Underwood underwhelms as usual on SNF


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

I fall for it and I call for it every year.

At the start of each new NFL season, I hold out hope that this will be the year when country singer Carrie Underwood shows just a little professionalism and class, and wears sheer nude pantyhose when performing the Sunday Night Football opening theme song.

I know what you’re thinking: “Silly girl, Robin.”  I know, I know.

No matter how bright and shiny her outfit, or lavish the set, ever since the 2013 SNF season when Carrie Underwouldn’t took the handoff from Faith Hill, she’s fumbled the ball, rushing for negative yardage on stage with those pasty-white “bear” legs of hers.  And every year, I call her on it.

Loser!

In this era when the NFL increasing is losing audience and rating shares among the coveted demographics (ages 18-49), it’s clear there’s a real disconnect with fans. And the numbers, as reported by the likes of Forbes.com, USA Today and NYPost.com, should be alarming to the NFL in general, and SNF in particular.

Around this time last year, Forbes.com contributor Brandon Katz, wrote:

“NBC’s Sunday Night Football was down yet again in viewership, drawing in 16.8 million and scoring a 6.19/19 rating in the advertiser friendly 18-49 demo. The numbers mark a season low for SNF, and the show’s 11.0 overnight rating is the lowest since 2007 (ouch).”

Why is the NFL seemingly becoming less popular each year? Can anyone say ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest (moron)?  How about the whole gangsta image many of its players and marketers want to emulate?  Could it be the fact that so many ex-players are dying in their 50s?

How about the incredible greed of the owners?  Want to go to a game with friends or family? You might have to take out a small loan, or (maybe even more expensive) sign up for DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket.

What does the NFL say is the reason viewers aren’t turning out in the numbers expected? It’s because fans increasingly are turning to digital streaming instead of watching on TV.  Oh, and in the case of last weekend’s opening of the 2017-18 NFL season, it was because of Hurricane Irma.  (That’s actually the case, as I lost power here and wasn’t able to tune in, which also explains why this post is being published now after the second SNF game.)

Not since actor Peter Finch (playing a news anchor in the 1976 Academy Award winning movie, Network) advised viewers of his station’s evening news program to stick their heads out of windows and yell: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore,” has there been such outrage over sports TV programming.

But, c’mon now … we all know the real reason why the NFL in general and SNF in particular are seeing their rating numbers plummet, don’t we?

Carrie Underwood, gallivanting across the stage and street venues in her signature bare legs,  greets Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in a scene from the Sunday Night Football opening theme show, which debuted on  Sept. 10, 2017.

Here’s the deal, SNF:  No one wants to see Carrie Underdressed prancing around with those unsightly bear legs like she’s all that (she ain’t) during your opening theme production.  If that’s all she’s got, I’d rather watch Bozo the Clown perform the theme song.

What’s with this relationship between SNF and Carrie Undercovered?  Can’t they cut her?  Is she really the best they can find?  She isn’t professional, and she has no class.  Well, maybe she’s paying them!

As I’ve written before, every other notable pop singer performing today on stages of all sizes and venues, wears sheer nude or suntan pantyhose for the occasion.  I’ve mentioned these ladies many times in the past here, and given you reasons why they could and should replace Carrie Underhanded.

This time (just to make sure I’m on point here) I launched on sites such as billboard.com, YouTube and thetoptens.com a search of today’s top female singers/performers, and they all listed the usual suspects, although each site and others like them had the same artists ranked in different orders.

And, yes, the artists are all the ones I’ve recommended here a million times.  This time, let’s consider just three performers the producers of SNF could sign as free agents. (They could tell Carrie Underachiever “We just want to go in a different direction.”)

Each of these ladies is known to the NFL now, as each has performed the Halftime Shows of the past few Super Bowls, making it all the more obvious a choice for the dopes producing the SNF theme.

Beyoncé

Beyonce’ performs the Halftime Show of the Super Bowl game on Feb. 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

A veteran singer, songwriter, dancer and actress, Beyoncé already has performed the Halftime Show in two Super Bowls (2013 and 2016), make her an excellent candidate to do the SNF  opening theme production.

