The Real O’Neals “The Real Retreat” #TheRealONeals

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Noah Galvin, Jay R. Ferguson, Matt Shively, Mary Hollis Inboden, and Executive Producers Casey Johnson, David Windsor & Stacy Traub Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

The Real O’Neals- “The Real Retreat” airs Tuesday May 3rd (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network

Tonight’s episode of The Real O’Neals is another funny one, probably because they’re all hysterical. We had the opportunity to screen it a few weeks ago when we were in Los Angeles for the #CaptainAmericaEvent and the #ABCTVEvent as well as interview The Real O’Neals Executive Producers Casey Johnson (@trocaseyjohnson), David Windsor (@dwindsor789) & Stacy Traub (@stoocytroob). You can read the first part of our The Real O’Neals cast interviews here.

Here’s a little synopsis of the episode:

When Jimmy is unexpectedly named Faith Leader for the weekend at the Catholic Youth Retreat, a jealous Kenny decides to take on his older brother’s role as ring leader of the bad kids. Home alone without the kids, Pat invites a new lady friend over, and Eileen can’t help but enlist Jodi to spy on them, with surprising results.



All 3 kids attend a Catholic Youth Retreat in this episode but have very different experiences.

 NOAH GALVIN (ABC/Kevin Estrada)

NOAH GALVIN (ABC/Kevin Estrada)

Kenny enjoys being the rebel while Jimmy takes on the role of Faith Leader.



Pat and Eileen fight over their new friend which includes a funny karaoke sing-off. I LOVED THIS PART! I dare you not to sing along!


Executive Producers Casey Johnson, David Windsor & Stacy Traub Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

We had the opportunity to chat with the Executive Producers Casey Johnson, David Windsor & Stacy Traub and here are some things we learned:

Originally the idea came was based on Dan Savage’s life

The original spark of the idea was based on Dan Savage’s life-  Jacob’s Ladder and Savage Love.  So he grew up in Chicago in an Irish Catholic family and was gay so we took that idea and expanded it into this show.  And then started folding in all of our experiences.We had an amazing staff of writers, a lot of whom were gay. We just wanted to make an impact. We wanted to be as authentic as we could, so we were very careful at putting that stuff together.There are many things- Stacy was divorced, David grew up with two gay dads. So this issue has always been really important to him and to us.  We kind of fold in our own personal experience. ~Casey Johnson

Most of the feedback the show has received has been positive-

We feel like most of the negative has been from people who haven’t really watched the show but just know what it’s about or have gone in wanting to hate it.  But if you believe tweets, which I do and I’ve been watching the live tweeting every week, the response has been so positive and lovely. Kids seeing themselves in the Kenny character, Moms seeing themselves like oh I had that. I think a lot of moms have like a daughter like Shannon. That smart girl and I know I had that.  So they’ll respond ‘oh  man I just had a conversation like that with my daughter’ and I’ll be like yeah me too.  I feel like people who are open minded and like willing to see it for what it is have been really enjoying it. ~Stacey Traub

They are winning over even the skeptics.

There’s been a lot of people on Twitter especially, saying I wasn’t I wasn’t excited about the show but I recognized someone in my family.  Or that’s me.  Or it’s making me laugh. It’s been happening more and more. ~David Windsor

There was a review just last week where the guy said, “I went into this skeptical, with skepticism, but after watching a couple episodes, I fell for it.”  I think we did have to win a few people over. We’ve also gotten some tweets from some kids who have said I’ve just watched the show and decided to come out to my parents.  Which is really gratifying for us, because that was kind of beyond what we saw as the opportunity for story and comedy. We thought this is a show that could help some people.  Anything kids that aren’t that far along or aren’t in a safe place where they can do that, at least watching the show I think will help them feel like I’m not alone, you know, I recognize myself in that character. And that’s been so gratifying for us to feel like we’re giving people that. ~Casey Johnson

Also there was a show a few years ago called The McCarthy’s where they also were Irish and the lead was gay and it was about their family. And I think they were like oh it’s just that show again.  So some people went in a little skewed. We had certain people that were Catholic and told us that they came to it a little bit wary but then once they saw it, were laughing because they saw themselves in the characters or the priest reminded them of their priest or things like that.  So it’s been positive, you know. ~Stacey Traub

The characters and Catholic family portrayed in the show are relatable and not polarizing.

