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Wishing a Sweet Chitown Birthday Wish to Paul Adelstein


Today we have another “Scandal” cast member’s birthday. As well as Abby’s birthday, it is also the formiddlable Leo Bergen ‘s birthday as well. Leo is played by Chicago boy , Paul Adelstein. Leo works with and currently sleeps with Abby . He started out as Sally’s campaign manager when she ran as an Independent against Fitz in the last election. But Paul has a few ties to Shondaland. First of all his wife is Liza Weil is also on a Shondaland show . Liza plays Bonnie on “How to Get Away With Murder” . We first saw her causing the White House problems as Amanda Tanner on “Scandal.” He was also the lothario Cooper Freedman on the “Grey’s ” spin off “Private Practice.”

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Paul was born on April 29, 1969 in Chicago Illinois. He attended the Francis W Parker School in Lincoln Park.. He attended Bowdoin College and graduated Summa Cum Laude and got a degree in English. He then began his career in theatre with a company that was founded by John Cusack and then Steppenwolf Theatre Company. From there , he got his first breaks on shows like “Scrubs’ ER” and his first big screen break in “The Grifters.”

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His first big role was as Paul Kellerman on FOX’s “Prison Break” . He started out as a hero and a special Secret Service Agent and eventual had to assume an alias for his crimes.


Paul played Mike on the short lived ABC series “Cupid”


He also played Dr Stone on “Scrubs”

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Paul gave a memorable performance in “Memoirs of a Geisha” as Lt Hutchins

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But the role that I love of Paul’s is the lovable lothario Dr Cooper Freedman on “Private Practice” . He married Charlotte , King  (KaDee Strickland ) found out he had a son (Griffin Gluck), and then became a father to triplets.

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Here is Paul when Coop and Charlotte brought Mason’s dying mother to Seattle where Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and her brother , the late Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey)  operate on  her   in a special crossover episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”

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 Liza Weil is Paul’s wife. Liza plays Bonnie on “How to Get Away With Murder”.

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 Today Paul plays on “Scandal” as fixer Leo Bergen. Here he is as Sally Langston ‘s(Kate Burton) campaign manager when she ran as an independent after breaking away from the Grant adminstration.

girlfriends guide to divorce

 Just like a few actors on “Scandal” Paul does double duty. He plays Jake Novak , a Hollywood director who is in the process of a divorce to his wife on Bravo’s newest hit “The Girlfriends Guide to Divorce” . His ex wife is played by Lisa Edelstein and her friends are Janeane Garafolo and Beau Garrett . His young girlfriend is Julianna Gulll.

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Chitownstarconnections wishes another Chicago boy Paul Adelstein Happy Birthday


Report Card for How to Get Away With Murder

how-to-get-away-w-murder-castOkay! the first season of HTGWM has just ended. Wow ! what a ride. We all have been accustomed to Ms Shonda Rhimes way of keeping you guessing. She moves her shows with such a fast pace that true fans of her shows have to watch the show twice just to catch up with the plots. You try to figure out the plot and then she does something to completely blow your mind. HTGWM is a show that follows the SR formula.

What a sad ending to Annalise’s husband. It was the fuel of the first season . I never realized that Sam was such a rat and how much he used women . He took advantage of every woman he was with. Annalise came to him while he was still married and they begun an affair. She came out of need after being raped by a member of her own family. Lila was the same way . She ended up falling in love with the professor and then pregnant with his child. Sam proved to be a dangerous man.It’s a shame she had to be hurt by men again.

Never in a million years did I guess it was Frank. Yes , he did seem creepy. But I had no idea that he would prove to be the one who did murder Lila. Now I wonder what is it that Sam held over his head to make him do the deed. Frank and Bonnie seem to have problems.Maybe next season, we will find out what history that Frank and Sam have together. I have to admit that I kind of had a bias against Bonnie from the former role she played. Liza Keil was introduced on “Scandal” as Amanda Tanner, the woman who slept with the President. I figured if she did that , then her character on this show probably wasn’t that innocent either.

The most integral part of the show is the “kids” Like the “gladiators” or the staff on “Grey’s Anatomy” , they work together as a team. The difference with these kids is that Annalise pitted them against each other in a contest, yet they still functioned as a unit. Each of these young kids were changed by this whole internship. Some lost loves and others gained loves. Connor and his lover became another Shondaland gay couple. It was heartbreaking when he found out that about his HIV status and the two men held each other. Ultimately though, the “interns” were bounded together as they covered up the accidental death of Sam.

