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Mixed Notes Wednesday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: November 20, 2013

Some odds and ends that have been piling up while I worked on another project ...

Drew Carey strikes me as a Vegas-for-New-Year's kind of guy. Not this year: At the stroke of midnight, everyone celebrating New Year’s Eve on Public Square in downtown Cleveland will ring in 2014 with a familiar face and voice. Today, Ohio Homecoming and the Cleveland New Year’s Eve Alliance announced that comedian and native-son Drew Carey will be part of Cleveland Rocks New Year’s Eve 2013 – Electric Ice! Carey joins the celebration after the recent announcement that popular electronic dance music (EDM) band Krewella will headline the night’s musical festivities.

“Cleveland is home and I can’t imagine a better place to spend the New Year,” said Drew Carey. “When I heard what the Ohio Homecoming Group was planning, and that they wanted me to be part of it, my response was ‘hell yeah!’ So I’m happy to layer-up and party on Public Square with my fellow Clevelanders.”

Funny man Drew Carey will deliver the countdown into 2014 for all of Northeast Ohio during the event on December 31 to be broadcast live on CBS Channel 19 Action News from 10:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

“Landing Drew Carey to be part of Cleveland Rocks New Year’s Eve is a major win for us,” said Ohio Homecoming Managing Partner Alonzo Mitchell. “We’ve always wanted to work with Drew because of what he’s done to shine a light on Cleveland with his success in entertainment, so this is the perfect collaboration for what we’re trying to do with this celebration.”

Cleveland Rocks New Year’s Eve 2013 – Electric Ice kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31st on Public Square in downtown Cleveland. The dynamic, festival-like event is FREE and will include food trucks, a beer garden, live ice sculpting, fireworks, live performances headlined by EDM band Krewella and more – all leading up to the countdown to midnight. Newly re-elected Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald are honorary chairpersons for the celebration.

Cleveland Rocks New Year’s Eve – Electric Ice is proudly supported by Beverage Distributors, 96.5 KISS FM radio, The Gund Foundation, TRU Events, Liquid Nightclub, Cleveland Airport System, Hotcards, Consolidated Graphics, President's Council Foundation, Insivia, Elegant Ice and Pyrotechnico. If interested in supporting or sponsoring the celebration, please contact Alonzo Mitchell at

For more information on Cleveland Rocks New Year’s Eve and Ohio Homecoming, visit or follow on Facebook and Twitter.


David Tom returns to "The Young  and the Restless." The official word: Daytime Emmy Award winner David Tom will re-join the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as Billy Abbott, the role he created in 1999, and for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2000 for “Outstanding Younger Actor.”  Tom’s episodes will begin airing in February.

“All of us at CBS Daytime and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS are thrilled to welcome David Tom back to the Emmy Award-winning role he created,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime. “We have a lot planned for the character of Billy in 2014, and we’re excited to see David play out the storyline.”

Tom’s credits include roles on “One Life to Live,” “Veronica Mars” and “90210,” as well as CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, on the Network. Tom is the younger brother of Emmy-winning actress Heather Tom of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, and also has a twin sister, Nicholle, who is best known for her work on “The Nanny.”

I thought Steve Coogan's "Hamlet 2" was pretty hilarious. Should anyone have hopes for "Zombie Hamlet"? The official word on that: The All-Star comedy feature film, ZOMBIE HAMLET, will be available exclusively on DVD from Level 33 Entertainment beginning on December 31, 2013 at an SRP of$14.99.Following a successful film festival run, the movie sets its sights on entertaining audiences everywhere that DVDs are available for rental or sale by capitalizing on a uniquely funny story and a long list of recognizable names and faces including: Travis Wester, Jason Mewes (Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back), Emmy® Award winner Shelley Long (“Cheers”), Vanessa Lee Evigan, with Emmy® Award nominee John Amos (“Good Times”) and June Lockhart (“Lost In Space”).

Directedby John Murlowski, written by John McKinney, and produced by Tom Shell, Kristi Culbert and Ricki Maslar, ZOMBIE HAMLET tells the story of first-time film director, Osric Taylor (Travis Wester), as he finally manages to get his dream movie financed, Shakespeare's HAMLET, set against the epic backdrop of the American Civil War. Osric heads to a small Louisiana town to start filming when his production funding unexpectedly dries up. With no other options, he agrees to accept southern matron Hester Beauchamp's offer to finance his movie, as long as he throws some zombies into the film to attract a wider audience. When Hester suddenly dies mid-shoot -- and with the local sheriff and ambitious news reporter Shine Reynolds (Shelley Long) hot on his trail -- Osric is thrust into one precarious and hilarious situation after another in a desperate attempt to keep ZOMBIE HAMLET alive.

ZOMBIE HAMLETalso includes original music composed by Jackson Rathbone (“The Twilight Saga”).The DVD will be available for purchase at major retailers including and available for rent at all major DVD rental outlets.

The new version of "Dallas" on TNT begins its third season Feb. 24.

I know the "Bring Back Cote" movement goes on. But I thought Ellie Bishop. played by Emily Wickersham, was OK.  She's smart, can kick butt, has her own way of thinking, clearly has a past that will be an issue down the road, may feel divided loyalties (NCIS vs. NSA) and is funny -- all elements that made Ziva interesting, too. Good start. 


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