Ready4Air (TV) | 2tvchicks: Wishing For A Peaceful Day, Ahhhh, If Only

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September 22, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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We all know that as moms, we wish we could have a peaceful day. By peaceful, I mean not one single iota of fighting, bribing, screaming, persuading, lecturing, begging, or crying from our little ones or from ourselves either! Wouldn’t life be so much easier if our kids would learn how to say the following:

Sure, Mom, I’d love to clean up my toys.
Speaking of toys, I have so many of them that I will never complain about being bored.
I love what you made for dinner. May I have more, please?
I’m tired. I’m going to go put myself to bed now.
I love the clothes you picked out for me today.
I’m going to brush my teeth twice today, and maybe even floss.
May I help you carry in the groceries, Mom?
I see you’re on the phone, so I am going to play quietly with my sister.
In fact, I love my sister so much that I am not going to fight with her ever again.
I have a ton of homework and a book report to do. Instead of watching TV, I’m going to get to work and not wait until the last minute.
I would rather read a book like you suggested instead of playing my video games today.
I’m going to take out the garbage for you so the house won’t smell.
I see you’re peeing, so I wont interrupt.
I see you’re pooping, so I will definitely not interrupt.
I was very sweaty today, so I am going to take a shower all by myself.
I may even clean my ears, wash my hair, and get all my body parts without you monitoring me.
I miss Me-ma and Pop-pop and know how happy it would make them if I called them, so where is the phone?
I know you just vacuumed, so I am going to take my shoes off before I walk in the house with muddy sneakers.
I know how bad candy is for my teeth, so I prefer if you stop buying it for us.
I love eating my vegetables, too.
I know I look messy when I don’t let you do my hair, so please brush it for me.
Mom, I know you’re tired from working so much, so why don’t you take a nap and we will play quietly.
May I have water? I hate sugary juice!
Mom, when I told you your belly jiggles I meant it was cute, not gross!
Mom, thank you!
AHHHH, if only!

Ready4Air (TV) | 2tvchicks: My Boy–A Mother Cherishes One Special Job

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We are Blondie and Red, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | 2tvchicks: My Boy–A Mother Cherishes One Special Job

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September 9, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Nine! He’s 9 years old. How? Where did the time go? I sat in bed last night reminiscing about the day he was born. My eyes quickly filled with tears. Happy, joyous tears. My little baby isn’t a baby anymore. He’s growing out of his clothes faster than I can buy them. He’s smart and sassy, kind and handsome, loving and sweet. He’s precocious and argumentative. He’s difficult to the extreme. He’s my boy. My baby boy. I love every inch of his being.

I remember the nights he would keep me up with his colicky crying fits and I would dream of a day he would stop crying. I dreamt of a night he would let me sleep. Now, I wake up before him. Last night, I sat awake in the middle of the night editing a movie of his young nine years to surprise him with today. I looked at pictures–thousands of pictures–of his nine years on this earth. I know 9 doesn’t seem like it’s such a big deal or so significant, but to me it’s another year older for him, and another year closer to when he’s not going to think I’m so cool anymore.

I remembered practically every moment from the pictures I viewed and I was so happy–pure, simple happiness. The story of our life together was documented right before my eyes: vacations like Disney World, Aruba, and the Bahamas; camp outings, t-ball, and soccer; drum lessons and garage sales; dance parties and Nerf-gun wars; play dates and dinner dates; haircuts and bubble baths; train rides and WrestleMania; amusement parks and sand castles; pool days and bike rides; class projects and performances; birthday parties and holidays; sleepovers and ice cream sundaes; Legos and Matchbox cars; video games and basketball; movies and more. The hugs, the smiles, the laughter, the kisses. I recall them all vividly, but every tear and every tantrum fades in my memory. It’s the good times that I cherish. It’s the good times I remember when I reminisce. I hope that’s what my boy will remember one day, too.

I’m proud of the boy he has become, and how this blue-eyed darling boy changed my life. I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to be this boy’s mother–a “job” I will forever cherish. A job on some days I admit I want to quit, but I am quickly reminded of how special and lucky this life with my boy is. It’s far from easy being a mother, but on special occasions like this, it feels pretty spectacular to look at this little boy grow into a real person, with a real mind of his own, and charm his way into everyone’s heart. He’s 9 today, and I’m proud to call him my son.

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We are Blondie and Red, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | 2tvchicks: Just Another Day At The Beach

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September 2, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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It was vacation. It was supposed to be fun and relaxing, right? Well, not on this day. I was up early with kids. The sun was shining bright, and I couldn’t wait to hit the beach. Our beach house was filled with friends. What could be better? It was 9:30 a.m. and time to get the kids ready. I was the early bird; the rest of the house took their time, but I couldn’t wait. I love the quiet mornings on the beach: not too crowded yet, still a little chill in the air, waves crashing, and the smell of the ocean. So, let’s do this, kiddies!

I tell my sweet, precious 4-year-old it was time to get dressed, and all hell broke loose! “I am not going to the beach. I am not putting my bathing suit on! NO! NO! NO!” she screamed. I calmly told her to lose her attitude and get moving. Her response–she kicked me in the stomach! Yes, you heard me right. My sweet little girl kicked me so hard it nearly knocked the wind out of me. I was enraged. I have never hit my children. I don’t believe in spankings or that type of punishment. (I know everyone has their own way. This is mine.) BUT I wanted to smack the shit out of her, I was so angry! I walked out of the room and stood in the doorway and told her she could not come out until she calmed down.

I stood there in tears. She was screaming. A tantrum like nothing ever before had ensued. My H came to my rescue, but I asked him to wait so I could handle it. My H is the most patient and calm human being I know. Opposites clearly do attract. She started screaming for daddy. In my head, I was laughing to myself. “Daddy can’t help you now, girlfriend. You’re mine!” It continued for 30 minutes. My dear friends tried to help, but I was determined to stand my ground and teach her a lesson. She cannot behave this way, I thought. OMG! This is crazy! I just want to go to the beach! I’m missing valuable tanning time! Forty-five minutes later and several attempts to calm her down, I was having no luck. I was sweating, crying, angry, upset, and felt like the worst fucking mom ever!

H finally said, “Babe, let me take over.” So I thought I would take this opportunity to bond with my 8-year-old guy. I said okay to H and asked my little man if he wanted to join me at the beach. We packed up the beach buggy with half the house, and all of the supplies we’d need for the day and I attempted to be super-mom now. I dragged, pushed, and pulled this 90-pound buggy, what felt like a mile, to the water. We made it! Just the two of us. I thought, “Okay, this day is going to turn around.”

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No more than five minutes later, after I unloaded the chairs, toys, snack bag, umbrella, blanket, towels, and tent, my son says, “I’m bored!” I said, “Okay, let’s build a sand castle.” His reply? “Nah.” I said, “Let’s collect shells.” “Nope.” “Let’s go boogie boarding!!!” I declare. (I hate swimming in the ocean by the way but would do anything at this point to make this child happy.) “No!” he says. “When are our friends coming? This is boring!” My vision of playing and bonding alone with my 8-year-old was being crushed right before my eyes. What was happening? Did both my kids hate and loathe their mom? OMG! I wanted to run in the ocean and drown myself at that very moment! (Don’t panic, I didn’t really want to drown myself, but it sounded like a good idea at the time.)

