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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Friday, February 16, 2018

Great News!


How have you been, dear friend?

In my previous post last month I made
a promise that upon my return to
blogging I would bring you:


I am a man of my word.


Mrs. Shady is...

how can I put this delicately?...

"in a family way."


We're "expecting"...






Here, for realisies, is the

Great News:


Hi there.

My name is Katie Wendelson.

I'm an up-and-coming producer on
The Breakdown, a New Jersey based
TV news program on the national
cable news network MMN.

These are our co-hosts on The Breakdown.

Chuck Pierce is an aging veteran.
He's difficult, testy, a blowhard...
and those are his good qualities!

CHUCK: I recall the top story on my very
first day as a news anchor: "Washington
crosses the Delaware... film at 11."

Portia Scott-Griffith is a young, hip newbie
with social media savvy out the kazoo.

PORTIA: I'm the one who landed an
exclusive interview with Lionel Richie
and got him to reveal his secret for
dancing on the ceiling.

PORTIA: Check it out, Katie, I've got the lead story
for tomorrow's newscast. Our camera crew
follows me and Paris Hilton as we gut fish
in the Bering Sea on Deadliest Catch.

PORTIA: Look, Chuck, I know we're from
different generations, different worlds.
We can't relate to each other. In fact, we
can't stand each other, but let's call a truce.

Think about it. If we work together for
the good of the show, we can kick some
ass and put the ratings through the roof.
Whattaya say, Chuck baby. Up top - High five!

CHUCK: What do you think you're doing,
young lady? Let me remind you that I am
a veteran news anchor... not a palm reader.

KATIE: Gosh, I'm so glad those two are
finally learning the art of casual banter.

I was just beginning to gain credibility,
earn respect, and break through the
glass ceiling, when the show hired
a new intern - my mother!

 Mom's a mess, a meddler... a smother mother.

CAROL WENDELSON: Be patient, Pumpkin.
The hardest part of learning to ride
a bike... is the pavement.

Riding a bike is a lot like sex, honey.
You can do it by yourself...
but it's usually not as much fun.

Mom is constantly embarrassing me in public.

CAROL: I'm sorry I blurted out in the
staff meeting that you have a chronic
IBS problem... but there's nothing to be
ashamed of, Pumpkin. Having an irritable
bowel isn't nearly as bad as when you scream
for your binky and baby blanket at bedtime.

Rumors have been circulating around
the office that I have been hoping to
 further my career by sleeping with the
show's executive producer Greg Walsh.

Why on earth do people think we're
shagging? I already have a girlfriend.
Her name is... her name is... Liz...
Liz Hurley - yeah, that's the ticket -
and I'm also out and about with
Kate Middleton whenever her
hubby's indisposed.

Look, mom. Here comes Diana St. Tropez,
the new head of the network.

Diana's here to give The Breakdown an
extreme makeover and bring the show
into the 21st century. Isn't she amazing?
I wanna be her someday!

KATIE: Oh, Ms. Tropez, it is such an honor
to meet you. I am your eager student...
 a thirsty sponge ready to soak up the
fountain of knowledge that gushes from
your brilliant mind. By the way, did anyone
ever tell you that you look like Tina Fey?

DIANA: Yeah, I get that a lot.

KATIE: Is it totally wrong for me to
tell you that I've been having dreams
about you... about us?

DIANA: Only if you stop there.



(30 Rock meets The Mary Tyler Moore Show)

Great News...

All the news that's unfit to print.

Catch the entire series on Hulu!

"Great News is the 30 Rock successor
we've been searching for." - Vanity Fair

"Wash Dish, Bish"

Have a Shady day!


  1. Had that been real, it would've been terrifying news for anyone. (And I had a friend who did have triplets - no thanks!)

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for popping in early as I reveal the Great News I hinted about before my blogging break.

      I shudder to think of Mrs. S presenting me with three little Macaulay Culkins. :)

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, good buddy Alex!

