Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sneak Peek at Doctor Who Christmas Special @BBCAmerica #DoctorWho #TV

We've a little more than a month until Doctor Who returns for the Christmas special. Fortunately, my family does the majority of our Christmas celebrating Christmas eve. Come Christmas day eve we are all properly stuffed with food and candy and all our gifts are unwrapped. Which means, we've nothing left to do for the holidays, but gather around the warm glow of our TV and tune into BBC America for the traditional watching of the DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special.

Here's a little sneak peek with Nick Frost as Santa...Or is he?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kinky Boots Opens Tonight at Pantages Theatre @Pantages #KinkyBoots

Kinky Boots open at The Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles tonight and I'm very excited to be going. This play is based on a true story and was previously a great film of the same name in 2005. It's the story of a boy who owns a troubled shoe factory and the drag queen he saved who then saved him right back.

The play version has been a smash hit and won the 2013 best musical Tony Award. I've been hoping I'd get a chance to see it in it's LA run, so you can imagine how happy I was to get a surprise invitation this afternoon to attend. The score is by Cyndi Lauper, the book by Harvey Fierstein, and direction from Jerry Mitchell. Talk about dream teams! I'm ready for an amazing night.

Performance schedule
Tuesday - Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm

If you plan on attending you can find tickets at The Pantages
By Phone: 800-982-2787 
Hollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Blvd) – Opens Daily at 10am
It is recommended that audience member be 10 years and up.

The show only run through the end of November, so hurry up!

Friday, November 7, 2014

New Trailer for Season 3 Orphan Black @BBCAmerica #CloneClub

Still no date on when the third season of Orphan Black will premiere on BBC America but here is a very little teaser that will premiere tomorrow during Doctor Who's season finale.

I have to say I love the way the TV season never ends now. Great shows coming back in all seasons, why didn't network TV ever think of this? Probably advertising dollars had to do with it.

Any who...Can't wait for the new season of Orphan Black and what looks to be Clone Club Junior!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Don't Let Good TV Shows Be Cancelled #TV

So many great TV shows get cancelled each year, because they're audiences can't find them in the avalanche of new programs each season on network and cable TV. Here are 3 wonderful network TV shows that are teetering on the cancellation list I would hate to see disappear. So tune in ASAP!

First up is Forever. This show definitely has a Sherlock feel but with a great twist and cast. It's on Tuesdays check your local listings. Here's the network description.

Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City's star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn't just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza), but piques her curiosity about who he is. Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry's long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry's secret.

Forever stars Ioan Gruffudd as Henry, Alana De La Garza as Det. Jo Martinez, Barbara Eve Harris as Lt. Marcia Roark, Donnie Keshawarz as Detective Hanson, Joel David Moore as Lucas Wahl, and Judd Hirsch as Abe.

Madam Secretary reminds me of the West Wing. I love the weekly political stories mixed with lead Tea Leoni's family dramas. It is fighting the uphill battle of Sunday nights ridiculous choice of amazing quality shows. Trust me it is DVR worthy.

Here's the Network description. MADAM SECRETARY stars Tèa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. A college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons, Elizabeth returns to public life at the request of the President following the suspicious death of her predecessor. The President values her apolitical leanings, her deep knowledge of the Middle East, her flair for languages and her ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even acknowledge there is a box. McCord's team includes her Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver, speechwriter Matt Mahoney, press coordinator Daisy Grant and her charming assistant Blake Moran. When McCord debates third world problems, finesses foreign dignitaries at work and does battle with the President's combative Chief of Staff Russell Jackson, it's just a warm-up for when she goes home to her supportive husband, Henry, and their two bright children, where "politics" and "compromise" take on new meaning.

Finally, A to Z is an adorable TV sit com, which I don't usually go for. I know you think I like it just because the male lead famously  (spoiler) lost a nipple on Mad Men. I will cop to feeling somewhat loyal to my Mad Men cast, but this show really is a great twist on the couple sit com.

The show airs Thursdays. Here's the network desciption. "A to Z" tells the story of Andrew (Ben Feldman, "Mad Men," "The Mindy Project") and Zelda (Cristin Milioti, "The Wolf of Wall Street," "How I Met Your Mother") - a pair that almost wasn't - and all that happened from the day they met. Andrew and Zelda will date for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. This program is a comprehensive account of their relationship - from "A to Z."

If for no other reason, please watch these shows to keep smart TV on the networks. I know people love the reality shows but scripted shows are great too and shouldn't just be for people who want to pay for cable. Thanks, in advance, for helping secure these programs.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Can Your Daughter Walk Alone? #Feminism @FCKH8

For the last day this video from FCKH8.com has been floating around in my Facebook stream. It features little girls in princess dresses talking about every thing from pay inequality to sexual assualt with a liberal use of the F word. It is jarring to see these little girls use such salty language, but really shouldn't we be more concerned about the content between the expletives. That little girls are still living in a world where they will be paid less than their male counterparts, are still getting the message their appearance is the most important issue of their lives and can expect to be a victim of sexual assault should be the more upsetting issue. Which is, of course the point of this video.

Having a 10 year old daughter I like to think things are so much better now than when I grew up in the 70s and they are in many ways, but I think we can all agree we've still a long way to go. The video has a line about it being great that woman have the vote but now can we have the right to walk to the car. That made me catch my breathe. Because I don't feel safe walking to my car or even walking around my own block at night. I'm a 45 year old woman and I need someone to walk to my car with??? And sadly I would advise my daughter not to walk alone either.

I wish I could say I'm just paranoid about being accosted, but if I look back over my life, it is a warranted fear. At age 7 a man pulled his car up to me and a friend walking home, he was masturbating inside. When I was 10 I was again walking home and another man pulled up in his car to launch into a verbal assault of a sexual nature. When I was 19 I was mugged on a side street of Sunset Blvd. with a friend. When I was 20 I was mugged again in a grocery store parking lot. Finally, when I was 28 as I was walking into my apartment a man ran up and flashed me. So the fact that I don't want to walk to my car alone isn't crazy it's self preservation.

With all of those incidences behind me I still consider myself lucky I have never been raped. Because as a girl or a woman all of the things that have happened to me are the least you have to worry about when you are walking to school, the store, or really anywhere. That's right, every time you see a woman walking alone she is constantly aware of foot steps behind her, blind corners, the bushes, and any possible danger. She jumps in her car quickly and god forbid a van has parked next to her. (Van=serial killer)

So forget pay equality, and body image, and slut shaming and all the rest of it. Just ask yourself one question what kind of world do our girls live in when their own mothers don't feel safe walking to their cars? With that in mind it's a wonder all little girls aren't talking like the ones in this video.