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Prime Video screwed up and cancelled As We See It
October 20th, 2022 under Joe Mantegna, Prime Video. [ Comments: none ]

As We See It is the most important show about Autism on television, but it wasn’t important enough for Amazon Prime to give it a second season and it is a huge mistake.

The series starred Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, and Albert Rutecki as three Autistic people living in the same apartment. Not only did their characters have it, but so do all of the actors. The show is created by Jason Katims, who has a child with it. He also Joe Mantegna as the father of Glassman, and the Criminal Minds star is a parent of a child with Autism.

This scripted drama was normalizing Autism in adults. Amazon Prime should’ve renewed this show because it was telling an important story. I hope that someone saves it because it deserves to be saved.

It might be a loss but think of it as charity.


Paramount+ gives Criminal Minds’ fans something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving
September 21st, 2022 under Joe Mantegna. [ Comments: none ]

Michael Yarish /Paramount+

It has been two years since Criminal Minds ended its 15-season run on CBS, and fans have been missing it ever since.

Well, a few months ago Paramount+ announced that they were reviving the procedural for another season, and today they revealed when we will finally get new episodes. Criminal Minds: Evolution will debut on Thanksgiving Day with two episodes. Then we will get a new episode every Thursday until December 15th. It will return on January 12th, and the season finale will air on February 9th.

Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Paget Brewster are all reprising their roles in the series.

BTW If you are looking for something to watch between now and then, you can rewatch all 15 seasons on Paramount+.


Did Joe Mantegna confirm that the Criminal Minds revival is happening?
July 12th, 2022 under Joe Mantegna, Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

Joe Mantegna posted the above photo and said, “Three guesses where I was today? #criminalminds”

Therefore, you have to wonder if that is his way of confirming that the police procedural revival is finally happening on Paramount+ and out of the development phase.

You don’t have to be an FBI agent to know the answer. Therefore, we should expect an announcement very soon about the series’ future and which actors will be returning to the reboot.

Criminal Minds originally aired on CBS from 2005-2020.


Does this photo mean Criminal Minds is coming back?
March 2nd, 2022 under Joe Mantegna, Reunions. [ Comments: none ]

Paramount+ is in talks to bring back Criminal Minds. However, the talks are stalled. Or are they?

Joe Mantegna shared a photo of himself with cast members Adam Rodriguez, Kirsten Vangsness, AJ Cook, Aisha Tyler, and Paget Brewster, and said, “Had dinner with some old friends last night.”

But I have to wonder if they were just catching up? Or were they celebrating about their series that was the little show that could, until it couldn’t, officially coming back after being off the air for two years? Only time will tell.


As We See It is a heartfelt show that normalizes autism
January 24th, 2022 under Joe Mantegna, Prime Video. [ Comments: none ]

Prime Video has a new show streaming now called As We See It, and it is something that everyone should watch. It is the story of three people in their 20’s with Autism who are living together in an assisted apartment with an aide who is going to teach them to how to be independent.

The show was created by Jason Katims, who has an autistic child. Therefore, he wanted to make sure that the program was authentic. The series’ lead actors, Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, and Albert Rutecki, are all on the spectrum. Joe Mantegna, who plays the father of Glassman’s character, has a child with Autism in her mid-20’s.

This is not Music. This is as real as you get. Because of that, you get a show that normalizes Autism and demonstrates the struggles they have in their daily lives. Lives that are not much different than ours.

As I said, it is a show about three people with Autism living together. So who are these roommates?

There is Jack (Glassman), who has Asperger’s, and he has no social skills. He has just gotten fired from his job because he pretty much called his boss an idiot. If his day cannot get any worse, his father (Mantenga) tells him that he has cancer. This news sends Jack into a tailspin. He needs to know everything about his father’s health, and he doesn’t care if he pisses off the doctor and his staff. Luckily for Jack, there is a nurse (Délé Ogundiran) in the office who is going to help Jack in more ways than just his dad’s healthcare. She is going to teach him empathy and how to better interact with people.

Jack’s father needs to find a guardian for his son in case the cancer treatment doesn’t work. There is a heartwrenching episode when he asks his sister to take care of her nephew. Also, the scenes between Glassman and Mantegna are so beautiful because you see a dad trying to do everything for his son, but his son can’t show appreciation. However, Jack does find a way to do it. That will just grab at your heartstrings.

Violet (Pien) is the only girl in the apartment, and she desperately wants a boyfriend. She looks like any 25-year-old, but she has the maturity of a 15-year-old. And like a teen of that age, she thinks she can do whatever she wants. That is why her brother (Chris Pang) is really strict and protective of her so that she doesn’t get hurt by boys. Her brother is her guardian because their parents are dead. He cares so much about his sister, it is causing him problems with his girlfriend.

Like most spoiled teens, Violet has uncontrollable outbursts. One of them even costs her job at Arby’s, where she met a guy who is interested in her.

Finally, there is Harrison (Rutecki). He is a sweet man, but he is afraid of going outside. He also has problems interacting with people because he is shy. However, he befriends a neighbor who is a young boy with a single mother. Even though she is not around that much, she doesn’t want her son hanging out with Harrison. Like Violet, he is very immature for his age.

There is one more person in the apartment, and that is their aide Mandy (Sosie Bacon). She wants to go to medical school to work with autistic people, but for now, she is working with these three. She is really good with them because she treats them as equals as she teaches them how to become more independent. She is working with Harrison to go outside. She is a friend to Violet as she shares her wisdom with her about matters like boys. And her most challenging job is teaching Jack how to care about other people besides himself and see how his interactions with people can hurt them.

She is putting all of her heart into them, and it might cost her boyfriend, who is moving away. He wants her to come with him, but she is torn. Should she stay with these three people to who she has grown extremely close, or should he move away and be with the man that she might marry?

No matter what life throws at them, they have each other. By learning to accept their challenges individually, they are also helping each other grow as a group. They are like a family who is always going to be there for each other because no one else will understand what they are going through besides people like them.

Sometimes you watch a show, and you know it is going to make a difference in the world. As We See It is one of the shows. So, see it, and then tell other people to see it.

In the last 45 years, we, as a society, have become more aware of Autism and not something we just hideaway. Therefore, we are seeing a lot more of it, but that doesn’t mean we know a lot about it. It is programs like this that are going to help to normalize it.

Katims is giving us a teaching tool with a lot of heart that is also entertaining. I binged the show in less than a day because I couldn’t wait to find out what happens next. So spend the day watching a series that will change your outlook for the better.


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