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Battle of the Network Stars #101: 2001-09 TV Seasons

10 Groovy Things to Do in April

Max Emerson in Max's Underpants

Groovy Flashback: Sex Stars of 1977

Friday, April 24, 2015

Deep Dish Pool Party #116


The rules are simple - each week I feature 10 Dishes of the Day and you get to invite your three favorites over for some wet and wild fun at the Deep Dish Pool Party. The five guys who receive the most votes get to stay, and the following week five new Dishes are added to the guest list.

1) Dish #1587
Last Week #1, Week 10, 33 invites out of 233



2) Dish #1628
W2, 30 invites


Dish of the Day #1636: The Bare and the Beautiful


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. Click here to vote for your three favorite Dishes in this week's Deep Dish Pool Party poll.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

And the Drama Desk Award goes to . . .



The 60th Annual Drama Desk nominations - which honor outstanding achievements on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway - were announced today by Drama Desk winners Judith Light (The Assembled Parties) and Jessie Mueller (Beautiful — The Carole King Musical). Below is a complete list of the nominees with my predictions in pink - or you can watch the live webcast of the nominations announcement.



Drama Desk winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) will host the awards ceremony for the second year in a row on Sunday, May 31, at NYC's Town Hall. Click here to purchase tickets to the Drama Desk Awards, which will be webcast live on TheaterMania.com.

Outstanding Play
Clare Barron, You Got Older
Lisa D'Amour, Airline Highway
Anthony Giardina, The City of Conversation
Stephen Adly Guirgis, Between Riverside and Crazy
Elizabeth Irwin, My ManĂ£na Comes
Simon Stephens, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jack Thorne, Let the Right One In

Outstanding Musical
An American in Paris
Hamilton
Fly by Night
Pretty Filthy
Something Rotten!
The Visit

Battle of the Network Stars #101: 2001-09 TV Seasons, Round 4


The following stars from the 100th Battle of the Network Stars will be moving on to Round 5:

Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show/CBS)
Dick Van Dyke (The Dick Van Dyke Show/CBS)
Desi Arnaz (I Love Lucy/CBS)
Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy/CBS)
Vivian Vance (I Love Lucy/CBS)
Raymond Burr (Perry Mason/CBS)
Robert Conrad (The Wild Wild West/CBS)
Richard Chamberlain (Dr. Kildare/NBC)
Paul Lynde (Hollywood Squares/NBC)
Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie/NBC)
Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek/NBC)
Johnny Carson (The Tonight Show/NBC)
Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched/ABC)
Agnes Moorehead (Bewitched/ABC)
Sally Field (The Flying Nun/ABC)
James Garner (Maverick/ABC)

Now on to our 101st battle, which takes us back to the 2001-09 TV seasons when we welcomed the following 32 stars into our homes:









Dish of the Day #1635: The Bare and the Beautiful


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Luke Casey.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jamie Lee Curtis will be screaming on your TV this fall (and 27 other possible shows)



Every spring I compile a list of network and cable TV pilots being filmed for the upcoming television season that sound interesting to me. Last April I featured 28 possible shows, and 15 of them were ordered to series:

The Club: This upstairs/downstairs soap starring John Stamos received a new name - Members Only - but ABC canceled it before its premiere.

The Comedians: This FX sitcom, which stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, began airing on April 9.

Empire: This Fox family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire was the biggest hit of the season, and it will return for a second season this fall.

Grace and Frankie: This Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will premiere on May 8.

Gracepoint: This pointless Fox remake of the British drama, Broadchurch, was not renewed for a second season.

Madam Secretary: This CBS drama starring Tea Leoni as a female Secretary of State didn't do much for me, but it was renewed for a second season.

The McCarthys: This CBS sitcom wasted the comedic talents of Laurie Metcalf and flopped in the ratings. Although not officially canceled, it's doubtful the show will be renewed.

Mulaney: The critics hated this Fox sitcom, which was canceled.

The Mysteries of Laura: For Debra Messing's sake, I hope this dismal NBC show is canceled because she deserves much better.

The Odd Couple: Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon are both talented actors, but neither of them can fill the big shoes of Jack Klugman and Tony Randall in this reboot of the classic sitcom. However, CBS might renew it for a second season.

One Big Happy: This sitcom has received negative reviews and bad ratings, so I would be surprised if NBC renews it.

Secrets & Lies: Despite its hunky star Ryan Phillippe, I tuned out after the first episode - but ABC may give it a second season.

Tooken (NBC): This NBC sitcom received a new title (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), a new home (Netflix) and rave reviews - and it will return for a second season.

Younger: I like this TV Land comedy starring Sutton Foster, and it has been renewed for a second season.

Your Family or Mine: This TBS sitcom, which stars JoBeth Williams, Richard Dreyfuss, Cynthia Stevenson and Angela Kinsey, began airing on April 7.

So here is my list of series that may or may not appear on your television during the 2015-16 season:

Dish of the Day #1634: The Bare and the Beautiful


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Groovy Music Showdown #31: 1974


In the 30th Groovy Music Showdown, the following albums from 2012 won and will be moving on to Round 2:

Some Nights - fun.
Kiss - Carly Rae Jepsen
Glad Rag Doll - Diana Krall
Trespassing - Adam Lambert
Tornado - Little Big Town
The Heist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
MDNA - Madonna
Overexposed - Maroon 5
Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars
Babel - Mumford & Sons
The Truth About Love - Pink
Slipstream - Bonnie Raitt
Magic Hour - Scissor Sisters
The Music of Smash
Blown Away - Carrie Underwood
Take the Crown - Robbie Williams

PLEASE NOTE: The next Groovy Music Showdown will be on Tuesday, May 5.

Now on to our 31st showdown, which takes us back to 1974 when the following 32 albums were released:















Groovy Giveaway: Josh Groban's new album, Stages



Courtesy of The Karpel Group, this week's Groovy Giveaway is three digital download cards of Stages, the new album from multi-platinum vocalist Josh Groban!

Featuring a collection of some of the greatest musical theater songs of all time including "What I Did For Love" and "All I Ask Of You" feat. Kelly Clarkson

Available April 28: http://smarturl.it/JGStagesiTunes

Don't miss Josh Groban on tour this fall!

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To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, please email your name and address to deepdish73@gmail.com. Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Monday, April 27 (CST).

Dish of the Day #1633: The Bare and the Beautiful


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Cole Monahan by photographer Scott Teitler.