I also really love the Jimmy character. There’s been lots of tweets like ‘I wish I had a brother like that’- underneath it they are difficult subjects, but underneath this his family loves each other, supports each other, and in every episode that’s reinforced.That’s also great, I think for people to see. It’s difficult, it’s not easy but in the end we support each other.  ~Casey Johnson

I’m Jewish and I relate,  a controlling mother is a controlling mother, it doesn’t matter what religion you are.  So what I think is interesting about them being Catholic is it does make it more difficult, what’s happening to all of them. My daughter who’s eleven loves the show, she’s not a boy, you know, maybe she’s gay, I don’t know.  But I think kids can also watch this show and see themselves in this character because he’s just a kid who’s trying to figure himself out, figure out who he is in the world.  So I think the specificity actually makes it universal. Its what gives it the comedy but I think everyone- any big family or anyone with that kind of mom can see themselves.  So no it’s not polarizing. ~Stacey Traub

Make sure to catch up on The Real O’Neals on ABC and watch new episodes Tuesdays at 8:30 EST on ABC.

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The Real O’Neals- “The Real Book Club” airs Tuesday April 19 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network

Tonight’s episode of The Real O’Neals is a really funny one. We had the opportunity to screen it last week when we were in Los Angeles for the #CaptainAmericaEvent and the #ABCTVEvent as well as interview several of the cast members Noah Galvin (“Kenny” – @Noahegalvin), Jay R. Ferguson (“Pat” – @jrfergjr), Matt Shively (“Jimmy” – @MattShively1), Mary Hollis Inboden (“Jodi” – @maryhollis)

Here’s a little synopsis of the episode:

Eileen faces her book club for the first time after her family’s “outing,” but things take a surprising turn when instead of shunning her the ladies begin opening up – way too much – about their own problems. Kenny’s first trip to the “gayborhood” coffee shop is everything he’d hoped for, until Pat tags along with him to a gay dodge ball match.

“Really at its core it’s a family.  It’s a family that is going through the same things that all families go through. We just have a little more color to our family.”  Jay R. Ferguson

Jay’s quote sums up the show so well. While viewers might not experience the same exact problems and situations that the O’Neals do yet it is so relateable. I’m not Catholic, I’m not getting a divorce (thank G-d), yet I can relate to trying to seem like I have it all together like Eileen. I think most people will be able to relate to so much of the show.


(ABC/Vivian Zink)

Eileen’s friends don’t shun her and instead open up to her which is great at first until they start to share a little too much.


(ABC/Vivian Zink)

Pat takes Kenny to the Rainbow Grind gay coffee shop. Will Kenny find “his people” in the coffee shop?


(ABC/Vivian Zink)

Gay dodge ball. WHAT? Yes, gay dodge ball! So funny! See what happens when Pat hits the court.


Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

One of the first things I noticed about the actors we met from The Real O’Neals was just how well they all got along. Their rapport with each other was captured so well in the pictures below but it’s not just for show. Mary Hollis Inboden and Matt Shively told us how they all have so much fun together that they hang out with each other even off set when they aren’t filming. This is pretty rare for a cast as Mary shared, “We love our show, we feel very fortunate to be working because we’re actors and that’s hard to get jobs. And it’s really hard to get on a show where you really love everybody.  And we really do.” “It’s next to impossible. You should see our text conversations. We have a group text conversation that dates back to when we first started and it’s thousands, thousands of texts.” Matt interjected.

“There are six starring cast members of this show and that’s a huge group for everybody to get along as well as we do, we can’t stop hanging out with each other in our off time,” ~Mary.


Matt Shively and Mary Hollis Inboden Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

None of the cast had met or done a chemistry read or anything before they were hired. They all got their parts and then the first time they ever met each other was at the table read when they were ready to shoot the pilot. Matt told us, “ABC did a really good job at being like ‘well they’re probably work well together’. It was really crazy.”


Mary Hollis Inboden Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

How precious is Mary Hollis Inboden?!?!? She was so friendly and funny. It was like talking to an old friend. She’s so sweet she has responded to several of my tweets. She has a background in comedy and has lots of one liners in this episode as Matt pointed out.


Matt Shively Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Matt is so cute in real life and his hair is much better than his character Jimmy’s hair. He joked that we should start a twitter campaign to get the show to change his hair. Mary told us that she thinks Matt is the best improviser on the show which is fine with Matt. He loves that the producers let him do his own thing. He goes rogue all the time and it works according to Mary.  In fact Matt’s even helped Noah go a little rogue, too- “When Noah would get like nervous and be like ‘I think I want to say this or I want to do that’ I’m like ‘Just do it. Do it the way they wrote it a couple times and then on the third shot just say whatever you want.  A lot of the times they’ll end up liking it more because it comes from your head and you are your character, so just let it happen’.”  


