Eight Years Young

01/19/2010 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Literarily Yours | 1 Comment

            In a moment, two worlds will collide.  The armies are assembled and ready to fight.  Each side has a different purpose, different reason of being.  They have tolerated each other in the past, but not today.  Today they are ready to engulf the other, to dominate the flat world that they inhabit.  They know that only one can ultimately survive, so they prepare for the final battle. 

            Without warning, the green army strikes, surrounding the white army; yet, the white hold their ground.  All of a sudden, a third party swoops in, dividing the two opposing sides.  The white army is now on the other side of a barrier from the green.

            My name is Joshua, and I hate when my food mixes.  Especially my mashed ‘tatos and peas.  Gross.

            Let me introduce myself better.  I am Joshua Mourney.  I live on Tumulton  Road in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with my mom and dad.  My mom is a nurse at a hospital.  My dad works in business.  I am not sure what he does, but he once told me that he has some people under him.  I don’t know.  Maybe that means he has an office on a higher floor than others.  I like to play sports and ride my bike.  But mostly I love Masters of the Universe.  It is so cool to see how the good guy can beat Skeletor!  Some day when I grow up, I want to be just like He-Man.  He is so brave and knows just what to do.  I wish that I could be strong like that right now… 

            I have short, blond hair, with blue eyes. 

            Oh yeah, I’m also eight.  Eight years young.  Man, I love that term.  I got it from an old lady from church.  It’s funny, cuz she always says that she is 90 years young, but no one speaks up to let her know that she is really old.  One time, I wanted to ask her if she had ever met Jesus, but mom laughed and said that the old lady wasn’t that old.  But I’m not so sure.  You’d think that if he was so special, she would remember back when she was little and he was preachin’ and stuff.  I dunno.  I just like the term because it makes me feel energetic and happy. 

            Also, I like it because I don’t like saying eight years old.  I don’t want to be old.  When you are old, you cry for no reason.  I mean, when you fall off a bike, it’s ok to cry because it hurts.  And when there is a spider, it’s ok because it is scary.  But old people just cry without a reason.  Like when I asked my mom one time in the car when dad was going to be around, she just started crying at the red light.  I didn’t mean to make her cry.  Honest!  I just hadn’t seen him in a long time.  Actually, I haven’t even been home for awhile.  We’ve been living with grandma for a month now. 

            The last I remember being home, I was upstairs playing with my He-Man play-set.  I got thirsty, so I went down to get a drink of juice.  As I came close to my mom and dad’s room I heard shouting.  My mom said, “I will never again sleep in the same bed that she was in!”  I still don’t understand that.  Mom had slept in that bed every day since I was born.  Why wouldn’t she sleep in it again tonight?  Maybe she likes to wash the sheets every day.  I don’t know. 

            I walked to the kitchen and got some apple juice; my mom came in soon after.  Her smile looked weird with her teary face and messy brown hair.  It was like she was sleep-walking.  She asked me if I wanted to visit grandma.  Of course I did!  I love her candy, and she always slips me things.

            But now we’ve been here a month.  You know what I found out?  The candy that grandma used to give me runs out after about two days.  I think she’s not used to kids who stay for a long time.  Instead, I am at the table, playing with my peas and mashed ‘tatos, wondering why my mom doesn’t smile anymore.

NBC Releases New Post-Olympic Schedule

01/19/2010 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Net/Spec | 1 Comment

Ok, so I’m really behind the ball.  I’ll give you the update on The Tonight Show soon.  In the meantime, here’s the schedule NBC released for post-Olympics:

