Ghost Whisperer is an American supernatural television series, which ran on CBS from September 23, 2005, to May 21, 2010. The series follows the life of Melinda Gordon, who has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. While trying to live a normal life as possible—she is married and owns an antique store—Melinda helps earthbound spirits resolve their problems and cross over into the light, or the spirit world, her tasks are difficult and at times she struggles with people who push her away and do not believe in her gift. In addition, the ghosts are mysterious and sometimes menacing at first, Melinda must use the clues available to her to understand the spirits' needs and help them; the show was created by John Gray and was produced by Sander/Moses Productions, executive producer, Jennifer Love Hewitt in association with ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios. On May 18, 2010, CBS canceled the show after five seasons. Melinda Gordon is a young woman from the town of Grandview, New York, who has the ability to see and communicate with the dead.
Melinda lives with her husband, Jim Clancy, their son Aiden. She owns a shop called "Same as It Never Was"; each ghost seeks Melinda's help in relaying a message or completing a task that will put their spirit to rest, allow them to cross over into the light. Those who died with unfinished business become earthbound and cannot cross over, Melinda, as their earthly representative, helps them to find peace; the show does not present the ghosts as having sinned. The series starred Aisha Tyler as Andrea Marino, Melinda's best friend, who runs the antique shop with her. Andrea is killed in the first-season finale. During the second season, Melinda meets Delia Banks, a struggling real estate agent who forms a friendship with Melinda and who agrees to run the antique shop with her. Delia is shocked to find out about Melinda's abilities. Delia accepts Melinda's gift, though she remains skeptical at times. Delia has a son named Ned Banks. Melinda forms a friendship with Rick Payne, a professor at Rockland University.
He helps Melinda solve the conflicts of ghosts throughout the third seasons. He departs in the fourth-season premiere for an expedition in the Himalayas; the same episode introduced Eli James, another professor at the university, who goes through a near-death experience which unlocks an ability to hear ghosts. Unlike Melinda, he cannot see them, he helps her investigate the hauntings. Jennifer Love Hewitt as Melinda Gordon Aisha Tyler as Andrea Marino David Conrad as Jim Clancy / Sam Lucas Camryn Manheim as Delia Banks Jay Mohr as Professor Rick Payne Christoph Sanders as Ned Banks Jamie Kennedy as Professor Eli James Ghost Whisperer is based in part on the work of Mary Ann Winkowski. Development of the show dates back to at least two years before its premiere. James Van Praagh was a co-executive consultant on the show; the show was produced by Sander/Moses Productions in association with CBS Television Studios (originally Paramount Network Television in season one and ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network Television in seasons two and three.
The show was filmed on the Universal Studios back lot in Los Angeles. One area on the lot is Courthouse Square from the Back to the Future trilogy, though it has been drastically modified to depict Grandview. For example, the clock tower in Back to the Future has been covered up; the front of Melinda and Jim's house is the same set used by the Finch family in the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. Cast and crew members said. After the show's cancellation and shortly before the sets were torn down, Jennifer Love Hewitt filmed a tour demonstrating the ways in which the areas were different from those shown in the TV broadcast. Sound effects were completed at Smart Post Sound. Visual effects for the pilot and some season one episodes were completed at Flash Film Works. Visual effects for nearly the entire series were created at Eden FX. Roy Forge Smith, who collaborated with John Gary, was the production designer on 44 episodes of the show, spanning two season, from 2005 to 2007. Creator John Gray grew up in Brooklyn, New York, not far from Grand View-On-Hudson, west of the Hudson River.
Piermont is referenced in episodes as the neighboring town, accurate to real life as Grand View is located just north of Piermont. Professors Rick Payne and Eli James worked at the fictional "Rockland University", not coincidentally, the actual village of Grand View is a village located in Rockland County, New York. Season one premiered on September 23, 2005, ended on May 5, 2006, it received an average of 10.20 million viewers. Season two of Ghost Whisperer premiered on September 22, 2006, ended on May 11, 2007, again airing Friday nights on CBS during the same timeslot. CBS renewed the show for a third season placing it in its regular Friday 8 p.m. ET time slot; the third season premiered September 28, 2007. Twelve episodes were completed before the Writers Guild of Ameri
Melinda Irene Gordon is the title character of the American paranormal television series Ghost Whisperer created by John Gray. Gordon was portrayed by American actress Jennifer Love Hewitt. Melinda Gordon has the ability to communicate with ghosts, she moved to Grandview after she married a paramedic who knows of her ability. Jim and Melinda have a son Aiden. Melinda had always been able to speak with the dead, or "earthbound spirits" as her grandmother called them. Apart from her husband Jim, Melinda shared her secret with quirky Professor Rick Payne, an expert in occult beliefs and history who thrives on helping her gain insights into the more baffling paranormal phenomena she encounters. Other individuals who are aware of her gift include Andrea Marino, Delia Banks and her son, Ned Banks, RU psychology professor Eli James, her son Aiden, as well as all the relatives or friends of ghosts she has helped. Melinda is at least a sixth-generation medium, it stated that her biological father had the same ability, although it is unknown how common it was in his family and the ability was only mentioned once.
