ABC’s “The Neighbors” A Hidden Jem

That silly, science fiction comedy series on ABC, “The Neighbors”, Yeah – it’s worth checking out.


About The Neighbors:
The series, set in New Jersey, revolves around a family that has relocated to a gated townhouse community called “Hidden Hills”. Upon their arrival, they discover that the entire community is populated by residents from another planet. Amongst their myriad quirks, these aliens identify themselves by the names of sports celebrities, patrol the community in golf carts, receive nourishment through their eyes and mind by reading books rather than eating, and cry green goo from out their ears. Since the aliens have assumed human form, they can also revert to their original appearances by clapping their hands above their heads. They have been stuck on Earth for 10 years, still awaiting instructions to return home.

Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye, Clara Mamet, Tim Jo, Ian Patrick, Max Charles, Isabella Cramp.

Dan Fogelman (the writer of Cars, Tangled, and Crazy, Stupid, Love), Director Chris Koch (Workaholics, Modern Family), Jeff Morton (Modern Family) and Aaron Kaplan (GCB, Terra Nova) executive produce this comedy.

During my recent visit to L.A. I had the opportunity to screen an upcoming episode of The Neighbors, followed by a surprise chat with Jami Gertz (Debbie Weaver), Max Charles (Max Weaver) and Creator Dan Fogelman. They could not have been nicer, taking time out of their busy schedule to talk about how The Neighbors came about, and why they feel good about working on the show.


Creator Dan Fogelman shared that his idea for the series came to him after visiting his parent’s close-knit retirement community. Now, I don’t know exactly what that says about his parents neighbors, but I’d sure like to visit them some time and see for myself.

I have been a fan of Jami Gertz since Square Pegs (showing my age), so this surprise chat was really a treat for me.

Jami talked about being a mom, on and off screen. Sharing, just as any other parent she struggles with her kids seeing inappropriate content on television, and how proud she is to be on a series you can actually watch with your kids without that worry. She seemed very down to earth and genuinely nice. Which really made my day!


I started watching The Neighbors near the middle of season two. Surprising to me, the aliens-next-door sitcom is pretty clever, and entertaining and just a whole lot of fun. Fun for the whole family.

You can catch The Neighbors on ABC, Friday nights at 8:30 PM EST!

Connect with The Neighbors on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I worked with Disney, Marvel, and Dreamworks as part of this promotional event. They provided me with travel, food and lodging in exchange for my coverage. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own.

Burn Notice Complete Season Six on DVD #Giveaway

USA’s #1 Original Series Burn Notice is about to close the file on any new episodes. “Burners” need not worry, all of the suspense, excitement and intense action will continue to live-on thanks to the power of DVD. My intel tells me even though we wont be seeing any new missions – Michael Westen and his friends won’t be forgotten any time soon. At least I know this to be certain in my house. Burn Notice has been one of our all-time favorite series.


Courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, two Five Dollar Shake readers will win the complete season six of Burn Notice on DVD. Plus, both will win some serious Burn Notice swag!

One thing I really enjoyed about season six, is that it took some of the characters to places the show had never been before. Not an easy accomplishment for a successful and seasoned series. deserves some major props in my opinion.


About season six:
There’s trouble in paradise for former CIA operative Michael Westen and his cohorts, and the streets of Miami are hotter – and deadlier – than ever before in the action-packed, adrenaline-charged sixth season of Burn Notice! In hot pursuit of his old nemesis, Michael must take down Anson Fullerton and find a way to free Fiona from prison, where she is being targeted by a murderous foe. Michael goes full force to save Fiona as he takes on cold-blooded assassins, diabolical drug cartels, uneasy alliances, and explosive danger at every turn, until an unthinkable tragedy leaves him reeling and rocks his team to the very core.

This complete season box set is packed with 18 explosive episodes, exclusive content, and some pretty hot special features!

