Lori Acken

About Lori Acken

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

Interview: Edward Burns writes what he knows (and loves) in TNT’s Public Morals

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To ask Edward Burns how long he has been working on his richly detailed new TNT drama Public Morals is a complex thing. After all, Burns is a proud Irish-American and native New Yorker, raised up on Long Island as the son of an NYPD cop and the great-grandson of a bona fide Hell’s Kitchen bruiser. Thus, the Catholic schoolboy turned respected actor/filmmaker has always had tales of Irish-American cops and criminals percolating in his mind — and spilling out into screenplays. And now he has 10 episodes, a stellar cast rich with the New York-bred talent he insisted upon … Continue reading

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Done with the “Daily” grind. Here’s when to watch Jon Stewart’s last Daily Show

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What will we do without Jonnie Stew? The Daily Show Daily Show Full Episodes,  More Daily Show Videos,  Comedy Central Full Episodes   Sure, I thought the same of Stephen Colbert and The Colbert Report back in December, but my mourning was tempered with the understanding that I’m getting Stephen back next month in Letterman’s place. Jon … well, I don’t know. And that stings. Yes, The Daily Show will go on. But not The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Because I’m a print journalist who still believes hard in the medium, I get my daily news from a handful … Continue reading

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Dance Moms Season 5 episode 26 recap: Babies, bats and unruly hats …

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Mama’s home, boys and girls! And since I was away for so long, I want everyone to hit up the comments section and tell me the best thing and the worst thing about the two episodes I missed. Also, veteran readers, how about that John R. Kasich, Governor, running for president?! At least WE know who the guy is, anyway. Looks like we got us an intact ALDC LA while I was away, too. Jill’s so happy about it that she decides to do a cartwheel in a skirt, which allows the first screen capture of my return to feature … Continue reading

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David Spade gives folks their 15 minutes of Fameless on truTV

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Some people will do anything for their 15 minutes of televised glory and David Spade plans to prove it. Spade is the star and co-executive producer of Fameless, truTV’s latest addition to its growing sketch/prank comedy stable (see also: Impractical Jokers, Friends of the People and The Carbonaro Effect, all of which are back with new episodes this month, too). On the eight-episode summer laugher, wannabe reality stars believe they’ve been cast in a new unscripted series — perhaps an American Idol style talent competition, perhaps a Survivor-esque endurance test. In the meantime, their costars — a team of seasoned improv actors … Continue reading

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7 Questions with Kix Brooks of Cooking Channel’s “Steak Out With Kix Brooks.”

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As half of the legendary country music duo Brooks & Dunn, Kix Brooks has spent decades hunting down good meals while crisscrossing the country. Eventually, he realized his happily earned gustatory knowledge (Brooks is also co-owner of Tennessee’s Arrington Vineyards) might benefit his fans — and fans of a tasty piece of beef and a good glass of the grape to wash it down with — as well. “Jumping off a tour bus, somebody’d always be hanging around the bus and you’d ask, ‘Hey, where can you get a good steak around here?’ I realized everybody’s got some 30-minute story about … Continue reading

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I Am Cait premiere date, time and preview

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I Am Cait premieres Sunday, July 26 at 8/7CT on E! On the heels of April’s well-received 20/20 chat with Diane Sawyer in which Caitlyn Jenner — then still known as Bruce Jenner — finally confirmed that she has spent a lifetime certain she is a female trapped in one of the most celebrated male bodies in Olympic history, Jenner documents her transition to living openly as a woman in the much-anticipated eight-part docuseries I Am Cait, which premieres Sunday. • RELATED: See Caitlyn Jenner’s moving Arthur Ashe Courage Award acceptance speech at the Espy Awards speech here. Yes, the show comes from Bunim/Murray Productions, the same … Continue reading

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Alana Stewart talks Stewarts & Hamiltons on E!

Alana Stewart talks Stewarts & Hamiltons on E!

Alana Stewart has two dashing ex-husbands, three gorgeous kids and a multifaceted, four-decade career. Now the former Mrs. George Hamilton (he of the legendary tan), who next became Mrs. Rod Stewart (the Brit-rock bad boy turned debonair crooner of standards) and is currently enjoying life as a confidently independent woman, has a family-centric show on E! Stewarts & Hamiltons features George, Alana and her kids — reformed bad boy Ashley Hamilton, practicing bad boy Sean Stewart and single mom Kimberly Stewart — plus Ashley’s half-brother George “GT” Hamilton Jr., giving a frequently comic look at what life is really like … Continue reading

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We talk Dog and Beth On the Hunt Season 3 and more with Duane “Dog” Chapman

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Though he tries to forge a human connection with every fugitive he captures, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman says this season of his Saturday night CMT hit Dog and Beth: On the Hunt is an especially personal one — because of his own redemption. Chapman, his family and his bounty-hunting crew (now including 22-year-old daughter Cecily) return to Texas, where Dog did prison time nearly 40 years ago. “I consider myself a little bit Texan, so it’s exciting and very emotional,” says a choked-up Chapman of the place where he decided to get on the right side of the … Continue reading

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Richard Hatch revisits Survivor Season 1 on The 2000s: A New Reality tonight on National Geographic Channel

Richard Hatch revisits Survivor Season 1 on The 2000s: A New Reality tonight on National Geographic Channel

The 2000s: A New Reality premieres Sunday, July 12, and Monday, July 13, at 9/8CT on National Geographic Channel. He was Survivor’s first million-dollar winner. The first and only to find out that he was the victor at the final tribal council. Depending on how you remember him, Richard Hatch is also the guy who invented the now tried and true Survivor tactic of forming alliances. The naked guy. The snake that ate the rat like nature — and Sue Hawk —intended. On Sunday night, National Geographic Channel catches up with Hatch in its absorbing two-night event, The 2000s: A New … Continue reading

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HBO serves up “7 Days in Hell” tennis mockumentary

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7 Days in Hell: Trailer 2   It’s the mockumentary with something for everyone — tennis fans, Saturday Night Live fans, Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans, Game of Thrones fans, This Is Spinal Tap fans and most of all, people who like laughing at the earnestness of televised sports. 7 Days in Hell (on HBO Saturday, July 11, at 10pm ET/PT; available now on HBO GO), features Andy Samberg and GoT’s Kit Harington as Andre Agassi-esque hotshot Aaron Williams (Samberg) and man-bunned dumbbell Charles Poole (Harington) locked in a tennis match that simply will not end. The star-packed comedy also features cameos by … Continue reading

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