GH Short Recap Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Recap written by Anthony

Monica asks Ned what he thinks is going to keep Brook Lynn from telling the truth to Olivia. Olivia walks in and asks what they are talking about. Olivia plans to reach out to Brook Lynn when the time is right. Michael calls Diane and Willow wonders what is wrong. Michael wants the annulment. Diane feels they are making a mistake and should stay together. The two feel they are good together but deserve love. Valentin tells Brook Lynn that he hopes that she doesn’t have any regrets. Brook Lynn doesn’t. She doesn’t think it will happen again though. Valentin had loved before Nina but he never had lasting love like with Nina. Chase leaves Brook Lynn a text freaked out that she didn’t come home.

Ava tells Julian that Scott blackmailed her and she thinks that Franco and Elizabeth were involved. She knows that Scott also tried to get money out of Nikolas. Julian asks why she would walk away from her own money. Ava thinks she will choose when she walks away from Nikolas. Nikolas finds Elizabeth and says he admits to trying to manipulate Ava and Franco into having an affair. Elizabeth accepts the apology.

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B&B Short Recap Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Steffy and Finn are talking about them saying the “L” word for the first time. Liam joins them and says he apologies. He says he made bad assumptions about Finn. Liam begrudgingly approves as long as Finn is good to Kelly. Steffy says he over reacted as Liam tells them he will back off and let her live her life. Liam tells them that Hope made him see the right things.

At Forrester Creations Thomas is thrilled to spend time with Douglas. Both Thomas and Hope reiterate Liam’s feelings regarding Finn but Hope assumes him that she go through to him. Thomas feels it’s a quick turnaround where Liam is concerned. Hope wants them all to get along for the sake of the children. Zoe is very confident. She tells Zende that she likes being around him. Both are really excited to work together. Zende feels Carter is one lucky guy. Charlie and Carter discuss Carter’s plans for Zoe. Thomas looks at a package that Charlie drops off. Liam and Hope talk about Steffy and Hope is pleased that everything is going great.

 

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GH Short Recap Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Dante freaks out in bed as he starts to dream about Lulu. He wakes up and takes more pills. Lulu goes to Charlie’s with Dustin. He has been worried about her since he left her with Dante. He thinks that if she needs to go back to him that is fine. Lulu wants to continue on with the life they have right now. Brook Lynn tells Valentin she is sorry for being judgemental towards Valentin. He admits that he almost gave up custody of Charlotte to protect her.

At the gym, Chase tells Brook Lynn on the phone that his couch was hers as long as she wanted to stay. Brando shows up and asks why he is no longer a person of interest in the crash. Cyrus then shows up. Nina watches as Carly and Jax are together and she thinks about being warned that Carly would always be first. Willow tells Michael that she wanted to marry him. Michael thinks they deserve love not just companionship. He thinks she is still in love with Chase.

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GH Short Recaps Monday, October 19, 2020

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Jordan thanks Carly and Diane for showing up the PCPD to talk with the detective. At Charlies, Nina and Jax talk about Nelle’s burial arrangements. Jax then gets called by Jordan to come down to the station to discuss what happend the night that Nelle died. Jax goes and Valentin shows up. Nina ignores him and goes to check on something Sasha drops her purse and pills fall out. Willow walks over and asks if she is ok. She wonders if she wants to have a glass of wine together.

Michael goes to the gym and Chase offers to be his partner. Michael gets riled up and punches Chase. He says it wasnt on purpose. Sam shows up at Alexis’ house and wants to know about her drinking. Brook Lynn overhears Ned admit that he slept with Alexis to Monica. Monica gets angry with him.

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Primetime TV Review: Supermarket Sweep

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“Supermarket Sweep” Review by Eva 10/20/2020

If you have been reading my tv show reviews for a while you know I enjoy game shows. One of my favorite game shows is Supermarket Sweep because I always wanted to be able to put any groceries I wanted in my cart without having to worry about the price. Leslie Jones is the executive producer and host of the show.

The show is very simple to play. There are three teams of two who play three rounds of trivia where they test their knowledge of food and grocery brands. The contestants add seconds to their sweep time for every question they answer correctly. Once the trivia rounds are over the team that has the most minutes goes first to go around the market with the goal of putting the most expensive items in their cart in order to win the game. The best part of the show is when all three teams are running around the market putting groceries in their cart and picking up inflatables and other items to earn bonus points. The team who has the most money in groceries and bonuses wins the game and has a chance to run another sweep where they could win one hundred thousand dollars.

I really enjoyed Leslie Jones as the host because she said in one episode that she was a fan of the former version of the show that was on Lifetime. Because she is a fan of the show, she is truly rooting for the contestants to win. Jones gets excited when the contestants win and she roots for them when they are running the sweeps. If you enjoy game shows like I do, you will enjoy this one. It really is fun to watch. I really think this will be a great addition to the ABC fun and games block of game shows.

I give this show a 5 out of 5 stars

MORE INFORMATION:

ABC’s Game Show Lineup Gets Supersized – Leslie Jones to Host Revival of Classic TV Game Show ‘Supermarket Sweep’
ABC’S GAME SHOW LINEUP GETS SUPERSIZED

LESLIE JONES TO HOST REVIVAL OF CLASSIC TV GAME SHOW
‘SUPERMARKET SWEEP’

ABC is bringing back the classic TV game show “Supermarket Sweep,” hosted and executive produced by Emmy® Award-nominated comedienne and actress Leslie Jones. Produced by Fremantle, the fast-paced and energetic series follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes. The original format aired on ABC from 1965-1967 and went on to become a global sensation. It was adapted in 13 international territories and, most recently, relaunched in the UK. Production on the 10-episode order is set to begin this spring. An airdate will be announced at a later date.

“I’ve always dreamed of being on ‘Supermarket Sweep,’” said Leslie Jones. “Seriously, I tried out for the show years ago; and after getting turned away, I knew I’d have to take matters into my own hands. Being able to bring the iconic game show back to life on ABC is my ultimate redemption story!”

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B&B Short Recap Friday, October 2, 2020

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It’s Ridge and Shauna’s wedding day and Ridge is at the office working. Eric is surprised to see Ridge there, instead of getting ready for the ceremony. Eric thinks Ridge is distracting himself with work, but Ridge denies it. He explains that he just saw Steffy in rehab. As Eric is telling his son it’s okay if he’s having second thoughts about the wedding, Carter walks in. Ridge tells them he came there to work, not talk about Brooke; he’s always going to be in love her, no matter what happens. Carter he tells Ridge that if the wedding’s really happening, he needs to go over his notes for the ceremony and he’d like to get some input from the groom. Ridge blasts Carter for not listening to him, and Carter replies that if that’s Ridge’s way of telling everyone it’s not going to happen, then he’ll be there to back him up. In the Designers office, Zoe and Carter are preparing to leave for the wedding. Zoe wonders where Katie is – they were supposed to talk about HFTF’s social media blast. Carter says she went to Eric’s to drop something off then muses that if she runs into Quinn and Shauna, things could get messy. Carter thinks Ridge really doesn’t want to go through with the wedding. Later, Ridge is getting ready to leave the office and starts thinking about happier times with Brooke. Katie walks in, relieved that Ridge is still there. She tells Ridge that Shauna has not been a good friend to him. Ridge doesn’t think it’s fair to Shauna that he doesn’t remember the ceremony. Katie tells him she does deserve it. Ridge reveals Brooke is the love of his life and that’s why he can’t go through with the ceremony and then Katie agrees – especially after he finds out what Quinn and Shauna have been up to – he needs to know the truth about what happened that night in Vegas.

Wyatt and Flo are at Spencer Publications changing into their wedding attire. Flo is excited and very happy for her mom. At Brooke’s place, Donna is consoling her sister and giving her words of encouragement. Brooke confesses that if Ridge goes through with the wedding, she’s afraid it’s going to be the end for them – she’s got to do something to stop it. She decides to go to Eric’s (the Forrester mansion). Meanwhile, Quinn is at the Forrester mansion, preparing for the wedding, and having a video chat with Shauna, who is at another friend’s house getting ready. Quinn tells her she has to let go of what happened in Vegas – after today, it’s all going to be wiped clean. (As she says this, the door behind Quinn opens slightly.) Shauna’s feeling guilty over what happened in Vegas and she wants to come clean to Ridge before the wedding – she can’t go through with it if she’s not being honest with him. Quinn tries pleading with Shauna, telling her she won’t let her sabotage herself like this -they could both lose everything. Finally, the door opens quietly and Katie steps out – she heard everything and is shocked! As Eric starts coming down the stairs, Quinn scrambles and hangs up the phone, Katie ducks back into the kitchen. Eric heard Quinn mention Brooke and assumes that Quinn must’ve been on the phone with Shauna. Eric reminds Quinn that this is a sad day for Brooke and he’d hate to think that she’s taking pleasure in it.

