New Reality TV Show: Scott Baio is 45 and Single

It’s only been on for a few episodes, but VH1’s new reality show Scott Baio is 45 and Single is the kind of . program that will inspire you to yell at your television set in frustration.

As the title infers, the show revolves around former child star Scott Baio and the fact that he is middle-aged and still unmarried. It is pretty clear from the get-go that he is a commitment-phobe who has spent much of his adult years in and out of mostly vacuous relationships with women he has no intentions of settling down with.

His “babe list” consists of the kind of females regular guys usually have to buy a magazine to see- Denise Richards, Pam Anderson, Heather Locklear and the like.

That, however, was in his younger days and since he is older now and no longer what one would consider to be a “bankable” celebrity anymore, he’s not exactly the same “hoochie magnet” he used to be. Like it or not, Hollywood is a status-conscious town and, if you are no longer in an influential position, career-wise, the kind of ladies Baio seems geared towards, are looking elsewhere.

Loneliness- so he claims- and his mother’s desire for him to be married and supply her with grandkids- are his apparent motivations for doing this reality show. I am somewhat of a skeptic, though, when it comes to any reality show being sincere about anything. The real reason for him doing this program, I suspect, is to attempt to resurrect his career.

Baio is contronted, in episodes, by former love interests, like Erin Moran, who try to give him clues as to why he is still single. He is also supplied with a life coach who suggests he be celibate for a designated period of time and try to determine just why he has problems finding more durable associations.

In a way, you have to feel sorry for him, because he, after all, has been in a profession that celebrates the kind of lifestyle that has kept him from establishing any real lasting relationship with a woman. The he seems to have held fast to is to find ’em, bag ’em and dump ’em.

His sophomoric friends don’t help either, as they are not particularly emotionally mature themselves. Baio is a likable guy and you hate thinking of him, years from now, being some old guy with nobody around who really cares for him.

On the other hand, there are just some people who are not marriage material. Getting married just because your parents prod you into it is not the best thing. If Scott Baio isn’t ready to take the plunge yet, it’s best that he does stay single, rather than wedding a woman and then cheating on her or being emotionally absent from her. At least he is honest about his fears and feelings, which I grudgingly give him his props for.

I seriously doubt that participating in Scott Baio is 45 and Single will alter Baio’s outlook on relationships, but I suppose the romantic in me still hopes otherwise.

Movies and TV Shows to Film in Washington, DC

It looks like in the coming months, we're going to be seeing a lot of lights, camera, action in the nation's capital. If you've ever wanted to be on TV or in a movie, there will be a few chances for you to do so. And you don't even have to take a MegaBus to New York or a plane to Los Angeles – you just have to be in the Washington DC area.

You might have already missed this opportunity, but Jon Stewart is bringing The Daily Show down to Washington for four days in October. They'll be filming from Monday, October 25 until Thursday, October 28, to cover the 2010 midterm elections. In true Daily Show fashion, the coverage is being called "When Grizzlies Attack: The Daily Show Midterm Teapartyganza."

Tickets were free and they went up on the Daily Show's website at 11:00 AM on the 16th of August. It must have been quite popular with the liberal young professionals of our fine city because they were all snapped up in minutes. But you can still sign up for updates on new tickets if and when they become available through the website. And if you're really desperate to go see the show at the Sidney Harmon Hall, we're sure some people will be selling their free tickets on Criagslist, just like they did for Virgin Freefest.

If you're looking for something a little more exciting, the new Transformers installment will be filming in DC at the end of September and they're looking for extras. According to the casting call they're looking for extras and precision drivers.

If you're interested in being part of the action, you can email movie@taylorroyall.com with your name, phone number, email, your Union, SAG membership number (if applicable), height, weight, shirt, pant and show sizes, jacket or dress size, the model and make of your car if you have one and a recent picture of you. If you have experience doing precision driving, attach a resume. They won't be contacting anyone until closer to the shoot so keep an eye out for it.

