Criminal Minds – Derek – Stars Danny Glover

The latest episode of Criminal Minds is a study in mind control and how in the face of adversity, you can use disassociation to “save” yourself.

Derek

“Derek” — When Morgan is abducted, the BAU scrambles to find him and save his life. Legendary actor Danny Glover guest stars as Morgan’s father, Hank. Credit: Trae Patton/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

At the end of the previous episode, Derek Morgan is kidnapped just as he reaches home. He’s on the phone with his girlfriend, Savannah, and she’s about to tell him some good news when he is attacked.

Derek, the episode which aired Wednesday, March 2, picks up with Derek being unloaded from crates, and strapped to beams via cables. A team of six men in an isolated location stands by taking orders from a man leading the show.

When the leader orders them to “wake him,” they realize Derek is awake but is disassociating himself from the pain that is about to be inflicted on him. After two similar dreams, one involving children, the other involving the team, but ending with Danny Glover sitting in his dining room, Derek’s torture begins with some body shots and his conversation with Danny Glover begins in earnest.

He needs a hint to find out who he is, discovers it’s his Dad, and with the encouragement of his Dad, begins a cognitive interview on himself to discover who and why he’s in this predicament and how he’s going to get out of it.

His next torture is nasty – some kind of flammable gel is applied down the center of his chest and lit, and when that doesn’t phase him to the delight of the leader he orders Derek to be stripped. They cut him loose and as he falls to the ground and his shirt is cut off, Derek makes his break, grabbing one of the guys as a shield and begins shooting at the rest, killing and/or wounding all of them.

Meanwhile Garcia and JJ take Savannah home to pack a bag and do some cyber scouting and Garcia discovers an Intranet in their wireless router. It opens up a page about the CIA which causes JJ to get on the phone immediately to a contact of hers.

While searching for a cell phone on one of the six, now assumed dead, Derek finds one, but it displays “No Signal.” He finds an interesting tattoo and discovers the leader is still alive and encourages him to talk, but all he does is mutter name and serial number gibberish. He realizes he isolated and has no way of contacting anyone to help him.

He and his Dad are now standing next to a body of water, and Derek asks him “why are here?” His father says, “you created this space in your head when you were 15.” “I don’t want to talk about what happened when I was 15,” Derek tells him. Dad tells him he’s very proud of him, which floors Derek. “Proud!” “Yes, Derek,” his Dad says, “Proud you turned your pain into your greatest asset.”

Soon Penelope shows up in his dissassociated state, teetering around in heels among the grass and dirt with a furry halo wired to her, appealing to Derek for help so she can do something to find him. Nothing comes to him immediately, but he remembers the tattoo and in the real world, JJ has returned to headquarters with a picture of a six man team that hires itself out to the highest bidder. Hotch tells Garcia to focus in on the tattoo and they have a clue.

Is this a Walking Dead episode?!?…. no but Derek has heard one of the survivors talking on a satellite phone and when he tries to get it away from him the guy swallows the sim card and Derek’s only option is to gut the guy with a knife and get the card …. which he does. When he gets the phone working it says “enter password” and he proceeds to throw a temper tantrum and just like our friend Garcia his Dad says “let me know when you’re done throwing your temper tantrum” and continues smoking his cigar.

Derek calms himself and says, “okay Dad. Hey is that a Dominican? At work we had this Day of the Dead thing and I left it for you,” and Danny Glover takes a puff and says, “well, I got it.”

Still he’s really stressed as he plays with the phone, his only chance and his fear takes over and briefly they show the aftermath of his death … his photo up on the FBI wall, his team solemnly standing in front of it. As he continues to play with the phone he finds the redial screen and with his Dad talking him through it, he redials the first number ….

Which gets Garcia incredibly excited hoping someone answers it, and someone does, sending everything into motion …. Morgan talking to the man who had him kidnapped, the team heading out to rescue him on helicopters, Garcia going to tell Savannah they know where he is and they’re going to get him.

So the guy shows up and tries to finish the job. Kicks Derek down, takes the knife away and stabs him in the hand. Derek is calling to his Dad, wondering where he is, and Derek plays a little possum so Reed can sneak in the front door and shoot the guy.

But it doesn’t end there. Derek is rescued. So go check OnDemand and watch it for yourself. You’ll really enjoy Danny Glover’s performance as Derek Morgan’s dad.

Thomas Gibson (Hotch) directs this episode.

 

 

Canceled – But Rated High? Shows Returning in June.

From The Wrap

From The Wrap

How is that possible? Well it happens all the time, especially in that golden 18-49 demographic. Here is a chart of the 20 highest rated but canceled broadcast shows of 2013-2014 in that magic 18-49 demographic.

