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the doll who discovered Audi

We’ve all seen the stereotype – the macho driver in the hot car with the woman next to him. It’s a pity it took till the end of 2016 for this opposite ad to show up – but it’s worth taking a look at it. Situated in a toy shop, this ad finds our lead stranded in her carriage.  Instead of waiting to be rescued, much like the princesses in Shrek Ever After, the damsel rescues herself and takes control of an Audi A8, refusing the passenger seat and driving off for adventure. The tagline in Spanish says “Let’s change the game” –  the message is certainly universal!

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party of bravermans gilmores and bunheads

The Gilmore Girls is nothing if not an ode to pop-culture. From all the books that Rory Gilmore read over her years at Chilton and Yale, to their love for movies, it’s appropriate that their pop culture references moved at the rate of their dialogue. Fortunately, Netflix’s gift from the TV-gods this thanksgiving gave us the chance to see our favorites reunited on the small screen. And of course tv worlds collided with cameos from the cast of Lauren Graham and Kelly Bishop’s next tv worlds.

Parenthood Alumni:

After Gilmore Girls wrapped up, Lauren Graham moved to another television universe when she became a Braverman, with a tumultuous relationship with her family, as a single parent.

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Would Rory and Amber be friends? I don’t think so!*

Lauren Graham: obviously, but she’s an original Gilmore Girl. Her alter ego is Sarah Braverman

Peter Krause: as the park ranger who wouldn’t let Lorelei Gilmore experience her Wild (book not movie) adventure. He played the oldest sibling – Adam Braverman

Mae Whitman – The other daughter. Enough said. But also known as Amber Holt.

*Lauren Graham with her two on-screen daughters Alexis Bledel from Gilmore Girls and Mae Whitman from Parenthood at the ATX Television Festival. Credit: Courtesy Lauren Graham/Twitter

Jason Ritter – Mark Cyr in Parenthood, plays the Park Ranger who does accept Lorelai’s hiking permit, is the English teacher that Sarah Braverman falls for in the Parenthood universe.

Sidenote: Lauren Graham’s characters have a habit of falling for their daughters’ English teachers!

Bunhead Alumni

This abc-family/freeform show about a ballet school in Paradise, California –  sadly only lasted a single season – but Amy Sherman Palladino’s post Gilmore Girls project lives on. Kelly Bishop played the ballet teacher, Fanny Flowers and Sutton Foster  played her (spoiler) widowed daughter-in-law who inherits Fanny’s home and dance school, and subsequently moves to Paradise.

imagesSutton Foster – a “super fan“plays a struggling actress in Stars Hollow, cast in the musical (and stuns with her amazing voice!)

Julia Goldani Telles plays Sadie, a potential employer and E-I-C of a trendy lifestyle website. In Bunheads, she was Queen B.

Bailey de Young, was a fellow Bunhead, and also played Heidi in the GG revival.

Stacey Orisano, who played the eccentric but lovable Truly Stone on Bunheads was Fall in GG – living out her own version of Wild.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that you can watch the entire series of Parenthood on Netflix and (thank-you abc!) you can reconnect with Bunheads on freeform online

 

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Back to Nostalgia

If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, you know the show – Gilmore Girls: a Year in the Life is returning to the small screen – ie. Netflix on Thanksgiving, 2016. Presumably,  you’ll stock up on coffee, junk food, and sweats for a marathon viewing session  post-Thanksgiving. Earlier this year, Netflix came out with Fuller House, Abc Family/Freeform launched Girl Meets World – or Corey and Topanga are parents to a teenager. Which got me thinking – what are some other shows that were left unfinished – where someone (the original creators please) should take a stab at a revival? Here are my thoughts – the ranking system is an unscientific 1-10 with 10 being a likely to happen and 1 being Keep Dreaming.

1. What About Brian -This show premiered in 2006 and lasted two season before being pulled. The title character, Bryan, is the only single guy among this friends – and at 34, he is still searching for love. The show is meant to be about the adventurous side of dating in LA.

None of the main cast are currently committed to new projects – Barry Watson, Matt Davis is on the Vampire Diaries (Spoiler – that show is ending next year), Sarah Lancaster, Rick Gomez, and Amanda Detmer might all be willing to resurrect their old roles. Is Brian married, in a long term committed relationship, over his best friend’s fiancee? Or maybe the revival starts with him being at the alter.

Best Guess at the Chances of the show being revived? 6-7.