I was devastated. Some vacation. Did I mention it was only day two? Then my little guy asked if we could go back to the house. I wanted to cry! I said, “I just lugged our stuff up here and we are not leaving!” “Mom, this is so boring, can we please go?” And then I did what I had never done before and said, “Go ahead! But, I’m staying.” He looked at me in disbelief. Was I really allowing my little guy to venture home alone? But then he turned around and started walking back to the house. I didn’t really think he’d leave me! I frantically texted my H to meet him so he wasn’t “really” walking home alone, and then I cried.

H called and told me he had both kids, and my little princess was calm. He said he was going to stay at the house so I could have some much needed alone time. What? Alone time? I thought I was on a family vacation! It was sweet of him and he was so concerned about how sad I was, but now I felt worse. I tried to breathe and enjoy this “alone time,” but I kept looking back waiting and watching for my crew. I wanted to run away. Go home. Pretend this stupid fun family vacation idea never happened. I was an awful mom and my kids hate me. That was my thought for the next hour. I sat there alone on the beach with monster trucks, shovels, and 10 chairs for what felt like an eternity. I didn’t want to be alone. I work so much and never spend quality time with my kids and now this!

An hour-and-a-half later, I was awakened by a kiss on my cheek. I somehow managed to drift off to sleep (probably because I was totally hung over), but when I woke up, two little people were standing over me. “Sorry, mommy,” they said. My little guy kissed me again then ran to play with his friends, and my little girl (the little monster from earlier) hugged me tighter than ever before and then asked if I wanted to go collect shells with her. My girlfriends rallied around me, giving me looks of support and the I-so-know-how-you-feel-right-now look. It was going to be okay, I thought. A little hiccup in my plan for the perfect day at the beach, but I am happy to report the rest of the week went much smoother. Don’t get me wrong, there were tantrums and fights and whatnot, but we survived, and we enjoyed.

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We are Blondie and Red, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Hiring A Producer For Any Job | 2tvchicks Cherish Their Special Job | Suffering With Green Guilt

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August 17, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Happy Monday, All!

The summer weekends are flying by, and before you know it, we’ll be looking at fall. Just so you know, I am not happy about that at all!

As the summer winds down, so has my 2-year-old television project, Arise On Screen, the movie review show at Arise TV. We are on an indefinite hiatus, and I am looking for my next assignment in or out of the television industry. When I say “out of the industry” people ask, you’re a producer, doing what? My response is always the same. A producer’s skills are extremely transferable. Once you’re a producer, you’re always a producer, and a good, well-rounded producer is an asset on any job.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), I will be sharing which jobs I believe a good producer can handle–no matter the industry–in my post, “Once A Producer, Always A Producer No Matter The Job.”

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Speaking of jobs, the 2tvchicks are back, and this week they are loving one job in particular as their little boy celebrates a birthday. “I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to be this boy’s mother. A ‘job’ I will forever cherish. A job on some days I admit I want to quit, but I am quickly reminded of how special and lucky this life with my boy is.”

This week in Ready4Air (TV), a mom shares her story in “My Boy.”

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And finally, DMMA team member Alexis Trass Walker rounds it out in Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers) with a confession. A recent move from a home where she was diligent about her recycling to a new home where she isn’t as careful has her feeling a little green guilt. “Now, we live in an apartment and while there are cans for recycling, some residents throw all their trash in them. I have a strong suspicion that all waste–trash and recyclables–gets compacted together. I end up throwing everything in the trash. After making a habit of recycling for nearly 11 years, I feel terrible about what I’m adding to landfills now.”

This week in Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers), we’re talking green guilt and how you can overcome it if you suffer from it.

And, as always, thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | 2tvchicks: One Perfect Moment In The Morning

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August 11, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I have one perfect moment in the morning.

This morning was warm–finally, a warm, sunny day. I could feel the sun coming in through the window and it lit up the entire room, which might annoy me on another day as I try to desperately cling to the last delicious drops of sleep. But today, I was happy to see the sun, and it filled me with thoughts of the beach, and BBQ, blowing bubbles on the front steps, and weekends.

I roll over and see the back of my just turned 3-year-old lying next to me. She must have made her way to my bed in the middle of the night. I vaguely remember (nights tend to blur) my husband placing her little frame next to mine, and her sweetly sighing and settling in, as he kissed us both gently on our foreheads (mmmm).

Turquoise pajamas, silky with big bright cupcakes. Rumpled bed head and tiny little toes peeking out from beneath the tangled web of blankets. And for one moment–pure bliss–warm, safe, content, happy.

And then I glance at the clock and I know I have exactly three minutes before I have to wake my son up and get him ready for school. Then it happens. The thoughts, the routines, the I-have-tos. They all come flooding in.

“Did I remember to lay out his clothes last night? It’s warm; I hope I put out shorts. Baseball practice–I forgot to ask my dad to take him tonight. Have to call him later. What am I going to wear? I need some new stuff. Maybe I’ll go shopping this weekend. Can’t I have a birthday party? Baseball game on Sunday. Shit! I forgot to paint my nails; they’re all chipped. I’m supposed to write for the blog. Why did I decide to write a blog? Another show to cut. I hope I get a spot by the train station. What day is today? Thursday already! Almost the weekend. Have to call Kyle’s mom and ask if he can go to Adventureland with us on Saturday. I’ll text her later.

One last look at my baby peacefully sleeping next to me. I drink it in.

I roll over again and face the sun…1, 2, 3. Okay, I’m up.

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We are Blondie and Red, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | 2tvchicks: Looking Forward To Summer Hiatus

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July 7, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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One of the perks of working in television is hiatus, a period of time lasting anywhere from three weeks to three months, when the show you’re working on breaks before starting another season. If you’re lucky, you get a summer hiatus, which means you’re on summer vacation just like when you were in high school. It actually feels startlingly similar: warm weather, vacation plans, work dwindling down, end of the year party–and a major case of senioritis.

Well, that magical time is upon us. We have worked hard, endured a long cold winter, another television season is under our belts, and a renewal is in hand as we head off into the sunshine. Everyone is a little lighter, we smile a little easier, and talk of work shifts to discussions about beach rentals and family vacations. Ahhhh, summer hiatus.

There are plenty of terrible things we endure in this industry–things that no one tells you about–like no vacation days, working overnights and weekends, constant calls and emails, guests dropping out, shows falling apart, studios flooding, cancellations, exhaustion, and long hours. We all know and understand this way of life. We accept it and wear it like a badge of honor.

But luckily, with that badge comes a rite of passage–hiatus. And it’s here; it’s happening in just a few days. The excitement is in the air and it’s carrying us through to the wrap party and to the lazy summer days that will follow. I can almost taste the Corona and lime. Delicious!

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We are Blondie and Red, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | ‘Empire’ Stars In The British Virgin Islands | NBC’s Lester Holt Making News | 2TVChicks Welcome Summer

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July 6, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Fourth of July weekend, Milford, Pennsylvania.
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Happy Monday, all!

I hope you had an amazing Fourth of July weekend. While it rained here on the holiday, the sun did find its way out, which allowed for barbecues and fireworks. The rest of the weekend went on without a hitch. I spent the holiday weekend in the countryside of Milford, Pennsylvania, with friends. DMMA team member Alexis Trass Walker completed a big family move and should be in the process of unpacking those boxes. So we are both moving kinda slow today. Lol!

