Don't worry; all is not lost when it comes to TV over the winter months. Often, prime-time series air re-runs and postpone new episodes in the beginning of the year- keeping us in suspense far longer than we'd like for the drama we love to return. But, why wait when The CW has two, new, mid-season series starting?!?! Both are action-packed with unique and captivating story lines.You wont want to miss them!
STAR CROSSED (Series premier Jan/Feb 2014- date TBD)
We got a sneak peak of what's coming and must say this show has legs. Romance, action, suspense, and big-time conflicts of interest. All the makings of a classic, CW drama. If you are looking for a love story with twist this is your show! Here's our summary and take on the series:
When the lead female character Emery was 6 years old an alien spacecraft crash-landed in her small town. Out there, right? Don't worry, this gets good. When this happened Roman, a 6-year-old alien boy, found his way to a shed behind Emery's house where the two meet. Officials seemingly kill Roman in front of Emery leaving her scared, and Romans memory stuck in her mind. Years later, Atrian teens are allowed to enroll in Emery's high school- and Emery and Roman find each other again. Surprise! He's not dead. While the world around them rages with anger and prejudice, Emery seems to be the only human Roman, and the other Atrians can trust. Roman and Emery are drawn to one another to say the least- it's an epic Romeo and Juliet romance.
The 100 (Series premier Jan/Feb2014- date TBD)
We LOVE the plot of this show. The series reminds us of "Lost" with its own CW twist. It's full of action and a classic good vs. evil storyline. This absolutely could be the fix you've been looking for since "Lost" went off-air years ago. Here's our take on the series:
In essence, nuclear Armageddon decimated planet Earth- destroying civilization. Literally, all of civilization was lost. The only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. Now that's one lucky group of people! Since then three generations have been born in space and the survivors now number 4,000- resources are running low and they are out-demanding their resources. It's a predicament that needs some serious solving. But, how you ask? Extreme measures are taken including capital punishment and population control as the leaders of the Ark take ruthless steps to ensure their future. Their most recent idea? Secretly exiling a group of 100 juvenile prisoners to the Earth's surface to test whether it's habitable or not. For the first time in nearly a century, humans have returned to planet Earth. Talk about a cool concept- a bunch of non-law abiding young adults forced to start a civilization on earth all while being monitored by leaders of Ark above? No way this isn't going to be good!
-Kirk and Carly
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Sat 11/23 - Watch SEC football at Family Leisure with The CW23 crew! (10am-2pm)
Our very own Carly Aplin will be hosting the event and joining you at Family Leisure in Lakeville for some heavy-hitting SEC college football!Come out to watch football and win prizes including an entire home theatre set! We better see you there!
Thu 12/5 - Fine Spirits Classic at Mill City Nights (6pm-9pm)
Join us for the 2nd annual Minnesota Monthly Fine Spirits Classic! Sample high end spirits from around the world, enjoy food catered by Ruth's Chris Steak House, and be entertained by local bartenders. Good food, great drink, and of course excellent company as Carly will be there hanging!
Sat 12/7 - America's Next Top Model Casting Call- The Shops at West End (11am-5pm)
Think you have what it takes to be America's Next Top Model? Here's your chance to find out! Kirk and CW23 will be hosting the casting call at The Shops at West End- we'll be doing applicant interviews and getting you all psyched for your chance to work the runway! Woman 5'6"+ and MEN 5'10"+ and 27 years or under are welcome to join! Download your application at: http://www.thecw23.com/sections/contests/antm_castingcall/
Tue 12/10 - Jingle Ball at Roy Wilkins Auditorium & Xcel Energy Center
The CW23 is hosting the Jingle Ball pre-party that you won't want to miss! This is a must-attend concert and will include superstars: Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Flo Rida, Fall Out Boy, and Fifth Harmony. Kirk and Carly will be interviewing attendees on the red carpet- don't miss your chance to be on TV and check out Minneapolis' hottest end of the year event!
Read more at: http://www.kdwb.com/go/jingleball2013/
Thu 12/12 " I AM MPLS!-Varsity Theater 6:30pm
I AM MPLS! is the acclaimed fashion/variety show of the year celebrating the talented and creative people of our great city. CW23's very own Carly Aplin will be strutting her stuff on the runway and covering the event. The multi-faceted event integrates comedy, music, fashion, and art to form an entertaining evening based on locally grown creative pride We'll see you there!
Kirk & Carly
Believe it or not, once in a while we take a break and watch a little TV. Of course On-Demand caters nicely to catching up on all The CW's top shows in which we take full advantage! Without further ado, here are our thoughts on some of The CW's shows airing this fall.
Arrow: Arrow hit the ground running in its inaugural season and its following has held strong in season 2. It's been described as a 'refreshing take on the vigilante story.' What does that mean? It means Arrow nailed it. It took a society do-gooder story and made it fresh. People have been raving about the complexity of the storyline while being surprisingly easy to follow. It's action packed and will have you hanging by every scene.
The Carrie Diaries: Since the beginning of the Carrie Diaries we've been waiting to meet Samantha. Yes, the infamous Samantha. Well, that just happened. And it was awesome. It's well known that if you like Gossip Girl and 90210 this is without a doubt your show!
The Tomorrow People: It's action-packed and has a unique storyline that hasn't been done before. Its good guys/bad guys themed, but throws in captivating Sci-Fi elements which make it futuristic and cutting edge. I mean, let's be honest- teleportation fights are pretty awesome. There's fight scenes, deep rooted story lines, and attractive people. All great things.
