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Martin Landau – Hollywood Treasure Gone at 89

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 Today Hollywood lost a real treasure . Martin Landau died of complications after a short hospital stay. Landau was a Hollywood icon whose career was celebrated with both television and movie roles. Most notably, he will be remembered for his Oscar winning role as Bela Lugosi in the cult film, “Ed Wood.” Landau will also be remembered for his role on the 60’s classic that inspired the movie , “Mission Inpossible.” His career also included the claim of being the boyfriend of Marilyn Monroe. His career includes a lot of roles that he put his heart and soul into as an actor.

Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 , the son of Selma and Morris. With Jewish roots, he was proud of his father who rescued their relatives from the Nazis.  Landau began his life as a cartoonist where he worked for five years alongside Gus Edson . Together they produced the comic strip , “The Gumps” for the New York Daily News. When Landau became 22, he quit to concentrate on his acting career. Auditioning for the famous Actors Studio , one of his classmates was Steve McQueen.He also studied with such acting gods as Lee Strasberg. They were so impressed with Landau that they asked him to teach with Mark Rydell and Sydney Pollack. His best friend was the late James Dean.  Landau made his first big hit on television on “Mission Impossible” as master of disguise artist, Rollin Hand. He appeared on the show with his then wife, Barbara Bain. The role gained him praise as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination.

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 Here is Landau as Rollin Hand with his former wife, Barbara Bain and Peter Graves in a “Mission Impossible ” cast photo.

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Here are Bain and Landau in the 70’s sci -fi classic, “Space 1999”

 

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Landau studied 25 films of the late horror star when he played Bela Lugosi in “Ed Wood.” It paid off with Landau getting his third Oscar nom and his first win.

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In 1994, Landau won an Oscar for his role in “Ed Wood.”

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He also appeared in the Hitchcock classic , “North by Northwest.”

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Landau had played many tv guest roles including this one on “Without a Trace.”  Landau played Jack’s father with Alzheimer’s and was nominated for an Emmy for the role. Here he is with Anthony LaPaglia.

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Here is Landau as wrestling coach , Sal Bandini , as he trains Jimmy  (Oliver Platt of “Chicago Med” ) in “Ready to Rumble.”

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Here is Landau when he was a Hollywood big shot on “Entourage” trying to relive his glory days. He is walking with Kevin Connolly and Chicago’s own, Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold.

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One of his last roles was in the Lifetime movie , “Outlaw Prophet. ” Landau played a Mormon patriarch with 50 some wives . Here he is having a talk with his son, “Scandal’s ” own POTUS , Tony Goldwyn.

He is survived by his two daughters , Susan and Juliet from his former wife, Bain. Chitownstarconnections gives our sympathy as we remember this actor’s actor.

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Why These Scandal Cast Members Should Be Nominated for an Emmy

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 Well it’s that time of year again and now we have a real game changer. At the ABC Upfronts Shonda Rhimes announced that this would be the last year of “Scandal.” As members of the National Academy ofTelevision  Arts and Sciences are voting , me and the other fans would like them to remember a few names when they are casting their ballots. Joe Morton and Dan Bucatinsky have already  been acknowledged with the Emmy and Bellamy was acknowledged with a Critics Choice Award, but there are other members that should be standing proudly with their own award.

 

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Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope…. Olivia has went on quite a journey in seven seasons. She has finally realized that the man she loves is Fitz. Jake is no longer in the picture. Her relationship with her parents is healed and she will be the Chief of Staff to Madam President Grant. She has the power that she wants and will be also running the evil organization that ruined her father. There is only one thing that is left for Livvy and that is happiness. We all want her to tell Mellie to take this job and shove it. She belongs in a big house in Vermont with her ex Presidential boyfriend. Kerry has had the nomination before , but never the big prize. So after you won the Oscar, Viola, can’t you let your girl take it home in her final year?

