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Rolling Stones rock in Showtime documentary

By Michael Storey

This article was published December 19, 2013 at 3:13 a.m.

Combined, their ages add up to 278, but the four members of The Rolling Stones are still rocking along.

Keith Richards turned 70 on Wednesday. Ronnie Wood is the baby at 66.

For comparison, the ages of the five members of One Direction, the hot boy band du jour, add up to only 101. Senior member of the group, Louis Tomlinson, is all of 22. Stones frontman Mick Jagger (70) has T-shirts older than that.

Those three plus drummer Charlie Watts (senior member at 72) strut their stuff in The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun - Return to Hyde Park. The 95-minute Showtime documentary airs at 8 p.m. Friday.

The special also features former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor in a couple of songs. Taylor left the band in 1974.

Return to Hyde Park chronicles the Stones’ triumphant concert before 100,000 fans in London’s Hyde Park this past summer. It was almost 44 years to the day after their legendary free concert in July 1969.

The special includes never-before-seen backstage footage and features new performances of The Stones’ greatest hits across a career spanning a half century.

Highlights include the classic hits “Start Me Up,” “Brown Sugar,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Miss You,” “It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll,” “Gimme Shelter,” “You Can’t Always Get What YouWant” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

“Coming back to Hyde Park was like a full circle being drawn, and the band were in top form,” Richards says.

“I never thought we’d play Hyde Park again,” Jagger adds. “It’s a different feeling playing in your hometown.”

Crafty TV. A new episode of Season 5 of PBS’ Craft in America is set for 8 p.m. Friday on AETN. “Holiday” features “familiar and new winter celebrations as part of our American experience with the handmade.”

Scheduled: Nordic folk woodcarver Harley Refsal; clay artist Susan Garson creating menorahs; the Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., re-creating George Vanderbilt’s turn-of the-century Christmas, and gingerbread houses at Grove Park Inn; and Navidad celebration in San Antonio.

Golden Globes. In case you missed them, nominations for the 71st Golden Globe Awards were announced last week.

HBO leads all television networks with nine nods. Netflix, which just recently became a programming source, earned six nominations - more than ABC, CBS and NBC.

Starz and Showtime also had six nominations each.

Here are the nominations for the Big 2 TV categories.

Best TV Series, Drama: Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Masters of Sex.

My pick - Breaking Bad.

Best TV Series, Comedy: The Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation.

My pick - From this limited choice, Modern Family.

NBC will air the Golden Globe Awards live Jan. 12, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning as hosts.

In the cards. House of Cards will be returning for Season 2, Netflix has announced. All 13 new episodes will be available to stream starting Feb. 14.

Netflix says in the second season Washington power couple Francis and Claire Underwood (Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) “will continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts.”

Sold out. Super Bowl XLVIII (that’s 48 for the Roman numerically impaired) won’t be on Fox until Feb. 2, but all the commercial time has already been sold.

There are usually about 65 30-second ad spots in the most-watched program each year, and although Fox is mum, other sources report the average price tag was about $4 million each.

Why so much? Last year’s game between the Ravens and 49ers averaged 108 million viewers.

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