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A few weeks ago, The Paley Center for Media put on their annual PaleyFest — two weeks of nightly panels from some of your favorite TV shows past and present. Years past, the PaleyFest has included shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, LOST, and 90210.

This year included a Freaks & Geeks/Undeclared Reunion (which I WISH I’d known about soon enough to go), Glee and The Walking Dead.

The final panel of PaleyFest this year (and the one that I went to) was on Raising Hope.

For those of you who may not have seen this freshman show, I highly recommend it. The basic premise is that Jimmy has a one night stand with a girl who turns out to be a serial killer. She gives birth to their baby in jail before she gets the death penalty and so Jimmy (and his white-trash parents & mawmaw) have to raise the (ADORABLE and hilarious) baby girl, Hope. That may sound a little…odd…but it’s an incredibly funny sitcom and has me laughing every, single week.

The PaleyFest panel was really great — in attendance were:

Creator Greg Garcia

“Jimmy Chance” — Luca Neff

“Virginia Chance” — Martha Plimpton

“Burt Chance” — Garret Dillahunt

and “Sabrina Collins” — Shannon Woodward (this is Jimmy’s love interest on the show — they are SO cute)


Kate Micucci (who plays Sabrina’s cousin Shelly) was in the audience, so they made her stand up a couple of times too.

The event started out by introducing Greg, and then he introduced the screening portion of the evening. They actually chose to screen the season finale for us, which was really exciting — though it means I can’t really talk about it, since I wouldn’t want to spoil anything! I can say that it was REALLY funny though, and brings back a lot of great recurring characters from the first season. It does a really good job (like a lot of their episodes do) of blending funny with genuinely touching moments — as Shannon mentioned during the panel, I think that this is a big reason that the show is as good as it is.

The panel afterward was really interesting — a lot of it ended up being about the actor’s background and kind of an “actor’s studio” on how they create the characters they portray week after week, but there was also a lot of talk about the writing and shooting process; and they also touched on what it’s like to consistently work with an infant and how Hope growing up will effect later seasons of the show.

They don’t have any clips from the event up on the Paley Center website yet, but here’s a promo for the most recently aired episode “Mongooses”

I’ll definitely be checking out the PaleyFest lineup next year!


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It’s my absolute favorite time of the year again – Oscar day! It used to actually fall right around my birthday when I was younger (I think the Oscars may have even been ON my birthday one year) and so I kind of like to think of the Oscars as a 3+ hour birthday present from Hollywood. I’m pretty sure that’s not too conceited…

My point is — I don’t care how “fussy” and “stuffy” and “boring” the Oscars are. I think they are a glamourous and entertaining tradition and I love them to bits. From opening monologue to In Memoriam, from costume and set awards to Best Picture, the Academy Awards are the best night on TV for me.

Even when it runs 30+ minutes over (maybe even because of it.)

I’m not sure how this whole James Franco/Anne Hathaway host thing is going to go, but I’ve heard that Anne is an amazing singer, so I’m hoping it’s a mix of Billy Crystal hysterics and Hugh Jackman’s opening number.

In terms of the awards themselves, I’m going to go out on a limb and announce who I think will (or should) win some of the big ones ahead of time, just for fun. I’m mostly just excited that I’ve seen most of the contenders for the first time in a while. Feel free to compare/argue your choices in the comments. I’m incredibly disappointed that I have to DVR the Oscars tonight and watch them tomorrow, but this is going to be my own personal little reference guide for when I do get to watch.

Here we go:

Best Actor: I think it will (rightfully) go to Colin Firth for the King’s Speech. I LOVE that movie, so I’m really excited about this one.

Best Actress: Natalie Portman. Though I’ve heard really good things about Annette Bening, so maybe there’ll be an upsest?

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale. I normally really like him, and I think he brought the crazy-in-a-good-way to The Fighter. I ALSO really love Geoffrey Rush in King’s Speech though, so I’d be ok if he won instead.