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Turns out, July is going to be a busy month for the DMMA team. We are heading to one of my favorite Caribbean islands–the British Virgin Islands–in a few weeks to meet up with Fox’s Empire stars Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett at this year’s Summer Sizzle BVI event. Oscar-nominated actress and television star Taraji P. Henson has viewers waiting in anticipation to see just what Cookie Lyon brings to the new season of Empire, which starts in September. But first, she will hit the British Virgin Islands, which just launched it’s new “Keep It To Yourself” campaign–an extension of its “Nature’s Little Secrets” message. Henson and actor/singer Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon, will tell the BVI’s secrets during the event on July 22-July 27. As longtime fans of the islands, my team will be sharing highlights of the fun weekend through social media.

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Well, right about now, television shows are getting ready for their summer break, or hiatus, as it’s called in the TV biz. I’ve written about the planned and unplanned breaks that television folks usually take around this time of year. Hey, if you are free, then maybe you can join us in the British Virgin Islands!

Anyway, the 2TVChicks are back this week, and they are excited about their upcoming break. “Well, that magical time is upon us. We have worked hard, endured a long cold winter, another television season is under our belts, a renewal in hand as we head off into the sunshine. Everyone is a little lighter, we smile a little easier, and talk of work shifts to discussions about beach rentals and family vacations. Ahhhh, summer hiatus.”

On Ready4Air (TV), “Television Perks: Looking Forward To Summer Hiatus.”

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Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
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And finally, congratulations to NBC veteran newsman Lester Holt on being named the new anchor for NBC Nightly News. Holt had been the interim anchor for Brian Williams during Williams’ suspension from the network almost six months ago. Williams, under investigation for falsely reporting stories during his time at the network, was permanently removed from the anchor chair in late June, making Lester Holt the first solo African-American anchor at a major network. Kudos to Lester and good luck on the new show NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

We are looking forward to the week ahead. Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for more.

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | 2TVChicks: As The School And TV Seasons End, This Mom Stays For The Lineup

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June 10, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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When the weather is warm–which thank God it finally has been–the kids line up outside. I kind of forgot after this long, cold winter what the lineup looks like. Lots of kids yelling, running, and playing. Parents outside the gate watching and waving or wrestling a younger sibling, and an endless parade of cars dropping off more kids, honking at the cars in front of them, or yelling good wishes for the day out the window. “Bye honey, have a good day.” “See you at practice.”  “Don’t forget your sweatshirt.” All hoping that their shouts land somewhere near their distracted children’s ears and really hoping the good stuff reaches their heads and hearts and stays with them all day.

I am a car dropper-off-er, always rushing to work or to drop off my little one at nursery school. Plus, my very mature 8-year-old doesn’t need his mommy staring at him all weepy from behind the fence. And let’s face it: After the novelty of those first years of school wears off and those first anxious school days of September wind down, the rush of life gets in the way. We go through our mornings like robots. Every day, it’s business as usual, and our kids become conditioned and equally proficient at performing the morning routine.

But today, I realized it had been a while since I stayed for lineup and I found myself being pulled towards the fence. Maybe because another television season is winding down as another school year is ending, and it all went by incredibly fast, as it always does. Yet, somehow, it seems to be getting faster each year.

I always love watching him when he doesn’t know I am, all cool and confident, joining his friends in a game or leafing through his book bag. On his own in the big, wide world–okay, the big, wide schoolyard, but still.

I stayed as long as time permitted, making sure I made my train. Work doesn’t wait for my moments of melancholy. I watched from behind the fence with the other mothers. He didn’t see me, but I smiled and blew kisses and hoped they landed. I felt a tinge of sadness as I walked back to my car, but I was so glad I stayed a little longer this morning.

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We are Blondie and Red, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | When The Press Gets It Wrong | TV And School End For 2TVChicks | America’s Most Unique Celebrities

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June 8, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Sometimes, I am very proud and empowered by the power of the media; other times, I am just plain disgusted and disappointed by the industry. I am feeling the latter this week.

On May 29, six months after disappearing from his parents’ home, 20-year-old Timothy Akil Hamlett’s body was found in New York’s Hudson River. His death has been ruled a suicide.

Reporters, eager to fill in details of this sad story, haven’t done their due diligence and research. Instead, they relied on and repeatedly printed false reports from other sources. The erroneous reports were too much, forcing Timothy’s grieving parents to go on social media to tell their side of the story.

Timothy’s parents–Katherine Frink-Hamlett and her husband, Archie–are personal friends, and when Timothy first disappeared the day after Christmas, I was fiercely driven to help them connect with the media to assist with the search. And, yes, the press was indeed helpful in getting the word out. But now, with his death confirmed, the media has gotten sloppy and careless in the reporting. I can only imagine how painful it is to read false stories about your only child who you are preparing to bury.

Before social media, the victim or subject of sloppy reporting could only hope for a retraction or apology from the press. Now, people can call out the careless reporters by name to their bosses and the world–public shaming at its finest! Hopefully, this will put journalists on notice. You MUST do your homework. You owe it to yourself and your audience to get the story right.

No, Katherine and Archie responding on social media won’t bring their son back, but I am hoping that they can find peace and comfort in protecting and respecting their deceased son’s name. Another victory for social media. #RIP Timothy Akil Hamlett.

On Friday, June 12, at 5:00 p.m., we will gather at Community Baptist Church of Englewood in Englewood, New Jersey, to celebrate Timothy Hamlett’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Legal Outreach to the Timothy Akil Hamlett Fund in support of their Summer Law Institute at the NYU School of Law/PACT.

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The television production season is very similar to your kids’ school schedule, in that May is when shows begin to wrap up for the season and get ready for their summer hiatus. As the crisp, fall air starts to circle in September, it’s back to work for mom or dad and back to school for the kids.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), the 2TVChicks take us along as they drop their kids off to school and stick around to watch the lineup. You remember the morning lineup–when parents who are dashing off to work quickly drop off their kids at school with a peck on the cheek and lunch money in their pockets.

Well, in this week’s post, “As The School And TV Season Ends, This Mom Stays For The Lineup,” the 2TVChicks slow down just a little to savor the school lineup.

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Turns out, being different can pay off. I’ve always been drawn to unique things, whether it’s clothes, shoes, art–you name it. If it’s different and nobody else has it, then I’m in; that’s if I can afford it, of course.

This week on Ready4Air (Lifestyle), DMMA team member Alexis Trass Walker pens the post “It Pays To Be Different: America’s Most Unique Celebrities” where we look at how being unique has worked for certain celebrities. We’ll share the list of the most unique stars. Can you guess who made the cut?

Stay tuned and we’ll tell ya. By the way, thanks for stopping by.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | 2TVChicks: Disney World, The Most Magical Place On Earth

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May 20, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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We’re going to Disney World, The Most Magical Place On Earth (allegedly). I am thrilled, excited, and terrified all at the same time. I’m not sure if you have been to Disney World recently, but apparently a LOT has changed. Dinner reservations have to be made months in advance. How the hell do I know what I want to eat and at what time next Wednesday!

There aren’t just rides, there are “experiences.” Those also have to be scheduled and booked in advance. I have so far been shut out of every single one; the procrastinator in me has met its match in Disney World. My little princess will have to meet her favorite princess walking around the park somewhere, not as part of a special “experience.” I don’t think she’ll notice. I, on the other hand, am in full blown panic mode at the thought of my kids missing something.