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B&B Short Recap Thursday, October 1, 2020

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At Forrester Creations, Ridge and Brooke are in the CEO’s office. He has just broken the news that he’s going to have a second wedding ceremony with Shauna, and Brooke is stunned. She tries to convince him that Shauna and Quinn are manipulating him, but he’s unmoved. In the Designers Office, Zoe and Carter discuss Brooke and Ridge, and how surprising it is that Ridge would be married to Shauna when he still cares for Brooke. Zoe reassures him that he was just following a directive from Ridge and shouldn’t feel guilty. Later, Ridge comes in and asks Carter to officiate the wedding ceremony. Carter feels uneasy about the first time Ridge married Shauna and questions Ridge about being sure if this is what he really wants to do knowing he’s still in love with Brooke. Ridge appreciates Carter looking out for him, but tell him there’s another reason he came to see him – Carter’s being promoted to COO. Eric comes in and congratulates Carter on his new role. They tell Carter to go out and celebrate. After Carter leaves, Ridge and Eric discuss the wedding to take place tomorrow. Eric asks Ridge if he’s sure he wants to do it – Shauna’s a wonderful woman, but is the woman he wants to grow old with still Brooke? Ridge doesn’t understand what the big deal is – he’s already married to Shauna and he’s very happy. Eric reveals that he and Quinn disagree on this and he tells Ridge he doesn’t have to honor his marriage to Shauna if he wants to spend his life with Brooke. Eric’s concerned that if Ridge goes through with it, he’ll lose his future with Brooke forever. Later in the Designers Office, Carter returns and tells Zoe the good news about being promoted to COO.

At the Forrester mansion, Quinn is still on the phone with Shauna when Eric walks in. When he asks what’s happening, Quinn brushes it off that Shauna’s just having last-minute wedding jitters, then Quinn catches up Eric on her plans to have the wedding at their house tomorrow, where the whole family can celebrate. Later, Eric has left. Brooke arrives, wanting to talk to him, but decides to stay and have it out with Quinn. Brooke sees that Ridge is being pressured into the wedding and she wonders how Shauna can ask Ridge to repeat their vows – this time while he’s sober – knowing how much he still loves Brooke – she knows there’s no way Eric supports this. Quinn, who seems pretty sure of herself, tells Brooke it all ends for her tomorrow.

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B&B Short Recap Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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At the Forrester mansion, Ridge is getting ready to leave for the office. He and Quinn catch up on Steffy getting checked into rehab and being under Dr. Finnegan’s care. Quinn changes the conversation to Ridge and Shauna and asks if he’s given anymore thought to having another wedding to make up for Ridge not remembering getting married in Vegas. Quinn presses Ridge and then before he can object, she quickly gets Shauna on the phone to talk about planning the wedding. Shauna is hesitant, but Ridge thinks that maybe Quinn is right and he owes it to Shauna. Ridge leaves for the office and Quinn continues her conversation with Shauna about sticking it to Brooke. Shauna is having guilt pangs, but Quinn tells her if she doesn’t want to take the chance of Brooke finding out about their secret, she needs to marry Ridge tomorrow!

At Forrester Creations in the CEO’S office, Zoe comes in to drop off some designs for Steffy’s review, interrupting Brooke and Donna talking about Steffy. They fill in Zoe on Steffy being in rehab and then the conversation turns to the current state of Brooke’s relationship with Ridge and his being married to Shauna. Zoe is sympathetic. They talk about Zoe’s tarnished history with the family and agree to move past it, then circle back to Ridge’s marriage to Shauna. Brooke believes that Quinn has been in Shauna’s ear and she knows that Quinn would do anything to destroy her. Donna leaves Zoe and Brooke alone and they talk about Zoe’s love life. Zoe hopes to one day find true love, like Brooke and Ridge – something that endures all obstacles. Later, Brooke is alone and Ridge arrives. She tells him she respects him for getting help for Steffy and his fierce love for his family is one of the many reasons why she will always love him. Ridge appreciates her concern, but then he breaks the news about committing to a second wedding ceremony to Shauna.

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GH Short Recap Friday, October 16, 2020

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Jason shows up at Sonny and Carly’s. Carly tells him about the fact that an officer from Pennsylvania wants to question her about Nelle. Jason goes to see Sonny and Brando. Brando tells him that Cyrus wants him to be a bodyguard. The discuss how Brando needs Cyrus to think that he is on his side. Sonny tinks that Cyrus is trying to go after Julain too. Joss thinks about Cam when Dev shows up. Dev asks if she wants to go to the lake.

Ava goes to Charlie’s pub and tells Julian that she plans to deal with Ryan. She thinks that Nikolas has began to care about her. Sonny shows up. Julian says he is sorry about Mike. Sonny thinks that Julian needs to let Sonny be associated with the pub. Nikolas meets with Scott. Nikolas will go to the cops if he hears from him again. Cam shows up at GH after having cut himself. Elizabeth and Franco agree to rip up the checks. Alexis sees a call from Ned but she hangs up.

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B&B Short Recap Friday October 16, 2020

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While at Steffy’s place, Liam wonders if getting involved with Doctor Finn is going to be an unhealthy choice. Finn returns, says that he forgot his phone and chastises Liam for not believing in Steffy. The good doctor tells him that it’s Steffy’s choice on whether or not she wants to date Finn – not Liam’s. Once Steffy goes and looks in on her daughter, Liam tells Finn that he has the right to voice his concerns. Finn counters with the fact that he doesn’t owe Liam anything. After Liam leaves, Finn reassures Steffy that he would be good for her and Kelly. They kiss.

At Forrester, Hope tells Thomas that Liam is over at Steffy’s, ranting. Zende enters, looking for Zoe. Hope opens up a little and tells Zende that she doesn’t like how Liam is too over-bearing where Finn is concerned, with regards to Steffy. Thomas jumps in and says that Liam is probably jealous because Steffy and Finn are dating. Hope approves of Finn and Steffy possibly becoming a couple. Thomas understands why Liam is hesitant, due to Kelly. Zende just wants to be sure Hope was all right. Zende says that he has been designing in Europe. At Carter’s new loft, Zoe turns down his offer of moving in because she has abandonment issues. Carter is hopeful that she’ll think about moving in at some point. Zoe is back at Forrester. Thomas hits his head on Pam’s desk. He then tells Zoe that he is okay. Thomas says Zende is a great addition. Liam joins Hope, and they argue over Steffy and Finn’s blossoming relationship. Hope accuses Liam of being jealous.

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GH Short Recap Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Sonny and Carly go through a box of Mike’s papers. Carly discoversa picture of young Sonny. Sonny doesn’t remember taking this picture. He is scared hecould get Alzheimer’s too. He needs to take a test to find out if it is possible. Sonny tells Carly that Dante is home. Brando talks with Cyrus over the phone and Cyrus wants to meet with him. Jackie and Peter talk at a table. Jackie worried to work with a man that has his reputation. She agrees to take the job though. Robert finds Spinelli and they think that Spinelli and Maxie need to trust one another again.

Ana asks Finn if genetics could prove who Peter’s mother is. Finn thinks that it is more than likely that Peter inherited something from Faison. Olivia sees Dante at the Q mansion and is in shock. Dante admits that he worried she would give up on him. Valentin shows up at Anna’s house to tell her that the memory transfer could mean she never actually slept with Faison. Anna tells Finn that this could mean that there are traces of Faison.

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Interview with Eli Henry

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Interview with Eli Henry of “Connecting…” on NBC by Suzanne 10/8/20

This was a really interesting interview. I watched the first 3 episodes of the show last night. What was very exciting was the way they’re filming this show remotely, over the iPhone. It makes it a fairly unique show.

Suzanne: Tell us how you got the role of Rufus.

Ely:   Sure. Well, it came at a point in lockdown when I’d pretty much sacrificed myself to doing nothing. I’d accepted the fact that it was going to be a while before any work came up. Occasionally, there’d be some auditions for, you know, things shot traditionally on a set with everybody, and it kind of felt like fan fiction to me. I was kind of like, “Yeah, okay, sure, you’re gonna make this?”

Then, when I got this audition, it was cool, because they said [what] the plan was, how they’re planning on shooting it, and they wanted the audition to be unique and [to] make it your own. You know, usually it’s just in front of a blank wall with someone reading off to you, but this time, they encouraged you to do it where you would shoot it in your home. So, I am lucky enough to have this bizarre, detached garage office in my home, and it’s covered in wood paneling, and it looks like a conspiracy bunker. So, I went in there; I brought as much vitamin C cold medicine, all the masks. I had a face shield and just kind of put it all over the frame. It was nice to be able to have a place to vent all of my COVID frustrations, and, yeah, I’m glad that everyone at NBC agreed.

Suzanne:   Great. So, when did the filming take place?

