At the club, Eric and Quinn talk about how they’re ending their marriage. Eric points out that Quinn loves Carter, who’s getting married right now to Paris.
At Il Giardino, the wedding March is played and Paris walks down the aisle. We see her mom Grace, with Carter in the background. Charlie is happy to be there, officiating the ceremony. Charlie refers to Paris as “Future Mrs. COO” and he welcomes everyone to the wedding. Grace doesn’t look happy at all, and Ridge doesn’t look too sure about it, either. Also in attendance or Hope, Zende and Bill. Zende also doesn’t look too happy to be there.
Eric urges Quinn to go. She’s reluctant, at first, but then leaves.
Charlie asks if there is anyone present that believes that Carter and Paris should not be married. Paris looks around to Grace, but there is no reaction. Carter looks around to Ridge, and again, there is no reaction.
Eric looks at his wedding ring thoughtfully. The door opens and Donna comes in, saying she saw Quinn leave. She asks if anything is okay. He holds her hands, and she caresses his cheek.
Quinn calls for the valet, but no one shows up. Quinn tries to get into the box with all the keys in it but can’t. She takes a hairpin out of her hair to try to open it, but it doesn’t work. She walks away, taking her phone out of her pocket.
Eric tells Donna that Quinn left to go find Carter. Donna wonders if he’s sure about this, and he shows her that he’s taken off his ring and that they’re ready to be together. Donna is happy to hear it. He tells her that Quinn was hurt and angry, but she left to stop Carter from marrying Paris. He hopes she can do it.
Quinn tries to phone Carter, but he doesn’t answer. She figures he probably doesn’t have his phone with him, but she leaves a message, anyway. She begs him not to marry Paris before calling her. Quinn is near a bike rental place on the beach, so she takes a bike and rushes off, telling the attendant to charge it to Eric.
Back at the wedding, Carter has a dazed look on his face. Hope gives a speech to say that their family and friends are thrilled that they have found love with each other (although no one looks too thrilled).
Quinn tries to get to the ceremony, speeding down the boardwalk on her bike, yelling at people to get out of her way. Trying to avoid hitting a man, she rides over to the sand, where she falls over after almost getting hit with a volleyball. She gets back up on the bike.
Charlie continues the ceremony. We see flashbacks with Carter and Quinn, to show that Carter is thinking about Quinn. Charlie tells the couple to join hands, but then Ridge interrupts the ceremony. Ridge talks about Carter’s good qualities and says that he’s not usually impulsive, but he is now. He guesses that if Carter is going to do that, he should do it with a “beautiful, amazing woman like Paris.” Ridge goes on and on about how great Paris is but then says that we should all have “true love” (as Hope said in her speech) and we shouldn’t settle for anything less. He’s hinting to Carter that he shouldn’t be marrying Paris if he’s not committed to her. Carter cuts him off by thanking him. He says that his friendship means a lot. Charlie gets control of the ceremony again. They bow their heads in prayer.
Quinn continues to ride her bike, having her own flashbacks of being with Carter. She gets so hot and bothered thinking of Carter that she has to unbutton her shirt a little. Quinn keeps yelling at people to get out of her way: a skateboarder, a woman bouncing a ball, etc. She cuts through a park as a shortcut.
Carter and Paris prepare to read their own vows. Paris just speaks from her heart. She’s nervous at first and talks about how she fell for Carter unexpectedly. She lists his great qualities. Grace, Zende and Ridge frown throughout the entire ceremony. Carter says that, contrary to Ridge’s speech, he doesn’t feel like he’s acting impulsively. He’s wondering what took him so long to realize what he needs. Charlie tells them that it’s time to exchange rings, so Carter takes them out. Paris places one of the rings on Carter’s finger and repeats the vows after Charlie.
Quinn finally arrives, drops the bike and runs inside. She sees Carter and Paris standing together, smiling, and Charlie is also smiling at them. She looks shocked and perhaps wonders if she’s too late.
The biggest news lately on the show is the return of Diane Jenkins, Jack’s ex-wife and father of Kyle, who was thought to be dead. At first, the story seemed to be about Jack finding his long-lost son, Keemo, and then Keemo’s daughter, Allie. They sure surprised us by having that springboard into the DIANE’S ALIVE! story. (See what they did there?)
Of course, on soaps (as the saying goes) no one is really dead. It’s a cliché, really, so it’s hardly a big surprise when anyone comes back. However, having Diane return fixes one of the mistakes they made back in 2012 when Nikki and Deacon both confessed to murdering Diane.They bashed her head in many times, and her body was found. The writers seemed to be saying, “Yes, she’s really dead! Dead, dead, dead!”
Deacon went to jail for awhile for that. He’s over on B&B now, so maybe someone will mention to him that she’s alive, and they can stop calling him an ex-con! At any rate, it’s usually a bad idea to kill off a major character, even one like Diane who seems to have few redeeming qualities. She was a trouble-maker, but not evil, like, for instance, David Kimble. He deserved to die, and no one was unhappy to see him go.
Diane spent most of her time on Y&R sleeping around, stealing husbands and trying to get money and fame from Jack and Victor, among others. Susan Walters is an amazing actress who managed to play Diane well, to make her seem more human than the writing reflected. It’s great to have her back. When her character was “murdered,” she was played by Maura West, who had previously played Carly on “As The World Turns” and now plays Ava on “General Hospital“. She’s another fabulous actress.
Now we’re supposed to believe that Diane faked her death and has been alive all this time. Also, she has supposedly changed and gotten therapy. If they’re going to make her into a better person now, that would be boring, so I hope it’s not true.
Of course, like a lot of stories in Soapland, it makes little sense. She not only died, but there was a body. Whose body was that if not Diane’s? Y&R is not like GH or “Days of Our Lives“. There’s no Helena Cassadine or Dr. Rolf there to give people magical drugs to make them seem dead, so it strains credulity. I wonder if they will even address this point? This is why it’s a bad idea to kill off major characters because later on you have to really jump through illogical hoops to bring them back. Leaving town or going to jail is a much better way to get rid of them, IMHO. I’m sure the writers would argue that killing off a character makes for great drama and gives them more story to work with. However, it’s happened so often now that it’s no longer such great story. It’s not even very surprising. Kill off someone who’s been there for 30 or 40 years (Nikki, Victor, Jack, Lauren et al.) and maybe then it would be surprising. Diane died after pissing everyone off, and everyone threatened her, so it was pretty obvious that she would die.
I was not very happy when they killed off Cassie on Y&R because it was just too sad (and had already been done with better effect on GH). Although I love the actress who played her, bringing her back as Cassie’s twin sister Mariah later on was pretty ridiculous. This is why soaps get such a bad rap. Stories like this would rarely fly on primetime or in movies, unless it happened in a comedy or scifi. I hate when people say, “It’s just a soap.” Stories like this are why they say that. Then people wonder why the poor soaps actors are unable to further their careers (or have to start all over again) when they’re trying to get roles elsewhere. It’s really unfair because the acting is usually really good on soaps (aside from a few newbies). It’s really the writers and producers who should have trouble getting more work outside soaps if you ask me. They just keep throwing up the same crap on our screens over and over. I’m sure the Y&R writers thought that bringing Diane back was a brilliant idea.
I hope that they turn Diane’s return into more than just the usual story about how she’s just coming back to cause more trouble. It would be nice to see something unusual and interesting happen for her, Jack and Kyle (and Summer, who’s returning). As I said, nobody wants to see her be a goody-two-shoes, either.
How about some original and unusual ideas? The idea to have lesbians on Y&R was a great one. The writing of the two characters has been hit-and-miss, but the idea was great. I hope the writers do drag more of the show into the 21st century. I’m not really in favor of having Kevin suddenly becoming gay because I hate when they change history, but if it will keep the actor happy, maybe they should. Then he won’t keep running over to Days. Or if you must use a soap trope, how about having Kevin learn that he has a twin gay brother? Maybe this Diane is not the real Diane, but the mother of the twins. Now that would be exciting!
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The show is based on the life of real-life Midwestern dad, Tom Smallwood, who decided to pursue his dream of becoming a pro bowler after he was laid off from his job
There was a video from Brian d’Arcy James, Executive Producer, who couldn’t be there. He told us about how the show came about. He heard about Smallwood because they’re both from Saginaw, MN. He fell in love with the idea of this guy deciding to follow his dream, regardless of the odds against him, in order to take care of his family. They loved and supported him, and so did his whole community. James thought this would make a great story. It’s certainly an interesting idea. I don’t think there’s every been a sitcom about bowling before. There was the comedy-drama, “Ed,” about a lawyer who returns to his hometown and buys a bowling alley…he practiced law out of it. There have been many sitcoms about working class people who go bowling regularly, such as “Laverne and Shirley” and “Roseanne.” There’s never been one that’s mostly about bowling, let alone one that is about a professional bowler. I just hope it’s funny because that’s my main criteria for a comedy. It has to make me laugh, often, or I won’t keep watching it. We’ll see!
I was really happy to be able to ask Chi McBride a question because he’s been in so many great shows I’ve watched and loved, such as “Boston Public,” “Human Target,” “House” and many more. I asked him, “You’ve done a lot of dramas over the past I don’t know, how long it’s been. A couple of decades. But you got your start in sitcom. So, what was it that attracted you to this project?”
He gave me an unexpectedly heartfelt answer. It was really nice. He confided that not only did he “love the story,” but he could relate to it. He said, “30 years ago, I left my successful career at the phone company when I was making $300 a week, against the advice of my broker.” He drove from Atlanta to California to be in show business. He mentioned that he had a lot of confidence. He probably had some money to keep him afloat for awhile, too, is my guess, since he decided he wouldn’t be a waiter or anything like that. He credits that confidence with getting into the business, which he’s worked in for 30 years. He can identify with the situation because everyone thought he was crazy, too, for taking this chance.
He talked about his character, Archie, who is a mentor to the main character, Tom (played by Pete Holmes). He told us that Archie has believed in Tom since he was a child. He really loves characters like Archie and felt that this was “a wonderful opportunity.” Also, he added that he knew all the other people in the cast and their work. He praised them for being both talented and “lovely people at the same time.” He shared that it’s “been a real gas, to tell you the truth.” Going back to my question about having done mostly drama for a long time, he did admit that he hadn’t been “in front of three camera format in 25 years” (that’s how they shoot sitcoms), so he found it “daunting” at first. He gave credit to director Mark Cendrowski for helping him figure it out and get over that bump road. He joked, “it was like riding a bike. Like, when you ride a bike into a tree at first.” He was very funny throughout his answer, and we all laughed a lot. The whole panel was pretty funny. Anyway, he concluded that he’s “just glad to be here” and that the basic story inspired him.
Producer Mark Gross talked about his part in bringing the show to life. He wanted to write something with hope in it. James told him about the Tom Smallwood story. He praised Tom’s beautiful writing about Tom and his story. It really inspired him. He spoke in detail about how he worked on it feverishly (sometimes literally, when he had COVID). He can’t believe that they got such an “incredible, amazing cast.” He thinks Tom’s story is filled with miracles.
Pete Holmes was asked to compare his other show, “Crashing,” based on his early days of trying to make it as a comedian, to this one, since they’re both about someone giving up steady work to pursue their dreams.
Pete answered that he never though of that comparison before. He confided that his parents didn’t seem too concerned about his becoming a comedian. He added, “I don’t know if that’s because they believed in me, or they just weren’t paying attention.” Everyone laughed, so he riffed on that idea for a minute. It was hilarious. Then he told us, more seriously, that his parents were always very supportive of him, and other people he knew ere, too. He believes that you should get rid of the “naysayers” in your life if you want to be successful. He also mentioned that he always saw some other comedians that were unsuccessful because they were always comparing themselves or their careers to other comedians, which he referred to as “comedy cancer.” He told us that Mark Gross and one of the other writers (Tommy Johnagin) are both great stand-up performers and writers. He talked about how he and his wife read the script when he got it, praying that it was good. They enjoyed it and laughed, and appreciated that the wife was not just the usual TV “nagging wife.” It reminds him of the series “Ted Lasso,” in the sense that the wife believes more in Tom than he does. He also thought that the other characters were not stereotypes, either. Back to the question, he said that he’s very grateful that he didn’t have people doubting him when he was starting out. He “was one of the first people to go to college” in his family, so they said that he could do whatever he wanted after that.
Another reporter asked a question, but unfortunately, the actors didn’t answer it seriously. It was a very funny time for all of us, though. He/she asked what the actors found it easiest and most difficult as far as connecting to their character. Instead, Pete joked about the other new CBS show “Beyond the Edge,” saying that “I thought the monkeys that were encroaching on our camp were really difficult.” From then on, it only got funnier. I can only hope that the real show is half as funny as these guys were in this panel.
CBS ANNOUNCES NEW COMEDY “HOW WE ROLL” TO PREMIERE THURSDAY, MARCH 31 AT 9:30 PM
“How We Roll,” Formerly Titled “Smallwood,” Stars Pete Holmes, Katie Lowes,
Chi McBride, Julie White and Mason Wells, and Is Based on the Life of
Professional Bowler Tom Smallwood
CBS will premiere the new comedy HOW WE ROLL (formerly titled “Smallwood”) on Thursday, March 31 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, after B POSITIVE completes its second season order. The series will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Based on the life story of professional bowler Tom Smallwood, the series stars Pete Holmes as Tom, a stoic Midwest husband and dad who gets laid off from a car assembly line and makes the extraordinary decision to provide for his family by following his dream of becoming a professional bowler.
