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.
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…
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?