Viola Davis obviously wins the “A’ for her portrayal of the tough, tortured law professor. She has spent most of award season taking the laurels for the gritty show. Others who should be lauded for their performances include Tom Verica.  Just like another Shondaland fixture, Tom has spent a career doing various roles , directed, and now has become a household name for his role. I certainly hope that we haven’t seen the last of Sam. The saga is far from over. Cicely Tyson should also be noted for her performance as Annalise’s mother. One of the best lines from the season was “I am a VP. She came from my V and her father’s P”. It was truly memorable.

 Maybe now that the season has ended for this Freshman hit. Shonda can turn her attention back to her other shows. I know myself and a lot of fans are waiting for that.

Grade A.

viola-davis-how-to-get-away-with-murderAnnalise Keating addresses her class before she chooses her firm’s interns. Viola Davis is intense as the lawyer professor


sam and annaliseHere is the stellar adult cast of HTGWM  featuring Davis , Tom Verica, Liza Weil , and Charlie Weber.Weil  formerly played Amanda Tanner on “Scandal” and her real life husband, Paul Adelstein plays Leo Bergen on the Shondaland show.

penis on a dead girls phoneWe were treated to a lot of great quotes this season. One of the most shocking ones was when Annalise picked up Sam’s phone and uttered “What is your penis doing on a dead girl’s phone”

natural hairOne of the trademark scenes was when Annalise took off her make up and ripped off her wig showing her character’s real self .

KARLA SOUZA, AJA NAOMI KING, ALFRED ENOCH, JACK FALAHEEThese four students were part of the cover up of Sam’s death. Who knows what trouble they will get into in Season 2?

Up Until This Point…. Shonda Dominates Thursdays!!!!


 It has been two weeks and TGIT is a smash !! People have been getting their fill of roller coaster drama, possibly the best acting on television, and the return of old friends and new acquaintances. Here is my take on TGIT as a longtime Grey’s viewer , a gladiator, and getting comfy with the gang at Middleton.

Grey’s Anatomy

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Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and  Kelly McCkeary as  Maggie Pierce clash over the treatment of a patient

Maggie has been having trouble being the new kid on the block. It is also especially hard to fill the shoes of Cristina Yang. At least , Derek and Meredith won’t be heading out to DC soon. (Does that mean no scotch with Fitz?) Derek will be staying in Seattle. Richard spilled the beans at an AA meeting that Amelia was attending about his daughter. It’s Evil Spawn vs the Nazi as Bailey and Karev compete for the shares and board position that was left by Yang. Callie and Arizona have been seriously considering having another baby. Is Sandra Oh’s exit being felt by the show? The answer is definitely YES…. Meredith ‘s “person” is now Karev… and Jo doesn’t like it  a bit….


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Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant sees over his “wife” Mellie (Bellamy Young) as she grieves for their dead son

It has been almost a new show since we premiered two weeks ago. Olivia has returned to DC for the funeral of Harrison Wright. She has been a naughty girl and not in a good way. I have a feeling that Jake knows she has just been using him and that will be addressed soon. The White House remains a mess with Fitz trying to hold himself together. (He tried to kill himself) but it seems that Mellie is the one that is losing it . She is not the designer wearing First Lady anymore. She strolls the Residence in Uggs and a bathrobe eating fried chicken and chewing on Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato chips. With losing his son, the love of his life, and everything , he still must be Commander in Chief. Cyrus is trying to move on but he may be in for a surprise when he finds out he is being set up.  The acting on this show in the past few weeks has been at Emmy capacity. Bellamy Young has turned the evil “my husband and his whore” Mellie to one who spouts the best lines on the show. We all know she is grieving, but you just can’t help but laugh at the line about her unshaven area described as 1976 down there. Tonys’ facial expressions still tell the story of the pain this man is going through, staying with his wife and still pining for his Livvy. Right now you could freeze ice cubes in the scenes between Fitz and Liv, let’s hope the fire returns soon. Add to the mix , Rosen as Attorney General and Abby working as Press Secretary, and its a totally different “Scandal” Portia Di Rossi sporting a new do has evil in mind for the WH.

How to Get Away With Murder

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Viola Davis as Analise Keating teaches future lawyers how to try cases and look for evidence

This show is tearing up ratings and setting records. Davis’ teaching methods prove to be on the unorthodox side and pits students against each other. Sometimes the competition gets just plain cutthroat and sex is in the mix whether it the one future lawyer seducing a guy for information or Keating’s affair .Keating’s husband is played by Tom Verica who is another Shondaland actor who has taken up the directing chores for such shows as GA, Scandal, and the late lamented Private Practice. He seems to be no angel as well. The last time we saw Analise’s assistant , Bonnie (Liza Weil) was on a slab in the morgue on “Scandal” Weil’s claim to fame was playing troublemaker and Presidential play thing Amanda Tanner . Surrounded by a young cast and some of the most gruesome scenes on tv , this show promises drama and mystery. I might have to watch a few more episodes before I can make a better judgement call.