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If you loved Barney Fife from “The Andy Griffith Show,” you’ll love this! Karen Knotts, acclaimed actress and daughter of legendary comedian Don Knotts, pays tribute to father in her recently released memoir, Tied Up in Knotts.

During her childhood and her teenage years, Karen says she and her father often “butted heads” over her desire to enter show business: “I always wanted to be an actress, even when I was young, but he said, ‘No, that’s not a good life for a child.”

Despite his warning, she said that he supported her “100 percent in the end” when she started performing at age 16.  She attended Beverly Hills High School and went on to study at the USC School of Cinema Arts.

As a young comedienne, Karen toured with her father in many plays across the US. In 2006, following her father’s death, she created her one-woman, live stage show, “Tied Up in Knotts”, which she has taken on the road through 32 states. The show honors Don’s life with stories, jokes, and characters.     

Knotts also writes for the stage; her one-woman play Roger and Betsy was nominated for the Merce Awards in 2009.  She has written two plays, Dates from Hell the Musical, and a farce, But We Open Tonite.

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This weekend Popcon celebrates everything pop culture, and today we got to chat with one of the events celebrity guests, CJ Ramone of famous punk rock band, the Ramones. Here’s more about him and the convention:

PopCon is a popular culture and comic convention coming to the Indiana Convention Center July 9-11, 2021 for its eighth annual event. The convention has reserved over 150,000 square feet of event space for thousands of attendees and vendors, creators and game developers for the three-day convention that generates millions in Central Indiana positive economic impact.

The convention will have celebrity guests, anime, costuming, fantasy, film festival, sci-fi, TV, and video gaming programming.

PopCon is excited to announce musical stars Richie Ramone and bassist CJ Ramone are coming to PopCon 2021 from the powerhouse punk band The Ramones.

The band is credited as being one of the first, if not the first Punk Rock band to hit the scene. They inspired musicians far and wide to ditch the traditional sound and break out into what became the 80s punk scene.

CJ Ramone was the bassist for the Ramones from 1989 until their retirement in 1996. CJ replaced original bassist Dee Dee Ramone and was credited by founding members Johnny and Joey, as bringing new life to the band. CJ sang back up, penned several songs and sang lead on some of their most popular songs from their final albums.

As the Ramones youngest member, he helped to reenergize the bands live shows, and brought a breath of fresh air to band. He played on a total of Eight Ramones albums. Prior to joining the Ramones, CJ was in the United States Marines and also played and recorded in a band called Guitar Pete’s Axe Attack.

Since the retirement of the Ramones, CJ has written and released four records (Reconquista, Last Chance to Dance, American Beauty, and The Holy Spell) on the Fat Wreck Chords label, and toured the world for each. He announced his retirement from touring in 2019, but was soon tapped by punk rock super group Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s, to take over the bass position, with plans for a US tour this summer/fall. 

CJ Ramone was the bassist for the Ramones from 1989 until their retirement in 1996. CJ replaced original bassist Dee Dee Ramone and was credited by founding members Johnny and Joey, as bringing new life to the band. CJ sang back up, penned several songs and sang lead on some of their most popular songs from their final albums.

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Many of us know actress, Mayim Bialik, for her starring roles on the ‘Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Call Me Kat.’

What you may not know about this amazing actress is that she also has a PhD in neuroscience and is an avid cat-lover herself.

She joined us today to talk about teaming up with Purina Pro Plan to kick off the Liveclear Challenge. This is a new thing created to help those with cat allergen sensitivities.


There’s a new caped crusader in town! Javicia Leslie stars as Ryan Wilder in CW’s “Batwoman” after Ruby Rose left the show she stepped into the bat suit, literally. WISH-TV’s Entertainment Insider McKinzie Roth caught up with the star ahead of her big debut.

In Season 2 of “Batwoman,” when Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) first discovers Kate Kane’s Batsuit, she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. A sassy, smart lesbian with a difficult past, Ryan sees the suit as her chance to finally be powerful and no longer a victim as she survives in the tough streets of the city. 

While Ryan goes rogue in the shadows, Gotham grapples with their missing hero, believing Batwoman has fled the city after a public stand-off with Commander Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and the Crows.  But Kate Kane’s disappearance hits hardest at home where Jacob, Sophie (Meagan Tandy), Luke (Camrus Johnson), Mary (Nicole Kang) and even Alice (Rachel Skarsten) each struggle with the devastating news in their own way.  Meanwhile, the False Face Society tightens its grip on Gotham distributing a perilous new drug known as Snakebite, “Bruce Wayne” (Warren Christie) finds his way home to wreak havoc, Safiyah (Shivaani Ghai) surfaces with plans for revenge, and a new set of villains descends on the city.

As chaos and uncertainly proliferate, Ryan realizes how much the symbol on the suit means to Gotham, launching her on a personal journey that takes her from fledgling substitute to confident caped crusader, from living in her van with her plant to chasing villains in the Batmobile. Ryan Wilder becomes a very different Batwoman than Kate Kane – her own Batwoman – but with the same understanding of what it means to be a hero. 

The shows other stars include: Dougray Scott, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang and Camrus Johnson.

Based on the characters from DC, “Batwoman” is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”), Caroline Dries (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Smallville”), Geoff Johns (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Titans”), Chad Fiveash (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Gotham”), James Patrick Stoteraux (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Gotham”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”).

Javicia Leslie stars as Ryan Wilder, a goofy, relatable, and street-smart lesbian who transforms into the hero Gotham’s been missing in The CW’s highly anticipated new drama “Batwoman.” 

Leslie is known to television audiences for her role as Ali Finer on “God Friended Me” and Paris Duncan on “The Family Business.” On the feature film front, Javicia recently tackled the lead role in hilarious new comedy, “Always a Bridesmaid,” penned by NAACP nominated, Yvette Nicole Brown.

Born in Germany but raised in Maryland, Leslie graduated from Hampton University where she appeared in several productions including “Seven Guitars,” “For Colored Girls” and “Chicago.” As driven philanthropically as she is in her career, Leslie started The Chandler Foundation which gives back to youth in her community. When not filming, she spends her free time with her dog and staying fit through her passion for fitness.

Watch the “Batwoman” season premiere on Sunday, January, 17 at 8 p.m. ET.