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Good Morning Monday

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on February 25, 2019 at 8:51 am

good_morning_monday.jpegGood morning baby. How are you doing?
I’m over here in my studies, Bachelors of Science pursuing

and I’m doing good. My GPA is one that you’d agree with.
The curriculum load is heavy – but not too heavy for the kid.

Enough about me, I have missed you duly.
Did you enjoy your weekend? Did you ‘take it easy,’ truly?

I did.
Nothing bothered my wig.

I lived in the editing bay.
The fundamentals of production are in play.

I’m up a little later because I bed real late.
I spend 8-12 hours on production; my work is my play.

Hey! I’m into it and I’m also into you.
Good Morning Monday love. I’ve really missed you, Boo.

Any chance that you caught the finale of the TRUE DETECTIVE series?
I loved the entire production especially Mahershala Ali.

Ooo Wee, he and Stephen Dorff his co-star
spanned the ages of their character’s, by far.

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Cicely Tyson played ALL OF THE ROLES

They took a page straight from Ms. Jane Pittman‘s make-up chair.
The way Mahershala moved in and out of era caused me to greatly stare.

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Great work, good writing.
All of the composition was inviting.

HBO is on it; I duly aspire.
Having said as much, I’ll bid you adieu so I can go script fire.

Though you should also know that I have not had my a.m. coffee,
I’m Qui
Dear Monday Morning I love thee and the lack of caffeine has never stopped me.

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HIGH MAINTENANCE

In Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on February 8, 2019 at 5:43 am


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Season 3 Episode 3: BLONDIE – Have you had a chance to taste it?
I’ve watched it a couple of times and realize we have to face it:

FOLKS LIKE TO BE ELEVATED.

I must admit before season 3 episode 2, I hadn’t ever seen it before.
Dimensionally it is a success; check its IMDB score.

What’s more is that one of the show’s co-creators is more than a scripting factor,
he’s also the principle guy in the series; double credit as writer and an actor.

That’s what up!
I love it when one variable yields multiple cuts.

GOALS.

What’s the upkeep of your journey, how goes your lifestyle?
Are you high or low maintenance? Don’t put on for us, child.

Do your thing while you’re agile,
live incognito; live out loud.

Write up an idea about the world that you see,
then compose a POC and share it with me.

I say as much because beyond the day that I graduate
my POC’s and capacity will convey and facilitate.

I am very much into this.
There are not many stages of production that I care to miss.
Not if I really intend on (tomorrow), having this.

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Everything needs upkeep and everything needs maintenance,
Forego mediocre theater; don’t let circumstances play us.

Amadeus!

Take a deep breath in and exhale strongly my friend,
I’m Qui
and life is what it is; a cyclic rotation that we are in. I’m literal with the spin.

Miss me with the ash.

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Monday Morning Rise

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Sports, TV Shows on February 5, 2018 at 5:29 am

newspaper-lady.jpgBetwixt the sheets and the down comforter on top
I slept quite well, dreamed deeply and drooled alot.

Good morning Monday, I slept until 4:30.
Beginnings at their best – watching the sun crest,
with opportunity I’m always flirty.

At this very moment I’m batting my eye lashes at you.
The day is early, dear Monday. What ever will we do?

Me?  Absolutely yes! I am definitely in the mood.
Aunt Stella started something and now I’m in a groove.

But it’s not quite that mono y mono touch that’s known to make a gal drool.
I tell you, Monday, everyday is a fun day; I can’t get enough of school.

You ever have a ‘jones that not too many people understood why or how?
Well call me the milk lady because I’m exposing the cash cow

to obtain a degree of science that I know will lead to new births.
When it comes to honing a picky diet, let education be my girth.

Let it increase my lobe capacity and shape both halves with a wealth of sum.
God bless me as I eat the curriculum of this degree. God bless my cerebellum.

I couldn’t help but to get up early, I anticipate the Monday Morning Rise.
I’ve got to attend lecture class – it’s always a blast.
New info is always a welcoming surprise.

Did you see Bill Maher last Friday night?
It was almost a Frum vs. The Mooch fight.

