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November 02, 2018

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For someone marking his 90th birthday, Mickey Mouse doesn't look a day over ... well, let's just say he doesn't look 90. The enduringly popular cartoon character who secured entertainment icon Walt Disney's career gets a big celebration with "Mickey's 90th Spectacular," a new ABC special airing Sunday, Nov. 4. Disney Company chairman and CEO Robert Iger honors one of show business' most famous animated figures, as does a parade of largely musical performers. Kristen Bell, Josh Groban, Josh Gad, Meghan Trainor, Zac Brown Band, Kelsea Ballerini, Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. ("Hamilton"), Sarah Hyland ("Modern Family"), two-time Emmy winner Tony Hale ("Veep"), Sofia Carson ("Descendants"), Luis Fonsi, Tori Kelly, Miles Brown ("blackish"), Wendi McLendon- Covey ("The Goldbergs"), spouses Anna Camp and Skylar Astin ("Pitch Perfect"), and two of the original "Mickey Mouse Club" Mouseketeers – Sharon Baird and Bobby Burgess – are in the extravaganza overseen by veteran producer-director Don Mischer. One of the principal dancers on "The Lawrence Welk Show" after his mid-to-late-1950s "Mickey Mouse Club" days, Burgess also participated in a 1988 tour marking the mouse's 60th birthday. "I went around the United States to 45 cities, and to Australia and New Zealand," the pleasant performer says. "That was very special for me. "And when we did 'The Mickey Mouse Club,' we did a tour in 1959 and 1960. Mickey was with us the whole time, and he would accompany us on any personal appearances ... and he always dances right along with us. We've always had a good relationship with Mickey!" Baird was brought into the "Mickey's 90th Spectacular" by Burgess after he was asked about female Mouseketeers who could partner with him at the event. He notes, "Our theme song said, 'Through the years, we'll all be friends, wherever we may be' – and we are. We Mouseketeers stick together, but Sharon was a special friend of mine. We jitterbugged together on 'The Mickey Mouse BY JAY BOBBIN ABC special celebrates Mickey Mouse's 90th anniversary Sharon Baird and Bobby Burgess help salute Mickey Mouse in Sunday's new ABC special "Mickey's 90th Spectacular." Club,' and through every reunion, they've always asked us to dance together." Burgess has shared notes with a Southern California neighbor who was a much later Mouseketeer: Justin Timberlake, who spent two seasons (1993-94) on an "All-New Mickey Mouse Club" revival with such castmates as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Keri Russell and Ryan Gosling. Now the owner of a dance studio that employs his four children, Burgess might have had a different career path. "I was supposed to be going to New York with (a stage production of ) 'Peter Pan,' and I lost my voice, so I lost my job," he recalls. "Instead, I got 'The Mickey Mouse Club,' which was much better for me because it went to millions instead of just the theater crowd. Everything worked out perfect." November 3 - 9, 2018 2 KINGSPORT (TN) TIMES NEWS cover story this week BY JAY BOBBIN BEST TV POLITICIANS Congressman Thomas Bell (William Katt, "Top of the Hill," CBS, 1989) Taking over his ill father's seat in Washington, D.C., Bell was an idealist who often ran up against those much more skilled at the political game. Mayor Randall Winston (Barry Bostwick, "Spin City," ABC, 1996-2002) He came across as a fop at times, but New York's mayor always had his city's best interests at heart. President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen, "The West Wing," NBC, 1999-2006) Originally designed to stay in the background of the series, Bartlet was the ideal of what many want a president to be. President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert, "24," Fox, 2001- 06) The chief executive who regretted having to put counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer in harm's way time and again is widely deemed the model for the outcome of the real-life 2008 election. President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell, "Battlestar Galactica," Syfy, 2004-09) Even the future will have a president, as indicated by this leader who dealt with illness while handling political concerns of the galaxy. President Mackenzie Allen (Geena Davis, "Commander in Chief," ABC, 2005-06) Not alluding to other characters who had filled the slot before in other shows, Allen was the first-ever female president within the boundaries of this drama. President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones, "24," Fox, 2009-10) Another woman occupying the Oval Office, Taylor found her loyalty to agent Bauer ever-shifting. Councilwoman Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation," NBC, 2009-15) This former overseer of her Indiana vicinity's parks moved up the political chain to become the first female member of the local City Council, fighting pessimism with optimism at every turn. Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep," HBO, 2012-present) It's long been clear that this "veep" says what many other politicians likely only think. President Fitzgerald Grant III (Tony Goldwyn, "Scandal," ABC, 2012-18) Politicians are only human, as this leader often has confirmed through his devotion to crisis manager Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). Francis "Frank" Underwood (Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards," Netflix, 2013-present) As a definition of a politician who doesn't know the meaning of "playing nice," we offer this scheming congressman who turned president. Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni, "Madam Secretary," CBS, 2014-present) As she has grown into her White House job, this former professor has kept her sass reasonably intact while dealing with various crises on the world stage. "Madam Secretary" "Scandal" "House of Cards" Cable Conversion Guide Charter Dish Network Direct TV WETP PBS 2 WCYB NBC 5 5 5 WATE ABC WBIR NBC WJHL CBS 11 11 11 WKPT MNT 6 20 19 WAPK MNT 182 36 36 WEMT FOX 10 39 39 WSBN PBS WLFG IND 8 68 68 AMC Am. Movie Classics 58 131 254 A&E Arts & Entertainment 46 118 265 BET Black Entertainment 60 124 329 BRAVO BRAVO 62 129 237 CMTV Country Music TV 68 166 327 CNBC CNBC 39 208 355 COM Comedy Central 65 107 249 CYB-CW WCYB-DT2 CW 4 28 6 DISC Discovery Channel 47 182 278 E! E! Entertainment TV 23 114 236 ESPN ESPN 31 140 206 ESPN2 ESPN2 32 143 209 FOOD Food Network 50 110 231 FOXFX FX 30 136 248 FOXSS FOX Sports South 37 420 646 FREE FreeForm 53 180 311 H&G Home & Garden 51 112 229 HIST History 44 120 269 ION ION Satellite 16 250 305 LIFE Lifetime 25 108 252 NICK Nickelodeon 55 170 299 PARMT Paramount Net. 64 241 241 SYFY SYFY 63 122 244 TBN Trinity Broadcast Net. 21 260 372 TBS WTBS 27 139 247 TLC The Learning Chan. 26 183 280 TOON Cartoon Network 56 176 296 TNT Turner Network TV 28 138 245 USA USA Network 29 105 242 WGN-A WGN America 18 239 307 DISN Disney Channel 54 172 290 HBO Home Box Office 518 300 501 HBO2 Home Box Office 2 520 301 502 MAX Cinemax 549 310 515 MAX2 More Max 551 312 517 SHOW Showtime 578 318 545 TMC The Movie Channel 598 327 553

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