Ely:   Well, we’re shooting episode eight. Actually, we’re finishing it tonight and tomorrow, but we started very quickly after I got hired, and we’ve been going for a while, I guess, a couple months now.

You know, [it] was a very, very quick turnaround audition. I got tested, maybe a week later, and I was hired the next day, and the day I was hired, they said, “Okay, tomorrow, you’re gonna do the workplace safety meeting on Zoom in the morning.” Then, it was like we hit the ground running. From that point on, it was non stop deliveries of props and equipment and all this stuff to me. It was like Santa Claus when he starts getting all the packages nonstop. It was just like that. It’s kind of amazing that we’ve reached the end of these first eight episodes now, because of how busy I’ve been.

Suzanne:   So there’s eight episodes total?

Ely:   So far; fingers crossed for more, but that’s where we’re at.

Suzanne:   I’m a little confused. Was the show filmed virtually? I mean, in your home, or do they have a set for you to go to?

Ely:   It was completely in our homes.

Suzanne:   Wow.

Ely:   We all have gotten a crash course in technology. We filmed the show entirely on iPhone 11. So, the only people that I have ever seen in a work context from the show, are PAs would come at the end of the day and pick up my phone and drop off a new one. So, I have one phone on my desk, which I use as the camera, and another phone I use to control that phone. And then I’m on zoom on my computer with the cast and crew.

And that’s how we do it. I have a mic I plug into the phone; I have a mic I wear, and at the end of the day, we sanitize the phone, sanitize the sound card and give it to the PA, and it’s the whole process.

Suzanne:   Wow, that’s amazing. So, they should be paying you to be a cameraman too, right?

Ely:   You know, the decision of how much to pay me is above my pay grade.

Suzanne:   It seems like they should at least put you in the union for like camera, sound, makeup, all the stuff you’re doing.

Ely:   I mean, I am very sure, but at the same time, I don’t need to be paying those union fees.

Suzanne:   Well, yeah. Well, if they paid you the same for all those.

Ely:   You know what? I think I’d like to hire you to be rep.

Suzanne:   Right. I feel bad though. I feel bad for the people who normally do those things, I hope they’re able to do something.

Ely:   They’re actually still involved, because these are complex things that we are required to do, and they’re in unusual circumstances. We have an entire crew on Zoom who is there to walk us through everything. So, when they’re setting up cameras, setting up lights, we have our incredible crew, camera department, saying, you know, to change this, do that move there, makeup and hair on there, too. I’ll get a text saying, “Powder your forehead; fix your hair,” that kind of stuff. So, everyone’s still there.

Suzanne:   Oh, that’s good.

Ely:   It’s funny, because it’s a whole group of people who I’m sure would much rather be doing it themselves too. I’m not good at these things.

Suzanne:   Well, they had to get, I guess, smart people on both sides to be able to [do it]. You had to learn a lot of stuff, and then they had to learn a lot of stuff and convey it to you. That’s amazing.

Ely:   For sure. It’s incredible as to how different it is; you know, we’re on episode eight now from episode one. The setup time used to take a long time there was a whole thing, but then we’ve developed our own language of just memorizing settings and doing all these things. I’m sure everyone on the cast is now so much smarter or so much more technologically proficient than we were right before all of this.

Suzanne:   Right. Well, it makes sense; you have shortcuts now.

Ely:   Exactly.

Suzanne:   You and your cast mates really seem like you’ve been good friends a long time. Did you do any type of pre tape bonding to make that happen?

Ely:   You know, we didn’t, really, before we got started. I think the minute we got hired, Parvesh [Cheena] started a Whatsapp group chat for us and gave us a place to all communicate, and we reached out to each other on social media, found out who of us have mutual friends, people in common.

I think it was just kind of an interesting thing, where I remember I was saying when we first started, I had resigned myself to not meeting anybody new for months. I’m very much an extrovert. I very much like to socialize. So, I was kind of accepting of the fact that I wasn’t going to meet anybody. So, then we all got this chance to get to know a whole new group of people, and I think we all just jumped at it. It’s such a loving, wonderful group, and based on the nature of the show and how different it is and, well, how new it is, I think we were all perfectly willing to just dive in headfirst. We check in with each other often; the group text is is chaotic and frequent. We’ve had Zoom hangs outside of recording to just chat and catch up, and there have been a couple socially distanced gatherings outdoors. I’ve gone over to Jill [Knox] and Keith [Powell]’s place; they’ve got a huge backyard. I went over with my girlfriend; we sat far away, but that was even, you know, a month after we started.

So, it is kind of amazing to see that we actually made this chemistry without having spent much time together.

Suzanne:   Yeah, good. I’m glad you guys were able to get together and be friends in real life.

Ely:   Yeah, for sure.

Suzanne:   Had you met any of the cast or crew previously?

Ely:   No, I had not. I mean, I think I’d auditioned for something Martin [Gero] had created, a show called La Complex. I’d auditioned for that when I was living in Canada. Brendan Gall, Martin Gero, and I are all Canadian. So, he remembered me from that, but that was maybe ten years ago. Then, I’ve had mutual friends with some of the other cast and friends with one of the writers, Carl Tart, who is going to be on the show later.

So, it was one of those things where when we had that first Zoom workplace meeting, and, you know, the whole crew’s on Zoom. I remember just looking through trying to figure out who everyone was, seeing my friend Carl and sending him a message on Instagram and just trying to pick out who might be in the cast. It was very interesting, kind of Where’s Waldo situation.

Suzanne:   When you do the Zoom thing, it has to be on the phone, right? You can’t have like a big computer screen.

Ely:   I have a desktop computer, so my setup is different. Every one of the actors has a bit of a different setup, and I’m fortunate that I’m always in this bunker, so my angle is basically the same. So, I can have my tripod in front of my big desktop computer, and I have the zoom on there, so that makes it easier in terms of seeing the actors. When we actually do the scenes, we’re doing it straight to the to the lens of the camera, but we do one rehearsal before we actually record, where we just look at the computer screen, so we know what each other is doing. Because otherwise, we’re just kind of winging it.

Suzanne:   Yeah, that’s a lot of people to try to see on a little phone, or even a big phone.

Ely:   It can certainly be overwhelming.

Suzanne:   Aside from the obvious things, what was the biggest challenge you faced during filming?

Ely:   I think the technology was a challenge in its own sense of, of course, we could have expected that these things are not designed to be doing what we’re doing with them, but we’ve all found a way. I think it’s certainly a challenge to know what to do with yourself with all this going on.

I think beyond the actual show and filming the show, it’s an incredible experience and an incredible thing to be on an NBC sitcom. It’s definitely the dream for an actor to wind up in this situation, yet at the same time, we’re still on lockdown. We’re still in our homes; we’re still not going out. Things are still closed; there’s still a pandemic. There’s still a social justice movement going on. So, it’s definitely bizarre and challenging to accept that this is happening at the same time as, you know, I finish shooting and then I’m still in my house.

I drove to go see the billboard that we had on the Sunset Strip, but then back to my house. I got the premiere tonight, but I’m still in my house. iI’s hard to wrap your mind around, I think.

Suzanne:   Right. Well, at least you have a good commute, though.

Ely:   Yes, my commutes great. Fortunately, I’m very rarely late.

Suzanne:   And no more LA traffic, so that’s good.

Ely:   Yes, exactly.

Suzanne:   What was the best thing about playing this character?

Ely:   You know, I think that, for me, playing Rufus has been a lot of fun, because we’re not entirely dissimilar. I’m not as crazy as he is. I’m not as out there, but I certainly take this virus a little bit more seriously than a lot of people I know. So, getting some of the pandemic aggression out in a funny way was very nice for me.

I think it’s also nice, because he genuinely cares about his friends. I think there are people that can be angry, and certainly I spoke about it with Brendan and Martin about not making him too grading and angry, but he’s somebody who genuinely cares. When he gets mad, it’s because he’s worried about his friend, and that was nice.

Suzanne:   Actually, that’s one of the things I like about this show is the people seem very real, and you know, your character could have gone too far. You don’t want to be one of those sitcoms, where you’re like, “Oh, I hate that person. Why are they using that person so much?”

Ely:   Right, exactly.

Suzanne:  

That drives me away from sitcoms, sometimes.

What do you think audiences will like most about the show?

Ely:   I’m hoping that audiences enjoy seeing people who are going through what they have gone through and are still going through. From my perspective, I think we’re seeing a lot of people in the country and in the world wanting this to be done. They want the virus, the pandemic, to be over, and they want to kind of think of it as out of sight out of mind. But I know that there’re so so many more of us who are still taking it seriously, still being careful, so we can take care of our friends and our neighbors and our family and, you know, keeping people from getting sick and doing what we can to protect everyone else. I think it’ll be really nice for them to see people doing that, too and still having a good time being together and still being connected. I think that that’s gonna be wonderful. But also, the people that don’t do that stuff, they can laugh at us for whatever reason they deem necessary. Something for everyone.