David was on panel with Bill and Donna Brazile
and before Anthony Scaramucci joined, the vibe was chill.

Though once The Mooch took his seat,
I won’t lie, he faced quite a bit of a heat.

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The Friday Night Fight

First of all, the audience members booed him as he walked to join the set.
I reckon it’s something about his last job association that folks can’t forget?

I don’t know, and still it really doesn’t matter.
The Mooch and I don’t see eye-to-eye, but I can stand his chatter.

I see his angle and he’s cool. I ain’t mad.
But David Frum embodied the spirit of my dad –

David was a verbal noose for the Mooch on Friday night.
I was wondering if you’re still rocking HBO? Because we’re still tight.

DirecTV and me… we’re alright. I keep coming back for mo.’
I’m up right now sipping and half listen to Morning Joe.

If you’re wondering why I keep dipping in on them —
it’s because I’m concerned about the way the country is being hemmed.

I take all political news with a grain of salt.
I laugh and raise a brow — but my good day is not up for halt

so I keep it moving.
I may even get online and do a little AP News perusing.

I’m still in bed.
This monologue is straight from the head.

This moment is for you and me and our capacity of no limits under the skies,
I’m Qui
Excited about life, opportunity, WE and of course a good Monday Morning Rise.

What are you up for today?
S C O R E !!

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Adversity isn’t an issue.

I’m in a VICE

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement, TV Shows on April 29, 2017 at 1:26 pm

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…and each episode of VICE NEWS succeeds in yielding me much.
Research and journalism is showcased so “real to the touch…”
last nights episode recounted The 1st 100 Days of Trump.
Did you manage to catch any of the such?

Perhaps you didn’t catch it and would like to see it, my friend?
On the other hand perhaps you did see it and would just like to see it again?

Either way, me too!
So let me share this VICE with you:

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Click the image to open the VICE

If the imaged link hasn’t opened yet
use this line for an alternate connect.

Let’s talk about it after you watch it.
Once I focused my attentions on the view, I could not stop it.

I was enlightened…
senses heightened…
I traveled the world without leaving the couch.

It was all about Trump…
100 days of gas and brake pumps…
and the sling shots that have come from within the house.

What a VICE of a view?
A real constitutional head screw,

kicked-in-the-nuttslike:

👉🏾Day 21. Executive Orders [7:59]
On Feb 9th the president swore in Attorney General Jeff Sessions then signed 4 Executive Orders designed to look like he was getting tough on crime.  One called for the creation of an Anti Drug Smuggling Task Force that already exists. Another created a succession plan if the Attorney General dies and the two people below him also die. Trump likes Executive Orders, so far he’s issued 29. A few could have a real impact including the travel ban despite being blocked in federal court, but for the most part – their just show business…

Executive Orders can get attention but Trump isn’t using them to make actual policy, for that, he turns off the cameras and pivots to the little known Congressional Review Act. The CRA allows congress to get rid of legislation that it doesn’t like provided that they act within 60 legislative days. Because the Trump presidency is still so young the CRA’s time window reaches back into the last administration letting Trump and Congress erase Obama era regulations. The catch, once rules are overturned by CRA, they can’t be easily reinstated…

👉🏾#35 Detained at the Airport [13:24]

Henry Rousso, Holocaust Historian: Yes – I landed in Houston, it was about 2pm, I was interrogated by a young (U.S. Immigration) officer, actually. He asked me a lot of things about my parents, about my family. He told me that ‘I wasn’t allowed to give a lecture and be paid for that lecture.’ He said, “You will be deported back by the next plane.” As a whole I spent about 10-hours in this room where people were being checked, so called “vetting,” and finally I was released because it was an intervention from a lawyer from the university. The officer who released me was a more experienced officer than the previous one and he said to me, “You know the guy who interrogated you was absolutely inexperienced and didn’t know there was an exception for people giving lectures with a normal tourist visa.”

butt-kickWhat was really disturbing to me, this officer told me, “the next time you come into the U.S. you will have your passport of course, you will have your letter of invitation from the university but bring with you the excerpt of the U.S. Immigration law to show to the officer.” So I said, “I have to show the U.S. Immigration officer what is U.S. Law?” This is absolutely unbelievable.

