Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Code Black season 2

If you like series about hospitals and doctors (me not so much) then Code Black is for you.

It is a drama about the doctors and their residents working at Angels Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. It is a hospital with a busy E.R. and each episode they experience a code black which means the have more patients then medical resources.

Marcia Gay Harden plays the ER Residency Director who is still saddened and angry a drunk driving accident that killed her husband and children which at time influences her work. She pushes each resident to do their best at saving each person who enters the e.r.

Luis Guzman plays the head nurse in charge of the residents, he is passionate about his job and all who are in his care.

Rob Lowe starts his job at Angels Memorial this season.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2 TV shows 1 night

                                                              Rosewood season 2

If you die under mysterious circumstances in Miami there is no need to worry, Dr. Beaumont “Rosie” Rosewood, played by the debonair Morris Chestnut, will take your case!

Rosewood is a show about a doctor turned private pathologist (meaning he has a big, nice and kept up to date on all the new medical equipment office) and when the police, aka Det. Annalise Villa played by Jaina Lee Ortiz, need a consult they reluctantly call Rosie.

Rosewood is a fast pace, exciting with a pinch of the escapism police procedural. It has humor and sophistication with well-rounded characters, all of who may not be perfect, but will help each other when in need.

Gabrielle Dennis plays Pippy, Rosie’s partner at work and sister who is engaged to co-worker Tara, played by Anna Konkle. But Rosewood wouldn’t be Rosewood without his overbearing yet lovable mother played by Lorraine Toussaint.

Superstore season 2

Ok I know what you are thinking Superstore that is a dumb name for a TV show and I’ll answer back “so was How I Met Your Mother” then you ask “ok then why would I want to watch a show about people who work at a Wal-Mart type store?” To that I say-

IT IS THE FUNNIEST SITCOM you will find on Network (ABC,CBS,NBC,FOX,CW) TV and if I am being honest I wasn’t expecting it to be.

You take a group of people (all of whom are funny) with different personalities and lives and put them together in a small contained place, a place where some of them don’t really want to be and you let them loose to be themselves.

Superstore stars (a talented cast) including the wonderful America Ferrera who plays Amy as a married mother working at the store while going to college to make her life better. Ben Feldman who plays Jonah the optimistic employee who is in love with Amy. Lauren Ash who plays Dina the one no one likes but has the best lines in the show. Nicole Bloom who plays Cheyenne who is the youngest of the employees and had a baby (in the store) at the end of the season. Mark McKinney who plays Glenn the manager of the store and the only one who enjoys his job. The series also stars Colton Dunn and Nica Santos.

Give this delightful show a chance and hopefully the Superstore will be around for a long time.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Scream Queens season 2

I’m still not sure how I feel about this created by the great Ryan Murphy series as the story moves from a college campus to an abandoned hospital but it has a good cast and characters that you love to hate doing crazy things so I will be tuning in for season 2 tonight on Fox at 9. Jamie Lee Curtis stars.

Lucifer season 2

This was my favorite show when it premiered in January and when it was re-new I was surprised and so happy! 

As I realized while watching Jessica Jones-I love a British accent +mind control + sinister charm and the character of Lucifer Morningstar played by the alluring Tom Ellis is all that and more. At first I thought the idea of Lucifer leaving hell and hanging out in LA as silly but I tuned in and liked the show right away. On the outside Lucifer acts like your typical police procedural but when the devil is your consultant your job becomes anything but typical.

Chloe played by Lauren German is a b-movie actress turned cop who meets Lucifer at his nightclub, Lux, while on a case and from the moment they meet he is fascinated by her. Of course Chloe doesn’t believe he is the actual Lucifer but begrudging allows him to help her out on all of her other cases.

Lucifer is a fun, light-hearted and partly mythical show. The cast-including Lesley-Ann Brandt as Maze (Bartender and Lucifer’s BFF), D.B. Woodside as Amenadiel (Lucifer’s Brother and angel) and the adorable Scarlett Estevez as Trixie (Chloe’s daughter) are wonderful and make Lucifer a show worth taking a chance on and begins season 2 tonight on FOX at 9.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Streaming series

The fall TV season begins next week!
Watching TV is a hobby, binge watching TV is a job.
I know most have already watched but my fall season is full and the weekly shows take precedent over the ones I can watch at anytime, but I finally got through all my steaming shows!
Bloodline-season 2
Marco Polo-season 2...
Daredevil-season 2
Jessica Jones-which wasn't as dark as I thought it would be and enjoyed Kilgrave more then Jessica herself (British accent + mind control + sinister charm=my favorite kind of villain) although I thought the ending was anti-climatic I am interested in where she goes from here.
Stranger Things-those of you who have seen it, you were right it was really good-different, fun, sweet and scary and if you haven’t check it out yet-It is a series in the same genre of E.T. The Goonies and Monster Squad with the excellent story-telling and acting of Stand By Me
The Man in the High Castle-Just might be my favorite streaming series, it started slow as we were introduced to the characters but as we did I felt so many emotions for what they went through and love this genre that I now call, alternate time line historical fiction.

If you haven't seen any of these yet, have the time and Netflix and Amazon check them out.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tyrant series (2014-2016)

Since Tyrant didn't get a series finale here is what I think happened---

The Caliphate and Abuddin armies destroy each other.

