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Blair Underwood is Not Our Mama’s ‘Ironside’

Posted on 09/8/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentWarning:  Do not tune into NBC’s new “Ironside” with any expectation of a show resembling Raymond Burr’s series of 40 years ago.  As star Blair Underwood himself attests, they really didn’t keep much outside of the name and the central conceit of a disabled lawman operating his own team.  Oh, and Underwood’s Robert Ironside tipples a bit of bourbon at the end of a long day, an homage to Burr. This “Ironside” is as different from that one as 2013 …

Cher’s Longevity Secret

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentBy Nicole Evatt of The Associated Press Cher is no stranger to tabloid fodder. The 67-year-old singer who has spent most of her life in the spotlight offered this advice to young artists on navigating the world of paparazzi attention: “You’re screwed. That’s my advice.” “You don’t deal with it. You just try to get a place where no one can find you and that’s your little sanctuary,” continued the “Believe” singer in an interview Tuesday. “I have a fabulous …

NBC’s New Fall Shows: Back to the Future and More

Posted on 05/13/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentNBC, like all the big TV networks, is in New York this week unveiling new fall shows for advertisers. But regardless of what they think, there was plenty for grownup viewers to like in the lineup revealed Monday. Taking a page from the CBS playbook, NBC has hired a number of boomer favorite stars in new comedies and dramas.  Among those appealing to the 50-plus audience: The Michael J. Fox Show: Best remembered for his role as Alex P. Keaton …

Phyllis Smith on The End of ‘The Office’ (and Falling Refrigerators)

Posted on 05/7/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentFor the past nine years, Phyllis Smith has played Phyllis (Lapin) Vance, the sneakily snarky den mother on NBC’s The Office. The Lemay, Mo. native was a dancer during her youth—she was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals cheerleading squad and was once part of a burlesque troupe in her home city—but her role on The Office was her very first acting gig. When the series finale airs May 16 at 9 p.m., she will have appeared in all …

Falling for ‘Smash’ Again in Season 2

Posted on 02/3/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentWhen Smash made its glittering premiere last season, complete with its Spielberg-Meron-Zadan imprimatur, many of us fell in love with the NBC serial that took us behind the scenes of a Broadway musical in the making. But as with many love affairs, somehow the little flaws turned into big disappointments, and the disappointments became less and less tolerable. The magic faded with clunky plot points, an unbelievable villain (Ellis, played by Jaime Cepero), and the show’s insistence that Karen (Katherine …

NBC’s Do No Harm Needs Treatment

Posted on 01/31/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe TV medical drama is on life support.  A genre that gave us ratings powerhouses like St. Elsewhere, ER and House has been disappearing from network lineups.  ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is the only one still standing. Till now. Next week, Monday Mornings, a medical drama from Chicago Hope producer David E. Kelley and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, debuts on TNT. Up first, though, is NBC’s Do No Harm, part medical drama, part thriller, premiering tonight at 10 p.m.  Do No Harm revolves around Philadelphia neurosurgeon Jason …