Noah Galvin and Jay R.Ferguson Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Noah Galvin and Jay R. Ferguson also have a special bond and rapport with each other. They are so close that Noah rents Jay’s guest house and they carpool to work together. Noah and Jay also reiterated how they all hang out socially when they aren’t working.


Noah Galvin Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Noah was so adorable. He told us that while he has favorite moments in each episode, his favorite episode is the grandma episode and I have to agree with him. That one is my favorite, too. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it online! It is hysterical. We asked Noah what he likes best about his character and he told us. “I like that he’s more book smart and I’m a little more street smart.  He’s like a little naïve. I’d say he’s like a true middle child he has aspects of both his siblings.  He has like Jimmy’s naiveté without being a downright idiot, he has Shannon’s like book smarts without being manipulative like she is.”


Jay R. Ferguson Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Jay  was asked what he likes about his character and this is what he said, “One of the main reasons I was so excited about the show selfishly for my character was a dad that didn’t react in what we’ve come to know as kind of the stereotypical way of reacting to these types of situations, namely one of his sons coming out as gay.  He was the antithesis really of what we’ve come to know. He wasn’t angry.  He didn’t try to talk him out of it. I believe is a more contemporary modern version of how fathers do react to that sort of news nowadays  in this world that we’re living in.  To see that represented on television is a real privilege to get to play that.”

Make sure to keep an eye out for my next post on The Real O’Neals where we interview the Executive Producers of the show. Have you seen The Real O’Neals? What is YOUR favorite episode?

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The Family Sunday's on ABC 9/8c Tonight’s episode of The Family is a really great one. We had the opportunity to screen it last week when we were in Los Angeles for the #CaptainAmericaEvent and the #ABCTVEvent. It gets even more mysteriously shocking, twisty, and exciting. The pictures below give you a little taste of what it was like being in the room with 3 of it’s stars and 2 of it’s executive producers- Zach Gilford (“Danny”), Alison Pill (“Willa”), Floriana Lima (“Bridey”) and Executive Producers Jenna Bans & Laurie Zaks. It was so surreal to watch this episode sitting in the same room with the actors, watching their expressions as they were watching themselves on screen. They were all so laid back and easy to talk to.

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

The Family Executive Producer Laurie Zaks, Zach Gilford (“Danny”), Floriana Lima (“Bridey”), and Alison Pill (“Willa”) (Jenna Bans not shown) Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

The Family Executive Producer Laura Zaks, Zach Gilford (“Danny”), Floriana Lima (“Bridey”), Alison Pill (“Willa”), Executive Producer Jenna Bans  Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

The Family Executive Producer Laurie Zaks, Zach Gilford (“Danny”), Floriana Lima (“Bridey”), Alison Pill (“Willa”), Executive Producer Jenna Bans Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

“The  Family”  stars  Joan  Allen  stars  as  Claire  Warren,  Alison  Pill  as  Willa  Warren,  Rupert  Graves  as   John  Warren,  Margot  Bingham  as  Detective  Nina  Meyer,  Liam  James  as  Adam  Warren,  Andrew   McCarthy  as  Hank  Asher,  Zach  Gilford  as  Danny  Warren,  Floriana  Lima  as  Bridey  Cruz,  Madeleine   Arthur  as  Young  Willa  and  Rarmian  Newton  as  Young  Danny.       Guest  starring  are   Grant  Show  as  Governor  Charlie  Lang,   Michael  Esper  as  Pock-­‐‑Marked   Man/Doug,  Judith  Ivey  as  Mrs.  Asher,  Matthew  Lawler  as  Agent  Gabe  Clements,  Zoe  Perry  as  Jane   Cardone,  Lucy  Owen  as  Randi  and  Rosyln  Rugg  as  Patty  Lang.      “Sweet  Jane”  was  written  by  Nicole  Paulhus  and  directed  by  Colin  Bucksey.


Alison Pill and Jenna Bans Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

It was so interesting to listen to Jenna Bans share how the show came about:
“I lived in a house and across the street was a sex offender and I freaked out and got really scared.  So part of it sort of came from there.  The other part was ABC had been wanting to do this idea of an imposter and make it into a mystery thriller.  So I married the two ideas.”

