INTERPREP ★ NOVEMBER 26, 2019

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 26, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Tina Turner is 80

• Kristin Bauer (True Blood) is 53

• Jessica Camacho (Taken, The Flash) is 37

• Rita Ora is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1789: A national Thanksgiving Day was observed in the United States as recommended by President George Washington and approved by Congress.

… On this day in 1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

• 1842: The University of Notre Dame was founded.

• 1917: The National Hockey League was formed, with the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, and Toronto Arenas as its first teams.

• 1942: The film Casablanca opened in theaters, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

• 2004: Police in Minnesota were looking for a blow-up figure of SpongeBob SquarePants that was stolen from a Burger King. They found a ransom note which read, “We have SpongeBob” and demanded ten Crabby Patties, fries and milkshakes.

• 2013: Dennis Rodman was named Least Influential Person of the Year by GQ magazine.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cake Day

UPCOMING

• November 27: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 27-29: Karaoke World Championships in Tokyo, Japan
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 29: Jingle Bell Jump
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 3: Giving Tuesday
• December 4: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting
• December 19: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• December 25: Christmas Day
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 5: Golden Globes
• January 13: College Football National Championship in New Orleans
• January 26: Grammy Awards
• February 2: Super Bowl
• February 9: 92nd Academy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Friday)
• September 16, 2084: Asteroid ‘2019 SU3’ could hit Earth.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

375: White Castle restaurants in the U.S. For comparison, Subway has around 24,000 in the U.S.


NEWS ATTACK!

The weather service predicts that bad weather could hamper your travel for Thanksgiving. [The bad news is it won’t hamper it enough.]

A man in India underwent a 2-hour procedure to have 50 maggots removed from his nose and sinuses. [Well, I hope it was worth all that just to get into that fraternity.]

A study finds that people weigh less on Fridays. [I bet that won’t apply this Friday.]

Black Friday is coming up. [I’m so excited I stood outside the Target for three hours yesterday just for practice.]

Fashion experts say the holidays are the worst time for keeping clothes clean. Thanks to all the extra special meal-focused events, we’re more likely to spill wine or gravy on our nice shirt or dress. [Here’s a tip: If you get a gravy stain on your tablecloth, don’t throw it away. Soak the whole tablecloth in gravy, let it dry and it’s like brand new again. Works great with ties too.]

At a movie memorabilia auction the piano from Casablanca went for over $3 million. The Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz went for over $3

The Butterball Turkey hotline is getting busy. [Lots of people are calling in to make sure it’s okay to text while they’re basting their turkey.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

DEMAND FOR HEMP, CBD OIL COULD LEAD TO CHRISTMAS TREE SHORTAGE _ If you love live Christmas trees, you might want to get yours early. Apparently there could be a shortage … because of CBD oil? Apparently some tree growers are being tempted by faster-growing, more profitable crops like hemp, which is used to make CBD oil. It’s also more profitable to grow carrots and hazelnuts, which are much easier with a quicker turnaround.

🎧 AUDIOBANNED BABY NAMES: ICELAND REJECTS LUCIFER _ Add Lucifer to the long list of baby names banned in Iceland. The controversial choice was recently rejected by the Icelandic Naming Committee after parents tried to give it to their newborn son. Commenting on its decision, the Committee stated: “Since the name Lucifer is one of the devil’s names, the Naming Committee believes it could cause the bearer embarrassment. Besides, the spelling of the name Lucifer cannot be considered in accordance with the general spelling rules of the Icelandic language, since the letter c is not part of the Icelandic alphabet.”

… The remote Nordic country has some of the strictest naming laws in the world. Icelandic parents must choose from a pre-approved list of baby names, or else apply for permission to use a name not yet listed. Other baby names rejected by the Naming Committee in the past year include Ariel, Lady and Zelda for girls, and Aryan, Ezra and Sezar for boys.

… In the U.S. last year 26 babies were named Lucifer.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the strangest names someone’s given their kid?

🎧 AUDIOWOMAN SAYS ULTRASOUND LOOKS LIKE IMAGE OF LATE FATHER KISSING DAUGHTER _ A San Diego woman says her ultrasound revealed what appears to be the image of her late father kissing her daughter. At five months pregnant, Shantel Carrillo posted a photo on social media — and people quickly chimed in saying it looked like “an angel” was kissing her daughter. Carrillo quickly realized it wasn’t just anyone gracing the photo, she believes it was her late father. She grabbed an older photo of her father with her first daughter. Side by side, she says the resemblance is uncanny. Carrillo’s dad Chuck passed away in 2016.