She is able to communicate with the spirits of those. She can speak with the earthbound spirits that reach out to her for help, she helps them to cross over, either by speaking to loved ones or by doing things for them which they died before they could do/finish. As a result of her abilities, Melinda receives visions of things concerning the ghost she is trying to help. For example, in the first season finale, Melinda kept receiving messages from ghosts on a plane that hasn't crashed yet. In another episode, her powers transported her from Grandview to a rain forest. In the second season finale, she sees people staring at her, looks out her window and sees that her house is under a large body of water and that a boat is sinking, is transported to a tunnel, sees a large bridge in the sky with cars falling everywhere around her. At the end of Season 4, the Book of Changes and the Watchers both reveal that Melinda's son can do much more. In Season 5, Melinda has crossing ghosts into the light, it is revealed in the season premiere that Melinda is connected to her son, Aiden Lucas, who the Watchers revealed is an empath.
With this, Melinda is able to receive visions from him. Melinda and Jim move to the small town of Grandview where Melinda opens a small antique shop, named "The Same As It Never Was ANTIQUES", she becomes friends with Andrea Marino. Melinda gains enough trust in Andrea to tell her about her ability. In Episode 5 of Season 1, "The Lost Boys", Melinda helps three young boys to cross over into the light from an orphanage, where the young boys die. One boy, tells Melinda before they crossed over, that he will tell everyone on the other side that Mel is his mom, making Vic her unofficial adoptive son. In the part of the season, Melinda begins encountering a malevolent spirit that wears a black hat while trying to "cross over" earthbound spirits. In the season finale, a plane crashes in Grandview. Romano uses the massive death count to his advantage, "keeping" the souls that Melinda is unable to cross over, one of whom was Andrea, who died in the crash. After losing her friend and business partner to the plane crash, Melinda succeeds against the dark spirit in helping Andrea and many of the other ghosts from the crash cross over.
Melinda meets several new people in Season 2, including an occult professor, Rick Payne, who helps her with troublesome ghosts without realizing it, until she tells him about her gift. She meets widow Delia Banks and her son Ned. Melinda invites Delia to take the place of Andrea as her business partner, confides in Ned about her gift. While trying to cross over Delia's husband, in the episode "Delia's First Ghost", Melinda reveals to Delia her gift. Delia, a skeptic in anything beyond the normal things she can see begins to believe Melinda. Throughout the season, events occur showing that the "veil" between the living and the dead is thinning. With the introduction of a second ghost whisperer, Gabriel Lawrence, it is learned through the earthbound spirit of Payne's wife that dark forces "are trying to make the dead stronger than the living." In the season finale, dark spirits try to kill four special children. Melinda attempts to save them and succeeds, but loses her own life in the process, culminating in the fulfillment of a prophecy that would lead to the "death of a loved one" – Melinda.
Only did Melinda realize that it was her that the dark side wanted to kill, not the children. In the limbo between life and death, Melinda sees a shadow of her father. Meanwhile, the four special children help revive her, she is stunned when she returns to consciousness, stating "I think I have a brother". She looks around and, from a distance, Gabriel is looking at her crossly. Melinda searches continually for her father, believing him to have died, for her brother, whom by now she suspects is Gabriel, she speaks with her mother, who does not give her much information other than t
Ghost Whisperer (season 1)
The first season of Ghost Whisperer, an American television series created by John Gray, commenced airing in the United States on September 23, 2005, concluded May 5, 2006, consisted of 22 episodes. The series follows the life of Melinda Gordon, who has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. While trying to live as normal a life as possible—she is married and owns an antique store—Melinda helps earthbound spirits resolve their problems and cross over into the Light, or the spirit world, her tasks are difficult and at times she struggles with people who push her away and disbelieve her ability. In addition, the ghosts are mysterious and sometimes menacing in the beginning and Melinda must use the clues available to her to understand the spirit's needs and help them. Ghost Whisperer's first season aired in the United States on Fridays at 8:00 PM ET on CBS, a broadcast television network, where it received an average of 10.20 million viewers per episode. Melinda Gordon is a young woman from the fictional town of Grandview, New York, who has the ability to see and communicate with the dead.
