Primetime TV Review of “Firefly Lane”

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Kate and Tully as teens in "Firefly Lane" on Netflix

“Firefly Lane” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 2/6/21

This drama is about two girls who become great friends during the early 70’s. One is shy and unpopular (Kate), and the other one is very cool and popular (Tully), but with a terrible home life. The show traces their beginning until middle age (it goes back and forth a lot, which I found a bit confusing). In the present, Tully is a successful (but lonely) talk show host. Kate has just been divorced and is raising her teen daughter, so she’s trying to get back into journalism. Although they’re good friends, they have their issues. However, they face what life throws at them, together.

I think most women will be able to relate to this great female friendship and the struggles that women have. It’s entertaining yet realistic. There haven’t too many shows or movies that involve important female friendships. There are some fun and lighthearted moments as well as real drama.  Check it out!

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Based on the New York Times Bestselling book, Firefly Lane is the sweeping story of two inseparable best friends and their enduring, complicated bond, spanning four tumultuous decades.

Starring: Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke

Showrunner and Executive Producer: Maggie Friedman

Executive Producers: Stephanie Germain, Lee Rose, Katherine Heigl

Best friends Tully and Kate support each other through good times and bad with an unbreakable bond that carries them from their teens to their 40s.

PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Ali Skovbye as Young Tully Hart
· Beau Garrett as Cloud
· Ben Lawson as Ryan
· Brandon Jay McLaren as Travis
· Brendan Taylor as Mutt
· Jenna Rosenow as Kimber Watts
· Jon Ecker as Max Brody
· Katherine Heigl as Tully Hart
· Patrick Sabongui as Chad Wiley
· Roan Curtis as Young Kate Mularkey
· Sarah Chalke as Kate Mularkey
· Yael Yurman as Marah
CREW INFORMATION:
· Katherine Heigl as EP
· Kristin Hannah as BOOK/CO-EP
· Lee Rose as EP
· Maggie Friedman as CRTR/EP
· Peter O’Fallon as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Stephanie Germain as EP

NETFLIX ORDERS NEW SCRIPTED SERIES “FIREFLY LANE,” BASED ON THE NOVEL BY KRISTIN HANNAH

Logline: Kate and Tully meet as young girls and become inseparable best friends throughout thirty years of ups and downs, successes and failures, depression and disappointments. When an unthinkable betrayal breaks them apart, the two women go their separate ways and it’s unclear whether they will ever be able to reconcile.

The series is based on the novel of the same name by New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah, who serves as co-executive producer.

Episodes: 10

Writer/Showrunner/Executive Producer: Maggie Friedman

Executive Producer: Stephanie Germain

Kristin Hannah bio

Kristin Hannah is the award-winning, bestselling author of more than 20 novels published in 43 languages, including the international blockbusters, The Nightingale and The Great Alone both of which are currently in production at TriStar Pictures with Michelle MacLaren set to direct The Nightingale. Now with her novel Firefly Lane being adapted for Netflix, Kristin Hannah has three of her bestsellers currently in production.

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Primetime TV Review of “50M2”

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“50M2” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 2/5/21

In this entertaining Turkish show, a man named Gölge is working for a mobster, Servet, that took him in as a child and trained him to be his henchman. Gölge only has a photo of his parents and wants to know who they are and where he comes from (as well as his real name). He learns that Servet has been lying to him. Servet tries to kill him, but he escapes. Meanwhile, he finds out that a tailor, Adil, in the small village of Güzelce, has died, and the people there think that he’s the tailor’s long-lost son, Adem. He hides out at the tailor’s shop, posing as Adem and building a very different life for himself.

The name is based on the size of the small shop: 50 meters squared (That’s 165 square feet to us Americans).

This is a really cool, stylish show that reminds me of shows I liked growing up, like “Mission: Impossible” or “It Takes a Thief.” It has some aspects of “The Bourne Identity” as well. It’s a good action-drama, but there’s a lot of humor and mystery in it as well. Of course, it is violent, but not exceedingly so. Any fan of action should enjoy it.

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FROM BURAK AKSAK & SELCUK AYDEMIR, NETFLIX’S ORIGINAL SERIES “50M2” BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY

FROM BURAK AKSAK AND SELCUK AYDEMIR, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BKM, NETFLIX’S NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “50M2” BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Starring Engin Ozturk, Aybuke Pusat, Kursat Alniacik, Cengiz Bozkurt, Tolga Tekin, Yigit Kirazci, Hasan Yalnizoglu, Ozgur Emre Yildirim, Tuncay Beyazit, Tugce Karabacak and Murat Kilic

He needs a 50m2 space to be reborn… How many lives could fit in a 50m2?

Istanbul, Turkey – January 15 2020 – Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, begins principal photography on 50m2, a dark comedy series, in partnership with BKM.

Produced by BKM, 50m2 will be directed by the highly acknowledged director Selcuk Aydemir alongside the renowned writer/director Burak Aksak who is also the scriptwriter of the series. The eight-part dark comedy series stars Engin Ozturk, Aybuke Pusat, Kursat Alniacik, Cengiz Bozkurt, Tolga Tekin, Yigit Kirazci, Ozgur Emre Yildirim, Tuncay Beyazit, Tugce Karabacak, Hasan Yalnizoglu and Murat Kilic.

The series tells the story of a mysterious hitman named Golge (Engin Ozturk) who tries to find himself on the run for his life. While escaping from his wealthy and dark like followed by a betrayal from Servet who treated him like his long-lost father, he suddenly finds himself living in a 50 meter square tailor shop in a foreign neighborhood. While hiding in there until the situation settles down, he discovers those in the neighborhood think that he is the son of the deceased store-owner. However, he quickly realizes that maintaining this identity won’t be as easy as he thinks.The more he lives in this new neighborhood, the more he will discover the secrets about his past and his real identity, the more he helps those around him, the more he will become someone else.

The series is expected to launch globally in 2020.

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Primetime TV Review of “Go Dog Go”

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“Go Dog Go” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 2/5/21

This is a very entertaining and cute CGI animated kids show. All of the characters are dogs, and they live in Pawston. They have a lot of energy and fun. Some of them sing. Of course, they also learn some valuable lessons. The show doesn’t hammer you over the head with the “lesson,” though. They like to zoom around in fast cars, which is why it’s entitled “Go, dog, go!”

