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EP Aaron Kaplan shares Chasing Life’s message and it’s a beautiful one!
July 15th, 2014 under ABC Family. [ Comments: none ]

When you look up Aaron Kaplan on IMDB, you will see the list of shows that he is an Executive Producer on are all very different from each other. He’s worked on the sci-fi drama Terra Nova, the nighttime soap GCB, the hilarious alien/human sitcom The Neighbors, the raunchy Friends with Better Lives, the family sitcom Instant Mom; and coming up he has the suspenseful murder mystery Secrets & Lies and the police dramedy The Mysteries of Laura. So while most EPs stick to the same genre, he does anything but. I asked him about that at the NBC Summer TCA Press Day and he said, “It allows me to play in so many different spaces and exercise so many different creative muscles.” Then he added, “Frankly, I would be scared of doing the same kind of show every single time.”
So what would be that perfect show for him to produce? His answer is not what you would expect. To him, “The perfect show to do is one that resonates with an audience, with a cast that enjoys each other, with great creative writing. That’s what excites me.”
One of his shows that is currently on the air that really excites me is ABC Family’s Chasing Life. I wanted to know how long this show could go because lead character, April, has Leukemia. I asked this question because her type of cancer killed my old boss within 6 months of her diagnosis, but then there were people are her memorial service who had it for years. Kaplan responded by saying, “Whether April lives or not, the message has to be to not take your days for granted, to not take your friends for granted. “ Adding, “What I do promise is we are not going to prolong this, where she is healthy, she’s sick, she’s healthy, she’s sick.” He knows the audience is smarter than that and because of that they will be keeping the show authentic. What he loves about Chasing Life is that mortality is not something someone who is 25 is thinking about. He concluded his thought with, “What we are trying to do on this show is really talk about how precious life is.”
And tonight at 9p, someone on the show is given an end date. That person understands how precious life is, and they are teaching April (Italia Ricci) to live her remaining days to the fullest. Not that she is going to die, but we all need to live our lives. Although for April that is getting tougher to do now that her mom knows about her cancer. Sara (Mary Page Keller) is being overprotective of her daughter and the lengths she is going to might cost her April. And April has enough on her plate because the side effects of the cancer are starting to show their evil side. Because of that she has no choice but to face the fact that she has cancer and everything comes along with it.
So once again get the tissues ready for an another emotionally well done episode. Just think this season only 16 more episodes to go after this one. Do like I did and go stock up on tissues at Costco because you are going to need them to get through the rest of the season.


Proof Ryan McPartlin truly could be a mannequin!
July 10th, 2014 under ABC Family. [ Comments: none ]

Ryan McPartlin is so good looking that his character’s nickname on Chuck was Captain Awesome. I mean, he’s so model perfect, you’d almost think he was a mannequin. Well, you wouldn’t be alone because today they used a store dummy on the set of his new ABC Family show, Mystery Girls, as his double. You know what, I can’t tell which one is real and which one isn’t. Can you? I think he’s the one that got laid, I mean, leied. Honest mistake!
BTW McPartlin might look like a life-size stiff, but his acting is anything but!


The tears will be flowing during tonight’s Chasing Life
July 8th, 2014 under ABC Family. [ Comments: none ]

If you thought last week’s Chasing Life was a real tearjerker, tonight’s episode on ABC Family at 9p is even worse.
The episode starts off with April (Italia Ricci) fainting in front of her mom (Mary Page Keller), and now her mother is suspicious of her. Sara can’t figure out why her daughter is losing so much weight, moody and tired all the time, so she searches April’s bedroom. When she is in there, she finds a bag full of pills and assumes the worse. So she decides to hold a family meeting with April’s sister (Haley Ramm), grandmother (Rebecca Schull) and estranged Uncle George (Steven Weber). What will happen when Sara confronts her daughter? Will April finally tell her mom she has cancer? And top it all off, Uncle George gets a call during the intervention and he finds out the results to April’s biopsy. How will she handle the news? What is the course of action? And so on?
So just reading that is enough of a hint that you will need a full box of tissues when you watch it because you will be crying like a baby. I know I was.


