Dearly Beloved We Are Gathered Here in Mayberry…

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As we head into spring and summer we all know it’s the start of wedding season.  I was recently asked to do a reading at a family wedding we have coming up in June.  I agreed to do the reading with one stipulation…I get to pick what I read. The bride, groom and the pastor […]

Aunt Bee: Sex Symbol and Diva?

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A young Frances Bavier publicity photo as a fledging  Broadway stage actress. Aunt Bee was a looker!  No, I am serious.  Briscoe Darling, the various traveling salesmen, and all her other suitors on the Andy Griffith Show had it right.  She was some catch…but no one ever did! Frances Elizabeth Bavier was born in New […]

And the Andy Goes to…

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I thought it was long overdue to hand out awards centered on the Andy Griffith Show.  But, instead of the Oscar, we’ll be giving out the Andy!  The statue for the Andy represents a lawman that doesn’t have a gun…fitting image for this prestigious honor. So picture this…The whole town of Mayberry is gathered in […]

Signed Fatally Yours: Barnabas-Josette-Angelique

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As soap operas go, we can expect to see a super couple emerge or a couple with “Romeo and Juliet” syndrome who are doomed to be apart…you know, that old chestnut. With Dark Shadows we have that and more in the form of Barnabas and Josette. These lovers were happy until the day love spurned […]

Life After Collinwood

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Actors all dream of making it big in their chosen media, be it small screen or big screen. Dark Shadows sparked or elevated the careers of the actors on this cult series. Success for Kate Jackson was explosive. Her appearance as Quentin’s love Daphne Harridge on Dark Shadows, introduced us to this young beauty. As […]

Why We Relate To The Collins Family

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Every family has a blacksheep in it, a kooky aunt, crazy cousin or slacker brother. The Collins family of Collinsport, Main are no exception. The quintessential dysfunctional family, part of the allure to this Dark Shadows clan, is that fans can relate to the dynamics and undercurrents of their relationships. Consider Elizabeth Collins Stoddard and […]

Days of Our Lives: Previews and Reviews

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Watch out Days of Our Lives fans! There will be big stories in store for the characters of the Sami Set including Sami and Nicole.  Expect to see EJ and Sami working closer together in the series. Eric Brady’s 12 years of absence in Salem will end this coming November 13. Nicole will also have […]

Tyler Perry as Madea, What Do We Know?

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Tyler Perry is one of the most prolific and successful writers, producers, directors, songwriters and actors today.  In 2011 he was named entertainment’s highest paid man for earning $130 million between May 2010 and 2011. Born in New Orleans Louisiana September 13, 1969 Perry was one of several children.  At birth he was named Emmitt […]

The Walking Dead: “Walk with Me”

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This week’s episode is remarkable not only in its distinct change of setting, but in its strong political themes.  The setting is important because, at least at face value, it serves as a deliberate contrast to that of the previous episode.  The chaos our protagonists are experiencing at the prison, combined with the uncertainty of […]

Raymond Burr As Perry Mason

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Raymond Burr was a Canadian born actor probably best known for his TV roles in Perry Mason and Ironsides. In 1959 and 1961 he won Emmy Awards for his role as Perry Mason.  For his role in Ironsides he was nominated for the Emmy Awards six times and for the Golden Globe Award twice. Raymond […]