Surprise, surprise, I like “The Donald”!

Sorry for not posting lately, but with the writer’s strike going on there wasn’t much to say about television except complain and enough other people were doing that so I kept out of the fray.  I’m glad it’s over but a fat lot of good that will do for the remainder of this television season.

However, I am a fan of The Apprentice.  I’ve watched the show from the beginning and I have discovered (to my surprise) I have a lot of respect for Donald Trump.  Prior to this show I thought him somewhat overbearing and over-exposed, though it isn’t really fair to judge anyone by what is said about them in the media.

In watching The Apprentice I find that I have developed a decent amount of grudging respect for Mr. Trump.  Though I am aware the show is engineered for ratings, I have enjoyed watching him and hearing his comments in the boardroom.  I have found him to be extremely intelligent, surprisingly kind (yes, really!) but tough and pretty fair, considering the constraints of prime time and the nature of the show premise.

I like the fact that he seems to enjoy doing the show.  I like that he has the moxie to promote himself and I believe he is successful at his marketing because he does it all with an element of humor and basic human kindness.  Yes, I know he’s tough, but there is a kind man behind all the bluff and it sneaks up on him every once in a while.

I am beginning to learn how to truly create a brand from a master. From neckties and designer water to gambling and real estate, Donald Trump has managed to become a name synonymous with luxury and good living.  I’m taking it all in as I build my own PopArtDiva brand now branching out into my blogs (The Martini Diva, The Road to Diva, The Pop Culture Blog, etc.), writing books and even developing an online radio show, and I find myself asking “What would Trump do?”

I truly loved George and am very happy to see him back – though I think he looks a little tired.  I don’t know what happened to Caroline – suppose I could google her to find out, lol.  But it’s good to have George back – what a sweetie he is for a high powered business man.

Additionally, I have enjoyed watching Trump’s interaction with his grown children, Ivanka and Donald, Jr.  These two young people are both well spoken, intelligent and can be quite astute in their own right.  I believe Donald Sr. is quite proud of them, as well he should be.

Though I know many of the contestants (especially this season’s celebrity group) are chosen for “good tv” I can still enjoy watching the interaction and the mechanizations of certain contestants.  It’s kind of interesting to see how and what people do to win, isn’t it?  I believe it’s called the ‘Killer Instinct” though it might better be termed “The Stinker” instinct.  It truly is a concrete jungle out there, and “The Donald” reigns supreme as the King.

And speaking of jungles, can someone PLEASE send Omarosa to Survivor so an alligator can eat her or an exotic monkey can drop a coconut on her obnoxious and conceited head?

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Heath Ledger Dies at 28

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I turned on the tv tonight to the story of the death of young actor Heath Ledger.  I am extremely saddened to learn someone so young and talented is gone.  For me it was a shock because I first saw him in the visually enticing and mythical “Roar”, a short lived 1997 television series based on ancient Ireland (Hibernia), the Celtic Druids and their fight against Roman Rule.  He was young but had star quality from the start and I kept an eye out for his name.

I next saw him in “10 Things I hate About You”, “A Knight’s Tale”, “The Patriot”, “The Brothers Grimm” and his Oscar Nominated role, “Brokeback Mountain”.  The Oscar nod did not surprise me in the least – Heath Ledger was a charmingly attractive actor with a great talent and a great range.  I was truly excited about his upcoming role as “The Joker” in the movie “The Dark Knight”, I believe he would have brought an incredible reality to the classic comic book villian. It is a shame we will not see him reach his full potential as an actor. It is a shame he will not reach his full potential as a man.

Ledger’s death has reminded me of watching another young actor slowly coming into his own and then dying just on the brink of his deserved fame. The young man I speak of was River Phoenix, another extremely talented actor who showed great promise and made me want to see his career develop.  His death too was sudden and shocking and a loss of great expectations.

I truly enjoy seeing young actors with promise and watching as their careers grow and reach the pinnacle of their talent.  I have watched many in my life including Harrison Ford (American Grafitti), Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies), Johnny Depp (21 Jump Street),  Clint Eastwood (Rowdy Yates on Rawhide),  Leonardo DiCaprio (Growing Pains).  I could go on.

I’ve watched television and movies for over 50 years and you see a lot of actors come and go in half a century.  But the special ones you notice and keep an eye on.  The sudden death of anyone is sad, the sudden death of promising talent is shocking. Somehow you feel not only the loss of a human being but the loss of potential, which seems the cruelest loss of all.

Goodbye, Heath.  Thank you for the joy of watching you perform and grow as an actor. This old Irish Prayer is for you, your family and all your fans:

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there… I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow…
I am the diamond glints on snow…
I am the sunlight on ripened grain…
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you waken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of gentle birds in circling flight…
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry—
I am not there… I did not die…

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“Molann an obair an fear” – The work praises the man

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THAT 70s SHOW – Seventies Fashion Fads

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(A fun, retro-pop-art I did on seventies fashion fads called “Platforms, What Were We Thinking?” which you can buy on my website, PopArtDiva.com. )

I’ve been watching reruns of “That 70s Show” lately. I used to love that show in it’s original run because it was such a hilarious take on the seventies. They got the era right and added humor to the ridiculous fads of that decade.

