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  1. Very interesting article that I'm currently reading on The Handmaiden's Tale 

    On The Handmaid’s Tale, Bernie Sanders, And Feminism

    1. DRW50


      That was a fascinating article. I had no idea they were so frightened of being associated with feminism or even the idea of a product pitched to female viewers/about a female character. It really does tell you the chill in the air. It's a microcosm of what decimated soaps.

    2. DramatistDreamer


      This has been an issue that has been hiding just below the surface for a long time. It's now been getting more conspicuous witht the likes of Palin and Coulter's verbal assaults on feminists (while simultaneous accusing feminism of not embracing the conservative brand of feminism) but now that conservatives are have more emboldened, many are more reticent than ever about being avidly feminist. It's similar to the way liberal has negative connotations, whereas maybe in the 60s-70s, it might have been viewed differently. 

      There are some very interesting instances of women of renown being reticent to be seen as powerful for fear of being branded feminists.

      Have you ever heard the story of Lucille Ball during board meetings after she took over Desilu? That's an interesting anecdote.

  2. Don Cheadle slyly but very directly shaded the hell out of Stacy Dash!  

  3. I'm seeing a lot of "Vote Yes" to Strike Authorization notes from acquaintances in the WGA. Oh boy!

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    2. DramatistDreamer


      I guess by May 2nd we shall surely know.

    3. Soapsuds


      That soon??:o

      Sally Sussman better hope that the scribe writers don't do better than her and the ratings go up for Y&R.:lol:

    4. Khan


      Don't forget: it was the last strike that put an end to LML's reign of terror -- not because she was a lousy HW, but because she refused to cross picket lines and continue her other duties as EP. ;)

  4. All signs are pointing to a possible Writer's Strike. Buckle up, folks.

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    2. Melroser


      true, if the strike was extended but DAYS would be the one show that could weather a couple of months without having to have other writers step in. I mean, haven't they written like 2 years in advance. LOL. (I know, not that far...but far enough)

    3. Khan


      IMO, GH would be the most vulnerable.  B&B and Y&R are in creative slumps that a potential strike might prolong, but not enough to finish them off for good.  And DAYS...?  Well, DAYS tapes so far ahead that, depending on its duration, the strike could come and go and leave the writing virtually unaffected.  Ergo, if DAYS' audience tunes out in droves during the strike on account of the writing, then they would have tuned out even if there WEREN'T a strike.

    4. ReddFoxx


      A strike would likely end at least one of the soaps. CBS seems willing to leave it's soaps in place (B&B especially, since it has an international following), but the other two networks might cut their losses and flush their last remaining soap.

  5. Just couldn't avoid saying this, I feel heartsick about what happened to Mr. Godwin in Cleveland yesterday. My prayers go out to his family and hope this individual is caught and brought to justice.

    1. All My Shadows

      All My Shadows

      It's so terrifying.

    2. Juliajms


      Me too. Just awful.

  6. RIP Charlie Murphy. He did look a bit thin over the years but I didn't know he was battling leukemia.:(

    1. DRW50


      And his wife died of cancer in 2009. How awful.

    2. DramatistDreamer


      OMG, yes I forgot about that!  Those poor children!

  7. Ugh, Stockholm. Heaven knows what has caused this today.:unsure::(

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    2. DramatistDreamer


      A truck careened into a group of people, two people were killed and dozens injured. I don't want to jump to conclusions but this sounds similar to terror attacks by truck that happened in places like London and Southern France.

    3. I Am A Swede

      I Am A Swede

      All the signs are pointing towards a terrorist attack. The truck was stolen when the driver was busy unloading it, it was then driven at high speed on to a street reserved for pedestrians and ended up stuck in the entrance to a big store.

    4. DramatistDreamer


      I'm so sorry @I Am A Swede My condolences and sympathy to you and your compatriots. 

      I was living and going to university in NYC during the September 11th attacks, so I know what effect this has on the community.

      I don't know what words of comfort I can give other than I hope the terrorists are caught and that there are no more victims.

      Scary to contemplate but this seems to be the modus operandi now- acts of terror committed by vehicles where people go about their daily business. I wonder if some terrorist decided to make a 'statement' after the missile strikes? Or was this planned for some time? 

  8. Ann Coulter and Jimmy Walker are dating?? This can't be real life!

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    2. ChitHappens


      Someone lost a bet here. I Just can't figure out who?

    3. DramatistDreamer


      Without Sherman Hemsley and Isabelle Sanford, the Jeffersons could've easily flopped. Norman Lear series had some top shelf talent!

      What was most disappointing about Good Times was that it began with a lot of promise. It was based on Michael Evans' true life story (ironically Michael Evans played Lionel Jefferson) and was created by Evan and Eric Monte (Cooley High) but once Eric Monte left after a dispute, the show lost a lot of that ability to balance the gritty reality of ghetto life with humor and stay topical/relevant and all the while maintain the dignity of the characters- that sort of dissipated, with JJ always strutting around, spouting "Dynomite!" every 5 minutes and yes, sometimes while wearing that ridiculous chicken hat!

