Cedarville University grad, ‘The Biggest Loser’ contestant weighs in on premiere

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 7:03 PM
Updated: Friday, January 11, 2013 @ 4:55 PM

Michael Dorsey, a Cedarville University graduate and former employee, is a contestant on Season 14 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” which premiered in a two-night event on Sunday, Jan. 6, and Monday, Jan. 7. Dorsey watched the two-night premiere and wrote a blog entry, sharing his thoughts only with our publications. The next episode of “The Biggest Loser” will air at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, on NBC. Look out for more of Dorsey’s blog entries on our website throughout the season.

Here it is, the night I have been waiting for. I will find out if I am going to “The Ranch!” When Alison Sweeney calls my name, I don’t even have time to think about it. I have just been chosen for an opportunity of a lifetime. Standing on the stage as the rest of the contestants are identified, I am just thinking, “Wow! I am up here with Bob, Dolvett and Jillian … and the WHOLE COUNTRY is seeing this!”

Being an avid fan of the show, I knew the workout was going to be hard. However, I did think we would have some kind of “warm up” or we would be broken in first. WRONG!!! The entire time I kept thinking, “PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!” …Bob reminded me of what my motivation was and why I could not quit, that little boy that bears my name, my son. I knew that one day he would be able to watch this and see his dad do what he had to do to take care of his family.

While losing the Challenge was disappointing for the Blue Team, we had no choice but to be proud of how well we did. We really provided stiff competition and served notice that even though we have the two oldest and the two heaviest contestants, we are the team to beat. That same rule applied at the weigh in. Even though the Blue Team didn’t win it, we didn’t lose it. Seeing TC go home was tough on many fronts. He tried for several seasons and finally got his dream. At the same time, if the White Team survived the weigh in, I was the one who would be going home, and that’s why I wasn’t excited about my 21 pound weight loss.

That red line always stressed me out watching it on TV, and it’s no different when you hear about it in real life. Try hearing that the NEXT weigh in is going to be the same thing.

Walking out to Bob’s area for our workout was INSANE. My expression of “Caps Lock OMG” basically sums up what is going through my mind. What an intense workout! I had the opportunity to work with Jason Khalipa, a CrossFit Games champion. He really encouraged me and was encouraged by how well we did as a whole.

Going into the football challenge, I really wanted to do well. This is always one of my favorite episodes to watch. Meeting Antonio Gates was awesome! Yes, I struggled a little bit, but it was still fun.

Meeting with Dr. H was one of my biggest fears. To actually hear the words of reality come out of his mouth was so humbling, but it was a wake up call for me that drove me. I was setting myself up to not be around for my son to call me Daddy, and I have something I can do about it!

Jeff’s “zero” pound loss on the scale was a shock to all of us. But it was also a reality check that it could be any of us any given day.

So sad to see Nate go. He just has an awesome spirit about him.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter  @mldorsey78 and on facebook at www.facebook.com/movingthemessage. Also don’t forget to tune in on Monday nights!

Jimmy Kimmel responds to critics of his health care plea

Published: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 10:51 AM

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Jimmy Kimmel delivered a tearful opening monologue last week on his late-night show about his son, who was born with a heart condition, and the state of health care in America. That monologue spurred an outpouring of support for the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host, but not everyone found him convincing.

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Kimmel spoke last week in support of the Affordable Care Act ahead of a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the bill and replace it with the GOP-backed American Health Care Act. The Republican bill passed the House last week by a slim margin.

"I made an emotional speech that was seen by millions, and as a result of my powerful words on that night, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace. They realized that what is right is right, and I saved health insurance in the United States of America," Kimmel said Monday. "I didn't save it? They voted against it anyway?"

He dismissed critics who labeled him an elitist, responding to a story published by The Washington Times headlined, “Shut up, Jimmy Kimmel, you elitist creep.” 

“I cannot count the number of times that I’ve been called a Hollywood elitist, which I’ve got to say, I kind of appreciate,” Kimmel joked. “When I was a kid, we had to drink the powdered milk because we couldn’t afford the liquid, our orange juice came out of a can … my dream was to become a Hollywood elitist.”

Kimmel blasted the Republican health care bill and sarcastically apologized for speaking out.

"I'd like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care,” Kimmel said. “It was insensitive, it was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”

He played a clip from a town hall held by Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, in which the congressman said “nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.” 

Kimmel also brought on Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, to talk about the new health care bill that has moved into the Senate. Cassidy recently said during an interview with CNN that he’s looking for a health care bill from the Senate that will “pass the Jimmy Kimmel test.”

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Alton Brown bringing back 'Good Eats' in 2018

Published: Saturday, September 09, 2017 @ 12:40 PM

Chef Alton Brown attends
Chef Alton Brown attends "Meet The Author" at Apple Store Soho on November 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)(Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Atlanta food guru Alton Brown is bringing a revamped version of his “Good Eats” show back to the Food Network in 2018.

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“We’re restarting it. We’re bringing it back,” Brown told a cheering, standing-room-only Dragon Con audience in downtown Atlanta on Sunday. “We’re getting the band back together!”

He dubbed it “Return of the Eats.” The show will air for 30 minutes, like the original. Additional scenes will be available online.

