Showing posts with label TELEVISION. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TELEVISION. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly visited The Late Show With Stephen Colbert yesterday in New York City. The FOX News host was all smiles for the cameras.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Larry King With Kate Beckinsale

Acclaimed actress Kate Beckinsale sits with Larry King on the multi-Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” and discusses a wide variety of topics with Larry, including the fifth installment of 'Underworld,' the continued fight for pay equality in Hollywood, and the 2016 U.S. election. Also, in a touching moment, Kate opens up about losing her father, famed British comic Richard Beckinsale.

Kate Beckinsale gets candid about what it was like to lose her father, famous comedian Richard Beckinsale, when she was a child, and the impact he left on both her and all of Great Britain. She admits that she used to confuse her father with John Lennon and explains why she feels some ownership over John Lennon because, “It was 1979 when he died, and John Lennon was 1980, and the feeling in the streets where we lived was very similar, so in my mind as a child, I’ve had the two events confused.”

Kate Beckinsale discusses what it was like working under the direction of Anna Foerster in the fifth installment of “Underworld,” due out later this year. Kate described working with her, saying “She was great.” Larry noted that women normally aren’t associated with action movies, to which Kate responded, “I didn’t notice any difference, really.”

The “Underworld” actress discusses pay inequality in Hollywood, noting that she found when a woman is earning the most on a film, often times there is an air of resentment on set, as if that shouldn't be the case. She says “There is definitely pay inequality, for sure,” and that “when a woman is earning a good deal of money...if she’s earning the most on the set, that can create it’s own problems. I think that there is still a kind of psychological block that probably needs still a few years to be ironed out about certain people’s resistance to that.”

Kate Beckinsale also discusses the impact her hugely popular vampire vs. werewolf film franchise “Underworld” had on the creation of other similar movies, like “Twilight,” even calling her movie “the grandma of ‘Twilight.’ She explains, “Pre-Underworld, I guess what made them go for it was somebody walked into a room and said, ‘I’ve got a novel idea. How about we put vampires and werewolves in the same movie?’ and obviously now, vampires and werewolves are in every single movie and every single of everything.”

Lastly, British actress Kate Beckinsale gives her uncensored thoughts on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and says “I find it all quite terrifying. I thought it was a joke at first, and it turns out it’s not.”

Plus, Kate Beckinsale exposes that she is co-writing a new dark comedy screenplay, and Larry attempts to cast himself as the male lead. Larry and Kate also play a game of “You Only Knew,” where Kate describes a hilarious encounter with “Hamilton’s” Daveed Diggs, and reveals that she “sort of licked him on the face.”

The episode is now LIVE on (episodes premiere daily 2pm EST)


Jerry O'Connell

NEW YORK - ABC News and People announced a new limited run summer series titled “People’s List” premiering Saturday, June 11 at 8 pm ET on ABC. The hour-long weekly program highlights the biggest stories in pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle, human interest and news features to bring viewers up to speed on what they may have missed. Plus, viewers will get an exclusive sneak peek at the top stories people will be talking about in the week ahead.

“People’s List” will be hosted by popular actor and father of two Jerry O’Connell and SuChin Pak, former MTV news correspondent. With the combined talent of ABC News and People, a team of all-star insiders will join O’Connell and Pak to bring a unique perspective to the biggest headlines of the week.

Each week, “People’s List” breaks down the five people you should be talking about – from your favorite celebrities to social media stars to everyday people making the world a better place. Additionally, the program will include People’s signature features including Scoop, PeopleStyle, PeoplePets, The Jess Cagle Interview (a video series hosted by the Editorial Director of People and Entertainment Weekly), and new segments including Home 360, a look behind the hedges and gates of America’s most fabulous celebrity homes, and Then and Now—an update of the iconic personalities from People Magazine’s iconic covers. Plus, the very latest in pop culture, style and trends.

"People takes us inside the most famous and fascinating lives in the world. From mega-stars to real people facing incredible circumstances, People has been a trusted friend for the biggest events in pop culture history,” said Morgan Hertzan, SVP ABC News, and Exec in Charge of ABC's Lincoln Square Productions.

“It’s one stop shopping for all things pop culture, celebrity and human interest. It’s what you’ll be talking about with your friends all weekend,” added Executive Producer Danielle Rossen.

“This series joins together two of the most trusted media brands in the world – ABC News and People. Partnering on this series gives us the opportunity to present the People brand to audiences in exciting new ways,” said Rich Battista, EVP, Time Inc. and President, Entertainment & Sports Group and Video. “We are thrilled to team up with ABC News to present stories that continue to entertain, inspire and empower our audience,” said Jess Cagle, Editorial Director for People and Entertainment Weekly.

