What’s new on my prioritizer….get your tv life in order!
September 13, 2010

Fringe…one of the best series on Fox…

 Don’t you wish life had a prioritizer…so that all the things that you thought were so important…like organizing your tea towels and scrubbing the deck with a toothbrush…you find are not important after all, because you spend no time doing them. The prioritizer on my tv, is a list of 50 shows that are recorded when they come on, because I presumably want to watch them. But every so often the prioritizer(can we  just call it the PR-it’s so much work to type) has to be told what is and what is not important, because  if a show isn’t on the list, it isn’t recorded…it’s like it never existed, or existed only in a parallel universe! And speaking of that,  Fringe, the show about a parallel universe that exists right along side us, though we don’t know it(yes, there’s another you)…is #1 on my prioritizer. I love this show and I adore Walter! Oooh, is it Olivia or Nolivia? The season 3(I think) premiere is Sept. 23rd…be there. 

The Event....are you ready?

Also in this genre is a newbie that I’m recording…The Event…much ballyhooed by NBC( who lets face it, is likely to promo the hell out of a show and then cancel it unceremoniously if it doesn’t take off like a shot…remember The Nine, anyone? Or Kidnapped or Mercy? I’m just sayin’)….so I’m taking a chance getting emotionally invested in The Event. Anonymous here at work said, “Watch the first episode, and then look at the ratings. If they’re terrible, give it up because you know it’s gonna get canceled.” Good advice. The Event…here’s a clip…. premiere’s  on NBC(which means a lot of people in Maryland won’t watch because of the Ravens game-dvr alert!!). Tonight, Sept, 13th(oops-I mean the 20th), 9pm. Sorry.

Ooooh, the waves, the music, the big guns!

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

Hawaii Five-O, CBS…I’ll give this one a try. You know the song, you know the title, you know the setting….a nice re-boot, and who knows, it might be good.  

Terriers…here’s the week one replaythis one has already premiered last week, and I liked the first episode. Unlikely heroes, and funny. Will I keep watching? Ask the PR….FX–Wednesdays at 10pm. 

Raising Hope…Fox must like this one because it got the time slot after  GLEEwhich I’m also obsessed with. The first episode trailer which you can see here..…made me laugh out loud, because my first car seat for my son looked just like the one you see in the promo(hey it was years ago)….and what happens to the baby in the car,tumbling over, also happened to me, kinda, because I too, didn’t have the seat secured properly(what did I know??).  I should point out no one was injured and my son was laughing…he thought it was a great trick, though I almost had a heart attack). FOX-Sept,. 21st, 9pm

Oh, Jimmy, you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, Hey Jimmy...

Outlaw….NBC. I don’t really expect to be carried away, but I do ♥♥ me some Jimmy Smits, sooooo, I’m recording it, but like every new show, it’s on probation. Sept. 24th, 10pm.  

Outsourced-NBC. It could be funny though I didn’t really like the trailer…especially the grits line(Lordie, I am unduly irritated by fake southern accents-can’t stand it)…but I truly loved the movie of the same name(you should Netflix it if you’ve never seen it)…we’ll see if tv does a decent job.  Sept. 23rd-9:30pm. 

Still the smartest, funniest show on tv....

Shows coming back that I love and have a place on my PR….Parenthood-Sept. 14th NBC….Glee-Fox, Sept, 21st, Brothers and Sisters-ABC, Sept. 26th,…Gossip Girl(you know you love me)-Fox, Sept. 13th…The Good Wife/CBS…Sept. 28th, 8 pm….30 Rock/NBC (hall of fame category and they’re doing a live broadcast on Oct. 14th!), Sept. 23rd…. and of course, Mad Men(obvie)….season already in progress.

Ok enough…. if none of this has inspired you…find your own shows. Here’s TV Guide’s Premiere calendar.  Now get out there and find a show you love! They have to be good, because let’s face it, there’s only so much time for tv….

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Towson High???? Big Thanksgiving oops on NBC…..
November 26, 2009

OMG......

Just watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC…and we had a story on 11 News at Five yesterday about how Towson University was the only university band marching in the parade this year. Big honor…a big deal for Towson U…and they were super, if you caught them. But if you weren’t listening carefully, you thought it was another high school band…..I caught the graphic boo-boo on camera so you could see it. THEY CALLED THEM TOWSON HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can imagine the guy doing the graphics for all these many groups and floats coming through…..and saw Towson University on the list and thought(or didn’t think)..”Hmmm, they must mean Towson High School..haven’t seen any other university bands soooooo…I won’t ask anyone, I’ll just make an executive decision.”  Or something like that. At least Matt Lauer SAID Towson University…but still….come on guys.