Molly (Jennifer Finnigan) dies in child birth

Leila (Moran Atias) is killed during the last year of the war

Bassam/Barry (Adam Rayner) takes his newborn and disappears into exile

Sammy (Noah Silver)-unable to walk he runs away (to a country that allows such relationships) with his professor, Haitham El-Amin (Raphael Acloque)

Daliyah (Melia Kreiling) becomes President of Abuddin and brings real peace to the Middle East


Monday, September 5, 2016

Rizzoli & Isles (2010-2016)

*cell phone rings*



As each episode began with a body, banter between the two title characters and a phone call. It was that simple for this police pucedual about to women who were smart, funny and always there for each other. The setting was Boston. The plot centered around two strong characters, Jane Rizzoli played by Angie Harmon, a tough cop and Maura Isles played by Sasha Alexander,       a medical examiner who played by the rules and had a fact for any and all situations.

There was also the other members of the Rizzoli Family…

Angela-A mom who always had food and wisdom for any who need some played by Lorraine Bracco

Frankie Jr-A younger brother who followed Jane by becoming a cop played by Jordan Bridges

And sometimes Tommy-Another brother who didn’t knew what to do with his life until he had a child of his own played by Colin Egglesfield

Working with Rizzoli and Isles were

Vince Korsak- A cop who is partnered with Jane and has been on the job for a number of years played by Bruce McGill

Barry Frost-Played by the late Lee Thompson Young

And Nina-played by Idara Victor who took over for Frost and fell in love with Frankie Jr.

A final toast at The Dirty Robber to the entire cast and crew! Thank you Tess Gerritsen for creating a series of books in which Janet Tamro turned into a wonderful show.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Flash fiction #5

Flash Fiction Challenge: Behold The Idiomatic!
I love it. It basically mashes up a couple-few idioms into something new and very possibly inane, and very possibly wise. (Example: “God shouldn’t cross the bridge till you come to it.” What does that mean? I don’t know! But damnit, I like it.) It forms the backbone of today’s fiction challenge.
Click it. Get a fake mash-up idiom you like.
Then use it in a story.
That’s it. 

Secrets of the Service

For a year the candidates fought, yelled, bullied and debated each other. At first there were over a dozen to choose from and it was my job to guard the worst of the bunch. His name was Todd Daniels and every time he got up in front of an audience he shouted horrible things. Words that no normal human being with a heart and conscience would even think to say. No one in the country thought he was a real threat to the nation so they laughed at him and I stood by to his left and watched.

I had protected many men, women and children over my career and for the most part I had no problem putting my life on the line for any of them but Mr. Daniels was different, he wasn’t like anyone I had ever had the privage to serve. He seemed to have no soul and when he won the state by state primaries I couldn’t believe I had to continue protecting him. Now anyone else would have tone down the hatred of the country and others by the time they become their party’s nominee for president but Todd  (everyone called him by his first name) didn’t back down, he doubled down. He stood behind a podium in front of a large crowd and although he had a mic he yelled, he shouted out lies to his followers and they cheered him on. He screamed about illegals and building a wall and they cheered louder. If the lying wasn’t bad enough his spouting off fear was worse. Not even the media could stop him as he told anyone who would listen that if we didn’t take our country back murderers would be free to roam the streets.

He was not an easy man to like (and there were many who opposed him) making it harder to want to protect him. I woke up and went to sleep everyday knowing that I did my job but at times I wondered if I was doing the right thing. In 15 years of watching out for the famous, powerful and important I had only used my gun three times. Only once did I kill someone. A man I didn’t know walked towards a celebrity I was assigned to, I was younger and had only been on the job for two years. The man was in his mid-20s, dark long hair and blue eyes. When I saw the gun in his hand it was as if time had frozen. I pushed my client out of harm’s way and took a shot. The man did the same. We were both hit. I received a scratch on the arm, he a hole through the heart. His name was John William Brooks and I killed him. There was an investigation. Mr. Brooks was mentally ill and had spent most of his life in and out of hospitals. According to doctors and friends he was a fan of my client and had all of her movies memorized. He had written her letters, although none were threatening. He was born in Boston and the only child of two teachers and died by my hand at 27. I have never forgotten John William Brooks and since his death worked even harder to do my job and only use my gun when I had no other choice.

Now I have been on the road and travelled the country with another man. Wherever we went I silently watched and made new choices as Mr. Daniels spoke. Although those who came out to hear what he had to say felt as strongly on the issues as he did his life was never in danger. I was there rally after rally. At times the crowd acted out and a protester was removed but the candidate kept the show going and he was enjoying every minute. Todd loved the attention and flourished in the love of all those fans and campaign workers who surrounded and believed in him.

I on the other hand wasn’t buying what he was selling. I stayed impartial and on the rare occasion that he would talk to me I smiled and nodded. I knew if I said anything against him he would insult me and have me removed from his charge making me look bad in the eyes of my superiors. I remember there was one day where this was harder to do then the others. The candidate was doing an interview for a show on one of those 24 hour news networks. The interviewer asked him a question and when he answered it all I wanted was for the interviewer to call him out on the lie he had repeated many times on the campaign trail. She didn’t and the interview ended with a smile by both. It was the worst job at reporting and getting the truth and facts out to the public so that they could make a better decision while choosing who to vote for that I have ever seen in my lifetime.

I will never forget that day. It was the last campaign rally before the general election and I woke ready to do my job, a job I had done many times before. I wasn’t expecting that day to be any different than any before. When we got to the venue everything was in its place. Presidential candidate Todd Daniels walked towards the podium. There I was to his left as usual. Mr. Daniels spoke for ten minutes before the shot was heard. The candidate for President fell to the ground. I quickly knelt by his side, I held his head in my lap as blood poured from his chest wound.

I leaned in and whispered into his right ear "I'm sorry sir, I saw the shooter but I couldn't do it, I could not in good conscience take the bullet for you, for no man is next to godliness. Your death will make this country safe and great.”