NYC BAR SELLING 160 OUNCE SPIKED HOT CHOCOLATE FOR $3,000 _ When you need some buzz about your Manhattan, New York, bar the quick move is an overpriced cocktail. 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar in Manhattan is offering up a massive 160 ounce spiked hot chocolate featuring gold shavings, Amedei Porcelana Dark Chocolate (often called the world’s most expensive chocolate), housemade whipped cream, marshmallows, and premium melted cocoas and liquors. The cost: $3,000 dollars.

MAN INVENTS NEW DATING APP WHERE HE IS THE ONLY AVAILABLE GUY ON IT _ Dating is tough. With apps like Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Farmers Only and more making it easier than ever to meet somebody, it still feels complicated. For one North Carolina man, that answer was simple. Aaron Smith has made a new dating app where every profile is his own. Women can join the app, but every profile they swipe through will feature one man, inventor Aaron Smith. • VIDEO

1 IN 4 AMERICANS ARE TIRED OF TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING FOOD _ Nothing evokes feelings and memories of Thanksgiving quite like a turkey fresh out of the oven, with some stuffing and cranberry sauce on the side. But, are these foods being served each year more out of habit and tradition than anything else? A new survey has revealed that more than a quarter (26%) have grown weary of the usual Thanksgiving food options and would like to see some new cuisine on the menu this year. How can you grow weary of a feast that happens only once a year? We eat pizza every week but turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie once a year is too much?

THE PERFECT WORK/REST RATIO: 57 ON, 17 OFF _ There are benefits to taking work breaks. Your body and mind benefit from these breaks, which keep you energized so that you may tackle the rest of your day. But what’s the the perfect work/rest ratio? And app called DeskTime played Big Brother, monitoring employees’ computer use. They found the most productive 10 percent worked hard for 52 minutes, then took a break for 17. It’s backed by scientists, pointing to the natural rhythms of our attention span. Our brain can focus for up to 90 minutes, then needs roughly 20 minutes of rest.

RARE BABE RUTH ROOKIE CARD SELLS FOR $110,000 AT AUCTION _ A Babe Ruth rookie card recently sold for more than $110,000 at auction. The rare card features advertising for Herpolsheimer’s clothing store, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer. Herpolsheimer’s distributed the cards 20 at a time to children in their area for 10 weeks. The rare find was sold to an anonymous buyer from Northern California for $110,612, according to the auction house.

TWO SISTER DIVORCEES HOLD YARD SALE TO START FRESH _ Two Sacramento sister divorcees are saying “out with the old” by selling all of the “stuff” from their last relationships. From instruments to formal dining, sisters Anna Sierra and Theresa Plyler held their yard sale Saturday. Their Craigslist post called it the Two Sisters Divorcing Yard Sale.

EXERCISE PREPARES US FOR STRESS _ For years doctors have recommended exercise to enhance our moods. And we can thank a group of overworked rodents for helping to find out why. Researchers (at Princeton University) conducted a study comparing sedentary rats with active ones. Both were dunked in cold water. It turns out that even though all the rats were equally stressed out swimming around in frigid water, the brain activity of the more active rats was calmer overall. The scientists say the rats had created, through running, a brain that seemed biochemically, molecularly, calm.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: OBVIOUS: WINTER IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH, APPEARANCE, AND SEX LIFE _ Winter is bad for your health, appearance and your sex life. A poll of 2,000 adults found the cold and dark winter months result in an increase in illnesses, a lower mood and an overall lack of motivation. People in the survey said they have less energy, struggle to wake up, have sore and achy joints and muscles, and are more likely to consume unhealthy or sugary foods than in the summer months.

… Overall, 46% of adults think winter is bad for their health.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STUCK IN A CHIMNEY _ A man who got stuck in a pawn shop chimney for two days was arrested after being pulled out. Fire department rescuers in Spain found the man stuck 20 feet down the two-story chimney. It took two hours to get him out. The pawn shop’s owner called police when he noticed a drain pipe crushed and a phone line knocked off the outside wall when he opened up.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SAID WIND BLEW COCAINE INTO HIS CAR _ A Florida man was arrested after police found a baggie of cocaine in his car. The man was pulled over after he failed to stop at a stop sign. When police found a clear baggie with white residue the man said that it didn’t belong to him and the “wind must have placed it there.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTING MOMS TRY TO BLAME BABIES _ Police in Holland caught two women shoplifting clothes in a store and both women tried to blame it on their babies. They said the babies must have hidden the clothes in their strollers, but the cops didn’t believe them because one was only a year old and the other 14 months.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARROW MISSES TARGET, HITS NEIGHBOR IN THE KNEE _ An Illinois (Aurora) man was arrested after a hunting arrow missed its practice target and landed in the knee of a neighbor across the street. Daniel Smorczewski was charged with a reckless conduct misdemeanor.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. The team investigates a petty officer’s murder that was live-streamed on a popular gaming app.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. 9 artists are revealed as safe by America’s votes.