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Tony Goldwyn as Former President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant the Third- Fitz has went through enough that any normal man could tolerate , let alone someone who is the leader of the free world. With three Veeps and three Chiefs of Staff, it is enough to drive anyone crazy. Adding to it , an assassination attempt , a son murdered, the first President divorced in office and the woman he loves kidnapped and tortured. Spacey can win the nominations and awards , but his Underwood doesn’t have half the heart that Grant does. Fitz is the ultimate romantic hero. President who will do anything for the woman he loves, including letting her go. It remains to be seen whether “Olitz” will get to be together, but we are hoping they will as we come to the end. So Academy members, nominate Tony Goldwyn for playing a man who knows how to love and has grown . (Plus he looks great without a shirt)

 

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Bellamy Young as President Melody Margaret Grant- Mellie started her journey as the bitch who wanted Olivia to service her husband so she wouldn’t have to do it. But then jealousy reared it’s ugly head and she wanted her gone. She called Olivia every dirty name in the book, whore, homewrecker, can’t keep her legs together and christened her America’s Mistress. But then tragedy struck and Mellie and Fitz lost their  son. Bellamy has hit it our of the park with her story lines. We wondered what made her so bitter, and we got out answer when Mellie revealed she was raped by none other than her own father in law. It was no wonder she didn’t want to be touched by her husband and forced herself to conceive a child to save his Presidency. Everything she did, she did for him. Finally, Mellie steps up and becomes the woman to run the White House. People may think that this fictional couple mirrors the real life Clintons, but let it be known that Claire and Frank Underwood don’t have the same hootzpah as this Washington power couple. Can’t wait to see her in action with Liv as her COS.

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Jeff Perry as Vice President Cyrus Beene- Perry is one of the founders of one of the most prestigious theatre companies in the country, the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Along with Terry Kinney, Gary Sinise, their theatre has nurtured such talent as John Mahoney, Laurie Metcalf, (his ex wife) , Gary Cole, and numerous others. Jeff has been on the scene for years, but people didn’t take notice until he took the role of the power hungry , homosexual Cyrus Rutherford Beene. Cyrus finally managed to hitch his wagon to rising star Grant to take him to the White House. He rigged an election, kept two people apart to save his place in the West Wing. Ultimately he found love and it looked like he was going to have his happy ending. But then tragedy struck and someone murdered the love of his life. Ever since, he did anything to keep his place in the White House. It looks like he has come full circle and he has been through hell. His prison scenes were the best he had done in seven seasons. These gritty scenes proved that he is one of the best actors on television. It is definitely time for this extraordinary actor to win the same award that so many of his own ensemble has also won.

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Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan- Abby has went the same route that Olivia has, she has gone from OPA to the White House and back again. She has forsaken love for power and been the only woman who has been immune to the charms of one Fitzgerald Grant. Well its because she knew deep down, that there would only be one for the President. She even accommodated his whims after Liv dumped him. Her lust for power almost cost her friend, Huck his life. She is also the one who contacted Steven when Liv had been kidnapped. Her biggest cheerleader proved to be Cyrus, and her best friend was Fitz. Now that the FTG 111  adminstration is out of the White House, she is back at OPA and ready to gladiate.

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Dan Bucatinsky as James Novak – Dan has already won an Emmy for this role, but considering the fact that his role as “Andy” is history he should be compensated by winning another one. James was the only deceased character that had made an appearance in the 100th. His character made such an impact on the AU storyline because Cyrus was in the closet but still wanted the power. His solution was to marry the ex Mrs Grant and then still see James. But he realized that he still loved James and couldn’t deny it. Alas Mellie Grant and him married for power and her ex, Fitz married for love. It proved one thing, Dan is still loved by the fans and respected by the cast and crew. Hmm, “24 Legacy ” is gone , maybe its time to resurrect him. Are you listening , Shonda?

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Zoe Perry as “Samantha” Mystery Woman” or “Ponytail Bitch” -For someone with such a royal pedigree as Zoe, she definitely made her mark on the show. Her character was enough to bring down the royal evil character on this show and that is “Rowan” . She also managed to manipulate Abby to betray her friends.  She convinced the naive David Rosen to fall in love with her, yet he asked Abby if they could poke her head with chopsticks.  Like so many other characters before her, she was brought to her death by the formiddable Rowan.  She has definitely owned her place to accept the Emmy for best guest appearance.

 

 

 

 

Television’s BFF’s ….Happy Best Friends Day

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 We all have besties . They are the ones who are with you through thick and thin. Sometimes you want to kill them , but you know you are nothing without them. Television shows present and old school is full of them. So on this bff day, we at Chitownstarconnections are saluting our favorite best buds….

