1. the goldbergs (abc) – in case you haven’t heard of or seen this show it’s based on the creator, adam goldberg, and his family. set in the 1980s this nostalgic show reminds some of the wonder years and id agree it has its similarities. except this show is funny. really funny. the best part about this show and what really makes it work for me is the brilliant cast. from the youngest child to the grandpa, the cast is superb and hilarious. ill admit i was hesitant to ever give this show a chance because 1. its on abc and 2. the commercials do it no justice at all but it has pleasantly surprised me each week.
2. william elliott whitmore – i wouldnt be surprised if you’ve never heard this name before…but if you havent, thats a damn shame. this soulful singer has a new record out that only adds to the beauty of his collective work thus far. if you are only going to listen to one song and judge if you like him or not i’d suggest you listen to “there’s hope for you” off his 2009 release ‘animals in the dark’. if you don’t like that well then you have no soul.
3. ben foster – this man is an incredible actor. though rarely the leading man, he is always the star of everything he is in. i truly believe he is the most underrated actor of our time because i feel he is the most talented actor there is. possibly ever. his ability to absolutely transform into the characters he plays is astounding. i feel that this great strength of his is also one of the main reasons people dont always realize who he is right away and tend to forget just how great he is. people love clooney because clooney is always clooney. but people love ben in this movie because hes a crazy bad guy and in this movie cuz he’s a badass and in this one cuz he is a winged angel dude but they dont necessarily put together that it was that same guy in all of them and thats a shame. watch anything hes been in for proof but my favorite performances of his are the small but wonderful role in “30 days of night”. the emotion-packed “the messenger” with woody harrelson. the tragically true story of “alpha dog” and the star studded western “3:10 to yuma”. these roles are some of his finest but trust me, everything he does is gold.