As a skilled player, Tom knows that in bowling you get two chances: no matter what you do with the first ball, you get another one to make it right – the ultimate second chance. Keeping that in mind, he begins his new career with the loving “OK” from his wife, Jen (Katie Lowes); the unfaltering support of Archie (Chi McBride), his mentor and the proud owner of Archie’s Lanes: Home of the Curly Fry; the cautious backing of his protective mom, Helen (Julie White); and the encouragement of his son, Sam (Mason Wells). It remains to be seen if Tom will strike it big on the pro bowler circuit, but right now, the pins are set, he’s taking his second shot, and it’s 300 or bust.
HOW WE ROLL is produced by CBS Studios. Mark Gross, David Hollander and Brian d’Arcy James are the executive producers. Mark Cendrowski directed the pilot.
*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the episode airs.
Pete Holmes is a nationally touring standup comedian, actor, “Christ-leaning spiritual seeker,” improviser, writer, cartoonist, and late-night host. Most recently, “Comedy Sex God,” Pete’s first book, was published May 14, 2019 by Harper Wave. Part autobiography, part philosophical inquiry, and part spiritual quest, “Comedy Sex God” is a hilarious, profound, and enlightening romp around his fertile mind.
In March 2019, Pete’s semi-autobiographical HBO comedy series, “Crashing,” that he created, starred in and executive-produced alongside Judd Apatow, celebrated its third and final season. “Crashing” was critically acclaimed and followed a stand-up comic (Holmes) who reevaluates his life and enters the New York comedy scene after discovering his wife’s infidelity. Currently, Pete is the host of the wildly popular podcast, “You Made It Weird,” which is a comedic exploration of the meaning of life with guests ranging from Deepak Chopra and Elizabeth Gilbert, to Seth Rogen and Garry Shandling. With more than 660 episodes, “You Made It Weird” has been downloaded over six million times and is recognized annually as a top podcast.
Since 2011, Pete has starred in CollegeHumor’s hilarious web series, “Badman.” “Badman” parodies the Christopher Nolan Batman films, with Pete playing the Caped Crusader as oblivious and incompetent, much to the annoyance of friends and foes alike. Pete also provided the voice for the talking baby in the award-winning E*TRADE ad-campaign.
An accomplished standup, with three hour-long television specials (HBO’s “Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean,” HBO’s “Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds,” and Comedy Central’s “Pete Holmes: Nice Try, The Devil!”) and innumerous late-night appearances, Pete also hosted his own late-night TBS talk show, “The Pete Holmes Show,” that aired for two seasons. Pete has written for several television series, including “The Simpsons” and “Outsourced,” and many of his cartoons have been published in “The New Yorker,” which he thinks is pretty neat.
Currently, Holmes lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. His birthday is March 30. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @peteholmes.
Chi McBride (Archie in HOW WE ROLL)
A prolific actor in both television and film, Chi McBride most recently starred in the hit series “Hawaii Five-0” as Captain Lou Grover, on the Network.
McBride’s extensive feature credits include “I, Robot,” “The Terminal,” “Draft Day” with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, “Annapolis,” “The Kid” with Bruce Willis, “Gone in Sixty Seconds” with Nick Cage, “The Distinguished Gentleman” with Eddie Murphy, and the Oscar-nominated “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”
He is also known for his principal roles in Bryan Fuller’s “Pushing Daisies” and David E. Kelley’s “Boston Public.” McBride has also lent his voice to the Marvel world playing the iconic ‘Nick Fury’ in multiple animated series, including “Avengers Assemble.”
McBride is from Chicago and currently resides in Los Angeles. His birthday is Sept. 23.
Katie Lowes (Jen on HOW WE ROLL)
Katie Lowes is a force on both stage and screen. She is perhaps best known for starring as ‘Quinn Perkins’ for the entire seven seasons of the hit series “Scandal.” Lowes starred opposite a stellar cast including Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn in the fan favorite series created by Shonda Rhimes.
Recently, Lowes starred in the original television movie CHRISTMAS TAKES FLIGHT, on the Network. Currently, she stars in Shonda Rhimes’s Netflix series “Inventing Anna,” alongside Anna Chlumsky, Julia Garner and Laverne Cox.
Lowes is in the fourth season of her popular parenting podcast, “Katie’s Crib,” which is produced by Shondaland in partnership with iHeartRadio. “Katie’s Crib,” which launched in Spring 2018, is a weekly podcast covering the unexpected joys, pains, foibles, and hilarity of new motherhood. Each episode highlights a specific parenting issue from a variety of different points of view. Lowes conducts frank, intimate conversation with fellow moms (such as A-List actresses Kristen Bell, America Ferrera, and more) about the ups and downs of being a new parent.
In summer 2021, Lowes lent her voice to Netflix’s animated film “Vivo.” The film also featured voices from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zoe Saldana, Gloria Estefan, Nicole Byer and more, with Miranda writing several songs for the movie.
In fall 2018, Lowes made her Broadway debut, starring in the Tony-nominated musical “Waitress,” with Katharine McPhee. Lowes played the role of ‘Dawn’ opposite her real-life husband, actor Adam Shapiro.
Lowes is no stranger to the big or small screen. Over the years she has appeared in big budget films, such as Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and Dreamworks’ “Transformers 2,” Bad Robot’s “Super 8” directed by JJ Abrams and was the voice of Abigail in the 2015 Academy Award-winning animated feature film “Big Hero 6.” In addition, she voiced an animated character in the 2015 Academy Award-winning animated short film, “Feast,” as well as the Oscar-nominated Disney film “Wreck It Ralph.” Lowes was the inspiration behind the motion and movement work for Idina Menzel’s character, Elsa, in the movie “Frozen.”
Additionally, she has appeared in several independent films, including “Dinner for Four,” “The Job,” “Callers” and “Bear” and “Café.” She has been a guest star on hit series, such as “The Closer,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “Leverage,” “Castle,” “The Sopranos,” “NCIS,” on the Network, and was a series regular on “Easy Money,” created by producers of “The Sopranos.”
Lowes is regularly seen guest co-hosting “Live with Kelly and Ryan” alongside Ryan Seacrest.
Born in Queens, New York, Lowes is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Lowes is the co-artistic director of IAMA Theatre Company, which was named one of the top 20 regional theatres in the country. IAMA is in the midst of its 13th season in Los Angeles.
Currently, Lowes lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Her birthday is Sept. 22. Follow her on Twitter @KatieQLowes and on Instagram @ktqlowes.
Julie White (Helen on HOW WE ROLL)
Julie White is a Tony Award winner for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her role in “The Little Dog Laughed,” and starred in Joe Mantello’s 2015 production of Lisa D’Amour’s play “Airline Highway,” for which she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League awards.
Tony-nominated for her performance in the 2019 Taylor Mac-created “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane, White earlier starred on Broadway in Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House 2” with Stephen Henderson and Jane Houdyshell, and opposite Matthew Broderick and Annaleigh Ashford in the revival of A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia” for director Dan Sullivan.
White’s additional Broadway credits include “Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike,” “The Heidi Chronicles,” and Off-Broadway credits “The Understudy” and “Fiction” for The Roundabout, “Twelfth Night” at The Delacorte for The Public Theatre and “Bad Dates” for Playwrights Horizons, to name some favorites. She won an Obie Award, The Elliot Norton Award, the Ovation Award and been nominated multiple times for Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Drama League Awards.
On television, White recurred as Antoinette, “Nurse Jackie”s AA sponsor; opposite John Goodman in the Garry Trudeau/Amazon series “Alpha House”; and spent a season on “Go On” opposite Matthew Perry, for which she won the Gracie Award. Other memorable TV roles are Mitzi Dalton Huntley in Alan Ball’s “Six Feet Under,” Nadine Swoboda on “Grace Under Fire,” Dr. Anne Morella on “Law & Order: SVU” and comedy appearances on cult favorites “You’re the Worst” and “Man Seeking Woman.”
Coming up, in addition to HOW WE ROLL, White will appear in the new Apple + series “Roar” among an all-star cast, including Nicole Kidman and Cynthia Erivo, as well as the Apple+ miniseries “WeCrashed” opposite Anne Hathaway. Other television credits include White starring opposite Kiefer Sutherland and Anthony Edwards on the final season of “Designated Survivor” and appearing in the critically acclaimed limited series “Mrs. America,” with Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson.
On the big screen, White appeared in “Lincoln” for Steven Spielberg opposite Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field, in addition to being a staple on the indie scene in such festival films as “Breaking Upwards,” “Hello I Must Be Going,” “Morning,” “My Idiot Brother” and “Life Partners.” Additional studio features include the massively successful “Transformers” franchise, “Michael Clayton” opposite George Clooney, “The Astronaut Farmer” with Billy Bob Thornton, and the animated film “Monsters and Aliens”.
White resides in Northern Westchester, NY, when not filming. Her birthday is June 4. Follow her on Instagram @missjuliewhite.
PETE HOLMES STARS IN THE NEW COMEDY INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF PROFESSIONAL BOWLER TOM SMALLWOOD, WHO MAKES THE EXTRAORDINARY DECISION TO FOLLOW HIS DREAM OF BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL BOWLER, ON THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “HOW WE ROLL,” THURSDAY, MARCH 31
Katie Lowes, Chi McBride, Julie White and Mason Wells Also Star
“Pilot” – Pete Holmes stars in a new comedy inspired by the life of professional bowler Tom Smallwood, who gets laid off from his factory job and makes the extraordinary decision to follow his dream of becoming a professional bowler, on the series premiere of the CBS Original series HOW WE ROLL, Thursday, March 31 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Katie Lowes, Chi McBride, Julie White and Mason Wells also star.
As a skilled player, Tom (Holmes) knows that in bowling you get two chances; no matter what you do with the first ball, you get another one to make it right – the ultimate second chance. Keeping that in mind, Tom begins his new career with the loving okay from his wife, Jen (Lowes); the unfaltering support of Archie (McBride), his mentor and the proud owner of Archie’s Lanes: Home of the Curly Fry; the cautious backing of his protective mom, Helen (White); and the encouragement of his son, Sam (Wells). It remains to be seen if Tom will strike it big on the Pro Bowler circuit, but right now, the pins are set, he’s taking his second shot and it’s 300 or bust!
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WRITTEN BY: Mark Gross
DIRECTED BY: Mark Cendrowski
TOM MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN LOYALTY TO ARCHIE, HIS MENTOR AND COACH, AND MONEY WHEN HE’S OFFERED A NEW SPONSORSHIP DEAL, BUT HE CAN ONLY FEATURE ONE LOGO ON HIS BOWLING SHIRT, ON “HOW WE ROLL,” THURSDAY, APRIL 7
“The Sponsor” – Tom must choose between loyalty to his mentor, Archie, and money when his first TV interview leads to a new sponsorship deal, but he can only feature one logo on his bowling shirt: Archie Lanes, Home of the Curly Fry, or Powell Mortuary. Also, Jen’s boss stifles her creativity at the salon, on the CBS Original series HOW WE ROLL, Thursday, April 7 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
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McKale Jude Bingham
Kerrice Ayanna Brooks
WRITTEN BY: Michael Glouberman
DIRECTED BY: Betsy Thomas
TOM CONSIDERS SELLING HIS PRIZED BASEBALL CARD COLLECTION IN ORDER TO BRING IN SOME MUCH-NEEDED CASH TO TREAT JEN, WHO’S BEEN WORKING EXTRA HOURS, ON “HOW WE ROLL,” THURSDAY, APRIL 14
“The Hustle” – Looking for ways to make extra cash, Tom considers selling his prized baseball card collection so he can treat Jen, who’s been working extra hours at the salon, on the CBS Original series HOW WE ROLL, Thursday, April 14 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
If you live in the Southern California area, don’t miss the event mentioned on the flyer above. It looks to be very entertaining. There will be other stars there that you’ll want to see as well.
He also won a Daytime Emmy last year for his short-form series “Studio City,” a drama about the life of an aging soap star. It’s somewhat tongue-in-cheek at times, but it also has some heavy drama as it tackles subjects like death/dying, aging, transgender issues, and more. If you’re a daytime fan, you will notice many great actors in the show. More episodes will be coming soon. I can’t wait! Watch it on Amazon Prime.
Suzanne: So, tell us how you got back on “Bold and Beautiful” this time around? What was the process that happened?
Sean: Well, it was a pretty easy process, I gotta be honest. You know, last year was really a terrific year for me, just an amazing year in my career. And as we got towards the end of the year, I received a phone call from the executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell. And, uh, he said, you know, I think I found a way that we could bring Deacon back to the canvas, which was great because Deacon had been languishing in prison for a couple of years. And, you know, I love working on the show. I really do. I was excited to get the call. It been such a great year. And now, as the year was kind of coming to an end, to be asked to come back to Bold and the Beautiful was just like, you know, icing on the cake. The biggest question was, did I have the time to do it? Because I had several other projects with which I was involved. We were able to work it out. And next thing I knew, I’m back on the show. I mean, it was pretty simple. It’s when they have the time, and I’m able to do it and, you know, we both decide that it’s a yes….things happen pretty quickly. And if I’m not mistaken, I think Brad called me in September, and I think I started working in September. So it was really quick. Sometimes it happens. We’re thinking of bringing you back. It’s going to be in like two months. This was really quick.
Suzanne: Wow. So, it’s great that they paired Deacon with Sheila. I mean, I don’t know what took them so long to do that. It’s about time.