Jen had to salute her favorite show and that is the late great “Castle.” What would the writer detective be without his partners? Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, and Jon Huertas

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These two are as close as best friends can be , without being related. They were part of the “MAGIC” that was “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dr. Cristina Yang and Dr. Meredith Grey….”The Twisted Sisters.” Here are stars TR Knight, Katherine Heigl and the Twisted Sisters … Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh.

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What is really great is that in real life “Empire’s” Becky and Jamal are really best friends. Gabourney Sidibe and Jussie Smollett are bffs.

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They have known each other for twenty years in real life , but they also play best buds on tv. Together they ran the country for most of seven years on “Scandal”, They are Jeff Perry and Tony Goldwyn or Cyrus Beene and Fitzgerald Grant.

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They were raised together like brothers, but they had remained best buds all during med school. They shared everything, including Addison. Mark eventually ended up in Seattle and had also slept with all of Derek’s sisters. “Grey’s Anatomy” couldn’t had closer buds then the late Dr. Mark Sloane (Eric Dane) and the late Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey)

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 There was never a better group of friends than the four sexy gals from NYC… Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte, and Carrie…. “Sex and the City”

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There isn’t two more perfect and drunk bff’s in all of Britain than those lovable addicts Patsy and Edwina (Jennifer Saunders and JoAnna Lumley) of “Ab Fab”

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They are all geniuses with women problems. But they can count on each other, no matter what. They are Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki) Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayaar)

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 They are total opposites , the one was raised in poverty and the other in the lap of luxury, but poverty brought Max and Caroline together. Now they are just “Two Broke Girls” (Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings)

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 That’s what friends are for … like the fun foursome who return to NBC this fall on “Will and Grace” … Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullahy, and Sean Hayes…

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They may have been cousins, but they are the best of buds in ritzy Bel Air… Carlton and Will of the “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”

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 They are four women from Atlanta with a lot of class and style…Mary Jo (Annie Potts) Charlene (Jean Smart) Julia (the late great Dixie Carter) and Suzanne (Delta Burke) “Designing Women”

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There is no better group of friends than the sexy sextet from the series that is named “Friends” … Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. true classics …

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They are gbbf’s in real life and have played lovers on the screen… they are “Huckleberry Quinn” or Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz of “Scandal”

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Two women who were forced to be together when their ex husbands decided to come out are the hilarious stars of Netflix “Grace and Frankie” Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda

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 There seems to be a lot of reboots on tv and one of the most popular on Netflix is the reboot of “Full House” called “Fuller House” Dave Coulier , Bob Saget , and John Stamos have reprised their roles as much of the cast has… DJ and Kimmy have grown up and have kids of their own

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They were the cast with the show about ‘nothing” best of buds…. on “Seinfeld” Jerry, George, Elaine, and the inevitable Kramer..

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The wisdom that they spot is pure gold… they are the old ladies who know what’s what.Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and of course Sophia..”The Golden Girls”

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They are the girls  who live a singles life in a 90’s kind of world … she’s glad she’s got her girls… Maxx, Regine, Kadejah, and Sinclair… Living Single…

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Finally we end with two buds on the hit CMT show “Nashville” , both are looking for that neon rainbow and chasin that honky tonk dream… Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack

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Did we include your favorite tv buds ? If not write and tell us about them… here is my bff picture… it’s Jen….15589834_10157834996700577_8153654855180318187_n Happy besties day!!!

 

 

Happy Anniversary to a Shondaland Couple

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Today is a day of celebration in Shondaland for the Foleys. They have been married for ten years. Well you might know them for their alter egos more than Scott and Marika Foley.  Marika Dominzyk  is the love interest of Dr. Arizona Robbins on the mega hit “Grey’s Anatomy,” now headed for Season 14.

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 But her hubby was a part of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital as well. Scott was the sweet lovable Henry Burton , husband to Dr. Teddy Altman.

