24 Legacy Star is Author Too…

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Dan Bucatinsky is a renaissance man. He is a husband, father, actor, producer, director, screenwriter, Emmy award winner, gay icon, and author. Just like a few actors who have finally gotten their shot, Dan has been all over movies and television for years. Dan really came into his own when he was cast as the gay husband of Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) on “Scandal”. It was a breakout role because James and Cyrus were the first gay couple in the halls of power. Alas James was murdered , and now his widower is poised to be the new President. Dan’s performance as the naive journalist won him an Emmy Award for his role on the ABC hit. Now Dan is on television again in the new Fox series “24 Legacy.”

Along with his projects, Dan wrote a book. It doesn’t talk about what its like to be on a hit series or the joys of coming out. With his wry sense of humor , you can tell you are going to be laughing as you read it. Even the title is funny, “Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?” Dan addresses his life as a gay parent. His accounts of his romance with director, Don Roos will make you believe in love again. It also demonstrates that gay love is real and makes people feel warm and fuzzy . It also demonstrates that gay couples are just as insecure as heterosexual ones. It is ironic that Dan talks about him and Don wanting to have kids. This is just like Dan’s character on “Scandal.” James didn’t feel fulfilled without a baby and that when Cyrus wanted to get him to stop snooping , he got him what he wanted “a big , fat squishy baby.” Dan tells of the process and pre-moms that the couple went through before they got their two kids. The funniest part is when Dan describes the types of parents that they encounter when they socialize with their kids. It is a hilarious testimony to La La Land and parenting with the rich and famous.

I also love how Dan gives all the people in his life in the book credit for the parts they played in them. He talks with love about his kids, his husband, Don. He gives a new meaning to the term GBFF with the relationship he has with his gal pal, aka Lisa Kudrow. (You might remember her from a show called “Friends.”) They have worked together on projects and movies. He also gives credit to the lovely lady who gave him the best job he ever had, Linda Lowry and also her hubby Jeff Perry. Trust me, the relationship between these two actors is real and as a gladiator , we miss James and Cyrus together. Dan embraces his heritage. I can almost picture him on the balcony of the Casa Rosada , arms stretched out as he sings “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” He is very open about his sexuality and his belief in God. There are quite a few differences between Don and Dan. There is the obvious age difference, sometimes the kids like Don more than Dan. (Dan is Daddy and Don is Poppi) , Dan is Jewish, Don is Catholic and neither of them practices their religion. Dan embraces his Judaism more than Don. Don denies his childhood religious up bringing.

If you are completely lost in the sea of gay parenthood , I totally recommend this book for you and your partner. I also recommend it if you are just plain having a bad day, it will make you laugh. I also recommend it for the many gladiators . You will get a view of one of the sweetest characters in the midst of the lying, murdering , and cheating world of the Capitol. It also might be the introduction to new fans of the wonderful actor as they watch Andy help the team on “24 legacy.”

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Here is Dan and his husband , Don Roos. The book is mostly about the adventures of being parents to Eliza and Jonah

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Here is Dan in his Emmy winning role of James Novak on “Scandal” James had it rough married to the Chief of Staff of the POTUS. Cyrus had his share of secrets and James lost his life keeping them. Cyrus is holding Ella at her christening.

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The Year of Kerry.. A Tribute to Kerry on her 40th

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Kerry Washington has led a charmed life. Today is a milestone for her as she turns the big 4-0!  She has had an incredible year professionally and personally. She is an icon for the modern woman as an artist, humanitarian, political activist, designer, lover, mother, and spokeswoman. Shonda Rhimes said that her character Olivia Pope has been on a journey .The journey has included her own personal growth as well as her personal relationships. Well, Kerry has been on her own journey.  This year has allowed her to have many firsts as well . Come on the journey that Kerry has come and relive some of her moments.

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In September of 2015, Kerry began her special time with a cover story talking about her Scandal character and her creator, Shonda Rhimes. Here she is pictured with her leading man, Tony Goldwyn and former First Lady Bellamy Young

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Always the fashion icon, Kerry actually has been to the White House many times during the Obama White House. Here she is with Shonda, Guillermo Diaz, (Huck) Cornelius Smith Jr. (Marcus), Scott Foley (Jake) and Katie Lowes (Quinn) The ruffled dress is from Victoria Beckham.