Burn Notice: Season 6 Special Features

  •   “Matt Nix Gets Burned” – extended storyline featurette
  •   Deleted Scenes from Select Episodes
  •   Audio Commentary for “Shockwave” featuring Matt Nix, Renny Harlin, Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell
  •   Gag Reel

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ABC New Pilot Shows

With the new year comes the talk of television pilots. Below is a list of just some of what ABC has in store for us T.V. fans.


Middle Age Rage
ABC has given the green light to Middle Age Rage, a single-camera comedy pilot from veteran writer-producer Cheryl Holliday, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and ABC Studios. Written by Holliday, Middle Age Rage reflects Holliday’s personal frustration about how the average middle-age woman is treated in the world today. It chronicles what happens when a middle-aged wife and mother is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she’s earned.

Bad Management
ABC has ordered another single-camera comedy pilot. Bad Management is about a slightly self-centered female boss at a high-end luxury goods department store whose methods are challenged when her boss’ son arrives and makes youth and sex the company’s new focus. Free Agents alum Sharon Horgan will star in pilot, which she wrote with Holly Walsh. Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors) is on board as an executive producer.

How the Hell Am I Normal
A single-camera comedy about growing up in the 1980s with a highly screwed up but loving family. Written by Adam Goldberg and to be directed by Seth Gordon.

A half-hour single camera comedy that tells the story of three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point.


A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.

Killer Women
An adaptation of the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas, follows the only woman in the Texas Rangers, a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there.

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet-esque drama about two rival families and the forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as they battle for control of Venice.

The Returned
The Returned will ask what happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by? The lives of the people of Aurora are forever changed when their deceased loved ones… return.


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Make The Move (to 3Pm) With Ellen!

If you’ve ever watched Ellen, then you already know that each episode begins with some high energy music, and that Ellen sure can “move” with the best of them. In-fact it was her fun dancing, along with her up-beat positive attitude that first got my attention. Now years later, I never miss an episode. It’s no surprise to me that the Ellen Show is a multi-award winning program, she has a real talent to entertain, and also keep her audience “in the know” on pop culture, movies, music, and even social media.

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Starting Monday, February 4th Ellen,” the #1 top talk show in Detriot will be moving from 10AM to 3PM, and giving our afternoon a great big pick me up, while providing the perfect lead in for Detroit’s Local 4 News First.

I’m pretty excited about this move! Not only because it’s the perfect time for me to tune in, but also my teenage daughter. Watching Ellen is something we really enjoy doing together.

You can follow The Ellen Show on Twitter and also be sure to follow and Tweet with the hashtag #Ellenmovesto3pm all of next week as we here in the Detroit area welcome Ellen to our afternoon viewing!

Click here to watch Ellen share the big news of her move to 3PM with Detroit, along with some hilarious bloopers!

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, which has earned an impressive total of 38 Daytime Emmy Awards, returned for its 10th season on September 10th. Originating from Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is produced by A Very Good Production and WAD Productions, Inc. in association with Telepictures, an industry leading and Emmy award-winning producer of syndicated programming, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

Disclosure: I was selected for this sponsored post by Hay There Social Media. All opinions expressed are my own.

ABC’s Friday Night Comedy “Last Man Standing” Review

I had heard of “Last man Standing” but had no idea that the first season had aired already. In all honesty, other than Toy Story, I’ve never been much a Tim Allen fan. Knowing that my husband has been a fan (Home Improvement) I agreed to view and review the first two episodes of season two of ABC’s “Last Man Standing”. The second season starts tonight (Friday 11/2/12), 8/7c during ABC’s Friday Night Comedy line-up.

I could tell right away that this is a comedy showcasing likeable characters and a lot of witty one-liners. Not unlike Tim Allen’s previous sitcom “Home Improvement”.

