Baby Boomers Taking Over TV

By Dawn Papandrea / Posted on 24 May 2011

A Round-Up of the Sophisticated Stars Who Are Still Shining

Today’s celebrity boomers are seeking out the spotlight and stealing it with ease. Without question, these sophisticated stars are smoldering, savvy, and surely not surpassed by their younger cast mates or counterparts.

John Stamos is in his upper-40s!

For one thing, TV executives are wise to the fact that boomers “control half of U.S. consumer spending, [and] the average age of a primetime TV viewer this season is 51,” according to this piece by Mark Bradbury, Saturday Night Live Jumps on the Boomer Bandwagon.

If you follow SNL, you’ve noticed the recent host list has included such famous 50- and 60-somethings such as Dame Helen Mirren (65), Dana Carvey (55), and Sir Elton John (64).

Yes, considering that about 77 million Americans currently fall into the so-called Baby Boomer generation (ages 47-65), it should follow that the faces we see on the tube are represented accordingly.

Gone are the days of typecasting senior actors for roles such as the grumpy neighbors or nagging in-laws. Explore this list of the mature men and women who are deftly dominating today’s TV screens…

News Anchors







Who better to deliver the good, bad,and ugly, the inspiring and depressing, the devastating and uplifting stories of our times than those who have seen decades of news cycles? Look to these trusted voices of journalism…

  • Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News, age 51
  • Ann Curry, The Today Show on NBC, age 54
  • Katie Couric, CBS Evening News, age 54
  • Meredith Vieira, The Today Show on NBC, age 57
  • Gwen Ifill, The PBS News Hour, age 55
  • Matt Lauer, The Today Show on NBC, age 53
  • Al Roker, The Today Show on NBC, age 56


Talk Show Hosts







Whether you need health tips, relationship advice, celebrity gossip, fashion finds (and flops), or just about anything in between, these middle-aged talk show hosts don’t disappoint…

  • Oprah Winfrey, host of the Oprah Winfrey Show, age 57
  • Ellen DeGeneres, host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, age 53
  • Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show, age 58
  • Whoopi Goldberg, co-host on ABC’s The View, age 55
  • Dr. Phil McGraw, host of Dr. Phil, age 60


Sitcom Stars & Guests












Sometimes you just want to be entertained. Count on the great American sitcom for comedy, drama, romance, action, adventure, suspense, and of course, singing (how did we live without Glee?) Check out the fine 40-, 50-, and 60-somethings in this category…

  • Jane Lynch, star of ABC’s Glee, age 50
  • Alec Baldwin, co-star of NBC’s 30 Rock, age 53
  • Sally Field and Rob Lowe of ABC’s Brothers and Sisters, ages 64 and 47
  • Valerie Bertinelli, co-starring with sexy senior Betty White (age 89) on CBS’s Hot in Cleveland – age 51
  • Loretta Devine, co-star (and part of a special early-onset Alzheimer’s story line) in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, age  61
  • Nicolette Sheridan of ABC’s Desperate Housewives, age 47
  • Kathy Bates, star of NBC’s Harry’s Law, age 62
  • Dana Delaney, star of ABC’s Body of Proof , age 55
  • John Stamos, making a guest appearance on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, age 47


Reality Show Celebs & Hosts







Reality TV may be new (Survivor was the first series of its kind in 2002), but these hosts, contestants, and judges weren’t born yesterday…

  • Steven Tyler, judge on Fox’s American Idol, age 63
  • Kirstie Alley, contestant, and Tom Bergeron, co-host, on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, ages 60 and 55
  • Jeff Probst, host of CBS’ Survivor, age 48
  • Donald Trump,  host of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, age 64


Your Turn: Who’s your favorite boomer TV star? Who would you add to the list?

-Michelle Seitzer


There are 2 Comments about this post

  1. Kaye Swain says,

    FUN article :) I vote for Tom Selleck. Depending on which source you read that defines the qualifying years for the baby boomer generation – I’ve actually seen it go as early as 1943 so his 1945 birthday would qualify him. And I really enjoy his multigenerational family show, Blue Blood – not to mention how my whole Sandwich Generation family has enjoyed his career through the years – including, of course, Magnum PI. :) Thanks, again, for an enjoyable read Michelle!!!


    on 26 May 2011 / 10:08 AM

  2. Thanks, Kaye! Glad you enjoyed it – I had fun writing it. :) Tom Selleck – good one! Yes, I think he’s right on the edge, depending on what source you use for the boomer qualifying years. Blue Blood – never heard of it?! Sounds like a fun one though. I’m pretty sure a few members of my family loved Magnum PI too…I remember hearing about it when I was younger.

    So happy to get your feedback and compliment, Kaye. You’re the best!


    on 26 May 2011 / 10:50 AM


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