<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:53:52 -0500 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:53:52 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:39:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Aretha Franklin To Headline "A Night To Remember"]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:57:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ANTR+2014_.jpg

NBC 5 and CitySquare are proud sponsors of A Night to Remember with The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, on Saturday, September 6, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in downtown Dallas. Tickets are sold out!
Event co-chairmen, Cindy and Scott Collier and Kara and Ross Miller, promise to deliver another stellar event. A Night to Remember has featured legendary performers like Diana Ross, Jay Leno, Steve Martin, Lyle Lovett and BB King.
For more than 25 years, CitySquare has been fighting the causes and effects of poverty by addressing hunger, health, housing, and hope in Dallas and now offers a variety of programs throughout Texas. The new CitySquare Opportunity Center at the corner of Malcolm X Blvd and I-30 creates new opportunities for individuals and families to receive comprehensive services under one roof. CitySquare helps neighbors achieve progress and begin to work their way beyond poverty into viability and self-sufficiency.
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<![CDATA[North Texans Compete on "The Voice"]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:40:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luke-Wade.jpg

North Texas is getting ready to cheer on another contestant for NBC’s hit show, "The Voice."

This week NBC revealed on its webpage a sneak peak of Dublin, Texas, native Luke Wade wowing all four of the judges during his blind audition.

While we don't know which judge Luke picked, it’s safe to say he’s already made a name for himself as all four judges turned their chairs.

Friday night Wade performed at The Grotto Bar in Fort Worth, where he first performed seven years ago during an open mic night.

“He came in and I remember and he sang a Ray LaMontagne song and the whole bar just stopped and listened. Twenty minutes and no one could take their eyes off him. It was just amazing," said Cody Admire, who is the owner of Grotto and a friend of Wade’s.

Wade grew up and Dublin Texas and said he didn’t start singing until he was 19 years old.

He had a band in college, which later evolved into his current band, Luke Wade No Civilians.

Wade isn’t the only North Texan making an appearance on the show.

Reagan James from Burleson is also expected to appear and hopefully wow the judges with her R&B Pop style.

Tune into NBC’s "The Voice" starting Monday, Sept. 22 to see which judge Wade picks and follow his and James’ journey throughout the competition.

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<![CDATA["Soprano" Actress, Singer Polly Bergen Dies at 84]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:38:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/156353652.jpg

Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.

Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends.

A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist, and founded a thriving beauty products company that bore her name.

In recent years, she played Felicity Huffman's mother on "Desperate Housewives" and the past mistress of Tony Soprano's late father on "The Sopranos."

Bergen won an Emmy in 1958 portraying the tragic singer Helen Morgan on the famed anthology series "Playhouse 90." She was nominated for another Emmy in 1989 for best supporting actress in a miniseries or special for "War and Remembrance."

Talking to women in a business group in 1968, she said her definition of success was "when you feel what you've done fulfills yourself, makes you happy and makes people around you happy."

Bergen was 20 and already an established singer when she starred with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in her first movie, "At War With the Army." She joined them in two more comedies, "That's My Boy" and "The Stooge."

In 1953, she made her Broadway debut with Harry Belafonte in the revue "John Murray Anderson's Almanac." In 1957-58 she starred on the musical-variety "The Polly Bergen Show" on NBC, closing every broadcast with her theme song, "The Party's Over."

Also during the 1950s, she became a regular on the popular game show "To Tell the Truth."

Bergen published the first of her three advice books, "The Polly Bergen Book of Beauty, Fashion and Charm" in 1962. That led to her own cosmetics company, which earned her millions.

Bergen became a regular in TV movies and miniseries, most importantly in the 1983 epic "The Winds of War" and the 1988 sequel, "War and Remembrance." She appeared as the troubled wife of high-ranking Navy officer Pug Henry, played by Robert Mitchum.

Mitchum also had the key role in the landmark 1962 suspense film, "Cape Fear," as the sadistic ex-convict who terrorizes a lawyer (Gregory Peck) and his wife (Bergen) and daughter because he blames Peck for sending him to prison. The film was remade in 1991 by Martin Scorsese.

