Pan Am Season Finale Preview (and My Visit to the Set)

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the set of Pan Am.  We toured the Silvercup Studios, the studio where it's shot in Brooklyn.  Inside we walked through the 707 used in the program and explored economy, first class, the plane's bar (yes, remember when they had bars on planes?) and the cockpit.  We found out useful tidbits about the actors on the show, like the fact that Mike Vogel, who plays the pilot, is also a pilot in real life.  We watched a scene being shot with Laura and Maggie in their apartment.  We met the show's prop master, Pete Read More


Catching up with Margot Robbie and Michael Mosley from Pan Am

A few weeks ago, I was invited to tour the set of Pan Am, which airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. on ABC.  I covered my interview with Christina Ricci a few days ago, and I'll be sharing more about my visit in the upcoming weeks ahead.  While on the set, I also got to be a part of a group interview with Margot Robbie and Michael Mosley, two actors on the show.  While I was not able to take a photo or video, pictures were taken for me and I'll be posting them soon. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the show where they were both featured in the same Read More


Looking for Christina Ricci on the L Train

Pan Am

A few weeks ago, I was invited to tour the set of Pan Am, which airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. on ABC.  A fan of the show, I was not only very excited to walk through the replica of the Boeing 707 but also to visit Silvercup Studios in Brooklyn for the first time.  I'll be reporting more on my trip to the set in the next few weeks and posting photos from the experience, but first things first, I got to interview Christina Ricci, an actress I have been a fan of for a very long time.  I can't believe that it was 22 years ago that I first saw her in Mermaids Read More


Review: The Judy Gold Show – A Walk Down Memory Lane

When I was growing up in the 1970's, sitcoms were an important part of my family life.  The TV was always on and I remember watching them so vividly with my two sisters.  From The Brady Bunch to The Facts of Life to Laverne and Shirley, we watched everything.  The characters in the shows meant more to me than just regular TV shows.  I wanted to be them, and I learned a lot about life through their experiences.  I loved the family on The Brady Bunch, and yearned to be like them and wanted someone like Alice in my life.  Getting stranded on Gilligan's Read More


Curing my Summer TV Drought with The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks

  Just when I was about to give up completely on summer television comes along a fab new Internet only show on AMCTV.com called The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks.  It's very Woody Allen, very Freudian.  It's a homage to Allen, who I adore, not only because it uses narration and black and white video, but also because it's about an actor/writer (played skillfully by Adam Goldberg) who is having an affair with a young protege.  He feverishly tries to sort out his life, while writing bits of it into his scripts.  His therapist, played by Read More


Was Oprah Talking to Me?


If you haven't noticed, I've been a little quiet lately.  My husband has been traveling with work for two weeks, which has put the onus of responsibility 100% on me.  At night, I can hardly stay awake past 10pm, a rarity for me, and a time where I get much of my writing done. In the midst of it all, there was the "Oprah" finale.  I have been a huge fan of the show my entire life. Twenty-five years ago, I was a teenager (am I revealing my age? Yes, I am over 40).  My mom, who was a big fan of Phil Donahue, turned me onto Oprah.  I was a soon-to-be Read More


Advocacy: Raising Money for Military Families

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Today marks the launch of my affiliate relationship with Lifetime Moms! Check out the badge on my home page.  I am really happy about this relationship as I see Lifetime as a partner that supports causes that I care about.  It can't get any better than that, so I am launching right into one of their current causes. To mark this Sunday’s season five premiere of its hit drama Army Wives, Lifetime has partnered with the social media aid organization BroadCause.com to raise funds for military families in the U.S.  As part of the partnership, Lifetime will Read More


Guest Post: My Nine-Year-Old Daughter’s Obsession with The Food Network


For the past few years, I’ve had a minor ongoing argument with my now nine-year-old daughter over what constitutes appropriate television fare. For a short time, she watched Hannah Montana and The Suite Life, until I realized she’d finish watching an episode and stroll back into the living room speaking like those pre-pubescent brats. Forget that: I have years of teenage rebellion looming ahead, and I don’t need to put up with verbal obnoxiousness early. One of the things she had noticed about us, her parents, was that we love food. We cook at least Read More


Review: iCarley 2 iJoin the Click! and My Daughter’s Disappointment in Me, Not the Game

ICarley 2: Join the Click!

When I was offered the opportunity to review the new iCarley 2 iJoin the Click! game for Wii, I could not resist.  Not only is my 7-year-old obsessed with the Nickelodeon program, but so is my 6-year-old son.  I actually spent a few years working for the company.  My daughter asks me almost daily why I left and can I please return? She really wants to meet Miranda Cosgrove!   "Sorry,"  I have to tell her, "I can't go back in time, and I left to pursue other dreams."  It doesn't quite matter what I say at this point, anyway.  She has to accept Read More


Guest Post: To the Source of “Outsourced”/ The Importance of Being a Cultural Mom

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Admittedly, I’m a few years late on this one: the independent film Outsourced came out in 2006, long before NBC turned it into a TV series in October of last year. Still, of all the films I watched on Netflix last week while drifting in and out of the flu and consciousness, this one is most worthy of note. The day I watched Outsourced, I’d already had a bad experience with another West versus East movie. No offense to funny man Albert Brooks, but Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World was cheap, superficial, and without revelation or redemption in Read More