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OPEN LETTER TO JOE LANDO ON HIS SIXTIETH BIRTHDAY

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Dear Joe,

Happy Sixtieth Birthday, Joe Lando! Sixty! It cannot be. Our sweet Sully has now lived a full decade past the half-century mark. The mind reels, the heart thumps. Joe, your fans love you, even after all these years. You are still one handsome devil. That old silver screen needs to see more of the old silver fox, you, the actor who played so brilliantly one of the iconic characters of a generation, Byron Sully, on one of the most iconic shows of a generation, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

Young Joe Lando

But Joe, these days your fans just don’t see you enough — not on the screen and not on social media. Many wonder why. Here it is your big birthday and the only way your fans know that you are turning 60 is in part because of a “Sully sighting.” That’s what your fans call the infrequent surfacing of you, the reclusive Joe Lando. You know those rare occasions when reluctant Joe makes an appearance, as you did at Paramount Ranch for a recent fundraiser with your Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman co-star, Jane Seymour. You do, as Sully did, come and go in mysterious ways, don’t you?

Joe Lando as Sully, Jane Seymour Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

And then again there you were on Jane Seymour’s social media sites with pictures of you and Jane and two of the Dr. Quinn fan favorites, William Shockley and Jason Leland Adams. Hearts across the world pounded! People magazine ran with the photos with mention of your big birthday and the mini-Dr. Quinn reunion, which quickly was picked up by your social media fan pages. Thank goodness for the devoted administrators and fans of your many fan pages. Of course, you appreciate them.

We need more of you, Joe, and more from you. So let us use the occasion of your 60th birthday to have a serious talk with you. I hope you don’t mind my asking you a few questions. Of course, Joe, all your fans are always grateful for the Sully sightings. But why are they so infrequent? What’s the deal, Joe? You are still making movies and appearing in TV shows. But you have no presence on social media sites, no interaction with your fans. No sharing of when you land(o) a new role. Are you in the witness protection program, Joe? Is that why the glasses and the beard, Joe? Are you back to hiding in a cave, Joe?

Just in case you don’t realize it, and I share this with love: Joe, your fans miss you! They want to see more of you. They want to hear more from you. They’ve stuck with you through thick and thin. Did you mean to desert them, Joe? Surely, not.

Please check out the Joe Lando fan pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where your loyal fans continue to honor you and your career. All these years later Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman remains a fan favorite and is aired in nearly a hundred countries around the world. It’s a testament to your talent that you remain in your fan’s hearts and minds 23 years since CBS unceremoniously canceled the series. It’s amazing to think that for some you were their first heartthrob, and for many, might be their last. But now, you, who gave the world Sully, Joe taketh away. Give us more, Joe. Please!

Without you sharing just a little bit more of yourself, you leave your fans with their runaway imaginations and lots and lots of questions. Here are a few questions your fans would like answered: Do you miss Sully or does he continue to live inside you? Maybe you came to resent your association with him. Did you come to despise him? As an actor do you wish you had been born not quite so handsome? Reaching the milestone, 60, as Sinatra asked in song, do you have regrets, if just a few? And how about this: Does all the adoration thrown your way cause you discomfort? Is that the reason for your virtual retreat from public life, the reason you no longer post to your Twitter feed or maintain your website?

Joe Lando, Friendsgiving

It’s almost as if you broke up with your fans. Was it something they said? Perhaps you do not know that many of your fans feel that you have abandoned them. They don’t say it out loud. But they do behind the scenes. They want to understand why. Your fans really do love you and miss you.

OK, Joe. Back to the real point of this letter. On this your 60th birthday, thanks Joe, for all the memories. Happy Birthday and wishing you many, many more, and only good things in your future. Sixty is a terrific age. After all, 60 is the new forty.

But on that matter of the breakup. It’s time to makeup. Joe. Joe, Joe, comeback Joe! Comeback!!!!!!

With only good wishes, Halli.