In 1964's "Kisses for My President," Bergen was cast as the first female U.S. president, with Fred MacMurray as First Gentleman. (In the end, the president quits when she gets pregnant.) When Geena Davis portrayed a first woman president in the 2005 TV drama "Commander in Chief," Bergen was cast as her mother.

Among her other films was "Move Over, Darling" (1963) with Doris Day and James Garner, Susan Seidelman's 1987 "Making Mr. Right," and John Waters' 1990 "Cry-Baby," with Johnny Depp.

A fierce ambition prevailed throughout Bergen's entertainment career and in her business life. She walked out of early contracts with Paramount and MGM because she thought her film roles were inadequate.

As the president of the Polly Bergen Co., founded in 1966, she arrived at her office at 9 a.m. and worked a full day. "It was very difficult at the beginning," she said in 2001, "because everybody considered me just another bubble-headed actress."

She sold the company in 1973 to Faberge, staying on for a couple of years afterward to run it as a Faberge subsidiary.

Bergen employed the same zeal in reviving her performing career after a series of personal setbacks of the 1990s. She played successful dates at cabarets in New York and Beverly Hills.

When she was refused an audition for the 2001 Broadway revival of "Follies," she contacted composer Stephen Sondheim. He auditioned her and gave her the role of a faded star who sings of her ups and downs in show business. The show-stopping song, "I'm Still Here," was reminiscent of Bergen's own saga. She was nominated for a Tony award for her role.

In 2002 she played a secondary role in the revival of "Cabaret" and the following year she was back on Broadway with the comedy "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks."

Nellie Paulina Burgin was born in 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee, into a family that at times relied on welfare to survive. They family eventually moved to California, and Polly, as she was called, began her career singing on radio in her teens.

"I was fanatically ambitious," she recalled in 2001. "All I ever wanted to be was a star. I didn't want to be a singer. I didn't want to be an actress. I wanted to be a star."

But over the years, Bergen's personal life was not as smooth as her career. Her four-year marriage to actor Jerome Courtland ended in an acrimonious divorce in 1955. Her second marriage to super-agent and producer Freddie Fields. The couple divorced in 1975 after 18 years.

In 1982 she married entrepreneur Jeff Endervelt. She co-signed his loans and gave him millions to invest from her beauty company profits. She said in a 2001 New York Times interview: "He would come home and say, 'Honey, sign this.' I wouldn't even look at it. Because you trust your husband."

The stock market crash of the 1980s wiped out the investments. She divorced him in 1991, and she said he left her with so many debts she had to sell her New York apartment and other belongings to avoid bankruptcy. She also battled emphysema and other ailments in the late 1990s, a result of 50 years of smoking.

She is survived by her children Peter Fields, Kathy Lander and Pamela Fields and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, her family is asking that donations be made to Planned Parenthood, said her publicist, Katz.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Fallon Gets Star-Studded Birthday Surprise]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:25:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-20+at+3.04.41+AM.png

Jimmy Fallon celebrated his 40th birthday on "The Tonight Show" Friday night with two unexpected celebrities popping out shirtless out of an enormous cake and a performance by a surprise musical guest.

"From what I've been told everyone here got me a surprise birthday gift," said Fallon, unaware of what was planned.

"They told me that a special guest is here and I'm going to interview him or her."

"Or it," Steve Higgins added. "You never know."

Next, an oversized birthday cake was rolled out onto the stage, and out popped a half-naked Seth Rogen.

"Jimmy, I know you do not like surprises so I'm just going to say two things. First, happy birthday and second...."

"You're under arrest!" shouted James Franco, who popped out next, wearing a police hat, a bow tie and handcuffs.

With Fallon overcome with laughter, Rogen continued to explain: "We are not even the real surprise. The real surprise is behind this curtain right now."

The two then introduced Stevie Wonder, who came out from backstage singing "Happy Birthday."

Later in the show Fallon sat down with Wonder and talked about his upcoming tour and album called "Songs in the Key of Life."

