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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘CBS’
Posted: May 9th, 2013

Jeanne CooperSoap legend Katherine Chancellor of “The Young and the Restless” is a household name in soapdom. Jeanne Cooper played the role of the epic rich woman who battled alcoholism. She was a complicated character ever since 1973 — the first year of the soap. I watched in high school, college and later, but drifted away from it.

Cooper’s son, Corbin Bernsen (of LA Law), announced yesterday that his mother had died at age 84. She had been in and out of the hospital with an infection for the past month. She did participate in Y&R’s 40th anniversary celebration earlier this year.

Cooper was a pretty fascinating woman long before she hit soaps. She was in westerns, The Big Valley, Perry Mason, Bracken World, Ben Casey, and a host of other TV programs of the 1950s and 60s.

Here’s a 2009 interview with Cooper, courtesy of the Archive of American Television. She had a facelift on TV. Here’s a link to that interview. 

Her memoir is called “Not Young, Still Restless.” Read an excerpt herememoir

Here’s her bio on SoapCentral.com

Here’s a link to the CBS website

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom of three and step grandmom of one.



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Posted: March 19th, 2013


My mother watched it. I watched it. My college roommates watched it. In retirement, my father watched it — peeking around the newspaper so we didn’t think he was watching.

The Young and the Restless is celebrating 40 years on CBS, and if you need any evidence of its popularity, just go to the Emergency Room. I was there a few years ago, and a bunch of strangers made me realize the popularity of this program that started out as a 30-minute show in 1973.

“Is that Mrs. Chancellor (Katherine Chancellor/Jeanne Cooper)? She’s been on there forever,” one patient said.

From another patient: “Oh look, it’s Nikki …. and Victor. Are they married?”

Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and  Nikki Reed (Melody Thomas Scottare the supercouple on this show.  In today’s episode, the couple wraps up a fourth wedding — to each other. Not that they’ve been un-restless in between those nuptials. Victor has been married 14 times and Nikki has headed to the altar 11 times. Lots of partners over 40 years and a lot of cake, flowers, engagement rings, tuxes and wedding dresses. Clearly this pair has kept everyone in Genoa City, Wisc., the fictitious city that is the supposed home to all the Y&R faithful, working — well at least for 25 weddings!

For a few moments in the ER, it was like watching old friends you grew up with return to life. I have no idea who some of these people are, but I do recognize many of the characters. To catch up, check out Soapcentral.com. And (Katherine Chancellor/Jeanne Cooper) – by the way — looks great. Wanna watch? Here’s a link to the CBS website – you can watch online anytime.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: September 4th, 2012

I saw on the news this morning that Michael Clark Duncan died. He was an Academy-award nominee for “The Green Mile,” but I also remember him for his hysterically funny role on “Two and a Half Men” on CBS.

He starred in Armageddon with Bruce Willis and many other roles. After a heart attack a few months ago, reports indicate that he never fully recovered. Wikipedia reported that he weighed upwards of 270 pounds and added weight for film roles — exceeding 300 pounds, according to Wikipedia.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: August 30th, 2012

If you find your textbooks cost as much as a college class, you do have options.

My kids used a variety of eBay sites to track down college textbooks, but even more options exist now.

New books can often exceed $200 per book, but savvy students share, get books on disk, read them online and rent them.

Here’s a link to Barnes  & Noble’s site to rent. Here’s a Barnes  & Noble link to access etextbooks.

Here’s a link to a story by CBS reporter Jim Donovan in Philadelphia that offers additional suggestions and sites for cheap textbooks.

Pam Parker is the mom of three and stepmom of three — four are college graduates with one more still in school. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Timesand House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: June 13th, 2012

Greed is on the oil barons’ menu at Southfork Ranch again tonight as the Ewings return on TNT beginning at 9 p.m. Here’s a link to a TNT refresher course that reminds us who’s who among the Ewings.

Larry Hagman‘s J.R is 80; Patrick Duffy‘s  Bobby Ewing is 63; and Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing is 71. Good heavens — they all look great, especially Linda Gray!

