Analysis: Old-school Hollywood stars are having a moment, and it’s long overdue

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Raise your hand if you’re late. (I raised my hands and feet.)

Consider this week’s Pop Life a celebration of those who’ve found their groove — or a rejuvenating grooveA little later in life, because It’s never too late to follow your dreams.

Wherever life is found, hope is found.

Niecy Nash-Betts accepts the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Award (for

Postponing success is still success — and sometimes everything can be sweeter with it.

Widespread acclaim for stars like Sheryl Lee RalphAnd Jennifer Coolidge And Brendan Fraseramong other things, this awards season It reminded me that you can toil for decades on your craft before it begins to command great esteem.

Take Niecy Nash-Betts, for example.

Although she’s been known for years for her comedic chops, it’s arguably her role in the 2019 Netflix limited drama series “when they see us” That prompted the industry to stand up and take notice.

Nash-Betts recently won a Critics Choice Award for her role in another Netflix project, Dahmer – The Beast: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

While accepting her award, she recalled asking her mother, “Mom, don’t you think I’m a good dramatic actress?” to which she said her mother replied, “Girl, I don’t.”

She said, “But you can be!” “You find the best class in this town and I’ll work overtime to pay for it,” Nash-Bates said. “Thank you, mom.”

Likewise, Ke Huy Quan, who won the same awards ceremony for his performance in “Everything everywhere at once,” He remembers struggling to get booked roles after breaking into show business as a child star.

His triumphant return to acting is the stuff Hollywood dreams are made of, and I found myself feeling suffocated by it Emotional acceptance letter.

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“Glee” was all.

I really enjoyed the popular Fox series about a glee club in high school; It had big musical numbers, emotional ballads, A-list models and more than enough camp to keep me tuning in week after week, season after season.

Now, though, there is a new three-part documentary series, “the price of glee” It takes a look at the behind-the-scenes drama and tragedies, focusing on the deaths of three of its co-stars: Cory MonteithAnd Mark Salling And Naya Rivera.

Regular readers know I’m a true crime team all day, but this series from Investigation Discovery (owned by CNN parent Warner Bros. Discovery) feels different.

Sometimes the dark side of fame can be so dark as to be overwhelming.

Chris Harrison attends ABC Television's 2020 Winter Press Tour on January 8, 2020 in Pasadena, California.

Speaking of mixed feelings, there’s a lot when it comes to “the most dramatic podcast ever…with Chris Harrison.”

It’s been a minute since Harrison Announced he’s “stepping down” from the “Bachelorette” franchisefollowing controversial remarks he made during an interview with former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay.

Members of the ‘Bachelor Nation’ will tell you it’s not easy to leave, So here we are. If anyone has “The Bachelor” tea to spill, it’s Harrison—and we all know how I feel about tea. (the hotter the better). However, I suspect not everyone will be a fan.

Let it be known that I’m sharing content here knowing that my fair readers may or may not appreciate it – I’m an equal opportunity, even with the haters. So stream the “Most Exciting Podcast Ever” wherever you are, or don’t!

From left: Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal in a promotional photo for

‘the last of us’

What is with us and miserable drama?

HBO and HBO Max (also owned by CNN’s parent company) have had great success with “The last of us,” A new series set about 20 years after an apocalyptic event ended much of civilization as we know it.

Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What begins as a small mission soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as both must traverse the United States and rely on each other to survive. “, According to HBO.

supply based The video game of the same name, which means that there must be a lot of action. Episodes of “The Last of Us” air Sunday night on HBO, and it airs on HBO Max.

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’90s Show

can you smell it This is a whiff of nostalgia, folks!

This episodic sitcom centers around the teenage daughter of “That 70s Show” characters Eric Foreman (Topher Grace) and Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon). It will also feature guest appearances from many of the show’s original characters, including Now married Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. So let’s not dwell on the fact that the ’90s are the “new” ’70s?

This ’90s Show is streaming on Netflix.

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“Night Court”

Actually, let’s take it back even further.

The original “Night Court” ran on NBC from 1984 to 1992, starring actor and magician Harry Anderson as the funny and unconventional judge. Anderson passed away in 2018, so revive the show He brought in “Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch as his daughter, who takes up the position of a criminal court judge as of late.

I would love to see Rauch in this starring role, especially since she plays original actor John Laroquette.

The new “Night Court” airs every Tuesday on NBC and is broadcast on Peacock.

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