We asked if they shoot all the ten years ago scenes and then go into present day and this is what Jenna told us:

“We figure out the present stories we want to tell and then we look at what flashbacks could possibly inform those stories because ideally, they’re always connected together- thematically sort of tied together, where the past story is directly telling you something about the present story. We tried not to be tied to “we must have six flashbacks an episode”. We really only use what we needed to use because we didn’t want it to feel tired and wanted it to feel important when you were watching the past.  There’s a reason we’re telling you the story.”


Alison Pill Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Alison Pill was so sweet, and funny, and normal. So different from the uptight, religious, b*tchy character she plays but as the episodes go on we can see what has caused Willa to become the woman that she is. Alison does such a great job portraying her character Willa.

We asked Alison how she gets into character and this is what she said:

“First of all, we have really good writers, and it really makes sense to me.  I think the sort of touchstone for me is the moment when me and Madeline Arthur (young Willa) switch places on the bed in the motel.  She’s fully frozen at thirteen.  She is somebody who will do anything to keep her family together.  Everything else that is built up- all of this armor is only to get to her ultimate goal, which is having her entire family under one roof again. That’s it.  And every- literally, everything else is driven by that, so when anything threatens that, that is like the worst thing that can happen in the world.  So all of the emotion just comes from that thought of being thirteen and trying to keep your family together. I was a very emotional thirteen year old as most are. I also love the fact that she’s written in this way that, it was a slow burn with Willa, of like not understanding her and just being Willa. She hates her brother, she’s too uptight, and she’s really religious and all this stuff and then [we] just slowly get to know her emotional life which is so deep and huge. It’s been fun.”


Zach Gilford (“Danny”) and Floriana Lima (“Bridey”) Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Floriana Lima is so down to Earth and sweet. It was so much fun seeing her interact with Zach Gilford almost in a brother/sister way teasing each other. At one point Zach (who doesn’t have a Twitter account- BOOO!) took Floriana’s phone and was tweeting pretending to be Floriana. It was so funny. Hopefully Zach will get his own Twitter account soon.


Zach Gilford Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Zach Gilford was so adorable and funny, like a playful older brother (although I’m pretty sure he’s younger than I am). He told us how so far in the show he never exchanged dialog with John (who plays his father). So now “it got to the point where if we even [Zach and John] make contact, we’d start laugh- eye contact, we’d start laughing.” There are scenes together where they acknowledged each other’s presence but they haven’t actually had lines together. Crazy, right?


Executive Producer Laurie Zaks Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards


Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Can you find me in this picture? That’s me on Alison Pill’s left. 🙂


Alison Pill (“Willa”), Zach Gilford (“Danny”), and Floriana Lima (“Bridey”) Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards


Executive Producer Jenna Bans, Alison Pill (“Willa”), Zach Gilford (“Danny”), Floriana Lima (“Bridey”) and Executive Producer Laura Zaks Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

You can tell in the picture above just how much the cast liked each other and had fun with each other and with the 2 Executive Producers. They were cracking each other up the whole time. They told us how not only is Joan Allen a great actress but she is so nice, too. She made a hundred and fifty cookies from her grandmother’s recipe on her day off and brought them in before their holiday break.  “Cakey, amazing cookies with delicious icing”. She also made a potato bar for the cast and crew to enjoy. Sounds like she likes to take care of everyone.

I didn’t realize that tv shows often have different directors on each episode. Andrew McCarthy directed several of the episodes this season and Alison Pill remarked how it was nice to see a familiar face. “It’s really weird going back and forth to different people and having Andrew [McCartney] a familiar face, because he came and did [episode three and then five and six] and having him for all of those you’re just like, oh, at least you’re not a stranger.  Because often the  annoying part is by the time you’re done eight days of shooting, you finally know this person and their vibe, and then they’re gone.” Not only is Andrew McCarthy a great director, but Jenna and Laurie told us how Andrew McCarthy “kinda does that physical transformation when he’s Hank. He walks different as Hank.  He’s so stiff [like when he] when he eats the sandwiches. He’s obsessed with his walk.”

Alison’s cast mates shared with us that even off screen she still puts in a great performance. Even when the camera will be on the other actors she’ll still cry and show emotion so the other actors have something to work off of. Floriana remarked that Alison is “a very giving actress”.