I mean, really, What Were We Thinking????? Bell bottoms in horrid fabric patterns, permed hair to get that afro everyone else had, leisure suits? And the worst of all – platform shoes!!!!

If you lived through the seventies you wore platform shoes. What no one tells the young people of today is – those things were dangerous! More than one ankle was sprained, broken, bruised and twisted thanks to the shoe fad that created such high platforms and heels you might as well have been walking on stilts!

And everyone wore them, men and women alike, so nobody was immune. I wonder what the hospital statistics were on damaged ankles in the seventies? To paraphrase Red from That 70s Show “Dumbass Shoes!”

BTW, the character Donna is now on October Road on ABC. Nice to see “hot Donna” back on the tube, at least someone from the cast made it out of the seventies!

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CAMELOT & KING ARTHUR – Male vs. Female

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Two of my favorite somewhat recent mini series are on next weekend. Both are centered around the legend of King Arthur, Excalibur and Camelot. On Saturday at 11:00 a.m. EASTERN time on SCI FI, Merlin , and on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. EASTERN time on TNT, The Mists of Avalon.The interesting thing about these two mini series is that one, Merlin, looks at the myth through the eyes and via the life of the fabled wizard, Merlin. The Mists of Avalon approaches the Arthur legend through a female viewpoint via the woman who peopled the world of the mystical Camelot.

Just a little heads up to those fans of King Arthur and Excalibur.

BTW – just in case you have NOT seen Eureka (where have you been?) you can catch up by watching full episodes on line at SciFi! Oh, and don’t miss the section “Made in Eureka” it’s a crack-up if you’re a fan!

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“Medium” not dead yet!

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Well, I just saw an ad stating that Medium will be returning as a mid-season replacement on January 7th! There’s life for the dead people who haunt Allison after all! Do you suppose someone saw this blog? HA, HA, HA, HA, HA. Would that I had that kind of sway with network execs, lol.

By the way, Patricia Arquette was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Allison – I see dead people at the awards!

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What happened to “Medium”??

I’ve been so busy lately that posting about television or movies has been set on a back burner. What spare time I have left over after doing my Martini Blog, my Art Blog and doing new art for my website is spent actually watching tv! I haven’t even had time to see a movie – but managed to see the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie on DVD, which, btw, was a little confusing story wise but I enjoyed it anyway. Captain Jack is a classic character and destined to remain in my top five of all time along with Rhett Butler, Scarlet O’Hara, Forrest Gump and Indiana Jones.

While trying to keep abreast of the schedule changes that always occur at this time of year (because the 12 year old network executives ax good shows before they have a chance to gather an audience), I suddenly noticed that Medium was missing! What a shame, I liked that show. I wonder if it will be a mid-season replacement? Oh well, the ratings rule and I simply don’t have time to google whether or not it was cancelled.

An update on my thoughts about the new season :

  • I still love Reaper – if anything I like it more. This is a fun, quirky show and my favorite character is Sock (Wysocki) and the Devil Himself follows closely behind.
  • I still enjoy Bones, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, Brothers and Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy, Numbers, Monk, Psych, Las Vegas (now that Tom Selleck has joined the cast) and Hell’s Kitchen
  • I still like the new shows, Cane, Dirty Sexy Money, Journeyman and K-ville
  • I’m growing fonder of Pushing Daisies
  • I love Saving Grace. Love it! I want my own Earl!
  • Life is turning out to be a favorite of mine
  • I am looking forward to the celebrity edition of The Apprentice – this show is my guilty pleasure
  • I am also looking forward to the return of Eureka – probably my second favorite show
  • Heros is still my number one – and Hiro is still my favorite Hero

What’s out of my television viewing schedule? Back to You, ER, Survivor, Lost, and a few others that bored me or got too convoluted to enjoy. Too bad, so sad, but don’t waste my tv viewing time!

I’ll try to get in to post a little more often so keep subscribing and let me know what you think about my comments and what shows you like and why!

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OMG! I can watch tv shows on my laptop?

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Okay, here’s a nice little “hooray for television of today” – Almost all the networks post FULL EPISODES of some of their shows on their websites to watch on your computer! I’m sure many of you know that but I only got hi-speed a few months ago and it was a lovely little surprise for me!

If I miss a show I can now just log in and watch it online! Wow! Talk about Mod-Cons! This is quite a change from the old days of my youth when we only had 3 networks, they were all black and white and we had to attach the rabbit ears to our kid brother or sister and make them sit on top of a bookshelf to get good reception!

Remember when they were starting “cable” tv – you know “paid” television. I couldn’t believe anyone would pay for TV! Now we have thousands of channels – most of which are crap, but still we have thousands of channels!
Remember when the very first VCRs came out? Beta vs. VHS? And now we have DVD recorders and TIVO – we can record all those thousands of hours of crap!

Remember when the whole family would schedule their evenings around a favorite TV show, like the Honeymooners, The Ed Sullivan Show or Gunsmoke? Now we just hit a button and the show is downloaded onto a hard drive to watch at our convenience. Sort of puts the kybosh on family tv time, doesn’t it?

Well, time marches on and progress progresses – is it for the best? Who knows. But I do love watching Desperate Fishwives at 2 a.m. though I miss fighting over the bowl of popcorn with my siblings.

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