How to Follow the 2014 Midterm Election Returns

Whether you’re a hard-core political junkie or just an ordinary citizen who’s interested in the outcome, there are a wealth of ways to follow the midterm elections on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Here are some suggestions: TV news websites ABC News will provide a live streaming webcast of its election coverage, anchored by George Stephanopoulos, starting at 7 p.m.  Additionally, the network will augment its programming with live blogging by a team of analysts from FiveThirtyEight, including Nate Silver, …

ABC Says O’Donnell Is Back on ‘The View’

By David Bauder of the Associated Press NEW YORK – Rosie O’Donnell will return to ABC’s “The View” this September for a most unexpected second act. ABC announced Thursday, via Twitter, that O’Donnell will join Whoopi Goldberg on the nearly empty couch at the daytime chatfest. Show creator Barbara Walters retired this spring from on-air appearances, Sherri Shepherd announced she was leaving after seven years and ABC didn’t renew the contract of Jenny McCarthy after only one season. It’s official! …

After Barbara Walters Signs off May 16, What Next?

And so The Year of Barbara has a firm end-date: May 16. That’s the day news icon Barbara Walters will cohost her last episode of The View and retire from full-time journalism. It won’t be a quiet send-off: The View will have a week-long celebration, ABC News is planning a two-hour prime-time retrospective, and you can expect Barbara’s face to be plastered across every network franchise from World News Tonight to Dancing with the Stars. >> Sign up for the AARP …

Mark Cuban: Living Your Best Deals at Any Age

Give Mark Cuban credit for getting things done.  He went from tapings of the hit ABC reality show Shark Tank to his long-awaited insider-trading trial last week (a civil suit involving a 2004 stock sale), purportedly dazzling admiring jury members, while still managing to keep up with myriad business demands. On top of it, he emailed fast answers to our questions.  Here, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner, 55, shares his thoughts on living your best deals at any age. Is …

‘DWTS’ Favorite Derek Hough Is All Over TV

Fans 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

Things 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. …