Sean: Yeah. You know, the two of them are very, unlikely. I think, initially, if I had to guess, my thinking is that probably they thought, okay, these two baddies, even though Sheila is, you know, much more of a villain than Deacon is, and, you know, I’m always trying to infuse humor into my character, and I don’t necessarily know that they expected the relationship to take on that dynamid, you know? I mean, I think maybe it was, I’m going to put these two baddies together and see what happens. But we’ve sort of developed this really fun chemistry, and this banter, which has made the character a lot of fun for us to play. And I think that the fans are enjoying it.
Suzanne: Yes, definitely. And the banter… So, that’s not in the script… or some of it is? And do you guys ad lib?
Sean: You know, one of the really wonderful things about the show is that, if I have an idea for some dialogue, they’re very receptive to it. You know, I mean, as long as we’re not veering too far off the path, but I’m fortunately afforded a lot of latitude, very generously, to offer some suggestions and, you know, sometimes they work and other times they don’t, but,um, yeah, some of it’s ad-libbed, but there’s also a lot of great writing.
Suzanne: Oh good. Oh yeah. It’s interesting because, Deacon usually just comes in by himself. Sheila has a long history of pairing up with some guy. Usually somebody that’s kind of weak or has a crush on her. And she sort of just uses him as a sounding board as some wimpy guy that does her bidding. But with Deacon, she’s got a real…. You know, a real person to really grapple with.
Sean: Yeah, that’s some of what makes it fun. I think, you know, there’s a little bit of sexual tension there, which is fun. And I think also that Deacon has a very healthy respect for the fact that Sheila, you know… Deacon has fun with Sheila, and he pokes and prods at her, but I think he’s very careful in the back of his head to realize that, you know, if she’s ever offended or pushed in the wrong direction that she can be very dangerous and formidable… as can Deacon, but, you know, Deacon has had a rich history of dealing with crazy ladies on the show. You know, I don’t think he’s looking to poke the badger too much…to beat the devil.
Suzanne: He learned his lesson. Yeah. So, Deacon ostensibly came back to spend time with Hope. Did he also think in the back of his mind that he might get back at Brooke? Do you know if that was the case, or they just sort of went there later?
Sean: I mean, I have to believe that he did. I mean, you know, here’s a guy who’s been in prison for four years, looking at cement walls.. no contact with women and Brooke’s the one that got away. So I’m sure he did a lot of extrapolating and, you know, what would I do if things were different? And I also think that Deacon has legitimately made a sincere and earnest effort to become a better man. And I think that Deacon feels that even though he doesn’t have anything, he doesn’t have any material possessions, so to speak. He’s got a crummy job, and he’s living in a broom closet. The one thing that he can bring to the table is that he’s now a better man. And I think that he hopes that that’s going to be enough for Brooke.
Suzanne: Great. And,what about that big fight scene that you had with Thorsten Kaye? That was… that was amazing. What was that like?
Sean: That was a lot of fun. It was challenging for a lot of reasons. You know, Thorsten and I both did all of our own stunts. The big thing is, you’ve got to make sure nobody gets hurt. You got two, big, strong guys throwing punches at each other, [and] things can happen. I’m so fortunate to work with a guy like Thorsten. He’s a total pro, he’s a lot of fun to work with, and our director for that episode, Jennifer Howard, did a phenomenal job… the editors, everything. So I was really pleased with how it came out. You know, that’s just not something you see on daytime very often.
Suzanne: No, you [usually] see a couple of fake punches and that’s it, or wrestling in the mud with the ladies. That’s about it. So, what was… fans really want to know this, and you probably can’t tell us, but I have to ask it. Do you think that there’s any chance in the future, or near future, hopefully, that Deacon is actually going to get together with Brooke again for real, or is she just always going to be with somebody else.
Sean: I’ll preface this by saying that in absolute honesty, I don’t know. Sean doesn’t know. Oh, I just referred to myself in the third person. That sounded kind of jerky… Anyway, I have to believe, yes. And as the character, I have to believe, yes. Deacon has to believe there’s a shot. And if my character believes it, I have to believe it.
Suzanne: Yeah, it seems that the recent episodes I saw that he tried, and she sort of pushed him away, but he knows as long as he just hangs in there, maybe there’s a chance, you know, and he’s always there for her, you know?
Sean: Yeah. Yeah. I think Deacon’s happy. The second string quarterback, sooner or later, twists his ankle in the game. Definitely.
Suzanne: So that actually reminded me… I had asked on Facebook in the groups there, questions for you, ’cause fans like to ask you guys questions. And, one of them was why was Deacon just walking into Brooke’s house without knocking?
Sean: Yep. We discuss that all the time. I say every single time… The Forresters live in a gated community. He just comes and goes as he pleases with impunity. We laugh about it. It’s the same thing as, how come when you watch a movie, sometimes in movies these people still listen to answering machines? You know what I mean? It’s to convey information that you just kind of have to have. So, yeah. It’s that sort of deal.
Suzanne: Yeah. I mean, for free years, you know, they would at least knock, and then you’re like, why do people just keep dropping by, without calling? Nobody does that.
Suzanne: Family, that’s about it. But yeah. So it was one of those things they do to cut time. Right?
Sean: Yeah. Definitely. He’s family.
Suzanne: Technically. Yeah, well, it didn’t really bother me so much because he’s living right in the gate guest house, isn’t he? Or not living there, but he’s visiting visiting.
Sean: No, he’s living in the broom closet at Il Giardino.
Suzanne: Which is… okay. But I figured he was visiting Hope and he went up to see her.
Sean: Sure. Let’s go with that.
Suzanne: So, let’s leave “Bold and the Beautiful” for a moment. If you were called back by “General Hospital” to play AJ… bring him back from the dead (Assuming you’re no longer on “Bold and the Beautiful”), would you come back and play him again?
Sean: Um…no, I don’t think so. No. Nope.
Suzanne: Okay. Well, okay. That’s where I first saw you years ago. I still remember that Nurse’s Ball. Might’ve been the first one. when they were talking about AIDS and AJ said something terrible.
Sean: Yeah. That was difficult for me because, you know, I played the role of the ignorant, uninformed, negative Greek chorus. And it was hard for me because I’ve had lots of gay friends, and it was difficult for me to kind of espouse that stuff when it was so different than, you know, who I am. But I realized after talking with them, too, that it was such an important story… That I was playing an important part of how that story needed to be told. And once I kind of wrapped my head around it that way, I was fine with it.
Suzanne: Right. I think in some ways… even though he didn’t go to jail, AJ was much worse than Deacon because he just did a lot of terrible things and he never, until he finally got killed, he didn’t have to pay for anything.
Sean: You probably know a lot more about them than I do, because you know, a lot of those terrible things he did were while Billy Warlock was playing AJ, right? So for me, my AJ, I didn’t really do anything that was that bad other than, you know, giving his brother brain damage. But yeah, from everything I understand, AJ took a much darker turn when Billy was playing the character.
Suzanne: That’s probably true, yeah.. Well, and speaking of that, it was great to see Sarah Brown in “Studio City.” I just love her.
Sean: Yeah. She’s terrific. I think it was wonderful to get the opportunity to work with Sarah again. And, actually, we have six new episodes of “Studio City.” They’re going to be coming out in the next, I would say, less than two weeks.
Suzanne: Oh, good. I was going to ask you that.
Sean: I don’t know when this is going to air, but…
Suzanne: Great! Yeah, no, I started watching some of that last night. I had to catch up on three week’s worth of “Bold and the Beautiful” first before I watched some of “Studio City.” So, I saw you posted something on Twitter about a podcast. Was that… are you making a podcast?
Sean: So, what I’m going to be doing is a subscription-based Zoom program based on my book, “Way of the Cobra,” where it’ll be a weekly Zoom meeting, and I’m going to be taking people through the philosophy and strategy of “Way the Cobra.” And that’s probably something that we’re going to kick off within the next month. I’ve got so many things going on, and there’s only so much that, you know, that I can do at one time.
This Saturday, also, we have a really big event, and that’s kind of where my focus is right now. For anyone who’s in the Los Angeles area, this Saturday at 2:00 PM at the Barnes and Noble at The Grove. There’s going to be an amazing event. There’s going to be a reading from the book by me. There’s going to be a moderated interview and Q&A by James Law, Jr. We’re going to have refreshments. We’re going to have some great celebrity surprise guests. You know, some people from “Bold and The Beautiful” are going to be there. And it’s open to the public. It’s completely free. There will be copies of the book available, and it’s just sort of my way of thanking everybody who has supported me and supported the book. And it is going to be such a great event. I hope everyone will come out, and, I would get there early. That’s all I would say.
Suzanne: Oh, good. I wish I lived in the area. I’d come for sure.
Sean: Oh, thank you.
Suzanne: I live in Arkansas.
Sean: Oh, ha ha. Since I’m doing plugs, I would also like to say that I’m also very happy that for those people that can’t make it, “Way of the Cobra” is now available on Amazon and the ebook on Kindle.
Suzanne: Cool. Yeah, I saw it on there. I was looking, I was looking through that with the peek thing to see what it was about. Has it been selling pretty well?
Sean: It’s doing great. It’s been doing great. I get messages from people…literally, from all over the world, telling me that they are having paradigm shifts, amazing breakthroughs in their lives, based on this book. And, you know, I mean, I always say this. Yes, I do podcasts and things like that because I want to promote the book and sell it. That’s just what you do when you have a book. But with every fiber of my body, I believe that the material in this book is transformational. And I believe that that if you’re somebody looking to really level up to, to give yourself a kick in the butt, and to live the life that you were meant to live… the information in the book is going to help you do that. Whether or not you take the action, it’s up to you. But I completely stand behind what’s inside of that book. So I hope everyone will.
Suzanne: Great. No, that sounds good…and you got your degree from UCLA in political science, is that right?
Sean: That’s correct.
Suzanne: So why did you choose that particular major?
Sean: Political science is a major that a lot of people choose if they are thinking of potentially going to law school. You know, part of my deal with my parents, way, way back when, when I was coming out to Los Angeles to pursue my career in acting was that, you know, I had to agree to finish college. And, you know, first of all, when you tell your parents you’re leaving to go pursue a career in acting, it’s like saying I’m running away to join the circus. They wanted me to have a plan B in case, you know, the acting didn’t work out. And, I just sort of said, “Okay, well, I guess I could become a lawyer.” I don’t know why I said it. And my dad said, “Okay, well maybe political science is a good degree.” It turns out, though, that unbeknownst to me, I’m a political junkie. I’m fascinated by politics. I’m fascinated by the history of it. I’m fascinated by all of it. I’m, you know, I watch it vociferously. And so it actually worked out to be a really interesting degree for me to earn.
Suzanne: Oh, good. Yeah. There’s a lot to see nowadays and well, every subject, but especially politics. There’s all the news channels and everything. My husband is a political science professor, so that’s why I asked.
Sean: Wow! Where?
Suzanne: We’re in Southern Arkansas right now. He’s at Southern Arkansas University. He’s actually an administrator now, but, he sometimes teaches as well.
Sean: Political science has a lot of different areas of study… everything from international relations to constitutional. So what area of political science?
Suzanne: His is American government, specifically, elections, and he did a lot of work on debates when he was doing research.
Deacon: Oh, that’s great. Well, you know what? Listen, if I ever get the chance to… I’ve been to Arkansas a couple of times, but if I ever get the chance to be at Arkansas, I’m probably gonna monopolize your husband and geek out.
Suzanne: That would be great, but there’s no way you would ever want to come here. It’s a small town in the middle of nowhere. So, even if you’re on the way somewhere…
Sean: Sometimes that sounds very appealing, believe me.
Suzanne: Well, it was a good place to be during the pandemic because it didn’t really give here for a long time. So, congratulations on winning the Daytime Emmy for “Studio City!” I forgot to mention that one
I posted on a bunch of Facebook groups. So I just have a few questions here that I picked out from the many. You know, a lot of times I just get people who say, “Oh, tell him I love him!” or “Say hi…” but I actually had a lot of questions. I was really shocked.
Chelsea wants to know how it feels to be back after all these years with the longer stay, and if you know, if you’re going to be there for awhile?
Sean: It feels great. You know, we just… this month is our 35th anniversary, and it’s a very special time to be a part of “Bold and the Beautiful” and, you know, I I’ve been a part of the show off and on since 2000. Yeah. Wow. A long time. And so many people are still working on the show in front of the camera and behind the camera that were there when I started. And there’s people that are there from when the show first started. So there really is a great sense of community there. I really care a lot about the people with whom I work, again, in front and behind the camera… the producers, the writers, everybody. So for me, it always feels like coming home, you know, I’m very blessed to be able to play this role, whether or not I’m going to stay for a long time. I would like to this time. I really would. You know, it always seems like Deacon is kind of mercenary. You know, I come in, I stick around for a while, and then I go. I would like to stick around for awhile. If we can, if we can make it work.
Suzanne: Right. Okay. And, Michelle asks who in the cast you hang out with? I assume that means lunchtime, between scenes, whatever.
Sean: Well, I do hang out with Kimberlin because we run lines together a lot.. and you know, Kimberlin and I both have places down in Palm Springs, California, so we have some mutual friends, and I adore her. Um, who do I hang out with? You know who I hang out with, actually, who’s not on the show right now is Justin Torkildsen.
Suzanne: Oh, okay. Yeah, I remember him.
Sean: Justin’s a really good buddy of mine. He’s also in “Studio City,” and he’s got a great role this year. So I hang out with Justin. You know, I like everybody I work with. It’s just, you know, when you’re spending 8, 10, sometimes 12 hours a day with these people, a few times a week…that’s enough time. You know, we see each other at events.
Sean: And then you have your other life. So, I guess who I hang out with sometimes depends on who my storyline is with at the time. Annika Noelle’s dressing room is right next to mine, so I always like to go in and knock at her door, and, you know, just kind of chit chat with her. She’s wonderful. But, you know, I’m really lucky to work with people that I like a lot.
