Andy Griffith’s Widow to Raze His Home

[updated Dec. 2, 2013] The widow of actor Andy Griffith has demolished the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, ensuring that the site will never be used for an Andy Griffith museum, as the actor may have envisaged. Cindi Griffith obtained a demolition permit for the Dare County home in March; the house was torn down in late May, according to county planning director Donna Creef.  The house was on Roanoke Island, near Manteo, …

6 TV Grandparents We Still Love

This Grandparents Week, I’ve been thinking about classic TV grandparents.  Although there are many, here are 6 shows I loved to watch in prime-time or in syndication as reruns when I was a kid – and still do! As these stir up your memories, please share your favorites in the comments section below. The Real McCoys (1957) – A classic grandfather in many ways, the overall-wearing patriarch, grandpa Amos McCoy (Walter Brennan), was at times kind, meddling, funny and argumentative, …

Valerie Harper, ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Alumni All Over TV This Month

Good news for fans of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” – January is bursting forth with a plethora of programming that has the potential to, well, turn your world on with a smile.  NBC’s 90th Birthday Celebration for AARP’s own Betty White airs Jan. 16 — followed by a preview of Betty’s older-folks-prank-younger-folks reality show, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.”  Betty’s birthday event will mark a mini-reunion of the MTM gang.  Come Jan. 29, Mary will be honored with the …