Even if you don't get cast, you can probably keep an eye out for their filming locations and pass by all the action. Though the filmmakers requested three weeks, movie crews will be in town for just three days because the National Park Service denied access to a lot of the locations that director, Michael Bay, requested to shoot at. So it's a short window, but we're sure it will be epic.

Keep your eyes peeled for news on tickets and shooting locations and make sure they get your good side!

Making Connections Through a TV Show

You know that feeling, where you've finished watching a television series and you feel hollow and don't know what to do with your life? I'm having that now.

Recently I've watched this really great show, "Ugly Betty." I'm extremely outdated, but those who haven't seen it yet, should put that on their to-do list. It's a great story about an ugly duckling making her dreams a reality while facing many obstacles. I'm particularly attached to this story because I can relate a lot to the main character, Betty Suarez. Most of us didn't grow up liking what we were given. Some may not like their face, their nose or butt, or voice and I'm one of those people. I grew up with a beautiful mother and sister and a handsome brother. They were skinny, pretty and they were the envy of me. I've always wanted to be more good looking like them. Sadly, I was fat, with a large nose, small eyes and not very luscious lips. Just like Betty, I had more attractive older sibling/s and it was really tough growing up.

We live in a society, where looks is everything. They can take you places and get you things. Because of my weird face, I grew up being shunned and outcast. I had no friends, and people who I thought were my best friends, betrayed me countless times. Although I say I'm somewhat like Betty, I don't quite have her optimism. I can find the rainbow after the rain or see the glass as half full.

I'm still in my teen years and I've just discovered "Ugly Betty" and it feels like this TV series might have just saved me. It shows me that things could be better, I can be better and everything would fall right into place until its all beautiful. Maybe I'm a little dramatic, some might say its just a show and that its all in my head but, I know what I feel. Currently, after finishing this show, I've felt like I've lost a friend. A good friend, Betty Suarez. I somehow still do feel like I'm connected to her but it feels like she's away.

I admire the people who made this TV series and I believe all the chunky, slightly awkward yet beautiful ladies will appreciate this show as much as I do and feel beautiful themselves.

A Spy Within Univision's Hit TV Show Nuestra Belleza Latina?

Rumors have been swirling and getting stronger that there is a "spy" within the mists of Univision's Nuestra Belleza Latina first round of candidates. Maribel de Santiago's passage into the TV Show's second round has got many viewers in an uproar. Maribel is the young lady that wittingly won her way to the show's premiere and a ticket to Miami.

Many have speculated that she is the "spy" for Univision's show this year. In the past, the TV show had entrenched an undercover candidate within the mists of these beauty candidates to help rule out candidates that year. However, the network has not made an announcement that a spy for them was placed this year. As a matter of fact, last year there was none. The only year they had one, it was publicly announced prior to the elimination round.

The controversy seems to arise out of the judges decision not to eliminate the young lady that charmingly won her way to NBL. Many have claimed that she is not pretty enough, does not have model appeal and made her way to the show because she pleaded her way through. While there are many other beautiful girls in the Spanish language TV show, NBL is not based solely on looks. We also need to understand that the show is just beginning and many of the girls will learn their way through. After all, beauty is not just an exterior appeal but an interior as well.

Maribel is smart, tenacious and a tour de force to be reckoned with. She may not be the prettiest girl there but she has won the hearts of many of the television show's fans. Some of her fans have began to support her, amid the criticisms that he is not pretty by chanting: La Fea Mas Bella, the novela that was the model for ABC's hit TV sitcom, Ugly Betty.

What TV Shows Will You Watch This Summer?

Another TV season has come to an end. You know who won Survivor, The Amazing Race, American Idol, The Biggest Loser and all those other reality TV shows. But our other TV shows left us hanging. Will Jack Bauer miraculously survive the toxin and be back to save the world from another catastrophe? What will happen to the people on Lost? What is the real story behind the Dollhouse? Will Clark ever learn how to fly? We all have these and other important questions about our favorite TV shows, but they will have to wait until the fall. Even then, there is no guarantee that we will get our questions answered.

