Ever made fun of a beauty pageant contestant? I know I have.
(Two words: Miss Utah.)
But here’s a beauty pageant that will have you cheering.
The ‘Miss You Can Do It’ pageant, a program for girls with special needs, is the focus of an HBO documentary currently on rotation and OnDemand.
The 37 contestants, all with learning or physical disabilities, are celebrated at this annual event founded by Abbey Curran, a former Miss Iowa and the first woman with a disability to ever compete in the Miss USA pageant.
The program follows eight of the young girls as they prepare for and compete in this event. I happened upon the show quite by accident, but I consider the show a must-see.
Everyone should feel that good and smile that much watching TV.
Posted in Beauty, Children, Commentary, Entertainment, Family, Life, Movies, Television, TV
Tagged Abbey Curran, beauty pageant, beauty pageant contestant, children, commentary, documentary, entertainment, family, HBO, HBO OnDemand, learning disabilities, life, Miss Iowa, MIss USA pageant, Miss Utah, Miss You Can Do It, Movies, must-see TV, physical disabilities, special needs, Television, TV, yes you can
I’m thinking about Gary David Goldberg today.
He died Sunday morning after a long battle with brain cancer.
Of course, when I think of Goldberg, the image at left doesn’t come to mind.
His shows do.
Family Ties. Spin City. Michael J. Fox comedies that Goldberg brought to life.
And as much as I loved those sitcoms, I particularly loved the way they signed off.
We even named one of our dogs Ubu.
(He didn’t have the longevity of Goldberg’s career, but he was awfully cute.)
Posted in Animals, Comedy, Commentary, Dogs, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged animals, brain cancer, comedies, comedy, comedy gold, Dogs, Family Ties sitcom, Gary David Goldberg, good dog, Humor, life, Michael J. Fox, sit ubu sit, sitcoms, Spin City sitcom, Television, TV
I’m not a doctor, but I play one in today’s post…
Feeling down? Lethargic? Watch this clip:
I watched a rerun of Wipeout during my lunch hour yesterday and laughed myself silly! It was the perfect pick-me-up.
Try it! You’ll like it.
Posted in Blog, Comedy, Entertainment, Health, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged blog, blog post, comedy, doctor, Health, Humor, life, lunch hour, pick-me-up, splash mountain, Television, TV, Wipeout tv show
I have taught students many concepts in my years as a trainer, but today’s lesson was one of my favorites:
Not the traditional ‘shut your mouth’ usage of the phrase — but the ‘you’ve got to be kidding, tell me more’ meaning. My class of primarily native German speakers were not aware of this slang term, and they left my course very excited to try it out on their colleagues.
I’m sure it will be a big hit.
I just wish I could remember where the usage originated. On TV? In a movie? Does anyone out there remember? If you do,
Shut up! (keep talking)
Posted in Celebrities, Education, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Relationships, Television, TV
Tagged celebrities, cultural divide, education, entertainment, Germany, Humor, lesson, life, pop culture, shut up, shut your mouth, sitcom, slang, students, Television, tell me more, trainer, TV, you've got to be kidding
I thought I was over it.
I was wrong.
I loved Being Erica, an original comedy/drama/fantasy that aired on Soap Net before the network closed up shop in 2011.
Working with a very special therapist named Dr. Tom, Erica traveled back and forth through time. With his help, she was able to revisit moments of regret and change her actions — usually in ways she had not anticipated.
The show was produced in Canada, and there were rumors it might be picked up by another network or produced in a new format in America.
So now from time to time, I will encounter one of the show’s former stars in another TV show or movie…like tonight, when I saw Morgan Kelly [pictured above, second from right] in a forgettable Lifetime movie.
I wonder if Brent misses Erica as much as I do? And if yes…is anyone from the show traveling back through time right now to fix this whole cancellation nonsense?
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged Being Erica, Canada, cancellation, CBC, celebrities, comedy, commentary, drama, entertainment, fantasy, Humor, life, Lifetime, Morgan Kelly, regrets, Soap Net, Television, television network, therapist, time travel, TV, TV movie, TV stars
This is not the first rainy Saturday afternoon that I have spent with a golf tournament on television.
