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Charles Grodin Is Back as Michael J. Fox’s Dad

Posted on 11/20/2013 by |Celebrity quotes and insight | Comments

EntertainmentIf it seems like it’s been a while since you’ve seen actor Charles Grodin, that’s because it probably has. Aside from a guest appearance last year on Law and Order: SVU, the 78-year-old Grodin — one of Hollywood’s busiest actors during the 1970s and ’80s — has mostly taken the past 20 years off from film and TV acting. But that’s about to change, starting this week with a guest appearance on NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show. In the …

What Role Do You Play in Your Grandchildren’s Lives?

Posted on 10/8/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your LifeYou may love being a grandparent, but are you willing to help raise your grandchildren? That’s what NBC’s Today wants to know, in a new poll they have posted on Today.com in Maria Shriver’s blog post about the changing roles of grandparents. I’ve tracked this topic for many years, and AARP, MetLife and other organizations have gathered data indicating grandparents play important roles in their grandkids lives. Grandparents provide significant financial support and child care for grandchildren. Many live with their …

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 …

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 …