‘Downton Abbey Rediscovered’ Teases Season 5

Downton Abbey fans who’ve been dying for disclosures about Lady Mary and her suitors, thirsting for tidings of Mr. Bates’ implication in the death of Mr. Green, or craving bon mots from the dowager countess, get ready for a big tease. PBS’s Downton Abbey Rediscovered airs Sunday, November 30 — amidst its post-Thanksgiving pledge drive — offering tantalizing morsels from the banquet of drama coming in Season 5 as well as Bernadette Peters wryly introducing favorite moments from the past four seasons. …

Why So Many 50-Plus Actors Got Emmy Nods

More than 40 actors who are 50 and older are among the anointed ones nominated for Emmys this year. With the 66th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards coming Monday, Aug. 25, here are five reasons so many veterans got nominations. 1. Oscar-winning movie actors have moved to TV. Jessica Lange, Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn. It will look like a 1970s’ Academy Awards ceremony, not the 2014 Emmys, when they and others of their era trip down the red carpet Monday night. Those movie stars, …

‘The Honorable Woman’ Creator Fan of Great 70′s Spy Thrillers

A first-class, cerebral mystery/espionage thriller set amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, British auteur Hugo Blick’s “The Honorable Woman” has become one of the most talked-about television dramas of the summer. Its title star, Maggie Gyllenhaal, has said she is more proud of the eight-part mini series than anything else she’s done in her career. Its supporting cast, including Stephen Rea and Janet McTeer as British agents, is absolutely brilliant. And of course, it could not be more timely. Blick noted that …

Halle Berry’s ‘Extant’: Expect Big Things

  During the promotional ramp-up to the July 9 premiere of Halle Berry’s new CBS show Extant, Berry talked comparisons to Rosemary’s Baby and series creator Mickey Fisher referenced a “Joseph and Mary moment,” in which shocked husband Goran Visnjic learns that his astronaut wife (Berry) got pregnant while on a 13-month solo mission in space. So just what has she got gestating? Is it the devil or something divine? More important to CBS, will she deliver a hit, or a big-budget miss? …

Tom Bergeron Hosts PBS July Fourth Show

Tom Bergeron loves hosting live TV shows. No surprise, then, to hear him rhapsodize about his upcoming emcee duties for A Capitol Fourth on PBS; it’s a super-sized version of his thrill of choice. “To walk out on that stage on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, in front of hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall – and knowing you’re being beamed to millions more around the world – is one of the highlights of my …

Whoopi Goldberg: Acting Is All I Ever Wanted

Watching Whoopi Goldberg in Lifetime’s A Day Late and a Dollar Short, to air Saturday April 19,  you may find yourself thinking that we haven’t been seeing enough of The View host’s Oscar-winning acting skills in recent years.  She reminds us in this movie of just how good she is. The film puts her at the center of another scenario by novelist Terry McMillan (Goldberg was in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, you may recall) and reunites her with Ving …