CBS announces fall lineup renewals

Following the earlier announcements that “The Big Bang Theory” and “Survivor” will be returning, CBS has announced the renewal of 18 more of its prime-time series for next season.

Among the returning series are nine dramas, including “NCIS,” ”NCIS: Los Angeles,” ”Person of Interest,” ”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” ”Hawaii Five-O” and “Blue Bloods,” as well as “Criminal Minds,” ”Elementary” and “The Good Wife.”

Returning comedies include “2 Broke Girls,” ”Two and a Half Men” and “Mike & Molly,” plus freshmen sitcoms “The Millers” and “Mom.”

“The Amazing Race,” ”Undercover Boss,” ”60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” will also return.

These renewals mean that CBS has locked in 17 hours of their weekly programming lineup.

The network has not yet decided whether or not to renew “Hostages,” ”Intelligence” and “The Crazy Ones.”

I’m very glad that “NCIS” is returning because I think that Pauley Perette’s Abby Sciuto is still one of the quirkiest, most interesting characters on television. On the other hand, the replacement for Cote De Pablo’s beautiful, complicated Ziva David is a bit weak. Emily Wickersham’s Ellie Bishop is too plain Jane; her “thing” is to spread all of her work on the floor and examine all of the paperwork and photos, trying to develop a profile of the potential killer. Sorry, but that’s a bit thin. Ziva David had layers, a history, a past – and always an undercurrent of romantic tension with Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly)

I’m glad that Hawaii Five-O is returning because that means I get to see Grace Park. I’m not nearly such a fan of this show any more. Too many of the stories have been thin, with weak endings, and for Heaven’s sake, the never-ending Wo Fat story arc should be put to bed. Enough already!

I’m particularly glad that “Elementary” is returning. First, of course, because of Lucy Liu. She’s delicious on so many ways. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised that a female, Asian-American (and very good looking) Dr. Watson could actually work – and does it ever. There is real chemistry between Dr. Joan Watson and the slmost always maddening Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and the stories are intelligent, witty and very well written. I always look forward to sending the show.

The return of “Person of Interest” is also welcome news. The writing on the show is of a high level, and the ensemble cast functions well together; everyone always has their place and thief interactions are believable.

On the minus side, I would have shed no tears if either “Mom” or “The Millers” or “2 Broke Girls” had been axed. “Girls” in particular is crude and forced. The shi’a a one-joke (or rather, one-theme) pony- a continual effort to make as many sexual references as possible. To me, this is very low-brow stuff.

Big Bang Theory gets three-year renewal deal

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“The Big Bang Theory” is being renewed by CBS for three more years. This remarkable deal means that the most-watched comedy on TV will be aired through the 2016 – 2017 season – which would be the show’s 10th season.

The show has been a ratings hit almost since the start of it’s run in 2007. According to The Associated Press, TBBT has averaged almost 20 million viewers each week this season. There is also a 6.1 demo rating , with Live+7 DVR playback figured in.

Nina Tassler, the chairman of CBS Entertainment, said, “Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television. This multi-year deal further strengthens out network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter on the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of Chick Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week.”

As had been previously reported, the show will probably debut Season 8 (at least temporarily) on a different night, due to CBS’ commitment to Thursday Night Football.

All I can say is, any deal that guarantees that I’ll get to see Kaley Cuoco every week is a very good deal. Way to go, CBS!

Emmy Rossum at the ‘Before I Disappear’ after-party

Emmy Rossum’s new movie Before I Disappear premiered on March 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas during the South By Southwest Film Festival.

Here’s the synopsis of the movie, according to IMDb.com:

At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

I can’t say Emmy’s one of my favorites, but then again, she is very attractive, and lately she’s really seemed to be blossoming.  At least that’s how it appears to me.  Here are a couple of pictures, from the film’s after-party after-party, held  at Supper Suite by STK with Blue Moon Beer, to help back up that opinion.