P.S. I’m open to an interview. You? You can find me at https://www.hallicasser-jayne.com

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For more on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman listen to my interviews with Diane Ladd and Michele Lee. You can find them here >>

BREAKING NEWS

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Breaking news from The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with Matthew Cooper! But you’ll have to stick around for the hour to hear what it is. We promise not to bore you. Boy oh boy, it’s been quite a week in politics and politics is what we talk about on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper slice and dice all things politics, and our lawmakers too.

The Kyle Rittenhouse verdict ricocheted across our politics this week. Was it a vote for vigilantism? And what of Fox News and Tucker Carlson? Has Fox officially declared itself pro-vigilantism? We take a deep dive into Mr. Carlson’s shenanigans and Fox News. Speaker Nancy Pelosi once again came through for the Democrats, passing the Build Back Better legislation through the House. It goes to the Senate? Will Joe Manchin let it leave? Is President Joe Biden getting enough credit for his accomplishments? Covid19 is again raging across Europe and lockdown fury has become a thang overseas. But Angela Merkle, not one to ring alarm bells, is warning Germany that it has never seen anything like what is happening now. Inflation, inflation, inflation. Did a colonoscopy bring us, however briefly, our first woman POTUS? Who is the most influential politician of 2021: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, or Joe Manchin?

Breaking news from The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Build Back Better, Kyle Rittenhouse, Tucker Carlson and Fox News, Covid19, inflation…inflation…inflation. There is a lot to get to. Have a listen to what Halli and Matt have to say on this week’s episode of The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast with Matthew Cooper. It’s politics at its best. We cover it all. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

YOU WIN SOME AND YOU LOSE SOME

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

You win some and you lose some and that’s what happened in the off-year election, the Democrats losing the Virginia governorship but holding onto New Jersey. And then the spin began and that’s where we begin our conversation this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper sit down to discuss the latest political news.

You win some and you lose some. Question: Who is the better spinner, Democrats or Republicans? Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated former Democratic Governor McAuliff, but history shows that the party in power in Washington almost always loses Virginia off-year elections. It’s been 40 years since a Democrat one two consecutive terms in New Jersey. Governor Phil Murphy did. But on the theme of good news and bad news, the Covid-19 vaccination for children has been approved, but despite a growing vaccination rate in the U.S. and abroad, Covid-19 is on the rise in Europe. The House is expected to finally pass the Infrastructure Bill and the Build Back Better Plan. That’s good news. The bad news: They didn’t pass either prior to the election. There’s more news on Donald Trump, on voting rights legislation, climate change, the Steele Dossier, the January 6 Committee and much more.

You win some and you lose some. Will the Democrats be able to win the vote of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin on the Build Back Better Plan? Will NYSD lose in its efforts to indict former President Trump? Jobs, jobs, jobs! There is a lot more in political news. Have a listen to what Halli and Matt have to say on this week’s episode of The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast with Matthew Cooper. It’s politics at its best. We cover it all. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

DEMS: QUIT WHINING & POP THAT CORK!

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Democrats: Quit your damn whining and pop that cork. It ain’t perfect, but it appears that President Joe Biden is about to snatch an important victory from the jaws of defeat and his Build Back Better Plan will soon become one of the most important pieces of legislation passed by a President of the United States. Is it what everyone wanted? No, but there’s enough in Build Back Better for every Democrat to claim victory and that’s where we begin our conversation this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper sit down to discuss the latest political news.

It’s been a long slog. And, it isn’t exactly over. But it’s a pretty certain bet that Build Back Better is about to be passed, despite the team of S & M, Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin’s efforts to put the kibosh on the legislation every step along the way. There’s more in political news. Where oh where is Steve Bannon and why is the January 6 Committee still talking about what they will do, but don’t  do? Halli wonders if the Committee is afraid of the answers they will surely find. Wait until you hear what Matt has to say when Halli asks him what should happen to former President Trump if the committee can prove he attempted a coup. There’s Covid19 news to discuss. Tucker Carlson is a topic. Can former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliff pull off the win? Alec Baldwin, Ron DeSantis, the relationship between Vice President Harris and POTUS are part of the discussion, the economy and oh, so much more.

