cast of characters:

Christina Hawthorne

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Christina Hawthorne (Jada Pinkett Smith) is the tough-yet-caring Chief Nursing Officer at Richmond Trinity Hospital. She prides herself on standing up for her patients and preventing them from falling through the cracks of hospital bureaucracy. She’s a hero who acts out of good intentions, even if she occasionally violates hospital policy or protocol in the process. But being there for her patients means she isn’t always there for herself and her daughter. She is trying to move on after her husband’s death, but she hasn’t really had time to grieve because of her work duties. Her relationship with her teenage daughter can at times be strained, especially when Christina puts the hospital first. Still, she is a loving mother with a creative way of handling family issues.

* [I gotta say, I think Jada is wonderful in her role as Hawthorne. She is quick on her feet, she is great with her lines and very believable.] *

Dr. Tom Wakefield

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Dr. Tom Wakefield (Michael Vartan) is an oncologist and Chief of Surgery for Richmond Trinity Hospital. He is a strong, competent doctor who avoids taking too many risks. He bristles when his judgment is called into question, especially when he’s second-guessed by subordinates. He is close to Christina, given his role in treating her late husband’s cancer, and the two have a professional but friendly rapport with one another. He also relies on her to serve as a buffer between himself and the staff.

* [Honestly, I don’t even really remember seeing this guy too much in this episode? I think I was too busy focused and curious about Dr Marshall. The doctor who ending up making a mistake on a patience orders that could end up a fatal mistake.] *

Ray

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Ray (David Julian Hirsh) is one of the hospital’s only male nurses, which causes him constant frustration, since he doesn’t seem to get the respect his fellow nurses get from patients and staff. Because he is a male in a female-dominated profession, he is also sometimes mistaken for being gay, but the truth is he has his romantic eye on fellow nurse Candy. He has always wanted to be a doctor and hopes one day to go to medical school.

* [This guy, is my favorite cast member so far. His character is so charming. He is obviously and legitimately concerned about each and every patient. And I’m  sucker for that!] *

Bobbie

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Bobbie (Suleka Mathew) is one of Christina’s best friends and best nurses. She is smart, honest, caring and funny, yet she also fights personal insecurities. She has a prosthetic leg, although there is some question as to how she originally lost her leg. Bobbie is one of the few nurses with whom Christina is completely open, and the two have a very strong bond that translates into an excellent working relationship. On the romantic front, Bobbie is somewhat hesitant, although she is open to advances by a handsome EMT.

* [When we the viewers discover she does in fact have a prosthetic leg, it was quite the scene. I cant wait to find out exactly HOW that happened.] *

Candy

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Candy (Christina Moore) is a fresh-faced and very outgoing nurse who is a hit in the hospital. She has a reputation for giving “special attention” to soldiers injured in the war, something she sees as her way of supporting the troops. Despite that, she’s a very competent nurse and a valuable member of Christina’s staff.

* [Again, I didn’t see enough of this character, other than people making comments about her stellar physical looks, to really give you a better idea of what she’s all about.] *

Camille

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Camille (Hannah Hodson), Christina’s daughter, is a rebellious teen who was closer to her father than her mother. With her father now gone, Camille seems to have it in for her mother, doing whatever she wants and driving Christina crazy in the process. She frequently lies and tries to manipulate others. And she especially enjoys playing her grandmother against Christina. But she’s not all bad. There are times when Camille and Christina share a moment of love and honesty, especially when they are willing to admit they are alike in many ways.

* [This girl sure can play a teenager full of attitude to perfection. I wanted to jump through the television screen and smack her myself! At one point in the show she said the most cruelest possible thing to her mother (Hawthorne) anyone could ever say. I couldn’t believe it!]

I wonder why I wasn’t able to find any information on a few other characters featured in the season premier?

1. A woman named Isabel, who is a szichophrenic homeless lady that will only deal with Hawthorne when she shows up at the hospital.

2. Dr Marshall, the absent doctor who made a mistake on a diabetic patient order. And one that could end up a fatal mistake.

3.  Amanda, who played the big bad role of ‘Mother In Law’ of Hawthorne’s dead husband.

I can only hope, and assume, that all of them will be making appearances in future episodes?

