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 14 October, 2017
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First of all so sorry for the lack of updates. I know VAN HELSING aired it’s season two premiere, but I haven’t been able to see it yet, let alone cap it up for the gallery. When I do I’ll post that plus a HQ still I have. Again so sorry. For now here is an article about Laura’s new series LOUDERMILK where she plays Allison. I might have some promo shots and posters from the series. When that comes on I’ll have the screencaps for you as the show airs. I’m also working on a new layout. Not sure what I’m going to be doing…..

2 new comedies: ‘Loudermilk’ full of laughs, ‘Hit the Road’ just full of it

By David Wiegand The San Francisco Chronicle
October 13, 2017 Updated: October 13, 2017 1:37pm

Sam Loudermilk doesn’t care a whit if you like him. Ken Swallow will do almost anything to win you over.

The lead characters of the new AT&T Audience Network comedies, “Loudermilk” and “Hit the Road,” couldn’t be more unalike. The two shows couldn’t be more unalike either, as you’ll see when they premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 17: “Loudermilk” is a sweet-and-sour gem. “Hit the Road” is television roadkill.

Sam Loudermilk (Ron Livingston) is a former rock journalist and recovering alcoholic who now works as a substance abuse counselor, holding group meetings at a local Catholic church. He is brash, antisocial, irritating, impatient, irascible, generally indifferent to what others think of him and a counterintuitively likable antihero. He rooms with his sponsor, Ben (Will Sasso), regularly tests the patience of Father Michael (Eric Keenleyside) and exercises tough love when it comes to working with his recovery group. He’s as misanthropic about his personal life as he is about his job. Yet, in spite of the fact that he offends new neighbor Allison (Laura Mennell) at their first meeting, she ends up liking the guy. Grudgingly, so do many others.

Father Michael is ready to evict the recovery group from the church because of Loudermilk’s bad behavior, but gives him one last chance: He can stay if he agrees to help Claire (Anja Savcic), the drug-addicted daughter of wealthy and recently widowed Jane Wilkes (Anna Galvin).

The series was created by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort, and while the notion of a lovable curmudgeon is hardly new, “Loudermilk” stands out for several reasons, first among them, the show’s beautifully realized scripts, followed closely behind by fascinating performances by Livingston, Savcic and others. Clearly, the writers have paid as much attention to the minor characters as they have the leads. There is an easy naturalism woven nicely into the show, with a focus on character as the driving elements of the story.

Speaking of driving, Jason Alexander co-created “Hit the Road” with Peter Tilden and Dean Craig. The series focuses on a family of musicians who drive around the country in a used RV, trying to get any gig they can. The family includes dad Ken (Alexander), a former used-car dealer from King of Prussia, Pa.; mom Meg (Amy Pietz); teenage daughter Ria (Natalie Sharp), who readily uses sex in a vain attempt to advance her career; son Alex (Nick Marini); dopey and doped, diminutive diva Casey (Maddie Dixon-Poirier); and adopted son Jermaine (Tim Johnson Jr.), who is given to nosebleeds and desperately wants out of the family band. We can identify.

The concept of the family band as the un-Partridge Family isn’t terrible. The execution is. The humor is nonexistent, the raunchiness misfires, the characters are tiresome, the scripts are childish and the performances embarrassing. The family’s last name is Swallow, which leads to a tedious string of obvious jokes that fall flat.

Given how small the bus is and how many Swallows there are, they make a rule for coexistence: no “No. 2s” in the RV. Unfortunately, there is a lot of No. 2 on “Hit the Road.” In fact, the show is full of it.

David Wiegand is an assistant managing editor and the TV critic of The San Francisco Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook. Email: dwiegand@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @WaitWhat_TV

SNOOZING VIEWERHit the Road: Comedy. 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. AT&T Audience Network.

POLITE APPLAUSELoudermilk: Comedy. 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. AT&T Audience Network.

SOURCE: THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

 08 September, 2017
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As Laura does each year, she submits a creation to benefit The Kidney Foundation and this year is nothing different. Last year Laura provided a lovely collage for the same charity. This time around it’s a sweet painting of what looks like her adorable little guy, Louie. If you feel in the charitable mood, please consider bidding. The links are in Laura’s embedded Instagram post.

 06 July, 2017
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Laura has just been added to the cast of the Amazon series THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE in the character of Hedda Parsons. I’m not really familiar with the show, but I’ll be boning up. The name sounds like a combination of the late gossip queens Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons. Congratulations Laura.

