You MAKE TV amazing

Vanessa Ray who plays Officer Jenko on

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Suzanne Coleman

I love TV, if you couldn’t tell already ūüôā ¬†I have been watching TV for a very long time and I wanted to share my two cents on who I think are the very best of the best. ¬†Without these individuals and their contributions, TV would be an ¬†empty and boring place. ¬†Many of these are¬†supporting actors whose work can go unrecognized, but the reality is that without them the shows they work for would likely fail. ¬†I hope that they are properly recognized by the people and organizations for whom¬†they work. ¬†I am not a follower of awards shows, but here are my humble opinions:

1. ¬†Vanessa Ray who plays Officer Edit Jenko on “Blue Bloods” on CBS. ¬†I just love this girl. ¬†She is so real, so authentic. ¬†She can be cute, she can be angry, she has such a range of abilities, and they are all believable. ¬†I never once think “this is an actress.” ¬†There are so many shows today where emotion seems to have been removed from the acting. ¬†Humans are emotional beings (the healthy, normal ones), so seeing her bring this range of real emotional expression to the screen is a joy.

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2. ¬†Guillermo Diaz who plays Huck on the hit drama “Scandal” on ABC. ¬†He is extremely talented. ¬†I think his work could¬†be overlooked because of the role that he plays, but the episodes¬†which have featured him have been some of the best TV or movie work that I have ever seen. ¬†Captivating. ¬†Real. ¬†Intense. ¬†Scary.

3. ¬†Eden Sher, who plays Sue Sue Heck on “The Middle” on ABC is amazing and holds the show together. ¬†While all of the actors on this show are excellent, she is the best in my opinion (Patricia Heaton is a close second). ¬†She consistently brings the energy and weirdness her character demands, while also showing her¬†softer side at times.

4. ¬†Emily Bett Rickards who plays Felicity Smoak on “Arrow” on WB. ¬†This girl just made being nerdy cool! ¬†She’s so believable and has brought this character to a place where she is a positive role model for all females.

There you have it TV fans! ¬†My top picks for TV actors in my currently watched shows. ¬†Who are your favorites? ¬†Please share in the comments section, I’d love to know!

It’s ALL OVER!

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Suzanne Coleman, MD

“It’s ALL OVER!”

That’s what everyone seems to be saying about “Grey’s Anatomy” after they (spoiler alert!!) killed off Derek last night (played by Patrick Dempsey).

But, seriously people, what’s up with that? ¬†It isn’t all over, hang in there! ¬†I know you all love him, he’s such a charming guy, or used to be in the earlier seasons. ¬†But¬†Derek¬†has barely been on the show for such a long time, I mean, seasons! ¬†Didn’t you notice he hasn’t been around? ¬†And then, this season, he was off for a LONG TIME? ¬†I guess I could see it coming that he was going to be leaving the show. ¬†It was still sad though, especially how it happened.

I think the show is in transition, again. ¬†They’re going through a lot of changes. ¬†This¬†season has been weird, the whole multi-episode thing with his sister really BORED me. ¬†It was so annoying. ¬†And before that the whole hyperfocus on the lesbian divorced couple? ¬†Also, hideously boring. ¬†I was about to give up on the show myself. ¬†But then, the last few episodes started to get better, so I hung around.

Last night’s episode was actually pretty awesome, even though it was a bit skewed towards the trauma-side as “Grey’s” tends to be when it wants to suck viewers back in. ¬†One nice thing about it, I thought, and I don’t know if you have noticed this, but there was actually LIGHT visible in the episode. ¬†I don’t know if you have this issue when you watch, but the show is so DARK overall (exposure-wise) that it’s really hard to see some scenes. ¬†I mean, doctors DO sometimes actually get to see the light! ¬†It’s not like they’re vampires or something…

One thing I especially liked last night was¬†hearing Derek’s internal dialogue. ¬†It drew me in so that I felt like I was experiencing it right along with him. ¬†This episode created a lot of drama and suspense, is he really going to die?? ¬†I mean, we know he’s a great neurosurgeon, so we have to think he knows what’s going to happen. ¬†But then again, he’s also injured, and might be wrong. ¬†Plus, he’s not HIS doctor, so how can he know for sure? ¬†All of that back and forth was really stressing me out!

I respected that the show took the opportunity to show us another angle in life.  The physician as a patient.  This is the only way physicians can really understand what patients and their loved ones are going through, and this episode brought that to the surface, from so many angles, it was really quite cool.

Also impressive to me was the fact that Meredith stepped out of her widow role to be a good mentor to the female ER doctor. ¬†I’m not sure that doing this was really in-line with her recent bitchy-to-trainees character though, but anyway, it was a good scene because it will teach many other doctors and doctors-to-be what it’s like to be a good role model and mentor towards others. ¬†And there aren’t enough of those in medicine today.

For those who are saying that “Grey’s”¬†will end because he is gone (hmmm how chauvinistic‚Ķ), remember that the show was designed to evolve as it¬†started to move through different groups of interns. ¬†Plus, this show likes to keep things real,¬†and¬†in the real world, things change. ¬†The right changes can¬†keep the show fresh.

Why did they make this change now? ¬†Only they know. ¬†I can make a guess though, Patrick wasn’t on much lately, and maybe he wanted to pursue other opportunities where he would be able to work more hours, and try new and exciting roles. ¬†That makes sense to me.

Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the series, was reported to have written this episode, and she’s pretty awesome. ¬†Well, I admit, I haven’t met the woman, but anyone would want to experience the amazing successes that she has had in her career. ¬†It’s literally outstanding. ¬†And she is a huge reason why women are now highly represented in the media. ¬†The change started with her shows and is now evident not only on ABC but also on The CW, NBC, FOX etc. ¬†In addition, music has had more successful¬†female artists in the time since “Grey’s Anatomy” started than any other time that I can recall. ¬†I think that all of this was accomplished in large part by this woman and everyone that worked with her in her career. ¬†I would be honored to be a part of something like that, wouldn’t you?

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But What Does He LOOK Like?!

"Inmate of Elmira Reformatory showing four views of head".  H. Havelock Ellis, The Criminal.  See page for author [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

“Inmate of Elmira Reformatory showing four views of head”. H. Havelock Ellis, The Criminal. See page for author [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Ok guys, what do you think about this?

I moved back to Chicago about three and half years ago and I was watching the news and I was like, “huh, what?” ¬†They were reporting on a rapist who had attacked several women in a particular area, but they didn’t describe him. ¬†I was like, “uh, ok, so what did he look like?” ¬†Nope, nothing. ¬†Then they moved on to another topic, smiles and all.

So I guessed that they thought that describing the criminal’s race was now taboo. ¬†I was like, “What? ¬†Really?” ¬†Wow. ¬†Seriously, we are not doing well as a society when we are too scared to describe someone to help save other people from being victimized. ¬†Describing the race of a criminal DOES NOT MAKE YOU A RACIST. ¬†Holy @#$%.

What is going here guys? ¬†If a black man commits a crime, are all black men criminals? ¬†Makes no sense, right? ¬†It’s about as logical as saying that describing someone’s race, makes you a racist. ¬†It doesn’t. ¬†And that’s the point.

My safety and the safety of all other people in society is more important than a news channel’s fear of being attacked for stating a fact about a criminal’s race. ¬†If they don’t have a strong enough leadership to understand that, they can come and hire me, no problem, I’ll guide them.

The news channels have chosen to take on a responsibility to report the news, I wish they would realize how much that means to us as individuals and as a society and not allow a small number of vocal people to overpower the majority of Americans (of all races) who want to keep themselves and their friends and families safe.

 

 

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