Photo Credit- (ABC/Giovanni Rufino)

Photo Credit- (ABC/Giovanni Rufino)

Alison Pill delivers a raw and memorable performance as Willa in tonight’s episode entitled “Sweet Jane” when confronted by her mother, Claire, played by the talented Joan Allen. In this episode Claire struggles with the aftermath of  Willa’s  scheming and how to deal with everyday life with Adam now that she knows the truth. Nina starts to follow Adam as he disappears every night from his home. Can you guess where he’s been going? Meanwhile Clements tries to figure out Jane’s connection to Doug (the pock-marked man). Will Jane find out what Doug is up to? What do you think her reaction will be? The Governor’s wife wants to get Claire out of the governor’s race so she threatens to reveal Claire’s drinking. Willa handles the situation in the media but not really in a way that Claire probably would have chosen. And hold on tight for the last few shocking minutes. I don’t want to give away spoilers so all I’ll saw is DON’T MISS THIS SHOW!!! The Family airs SUNDAY,  APRIL  17  (9:00–10:00  p.m.  EDT)  on  the  ABC  Television  Network.

Make sure to view your favorite ABC shows within 3 days of airing (even on your DVR) for your view to count towards the show’s ratings. Want your shows to be picked up for another season, make sure to tune in!!!


Can you imagine having Hank as a neighbor? Photo Credit ABC


What is Adam up to? Photo Credit ABC

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blackish signA few weeks ago I had the unique opportunity to interview some of the actors from the ABC comedy `black-ish.  While on the ABC lot we also got to tour the set that the show is filmed on.
ANTHONY ANDERSON, TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, YARA SHAHIDI, MILES BROWN, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, MARCUS SCRIBNER, MARSAI MARTINABC’s “black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, special guest star, Laurence Fishburne as Pops Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., and Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

johnson house black-ishOur tour started in front of the Johnson’s house where as you can see there were lights and other filming equipment along the outside of the house.  You can see it in this picture but there is a backdrop on the wall with a backdrop of “the outside” directly to the right of this picture so if an actor opens the front door it looks like they are really looking outside.  If the scene is a longer scene with the door open then they digitally add the outside for the scene so there will be movement, people passing by, etc., like you would have in a normal neighborhood.

ceiling black-ishRight away when you walk onto the set you notice it looks just like a normal home with a few major differences.  First, if you look up you’ll notice that there isn’t a normal ceiling.  This is to accommodate all the lights, cameras, and other equipment.  You’ll also notice that the hallways are wider than normal.  This is also to accommodate the equipment.
touches of home black-ishYou will also notice LOTS of familiar household items that make this house seem so real and “lived in”.  There were magazines and games in the living room, TONS of photos on the walls, and even juice boxes placed around the house just like you’d find in most houses with children.  For the frames with all of the family pictures the actors spent a day shooting these pictures together just to make them more real.  There is so much attention to detail in the house that is truly a home.
cori on black-ish set collage2Here I am posing in some of the rooms of the house.  The kitchen is totally my dream kitchen.  It’s so BIG!
master bedroom black-ishI LOVE the master bedroom.  In the picture above you can see the master bathroom (I LOVE the colors!), Rainbow’s vanity that actually had nail polish remover and other items on it, and Dre and Bo’s bed.  Yes, that’s me sitting on the bed that Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross sit on!
master closet black-ishOne of my favorite parts of the house was the master closet.  I could LIVE in this closet.  It was HUGE!  Check out all of Dre’s shoes!  The closed closet on the left of this picture is Rainbow’s closet.  I love how big and organized it was with so much space for all of her clothes.  I dream of having such an amazing closet one day!
kids' bedrooms black-ishThe kids’ rooms each matched their personalities.  The 2 pictures on the top left are Andre Jr.’s room, the top right are Zoey’s room, and the bottom 4 are from the room that twins Jack and Diane share.  I love how they have the room divided in half by wallpaper for the twins.  Such a cute idea!

So do you recognize any of the rooms from the show?  Which is your favorite?
P1230165If you haven’t watched `black-ish yet, what are you waiting for?!?!  This show is seriously hilarious!!!
`black-ish airs at 9:30 p.m. EST on ABC  

Here’s a bit of info on tonight’s episode:
BLACK-ISH – “Oedipal Triangle”- Dre’s mother, Ruby (guest star Jenifer Lewis), comes for a visit, and she smothers her pork chops with gravy, Dre with love, and would like to flat out smother Bow, who feels the same way about her. Dre tries to find a way to get the two most important women in his life to get along, on “black-ish,” WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.



