The ‘A' List

McGraw writes about father-daughter time

As the father of three girls, Tim McGraw understands the challenges that face dads who want to please their daughters.

So the children's book he's co-written with Tom Douglas has some simple advice: As long as you're spending time with them, it doesn't really matter what you do.

“My Little Girl,” to be published today by Thomas Nelson, tells the story of a father – in a dark cowboy hat, of course – who spends a fun day with his little girl Katie doing … nothing in particular.

They stop by the farm co-op, gaze up at the clouds and play on a tire swing.

The 41-year-old country singer said he enjoys spending time with his daughters – ages 11, 10 and 6 – but if he did what they liked doing, he'd be spending a lot of time shopping at the mall or getting pedicures.

“It's something that as a father you kind of have to sacrifice what you want to do, because boys do what you want to do. If I want to go to the farm and shoot guns or ride four-wheelers in the mud when it's 40 degrees … the girls aren't really interested in doing that,” McGraw said.

But McGraw said he's found that his daughters like coming along while he does simple, everyday stuff, like running to the grocery store or stopping by the office.

“Do what you have to do in your regular routine and take them with you. It makes all the difference in the world,” he said.


¿‘Oprah' en español? Si

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” is becoming bilingual. Chicago-based Harpo Productions says the show is being made available in Spanish through Secondary Audio Programming and closed captioning. The Spanish-language offerings launched Monday in the country's six largest Hispanic TV markets, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston and Dallas. More cities are expected to be added this season.


Spears jury says it's deadlocked

Jurors in Britney Spears' driving case say they can't reach a unanimous verdict. A judge ordered the panel to resume deliberations. The jury deliberated less than two hours Monday at a San Fernando Valley, Calif., courthouse. They posed two questions, including one that sought to clarify what Spears was charged with.

Shortly after being read more instructions, jurors indicated they were deadlocked. The judge ordered the panel to give him an update before lunchtime.

The eight women and four men are sifting through roughly a day's worth of testimony and arguments in the case, which was filed last year after the pop star hit a parked car and left the scene.



Rock singer Manfred Mann, 68. TV's Judge Judy Sheindlin, 66. Musician Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go's), 55. Actress-author Carrie Fisher, 52. Actor Ken Watanabe, 49. Actor Jeremy Miller, 32. Actor Will Estes, 30. Actress Kim Kardashian, 28.

This day in history Oct. 21

1879: Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.