Finally Apart Season 1 Episode 6: Getting Friendly


CATHERINE [thinking to herself]
I need something to do other than catherinesmomblog.com. Only so many times I can make fun of my kids. I wonder if they would care. Britney 2 would, but then again she gave me the pictures so she doesn't count. Britney probably wouldn't give a crap. 

CATHERINE
I should get a job.

CATHERINE (thinking to herself)
No Catherine, you've already tried and failed at that. Who needs money anyways when they have a place to stay? Actually I need to pay rent. Or is this place fully paid for? I should call Josh to find out. Eh, maybe not. I could just go to the store and get a carton of milk instead.

CATHERINE
Time to go to the store, Catherine.

CATHERINE (thinking to herself)
Why am I talking to myself? Heck, why am I thinking to myself? I should call Nate and see if he wants to go to the store with me. Is that needy? Maybe I'll wait for him to call instead. Eh, why would he want to get juice at the market anyways. Or was it water? I can't remember. 

CATHERINE
I should call a driver now.


She waits for 5 minutes at the bottom of her apartment building for the driver to arrive. She gets in the car when it arrives. The driver is NATE.

NATE
Catherine??! 


CATHERINE
What're you doing, driving a car for a living?


NATE
I don't do it for a living, I do it for fun!


CATHERINE
I thought you had a really high-paying job. Like, you were maybe some surgeon or whatever you call those people who do surgeries.


NATE
Surgeon. And no, I am not a surgeon. Actually, most of my wealth is inherited.


CATHERINE
So you just got rich without doing anything?

NATE
I also had my business when I was younger.


CATHERINE
What was the business?


NATE
I sold drugs.


CATHERINE
Oh like marijuana? 

NATE
Oh no, over-the-counter stuff. I would buy cold medicines and sell them on the streets for barely above market value. I'd say I made a few bucks from it.


CATHERINE
And all this time I thought you were smart.

NATE
I'm sorry, I didn't think it was important to tell you.


CATHERINE
I'm not a huge fan of smart people.

NATE
Oh yeah?

CATHERINE
Yep, I like them dumb, just like me.

NATE
Well that's nice to hear, I suppose. 


CATHERINE
If I surrounded myself with smart guys, that would make me feel stupid. Which I am. Don't tell me differently, I know I am. I'm proud of it actually. Did you know I'm my parents' smartest daughter?

NATE
Oh! How many daughters do your parents have?


CATHERINE
Just one. 

NATE
I see now. [Pause.] So, where are you going?


CATHERINE
Huh?


NATE
You got in my car, I'm supposed to be driving you somewhere. Then you pay me at the end. Where to?


CATHERINE
Oh, yeah. The market. They sell soda, right?

NATE
I assume. Haven't been in there much since I just hire someone to do it. I'm pretty lazy.


CATHERINE
Mean, dumb, lazy? I can get behind that.

NATE
I never said mean or dumb but I'm not denying it now that you said it. 

CATHERINE
What do you say we go back to my place to drink some tea?


NATE
Wasn't it milk? And OK. 

NATE drives CATHERINE to the store. She picks up a carton of milk, then NATE drives CATHERINE back to CATHERINE's apartment building.

NATE
Crazy, I used to have friends who lived in this building.


CATHERINE
Oh, what a coincidence!

NATE and CATHERINE ride in the elevator and eventually get to her apartment unit.

NATE
I could swear this was their unit. Never figured out whatever happened to them though.


CATHERINE
Do their names happen to be Pete and David?


NATE
No.

CATHERINE
Fred and Steve?

NATE
No, are those people? Josh and Andrew.


CATHERINE
Crap.

NATE
What?


CATHERINE
I know them. Josh is my brother, Andrew is his husband.

NATE
I thought they were just friends. Guess you learn something new every month, like they say.


CATHERINE
Yeah, our parents moved to Poland and gave them the house, so I moved here. 

NATE
Sounds crazy.


CATHERINE
It is. 