Suzanne:   That’s right.

And what had you been doing to pass the time, as it were, during the pandemic before this?

Ely:   Well, before I got the show, I definitely went through all the phases. I think we all did. I was baking. I really got to a point where I was really nailing this Julia Child sandwich bread, a white sandwich bread recipe, and I got that down – a lot of butter. That was good; I was doing that.

My girlfriend and I were doing a lot of movie marathons. Early on the pandemic, we watched all the Harry Potter movies, watched a lot of TV, but, interestingly enough, it took until yesterday to do our first puzzle. We bought 1000 piece puzzle we just started. I don’t know how it took us this long, well, at least what I didn’t know until we started. Then, I was like, “Right, hat’s why we didn’t do this.” We had missing pieces or dropped the puzzle on the ground; it’s a whole thing. But it’s been it’s gonna be a challenge, and that’s my next project, is getting this puzzle built.

Suzanne:   Wow. I have a friend who likes puzzles, and she was having trouble finding puzzles at the beginning of this. I think, eventually, they were more available.

…It’s like the toilet paper. You couldn’t get it for a while, because people were hoarding it, but then now you can get it.

Ely:   Exactly. I live near a small independent board game and comic book shop. I went there to get the puzzle, and the guy that runs place was like, “You know, I wouldn’t say we’re recession proof, but certainly for this, whenever when everyone’s stuck at home and they need entertainment, we’re in a good spot. I can imagine that everyone was selling out of puzzles.

Suzanne:   Right, and probably the comic books too.

Ely:   Yeah, exactly.

Suzanne:   So, do you have any other projects coming up, or that you’ve been working towards, or were working towards, before the pandemic?

Ely:   Nothing that I can really speak to right now. There’s always stuff kind of up in the air, and I think with the pandemic, it put a lot of a pause on a lot of things, and I think we’re just kind of waiting it out.

But I write stuff, and I think that the best stuff I was doing before the pandemic, that I’d like to do more of eventually, is a friend of mine runs a home alone film challenge that he started at the beginning of all this, where you’d have one weekend to write, direct, edit, and star in a movie by yourself at home. So, in a way, it prepared me very well for this, because we use the same app that we’re using to shoot the show on. So, I made a few little films, and it got my creative juices flowing in a really nice way. So, hopefully more stuff like that in the future.

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BIO

Ely Henry plays Rufus on the new NBC comedy “Connecting…”

Henry, who has been a professional actor since 2003, started his career in Toronto working on films such as “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” and “Mean Girls,” as well as TV shows and specials, including “Skins” and “I, Martin Short, Goes Home.”

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2012, he has had recurring roles on “Suburgatory” and “Twisted,” and guest-starring roles on “The Middle,” “Good Luck Charlie” and “Superstore.”

Henry had leading roles in the superhero comedy film “Zeroes” and the indie drama “Some Freaks,” from executive producer Neil LaBute. He also had a leading role in the animated film “Smallfoot” with LeBron James, Channing Tatum, Gina Rodriguez and Danny DeVito.

Henry also had a recurring role on Showtime’s “Roadies,” created by Oscar winner Cameron Crowe and executive produced by J.J. Abrams.

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GH Short Recap Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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Jordan meets with Cyrus in the parking lot. He wants to know if she has something for him. Jordan gives him a flash drive with the cases that he wanted. She tells him that the cases were mostly redacted. He has no issue with it. Cyrus wants to know about Jordan’s investigation into Brando being involved in Jason’s accident. She explains that Brando was the one who repaired the bike. Peter and Maxie discuss wanting to inform Anna about their engagement. Maxie goes to see Felicia and Mac at the Floating Rib. She was hoping that Anna didn’t have any bad news. Chase goes to Finn’s office and wants them to have a real family dinner with his mother. Finn thinks that would revoke his best man title.

Curtis was hopeful that Trina was enjoying her life. Portia thinks that her daughter is trying. She is still angry though. Jordan shows up and Chase is around. Chase and she argue about the investigation into Jason’s bike. Anna waits for fr Peter to arrive at her house. She explains that she has to discuss something with her. Anna finds out about the engagement and is happy for him.

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GH Short Recap Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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Maxie and Peter wait together for the genetics results on their child. Peter asks if she has thought about the Deception meeting that she has. Maxie thinks that Lucy is the one who has a lot to prove since she chose to let Cyrus take over the hospital. Britt walks in. Peter hugs his sister. Britt explains that their child isn’t going to inherit anything bad from either of them. Peter gets so excited he ends up proposing to Maxie. Anna looks at bridal magazines. Finn walks into the room and wonders why she is acting dazed out. Anna admits that she has to tell him something about Alex. Chase meets up with Jackie at the Floating Rib. She asks if she is going to meet Willow. Chase tells her that she is busy right now.

Ava shows up at Pentonville and tries to find Ryan who is waiting for her already. He demands to know what is going on. Ava reminded him that he took her daughter from her. He was about to take her brother. He thinks that he doesn’t want to go to any extremes. Jax shows up at Charlie’s with Nina and Nina has been researching Phyllis. She still hasn’t found her yet. Martin shows up and wants to talk with Julian in private. Nelle’s body was being released from the morgue. Nina chooses to take on the task of burying Nelle. Amy shows up at the Metro Court to discuss things with Brook Lynn.

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B&B Short Recap Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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Steffy thanks Finn for bringing back her daughter, Kelly, to her. She is very grateful that Finn is in her life and her daughter’s life. At Forrester Creations, Thomas is hopeful that Hopewill  work with him. Liam begrudgingly says that Thomas is a good designer while he rants about Finn. Liam complains about Finn being in Steffy’s life as he takes a call telling him Steffy is back home. As Liam leaves to go to Steffy’s home, both Thomas and Hope agree neither wants anything to ruin Kelly being reunited with her mother. Hope feels Finn is a good man for Steffy.

As Zoe and Zende talk in the design office, Carter walks in and tells her that he has a surprise for her. They arrive at Carter’s new loft, and he gives her a key. He wants her to move in with him. Back at Steffy’s place, she and Finn are going over her rehab as Liam walks in. Liam is proud of Steffy and tells her how awe-inspiring she is. Once Steffy goes and sees her daughter, Liam and Finn get into it about Liam being left out of knowing when Steffy was being reunited with her child. Liam tells Finn that he will always be a part of Steffy’s and Kelly’s lives.

 

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GH Short Recap Monday, October 12, 2020

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Elizabeth finds Franco in a room with Scott at GH. Scott explains that it is payday. She is not sure that she likes how they went about this. She reminds them that they could go to prison over this. Scott thinks that she culd have done something about this a while back if she thought that. Nikolas shows up at the hospital and asks where Kevin is. Britt shows up and tells Nikolas that Kevin is in his office. Nikolas thinks that working for a drug lord should be a problem for her. Britt thinks that her father was nothing like Cyrus. Nikolas saw Scott go behind his back and into the elevator.

Ava sits with Julian and wonders how he managed to get into Cyrus’ radar. Ava is not going to divorce Nikolas to keep Ryan from saying anything. Nikolas shows up. Julian tells him that he is busy. Dante shows up at Lulu’s house and wants to come in. Dustin walks in and puts his shirt on. Dante enters the house. Dante tries to twist Dante’s arm. Dante took out a gun. Lulu tells him to stop. Dante snapped out of it and realizes that it was a dream. Dante realizes that Lulu is with him and is happy for her. Ned finds Olivia and Alexis talking. he is surprised. Carly offers to get Gladys a room but she still thinks that Brando should work for Sonny.

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Interview with Hamza Haq

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Hanza Haq of "Transplant" (photo from Fabrice Gaetan/Sphere Media/NBC)

Interview with Hanza Haq of “Transplant” on NBC by Suzanne 10/9/20

It was great to speak with Hanza, who’s a smart, thoughtful guy, clearly on the rise. I’m enjoying watching his work on this show.  If you haven’t watched “Transplant,” yet, you’re really missing out.

Suzanne:   So, tell us how the audition for your show went. I know it was a while ago now.

Hamza:  Well, I had a pre-existing relationship with both CTV, the network, and Joe, the showrunner, on two different shows. So, when they decided to partner up together, I was kind of the unofficial front runner…[But then] they wanted a Syrian for the role. So, they told me, you know, “We all wanted you to play it, but we’re really going to make a concerted effort to try to find a Syrian within Canada to really tell the story.”

As much as I didn’t like losing a part, if there was Pakistani character that I didn’t even get to read for, I would have been quite upset. So, I just accepted that that was the way that it was gonna be.

Then they did their due diligence, and they searched for actors of Syrian decent across Canada for several months, and I was just fortunate that they couldn’t find him.

I’m sure…just given the nature of the opportunity certain people get and what they hear about it, you know, I ended up getting the part, and I’ve been doing my best to do justice to it ever since.

Suzanne:   Great.

