TV Review: Season 1 of NBC’S ‘THE VILLAGE’

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Ok, people. I just have to say that NBC is killing it right now with their line-up! THIS IS US is one of the best drama shows I’ve ever seen, and THE VILLAGE is right on its heels (only because there’s only one season so far)! On the surface, it’s east to compare the two against each other, but the storylines go deeper than just superficial (metaphorical) wounds. After watching the first season of THE VILLAGE, I can easily say that it stands on its own two feet. I’m just hoping that it gets renewed for another season!

THE VILLAGE focuses on several groups of people living in a condo building in Brooklyn. Each little group in the building has their own storyline, but, individually, they’re all intertwined with each other in some way or another.

You have Sarah, a nurse who lives with her teenage daughter, Katie. Katie discovers she’s pregnant and is contemplating the idea of adoption. Based on what Sarah has told her, she’s lived her life believing that her father, a firefighter during 9/11, was killed in action. She has no idea that their new neighbor, Nick, is actually her father. Throughout the season, Sarah and Nick try to navigate through their own past and how to tell Katie the truth. Nick is also a veteran who is trying to find his way through his post-war PTSD.

Ava is an Iranian refugee who faces deportation and separation from her young son. You get to see how bonded the residents of The Village truly are when they all rally around her during this time. Ava has fallen for another resident, Ben, who is a police officer in NYC. It is revealed that, while Ben is willing to marry Ava to keep her in the U.S., he is still married to the mother of his deceased son.

Ron is the super of The Village building and an owner of a bar called Smalls. He’s married to Patricia, a social worker who is dealing with a relapsed cancer diagnosis. They are the “parents” to everyone in the building and often put their own struggles aside to help everyone else.

Gabe is a law student trying to stay out of the shadow of his power-hungry father. His grandfather, Enzo, lives in a nursing home, but comes to live with Gabe in The Village. Enzo is still mourning his late wife until he meets a new woman he quickly falls in love with. Gabe and Enzo have the most adorable relationship with each other throughout the entire season.

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With all of their individual storylines, they all seem to come together to support each other through all of their struggles. Truth be told, I’m a sucker for those moments. When someone is struggling with something and they have a group of people that are willing to drop everything to be there for them. I literally just cried my way through the entire season 1 finale, and I highly recommend that you check this show out if you haven’t already. The writing is fantastic, the cast is extremely diverse (with not one weak link) and it’s just so easy to connect with. Shout out to Grace Van Dien, who plays Katie, for a stellar performance throughout the season. Everyone was great, but Van Dien literally killed it every single time!

One of my favorite lines from the finale was when Gabe encourages Enzo to propose to his new love, Gwendolina. Enzo struggles with the idea of proposing with the ring that belonged to his late wife, but Gabe insists and says, “I think she’d want this ring on any hand that’s holding yours.” Seriously?!?!?! How could you not watch a show that delivers lines like that one?? Do yourself a favor and check this out. You can also join me in crossing my fingers that this gets renewed!

 

 

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Multi-Platinum International Superstar LUIS FONSI Live on NBC’s “TODAY” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” On Wednesday, January 30th

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MULTI-PLATINUM INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR LUIS FONSI LIVE ON NBC’S “TODAY” AND “THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON” ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30

The Coach of Telemundo’s Hit Singing Competition “La Voz” (The Voice), Offers a Special Interview on NBC’s Morning Show and Joins the Late-Night Host Jimmy Fallon to Perform his Latest Hit “Imposible”

img_6408Multi-platinum international superstar Luis Fonsi, Coach of Telemundo’s first season of LA VOZ (The Voice), will be featured on NBC’s “Today” (7-10am ET) and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (11:35pm ET), this Wednesday, January 30. The award-winning music megastar will talk about his music career and his participation in the U.S. Spanish-language version of NBC’S hit singing competition “The Voice,” airing on Telemundo Sundays at 9pm ET.  Fonsi will also perform his latest hit “Imposible” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

With numerous awards and unprecedented achievements, Luis Fonsi continues to break world records, cross borders and make history with his music. The multi-platinum and five-time Billboard award winner, who will release his highly anticipated ninth studio VIDA worldwide on February 1, was honored with seven Guinness World Records titles for his chart-topping and making history with his worldwide hit “Despacito.” Additionally, he became YouTube’s “Top Five Most Viewed Artist” of 2018 by reaching more than 7.6 billion combined views with “Despacito,” “Échame La Culpa” featuring Demi Lovato, “Calypso,” and his latest hit “Imposible.” Also in 2018, the Puerto Rican singer and songwriter won seven Billboard Latin Music Awards and five Latin Grammy Awards. In addition to his commitment as the spokesperson for St. Jude Children Hospital’s “Thanks and Giving” campaign, Fonsi is an ambassador of Puerto Rico’s Tourism and is the founder of Luis Fonsi Foundation to help victims of Hurricane Maria.

