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Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Racey Role On The Client List

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Jennifer Love Hewitt? For me it would be sweet, nice and pretty. That’s why I was a little bit shocked after watching the first episode of the new show she’s starring in called The Client List.

The Client ListStatus: New SeriesGenre: Drama, FamilyRate: 5.3/10Original Airing: 8 April 2012 - presentRegion: USALanguage: EnglishSubtitle: EnglishSeason 1(Ongoing)Synopsis:Based on the network's hit 2010 original movie, "The Client List" will launch on Lifetime in 2012 with 10 episodes. In addition, the network has entered into a first look development deal for both series and movies with Hewitt's production company Fedora Films, it was announced today by Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks. Hewitt's deal also includes her directing a future movie for the network. "The Client List" is about a Texas housewife (Hewitt), who, after being deserted by her husband, is left in deep financial straits and takes a job at a seemingly traditional day spa in a neighboring town. When she realizes massages aren't the only services on the menu, she quickly grabs the opportunity to relieve her financial hardships by partnering with the parlor's feisty and disorganized owner to run the business. The series will follow her as she delicately balances two starkly different lives -- one as a single mom in a conservative town struggling to provide for her family and the other as a savvy and ambitious businesswoman working with a rowdy, sexy and unpredictable group of women.
The Client List starts off very innocently. Jennifer plays a down home country girl named Riley with two children and a husband who’s down on his luck and jobless accepting disability checks that don’t cover their mortgage. Riley is forced to look for work and having experience as a massage therapist takes her friends advice and applies at a day spa and soon realizes that although they do take clients that only want massages the big bucks are made by the girls that provide a happy ending. Riley comes home after work and finds her husband has cleared out his stuff and left her high and dry with a house she can’t afford. Riley becomes desperate and starts becoming a classy prostitute.


I have very mixed feelings about this show. I think this show glorifies prostitution and they didn’t even do a good job showing what a real prostitute goes through every day. When she’s accepting clients that only want massages they show hairy backs and balding fat men. Then when she decides to accept clients that want the happy ending they show gorgeous glistening men with six packs who look like underwear models. I always thought the men who paid for sex couldn’t get it elsewhere for free or they had weird fetishes that any normal girl would be crazy to act out


Originally The Client List was a mini series on Lifetime and was brought back as a TV series by popular demand however not everyone was happy about this show being on television. The Client List was the subject of a nationwide campaign by Licensed Massage Therapists to stop the show in its tracks before it aired. The group is named Massage Therapists Against The Client List. It seems they don’t like how the show suggests that massage therapists provide the happy ending although many people joke about or believe that there are some out there that do. They have gathered signatures, 2,571 of them, to pull the show off the air.

“The Client List is a series that perpetuates the misconception that Massage Therapy includes inappropriate sexual contact. Massage Therapists are trained healthcare professionals and in most states are licensed and regulated by state medical boards. They adhere to a code of ethics and in some cases are under higher ethical standards than other healthcare professionals – because of these very same misconceptions. Many therapists are now working in doctor’s offices and hospitals and providing valuable therapeutic services. ‘The Client List’ is a huge step backwards.”

If you would like to watch this show and see for yourself what all the fuss is about it airs on Sunday nights on Lifetime at 10pm.

Starring:

Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley Parks.

Colin Egglesfield as Evan Parks, Riley’s brother-in-law.

Rebecca Field as Lacey, Riley’s best friend since high school.

Naturi Naughton as Kendra, a masseuse at the parlor.

Cybill Shepherd as Lynette, Riley’s mother.

Kathleen York as Jolene, another masseuse at the parlor.

Loretta Devine as Georgia, the owner of the massage parlor.

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Glee VS. Smash: Who Wins?

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For a long time Glee was in a league of their own with chart topping hits and amazing vocals as well as the stars that were lining up to appear on their show. Everyone overlooked the lackluster storyline because at the time there was really no competition. Then along came SMASH and, in my opinion, blew them out of the water.

