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Don’t Know What It Is But There’s Something Extremely Engaging About NBC’s ‘Revolution’ (Youtube Video)

September 18th, 2012 No comments

Wow!  The Event sucked!  What was that show about the superhero on NBC that lasted a minute where the guy dressed up in a a super suit and save the day while working his day job with a bunch of dudes in the circus.

Yeah what a mess for NBC.

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But now the network we all love to pick on and never watch is introducing  the Revolution TV show , the new sci-fi drama that has some sort of promise but still it’s a bit hard to figure out.  The power across the United States and I guess across the world goes away and there seems to be a battle to get it turned back on and the activity to achieve that is simply active and amazing.

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REVOLUTION on NBC

It’s kinda fun watch the Revolution TV show on NBC.  It may have a great chance and a whole heck of a lot better than The Event which stunk up NBC or that other show which I still can’t remember what its title was because it was an abysmal failure.

So instead of me saying good things about the Revolution TV show that is hopefully as mentioned in previous posts will help NBC get back on track in prime time, let me give you a few stories the Revolution TV show on NBC so that you can get a better overview of the new sci-fi show.

This one could be a winner.  It’s a lot easier to understand the Revolution TV show on NBC.  I kinda think this network might be 'Walter White' - Bryan-Cranston, 'Gustavo Fring' - Giancarlo Esposito and 'Jesse Pinkman' - Aaron Paul in AMC's 'Breaking Bad'on it’s way back and this show could be a start.  Biggest mistake from NBC’s PR department is not making a big deal about Giancarlo Esposito who just finished a major run on AMC’s Breaking Bad.  Not a smart move to play off his role in that show as Breaking Bad has had an awesome set of shows on AMC.

But we give the Revolution TV show an A plus so far on NBC.

Rick Thomas

http://www.policymic.com/articles/14946/revolution-tv-show-review-nbc-premiere-is-bland-but-the-sci-fi-series-could-succeed

http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/revolution-tv-show-premiere-ratings-24379/


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Google Chrome, Great Commercial Content, Why Google is a Badass Operation

September 18th, 2012 No comments

I watch a lot of television.  A lot.  This is a TV blog and there’s no doubt that even the commercials I speed past on my DVR, well some of them are really the most creative content that separates the Google Chrome brand from all of the boring commercial crap that’s on TV.

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I know commercials pay the bills but guess what?  This is really cool stuff to watch.  Enjoy.

Rick Thomas


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NFL Films Loses Its Genius, The Greatness in Steve Sabol (YouTube Video)

September 18th, 2012 No comments
Steve Sabol from NFL Films

Steve Sabol from NFL Films

Steve Sabol was only 69 years of age when he passed away of brain cancer but he was one of the most formidable names in the National Football League and never put on a team helmet for Sunday play.  Steve Sabol’s forte’ came behind the camera, giving us some of the cleanest and the clearest visuals ever seen in the history of television broadcasting.

Being from the east coast, everyone in television or radio knew that Steve Sabol’s NFL Films was located in the Philadelphia area.  Most of us in the business probably sent our resumes over to Steve Sabol hoping to get a job with him and his company. Steve Sabol grew NFL Films and his personal brand to even include many stints in front of the camera as a host to some of his content.

Steve Sabol’s NFL Films won 107 Emmys since 1962.

Rick Thomas

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What a Mess! ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Jael Strauss’s Meth Addiction Madness

September 17th, 2012 No comments

This is one of those very nasty stories.  One that shows the reality of reality television.  You look at the before and after pictures of Jael Strauss, the former member of America’s Next Top Model who went from a contestant on The CW’s hottest TV show to a fucking meth mess. 

Jael Strauss from 'America's Top Model' Before & After Meth Addiction

Jael Strauss from ‘America’s Top Model’ Before & After Meth Addiction

Yes that’s Jael Strauss.  A fucking, downright mess of a former really good looking female who is showing the end result of the nasty final look of a meth addict.  This meth mess is really the worst.  People smoke weed, OK some say.  People snort coke, some say OK.  But this Breaking Bad attraction to white crystal is killing Jael Strauss and she’s on a path that will only lead to the end of her life.

Step in Dr. Phil as in Dr. Phil McGraw.  His show this Thursday is all about Jael Strauss and her decline in what was a great life if that’s what you want to call it as a member of America’s Next Top Model.  It got so bad on the show that Jael Strauss literally ran off stage at the Dr. Phil show and ended up doing an interview with the talk show host in the parking lot of Paramount Studios. 

What a fucking mess!