At Fallon's request, Wonder performed his hit song, "Sir Duke."

James Spader was the official guest on the show and talked to Fallon about the second season of his hit show, NBC's "The Blacklist," which premiers on Monday.

Fallon ended the show by handing out slices of his birthday cake to the audience.

<![CDATA[Randy Travis Appears at Event Year After Stroke]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:25:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Randy+Travis+091914.jpg

Country legend Randy Travis has not been seen in public since a devastating stroke lat year, but this week the North Texan was spotted at a charity banquet in Denison.

Travis lives in Tioga, about an hour north of Dallas, and cameras caught him walking with assistance into a hangar at North Texas Regional Airport with his fiancee, Mary Davis, at his side.

"Every day we go to speech therapy and physical therapy and occupational therapy. We're learning words and phrases, learning to sing," Mary Davis told NBC affiliate KTEN. "Of course, the music and the songs come easy for him, but just the enunciation of words. But he's working on it. He's got a heart of a warrior, and he doesn't stop."

The pair showed up at the Four Rivers Outreach fundraiser Thursday in Denison, which helps those fighting addiction.

Davis said Travis can talk a little, and every day he gets a bit better.

"He knows that the road ahead of us is long and tedious, but he's up for the challenge. And he's never never shied away from it, never asked, 'Why me?'" Davis said.

Country singer Larry Gatlin, a longtime friend of Travis' and fellow Texan, embraced him.

"I have not seen Randy since last year when we were here," Gatlin said. "I really feel, you know, bad about what has happened to him."

Asked if we will see Travis sing again, Davis didn't hesitate.

"Oh, yes. We're working on that. We're hoping to. That's his goal is to get back on the stage again doing what he loves to do," she said.

Travis has raised big money for Four Rivers Outreach in the past and was determined to make it this year.

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<![CDATA[Fallon's "Thank You Notes"]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:45:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e128_128_ThankYouNotes_Int_20140919_1200x675_331485763879.jpg Jimmy Fallon pens his weekly "Thank You Notes," recognizing meatloaf, Pizza Hut, and the iPhone 6 Plus. ]]> <![CDATA[Kaley Couco-Sweeting Throws Epic Party with Mermaids]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:24:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ellensweeting.jpg Kaley Couco-Sweeting appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show and told the host about the epic birthday party she threw for her husband. The party included synchronized swimmers and mermaids as entertainment.]]> <![CDATA[Dax Shepard Discusses Awkward Nude Scene on "Ellen"]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:08:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-19+at+5.04.34+PM.jpg Dax Shepard appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and discussed filming a nude scene in his upcoming movie "This Is Where I Leave You."]]> <![CDATA[A New "Voice"]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:18:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_164385_7136.JPG

Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani join "The Voice" when the singing competition show returns Monday, becoming the latest music stars to take a spin in the show's funhouse chairs.

While the addition of the duo marks a major coup for the producers, the “Happy” singer and No Doubt frontwoman are not the centerpiece the NBC program's seventh season. 

That's a good thing: The success of "The Voice" primarily revolves around the wannabe singing greats – not the veteran musicians who long ago earned center stage.

The emphasis on the contestants has helped the show flourish over the last nearly 3 1/2 years as the likes of CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera, Shakira and Usher have rotated through the quartet of coach chairs, with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton serving, so far, as constants.

Instead of a distraction, the comings and goings largely have been seamless, turning into a plus for a show whose format is its biggest asset.

That's in stark contrast to Fox’s "American idol," still the granddaddy of the genre as it gets set to hit teenager-hood in January with the start of its 13th year and 14th season. For all its success in producing stars – Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, among them – “Idol” too often threatens to be overshadowed by judging shakeups and feuds, from Simon vs. Paula to Nicki vs. Mariah.

The coaches of "The Voice" are a lively, and at times bickering bunch. But they're driven more by competition, which comes out in sibling rivalry-like teasing, as they vie to get the best contestants on their team. While the coaches sometime insult one another, no barbs are hurled at the emerging talent – reinforcing a sense of fair play that begins with the blind auditions.