Robin Williams return to the small screen brought some bittersweet ratings. His show Crazy Ones was number 1 on the list with a 2.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, but it was still canceled.

It tied with FOX’s Almost Human which took up space on my DVR and I never watched a single episode. I usually watch anything with Karl Urban in it. Oh well.

But that 18-49 demo isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. For example, FOX’s Bones‘ runs around a 2.4 but it’s an enduring show that has proven its value to the network.

The Mentalist on CBS is another show earning a 2.0 but it also survived the cut. So it’s easy to say that numbers aren’t the only thing taken into consideration when shows are on the chopping block.

Here’s a list of what’s returning this month (June):

Longmire (Season 3) — A&E (June 2)

Mistresses (Season 2) — ABC (June 2)

Major Crimes (Season 3) — TNT (June 9)

Royal Pains (Season 6) — USA Network (June 10)

Graceland (Season 2) — USA Network (June 11)

Suits (Season 4) — USA Network  (June 11)

Dog and Beth: On the Hunt (Season 2)  — CMT (June 14)

Perception (Season 3) — TNT (June 17)

Rizzoli & Isles (Season 5) — TNT (June 17)

Rookie Blue (Season 5) — ABC (June 19)

Defiance (Season 2) — Syfy (June 19)

Wipeout (Season 7) — ABC (June 22)

True Blood (Season 7; final season) — HBO (June 22)

Falling Skies (Season 4) — TNT (June 22)

Teen Wolf (Season 4) — MTV (June 23)

Covert Affairs (Season 5) — USA Network (June 24)

Big Brother (Season 16) — CBS (June 25)

Unforgettable (Season 3) — CBS (June 29)

Last Tango in Halifax (Season 2) — PBS (June 29)

Under the Dome (Season 2) — CBS  (June 30)

Some canceled shows I know of include Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Mind Games (ABC) and Greg Kinnear’s Rake (FOX) which seemed to end before it even began.

The 2013 Peabody Awards

PeabodyThe annual Peabody Awards are administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication of the University of Georgia. The Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious service by radio and television stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals.

Selections are made by the Peabody Awards Board, a committee of experts in media, culture, journalism and the arts and are followed by a special screening committee made up of faculty, staff and students.

The 73rd Annual Awards celebrate programs produced for broadcast, cablecast or webcast in 2013. They are under no restrictions as to the number of awards it can present. There are 46 Peabody Award winners this year.

Some of the 2013 Peabody Award winners are:

Turner Classic Movies The Story of Film: A 15-week Historical Journey Through World Cinema

Ira Glass, Master of Ceremonies (host and producer) This American Life which premiered in 1995 and is broadcast on more than 555 public radio stations and is one of the most popular podcasts in America. Over 3 million people listen to the show every week.

Scandal (ABC) ABC Studios

One-on-One with Assad (CBS) CBS This Morning, CBS News

Hanford’s Dirty Secrets (KING-TV, Seattle) King 5 Television

In Plain Sight: Poverty in America (NBC & InPlainSight.NBCNes.com) NBC News

The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

Tom Brokaw: Personal Award

House of Cards (Netflix)

The Central Park Five (PBS) Florentine Films, WETA

The Bridge (FX) Shine America and FX Productions

Key & Peele (Comedy Central) Central Productions

Breaking Bad (AMC) Sony Pictures Television

Six by Sondheim (HBO) HBO Documentary Films and Sabella Entertainment

Broadchurch (BBC America) A Kudos and Imaginary Friends Co-Production

Life According to Sam

Life According to Sam

Life According to Sam (HBO) HBO Documentary Films and Fine Films LLC

Orange is the New Black (Netflix) Lionsgate Television, Netflix

Coverage of Boston Marathon Bombings (WBZ-TV, Boston, and WBZ Newsradio 1030) WBZ-TV, WBZ Newsradio 1030

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN) CNN, Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.

Anthony Bourdain at J Mueller BBQ

Anthony Bourdain at J Mueller BBQ

Outside the Lines: NFL at a Crossroads: Investigating a Health Crisis (ESPN) ESPN

FRONTLINE: League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis (PBS) FRONTLINE, Kirk Documentary Group

Orphan Black (BBC America) Temple Street Productions in associations with BBC America and SPACE

The Returned (Les Revenants) (SundanceTV) Haut et Court TV, Canal +, Jimmy, Cine + Backup Films)

And for the first viral video ever honored: A Needed Response (YouTube/Samantha Stendal) Samantha Stendal, Aaron Blanton. A Needed Response grew out of two University of Oregon students’ outrage when watching the news coverage of the Steubenville, Ohio rape sentencing that denied the perpetrators’ loss of their promising athletic careers while ignoring the 16-year-old girl they had drugged and sexually assaulted. Samantha Stendal and Aaron Blanton conceived, staged and shot a 26-second video that emphatically rejects the idea rape is ever excusable. Short, sweet and to the point, it was an ingenious PSA targeted to college age viewers and definitely got their attention. They uploaded the video to Upworthy’s Facebook page and within 48-hours the video surpassed 1 million views. It doubled, tripled and continued to grow as more and more peopled shared it, debated it and discussed its take on masculinity and morality. A Needed Response received a Peabody Award for creating an unforgettable, undeniable statement about rape culture and sharing it with the world via social media.

