Visit to the Set of General Hospital and the Nurses Ball

While on a recent trip to LA, we were able to visit the set of General Hospital.  It was very cool to see where the show was made and meet some of the actors who play the characters on the show. It was also fun to see the greenroom, sets, props, and costumes from the show.

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While on the set, we met Frank Valentini, who was very nice and gave us a tour.  There were times and places we were able to or not take photos, because he didn’t want to give things away.   We also met Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), LuLu Spencer-Falconeri (Emme Rylan0), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri),  William Devry (Julian Jerome), and Maura West (Ava Jerome )as well, it was a fun afternoon on the set of this iconic TV show.

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We were also able to see (while visiting) the Jerome Art Gallery, the hospital, the “patient rooms”, nurses station, police station, and Maxi’s apartment.

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We were able to check out a room full of props and costumes over the years the show has been on, including (interestingly) a track suit that Richard Simmons wore.  I love him, I don’t care what any of you naysayers say!  Ha.  I was amused, he cracks me up, and so did his outfit. We also got to visit the green room while they wrapped up filming.
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Meeting the Moms of ABC TV

While in LA, we were able to chat with the starts of several great ABC TV shows.  Want to meet some of the lovely ladies yourself?  Enter, and check out the mom’s (both on and offscreen) of some of the latest hit shows you love to watch.

win ph 03 15 14 260The lovely Malin Akerman from “Trophy Wife” was a pleasure to talk to, and was excited to tell us about her young son and adventures in motherhood.  You can read more about her and the show in this post, or watch the show Tuesdays at 9:30 eastern/8:30 central on ABC.

win ph 03 15 14 261Photo-Bombing myself, ha.  Got tired of the “posed” pictures- so this is what you get!  Me and Patricia Heaton, of “The Middle”.  Want to know more about her?  Check out this post and get social with The Middle on Facebook on Twitter @TheMiddle_ABC.  Keep up with the fun on Twitter with the hashtag #ABCTVEvent. You can watch on Wednesdays at 8 EST on ABC.
She has kids that are a bit older then mine, so she told us all what we were in for when they got older.  She told us all about the set of “Everybody Loves Raymond”, raising kids “on sets” and how being a mother is a priority for her.

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Hanging Out on the set of Grey’s Anatomy

While in LA, I had the chance to check out the set of Grey’s Anatomy.  It was a lot of fun.  We got to check out the set, as well as meet some of the actors and creative people behind the scenes, like costume designers and prop creators.

win ph 03 15 14 224This is the outside of the set, which is really on the outside of the building.  It was neat to see how and where they filmed. It also looked like a real hospital building, so that amused me as well.

win ph 03 15 14 226This is the living room of the “Dream House” that belongs to Meredith Greys and Derek McDreamy. A lot nicer (and neater!) then my own, I will tell you that 😉

win ph 03 15 14 228The very well organized kitchen in the McDreamy House  🙂

win ph 03 15 14 233Costumes on the set of Grey’s Anatomy, all labeled and ready for the cast to use.

win ph 03 15 14 231The hospital on the set, complete with toys and brochures, which made me laugh  🙂

win ph 03 15 14 239I loved this picture, it was just the hospital floor, but still.  Made it “authentic”.

win ph 03 15 14 245The “guts” of Grey’s Anatomy, as shown to us by the prop master.

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The New The Tom and Jerry Show

There is a new Warner Bros. Animation series, The Tom and Jerry Show coming out soon!


The series will be premiering Wednesday, April 9 on Cartoon Network.  Entertainment Weekly just debut a trailer for the show yesterday which you can check out here:

As you can see the cat and mouse grudge match between these two continues with the same brand of slapstick humor that made Tom and Jerry two of the most beloved characters in animation history.  In addition to their familiar suburban house setting, each 11 minute short of the new series will expand Tom and Jerry’s never-ending game of cat-and-mouse to include more fantastic worlds, from a witches cabin to a mad scientist’s lab.

Voiced with comedic stars such as Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) and Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) leading it’s talented  cast, the show should be a hit with kids.  Here is what Jay Bastian, the WBA creative executive had to say in an interview with me last week.

Q1- Have you always been a Tom and Jerry Fan?

Jay Bastian– Who isn’t?  I always loved watching Tom and Jerry cartoons with my father, since he would laugh just as much as I did at them.

