‘This is Us’ Chrissy Metz Stars in Upcoming Faith-Based Film

Miracles still happen. That is the message of the faith-based film, Breakthrough starring This is Us’ Chrissy Metz. Based on Joyce Smith’s book, The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection, Breakthrough tells the true story of an event that happened just four years ago.

Metz plays Smith whose 14-year-old son falls through the ice of a Missouri lake. He was trapped under water for 15 minutes and even after he was rescued, he had no pulse for 43 minutes. All seemed lost and Smith was told to come in and say her goodbyes to her son as there was no hope for the boy. But Smith refused to give up and continued to pray for her son’s complete recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. Not only did her son come back to life, but he is alive today telling his story.

Directed by Roxann Dawson and produced by DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven), Breakthrough also stars Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter…

"Work It" Isn't Working

Lee (Ben Koldyke) tells Angel (Amaury Nolasco) about
his new high-paying job as a woman. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

Tonight, January 3 marks the debut of ABC’s latest “Men Are Stupid” comedies – Work It. After wisely dumping the fall season’s flop, Man Up, they are trying out a Bosom Buddies-ish comedy. Buddies helped make Tom Hanks a household name. The stars of Work It can only hope for the same fate. Like its gender bender predecessor, Work It is embarrassing, offensive, not funny and has a bad laugh track. Why ABC thought this show was a good idea is a mystery.

In Work It, Lee and Angel are former employees of Pontiac looking for work. It is suggested that the current recession is more of a “man-cession” and their skills (salesman, head mechanic) are not in high demand. Lee learns that a pharmaceutical company, Coreco, is looking to hire new sales reps, but only female sales reps. Lee responds with raiding his wife’s closet and interviewing for the job as a woman. Surprise! He gets the job. He then tells Angel of his new opportunity and guess what? Angel gets a job as a woman as well!

Lee hides his new secret from his wife and daughter but learns how to be more sensitive to their needs. Angel develops a crush on his boss, who is said to be a lesbian. Let the high jinks begin.

Lee is played by Ben Koldyke, a fairly new actor who has made a few appearances in How I Met Your Mother, Big Love and 24. He is certainly likeable and might go far, if he can find a way out of this sitcom. Amaury Nolasco plays Angel who’s been featured in big screen movies like Transformers and The Rum Diary. From the pilot, it’s hard to tell if two have much chemistry or not due to the wild set up.

In short, Work It is just dumb. It has a one joke set up that can’t carry a series anymore than BB did decades earlier. It’s ironic, that in the now deceased show, Man Up, the wives wanted their husbands to be manlier. In Work It, the men “need to learn how to be better men by having to be better women.”

Work It follows Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing (whose pilot was nothing to shout about either, but has improved greatly) and appears before the première of Celebrity Wife Swap, a show that sounds tacky but is actually quite good. You might want to do a few chores around the house between the two.

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