Whether you’re a hard-core political junkie or just an ordinary citizen who’s interested in the outcome, there are a wealth of ways to follow the midterm elections on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Here are some suggestions:
Bob Newhart's fans have been waiting for this one - his first appearance on The Big Bang Theory Thursday night (May 2). Duly promoted as befits a sweeps-sized casting coup, Newhart has come aboard TV's highest-rated sitcom for at least three episodes, playing a "Mr. Wizard"- style kiddie science show host who's a childhood idol of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki). When Sheldon learns that "Professor Proton" is available for appearances, he giddily books him for an engagement at their apartment.
This December is prime time for 50+ rockers. Is it ever! The fact was proven abundantly by stars from the mighty Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen to The Rolling Stones, The Who and Bon Jovi in the 12-12-12 benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims this month. (Yes, Mick Jagger looked creaky, but he still ruled the stage!) This week brings the annual after-Christmas treat -- The Kennedy Center Honors, being broadcast by CBS Wednesday, Dec. 26. And front-and-center once again are top-name acts who continue plying the rocker trade as sexagenarians.
It's odd to think that a native of Canada created one of the most quintessentially American programs ever to air on television, one that celebrated the rough-hewn, folksy humor of the rural South and the musical genre that its people loved.
Good news for those who like a little sentimentality sprinkled over their TV diet - CBS's Emmy-winning Undercover Boss returns Friday (11/2), with an episode featuring Mitchell Modell, whose family has owned and operated the Northeastern U.S. sporting goods stores bearing their name since 1889. According to Undercover Boss producer Chris Carlson, Modell has "a huge personality - a big character" that makes him ideal as a subject to build a show around.
Talking to Robin Tunney about tonight's (10/28) 100th episode of The Mentalist was a kick. What she had to say about the show was interesting. Even more fun was what she had to say about leading man Simon Baker.
CBS's Vegas debuts Tuesday night (9/25) amid giant billboards and tall expectations, with Dennis Quaid as Ralph Lamb, the legendary "cowboy sheriff" of Las Vegas' Clark County, and Michael Chiklis as the casino owner/gangster who's his chief adversary.
If you are like most TV-owning Americans of a certain age including myself, chances are you have spent at least one or two Independence Day nights with the Boston Pops on the tube -- either paying close attention to the magnificent musicianship and prodigious pyrotechnic pageantry on display, or using the broadcast as accompaniment to your own 4th of July revelry. This is Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart's 18th year of leading the July 4th charge, this time with the assistance of Michael Chiklis as host, and Jennifer Hudson as special guest star -- along with the fireworks, of course. I had a quick chat with the maestro before rehearsals for the 39th "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" tomorrow on CBS:
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