Davy Jones: It was nice to be with you

As a little kid, I was a huge fan of “The Monkees.”

Davy Jones: Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me.

Although I might have been too young to fully appreciate his sex appeal, I definitely had a soft spot for Davy Jones. He was the cutest, sweetest Monkee of all – and that adorable British accent was just the cherry on top. (Plus, seriously, nobody – but nobody – looked cuter sporting a pair of maracas or a tambourine.)

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My “Affair of the Heart” with Rick Springfield

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It’s a love affair that has endured nearly 30 years.

No, it’s not Bacall and Bogey. Nope, I’m not talking about Taylor and Burton, either. It’s Springfield and Gacser.

No, my eyes are not totally closed. That naturally happens when I smile ear-to-ear.

What do you mean “Who?” G-A-C-S-E-R. It’s like “Gotcha,” except with an “errrr” on the end.

Is it possible you haven’t heard of my lifelong (albeit unrequited) love of rock star/“General Hospital” heartthrob Rick Springfield?

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“Real Housewives of New Jersey”: My big fat Italian vacation

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I’ve seen some people kvetching online about how lame this week’s “My Big Fat Italian Vacation” episode of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” was, but I loved every minute of it.

If only what happens in Italy, stays in Italy./Photo credit Bravo

And there were a million and one reasons to love it. And much of the credit belongs to Teresa Giudice, who came up with the idea in the first place and whose antics before, during – and who knows, probably after, too! – made for some pretty amusing television. Just watch:

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By the way, I’m so relieved to see “Fabulous!!!” works in any country. Now if only they could learn to say it in Italian…


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Rick Springfield is getting naughty

I’ve loved Rick Springfield since I was a wee lass.

Mmmm mmmm MMMMM!

Mmmm mmmm MMMMM!

So when I heard that the man who pined after “Jessie’s Girl” is going to be on Showtime’s “Californication” (with another infatuation of mine, David Duchovny), I nearly did a little dance of joy.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Rick will play himself in four episodes of the raunchy comedy (which I actually referred to as “titillating and provocative” in my review – see the commercial here). The role reportedly requires “tasteful nudity” and “simulated sex,” so you can pretty much count on seeing Rick’s bare derriere.

Yes, you may just see this nearly 60-year-old man’s naked behind when “Californication” returns for a third season. Which I’m sure isn’t a bad thing. I saw Rick in concert last year in New Brunswick, N.J., and he seriously rocked the joint. Not content to just stand on stage, Rick actually climbed into the audience and hopped from seat to seat until he was all the way in my row!  It was a night I won’t soon forget.

Nor will I forget interviewing Rick (relax, it was on the phone) before that show. He was cute, charming and self-deprecating all at once. We spoke about his penchant for collecting things, including “Star Wars” action figures and Titanic memorabilia. You can read the full interview here.

In the meantime, you better believe I’ll be watching Rick in “Californication.”

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