The first generation “Good Eats” aired for 14 seasons, over 244 episodes, on the Food Network from 1999 to 2011. It was one of the few shows shot out of Atlanta in its early days, long before tax incentives came into play. His quirky, nerd-like obsession with food and his scientific approach toward everything from eggs to beef created a devoted following.

Brown has been a staple on the Food Network for years on shows such as “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

Lucky Yates, a regular character on the original “Good Eats,” said that he’s “absolutely thrilled to don the ol’ Dungeon Master’s robe again.”

‘Power’ creator explains the reason behind the most shocking death yet

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 5:19 PM

Decatur native Omari Hardwick Promotes New Starz Drama "Power"

The penultimate episode of Power‘s fourth season tragically claimed a member of the St. Patrick family… but not the one you thought it would.

While Tariq’s (Michael Rainey Jr.) rebellion into the world of drugs and crime was surely never headed for a happy ending, the resulting death of Raina (Donshea Hopkins) was far from expected. Just as he was ready to end his short-lived criminal career, his past caught up with him in the form of Ray Ray (Marcus Callendar). The dirty undercover cop, who Tariq met through Kanan (50 Cent), was out to sew up any loose ends, and instead of Ghost’s (Omari Hardwick) son, he found his daughter. And as Tariq hid nearby, he watched as his twin sister’s confrontation with Ray Ray ended in her murder.

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EW spoke with creator Courtney A. Kemp about the tragic final moments, the inevitability of Raina’s death, and why it wasn’t a hard decision to make.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When we talked a few weeks ago, you said there would be some big reactions to the final episodes. I’m sure a lot of that was in reference to what happens here to Raina. What went into the decision to kill her off?
COURTNEY A. KEMP: It had a lot to do with the inevitable, which was that Tariq was getting more and more over his head in dealing with a world he doesn’t understand. What are the natural consequence of messing with gangsters? You get hurt. And in this case, Tariq has also been raised in a family where lying is how it goes — this is what they do. What we also liked is this idea that Tariq has told his sister that he doesn’t want anyone to know, so she finds out and wants to tell mom, and he begs her, “Please, don’t tell anyone.” Well, she listens to him and it costs her her life. And I think that is a really kind of beautiful way to tell that story. She loves her brother, her brother loves her, but at the end of the day, Tariq is possessed with the need to individuate from his parents and it blows up in his face. Unfortunately, she’s the one who gets hurt.

The most obvious way for Raina to die would have been as a result of Ghost’s business. So what intrigued you about making it unconnected, and more interestingly, a result of the actions of her aspiring criminal twin brother?
We wanted it to be about, the sins of the father that are visited upon the son and the daughter are really his neglect as a parent. Ghost’s self-involvement and his eye being elsewhere made him vulnerable to arrest and incarceration, and distracted from the family. And while all that was happening, Tariq was getting further and further into a life of crime. We wanted this story to really be about Tariq and, as a result, it’s about his rebellion against his father. So it’s about Ghost in one way, but in a lot of other ways it’s actually really about, “Are criminals born or are they made?” Nature versus nurture. We always said that Raina is a truly good character and, you know on Power, if you’re a good guy, you die. Whether you’re Shawn (Sinqua Walls), Greg (Andy Bean), Julio (J.R. Ramirez), if you’re a good guy, you’re probably going to get it on our show.

I know you’ve said in the past that you believe in fearless storytelling, but was this one that you had to really debate on literally pulling the trigger?
I feel like you want me to say this was a very difficult decision, but it really wasn’t. It’s a hard thing to tell the actor, who is a kid. That’s really hard. But the decision to kill off the character isn’t hard because it’s the right decision… it’s the thing that would happen. Ghost is constantly fighting this idea that he’s a criminal, but he is. And it was the logical next progression in Tariq’s story; something he couldn’t change or take back would happen. Our show is not about power, it’s really about powerlessness. The idea that you don’t have power over what’s happening next no matter how much you think you do. So we wanted something that at this stage of the series would change everyone’s life forever.

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The Power season finale airs Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.

This story originally published at EW.com.

Unaired 'Game of Thrones' episode posted online after HBO hack

Published: Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 11:05 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 @ 9:47 AM

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO
(Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)

Update: Citing sources familiar with the HBO hack, The Verge reported that a leaked copy of episode four of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” came from one of the network’s distribution partners and not from hackers who targeted the company last month.

“We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner’s end to swiftly determine the cause,” a spokesperson for Star India told The Verge. “This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.”

Original report: A few days before the fourth episode of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” was set to premiere, a copy of the episode marked for internal distribution appeared online, according to multiple reports.

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The episode was leaked just days after HBO confirmed that it was the target of a cyberattack. The network confirmed Monday that “proprietary information” was stolen, although officials did not specify what had been taken.

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The episode, "The Spoils of War," appeared on Reddit.com’s popular and unmoderated r/freefolk subreddit, Mashable reported.

According to Gizmodo, the video appeared to be of a relatively low quality and was watermarked with Star TV India, a 21st Century Fox company.

Unaired episodes of “Ballers” and “Room 104” and what appeared to be a script for “The Spoils of War” appeared online earlier this week after the reported hack, according to The Telegraph. Hackers were able to steal 1.5 terabytes of data in the attack, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms,” HBO officials said in a statement. “Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”