Life’s Playlist…… Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland

There has never been a time in my life when the Wizard of Oz wasn’t there.  It is the first movie I ever remember seeing.

As a child, and still today, I identified with the Scarecrow, without a brain, the scarecrow was confused and lost.  Once he got wisdom in his life he blossomed.

The story of the Wizard of Oz is timeless and knowing that we had what we need in our lives all along, it is inside us, is one of the great lessons that we can live as children or adults.

As much as I love the movie and the message, those damn flying monkeys still scare the bejesus out of me!

One of the greatest movies of all time, starring one of the greatest entertainers of all time, The Wizard of Oz premiered at the Lowe’s Capitol Theater in NYC on this date in 1939 with Judy Garland in the lead role of Dorothy.

In a world where sadness and strife often gets more notice than the good in the world, it’s nice to know there will always be a place over the rainbow.

 

Life’s Playlist….. The Candy Man by Sammy Davis Jr.

One of my father’s favorite TV shows was “All in the Family.”

This comedy that featured a family living in the suburbs of NYC aired in the 70’s.  Aired weekly on CBS, there is no way the show could be made today as it was filled with political incorrectness….. and it was AWESOME!

“All in the Family” was an equal opportunity offender, no one was off-limits with Archie Bunker and his family.  In our house, “All in the Family” was must see TV, my daddy would laugh so hard that his cackle could be heard all over the house.

The great Carroll O’Connor, who played Archie Bunker, was born on this date in 1924, he passed in 2001, but his comedic genius lives on.

In the 70’s race relations were tense, one of my dad’s favorite episodes featured a visit to the Bunker house by Sammy Davis Jr., if you have never seen the episode or any of the other landmark episodes of “All in the Family,” I encourage you to find it and watch!

In honor of the show, Carroll O’Connor’s birthday and the great Sammy Davis Jr., today’s Life’s Playlist is “Candy Man,” with a special bonus….. Archie Bunker Meets Sammy Davis Jr.

An Open Letter to CBS, Big Brother and Fly on the Wall Entertainment

Before I begin, let me say upfront, I realize this letter will never be seen by anyone who has the ability to do anything and I realize even in the remote chance it was, my opinions would not change anything…… but hey, I write and these are my opinions….. so….. here goes.

Dear CBS, Big Brother and Fly on the Wall Entertainment,

I a writing to you as a fan of Big Brother, someone who has watched every season since the show began.  Big Brother has been my summertime guilty pleasure for years.

As a fan of the show, I have watched and loved the people year after year.  Kaysar, Jase, Evil Dick, Dr. Will, Marcellas, Cowboy, Jordan and Jeff, Nicole, even Rachel, they have all captured my imagination summer after summer.

Now we come to Big Brother 19 and I have to say, you have missed the boat, BIG TIME!

I’m bored, I don’t even know the characters names and the repetition of summer after summer, same competitions with different colors has just become ho-hum!

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

Please, please PLEASE, I beg you with every ounce of my being, STOP bringing back past competitors!!!!  Guess what, they had their chance, they lost…. move on!

When I saw Paul, one of the most annoying characters in Big Brother history, come bounding through the door at the beginning of the season, the groan that escaped from my inner disgust still echoes through my living room four weeks later.

If you have former contestants you want to bring back, that’s fine…. do an All-Star Season, I can get behind that, but bringing back past characters who couldn’t get it done the first time is an insult to the other people in the house and the fans who tune in each week.

Here’s an idea for you, if you want to bring back past contestants, have a season of nothing but second place finishers, that is something we the fans would enjoy!

And by the way, if anyone truly believes the decision wasn’t made prior to the seasons start that Paul would receive that gift of almost 1/2 the season with immunity from eviction…. I have some ad space to sell you on a wall Mexico will be paying for on the border!  But I’ll come back to this later!

Let’s talk casting shall we?

When Big Brother began it was promoted as a house filled with strangers competing for an ultimate prize.  Today, the show has been relegated to a cast of characters that we have seen far too many times.

We have the quirky girl.

We have the Asian girl.

We have the girl with big boobs.

We have the hunky silent type guy.

We have the muscle head.

We have the flaming gay guy and btw, there are millions of gay people in America that don’t possess every negative stereotype associated with being gay, find one!

We have the old guy.

We have the black Christian woman.

We have the big guy who is a total train wreck.

And on and on….. here’s an idea….. STOP with the characters and START with bringing in interesting contestants that make for good television.  You used to do it, can you do it again or have you simply put this show on auto-pilot?

In the early days you took video submissions and people applied to be on the show…. today, you scour social media and nightclubs to fill a casting formula you think we want to see.  We don’t!

Earlier I referenced how the competitions have become repetitive.  HELLO!?!?!!?  Can no one in the production department come up with something new?

Putting new graphics and changing a competitions theme doesn’t make it new, it just makes a competition the same one you have been doing for years with a new theme and color scheme.

Last year I liked the Battle Back, it was a nice twist….. that doesn’t mean you needed to do it again this year.  And again, BTW, could those competitions have been designed for anyone but Cody to win?  Hello, he even stood beside the final puzzle and studied the course while the house-guests were finding out who would be his competitor.

The one bright spot of this summer has been the Den of Temptation, but let’s be clear, the producers fingerprints are all over the results.

No way the first temptation wasn’t determined for Paul to win.

You can bet your next paycheck, when Christmas needs to use her POV game card, the contest WILL be one she can compete in with her injury.

Interesting that the person who was Public Enemy number one last week got the power to overrule an eviction and when on the block she knew not to use it.

Please stop scripting what should be a game where everyone has the same chance at winning the prize as the people you deem to be your favorites.

Big Brother, what I am saying here is….. you have grown predictable and that is the last thing you need to be.

For years, we have heard Julie Chen tell us to “expect the unexpected,” maybe she should start telling us to expect the expected, because Big Brother has gotten repetitive and stale.

Fly on the Wall Entertainment, can you shake it up before Season 20 and give the show a reboot?  I certainly hope so.

I’m going to sign off now and hope that by the end of the season I learn the names of the grey haired guy and girl with big boobs, I think it would be nice to know that before the end of the summer, I’m sure they have an interesting story to tell, unfortunately we haven’t seen it.

I’ll keep watching, because I believe in the concept of what Big Brother should be, but if you all can’t come up with anything new, let me know, I’ll be glad to give you some ideas!

Sincerely,

Kendall Rumsey

A Fan

Life’s Playlist…. All I Ever Need is You performed by Sonny and Cher

RIP – Garry Marshall

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Garry Marshall

1934 ~ 2016