Suzanne: Okay. Yeah. It’s great that you have a daughter on the show that is an adult.
Sean: Yeah. I’d like to find out what happened to Deacon’s son.
Suzanne: Yeah, somebody was asking me that, and I’m like, he doesn’t know.
Sean: No idea.
Suzanne: Yeah. They think you know everything that’s going on in Deacon’s mind and what will happen.
Sean: I’m never told… with very, very rare instance, am I told what’s coming up, and I get new scripts sent to me, and the first thing I do is I check and see if I’m in that script. You know, I checked every page and see if Deacon’s on it. And if he’s not, generally, I don’t read it because… you know, it’s information my character wouldn’t know.
Deacon: And if I am in it, then obviously I read it really carefully. But I don’t know what’s happening until I get a script.
Suzanne: Yeah, I think that’s true of most actors from what I’ve heard from various interviews. Yeah.
Suzanne: Sabra wants to know if there were any other character on the show that you could play, who would it be?
Sean: If I can play any other character, who would it be? That’s kind of a tough one. Hmm. I don’t know, to be honest. I mean, I just feel like I’ve got the best character that I could ever ask for. Um…Hmmm.
Suzanne: That’s a fine answer. You don’t have to think of one.
Sean: That’s my answer, with all due respect to all the other characters on the show. I just don’t think I would have more fun playing anyone else besides Deacon.
Suzanne: Right. Yeah, he does seem like a lot of fun. He’s fun to watch. So, you know…and also, she wants to know which character from the show you might want to bring back from the dead… since that happens so much on soaps.
Sean: Well, I’d have to go with Stephanie. I mean, God, Susan Flannery was amazing, so I would have to go with Stephanie. Who are some of the other characters that have died?
Suzanne: Let’s see, Phoebe…I mean, I’m trying to think that’s don’t put me on the spot. I put you on the spot!
Sean: Macy died, right?
Suzanne: Macy. Sally spectra. I think the actress died, but I don’t remember if they ever killed her.
Sean: Either one of those two. I adored Darlene Connolly and Bobby Eakes, and they’re terrific. Darlene used to have Annika’s dressing room. And so I used to tell her stories about how I’d knock on Darlene’s door and she’d say, “Come on in, kid!” She’d have a beverage and be reading the racing form… I just loved her. I loved talking to her. I loved talking with her about how she worked with Hitchcock and, you know, just stories. She was really special individual, and I miss her.
Suzanne: I’m sure. Yeah. yeah. I always love interviewing people who’ve been around a while more than young actors because they have great stories, and they’ve been around, you know, they just know stuff. They can talk better. Unlike me. I can’t talk.
Sean: You’re doing fine.
Suzanne: Thank you. And one last question, Janet wonders, which character on the show you would like Deacon to be paired with.
Dean: Well, I just, I really think it would be interesting to see, what would it look like if Deacon and Brooke really had a chance? I mean, I have to go with Brooke at this point. You know, I think they have an undeniable chemistry, and I think that they’re both older and more world-wise, and I wonder if this could be there too.
Suzanne: That’d be great. And it would be nice to see. It would be nice to see Ridge and Taylor give it a real shot without some really difficult things happening, like kidnapping.
Sean: Don’t forget that conflict is what makes…
Suzanne: I know. Just for a while, just for awhile.
Sean: ..the boat swaying gently in the water for so long before you need a big wave to come along.
Suzanne: No, no, you’re right. I think it’s just that things move so fast on soaps now compared to when they used to. And it seems like they used to have more time for the romance. And now they go too quickly, so we think, “What happened?”
Sean: That’s true.
Suzanne: And with “Bold and the Beautiful,” they sometimes break people up off camera, and you’re like, “What? What happened? What?”
Sean: I would really like to see what it would look like if Brooke and Deacon are given a chance and see where it’s at…what that Relationship would bring.
Suzanne: Yeah, I think it would, well, you know, it would drive Ridge crazy…
Sean: You know, this thing about driving Ridge crazy. You know, Deacon is such a pariah that just Brooke having Deacon, in kind of, proper society after him being in prison and all that, you know, the cards would be so stacked against them. But I remember there was this great scene that Kelly and I did. We were lying in bed together, Deacon and Brooke. And I think I said something. I said, “You and I’ve been fighting all our lives.” And I think that you and me against the world thing would be really interesting. It would be interesting if everybody… if Brooke started losing a lot of her support, and she chose Deacon. And what would that life look like?
Suzanne: Yeah what would Ridge have to say about that, for instance?
Sean: What if something happened where she somehow didn’t have her financial power base, and she was living in a crappy apartment with Deacon, and it’s like, could they still be in love living, you know, in a tiny little apartment? Or, what would happen… I was wondering what would happen if Deacon somehow actually got a financial power base? What would Deacon Sharpe’s life be like if suddenly he was on equal footing with the Ridges and the Dollar Bills of the world? That would be interesting.
Suzanne: That would be.
Sean: Deacon’s not an educated guy, but he is a smart guy, and he’s resourceful, and he is a cat with nine lives.
Suzanne: Okay. Well, I appreciate your talking to me.
Sean: Oh, it’s my pleasure. Thank you so much.
Suzanne: And yeah, and you know, I watch the show off and on because I have a lot of TV to watch for my site, but I keep up on what’s going on even when I’m not actually watching it, so…
Sean: Well, thank you for the opportunity. I really appreciate it, and I just want to thank everybody who who’s tuned in and watched this.
And, again, I’m going to plug it one more time. If you haven’t had a chance to check out my book, “Way of the Cobra,” please check out “Way of the Cobra,” the ebook is on Kindle. And the book is now available on Amazon. Unleash your inner badass.
Suzanne: All right. Thank you!
From Wikipedia: Sean Kanan is an American actor, producer, author and TV host, best known for his portrayals of A. J. Quartermaine on General Hospital, Deacon Sharpe on The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless, Mike Barnes in The Karate Kid Part III, and Sam Stevens on Studio City.
Interview with Warner Bros. actors by Suzanne 2/14/22
This was a fun panel for TCA (Television Critics Association) put on by Warner Brothers. I enjoyed the one they did last year, so I knew I would love this one, too. They didn’t disappoint. Last year’s was about comedy, and this year’s was about romance (since it was held on Valentine’s Day). It was called “With Love, Warner Bros. Television Group” and featured some of their best romances from their current shows: Javicia Leslie (Ryan Wilder) & Meagan Tandy (Sophie Moore) from Batwoman, Billy Gardell (Bob) & Folake Olowofoyeku (Abishola) from Bob ❤ Abishola, and Clayton Echard from The Bachelor.
I never miss an episode of “Batwoman” or “Bob ❤ Abishola,” so it was great to see the actors here. I’ve spoken with Javicia before, but it was great to see Meagan Tandy as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to ask a question this time around, but I enjoyed being there.
First, Javicia and Meagan were asked if they feel any special responsibility, since they’re the “first black lesbian leading couple on a superhero show.” Javicia answered that the whole show was a huge responsibility and featured many firsts. They make sure that they present themselves in a good way, both on- and off-camera, especially since their audience includes many children. It’s important to them to show a positive representation. Meagan agreed with that. She realized, after talking with teens, that having LGBTQ and black women on their show is a lot bigger than just the actors. She tries to tell the stories as authentically as she can. She was also asked about going from loving Kate to being with Ryan. She admitted that it was a “love rollercoaster” for Sophie, since she was married to man and in the closet in the first season. Then she had to deal with her feelings for Kate, and then all that happened with Kate leaving, and then Ryan coming into the picture. She said that it was “quite the journey for her,” but it’s been fun for her as an actor.
Javicia was asked whether she had been more concerned beforehand about taking over the physical part of playing Batwoman, or the emotional parts (with all of her family and romantic relationships). Javicia said she was most worried about whether the fans would approve of her or not, since she’s a superhero fan herself and loves “Batman.” She wasn’t worried about the physicality because she had done martial arts before, which is fun. She’s a dramatic actor, so she loves crying and all that. She loves that there are many fans of the show who love “Batwoman,” even if they may have lost some comic fans who don’t like that it’s not the Batman or Batwoman that they knew from the comics. She’s proud to be a part of this “new representation.” She tweets with her fans all the time, and they make it worth while for her. She’s “honored” to be a part of the show’s fanbase.
All of the actors were asked, which TV shows they used to watch that taught them “the most about love and how it gave you more perspective.”
Javicia spoke about the show “Martin” and how the characters Martin and Gina teased each other. It showed her that you need to have friendship and laughter in a relationship. She also mentioned watching the show “Family Matters” and other shows from that time.
Meagan said that she watched those shows, too, but her favorite was “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” because it was about a whole family’s love for each other, not just a couple. Her friends all loved the Disney movies with princess, which she didn’t like. Now they tease her because she’s in her 30’s and not married, but she has a boyfriend, so she hopes they’ll make it work. Javicia spoke encouraging to her about her boyfriend, saying, “Y’all will,” which was very cute. Then Meagan replied, “We’ll see where he takes me to dinner tonight,” and everyone laughed.
Meagan was asked about Sophie falling for two Batwomen and whether that’s her “type,” and also whether she’ll be talking to the writers about suiting up, like everyone else has. Meagan chattered about how originally she wasn’t going to be with Ryan, but then they changed their minds. Also, she was with Julia, who had also dressed like Batwoman, so it was really three Batwomans that Sophie was with. She joked about it, saying she probably has a bit of a fetish. She said that she doesn’t know about getting any kind of superhero suit. She was wearing the Crows uniform, but now that’s gone. She finished with, “So, for now, it’s just the suit of love,” which made everyone laugh.
Javicia and Meagan were asked what they thought people loved about superheroes – is it the need to be protected, or the need to be strong? Why do we fall in love with them? Javicia thinks that her partner is a superhero because a great partner puts your needs before their own, which is “attractive” and “sexy.” So is maybe having kids one day. She thinks that having a person out there saving everyone and helping people makes them attractive and you feel protected and it “just feels like home.” She said it seems to be the same kind of theme with all of them. Meagan agreed with that. She also observed that previous Batman actors were always portrayed by someone “who was really hot,” which made her desire them a bit. She also said that having a protector who is kind and honest, who wants to save people and “doing bigger work than themselves.” She hopes that might inspire people to be like that. Then there’s the fantasy aspect of having a super suit that keeps them protected.
Billy was asked about his Ozempic commercial and whether it was made, in part, to advertise his show. Billy seemed a bit taken aback by the question. It was a very odd question. Billy told us honestly that he didn’t do the commercial for that reason. He had developed Type 2 diabetes, and he had been on a medication that helped him. They asked him to try their medication, so he did, and he waited a year to make sure it worked before he agreed to do the commercial. It helped him get healthier, and not he doesn’t have to take ANY medication. He was able to “turn the corner,” thanks to the medication and being on the right track. He figured he would do the commercial to help others who might need help as well. He just wanted to hold himself accountable to it. He added, “I had to take that journey.” The journalist who asked that question told him that he did look great (and he does!).
Billy and Folake were asked about the possibility of their characters having a baby together on the show. Billy talked in general about how you have to have the discussion with your partner in marriage about whether you’re going to have children, and when, and that the relationships evolve and change. He said that their ages might be factor, and they might have to discuss that. He gave the example of whether Bob would be asking Abishola, “are you gonna be changing my diaper and the baby’s diaper?” Everyone laughed at that. He then praised the show, saying that “it’s never preachy.” It’s just two people in love and trying to do the best they can to be open and honest with each other, to be a strong couple. He told us that he’s been married for 22 years in real life. Folake talked about how much she has enjoyed the season, especially when they went to Nigeria. She says she watches those scenes over and over and loves how they were able to “share a Yoruba wedding with the world.” She also previewed that there are some good scenes coming “with the entire cast.” They’re going to have “a sock commercial,” which will be “really entertaining.” Neither of them really answered much about the baby plot point. They were obviously trying not to share any spoilers.
It was interesting to hear Folake’s real accent. She’s from Nigeria, but she went to boarding school, so she doesn’t have nearly as much of an accent as Abishola does.
In answer to the TV question, Billy talked about how much he loved “The Honeymooners” growing up, which his dad shared with him. He said that at the end of the day, Ralph knew that no matter how much he had messed up, his wife loved him, which made him a little bit more humble. He thinks that’s still a great message. Folake said that she used to watch Spanish telenovelas with the other girls at school, so that’s where she got most of her TV love experience.
They were each asked what they liked best about their real-life “sweethearts”. Folake replied that hers are her cats, which are named Bob and Abishola! She said, “They’re very adventurous and they can take on coyotes!” Billy said that he likes best about his wife that she stays with him. He went on a bit about how great she is: “She’s an amazing woman, and she has always been my rock.” He says that you should always do whatever your wife says. (As a wife, I agree with that)
They were also asked if they were surprised that the show has been embraced so well, given America’s problems with race. Billy said that he wasn’t surprised because the show is about love, and “love is always the secret sauce.” He said it so beautifully, that the audience knows it’s about love, and how the two love each other but have crazy families, and the show is also about how these families merge and can look past their differences. He stated, “it’s the common thread that we all share. In this world, all anybody wants is someone to love, somewhere to live, and a way to pay for that. If you keep it that simple I think people identify with it.”
Folake agreed that the show is all about love, which is what we all want. She also added that it was always going to be successful because it has Chuck Lorre in charge, and his whole production team that is so well-run. She finished with, “everyone is on their A-game, myself included, because we want to live up to that standard.” Billy agreed to that, too. She says it’s not surprising at all, and she thinks it has effects worldwide. It does very well in Africa and India.
