Totally missed the theme today while solving. Well, we realized that all the circles had Os in them, and I thought maybe it was supposed to be like Easter Eggs, but it's so much more than that. The cirlces and Os are wheels, and they sit symmetrically underneath car models. One is even contained within a car (GEO (99A: Former Chevrolet division)), but I think that was mere coincidence. It's a little weird, because there are other Os all over the place, and sometimes they're also under the car name (see - CHARGER), but I guess it's kind of cool. Now that I see it.
Even knowing the theme, the puzzle didn't wow us. It took us forever to finish, and it never felt terribly fun. Even the inclusion of perhaps my favorite album ever ELLA (18A: "____ and Louis," 1956 jazz album) couldn't save it.
We foundered in the East, in the morass of proper names. CAVUTO (44D: Neil of Fox News), OLIN (45D: Ken of "Brothers & Sisters"), KHLOE (47D: One of the Kardashians) (why?), and SAENS (48D: Composer Camille Saint-____) (I knew this one) - that's a lot all in one place. And STOPCOCKS (43A: Pipe valves) isn't exactly a gimme!
There were nice clues for - CRIERS (7D: Ones who are the talk of the town?), CALDER (33A: Mobile home seeker?) (wow, really?), ALOHA (52A: Greeting that includes a Spanish greeting in reverse?) (convoluted, but still cool), and EMBARGO (58A: Complete shutout?). And there was some fancy fill like LISLE, ANDRONICUS, SNOWYEGRET, but there were also words like SCAB, PORE, EARTAG, and STOOL, which are, as Franny says, "Icky." And WORDAGE? Come on.
Let's call it a mixed bag, or, since it's Easter, a mixed basket.