Telemundo’s LA VOZ (The Voice), hosted by renowned TV personality Jorge Bernal, features award-winning Latinx music megastar Luis Fonsi, Alejandra Guzmán, Carlos Vives and Wisin, as Coaches of the first-ever Spanish-language edition for the U.S. to discover some of the most promising Spanish-speaking vocalists in the nation.

Fans can join Telemundo.com/LaVoz and its YouTube channel and follow Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @LaVozUS using #LaVozUS, and join all the action of their favorite team with the Coaches hashtags: #TeamFonsi; #TeamGuzman; #TeamVives; and #TeamWisin.

About TODAY:

NBC News pioneered the morning news program when it launched TODAY in 1952 with Dave Garroway as host. For more than 60 years, TODAY has provided a daily live broadcast of the latest in domestic and international news, weather reports, and interviews with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, business, media, entertainment and sports.  TODAY is renowned for providing its audience with a “window on the world,” bringing viewers breaking news as it happens and often broadcasting from locations around the globe.  TODAY’s longtime home at New York’s Rockefeller Plaza attracts thousands of visitors each year to peer into its windows and become part of TODAY’s broadcast.  Don Nash is the executive producer.

About The Tonight Show:

Emmy Award and Grammy Award winner Jimmy Fallon brought NBC’s “The Tonight Show” back to its New York origins when he launched “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” from Rockefeller Center in 2014. Fallon puts his own stamp on the storied NBC late-night franchise with his unique comedic wit, on-point pop culture awareness, welcoming style and impeccable taste in music with the award-winning house band, The Roots.

 

 

TELEMUNDO TO DEBUT THE FIRST-EVER U.S. EDITION OF “LA VOZ” ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 AT 9PM/8C

Renowned TV Personality Jorge Bernal to Host the Spanish-language Version of the Emmy Award-Winning NBC Hit Series, “The Voice”

Award-Winning Latinx Music Powerhouses Luis Fonsi, Alejandra Guzmán, Wisin, and Carlos Vives, Lead the Search for the Most Promising Spanish-Speaking Vocalists in the United States

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One of the most influential television franchises and music brands in the world, The Voice will now premiere as LA VOZ, the first-ever Spanish-language version of the hit series set in the United States. Premiering Sunday, January 13 at 9pm/8c on Telemundo and its digital platforms, LA VOZ is hosted by renowned TV personality Jorge Bernal. The highly anticipated musical competition series also features award-winning Latinx music megastars Luis Fonsi, Alejandra Guzmán, Wisin, and Carlos Vives as the Coaches searching and nurturing the most promising Spanish-speaking vocalists in the nation.

Since its 2011 premiere on NBC, “The Voice” remains an Emmy Award-winning ratings powerhouse, one that’s discovered some of the nation’s best vocal talents. The first-ever Spanish-language edition for U.S. audiences marks the arrival of the purest vocal talent competition ever seen. It is now time for the Latinx community to present its strongest dynamic musical voices. Before these rising artists can reach the heights of stardom, they will first need to impress four of the biggest legends in the Latin music industry. Maintaining the same format as the English-language edition, LA VOZ is full of fun, family-oriented and positive first-class entertainment.

“Two of the greatest powers we have in the Latinx community are our music and our incredible voices,” Bernal said. “Bringing LA VOZ to the Spanish-speaking community in the United States is a tremendous opportunity to not only showcase our diverse and unique our musical talents, but also launch the next generation of influential global artists.”

Emmy Award-winning host Jorge Bernal is one of the most respected Hispanic media figures. Bernal’s history with LA VOZ includes four seasons of “La Voz Kids” in Telemundo. Currently the host of Telemundo’s daytime entertainment show “Suelta La Sopa,” he first joined the network as the entertainment news anchor for the long-running news series “Al Rojo Vivo with Maria Celeste.” A respected journalist and presenter, Bernal has hosted red carpet shows, including the “Billboard Latin Music Awards,” “Latin America Music Awards,” and “Premios Tu Mundo,” and has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show.” Throughout his career, he has interviewed some of the most prominent figures in the music industry, including Mariah Carey, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Pitbull, Shakira, and Enrique Iglesias. His social media presence counts more than two million followers on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The Cuban-born Bernal, who has also been named one of People en Español Magazine’s “Most Beautiful People,” is married to influential stylist and fashionista Karla Birbragher.

