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It’s A Different Show Now…Who’s Running the Show?

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We start the Gladiator report tonight with good news. All of your TGIT favorites will be coming back! That’s right. The doctors of Grey’s, the Keating five, and OMG twisty turny drama that you crave will be back . ABC renewed  all three shows . The main reason is that all three shows have won ABC the night in the 18-49 demagraphic. Last night, ABC tied with CBS with the two powerhouses “Mom” and “Scandal.” Ever since the return from the hiatus, our show has gone from the bottom and is making waves again. But before you dust off that suit for the Grant – Pope wedding, be warned that you are not watching the lovesick President anymore. In fact, its a whole new show. Shonda has made it that we see what has happened before Inauguration Day. We see all the drama of the election and the assassination of Frankie Vargas. It changes alliances and destroys friendships. Power becomes the catalyst. Power has also destroyed relationships and people have killed in the pursuit of it. People have also ended up dead for the sake of it.

In five seasons, we have seen the who were the evil people were. We have also seen the innocent victims. In the pursuit of power, people have lied, cheated, and murdered for it. Each character has a dark side and each character has either killed, thought about having it done, or had someone else do it. We started out on the journey of Olivia Pope, her fixing ability and how she couldn’t fix her own life. How she found a man who had as much passion as her and how that passion almost destroyed him . Olivia was no longer a woman, she became “Helen of Troy” and she was sold to the highest bidder . Now we watch as four people fought for the Oval, there can only be one winner. The weakest candidate was killed and now two others have battled for the Presidency. One was a seasoned politician and the other a newcomer to the political arena. Her only experience was back seat to her husband as he climbed from the Governor of California to the White House. Cyrus is a monster and his only liability was the fact he is gay. Fitz has had to become King Solomon to decide the fate of the country and make the call since the electoral college legally couldn’t elect the popular vote. He makes a decision and makes Cyrus President. One problem, there is a tape of Frankie Vargas threatening him when he finds out about the staged shooting to convince him to run. Add to that a phone call from Jennifer Fields  that accuses Bean of murdering Vargas. Following that, Fields is blown up.

Olivia thinks that her father is her rescuer now. She wants to see Cyrus pay for his crimes. Oh gladiators, let’s not forget that any of the candidates could go down for the crimes. That means you too, Mr President. If Cyrus is taken down, then he might open his mouth about the kidnapping and Remmington. Fitz wouldn’t being going to Vermont, Olivia would be making conjugal visits to prison. Someone could also find out about Mellie and Defiance as well . She also had the twelve jurors murdered as well. OH and lets add that little forgery that she did when Fitz was shot. She forged the President’s signature to reinstate him as POTUS. Jake has all of the people he has murdered as well. (He shot Cyrus’ real hubby James) . It’s all cylinders people as Olivia has drafted the gladiators to find the proof she needs to hang Cyrus. Her main reason is that if Cyrus is in prison, Mellie becomes President and she would be back in the White House. With this tape, she has convinced Fitz to have David conduct an investigation. (Once again, Fitz listens to Olivia as always) With the proof, Fitz offers him a deal. Resign and leave politics or be arrested, convicted, and then executed.Fitz literally makes Cyrus sick.He will resign only if Mellie does the same. He can’t let Olivia win.   Olivia was convinced that Cyrus had done something to get on the ticket in the beginning and told him she wouldn’t stop until she found out what dirty trick he pulled to get to be Vargas’ running mate. Cyrus had made a claim that he was the run who ran the country , knew way too much about Olivia , and watched them grope each other like cheap porn.

 

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But there is one person who stands between Cyrus and the White House, Tom. You remember him?  He is B613, Rowan’s loyal soldier, and the one who killed Jerry Jr. He also developed a crush on Mr Beene. and he sees himself the same way as Olivia saw herself with Fitz . This is why he barked. He is the dog on the leash that is not good enough to be Cyrus ‘ husband. Tom admits he took care of the staffer to punish Cyrus . Some of the most dramatic moments of the hour was when Tom held the gun in Cyrus’s mouth. I was on the edge of my seat thinking that Cyrus would be joining his real hubby in heaven. (Or Hell) But Tom took the fall again , like he did for Jerry’s death for Rowan. Tom blamed Cyrus for Vargas death and then he was arrested. The innocent victim in this of course is the young, Ella Novak Beene. Ella has had one father killed and now her other father is going to prison. Now she is being raised by a literal stranger. But this also might be the catalyst to bring together her godparents aka Olivia and Fitz. I think one of the strangest relationships to change is the whole Cyrus and Olivia relationship. Cyrus was the person to call Olivia to help this unknown governor win the WH. Cyrus has been her bedrock all along even in the days when Fitz hated her guts. Cyrus has also had his days when he wanted to destroy Olivia. He has had her arrested and also possibly killed. It is very odd to see her wanting to completely destroy her drinking buddy.