 

Those Who Seek Fame in a Reality Show … Often Have Tragedy Befall Them

Ryan Jenkins

Ryan Jenkins and Jasmine Fiore

Ryan Jenkins and Jasmine Fiore

Ryan Jenkins’ suicide begins with the murder of Jasmine Fiore on August 15, 2009. Fiore had met Canadian-born real estate investor Ryan Jenkins at a Las Vegas Casino shortly after he had completed filming VH1’s reality show Megan Wants a Millionaire.

Two days later, on March 18, 2009, Fiore and Jenkins were married at The Little White Wedding Chapel on the Vegas Strip. Unfortunately with this couple what happens in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas.

In June, 2009, Jenkins was charged in Clark County, Nevada with battery constituting domestic violence for hitting Fiore in the arm. Travis Heinrich, who was one of two suitors of Fiore’s states that Jenkins and Fiore had been arguing over her friendship with Heinrich (who was present) which resulted in Jenkins hitting Fiore’s arm, knocking her into a swimming pool.

Jenkins was scheduled to go to trial in December, but the pair reconciled shortly before Fiore’s death on August 15 and they traveled to San Diego for a poker game.

Fiore’s mother stated that the two fought regularly and that Jenkins knew about Fiore’s ex-boyfriends, but was extremely jealous of them. She also told The Associated Press that her daughter had the marriage annulled in May of 2009. However, no court records of an annulment in Nevada, or LA County, Calif. could be found. An annulment wouldn’t have mattered. These two were destined for bad things.

Jenkins and Fiore checked into the L’Auberge Hotel in Del Mar in the evening of August 13, 2009 for a charity poker tournament. Surveillance video has them leaving the Hilton at about 2:30am on August 14. The couple was seen later at a nightclub in downtown San Diego.

At 4:30am, Jenkins returned to the L’Auberge Hotel alone. Fiore was never seen alive again. Jenkins left the hotel at around 9am on Friday, August 14.

Fiore’s body is discovered, but not identified on Saturday, August 15 at about 7am. Her nude body is badly beaten and crushed into a suitcase inside a dumpster in an alley in Buena Park, Calif. Her teeth and fingers have been removed. She’s been strangled.

On August 18, her remains are identified using the serial numbers from her breast implants. The Orange County Coroner reports that Fiore died a couple of hours prior to when her body was found. They find her white Mercedes abandoned in a parking lot in West Hollywood about a mile from the penthouse she shared with Jenkins in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles.

Everything catches up with Jenkins by 6pm on August 20 when he arrives at the Thunderbird Motel in Hope, British Columbia, Canada with a young blonde woman in a silver PT Cruiser.

Apparently they pay cash for three nights accommodation. The woman stays only 20 minutes and then leaves the hotel and is never seen again. The manager sees Jenkins walking outside the motel the next day, August 21. He looks exhausted and is not even recognizable from his picture seen on television.

At 11:30am on the third day the couple fails to check out, the hotel manager and his nephew decide to check on the room and they find Jenkins hanging from the wall clothing rack by a belt. There’s no suicide note in the hotel but a suicide note is saved on Jenkins’ computer titled “Last Will and Testament” and dated August 20, 2009.

On August 27, investigators found a storage unit full of his belongings, including a suitcase full of clothes in Washington state.

When VH1 discovers Jenkins was connected with the murder of Fiore they cancel Megan Wants Millionaire, drop reruns of past shows from its schedule, remove archived episodes from the iTunes Store and cable video on demand services. When they realize Jenkins had appeared in the third season of I Love Money they also cancel the run of that show.

Several lawsuits are filed between 51 Minds, Collective Intelligence and a Canadian firm, Straightline International, when they discover Jenkins had a record in Canada. As o f 2013, lawsuits are still pending.

Bruce Beresford-Redman

Bruce Beresford-Redman

Bruce Beresford-Redman

Bruce Beresford-Redman was a reality show producer and produced Pimp My Ride for MTV and moved up to the Survivor television franchise.