8-9 p.m. – Chuck
9-10 p.m. – Trama (beginning March 8)
10-11 p.m. –Law & Order (returns March 1 with two-hour episode, 9-11 p.m. (ET); resumes in regular time slot March 8)
8-10 p.m. – The Biggest Loser
10-11 p.m. – Parenthood (premieres March 2)
8-9 p.m. – Mercy
9-10 p.m. – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (encores beginning March  3)
10-11 p.m. – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (originals beginning March 3)
8-8:30 p.m. – Community
8:30-9 p.m. – Parks and Recreation
9-9:30 p.m. – The Office
9:30-10 p.m. – 30 Rock
10-11 p.m. – The Marriage Ref (premieres March 4; sneak preview February 28)
8-9 p.m. – Who Do You Think You Are (premieres March 5; Friday Night Lights returns on April 30)
9-11 p.m. – Dateline NBC (begins March 5)
SATURDAYS (all beginning March 6)
8-9 p.m. – The Biggest Loser (encore episode)
9-10 p.m. – Law & Order (encore episode)
10-11 p.m. – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (encore episode)
SUNDAYS (all beginning March 14)
7-8 p.m. – Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. – Minute To Win It (premieres March 14)
9-11 p.m. – The Celebrity Apprentice (season premiere March 14)

Where does this leave Leno?  Like I said, I’ll explain in another post soon.  However, the short answer is: The Tonight Show.  Looks like he’ll be jumping back on his old show as Conan is shown the door.

For those interested in the new NBC shows, here are descriptions (as released by NBC):

Parenthood- is a one-hour drama inspired by the box-office comedy hit of the same name that debuts Tuesday, March 2 (10-11 p.m. ET).  The re-imagined and updated production introduces audiences to the large and colorful yet imperfect Braverman family and features an all-star cast that includes Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Craig T. Nelson, Erika Christensen, and Bonnie Bedelia among others.  Serving as executive producers are Oscar winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) – who wrote the pilot episode – and David Nevins (Friday Night Lights, Arrested Development).  Emmy Award winner Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing) is the director and executive producer of the pilot.  Parenthood is from Imagine Television and Universal Media Studios.
The Marriage Ref – which has a special sneak preview following the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics on February 28 – is NBC‘s new comedy panel series about the unpredictable and hilarious institution commonly known as marriage.  It features comedian/actor Tom Papa, who was personally selected by executive producer Jerry Seinfeld to host and serve as the “marriage ref.”  The show will premiere in its regular slot on Thursdays (10-11 p.m. ET) beginning March 4.  
Who Do You Think You Are?- premieres Friday, March 5 (8-9 p.m. ET) and gives viewers an up-close and personal look inside the family history of some of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities.  Among the celebrities featured are Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields and Emmitt Smith.  Ancestry.com is NBC‘s official partner on the series.  From executive producer Kudrow (Friends, The Comeback) – in conjunction with her production company Is or Isn’t Entertainment and the U.K.’s Wall to Wall productions – Who Do You Think You Are? is an adaptation of the hit BBC television documentary series created and executive-produced by Alex Graham.  Who Do You Think You Are? is produced by Wall to Wall productions (a Shed Media Company) in association with Is or Isn’t Entertainment.  Alex Graham and Lucy Carter from Wall to Wall and Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky and Don Roos from Is or Isn’t Entertainment are the executive producers.  Bryn Freedman is the co-executive producer.  
All-American chef and television personality Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) will host NBC‘s new game show Minute to Win It as it debuts on Sunday, March 14 (8-9 p.m. ET).  Fieri will serve as master of ceremonies and will lead competitors through a series of simple, yet nerve-wracking games that can reward them a $1 million prize.  Over eight one-hour episodes, competitors will face 10 challenges that escalate in level of difficulty using everyday household items.  Each game has a 60-second time limit and failure to finish the task on time will eliminate the contestant.  At various points throughout the game, the contestant can walk away with the money earned up to that point – but it’ll take nerves of steel to complete all 10 tasks to win $1 million.  Minute to Win It is produced by Universal Media Studios with Friday Television. Craig Plestis, Tim Puntillo (NBC‘s Identity), Mattias Olsson and Jock Millgardh serve as executive producers. 

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