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There is no question of who is the MVG of this week and that is the founder of Steppenwolf Theatre, Jeff Perry. So many of the actors on these shows have been around for years and they are finally coming into their own. Jeff is one of those actors. His monologues have been one of his shining examples of what makes him such an outstanding actor. He began as such a sweet guy and has metamorphised into a man who is as evil as Rowan Pope himself. Did he trap his sweet James into a relationship in his quest of getting Fitz into the White House. Before he was Cyrus, Jeff had made an impression on “Grey’s Anatomy” as Thatcher Grey. Thatcher had suffered and finally left his wife and daughter when he found out about her affair with Richard Webber. In time, Thatcher also became a drunk and his two daughters had to suffer with his addiction. Perry knows how to capture the scene and give it the intensity it deserves. He also knows how to make the viewer feel sorry for him as well as wanting to see him get what ‘s coming to him. He has definitely taking the acting spotlight from Tony to him. Cyrus is a very complicated character because he has spent his whole life struggling. He struggled to comform to the world in his quest for power. James got him to admit what he was and he loved him the more for it. He could pick up a phone and order a hit on his husband and at the same time, cuddle his baby daughter. He has definitely been someone to watch all along. If you haven’t seen the whole show, I suggest a binge watch of the show from the first season and see how all of the characters have changed.  The show ended last night with Cyrus being arrested  and being read his rights by Attorney General, David Rosen. Before this as a touching version of the old Negro spiritual “Wade in the Water.” played, Cyrus tearfully says good bye to his little girl, Ella. Haven’t the Beene’s suffered enough.

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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”

A Dangerous Game

olivia and the phoneOlivia has started to get late night calls again. One was so hot , we had to fan ourselves after hearing Tony Goldwyn describe what he would do for his Livvy.Now her and Fitz team up with Jake to bring down Poppa Pope

Hey gladiators , have you recovered yet from tonight’s episode. The hour was filled with surprises and revelations all around. Abby was shocked to see her former husband, Charles , in the White House running for Virginia senator. She was not pleased , so Olivia to the rescue. Olivia fronts a new exciting and female candidate and gives her a complete makeover. Who better than Ms Pope could do a makeover, if anyone knows about style and beauty , it’s her. Not every woman can capture two men’s hearts (and one of them be the married Leader of the Free World) In the continuing soap opera of Olivia and Fitz, viewers were treated to the sultry voice of one Fitz Grant 3 as he described what he would do to her. So much for no feelings, Liv was fanning herself along with us . Hey Tony! do you also charge 9.99 per minute? Mellie is back in full bitchiness. She is determined to be the First Lady to reckon with. No more china and dinner parties for her. Her husband doesn’t have time to deal with her , what with trying to win back his lady love, bring down Rowan , and still run the country.

Performances of the night go out to Brian Letscher and Darby Stanchfield. Darby has come a long way in her portrayal of Abby. Tonight , we got to see a little glimpse in Abby’s past. It is interesting to note that both Darby and the man who played her ex Charles (Michael Trucco) both were alums from the show “Castle” Trucco played Tom Demming who dated Kate Beckett and as everyone well knows that Darby played Meredith Castle the ex wife of Castle and the mother of Alexis Castle . Darby wowed us with her take back attitude she used on Charles and then shocked everyone as she kissed Leo . Does this mean a new romance for Abby/Gabby/ Red. Cyrus is beginning to put the pieces together concerning Michael . Tom was questioned by Olivia about Jerry’s death and she found out the truth. Tom waxed poetic  about how Olivia was Helen of Troy. He also told her about Fitz’s suicide attempt which shook her to the core.

The ride came to a screeching halt as Huck was brought face to face with his son , Javi . Rowan had better prepare for the fight of his life as he is now facing his daughter, the former head of b613, and the Commander and Chief. Welcome back Paul Adelstein as Leo and get ready for the return of Momma Pope. This is going to be good.

NEXT: Winter finale !

Screenshot_2014-11-06-22-15-13-1This man could heat any woman up… cold shower anyone