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June 15, 2012

1:06
P.M.

"Big Brother" vs. "Glass House," "Game of Thrones" decapitates fake George W. Bush: This week in TV with Lisa de Moraes

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Lisa de Moraes

Pulitzer Prize winner, Peabody recipient, Medal of Freedom honoree -- Lisa de Moraes is none of these, but she is an authority on the bad direction, over-acting, and muddled plot lines being played out in the TV industry's executive suites. de Moraes worked for a decade as the television editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment industry trade paper, where she was routinely on the receiving end of more shouting phone calls from TV suits than Paula Abdul's manager.

When she upgraded to The Washington Post in 1998, a well-known executive producer called to suggest she have someone else start her car, but her trenchant writing (and refusal to use words like "trenchant") earned her the following praise from the brilliant, handsome media observer at Slate: "She writes like a wicked bitch." Wikipedia has called her "a noted television columnist," but they're often unreliable. It's pronounced "deh more ICE."

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Emily Yahr :

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Lisa de Moraes :

Hi. Getting off to late start today -- found my car had been hit while parked -- don't you love Georgetown?  On the bright side, person who did the hitting apparently left contact information... It has restored my faith, so it's a good thing! Anyway, here's This Week in TV Column/Blog, starting with the oldest material at the top. Happy reading, and let's get started....

– June 15, 2012 1:06 PM
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Not getting the House Hunters flap

I really don't understand why the recent story by Bobi Jensen about House Hunters being "fake" is getting so much press. I have watched House Hunters since about day one (yeah, I need a life), but other participants on the show have said the same thing for quite some time. And the big WTF for me is HGTV doesn't try to hide it. If you go to their website and look into how to be on the show, they tell you one of the requirements is that you be in escrow or have already purchased a house. So - why all the press now about something that's been widely known for years?

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Lisa de Moraes :

Thank you for pointing this out! I can only speak for myself and I wrote about it because I too was amused by the pileon and people's shock and outrage, after all this time. You may have sensed that in my column -- we added the link in your question.  Usually when things like this happen it's because someone who's behind the curve "discovers" it for the first time -- so sweet -- and then some blogger picks up on it and then the snowball starts rolling down the hill....

– June 15, 2012 1:08 PM
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Veep

How is season 1 already over? There were only 8 episodes!
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Lisa de Moraes :

Hey, it's not TV, it's HBO... And, speaking of HBO, what a bad week they've had, what with having to pull all those DVDs they were about to sell for the boxed set first season of "Game of Thrones" after someone noticed that in the commentary the exec producers note one of the decapitated heads on spikes in a scene in episode No. 10 is the head of George W. Bush...

– June 15, 2012 1:09 PM
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Dallas

So were the ratings a gusher?
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Lisa de Moraes :

You betcha -- relatively speaking... The "Dallas" reboot on TNT clocked 7 million viewers which makes it the most watched scripted series premiere on cable this year to date. It beat everything on broadcast TV that night which, in fairness, was a whole lot of repeats.  But not everything was a repeat.  Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" for instance, was not.  It logged 6.7 million viewers. Now, 7 million viewers sounds like a lot of fans for TNT, but it's a fraction of the audience "Dallas" used to attract in its heyday... On the other hand, that was a long, long time ago -- like in the late 70's, and the 80's...

– June 15, 2012 1:12 PM
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Megan Hilty

I read that Megan Hilty will be part of the 4th of July celebration in DC and immediately thought of you. Maybe she would do some sort of live Q&A with you and all of us, or at least meet you for tea -- and since it was my idea, maybe I could tag along (as if). Anyway, she sure does have her fans here in DC, including you and me. Still, I'm curious how her July 4 appearance came about, if you happen to know, and if it'll be in any way Smash-related (will she sing "Happy b.d. Mr. President"?)
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Lisa de Moraes :

This year's "A Capitol Fourth" is a veritable cornucopia of plugs for other networks (PBS is airing it). For starters, it's going to be hosted by ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" host Tom Bergeron.  NBC's "The Voice" first-season winner Javier Colon, is among those performing. And yes,  Megan Hilty -- Bway star and one of the stars of NBC's "Smash", is also performing. I do not know how any of them came to be lined up and you know, pookie, that though she is spot on as Marilyn Monroe in "Smash" she's not going to sing "HBDMrP"....I don't mind -- all I ask is that she not sing anything from "Wicked." ..gak!....

