The prime time ABC drama For Life was renewed by the network. While the broadcast rating statistics were not as high as anticipated, For Life was a strong performer in on-line streaming at several venues, along with DVR use by cable subscribers. "New Television," which includes on-line networks like Netflicks, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, pushed up the popularity of For Life when the on-line statistics were considered with the traditional (Jurassic) methods of determining the number of viewers a television show actually generates. Congratulations to the creators, writers, performers, and directors who made the show a success in the 2019-2020 season.
The UK article below shows why the new season premier might have to be pushed back to January/February 2021 because of production problems fueled by COVID-19
Thirteen years ago, Mary Stuart Masterson directed the independent film The Cake Eaters, using a little-known, young actress, Kristen Stewart, to portray the main character. Ms. Stewart received very favorable reviews for her performance in the film, as did Ms. Masterson for her direction. On one talk show, Kristen Stewart referred to MSM as a role model and mentor for her at the beginning of her career. In addition to the performance of Ms. Stewart, The Cake Eaters was also graced with the performances of veteran and celebrated actors Bruce Dern and Elizabeth Ashley. This is a good time to take a new look at the film by DVD or streaming, and reading the reviews linked below.
For the past few years I've been very early celebrating MSM's birthday, typically starting it the first week in June, and sometimes the last few days in May because I liked the idea that came to me when planning it, and refused to wait later into June. This year was different since I had three competing ideas, including samples of popular songs since 1966 right until 2020, which would have included You Tube links for every song. Another was to concentrate on a key day in MSM's career and review other things that happened that day just for context. That one "sort of" won. The date is the premier of Heaven Help Us, Ms. Masterson's first adult role in films, February 8, 1985. We have five of the most popular songs of that week along with some significant events of that day, including two sports records.
Steve is getting better as he is recovering at home during the COVID-19 lockdowns. He supplied us with a link to a New York Times article about how Ms Masterson's plans for a complete movie studio in the upper Hudson Valley in New York is in limbo as the state was hard hit by the corona virus. Visitors, please keep Steve in your thoughts and prayers, and for those who have been doing that, it seems to be working!
With the blanket lockdown/quarantine in effect, I haven't seen time pass by so quickly. Here we are in May already. I don't know where April went at all. I've been spending a lot of time trying to figure out how all of these things work, so I have been spending a lot of time researching the "nuts and bolts" of dealing with a pandemic and how the doctors and other scientists identify a new virus and find out if an individual is actually infected with it. It was all pretty interesting, but ate up a lot of the days. I am in the process of catching up several things, not just updates here, but around the apartment. There isn't much else to do until the lockdown is lifted, at least in part.
In this update, we have two more episodes of For Life in the episode guide, which is mostly a page attached to the TV Schedule page. A direct link to the Episode Guide is below. Watching and following the show has been the most fun I've had in this lockdown. For Life is a really good show which shows the various characters changing, including the some of the villains, who experience attacks of conscience for some of their bad deeds. The main character, Aaron Wallace, is shown becoming less self-absorbed and selfish, gradually becoming a better man from facing the truth about his own bad choices and their negative effects on other lives. I watch by streaming on ABC, which enables me to go over some of the footage more than once which helps produce a more detailed recap and develop some entertaining commentary along the way.
Claudia is really enjoying For Life, and emailed me with the link below for an interview Ms. Masterson gave concerning the new ABC drama and her role in it. While I was running the ABC streaming version to pick up some dialogue that got muffled on my television, I took a screen cap of MSM during her scene with Indira Varma above.
Intrepid Tavern volunteer reporter and creator of the Mary Stuart Masterson Group Facebook page underwent heart bypass surgery. My last contact from him indicates that he is in recovery, and can't wait to get back on his feet again. When he first emailed me about his pending surgery, it startled me, but it wasn't long before he sent me the message that he survived the procedure and was doing well. So far, this is the best news of the New Year.
