TV for Grownups

Holiday Music Specials, Buble to…Charles Barkley?

Posted on 12/15/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentQuestion:  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 …

‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Reload in New Miniseries

Posted on 12/5/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentDoes the world really need another Bonnie & Clyde? That’s the question you may find yourself asking midway through A&E’s new two-part miniseries about Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The notorious duo’s crime spree through the American Southwest in the early 1930s has already spawned a film, and a fairly notable one at that: The landmark 1967 version, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, stunned original audiences with its frank depiction of gun violence. >> Sign up for the AARP Health …

5 Reasons to Watch ‘Sound of Music Live’

Posted on 12/3/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentFellow 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

Posted on 11/25/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentFor 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 …

James Brolin Joins Rush of Yuletide Movies

Posted on 11/24/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentHoliday movies have taken over my family.  My mother, 83, and daughter, 22, have already sat through at least five or six of the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime confections that are coming at us like plates full of fudge.  When I invited them to join me to view tomorrow night’s (Nov. 25) Hallmark Movie Channel Christmas With Tucker, there was Dad, 87, too — slapping his knee and laughing when the cute puppies appeared.  I am bemused by this, as …

Is There Comedy in Geriatric Care? Yes, on HBO

Posted on 11/22/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentGetting On, HBO’s off-kilter new comedy series, is about nurses and doctors working in a female geriatric care unit at a California hospital — not exactly the sort of setting that would seem to inspire humor. Still, the show has genuinely funny moments, even while it remains realistic about its environment. It’s a delicate balancing act, though. Take the first moments of the show’s premiere, which airs Sunday night at 10 on the pay cable network: brand-new nurse Didi (Niecy …