From Mike Bradley's Portion of the Morning Team

Jan 31, 2014 -- 3:00pm

 

Friday (01-31):  Backward Day, Inspire Your Heart with the Arts Day, Preschool Fitness Day.
  Chinese New Year (Traditional Chinese Lunar Year 4712 --the Year of the Horse); see Holidaze, below.

Birthdays include: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (33), BOBBY MOYNIHAN ("SNL" -37). MARCUS MUMFORD ("Mumford & Sons" --27. HARRY WAYNE CASEY (KC & the Sunshine band, 63), Roxy Music's PHIL MANZANERA (63), and JOHNNY "Rotten" LYDON (Sex Pistols, 58); actresses KERRY WASHINGTON ("Scandal" --37), PORTIA DeROSSI, aka Portia Lee James DeGeneres (41), KELLY LYNCH (55), MINNIE DRIVER (43); CAROL CHANNING (93), and JESSICA WALTER ("Arrested Development" --73). MLB legend NOLAN RYAN (67). Chicago Cubs' legend ERNIE BANKS is 83.

   SUZANNE PLESHETTE would have been 77 today, and the late TERRY KATH of Chicago would have been 68 today if he hadn't been playing with a loaded gun. The late JACKIE ROBINSON, NORMAN MAILER and EDDIE CANTOR were also born on this date.

Anniversaries: first scotch tape, 1928, invented by RICHARD DREW at 3M.

 --"I Want You Back" by the JACKSON 5 was the #1 song this day in 1970. It was the first single released by Motown Records and Michael, then just 11 years old, sang lead. It would be the first of four, #1 hits by the Jackson 5 from their first album, "DIANA ROSS Presents the Jackson 5." The others were "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There."
--1865: The U-S House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States.
--1990: The first McDonald's opened in Soviet Union (Moscow).

Chinese New Year 
Happy Chinese New Year, and welcome to 4711 in the Chinese calendar --the Year of the Horse-- which begins today. In Chinese: Gung Hay Fat Choy!

As is traditional, celebrations of the Lunar New Year occur during the two weeks after the new moon and end with the big Lantern Festival which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade. After that, people will go back to their normal lives and hope that all the New Years wishes they made will come true. If you're celebrating, some other years:

   --Horse (1942, 54, 66, 78, 90, 2002, 14);
   --Sheep (Ram) (1943, 55, 67, 79, 91, 2003, 15);
   --Monkey (1944, 56, 68, 80, 92, 2004, 16);

   --Rooster (1945, 57, 69, 81, 93, 2005, 17));
   --Dog (1946, 58, 70, 82, 94, 2006, 18);
   --Pig (1947, 59, 71, 83, 95, 2007, 19);

   --Rat (1948, 60, 72, 84, 96, 2008, 20);
   --Ox (1949, 61, 73, 85, 97, 2009, 21);
   --Tiger (1950, 62, 74, 86, 98, 2010, 22).

   --Rabbit (1951, 63, 75, 87, 99, 2011, 23);
   --Dragon (1940, 52, 64, 76, 88, 2000, 12, 24);
   --Snake (1941, 53, 65, 77, 89, 2001, 2013, 25);

On New Year's Eve, vast amounts of traditional foods are prepared for family and friends, as well as the ancestors. Probably more food is consumed during the New Year celebrations than any other time of the year.

Guilty Pleasures:
No winner in Wednesday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means tomorrow night's drawing is valued at $194 million ($110.7 million cash value). Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, DC and the U-S Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the grand prize (all five numbers plus the powerball) are 1 in 175.2 million.

Broadcast, cable and video news:
Looks like we definitely have a "Seinfeld" reunion. Sort of.
   JERRY SEINFELD confirmed yesterday that he, JASON ALEXANDER, and other members of the "Seinfeld" cast have worked on a "short-ish" project that will be seen "very, very soon."
   Seinfeld and Alexander were recently spotted filming at Tom's Restaurant, the hangout from the show, triggering all sorts of speculation.

   Seinfeld wouldn't divulge much, however, during his appearance on a New York City radio show (Boomer & Carton on WFAN). He said it was neither a commercial nor an episode of his "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" series, before jokily adding that it's "not not those things, either." Whatever it is, he said it's probably "one and done."

   Seinfeld also confirmed that co-creator LARRY DAVID is involved, though he didn't say which of the other "Seinfeld" characters besides George Costanza were on board. MTV speculates that it might be related to the Super Bowl in some way, given that the game is being played in New Jersey. That would at least explain the "very, very soon" part.

Ratings: 
"Duck Dynasty" ratings came back a bit this past week, going from 6.65 million total viewers to 7.49 million. That's 13 percent better, although still below the season premiere of 8.88 million.
   The other good thing for "Duck" fans is that it was Wednesday’s number two show, ranking behind only Fox’s “American Idol.”

Nice ratings for the season finale of FX's "American Horror Story: Coven," which wrapped Wednesday night with 4.24 million viewers. That's up 28 percent from the previous week, and overall, the Hollywood Reporter says the series now is the number three drama on cable, behind only "The Walking Dead" and the final run of "Breaking Bad."

Top DVD Sales last week (Rentrak): 
5. "Fruitvale Station"
4. "Despicable Me 2"
3. "Carrie"
2. "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
1. "Riddick"

Top video rentals last week (Rentrak): 
5. "We're The Millers"
4. "Fast & Furious 6"
3. "Despicable Me 2"
2. "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
1. "Prisoners"

Movies opening this weekend (Jan 31): 
Just a couple of movies debuting this weekend, thanks to a weekend in which the top entertainment will likely be the Super Bowl.
   In addition to the romantic comedy “That Awkward Moment,” and the wide release of “Labor Day,” Disney is also tossing out that sing-a-long re-release of “Frozen.”
   Warner Brothers is also re-releasing its Oscar-nominated 3D film, “Gravity” in Imax theaters as well.
   --"That Awkward Moment," (Comedy-romance; wide release, rated R), starring ZAC EFRON, MICHAEL B. JORDAN and MILES TELLER as three best friends who are in relationships and asking "Where is this going?"
   --"Labor Day," (Drama, wide release, rated PG-13), starring KATE WINSLET, JOSH BROLIN; others. A 13-year-old and his mom pick up an escaped convict on Labor Day weekend.

 

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