Well, For Life is a major critical success, however, if you want the show to continue, you have to keep watching even if MSM's character is not on every week, which it looks like she won't be. If the stories keep up being as good as the pilot, and the acting just as high quality, many of you might have a new favorite show. Pump up the ratings and watch every week. In the meantime, head over to the Cable TV schedule page and check out the For Life Episode Guide. There are links to both below.
The Four Life Episode Guide will break each episode into quarter hours--the action sandwiched between commercial breaks--to give a more complete picture of how each episode was presented.
The ABC drama series For Life will be here very shortly. The Cable Television Schdule page has been prepared to start receiving entries for the Episode Guide. The premiere date is February 11, 2020, and the time is 10:00 PM Eastern time. Streaming information will follow in the next few days so if you can't see it on Tuesdays, you can watch at another time on-line. MSM will be a regular player as her charcter, Anya, is a prinpal character. A good opportunity to see her performing regularly again. Below is one of the trailers for the upcoming premier.
I just found the old Blogspot blog about the artistic and fashion side of filmmaking called Sweet Sunday Mornings that included a post honoring the late John Hughes on the day of his 2009 death. The post included photos from 16 Candles and Some Kind of Wonderful, with those photos concentrating on Watts, the character played--famously--by Mary Stuart Masterson. The blogger missed the fact that MSM's mother played Molly Ringwald's mother in 16 Candles.
The link below will provide a close-up look at Anya, the no-nonsense, prosecuting attorney Ms. Masterson is portraying in For Life. This show will debut on February 11, 2020. I'll be getting ready to add the For Life episode guide to the Tavern to go with the one for Kate Brasher.
The new agreement between COMCAST and EPIX has impacted the efficient collection of data used to build the cable television schedule. After we lost LOCATE-TV's Web site as a provider, we turned to TIME-WARNER CABLE until they sold out to SPECTRUM, which caused changes to their schedule that ruined all the efficiency in building the schedule. We turned to COMCAST/XFINITY after the loss of TIME-WARNER. XFINITY was doing fine, especially after the search of the television shows could be done by the search engine. Since I get cable from COMCAST, this looked like a long-term relationship that could generate the schedules indefinitely. That estimation was ruined when XFINITY decided to remove several STARZ channels and replace them with EPIX channels, including SCREENPIX and HITZ. When you search XFINITY, you put the title of the movie or TV show into the search engine, a link to the movie/tv show comes up, you click on the link and get your two weeks of the schedule for that movie or show. You get the date, time, channel, and in the case of the TV shows, you get the season and episode numbers along with the title of the episode. It was great. In less than an hour, I would run MSM's whole film and television resume'. Not now, because XFINITY will not show what the site calls the UPCOMING list for movies shown on STARZ channels. This time, Fried Green Tomatoes was identified as being on STARZ ENCORE until July 1, 2020, but there was no UPCOMING list of dates/ times for the next two weeks. I got the UPCOMING for Some Kind of Wonderful, but that film is being run on EPIX channels. I need to know from XFINITY if this treatment of non-EPIX channels will continue. If it is, I'll have to take the information about STARZ ENCORE running Fried Green Tomatoes and look it up on STARZ ENCORE'S schedule, and do that for every movie that has no UPCOMING list. This is the kind of inefficiency that got weeded out of XFINITY some time ago.
What Steve found was the Facebook page for MSM's new television series, For Life. Producing episodes for the series is probably why we haven't heard much out there about MSM. We' ll see what she's been cooking up come February, 2020.
I found some weird things happened on the site when I did a safety check a few days ago anticipating changes today. We were missing the index of the FYI Archives on the stored version of the site on both 32 bit laptops used to update the site. Thankfully, the page was still up and running on Angelfire, so all I had to do was copy the code, paste the code to the right function on the ancient program, save it, and the page was back again so it can be updated in the future. Two pages of Blog archives were missing from Angelfire, although they were uploaded in the past as there were links tested after upload. Those were found on back ups and loaded back into Angelfire to restore them. Testing had to follow. Today's updates were supposed to be limited to the TV schedule and the FYI page, but got a lot more involved. It's a good thing all of the problems were resolved even if it did take more time. I still have time to finish getting ready for Christmas. Shopping is all done!