    4. Nothin'ButAttitude


      This pairing is old news to me. They've said for the longest that they were 'friends,' I've never believed it. I knew they were more. When it comes to Ann, I feel like she's a professional troll, who makes money off simps. The Boondocks did a spoof on Ann a few years ago that I feel is very true to life on how she is.

  9. Watching an old episode of SATC, Season 2 and just caught a big (yes, I did say Big) oopsie where you can see the boom mic and crew in the reflection of Carrie's TV screen as she sits typing on her laptop.:lol:

  10. Reflecting on the film Get Out, this is a pretty insightful essay by Brent Staples.

    The Movie ‘Get Out’ Is a Strong Antidote to the Myth of ‘Postracial’ America


    1. DRW50


      That's an interesting read. I know there was some controversy over Samuel L Jackson suggesting the only reason the movie was accepted was because a British actor was playing the lead. 

    2. DramatistDreamer


      Samuel Jackson obviously doesn't remember the numerous times Americans have portrayed Nelson Mandela and butchered the South African accent. Denzel Washington as Steve Biko was pretty decent-good really but his accent was horrendous in the Mighty Quinn. In fact, every American actor who has ever done a West Indian accent (Jamaican especially) has been utterly horrendous.

      Jackson, by the way, has since backtracked on his statement.

  11. Mahalo!


  12. 2 Russian Spys and 2 others indicted on theft of 500 million Yahoo! Accounts.

    1. DramatistDreamer


      Three are Russian nationals and one, Kazakh. 

  13. Judging by responses to Nicki Minaj's reponse to Shether, folks are not impressed.

  14. Remy Ma is not one to be messed with, she goes for the jugular.

    1. ChitHappens


      I'm not into rap/hip hop but I love Remy Ma from Love and Hip Hop. I didn't know what was going in my my TL was crazy. Someone explained and then I listened to the track. She murdered Nikki and there's no track Nikki can make to counter. My mouth dropped during the last 2.5 minutes. 

    2. DramatistDreamer


      I don't follow/listen to rap/hip hop music as much as I did in the early 00s but I do remember Remy from her pre-prison stint days. Always highly talented with her lyrical delivery and definitely had unmistakeable presence from Day 1. 

      And you're right, Nikki would have an extremely tough time countering that. Remy disabled her from several fronts. And the people griping about two women engaging in 'battle rap' clearly don't know the history- someone reminded critics that Roxanne Shante vs. The 'Real Roxanne' happened in the 80s, so it's a well-known tradition.

      Still, that battle pales in comparison to this one. Remy 'bodied' Nikki and there's little left of her.

  15. "...take a look, it's in a book, a Reading Rainbow". Happy 60th Birthday to LeVar Burton! I was introduced to some great books through Reading Rainbow.

    1. ajsp35801


      I adored that show. 

    2. All My Shadows

      All My Shadows

      Wonderful memories watching this on PBS back in the day. Happy birthday, LeVar! I have a lot of admiration for him and his commitment to literacy.

  16. I like the new logo! "Where Drama Lives" indeed! :lol:

    1. victoria foxton

      victoria foxton

      It's a cool and slick new look. With a great catch phrase.

    2. Vee


      It applies to the constant, sudden and unexplained outages for days at a time.

  17. Oscar Nominations are out this morning.

    1. Soapsuds


      I am so over the Oscars. I have no idea or have seen the movies nominated for best picture. It's all about popularity and the ratings for the show have been dropping every year. I don't get the big hoopla about it.

  18. PEOTUS Trump probably cannot even spell substantive. (deep heavy sigh).

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    2. DramatistDreamer
    3. ReddFoxx


      And he had the nerve to post that phony picture of him "writing" his inauguration speech. As if he would write a speech.

    4. DramatistDreamer


      ...he doesn't even look like he reads that well. I won't be watching, I'll wait for clips on the evening news.

  19. Went to bed late yet woke up way too early. Why?

    Today is going to be one of those days!

  20. Hidden Fences has been trending all night. Someone done messed up!

  21. Is anyone savvy with Adobe Digital Editions, who can answer a question about them and Windows Explorer?

    It's driving me crazy that my ADE files don't show the cover of the book, only a generic ADE thumbnail.

    Does anyone know how to fix this so that the covers show up on the file in Windows Explorer? I'm still using Windows 7.

  22. For all you Keeping Up With Appearances fans, Patricia Routledge is now a Dame!


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    2. I Am A Swede

      I Am A Swede

      Finally!! So well deserved!!   :D:wub:

    3. ~bl~


      COol and that gif. :)

    4. DramatistDreamer


      I'm definitely a fan of hers too!

  23. Serena Williams is engaged!


  24. Everyone's talking about doping of athletes in Russia but this is every bit as disturbing, moreso really.


    H.I.V. Cases Surpass a Million in Russia, but Little Is Done

  25. Tiger Woods is trying to say his kids made him pose for that shirtless Santa baby pic but we know he's just on the prowl, looking for a lady to share that next $5 footlong.