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Marvel-ous: Hayley Atwell

Marvel’s Agent Carter is one swell show! Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), fresh from World War II and the death of her great love, Captain America, goes to work for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) as an agent. Unfortunately, she’s treated more like a secretary than the smart, capable woman that she is, prompting her to double it up, working for Howard Stark, who is falsely accused of treason and on the run from the big boys. Stark, who also happens to be the father of Tony Stark (Iron Man), is a brilliant scientist who’s watching his lethal creations stolen and used for nefarious reasons. Atwell, a stunning dame in a spiffy red fedora, plays Carter for all the truth, honor and quasi-camp she can muster, making for a fun time watching her spy-sense and secret life cross paths. Her partner-in-spy, Edwin Jarvis, is played with great British foppishness by James D’Arcy and I love watching the two of them outwit the dimwits of the SSR. This limited run is a keeper and a great period spy romp companion to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  

I called it: Empire is that good! Best of all, no surprise, is Taraji P. Henson, who is off the charts as Cookie. Every time she’s on screen, she just takes over the room with an Emmy and Golden Globe-worthy, larger-than-life performance. THIS JUST IN: Empire has been renewed for next season after only two episodes!

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Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds

The 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be broadcast on Sun., Jan. 25, and simulcast on both TNT and TBS. One of my favorite shows of awards season, they are voted on by SAG members, so they say a lot about what actors really think of their fellow performers. Personally, I’m rooting for the cast of Orange is the New Black for Outstanding Ensemble, and the finally-nominated Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black for Outstanding Female Actor. This year’s Life Achievement Award goes to the glorious Debbie Reynolds, with whom I have been privileged to know and work. Debbie is the last of the great Hollywood stars and a class act of the first order. What you see is what you get with Debbie, whose sparkle and smile is the real deal. Her daughter, Carrie Fisher, will fittingly present her mother with this much deserved honor.

Uh, has anyone seen The Mysteries of Laura lately? If they don’t give this show a solid night and stop moving it from time slot to time slot, I’m gonna scream. Debra Messing is one funny lady with one funny cop show and a great supporting cast. So what ever happened to Brooklyn Nine-Nine?

Returned, For Better or Worse?
Helix is back and more fascinating than ever. Or is that more complicated and confusing as ever? Either way, the virus is alive and well and traveling, not only to a mysterious island (Lost?), but to the future.

Margaret Cho and some unidentified actress at the Golden Globes
Margaret Cho and some unidentified actress at the Golden Globes

Best TV Moment of the Week…
Margaret Cho pulled the Golden Globes rug out from under Tina Fey and Amy Poehler with her appearance as the newest member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a North Korean army general who goose-stepped her way across the stage and posed with Meryl Streep. The photobomb by Benedict Cumberbatch was icing on the cake. You rock, Cho!

And Don’t Get Me Started…
Donald Trump and the mess that is Celebrity Apprentice. Why does this douche bag even have a show? Compared to him, Dustin Diamond looks good!

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