– June 15, 2012 1:17 PM
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Bush's head on a silver platter

You mean W's head really wasn't decapitated? And here I thought those 8 years were a very bad dream.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I'm still trying to get explained to me what a head of George W. was doing lying around a prop house in Ireland or Malta -- where the show's first season was shot. The exec producers, in their apology, said they could not afford to have all the props made for the first season, so they rented some from a prop house, including the head.... My guess is the exec producers will not get to do the commentary on future seasons of  "Game of Thrones" with an HBO suit present. I mean, really.. what kind of knucklehead exec producer does not realize that telling viewers the first decapitated head on the left is the head of George W. Bush, adding that it was not intended as political commentary, they just happened to have it lying around -- and not think it was going to turn into a PR nightmare for HBO when the press got wind of it...

– June 15, 2012 1:23 PM
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copyright?

I had to chuckle at CBS suing ABC over Glass House. Did ABC sue CBS when they ripped off The View with The Talk?

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Lisa de Moraes :

Oh snap! BTW, the judge in Los Angeles this morning  temporarily denied CBS's request for a restraining order against ABC's "The Glass House" which, CBS has charged is a copyright infringement in re its "Big Brother." So it appears "The Glass House" will premiere Monday, as scheduled... This week, ABC had begun the live stream on  the narcissists-in-fully-wired-house reality show...

– June 15, 2012 1:23 PM
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New Fall Show

Someone told me that there's a new fall show that has a monkey in it. Is this true? If so, will the monkey be wearing people clothes? I need to know this.
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Lisa de Moraes :

The show is NBC's new Justin Kirk comedy "Animal Practice" which co-stars a capucin monkey named Crystal, and plays Dr. Zaius in NBC’s new comedy “Animal Practice” which also stars Justin Kirk. Crystal was THE star of Broadcast TV Upfront Week, back in May.  Here's my coverage with a good photo of Crystal -- the breakout star of the new TV season. You can quote me.

– June 15, 2012 1:24 PM
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Dallas

Where to begin?!? SueEllen running for governor? Little to no mention of Pam? JR's untamed wild eyebrows? Did love the theme music, kept to the original! Craptastic viewing at its finest ... I'm hooked already.
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Lisa de Moraes :

you and 7 million others, TNT is hoping... I love that Sue Ellen is running for governor -- she's such a train wreck...

– June 15, 2012 1:25 PM
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DALLAS!

I say this as a 26 year straight guy, but I am ridiculously excited about DALLAS being back! The new cast members are kind of blah (especially whoever plays John Ross -- seriously, who talks about bloodlines and the rights of the first born?), though, I do like Julie Gonzalo. I really hope they don't kill off Bobby since *spoiler* they gave him cancer, because he was always my favorite!
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Lisa de Moraes :

Yes, the new batch of Ewings, etc. are pretty bland, though pretty pretty...

– June 15, 2012 1:25 PM
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Anger Management

Have you or anyone else been allowed to see Anger Management? Will it be any good or is Sheen just in it for the paycheck?
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Lisa de Moraes :

FX delivered the DVD to my door this week... cant' wait to watch...

– June 15, 2012 1:26 PM
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Summer TV Drinking Games?

Pookie, not that you would ever condone imbibing while enggd in the serious duty of television viewing, but it is the summer season, and one of the few ways of making the not-quite-a-bonanza of summer shows (including, unfortunately, the returns of "Dallas" and "Falling Skies") is to create drinking games to keep viewers interested in the on-screen happenings. However, other than cliche-tagging the aforementioned shows (much easier than one would think...), I'm at a loss for ideas to forge interest in other shows. Can you either provide some ideas, or perhaps on a more egalitarian basis, open it up to the chatters for ideas?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Cliche-tagging is always the old stand-by, but I'm open to other suggestions...

– June 15, 2012 1:28 PM
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Early to rise

Does NBC's early launching of some series mean that they could already be cancelled before the official Premiere Week starts?
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Lisa de Moraes :

You are correct, sir....