NATE
So it turns out my new friend is the sister of another one of my friends, and the sister-in-law of yet another of my friends, and those two friends are married to each other.


CATHERINE
Yep.

NATE
I think that for whatever reason this makes me like you more.


CATHERINE [thinking to herself]
I'm marrying this guy, aren't I?

Thursday TV Ratings 11/14/19: Grey’s Anatomy Steady for 350th Episode, The Unicorn and Will & Grace Drop (UPDATED)

Finals Update: Superstore (+0.1) and Thursday Night Football (+1.1) adjusted up.
Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMThursday Night Football4.4/1611.65Fox

Grey's Anatomy1.3/76.30ABC

Young Sheldon1.2/68.98CBS

Superstore0.8/42.74NBC

Supernatural0.3/21.32The CW
8:30 PMThe Unicorn0.7/45.67CBS

Perfect Harmony0.4/21.86NBC
9 PMMom0.9/46.26CBS

A Million Little Things0.8/44.61ABC

The Good Place0.6/32.06NBC

Legacies0.3/10.88The CW
9:30 PMCarol's Second Act0.6/34.75CBS

Will & Grace0.4/22.14NBC
10 PMLaw & Order: SVU0.7/43.76NBC

Evil0.5/33.28CBS

How To Get Away With Murder0.5/22.33ABC

Reality Renew/Cancel Part 1: Dancing with the Stars will Dance Another Day

It hasn't been a busy season for reality programs on broadcast, but there has still been some action, mostly on ABC, meaning that it's time for the first update to the renew/cancel this season. Keep reading for initial predictions on every fall reality show on broadcast, including new series Kids Say The Darndest Things.

Certain Cancellation:
N/A

Likely Cancellation: 
N/A

Leans Cancellation:
N/A

Leans Renewal:
Kids Say The Darndest Things

Likely Renewal:
Shark Tank

Certain Renewal:
20/20
48 Hours
60 Minutes
Dancing with the Stars
Dateline NBC
The Masked Singer (already renewed for spring cycle)
Survivor (already renewed for spring cycle)
The Voice (already renewed for spring cycle)

Already Renewed:
America's Funniest Home Videos
The Great Christmas Light Fight
Hell's Kitchen

Coming Soon:
24 Hours To Hell and Back
AGT: The Champions
The Amazing Race
American Idol
The Bachelor
Don't
Ellen's Game of Games
Flirty Dancing
Generation Gap
The Great American Baking Show
LEGO Masters
Little Big Shots
Making It
MasterChef Junior
That's My Jam
The Titan Games
Tough As Nails
Undercover Boss
Videos After Dark
Who Do You Think You Are?

Dancing with the Stars: It's not the juggernaut it once was, but ABC's long-running dance competition has looked a lot more impressive this season. It's dropped 11% thus far, less than the average broadcast show is dropping this season. The ad rates for the show indicate that it is performing above ABC's expectations. While it could be argued that the show is taking up prime real estate on ABC's schedule in the Monday night slot, its 0.85 average makes it the #5 ABC show of the season. Before the season, it looked like do or die for the aging reality staple, but its performance this season indicates it still has life left in it. It's a CERTAIN RENEWAL.

Kids Say the Darndest Things: Kids Say is not impressing to the level that Little Big Shots was this early in its run, heck, it's really not impressing at all. However, it's been an average player for the most part, retaining most of its AFV lead-in. Its ad rates also suggest that ABC expected worse from it. It's not a hit by any means, and it's probably an easy cut if ABC needs space on Sunday nights, but I'd bet on it getting another go-round. It very easily could have been a DWTS Juniors-level disaster, but it's held its own and earned a LEANS RENEWAL label.

The Masked Singer: As with The Voice and Survivor, this massive hit is already renewed for another season of production, with a new season coming in February after it wraps in December. However, I am also predicting it as a CERTAIN RENEWAL for the 2020-21 season. It's the #1 non-sports show on TV (by a lot) and is Fox's crown jewel. It's obviously not going anywhere.