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Sadly Henry died on the operating table, making him one of the most beloved “Grey’s ” patients in fourteen seasons.  Only Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s , Denny Duquette was more loved than Scott’s character…but Shonda loved Scott so much that she decided to cast him as Captain Jake Ballard, Navy buddy to President Fitzgerald Grant

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Jake has been a lover, a fighter, and also a politician. He has been a part of the show since the second season . We have also found out that “Jake” isn’t his real name and we have also seen him get married. Scott and Marika have three children, two boys and a girl, Konrad, Keller, and Malina. They also have pets to make the Foley household a happy, crazy place. So happy anniversary to Marika and Scott….cheers from Chitownstarconnections

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OUR 15 FAVORITE SCANDAL CHARACTERS

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 April 5, 2012 was the night that Shonda Rhimes premiered her newest creation. It was a show that took place in the nation’s Capitol about a DC fixer who fixed everyone but herself.  It gave us the terms “gladiator” and “it’s handled.” It brought the phrase OMG tv to the masses and it embraced a romance between a married President and his campaign manager . Kerry Washington became a television star and it revived a long dead  career of an actor who was most known for his role as the killer in “Ghost.” “Scandal” made Jeff Perry and many others household names, as well as making Tony Goldwyn a sex symbol in his fifties. Fitz and Olivia made Ross and Rachel seem like horny teenagers. Their chemistry burned up the screen with their torrid love scenes.

In honor of the fifth anniversary and the 100 th episode, we will be spotlighting this show and its actors. First up, is Jen and my picks for our fifteen characters. Hey gladiators! who are your picks?

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Olivia Pope- Kerry Washington  Olivia is a person who lives to fix people and candidates. Unfortunately, she can fix everyone but herself. Her father sent her away to boarding school and told her she needed to be twice as good. He never taught her to love, unfortunately that is one of her problems. She never thought she was worthy enough to have a great man or that love had to hurt. She has a man waiting for her now, let’s hope she can get fixed.

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fitz-salutes. President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III – Tony Goldwyn – Fitz was born for the White House according to his father. He was rich, entitled, and sent to the best schools. He lost his mother, and his father was a politician who never quite made it to 1600 Penn. As a result, he pushed his son to get him there at all costs. He found a girl whom he thought was the perfect, trophy wife. He also hired a political animal to help him along. But Fitz, just wanted to help people and serve his country.  He enlisted in the Navy, where he became a Seal and flew  fighter missions. Some of those were black ops and dangerous. Courtesy of his father, he flew a mission that killed 329 people and would haunt him. Fitz is an idealist and romantic , that is why he never could say he loved his “political” wife. He finally found love when he found his soul mate, Olivia. The two of them just keep missing each other or letting things or people get in the way. Let’s hope the two of them finally come to their senses and head to Vermont.

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Cyrus Beene -Jeff Perry- Cyrus has spent most of his life in the closet. His dream is the White House as President. There has never been a gay President, so he has spent his life as a law school professor and political advisor. In one of those classes, he found his best student and trained her to be an animal like him. He also found his dream candidate  in Fitz and with his team took him to the Oval. He just never counted on Fitz to fall for Liv or for him to find love as well. Cyrus found the love of his life in the person of one James Novak, a reporter that came along to cover the Grant campaign. They were married , adopted a baby girl, and then James tried to dig too much. Unfortunately, curiosity killed the cat and James was murdered. He was fired as Fitz’s advisor and then went on to find his new dream boy in one Frankie Vargas. He was forced into a political marriage by one Lizzie Bear . She blackmailed him with a male prostitute . Vargas has been killed, and as his Vice Presidential candidate is slated to get his dream, the first gay President.

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Senator Mellie Grant- Bellamy Young – For the first time in her life, Mellie is her own woman. She has spent most of it in the shadow of her husband as the two took it all the way to the White House. But while she was watching her hubby climb, she was losing herself . Mellie graduated from Harvard with honors , but she gave up her brilliant career to be a smiling political wife. She also never wanted children, but had three. Her own father abandoned her and her mother for another family. He also sold her to Big Jerry to insure her future.  He wanted her to have the best , so he married her off to Fitz. But she was ruined when her father in law saw that his son hadn’t knocked her up yet and took it upon himself to do it. But he raped her and she never wanted to be touched by her husband again. She was never really sure if her late son, Jerry was her husband’s son or brother.  Mellie has been unlucky in love, her lover Andrew became a traitor and power hungry and she was relieved when her hubby found his own lover. It relieved her of her duties because frankly she couldn’t stand the man. Everything with Mellie was optics, for the good of the country. Now she is posed to be the Vice President after running for President. Will she realise her dream and resume her true love affair with Marcus. She deserves to be happy as well.