THE CONNERS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Jackie is faced with a difficult decision that brings the family and community together.

THE RESIDENT (8p ET, FOX) — New. When an A-list celebrity enters the hospital after swallowing a wishbone, Logan Kim assigns a new surgeon in the hopes of getting extra publicity.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New.

CHECK INN TO CHRISTMAS (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — New holiday movie

BLESS THIS MESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Rio tries to help Kay get over her jealousy of her sister (guest star Jessica St. Clair, American Housewife). Rita Moreno also guest stars.

DOLLY PARTON: 50 YEARS AT THE OPRY (9p ET, NBC) — This 2-hour special celebrate Dolly’s 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, as Dolly performs her biggest songs with Hank Williams Jr., Emmylou Harris, Dierks Bentley and more on the famous Opry stage in front of a live audience.

FBI (9p ET, CBS) — New. A teacher goes missing after an altercation with a student.

MIXED-ISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. Paul struggles when Rainbow and Santamonica want to participate in a beauty pageant.

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — New. Cookie discovers an artist with raw talent whom Lucious dismissed years ago.

ARROW (9p ET, CW) — New.

BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Dre and Bow are worried about Junior’s future working odd jobs.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. After Eddie Barrett (guest star Eddie Cahill) provides an alibi witness, team is more determined than ever to find a break in the case and avenge Lasalle’s murder.

EMERGENCE (10p ET, ABC) — New. The FBI arrives in Southold, complicating Jo’s efforts to find Emily.

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS (10p ET, National Geographic) — New. Rob Riggle joins Bear on an adventure through Iceland’s Vatnajokull Glacier.

LINDSEY VONN: THE FINAL SEASON (10p ET, HBO) — This new documentary gets up close and personal with the champion skier as she chases one last record.

MIKE BIRBIGLIA (Netflix) — This new stand up special features the veteran comic sharing his thoughts on fatherhood.


ENTERTAINMENT

THE MANDALORIAN DETHRONED STRANGER THINGS _ Disney+’s The Mandalorian is the most in-demand original streaming series in the US. The live-action Star Wars series surpassed Netflix’s Stranger Things, which was at the top for 21 straight weeks.

… The Mandalorian isn’t just a hit with audiences — it has a 90% Rotten Tomatoes critic score after three episodes. Business Insider said in its review of the first episode that the series “proves ‘Star Wars’ can make the leap from movies to prestige TV.”

J.J. ABRAMS SAYS RISE OF SKYWALKER SCRIPT ENDED UP ON eBAY _ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker doesn’t arrive in theaters until December 19, but some savvy fans almost got a chance to find out the conclusion to the Skywalker saga early. Disney and Lucasfilm go through great lengths to keep anticipated movies shrouded in secrecy, but director J.J. Abrams revealed Monday that a real script ended up on eBay. Abrams told Good Morning America, “One of our actors, I won’t say which one — I want to, but I won’t — left it under their bed and it was found by someone who was cleaning their place. It was then given to someone else who went to sell it on eBay.” A Disney employee spotted the for-sale item before anyone could get their hands on it and got it back before it sold.

RUNTIME OF STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER _ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was originally said to have a runtime of 155 minutes, it now appears that that number wasn’t entirely accurate. J.J. Abrams explains that the runtime is actually a bit shorter, with the film clocking in at 141 minutes. This means that it won’t be the longest entry in the franchise anymore, with that honor still sitting with The Force Awakens and its 152 minutes.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER WAS COMPLETED SUNDAY _ Those of us not in the movie industry sorta kinda think when a movie’s first trailer comes out, the film is basically done. Maybe the opening and closing credits have to be finalized, and some color tweaking or sound effects have to be added. Apparently not. With just 26 days left until Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens, director J.J. Abrams says some reshoots weren’t completed until this past Sunday.