Reign: This is where Kirk confesses something mildly embarrassing as a man. It's his favorite CW Show. Think were kidding? Were not. It follows Mary, Queen of Scot in her complicated and drama filled preface to the leadership of Scotland. The first two episodes provoke emotions of anger, excitement, resentment, and thrill. Reign possesses all the elements of a home-run drama. Also, it's a bit of a history lesson which makes the show even cooler.
The Originals: All we have to say when it comes to The Originals is family is power. This is a Vampire Dairies spin-off in which we're reunited with some of the Vampire Diaries cast. Pretty cool, right? The Vampire Diaries has been hugely successful and The Originals is following in close pursuit. The Original Vampire family pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy, and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart.The storyline screams watch me!
Carly & Kirk
That's right. Carly and I held our breath, sucked up our pride, and ventured into the depths of the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement last week while shooting our weekly C-Whats Now segment. Aside from Carly crying and sucking her thumb in the corner, the trip was a success. I'm only kidding about Carly. Kind of.
Here is why the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement is a must-do:
- You're required to wear a jump suit. That's right. You'll be getting so dirty that they actually give you a onesie to wear before you enter. That's some serious stuff.
- You're required to wear face mask. You can only imagine why.
- The actors can touch you. Yes, as in legitimately violate your personal space. The director of the Haunted Basement, Noah Bremer, says often they will lock people away for minutes at a time in confined spaces. That would make anyone's anxiety rise.
- They offer "Test Subject" tickets. What is that you ask? You go in the Haunted Basement, alone. Halloween night it's you, just you. And of course 30+ minutes of traversing the dungy, horrifying, dark, damp, basement all while trying not to pee your pants. Sounds legit.
- They have stepped up their game this year. The Haunted Basement includes all new terrifying actors, disorienting rooms, hair-raising sounds, and even smells. Oh yeah, they teamed up with olfactory scientists to make your toes curl. In a bad way.
- One word. "Uncle." Uncle is the word the faint of heart scream if they've had enough. As in, they need to be escorted out of the Haunted Basement because they're literally scared to death. As of last week they've had over 70 "uncles" shrieked this year. That's a record.
- Scare-Cams. Cameras are littered throughout the Haunted Basement. People can watch brave souls attempt to traverse the basement without looking like a wuss. Few come out with their pride, but everyone has a good time.
- They have a bar. Need I say more? For the first time the "Spooky Speakeasy" is offering craft cocktails and beverages for Haunted Basement goers to de-stress and have a good time after conquering the Haunted Basement. Also, for those who decide not to tackle to basement they can enjoy a few beverages and watch the scare cams- giving them the experience without needing their anxiety medication. Sounds like a win-win.
Check out The Soap Factory's Haunted Basement and our interview with Director Noah Bremer at:
Also,be sure to watch our C-Whats Now this Thursday at 10p, and Saturday and Sunday at 7p!
It's a fact: The CW is known for its action packed, uniquely themed, science-fiction dramas. So, it's no surprise that the new CW Fall series "The Tomorrow People" is following in perfect suit. The first episode aired last week and I can tell you with 100% certainty it left me wanting more. If you missed the premier, I'll fill you in.
At the center of The Tomorrow People is Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell), who fears he's losing his mind. Not only is he hearing voices, but - as the pilot episode begins - he wakes up in bed with a neighbor and his wife. It's safe to say that doesn't go well. As we find out, Stephen is one of The Tomorrow People. He's teleporting in his dreams and receiving telepathic messages from other Tomorrow People. Seems out there, but hold on.
The Tomorrow People recruit Stephen to join their group which seems like a pretty good idea considering there's also a secret government-supported group "Ultra" that wants to get rid of all the Tomorrow People- seeing them as a threat to us 'regular' humans. It also turns out that Stephen's long-missing father is somehow tied into all of this. As is another member of his family. Trust me, the plot and subplots are good and the action keeps you hooked.
To solidify this shows awesome-ness, E! Online took a survey in which 83% of voters said 'Save It' while only 17% said 'Sink It.' Now THAT is some astounding feedback!
Also, here is sheknowsentertainment.com's reasons why you should check out the pilot episode and keep watching:
- In the end, Stephen makes an unexpected decision, which could lead to a unique sci-fi perspective.
- Teleportation fights are pretty awesome. (The show didn't slack in the special effects department.)
- Robbie Amell, who plays Stephen, manages to pull off that awkward but attractive quality better than we expected.
- You gotta love Jacob from Lost (aka actor Mark Pellegrino, who plays Jedikiah).
Make sure to check out "The Tomorrow People" Wednesdays at 8p only on CW23!
Although the Minnesota State Fair is only halfway through, The CW Twin Cities had PLENTY going on the first two days of the great Minnesota get-together to keep the buzz alive.
We were lucky enough to have a booth and stage for the opening Thursday and Friday of the Minnesota State Fair. All of us here at The CW Twin Cities made sure to JAM PACK our first time at the fair with celebs, giveaways, and more! To start things off Thursday we had the man, the myth, the legendary JERRY SPRINGER come into the studios for interviews and commercial shoots. The man is nearing 70 years old, but he still has the vitality of a 20 something. He was fun, funny, polite, conversational, and very down to earth. We shot the bull for an hour about life, his career, etc. and I must tell you I have a new found respect for Jerry. He then went down to the State Fair and did a great Q & A session with the crowd and signed autographs for anxiously awaiting fans. We also had Ring of Honor wrestling superstars 'MsChif' and 'Unbreakable' Michael Elgin come in studio for an interview and then head to our booth at the fair to partake in a Q & A session (they aren't nearly as scary in person as they are on TV). Teri Knight (Host of Dig In, Minnesota!) rounded out our Thursday with a gardening demonstration that fair-goers really got into.