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James  Novak – Dan Bucatinsky – For a character who has been presumed dead for almost two years, James still has made an impression in the lives of the people he loved. This includes the fans. (James is one of Jen’s faves and she refuses to believe he is dead. Well anything is possible in Shondaland) Cyrus was impacted by this man the most. He still refers to him as the love of his life. James kept Cyrus on the straight and narrow. He got him to bring Ella into his life. James also convinced Cyrus to come out . He and Cyrus met while on the Trail , along with that other couple. Cyrus sees Michael as a political marriage, not a real one. Michael may have Cyrus as a hubby, but James will forever have his heart. He would have made one hell of a First Lady too.

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Stephen Finch – Henry Ian Cusick- Stephen was one of the OG gang, (Original Gladiators) . He was a lawyer who had a nervous breakdown and then Olivia saved him like she had saved so many people. He had one problem, he liked to get laid and went to Washington’s madam for his needs as well. He also felt the need to be a normal , so he started a relationship with a sweet school teacher named Georgia. He advised Olivia to end it with Fitz and she took his advice. Abby even had a thing for him and then she settled on just being a friend. But Stephen earned his gladiator stripes, when he came to Olivia’s rescue when she was kidnapped. Abby called him to help and he enlisted his friends , a bunch of Russian terrorists to make the winning bid of the deadly auction. It was the nicest surprise when all of us either thought her rescuer would either be Jake or Fitz. Instead it was one of her oldest friends and as Abby said, Once a gladiator, always a gladiator. Here’s hoping we see him again.

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Guillermo Diaz as Diego Munoz or Huck- He is Olivia’s watchdog. He is the one who is her own Secret Service. He makes sure that she is safe, and if someone hurts her watch out! (Yes that means you , Mr President) Huck is also a trained killer and a member of B613. He also has a problem with women, he picks psychos who want to kill him or frame him. But there is a woman who does have feelings for him and that is Quinn. Quinn is his Robin and he makes peace of the life he left behind . But will Huck make it through this time?

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Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston- Kate has a few things that she will be known for, being the daughter of Richard Burton, playing the absentee mother of Meredith Grey, and this role. (Gladiators also can thank her for stripping her future POTUS cast mate on stage ) Kate started out as a right wing Jesus freak who rode Fitz’s coat tails all the way to the White House. She could taste the power and took advantage of the fact that as VP she could run the country and try to keep the fallen President out of the Oval following his shooting. She also had a terrible secret, her loyal hubby was in the closet and came out just long enough with one James Novak. Shamed by the immortal behavior of the President, she broke away from him and then decided to run as an independent . But Daniel pushed and pushed, so she murdered him. Cyrus kept her secret and his husband died trying to find it. Now she gets her kicks and brings the laughs as she hosts her morality fest , “The Liberty Report.” It’s mission? To bring down tyranny and immorality , especially in the Grant administration

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Joshua Malina as Attorney David Rosen- David wears the white hat and is all for justice. That is something that is pretty hard in the corrupt world of politics. But David, fights on . He was edged on to his current position by his then girlfriend Abby  who pulled herself into a sweet gig as Press Secretary.  David has always been the one who wanted to bring the evil to justice.  He has also been a friend and an enemy to Olivia and the gladiators. With a father who is also a judge , he may go all the way to the Supreme Court. And then wouldn’t dad be proud?

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Scott Foley as  Pete Harris or Jacob Hamilton Ballard- One of the hardest roles is the third wheel in a love triangle, and Jake has definitely had it rough. Abused as a child and witness to the suicide of his sister, he joined the Navy where he got his lifelong pal, Fitz. Seeing his talent, Rowan recruited him for B613 and gave him the most important jobs that he could have. He had been given the job of keeping Olivia and Fitz apart. She was a threat to the republic. At the time, he was brought into Olivia’s life with the guise of spying on her for Fitz. (They were on the outs) Liv found out who he was and then Capt Ballard turned on the charm. Olivia had a choice, Jake or Fitz. Jake went away with her after the murder of Fitz’s son. But then he came back to the accusation that he was command and gave Tom Larsen the order to kill. He also got beat up by the President. Jake has certainly made his way in the world going to the head of the NSA to Vice Presidential candidate for Mellie Grant. But can Jake exist in this world when all he wants is a normal life. But in Scandal world, what is normal?