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Have you started shooting season two yet?

Hamza:  We have not. We have not. We were slated for August, and here we are in cozy old October, still waiting. You know, frustration aside, everybody’s very happy to make sure that we provide a safe environment for everybody to work and all that jazz, cope with precautions, etc, etc.

Suzanne:   Yeah, I hope they start on that soon, because, the the daytime soaps here in the US have already started all back. They just do it very safely. I don’t know the details, but I guess they test everyone regularly, and everyone wears masks, and whatever else they do. Some of the other shows, I think some of the primetime shows, have started, but you never know, right?

Hamza:  Absolutely not.

Suzanne:   Did you do any research for the role before you started filming it?

Hamza:  Oh, of course, I mean, as far as the medical stuff is concerned, we’re all very happy that we had – first things first, the writers did all their research to make sure that everything was medically accurate. Then all of us on the cast, we went to boot camp to try to, you know, choreograph all the things that we have to do in trauma situations and surgeries and all of those things. So, that was taken care of.

As far as character is concerned, I was given several documentaries and readings and novels to sort of get into the mindset and really understand better the the conflict that happened and is currently happening in Syria still ten years after the fact, you know, since [then], and just trying to understand and have conversations with people who went through it or something similar. We had a wide range of consultants who lived this exact experience, who were able to be very generous with their time and their experiences. So, all that money [went] to bringing this to life.

Suzanne:   Great. And what about your accent? What are you basing that on?

Hamza:  So, I had a couple of dialect coaches to help get the accent right. Then there was some fine tuning based on the region that he [is from]. You know, he’s from Aleppo, so we tried to get that regional accent but also tried to use a little bit of the fact that he may have gone to school in more of an upper scale, maybe British, educational system, that kind of thing. So, there’re a couple subtleties here that aren’t completely, you know, Syrian Syrian, but it’s sort of an amalgamation of his life experiences. So, I worked with about three or four people tirelessly, and three of them were actually Syrian refugees. So, I was very happy to have that experience – fortunate, rather.

Suzanne:   Wow. So, it’s very authentic, in a lot of ways, this show.

Hamza:  We’re doing our best, I think. With such an important story, I think everybody is just going to try to do their best to do justice to the story and the experiences of the people who went through it. So, I think authenticity was definitely the goal, and I certainly hope we hit it in a lot of areas. And there’s a lot of areas yet to go, and, hopefully, we’ll hit those in seasons two, three, etc.

Suzanne:   I saw a video of you, and you had tattoos on your hands. Do they have to cover those up with makeup when you do the show?

Hamza:  No…it was just Henna.

Suzanne:   Oh, temporary?

Hamza:  I had a little red carpet affair in Berlin, and I like to flex my own culture and get a little South Asian Henna done before the ceremony or whatever. So, yeah, that was fun, but it it faded within four or five days.

Suzanne:   Okay, so it was temporary. So, were you surprised when the show got picked up for TV in the US?

Hamza:  I’m cocky, but no. It’s a very good show; the goal was to try to get as many eyes on it as possible. It’s a very universal story. So, we heard, “Hey, they have enough faith in the show that they’re gonna take this to American audiences,” and everything like that. So, I will say I was very happy when it happened, but surprised, no. It was like, “Well yes.” The fact that it happened, you know, we’re all very fortunate. We’re very blessed with the getting such tremendous feedback from American audiences. Also, it’s very nice.

Suzanne:   Oh, good. So, you’ve gotten a lot of fan reaction?

Hamza:  Yeah, I mean, I’m not on Twitter, which is where a lot of those things happen, so, I hear about a lot of these things, which is really great. The numbers don’t lie, either, you know, the team will [be] like, “We held 4 million or $3 million,” or however many it was. That’s just great. So, I would imagine that if people are maintaining it, there’s x amount of million people watching it every day, I would imagine that it’s generally positive, that those who are watching it are enjoying it. So, I’m happy about that.

Suzanne:   Well, I see you on Instagram. Is that not you? Or somebody posting for you?

Hamza:  No, Instagram is me; Instagram is me, but I try not to get too big headed. So, I don’t read all the comments. It’s really easy for me to get big headed, and I love the attention, and I love all that stuff. But I try my best not to lean too far into it. I’m grateful. I’m grateful, yes, everybody commenting on my eyelashes. I appreciate it. Yes, they are real. Yes, I’m sorry that a lot of people have to spend a lot of money getting these eyelashes, but, sorry, I got them from my dad.

Suzanne:   So, how are you and Bashir different besides the obvious, like not being Syrian.

Hamza:  Bashir has a tremendous amount of confidence in who he is as a person. His ability to stay steadfast in decision making outside of his work is something that I very much look up to; I’m very easily influenced by other people. I’m quite insecure about a lot of things, and Bashir has this very, you know, fortified sense of self and a sense of identity, which is something that I’m working towards.

Where we’re similar, is our brashness and our arrogance when it comes to the jobs that we do. I [lose] the insecurity as soon as I’m on set. I feel like I know what I’m doing, and I feel like I can tell a story. And sometimes, I would say, not to the degree that Bashir is, I can rub people the wrong way in terms of, you know, like me arguing with the director or the writer that this is the way that it should be done and everything like that. I don’t think it gets to a point where I’m ever yelling or going behind someone’s back being sneaky about anything, but when it comes to work, I think we’re both similarly confident in what we do.

Suzanne:   The only problems he seems to have, is the whole PTSD and not wanting to get help for it and maybe a little too much pride that some people have, you know, not wanting to get help, not admitting that he has problems.

Hamza:  Yeah, that’s a predominantly male issue, I think. I think a lot of guys can relate to that. That wasn’t too far of a stretch for me either, like, “No, I got it. It’s fine.”

Suzanne:   What can you tell us about working with Sirena, who plays your little sister?

Hamza:  Oh, those are easiest scenes. I feel so connected to her and protective of her. You know, a young actress comes on to set, and you just want to make sure that she’s doing okay, and it was very easy. I see her as my little sister, and I want her to succeed, and I want her to be safe. I want her to have fun and learn and all of those things. So, you know, the dialogue just lent itself to this very immediate connection that the two of us already had. So, it was beautiful. Like, it’s not difficult to want to provide, you know, to want to make the world a better place for Amira, or Sirena as well.

Suzanne:   Yeah, the scenes with her, you can tell that you like her, and she’s adorable. So, I can’t imagine even now.

Hamza:  Yeah, she’s really cool. Easily she’s gonna be the biggest star out of this. Right now I’ll go on record saying she’s going to be the biggest star out of all of us, mark my words.

Suzanne:   Do you have any funny stories about filming the show?

Hamza:  I have several. I just don’t know what I’m allowed to say.

Did you know John Hannah was in The Mummy? He hates that I keep bringing that up, but I would say that on the first day that we all met, I was so excited when I heard that he was going to be a part of the show. And I thought we waited a whole 30 seconds before we yelled that at him. I was like, “I’ve seen that movie like one hundred times. It’s my favorite movie,” and stuff like that. I think the more I say it, the more it grinds his gears a bit, but I’m never gonna stop doing it.

Suzanne:   Oh, that’s funny.

Hamza:  Yeah, I mean, the whole thing was really fun. Like, you know, we would all get together after work, like often party together. You know, we went rock climbing with Jim Watson, and we did Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Ayisha Issa, you know what I mean? You know, anytime we wanted a good restaurant to go to (unintelligible) incredible, you know, recommendation, and she could get those reservations too. So, it was just everybody brought their own thing to it. And we just loved each other from go.

Suzanne:   Oh, that’s cool. That’s great. Yeah, it’s it’s a great cast. I enjoy it. I liked him; he was in so many great TV shows. And Tori Higginson, she was wonderful in Stargate Atlantis. I don’t know if you ever saw that show.

Hamza:  Yeah, I worked with her on the show in Canada as well, called This Life. That’s where I worked with Joseph Kay before. So, it was really nice when she joined the team as well.

Suzanne:   Oh, cool. That’s nice. Yeah, it’s always nice to see people you know, already. Is there anything else that you’d like to tell your fans?

Hamza:  Keep on watching. I’m grateful that people are learning so much about Muslim culture and Arab culture and, you know, go up there and vote. Register to vote and make your voices heard.

Suzanne:   Well, thank you. And I really enjoyed the show. I’ve been watching it. NBC let me have all the episodes, but I like to watch them on the TV. So, I enjoy it. And I’ve been telling everybody to watch it. So, good luck, and I hope – and you said you already have a second season right? You just haven’t filmed it yet.

Hamza:  Yeah, we’ve been picked up, and we’re we’re in limbo, like much of the world. But, hopefully, as soon as we get we get the go ahead, we’ll be all like tremendously happy to continue telling the story.

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Bashir “Bash” Hamed

 

“Transplant”

Hamza Haq stars as Bashir “Bash” Hamed, the new ER doctor who fled his native Syria and must overcome numerous obstacles to resume his career in the high-stakes world of emergency medicine, in NBC’s drama “Transplant.”