Q2-  Who is your favorite, Tom, or Jerry?  (And why)

Jay Bastian– This is a debate I have been in both at Cartoon Network and at Warner Bros. for years.  People are entrenched on one side or the other and can speak at length about their respective stance.  I guess I always root for the underdog, so I’ve always been firmly on Jerry’s side.

Q3- How is the new The Tom and Jerry Show different the the older cartoons?

Jay Bastian– Hopefully the characters, their relationship and the slapstick violence will still feel like what was established in the classic shorts.  The newest thing we’ve added in this series is the reoccurring scenarios of the science lab, the witches’ house and Tom and Jerry’s detective agency.  The idea was to keep them the same characters they have always been, but add in new locations and things to throw at one another.
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Set Visit to TV’s “The Middle”

win ph 03 15 14 283The Middle set looks like any other real house in America- messy, stuff everywhere, a crack in the wall here or there- you know, lived in?  Not like what you usually see on TV. The Heck family is more like a regular, dysfunctional-to-be-functional kind of family that we all know or are.  Likely are.

I'm an amazing chef, in a pretend kitchen.  Mom!  Look at me!  MOM!  MOMMMMM!

I’m an amazing chef, in a pretend kitchen. Mom! Look at me! MOM! MOMMMMM!

The Middle has been on for a while now.  If you have not seen it yet, let me ‘splain it to you. The mom, “Frankie, who is played by Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton ,Deb from “Everybody Loves Raymond”), and her husband, Mike (Neil Flynn, Janitor from “Scrubs”), have lived in Orson, Indiana, their whole lives. A man of few words (every one a zinger), Mike is a manager at the town quarry and Frankie is the third-best used car salesman (out of the three) at the local dealership. She may not be a high-powered career woman, but when it comes to her family, she’ll go to just about any length. And with kids like these, she had better. There’s Axl (Charlie McDermott), her semi-nudist teenage son conceived while under the influence of Guns N’ Roses; Sue (Eden Sher), the awkward teenage daughter who fails at everything… but with the utmost of gusto; and their seven-year-old son Brick(Atticus Shaffer), whose best friend is his backpack.  Sometimes it seems like everyone is trying to get to the top, or struggling not to hit bottom, but we think Frankie and her family will find a lot of love, and a lot of laughs, somewhere in The Middle.” (From

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photo credit: (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

We were able to screen the episode that is coming on tonight, called “The Walk”.  I think it’s one of those things that eventually happen with all married couples- you run out of things to say and stop “trying” as much as you used to.  Very relatable to most people.
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Coffee Talk with Executive Producers of ABC’s Trophy Wife

While we were in LA, we were able to screen the TV show Trophy Wife. (We watched “The Wedding” parts 1 and 2.) We were also able to meet the “wife” of the show Malin Akerman and the Executive Producers the ABC show, Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern.  Malin chatted with us about the show, but more about her nearly year old son.  It was cool to see the mom come out in this TV star, who was asking us for tips she can use as he grows up as well as what to expect, and what age is the best and worst in our opinions.

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Trophy Wife stars Ryan Lee as Warren, Bailee Madison as Hillary, Marcia Gay Harden as Diane, Bradley Whitford as Pete, Malin Akerman as Kate, Natalie Morales as Meg, Michaela Watkins as Jackie and Albert Tsai as Bert.

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Photo Credit: ©(ABC/Bob D’Amico)

About Trophy Wife:

From ABC:  ”They say third time’s a charm and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that’s true when she becomes the third wife of a slightly older man, Pete (Bradley Whitford).  The fell into each other’s arms (literally) at a karaoke bar, and flash forward a year later, Kate finds herself with an instafamily complete with three step-children and two ex-wives.  But Kate is determined to make this work and become a part of the family no matter what.”


How did you come up with the idea for Trophy Wife?

Sarah Haskins: We’re the creators, so we came up with the idea together. It’s very loosely based on my life. I married an older man who’d been married a few times before and has children from those different marriages. Kind of like Malin Akerman’s character, without rocking the short shorts. It’s a situation that while unique and highly specific, is also very universal. People have dealt with divorce and co-parenting. It’s very common and we think it has a place on TV.

The characters have very good chemistry. How hard was it to get who you wanted?

Sarah: We filmed the pilot off-cycle and we didn’t appreciate it at the time. That wound up being a huge advantage because we weren’t competing for all the exact same actors as all of the other pilots at the same time. And a lot of that had to do with Malin. She was really the first piece. ABC had actually passed on Trophy Wife the first year we developed it and ultimately it was given a second life when Malin read the script and ABC really wanted to work with her – and so did we.
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