Stefanie Powers gives no hint of jet lag during an afternoon conversation - despite having flown in to Los Angeles a night earlier from Kenya, by way of New York. Youthful, dynamic and beautiful at 72, the red-haired actress also gives no hint of slowing down. She divides her time between performing, globetrotting and the wildlife conservation issues that melded with her animal-loving nature during her near-decade-long love affair with the late William Holden back in the 1970s.
Marco Polo, the next big thing from Netflix, will land at last on Friday after being buffeted for weeks in a media storm of questions, among them: Will the lavish limited series help Netflix in its quest to capture ground in the international marketplace? Will the $90 million production, filmed in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia, top the streaming company's stellar successes with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black? Will the release designed for binge-watching (all 10 hours of the first season will become available at once) make a star of Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy? And, will 13th century China be the next big thing?
Ever since Anita Diamant's 1997 novel, The Red Tent, blew up into a global best seller — with a reported 3.3 million copies in 28 languages sold — fans have debated what it would be like to see the Bible-inspired work come to life on film. Lifetime answers that question Dec. 7 and 8 with its miniseries adaptation starring Rebecca Ferguson ( Mission: Impossible 5) as Dinah, daughter of the biblical Jacob; Minnie Driver as Leah, Dinah’s mother; Morena Baccarin ( Homeland) as Rachel, Jacob’s beloved second wife; and Debra Winger as Jacob’s mother, Rebecca. It's sexy and exotic, with sumptuous images of biblical women communing together in the private confines of their “earthbound rainbow” shelter and otherwise dealing with life amid the windswept wastes of antiquity.
Downton Abbey fans who've been dying for disclosures about Lady Mary and her suitors, thirsting for tidings of Mr. Bates' implication in the death of Mr. Green, or craving bon mots from the dowager countess, get ready for a big tease. PBS's Downton Abbey Rediscovered airs Sunday, November 30 — amidst its post-Thanksgiving pledge drive — offering tantalizing morsels from the banquet of drama coming in Season 5 as well as Bernadette Peters wryly introducing favorite moments from the past four seasons.
A first-class, cerebral mystery/espionage thriller set amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, British auteur Hugo Blick's "The Honorable Woman" has become one of the most talked-about television dramas of the summer. Its title star, Maggie Gyllenhaal, has said she is more proud of the eight-part mini series than anything else she's done in her career. Its supporting cast, including Stephen Rea and Janet McTeer as British agents, is absolutely brilliant. And of course, it could not be more timely.
Tom Bergeron loves hosting live TV shows. No surprise, then, to hear him rhapsodize about his upcoming emcee duties for A Capitol Fourth on PBS; it's a super-sized version of his thrill of choice.
Question: 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.
Fellow 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.
For 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.
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