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In My Life, I ‘ve Loved Them All

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Well gladiators, it has been quite a week. Our favorite couple has worked the press tours, then there  was the announcement that Season 7 is the end of the ride, and it culminated with a two hour season 6 finale. Of all of the seasons, I would have to say that two, five, and this one were the best. Mellie is in the Oval, Fitz is on his way to Vermont alone, and Liv is ready to rule the world. But this can’t be the end, after all this was a two hour finale. Tonight’s double feature was directed by none other than Tony “Fitzgerald” Goldwyn himself.

It has been quite a roller coaster ride  and tonight it ended for Fitzgerald Thomas Grant 3. Other than Kerry , Tony has been the one who has taken a role and made it truly his own. All of the gladiators have changed, Bellamy Young has taken a vengeful shrew and made her into a shero. (It is a shame that we couldn’t have this in real life.) Mellie got what she wanted. Way back when Olivia was kidnapped , she told Fitz that she wanted the Oval. He told her that he wanted Olivia back and healthy. For a couple that really didn’t have a lot of love for each other, they did have respect. These were two people who had lived together for twenty odd years and shared three children together. Whether Fitz  was the natural father or not, these are his kids. He raised them with Mellie. Can Mellie and Marcus get back on track or will Marcus not learn from Olivia’s mistakes.? Even Liv told Mellie she didn’t have to wait eight years. But Fitz was ready to take over B613, instead he made peace with DC, left for Vermont alone to start the Grant Foundation, At last , Mellie and Fitz have gotten what they want.

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Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) is finally free. His pardon from America’s royal prison has finally come and he is handing over the Oval to his ex  Mellie (Bellamy Young)

But it wasn’t an easy road for Mellie, there was people plotting the whole step of the way. There were suspects galore and finally tonight, we got an answer. Luna Vargas was the one behind the assassination attempt . She took care of her hubby and made the way clear for her to be President. But there is one person that she didn’t count on and that was Olivia and the gladiators. Luna wanted to see Mellie dead but she didn’t get her way … For there is a new wave in the nation and it is fresh and new. It is a shame that we didn’t get the outcome we all fought so hard for. Maybe next time we will. At least in Shonda’s land we do have a strong female to lead the nation. Melody Margaret Grant.

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Mellie  (Bellamy Young) waves to the crowd as she takes the crown from her ex and becomes the First Woman President.

Olivia seems to have completed her own journey as well. She has made peace with her father,  Cyrus and her have mended fences. She has handed over OPA to run the White House and thanks to her gladiators, she has saved Mellie . But there is one thing that has escaped Liv and that is her man. Fitz has taken off for Vermont but left her in Washington. It was one of the saddest scenes of the show tonight when Liv ran right in front of the press and paparazzi to give Fitz a good bye kiss

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Olivia (Kerry Washington) says her goodbye to Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) as he leaves Washington . (But don’t worry , he’ll be back.)

In the meantime, life is changing for the gladiators as well. Quinn and Abby have mended fences and she has confided that she is pregnant . She wants to have Abby run OPA because she wants a normal life and is scared Charlie will be bored. But it couldn’t make the former killer happier when he found out he was going to be a father. But Charlie is also having trouble with the changing role that he has with Quinn. He is threatened by her being the boss lady.

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There is a new gladiator in the oven . Quinn (Katie Lowes) is pregnant and Charlie couldn’t be happier.  Congrats are in order for both since George Newbern has been made a series regular for the last season.  Katie is really pregnant by her hubby, Adam Shapiro.

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Best line of the evening,  “Raise your hand everyone who has killed a Vice President.” Olivia tells Mrs Vargas ( Tessie Santiago) that her game is up and she knows she is behind the plot to kill Mellie and how she had her own hubby killed. Jake (Scott Foley) sits with her to make sure she dies that night.

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Here is where the circle has come full circle. Olivia was brought into the world of the White House by her mentor , Cyrus (Jeff Perry) . The two survey Washington on Inauguration Night as Olivia tells him that she will advise Mellie to name him as Vice President.

