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Blogger vs Casting Call on local TV


dancertv1-1024x788 So, I have a friend here who used to be in the news business for 20 years and it didn’t kill him. He ran for State of the Secretary of State and it didn’t kill him. He opened is own media company and produces his own weekly television show on local television, that too didn’t kill him. He won the battle with Cancer, ironically – it didn’t kill either! Amazing – he’s still has the Rick Dancer charm fans have come to know for more than twenty years in the news business.

While I was doing some catch up work on Facebook tonight, Rick put out a note and an asking for a casting call for his TV show RDTV as in Rick Dancer TV www.rickdancer.tv, which is scheduled for taping tomorrow for his December air date? So, I’m sitting here thinking with my hand under my chin looking at the ceiling and two computer monitors stare at me with an evil grin and stare like, I’ve been pinned by an idiot from the NSA in a covert operation, one is my laptop the other is another monitor keeping close tabs on the local weather radar as I start looking for a “light bulb” to come alive in my head as I think – viola, it surely did – It’s bright as a candle can glow from the North Pole on a Winter night, but it’s bright to begin with.

I’m thinking, My old friend Rick Dancer could really use some more of that “Rick Dancer – I thought you were dead mentality comedy?” Me thinks, I’d probably get fired before the camera’s start rolling! Now, I just wonder how his Co-Host Emma can rescue me from getting fired – hmm? LOL

As I think more about it – all the possible wacky scenarios comes to mind, one of them a favorite of mine, actually a pet peeve, it goes something like this, a local blogger gets conned into a casting call while blogging with a beer in hand, a laptop in another and a familiar face shows up and you utterly think, he was “DEAD?” But – on the other hand, he’s alive and I drop dead…, literally (not really, I haven’t signed my crappy death certificate, just yet.), but that was one of them, nothing written in cement yet, but plausible? Hmm, now I wonder just that would happen in reality?

So, I’m thinking, what have I got to lose? I’m still getting “conned” by the old friend and former newsman in a very good way, but hey, it could all be fun, while getting conned in a plausible way, what’s the worst thing that can happen? Getting stuck on the cutting room floor. “Sigh!” – Waiter, check please… rdtv2.jpg

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The art of treasure hunting with Castle and KB


You thought this blog post was about “diggers and treasure hunting, right?” – wrong, try again, Simon. The idea behind the idea of “treasure hunting” was to look at ways, writers and bloggers alike look to do their “detective work” in researching for their blog posts and other writing projects, they snuggle up to work and write for their target audiences and more.

Cranky as it can be, writing is therapeutic to say, for others, its an art to pen, search and inform to one’s vast knowledge of inspiring the treasure trove of knowledge on the given subject. Simple case, simple knowledge is all it takes to write and blog on any given subject, “simple as a grain of salt,” I say.

There are simple tools of the trade in the bloggers treasure chest. Incidently, I really don’t need a big tall pirate ship that cruises the high seas in search for gold and sliver from innocent ships and trying to evade capture of maritime pirates and their loot, i.e., “Captain Blackbeard” and his hidden gold and booty still hidden somewhere on the Orcacoke Island Inlet of North Carolina coast (“really? – I don’t know if this is true or not? One can never know!”), unless ole “Captain Morgan” beat my cranky ole western Oregon ass to the booty and the loot! “Damn…,” Morgan is good, I’m thinking?”

So much for my invasive luck at ever obtaining a share of Blackbeard’s loot and the dirty booty he left behind, which may never be seen in the eyes of the ole yonder.

I would rather write about the missing loot and booty – but, when it comes to the fate and the silver lining of Rick Castle and Detective Kate Beckett and squad, the silver lining of 100 episodes and cases worked between Castle and KB, theirs a special meaning to it between the chemistry of the two characters of ABC’s hit drama series, “CASTLE.”

Monday night’s episode “The Lives Of Other’s” opened with the 100th episode of the hit series to a strong following on a day, when April Fool’s just happen to be on the same day, as the series started with the first day of the month. Cleverly produced by series creator Andrew Marlowe and crew, Castle had a perfect attendance record, while in the strut it out of an “April Fools joke,” which was evidently produced and staged by his beloving mother directing behind the scenes of an entire assemble of cast members in a “mock-up” of suspense, murder and whodunit, while Castle is nursing a broken leg from a recent ski trip.

The 100th milestone of the series has come a lone way since, it premiered in March 2009 on ABC and has proven to be a viable concept and vehicle for the television network – with four novels now published and one to be released later this fall by Hyperion Books, Castle’s books are still a fan favorite and still topping off the New York Best Sellers List in both book form and ebooks versions of his novels – as the crime fighting duo of Kate Beckett and Richard Castle continue to work the magic wonders in the lives of those who work the 12th Precinct and the squad of detectives in Homicide, Castle will continue to be a rolling and power vehicle and police procedural drama series for ABC as long as the stories keep coming and the network continues to renew the series each season, Castle and the crew behind the show will likely have continued success in the season ahead of them.

It’s only been 100 Episodes and it’s now 2013, it all began in 2009 as a mid season replacement, four years, 100 episodes and four books later, the series is still surviving with fresh stories each week on ABC – Hopefully, the network will keep the show on the air until it run low on vehicle and star power, which I don’t see going away anytime soon.

It’s too good to leave behind on Monday nights – Cheer’s and Sam Malone were the only exceptions on all those Thursday nights in downtown Boston.