Best Supporting Actress: I think it will be Melissa Leo for The Fighter, but I want it to be Helena Bonham Carter for King’s Speech. I also love Amy Adams though. This is a tough one!

Best Original Screenplay: I’m split, but I think it will be between King’s Speech and Inception.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Will/should: Social Network Want: Toy Story 3 (I really enjoyed Social Network, but I also LOVE the blend of elements in Toy Story 3, and thought it was incredibly well done)

Best Director: David Fincher for Social Network will win? But I wouldn’t mind Tom Hooper winning for King’s Speech.

Best Picture: I THINK it will be King’s Speech – it’s a should/want for me. Potential upset could be Social Network though, since it’s been winning a lot of other stuff.

and some of the more “obscure ones” just because I like them.

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3, since I don’t think it will take Best Picture. A close 2nd for me, and potential upset, could be How to Train Your Dragon.

Best Original Song: “I See the Light” from Tangled. Give ’em one, please! I also like the Country Strong song though. And I really have no idea which song has the most “buzz” right now

Best Original Score: I have no idea on the will/should front, and they are all VERY strong scores this year in my opinion. I want it to be How to Train Your Dragon though, if for no other reason than it gets stuck in my head the most.

Best Art Direction: (I love the way they typically present this award — showing concept art that fades into that scene in the film so you can see the process) This is Alice in Wonderland’s chance. I could see King’s Speech or Harry Potter getting it too, though.

Best Costume Design: (I love this one for the same reason as Art Direction) King’s Speech? (Oscar loves their period pieces) Could also be True Grit or Alice though.

I didn’t see any of the foreign films, shorts (live or animated) or documentaries so I can’t really speak to those…and I normally just COMPLETELY guess the VFX and sound awards because I can never figure out how they pick that one — if I ever get it right it’s because I’m a lucky duck.

So there you go! Happy Oscar Viewing everyone! It’s early Sunday morning here, but we only have a couple of more hours to go before red carpet pre-shows start!

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According to a blurb my sorority posted on Facebook about a week ago, a friendiversary is the anniversary of becoming friends with someone. It just so happens that this terminology lesson coincided with TWO excellent events: my friendiversary with Erin (roughly January 17thish or so — whatever day we had Traditions on our Disney College Program) AND Erin’s visit to the west coast with her husband Mike (they got married in November, if you remember from here).


The initial reason for their somewhat last minute trip west was actually a friend’s wedding down near Anaheim, but they were going to spend some time in the Hollywood area too.

Jeremy & I met up with them one night for a Haunted Hollywood Bus Tour (cue the creepy music).

Erin and Mike on the tour bus

This was actually my very first LA bus tour. Our driver was…interesting to say the least. We all actually probably knew more about motorcycles than anything else at the end of the tour. And the only thing I may have been scared of was his completely insane driving.

BUT we drove by The Magic Castle (Neil Patrick Harris is a member of this exclusive magicians club/hangout), which was exciting because I desperately want to go sometime.

The Magic Castle (invitation only)

We also saw Bella Lugosi’s (aka Dracula himself) old house, which was appropriately creepy looking.

After that we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe, which was actually a first time event for me! And of course took some goofy pictures, because that’s just how we roll.

Two days later we were lucky enough to get to see Mike & Erin AGAIN and spend practically an entire day at the West-Coast Happiest Place on Earth (aka Disneyland) with them. SO. Much. Fun.

Best. Ride Photo. Ever.

Erin & I in Toon Town!

I thought the tea cup might fly off the hinges for a second...

All the Texans

Casey Jr Circus Train at the end of the day

It’s always great to have dear friends come visit — I can’t believe I’ve known Erin for FOUR years already! Time flies! For our 5 year, maybe we’ll switch and I’ll go to Texas…OR maybe we’ll just drag ourselves back down to Orlando ­čÖé

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