50PlusPrime, the national TV news magazine for baby boomers, tells the inspiring stories of the sports, entertainment, political and business leaders who have had a powerful impact on the baby boomer generation. 50PlusPrime also celebrates American heroes age 50+.
Hosted by award-winning TV news reporter Tony Fama, 50PlusPrime travels the nation offering uplifting, often nostalgic, reports on boomer culture and history and about the people who inspired the generation believing that “together we can make a better place.”
50PlusPrime on-demand episodes include interviews with boomer icons including Ed Asner, Rich Little, Al Unser, Carl and Rob Reiner, Sam Donaldson, Tippi Hedren and other notable icons.
Tippi Hedren on The Birds, Hitchcock and Rescuing Lions and Tigers. The iconic actress invites Tony to her home outside Los Angeles to discuss her classic 1960s films, her relationship with Alfred Hitchcock, and her decades long commitment to big cats.
ABC News Former White House Correspondent Sam Donaldson and His Legendary Career. Sam Donaldson covered major stories of the 50+ generation - including Vietnam, Watergate and the Iran-Contra Affair. Donaldson invites Tony to his Albuquerque home for a conversation about his near half century of reporting on US presidents from John F. Kennedy through George W. Bush.
50+ Celebrities Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld Find Success in Taking A Breath. What do Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Marlo Thomas, and Jerry Seinfeld have in common? Each relies on baby boomer Bob Roth, co-founder of the David Lynch Foundation, for instruction in daily meditation practice to help them find success in taking a breath. Visits with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Phil Donahue on why they support Roth’s mission. Tony speaks with Roth about why he’s the go to guru for the rich and famous, he covers a New York City gala where celebrities discuss how Roth’s teaching enhances their lives, and discusses Roth’s work in benefiting at-risk kids and US military veterans.
Follow-up/50+ Indianapolis 500 Royalty Al Unser Sr. & Al Unser Jr. In a follow-up to 50PlusPrime’s 2019 season premiere, an update on what this famous auto racing family is doing today. Al Unser Jr. gives Tony a look at his current work consulting an IndyCar team and its young driver in how to become champions; a more in-depth look at the inspiring work of Al Jr.’s daughter, Cody, and her commitment to helping people with disabilities find an underwater escape; and a continued celebration of the legendary Brickyard success of this legendary father and son racing duo.
Network News Rivals Sam Donaldson and Phil Jones Unite in Fight Against Cancer. Baby boomers grew up watching former White House Correspondents Sam Donaldson of ABC News and Phil Jones of CBS News enjoy a professional rivalry in covering Vietnam, Watergate, the Iran Contra Affair and several US presidents. But, the former rivals and cancer survivors sit down with Tony to discuss why they’re on the same team now, as they promote one of the nation’s premiere cancer research and treatment center.
50+ And Helping The Nation’s Busiest Animal Hospital Give Wildlife a Second Chance. The South Florida Wildlife Center in Ft. Lauderdale is the country’s busiest trauma center for wild animals. It treats more than 12,000 patients every year. Although the hospital is staffed by people of all ages, Tony meets with three members of the baby boomer generation who fill central roles in keeping the mission going.
Anthony Kennedy Shriver is 50+ And Committed To The Family Legacy. His mom was Eunice Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy’s sister and founder of the Special Olympics. His dad was Sargent Shriver, founder of the Peace Corps and Lyndon Johnson’s front man on the War on Poverty. Anthony sits down with Tony in Miami to discuss his work in supporting people living with special needs to find jobs, as he carries on the family name.
Rich Little: The Man of 200 Voices/Part Two In the second of two broadcasts featuring America’s iconic impersonator Rich Little, Little invites Tony to his home outside Las Vegas for a tour of his famous celebrity photo gallery. Little speaks with Tony about his love of the movies, his friendships with Hollywood’s leading men and women, his personal relationships with US presidents, and that night in 1964 when Judy Garland introduced him to the nation.
Rich Little: The Man of 200 Voices/Part One In the first of two broadcasts celebrating Rich Little, the entertainment legend known as The Man of 200 Voices, Little gives Tony a ride to his one-man show at The Laugh Factory in Las Vegas; a backstage tour of the build up to show time; an introduction to many of his famous friends along the way; unlimited access to his performance; and a front row seat to his meeting with fans in support of US troops.
Life is Sweet at 50+ - Her Friends Call Prison Home, But Not For Long Ann Edenfield Sweet is an Albuquerque baby boomer who just might be the patron saint for men and women serving time in prison. Tony visits with Sweet and her supporters in New Mexico, and finds for women turning their lives around after drug and alcohol-related crimes, Sweet is the woman to call. Ann is the Founder and Executive Director of Wings for LIFE International, as well as the author of Family Arrested: How to Survive the Incarceration of a Loved One.
50+ Indianapolis 500 Royalty Al Unser Sr. & Al Unser Jr. The legendary father and son racing champions discuss their success at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Al Sr. gives Tony a tour of the Unser Racing Museum in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Al Jr. takes Tony for a ride at the world famous Brickyard in Indianapolis; and Tony meets Cody Unser, Al Jr.’s daughter, and reports on her work to help people living with disabilities find freedom through scuba diving.
Happy Days’ Marion Ross, The Real Life Mrs. C, on Acting, Loving and Laughing America’s favorite 1950s mom gives Tony a tour of Happy Days Farm outside Los Angeles, shares the inside story about the 11-year network run of the beloved Happy Days sitcom, talks softball & shows off her classic car.
Ed Asner‘s Star Shines Bright, From Mary Tyler Moore to Supporting People with Special Needs. Lou Grant was a gruff but lovable newsman. Ed Asner is one of the two, and if you ask advocates for people living with special needs they’ll tell you lovable wins hands down. Tony meets with Asner at his California home and talks about the actor’s TV success and his work in opening a family center where people living with special needs find support in securing jobs and enjoying the arts
Tony first meets with Joe Namath and they discuss one of the biggest upsets in sports history. He then sits down with Sam Donaldson, former ABC News White House Correspondent, in his home in New Mexico. Finally, Tony meets with Burt Ward and his wife Tracy to discuss 1960s TV and their current passion.
From Watergate to China and the USSR: Former US Presidential Candidate Pat Buchanan on Richard Nixon’s presidency. Then, former CBS White House Correspondent Phil Jones on covering President Gerald Ford, and Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon.
Marion Ross as the lovable Mrs. C; Tippi Hedren, the forever glamorous Hitchcock legend; and Rich Little, the Man of 200 Voices. Tony visits with all three entertainment legends one more time!
Melba Moore has been a success on Broadway, on television, in movies, and is forever a queen of song. Moore meets with Tony to talk about her commitment to helping young entertainers live their dreams, and shares a backstage visit as she prepares to rock New York City.
More than 50 years after winning the Indianapolis 500, Mario Andretti is still a king of speed. Andretti meets with Tony to reflect on his worldwide racing championships, and heads to the track where he’s forever a champion.
Hollywood’s celebrated father and son sit down with Tony to discuss their mutual success, their mutual admiration, and Carl Reiner’s latest tribute set in Lucille Ball’s hometown.
97-year-old Carl Reiner has been making Americans laugh for almost 80 years. Watch as Reiner reviews his latest book with Tony.
Relive the 1970s glory days of flying aboard Pan Am’s majestic 747, as Tony visits the Hollywood studio bringing back the first class flying experience. Plus, a discussion with Air Hollywood CEO Talaat Captan about his commitment to helping families living with autism travel in peace. And, a backstage tour of the Hollywood lot where some of our favorite movies, TV shows, and commercials are recorded.