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Happy New Year 2022!!

With midnight only a few moments away, I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year.

I hope you enjoyed your holiday celebrations SAFELY and that you all will have a great time on New Year’s Day and throughout the first week of the New Year.

Please make sure to be cautious as you venture out for the holiday weekend. Please follow your local health mandates and make sure to wear your mask when you leave home.

Enjoy the holiday safely!

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:


NOTE: There will be a marathon of episodes of Doctor Who on BBC America. There will also be a marathon of Yellowstone episodes on Paramount Network. Check your local listings.

SECOND NOTE: Cobra Kai will premiere its new season online on Netflix today along with the debut of the movie The Lost Daughter online on Netflix. Also on Netflix online today will be the debut of the new series Stay Close.

4:59 PM:
In the Heights movie on HBO

5:55 PM:
Sing (animated) movie on FXM

6 PM:
A Christmas Treasure movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
The Christmas Card movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

6:30 PM:
Dirty Dancing movie on CMT

6:48 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Reair)

7 PM:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie on Bravo
Raiders of the Lost Ark movie on POP

7:15 PM:
Black Panther movie on TNT

8 PM:
Yellowjackets on Showtime 2 (Encore)
A Royal Queens Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Outlander on Starz (Reair)
The Angel Tree movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw movie on FX
iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2 on The CW (Encore, Special)

8:10 PM:
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (animated) movie on FXM

9:30 PM:
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom movie on POP

10 PM:
Christmas in Harmony movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Christmas Wonderland movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie on Bravo
Pleasantville movie on TMC


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While 2021 ended up being quite similar to 2020 – sans the “stay at home” mandates – thankfully, vaccines became much more prevalent, and our way of life slowly but surely started to improve. We most likely still have a long way to go before we get to a new “normal,” but if we try to focus on the good, and what makes us happy, that will hopefully help us all weather the rocky terrain that has been 2021.

We can also attempt to strive to be a little more like some of our everyday heroes who have made a difference throughout 2021 in their own ways. They include (in no particular order):

Amanda Gorman, the 22-year old Harvard grad from Los Angeles and Poet Laureate, wowed the nation reading her poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ on January 20 in Washington D.C. for President Biden’s Inauguration and reading the poem ‘Chorus of the Captains’ in honor the three honorary captains of Super Bowl 55: U.S. Marine veteran James Martin, teacher Trimaine Davis and Nurse Suzie Dorner.

Sofia Sanchez, the 12-year-old actress, model and Downs Syndrome activist, became a viral sensation as the author of the book “You Are Enough” released by Scholastic Books. She was abandoned at birth in a very small town in Ukraine, being adopted by her forever mom and dad, who loved taking pictures of her, which set her on her career path.

David Jamison, the language arts teacher at Hickory Ridge Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee, who has been nicknamed “The Dope Educator,” first went viral in 2019 and over the course of four years, has memorized and performed elaborate, individual handshake routines for 250 students. He also took on his own battle with COVID-19 this year.

Dr. La Verne Ford Wimberly, the 82-year-old retired principal from Tulsa, Oklahoma, went viral for getting dressed every week up, since the start of the pandemic, for her virtual church services, posting photos of herself on Facebook in colorful dresses and a wide array of fancy hats and elaborate necklaces.

Here is a video report on Dr. Wimberly by David Muir:

Maya S. Penn, the 21-year-old Atlanta native, graced the TED Talk stage three times before the age of 13, has been commended by President Obama and was named to Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders in 2016, is a young sustainability consultant and advocate, social entrepreneur, animator and Simon & Schusster author.

David Cabello, a 25-year-old entrepreneur who lives near Philadelphia, along with help from his twin brother Aaron, created the country’s first Black Owned food delivery service, Black and Mobile, that exclusively partners with Black-Owned restaurants to give them more exposure and customers. The business launched in February of 2019 and, of course, was of crucial assistance during the pandemic, now services not only Philadelphia but also Atlanta, Baltimore and New York.

Ms. Opal Lee, the 95-year-old retired Texas teacher, counselor and activist, known as the Grandmorther of Juneteenth, who led a decades-long fight to make the day a U.S. holiday saw it come to fruition when President Joe Biden signed Senate Bill S. 475, making Juneteenth the 11th federal holiday.

Wally Funk, the 82-year-old member of the 1960’s Mercury 13, the 13 American woman who successfully underwent the same screening tests as the astronauts selected by NASA, became the oldest non-celebrity woman to ever go into outer space. She did so with Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, marking her wait of 60 years to make this feat.

Eugene Goodman, the brave Capitol Police Officer, who stood against the January 6 rioters in Washington D.C., using himself as bait, luring the rioters away from the Senate and directly toward other police officers, received the Congressional Gold Medal.