This highly accomplished artist who rose to fame in the late 1990s is relevant and has an NFL kind of image.  She’s sold 100 million records as a solo artist, and has won 22 Grammy Awards, so there’s no question about her talent and showmanship.

She gets my vote anyway because she is highly professional in always wearing nude or suntan pantyhose, not only on stage, but also when appearing as a guest on TV shows, and often, when she’s just out and about.

Katy Perry

Singer Katy Perry performs the Halftime Show during the Super Bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

She made everyone hear her roar during a spectacular, and most-memorable 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, wearing a variety of elegant to cute costumes, complemented, of course, with nude or suntan pantyhose.

In fact, according to wikipedia.org, two days after the halftime show, Guinness World Records announced that Perry’s performance garnered 118.5 million viewers in the United States, and became the most watched and highest rated show in Super Bowl history. The viewership was higher than the game itself, which was viewed by an audience of 114.4 million.

The winner of five American Music Awards and 14 People’s Choice Awards who kissed a girl and liked it, Perry always delivers powerful and exciting performances. She’s got an amazing voice delivers an unforgettable performance, and always sparkles like a firework. Of all musical artists, Perry has been one of the best-dressed on stage and everywhere else. She appears to be dedicated to wearing dresses, always with nude or suntan pantyhose. She clearly would be an upgrade for the SNF opening theme.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga performs during the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Six-time Grammy Award winner, Lady Gaga, performed the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show, attracting 117.5 million viewers and exceeding the game’s total of 113.3 viewers. And for her efforts, Gaga received an Emmy nomination.

Sporting a musical style thought to be most comparable to Gwen Stefani and Madonna, and influenced by David Bowie and Michael Jackson, it is estimated that Gaga has sold around 27 million albums and 146 million singles worldwide. And with a fashion sense that seems to be the inspiration of everything from bubble wrap to raw meat, S&M-style leather and stilettos, there’s no denying Lady Gaga is the ultimate stage entertainer.

But more than anything, I will always be grateful to Lady Gaga because at the dawning (and during the entire hey-day) of the “bear”-legs movement, she stood as one of the few bright lights in the music entertainment industry, always wearing (sometimes nothing but) nude or suntan pantyhose with everything from the most outlandish outfit to an elegant dress. Yes, there was a time when the only professional entertainer you’d see in pantyhose was Lady Gaga and she likely deserves some of the credit for turning around a younger generation of pantyhose wearers today.

Others

Selena Gomez and an unidentified companion out and about some time somewhere.

With respect: Ariana Grande (the most prolific and consistent wearer of sheer nude or suntan pantyhose in almost every single performance, as well as when she’s out and about); Selena Gomez (just slightly behind Ariana in wearing sheer nude or suntan pantyhose when performing and often, sheer black pantyhose, when she’s out and about, left); and Taylor Swift (often wears on stage and sometimes when out and about), to me, these ladies, while super talented in their own right, just wouldn’t seem credible performing in an NFL spotlight.

Rihanna on stage

Other artists who could be tapped to perform the Sunday Night Football opening theme song would have to include Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Adele, Pink, Shakira, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion,  and Jessie J.

And while I really don’t like her, as she appears to have zero class, even Miley Cyrus is likely to wear sheer nude pantyhose if she were signed to perform the SNF opening theme.

Take a poll, NFL. I’ll bet viewers in staggering numbers would rather see Beyoncé, Katy Perry or Lady Gaga perform the SNF introduction theme song over Carrie Underperformer.

NFL Cheerleaders

OK, perhaps the bozos over at SNF got a good deal on Carrie Underdone, and they just don’t want to pay the bill for the better professional entertainers available out there.  Here’s an idea then:  Have just about any professional singer record a new song, but for the stage show, choose members of the cheerleader squads of the two teams who are competing each Sunday night. They could even interact with some of the different players for that night’s matchup.

