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Better Late Than Never will make you laugh until you get lock jaw!
December 11th, 2017 under Better Late Than Never, Henry Winkler, Jeff Dye, William Shatner. [ Comments: none ]

In 2016, Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and Jeff Dye toured Asia and our relations with the Orient has never been better. Now the five men are exploring Europe and I predict the same because who doesn’t love The Fonz, Captain Kirk, The Blond Bomber, Big George and Jeff Dye? Tonight at 10p on NBC, the five of them begin their journey in Munich, Germany and Lederhosen has never been on five more fine men than these guys on Better Late Than Never, a comedic traveling docuseries.

It has been a year since the fantastic five have been together and they meet up at the airport on their way to Germany. Once they touch down in Germany, they quickly remember why they do not leave Dye in charge of the planning. He rented them a tiny RV for their trip. For their first stop, they visit a cute town and Bradshaw runs into someone on the street who knew one of his teachers. You will never believe what she tells him that teacher said about the NFL legend. It is a classic moment that will give you first huge belly laugh of the night.

And the laughing keeps on going when they decide to dress like the Bavarian do and each get a pair of Lederhosen. For the rest of the episode, they will don those sexy leather shorts with pride. Where is the first place they model them? Oktoberfest, of course! Next place, The Hangover Hospital because they all got really drunk and need to recuperate from all of their alcohol intake.

Once they are feeling better they go and have a picnic at a park. A park where clothing is optional, therefore, Bradshaw takes off her Lederhosen and everything else but his boots. A site that reminds them all that they are hungover.

How can they get a speedy recovery? Get on the autobahn, an 8,000-mile highway with no speed limit. That is unless you are in a RV that cannot go past 50 mph. Thankfully, they will get the need for speed out of them by going to a racetrack and racing to see who is the fastest. Guess who is the winner?

Time to slow down a little, so why not do The Sound of Music tour. See where the hills came alive for Julie Andrews and now comes alive for them. This stop really gives them time to bond.

Just in time for their last stop, that takes them to all new heights. They travel to Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak and at the top of the mountain; you are able to see four different counties from that vantage point. It is a stunning site that makes you want to hop on a plane immediately and see it for yourself.

It is a moment they will soon not forget, just like we not ever forget this show. It shows us that not only that you can enjoy the world at any age with friends, but it also shows that the world is a beautiful place to explore with those friends. In addition, we get to see places we never heard and now we know where we want to go for our next vacation. Hopefully, we can hire Jeff Dye as our tour guide too.

Here are five fantastic facts about the fantastic five, and what we can expect to see this season in Europe.

All of the fantastic five would love to do another season, so how many more can they do? Last week I attended a panel with all of them and Dye told how long he could see it going, “Me pushing all the wheelchairs with a long beard.”

Did you know that Better Late Than Never is based on Korean show called Grandpas Over Flowers. A title that all but Dye understood the meaning of. If you need me to explain it to you, let me know.

Which of the fantastic five is the most recognized? Bradshaw revealed, “I tell you what is fun is as you travel from country to country, one of the things, the one thing that I took was that of all these great personalities, these actors and comedians, the guy that was the most recognized around the world so far has been George.”

What is a shocking moment coming up this season? Executive Producer Jason Ehrlich say we expect to see, “When we were in Sweden, Bill sacked Terry, which is pretty impressive. “

There is one moment from Sweden that as of now we will not be seeing. All I will say it involves Surströmming, which is Fermented Herring, and projectile vomiting. The fantastic five want that scene in, but as of now it is on the cutting room floor. Thus, they have started a petition to get it included in the episode. From how they describe, this needs to be in the final cut, don’t you agree?

If you like to laugh until your cheeks hurt (I swear that mine hurt me all day after watching tonight’s premiere), then this is the show for you. Tune in tonight on NBC for the special preview at 10p after The Voice, then mark your calendar for its return on January 1st, in its regularly scheduled timeslot of 9p on Monday nights. I promise you in many languages, you will not be disappointed.


Henry Winkler takes it all off on Better Late Than Never!
December 7th, 2017 under Better Late Than Never, Henry Winkler, Jeff Dye, William Shatner. [ Comments: none ]

The Better Late Than Never boys are back this Monday at 9p on NBC and at least one of them takes off all of his clothes. Because when in Europe, do what Europeans do. More specifically, the people of Munich!

Will it be William Shatner showing of his Shat? Will it be Henry Winkler showing the thing he sits on? Will it be George Foreman showing off his boxing glove? Terry Bradshaw showing off his 4 Super Bowl championship rings? Or will it be Jeff Dye doing it again like he did when they were in Asia? I am not going to tell you, but I will tell you that he looks damn good in his birthday suit. As if you needed another reason to watch BLTN other than to see a grown man in all of his glory.

He is not the only one who gets naked this season, Henry Winkler also does it when they take an art class. How did he feel about being a nude model, last week at press event for the show, the nicest man in Hollywood told us, “I was really petrified, but, then, what happened is after a while, you forget that you’ve got no clothes on.” To which Shatner responded with, “You’re the only one who forgets. We all remember. It’s, like, emblazoned.” Without hesitation, Winkler chimed back with, “I thought it was a wonderful gift for you.”