The main dog is Tag, who’s like a 6 year old child, and in the first episode he meets a newcomer to town, Scooch Pooch. Scooch Pooch is from a farm, so he is new to city life. They have a big dog party in a tree. Everyone wants to go, so the traffic is slow. They keep trying different ways to get there: on foot, by river and by blimp! They are all slow.

The show is based on a series of children’s books that have been around a long time. Dreamworks is behind the series, and they always have top-notch shows.

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Handy and inventive pup Tag chases adventure with her best pal, Scooch, solving problems and helping the citizens of Pawston along the way.

NETFLIX TO LAUNCH DIVERSE SLATE OF ORIGINAL PRESCHOOL SERIES FROM AWARD-WINNING KIDS PROGRAMMING CREATORS

Hollywood, Calif. – July 22, 2019 – In a commitment to deliver high quality, age-appropriate content for kids ages 2-6 everywhere, Netflix today announced seven original preschool series from some of the industry’s most respected and prolific creators. Netflix’s preschool slate is produced by creators from all over the world, designed for diverse audiences, and inclusive of a wide range of genres and formats – from educational to nonverbal comedies, and with many options in between.

“With high-quality, age-appropriate programming for kids at every age and stage, we want to help young people find and connect with the stories and characters they love on Netflix,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix. “We are also here to empower parents to find the shows that are just right for their families during whatever time they feel is appropriate to enjoy entertainment.”

The Netflix Kids experience gives adults the ability to prevent access to certain content on their account by setting age restrictions and requiring PIN controls.

The seven new Netflix Original Preschool titles include:

DreamWorks Dragons Rescue Riders (2019) is a CG animated comedy adventure series that opens a brand new chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning How to Train Your Dragon franchise. The all-new series is about twins, Dak and Leyla, who because they were raised by dragons, share a unique ability to communicate with them. The brother and sister lead a team of five young dragons that spend their days rescuing other dragons, and helping the people in their adopted town of Huttsgalor.

Executive Producers: Emmy Award winner Jack Thomas (Dragons: Race to the Edge, The Fairly OddParents) as executive producer and Brian K. Roberts (VeggieTales in the House) as co-executive producer.

Director: TJ Sullivan (Barnyard, Beware the Batman)

Hello Ninja (2019) For Wesley and his best friend Georgie, every day is an adventure. When Wesley puts his hands together, bows to his reflection and says the words, “Hello, Ninja” his surroundings instantly transform into an enchanting Ninja world. From Atomic Cartoons, a Thunderbird Company, this CG animated series is based on the picture book of the same name from author N.D. Wilson.

Executive Producer: N.D. Wilson

EP/showrunner: Mark Palmer (Treehouse Detectives, Kim Possible)

Story Editor: Susan Kim (Wonder Pets, Handy Manny)

Director: Michael Dowding (Slugterra, Reboot)

StarBeam (2020) Zoey is excited to tackle second grade, but when danger beckons, she sneaks away and – with her signature call out “It’s time to shine!” – transforms into StarBeam, the speediest, most powerful and most enthusiastic superhero to ever sip from a juicebox. StarBeam is a CG animated series produced by Kickstart Entertainment.

Executive Producers: Jason Netter (Preacher), Loris Kramer Lunsford. (Johnny Test), and Heather Puttock (Ready Jet Go!)

Head Writer: Noelle Wright (Doc McStuffins, Super Monsters)

DreamWorks Go, Dog. Go! (2020) is a CG animated series produced by DreamWorks Animation and DHX Media, based on the beloved, classic children’s book by P. D. Eastman, published by Random House Children’s Books. Every dog wants to go! Go fast, go far, go to a big dog party in a tree. The series follows young pup Tag Barker and her adventures in Pawston, a colorful community of dogs on the go.

Showrunner / Executive Producer: Adam Peltzman (Odd Squad, Wallykazam)

What-To-Doodles (2020) A team of adventurous and lovable young creatures play, grow, laugh, learn, and sing together in this CG animated series that teaches young viewers “what to do” in everyday social experiences and firsts. Created by Art Spigel and Hannah Kole, the series is produced by creative production company 7ate9 Entertainment.

Story Editor: Doug Wood (Molly of Denali, Bob the Builder)

Izzy Bee’s Koala World (2020) 11-year old Izzy Bee, known affectionately as the Koala Whisperer, lives on Australia’s Magnetic Island where she rescues and rehabilitates koalas with her veterinarian Mom, Ali and her dad, Tim. This non-fiction series is produced in partnership with The Dodo and Nomadica Films.

Executive Producers: Jared McGillard (Dodo Heroes, Last Alaskans), Izzie Lerer (Founder/Chief Creative Officer The Dodo, Dodo Heroes), Suzanne Kolb (Dodo Heroes, The Swim), Elizabeth Keyishian (Sesame Street, Paw Patrol, Astroblast)

Producers: David Glauber (Snug’s House, Toca Boca: Toca TV), John Collin (Dodo Heroes)

Emily’s Wonder Lab (2020) Discover what makes STEAM fun with these visual demonstrations that will blow your mind! Acclaimed science communicator Emily Calandrelli takes kids through lively experiments and entertaining activities in this new live-action series created and produced by Bunim Murray Productions (The Real World, Crystal Maze, Keeping up with the Kardashians).

Executive Producer & Host: Emily Calandrelli (Xploration Outer Space, Bill Nye Saves the World)

Executive Producers: Gil Goldschein, Maria Peppin, Trish Gold

The new slate joins the already robust Netflix original preschool offering for kids aged 2-6, which includes beloved shows such as Ask The StoryBots, Chip and Potato, Mighty Little Bheem, Motown Magic, Super Monsters, True and the Rainbow Kingdom, Word Party, and YooHoo to the Rescue. Other previously announced Netflix preschool originals that are soon to launch include DreamWorks Archibald’s Next Big Thing, Go! Go! Cory Carson, and Chico Bon Bon.

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Primetime TV Review of “Daughter From Another Mother”

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“Daughter From Another Mother” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 1/28/21

This is a fun dramedy from Mexico. Two mothers have babies on the same day.  One is a young student, a single mom (Mariana), and the other is an older, middle-aged well-to-do mom with 3 other kids and a husband (Ana).  Mariana had planned on a home birth, but things didn’t go as planned, so her mother rushes her to the hospital. Both women happen to meet and take an instant dislike of each other.  Later on, a new nurse accidentally switches the babies when she takes off their ID bracelets and then puts them back in the wrong order.