In the meantime, what summer TV shows do you plan on watching? (Get the 2009 Summer TV Schedule here.) Do you scale back on watching TV shows in the summer and spend more time outside? Or are you a regular couch potato and can't get enough summer TV? In my opinion, summer TV shows are filled with a lot of mindless reality TV. Who cares if someone can hang onto a big, slippery ball on Wipe Out, and do we really care what someone else finds during their Internet ramblings (Tosh.0)?

But some summer TV shows are so silly you can't help but watch them (mainly because there is nothing else on). I'm talking about summer shows like America's Got Talent. Do ALL these people truly believe they have a talent that could win them a million dollars? I guess the networks have to air summer shows such as I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! to be able to throw a little cash at these "celebrities" (and I use the term loosely) that are having a hard time finding a real acting part. Did you catch I Survived a Japanese Game Show last year? The Japanese can come up with some funky ideas for a game show. It is another one of the TV shows that is so silly you can't help but watch. Last year they had people in diapers riding tricycles. Does that peak your curiosity at all?

Some of the new summer TV shows I am looking forward to are The Great American Road Trip (July 1, 8:00, NBC), Warehouse 13 (July 7, 9:00, SciFi), Merlin (June 21, 8:00, NBC), Mental (May 26, 9:00, Fox), The Philanthropist (June 24, 10:00, NBC), and Jesse James is a Dead Man (May 31, 10:00, Spike TV). I am also looking forward to watching some old favorites this summer such as Eureka (July 10, 9:00, SciFi – note new day and time), Hell's Kitchen (July 21, 8:00, Fox), and Leverage (July 15, 9:00, TNT).

Will you watch any of the new or returning summer TV shows? Or will you take the time to catch up on TV shows that have been receiving a lot of press recently like /Remembering a Great TV Show:'Cheers'/Remembering A Great TV Shows;'Cheers'

It seems like only yesterday that I turned on my TV and watched this great show, which still draws solid ratings even as it plals in syndication. This classic show ran originally from 1982 until 1993 on NBC earning 26 Emmys and a record 111 nominations. Featuring an "everyman" cast that most of "middle America" could identify with it provided humor and an utmost sincerity to it's weekly shows. The show was set in Boston,Massachusetts at a fictional bar, where "Everybody knows your name". It featured a great ensemble cast starring Ted Danson,Shelley Long, Rhea Perlan, John Ratzenberger,George Wendt,Nicholas Colassanto and later starring Woody Harrelson,Kelsey Grammer,Kirstie Alley and Bebe Neuwirth. The show centered around bar owner and retired baseball player; Sam Malone(Ted Danson), and waitress Diane(Shelley) who was also Sam's love interest. The show featured story arcs and running gags that were mostly shown in a central bar area. The remainder of the cast played very identifiable "blue collar" workers that stopped in for a beer and a shot after work.
The reason for the shows longetivity was as I said, because the cast was synonymous with 'middle America" and provided plots and characters that were very identifiable. Their were certain scripts that touched around social issues of the day as well. Alcoholism, homosexuality and adultery being among them. Carla(Rhea Perman) a waitress;provided a feminist perspective in many shows. While Fraser(Kelsey Grammer) and Diane(Shelley Long) were a little bit more upper class, Norm(George Wendt) and Cliff (John Ratzenberger) were very typical blue collar characters. The show took several years before it caught on in the ratings, but was critically acclaimed in it's first season. By it's final year it a total of eight consecutive top-ten seasons. With it's final episode shown in 1993,NBC devoted the whole evening to the show. Although short of the record,80.4 million it was still a ratings hit.

Storytelling Makes Movies Better Than TV Shows

Growing up, I really didn't have a TV. Well, we did, but we didn't have cable. It was your standard public broadcasting fare of an occasional good show among the rubbish. So, for the most part our TV was just another thing in the house that needed to be dusted every so often when we wanted to use it. Instead of TV as entertainment, we had play time outside. On the rare occasions when we did watch things, it was usually a theatre performance put on by a local community group. Perhaps this is the reason I've always preferred movies over TV shows.

