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The Deppths of a Salesman

Quick question: Have you ever bought pens over the phone?

Famed character acting savant Johnny Depp is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. He’s currently promoting the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. If any of the previous movies in the Disney franchise are any indication, Dead Men Tell No Tales should be a wild, fun movie adventure. And, as part of the film’s promotional tour, Mr. Depp stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! (which isn’t live, but that’s for another day) and revealed his not-so-Hollywood, yet also very Hollywood beginning in Los Angeles.

This living man tells no false tales.


Will’s Coming Back…with Grace

A must see revival is in the works.

“NBC has ordered a 10-episode limited revival that will reunite stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally during the 2017-2018 TV season, the network announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Wednesday.

Original series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will act as showrunners and executive producers, while prolific director James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial eight-year run, is on board to direct and executive produce.”
–Natalie Abrams, Entertainment Weekly

This kind of return for Will & Grace may combine the best of both worlds:

Satisfying fans of the revered sitcom with a return of the original cast and crew, as well as making the updated walk down memory lane a limited comeback as to not overstay their welcome that’s powered almost entirely by nostalgia (you’ve seen those hilarious reruns on TV).

Recreating lightning in a bottle has proven to be a nearly impossible feat, even for beloved sitcoms of the same era as Will & Grace (ie – Girl Meets World, Fuller House, the Seinfeld non-reunion reunion). The one difference with Will & Grace is that the cast were full-fledged adults during the height of their success and impeccable comedic timing…and the cast of Will & Grace are still full-fledged adults who proved their timing is still gold with their recent reunion in a video posted online a few months back.

Amazingly, the structure of their triumphant return to network TV on NBC by way of a 10-episode stint is, ironically, modeled after the highly successful cable television model of 10-episode seasons for some of the most successful and groundbreaking TV shows in the modern era.

This experiment by NBC, a TV network clearly aware of the evolving realities, struggles and competition with the likes of HBO, Netflix, Amazon, original shows by Apple (really) and a laundry list of cable TV networks, could become a bellwether for the future of revivals regarding other popular shows from the past that people want to see years later.

Frasier? Cheers? Dare I say it…Friends?

For Ted Danson’s sake, a 10-episode revival would put him in an actual good place on NBC.

Happy Monday!

So often, the beginning of the week can look and feel the same. Sometimes though, it’s on these familiar paths that we are (surprisingly) able to see something we weren’t able to before. Whatever that may be, I hope the following video clip can provide you with inspiration to try to look at the world in a slightly different light with a new sense of adventure.

Same path, but a new journey.

Why is it that these things are usually right in front of our faces?

Here’s to a New Kind of Happy Monday! 

Feeling the Light

Some hold, some stand by,
and surely, there’s a reason why
It’s not just uncomfortable, but unnerving,
this is blatantly clear for all those observing
On the dance floor, he’s hesitant to take hold,
and with this absence, she’s definitively unsold
What is the problem? He wonders all day…
on the tip of his tongue, he then realizes the time has come to swim in the bay,
The night is right with a peaceful sky and stars aligned,
he knows he must take a deep breath if he is going to find,
The treasure sought by all of mankind
Some discover it on the surface, others in depths so deep,
that’s it’s only been seen in an imaginative sleep
When he notices a flicker, he instinctively follows the glow,
and it’s here where everything will finally show
It’s just the case that some must wait to see the reveal,
but once it arrives, it does so with great zeal
The moment has come to dance once again to see what unfolds,
and, as a magnificent surprise, everything around him starts to take hold