  2. Happy to see you up on my reader. Good news about the triplets. No No No !
    Think I remember seeing a promo for the show but I have never seen the show, rarely watch NBC.

    cheers, parsnip and mandibles

    1. Hi, Gayle, Hi Winston!

      Welcome back for more music and fun on SDMM, my dear friend!

      Yessum, I was only joking about Mrs. Shady carrying triplets. Even so, the mere thought of it caused me to throw up in my mouth a little. :)

      Mrs. S and I are hooked on Tina Fey's Great News. It's hilarious. The show boasts an excellent cast and edgy 30 Rock style writing. Great News is on the chopping block with low ratings and an uncertain future, but you can catch all available episodes on Hulu. We highly recommend it.

      Thanks again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Gayle!

  3. Welcome back, Tri-Shady! Thank goodness we're trained to 'read on'! You had me baffled for a moment...then, I thought,"It must be 3 puppies or kittens!" But, no even three pets is too much! So I read on, WHEW!

    I've not heard of this series, but it does sound fun. I like Tina Fey also. It seems like every thing she touches, turns into greatness. And, I love the pun on Lionel Richie! Nicole has become a lovely young lady. I recognize a few of the other cast members, but I don't know them by name.

    This is a 'stand up' comeback, Shady! I don't have Hulu, but I do have Netflix. Of course, right now I'm tuning in on the Olympics when I get the chance.

    I hope you're are comfortable in your new abode by now, it can be a challenging experience to pack up and move. I've lived in my home for 24 years now, and have considered a move, but the thought is also an overwhelming one!

    You have been missed, dear friend and it's good that you have returned. I am looking forward to some more "Good News" from you! Take care! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Welcome back to your home away from home Shady Dell Music & Memories, dear friend! Thank you for your support during my month long absence. You're right, Suzanne. I don't look forward to moving again any time soon. It is a major undertaking. We only moved 6 traffic lights away from where we had been living but, even so, it took a lot out of us. I needed the extra rest before getting back in the swing.

      Yessum, I was just joking when I announced that Mrs. Shady is preggers with triplets. She and I decided a long time ago that the 10 kids we already have are quite enough. :) I knew it was time to stop when I asked her what we should name baby #10. Mrs. S promptly replied, "Let's call it Quits." :)

      If you liked The Mary Tyler Moore Show and/or 30 Rock, then I think you would enjoy the zany Tina Fey comedy series Great News. I'm sure you recall Ted Baxter, the vain, dim-witted anchorman on The MTM Show. Anchorman Chuck Pierce is the same type of character.

      If you don't have Hulu maybe Netflix will soon pick up Great News. Cool as it is, the series has struggled in the ratings, is on the bubble and at risk for cancellation. I hope it is renewed for another season or switches over to another production company that will keep it running.

      Thank you again for your kindness and your wonderful comments, dear friend Suzanne. Enjoy your weekend with Scootie Potter!

  4. Ha! Well you know I'm not much for watching TV at this point in life, but I was entertained by that clip at the end.

    Triplets??!! At our age, Shady, even a single would be a challenge! (though at one point I thought it would be fun to have twins)

    Glad to see you back and hope you're getting settled in to your new home. :D

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you very much for returning to the scene of the grime... Shady Dell Music & Memories! I am very happy to see you, dear friend!

      Yessum, I recall you mentioning that you don't watch very much television. That's a common theme in my circle of blog friends and it's a good thing in a way because much of the material I post will be fresh and new to most of you, a learning experience. I am hoping my latest parody encourages you to give Great News a try. The series gets funnier week by week.

      I was going to write "quints" instead of triplets, but decided that triplets was funnier. It was just the right word to shock you, make you pause for a second and ask "Is he serious?" :)

      Thank you for the warm welcome back, dear friend Kelly. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you next week!

