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September 19th, 2014

The Great Locomotive Chase Festival

In Historic Downtown Adairsville, Georgia

The Adairsville Rail Depot is featured in The Great Locomotive Chase Festival photo by Amesmultimedia © Wikimedia Commons

The Adairsville Rail Depot is featured in The Great Locomotive Chase Festival photo by Amesmultimedia © Wikimedia Commons

Each year the historic city of Adairsville, Georgia, holds a Street Festival in the Historic Downtown Adairsville Square on the first weekend (Friday through Sunday) in October. The Great Locomotive Chase Festival features crafts, live music, parade, pageants, food, street dances, carnival rides and more. Local festivals such as this one is a great place for “the guys” that have a garage band to perform at, even if they are underage. The carnival rides open on Friday evening and run all weekend during the festival.

The Great Locomotive Chase Festival: Friday Events

The Great Locomotive Chase Festival kicks off on Friday at 10am with an open house at the Adairsville Rail Depot Museum. The Adairsville Depot is a restored 1847 railroad depot which was witness to the famous Great Locomotive Chase and is now home to a welcome center and small museum. The Little Mr. & Miss Festival Pageant is held at 6:00pm followed by a street dance from 8:00pm- 11:00pm.

The Great Locomotive Chase Festival: Friday and Saturday Events

There are Special Heritage Crafts demonstrations held on Friday and Saturday from 9:00am- 6:00pm. Some of the crafts being demonstrated by crafters in historic costumes include quilting, chair caning, basket weaving, beadwork, quilling, corn shuck and nut dolls, and drawings of historic Adairsville by part-time artist Skip McNutt. Also be sure to check out the special festival activities inside the depot at the Age of Steam Rail Depot Museum which is open for tours on Friday and Saturday.

The Great Locomotive Chase Festival: Saturday Events

The Great Locomotive Chase Festival Parade is held at 11:00am on Saturday. At 3:00pm the Junior Miss Festival and Miss Festival pageant is judged and the day is completed with street dance from 8:00pm-11:00pm.

The Great Locomotive Chase Festival: Sunday Events

You will hear Gospel singing all day on Sunday throughout the Festival grounds.

The Great Locomotive Chase Festival: History

Adairsville is the only town in Georgia to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is best known for The Great Locomotive Chase (April 12, 1862). Walt Disney made The Great Locomotive Chase famous by making a movie about it. In The Chase, Captain William Fuller boarded the Texas in Adairsville and took off in reverse in pursuit of the General and James Andrews.

Today visitors can see the original depot in Adairsville which witnessed the pursuit of the steam locomotive General. Each fall The Great Locomotive Chase Festival, a three-day celebration, is held in remembrance of the event.

The Great Locomotive Chase Festival: Times and Cost

Friday: 10:00am-11:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am- 11:00pm

Sunday: Noon – 5:00pm

$3 admission 6+ (free on Sunday).

Directions to Historic Downtown Adairsville Square, Adairsville, GA

I-75 Exit 306, Go west on GA 140 through traffic light, left onto Main St. one mile to historic Public Square.

For more information contact Adairsville City Hall at 770-773-3451, ext 26, or Adairsville Rail Depot Museum at 770-773-1775.

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September 18th, 2014

Meet Spookley the Square Pumpkin

At the Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park, Georgia

Pumpkins can be found at Spookley's pumpkin patch. Photo by Steve © Wikimedia Commons

Pumpkins can be found at Spookley’s pumpkin patch. Photo by Steve © Wikimedia Commons

Stone Mountain Park outside of Atlanta, Georgia is famous for its’ large stone sculpture on the side of a mountain. But beginning every September, when the seasons start to change from summer to fall, people flock to the park for the seasonal Pumpkin Festival. The Pumpkin Festival typically runs on the weekends – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – from the end of September through just before Halloween. Beginning in 2014, the star of the Pumpkin Festival is Spookley the Square Pumpkin who dares to be different.

Spookley’s A-Maze-ing Adventure
Friday & Sunday, 11:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, 11:00am-7:00pm
In Spookley’s A-Maze-ing Adventure kids (and parents) will follow a life-sized story of The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin as you make your way through the maze. Just be sure to follow the scarecrow who will lead you in the fun direction. But beware of the crows who love to send unsuspecting guests on a wild goose chase.

Spookley’s Dance-A-Long Party Parade
Spookley the Square Pumpkin wants all his friends ages 3-14 to join him for a party parade that dances through the Crossroads. Spookley’s Dance-A-Long Party Parade begins at 3:00pm daily and lasts for 20 minutes. Participants are asked to arrive at 2:45pm behind the Main Ticket Plaza. The parade ends at the Dogwood Entertainment Venue.

Spookley’s Pumpkin Patch Meet & Greet
Spookley the Square Pumpkin loves to take photos with new friends. Meet Spookley at the Character Circle on:
Friday & Sunday at 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 4:15pm
Saturday’s at 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 4:15pm, 5:45pm

The Great Pumpkin Junction
At the Great Pumpkin Junction you can dress a scarecrow, draw a fall scene on the giant coloring wall, create some nifty crafts and put on your thinking cap as you search for clues in a scavenger hunt.
Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt
Practice your detective skills in the Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt. Look for clues hidden with the scarecrows, answer the questions and claim your sweet reward!
Spookley Family Scavenger Hunt
Spookley the Square Pumpkin hides while you search in this park wide hunt for big prizes! Follow the clues to discover where Spookley is hiding. Once you have completed the hunt, turn in your form for a drawing to win a one-night stay at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort with breakfast for 4 and Snow Mountain tickets! The Scavenger Hunts run on Friday & Sunday from 11:00am-5:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am-7:00pm. The hunts begin across from the 4D Theater. Fun for all ages!

Pumpkinpalooza Extreme
Friday & Sunday at 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm
Saturdays 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm
In this extreme game show, two teams of contestants picked from the audience compete in a series of unusual and messy challenges. The winner gets bragging rights and the losers will spin the Wheel of Misery where the loser must face his punishment which could be a pie in the face, getting splurfed or dancing like a chicken!

Pie Eating Contest
Friday & Sunday at 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm
Saturdays at 1:00pm, 2:15pm, and 4:00pm and 5:00pm
What’s a fall festival without a pie eating contest? (Spookley will not be participating.) The stopwatch ticks away while children and adults gorge themselves on gooey pies on the Azalea Stage. You have a maximum of 20 minutes to finish eating your pie!

More Information
Find out more about other Stone Mountain Park activities, and the Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival  on their website.
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
770-498-5690
Directions

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September 17th, 2014

A Minority Report TV Series?

Steven Spielberg will executive produce "Red Band Society." Photo by  CC-PD-Mark, PD US Government © Wikimedia Commons

Steven Spielberg is developing a TV adaptation of his hit flick “Minority Report.”
Photo by CC-PD-Mark, PD US Government
© Wikimedia Commons

Crime shows are all the rage on TV these days and Steven Spielberg is trying to jump on that bandwagon. It is being reported that Spielberg is developing a TV series adaptation of his 2002 hit flick, Minority Report.