Los Angeles Chargers cheerleaders (Charger Girls) perform during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Seattle Seahawks  on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Carson, Calif.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Brilliant, right?  I mean all the NFL Cheerleader squads are professional, classy and smart enough to wear nude or suntan pantyhose with their outfits.

What a way that would be to kick off Sunday Night Football.  Fred (SNF executive producer Fred Gaudelli), call me.  We can work out the fee for my killer idea.

Part II  ~ The supervillain

Eric Cartman of South Park

Listen, I’m not saying I hate Carrie Underwood. Wait a minute … Yes, I am!  (Say like Eric Cartman of South Park.)

Hate her song, hate her outfits, hate her.

OK, maybe she’s a nice enough lady in real life, but here’s the deal: I hate it when a female celebrity misses an opportunity to do what’s right, what’s professional and, ultimately, what’s glamorous and feminine.

Disclaimer:  Now, if Carrie doesn’t wear pantyhose on SNF  because Fred and his team don’t want her to wear, then that’s another story. But I kinda doubt that. I think it’s Carrie’s responsibility to be the professional and make the decision herself about something as personal as whether to wear pantyhose.  No, I’m pretty sure Carrie is the bad guy here.

Carrie Underwood pauses on the red carpet in a gown (with her signature bare legs) ahead of the Grammy Awards earlier this year in Los Angeles, Calif.

I mean in an Internet search it’s difficult to find a single picture of her wearing.

She even wore a fabulous red gown and high heel dress sandals with those awful bear legs to attend the Grammy Awards earlier this year.  Now, that’s one place where professionalism, class and elegance would be called for, but, as usual, she wanted no part of that.

Carrie, Fred, news flash for you here:  Pantyhose are back. In a big way. And they’re only going to get bigger and bigger. Look around. Pantyhose are on TV, on TV commercials, in the movies, on Broadway, on the runway (saying again for dramatic sinking-in effect) on the RUNWAY, in fashion magazines, and most of all, pantyhose are on almost all female celebrities today (those with brains, professionalism and femininity anyway).

Heck, pantyhose were on Good Morning America who announced in February 2015, “Pantyhose are back.”

Yeah, I hate Carrie because she has the chance to be among the shining examples of celebs who are once again embracing pantyhose, but instead, she chooses to be a reminder of the ugliness that was the bear legs culture of practically the entire decade of 2000.

But what can I say?  For everything that’s good in the world, there’s a thing that’s bad.  Every superhero has an arch enemy.  Let’s see: Superman has Lex Luther, Batman has the Joker, and Spiderman has the Green Goblin.

Same goes for female superheroes.  Wonder Woman, the one character who most stood for everything good, including the virtues of beauty, grace, femininity and what’s right in the world, has an opposite. A supervillain.

 Who is the evil arch enemy of  Wonder Woman?   Introducing … Under Woman.

Yes, it’s Under Woman who (disguised as Carrie Underwood, a mild-mannered country singer) fights a never-ending battle for taking the road less classy, for always choosing to look masculine because it’s easier than making the slightest effort to be more feminine, and for choosing to go bare-legged for all occasions and at all venues.

Part III ~ Carrie earns highest award of her career

As I stated in the first paragraph of this post, season after season since 2013, I had always held out hope that Carrie Understated would finally do the right thing and wear sheer nude pantyhose with her outfits during the SNF opening theme production. But year after year, she has disappointed me.

It is clear to me now that she just isn’t ever going to get it. She has dedicated herself to looking like any number of plain females today who want to talk like, act like and, worse, look more like men.

I’ve had enough of Carrie Undertaker, so recently, I put a call in to an old friend of mine. His name is Oliver B. Griswold, III.  You might remember him from a few posts ago about Sarah Jessica Parker.  His closest friends call him Griz.

Here’s how the conversation went:

Rob:  Hey, Griz.  It’s your old buddy, Robin.

Griz:  Who?

Rob:  Uhhhhh, you know I run ActSens …

Griz:  Yeah, yeah. I’m just messin’ with you. I know who you are. You got some nerve calling, after you stole Sarah Jessica Parker from me.

Rob:   (Jeez, I thought we’d moved past that.)  I know, I know.  But remember I promised I’d make it up to you.