Jael Strauss from 'America's Top Model'

Jael Strauss from ‘America’s Top Model’

There’s always some bullshit excuse for heading toward addiction.  And you kinda get sick and tired of hearing the whining about issues that happen in people’s personal lives that lead them to a meth line.   But that’s her story.  Jael Strauss had a friend who died of an overdose and she credits that incident as the reason for her issues with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s drug of choice on Breaking Bad.

Jael Strauss is only 28 years of age and a meth of a mess.  Tune in to Dr. Phil‘s show on Thursday.  You will see the reality of reality television.  And it won’t be pretty seeing Jael Strauss in her  current condition. 

There but for the grace of God. 


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Check Out TV’s Real Creative Commercials for Pepperidge Farms New ‘Jingos’ Crackers

September 16th, 2012 No comments
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Every once in a while we catch up with really great commercials on television.  Some of what we see is crap yet the new Pepperidge Farms brand of crackers called Jingos is being advertised all over visual media today and when I went to my local Ralphs Grocery story in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles a couple of days ago I had a chance to check out the new brand.

But the commercials are pretty awesome.  Check them out. 

Rick Thomas


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Who Is Alison Pill? From HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ and Why Is She Topless on My Twitter Page?

September 16th, 2012 No comments

So this Alison Pill from HBO’s The Newsroom is trending pretty hot on Google Trends right about now.  Why?  I really don’t know who the hell Alison Pill is but everyone on Twitter surely has seen the topless photo that she accidentally Tweeted and it’s the buzz all over the Internet.

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God bless Twitter!

“My tech issues have now reached new heights,” said Alison Pill on her accidental Tweet which seems to go along with that dopey look on her face from  some of her photos on her Facebook page.  She actually looks like she should be on an episode of the original Lost In Space as Alison Pill has added about 2,000 new Twitter followers to her page after the mishap.Now you know we don’t chat a lot about pay TV programs because they are pay TV programs which most of us cannot afford in the new economic world order.  But we had to write this Alison Pill mishap because, well anyone that accidentally Tweets a topless picture of herself should be trending hot on the Internet.

We love you Alison Pill!

Do we have the picture?  Hell no!  OK so we have the greeked out version.  But normally we don’t fall in to the low end Maury mentality unless we have an exclusive but this at least was a fun story to write.  And must say…fine little thing she is!


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‘American Idol’ Gets Nicky Minaj, Keith Urban Amidst Viewer Decline on ‘The Voice’ and ‘X Factor’ (YouTube Videos)

September 16th, 2012 No comments
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Nicky Minaj, New Judge on 'American Idol'

Nicky Minaj, New Judge on ‘American Idol’

There’s nothing left to do for the reality show American Idol than bring in two of the hottest names in the music world.  And this new season of American Idol may not be a make or break Season 12 of the music competition program but after losing a third of its audience during last season’s American Idol the genre is in big trouble.

The Voice and X Factor are back and they both opened up their new seasons with lower than expected ratings and there’s no underlying reason to note that music reality competition programs are under the gun.  So bring on two of music’s hottest names as new judges in Nicky Minaj and Keith Urban.

Nicky Minaj without a doubt is the hottest pop/urban singer with the most unique international style ever.  And Keith Urban is one of the top names in country music.  Both will bring the potential of new viewers to American Idol.

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So American Idol doubles down with two new names and this will no doubt be either the beginning of a new concept of major judges in reality television on the music competition side or the beginning of the end of the TV format.  If American Idol can’t build back so level of increase with Nicky Minaj and Keith Urban, two hot names in the music business, then viewers can expect to see less and less new entries in the field.

This could be fun on American Idol.


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Gay Television is a ‘Modern Family,’ Lots of ‘Glee’ and ‘The New Normal’ in America

September 15th, 2012 No comments

Give in Tea Party.  It’s over.  And it will never return to the days when those in the minority stay in the background and hide their so called limitations.  As in the gay community.

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Especially in the media.  More in the television business these days than ever.  The so called Gay Media Mafia has taken over the TV industry and it’s daytime and prime time content.  Yes people there is a Gay Media Mafia based in Los Angeles and the entertainment business and it has become one of the most powerful groups in America.

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ABC’s “Modern Family” -Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell

Television is simple Glee these days.  There is no longer a Modern Family in America as there has been in the past.  And if anyone thought that we are facing The New Normal in this country just those three names of top television content is the answer.

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ABC’s “Modern Family” stars Eric Stonestreet as Cameron

Television executives are not afraid of bringing the new world order to our TV screens.  Even in daytime.  Throw in the fact that Ellen DeGeneres has the hottest show on daytime television along with the solid start for the Steve Harvey Show and that Michael Strahan has partnered with Kelly Ripa on LIVE with Kelly & Michael and you can see the changes happening all across the spectrum as television is stepping well beyond the old normal to bring us shows like The New Normal.