Alphas Alum to Castle

* Season 3 of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle has added Laura Mennell (Alphas) as Hedda Parsons, the queen of the New York Nazi Reich scene, and Eijiro Ozaki (Heroes Reborn) as Japanese Admiral Inokuchi, our sister site Deadline reports. Both roles are recurring.

SOURCE: TVLINE

 26 June, 2017
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I’m not sure if this is on in the States, though I have a feeling it might be, but here in Canada we have VAN HELSING available for streaming. Please make sure you add it to your favourites so you can let Netflix know you appreciate them obtaining the show.

 02 May, 2017
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Laura’s episode of REAL DETECTIVE called Every Rose Has A Thorn aired on March 30th is ready for you. Here Laura played the real-life part of murderess Tammy Armstrong, a woman who murdered, then dismembered her boyfriend John E. Maier, then discarded his body. Yes, people like this actually exist. Laura did an admirable job of portraying what we call the dregs of society. I’m thinking of Farrah Fawcett who played child killer Diane Downes who shot her own children and injuring one. It’s hard to play these types of people because of the depravity of the crime, kudos to Laura for taking this on.

 18 April, 2017
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On this day I’d like to wish Laura the Happiest of Birthdays. She turns a lovely 37 today and here’s hoping she has a great one with good drink, good friends, a vegetarian cake and her little Louie. All my best.

 13 February, 2017
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This didn’t take long. Laura has just announced that they’ve started filming season two of VAN HELSING. Looks like we might not have to wait long to find out what kind of bad-assery Rebecca will be up to. Poor Vanessa.

 08 February, 2017
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Some news on VAN HELSING season two. According to Den of Geek, the show will return in late 2017, and like the first season will consist of thirteen episodes. More below.

Van Helsing Season 2 Release Date, Trailer, and More

During the long wait until Van Helsing season 2, stay tuned for the release date of the premiere, cast announcements, and other news!

Syfy has officially confirmed that Van Helsing season 2 will happen in 2017. Like the first, Van Helsing season 2 will run for 13 episodes. If you missed our reviews of season 1 and other news surrounding the show, you can catch up here. In the meantime, fans are anticipating a release date and news of added cast members.

“It’s with great pleasure and extreme excitement that all of us involved with Van Helsing receive the news of a pick-up for a second season, especially this early in our initial run,” said Showrunner Neil LaBute in a statement in October. “We have a wonderful and terrifying road ahead planned for Vanessa, her allies and her enemies. I think this is a world and a story that can be sustained for many years and I am inspired to do so thanks to Syfy’s obvious trust and commitment in the storytellers, cast and crew. The team is very thankful and ready to go—ready to get back on the road to Denver and to spill a lot of blood along the way.”

“We could not be more thrilled to receive a second season nod from our friends at Syfy,” added Chad Oakes, Executive Producer and Co-Chairman of Nomadic Pictures. “The incredibly talented cast, director, and writers, all lead by our fearless leader Neil LaBute, worked tirelessly to deliver us an amazing first season. We cannot wait to roll up our sleeves and continue this journey together.”

Van Helsing Season 2 Teaser

During the long hiatus before Van Helsing season 2 arrives, Syfy has given fans the following teaser to entice everyone to stay tuned until the show returns.

SOURCE: DEN OF GEEK

 08 February, 2017
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Here are the screencaps to Laura’s episode of the Canadian show TRAVELERS where she played the part of ADA PECKHAM. It was a one-off as I’m not sure if she will be making a return visit.

 08 February, 2017
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I’ve finally uploaded Laura’s final episode of VAN HELSING where she plays the part of Rebecca. It Begins was directed by actress Amanda Tapping (Col. Samantha Carter, Stargate: SG1) and finally saw the stand-off between Rebecca and Vanessa (Kelly Overton). And may I say what a low-blow there Rebecca in producing Vanessa’s daughter, Dylan (Hannah Cheramy). I’ve also uploaded two sets of HIRES stills for two episodes, updated an album with a promotional image, as well as updated two promotional images with HIRES versions. Also to let you know, none of the screencaps have been modified outside of their original format. The reason I do not edit them is because that is up to those who want to create your own artwork. By the way if you do create any with the screencaps/stills from the gallery, please don’t forget to credit back to the site. Also if you want to show off your work, I would love to add them to the Icon gallery for the site. So please use the Contact & Feedback form to submit.