Minority Report takes place in the future, 2054 to be exact. Police use psychics to predict crime before it happens. They also identify the suspects and before they even commit a crime, they are arrested and charged. This is called the PreCrime Program. In the film, the main character is the head of the PreCrime Program who is identified as a pre-crime committer and must go on the run to save himself.

One current crime fighting show, Person of Interest, seems to draw inspiration from Minority Report, as it follows a team who attempts to prevent crimes before they happen.

Max Borenstein, who wrote Godzilla, has been hired to write the series. Spielberg’s Amblin TV will produce.

The Minority Report flick is based on the short story, Minority Report, by Philip K. Dick.

Would you watch a Minority Report TV series?

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September 16th, 2014

Derrick Storm Comes to Life on ABC

Nathan Fillion plays fictional writer Richard Castle on "Castle." Photo by Raven Underwood © Wikimedia Commons

Nathan Fillion plays fictional writer Richard Castle on “Castle.” Photo by Raven Underwood
© Wikimedia Commons

Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is a fictional writer in the ABC hit show Castle.  He (Castle) is famous for his novels starring Nikki Heat. But now it looks like his other fictional star, Derrick Storm, may be getting his own series. The character of Derrick Storm is a spy who does work for the CIA. The series is not being advertised as a spinoff from Castle, rather a stand-alone series. Even so, how can there not be any crossover shows, especially since Richard Castle, the writer, is connected to both shows.

Gregory Poirier will be writing the pilot episode for ABC Studios. Poirier will also executive produce with creator/executive producer Andrew Marlowe and executive producer Terri Edda Miller.

The Derrick Storm novels penned by Richard Castle, which have been on the best-seller list, are real and can be bought online here.

The seventh season premiere of Castle airs Monday, September 29 at 10:00pm on ABC.

What are your thoughts on a Derrick Storm series?

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September 15th, 2014

The Greatest American Hero to Be Remade by FOX

William Katt was the original "Greatest American Hero." Photo by pinguino k © Wikimedia Commons

William Katt was the original “Greatest American Hero.” Photo by pinguino k © Wikimedia Commons

Believe it or not, I’m walking on air. I never thought I could feel so free. Flying away on a wing and a prayer. Who could it be? Believe it or not, it’s just me. If you started singing along as you read the previous words, then you probably watched The Greatest American Hero. What would you think if I told you that FOX has committed to a pilot show? Yes, the magical American hero suit is going to try to make a comeback. The original show, which aired in 1981 and became a cult classic, was produced by Stephen J. Cannell. This time the American hero will be executive produced by Cannell’s daughter, Tawnia McKiernan. It will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Rodney Rothman will pen the pilot show.

Inner-city teacher Isaac will star in this hour long dramedy remake/reboot of The Greatest American Hero. Isaac discovers a superhero suit that gives him super powers when he tries it on. The biggest problem arises when Isaac loses the instructions for the suit and must learn how to use it on the “fly.” He also must decide whether to use the suit to help others or to keep it all for himself all the while dealing with a government handler who has very different ideas than him.

The original show starred William Katt as the teacher/hero and Robert Culp as the government agent.

Are you excited to see The Greatest American Hero resurrected?

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September 14th, 2014

Marry Me to Premiere on NBC

Casey Wilson Photo by Greg Hernandez © Wikimedia Commons

Casey Wilson stars in “Marry Me”
Photo by Greg Hernandez
© Wikimedia Commons

Jake (Ken Marino) and Annie (Casey Wilson) met over a love of nachos six years ago and have been inseparable ever since. Jake took Annie on a romantic two-week island vacation, but waits until they return home to pop the question: “Will you marry me?” (I think Jake has his romantic settings mixed up.) But before he can ask, Annie lays into him about his inability to really commit to their relationship. Annie expected to hear the question, “Will you marry me?” while on the island. (Wouldn’t you agree, girls?) Now Jake’s proposal plans are ruined and the engagement is on hold until it can be done right. But when you want things to be perfect, something always happens to mess things up. But these two are destined to be together, whether it goes smoothly or not.

Also starring in Marry Me is John Gemberling as Gil, Sarah Wright as Dennah, Tim Meadows as Kevin 1, and Tymberlee Hill as Kay.

Marry Me premieres Tuesday, October 14 at 9:00pm on NBC.

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September 13th, 2014

Jane the Virgin to Premiere on the CW

Jaime Camil plays Rogelio in "Jane the Virgin."  Photo by Biosstars © Wikimedia Commons

Jaime Camil plays Rogelio in “Jane the Virgin.”
Photo by Biosstars
© Wikimedia Commons

Jane Villanueva’s grandmother, Alba, was a wise woman. When she was a young girl, Jane (Gina Rodriguez) learned two very important things from her grandmother – for great entertainment watch the telenovelas, and women must protect their virginity at all costs. At age 23, Jane is studying to be a teacher, dreaming of being a writer, and working in a new hotel in Miami.

The two women who Jane lived with growing up, her mother, Xiomara (aka “Xo”- Andrea Navedo), and her grandmother, Alba (Ivonne Coll), watched the telenovelas religiously, giving Jane a skewed view of what real romance is. Xo, single at the time, had Jane at age 16, a mistake Jane doesn’t want to repeat. Xo, being young at heart, lives her life performing at local clubs and living the teenage time of her life she missed. At home, Alba focuses on prayer and religion. But Jane is the center of both their universes. They are proud of their young Latina girl who has grown into an ambitious and compassionate woman.

Jane is engaged to Michael (Brett Dier), a handsome detective. He goes along with the plans Jane has laid out for their future, including “saving herself” until their wedding night.

All Jane’s plans are turned upside down when she goes for a routine check-up with her doctor and is accidently artificially inseminated – a procedure that was meant for the patient in the adjoining room. What Jane doesn’t know yet is that the donor Rafael (Justin Baldoni), who just so happens to be the owner of the hotel where she works AND a former crush of Jane’s. (Does it sound like a soap opera yet?)

Weeks later, when Jane discovers she is pregnant, she has to make an important decision – keep the baby or not? How can she convince her family and her fiancé that this was an accident? What about Rafael? Does he get any say in the matter? (In real life, he shouldn’t even know about the situation.) What does Rafael’s wife, Petra (Yael Grobglas), think of all this?

Meanwhile, Xo is trying to make a decision of her own. All these years Jane and Alba have been led to believe that Xo did not know the identity of Jane’s father, but now it is time for the truth to be told. Jane’s father is Rogelio (Jaime Camil), a previous boyfriend of Xo’s who is now a huge telenovela star who wants to meet his daughter.

So what will happen? Stay tuned to find out. Jane the Virgin is based on a Venezuelan telenova. Jaime Camil, Justin Baldoni, Ryan Devlin, Yael Grobglas, Brett Dier, Andrea Navedo and Ivonne Coll will also star.

Jane the Virgin premieres Monday, October 13 at 9:00pm on the CW.

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September 12th, 2014

Fall Craft: How to Make a Fall Scarecrow Terra Cotta Pot

Every once in a while a talk show will have a segment involving crafts. I saw a terra cotta pot turned into a fall scarecrow decoration and thought it was a neat idea. So I set out to make my own version of the fall scarecrow terra cotta pot. Since I did not record the show or take notes, I improvised as I went along.

