6 TV Grandparents We Still Love

This Grandparents Week, I’ve been thinking about classic TV grandparents.  Although there are many, here are 6 shows I loved to watch in prime-time or in syndication as reruns when I was a kid – and still do! As these stir up your memories, please share your favorites in the comments section below. The Real McCoys (1957) – A classic grandfather in many ways, the overall-wearing patriarch, grandpa Amos McCoy (Walter Brennan), was at times kind, meddling, funny and argumentative, …

54 Is the New 49, Says CBS

CBS has been mocked for attracting older audiences than network TV peers like NBC or Fox. But it’s a situation that could pay off nicely for CBS, as advertisers increasingly realize the value of appealing to older buyers.

5 Great Ways to Plug Into the GOP Convention From Home

There was a time when the national conventions of the two major political parties were filled with drama, emotional catharsis and occasionally even angry fisticuffs. (Here’s our gallery of great and not-so-great historic moments at GOP conventions.) Over the years, the quadrennial gatherings evolved into something more closely resembling slick, stage-managed infomercials, carefully designed to sell the parties’ tickets to the public rather than to wrestle over fateful decisions. Even so, whether you’re a hardcore political junkie or simply a citizen who likes to be informed, the 2012 Republican National …

Lifetime’s ‘Army Wives’ hits milestone this weekend

It doesn’t generate the volume of buzz that some other cable dramas do, but Lifetime’s Army Wives has legions of devoted fans. On Sunday night, the show, which centers around the significant others of soldiers stationed at fictional Fort Marshal, airs its 100th episode. It’s a significant milestone for Army Wives, which has become a real warhorse for Lifetime on its way to its centennial airing. The show, based on the book Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army …

Primetime Emmy Nominations: 8 Takeaways

The Primetime Emmy nominations were unveiled this morning, honoring the best in television during the 2011-12 season. AMC’s juggernaut Mad Men and the FX mini-series American Horror Story led the way with 17 total nominations apiece, while PBS’ Downton Abbey and the History Channel mini-series Hatfields & McCoys each nabbed 16. Among comedies, ABC’s Modern Family led the way with 14 nods. Here are 8 things we learned from this morning’s Emmy nominations: Experience pays off: In the acting categories, …

AARP at the TV Upfronts: Five Shows We Can’t Wait to Watch

The following is a guest post from AARP entertainment writer Austin O’Connor.  Here’s one thing I’ve learned during the first two days of the network upfronts in New York City: Attending these annual glitzed-up PowerPoint presentations – when the nets unveil their upcoming fall lineups to assembled advertisers and brand partners - as a writer for AARP is a little like attending a high school prom as a parent chaperone. Sure, you’re there, but it’s really not about you. See, for …