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There isn’t really one person to name as MVG tonight. Everyone was awesome. So as we wrap up another season of “Scandal” , I would like to say thanks to my loyal readers, subscribers, and sister wives. I also would like to congratulate cast and crew on another super season. Though all good things must come to an end, we look forward to the happy ending that is to come.  Have a safe summer gladiators and remember there is always DVD’s and Netflix. Oh and one more thing, Happy Birthday Tony who turns 57 on Saturday!!!    Happy Summer see you in September.

A Sky Full of Stars – From the Earth to the Moon

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So many movies today were made a while ago. These include movies like “Almost Famous” and “Dazed and Confused.” Both of these movies have people that were unknowns that went on to become famous. In 1998,  Tom Hanks produced a mini series that told the saga of the “space race of the sixties.” called “From the Earth to the Moon” . The mini series contained a very large cast of well known stars like Dan Lauria from “The Wonder Years.” Most of the cast would go on to more known roles. Here are some of the stars of this dynamic mini series. If you want to learn more about the Apollo / Mercury programs, you should definitely watch this box set from HBO.

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Here is Bryan Cranston when he played Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Cranston has made quite a name for himself in the past few years. He was the harried father on “Malcolm in the Middle” and the villainous Walter White on “Breaking Bad.” This year Cranston was nominated for an Oscar for his role in “Trumbo”

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Tim Daly showed his bravery by playing the astronaut Jim Lovell. Daly has had a lucrative career since the ending of “Wings” He appeared on Broadway in “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” and also a regular on the ABC series “Private Practice.” Currently Tim plays Henry McCord, the husband of Tea Leoni’s character on “Madam Secretary”

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Tony Goldwyn has had a long and illustrious career as well. Starting with the movie “Ghost’ and also including  movies like “Last House on the Left”, The Last Samurai’ and many others. His role in the movie was a serious Neil Armstrong. Goldwyn’s career has taken off and he is one of the most known alums from “Moon” Today Goldwyn has done Broadway, directed movies and television , and made quite a name for himself. Currently he is the charming, romantic President  Fitzgerald Grant on “Scandal”, wooer of Olivia Pope.

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John Slattery played the young senator Walter Mondale who tried to shut down the space program following an accident. Slattery has made his mark on a few shows, a scorned lover on “Desperate Housewives”, Will’s brother on “Will and Grace.” and as a politician on “Sex and the City.” Slattery will be forever known as dapper Roger Sterling on “Mad Men.”

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Joshua Malina was data entry specialist Tim Messick. Joshua was the mastermind behind Celebrity Poker Showdown in the nineties. Joshua has made his name in such series as “Sports Night” and “The West Wing’ . Today Joshua plays political once again as Attory. General of the US , David Rosen on “Scandal” .

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Mark Harmon charmed viewers as jokester Wally Schirra. Harmon has also had a long career playing such roles as a doctor, cop, politician, and astronaut Sam on “Moonlighitng” . Sam came between Maddie and Dave as her mature boyfriend that competes with Dave for Maddie. Today Harmon fights for the law on “NCIS” as Leroy Jetho Tubbs

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Tom Verica was Astronaut Dick Gordon. Tom has also come along through the years as well. He has played the ex of Grace , Danny, on “Will and Grace.” Tom currently is one of the producers of “Scandal” and is a frequent director of the show as well. He also was the late Sam Keating on another Shondaland show “How to Get Away With Murder”

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George Newbern is another veteran actor known for roles on series. He played Payne , Dixie Carter’s son on “Designing Women” , in the movie “Father of the Bride” and most notably another guy who Rachel dated to get over Ross on “Friends”Currently George also joins his fellow alums from “Scandal” as Charlie, Huck’s mentor from B613.

