Category Archives: Television

The Crafty Life: “On-Set Whale Tendencies”

Behind the crafty tables

The Crafty Life is a new series chronicling my experiences as a person with a non-film background working as a craft services assistant on television shows shooting in New York City. Today’s second installment is called “My On-Set Whale Tendencies”. You can read the first installment here.

I am a whale once I step on a TV set. I have zero self-control. I am making a down payment on a heart attack. I know it, and yet I keep eating shit. Let’s be honest: It’s not a birthday cake Oreo. It’s shit.

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The Crafty Life: “One Diva Request”

Green juice

Today I am debuting a new series called The Crafty Life. In the past month I worked on two TV shows – one a first-year drama/thriller, the other a comedy pilot – on craft services. With this new series I will write about what it’s like to work on a television show for someone without a film background.

“I have one diva request … ” the actress started.

My ears perked. The slender, 5-foot-10 brunette standing before me starred on one of my favorite shows. On this day, we worked together on the pilot episode of a show set to debut this fall on network television. I served as a production assistant on craft services, she starred as the sitcom star’s wife. As we stood face-to-face, I wanted to tell her how much I enjoyed her other show, but that would be awkward and unprofessional, and besides there was her pending request.

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Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100: “Washington Heights MTV Edition”

Washington Heights cast via NY Daily News

This is the 24th installment of Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100, a periodic series chronicling New York City through the eyes of a new New Yorker. You can read previous dispatches here.

Washington Heights served as my introduction to New York City life the past three months. I ate turkey sandwiches from its delis, washed my clothes in its laundromats, and marveled at its architecture, namely the exteriors of George Washington’s one-time quarters and the United Palace Theatre. It will never be Midtown or SoHo – places outsiders dream about – but it has a working-class charm about it that made it a pleasurable place to live. (Plus, it’s nowhere near as ratchet as Harlem).

While I spent three months in Washington Heights – a largely Spanish-speaking neighborhood north of Harlem and west of the Bronx – I consider myself nowhere near an expert on its intricacies. Perhaps it’s because I speak little Spanish beyond “si”, “uno”, and “gratis” – words I used frequently at bodegas while passing out yogurt. Or maybe it’s because I spent much of my free time scouting other places, like downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn, or inside my apartment cementing my place as the worst Call of Duty player of all-time on the XBOX 360.

Enter Washington Heights MTV edition, the network’s latest twenty-something reality series nee beautiful trainwreck.

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10 Burning “Breaking Bad” Questions

What happens to this guy?

WARNING: Spoilers, conjecture, and nonsense ahead.

This week “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan revealed what fans have been wondering forever: Walt Jr.’s favorite breakfast food. Nom nom nom!

Season 5’s 2012 finale left me wanting more. Only the conclusion of AMC’s best show – sorry “Mad Men” fans – will not happen until 2013. That leaves a lot of time for guessing what will happen. Dammit, I’m just not ready for “Football Night in America” yet. I want “Breaking Bad” back.

Here are 10 questions I hope Gilligan and the show’s writers will answer in Season 5, Part 2, including one question submission from New Jersey’s own Robert Zullo.

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“Breaking Bad”: Season 5, Episode 8

Warning: SPOILERSspoilersSPOILERS!!!!!!

Once you break bad it is damn near impossible to break away from the life you chose. The words “I’m out” do not grant immunity from previous choices. Complications arise, loose ends remain untied. Meth kingpin Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, seems oblivious to this in the final “Breaking Bad” episode of 2012, “Gliding Over All.” He has piles of cash that would make Scrooge McDuck envious, a healthy family, and an international drug distribution ring (i.e., everything he’s ever wanted).

Such is White’s ego that he believes when he says “I’m out” he is really out. Show creator Vince Gilligan showed through the plights of White’s co-conspirators Jesse and Mike that is not how the game works. It won’t work that way for Walt, either. He just doesn’t know it yet.

“Gliding Over All”‘s final scene destroys Walt’s myth that he will make a clean break. How will Hank use his newfound knowledge his brother-in-law is Heisenberg? We’ll have to wait until 2013 to find out. Thank the TV gods the NFL and “Boardwalk Empire” are coming to fill the Sunday night void.

Here are more thoughts from “Gliding Over All”. Shout-out to Robert “Silver Fox” Zullo!

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“Breaking Bad”: Season 5, Episode 7

Say My Name!

WARNING: Let me write my spoilers in peace, Walter. That’s “Breaking Bad” speak for SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!!!!!

“Top 1 episode ever.”

That’s how my friend, Matt “Don’t Call Me Joey” LeBlanc, described “Say My Name”, the second-to-last “Breaking Bad” episode of 2012. I didn’t ask him, but I think that was his way of saying best episode ever. Lofty praise, if so.

I watched “Say My Name” Monday night from a hotel room in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I mention this because Wyoming’s rugged, desolate landscape reminds me of New Mexico. And “Breaking Bad” is the only thing that saves either state, in my opinion.

“Say My Name” ripped my wannabe henchman heart out. Here are my abbreviated, solo tour across America thoughts on “Say My Name.”

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“Breaking Bad”: Season 5, Episode 6

WARNING: Microwaveable spoilers below. Straight from Albertson’s.

Oh where, oh where, will this runaway freight train known as “Breaking Bad” end up? No TV-watching mortal knows. But this week my friend Wastro and I swapped emails discussing Season 5’s sixth episode, “Buyout”, reevaluated the show’s characters, and made some sure-to-be hopelessly misguided predictions. You can check out our discussion of Episode 5 here.

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“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 5

A ginger pulls the trigger

WARNING! Train Coming! And spoilers! LOTSA SPOILERS!!!!!

This week, I am trying something different. My friend Wastro aka King of Seattle had the great idea for us to exchange emails about Sunday night’s “Breaking Bad.” So that’s exactly what we did Monday. I swear I need to do this more often.

If you are a “Breaking Bad” fan and haven’t seen the “Dead Freight” episode … Wow! You must see this episode! And then read Wastro and I’s conversation. Oh, and share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Episode 4

The one and only Heisenberg

Ed. Note: This week I welcome back Lloydenberg, I mean Lloyd Nelson, to share his thoughts on “Fifty-One”, Episode Four of the fifth and final season of “Breaking Bad”. Lloyd previously penned a piece about his favorite Girls songs.

After spending all day with another Mr. White (ahem: Jack) at Reckless Records Store, I settled in Sunday night to watch my other favorite Mr. White (Walt) as he navigated the murky waters between being a drug kingpin and family man.

“Fifty-One”, a superbly quiet and tense episode directed by Rian Johnson (of “Brick” and soon-to-be “Looper” fame), brought about the return of Heisenberg and put us right smack in the middle of the “Breaking Bad” story.

It’s Walt’s 51st birthday. We’ve been with the mild-mannered teacher turned cutthroat drug lord for one year now. And maybe more importantly, we’re one year away from Season 5’s first season where Walt celebrated his 52nd birthday in New Hampshire with the purchase of an assault rifle.

The fall of Heisenberg is coming, and if “Fifty-One” tells us anything, it’s that it won’t be pretty.

Here’s 10 things I took from last night’s episode:

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