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Fall Scarecrow Terra Cotta Pot © ACGunkee

Supply List:

4” Terra Cotta Pot

4” Styrofoam Ball

3-4” Straw Hat

Raffia Ribbon for Straw Hair (Any color. I used natural.)

Hot Glue

2 buttons (you choose the color)

Optional: Triangular Stencils

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Face closeup of the Fall Scarecrow Terra Cotta Pot © ACGunkee

Fall Flowers and/or Leaves and Decorations

Paints (I use Patio Paint by DecoArt)

Vintage Rose

Pumpkin or Tiger Lily Orange

Wrought Iron Black

Cloud White

Blue (Any shade or even another color will do. I used Blue Jay Blue.)

Paint Brushes

Pencil

Step One for the Fall Scarecrow Terra Cotta Pot

Paint the Styrofoam ball vintage rose. Let dry.

Step Two for the Fall Scarecrow Terra Cotta Pot

Optional: Paint the terra cotta pot orange. Let dry.

Step Three for the Fall Scarecrow Terra Cotta Pot

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Side view of the Fall Scarecrow Terra Cotta Pot © ACGunkee

Using a pencil, lightly sketch the eyes, nose and mouth for the scarecrow face. Paint the nose orange. Paint the eyes and mouth black. For the mouth, I painted a smile and then added a “stitched” X to the ends and one in the center to get that scarecrow-y look. Outline the nose in black. Highlight the eyes with white. Let dry.

Step Four for the Fall Scarecrow Terra Cotta Pot

Using a pencil, lightly sketch the outline for the overalls. I used a 4” x 2”piece of poster board as a template for the open spot above the overall bib and went from there. Sketch the two overall straps and use another small piece of poster board or stencil for the overall bib pocket. Sketch matching overall straps on the back of the pot. Paint the overalls blue. Let dry.

Step Five for the Fall Scarecrow Terra Cotta Pot

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Back view of the Fall Scarecrow Terra Cotta Pot © ACGunkee

Cut some raffia and spread apart. Hot glue different lengths of raffia around the scarecrow head for hair. Hot glue the hat on the scarecrow head.

Step Six for the Fall Scarecrow Terra Cotta Pot

Outline the overalls with a shade darker blue than used to fill in the overalls. Use the Cloud White paint to add the “stitching” to the overall seams.

Step Seven for the Fall Scarecrow Terra Cotta Pot

Once the paint is dry, line up the scarecrow head on the back of the pot so it is centered with the front of the overall bib. Push down lightly to make a seam in the Styrofoam then hot glue it to the pot. Glue the buttons on the overall straps. Add your fall flowers and leaves in front of the scarecrow. Make sure the decorations are low enough so the scarecrow’s face can be seen behind them.

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September 11th, 2014

Fall Craft: How to Make Fall Mason Jar Vases

I like to watch craft shows on TV. When I see a craft I like I will try to follow the directions on the show. But most of the time, I enjoy putting my own spin on an idea and creating my own version of the original craft. This fall craft called for mason jars, but any old jar will do. If you want, you can even mix and match different size jars to make your mason jar vases. To make my mason jar vases, I used jars that previously held Newman’s Own spaghetti sauce.

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Materials needed to make fall mason jar vases. © ACGunkee

Materials Needed:

4 Mason-Type Jars (Or really 4 jars of any kind will do. Mix or match them – whatever suits your fancy.)

Paint – I used four different colors of Delta CeramDecor Perm Enamel paint (Satin Finish – for Tile, Glass & Ceramic), Burnt Sienna, Red Red, Citrus Yellow, Tangerine, and Crocus Yellow.

Brushes

Crackle Paint (optional)

Stencils (optional – if you are good at it, you can freehand the letters)

A Sharpie

Silk Flowers and/or Leaves in Fall Colors

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Letters outlined on the mason jar. © ACGunkee

For this fall craft, first clean and remove the labeling from the jars. I then used the stencils and the sharpie to outline the letters F-A-L-L on the jars. I then painted the letters on the inside of the jar Sienna Brown. This may need 2 or 3 coats to get it on thick. Be sure to let the paint dry on the jar real good between coats.

Once that paint dried I applied the crackle medium to the Sienna Brown. Then paint whatever color you would like to show through the crackle on the letters. I used a different fall color for each letter. I wanted my mason jar vases to look different than any I had seen. (Lesson learned – I thought the crackle would break through the Sienna Brown and show the crackles on the outside of the jar. It did not. If you want to use the crackle effect you get with this crackle medium, then you need to paint on the outside of the jar.)

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Painting the mason jar vases. © ACGunkee

Once I discovered the crackle effect was not going to work the way I wanted it to, I ended up trying to scratch a crackle-type look through the paint, which also did not work well. This paint felt rubbery once dried and pulled more than scratched the paint. Then I painted a different fall color on the back of each letter. Once that was dry, I painted the complete inside of the jar using the same four colors I used on the back of the letters, except on different jars so they would be contrasting. Once the paint dries, add some silky fall flowers to match your painted mason jar vases.

Your new fall craft decoration is ready to be displayed.

Wasn’t that easy?

Note:

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The finished project. © ACGunkee

If you would like to put live plants in the mason jar vases, just be sure to line the jars with plastic first. Putting dirt and water in the jar with the paint will cause the paint to lose its structure. Or, another option is to apply paint on the outside of the jar. Although it is a bit harder to apply, I prefer to paint the inside to give the overall finish a nice, glossy look. But the tallness of these particular jars did make it difficult to paint on the inside of the jar. Wherever you decide to paint, inside or outside, in the end you still have a nice fall craft decoration.

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September 10th, 2014

Cristela to Premiere on ABC

After 5 years of law school and working on her sixth, Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is going to take an unpaid internship job at a prestigious law firm. But her Mexican-American family is not proud of her success, instead believing that she is being overly-ambitious with her career choice. Cristela also stars Andrew Leeds, Carlos Ponce, Sam McMurray and Terri Hoyos.

Cristela premieres Friday, October 10 at 8:30pm on ABC.

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September 9th, 2014

Funny Halloween Movies Rated PG

 Comedic PG-Rated Halloween Movies for Young and Old Alike

Not all Halloween movies are hide your eyes and bite your nails scary. Some Halloween movies are actually quite hilarious, with maybe just a tiny touch of a scary surprise mixed in. These are some of my favorite funny Halloween movies rated PG that are sure to get a chuckle from young and old alike.

Beetlejuice (1988, PG)

Rated PG for coarse language, frightening images and sexual innuendo.

Beetlejuice_@_Hollywood_(Universal_Studios_Singapore) by Erwin Soo

Beetlejuice as portrayed at Hollywood Universal Studios Singapore. Photo by Erwin Soo © Wikimedia Commons

This funny Halloween movie has a dark side without being scary and a funny side without being ridiculous. A young couple’s (Geena Davis & Alec Baldwin) premature death leads them to a series of wild and bizarre afterlife exploits. They are stuck as ghosts in their home and are challenged with scaring off the new owners (Catherine O’Hara & Jeffrey Jones) whose daughter (Winona Ryder) has an attraction to all things morbid. The couple is too nice to really scare real people and that’s where Beetlejuice comes in. Michael Keaton plays the mischievous Beetlejuice, a freelance “bio-exorcist” who has an evil agenda behind his plot to help the young undead newlyweds. But when he starts getting on your nerves real bad, just say his name 3 times to make him go away - “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!”