There are a lot of characters, which include Mariana’s mother, her girlfriend, and her ex-boyfriend; Ana’s children, husband, personal assistant, chauffeur and others she works with.  They all get involved in these family problems (and two are having an extra-marital affair).  When the hospital finds out that the babies were switched, they insist that each mother give the other’s baby back. However, both moms have bonded with the other baby, so it’s heartbreaking. They come up with an easy solution: Mariana moves in with Ana’s family.

I enjoyed this first episode, and if I had time, I would watch the rest of it. Maybe I will someday.

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VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEB SITE

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its first season on 1/20/21; has yet to be renewed for a second season.

DESCRIPTION:
(from Netflix’s web site, January 2021) After realizing their babies were exchanged at birth, two women develop a plan to adjust to their new lives: creating a single —and peculiar— family.

PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Ludwika Paleta
· Martín Altomaro
· Paulina Goto

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Primetime TV Review: “Bridgerton”

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“Bridgerton” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 1/15/21

I’m enjoying this series. It’s a great romantic drama with many plot twists and some humor. The acting is very good, and it has beautiful scenery and other details. If you’re a fan of the great PBS period shows, such as “Upstairs: Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey,” you should love this one, even though it’s not on “Masterpiece: Theater.” It’s produced by Shonda Rimes (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder”) and created by Chris Van Dusen, who worked on “Grey’s” as well. The series is based on novels by Julia Quinn about life in Regency London in the 1800’s.

Most of the action centers around Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and her family. Her widowed mother, Violet (Ruth Gemmell) is trying to get her a husband. If you’ve ever watched any of these type of shows before, or read romance novels, you’ll know that they have a debutante season each year, where everyone dresses up, and the ladies dance with prospective suitors. Then one or more of the suitors calls on them at home (properly chaperoned, of course), and one eventually proposes. The women are treated more like belongings than people, and they usually have a sizable dowry that goes to the husband when they’re married. Everyone has to be particularly careful to avoid any kind of scandal.

Daphne is a smart and beautiful young women, but she’s naïve in the ways of the world. Most of the young men she dances with don’t interest her. She meets her brother’s friend, a duke named Simon Bassett (Regé-Jean Page). Like most of these romance stories, they don’t like each other too much at first, but then they start getting attracted to each other. He isn’t looking for a wife, and she benefits from having a duke court her (so that others will be more interested). They make a plan to look like they’re interested in each other; then, of course, they fall for each other. However, they still face many obstacles.

This is a large ensemble series, so there are other relationships, and stories for her brothers and the other main family on the show, The Featheringtons. We’re told at the beginning that the Bridgertons are all handsome and beautiful, whereas the Featheringtons are not. The show is narrated by Julie Andrews as a gossip-writer, Lady Whistledown. Besides the drama, the show makes a point of letting us know how difficult life was back then for women (even those with money and status).

There are a few things I could quibble about, such as the fact that I had trouble telling Anthony, the oldest Bridgerton son, apart from Benedict, the middle Bridgerton son. Also, I found it odd that the Duke, when trying to use his , shall we say, home version of birth control, was successful, with all of the sex they’d had (in real life, that method is only 78% effective). I’m very glad that the last episode tied everything up pretty neatly, including letting us know who “Lady Whistledown” really is.

Although the show is set in 1813, it doesn’t have an all-white cast, including the nobles. In fact, the queen – Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) – is black. The duke and many other characters are black or Asian. Some of this is rooted in history because Queen Charlotte was rumored to be black. The rest is just literary license. Although the show does look very authentic for its time (to this layperson), it’s not. Also, some of the music they use in the background is modern. If that kind of thing doesn’t bother you, then you should watch it. You’ll be glad you did because it’s very binge-worthy.

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TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (8 episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its first season on 12/25/20; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION:
(from Netflix’s web site, December 2020) The eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. Inspired by Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels.

PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury
· Ben Miller as Lord Featherington
· Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington
· Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton
· Florence Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton
· Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
· Harriet Cains as Philippa Featherington
· Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton
· Julie Andrews as Lady Whistledown (Voice)
· Lorraine Ashbourne as Mrs. Varley
· Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton
· Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton
· Martins Imhangbe as Will Mondrich
· Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington
· Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton
· Polly Walker as Lady Portia Featherington
· Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset
· Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson
· Ruby Stokes as Francesca Bridgerton
· Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton
· Sabrina Bartlett as Siena Rosso
· Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton

CREW INFORMATION:
· Betsy Beers as EP
· Chris Van Dusen as CRTR/EP
· Julia Quinn as BOOK
· Julie Anne Robinson as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Shonda Rhimes as EP

NETFLIX AND SHONDALAND ANNOUNCE FIRST SLATE OF SERIES

Hollywood, Calif. – Friday, July 20, 2018 – Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, and Shondaland today announced the first slate of series being developed by Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and their team to premiere exclusively for Netflix members around the world.

“I wanted the new Shondaland to be a place where we expand the types of stories we tell, where my fellow talented creatives could thrive and make their best work and where we as a team come to the office each day filled with excitement,” said Rhimes. “Ted and Cindy and everyone at Netflix have been incredible partners in making that happen. This is Shondaland 2.0.”

“From the world of Regency England all the way to present day Manhattan, we at Shondaland have a wonderful opportunity to explore new worlds and tell these stories in many different ways,” said Beers. “We are fortunate to be working with such an inspiring group of talent, including our amazing creative team at Netflix. I could not be more thrilled!”

“It’s been thrilling to begin this journey with Shonda, Betsy and their team and watch them embrace the full range of creative freedom possible at Netflix,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content, Netflix. “Infused with Shonda’s sensibility, the Shondaland slate is shaping up to be something truly special that we know will delight our members around the world.”

Untitled Bridgerton Project

Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, this smart feminist take on Regency England romance unveils the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.

* Scandal veteran Chris Van Dusen (EP) will adapt and showrun the series.

WRITER-PRODUCER CHRIS VAN DUSEN SIGNS SERIES OVERALL DEAL WITH NETFLIX

His first project will be Shondaland’s Untitled Bridgerton Project

Hollywood, Calif. – October 29, 2018 — Writer-producer Chris Van Dusen has signed a brand new, multi-year series overall deal with Netflix.