“People’s List” premieres on SATURDAY, JUNE 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. The series is produced by ABC'S Lincoln Square Productions. Danielle Rossen is the executive producer and Marc Victor is co-executive producer for Lincoln Square Productions, and Rich Battista and Jess Cagle are executive producers for People.

Friday, April 01, 2016



Los Angeles, CA – E!’s “WAGS” (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) make their return to the spotlight when the hit series makes its season two debut this June. The one-hour, drama-fueled reality show will once again take viewers on a wild ride into the lives of some of today’s hottest professional athletes from the perspective of the women who stand by their side. During the twelve episode run, newcomers Sophia Pierson and Tia Shipman will join the ranks alongside returning cast members Sasha Gates, Barbie Blank, Autumn Ajirotutu, Nicole Williams, Natalie Halcro and Olivia Pierson. Get an even deeper look behind-the-scenes of this exclusive celebrity lifestyle and unique point of view inside the world of sports when the second season of “WAGS” premieres Sunday, June 26th at 10:00pm ET/PT on E!

Tia Shipman is an elite Ford model with clients ranging from top department stores, makeup brands, as well as high fashion brands. Tia has also been successful in the entertainment industry, appearing in popular television series such as CBS’ “The Bold & Beautiful,” FOX’s “Grandfathered,” and ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” and featured in countless commercials. Tia has been linked to players from the Denver Nuggets and Indianapolis Colts. Sophia Pierson is a beauty and style expert, as well as an actress, and is the sister of cast member Olivia Pierson and cousin to cast member Natalie Halcro. Sophia has been linked to a player from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Returning this season are:

Sasha Gates is the queen WAG of the group, married to 8-time Pro Bowl Tight End Antonio Gates.

Autumn Ajirotutu met Seyi Ajirotutu of the Philadelphia Eagles in college, and the two are now married with twin girls.

Barbie Blank rose to fame as WWE Diva “Kelly Kelly” and is married to former NHL player Sheldon Souray, most recently of the Anaheim Ducks.

Nicole Williams is a successful model who has been dating Larry English of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for five years now.

Natalie Halcro and Olivia Pierson are cousins and best friends who gained recognition for their huge Instagram following and who launched a beauty and fashion blog together. Natalie is in an on-again, off-again relationship with Shaun Phillips who has played for the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts, while Olivia is dating Jacksonville Jaguars’ tight end Marcedes Lewis.

This season, the rivalry between the wives and girlfriends intensifies and tensions run high as the dynamic within the group continues to evolve. Barbie is busy wedding planning but things start to unravel when she finds out that her venue fell through. When she does finally does say I do – her relationship with the two other wives, Sasha and Autumn, deepens, which drives a wedge between the non-married women and further escalates the hierarchy turmoil. All the while, Sasha is working to find a balance between motherhood and her career as she makes her return to the music industry, and Autumn is focused on her marriage and on navigating her friendships with WAGS that she once trusted, but now feels have turned their backs on her. Sophia fuels that fire when she confronts Autumn about the rumors that her husband Seyi was involved in a cheating scandal. Meanwhile, Olivia’s boyfriend Marcedes starts to show signs of jealousy and even has a flirtation with someone close to her, and as Nicole gets restless waiting for Larry to propose, someone from the past comes to warn her about him. Plus, Natalie and Shaun experience some major up and downs in their relationship and have to decide if they can make it work, especially given their close ties within the group. And despite her best efforts to stay above the fray, newcomer Tia finds out that her boyfriend may not be as trustworthy as she thought.

Don’t miss a minute of the action as E! gives you a front row seat to the real competition when season two of “WAGS” premieres Sunday, June 26th at 10:00pm ET/PT. And be sure to follow the show handle @WAGSonE and join the conversation using the hashtag #WAGS.

“WAGS” is produced by Machete Productions. Amber Mazzola and Lori Gordon are executive producers. 

About WAGS

“WAGS” (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) is centered around the competitive, fast-paced, and glamorous world of the beautiful, outspoken women who make up an exclusive club of wives and girlfriends of today’s hottest professional athletes. These WAGS are playing the most competitive sport out there: getting and keeping that pro-athlete man. The hit E! series follows an elite group of close friends who are bound together by a strict hierarchy, unspoken rules and plenty of drama – and those who have the coveted ring and a husband with a contract are the ones with all the power. These women are constantly strategizing and fine-tuning their playbooks to keep their place in the line-up among the other WAGS, and to maintain the high-profile celebrity lifestyle that comes along with that role, all while aspiring to their own career goals which include taking over the world of modeling, designing and blogging. As in sports, this game is all about getting that “W” and this pack knows how to play the field!

