Donna S.'s blog

Westerns -- TV Edition

There was a time when westerns outnumbered cop shows or sitcoms on television.  In fact, in 1959, there were 26 westerns on prime time TV.  The genre continued to be a staple of TV programming until the 70s, when the popularity began to wane.  Still, those of us born and raised in the 50s and 60s have fond memories of the series we grew up with.  My personal favorites were – and still are -- Here Come the Brides, The Big Valley, and The High Chaparral.

Scotland the Brave

This summer Pixar released its 13th feature film – and its first with a female lead.  The movie is titled Brave, and tells the story of a young Scottish woman and her clash with tradition – and her mother’s expectations.  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, especially because it was about Scotland.  The title itself is inspired by the song Scotland the Brave, the unofficial national anthem.

Celeste Holm (1917-2012)

Celeste Holm’s passing this week was a particularly sad occasion.  Yet another link to Hollywood past has gone with her.  Beginning her movie career in the 1940s, Holm was already a star on Broadway, originating the role of Ado Annie in the stage production of Oklahoma!  Once she settled in Hollywood, however, Holm stayed, working up until the end in film and television. 

Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012)

His career spanned over 60 years.  And when you look at the list of movies and TV shows he did, it appears he didn’t have much time off.  But those years in front of the camera served him well.  Ernest Borgnine became one of the most recognizable and dependable actors in show business.

Andy Griffith (1926-2012)

There are some celebrities who, whether you realize it or not, mean a lot to you.  For me, Andy Griffith is one of those celebrities.

Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

She wrote some of the most wonderful lines in movie history.

When Harry Met Sally

I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.  You're the worst kind; you're high maintenance but you think you're low maintenance.

 

Coming Soon to a TV Near You

As a follow-up to Kimberly’s blog about summer movies, I thought I’d blog this week about summer TV.

When I was a kid, it seemed like there was only one TV season.  The new shows came on in the fall and lasted until the next year.  Today, television programs change all the time.  New series debut in the fall, then some midseason shows come on in the winter or early spring.  And then there are the summer series.

The majority of the most popular summer series are shown on cable.  They are programs that can get us through the long hot summer, satisfying our need for new comedy and drama as we wait for our other favorites to return in the fall.

Senior Class

Don’t get me wrong.  I like those big, blockbuster summer movies, full of action and adventure and noise.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

More than Los Angeles.  More than Chicago.  Even more than New York!

Yes, the Houston metropolitan area is the most ethnically diverse in the United States, according to the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.  How cool is that!

Fiction(al) Writers

A few weeks ago, my sister called to ask me a question: “Who writes the Castle mysteries?”

Well, being of fan of the TV series and the mystery novels, as well as being a librarian with access to the Library of Congress catalog, I answered truthfully: “I have no idea.”
 

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