Billy was also asked how much weight he’s loss, and he told us that he’s lost 102 pounds. It really does show. He joked that he would like to go on “The Bachelor” next year.
Folake also added her own comments in to the question about why we like superheroes so much. She thinks that is makes a great escape for viewers to just imagine being in that world. She also complimented the show, saying “this generation of Batwoman is like literally the Batwoman of my dreams. I wish I grew up on this shit. I wish I was a kid growing up watching you guys. It is so awesome. You guys are doing a great job.”
Billy loves the superhero stuff and sharing it with his son. He thinks there’s a “hopefulness with it, and I think that’s what superheroes give you, and it’s the feeling of safety. You feel like, wow, I wish someone was out there looking out for us like that.” He also agrees that it’s a way for people to escape, like Folake said.
Clayton was asked how he’s celebrating Valentine’s Day this year (even though he can’t tell us with whom he’s celebrating). He was also asked whether the show helped him with his holiday plans or if they hindered them. Clayton answered that he was recovering today from a “really fun weekend,” so he was drinking a lot of water and trying to save his voice, which was “a little shot.” He said that the dates on the show were “incredible” and he certainly did some things that set the bar very high, but of course he has to be realistic in the future (and on his own budget).
Clayton was also asked about what he learned with being on the show, especially about dating, relationships and what he might not have been doing before. Clayton gave the question some thought before answering. He admitted that he learned a lot, and watching it now on TV has also taught him a lot. He said that learning how to “pick up on body cues” was something that he had previously missed because there is a lot you can miss if you only pay attention to verbal cues. He added that he’s learning more about himself and “how to be a better person” so that he do better in the future.
Clayton replied to the question about TV shows to say that “Spongebob Squarepants” was the one that showed him the most about love. He enjoyed the friendship between Spongebob and Patrick. It showed him that “good friends stand by each other.” He said that we all want that love from both friends and family. Meagan agreed with him about it, saying she watched that show, too.
Clayton also answered about the superheroes. He said that “we’re all dreamers in some aspect, and so as kids we’re told to dream big. And that’s where these superhero movies really allow us to – as we grow up on them, watching them fight and all that – see their super powers. We hope, as we’re kids, to be able to have those same super powers.” We know that we can’t really be that way, but when we’re grownups, we remember that time, back when we were kids and thought we could be Batman or Superman.
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Ryan Wilder in “Batwoman”
Javicia Leslie stars as Ryan Wilder, a goofy, relatable, and street-smart lesbian who transforms into the hero Gotham’s been missing in The CW’s highly anticipated new drama “Batwoman.”
Leslie is known to television audiences for her role as Ali Finer on “God Friended Me” and Paris Duncan on “The Family Business.” On the feature film front, she recently tackled the lead role in hilarious new comedy, “Always a Bridesmaid,” penned by NAACP nominated Yvette Nicole Brown. Leslie also directed two short films this year, “Black Excellence” and “Howl.”
Born in Germany and raised in Maryland, Leslie graduated from Hampton University where she appeared in several productions including “Seven Guitars,” “For Colored Girls” and “Chicago.” As driven philanthropically as she is in her career, Leslie started The Chandler Foundation which gives back to youth in her community. When not filming, she spends her free time with her dog and staying healthy through her passion for fitness.
Sophie Moore in “Batwoman”
Meagan Tandy stars as Sophie Moore, a high-level private security agent and one of Gotham’s staunchest protectors in The CW’s highly anticipated new drama “Batwoman.”
Tandy’s television appearances include roles in “Survivor’s Remorse,” “Teen Wolf,” “Jane By Design,” “Baby Daddy,” “The Mayor,” “Red Band Society,” “Necessary Roughness” and in the breakout critical darling “UnReal,” opposite Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer.
On the big screen Tandy starred in John Gulager’s remake of the iconic “Piranha 3DD,” “Unstoppable” and “The Trap,” opposite Queen Latifah and Mike Epps.
At 19, Tandy entered and won the Miss California Teen Pageant. One year later she was named Miss California, USA.
Billy Gardell Bob in BOB ♥ ABISHOLA
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Birthday: August 20
Emmy Award-nominated actor and comedian Billy Gardell starred with Melissa McCarthy in the hit Network series “Mike & Molly” as Officer Mike Biggs from 2010-2016. The series continues to air in syndication. Also, he had a recurring role as Herschel Sparks on YOUNG SHELDON, on the Network, and starred as Col. Tom Parker on the series “Sun Records.” In 2016 he received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host on “Monopoly Millionaires’ Club.”
Prior to “Mike & Molly,” Gardell co-starred in the critically acclaimed series “Lucky.” His other television credits include “Yes, Dear” and “Judging Amy,” both on the Network, “My Name Is Earl,” “The Practice,” “Monk” and “Gary the Rat,” among others.
He made his major motion picture debut alongside Anthony Quinn and Sylvester Stallone in “Avenging Angelo,” and had a memorable scene with Billy Bob Thornton in the film “Bad Santa.” Also, he appeared in “You, Me & Dupree.”
As a stand-up comedian, Gardell took the long road to Hollywood, stopping at every small-town lounge, military base and comedy club along the way. His comedy act took him to Los Angeles where his dedication to acting and stand-up comedy allowed him to grow consistently in both arenas. His stand-up show is a powerhouse with its grounded, down-to-earth point of view that strikes a strong chord with American audiences. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are executed with the skill of a master craftsman.
In 2011, his comedy special “Billy Gardell: Halftime” premiered on Comedy Central. His next special “Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs” premiered on SHOWTIME in 2013.
A native of Pittsburgh, Gardell currently lives in Los Angeles. He loves Steeler football, stand-up comedy and his wife, Patty, and son, Will. His birthday is August 20. He can be followed on Twitter @BillyGardell and Facebook @billygardell.
Folake Olowofoyeku Abishola in BOB ♥ ABISHOLA
Birthday: October 26
Nigerian-born actress Folake Olowofoyeku has won the hearts of critics and audiences as Abishola in BOB ♥ ABISHOLA. She received the 2019 Breakout Actress in TV Award for her work on the series on behalf of the Sync Con Honors. Her additional television credits include a recurring role on “Transparent” and guest roles on “The Gifted,” “Modern Family,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Westworld,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” among others.
Olowofoyeku’s feature film credits include “When They Could Fly,” which earned her a Best Actress award at the prestigious ReelHeART International Film Festival in Toronto, “Central & Broadway,” for which she won Best Actress in a Fashion Film at the CinéFashion Film Awards, “Female Fight Club,” “The Bride,” “The Child Within” and “Hellbenders-3D,” among others.
As a voiceover artist, Olowofoyeku voiced the Priestess on the video game “Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode 1.” Olowofoyeku’s other passion is music.
Olowofoyeku grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and spent time in London. Her native language is Yoruba. The youngest of 20 children, she always dreamt of being in the arts, a dream that went squarely against the wishes of her parents, Chief Babatunji and Chief Mrs. Felicia Olowofoyeku, who insisted on the family profession of law and politics. During a summer vacation in New York City, unbeknownst to her family, she began to pursue her goal as a student at City College of New York, where she distinguished herself on the basketball court competing with CCNY’s Beavers in the NCAA and earning a B.A. with honors in theater. Additionally, she earned a diploma in audio engineering from the Institute of Audio Research (IAR).
Currently, Olowofoyeku resides in Los Angeles. Her birthdate is Oct. 26. She can be followed on Twitter and Facebook @TheFolake and on Instagram @the.folake.
DOB : April 29th – St. Louis, Missouri
Clayton Echard, who was first introduced as one of Michelle Young’s suitors in season 18 of “The Bachelorette,” not only connects romantically with the captivating Minneapolis school teacher but is also a favorite of Michelle’s middle school students. Ultimately, however, Michelle sends Clayton home, leading to one of the most emotional and heart-wrenching moments in “Bachelor” history. In that one touching moment, Clayton’s genuine desire to find a partner and start a family shines through, and never has it been so evident that one man deserves a second chance at finding that great love.
Nicknamed “Claynos” by his friends in the house due partly to his sculpted physique, Clayton grows stronger with every rose, opening himself up to Michelle in ways he never thought possible. This Midwestern man proves he is so much more than just a good-looking guy with a rock-hard bod. He’s a throwback romantic who’s not afraid to put himself out there for love.
I wasn’t sure at first whether I would like this series. I love Jared Padalecki’s work on “Supernatural” and “The Gilmore Girls,” so that’s why I tuned in. The cast is great, but at first it seemed pretty mediocre. Then it got better pretty quickly. I can see why it’s a hit for The CW. There is plenty of drama, action and humor. If you’re expecting anything like the old show that starred Chuck Norris, then you’ll be very disappointed. To me, that’s a good thing because I didn’t really like the old show. He was more of a lone wolf than this Walker, who has a whole family as well as friends and co-workers.
This Cordell Walker is tormented and grieving at the beginning of the season. His wife was murdered and he’s been undercover a long time. He’s distant from his family, and they all resent him. There’s a lot of great conflict. I really love the characters in the show. They’re what make it. Even though Cordell is the main character, he’s a bit of a likeable doofus sometimes. He doesn’t have all of the answers. That’s what makes him interesting.
You should check this show out and give it a chance. Season two starts this week on The CW!
There are some good Special Features about the show: a special called “Walker: Tragic Hero,” and another one that is really cool called “The Edge of the Coin,” plus the usual gag reel and deleted scenes. I really enjoyed them.
WALKER: SEASONONE Street Date: October 26 Format: DVD Description:WALKER, a reimagining of the long-running series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” stars Jared Padalecki (“Supernatural”) as Cordell Walker, a widower and father with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin, Texas after being undercover for nearly a year, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. Walker will attempt to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son, August (Kale Culley, “Me, Myself and I”) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenaged daughter, Stella (Violet Brinson, “Sharp Objects”) and navigate changes with the rest of the family. His ADA brother, William “Liam” (Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars”) returned home from New York and stepped in during Walker’s absence, making it all the more difficult for Walker to resume his place in the family. The perceptive matriarch of the Walker clan, Abeline (Molly Hagan, “Herman’s Head”) doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind to keep everyone in line and their traditional rancher father, Bonham (Mitch Pileggi, “The X-Files”) isn’t much for long winded, sentimental prattling, but voices his opinion when it counts most. At work, Walker’s former colleague, Larry James, is now his Ranger Captain, (Coby Bell, “The Game”) and both men need time to adjust to their new dynamic. Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner, Micki Ramirez (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history) played by Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”). She knows there’s a lot at stake for her in this new job and is quick to school Walker on curbing his maverick ways. Walker’s not Micki’s only distraction, as her relationship with an old friend, Trey (played by Jeff Pierre, “Once Upon a Time”) becomes more serious. The series closely follows Walker as he tries to balance all the new details in his old life while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s (Genevieve Padalecki) death.
I really want to love this show, but it’s just not funny enough for me. This is based on a British show of the same name, which you watch on HBO Max and Daily Motion. Frankly, I find the British one a little funnier. Neither one is hilarious, though. To me, the main goal of a sitcom is to make me laugh. If I just sit here and smile, or chuckle occasionally, that’s not good enough. It’s not worth my time.
Rose McIver (“iZombie”) plays Samantha, and Utkarsh Ambudkar plays her husband, Jay. She inherits a big old house, so they decide to invest all of their money into fixing it up and making it into a bed and breakfast. Unbeknownst to Sam and Jay, the house is haunted by many ghosts from the past. When Sam hits her head, she can suddenly see and hear the ghosts. They become very annoying to her and her husband.
I do like shows about supernatural creatures, so that’s why I really wanted to like it. I like the characters, too. One ghost, Hetty, is a Victorian older woman (played by the marvelous Rebecca Wisocky). The ghost that stands out the most is Thorfin, a Viking (Devan Chandler Long). In the UK version, he was a caveman. This version of the show has a native American, Sasappis (Román Zaragoza), who seems very interesting. I want to learn more about them, and that’s the main reason I added it to my DVR.
I’m crossing my fingers that it gets funnier as it goes along.
GHOSTS is a single-camera comedy about Samantha and Jay, a cheerful freelance journalist and up-and-coming chef from the city, respectively, who throw both caution and money to the wind when they decide to convert a huge rundown country estate they inherited into a bed & breakfast—only to find it’s inhabited by the many spirits of deceased residents who now call it home. The departed souls are a close-knit, eclectic group that includes a saucy Prohibition-era lounge singer (Danielle Pinnock); a pompous 1700’s Militiaman (Brandon Scott Jones); a ‘60s hippie fond of hallucinogens (Sheila Carrasco); an overly upbeat ‘80s scout troop leader (Richie Moriarty); a cod-obsessed Viking explorer from 1009 (Devon Chandler Long); a slick ‘90s finance bro (Asher Grodman); a sarcastic and witty Native from the 1500s (Román Zaragoza); and a society woman and wife of an 1800’s robber baron who is Samantha’s ancestor (Rebecca Wisocky), to name a few. If the spirits were anxious about the commotion a renovation and B&B will create in their home, it’s nothing compared to when they realize Samantha is the first live person who can see and hear them.
Premiered Thursday, Oct. 7 on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+.
Thursday (9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT)
Comedy (Filmed in HD)
Brandon Scott Jones
Devan Chandler Long
CBS Studios in association with Lionsgate Television and BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm.