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Wanting to commemorate the famous scene in the Rose Garden on “Scandal” , here is Kerry and Tony as Olivia and Fitz in the White House Rose Garden

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Kerry made her mark on the world of beauty in a big way this year. She worked with the people at Neutrogena to design a make up shade line for women of color. Millions of women now use Neutrogena because of her and not only that, she uses the make up when she walks the Red Carpet .

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She also was responsible for designing and naming  15 new shades for OPI . The nail polish line reflected her “Scandal” character.

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Kerry became her own producer with the HBO movie event “Confirmation”. Her portrayal of the history making Anita Hill who brought down the nomination of Supreme Court judge, Clarence Thomas . The role brought many nominations for Kerry in the course of the year.

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Kerry was nominated for “Confirmation” for an Emmy and it was a fun night when ABC decided to add her co star and friend as a presenter. As you can plainly see, another event this year was when Kerry gave birth to her son Caleb which is why there was a six month hiatus for the “Scandal” crew. Kerry’s dress was designed by Brandon Maxwell.

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Kerry was nominated once again but was defeated by Sarah Paulson for the “OJ” movie. But Kerry was not a loser when it came to her look. That hot gold dress from Dolce and Gabbana.

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Kerry celebrated an anniversary as the spokeswoman for Movado and Elle magazine and Movado threw her a celebratory dinner to commemorate the anniversary.

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Kerry got a chance to be political just like her character this year. All of the “Scandal” cast helped with the election and nomination of Hillary Clinton . Tony spoke at the DNC and Hillary herself showed up on the “Scandal” set when Scott directed.

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Kerry made a politicial statement at last night ‘s Screen Actors Guild awards. It was concerning Trump’s ban on the borders and Muslims. She still looked great in her Cavalli Couture

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Kerry shares her birthday with her castmate , Portia Di Rossi ….they both were born on Jan 31

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But there isn’t anyone that loves Kerry more than her baby , Josie

welll maybe there is….

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HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY Kerry!!!

The Movie Every Woman Should See…

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After the election upset, women lost faith. We had crashed the glass ceiling and we all thought Hillary would be the first woman President. Well that didn’t happen and the whole world is ready to scream I told you so with the “so” called choice. But I digress…

This movie was made before the election but its message rings true and its more relevant than ever. “Hidden Figures” is doing more than making a mark on history, its is sweeping every category and won the SAG award for best picture tonight. This is one of the most competitive Oscar races in recent history. “Fences” “La La Land” and this movie have managed to take almost every category. The funny thing is that I knew about this movie months before anyone else. It was one of the darlings of the film festival circuit. Premiered at TIFF, I picked three movies I absolutely had to see. “Catfight”, “The Belko Experiment” and this one. It is the ultimate chick flick. It shows that girls can do it all. It is a testament to black history, but more than that. It is a testament to women’s history as well.

The movie begins with the young Katherine taken from her school because of her gift of working with math and numbers. Flash forward, Katherine is now an adult and played by that minx of music Taraji P Henson (Cookie on Empire) . Katherine and her two friends Dorothy and Mary.( Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae). The three of them work as computer counters at Langley for NASA. Their job is checking numbers as the US competes with Russia for the race for space. Unfortunately these women  are fighting two battles , one as a woman the other as a colored women. They encounter colored bathrooms and at the same time not being allowed to be in meetings that are crucial to the future Apollo space program because they are women. They faced discrimination at every turn. But there are others in this award winning cast that should be given credit for their performances as well. Kevin Costner deserves kudos as Al Harrison , the man who tore down the barriers to let these women do their jobs. Kirsten Dunst pushed the envelope as the woman who finally accepted the women and admired what they had  accomplished. Jim Parsons showed his versatility of jumping from comedy to drama to portray Paul Stafford. Stafford had the most trouble accepting the women because of the way society had taught him. These three women went further and were single handledly one of the most valued assets that the United States had in accomplishing one of the biggest events in history. That event was landing on the moon.

I think that every mother and daughter should see this movie. Not just black girls, but all girls. Just like the blacks, our struggle still isn’t over. If a little girl is called a freak because she likes math or is a geek, she should know the story of these women. She should know she is not alone. Another reason to see this movie is the powerhouse talents in this ensemble. Everyone from Oscar nominated Octavia Spencer to multi Emmy award winning Jim Parsons. Run don’t walk to see this movie that is breaking all records and winning all the awards. Mind you , it will be a film experience that you will not soon forget.