👉🏾#50 Detained at the Airport [21:18]

Muhammed Ali, Jr.:  Immigration pulled me aside and asked me if they could ask me a couple of questions.  I said, “Okay. Sure.” [They said] What’s your name?  I said, ” Muhammed Ali, Jr.”  Then they asked me, “Who gave you that name?” I said, “My mother and my father.”  So they asked me, ‘What is your religion?’ I was like, “I’m a Muslim,” but what does that have to do with my travel?

Khalilah Camacho Ali: (wife of the late and GREATEST OF ALL TIME, Muhammed Ali) In the meantime, they roll me into another room and the first thing that they asked me was “What is your religion?” I just happened to have pictures with me, with signed autographs, and so they were like, ‘Oh. You’re Muhammed Ali’s wife. Oh okay. Okay. You’re free to go.’ And I said, “Well, where is my son?

Muhammed Ali, Jr.: And then after that was up – my 4 or 5 minutes, they told me I was free to go.  Then were invited to Washington, to Capital Hill to speak about this whole incident…

On the way home from Washington, DC —- 

Muhammed Ali, Jr.: I presented my ID and he [Immigrations Officer] said, ‘Oh. I’ve got to call somebody.’ We were like, ‘Who have you got to call?

Mrs. Muhammed Ali: Homeland Security.

ouch.jpgMuhammed Ali, Jr.: He said, “They’re checking something, – I don’t know?” And then he said my ID was invalid, so that’s when I presented my passport. But if I didn’t have my passport I wouldn’t have gotten back to Fort Lauderdale.

Mrs. Muhammed Ali: This is total harassment. Total discrimination. Totally out of line and totally unacceptable.

Muhammed Ali, Jr.:  Totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

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Friday night, there were 99 bullet points to mark 99 days +1 still shot of the President, today
that trailed the 50-minute VICE GRIP of raw journalism shooting from the hip to the lip; a real heavy lay.

While I may not be a visitor in the U.S. or on a visa, I’m pretty willing to bet
that most folks living & thriving here – have roots to IMMIGRANTS.

Yet, we are a stinker about it, because immigrants aren’t working for free anymore nor are they the fairest complexion of friends.

America! We’ve worked hard on the beautification of our yard, what’s the deal with the sharp turn in trends?

Come on!!! 100 Days in and we are going to burn to the ground
the grace of this country; from her sole to her crown?

Gather round and see a fool, who’s looking for acceptance!
I feel like the circus is in town and pimping our adolescents.

The last 100 Days have indeed been a blessin’ for the rich and their friends.
But you’re not rich. So SIT DOWN short ends. 🙂

You’re not even at the level of lecturer, nor are you Mrs. Muhammed Ali and son.
Will there be any force coming to your aid when you’re rights are being undone?

blonde-qui-april2017Think about it once, then then think about twice…
then relate to the sound of the title, “We’re in a VISE.” 🙂

Oh yes! I’m laughing at it. Don’t let lifes realities pull you down,
I’m Qui
A well versed and informed she – taking it as a grain of salt to the ground.

Out of the darkness

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, Self Improvement, TV Shows on September 7, 2015 at 5:58 am

Queen-Latifah…and into the light,
it appears QUEEN LATIFAH has been out of sight

but that’s how things look when you’re film producing –
you spend a lot of time behind the scenes leverage juicing.

So last week I wrote a little piece on that grunting Master P
just to log onto Facebook and find him posting about the Queen.

She has signed onto another reel deal and soon she’ll be in front of the cam
playing the role of young Master P’s mother in an upcoming film: The Ice Cream Man.

Remember that jam? I just linked it – here, last week.
Though today is about Queen Latifah and her journey of many peaks.

She’s always been a bit classy and not to be associated with the messy.
The Queen showed up and rocked the scene via reviews on the show BESSIE:

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I hear she went all out. I hear the production went hard.
I heard the choice critics loved it & it’s been nominated for awards:

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Well good Lord, that’s why we haven’t heard from the Queen – she’s about her larkness.
She’s so busy singing and acting it only appeared she was consumed by the darkness,

the fade-to-black scene that a lot of black actors vanish into.
I’m excited to report Queen Latifah did not resort and keeps a project or two.

