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:
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.
If it seems like it's been a while since you've seen actor Charles Grodin, that's because it probably has. Aside from a guest appearance last year on Law and Order: SVU, the 78-year-old Grodin - one of Hollywood's busiest actors during the 1970s and '80s - has mostly taken the past 20 years off from film and TV acting.
You may love being a grandparent, but are you willing to help raise your grandchildren? That's what NBC's Today wants to know, in a new poll they have posted on Today.com in Maria Shriver's blog post about the changing roles of grandparents.
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 Underwood's Robert Ironside tipples a bit of bourbon at the end of a long day, an homage to Burr.
NBC, like all the big TV networks, is in New York this week unveiling new fall shows for advertisers. But regardless of what they think, there was plenty for grownup viewers to like in the lineup revealed Monday. Taking a page from the CBS playbook, NBC has hired a number of boomer favorite stars in new comedies and dramas. Among those appealing to the 50-plus audience:
For the past nine years, Phyllis Smith has played Phyllis (Lapin) Vance, the sneakily snarky den mother on NBC's The Office. The Lemay, Mo. native was a dancer during her youth-she was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals cheerleading squad and was once part of a burlesque troupe in her home city-but her role on The Office was her very first acting gig. When the series finale airs May 16 at 9 p.m., she will have appeared in all 184 episodes.
When Smash made its glittering premiere last season, complete with its Spielberg-Meron-Zadan imprimatur, many of us fell in love with the NBC serial that took us behind the scenes of a Broadway musical in the making. But as with many love affairs, somehow the little flaws turned into big disappointments, and the disappointments became less and less tolerable. The magic faded with clunky plot points, an unbelievable villain (Ellis, played by Jaime Cepero), and the show's insistence that Karen (Katherine McPhee) is a far superior performer to Ivy (Megan Hilty) though we all clearly saw otherwise.
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