Here is a video of Office Goodman’s brave actions:

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and I want to thank everyone who has visited my site this year. I hope you’ll come back next year!

Happy New Year!

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The new drama The Cleaning Lady will debut on FOX on January 3 at 9 PM.

A whip-smart Cambodian doctor (Elodie Yung from Daredevil) comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her son, but when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she uses her cunning and intelligence to fight back, breaking the law for all the right reasons.

The cast includes Adan Canto (Designated Survivor).

Here is a trailer for The Cleaning Lady:

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions.

NOTE: There will be a marathon of episodes of Doctor Who on BBC America. There will also be a marathon of Yellowstone episodes on Paramount Network. Check your local listings.

6 PM:
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
A Dream of Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

6:05 PM:
I, Robot movie on HBO 2

6:45 PM:
White House Down movie on Encore

7 PM:
Tombstone movie on AMC
Spider-Man: Far From Home movie on FX

8 PM:
Our Christmas Journey movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
Good Morning Christmas! movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
iHeartRadio Festival Night 1 on The CW (Reair)
Frozen (animated) movie on ABC
Black Panther movie on TNT

9 PM:
All Creatures Great and Small on PBS (Reair)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone movie on Bravo
Big movie on Encore
Jumanji: The Next Level movie on Starz

9:40 PM:
Landscapers on HBO (Encore)

10 PM:
A Dickens of a Holiday! movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Christmas at Grand Valley movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
All Creatures Great and Small on PBS (Reair)
Tombstone movie on AMC
Spider-Man: Far From Home movie on FX


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Much like the Faces of 2021, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year or those who made great waves throughout the current year who will, undoubtedly, be big stars in the new year.

The new faces of 2022 appear below in no particular order:

Amber Ruffin – The comedian is the host of The Amber Ruffin Show – the only Black woman with a late-night show currently on the air. The late-night show airs on Peacock (the NBC streaming service) breaks away from the typical structure, focusing on topical sketches instead of guests. Additionally, she and her sister Lacey Lamar co-authored the book ‘You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism,’ which landed on the New York Times best-seller list.

Louis Partridge – Louis made waves playing Tewkesbury in the Netflix movie Enola Holmes alongside Stranger Things alum Millie Bobby Brown; and he will reprise that role in the sequel that is in post-production right now. He will play Peter Pan in the upcoming box office movie The Lost Girls; Sid Vicious in the upcoming mini-series called Pistol; and he will play Tristan in the upcoming fantasy romance film called Ferryman, adapted from the best-selling young adult trilogy by Claire McFall.

Leslie Grace – Leslie made her film debut in the Lin-Manuel Miranda box office adaptation of his Broadway play In the Heights that came out in theatres this summer; and she landed the title role, following a competitive search, of Barbara Gordon in the upcoming box office film Batgirl. She is also a three-time Latin Grammy nominee, having started her singer-songwriting career when she was 16.

Emilia Jones – The 19-year-old London born actress was part of the cast of the Nickelodeon mystery series House of Anubis back in 2011 and even appeared in an episode of Doctor Who in 2013, but it was her star-making role as the only hearing person in her deaf family in the Apple TV+ movie CODA – which also stars Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant – that turned heads. In fact, she spent 9 months learning American Sign Language, took singing lessons and learned how to operate a professional fishing trawler for the part. She is also the middle child in the Netflix series Locke & Key and will star in Cat Person, the psychological thriller box office movie.

Alex Tarrant – Alex has appeared in the New Zealand original series Filthy Rich (FOX made an American version that lasted for less than one full season in 2020); the Cook Islands-based mystery series Tatau; and the New Zealand-based medical primetime soap opera Shortland Street. He also appeared in the New Zealand-based family drama 800 Words (that aired here in the states on UPtv). He is now the new guy on the latest franchise series NCIS: Hawai’i and he is part of the ensemble cast of the upcoming Amazon series The Lord of the Rings that will be set thousand of years before the events in the J.R.R. Tolkien novels.

Xolo Maridueña – He has played Miguel Diaz for three seasons in Cobra Kai, the small screen adaptation of the original Karate Kid movies that started out on YouTube before moving over to Netflix, becoming a hit series in its own right. The 4th season of the show will debut on December 31. He completed high school and two years of credits at a city college while working on the show too. Also, a chance meeting at Sundance with director Angel Manuel Soto, led Xolo to landing the lead in Blue Beetle, DC’s first Latino superhero movie.

