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Get Ready to Party – Prom Style – Wednesday (5/13) on ABC

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is something that will certainly go down in history as a memorable life event. It’s something that will not soon be forgotten. Stories from the quarantine and events of 2020 will be passed down from generation to generation. It’s this generation’s “I had to walk three miles in a snowstorm to get to school” story that our grandparents used to tell us.

Young people should be focusing on happier life events, such as graduation and prom. It’s a shame that such an important life event can’t go as originally planned.

I vaguely remember my prom. I had such a great time, even if one of the school’s bully’s was out to get me.

Long story short, I didn’t go to my junior prom. My best friend’s and I had an “anti-prom” party that night. It was more so because none of us were invited (but we all secretly wanted to go). I vowed not to miss my senior prom.

When it was time for my senior prom, no one asked me (again). One of my best friends REALLY wanted me to go, except she had a boyfriend so it was a given they were going together. In fact, all the people who wanted me to go with them were a part of a couple.

Thankfully my older cousin stepped in to take me to my prom so that I could have a memorable night. No one knew who he was, so that would make things less awkward.

My senior prom was a wonderful night. I thought I looked pretty too. In fact, my prom gown looked nearly identical to my biological mother’s prom gown. I never knew my biological mother (that’s a story for another day), so the fact that our gowns looked nearly identical – the same color too – is pretty weird.

Above in my father and biological mother’s prom picture. My gown was pretty much the same gown, except mine had short sleeves and I didn’t wear gloves.

I couldn’t find my prom picture to share. I looked for it, but it’s probably in one of the photo albums in the basement.

I was so excited when my daughter went to prom. She also skipped her junior prom and only went to her senior prom.

She opted to buy her own dress on her own terms. It was a total surprise to me. Even more surprisingly is that she chose a very simple dress. The only “sparkle” was in her shoes. Then again, my daughter was never into frilly girly things.

I was not fond her of her make-up. The make-up person made it way too dark.

My daughter at the seamstress getting her dress taken in.

To be honest, we never thought our son would go to his prom. First of all, it’s not his “thing.” And secondly, he is an overly shy person, so we never thought he’d have a date. To our surprise he had a date for prom (another long story for another day).

Our son even went to prom two years later with his long time girlfriend (2+ years). They made such a beautiful couple. Too bad they broke up a year later.

The last prom we’ve had to look forward to was our son’s ex-girlfriend’s senior prom (he’s pictured from that prom above). That was over two years ago. Sigh… But that is about to change.

This coming Wednesday (May 13, 2020), three of ABC’s beloved comedies – The Goldbergs, Schooled, and American Housewife, are taking us all to the prom. So grab your “plus one” and settle in for a night of laughs and reliving old memories from when you were going to your prom (or had thought about going). It’s part of #ABCPromNight.

It is also the season finales of The Goldbergs, Schooled and American Housewife.

ABC wanted to bring some of the magic and fun of prom into your home. Check out the #ABCPromNight promo.

 

I know that I’ll be tuning in with my husband. Sadly both of our kids have to work that night. They are both “essential workers” (our son works in a grocery store, and our daughter works at a restaurant).

I met one of the stars from The Goldbergs a few years ago – Wendi McLendon-Covey. I loved the show before meeting her. After meeting her, I loved the show even MORE. Wendi was such a sweetheart. I was suppose to be asking her questions, but instead, she was asking me about myself, my family, and our cats (we both love cats).

Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”) and me.

I’ve lost about 60 pounds since this picture was taken. I’m not a fan of seeing ME in a photo, but I love that I have a little something to remember my wonderful talk with Wendi.

Here is a brief explanation of each prom-tastic episode;

The Goldbergs – “Pretty in Pink”

Adam and Brea decide to go to prom together, but when Adam worries he won’t be Prom King, Beverly’s actions jeopardize the event. Meanwhile, Barry teaches Erica how to be compassionate and caring when Geoff’s dad is in the hospital. (8:00-8:30 p.m.)