Unfortunately, his illustrious career went on the rocks when he decided to kill his wife in early 2010 while they were staying at a Cancun resort following repeated attempts to reconcile.

He married Mónica Burgos on April 8, 1999 in Brazil. They had two children. On April 8, 2010, Mónica was found dead at the Moon Palace resort in Cancun, Mexico while they were on vacation.

Bruce was detained and questioned by Mexican police later that day as a “person of interest.” He was released in the early morning hours the following day on the condition that he remain in Mexico. Someone at the hotel told police that they had seen the couple arguing on April 4 and Bruce was seen with scratches on his body.

Mexico authorities held on to his passport but that didn’t stop Bruce from illegally leaving Mexico.

On April 9, 2010, The Los Angeles Times reported that Mónica Beresford-Redman had been strangled and her body dumped in a sewer close to where the couple had been vacationing.

On May 31, 2010, Mexico issued an arrest warrant for Bruce Beresford-Redman and because unlike Mexico, the United States honors warrants from other countries, the U.S. Marshalls apprehended Bruce Beresford-Redman on November 2010 in Los Angeles, and held him in custody for Mexico.

On November 29, 2010, a Los Angeles federal judge denied Beresford-Redman bail and on July 12, 2011 U.S. Magistrate Chooljian determined that he should be returned to Mexico because there was enough circumstantial evidence he could have murdered his wife Mónica.

On February 8, 2012 Beresford-Redman waived further appeals and was extradited to Mexico and on February 15 he was ordered to remain in custody pending adjudication.

His children have been taken care of by his parents since his arrest and he talks to them on the phone whenever he can.

Joe Finley

Joe & Linda Finley

Joe & Linda Finley

On the day he auditioned for America’s Got Talent in 2010, Joe Finley’s wife Laura was found brutally murdered at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where the show was being filmed.

On October 23, while Joe Finley was standing in line waiting for his audition to begin for America’s Got Talent, the police were discovering his wife’s lifeless body on the third floor of a staircase in the hotel.

When he was told of her death, he went ahead and auditioned, barely making it through the song he picked for the audition.

He admitted to police later that he and Laura took ecstasy the night she died and police found some in his possession. He was arrested on drug charge and released on bail.

In July, 2012, Finley brought a wrongful death suit against the Millennium Biltmore Hotel claiming vagrants entered through an  unlocked door and attacked his wife while she was getting ice from the hotel ice machine.

In legal documents he claimed the head of security took a gruesome death picture of his wife and disseminated that photo to the general public and that he even flashed the topless death picture of his wife at the hotel bar.

The suit was seeking unspecified damages for emotional distress and invasion of privacy.

When her autopsy report was released it disclosed that she had ecstasy and alcohol in her blood. She had a 1-inch laceration on the top of her head and a “diagonal gaping laceration measuring three-and-a-half inches” on her scalp.

Her skull separated from the spinal column during a severe head injury. When found she was in stage four rigor mortis. Her top was in the lost and found and her pants were on her, inside out.

Despite all this, the police have never released the cause of death as an accident, homicide or suicide.

Some of the comments posted on the NBC Los Angeles.com site about Joe Finley suing the Millennium Biltmore Hotel are incredibly voyeuristic and are proof that Reality is Tragedy.

One, from a Nurse Case Manager left on February 27, 2013 claims she was at the hotel at the time of the murder and “there is no doubt in my mind I saw the murderer at the elevator shortly before he killed her.” She goes on to say that the police are not listening to her and that they screwed up the investigation by looking at Joe Finley and not looking for the man who actually killed her.

The one posted beneath hers dated March 20, 2013 from Mitchell Timothy Finn states he is Joe Finley’s brother, or rather he was his brother until he figured out what he did to Laura and that he (Joe) is a sociopath.

The one posted beneath his is from Jill Sutterlin. It states she is Laura’s sister and she states her family is working very closely with the LAPD and that Joe not only lied but refuses to help the LAPD but has found time to only “try and collect money from the Biltmore, get married and have a baby.” She goes on to say that the video and pictures the LAPD have disproves everything the Nurse Case Manager is saying and Joe Finley’s story as well.

Gabriel Ben-Meir

Gabriel Ben-Meir was a 30-year old music producer who coordinated music for MTV shows including Punk’d.

In May, 2011, he was brutally shot in the back of the head and his wallet was taken by two robbers. He was just a block away from his home in Los Angeles and steps away from his parked car.

A year later, a man and woman were charged and ordered to stand trial on murder charged in Ben-Meir’s death and the unrelated murder of Marcelo Aragon who was killed in April of 2011.

Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn was an actor, stunt man, and a a member of the Jackass and Viva La Bam crew.

