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Margo Martindale Shines in New Movie And CBS Sitcom

Posted on 12/29/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s a season to remember for actress Margo Martindale.  She and Chris Cooper are getting singled out for their performances in the newly-opened big-screen drama August: Osage County — which is no small feat considering they’re in a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard and Juliette Lewis.  At the same time, her CBS sitcom, The Millers, is earning critical second looks. Indeed, The Millers has improved with seasoning.  That’s a good thing, because the Greg Garcia comedy …

Bob Newhart Is a Hit on ‘Big Bang Theory’

Posted on 04/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentBob Newhart’s fans have been waiting for this one — his first appearance on The Big Bang Theory Thursday night (May 2).  Duly promoted as befits a sweeps-sized casting coup, Newhart has come aboard TV’s highest-rated sitcom for at least three episodes, playing a “Mr. Wizard”- style kiddie science show host who’s a childhood idol of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki).  When Sheldon learns that “Professor Proton” is available for appearances, he giddily books him for an engagement at …

‘Golden Boy’ Looks Like a Winner

Posted on 02/26/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentA lackluster stretch for new network dramas comes to an emphatic end tonight with the premiere of Golden Boy, the gripping new CBS cop show that breathes fresh life into the standard police procedural. British newcomer Theo James, 28, plays New York City cop Walter Clark, the hotshot of the title. Golden Boy’s hook is that we first meet Clark seven years in the future, just after he is named the youngest police commissioner in the city’s history. The completed …

Led Zep, Heart Add to 50+ Rockstravaganza

Posted on 12/23/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThis December is prime time for 50+ rockers.  Is it ever!  The fact was proven abundantly by stars from the mighty Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen to The Rolling Stones, The Who and Bon Jovi in the 12-12-12 benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims this month.  (Yes, Mick Jagger looked creaky, but he still ruled the stage!) This week brings the annual after-Christmas treat — The Kennedy Center Honors, being broadcast by CBS Wednesday, Dec. 26.  And front-and-center once again are …

Frank Peppiatt: 5 Facts About His Cornpone Classic ‘Hee Haw’

Posted on 11/12/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIt’s odd to think that a native of Canada created one of the most quintessentially American programs ever to air on television, one that celebrated the rough-hewn, folksy humor of the rural South and the musical genre that its people loved. But Frank Peppiatt, who died on Nov. 7 at age 85 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., proved that you didn’t have to be a good ol’ boy to be a countrified hit-maker. Hee Haw, the comedy-music variety program that …

‘Undercover Boss’ Returns With a Big Character

Posted on 10/30/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentGood news for those who like a little sentimentality sprinkled over their TV diet — CBS’s Emmy-winning Undercover Boss returns Friday (11/2), with an episode featuring Mitchell Modell, whose family has owned and operated the Northeastern U.S. sporting goods stores bearing their name since 1889. According to Undercover Boss producer Chris Carlson, Modell has “a huge personality — a big character” that makes him ideal as a subject to build a show around. “He has a lot of heart. He’s extremely …