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Olivia Wilde joins cast for upcoming HBO rock-n’-roll drama

Olivia Wilde will be part of the cast for HBO’s upcoming rock’n-roll drama. The series – which has been on development since 2010 – was created by Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, with Mick Jagger. Bear in mind the fact that Scorsese and Winter were the creative might behind “Boardwalk Empire.”

I’ll try to find out some more details, but just on the face of it, having Olivia Wilde in a Martin Scorsese project sounds like a good idea.

A belated goodbye to Ralph Waite, 85

RalphWaite_WaltonVeteran actor Ralph Waite, best known for playing John Walton Sr. on “The Waltons,” died on February 13, 2014, at the age of 85, at his home in Palm Desert, California.  According to the Desert Sun, his longtime friend, Jerry Preece, showed up for a lunch and movie date only to find ambulances and Waite’s wife, Linda Waite, at the house.  “She just told me she thought he’d passed,” said Preece, who ascribed his friend’s death to a “tired heart… This last year or two, he had really gotten closer to realizing that his body was wearing out.”

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Ralph Waite and Michael Learned

Reacting to the news of her costar’s death, Michael Learned, who played Olivia Walton, Waite’s onscreen wife on The Waltons, told PEOPLE Thursday evening, “I’m a little emotional right now. It’s such a shock.”

She described Waite’s work by saying, “I don’t think people realized the skill behind what he was doing. He had such a great heart. … Ralph had suffered a lot of great tragedy in his life, but he always overcame it and was there for everyone. I just will miss him terribly. We were kind of like a celibate husband and wife. We never crossed that line, but we were dear, loving friends.” Waite_Ralph_JohnWaltonSr

Judy Norton, who played Mary Ellen Walton, the eldest daughter, told PEOPLE, “We were a real family. It wasn’t just a group of people who got together and worked and then went our separate ways. We have all stayed in contact very much over the years. We were all together again just a matter of months ago. From the beginning there was a special quality to the group. When we were on the set we looked to Ralph onset as a father figure.”

Ralph Waite and Mark Harmon

Ralph Waite and Mark Harmon

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Ralph Waite and Mark Harmon

Waite began taking acting lessons in 1960, and moved to California in 1964 after the death of his nine-year-old daughter from leukemia.  He eventually landed bit parts in several films, including a small part in Cool Hand Luke in 1967.  He also worked on stage, in The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald and the Shakespearean classics The Twelfth Night and Hamlet.  He then got his big break in 1970 when he landed the part of Carl Dupea, the brother of Jack Nicholson’s character Robert Dupea in Five Easy Pieces.

in 1970, he landed the iconic role that would thereafter define his career and change television history, as well. Waite played John Walton Sr. on The Waltons from 1972 to 1981.  When the series ended, in an effort to keep from being typecast as John Walton, he tried his luck with various other projects, including a lead role in The Secret Life of John Chapman 1967 and then played Slater in the epic miniseries Roots, for which he received an Emmy nomination.

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David Boreanaz and Ralph Waite

More recently, he became known to a new generation of television viewers.  He played Jackson Gibbs, the estranged father of Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs, on eight episodes of NCIS from 2008 to 2013.  On three episodes of Bones from 2009 to 2013, he played Hank Booth, the father of David Boreanaz’s FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth.  He also has a long list of other appearances in films and on television.

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Ralph Waite and Emily Deschanel

He is survived by wife Linda, daughter Kathleen, stepson Liam and three grandchildren.

Selena Gomez performing at the 2014 BorderFest concert in Texas

Selena Gomez performing at the 2014 BorderFest concert at the Hidalgo State Farm Arena in Texas on March 8, 2014,  Whatever other troubles she may be having, I’m glad she shows a bit of restraint in choosing her stage costumes.

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Maria Menounos on the set of Extra at Universal City – March 7, 2014

As usual, Maria looks simply incredible, from every angle.