How did The Fonz feel after seeing himself au natural? The actor revealed this about his reveal, “I saw myself, and I thought, oh, my God, I look just like that Butterball turkey we just had.” It reminded me of Thanksgiving too, but in a different way, because I was thankful to see that the 72-year-old still looks sexy as ever. Gobble gobble.

What I am also thankful for is that the season premiere left me in pain because my cheeks were hurting due to all of laughing and smiling I did for over an hour straight by watching this episode. Better Late Than Never is an enjoyable and educational show that you can watch as a family and feel all happy afterwards. Therefore, you should watch the special preview this Monday at 9p and then on January 1st when it moves to its regularly scheduled night!


Henry Winkler talks about the Jump the Shark episode
October 27th, 2017 under Andy Cohen, Henry Winkler. [ Comments: none ]

I am sure you have heard the expression “jump the shark.” It refers to when a show has climaxed and reached the point of no return, and it is all downhill from there. The reference is from the Happy Days episode when the cast went to California and the Fonz jumps a shark. It was so over the top that there was nothing that the show could do to go back to the way it was beforehand.

It has been 40 years, one month and one week since that legendary episode aired and yesterday Henry Winkler talked about it on Watch What Happens Live. Andy Cohen wanted to knew if the actor thought the show really jumped the shark with that episode. Arthur Fonzerelli told him, “One, we did it in the fourth year and we were number one for the next five years. So I really didn’t care.” Then he added, “There were still newspapers and every time they mentioned ‘jumped the shark’ they would show a picture of me water skiing. And at that time I had great legs!” In other words, take your jump the shark and go swim with one!

When it comes to who he wants to play Fonzie, if they ever do a remake, and he said it is a toss up between Robert De Niro and Ryan Gosling.

Another caller wanted to know which of his Better Late Than Never co-vacationers would he Shag, Marry or Kill. He said he would kill William Shatner, marry George Foreman for his money and shag Terry Bradshaw because he claims to have a lot of money but he does not have a grill like the boxer. On that note, Better Late Than Never will be back on NBC New Year’s Day! I hope I am sobered up by then because I love love love this show that has yet to jump the shark!


BTWF ads: Henry Winkler for American Airlines
February 27th, 2017 under Before They Were Famous, Henry Winkler. [ Comments: none ]

Before Henry Winkler had a way with the women on Happy Days, he worked his magic on one woman in American Airlines’ Coach Lounge. Don’t you just want to join the Mile High Club with the then 25 year old actor back in 1970?


Henry Winkler and William Shatner’s memorable moments from Better Late Than Never
September 6th, 2016 under Better Late Than Never, Henry Winkler, NBC, William Shatner. [ Comments: none ]

William Shatner and Henry Winkler along with Jeff Dye, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman spent a month traveling in The Orient visiting 6 cities and they made memories that will stay with them for a lifetime. Tonight at 10p on NBC, they go to South Korea on Better Late Than Never and they almost cause an International incident. Thankfully, they didn’t or we would’ve heard it by now and they wouldn’t be with us to talk about the best show to grace our televisions since The Shat did a little show called Star Trek 50 years ago this week.
While Jeff Dye dropping his phone on the North Korean side of the border was pretty memorable for all of them, The Fonz had another unforgettable memory from that country. When Winkler was in Seoul he got to try one of their delicacies. He revealed to us what it was at a press day for the show, “I realized I was asked to pull an octopus out of a tank. That personal octopus sat and wrapped itself around my wrist and hand. A woman said, ‘Oh, very good.'” Then he added, “I ate it; wiggling, raw. And I didn’t and it’s so interesting. You put the tentacle in your mouth. Umm, good. You have to pull it, because it sticks to the inside of your cheek. But it actually was not bad.”
From tentacles to trunks, he had experience that will remain one of his all-time favorite memories. In Chiang Mai, he made a friend he will never forget. He detailed that meeting as, “I met an elephant. And I’m telling you, this 15,000 pound elephant looked me in the eye, and I looked the elephant in the eye, and I started crying. You felt the dearness.” So much so, “I have a picture on my phone in my house, in everywhere. You see the elephant leaning into me when I’m standing next to him, like he was a puppy. I’m telling you. And this is not hyperbole. It came out of him like a river, this emotion. It was one of the great moments, outside of my children, grandchildren and family.”
Talking about children, Captain Kirk had a run with a kid that reminded him of his Rescue 911 days. The time that stuck with and will forever stay with him is when, “It was a kid. We had a water fight with colored water, and the water was taken out of cesspools that there were a lot of cesspools around and they were fired at us. And during this fight I had my mouth open, and this kid shot this long arc of water into my mouth.” Then he added, “I’ve never forgotten that child since. That child’s face is emblazoned in my mind. I’ll never forget that kid.” Which could be why he told me that if Better Late Than Never was picked up for a second season, he will not going along with them. Winkler on the other is packed and ready to go.
One more thing that both men will never forget is the month that they traveled to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok and Chang Mai together.


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