April reveals her diagnosis to someone close on tonight’s Chasing Life
July 1st, 2014 under ABC Family. [ Comments: none ]

Tonight at 9p on ABC Family’s Chasing Life, April (Italia Ricci) finally tells someone else that is very close to her, besides her best friend, that she has cancer. She does it while she is in a heated argument with that person, and then storms off after she shares the news. How will that person react? How will she react? How will you react? I can only answer the last one and I will warn you now, have the tissues ready because you will be crying. And just when you think that the tears will stop, they will start again as she finally gets her biopsy to see how far along she is with the Leukemia. This scene will make you feel like you are in the room with her, holding her hand. It is that well done.
I will admit, I had issues with the first two episodes of this show because I didn’t think they handled the cancer storyline correctly. But the last two episodes have really impressed me because they are finally dealing with it head on and the acting and writing is handling it perfectly.
So if you’ve never seen the show; you can watch the first 3 episodes online or on the ABC Family App, and then watch the fourth episode tonight. If you’ve been watching it since the beginning, tonight’s episode is a must not miss. So don’t miss it.


Do Lea Thompson’s lips look bigger you?
June 26th, 2014 under ABC Family. [ Comments: none ]

Lea Thompson Tweeted this photo of herself and her lips look a little bigger to me. It almost looks like she had way too much Casual Sex with Howard the Duck and her very plump pucker is the consequences for it.
So do you think her kisser is Some Kind of Wonderful or she needs to go Back to the Future to get them fixed?


Emily Osment is Young & Hungry, Tori Spelling & Jennie Garth are Mystery Girls
June 25th, 2014 under ABC Family. [ Comments: none ]

Young & Hungry makes its debut on ABC Family tonight at 8p and you don’t want to miss this delectable show.
Gabi (Emily Osment) is a food blogger who desperately wants to be a personal chef, even though she has no experience. She gets the interview of the lifetime, the chance to be a personal chef for young tech entrepreneur Josh (Jonathan Sadowski), but his right hand man (Rex Lee) wants to hire someone else. When Josh comes early, she gets the chance to cook for him. It is enough to make an impression, but not enough for her to get the job. So he tells her if she cooks a meal that gets his girlfriend say yes to his proposal, he’ll hire her. But when his girlfriend dumps him right before the big dinner, it looks like Gabi is fired before he is hired. Will she get the job anyways or is she back to food blogging only? You just have to tune in to find out.
I was seriously not expecting to like this comedy, but I was hooked by the first commercial break. I hope they pair this sitcom up with Baby Daddy because the two are a perfect match

Then at 8:30p on ABC Family, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling are together again in Mystery Girls.
Fifteen years ago, Charlie Contour (Garth) and Holly Hamilton (Spelling) starred on the hit show Mystery Girls and since then they have gone their separate ways. Holly is still living like a celebrity, and Charlie is living life as a happy married mom in the suburbs. But one day things will totally change for them when they get a call from the police. Seems uber fan Nick (Miguel Pinzon) witnessed a crime and he won’t talk to anyone else but he Mystery Girls. So they come down to the station and realize they are still good at solving crimes even without a script. Because of that they decide to open up Mystery Girls and solve real life crimes together along with their assistant Nick.
That is what happens in the pilot that doesn’t air tonight, but I wanted to give you the back story so that you could be caught up. Tonight’s episode starts out with a false rumor that Holly is dead. Instead of telling everyone the truth, they decide to sell of her stuff and make a killing. But someone tries to sell a sex tape with her in it, so they have decide if she will tell everyone she’s alive or hold a fake a funeral. They opt for the latter and that’s when thing get really crazy.
Mystery Girls is cute in an ’90s syndicated sitcom type of way. So if you are missing those type of shows and Kelly and Donna, then you are going to heart this show.