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What It’s Like to Attend a Live Taping of Dancing with the Stars! #DWTS #ABCTVEvent

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I’ve been a fan of Dancing with the Stars for years so getting the chance to attend a live taping was a dream come true.  24 other bloggers and I got all dolled up and attended the live November 3rd taping.  (Lots of photos coming up!)  dressed up for DWTSGetting All Dolled Up For Dancing With The Stars
We arrived at the studio and the excitement started as soon as we saw the trailers and parking spots for the dancers and the stars.
parking dwtsWe had a chance to take a few photos like the group photo below before we were ushered to our assigned seats.
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mommy bloggerThis is what was on our seats!me on DWTSIt was surreal to look around and see the area where the band sits, the judges’ table, and the dance floor.  Our seats were on the second level right across from the judges’ table where we had a bird’s eye view of everything that was going on below us.

views from DWTSWhile we waiting for the show to start we got to watch some of the dancers warm up and shoot an upcoming promo for the 10 year anniversary.  Here’s what our view looked like and a clip of the dancers practicing for the promo.  I wish my hips worked like this!

DWTS 10 year promoIt was so exciting to be at the show live as it was airing.  The energy was palpable.  My tip for you- if you ever get the chance to attend a live DWTS taping make sure to wear comfortable shoes.  There is A LOT of standing up when the show is live and sitting down on commercial breaks.  And your hands might hurt from all the clapping.  But I wouldn’t change a second of my amazing experience.  The music, the dancing, the excitement of waiting to hear the judges’ scores.  It was all incredibly exciting!  Here are some pictures of the dances from that night.

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Sadie & Mark
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Michael & Emma farewell photo from 11/3 show. Photo credit: ABC
It’s always sad to see a star eliminated from the competition.  Michael Waltrip may not have been a great dancer but he had such heart and such a good attitude every week on the show.  I knew he wouldn’t win but it was sad to see such a positive man get eliminated but the competition is just getting fiercer!

My friends and family were home watching the show and grabbed some shots where you can see me in the audience.
Look, here I am:

Of course Dancing with the Stars wouldn’t be the same without the judges:

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On our way back to our shuttle we ran into Bruno Tonioli who was even sexier in person!  Did you see him in my video above?  He certainly brings lots of personality to the show!
bruno dwtsOur exciting night didn’t end there.  We went to a local restaurant/bar, Mixology 101, and had the privilege of  a meet and greet with several of the stars and dancers from the show.  We weren’t sure who the special guests would be.  Then we looked up and in walked Lea Thompson and her partner Artem Chigvintsev.  lea and artemLea looked even more beautiful and YOUNG in person.  I swear she must have taken a trip in the DeLorean time machine because she looked AMAZING.  She was so sweet and down to Earth.  A small group of us took a picture with her and when we went to get up to let the next group have time with her, she said,”Wait, aren’t you going to sit and talk to me!”.  She sat with us like we were old friends.  She told us all about life working on her ABC Family show, Switched at Birth, being on Dancing with the Stars with all the practice that it requires, and being a mom, doing laundry, keeping her house clean, and all her other duties.  My husband’s favorite movies are the Back to the Future Trilogy so he was so jealous when he saw my picture:
Me and Lea ThompsonOur fun and excitement was just starting.  In walked Dancing with the Stars contestant and Duck Dynasty reality personality Sadie Robertson and her parents, Willie and Korie Robertson who go to all the DWTS shows to watch their daughter dance.  I just had to take a picture with another Cori (she spells it Korie) but it’s not every day that you get photobombed by Willie Robertson.  Actually he was supposed to be smiling in the picture and I didn’t know that he was puckering up until after I looked through my camera pictures.
Ducky Dynasty and MeAnd here I am with Sadie’s dance partner, Mark Ballas.
me and markOne of my favorite parts of the night was watching Mark, watching his performance with Sadie from that night on the big tv over our heads and seeing his reactions as they danced.  Dancing with the Stars is filmed live from 5-7 p.m. PST because it airs live from 8-10 p.m. EST.  It then airs at 8 p.m. PST so we were able to watch the show as it aired locally.
mark watching DWTSAnother of my favorite couples is Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy.  They are just so adorable together.
janel and valVal was almost unrecognizable with his clean shaven face.  It’s funny because I get on my husband all the time to shave but part of me wished that Val had his stubble when I met him.  Who am I kidding, he’s a hottie stubble or no stubble.  And as a Pretty Little Liar fan, I was so excited to meet Janel who looked exactly like she does on television.  She was so sweet and pretty.  I could have sat and chatted with them all night.

