Holiday Music Specials, Buble to…Charles Barkley?

Question:  What has Michael Buble, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Hugh Jackman, Cookie Monster, Charles Barkley, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama?  Answer:  This week’s lineup of holiday music specials!  If you enjoy seeing top names warbling about Santa, snow and sleigh rides, this is your week. For the last couple of years, Buble has been hitting our sweet spot with network Christmas variety fare as traditional as his silky-voiced crooning.  This year, his 10 p.m. NBC show Wednesday …

5 Reasons to Watch ‘Sound of Music Live’

Fellow passionate fans of Julie Andrews‘ film version of The Sound of Music take note:  it’s time to put down our weapons and open up to the idea that young country singer Carrie Underwood may well fill Andrews’ shoes as Maria Von Trapp on Thursday night’s (Dec. 5) live broadcast of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. With so much pre-publicity around the event – live TV programming is rare enough, but The Sound of Music is a challenge – Underwood confessed …

Thanksgiving Day Dog Show Is Back

For John O’Hurley, Thanksgiving has gone to the dogs. Come Nov. 28, O’Hurley will again be seen hosting The National Dog Show, the tradition-rich all-breed contest hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, airing on NBC right after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “It’s not just a dog show. It’s kind of become a day of celebration of dogs,” he lets us know. Working dogs, Sporting dogs, Terriers and Toys… Even the casual canine connoissseur could harldy help but enjoy …

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

If 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?

You 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’

Warning:  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 …