I have some odd and ends to tell you about today that includes some TV and Broadway news but first and foremost I have a big engagement to share with you. Oldest Jonas Brother, Kevin, got engaged this morning to a very surprised and happy girlfriend. The 21 year old flew to New Jersey after his concert last night in Vancouver. Kevin showed up early this morning and on bended knee asked 22 year old Danielle Deleasa to marry him. “She said yes, yes, yes, like 500 times super fast in a row”. The two met in the Bahamas in 2007. Brothers Nick and Joe are very excited to welcome Danielle to the family as are Mr. and Mrs. Jonas who are also thrilled with the news.
In TV news, Hillary Duff will be joining the cast of “Gossip Girl” in October for several episodes. She will be joining the gang at college and will be roommates with Vanessa. Also spending a little time in a new drama will be Paula Abdul from “American Idol” who will be a special guest star on the new Lifetime series, “Drop Dead Diva”. The concept is not a new one…a beautiful shallow attorney dies and her soul gets inside another attorney who is smart and plus sized. You can imagine how upset the beauty is when she realizes what has happened and cannot quite figure out how do deal with her new figure. Paula will play a Judge”in a case about a store that refuses to carry plus-sized clothing“. Lifetime has all their favorite lifetime movie stars scheduled to make guest appearance as well. You can see Sharon Lawrence, Delta Burke and Gregory Harrison as well as Rosie O’Donnell, Tim Gunn, Nia Vardalos, Kathy Najimy and Liza Minnelli. The show premiers on July 12th.
T. R Knight formerly of “Grey’s Anatomy” is going to try his hand at Broadway. He will be staring in “Lend Me a Tenor” starting in February. The production will be directed by actor Stanley Tucci. This will be his first time directing. Also heading to Broadway is Jude Law for a 12 week performance in “Hamlet”. The production will be at the Broadhurst Theatre opening on October 6th. Law has performed on Broadway before but not since 1995 when he did “Indiscretions”.
U2 just kicked off their world tour in Barcelona Spain in front of an audience of 90,000 people. The band took some time and did a tribute to Michael Jackson and sang “Man in the Mirror” and “Don’t Stop till You Get Enough”. Bono even dedicated their song ‘Angel of Harlem” to Michael who they called “a great talent”.
Speaking of great talent, Karl Malden died today in his home in Los Angeles at the age of 97. He was in the popular 1970’s show “The Streets of San Francisco with a young Michal Douglas. He was also in the movie, “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “On the Waterfront”. He was the spokesman for American Express for 21 years when he urged travelers not to leave home without their travelers checks. Remember that slogan? He was one of the greats from the old days.