Those apples won't peel themselves....

Hats off to a stellar job in spite of the misnaming….you guys rocked it, Towson style!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone….got to go make an apple pie!!!

Looking back at two legends….
June 26, 2009

This is how I will remember her....

This is how I will remember her....

OK, let me just say, it was one of the heartbreaks of my young life that I did not look like Farrah Fawcett. Look at her in her prime…..LOOK AT HER!  And while it was her blonde, big smile beauty, without question,  that made her a star…to her credit, she went on to also become a serious, Emmy Nominated  actress. She lived her life in the public eye, with a great deal of grace and poise, for the most part. Sure there was the occasional stumble like on David Letterman’s show that time…still not sure what that was about…but she always seemed like a genuinely nice Texas girl, who also happened to be one of the world’s great beauties.  And her documentary Farrah’s Story, watched by 9 million people that night, was a tour de force(if you missed it you can watch it here on Hulu and it’s also airing again tonight on WBAL at 9 pm)….an unflinching look at what it’s like fighting cancer. See her without her hair? Sure no problem. Throwing up in a pan? Bring it. Farrah was in the end a brave, tough lady. R.I.P. F.F.

Now, Michael Jackson. There’s a “complicated” legend for you.  And it would seem the redefining of the life has already begun. As announcers, news anchors and commentators kind of tiptoe around the untidy later portion of his life(see? I’m tiptoeing too…), referring to his “weird” life, appearance and “choices”…Vanity Fair’s Maureen Orth,  the late, great Tim Russert’s widow…pretty much said out loud this morning on NBC’s The Today Show, what a lot of people have been thinking, and saying privately. She referred to the victims of Michael Jackson….two boys…the only ones who accused him publicly of child sexual abuse.  One he settled with out of court, reportedly a multi-million dollar settlement…and of the other….the reporter said, “He was exonerated in that trial“. Orth said, “He was exonerated largely on the basis of his celebrity, and a very good lawyer who managed to put the Mother of the boy on trial.” I remember that….the questions were asked…if you thought your little boy was being abused, why did you let him go to stay at MJ’s house? Bad mother, bad!  Good question and possibly she was a mother with questionable motives(hey, parents exploiting their kids ain’t nothing new, alas-check out the breaking news of the Duke University official and his 5 year old adopted son), but it still doesn’t change the fact the child said he was sexually abused by MJ. Most experts agree, kids don’t make this stuff up.  What made the man as peculiaras he was? Carlton Munson, Ph/D,  at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and an expert in child psychology has researched the impact of trauma on great artists in our time. He said this, “Often, children who grow up as entertainers and on movie sets as adults have a hard time distinguishing between what they do and who they are.”

So what remains of the legend? For those of us who grew up loving his music, his life doesn’t change the fact that he was a brilliant musician who made a huge, lasting impact on the music world…but it sure shades it.

Weekend wrapup… pretty much the big O!!
August 11, 2008

Seriously, my weekend was all about the O, as in Olympics. I simply could not believe my eyes Friday for the opening ceremony. Un-freakin-believable. Beautiful….eye-popping…mesmerizing….intimidating. You name it, I had the feeling…including some chills. I’ve given a link to some video images of that night set to music in case you missed it….what a shame if you did. But most people didn’t . The 2008 Beijing Olympics is kicking it out of the park, ratings wise. Millions and millions of people watched this weekend….from start to finish.

I was wondering how my 22 year old daughter would react to watching…will the younger demographic want to see it, and for how long?  She never once asked to change the channel. That astounded me…and when that happened, I knew the weekend numbers would be big, big, big. And they were. Americans are in…all in.

We did eat Chinese Friday night in honor of the occasion…from P.F. Changs….”Ooooh, upscale..” said my Ozone co-host Gerry Sandusky. Whatever, Ger, it was good. Really good. Hot fish is my favorite from there…followed closely by Wok seared lamb…..yummy.

And if there are events you missed here’s a link to NBC Encore….they have tons of videos for you to check out. See you tonight at 7:30 for the Olympic Zone, and then….more O!!!!! And by the way, I WANT AN OLYMPICS GOODIE BAG TOO!! Waaaah!

A girl crush…and a coming out party!!
August 8, 2008

You go, Dara Torres!!

You go, Dara Torres!!

