Friday, January 24, 2014

Live's Michael Strahan to be Honored at Legends for Charity Event in NYC January 30: Marlo Thomas, Rich Eisen, Erin Andrews, Antonio Pierce, Jesse Armstead Among Many Notables Slated to Attend

The 9th annual Pat Summerall Award will be presented to New York Football Giants Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at the Legends for Charity® Dinner in New York City. The dinner will be held at the NFL Headquarters Hotel, The Grand Hyatt beginning at 5pm, and once again benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Tickets are available.

Former NY Giant and Live's Michael Strahan
As a player, Strahan recorded 141.5 sacks over 15 seasons, was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team (2000s), and won Super Bowl XLII with the Giants. Strahan has found success away from the field as one of America’s most recognizable broadcast personalities, serving as an analyst for FOX NFL Sunday and as co-host

INTERVIEW: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Soap That Goes Behind the Scenes of a Soap, "Tainted Dreams"

Behind the Scenes: What happened to Austin?
Soap opera actors, producers and directors have been at the forefront of the movement and transition towards online programming. Securing investors, casting, lower-budget shooting and building audiences have become the new way of production. This new method breeds creativity and innovation because old boundaries are removed. The next challenge is finding the right platform, possibly sponsors, and an audience amidst the clutter of internet, streaming and traditional TV programming.
By Suzanne Ordas Curry
The latest entry into this genre is Tainted Dreams, a soap within a soap, produced by Emmy-award winning director/producer Sonia Blangiardo, who worked on As The World Turns, All My Children and One Life To Live. Tainted Dreams is the story of  the behind the scenes shenanigans behind a fictional soap, Painted Dreams. For all you soap fans, here's some trivia: Painted Dreams was actually the first daytime radio soap opera program, having been broadcast out of Chicago in 1930.

The cast is tremendous with a line-up of names any fan of daytime will recognize. I got a little melancholy just thinking about all these great dramas that are no more.

RHONJ Dina Manzo, Producer Sonia Blangiardo and Anthony Wilkinson
The cast includes: Alicia Minshew (All My Children), Austin Peck (As the World Turns, Days of Our Lives, One Life to Live), Collen Zenk (As The World Turns),  Terri Ivens (All My Children), Kelley Menighan Hensley (As The World Turns),  Grant Alexsander (Guiding Light), Walt Whiley (All My Children), Natalia Livingston (General Hospital), Marnie Schulenburg (As The World Turns), Michael Lowry (One Live To Live and All My Children), Bobbie Eakes (All My Children, Bold and The Beautiful),  James DePaiva (One Life to Live), Nathan Purdee (One Life To Live),  Larkin Malloy (The Edge of Knight and All My Children), Illen Kristen (One Life to Live and Ryan's Hope) Tonja Walker (One Life To Live). 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

From Jacqueline Laurita's Hometown Newspaper: House is Up for Sale and will she return to RHONJ?

From the Wyckoff/Franklin Lakes PATCH:
Jaqueline and Chris Laurita are planning to stay in Franklin Lakes, according to reports.

Real Housewives of New Jerseystars Jaqueline and Chris Laurita have officially put their Franklin Lakes home on the market, and they are asking $2.85 million for it, according to multiple reports and the home’s online real estate listing.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Goodbye to Two Sitcom TV Legends, The Partridge Family's Reuben Kincaid and Gilligan Island's "Professor"

                                                                                                                By Suzanne Ordas Curry
Growing up in the 70's, I tell my kids, there really wasn't a whole lot on TV to watch. I don't think they can even fathom the fact that we had about 7 channels to watch. And we had to change those channels by hand. On the East Coast in the NY area, this was CBS, NBC, ABC, a local channel on 5, 9 and 11 and fuzzy PBS on 13 and maybe something else fuzzy if one played with the channel dial a bit. UHF, VHF? It was just fun trying to find something else.
Gilligan's Island: the Complete First Season
Gilligan's Island was a staple. Every girl my age wanted to be like Ginger or Maryann. And we pined for The Professor. Not so much because he was so handsome- but he was- but maybe because the only other males on that show were Gilligan, the Skipper and Mr. Howell. 

The Professor died yesterday at age 89. Think of the song. So now's it just ".......and Maryann". There were two versions of the theme song and he didn't even make the cut in one of them.

He was just too darn smart. He would invent things and make contraptions out of  things that clearly could not be found on the island, but he would give some kind of explanation so we all thought it was possible. Just  he couldn't figure out how to build a boat. Better not to think while watching that show.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Jersey Boy & NBC News Anchor Brian Williams Talks About Life with Jersey’s Jack Curry of the YES Network on JCTV

Daughter Allison of HBO's Girls and Son Doug Following in his TV Footsteps
NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams is by far one of the most recognizable news anchors in the country. Not many people know that this hard-working, personable and intelligent guy is from Jersey. He was born in Ridgewood, NJ, moved to Elmira NY and then finished high school down the shore, in Middletown. When Brian did his Superstorm Sandy report in 2013, you could tell that the shore was in his heart.

Brian was a volunteer firefighter when he lived in Middletown, NJ. His first job was at a Perkin’s Pancake House as a busboy. He started his news career at a local station in Pittsburgh PA.

Friday, January 10, 2014

INTERVIEW: Brazilian Beauty & PopStar Natalia Damini - Exclusive First American Interview for First Album "Beautiful" Includes Song with Nicki Manaj and Paul Walker Tribute

"Gracias! Gracias!” exclaimed the young Natalia Damini as she ran out of her local video store, clutching her very own copy of  Dirty Dancing. “No one else but you rents it, and you’ve rented it so often, you can just have it,” the store owner said. "That movie was my inspiration,” stated Natalia. “I love the dancing and the music. I would practice the choreography, and of course, I wanted to marry Patrick Swayze.”  Flash forward a decade or so and Natalia is doing her own dirty dancing, up on stage to her own songs, performing over 80 concerts a year.  She is about to release her first album, Beautiful in January 2014. A recognized music artist in Brazil  she’s teamed up for a single on the album with one of America’ hottest artists,  #Nicki Manaj entitled Hot Fire. Other collaborations include those with Gucci Mane and Shop Boys. It’s also got a song on it, Letter on a Bullet Train, dedicated to actor #Paul Walker (video below). Her latest EP release from the album, Bad Girl, debuted at #32 on the Itunes Pop Music

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Rosie O'Donnell Makes NJ Her Home - as seen on

Loved her show years ago; it always put a smile on my face.. She paved the way for so many other talk show hosts, especially female ones. She's also got a great foundation for children to learn and participate in the arts. Read about Rosie's Theater Kids on her website,

Welcome to NJ and hope to see you 'round town Rosie.

Rosie O'Donnell buys Saddle River home -