And speaking of princesses, if you are going to Disney World, be prepared to bring their Disney dress-up outfits because apparently, that’s what every little girl under 12 (and, yes, I’ve heard some over 12 and even well into their adult years) wears around the park. There is something called Magic Your Way and Magic Pass and MagicBands and meal plans, “don’t miss this” and “you must go here” and “don’t eat there” and Epcot, Downtown Disney, the Boardwalk….my head is spinning!

It’s like this is a parental test and I am already failing! Wasn’t this supposed to be a fun-filled, magical vacation? But we are going; the trip is booked and paid for. Totally worth the one year of college tuition. Plus, the kids already know about it, so no turning back now.

So as I finish packing for my little ones and myself–cold and warm weather wear for seven days plus princess dresses–I’m filled with visions of grownups in Goofy sweatshirts, mediocre buffets (I loathe buffets), a sea of Mickey Mouse ears, and an army of Disney princesses demanding ice cream and tiaras. And all the while the song “It’s a Small World” is playing over and over again maniacally in the background.

Yes, maybe the terror is edging out the excitement, but there is some excitement. Teacups with my 3-year-old, Tower of Terror with my big man, their faces when they see Buzz Lightyear or Cinderella, all of us together staying up late, splashing around in the pool, holding hands and walking down Main Street. I’m hoping there’s a family fireworks moment, happy little faces tired from a full day of playing and eating cotton candy, meeting heroes and taking down villains, all standing together watching the lights streak across the sky and illuminate a castle–an actual castle! Okay, I’m excited!

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We are Blondie and Red, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Saying Goodbye To “Mad Men” | Getting Ready For Disney World | Manicures Making News

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May 18, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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The other day I was sitting around the office talking with two coworkers about aging, specifically about the movie The Age of Adaline where Blake Lively’s character lives through eight decades but never ages past 29 years old. My coworkers talked about choosing an age to remain frozen in time. Two of us, including myself, the eldest in the group, decided we like our present age (50+) and value the lessons–both personal and professional–that we’ve learned along the way.

This month marks five years since I walked out of the CBS network doors and I continue to learn lessons. One big lesson is that nothing ever stays the same. Change is a part of life and the best thing you can do is to figure out how to handle it. If you can’t handle the change, then it’s okay to let it go and start over if you have to. Something or someone else will come along. I find that taking a few deep breaths, focusing, and stepping back to look at the big picture works wonders. You’ll be surprised at your strength in moving forward.

And by the way, if I had to choose an age to live frozen in time forever it would be 33 years old. At that moment in time, everything seemed perfect.

How about you?

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The cast of Mad Men, from left: John Slattery (Roger Sterling), Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway), Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell), Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson), January Jones (Betty Draper), Jessica Paré (Megan Draper), Jon Hamm (Don Draper)
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Speaking of things changing, fans of the AMC hit series Mad Men finally said goodbye to Don Draper and the Sterling Cooper gang over the weekend with the airing of the show’s finale. The show–which was on air for almost eight years in between a few very long hiatus breaks–finally wrapped up. Friends and I were speculative all last week about how the show was going to tie up the storylines.

With the news of Betty Draper having cancer, I was sure her funeral was going to be a way to bring all the cast members back together one last time. But instead, we watched all the main characters find a new beginning to their lives. Betty prepares to die, Joan gives up love to start her own company, Peggy and Stan fall in love, and Don finds yoga and inner peace in California. For me, I wanted a more dramatic ending, I believe Matt Weiner will be haunted by this ending. Fans will not be happy. I’ve written before, fan favorite show finales are tough. The Sopranos creator David Chase is still answering questions about the big FAIL of an ending that was his show’s finale eight years after it ended. Fans want to know, did Tony Soprano live or did he die when the screen faded to black?

With Mad Men, it feels like a new and improved Don Draper is waiting in the wings. Will he be back again? Only time will tell.

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The 2TVChicks are getting ready to go to Disney World, and they are panicked. “So as I finish packing for my little ones and myself–cold and warm weather wear for seven days plus princess dresses–I’m filled with visions of grownups in Goofy sweatshirts, mediocre buffets (I loathe buffets), a sea of Mickey Mouse ears, and an army of Disney princesses demanding ice cream and tiaras.”

I’m here to say that there is no need to panic. Yes, Disney and their devoted fans really get into it, but so will you. I was worried about the rabid fans, too, but once I got on board–literally–the Disney Fantasy Cruise Line in 2012, I was hooked. I must admit, the Disney brand is very carefully crafted and before you know it you feel like a kid again. After vacation, I was humming The Lion King‘s “Hakuna Matata” for weeks after getting home.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), the 2TVChicks get over their fears of The Most Magical Place On Earth.

And finally, congratulations to New York Times staff reporter Sarah Maslin Nir on her recent investigative series that exposed the brutal conditions that many nail salon workers are subject to. Maslin Nir’s reporting led to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo implementing new emergency measures to better protect nail salon workers across the state. When I got my nails done over the weekend, I heard customers talking about the story and asking their manicurist about their present work conditions and family life. In the past, everyone was quiet or talking on their phones.

I’m exceptionally proud of Sarah because I’ve known her and her family for a long time. I produced her mom–family therapist Bonnie Maslin–during my days at Geraldo, and we are still good friends. Again, kudos to Sarah Maslin Nir.

I recently mentioned in my webinar that nail care is an important part of grooming for your television appearance. Your hands are always showing, so they should look good. This week on Ready4Air (Lifestyle), a new study reveals just how much we care about our nail care, and surprisingly, how celebrities are influencing the nail business.

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Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | 2TVChicks: Crash, Boom, Bam!

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May 5, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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I started my day like every other, except this morning in particular, my 3-year-old was still sleeping when I left for work. I hate leaving without getting those sweet, soft kisses and hugs from her, but I had to go. It is rare that she ever sleeps past 6:00 a.m., so at 7:15, I simply couldn’t wait any longer. Sigh!

I got to work and dealt with the usual disasters. Then, for some reason, around 10:00 a.m. I missed my little girl more than usual. I texted my nanny and asked her to Skype with me. I was in desperate need of seeing that delicious face and hearing her scratchy little voice. So we Skyped! We blew each other kisses. We giggled. We pretended to hug and then we said goodbye.

No more than 30 minutes later, I had been frantically circling my production offices meeting with my teams about the six shows we were preparing to tape the next day. When I returned to my office, I noticed I missed a call on my cell from my nanny, which was odd, since she rarely called during the day–unless there was something urgent she needed.

I called back and heard the words every mother dreads. “We were in a car accident!” My stomach dropped. My breath was swept away, and I swear the room started to swirl. By some miracle, both were okay–not a scratch on either of them–but the car was in bad shape. I heard my baby girl whimpering in the background. She was frightened but unharmed. The police were on the scene, the car was towed, and all would eventually be fine.

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Yes, they were fine. I, on the other hand, was a complete and utter mess! I began to think some pretty crazy thoughts. I admit now, crazy even for my brain. Had I been home, maybe this would not have happened. I work too much. This is all my fault. What kind of mother am I? My daughter will be scarred for life after this! My nanny will probably quit! I am going to hell!