I have been following Glee since the beginning. To tell you the truth I was not enamored with the acting and the storyline was laughable at times and left me feeling a tad bored but I overlooked it. Maybe Glee reminded me of my high school years. In high school I was in the choir and it was not a popular choice at the time but I loved it. I’m no Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey but I could carry a tune and I loved being part of something. I tuned in to Glee every week and enjoyed the way they remade popular chart toppers into band and choir remixes. Albums were sold and singles were downloaded and people were becoming gleeks.

SMASH premiered this year and I was blown away. SMASH is different in the fact that instead of choir they decided to focus on Broadway instead. SMASH revolves around broadway producers and writers who are casting for a new play about Marilyn Monroe. There’s drama between two women who are looking to star as the bombshell Marilyn. One is obsessed with Marilyn and has experience and one is less experienced but is an up and coming singer trying to make it big. I think they do an excellent job of weaving the personal lives in with the musical numbers and instead of just focusing on the music they’re focusing on the drama and quality acting as well. In my opinion they’ve done it all and I’m crossing my fingers they stay around for a long time because I’m in love with this show. I think Glee really needs to step it up with their storyline or they’re going to get left in the dust by SMASH and I think peoples expectations will be much higher after watching it.

As you can see from my post I prefer SMASH to Glee but maybe you feel differently. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion below.

8 Signs You’re A TV Junkie

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My name is Julia and I’m a TV addict. I’ve come to terms with it and accepted the fact that I watch too much television. I guess acceptance is half the battle right? Ever since I was a child I was a couch potato. I loved Saturday morning cartoons and I could never fall asleep unless my TV was on at night. There was something about being entertained before bedtime. It was kind of like a bedtime story but better. I have complied my top 8 signs you’re a TV junkie and please note that if you can relate to all 8 of these never fear because there are many of us TV junkies out there. You are not alone.

8.You put your kids to bed early so you can watch TV. I’m sure many of us are guilty of this. The clock starts ticking down and you start to prepare for your kids to go to bed at exactly 8:00 because that’s when the good shows are on. Otherwise you’re stuck with screaming, crying kids begging for attention while you’re trying desperately to catch who got voted off Survivor or what new idiotic thing Snooki said on Jersey Shore.

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7.Your blood boils when your TV show is on a break. This has happened to me many times. How dare they deserve another break. Where’s my show and what am I supposed to do now? I’ve been waiting all day in anticipation and you guys so selfishly decide not to air a new episode again? On a side note there seems to be way more breaks for TV shows than there once was. Sometimes my favorite show won’t be on for weeks!!

6.Every new event in your life is compared to a television show. I find myself doing this with Seinfeld in particular. I remember one time someone told me they had a pony growing up and immediately I said “I can’t stand people who had a pony as a kid.” The funny thing was as soon as I said it everyone knew exactly what show that came from and laughed.

5.Your meals consist of easy things you can eat in front of the television. If it’s too messy and not easy enough to eat sitting on a couch then you’re not eating it for dinner in fact appetizers and snack food sound really good because you can eat them with your hands and save time on dishes so you can watch more TV. This is bordering on extreme and you may need help if you’ve checked this one off.

couch potato4.You think channel surfing is exercise. Moving your thumbs is not considered exercise and neither is getting up to go to the bathroom during commercials. You may need some serious help if this is the case or perhaps pick up a thigh master or some dumbbells to use while you’re watching TV.

3.Your TV never gets turned off even when you’re sleeping. Maybe you think to yourself that if you wake up in the middle of the night you’ll be comforted by the fact that your “friends” are on TV or maybe you justify things in your head thinking that if someone decides they want to rob your home they’ll bypass you because they’ll think somebody is awake watching TV. Either way at some point you should give your electricity a bit of a break and turn your TV off. I know it’ll seem quiet and a bit lonely but too much of something is never a good thing.

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2.All of your Facebook updates are about what TV show you’re watching tonight and all your tweets are about what happened on your favorite show. I’ve seen people that are doing this and it looks as if their entire life is wrapped up in TV and I always picture them with eyes glazed over falling asleep on chip crumbs with a half eaten twinkie in their hand.Maybe include a few other things you’re doing in the day and talk about your real friends instead of your “friends” on TV.