– June 15, 2012 1:28 PM
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Speaking of HBO

Would anyone have noticed that the head looked like George Bush without the call-out in the commentary? Seems like the producers created a bigger kerfuffle with the admission.
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Lisa de Moraes :

You've described the situation perfectly. The head appeared in episode 10 of the first season --that episode was first seen one year ago this month -- and nobody noticed, because it's one of a lineup of heads, it's turned to profile and mostly obscured by a heavy wig. Nobody noticed. We've just wrapped watching the show's second season. Still, nobody noticed. I appreciate that the producers were trying to give "added value" with their DVD boxed-set commentary -- but they delivered a little too much added value for HBO's taste....

– June 15, 2012 1:32 PM
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Political Animals

Pookie, I do love me some Sigourney Weaver. What are the odds of her new show succeeding/surviving?
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Lisa de Moraes :

USA posted a short tease this week. It looks fun....but I'll watch anything with Ciaran Hinds in it... 

– June 15, 2012 1:33 PM
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Animal Practice

I'm guessing Crystal who plays Dr. Zaius received her DVM degree from an online university?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Dr. Zaius received her DVM from Irresistably Cute U....

– June 15, 2012 1:34 PM
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Oh no!

What's your beef with Wicked? We may have to be fighting now... :(
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Lisa de Moraes :

I don't want my "Wizard of Oz" turned into more "everyone's a victim"... I want my Evil Witch to be evil and my good witch to be good -- and preferrably played by Margaret Hamilton and beautiful Billie Burke,  in that order.... and then there's the music....

– June 15, 2012 1:37 PM
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Capucin monkeys, part deux

For the love of organ grinders everywhere, does no one else remember that a capucin monkey already starred in a sitcom? Poor Marcel from Friends. He never got the real credit he deserved.
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Lisa de Moraes :

apparently he got an agent and a swelled head and got written out of the show... but NBC never forgot how many viewers he'd brought to the series, as I'm sure his agent noted in contract negotiations... hence Crystal in "Animal Practice".. which, you may have noticed, is getting NBC's very very best debut timeslot -- immediately after the Closing Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics... My guess is we're going to see Crystal in those Closing Ceremonies too... maybe even competing in women's beach volleyball....

– June 15, 2012 1:39 PM
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Bush's head

What I got from the story was that someone simply said "that one look's like W" and they started calling it "Bush's head" as a result, not that it actually was made to look like him. The sort of thing that's cute on set but probably shouldn't be included on the DVD, rather like the gallows humor at a murder scene shouldn't be mentioned when the case makes it to 48 Hours.
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Lisa de Moraes :

bingo.... the exec producers are guilty of extreme cluelessness...

– June 15, 2012 1:40 PM
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I had to chuckle at CBS suing ABC over Glass House.

Did whatever European station sue CBS when they ripped off Big Brother?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Not sure what you're asking. "Big Brother" is based on a foreign format, but the network paid a fee for the rights to adapt it for the U.S.

– June 15, 2012 1:41 PM
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HGTV

Next you're going to tell me that those waiting by the phone calls on Property Virgins are fake! What is the world coming to?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Yes....and, also, sadly, there is no Santa Claus

– June 15, 2012 1:41 PM
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Miss America

Am I the only one who does not understand how there could be any surprise that the thing is determined ahead of time? And, honestly, so what? Is judging a bunch of dimwits based on looks have more integrity if it is done of the spot rather than beforehand?
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Lisa de Moraes :

You're talking about the Miss USA Pageant, not Miss America... for those who have been on vacation: Miss Pennsylvania has claimed she heard another competitor tick off the Top 5 before the Miss USA Pageant even began a couple of Sundays ago, and that the whole thing is rigged....

– June 15, 2012 1:43 PM
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Glass Houses

What kind of dunderheads are running CBS? Is Les just taking it personally that someone's horning in on the Chenbot's territory. CBS's moronic lawsuit has given a crappy summer reality show more free publicity than it knows what to do with.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I know. Isn't it wonderful? I never would have watched that livestream, were it not a breaking news story... and I'm so glad I did. I learned so many things watching that live stream.... did you, for instance, know, that the majority of narcissists in their 20's do not know the meaning of the word "subordinate"? And that the best way to break up with someone is in-person?

– June 15, 2012 1:46 PM
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Dr. Zaius

Stop saying Dr. Zaius! Now I can't get the song "Rock Me, Dr. Zaius" from the Simpsons' "Planet of the Apes: The Musical" out of my head.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Don't blame me that NBC has named Crystal's character thusly...wait until she becomes a huge star -- then you'll really be driven nuts...