Under the terms of the agreement, Van Dusen will create new series and other projects for the streaming platform. His first will be Shondaland’s Untitled Bridgerton Project, a one-hour drama ordered straight-to-series, based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels. Van Dusen will adapt, showrun, and executive produce, along with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers through Shondaland.

This smart feminist take on Regency England romance unveils the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.

“I couldn’t be more excited about being a part of the creative powerhouse that is Shondaland at Netflix,” said Van Dusen. “Bringing these irresistible books by Julia Quinn to the screen, with the fearless and talented team of storytellers I’ve been so fortunate to have worked alongside for so long, is a dream come true. I am grateful to have a home at Netflix, whose commitment to innovative, groundbreaking storytelling is unmatched.”

Van Dusen most recently served as co-executive producer on SCANDAL. A homegrown Shondaland talent, Van Dusen landed his first writing gig on GREY’S ANATOMY. He is a graduate of Emory University and USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program.

JULIE ANDREWS TO VOICE “LADY WHISTLEDOWN” IN NETFLIX AND SHONDALAND’S THE UNTITLED BRIDGERTON SERIES

ABOUT THE SERIES

LAUNCH DATE: 2020

FORMAT: Drama; 8 x 1-hour episodes

LOCATION: London

CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Chris Van Dusen

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers

SYNOPSIS:

Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, BRIDGERTON, is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society. From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground. At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.

CASTING:

JULIE ANDREWS will lend her voice to the character of “LADY WHISTLEDOWN.” Anonymous to readers, this mysterious, sharp-tongued gossip writer uses a curious mix of social commentary and scathing insult to send the season of 1813’s ton into an all-out frenzy.

BIO:

Julie Andrews has been a beloved and much-honored star of stage,screen and television for more than half a century. She was already a Broadway legend when she made her feature film debut in 1964’s “Mary Poppins.” Andrews’ iconic performance in the title role of the magical nanny brought her an Academy Award (R) , a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. The following year, she earned a second Oscar (R) nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her unforgettable portrayal of Maria Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.” She received her third Academy Award (R) nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her “dual” role in “Victor/Victoria” in 1982. Today’s young film audiences may be more familiar with Andrews as a queen trying to train her teenaged granddaughter to be a princess in the hit films, “The Princess Diaries,” and its sequel, “The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement,” as well as Gru’s mother, Marlena, in the hugely successful “Despicable Me” and “Minion” franchises. Andrews also voiced the character of Queen Lillian in the blockbuster hits “Shrek 2,” “Shrek the Third,” and “Shrek Forever After.” More recently, she voiced the narration of the very successful Disney release of “Enchanted.” In 2010, Ms. Andrews added to her multi- generational appeal with the release of “The Tooth Fairy.”

Her earlier motion picture credits also include “The Americanization of Emily,” “Hawaii,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Star!,” “Darling Lili,” “SOB” and “10,” to name only a few. Julie was born and raised in England, where she first came to fame as a young musical performer on stage and on radio. She was still in her teens when she made her way across the Atlantic and to Broadway, in her 1953 debut in the musical “The Boy Friend.” She went on to create the role of Eliza Doolittle in Lerner and Loewe’s Broadway musical “My Fair Lady,” which became an instant classic and the longest-running musical of its day. Andrews also won a New York Drama Critics Award and garnered a Tony Award nomination for her performance. She received another Tony Award nomination in 1961 when she originated the role of Queen Guinevere in the Lerner and Loewe musical “Camelot.” Thirty-five years later, Ms. Andrews returned to Broadway to star in the 1995 stage adaptation of “Victor/Victoria.” Julie’s career came full circle in 2005 when she directed a revival of “The Boy Friend” which toured throughout North America. Julie has also been honored for her work on television, beginning in 1957 with her Emmy-nominated performance in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella.” She later won an Emmy Award for her own musical variety series, “The Julie Andrews Hour,” and also earned Emmy nominations for “Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center” (with her “chum” Carol Burnett) as well as her performance in the TV holiday special, “Sounds of Christmas.” Andrews’ more recent television movies includes “One Special Night” with her friend James Garner, “Eloise at the Plaza,” “Eloise at Christmastime” and re-united with Christopher Plummer in the CBS live production of “On Golden Pond.”

Ms. Andrews, already an accomplished best selling author (“Mandy,” [1971], “The Last of The Really Great Whangdoodles,” [1974], has joined talents with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, to pursue the publishing of books committed to stimulating a sense of wonder in children and young readers. The Julie Andrews Collection was launched in October 2003 and has released over 25 books to date, (many of them bestsellers) including the “Little Bo” series, the “Dumpy The Dump Truck” franchise, “The Great American Mousical,” “Thanks to You” and “Simeon’s Gift” (the musical/stage adaptation of which toured parts of the U.S. in 2008, including two performances at the Hollywood Bowl, and in London in 2010) and “The Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs & Lullabies.” “Home – A Memoir of My Early Years,” Ms. Andrews’ autobiography was released in April 2008 to rave reviews and immediately climbed to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list as well as several other prestigious lists in the U.S. and abroad. Julie and Emma are enjoying great receptivity to their new franchise of books called “The Very Fairy Princess.” The initial release ascended rapidly to #1 after its May 2010 release on the New York Times Bestseller list and enjoyed top 10 status for over 10 weeks. It was followed in May 2011 with “The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage” (which reached #1 status as well),and then in April 2012, “The Very Fairy Princess – Here Comes the Flower Girl” (which enjoyed top 10 status for several weeks). In October 2013, “The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow” was released and has shown its “sparkle” as a perennial by being re-released in November 2014 for the holiday season. Valentine’s Day 2013 was greeted by “The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart” and the latest picture book was “The Very Fairy Princess Graduation Day” which was released in April 2014. Interwoven in these releases were several activity books and doodle books and “earlier reader” books that have rounded out the franchise. In October 2012, Julie adapted and directed her best-selling children’s book “The Great American Mousical” as a musical for the stage. The project opened at the Norma Terris Theatre at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut and received a spectacular reception. Several other projects authored by Ms. Andrews are currently being developed for filmed and TV entertainment.