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Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan – No one character has gone through so many changes as Abby. She has acted as Liv’s best friend and the gals have each other’s backs, sometimes. She was an abused trophy wife who was rescued by Liv. But then Abby wanted to be an equal to her friend. She had a taste for power and that taste led her all the way to the White House. This worked out because if Liv was having problems, she could be the voice to Fitz and let him know how she was coping. She developed a boys club feeling with Fitz and Cyrus took her under his wing. Her relationship with David was now in the toilet and she was involved with Leo Bergen. Abby redeemed herself when she called Stephen to rescue Liv. But now , Abby has sold her soul to the devil and the gladiators want her to pay. Can Abby forgive herself?

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Katie Lowes as Lindsay Dwyer/ Quinn Perkins- Defiance changed a lot of people’s lives. But this girl’s changed the most. Lindsay loved Jesse (he was actually played by Katie’s real life hubby, Adam Shapiro) and then she was forced to take the fall so that Hollis Doyle could hide the evidence by blowing up Cytron. Lindsay was then spirited away to DC , courtesy of Olivia and given the identity of Quinn. Quinn now had a new job , new friends and learned a new skill , killing and torture. Her mentor was Huck and soon the twosome became Quinn and Huck, defacing furniture with their bodies. Now Quinn is back to psuedo normal with Charlie as they prepare for their wedding. But Charlie was a witness to seeing Quinn showing her affection for Huck when he woke up. Will Charlie get his bride or will Robin return to Huckleberry Quinn?

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Joe Morton as Eli/Rowan Pope- What kind of a man sends away his daughter to fancy boarding schools after her mother supposedly dies in a plane crash? Eli Pope that’s who. Actually he knew his wife knew too much and he was trying to stop her from telling about his real job.  Eli wanted power and he saw one way to get it and that was through his daughter. She has spent an entire lifetime seeking his approval and having serious daddy issues. This has allowed her to try to find father figures in her own life. But her father had his own issues , he had been the command of a super secret organization that was a front for the CIA. He had soldiers to do his killing. The one person that he hates just happens to be the man Olivia loves. He also values Jake as the son he should have had. Now he is edging him on as he watches him just steps from the Oval. But evil has a time limit and we all wonder, when does Rowan’s clock run out.

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Brian Lechter as Tom Larson- Tom had a great cover as a B613 agent, Secret Service for the newly elected President. He would run behind him and run interference so he could go visit his girlfriend. But he also had to report back to command at the same time. The real game changer for this agent was when he was recruited by command to inject the President’s son with a deadly strain of meningitis. He was jailed and then told to tell POTUS that he was given the order by Jake. But then we find out that all those times that he was watching the WH tapes, he wasn’t looking at Liv, but Fitz. He then became embroiled in a torrid affair with Cyrus. But when Cyrus made his bid for the Oval, out went Tom and he was out for blood.

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Jon Tenney as Vice President Andrew Nichols – Andrew was Fitz’s brother in government. He trusted him implicitly enough to make him his Lt. Governor when he was in California. But Andrew kept a secret , he saw Mellie take pills and he took the blame to save her reputation. But the secret lead to a passionate love affair years before Fitz bedded Liv. When she left, it broke his heart. When Fitz needed a running mate, Andrew was vetted and he and Mellie heated up once again. But Fitz found out , and he went ballistic. Apparently the POTUS can fool around , but FLOTUS can’t and so the VEEP got a sock in the eye from his boss. But then sweet Andrew turned evil with the help of Lizzie Bear who wanted to show Grant that he needed to get back in the good graces of the GOP . The two cooked up a plot to kidnap Liv and then real terrorists got a hold of her. Fitz made him resign and then Lizzie Bear recruited Huck to murder him because she couldn’t afford to have her name on a foiled kidnapping plot. Huck gave him a drug that made it seem like he suffered a stroke. But Andrew returned and threatened everyone. He had it out for Olivia and called her every dirty name in the book. You don’t mess with a woman with PTSD. Liv took care of him with a chair. RIP Andrew.

