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How To Get Away With A Scandal

received_101593181821555771.jpegWhen I first heard about the crossover event between “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” like every other gladiator I was excited beyond belief. I was thrilled to see these two acting powerhouses in the same shows. Both women are exceptional actresses and play powerful and strong women. That is where the similarities end. Anna Mae aka Analise was raised in poverty and Olivia was privileged and was no stranger to luxury and power.received_10159980444480577.jpeg

Somehow for both of them, it all went wrong. Kerry Washington and Viola Davis are two of the most prolific actresses of our time. Viola has shown that age is not a barrier and inspired me as an older actress when she won the Oscar last year for “Fences.” Kerry has become an icon for black and all women everywhere with her portrayal of Olivia Pope as well as a fashion icon as well.

They have made these television characters a fiber of prime time.
Shonda Rhimes is no stranger to the crossover. She had an easy outlet when she crossed over “Private Practice” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Surgeons could travel between the two shows for impossible surgeries that had to be performed. Also beloved characters could be enjoyed by their fans and possibly gain some new viewers.

I think that Shonda should have done this before this final season. Taking an impossible class action suit case and then having two brilliant minds working together was a brilliant move and all should be commended. Special mention should go to Aja Naomi King and Cornelius Smith Jr as well. These two actors worked well together and added a little sexual tension as well. Credit should also be given to the two directors for each show, Zetna Fuentes and Tony Goldwyn (his last directing for the show Scandal).

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Oh how the mighty have fallen. Liv no longer has the White House and her gladiators have abandoned her. She is teaching at universities and one of her fans is Michaela . Michaela has told Analise about her encounter with Olivia and reminds her this is what she needs. Olivia sits in on one of these lectures and introduces herself to Ms Pope. The case needs to go to the Supreme Court, but Liv has no clout. She takes the suit to the Grant Foundation and the former POTUS.received_10159980376665577.jpeg

Fitz is still mad at her and waits for his Liv to return. He takes the case and then the group heads for the Oval and Mellie. Mellie refuses to help and points out that the only reason she agreed to meet with them was Fitz. She threatens her if she continues her crusade. There is no stopping her , so Mellie enlists Jake and QPA to leak the story of the real reason she left the White House. Quinn is filled with revenge and agrees to leak the story for Jake.

The episode is not without humor as the two divas wage a war in a DC hair salon. Insults like “bougie” black woman and “broken down ass got on a Mega Bus” flew between the two powerhouses.

Meanwhile the gladiators try to sway the judges against Liv and the case. They almost succeed until Quinn has a change of heart and remembers that QPA is about justice. Abby reminds her that they are indeed gladiators. Everyone is convinced that Liv is just using this to get her power back. She is also defeated until she is given a pep talk by none other than her cheerleader, Fitz. He still believes in her, now she has to show the world that she is the Liv he loves as well.

Isaac overdoses and the Keating gang prepare to watch their teacher in front of the highest court in the land. Michaela helps Marcus as the two are on a stakeout where they give into their passion. Marcus admits that there was someone, but doesn’t say her name. “She went on to do great things and I couldn’t stand in her way.” Is how he describes his relationship with Mellie. Micahela also steals the credit from Connor to get to meet her idol.received_10159980376540577.jpeg

Despite this setback, the Keating gang are headed to Washington. Bonnie would have loved to come to watch as well, but she is deeply involved in finding about the mysterious funds that Lauren’s mother paid Wes. (Liza Weil could not be involved with this storyline because of her role in the first season as Amanda Tanner, Presidential whore) Analise’s parents arrive and then the games begin.received_10159980376555577.jpeg

Sharon Lawrence also shines as the defense attorney against Analise. Cicely Tyson is the bright spot in the episode as she spins wisdom and makes stew. This would be a foreign concept to Ms Pope since her parents are assassins and terrorists. The elderly woman also has advice for Liv after she spills soup on her designer duds. She tells her that she needs to take care of herself as well. Jacqueline calls Analise minutes before the hearing and announces that Isaac overdosed and it was all because of her. She ruins everything .