Griz:   I’m listening …  And don’t call me Griz.  We ain’t friends.

Rob:  (uh oh)  So, I’m just wondering?   You still a Chicago Bears fan?   What am I thinking?   Of course you are …

Griz:   Get to the point, girl, I got some porridge on the stove.  Heh-heh.  What’s the matter?  I make you nervous or something?

Rob: (well, yeah, actually)   No, no, not at all.   Hey, you’ve seen Sunday Night Football, right?   You know that (bimbo) uh, country singer, Carrie (Undertalented) Underwood?  Annoying little tramp who flaunts her ugly bear legs …

Griz: Wait, when you said that word just now, how are you spelling it?

Rob:  You know … b a r e

Griz:   Yeah, right.  OK, go on.   What are you saying here, you are giving me  Carrie Underwood?

Rob:   Yes, I am officially recommending you make Carrie (Undernourished) Underwood your new client. I mean, she would be …

Griz:  Great.

Rob:   Precisely.  That’s what I was about to say.

Griz:   I love it.  OK, Rob, I’m taking Carrie Underwood on, and I’m taking you off … the menu.

Rob:  (gulp) Uh, menu?

Griz:  Come on, get a sense of humor, girl.  Seriously, this Carrie Underwood is perfect for me.  I’m thrilled.  Set this up, will ya?

The Grizzly can hardly contain his happiness upon presenting country singer Carrie Underwood the trophy for the 2017 Grizzly Awards during a recent ceremony at an undisclosed auditorium in central Florida.

Rob:  Absolutely.   So, just to be clear here, my giving you Carrie (Undercooked) Underwood makes us even now, right?   We can be friends, now, right?

Griz:   Don’t push it, Sweetheart. Yeah, yeah, OK, OK, stop whining.  Carrie Underwood is as deserving as Stacy London was way back when. She’ll make a great new signature client for me.

Rob:   Excellent.  And, again, to be clear, we’re friends now, ri …

Click.

OK, then.   Well, close enough.   So, everything is right in the world again.   Now, I can stop hoping and waiting for Carrie Underblunder to come around.  She has officially received the 2017 Grizzly Award.  Now, she can openly and proudly proclaim to the world she is the new Stacy London.  She’s officially the face (or legs) of the bear legs franchise.

I’m sure she and the Grizzly will be very happy together.  They look happy, don’t they?   Well, Griz does anyway.

My thanks to Jay Aton, a longtime reader here, for his excellent artwork on a moments notice.  You can see more of Jay’s work by visiting his website at http://atondigitalart.blogspot.com/

 

Conviction needed from celebrity pantyhose wearers


Robin Maryland
Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

In the ongoing battle between pantyhose and “bear” legs, I’m no expert (wait a minute … yes, I am), but it seems these days we’re in a one step forward, one step back situation.

Lately, I’ve learned how to keep my blood pressure from spiking out of control:  I don’t watch movies or TV shows that I intuitively know are going to piss me off because the actresses who should be wearing pantyhose likely ain’t gonna be.

Case in point: I steered clear of last Sunday’s American Music Awards (AMA) show because I knew it would disappoint me.  However, I did DVR it so that I could later blow past stupid commercials and much of the ugliness that this freak show has become.

Note: Pitbull should never be a host.  He’s too much in love with himself, and other than singing, does he have any real talent? I think not.  Second, much of what they were calling entertainment doesn’t sound like music to me.  More like a train wreck maybe.

I actually worry that other countries will see the AMA show and wonder what happened to America?  With a few notable exceptions, looking at how the presenters, guests and performers dressed and conducted themselves, it appears that values, decency and class are disappearing from pop culture.  If what I glimpsed is any indication of what the future holds for this country, I’d prefer that the big meteor crash into Earth now, wiping out … oh, I don’t know … most of the population?

Naturally, I got what I expected out of the AMAs: Most of the female artists (including Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, both of whom I hoped wouldn’t disappoint me) wore beautiful gowns and fabulous heels, but no pantyhose.