Have a listen to what Halli and Matt have to say on this week’s episode of The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast with Matthew Cooper. It’s politics at its best; truly, we cover it all. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

POLITICS, IT’S ALWAYS DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

It’s always darkest before the dawn, and that’s true in politics and that’s where we begin our conversation this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper sit down to discuss the latest political news.

Democrats are fighting with Democrats, Republicans are fighting with Democrats, Build Back Better, infrastructure, reconciliation — getting Joe Biden’s legislation passed has turned into a dog fight. That dynamic S & M duo, Senator Manchin of West Virginia and Senator Sinema of Arizona are torturing us to the end. Until the deal is signed, sealed and delivered President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party and the citizens of the United States remain at their mercy. Nine Republicans joined with the Democrats and voted to hold the defiant Steve Bannon in contempt when he refused to honor the subpoena to appear before the Jan 6th Committee, but who knows where that will lead. Winter starts moving in and Covid19 cases rise. Anti-Semitic tropes enter the contentious Virginia race for governor. Biden’s poll numbers reflect his frustrated base who want his legislation passed now! Listen to what Halli and Matt have to say on this week’s episode of The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast with Matthew Cooper.  

It’s always darkest before the dawn. Infrastructure, Build Back Better, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Covid-19, Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, the January 6th Commission, the Alec Baldwin shooting and gun control. It’s politics at its best; truly, we cover it all. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

LIMBO IS A PLACE IN POLITICAL HELL

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Limbo is a place in political hell and that’s just where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper sit down to discuss the latest political news.

Build Back Better, infrastructure, reconciliation, waiting…waiting…waiting. Waiting is torture, and waiting we are to see just how that dynamic S & M duo, Senator Manchin of West Virginia and Senator Sinema of Arizona will actually vote. Waiting to see what the Jan. 6th Committee does when Republicans defy their subpoenas. Waiting to see if Covid19 is really on the retreat. Waiting, waiting, waiting…and that’s not a good place for the Democrats to be. Will getting their agenda passed, far less than what they initially promised, fix the frustration? And as their agenda remains in limbo, what of the Republicans who never missed an opportunity to grab the headlines and push their message while the Democrats clutch pearls. No, limbo is not a good place for Democrats to be.  Tune in. We’re always lively and honest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast with Matthew Cooper.  

Infrastructure, abortion rights, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Covid-19, the Supreme Court, Donald Trump, the January 6th Committee. It’s politics at its best. Truly, we cover it all. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF MISHIGAS

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Bring out the bagels and lox. Settle in. We’ve got a lot to get to. Oy, that Democratic Party and all its mishigas. What a week of drama they brought us all, including that S & M duo and all their torturing: Senators Joe Manchin and Kysteren Sinema. There will be a vote and there won’t — hostage taking at its best, and that’s just where we  begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast when joining Halli at her table to discuss the latest political news is her partner in politics former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper.

Definition of the Yiddish word mishigas: craziness; silliness; tomfoolery; nonsense. We surely did get a lot of that from the Democratic Party this week and a lesson in the art of war as the two factions of the party, the liberals and the moderates went at each other, more like a clown fight than two gladiators after each other in a coliseum. Caught in the middle, as usual, are We the People. We ought to worry when the Democrats control the House, the Senate and the Executive Branch of government and they can’t bring home the much-needed infrastructure package and the social programs most Americans have been waiting for for far too long. Is all lost? Probably not. But have the Democrats given the Republicans who know how to turn fodder into gold bullions on a platter their ammunition? Tune in. We’re always lively and honest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast with Matthew Cooper.  

Infrastructure, abortion rights, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Covid-19, the Supreme Court, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the January 6th Commission. It’s politics at its best. Truly, we cover it all. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

AMERICA LIKE A HAMSTER ON A WHEEL, UGH!

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

America is like a hamster on a wheel, round and round it goes and where it stops nobody knows. Covid19, the debt ceiling fight, infrastructure, immigration, Trump. We all know what ails us, but the problems never get solved. Outrage and frustration have become most Americans constant companions and that’s just where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast when joining Halli at her table to discuss the latest in politics is her partner in politics former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper.