But it is the first time in memory that I’ve watched two golf tourneys.
At the same time.
The PGA Tour is at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas; the Senior PGA Championship is being held in St. Louis, and CBS and NBC are providing coverage head-to-head.
It’s cool. I can monitor both…
As long as they don’t synchronize their commercial breaks.
Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Life, Sports, TV
Tagged CBS, Colonial Country Club, commercial break, entertainment, Fort Worth Texas, golf, golf coverage, golf tournament, golf tourney, Humor, life, NBC, PGA Tour, rainy afternoon, Saturday, Senior PGA Championship, Sports, St. Louis, Television, TV
If Star Trek Into Darkness opens in your city today, I encourage you to see it.
I saw it yesterday in IMAX 3D, and it was amazing…especially the new enemy of the Federation portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.
You know Sherlock on BBC? He’s the one.
But if you can’t get to the movie theatre today or even this weekend — I understand there are people who can actually wait weeks and even months; go figure — take a look at the “Star Trek Challenge” Audi spot featuring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto.
It’s too much fun.
Posted in Advertising, Automobiles, Cars, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, Life, Movies, Shopping, Television, TV
Tagged 3D, advertising, Audi, automobiles, BBC, Benedict Cumberbatch, cars, entertainment, Humor, IMAX, Leonard Nimoy, life, live long and prosper, movie premiere, movie theatre, movie villain, Movies, Sherlock, Star Trek Challenge, Star Trek Federation, Star Trek Into Darkness, Television, TV, Zachary Quinto
Who’s watching The Office finale tonight?
And who’s watching the show for the first time in two years?
I’ll admit it.
When Michael Scott aka Steve Carell left The Office in 2011, I was part of a highly vocal minority — perhaps it was even a majority in some circles — who felt the show should end with his exit.
But the show producers — both in shock that Steve left and in denial that the money train was running out of steam — deluded themselves that they could keep on keepin’ on.
The first season without Steve floundered. The second became ‘the farewell season.’ And now that Dunder Mifflin is finally closing its doors, I feel a teeny tiny bit responsible.
Did I show any loyalty after Steve left? No.
Did I check in from time-to-time to see if my instincts were right that the show would suck without him? Yes.
Will I watch tonight and wish the show wasn’t being canceled? No.
Am I hoping Steve Carell shows up somewhere? Yes.
(It would be the best episode in two years.)
Note — Steve DID appear on the finale. It was amazeballs.
Posted in Comedy, Entertainment, Friends, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged comedy, entertainment, episode, farewell season, Humor, life, Michael Scott, money train, show producers, sitcoms, Steve Carell, Television, The Office finale, The Office tv show, TV, vocal minority, watercooler
You know how some TV show plot lines are ‘ripped from the headlines?’ I’ve decided People magazine rips theirs from any handy movie premiere calendar.
Easier than workin.’
Take their latest World’s Most Beautiful Woman issue featuring Gwyneth Paltrow.
Gwyneth is lovely — I’ll give you that. But the most beautiful woman in the world? Of all the choices in Hollywood and around the globe?
In the words of Jerry Seinfeld — speaking to his young son outside my brownstone one Saturday afternoon –
But it is far simpler — isn’t it People editorial staff — to crown Ms. Paltrow? She has Iron Man 3 coming out in a theatre near you…plus, your rival Star magazine just named her Most Hated Celebrity (which is probably more accurate).
Your advertisers are happy! Moms her age are happy! And Star has been put in its place.
Who cares if it isn’t true?
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Magazines, Movies, TV
Tagged celebrities, commentary, editorial staff, entertainment, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hollywood, Humor, Iron Man 3, Jerry Seinfeld, life, magazines, Most Hated Celebrity, movie premiere, movie theatre, Movies, New York City, People magazine, plot, ripped from the headlines, Star magazine, Television, TV, World's Most Beautiful Woman