Although she continues to receive offers for films and TV as an actress, she is Immensely enjoying her work “behind the cameras.” In addition to her stage and screen work, Julie has dedicated her life to her family and to service important causes, including Operation USA, an international relief organization with which Julie has traveled to such places as Vietnam and Cambodia. From 1992 to 2006 she was honored as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which provides financial and technical support for low-income women in developing countries. Ms. Andrews received her honours as a Dame of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on New Year’s Eve 1999. She was also a 2001 Kennedy Center Honoree, and, in 2011 was celebrated with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award. More recently, in 2016 Julie helmed a first class revival of “My Fair Lady” which toured through Australia for 12 months and broke all sales records at The Sydney Opera House. The production was immaculately produced, and replicated the original stage and costume designs of the 1956 debut production in which Julie created the Eliza Doolittle character. Also in 2016, Julie co-created, wrote and executive produced “Julie’s Greenroom,” a children’s television series about the arts, created for Netflix in partnership with the Jim Henson Company. The series earned three Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series and Outstanding Writing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program.

For more about Ms. Andrews and her activities and book collection,please go to www.julieandrewscollection.com JULIE ANDREWS TO VOICE “LADY WHISTLEDOWN” IN NETFLIX AND SHONDALAND’S THE UNTITLED BRIDGERTON SERIES

ABOUT THE SERIES

LAUNCH DATE: 2020

FORMAT: Drama; 8 x 1-hour episodes

LOCATION: London

CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Chris Van Dusen

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers

SYNOPSIS:

Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, BRIDGERTON, is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society. From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground. At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.

CASTING:

JULIE ANDREWS will lend her voice to the character of “LADY WHISTLEDOWN.” Anonymous to readers, this mysterious, sharp-tongued gossip writer uses a curious mix of social commentary and scathing insult to send the season of 1813’s ton into an all-out frenzy.

BIO:

Julie Andrews has been a beloved and much-honored star of stage,screen and television for more than half a century. She was already a Broadway legend when she made her feature film debut in 1964’s “Mary Poppins.” Andrews’ iconic performance in the title role of the magical nanny brought her an Academy Award (R) , a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. The following year, she earned a second Oscar (R) nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her unforgettable portrayal of Maria Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.” She received her third Academy Award (R) nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her “dual” role in “Victor/Victoria” in 1982. Today’s young film audiences may be more familiar with Andrews as a queen trying to train her teenaged granddaughter to be a princess in the hit films, “The Princess Diaries,” and its sequel, “The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement,” as well as Gru’s mother, Marlena, in the hugely successful “Despicable Me” and “Minion” franchises. Andrews also voiced the character of Queen Lillian in the blockbuster hits “Shrek 2,” “Shrek the Third,” and “Shrek Forever After.” More recently, she voiced the narration of the very successful Disney release of “Enchanted.” In 2010, Ms. Andrews added to her multi- generational appeal with the release of “The Tooth Fairy.”

Her earlier motion picture credits also include “The Americanization of Emily,” “Hawaii,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Star!,” “Darling Lili,” “SOB” and “10,” to name only a few. Julie was born and raised in England, where she first came to fame as a young musical performer on stage and on radio. She was still in her teens when she made her way across the Atlantic and to Broadway, in her 1953 debut in the musical “The Boy Friend.” She went on to create the role of Eliza Doolittle in Lerner and Loewe’s Broadway musical “My Fair Lady,” which became an instant classic and the longest-running musical of its day. Andrews also won a New York Drama Critics Award and garnered a Tony Award nomination for her performance. She received another Tony Award nomination in 1961 when she originated the role of Queen Guinevere in the Lerner and Loewe musical “Camelot.” Thirty-five years later, Ms. Andrews returned to Broadway to star in the 1995 stage adaptation of “Victor/Victoria.” Julie’s career came full circle in 2005 when she directed a revival of “The Boy Friend” which toured throughout North America. Julie has also been honored for her work on television, beginning in 1957 with her Emmy-nominated performance in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella.” She later won an Emmy Award for her own musical variety series, “The Julie Andrews Hour,” and also earned Emmy nominations for “Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center” (with her “chum” Carol Burnett) as well as her performance in the TV holiday special, “Sounds of Christmas.” Andrews’ more recent television movies includes “One Special Night” with her friend James Garner, “Eloise at the Plaza,” “Eloise at Christmastime” and re-united with Christopher Plummer in the CBS live production of “On Golden Pond.”

Ms. Andrews, already an accomplished best selling author (“Mandy,” [1971], “The Last of The Really Great Whangdoodles,” [1974], has joined talents with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, to pursue the publishing of books committed to stimulating a sense of wonder in children and young readers. The Julie Andrews Collection was launched in October 2003 and has released over 25 books to date, (many of them bestsellers) including the “Little Bo” series, the “Dumpy The Dump Truck” franchise, “The Great American Mousical,” “Thanks to You” and “Simeon’s Gift” (the musical/stage adaptation of which toured parts of the U.S. in 2008, including two performances at the Hollywood Bowl, and in London in 2010) and “The Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs & Lullabies.” “Home – A Memoir of My Early Years,” Ms. Andrews’ autobiography was released in April 2008 to rave reviews and immediately climbed to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list as well as several other prestigious lists in the U.S. and abroad. Julie and Emma are enjoying great receptivity to their new franchise of books called “The Very Fairy Princess.” The initial release ascended rapidly to #1 after its May 2010 release on the New York Times Bestseller list and enjoyed top 10 status for over 10 weeks. It was followed in May 2011 with “The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage” (which reached #1 status as well),and then in April 2012, “The Very Fairy Princess – Here Comes the Flower Girl” (which enjoyed top 10 status for several weeks). In October 2013, “The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow” was released and has shown its “sparkle” as a perennial by being re-released in November 2014 for the holiday season. Valentine’s Day 2013 was greeted by “The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart” and the latest picture book was “The Very Fairy Princess Graduation Day” which was released in April 2014. Interwoven in these releases were several activity books and doodle books and “earlier reader” books that have rounded out the franchise. In October 2012, Julie adapted and directed her best-selling children’s book “The Great American Mousical” as a musical for the stage. The project opened at the Norma Terris Theatre at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut and received a spectacular reception. Several other projects authored by Ms. Andrews are currently being developed for filmed and TV entertainment.

