Friday, January 21, 2022 — Edition: #7151
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Comedian Louie Anderson is undergoing treatments for blood cancer. He was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and his rep has confirmed that he is currently being treated at a Las Vegas hospital. The 68-year-old star of “Baskets” previously dealt with heart problems, and in 2003 underwent 2 procedures to correct an unspecified issue. Last March, Anderson shared that he has lost around 40 lbs. during the pandemic.
★ Now, Ellen DeGeneres will have even MORE time on her hands after “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” wraps up its 19th season. NBC has canceled her gameshow series “Ellen’s Game of Games” following its fourth season, reportedly due to dwindling audiences. The show’s final episode aired in May 2021. The series featured versions of the most popular games on her talk show, including “Aw Snap!”, “Blindfolded Musical Chairs”, “Know Or Go” and “You Bet Your Wife.” At the end of each episode, the last contestant played “Hot Hands/Hotter Hands” for a chance to win $100,000.
★ Lily Tomlin is this year’s recipient of AARP The Magazine’s “Movies for Grownups Awards” career achievement honor. The 82-year-old actor, comedian and star of “Grace and Frankie” will receive the honor at the AARP’s annual Best Movies and TV for Grownups ceremony. The Movies for Grownups program champions movies that resonate with viewers 50 and over, and fights ageism in the entertainment industry. The 20th anniversary virtual event, hosted by Alan Cumming, will be aired on PBS March 18.
★ John Mayer is doing good work in Bob Saget’s name. He shared on Instagram that he has created a sweater to help fundraise for the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Mayer explained: “Bob Saget worked tirelessly to raise awareness and money for the Scleroderma Research Foundation, a cause that was so close to his heart. That’s why I asked @deansnuts and @littlepatterns to help design this hoodie to keep both his memory and the enduring fight for a cure alive.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Maddie Ziegler, Brooklyn Beckham
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Ellie Kemper, Nate Smith (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Steve Harvey
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Andy Samberg, Edi Patterson, Cassey Ho
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Julianne Hough, Nina Dobrev, guest host Adam Devine
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Randall Park, Ed Helms, Karen Pittman, Vanna White
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Valerie Bertinelli, Jacob Bertrand, Xolo Mariduena
• “That’s My Jam” (NBC): Celeb guests Anthony Anderson, T-Pain, Ryan Tedder and Bebe Rexha compete in a series of music, dance and trivia-based games and musical performances.
• “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” (NGC): Season 2 premiere
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Will Forte, with musical guest Måneskin.
• “Don’t Forget I Love You” (HALLMARK): Taylor opens a time capsule left by her late mother. It contains a list of challenges that force her out of her comfort zone, giving her a chance at the possibility of love.
• “Nobody” (HBO): Series premiere. Never underestimate a nobody.
• “Vanished: Searching for My Sister” (LIFETIME): Jada gets pulled into a world of drugs and deceit in order to learn the shocking truth about what really happened to her missing sister, Kayla.
• “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC): Curtis Stone, Haley Joel Osment and Tatyana Ali.
• “The Walking Dead: Origins” (AMC): Season 1 premiere. The epic story of Daryl Dixon, as told by Norman Reedus, plus an exclusive look ahead at Season 11 of “The Walking Dead”.
• “Deadly House Call” (LIFETIME): A busy working mother hires a nurse to care for her wealthy father, who has early onset dementia, but soon the seductive nurse makes a play for the family fortune.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Grammy Awards – This year’s ceremony has been rescheduled for April 3 in Las Vegas. The awards had been set for Jan. 31 in downtown LA, but organizers changed plans as the Omicron variant sparked a new wave of COVID-19 infections. Trevor Noah will still host the ceremony, which will be televised and streamed live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
• Cardi B – plans to pay the funeral costs for the 17 people who died after a fire ripped through a Bronx apartment building Jan. 9. In a statement, she said: “I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still.”
• Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak — are bringing “An Evening with Silk Sonic” to the Las Vegas Strip. The R&B “superduo” are kicking off a residency on Feb. 25 at Park MGM’s Dolby Live. The 13-date engagement will be their first live performances together following of the release of their album “An Evening with Silk Sonic” in November.
• Britney Spears — sent a cease-and-desist letter ordering her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, to stop talking about her. Her legal team want the actress to stop discussing Britney’s life and struggles when giving interviews to promote her new memoir “Things I Should Have Said”, which they claim features “misleading and outrageous claims” about Britney.