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Molly Bernard

Molly Bernard was spotted out and about in freezing New York City yesterday. She is best known for her role as Lauren Heller on the television series Younger.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Lesbian Lightning Round

In this week's episode of Billy on the Street, Billy is joined by Juliana Margulies for a brand new game called "That's Not Sia, It's Juliana Margulies!" Additionally, Elena returns to the show to face off against her real-life sister, Edie, in "The Other Sister". Finally, Lucy Liu helps Billy with the exhilarating game "What Does Lucy Liu Think?" Other games include "For A Dollar" and "Kris Jenner or Geppetto?"

Billy on the Street - Elena Vs. Her Sister! - Airing Thursday, December 31 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on truTV

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Les Gold And Seth Gold

Les Gold and Seth Gold of Hardcore Pawn were all smiles when they were spotted in New York City. Hey Guys, why no call to take me to lunch? LOL.....

Monday, October 26, 2015


Melissa Joan Hart With Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines

Melissa Joan Hart posed with Home & Family hosts Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines. Her appearance discussing "God's Not Dead 2" airs Tomorrow October 27. Home & Family airs weekdays at 10 am ET/PT.

Photo Courtesy Of: Crown Media Family Networks/Jeremy Lee

Friday, August 07, 2015


Edward Burns

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. is ramping up its video-on-demand efforts to offer TV subscribers multiple binge viewing opportunities, including an on-demand sneak peek of episodes of the upcoming TNT series Public Morals the day after the series' Aug. 25 premiere, plus brand new episodes of truTV's Friends of the People before their TV debut. Additionally, beginning this week, every single episode of all seasons of truTV's Impractical Jokers and TNT's Cold Justice will be made available on a variety of platforms and devices including online and on mobile devices, giving viewers control over how they watch – whenever and wherever they want - as part of Turner's robust TV Everywhere offering.

For the first time ever, TNT is offering fans an on-demand sneak peek of multiple upcoming episodes of a series. The day after the Aug. 25 premiere of the Edward Burns drama Public Morals, TNT will make episodes 1-4 available for fans to watch anytime and anywhere through set-top VOD, the Watch TNT mobile app and, as well as on participating TV providers websites and apps. Additionally, TNT will make every episode of the real-life investigative series Cold Justice available on demand to allow fans to binge-watch the past two seasons leading into the season 3 finale on Sept. 18. Episodes currently airing from season 3, which premiered on July 31, are made available on demand the day after their TV debut and will stay up through the finale, giving fans the option to catch up on the entire series all at once.

truTV will offer their audience the ability to watch every single episode of the hit series Impractical Jokers – seasons 1 through 3 – on demand beginning this week, leading into Jokers Week and the Impractical Jokers Live Punishment Special celebrating the 100th episode on Sept. 3. In an unprecedented move, the network will make every single regular-season episode to date, as well as Impractical Jokers specials, available via VOD and digital on-demand so truTV subscribers can binge watch whenever and wherever they want via, the Watch truTV mobile app and set-top VOD. Additionally, starting on August 5, truTV will offer fans a sneak peek of two brand new episodes of Friends of the People before their TV premiere giving fans the option to binge on a number of episodes at once.

"Turner is embracing a different approach to the way programming is traditionally released and providing our audiences with multiple binge-viewing options in order to enhance their TV experience," said John Harran, senior vice president of business & product development at Turner Content Distribution (TCD), the domestic distribution, sales and marketing arm of Turner. "Taking a creative approach to on demand programming and listening to viewer behavior, as well as working with our distribution partners to reach as many of their subscribers as possible, is a strategic way to engage audiences who have become accustomed to these new ways of viewing content."

About TNT's Public Morals and Cold Justice

Public Morals – Series Premiere: Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

This summer, TNT is going to take viewers to the seedy, gritty streets and the bright, seductive lights of 1960s New York withPublic Morals, a powerful, buzz-generating police drama from writer, director, executive producer and starEdward Burns (Saving Private Ryan, The Brothers McMullen, TNT's Mob City). Public Morals also starsMichael Rapaport (Justified, Prison Break) and Elizabeth Masucci (The Americans, Inside Amy Schumer). The city has laws on the books that no one wants enforced, rules to curb all kinds of sin and vice. Gambling and prostitution are as old as the city itself. And the cops in the Public Morals Division do what’s been done for the last hundred years. They manage it for the city. But for Terry Muldoon (Burns), this all might come to an end when a war between two factions of the Irish Mob breaks o ut in hi s own Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, prompting his wife, Christine (Masucci), to demand that they leave the city for good. Public Morals is produced in collaboration with Amblin Television and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey andDarryl Frank, the team behind TNT's epic sci-fi hit Falling Skies. Also serving as executive producer is Aaron Lubin.