What do you think of my predictions? What are your predictions? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to vote in the comments below.

Our House Season 2 Episode 4 - Our News Anchor

 Our House Season 2, Episode 4
Our News Anchor


Teri: Mom! I’m home!
Betty: Teri! I was worried sick about you! Where were you?
Teri: I went shopping after work.
Betty: Christmas shopping?
Teri: No. It was my week to go grocery shopping and it’s 25 degrees outside so I’d really appreciate some help carrying stuff in.
Nobody says anything.
Teri: Ralph, come on. I helped you last week and it was 30 degrees warmer.
Ralph: I’ll help you. Just let me grab my coat.
Betty: I -
Teri: No, mom. You might get pneumonia and die.
Betty: I’ll be fine! Just let me help!
Teri: I was only joking, mom. That was your excuse all the time when I was young for why I couldn’t go sledding.
Betty: Oh, right. I’ll go get my coat on as well.
Teri: Thank you, mom. Anyone else want to help us out? I got your favorite kind of tea, Tammi. It’s a very cold day and I thought you could use a mug of it.
Tammi: I’m a little busy helping Steven with his homework, thanks for asking though!
Teri: You didn’t listen to a word that I said.
Frank: I did though. I’ll help you.
Teri: Just, no eye contact. Kidding!
Frank: Of, for a second I though you w-
Teri: Alright everybody, let’s go freeze our butts off so that all of these ungrateful people can have food for the week!
Fifteen minutes later, Teri, Ralph, Betty and Frank finish hauling the groceries into the house.
Danielle: I made you all hot cocoa! I was on the phone with my mom while you were asking for volunteers and I felt bad about not helping so I did what I could to repay you.
Teri: Thank you, at least someone cares.
Betty: Teri, can you grab some batteries for me? It’s almost time for the Masked Singer to come on and I really want to see the Tree perform tonight and the remote isn’t working.
Teri: That’s because you’re using the wrong controller, mom. This is the DVD player’s remote. This is the TV remote.
Click.
Betty: Thank you, Teri! Now I can watch Tree!
Teri: I don’t know what that means but you do you, mom.
Betty: Teri, look at the TV!
Teri: What, is the singing tree on?
Betty: No, the news! I can’t believe it.
The TV is turned to the Lakey Action News, where journalist Andrea Campbell is speaking.
Andrea: I’ve been working at this studio for much of my professional career. I started out as the go-to reporter for whenever there a car was rear-ended or a traffic light went out. Don’t get me wrong, those stories are important. But they weren’t what I aspired to spend my life reporting on. Within five years, I had already moved up to chief field reporter, which is a position I held for the next ten years. I covered the biggest and most sought-after stories in Lakey and the surrounding areas. That was my dream. Getting to tell the people from my hometown about the biggest stories impacting them. I spent the eight months as the in-house news co-anchor. The field reporter position I long held was no longer mine. It was different, but these past months have been a unique challenge and a great opportunity, one I never dared to dream could happen to me. Unfortunately, this new role will also be my final one at the Lakey Action News. Reporting for the people of Henrico County has been the honor of my life, but everyone has a time where they know they need to move on. That time for me is now. I’m not retiring from journalist, I don’t think that’s something I could stand. There isn’t any other job I’d rather have than being a journalist, and that’s what I will continue to be. Starting in December of this year, I’ll be working for NBC’s Today show. You won’t be seeing me in the studio alongside Hoda and Savannah, but maybe that’ll come some day. At the beginning, I’ll be heading back to what I know best: field reporting. My last day at the Lakey Action News will be next Friday, and over this next week we’ll be reflecting on my time her at LAN. We've got some special guests planned over the next week and it’s going to be a very bittersweet time for all of us. Thank you, and goodnight.
Betty: I can’t believe Andrea is leaving! She’s the one who interviewed me when I became the talk of the town after that robbery at the carnival.
Teri: Oh, we all remember mom.
Cindy: We couldn't go anywhere with you for months without someone recognizing you.
Karl: I thought it was kind of cool. Your mother was a celebrity around here for a little while and everyone knew her name.
Teri: You’re right dad. Everyone did know her name. Mainly because she said on live television that she shared a name with Bette Davis.