• Jay-Z – is leading a group of music stars arguing for a change in New York law so that rap lyrics can no longer be used as evidence in criminal trials. Meek Mill, Fat Joe, Robin Thicke, Yo Gotti and Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland are among those who have signed a letter asking New York state lawmakers to back the proposed change.
• Fleetwood Mac — Mick Fleetwood will serve as executive producer on a musical drama series on Fox about a terminally ill rocker. “13 Songs” will follow ‘Jasper Jones’ and his band the Grift as they attempt to reconnect a final time following the fictitious rock legend’s cancer diagnosis. Fleetwood will offer creative ideas and music for the show. No release date has been set.
• Kiss — has announced a handful of new U.S. shows as part of the band’s ongoing “End Of The Road” tour. The 4 rescheduled concerts will take place in May after being postponed last year. The band will also headline this year’s Welcome To Rockville festival on May 19 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
• Michael Ray – His ‘Whiskey And Rain’ has hit the top of the Billboard country music airplay chart. He posted a tearful thank-you video on Insta, saying, in part, “This is incredible. I knew this song was something special, but I never dreamed it would be this impactful.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3e757fvz
• Blake Shelton – You may have heard he’s the only country artist on Rolling Stone’s list of the highest-paid musicians for 2021, with a total take of $83 million. That money largely came from the $50 million he received for a “previously unreported catalog sale.” In addition, his “Friends & Heroes Tour” brought in $14.5 million, and he made an 8-figure salary for serving as a coach on 2 seasons of “The Voice.”
• Trisha Yearwood — celebrated Betty White’s 100th birthday on Monday with her pup, a cake and a fundraising drive with fans that raised more than $24,000 in 15 minutes for animal charities as part of the Betty White Challenge, which asked people to donate $5 to an animal charity.
SHOOTING THE BULL
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Redeeming Love” (PG-13, History/Romance): Sold into prostitution as a child, Angel knows nothing but betrayal. Can her heart ever be mended? Based upon the novel by Francine Rivers. (Abigail Cowen, Tom Lewis, Famke Janssen)
• “The King’s Daughter” (PG, Fantasy/Adventure): King Louis XIV’s quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force, a move that is complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery of the creature. (Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt)
• “The Tiger Rising (PG, Drama/Adventure): When 12-year-old discovers a caged tiger in the woods, his life changes in unexpected ways. With the help of a mysterious maid, and the stubborn new girl in school, he navigates through wondrous adventures. (Dennis Quaid; Katharine McPhee; Queen Latifah)
DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION:
U.K. driving school Pass Me Fast has just released a list of the most distracting songs to drive to, using data from the streaming service Spotify. They rated each song by how ‘high energy’ it is, its danceability, (more distracting songs have an “irregular beat or tempo”), and how emotionally charged it is. Those elements were then combined for a final “distraction score”. Here are the songs you shouldn’t listen to while behind the wheel:
1. ‘Hey Ya!’ – Outkast (distraction score: 72.6%)
2. ‘Mr. Brightside’ – The Killers (69.6%)
3. ‘Empire State of Mind’ – Jay-Z (69.5%)
4. ‘Take On Me’ – A-ha (69.4%)
5. ‘Can’t Stop’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers (69.0%)
And the LEAST distracting song to drive to? ‘Bad Guy’ by Billie Eilish, with a distraction score of 8.1% (But be careful you don’t fall asleep!)
(I’m just not sure I want to take ANY driving advice from an organization called “Pass Me Fast”!!)
(***Full list here: LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mwj4245u ***)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ The Missouri Highway Patrol is reassuring the public that Batman villain ‘The Joker’ is NOT on the loose, after a staff member sent an emergency alert to mobile devices. Residents received texts warning citizens of “Gotham City” to be on the lookout for a purple and green 1978 Dodge 3700 GT with license plate number “UKIDME” — a description that matches the vehicle used by Jack Nicholson as the Joker in the 1989 film “Batman”. Later, the law enforcement agency explained on Twitter that the Joker was NOT on the loose in Missouri, which also does not have a place called “Gotham City”. The agency said the message was meant to be “a routine test of Missouri’s Blue Alert system”, but “an option was incorrectly selected, allowing the message to be disseminated to the public.” (Oh, well…back to the ‘Bat-Signal’!)