Friday started out with a BANG! Kevin Frazier, host of omg! Insider came to hang for the day and participate in all sorts of ridiculousness at the fair. Carly and I were both lucky enough to interview him and shoot a number of giggle-worthy commercials. Kevin's wife is from St. Paul so he has quite a soft spot for our city (and the State Fair) and gets here whenever he can. By the end of the day Kevin and I had tried deep fried Snickers bars, deep fried doughnuts, big fat bacon, hot dish on a stick, giant turkey sandwiches, and deep fried apple pie. To say I needed to loosen my belt is an understatement. Carly also did a hilariously fun segment with Kevin searching for a wife for Michael Yo (Kevin Frazier's co-host on omg! Insider). The videos will be up on the web over the next few weeks and are VERY worth watching!
Fair-goers also LOVED testing out their on-camera abilities at our booth! We gave anyone and everyone a chance to read the teleprompter to see if they have what it takes to be on the small screen. Our 'fans on a stick' kept fair-goers cool and the CW swag we handed out was a hit as well!
All in all I really enjoyed our Minnesota State Fair involvement and cant wait for next year. What's on tap for the rest of the week? Live cut-ins from the State Fair at 10a, 2p, and 4p with Carly and I so make sure you tune in!
Its MINNESOTA STATE FAIR time! That's right! The BEST time of the year is just around the corner and The CW Twin Cities will be there catching all the action!
Next week the Minnesota State Fair kicks off and YOU need to stop by The CW Twin Cities booth by the haunted house Thursday, August 22nd and Friday, August 23rd! Why do you ask? Aside from being able to meet yours truly (ehhemm) and the wonderful Carly Aplin, we have a great line-up filled with your favorite celebrities!
From 4-6pm on Thursday the 22nd you'll have the chance to join in on a Q & A session and meet the legendary JERRY SPRINGER! That alone is worth stopping by! Of course Jerry will also be taking pictures and signing autographs. Also hanging with us at our booth on Thursday from 2-3:30pm will be Ring of Honor wrestlers 'MsChif' and 'Unbreakable' Michael Elgin. They'll be doing a wrestling demonstration along with signing autographs and taking pictures! Lets not forget about one of our favorites, Terri Knight host of Dig in Minnesota who will also be there to greet fans and give a gardening demonstration from 10-11am.
Friday the 23rd brings even more action with Kevin Frazier from OMG Insider signing autographs and taking pictures from 2-4pm and AWF wrestlers joining the booth from 12-1:30pm. Terri Knight will also be hanging with The CW Twin Cites crew again from 10:30-11:30am.
The action doesn't stop there! Come on by to grab a courtesy 'fan on a stick' and check out the jumbotron featuring our exciting fall line-up and Kirk/Carly bloopers. You can also test out your TV skills! Well be there with our teleprompter and camera giving you a chance to test your on-camera abilities.
For a complete list of appearances and times go to www.thecwtc.com or check us out on Facebook! We'll see you at the fair!
That's right! Both Carly and I will be hosting Teen Vogue's Back to School Saturday at Ridgedale Center this Saturday, August 10th from 11-2. Why should you go? I'll give you plenty of reasons!
* Enjoy Macy's make-up sessions and Teen Skin Care clinic.
* Feel the vibes with live music from 'The ReadyGoes' (www.readygoes.com).
* See the latest fall trends with multiple fashion shows including a 'Full Fashion Panic' presentation by MCAD students and emerging local designers.
* Free food sampling from Macy's.
* Strike a pose at the photo booth and get special mall offers.
* Join 'The Club' and register to win a $1,000 back-to-school shopping spree!
* Participate in 'Way To Grow!' Ridgedale shoppers can donate backpacks and other school supplies to this great organization. You can look for the donation bins throughout the center from 8/10-9/10
* Hang with Carly and I which will be a guaranteed good time.
We'll see you there!
I know this burning question keeps you up at night: What on earth does The CW Twin Cities host Kirk DeWindt do when he's NOT in The CW Twin Cities studio or kicking his personal training client's butts?!?! The answer is simple. He fishes. A lot.
Okay, time to stop talking in the third person. I'm quite sure I was born with this rooted and innate passion for fishing. Not only that,but I'm almost positive I possess a 6th sense when it comes to catching more fish than any other man alive. Okay, maybe a sliiiiight exaggeration. However, I will forever pride myself on catching more fish than any other guy in the boat. Even as a youngster I'd lay awake in bed all night with anticipation of fishing the next morning. The excitement shot through my body and my mind ran wild with anticipation of the next day. Truth be told that's never left. To this day NOTHING excites me more than an early morning out on the water. Nothing. Some things just cant be explained.
This initial love for chasing down the biggest fish I can find has led me to a second life as a competitive bass fisherman. Almost every weekend in the summer you'll find me on one of Minnesota's or Wisconsin's lakes fishing in a bass tournament. From Lake Erie to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri I've traveled the Midwest competing against other men who share my same passion. I certainly don't win them all, but I guarantee you when I take home a victory nothing is sweeter. Nothing.
Go ahead and ask me what I'll be doing this weekend. The question is rhetoric.
Guess what?!? THE YOUNG HOLLYWOOD AWARDS have partnered with The CW to broadcast this years star-studded red-carpet event! The Young Hollywood Awards are considered the 'Oscars of Young Hollywood' and is celebrating its 15th year. The nominees are the future of the entertainment industry- you wont want to miss it!