  5. Awesome ... ya ... hmmm? ... ok and anyway, but glad to have you back, friend Shady ... Love, always, cat.

    1. Hi hi hi, cat!

      How are you today, dear feline friend? I am very happy to be connecting with you after a long month's absence from blogging. You were sweet for tweeting me, not once, but twice during my break. I appreciated it!

      I am happy to be back, cranking up to full speed and heading toward a post that will break some great news (for real this time) - the big surprise that I have waiting for you at the mid point of the year. Stick around!

      Have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend cat!

  6. You had me at Tina Fey. She's my number 2, don't you know? Just don't tell her that.
    Funny stuff. I will have to wash that dish, Bish. At some point.
    Thanks for the Great News update. It was as great as expected. You might say it was a Great Expectation.

    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy! I'm glad my long awaited post lived up to your Great Expectations.

      No, I was not aware that Tina Fey is your #2 dream girl. You have excellent taste, my friend. I just wish this new series of hers was catching on better than it is. Great News struggled through two seasons with low ratings and just wrapped up season 2 at the end of January. The TV By The Numbers site predicts Great News will be cancelled and if it does get the ax it will surely be Bad News.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, good buddy Jeffrey. It's nice to have you back in action just as I myself am returning to blogging. Have a super weekend!

  7. Welcome back Shady! It's good to know that you didn't leave your sense of humor at the old digs! This looks like a funny show but we don't have Hulu. I'll have to see if Netflix pics it up. Hope all is well with you and Mrs. Shady and I'll look forward to your posts again...and thanks for leaving such nice comments on my blog. The old Yeti has yet to appear but if he does you'll be the first person I call! Have a good weekend. I'm on call and already have 2 surgeries in the morning...I better hit the hay!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for dropping by as I make my triumphant return to the wonderful world of blogging. :) I am always delighted to see you, dear friend!

      I'm sorry to learn that you are on call at the hospital this weekend, but it might turn out to be Great News for us. You could end up on the medical team that helps deliver Mrs. Shady's triplets. She's due! :)

      I double dog dare you to use a picture of a Yeti as your blog header on April Fools' Day. :)

      Yessum, Great News is loaded with laughs and Mrs. S and I highly recommend it. Hope it turns up on Netflix for you.

      Thanks again for being here, Yaya. I hope you don't have to work too much in the OR this weekend and that you get time to take a dip in that backyard swimming pool of yours. :) Take care, dear friend!

  8. Welcome back Shady and I hope the move went well. Triplets!? This would be a nightmare unless it was puppies:) I heard of this show but never watched it and I will see if I can find it on regular tv. Based on what you wrote here and that hilarious clip, I want to find it and see some episodes

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you very much for being on hand to welcome me back to blogging. The move went smoothly and afterward I got some much needed rest.

      The bad news about Great News is that it faces cancellation due to poor ratings, an unsolved mystery in my opinion because it is a very funny show. The good news about Great News is that you can watch it on Hulu. I also just discovered it listed on Amazon Prime Video if you happen to subscribe to that service.

      Thank you again for coming by and spreading cheer, dear friend BB. Take good care of yourself and have a nice weekend!

  9. Hi Shady,

    Glad to see you back at it, blogging and doing what you love and are so good at! It was fun to see your return through " the Breakdown". Here again, I don't watch it but probably should! Looks like s great sit-com!

    Welcome back! Hope your move went smoothly and you are enjoying your new abode. I'll being checking on you often!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thank you very much for checking out the post, my first in more than a month. I'm happy to know you got a kick out of my latest parody post as I promoted one of my (and Mrs Shady's) favorite TV series, Tina Fey's Great News. It is indeed a very funny sitcom. As might be expected the show is particularly appealing to me because of my background working in television news. Over the years I worked with people who were similar to the characters in Great News.

      All things considered the move went very smoothly but, even so, it took a lot out of us and we both needed rest afterward. I am happy to be back in action on the blogs.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Toni, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  10. WELCOME BACK SHADY!!! You've been missed! Hope life is returning back to "normal" as you're settling into your new digs. I'll have to get caught up with you on that saga...