I have never really got into TV shows, as it were. I've sat down and watched a few episodes back to back, but it has to tell a cohesive story to retain my attention. For instance, I watched Dexter and Leverage because each episode had a story, and each season had a theme. Both shows had over arching story lines that held them together.

This is the feature of having a complete story in a single package is what draws me movies over TV shows. I rather like getting to know the story that drives the characters. It really doesn't even matter to me whether this story is told over an hour and a half move or several seasons of a show. What matters is that it is thoughtful, compelling, and complete.

Oddly, my favourite TV show by far was Firefly, which was a long, drawn out story that was never allowed to complete on TV. Within a season you got a sense of the overarching story, the theme and message of the world, and a feeling for the antagonists that keep everything going. It would have been a great show, despite the fact that it moved slow, because of this rich story that drives the characters.

No matter which genre of movie you pick up, it is likely going to have a story that drives the characters. I can watch a wide variety of them from epics like The Lord of the Rings to comedy like Robin Hood: Men in Tights and still have that element of storytelling. So, while there are a few good shows out there that appeal to me, it really is movies, over all, that I like more.

Exit Stage Left – When Actors Leave a TV Show

It's rare for a television show to make it to the end of its run without some member of the cast leaving the show. When a show has to write a character out, they can do a good job or a bad one. These are a list of five of my favorite character exit episodes on television.

  1. Vincent Gray (Dan Futterman) on Judging Amy: In the episode "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Family" Vincent's wife had cancer and they move to California. The episode where he leaves is very touching as the family says goodbye. He and his sister Amy had been fighting in earlier episodes, but made up before he left. The most heartwarming of all is the goodbye between Vincent and his roommate/best friend, Donna. Donna spends the entire episode ignoring him or changing the subject whenever he brings up his imminent departure. Vincent corners Donna when she's preparing to go onstage to recite. He tells her not to feel bad that she can't tell him goodbye, because he knows she cares about him. He stops outside the auditorium where she's reciting and hears her dedicate a Shakespeare sonnet to him as a farewell. The episode ends with the family seeing off at the airport. Tori Amos' haunting song, 1000 Oceans, plays as he disappears. This exit is poignant and touching.
  2. Catherine Duke (Khandi Alexander) on Newsradio: Newsradio was definitely one of the most underrated sitcoms of the 90's. It was creative and the way the show wrote out the first member to exit the cast was also creative. The plot of "Catherine Moves On" was a crazy and goofy one, like most plots on the show. Catherine announces that she's resigning from the news station and a Rashamon style of storytelling happens, as the rest of the staff tries to explain to station owner, Jimmy James why she's gone. But, the other staff members' stories are more about themselves than about Catherine. It's up to her to explain as she comes back to clean out her desk. There are two fun aspects to the episode. First, they redid the opening credits in honor of her. One of the character shticks was her habit of slapping men. Each actor's clip in the credits showed her slapping the male characters and hanging out with the female characters. Also, as a way of saying farewell, her coworkers steal items from her desk. It's a funny episode that's a real tribute to Catherine Duke and her actress Khandi Alexander.
  3. Mike Flaherty (Michael J Fox) on Spin City: In the two part episode "Goodbye" Deputy Mayor of New York Mike Flaherty takes the fall for a scandal that could bring down City Hall. There are a number of touching scenes of farewell in this episode. But, what makes this one stand out are the allusions to Michael J Fox's other famous sitcom, Family Ties. His television father Michael Gross plays a therapist in the episode and there's a reference to a Mallory (his sister on Family Ties). At the end of the episode, the staff receives a letter from Mike who is now in Washington, saying he's met a stuffed shirt congressman named Alex Keaton. Alex is the character Fox played on Family Ties. The Springsteen Song "Glory Days" plays at the end of the episode. Afterwards Michael J Fox comes on stage in front of the audience and the cast hugs him. It was a good way to acknowledge how important the actor was to the show.
  4. Lucy Knight (Kellie Martin) on ER: The episode "All in the Family" was one of the best episodes in the series. This is an example of letting a character make an impression when they exit a series. In the previous episode, medical student, Lucy and doctor, John Carter get stabbed by schizophrenic patient, Paul Sobriki, while the rest of the staff celebrates Valentines' Day by having a party in the hospital. All in the Family is an appropriate name for the episode, because almost the entire staff rallies to save the two doctors. Unfortunately, Lucy is in much worse shape than Carter and dies. She was unable to do more than whisper, so Kellie Martin acted mainly with her eyes. Her only audible words were a whispered "thank you." Despite, or maybe because, of this, it's a heart wrenching performance, especially when something goes wrong and it's clear that Lucy has enough knowledge to know exactly what is happening to her. The episode also showed different sides to the other characters. Even after the episode was over, the storyline carried over to later ones including a drug addiction story for John Carter.
  5. Bill McNeal (Phil Hartman) on Newsradio: The other character exits were necessary because the actors decided to leave for various reasons. Unfortunately, the episode "Bill Moves On" had a much more somber reason. Phil Hartman was murdered by his wife before the show's fifth season. The character of Bill was an integral part of the show, so the challenge was to write him out with respect as well as humor. Newsradio carried both off with flying colors. In the episode, the character of Bill died from a heart attack. There's humor as news director Dave Nelson keeps revising the eulogy -after the funeral. Lisa Miller spends the bulk of the episode drunk and denying that she is. Matthew Brock, who has been a victim of Bill's cruel humor before, won't believe Bill is dead. Bill told him that if news ever came of his death that it would actually be a ruse. But, the part of the episode that stands out is when everyone (including Catherine Duke, as Khandi Alexander comes back to guest star) reads aloud letters Bill left to each one. The letters are a mixture of Bill's brand of biting wit and some tenderness. But, what makes this episode a tearjerker is seeing how the cast is struggling to hold back real tears during the scene. It says something to the talent of the cast that you could see their real grief without ever seeing them break out of character. It's a tribute to the show that it can still bring humor without being insulting and sadness without being sappy. However, it takes a strong person to watch without tearing up some.