Geeks Meet Glee- Supergirl-Flash Crosssover

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Mon El (Chris Wood) and J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) are carrying an unconscious Kara /Supergirl (Melissa Benoit)  this is how the crossover episode started

Take a time honored device like time travel and add music to it, then add superheroes and you have the latest episode that crosses over the two CW superheroes. The cross over is not a new idea, it was actually utilized back in the fifties when other characters would work with the Ricardos of “I Love Lucy. The most famous examples of cross overs would be either when Norman Lear or the late Gary Marshall would use the device to crossover to spinoffs like “Happy Days” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” Most recently, ABC ‘s prime time diva Shonda Rhimes had crossed over her two shows “Private Practice” and flagship “Grey’s Anatomy.” Characters on the two shows would do guest appearances on either show. When first seeing the opening club scenes, I moaned and thought another flashback to the past where the hero and heroine become singers in a nightclub. There I saw remnants of the “Castle” episode “Blue Butterfly” or the famous episode of “Moonlighting’ called “The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice” .

Happily I was surprised. Traditionally , musical episodes are usually panned by the tv critics but loved by the fans. Memories of “Cop Rock” haunt people . I don’t think there is not one fan who doesn’t have the entire score of “The Song Beneath the Song” on their phone . If this is the case, then why wasn’t Chyler Leigh included in the episode? She was glorious in the “Grey’s ” musical episode. This episode was obviously a vehicle for Melissa Benoit and Darren Criss. Instead of a CW superhero episode, I thought i was watching a revival of the late great “Glee”. After all, Melissa Benoit was the female lead after diva Rachel left. Darren Criss was the gay Prince Charming Blaine to Chris Colfer’s Kurt

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Add another former Gleek in the form of “Flash” star , Grant Gustin . Remember Blaine was originally a Warbler as well. As we begin the episode, both Kara and Barry  are having relationship problems. Barry has proposed to his fiance and then took it back to save her and Kara has been having potential in law problems and found out that Mon El had been lying to her about who he was. Surprise , the Music Meister appears and then Melissa ends up in the world of the “Flash.” Fresh from his adventure with “Hot Alien girl” Winn comes into the dream world as well. It turns out that they are not in a dream, but in their heads. Melissa reuses her pipes as she sings the classic “Moon River.” in this fictional nighclub. It turns out that both “Flash” and “Kara” both were raised watching movie musicals in their homes. Meister tells them that they have to finish the musical by singing and dancing before they can leap back home. Oh and another little wrinkle , neither of them have their super  powers.

There are thugs and hoods, surprisingly one of the thugs is Broadway vet , Victor Garber . He and his partner Jesse L Martin are two gay daddies of the female heroine in the musical. Coincidentally , she is also the former fiance of “Flash”. The situation mirrors his own and the idea of two gay daddies once again goes back to “Glee” (Rachel had two gay daddys) The musical numbers are lively and rival any Broadway show. The other highlight of the show was the Flash Supergirl duet , complete with tap . “Let’s Be Superfriends” is a play of words on the cartoon tv show of the same name. The two work well together and finally realize that they both need to trust their significant others and that the only thing that matters is love. At that point, they return to their own worlds. Barry proposes again and Iris accepts . Cara decides to give Mon El another chance. At that point, MM jumps and says that he has another couple that need him. That could be so many couples (. Hey Music Meister , would you mind stopping by the White House. I know a couple in Washington that needs your help.)

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And the Winner Is. . .

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Hello gladiators! Yes I know its been quite a while since I have written. Finally, the hiatus has ended and i am typing with a glass of red wine by my side. The “Scandal” hangover has set in and I have tried to make sense of tonight’s events. But that is what this blog post is for, isn’t it?

The election results are in and Mellie didn’t win. Vargas carried the vote and there seemed to be a lot similiar to the real election. The relationships are all supposed to be under question, but there was one that was painfully clear. Olivia has a tendency when she falls apart to want to run to one person and that is Fitz. Shades of the first season popped up when Olivia said that she needed a minute. She then said that she needed “One minute.” . Flashes of “The Trail” came across loud and clear.Kerry said in an interview that Olivia had problems and that was the reason for no pictures in Olivias office  because she wants to start with a clean slate with her relationships. Has Olivia been seeing a therapist? Is this finally the year that Vermont can be claimed?