The “Voice” formula has yielded to some strong winners, including Cassadee Pope and Tessanne Chin, if no breakout superstars. But every season starts with new hope.

Check out the preview as a fresh batch of contestants vie to turn heads – and chairs on “The Voice”


Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA["Chicago Fire" Turns Up the Heat]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:22:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_165030_0353.JPG

It's been a long summer for "Chicago Fire" fans waiting to find out who survived the explosion at the end of season two that had many of the show's main characters facing death.

The wait is almost over: The NBC series about the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51 returns to NBC on September 23.

Series' stars Jesse Spencer (lieutenant firefighter Matthew Casey) and Monica Raymund (paramedic Gabriella Dawson) took a break from production in Chicago to call in and chat about dealing with the outcome of season two's cliffhanger, what they did over the summer, what fans can expect from season three and what happened when Spencer got mistaken for a real firefighter in a time of need.

Did you do anything special over the summer?

Jesse Spencer: Yes, I drove across the States. I drove from Chicago to L.A.

Monica Raymund: I drove across the States, too! But we didn't do it together. We didn't know the other was doing it but we basically did the same route.

What's the best thing about being back in production for the third season of "Chicago Fire"?

JS: It's like being back with family. A loving, disfunctional family! It's been great to be back with everyone. And the weather is nice. We had the polar vortex that we endured last winter so it's nice to come back to hot weather and sweat it out.

What's the hardest thing about being back in production?

JS: It's great easing back into it this summer, but then we have the opposite problem of winter. When you are wearing all the gear and the oxygen tank – it's 65 pounds worth of gear – it's pretty hot and you get dehydrated.

MR: It get's pretty stuffy in there.

There was a cliffhanger at the end of season two. Executive producer Matt Olmstead has said of the ending, "Someone has to die." How shocked will fans be?

JS: Now they know that someone dies they won't be shocked!

Were you shocked at who dies?

JS: Yes!

MR: Yes, we had a rough couple of months dealing with that.

What can fans expect from season three?

MR: There's defintiely a lot of action this season. Do you know what he and I did yesterday for about six hours? Rappelling. Hanging off the side of a building, rappelling down.

JS: Yes, we hung off the side of a building. All day.

You received a lot of support from the firefighting community when the show began. Has that continued?

JS: Absolutely. We've done numerous charity events for the 100 Club of Chicago. Supporting the families of fallen firefighters and cops. That's a great charity and we've done a lot of stuff with them. We have firefighters on set all the time. We are sort in and out of that world all the time when we are working on the show, so it's a constance feature of our lives.

Jesse, it's been reported that you were trapped in a Chicago elevator with your parents while they were visiting from Australia, and at the time you were wearing a "Chicago Fire" cap and other in the elevator thought you were a real firefighter. Did you tell them the truth?

JS: I did. I said they I wasn't a firefighter but I play one on TV. Apparently that was good enough for them. So I got the doors open, I muscled the doors open and found a conrete wall on the other side. And there was a small firedoor that I kicked open – very dramatic in Casey style – and got a breeze going so that people could breath. Then we just kept it open until the real firefighters got there.


The third season of "Chicago Fire" premieres Tuesday September 23 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT on NBC.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Morris/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Vince Vaughn Lists Huge Penthouse]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:29:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/celeb-endorse-P10.jpg

Hometown favorite Vince Vaughn is making another attempt at unloading some prime local real estate.

According to Curbed.com, Vaughn has relisted his five bedroom triplex penthouse in Michigan Avenue's Palmolive Building for $14.9 million.

That's almost $10 million less than it was originally listed for in 2011, the web site reports.

The home is located on floors 35-37 of the building, and includes space that used to be the original office of Playboy's Hugh Hefner.

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<![CDATA[Carole King Shares Her #WhyIStayed Story ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:34:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_165490_0452_edited-1.jpg Carole King appeared on "The Meredith Vieira Show" and shared her #WhyIStayed story in light of the Ray Rice video that shows the NFL player knocking his wife unconscious in an elevator.