The day that marked the end of World War I was originally called Armistice Day. It was decided to rename it Veterans Day to set aside one day a year to celebrate our surviving military veterans since Memorial Day was reserved for those who either died in action, or passed away as veterans. The Tavern wishes all of our veterans, particularly those we still have from World War II, my father's generation, a fine Veterans Day in 2019.
CATALONIA--SITE OF THE SITGES FILM FESTIVAL
It is apparent that the language in the Web sites dealing with the Sitges Film Festival that is mentioned in Claudia's links is Catalan, which is the language of the Catalonia region of Spain. Catalonia includes the city of Barcelona. One of my credit card numbers took a vacation in Barcelona that amounted to about $3,000 at a Barcelona resort. I think my credit card number had a good time, but my bank refused to pay the resort bill after finding out I didn't leave Oil City, Pennsylvania on the day the charge was made. I no longer have that credit card number, so I can't be sure how much it enjoyed the vacation in Catalonia, but the region has an interesting history. That history includes an attempt at independence from Spain. The big difference is the language, which is Catalan, not Spanish. Catalan is not only spoken In Catalonia, but also in Andorra, a small state in the Pyrenees Mountains, and in parts of southern France (Provence), and the Balearic Isles. It is a Romance language, but is not intelligible by those who speak Spanish, French, and Italian.
There are some new Web sites documenting the upcoming ABC television series For Life, which includes Ms. Masterson in the cast, including Wikipedia. Below are two links that will be essential for following up on the mid-season premier which will take place anytime from January 2020 on. If For Life is slotted for Monday night, it might premier in January after Monday Night Football concludes at the end of the NFL season. Keeping an eye on the schedule on-line is the most efficient way to be sure to catch the opening episode in early 2020.
The most recent film on which Ms. Masterson was working is Daniel Isn't Real. The last word we had about the film was that it was in post-production. Claudia sent the release date and a link to a trailer in the email below:
This year's birthday celebration for MSM will mean a lot of links for her to click since it is a mini-concert of Elton John's music. Elton John has been writing and recording popular hit songs since just after MSM was born. With Sir Elton now on his last concert tour in his long and distinguished career, and the release of the biographical film Rocketman, a playing list of some of Elton John's songs was appropriate. Ms. Masterson's love of music, and the fact the Elton John's songs have been playing in the background of nearly her entire life, made this year's choice an easy one. Elton John is responsible for producing a good portion of the soundtrack of Mary Stuart Masterson's life. Happy Birthday to MSM from all the visitors to the Tavern.
Here we go:
As Steve related in a recent entry in his Mary Stuart Masterson Facebook group: " The TV series featuring MSM has been ordered by ABC! The show is a Mid Season Series. Probably starting in January 2020." My guess is For Life will be broadcast on Monday nights, either 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM, after the end of ABC Monday Night Football for the 2019-2020 season. Looks like a new "Episode Guide" page for The Tavern.
Claudia was very happy about the news that Ms. Masterson's pilot for a new legal drama series has been picked up for the coming television season by ABC Network. The email is reproduced below, along with a second email.
drama inspired by the true story of Isaac Wright, Jr., once wrongfully convicted as the kingpin behind one of the largest drug distribution networks in New Jersey, who now practices law in the same courtroom where he was sentenced to life behind bars.
Steve sent word that he found a streaming service that shows the MSM independent film As You Are. I checked by entering the title on GOOGLE and there are a lot of streaming services that offer to show the film, some for far less than buying the DVD and about in-line with renting a DVD. Below is a list of links to different streaming servics showing As You Are. The lowest rental is $2.99 at VUDU and iTunes is highest with $4.99. The rest all charge $3.99, which appears to be the present market price for a streaming rental for most films.