After 15 years, we're down to the last week. July 12, 2013 will be the last show for John & Michele in the Morning. There's nothing scandalous to report...sorry!
John will continue his reign as Springfield's morning show king, but he'll just be doing it with someone new.
Michele is moving on to a new phase of her career in the radio business. She'll still be in Springfield and still with Neuhoff Media, however instead of being on the air she's going to be focusing on all things digital. It's been a great 15 years, and John & Michele plan to spend this last week reminiscing with guests and playing some of the best moments of the past.
Michele would LOVE to hear from you this week. Write on the John & Michele Facebook page, email her, or tweet.
20th Annual Rock the Dock: Friday at Lake Springfield Marina. Gates open at 6pm. Music at 7:30pm with Still Kick'n, fireworks at dusk, and Maggie Rose after the fireworks. $10 per person if you don't have your tickets in advance.
Musical soundtrack for the fireworks will air on 104.5 WFMB courtesy of Hicksgas.
Les Miserables: Friday - Sunday at 8:30pm at the Springfield Muni. Call 793-MUNI or visit www.themuni.org for more info.
Sunset Boulevard: Friday - Sunday at 8:00pm each night at the Legacy Theatre in Springfield. Get tickets at 800-838-3006 or click here.
Blackberry Smoke: Friday at 8pm at Boondocks.
Josh Thompson and Clayton Anderson: Saturday at Boondocks. Doors open at 7pm, showtime 8pm. Tickets are $15 and available at the door or www.showclix.com
Darius Rucker/Rodney Atkins/Jana Kramer: Saturday at 7:30pm at the Corn Crib in Bloomington. Tickets at 309-454-2255 or click here.
BRANDT Twin 60's: Sunday at the Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln. Racing starts at 7:00pm. Justin Allgaier will be doing an autograph session from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. More info at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com
Rochester Fireworks: Sunday at Rochester Community Park at dusk.
Dawson Fireworks: Wednesday, July 3rd at Dawson Park 6p-11p. Stone & Biscuit Band starts at 7pm, fireworks at dusk. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs.
Williamsville 4th of July Celebration: Sunday 6p-10pm at Samuel H. Jones Park.
Capital City Celebration: Downtown Springfield on July 4th on Capitol Ave. between 2nd and 5th streets. 7p-Midnight with fireworks about 9:30pm.
Jacksonville 4th of July Blast & Parade: On July 4th with fireworks at dusk.
More Companies Dump Paula Deen
Thursday Target announced they would be severing ties with Paula Deen, and so did the diabetes drug company Novo Nordisk. Then the CEO of QVC Thursday wrote in a blog that the shopping channel would "take a pause" in its partnership with Deen and "phase out her product assortment" over the next few months.
"50 Shades" Movie To Be Out in 2014
The steamiest book of 2012 will finally be coming to the big screen in 2014. "50 Shades of Grey" will be out on August 1, 2014, and the film has a director. British director Sam Taylor-Johnson will take the helm. Still no confirmation on the lead actor and actress for the film, but the frontrunners are said to be Alexis Bledel and Robert Pattinson.
"Glee's" Matthew Morrison Engaged
Happy news for Matthew Morrison of "Glee." He's engaged to his girlfriend of two years -- Renee Puente. Morrison said on Twitter, "An incredible night of LOVE @ejafBall. I'm going to marry my best friend! Happy day for me and @Renee_Puente."
"Dexter's" Finale Season Premieres Sunday
Sunday on Showtime at 8pm begins the eighth and final season of "Dexter," the show that made a serial killer sympathetic. EW.com talked with the star, Michael C. Hall about the final season. Read it here.
Paula Deen Book Sales Rocket to the Top 5
It's not all bad news for Paula Deen this week. While Walmart announced Thursday that they would be no longer carry Paula Deen products in their stores, there was some good news too. Deen's new cookbook, "Paula Deen's New Testament: "250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up," is getting all kinds of pre-orders. It doesn't come out until October 15th, but it's in the top 5 on Amazon's Best Sellers list Wednesday.