The season premiere episode, titled “Voting” will air just days before Election Day, so the producers have the characters engage in the same spirited debate taking place around (a lot) of kitchen tables across the country: Obama or Romney? Like the great family comedies of the past, from “All in the Family” to “Roseanne,” the show aims to be topical, relatable and real, as humorous as it is provocative.

And this is where it lost me….likeable cast – yes, witty one-liners – some, potential to be better as it goes along – definitely. I just didn’t enjoy the political banter between a family of characters I hadn’t even gotten to know yet. I didn’t finish the episode.

I did watch the second episode, “Circle of Life,” where avid hunter Mike (Tim Allen) gives his grandson Boyd an eye-opening education about where his food really comes from. It had some pretty funny moments. I found myself laughing out-loud more than once. The second episode was more enjoyable than the first, but still not a series I plan to set my DVR for.

If you are a fan of sitcoms, you should tune in to ABC on Friday nights to check out “Last Man Standing” for yourself. You very well could be pleasantly surprised.

Celebs Heading to Sesame Street

Check out the new promo pics below of this season’s celebs visiting Sesame Street. I think Jack Black’s pic is my favorite.

Burn Notice Season 5 on DVD Giveaway (2 Winners)

Spies don’t get fired … they get burned!

Secret agent Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) just received a burn notice – fired – for unknown reasons. Now, Westen must find out who issued the notice and why they did it without being able to use the resources and contacts he once had at his disposal.

While searching for answers, Weston receives help from Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), his ex girlfriend, an ex-IRA agent and Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), a former Navy SEAL. And then there’s Madeline (Sharon Gless), Westen’s overbearing mother. Together they not only go after answers for Michael, but also take on impossible jobs for wronged and desperate people in Miami.

Created and written by Matt Nix, Burn Notice combines a mixture of action and a fresh sense of humor that combined result in a new breed of spy. Burn Notice is about to start it’s 6TH successful season!

Ten Reasons Why I Love Burn Notice!

10. Light comedy-drama(dramady) at it’s best.
09. Beautiful Miami Beach location. I wouldn’t mind being burned there.
08. Witty and entertaining comebacks. The characters are filled with them.
07. Gabrielle Anwar. Gotta love a girl who is all about explosives, and guns for the name of justice.
06. 1973 Dodge Charger! So cool!
05. Easy on the eyes Jeffrey Donovan. The man can wear a suit! Run in a suit, fight in a suit, and blow things up in a suit, and still look good.
04. Sharon Gless as Maddie, Michael’s mother. Sharon at times steals the show. Some of the best scenes over the years belong to her.
03. Bruce Campbell (amazing character actor). One my all time favorites.
02. Good writing. The show is smart. I truly enjoy the who done it, and why of each episodes.
01. Michael has the best toys! James Bond & MacGyver have nothing on him. I love watching and hearing as he makes most of his gadgets himself. Amazing and so entertaining to watch. I, of course am plotting to make my own spy gadgets with each episode…lol Just kidding.

The suspense, betrayal and intense action make Season 5 of “BURN NOTICE” a must-see! After increasingly dangerous and criminal missions, Michael comes face to face with the man who burned him and the one closest to him who knew about it all along.

Win Burn Notice Season 5 on DVD !

Release Date : June 5th, 2012

The Season 5 DVD is loaded with exclusive content including an extended episode, deleted scenes, a gag reel and a thrilling featurette on the villains of “BURN NOTICE.” Fans will celebrate the best of the “worst,” by exploring the “BURN NOTICE” bad guys and get unique insights from the actors who play them along with a snarky rebuttal on their deeds from “BURN NOTICE” star, Bruce Campbell!

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White Collar Season 3 on DVD #Giveaway (2 Winners)

About White Collar:
White Collar is about the unlikely partnership of a con artist and an FBI agent who have been playing cat and mouse for years. Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), a charming criminal mastermind, is finally caught by his nemesis, FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay.)