So as I sat in my large, beautiful office that seemed to be shrinking in on me as the minutes ticked by, I told some of my staff what happened and bolted for the door. Yes, I knew no one was hurt and I could have stayed at work, but until I laid MY eyes on MY precious daughter, nothing was going to be accomplished. I needed to see her! Hug her! Kiss her! Hold her!

I drove like an insane woman on a mission. I was frantic for some reason. Did I mention, they were both fine? I don’t know what came over me, but I was a complete wreck. I couldn’t get to my house fast enough.

Then 45 minutes later, I saw my princess and Mary. And they were both fine. No scrapes. No injuries. Just smiles from both of my girls. My daughter proclaimed, “Mommy I am so brave! We got crashed, and I only cried a little.” I thought, Yes, baby you are brave, and precious, and loved, and I’m one lucky mom! I’m the lucky one. I never needed a hug from my 3-year-old baby girl more than I did today!

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We are Blondie and Red, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Coming up: Ready4Air (Lifestyle) Which men make the list of the top 10 all-time stylish male celebrities?

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | A FREE TV Webinar | 2TVChicks Have An Emergency At Home | Top 10 All-Time Stylish Male Celebs

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May 4, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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By the end of last week, these six police officers were under arrest and are facing prosecution for the homicide of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Gray’s arrest and death while being transported in a police vehicle to the Baltimore Booking Center was the catalyst for a riot that left parts of Baltimore under fire and up in smoke. Agitated Baltimore residents–including high school teenagers–originally protested peacefully but took their protest to the next level resulting in arrests, violent attacks, and arson after a local CVS pharmacy was burned down.

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Freddie Gray died as a result of injuries to his neck and spine. It was later revealed that his vertebrae was fractured when his head slammed into the back of the van. Gray’s death falls into a growing trend of police brutality against African-American men. According to reports, the officers have been suspended with pay and are out on bail. On Sunday, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tweeted that the daily 10:00 p.m. curfew that was imposed after violence erupted during protests had been lifted.

Stay tuned as the story continues.

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As for the media’s coverage, several people have asked me about this video of Fox reporter Geraldo Rivera appearing speechless and cornered while being confronted by one of the residents of West Baltimore as he was preparing to go live on camera. My response: What did you expect him to do? Geraldo was working on the job. For him to talk back, fight back, or anything else would be an irresponsible move on his part. As a journalist, lawyer, and veteran newsman, Geraldo should know better than to be baited into a situation, especially one where the cameras are rolling. The young man’s points about the coverage needed to be said and heard, but at that moment he wasn’t going to get answers from the media.

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For the first week of May, the 2TVChicks are back.

In this week’s Ready4Air (TV), our producer mom’s deal with being on the job when there is an emergency at home. “I called back and heard the words every mother dreads. ‘We were in a car accident!'” My stomach dropped. My breath was swept away, and I swear the room started to swirl.”

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We are gearing up for our first webinar courtesy of Blogging While Brown. If you tune in to us from 12:00 p.m-1:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 6,  you’ll get a few tips on the following:

Getting On A Producer’s Radar

Getting Camera-Ready For Your Interview

How To Prepare and Master Your 3-4 Minute Interview

Blogging While Brown is the premier blogging conference that brings Black social media experts, speakers, and independent content creators together. Dedicated to education, collaboration, and innovation among bloggers of color the conference allows them to use their influence in social media and technology.

If you’re around this Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. EST, get online to get tips on on how to ace your television interview. Click on this link to register for the FREE WEBINAR and get more information about the upcoming Blogging While Brown conference, taking place in Austin, Texas, on June 19 and 20.

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And finally, DMMA team member Alexis Trass Walker takes a look at the results of a recent study of 1,000 Americans when it comes to men and style. Can you guess which personality tops the list of stylish male celebrities? Also, Alexis will talk about the respondents’ key qualities that indicate a man has a great sense of style. The way a man carries himself seems to lend to his stylish appeal. It’s not about the clothing itself, but it’s how men feel in what they’re wearing that helps them exude style.

“People always seem to connect to these leading men who look timeless and strikingly handsome, and we think similarly about clothing. The key is to maintain a high quality wardrobe with classic ‘go-to’ items that transcend age and time. It’s an effortless way to stay up on fashion and look good, no matter how old you are or how little time you have to do it.”

This week on Ready4Air (Lifestyle) Alexis will reveal the stylish men who make up the Top 10 All-Time Stylish Male Celebs.

Stay tuned….

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Coming up: Ready4Air (TV) Was Ben Affleck wrong to ask PBS to keep his family secret?

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | 2TVChicks Have A Mommy Fail: No Do-Overs In Motherhood

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April 22, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Today I was a failure. I had my umpteenth fight with my son over doing his homework right away; helping me out by throwing stuff in the garbage and hamper; cleaning up after himself; the amount of grated cheese he uses on his pasta, which by the way, is literally half the container every time and most of it lands on him, his chair, the rug underneath our dining room table, etc. Do you know how hard it is to clean up grated cheese? Not to mention it is wasteful.

So all of this was pretty irritating, but the last straw–the thing that really sent me over the edge–is when he complained about keeping his sister company at the dinner table while I cleaned up. “Really? Really?! You’re complaining about having to sit still for five minutes to do something nice for your little sister and for me? Am I cutting into your video game playing? Or TV watching? Or playing with your wrestlers, which you have been doing for an hour already, prior to this argument? Really? You’re complaining to me? I worked, went grocery shopping, lugged them all upstairs, and put them away. I cleaned breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes; made you the favorite meal you requested, a meal separate from everyone else’s, I might add. You played in the park, had ice cream, squeezed in a half-hour of homework before playing some more and then sat down to a dinner that I made–at your request (may I remind you of this yet again).”

I had it! I yelled. I was sarcastic. I mocked his over-the-top dramatic apology. In short, I failed. I lost my cool, and moments later I was immediately sorry and wished that I could take it all back. But I can’t. There are no do-overs in motherhood.

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I only hope, and I think about this a lot, that when he looks back at the overall picture of his childhood or his image of me as a mother, that he somehow forgets these instances and remembers our dance parties in the living room, chocolate-chip pancakes on Sundays, the Christmas gift he really, really wanted, or the lunches I lovingly pack for him with notes and favorite snacks inside. I’m writing this list pleading for him to remember and also to make me feel less guilty, which I often do feel as a mom. It’s not always easy for him and me, especially as he gets older and more independent. I wish I would always keep my cool and be patient, loving, and kind. But if I have to be honest with myself, that’s not always the case.

He should have listened, not whined. He should have been more helpful and considerate of his sister, but he’s only 8! God, if I fuck up sometimes, what should I expect of an 8-year-old?

Okay, now I really feel guilty.

I love my son, love him to pieces! So much so that it almost hurts sometimes. I love him and all his stubborn, infuriating ways. I hope he knows; I hope he realizes.

There’s no neat little way to wrap up this entry. Tomorrow is another day, and hopefully I’ll do better as a mom. That’s the thing: It’s not always neat. In fact, it’s kind of messy. I did apologize for losing my temper. We should always apologize when we make mistakes, especially if we inadvertently hurt someone we love. Hopefully, that is a lesson I have taught him. Ugh, this motherhood thing is not for the faint of heart.