Although she continues to receive offers for films and TV as an actress, she is Immensely enjoying her work “behind the cameras.” In addition to her stage and screen work, Julie has dedicated her life to her family and to service important causes, including Operation USA, an international relief organization with which Julie has traveled to such places as Vietnam and Cambodia. From 1992 to 2006 she was honored as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which provides financial and technical support for low-income women in developing countries. Ms. Andrews received her honours as a Dame of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on New Year’s Eve 1999. She was also a 2001 Kennedy Center Honoree, and, in 2011 was celebrated with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award. More recently, in 2016 Julie helmed a first class revival of “My Fair Lady” which toured through Australia for 12 months and broke all sales records at The Sydney Opera House. The production was immaculately produced, and replicated the original stage and costume designs of the 1956 debut production in which Julie created the Eliza Doolittle character. Also in 2016, Julie co-created, wrote and executive produced “Julie’s Greenroom,” a children’s television series about the arts, created for Netflix in partnership with the Jim Henson Company. The series earned three Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series and Outstanding Writing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program.

For more about Ms. Andrews and her activities and book collection,please go to www.julieandrewscollection.com

NETFLIX AND SHONDALAND SET CAST FOR UPCOMING BRIDGERTON SERIES

ABOUT THE SERIES

LAUNCH DATE: 2020

FORMAT: Drama; 8 x 1-hour episodes

LOCATION: London

CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Chris Van Dusen

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers

SYNOPSIS:

Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, BRIDGERTON, is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society. From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground. At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.

QUOTE FROM CREATOR CHRIS VAN DUSEN: “We could not have found a more gifted group of actors to bring Bridgerton to life. When creating this series, the goal was to turn a very traditional genre on its head and make something fresh, smart, sexy and fun. That’s exactly what this cast embodies and I’m ridiculously excited to see them inhabit these characters and captivate viewers in their own incredibly brilliant ways.”

CAST:

PHOEBE DYNEVOR (Younger, Dickensian) will play “DAPHNE BRIDGERTON.”

The picture-perfect young debutante has been waiting her entire life to make her grand debut on the marriage mart. Poised to be the season of 1813’s forthcoming Incomparable, Daphne’s set to take the town by storm – but not everything goes exactly as planned for this diamond of the first water, especially after she meets a certain Duke.

REGÉ-JEAN PAGE (For The People, Roots) will play “SIMON BASSET.”

Having newly returned to London, the Duke of Hastings finds himself the primary topic of conversation amongst marriage-minded misses and ambitious mamas alike. Yet, for reasons of his own, our devastating Duke has zero interest in his title, society, or taking a wife.

GOLDA ROSHEUVEL (Silent Witness, Lady MacBeth) will play “QUEEN CHARLOTTE.”

The veritable tastemaker of London society, Queen Charlotte finds herself living for the sordid gossip that Lady Whistledown prints, though she’d swear she’s above such mundane musings. It’s only when the ton’s newest gossip writer takes aim at the palace that Queen Charlotte knows she must do something about it.

JONATHAN BAILEY (W1A, Broadchurch) will play “ANTHONY BRIDGERTON.”

The quintessential English nobleman, Anthony is the eldest Bridgerton sibling and dutiful head of the family since assuming his late father’s title of Viscount. Endlessly handsome, charming and rich, he’s quite the catch on this year’s marriage mart. But if he has any hope of fulfilling his oftentimes overwhelming duty of marrying and producing an heir, Anthony must first learn to temper his pursuit of pleasure.

LUKE NEWTON (The Lodge, The Cut) will play “COLIN BRIDGERTON.”

The dashing Colin Bridgerton is used to disarming his fellow society members with good-natured jokes, though a serious sense of adventure lurks behind those swoon-worthy eyes. Colin takes a liking to the newest young lady in town — but it’s this infatuation that winds up giving him more than he may have bargained for.

CLAUDIA JESSIE (Vanity Fair, Doctor Who) will play “ELOISE BRIDGERTON.”

Whip-smart, brazen and rebellious, Eloise Bridgerton is definitely not here for turning into just another young simpering and mincing debutante. She believes she’s destined for something much greater, though she’s quite rapidly approaching marriageable age.

NICOLA COUGHLAN (Derry Girls, Harlots) will play “PENELOPE FEATHERINGTON.”

A vastly intelligent girl with a sharp wit and kind heart, Penelope would prefer to quietly sway near the perimeter of any ballroom rather than take center stage. She’s been born into a family who will never truly understand her–as if dealing with the cutthroat, mean girls of 1813 Regency London weren’t enough.

RUBY BARKER (Wolfblood, Doctors) will play “MARINA THOMPSON.”

Having been sent from the country to live with her cousins, the Featheringtons, Marina never imagined being a part of London society. Yet the arrival of this resourceful young lady seems to make more than just a splash in our glittering, exclusive world.

SABRINA BARTLETT (Victoria, Knightfall) will play “SIENA ROSSO.”

The beautiful, captivating, and enterprising opera singer who’s having a secret affair with a prominent lord. Fun and a bit impetuous, Siena secretly longs to be a part of our town’s world.

RUTH GEMMELL (Deep State, Penny Dreadful) will play “LADY VIOLET BRIDGERTON.”

All warmth, wisdom and love, the Bridgerton matriarch manages to treat everyone with unmatched kindness and respect. But don’t mistake her compassion for weakness – as she’s an impressive match for anyone who dares comes close to interfering with her family. She’d like nothing more than for her children to marry – not for convenience or opportunity, but for love.

ADJOA ANDOH (Thunderbirds Are A Go) will play “LADY DANBURY.”

The legendary, acerbic, lioness of a dowager who runs this town. Unconcerned with the rules of polite society, Lady Danbury is a straight shooter – both formidable and a little scary. And while her judgments may be sharp, they’re always accurate. She is a friend of Simon’s late mother, having shown the now Duke a rare kindness when he was a child.

POLLY WALKER (Pennyworth, Age Before Beauty) will play “LADY PORTIA FEATHERINGTON.”

Perhaps the most ambitious mama of all, Lady Featherington is determined to make advantageous matches for each of her daughters – and is forever pushing them on some rather disinterested parties. Cunning and ruthless, Lady Featherington hustles to get what she wants, no matter the cost.

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED:

JULIE ANDREWS will play the voice of “LADY WHISTLEDOWN.”

Anonymous to readers, this mysterious, sharp-tongued gossip writer uses a curious mix of social commentary and scathing insult to send the season of 1813’s ton into an all-out frenzy.