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The New Normal with Andrew Rannells as Bryan Collins, Justin Bartha as David Murray

If you haven’t watched The New Normal well you’re missing one of TV’s best new shows.  NBC was smart to launch The New Normal weeks before other networks begin airing their new content.  The New Normal is fantastic.  Two gay guys kissing on television is a far cry from what television has offered in the past.  The Cosby Show is not how America perceives itself.  Normal families don’t exist anymore in America.  If you look at most normal families well then you have an episode of Dr. Phil.  That’s where the so-called normal families end up.

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Steve Harvey

Want to talk more about The New Normal.  Remember when people talked about The Maury Show as a place where minorities came on to find out if they were the father?  Remember how some would say “their all black” when it came to the guests on that daytime show?  Well welcome to the new world order as I say.  Half the guests are white on The Maury Show and now that’s The New Normal.

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Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres

Modern Family broke the mold for gay content on television.  So did Glee.  You can tell those behind the scenes of both shows are part of the gay community.  Because the show treats gay content in the proper way, unlike the days when white writers tried their best develop shows based on African American characters.

Tried and failed.

Heather Morris and Britney Spears, 'GLEE'

Heather Morris and Britney Spears, ‘GLEE’ ‘

Modern Family and Glee are fantastic programming.  As The New Normal grows in to the content that will no doubt help NBC get out of the prime time ratings doldrums, the use of more minority voices behind and in front of the camera will clearly be important as America steps beyond the conservative themes that are no longer prominent.

It’s amazing the changes taking place and it’s certainly about time.

Rick Thomas


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West Hollywood Safe, Amanda Bynes Told to Get a Designated Driver

September 15th, 2012 No comments

I don’t spend as much time in the West Hollywood or Hollywood areas as I used to and to be quite blunt any night is a night where you put your life in jeopardy driving in that area.  But now let’s hope that neighborhood is a lot safer when the partying starts with the loss of Amanda Bynes behind the wheel of a car.

Amanda Bynes is simply is a hot mess.

Amanda Bynes and Britney Snow

Amanda Bynes and Britney Snow…

And an LA Superior Court Judge saw the same thing that her career is seeing…destruction is on hand.  Yes a hot mess.  The judge slapped Amanda Bynes with a no driving ruling on Wednesday of this week yet Amanda Bynes saw fit to go out and party Thursday night, getting behind the wheel of a car and bumping another car in the process.

So much for those no driving privileges for Amanda Bynes.

Amanda Bynes had her license revoked after being charged with driving under the influence and a couple of counts of hit and runs which or course is pretty common for most people in the entertainment world here in Hollywood.  But now she could be in true trouble if she gets pulled over without a valid license, have her car impounded and get cuffed which of course will prevent most from doing any kind of driving.

Her attorney Bob Wilson pretty much told the judge something that she probably did not want to hear.  He said Amanda Bynes was waiting for a hearing on the suspension of her drivers license but the DA informed him that it probably would have been smart for Mr. Wilson to check with the Department of Motor Vehicles as that group says it had been suspended.

TMZ reports that Amanda Bynes was seen driving for hours after the judge’s ruling and smoking something out of a pipe which can only lead to the ticking clock on Amanda Bynes next run in with the law.

Rick Thomas


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Here’s a Lifestyle Video, New York Based TV/Radio Host Mike Francesa Falls Asleep on Air (YouTube)

September 15th, 2012 No comments

So did Mike Francesca, loud mouth, credible, bombastic radio guy that I used to listen to when I lived in New York and Philly on WFAN.  Great sports content on that radio station so much so that YES Network, the local New York cable network that carries lots of that city’s sports broadcasts decided to take Mike’s radio show and broadcast it live on their network.

They might be regretting that move.

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Mike Francesa faded away while doing an interview on his TV/Radio program and has a great explanation for his demise on air.  He spent the prior evening taking care of his four year old son who suffers from childhood asthma and apparently was up all night.

Hence he nodded out while on the job.

First Mike Francesa denied falling asleep.  But his wife got him to come clean about the story and his child.  Now if you know anyone who has children the same age as Mike Francesa, you surely can understand his dilemma.  That’s easy.  I had a guy fall asleep in a meeting one time several years back because he said he was up all night with his kid.  Most of those with kids can take a quick nap by closing the door of your office and laying on the couch for a few minute.  I had that happen with a woman at a major advertising agency.

So most people get it and understand Mike Francesa’s issue with not getting enough sleep.  Hell most of us with no kids don’t get enough sleep.  But c’mon Mike Francesa, come clean and own up.  You don’t have to be a macho Italian stallion with your fans and listeners.

We understand.  Check out the video.

Rick Thomas


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