Mellie is not taking this well at all. She has only wanted this and she does not take defeat at all. Marcus is now Press Secretary. Another reference to history as when Olivia referred to the brief time that James was Press Secretary. Olivia is very familiar to the pulpit in the briefing room. Along with history, there was some current events mixed in. There was mention of voter fraud in the county where the Grants still had a residence. (Fitz doesn’t live there anymore because he gave Mellie it in the divorce.) But then there is a breaking news story, Frankie  Vargas had been shot. When this happens , people start questioning everything and Olivia knows way too much. She also knows her father and runs to accuse him. It is almost as if Olivia is no longer afraid of Rowan. Abby has become the new gladiator and tells off the hospital and Secret Service that she is the boss. Olivia has trained her well, and so has Cyrus. Olivia is having serious flashback thoughts because the shooting mirrored an event that happened not even three years ago. That was when Fitz was shot. But the damage has been done , a bullet has went through Vargas skull and he is dead. There is only one problem when Olivia visits her father, he whispers to her that Cyrus Beene loves Cyrus Beene. She must prove that Cyrus was behind the shooting. After all, he staged the whole incident in the beginning that convinced Vargas to run in the first place.

The gladiators are not without jobs in this episode . Olivia puts them on the trace of finding the proof that Cyrus was behind the shooting. That isn’t all though. Liv finds out that Huck voted for Vargas because of the fact that he was also a Hispanic. Charlie is a little bit more nervous than usual. He had planned for him and Quinn to fly to the Caribbean. But the truth is revealed , he was going to propose. Charlie is very valuable to the gladiators, because he used to do the dirty work for Cyrus and knows the way he operates. How will Huck take this news?

The best scenes on “Scandal” often take place on the Truman balcony. This was the case tonight. Other than Kerry, Tony has the best screen chemistry with Bellamy. You almost want these two to get together if you didn’t know their history. He truly cares for her and wants her to get her wish. She now knows that he never wanted to be President and almost feels bad that she forced him into it. It is a shame that it took a divorce for these two to get along and confide in each other. Fitz now has to make the most difficult decision of his life and legacy, he has to decide between Mellie and Cyrus. When he has the proof, Fitz ceremoniously hands over the Presidency to him and tells him that he wants him to act like Vargas and treasure the beautiful gift he was going to hand over to him. Olivia is a little bit more apprehensive and tells Cyrus she knows he did it and she will prove it.

As for gladiator of the week, it goes to everyone. It is very hard to pick things up after you haven’t done it for so long. Despite the big drop in viewership after 5.9 , this team showed they still have it despite losing viewers and social media comments. They were welcomed back triumphantly and happily tweeted viewers. Just as they have done in the past, the cast was tweeting while they were shooting . Tonight almost seemed like we were watching a whole different show, but that has been the case in the past. We are now treating the show like Olivia said, “A clean slate.” The media has gone to great trouble to get out plot points and assure everyone this will be the best season yet. I sure hope so.

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The show begins with everyone in the White House waiting for the results to come in. It is down to one county (no not Ohio, but the home state of the Grants, California) to decide .

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But alas, there is an upset and Olivia cracks and can’t face that Mellie lost. She asks for ” one minute”. (And we have one brief Olitz moment as Fitz sniffs her hair, Gladiators! there’s still hope)

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Since the electorial college is still a month a way , Fitz has a decision to make. He can either pick Mellie or Cyrus. It will be the legacy that he leaves behind until he leaves. Vargas is shot.

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The minute Vargas is shot, Fitz and his Chief of the NSA, Jake (Scott Foley) start trying to find answers. (But Jake mysteriously disappears minutes before the shooting)

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Other than Kerry, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) has the best chemistry with Bellamy Young (Mellie). Six seasons later, the actors who were going to be killed off are the stars of the show. Bellamy was also the winner of a Critics Choice Award last year. She has to win the award for the shows’s most changed character.

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What a strange twist of events! Cyrus(Jeff Perry)  has been the man behind Fitz for going onto twenty years. Now America is going to have its first gay President (James should have lived for this) But wait, before Cyrus is sworn in..

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Olivia has been clued into the fact that Cyrus was the one who shot Vargas. She tells him she won’t rest until she proves he did it. But did he really do it?