Since its inception this vibrant red carpet show has served as a launch pad for the future careers of many of today's top actors, directors, and entertainers. A must-attend for Hollywood's A-list talent, industry executives, and fans, the annual Young Hollywood Awards draws extensive media coverage from national and international press.
Past Young Hollywood Awards recipients and presenters include: Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift, Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, Justin Bieber, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Alba, and Mila Kunis. Talk about big time Hollywood entertainers!
This year, recognition will go to: Pretty Little Liars' LucyHale, Fashion Police's Kelly Osbourne, Game of Thrones' Liam James and The Carrie Diaries' blossoming starlet Anna Sophia Robb! That's right, one of our very own CW'ers is up for nomination!Make sure to tune in to The CW Twin Cities Thursday, August 1st at 7pm to catch all the action!
There's no denying it. Food is best part of the Minnesota State Fair... Trying new food, savoring the old, its what keeps me coming back year after year. It doesn't hurt that The CW Twin Cities is located DIRECTLY across the street from a main entrance to the fair.
Minnesotans love their state fair food, that's why the unveiling of new foods creates a flurry of Facebook and Twitter activity. Every year without fail, fair-goers go bonkers for the appetizing photos and detailed descriptions released by the MN State Fair. Its a chance to dream about what they'll dine on from August 22 " September 2.. Minus the calories they'll consume!
This year there are over 40 new foods for hungry visitors totry. New items range from Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Shrimp on-a-stick (The ShrimpShack) to my personal favorite, Cocoa Cheese Bites (Axel's). My 'must-try' list for new bites this year includes:North Woods BBQ Taco (San Felipe Tacos), Pork Belly Sliders (O'Gara's at the Fair), and Chocolate Chili Ice Cream (R&R Ice Cream). Whats on your list?
For a full list of new selections visit: http://www.mnstatefair.org/fun/new_food/-C
Yes, I'm totally pumped! Why? Because 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' has returned to television and the show is calling The CW, home! Aren't we lucky?!? I cannot tell you how much I LOVED this show. True comedy and hilarity for a half hour straight. It goes without saying I'll be watching.
'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' began as a British radio program in 1988 and quickly morphed into a TV series that lasted 10 years. As the show gained popularity it reached the USA for an eight-season run on ABC and ABC Family. The series last new episode aired just six years ago. Much like me, its not surprising that thirsty comedy fans flipped out when The CW revealed in March that 'Whose Line' would be back for 10 episodes this summer. Veteran improvisers Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady, and Ryan Stiles will all appear in each installment; comedian Aisha Tyler is stepping in for Drew Carey as host.
Make sure you tune into The CW Twin Cities Tuesdays at 7pm to enjoy the hilarity! I know I will be!
Looking for a way to spice up your Monday night? Well, you're in luck! The iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party is back this year for round two of fun, sun, and some of the summer's hottest artists. For the first time ever The CW Twin Cities will air a two-hour special highlighting the best musical performances, DJ sets, exclusive interviews and backstage access to this high-energy party! We're going to feature the summer's most popular artists and DJ's including Ke$ha, Icona Pop, Pitbull, Krewella and AfroJack.
Don't worry, our coverage of happening events doesn't stop here! The CW will also be the exclusive broadcast home of iHeartRadio's holiday Jingle Ball concert, album release parties, and other concert specials!
TheiHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party will air on The CW Twin Cities Monday, July 15that 7pm. You wont want to miss it!
I've found my new prime time obsession... And it's called "Reign."
Compared to the typical futuristic dramas we've grown accustomed to, "Reign" is much more my style. I'm a sucker for historical drama. And what's more dramatic than the rise and fall of Mary, Queen of Scots?!
The CW's "Reign" is the untold story of Mary Stuart,Queen of Scotland. The much-anticipated new show is a modern twist on a classic story. Think "Game of Thrones" meets high school drama. Don't let high school comparison fool you, there's plenty of PG-13 content including sex, fashion and danger - very Gossip Girl-esque.
My review is this: "Reign" is fast-paced and eye-catching; definitely a recipe for success! I think the CW is going to hook their prime time audience with this one. The fresh-faced Adelaide Kane (Teen Wolf)does a beautiful job in the role of Mary. I look forward to watching her develop throughout the season. I'm already a huge fan after watching the pilot.
The only critique is the confusing mix of current radio hits and mid-15th century drama. Somewhat jarring, but it may work for the show. We shall see!
"Reign" will premiere this fall on The CW Twin Cities.
Stay tuned! Next week I'll preview another CW pilot.
The coolest part about my week? Interviewing Janel McCarvel of the Minnesota Lynx of course! This WNBA super star took a break from the court to chat with me and I got the inside scoop on this season, the team dynamic, and Janel's Wisconsin-rooted upbringing.
I'm a little biased here, Janel is a Wisconsinite. So of course I'm inclined to like her a tad bit more than usual. She hails from near Stevens Point, WI which is quite close to my hometown of Green Bay. And, she's a farm girl. Nothing better than a feel good story of a small town girl making it big in a professional sport. But don't worry, Minnesotans! Janel put in 4 solid years at the University of Minnesota and of course is back in the cities dominating the court with the former WNBA champs. It's safe to say she carries dual allegiance to both Minnesota and Wisconsin!
Above is a photo of Janel back home where she grew up. See that hoop in the background? That's where it all started for this force on the court. A short, beat up, basketball hoop attached to the chicken coup. Now that's humble beginnings.
To check out my interview with Janel tune into C-What's Now Thursday, July 18th at 9:30pm, and Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st at 7:30pm!