NEW RISE OF SKYWALKER CLIP SHOWS SPEEDER BIKE _ A new clip from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been released. from the film. The new clip depicts a Mad Max-reminiscent speeder bike chase in the deserts of a new planet, Pasaana. In the clip, four First Order troopers chase our scrappy band of Resistance heroes. The speeder bikes propel two jetpack-wearing troopers into the air. Finn yells, “They fly now?!”

🎧 AUDIOSUGAR RAY’S MARK MCGRATH BREAKS UP WITH A WOMAN’S BOYFRIEND FOR HER _ Cameo is an app where everyday folks can pay celebrities to send personalized messages to whomever they please. That means you can give $65 bucks to TV personality Carson Kressley and he’ll wish you a happy birthday, or $135 to Ernie Hudson in the hopes that he’ll celebrate your anniversary in character as Ghostbusters’ Winston Zeddemore. • VIDEO

… Somebody named Cheyenne hired Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath to break up with their boyfriend and McGrath was game for it. McGrath informs “Brayden” that Cheyenne is “having difficulty staying in this long-distance relationship” and “wants to be friends right now, bro.”

FRIENDS THANKSGIVING MARATHON TO AIR ON TV _ All 10 Friendsgiving episodes will be shown on local TV channels on Thanksgiving Day. Find your local station that carries reruns of Friends. Eight of the Friendsgiving episodes were in theaters Sunday and Monday night.

HER WHEEL OF FORTUNE FLUB WENT VIRAL — SHE’S GETTING HER LOST PRIZE _ Kristen Shaw was just four words away from $1,950 and a trip to Nashville. But the Wheel of Fortune contestant instead said five words, and that extra word cost her the prize: The Maine woman, during the episode that was taped in October and aired Thursday, was supposed to read just the words on the board: “right,” “football,” “left,” “Sally.” Shaw knew the rule, but in the excitement of the moment, she inserted an “and” in between “left” and “Sally,” and host Pat Sajak regretfully informed her she had lost. The flub cost her a trip worth more than $8,000.

… LJ Whalen, a director at Nashville-based tourism company AdventureWorks, heard about Shaw’s story and decided to set things right by getting her a trip to Music City. He coordinated with hospitality companies in Nashville, and together the businesses offered Shaw plane tickets, hotel accommodations, and tickets to the Grand Ole Opry.

DAISY RIDLEY REPORTEDLY EYED FOR FEMALE LEAD OF SHERLOCK HOLMES 3 _ Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are finally set to return as Holmes and Watson for the third time. Fans have been waiting eight years and counting for another movie, but Sherlock Holmes 3 is at last about to enter production. And now we hear Daisy Ridley is being looked at for the female lead. If she proves unavailable, though, then Warner Bros will apparently consider actresses of a similar type.

NBC PEACOCK DETAILS _ NBC Peacock is an upcoming streaming service from NBC/Comcast. On Monday the new streaming service shared some details:

• NBC Peacock will launch in Spring 2020.

• It’s expected to offer a free (ad-supported) version as well as a paid version.

• Peacock will launch with around 15,000 hours of on-demand content. Its library consists mostly of classic shows from NBC, including The Office, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and much more. It will also include lots of movies, including the Bourne series, Fast and Furious, Despicable Me, Meet the Parents and many more.

• There will be no contract or commitment.

• It will work on most devices, including streaming players and mobile devices.

• NBC Peacock will offer several originals and shows that will be exclusive to the platform. A few that have been announced so far

— Reboots of popular shows including Battlestar Galactica, Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster.
— Original shows exclusive to Peacock, including Dr. Death, Brave New World, Rutherford Falls, Straight Talk and more.
— At least two talk shows, including one starring Jimmy Fallon (of The Tonight Show) and one starring Amber Ruffin (of Late Night with Seth Meyers).
— Original films and series from Dreamworks and Universal Pictures.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

  PHONER: Weird kid names. Iceland told some parents they can’t name their kid Lucifer (November 26 News & Nuggets). This file has real callers sharing real weird kid names.

  TURKEY MODE: Country band Lady Antebellum did a spoof video of Old Town Road. Here’s a short, radio-ready clip that can be used as a bumper into your turkey talk breaks.

  MARK McGRATH: Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath did a breakup video for fan. (November 26 Entertainment)

  ULTRASOUND: A San Diego woman says her ultrasound revealed what appears to be the image of her late father kissing her daughter. (November 26 New & Nuggets)

  WILLIE: 82-year-old Willie Murphy of Rochester explains how she took down an intruder. (November 25 Wacky-But-True)


BITS & BREAKS

THIS IS HOW TO BE THE ABSOLUTE WORST HOUSEGUEST

‘Tis the season to have houseguests… fa la la la laaa, la la la laaa. A new survey explored the concept of “guest room etiquette” and unveiled the biggest mistakes guests can commit while staying with a host.