Melinda lives with her husband Jim Clancy. She is the owner of an antique shop called "Same as it Never Was." Ghosts seek Melinda's help in relaying a message or completing a task that will put the spirit to rest, allow them to cross over into The Light. Those who died with unfinished business become earth-bound and cannot cross over, Melinda, as their earthly representative, helps them to find peace; the show does not present the ghosts as having sinned, rather it is the spirits' own guilt that condemns them, their own fear of judgement that keeps them from "crossing over" into an afterlife. The first season introduces us to Melinda's best friend and co-worker. Andrea knows of Melinda's gift, helps her figure out why a certain ghost is earthbound. Throughout the season, Melinda catches glimpses of a ghost named Romano, a former cult leader from Europe who influenced his followers to commit a mass suicide in 1939, his own suicide transformed him into an earthbound negative entity. Romano attempts to do the exact opposite of Melinda and gather earthbound souls and prevent them from crossing over into the light.
At the end of the season, a plane crashes just outside Grandview. Melinda and Romano struggle over the 300 souls of people. Melinda convinces most of the ghosts to cross over, although Romano convinces a select few to come with him. Melinda suffers a huge personal loss when it is revealed that Andrea was killed when her car got caught in the path of the plane crash as she was driving to her brother's apartment. Ghost Whisperer is based on the work of "Spirit Communicator" James Van Praagh, co-executive producer and updates a blog about the show through LivingTV; the stories are said to be based in part on the work of "Spirit Communicator" Mary Ann Winkowski. Development of the show dates back to at least two years before its premiere; the show was produced by Sander/Moses Productions in association with CBS Television Studios. The show was filmed on the Universal Studios back lot in Los Angeles. One area on the lot is Courthouse Square from the Back to the Future trilogy, though it has been drastically modified to depict Grandview.
For example, the clock tower in Back to the Future has been covered up. Cast and crew members believe. Sound effects were completed at Smart Post Sound. Visual effects for the pilot and some season one episodes were completed at Flash Film Works. Visual effects for nearly the entire series were created at Eden FX. Creator John Gray grew up in Brooklyn, New York, not far from Grandview-On-Hudson, west of the Hudson River. Piermont is referenced in episodes as the neighboring town, accurate to real life as Grandview-On-Hudson is located just north of Piermont. Professor Rick Payne worked in the fictional "Rockland University," and not coincidentally, the actual Grandview, New York is a village located in Rockland County, New York. Jennifer Love Hewitt as Melinda Gordon Aisha Tyler as Andrea Marino David Conrad as Jim Clancy In 2015, Gavin Hetherington of SpoilerTV reviewed the two-part season finale as part of a Throwback Thursday special on the site on August 27. Gavin looked back at the season closer fondly, calling it "sensational."
He said that the show "knocked this one out of the park." It had such a high-stakes dilemma that soared the show to new heights, proving it could be exciting and emotional all at the same time. The actors delivered the writing was just amazing. We have John Gray to thank for this wonderful show and for writing this wonderful episode."
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Hallmark Hall of Fame called Hallmark Television Playhouse, is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas City-based greeting card company. The longest-running primetime series in the history of television, it first aired in 1951 and continues into the present day. From 1954 onward, all of its productions have been broadcast in color, it is one of the first video productions to telecast in color, a rarity in the 1950s. Many television movies have been shown on the program since its debut, though the program began with live telecasts of dramas and changed to videotaped productions before changing to filmed ones; the series has received eighty-one Emmy Awards, dozens of Christopher and Peabody Awards, nine Golden Globes, Humanitas Prizes. Once a common practice in American television, it is one of the last remaining television programs where the title includes the name of its sponsor. Unlike other long-running TV series still on the air, it differs in that it broadcasts only and not on a weekly broadcast programming schedule.
