NBC Hopes for Big Ratings With Thursday’s ‘Peter Pan’

Thursday’s Peter Pan Live!, at 8 p.m. ET, would be must-see TV if for no other reason than 71-year-old Christopher Walken dancing as the villainous Captain Hook. The singular star of Deer Hunter, Hairspray and many a Saturday Night Live sketch has fond memories of tap lessons as a kid. He asked the show’s producers to go heavy on the terpsichorean turns in this version of the beloved musical. His will be the dancingest Hook ever, they promised on last week’s …

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, …

Don Pardo: The Man with the Big Voice

As a staff announcer at NBC for 60 years, Don Pardo was a robust, velvety virtuoso of enunciation, whose baritone resonated like the aftertaste of a full-bodied fine wine. His trademark gig was performing the introductions at the beginning of each episode of Saturday Night Live, which he did for all but one season between the show’s debut in October 1975 and its most recent season finale in May.   Pardo, who died on Aug. 18 at age 96 in …

Helen Mirren Gives Jimmy Fallon Very Straight Answers

Looking for straight answers? Look no further than the Mirren, Mirren on the Wall. The ever wise and witty dame Helen Mirren got a little naughty as the Magic Mirror on the Wall, a skit on the 100th episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. Fallon, an eager and inquisitive regal subject, asked Mirren about E.L. James’ best-selling novel. >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. “Mirren, Mirren, on the Wall, what do you think …

Proud Papa Brian Williams Announces Daughter’s Role as Peter Pan

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams got to show just what a proud father he his. Reporting the evening news July 30, he announced that NBC has cast his daughter, Allison, as the lead in a musical performance of Peter Pan Live! “Family members confirm that she’s been rehearsing for this role since the age of 3, and they look forward to seeing her fly,” said Williams, displaying a childhood photo of his daughter decked out in full Peter Pan …

Casey Kasem Has Not Been Buried

It’s been about a month since Casey Kasem’s death, yet his body has still not been buried, according to NBC News. Jean Kasem, Kasem’s second wife, has the rights to his body but has kept it in a Washington morgue, according to a spokesperson for Kerri Kasem, the radio icon’s eldest daughter. The DJ’s children have said that their stepmother kept them from seeing or communicating with their father in his final year of life. Jean Kasem did not attend …