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Padma Lakshmi at the 6th Annual Blossom Ball Benefiting the Endometriosis Foundation of America

6th Annual Blossom Ball Benefiting the Endometriosis Foundation of America, held at 583 Park Avenue in New York City on March 7, 2014.

With Susan Sarandon, and Dr. Tamer Seckin, co-founder of the EFA with Padma.

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Danica McKellar arriving for Dancing With the Stars rehearsals

Arriving for DWTS rehearsals in Hollywood – March 7, 2014

As if anyone needed any more proof that the young girl Danica McKellar portrayed on “The Wonder Years” (Winnie Cooper) is long gone and a beautiful woman has taken her place, I present these photos – the first one in particular – as yet more proof.  I don’t usually post comments like this, but Danica has a truly fine behind.  With that in mind, I can’t wait to see the outfits she wears once Dancing With the Stars upcoming season begins.   I keep thinking, “Sweet, sweet, sweet!”

And I still think that Erin Andrews is no substitute for the recently dismissed Brooke Burke.  That was a bad decision!

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Kristen Bell (& friends) at the premiere of “Veronica Mars” in Autsin, Texas

Tina Majorino, Kristen Bell, Krysten Ritter and Amanda Noret in the green room at the premiere of Veronica Mars during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas on March 8, 2014.

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“The Honeymooners” star Sheila Macrae dead at 92

SheilaMacraeSheila MacRae, who played Alice Kramden in “The Honeymooners,” has died, her family has confirmed.  The actress died in Englewood, Neew Jersey, Thursday at the age of 92, according to her granddaughter, Allison Mullavey.

“She lived a good life and she lived a long time,” Mullavey told the The New York Daily News.

MacRae was born in Kilburn, England on September 24, 1921 as Sheila Margaret Stephens. According to family, throughout her life, she insisted that she was born in 1924.  It wasn’t until recently that she discovered her birth records in the United Kingdom, which confirmed the 1921 date.  When her family wished her a happy 90th birthday in 2011, she replied, “I am only ninety in London!”

Carney_Keane_Macrae_GleasonFrom 1966 to 1970 Macrae played Alice Kramden, the sharp-tongued wife of bus driver Ralph Kramden, played by Jackie Gleason.  She went on to host “The Sheila MacRae Show” and also appeared in “Parenthood” and “The Love Boat.”

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Sheila & Gordon Macrae – Hollywood, 1952

She was married to actor and singer Gordon Macrae from 1941 to 1967, with whom she had four children.  She was married to her second husband, the producer of “The Jackie Gleason Hour,” Ronald Wayne, from 1967 to 1969.  He said, in a press release, “Sheila was the most wonderful mother and the most loving wife. I will miss her.”

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(Clockwise) Art Carney, Jane Keane, Sheila Macrae, Jackie Gleason

Academy Award-winner Shirley Jones, who appeared in “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” and “The Music Man,” expressed her sorrow.  “Sheila MacRae was not only a great lady and my dearest friend but was also a great talent in all areas,” she said. “My husband, Marty Ingels, thought she was the most beautiful and funny lady he ever met! We will miss Sheila every day!”

Macrae was best known for her role on “The Jackie Gleason Show” but is also remembered for her roles in”General Hospital” and “Caged.”  She is survived by her two children, Heather and Gar, her grandchildren, Allison Mullavey; Zak, Josh, Jeremy, Caitlin, and Michael MacRae, and two great-grandchildren, Niko and Jotaro.

Sheila MacRae arrives at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on June 26, 2004 in North Hollywood, California.

Sheila MacRae arrives at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on June 26, 2004 in North Hollywood, California.

Macrae’s “Honeymooners” co-star, Jane Kean, died on November 26, 2013 in Burbank, California, at age 90.