OK, I’ve kept it inside long enough. I have a girl crush on…………Dara Torres! You too? Whew, I’m not alone. Let us at least agree on one thing…she is fabulous, though that is only one of her “f’s”…by that I mean fit, fabulous and forty. Made the team for her 5th, yes 5th Olympic games. What an accomplishment. And for those of you who are females and no longer in your twenties, you will understand this accomplishment. Overcome all the distractions, the aging, the kids,  making a living, life in general….and just…do it. Work like a demon to get back where you were years ago….she is a monument to exercise and good living and simple will. And her coach is at home in bed fighting a rare form of cancer….I cannot wait to see her swim this weekend!

I was watching a piece this morning on The Today Show on the new water suits that are being called “technological doping“, because they are sooooo fast. But one expert wisely observed, “If you think one of these suits will make you swim faster, you probably will swim faster. And if you think by not wearing one you’ll swim slower, you will swim slower.” Just another example of how important our mind is in whatever we do. I remember my Mom asked me years ago what was the most important thing I wanted to give to my kids. I told her, “Confidence…to think they can do it.” Because if you don”t think you can do it, well…you probably can’t, and vice versa. Shades of Dr. John Sarno….and Mind OVER Back Pain. You are your thinking! OK, enough.

Now,  I invite you to join me at the world’s biggest coming out party tonight! Get down, get down, get down, get down  tonight baby ! Beijing will be presented like a shy, darling daughter for your inspection and approval, and maybe you’ll want to marry her. Seriously, it’s not a lot different. Is tonight the most important night in China’s history? Well that’s a little strong, in my opinion. After all, China’s history is…long, and complicated. But it is one of the most important nights for them….Closed off for centuries, most of us have certain…ideas about China. And while the case can certainly be made for the negative side, I think after the Olympics, the people there will never again go back to life as it was before. They will be part of the world, with a light shining on all they do and how they do it….that’s a good thing. So…anticipation. Will tonight go off smoothly? Will clever demonstrators interrupt the proceedings as they would like to do? And if they do, HOW will Chinese authorities respond? Will they be chill? It should be quite a show tonight…I’d love to hear your thoughts on it afterwards. See you tonight at 7 for the Olympic Zone, and then at 7:30 as we all fly to Beijing, compliments of NBC!! Oh, and you’re coming too….

It’s easy to lose them, and hard to get them back…
August 6, 2008

I was listening to a report this morning on The Today Show about GM, really shaking it up(and shaking up their employees), to try and get their customers back. It used to be that one of every two cars sold in the U.S. was made by GM….wow, it couldn’t get any better!! True that, but what they learned is that it could get worse…much worse. Now their market share has fallen into the cellar…now below 20%. That’s the lowest it’s been since the company started in 1908. They started a few years back really trying to get a handle on quality control…I mean, after all, if you can buy a better made and more dependable car, and often for less from Toyota…most people are gonna buy it. The people like my Dad and yours are gone…the people who buy GM…they buy American. Gone.  An expert on Today said even though GM had gotten a grip on  quality, the perception is still there that quality is bad. Perception is reality. And once you’ve lost people’s loyalty, it is very very very hard to get it back.

TV is much the same. I tell youngsters coming along in the business …”it’s all in the details”. And really, no detail is too small. The stories have to be well written, well edited, well shot, the graphics have to be right, the right buttons have to be pushed at the right time…oh, there are sooooooo many things that can go wrong, even with the best intentions, including an anchor messup.  Yeah, it happens. But there’s no room in our business for sloppiness, and once you lose a viewer they are tough to get back. And if I can brag  just a little bit , we are the news leaders in town, and the only station to show growth in each newscast from year to year. And good old commercial tv took back some market share from cable in the last book. But you have to keep doing it every day, not just when you feel like it. Or perhaps I should say, you better feel like doing your best every single day, because that’s what viewers deserve and what they expect.

Now the Olympics juggernaut is rolling into town…and we think most of you will want to watch it, or at least parts of it. NBC is offering a record 3600 hoursof coverage from Beijing starting this Friday.  (And if you didn’t get to see Matt Lauer’s look inside the Imperial City, watch it here. Made me wish I was gonna be in Beijing, but alas…..I was in China in 1995…not in Beijing, but in the more cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Even then, the construction that was going on was AMAZING….and it was clear that China was about to explode growth wise…I wondered if they had any idea…but I loved my trip there. I remember walking down a street by a sidewalk restaurant with a giant wok where your dinner was stir fried. Someone had evidently ordered eel…one was taken from a tank, and beheaded it with a machete right there on the curb…yes, blood spurted out. Talk about fresh.

