Don Johnson admits big ego during ‘Miami Vice’ days


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Don Johnson, a cast member in the television series "Blood and Oil," poses at the Disney ABC Television Group party during the 2015 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Don Johnson, a cast member in the television series "Blood and Oil," poses at the Disney ABC Television Group party during the 2015 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Time has humbled Don Johnson.

It’s been 30 years since his TV cop hit “Miami Vice” went on the air and the actor says he’s changed since then.

“I was a brash, terrified, young man with a big ego and a lot of ambition,” Johnson, now 65, told a panel of TV critics Wednesday.

“I would like to think that since then I’ve let those things that don’t really serve you kind of fall to the wayside, and really for me, it’s about the joy and enthusiasm that comes with being given the opportunity that comes with being here to do this.”

Johnson was promoting his ABC drama, “Blood & Oil.” It’s set against the biggest oil find in American history in a North Dakota town, where a millionaire is said to be made every day.

If it sounds like “Dallas,” Johnson said it’s not.

“The only thing we have in common is tangentially oil is a part of it,” he said.

The cast includes Chace Crawford, Scott Michael Foster and Amber Valletta.

“Blood & Oil” premieres Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. EDT.

Paisley, Underwood plan

to host CMAs for 8th year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country stars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will return to host the Country Music Association Awards on ABC this fall for an eighth straight year.

The 49th annual awards show will air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on Nov. 4.

Paisley, who is currently out on his Crushin’ It World Tour, has won 14 CMA awards in his career, which makes him No. 5 on the list of top CMA winners of all time. Underwood, who put out a greatest hits album last year celebrating her first decade as an artist, has seven Grammy Awards and five CMA awards.

The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Plans for an ‘Archie’

musical in the works

NEW YORK — A familiar, freckle-faced teen is on his way to the stage — Archie.

Writer, director and producer Adam McKay has teamed up with Funny Or Die to produce a new musical that will bring together Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the Riverdale gang.

McKay, who directed and co-wrote with Will Ferrell the “Anchorman” films, “Talladega Nights” and “Step Brothers,” will write the story. The songwriter and cast will be announced later.

New Jersey teen to star

as Dorothy in NBC production

NEW YORK — NBC has found the young woman who will ease on down the yellow brick road.

The network Wednesday unveiled newcomer Shanice Williams from New Jersey as its Dorothy for the Dec. 3 live production of “The Wiz Live!”

“This is always what I wanted to do. So I guess I’m ready. I’m ready now,” said the 18-year-old on “Today.”

Williams joins a cast that includes Queen Latifah as The Wiz, Mary J. Blige as the Wicked Witch of the West and David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion.

The show is adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, with a book by William F. Brown, and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. The production opened on Broadway in 1975 and won seven Tonys, including best musical.

TV’s Sandra Lee hospitalized

for cancer surgery complications

ALBANY, N.Y. — Food Network star Sandra Lee has been hospitalized for complications from a recent double mastectomy.

Lee was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night to deal with a buildup of fluids and is expected to be monitored for a couple of days.

The 49-year-old “Semi-Homemade Cooking” star had surgery in May after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.

Her live-in boyfriend, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left a Billy Joel concert at Nassau Coliseum early to be with Lee when he learned of her hospitalization. Cuomo, who is friends with Joel, introduced the musician at the concert.

The hospitalization was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person close to the family who wasn’t authorized to speak about Lee’s medical condition and spoke on condition of anonymity.

A spokesman for Cuomo deferred questions about Lee to her representatives, who didn’t immediately return messages Wednesday morning.

Lee revealed her breast cancer diagnosis in May on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The cancer was found after a routine mammogram.

Lee is a cookbook author, magazine publisher and television chef. Lee and Cuomo, a Democrat, have dated for several years and share a home in Westchester County.

Don Johnson, a cast member in the television series "Blood and Oil," poses at the Disney ABC Television Group party during the 2015 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_105034233-5596e2c406b14df986f24259750f83b91.jpgDon Johnson, a cast member in the television series "Blood and Oil," poses at the Disney ABC Television Group party during the 2015 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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