Professional singer, dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez delivers a high-octane performance during the 2014 AMAs.
Professional singer, dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez delivers a high-octane performance during the 2014 AMAs.

Only the two I thought would — Jennifer Lopez and Ariana Grande — wore pantyhose.  (OK, and so did Iggy Azalea during her performance with J-Lo, so I give her credit “wear” credit is due).

DISCLAIMER: Again, I didn’t actually watch the AMA show, but instead fast-forwarded at 4-speed on the DVR remote, stopping only when something promising-looking caught my eye.  Thus, if I missed a female presenter or performer who actually was wearing pantyhose, feel free to correct me in your comments.  And, if I diss one of your favorite stars just because she was bear-legged, hey, this is a pantyhose blog.  It’s what I do!

J-Lo always delivers a high-energy, exciting performance, and the vast majority of the time, she shows professionalism and class in wearing pantyhose with her outfits on stage.  For those reasons, I am always interested in seeing her perform.

Always professional and classy, singer/actor Ariana Grande dazzled during  the AMAs.
Always professional and classy, singer/actor Ariana Grande dazzled during the AMAs.

But the artist who stole the show (for me, anyway) was Ariana Grande.  Amazing that it’s just about the youngest performer out there who consistently is the most professional and classiest of them all.  I love this girl.  Now, I have to say her voice makes me want to pull my hair out, and I can’t understand 90 percent of her lyrics (which, actually, might be a good thing), but I am extremely impressed with Ariana for sticking to her core values (or, at least, her good taste), always wearing cute outfits, high heels and her signature suntan sheer pantyhose.

During the AMA show performance, Ariana was part of a threesome that included Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.  Jessie J usually is very pantyhose-friendly, but she didn’t wear for this number, and neither did Minaj.  I know nothing about Minaj, so I have no idea whether she typically wears or doesn’t.

But I know this: Jessie J and Nicki Minaj might want to rethink the idea of performing alongside Ariana because they looked awful next to her.  I think, anyway.

From left, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande perform a number together during the AMAs.
From left, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande perform a number together during the AMAs.

My eyes were glued on Ariana only, and I suspect that also was the case among most men watching the performance.  Ariana is tiny next to Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, but with her professionalism and class, she stood (figuratively) 10 feet taller than them.

Think I am overdoing it with my praise for Ariana?  Here’s the thing:  If pantyhose are going to win the battle against the bear-legs crowd, we need a superstar celeb who consistently wears pantyhose on stage, to awards shows, as a guest on television specials, and even just out-and-about.  Ariana has showed many times that she is a devoted wearer.

Actress/singer Selena Gomez is one of the more devoted pantyhose wearers, even out-and-about.
Actress/singer Selena Gomez is one of the more devoted pantyhose wearers, even out-and-about.

Taylor Swift appears to be 50-50 at best.  In pantyhose, she looks awesome, but she’s not consistent in wearing during concert performances or anywhere else.  Of course, she does sometimes and looks great in those cases, but then she arbitrarily shows up on the biggest entertainment stages bear-legged.

On the other hand, Selena Gomez is far more consistent in wearing pantyhose for all the right occasions and venues.  Selena might be a close second to Ariana as a dedicated pantyhose wearer, including when she’s just out and about.  And, like Ariana, when Selena wears, she looks stunningly beautiful.

Of course, longtime readers here know that I’ve praised Katy Perry big-time in this blog.  Yet, too many times, I’ve seen photos of Katy on stage and off in bear legs.  I still love Katy, but she’s just not as consistent a wearer as Ariana.

Consistently wearing beautiful outfits, complete with her signature sheer pantyhose, Ariana Grande always delivers an exciting show.
Consistently wearing beautiful outfits, complete with her signature sheer pantyhose, Ariana Grande always delivers an exciting show.

Let me tell you something: Ariana is the real deal.  She might be the one performer who truly sets a good (and right) example for her legions of adoring young fans.  When those girls become 17, 18 and older, they might be more likely to wear pantyhose to emulate their idol.

