Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Sugarland concert at the Greek (for the 3rd year in a row)! Since this is the “In Your Hands” tour, they take mostly requests from the fans, which means they played some old school SL songs for us diehards. One of the pictures below is me freaking out when I heard the opening chords of “What I’d Give.” After the concert, we got to chat with Kristian and put in our two cents about what they should play at their next concert—“Very Last Country Song” (my friend, Danny’s pick) and “Just Might Make me Believe” (my pick). He’s the coolest rockstar I know I’ve met because he’s totally down to just shoot with shit…love love love Sugarland!
Kara comes home today after a trip home to Boston. Reservations have already been made for sushi tonight. I’m on a Sugarland kick (more on that tomorrow), and this will always be “Kara’s Song” to me. Listening on repeat til she lands!
Little Miss one big mess, Little Miss I’ll take less when I always give so much more It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, Yeah, sometimes ya gotta lose ‘til ya win, It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, It’ll be alright again, it’ll be alright again…
Little Miss you’ll go far, Little Miss hide your scars, Little Miss who you are is so much more than you like to talk about It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, Yeah, sometimes ya gotta lose ‘til ya win…
A week ago today, I was heading back from a Vegas “work trip” in the back of coworker Amy’s car certain I have a Vegas curse. Remember last year’s trip to the Billboard Music Awards resulted in this?
Long story short, a few nights out in Vegas resulted in high frequency hearing loss and a permanent ringing in both ears. Not even massive steroids could reverse the damage. This year, I vowed to take better care of myself. Lots of water. Plenty of sleep. Super sexy ear plugs AT ALL TIMES. The trip started out great. Here are some shots of Kelly Clarkson’s pre-party the night before the awards on Sunday:
See that smile on my face? If only I knew what was in store for a me a few hours later. Damn those crab tostadas at the MGM pool…After the pre-party, we went to Marquee where I again, for the 2nd year in a row, ran into some friends from college on a Bachelor Party:
Once is a coincidence, twice is a tradition? Well, that was the last time I smiled that trip. About an hour after that picture was taken, I turned to the bf and said, “I gotta go, and I gotta go NOW.” I’ll spare you the very unpretty details. Let’s just say I got to know my hotel bathroom well. Intimately. Biblically. Sunday afternoon I tried to rally. I really did. I showered, put on my dress….and crawled right back into bed. I sent my friends to the show without me. What could I do?
Let’s review. Billboard 2011:
And Billboard 2012:
I marched into the head boss’ office on Tuesday and suggested: Billboard. 2013. Palm Springs. Sounds like a great idea to me. Don’t you think?
In all seriousness, pre “death by MGM” it was a great trip!
My mom loves Jesus, Billy Graham, and George Bush...
Imagine her surprise when she raised a liberal daughter who dates a Jew and lives with a half-lesbian. Oops. But that’s neither here nor there.
When her book club at the country club suggested, Fifty Shades of Grey, she asked me to read it first. Which is all sorts of ironic from a mother who gave me a promise ring at 13. But my dad jokes that when the lion roars in the opening credits of a movie, she’s already offended and leaves the room.
Around page 75, I told her she could totally do it. A few chapter laters, I called her up and said, “No no no no no no no NO! Mom, you CANNOT.” By the end, I told her to buck up and take it for what it is and give it a whirl. She’s on vaca with my dad, and I just received this email:
I’m almost finished with 50 shades. I agree with you that it is ridiculous! Is it really that predictable? I do like the humor in it though. Ana’s come backs are hilarious at times. I do hope that the ending isn’t so predictable…
Of all things I thought she would complain about, I did not anticipate the predictability factor. (?!) I’m so perplexed at her reaction. And she likes Ana’s comebacks? I can imagine her now at the book club meeting. Everyone else will be using words like sensual and titillating and erotic. My mother will just talk about how funny the book was. I suspect she’s skipping chapters. Oh my, Mom. Oh my.
Whoopie just asked the President if you can feel 'the bumps' on Air Force One.
I’ve never felt so connected to another human being in my life. To sane and rational people, this might seem like a silly question. To someone afraid of flying? Brilliant question. Give her (another) Emmy.
I have often wondered if the President gets the smoothest air. (This is something I might demand if I was the POTUS.)
He said you CAN but also, you have to figure Air Force One isn’t going down.
And so it is! We announced all of our (scripted) renewals and pick-ups for next season. Today is our upfronts where Anne and Paul and company will give a presentation on our fall/spring schedule.
The new shows that will get a 2nd season: Last Man Standing, Suburgatory, Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, and my personal favorite—Scandal!
The shows that go the ax: GCB, The River, Missing, and Pan AM.