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A cop stops Mary, Katherine, and Dorothy and gives them a hand.

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Glenn Powell plays the charming John Glenn as he meets the girls responsible for his trip into space.

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Katherine (Taraji) finally feels like an equal when she stands with her fellow NASA workers as they watch Friendship 7 launch

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Hear It for TV’s Career Gals

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Today one of television’s pioneers passed into immortality, Mary Tyler Moore. I had done a few years ago a tribute for her birthday, so I decided to think about what she has meant to me and what contribution she has given to television and to women themselves. Mary was one of the very first independent career women. She had played a loving housewife in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” as Laura Petrie and made a large leap for women at that time as well. She was the first female television character who wore pants on screen. Those tight capri pants were all hers.

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Mary Richards was a true pioneer. Prior to her there was no women on television that were not mothers or housewifes. Marlo Thomas as Ann Marie was also one of those pioneer gals because she would move into New York to make it as an actress. She also took a bunch of crazy jobs while she struggled like most actresses do. Unfortunately for us, the last we ever saw of her was that Donald proposed and she accepted. We never got to see if Ann turned him down for Hollywood or gave it all up for a home in Tarrytown.

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Of course, Nichelle Nichols was a pioneer carrying two banners. She was the first African American woman who had a lead on a major network television show that wasn’t a maid or domestic. She also beat those “Lost in Space” chicks by one year. Many a middle aged man’s fantasies began with Lt Uhura on “Star Trek”

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Mary had a bff who was another career gal. It was her friend, Rhoda. Rhoda was artistic and a fun gal. She was also every woman because she griped about her weight next to a perfect Mary. She made us realize for the first time that not every woman was perfect. Her pride and joy was her window displays and we loved her hair wraps and bohemian looks.

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 The next woman to try to make it as a career woman was Loretta Swit of M*A*S*H* . Her Margaret Houlighan started out as bitchy “Hot Lips” Houlighan but matured with the help of her nurses to become the compassionate Army Major who had managed to make the Army a career . Her nursing skills helped her to attain the rank of Major in the Army and in the forties and fifties, that was indeed a rare thing.

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They weren’t secretaries , or waitresses , or shop girls, they were just two plain old bottle cappers from Milwaukee . Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams were the two girls who liked to vo-de-do and just have fun in the late fifties,” Laverne and Shirley “

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Linda Lavin was a divorced mother who took her son and headed for Hollywood with her talent. She drove from New Jersey to Phoneix where her car died and she decided to settle down. Her whole life was the diner where she worked on “Alice.” The show also ushered in the feistiest female on tv to date and that was her best friend “Flo” played by Polly Holiday. She would think nothing at all to yell at their boss , Mel to “Kiss my grits.”(I got a lot of abuse in junior high because my name is Melanie)

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 The eighties were the era of the nighttime soaps and the first female villains. It was an era of big shoulders and big broads. Jane Wyman carried the banner as one of the bad girls of this era as Angela Channing on “Falcon Crest” . Angela was a vintner in the Napa Valley who would do anything to save her family and her wine. I mean anything.She also cemented her place in history by being the ex wife of President Ronald Reagan

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Cybill Shepherd was the ultimate career gal as model turned detective Madeline “Maddie” Hayes on “Moonlighting.” Her partner, David traded barbs and had smart conversations. Ultimately he won her over, but he could never break her spirit. She was still the strong , career woman with the detective agency , even when she was with him.

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Linda Bloodworth Thompson was a pioneer herself. She had first made her mark in television with an award winning M*A*S*H*script  called “The Nurses.” She also created an early tv series that was a spoof of the era of “Dallas” called “Filthy Rich” Two of the female stars of the show would bring Thompson fame for her story of four smart career women and forever broke the stereotype of dumb Southern women with the classic “Designing Women.” Here is the late Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Jean Smart, and the secretary of the real “Ghostbusters.” Annie Potts.

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Diane English broke more female ground as she created the ball busting, alcoholic, Murphy Brown.” Murphy Brown” as played by Candice Bergen,  was a serious journalist who worked on a 60 minutes type show called “FYI” . She was a pioneer in her field in the same way as Barbara Walters. Murphy was also the first working woman mother on television and took a lot of flack for it since she had no desire to get married when she had her baby. Murphy also had a special guest on her pilot show that viewers would recognize as a young Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal”

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“FRIENDS” brought three girls together as they dealt with careers and men. The actresses themselves made their way into pop culture and exploded along with the male actors of the show into superstardom . The sexy sextet were the creation of another female writer Marta Kaufman. The break out star of the show was Jennifer Aniston and her hair do the Rachel was the do everyone wanted. Rachel was a career gal who started out as a waitress and ended up being hired by Louis Vuitton and moving to Paris . She never made it because she chose Love over career and got off the plane.