Five Top TV Shows for Preschoolers

When you have a toddler and preschool age children in the house you are indulged in the world of make believe. There are many cartoons that come across the television that are either enjoyed by the children or turned in an effort to find something that is more pleasing to them. These are the favorites that have come across my television lately.

Dora the Explorer takes the children into a world of her own. With muddy mountains, gooey geysers, and prickly forests the children are taken on an adventure to get from point A to point B while learning counting, music, and Spanish along the way. Dora and her trusty sidekick Boots often come across Swiper the Fox who tries to swipe various things that Dora and Boots have.

Go Diego Go is Dora the Explorer animal rescuing cousin. Diego and his sister Alicia use their video watches to communicate through out the show. The Bo Bo Brothers are Diego's menacing costars. Go Diego Go helps children learn about animals' sounds and habitat.

Wonder Pets is another toddler favorite that can be found on Nick JR. The classroom pets turn into animal rescuers once the school day is through. The phone rings and tells then an animal is in trouble. Off they go into the world to rescue the animal that needs their help. Wonder Pets promotes teamwork and teaches the youngsters how to work together.

Thomas the Tank Engine takes place on the magical Island of Sodor, where Sir Topham Hat runs the railway. Each of the characters each have there own personalities from the grumpy Gordon to the coaches of Annie and Clarabel the children are delighted to see the trains chugging down the track and overcoming the problems they may meet along the way.

Disney's Little Einstein's take Rocket to far away locations to help someone in need. Just like Swiper in Dora the Explorer and the menacing Bo Bo Brothers the show include a nemesis that tries to steal things along the way. Big Jet follows the Little Einsteins and rocket on their adventures trying to beat them to their destinations or steal things that they may need.

There are many shows that are available for the preschoolers and toddlers to watch. Choosing the best ones for them is not necessarily the ones they want to watch. The shows listed above each have their own lessons to teach the children and can be used as learning tools for them. From caring and sharing to counting and speaking Spanish, the children will have an adventure on the screen while learning at the same time.