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We are Blondie and Red, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Coming up: Ready4Air (TV) What’s your TV dream home?

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | 2TVChicks: A Priceless Surprise For This Producer Mom

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March 31, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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It was a typical Monday. Traffic on the way to work. A million meetings, phone calls, and emails to return. The week was starting off like every other. I’m not complaining. I love the craziness of my job and my life, but I wasn’t feeling great all weekend. I was a less-than-perfect mom, and that was bothering me all morning.

The day moved along like any other, but then it suddenly took a turn. I ran out to get lunch and when I returned, the best surprise I could have asked for was about to happen. I walked into my office to screams of joy from my cuties. “Surprise!” they yelled with great delight. My nanny and my assistant were in cahoots. They had this surprise visit scheduled, and I had no idea. I swooped my kids up into my arms and kissed them a thousand times. It was seriously just what the doctor ordered.

They had visited before, but something about today was extra special. The smiles on their faces were priceless. They were so proud that they pulled off this epic surprise. They were overjoyed and excited to see me. You would have thought we hadn’t seen each other in days! It was a feeling of joy, happiness, and excitement that I truly needed!

We walked around the office, my kids waving and talking to my staff like they owned the place. Then I decided to leave with them and drive them all home. We ate NYC pizza in the car, sat in traffic dancing and bopping to our favorite songs, and continued the fun when we returned home. The best part was that my H was there when we got home.

We all quickly changed our clothes then I declared “WAR.” We gathered in the driveway and began filling our balloons with water. It was time for a family water balloon fight! We chased each other through the yard, giggling and screaming as we dodged one another’s balloons. We were all soaked and happy–so happy.

We changed into dry clothes, H poured me a glass of wine, and then we actually had a family dinner on a Monday night. Just so you know, I am NEVER home on a Monday night for dinner with the fam. We finished dinner, cuddled in our bed–all four of us–and then my son looked at me and said, “Mom, that was awesome! You are so much fun. Thanks.” I swear it is a day I will smile about for the rest of my life. It was priceless!

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We are Blondie and Red, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Brands Looking For Media Buzz | A Producing Mom’s Office Surprise | New Social Media On The Radar

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March 30, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Last week, I wrote about television hiatuses and interviewed a few producers about how they spend their work downtime. For the DMMA team, my television hiatus gives us more time to focus on a few of our upcoming projects, including a big blogger conference. If you are a brand that wants to be a part of the buzz, then keep reading!

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Me playing the “Selfie” game and Toy Insider Laurie Schacht, 2014 The Big Toy Book Sweet Suite – Blogger Bash NYC
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The annual Blogger Bash/Sweet Suite two-day event will take place in July at Chelsea Pier’s Pier Sixty NYC and is being catered by Abigail Kirsch. If your brand is ready to be a part of the social media and TV buzz, we have the perfect sponsorship opportunities for this unforgettable conference. The conference includes a lunch, private after-party, and headliner event for 350 digital influencers. The sponsorship packages–priced between $3,000 to $145,000–feature extensive traditional and social media exposure. Last year in two days, Blogger Bash/Sweet Suite generated 60.3 million Twitter impressions with 6.1 million individual accounts reached. The media alert the week before the event was picked up by 340 media outlets.

This year’s conference is expected to be even bigger. You don’t want your brand to miss out, so contact us here!

Related Post: Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers) | Blogger Bash And Sweet Suite 2014: Getting The TV Message Across (VIDEO)

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So what do the 2TVChicks love more than their jobs as producers? A good old-fashioned surprise. They write, “I’m not complaining. I love the craziness of my job and my life, but I wasn’t feeling great all weekend, so I was less than a perfect mom and that was bothering me all morning. The day moved along like any other, but then it suddenly took a turn. I ran out to get lunch and when I returned, the best surprise I could have asked for was about to happen.”

This week on Ready4Air (TV), we find out just what the surprise was that turned this producing mom’s day around.

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When it comes to social media platforms, we know about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc. The social media landscape is changing every day with new platforms on the horizon. A few weeks ago, we spoke with producer and strategist Caitlin Burns, who creates business strategies for media companies, and asked her about the platforms that companies and brands should pay close attention to.

This week in Ready4Air (Social), Caitlin Burns talks about the platforms that are going to make a difference in the way that brands are marketing and reaching their audience and the way people are communicating.

Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | 2TVChicks Experience Preemption In TV And Motherhood

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March 26, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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In television terms, preemption means your regularly-scheduled program is not on when it should be. Sometimes your show is preempted by the president addressing the nation. Other times a national crisis has occurred. No matter what it is, it’s usually pretty important. But when you run your own television show, if you are preempted on the day your show premieres in many markets, it sucks! It means you have no idea what the actual rating of your show is, a much-anticipated number after airing repeats for months. Most television executive producers wake up at the crack of dawn, grab their phones, and wait. They refresh their email every two seconds. Then they wait some more. They wait for that bing and vibrate sound on their cell phones and then they race to open this much-anticipated numbers sheet.

Many in our industry dispute whether the numbers are accurate, especially given the marketplace these days. With DVR, Netflix, and On Demand, it’s hard to tell who is actually watching and when. But still, we live and die by these numbers. So when the day comes and your show is preempted, you never truly know the real number. This got me thinking: What else is screwed up in our lives due to preemptive moments?

Preemption, in mommy terms, is a regularly-scheduled activity or plan that is suddenly derailed.

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For instance, your kids are about to eat the vegetables you have been fighting with them to eat for the last 10 minutes, and then your husband walks in the door with a box of Dunkin’ Donuts. Your attempts have now been preempted by your husband’s attempt to make the kids smile, and clearly, you have been dismissed.

Or what about when you are about to get in the car to go shopping with two kids who have no desire to go with you, but have no choice in the matter, and then the neighborhood kids run over and ask your kids to play outside? Yup, plans have been derailed yet again.

Then there’s the infamous going-to-bed struggle. Your child is almost asleep, after rubbing his tiny back for what feels like an hour. He is soooo close to snoozing, but then the home phone rings and he’s suddenly wide awake, and the back rubbing starts all over again. Sigh!

I also consider thunderstorms a true way that Mother Nature preempts my aforementioned bedtime routine. Why do these storms start at exactly the same time I am trying to get cranky, sleepy kids to bed?

Every week, my husband and I plan a Saturday date night. We make plans way in advance, book a sitter, and get all dressed up, eager to spend time alone together and have adult conversation, remembering why we fell in love in the first place. Then vomiting occurs one by one; and yup, you guessed it, date night has been preempted.

Sometimes both worlds collide and everything seems to be preempted. Like the time I rushed out of the office hoping to see my handsome son’s face on his actual birthday. I went to work early that morning, accomplished everything I needed to do in fast-forward motion, and left giving myself ample time to make it home to celebrate. And then a three-car pileup occurs on the Turnpike, and I’m at a standstill for over two hours! Yet again, my life has been preempted! Sigh! Sigh! Sigh!

Related Post: Ready4Air (TV) | When Mom’s A Producer: 2TV Chicks, The Pilot…A Guilt Trip!