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 Another career gal was Jewish interior decorator , Grace Adler on “Will and Grace” . Debra Messing also was the first fag “hag” or “fruit fly” on television. Grace had decided that if she couldn’t get a man , she would settle into life with her gay best friend.

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“ER” was another show that was busting through all sorts of stereotypes. One of the biggest was when one of the actresses had made a name for herself as a director as well. Linda Gray had directed on “Dallas” but was dismissed shortly after.Laura Innes continues to direct as well today on shows such as “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” , “The West Wing” and “Scandal” Her character , Dr Kerry Weaver also was a woman who was crippled and also the head of the ER

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 Shonda Rhimes was the next power broker and was the first woman to have her shows dominate an entire night of prime time television. Her Shondaland had a wealth of powerful and strong women in all of her series. The first show was “Grey’s Anatomy” which was the story of one Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) whose mother was the first woman surgeon and pioneer that she could never feel like she would ever be as good as her. Her best friend was also a rock star in the OR Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) . Their teacher was another powerful woman who would be another woman director on the show (Chandra Wilson) The surgeons worked and loved in the hospital where on call rooms became passion pits .

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For the first time in almost fifty years, an African American female was a lead character in prime time. Washington fixer, Judy Smith was the co producer of this series about a Washington DC fixer who helped create a President, with one small catch, the candidate was stuck in a loveless marriage for power and fell madly in love with his campaign manager. Kerry Washington is Olivia Pope and has won acclaim for her portrayal as well. Bellamy Young and Kate Burton have also made their marks as women who make runs for the White House as America’s first female President.

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Viola Davis had made her mark as a movie star. She as of this date is the first African American woman with three Oscar nominations. She also received a star on the Walk of Fame. But the role that has launched her into the tv stratosphere is law professor Analise Keating on another one of Shonda’s shows “How to Get Away with Murder” . She was also the first African American woman to win an Emmy for leading lady in a drama series.

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Stana Katic is the bad ass Capt Kate Beckett on “Castle” Kate was a detective who was on a case based on a mystery novel.She asked for help on the case from the author who turned out to have a flare with crime himself. He asked his friend , the Mayor if he could shadow the detective. From there a romance blossomed.

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Taraji P Henson is the career woman who sacrificed for her man. Came back from prison and fought for her stake in the family business. Today Loretha or “Cookie” is the diva of “Empire” music .

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Emily Deschnel is also a pioneer as an anthropologist who studies bones to solve crimes on “Bones.” As Temperance Brennan  , she works for the Smithsonian who sometimes helps the FBI. One of these times , she managed to meet the man who would become the love of her life. Today Emily and Booth (David Borreanz) solve crimes and raise their daughter and son.

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Kara came from Krypton with her cousin who would be known as Superman. The cousin would make it to Earth , but Kara was lost in the Phantom Zone. Decades later, her cousin found her and brought her to settle in on Earth. Since there was already a superhero, she felt the need to hide her powers. Well with all the evil in the world and evil aliens, Kara decides that it is time to show the world that she is indeed Supergirl. Like the ever popular Lois Lane, Supergirl’s alter ego also works as a reporter. Melissa Benoit is “Supergirl.”

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And finally wrapping things up, Rayna James had made a career as the sweetheart of country music. She started that meteoric climb with her partner , Deacon Claybourne. Deacon and her eventually fell in love . Unfortunately it was not a happy ending because Deacon became an alcoholic with all the pressure of the road. When she found out she was pregnant , Deacon crashed and she needed a hand so she married another man that she stayed with for twenty years. Finally her and Deacon reconciled and he found out her oldest daughter was his. Teddy and Rayna divorced and today Deacon and Rayna are married. Connie Britton is producer and also Rayna James on “Nashville”  on CMT.

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Last Year on. . .