Jessica Cediel also joins the team as the Digital Host, a true insider bringing the latest scoop on the coaches and contestants from a unique backstage, all-access perspective.

LA VOZ is a production of Telemundo, Talpa Media USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who serves as an executive producer along with Cisco Suarez (Telemundo), Stijn Bakkers (Talpa), Tim van Rongen (Talpa), and Macarena Moreno (Telemundo).

For more information about LA VOZ, viewers can follow Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @LaVozUS using #LaVozUS, and visit Telemundo.com and YouTube.

For more information about Telemundo, please visit nbcumv.com and connect through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @Telemundo, using #Telemundo and visit telemundo.com, and YouTube.

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS EN FAMILIA #Xfinity

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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS EN FAMILIA

The holidays are a special time for all families, and if you are Latino, you know that everyone comes over to celebrate. More than likely your casa is going to be full of family, food, música and tons of suggestions for what to view on TV. Luckily, with Xfinity the entire family can get together and watch a variety of programming in your language of choice, whenever, wherever.


KIDS ZONE

For the house filled with little ones, Xfinity’s Kids Zone on the X1 platform will provide your family with hundreds of children’s TV shows and movies that have been specially curated and deemed appropriate to watch by Common Sense Media’s rating system. No more worrying about what your kids are watching! Kids can enjoy Holiday classics like Home Alone and How the Grinch Stole Christmas or catch up on their favorite TV shows, including SpongeBob SquarePants and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

NETFLIX

For those with a Netflix account, Xfinity has seamlessly integrated all the content of this streaming service into the X1 platform. Browsing and searching for your favorite titles on Netflix has never been easier, especially with the X1’s voice remote control which takes you directly to the content you want with just the sound of your voice. Catch up on the new seasons of Netflix original shows like Gilmore Girls or The Adventures of Puss in Boots directly on the X1 browser.

BINGE-WORTHY SERIES OF 2016

If you want to binge on TV series during your holiday posadas, there are thousands of options for everyone in the family. For my family it’s all about This Is Us! This heartwarming series is perfect for the holidays. There’s other shows as well like NBC Universo’s hit series El Vato featuring Mexican regional star El Dasa, to Telemundo’s El Señor de los Cielos, there’s plenty you can enjoy with your family. Young and old can also binge on Mexican classics and over 30 of famed Mexican comedian Cantinflas’ best movies available on Demand via Cine Sony Television. Just say “Cantinflas” to your remote control.

BILINGUAL HOLIDAY MOVIES

And no family gathering is complete without binging on Holiday movies and specials. The content options for your fiestas are endless and even more now that many of these films can also be viewed in Spanish (via the SAP filter). You can watch Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, and many more favorites completely in Spanish with your abuelos or primos!

 

Catch this and even more content via the On Demand menu, on the mobile app Xfinity Go and the web portal at es.Xfinity.com.

Get ready to experience the best holidays ever. A echar la casa por la ventana con Xfinity!

This Is Us – S1|E1: “Pilot” Review

Hey everyone! Sorry I’m posting a bit late. It’s been a crazy week between work, school AND my DIRECTV being out for a few days! In any case, here’s what I thought of NBC’s new Comedy Drama!

I. Loved. It. With weeks and weeks of buildup, this show was getting a ton of buzz and, from what I saw, it was all positive. The promos not only give viewers a glimpse of Milo Ventimiglia’a backside, but also the premise of the show…four characters that share the same birthday.

We’re introduced to Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and his wife, Rebecca (Mandy Moore). They’re a young couple who are about to be parents to triplets.

We also meet Kate (Chrissy Metz) who is a 36 year old woman struggling with her weight.

Randall (Sterling K. Brown) appears to be a very successful business man with a wife and two beautiful daughters. Apparently he’s been searching for his birth father, who left him as a newborn on the steps of a fire station.

Kevin (Justin Hartley) is the star of a TV series called The Man-ny and seems to be struggling with the fact that he’s turning 36.

How fabulous was Gerald McRaney playing Jack and Rebecca’s replacement doctor??

Now that the introductions are out of the way, let’s get to the episode! Jack, Kate, Randall and Kevin all share the same birthday and are all turning 36. The writing of this show is excellent and the cast is incredible. We now know the main characteristics of these characters and what will most likely drive their characters in the coming weeks. Randall will explore the relationship between himself and his father, Kate will try to lose weight and rediscover herself, Kevin will try to work through his existential crisis and Jack will learn how to father three children at once.