2014 Mirror Ball in support of Forever Manchester

Normally I’d feature American events, but the 2014 Mirror Ball in support of Forever Manchester drew the kind of celebrity crowd that makes me and so many others very happy.  Of course, I really mean what the celebrities were wearing makes me very happy.  Here are some examples.

Helen Flanagan, who has become very dependable for this sort of outfit, did not disappoint.  I can’t say I remember seeing much of her Rosie Webster in Coronation Street but I sure know who she is now.

I’ve only recently come to find out who Catherine Tyldesley is, and I’m glad to have become aware of her.  Now in Coronation Street – which we don/t see much in America, she was previously in Lilies, which I had never heard of before.She wears a red, slinky, spangly dress very nicely, I’m sure you’ll agree.

I’d never heard of Nadine Merabi before either; now I see that she is a celebrity designer.  Ok, maybe she isn’t a celebrity in the way I’d normally expect, but what the heck – she looks very good, and wears a dress like the one she’s wearing here – I’ll be happy to post pictures of her any time.

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Today’s candids – Taylor Swift leaving Ballet Bodies dance studio in L. A.

March 1, 2014.

You like legs?  Here you go.

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Best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – at the after-parties – the “Wow!” factor

Many of the dresses worn by celebrities for their red carpet visits are high-fashion, custom-designed and tailored and very expensive statements – efforts to impress, created by the most famous and prestigious designers.  That’s fine for us, the viewers, who are the happy benefactors of their efforts and expense.  After the big awards show, there are the after-parties – big, important ones such as the Governor’s Ball and the Vanity Fair after-party. Here are some pictures that should get your attention.  They sure got mine.

Let’s hear it for Reese Witherspoon, who lately, much like Heidi Klum, has been dressing on the “Holy moley!” side of the fence, and all I can say is, “THANK YOU!” Of course, there’s Halle Berry, who almost always turns me to Jell-O, and Joanna Krupa, because when you think “Academy Awards” you automatically think “Joanna Krupa,” and Kate Hudson – oh baby! Let’s not forget Miranda Kerr and Irina Shayk, who always seem to find their way into these parties – and well they should! I can’t imagine any halfway-respectable party organizer leaving their names off the list!

And by the way – Jenna Elfman can come to my party any time.

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Karina Smirnoff

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Kelly Rowland

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What’s the big deal about Jennette McCurdy photos?

Ok so I wake up this morning to the radio dj talking about Jennette Mccurdy lingerie photos. He was going on and on about how sexy they are and how she shouldn’t have done this because of all the little girls that look up to her character on Nickelodean, Sam Puckett. Jennette has played Sam in several different shows on Nickelodean and we have all seen her grow up. Obviously being a celebrity blogger, I just had to see what all the buzz was about.

So I did a search on the internet and voila, the images. Now, looking at these images I do not see what the big deal is. Ok so she is in lingerie, ok so she is showing some skin, but I ask you, what is the difference between these photos and photos of her or any other woman for that matter in a bikini? What lace? I have seen bikinis on some starlets that show a lot more than what she is showing in these images. Gotta love how progressive we are trying to say we are becoming as a society yet something like this gets blown all out of proportion. They say the only bad publicity is no publicity.

Jennette, You go girl. So you sent some images to someone. I honestly do not care how they got out here. I do not care that there are images of you in lingerie on the internet. My daughter and I watch your show every time we can. It is a bonding moment for us. I will not stop her from watching just because you’re now the desire of even more little boys. I tend to say this a lot when I go off on a tangent. Grow up America!. She’s 21!

Worst of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – at the parties

Since there are plenty of celebrities – especially those who otherwise wouldn’t be part of the arrival scene or who might not quite be part of Hollywood’s A-list, and since so many of the A-listers change outfits for the after-parties, I thought they deserved a topic of their own – so here they are.

You can usually count on Diane Kruger to have a certain class when dressing for big events, so this outfit is a disappointment – this dress takes a couple of steps down in class.  It’s as if she’s simply trying to grab attention.  That may be understandable, considering the people she’s mixing with – or attempting to mix with – but she could have made a better impression by dressing the part.