Round and round we go, our so-called leaders fighting the same old battles. Mask mandates or not? Vaccine mandates or not? Raise the debt ceiling or not? Immigration reform? Pass an infrastructure bill? Abolish Roe v. Wade? Arrest Former President Trump for sedition. Wasn’t Matt Gaetz supposed to have been arrested weeks ago? Halli sees America as stuck, Matt has other ideas. Do we expect enough from our leaders, or too much? It’s a spirited conversation. Tune in. It’s always lively on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast with Matthew Cooper.  

America like a hamster on a wheel. Infrastructure, the debt ceiling, Covid-19, Floriduh, Floriduh, Floriduh, Governor Ron DeSantis, Voodoo medicine, build back better, the not so Supreme Court, immigration, Haiti, anti-Semitism. Johnny Mathis is 85 years old, waat? Truly, we cover it all. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

IT’S MOURNING AGAIN IN AMERICA

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

It’s mourning again in America as the Covid-19 Pandemic takes it’s toll on America and refrigeration trucks are deployed all across the country as people die unnecessarily from the virus and morgues are overwhelmed. Welcome to the effects of Republican madness and The Halli Casser-Jayne Show and that’s just where we begin this week when joining Halli at her table to discuss the latest political news is her partner in politics former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper.

IT'S MOURNING AGAIN IN AMERICA

We mourn. We mourn those who have lost their lives to Covid-19 unnecessarily when a simple jab in the arm might have saved their lives. We mourn the loss of Texas women’s right to choose what happens to their bodies as the Supreme Court eviscerates by a shadow vote in the dark of night Roe v. Wade. We mourn for the lives lost twenty years ago, the 2,750 people who were killed in New York, 184 at the Pentagon, and 40 in Pennsylvania when America was attacked by terrorists. But we also celebrate. There is a vaccine to thwart a ruthless virus. American women are strong and will stand up and fight for their rights, and there are a lot of men who will stand up with them. The terrorists hit us hard, but we fought back and though America has lots of demons to fight right here at home, we are still here.

It’s mourning again in America. But we will survive Covid-19, reckless, cynical governors like Ron DeSantis and Gregg Abbott, a Supreme Court that has turned itself into a lowly Night Court. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

DOG DAYS OF RON DESANTIS

Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

It’s August, and the dog days of Ron DeSantis are upon us. While the Governor of Florida mandates no mask mandates, Florida hospitals crumble under the weight of Covid-19 cases. Schools open and parents anguish, send their kids to public schools or not, a Sophie’s Choice question forced on moms and dads statewide due to the Florida governor’s malfeasance. Welcome to Republican madness and The Halli Casser-Jayne Show and that’s just where we begin this week when joining Halli at her table to discuss the latest political news is her partner in politics former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper.

Yes, it’s August and the dog days of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are upon us. Remember, what happens in Florida does not stay in Florida. Holding fast to the governor’s mandate of a no mask mandate despite the objections of health officials nationwide, Florida Covid-19 cases surge to their highest levels since the pandemic began, the Delta variant more virulent than earlier strains of the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly twenty-five thousand new cases were reported in one day in Florida, some 15,449 residents hospitalized with only 230 of 261 hospitals reporting their COVID patients and nearly 90 percent of the state’s intensive care unit beds filled. Over 600 Floridians died this week, the total Florida Covid-19 deaths now over 40,000, a catastrophe of one man’s bad judgment, Governor Ron DeSantis. Will he reverse course? Halli and Matt ponder that question and slice and dice the other political news of the week, and there is much. Tune in.

The dog days of Ron DeSantis, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigns, the bipartisan passage of Joe Biden’s Infrastructure bill, Matt Gaetz, the Afghanistan tragedy, Rand Paul as squirrel, inflation, and for comic relief a little bit on Rudy Giuliani. But that’s just where we begin. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. See you there!

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