Danielle Deadwyler – Danielle has appeared in episodes of Greenleaf, Watchmen and P-Valley, but it was her role in the ensemble cast of the Netflix film The Harder They Fall – that featured Regina King, Idris Elba, LaKeith Steinfield, Damon Wayans, Jr., Zazie Beetz, Jonathan Majors and Edi Gathegi – that turned heads. She will next be seen in the close-to-home HBO Max series Station Eleven (about survivors of a devastating flu) and she will play Emmet Till’s mother in the upcoming film Till.

Jaden Michael – Jaden is only 18, but he has appeared in multiple roles in critically acclaimed series and films alongside a lengthy list of A-List actors like Michelle Williams, Viola Davis and Ellen Burnstryn (just to name a few). But it was when director/producer Ava DuVernay selected him to play a young Colin Kaepernick in the Netflix series Colin in Black & White that launched him into the stratosphere. He will also appear in the lead role in the Amazon pilot of Shelter based on the Harlan Coben book.

Moses Ingram – This newcomer actress earned an Emmy nomination for her role in the much-buzzed about Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit; starred as Lady Macduff in The Tragedy of Macbeth alongside Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand and will next be seen in the box office movie Ambulance that stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza Gonzalez. In addition to all of that, she is part of the cast of the upcoming Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Saniyya Sidney – The 15-year-old has an impressive resume appearing in the box office movies Hidden Figures, starring as one of the daughters of Taraji P. Henson’s Katherine Johnson; and Fences with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. She was part of the cast of the short-lived FOX drama The Passage before starring as the young Venus Williams in the box office movie King Richard and she will next be seen as Sasha Obama in the Showtime series The First Lady.

Alexis Lauder – Alexis has appeared in a handful of episodes of The Originals and HBO’s Watchmen; and she had a small role in Black Panther and was part of the cast of the box office film Harriet. This year she appeared in the Amazon sci-fi flick The Tomorrow War that starred Christ Pratt, and she starred opposite Frank Grillo and Gerard Butler in the box office movie Copshop. Next she will be seen in the Amazon series The Terminal List, once again starring alongside Chris Pratt.

Simone Ashley – Simone is a British up-and-comer who has guest starred in episodes of Broadchurch, C.B. Strike and Casualty as well as a bit part in the box office film Detective Pikachu before appearing in a recurring role in the Netflix series Sex Education. Her next role will put her on the map, as she will play a very pivotal role in the second season of the Netflix period piece drama Bridgerton.

Fabien Frankel – He made his film debut in the holiday movie Last Christmas that starred Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. He was going to appear as Theo Sipowicz in the NYPD Blue reboot that didn’t actually happen, but then he went on to star in four episodes of the 8-episode mini-series The Serpent. He will next be seen in the highly-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon that is set to debut on HBO Max.

Max Harwood – Among his theatre work is Rent, Point Of View, The Christmas and Spring Awakening, but it was his debut film role in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which is a film adaptation of the musical about a teenager from Sheffield, England who wants to be a drag queen that turned heads. He will next be seen in the modern fairytale box office film The Loneliest Boy in the World and the movie Magpie that will star Downton Abbey (the movie and its sequel) Tuppence Middleton.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2021? Please share.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2021

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On January 2, the PBS 8-episode series Around the World in 80 Days, based on the legendary book by Jules Verne, will debut at 8 PM.

David Tennant stars as literature’s greatest explorer Phileas Fogg in a new adaptation of the classic adventure novel.

French actor Ibrahim Koma and Leonie Benesch (Babylon Berlin and The Crown) co-star.

Here is a trailer for Around the World in 80 Days:

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions

NOTE: There will be a marathon of episodes of Doctor Who on BBC America. Check your local listings.

6 PM:
Coming Home for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Christmas on My Mind movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

6:40 PM:
Now You See Me 2 movie on FXm

7 PM:
London Has Fallen movie on Syfy

7:10 PM:
Condor on EPIX (Encore)

7:15 PM:
Landscapers on HBO (Encore)
The Dark Knight Rises movie on HBO 2

8 PM:
Christmas at Castle Hart movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
A Bramble House Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

8:05 PM:
The Italian Job movie on HBO

9 PM:
Bloodshot (2020) movie on Encore

9:20 PM:
Independence Day: Resurgence movie on FXM

10 PM:
Doom Patrol on HBO (Cable Network DEBUT)
The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Five More Minutes movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
A Million Little Things on ABC (Reair)
Suicide Squad movie on TNT


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The following list highlights the actors and actresses on TV and on the big screen who really caught viewers’ attention throughout the year.

They appear in no particular order:

Top Row: Reign and Jenna; Middle Row: Sarah, Shannon and Sophia
Bottom Row: Helena, Erana and Mia

1.  The Wilds – The Wilds debuted on Amazon Prime on December 11, 2020, with all 10 episodes of the debut season airing that day. The series left off with quite a killer cliffhanger, though. There will be a second season of this compelling and complicated drama about teenage girls from radically different backgrounds, who find themselves stranded on a remote island, unaware they’ve just become the subjects of an elaborate social experiment [not to be confused with the recently introduced Showtime drama Yellowjackets, which debuted on November 14 of this year].

