Stacy Jenel Smith

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Holiday 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…
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National Medal of Arts recipient Renée Fleming, 54, has become an ever-more-widely recognized ambassador for opera and the art of singing in recent years. The four-time Grammy winner, frequently called the "people's diva," enjoys mixing things up and venturing into new territory, such as her recent…
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Dana Delany is 57 and says she's never felt better.
MARK CUBAN
Give 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…
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Jeff Daniels, who won Outstanding Lead actor in a Drama Series Sunday night for his performance in HBO's The Newsroom, will indeed be placing his new Emmy statue next to AARP's Movies for Grownups Award, which he won for the 2005 movie  The Squid and the Whale. The genial TV and movie actor, who…
Parenthood - Season 5
One 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…
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Warning:  Do not tune into NBC's new "Ironside" with any expectation of a show resembling Raymond Burr's series of 40 years ago.  As star Blair Underwood himself attests, they really didn't keep much outside of the name and the central conceit of a disabled lawman operating his own team.  Oh, and…
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It's been 17 years since Arsenio Hall loomed large on the TV landscape, since his show was a pop culture force, since a visit with Hall was a must for those seeking to reach the "MTV generation."  He returns in syndication Sept. 9 with The Arsenio Hall Show, 2013 style.
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Patrick Dempsey in a Porsche jumpsuit - six words that add up to reason enough to tune into "Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans" on television.  The four-part Velocity documentary series roars our way Wednesday (8/28), and there are actually many more reasons to go along for the ride than beholding…
FAMILY DANCE OFF - Hosted by Derek Hough, "Family Dance Off" is a one-hour special featuring five families who love to dance and who get the chance of a lifetime to perform and compete on a Hollywood stage before a live studio audience. Five families with
Fans of Dancing With the Stars' winningest pro, Derek Hough, will get to see a lot of him starting Sunday August 25.
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