Besides Ariana, is there a celebrity we could describe as a truly consistent pantyhose wearer? If there is one, it’s Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.  Pantyhose sales throughout the UK and to some extent, the U.S., already are thriving again thanks to her.  Kate should win the Nobel Peace prize for that.

Actress Sofia Vergara almost always wears  pantyhose for all the right reasons.
Actress Sofia Vergara almost always wears pantyhose for all the right reasons.

Certainly, Zoey Deschanel has demonstrated she is a devoted pantyhose wearer.  I’m sure she has appeared bear-legged once or twice on TV shows, movies or at public appearances, but in those cases, I’d have to believe the venue called for a more casual look.  Otherwise, Zoey must be one of the most dedicated and consistent pantyhose wearers anywhere.

How about Sofia Vergara?  It seems she’s everywhere now, pitching airlines, clothes, cosmetics, furniture, soft drinks.  Most often, she wears sheer black pantyhose.

The other day, I saw her in a TV commercial for Rooms ToGo, and it looked as if she were wearing nude pantyhose, but the few pictures of that ad I could find online weren’t of a high enough resolution, and she looked to be (gasp) bear-legged.

Sofia, a consistent pantyhose wearer?  You’d have to say yes, but I couldn’t believe the number of pics I found of her in bear legs during publicity appearances.

One step forward, one step back

Seems we have a long way to go still.  You can look on the Internet and find millions of pictures of celebrities and real women wearing pantyhose.  There are so many, I sometimes wonder how the bear-legs culture is still around.

Usually more classy, Taylor Swift inexplicably goes bare-legged in an elegant evening gown, which gave way to a sexy little number even for a formal set on stage at the AMAs.
Taylor Swift inexplicably goes bare-legged in an elegant evening gown (which gave way to a sexy little slip or something).  Those bare legs look awful with her outfit and the otherwise formal set during her performance at the AMAs.

But then on the world’s biggest stages, including the AMA show, presumably, the grandest show of the year for celebrities in the music industry, Taylor Swift and the overwhelming majority of women show up bear-legged.  Why is that?  I think it’s because today too many celebs still have a bear-legs consciousness.  When the movement dawned during the late 1990s to early 2000s, the concept of bears legs was a bit shocking, but soon enough women from all walks of life jumped on the bandwagon.  Once the excuse to not wear pantyhose was out there, it quickly took roots among almost all women.

Of course, it’s pretty clear now that pantyhose are making a big comeback.  Nothing in the fashion world lasts forever.  What’s hot turns cold, and what’s cold eventually turns hot.  I have every confidence that pantyhose will some day be the preferred look again.  We can see evidence of that everywhere we look.  But, as long as there is some measure of doubt about what’s “in” today, we’ll see inconsistency among even those celebs we would view as devoted wearers.  Many of them just don’t have the conviction yet, and so they aren’t sure which way to go.  And, not wanting to appear out of touch, it seems that they choose the lesser course to be safe.

While that is frustrating, I still find this to be an exciting time.  When a celebrity shows up at an event wearing pantyhose, it’s a thrill.  Now, it’s like the celebs who wear are the cool ones since everyone else is doing the same old bear-legs thing.  The ones who wear today are like the first ones to not wear.  They are now challenging what became the norm just a decade or so ago.  That will cause a stir and create doubt the other way — that perhaps women should be wearing pantyhose today.

A treat when pantyhose show up unexpectedly

That was the headline of my post (May 16, 2011) that featured South Korean model and actress Jun Ji-hyun, starring in the movie, “Blood: The Last Vampire?”  I was reminded of that headline this past Sunday, when I watched “Talking Dead,” the post-show to AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” in which host Chris Hardwick and a few guests analyze that night’s preceding episode.  Usually, the guests (often at least one from the cast of TWD) don’t exactly dress up, and lately, I’ve been skipping the post-show.  But as that night’s episode of TWD was ending, the network flashed a quick peak at what was to come on TD and I caught a glimpse of a guest wearing what I thought might be sheer nude pantyhose.