Raised in Ottawa, Haq is the youngest of four siblings born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents and has called Canada home for almost 20 years.

His television credits include the CTV miniseries “Indian Detective,” opposite William Shatner, Russell Peters and Anupam Kher; the CBC Gem crime-drama miniseries “The 410”; and the CBC drama “This Life,” which garnered critical acclaim and earned him a 2018 Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Guest Performance.

He has had recurring roles on the Cinemax series “Jett,” starring Carla Gugino; “Quantico,” opposite Priyanka Chopra; and “The Art of More,” co-starring Dennis Quaid and Kate Bosworth. Other notable credits include “Designated Survivor,” “The Bold Type,” “Being Human,” “Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays” and “Best Laid Plans.” Haq also served as host of the TVOKids program “Look Kool.”

On the big screen, he’s held supporting roles in “Bon Cop Bad Cop 2,” with Colm Feore; “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” directed by Xavier Dolan; Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!”; “Run this Town,” opposite Mena Massoud and Nina Dobrev; and most recently, “My Salinger Year,” starring Margaret Qualley and Sigourney Weaver.

In 2017, he was named one of Canada’s Rising Stars by the Hollywood Reporter. Haq holds a Bachelor of Arts in film studies with a minor in law from Carleton University.

August 2020

“TRANSPLANT”

Premiere: Sept. 1, 2020

When Dr. Bashir Hamed (Hamza Haq, “Quantico”), a charismatic Syrian doctor with battle-tested skills in emergency medicine, flees his war-torn homeland, he and younger sister Amira (Sirena Gulamgaus) become refugees, struggling to forge a new life in Canada. But if Bash ever wants to be a doctor again, he must redo his medical training from the ground up and obtaining a coveted residency position is nearly impossible.

When a horrific truck crash nearly kills a senior doctor right in front of him, Bash saves the doctor’s life and earns a residency in the biggest Emergency Department of the best hospital in Toronto.

Yet for all Bash’s experience, it’s a tough road. Bash’s training is different, his life experience are unique to him and he’s not an exact match for his new colleagues, who include Dr. Magalie “Mags” LeBlanc (Laurence Leboeuf, “The Disappearance”), a ferociously analytical second-year resident who pushes herself relentlessly; Dr. June Curtis (Ayisha Issa, “Polar”), a reserved, ambitious surgical resident whose loyalty doesn’t come easily; and Dr. Theo Hunter (Jim Watson, “Mary Kills People”), a pediatric Emergency Fellow whose small-town upbringing is cracking wide open as life at the hospital changes his worldview.

The team works tirelessly to save lives and win the approval of the legendary head of the Emergency Department, Dr. Jed Bishop (John Hannah, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), all the while managed by sharp-eyed, acerbic Dr. Wendy Atwater (Linda E. Smith, “19-2”) and supported by longtime head nurse, the deadpan, confident Claire Malone (Torri Higginson, “This Life”).

Through it all, Bash tries to meet the demand of his new country and new job, while trying to pay the bills, raise his little sister and carve out a new life for them both in this unfamiliar land. It’s a journey that’s universal to people everywhere. Bash aims high and is determined to succeed, and those around are quick to see that his passion and hopefulness are contagious. But will his newfound life reject him, or will this “transplant” take?

A major success story as CTV’s the most-watched Canadian series in total viewers this broadcast year, “Transplant” will showcase its bold and powerful storytelling to a brand-new audience.

Joseph Kay, Jocelyn Deschênes, Bruno Dubé, Randy Lennox, Virginia Rankin, Jeremy Spry and Tara Woodbury serve as executive producers.

“Transplant” is produced by Sphere Media in association with CTV and NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios.

August 2020

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B&B Short Recap Monday, October 12, 2020

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Liam visits Steffy in rehab. They discuss Ridge and Brooke getting back together as Liam revels in how Steffy has been getting better. Finn joins in and agrees with Liam about how well she is doing. Liam tell her that Kelly is waiting for her when she comes home.

At Forrester Creations, Hope feels Zende would be perfect for HFTF. Zoe is amazed at Zende’s designs. Thomas joins in the conversation as they discuss Steffy. Thomas’s past misdeeds are talked about as he feels it would be best if he got back to work with Hope on HFTF. Both Thomas and Hope realize they have a good working relationship. At Spencer Publications, Bill still blames himself for Steffy’s drug issues. Wyatt, Bill and Justin all talk about supporting Steffy. Liam joins them, but he rants about Finn. Bill simply tells him that his feelings toward Finn do not matter. Bill says that he thinks about Steffy a lot and asks whether Liam should stay away from her.

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Interview with Miguel Chavez

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Interview with Miguel Chavez of “A.P. Bio” on Peacock by Suzanne 10/6/20

This was a fun interview. Miguel interviewed me first before I interviewed him! He seems very nice and we had a great time.

Suzanne:   So, take us back to the beginning to when you auditioned for your role of Eduardo on AP Bio. How did that go?

Miguel:   Yes. So, the audition process was very typical to how an actor goes out for a role. My agent, my manager, emailed me the the audition notification. I got the sides for – if you really I don’t know what sides are, sides are the material that you’re given to prepare for the audition. And I went into Wendy O’Brien casting. Wendy O’Brien is the casting director; she’s a very, very lovely woman. And when I auditioned for the show, my first thought looking, researching the show was, “Oh, I can see myself in the role of this show.”So, for better or for worse, I could see myself being with a bunch of dorks. And what ended up happening, was I auditioned, and I felt like I did good. I felt like I understood the humor that they were going for, and I let it go. You know, you’ve auditioned so many times, you just have to let it go. So, that’s what I did. Like a day later, two days later, I get the message from my reps that I am strongly pinned for the roll, which means that I’m like the number one pick. On the Thursday of the week of my audition – I auditioned on a Tuesday – Thursday of that week, I find out that I got the part. And I was excited, nervous. It’s just a really bizarre feeling when you get a job finally. And then Friday, I go to my first table read with the whole cast and crew as member of the show.

Suzanne:   That’s cool. And you came in during the second season, right?

Miguel:   Yes, I did. I came in during the second season of AP Bio. I was a little nervous, because the cast knew each other, but you know what? They were really kind.

Suzanne:   So, did it kind of feel like going to a new school?

Miguel:   Yeah, actually. That’s a great question. It really felt like going to a new school. You want to be liked; you want to be respected. You want to keep your job, but fortunately, I’ve had enough life happen to me where I could keep things in perspective. And what mattered to me most was serving the story, serving my crew, and just being professional on set.

Suzanne:   Great. So, they made you feel welcome.

Miguel:   They did, and Barbara Stoll, our producer, works very hard to create a very safe environment on set.

Suzanne:   Oh, good, good. And I see that you’re from Rancho Cucamonga. I used to live in Riverside for a while.

Miguel:   You did? No you didn’t.

Suzanne:   No I did for about eight years. We went to a Quakes game in Rancho Cucamonga once.

Miguel:   That’s amazing.

Suzanne:   Is that where you grew up?

Miguel:   Yes, that is where I grew up. As a matter of fact, I’m staying in Rancho right now during this quarantine.

Suzanne:   Okay, that’s cool. Did you go to Quakes games when you’re growing up?

Miguel:   You know what, maybe I went to one, but my family was never much of a baseball family. So, we didn’t go to a Quakes – I should go though. I would like to before I leave Rancho,  just to experience more of my local hometown stuff.

Suzanne:   Right. Well, when when we were in Riverside, they had – I can’t remember the name. Oh, first we had the Red Wave, and then it was the Riverside Pilots. So, we would sometimes go to their other games, like Lake Arrowhead and all that. It was right down the street from us. So, it was something to do.

Suzanne:   So, you’re living in Rancho Cucamonga right now because of the pandemic, or do you have another place?

Miguel:   That is correct. Yeah. You know what, being in LA was was the plan, but this pandemic happened. So, I just moved back in with my folks during this pandemic.

Suzanne:   Yeah, might as well. Right?

Miguel:   Might as well. A lot of people are doing it. I mean, you know, pandemics happen.

Suzanne:   So, how is Eduardo different from you?

Miguel:   Eduardo, I like to think, well, Eduardo dresses way differently from me. He dresses like he’s a grandpa, you know, with corduroy pants, like a button down dress shirt and a sweater vest. So, that’s how he dresses.His sense of style isn’t really there. So, I like to think mine is slightly better than his. We’re both really similar. He’s just like an extreme version of me, like he’s super awkward. I’m not super awkward, but I can be awkward. He’s super nervous around girls. I can get nervous, but not as much as Eduardo. But we’re both very kind people, and we both have our friend’s back.

Suzanne:   Cool. And have you heard yet whether there’s gonna be a season four?