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Primetime TV Review: “Mighty Little Bheem: Kite Festival”

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"Mighty Little Bheem: Kite Festival" on Netflix

“Mighty Little Bheem: Kite Festival” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 1/9/21

This is a spinoff from another series from India called “Chhota Bheem.” Netflix made the spinoff in 2019 with “Mighty Little Bheem,” which has had three seasons already. It’s about a baby with super-human strength and the community he lives in (including cows). This is the third special collection after “Mighty Little Bheem: Diwali” and “Mighty Little Bheem: Festival of Colors.” Each episode is only a half hour long, like most children’s shows.

The show is very cute and intended for young children 6-11. There is no dialogue. It’s all grunts and other sounds, in order to make it universal. Even so, it has various lessons that it shows, such as cooperation. Make sure you recommend this to any parent or young child.

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With winter behind them, Bheem and his townspeople usher in a sunny new season in all their favorite ways during the Makar Sankranti festival.
Starring:Sumruddhi Shukla, Aranya Kaur, Nishka Raheja
Creators:Rajiv Chilaka

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Primetime TV Review: “Lupin”

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Lupin on Netflix

“Lupin” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 1/9/21

This is a really fun show that reminds me of old 60’s movies and shows that I grew up with, like “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Charade” and “To Catch a Thief,” as well as the more recent series “Leverage.” Omar Sy plays Assane Diop, an immigrant janitor who seemingly owes money to a group of criminals. He gets them involved in a jewel heist at The Louvre. As the story unfolds, we see that Assane is not who he seemed. We see flashbacks to when he was younger; a rich family destroyed his father by accusing him of a crime. Assane reads about the adventures of dashing criminal mastermind Arsène Lupin (from 1905 books) and is inspired by him.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s a great twisty story that’s so enjoyable to watch. I’m going to keep watching this one for sure to see how it turns out. Sy is wonderfully suave in the role. Vincent Londez plays Capitaine Romain Laugier, the officer investigating the heist. He has a good intense stare. Ludivine Sagnier plays Assane’s ex-wife, Claire. They have a son together, so I would guess that at some point, his criminal behavior puts them in danger.

I want to see more about this series and can’t wait to watch it. The character Lupin has appeared in many books, plays, TV series and movies…and even a comic book.

MORE INFORMATION:

Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.

As a teenager, Assane Diop’s life was turned upside down when his father died after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. 25 years later, Assane will use “Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar” as his inspiration to avenge his father. A Netflix Original Series only on Netflix, January 8.

Starring:Omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme
Creators:George Kay

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Primetime TV Review: “History of Swear Words”

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Nicolas Cage in "History of Swear Words" on Netflix

“History of Swear Words” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 1/9/21

This seemed like a cute idea, but it’s not all that interesting or funny. Nicolas Cage puts on a robe and stands in a stuffy-looking study to pretend to be hosting some pretentious show, like Masterpiece on PBS. Instead, each episode is about a new curse word. “Fuck” is the first episode. Besides Cage, there are comedians (like Jim Jefferies and Sarah Silverman) that talk about the word, and experts who talk about the history of the word. They show a lot of video clips to illustrate what they’re talking about.

If you like shows like “Drunk History,” then this may be more your kind of thing than mine. I found it disappointing. The only thing I can think of is that writer Bellamie Blackstone must have been really bored while on pandemic lockdown to come up with this idea…I don’t know why this project went forward, since all he’s done before is produce game shows and hasn’t written much….and it shows.

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Nicolas Cage hosts this proudly profane series that explores the history and impact of some of the most notorious bad words in the English language.

Join Nicolas Cage for an education in expletives. This six-part comedy series explores the origins, pop culture-usage, science and cultural impact of curse words. History of Swear Words premieres January 5, 2021, on Netflix.

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Primetime TV Review: “Gabby’s Dollhouse”

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“Gabby’s Dollhouse” on Netflix Review by Suzanne 1/9/21

This is a children’s show that combines live action with animation. Gabby (Laila Lockhart Kraner) is a young girl who loves cats. Besides her real-life cat and all of her cat-themed possessions in her bedroom, she has a cat-themed dollhouse. She’s able to magically shrink herself and go into the dollhouse (where she becomes animated) to play with her stuffed cat friends, like Pandy Paws (Tucker Chandler) and Pillow Cat (Sainty Nelsen).

The show is fun and kids should enjoy it. It has a lot of good energy, creativity, and music, as well as lessons about cooperation, baking, and more. It’s by Dreamworks, so you know that the animation and special effects are top notch. In each episode, Gabby brings out a new story or adventure. In real life, many kids like to watch “unboxing” videos on YouTube, where someone opens a new boxes of toys. The writers took that concept and made it so that Gabby is “unboxing” a new story. It’s very clever.

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Cute cats, quirky crafts and colorful magic! Join kitty enthusiast Gabby and her sidekick Pandy Paws as they team up for a series of animated adventures.
Starring:Laila Lockhart Kraner, Tucker Chandler, Juliet Donenfeld
Creators:Traci Paige Johnson, Jennifer Twomey
A preschool show with a surprise inside, created and executive produced by Traci Paige Johnson (Blue’s Clues, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) and Jennifer Twomey (Blue’s Clues, Team Umizoomi), Gabby’s Dollhouse is a mixed media series that unboxes a surprise before jumping into a fantastical animated world full of adorable cat characters that live inside Gabby’s dollhouse.

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Changes!

Blog Post #207!
Welcome to our new WordPress site! Well, almost….  Our main site is still over at http://tvmegasite.net and will be for quite a while. However, we’re building the new site here on WordPress. Right now it’s found at http://www.tvmeg.com, as it’s still a “test” site, but it will be at http://tvmeg.com. Very soon!

Happy Halloween!

For the past few months, we had to work hard at figuring out how to edit this new design in WordPress (which you may have read about in my blog back in July), and how to make it exactly how we want it. I had a lot of help (see our credits page).  I had to learn how to use WordPress better.  Then it was a matter of figuring out how to build the new site.  I put up the main pages, and then, while I figured out how to use the software, I built our new Arrow site, adding lots of updates and news.  Then I had to figure out how to put in ads and other stuff. It’s been very trying, but thankfully, we’re all done with that. Now, as soon as I finish building the basic pages, we’ll start bringing more content over and move to the new address. I’ll continue to update the current show pages as I bring them over, and we’ll be able to put up more content for the new shows that I like much easier. We’ll probably leave the older shows pages on the old site for a while.

