Thanksgiving on NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show is all about tradition — family, food and football. In the holiday episode tentatively scheduled to air Nov. 21, Fox's Mike Henry engages in a spirited gridiron game with his dad, Steve (Charles Grodin). "Charles is a unique individual," Fox says. "He is in his seventies, incredibly spry, and has a surprisingly live arm."
Four years after trying to revive Murphy Brown as a platform to chime in on the heated 2008 Clinton/Obama/McCain presidential campaign, the sitcom's creator, Diane English, is again talking to CBS and Warner Bros. about a series of political-commentary specials with Candice Bergen back in character as the tough-talking TV journalist.
Sue Mengers, one of the most influential Hollywood agents during the 1960s, '70s and '80s, died following several small strokes, Vanity Fair reports. She claimed to be 78 years old, but some sources said she was 81.
According to Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter, Mengers died Saturday at her Beverly Hills home surrounded by close friends, Ali MacGraw, Joanna Poitier (wife of Sidney) and Boaty Boatwright.
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The more things change, the more they sound the same. And so it was as American Idol returned this week — with shiny new judges, a flashy new opening, but the formula pretty much intact from before. (Delusional tone-deaf losers? Check. Precocious talents? Check. Inspirational sob stories? Name that tune, repeatedly.) One essential ingredient is, of course, missing: the curmudgeonly and biting snark, but also the tang of weary boredom, that was the hallmark of Simon Cowell. In his place, two charismatic supernovas who represent flip sides of the Paula coin: the ditsy loose cannon (an electrifying Steven Tyler) who blurts things like "I think you got the what-is-it-ness" when he's not leering at a parade of nubile Disney Channel refugees or drumming along to the groove of the better talents; and the beatific cheerleader (a luminous Jennifer Lopez) who's quick with the goosebumps and moist eyes and hates to say no. "I'm not in the business of crushing spirits," says J-Lo, who goes on to protest too much: "This is awful. I hate this! Why did I sign up for this?"