2014 Primetime Emmy Awards – Monday – Not Sunday

by Shannonn Kelly
06:51AM, EST, August 25, 2014

I woke up this morning feeling a little weird. Happy that tonight’s the night for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Yes, tonight, Monday. And not the usual Sunday.The live broadcast from the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, with host Seth Meyers starts 5:00PM PT, 8:00PM EST on NBC.

Also, I felt a little sad that this is the last time we’re going to see the gang from the stellar, innovative, TV crime drama series, Breaking Bad starring Bryan Cranston as Walter White,  Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Anna Gunn as Walter’s long-suffering wife Skyler, Skyler’s sister Marie Schrader played by Betsy Brandt and her husband Hank played to perfection by Dean Norris. And other series regulars such as Bob Odenkirk(who’s got his own spin-off called ‘You Better Call Saul“), Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks, Jesse Plemons and Scottish actress Laura Fraser.

In 2014, Breaking Bad entered the Guinness World Records as the highest rated show of all time.

The show took place in one of the most fitting cities Albuquerque, New Mexico and produced, sometimes written and directed by the darkly creative by Vince Gilligan, who paved the way for other ground-breaking series such as Sons of Anarchy (followed the same year in September 2008), Orange Is The New Black (eventhough, technically, IMHO the gritty series OZ paved the way for this series), American Horror Story and True Detective.

True Detective is up for Outstanding Drama Series against Breaking Bad. But since it will return for a 2nd season (albeit with a different story and cast), I hope Breaking Bad takes home this prize as it will never have another chance.

We shall see.  It’ll be hard to say Goodbye. Join me on Twitter for all the Emmy festivities and “selfie spoofs”.

 

Walter White Shoots Modern Family

by Shannonn Kelly
11:14 AM, EST, December 11, 2013

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“Ho Ho Heisenberg” – Actor Eric Stonestreet with Director, Bryan Cranston on Set of the Modern Family Christmas Episode

I thought that headline would get your attention.

Don’t forget to tune in tonight to Modern Family on ABC to watch the Christmas episode directed by Bryan Cranston. It’s sure to deliver a lot of Ho-Ho-Ho’s for the Holiday with hopefully a little darkness like the video here uploaded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson who plays “Mitch” on Modern Family. Continue reading “Walter White Shoots Modern Family”

Breaking Bad – Season 5 Returns – All Good Things ‘Bad’ Come to An End

by Shannonn Kelly
4:02AM, EST August 11, 2013

Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) have different perspectives in Season 6 of Breaking Bad
Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) have different perspectives in Season 6 of Breaking Bad

I just finished ‘binge watching’ all the episodes of the 1st part of “Breaking Bad“, Season 5 to get ready for tonight’s much anticipated premiere of the “return” of Season 5.

I re-learned a lot of things. Saul is a poet, Marie is obsessed with ‘purple’, Mike was scary mofo, Skylar is a ball buster, Jesse is a soft touch and the voice of reason, Hank is pretty smart and Walt is in for a shit storm as the ’empire builder’…

Creator Vince Gilligan said in an interview in Huffington Post last season that:

…the prospect of guiding the show towards its endgame had him in a state of “terror“. He compared the writing process to a “chess game” and stressed that although his writing staff had an idea about where the show was going and certain signposts established to guide them there, they were still filling in plot developments and were “always open to something better that may come along“.

The critically-acclaimed series Breaking Bad is one of those rare things that turned TV upside down. It showed stodgy TV execs what audiences craved. Complex characters. Real tension in every episode. Real believable crisis for every character. And all this stuff that could happen in your own backyard. Possibly the greatest program in television history – is Breaking Bad. And all that good badness is about to come to an end, as Season 6 spells the end for chemistry teacher turned meth-making kingpin “Walter White”.

