Transcript for 'Downton Abbey New Era' trailer released
- It just wouldn't be the weekend without--
[AIR HORNS BLOWING]
Welcome back to Downton, the sequel hitting the silver screen this weekend. And if you've been keeping up with the Crawleys, you already know that this film finds half of the cast venturing to the south of France. Spend as much time at Downton as you like by bingeing all six seasons and the first movie before heading to the multiplex for A New Era.
- I love when we say the multiplex, just for old time's sake. All right, from the Crawleys to the Clones. Star Wars, Episode II, Attack of the Clones turns 20 this week. And the Force is strong with this one, just in time to get us Jedi-ready for the upcoming Disney+ limited series, Obi-Wan Kenobi premiering May 27. We're very excited about this. Janai, are you a Star Wars-- or do we would have to bring you on board on this?
JANAI NORMAN: I was gonna say, I would've read that as "jeddy" ready.
WHIT JOHNSON: [LAUGHS] "Jeddy" ready. "Je-die," We're going to get you there, Janai, we promise. So got to get a Midi-chlorian count on how excited fans are for this upcoming series. Midi-chlorian, this is like-- it's like a blood count to see how strong the Force is within you.
JANAI NORMAN: Oh, how the Force is.
WHIT JOHNSON: Exactly. Your Midi-chlorian count is low, Janai. Eva, it is high.
EVA PILGRIM: It is high. Not as high as Baby Yoda though.
- Just like a midi dress, also low. OK, now to a bonus binge. And we're taking a little field trip to the book section of the Silver Room in Chicago, where WLS investigative reporter Samantha Chapman joins us to talk about her new children's book, Mia Gets Sick, But Doesn't Quit. Samantha, thank you so much for joining us this morning. Tell us how this book came about.
- Oh, my goodness. First of all, janai, thank you for having me on the show. Oh my goodness, I'm on Good Morning America. Had to get that out there. But the book-- the book started a couple of years ago, at the beginning of the pandemic. I was working from home, quarantining. And anybody who knows me, knows that I absolutely adore children. I love, love, love kids. And I was hearing from some of my friends who have kids and reading articles about how depressed kids were because they had to stay at home, away from their friends. Some of them, perhaps, even had COVID.
And so I wanted to connect with kids on a deeper level. And I decided to write my very first children's book. I called up a designer, a local Black woman named Mariah Harris, here in Chicago. She had never illustrated a book before. I had never written a book. And I said, you know what, this sounds like a perfect match. We're going to struggle through and make this happen I did a virtual storytime. It was just an e-book initially.
And then, after that virtual storytime, people from all over the country were messaging me on Facebook and Instagram saying, OK, where can I purchase the book? And I'm like, uh, I don't know! And then we decided to come up with the actual physical book. It took two years, but we finally did it. And a portion of the proceeds are going to Make-A-Wish Illinois. So I'm so excited that this came to fruition, you all.
- And I know you wrote the book for kids, but there's a message in this book for people of all ages.
- Absolutely. So I'll give-- for myself, an example-- an example of myself. So late last year, I actually contracted COVID-19. And I was miserable, to say the least. I was at home. I was frustrated. I was angry. And I was on the phone venting with my mom because that's what I do. I vent to my mom all the time. And she was like, you know what, you're just like Mia. You're just like Mia, and you really need to get in the mindset of Mia.
And I'm like, oh, my goodness, she's right. I'm Mia, and I've got to really figure out how to get through this pandemic. So I started doing things around the house. I cooked fried chicken for the first time in five years, it was amazing.
JANAI NORMAN: You got sick, but you didn't quit, just like Mia. Samantha, thank you so much for being with us. And you can pick up a copy of Samantha's book, Mia Gets Sick, But Doesn't Quit, online or in your local bookstore.
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