Hannah Montana

Yes, as a matter of fact I am the best aunt. At least I am pretty sure what my 8-year-old niece Lily thinks. Through friends who are in the biz, I scored two tickets to see an episode of Hannah Montana taped the other week.

What was it like? I just got the feeling back in my thighs. Yes, you do sit a while. Production takes a while. Several takes. Repositioning cameras, etc.

I will say that every one was very nice. The warm-up guy kept us as entertained as one could be by peppering us with trivia questions. Most of which my niece knew. And they served us pizza. Which I wolfed down like it was the first food I had seen in hours.

Oh, it was.

I would have been texting or reading stuff on my blackberry but engaging on your cell phone is verboten. I even knew the security guard, but she was looking just as sharply at me as everyone else. I finally asked permission to check on my kids. Okay, if I walked out of the audience area. I would guess they don’t want any plot twists leaked to the public. You know, like “Lost.”

Some of the cast came and spoke to us which was a huge thrill for Lily. I don’t allow Vivien to watch the show, so apart from Billy Ray Cyrus they were all new to me. Which was probably good because then I was more charmed by the corny jokes and the bits.

“Hey, the kid who plays her brother is a funny actor.”

Near the end it was all worth it. When who climbed up into the audience to take a few questions but

MILEY CYRUS!!

I was screaming right with the 8 year olds. She is a nice girl. She seems to have a good head on her shoulders. Obviously more mature than I am now, let alone at 16 (or whatever she is now). She made the little girls very happy.

It was all worth it for me when my niece said it was the best day of her life.

Law and Order

Vivien was a champion nurser. We were a good team. She could latch on anywhere and stay there long enough for me to watch almost an entire Law and Order. I did my part as I took the whole year off to just be her mom. We had no money worries; we lived in a nice place so it was easy to be a nursing mom. I wasn’t having to find a quiet moment in a cubby at work to pump. I was lucky. I just got the phone, the remote, a glass of water and hunkered down with my girl on the couch and watched TV. Sometimes I read, but that was a little trickier.

For some reason for months Law and Order was my favorite nursing show. For one thing it’s always on some cable channel, and I also Tivoed a few of them. I knew Vivien would at least get me to the part where Sam Waterson takes over as the D.A.

So this video is about something that always bugged me about the show. I want to know if you ever noticed this as well.

And by the way, I don’t like the new cast. No charisma. No one cute like Benjamin Bratt or Chris Noth or with the personality of Jerry Orbach. And Special Victims Unit, forget it. It’s always about kids.

Rex is not as hard-core about nursing as Vivien. So, with him I try for a segment on Hardball.

My TV

The other day I read this article in the LA Times by their critic about what TV she would watch were it not her job. I agreed with a few and it inspired me to share my faves. ‘Cause I have to say, after a couple years of not much to look forward to other than The Daily Show or Ugly Betty, some 30 Rock or a bit of Mad Men, I’m in love again. There is a reason I walk away from the computer.

Remote Control
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Castle on ABC. I used to love mystery novels so this one about a mystery writer teaming with a cop is my cup of tea. Nathan Fillion, the lead, is also my cup of whatever he wants. Handsome and quippy with topical references. Sigh, he might go on my list. Throw in the sweet relationship with his daughter and his mother, and that’s on my Tivo. Downside, LA is clearly the stand-in for NYC, and for location savvy gal like myself, it looks kind of lame sometimes, but nowhere near as lame as the overly slick CSI franchise (blech).

The Good Wife on CBS. On ER, Juliane Margulies kind of bugged, but not here. On The Good Wife, she is the working mom dealing after life slapped her in the face. For her, the slap was her politician hubby (Chris Noth- Mr Big) involved in a political scandal that exposed his infidelity and landed him in jail. Since I’ve been forging ahead after my “money manager” went to jail I watch with a “you go girl!” enthusiasm.

Modern Family on ABC (Hey, ABC is geared toward a female demo). The pilot was super funny. The rest have been not as funny, but good. Yes, they have the have a skinny woman who looks about 34 with three kids, the oldest being 15 (who looks 20), but other than having to suspend my inner math, I do enjoy this show. The gay couple really make it. When they go to a mommy and me class and feel self-conscious, it struck a blow for all of us who have gone to those classes or groups feeling like all the other moms are friends or who worry where our kids rank developmentally.

The Middle on ABC. Why isn’t this being talked about? The most realistic mom on TV is played by Patricia Heaton. I love that her kids are all losers and her husband really looks like he would be her husband. Her house is messy, and she is always running around between her job and her kid’s school or taking care of elderly relatives. It’s not like The Cosby Show where the parents calmly sat and waited at home to talk to their smart kids. Or In the Motherhood where they all too cute with their jeans tucked in boots. Downside, they always tack on a voiceover with a “but all in all, my life is great.” That undercuts the realness that has transpired for the last 25 minutes. They don’t need to. It’s still a comedy, she still loves her family, we get it, don’t need the forced Pollyana bit.

These can all be watched online as well.

