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Thursday, October 19, 2006

And Laura Returns!

It's the return for which many GL fans have been waiting. In ONE WEEK Genie Francis will reprise her role as Laura Spencer.

I remember watching this show as a child, during the whole Luke and Laura romance. Their wedding was the 'royal wedding' of soap land...everyone knows Luke and Laura, even if you don't currently or have never watched the show! The wedding episode still holds the record of "being the highest rated hour in soap history".

For the past several years, Laura has been in a facility a.k.a. asylum, because she is afflicted by some catatonic state that only soap doctors can diagnose. So far, those marvels of medicine have been unable to treat it. But guess what? There is a doctor in France who can help Laura! He is performing the procedure next week, but there's a 50-50 chance she may die! But somehow, through the miracle of soap medicine, I think she is going to make.

What does she return to? Well, her on-again, off-again hubby Luke is off to find his on-again, off-again girlfriend who has been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend, who's baby she is carrying. Confused yet? Just wait. Her oldest son Nikolas is raising his son, who for the first few months of his life was a Jax, because Jasper (known as Jax) never told everyone the truth about the baby's paternity before Courtney, the baby's mother, died, whom Jax was in love with, as well.Why? To protect the baby from the Cassidines - Luke's arch enemy. Confused yet?! Just wait. Then there's her son Lucky, the cop, who is in drug rehab, because while trying to save his wife Liz, from a psycho, his back was injured and he became addicted to painkillers. Of course, said wife has filed for divorce because Lucky, in his need for drugs, had an affair with his dead partners girlfriend, Maxi to get her to get drugs for him and it all came out. But just to make things interesting...because Liz was grieving so badly about the ruin of her marriage, she ran to Jason, with whom she had hot, soap sex all night long, and guess what?! She's pregnant and she doesn't know who the father is. Quelle surprise! But wait. Maxi is pregnant too! Keeping up with me? Finally, there's Lulu. Laura's little girl, the girl she thought she'd never have. Well, Lulu ain't little anymore. In fact, she was pregnant too. (There like bunnies on this show!) She wanted her best friend Dylan, who was married to Georgie (Maxi's sister), so she made up a lie to break them up...and it worked! She got to lose it to Dylan on the boathouse floor! Now that's romance! But she couldn't live with the guilt, so she came clean and Dylan dumped her, only to find out oops! she's preggers! Knowing she's too young to raise a child and never likely to be mother material, she has an abortion.

And that folks, is what Laura, the would be vegetable will return to next week.

If you don't know the Luke and Laura drama, or just want to refresh your memory, you can check it out at Wikipedia .

Monday, October 16, 2006

Recipe Time!

Super Easy Meatloaf

1 lb. lean ground beef
2 eggs
1 cup water
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1 pkg Stove Top for Chicken
1/2 - 3/4 cup ketchup
2-3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp mustard

Preheat oven to 375. In a large bowl, gently beat eggs. Stir in water and BBQ sauce. Add Stove Top and toss to coat. Let sit 5 minutes. Gently, but thoroughly mix in ground beef. Shape into oval loaf in a 13x9" pan. Bake for 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix ketchup, sugar, and mustard. After baking 40 minutes, spread ketchup mixture on top of the meatloaf and bake another 20 minutes.

Tip: using the 13x9" pan instead of a bread pan allows the fat to run off.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

This is the official NBC take:

"Emmy Award-winning executive producer-writer (NBC's "The West Wing") Aaron Sorkin and Emmy Award-winning executive producer-director (“The West Wing”) Thomas Schlamme return to television with this crackling take on the drama behind the humor of producing a popular, late-night comedy sketch show, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."

In the new drama series, Sorkin lays bare the backstage politics, romances and delicate balance between creative talent, on-air personalities and network executives in an instant text-messaging world. Prominent are Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet, "Syriana"), a savvy new network entertainment chief who inherits a massive public relations disaster on the series -- even before she starts her first day -- and Matt Albie (Matthew Perry, "Friends") and Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford, "The West Wing"), a brilliant creative team that she wants to resurrect the program.

Also playing crucial roles are the sketch comedy series stars Harriet Hayes (Sarah Paulson, "Down With Love"), Simon Stiles (D.L. Hughley, "The Hughleys") and Tom Jeter (Nathan Corddry, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"), their normally cool-headed director, Cal Shanley (Timothy Busfield, "thirtysomething") as well as supreme network honcho Jack Rudolph (Steven Weber, "Wings"). "

Well. What can I say? Other than ... I LOVE THIS SHOW!

Not just because I love most of the actors....I mean, you can't go wrong with actors like Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford, Timothy Busfield, and Amanda Peet. But Aaron Sorkin is one of the most gifted producers and screen writers of our time.

His scripts rely solely on dialogue, not action, to pique and hold our interest for 60 minutes. He actually expects his audience to use their brains while watching his show, rather than sitting in a catatonic state the entire time. The most action you're likely to see on the show, is someone running from the dressing rooms to the stage. That's about it. The stories are almost exclusively conversation based. And it's not trite drivel that a monkey could follow. A person actually has to listen and process what they are saying. It's witty, humorous, and most of all, thought provoking.

I would HIGHLY recommend this show to anyone! It airs on two different nights: Sunday @ 8pm on CTV and Monday @11pm on NBC. If you haven't watched this show, I definitely suggest giving it a watch. Just one show and you'll be hooked.

Also, if you watch tomorrows episode, you'll get to see Sting perform "Fields of Gold" at the end, all while playing the lute - he put out a classical CD this year and he graces the show with two songs. Listening to "Fields of Gold" with the accompanying lute was amazing - very moving. It's worth watching the show, just for that three minutes.