Casper (1995, PG)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.

This film is based on the comic book about Casper the Friendly Ghost (Malachi Pearson is the voice of Casper), so there are no scary ghosts here. Casper’s nasty (but funny) uncles “Stretch,” Stinky,” and Fatso” try to be scary but really are not. Paranormalist and widower Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) moves into a new house with his daughter Kathleen, better known as “Kat” (Christina Ricci) and they meet up a dead little boy’s ghost. The cast works well with the wonderful animation and special effects.

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991, PG)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.

Ernest (Jim Varney), our favorite lunkhead, accidently releases an evil demon from its sacred tomb that then goes on a devastating rampage of the town. It’s up to the bumbling Ernest and his faithful dog Rimshot to save the town from total destruction. Ernest Scared Stupid is loaded with uproarious hilarity, and a host of outrageously kooky characters!

Ghost Dad (1990, PG)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.

This is a very funny Halloween movie that is ghostly and silly that’s fun for the whole family. Elliot (Bill Cosby) is a widower with three children who goes into a coma after an accident. During this time, his spirit leaves his body and turns into a ghost who can roam around but can only be seen in the dark. His children figure this out and fix up a spot in the house where they can visit their ghost dad.

Ghostbusters (1984, PG) & Ghostbusters 2 (1989, PG)

Rated PG for mild language, mild supernatural violence, scary scenes and sexual innuendo.

Ghostbusters_ECTO1_by The Community Pop Culture Geek

ECTO 1 – The Ghostbusters car. Photo by The Community – Pop Culture Geek © Wikimedia Commons

The original Ghostbusters movie generated two of the most famous lines of all time: “Who you gonna call?” Answer: “Ghostbusters!” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” It also spawned a television cartoon series, “The Real Ghostbusters,” a top ten hit for Ray Parker, Jr. appropriately titled “Ghostbusters” and their very own line of toys. We learned from this funny Halloween movie that “ghosts” can actually slime us live people and that the Ghostbusters have contraptions (proton packs and ghost traps) that can catch the ghosts. The Ghostbusters have a “pet” ghost that goes by the name of Slimer. In addition to the slimy ghosts, a giant Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man makes an appearance towards the end of the film. The stars for Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 are Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz), Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett), Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddmore), Rick Moranis (Louis Tully) and Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz).

On a side note: My family saw the real, live “Ghostbusters” at Universal Studios Florida in the 1980′s, and while our youngest son was getting all their autographs we almost lost my oldest son (he was 8 at the time) as he went running away down the street to catch Slimer who was riding in the Ecto-1, the Ghostbusters’ car. Our oldest also dressed up like the Marshmallow Man for Halloween.

The Goonies (1985, PG)

Rated PG for coarse language, frightening images and sexual innuendo.

What young boy (or girl) doesn’t at one point in their lives dream of finding a pirates treasure map and going on an adventure to find the buried treasure? These young guys in Oregon and their families are about to be evicted from their homes to make way for the new country club that is going in unless they can come up with an outrageous amount of money. Two of the boys, Mikey (Sean Astin) and Brandon Walsh (Josh Brolin) are brooding in their home when Mouth (Corey Feldman), Chunk (Jeff Cohen), and Data (Ke Huy Quan) drop by. In their boredom, they decide to explore Mikey’s dad’s attic where he keeps all of the rejected museum items. There, they find a map showing where the kids can find pirate One Eyed Willie’s buried treasure on the coast. The “Goonies“, as they call themselves, follow the mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys… and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love.

The Haunted Mansion (2003, PG)

Rated PG for frightening images, thematic elements and language.

Eddie Murphy stars in this funny Halloween movie flick based on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. Gracey Manor has 999 grim, grinning ghosts that Jim & Sara Evers (Murphy & Marsha Thomason) and their family must battle to break the mansion of its age-old curse. They get some help from supernatural psychic Madame Leota (Jennifer Tilly). The Haunted Mansion is a fright-filled comedy adventure with hair-raising laughs. But is it scary? Not really. A lot of things make a surprise “Boo!” jump out at you to try to get the audience to jump, but adults especially should be able to predict when this will happen. What about the special effects? They are awesome! If you’ve been on the ride you will recognize the ghosts in the movie and get a good chuckle from them.

Little Monsters (1989, PG)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.

Haunted_Mansion Disney by Benjamin D. Esham

The Haunted Mansion at Disney Photo by Benjamin D. Esham © Wikimedia Commons

A child’s worst nightmare comes alive when young Brian Stevenson (Fred Savage) discovers there really is a monster named Maurice (Howie Mandel) under his bed. Brian quickly discovers that this monster cannot be exposed to bright light and blackmails him into teaching him how to sneak into other houses and causing all the mischief you swore wasn’t your fault when you were younger. Little Monsters is the coolest funny Halloween movie for kids to watch. It has everything in it – imagination, fun, excitement and a monster under the bed.

Teen Wolf (1985, PG)

Rated PG for mild language, thematic elements and teen drinking.

This funny Halloween movie features Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox), a high school loser on a basketball team that never wins, has a crush on the cutest girl in school, Pamela Wells (Lori Griffin), who is dating Mick McAllister (Mark Arnold), the most popular hunk in school. Something odd happens to Scott one night when he is at a party with best friends Boof (Susan Ursitti) and Stiles (Jerry Levine) – he starts turning into a werewolf! Being a werewolf is a hard secret to keep, especially when the transformation happens in the middle of a basketball game which takes his game – and popularity – to a whole new level.

Film ratings provided by the Motion Picture Association of America Film Ratings

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September 8th, 2014

Werewolf & Vampire Halloween Cartoons for Kids

Halloween-Themed Cartoons for Kids

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Most everyone loves to watch scary flicks during Halloween. But for those that are too young for really scary shows, there are child-safe Halloween cartoons starring fang-tastic characters such as werewolves and vampires. Here are seven retro cartoons featuring those fang-faced characters. Some of these howling good shows can be found on DVD at your local store or online at favorite shopping sites such as Amazon or possibly E-Bay.

Count Duckula (1988)

He is a green-skinned, vegetarian vampire duck who likes to eat ketchup and broccoli and resides in Castle Duckula in Transylvania. He is Count Duckula! If you’re wondering how a vampire could possibly be a vegetarian, well, I’ll tell you. It goes something like this:

If a vampire is destroyed by a wooden stake or sunlight there is hope for them to come back to life using a secret ritual. To complete this ritual, first you need some blood. Unfortunately, in Count Duckula’s case, a bottle of ketchup was mistaken for a bottle of blood and thus was born the vegetarian vampire, Count Duckula. Now instead of lusting after blood, the Count lusts after healthy vegetables along with money and power which was always slipping through his fingers, but he always has plenty of vegetables. Count Duckula’s biggest enemy is Dr. Von Goosewing who has a specially sharpened wooden stake ready to use on the Count. In order to escape the clutches of the evil doctor, the Count has devised a teleportation device to transport Castle Duckula anywhere on the planet, but always returns to Transylvania at dawn.

