Larry Hagman Dies at 81

Actor Larry Hagman passed away yesterday due to complications from throat cancer. He was 81. If you are close to my age (49), you may remember first seeing Hagman as Capt. Tony Nelson in “I Dream of Jeannie,” a slightly dumb, but popular show that ran from 1965 until 1970. Before that, he had appeared on television in shows such as “Sea Hunt” and “The Defenders,” but it was really “I Dream of Jeannie” that put Hagman on the map. After “Jeannie” ended, Hagman bounced around television, appearing in “Ellery Queen,” “Barnaby Jones,” and “The Rockford Files” while starring in … Continue reading

Product Review: Five Gold Stars For Food Storage Containers With Silver Linings

I rejoiced when I got my first set up Tupperware. I shed a tear (of joy) when they came out with disposable plastic containers. And I practically did a back flip when they invented the Seal N Save food storage unit. So imagine how excited I was when I found out there was a “new and improved” way to store food that also claimed to fight germs and odors—that’s right, I practically dropped to my knees. FresherLonger Miracle Food Storage containers–manufactured and sold by the Sharper Image—are a true blessing for people like me who are constantly storing food in … Continue reading

Celebrities Who Have Lost Children

As I read the headlines about Mike Tyson’s daughter, Exodus, dying after being strangled by the cord on a treadmill, it made me realize that celebrities don’t always have the charmed lives we believe they do. Many have suffered what many consider the worst thing that can happen – the loss of a child. One of the most recent celebrity child tragedy was that of John and Kelly Travolta’s son Jett, who died of a seizure in January 2009, but there have been plenty more. Some were results of accidents, some of overdoses, and some of diseases, but all were … Continue reading

Saying Goodbye to “Guiding Light”

I honestly never thought I would see the day that “Guiding Light” would end, but alas, the long-running CBS soap opera will shine no more. According to reports, the 72-year-old daytime serial has been cancelled. The final episode will air on September 18th. Do you know how many retirees are crying right now? I know one retired woman, who lives and dies by CBS soaps. My friend’s grandmother has been a fan of “Guiding Light” since it debuted on TV in June 1952 (the daytime drama began as a radio soap opera in 1937) and has only missed a handful … Continue reading

Calling All Iraq War Veterans—Your Chance to be a TV Star

The hundreds of thousands of men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis protecting our country are stars in their own right, only not all of them can brag that they made it on TV because of their jobs… until now. The mega-popular soap opera “All My Children” is holding an open casting call for an Iraq war veteran to play an injured veteran. That’s right; instead of taking the easy way out by hiring an actor to play the part, the ABC daytime serial is about to make history by inviting veterans to contact the show’s … Continue reading

Returning to the Airwaves: Joan and Genie

She’s baaaack! If would rather undergo root canal than hear Joan Rivers’ cackle then you might not want to tune into the upcoming season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” The 75-year-old comedienne says she has signed up to become real estate mogul Donald Trump’s next slackee. Though, producers for the NBC primetime show say they cannot confirm Rivers’ appearance until the show’s airdate gets closer. The reality TV series’ new season is set to be taped this fall and is scheduled to air next January. According to Rivers, Trump asked her to appear on last season’s show, but scheduling conflicts prevented … Continue reading

Heartbreaking Loss for Christian Singing Superstar

There are no words to describe the gut wrenching pain Grammy award-winning Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman and his family are experiencing today. An unimaginable tragedy struck the tight-knit group yesterday when Chapman’s youngest daughter was killed in the family’s driveway… by her teenage brother. While all the details of the devastating accident have yet to be confirmed, according to updated police reports that were released just hours ago, Chapman’s 5-year-old daughter suffered fatal injuries when an SUV driven by her brother accidentally struck her. Police say the girl, named Maria Sue, was playing in the driveway of her family’s … Continue reading

Happy Birthday “General Hospital”

When I was in college I was a die-hard “General Hospital” fan. Okay, maybe I wasn’t as crazed as some other girls who rearranged their class schedule so they could watch the show each day at 2 p.m., but I was pretty dedicated. Looking back I’m not sure what it was about this particular soap that hooked me. It was probably because at the time it starred some of the best looking guys on daytime TV. But I digress. The popular soap opera is celebrating a major milestone–45 years on TV. “General Hospital” is ABC’s longest-running daytime series and has … Continue reading

How A Writers’ Strike Could Affect Your Favorite TV Shows

For those of you who have better things to worry about… Talks between Hollywood writers and producers have stalled. Translation: Your favorite TV shows could be disappearing in the weeks to come if a settlement is not reached. According to leaders for the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA), a strike could happen as early as tomorrow if enough members decide NOT to work without a contract while a deal is being hammered out. WGA members’ contracts expired last night. Earlier in the day talks between the writers from your favorite television shows and show producers ended abruptly with both sides … Continue reading

Ailing Crooners

Singer Robert Goulet, 73, is heavily sedated and breathing through a respirator as he awaits a lung transplant. The doctors have told Goulet’s wife, Vera, that a lung transplant has the highest success rate (88 percent) of all transplants. However, a suitable donor for Goulet has not been found yet. The National Lung Association stated that in 2005, only 25% of the 3,500 people on the waiting list actually received a lung transplant. Goulet performed on September 20th in Syracuse, NY, but fell ill shortly after the concert when he was on his way home to Las Vegas. At first, … Continue reading