Julie Andrews of "Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2012" on PBS
Q: With this being your third time hosting the "Great Performances" New Year's Day concert from Vienna, can one assume it's always pleasurable duty for you?
A: It is. I wasn't able to do it last year, unfortunately, because my husband (filmmaker Blake Edwards) sadly passed away, and I had to attend to all of that. It's lovely to be going back this year, and I do enjoy it. It's a beautiful city and a lovely event, and it makes for a very pleasant stay.
Q: Do you also enjoy touring various Viennese sites as part of the program?
A: It's kind of a wonderful picture postcard, particularly the way PBS frames it. I do get to travel around, and it's just a joy. They're lovely people to work with, and of course, the music is spectacular.
I didn't know Vienna that well, though I did know Salzburg pretty well for obvious reasons (Andrews' classic movie "The Sound of Music" was filmed there). Now I know it a lot better, and though I'm working when I'm there, I have gotten the chance to go to one or two of the lovely museums.
Q: Did you come into this special already very familiar with the Strauss music that's traditionally played on it?
A: I wasn't fully steeped in it, but I have to confess that as a child performer, I would do these awfully bastardized versions of some of the Strauss waltzes with terrible English lyrics. I knew some of them from that, but to hear them really beautifully played is lovely.
Carson Daly of "Last Call With Carson Daly" on NBC
Q: "Last Call With Carson Daly" has endured for 11 seasons now, as basically the final link in NBC's Monday-through-Friday programming day. What's your take on its staying power?
A: It's very niche, but I'm proud of it. I don't think anybody else is really doing this, certainly not for new music at a (broadcast) network.
Q: You got to host the lighting of the National Christmas Tree recently. How was that for you?
A: I couldn't have been more excited. It was family-friendly, it was with Kermit the Frog, and it was basically everything I never get the chance to do. I'm a father now, and I'm a proud American and a patriot, so that was right in my wheelhouse.
Q: You're coming up on your second season of hosting NBC's "The Voice," which begins after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. What are your thoughts about its sophomore year?
A: I feel good about it. The show was really built for a very organic purpose ... to really make an earnest attempt to help young people who want to take a shot at music. The format itself is bulletproof; doing it with the (rotating) chairs and the blind auditions and the battle rounds, there's flexibility.This isn't to say "American Idol" or "The X Factor" is better or worse, but this show has a real heartbeat to it that people just love. We get people at "Hello" because of the storytelling, and because there are no real bells or whistles. It's very transparent.
Aldis Hodge of "Leverage" on TNT
Q: On "Leverage," your character, Alec Hardison, has a complicated romantic relationship with fellow team member Parker (Beth Riesgraf). How did you two first bond as co-workers?
A: We went shopping all day.
Q: You did what?
A: Hey, you know what, as a man, you have to understand when to give a lady her time. I like clothes. I'm a shopaholic. But trust me, if you're a guy, learn a little patience. Learn to take your lady out. Me and Beth are friends, but when I do have a lady, treat her to her time, because then you get your time later.
She may get tired of me shopping. Put a Barneys in front of me, AllSaints, John Varvatos -- I will stay in a store. I like a European fit, not super-boxy clothes that just hang on you.
Q: So you're not the sort of guy to wear an Ed Hardy T-shirt, droopy pants and a knit cap?
A: I love my hats, but the thing is, a brother's got to be clean. If you're a grown man, dress like a grown man. I love to be in a suit. I live to be in a suit. Give me any excuse to be in a suit, I'm there.
I've never been like that since I was a kid. I've always preferred a different etiquette when it comes to styling. But the whole droopy, baggy clothes, my mother never allowed that in the house. If your pants were sagging beneath your butt, you're going to get popped.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun