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Dallas is Back with a Bang
Dallas is back with a bang. 6.9 million viewers watched the premiere of Dallas on Wednesday July 13, 2012.I was skeptical at first but pleasantly surprised. Having spent the first thirteen years of my life in Dallas this show has memories for me and my family. I still have two sisters and family there.
The new and revamped version of Dallas brings us the return of J.R. and Bobby Ewing. The original characters in the original series that began in 1978 based on South fork Ranch for which Dallas became a well-known for. J.R. is still the ruthless oil tycoon and Bobby, the younger brother still has a conscience and a heart, but unfortunately has a dangerous form of cancer. Bobby is desperately trying to put his house in order and honor his late mother’s wishes.
But now, you have their two sons, cousins also in the mix. Christopher Ewing, Bobby’s adopted son and John Ross, J.R.’s son duke it out over South fork oil and alternative energy. I must say they have made the case for alternative energy versus oil drilling, sexy and practical in the greed, sex& oil plotline.
Jesse Metcalfe plays Christopher Ewing and like his father Bobby he has a big heart and a conscience. Josh Henderson who plays John Ross on the other hand is the guy you love to hate; this bad boy persona fits him perfectly. He is trying to get South fork for himself and is basically trying to screw over everyone including his own father J.R.
Linda Gray is back as Sue Ellen Ewing – JR’s first wife and John Ross’s mom. Thank goodness she isn’t an alcoholic anymore but, a corporate woman on the board of a bank, operating charity events and running for a governor. Then there is Brenda Strong, who plays Ann Ewing, Bobby’s wife, she’s kind of a character that is tricky for audiences to identify with because everyone loves Pam Barnes played by Victoria Principal in the original Dallas. But I will give her a chance.
This brings us to the younger female vixens with Jordana Brewster playing John Ross’ love interest Elena Ramos who happens to be Christopher’s ex-fiancée. I think Jordana plays Elena well. She is beautiful, smart and sophisticated, the daughter of the cook but through hard work and brains she has done well for herself. I think viewers will identify with her. Christopher’s new fiancée Rebecca Sutter, played by Julie Gonzalo has a secret agenda along with her brother that we are anxious to find out about.
Stay tuned and tune in on Wednesday nights for the continued and unfolding drama of Dallas on TNT.I am so looking forward to this ride. I love this show. Thank you Dallas for making my summer a little bit more fun.
Relationships Begin and End with Respect
I was not in the mood to write today at all. But I always say nothing happens by accident. Things led me to ponder on relationships. I hope at least one person will find something that can be useful to them in their relationships.
No one goes on a journey alone. We depend on others in both material and immaterial ways to move us towards our objectives in life. Relationships are the glue that holds spouses, children, friends and everybody together.
To build a solid relationship there must be:
- Respect-Everything starts with mutual respect. Every person that God created is valuable and placing value on people is very important in maintaining a relationship. My take on respect is even if others haven’t earned your trust they deserve respect simply because they are human beings. What you make happen for others God will make happen for you.
- Trust-Trust is a necessity for all good relationships intending to last. If we are paranoid and think everyone is out to get us, eventually we find we are left all alone. Scottish poet George MacDonald said, “To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.” Without trust it becomes difficult to sustain any kind of relationship. If you have earned trust but are still being treated as an outsider. Move on. Sometimes human beings let pettiness, jealousy and fear get in the way of what could have been a mutually beneficial relationship.
- Reciprocity-I have learned by personal experience that a relationship that is one-sided will not last. If someone is always the giver and the other the receiver the relationship will eventually collapse. That may actually be a good thing. Because if you are in any team in this playing field we call life, there should be mutual enjoyment and if there isn’t; then maybe you and that person are in different places in life, with different goals and aspirations. What is important is that you do the right thing. You try. Give people your full attention and show them you care. Be honest and open. But at the end of the day, not everyone will like you. That is also fine.
What matters most is your happiness. I always like to say this. Jesus said “love your neighbor as yourself not more than yourself.”And if that guy you like is treating you shabbily, the popular girl in school is ignoring you or if you just feel your family and friends don’t understand you. Remember this unshakeable truth. God created you in His image. When He did that He said “It is good”. You are created good. Nothing can separate us from the love of God and He, the Author and the Finisher of your faith, the Alpha and Omega desires a relationship with you. That has to count for something and should count for everything.
June 12, 2012 -- According to TV Line News, 'SCANDAL' star, Bellamy Young, has been upgraded to series regular for Season 2. Young plays the First Lady of the United States, Mellie Grant, to Tony Goldwyn's President Fitzgerald Grant. Click her for the complete article.
President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III is an Enigma
Before I start I would like to say Fitz on the hit show Scandal is my absolute favorite character.
I have never ever chosen a male character as my favorite on any television show ever. There is something about Fitz that is puzzling and contradictory.
We all know that whenever a President can’t keep his pants up, awful things happen. But I can’t help but root for Olivia Pope and the President of the United States, Fitzgerald Grant (the married President, who also cheated on his wife with Amanda Tanner) to get together and live happily ever after and ride away into the sunset. Why on earth would I do that?
Tony Goldwyn is liable for this. He is one of the most extraordinary actors out there. He emotes and displays real emotion. When Fitz is on screen with anyone, he is very authentic and convincing. You want to hate Fitz, but then you see how big his heart is. He is messed up emotionally and vulnerable but deep down you get the sense that while he is deeply flawed, he is a good man.
Fitz is definitely no saint but he is no villain either. He’s a human being, and that’s what makes it so fun. He isn’t perfect. He makes a lot of mistakes, but he stumbles along trying to follow his heart. He in a nutshell is super-smart, really messed up man that is really fun to watch.
I have described Fitz with different adjectives as the episodes progressed:
I know women who don’t particularly care for Fitz and think of him as slutty, some who love him or are just plain confused by him. I personally am fascinated by him. I am always most likely going to side with the woman when it comes to relationships but for some bizarre reason which I have no explanation for; I find myself siding with Fitz. At times I am upset with Mellie Grant, Amanda Tanner and even the love of his life Olivia Pope.
You just can’t put him in a box and say “Let’s psychoanalyze Fitz and get the answers”. He is a puzzle, an enigma. When the season ended we saw a new side to Fitz that I am anxious to see the writers explore in Season Two. He seemed cold and resigned to his fate. I am not going to try and understand Fitz, because he is simply a contradiction that you cannot explain. I am simply going to enjoy how rich, complex and prolific this character is.
Kudos to Tony Goldwyn and Shonda Rhimes for the Enigma that is President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III.