Analise gets scared and is unable to move off of the floor. Only one thing can help and that is vodka. Liv sends Marcus off to get some. But luckily she doesn’t need the liquor and she states her case despite her opposition.

The one judge makes a statement and asks if she is using it as a funding problem or race case. Davis makes a passionate speech about race problems in our country and also reminds the judges that Jim Crow is still alive and well. No decision is made during the episode, but Fitz said that it might go their way. Does that smile on Olivia’s face mean that a private celebration is in the cards with the former POTUS after his phone call. Unfortunately, Annalise gets some bad news from Bonnie, Simon has woke up. Annalise thanks her team and the Grant Foundation including Olivia Pope. Michaela is burned because Connor is given the credit rather than her and her tactics.

Asher has his suspicions about the chemistry between his girlfriend and the former press secretary. MVP for the “Scandal” episode is definitely Fitz. Between the White House and QPA, Fitz managed to pull this all together. He also sees that his Livvie is still there and wants her to see she doesn’t have to be evil. She can still wear the white hat.received_10159980469385577.jpeg

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TGIT Returns

Christmas is over. New Year’s is done and it’s time to get back to business. That means it’s time for TGIT! Tomorrow night our Thursday ABC faves return.  Special kudos go out to Joe Morton for his NAACP award for Best Supporting Award in a Drama for his role as the evil Rowan on “Scandal.” Also catch that sexy ex POTUS , Tony “Fitz” Goldwyn on Jimmy Kimmel tonight.

When we last left the staff of Grey-Sloan on “Grey’s Anatomy”, a computer hacker had put a ransom of bitcoins and locks on the patient files.  Bailey races to try to save the computers as well as the drugs that require computer codes to dispense. This precarious situation jeopardizes a peds patient as Karev and Jo try to track down the last nurse to take care of him. The young boy requires a drug dose and no one is sure when or what his last dosage was. Finally tracking down the last nurse, Jo texts Alex the important message that they need. But before she can do that, she finds out that her ex hubby has arrived in Seattle. Will the young boy die? What does Jo’s ex arrival mean for the young couple? Will Alex lose in love yet again?

With nine episodes and counting down, the clock winds down for “Scandal.” We are looking forward to the upcoming cross over with “HTGWM” . With these two powerful women, it promises to be an episode to be remembered and will be directed by none other than TG. Olivia is truly at the crossroads as the search for Quinn continues. Thinking the worst, the gladiators search through dead bodies for her. Alliances are formed as well as reunions. David admits why he is scared to reunite with Abby since she is constantly surrounded by danger. The walls finally come down.  Marcus talks to Mellie and convinces her to work with the Grant Foundation. Together the two Grant Presidents work to bring criminal reform to the table. Mellie is in her glory as she succeeds to do what six Presidents have failed to do and that is bring peace to the Middle East. She tells Olivia there is nothing they can’t do. Olivia is playing a dangerous game with her father. “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” She reminds him. She also tells him he has destroyed her and made her in his own image. He also made the fatal mistake of taking away the only man she ever loved and killing his son. Don’t test a POPE! The next thing we hear is two shots. Is Quinn dead? And can Olivia be saved by her white knight?

It’s business as usual as usual on “How to Get Away With Murder.” The Keating Four  is trying to avenge Wes’s death. They have hatched an elaborate plan to put a firewall up  and bankrupt Laurel’s father’s company. Analise is still trying to exoricise some old ghosts and reconcile with Bonnie . Oliver admits the truth to Connor and then he promises not to tell her the whole plan. Simon gets in the way of their plans and admits his feelings to Oliver. Simon finds the gun in Laurel’s bag and shoots himself . Laurel flees the scene and then goes into labor. She gets stuck in an ancient elevator which leaves Analise to save the lives of Laurel and Wes’s unborn child. Frank has also been trying to reach her. At the party, Asher is questioned in Simon’s shooting and arrested. The surgeons fight to save Simon’s life . Will Asher pay the ultimate price? Will Laurel’s baby live? 