Very emotional shows for Rizzoli & Isles, Chasing Life and The Night Shift tonight
June 24th, 2014 under ABC Family, NBC, TNT/TBS/TCM. [ Comments: none ]

Tonight at 9p on TNT, Rizzoli and Isles say goodbye to one of their own. On August 19, 2013, we were all shocked when news came out that Lee Thompson Young had passed away and tonight the show he was starring in at the time says goodbye to him and his character, Barry Frost. The show does a beautiful tribute to him as they remember him throughout the episode and at his character’s funeral.
Anyone who is and has been a fan of this of police drama will want to tune in because it is a must not miss episode for us.

Also at 9p, but on ABC Family is Chasing Life. April Carver (Italia Ricci) is assigned a story that will change her life. A man claims that his carrot juice is helping people with cancer, so she talks to him about and tries a sample. When she comes back to see him, he realizes that she has cancer like him and she finally has someone to talk about her leukemia. So now she has someone can relate to, but something happens that changes everything and her perspective about it all. How will it change her, we will just have to tune in next week to find out.
Tonight’s episode is the first one that really deals with the emotions that come to a cancer patient after their diagnosis and because of that is a very powerful one.

Finally at 10p a storm is coming to NBC’s The Night Shift and our doctors will be caught up in it. There is a dangerous storm on the outside and that one isn’t even as bad as the one that is happening in the hospital. Scott Wolf joins the team tonight as the lead trauma surgeon. Scott Collins (Wolf) is dating Jordan (Jill Flint) and he is going to cause problems for her ex, TJ (Eoin Macken). Those two don’t see eye to eye and their conflict is going to get a whole lot worse before the ground is even dry again.
Meanwhile Topher (Ken Leung) gets a call from his wife that she is labor. But it gets worse because she was in a car accident and trapped in the storm. And gets even worse because she doesn’t know where she is. Will he find her before it is too late? You will just have to watch this emotional episode to find out.


Who will Riley choose on Baby Daddy!
June 18th, 2014 under ABC Family. [ Comments: none ]

Tonight at 8:30p Riley (Chelsea Kane) has to make a choice on ABC Family’s Baby Daddy. She is back with her childhood crush and BFF Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), but they are keeping their relationship a secret for now. But when Danny (Derek Theler), who is in love with her, tells her that his girlfriend Georgie (Mallory Jansen) got a job overseas and he is going with her; she begins to wonder if she chose the right brother. Who will she pick? You just have to tune in to find out.
This is ABC Family’s best show. So whether you have been watching since day one or tonight will be the first time, I promise you love watching this endearing sitcom.
You know how NBC used to air USA shows on their air during the summer? I wish ABC would air this show on their network to get it a larger audience because it really deserves it.


You want to catch Chasing Life!
June 10th, 2014 under ABC Family. [ Comments: none ]

Chasing Life debuts tonight on ABC Family at 9p and this is important drama to watch.
April (Italia Ricci) is 24 years old and her life is just starting. She is interning at her dream job, she’s dating the perfect guy and her family is finally getting back to normal after her father’s death. But that is all going to change when her estranged uncle (Steven Weber) tells her she has cancer.
The young woman has been diagnosed with leukemia, and now just when her life is beginning, it might be ending. How does she tell her mom (Mary Page Keller) who is finally ready to date again? Her teenage sister (Haley Ramm), who has finally stopped rebelling against everything? Her perfect new boyfriend (Richard Brancatisano)? Her boss that just promoted her? Her best friend (Aisha Dee)? And so on?
Will she stop everything to fight the cancer? Or will she try to live life like she doesn’t have it?
Each week she will face all of this, and you will be drawn into her fight.
This show has special meaning to me because my old boss passed away from the same cancer back in December. So I watch this show thinking of Melissa Havard and her valiant fight. I am sure others will feel the same way that I do.
Especially when they watch the third episode and she makes a friend who has been living with cancer for a while. That episode is really poignant. Just like the whole series.


Girl Meets World looks even cuter than we thought!
May 2nd, 2014 under ABC Family. [ Comments: none ]

We knew that Girl Meets World is going to be all types of awesome; and now after watching the trailer, we can all agree it is even more awwwwdorable than we thought. Seriously don’t you just want to hug this show that debuts on Disney Channel on June 27th.


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