Karl: That may have been part of it.
Betty: Anyway, I think I should do something special for her now that she’s leaving. Maybe send her a muffin basket or something as a parting gift?
Teri: Would she even know who you are? I’m sure she’s interviewed lots of crazy old ladies in her day. She’d just think you were a stalker or something.
Betty: I think it’s worth a try anyway. You should always show kindness to those who you care about. I’ve welcomed her into my home for the past fifteen years, and I’ve grown to care about her. I’m sending her an Edible Arrangement.
Teri: You do that!
The next day…
Teri: Mom, pick up the phone! I gotta get to work!
Betty: Will do, honey!
Betty answers the phone.
Betty: Hello, who do I have the pleasure of speaking to today?
Martha: Hi, I’m Martha and I work with the Lakey Action News. You make have heard that Andrea Campbell is leaving the station next week. We were reviewing some of the most notable stories of her career and your interview with her was one we thought about a lot. It was definitely a very interesting interview and one Andrea herself called a career highlight. We would like for you to come down to the studio next Friday for a celebration of Andrea’s career, as long as you have the time.
Betty: Yes, of course I’ll come! I’ve been watching Andrea for fifteen years, I’d love to take part in this celebration of her career.
Martha: That’s great! The tribute will be airing during her final broadcast, which will take place during the 7 PM hour on Friday. Be here at around 5:30 that day so we have some time to get you camera-ready.
Betty: See you then, I’m excited!
Nine hours later…
Betty: Good, everyone’s home!
Tammi: Steven’s not, he’s at his friends house.
Betty: Doesn’t really matter, he won’t know what I’m talking about anyway. As you all know, Andrea Campbell is leaving the Lakey Action News.
Jerry: Where are you going with this, Betty? Some of us actually had to work today.
Betty: That was hurtful, but you can’t ruin my mood today. Because I have been officially been asked to appear on Andrea’s final show. They said my interview is one of the most memorable of her career and I’m so proud of that fact.
Teri: It’s not for a good reason, mom. Don’t be too proud.
Betty: You all just don’t want to give me my moment in the spotlight.
Cindy: Mom, this isn’t your moment to be in the spotlight. This is Andrea’s. You’re just there for the ride.
Betty: I respectfully disagree. This is my star turn.
Teri: Cindy, let her have it.
Betty: Thank you for the support, Teri. You were always my most supportive child.
Cindy: I object to that.
Ralph: Cindy, just accept the loss and move on. I did.
Betty: There is no loss here, I love you all equally. Teri is just a little more supportive of me.
Cindy: I am way more supportive of you. You’ve said as much before.
Betty: I’m not doing this, not today. Now if you excuse me, I have to go to the store to buy something nice to wear for my big TV appearance.
Karl: Don’t forget your coat, dear. It’s still freezing out there.
Betty: Will do.
Betty grabs her car keys and rushes out the door.
Tammi: She’s totally living in la la land, right?
Teri: Oh absolutely. She’s completely lost it.
Cindy: I’m sure she’s gonna insist on installing a new, red carpet in our house soon, because she’s a star now and she needs star treatment.
Teri: This is going to be even worse than the last time she was on TV. At least last time she felt some shame about the way she became famous. Now she feels like a full-on celebrity. Next thing you know she’s gonna demand we call her Meryl.
Karl: I think it’s very possible that you’re all overreacting. Of course, I also think it’s possible you aren’t. Your mother is a very unique woman.
Teri: Uniquely insane.
Ralph: Aren’t you the supportive one?
Teri: Only in her eyes.
One week later…
Betty: Thank you for driving me to the studio, Teri.
Teri: It isn’t a problem. The entire family wanted me to be her to make sure you didn’t try anything silly. And I wanted to be here in case you did. They’ll all be watching, so if you do go ahead and make a fool out of yourself, tell them I tried to stop you.
Betty: Don’t worry, I’m not going to do anything. I’m just here for the celebration, no matter how involved in that I am.
Teri: I’m proud of you. I think.
Martha: Betty! Great to see you.
Betty: Great to be here!
Martha: Let me show you to the greenroom. You and the other five guests that Andrea has invited can all relax back there for awhile. We’ll be ready for you to go on in about an hour.
Betty: Oh, I thought we were going on at 7.
Martha: That was a mistake on my part. Andrea will be leaving after the 6 PM broadcast. So you’re all going to be on at 6:30, that’s the half-hour we’ve dedicated to her celebration. See ya then!