Comedy as the old days


  You sit. You wait. You wonder, when it will come? But, has to be here and you didn’t even know it – “You’re a damn fool, nimrod.” The cracker jacks of theories are probably right? “I’m a damn fool to think like the minds of those from Venus,” but, wait – “the great theories and laws of space, don’t muster up with the ancestor of great names and times of the late Sir Isaac Newton,” I flat out said, with the wicked tailors of scientific confusion.

I’m thinking? Venus Flytrap is merely corrupted as Dr. Johnny Fever stands by his “booger” of assortments between the Johnny the great and the of the Bee Gees and “Jive Talkin,” which would make Starfleet’s warp drive into space, look more topical like sausage and eggs from a Chamber of Commerce perspective in in the futuristic years of. However, I still don’t get it? Fever hasn’t been heard from in years since, he left the waves of radio – even though, He and Loni Anderson haven’t paired in years since the demise of their WKRP days in Cincinnati and the red sheets of sex at Playboy Mansion. 

But, the seven wonders of the world, don’t quite match up with the overhaul of the merit system. The ideology of American comedy in the good ole days of the 1970’s, like M*A*S*H, Maude, Barney Miller, Welcome Back Kotter, the Cosby Show and more bring the great minds of situation brought the satirical rules of comedy into households of American television – as the Vietnam was widening down, Nixon finally gave in to Watergate and resigned the Presidency to his than, Vice-President Gerald Ford.

Venus Flytrap and Dr. Johnny Fever brought their ideal worlds to American television viewers each week as comedy was becoming a household name, before Europe’s Victor Borge and Benny Hill ever became household names in American comedy. In today’s world, where the 1970’s have long gone and the twenty-first century seems to be an entirely different world for branded comedy by today’s television viewers around the world. Shows in the 1970’s that we shot and produced are now “classics” and those that sit in vaults or in syndication or re-runs on certain television networks across the country and abroad, since the birth of television in the 1950’s.

If I had a favorite and to choose from? I’d be lying to you, I had several, that were among my favorites over the years and are considered classics in my book of comedy shows. I still see them in re-runs from time to time or from the video collections of such television networks as HUB, TV Land and the sorts.

As a Writer myself, I’m left wondering if the rules of engagement of writing comedy by today’s standards, could bring new life into show’s that have been sitting in studio faults for years since their demise and cancellation from the morals of television?

  Anything is possible in the world television, it all lies in the hands of the top dogs of the various television networks and the heads of studios in New York and Los Angeles – Dr. Johnny Fever could still use some much needed air time in the waves of comedy and fictional satire of comedy. Venus Barfly on the other hand, still needs to find a way to avenge the competition between himself and Johnny Fever – it just isn’t the classical myth of radio DJ wars, it’s the satire of prime time television that made the wicked hour of comedy, that best remedy of on any given night of the week, regardless of what the late Archie Bunker thought of George Jefferson.

It’s Oscar-mania!


  This Weekend the Stars come out for the biggest night in Hollywood – “The Academy Awards,” also known as the “Oscars.” The 84th Annual Academy Awards would be televised LIVE on ABC from the Kodiak Theater in Los Angeles.

This year’s awards ceremony brings back, host Billy Crystal after a several year absence from the podium. Crystal’s demeanor as a host of the annual awards show, brings the funny laughs to those attending the Academy Awards and those watching at home.

The Oscars have always been a fan favorite. The movies that vie for being the “Best Picture,” along with the “Best Director, Writer, Original Screenplay and Screenplay Adaption, Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress,” all become the movie fan’s best bet of the year. Even though, winning “Best Picture and Best Director” brings in some special perks along the way for the Major Hollywood Studios, along with the production companies that produced the winning film directly for the screen.

Considered the BIGGEST Night in Hollywood and the Movie Industry, there will be plenty of surprises and low downs on and off the Red Carpet as well, as those winning an Oscar.

What is so special about the Oscars and the Red Carpet – if you ask me, you get to see some of Hollywood’s biggest names in Show business, like George Clooney, who’s up for an Oscar in the Best Actor Category.

But, that’s not all – being on the Red Carpet it also seeing your favorite stars in their most elegant fashions by some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. The actresses are always hot and sexy in their evening gowns for the event as well as those of the men as well.

Remember this isn’t your mother’s normal black and white tie party, this is HOLLYWOODS biggest party of the night, where anything goes and anyone wins – and, who wins the Oscar is yet to be seen.

Watch the Oscars tomorrow on ABC-TV and check your local listings for show times. One other thing to watch after the Oscars is Jimmy Kimmel Live as well, as Jimmy has been doing an after Oscar show for a number of years now, should make things go smoother tomorrow night!

Enjoy the show and keep your fingers crossed for your favorites on winning big! After it is Hollywood and the biggest show on earth for a Sunday Night!

Review: Rick Dancer TV


  You may remember him has a local newsman – for twenty years he anchored the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts on KEZI-TV’s Eyewitness News, now known as KEZI 9 News in Eugene, Oregon. He left the news business to run for state office of Secretary of State, lost the election and fought a battle with Cancer.

Longtime Eugene Newsman, Rick Dancer, who anchored the 5 and 6 P.M. newscasts at KEZI for nearly twenty years is back in the limelight, after a strong battle with Cancer and a new business venture that is gaining some steam and momentum at the same time.

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