Joe Port & Joe Wiseman, Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond and Martha Howe-Douglas; Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward, and Alison Owen (Monumental Television); Angie Stephenson (BBC Studios); and Trent O’Donnell (pilot only)
“FBI: International” on CBS Review by Suzanne 9/25/21
I have to admit that I’m not a fan of the “FBI” shows. I just find them a bit boring and formulaic. They have some good actors, but they just don’t excite me very much. If I had nothing better to do, I would watch them, or the “NCIS” shows, or the “Law and Order” shows, or…. Zzzzzzzzz I’m sorry! I dozed off a second there, just trying to remember all of these franchise shows. (Ha ha!)
These series all seem geared toward action junkies or old people. I mean REALLY old because I’m 60, which is pretty old, and they don’t hold any great thrill for me. But I know they’re very popular. They must be – why else would they now have THREE of them, all on the same night? I guess the three hours of programming is a good match against shows like “The Masked Singer” on FOX.
This new series is set in Europe. Unlike “FBI” and “FBI: Most Wanted,” the show has mostly young people. There is no wise older person to show the young people how it should be done. That might be a mistake, but we’ll have to wait and see how the stories play out.
I watched the three-episode premiere this week (tying all three series together), and I was impressed with the fact that I could watch all three without really knowing any of the other characters on the shows. They make it really easy to follow. You could watch any of these shows and not worry about episodes that you missed. They’re all pretty self-contained.
The international aspect of the show makes it very interesting. They have to deal with things that the other shows don’t, such as worrying about local law enforcement more and not being able to carry guns. I like that detail of it a lot.
Check it out and see if it appeals to you.
From Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind FBI and the “Law & Order” brand, faced-paced drama FBI: INTERNATIONAL is the third iteration of the successful FBI brand that follows the elite operatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s International Fly Team. Headquartered in Budapest, they travel the world with the mission of tracking and neutralizing threats against American citizens wherever they may be, putting their lives on the line to protect the U.S. and its people. The Fly Team’s Special Agent Scott Forrester, their accomplished and dedicated leader, puts his missions ahead of his personal life and is rarely seen without the team’s “secret weapon” – their trusty Schutzhund dog, Tank. Second in command is Special Agent Jamie Kellett, not afraid to tussle – in an alley or courtroom – and her extensive network of informants is a powerful resource. Special Agent Andre Raines shines in the field and makes good use of his accounting background in tracking criminal enterprises’ moving money; and the group’s newest member is Special Agent Cameron Vo, a competitive West Point grad who excels at interrogation and strategy. A key part of the mix is the unflappable Europol Agent Katrin Jaeger, a multilinguistic liaison between the FBI Fly Team and each host country they inhabit. Always at the scene where American interests are at risk, FBI: INTERNATIONAL is a globe-trotting depiction of law enforcement overseas.
The series premieres at a special time on Tuesday, Sept. 21 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) as part of a three-hour crossover premiere event with FBI and FBI: MOST WANTED to kick off the new season of “All-FBI Tuesdays” on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
Tuesday (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) as of Sept. 28
Drama (Filmed in HD)
(Special Agent Scott Forrester)
(Special Agent Jamie Kellett)
(Special Agent Andre Raines)
(Special Agent Cameron Vo)
(Europol Agent Katrin Jaeger)
Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with CBS Studios
Dick Wolf, Derek Haas, Matt Olmstead, Michael Katleman, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski
I love shows filmed on Oahu because we lived there for three wonderful years. I hope to go back one day. It really is paradise, like they say. I would look out and just be constantly amazed at where I was and what I was seeing. The actors in shows like this, and “Magnum PI” and “Hawaii Five-0” are so lucky to live and work there.
They do a good job showing the island – not just the tourist or downtown areas, but also where the locals go. They also show the food, the language and some of its cultural traditions. The cast is very diverse. Star Vanessa Lachey is half Filipina (there are many Filipino-Americans and other Asian descendants in Hawaii). The rest of the cast is from New Zealand, Canada and other places, with ancestry from Lebanon, the Pacific Islands, Hawaii, Polynesia (New Zealand), United Arab Emirates and more. It’s great that they have a woman in charge, too, which is a first for the NCIS franchise. CBS has really made great strides in its casting the past few years to put women and people of color in the forefront of their shows.
Do I even have to mention that the stories and characters are great? Of course they are. It’s NCIS. The writing is always top-notch. Someone in the military is murdered, and they investigate, and they find the killer (and usually more than they bargained for). There’s going to be action, good-natured joking around, and some romance. Each of the characters in the regular cast has compelling backstories. What more could you ask for? Check it out Mondays.
The world’s most successful television series continues on the seductive shores of the Aloha State with NCIS:HAWAI ‘ I, where the first female Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor, Jane Tennant, has thrived and risen through the ranks by equal parts confidence and strategy in a system that has pushed back on her every step of the way. Together with her unwavering team of specialists, they balance duty to family and country while investigating high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security and the mysteries of the sun-drenched island paradise itself.
Premiered Monday, Sept. 20 on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
Monday (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT)
Drama (Filmed in HD)
(Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant)
CBS Television Studios
Matt Bosack, Jan Nash and Christopher Silber; Larry Teng (initial episode only)
VANESSA LACHEY STARS AS SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE OF NCIS PEARL HARBOR JANE TENNANT, WHOSE TEAM INVESTIGATES HIGH-STAKES CRIMES INVOLVING MILITARY PERSONNEL AND NATIONAL SECURITY IN THE ALOHA STATE, ON THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “NCIS: HAWAI`I,” MONDAY, SEPT. 20
Series Also Stars Alex Tarrant, Noah Mills, Yasmine Al-Bustami, Jason Antoon,
Tori Anderson and Kian Talan
“Pilot” – Vanessa Lachey stars as Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor Jane Tennant, who, with her unwavering team of specialists, balances duty, family and country, while investigating high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security and the mysteries of the sun-drenched island paradise itself. In the premiere episode, an experimental Naval aircraft crashes on Oahu, and Tennant and her team must find who is behind it before classified state secrets are exposed, on the series premiere of NCIS: HAWAI`I, Monday, Sept. 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Series also stars Alex Tarrant, Noah Mills, Yasmine Al-Bustami, Jason Antoon, Tori Anderson and Kian Talan.
(Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant)
Mahina Anna Maria Napoleon
Danielle Nuela Zalopany
Amber Olivia Abara
(HPD Officer 2)
Blaze Laniola Cosner
Joanna K. Patterson
Pedro Lemus Jr.
(Navy Honor Guard)
(Master at Arms)
WRITTEN BY: Matt Bosack, Jan Nash and Christopher Silber
“Magnum P.I.: Season Three” Review by Suzanne 9/10/21
It took me a while to warm up to this series because it’s so different from the original. Jay Hernandez, a handsome young Latino actor, is a very different Thomas Magnum than the one played back in the 80’s by Tom Selleck. It makes sense because TV has changed a lot. It’s no longer mostly-white and male. Most shows are ensemble pieces – the star of the show is no longer a lone wolf. Hernandez has a nice laid-back energy but is still a good hero. The main difference is that Higgins (Perdita Weeks) is a sexy woman, so she and Magnum have a lot of sexual chemistry. In this season, they’re finally partners, working together in the PI agency.
Because of COVID, there are only 16 episodes this season. Also, the DVD features are rather thin. There’s a gag reel, deleted scenes and not much else. That’s too bad. I wonder if that’s due to the shortened season?
This would still make a good gift for any TV fans. There is a lot of great action, comedy, drama and romance in the show. Also, Roger E. Mosley (the original TC) guest stars in one memorable episode. Check it out!
MAGNUM P.I.: SEASONTHREE Street Date: September 14 Format: DVD Description:MAGNUM P.I. is a modern take on the classic series centering on Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum lives in a guest cottage on Robin’s Nest, the luxurious estate where he works as a security consultant to supplement his P.I. business. The “majordomo” of the property is Juliet Higgins, a beautiful and commanding disavowed MI:6 agent whose second job is to keep Magnum in line, with the help of her two Dobermans. When Magnum needs back-up on a job, he turns to his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors, Theodore “TC” Calvin, a former Marine chopper pilot who runs Island Hoppers, a helicopter tour business, and Orville “Rick” Wright, a former Marine door-gunner-turned-impresario of Oahu’s coolest nightclub and the most connected man on the island. Suspicious of Magnum’s casual attitude and presence at his crime scenes, Detective Gordon Katsumoto finds that he and Magnum are more alike than either of them care to admit. One of Magnum’s biggest supporters is Teuila “Kumu” Tuileta, the unofficial “House Mom” and cultural curator of Robin’s Nest. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case!
This is the kind of standard action show with interesting personalities and lots of explosions, chases, gunfights and all those things some viewers enjoy. The characters travel to all of these different countries and deal with terrorists, but the show focuses a lot on the characters, their problems, their families and their evolution in the show. Leader Jason (David Boreanaz) has been leading these teams a long time and it’s wearing on him. He still has to lead the others as they go through their own troubles. It’s essentially a male soap opera with lots of action. If you like shows like “NCIS: Los Angeles,” you should love this one as well.
It has a very devoted fan based and ranks high on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the broadcast TV ratings declined quite a bit in the last season, so now they’ve moved it to Paramount+.
The DVD set should be a great present for anyone who likes action, adventure and good characters. It has all of the usual extras: audio commentary, deleted scenes and three different features: “Brothers in Arms,” “Meeting of the Minds,” and “If You Build It.”
Description: SEALTeam is a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask of them. Jason Hayes is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence. His team includes his trusted confidant, Ray Perry, the longest-tenured operator with whom Jason shares an ingrained shorthand; Sonny Quinn, an exceptional, loyal soldier with a checkered past who still combats self-destructive tendencies; and Clay Spenser, a young, multilingual, second-generation SEAL with insatiable drive and dedication. Vital to the team‘s success are troop commander Lt. Cdr. Eric Blackburn, who serves as a leader and confidant both on and off the battlefield; CIA analyst Mandy Ellis, who has sacrificed everything in her drive to root out evil and take down terrorists; and Ensign Lisa Davis, a no-nonsense, take-charge officer. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEALteam displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds.
“NCIS: New Orleans: The Complete Series” Review by Suzanne 8/25/21
It’s a shame that this show only had 7 seasons. I don’t know why the NCIS audiences never really warmed to it. Perhaps it’s just that three NCIS shows at once is too much. Then again, they did start NCIS: Hawaii this year. I don’t know why they put the various NCIS shows on different nights, rather than making one programming block night the way they do with FBI, and the way NBC does with the Chicago One shows. I think part of the reason they canceled the show is that they’re trying to make their shows more diverse, and it doesn’t look so good to have the three NCIS shows, all headed by old white guys. The sinking ratings certainly didn’t help.
Whatever the reason, it ended, and it makes me sad. I do love Scott Bakula in every show he does (even though we’re both getting older, and he’s not as cute as he used to be). It’s sad that they had to shoot their last season during the pandemic and only had 16 episodes. I loved the rest of the cast, too. Three of them I knew from other shows, so they really probably a lot of experience to their characters. The writing for the show was always top-notch, and the city of New Orleans was like another character on the show. The whole show had a different tone because of being set in New Orleans. It’s a shame they lost one of their major characters, Chris (Lucas Black), but at least the series did have a happy ending this year.
I’m so grateful to have this complete set of the series, so I can rewatch it all at once (or binge as the kids say). It’s great to see all of the various actors that came and went during the season. I hope that we see Scott Bakula again in something else good really soon.
There are a ton of special features, but most of them are the same ones we saw in the previous seasonal sets (aside from some new audio commentary). The set is really for people who don’t have all the other DVDs. I don’t think they’ll be coming out with a Blu-ray version, so you might as well buy this one. It would make a great gift, too.
NCIS: NEWORLEANS: THE FINAL SEASON & THE COMPLETESERIES Street Date: August 31, 2021 Format: DVD Description: NCIS: NEWORLEANS is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, a.k.a. “King,” a native of NewOrleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is tough and acerbic Special Agent Tammy Gregorio, a former FBI Agent who was sent to NewOrleans to investigate NCIS and upon completion joined Pride’s team, Forensic Agent Sebastian Lund, a brilliant scientist who left the lab and, after much training, became an agent, Special Agent Hannah Khoury, a seasoned agent who specializes in international counter-intelligence and has spent most of her career on overseas assignments; and Quentin Carter, a former Marine with a wry sense of humor and an independent streak, who makes it a point never to stay in one place long enough to get too comfortable. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade, who is as eccentric as she is smart, and Investigative Computer Specialist Patton Plame, an animated and talented hacker. Helping Pride is Rita Devereaux, who after a successful career as an attorney with the Department of Justice, returns to her hometown of NewOrleans to pursue a relationship with him. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best.
“NCIS: New Orleans: The Final Season” Review by Suzanne 8/25/21
It’s a shame that this show only had 7 seasons. I’m really going to miss it. I think that they tried so hard to emulate the feel of New Orleans that they made it too different from the other two NCIS series. It didn’t the fast-pace and high-energy that the others had. It was more laid back.
Whatever the reason, this was the last season, and it makes me sad. It’s really a shame that they had to shoot their last season during the pandemic and only had 16 episodes. I love star Scott Bakula (Pride) and the rest of the cast, too. It’s a shame they lost one of their major characters, Chris (Lucas Black), last year – but at least the series did have a happy ending this year.
