A visit to Andy Griffith's "Mayberry," a town that never was
Mount Airy, N.C., the inspiration for Mayberry in the 1960s comedy "The Andy Griffith Show," has reinvented itself as a destination for hundreds of thousands of fans of the show who visit each year – nostalgic for a town that never really existed.cbsnews.com
Actress Betty Lynn, who played Thelma Lou on ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ dead at 95
Actress Betty Lynn dead at 95 FILE - In a Sept. 6, 2007 file photo, Betty Lynn, who played Thelma Lou on "The Andy Griffith Show," pauses at a statue of Andy and Opie Taylor in Mount Airy, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File) (Gerry Broome/ASSOCIATED PRESS)MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Actress Betty Lynn, best known for her portrayal of Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show,” died Saturday following a brief illness at the age of 95, The Andy Griffith Museum confirmed. MOUNT AIRY, N.C., — Betty Lynn, the actress best known for her portrayal of Thelma Lou, Barney Fife’s sweetheart on The Andy Griffith Show, died peacefully on Saturday, October 16, 2021 after a brief illness. Box 141, Mount Airy, NC 27030; or Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church, 1208 N. Main St., Mount Airy, NC 27030. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 14 Betty Lynn Betty Lynn, 1950s.wftv.com
Study: Tween TV viewers get new message about value of fame
Young TV viewers may be getting the message that fame is less important than values like achievement and a sense of community. In examining the TV shows most popular with children ages 8 to 12, knowns as tweens, researchers found that the emphasis on fame diminished in 2017. 1 on a list of 16 values measured in the top-rated tween shows in 2007, fell to sixth in 2017, with achievement and self-acceptance in the No. Researchers used Nielsen ratings to determine the leading tween shows, then surveyed study participants on TV characters' values. The previous study, released in 2011, was done on the brink of the reality TV boom and covered only scripted.
Influencer culture skewered in Gia Coppola film at Venice
Actress Maya Hawke, left, and director Gia Coppola pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere for the film 'Mainstream' during the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)VENICE Coronavirus lockdowns have kept most U.S. filmmakers and actors away from the Venice Film Festival, but Gia Coppola and Maya Hawke have brought a bit of todays America to the Lido with Mainstream, a skewering look at YouTube and influencer culture. And thats what feels so good about being here: that everyone is working together really, really well and respecting each other, she told The Associated Press on Saturday. The film explores the underbelly of influencer culture and the constant need to get attention from strangers on social media. The morals for me are that all that glitters is not gold, and community and connection is really important, Coppola said.