  1. Arrive unannounced or without an invitation: 49 percent
  2. Snoop around: 48 percent
  3. Break/damage host’s belongings: 48 percent
  4. Leave a mess when departing: 45 percent
  5. Be too loud: 45 percent
  6. Smoke: 44 percent
  7. Leave a mess in the bathroom: 40 percent
  8. Stay up all night watching TV with volume up high: 39 percent
  9. Come back drunk: 39 percent
  10. Be too demanding: 39 percent

Top 10 worst things hosts say their guests have done

  • Slept in the living room naked.
  • Broke my couch.
  • Caught them taking money out of my wife’s purse.
  • Ate my leftovers from the fridge.
  • Got drunk and redid my Christmas decorations.
  • Left crushed Oreos all over my brand-new mattress.
  • Let a pet sleep in the bed with them.
  • Stole one of my Wii remotes.
  • Set the room on fire.
  • Punched a hole in the wall.

MALL SANTAS DESCRIBE WEIRD THINGS KIDS HAVE ASKED FOR

Santa is magical and has some crazy, time-traveling superpowers. How else is he able to spend time at so many shopping malls, seemingly simultaneously?! Well, he does it.

Mall Santa stopped by the website Reddit to share some of the weird things kids have asked for over the years:

• A fax machine

• A remote-controlled buffalo

• A unicorn starter kit

• Uranium

• Fish and chips

• A Nordstrom gift card

• A flamethrower

TRENDING ON TWITTER: #WaysToRuinThanksgiving

• Bet the kids’ college fund on the Lions.

• Make a pregnancy announcement, and tell them you’ll be moving in with the baby’s father. Then apologize to your husband for having to find out this way.

• Demand more cowbell.

• Serve low-fat side dishes.

SIGNS IT WAS A MISTAKE TO HOST THANKSGIVING

Here are some signs that it was a mistake this year to host Thanksgiving at your house.

• You know it was a mistake to host Thanksgiving at your house when half your guests sit down for dinner and shout, “Aw crud, not turkey again!”

• You know it was a mistake to host Thanksgiving at your house when your niece brings over her new boyfriend: the inspector from the county health department.

• You know it was a mistake to host Thanksgiving at your house when everybody says, “You did such a good job we’re all coming back for Christmas!”


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Chocolate manufacturers use 34% of the world’s what? (Almonds)

TRIVIA: 80 percent of us rotate through the same three things every day. (Lunches)

TRIVIA: In Ireland the annual consumption of this food is over 15 pounds per person — the most of any nation. (Cereal)

TRIVIA: Uranus is the only known planet that spins in what way? (On its side; every other planet spins counter clockwise or clockwise.)

THE PSYCHIC GAME

You need two conferenced callers. Ask caller #1 these (or any) five questions:

• Is the next caller (#2) a man or a woman?

• What is their hair color?

• Do they have a college degree?

• In what state were they born?

• Do they like Mexican food?

… Next chat with #2 and see how many questions they match.

… It’s a game that’s a fun bit, so both get prizes.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 26, 2019

• 1955: JOHNNY CASH scored his first top ten song with Cry, Cry, Cry.

• 2005: A CMT Crossroads episode featured KENNY ROGERS and Lionel Richie.

• 2007: BRAD PAISLEY, KEITH URBAN, JOSH TURNER and TIM McGRAW were all featured among People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive as the issue hits newsstands.

• 2010: WILLIE NELSON was arrested in Sierra Blanca, Texas, for possession of six ounces of marijuana.

• 2011: Jennifer Nettles married Justin Miller in east Tennessee with SUGARLAND partner Kristian Bush in attendance.

• 2012: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE was awarded a platinum single for Cruise.

• 2015: LOCASH performed the national  anthem at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, where the NFL’s Chicago Bears beat the Packers.

LINDA DAVIS is 57. She sang with REBA MCENTIRE on Does He Love You and had top twenty hits with Some Things Are Meant To Be and I Wanna Remember This.

JOE NICHOLS is 43.

Former TRICK PONY singer Aubrey Collins is 32.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

CHRIS YOUNG had a big year on the road in 2019, playing for more than 400,000 fans in three countries and 35 states. His Raised On Country Tour also included a record breaking crowd of 21,500 at its stop in Philadelphia.