– June 15, 2012 1:47 PM
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Great photo of Dr. Zaius

What is about monkeys that make me just want to giggle?
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Lisa de Moraes :

I met Crystal in the lobby of Radio City Music Hall before NBC's presentation to advertisers. As we were being introduced, she reached out and shoot my hand....well, actually, my index finger. She's tiny. I hope they're bringing her to the press tour

– June 15, 2012 1:49 PM
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Game of Thrones

(1) Where do you go to buy a bunch of fake heads, anyway? And do they have all sorts of celebrity heads? (2) Will next season's DVD show the Showrunner's head on a pike? And will it be fake?
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Lisa de Moraes :

My guess is HBO's parent company has asked for their heads in a platter with watercress around them, after hearing what it was going to cost to pull all those DVD first-season boxed sets, and get the scene edited out of the episode for all platforms, in every language, in every country...I'm sure there are plenty of heads to be had at professional prop houses though I too am wondering what a Bush head was doing in a prop house in Ireland or Malta, where the first season was shot...

– June 15, 2012 1:51 PM
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Aww...poor Marcel, indeed!

Marcel was not really a he; he was a she named Katie! Guess she really was underappreciated!
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Lisa de Moraes :

Katie was an NBC trail blazer....

– June 15, 2012 1:52 PM
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Mob Doctor

Saw an extended ad for this, this, this... something, and, a) not only was the adorable Jordana Sparo of "My Boys" fame (the Earth may now continue rotating) not instantly recognizable (make-over, plastic surgery, prostetics???), but b) they revealed that the premise looks like every week she's going to be blackmailed by the mob to do something illegal/immoral/unethical, yet will probably find some gutsy way to do what the gangsters demand while still upholding her Hippocratic Oath. So, sorta like House, in that it's the same plot every week, with the same resolution, but, honestly, how long can this last?
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Lisa de Moraes :

After seeing the pilot, well, I don't know... The idea here is that she has this brother, who had the mob after him and then "something happened" in which she wound up promising the mob she would pay them back, blah, blah, blah...frankly, I was ready to move on about 30 minutes in...

– June 15, 2012 1:54 PM
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"Marcel"

"apparently he got an agent and a swelled head and got written out of the show" Well, that, and the nasty temper and vomiting all over the set. (And didn't she -- yes, he was played by a she, named Katie -- bite some of the actors too?) Anyway, don't weep for her -- she went on to play a pivotal role in "Outbreak."
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Lisa de Moraes :

See? She had a brilliant career. And vomiting all over the set? My guess is Lindsay Lohan's done it better... and,  nasty temper? My guess is Lindsay Lohan's done it better...Meanwhile, to clarify -- Crystal SHOOK my hand , she did not SHOOT my hand, at Radio City Music Hall...

 

– June 15, 2012 1:58 PM
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Wicked

Thank god I'm not the only one. It's a "sosume" - Gene Weingarten's term meaning not liking something the ENTIRE world thinks is great, the opposite of guilty pleasure.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Can we start a support group? Can it also include people who don't think "Phantom of the Opera" is brilliant, or that "Spiderman" is a great subject for a B'way play?

– June 15, 2012 1:59 PM
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Summer viewing

Newsroom? Of course. Political Animals? Sure (I love Ciaran Hinds too, Pookie). Is Bunheads worth a look?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Not according to Shonda Rhimes, who's hopping mad there are no African American dancers in the show....

– June 15, 2012 2:00 PM
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what it was going to cost to pull all those DVD first-season boxed sets

Why do they have to remove it? It wasn't slander, x-rated, unauthorized.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Because it's a former U.S. president, decapitated, on a stick....

– June 15, 2012 2:01 PM
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Shoot?

"As we were being introduced, she reached out and shoot my hand....well, actually, my index finger." What, they gave the monkey a gun? Is your finger OK? Is this the way the Dr. will drum up business? Sorry I couldn't resist.
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Lisa de Moraes :

SHOOK...not shot... my bad... she was charming...

– June 15, 2012 2:01 PM
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Arlington Gay

I guess we're going to have to gang up on you then, Pookie. I ADORE Wicked. But since it's not TV, I'll let it slide. This time.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I'm glad. I'd hate for you to part mad, after all we've meant to each other.....

