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The Kennedy Space Center, located about an hour east of Disney World, is a great place to explore some of America’s journey into space and see the historic sights where we launched man to walk on the moon for the first time.

The Rocket Garden is a nice place to wander thru, as you are surrounded by rockets from throughout the years, including the one below.

Other things to see at the main location is the Journey to Mars building and NASA Central.
These are all great little looks into history, but in order to fully experience things, you need to hop on the Bus Tour out to the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Along the way you will see the launch viewing grounds, located across the water from where the rockets are launched from. They are far enough away that you would still feel the force from the blasts, but not too close to be any danger…although the newest rocket power may be too strong, leading them to have to move the area back.
Also you pass by the “Vehicle Assembly Building”, which is the largest one-story building in the world, as it is used for assembling the rockets before they head out through the worlds largest doors, that are 456 feet high.

Some of the things to see there:

  • Apollo 8 Firing Room — Sit through the actual countdown, and feel the room shake as Apollo 8 launches. This room has been preserved to still be in its original state
  • Saturn V Rocket — In the warehouse they have a Saturn V rocket, which is what was used to launch all the men to the moon
  • Snoopy — Who doesn’t enjoy seeing Snoopy the Astronaut?!

Overall, the Kennedy Space Center is overly priced as the costs approach $60 per person…and some of the stuff you see here can be viewed in museums across the country. But at the end of the day, this is a must-visit location, at least for the one-time experience, to see the actual places where history was made.

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The 71st Emmy Award Nominations were recently announced, and always I have some fun going through all of them and seeing how I would vote, if they stupidly decided to give me a vote.

Drama Series – The Bodyguard — The Bodyguard on Netflix was one of those shows that kind of showed up out of nowhere, and besides for the overabundance of “ma’am” was a fantastic show. Unfortunately for it, it’s in a super crowded category, including two of my other favorites (Ozark, and Better Call Saul) as well as some of the strongest shows of the last year (Game of Thrones, Killing Eve, and This Is Us)

Comedy Series – Russian Doll — Natasha Lyonne is a godsend. She’s so undervalued as an actress, rising up in the original American Pie movies, and hitting the mainstream in Orange is the New Black, but this show, where you just get stuck in a loop of awesomeness, is my top pick of the year. Obviously, The Good Place is a great second-place option.

Lead Actor in a Drama – Bob Odenkirk <Better Call Saul> — Bob got his role in Breaking Bad, but this prequel show has strengthened his character, as we learn how Jimmy became Saul Goodman. Jason Bateman (in Ozark) would be my runner up.

Lead Actress in a Drama – Robin Wright <House of Cards> — I did not like, at all, how House of Cards took its final season, as I feel it just played towards what was popular, and didn’t do much to make itself into a great show, like some of the earlier seasons did. However, that doesn’t take away from the strong performance that Robin had as *SPOILER* President. Laura Linney (Ozark) didn’t do enough to push past Wright…but if that final scene of Ozark was any indication *SPOILER* then her role next season should put her in the running for an Emmy.

Lead Actor in a Comedy – Ted Danson <The Good Place> — Michael the Creator is one of the more subtle roles on television that people tend to forget about, but Ted Danson fits it perfectly. Michael Douglas (Kominsky Method) had a nice resurgence this year as well.

Lead Actress in a Comedy – Natasha Lyonne <Russian Doll> — See above, with Best Comedy Series, as Natasha was just a step above Christina Applegate (Dead to Me) who also shone this year, in another show that was a pleasant surprise.

Supporting Actor in a Drama – Giancarlo Esposito <Better Call Saul> — One of the harder categories that I went through. Not necessarily because all three were outstanding, but all three were good enough to fight each other for the spot. But, with that said, Gus and Los Pollos Hermanos is one of the more memorable scenes (picture his face falling off), and while that wasn’t this year, or decade (almost), it still helps him get past Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul), and Michael Kelly (House of Cards) who got the short end of the stick at the end of House of Cards.