Janel and Val and MeDancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC!  I can’t wait to watch tonight!

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Interviews with the Kids of ABC’s “black-ish” Yara Shahidi Marcus Scribner Miles Brown Marsai Martin and KENYA BARRIS, Creator/Executive Producer of “black-ish” #ABCTVEvent

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black-ish show GFXWhen I went to Los Angeles last week I had the opportunity to meet the children and creator of ABC’s new hit comedy black-ish.  Don’t let the name fool you.  This isn’t just a show for African Americans.  This show really resonates with and is relate-able to many families of all different races in America today.


Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids and a colonial home in the ‘burbs.  But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad, Pops (Laurence Fishburne), Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future.

black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as Dre, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow, Yara Shahidi as Zoey, Marcus Scribner as Andre Jr., Miles Brown as Jack, Marsai Martin as Diane and Laurence Fishburne as Pops.
1471882_10154782960510158_4891713032874289382_nThe Kids:
I was most impressed with just how well spoken and down to Earth all 4 of the child actors were.   The were all very humble and Miles Brown and Marsai Martin who play twins, Jack and Diane, were so cute.  They’ve become so much like family that they chose to sit in the same chair with each other during our interview instead of each having their own chair.  The children all agreed that so far the pilot episode is their favorite but they also like the fantasy scene in their upcoming episode titled “The Gift of Hunger”.  As a parent myself I really like “The Gift of Hunger” episode myself.  It reminds me of an episode of The Cosby Show when Cliff was telling I think Theo that “you’re not rich, you have nothing, Mom and I are rich”.

Yara Shahidi (Zoey)-
“It is absolutely hilarious on set. Being able to work with all these comedic veterans is amazing.  I feel like I am learning so much just from being on the set.  It doesn’t even feel like work and that’s the weird part.”
“I am not very close to Zoey character-wise.  I’m the kind of person always reading.  I spent my summer in Oxford taking 2 history classes.  I have to be reminded to use social media.  We both are into fashion, but not the same fashion.  Otherwise I am pretty different from my character.”
“What’s on the show is basically our lives.”

Marcus Scribner (Andre Jr.)-
“Working on set with all the veteran actors is just an amazing experience.  It is awesome to come to work everyday and learn something new from them.  Let’s be honest, they are all comedic geniuses.  We all immediately bonded over working on the pilot.”
“I am pretty close to Andre’ Jr.  I play lacrosse.  I’ve played since I was in 2nd grade and I also play basketball.  I feel like most of the conversations that have happened to Andre’ Jr. have happened to me.
“My family is extremely supportive of the show.” 

Miles Brown as Jack-
“It feels like a family!”  
“I’m into sports just like my character.”
“My family is proud of us.  They get so excited when they see the billboards.”

Marsai Martin as Diane-
“Together we are unstoppable!  We feel like a real family”
“I don’t have siblings.  This is my first experience with siblings so this is new to me.  I like computers very much.  I’m pretty quirky and love social media.  I am pretty sporty.  I play gymnastics and I do cheerleading.”
“My grandpa said that “everyone in our family is watching black-ish or I’ll sock ’em!””

10172840_10153101318892481_7172376439282288863_nHow cute are they in the same chair because they are such good friends!

10665259_10153101317207481_2911528462598976664_nSo poised and well spoken.

The Creator/Executive Producer, Kenya Barris:KENYA BARRIS (CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)Photo credit: (ABC/Rick Rowell) KENYA BARRIS, creator/executive producer of “black-ish”

The idea for black-ish came from his own life.  His wife’s name is really Rainbow like the character on the show and she is really a doctor, too.  The show has universal themes, not just “black” issues.  It is written to be relate-able with real problems that many people have.  The ideas for episodes come from the writers’ own lives.  Kenya went on to talk about how the world is a lot more homogenized then how it was when he grew up.  He said there are no more “black” kids or “white” kids in America today, it’s all a blend.

“black-ish isn’t a “black” show just like Modern Family isn’t a “white” show.  It is a show about a family that happens to be black.”  

