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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.”
 

Spin Cycle

From the earliest days of television, there were spin-offs.  Series that featured characters who started on one series and then graduated to a series of their own.  Even The Andy Griffith Show began as an episode of Make Room for Daddy (a.k.a. The Danny Thomas Show).
 

Happy Holidays

No, that’s not a typo.  This is a Springtime edition of Happy Holidays, because this weekend brings us both Passover and Easter.  These are celebrations that bring families together and encourage even the youngest members to participate.  While tradition usually dictates our observance of the holidays, there are also DVDs and videos for children that give us the true meanings of the holidays – and some of the fun things, too.

 

 

 

 

 

Passover
 

Mad Men

And now for a different kind of March “Mad”-ness: the return of AMC’s Mad Men on Sunday, March 25.  The series, which premiered in 2007, has garnered a lot of attention and praise, earning several Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.  The drama, set in the 1960s, looks at the world of advertising executives of Madison Avenue.  While the advertising game and its strategies are part of the story, the main draw is the private lives of the men and women

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