AfterElton Briefs: “Downton Abbey” Crushes Ratings Records, Bette Returns To Broadway, and Meet “Smash”‘s John F. Kennedy

  • Birthday shoutouts go to Jeremy Renner (above), who is 42, Nicolas Cage is 49, out David Yost s 44, and Kenny Loggins is 65.
  • Bette Midler is returning to the Broadway stage for the first time in 30 years. She’ll star as the late Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers in I’ll Eat You Last.
  • Prospect Park has officially announced plans to resume All My Children and One Life to Live So what would prevent them from resurrecting Kish? At least Debbi Morgan is coming back to AMC.
  • The Supreme Court announced they will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry on March 26 and United States v. Windsor on March 27.
  • In ratings news, the return of Revenge was down, Once Upon A Time was flat, and as for Happy Endiings? Let’s just move on to happier ratings news.
  • The premiere episode of Downton Abbey Season Three quadruples the average PBS primetime rating.
  • Below you can see the newest extended preview of Smash Season Two.

  • Speaking of, when the show does return, British actor Julian Ovenden will join the cast as Bombshell‘s version of John F. Kennedy. I had never heard of him, and when I Googled “Julian Ovenden Naked,” sadly, all I got was this.

  • Pro Bowler Scott Norton talks about the reaction to kissing his husband on ESPN.

  • Once again, big congrats to Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton

  • Continuing the 50 Greatest 80′s TV Theme Songs/Openings!, Here’s #22, B.A.D. Cats.
  • Airing on ABC from January 4, 1980 – February 8, 1980, B.A.D. Cats stood for “Burglary Auto Detail, Commercial Auto Thefts,” AKA “Crash A Bunch Of Cars.” Seriously … that was the show. It starred Asher Brauner and Steve Hanks, who looked like the After Dark versions of Starsky and Hutch, as well as LaWanda Page, Jimmie Walker, Vic Morrow, and a future movie star during her ingenue phase. The opening is, well, … deliriously over-the-top.

  • Congrats to


    , who was the first to guess that Friday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Dawn Of The Dead

  • Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Below you can see characters from a famous movie. Can you name it?


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