Like most of the shows on TV today, each of the characters have their own issues to work through, so they spent this season working on those. I hope that we get to see some of these actors show up occasionally on the other NCIS series. The DVD set is a good one, with three special features: “Season 7: Pride and Joy,” “The Best of Times” and “The Perfect Pair.” I’m looking forward to watching the complete series set, which should have more special features. This DVD should make a great gift for anyone.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS: THE FINAL SEASON & THE COMPLETE SERIES Street Date: August 31, 2021 Format: DVD Description: NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, a.k.a. “King,” a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is tough and acerbic Special Agent Tammy Gregorio, a former FBI Agent who was sent to New Orleans to investigate NCIS and upon completion joined Pride’s team, Forensic Agent Sebastian Lund, a brilliant scientist who left the lab and, after much training, became an agent, Special Agent Hannah Khoury, a seasoned agent who specializes in international counter-intelligence and has spent most of her career on overseas assignments; and Quentin Carter, a former Marine with a wry sense of humor and an independent streak, who makes it a point never to stay in one place long enough to get too comfortable. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade, who is as eccentric as she is smart, and Investigative Computer Specialist Patton Plame, an animated and talented hacker. Helping Pride is Rita Devereaux, who after a successful career as an attorney with the Department of Justice, returns to her hometown of New Orleans to pursue a relationship with him. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best.
This show always has a lot of great action, led by series star Shemar Moore (Hondo). Honestly, I just love him…I’ve been a fan ever since he was on “The Young and the Restless.” I even got to meet him once and get my picture taken with him at a charity event. He’s always outstanding on his shows, including “Criminal Minds” and now this one. What’s amazing is that when he first started, he was not a great actor. However, he was not only gorgeous, but he just had that certain something that makes great TV stars. Also, he clearly worked hard on his acting skills because now he’s as good as anyone else. From all accounts, he’s a really great guy, too. He does a great job of keeping in contact with his fans on social media.
This season, they added a new character: the global pandemic. They chose to use the real-life drama to make drama for their show, and it worked. Many shows just ignored it or only dealt with it briefly. It was brave of them to do it. They also dealt with other real world issues, such as white supremacy, protesters, sex trafficking and the public’s current attitudes towards the police as well as personal issues each of the team members were going through.
This is one of the few reboot/remake shows that CBS has done that is even better than the original series. The reason is obviously Shemar Moore. This DVD set would make a great gift of anyone. It lacks special features. It only has a blooper reel and one behind-the-scenes feature: Special Tactics: Tanker Takedown.
THREE FAN-FAVORITE SERIES ARRIVE ON DISC AHEAD OF THEIR FALL PREMIERES
THE GOOD DOCTOR SEASON 3
AVAILABLE ON DVD AUGUST 4
THE BLACKLIST SEASON 7
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S.W.A.T. SEASON 3
AVAILABLE ON DVD AUGUST 18
S.W.A.T. SEASON 3
Torn between loyalty to where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Shemar Moore) has everything it takes to be an excellent leader and bridge the divide between his two worlds. With Hondo leading the charge, his team of dedicated men and women bravely put themselves at risk to protect their community and save lives.
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CREDITS Executive Producers: Shawn Ryan, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Neal H. Moritz, Andrew Dettmann, Justin Lin, Marney Hochman, Pavun Shetty, Billy Gierhart, Craig Gore, Alison Cross, Michael Jones-Morales, Paul Bernard Cast: Shemar Moore, Alex Russell, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit, Amy Farrington, and Jay Harrington Developed by: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Shawn Ryan
Based on the series “S.W.A.T.” Created by Robert Hamner, Developed by Rick Husky
Approximately 886 minutes DVD: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen | Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
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“NCIS: The Eighteenth Season” Review by Suzanne 8/15/21
Somehow, this show keeps going on and on. This is the last season where Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) leads the pack. He’s retiring and will only be seen occasionally in the Nineteenth season. Gary Cole takes over the NCIS team. The interesting thing is that Harmon is only 5 years older than Cole.
The show’s cast has gone through many changes. I believe Sean Murray (Tim) is now the only remaining regular character on the show (since it started in 2003; however, he didn’t join the show until episode 7). He came in as a very junior member of the team, so that seems really strange. I don’t think NCIS will last very long without Gibbs. The ratings have been going down steadily this season. Maybe they’ll let them get to Season 20 and stop. That would be nice.
I think the show is still plenty enjoyable because they have new regular characters and new cases. As long as you enjoy the show, does it really matter if Gibbs is till around? Gary Cole is an excellent actor and a good replacement. I think it’s hard for fans to lose Ducky and Gibbs (both retiring). The show is really still feeling the loss of Tony, Ziva and Abby.
Back to season 18. They packed a lot of great action and story into this season. There are only 16 episodes, due to COVID. There are quite a few deaths of minor characters, and another regular cast member leaves. The show always has many mysteries, twists, shootings, fighting, explosions and more. Check it out!
Description: Originally conceived as a spinoff of the American legal drama JAG, NCIS has evolved into a major television franchise spread across three different series. Following a fictional team of special agents known as the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the show combines elements of police procedural dramas with military drama to create incredibly engaging episodes. Voted American’s favorite television show in 2011, NCIS routinely premieres to over 15 million viewers each season.
“Blue Bloods: The Eleventh Season” Review by Suzanne 8/14/21
This is always a good family soap opera. It’s also a cop show, but that’s incidental, in a way. The family in this show really could work anywhere. What makes the show interesting is how they relate to one another in their working-class, New York City way. Tom Selleck is the alpha male in his pack, but he’s also a loving father and grandfather.
Even after eleven seasons, they don’t seem to run out of ideas for stories. In part, that’s because the cast is so large. There’s always more to tell about the Reagan clan. They introduced a new family member this year: Joe Hill, son of the late Joe Reagan.
It’s no surprise that the show’s demographics are older and more conservative. However, the show does not shy away from discussing today’s issues, particularly those that involve the police. This season they argue about police brutality.
The DVD has deleted scenes and two features: “The Story of the Reagans: Season 11” and “Shades of Blue.” It would make a great gift for anyone who is fond of the police or Tom Selleck (especially those over 60).
Description: Blue Bloods follows the Reagans, an Irish-American Catholic family in New York City with a history of work in law enforcement. Starring Tom Selleck as NYC Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, the cast also includes Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, and Len Cariou. Shot on location in New York City, the series has been praised for its performances, especially from Selleck, and has premiered to millions of viewers each season since it began in 2011.
Hope and Liam are together at the cabin. He’s overjoyed that she’s letting him move back in. She’s concerned about him, but he doesn’t tell her about what happened or why he’s been so upset. Later, Hope tells Brooke that she’s letting Liam move back in. Baker questions Bill in his office at Spencer about Liam and his involvement with Vinny. Bill is indignant and evasive. Liam arrives, happily telling Bill that Hope has welcomed him back, before he sees Baker. Baker asks him whether he killed Vinny.
At Forrester, Quinn goes on and on to Carter about how she and Eric are not doing well. He tries to be supportive and urges her to fight for her marriage. Meanwhile, Donna and Eric are chatting before he goes off on a short business trip. She can tell something is wrong between him and Quinn, but she doesn’t say anything. She’s straightening his tie when Quinn enters and sees them. Quinn keeps her temper in check while she says goodbye to Eric, hoping that they can get closer once he’s back. He reminds her that he’s still not ready for that.
Hope phones Liam, who is groggy and lying on Bill’s couch. She tells him that she’s worried about him and wants him to come over, so he agrees to. Brooke comes in just as Hope is speaking with Liam. Hope explains why she’s worried to her mom. She sees Liam struggling and wants to help him. At the police station, Baker and Sanchez talk about Vinny’s hit-and-run case. Baker isn’t so sure that it was random or drug-related. They talk about going over the evidence. Baker still needs to chat more with Thomas, Finn and Liam.
At home, Bill can tell that Liam didn’t sleep much. Liam still feels very guilty, despite Bill constantly nagging him to get his life back together. Bill thinks it’s a great idea for Liam to go over to see Hope. Later, Bill chats with Justin on the phone about how Liam got rid of his great car because a sheik wanted to buy it. Katie comes in, so Bill cuts it short. She wants to know if everything is OK because they haven’t seen him much lately. He says he’s just been busy helping Liam out. Meanwhile, Liam arrives at Hope’s and says hi to Brooke, who leaves. Liam, stricken with guilt, apologizes for not being around her or the kids as much lately. She tells him that she’s missed him and is worried about him. She tells him that she can forgive him and asks him to move back in. Liam is overjoyed and they kiss.
Detective Baker questions Thomas about Vinny’s death. Thomas resents it when he thinks Baker is implying that he had anything to do with his friend’s death. He wants the murderer found and punished. Baker wants to know who might have wanted Vinny dead, so Thomas tells him that Vinny was a drug dealer and also explains why he thought he was doing him a favor by switching the paternity test results. Hope arrives and Baker leaves. Thomas thinks that Baker might already know who killed Vinny and just needs proof. Meanwhile, at Bill’s place, Liam is very agitated and upset after hallucinating Vinny yesterday. Bill tries to get Liam to calm down and realize that he needs to be practical and think of his family. They argue a lot. Liam doesn’t know how he’s going to be able to pull himself together, like Bill insists. Hope phones again and asks Liam to come by her office so they can work out the children’s schedules, and also so they can talk about them. She hints that she might be open to working on forgiving him. Vinny’s death has given her new perspective about life. Liam comes by but sees Baker standing outside the office, so he hides around the corner. After Baker leaves, he walks back to the office. He hears a voice from behind, telling him to hold it right there and that he has him. Liam slowly raises his hands.
Quinn visits Carter in his office so that she can work on him forgiving Zoe. Carter doesn’t want to discuss it. Eric arrives and is cold to Quinn. Quinn tries to get him to go out to a romantic dinner, but he tells her that he has a meeting that he can’t reschedule. Later, Quinn visits Carter at his house to work on him some more. Zoe and Paris chat at Forrester. Quinn comes by and tells Zoe that she couldn’t get Carter to listen to her yet. Zoe tells Paris that she and Quinn have become friends. Quinn is a big fan of second chances.
At the cottage, Thomas and Hope talk about Vinny’s death and how he had to identify his body. He’s very angry and sad about his friend being the victim of a hit-and-run in Bel Air (of all places). Hope wonders if someone that Vinny worked with in his drug dealings might have done it deliberately, but Thomas doesn’t think Vinny acted like someone was after him. Meanwhile, at Bill’s house, Liam and Bill argue about lying to everyone about the hit-and-run, especially Wyatt. Liam really doesn’t want to keep lying, but Bill insists that he do it. Bill gives every reason that Liam should keep his mouth shut and not risk his future. Liam resents everything Bill has done. Hope phones to let Liam know about Vinny. He has a hard time keeping his composure, and she can tell that something is wrong.
At Forrester, Quinn chats with Zoe about Paris and Zende’s romantic evening, which they ruined with the smoothie that made Paris sick. Zoe says that it didn’t make Zende any less into Paris, and she feels very guilty about what they did. Paris and Flo come by. Zoe tells Paris that she supports her and Zende’s happiness. Paris is glad to hear it. Flo also thinks they make a cute couple. Meanwhile, Zende and Carter have just finished working out, so they’re changing their shirts. Zende thinks Carter should give Zoe another chance.
Liam is at home, clutching a sofa pillow. He keeps having a flashback to the night he hit Vinny with his car. Bill comes in, saying he went for a jog. It soon becomes clear that he was establishing his presence with the neighbors in case of any problems with the police as well as checking out what possible video footage there might have been last night. Liam thinks he should go to the police, but Bill thinks he’ll be sentence to jail because Vinny almost destroyed his marriage to Hope. Liam keeps telling him that he won’t be able to live a normal life with this guilt, but Bill doesn’t listen. His only concern is protecting Liam from going to jail. Liam also thinks that the police will catch him, despite Bill’s precautions.
Hope flashes back to kissing Liam. Finn drops by for a visit; Steffy and Kelly took a little trip up the coast. He couldn’t get out of work. Hope asks him how he was able to forgive Steffy so easily. Finn replies that it was a one-time thing, so he just decided to forgive her, which is healthier, anyway. He focused on their future. He thinks Hope should do the same. Hope tells him that she’s looking forward to having lunch with Liam today. She texts him about their lunch. He had forgotten about it and starts freaking out. Bill says Liam shouldn’t go anywhere in his current condition. Liam texts her that he can’t make their lunch after all. He starts to hyper-ventilate, so Bill talks him into getting calmer. He refuses to let Liam go to prison. Meanwhile, Finn meets up with the Coroner. She tells him that she can’t go to their training session today as planned because of the new hit-and-run of a young man. He looks at the man’s face and is shocked that it’s Vinny.
At Forrester, Brooke and Ridge chat about the Logans bringing Flo into their family. He’s proud of her for her forgiveness. She’s worried about Liam and Hope’s separation but hopes they can fix their marriage. She thinks that Liam and Hope are each other’s destiny. She’s also worried that Thomas will use the situation to get back with Hope. Ridge seems surprised that she still doubts Thomas. She still doesn’t trust him when it comes to Hope. She thinks he’s still obsessed, even though she admits that he’s improved a lot. They argue about Thomas. He hears them yelling at each other as he walks by, so he listens at the door. Brooke says that there’s no way Thomas will never have a future with Hope.
At the office, Thomas and Douglas chat about drawing and designing. Hope is there, too. Douglas wonders where Liam has been lately. They try to find a delicate way to tell him that Liam is just spending some time with his dad and apart from Hope without making Douglas worry. Douglas thinks that Thomas should move in now that there’s more room. They tell him that it doesn’t work that way, but he doesn’t understand. Hope assures Douglas that no matter what, she, Liam and Thomas all love him very much. After Douglas leaves, Thomas and Hope have an awkward conversation. She knows that he’s changed and asks him to stop apologizing for how his head injury led to Liam and Steffy sleeping together. She tells him that he doesn’t mind Douglas’ questions, even though she doesn’t always have an answer. He tells her again that he just wants her to be happy, no matter what.