1) My middle name is Donald. Lots of quacking when this happened to come up in middle school.
2) 2) Nothing gets me more excited than bass fishing. Nothing.
3) 3) My dad is a Taxidermist. No joke. He brings animals 'back to life' by stuffing them so you can hang them on your wall. Always interesting reactions when friends visit his workshop.
4) 4) I have an unusual obsession with dinosaurs. Something about the fact they actually existed blows my mind.
5) 5) I eat froyo (frozen yogurt) a minimum of twice a week. I probably should work on that.
6) 6) My passion lies in fitness and I own my own personal training business. (www.kirk-dewindt.com) Come in for a free initial session!
7) 7) My second toe is oddly longer than my first. I believe a longer second toe is a clear sign of enhanced intelligence. And, I base this on nothing.
8) 8) I exponentially enjoy mornings more than evenings.
9) 9) I prefer road trips over flying. Something about the journey of driving makes trips that much more memorable and the destination that much more rewarding.
10) Even though I'm on television, I go weeks without watching it.
Its not every day you get to interview an Olympic athlete. Well, unless you're ME of course! Okay, just kidding. This is my FIRST time interviewing someone of such athletic accomplishment and I couldn't be more excited!
Olympian Carrie Tollefson is our very own home-grown Olympian originating from Dawson, MN. Carrie and I were lucky enough to cross paths a few years back as we are both involved in the Twin Cities running community. Hence, I was able to get her to stop running for a few minutes and actually chat with me! Back in the day my proudest accomplishment was achieving collegiate, All-American status in the1500m run. Of course Carrie is an OLYMPIAN, which builds a sliiiiiiightly more impressive running resume. However we both specialized in the 1500m which gives me a deep respect for what she's accomplished in her career.
So what did Carrie have to say? For the FIRST TIME she's tackling the Marathon. That's right, 26.2 miles of sheer bliss! Carrie will be debuting in her inaugural marathon at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon October 6th. But don't think for a second running is all Carrie has going on. She works full-time, is a proud mom of two, and runs an online publication called CTolleRun. (Make sure to check out her website at www.ctollerun.com) This woman has one speed, and it's FAST. Always busy, always moving. And that's something to admire! My interview with Carrie Tollefson will air on our C-Whats Now segment this Thursday at 9:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 7pm. Don't miss it!
I've always been a big fan of my job (obviously)...I feel pretty blessed to be able to interview some of my favorite actors, athletes and TV stars. However, I recently realized how true this was when my boss gave me a stack of pilots to watch as part of my duties. Watching TV seems like a great way to spend a weekday afternoon. Twist my arm.
The CW is known for their original programming, rebooting classics and nerve-wracking dramas. So I'm wasting no time diving into my first prime-time pick: The Tomorrow People. The new sci-fi thriller revolves around several young people who possess special powers,including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. This means naturally, evil forces are out to get them.
I was pleasantly surprised by this new show. When I first read through the pilot synopsis it was not at the top of my list. However, Robbie Amell (cousin of Stephen Amell from The CW's Arrow) is a perfect fit for his superhero-esque character, Stephen. And the plot is a perfect fit for The CW audience.
In the first episode, there's plenty of action and romance to keep your attention throughout the hour-long show. The adventures of the young adults struggling with their human evolution are across between X-Men and Smallville. I predict this will be one of the year's biggest hits for the 2013-2014 season, nabbing audiences similar to Arrow and Supernatural. Watch the trailer and you'll see what I mean. I'm hooked.
In developing countries, facial deformities among children are a major problem that leaves kids unable to socialize, eat, or smile. Unfortunately, most cannot afford a simple surgery that has been around for decades. Knowing this, the thought arises: Instead of simply acknowledging the problem, why not DO something about it? Well, that's exactly what Jimmy Ennen and two of his recent college-grad buddies decided to do! I was able to chat with Jimmy about Face to Face Organics about how the company got started, and who benefits from organic lip balm purchases. The interview will be airing on our C-What's Now Segment Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday this week!
In order to help children with facial deformities Jimmy and his buddies had to come up with a product and concept that would benefit people purchasing the product AND effectively help people in need at the same time. This is where the idea of Face to Face Organics came to be. What's the concept you ask? Face to Face offers organic lip balm with a built-in donation that brings their customers 'face to face' with the sustainable healthcare initiatives Face to Face supports. Talk about a cool initiative!
Currently, $1 of each tube of lip balm sold goes towards free, comprehensive health services for children in need with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities. Their tag line is 'Sharing Smiles' and there's no doubt they're accomplishing that. In fact, Face to Face only started 5 months ago and they already have funded SIX facial reconstructive surgeries! Talk about do-gooders! Way to go, guys!
Make sure to check out my C-Whats Now interview with Co-Founder and President Jimmy Ennen to find out how YOU can help the cause or buy this lip balm. The segment will air this Thursday at 9:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 7pm!
The CW is shaking things up for the upcoming 2013-204 season. Viewers can expect the return of some of their favorite dramas, and the addition of several new shows that are sure to be a hit.
The announcement of the new broadcast schedule highlights the networks goal to broaden the 18-34market and offer more original programming all year long. So here's a few to keep on your radar...
The CW will use two of its highest-rated shows (The Vampire Diaries and ARROW) to launch new dramas 'The Tomorrow People' and 'Reign,' on Wednesday and Thursday nights. The Tomorrow People is the story of a highly intelligent group of people who can both teleport and communicate telepathically, so naturally a team of evil people want to hunt them down and get rid of them forever. Reign will reveal the untold story of Mary, Queen of Scotland.
