The East Coast Family

Yet another dialog with Ann in which she plays a guessing game with me.

She started off by telling me she was watching Family Matters today – for whatever reason, I don’t know. I guess The Snorks weren’t on just yet.

Ann: Hey, guess who was the musical guest on Family Matters today?

Me: Boyz II Men?

Ann: No…

Me: ABC?

(Growing agitated)

Ann: No!

Me: BBD?

(Raises voice)

Ann: NO!

Yes, this is what it’s like to live with me. And poor Ann has dealt with it for 18 years.

In case it wasn’t painfully obvious, that was a reference Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” and yes, I was wrong on all three guesses. Turns out it was All 4 One, yet another popular R&B harmony group from back in the ‘90s. Hey, at least I didn’t say it was these doofy honkies:

I could keep this list going and going all night long but for now, I really must move to the jacuzzi…ooh, that booty…smack it, flip it, rub it down, OH NOOOOOOOOOOO!

By the way, this is Post #900 on ye olde blog! Go me!

I Be on TV

So hey, did you catch NBC’s Outlaw tonight? In case you missed it, here are screengrabs* from the only scenes in which I could spot myself:

Courtesy NBC Universal/Open 4 Business Productions

See the dude with the antenna running through the middle of his face just to the left of the “Boycott Arizona-Minnesota!” (WTF?) sign? That would be me. And you see the guy holding the “They Broke the Law” sign? He was a bit…interesting.

Anyway, here’s another one in which I’m a bit easier to find:

Courtesy NBC Universal/Open 4 Business Productions

Yeah, that’s the same shirt I’m wearing in this picture, taken after we were wrapped on the second day of shooting. All in all I think I saw myself for a total of about 2 seconds. So yeah, this is the result of two 12-hours days, most of which were spent sitting around and chatting with others and nohsing on studio-paid catered goods. Not a bad deal if you ask me!

Here are some updates on the others:

Tonight’s episode of CSI: NY wasn’t mine and looking at the previews, next week’s might not be the one either, but who knows. I will be watching.

UPDATE: According to Wikipedia, the Internet’s most popular user-driven and therefore most reliable source of information, the episode will air on October 15, 2010. I know this was the episode because I walked behind Edward James Olmos during the marketplace scene.

It seems my episode of ABC’s The Whole Truth may be on next week. I remember Rob Morrow wearing two earrings in his left ear when we were shooting that one and on the previews, he’s wearing that same pair. He wasn’t during the pilot so it’s safe to say that next week’s episode will be the one.

Next week will also see the premiere of ABC’s No Ordinary Family, where I played a school teacher. I’m wearing an aqua-colored shirt and dark blue-green tie and am in the hallway scene and in the classroom as the students are dismissed. Whether it airs next Tuesday at 8/7c or not is anybody’s guess, so tune in anyhow!

UPDATE: Turns out that I’m learning about production numbers, too. The episode of The Whole Truth was #103, meaning Season 1, Episode 3. So it may not be on for a few weeks. No Ordinary Family is #105, so it will be the 5th episode of the season.

Off to bed. Being I’m now on my feet 8 hours a day and then riding my bike to and from the job (but opting to walk yesterday), my feet and knees are very tired. I haven’t worked retail in years so this comes as no surprise.

I think I have a date with the spa tomorrow. Besides, it’s supposed to be near the 100s out here! Holy hell, a cool summer and now a scorching fall? Damn that Al Gore and his inconvenient truth!

* Digital video camera on tripod aimed at 42″ rear-projection TV; still images captured on PC. I don’t own a DVR. Ghetto fabulous!

Premiere Week!

Alright alright alright, people! This week will be full of TV shows that I worked on so if you’re so inclined to do so, check out the list below and what you need to look out for if you want to get a gander of my work as a background actor. That is, if none of it got left on the proverbial Cutting Room floor. Here they are in order of programming dates.

The Whole Truth (ABC), Wednesday, September 22, 10/9c. This is perhaps the one show in which I will get some decent air time since Rob Morrow called out to me, playing Manny the Hog Dog Vendor, and gave me his order. I will be also be in the background selling hot dogs to well-dressed passersby. And despite it supposedly being a fall day in a New York park, rest assured that it was definitely a hot summer day on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank with temperatures in the 90s when we shot that scene.

CSI: NY (CBS), Friday, September 24, 9/8c. In this two-day shoot, I was part of the “Puerto Rican environment” on the streets of New York, aka the Paramount Studios lot. And here’s what’s cool about this one. I was hand-picked from a group of people to have my “mugshot” taken and to be “under surveillance” as the photographer took photos of me supposedly acting suspicious. My thinking is that they will be used as photos in files that are being flipped through or that those chosen will be edited in as the principle characters “take photos” of us doing our thing. Either way, I can’t wait to see the final results. Also, I was part of the crowd making noise behind a barricade after two incidents (that I won’t mention here so as not to spoil things) happened. Look for me in red pants and dark blue shirt walking around carrying a large can of beer, then later wearing a peach dress shirt and carrying an briefcase. Good times.

Outlaw (NBC), Friday, September 24, 10/9c. This was the first show I did and I tuned in last Wednesday to see if the show I worked on was going to be the pilot, but it turns out I was wrong. I get the feeling that this Friday’s episode will be the one, in which I play an angry protester of Hispanic decent. You will have to tune in to see why being Hispanic plays a role in this and why we protesters were so angry. Again, I’m not going to give away any of the plot so tune in and see. I was in two different scenes but both were outside the courtroom (set in Arizona but actually in Pasadena) and we all got in Cyrus Garza’s (Jimmy Smits) face as he walked past us, although I heard from someone at a recent shoot that the second scene we did was shot again. I won’t know until I see it myself.

UPDATE: The Outlaw trailer is up!

Anyway, there you go. Two posts in one night, one that made me feel inferior and one that made me feel like king of the world.

Off to bed or something. I actually have a job to get to in the morning…

What Would You Do?

wwyd_talentRare is it for me to actually sit down and watch a television show these days, what with all those damned programs the networks would like us viewers to believe are based in “reality.” You’re talking about a guy that has never seen one episode of The Sopranos and thinks 24 is just one big snorefest. (Besides, homeboy is always on his phone. Verizon is definitely not his carrier.)

But I digress. While writing a post for my other blog last night, I occasionally watched an ABC News special called What Would You Do? As its name implies, the program–hosted by one of the ugliest mo-fos I’ve ever seen–let the viewer be a virtual voyeur to different scenarios thanks to the wonder of hidden cameras and actors playing the purpetrators, victims, or in some cases, both.

I only missed out on the final scenario but watching the others was definitely interesting. Here’s my take on them all, and you can have your say in the Comments section when the carnage is all over.

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