Lori Acken

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

Channel your inner von Trapp with tonight’s The Sound of Music Sing Along on ABC

Channel your inner von Trapp with tonight's The Sound of Music Sing Along on ABC

If you think you know every last word to every single song in the 1965 Rodgers and Hammerstein family classic The Sound of Music, here’s your chance to test that theory. Or maybe your renditions go something like “Edelweiss, edelweiss, la la lala la laaaaaaaa laaaaaaa!” and you’d like to remedy that. Tonight ABC presents The Sound of Music: Sing-A-Long, a special edition of the beloved film featuring subtitles to its Grammy-nominated soundtrack that allow you to channel your inner Fräulein Maria or Captain von Trapp with confidence. First broadcast on television on ABC in 1976,  the five-time Oscar winner … Continue reading

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We talk Galavant — and Alan Menken — with Joshua Sasse!

We talk Galavant — and Alan Menken — with Joshua Sasse!

And now for something completely different: A TV comedy that’s a little bit Disney romance and a whole lot Mel-Brooks-meets-Monty-Python reverie — all set to rollicking music by Disney’s celebrated song guy, Alan Menken. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Galavant, a four-week, star-studded musical hoot featuring Psych’s Timothy Omundson as King Richard and Joshua Sasse (Rogue) as the titular knight Galavant — a duo locked in tuneful, comical battle for the love of Madalena (Mallory Jansen), the savvy beauty who owns both their hearts. Or their hormones, at any rate. “A friend of mine said it’s a bit like The Princess … Continue reading

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HBO’s “Saving My Tomorrow” special is an insightful, impactful family treat

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If you ever need to have yourself a stern lecture about a very important subject, let me suggest that you get it from 8-year-old Hippocrates Polemis, one of the young stars of HBO’s spectacular, song-filled family special Saving My Tomorrow which premieres tonight. Like his ancient namesake, the dark-eyed little fellow has a fine grasp on what is — and isn’t — good for us. Sporting a “ICARE For The World” t-shirt and a smudge of lunch on his face, Hippocrates reminds us — with all the gravitas of your high-school principal — that we can’t just travel through galaxies … Continue reading

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New Kate Plus 8 specials begin in January

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TLC has announced that it will air five new Kate Plus Eight specials on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 13 at 9/8CT. Featuring Kate Gosselin (a sudden dead ringer for Kendra Wilkinson who will also be seen on next month’s new season of The Celebrity Apprentice) and her kids, the hour-long specials will spotlight such hallmark family moments as a family vacation, much-needed home renovations, twins Mady and Cara’s 14th birthday and — with eight kids all in double digits —single mom Kate finding brand new ways to be completely overwhelmed. In the first two hours, Kate takes the twins and their … Continue reading

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Gypsy Sisters Christmas special: Get an exclusive sneak peek from “A Naughty or Nice Christmas”

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Early Christmas present, Gypsy Sisters fans! Just in time to heat up your holidays, TLC presents its newest Christmas special featuring the brawling beauties of the Stanley clan. And as their longtime fans know, there will likely be anything but peace on earth if this crew is involved. To spark the holiday spirit, Nettie decides to gather the ladies for a holiday costume party and gets the shock of her life when — instead of arriving as a naughty Mrs. Santa, elf or holiday treat like everybody else — a fully clothed Mellie hobbles in dressed as Scrooge, toting her … Continue reading

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The Coworkers’ Guide to Girlfriends Guide to Divorce episode 2

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In which Ryan Berenz (11 years into Marriage No. 1, two preschool boys) and Lori Acken (nine years into Marriage No. 2, four grown kids) debate a few quagmires revealed in Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce Episode 2 “Rule 174: Never Trust Anyone Who Charges By the Hour.” Never read the comments? Ryan: If you’re a celebrity or public figure, NEVER read the comments. They will make you weep for humanity. But if you’re a chump in an office blogging about a TV show, the comments give you reason to keep on keeping on. Lori: I can’t even handle the comments … Continue reading

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Girlfriends Guide to Divorce recap episode 2: “Rule #174: Never Trust Anyone Who Charges By the Hour”

Girlfriends Guide to Divorce recap episode 2:  “Rule #174: Never Trust Anyone Who Charges By the Hour”

Last Night’s Girlfriends Guide to Divorce was called “Never Trust Anyone Who Charges By the Hour.” You know, like lawyers. Or your dominatrix. Or a lawyer who knows your dominatrix. But we’ll get to that in a bit. • RELATED: Lisa Edelstein and Marti Noxon talk Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce on Bravo! What the episode is really about is a trifecta of issues only too familiar to those of us who’ve gone through divorce — lawyering up, dividing the dollars, and when standing up for yourself blurs into revenge. And to the show’s credit, it addresses all three with a … Continue reading

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“Sons of Anarchy” roars to its series finale

"Sons of Anarchy" roars to its series finale

From the start, fans of Kurt Sutter’s ultraviolent, uber-addictive FX motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy have been as devoted as a real-life band of bikers, hashing out unexpected deaths, curious casting (Lea Michele?), unfathomable Emmy snubs … and, well, those unfortunate few moments when it actually seemed like Jax himself, Charlie Hunnam, might do the Fifty Shades of Grey flick (whew!). Now the day that SAMCRO fans have been dreading is here, as the show reaches the end of its bloody ride to tonight’s three-hour series finale, “Papa’s Goods,” written and directed by Sutter. And with the Sons of Anarchy … Continue reading

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Wally Lamb’s “Wishin’ and Hopin'” comes to Lifetime

Wally Lamb's "Wishin' and Hopin'" comes to Lifetime

Fans of Wally Lamb’s hefty New York Times bestsellers She’s Come Undone, The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much Is True may have been a bit suspect when he penned a slim little Christmas novella in 2010. Then they opened the book and fell in love with the ’60s-era tale of Felix Funicello (proud cousin of Annette) and his fellow fifth-graders at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic school, whose insular worlds are rocked by the arrival of French-speaking substitute teacher Madame Frechette and worldly Russian classmate Zhenya. Executive produced by Lamb and starring Molly Ringwald, her Sixteen Candles … Continue reading

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The Coworkers’ Guide To Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce

The Coworkers' Guide To Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce

Is it cool if the missus is the breadwinner? He said: Stay-at-home dads are awesome. Seriously dudes, support your spouse’s success and let her bring home the bacon (mmmm, bacon!). Plus, when people see me out with my boys at 2pm on a Tuesday, they exalt me. She said: Stay-at-home dads ARE awesome. Stay-at-home moms are awesome. Financial stability and good benefits are the awesome-est. Resentment in either direction? Not awesome. Is a strictly e-affair still an affair? He said: Yeah, it is. Even if you never physically see or touch the person you’re texting or Skyping, you’re still betraying … Continue reading

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