Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hot air balloons, goggles and God Bless the USA

- Sign of the apocalypse:  A principal in a New York school banned kindergarten students from singing Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" at their graduation on the grounds that "we don't want to offend other cultures."

- Did you hear about the Indiana man whose marriage proposal went awry?  The hopeful young man hired a hot air balloon to propose to his girlfriend only to have the balloon collide with power lines, delivering a shock that knocked out the pilot who then fell on the young woman.  Both the pilot and bride-to-be were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.  Thankfully for the young man, the future bride said "yes" before the accident occurred.

- Did you like the ending of The Killing?  The AMC drama thankfully unveiled the killer of Rosie Larson.  Now, what will happen to the show next year...?

- Game of Thrones' popularity among teens and young adults generated an average of 3.9 million pirated downloads per episode during this recently concluded season.  That number is more than the 3.8 million who legally watched the show on HBO.

- The "Leading Actress in a Musical" Tony Award winner was Audra McDonald for her role in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.  Those who watch Private Practice (ABC) know McDonald as Dr. Naomi Bennett.  It was the fourth Tony Award win for McDonald.

- Here's your DIY tip of the day--use goggles when you cut an onion to prevent the normal tearing-up.  (Hey, c'mon, face it--you get all kinds of fun insight into an eclectic bunch of topics on this blog.)

- Actor Jared Harris did five hours of media interviews the Monday after his character, Lane Pryce, committed suicide on Mad Men (AMC.)  Not only were viewers caught off guard by the shocking development but so too were Harris' agents.  Unlike actors on other dramas (Sean Bean, Game of Thrones; Jon Bernthal, The Walking Dead) who signed on to do other projects, thus signaling their fate on their respective shows, Harris gamely ignored other opportunities in order to keep the fate of Pryce a secret until the show aired.  Brad Schenck, one of Harris' agents, knew that things were going the wrong direction when Harris' Pryce forged a check on the show.  "I told my wife, 'This isn't good'," said Schenck.

- And, finally, if you've chosen to avoid the new Dallas on TNT, you're missing the chance to see several aged original characters reprise their roles.  The most shocking comparison is Charlene Tilton who, since 1979, has aged rather dramatically.

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