The Count Duckula series is a spin off from the Dangermouse cartoon, specifically the episode titled “The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse” where super-agent DangerMouse was tasked with retrieving a feather from a vampire duck.

Count Duckula was produced by Cosgrove Hall Productions for Thames Television and aired from 1988-1993.

Drak Pack (1980)

Known as the Drak Pack, these animated teenage descendants of famous monsters join forces to try to atone for the sins of their ancestors. Members of the Drak Pack include Drak (Dracula’s son), Howler (Wolfman’s progeny), and Frank (Frankenstein’s son). The teens morph into monsters by clasping hands and shouting, “Drak Pack Wacko!” Drak’s great-grandfather, Dracula, doled out assignments to the Drak Pack to fight evil against adversaries such as their nemesis O.G.R.E. (The Organization of Generally Rotten Endeavors.) Led by the villainous Dr. Dred, O.G.R.E. was based in a flying dredgible. members of O.G.R.E. consisted of creeps such as Vampira, Toad, Mummy Man, Fly and Big D.

Drak Pack was produced by Hanna-Barbara and aired on CBS from 1980-1982.

Fangface (1978)

In real life, Sherman “Fangs” Fangsworth is a cowardly teenager who turns into the friendly werewolf Fangface when the moon is full, or even if he just sees a picture of a full moon. It’s not a stretch to say this show was inspired by the hit teenage sleuth show Scooby Doo, but the bad guys on Fangface don’t wear ghostly masks; these are genuine bad monsters Fangface is facing in this Halloween cartoon. Friends Kim, Biff and Pugsy help Sherman investigate day-to-day mysteries and troubles faced in high school and drive around in the coolest orange convertible dubbed the Wolf Buggy. To change back from Fangface to the human Sherman, the loveable werewolf must see the sun or something that resembles the sun. Sherman has no memories of the activities he pursues when he is Fangface and dismisses what he does remember as weird dreams.

Sherman has a baby cousin known as Baby Fangs who also turns into a werewolf who goes by the name of Fangpuss and appeared on the cartoon Fangface & Fangpuss on ABC in 1981.

Fangface aired on ABC from 1978-1979 and was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions.

Gravedale High (1990)

Gravedale High is another ghoulish cartoon that features offspring of famous monsters, only this time they are teenagers in high school. The high school is located inside an old cemetery and is run by a human named Max Schneider (voiced by Rick Moranis, Ghostbusters) who helps these friendly monsters with life lessons, as well as various social activities and sporting events. Also on staff are Ms. Crone, the spooky headmistress, and Coach Cadaver. The big man, umm, vampire, on campus is none other than Vinnie Stoker himself. Other teen monsters attending Gravedale High includes Sid the Invisible Kid, Cleofatra, J.P. Blanche, Frankentyke, Gill Waterman, and Duzer.

Gravedale High  aired on NBC from 1990-1991 and was produced by Hanna-Barbera.

The Groovie Goolies (1971)

In this Halloween cartoon, Horrible Hall is the monstrous boarding house which is run by Tom Drac. He lives there with his wife, Hagatha; their son, Frankie; Hagatha’s enchanted broom named Broom Hilda; and their two pets, Salem the cat and Rover the dinosaur. Monsters boarding at Horrible Hall, aka The Groovie Goolies, include Bella La Ghostly, Ratzo and Batzo the vampire twins, Wolfie the Wolfman, Dr. Jekyll/Hyde, the Thing-Eating Plant, the two-headed switchboard operator, the disembodied Ghoulihand, a skeleton called Napoleon Boneapart, Orville Mummy, and the Ask-It Casket.

The Groovie Goolies was originally teamed with Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies (CBS, 1970-71). Later, the show ran in syndication under the title Groovie Goolies and Friends (SYN, 1972-75). The Groovie Goolies also teamed with Looney Toons characters in the ABC Saturday Superstar movie, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies. In the last five minutes of the film, The Goolies became live-action characters when they entered the “Mad Mirror Land.”

The Groovie Goolies aired on CBS from 1971-1972 and was produced by Filmations.

Little Dracula (1991)

Little Dracula has green skin and hangs out with his best bunny friend Werebunny. Children can relate to this 8-year-old vampire as he faces some of the same things children do such as starting school, celebrating Christmas, gong on vacations, and holding down his first job at a fast food restaurant. But things aren’t as easy for Little Dracula as they are for kids in real life. His vacation was ruined by an evil villain made of garlic (vampires don’t like garlic), and it turned out that the fast food restaurant was owned by the evil garlicky villain and sold dangerous-to-vampires garlic burgers. Little Dracula is based on the children’s books by Martin Waddell and Illustrated by Joseph Wright.

Little Dracula aired on Fox in 1991, and on Fox Family in 1999.

Teen Wolf (1986)

Teen Wolf was a popular movie film in 1985 starring Michael J. Fox who was a teenage werewolf in high school. Then in 1986, the cartoon spin-off came to life with the not-so-original title of, you guessed it, Teen Wolf. This Halloween cartoon mainly follows the movie outline featuring a teenager named Scott living in the werewolf-obsessed town of Wolverton who is suddenly turning into a real-life werewolf. Only Scott’s girlfriend and best friend know the secret being kept by Scott and his family. His grandfather is constantly chasing the neighbor-ladies cat and she in turn is constantly spying on the family vowing to learn the secret she just knows they must be keeping. Scott’s younger sister Lupey can’t wait to become of werewolf age so she can transform but for now she has to pretend with plastic fangs.

Teen Wolf (the cartoon) aired on CBS from 1986-1988 and was produced by Southern Star Productions and Atlantic Entertainment Group.

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September 7th, 2014

Town of the Living Dead to Premiere on SYFY

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Zombies walk the streets in “Town of the Living Dead”
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This unscripted series takes place in Jasper, a small town in Alabama, where the residents are trying to make their own independent zombie movie giving them the nickname of Town of the Living Dead. The movie has been developing for six years. Now the residents are determined to call it a wrap on their movie, which they have titled Thr33 Day Dead.  The series will follow the amateur filmmakers as they try to get a final cut of their film. The plot for the movie is based on a local urban legend about a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama.

Town of the Living Dead premieres Tuesday, October 7 at 10:00pm on SYFY.

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September 7th, 2014

Coming Up on Season 6 of The Good Wife

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Julianna Margulies portrays Alicia Florrick on “The Good Wife.” Photo by David Shankbone © Wikimedia Commons

Florrick-Agos-Lockhart, it’s a game-changer and a major power shift in season 6 of The Good Wife. But not everyone is happy about the merge. Alicia (Julianna Margulies) locks up a deal for a merge of the two law firms with Diane (Christine Baranski), turning Florrick-Agos into Florrick-Agos-Lockhart. But Cary (Matt Czuchry) is not happy about the merge. In the trailer, he tells Alicia, “I’m a name partner. You can’t decide this without me.”  Too bad, Cary; I think she just did. Maybe Kalinda (Archie Panjabo) can change Cary’s mind.