Cold Justice – Season 3: Fridays at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

TNT is carcking more unsolved cases of the fascinating real-life crime series Cold Justice, which follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they travel to small towns around the country in order to look into murder cases that have lingered for years without answers or closure. Since the premiere of Cold Justice, Siegler and McClary have assisted local law enforcement in securing a total of 24 arrests, 11 criminal indictments,four confessions, four guilty pleas and four convictions. Cold Justice is produced for TNT byWolf Reality and Magical Elves, with Emmy® winners Dick Wolf (Law & Order, Chicago Fire),Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz (Top Chef, Pr oject Gr eenlight) and Tom Thayer ( Hitchcock, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee), serving as executive producers.

About truTV's Impractical Jokers and Friends of the People

Impractical Jokers – Thursdays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

This truTV hit series features four lifelong friends – Joe, Q, Sal & Murr – who dare each other to carry out hilarious stunts in public. The show finished Q1 as one of basic cable's Top 3 programs in its timeslot with adults 18-49.

Impractical Jokers Week leading to LIVE Punishment Special – Week of Aug. 31
It’s a week of wall-to-wall hilarity as Joe, Sal, Q and Murr count down to the Live Punishment Special celebrating the 100th episode. In the days leading up to the Live Punishment Special, three brand new specials and an all-day marathon will serve to pump up the fans. Then on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) is theImpractical Jokers Live Punishment Special, featuring brand new challenges and the first-ever live quadruple punishment from New York City, hosted by Howie Mandel.

Friends of the People – Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT)

Conceived by the comic minds of The Lucas Bros. Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler, Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels and Josh Rabinowitz truTV's first-ever sketch comedy series is back with a whole new collection of hilarious takes on pop culture. From original sketches that last season included the musical musings of "The Beached Brothas," and parodies of your favorite '90s sitcoms and pop culture moments, nothing is off limits for this cast of comedians. Episodes will also feature guest appearances and man-on-the-street segments in NYC.

About Turner Broadcasting

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., CNN International, and HLN; TBS, TNT, truTV and Turner Classic Movies; Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports.

Friday, June 12, 2015



Luis Gutierrez On Larry King

Larry King tells Congressman Luis Gutierrez "I support you completely" for leading the charge in replacing Andrew Jackson with a woman on the twenty-dollar bill.

Rep. Gutierrez proposed this switch to Congress back in May, and he’ll be on Larry King’s show PoliticKING on TUESDAY JUNE 16th to discuss his progress with the bill.

The congressman’s bill is called Put a Woman on the Twenty Act of 2015. It does not designate any particular woman, but instructs the secretary of the Treasury to convene a citizen panel to choose the woman who should replace Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill.

Gutierrez tells Larry King: "We have to be reflective of our society." He's confident that "pretty soon you and I are going to take out a twenty-dollar bill and we’re going to have a woman on that twenty-dollar bill."

KING: You want to put a woman on the twenty-dollar bill?


KING: What’s wrong with Mr. President Jackson?

GUTIERREZ: I say put, you know what, put a woman right? Because, you know, how would I say it? You believe in women’s right?

KING: Sure do.

GUTIERREZ: Then we should put a woman. I look at the dollar bill, the five, the ten, the twenty. Come on. We’ve got put a woman. We have to be reflective of our society.

KING: Who have you got in mind?

GUTIERREZ: Let me just say right now, it should be a woman. My legislation says the following: That the treasury department should get together we should look. We have a lot of wonderful women that can win. There’s a contest online. And maybe we’ll respect the general public’s opinion. But I’m telling you this is growing across this nation. And pretty soon you and I are going to take out a twenty-dollar bill and we’re going to have a woman on that twenty-dollar bill.

KING: I support you completely.

Sunday, May 24, 2015



Anne Meara On Johnny Carson

ABC NEWS -- Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85.

Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided.

The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life."

"The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said.

The couple performed as Stiller & Meara on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other programs in the 1960s and won awards for the radio and TV commercials they made together. Meara also appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including a longtime role on "All My Children" and recurring appearances on "Rhoda," ''Alf," ''Sex and the City" and "The King of Queens." She shared the screen with her son in 2006's "Night at the Museum."

Jerry Stiller And Anne Meara

Meara was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for her supporting role on "Archie Bunker's Place," along with three other Emmy nods, most recently in 1997 for her guest-starring role on "Homicide." She won a Writers Guild Award for co-writing the 1983 TV movie "The Other Woman."

Besides her husband and son, Meara is survived by her daughter, Amy, and several grandchildren.

The family statement said: "Anne's memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne."

Editors Note: I have photographed Anne Meara many times over the years. This woman was funny and full of class, that's when she wanted to be. Sometimes she just let it all out and I loved it.

Last time I saw her was around 10 years ago at some museum on the West side of New York City. I was with Golden Girl Rue McClanahan as I was her photographer and we did photos with some very old paintings for some reason. Meara pulled me aside and started making gay jokes about Rue's new husband and I was on the floor. Rue kept looking over and asking what was so funny and that made us laugh even more.

