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Good Day LA Producer Weekly Wrap Up

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Just to change things up a little, we're going to work backward through the week this time. Bittersweet end to the week, as we sent Maria Sansone off on maternity leave. We sent her off with a cake, a hug, and some invaluable parenting lessons from Super Nanny Helen Moon. Helen came in to teach Maria's husband Josh how to change a diaper, among other things.

Elisabeth Rohm stopped by as well, she's starring in American Hustle, we hit her up to come fill in one day while Maria is out, and she said she would be up for it.

Every once in a while you meet some young people, just on their way to becoming big stars, and they are so charming you just can't help becoming fans. That's how it was with X Factor winners Alex and Sierra.

On Thursday, Ashanti was in singing for us, and Oscar Isaac, who is up for a Golden Globe for his performance in "Inside Llewyn Davis", came by as well.  I always like it when John C McGinley comes in, he's a really interesting guy. Look for him to fill in for Steve one day in the next couple of weeks!

On Wednesday, we met June Squibb. She's nominated for a SAG award and a Golden Globe for her performance in Nebraska. She is Hollywood newest "It Girl" and she just turned 84. Ally Walker came by, which always means a lot of laughs.

Wednesday also brought a visit from Heather Dubrow, ostensibly she was in to plug her appearance on Hawaii 5-0, but mostly we have her in because she's great on TV, and it puts Steve in a good mood.

We also had a cool gift segment, which included Bobby D riding around the studio on a bike. Very few guys can look cool riding a bike while wearing a shirt and tie, and Bobby isn't one of them.

We had Barkhad Abdi on this week as well. He was on the show a couple months ago, when "Captain Phillips" opened. It was his first acting gig. When we saw him, he was on his way to try and find an agent. Now he has an agent, and a Golden Globe nomination.   Nick Lachey stopped by, and we had continued a fairly new holiday tradition of having Dave Koz in to perform.

But the interview I got the most feedback on this week, wasn't with a celebrity. It was with a man named Reggie Cole who served 16 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. With the help of the California Innocence project he was released three years ago. But there is so much more to his story. He was in prison, all his appeals exhausted, when he got into an altercation with another inmate. Reggie killed the other inmate. There is no other way to say it. He argued self defense, but wound up pleading guilty to manslaughter, and with that he was considered a serial killer, and was bumped up to death penalty status. As a result of that, the Innocence Project took his case, and was able to prove that he did not commit the original crime for which he was imprisoned. He was so honest, so conflicted about everything he's done, and everything that has happened to him. It's not the kind of interview you usually see.  Reggie was on with Mike Semanchik, an attorney with the California Innocence Project, along with Brian Banks, the former local football star, who served 5 years for a rape he didn't commit. It's not exactly light viewing, but it's definitely worth seeing.

The week was a blur but there are some random images rolling through my mind. Maria Quiban twirling in the chroma key like an 8 year old with a new party dress. Lisa Breck cracking up after reading "Pippa Longstocking" instead of "Pippa Middleton" after Steve changed her copy in the prompter, and Bobby D rolling on the floor the newsroom collecting the dollar bills he had thrown in the air while mocking our coverage of the megamillions jackpot. But maybe the strangest moment was during a visit from from Joan Moran, a yoga teacher, blogger and author who came on to talk about keeping the sexy as you get older. She started the interview by showing us how easily she can do a headstand. Joan just turned 70.

Hope you all have a great weekend, and we will see you Monday morning. 

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