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)

Return to TGIT ‘s Glory Days Again With the Originals – DVD Reviews

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Fans of TGIT are all in a tither since the precious eight/nine oclock time slot that is usually occupied by the OMG show “Scandal” . won’t be back until mid season. Last year, Shonda Rhimes made history by being the first woman in prime time to completely occupy an evening on a major network. The public couldn’t get enough of these stars and the magazines raced to put them on as many covers that the fans could buy. The highlight of last season was a promo that showed the stars of “Grey’s Anatomy” , “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” dancing and having fun. This was quite a stretch from the sickness , death, and murder that the public was used to seeing each week from these characters. It also spotlighted the couples that everyone loved.

Return to the year where everything changed . Return to when Meredith Grey was dealing with the death of her husband. Feel the romance as Fitz and Olivia can finally come out into the light as a couple. Go on a roller coaster ride of a lifetime with Professor Keating and the Keating “Five” as they defend a case and Wes learns a terrible secret. ABC Studios and Shondaland proudly present “Grey’s Anatomy Season 12”, “Scandal Season 5” and “How to Get Away With Murder Season 2.” Several weeks ago, I spent a summer night drinking wine and revisiting  my favorite shows. if you are fans of Shonda’s characters, these are your must see DVDs.

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It has been a difficult year for Meredith Grey. She has had to mourn the love of her life and take care of three children while being super surgeon. Her best friend is  now on the other side of the world and she has a new “person” in Alex Karev. She has plenty of support including her sister, Maggie and Derek’s sister , Amelia. All the girls are involved in the extra curricular activity that Grey Sloan is known for-sex. Amelia struggles in her relationship with Owen. Maggie has a conflict over her relationship with D’Amico and being his  superior. Life is definitely not rosy for other doctors as Callie and Arizona gear up for the fight of their life and Jackson and April divorce and then find out that they are going to be parents again. Resident “Penny” shakes things up when she comes with Callie to Meredith’s dinner party. The doctors find out that she is the doctor that was taking care of Derek when he died. It’s the usual medical drama and romance as these surgeons explore new procedures and use their talents when one of their own is attacked. The box set doesn’t have the usual fun features like actor spotlights but fans will enjoy the deleted scenes and watching their favorites on the gag reel.

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The staff rushes to the aid of Meredith when a patient attacks her

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April and Jackson rejoice at the birth of their baby.Will it be enough to bring them back together?

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The White House is in turmoil. Fitz has fired Cyrus and thrown out Mellie. He is happy because finally Olivia and him can be together. They can come into the light finally. So begins Season Five on “Scandal” . It’s the season that starts out with hearts and flowers but alas the course of true love never runs smooth. This is especially the case for Olivia Carolyn Pope and President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant 3 . Fitz serves Mellie with divorce papers and then Olivia gets cold feet about coming out as Fitz’s girlfriend. Olivia is still suffering from PTSD from her kidnapping with disastrous results for the evil former Vice President. Most of the season is relevant in this election year as Fitz’s days in the White House are numbered and the race for the Oval is on. We finally learn the truth about the jaded past of Jake and why he is involved with Rowan. Viewers become spectators at the wedding of Jake and the mysterious Vanessa. Olivia and the gladiators get a new member as Cornelius Walker Jr. joins OPA as Marcus Walker.. He is remembered from last season’s acclaimed episode “The Lawn Chair.”  As the candidates are eliminated, Mellie finally fulfills her dream as she becomes the first woman to run for the White House. You will grab the tissues for the lovers and stay for the drama as the old Olivia is gone forever. Fans will laugh as the gladiators cut up on the gag reel . More drama is promised in the deleted scenes. My favorite is when Tony Goldwyn jumps on the couch and declares his love for Olivia mirroring the Tom Cruise “Oprah” moment.