  If you want to get an idea of the crazy building going on in China, take a look at this video from Danwei tv, on youtube, of course. Gives you a pretty good idea of what’s going on.

See how cute I am? Sweet too?

See how cute I am? Sweet too?

And before I go….I still have a kitty that needs a home (please?). Oh, and I know most of you probably don’t read comments posted to my blog, and if you don’t, you missed one of the funniest videos I’ve ever seen on youtube…all about…yes, cats. Thanks to Kit for that. Hilarious. So watch it now, if your boss isn’t watching you. Be careful you don’t laugh out loud.

TV Roundup….and an ungrateful reader…
July 10, 2008

Flipping OUT!Ok, let’s take a little look-see at television shows…a little tv roundup. Here’s what I’m watching right now, AND what I’m looking forward to. I think there’s no use pretending you don’t watch tv when you work in tv…so here we go. (And for those of you who feel compelled to tell me when we meet, that you don’t watch tv, please don’t bother, I don’t believe you even though I say I do.)

A. Top of my list right now: Flipping Out…Bravo. And bravo to Bravo. I love Jeff Lewis, a real estate redesigner/flipper/investor. My daughter says I love him because I am like him, but that’s not true. I am particular about some things but a lot of it I keep inside (be grateful) and he lets it all out.

All things Tori....B. Tori and Dean Home Sweet Hollywood….Oxygen. Hey, it’s fun and gossipy.  OK, I also admit I’ve been fascinated about what happened to Tori Spelling since years ago, I read an article about her Mother, the famous Candy Spelling, sending her assistant ahead on beach walks when Tori was a little girl, to plant beautiful exotic shells for her to find. Hmmmm. That can’t be healthy. But here Tori is raising a kid and expecting another, in a somewhat normal fashion, and writing a book about her tortured relationship with the very blonde Candy. Sure they may be exploiting their kid Liam, but at least he’s their kid! (See Baby Borrower’s  below)

It\'s hot in the kitchen...C. Shows I’ll miss until next season: Hell’s Kitchen….Fox. I don’t think Chef Ramsey is as mean as he seems…in fact  I believe he may in fact, be a meringue. Crusty on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside. Cooking term..you get it. Anyway, I wasn’t surprised he chose Christina even though I was secretly rooting for Petrozza. She was the girl of the moment, and does seem to have some talent. Would have been very fun to eat in the restaurant and watch the yelling….

Waiting for: The Closer…TNT. I have loved this show for a couple of years now, and I cannot wait for it to be back…next week btw. Everyone has something to confess.A Southern woman of a certain age with an attitude, and she puts away the bad guys and says thank yew all the time…what’s not to like?

Waiting for: Project Runway…Bravo. Again, bravo. After fierce Christian Siriano from Baltie won last year, I became a devoted fan…and I await the new season with great anticipation. And  Tim Gunn is hands down, the best dressed man on tv. Work it. And all that leads me to…

Playing now, alas: Baby Borrowers…NBC. Crap. Baby crap. OK, I’m sure there must be other people really taking care of these babies and toddlers, but WHO DO THESE POOR KIDS BELONG TO? I mean, come on, these poor little tikes are subjected to, for the most part, the worst kind of neglect. You’d think these were teen parents or something. Oh wait, they are teenagers, and there is a reason we all try to keep teens from having babies. They’re not good parents. Nothing personal, but they’re not adults yet! Sure, there are exceptions to every rule, but teens are for the most part, pretty crappy parents, which is why, while it is a little fun watching them change baby poop for ten minutes or so, I’m wondering who on earth is gonna pay these kids therapy bills when they’re older. “Hey Mommy, remember when you left me with those people who never talked to me and yelled a lot?” Come on NBC. You can do better. The before mentioned programs don’t even pretend to be about something important, and this one does….but it isn’t. Take that. (though I see on NBC’s online “poll”, 69 % of people who voted thought they were helping teach teens a valuable lesson…only 11 percent thought it was irresponsible.)

Last but not least….the ungrateful reader…this is for Heidi (my daughter’s college friend),  who supposedly reads my blog and has relayed through said daughter, that I’ve had three bad blogs in a row, and enough is enough. Three…really? Really? Heidi, Heidi, Heidi. I thought that after I sent you  the Sex and the City  makeup bag (I got two-one for daughter the other for Heidi)…very cute, fun map on NY printed on the bag, I thought you would be nicer to me. But I never even got a thank you note. What would your Mother think?