DOLLY PARTON’s 50th anniversary performance at the Grand Ole Opry will air tonight (Tuesday) on NBC as part of a two hour special called Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Grand Ole Opry. The show will also include archival footage of Dolly at the Opry through the years and interviews with artists she has inspired. Other performers for the show include DIERKS BENTLEY, LADY ANTEBELLUM, CHRIS JANSON, and HANK WILLIAMS JR.

CHRIS YOUNG and Gavin DeGraw film the latest episode of CMT Crossroads tonight (Tuesday) at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. The show will debut on CMT in early December.

BRAD PAISLEY will guest December 2 on Jimmy Kimmel and December 3 on The Talk to promote his ABC special Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special, airing December 3.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE is partnering with Habitat For Humanity for a toy drive starting December 3. Fans can drop off a toy at the Nashville headquarters of Habitat For Humanity and pick up free drinks and snacks. Tyler and Brian of FGL will help distribute the toys in the Nashville area.

LADY ANTEBELLUM did a Thanksgiving-themed Old Town Road parody. A radio-ready short clip can be found on the Country Audio page.

THOMAS RHETT has a rule that any song he writes should be appropriate for his youngest daughter to listen to.

MIRANDA LAMBERT admits she’s struggled with weight loss, diet and exercise her entire life and while she’s in a comfortable place, she says there’s really no rhyme or reason to how she stays there. Miranda is the first to point out she may spend a couple weeks eating cheeseburgers and drinking beer, but when her stuff doesn’t fit, she’ll spend a month in some exercise routine and watch she eats to take the weight off.

MIRANDA LAMBERT’s new single is a winner. Check out Bluebird.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 27, 2019

• 1941: EDDIE RABBITT was born in Brooklyn, New York. He died of lung cancer on May 7, 1998.

• 2002: TIM MCGRAW’s first network television special, Sing Me Home, aired on NBC.

• 2006: MONTGOMERY GENTRY’s Troy Gentry plead guilty in Duluth, Minnesota, to a misdemeanor charge involving his killing of a captive black bear in 2004. As a result of the plea, he paid a $15,000 fine and forfeited the animal’s hide. Additionally, Troy was banned from hunting, fishing or trapping in the state of Minnesota until 2011.

• 2007: ROSANNE CASH underwent surgery for a rare brain malformation.

• 2008: A pregnant JO DEE MESSINA pulled a hamstring during the five-mile Boulevard Bolt run for the homeless in Nashville.

• 2017: Host REBA MCENTIRE sang A Holly Jolly Christmas and TRISHA YEARWOOD did Hard Candy Christmas on ABC’s annual CMA Country Christmas.


DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 27, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) is 68

• Bill Nye the Science Guy is 64

• Fisher Stevens (Early Edition) is 56

• Robin Givens is 55

• Michael Vartan (Alias) is 51

• Elizabeth Marvel (Homeland, House of Cards) is 50

• Jaleel White (Family Matters) is 43

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1941: EDDIE RABBITT was born in Brooklyn, New York. He died of lung cancer on May 7, 1998.

• 2002: TIM MCGRAW’s first network television special, Sing Me Home, aired on NBC.

• 2006: MONTGOMERY GENTRY’s Troy Gentry plead guilty in Duluth, Minnesota, to a misdemeanor charge involving his killing of a captive black bear in 2004. As a result of the plea, he paid a $15,000 fine and forfeited the animal’s hide. Additionally, Troy was banned from hunting, fishing or trapping in the state of Minnesota until 2011.

• 2007: ROSANNE CASH underwent surgery for a rare brain malformation.

• 2008: A pregnant JO DEE MESSINA pulled a hamstring during the five-mile Boulevard Bolt run for the homeless in Nashville.

• 2012: The December issue of Harper’s Bazaar hit newsstands with TAYLOR SWIFT on the cover. She admitted in the story that breakups are good for business: “You know that guy you really wish you could erase from your memory? … The answer is track six, eight, 12 and 13.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Jukebox Day

• Bavarian Cream Pie Day

UPCOMING

• November 27: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 27-29: Karaoke World Championships in Tokyo, Japan
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 29: Jingle Bell Jump
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 3: Giving Tuesday
• December 4: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting
• December 19: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters
• December 25: Christmas Day
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 5: Golden Globes
• January 13: College Football National Championship in New Orleans
• January 26: Grammy Awards
• February 2: Super Bowl
• February 9: 92nd Academy Awards
• February 14: Valentine’s Day (Friday)
• September 16, 2084: Asteroid ‘2019 SU3’ could hit Earth.