    The news about you guys expecting triplets: what I first thought was that it was maybe your son and his wife were expecting and that was going to be the news...

    Whew! Right??

    I caught one episode of "Great News" and I just wasn't impressed. It's hard to impress me with today's sitcoms. They just seem so lacking. I rarely find them funny at all. I sit through a whole 30 minutes and not once giggle. That to me isn't good comedy.

    In my opinion, the best contemporary sitcom is "Modern Family". Now THAT ONE cracks me up.

    I don't know what it is with the writing of today. Maybe I'm just expecting the same high quality sitcoms of yesteryear, like "I Love Lucy" or "The Dick Van Dyke Show" or "Get Smart", "Petticoat Junction", "The Andy Griffith Show" or "All in the Family", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "M*A*S*H", "Taxi", "The Bob Newhart Show", "Cheers"...
    Where are those kinds of comedy shows?? Those always made me laugh out loud. Today's sitcoms, to me, are just so disappointing.

    I will say I'm very much looking forward to the return of "Roseanne" with the original cast. I'm betting that it is going to deliver.

    I haven't really had a chance to get into "Will & Grace" but hoping to catch up with that one On Demand. Have you spent any time with that one yet?

    The fact that several old sitcoms are being rebooted with original cast members seems to be saying something: that the current state of situation comedies is sorely lacking. Now that's just my opinion but to me, a show can't be called a comedy unless it really makes me laugh. To sit for a half-hour and not crack one smile just doesn't cut it for me.
    Maybe I'm just a drama queen... :)

    Soooo good to have you back and posting in the blogosphere. It hasn't been the same without you! Looking forward to catching up.
    talk soon,

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for coming over as I ease back into blogging after taking several weeks off. I am happy to see you, too, dear friend!

      I'll tell you this. If the episode of Great News you watched was the first one, the pilot, then it might explain why you were not impressed. Mrs. Shady and I didn't think much of the pilot either, but we have a rule that every new series deserves a second chance. We always watch at least one additional episode to see if it gets better or worse. We do so because the pilots of many series are vastly different from later episodes. It often takes a while for the chemistry to form and the cast to gel. For example the first season of Seinfeld seems stiff, awkward and rather unfunny compared to the laugh fest the show later became. On Great News the characters and writing all started to pop around the middle of season one and nearly every episode of season two is a comedy gem in my opinion. Of course, it you weren't a fan of 30 Rock and its edgy writing laced with topical humor, then Great News probably isn't for you.

      Most if not all of the old TV series you mentioned are available on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and other services. I am currently watching three family oriented TV series of the 1950s and early 60s: The Danny Thomas Show - a sitcom set in the big city, Father Knows Best - set in a suburban neighborhood, and The Andy Griffith Show - set in the rural south. You can learn a lot about the values and attitudes of different types of people from different regions of the country (then and now) by watching those old shows and listening to the dialogue, noting how the women characters are regarded, etc.

      Mrs. Shady is watching both the old and the new Will And Grace. We both watch Modern Family and love it.

      Thank you again for joining the fun today, dear friend Michele. Have a super week!

  11. Well, it seems you're back with a splash! Hope your move went well and you're settled in and finding all your stuff.

    I haven't heard about this show, but that's because I'm TV-less. I do Netflix though so I could catch it there when it's available. I keep a list of all recommendations.

    1. Hi, Cheryl-Lee!

      Welcome back to Shady Dell Music & Memories, dear friend! I'm glad you didn't forget about me in the weeks I have been gone. Thank you very much for poking me here on SDMM during my break.

      It looks like Great News might not be returning for a third season due to poor ratings, and so far the series isn't available on Netflix. You can catch it on Hulu and on Amazon Prime Video if you subscribe. As I was telling Michele (above) season 2 is all killer - no filler, and the ratings on Amazon support my claim. Season 1 of Great News got a 3.6 rating out of 5 and Season 2 got a perfect 5 out of 5.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend C-Lee!