He came to prominence as a member of the CKY Crew along with his long-time friend Bam Margera for their over-the-top pranks and stunts which they recorded on camera. This in turn led to the rise of MTV’s Jackass and the three feature films which have all been commercial successes.

Aside from Jackass, Dunn hosted Homewrecker and Proving Ground and appeared in Street Dreams, Blonde Ambition, Haggard: the Movie and Minghags: The Movie.

On June 20, 2011, along with his friend Zachary Hartwell, a production assistant on Jackass Number Two, Dunn died in an alcohol-related car accident in Chester County, Penn.

Police stated it was the worst crash they had ever seen, stating Dunn was traveling over 130mph in his Porsche before the crash. The autopsy results revealed that the crash was so violent it was impossible to determine if Dunn and his friend died from the impacty or from the fire that resulted from it.

Phil Harris

Phillip Charles (Phil) Harris 12/19/56-2/9/10) was captain and part owner of the Cornelia Marie, a crabbing vessel which was featured on Discovery Channel‘s reality TV series Deadliest Catch.

Harris had been fishing with his father since he was 8 and after high school he began crab fishing. By the time he was 21 he was one of the youngest captains of a crab fishing boat on the Bering Sea. At the time of his death, he had been the captain of the Cornelia Marie for more than 20 years.

On January 29, 2010 he suffered a massive stroke while offloading crab in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. Despite improvement in his health, Capt. Harris died on February 2, 201 at the age of 53. He had a pulmonary embolism while in the hospital.

Discovery Channel aired the Captain’s death on July 20, 2010 which they followed with a special tribute episode.

Shain Gandee
Shain Gandee

Shain Gandee

One of MTV’s Buckwild reality show stars, Shain Gandee was only 21 when he died. He was one of 9 cast members of the show that follows a group of young adults trying to have fun in Sissonville, West Virginia.

The group pulls stunts such as turning a dump truck into a swimming pool or just riding around the wood on their ATVs.

Gandee was billed as a former high school prom king who had held every job from coal miner to garbage man.

Prior to finding him and two others dead, family members had reported him missing in Kanawha County, West Virginia along with a 1984 Ford Bronco belonging to the family.

When found, the Sheriff’s Office said the vehicle was partially submerged in mud. It was uneven but upright; its muffler below the surface. Mud covered the lower part of the Bronco’s passenger side door, but the driver’s side, where the younger Gandee sat, was free.

Gandee’s uncle, David Dwight Gandee, 48 and Donald Robert Myers, 27 were the two people found dead with Shain Gandee.

Autopsy results confirmed they died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Anna Nicole Smith

Smith, who exposed her bizarre life on The Anna Nicole Show, was found dead of “combined drug intoxication” at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida in February 2007.

If you really know nothing about her and how reality TV affected her life, google her name and start reading.

MTV Score: 5

“Reality” Turns into Suicide for these Contestants

It’s called a “reality” show for a reason. Wikipedia defines “reality” as the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined.

Dr. Bethany Marshall who appeared on the Good Morning America show when they were discussing the death of Paula Goodspeed said, “Here’s the problem with these kinds of shows. If you have a personality disordered, fragile, vulnerable contestant who is very sensitive to criticism, and you put the image of them being criticized on YouTube… plastered in front of millions of people – they’re not Teflon-coated. They cannot handle it.”

Paula Goodspeed aka Sandra May McIntyre

Paula Goodspeed Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Paula Goodspeed Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Paula Goodspeed, who auditioned for American Idol but didn’t make it, killed herself in front of Paula Abdul’s house on November 11, 2008.

Some say it was a suicide. Some say it was an accident.

Born Sandra May McIntyre on July 4, 1978, of all the “Reality” contestant deaths, this, by far is the saddest. Sandra idolized singer/dancer Paula Abdul. So much so she changed her name to “Paula” when she was 16. When she was in her 20s, she took her grandparents’ last name, Goodspeed.

She did some modeling, took singing lessons and did everything she could to get to an American Idol tryout. And finally, there she was, in front of Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and her own “Idol” Paula Abdul.

But her tryout did not go well. Simon Cowell ridiculed her for the braces on her teeth and even questioned, “I don’t think any artist on earth could sing with that much metal in your mouth… that’s like a bridge.”

That statement just proves that the man is an idiot. I’m sure he’s encountered singers with braces before. But this is his persona.

Millions of viewers saw Cowell mock Goodspeed’s braces. After the footage aired, she wrote on her MySpace blog that she was finding it hard to cope with the “haters” who mocked her.

Sandra McIntyre aka Paula Goodspeed is just one of the reality show suicides.