If you’re like me and you miss the Queen Latifah show
take comfort in knowing she’s not in the dark – yo!

She’s all up in the light, on her mark and ready for the next scene,
I’m Qui
lighting up the dark with productive sparks and this one’s about the Queen.

All hail her bright and universal appeal
on music, tv series, show hosting and film.
Queen Latifah’s the real deal.

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TBS-talent-house-of-payneSome just talk whilst others are ‘doing the damn thang,’
He’s all work and no chat —  he’s Mr. ALLEN PAYNE.

Tyler has claimed Allens talent and the two are actively engaged in a successful series flirt.
The HOUSE OF PAYNE lives in the TBS lane – it is classic Perry work.

Looking at Allen has never hurt.  My eyes are happy to see him when he works.
He’s been acting since the 80’s and dazzling the ladies; he’s quite the visual flirt.

His resume has been the -ish since 1989.
He has aged very little and my God he’s fine.

Did I already mention that? Pardon my stutter,
but anytime he’s on the scene, I’m glad to see this brother.

I love his network loyalty, but of diversity I am inclined to pull.
Besides I’d love to see Allen Payne on the set of Shonda Rhime’s SCANDAL.

I bet he’d be good. I remember his performance in New Jack City.
The people demand to see you more – Mr.Payne please take  pity.

Allen is anything but lost in the darkness, perhaps multiple roles are not his plight.
I’m Qui
just asking the good-looking he, if his future plans include more diverse script writes?

I’m obviously inquiring because I think his craft is out of sight
and, well… like I said, he’s so darn easy on the eyes.

Anywho, I figured if I spent the day on topic Out of the darkness,
it would be good to add this brother to the 411 list.

NEWS PERUSE

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, TV Shows on June 26, 2012 at 7:59 am

Okay, Okay – here I am again
with a quick shout out to a cultural friend —
Rodney King died last week, at the 20-year mark
of the LA Riots and his famous remark:

“Can’t we all just get along?”
The cops beat the man – but his spirit stayed strong.
His response was good; the verdict was wrong.
Too soon Mr. King has crossed over and gone home.

Then there’s insight from Bill Maher again.
I won’t transcribe it — I’ll give you the short end:

Rachel Maddow was on the panel and they were riding the ‘witch hunt’ shoulder
of the Republicans on The Fast & Furious case & going after AG Eric Holder.

What do you think about it? I’m really not that deep in a twist
about how the government screws-up-stuff and the casualty of bad gigs.

I hate that lives have been lost, over guns we sold “to track”.
I hate that AG Holder is on the line – but someone’s got to answer to that.
RATS!

Jerry Sandusky’s trial made topic. In fact the verdict was coming in as Bill’s show started.
Mr. Sandusky [looking baffled and husky] – found guilt on 45 of 48 of the charges.

No one deserves to be violated. but Mr. S. just didn’t seem to get it.
That’s why when it came to him taking the stand, his defense said, “Forget it.”

Romney came up in the news again (campaigning against Obama).
Bill was dead on with the Hologram song – the Republicans are praying for drama.

Here’s a new Mitt Romney ad – going after the elderly vote.
You know I’m into theatrics so… I i-phoned the video:

“Wouldn’t it be nice if America had a leader that believed and cared about things that are important to you. Who asks the same questions you do? Questions like, “Is that the phone ringing? Or is that just the phone ringing on T.V.? And I have a coupon – Have you seen where I put it? What’s happened to the America that you knew? The music is too loud; the pants are too low; the guy who wipes your ass is Hatian. Mitt Romney is okay with the VCR. He doesn’t understand why they had to go and make everything on DVD.

Mitt Romeny has a better way. I say MITT ROMNEY HAS A BETTER WAY.

He knows where your kids hid your car keys and he’ll tell you where they are.
So put *VOTE FOR ROMNEY* on your bucket list today.”

Bill is hilarious and the commercial is a joke.
Bill is more interested in legalizing smokes.
Bill is so liberal, so brilliant, so cool.
That’s why he headlining my News Peruse.

