John Mahoney had a multitude of roles, but he will forever be known as Martin Crane from the hit show Fraiser. Mahoney died today(2/5) at the age of 77.  Hopefully he and Moose (Eddie above) can enjoy a walk in the park. RIP

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Instead of wasting time with the fluff-fest known as  the Super Bowl pregame show I finished off “Major Crimes”. Not many times can a spin off equal if not top it’s predecessor, but I think I liked this one a bit better than “The Closer” even though I missed Ms. Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) and her Scarlett drawl and never was a huge fan of Captain Raynor, even though  Mary McDonnell played it well. 

Keeping the majority of the cast in the transformation to the new show certainly helped. I’ve loved G.W. Bailey since his days as Lt. Harris from “Police Academy”, and loved ole curmudgeon Louie Provenza even more.   

It will be missed.

The 8th season of “Shameless” finished last night. To me it is still the most dynamic show on television. Watching the characters grow from season 1 has been a enjoyable experience.  

Frank

Frank is Frank. He’s going to Frank. He’s self-centered 97.5% of the time, but he will do what he can for others when he can, but will also take advantage of them as well. 

Fiona 

She’s grown a lot and it is still a surprise she doesn’t have a piss ant or two on her hip, but she seems to have her shit mostly together, and while a smoke bomb to get the trash out of her apartment was called “Full Gallagher”, I was excepting a bit more out of someone going “Full Gallagher”. 

Lip

I was waiting on him to crash and burn at multiple different times. He certainly had the opportunity to really fall off the wagon and be a huge mess, but he kept his focus. 

Ian

Meeehhh  I’ve never been a huge fan of the character. This year was even more comical (not a good use of the word). With Chicago having 500+ murders on an annual basis, it wouldn’t break my heart to see him go away.

Debbie

She has matured and seems headed in the right direction with her welding career but certainly needs to invest in some steel toe boots to protect her remaining 7 toes.  She’s got that take no shit spunk that seems to be a family trait and her welding Dr. Dick’s car was pretty funny.

Carl

The little sociopath has matured the most and thankfully his “marriage” to the Bat Shit Crazy Kassidy is a sham, and that he was able to escape that hell-storm and go back to military school. 

Liam

At times in years past you’d feel this poor little boy wouldn’t stand a chance. But like Lip he seems to have a good head on his shoulders(not the genius that Lip is, but smarter than most), and can tell right from wrong, even if it causes his pops to go porta-john diving. That was gross far worse than Debbie’s toes.

V & Kev, aka Bart from Kentucky 

“I’m Bart from Kentucky” was one of the funniest lines of the whole year. The subtle delivery helped, it simply made me laugh. Kev is dumber than a box or rocks, but he’s a good guy. V is the brains of the couple, but not exactly the smartest cookie in the box, but they are good together. 

Svetlana

Well she’s married, prenup and all but that isn’t necessarily a negative. She might not get the old coot’s fortune, but I doubt she walks away empty-handed either. Could see her seducing him and having him tear it up, but hopefully V & Kev can get full control of the bar back. 

Oh and it’s about time for Jimmy to show back up.

If I had the ability to give one show 5 more seasons no questions asked, this would be it.

I finished “Mosaic”, over the weekend. It was another murder mystery. It was decent. 

I watched it via HBO as opposed to the app that was created to go along with it, so I guess there are some things that weren’t included in the HBO version. Novel concept. I guess it’s almost like one of those make a decision books you had at a kid… Turn to page 46 if you want to do this, turn to page 82 if you want to do that. Maybe I’m wrong, but that is okay.

Sharon Stone and Frederick Weller (In Plain Sight) were really good and Jennifer Ferrin (Hell On Wheels)  was outstanding.  It hasn’t been announced yet whether there will be a second season. 

I finished watching “Big Little Lies” on HBO last night. It was an interesting show. Great cast and setting. I avoided as much as I could so the twists and turns would be new to me. It makes me want to give the book a read, since most novels are better than their on screen offspring. 

I finished the audio book of “Out of Sight” by Elmore Leonard. It wasn’t until the dialog in the trunk of the car between Karen Cisco and Jack Foley that I realized I had already seen this movie starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. 

Like with most books, it offered more details, and Jack/Elmore spoke of Karen Sisco’s thicket (I’m fairly certain that was ignored or glossed over in the movie), but like most books, the words painted a better picture, and it made for an interesting listen. .  

I’ll likely knock out a few audiobooks over the next couple weeks because I refuse to listen to the fluffing of Tom Brady and his severed thumb that Bill Belichick surgically repaired the morning of the the Jaguars game.

Road Dogs, is my next Elmore Leonard venture, since it picks up with Foley after he’s released from prison, but also ties in another character from a novel, I’ve yet to read/listen to, so I’ll just have to deal with that whenever.

Congratulations go out to William H. Macy for winning the SAG award for his portrayal of “Frank Gallagher” on Showtime’s “Shameless.

Frank is such a dynamic character, he will force you to exhaust a thesaurus in using words to describe your feeling for him in any given episode. After 8 seasons of Macy as “Frank”, I refuse to watch the British version, because there is no way it will ever compare. Macy is Frank, just as

James Gandolfini was Tony Soprano, Redd Foxx was “Fred G. Sanford” or Larry Hagman was “John Ross “J.R.” Ewing Jr.”  That other series will simply never be watched by my eyes. Period.  Macy is Frank. Emmy Rossum is “Fiona”, Jeremy Allen White  is “Lip”,etc, etc, etc, end of story. I simply do not care.

It’s nice to see Macy get some acknowledgement and recognition out of this dynamic and colorful role.