I totally think you should watch this show too. And NOT just because the show is named after Moi!

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Kendra Wilkinson On E!

Yep. That’s right. Former ‘The Girls Next DoorKendra Wilkinson has her very own reality TV show, aptly named Kendra, which broadcasts on The E! Channel on Sunday Nights at 10/9c pm.

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According to this article: New reality series “Kendra” premiered as the highest-rated series debut on the E! network since “The Anna Nicole Show” in 2002.

And I for one, could not be happier for her.

Kendra Wilkinson was always my favorite of the ‘The Girls Next Door‘. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Bridget Marquardt and Holly Madison too. I liked them a lot. In fact, I think Holly was the smartest and the prettiest of the three. However, there was just something about Kendra that appealed to me.

When I used to watch The Girls Next Door [don’t judge] I found myself enamoured with Kendra’s  child like qualities and athletic capabilities. Granted, her laugh can be a little on the annoying side, and she is not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, but, she has a very big and extremely kind heart. There is nothing manipulative or fake about her. [Well, other than her boobs!] She just is who she is and makes no excuses for it.

I recently watched two episodes of the Kendra show and I have to admit, I loved it. I absolutely loved it. [I’m pretty sure it’s probably not all that healthy to like this show as much as I do.] I laughed out loud when Kendra visited a farm for the first time on her way to meet her fiance’ Hank’s parents’ house. And I laughed even harder when she tried to milk a cow for the first time. Hank and Kendra appear to be truly in love with each other and it’s a refreshing change of pace to take peek into the lives of people NOT filled with drama. It’s honestly just a feel good guilty pleasure!

If you missed out,  you can catch up tonight with back to back episodes:

@10:00 pm Kendra: The Ex Files

Kendra and her friends begins to prepare for her wedding. Meanwhile, Kendra introduces Hank to Hef, and her ex makes a surprising offer to the engaged couple.

@ 10:30 pm Kendra: Baskett Cases

Still very much the working girl, Kendra shoots a sexy promotional poster for one of her favorite restaurants, Dave and Busters. After, Kendra meets Hanks parents in his hometown.

And, Don’t Forget:

All-new episodes ‘Kendra‘ Sundays at 10/9c, only on E!

The Closer

The Closer airs on TNT every Monday Night at 9/8cPM

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And THANKFULLY there is FINALLY something WORTH watching on Monday Nights!

Golden Globe winner, Kyra Sedgwick (married to Kevin Bacon) is friggin phenomenal in this dramatic series. She plays the role of Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, an investigator and interrogator with a remarkable talent for trapping criminals in their lies.

Brenda Johnson is a brilliant woman that knows just how to use her ‘flaws’ to her advantage. Her clumsiness, at times total awkwardness, lead the other members of her police team (and the guilty parties) into thinking there was no way she could ever be able to solve, crack, and bust into the criminals the way she does. Topped off with a charming southern accent and the trademarked “Thank You’s” she ends most conversations with and you have a delectable combination.

I am so happy this has come back for yet another sizzling summer season. In fact, I’m really sorry I missed the premiere back on June 8th. Fortunately, I can catch up on any missed episode online right HERE.

Oh, and,  I would hate to be on the receiving end of one of her interrogations. Who knows what kind of secrets I have, that she would be able to pull out into the light!

More About The Show:

For the fifth season, THE CLOSER will explore the issue of change. Just as Brenda starts adjusting to married life, she loses someone very dear to her. In addition, the intra-office conflict between Sgt. Gabriel and Det. Daniels is resolved for good and another squad member goes through a complete attitude change after falling in love. The economy forces one of Brenda’s detectives to take a second job, while the fatal shooting of a suspect leads to career complications for another.

Even through the changes, Brenda and her Major Crimes unit will be hard at work tracking down some of Los Angeles’ toughest criminals. This year they’ll tackle such cases *as the possible kidnapping of a corrupt financier, a multiple homicide involving a family, the killing of a security guard at a gang rehabilitation center and the shooting death of a white supremacist.

Seriously, check out this show if you haven’t already been watching.