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.

Wide tributes to stars like Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jennifer Coolidge, and Brendan Fraser, among others, 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 was arguably her role in the 2019 Netflix limited drama series When They See Us that made the industry stand up and take notice.

Nash-Betts recently won a Critics Choice Award for her role in another Netflix project, “Dahmer – Monster: 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.”

Similarly, Ke Huy Quan, who won the same awards ceremony for his performance in “Everything Everywhere at the Same Time,” recalls struggling to book roles after breaking into show business when he was a young star.

His triumphant return to acting is the stuff Hollywood dreams are made of, and I found myself choking on his emotional acceptance speech.

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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, a new three-part docuseries, “The Price of Glee,” looks at the drama and tragedies behind the scenes, focusing on the deaths of three of its stars: Cory Monteith, 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 was “stepping down” from the “Bachelorette” franchise, following controversial remarks he made during an interview with former “The Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay.

Members of the “Bachelor Nation” will tell you it’s not easy to let go, 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) hit it off with “The Last of Us,” a new series that takes place nearly 20 years after an apocalyptic event that 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 act soon becomes a brutal and heartbreaking journey, as both must traverse the United States and rely on each other to survive. stay,” according to HBO.

The show is based on the video game of the same name, and that means there’s sure to be a lot of action going on. 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). He will also make guest appearances from several 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 the show’s revival has cast “Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch as his daughter, who takes up a criminal court judge position in recent times.

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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