TV for Grownups

New Starz Miniseries Brings Jazz Center Stage

Posted on 10/19/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s the jazz that pulls you in to the mystery at the center of Dancing on the Edge, the new Starz miniseries that begins Saturday night at 10 before settling into the 9 p.m. timeslot on the pay-cable network for a five-week run. Set in London in the early 1930s, DOTE follows a group of black jazz musicians, the Louis Lester Band, as they rise to fame playing for the city’s upper crust. From the start, as a camera follows a …

TV Weddings: What Happens After “I Do”?

Posted on 10/17/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentWedding episodes are one of TV’s most reliable tropes. Fans love them because they bring together characters they adore, often after much will-they-or-won’t they drama. Networks love them because they often deliver big ratings and weeks of promotional build-up to the Big Day. Bones, Fox’s long-running crime procedural, is the latest show to send out the Save-the-Dates. This Monday night at 8, forensic anthropologist Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI agent Booth (David Boreanaz) will tie the knot. It’s been a …

Mark Cuban: Living Your Best Deals at Any Age

Posted on 10/7/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentGive Mark Cuban credit for getting things done.  He went from tapings of the hit ABC reality show Shark Tank to his long-awaited insider-trading trial last week (a civil suit involving a 2004 stock sale), purportedly dazzling admiring jury members, while still managing to keep up with myriad business demands. On top of it, he emailed fast answers to our questions.  Here, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner, 55, shares his thoughts on living your best deals at any age. Is …

Allison Janney Finds Satisfaction in ‘Masters of Sex’

Posted on 09/29/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIf you have any qualms about watching nudity, masturbation and copulation, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, premiering tonight (9/29), is not for you. The miniseries about pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson shows us wired-up subjects giving their all for science, stroke by stroke, surging past taboos like Masters and Johnson did, climaxing in a heady new experience. Even for Showtime, it’s breathtaking stuff – yet Allison Janney is convinced, “The public is going to embrace this, they’re going to love …

Craig T. Nelson Talks Facing ‘Third Act’ on ‘Parenthood’

Posted on 09/15/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentOne of the reasons I love “Parenthood” is the acclaimed series’ consistent way of bringing us storylines that feel as real as what’s going on down the street or inside our own homes.  The show returns for its fifth season next Thursday, Sept. 26, including a storyline for Braverman family patriarch and matriarch Zeek and Camille (Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia) that certainly keeps up that practice. According to Nelson, “They’re being faced with a decision financially, and I think, …

Ricky Gervais’ ‘Derek’ Puts Laughs in a Nursing Home

Posted on 09/11/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe global success of The Office gave Ricky Gervais carte blanche to follow his creative whims. In the 12 years since then he has served as a scorched-earth host at the Golden Globes and produced a hilarious podcast series, The Ricky Gervais Show. His  TV programs Extras and Life’s Too Short (both aired stateside on HBO) have been classic Gervais: alternately funny and mean-spirited. His newest TV series, Derek, begins streaming its entire first season on Netflix on Thursday. Much about the show will be …