1.You start talking about TV like it’s reality. I know many of you have most likely done this at least I hope so or I’m bordering on crazy. Your friend phones up and you talk about what a character was up to last night on your favorite show or you start talking like characters on your favorite show or maybe you yell at the TV with the belief they can hear you. Either way when this starts happening it means TV is slowly creeping into your real life and you may need to take a bit of a break and enjoy the real world outside.

GCB Ruffles Religious Feathers

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I know many have seen the show GCB and found it to be funny and why wouldn’t you? It is funny. I like the script, I’m in love with the acting and I find its take on Christianity to be quite refreshing. I haven’t seen one religious show yet that has pulled off what this show has. Religious shows in my humble opinion have been on the boring side of things until now. It seems that not everybody shares my sense of humor because GCB seems to be ruffling the feathers of the religious.

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Originally GCB was supposed to be named Good Christian Bitches and that’s where the trouble began. ABC was contacted by many Christian organizations calling the name demeaning towards Christians and women even expressed their outrage stating that the word “bitches” should never be used to refer to women. They demanded the name be changed so they changed it to Good Christian Belles and later shortened it to GCB. New York city councilor Peter Vallone Jr has even gone so far as to announce a boycott on the show GCB claiming the series is “yet another outrageous attack on the Christian faith.” I have seen the show every Sunday and I have religious friends who actually watch it and enjoy it and I strongly disagree. I think the show has made light of a very touchy subject and has done it in a very tasteful way.

I think there is something very wrong with this world we live in. I am a firm believer in laughing at myself. I figure if I laugh at myself first then I’ll beat people to the punch and they won’t have a chance to poke fun at me because I already did it. I think these days everyone is much too stressed and takes things way too seriously. Where are peoples sense of humor? Many comedians have actually made a living at making fun of their religions or themselves and are quite successful at making light of serious topics. Why is GCB any different? I don’t see why people are so outraged. I come from a very religious family that does have a sense of humor but when it comes to their religion they take it very seriously. Maybe they constantly feel attacked and this may be what they consider to be another attack on their faith. I’m not too sure but I say get a sense of humor and appreciate that someone had the guts to put a TV show on the air about Christianity instead of some of the distasteful shows that are airing as we speak filled with teenage pregnancy, nudity and violence among other things. I haven’t personally seen anything like that so far on this show. I say stop taking life so seriously and stop focusing your attention on a silly TV show and instead focus your energy on the very real problems out there right now. Am I right? Maybe you have a different opinion that you’d like to express below. Please feel free.

Starring:

Leslie Bibb as Amanda Vaughn

Kristin Chenoweth as Carlene Cockburn

Jennifer Aspen as Sharon Peacham

Marisol Nichols as Heather Cruz

Miriam Shor as Cricket Caruth-Reilly

David James Elliott as Ripp Cockburn

Mark Deklin as Blake Reilly

Brad Beyer as Zach Peacham

Annie Potts as Elizabeth Stopper

Missing Starts Off With A Bang

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It’s been a really long time since a show has captured my attention right off the bat. Usually when I start watching a show it takes awhile for me to get into it and sometimes my attention will go elsewhere in the process but not Missing. When I first started seeing previews for Missing I got excited. Right away I knew I’d fall in love and started anticipating the season premiere.

Missing is an American drama/thriller that stars Ashley Judd who looks amazing by the way. If I can look that great when I hit her age I’d be one happy camper. It revolves around a former CIA operative Becca whose husband was killed tragically in a car bombing in Rome while him and his son were on vacation.  Ten years later her son gets accepted into a summer architecture program in Rome. The same place her husband was killed. Becca is now living a normal life running a flower shop and is very reluctant to see her son go. He assures her he will be just fine but it turns out he was wrong. Her son is kidnapped and Becca is now leading the hunt as a desperate mother in search of her son relying on her skills and connections as a former CIA operative. Bit by bit little secrets and mysteries come to the surface and after every episode you’re left wondering what will happen next.

Although this show has many, many pros like the fact that all the acting is believable and well delivered and the storyline is really exciting I guess the only con I have is how long will they be able to keep this storyline up? How many more mysteries could there possibly be and how far can they take this story? How long will she be searching for her son? In order to survive on TV you have to have lots of tricks up your sleeves and keep viewers guessing. There is nothing worse than a show that delivers in the beginning and fizzles in the end. Hopefully that won’t happen with Missing because so far I’m really impressed!!