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2. Studio Sixty on the Sunset Strip – NBC made the bright decision to air two very similar shows in the fall of 2006, and Thirty-Rock, the half hour comedy won out over Aaron Sorkin’s hour long drama. Fresh off The West Wing going off the air, chances were if you were a fan of political drama, you might’ve watched the behind-the-comedy-show drama. I certainly did.

Truthfully, the cast was more expensive – Amanda Peet, Mathew Perry post-Friends, and Bradley Whitford ie. Joshua Lyman were major characters and the premises too similar. The show was smart, well-written, with an impeccable cast. The amazing thing about shows airing in the naughts before competition from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon etc. has to be that the show was on air for its entire season as opposed to being pulled after just a few episodes.

Best Guess at the Chances of the show being revived? Less than zero

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3. Happy Endings. I have to admit that I loved Friends, I grew up with that show and remember the original Must See TV ads in a land before Shonda Rhimes. This show was really what happens if you’re in the late 20s/early 30s and haven’t found that ever after – your friends are your family, but don’t live across the hall from you, and you actually worry about things like paying rent and having a job. Yes, it happens to be more racially diverse, the cast had impeccably chemistry, and the writing was self deprecating.

Damon Wayans Jr. is back on New Girl, but the cast did get together for Vulture Festival Cast Reunion in May, 2016. NYMag published the cast’s view on What might’ve Been. Me? I think we could still find out on Netflix – pretty please? We deserved a better ending than the one we got. Gilmore Girls is coming back after 10 years, perhaps Happy Endings – Penny’s Best Year – will air before 2023.  There is definitely more story to tell!

Best Guess at the Chances of the show being revived? 2-3.

4. Smash. Before she was Paige Dineen on the CBS show Scorpio, Katherine McPhee was in a far more glamorous role playing Karen Cartwright on the NBC show Smash. Starring Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, and Megan Hilty, this show was overflowing with talent when it came out. Both Hilty and McPhee are professionally trained vocalists and this was an opportunity for them to display their talents. The show, which was backed by Stephen Spielberg allegedly cost $4 million dollars an episode to produce (let that sink in) – and was cancelled after two seasons. Poor ratings, complicated plots, cost – here’s one explanation.

Best Guess at the Chances of the show being revived? Less than zero – none of the cast members are waiting around for the phone to ring.

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West of Tree Hill

In 2003, the world looked very different – for starters, no one had heard of Facebook, President George Bush was in power, and popular enough that he went on to win a second term, and Justin Timberlake was in his infancy as a solo artist.

There was also some damn good new television if you were in your early 20s – specifically Fox’s (then racy) The O.C and the CW’s One Tree Hill. The shows had some similarities beyond very preppy casts and kids with money- but the latter went on for nine seasons whereas the former concluded after four. It takes quite the fan base to follow a show for nine years – if you started watching the show at 17, it would’ve taken you through college, and your first adult job. Let that sink in!

Entertainment Weekly confirmed that the partial cast will gather in Chicago later this year for a OTH reunion:

The convention will reunite Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Scott), James Lafferty (Nathan Scott), Jana Kramer (Alex Dupre), and Antwon Tanner (Antwon “Skills” Taylor) for panels, autograph sessions, and performances from Kramer, who is also a country singer.

In 2015,  there was a less planned reunion – one without fans in attendance. Also missing, Lucas (Chad Micheal Murray), Nate (James Lafferty) and Peyton Sawyer (Hilarie Burton).

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Mark your calanders for Nov. 11-13 and buy those tickets to Chicago. The convention will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, and will be put on by EyeCon Conventions.

And if you’re very lucky, you might see Brooke Davis…I mean Erin Lindsay (Sophie Bush) filming Chicago P.D. with her not-so-new police family.

**I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention you can watch all 9 seasons on Netflix, or in my case see what happened after Lucas and Peyton drive off into the sunset

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Curry strikes again

During the most recent NBA Championships, Steph Curry + company got in some trouble with the media for what was viewed as poor sportmanship. Tempers flared, tweets composed, referres were accused of showing preferential treatment. Social media can backfire, not the first time, not the last.

Curry is one hell of a basketball player (2016 MVP for starters), he’s a great dad (to the very precocious daughter, Riley)…but did you know he’s a Girl Scout?