Schooled – “Clueless”

Lainey has a difficult choice regarding her relationship with Barry and her friendship with CB. Meanwhile, Coach Mellor is put in a tough parenting position when Toby is invited to prom as a freshman by a senior. (8:30-9:00 p.m.)

American Housewife – “Prom” –

Katie confronts a classmate’s mom when she suspects Anna-Kat is being bullied at school. Meanwhile, Taylor sets out to complete the final item on her life skills checklist – teaching Greg to shoot a three-pointer – so that she can attend her senior prom. At the same time, Oliver is sympathetic when a caller at the Teen Help Line confides that no one asked her to prom. (9:00-9:30 p.m.)

I can’t wait! I already have the episodes set up on our DVR so that our kids can watch them when they get home from work. Maybe we’ll have to have a second prom just for them.

ABC was kind enough to send some prom goodies to help us enjoy the magical night. We received some snacks (a tin of popcorn and some Hawaiian Punch). We could “spike” the punch, but we won’t because our son is not yet 21, and I can’t drink alcohol using the medication I’m currently on.

In addition to snacks, I also received a super cool instant camera to take photos that night, a crown (who’ll be crowned the prom king or queen of our prom?), and a sash for the prom king and queen to wear.

I want to dig out one of my dresses from the closet, but, my closet looks like a hoarder situation. Actually, we’re doing things around our home and we have no place to temporarily store things, so stuff (and a lot of it) ended up in the closet. It’s not staying there (thankfully!), but sadly, right now all of my fancy dresses are in the back.

Ugh! Embarrassing!!!

My husband is planning on wearing his suit. He said he’d feel more comfy in sweat pants and a tee shirt, but he’ll do anything for me.

I can’t wait!

I hope that you will accept ABC’s “prom-posal” and tune into The Goldbergs, Schooled and American Housewife so that you can laugh and dance the night away, and relive memories from your prom.

Be sure to follow ABC and the shows on social media.

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American HousewifeFacebook & Twitter

The official hashtag for all social media is #ABCPromNight.

Do you plan on tuning in on Wednesday night?

Did you go to your own prom? If you have any funny or touching prom stories to share, I’d love to hear them. Feel free to leave a comment and tell me.

 

Kimberly

*I received free goodies in exchange for this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

The Muppets – A new series airing on ABC Tuesdays at 8 PM (EST) / 7 PM (CST)

 

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If you are around my age (forty-something) you might recall The Muppet Show which first aired in 1976. Back then it was done in a variety show format where the Muppet characters would put on skits and there were plenty of guest stars to enjoy watching too.

After the television series ended the Muppets went on to make many movies, then they just fell silent. It wasn’t until 2011 when the film, The Muppets, brought these lovable characters back to life. They since went on to make the film Muppets Most Wanted (loved that film – especially the soundtrack).

Both films did well in theaters. I think that helped to bring the Muppets back to the life. People want more Muppets!

There is a new series airing on Tuesday nights (8 PM EST / 7 PM CST) on ABC that stars the lovable Muppets. The series is appropriately named The Muppets.

The new series stars all of the Muppet characters including lesser known characters like Pepe the King Pawn and Rizzo the Rat. Of course all the main characters are in the show too – Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzi Bear, Rowlf, Scooter, Dr. Bunson Honeydew, Beaker and so many more.

I had the opportunity to check out the first few episodes of the series.

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The new series is nothing like the original series. The new series is filmed in a documentary-type style and features all the Muppets and a behind the scenes look at their new late night program Up Late With Miss Piggy. Miss Piggy has entered the world of male dominated late night programming. Just like other late night shows, Miss Piggy will have plenty of celebrity guest stars featured on her show. You can expect to see a lot of celebrities and celebrity cameos.

Shockingly, Miss Piggy and Kermit have broken up. Kermit is the executive producer of her show and the other Muppets all have a role in Miss Piggy’s late night show. Fozzi serves as her comedic side kick and Gonzo is the head writer.