Despite all of Eli’s (Alan Cumming) persuasions, Alicia continuously refuses to run for State’s Attorney. And what’s with Alicia and Finn (Matthew Goode) sharing drinks? Please tell me they are not pairing those two together!

In other news, acclaimed actor David Hyde Pierce will be joining the cast of The Good Wife in a recurring role. His character is a highly respected cable news legal commentator who decides to run for office because of the murder rate and corruption in Chicago.

The Good Wifewith the introduction of the new firm Florrick-Agos-Lockhart, returns Sunday, September 21 at 9:00pm on CBS.

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September 6th, 2014

Bad Judge to Premiere on NBC

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Kate Walsh
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One of LA’s most respected and toughest criminal court judges is a wild child who also knows how to have a good time. Rebecca Wright (Kate Walsh) is an unapologetic woman who says what’s on her mind (there is no filter from the brain to the tongue), has a reputation of having unorthodox behavior in the courtroom which gets her the label of “Bad Judge,” and dishes down creative rulings from her throne.

Away from the courtroom, Rebecca is a die-hard party woman who also plays drums in a band with her best friend, Jenny. She has plenty of male friends but is nowhere near ready to settle down and be domestic, that is until a certain 8-year-old boy needs her help; an 8-year-old boy whose parents were sent to jail by Rebecca. Maybe this innocent boy can tame this bad judge.

Bad Judge also stars John Ducey as Tom Barlow, Theodire Barnes as Robby Shoemaker and Tone Bell as Tedward.

Bad Judge premieres Thursday, October 2 at 9:00pm on NBC.

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September 5th, 2014

Mulaney to Premiere on FOX

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John Mulaney
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I have never heard of comedian John Mulaney, but he now has his own comedy show about himself which is written, executive-produced and starred in and titled after none other than himself. It tells a story of a young comedian and the influences – his boss, his neighbors, his roommates – who helped him get where he is today.

Most comedians begin their careers touring the stand-up circuit looking for that elusive big break. Mulaney is on such a tour when he is approached by Lou Cannon (Martin Short), a legend in the comedian world turned game show host who is a bit self-centered (okay, a LOT self-centered). Lou hires Mulaney to write for him. Could this be the foot-in-the-door opening Mulaney needs to get into the big money side of the business? And is it worth the nightmare that it turns out to be working for Lou? Is he really helping his career or just making some money writing jokes for a well seasoned veteran?

Mulaney has to answer these questions for himself. While he is mulling over his life choices he neglects his best friend and two roommates, Motif (Seaton Smith) and Jane (Nasim Pedrad). Seaton and Mulaney really have nothing in common other than both being comedians and roommates. Jane is a personal trainer. Then there is Andre (Zack Pearlman), his best friend who always shows up at the most inopportune times.

Mulaney’s neighbor, 71-year-old Oscar (Elliott Gould), is a gay native New Yorker who helps Mulaney keep his head straight when he feels everything is falling apart.

Lorraine Bracco and Penny Marshall will guest star on a recurring basis.

Mulaney premieres Sunday, October 5 at 9:30pm on FOX.

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September 4th, 2014

A to Z to Premiere on NBC

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Cristin Milioto
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This romantic comedy’s setting is at an online dating company where the A to Z’s of a relationship are detailed out from beginning to end. Andrew Lofland (Ben Feldman) and Zelda Vasco (Cristin Milioti) are the couple that almost wasn’t whose story is told from the day they met. The two dated for eight months, three weeks, five days, and one hour. Katey Sagal will narrate this accounting of that time.

Andrew is a secret romantic who sings Celine Dion songs to his steering wheel on his way to work while dreaming of his dream girl. She wears a shimmering silver dress just like the one the beautiful girl was wearing at a concert two years ago.

Zelda likes the control that online dating provides. She is a lawyer who strives to be her own person at all times. After a computer glitch from the Wallflower Online Dating agency where Andrew works, she is asked to come in for an interview. Despite the mismatched glitch from the computer, when Andrew and Zelda meet for the first time there is no denying the chemistry between them. She is the girl of Andrew’s dreams. Could this be love at first sight?

Lydia, aka “Big Bird,” (Christina Kirk) is Andrew’s boss and the general manger of Wallflower. Everyone in the office is uncomfortable around her. She doesn’t believe in true love or perfect matches, instead she focuses on collecting monthly membership fees from clients. When Andrew needs a favor he turns to his work colleague, Lora (Hong Chau), who does programming at Wallflower. Stu (Henry Zabrowski), Andrew’s intense friend and eccentric roommate, also works at Wallflower. Stu loves doling out unsolicited advice to anyone that will listen.

Zelda’s best friend and roommate Stephie (Lenora Crichlow) is also a colleague at the law firm where Zelda works. She runs a wedding Pinterest page because she is a fool for love.

A to Z premieres Thursday, October 2 at 9:30pm on the CW.

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September 3rd, 2014

Hell’s Kitchen 13th Season Premiere

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Chef Gordon Ramsay runs a tight ship on “Hell’s Kitchen.”
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The hottest kitchen on Earth, Hell’s Kitchen, is back for their 13th season. Eighteen chefs, 9 women and 9 men, will compete to see who has the culinary skills to cook alongside Chef Gordon Ramsay. Contestants have to prove they have the skills and endurance to withstand the heat to survive the pressures of working in a top-notch restaurant. Can these contestants control the adrenaline rush, the emotions and the wrath of Chef Ramsay? The chefs must also work together in Hell’s Kitchen while at the same time competing against each other.

In this 13th season the women’s red team will consist of Ashley Sherman, Denine Giordano, Janai Simpson, Jennifer Salhoff, Kalen Morgenstern, Katie McKeown, Latasha McCutchen, Roe Dileo, and Sade Dancy. On the men’s blue team are Aaron Lhamon, Brian Santos, Bryant Gallaher, Fernando Cruz, Frank Bilotti, J.P. DeDominicis, J.R. Robinson, Sterling Wright, and Steve Rosenthal.

Season 13 of Hell’s Kitchen will also feature the series 200th episode.

Hell’s Kitchen premieres Wednesday, September 10th at 8:00pm on FOX.

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September 3rd, 2014

Stalker to Premiere on CBS

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Dylan McDermott
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In this psychological thriller appropriately titled Stalker, Detective Jack Larson (Dylan McDermott) works for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD, who has recently transferred from the Threat Assessment Unit in New York. His partner is Detective Beth Davis (Maggie Q), the head of the LAPD Unit. Together they will handle calls involving stalking cases that include cyber harassment and voyeurism.

Also starring in Stalker are Mariana Klaveno as Janice Lawrence and Victor Rasuk as Ben Caldwell.

Stalker premieres Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00pm on CBS.

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September 2nd, 2014

Gracepoint to Premiere on FOX

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David Tennant
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Gracepoint is said to be “based” on the British series Broadchurch. I watched Broadchurch last season on BBC America. From the previews I have seen, Gracepoint looks like the EXACT same show with a different title. But it is suggested that Gracepoint is an “expansion” of Broadchurch with new characters, suspects and weaving new story lines into the original. My interpretation of that is the show has been “Americanized.”