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<![CDATA[Bill Hader on Hosting "SNL" for The First Time]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:34:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/F_0723.jpg BIll Hader appeared on "The Meredith Vieira Show" and discussed his excitement for hosting "SNL" for the first time. Hader was a cast member from 2005 to 2013.

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<![CDATA[Checking "The Blacklist"]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:14:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_158609_0264.jpg

Love him or hate him, fans of "The Blacklist" are set to get their long-awaited fix of criminal mastermind Raymond "Red" Reddington when 2013's most highly-rated debut series returns Monday night to NBC.

The show stars James Spader as Reddington, the FBI’s fourth most-wanted criminal who turns himself in at the beginning of season one, insisting he will only speak with rookie criminal profiler Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone.

Keen has no idea why Reddington has an interest in her but together, with the aid of a special FBI taskforce, the duo set out to take down Red's "blacklist" of international criminals.

While little is being revealed about the direction of the eagerly-awaited new season, the show's star teased fans with a few bits of vital information. During a recent press conference, Spader promised lots of cliffhangers throughout the new season. "It's going to be very hard to predict how this season unfolds," Spader said.

"The protocol for how Red operates changes dramatically," he added. "He just has to conduct his relations with the FBI in a very different manner, considering the events of last year. He's the same person, but the circumstances that he's putting himself into are certainly different than what has preceded them."

For those who need a refresher, here's a breakdown of what happened last season. (And for those who are late to the "Blacklist" intrigue, the series was recently picked up by Netflix, so there's just enough time to binge ahead of the season premiere on September 22.)


After his surrender, Reddington establishes his bona fides by helping the FBI locate and capture an international terrorist thought to be long dead. In order to supply such information, Reddington stipulates that he must remain free so that his contacts will continue to pass on information. Information that he will only communicate to profiler Keen.

Reddington has an adversary from his past, Berlin, who is trying to dismantle Reddington's criminal enterprise owing to enmity from their past. Berlin made the FBI taskforce a target also, using his hitman to put one member in a coma and slit the throat of another.

It was Berlin who drove Reddington to surrender to the FBI.

Keen nearly died at the hands of her impostor husband Tom who was working for Berlin. Tom revealed to her that her thought-to-be deceased father is in fact still alive. Keen shoots Tom but his body is never found.

Reddington says Keen's father did in fact die in a fire that occurred during her childhood, and that whoever left her in the care of her adopted father may have had to live a life on the run because his life was threatened.

Reddington is revealed to have burn scars all over his back

And in the season finale, taskforce member Ressler's fiance was killed by a blacklister, with Ressler only discovering after her death that she was pregnant with his baby.


What will be Berlin's next move?

Can Ressler continue working on the taskforce after suffering his recent loss?

Is Tom still alive?

Will the FBI continue to trust Reddington after the attack by an unknown organization on the Post Office, the command center for the "Blacklist" task force?

Plus the biggest question vexing every "Blacklist" fan: Is Reddington really Keen's father?


Watch the season premiere of "The Blacklist" beginning September 22 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

Photo Credit: Michael Parmelee/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[It's a Wonderful "Wife"]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:16:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/julianna-margulies-good-wife.jpg

After winning her second Emmy for playing the battle-tested title character on "The Good Wife," Julianna Margulies declared last month it's a "wonderful time for women on television." While some disagree, there's little doubt it's a wonderful time for women on "The Good Wife."

The drama about a political spouse's personal and professional comeback from scandal and betrayal amid a backdrop of power and the law returns for a sixth season Sunday, with the women seemingly more in control of their own fates.

Margulies vies to prove her “wonderful time” assertion following the most recent season of “The Good Wife,” the most eventful of the CBS show’s run: Her Alicia Florrick character started her own law firm. Alicia lost her on-and-off-again lover/mentor Will Gardner to a courtroom murder. She shed any pretense of a reconciliation with her husband, Peter, the Illinois governor whose past, public liaison with a prostitute punctured her delusional domestic bliss. The season ended with her old boss, Diane Lockhart, defecting to Alicia's upstart firm – bringing $38 million in billings and a new power dynamic.