Okay, not really – as a one-time girl scout, I feel confident stating that the Girls Scouts association would have a problem with him not fitting the traditional demographic…but he sure had fun pretending he was selling girl scout cookies to surprise some kids with an overnight basketball camp. Check out the video below –  whether or not you’re a Warriors fan, it’s a really sweet gesture! Just Curry being Curry!

staying current to avoid a faux pas

With all the turmoil that’s been going on the last few months, it’s easy to want to crawl under a blanket and wait for the world to stop fighting itself. Paris. Brussels. Orlando. And now yesterday’s act of terror at Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Life does go on, people will continue to travel – but there is a time to pause, a time to acknowledge the tragic and senseless loss of life. From a social media perspective, while emails and marketing initiatives get programmed and scheduled ahead of time, someone needs to be on the ball about perhaps places not to market in real time. Emails like this one – beyond basic insensitivity – are puzzling.

Is Travelocity trying to support Turkish tourism or is it simply ignoring the fact that 41 people died and hundreds were injured? A simple check on places with major recent terrorist attacks (and this one was about 24 hours ago) would’ve helped the travel booking company avoid a faux pas – and not advertise a location that was the host to major bloodshed.

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baby daddy aka it takes a village

If you took the 1980’s film Three Men and a Baby got updated, diversified the cast to add a female best friend, and a single grandmother in denial, you’d get the Freeform Show Baby Daddy. 

A Deadline article noted

The lines between family and friends are so wonderfully crossed in ‘Baby Daddy.’ You can always count on the Wheeler clan for a big laugh along with heartfelt moments,” said Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming and Development, Freeform.

While the show has a predictable nature to it and often goes for the obvious jokes, it’s easy to see why it fits into the Freeform lineup. It’s a feel-good sitcom that literally shows it takes a village to raise a child. Its success is confirmed in the show’s recent renewal for its sixth season – which would bring the show to a grand total of 100 episodes!

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TAHJ MOWRY, CHELSEA KANE, JEAN-LUC BILODEAU, KAYLEIGH AND SURA HARRIS, DEREK THELER, MELISSA PETERMAN (picture from abc press site: disneyabcpress.com/freeform/shows/baby-daddy/photos)

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a civil and social engagement

It’s not news that our House and Senate have chosen to not do their jobs in representing the people who elected them. Imagine for a minute that you refused to do your job. You simply didn’t feel like it. You show up at work but instead of doing you job, you do whatever it is you wanted to do. Chances are you’d lose your job sooner or later.

In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, I was naively hoping that there would actually be a meaningful and long overdue conversation on gun control in the US. That perhaps, this close to an election, something good would come out of an act so heinous.  It seems that at least some members of Congress are showing leadership. Earlier today, the Democratic Congressman from Georgia, John Lewis led a sit-in – from cnn.com

In a move rich with historic symbolism, the civil rights icon and Democratic congressman from Georgia led a dramatic protest inside the House of Representatives. He and fellow Democrats sat down at the front of the chamber in an unusual demonstration of civil disobedience challenging Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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Whether the sit-in will lead to real change is yet to be determined. Republic Congressman Ted Poe (thanks Texas) declared a recess after the sit-in started which in turn cut the live feed that CSPAN normally airs.

This is one of those times where social media worked for good! The network was able to
take advantage of Rep. Scott Peters’ (D-Ca) Periscope stream and broadcast footage. Periscope jumped on it and created a specific channel for viewers to follow the bill online.

When the feed ended, CSPAN switched to FacebookLive.

#NoBillNoBreak is currently trending on Twitter and on Facebook – it’s a good sign that there’s a conversation around the activity. That the public is paying attention, and that our chosen “leaders” can’t avoid their responsibilities, not this time. Not with the public watching and talking about them.

 

For Northeast Ohio

The Cleveland Cavaliers made history last night with their first NBA Championship win over the Golden State Warriors after having reached the playoffs 20 times- and it was a chance to see grown men cry. This ad for Nike from Wieden + Kennedy might make you cry as well – here’s a great ad that makes you want to be better, strive for more, and maybe do it in a pair of new Nikes…

Texts from the Past

It’s no secret that this seemingly never-ending presidential nomination process has hit new lows. Some Bernie fans are convinced they’d never vote for Hillary if and when she gets the nomination because she’s a woman and thanks to Trump it’s once more acceptable to openly sexist, racist, bigoted, xenophobic, etc. My political allegiances aren’t disguised here. But there is something that might remind us of Hillary’s more carefree days – when she and Meryl ruled the world and compelled the boys to toe the line…at least on Tumblr.

It’s TextsfromHillary and 4 years later, it’s still as amusing and certainly more relevant. The guys running the site retired the site when Madam Secretary herself texted them – but for a walk down memory lane or if you missed it the first time, it’s well worth a look.

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from the site – Texts from Hillary: premonition or prediction?