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There is no stopping Fitz and Olivia now that Mellie is history . Will there be trouble in paradise ?

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Mellie has blackmailed Olivia into taking her all the way to the White House. Is B613 behind the election after all and will Olivia realize its her father pulling the strings once again? Join fans as we wait patiently for the results. Will it be Grant-Ballard or Vargas-Beene?

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The plot thickens in the second season of “How to Get Away With Murder.”  Emmy award winning Viola Davis continues to teach her students the ins and outs of criminal law. On the way to class though, even the teacher has secrets. Annalise explores her wild side with a female lover who returns to her life. Wes finds out horrible truths that his teacher has tried to keep from him when we find out why Wes was made a member of the team. Mourn with Annalise and the late Sam when their baby is tragically killed. Oliver and Connor continue to flourish while Bonnie and Asher explore passion. Frank questions past actions. The talented Tom Verica returns again as the late Sam Keating. as well as Cicely Tyson as Annalise ‘s mother, Ophelia .  Watch as the team unites to defend a brother and sister in the murder of their adoptive parents. But don’t stick around when the season ends. There is no where to run so the team tries to discover their truths by returning home. This includes Analise as she realizes that you truly can’t return home again. Her abusive father has returned to woo Mom and Analise isn’t having it. Fans can laugh at cast members in the gag reel and dig a little deeper with deleted scenes.

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Why does Annalise have a baby? Find out the reason in Season 2 of “How to Get Away with Murder?”

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The team has done enough so now they need to get away. Annalise goes home and tries to save her mom. Frank examines his actions of the past. What lessons will Annalise teach the kids in the upcoming season? Hang in there because we only have to wait for two more weeks.

Black is Beautiful !!! Especially on Prime Time Television

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Tonight was a milestone for television actresses. Viola Davis attended Julliard , but has spent year in roles in television shows and movies. She paid her dues , got acclaim for her movie roles , and achieved the biggest coup of her career by landing the role of Analise Keating in “How to Get Away with Murder”. She showed that the gutsy professor can be flawed and even at her age can be sexy.She is an example of the Shondaland school of strong and powerful women. Tonight , she climbed the mountain and took the trophy for all of those who have gone before her and those to come. It is an age of empowerment  as she described a speech that was made by Harriet Tubman that reminded her of the road she went down as an actress. Ego was not exercised as she praised her fellow actresses who have made marks of their own. Empire actress Taraje P Henson stood up and cheered when Ms Davis took the stage and accepted the Emmy for Best Leading Actress in a Drama. She was the first black actress to do so.

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Davis works for one of the most diverse producers in Hollywood, Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes has basically only made hits that break the norm. “Grey’s Anatomy” was a show that promoted a diverse cast and introduced the viewers to men that were too handsome for words. “Scandal” introduced the public to a strong woman who was an interloper to the halls of power and to some of the hottest love scenes on prime time television. She has proved that older men and women can still be sexy and powerful.

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Henson shows that sexy doesn’t mean stick figure. She shows she got ass!

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James Pickens Jr and Debbie Allen are wed on “Grey’s Anatomy” . Older black couples are not pushed to the back, but given romantic storylines

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Jussie Smollett’s (Jamal) character on “Empire” embraces a long taboo part of black culture , being gay.

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Once taboo and even laughable, interracial couples have been embraced by society thanks to Shonda Rhimes and “Scandal” Kerry Washington is a woman who fixes everyone else’s mess, but has trouble with her own, including her love affair with the married President of the United States.

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Miranda Bailey is a woman in the man dominated world of surgery on “Grey’s Anatomy” Actress Chandra Wilson is similiar to her in some ways but she shows her power when she directs . Along with Wilson, Debbie Allen and Regina King  direct for Shondaland shows. Wilson recently directed for “Scandal”.