Neil Diamond's Boston Tribute Song Out Next Week
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, one of the most inspirational moments came when Neil Diamond led the crowd at Fenway Park in a rendition of "Sweet Caroline." Diamond said he was inspired to write a new song, and July 2nd you'll be able to get it via iTunes and Amazon. Diamond will also perform the song during a couple of July 4th performances. The best part is, the entire purchase price of "Freedom Song" during the first year will be split between One Fund Boston and Wounded Warriors Project.
James Gandolfini Funeral Today
Thousands are expected to surround The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine this morning in New York City. Funeral mass for the late James Gandolfini will be held. The 51-year-old died last week in Italy while vacationing.
"X Factor" To Return in September
The third season of "X Factor" premieres Wednesday, September 11th on Fox. Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato return as judges with newbies Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio.
"All My Children" and "One Life to Live" Returning To TV...for a While
Here's how it went down...ABC canceled "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" back in 2011. A company called Prospect Park picked them up and started airing them online this year. Now Oprah's network is going to air them on TV. Starting July 15th for a "ten-week limited engagement" OWN will air the shows that have been airing online only.
Monica Lewinsky's Negligee Up for Auction
This is just weird. More than 30 items that once belonged to Monica Lewinsky are up for auction. One item is a letter signed by former President Bill Clinton. One is a black negligee. Happy bidding.
And The Most Powerful Celebrity Is
Blah, blah, blah. Oprah is the world's most powerful celebrity once again, according to Forbes. The list is calculated based on income and fame. They actually measure how often a celeb gets mentioned. The rest of the top 10...
2. Lady Gaga
3. Steven Spielberg
6. Taylor Swift
7. Bon Jovi
8. Roger Federer
9. Justin Bieber
10. Ellen DeGeneres
Paula Deen Gets Dropped Again
The fallout continues for Paula Deen. Now Smithfield has terminated its partnership with Deen. The company that had a line of hams with Deen told TMZ.com said it's important the values of its representatives are "properly aligned" with its own. Deen is supposed to talk about the controversy on Wednesday's "Today" show.
Nik Wallenda's Grand Canyon Walk Breaks Ratings Records
It seemed like everyone was watching Sunday night on Discovery Channel when Nik Wallenda walked across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope. No surprise that it was the top-rated special in 13 years on Discovery. The show peaked with 13-million viewers.
Paul Giamatti Joining Downton Abbey
Only about 6 more months before the return of Downton Abbey. Now PBS and ITV have announced Paul Giamatti has signed on as a cast member. He'll play Cora's American brother and son of Shirley MacLaine. The new season starts January 5, 2014.
Sales of "Sopranos" Way Up Since Death of James Gandolfini
No surprise here. After James Gandolfini died last Wednesday of a heart attack, sales of the show he's starred in have skyrocketed. "The Hollywood Reporter" says sales of the first season of "The Sopranos" on iTunes went from number 1463 on the chart to number two. The entire series DVD set is now number one on Amazon.
Monsters Beat Zombies at the Box Office
Brad Pitt and his zombies couldn't fend off Pixar at the movies this weekend. "Monsters University" came out on top with $82-million while "World War Z" pulled in $66-million. "Man of Steel" was third with $41.2-million.
Funeral Plans for Gandolfini
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning in New York for actor James Gandolfini, 51, who died of a heart attack while in Italy last week.
No More Paula Deen on Food Network
Paula Deen has had a very bad week. The celebrity chef's contract did not get renewed by the channel that made her a star, the Food Network. Now QVC Vice President Paul Capelli says the shopping channel is looking into the situation to see if Deen will continue to sell her products on their channel. The firestorm started when Deen's comments about using the N-word during a deposition in a pending lawsuit came to light.
Jim Carrey Pulls Support from His Latest Film Over Violence
He said he's had a "change of heart" and cannot support the violence level of his film. Actor Jim Carrey tweeted Sunday night saying he filmed "Kick-Ass 2" a month before the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. He wrote, "I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."
And the Most Pirated TV Show Is...
Okay this doesn't make any sense to me. The number one most illegally downloaded show, according to TorrentFreak is "Game of Thrones" on HBO. That makes sense, because you have to subscribe to HBO. However, #2 and #3 are "Big Bang Theory" and "How I Met Your Mother" respectively. They are network shows...free to watch. So explain that.