Mel Shaw: The Disney Artist Who Remade Howdy Doody

In a remarkable career that spanned more than a half-century, Disney design artist Mel Shaw earned a spot in animation’s pantheon for his work on a slew of classic films, ranging from Fantasia and Bambi in the early 1940s to The Lion King in the 1990s. The Brooklyn-born artist, who earned his first accolades at age 12 when a mule and rider that he carved from a bar of soap won second prize in a Procter & Gamble contest, had …

New YouTube Series Shows Drama, Humor in Dealing With Aging Parents

In Ruth & Erica, Maura Tierney and Lois Smith show the drama and humor that can come from caregiving. The pilot episode of the new YouTube series premiered yesterday — check it out.

Regis Philbin Cooking Up a Return to Television

When Regis Philbin said goodbye to morning television last November, he insisted he wasn’t retiring, per se — just moving on. True to his word, the world-record-holding talk show host (he’s logged more on-air hours than anyone in the history of television, according Guinness World Records) will return to T.V. next week as a recurring guest in Rachael Ray’s kitchen.

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 …