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The girls of TGIT are ready to get back to work(. , Kerry Washington,Ellen Pompeo  and Viola Davis )

It has been almost two months for HTGWM and “Grey’s Anatomy” and almost a year for “Scandal.”to be on Thursday nights .  It has also been an eventful year for the cast from “Scandal.” Kerry Washington gave birth to her son , Caleb . Tony has worked on three movies, a Broadway play, and campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Have we missed our gladiators? Hell yes! “Grey’s ” ended with Alex  Karev’s career in jeopardy as he waited for the verdict on his attempted murder charge  “How to Get Away with Murder” ended with the death of Wes. But some other things happened the last time we were with our friends…join us as we catch up before the big return next Thursday.

“Grey’s Anatomy”  What is Grey’s without a catastrophe? In this case, it was an apartment collapsing that brought the surgeons to arms. Alex’s case continued and Jo was called to the stand. Jo has a secret that she didn’t tell Alex, she was married before and she is still legally married to her abusive husband. Alex finally learns the secret and he is given a plea bargain of two years in prison . Meredith tells him to take the bargain. Did he go away?

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The two friends (Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers) discuss Alex going to jail.

Meanwhile the Chief’s day has gone from bad to worse. He has a patient die on the table first. Then, he finds out that Eliza Minnick has taken over the resident program and he is basically ornamental. But Webber isn’t down and out , he is going to fight . Minnick has other things to occupy her time, Arizona. Fun fact: The lady who plays Eliza is married to another one of Shonda’s actors.  Marika Dominzyk is the real life wife to “Scandal’s” Jake Ballard, Scott Foley

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Marika is here with her hubby, Scott Foley. Scott was also on “Grey’s Anatomy” . He played the sick husband of Teddy that died when Cristina operated on him. Scott is currently playing Jake Ballard on “Scandal”

Owen is a loser in love again. Amelia has sent him a dear John letter and told him she left. Will she return? Find out next Thursday.

“Scandal”  Jake is back to murdering . He is told by Rowan to murder Vanessa’s father so he can leave his billions to Vanessa and her new hubby. Rowan has a power base and it is scaring all of the gladiators. Olivia is very scared for Jake . Cyrus is making the rounds trying to find a Veep for Vargas. The first candidate is Rosen. The Republicans are preparing for the convention and there is fighting between the exes. Mellie is mad because her dear ex hubby is blowing his own horn too much. He claims she can’t win without his help. But Fitz has other things on his mind. He comes across something on Abby’s desk. It is Olivia’s medical records and they were given to her to torpedo Mellie’s campaign. Fitz finally realizes that there was problems and that is why Olivia left.He admits that he misses just talking with her. Is this the beginning of a reconciliation with Olitz?

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 Olivia (Kerry Washington) is enjoying a chat in the Oval with her ex Fitz (Tony Goldwyn)

Rowan has made a visit to Cyrus and everyone tries to sell him on Jake. Jake is Satan to Cyrus since he was the one who shot James. Olivia tries to sell him as well. Jake has asked her to save him. She comes up with the plan to have him rescued by being Mellie’s running mate. Jake tells her he dreams of a normal life with a tract house and him coaching kids ball. Olivia explodes and says how she is not normal, but extraordinary. Cyrus has found out that Michael has moved to Virginia and taken care of Ella. Tom tells him that he can take care of Michael and it would look like an accident. Cyrus and Olivia start at each other and its war between student and teacher. Someone is going back to the White House. The stage is set and the candidates have been announced.

 

Mellie (Bellamy Young)  has a new running mate … her ex husband’s friend and her campaign manager’s ex… Jake Ballard (Scott Ballard) aka Pete Harris

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And Vargas(Ricardo Chavira)  finds his own running mate..Cyrus!!!!  (Jeff Perry)

Who will win the Oval ? And what happened while they were on the Trail? Find out who will be the new President next Thursday.

How To Get Away With Murder   We know who was under the sheet . It was Wes. But the sad part is that Annalise has been put in jail as well as losing her law license . Everyone is very sad including Annalise and the other Keating kids. All of them, except for Laurel.  Laurel was also hurt in the explosion. She was not alone, she was pregnant with either Wes or Frank’s baby. Frank has disappeared . . Annalise begins to drink again.