You can catch Missing on ABC. It airs Thursday nights at 8/7 c.

Cast:

Ashley Judd as Rebecca “Becca” Winstone

Cliff Curtis as Agent Dax Miller

Sean Bean as Paul Winstone

Nick Eversman as Michael Winstone

Adriano Giannini as Giancarlo Rossi

Recurring Cast:

Laura Donnelly as Violet Heath and Jason Wong as Fitzpatrick: Members of Miller’s CIA team.

Gina McKee as Jamie Ortega: CIA director in charge of Dax’s station, based in Washington D.C.

Caleb Barton Smith as young Michael Winstone.

7 TV Shows You Shouldn’t Miss

I have compiled a list of my top seven absolute favorite shows on television currently. These are shows that if you haven’t yet seen you really need to check out. The actors in these shows bring it each and every week and each show I’ve chosen leaves me wanting more and excitedly anticipating each episode.

7.Being Human UK

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Being Human first started airing in the UK and followed soon after in the US with their own version of the show. I have watched both and to tell you the honest truth the US version does not do the show justice at all. For all those viewers who are as disappointed as I am with the US version please watch the UK version before scrapping the show entirely. Being Human UK has everything for me. There’s humor, great special effects and drama. It’s about a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire who all end up living under one roof and try to bumble through life trying to be “normal” despite being so glaringly different according to society. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of seeing this show you can view it on Netflix like I chose to or you can try finding it elsewhere.

6.Community

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If laughter really is the best medicine then Community delivers my daily dose each week. This show has a brilliant, hilarious cast including Chevy Chase who is one of my all time favorite comedians so I was delighted to see him in this TV show. The first episode made me laugh so hard I cried and each show has delivered in the funny department so far. I actually just started watching this show starting with season 1 and I’m wondering where I’ve been and why this show wasn’t on my radar until now. I’m glad I finally found it and for those that have also missed out please give this show a try. You won’t be disappointed.

5.Shameless

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Shameless is one of those shows that may not be widely received by everybody but it always delivers shock value. Shameless revolves around this family that is living on the wrong side of the tracks. The Father is an alcoholic that’s always looking for his next scam and his children are being raised by his oldest daughter and left to fend for themselves. This family is completely shameless, sometimes rude and seem to always be mixed up in something illegal. Shameless totally delivers on many levels. The writer has a unique way of taking what many would consider an awful life and putting a refreshing humorous spin on it. I always wonder what they’ll get mixed up in next and I can’t wait to find out!

4.Blue Bloods

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A dash of drama and a pinch of action makes the perfect recipe for a TV show. Blue Bloods has an all star cast including Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg and it follows an Irish family, The Reagans, that are all working for or have worked for the NYC police department. For all of you that are tired of police shows please don’t give up on them just yet because Blue Bloods isn’t just any police show. They focus on the job, family drama and there’s twists and turns in each show. Every actor is spot on and the writing is impressive and that’s why I’ve never missed one episode of this show.

3.Homeland

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Homeland stars none other than Claire Danes which was the main reason I started watching this show. I love Claire Danes in everything she’s done and Homeland is no exception. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be disappointed and sure enough I wasn’t. If someone asked me to describe the show Homeland in one word it would be thrilling. Homeland revolves around Claire Danes who plays a CIA officer who is Bipolar. She has come to believe that Brody, a U.S. Marine that was held captive by Al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was turned by the enemy and now is considered a threat to the U.S. This show is brilliantly written and acted and is guaranteed to entertain. You will never know what’s coming next and who is the enemy.Homeland has finished it’s first season on Showtime and was renewed for a second which is set to air on September 30th, 2012. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

2.Game Of Thrones

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Game Of Thrones is one of those shows you have to see. I have fallen in love with this show from the very first episode. Many millions have gone into making this show and it’s well worth it. It’s filmed in beautiful Ireland and every show is a masterpiece. The stunning visual effects and quality acting has made for a show that impresses me on every level. Game Of Thrones is a medieval fantasy that follows the violent struggles of noble families for control of the Iron Throne. This show is already widely well received and has a huge fan following that is continuing to grow. If you haven’t checked this show out I urge you to do so. You will not be disappointed!