For those of you who did not watch Broadchurch, Gracepoint is about two cops, Detectives Emmett Carver and Ellie Miller (David Tennant and Anna Gunn) who are investigating a homicide case where a young boy is found dead on a California beach. Detective Carver holds a higher rank than Miller, making him her boss. The victim, identified as Danny Solano (Nikolas Filipovic), was best friends with Detective Miller’s son, Tom (Jack Irvine) so it is up to her to break the news to him and her husband, Joe (Josh Hamilton). Danny’s surviving family members are his parents, Mark and Beth (Michael Pena and Virginia Kull), and an older sister, Chloe (Madalyn Horcher).

Being a small town, a lot of the residents are directly or indirectly involved in the investigation of Danny’s death. Danny volunteered at a local wildlife observation program which is run by Jack Reinhold (Nick Nolte) who also has a kayak rental service on the beach. There’s a shady woman by the name of Susan Wright (Jacki Weaver) who lives with her dog in the RV park. As the media descends on the sleepy coastal town, Paul Coates (Kevin Rankin), the town’s minister, becomes the community spokesman. As the news of the boy’s death becomes well known, the decline in the number of visitors becomes obvious to hotel owner Gemma Fisher (Sarah-Jane Potts). Last but not least, is the local newspaper reporter, Owen Burke (Kevin Zegers) who happens to be Detective Miller’s nephew. Owen is constantly badgering her for inside information so he can get the big scoop over Renee Clemons (Jessica Lucas) who is covering the story for the San Francisco Globe. Renee also has a history with Detective Carver.

The series promises to have a “startling conclusion” once all the pieces are put together telling the story of what really happened on the night of Danny’s death. Having watched the original (Broadchurch) I’ll be surprised if I am “startled” at the end.

Gracepoint premieres Thursday, October 2 at 9:00pm on FOX.

P.S. Rumors are that David Tennant has a great American accent in the show.

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September 1st, 2014

18 Season Premieres in October 2014

There are 18 season premieres coming in October 2014. What is your favorite returning show?

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Eliza Taylor and Thomas McDonnell star in “The 100″
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2 Broke Girls (CBS)
Mondays at 8:00pm, 4th Season Premiere October 27

The 100 (CW)
Wednesdays at 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere October 22

About a Boy (NBC)
Tuesdays at 9:30pm, 2nd Season Premiere October 14

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
Sundays at 7:00pm, 25th Season Premiere October 5

Arrow (CW)
Wednesdays at 8:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere October 8

Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
Sundays at 7:30pm, 5th Season Premiere October 5

Criminal Minds (CBS)
Wednesdays at 9:00pm, 10th Season Premiere October 1

Elementary (CBS)
Thursdays at 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere October 30

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David Giuntoli is Detective Nick Burkhalt on “Grimm”
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Grimm (NBC)
Fridays at 9:00pm, 4th Season Premiere October 24

Homeland (SHO)
Sundays at 9:00pm, 4th Season Premiere October 5

Last Man Standing (ABC)
Fridays at 8:00pm, 4th Season Premiere October 3

The Millers (CBS)
Thursdays at 8:30pm, 2nd Season Premiere October 30

The Originals (CW)
Mondays at 8:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere October 6

Reign (CW)
Thursdays at 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere October 2

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Supernatural (CW)
Tuesdays at 9:00pm, 10th Season Premiere October 7

Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Thursdays at 9:00pm, 12th and final Season Premiere October 30

The Vampire Diaries (CW)
Thursdays at 8:00pm, 6th Season Premiere October 2

Whose Line is it Anyway? (CW)
Fridays at 8:00pm, 11th Season Premiere October 3

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August 31st, 2014

12 Series Premieres in October 2014

There are 12 series premieres coming in October 2014. What will you watch?

A to Z (NBC)
Thursdays at 9:30pm, Series Premiere October 2

This romantic comedy’s setting is at an online dating company where the A to Z’s of a relationship are detailed out from beginning to end. Andrew Lofland (Ben Feldman) and Zelda Vasco (Cristin Milioti) are the couple that almost wasn’t whose story is told from the day they met. The two dated for eight months, three weeks, five days, and one hour. Katey Sagal will narrate this accounting of that time.

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Kate Walsh
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Bad Judge (NBC)
Thursdays at 9:00pm, Series Premiere October 2

One of LA’s most respected and toughest criminal court judges is a wild child who also knows how to have a good time. Rebecca Wright (Kate Walsh) is an unapologetic woman who says what’s on her mind (there is no filter from the brain to the tongue), has a reputation of having unorthodox behavior in the courtroom, and dishes down creative rulings from her throne.

Bad Judge also stars John Ducey as Tom Barlow, Theodire Barnes as Robby Shoemaker and Tone Bell as Tedward.

Constantine (NBC)
Fridays at 10:00pm, Series Premiere October 24

John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is a master of the occult and a demon hunter. He is haunted by the sins of his past which causes him to struggle with his faith. His soul has already been damned to hell, so he has decided to hang up his demon hunting shoes. One day, after a series of events, he suddenly discovers he must once again defend the innocent from dark forces that are gathering together to attack mankind. Constantine will travel coast-to-coast hunting the supernatural beings, and open his bag of tricks to send them back where they came from. Constantine is based on the popular comic book series, Hellblazer.

Constantine will also star Charles Halford as Chas, Harold Perrineau as Manny, and Lucy Griffiths.

Cristela (ABC)
Fridays at 8:30pm, Series Premiere October 10

After 5 years of law school and working on her sixth, Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is going to take an unpaid internship job at a prestigious law firm. But her Mexican-American family is not proud of her success, instead believing that she is being overly-ambitious with her career choice.

Cristela also stars Andrew Leeds, Carlos Ponce, Sam McMurray and Terri Hoyos.

 

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Grant Gustin will be “The Flash.”
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The Flash (CW)
Tuesdays at 8:00pm, Series Premiere October 7

Executive producer and DC Comics chief Geoff Johns says about The Flash, “It’s probably the most faithful DC Comics adaptation ever. We’ve incorporated almost everything of the mythology into it and added a new backstory with S.T.A.R. Labs.”

Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is transformed into the Fastest Man Alive after a freak accident in his laboratory. (People should really be more careful when they are in laboratories with beakers full of who knows what.) Barry hopes to use his newfound powers to help prove his father’s innocence who is accused of murdering his wife, Barry’s mother.

Fans who love crossover TV shows will love the series premiere of The Flash when they see Oliver Queen, aka Arrow (Stephen Amell), make an appearance in the pilot episode. In the pilot, Barry visits Oliver in Starling City. Barry lives in Central City, not Starling City where Oliver lives. It’s only fair that we see the archer in the pilot since Flash is a spinoff of Arrow. To be a super hero, there have to be villains to fight. Staying with the original storyline means Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller), aka Captain Cold, will be introduced as one of the first villains the Flash encounters. “We’ll be seeing his origin and the origin of the Rogues,” states executive producer Greg Berlanti. Stephen Amell’s brother, Robbie Amell, has been cast as one half of Firestorm. The other half, played by Martin Stein, will be introduced later. Look for an Easter Egg in the pilot episode which probably gives a nod to Gorilla Grodd, a supervillain and Flash’s nemesis in the comics. The probably Easter Egg is when viewers see a broken cage with a dangling nameplate that could be a tease of something to come in the future. We’ll just have to wait to see if we will find out what escaped from that cage.

