- Happy birthday to my idol Paul Walker
Happy Birthday to the very kind, generous, and talented Paul Walker, who would be 41 today. You are very well loved and dearly missed.
Fox is notorious for killing great TV shows before they even get a chance to get off the ground— and they’ve done it again. I am extremely disappointed in the network’s decision not to renew Gang Related for a second season. For my money, it was an intense, hard-hitting drama that felt real and relatable with good action, a talented cast, and a suspenseful storyline—the very definition of great TV! Each episode got more and more intense. Of course I am also loving the diverse, minority-driven cast. Shout out to my man Sung Kang for sparking my interest in this gem.
Apparently, the network considered renewing it but it was too “heavy serialized” for a Summer show. Well, bollox to the lot of them! So, let me get this straight, Fox, you aired the show in a Summer slot which by the network’s own measurement, it couldn’t succeed in, then you axed the show for not succeeding. Way to go! Gang Related should have been a part of the Fall schedule to begin with.
I absolutely abhor when my shows get cancelled. Look, people get attached to these things! And if they’re not attached, then the writers and the network aren’t doing their jobs. GR is the only series on Fox that I have watched since the network cancelled New Amsterdam in 2008—another poor decision. I still have not seen a show use the unique premise that New Amsterdam was based on. And yes, I am just as angry about that decision today as I was 6 years ago. Here’s hoping that I won’t have to feel the same about Gang Related in the near future.
There is always the chance of being picked up by another network or medium even (I’m looking at you, Netflix). That seems to be an increasing trend in today’s television landscape, which means our favorite shows now have a viable option for revival that doesn’t require us to mail in millions of bottles of Tabasco sauce (only some of you will get that reference).
Gritty cop-drama Southland found second-life on TNT after being cut loose by NBC, Netflix resurrected the eerie crime drama The Killing following the show’s demise on AMC, and Direct-TV gave hope to Damages fans after the legal thriller ran its course on FX. So, Graddicts (“Gang Related Addicts,” dubbed so by fans on Twitter), let us hold out hope! A cable channel would have been better suited to Gang Related, anyway. I’m thinking FX, USA, or TNT. If anybody knows where the show is being shopped around or any campaigns to get it picked up, let me know!
In the meantime, I’m curious to know, who is your favorite character on Gang Related?
President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, & Vice President Biden observe moment of silence at the White House on the 13th anniversary of 9/11.
"Tribute in Light" - twin light beams are presented by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum to shine annually on September 11.
Normally we don’t get involved with private affairs, but the continued outpouring of grief, praise, remembrance, and love for Robin Williams we’ve seen on Tumblr has been staggering. He gave his gifts selflessly, and was a beacon of sorts to those of us who had a weird time figuring out how our energies and talents fit into the world.
Remember, if you’re struggling, there’s help. We love ya, Tumblr.
And goodbye, Robin. We love you, too.
Much love to the great Robin Williams. Sad times. Really gonna miss him. Keeping his loved ones in prayer.
I like it best when it’s understated.
Don’t over-say it,
or over-stay it—your welcome, I mean.
Play it cool.
Keep it clean.
Dazzle them with the best of you;
don’t show them what they already seen
cause people talk like it’s about words
when really it’s about a thing.
On top of an awesome cast that includes Denzel Washington—who is never anything short of THE MAN—and a goofy Ryan Gosling before he acquired copious amounts of swag and inexplicable sex appeal, Remember the Titans has heart and soul. I’m not a huge sports fan; I’m more of a sometimes-if-I- feel-like-it sports watcher, but I quite enjoy sports films. They make you feel good, often showing the championship of the human spirit. The way they highlight the ability of people from diverse backgrounds to forget their differences and come together on the field (and off) for a common goal is inspiring. It’s the perfect vehicle for a film about racial tensions and segregation.
The way these young players, taught to hate each other because of the color of their skin, are able to pull together as a family touches me deeply. But their experience as a football team leaves them in a social bubble where the outside world is just as segregated as the day they all met. I love the way Remember the Titans shows how sports can bring people together, especially in a time when it was so desperately needed. Somehow it transcends football. It transcends our racial differences. It’s about our community.
Ok, ok, there’s another reason I adore this movie so: “Sunshine.” My heart skipped a beat and did a triple back-flip when I first saw Kip Pardue who plays quarterback Ronny “Sunshine” Bass! Not sure if it was the role or the man but my 12-year-old-self was having all sorts of emotions about him. Oh, jeeze! I can’t even go there because that would be an entire post in and of itself, and would probably implicate me as a down-low creep. I like to keep that side of me hidden. *winks*
Kip Pardue—look at his cutie face.