So I tuned in and was thrilled to see Christian Serratos (who plays Rosita Espinoza) wearing a little black dress, black heels and, indeed, sheer nude pantyhose.

“The Walking Dead” actresses Christian Serratos (Rosita), center, and Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), right, and comedian, actor and writer Paul F. Tompkins discuss last Sunday’s episode with “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick, not shown.

And, wow, did she look incredibly gorgeous.  I like her character, Rosita, but I had no idea who the actress is because I had never seen her in anything other than TWD.  I’ve since learned she is, (or was maybe) on “Twilight.”  I don’t really know because I’ve never seen a single episode of that TV series (or is it a movie, or movies?).  Obviously, I don’t have anything against vampires.  I just don’t care for the whole young romance theme, which Twilight appears to be about from scenes I’ve noticed during promotions.

Christian Serratos (Rosita Espinoza on
Christian Serratos (Rosita Espinoza on “The Walking Dead”) plays a feminine but capable survivor of the zombie apocalypse.

Anyway, Christian Serratos is petite (like me) and, as Rosita on TWD, she’s the most feminine of the female characters, her signature outfit being shorts and a cropped shirt that exposes her midriff.  Naturally, in the wasteland that has become the zombie apocalypse, we don’t expect to see a woman in pantyhose (with the exception of fabulous Milla Jovovich as Alice in the awesome “Resident Evil” movies), and I always wondered why the female cast members of the show wouldn’t want to appear on the post-show dressed all girly for a change.

Wouldn’t they want their audience to finally see a different (more elegant) side of them?  Many of the actresses do dress up on TD, but they never wear pantyhose, but now that Christian did, she is my new girl crush.

Actress Christian Serratos appears in a sexy outfit, complete with beautiful pantyhose during a recent advertisement for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
Actress Christian Serratos appears in a sexy outfit, complete with beautiful pantyhose, during a recent advertisement for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

Of course, I Googled her to see if she’s really a pantyhose kind of girl, or if this appearance on TD was a total aberration.  I found only a few pics of her in pantyhose, but that’s OK.  To me, it actually makes it even more meaningful that she viewed the occasion of being on TD significant enough to dress beautifully, including wearing sheer nude pantyhose.

Does it seem to you that when a woman today actually does wear pantyhose with a black dress and black heels, it’s almost always black hose?  Of course I get it (what we’ve always been taught), but I wish women today didn’t think it’s mandatory to match the shade of hosiery with the color of their shoes.  Nude pantyhose are such a beautiful look with a black ensemble (and all other colors really.)  So I love Christian Serratos all the more for her good taste in wearing sheer nude pantyhose to go along with her class and elegance.

In all fairness, in looking for the photo of Christian Serratos from TD, I found that there actually was at least one other female star from TWD, Lauren Cohan, who also appeared on the post-show wearing a skirt and pantyhose.

“The Walking Dead” executive producer Robert Kirkman, left, Lauren Cohan (Maggie),
and Scott Wilson (Hershel) appeared last season with Chris Hardwick, host of “Talking Dead.”

Like Christian, Lauren (who plays prominent character, Maggie) is very feminine in real life.  I don’t know any other works she’s done, but in searching the Internet for pics of her in pantyhose, I could find only one, other than the few from her appearance on TD.

That’s really too bad because she is a beautiful girl and has spectacular legs.

Another unexpected treat

I’d never watched the TV series, “Person of Interest,” but not for any reason other than that it just didn’t occur to me to do so.  I don’t know at what point it was, but I saw during scenes for an upcoming episode that actress Sarah Shahi had been added to the cast.  That got me interested in POI, and I watched an episode or two and liked all the characters, although I am so late coming to the series I really don’t understand much about what’s going on.

For someone who looks this amazing wearing pantyhose, Sarah Shahi, sadly, hardly ever does.
For someone who looks this amazing wearing pantyhose, sadly, actress Sarah Shahi, hardly ever does.

I’ve had a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with Sarah Shahi because, while I thought she was great in the old “Life” TV series, in her role as a detective, she was always dressed in pants.

