Lori Acken

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Lori just hasn't been the same since "thirtysomething" and "Northern Exposure" went off the air.

Fresh Off the Boat on ABC: Restaurateur writer Eddie Huang brings his preteen life to TV

Fresh Off the Boat on ABC:  Restaurateur writer Eddie Huang brings his preteen life to TV

All Fresh Off the Boat’s sixth-grade hero Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) wants is to be as smooth as the hip-hop artists and pro athletes he worships. Well, and also some Lunchables. And maybe a pair of Air Jordans. Such is the plight of an 11-year-old Taiwanese-Chinese-American whose family has moved from Washington, D.C.’s, Chinatown to the lily-white suburbs of Orlando so his immigrant dad, Louis (Randall Park, The Interview‘s own Kim Jong-un), can take a bite out of the all-American steakhouse business. With his little brothers acclimating effortlessly, and his equally flummoxed mother Jessica (Constance Wu) newly recruited as the token … Continue reading

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Dance Moms recap Season 5 Episode 4: What’s My Age Again?

Dance Moms Season 5 episode 4 Abby bangs

Déjà vu all over again, Dance Moms faithful. Jojo’s back. Kalani’s back. I’m back. We’re going back to Woodbridge, VA. Anybody else besides me starting to tick off how fast the years are going by not by our own birthdays but by how quickly we return to Virginia? And New Jersey. And Ohio. Oh please let us return to Ohio. If I have to come back to this, so do you, Cathy Nesbitt-Stein. We start out with Abby sporting some serious Something About Mary bangs … …and then with some pretty tough news. Nia’s Grandpa Frazier is on borrowed time … Continue reading

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TLC invites you to get to know Our Little Family (video)!

Dan, MIchelle, Jack, Cate and CeCe Hamill of TLC's Our Little Family.

If you’re a fan of the weekly dose of inspiration and sweet family fun that is TLC’s The Little Couple, the network is about to deal you a big dose of happy. On Feb. 17, TLC will introduce America to Dan and Michelle Hamill and their three adorable blond kids, 6-year-old Jack and toddler twins Cate and CeCe, all of whom live with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. Throughout the series, Dan and Michelle tap into their own experiences to help their kids adapt to the world around them, while celebrating the milestones and celebrations that make being a family so special. Among them — … Continue reading

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The hosts of TLC’s All About Sex talk online dating!

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A few weeks ago, I sat down with the hosts of TLC’s new late-night talker All About Sex to chat about the show and what the ladies — actresses Margaret Cho (who recently made a splash at the Golden Globes) and Marissa Jaret Winokur, sex therapist Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry and Chelsea Lately’s Heather McDonald — might be learning from each other. Soon enough, the discussion turned to online dating and how women of our certain age feel about the ever-evolving age of digital matchmaking. “I love hearing my niece’s stories about Tinder and all this other kind of stuff that I can’t even comprehend,” said McDonald, who … Continue reading

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Lifetime premieres Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances hosted by Clive Davis

Lifetime premieres Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances hosted by Clive Davis

Saturday night is all about Whitney Houston on Lifetime. Immediately following the world premiere of the all-new biopic Whitney — directed by Angela Bassett and starring Yaya DaCosta in the title role — the network will air a pair of specials delving into the life, loves and career highlights of the late pop superstar. • RELATED: Lifetime’s ‘Whitney’: Angela Bassett on telling Houston’s love story in her directorial debut Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney will feature an exclusive, no-holds-barred interview with Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown by Access Hollywood‘s Shaun Robinson that covers his and Houston’s marriage, their highs and lows, and the ultimate downfall of their romance. … Continue reading

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Arlen Escarpeta on being Bobby Brown to Lifetime’s ‘Whitney’

Arlen Escarpeta and Yay DaCosta in Whtiney on Lifetime

When Arlen Escarpeta arrived for his first audition to play R&B star Bobby Brown in Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic Whitney, he was surprised to discover his scene partner was none other than the film’s director, celebrated actress Angela Bassett. RELATED: Lifetime’s ‘Whitney’: Angela Bassett on telling Houston’s love story in her directorial debut “My first audition was a blessing,” smiles Escarpeta, 33, during a chat at a press breakfast for the film during the Television Critics Association press tour. “I’m reading opposite Angela Bassett — she’s in the room! That in itself was an accomplishment for me.” He made an impression. The Oscar-nominated Bassett, who makes her … Continue reading

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TCA: ABC’s Paul Lee on diversity, TGIT and building nightly ratings domination

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ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee fielded questions about ABC’s new and returning programming at the Television Critics Association press tour today. Lee’s sit-down was preceded by a few housekeeping announcements. Repeat After Me, the new half-hour reality series inspired by a wildly popular shtick on The Ellen DeGeneres Show will premiere Feb. 17 at 8:30pm. The series will feature The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey using a remote earpiece to instruct other famous faces in interactions with everyday folks. Each episodes best moment will be crowned at the end of each episode in front of a live studio audience. Ellen Pompeo, Taye … Continue reading

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TCA: ABC’s Secrets and Lies — Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis talk their intense murder mystery

The cast of ABC's Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies executive producers Barbie Kligman, Timothy Busfield and Aaron Kaplan took the stage at the Television Critics Association press tour today along with their cast members Ryan Phillippe, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez and Dan Fogler to talk about the atmospheric hourlong drama which premieres March 8 at 9pm ET/PT on ABC. In the character-driven murder mystery, based on an Australian series of the same name, Phillippe stars as suburban family man Ben Crawford, whose life begins to unravel when he finds the body of his neighbor’s young son and is promptly accused of the child’s murder. Tailed by tough-as-nails Detective Andrea … Continue reading

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TCA: Ben Stiller brings Another Period, Big Time to Comedy Central

The cast of Comedy Central's upcoming Another Period

Ben Stiller was on hand at the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday to present two upcoming Comedy Central series executive produced by his Red Hour production company. Another Period, which debuts this summer, is a sort of Downton Abbey for for people who loathe Downton Abbey — messy, ribald and hilarious, but also surprisingly well researched. Series stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, who created the series from a short film with the same premise, spent time in the show’s Newport, R.I., to get a feel for the era and setting in which their turn-of-the-century socialite sisters Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt lived. The series also stars Paget Brewster … Continue reading

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TCA: Showtime’s Nevins talks new and returning series

Showtime president David Nevins greets Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan, who will reprise his role in 2016

Showtime Networks President David Nevins took questions at the Television Critics Association’s (TCA) winter press tour today, discussing the network’s new and returning series and ongoing awards season success, including wins for freshman drama series The Affair and it’s mesmerizing star Ruth Wilson at last night’s Golden Globes awards. Nevins said that Showtime’s strength in a competitive premium-television landscape is the breadth and depth of its series, noting that the network’s nine tent pole shows are all awards-season contenders. “I want all of our shows to feel different in tone and different in feel — we stay way from what other people … Continue reading

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