The Hall of Fame films have an above average budget and production values nearing that of a feature film. The series is the direct descendant of two old-time radio dramatic anthologies sponsored by Hallmark: Radio Reader's Digest, adapting stories from the popular magazine; the Hallmark Playhouse changed to more serious literature from all genres. Hallmark Television Playhouse debuted on December 24, 1951 on NBC television network first opera written for television and the Night Visitors featuring the ballet dancer Nicholas Magallanes. Playhouse was a weekly half hour. In 1953, the series was renamed Hallmark Hall of Fame, it was the first time a major corporation developed a television project as a means of promoting its products to the viewing public. The program was such a success that it was restaged by Hallmark several times during a period of fifteen years. Amahl was staged by other NBC television anthologies. Under the supervision of creative executives at its advertising agency, Foote and Belding in Chicago, Hallmark transformed its radio Hallmark Playhouse into a Hallmark Hall of Fame format—this time, featuring stories of pioneers of all types in America—from 1953 through 1955.
Early productions included some of the classical works of Shakespeare: Hamlet, Richard II, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Tempest. Biographical subjects were eclectic, ranging from Florence Nightingale to Father Flanagan to Joan of Arc. Popular Broadway plays such as Harvey, Dial M for Murder, Kiss Me, Kate were made available to a mass audience, most of them with casts that had not appeared in the film versions released to theatres. In a few cases, the actors repeated their original Broadway roles. Noted actors such as Richard Burton, Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne, Maurice Evans, Katharine Cornell, Julie Harris, Laurence Olivier and Peter Ustinov all made what were extremely rare television appearances in these plays. Two different productions of Hamlet have been broadcast on the Hallmark Hall of Fame, one featuring Maurice Evans and the other a British one featuring Richard Chamberlain; the 1953 version was the first TV broadcast of Shakespearean play. Neither one was more than two hours long.
Evans and actress Judith Anderson performed their famous stage Macbeth on the Hallmark Hall of Fame on two separate occasions, each time with a different supporting cast. The first version in 1954 was telecast live from NBC's Brooklyn color studio while the second in 1960 was filmed on location in Scotland and released to movie theatres in Europe after its American telecast; the Richard Chamberlain version of Hamlet, telecast in Britain on ITV Sunday Night Theatre, won five Emmys when telecast on the Hallmark Hall of Fame, out of a total of thirteen nominations. It may have set a record for the most-nominated Shakespeare production to be televised. In 1955, Hallmark Hall of Fame switched its format to a special series seen only four to eight times a year around greeting card holidays and in 90-minute or 120-minute length. Starting in 1970, the frequency dropped to two to three times a year; the source material were plays and novel from major authors and were produced with stage actors and actresses.
Hamlet and the other Shakespeare plays presented on Hallmark Hall of Fame were cut to fit the time limits of a standard film or of the Hallmark Hall of Fame itself, which during the 1950s,'60s and'70s never ran longer than two hours and even less. It was left to National Educational Television and Public Broadcasting Service to be the pioneers in presenting nearly complete Shakespeare productions on American television; as a result of Foote and Belding Advertising executive and producer Duane C. Bogie's influence, Hallmark Hall of Fame began to offer original material, such as Aunt Mary and Thursday's Child, although its lineup still consisted of expensive-looking Masterpiece Theatre-style adaptations of American and European literary classics, such as John Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae, Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol. A Tale of Two Cities was the first Hallmark production to run three hours.
The late 1980s featured productions such as Foxfire, My Name is Bill W. Sarah and Tall, O Pioneers!, To Dance With the White Dog, The Piano
White Irish Drinkers
White Irish Drinkers is a 2010 American drama film written and directed by John Gray and starring Nick Thurston and Geoffrey Wigdor. Brooklyn, 1975: brothers Brian and Danny Leary are looking for a way out of their working-class neighborhood, so they make a pact to rob a local theater on the night of a Rolling Stones concert. Nick Thurston as Brian Leary Regan Mizrahi as Young Brian Leary Geoffrey Wigdor as Danny Leary Anthony Amorim as Young Danny Leary Stephen Lang as Patrick Leary Karen Allen as Margaret Leary Peter Riegert as Whitey Zachary Booth as Todd McKay Leslie Murphy as Shauna Robbie Sublett as Ray Michael Drayer as Dennis Henry Zebrowski as Jerry Ken Jennings as Jimmy Cheeks Jackie Martling as Cop Jimmy Palumbo as Jimmy Lana Del Rey as Diane White Irish Drinkers film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Screen Media Films; the film was theatrically released on March 26, 2011. Since premiering at Toronto, the film has won awards at the Manhattan, Chicago United, Woodstock Film Festivals.