Can you imagine Miss Piggy NOT fawning all over Kermit. In fact, Kermit has moved on. He’s now dating Denise who works in marketing for the show. It comes to no surprise that Denise is a pig.

Kermit is not the only one who has found love – Fozzi Bear is dating a human and her parents are not exactly thrilled by the “inter-species” dating.

Throughout the series you not only see what goes on behind the scenes at Miss Piggy’s late night show, but you also get to see what the Muppets do when they are not working. You also get to see some of them with legs, which is odd to see.

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The series challenges viewers to see the Muppets as real “people,” not just cute animal puppets. They have jobs, they fall in love, they get stressed out at work – they are a lot like us.

I personally enjoyed the episodes that I saw. I thought they were creativity done and funny. Even my hard to impress teenagers chuckled a few times. They didn’t want to watch initially, but after the first episode they were hooked. If a show can impress my teenagers then I consider that a great show. LOL!

This is NOT the same show that we grew up with. This is a fresher, more creative take on the Muppets. I am very impressed and I’m looking forward to seeing many more episodes.

I also like that this new series will make Muppet fans out of a whole new generation.

The Muppets is family friendly and can be enjoyed by everyone, young and old.

To learn more about the show, watch clips and more visit ABC.Go.com/Shows/The-Muppets. You can also check out the show on Facebook and Twitter.

Are you a fan of The Muppets? Will you be watching the show?

 

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

Ho-Ho-Ho… ABC’s The Middle’s holiday episode airs Wednesday, December 10, 2014

 

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If you have been reading my blog for a long time chances are you’ll recall that I am a big fan of the ABC series The Middle. I have been a fan ever since I saw the first episode. What’s there not to love about the Heck family.

Each year The Middle airs holiday episodes. The Thanksgiving episode aired last month and this Wednesday, December 10, 2014 The Middle‘s Christmas episode airs.

Thanks to Warner Bros., I had the opportunity to screen the holiday episode. I must say this one is one of my favorite Christmas episodes to date.

The Hecks are busy running around trying to accomplish everything on their holiday “To Do” list.

One thing that they need to check off the list is buy a new Christmas tree. Since Sue is allergic to real trees they have to purchase an artificial one. You would think that was an easy thing to do. Mike soon finds out that it’s almost impossible to get a simple artificial tree for their home.

The Middle Christmas Episode 2014

Frankie is so frazzled with all the stuff on the holiday “To Do” list, from decorating to wrapping presents, that she decides that she’s going to skip Christmas this year. She’ll make sure her family receives gifts, but she’s not going to decorate, wrap gifts or do anything she would normally do for the holiday season. She rather sit around in her underwear like her eldest son Axl does, must to the dismay of the Heck children.

Axl is happy to be back with his friends now that they are all off to college, that is until Axl and Sean get into an argument over King Moonracer from the movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, leaving Darrin to make the final decision.

This year Brick discovers that some families like to write letters to include in their holiday cards that tell family and friends what the family has been up to the past year. Unfortunately the Hecks have nothing positive to share.

To find out how the holiday turns out for this beloved family you need to tune in to The Middle this Wednesday at 8:00 PM (EST) on ABC. Please check with your local television guide for the channel.

To learn more about The Middle visit their official webpage on the ABC website. You can also check out The Middle on Facebook and Twitter. Their official hashtag is #TheMiddle.

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Kimberly

*I received a free advanced screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

The Middle’s Thanksgiving episode airs Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 

Photo Source: The Middle's Facebook page

Photo Source: The Middle’s Facebook page

I love The Middle. I have loved the series ever since I saw the first episode. In fact, I was sent a screener of the premier episode so I was fortunate to see the show before it ever aired. I loved it the very first episode. I love everything about the series and the characters. I was even lucky enough to visit the set of The Middle and meet all of the cast members, except Sue. I hope to one day meet Sue (Eden Sher).

Every year The Middle has a Thanksgiving episode. There was the episode where Frankie had to work at the car dealership and had to keep re-arranging her holiday plans to accommodate everyone and everything. There was another episodes where the Heck family went to spend Thanksgiving at Frankie’s parent’s house with her sister’s family. And there was another Thanksgiving episode where the Heck family offers to share their holiday meal with a couple of U.S. Marine’s and Frankie goes all out trying to impress them.