Vampire Diaries fans rejoice with the announcement of there turn of Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah - the original family of vampires - who will be featured in the spin-off series, 'The Originals,' on Tuesday nights.
Don't worry your favorite CW shows will also be back including Hart of Dixie Mondays at 7p; ARROW on the same night and time (Wed.7p); and The Carrie Diaries moving to Friday nights at 7p. Fan favorites Beauty and the Beast and Supernatural will also return to The CW.
Stay tuned for the next three weeks, Ill be reviewing each pilot for the new shows!
Its not often we have a direct connection to an Academy Award winner, not to mention TWO Academy Award winners, but this week we literally have a brother of a guy I work with who knows a guy. You follow?
Directors, writers and actors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon are well-known for their 2012 Oscar win for The Descendants, and it just so happens our very own CW Twin Cities sales executive has a brother who produced the movie alongside Rash and Faxon, small world huh?
Rash and Faxon stopped by to chat about their latest film The Way, Way Back, an inspiring story about a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers. The writing partners told us the movie is an 8-YEAR project in the making and is loosely based on occurrences from Rash's own childhood. Faxon says they want audiences to feel a sense of nostalgia when viewing the film,and I think they nailed it!
Watch C-Whats Now Thursdays at 9:30p for the latest Twin Cities events and then catch my interview with the Hollywood duo in July.
The Way, Way Back in theaters July 12.
We all love Memorial Day for a plethora of reasons: the warmer weather finally arriving, time spent with family and friends, and the always welcomed three-day weekend (one of my personal favorites). Now of course we can't forget the reason the holiday exists; to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. And, what better way to pay tribute to those who have served our country than by making a movie about it, right?!? Well, that's exactly what our very own home-grown trio Sam Fischer (Director), Jeff Traxler (Executive Producer &Story By) and Kyle O'Malley (Executive Producer & Story By) decided to do! And, their movie 'Memorial Day' will be airing at 7pm on The CW Twin Cities!
Carly and I had the pleasure of interviewing the three masterminds behind the movie a few weeks back and it was nothing short of astounding. This trio came up with the concept, storyline, and budget to make the film all on their own. And, the kicker? THE ENTIRE FILM WAS SHOT HERE IN MINNESOTA!!! That's right! From Holland, Germany, Belgium, and even Iraq, the creative minds behind the film managed to shoot realistic and authentic scenes right here in our own backyard. In fact, the house that is used throughout the film is located in Faribault, MN (just south of the Twin Cities).
Between the film being shot in Minnesota and the emotionally provoking stories of a boy's Iraq war experiences and his grandfather's WWII experiences, Memorial Day truly hits the mark. Recognizing that the film was shot in our backyard makes it that much more phenomenal. And, knowing the Director and Executive Producers hail from this great state, make the film epic for those who call themselves Minnesotans. You can check out our C-Whats Now interview with Sam, Jeff, and Kyle this Thursday at 9:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 7pm. And of course, make sure to watch 'Memorial Day' this Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th at 7pm on The CW Twin Cities!
As networks continue rolling out their 'Upfronts,' or programming schedules for fall 2013, The CW announces a HUGE deal with Clear Channel...
The Hollywood Reporter announced that The CW has secured the festival it opened the fall with, iHeartRadio's Holiday Jingle Ball and the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party. We will also broadcast album release parties and other concert specials under the agreement.
The CW Twin Cities skews to an audience that loves music; a young, vibrant audience that invests in concerts and festivities. So it seems only fitting that we ink a three-year deal with media and entertainment giant Clear Channel to broadcast their biggest music events. Stay tuned for more information including schedules, performers and your chance to get in on the action!
Welp, there was no avoiding this one. I have now turned the wonderful (yet dreaded) BIG 3-0. That's right, I'm 30. My youth is now behind me and I can no longer use age as an excuse when it comes to immaturity or general youthful slacking. Truthfully, Id like to think now that I'm 30 I can claim I'm old enough to know what I'm doing, yet young enough to still do it. Some might call it delusional but its my current truth and I'm sticking to it! A fellow CW'er told me yesterday that anyone under 40 is still a kid. He is my new favorite co-worker.
The question now is what did I do to celebrate? Aside from my family throwing me an AMAZING surprise birthday party (I love you all to death!) I decided to contribute to the greater good and head to Edmonton, AB to participate in the Women's Retreat and Gala. Yes, that means I spent my birthday weekend in Canada, eh. The first annual event was organized to support the WIN House which is an Edmonton women's shelter for domestically abused women. I was fortunate enough to be joined by a few of my past 'Bachelorette' and 'Bachelor Pad' buddies so the weekend wasn't ALL business.
From an in-depth drilling of questions from the crowd about The Bachelor to being auctioned off for a date with contest winners, the weekend was nothing short of amazing. Women showed up from all across the Province of Alberta to be pampered, shop, drink wine, and be entertained by me and my friends. The response from everyone involved with the event was so flattering and positive that I couldn't think of a better way to put my 20's to rest and roar into my 30's. In fact the number of people that came up to me in thanks for coming out to support the cause and event was nothing short of astounding.
Between hanging with my buddies, to being entertainment for the guests in attendance one thing is for sure; giving back is ALWAYS a good way to spend your time, and there's no faster way to feel fulfilled than contributing to the greater good. My 30's are off to GREAT start!
From MN to LA: My visit to Extra and omg! Insider
There are days when I really, REALLY love my job. Flying to Los Angeles to visit the sets of Extra and omg! Insider definitely tops the list of favorite 'job responsibilities.'This week I had a chance to head to California and find out what makes these two entertainment shows must-see TV...
