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Blair Underwood is Not Our Mama’s ‘Ironside’

Posted on 09/8/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentWarning:  Do not tune into NBC’s new “Ironside” with any expectation of a show resembling Raymond Burr’s series of 40 years ago.  As star Blair Underwood himself attests, they really didn’t keep much outside of the name and the central conceit of a disabled lawman operating his own team.  Oh, and Underwood’s Robert Ironside tipples a bit of bourbon at the end of a long day, an homage to Burr. This “Ironside” is as different from that one as 2013 …

Arsenio Hall Hoping #backisbeautiful

Posted on 09/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s been 17 years since Arsenio Hall loomed large on the TV landscape, since his show was a pop culture force, since a visit with Hall was a must for those seeking to reach the “MTV generation.”  He returns in syndication Sept. 9 with The Arsenio Hall Show, 2013 style. “It’s kind of the same Arsenio, you know.  Less hair, less shoulder pads,” he says, his familiar raffish smile in place. Can the same Arsenio work in this radically changed …

Patrick Dempsey Shows Us His Passion in ‘Le Mans’

Posted on 08/25/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentPatrick Dempsey in a Porsche jumpsuit — six words that add up to reason enough to tune into “Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans” on television.  The four-part Velocity documentary series roars our way Wednesday (8/28), and there are actually many more reasons to go along for the ride than beholding Dempsey’s chiseled profile and voluptuous hair. The 47-year-old “Grey’s Anatomy” star shows us his passion, and it’s not for acting.  It’s for the singular sense of power and pleasure he …

‘DWTS’ Favorite Derek Hough Is All Over TV

Posted on 08/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentFans of Dancing With the Stars’ winningest pro, Derek Hough, will get to see a lot of him starting Sunday August 25. Hough hosts ABC’s Family Dance Off special in which five families with terpsichorean talents vie for a $10,000 prize.  Hough has called it a feel-good show in which everyday people have the chance to rock it as dancers.  The competing families are from widely diverse backgrounds, have styles that are very different from one another, and include some cute …

Get a Front-Row Seat to Country Music’s Biggest Event

Posted on 08/11/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThings have changed a lot since the old Fan Fair days, when Loretta Lynn got so caught up in the excitement of chumming with her admirers, she famously walked in front of the TV cameras with pink curlers in her hair. About 30 years ago, the crème de la crème of country music sat in numbered booths arrayed around the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, pressing flesh and signing autographs while some 17,000 of their faithful followers scurried from star to star. …

‘Breaking Bad’: The End Is Near

Posted on 08/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThe final eight episodes of Breaking Bad begin airing one week from today on AMC — a pop culture event preceded by 13 Emmy nominations for the bloody and brilliant show, a Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame star ceremony for actor Bryan Cranston, numerous appearances before media and fans, and endless speculation about the final fate of his high school teacher-turned-drug lord character, Walter White.  Will Walt  go down in a hail of bullets?  Get captured by his DEA agent brother-in-law, Hank …