Grapevine: Detroit's Max Gail beats up Don Draper


Wojo meets Don Draper

If the bearded, gray-haired World War II veteran who helped beat up Don Draper (Jon Hamm) for allegedly stealing the take from a VFW benefit in Sunday's "Mad Men" looked familiar, well hello! — that was former Detroiter Max Gail, 72. The actor played Floyd, a vet whose creepy tale of killing three starving Germans prompts a confession from Draper. Gail is probably best known for his turn on the TV series "Barney Miller" from 1974-'82 as Detective Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz. He's, of course, the brother of Emily Gail, who popularized the slogan "Say nice things about Detroit" while she was a shop owner in downtown Detroit in the 1980s.

Captain Kirk beams down in Novi

William Shatner will once again thrill Trekkies at the Motor City Comic Con by appearing at the convention Sunday, in honor of his role as Captain James T. Kirk on "Star Trek." Motor City Comic Con gathers stars and creators of comic books, TV shows, movies etc., and takes place Friday-Sunday at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Other pop cultural avatars appearing include Vivica A. Fox ("Independence Day," "Soul Food") Andrew McCarthy("Pretty in Pink," "Weekend at Bernie's") John Schneider ( "Dukes of Hazzard"); Jimmie Walker ("Good Times"), Lou Ferrigno ( "The Incredible Hulk") and Dean Cain ( "Lois & Clark"), to name just a few. For a complete list of celebrities and activities, and the hours each day , go to

Dolly's 'Coat of Many Colors' to air on NBC

NBC has given the go-ahead to a film production, "Coat of Many Colors," telling the story of country singer DollyParton's life growing up in rural Tennessee. The title song, which came out in 1971, refers to a coat of sewn-together cloth patches Parton's mother made for her to wear to school, where she was ridiculed for it. The deal with Parton will include other movies based upon Parton's story-songs. Although the films will include music, they won't be musicals, and Parton might appear in some.

Lush celebrity lawns exposed by Post

After the New York Post reported last week, with aerial photos, about many celebrities, including the Kardashians, whose California homes are surrounded by water-guzzling lush green lawns and flowers, despite the state's drought, at least one has pulled the plug on the sprinklers. Barbra Streisand is going to give her Malibu grounds an "eco-friendly overhaul," the Post reports. Her rep told the paper on Monday that she insists she already "cut down her water usage by over 50 percent," although their source claims the embarrassing photos nudged Streisand into taking additional steps. California Gov. Jerry Brown called for severe cuts in water usage, but up to now, many celebrities have been content to pay the fines for overusing water. California is said to have just one year of water in reserve.

Henry Ford College hosts gospel fest

Henry Ford College and WHFR-FM (89.3) will host a Gospel Fest from 3-11 p.m. Saturday featuring a slate of local gospel artists. Performing at the college's MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Building F) will be saxophonist Darron McKinney, Sounds of Imani,Kimberly Rice and Calvin Cofield; Larry Whitfield;Mary Wynn; Kim Pratt; Aaron Johnson & the Levites; Lynn McCree; Tracee Lee, and Chellzzz, among others. Admission is $5; children under 12 get in free with a parent or guardian, and there will be food vendors on site. For information, call (313) 845-9676.

Vinsetta Garage honored by Esquire

Berkley hotspot the Vinsetta Garage will be featured as one of "Esquire's Best Bars in America" at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Esquire TV. In October, the channel's Jay Larson and Sean Patton, hosts of "Best Bars in America," spent a day with the restaurant's Chef Aaron Cozadd and staff, and word came down that the popular bar/restaurant made the cut. Check with your local cable operator for the channel where you will find Esquire TV.


■Emmylou Harris and RodneyCrowell's second album together, "The Traveling Kind," is just out (a follow-up to their 2013 Grammy-winning collaboration "Old Yellow Moon"), and the two will be touring again. They'll perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Tickets are $45-$75, and will go on sale at noon Friday.

■Metro Detroiter Jeremy Cybulski will be a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Local 4/WDIV-TV. He's hosting a viewing party at the New Way Bar in Ferndale, complete with Pat (Sajak) and Vanna (White)-themed drinks.

Today's birthdays

Stevie Wonder , 65

Dennis Rodman , 54

Stephen Colbert , 51