Okay, so that’s what I do after the kids are asleep. How about you?

Dancing With The Stars

I’m not ashamed to say I’m one of the 17 million that watches “Dancing With The Stars.” I have to TiVo it because I can’t stand watching the backstage interviews with that sub-par interviewer who has three questions she asks in rotation. “How much have you loved being on the show?” Sarah Palin should have Samantha Harris interview her.

Now, I taped this bit last week and I have to correct one thing. I said Brooke Burns when I meant Brooke Burke. I know the difference, but mucked it up. Burke is doing great on the show and she is a very nice person. I also neglected to mention what a star “Dame” Cloris Leachman is. She really made an effort Monday night.

If Rocco’s out, it’s not a shocker: that blouse will have cooked his goose.

Trolling For Mom Friends

Along with the miracle and wonder of children comes BOREDOM. Especially while they are nonverbal. Gosh, the pattern of your life can start to melt from one day to the next. So, that’s when I started to cast about for any kind of groups or classes. At 2 months we did Itsy Bitsy Yoga; basically a few socially starved moms were led through gentle exercises with their baby. We would roll our kids around, kiss their tummy, and do other stuff like that.The gym was walking distance from my house, which was a real bonus since my kid screamed her head off every time she was in the car. This did not end until we could turn her seat around.

Here I am at a My Gym, talking about this lonely mom thing.

Which Show Do You Want To Co-Host?

Okay, so I had my minute with Dr. Phil today, which was cool. Now, I’m very happy to be the host of a basic cable show, the Fashion Team on the TV guide channel (BTW, we are changing times this week to Sundays at 7pm).

Most people watch TV and are not on it. Daytime TV is a medium that people feel more emotionally connected to than most other types of shows. The demographic they are trying to hit is us – moms, parents, and people who either stay at home during the day or Tivo shows for later.

So here is my question:

If you could crawl in the box and be a co-host/sidekick for any of these big-time syndicated shows*, which show would it be and why?

I’ll tell you my pick when the results are in.

* Showbiz sidebar: the biggest bucks in the biz are in syndicated shows, be it talk shows or when “Friends” or “Two and Half Men” get syndicated. It’s major f— you money.

Guess Who’s On Dr. Phil!

I’m thinking of starting my own cable show called “My Life On The G-List” (I wish I were D-list). Anyway, when you are on the G-list, once in a while you get a cool glimpse into the A-list life. Such was my experience on Dr. Phil. Watch it Monday. I have to say, as much as one can make cracks about the syndicated dynasties like Dr. Phil, he actually gave very good advice and the right take on the show I was on. But when you watch this, you’ll see that Dr. Phil was holding out on me.

Empty Room Syndrome

So, the house we recently moved into is the only house I have ever owned (I’ve had condos, and I still have one of those money pits, but that’s another story). It’s only the second place I’ve ever lived where I had a dining room. So I was really excited to create a grand, almost theatrical space. We eat in the kitchen or on the back porch most of the time, but I envisioned the dining room to be a place for special occasions, for adults to gather while the kids are out back.

Note the wallpaper: it’s from England, it was pricey, it took months to arrive. The china hutch is Heywood Wakefield, which I have collected for years (I found this piece for a good price on craigslist); inside it is my wedding china. My wedding china! Don’t I get a room that is befitting my wedding china? Doesn’t a woman who waited to get married get to have the dining room of her dreams?

Apparently not.

Sunday Styles

My husband has learned that there will be a wifely wrath if he dumps the New York Times Sunday Styles section before I have read it. I usually have to wait until bedtime to savor this tasty morsel. In the Vows section…all the engagements and weddings, I’m always curious about the ages of people. Do I think they are getting married to young, is it a May September thing? It’s funny I note that more than where they are from or their profession. Although, the happy couples profession and where they are originally from, does hold some interest.

Every week what is the thing you look forward to reading that you would throw a tantrum over if someone through out?

I just wanted to let you know, we will be taking a day off Monday for Labor Day. Don’t worry, we will be back up and running with new vlogs on Tuesday. Have a great weekend.

Firsts

This cracked me up from, “The Poop (great name),” about the writers first car. You never forget your first right? My first car was a 1976, Datsun 710. It not only had no AC, it had no heat, and no door handles. So, after a while the cranks to roll down the window also broke off. Nonetheless I was popular among my high school friends, because at least I had a car. Even if it meant we had to pick up the broken handles off the floor and stick them on the door to roll down the windows.

I just had another first. My stepson wrote me an email from his trip. He had seen a clip of me on “The Daily Show,” I was part of a montage about “cougars.” I had been commenting on it on “Showbiz Tonight,” on “CNN Headline News.” Even though for other reasons it has been a trying day, I was immediately perked up. It felt like I was in high school and a boy who I thought didn’t know I existed, suddenly pays attention to me. Especially cool if the boy looks like a Jonas brother. I felt like Sally Field accepting her Oscar in 1985, “You like me, you really like me!

If kids only knew the power they yield.