Smith Starts Long Goodbye. Wilma Smith, whose long local anchoring career included 20 years at WJW (Channel 8) and more than 15 at WEWS (Channel 5), will retire at the end of May.
Smith told the Plain Dealer it was time to step down so she could spend more time with her husband, Tom Gerber.
Praise has been filling her Facebook page since the announcement on Monday night, and Smith offered an all-capital-letters reply on Tuesday afternoon:
“THANK YOU, EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU, FOR YOUR KIND WORDS AND WELCOMING WAYS OVER ALL THESE YEARS. WE WILL HAVE MANY MORE TIMES TO CHAT AS MY LAST DAY ON THE AIR IS THE END OF MAY. … BEST WISHES AND BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU.”
More on this when we get closer to her final bow.
Coley Coming. John Ford Coley will open the Kent Stage’s 11th-anniversary concert on Sunday.
With the late “England Dan” Seals, Coley had a series of hits including I’d Really Love to See You Tonight and Nights Are Forever Without You. By the early ’80s, the partnership had ended, with each pursuing solo careers. Coley’s included not only music but also acting; Seals died in 2009.
Rita Coolidge is the headliner. Doors open at 7, Coley’s at 8 and Coolidge performs at 9. Tickets are $30 and $40 and available via www.thekent stage.com, or by calling 888-718-4253 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Just in Time for Easter! Here’s another kind of eggs story: People.com reports that Sofia Vergara is freezing hers.
The Modern Family co-star already has a 21-year-old son but told Vogue that her fiance Nick Loeb “is 37, younger than me, never had kids.”
So she is taking “hormone pills, and then after that it is hormone injections. They want to get as many eggs as they can because usually you produce them but they’re not good. They have to be perfect, perfect, perfect ones.”
There are echoes of Modern Family in this. On the ABC sitcom, Vergara’s character Gloria has an adolescent son (played by Rico Rodriguez) but gave birth to a second son with husband Jay (Ed O’Neill) in a January episode.
Everybody’s a Critic … Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick offered a rather rough TV review recently, declaring A&E’s Southie Rules and VH1’s Wicked Single “man-made disasters.” Both shows sought Jersey Shore-level ratings gold in the citizens of Boston, but Southie Rules is already off A&E’s schedule.
According to Bostonmagazine.com, Patrick issued a mock emergency announcement, including: “Stay away from TV channels broadcasting any program with a bad Boston accent. You may also want to check in on your shut-in or elderly neighbors, or frankly anyone else not already catatonic from watching these programs.”
TV Notes. NBC’s America’s Got Talent returns June 4 with holdover judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and newbies Mel B and Heidi Klum. Nick Cannon returns as the host.
Finally … The next time someone asks me why I believe in the death penalty, I’ll just say “T.J. Lane.”
Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, including the HeldenFiles Online blog, www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Facebook and Twitter. You can contact him at 330-996-3582 or email@example.com.