One hour later, Betty is called to the stage.
Martha: Alright guys, it’s very nearly time. Betty, you’re going up first. All of this has been kept secret from Andrea, she doesn’t know any of this is happening. As soon as you hear the end of the introduction by the narrator, Colby is going to introduce a “special guest”. You then will walk out and chit chat with her for a few minutes until the next guest comes along. Andrea’s not going to expect it but we sure hope she’ll be surprised.
Betty: Oh, I sure hope she won’t be disappointed for me to be her big surprise.
Martha: Don’t worry, we have plenty of surprises. If she’s let down by you, there’s five more career-changing stories and a whole bunch of old colleagues coming out to join her that should change her mind.
Betty: Oh. How comforting.
Martha: I hear the theme music playing guys, get ready!
Narrator: Live, from Lakey Studios Park in Lakey, Virginia, it’s the Lakey Action News at 6:30, with Patrick Colby-Howerton and Andrea Campbell.
Patrick: Good evening, I’m Patrick Colby-Howerton welcoming you to a bittersweet broadcast for the Lakey Action News team as we say goodbye to our friend and colleague Andrea Campell. Andrea has sat alongside me for the last eight months and she’s been a part of the Lakey Action News family for fifteen. It’s been a true honor to work alongside her for each of those fifteen years and I will miss her deeply. However, she’s not going just yet and we have a half hour of surprises in store for her.
Andrea: Surprises? I’m intrigued.
Patrick: I actually think there’s a special guest here to see you right now! A few, actually. But one very special one right now.
Andrea: Ooh! Who is it? I wanna see!
Patrick: Come on out, special guest!
Andrea: I feel like I’m one of those dumb judges on The Masked Singer or something. Who’s gonna be unmasked first?
Betty walks out to the news desk.
Andrea: My goodness, Betty Bellwood!
Betty: My daughter said you wouldn’t remember me!
Andrea: How could I forget? You're the reason I took the anchor job to begin with!
Betty: What? I am?
Andrea: Indeed. When Leslie Thompson announced her retirement nine months ago, it just so happened to overlap with my first interaction with you. My producers asked me to join the show as anchor and I wasn’t sure, but after I interviewed you I decided no field piece could possibly top it so I decided to take the job.
Betty: I can’t believe I’m responsible for this.
Andrea: You were an interviewee that every journalist dreams about: one that makes one of your pieces go viral. I’m pretty sure you’re also the reason anyone at the Today show even learned who I am. So you tell your daughter that you’re responsible for all of this.
Betty: Oh, I will.
Back in the greenroom, Teri picks up a call from Cindy.
Cindy: Are you watching this?
Teri: What? Our mother being told she’s responsible for Lakey’s #1 news reporter getting promoted to the Today show? Yes, I am watching it.
Cindy: This is just going to make her head explode even more.
Teri: Of course it is, it’s mom. Andrea merely telling her that she remembered her would’ve made her unbearable for at least a week.
Cindy: What the heck are we going to do?
Teri: Move to Tennessee?
Cindy: Mom would never go there. Good plan.
Teri: Why does she hate Tennessee so much?
Cindy: Her fiancé that left her at the altar when she was about 20 years old was from Tennessee and she vowed to never step foot in the state as long as she lived.
Teri: Guess we live there now until her head deflates.
Cindy: Oh my god.
Teri: What now?
Cindy: Mom and Andrea are hugging and Andrea is crying.
Teri: I gotta go, I have to see this with my own eyes.
Back at the news desk…
Andrea: You know, we don’t usually do this but it’s my last day here and it’s not like they can fire me. So, would you like to sit in at the news desk with me and Patrick? At least for the rest of this segment.
Betty: I would love to.
Patrick: Well, I don’t know how it could possibly stack up to this, but I think we should welcome our next guest!
Andrea: Yeah, let’s do that.
One hour later…
Karl: Welcome home, Betty! You did great!
Betty: I’m a star!
Teri: Damn straight.
Cindy gives Teri a puzzled look.
Cindy: That interview definitely took an unexpected twist.
Ralph: I’ll say.
Betty: At least no one can deny the fact that Andrea likes me, she really likes me.
Karl: I think we should go out and celebrate your big night!
Betty: How about Mandello’s on Main? It’s where I went after my big interview that made me famous.
Karl: Sounds good. Let’s go everyone, she’s a star and we have to give her what she wants.