Meara was a icon in New York City and she was a true New Yorker. We could see her at Broadway shows, at cocktail parties or just walking down the street. When I first started out in this business, she was everywhere with hubby Jerry. The two of them were like glue. She will be missed, Meara was a part of television and NYC history.

Monday, May 18, 2015


Kendal Jenner

Kendall Jenner may not be home watching the Keeping Up With the Kardashians: About Bruce special with her family, but she's there in spirit.

The brunette stunner stepped out on the red carpet last night at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards—looking drop-dead gorgeous in a Balmain creation, we might add—and spoke with E! News about how proud she is of her father.

(At this time, Bruce Jenner is choosing to not live publicly in the media as a woman and will be referred to as Bruce Jenner and with male pronouns until he specifies otherwise.)

"Honestly, I've never seen him happier," she told Giuliana Rancic when asked about Bruce Jenner's decision to speak publicly about his transition.

"That alone makes me so happy. To see him so happy and to see him going through this and staying so strong and really thinking about his kids is amazing."

Earlier this month, the runway model further gushed about her famous father during a preview clip of the special, saying, "He's the most amazing person I know. I couldn't ask for a better dad. He taught me how to ride a bike and be the tomboy that I am."

Part One of the E! special aired Sunday, May 17, at 9:00 p.m.

Part Two follows tonight Monday, May 18, at 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Sexy William Valdes

Jimena Gallego

Nia Sanchez

Paulina Vega

Laura Pausini

Maria Elena Salinas

The stars came out for Univision's 2015 Upfront at Gotham Hall in New York City today on this bright sunny day in the Big Apple.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


James Edstrom And Jerry Springer

Throughout an illustrious career, Jerry Springer has become a cultural and civic icon. In addition to hosting The Jerry Springer Show, going into its 25th season, he has been the mayor of Cincinnati, political pundit, lawyer, Emmy award-winning newscaster, game show host, country recording artist, international emcee, TV personality and author. He has been in movies and on Broadway, he's a progressive talk-radio broadcaster and Springer won America's heart with his ballroom dancing. Springer now adds Podcast Host to his long line of accomplishments.

The Jerry Springer Podcast; Tales, Tunes and Tomfoolery, is an eclectic mix of stories, interviews, conversations and comedy bits. Each 30 minute podcast concludes with original music performed by local musicians. The podcast is recorded in front of a small studio audience at the Folk School Coffee Parlor in Ludlow, Kentucky. 

Springer shares the mic with his friend of 45 years, Jene Galvin. The two met during Springer’s political years in the early 1970’s in Cincinnati and have shared a brotherly bond ever since. Bringing the female perspective is Megan Hils. Both Hils and Galvin worked on Springer’s Air America radio broadcast for its two year run. Back together the three fell into a rhythm of talking about topics ranging from politics, current event and tough social/political discussion to radio-comedy skits, interviews, music and lots of humor.

Springer is excited about the opportunity to talk openly about all these topics saying, “I’m excited to be a part of my first-ever podcast with my friends Jene and Megan. I’m also excited to eventually learn what a podcast is.”

Among the conversations on the podcast is with a Freedom Rider who spent 42 days in a Mississippi prison in 1961 singing songs to pass the trying hours, a discussion of whether teachers should be armed to protect their kids from violent attacks, and celebrity parodies of Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter are among the unpredictable possibilities.

Tune in and get your dose of Tales, Tunes and Tomfoolery at

Friday, April 17, 2015


Jaclyn Smith With Home & Family Stars

Actress Jaclyn Smith stopped by Home & Family today and was joined by Cristina Ferrare (wearing Kate Jackson wig), Debbie Matenopoulos (wearing Farrah Fawcett wig) and Kym Douglas wearing a (Cheryl Ladd wig) for the perfect "Angel's" photo.

Home & Family airs weekdays at 10 am ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.

Photo Courtesy Of: Mark Steines

Sunday, January 25, 2015



Story By:James Edstrom

Joe Franklin And Producer Steve Garrin

New York City Legend Joe Franklin has taken his final "Walk Down Memory Lane".

New York City legend Joe Franklin, was the pioneering Radio and TV personality nicknamed King of Nostalgia and credited with creating the modern-day talk show, died Saturday. The star was 88.

I am going to miss Joe. I grew up watching him on late night television on WOR. Very early in my career, he would show up to my parties at Limelight, Roxy, Webster Hall and so many other NYC hotspots. Joe loved to go out. One minute he would be at some fancy high class event, then a hour later he would be at a dingy club, and no matter where the event was, Joe was there to talk. That's what Joe did, he talked.

For some reason, Joe never remembered my name. He knew my face right away, would come over and kiss me, but he always forgot my name.  We were neighbors for years in Times Square. His office was 200 feet away from me across the street. I would run into him almost every day and it was always "what was your name again, you got a card?". It was funny. Don't know if he did it to keep me on my toes, but every time this was the first conversation we had. Then we would chat away.