The film was a finalist for the Gotham Festival Genius Award. White Irish Drinkers on IMDb White Irish Drinkers at Rotten Tomatoes White Irish Drinkers at AllMovie White Irish Drinkers at Box Office Mojo White Irish Drinkers at Metacritic
National Diet Library
The National Diet Library is the national library of Japan and among the largest libraries in the world. It was established in 1948 for the purpose of assisting members of the National Diet of Japan in researching matters of public policy; the library is similar in scope to the United States Library of Congress. The National Diet Library consists of two main facilities in Tōkyō and Kyōtō, several other branch libraries throughout Japan; the National Diet Library is the successor of three separate libraries: the library of the House of Peers, the library of the House of Representatives, both of which were established at the creation of Japan's Imperial Diet in 1890. The Diet's power in prewar Japan was limited, its need for information was "correspondingly small"; the original Diet libraries "never developed either the collections or the services which might have made them vital adjuncts of genuinely responsible legislative activity". Until Japan's defeat, the executive had controlled all political documents, depriving the people and the Diet of access to vital information.
The U. S. occupation forces under General Douglas MacArthur deemed reform of the Diet library system to be an important part of the democratization of Japan after its defeat in World War II. In 1946, each house of the Diet formed its own National Diet Library Standing Committee. Hani Gorō, a Marxist historian, imprisoned during the war for thought crimes and had been elected to the House of Councillors after the war, spearheaded the reform efforts. Hani envisioned the new body as "both a'citadel of popular sovereignty'", the means of realizing a "peaceful revolution"; the Occupation officers responsible for overseeing library reforms reported that, although the Occupation was a catalyst for change, local initiative pre-existed the Occupation, the successful reforms were due to dedicated Japanese like Hani. The National Diet Library opened in June 1948 in the present-day State Guest-House with an initial collection of 100,000 volumes; the first Librarian of the Diet Library was the politician Tokujirō Kanamori.
The philosopher Masakazu Nakai served as the first Vice Librarian. In 1949, the NDL became the only national library in Japan. At this time the collection gained an additional million volumes housed in the former National Library in Ueno. In 1961, the NDL opened at its present location in Nagatachō, adjacent to the National Diet. In 1986, the NDL's Annex was completed to accommodate a combined total of 12 million books and periodicals; the Kansai-kan, which opened in October 2002 in the Kansai Science City, has a collection of 6 million items. In May 2002, the NDL opened a new branch, the International Library of Children's Literature, in the former building of the Imperial Library in Ueno; this branch contains some 400,000 items of children's literature from around the world. Though the NDL's original mandate was to be a research library for the National Diet, the general public is the largest consumer of the library's services. In the fiscal year ending March 2004, for example, the library reported more than 250,000 reference inquiries.
As Japan's national library, the NDL collects copies of all publications published in Japan. Moreover, because the NDL serves as a research library for Diet members, their staffs, the general public, it maintains an extensive collection of materials published in foreign languages on a wide range of topics; the NDL has eight major specialized collections: Modern Political and Constitutional History. The Modern Political and Constitutional History Collection comprises some 300,000 items related to Japan's political and legal modernization in the 19th century, including the original document archives of important Japanese statesmen from the latter half of the 19th century and the early 20th century like Itō Hirobumi, Iwakura Tomomi, Sanjō Sanetomi, Mutsu Munemitsu, Terauchi Masatake, other influential figures from the Meiji and Taishō periods; the NDL has an extensive microform collection of some 30 million pages of documents relating to the Occupation of Japan after World War II. This collection include the documents prepared by General Headquarters and the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, the Far Eastern Commission, the United States Strategic Bombing Survey Team.
The Laws and Preliminary Records Collection consists of some 170,000 Japanese and 200,000 foreign-language documents concerning proceedings of the National Diet and the legislatures of some 70 foreign countries, the official gazettes, judicial opinions, international treaties pertaining to some 150 foreign countries. The NDL maintains a collection of some 530,000 books and booklets and 2 million microform titles relating to the sciences; these materials include, among other things, foreign doctoral dissertations in the sciences, the proceedings and reports of academic societies, catalogues of technical standards, etc. The NDL has a collection of 440,000 maps of Japan and other countries, including the topographica