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Adam Baldwin was another of those brave men who touched the stars as Fred Haise in the miniseries. It wouldn’t be the first time he would fly into space. Adam was the beloved Jayne in the sci fi classic “Firefly.” He would reunite with his Capt Reynolds in the future on his show “Castle”. Both Fillion and Baldwin would be on the Comic-Con circuit for years. Baldwin has also appeared in many shows including “Chuck” CSI Miami ” and Law and Order SVU” Currently he is Mike Slattery on “The Last Ship”

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Kevin Pollak must have made quite an impression as NASA head Joe Shea. He was actually nominated for a Satellite award for his portrayal of the executive responsible for the early part of the space program. Kevin has also done a lot of roles to show his versatility. He has played a gangster in “The Whole Nine Yards” and its sequel as well. Recently he played the lover of Allison Janney on “Mom”. Currently Kevin can be seen on the new CBS series “Angel from Hell” as Dr Marv Fuller.

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We end our tribute to this dynamic series with Dann Florek as Robert Seamans. Today he is the force behind the unit on the hit series , “Law and Order, SVU” . Dann plays Captain Donald Cragen on the show.

It only goes to show you that when a project is made, years later the actors have made such an impression on you, you never know where you will see them again. By the way , the mini series won many awards that year including Golden Globes, Emmy’s and many awards for its casting. With this stellar cast,it is no wonder.

Our Favorite “Castle”Guest Stars

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Over the last 7 years “Castle” has had many great guest stars from TV shows, soap operas, and movies,. Here are some of our favorites.

Bellamy on CastleBellmay Young played Candace Ford in the season 3 episode “Pretty Dead” which involves the death of a beauty pageant contestant. Now Bellamy is seen every Thursday on ABC’s “Scandal” as the First Lady, Mellie Grant.

brian-letscher-the-wild-rover-castle  Brian Letscher played Irish mobster Liam Finch on the episode “Wild Rover” most recently Brian was secret serviceman Tom protecting the sexy President Fitzgerald Grand on ABC’s “Scandal”

Castle701-00833Matt Letscher, Brian’s brother played Henry Jenkins a man who had a part in Castle’s 2 month disappearance in 2 episodes “Driven” and “Sleeper” Matt was last seen as the mole Billy Chambers on ABC’s “Scandal”

Castle107-00914Katie Lowes played socialite Rachel Maddox on the episode “Home is Where the Heart Stops” She is currently on ABC’s “Scandal” as gladiator and Huck’s on and off girlfriend Quinn Perkins.

Castle208-00687Gregg Henry plays Winston Wellesley in the episode “Kill the Messenger” He most recently appeared on ABC’s “Scandal”as evil texan Hollis Doyle.

Darby CastleDarby Stanchfield appeared in two episodes “Always Buy Retail” and “Significant Others” as Castle’s annoying ex wife and Alexis’s mother Meredith. These days you can catch Darby in the white house as press secretary Abby Weldon on ABC’s”Scandal”

George on CastleGeorge Newbern  played cheating husband Howard  Peterson in the episode “Nanny McDead” now part of a secret organization B613 where he spends his time killing people as Charlie on ABC’s “Scandal”

Sarah Drew CastleSarah Drew played the scorned and murderous nanny Chloe Richardson on the episode”Nanny McDead” she spends her time in Seattle now as Dr. April Kepner on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”

Castle107-01196 Caterina Scorsone played Joanne Delgado the daughter of a murder victim in the episode “Home is Where the Heart Stops” she’s busy mourning the death of her only brother as Dr. Amelia Shepherd on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”

Castle213JasonGeorge-KelvinJason George played business man Charles Kelvin on the episode “To Live and Die in LA” he’s now married to Dr. Miranda Bailey as Dr. Ben Warren on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”

Kelly McCreary played Kelly Jane the assistant of young pop singer Mandy Sutton on the episode “Limelight” she is the daughter of the late Ellis Grey and Chief Richard Webber, Dr. Maggie Pierce on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”

Dr BurkeMichael Dorn plays Kate Beckett’s therapist Dr. Burke in several episodes. His most famous role is Warf on “Star Trek the Next Generation”

johnathan FrankesJonathan Frakes had cameo as Richard Castle’s biggest fan on the episode “The Final Frontier” he is best known for playing Commander Riker on “Star Trek the Next Generation” and being the husband of “General Hospital’s” Laura, Genie Francis.