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You’d get drunk too if you had been disbarred, fired from your teaching job, accused of murder, and had your students murder your cheating hubby. Poor Annalise …(Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner, Viola Davis)

Frank is warned by Bonnie that they are all still in danger of being revealed in the deaths of Sam and Rebecca. Rebecca’s body was discovered in the woods which brings her murder to life. Annalise burns the files having to deal with Sam and Rebecca’s murders , but leaves the door open. Connor has been having sex with Thomas and it is revealed the Oliver lied about his HIV status. He was never ill.  We also find out the truth , Wes was dead before the explosion.

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Nate has to tell Annalise that Wes is dead. But who really killed him?  (Albert Enoch)

“May The Force Be With US” The Effect on Princess Leia and Star Wars on Pop Culture

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Today, we said goodbye to the icon of a generation. One that little girls wanted to be like and one that little boys had dirty dreams about. Carrie Fisher died from complications from a heart attack she suffered on Saturday. Always the film queen, Debbie Reynolds  followed her daughter into eternity two days later. We believe she died of a broken heart. Carrie made such an impact, actually everyone from this franchise has made such an impact on our society . Let’s just count the ways that Luke, Darth, Han and of course, Leia have come into pop culture.

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“Friends” The One With the Princess Leia Fantasy. Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) was asked by his girlfriend Rachel (Jennifer Anniston) about him having a special fantasy they could stage in the bedroom. Ross gave the answer that every geek boy wanted, Princess Leia in the gold bikini. Shame the fantasy was ruined when Ross imagined the Princess was his mother. Damn you Chandler!

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“That Seventies Show”  “A New Hope”  Just like typical boys in the seventies, Eric and the gang go to see the movie and this brings fantasies to Eric of Donna as the Princess.

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“Spaceballs” Blame it on the master , Mel Brooks to come up with the ultimate Star Wars spoof. Just like in his other movies, he shows up in the movie. This time he is in a couple of times, as a Yoda type character with the phrase “May the Schwartz be With You” . The late John Candy was Barf , Bill Pullman as Lone Star. Daphne Zuniga from “Melrose Place” played Princess Vespa.

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“Blue Harvest” from “Family Guy”  Seth McFarlane has to be the most popular guru in pop culture. He has taken celebrities and made fun of them and McFarlane himself is a sci fi geek. We remember fondly the “Family Guy” spoof where Vader is none other than the evil one himself, “Stewie” Lois makes an awesome Leia.

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Wes Craven’s homage to Hollywood in “Scream 3” allowed Carrie to make fun of herself. She played a studio employee that helped Gale and the fake Gale (Parker Posey) look up Maureen Prescott. Carrie claimed that she was close to the part of Leia , but the other girl go the part because she slept with George Lucas.

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“The Big Bang Theory “is a tribute to geekdom . There have been many comic book icons and sci fi ones that have guest starred on the show. . These include Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion, and the late Leonard Nimoy . In” The Convention Conundrum” Sheldon wishes to make his own Comic Con and runs into James Earl Jones. They spend a fun day together that ends with them playing a practical joke on Princess Leia herself. Guess the Princess didn’t take it too well.

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“My Two Dads”   “Scrubs” took the gang and made them Star Wars characters. It was hilarious to see the opinionated Dr Cox as Obi Wan …JD was of course Luke.

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Liz Lemon(played by Tina Fey )worshipped Princess Leia so much she wanted a Star Wars wedding on “30 Rock” .

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“How I Met Your Mother’s” Barney actually had a life size storm trooper in his apartment . His buddies, Ted and Marshall tested relationships by asking potential girlfriends questions like , do you like ewoks?

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“Freedom” Grey’s Anatomy” Bailey proved that she was a Star Wars fan by explaining to a young man that he is like Han Solo when he has trapped himself in concrete .

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“Modern Family”  “Planes Trains and Automobiles” Mitchell  tells Cameron that he left his Luke action figure on a plane and his father never tried to get it back. Cameron surprises him by replacing the toy.

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“Castle” Final Frontier” Castle is at a sci fi convention and there is a murder. Beckett and Castle discuss that when Alexis was a little girl she made the cutest Princess Leia and he was Darth Vader when they went to the Comic Cons. We also find out that Castle has a statue of Boba Fette in his bathroom.

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“17 Again” Matthew Perry becomes Zac Efron and he has to stay with his geeky friend , Ned. Ned is played by none other than Matthew’s” Odd Couple” co star Thomas Lennon. Fun fact: Thomas was on an episode of “Friends” as Joey’s hand twin when the gang was in Vegas.

RIP Princess and her mother from Chitownstarconnections