Holiday Music Specials, Buble to…Charles Barkley?

Question:  What has Michael Buble, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Hugh Jackman, Cookie Monster, Charles Barkley, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama?  Answer:  This week’s lineup of holiday music specials!  If you enjoy seeing top names warbling about Santa, snow and sleigh rides, this is your week. For the last couple of years, Buble has been hitting our sweet spot with network Christmas variety fare as traditional as his silky-voiced crooning.  This year, his 10 p.m. NBC show Wednesday …

5 Reasons to Watch ‘Sound of Music Live’

Fellow passionate fans of Julie Andrews‘ film version of The Sound of Music take note:  it’s time to put down our weapons and open up to the idea that young country singer Carrie Underwood may well fill Andrews’ shoes as Maria Von Trapp on Thursday night’s (Dec. 5) live broadcast of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. With so much pre-publicity around the event – live TV programming is rare enough, but The Sound of Music is a challenge – Underwood confessed …

Thanksgiving Day Dog Show Is Back

For John O’Hurley, Thanksgiving has gone to the dogs. Come Nov. 28, O’Hurley will again be seen hosting The National Dog Show, the tradition-rich all-breed contest hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, airing on NBC right after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “It’s not just a dog show. It’s kind of become a day of celebration of dogs,” he lets us know. Working dogs, Sporting dogs, Terriers and Toys… Even the casual canine connoissseur could harldy help but enjoy …

James Brolin Joins Rush of Yuletide Movies

Holiday movies have taken over my family.  My mother, 83, and daughter, 22, have already sat through at least five or six of the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime confections that are coming at us like plates full of fudge.  When I invited them to join me to view tomorrow night’s (Nov. 25) Hallmark Movie Channel Christmas With Tucker, there was Dad, 87, too — slapping his knee and laughing when the cute puppies appeared.  I am bemused by this, as …

Renee Fleming Celebrates American Voices

National Medal of Arts recipient Renée Fleming, 54, has become an ever-more-widely recognized ambassador for opera and the art of singing in recent years. The four-time Grammy winner, frequently called the “people’s diva,” enjoys mixing things up and venturing into new territory, such as her recent vocal rendering of David Letterman’s Top 10 List. Now Fleming is taking the ambassador role a huge step further with American Voices – a festival of performances, master sessions and symposia November 22-24 at …

Dana Delany Returns to ‘China Beach’

Dana Delany is 57 and says she’s never felt better. “I’m not somebody who’s ever had a problem getting older. That doesn’t scare me,” says the raven-haired actress. “I like who I am now so much more than ever. I feel much more comfortable in my skin.” She was just an up-and-coming actress a quarter century ago when she starred in the groundbreaking Vietnam War drama China Beach.  In a breakthrough role as Army nurse Colleen McMurphy, Delany helped viewers …