There are several things I love about visiting Extra: 1. Mario Lopez has a true soft spot for Minnesota, including a favorite restaurant (Chino Latino) 2. They film at The Grove, which is every shoppers dreamland.
Watching co-hosts Maria Menounos and Mario Lopez in-action is always an exciting endeavor. The pair credit their ability to have fun on-set as part of the shows on-going success. And it only takes one night of tuning in to understand what they mean. I challenge you not to crack a smile while watching them deliver the latest Hollywood gossip.
Next stop, omg! Insider, where I had a chance to interview hosts Thea Andrews, Kevin Fraizer and Michael Yo about their work on the top-rated entertainment broadcast. Now only six months old, Kevin, Thea and Michael told me what sets omg! Insider apart from the dozens of other broadcasts focused on Hollywood news; their resounding response? Social media interaction. The newly converted show (formerly 'The Insider') focuses on audience interaction on Twitter and Facebook. The hosts are directly responsible for tweeting, re-tweeting and posting messages to fans, and responding to fan questions. In fact, I challenge you to tweet them right now using hashtag: #omginsider. More than likely, you'll receive a response from one of the TV hosts within a few hours. omg! Insider's commitment to this type of interaction is proving to be exciting, engaging and rewarding for their audience.
Although these shows maybe considered 'rivals,' you get the sense that the talent and crew have a mutual respect for each other. A somewhat surprising discovery in the typically cut-throat land of Hollywood.
Don't miss omg! Insider weeknights at 9:30pm followed by Extra at 10pm.
...And catch my interview with these talented hosts (airing between their shows!) Thursday, May30 at 9:30p.
It should be no surprise that I've always enjoyed the fun aspects of being a TV personality; coming up with segment ideas, covering current events, getting involved with the community, and of course being in front of the camera. However, before this smiley face hits the TV screen there's a whole host of things that happen before you see the finished product. That my friends would be the wonderful world of editing!
I knowingly came aboard The CW Twin Cities with little editing experience. Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration. I had NO editing experience. I didn't know the difference between the editing programs 'Avid' and 'Premier.' (For those familiar with editing that would be a laughable statement) With that in mind, my task this week has been to get to work contributing to the greater good of The CW Twin Cities by learning to edit. Like a child learning to ride a bike, I've had my hand held every step of the way. I walk up to whichever producer 'victim' I can find with sad puppy eyes sheepishly saying "help me, I'm editing illiterate!" Usually someone begrudgingly takes a break from their work to show me kindergarten level skills on the Avid. Yep, welcome to my week. Slowwwwly sucking the life out of my fellow co-workers. Okay, so I like to embellish a bit. Truth be told the crew here has been nothing but helpful in learning this whole editing process. You have to learn to walk before you can run, right?
I've been honing my skills all week, and before you know it that clever little C-Whats Now segment you're enjoying very well could have been a product of my newly-refined editing skills. Watch out, Minnesota! I'm adding another weapon to my arsenal.-Kirk
There's nothing better than a guilt trip, right? Okay, well maybe that's not entirely true. But for me, I had no problem wallowing in guilt this week the guilty pleasure of interview both Anne Fletcher (director) and Dan Fogelman (writer) of the film 'Guilt Trip' starring Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogan. That's right, my first big-time interview with people that have Hollywood credentials!
Interviewing both Anne and Dan was a pleasant reminder that even when you've gone Hollywood you can still remain grounded. They both gave a superb interview and were quite fun to chat with. Not only were they super cool, but they've made one heck of a movie! I found the film relatable and laughable as it closely depicts the lovingly nuances of a mother/son relationship. We all love our moms to death, but sometimes their love becomes hilariously suffocating. Regardless, Seth Rogan and Barbara Streisand nail the mother/son role as they head across country on one whirlwind of a road trip.
Make sure to tune into C-Whats Now to check out my exclusive interview with Anne Fletcher and Dan Fogelman Thursday, May 9th at 9:30pm (before omg! Insider), Saturday, May 11th at 7pm before 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 7pm Sunday, May 12th before 'Little Women.'
Voltage gives a whole new meaning to the term 'rockin' the runway.' And after a yearlong hiatus, you can bet MNfashion is bringing Voltage back bigger and better than previous years.
Part rock concert, part fashion show: the runway will feature 8 apparel designers and 8 accessory designers alongside four local bands for a night of fashion and music. Voltage has played a special role in MNfashion's history and growth as an organization and were looking forward to reinstating it as an annual production, says Amy Overman, executive director of MNfashion.
The Voltage designer lineup is a showcase of top Spring 2013 collections in the Twin Cities including CounterCouture, Idle Child, Lindsey Hopkins, Blasphemina's Closet and local favorite Danielle Everine.
Music lineup includes: Bomba de Luz, Sean Anonymous and Dreamcrusher, Aby Wolf: Wolf Lords, The ChaliceAll bands will be dressed by four local boutiques. Music before the show will be DJ'ed by The Current.
More details will be available at MNfashion.org.
Holy man, Minnesota! In the past 4 days we have been dumped on with over 8 inches of snow! Its almost May, crazy. The Snow has prevented us from shooting warm weather outdoor shoots this week. Luckily, one day lightened up just enough for us to get down to Minnehaha Falls to shoot a few 'This is Home' segments. Its very nice to stay rooted here in Minnesota by being reminded what a beautiful state we live in. Even though the snow is being pesky right now, I still appreciate the beauty this state holds. So, I'll try not to complain too hard about having to shovel my driveway for the millionth time this winter! Besides, in a week it will go from 30 degrees to 70 and it will be all smiles on my end.