Brooke and Katie briefly discuss work. Then they talk about how Flo is now officially a Logan and how proud Storm would be. Ridge overhears them. He’s surprised about them welcoming Flo so much (especially Brooke). Brooke admits that she hasn’t told Hope yet. At Spencer, Flo admires her new engagement ring while Wyatt chuckles and how happy she is. They talk about high school a little. Wyatt has been planning the proposal for a long time. He wants to go home and celebrate, but she suggests that they go tell their moms the good news.
Shauna drops by the Forrester mansion to see Quinn, who’s there with Eric. Quinn hasn’t seen her for awhile. They discuss their past a bit and how they’ve all moved on from when Shauna was mad at her. Quinn is still apologetic for accusing her of chasing after Eric. After Eric leaves, they discuss their kids. Shauna tells Quinn about Flo being a Logan. Later, Flo and Wyatt drop by and, after teasing them a little bit, show them the ring. They’re ecstatic that their kids are getting married.
Interview with Tarun Keram of “The Stand” on CBS All Access by Suzanne 2/25/21
This was a delightful interview. He’s a very talented young actor, and I think we will see a lot more of him. I was excited to learn that he’s been in some of my favorite shows. I’m looking forward to seeing his “Debris” episode coming up.
Suzanne: So, tell us about your character in The Stand, which, I think, just finished up last week.
Tarun: Yeah, it just finished. So, I play Steve, the orderly. He used to be a vet technician, and the apocalypse hit. Everyone’s dead, so there’re no doctors around. So, I have to step up and become a doctor and assist in labors.
Great. And I heard you did a little research about being a vet technician.
Tarun: Yeah, I’ve done a little. I have a dog. So, I’d ask the vet some questions and all that, because there wasn’t – my character doesn’t exist in the book. So, the only information I had was the vet technician part and what it would be like to transition into being a doctor.
Suzanne: Great. What kind of dog do you have?
Tarun: I have a husky.
Suzanne: Oh, I love huskies.
Tarun: So great. So much hair, though.
Suzanne: They’re so pretty though. We almost got one.
Tarun: So pretty. Then, he’s got two different colored eyes.
Suzanne: Oh, that’s great. We when we had our first dog, we went to the shelter, and we wanted this husky there that was so pretty, but it had kennel cough, so we couldn’t get it.
Suzanne: I know.
Tarun: That’s too bad. Poor dog.
Suzanne: I hope it ended up okay.
Suzanne: Do you have Instagram? Do you have pictures of your dog on there we can see?
Tarun: Yeah, absolutely. It’s just my first name last name, and you can check out my myself and my dog on Instagram.
Suzanne: Oh, cool. I’ll have to check that out. I’ll definitely do that. I follow a lot of dog and cat and other pet things on Instagram.
Tarun: Oh, really?
Tarun: I do too. Do you follow Loki, the wolf dog?
Suzanne: I don’t know. There’s so many that I follow. I don’t remember. I’ll look for him though.
Tarun: He didn’t do it, like the celebrity of dogs.
Suzanne: Oh, okay, cool. So anyway, you finished The Stand right before the pandemic, correct?
Tarun: Yeah, that’s right. I think it the first week of March was my final day, and I think everything shut down the week after or the week after that, but we just made it, and we didn’t have a wrap party.
Suzanne: Aww. Well, I know it’s a mini series, but is there any talk of a sequel that you’ve heard?
Tarun: Not that I’ve heard of yet. But the ending, if you’ve seen it, has changed from the book. So it’s sort of open ended.
Suzanne: No, I haven’t seen it, but I heard that it was left that way. So, that’s why I was wondering if maybe [it would].
Tarun: Yeah, I mean, I hope it does, but I haven’t I haven’t heard anything quite yet.
Suzanne: You’re also going to be an episode of the new NBC series, Debris?
Suzanne: What role are you playing there?
Tarun: I play a secret agent that’s a tech head. So, I deal with computers and spyware, figuring out where people go, that sort of thing. That’s pretty much all I can really say about it.
Suzanne: Are you in just one episode or multiple episodes?
Tarun: So far, just one.
Suzanne: I saw the first episode, and I interviewed two of the guys from there the other day. It looks like a good show.
Tarun: Yeah, looks like NBC is really pushing the sci-fi now for – What is it? They have a new streaming platform, right?
Suzanne: Do you mean besides Peacock?
Tarun: Oh, yeah, that’s the one, I guess. I don’t know if it’s out already.
Suzanne: Yeah. It’s hard to keep track. There’re so many.
Tarun: There’re so many now, yeah.
Suzanne: Do you have anything else coming out that you tell us about?
Tarun: Yeah. So, I’m in an episode of Nancy Drew that’s coming out. I just shot that. I just shot that one [recently]. It’s been super busy. Then, I’m working on Legends of Tomorrow, I think, next week.
Suzanne: Cool. Is that one episode or do you have a recurring role?
Tarun: It’s like a pseudo guest star for Legends.
Suzanne: Okay, cool.
Tarun: I don’t want to think too much, because there’s a lot of moving parts of that show.
Suzanne: Sure. I love that show. I watch all the CW superhero shows.
Suzanne: I’ll watch for you on there.
Tarun: Yeah, please do. I actually quite like them. The last one I saw was Flash, but I haven’t seen any other ones since then.
Suzanne: Yeah, I think Flash is coming back soon.
Tarun: Yeah, that’s right. I have been auditioning…for for some roles. I’ve been in Supergirl already, so now I’m in Legends, and I was in Arrow before, so I’m trying to try to make the rounds here.
Suzanne: Yeah, I saw that you were in there. Those are all my favorite shows. It’s great.
Tarun: That’s awesome.
Suzanne: Well, there’re so many TV shows of all different sorts, and there’s a lot of good ones out there. So, you have to sort of like, figure out and prioritize which ones [to watch].
Tarun: Yeah, you’re going to have to get all the streaming services.
Suzanne: Right. Well, I pretty much do have almost all of them, but I try to watch them all, at least one episode for reviewing, for my site. But, I mean, for my personal viewing, I try to prioritize superhero shows and some sci-fi and other things.
Tarun: …Yeah, that’s right; you have to.
Yeah, because, otherwise, you’re always behind, and you’re always stressed out and like, “Oh, I can’t watch it all. It’s too much.”
Tarun: Yeah, I feel that.
Suzanne: Did you grow up reading comics?
Tarun: I did not. I did not read any comics. I mostly read – I wasn’t a big reader, to be honest. The last book I read was Eragon, all the way through, but then I picked up a Vertigo graphic novel. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it. It’s called Fables.
Suzanne: No, but that’s okay.
Tarun: It’s all about fairy tales, but they all live in New York and have to deal with a bunch of problems. Beauty and the Beast is in it, Cinderella. It’s pretty cool.
Suzanne: Oh, it sounds a little bit like – there was a show like that on NBC awhile back…Grimm.
Tarun: Oh, I didn’t watch that one.
Suzanne: Yeah, that was a good show. Anyway, it’s similar to that with fairy tale characters in modern day society type of thing.
Tarun: Same idea. I guess [its], like Once Upon a Time; it’s kind of like that.
Suzanne: Yeah, it’s similar to that, but I think it was more of a gritty show than Once Upon a Time. So, are you back to auditioning now for other stuff, then?
Tarun: Absolutely. I don’t think that’s ever going to end. It’s changed a little bit now though, where I’m on set, and I have a call from my agent saying, “Send in a tape for before tomorrow morning.” So, it’s a little bit different than before where I’m sort of waiting around.
Suzanne: Well, I guess if you get big enough, at some point, you won’t have to audition.
Tarun: I hope so. I mean, I kind of like auditioning, but I remember Odessa Young from The Stand. One of the days we were there, she had an audition for the next day, and it was like twelve pages long or something, but she was on set shooting sixteen hours. So, I’m not sure. I’m not sure when when that would end, if the leads are doing it on The Stand.
Suzanne: But you actually like auditioning?
Tarun: I do. I do. The game’s sort of changed a little bit where there’s not many callbacks around for TV and film. So, when I showed up to set for Debris, I hadn’t met anyone, and I didn’t really know what their vision was for this character. So, I would do something one way, and then they would go a complete 180 on me. That sort of would have been figured out at the audition, or the callback, I would say, but it’s just adjusting.
Suzanne: Is that because of the pandemic and having to do everything remotely?
Tarun: Yeah, absolutely. You can’t really go in the room anymore.
Suzanne: So, they basically audition you on tape, and then they hire you, and then you sort of figure out the character together. Is that what you’re saying?
Tarun: Yeah, yeah, pretty much. You can give them your take, and you can show up to set with how you presented the character, but you’ve just got to be ready for some changes, as always.
Suzanne: To your knowledge, have they ever hired someone, and then when they get there, they find they just really can’t get this person to act the way they want to, and then they say, “Nevermind,” and they get somebody else?
Tarun: Oh, I don’t know. I feel like that might be a little costly. Yeah, you just kind of have to roll with the punches and work with what you’ve got.
Suzanne: Well, it’s good that they streamlined it, especially nowadays. Everything moves so fast anyway with the filming.
Tarun: Yeah, exactly.
Suzanne: …So, what have you been doing this past year to keep busy during the pandemic?
Tarun: Oh, I started a garden in my backyard. I built a fence, and I just relaxed. It’s a huge change of pace from auditioning all the time.
Suzanne: I’ll bet. Was this in Vancouver or somewhere else?
Tarun: Yeah, I live in Surrey, which is about an hour from Vancouver. It’s kind of like the [unintelligible].
Suzanne: That’s cool. So, did you know anything about gardening before, or did you have to learn everything?
Tarun: Absolutely not. I knew nothing. I just thought everything took the same amount of water; that’s not true. I ended up picking peppers and a bunch of other plants, and obviously, the peppers don’t need as much water, but I’d still water them the same amount. But after a week, I figured it out pretty quick[ly], because they did not look good.
Suzanne: I think that was very smart of you. Most people it takes awhile, or they just give up.
Tarun: Yeah, no, I didn’t. I actually enjoy cooking now. So, it’s nice having fresh thyme and fresh rosemary on hand. It’s so nice.
Suzanne: Great. And I see you’ve been a both a producer and a director. What do you like best actor, producer, or director if you had to choose?
Tarun: I feel like it depends on what kind of mood I’m in, because sometimes I just want to create my own project, and in that case, I love being the producer. Sometimes I just want to act. I don’t know. I don’t know. I would say that I like producing and acting more than directing, but I also like writing more than I like producing and directing, if that makes sense.
Suzanne: Sure. Well, I guess it’s a good thing you don’t have to choose, then.
Tarun Keram’s stirring and rooted performances have the industry taking notice. He was born and raised in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada where he grew up spending his days playing sports with friends after school. In grade eleven Tarun began playing Ultimate Frisbee where he won multiple MVP medals. He came to the craft in his last semester of high school when he enrolled in a theatre class and uncovered his joy for acting. It took him a few more years to acknowledge his passion and talent for it but soon after he began landing coveted roles in TV and film. After high school, he dedicated himself to acting through the Vancouver Film School and an agent and roles soon followed.
Tarun has worked on numerous TV shows including The CW’s “Arrow”, “Supergirl”, “iZombie” and “Supernatural”, Amazon’s “Upload”, Netflix’s “Travelers”, Lifetime’s “UnREAL”, NBC’s “The Arrangement”, FOX’s “Prison Break” and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”. He also had prominent roles on CBS’s “Twilight Zone”, The CW’s “Charmed”, Hulu’s “Marvel’s Helstrom” and SYFY’s “The Magicians”.
Most recently Tarun landed the coveted role of Steve on CBS All Access’ anticipated limited series “The Stand”, an adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel. The series premieres December 17th.
LIMITED SERIES: The Stand
ABOUT THE SERIES: The Stand is Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), the Dark Man. THE STAND will close with a new coda written by the famed author himself.
PREMIERE DATE: December 17th on CBS All Access
Get to Know Tarun
I did a DNA test and I’ve got Welsh and Japanese ancestry.
I was the Captain of my Ultimate Frisbee team in high school and won an MVP medal.
I’m very superstitious.
When I auditioned for Star Trek it was in a warehouse full of people who were auditioning for the Bridge Crew members.
I’m still in close contact with my Bridge Crew members to this day.
I grow my own ghost peppers to spice up my mom’s curry recipe.
I’m the owner of a print shop.
It takes me an hour to get to my auditions on a good day. I commuted an hour and a half every morning and evening .
When I was going to film school, I once thought I met Idris Elba , but it was actually his stunt double in an alien costume.
Flo, Wyatt and Bill stand in Bill’s office, talking about the news that Steffy’s baby is Liam’s. Bill is about to visit Genoa City for his deal with Summer. Meanwhile, Brooke and Donna also chat about Liam and Steffy at Brooke’s house. Bill arrives to let Brooke know that he’s committed to Katie and Will and to ask them to speak to Katie on his behalf.
At Forrester, Katie and Paris chat about Zoe. Katie admires how Paris stood up to Zoe and didn’t let her older sister push her around. Publicist Eva arrives, so Katie introduces them. Eva makes clueless remarks about how much Paris must love working with her sister. Meanwhile, Carter and Zoe argue at Forrester some more about their failed engagement. Zoe explains about the delayed text message. Just then, Zende arrives, so Carter yells at him. Zende protests that he wasn’t trying to interfere, but it falls on deaf ears. Paris arrives, so Carter angrily asks her to let him know whether Zoe is telling the truth or not.