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OPINION: Jake Borelli – Aka Dr. Levi Schmitt – Is The McPerfect Addition To ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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The longest running medical series in television history, Grey’s Anatomy, returns for it’s winter premiere tonight, which is great news because my deficiency had some crazy side effects…my tailbone may never recover from all the rocking back and forth. There are so many reasons to love the primetime drama but there is one new addition that deserves a special shout out – the adorably charming underdog Dr. Levi Schmitt played by Jake Borelli!

Jake may have only joined the cast one season ago but fans are falling fast for the bespectacled intern. For good reason too! You don’t need 20/20 vision to see that Dr. Levi Schmitt is the bee’s knees.

He’s relatable.

We all feel a bit like a fish out water when starting a new job. There are unfamiliar systems in place. Employee cliques that seem intimidating. Plus there’s the overwhelming pressure to excel at the job. Now imagine that in addition to this, you are trying to save someone’s life. I get nervous just trying to pluck the funny bone when I play Operation. Levi reminds us all of what it means to be a beginner, which is nice to see since so much of the veteran cast has grown to be the best in their field.

He’s funny.

Oh Levi…aka Glasses…aka Bloodbank…aka Skippy. Whether you are laughing at him or with him, you can’t deny the comedy surrounding Levi. His squeamish reaction to blood and overwhelming clumsiness make for some big laughs. It’s hilarious that a surgical intern can’t wear contacts because “they required me to touch my eyeball with my finger.”

He reminds us of George O’Malley.

Hmm a cute-in-a-dorky-way intern whose nerves get the best of him…sound familiar? George’s earnest attitude and determination made him a fan favorite. The same can be said for Levi. Let’s just hope 007 is not the next nickname for the new intern!

His new found relationship with Dr. Nico Kim is beautifully necessary.

Levi’s coming out story is a powerful arc that deserves some serious recognition. Grey’s has featured lots of LGBTQ storylines but this one provides a sweet twist that not many saw. Levi has never been in a homosexual relationship, so he could have easily been written to feel ashamed about his newfound urges. Instead, he feels the opposite:

“Sex wasn’t on the table for us, so I didn’t know I was gay. I knew I had feelings for boys, but I didn’t understand it. Not until you kissed me. You kissed me, and I felt the opposite of shame. I felt like I existed and everything fell into place. For the first time, it felt like I was holding the sun sword, and I… [Nico kisses him] are you just kissing me to stop me from talking?”

Come on! How could you not be shippin’ for these two?! The only thing that surpasses the writing in this exchange was Jake’s performance. His ability unlock a vulnerability that captivates fans might have something to do with Jake’s own recent coming out! Go Schmico go!

Oh Grey’s thanks for bringing Levi Schmitt to our television screens! And a bigger thanks to the casting team for finding the McPerfect Jake Borelli!

Don’t forget to tune into the winter premiere of Grey’s Anatomy tonight on ABC at 8p EST. Click below to catch a sneak peek!

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John Krasinski Virtually Gathers ‘Hamilton’ Cast To Give A Surprise Performance To A Young Fan

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These Broadway stars did not throw away their shot to give one young fan a very memorable birthday surprise.

Everyone’s favorite The Office star, John Krasinski (don’t tell Steve Carrell), has been delivering some good news on his new, appropriately titled  YouTube show, Some Good News. With the world practically in suspended animation due to the coronavirus pandemic, Krasinski is using the platform to share some positivity and provide a distraction from the saturation of bad going on right now. You could even say his shows gives viewers a chance to quiet themselves for a bit…turn their minds into A Quiet Place if you will. Gotta love low-hanging fruit. In any event, the latest episode shows Krasinki delivering some really good news to a young fan who was facing a birthday disappointment.

The nine-year old Aubrey had plans to see the mega hit musical Hamilton for her birthday. And in case you’ve been living in suspended animation for much longer than this quarantine, tickets for the hottest show around are still nearly impossible to come by. Imagine how bummed little Aubrey must have been to find that all theaters have been shut down due to the social distancing guidelines. Well, Krasinski had a way to combat that sadness and brought Hamilton to Aubrey.

Krasinski gathered the cast of Hamilton, including stars like Anthony Ramos, Daveed Diggs and Renée Elise Goldsberry and show creator/star/genius Lin-Manuel Miranda, to give a virtual performance to the young fan via Zoom. The icing on the birthday cake? Krasinski also promised to fly Aubrey out to NYC to see the musical live when all of this is over. See…I told you he was The Office favorite.

Takes minute to take in some good today and watch the video below!

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Ben Platt Performs A Choral Beyoncé Cover And Of Course It’s Amazing

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Like Queen B said if you got it, flaunt it.

He made you cry in Dear Evan Hansen. He made you laugh in Pitch Perfect. And lately he has just been impressing the hell out of us with his viral videos. Ben Platt has got some golden pipes and always delivers big feels when he sings. Just a few days ago, Ben and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen went viral for their at home performance of “You Will Be Found,” which I may or may not still be misty eyed from. Well, Ben has gone viral again but this time it won’t provoke tears…unless they are tears of happiness because you never thought a Beyoncé song could get any better yet here we are. Ben and his pal tik-took to TikTok to share a choral version of Beyoncé’s hit song “Check On It.” The duo absolutely nails the cover and my only complaint is that the performance isn’t long enough. How can we convince Ben to do a choral reprisal of Beyoncé’s entire Coachella performance?!

Check out the impressive video below!

@henpla@tayloresings @naomijoyturner How did we do?? ##beyoncé ##quarantunes ##fyp ##foryoupage♬ original sound – henpla

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Ina Garten Makes The Perfect Quarantine Cocktail In Funny Video

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If the Barefoot Contessa says any hour is cocktail hour then who are we to argue?!

Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa herself, took to Instagram to “keep tradition alive” during these stressful, isolated times. What tradition is she most concerned with? One near and dear to all of us of course, cocktail hour! In the two-minute video, Ina gives a tutorial on how to whip up a batch of her favorite cosmopolitans. We all watch the contessa for her signature brand of calm speaking tones and party planning panache and while this video delivers on what we’d expect, Ina throws in a couple funny jokes that you would never see coming. She begins the tutorial by instructing viewers to grab a big pitcher because “you never know who is going to stop by – wait – nobody is going to stop by.” She goes on later to remind viewers that “during a crisis, you know, cocktail hour can be almost any hour.”  Ina wraps up the demonstration by advising viewers to choose the right martini glass when making this drink before pulling out a giant one for herself! Look at Ina getting all loosey-grey-goosey with us!

Enjoy any-hour happy-hour and check out the funny video below!

 

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It’s always cocktail hour in a crisis! Recipe link in profile. #staysafe

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