This season promises to carry Alicia's journey, if not full circle, then to new corners, typical of a smart drama that stays a couple steps ahead of the audience without (usually) falling into melodrama or gimmicks.

“The Good Wife” remains a standout among TV dramas, evidenced in part by Margulies’ stiff Emmy competition: Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”) and Kerry Washington (“Scandal”).

Still,  in the era of “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” the Outstanding Drama trophy has eluded "The Good Wife." The program wasn’t even nominated last season.

Yet its influence – along with that of the higher-profile, more action-driven “Scandal” – can be seen in a varied slate of new shows about women in law and politics, among them, “Madam Secretary,” “State of Affairs,”  “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Bad Judge.”

“The Good Wife,” like Alicia Florrick, is a survivor, excelling against odds at a time when intelligent, adult drama increasingly becomes the purview of cable outfits and Netflix. Every season is a victory – and a game-changer.

Buoyed by strong writing and Margulies’s acting prowess, we’ve seen Alicia gain confidence, becoming less beholden to the men in her life.  Not that anyone has made it easy for her. And there’s no reason to expect a smooth ride this season, even with Alicia apparently in the driver’s seat for once.

Check out a clip from Sunday’s season opener

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

<![CDATA[Big Tex Hoisted Into Place]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:15:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/big-tex-erection-air-091914.jpg

The State Fair of Texas begins in one week,  but that can't happen until the fair's host is hoisted into his rightful spot at Fair Park.

Big Tex, the 55-foot-tall icon of the annual fair, was erected Friday morning and secured into place near the main entrance.  Once upright, crews then slipped on his cowboy boots to complete his "Texified" makeover for the 2014 state fair.

Typically, Big Tex gets new duds every three years, but organizers wanted a more Texan shirt to complement this year's theme -- so the big guy got all new duds for 2014.

The changes to Big Tex are part of the "Texification" of The State Fair of Texas, where organizers are putting an emphasis on Texas pride and spirit. The Texification organizers speak of includes adding Texas-themed signage and flags throughout Fair Park as well as new floats, music and a nightly Lone Star-themed Starlight Parade.

"Big Tex's spiffy new duds will add a little bit more of a Texas touch, which fits in perfectly with this year's State Fair theme, "Deep in the Heart of Texans," fair organizers said in a news release. "As a symbol of Texas pride, it only makes sense that Big Tex's clothing reflects his true Texas colors."

The clothing wasn't all that was new about Big Tex.  His eyes, normally open, were closed, leading many to believe some sort of animatronics have been added.

Big Tex's new shirt, and a pair of jeans, were laid out across the football field at Cotton Bowl Stadium last month. The new shirt is solid blue with red cuffs with a large red chevron that extends from the shoulder down to mid chest. On each chevron is a single, white Lone Star accented below by a thin, white bar.  Below the chevron are blue chest pockets with red flaps.

The design varies slightly from 2013, when Big Tex wore a shirt with a white base with blue cuffs and red chest pockets with blue flaps. Above the chest pockets were red, white and blue chevrons adorned with a single star on each side.

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<![CDATA[Crystal, Fallon Talk Williams Emmys Tribute]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:07:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455673396.jpg

Billy Crystal talked about his Robin Williams tribute at the Emmys and swapped lips with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night’s episode on “The Tonight Show.”

First, Crystal said it was difficult to pay tribute to Williams during the awards show with a limited amount of time. The Oscar-winning actor and comedian died August 11 at the age of 63 in an apparent suicide.

“It was a hard thing, it was my dearest friend and it was only two weeks after,” Crystal said. “And to try to do him justice in two minutes was the task and I’ve given eulogy before but never on television and that crowd was feeling frustration and bewilderment.”

“You did an amazing job,” Fallon said.

“Even just saying he ‘was’ is still hard for me,” Crystal said.