This year there is a new Thanksgiving episode which airs on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EST). Please check your local TV guide from air time and channel for your area. The Middle is on ABC.

This year Frankie decides it’s easier to go out to dinner rather than cook at home, especially when their house is falling apart. Mike is a bit reluctant but thinks Frankie might be on to something.

The Heck family have plans to have their holiday meal at a their favorite restaurant, King’s Feast Buffet (it has a Medieval look and feel to it). Mike is looking forward to enjoying a lot of turkey.

PHOTO SOURCE: The Middle's Facebook page

PHOTO SOURCE: The Middle’s Facebook page

Sue is worried that Mike has something against her boyfriend Darrin. So plans on using Thanksgiving dinner as a way to make Mike like her boyfriend.

Brick plans on bringing along his new girlfriend, the quirky Cindy along with the family.

Frankie asks Axel to pick up her hairdresser’s cousin’s niece who attends school near Axel. She’s asked Axel to meet up with the girl several times in the past but Axel always brushes it off. The girl, Devin Levin, is a lot like Axel when he first meets her but after spending the holiday meal with her he finds that he’s attracted to her.

This all sounds good but you have to keep one thing in mind – It’s the Heck family. You know their Thanksgiving is not going to go smoothly. Something always happens to mess things up. I don’t want to give anything away but let’s just say it involves an arcade game, turkey and an accidental birthday celebration.

This episode didn’t fail to make us laugh out loud. It’s just one crazy thing after another which is what we love about the Heck family. No matter what goes wrong they always find a way to see the positive in the situation.

If you are a fan of The Middle, or you are looking for some fun entertainment, tune in to the Thanksgiving episode of The Middle airing on ABC Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EST). Remember to check your local guide for air time and channel in your area.

To learn more about The Middle visit their official webpage on the ABC website. You can also check out The Middle on Facebook and Twitter. Their official hashtag is #TheMiddle.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

The Middle Season Premiere Sept. 24th – Get Ready for the Year of Sue!

 

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One of my most favorite television shows returns for an all new season tomorrow night – The Middle!

I absolutely LOVE this show. I have been watching it faithfully since the pilot episode. In fact I reviewed the pilot episode before it even aired on television.

There are so many reasons why I love The Middle. First and foremost the characters are all very likable able. I think many people can relate to one or more of the characters. I can certainly relate to Frankie. In a way I can relate to Sue too. I think I was a little like Sue when I was in school.

The Middle is also a relate able show. I think we can all relate to the Heck family in some way and many of us might have experienced similar situations. Their stories are realistic. It’s not like they have martians for outer space moving in next door or they own a speaking dog. The Hecks are like a real family – struggling to get by, living paycheck to paycheck, trying to raise their children the best way they know how.

I was fortunate enough to meet almost the entire Heck family person – Patricia Heaton (Frankie), Neil Flynn (Mike), Charlie McDermott (Axl) and Atticus Shaffer (Brick). I actually met Atticus twice – once at the red carpet premiere of Frankenweenie (he voiced one of the characters).

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I even had the opportunity to visit the set of The Middle too! That was an awesome experience, one I’ll never forget.

The only cast member I never had the chance to meet is Eden Sher who plays the lovable Sue. It’s a shame too because I adore her character. I am so happy to hear that this season on The Middle will be the Year of Sue!

Tomorrow night is the season premiere of The Middle and it’s an episode you won’t want to miss.

I don’t want to give away too much of the episode but I will say something happens that has been a long time (a VERY long time) in the making… Sue FINALLY gets her braces off! Everyone is in awe of Sue’s transformation even Axl who loves to torture and make fun of Sue.

Sue is a senior now too!

Brick wants to start the new school year off right by getting a new bag to carry his books around in (let’s just say he gets creative).