➢ Two LAPD officers have lost their jobs after ignoring calls about a robbery so they could continue driving around hunting Pokemon. Last week, California’s court of appeals upheld a previous decision that officers Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell were rightfully terminated. In April 2017, the 2 were driving in their patrol car and discussing the in the augmented reality mobile game Pokemon Go, when they were asked to respond to a robbery in progress with “multiple suspects” at a Macy’s store. They chose to ignore the call, with Mitchell reportedly saying “Aw, screw it”, and choosing to hunt for a nearby pokemon called a ‘Snorlax’ instead. (Either way, there was no chance they would “catch ‘em all!)
DID YOU KNOW?
A new study suggests parents should consider making better use of commercial breaks while kids watch TV. Researchers from the University of Michigan found starting a conversation with children as they watch their favorite programs appears to mitigate some of the developmental drawbacks that come from too much screen time. While prior studies have showed that kids who watch lots of TV lag behind in certain developmental areas, such as curiosity, this latest work shows the more parents talk with their preschoolers during shared TV time, the more likely those kids are to display high levels of curiosity by kindergarten. This is especially true for socioeconomically disadvantaged children.
BS CHRONOMETER 01.21.22
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Hugging Day”, Today, offer a hug to anyone you think would like one. Hugging, like cuddling, releases oxytocin, which not only feels good, it reduces pain and stress, lowers blood pressure, and lowers the risk of heart disease. It also eases anxiety. (Just remember to only hug those in your household as long as social distancing measures are in place…) LINK: http://www.nationalhuggingday.com
• “Granola Bar Day”, saluting the formerly healthful treat that, these days, is more than likely loaded with sugar, salt, chocolate, and some kind of hardened white gunk that they claim is yogurt.
• “Squirrel Appreciation Day”. There are over 200 types of squirrels in North America alone, which can be put into 3 groups: Ground squirrels, tree squirrels and flying squirrels, which can’t actually fly, but have flaps of skin that allow them to glide from tree to tree. (Or from my roof to my bird feeder…)
• “Sweatpants Day”, introduced in the 1920s by Émile Camuset, the founder of Le Coq Sportif, a sports equipment and clothing company. The original sweatpants were knitted gray jersey pants which were designed to help athletes exercise easier. (Picture Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky”, “Rocky II”, “Rocky III” …)
• “One-Liners Day”, with award season upon us, this occasion celebrates the best one-liners in films. Here are a few:
☞ “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.” — Airplane
☞ “There are 106 miles to Chicago, we have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.” – The Blues Brothers
☞ “I’m glad he’s single, because I’m going to climb that like a tree.” — Bridesmaids
☞ “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!” — Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
☞ “These go to eleven.” – Spinal Tap (What’s YOUR favorite?)
• “New England Clam Chowder Day”, different varieties of clam chowder include: New England, Manhattan, Rhode Island, Down East, and Outer Banks. New England clam chowder is made with milk or cream, and the use of tomatoes is frowned upon. In fact, in 1939 the state of Maine made it illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder!
• “Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day”, a day to concentrate on your feline and answer the questions you think it’s asking. People often consider cats unaffectionate, but the truth is, they only talk to humans. Studies show they rarely ‘meow’ at other cats.
• “Celebration of Life Day”, a day to honor the gift of children and grandchildren. (Because having “a 2-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.” — Jerry Seinfeld)
• “Hot Sauce Day”, if you are one of those people who feels that “spicy” is never quite spicy enough, Hot Sauce Day is the perfect day for you! Current best-rated hot sauce on Amazon: “Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce”.
• “Polka Dot Day”, Today, we celebrate Disney’s most esteemed fashionista – ‘Minnie Mouse’. Minnie is not only Mickey Mouse’s beloved counterpart, but also a sassy and sweet pop culture icon who popularized the polka dot pattern.
• “Roe vs. Wade Day”, the day that changed everything. Jan. 22, 1973, the US Supreme Court announced its decision that the constitutional right to privacy includes a right to abortion. 49 years later, we celebrate Roe vs. Wade Day as a historical moment in women’s rights.
• “Blonde Brownie Day”, the blonde brownie uses vanilla and brown sugar as ingredients in place of the chocolate or cocoa of traditional chocolate brownies. Also known as “blondies”.
