The United States of America turns 237 Thursday — and these five TV- related personalities will be blowing out candles as well:
v Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, 32: One can only wonder whether he’s finally getting a little long in the tooth for “Jersey Shore”-style antics.
v Becki Newton, 35: She was the receptionist Amanda on “Ugly Betty,” one of Barney’s squeezes on “How I Met Your Mother” and had a starring role in the recent critically acclaimed but little-watched “Goodwin Games.”
v Geraldo Rivera, 70: From being the long-haired kid on “Eyewitness News” to opening up Al Capone’s vault and now stirring things up on Fox News, Geraldo has had quite a career.
v Neil Simon, 86: Best known, of course, for his uproariously funny plays, Simon began his writing career as a member of the dream team on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows.”
v Eva Marie Saint, 89: Likewise, she’s best known for work beyond TV, notably in movies (“North by Northwest,” an Oscar-winning turn in “On the Waterfront”). But she began her career by appearing on many Golden Age drama anthologies and in the ’80s did a memorable turn on “Moonlighting” as Maddie’s (Cybill Shepherd) mom.
“Franklin and Bash” (9 p.m., TNT): It’s about the only thing on tonight that isn’t a rerun.
“Futurama” (10 p.m., Comedy Central): Enjoy these new “Futurama” episodes while you can in this, its final season. Tonight, Bender strives to be just like his idol — a folk singer who has been to jail 30 times.
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Fuel, Hoobastank concert is canceled
The July 10 concert featuring Fuel, Hoobastank, Lit and Alien Ant Farm at Rodeo Music Hall has been canceled and will not be rescheduled, according to the promoter. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
Kris Kross rapper died of overdose
Chris Kelly of the ’90s rap duo Kris Kross died of a drug overdose, a medical office investigator said Monday.
A toxicology screening revealed that Kelly, 34, had a mixture of drugs in his system when he was pronounced dead May 1, said Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office. Para- medics found Kelly unresponsive on a living room couch at his Atlanta home and tried to resuscitate him. Kelly, known as “Mac Daddy,” was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Honey said she did not know which specific drugs Kelly had used before his death. However, a police report from the night of Kelly’s death said his mother told investigators her son used cocaine and heroin the night before he died and had a history of drug abuse.
Artisans festival changes date
The Leetonia Artisans Festival will take place a week earlier than previously announced, the festival committee has announced. The 28th annual festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at Wick Park.