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Tony Danza’s alter ego is a rapper named Italian Ice!
October 11th, 2018 under Taxi, TV News. [ Comments: none ]


Tony Danza was on Good Morning America yesterday and Michael Strahan asked him if it is true he is a rapper. The actor, who is also a singer, shared with the hosts he has an alter ego named Italian Ice and then he showed off his rapping skills. You know what, he can give Childish Gambino a run for his money. That is if he can find a group of people who can clap on beat.

Another great reveal in this interview is Danza told them that one of his grandchildren thought he was in jail like his character on Netflix’s The Good Cop. The only crime he committed is by being so good on that police dramedy.

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The Good Cop is so good you will binge it all in one sitting!
September 20th, 2018 under Josh Groban, Netflix, Taxi. [ Comments: none ]


Netflix teamed up with Monk creator Andy Breckman for The Good Cop and we get an enjoyable police procedural starring Tony Danza and Josh Groban. The dramedy that is streaming now is Groban’s first series role and the singer does not disappoint. He is able to go the distance with Danza, who is an expert at stealing scenes for 40 years now, in the ring and on this show.

Tony Caruso (Danza) is a former cop who just got out of jail after 7 years for being the most corrupt officer in New York City. His son TJ /Anthony (Groban) is the complete opposite of his dad. The detective is so straight; you would never believe they are related. The one thing they have in common, besides blood of course is they are both good at solving crimes in their own way.

In the first episode, a “friend” of Tony’s is found murdered and he is the lead suspect. That is until the gun used to kill him actually belongs to TJ. Neither Caruso did it, so they have to do what they can prove their innocence. TJ works with his partner Cara Vasquez (Monica Barbaro) to catch the killer and Tony does what he does. Will it be enough to get away with murder, a murder they did not commit?

In the second episodes, a supermodel falls for Tony. He lost his phone and she will do anything to help him find it. But why? The next one takes things to the gutter as in a bowling alley. One of the workers is found dead of apparent suicide, but Vasquez thinks he was murdered. No one believes her until they do. Now they have to solve the crime and win their bowling championship.

What do you do after you bowl? It is time for a wedding. Tony promised his girlfriend a vacation, but he is too cheap to give her the one she wants. When the cops come to him to rat out a friend from prison, he gets the out he needs at the Four Seasons. They offer him a protection for his testimony and he accepts so he can take his girlfriend with him. However, they have to get married in order to make it happen. Once they think they are safe, they find out the guy who he is ratting out knows where Tony is hiding out. Who will get to Tony first the criminal or his wife?

A woman is found murdered in a trash bag by the river and the man who is suspected of killing her is a beloved TV dad (Bob Saget) and now television talk show host. No one but TJ thinks he did it. Then when the guy befriends Tony, it is going to be harder for TJ to prove he might have done it. If he did.

Next up they go on a skiing trip that is also a police convention. Tony is a hit with the other cops, TJ is not. That is OK because he meets a woman. Of course, she will be accused of murdering another cop and only TJ thinks she is innocent. Is she?

Talking about is she, Vasquez meets a guy and they instantly fall in love. So much so, things get really serious between them, real fast. Everything is perfect until his roommate is found dead. Will his roommate’s death be the death of them?

Back in NYC, Tony goes to his favorite restaurant and someone robs the joint and shoots the busboy. The owner has had enough of the business and sells it to Tony. He cannot buy it by himself, so he asks TJ to help him buy it. Tony has all the glory, while TJ does all the work. Besides running the restaurant, TJ also has to figure out who shot the busboy and why. Which job will be harder for TJ?

A nice building in Manhattan is plagued with murder, so TJ and Vasquez’s boss (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) sends them in as a married couple to catch the killer. Will they kill each other before the killer gets them? All of this leads to shocking reveal that seems to set things up for season 2. Which I am sure there will be one.

The Good Cop is a mix of Kojak with a little Psych and Monk mixed in. Recently, I started watching Kojak and what I liked about it, is you get to know the bad guy’s motives. Something they do not do on today’s procedurals, so I really liked that aspect. Then you add in a buddy cop story with some humor and you get a cop show that is a throwback to the old police series with a modern twist.

Danza trades in his comedy chops for something a little more serious. Something that seems so natural for him that you will forget this is the Tony we know from Taxi and Who’s the Boss. Groban on the hand puts all of his goofiness on hold to be the straight man of the show. Nevertheless, do not worry, he still has a funny moment in each episode. Just do not expect him to sing that honor goes to Danza this time around.

Between their chemistry, the writing, the story and the cases, you will find yourself binging all 10 episodes in one sitting. Just like a good book you cannot put down, this is a show you cannot press stop on. Therefore, you will want to get comfortable to watch all 10 episodes in a row.

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The Back to the Future cast reunites!
August 13th, 2018 under Lea Thompson, Michael J Fox, Reunions, Taxi. [ Comments: none ]


Over the weekend, the Fan Expo in Boston made a lot of fans happy when they reunited four of the cast members from Back to the Future. Even though everyone hated Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) on the big screen, in real life, Marty McFly (Michael J Fox), Doc (Christopher Lloyd) and Lorraine (Lea Thompson) actually like him.

In fact, the four of them look so close, I think it is time they did Back to the Future 4. Maybe they can take a page out of Cobra Kai and make it Biff’s story.

BTW can you believe it has been 33 years since the first movie came out? It is as though they are stuck in 1985 because they have not aged a day.

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Tony Danza looks naughty in The Good Cop
July 29th, 2018 under Josh Groban, Netflix, Taxi. [ Comments: none ]


Ever since Taxi, Tony Danza has pretty much been playing the good guy. Not on The Good Cop. It looks like he is going to be a former bad cop, whose son (Josh Groban) is the complete opposite. Grobs, who is naturally goofy, it is going to be uptight on the cop show. Strangely, it works really well for him. At least in the trailer for the Netflix show that begins streaming on September 21st. Mark your calendars, or they will arrest you.

Talking about arresting, want to see what else is coming up on Netflix this year, then click here!

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BTWF: Charlayne Woodard on Taxi
July 23rd, 2018 under Before They Were Famous, Ryan Murphy, Taxi. [ Comments: none ]


Before Charlayne Woodard was a dance teacher on Pose making dancers’ dreams come true, she was driving a taxi in NYC while hoping to make it as an actress. She looks the same now as she did when she was 28 in that 1983 episode.

Yesterday, when I was watching Pose, she made a facial expression that made a lightbulb go off and I knew where I knew her from. Taxi is my favorite show, so I have seen every episode more times than I should admit. And yet, it was her one episode that really stood out for me, enough so I was like that Nina from the episode where is obsessed with Alex. If you have never seen it, then watch it above. She really hit it out of the park with her performance. I wish I could be as happy as her character.

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