Sleepy Hollow renewed for third season

After waiting on pins and needles, FOX decided to renew Sleepy Hollow for a third season.  This news came out a couple of weeks ago.  I was so happy. I know Sleepy Hollow went off track during season 2 thanks to a couple of characters but the show got better the last couple of episodes.

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After losing showrunner Mark Goffman, the network has renewed the series and tapped The Glades alum Clifton Campbell to take over the reins of the genre series for its third season.

The renewal comes after the series — a breakout hit in its freshman run — suffered a ratings slump in its second run. Additionally, in a bid to trim costs and take advantage of better filming rebates, production on season three will move from North Carolina to Atlanta, as had been rumored for months.

The show lost alot of fans due to TPTB throwing Abbie in the background when she was originally a main character. There was also too much focus on Katrina. The show found it’s way back during the last 2 episodes. Hopefully the show will go back to the way it was in season 1.

The DMV Part 2

Back in 2010 I blogged about the growing use of the term DMV.  I wasn’t feeling it back then.  Well 5 years later it’s grown on me.  I’ve gotten use to using that term instead of the D.C. metro area.  Some folks can change.

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Going Clear

Looking for a really good documentary to check out?  Well look no further than HBO’s Going Clear.  It’s an expose on the cult called Scientology.  I saw it today and all I can say is wow!!  I can’t understand how people can fall for this cult.  I’ve read bits and pieces about Scientology and how actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta are two of it’s famous members.  I had been a long time fan of Tom Cruise until he went crazy on Oprah’s show.  I also gave him the side eye after his comments towards actress Brooke Shields relating to her being treated for postpartum depression.

Anyway check out Going Clear.  It will make you think twice about cults and crazy religions.

Jussie Smollett

As I stated in an earlier post I love the tv show Empire.  I’ve been a long time fan of Taraji P. Henson.  But the person who caught my eye in this show is Jussie Smollett.

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Ain’t he cute?  So what if he’s younger than I am.  And yes I read that he plays for the other team.  That doesn’t take away from the cuteness.  Jussie is very talented too.  I love his music.  I downloaded The Empire soundtrack and I love it.  Especially Jussie’s music.  My favorite song is I Wanna Love You.

Jussie is the older brother of actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell who starred in one of my favorite movies Eve’s Bayou.

I read that Jussie has signed with Columbia Records.  I’m looking forward to hearing more great music from this young man.  Good luck in your career Jussie Smollett!!!  You deserve it.

The Wiz is coming to NBC

Just read that The Wiz will be the next live musical coming to NBC.

The Wiz started out as a musical on Broadway in 1975 starring Stephanie Mills. The film version starring Diana Ross was released in 1978.

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The Wiz will be NBC’s next live televised production, the network announced on Monday. The telecast, airing in December 2015, will be produced by Cirque du Soleil with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron returning to executive produce. The duo was also behind NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood in 2013, and Peter Pan Live! starring Allison Williams late last year. Zadan and Meron are working to revive The Wiz on Broadway for the 2016-17 season.

Reading about this sort of scares me. I’m wondering who will they cast as Dorothy. I would love to see someone who has a Stephanie Mills type of talent. But this is Hollywood we’re talking about not Broadway. They could end up hiring someone who just looks good with no talent.

Don’t screw this up NBC!!!

Kevin Durant out for the season

Looks like Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant is out for the rest of the season due to a foot injury.  Sad to hear this.  Kevin is one of my favorite NBA players.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — NBA MVP Kevin Durant will miss the rest of the season and have bone graft surgery next week to treat a fractured bone in his right foot.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had said last week he likely would be shut down for the season. The team was trying to figure out why his pain remained long after he was supposed to be able to play.

General manager Sam Presti said Friday the team expects Durant to return to basketball activities within the four to six months.

Check it out here.

Too Many Ethnics on TV

Yes you read that right.  According to Deadline.com’s Nellie Andreeva, since the success of Empire (which I love), How To Get Away with Murder (another favorite)  and other shows where the leading characters are POC, this could hurt white actors when it comes to casting.

There was a noticeable shift toward minority castings last season, with more parts opening up to ethnic actors, a casting term used for non-Caucasian thesps. It was a concerted effort, with more than one instance where a family member role was rewritten as adopted to make them ethnic. Then, following the success of freshman series How To Get Away With Murder, Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat, Jane the Virgin and especially Empire, which launched to huge ratings at the kickoff of pilot casting season, ethnic castings exploded this season.

Ms. Andreeva continues to talk about the number of POC who are being cast in pilots that could be picked up for the upcoming fall season. Some of those roles where not originally earmarked for actors of color.

But there were more broadcast drama pilots than ever whose leads had been designated as black this year. That includes Fox medical drama Rosewood, toplined by Morris Chestnut, and CBS civil rights crime drama For Justice, starring Anika Noni Rose. Uncle Buck was rebooted by ABC specifically as a black family sitcom, with Mike Epps in the title role originated by John Candy. NBC opted to make the lead couple in its drama about diverse couples Love Is A Four Letter Word black in picking up the pilot. (It had been originally conceived as Caucasian.) After a post-table read recasting of the female role, the two leads went to Cynthia McWilliams and Rockmond Dunbar.