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We are Blondie and Red, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | A Death In The Newsroom | My Life In TV: Realizing A TV Career Is Over | Living Through Hiatus

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March 23, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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This weekend, New York viewers were shocked to find out that reporter Lisa Colagrossi, of WABC-TV, died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage hours after covering a story. Colagrossi–a wife and mother of two young boys–became a member of the WABC-TV Eyewitness News team after the World Trade Center attack and was often on early morning news reporting either with Ken Rosato or Lori Stokes, as well as for Rob Nelson and Michelle Charlesworth on the weekend morning broadcasts.

Lisa suffered the brain hemorrhage on March 19 while in the van returning back to the station. She died the next day, March 20. Turns out, March 19 is the birthday of my friend Kemberly Richardson, Lisa’s friend and fellow reporter at WBAC-TV. As we got together on March 20 to celebrate Kemberly’s birthday, we talked fondly of Lisa and the importance of living life to the fullest.

This week at Ready4Air, we are thinking of Lisa, who died while doing what she loved: being a journalist. Lisa Colagrossi’s funeral is this evening in her hometown of Stamford, Connecticut. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family and coworkers.

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Editor in Chief at Singapore American newspaper

Former television personality Melinda Murphy and I worked together at CBS News The Early Show, a job she remembers as the biggest of her career. For Murphy, a move with her family to Singapore was the beginning of one life and the end of another. Murphy writes, “When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, I knew I could probably call a Western outlet and cover the story, but I realized I didn’t want to go. I didn’t want to be gone for many weeks with no sure end in sight. That was eye-opening for me. Even so, realizing my television career was probably over–really over–was very hard for me. Television is a bit like an addiction. Once bitten, it’s hard to shake.”

This week in our Ready4Air (TV) series “My Life In Television,” Murphy shares how a Western television journalist found a new career abroad.

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Our 2TVChicks are back this week talking about the dreaded preemption in television and motherhood. Ever have your favorite show not air because the president’s State of The Union address is on? That’s a preemption. “In television terms, preemption means your regularly-scheduled program is not on when it should be.”

This week in Ready4Air (TV), 2TVChicks share their tales of television show preemptions along with the preemptions that come with being moms.

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Arise On Screen production meeting
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

And finally, during the week of March 9, our show team got the unexpected news that our New York office will be on hiatus until April. Being on hiatus in television–which, by the way, is defined as a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, or action–can be a fun or challenging time, depending on the circumstances.

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Arise On Screen Host and Film Critic Mike Sargent Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

This week in Ready4Air (TV), we’ll take a look at the experience of “Living In Television Limbo: When A Show Goes On Hiatus.” We’ll hear from several TV folks who are veterans of living through a hiatus and from a first-timer, Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent. “The future of my show and the network is uncertain; it hinges on things I have no control of. I let go of other things I did to make income as I threw myself into my television show. If there is any one lesson I have learned here, it is to make sure your plan B and hopefully C and D are firmer than not.”

Stay tuned for more and thanks for stopping by.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | 2TVChicks: I Love NY (Even Now)

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March 5, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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This post originally appeared on 2tvchicks.com 

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By 2TVChicks

Today was one of those days in New York where you feel like it just might all be okay. The snow has (mostly) melted and the big piles of dirty slush that have seemingly enveloped every corner of our lovely city have dwindled. The sun made an appearance after what seemed like weeks and warmed my face as I walked to work. Delightful. If I closed my eyes for just a few seconds, it almost felt like spring, or at least the promise of it.

Even though we hardened New Yorkers deal with this every winter–and we have suffered worse–for some reason, this winter and all the gray, muck, and darkness it has brought with it seems never-ending. We have all started to go a little crazy! The thrill of sledding, fort building, and a burning fire has fizzled. The slight depression has started to sink in and our skin has hit its palest, most-sallow shade. We shovel out our cars and mutter to ourselves, “I’m sick of this snow.” We trudge to work in Wellies and Uggs instead of heels, longing for the days when we dressed for style instead of warmth. We get up an hour early to ready our children in full winter gear and to find parking at school and the train station between the glaciers of snow and garbage. Grrrrr!

Well, today felt like that was all behind us. As I unbuttoned my coat and let the sun warm my face, sunglasses on, no hat or gloves, I let my mind wander. Fast forward to a few months from now when we will be wearing spring dresses and peep-toe pumps and I’ll edit shows with my window open, feeling the cool breeze, and letting the particles of sunlight dance across my desk. Ahhhhh!

So I write you this love letter wintery New York. I know better days are ahead. I know there will be street fairs, iced lattes, outdoor café lunches, rooftop drinks, silk sleeveless blouses, spring cardigans, and new ballet flats.

I know you are teasing me with 50 degrees and sunlight. I know it’s only March, and we may see more white and freeze our asses off some more in this polar vortex. That’s okay because I know my beloved New York spring is coming–I can feel it, taste it!

Keep your 365 days of sunshine, my LA friends. When spring is here, we will appreciate it more because we have all longed for it, suffered through what came before it, and it will be delicious. I love NY (even in the winter).

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We are Blondie and Red, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Podcasting 101 | 2TV Chicks’ Ode To NYC | My Life In Television

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March 2, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

 

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Happy Monday all! Last week was filled with lots of ups and downs professionally, but, personally, I got the best news. Ms. Tolani Holmes Bryan and her husband, Tim, welcomed their new little girl, Phoebe Simone Bryan, into the world. Phoebe was born on Wednesday, February 18, weighing in at seven pounds and 14 ounces.

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Tolani–executive producer of the wildly successful reality show franchise Mob Wives–was glowing when we gathered for her baby shower earlier this year at Brooklyn’s Speedy Romeo. I felt super safe as the cast mates, including Big Ang of Mob Wives, were on hand to celebrate. Little Phoebe has serious muscle in her corner. Tolani and I first met in 1999 while working on a project together in Los Angeles when she was just a babe in the business. Time sure does fly. 

Mom and baby Phoebe Simone are home, and I’m looking forward to meeting Tim and Tolani’s latest production. Congratulations, you two!

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Espree Devora, WeAreLATech

In all the social media hype, the podcast is the “buzz” platform of the moment. If you don’t have one, then you either know someone who does or you have a list of your favorites that you download regularly. I’m a member of comedian and actress Aisha Tyler’s army who supports and listens to her weekly podcast Girl On Guy with Aisha Tyler. So what exactly is a podcast?

In this week’s Ready4Air (Social), we chat with Espree Devora of WeAreLATech. Known as “the Girl who Gets it Done,” the WeAreLATech podcast was number two across all of iTunes’ New and Noteworthy. She’ll explain what a podcast is, who should have one, and how to get started. Yup, one more thing to add to your social media “must-have” list. LOL!

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Clare Hickey, Freelance Producer
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This week’s edition of “My Life In Television” reunites me with a former coworker and friend, Clare Hickey. Clare and I were part of the Geraldo crew back in our talk show days, so we’ve known each other for a long time. Thanks to Facebook, we can keep up with each other’s lives years later.

For Ready4Air (TV), Clare writes about her life as a freelance producer in the midst of a career change. Turns out, television producing has been fun, but the industry has changed. “Kids out of college today who want to work in media have all these skills. We, more ‘senior’ in the industry, are competing against them for jobs.” Clare shares the challenges and rewards of working in television and the next chapter in her career.

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Most television producing jobs are most likely found on the East Coast or the West Coast. If you choose the East Coast, then you know that the beautiful change of seasons–including blustery, snowy winters–go with the package. While some people have been complaining about this year’s cold winter, I believe last year’s snow almost every day was much worse. Either way, our long producer work days are filled with dreams of warm weather on the horizon.