Supporting Actress in a Drama – Julia Garner <Ozark> — Four Game of Thrones will fight each other for votes, and Fiona Shaw of Killing Eve.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy – Alan Arkin <The Kominsky Method> — The Kominsky Method was such a subtle show that brought back some old favorites, including Arkin and Douglas, and this will be one of its winnings.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy – Betty Gilpin <G.L.O.W.> — Liberty Belle is an amazing piece of what makes G.L.O.W. a shining light looking back at the 80s. The one that would fight her is Kate McKinnon, whose numerous roles in SNL are outstanding (including those Close Encounter skits), but I don’t think a sketch comedy show should be going up against storylines and roles.

Guest Actress in a Comedy – Maya Rudolph <The Good Place> — The Judge will rule in her favor.

Competition Program – The Amazing Race — The Amazing Race has always been one of my favorite shows, for almost 20 years and over 30 seasons, so it is no surprise I would give it my vote. In the last year The Voice has gotten me intrigued, but only for the blind auditions, after which my interest just fizzles out.

Variety Talk Series – Late Late Show with James Corden — I’ve found most of the nighttime shows to become unwatchable. Either they are all political, or all sketches, either way lacking the content that they had had 10+ years ago. With that in mind, Corden is the one who’s skits I look to the most on YouTube, whether it’s Carpool Karaoke or Crosswalk The Musical

Short Form Comedy or Drama Series – Special <Netflix>

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Well, the summer is quickly approaching, and the Fall lineups are out, so it’s time to take a quick peek at what might be in store.

A few of my shows ended this year, most notably Big Bang Theory, but some of the upcoming shows look very intriguing!

Full schedule at the bottom 🙂


Sunday

8:00 PM — CW — Batwoman — Batman is easily my favorite DC character, and Gotham came to a fantastic close last year. I tried Supergirl when it first started on CBS, but I didn’t follow it to the CW. Ruby Rose will play Batwoman here and it should be very interesting! — TRAILER

8:30 PM — FOX — Bless The Harts — This show takes place in the King of the Hill universe…which means I’m less likely to watch…but I’m gonna give it a try!

9:30 PM — FOX — Family Guy

Monday

8:30 PM — CBS — Bob Abishola — Chuck Lorre’s newest creation

Tuesday

Wednesday

8:00 PM — CW — Riverdale

9:00 PM — CW — Nancy Drew — From very few shows on the CW to all of a sudden a bunch of them…but Nancy Drew has always left me curious, and despite the Sarah Shahi version getting canceled before launch a few years ago, I’ll still give this new iteration a go. — TRAILER

10:00 PM — ABC — Stumptown — Cobie Smulders comes back to TVs in this fast-paced show based on a graphic novel. — TRAILER

Thursday

8:00 PM — CBS — Young Sheldon

8:00 PM — FOX — Superstore

8:30 PM — CBS — The Unicorn

9:00 PM — FOX — The Good Place

Friday

Saturday


ONLINE SHOWS

There are obviously going to be a lot more announcements for Fall streaming programming…but here is what’s on my list upcoming in the next few months:

Designated Survivor — Netflix — June 7

Jessica Jones — Netflix — June 14

Mr. Iglesias — Netflix — June 21

Family Business — Netflix — June 28

Money Heist / La Casa de Papel — Netflix — July 19

Orange is the New Black — Netflix — July 26

G.L.O.W. — Netflix — August 9


With the streaming races heating up, the amount of content being thrown at us each week is reaching insane levels. And for every good/hit show out there, there are about 100 pieces of junk that hit our screens. And sometimes we stop and watch that junk because it entertains us.

But throw all those thoughts out the window and make Dead To Me on Netflix the next show you watch.

Christina Applegate (Jen) and Linda Cardellini (Bloodline)(Judy) are outstanding in this dark comedy, as we learn that Jen’s husband was recently killed in a hit-in-run, and she’s on a mission to find out who the driver was.
Meanwhile, Judy is going thru her own struggles, despite an intricate web of lies that she is seemingly weaving.