Happy Halloween!

I hope you like the changes! It will make things way easier for all of us here that work on it, and it should be easier for you to read, too, and should look nicer and load better. Also, you can make comments now!  Please leave comments!  We love hearing from you guys.

The Haunting of Hill HouseWe have some new volunteers, too, which is always exciting. We lost Ellen, who was helping to write the Y&R Updates, so Christine has been writing all five days. Christine is a fabulous writer, but I don’t think she really wants to do them daily, so we’re looking for someone else to help her out. I might have someone, but it might be a while before she can start… in the meantime, Eva has been writing the Y&R short recaps all five days. We may have someone to help her out, too, a great new write named Cherie who will be writing Monday’s Y&R recaps one day ahead, and also stepping in to write for Eva while she goes on vacation in December.  Please visit our Volunteer Jobs page if you would like to help out writing Y&R Updates or anything else! We have many jobs available.

In August, I spent a lot of time building our 2018 Primetime Schedule, which Buffy the Vampire Slayer Halloweencovers all of the broadcast shows and when they premiere. I also made the cable listings which tells when all of those shows are returning to premiering. I haven’t had time to update that much, though. Still, it might be useful, so I hope you can check it out!

In my last blog, I talked about “Bold & The Beautiful,” which I watch every week day.  I’m glad that they brought Eric and Quinn back into the show with more story (just please don’t break them up again!).  It’s also great to have more story for Pam and Charlie. I still don’t like Thorne and Katie together. They were largely used as a plot device to get Ridge and Bill at each other’s throats again. She and Wyatt Thorne and Katie's weddingwere much better together, and they broke them up too quickly for no good reason. Now that Katie won her court case, we rarely see her and Thorne any more, unless it’s connected to Ridge and Bill. I notice that we don’t see too much of the interns Emma, Xander and Zoe any more. Good. I guess I’m not the only ones who didn’t like them or their bland story.

Lately I’ve been recording and watching “Stargate Atlantis” and “Stargate SG-1” off the El Rey channel. I saw some of SG-1, but I never got around to finishing it, Stargate Atlantisand I never saw the other show. I did see and love “Stargate Universe,” which to me was very similar to “Star Trek: Deep Space 9.”  Anyway, they’ve been showing them from the beginning, so I’m getting to see them, and I really love them.

Unfortunately, my DVR is really filled up with so much with “General Hospital” and “Young & The Restless” from the past few years, so I’m having a hard time watching enough shows to keep it from going to 100%. I did buy an external disk drive, so I could backup some of the shows, and make more space, but I haven’t had time to figure it out yet. I need to do that this week!  With the new Fall season in full Lodge 49 castswing, I have a lot of shows to catch up on already.

We had quite a few new interviews with TV stars the past few weeks, so I hope you can check those out.  I watched “Lodge 49” this Fall (to interview 2 of the stars) and really loved it. It’s been renewed for a 2nd season, so I hope you can watch it.Manifest cast

Of the new series on TV, I’m enjoying “The Rookie” and “Manifest” so far. There are still a few I haven’t seen. I didn’t really enjoy the first episode of Alec Baldwin’s new Sunday night interview show, but the second episode was really good. He seemed more at ease. He interviewed Ricky Gervais, who is one of my favorite comedians, and Jeff Bridges, one of my favorite actors! So that was great fun to see.  I tried to watch Busy Philipps’ new show “Busy Tonight” on E!, but I couldn’t stand it. Too mindless for me, and her voice (plus her Valley Girl accent) is grating.

Will & GraceThere are many reboots this season, but so far, the only one I’m enjoying it “Will & Grace” on NBC. I saw the first episode of “The Conners,” and I thought it was very depressing, and not very good. To be fair, I didn’t much like last year’s “Roseanne” reboot, either.  I do watch “Murphy Brown,” but it’s not that great. It’s just too heavy-handed and not that funny. I loved the old show, but it’s not the 1980’s anymore. They need to be quicker, wittier. I don’t know. I’m still watching it, but it’s very uneven. I saw the first episode of “Magnum PI” and it was boring. So was the new “Charmed.”  So, kudos to “Will & Grace” for not only coming back as great as before, but even better.

I do like “God Friended Me,” “New Amsterdam” and “A Million Little Things,” but DaredevilI just don’t have time to add them to my list of shows to watch. I haven’t even had time yet to watch the latest season of “Daredevil” on Netflix. As always, I’ve got a whole stack of DVD’s to watch and review, as well as a whole list of shows I should be checking out. It never ends. It’s gotten a lot worse with Netflix, HULU, Amazon and so many other new streaming services coming out.

I had to delete “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” from my DVR. Hopefully I can put him back on once I’ve moved some shows over to the external hard drive. Oh, I’m also watching “The Cool Kids,” which is so-so, but I love the actors on it.  None of the new sitcoms seemed funny to me.  I wasn’t very impressed with Danny Rand (Iron Fist) and Luke Cage (Power Man)the CW drama “All-American,” which was kind of dull.

I’m very annoyed that Netflix has canceled “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage!” I sure hope they do another “Defenders” or these characters show up in “Daredevil” or “Jessica Jones.”  They make a lot of crappy shows on Netflix and the other streaming services that I never watch, but I always catch the superhero shows! I’m heartsick that those shows are gone. 😟

On the positive side, I’m very glad to have all my CW superhero shows back, and “Supernatural,” and “Doctor Who” with the new female doctor! And “The Resident” and “Gifted” on FOX, “Big Bang Theory” on CBS, “Blindspot,” “Midnight Texas” and “The Good Place” on NBC, and “How to Get Away with Blindspot season 4Murder” on ABC.  We still watch “Family Guy” on FOX, too, but we stopped watching “South Park” because it’s just not funny any more.

What is your favorite Halloween show or movie? I don’t like to go to scary movies very much. I don’t mind some of the older ones on TV. I don’t mind if a show is about things like vampires, ghosts, witches, or werewolves, but I hate zombies. Linus, Sally, and the rest of the Peanuts gang in the pumpkin patchI love the old Charlie Brown special from when we were kids! I love Halloween, but I don’t like being grossed out or scared too much. A little scary is OK, though.

Leave a comment below to let me know which Halloween show or movie is your favorite!

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