A good reason to brush your teeth – from the American Dental Association

I may have mentioned in the past that, as a young child, I spent summers at my Grandma Betty’s house in Boston, essentially getting a three-month reprieve from my parents and that toxic family situation.  Living in Boston meant that I could watch TV on special non-network channels like WKBG 56 and WSBK 38, both…

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Emergence S01E03 – I finally figured out where I’ve seen this type of show before!

Okay.  Three shows in and I’m finally getting some answers to this program. And they all wrap around Piper, this ten-year-old girl with the crazy powers. Recap. So far, this show has featured a police chief who finds a ten-year-old girl who survived a plane crash.  This kid has special telekinetic and electromagnetic powers, and…

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Emergence S01E02: Find the gun that doesn’t want to be a gun

Okay … I tried another episode of Emergence, the new ABC sci-fi procedural. And … well … What we have so far is a police chief who finds a young girl at the site of a wrecked plane, and takes her in and protects her from the big bad organization that wants to recapture her. …

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“Emergence” S01E01 – trying to figure out which universe this show is in…

So last night, I watched the very hyped new ABC mystery thriller sci-fi drama Emergence.  Or maybe it was a Lost spinoff.  Or maybe it was a Stranger Things spinoff.  Or maybe it was a Firefly spinoff.  I’m not sure yet. So here’s what I saw. A police chief, Jo Ellis (Alison Tolman) receive news…

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“No cookies! Not Now – Not EVER!!!”

Television variety shows were all the rage in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  Each show would feature a singer or group as the show’s host, there would be a sketch comedy routine of some sort, some guest performances by an up and coming artist (and sometimes that artist would duet with the host), and then some…

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“Outlaws” – a sci-fi Western detective time travel buddy cop show …

All right, follow along with me on this one. In 1986, CBS aired a TV movie that featured a very high concept.  In the 1890’s, way back in the Wild West, a criminal gang just robbed a bank.  The town’s sheriff – who once ran with those criminals and later turned to a life of…

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So I’m watching Investigation Discovery’s “The Lies That Bind” tonight …

I first met Daniela Malave way back in 2005, when we both worked for the Albany Patroons (I was a photographer, she was one of the “Emeralds” cheerleaders / dance team members).  We stayed friends throughout the years, kept in contact with each other, and Daniela moved on to pursue an acting career. Her acting…

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“The Danger Team” – another high-concept TV pilot that crashed

Once upon a time, television networks would air their unsold pilots as an ersatz anthology series, essentially to fill up summertime broadcasting hours and to show why the programs really didn’t have enough of an “oomph” to make it to series. In 1991, one enterprising viewer actually videotaped one of those “failed pilot” episodes, and…

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Could “Les Norton” be the new international comedy-drama sensation?

Here’s the plotline.  A big, strapping hulk of a man travels from the backwaters of a small town to become a bouncer in an urban nightclub.  And in being that bouncer, he becomes part enforcer, part detective, part hired muscle, part comedy relief. And in doing so, we see not only his world, but the…

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So I saw this movie Jack of All Trades on Netflix yesterday…

I hadn’t planned on watching Netflix yesterday – but I was looking for something that I could watch while I was doing something else.  And what I found on Netflix was a rather intriguing documentary. The film, Jack of All Trades, is a documentary about the son of a baseball card store magnate and how…

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