Danny Bonaduce

I’m not saying it started with Danny Bonaduce slashing his wrists during his train wreck VH1 show in September of 2005, but it could have. Then again it could have just been him living for the drama.

In an attempt to stop his wife from leaving him, he did allow the cameras to roll during his efforts to beat alcohol and drug abuse. He just had no idea he’d go so far as to attempt suicide on the show, or so he says.

On this particular episode, the TV star breaks down in tears, confesses he’s completely lost all control of his life and then slashes both of his wrists with a disposable razor.

His wife replied, “that’s it, I can’t take it anymore. I want a divorce.”

To which Bonaduce replied, “I can’t live without you” and cut his wrists.

The police were called, he was taken into custody and detained in a psychiatric ward for 24 hours.

Najai “Nitro” Turpin

Najai "Nitro" Turpin

Najai “Nitro” Turpin

Najai “Nitro” Turpin, 23, is actually listed as the first American reality show contestant to take his own life. He was a contestant on NBC’s boxing competition show The Contender.

Turpin committed suicide on February 14, 2005 while sitting in a car. He was with his girlfriend and his 2-year old daughter. His motive was unclear. He had low self-esteem, he was defeated on the show and he was in an ongoing custody battle for his daughter. The Contender was produced by Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Sylvester Stallone.

Several experts whose job it was to analyze all of the contestants prior to going on the show say Turpin should not have been included as a contestant. So was he thrown in the lineup in the hopes of making it a better show?

Rachel Brown

The second season of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen aired on June 12, 2006 and concluded on August 14, 2006. Rachel Brown, 39, from Dallas, Texas was a personal chef and contestant of Hell’s Kitchen. Brown was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in her family home in May of 2007.

While on Hell’s Kitchen, Brown had a romance with a fellow female contestant, which the show’s producers made a prominent part of the program.

Joseph Cerniglia

Two years after he appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Joseph Cerniglia jumped to his death off the Washington Bridge (Sept. 2010). He apparently told one of his friends that he was in financial trouble and that the debt of his restaurant was overwhelming.

Kitchen Nightmares is a reality show in which Ramsay attempts to help struggling restaurant owners turn their businesses around.

The former president of the American Academy of Suicidology stated it’s unlikely these shows drive either Brown or Cerniglia to suicide. Speaking to CBS News, he said, “My guess is that both of these people had major problems before appearing on the show,” said Dr. Robert Yufit. “I would almost bet that the show itself should not be held responsible. I would say that the show might have tripped off something else that was going on in their lives.”

The American Association of Suicidology is a membership organization that is committed to reducing the number of suicides and suicide attempts.

Julien Hug

Julien Hug, the onetime Bachelorette contestant and the only son of Bertrand and Denise Hug felt suicide was the only way out. On November 5, 2010, they decided to address the media only after being devastated by comments they saw from sources outside the family. The Hugs stated their son was outgoing, but was an extremely private person who internalized everything.

Authorities said several notes were found on the passenger side of Hug’s jeep, but the details of the notes were not initially released.

His live-in girlfriend of two years described Julien as misunderstood. “People wanted him to be this ‘Bachelorette’ star.” Hug was the second bachelor eliminated in Season 5 of the ABC romance reality show, which aired in 2009 and featured Jillian Harris as “The Bachelorette.”

Russell Armstrong

Taylor & Russell Armstrong. Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for One Voice

Taylor & Russell Armstrong. Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for One Voice

Russell Armstrong, estranged husband to Taylor Armstrong, was not only living under a cloud of financial problems, he was also in the spotlight of the reality show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

“It got really overwhelming,” Russell told People Magazine just weeks before his death. He said to a photographer from the show, “It’s funny how a reality show can ruin your entire life.”

Russell was found dead on August 16, 2011. A roommate found Russell and called 911. He was found hanging in his bedroom on Mulholland Drive by the Los Angeles City Fire Department at 8:16pm. A suicide note was not found.

Taylor filed for divorce, claiming that Russell physically abused her. The divorce petition filed in a downtown Los Angeles Superior Court made no mention of abuse or domestic violence.

Russell was 47. (BTW, almost every picture I could find of Taylor Armstrong has her smiling that way.)

Sgt. Wesley Durden

Sgt. Wesley Durden

Sgt. Wesley Durden

Sgt. Wesley Durden, 28, a contestant on TLC’s Next Great Baker died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on December 21, 2011 after the show had wrapped in October. The show announced his death after his elimination show aired. Durden was an Iraq War veteran, was a cook with the 82nd Airborne Division and had been deployed to Iraq twice. He had a wife and two young children.

