Dancing Again With the (50+) Stars

When Season 21 of Dancing With the Stars premieres tonight, it will feature three celebrity contestants 60 or older. It’s another smart casting call by ABC execs, who are well aware that last year’s median age for DWTS viewers was 61.6. Chaka Khan, 62 (right), Gary Busey, 71, and Paula Deen, 68, are the latest in a long line of age-50-plus stars the TV network has tapped to keep Dancing a top-rated show. (Donny Osmond won in 2009 at age 51; …

End of a Musical Era: Goodbye, Columbia House

I wanted to become a member of the Columbia House mail-order music club in the worst way. Remember those ads in magazines trumpeting amazing music deals: 8 records, 10 tapes or 12 CDs for just a penny?! (Shipping and handling extra, of course.) The idea of so much for so little made me dream of the stack of fabulous hits I could pop into my Walkman or into the cassette player in the family car. Everything from Chicago to Jim …

What the 2015 Emmy Nominations Tell Us About Aging

This year’s Emmy nominations are dotted with actors age 50 and up who brought powerful performances to some of the best shows on television and continue to work at the top of their game. Among the trends: 1. Men fare slightly better than women. Actresses often say it’s tough to be a woman of a certain age in Hollywood. But is that true for television? Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 54; Edie Falco, 52; Christine Baranski, 63; and Lisa Kudrow, 51, are just some of the …