1.Damages

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The show Damages begins with a young woman stepping out of an elevator bloody and confused and then they take you back to the beginning to weave a tale of suspense and mystery and explain exactly what happened to that young woman. Damages revolves around a young lawyer just starting out that is offered a job with a tough, no nonsense, famous lawyer at her firm. The actors in this show are amazing and each season gets better than the last. I watched each episode one after the other on Netflix and everything fell apart around me because I couldn’t stop watching. They are currently filming Season 5 which will be their last and I’m really excited to find out what twists and turns they have in store for me.

Are You There Chelsea? Is A Hot Mess

Are You There, Chelsea?Status: New SeriesGenre: ComedyRate: 8.5/10Original Airing: 11 Januaryt 2012 - presentRegion: USALanguage: EnglishSubtitle: EnglishSeason 1(Ongoing)Synopsis:"Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" is based on the book and comedian/talk show host Chelsea Handler. This show follows the adventures of Chelsea (Laura Prepon), a twenty-something woman who doesn't let anything stand in her way of succeeding in her life. With her friends, who know that it is Chelsea's way or else, Mark (Jo Koy) and Shoniqua (Angel Laketa Moore) are there to add support for their friend. However, Todd (Mark Povinelli) doesn't take Chelsea's attitude and keeps her mannerisms to a minimum.Chelsea Handler, herself, makes a reoccurring appearance as Chelsea's sister, Sloan, a woman who is married and has a new baby. She and Chelsea share a commonality together, that is vodka. "Are You There Vodka? It's me Chelsea" follows the life of a wonderful woman with a story to tell. Created by Chelsea, this show dives into the famous woman's life and takes the viewers on a journey of who she is and how she has lived her life.

Are You There Chelsea? (formerly known as Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea) is a comedy based on Chelsea Handler’s best selling novel Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea which was published in 2008. It began airing on NBC on January 11th, 2012.

I will be the first to admit that when I sat down and watched this show I had very high expectations for this show to succeed. Not because the previews made me laugh or I read the book because I haven’t read the book. In fact at first I had no idea it was even based on a novel at all. It was because it was starring Laura Prepon who played “Hot Donna” on That 70s Show. It seems that even Laura Prepon can’t save this show and actually I am really unimpressed with her acting in this show. I think what made That 70s Show such a huge success was the talented actors as a whole and not just her.

I have watched every episode that has aired and many might be wondering why I would watch every episode if I was so unimpressed by this show and I will tell you that it’s because I like to give every show a shot before I pass judgement. There have been some TV shows that had a rocky start that I grew to love but I don’t think that’s this show unfortunately. Yes I do have a sense of humor and I do like comedies. This has nothing to do with my taste in TV shows. There are many shows I watch that are clever and funny and have made me burst out laughing. I find that Are You There Chelsea? is over the top rude and crude and the style of writing and comedic one liners are not well written at all. The main character is not believable as a waitress and the supporting actors are hit and miss. One of the many mistakes people make when casting actors for a TV show is sticking a good, well known actor on a show and thinking that the actor will make the show a success no matter what. Seinfeld didn’t become famous because of Jerry Seinfeld. In fact if he was the only actor it would be boring. Seinfeld made it big because of the acting team as a whole. Each character was hilarious and blended well with the other.

The one saving grace for Are You There Chelsea? is Chelsea Handler, who wrote the best sellng novel, who plays Chelsea’s born again sister Sloane and Chelsea’s roommate Dee Dee who is played by Lauren Lapkus. Both are funny and their acting styles are very refreshing in an otherwise lackluster show that, in my humble opinion, is a hot, hot mess!!

If you would like to check out Are You There Chelsea? it airs on NBC on Wednesdays at 8:30.

Your opinion may be different than mine so whether you agree or disagree please feel free to comment below.

Cast:

Laura Prepon as Chelsea Newman
Jake McDorman as Rick
Lauren Lapkus as Dee Dee
Lenny Clarke as Melvin
Ali Wong as Olivia
Mark Povinelli as Todd
Natasha Leggero as Nikki More

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