Genie Francis, Anthony Geary, Kin Shriner
All that's missing are the mullets. A trip to the General Hospital soundstage these days feels like an express pass to the 1980s, especially during the filming of the big fan-fave event known as the Nurses Ball. The red-carpet soiree — airing April 5, 8 and 9 as part of the soap's 50th anniversary celebration — has Rick Springfield returning as Dr. Noah Drake, who will take to the stage and rock out "Jessie's Girl." Off on the sidelines, Frisco (Jack Wagner) is trying to woo back his Reagan-era love Felicia (Kristina Wagner), while Anna (Finola Hughes) is once again in the arms of her Duke (Ian Buchanan). And look, it's the long-lost Nurse B obbie (Jackie Zeman)! Fitness guru Richard Simmons, another '80s fixture in Port Charles, is on hand as the charity gala's pushy choreographer. But not even he can get these oldies sweatin'.
Jack LaLanne, a TV pioneer who urged coach potatoes to get fit long before Richard Simmons and others, has died, his longtime agent told The Associated Press. He was 96.
Rick Hersh told the AP that LaLanne died of respiratory failure from pneumonia Sunday at his home in Morro Bay, Calif.
The hilarious late night host is at it yet again! In honor of his 1000th episode last night, Jimmy Kimmel created a very special video featuring himself and his long lost twin, Richard Slimmons Simmons. Were really feeling the short-shorts and bedazzled tank look (perhaps the hair should go, though). Maybe you should run with it more often! Your take: What do you think of the video? Better than his spoof on Sarah Silvermans? Who do you think he should feature in his next one?
Richard Simmons and Jimmy Kimmel by Mitch Haddad/ABC
It's only been a few weeks since Jimmy Kimmel was doing you-know-what to you-know-who, but now he's back with a new video, this time with fitness and sweatband guru Richard Simmons to reportedly try some workouts (Disclaimer: getting "whipped into shape," according to People.com). Kimmel taped the new video in honor of his upcoming 1000th episode, airing April 3. And while just a few frames from the new video have surfaced (here, on ET.com), at least there's an image of their costumes while some sweatin' to some oldies (or maybe new-ies, we'll see) together. What would be your dream routine for Kimmel and Simmons? Is Kimmel wearing short-shorts going to be a riot or a train wreck? And how must Simmons feel, constantly being the object of so many spoofs? I'm praying for answers to all my questions and more! when the video airs on Jimmy Kimmel Live at 11:35 pm/ET — a special new time for Thursday's 90-minute show (ABC). Anna Dimond
Question: Is it better to work out before or after you eat?
Answer: Did someone change the name of this column to "Ask Richard Simmons" while I was away?
NBC has added 30 Rock to the list of programming available for download at iTunes.... Sweating oldie Richard Simmons visits Late Show with David Letterman for the first time in six years, when he appears on this Wednesday's broadcast.... TV Guide Channel's own Melissa Rivers has been recruited by Speed TV to work the yellow-carpet arrivals coverage of Friday's NASCAR Nextel Cup banquet, to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria. OK, someone tell me why it is yellow.