Then, Fallon shared one of his fondest memories of Williams. The "Tonight" host explained that he was on a bus going to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with Williams, Crystal and other comedy legends like Martin Short and Jon Lovitz. A bomb sniffing dog met their bus before they entered the facility.

Williams said, “Oh, I hope there are no copies of my movies on the bus.”

Finally, the two took part in the late-night host’s recurring bit “Lip Flip.” Crystal’s lips were superimposed onto Fallon’s face and vice versa, making it look like the two had swapped mouths.

Hear Crystal’s comments about Williams above and see the lip flip segment below.

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<![CDATA[Meyers Gives Himself Affirmations]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:06:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455676316.jpg Seth Meyers boosts the old self-esteem with some positive affirmations written by the "Late Night" writers.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Ask Armisen for Advice!]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:03:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/451821198.jpg Upload your question to Instagram and get advise from Fred Armisen.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers Congratulates Hammond]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:00:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/138427356.jpg Seth Meyers Takes time to congratulate Darrell Hammond who will serve as the announcer for "Saturday Night Live."]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Crystal Remembers Williams]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:00:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/149832693.jpg Billy Crystal talks about his Emmys tribute to his best friend, Robin Williams.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon, Crystal Flip Lips on "The Tonight Show"]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:37:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-19+at+1.52.29+AM.png Jimmy Fallon and Billy Crystal swap mouths and tell a joke in Dutch on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA[Food, Pride, Music and a New Cake Bar]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:44:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DMN-Pride-Parade.jpg The Dallas Morning News' Sarah Blaskovich talks about all there is to do this weekend including two food festivals, the Dallas Pride Parade, Luke Bryan's concert and the opening of Cake Bar in West Dallas.

Photo Credit: The Dallas Morning News]]>
<![CDATA[Ellen's Dance-Off With Josh Gad and Kevin Hart]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:49:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ellen-degeneres-dance-off.jpg Ellen hosts a dance-off between Josh Gad and Kevin Hart on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Find out who wins!]]> <![CDATA[Stars of Comic-Con 2014]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:27:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ben-Affleck-452736862.jpg Check out all the hottest celebrities attending Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Costumes of Comic-Con]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 16:58:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SDCC-0725-36.JPG Comic-Con wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for the fervent fans in outrageous and elaborate costumes and makeup. Here are some snapshots from the convention floor of those incredible costumes at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Photo Credit: Brad Streicher]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Stefani, Shelton Join Fallon for Lip Sync Battle]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:38:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NUP_165522_1154.JPG

Jimmy Fallon held an intense lip sync battle with Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton on Wednesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show."

"The Voice" begins its seventh season Monday, so the two judges joined Fallon to perform songs like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Ellie Goulding's “Burn,” and even Starship’s 1987 hit "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.”

The competition included tap dancing, furious moves across the stage, and a surprising duet that ended the match.

Who won? Find out in the video above.

You can also catch the premiere of the new season of "The Voice" on Monday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Meyers: Fey Revels Epic Surprise Party for Her Daughter]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:54:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455621370.jpg Tina Fey said on "Late Night" it was really easy to plan a surprise party for her 9-year-old because she didn't catch many hints. She also talks about an eerie mask in all the photos.]]> <![CDATA[Fey Filmed With Meyers' Man Crush]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:51:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455621368.jpg Seth Meyers said he was jealous that Tina Fey got to film "The Nest" with his man crush.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Fey Dishes on Canadian Fans]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:31:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/455621374.jpg Tina Fey said to Seth Meyers that fans at the Toronto Film Festival had elaborate demands when they asked to be photographed with her.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Fey Talks Filming With "SNL" Alums]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:51:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/455621396.jpg Tina Fey explains that the set of her new movie "The Nest" was a wild "Saturday Night Live" reunion, with Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon Reveals Footage of Neeson's First Movie]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:48:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-18+at+2.50.58+AM.png Jimmy Fallon talks to Liam Neeson about his movie "A Walk Among the Tombstones," and surprises the actor with a clip from his first acting gig.]]>