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Remembering “Squad 51”: Petersen’s Automotive Museum

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If you find yourselves in LA, and you’re looking for something to do, you may want to head down to The Petersen’s Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. Petersen’s Automotive Museum is temporarily displaying “Squad 51” from “Emergency!” The squad is located in the “Hollywood Cars” section of the museum (she looks great there).

Last spring, the museum board asked us to come down and celebrate the squad’s temporary new home. What made the evening so special for me was that eight of the ten original LACoFD paramedics were there, and they were being honored at the ceremony. Some of these paramedics even trained Kevin and I when we first started shooting “Emergency!” In fact, I haven’t seen most of them since then. Some of the Project 51 crew was there and Hayma (Screech) Washington, my partner and Co-Executive Producer for USAR-1, stopped by as well.

Since I’ve seen “Squad 51” a few times before, I sneaked away from the festivities to have a look at some of the other vehicles. I saw a lot of really cool cars, but I saw one that made me stop dead in my tracks (and drool). I turned to Kristen and said, “I’d like to hit ‘Route 51’ in that!”

Variety: Chicken Soup For The Soul

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Chicken Soup For The Soul

Variety Magazine

This feel-good holiday program offers a solid portion of chicken schmaltz. Despite marvelous actors who make the performances enjoyable, the emotionally manipulative writing and music, combined with clichéd plots, make it a tedious hour.

Leeza Gibbons handily hosts a series of vignettes offering themes of love, hope and inspiration. She’s friendly, uncomplicated, wholesome, graceful and believable. She seems comfortable but a bit isolated on the large set. The lighting and Dan Slider’s music contribute to a seasonal atmosphere.

Individual pieces reflect excellent production values. In ‘Puppies for Sale,’ Jack Lemmon demonstrates why he is such a great actor, a master of the telling small gesture that conveys a complex character. Martin Sheen and Charles Durning are delightful as fatefully matched hospital patients in ‘The Window,’ well-written by Mary Francis from a George Target story. ‘Cookie Thief’ is wonderfully directed by Hayma Washington, who gets a standout performance from Paula Abdul and an engaging nonverbal portrayal from Ben Seigler.

By: Joan Van Tassel