This show has a wonderful mix of story and comedy, as you get entrenched in their lives during the quick moving season.
I’ve heard from a few people who felt it was a little sluggish off the top, but once you get into it, it’s worth every second.

Dead To Me is created by comedian Liz Feldman, and has outstanding Executive Producers including Will Ferrell and the hilarious Adam McKay, and also stars James Marsden and the legendary Ed Asner.
By the way, should you want to hear more from Adam McKay, I would highly recommend the second episode of South Beach Sessions with Dan Le Batard, for a nice half hour discussion.

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I went into this movie with low expectations and high hopes. I had heard lots of good things, but with it being an animation I had no idea what was in store…and how good could it be already?

The answer: Very very good.

From the start it plays into its animation role perfectly, playing with the old school comic book thought boxes, and even poking fun at the stories of Spider-man past, showing all that’s been done before, and how this wouldn’t be just another one of those stories.

And then the fun begins as Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) takes on a new life, in a new school, and of course the bite of a radioactive spider, which makes him the second Spider-man in a world already inhabited by Peter Parker (Jake Johnson).

This movie is star-studded, with characters voiced by Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Tomlin, Zoe Kravitz, Mahershala Ali, John Mulaney, Nicholas Cage, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine, Natalie Morales, Oscar Isaac, Kathryn Hahn, and of course one of the last appearances for Stan Lee.

“I’m gonna miss him.” -Stan Lee
We’re gonna miss Stan Lee

But is this world already inhabited with Peter Parker? Or is this all part of an alternate universe that has been opened up by Kingpin, one with multiple Spideys, known as the Spider-Verse.
Spider-Man. Spider-Man Noir. Spider-Woman. Spider-Ham. Peni Parker.
And then you have all the villains you’d expect in Spider-Man, from the Green Goblin to Scorpion and Tombstone.

One of the other things that bring it all together, besides the strong story, and the great drawing styles that play in cels from an actual comic strip, is the solid soundtrack featuring artists like Post Malone, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj.

And sure, you’ll see some of the typical twists and turns before they happen, but that’s half the fun with a superhero movie, no?

Step Up: High Water is back with an absolute fire in its belly.

Season 1 was one of the most creative things I had seen on “television”, and when Season 2 dropped last week, I was right back on YouTube Premium watching my favorite music show, especially now that Nashville is off the air.

The story for Season 2 can be a little jumpy at times, even within the same episode, with time jumps and random parts of the stories just missing, as one second a character is walking around, the next they are found dead or in jail.

But once you look past the story, which can be the show’s strength and weakness, it is something that Holly Sorensen (the shows creator) should be extremely proud of.

The easiest thing to look at is the music, with fresh new beats being dropped by Sage (Ne-Yo) and Rigo (Terrence Green), all under the production fingers of King (Eric Graise).

But then you get to the heart and soul of Step Up: The Dancing. And from there it’s all next level and absolute fire.

Odalie (Jade Chynoweth), Tal (Petrice Jones), Dondre (Marcus Emanuel Mitchell), and Poppy (Kendra Oyesanya) are all back, and add in the flair of Zo (Jeremy Copeland), for some of the best moves that have ever been in a TV show.

Just watching their moves will make your muscles ache, as they put their bodies to the limit, and have all the viewers shaking to Genesis.
They throw every ounce of their being into these songs.

Don’t forget the star power that Naya Rivera brings to the table, as well as guest star Ashley Greene, to help keep this cast very well rounded.

By the time you get to the show’s climax in Episode 10, you’ll be bouncing with Uncle Al.

Don’t sleep on this show, and if you’ve ever liked dance or the Step Up franchise, you need to go watch this on YouTube Premium. The fire and heat that this show brings, will leave you wanting to watch it over and over.

Here’s a little taste of the show:

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