This show has promise and I definitely recommend it to TV watchers everywhere! I can’t wait to see where they take the character development in future episodes!

***If you haven’t seen the episode yet, please stop here because I want to talk about the plot twist at the end!***

Holy shish kabobs!! This is what we’ve been missing!! That plot twist at the end made my jaw drop…literally! They’re all related!!! I mean we were told that Kevin and Kate are twins, but Randall being their adopted brother & Jack being their father?!?! I’ve heard stories about people discovering the twist at different points, so I’m curious when you all did. I noticed it when the man offered Jack a cigarette in the hospital and lit one up in the hallway. Then the camera panned out to show people in 70s clothing. I mean how creative is that?? To show the past and the future on this parallel plane is an incredible concept and I can’t wait to see where they take it!

What did you all think of the episode? Are you hooked like I am? Let me know!

Blindspot – S2|E1: “In Night So Ransomed Rogue” Review [podcast]

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Season 2 | Episode 1 – “In Night So Ransomed Rogue”
 
Ahhhh!! Blindspot is back! Jesus & I got together to talk about the Season 2 premiere!
 
SYNOPSIS: After Jane endures three months of CIA torture, the FBI brings her back into the fold – this time as a double agent.
 

 
 
What did you think??
 
Tune in TONIGHT, September 21 at 9/8c on NBC for the newest episode!

TV Corner w/Keisha & Kristin: Cancellations, Renewals & New Shows – Oh My!

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Hey there #TV fans!!
 
Are you as shocked as we are about some of the TV news this week?! There were so many cancellations on all the networks and we needed to vent! Keisha and I got together to talk about which cancelled shows we were surprised about, which renewals we’re happy about and which new shows we’re looking forward to checking out!
 
Check out our podcast below and let us know what shows you’re excited about!
 

 
 
TV Corner w/Keisha & Kristin: Cancellations, Renewals & New Shows – Oh My!

‘Friends’ Reunion: First Look

friends-season[1]Is anyone as excited as I am to see this cast together again??  While it’s not a ‘Friends’ movie or TV show reboot…I’ll still take it!!

The cast, minus Matthew Perry, will sit down to honor legendary TV director James Burrows on NBC, February 21 at 9/8c in a special two hour event hosted by Andy Cohen.

Here’s a clip from the tribute special that was released this week:

 

The two-hour “Must-See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows” will air at 9 p.m. ET February 21 on NBC.

You can also catch up on all ten seasons of ‘Friends’ as the show is currently streaming on Netflix.  If you’ve never seen it before, prepare to laugh uncontrollably!

STEVE HARVEY BREAKS HIS SILENCE IN A SPECIAL TWO-DAY TV EVENT, “MISS UNIVERSE: THE TRUTH” ON HIS SYNDICATED DAYTIME TALK SHOW, AIRING JANUARY 18 & 19

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STEVE HARVEY BREAKS HIS SILENCE IN A SPECIAL TWO-DAY TV EVENT, “MISS UNIVERSE: THE TRUTH” ON HIS SYNDICATED DAYTIME TALK SHOW, AIRING JANUARY 18 & 19

Harvey Speaks Candidly  with Newly-Crowned Miss Universe From the Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach  and First Runner-Up Miss Colombia,  Ariadna Gutierrez

Miss Colombia  Shares Her Emotional Journey in Her

First Conversation with Steve Harvey Since the Pageant

 

Steve Harvey puts it all on the table in a revealing two-day television event “Miss Universe: The Truth,” on his syndicated daytime talk show “Steve Harvey,” airing Monday, January  18 and Tuesday, January  19. Joined by the newly crowned Miss Universe from the Philippines, PIA WURTZBACH and first runner-up from Colombia, ARIADNA GUTIERREZ, Harvey addresses his stint as host of the Miss Universe pageant where he mistakenly announced the wrong woman as the pageant winner. He has kept silent and not done any interviews about the incident, but now he’s ready to let viewers in on the story and answer every question that comes his way.

“This has caused a lot of sleepless nights for me,” says Steve Harvey. “I didn’t do any interviews until I could talk to the two people who were affected the most, Pia and Ariadna. No matter how tough it was for me, I can’t imagine how it was for these two women. This finally gives me a chance to have a moment of closure,” he adds.