When I would call Joe at his west 43rd street offices to invite him to a party, he would say, "Oh Yeah, I have a bunch of your cards. It's was funny and we went through this for years. You never knew where Joe would show up next. I went to Hooters parties and there was Joe. I would show up to photograph Marilyn Monroe's dress and shoes for Pat Cooper and there was Joe. Lunch with Cindy Adams, parties at the Friers Club and late night nightclubs, there was Joe Franklin, talking away, because this is what Joe loved and did. He loved people. He loved talk.

In the old days when all the legends hung out at Sardi's Restaurant on 44th street, Joe would walk in and chat with everyone in the front bar. I was usually there with Joyce Randolph and her husband Dick Charles. Joyce played Trixie on the Honeymooners television show. Joe loved Joyce. Funny thing, in all my years, I never saw Joe have a drop of alcohol.

I loved having Joe as a neighbor. Our many conversations on the street were classic. His memories of the old days of television made me wish to go back to the old days. I love the story on how some photographer from my building asked Joe if he could photograph him in his office. Joe thought he was doing the guy a favor, then the guy sent him a bill. Joe was like, " This guy is crazy."

Joe Franklin friend and producer Steve Garrin said, " With Joe's passing, it's the end of a era." Late night talk show queen Robyn Byrd said on her facebook Page, "RIP Joe Franklin... Sweet man, I was on his show a few times. He said I changed the look of television."

Rest in peace Joe Franklin, enjoy your trip down memory lane with all your old friends in the sky.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Mark Rogers With Steve Tickle And Jim Tom Hedrick

Sugarlands Distilling Company has joined forces with master moonshine distillers Steve “Tickle” and Mark Rogers, two of the most popular personalities from the hit TV show “Moonshiners.”

Tickle and Rogers are the latest moonshine legends to be included among the best-selling Sugarlands Shine Legends series. Jim Tom Hedrick helped launch the Legends Series in March 2014 with his 100-proof “Jim Tom’s Unaged Rye” when the distillery opened its doors to the public this spring.

“The Legends Series is a product line that celebrates authentic moonshine craftsmen like Mark and Tickle,” said Brent Thompson, director of marketing for Sugarlands Distilling Company. “We’ve been working with them for months now crafting their secret recipes which we’ll announce later this year.”

Tickle is a native of Southwest Virginia who loves to spend time cooking and developing new moonshine recipes.

Thursday, October 16, 2014



Bradley Powell, 30, of Winter Haven, Fla., was in complete disbelief when he received news of winning DIY Network’s BlogCabin 2014, a fully renovated 1920s bungalow stationed on five acres of land that is a short drive from his current home. The furnished approximately 2,500 sq. ft. home is the centerpiece of the grand prize package valued at almost $900,000, which also includes a 2015 MasterCraft NXT20 Wake/Surf Boat and $50,000 provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans. Brad, who says he entered the giveaway twice per day as soon as he heard the sweepstakes started, was randomly selected from more than 24 million entries.

“My wife and I were watching the local news and saw that this year’s Blog Cabin would be located in Winter Haven, Fla.,” said Brad. “We decided to start entering every morning after that—but never dreamed of winning the grand prize! It still hasn’t fully sunk in yet.”

Thursday, October 02, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Whoopi Goldberg

IDES OF JIM --- I had quite the magical evening the other night; the kind that could never happen again. It was the New York-book launch of the new memoir from Jim Petereik (Ides of March; Survivor) titled Through The Eye Of The Tiger (BenBella Books). First off, it was held at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room which is the perfect venue for an event like this; and, it was a glittering crowd, including Vanilla Fudge-drummer Carmine Appice; Gene Cornish from The Rascals and Peppy Castro from the Blue Magoos.

I had just that afternoon finished reading Jim’s book and found it to be one of the best rock-books like this ever written … and, he wrote every word himself. As he said from the stage, during just a stupendous solo performance, he didn’t think he could write a book like this because there was no major re-hab or career-adjustment drama … just a pretty pristine solo career marked by the formation of the Ides, and their huge hit “Vehicle,” (which he modeled his vocal after Blood, Sweat & Tears’ David Clayton-Thomas who famously snubbed him at a show) and, then disbanding the group and segueing fairly seamlessly to Survivor (1983), where they hit big with “Eye Of The Tiger” for Rocky III. Peterik recounts in amazingly vivid detail how the song came together and his first call from Sylvester Stallone. He thought it was a prank and called his friends who did a pretty good Sly-impersonation to check.