This past week has been a bit heart wrenching with the Boston Marathon Bombing that occurred last Monday. Its filled my mind quite a bit and is hard to understand how people could maliciously set out to harm others. I ran track and cross-country in college, and am very much in the runners loop here in the Twin Cities. I personally knew dozens of people and friends that were out in Boston to run the marathon or spectate. From past college teammates, to personal training clients of mine,people of all types went out to enjoy the celebration that is the Boston Marathon. Luckily none of my friends were injured and they have all returned in good health. But, it made me appreciate the people in my life and the family and friends I have and for that I am grateful.
On a lighter note I did my first C-Whats Now segment on a company called Face to Face Organics. The company was founded the first of the year and they make organic lip balm in which $1 of all the proceeds go to help children with facial deformities receive a smile healing surgery. So far Face to Face Organics has funded 4 facial reconstructive surgeries! And they have only been in business for 4 months! So amazing the difference a few people with a great idea can make. Way to go by giving back to the less fortunate, guys! You truly are an inspiration. I may add to this that I am still learning to be the interviewer and not the interview-e and I may or may not have burned a good 30 minutes of tape by messing up in some way or another during the Face to Face Organics interview. Haha. I'm sure I will look back and chuckle on how green I was back in the day! Without a doubt I'm still loving being a part of The CW Twin Cities crew!
Welcome to the world of television! I am quickly realizing things don't always go as planned and daily schedules can change in a heartbeat. Its actually what I love about being the Co-Host here at The CW Twin Cities. Things change so regularly it keeps me on my toes and always guessing whats in store next.
This week we were supposed to shoot This is Home spots outside amongst the scenery here in the wonderful Twin Cities. Of course, Mother Nature had other plans and dumped 8 inches of snow on us. In April. Ick. So, back to the drawing board this week it was. We decided to shoot my Intro to Kirk C-Whats Now instead seeing we could easily shoot that indoors while avoiding the slushy mess. It involved Carly sitting on my back while doing push-ups. Only here at The CW Twin Cities will you find your Co-Host trying to act coherent while getting their workout on. But, dun dun dun...after doing a million push-ups with Carly on my back and recording a rapid fire question and answer session we went to edit the footage and BAM, there was no audio attached to part of the segment. Know what that means? Time to do it again. Ohhh the wonderful world of technical equipment! Truth be told shooting is fun and I don't mind going back and re-filming. So, no sweat off my back there.
This week also involved shooting 5 second spots to preview our syndicated programming that we run each day including our Court Block Talk Show Block and Family Feud time slots. My face hurt from smiling so much, in a good way. And, due to a few scheduling issues the AWF Wrestling shoot I was supposed to do this weekend has been rescheduled fora later date. See! Things always changing! Again, I like being kept on my toes so I take it in stride. Next week Ill be shooting a C-Whats Now segment for Face to Face Organics which is a local, organic, lip balm company that donates $1.00 of every purchase to facial reconstruction surgeries. Also, Carly and I will work on re-shooting my Intro to Kirk segment and potentially do some filming in the gym for something fun I have up my sleeve. Very much looking forward to next week shoots and fingers crossed this weather warms up so we can get outside!
I'm amidst my third week here at The CW Twin Cities and can whole heartedly say Ive made a great decision to join The CW team! Ive been embraced openly as a member of The CW crew, and feel like Ive been a part of the team for years. Aside from my Co-Host Carly Aplin trying to push me off chairs, messing with my lines, and throwing me an elbow once in a while things have gone quite smoothly. Okay, I'm only kidding about Carly. Shes been great to work with, is extremely helpful, and our on-camera chemistry makes coming to work, well, not seem like work!
I will say it was quite amusing (and humbling) to be in front of the camera my first week here in The CW Twin Cities studio. I quickly learned all my little quirks that weren't so camera friendly such as hand gestures we have come to coin the chicken wing, and serving platters. Oh, and apparently saying the word "zoos" can be harder than you think. Hey, don't judge! You try saying "zoos" with perfect delivery! I only kid. I'm sure the crew here has plennnnnty of blackmail footage to use one day when necessary. However, with helpful coaching from our great team of producers I'm quickly finding my stride and feeling good in front of the camera.
This week we shot my Intro ID's welcoming me to the CW Twin Cities Crew. That's right, Minnesota! Ill finally be on your TV come the week of April 21st. Pretty cool, huh!? I'm ecstatic to see the last few weeks of work actually come to life on channel 23! As for next week, we are rolling into This is Home shoots and Ill be checking out AWF wrestling for an upcoming C-Whats Now segment. One things for sure, I'm excited to be a part of The CW Twin Cities Crew and am looking forward to whats to come!
We've all seen the Facebook and Twitter posts bemoaning the seemingly never-ending winter...
Complain no more! Come Friday, the combination of the potential (cross your fingers) 70 degree weather and sixth annual ARENA Bikini fashion show will have you saying, what winter?
ARENA Bikini: Neon Glam runway show features the latest in swimwear from a dozen local designers and boutiques. The combination of bikini-clad models and dance has earned it the title of the Twin Cities sexiest fundraiser. The night also includes music, silent auction and cocktails.
The best part? My new co-host, Kirk DeWindt, and I will have EXCLUSIVE access to the events red carpet. We'll have our mics and cameras so stop by, and tell us what you love about ARENA Bikini and of course, The CW!
Hope to see you there!
Friday, April 26th, 2013 // 8:00 PM 12:30 AM
Calhoun Beach Club
2925 Dean Parkway, Minneapolis
For more information, visit arena-dances.org.