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Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Pictured in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A; September 2008 photo by me, South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Oh, Charlie! Trending at Hallandale Beach Blog -for good reason!: Tracy Spiridakos in NBC's "Revolution" and Jordana Spiro in Fox's "Mob Doctor"; #RevolutionNBC, @trspiridakos


Revolution, Pilot: After 15 years of darkness, an unlikely trio sets out on a journey to save the world. Above, Tracy Spiridakos as "Charlie Matheson." Originally aired September 17, 2012. http://www.nbc.com/revolution/video/pilot/1415378/
Learn it, live it, love it!

In case you missed last week's pilot episode, here it is up at the top, so get your homework done in time for tonight's new episode, Chained Heat, with guest star C. Thomas Howell, most recently seen on TNT's "Southland," another favorite of ours, which returns in February.
http://www.tntdrama.com/series/southland/





Monday, September 24 10/9c "Chained Heat". Miles leads Charlie to a Militia prison camp to rescue an old flame. 

http://www.nbc.com/revolution/video/chained-heat/1417331



http://www.gq.com/video/videos/tracy-spiridakos-gq-video-august-2012

Yes, another All-American girl -from Canada!
http://www.nbc.com/revolution/





And don't forget to watch "Mob Doctor" on Fox-TV at 9 p.m. starring the immensely-likable and moxie-filled Jordana Spiro, whom we at the blog have liked for the longest time, and want to see stay on network TV. All I'm saying is give the show some time to find its legs and get into more character development, and don't be so hasty with your evaluations based on what you may've heard. It has a lot of potential and has an excellent cast.

Jordana Spiro reminds us SO MUCH of one of our very best friends from IU, a Midwestern girl don't you know, whom we miss terribly, but whose name we do NOT dare mention here for fear that she will start blushing. http://www.fox.com/the-mob-doctor/

Then flip back to TNT at 11 pm after Revolution to see the new episode of Major Crimes.

And speaking of "Charlie's" we like -Tracy Spiridakos as "Charlie Matheson" on Revolutionwhen we were younger, another "Charlie" we liked very much was so popular and ubiquitous that if you just hummed the first few bars of of the Revlon commercial tune, EVERYONE in the room knew exactly what that it was. EVERYONE! 
Now there was a Madison Avenue ad campaign for the ages!

Revlon's "Charlie" fragrance TV commercial with model/actress Shelly Hack and singer/musician Bobby Short from 1976. 
Uploaded March 16, 2009. http://youtu.be/9Sn8H42FZcI

This was the sort of TV commercial that made every normal 15-year old boy in America who saw it wish that he was already 25 -and had a charming and sexy woman like Shelley Hack, who couldn't wait to see him
And trust me, everyone in the place envies you!

The closest I ever had to having this sort of "Charlie" moment came when my then-girlfriend, a brilliant and blonde stunner named Joanie, danced into a J.B. Winberie restaurant in downtown Evanston for our second date. 
Only one of the greatest second dates of all-time, all four hours of it.

(Afterwards, when we were at her place, the second thing I remember about that night was that it was the night of a Dolphins-Raiders nationally-televised pre-season game, which is how I came to be able to watch it in the Chicago area.)

But only ten years later, in 1986, it just wasn't the same...


Norah Jones Pictures, Images and Photos

Why someone hasn't come up with a variation of the original 1976 simple-but-wildly-effective ad for Norah Jones as the singer, the pianist and the "Charlie" -or whatever- I can't say, because she'd be absolutely PERFECT!
http://www.youtube.com/norahjones
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norah_Jones

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Hallandale Beach Blog is where I try to inject or superimpose a degree of accountability, transparency and insight onto Florida and local Broward County government and public policy issues, which I feel is sorely lacking in local media now. On this blog, locally, I concentrate my energy, enthusiasm, anger and laser-like attention on the coastal cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Aventura.

If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect. But seldom if ever see...

This is particularly true in the Broward County city I live in, the City of Hallandale Beach, north of Aventura and south of Hollywood and right on the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the "Perfect Storm" of years of apathy, incompetency and cronyism are all too readily apparent. Sadly for its beleaguered residents, HB is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management. It's a city with tremendous potential because of its terrific location and well-educated populace, yet its citizens have almost become numb to HB City Hall's frequent outrages and screw-ups, the result of YEARS of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of foresight. On a daily basis, residents and Small Business owners wake up and see the same old problems that have never being adequately resolved by the city in a logical and responsible fashion, merely kicked -once again- further down the road for others to solve in the future.

I used to ask myself, not always rhetorically, "Where are all the enterprising young reporters who want to show that through their own hard work and enterprise, what REAL investigative reporting can produce?" Hearing no response, I decided to start a blog of my own that could try to do some of these things, taking the p.o.v. of a reasonable-but-skeptical person seeing the situation for the first time with fresh eyes, and wanting questions answered in a honest and logical way that citizens have the right to expect.

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Before I was a Hoosier, I was an NMB Charger, Class of 1979.

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"In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation." -South Beach Hoosier, 2007.