Next fall/spring you can expect to see:
666 PARK AVENUE (drama) Based on the book by Gabriella Pierce about a young couple who manages one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City and unwittingly experience supernatural occurrences that complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the building. Cast: Terry O’Quinn as “Gavin”; Dave Annable as “Henry”; Rachael Taylor as “Jane”, Vanessa Williams, Mercedes Masohn, Robert Buckley, Helena Mattsson
ZERO HOUR (drama) Logline:A bizarre twist of fate pulls a man who’s spent 20 years as the editor of a skeptic magazine into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history. Cast: Anthony Edwards, Scott Michael Foster as “Arron”; Addison Timlin as “Rachel”, Michael Nyqvist, Carmen Ejogo, Jacinda Barrett
THE LAST RESORT (drama) Renegade crew of a nuclear submarine go on the run after defying an order given under strange and suspicious circumstances to deploy their weapons. They seek refuge at a NATO listening post and declare themselves the world’s smallest sovereign nation with nuclear capability. They then face the challenges of creating a new society while monitoring the movements of the world’s militaries. Cast: Andre Braugher as “Marcus Chaplin”; Daisy Betts as “Grace”; Dan Lissing as “Seal Officer James King”; Camille De Pazzis as “Sophie”; Sahr Ngaujau as “Mayor Julian Serrat”; Autumn Reeser as Kylie Sinclair; Scott Speedman as XO Sam Kendal; Dichen Lachman as “Tani”
NASHVILLE (drama) —If I were to put money on it, I’d say people are going to LOVE this show. A family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows one star at her peak and one on the rise. Cast: Connie Britton, Sam Palladio as “Gunnar”; Clare Bowen as “Scarlett”; Jonathan Jackson as “Avery”; Powers Boothe as “Lamar”; Robert Wisdom as “Coleman Caldwell”; Hayden Panettiere as “Juliette”, Eric Close, Charles Esten
RED WIDOW (drama) Based on the Dutch format, Red Widow centers on the widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family. Cast: Radha Mitchell, Lee Tergesen, Luke Goss, Rade Sherbedzija, Wil Traval, Suleka Mathew, Jaime Ray Newman, Sterling Beaumon, Jacob Salvati, Erin Moriarty, Jakob Salvati, Anson Mount (guest star), Mido Hamada
THE NEIGHBORS (Single-Cam Comedy) Family moves into a beautiful, surprisingly affordable gated community in New Jersey only to discover that all the neighbors are literally from another planet. Cast: Lenny Venito as “Marty Weaver”; Simon Templeman as “Wilt Chamberlain”; Jami Gertz as “Debbie Weaver”; Toks Olagundoye as “Jackie Joyner-Kersee”; Tim Jo as “Joe Montana”; Isabella Cramp as “Abby Weaver”; Clara Mamet as “Amber Weaver; Ian Patrick as “Lennox Lewis”; Max Charles as “Max Weaver”
HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE (Single-Cam Comedy) Polly, a recently divorced single mom, moves in with her eccentric parents, Elaine and Max, a couple who’s full of life but knows no boundaries. Cast: Sarah Chalke as “Polly”; Brad Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins, Orlando Jones, John Dore, Rachel Eggleston, Rebecca Delgado Smith
RED VAN MAN (form. WHITE VAN MAN) (Single-Cam Comedy) Based on the British format WHITE VAN MAN, the show centers on a man who is forced to put his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father. Cast: Kyle Bornheimer as “Jack”; JK Simmons as “Tony”; Jonny Pemberton as “Mason”; Edi Gathegi as “Darren”; Leah Remini as “Terry”
MALIBU COUNTRY (Multi-Cam comedy) After her “good ‘ol boy” rock star husband cheats on her and burns through most of their money, Reba divorces him and moves her three lods and mom from Nashville to the only asset they have left – a little house in Malibu. There, she’ll try to reignite her own singing career and keep herself and her three kids from being corrupted by the materialistic and rarified Malibu world she now calls home. Cast: Reba McEntire as “Reba”; Lily Tomlin as “Shirley”; Sara Rue as “Kim”, Julietta Angelo, Justin Prentice, Owen Teague, Jai Rodriguez (recurring), Jeffrey Nordling
What are you looking forward to? And if you’re curious what DIDN’T get picked up, you can read about the rest here.
I may complain a lot about not living on the east coast anymore, but it is nice to be around for impromptu Sunday night family gatherings. My parents’ trip to the Caribbean was postponed by rain, so we were able to celebrate my dad’s birthday last weekend after all. Happy Birthday to the most interesting man in the world!
As some of you know, I lost my job of 4 years at Wife Swap almost 3 years ago when ABC cancelled the show. I picked up life in NYC and moved to LA. In an ironic twist of fate, I landed a job at ABC in the same department that cancelled Wife Swap. Almost 3 years later, my department announced today we are bringing back Wife Swap. I can’t even tell you how weird it all is. I thought I closed that chapter of my life. It’s a mindf*ck is what it all is. Here’s hoping they get the best of the old NY crew back together to make some great TV. I’ll be at my desk in LA.
J is right in the middle of law school finals. A thrilling time for both of us, I assure you. He has FIVE this semester. The night before his first final, I decided to make a healthy dinner, rich in nutrients to help him study. True to form, the idea came to me fairly late, so I relied on Trader Joe’s ingredients to expedite the process.
(The wine was for me.)
A little sauteed spinach rich in iron to help fight fatigue and foggy thinking.
Salmon rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are linked to improved alertness, memory, mood, and cognitive thinking. [Side note, check out my butter, mid fall. I never said I wasn’t messy in the kitchen.]
Lentils rich in fiber, for energy. Have you guys tried TJ’s Lentils yet? I swear, they start off looking like a bag-o-poo:
But then they turn into this deliciousness:
And a few more leafy greens rich in B vitamins to boost memory.
All of this took about 20 dollars and 20 minutes, and it made for one happy (smarter?) future lawyer.
P.S. Don’t knock those plates. They were my moms in the early 90’s, and they totally rock.