• “Handwriting Day”, to recognize ‘graphology’ (handwriting analysis) and to encourage more legible handwriting. (I don’t have bad handwriting…I prefer to refer to it as “my own font”)
• “Measure Your Feet Day”, to draw attention to the importance of wearing correctly fitted shoes. (***Find the listener with the largest, and smallest feet***)
• “Pie Day”, celebrating the pie as an ‘art form’. There are said to be 231 varieties of apple pie alone. (Not to be confused with ‘Pi Day’, celebrated March 14)
• “Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day”, when snowplow drivers are encouraged to take out as many mailboxes as possible. High score wins! (In my neighborhood, they don’t need any extra encouragement!)
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1940  Jack Nicklaus (“The Golden Bear”), Columbus OH, retired pro golfer (18 major titles, 73 PGA Tour titles)
1950  Billy Ocean, Fyzabad Trinidad and Tobago, pop/R&B singer (‘Caribbean Queen’, ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car’)
1956  [Virginia] Geena Davis, Wareham MA, movie actress (“Thelma & Louise”, Oscar-“The Accidental Tourist”)/TV actress (‘Dr. Nicole Herman’ in “Grey’s Anatomy” 2014–2015, 2018)
1972  Cat Power [Charlyn Marshall], Atlanta, GA, indie singer-songwriter (ft. Lana Del Rey-‘Woman’)/model
1976  Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”), London England, pop singer (Spice Girls-‘Wannabe’, ‘Spice Up Your Life’)
1984  Luke Grimes, Dayton OH, TV actor (‘Kayce Dutton’ on “Yellowstone” since 2018)/movie actor (“American Sniper”)
SATURDAY- Steve Perry (Journey) is 73; Teddy Gentry (Alabama) is 70; Linda Blair (“The Exorcist”) is 63; Diane Lane (“Under the Tuscan Sun”) is 57; Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses) is 57; DJ Jazzy Jeff (‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’) is 57; Guy Fieri (“Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”) is 54; Gabriel Macht (“Suits”) is 50; Sami Gayle (“Blue Bloods”) is 26
SUNDAY- Richard Dean Anderson (“MacGyver”) is 72; Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (U.S. Airways Captain who safely landed a plane on the Hudson River) is 71; Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 69; Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 58; Tiffani Thiessen (“Saved by the Bell”) is 48; Nick Harmer (Death Cab For Cutie) is 47
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2020  Welsh comedian Terry Jones of “Monty Python” fame dies from complications of dementia at 77
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1978  The “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack album hits #1 in the US and stays there for an astonishing 24 weeks
2012  Adele hits #1 on the album chart with her second studio album “21”, which yields 5 hit singles and eventually sells over 31 million copies
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1976  The first Concorde “supersonic transports” with commercial passengers simultaneously take flight and achieve speeds well over the sound barrier at 1,350 mph
1986  100 people participate in the first “Nude Olympics” in 38°F (3°C) weather in Purdue, Indiana
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2009  Toyota officially passes GM to become the world’s largest automaker
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ A single teaspoon of seawater contains about 5 million living creatures.
✓ There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings in the world.
✓ If your car was able to drive vertically, it would reach outer space in an hour.
✓ A dirty spark plug can reduce your car’s fuel efficiency by as much as 30%.
✓ Technically, coffee is a fruit juice.
✓ The only place a naked mole rat has hair is inside its mouth.
Best of BS . . .
BS UNLIKELY DNA RESULTS:
• You are your own father.
• 25% cookie, 75% monster.
• 100% still watching, just like Netflix thought.
• You’re the illegitimate love-child of Betty White and Marilyn Manson.
• You have tiger’s blood.
• 80% Starbucks Frappuccino.
• 1/87th can’t even.
• Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.
• Anything ever supposedly revealed on “Maury”.
• It turns out you’re NOT the mother!
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ Your brain stays in good shape by memorizing music, according to a study. (Not me. Mine stays in shape by remembering which aisle the ice cream is in!)
➠ A report says that spending time with your mother-in-law will strengthen your marriage. (The study appears in the latest issue of “Thanks, But No Thanks”)
➠ A report claims that weight gain among freshman college students may be the result of their widely fluctuating sleep patterns. (…and also the fact that Cool Ranch Doritos and Red Bull exist!)
➠ Fact: Someone new becomes a billionaire every two days. (Man . . . How many girls does Kris Kardashian have?)
➠ Former Journey singer Steve Perry turns 73 tomorrow. (He plans to celebrate any way he wants it, because that’s the way he needs it, any way he wants it…)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Preach, brother! (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/mvrknex5
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s your secret to beating the ‘Winter Blahs’?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Studies show that 70% of us use THIS at least once per day. What is it?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.