Put simply, Paulina Rubio just looks like she’s a mess.  I can’t imagine what she was thinking.  I wonder if she thought that this is the way to gain prestige.  For me, this isn’t the way.

Is Nikki Reed wearing very nice pajamas or a casual kimono?  Is Olivia Munn wearing a bondage-accented toga?  Did Karolina Kurkova take fashion advice from the same consultant that advised Olivia Munn?  These questions – and more – pop into mind when looking at their dresses.  I wonder if celebrities in these kinds of spots even consider that such get-ups do their careers or reputations more harm than good.

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The best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – Part II

Here are a few more of the best-looking dresses from the 2014 Academy Awards.  So far all of the photos have been from the show arrivals, and these are, as well.  I’ll show the after-party gowns separately, since so many of the attendees change to a different outfit for the parties.

Charlize, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Garner are all beautiful, and Kristen Bell isn’t too bad-looking, either, but I think Charlize is simply breathtaking.

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The best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards

The 2014 Academy Awards, held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

These are my candidates for the best dresses of the night, so far.  I’ll update it as more pictures become available.

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Today’s daily candids – sexy or trashy?

Elisabeth Rohm – 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Santa Monica Beach, California – March 1, 2014

Lately Elisabeth has been out and about at a lot of public events, and has been dressing a lot more provocatively than I I can remember.  This makes me very happy – and I find this dress to be sexy – daring, yes, but no more out of line than we often see at awards shows and movie premieres.

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Rihanna – Jean Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 show – Paris – March 1, 2014

This brings us to the trashy portion of our program.  I think Rihanna is a beautiful woman, and Heaven knows she’s got a fantastic figure – look, even Victoria’s Secret voted her as having the best bikini body of 2013 – but this is just plain trashy.  She has for some time been in the same unfortunate group as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus – women who have had to resort to wearing more and more outrageous or scandalous or mystifying outfits just to get, and to stay, noticed.  They really should learn that you can be sexy and still have at least a shred of class.  I think that Rihanna – like Miley – needs some real guidance, and she needs it right away.

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Paula Deen claims she is like “that black football player” who announced he is gay

This story was prompted when I was in a supermarket this morning and saw the cover of this week’s People magazine, which features a picture of Paua Deen, with the legend “Paula’s life after scandal” and the added text, “I’ve learned a lot.”   This struck me as remarkable because I had already heard about the remarks I’m about to discuss.  (My first thought upon seeing the cover was, “Oh yeah?  Learned a lot?”)

Deen, 67, has been trying to mount a comeback, but she may want to hire a public relations firm, a speech writer and a sensitivity trainer after after her latest pronouncement, which may only have served to sabotage any such comeback. The disgraced celebrity chef likened her struggle to repair her damaged reputation – after admitting she used the n-word -  to NFL prospect Michael Sam’s fight to be seen simply as a football player — not the token gay football player.

Deen told People magazine that she is like “that black football player” who came out of the closet.  She said that she empathized with NFL prospect Michael Sam who recently came out publicly as gay. Just as Sam says he wants to be known as a football player, not a gay football player, Deen says that she just wants to be known as a chef, not a disgraced chef.

“I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” Deen, 67, told People magazine. “He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”

Is that so?  I hope his career turns out to be longer than hers, and if there is any cosmic justice, so it will be.  It is perhaps ironic that this story hit the airwaves on the same day as my earlier post regarding Lupita Nyong’o – and we tumble from the graceful to the graceless, from a possible reason to hope that we’ve made progress in the social arena and the court of public opinio, to evidence that there are pockets of misguided thinking that reinforce the notion that we have much work to do.

I was looking for an appropriate photo to accompany this post, but then I thought, “Nah.”  It seems that Paula hasn’t learned so much after all.