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

Posted on 05/16/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThe 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 …

The Takeaway: Regis Philbin Packing Up; Menopause-Related Memory Loss Could Actually Be Early Dementia

Posted on 11/15/2011 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayTalk show host Regis Philbin will make his final appearance this Friday morning on “Live With Regis and Kelly.” And the brains of women who complain of memory lapses or mental slippage around the time of menopause may be working extra hard to keep up, a new study shows.

Cable Companies Helping to Increase Volunteer Rates?

Posted on 11/9/2011 by | Giving & Volunteering | Comments

Volunteering This is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers!  He captured the story of every recipient at www.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. A few weeks back I got letter in the mail from my cable provider, Comcast, informing me that I would need to order and install something …

Larry King Signs Off

Posted on 12/16/2010 by | General News | Comments

EntertainmentPic via WireImage/Getty This week, cable pioneer Larry King signs off from his CNN show after 25 years of incredible interviews and commentary. Via Lorrie Lynch at AARP: At the height of his success, he had 1.6 million nightly viewers, wrote a weekly column of quirky observations (which I edited for a short time) in the nationally circulated USA TODAY, and appeared as himself in 1990s movies like Dave and Bullworth. As he goes out, King ranks third in his …

Rest in Peace, Barbara Billingsley!

Posted on 10/18/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

EntertainmentBarbara Billingsley, best known as the “ever-sweet, ever-helpful suburban stay-at-home mom,” June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver, passed away on Saturday in her home at the age of 94. A family spokesperson says that Billingsley died of polymyalgia, a rheumatoid disease. Her family says that she had been suffering from the illness and in poor health in recent years. Billingsley played the well-known June Cleaver from 1957-1963 (and of course in decades of reruns), and admitted 40 years later …

TV for Grown Ups

Posted on 08/16/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

EntertainmentHere’s an interesting tidbit of news for today: the median age for viewers of Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC is now 51 years old. Surprising? It may not sound like earth-shattering news, but it’s incredibly important to the way that television networks conduct business from an advertising and show-producing perspective – and also interesting for us to watch the trend! A new report says that the broadcasters’ audience has aged TWICE as quickly as the general population during the past …