Never forget Growing Pains era Leo…
Never forget Growing Pains era Leo…
"I happen to know for a fact that he traded his television for a conch shell full of weed"
Hands down the most entertaining part of the Emmys last night. Oh, and Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson actually presenting an award were also pretty great.
Russell Brand: The manic energy of Williams could turn to destruction as easily as creativity. Is it melancholy to think that a world that he can’t live in must be broken?
Russell Brand’s writing - and sentiment - is just beyond perfection.
Turns out I’ve had pneumonia for the past week. When I’m not nursing a fever and coughing up a lung, I’ll be back with belated TCA14 tales, TV shenanigans, and other delightful goodies. Till then:
For his 58th birthday, we celebrate the most underrated movies of Tom Hanks’s wonderful career that featured very few bad choices.
Tom Hanks movie marathon anyone?
If that’s not the child of Cory Matthews, I don’t know up from down. Rowan Blanchard was a great casting choice and has definitely managed to create her own brand of goofy but heartfelt that fits in the Boy Meets World legacy. BUT, I do have some notes:
Note: Apologies for not writing the usual Last Night on TV column. Business as usual next week - I just needed to share some Rookie Blue memories this time.
It has been a year since I sat down with Travis Milne at Global’s headquarters in downtown Toronto and he told me Chris Diaz was going dark. Back in July 2012, I don’t think he could have predicted he’d hit the darkest timeline a year later. I know I wouldn’t have guessed it.
This past spring, however, he promised me ALL the darkness. Of course, we were standing in a semi-darkened bar in the middle of the day as episode four - “Going Under” - was shooting. I think I watched Milne order a bobsled martini at least 10 times during my brief visit. I was slightly skeptical in 2012, but this time, as I stood in front of a bunch of fake $20s rolled into a giant wade and a bunch of prop dime bags with baking soda (I assume) on a makeshift prop table, I kinda believed him. Chris Diaz has come a long way from small town, eager beaver; Milne too.
It was my first time interviewing Greg Smith, but Milne and I have crossed paths a couple times over the course of the series. (He’s not the only one - man, do I miss getting a high fives/hugs from Rachael Ancheril at occasional events around town.) Both of the guys are personable and enthusiastic to be back on set after an extended hiatus from the last season. Smith dished on directing (he’d already tackled one episode this season and had a second coming up); I expressed envy of Milne’s hiatus project - a movie starring Martin Sheen. (Milne still owes me details about that shoot.) Every interview I’ve had with this cast over its four seasons have been easy-going, friendly and genuinely fun experiences. When I moved to LA a month later, I realised running into the Rookie Blue cast while I galavanted around Toronto was no longer going to be a regular occurrence. Future seasons’ set visits, no longer a sure thing.
Which is probably why I now get a little too nostalgic (and a little sad) every week watching Rookie Blue. I spent nine years living and walking the streets of Toronto, taking a little extra pride when the city popped up on my TV. But I also have a lot of (probably misguided) pride seeing what this show has become over the past four seasons. It’s moved to a new studio/lot three times. It’s managed to add new cast members every season and make viewers care about them as fiercely as the original gang. (Oh come on, admit it, you LOVE Nick Collins. You should. I do! Duncan, fine, we can be iffy on him together.) And its actors - especially Milne - have grown and flourished as actors.
I may never have a chance to visit the set and be a bystander in this gang’s shenanigans; never find myself chatting to Ancheril, Milne, Mooney or any other cast member I run into at 1am at a TIFF bash; never have the tremendous privilege of advance screeners (well…I may hold on to that perk as I continue to write about TV from Los Angeles); but I’ll always feel a little too invested in the show. And be a little too proud of its Canadian roots, its victories, big and small.
Sir Benedict □
this commercial is just pure porn
GOOD NEWS EVERYONE: I Wanna Marry Harry's butler, Kingsley, is still very much employed.
At the end the guy is just “my job here is done.”
OH MY GOODNESS.
In spite of having to take pictures of my TV to prove it, you can clearly see that Tveit was WORKING it on last night’s episode of Graceland.
THESE ARE MY CONFESSIONS……Well, that song is going to be stuck in my head all day. I suppose there are worse things.
Do you know what I like most about Chasing Life? There are no unnecessary wardrobe changes. (And I say this even after last week’s formal dress montage.) This week April wore the same red and white striped shirt for the whole hour. And by the end, I wanted one. And a blazer.
April was forced into dropping her leukemia bomb on her mother and grandmother. Other confessions included: my mother’s in prison (Dominic) and I have a secret sister (April to Dominic).
I’m actually way more interested in this show’s b-plot line with Brenna and Grier and hot tattoo boy whose name escapes me right now. I like this awesome friendship/possible grey zone they’re developing. BUT if I’m sharing my own confession: I spent 90% of my time being more excited for this week’s Young & Hungry which features the return of the Tis (aka Ashley Tisdale) to TV!
As a biker chick, lesbian….? Stay tuned.
Now, this may have been the fault of the two glasses of vino consumed at the TCAs opening night cocktail party (Thanks National Geographic!), but I almost welled up watching each of the four remaining dudes tear up telling their families how much they were in love with Andi during their hometown dates.
But then - without fail, every season - I pictured what a hypothetical hometown date with my family (read: mother…AND younger sister) would be like should I ever EVER be on this show (I can’t be: I’m 30 and therefore too old) and as per usual, I began to giggle. I honestly think my friends would buy tickets to see my sister or myself on a “hometown date” where my mother was present. It could be its own mini-series.
Moving along, Andi’s signature drunk face made more than one cameo (see above) while talking to the mothers of her current suitors. And then, after all the various “you could be a homemaker” comments and manly tears, we had actual drama and real sadness when we were invited into Chris Harrison’s home (oh man, do I want to poke around in there) and everyone was informed of former contestant Eric Hill’s death. Naturally, Andi made it sliiiightly about her with “my last conversation with him was me being an asshole!” YES, I’m PARAPHRASING.
Truthfully though, ABC did a really good job being respectful while doling out the news. The usual shitty instrumental music replaced by stark and difficult silence and sniffles from Andi and the guys; the real time shaky camera work; the whole crew and “cast” hugging, crying, dealing with the reality of what has happened; Andi crying and genuinely upset with how she ended her “relationship” with him. It was all real. The realest reality TV you’ll ever see.
And then we came to a rose ceremony, where a Bachelorette must decide which three men she wants to sleep with (or just a lot of off-camera fooling around) before this “journey” is over. We all know that it was really down to Marcus or Chris in terms of who was getting the final boink spot, right? Nick was not a question. Josh was DEFINITELY not a question. I think Marcus is too sensitive to be the next Bachelor, so my money’s on hunky farmer Chris returning to find his dream “homemaker” in this time slot. Unless he’s booked on Bachelor in Paradise (which I CANNOT wait for!).
It’s been a WEEK since I’ve written anything. And I definitely have THOUGHTS about TV — especially all the pilots I’ve been watching this past week when I should have been writing about current TV. (I mean, obviously I haven’t forgotten Rookie Blue, especially now that Chris/Travis’ plot line is FINALLY coming out. I’ve been sitting on that for awhile now, you guys. It was hard to keep it from you.)
So stay tuned please! I’ve got TCAs for the next two weeks (on top of the normal 9 to 6 gig) and, as you can see from the above, I’m working hard at blending in as a Canadian in America Land. (I ACED my first Fourth of July, obviously.)