First of all, I just flew in from Memphis, and, boy, are my arms tired! (The old ones are still the best!) If you haven't been to Memphis, first of all, why?, second of all, you should. It's the Home of the Blues (W.C. Handy,B.B. King) and the Birthplace of Rock N' Roll .(Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and this guy from nearby Mississippi named...uh,Presley. Anybody know what happened to him?)
Any which ways, the highlight of my trip had to be Graceland, which Elvis' dad bought from this couple (The wife's name happened to be Grace. AND NOW...YOU KNOW.) and he, the King, turned into possibly one of the greatest addresses in music history Upon arrival, every tourist receives an iPad upon which a tour narrated by John Stamos has been downloaded, and you can see just about anything in the legendary mansion. You can also get everything Elvis at one of a few official liscenced gift shops, see some of his movie memorablila in a special museum, and even spend the night at the Heartbreak Hotel, down at the end of Lonely Street just off Elvis Presley Boulevard. (Seriously!) Find out more at http://www.elvis.com , which links to the Graceland site, the official Elvis-only radio station on Sirrius XM, and the social media sites. (More on Memphis at http://www.stevesspecialblog.com !)
Yes, I HAVE been keeping up with the new series on TV, and my favorites so far are
A TO Z (NBC, TV-14) Ben Feldman is Andrew Lofland, a man's man who just happens to work at an online dating service, and Christin Millotte is Zelda Vasco, a lawyer who tries to lodge a complaint against Wallflower, Andrew's place of employment, but ends up meeting him instead. Narrated by Katey Sagal ("Married with Children," "Sons of Anarchy"), this romantic comedy in 26 acts is brought to you by the letters E for entertaining. F for fun, and W for witty and wonderful.
THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA (NBC, TV-14) To say Laura (Debra Messing) has her hands full is an understatement. She's a tough New York City detective AND a single mom of two hellions whose captain just HAPPENS to be her ex-husband! The biggest mystery is how she manages to hold it all together, but it's worth spending an hour every Wednesday at 9 PM ET to find out!
BAD JUDGE (NBC, TV-14) After a decade as Dr. Addison Montgomery on Grey's Anatomy and its spinoff Private Practice, Kate Walsh trades in her scrubs for judicial robes, but, as the title indicates, this judge is no saint. Will Ferrell and his Funny Or Die partner Adam McKay stay classy by executive-producing this arresting mix of comedy and drama with comedy clearly in the driver's seat, or should I say, in the juror's box!
GIRL MEETS WORLD (Disney Channel, TV-G) This update of the ABC classic Boy Meets World has been on since this past summer, and it's never too late to join in the fun! Corey (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), who we saw grow up in Philly, have since married and moved to the Big Apple where he currently works as a high school teacher trying to explain it all to his prize student (and daughter) Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and her bestie Maya (Sabrina Carpenter). It may not be JUST like old times, but if you remember the original (currently playing in reruns on ABC Family),it's worth a look!
WORLD SERIES (FOX Sports) Whoda thought a small (ish) town like Kansas City would become such a center of culture, industry, and sports? ROYALS IN FIVE! (Sorry, San Francisco, but not much.)
Next blog, and I don't just guarantee it, I GUARAN-DOGGONE-TEE IT, there will be a next blog, I will go over the best of the new movies. Till then, have a happy, not too scary and safe Halloween, I love you for reading this, pray for our troops (and journalists covering the Ebola outbreak), AND...