OK… Pushing Daisies. What’s happening here?
I started watching it on the second episode (damn) and I both love it and am oddly irritated by it.
Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Charles: You can’t just touch someone’s life and be done with it.
Ned: Yes, I can. That’s how I roll.
The cast is wonderful. No better group exists on TV. So, that I like.
Chi McBride: He’s funny just standing there with a disgusted look on his face. He’s been on a ton of TV and in some movies. Great. Love him.
Lee Pace: Loved him in Wonderfalls. That was a great show. It should still be on. He can bring people back to life temporarily… sometimes enough time to finger the dirty rat that killed them.
Anna Friel: She plays ‘Chuck’ (another interesting show, by the way). Good character, quirky, relaxed… she plays a dead ex-girlfriend. Twist #2. Ned decided to keep this one alive, but can’t touch her directly.
Jim Dale: The fact that this show is narrated gives it another fun twist. Narrated by Jim Dale; a GOOD, fun twist.
Kristen Chenowith: She’s an amazing and quirky little thing. She’s very Broadway to me. Good projection and a bit over the top. She’s cool in this. I remember her from The West Wing and the movie version of Bewitched.
OK… blah blah blah.. great cast. But then… I saw her. Swoosie Kurtz! You can’t throw your TV Guide at the TV without miraculously switching it to something Swoosie is in. You can’t throw your Playbill on Broadway without hitting her right in the eye. She’s a goddess of acting. My most memorable Swoosie Kurtz experience was the play The Fifth of July in 1981, for which she won the Tony award for Best Actress. (Actually, she won the “triple crown” for that role – Tony – Drama Desk – Outer Critics Circle) She did have her own show, an unfortunately brief moment, called Love, Sidney. I wish she’d give her own show another whirl. So, if Daisies sucked, I’d still watch it for a Swoosie moment.
My friend Dave said today that he liked it because it was ‘campy’. That’s a good description and also a valid reason to watch. So, go ahead… Wednesdays 8:00 on ABC. Let me know how you like it.
The fact that there’s a pie shaped restaurant called The Pie Hole means nothing to me.
OF COURSE IT DOES! It’s brilliant!!!
Filed under: TV Comedy
During the four television seasons from 1995-1999, animation met up with live action in a comedy series called Caroline In The City. Lea Thompson played a cartoonist in Manhattan with a supporting cast of nutty and sarcastic friends. The show blended Caroline’s animated cartoon strip with the show and did it well. These illustrated snippets won Caroline it’s only Emmy.
Here’s the Jump Out…
Both the inspiration for and, the illustrations on the show came from artist Bonnie Timmons. Bonnie’s illustration style is unmistakable. Her loose style of illustration makes her stories seem relate-able and down to earth. Her most recognisable character (to me, anyway) looks just like her. You can see personal touches in all her work, which is the very thing that makes any art form work… you can feel the artist.
Once you see Timmons illustration, you immediately know you’ve seen it before. You’d be right. Along with Caroline, she’s done print and animated ad work for McDonalds, AT&T, Lands End and of course, Quilted Northern. She has also appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Outside and many other magazines and newspapers.
I was looking at Amazon.com for books by Bonnie Timmons… (ok, actually, her equally talented sister, Alaska based Web Designer, Jan Timmons gave me the idea. Site) and fell in love with them. I purchased a couple for my niece. She is into horseback riding so, I got “Hold Your Horses” and “The Girls Like Spaghetti…” just because it looked fun. The illustration work is beautiful and translates well to adults and kids alike. Bonnie lives on a farm outside Philadelphia and has a fondness for horses, which like I said earlier shows in her work on Hold Your Horses.
Here is Bonnie’s website. Please check it out. She is an amazing artist.
Who thinks of making the Statue of Liberty a raver?
Filed under: TV Comedy
It’s only right that the first post on this blog should be my favorite show ever. For me, this show feels like a relaxing, rainy Sunday. Quiet, warm and comfortable on the couch.
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
Premiered: September 21, 1968 Last Aired: September 17, 1970
50 episodes. Half of the needed 100 for syndication and neverending reruns.
The pilot episode sets up the premise of the series:
|Carolyn Muir, a young widow from Philadelphia, moves into Gull Cottage on the coast of Maine with her two young children, family dog, and housekeeper. Unknown to her, Gull Cottage is already inhabited by the ghost of the former owner Captain Daniel Gregg, a charming but somewhat aggravating ghost who is not sure if he wants this family in his home.|
Carolyn Muir, played by Hope Lange(1933-2003) was far from a slapstick comedic character. She was a subtle, stylish, mother of two who moved away from the big city and memories to a quiet seaside town. She was rewarded with a cast of colorful characters, hijinks and borderline mayhem. Hope Lange later co-starred on the New Dick Van Dyke show.
Captain Daniel Gregg, played by Edward Mulhare (1923-1997) is a stern, seafaring Naval man that enjoys his brooding privacy. He is not happy that his nephew and heir to Gull Cottage has rented out his home. He uses his ghostly powers to intimidate his skittish nephew at any chance he gets. The captain not only warms up to the family but (like the movie), winds up falling in love with Mrs. Muir. Mulhare is also remembered for his other recurring role as Devon Miles in Knight Rider.
Claymore Gregg, played by the hilarious and quirky Charles Nelson Reilly (1931-2007), also known as simply CNR, ia the captain’s nephew. He not only gets no respect from his dead uncle, but is intimidated at every pass. Reilly brings the comedy to the show with his unusual and slapstick, scaredy-cat humor. Reilly is probably best known for his long stint on Match Game where sparring with Brett Somers made us laugh and made the show last.
Housekeeper, nanny and general mother to the home and family, Martha Grant was played by Reta Shaw(1912-1982). Reta Shaw brought with her to the show… well, Reta Shaw. The tough, raspy voiced lady from the Tab Hunter Show, the Ann Southern Show, the Cara Williams Show and more. You can find Reta Shaw everywhere, including Mary Poppins, Escape To(and From) Witch Mountain, Pollyanna and dozens of TV shows she guested on making each a special episode. My favorite recurring role, though would have to be as Aunt Hagatha in Bewitched.
Nominated 1969 Golden Globe: Best TV Star – Female: Hope Lange
Nominated 1969 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Edward Mulhare
Nominated 1969 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series
Won: 1969 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Hope Lange
Nominated: 1970 Emmy: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy: Charles Nelson Reilly
Won: 1970 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Hope Lange
I’m not sure why the show was canceled with those awards, but it remains a rare treat to see when it does play.
Hope Lange’s son Christopher has a tribute site for her that’s worth checking out at hopelange.com
TV.com has a complete list of episodes and plots. Chrck it out HERE/
Here’s the opening clip from the pilot episode featuring Charles Nelson Reilly telling the captain he’s rented out the house. The clip also features the fantastic theme song.