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And so The Year of Barbara has a firm end-date: May 16.
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 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.
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.
CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY'S NIGHT TO ROCK - The summer's hottest television music event, "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," airs on MONDAY, AUGUST 12 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Jon LeMay)KEITH URBAN
Things have changed a lot since the old Fan Fair days, when Loretta Lynn got so caught up in the excitement of chumming with her admirers, she famously walked in front of the TV cameras with pink curlers in her hair. About 30 years ago, the crème de la crème of country music sat in numbered booths arrayed around the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, pressing flesh and signing autographs while some 17,000 of their faithful followers scurried from star to star.  Now the affair is known as the CMA Music Festival, and it is a one-of-a-kind colossus.  This past June, there were a record 80,000 fans attending each of the four days of activities and shows. Autograph signings have their own building, the new Fan Fair X, and live music is presented on 11 stages.
This year's May sweeps end Wednesday night - and the schedule over these final four days is a veritable dessert cart of TV goodness. Tomorrow night (5/20), there's the delectable "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise"  offered by PBS's American Masters. Also tomorrow night: the final performance show of this season's Dancing With the Stars, with the results show coming up Tuesday night.
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) sports a title (and a mouthful of one at that) that speaks directly to many boomers whose adult children have moved back home. Premiering tonight at 9:30 p.m. on ABC in the plum post- Modern Family time slot, the new sitcom bursts out of the gate with more than a few belly laughs. It's funny enough to make you hope it can find an audience during its spring run so that it can stick around and get even better.
Get ready for what producers are calling the "higher octane" version of Dana Delany's Body of Proof when the show launches its third season Tuesday. There will be more action for Dana's Dr. Megan Hunt character - literally and figuratively. Hunky Mark Valley has been brought in to provide the romantic action. He plays Detective Tommy Sullivan, with whom Megan has a past and potentially a future. He isn't intimidated by the tough, brusque, witty medical examiner. He can stand up to her, give as good as he gets - which show runners Christopher Murphey and Matthew Gross wanted. There's nothing like a little sexual tension to spark things up, after all.
Former ER star Anthony Edwards is back to series television on Valentine's Day, in the aggressively promoted ABC mystery thriller serial, Zero Hour. It's been more than a decade since Edwards breathed his last breath on ER, a prime-time event grownup viewers most certainly recall, involving magazine cover stories, dream-like soft focus scenes, tears, and water cooler chatter the next day.  Dr. Mark Greene and his departure remain so vivid, even now, it's probably to Edwards' advantage that he waited this long to jump back into series TV. He has a tough act to follow - himself.
It's not quite the shock level of seeing Bob Dylan in a Pepsi ad, but it is surprising to see counterculture gastronome Anthony Bourdain serving as judge, mentor and producer on a glossy mainstream network cooking competition show And yet, here he is, the silver fox who has been known to knock fellow chefs he felt were overly-commercialized, fronting ABC's The Taste, which launches Tuesday (Jan. 22) with a two-hour premiere.
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