The 8 actresses in The Wilds include:

San Diego native Sophia Ali (Grey’s Anatomy) as Fatin Jadmani; Australian born Shannon Berry (Syfy’s Hunters) as Dot Campbell; relative newcomer and New York native Jenna Clause as Martha Blackburn; the Bold and the Beautiful alum Reign Edwards as Rachel Reid; Sydney-born newcomer Mia Healey as Shelby Goodkind; relative newcomer Helena Howard (Quibi’s Don’t Look Deeper); New Zealand native Erana James (NZ’s comedy Golden Boy) as Toni Shalifoe and American newcomer Sarah Pidgeon as Leah Rilke.

Besides season two of The Wilds coming up at some point in 2022, Sophia will appear in the Tom Holland-Mark Wahlberg box office movie Uncharted; Shannon appeared in the Australian movie Slant alongside Aussie legend Sigrid Thornton and Reign has had an ongoing recurring role in the FX drama Snowfall.

Photo Credit: Gari Askew II

2.  Thuso Mbedu – The South African actress has appeared in a handful or so dramas and soap operas in her home country, being nominated for an International Emmy. But in her international debut in the role of Cora Randall in the Amazon Prime historial limited series The Underground Railroad, which debuted in May of this year, that put her on the map. In fact, she earned a Hollywood Critics Association Award for TV Breakout Star. She will next be seen in the box office movie The Woman King alongside Viola Davis, John Boyega and Lashana Lynch, who has appeared in No Time to Die and Captain Marvel.

3.  Ariana DeBose – Ariana is having a very BIG year! She appeared in the 2020 taped version of Hamilton that aired on Disney+ and was in Netflix’s musical The Prom (alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and James Corden). She then appeared in the Apple TV+ musical comedy Schmigadoon! opposite Keegan-Michael Key, Cecily Strong and Kristin Chenoweth; and is playing Anita (the role that won Rita Moreno an Oscar) in the latest adaptation of West Side Story. She got her start in So You Think You Can Dance, and appeared on the stage in Bring It On: The Musical; Motown: The Musical; Pippin; A Bronx Tale and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

4.  Rege-Jean Page – The London native appeared in the BBC series Waterloo Road, the 2016 adaptation of Roots and the short-lived legal drama For the People before turning heads and becoming an international sensation in the Netflix period drama Brigderton where he played the Duke of Hastings. Granted the fact that he will not appear in the second season of the worldwid phenomenon, he has been cast in Paramount’s movie adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons and he will also appear in The Gray Man, Netflix’s biggest-budgeted film to date.

Abigial (Left) and Emily (Right)

5.  Abigail Barrow and Emily Bear – Speaking of Bridgerton, Abigail and Emily became social media sensations because of this streaming series. Abigail, a well-known social media singer-songwriter and performer, and Emily, a talented former child prodigy with an impressive arts-heavy resume, joined forces to create The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical. This duo has been interviewed everywhere, has garnered fans from all over the world (including a LOT of Broadway performers and cast members from the show) and they recently signed with the talent agency CAA (Creative Artists Agency).

6.  Simone Recasner – The Los Angeles native (whose father is also an actor) had the breakout role of 2021, playing single mom Gabby Lewis on the FOX reality show within a drama The Big Leap. The show has received a lot of buzz this TV season, albeit low ratings. While the FOX series is her first BIG professional gig, she has been acting since she was a kid, making her stage debut in the New York play Ain’t No Mo’ at the Public, the dream theatre where she wanted to work since walking past the building while attending school nearby.

7.  Simu Liu – The chiseled Chinese actor, who grew up in Ontario and was briefly an accountant at, of all places Deloitte & Touche, appeared in the popular CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) sitcom Kim’s Convenience as well as blink-and-you-would-miss him spots in Nikita, Warehouse 13, Beauty and the Beast, Dark Matter and Orphan Black as well as guest starring roles in Fresh Off the Boat, the TV version of Taken and The Expanse. But it was his title role in the highly-touted box office Marvel flick Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings that put him on the map. He will next appear alongside Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo in One True Loves and in Arthur the King alongside Mark Wahlberg.

Who are some of the faces from this year who caught your attention either on television, in music or in film? Please share.

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2022

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The HBO Max special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will air online on January 1.

Twenty years after Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, cast members are coming together for a new special that will include in-depth interviews and cast conversations from all of the films.

Cast members featured will include Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as well as Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch and Ian Hart [among others].

Here is a trailer for Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts:

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