Says Petrik, “At first, we wondered if calling it 'Eye of the Tiger' was too obvious. The initial draft of the song, we started with 'It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight, rising up to the spirit of our rival, and the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night, and it all comes down to survival.' We were going to call the song 'Survival'. In the rhyme scheme, you can tell we had set up 'rival' to rhyme with 'survival'. At the end of the day, we said, 'Are we nuts?' That hook is so strong, and 'rival' doesn't have to be a perfect rhyme with the word 'tiger'. We made the right choice and went with 'Eye of the Tiger'.”

The book tracks his growing up in Chicago to meeting the power players in L. A. and is a truly riveting read. I shared a few quick moments with him (remember, I’ve been a fan since 1970) and found him to be funny, smart and, quite the conversationalist. I think he’d be a great hang for an afternoon.

“Tiger” was certified platinum in August 1982, signifying sales of 2 million vinyl copies. The song had sold over 3.8 million in digital downloads in the United States alone by February 2014. It was voted VH-1’s's 63rd greatest hard rock song. Combined sales of original vinyl release and digital downloads total over 9 million copies, making "Eye of the Tiger" one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Also in the mix there, were radio-chick Leslie Gold; Mike McCann from Premiere Radio; PR-pashas David Salidor and Carol Kaye (who put the magical event together); Long Island-musician Victor Kastel, and the club’s Lincoln Foley. Great night.

Rosie O'Donnell

VIEW WARS --- A nasty showdown erupted on the set of The View last week when the show's moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-host Rosie O'Donnell got into a heated spat in front of the studio audience.

Rosie was upset because Whoopi cut her off on a Hot Topic subject that O'Donnell indicated she was passionate about backstage before the show. The segment ran out of time and Whoopi had to cut to a commercial.

The Hot Topic was on spanking and the segment was running long, so producers told Whoopi it was time to go to commercial break in her ear. Rosie refuses to wear an ISD monitor in her ear so the control room was unable to speak to her.

Whoopi told her that if she had an ear monitor, she would have known what was going on. When Whoopi did the abrupt cut to commercial, Rosie let loose, the insider said.

“As soon as they went to commercial break, Rosie took the handheld microphone that they use to engage the audience,” explains our source.

“Instead of talking to the crowd, Rosie spoke directly to Whoopi in the mic that she hurt her feelings, and that she was very upset by it and didn't appreciate what Whoopi had done.”

Standing to the side without a microphone, Whoopi responded by saying: “This isn't the time for this, Rosie.”

Instead of moving on, O'Donnell continued to gripe openly in front of the audience in the microphone about what she perceived as an on-air snub.

“Well I just don't appreciate you saying that you were going to do something and not doing it. It makes me upset and I just don't want to have to go through this,” O'Donnell continued.

Goldberg, looking annoyed, shot back: “I said this was not the time Rosie.”

Not fazed by the Oscar winner's petition to leave matters alone until after the show, the 52-year-old comedienne continued to vent about Whoopi's actions.

The View moderator then fired back to Rosie: 'F*** it, I told you to leave it alone and you just don't want to listen. If you want to go there Rosie, I will dammit. I'm really sick of your s***!”

“At this point, you could've heard a pin drop. It was like everything came to a standstill and Rosie finally backed down,” our tipster explained.

New co-host Rosie Perez then jumped up and made light of the moment, ending the quiet that had fallen over the room.

“Oh s***, Twitter is going to be off the hook now,” Perez quipped, causing the crowd to laugh. “They're about to get it,” she continued.

Producers hurried over to the two ladies with notes and information regarding the next segment and when the show returned live, it was as though nothing had gone wrong.

Relations between Rosie and Whoopi behind the scenes at the show have been tense since the beginning of the season, as sources believe that O'Donnell really wants to be in her old moderator role and is having a hard time playing second fiddle to Goldberg.

Additionally, Goldberg has begged ABC to terminate her contract with the network and pay her the remaining $10 million on her deal to go home, as she hates working on the show now, particularly with all of the changes.

Our tipster goes on to say, “Rosie has been a terror from the get-go, only allowing the three new executive producers and co-hosts; Whoopi and newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace, to communicate with her and making it clear to everyone in earshot, she's literally running the show.”

“She has a definitive view of how she would like the show to go and wants everyone else to fall in line.”

It’s been widely reported that when Rosie O and new co-host Nicole Wallace did a test show with two fill-in hosts in an effort to build chemistry. Neither Rosie Perez nor Whoopi were present.

Despite the fact that Whoopi is the regular moderator for the show, leading the discussion, Rosie O took charge of the test show with Nicole.

“It was almost as though she was rehearsing for when she eventually takes over as moderator. It's clear that she would have preferred being in that capacity as she was before.”

YES INDEED --- Eagle Rock has announced the simultaneous release of Yes’ Songs From Tsongas - The 35th Anniversary Concert - Special Edition on 2DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats, and the first-ever release of Songs From Tsongas as a 3CD set.

