Rich Heldenfels


Local Tony Honors. When the Tony Award nominations were announced, notable names included Copley’s Carrie Coon, in the running for best featured actress in a play (the Tony equivalent of supporting actress). She appeared in the latest production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?



Coon, who plays Honey in Edward Albee’s play, was known locally as a track and soccer standout and is in the Copley Athletic Hall of Fame. But she has gained more national notice as an actress.



When she was doing Woolf in Chicago, one publication tallied her praise thus: “Charles Isherwood of The New York Times described Coon’s Honey as ‘powerfully affecting.’ Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune found Coon’s portrayal of Honey ‘empathetic and strikingly moving.’ And Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times judged Coon to be ‘ideally cast.’ ”



Coon will be competing against the likes of Judith Ivey (The Heiress), Judith Light (The Assembled Parties), Shalita Grant (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) and Condola Rashad (The Trip to Bountiful), the daughter of actress Phylicia Rashad. Woolf is also up for Tonys for best revival of a play and other acting awards.





More Tony. However the rest of the world views A Christmas Story, it is part of Cleveland lore — the movie version shot in the area, the movie’s house still standing. So let’s give Northeast Ohio some credit for the Tony nominations for A Christmas Story, The Musical, the tune-laden rendition of the life of Ralphie Parker — and a leg lamp.



It is nominated for best musical, best book of a musical and best original score written for the theater. And it’s not even Italian.





More Dallas. What interest I had in TNT’s reboot of Dallas ended when Larry Hagman died. But the network thinks there are still viewers interested, since it has ordered a 15-episode third season of the soap to air early in 2014.



“Dallas has built a passionately loyal following with its expertly woven storylines, clever twists and turns, and numerous outstanding performances by a cast that spans generations,” a TNT executive said. And I still say, no Larry, no watching.





CNN Revamps Morning Show Again. The latest version will be called New Day, feature Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan as hosts, with Michaela Pereira as news anchor, and begin on June 10. It will broadcast live from CNN’s studios in New York City and air weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m.





Shriver Back in News. It has been almost exactly two years since Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger split. Schwarzenegger has been back making movies (The Last Stand, Expendables 2) and Shriver is getting back to her old line of work, TV news.



NBC announced Tuesday that she will be “a special anchor reporting on the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life … through a series of special projects, prime-time reports and appearances across multiple NBCUniversal properties — including NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC and NBC Sports.” And, says the network, “she will serve as an Editor at Large for women’s issues across the NBC News Digital properties, working with the teams to expand on editorial content and news programming that touches on women’s multifaceted lives.”



“I’ve always believed that television can inspire and elevate humanity, and that’s my mission with this new partnership,” Shriver said in a statement.





Great Headlines of Our Time. From the New York Daily News online: “Teen Mom Farrah Abraham says she’s ‘happy’ with sex tape sale, looks forward to ‘completing my Master’s degree.’ ”



There’s a story for Maria Shriver in there. For those of you tuning in late, Abraham decided a great use of her fame from the MTV reality series was to get a porn actor (James Deen), make a sex tape and then peddle it for big bucks. She claimed at one time it was a tape for her private use. Which, of course, is why she hired an actor to make it with. And then, says In Touch magazine online, she decided to sell it after receiving “great feedback.”



Said feedback includes, depending on the source, a high-six- or seven-figure payday from adult-movie company Vivid Entertainment. It’s due out this month.



As for the rest of that headline, Abraham told In Touch: “I look forward to my future goals of completing my Master’s degree and focusing on being a great mother for my daughter as well as many other culinary business endeavors in my future.”



Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, including the HeldenFiles Online, www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Facebook and Twitter. You can contact him at 330-996-3582 or rheldenfels@thebeaconjournal.com.