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Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Trentonian TV Production Notes: Justice League Trenton (Fail)



UPDATE 2 AT 11:55 IN THE P.M.: Episode 11 of Live with L.A. is here, so the day's success rate improved to 67 percent. 2 out of 3 ain't bad, but it's still frustrating.

UPDATE 1 AT 10:56 IN THE P.M.: Still waiting for Episode 11 of Live with L.A.



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TRENTON -- Domestic abuse advocates and Latin easy riders and Pup and Kelly Ripa's doppelganger who might be Hamilton's next mayor and a yoga queen and whiskey and pickles and Superman and Scarlet Witch and Topaz and Hulk and Apache Chief. And Jesus H. Christ on a Popsicle stick! What do we have to show for all of that? Just a bunch of barflies knocking back booze at 2 in the p.m. Fantastic.

One of the worst weeks in Trentonian TV history thankfully featured the aforementioned cast of characters who appeared in three shows today, one of which was taped (Episode 11 of Live with L.A.) but has yet to be delivered to Producer Joey Kulkin, another that broadcast live and could not have played out any better (Jeff Edelstein's Pickleback Party at Killarney's Publick House in Hamilton), and the third (Makin' Moves with Phil Jackson) that broadcast live but crapped out and disappeared into the great Internet television ether. The last one is the toughest to accept because photos are the only proof that Justice League Trenton appeared in the Trentonian TV studios at 600 Perry Street.

Here are the superheroes from Justice League Trenton:


Phil Jackson with Superman (Derrick Adkins)


Superman's hands of steel


Scarlet Witch (Anna Acosta)


Even witches dig stylish specs like Dolche & Gabana


Hulk v. Kulk would be a hellacious battle


Apache Chief (Jedo Holmes) is a Yankees fan


Apache Chief hands: polite but forceful


Phil Jackson and Apache Chief


Spiderwoman (Roshaine Brown)

Spiderwoman's pink 'n' bling 'n' tatt

Spiderwoman with hoops 'n' chains, too

Topaz (Racquel Carwin)


What is the Justice League Trenton? From what I can remember of the interviews, because it was difficult to pay attention to them amid the Livestream Procaster stoppages, the JLT is full of Trentonians with big hearts who want to do well by Trentonians. They show up to March of Dimes events and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, that type of stuff and deliver hefty doses of love and inspiration. There's more to that, of course, but no one can join the Justice League Trenton unless they are good people. If you'd like to fill out an application that shows how loving your heart is, call Superman at (484) 885-6513.

The weirdest thing happened during taping: Procaster quit every 5 minutes with a message saying that preview sessions can not exceed more than 5 minutes. That has never happened, and I don't know what it means. Looks like I have more lessons to learn. It's too bad, too, because the Justice League Trenton superheroes all spoke with passion and conviction for their cause. Maybe their powers are too awesome for Trentonian TV. Maybe the presence of Hulk and Kulk sitting inches from each other caused a rip in the time-space continuum. But this is why I take so many pictures during broadcasts, in case the shows crap out. And that is what happened for the third time this week. That's bad.

Speaking of bad, Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo is in a bad way right now. I'm worried about his mental well-being. He is scheduled to appear in federal court on East State Street in the morning amid a federal probe. I'm not sure he'll be mayor by week's end, which is why I called Councilwoman Kelly Yaede to see if she has been approached, or has any desire, to become the
next mayor, interim or otherwise. You hear things as a reporter and follow-up on them, hence the call, which took place minutes before Episode 11 of Live with L.A. was set to begin at Exit 7A Studios on Front Street. For guests on that show, read two entries below. To watch that show, well ...

... well, Trentonian TV has not received that episode yet, and it's now 12 hours later.

Kulk's going to turn green soon. Get out of the way, Hulk.