Other historical news this weekend, is that EGYPT had an election
and voted in democracy to strengthen their world connections.

Life is not without hardship – many trials rue the day.
I’m just glad the peoples vote rules Egypt’s land today.
Hip! Hip! Hooray!

Arizona made the news, SB1070 went to the Supreme Court
and they kicked down, ‘they won’t be giving a pound to legalizing a racist sport’.

With 3 of the 4 provision having not made the bill –
Arizona stills claims a win. But the win is 3/4’s ill.

I’m living in the Zone, but not agreeing with the politics.
I sure hope this SB1070 is a plight that never sticks.

And so today the PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION is only 129 days away.
Our countrys future is on the line and the rules to play are PAY.

Don’t get caught up in the commercials – remember who really cares,
I’m Qui
Perusing the News
with you because… it’s always there.

Is your favorite show on the chopping block

In Griot, News on May 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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I don’t know what favorite series shows you’re into,
but a few are in trouble – so says ol’ YAHOO:

airly safe shows like singing competitions and sitcoms were the biggest hits. Fantasy series – like ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and NBC’s “Grimm” – fared surprisingly well. But shows set in the past – from the 1960s to the Mesozoic era – didn’t succeed. Neither did high-concept science fiction like Fox’s “Alcatraz” or NBC’s “Awake.” They were canceled last week, joining “Terra Nova” and “The Playboy Club.”

The networks’ most successful gambles this season were with existing shows, not new ones. CBS successfully revamped “Two and a Half Men” with Ashton Kutcher in place of Charlie Sheen. NBC ran “The Voice” in midseason against a CBS Monday night lineup, anchored by “Men,” that had looked bulletproof in the fall. “The Voice” ended up briefly surpassing Fox’s “American Idol” as the top-rated non-NFL programming on television, though “Idol” eventually retook the lead.

For the sake of full disclosure, an aside: We like risky shows. They keep TV fresh and interesting, and without some rolls of the dice, we would never have gotten “Seinfeld,” “Modern Family” or “Lost.” But for every risk that pays off, there are many more that make average viewers shake their heads and wonder what those network executives were thinking.

This was a season that seemed to depressingly reinforce stereotypes about the TV landscape: Networks remain the main home for mass-market reality shows, broad comedies and procedurals, while cable is the domain of novelistic period shows like “Mad Men” and “Boardwalk Empire” and hit genre series like “Game of Thrones” and “Walking Dead.”

Whatever is happening doesn’t seem to be good for TV: Overall, according to Nielsen, viewing was down 0.5 percent, or about 46 minutes per viewer per month in the fourth quarter of 2011 that included the start of the season. The decline came after years of consistent year-over-year growth.

Every show is a huge potential risk
, and getting one on the air requires beating the odds again and again. But some shows are bigger gambles than others because of their setting, subject matter, complexity or flat-out weirdness. The flip side? Dark, complex, jarring shows are often the best ones, from “Lost” to “Breaking Bad.”

Networks have already taken some gambles for the upcoming season — but none that seem as risky as the ones from this one.

NBC’s midseason “Hannibal,” about the cannibalistic “Silence of the Lambs” villain, would sound insane if not for the success of the Hannibal Lecter film franchise.

NBC’sThe New Normal,” from “Glee” veterans Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler, features an extended family consisting of a gay couple and the surrogate mother of their child. That might be more challenging to traditional notions of family if not for the fact that “Modern Family,” which is tied for the top-rated sitcom on TV, hadn’t featured a gay couple with an adopted daughter for the last three seasons. NBC winkingly says the show features a “post-modern family.”

One of the most ambitious shows of the upcoming season is NBC’s “Revolution,” produced by “Lost” co-creator J.J. Abrams, which imagines a world in which all power suddenly disappears. Past “Lost”-influenced network shows in which a bizarre occurrence suddenly changes the world – from ABC’s “Flash Forward” to NBC’s “The Event” – haven’t fared well. But NBC is giving the show a plum timeslot after “The Voice,” its biggest hit.