The final season of Breaking Bad returns tonight, August 11 at 9:00PM EST, followed by AMC’s new original series “Low Winter Sun” at 10:00PM which stars Mark Strong in his dark journey as a Detroit cop. (Which I’ll be watching) Continue reading “Breaking Bad – Season 5 Returns – All Good Things ‘Bad’ Come to An End”

Glee Future Up In Air As Show Prepares for Cory Monteith Tribute

by Shannonn Kelly
09:42AM, EST, August 02, 2013

Glee's Cory Monteith and Lea Michele in 'Happier Times'...
Glee’s Cory Monteith and Lea Michele in ‘Happier Times’…

With Twitter still alight with news about Cory Monteith’s death, fan support and condolences, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly announced at the Television Critics Association 2013 Summer Press Tour that “GLEE” plans to write the “Finn Hudson” character out of the show by episode 3 in the upcoming 5th season.

Episode 3 plans to directly deal with the circumstances around actor Cory Monteith’s death but Reilly didn’t specifically say that the character dies of an overdose.

“The third episode will deal with the Finn Hudson character being written out of the show. That episode will deal directly with the incidents surrounding his death and drug addiction … Ryan Murphy is going to film PSAs with the cast, as cast members, as friends of his, they’re going to speak directly to the audience.

The episode may feature old footage of Monteith:

“It’s a possibility because we do have some of that footage, but I can’t speak to it because Ryan and the guys are working through it right now.” Continue reading “Glee Future Up In Air As Show Prepares for Cory Monteith Tribute”

One of Canada’s Bright Lights Goes Dark – Actor Cory Monteith Dies of Heroin and Alcohol…

by Shannonn Kelly
02:44AM, EST, July 16, 2013

One of Canada's Bright Lights Goes Out... Actor Cory Monteith
One of Canada’s Bright Lights Goes Out… Actor Cory Monteith

It’s always sad when anyone dies. When it’s a young, good looking celebrity, it’s felt around the world.

Canadian born actor Cory Monteith was found dead this past Saturday sadly, at the age of 31. Monteith was found dead by cleaning staff who came to his room when he missed check-out at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Cause of Death: An autopsy and toxicological analysis show the actor died on from a “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.” A lethal combination of Alcohol and Heroin.

Best known as ‘Finn Hudson’ on the Fox television series “GLEE“, Monteith was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and then raised in Victoria only 43 miles from Vancouver.

What non-fans of Glee, might not know is that Monteith had issues with drugs and substance abuse since he was in junior high. Continue reading “One of Canada’s Bright Lights Goes Dark – Actor Cory Monteith Dies of Heroin and Alcohol…”

March 8th – International Women’s Day – It’s Not About Vaginas…

by Shannonn Kelly
04:21AM, EST, March 8th

I know gen pop often views International Women’s Day with apprehension, but that’s mainly because it’s one of the most misunderstood days of observance.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not writing this to man-bash. Dudes are pretty darn cool. Women also misunderstand this day. So I’m here to clarify that this day doesn’t mean you have to be a roaring feminist, this day doesn’t have to be sad, this day doesn’t mean you need a vagina.

Angelina Jolie and Gilda Radner - Two Women That Made Contributions You Might Not Know About
Angelina Jolie and Gilda Radner – Two Women That Made Contributions You Might Not Realize…

International Women’s Day can be about anything you want it to be. You can use it to help empower women or simply to acknowledge it to pay homage to a woman who may have had a great impact on your life. Simply take this day to honor women and the difference they make or have made in your life or give them the opportunity to start making that difference today. Continue reading “March 8th – International Women’s Day – It’s Not About Vaginas…”

FaceBook Friend of The Week – Harvard Swing Dance Man – Benji Schwimmer

by Shannonn Kelly
05:27AM, EST, January 16, 2013

Educated Swing Dance Man Benji Schwimmer (drawing courtesy of "FreckleSmile)
Educated Swing Dance Man Benji Schwimmer (drawing courtesy of “FreckleSmile”)

On Friday January 18, Season 2 Winner of So You Think You Can Dance, Benji Schwimmer turns 28 years-old.