Miguel:   You know what, I am just a mere actor on the show. I have not heard yet. I’ve heard the reviews for season three are really great, and our show does show numbers in regards to streaming views. However, I haven’t heard anything.

Suzanne:   Okay. I read quite a few reviews, and they were pretty much all positive. The ones that I read.

Miguel:   Yeah, there were really positive reviews.

Suzanne:   If someone hasn’t watched all of season three yet, which episode would you tell them to watch that features Eduardo the most?

Miguel:   That’s a great question. The episode that I would recommend people watch the most is an episode where my character and my best friend – because all my episodes, pretty much the thing about me in the show, it’s more of me and my best friend doing things, and my duo, best friend is Victor (Jacob Houston) in the show, and getting into shenanigans is our issue. So, I would recommend what people watch, is “Get Hoppy.” That’s a really fun episode from season three.

Suzanne:   Okay. I just watched the first two before your call, and I was grimacing when you had the throwing star stuck in your leg. I was like,”Ooh.”

Miguel:   Oh, that’s funny. So many things happen on set you forget about them, but yeah, pretty much our props guy, David Hect, he runs props on my show, and he’s a wonderful man. He just strapped a belt to my leg, and he attached a shooting star to it, or whatever it’s called. And that’s how they did it.

Suzanne:   I was very glad when she pulled it out that it didn’t have blood gushing out. But that would be a very different show.

Miguel:   That’s that’s like off brand, like HBO, and we’re not actually that way.

Suzanne:   That’s right. And do you have any other projects that you were working on either before or after the pandemic started?

Miguel:   I’m just writing. Right now I have my writing partner. Michael Goldenberg and I are just writing a workplace comedy about tour guides at a studio. I used to be a tour guide at Paramount Pictures, so we know that world pretty well.

Suzanne:   Paramount, I haven’t been to that one. I grew up when Universal was the big one that everybody went to. Before it had all the rides and everything, it was just a studio tour. Then I think I went to Warner Brothers, because we were near there or somebody wanted to go. I’ll have to check Paramount out. Do they still have a tour?

Miguel:   Yeah, I think you’d really like it. It’s a really lovely tour, and the tour guides are a bunch of sweethearts, and you get a really good experience. It really gives you the classical field of Hollywood, Hollywood what it used to be.

Suzanne:   Well, they say, ‘Write what you know,” so sounds like you’re doing that.

Miguel:   Yeah, so I know a lot about that life.

Suzanne:   What do you think that you want to get involved in, in the future? As far as acting, directing, writing, what else?

Miguel:   You know, there’s so many things I want to do, and this is a very crazy industry I’m in. What I try to tell myself, is just to let my career blossom in front of me and just be pleasantly surprised by the roles I get. And now I just try to do that. I mean, I would love to play I don’t know, the detective in this or that, but I mean, there’s just so much that’s out of my control that I just have to have a sense of surrender when I go out for roles. Fortunately, I get to play roles that are different from me and that surprise me. I didn’t think I’d get cast as Eduardo, but in retrospect, I should know my work, and he’s been a lot of fun to play.

Suzanne:   Good. And so what have you been doing to keep busy during the pandemic?

Miguel:   You know, a lot of exercise. Yeah, I built the gym in my garage and just a lot of exercise. I’ve never had so much structure, so just exercising every day and reading a lot of books.

Suzanne:   What are you reading right now?

Miguel:   Right now I’m reading The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. I’m rereading that book.

Suzanne:   Oh, rereading. Yeah, I [read] that a long time ago. I should reread that one of these days.

Miguel:   Yeah. What about you? Do you like to read?

Suzanne:   I do, but I haven’t had much time to read. I have a Kindle, and it’s got about a thousand books on it I haven’t read. I read a lot in the past, but yeah, I need to get back to it. Yeah, I read I read some magazines, mostly.

Miguel:   Which ones?

Suzanne:   Well, my site covers a lot of daytime as well as primetime, so I read Soap Opera Digest, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, and Good Housekeeping, which I got for like, ten bucks for a year.  They keep sending it to me, and I’m like, “Okay, it’s only ten bucks, whatever.” That’s how they get you.

Miguel:   Good Housekeeping, yeah I should read that one.

Suzanne:   Yeah, it’s mostly what they would call a women’s magazine. It’s like recipes and makeup and you know, stuff like that.

Miguel:   Yeah, that’s funny. Who knows, maybe I’ll get something out of it.

Suzanne:   You never know. Well go to the dentist or something. You’ll probably find a copy there.

Miguel:   That’s hilarious. Now that you mention it, I do recall seeing those there at those places.

Suzanne:   So, what talents do you have besides acting and writing?

Miguel:   You know what, before I started working as an actor, I was a stunt man. I went to stunt school for a year, just to do something with my life and learn new skills. So, I was doing stunt training, so I know how to fall and how to get my butt kicked in class, just that type of work. However, now, depending on the stunt, I’d probably have a stunt man do some of my stunts, that way I don’t get hurt on set.

Suzanne:   Right. They take a lot of risks.

Miguel:   Oh, yeah, your life is dangerous, like one time I was on set. I was a stunt man on this non-union film, and I fell on cement like fifteen times at least, ten to fifteen times. My body felt really fatigued the next day.

Suzanne:   Well, it’s good that you work out so much. So, even if you did do it, you might not hurt yourself so much.

Miguel:   Yeah. I mean, you spend a lot of your time in classes learning how to fall. It’s crazy; it’s absolutely crazy.

Suzanne:   Yeah. And is there anything else that you’d like to tell your fans about you or the show?

Miguel:   You know, it’s a show that is funny. It’s not really that dark, and it’s easy to watch with your friends and family. So if you want to find something to watch that will make you laugh and smile during these crazy times, watch AP Bio season three.

Suzanne:   All right, great. Thank you so much for the call. I really appreciate it.

Miguel:   Likewise, thank you so much for having me.

Suzanne:   All right. Talk to you later.

Miguel:   Bye.

Suzanne:   Bye.

Here is the audio version of it.

Interview Transcribed by Jamie of http://www.scifivision.com

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Making waves as one to watch in Peacock’s comedy series “A.P. Bio,” (now streaming it’s third season on NBCUniversal’s streaming service) we would love to arrange an interview with you and breakout star Miguel Chavez to discuss his hit comedy series. Miguel is also available to discuss working alongside Glenn Howerton (FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), and Jean Villepique (Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman”), his other current projects, as well as his career overall.
A.P. Bio centers around a Harvard philosophy professor, Jack Carson Griffin (Glenn Howerton) who loses out on his dream job to his rival Miles Leonard (Tom Bennett), he is forced to return to  Ohio and work as an advanced placement (A.P.) biology teacher at Whitlock High School. Jack makes it clear to his class that he will not be teaching any biology but later realizes that he has a room full of honor-roll students. Jack decides to use them for his own benefit and to get revenge on Miles. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt) struggles to keep Griffin under control. Miguel plays the role of ‘Eduardo,’ a shy, introverted student who’s best friends with the nerdy, Victor Kozlowski. Eduardo’s main focus is to obtain what every high school boy puts his main energy into, finding a girlfriend.
Miguel was born and raised in Southern California to a Mexican father and a half-Korean, half-Mexican mother. Miguel first discovered his love of the arts and acting at the young age 13 and began participating in community theater, as well as school paly productions and playing the saxophone in band. Continuing to grow and develop his love for the entertainment industry, he majored in filmmaking and graduated with a BA from Woodbury University in Burbank, CA. After graduation, Miguel enrolled in a stunt school, Stunts in Motion, where he trained under fight choreographer, certified stunt coordinator/performer, Jack Huang.
On his free time, Miguel is dedicated to his fitness regimen, working out 6 days a week, weightlifting and practicing Yoga. An avid reader, he enjoys books such the high fantasy novel Lord of the Rings and Thirsty: Thirst, a self-help book. He hopes to be a role model for the Latinx and Asian community and to continue the on-going conversation of how important representation, diversity and inclusivity is in Hollywood.

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GH Short Recap Friday, October 9, 2020

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Olivia tells Ned that she spoke with Lulu and is sorry about Mike’s funeral. Monica wonders how the service went. Ned fills her in. Olivia explains that she only returned home to change her shoes. Tracy apparently called and thinks that Ned needs to get things in order or she is returning to fix things for them. Ned thinks that this has to do with Brook Lynn and Olivia. carly was shocked that Joss and Cam had kissed. She thinks they were friends for s long. She is proud of Joss and wants her toremember to talk with Cam. Dev overhears this. He explains the guests are ariving.

Sam and Jason show up to and find Alexis. Brook Lynn thanks Amy for covering for her at Deception. Brando tells Jason that he wanted more to do. Jason tells Brando that they need to be here for Mike today. Sonny tells Dante to take things slowly.

