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9-1-1 gets an Austin spinoff with Rob Lowe
May 12th, 2019 under Fox, Rob Lowe, Ryan Murphy. [ Comments: none ]

9-1-1 is doing so well, Fox is giving it a spinoff. 9-1-1: Lone Star stars Rob Lowe and will debut next season.

The drama centers around a sophisticated New York cop (Lowe) who, along with his son, re-locates to Austin, and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life. No word how old his son will be.

Personally, I wish they would have gone with Florida as a location because imagine the stories Ryan Murphy and his crew could have come up with for 9-1-1: Sunshine State? It is so much more up his alley. Maybe they will do that for the 2020-2021 season?


No need to call 9-1-1 or see The Resident, both show were picked up!
March 25th, 2019 under Fox, Ryan Murphy. [ Comments: none ]

Fox announced today that its two Monday night dramas, The Resident and 9-1-1 will be back for a third season. While the news is not a surprise, what took them so long to renew them is. Then again, I could be biased because I watch both of them.

In fact, tonight’s episode of 9-1-1 at 9p is one not to miss. Last week when the show left off, Chimney’s (Kenneth Choi) girlfriend (Jennifer Love Hewitt) came face-to-face with her abusive ex (Hewitt’s real-life husband Brian Hallisay). I could tell you that tonight’s episode picks up where that one left off, but I would be lying to you. It is actually about Chimney’s backstory.

Tonight, we find out how his character became a firefighter/paramedic. He was doing something else when he got the calling. Then, he, along with someone close to him, went to the academy together. After they graduated they went to two different houses and got very different treatment. Chimney’s was much more of a rookie’s, but in the long run, it helped to make him the first responder he became. That and something else.

It was not an easy road for him, but what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

What this episode means for the future of Maddie (Hewitt) and Chimney, I guess we will find out next week.


9-1-1 is back, Punk is all Anarchy in the UK and The Fix is your newest addiction
March 18th, 2019 under ABC, Epix, Ryan Murphy. [ Comments: none ]

After what seems like forever, 9-1-1 is back on Fox tonight at 9p. The episode starts off with a woman getting a facelift. Something goes horribly wrong, and you will never want to get a facelift or any surgery after this…

Next up, there is a pileup on the freeway and a shark comes flying out of a truck that was transporting it. Now, they have to save the shark and the person that was bitten by it.

If that is not enough, a boy calls into 9-1-1. As he asking them for help, his father gets on the phone and says everything is OK. Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is suspicious of the call and asks Athena (Angela Bassett) to check it out. What does she find when she gets there?

You don’t want to miss a single second of this episode because something shocking happens at the end. Something that sets up next week’s episode.

Over on Epix at 10p is Punk. The second part of the four-part docuseries, that looks at Punk Rock, tells the story of how the music came about in London with bands like The Clash and Sex Pistols.

Although Punk was born in the US, Sex Pistols is the most notorious band in the genre because of lead sing Sid Vicious. As we know, he didn’t make it to the ’80s, but his bandmate Johnny Rotten is still playing with his band Public Image Limited. He still looks exactly how he did in the ’70s and he talks about his time changing music forever.

A few months before there was Anarchy in the UK, on July 4, 1976, The Ramones crossed the pond to play a gig in London. They had the same manager as the British Punk bands, so they all came out to see the NY band. Something about them lit a spark in the UK and Punk caught on like wildfire there.

Just like here, the music was part of an underground scene. Then on December 1, 1976, Queen cancelled on Bill Grundy and the Sex Pistols made their television debut. They were not ready for primetime, so they cursed on the air shocking the British audience. Their manager thought that was the end of their career, but they were overnight sensations.

In fact, they gained such notoriety, that Punk was banned throughout the country. Now, it was the Pistols who crossed the pond. They were playing the club circuit in the South, and they made Punk Rock popular in the US. As they were getting more famous, Sid and his girlfriend, Nancy, were getting deeper and deeper into drugs. Sid was not himself and you could not understand him because he was slurring his words.

Shortly before he said he killed his girlfriend, Nancy, he parted ways with the Sex Pistols. Then two months after he was arrested, he too was dead from a heroin overdose. Rotten tears up as he talks about losing his friend. He makes a confession, that will break your heart but not nearly as much as it has broken his. I have never heard him talk about Vicious before, and it was well worth the wait.

Tonight’s Punk is not only about the boys of Punk, but it is also about the women. Joan Jett talks about the music and says something that blew my mind. She has a different type of Bad Reputation with me now.

As much as I love this series and tonight’s episode, I have one little problem. Not enough talk about The Clash. I could be biased because I saw Rotten’s big moon over Miami with PIL at the same show with Mick Jones’ followup band Big Audio Dynamite. It was an epic bill and a concert I will never forget.

Back to Punk in the UK, I just wish they could have also highlighted bands that were on the cusp like Joy Division and Adam and the Ants. To me the latter was Punk and his solo work is New Wave.

Anyways, if you want to know more about the music that doesn’t give a f*ck and the people that don’t give two sh!ts, then you must watch Punk on Epix. I know it is not cool to love something if you are truly punk, but I love it! I may be right, I may be wrong.

Also at 10p, but over on ABC is the debut of The Fix. The series would be like what if another one of O.J. Simpson’s loves were murdered again. If anyone dreamed about that scenario, it is Marcia Clark. This murder mystery is her dream baby because she is the producer.

Famous actor Sevvy Johnson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) was accused of killing two women including his wife. At the end of the sensationalized trail in 2010, he was found not guilty. Now, 8 years later, his girlfriend was found murdered and the actor is the #1 suspect.

Maya Travis (Robin Tunney) represented the People in the trial. Losing the case made her run away. She left town and has not been seen since. Her partner Andre (Adam Rayner) has moved up in the District Attorney’s office and he wants her back. He wants to get Johnson for murder this time and knows the only way to do it is bring her back.

Travis returns to town and there is a lot of animosity towards her in the D.A.’s office, but they have to work with her because they all want to see Johnson put away as much as she does.

Johnson’s lawyer (Scott Cohen), who got him off, is back representing him. He needs the case as much as Johnson needs to be acquitted again.

Over the last 8 years, time moved on but they didn’t. This time, everyone is ready for war, but who will be the winner? We find out in 9 weeks.

This fall season was full of duds, but this show stood out among the other crap. After watching 2 episodes, I feel like I am watching the O.J. trial all over again. Except this one is only 10 hours long and we get to watch all of them in the fight of their lives.


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.


Pray Tell, Pose will be the Queen of the ball for a second season
July 13th, 2018 under Ryan Murphy, Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

What seemed like a no brainer took forever to do, but FX finally did it today. They picked up Pose for a second season. I think it is their best show since Nip/Tuck. Which was launched Ryan Murphy into the producer that he is today.

On that note, he wrote this about the renewal, “The category is: SECOND SEASON. Congrats to the cast and crew of @PoseOnFX who worked so hard to make history. And a special thank you to John Landgraf at FX and Dana Walden at Fox for believing in this special project and this community so much.”

That community is the transgendered and gay community during the ’80s in NYC. They had come so far since Stonewall, but there was a new setback that no one could expect. One that was taking away their friends and family, and it is called AIDS. It serves as a reminder of how far we have come, and how much further we still need to go.


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