Axl is still in college (of course) but doesn’t have to start school as soon as his siblings do. To kill time he hangs out at home with Frankie and Mike. Axl also learns something about Mike that he really didn’t think about until now.

I want so badly to go into more details but I don’t want to ruin it for everyone. All I can say is that the episode is super funny and it’s one you shouldn’t miss.

Season six of The Middle starts off wonderfully and I am super excited to see what the new season brings for the Heck family.

The Middle airs on ABC at 8:00 PM (EST) / 7:00 PM (CST). Please check your local TV Guide listing for the channel.

Are you a fan of The Middle? Do you have a favorite character and/or episode? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season now available on DVD

 

The Goldbergs The Complete First Season

I grew up in the 80’s. I hate to admit that (it makes me seem “old”) but it’s true. I was born in the last 60’s. I was a child in the 70’s and a teenager in the 80’s.

The 80’s were a lot of fun. The music, the hair, the fashion… it was certainly a very unique decade.

I love it when my teens watch music videos from the 80’s. They find them “trippy”. They can’t understand them. Frankly I don’t think 80’s music videos are supposed to make sense. I think they were meant to be silly.

Have you seen the ABC family comedy The Goldbergs? The Goldbergs is a series about a family living in the 80’s complete with big hair, neon clothing and the lack of current technology.

Did you know that The Goldbergs is loosely based on the show’s creator’s own family? The series creator, Adam F. Goldberg, had a family similar to the Goldbergs including some of the family’s misadventures.

Here is the show’s official synopsis.

Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for just showing up, and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ’80s.  For geeky 11-year old Adam these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera, ready to capture all the crazy.

The Goldbergs is produced by Happy Madison Productions, Adam F. Goldberg Productions and Exhibit A Productions in conjunction with Sony Pictures Television. It was created by  Adam F. Goldberg (Fanboys) and executive produced by Adam F. Goldberg, Seth Gordon (“Marry Me”) and Doug Robinson (“Rules of Engagement”).

Available today on DVD is The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season.

My family and I have watched several episodes but admittedly we’ve missed several too.

We like the series. It’s funny. At times I can almost relate to the show and the characters.

I met Wendi McLendon-Covey earlier this year in Los Angles. She is a WONDERFUL person. I truly enjoyed each and every moment I had with her. Even though she’s the celebrity she was more interested in me and my life. I’m still shocked that she cared what I had to say and asked ME questions when it should have been the other way around.

Me and Wendy

Oh I love her! She’s such a sweet lady. I still find it hard to believe she’s the mom from The Goldbergs. I think it’s her hair in the show that throws me off. LOL!

The Complete Series includes all 23 episodes from the first season on three DVD discs. The episodes included in the collection are pictured below.

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There are a lot of great bonus featueres included in this collection.

  • Cast and Crew Commentary on five episodes:  Never Say Die!, Kara-Te’, Call Me When You Get There, Lame Gretzky & You Opened the Door
  • Five All-New Featurettes:

o   Blast from the Past:Making Season One – Go behind-the-scenes with the cast and creator Adam F. Goldberg to get the inside scoop about creating this dysfunctional, yet loving family.

o   Our House: The ‘80s Revisited – A tour of the Goldberg house with the production design and props team to get a glimpse into the intricate ‘80s detail from the show.

o   On Set with Jeff Garlin – Spend a day behind the scenes with the patriarch of the Goldberg family.

o   Patton Oswalt: Adam Grows Up –Hear from Patton Oswaltabout his favorite moments from the show & a rare glimpse into his process as narrator.

o   Costumes of the ’80s: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – From Beverly’s sweaters to Murray’s tighty whiteys, fans can tour the wardrobe department with Costume Designer Keri Smith.

The complete collection has a run time of 495 minutes and is not rated, although I feel this is a family friendly series. It’s released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

My family and I have not made it completely through the entire collection – yet. We watch and episode or two here and there whenever we can. It’s nice to catch the episodes that we missed in the first season.

Look for The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season wherever DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of The Goldbergs? Do you have a favorite character and/or episode? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.