The series is a continuation of the original series of the same name that aired on CBS from 1978 to 1991, according to Wikipedia.  A total of 10 episodes will carry the original and next generation of Ewings through the summer. The next generation includes John Ross Ewing III, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing, and Christopher Ewing, the adopted son of Bobby Ewing and Pam Ewing.

What’s new? Bobby’s got a new wife, Ann Ewing, but you’ll recognize her as  ABC‘s  Desperate Housewives‘ actress Brenda Strong — the one who got killed off early and voiced the beginning and end of nearly every DH episode. She’s not the only Desperate Housewives star on board. Christopher Ewing is the former teenage gardener John Rowland from the popular  drama Desperate Housewives where he played the young lover of  Gabrielle Solis played by Eva Longoria.

What’s old? A lot of original cast members will return with Charlene Tilton as Lucy Ewing, Ken Kercheval as Cliff Barnes and Steve Kanaly as Ray Krebbs.

It’s got good reviews. I’ll be watching.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: March 9th, 2012

Move over, Oprah.

At 41, the gal who made a comfortable girdle into a new-age garment and called it Spanx is on the Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires. Sara Blakely, the youngest woman to hit the list, did it on her own. No help from family. On “CBS This Morning” she discussed her original idea came from personal dissatisfaction with the way her butt looked in light-colored pants because of  those dreaded VPL — visible panty lines.

She invented Spanx, got them into stores, onto QVC, Oprah, and the rest is history. Sales in 2011 were about $250 million. Read her story here.

Her new products include swimwear for women, Manx T-shirts for men and more. A success story we love — no butts about it.

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Posted: September 24th, 2009

Three things I’m loving this week:


1. CBS. Among all the reality, death-and-crime and talent shows on the major networks, there are a few hilarious 1/2-hour comedy gems and most of them are on CBS. Fall programming brings new episodes and new laughs. Check out:

“The New Adventures of the Old Christine” (proof that Julia Louis Dryfus…and Wanda Sykes…are comedic geniuses) — Wednesdays on CBS at 8 p.m.

“Gary Unmarried” — Wednesdays on CBS at 8:30 p.m.

“Rules of Engagement” (David Spade AND “Puddy” from Seinfeld) — Mondays on CBS at 8:30 p.m.

“Two-and-a-half Men” (plenty of “adult” humor…make sure the kids are in bed or plan to explain some hard-to-explain concepts) — Mondays on CBS at 9 p.m.

“The Big Bang Theory” (not one of my all-time favorites, but..the nerds grew on me) — Mondays on CBS at 9:30 p.m.

“How I Met Your Mother” (again…not my favorite show, but…good for a few laughs, especially Neil Patrick Harris) — Mondays on CBS at 8 a.m.


Patricia Fronzaglia (photo by Christopher Millette)

2. The Maleno Family. Gotta give it to the Maleno family — builders who were so inspired by their experience doing an “Extreme Makeover” for Clara Ward that they started the Maleno Family Fund to help other worthy Erie-area residents renovate their homes. They announced the latest recipient — Patricia Fronzaglia — and got to work on her home this week. Watch the inspiring video here.


3. Concerts to look forward to. It’s been a slow concert year here in Erie (could have something to do with all that entertainment tax they keep stuffing down our throats…read more about that in the “things I’m not loving” below), but Nov. 6 & 7th, the Warner is hosting back-to-back concerts — first, country superstar Darius Rucker (yes, the old Hootie and the Blowfish frontman has gone country..and he’s fantastic) on Friday and Train (with Erie native Pat Monahan) on Saturday night. Tickets went on sale for Train last week. Tickets for Darius go on sale Saturday morning (bet I can beat you to Ticketmaster!).

Things I’m not loving this week:

1. Mackenzie Phillips. TMI. TMI. TMI.  Oh, Oprah..how could you even get involved in this? It’s creepy on so many levels…true or untrue.

2. 6% ADDITIONAL entertainment tax. This proposal in the long-awaited state budget will kill the arts and entertainment industry in Erie. This 6% tax is on TOP of the 3% entertainment tax the city already slapped Erie arts and entertainment venues with. Write your state legislators now!