The Special Edition of Songs From Tsongas contains two different concerts from Yes’ 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White.

In addition to the Tsongas show, the DVD is packed with an additional 70 minutes of never-before-released highlights from Lugarno, which we actually preferred.

The Lugano disc features the group in a somewhat different setting: first, it’s an outdoor show that has a stripped-down stage and full on rock versions of the acoustic tracks from Tsongas while the crowd wields a multitude of umbrellas against the pouring rain, which is clearly not preventing them having a great time! It’s a terrific visual and the group is awesome.

All their hits are here, including “Going For The One,” “Roundabout,” “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” “And You And I,” “Starship Trooper,” “Wondrous Stories,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Ritual,” “Turn Of The Century,” and many more captured here in all their glory. Yes, they've aged somewhat … but, the music is as strong as ever. Our favorite? Chris Squire’s inspired bass-solo on “The Fish.” Remarkable!

CLOSING NOTES --- Monday’s The Blacklist (Monarch Douglas Bank) –their second ep this season- was even better than the first. In a funny aside, Entertainment Weekly referred to the show’s pacing as having the viewer flying blind for 48 of the show's 60 minutes; storing away information that might be useful later on … funny and also true. This is one show you must pay attention too. Also, the show’s use of programming music is just off the charts. Monday’s episode concluded with Tom Odell’s “Heal.” Just exquisite and spot on. This show’s Class A all the way …

Guitarworld has a sensational interview with Jim Peterik; check it out.

Gone Girl with Ben Affleck is out Friday. I don’t recall seeing so much positive press on a movie since I don’t know when. The reviews for this David Fincher-directed epic have been, well epic. Looking forward to it.

SIGHTINGS: How Alfo learned to Love Women playwright Vincent Amelio huddling with his director Robert Funaro on Seventh Avenue and 29th street in NYC; Rockers On Broadway’s Donnie Kehr at the Cutting Room.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014



Larry King's Tribute To Joan Rivers

Hollywood has been mourning the death of comedic legend Joan Rivers. There's no one like her. In a special episode of the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now”, Larry welcomes Jane Lynch, Lily Tomlin, Regis Philbin, Ryan Seacrest, Margaret Cho and Don Rickles to pay tribute to their friend: the beloved, iconic, indefatigable Joan Rivers. The episode just premiered on and

We’ve all heard about Joan’s personal wishes for her star-studded funeral where she said “ I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents…[and] I want to be buried in a Valentino gown.” Margaret Cho opened up to Larry King about Joan Rivers’ funeral, including Howard Stern’s hilarious eulogy and Hugh Jackman’s emotional performance. Cho explained “Joan Rivers Would Have Loved Her Funeral.” The special episode also features Regis Philbin sharing one of his favorite memories of Joan, about her grand entrance at her daughter Melissa’s wedding. Also Jane Lynch on the battle Joan fought to pave the way for female comedians, and how her work inspired Jane to follow in her footsteps. Plus her gratitude for the laughter Joan and Robin provided the world, and her thoughts on their energy living on “She may not be in that gorgeous package anymore but she’s right here.”

Joan Rivers Would Have Loved Her Funeral

Margaret Cho opens up about Joan Rivers’ funeral, including Howard Stern’s hilarious eulogy and Hugh Jackman’s emotional performance.

Regis Philbin Remembers Joan Rivers

Regis Philbin shares one of his favorite memories of Joan, about her grand entrance at her daughter Melissa’s wedding.

Joan Rivers Was So Pretty, So Alive, So Bright

Jane Lynch on the battles Joan fought to pave the way for female comedians, and how her work inspired Jane to follow in her footsteps.

Robin Williams and Joan Rivers Are The Greatest Gifts We Have

Jane Lynch shares her gratitude for the laughter Joan and Robin provided the world, and her thoughts on their energy living on.



“In order for a woman to have a seat at the table, they had to knock themselves down as sex objects.” — Jane Lynch on what Joan’s generation of comics did to succeed.

“That’s kind of where her comedy started, was this severe self-deprecation. And I was always, as a kid, thinking ‘why is she saying she’s so ugly?’ I thought she was so pretty. She was so pretty, and she was so alive and so bright. You could see Johnny Carson just loved her.” — On Joan’s comedic past.

“You hope their energies met as she left this planet.” — Jane Lynch on Joan Rivers and Johnny Carson.

“She was an ally before many people were.” — Jane Lynch on Joan Rivers’ longtime support of the LGBT community.

“She might not be in that gorgeous package anymore but she’s right here.” 

“She always felt that she had to fight to get to the next level.”

“I think that Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, they’re the greatest gifts we have here on earth. And dogs. People who make us laugh and love us unconditionally.”

“She did pave the way. She took the machete and [makes chopping sound effects] so we could all skip along behind her.” — Jane Lynch on what Joan did for women in comedy.