Later, when she starred in “Fairly Legal,” I figured that was a role in which it would be appropriate for her to wear pantyhose, but nooooooooo.  She went bear-legged.  (Hated it.  Didn’t watch it.)

I had seen on the Internet the same (like, 3) whole pics you’ve seen of Sarah Shahi in pantyhose (always black), so I was glad to see that she at least knows what pantyhose are.  And, oh my gosh, does she look gorgeous in them.  But I’d given up any hope of seeing this talented beauty ever wear them on a TV show or movie.

Sarah Shahi typically wears a black dress and heels, with her usual bare legs as the character, Samina Shah, on the CBS drama,
Sarah Shahi often wears a black dress and heels, with her usual bare legs as the character, Sameen Shaw, on the CBS drama, “Person of Interest.”

And, as expected, I found that on POI Sarah’s character (Sameen Shaw) wears mostly all black pants outfits as, I guess, one of the muscles on the team.  Otherwise, she wears a black dress and black heels, but, sadly, she’s always bear-legged.

Still, I’d become intrigued with POI, and I was ready for the new season (4) which started Sept. 3.  I recorded the premiere episode, but didn’t actually watch it until recently.

The show opens with a female blonde character (she’s a bad guy) in a black dress and heels (bear-legged) who meets a journalist in a bar, and murders him because he’s on to something about Artificial Intelligence about to take over life as we know it.

Subsequently (still in the first few minutes of the show), the scene changes to a fashion department store, the camera fixed on a pair of beautiful sheer nude pantyhose-adorned feet and legs in black heels and a black dress, and as the camera slowly pans upward, I am thinking to myself, please let that be Sarah Shahi’s character, Miss Shaw.  And, to my sheer delight, it is.

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I could hardly believe it.  Finally, I am seeing Sarah Shahi in a little black dress with black high heels and sheer pantyhose.  And not black pantyhose, but sheer nude pantyhose.  And she looks spectacular.

Of course I am hoping this is a sign of things to come — that we’ll see more of Miss Shaw in sheer nude pantyhose.  I also like that the show sticks to some sense of realism, in that the Shaw character, working as a sales associate (as a cover) in a big upscale department store (such as Macy’s) indeed would be expected to wear a dress, heels and pantyhose.

Not amused at working in a department store as part of her new  cover ID, Sameen Shah (Sarah Shahi) approaches a team member who came up with the role for her.
Not amused at having to work in a department store as part of her new cover ID, Sameen Shaw (Sarah Shahi) approaches a team member who came up with the role for her.

After watching that episode, I tried to find that awesome picture of Miss Shaw (bored and feeling the assignment was beneath her), standing in an aisle of the store offering customers a sample of perfume.  Unfortunately, it was nowhere to be found, however, I got one (above) that shows just enough of her legs to see that she’s wearing.  And, of course, I did find the premiere teaser video for your viewing pleasure.  (You’re welcome.)

Like me, do you ever wonder how some photos from TV and movie scenes make it to the Internet, and some (the best ones) don’t?  And if only you or I were in charge, we’d make sure that priceless gems such as this one of Sarah Shahi in sheer nude pantyhose would definitely make it?  It’s like, who’s in charge of these things?  Doesn’t he or she know the significance of such a shot?

Mycroft (Rhys Ifans, middle) enlists Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller, right) and Watson (Lucy Liu, left) to help solve a case in an episode of the CBS detective series,
Mycroft (Rhys Ifans, middle) enlists Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller, right) and Watson (Lucy Liu, left) to help solve a case in an episode of the CBS detective series, “Elementary” last season. Photo: Jeff Neumann /CBS

Not since Lucy Liu wore sheer nude pantyhose in one or two episodes of “Elementary” last season, have I been this excited about a character in one of the TV shows I follow, but I have a feeling we won’t be seeing Miss Shaw in sheer pantyhose again, any more often than we’ve since seen Joan Watson in them.

One step forward-one step back.  Still, it’s “A treat when pantyhose show up unexpectedly,” and until our favorite celebs become more consistent in choosing this look we love, we can, at least, savor the next surprise.