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The queen sits with her girls as they grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly

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“The family that plays together” , its not this one. Fox “Empire’ has broken sales records for ratings and the show’s soundtrack.  The cast has been acclaimed for their roles in the drama.

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Anthony Anderson was nominated for “Blackish” for best leading male in a comedy. The show lifts black stereotypes and also makes fun of them.

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Joe Morton plays the most evil man on television, Rowan Pope. Last year, Morton won an Emmy for his role on the ABC show, “Scandal” Khandi Alexander was nominated this year, but sadly didn’t win

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Murder and Mayhem Can Be Fun!!!

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Yesterday, ABC unveiled their newest promo. It involved the stars of TGIT!!! Stars dancing and having fun? The whole idea took me back to the seventies which was the last time that these kind of promos were used. ABC seems to be in love with Shonda Rhimes and Thursday night. The last time a network owned a night was in the late nineties when NBC ruled the roost for almost twenty years with “Must See TV”. Now ABC seems to be proud as a peacock that they have taken over the crown. Shonda has prided herself on being water cooler worthy.  Seemingly though, fans of other ABC shows are not happy with these promos. They want the same treatment for their heroes and haven’t been shy about mentioning it on social media.

For three shows that are traditionally known for death, murder, and heartbreak, this promo seems to be out of character for the heroines of TGIT. Meredith Grey is a widow, Analise Keating still doesn’t know who murdered her husband, and Mellie Grant has been thrown out of the White House. This would be the last thing that they would be doing except for getting drunk. ABC has three shows on this night, yet it seems that only certain members of the other two shows are featured in the promo. The tent pole show of the night seems to be “Scandal”. “Scandal” is the show that seems to have the most loyal audience. They would have to be to put up with the crazy plots and evil alliances that the show promotes as OMG. Cast members delight in tweeting to their fans while they view the show. Sometimes they will even tweet while they are on set working between scenes. Cast members like Kerry Washington and Bellamy Young have turned up in popular magazines lately to quench fans desire for anything “Scandalous.” When “President” Tony Goldwyn was off of Twitter, fans clamored and panicked until he returned. Gladiators are a loyal bunch.

Obviously , the highlight of the video is the sweethearts of “TGIT”. Last Spring, Shonda shocked everyone by shaking up the world of Washington. Fitz had grown tired of their antics and decided as Cyrus had said before to “grow some Presidential balls.” First he threw out Mellie (Bellamy Young) and then fired “the queen of me, himself. (Jeff Perry) . Finally he could have the one thing that everyone (including Rhimes) kept away from him. The last scene that gladiators saw was the lovers in each others arms on the Truman balcony. What made the video fun to watch was the actors dancing , throwing popcorn, and tossing wine playfully. The actors seem to take on their on screen personas personalities. Mellie and Jake (Scott Foley) seem to be looking at their exes with disgust. Former lovers are reunited when Abby and David play games (Darby Stanchfield and Joshua Malina) and gladiators known for torture are having a good time. (Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz) Gladiators even get their first look at new cast member, Cornelius Smith Jr. Enemies are joined together as Portia Di Rossi and Jeff Perry throw popcorn instead of threats at each other. (DiRossi’s character took over as Grant COS when Cyrus was let go from his position.) Perhaps the most obvious sign that this is truly a new day in Shondaland , is when on screen lovers Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn flirt shamelessly and Olivia leads Fitz around by his tie. The relationship has traditionally been hidden and now it is brought into the fray. This might also be a new day since traditionally Fitz has been the chaser in the relationship. Now Olivia can call her lover boy.

Whatever is the purpose of the promos , viewers can satisfy their love for their show by watching dvds, social media, and just being patient. Either way , this gladiator will be sitting in front of the television in twenty one days with her glass of wine. Let the games begin.

TGIT returns on September 24.

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