Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Q and A: Week of Dec. 23

Q: The best concert of the summer by far, in my opinion, was the New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men extravaganza. Can you tell me what my favorite of the bunch, Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees, has in the works now, and where I can see him sing? — Janice W., Massillon, Ohio

A: Jeff is putting his singing talents and super-hot bod to good use by touring the country with Men of the Strip, a musical male-revue show. I spoke with Jeff recently about his latest project, and he told me how it all came about: “I was hosting the Chippendales a few years ago, and thought the formula of a boy-band-singer/emcee was perfect for the audience I was seeing. I felt there could be a more contemporary, younger, cooler, sexier and more mainstream type of male revue, so I got together with Glenn Douglas Packard and Mike Foland, and we put the plan in motion.”

I can safely say his plan has been a hit with the ladies around the country (especially those whose favorite movie is “Magic Mike”): “The reception has been incredible. We’re selling out venues. These guys are stars. I envisioned this type of growth with the fans, but not as fast as it’s happened. We’re blessed.”

Head to menofthestrip.com to see what all the hubbub is about, and to see if the show is coming to your area in the new year.

Q: Can you tell me when Jules, Grayson and the rest of the cul-de-sac crew will return with a new season of “Cougar Town”? It has been renewed, hasn’t it? — Linda P., Hanover, N.H.

A: “Cougar Town” will indeed be back for a fifth season for more fun and high jinks, which I am sure will also involve lots of wine. Season five of the TBS comedy premieres Jan. 7 at 10/9c. And if you haven’t already heard, Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox will reunite when Matthew appears as a guest star in an upcoming episode. There’s no word yet on which episode, or who his character will be.

Q: When are the People’s Choice Awards? I seem to remember it airing around the holidays, but I haven’t seen anything about it yet. — Kellie F., via email

A: This coming People’s Choice Awards ceremony, which airs Jan. 8 at 9/8c on CBS, marks the 40th anniversary of the event. While voting for this year’s nominees ended on Dec. 5, you should still watch to see if your favorites made the cut.

Q: Can you tell me if “Call the Midwife” will be back on PBS soon? — Dorothy B., via email

A: The BBC period drama, which airs on BBC One before hopping the Pond to the U.S., will be back for a third season of eight episodes. Season three will air sometime in 2014, once it concludes its run in the U.K.

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