Also starring in The Flash are Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Candace Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, Michelle Harrison, Patrick Sabongui and John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen’s father.

 

David Tennant will star in "Gracepoint." Photo by Rach © Wikimedia Commons

David Tennant will star in “Gracepoint.”
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Gracepoint (FOX)
Thursdays at 9:00pm, Series Premiere October 2

Gracepoint is said to be “based” on the British series Broadchurch. I watched Broadchurch last season on BBC America. From the previews I have seen, Gracepoint looks like the EXACT same show with a different title. But it is suggested that Gracepoint is an “expansion” of Broadchurch with new characters, suspects and weaving new storylines into the original. My interpretation of that is the show has been “Americanized.”

For those of you who did not watch Broadchurch, Gracepoint is about two cops, Detectives Emmett Carver and Ellie Miller (David Tennant and Anna Gunn) who are investigating a homicide case where a young boy is found dead on a California beach. Detective Carver holds a higher rank than Miller, making him her boss. The victim, identified as Danny Solano (Nikolas Filipovic), was best friends with Detective Miller’s son, Tom (Jack Irvine) so it is up to her to break the news to him and her husband, Joe (Josh Hamilton). Danny’s surviving family members are his parents, Mark and Beth (Michael Pena and Virginia Kull), and an older sister, Chloe (Madalyn Horcher).

P.S. Rumors are that David Tennant has a great American accent in the show.

Jane the Virgin (CW)
Mondays at 9:00pm, Series Premiere October 13

Jane Villanueva’s grandmother, Alba, was a wise woman. When she was a young girl, Jane (Gina Rodriguez) learned two very important things from her grandmother – for great entertainment watch the telenovelas, and women must protect their virginity at all costs. At age 23, Jane is studying to be a teacher, dreaming of being a writer, and working in a new hotel in Miami. So what will happen when Jane is accidently artificially inseminated? Stay tuned to find out. Jane the Virgin is based on a Venezuelan telenova.

Jaime Camil, Justin Baldoni, Ryan Devlin, Yael Grobglas, Brett Dier, Andrea Navedo and Ivonne Coll will also star.

 

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Casey Wilson
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Marry Me (NBC)
Tuesdays at 9:00pm, Series Premiere October 14

Jake (Ken Marino) and Annie (Casey Wilson) met over a love of nachos six years ago and have been inseparable ever since. Jake took Annie on a romantic two-week island vacation, but waits until they return home to pop the question. (I think Jake has his romantic settings mixed up.) But before he can ask, Annie lays into him about his inability to really commit to their relationship. Annie expected to hear the question while on the island. (Wouldn’t you agree, girls?) Now Jake’s proposal plans are ruined and the engagement is on hold until it can be done right. But when you want things to be perfect, something always happens to mess things up. But these two are destined to be together, whether it goes smoothly or not.

Also starring in Marry Me is John Gemberling as Gil, Sarah Wright as Dennah, Tim Meadows as Kevin 1, and Tymberlee Hill as Kay.

The McCarthys (CBS)
Thursdays at 9:30pm, Series Premiere October 30

Boston sports fans can be loud and crazy. Arthur McCarthy’s family is no different with the exception of his youngest son, Ronny (Tyler Ritter), who is gay and not that into sports. Wanting to get away from all the sports craziness revolving around his family, Ronny moves to Rhode Island. But Ronny’s dad has other ideas and gets Ronny to change his moving plans by offering him the position of being his assistant high school basketball coach.

The McCarthy’s also stars Jimmy Dunn as Sean, Joey McIntyre as Gerard, Kelen Coleman as Jackie and Laurie Metcalf as Marjorie.

Mulaney (FOX)
Sundays at 9:30pm, Series Premiere October 5

I have never heard of comedian John Mulaney, but he now has his own comedy show about himself which is written, executive-produced and starred in and titled after none other than himself. It tells a story of a young comedian and the influences – his boss, his neighbors, his roommates – who helped him get where he is today.

 

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Dylan McDermott
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Stalker (CBS)
Wednesdays at 10:00pm, Series Premiere October 1

In this psychological thriller, Detective Jack Larson (Dylan McDermott) works for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD, who has recently transferred from the Threat Assessment Unit in New York. His partner is Detective Beth Davis (Maggie Q), the head of the LAPD Unit. The will handle calls involving stalking cases that include cyber harassment and voyeurism.

Also starring in Stalker are Mariana Klaveno as Janice Lawrence and Victor Rasuk as Ben Caldwell.

Town of the Living Dead (SYFY)
Tuesdays at 10:00pm, Series Premiere October 7

This unscripted series takes place in Jasper, a small town in Alabama, where the residents are trying to make their own independent zombie movie. The movie has been developing for six years. Now the residents are determined to call it a wrap on their movie, which they have titled Thr33 Day Dead. The series will follow the amateur filmmakers as they try to get a final cut of their film. The plot for the movie is based on a local urban legend about a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama.

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August 30th, 2014

Manhattan Love Story to Premiere on ABC

Analeigh Tipton will star in "Manhattan Love Story." Photo by gdcgraphics © Wikimedia Commons

Analeigh Tipton will star in “Manhattan Love Story.”
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You have started dating an interesting person and are just getting to know each other. Have you ever wondered what they are thinking? Of course you have! That never stops. Manhattan Love Story tells the unfiltered thoughts of a new couple, Peter and Dana (Jake McDorman and Analeigh Tipton) who have just started dating. Also starring in Manhattan Love Story are Chloe Wepper, Jade Catta-Preta, Kurt Fuller and Nicolas Wright.

Manhattan Love Story premieres Tuesday, September 30 at 8:30pm on ABC.

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August 29th, 2014

The Looney Tunes Show is Ending with “SuperRabbit”

T-t-t-that’s all folks! The Looney Tunes Show is ending after the 52 episodes that were promised at the beginning.  The final episode, “SuperRabbit,” will air Sunday, August 31 at 6:30pm on the Cartoon Network and it will be super! Bugs Bunny dons the red cape as SuperRabbit in this Superman–inspired finale. SuperBunny will face his foes General Zod (played by Daffy Duck) and Lex Luthor (played by Elmer Fudd).

Producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone said from the beginning that they were only planning to do 52 episodes and it looks like they are sticking to their word. Translation: The Looney Tunes Show did not get cancelled, it’s just ending.

Are you sad to see The Looney Tunes Show ending?

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August 29th, 2014

Selfie to Premiere on CBS

Karen Gillan will star in "Selfie." Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Karen Gillan will star in “Selfie.”
Photo by Gage Skidmore
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Inspired by My Fair Lady, Selfie centers around Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) who becomes an overnight Internet sensation after a bad break-up video goes viral. Now Eliza has hundreds of thousands of followers looking for her next bad mistake. When she realizes being ‘friended’ doesn’t necessarily mean she has friends, Eliza hires Henry (John Cho), a marketing expert to help restore her image. Also starring in Selfie are Allyn Rachel, David Harewood, and Tim Peper.

Selfie premieres Tuesday, September 30 at 8:00pm on ABC.

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