Joey Kovar

Joey Kovar starred in MTV’s The Real World: Hollywood in August 2012. He was 29 and had struggled with drug and alcohol abuse on and off camera. He had also appeared on Season 3 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Kovar’s death was ruled as “opiate intoxication” and ruled an accident but his friends claim he had been sending suicidal text messages leading up to his death.

Gia Allemand

Bachelor star Gia Allemand died on August 14, 2013 at the age of 29. She was a contestant on Season 14 of The Bachelor. Her NBA player boyfriend Ryan Anderson found her hanging and unconscious in her New Orleans home. She was put on life support but later was removed and died the following day after suffering “critical loss of brain and organ function.”

Mindy McCready

After a very public struggle with drugs and alcohol on the television show Celebrity Rehab, Mindy McCready was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in February 19, 2013. She was the fifth Celebrity Rehab cast member to die in two years.

Just a month earlier, her boyfriend had committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It appears that she shot and killed a dog that belonged to her late boyfriend, record producer David Wilson, before shooting herself.

Mindy left behind two sons, a 6-year-old and a 10-month old. Well at least she didn’t kill her children, and then herself.

Cheryl Kosewicz

Cheryl Kosewicz was a deputy district attorney from Nevada. She had specialized in the prosecution of sexual abuse cases.

Pirate Master was another Mark Burnett-created reality competition show that was filmed on Dominica. CBS pulled it due to poor ratings. Cheryl Kosewicz had been the fourth contestant eliminated from the CBS reality show.

Kosewicz, whose boyfriend killed himself two months before her death on January 27, 2007 had posted comments on MySpace that she was having a very difficult time copying with her boyfriend’s death. She also blamed the series for the events leading up to her death.

Mark Balelo

Mark Balelo

Mark Balelo

Mark Balelo would show up now and then on A&E’s Storage Wars with a man purse and a lot of money.

He died in February of 2013, the victim of what the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office said was “asphyxiation from carbon monoxide and exhaust fumes.” His body was discovered in a car parked in a garage at his Simi Valley auction house, days after he was arrested on charges of methamphetamine possession.

Nathan Clutter

Nathan Clutter

Nathan Clutter

Originally Paradise Hotel (FOX) covered Nathan Clutter’s October 12, 2007 death by saying he had died in a fall in a climbing accident but it was later revealed that he actually died in an apparent suicide.

Video surveillance footage showed he draped a sweater over a barbed-wire fence that surrounded an Alltel cellular telephone tower in Amarillo, TX early in the morning on Oct. 12, 2007. Nathan Clutter then scaled the fence, climbed the tower and jumped to his death. He was 26.

No suicide note was found. His family believed Clutter was suffering from bi-polar/manic depressant behavior, however he had never been diagnosed as such.

James Scott Terrill

Terrill was a single dad from Georgetown, Ky., that appeared on the ABC reality show Supernanny in January of 2008. He went on the show seeking help in managing his two sons after their mother had abandoned them. But once the cameras left, Terrill was still struggling with being a single parent.

On July 4, 2008 he called Georgetown police from the cemetery where his father was buried, threatening suicide. Police remained on the phone with him for nearly an hour but in the end, the 37-year old father of two took his own life.

Jesse Stone Marathon Sunday Feb. 16

Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone

Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone

Hallmark Movie Channel will be celebrating everything Jesse Stone starting at 8am CST on Sunday, Feb. 16 with a marathon of Tom Selleck’s favorite character (mine too).

Jesse Stone: Thin Ice kicks off the all day marathon which ends with a premiere of Jesse Stone: No Remorse.

Robert B. Parker initially wrote a series of detective novels using Jesse Stone as the lead character. These were among his last works and the first series in which the he used the third-person narrative.

CBS adapted the Jesse Stone novels into a series with Tom Selleck in the title role. They began out of sequence from the books but remained true to storylines. Starting with the fifth film, Selleck and Michael Brandman took over writing duties based on Parker’s novels (who had died while working on another novel at his home in Boston).

To date there are 8 Jesse Stone films. The last one, “Benefit of the Doubt” attracted nearly 13 million viewers when CBS aired it on May 20, 2012. Brandman told Variety a few days later that he and Tom Selleck had been notified by CBS that they wouldn’t be ordering any more episodes because (here it comes people) they mainly attract older viewers and because CBS wanted to move away from movies and specials in favor of shorter duration TV series.

The Following Finale is Monday + More Series Finales

If you have episodes for The Following backed up on your DVR, then it’s a good idea to get caught up this weekend on plots so when the finale airs Monday night you won’t be shocked (or spoiled).

Myself, I watched three episodes last week, two on Sunday and then the current one on Monday and walked around at work semi-dazed Tuesday morning. Almost everyone took one look at me and said “watched The Following last night huh?” Yes, it’s that intense.

