Bill McCormick called in live from the World News Center to report the stunning news that no, Captain Marvel is not Wonder Woman. We also discussed why Game of Thrones has failed to develop weaponry beyond the pointy stick standard. Plus: Bill is not, nor has he ever been, a teenage girl.
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The legendary Henry Rollins joined the show to talk about his role in a new four-part docuseries Punk, which debuts March 11 on EPIX. We also discussed how music and fashion were attached to the English punk rock scene, why he embraced the punk rock community as a teenager, and the reason he turns down most punk rock documentaries (and why he chose to appear in this one).
Award-winning chef and Emmy-nominated TV host Edward Lee called in to talk about his book Buttermilk Graffiti, now out in paperback. We discussed the life-affirming meals that can take place both at a Michelin-star restaurant and a small community “hole in the wall,” how immigration fueled the innovation and evolution of American cuisine, and why it’s important for him to get out of the kitchen.
The legendary William Shatner made his debut appearance on The Big Wakeup Call when he called in to talk about his upcoming appearance at the Rosemont Theatre on March 8, where he’ll be hosting a special screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, followed by a conversation and Q&A. We had a fun chat about re-visiting his films, thoughtfully answering fans’ questions, and if we’ll see a tour for the 30th anniversary of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (my favorite of the series…and incidentally the one he directed).
Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan joined the BWUC Five Timers’ Club when they called in for a chat about Sunday Night’s Oscar ceremony, including the best and worst dressed, any indicators of future fashion trends, who was the most surprisingly dressed, and Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper revisited. Once I get the presses running again in my basement, they’ll get the official 5-timers commemorative t-shirt and certificate of achievement (suitable for framing).
Chicago Fire star Joe Minoso joined the show to talk about tonight’s crossover episodes of Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, beginning tonight at 8 CT on NBC-5 Chicago. Joe and I also discussed the stupidest Chicago winter ever and his roots in the area.
Film expert and TCM host Alicia Malone returned to our show with her thoughts on the upcoming Oscars and to chat about some of her favorite films. Watch Alicia on the red carpet during ABC’s coverage on Sunday.
New York Times #1 Bestselling Author Mark Greaney joined the show once again to discuss his new novel, the latest in his popular Gray Man series, Mission Critical. We talked about his travels, his writing process, the surrealism of writing in coffee shops on the road, surrounded by writers who want to be him, and how he stays organized (or not) while working on multiple books at once.
Hollywood gift guru Lash Fary returned to the show for a fun chat about what will be in the “Everyone Wins” nominee gift bags for the Academy Awards this year, including some amazing trips, rejuvenating procedures, carefully-crafted booze and some interesting edibles.
Bill McCormick from the World News Center called in to totally run what had been a very pleasant Friday with stories about slow motion Ebola, homicidal deer, self-sustaining robots feeding on flesh, and satellite-eating robots building a death star.