Adam CastleAdam Baldwin played loose cannon Detective Slaughter on the episode “Headhunters” he played Jayne on “Firefly” alongside Nathan Fillion, and will return as Mike Slattery on TNT’s “The Last Ship” June 21, 2015.

castle-s5e14featuredGina Torres played reality star Penelope Foster on the episode “Reality Star Struck” she played Wash’s wife Zoe on “Firefly”and is wife to ABC’s “Blackish” Laurence Fishburne.Paula

Debi Mazar plays Castle’s publicist Paula in the episode “When the Bough Breaks” she reprises her role as Vince’s publicist in the “Entourge” movie opening nation wide June 3rd.

screen-shot-2014-02-05-at-21-18-23Rex Lee played fashion designer Yumi in the episode “Dressed to Kill” he returns as Ari Gold’s assistant Lloyd in the “Entourage” movie opening June 3rd.

Tony Denison plays mobster Mickey Dolan in the episode “After Hours” you can catch him in new episodes of TNT’s “Major Crimes” this June as Andy Flynn.

Julie Gonzalo played high school friend Maddie in the episode “Food to Die For” her best line is “You want to make little Castle babies” she was last seen as Pamela Rebecca Ewing on TNT’s “Dallas”

Alyssa Milano Alyssa Milano played Castle’s college girlfriend Kyra Blaine in the episode “A Rose for Ever After” She is on ABC’s “Mistresses” as Savannah.

castle303-00378Jason Bighe played Kate Beckett’s mentor Mike Royce in “Under the Gun” and “To Live and Die in LA” catch him as Hank Voight on NBC’s “Chicago PD”

Castle-Ep18-S3_portrait_w858David Eigenberg played Peter Connelly in the episode “One Life to Lose” now he puts out fires as Christopher Hermann on NBC’s “Chicago Fire”

Taylor CastleTaylor Kinney played Darren Thomas in the episode “Once Upon a Crime” he’s smoking hot as Kelly Severide on NBC’s “Chicago Fire”

RachelLisa Edelstein played Kate Beckett’s partner in DC Rachel McCord in the first 3 episodes of season 6. Lisa plays Abby on “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce”

Nikki HeatLaura Prepon played Natalie Rhodes in the episode “Nikki Heat” Laura has a role in the Netflix show “Orange is the New Black”

Agent ShawDana Delany played Agent Jordan Shaw in the episodes ” Tick Tick Tick” and “Boom” fun fact she played Nathan Fillion’s wife on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”

Linchpin-Copyright-2012-American-Broadcasting-Companies-Inc-3Jennifer Beals played Sophia Turner in “Pandora” and “Linchpin” catch her her new show TNT’s “Proof” this June.

jaleel-white-castle-abcJaleel White played Mickey Franks in the episode “Saturday Night Dead” he played nerd Steve Urkel in the 90’s on “Family Matters”

maxresdefaultGregory Harrison played Danny Valentine who made a point to flirt with the married Beckett in the episode “Saturday Night Dead”  he appeared as Dean on the short lived “Friends” spin off “Joey”

Castle fatherJames Brolin played Castle’s father , CIA spy Jackson Hunt in “Hunt” and “Deep Cover” his wife is the mega singing sensation Barbara Streisand.

 

CharlesCharles Shaughnessy played diplomat Nigel Wyndham in “The Limey” he is best known for his role on “Days of Our Lives” Shane Donovan and his role on CBS’s “The Nanny” Maxwell Sheffield.KAMAR DE LOS REYES, DAYA VAIDYAKamar De Los Reyes played Manuel Villaobos in the episode “Private Eye Caramba” he is known to daytime fans as Antonio Vega on “One Life to Live.