The Actors’ Parents:1236078_10153101316562481_8271422529518899639_nIt was clear right away from talking to the parents of the child actors of black-ish just how humble and proud of their children they are.  Legally (and emotionally) each child has to have a parent or guardian on set with them at all times.  Both parents of all of the children are very involved in their careers.  All 4 sets of parents have all become one big family.  They look out for each other’s children and there are usually 4-6 parents on the set at all times.  The parents mentioned how they have a say in their child’s wardrobe, story line, etc. and the writers have an open door policy.  They receive the scripts beforehand to go over topics with their children that they might need to explain, like masturbation for one episode.  Most of the jokes go over the heads of the younger two but sometimes the parents do have to explain some of the more adult content in an age appropriate way.  I’ve never interviewed “stage parents” before so it was refreshing that these parents weren’t the stereotypical stage parents.  They are all keeping their children grounded and humble by having them keep up with chores at home, going to school when they can (they are tutored on set when they can’t attend their regular schools), and living as normal of a life as possible.  Great advice for anyone who has a child who wants to get in the business.

Bonus facts from Lindsey Shockley, black-ish writer:
–  There are 11 writers on the show
– The writers are equally African American/non-African American
– Half of the writers are men and half are women
– There are 24 episodes scheduled for this season (YES!)

We also had the opportunity to tour and take pictures on the set of black-ish so be on the lookout for an upcoming post!
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One of my favorite new shows this season is ABC’s Forever which stars Ioan Gruffudd as Henry, Alana De La Garza as Det. Jo Martinez, Barbara Eve Harris as Lt.  Marcia Roark, Donnie Keshawarz as Detective Hanson, Joel David Moore as Lucas Wahl, and Judd Hirsch as Abe.  It reminds me of another favorite ABC show of mine, Castle.  Like Castle, Forever is a crime show where a detective teams up with a non-detective.  In Forever, Detective Jo Martinez,(Alana De La Garza) calls upon Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, to help her with her cases. But Dr. Morgan has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality.   That’s right, Dr. Henry Morgan is immortal.  But this isn’t a story about a vampire or anything like that.  Dr. Morgan dies but comes right back.

As flashbacks show, Henry has been around several centuries.  This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner Detective Martinez, but piques her curiosity about who he is. Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past.

Henry and Jo make a powerful crime fighting team. Henry, with his charming wit, charisma and an eerie knowledge not just of police procedure but the whole culture, finds an apt collaborator in Jo. Her personal history thrust her into law enforcement, making her an outstanding cop who can connect with the criminal mentality. They both are hiding pieces of their lives and both have lost a great love, albeit Henry’s stretches back some years. Henry met his beloved Abigail during World War II. On the other hand, Jo lost her husband a year-and-a-half ago. She finds a sympathetic ear in Henry, but his “Sherlockian” perception and his straight forward, no nonsense approach to people both fascinates and frustrates her. How does this man know so much? Will she discover who the real Henry is?

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Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry’s secret.  The two men share an unconventional bond.  Abe is a romantic at heart and more optimistic of the two.  Henry soon discovers, someone else knows his secret. He may not be the only “immortal” out there. It’s just part of the captivating mystery surrounding Henry’s strange circumstances and his long search to uncover the cause of his condition and escape.

Forever was written and executive-produced by Matt Miller (Chuck, Las Vegas). Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, Gangster Squad) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars, Cupid,  Party Down) are executive producers. Forever was directed by Brad Anderson and is produced by Warner Bros. Television.

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Sexy, isn’t he? 🙂

Here are some pictures from this week’s episode.  

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FOREVER – “The Ecstasy of the Agony” – Henry and Jo discover there is a fine line between pleasure and pain when the death of a successful businessman and devoted husband points to a form of ritualized punishment. Henry learns it may be all a question of trust. The man’s “domination therapist” comes under scrutiny as a murder suspect, who also wants to help Henry work through his own issues. Flashbacks reveal Henry’s emotional story of betrayal after he shares his secret with his first wife, Nora.  Meanwhile, Abe is flabbergasted when the object of his intense passion –Maureen Delacroix — his two-time ex-wife, reappears with a tempting offer, on “Forever,” TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Get the kids in bed and settle in for this tantalizing episode of Forever.  This episode explores the fine line between pleasure and pain.  It reveals a little more of Henry’s story and his marriage to his first wife, Nora.  We also get to see the rekindling of Abe and his ex-wife.  It’s nice to see Abe with a woman since he usually keeps his distance from starting a serious relationship with women to protect Henry’s secret.  This episode doesn’t disappoint.  Let me know what you think of it.

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