  12. Tom,

    Oh, good intro with the shocking fake news about Mrs. Shady. Ha-Ha! I think I've seen the promo for "Good News" but it didn't reel me. Your post reeled me in more and maybe we'll check it out. Thanks for sharing this new program in only a way that you can bring it alive for your readers. Have a good day. PS: I would've been by sooner but as I mentioned in my response to you on my blog, I've been really sick over the weekend and am still hanging on a bit. I'll be okay,though. TTFN!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for swinging by, dear friend! It's nice to welcome you back to SDMM as I resume full time blogging and begin the march toward a truly big (and real) surprise coming in the middle of the year.

      I'm happy to know you appreciate my latest TV series parody. A couple of the lines of dialogue are actually direct quotes ripped from the series while others are captions I created to go along with existing screencaps and provide an overview of the characters and plot of the show. You need to be a fan of Tina Fey's comedic style and shows like 30 Rock and The Office to appreciate Great News. It was easy for me to fall for the show because of my background in television news. Over the years I worked with people who resembled the characters on Great News. :)

      It makes me sad to know you were "poorly" over the weekend. I hope you bounce back to 100% soon. Thank you again for your visit and cheery comment, dear friend Cathy!

  13. Tom,

    I don't think I've watched anything Tina Fey has been in other than seeing past SNL skits on rare occasions. I am not sure if this type of show is my up my viewing alley but I may check it out.

    I'm doing better today. My problem stems from an intestinal flareup. Sometimes my allergies can be so bad that this is the result. At least the "good news" here is I'm on the upswing. It's great having you back in Blogosphere!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      I am just getting back online after a long and exhausting day of travel across the peninsula. Upper 80s to low 90s is too doggone hot for February, but that's what we are enduring down here.

      I am very happy to know you are feeling better hour by hour. I'm sorry you were laid low for a while, especially on Valentine's Day. Thank you again for visiting and for welcoming me back to blogging. I'll be over to see you tomorrow, dear friend Cathy!

    2. Tom,

      It's been very warm here this week. Yesterday, the temp was in the upper 70s to low 80s. With the cooking...mostly the baking I did yesterday I had to turn the AC on which I didn't want to have to do. The forecast is expected to cool off a bit this weekend, though. That'll be nice. Hopefully, y'all will experience a cool down, too. Have a good weekend, my friend!

    3. Thank you very much, dear friend Cathy. It was nice of you to visit again today. Have a safe and happy weekend in Tennessee!

  14. Hi Shady!
    I see your new locale has not dampened your creativity ;-) Triplets? Such a teaser, you are! Actually, my first thought was perhaps the beginnings of some type of exotic animal sanctuary - with a Simon & Garfunkel theme, of course. Welcome back, Maestro!

    1. Something tells me it's all happening at the zoo.
      I do believe it, I do believe it's true.
      The monkeys stand for honesty.
      Giraffes are insincere.
      And the elephants are kindly but they're dumb.
      Orangutans are skeptical of changes in their cages
      And the zoo keeper is very fond of rum.
      Zebras are reactionaries,
      Antelopes are missionaries.
      Pigeons plot in secrecy
      And hamsters turn on frequently.
      What a gas you got to come and see
      At the zoo.

      Hi, diedre!

      It's very kind of you to come over and give me such a warm welcome back, dear friend. Thank you so much!

      I don't need a menagerie to be happy and content. I would be ecstatic to have my dear dog Toto back. It will soon be five years since she passed away.

      Thank you again for your delightful visit and words of cheer, dear friend diedre. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  15. For a second I was like, OMG triplets! LOL
    Hey, welcome back. Hope the move was good and that you're settling just fine.

    1. Thanks, Luxie!

      The move went well and I am getting settled. Thanks again for thinking of me, dear friend Lux!


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