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GH Short Recap Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Sonny and Carly go to the church for Mike’s funeral. Ava shows up and Sonny tells her that he is happy that she looked after Avery. Kristina then shows up with Jason and Sam. Dev and Brando also are there as well. Sonny thanks Stella for all she did for Mike. Diane is sorry that Mike passed on.

The service goes as planned. They each take turns discussing different moments in which they remember spending with Mike. Joss sings a song for the people there. Sonny tells Carly that he feels that Mike is with Morgan now. When he is left alone he tells Mike that he wants to let go of the anger. Mike’s ghost shows up and tells him that he needs to stop pretending the bad never happened. He is allowed to be angry at him. He should be able to forgive himself. Dante shows up.

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GH Short Recap Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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Jason finds Epiphany at GH. She wants to know what he is doing there. Jason explains that he is doing some research. Epiphany wants to start yelling at him. She explains that this isn’t a library. Jason asked if she was ok. She admits that she is adjusting to her new role. She thinks that Britt is as bad asher mother. Valentin runs into Sasha at GH and thinks that she doesn’t look well. Sasha thinks that it is none of his business. Valentin is concerned for her because of Deception. Sasha admits she is angry at herself for getting herself involved in the entire mess that she has gotten herself into.

Brook Lynn sits down with Amy at Charlie’s pub. She remembers singing together in high school. Brook Lynn needs Amy to sing for her because she cannot sing. Her vocal cords are still damaged. Amy didn’t want to get involved in something that could turn out to be a mess again. Michael and Willow discuss adoption again. Willow thinks that they need to clarify issues involving them. Monica walks in and is happy about the adoption. Ned demands that Olivia admit that she slept with Robert. Olivia thinks he is out of his mind. Chase walks off an elevator and sees Jackie talking with Robert. It turns out that Jackie is Chase’ mother.

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GH Short Recap Tuesday, October 6, 2020

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Brook Lynn complains to Julian about Nelle. She explains that she is happy that Nelle is dead. She thinks that the baby swatch was ridicules. Nikolas walks in. Nikolas sitsdown and tells her that she can stay with him. Brook Lynn alreadyhas a place though. Amy sits down and Brook Lynn tells Amy that there might be something that she could do to help her. Anna informs Finn that they will have 230 wedding guests. Anna wants him to invite his father and step-mother. Finn tells her to invite Alex. Robert shows up and tells them that Holly really is dead.

Lulu tries to get someone to help them with the Cyrus story. Jackie Templeton shows up and she explains her idea for the story. Lulu tells her that she is sorry Peter couldn’t be here. Jackie tells Lulu that she went through the file and couldn’t see anything. Robert sees Jackie and goes over to her. Ava finds her way to Pentonville and visits Ryan. She is angry that he almost called on Kiki’s birthday. She offers to see him once a week and Nikolas walks in. Ryan tells Ava to divorce Nikolas.

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GH Short Recap Monday, October 5, 2020

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Trina finds Portia off the Haunted Star and Elizabeth gives them a moment to themselves. Trina tells Portia that it isn’t right that she is there. Trina remembers advice that she gave Joss after Oscar died. She thinks that it was harder to live through grief. Trina is also sad that she hasn’t been thinking about her father. Dev finds Joss and Cam kissing. Joss goes to talk with Trina. Dev wonders if Cam would have kissed Trina had he found her first. Cam didn’t plan to kiss anyone though. Cam thinks he is in a weird stage with both girls.

At the Metro Court, Molly works on her latop as TJ gets off his phone He explains that the student government was not really interested in going against Cyrus. Molly gets a reminder about a florist apointment on her computer. Brando shows up and TJ tells him possible dates for the protest. Stella thanks Jordan and Curtis for dinner. Jason finds Sonny and tells him about the new war with Cyrus. Ava gets a call from Ryan. Ava takes the call. Nikolas tried to grab the phone He wants to talk with her in person. Ava shows up at Pentonville to discuss what he has to say

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Article: TV Shows Worthy of Bingeing on Disney+

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                            BINGE WATCHING WORTHY TV SHOWS ON DISNEY PLUS

This fall, Disney+ has plans to remedy its greatest weakness: the lack of binge-worthy live action series that audiences over age 12 will enjoy.

To be sure, the family-friendly streaming service has several series that work well in small doses: “Rogue Trip”, “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian”, “Brain Games”, “Encore”, “Cosmos”, “Shop Class”, and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” come to mind. Disney+ also has dozens of bingeable animated shows, and laugh-track Disney Channel entries amuse some pre-teens.

However, competitors Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, and Peacock all have 20 to 40 or more must-see TV series that aren’t cartoons. Later this fall, Disney+ will add National Geographic’s big-budget limited series “The Right Stuff,” along with ABC’s “Dinosaurs,” (4 seasons) and, hopefully, a new Marvel Studios series or two. However, one of the problems one can face is not being able to watch Disney Plus from outside the U.S. because it is only available in specific countries.  For that, one would need a VPN for Disney Plus.

For now, here’s our list of 7 quality live action series with wide appeal…

1 The Mandalorian (Season 2 Coming in October)

This $100 million Western-style space opera has maintained Disney+ trends since its production, from director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and executive producer Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Set after the collapse of the Monarchy and before the advent of the First World, The Mandalorian follows the tribulations of a solitary gunfighter in the far reaches of the cosmos who becomes The Child’s guardian (known to fans as “Baby Yoda”) far from the nascent Republic’s jurisdiction.

  1. Agent Carter (2 Seasons)

Peace has dealt a significant blow to Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) when she finds herself oppressed as the men return home from fighting abroad throughout World War II. Working for the clandestine S.S.R. (Strategic Scientific Reserve), a forerunner of S.H.I.E.L.D., Peggy needs to balance administrative duties and go on classified missions for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). In the aftermath of losing the love of her life, Captain America AKA Steve Rogers, she navigates life as a female secret agent. This series also shines a light on the conclusion of the film Avengers: Endgame, which is linked closely to the Captain America films.

  1. Once Upon A Time (7 Seasons)

“Once Upon a Time” shows a reality where the stories of fairy tales and every-day real life clash. In her life as a bail bondswoman, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is doing well when Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) unexpectedly turns up — the boy she gave up a decade ago. He claims she is the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), who spirited her away before a spell could be cast by the Wicked Queen (Lana Parrilla), freezing the realm of fairytales in time and taking them to today’s Storybrooke, Maine. Something about the story intrigues Emma, so she humors the boy and decides to take him back to his family in Maine. Captain Hook, Belle, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and many more reimagined Disney characters appear in the show’s 7 seasons.  All 7 seasons arrive on September 18 for U.S. Disney+ subscribers.

  1. The Imagineering Story (Limited Series)

This 6-part series of documentaries explores Walt Disney Imagineering’s history, present, and future with the noted filmmaker Leslie Iwerks. Thanks to the Disney ties of her family — her grandfather was an early Disney animator and her father was a former Imagineer— Iwerks offers viewers an all-access pass to how Disney’s groundbreaking theme park attractions are made… including a few errors and low points that have taken place over the decades.

  1. Boy Meets World (7 Seasons)

“Boy Meets World” elevates the classic sitcom format of producers Michael Jacobs and April Kelly with writing and performances that deepen as the program progresses. It chronicles the ups and downs of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage), his best friend Shawn (Rider Strong), girlfriend Topanga (Danielle Fishel), brother Eric (Will Friedle), and the lessons they learn from their coach, George Feeney (William Daniels), one of the few ABC series on Disney+. In later seasons, the characters face more serious problems as they try to balance college with relationship troubles and serious issues like divorce and grief. For 3 seasons of Girl Meets World, also on Disney+, Disney Channel carried back some of the characters.

  1. Prop Culture (1 Season)

Prop Society goes behind the scenes of favorite films such as Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and The Narnia Chronicles: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in eight half-hour episodes. Host and prop curator Dan Lanigan recovers lost movie items, tours private collections and helps return parts to their former glory from the Walt Disney Archives. Lanigan has indicated plans for a second season, but Disney+ hasn’t revealed it yet. “To get a second season, you have to watch the first season! ” Lanigan said in March.

  1. Hostile Planet (Limited Series)

This six-part documentary series draws attention to the most remarkable stories of animals who have responded to the most inhuman genetic curveballs, which seem almost mystical. With Planet Earth and other high-end nature shows, and an immersive look at the wilds of nature, the cinematography and pace of this show is on par.

We spoke with many entertainment editors and critics, and they all mentioned the above listed series or shows as best. In fact, the editor from StreamingRant told us, “Hostile Planet is my personal favorite, and I consider it the best Nat Geo show on Disney+.”

These seven shows on Disney+ are worth watching, but you can only watch them from certain regions, due to geo-restrictions. However, VPNs can give you a way around those. VPNs are one way to bypass geo-restrictions and to watch some amazing content, great stories and perfect plots from some super amazing content creators and filmmakers. Please be careful, though, because some VPN use can get you into trouble.

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