When Neal escapes from a maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love, Peter nabs him once again. Rather than returning to jail, Neal suggests an alternate plan: He’ll provide his criminal expertise to assist the Feds in catching other elusive criminals in exchange for his eventual freedom. Initially wary, Peter quickly finds that Neal provides insight and intuition that can’t be found on the right side of the law.

Shinning guest stars:
As the popularity of White Collar has grown, so has their list of prestigious guest stars. From former brat packer Andrew McCarthy and three-time Emmy® winner Beau Bridges, to Lando Calrissian himself, Billy Dee Williams and Emmy winner Tom Skerrit. Here, we will count off some of the most memorable cameos during White Collar’s three seasons.

TOM SKERRIT won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Sheriff Jimmy Brock in Picket Fences and was in all of our hearts in Steel Magnolias. As one of America’s favorite movie and TV dad’s, it was no surprise when he turned up on White Collar in season 3 as Agent Burk’s arch-nemesis; his father-in-law.

If anyone thought One Tree Hill alumnus HILARIE BURTON would be held to teenage idol roles, she certainly broke through that mold when she joined White Collar in the recurring role of Sara Ellis, a sexy and clever insurance broker that catches Neal Caffrey’s eye.

For over ten years, DIANE NEAL has portrayed tough-as-nails prosecutor Casey Novak on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. But in the thirteenth episode of season one, she joined the WC squad as FBI Agent Kimberly Rice who reluctantly accepts Neal Caffrey’s help to find a man’s kidnapped daughter.

BEAU BRIDGES has thrice appeared as menacing Agent Kramer, who is skeptical of Neal’s reform and determined to bring him down and send him back to prison. Bridges comes from a rather illustrious acting family – his father, Lloyd, and brother, Jeff, are also award-winning actors.

Star Wars icon BILLY DEE WILLIAMS has made appearances on some of televisions most memorable shows – The Cosby Show, The Jeffersons, Scrubs, Lost and Dynasty among them. As Ford, on White Collar, Williams was reunited with Dynasty wife Diahann Carroll, and gives Matthew Bomer an opportunity to show off one of his other talents: singing.

ANDREW MCCARTHY first appeared in a special flashback episode as the notorious Vincent Adler – the man who taught Neal Caffrey everything he knows though the former teen idol hardly seems old enough to be mentoring the next generation. McCarthy has not only guest starred in two episodes, he also directed an episode in season 3.

Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star ELIZA DUSHKU appeared in the ninth episode of season 3 as a very sexy distraction from Neal’s relationship troubles with Hilarie Burton’s Sara. In addition to Buffy, fans may remember Dushku’s roles in the beloved cheerleader epic Bring it On as well as Fox’s Dollhouse.

My thoughts on White Collar:
I hadn’t watched this show before receiving this giveaway opportunity. Thanks to the power of TV on DVD and online viewing I was able to get acquainted with While Collar real quick!

I find the premise of the show pretty unrealistic, yet extremely entertaining. What makes the show for me is the great chemistry of a likable cast. Neal Caffrey and Tim DeKay have an outstanding bromance going on and it works. I also totally love how Macgyver-like some of the tactics are that they use, white crime bad guys don’t stand a chance. Another major reason why I’ve become a White Collar fan is – I love how clean this show is. Nothing too naughty, no bloody gore or disturbing images, I like that! Also, women will (should) love this show. The women characters on White Collar are written smart, beautiful, and important to the story. Having two smart, beautiful daughters, this is a trend I hope to see more of on television.

Win White Collar Season 3 on DVD !

Release Date : June 5th, 2012

The Season 3 DVD features never-before-seen bonus footage including deleted scenes, a gag reel, commentary on “Judgment Day,” a “WHITE COLLAR” trivia challenge for fans and a hilarious intervention caught on tape by the cast and crew with showrunner Jeff Eastin who’s overzealous tweeting gets out of hand!

Two Five Dollar Shake readers will win White Collar Season 3 on DVD,courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Enter to win by using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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