As we prepare for another week of snow, this week in Ready4Air (TV), the 2TVChicks are back with a lovely look at winter and the summer to come in New York. “Fast forward to a few months from now when we will be wearing spring dresses and peep-toe pumps, and I’ll edit shows with my window open, feeling the cool breeze and letting the particles of sunlight dance across my desk. Ahhhhhhh.”

Stay tuned…

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (TV) | When Mom’s A Producer: 2TV Chicks, The Pilot…A Guilt Trip!

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January 28, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Earlier this week, I wrote about my excitement at welcoming our newest contributors to Ready4Air, the 2TVChicks! Like me, these two ladies–fondly known as Blondie and Red–are veteran television producers with credits up the ying-yang. But they also add being moms to their list of credits. I know how hard it is to be a producer and have watched and heard stories about what it takes to be a parent. I don’t understand how anyone could be a producer and still have the time and energy to be a mother. For those who do it, I bow to you! Obviously, it can be done. Every two weeks, Blondie and Red are going to share the good, the bad, and the ugly side of being wives and moms while working in the hectic, time-consuming, yet fun world of television.

So now meet TV moms Blondie and Red and welcome their tales from 2TV Chicks!

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I wiped my tears, fixed my makeup, and entered my executive producer’s office. She was busy at her desk, but it was my first day back after a brief hiatus. We have been friends and colleagues for years. We worked at the same shows, spent many late nights at the office together, celebrated ratings, complained about bossy producers and flaky production assistants. We drank at the same bars and spent weekends together in a beach house at the Jersey shore (the nice part). We went to Emmy parties, pitch meetings, got drunk on fish bowl drinks at Brother Jimmy’s–the original, not the watered-down version in Midtown. And then came boyfriends, breakups, new shows, launches, promotions, and eventually, weddings and babies, which brings me to the reason I was crying.

It was my first day back at work after hiatus. For me and Red–working mommies–hiatus was now a time to do everything we never got to do during the television production season, like dentist appointments and new diet and work out routines. I started running again, which killed my almost 40-year-old ankles, and Red hired a personal trainer. Then there were family vacations and dinners with the husbands, which may sound routine, but for us, a dinner at an actual table with the husband is something we barely even remember.

Red is the executive producer, the top dog, runs the whole show, which means all the problems, are HER problems. So basically, she almost never gets to leave the office until long after normal family dinner time, and when she does finally get home, that phone is still on. She is NEVER off!

For me, returning to work for a new season means I basically see my husband on the weekends. He returns to working nights so he can watch our 3-year-old during the day. I return to getting up at 6:00 a.m. to get both kids up and ready while he catches up on his much-needed sleep. Then, I attempt to get ready. I still care about looking good, especially in an industry where the majority of the staff is in their 20s. I feed my son breakfast, smooth out his wrinkled clothes, retie his shoes for the hundredth time, and do a brushed-teeth inspection–he often just gargles with mouthwash to try and trick me.

Then, it’s off to school, where I frantically wave and shout as he runs to the schoolyard, “Be good, have fun, I’ll see you tonight, I love you, I’ll miss you.” I basically try to cram in all my motherly hopes and dreams in the two seconds before I leave him for an entire day, hoping to drill into his head how much I love him and want to be with him even though I’m at work and won’t be there to pick him up, hear about how much he doesn’t want to sing at the spring concert, watch him shoot baskets, or buy him Mr. Softee at the schoolyard. Sigh!

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This morning was particularly tough for me. My 3-year-old had become very attached to me. She pleaded with me, “Please don’t go, Mommy. I don’t want you to go to work Mommy. You stay here with me.” The words echoed in my head as I closed the door behind me and heard her cry as I drove to the train station. As I stood outside Red’s office, all I could hear were her cries.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I LOVE my job, and I feel lucky to have a career that I dreamed of and that many people envy. Red and I both know we have the kind of job people love to hear about at parties. We get to go to cool events, walk red carpets, and meet the occasional cool celebrity. We get to be creative. We get to be smart and witty and our ideas are actually appreciated and valued. There’s something amazing about achieving something after working so hard for it–small everyday successes. A great booking or interview, a compliment over a new idea, watching something you created on a television monitor is what it’s all about for us. I still get a schoolgirl rush being in the control room and hearing the director count down. At times, it’s pretty awesome, but it’s also mentally exhausting, physically grueling, and the guilt!

Guilt over missing surprise parties and weddings, forgetting to send a birthday text to your college roommate, not starting the book that you said you would write before your 40th birthday. Guilt when your son’s teacher calls you because you forgot to send in his book report or sign the permission slip for the class trip. Guilt from the other mothers when they look at you like a stranger when you finally do make it to a school event, because they haven’t seen you at ANY of the last 64 events. Guilt because you missed the cutoff date for camp registration or because you haven’t seen your closest friends in three months. And that’s just the stuff you didn’t do for other people! Not to mention all the ways we neglect ourselves: roots down to my ears, cancelled the last three dental appointments, have a bag of clothes sitting by my front door that I keep meaning to donate but haven’t gotten around to in six or seven weeks. Oh, the GUILT! It just plays like a movie over and over as you lay in bed at night, exhausted but unable to sleep.

When I walked into Red’s office, she was in full work mode–email open, greeting people good morning, texting and listening to her phone ring incessantly from her assistant’s desk. “Yes, she can do 2:00 p.m., but she’s in a meeting right now. Can I have her call you back?” She smiles, “Hey girl, how was your hiatus? Wait, give me one second. I’m just finishing writing out my son’s thank you cards from his birthday party two MONTHS ago.”

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We both laugh and smile at each other knowingly. “How was your break? Did you take any time off?” I ask her.

“Yeah, two weeks. Ya know, slept, worked out, did stuff with the kids, and tried to be supermom.”

We know that during our “down time” we both attempt to be even more super than usual, trying to make up for all the time we are away and all that guilt. There’s that word again.

I chimed in, “Yeah, we went on vacation, had dinner with friends, spent time with the kids, too. Regular normal real-life stuff.” She finished my sentence and we both shrugged and laughed, accepting this crazy life we chose for ourselves, one we wanted, strived to achieve and excel at–a television career.

“It’s crazy. I know. Ridiculous.” She added, “We should write a book, Tales of the TV Moms.”

We both laughed and realized it wasn’t such a bad idea. Actually, it was a pretty good idea. We figured there were more women like us, not just in TV, but in any demanding, fast-paced, competitive field: advertising, finance, sales, marketing. All those women are probably living the same kind of life. They probably showed up late to a meeting because the babysitter was sick and cancelled or because their daughter’s teacher wanted to talk to them. They probably fell asleep on the train and missed their stop because they were tired from staying up late gluing letters to their son’s star student poster board. Exhausted and worried but exhilarated and accomplished. All loving what we do but paying a price for it. So this is it. This is our story. Tales from TV moms. A guilt trip, by 2TVChicks!

 

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We are Red and Blondie, two moms who leave our children at home and come to the television set of a national talk show and transition to the role of producers. We have a lot of love, a lot of guilt, and a lot of great stories to share that we know every fierce and fabulous working mom can relate to. Some call it bitching. We call it bitchin’! Read more about us at 2tvchicks.com.

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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