Day: August 2, 2019

Got a billion? Want something new? Go undercover

LOS ANGELES — Glenn Stearns was facing a common– well, semi-common – dilemma.
He had it all – the cash, the cars, the houses, the charity. What else might he want?
A ranch? An island? He had them, too. (In fairness, he merely shares them – one with John Elway, the other with Sir Richard Branson.)
What’s left? Reality shows – first “The Real Gilligan’s Island” and now “Undercover Billionaire.” Read more…

Best-bets for Aug. 4: It’s country’s night

1) “CMA Fest,” 8-11 p.m., ABC. Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini host and do two songs apiece. One of hers is with the Chainsmokers, in a night stuffed with duets. Brothers Osborne and Brooks & Dunn do two, one adding Ashley McBryde. There’s Tim McGraw with Luke Combs, Maren Morris with Brandi Carlisle, Carrie Underwood with Joan Jett, Keith Urban with Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X. There are also solo stars – Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and more. Read more…

Woodstock — the triumphant disaster

LOS ANGELES — As the reports rolled in, one thing was clear: Woodstock (shown here) was a disaster, a swirl of mud and hunger, chaos and confusion.
“The New York Daily News headline (said), ‘Hippies mired in sea of mud,” recalled Joel Makower, whose book is the basis for a PBS documentary Tuesday.
Other headlines echoed that — “Rock Crisis” and “Traffic Uptight at Hippiefest” and more. They set a grim tone, as festival founders had their post-Woodstock meeting with bitter bankers. “The last headline we had read was ‘Nightmare in the Catskills,’” Joel Rosenman recalled.
Then things rebounded, he said. The bankers compromised. “And the next headline we saw, which we thought was going to be worse, was, ‘Miracle at Bethel.’” Read more…