There also have been a number of drama co-leads on which the networks chose to go ethnic this year, including Supergirl’s male lead, cast with Mehcad Brooks; one of the four female leads in ABC drama Broad Squad (Rutina Wesley); and the female lead in Minority Report (Meagan Good).

Choosing to go ethnic?  Ms. Andreeva loves the word “ethnic.”  Ms. Andreeva now feels that the pendulum is swinging too far in the opposite direction. Too far? Does Ms. Andreeva realize that actors of color have been shut out of leading roles in television for decades? Oh we have gone through spurts here and there. We had some roles in the usual comedies throughout the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. But by the late 90’s through the 2000’s actors of color started to experience a drought. By the time the year 2000 hit, with a few exceptions, you were hollering “blacks are on tv” cause we became a rarity again.  And as usual asian and latinos were practically invisible.

And what about leading roles in dramas? For black actors that was unheard of until Scandal came along. Now we have Scandal, HTGAWM and Empire. Ms Andreeva feels that actors of color have reached the max when it comes to leading roles. Is this woman crazy? I doubt very seriously that having a more open door policy when it comes to casting tv shows will hurt white actors and actresses.  With all the tv shows on network, cable, Netflix and Amazon there’s enough work for everyone.

Check out the entire article here.

Time flies

Boy does time fly.  I haven’t been here for over a year.  I guess I lost that blogging feeling for a while.

WordPress has made some changes so I’m trying to get use to the newness of what’s going on around behind the scenes.

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What a long week even though I did have a Monday holiday.  Haven’t posted here in a long time. 2013 was a crazy year for me and now we’ve been dealing with a brutal winter in 2014.  I’m so sick of snow.

Anyway check out this video by Swedish House Mafia.  I discovered them while listening to one of the Electronic Dance stations on SiriusXM.

Washington Redskins defeat the Dallas Cowboys 28-18

How sweet it is.  The Redskins defeated the Cowgirls, oops I means the Cowboys on Sunday 28-18.  I was on pins and needles watching that game.  The Skins also made my Thanksgiving day enjoyable by defeating the Cowboys 38-31.

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Rookies Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III lead the Washington Redskins to an NFC East title with win over Dallas

By Dave Sheinin, Published: December 31

They are too young to understand the angst, too new to this region to understand why there were tears being shed in the stands above them at FedEx Field. In the context of the Washington Redskins’ history, Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris are mere babies. Some Redskins fans have emotional scars that are older.

But on a frigid night that felt unmistakably like playoff weather, jarring long-dormant memories of glorious winters past, the two rookies marched the Redskins through the heart of the Dallas Cowboys’ defense and straight into the NFL playoffs.

There will be January football, playoff football, at FedEx Field next weekend for the first time in 13 years, following the Redskins’ 28-18 victory over the hated Cowboys on Sunday night.

Next Sunday at 4:30 p.m., the Redskins, newly crowned champions of the NFC East division, will host the Seattle Seahawks in a first-round playoff game, the first at FedEx Field since Jan. 8, 2000.

As the final seconds ticked down, fans ignored the cold, and the oncoming blitz of winter behind it, and rejoiced in a season extended by a victory on a night when a loss would have ended it.

As many expected, the rookie phenom in the Redskins’ backfield was clearly the best player on the field Sunday night, finding daylight where none seemed to exist and getting the ball to the end zone better than anyone else. Only this time, the rookie wasn’t Griffin, the Redskins’ transcendent superstar quarterback. It was Morris, the unassuming sixth-round draft pick who drives a 1991 Mazda 626 he calls his “Bentley.”

With Griffin still slowed by a knee injury suffered three weeks earlier, Morris, even more than usual, became the Redskins’ workhorse. Over and over, Griffin, 22, fed him the ball, and Morris, 24, ran to daylight. By the third quarter, Morris, plowing through defenders and hitting holes like vintage John Riggins, owned the Redskins’ single-season rushing record, bettering Clinton Portis’s seven-year-old record of 1,516, and by the end of the game, he had carried the ball 33 times for 200 yards, both career highs.

“Coming from where I came from, with no one expecting nothing from you, and to do this on this level, on this stage,” Morris said, “is just an honor.”

When it was over, Griffin and Morris took a moment to ponder what they had just done: Seven straight wins. The franchise’s first playoff berth since 2007. Its first division title since 1999.

You can read the entire article here at the Washington Post.

As a long time fan who has suffered for more than a decade from the miserable play coming from the Redskins, they have finally come alive.  I still can’t believe they’re in the playoffs.  After the dismal 3-6 start, I figured they would be lucky to be at least 5-11 by the end of the season.  I’m so glad I was wrong.

The only thing that disturbed me watching this game was listening to Cris Collinsworth constant fawning over Tony Romo.  Cris was getting on my last nerve.  I swear I wanted to get in my car, head over to the stadium and tell Mr. Collinsworth to STFU about Romo!!!

Anyway I’m looking forward to the playoff game this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.  The Seahawks are young and hungry too.  Let’s hope the Skins are ready for them.

HTTR!!!!!!

 

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