In part one of the special airing Monday, January 18, nothing is off limits during a special “Ask Steve” segment in which audience members ask the tough questions people around the world have wanted answers to. Steve welcomes the newly crowned Miss Universe from the Philippines, PIA WURTZBACH, for an honest and unfiltered one-on-one conversation, revealing what it was like to go through the incident, her reaction to winning the crown, how much contact she’s had with Miss Colombia and more. Miss USA, OLIVIA JORDAN, who was named the second runner-up in the pageant, also joins the conversation.

On Tuesday, January 19, the two-day event continues as Steve sits down with first runner-up, Miss Colombia ARIADNA GUTIERREZ, the woman that Steve mistakenly announced had won the Miss Universe pageant, only to be told a few minutes later, that there had been an error. In their emotional first conversation since the pageant, Steve will have a chance to talk forgiveness with Ariadna, and she will have the opportunity to let Steve Harvey know exactly how she feels. Tune-in to hear Ariadna speak candidly about her emotions as the ordeal unraveled, the reactions of her family and fellow Colombians, how she handled the aftermath on social media and instant fame and more importantly, if she is ready to forgive Steve Harvey.

“Steve Harvey” airs weekdays. Check local listings or go to http://www.steveharveytv.com/ 
for time and channel.

“Steve  Harvey” is  produced by  Endemol Shine  North  America and  distributed in  national syndication
by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.

Comedian @JeffDye at the @PBImprov – 9/19/15

IMG_9577I had the privilege of catching one of Jeff Dye’s shows at the Palm Beach Improv this weekend, and it did not disappoint!

Several months ago, I decided to watch a new show called ‘I Can Do That’ OnDemand and was hooked.  The show normally airs on NBC, and has just been renewed for a second season.  You can find more information about the show HERE.  It was this particular show that introduced me to my new favorite comedian, Jeff Dye.  Some of you might’ve seen him on shows like Girl Code and Money from Strangers on MTV, but, as mentioned in a previous post…I stopped watching MTV when they stopped playing music lol.  Jeff was also a finalist on Last Comic Standing (also on NBC).

When I heard Jeff would be doing some shows in Florida, I had to be there!  So I dragged my brother and my best friend with me and we drove up to West Palm Beach from Miami for the first of two shows he’d be headlining on Saturday.  Now, that was my first mistake lol.  Choosing to go to the early show rather than the later one!  The early show looked like a Century Village field trip!  Not that that’s a problem, BUT they didn’t seem to get a lot of the jokes.

The venue was great and so were the opening comedians, Jordan Garnett and Ramon Garcia (both locals).  As Ramon was making everyone cry of laughter, I noticed Jeff creeping behind us sitting at a table by himself.  Despite my best friend telling me to go talk to him, I didn’t.  I mean, I do think he’s awesome, but I’m sure he wanted time alone, right??  🙂

Anyway, Jeff went up on stage and made us laugh the entire time.  His jokes were on point, and even his banter with the drunk old lady in front of us was hilarious.  The crowd was slightly awkward as everyone looked around wondering what a NuvaRing was, but I don’t even care because I got it and thought he was great!  What makes him even more amazing is the fact that he took time out of his show to thank the wait staff at the venue.

When the show was over, my 31 year old self got nervous, hoping we’d be able to meet him.  Unfortunately, Jeff went right into the green room and the old folks all left right away!  My brother went over and asked someone who worked at the Improv if Jeff would be coming out to meet people, and the guy went to check.  He went to the green room and quickly returned with Jeff.  He came over and spoke to us for about 5 minutes, recognized me from Instagram (not sure if that’s a good thing haha), took pictures with my best friend and I, thanked us for coming and went back into the green room.

Needless to say, my night had been made!  It sucks to have high expectations for how someone would be in person without cameras on them and have them be douchebags, but Jeff exceeded my expectations.  He was so nice, and even though he didn’t have to come out to meet us, he did and was awesome.  Definitely gained him two new fans in my brother and best friend.

So, if you’re looking to have some laughs, please check him out on NBC’s ‘I Can Do That’, you can find hilarious interviews with him on YouTube, and he has a comedy album out on iTunes called,’ Welcome to my Brain.’  As if that weren’t enough, he just finished filming a new show on NBC (yes, he might be the new NBC poster child) called ‘Better Late Than Never’ which will also star Terry Bradshaw, William Shatner, Henry Winkler and George Foreman.  With that lineup, we’re sure to have some laughs!  Now that I’ve fully endorsed my favorite comedian, do yourself a favor and look him up!

Here is his Official Site.

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