Friday, November 22, 2013

Networks honor Kennedy only briefly today; Chris Pratt appears on Jimmy Kimmel; recollections of "Everwood" and "The O.C."

Today, Friday, November 22, 2013, the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination occurred on the same day of the week as the original event.
  
NBC interrupted “Days of our Lives” at 1:20, with some commentary, a moment of silence at 1:25, a brief eulogy by the president of the Dallas Morning News, and a hymn by the Naval Academy Chorus. Programming resumed at 1:30.

It would have been more appropriate to cancel regular programming Friday afternoon (pushing episodes to Monday) and spend the afternoon on commemoration.

Late Thursday night, Minnesota-born actor Chris Pratt appeared on Jimmy Kimmel on ABC, about his role on “Delivery Man” with Vince Vaughn, a comedy about a man whose sperm father over 500 children. Pratt was in “Moneyball” and “Zero Dark Thirty”. 

Pratt talked about the “fertility” issue, and also talked about babysitting as a make, an occasion where a kid climbed into the oven.  No one turned it on, but that sounds dangerous.

Pratt had played the teenage character “Bright” in the WB drama “Everwood” 2002-2006. Bright was the son of a doctor in the small town of Everwood, CO.  Bright’s sister befriends the piano prodigy Ephram (Gregory Smith), whose father Andy Brown is the new doctor in town played by Treat Williams, who has moved his family there after losing his wife to an accident in New York.  There is another character, Colin (Mike Erwin) who is seriously injured in a car accident caused by Bright, which is kept hidden for many episodes.  When Brown tries to save Colin in surgery, Colin dies, setting up a major plot thread.

"Everwood" was one of my favorite series ever.  It was too bad to see Eprham's career fall apart after the affair with Madison because Andy lied to him.  
   
Pratt also played a role in “The O.C.” (2006-2007); I remember one episode where he goes on a “nighthike” with the lead character played by Adam Brody.
  
I met Chris Pratt and Gregory Smith in person at a fan party at the King of Prussia Mall near Philadelphia in August, 2005.  They both signed a poster, and Gregory addressed me as “EFF” in signing it, referring to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  I was able to give a quick presentation on my role in overcoming the “don’t ask don’ tell” policy for gays in the military as well as COPA, the Child Online Protection Act of 1998, which had been a threat to online free speech. 
 


Pratt, now 34, appears to have gained weight, at least from appearances.  Some actors, as we know (like Matthew McGonaughey and Tom Hanks) gain and lose weight for roles, or allow alterations (like Jared Leto’s role in “Dallas Buyer’s Club” or the tattooing of Ryan Gosling for “The Place Beyond the Pines” – O hope that was done with temporary ink.  Gregory Smith, 30, appears to be doing well acting in and directing “Rookie Blue”.  My favorite film of his is “Kids in America” (2005).  

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