– June 15, 2012 2:02 PM
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Show idea

How about a situation comedy with Dr. Zaius and Uggie get an apartment together and hijinks ensue! I would watch that long before I would watch any of the new comedies being proffered.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I'd watch that every night. But, the new Matthew Perry comedy looks good -- what little I've seen, and CBS actually has a new comedy that looks, you know, not lowest common denominator...it's called "Partners" and, if you liked "Will & Grace" you're probably going to like it because it's from the same team that made that show and, like that show, it's autobiographical, which is to say virtually the same as "W&G."

– June 15, 2012 2:04 PM
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Fake Heads

The head looks like a Dubya mask someone would wear for Halloween that was put on one of those styrofoam wig holders, a scraggly wig was added and TA-DA! A severed head is born. Seems like Dubya masks would be pretty easy to come by, even in Ireland.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Not a mask...

– June 15, 2012 2:05 PM
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RE: ANTI-WICKED SUPPORT GROUP

Actually, if you include everyone who thinks "Spiderman" doesn't make a great subject for a Broadway play, your ranks will surpass the number of viewers for the premiere of "Dallas". (does this chat give out a thread-weaving award?
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Lisa de Moraes :

If so, you've just won this week -- no contest...

– June 15, 2012 2:05 PM
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Support group

Except that Phantom IS brilliant...there's some pretty inventive stuff going on in the score.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Noooooo!

– June 15, 2012 2:06 PM
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Sosume support group

can we add "Cats" to that list. Worst thing I ever saw in my life. Slept through the second act..ugh
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Lisa de Moraes :

let's just include all things Andrew Lloyd Weber and call it a day....

– June 15, 2012 2:06 PM
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sosume

YES to Phantom! and Forrest Gump, too.
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Lisa de Moraes :

done and done my friend

– June 15, 2012 2:06 PM
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Arlington Gay again...

OK, I'm with ya on Phantom; OK once, but I have no idea why it's still running. And don't get me started on Spider-Man, one of the very few B'way shows we have never seen and never plan to see.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Phew! I'm glad we're not going to part ways on that one too... but we're straying too far from TV... How about those Tony Awards.. I thought this year's zzzzzzzzzzz.....

– June 15, 2012 2:07 PM
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Emmys

With cable TV putting out an incredible number of good dramas, do you see the networks getting shut out of even the nominations for the major drama categories? Besides like Hugh Laurie getting a nod since his show ended and he's British.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Broadcast will get one token nomination....but it's really not a fair game.. broadcast networks are SOOOO constrained in terms of content, and cable networks are not... There really should be separate categories...

– June 15, 2012 2:09 PM
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Cliff Barnes and Ewing Oil

Three complaints about the first two episodes of Dallas. First, why show hints of all the lies and double-crossing instead of letting it develop organically over the course of the season? Second, where was Cliff Barnes?!? Third, who cares about South Fork -- I want Ewing Oil, not the ranch!
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Lisa de Moraes :

other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

– June 15, 2012 2:10 PM
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Mad Men

Any indication yet how long we have to wait for the next season to start? What are your theories of when this past season ended? We know it begins prior to Easter 1967 but the movie Casino Royale came out that summer as did the song You Only Live Twice that plays as Don sits in the bar at the end. I think the Casino Royale theme song we hear in the theater was for the trailer and was being used as a bridge between this season and the next and that the bar scene takes place later, in the summer of 1967 where the next season will begin. The prospect of Peggy coming up with the Virginia Slims campaign "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" is brilliant. She certainly has! Just hope she stops smoking before she gets hooked. Finally, how many Bobbys has the show had and why can't they keep one?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Holy cow, this is a lot of thinking about the minutiae of this show... and here I thought you'd want to talk about the office hanging and Don's guilt... silly me.

– June 15, 2012 2:12 PM
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TV and Existential Crisis

Not only am I getting old, I'm getting maudlin. I may have to give up TV. Just the other day, I was watching "Men at Work" on TBS and thinking to myself, "Those actors aren't bad. They're rather funny, maybe have some talent. I bet they think this is their big chance. I bet they see Brad Pitt-dom on the horizon. I bet they think they've made it. They've beaten the odds. This is the start of their *real* acting career." Then I started to reflect on just how many actors I've watched on horrible shows over the years, who probably though exactly that, only to sink right back into obscurity after their shows were canceled. Suddenly, TV seemed both vicious and inexpressibly sad, and I got really depressed. I turned to alcohol. How much trouble am I in? Should I seek counseling?
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Lisa de Moraes :

You just described a day in the life of a TV columnist...