What really shocked me is that my sister came to visit me at work last week and she said to me “so do you watch The Following? I can even sit down when I watch it!” Now my sister doesn’t like anything even mildly scary and she’s really into this show (It could just be Kevin Bacon). Same with my friend at work, her mom’s into this show. Same with my neighbor across the street. She came over on Wednesday and asked if I still had Monday’s episode on my DVR, her husband accidentally deleted it and she was about to kill him – could she watch mine and would I make her some coffee.

Tonight when I signed into my email account, Kevin Bacon was on WhoSay answering Twitter questions from fans about The Following. Each one was individually recorded and everything. He would take his glasses off , repeat the question, answer it. It was really cool. When my sister comes over this weekend I’m going to show her that and I bet she sits down for it. What … you don’t know about WhoSay? Well Google it  and find out.

Other finales for some series I watch include:

Castle (ABC) – Monday, May 13

NCIS (CBS) – Tuesday, May 14

CSI (CBS) – Wednesday, May 15

Elementary – Thursday, May 16

Criminal Minds (CBS) – Wednesday, May 22

Body of Proof (ABC) – Tuesday, May 28

Donnie Wahlberg’s Finest Hour coming soon to TNT

Proud “Boston Boy” Donnie Wahlberg Salutes His Hometown Police Force In TNT’s New Reality Show. By Lori Acken

The night time Gang Unit at work November 5, 2012 in Boston, MA. ©Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc. A Time Warner Company. Credit: Antonio Bolfo.

The night time Gang Unit at work November 5, 2012 in Boston, MA. ©Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc. A Time Warner Company. Credit: Antonio Bolfo.

Donnie Walhberg knows a thing or two about playing a cop on TV and in the movies, having embodied more than a dozen lawmen since he parlayed his New Kids on the Block fame into a successful acting career in the mid ’90s. But when Wahlberg, who currently stars as Detective Danny Reagan in the hit CBS cop drama Blue Bloods, decided to produce a law enforcement show of his own, he knew exactly whom he wanted for his stars — the real men and women of Boston’s police force.

“It’s my hometown,” Wahlberg explains of the resulting show, Boston’s Finest. “And the Boston Police Department works in a way that’s very different from most police departments. They’re very much about preventative law enforcement as opposed to responsive law enforcement, so they work really hard at keeping things from happening in the first place, as opposed to reacting when they do happen.”

Wahlberg credits his work on Blue Bloods for giving him a new level of respect for and understanding of folks entrusted with the safety of the very neighborhoods in which they grew up. And it’s that personal side of the patrolmen that he wants to convey over the door-busting and head-bashing of other police-related reality shows. “If you know how passionate a police officer is and what his upbringing is and why he’s so motivated to do the job he does, you can see him in a lot less dangerous a situation and still care that much more for him,” Wahlberg says. “It’s not just some guy in a blue uniform who’s supposed to be a superhero — he’s a human being with a family and vulnerabilities and responsibilities. You can actually heighten the drama by knowing more about the person.”

Wahlberg cites an episode featuring a member of Boston’s gang unit. “He’s talking to gangbangers on the most dangerous streets in Boston — and all the while there’s a huge amount of tension because a gangbanger was killed and now there’s a war ready to break out. We get to know more about him and how he came very close to being in one of these gangs himself, but now he’s working the other side of it. And when the funeral of the gangbanger passes by at the end and there hasn’t been any violence erupting, you see just how much it means to this police officer and how determined he is to keep these kids from taking each other’s lives. It’s really, really powerful.”

As powerful as Wahlberg’s drive to honor the code of the force that entrusted him to tell its stories. “If I don’t honor that and the show has huge ratings, then I’ve only done a service to myself — and I can’t do that,” Wahlberg says. “I’m a Boston boy! I want to make the city proud.”

Boston’s Finest premieres Wednesday, Feb. 27 on TNT.

NCIS – Shabbat Shalom, Shiva – Shocking

I had to get caught up on my NCIS over the weekend and walked away quite shocked, actually. I made it through the Jan. 15 episode “Shiva” and was rather devastated by the loss for both Ziva and Leon.

If you haven’t seen them, I suggest you catch them – you certainly don’t want to miss any of the episodes out of order.

In case you’re not up on your Hebrew, Shabbat literally means ‘ceasing’ or ‘stopping’ and Shalom of course can be ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’ similar to the Hawaii word “Aloha.”

Shiva on the other hand is a Hindu deity and is “the Destoyer” or “the Transformer.” Shiva has many benevolent as well as fearsome forms.

Once you see the two NCIS episodes with these two titles, these words and their meanings will make much more sense to you.