4x05-Eye-of-the-Beholder-castle-26291696-1280-720Jessica Tuck played Joy McHugh in the episode “Eye of the Beholder” Ironically Jessica played Nathan Fillion’s older sister Megan Buchanan on “One Life to Live.

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And last but not least, Jack Wagner played Billy Piper in “Significant Others” he is best known for playing Dr. Peter Burns on “Melrose Place” and singing cop Frisco Jones on “General Hospital”

Gifts For the Gladiators in Your Life

icon pictureWell folks , we have reached the Winter Hiatus and now our thoughts turn to snow, mistletoe, and when our show returns. Everyone loves presents and why not give the gift of  our favorite show to the gladiators in your life. Here are some suggestions

Clothes are always a popular choice. Gladiators are lucky because they can actually dress like their favorite fixer. Early this fall, clothing store the Limited rolled out the Scandal collection . These pieces were inspired by clothes that were worn on the show. Kerry has actually worn pieces in Season 4 from the collection. They are great little pieces perfect for work. Prices range from 30-250 dollars and can be be bought online and in store.

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Everyone loves t shirts and Scandal fans are no exception. You want to have something to wear while you chomp on your pop corn, drink your wine, and scream” kiss him “at the television. Here are some suggestions from some great places.

my scandal shirtthis is one of my faves… there are some great ones. I love it because it is curvy and sexy and we all want to feel like that. Plus it has the scandal logo with Kerry on it. She is such an inspiration. It goes for about twenty five plus tax and delivery from http://www.toohye.com

grant for the people shirtThis one is from Cafe Press . It is a replica of the campaign shirt that was part of the Grant Presidential campaign. If you are Team Olitz …it is a must. After all, “The Trail” is where it all started. Show your support for Fitzgerald T Grant.

They have a lot of great Scandal stuff as well . cafepress.com

devine shimmersWine is such a big part of Olivia’s life. It’s the only way she can tolerate the people in her life and that includes her two boyfriends. We found this yummy lip line from DeVine Shimmers promising the taste of wine. It is all natural and perfect for the arctic winters of Chicago. I love the coverage and the shimmery coverage. You don’t even need lipstick with it.

You can order from http;//devineshimmers.com/

olitz card gameFor those long bus, car and plane trips here is a great card game by the people at Piece by Piece only 5.98. Need a gift for secret Santa at work ? This one is perfect. It’s Olitz!

http://www.piecebypiececardgame.com/

ornamentSee this beautiful White House ornament . It was specially ordered from a place called The Ornament Shop . They have thousands of ornaments for special occasions, but this one was the one I picked. I love the fact it sparkles and also it shows the First Couple we all want . It was about twenty dollars and is from the OrnamentShop.com

olitz vermont jamThis next item was made last year for a special promotion for Valentines Day with the proceeds going to Arts Education which is a cause near and dear to Kerry’s heart. Sidehill Farms in Vermont actually sold these gift sets and will make them again if enough interested  is generated by us gladiators. So all cylinders people , we want the jam!

http://www.sidehill.jam.com

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What is always a great gift is DVDs. . You can get all three seasons of the show on DVD . Or another great option is to get the Scandal fan a DVD with their favorite actor from the show in it. Options include “Save the Last Dance” “Ghost” The Last House on the Left”, “Little Man” “Django Unchained” “Lakeview Terrace” “Tarzan” (voiced by Tony) “Half Baked” with Guillermo Diaz, “Ray” or the many television appearances that cast made in “Grey’s Anatomy” , “Law and Order” or just type in the actor in IMDB and find a treasure you can enjoy. There is a mini series that was on HBO called “From the Earth to the Moon” that I enjoy. It has three Scandal actors in it. George Newbern (Charlie) Joshua Malina (David) and playing a very sexy astronaut , Tony Goldwyn (Fitz)