– June 15, 2012 2:14 PM
Q.

Katie Couric's talk show

Bright, sparkly, full o' treacle--not on my watch list. What are the odds that it survives the dismal fate of so many other daytime TV chat fests?
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Lisa de Moraes :

the mortality rate is high, but Disney is throwing everything they've got at it...and don't forget, America had a huge appetite for Couric's bubbly personality in the mornings not so very long ago -- what they didn't have an appetite for was Couric reading them the evening news....

– June 15, 2012 2:15 PM
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Falling Skies aka "They've got my Kid!"

Pookie, are they going to make this less-Spielburg-y? Civilization has be slaughtered and everyone's trying to make nine-nice. Shoot some aliens, please!
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Lisa de Moraes :

I think you'll be happy with the new season...

– June 15, 2012 2:16 PM
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Please stop

Please, I'm begging, to anybody saying, "If it had been Barack Obama's head instead of George W. Bush's, there would be uproar." Who cares about the "if"'s of life really? It was what it was in and of itself and be mad or dismissive or tickled or whatever by it for just that.
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Lisa de Moraes :

But there was uproar over this... and to the tune of millions of dollars for HBO....

– June 15, 2012 2:17 PM
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Dallas

Pookie, what did you think of the new "Dallas"? I have a problem keeping some of the young actresses apart. Could someone dye her hair, please?
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Lisa de Moraes :

No, it's perfect that they're all interchangeable...

– June 15, 2012 2:17 PM
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GOT decapitated GWB?

I think the Game of Thrones controversy is getting too big. No one purposefully made the head to look like the ex-president, its just that someone in the DVD commentary said "Hey that looks like George Bush!"

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Lisa de Moraes :

No, they said it was bush's head... listen to the commentary...

– June 15, 2012 2:18 PM
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RE: CURRENT TV

First Olberman, now Behar. Is Current TV the 3rd tier basic cable channel where old liberals go to die?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Current TV appears very happy to take refuges from MSNC and CNN (or HLN).. and why not. the parameter for success on Current TV is much smaller than for the other networks. This makes a lot of sense for Current....

– June 15, 2012 2:19 PM
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Sons of Anarchy Merchandise

Hey Pookie, sorry about your car. I think you may have overlooked the actual purpose of the SoA stationery -- to give to your incarcerated biker friends so they can write letters from the pen. I actually think this borders on genius.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Incarcerated bikers write letters? Do they know how to spell "incarcerated? Do they know how to spell "shook"?

– June 15, 2012 2:20 PM
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Game of Thrones

How is this only now news? The DVDs were released in MARCH.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Because someone with a blog noticed it this week....that's how it works...

– June 15, 2012 2:20 PM
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DALLAS PROSPECTS

So will this reboot/update fare better than other efforts? Hagman's eyebrows aside, this does seem a more likely path than shows that kept nothing but the title (lookin' at you, BIONIC WOMAN!) And, anything on the new MUNSTERS show?
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Lisa de Moraes :

We've only got results on one episode, but so far so good... meanwhile, there's some fun casting on "Mockingbird Lane" -- the "Munsters" reboot from "Pushing Daisies" creator Bryan Fuller: Jerry O'Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily Munster, Eddie Izzard (hooray!) as Grandpa, etc...

 

– June 15, 2012 2:24 PM
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Heads on Sticks

Dear Lisa, you look marvelous today! As a writer of all things television and Queen of Snark, you aren't worried that your head may end up on a stick are you? Is your head just lying around in Ireland?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Well, I wasn't worried, until you mentioned it..Do you know something I don't? This reminds me of the time, early on in my TV Column career here at the post, when I wrote something about the head of a network that he didn't like and a well-known producer in Los Angeles called and suggested I have someone else start my car for a while....

– June 15, 2012 2:25 PM
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Fake Head of notorious GWB

Before people get all, "unpatriotic" or "love it or leave it" on GofT, let's keep in mind these folks are not Americans and the world (out of that "coalition of the willing") weren't fans.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Not sure exactly what you're saying here but the two exec producers of "Game of Thrones" are American.

