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5 Reasons Not to Quit ‘DWTS’

Posted on 03/17/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentWhen my daughter was a toddler, Barney the purple dinosaur was a hit. He seemed charming, at first — but years of all that gooey sweetness took a toll. By the time she was five, I started to crack, and one day, the “I Love You” song came on and I had to leave the room. Nowadays, it’s Randy Jackson’s “Yo” and that tired American Idol bit of the judges making like a contestant is going to get the axe, …

When TV Tried Something New: Ernie Kovacs and Sid Caesar

Posted on 10/25/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFor years, I reckoned that those who longed for the so-called Golden Age of Television were really just yearning for a less complicated time, when there were two or three broadcast networks, everybody watched the same shows, and life was, well, as simple as black and white. I’ve since changed my mind, especially after sampling three recent DVD sets of 1950s TV icon Ernie Kovaks and an upcoming collection of TV work by Mel Brooks. In the ‘50s, TV was …

Can ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Pick Up Steam in Season 15?

Posted on 09/30/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThere’s no getting around it — Dancing With the Stars’ all-star season tripped on its way out onto the floor in its premiere week last week, with ratings for Monday night down 32 percent from last year, and a Tuesday night results show that was clobbered by NCIS (11.79 million total viewers compared with 20.48 million), despite the presence of heartthrob Justin Bieber. Add to this former contestant Hope Solo’s accusation that the competition is rigged and it was a …

Good TV This Week: ‘DWTS’ Still in Step with Grownup Viewers

Posted on 03/30/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment“Dancing With the Stars” has stepped past NBC’s “The Voice” in a big way, as last Monday’s show averaged 17.6 million viewers compared to “The Voice’s” 11.8.  That’s good news for DWTS fans, who may have been dismayed by headlines about the ABC dance competition opening to lower numbers than last season.  It did, but no tears.  The season-opener was still the second most-watched show of the week, behind only “NCIS.”  That is largely thanks to Grownup viewers.  Of DWTS’ …

The Takeaway: Martina Navratilova Booted from Dancing With the Stars

Posted on 03/28/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayTennis legend and AARP fitness ambassador Martina Navratilova was eliminated last night from Dancing With the Stars, the popular ABC show that pairs celebrities and athletes with professional dance partners and has the couples compete in different styles of dance each week.

Vote for Martina!

Posted on 03/19/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAARP’s Fitness Ambassador Martina Navratilova is on Dancing with the Stars tonight! Martina and her partner, Tony Dovolani are Team Sweet Spot.  Let’s get out the vote for her and Tony! Voting is easy – via phone, text or online – and you can vote 12 TIMES for Martina and Tony! •       Call to vote at 800-VOTE-409 (800-868-3409) from 8pmET on Monday 3/19 through 10:30pmET on Monday 3/19 •       Text the word VOTE to 800-868-3409 from 8pmET on Monday 3/19 through 10:30pmET …