Born probably swing dancing in the womb, Benji’s father is West Coast Swing dance king Buddy Schwimmer who invented a dance step called “The Nightclub Two-Step”.

Benji’s mother Laurie and sister, Lacey Schwimmer, a 4th place finalist on Season 3 SYTYCD and most recently on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS), are also west-coast swing dancers in their own right.

Born “Benjamin Daniel Schwimmer” in Redlands, California, Schwimmer won the second season of Fox’s long-running So You Think You Can Dance reality competition show where he also hotly competed with now “Emmy® Award nominated” Travis Wall who has been a choreographer on SYTYCD since season 7.

To this day I remember most of Schwimmer’s routines. But, out of all of them, I loved the show-stopping nerd-fest hip-hop routine with Benji and Travis or “Tranji”. Click here for a great laugh and some terrific moves by Benji and Travis.

What’s incredible about Benji Schwimmer is that he’s not only a talented dancer, globe trotting Humanitarian, sought after choreographer, singer, musician; but also highly educated at some of the nations top Ivy League schools.

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The Big Flash Mob Bang Theory

by Shannonn Kelly
05:17AM, January 06, 2013

The Big Bang Cast
The Big Bang Cast

I’m a late comer to the phenomenon that is The Big Bang Theory. I started watching it in its 5th season in 2011 and now I cannot get enough of it.

I have TBBT auto-tuned to 3 different stations in case I pass by the TV when I’m home and it comes on, I get a chance to stop what I’m doing and watch my favorite geeks.

This past Xmas was great because the Atlanta station TBS had a Big Bang Xmas Marathon.

After I did all my charity work, visiting, eating, we got home and vegged out until Boxing Day and watched the silliness. Forget about Boxing Day deals. The Big Bang Theory was on!

My favorite addition to the cast is “Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler“played by “Blossom”, or in real-life Mayim Bialik who actually has a real-life Ph.D as a neuroscientist. I love the weird bi-sexual bent they let her play with when she’s around “Penny” (Kaley Cuoco) and then the sex-starved nerd-kitten when she’s around “Sheldon” (Jim Parsons).

But I digress. I came across this Big Bang Theory on-set flash mob video and I can’t stop playing it.

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Golden Globe® Winning – Multitalented Actor – Charles Durning – Dead at 89…

by Shannonn Kelly
10:20AM, EST December 26, 2012

Actor Charles Durning – Dead at 89…

Christmas eve angels were on double duty as another terrific character actor, Charles Durning died. He was 89 years-old.

In 2003, I worked on the set of a fairly forgettable MOW called “A Very Married Christmas” that starred Joe Mantegna, Jean Smart and Charles Durning who played a “a volunteer Santa”that helped the two lead characters get together.

I remember at one of the first evening meals, I kept watching Mr. Durning hoping he would be the wonderful person I thought he was. He did not disappoint. Warm. Genuine. Accessible. Continue reading “Golden Globe® Winning – Multitalented Actor – Charles Durning – Dead at 89…”

Brought to You By The Letters T M Z – A Scandal Erupts On Sesame Street

by ShannonnKelly

Kevin Clash Beloved Voice of ELMO for almost 28 years Resigns from Sesame Street

6:15AM, EST, November 12, 2012
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It’s a sad day on Sesame Street as Kevin Clash has officially resigned after 28 years as the voice behind the beloved Elmo the Muppet since 1985.

According to the New York Times:

Announcing the decision with what he called a “very heavy heart,” Mr. Clash said in a statement, “Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work ‘Sesame Street’ is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately.”

His statement came at around the same time that a lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York accusing him of “sexual activity” with a 15-year-old. The accuser, Cecil Singleton, is now 24. The suit said that Mr. Singleton “did not become aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash’s sexual acts and conduct until 2012.” It sought $5 million in damages.

To read another article at IndieWire.com, please Click Here.

It’s an awful feeling to wake up and read the entertainment trades and find the character of someone beloved by millions besmirched.

 

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