– June 15, 2012 2:26 PM
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Bandersnatch Cummerbund

So he's retracted his comments about Downton Abbey, and thinks we're idiots for believing he was serious. What's your take - he sounded pretty serious to me.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Of course he was serious... This is called Basic Backpeddling -- make it the public's fault for not understanding your extremely sophisticated sense of humor...

– June 15, 2012 2:27 PM
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Annapolis, MD

Enough about Bush 41's documentary on HBO. We need to focus on Bush 43's HBO appearance, in which he was a head of the crowd!
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Lisa de Moraes :

I'm guessing some of HBO's mortification over decapitated George W on "Game of Thrones" story breaking this week had to do with the timing of its George Bush Sr. docu-love-letter this week... unfortunate coincidence...

– June 15, 2012 2:30 PM
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head of George W. Bush, adding that it was not intended as political commentary, they just happened to have it lying around

And no know would have realized it if they hadn't said anything.
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Lisa de Moraes :

correct.

– June 15, 2012 2:31 PM
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MAD MEN

Even with John Slattery's backside, it was pretty depressing.
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Lisa de Moraes :

this was a pretty dark season....

– June 15, 2012 2:31 PM
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Dr. Zaius

Troy: What's wrong with me? Zaius: I think you're crazy. Troy: Want a second opinion. Zaius: You're also lazy. Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius Troy: Can I play the piano anymore? Zaius: Of course you can. Troy: Well I couldn't before! God, that show used to be brilliant!
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Lisa de Moraes :

It did... sigh.

– June 15, 2012 2:32 PM
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Because it's a former U.S. president, decapitated, on a stick....

(a) is isn't; (b) so what? That's not illegal or profane or in violation of copyright law. They're not going to delete the scene are they? Just the commentary.
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Lisa de Moraes :

they are apparently going to cut the head too...you only see it in passing, so it's not like that would ruin a plot point or anything...

– June 15, 2012 2:34 PM
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support group

"Can it also include people who don't think "Phantom of the Opera" is brilliant, or that "Spiderman" is a great subject for a B'way play?" I'm in!! But, do I get kicked out for thinking Disney should consider a stage version of "Pete's Dragon," given all their successful movie-to-stage productions?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Nope -- you're in!

– June 15, 2012 2:34 PM
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Sosume...

While we're listing them - I didn't like Rent. Derivative drivel, IMHO. I also loathed Independence Day, and I like a good "event" flick.
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Lisa de Moraes :

You're in too....

– June 15, 2012 2:34 PM
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Because it's a former U.S. president, decapitated, on a stick....

And the problem here is what exactly? bwah ha ha
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Lisa de Moraes :

very funny....

– June 15, 2012 2:35 PM
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Neil Patrick Harris

Is adorable. But I haven't decided what his true calling is. Maybe he hasn't either.
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Lisa de Moraes :

He's an incredibly talented guy... that's his calling... and he should host the next academy awards...

– June 15, 2012 2:35 PM
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sosume

Rent. The musical or the movie. Didn't do anything for me.
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Lisa de Moraes :

We'll devote one of our meetings to this subject....

– June 15, 2012 2:36 PM
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So sue Andrew Lloyd Weber

Without Tim Rice. Evita is great, as is JC Superstar. And for Cats haters (I'm one and worked at a theater were it played and played and played and played) do yourselves a favor and pick up T.S. Eliot's slim volume of poetry on which it's based. They are actually quite charming! And should never have been set to music.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I used to go for the weekend to this lovely old hotel in La Jolla where a guy played the piano on the weekend and took requests, unless you requested anything from "Phantom," or "Cats" -- in which case he told you to go boil your head in oil, or words to that effect. I loved him...

– June 15, 2012 2:42 PM
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Speaking of the Tony Awards...

Can we start a support group for people who don't find Neil Patrick Harris entertaining? Yes, I realize it would be a very, very small club, but honestly, I'm still struggling to understand how people can think it's cute that NPH plays a misogynistic lothario on HIMYM, then, an hour later on the same network, find it reprehensible that David Spade plays the same exact character....
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Lisa de Moraes :

Because Spade isn't in on the joke?

