Daily Archives: September 19, 2014

Flashback Friday-TV Edition Part II-Will and Grace

In 1998, a new television show called Will and Grace premiered. The television landscape would never be the same again.

Will Truman (Eric McCormack) is a gay lawyer whose long term relationship has just ended. His best friend Grace (Debra Messing) is a straight interior designer who has just gotten engaged, but the engagement is off to a rocky start. Adding in Grace’s sometimes helpful assistant Karen (Megan Mullally) and Will’s initial guide to the gay world Jack (Sean Hayes), this foursome was an essential part of the must see TV lineup during it’s eight year run.

It is often said that good TV comes down to good writing and this show had great writing. The characters were flawed and human, but also funny and realistic. Without knowing it, Will and Grace broke new ground. Not just on American television, but in our overall society. We are a better country for having this show on the air.

I still love the reruns, they never fail to make me laugh.

 

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Flashback Friday- TV Edition-The Golden Girls

This past Sunday marks the 29th anniversary of The Golden Girls.

Premiering on September 14th, 1985, The Golden Girls centered on four post menopausal  sixty something women sharing a house in Miami.

Substitute teacher Dorothy (Bea Arthur), her nursing home refugee mother, Sophia (Estelle Getty), Minnesota raised Rose (Betty White) all lived with their friend and landlady, Southern Belle Blanche (Rue McClanahan). Staying on the air until 1992, The Golden Girls was the first show that I remember where the protagonists were women of a certain age. It was honest, poignant and just plain funny. There was a truth about being a woman, whether she was 16 or 60. It was Sex and And City well before Sex and City.

I love this show and the reruns never fail to entertain me.

 

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Casting News

The casting for the upcoming movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is as follows (so far):

  • Mr. Collins (Matt Smith, Dr. Who)
  • Mr. Bingley (Douglas Booth, Romeo and Juliet)
  • Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James, Downton Abbey)
  • Mr. Wickham (Jack Huston, Boardwalk Empire)
  • Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley, Malificent)
  • Jane or Lydia Bennet???? (Bella Heathcote, Dark Shadows)****- IMDB does not specify who she is playing, but but my guess is either Jane or Lydia.
  • Caroline Bingley (Emma Greenwell, True Blood)

Bear in mind that not all of the casting has been announced. I’m still ambivalent about Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, but only time will tell.  Overall, I am extremely pleased with the casting and will be very happy to sit in a dark movie theater and watch the Bennet sisters kick some zombie a$$.

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