What did you think of tonight's episode? Make sure to comment your thoughts below and catch the Thanksgiving special next week!

Writer’s Block - Episode 2.06 - The Decision




Writer’s Block
2x06 - “The Decision”


Written By:
Jessica Boggs


COLD OPEN


FADE IN:

EXT. BEVERLY HILLS SKYLINE - DAY

A suburban area is situated near Los Angeles. Cars are buzzing everywhere. 

EXT. NINTH STREET - DAY

A car drives along Ninth Street. 

INT. CAR - DAY

Noah is driving the car with Jack in the passenger side. Jack turns to Noah, after contemplating over decisions over living space.

JACK
We need to get out of Beverly Hills. 

NOAH
May I suggest why?

JACK
I need a break. Better yet, I need a change of pace. This town is too draining for energy’s sake. 

NOAH
I feel you. 

Jack nods. 

FADE OUT

END COLD OPEN

FADE IN

EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY

A shabby looking apartment building sits in the middle of downtown Beverly Hills, California. 

The parking lot is unusually full with movers going in and out. 

INT. MIKE’S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM - DAY

Here in the living room of Mike’s apartment, we have Mike, Mark, and Jill sitting together in the living room. 

Mike is pacing back and forth, incessantly. 

Jill, puzzled, turns to Mike. 

JILL
Nervous about the results, Mike?

MIKE
It’s an important day for me. I hope to have good news. 

MARK
It would be likely that happens, you know. 

JILL
(to MARK)
With my younger sister, Kasey, now in college, things are looking up for us. 

MIKE
(to JILL)
Jillian, I did not know you had a sister. 

JILL
(grumpily)
It’s Jill, Michael. Get that right.

Mike shrugs. Suddenly the phone rings. 

Mike picks up the phone. 

Jill and Mark then turn towards each other as one of them sit on the sofa. 

INT. CAR - DAY

We continue on with Jack and Noah’s conversation. 

Jack then turns back towards Noah. 

JACK
Shall we go on a comedy tour to get the rent money?

NOAH
That’s what I was thinking. 

Jack turns back towards the road. 

EXT. MANSION - DAY

The car pulls into Peter’s house in Malibu. 

Jack and Noah get out of the car. 

INT. FRONT DOOR ENTRANCE - DAY

The door opens, and Jack and Noah discover an angry Peter with his arms crossed. 

PETER
Boys, we need to talk. 

Jack and Noah turn towards each other in complete silence.

INT. MIKE’S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM - DAY

Back in Mike’s apartment, Mike gets off the phone. 

MIKE
My show got picked up! My show got picked up!

Mike, Jill, and Mark then jump for joy. They hug each other. 

MARK
Maybe we can all get out of this shabby apartment!

On next week’s Writer’s Block, we will pick up with Jack and Noah’s confrontation with Uncle Peter. We also will find out where Mike’s new show gets placed on the schedule. 

FADE OUT

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