Fox’s upcoming series — including “The Following,” a serial-killer drama led by Kevin Bacon, and a comedy starring “Office” vet Mindy Kaling, sound fairly straightforward — especially compared to last season’s Fox slate.

CBS is rolling the dice with another ’60s set show, “Vegas,” about a rodeo cowboy-turned-sheriff. Star power should help the show’s odds: It stars Dennis Quaid in the lead, and it also features Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss, and “Terra Nova” vet Jason O’Mara. CBS’s “Elementary,” a Sherlock Holmes update set in modern-day New York, finds Jonny Lee Miller saying the magic word to a female Watson played by Lucy Liu.

ABC’s edgier offerings, meanwhile, include “666 Park Avenue,” about a young couple managing a historic apartment building that is home to dangerous supernatural happenings, and “Last Resort,” about a nuclear submarine crew that goes rogue after getting a sketchy order to deploy their weapons.

Here’s a look at some of the current season’s swing-and-a-misses, God rest their souls, and what lessons can be learned from them:

Terra Nova

The story of a family catapulted from the near future to the distance past died from a thousand cuts, administered by too many cooks. Too mixed metaphorical? Okay: It had a dozen executive producers, to go along with a massive budget, and tried to hedge by offering something for everyone. There was sci-fi. Family drama. Teenage romance. Action. A dystopian future. But in trying to please everyone – you know how this one goes, right? – it ended up pleasing very few. Fox canceled it amid low ratings. Still, good for Fox for giving it a shot. It’s impressive whenever a top-rated network strays from what’s safe, and this was the season’s biggest gamble by far.

The Playboy Club

Some people will take it as a good sign that the fastest-canceled show of the season was also the one with the most T&A. “The Playboy Club” was beautiful to visit, and not just because of its cast. The set design was lovely, the music was hot. The idea to include musical numbers in every episode was a lot of fun, like when country stars used to drop in at the Boar’s Nest on the Dukes of Hazzard. But “The Playboy Club,” like “Terra Nova,” didn’t seem to have a soul. Like “Terra Nova,” it was all over the place with subplots, none of them very original. You’ll keep watching a good-looking but dumb show, the way you’ll keep dating a dim bulb because of their physical attributes. But if they don’t have a soul, you can’t keep time with a person or a show.

ABC’s “Pan Am,” had lots of similarities with “The Playboy Club”: Good looks, a swinging ’60 setting, and, unfortunately, storylines that didn’t really grab you by the throat. It was canceled last week.

Alcatraz

This one didn’t look like much of a gamble at all, at least to “Lost” fans: It starred endearing Lostie Jorge Garcia, was produced by Abrams and other “Lost” veterans, and was co-created by “Lost” writer Elizabeth Sarnoff. It was set partly on an island, for gosh sakes.

But since the rather open-ended conclusion of “Lost,” viewers have been awfully careful about mythology-filled shows that may or may not go anywhere. “Alcatraz” had one big central mystery – how did the former prisoners disappear in 1963, and why do they keep reappearing in modern times? “Alcatraz” hedged its bets, doling out clues as it kept viewers occupied from episode to episode with an escaped criminal of the week. The half-and-half approach didn’t engage enough of them.

Awake

The NBC drama was your humble correspondent’s favorite network show of the year. But it took some of the same have-it-both-ways approach as “Alcatraz.” The LAPD detective lead character was split between two realities – one in which his wife is alive and his son is dead, and another where the reverse his true. He also solved crimes in both worlds. The idea was that viewers would be entertained by the procedural within each episode, even as all the crimes – which may or may not be in the lead characters dreams – brought him closer to deciding which reality was real. If either one was real. Yes, it’s complicated. And attention spans are short. We really don’t know what “Awake” could have done differently. Its setup either fascinated or repelled viewers, and seems mostly to have repelled them. We’d like to wake up in a world where a show as strange as it “Awake” could survive on a major network.

Some of the forementioned shows are on fire and some of them lack,
I’m Qui
50/50 on the call, even though my “MISSING” isn’t coming back.
Rats!

Sure some shows are destined to give-in to the grim reaper,
however I’m ecstatic that ABC’s SCANDAL is a keeper!