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In particular, Broward & Miami-Dade County, and the cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood & Aventura. Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Photo in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A, September 2008; March 2018 photo below of North Beach, looking left-to-right, looking north, HYDE Condominium, Etaru Japanese Robatayaki restaurant, and Hollywood Beach in the distance, with umbrellas. All photos by me, © Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Oh, how I've missed you! Sasha Alexander & Angie Harmon's Rizzoli & Isles, and Kyra Sedgwick & Co.'s The Closer are back to delight us again tonight!

TV Guide magazine video: Rizzoli & Isles secrets! Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander tell all!

Two of my favorite TV shows, TNT's Rizzoli & Isles and The Closer are FINALLY back tonight after what seems like forever. Or years.
Well, that is, it would seem like years if I didn't habitually watch the repeats, with Rizzoli & Isles having been run on TNT the past few weeks late night to remind people why it was the second-highest ranking cable TV show debut ever when it aired last year.

Watching Sasha Alexander & Angie Harmon's smart and knowing banter and sarcasm, and Kyra Sedgwick's spot-on quirky-meets-savvy-genius leading a team of LAPD detectives to solve an inexplicable mystery is always a treat for me.

They are two of the few TV shows that I never miss or watch while on the computer, since so much of what is conveyed on them is thru facial cues, not unlike some of the best moments of MASH.
You completely miss that element of familiarity if you're on the computer.

Above, a screenshot I took of Season One's finale which was repeated last week on TNT, where Maura (Sasha Alexander, right) has come over to the apt. of Jane (Angie Harmon) to help watch over her, after a perilous situation at the police station where they were held hostage. A few seconds after this scene, where Jane tried to tell Maura how to shoot after Maura has gone over the specs, the following dialogue occurs:
Laura (to Jane) while pointing the gun towards an imaginary miscreant: "Jane, do I look like a bad ass?"

Jane (responding and chuckling while walking to the kitchen):
"Yeah, you look like a bad ass."
How can you not love a show where they say that?

TNT video: Sasha Alexander gives us a tour of the new Season Two sets geared around her character, Maura Isles

TNT video:Go behind the scenes of an intense sequence on the set of Rizzoli & Isles and see how the cast train to make the action as realistic as possible.

See more interesting videos at the official homepage as Season Two begins tonight at 10 p.m.:

The season premiere of Rizzoli & Isles repeats Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

The seventh year of The Closer begins tonight at 9 p.m. and like everyone else, I'm eager to see what the repercussions are of Brenda's deliberate decision to drop-off a murdering gang-banger back in the 'hood where everyone knows that he robbed and killed someone at a neighborhood store that was off-limits for the warring gangs.
Earlier, he had conned Brenda and her Major Case Squad of detectives back at the station in a case involving three dead soldiers back from the war outside a night club, including his twin brother.
He got a plea deal for his cooperation, but afterwards, he revealed that he was the one who pulled the trigger at the store.

TNT video: Watch an exclusive overview of Season 7 of The Closer featuring interviews with cast and crew.

More behind-the-scenes videos at The Closer homepage:

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#HollywoodFL based photographer/entrepreneur Esther Chuang

#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy
Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of now-closed ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016 Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. To the right is the world famous beach of Ipanema and to the left is the equally famous beach of Copacabana. In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio looks like, up close, plus the Amazon area of Brazil that Esther grew up near in Manaus, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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A floresta Amazônica tem um papel fundamental no equilíbrio do clima na Terra e, portanto, na vida de cada um de nós. Nos últimos anos a proteção diminuiu e o desmatamento aumentou drasticamente. E o que já era ruim, pode ficar ainda pior. Se as medidas que o governo vem tomando não forem vetadas, nosso futuro estará ameaçado. Diga NÃO à diminuição da proteção da Floresta do Jamanxim! Diga NÃO à exploração de minério no coração da floresta! #TodosPelaAmazônia #342Amazonia #TodosPelaAmazonia Assine a petição: link na bio. ������✨���� The Amazon Rainforest plays a key role in balancing the climate on the Earth and therefore in each of our lives. In recent years, protection has decreased and deforestation has increased sharply. And what was already bad can get even worse. If the measures that the government has been taking are not vetoed, our future will be threatened. Say NO to the reduction of the Jamanxim Forest´s protection! Say NO to ore mining in the heart of the Forest! #togetherfortheAmazon

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