– June 15, 2012 2:43 PM
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Cliff Barnes will show up...what about Brad

Cliff now owns Ewing oil! And Ken Kercheval will make occasional appearance. My question is, when will Brad Pitt show up. (He played Charlene Tilton's boyfriend in a few episodes long ago.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Oh, TBS just announced that he will be guest starring -- never... you're welcome.

– June 15, 2012 2:44 PM
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Because it's a former U.S. president, decapitated, on a stick....

Forgive me, but I *still* don't get it. This is, after all, the Network that just renewed Bill Maher's show for two more years. And I can imagine him holding a former US president's decapitated head on a stick and having a "conversation" with it.... Why the outrage?
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Lisa de Moraes :

I hope Maher is reading this chat....

– June 15, 2012 2:44 PM
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longtime reader 2nd time poster

You need to stop bashing Andrew Lloyd Webber - the man is a genius and no I'm not even gay. Just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in. Other than bashing Mr WEbber keep up the good work pookie.
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Lisa de Moraes :

thanks, and I'm through nicking ALW...

– June 15, 2012 2:45 PM
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But there was uproar over this

Was there though? I heard no uproar, just a lot of roar about the uproar. It's like an urban myth where no one knows anyone chased by the hatchet man, but it happened to a freind of a friend.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I'd never heard that urban hatchet myth... how exactly does it go? a guy with a hatchet does what, exactly?

– June 15, 2012 2:46 PM
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Bandersnatch Cummerbund

Now he's claiming "Just kidding" re his snark against "Downton Abbey." Don't believe him, do you?
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Lisa de Moraes :

nope.

– June 15, 2012 2:46 PM
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something you wrote last week

... about your doctor telling you never to buy a product that's hawked by its maker on TV -- Would you elaborate? This was in the context of the Bachelorette who's a dentist seeming too dim to brighten teeth.
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Lisa de Moraes :

You haven't quite got it right: I said my doctor told me never to use a doctor who sells their own products -- or who appears on TV...

– June 15, 2012 2:47 PM
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"Because it's a former U.S. president, decapitated, on a stick...."

How is that different from the former U.S. presidents, decapitated, and reanimated in a jar of liquid a la "Futurama"?
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Lisa de Moraes :

My guess is it's because that network wasn't running a love letter to the president's dad a day or two later....

– June 15, 2012 2:47 PM
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Bandersnatch Cummerbund

If Bandersnatch Cummerbund has such a sophisticated sense of humour(!), why were some folks so riled up about the play on his name?
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Lisa de Moraes :

apparently not sophisticated enough?

– June 15, 2012 2:48 PM
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GOT Head?

That's probably about the first commentary I've ever heard of with the Executive Producers commenting. They're just there for the money. Don't put them on (or the accountants). Hairdressers and Make-up artists, now THEY has some serious gossip to dish!
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Lisa de Moraes :

sounds like good advice... I'll pass that along to HBO

– June 15, 2012 2:48 PM
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Has anyone considered...

that HBO changing the Game of Thrones head-on-a-stick scene is designed not only as a marketing ploy (for both GoT and the new Bush 43 docu-love-fest), but also to inflate the value of the original copies of the Season 1 DVD set? And has anyone looked into how many copies of the Season 1 sets the producers own? It's just like the Hunt Brothers trying to corner the silver market, I tell you!
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Lisa de Moraes :

quite a conspiracy theory... and I love a good conspiracy theory....

– June 15, 2012 2:50 PM
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Neil Patrick Harris

Today's NPH's 39th birthday -- shout-out!
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Lisa de Moraes :

lovely coincidence.... thanks for pointing this out....

– June 15, 2012 2:50 PM
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prop house

I want the address of this "prop house" that furnished the Bush head. Do they have a whole line of celebrity heads? I want to buy a bunch as Halloween decorations, so the trick-or-treaters will come to my doorstep by going up a sidewalk lined with the heads of Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, etc., on a stick.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I have spoken to HBO about it, but have not heard back...

– June 15, 2012 2:51 PM
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SOSUME (TV Version)

I could just never get into or enjoy "Arrested Development" - it always felt like it was trying too hard and that it was demanding that I bow to its "quirkiness."
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Lisa de Moraes :

Excellent!....I'm out of time... hope you'll join me again next week. Have a lovely weekend!

– June 15, 2012 2:51 PM
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