Lori Acken

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

My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding: Sondra Celli talks three seasons of sparkling gowns and crazy love stories

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Even after many years spent designing over-the-top fashions and blinged-out accessories for her vast American gypsy clientele, Boston designer Sondra Celli says she never tires of a good challenge — or runs out of dazzling new ideas. “It is a blast to do work for the show,” Celli says. “It is blast of energy in the midst of all the baby dresses.” Celli says that her synergy with her gypsy clientele is based on a very simple premise: mutual respect paired with mind-blowing creativity. “They make me feel like a movie star,” Celli says. “They treat me so well. I … Continue reading

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Oliver’s Twist: “The Daily Show” standout John Oliver gets his own gig on HBO

Oliver’s Twist:  “The Daily Show” standout John Oliver gets his own gig on HBO

Turns out The Daily Show’s fans weren’t the only ones thinking, “That guy should really have his own show” when the Comedy Central hit’s droll correspondent John Oliver aced his guest-hosting stint last summer, sitting in for Jon Stewart while Stewart directed his first film. Not long after, HBO offered the witty Brit his own weekly news-satire series. Airing late-night on Sundays, Last Week Tonight With John will feature the Emmy-winning writer and sometime standup comic (who also appears as Professor Ian Duncan on NBC’s Community) skewering the previous week’s news highlights and political water cooler moments in trademark Oliver … Continue reading

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Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller on Dancing with the Stars May 5

Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller on Dancing with the Stars May 5

It’s a favored topic of discussion among Dance Moms fans — does the series’ blustering star, Pittsburgh dance studio owner Abby Lee Miller, really, truly know her stuff where the finer points of the art are concerned? Or does she leave the tough stuff to guest choreographers while she seeks out the spotlight? We’ll see how Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman feel about it when Miller joins them on the Dancing with the Stars judging panel, Monday, May 5 at 8pm ET. So fair warning, Candace, James, Danica, Meryl, Charlie and Amy. Polish up your best drag-queen and dead-children dances, watch your feeeeeeeeeet … Continue reading

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Dance Moms Seeing Red recap: Tainted Tongues

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Sometimes I feel I got to BOMP BOMP! Run away I got to BOMP BOMP! Get away From the pain you drive into the heart of me, Dance Moms. Yes, Dance Moms nation, I know. My homework is late. I tried to get it done last night, honest I did, but  a couple things happened. For one, after Abby said her tongue was tainted, I spent most of the rest of my night singing a retooled version of Tainted Love to myself (and wondering what reader John Linen will do with that bad boy). And also, am I the only one who … Continue reading

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On tonight’s The Little Couple: a tea party and a birthday party

On tonight's The Little Couple: a tea party and a birthday party

On tonight’s all-new The Little Couple, it’s all about the treats, as Will delivers a sweet gift from the family’s San Francisco journey to his grandma, and Jen and Zoey have tea for two. Check out a sneak peek from tonight’s episode: Also in the episode, Bill and Jen prepare for Will’s birthday party, and reflect on how much he has grown in the past year, hanging a growth chart in their son’s room, so he can see for himself. Then the boys head off to visit Grandma Arnold at work, while the girls break out the finery and the … Continue reading

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Dawn Ricci and Tony DeLorenzo trap online scammers in TLC special Web of Deceit

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In 2007, fortysomething single mom Sandy was battling the isolation and depression that stemmed from her recent divorce and the lingering effects of a car crash when she logged on to a poker web site and met handsome Texan “Keith.” The two began chatting regularly, first online and then over the phone, where their friendship quickly blossomed into the kind of Cinderella story lonely Sandy longed for. There was just one problem. After six years of only speaking to her love online and on the phone — and sending him tens of thousands of dollars to help him through what … Continue reading

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Abby’s Studio Rescue: new Abby Lee Miller reality series will premiere in June on Lifetime

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While it’s fairly common knowledge that Pittsburgh dance coach and studio owner Abby Lee Miller conceived her Lifetime reality hit Dance Moms as a means of climbing out of debt after filing for bankruptcy in December 2010, she’s getting ready to give other dance studio owners on-camera business advice in the new Lifetime reality show Abby’s Studio Rescue, which will premiere June 17 at 9pm ET/PT. According to a Lifetime press release, the seven-episode series — from the folks who brought you Dance Moms and Hell’s Kitchen — will feature Miller crisscrossing the country to salvage struggling dance studios. • RELATED: Dance … Continue reading

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Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 16 recap: The mother(s) of all midseason finales

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It’s the Season 4 Midseason finale, Dance Moms Nation and that means it’s time for the much-discussed new team. And the new mothers. Well, sort of new. One gave us a special little taste of her tact and refinement — and brought out the best in Melissa — last week. Another we met a month or so ago in Michigan. And another isn’t new to Kira at all. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We start out on a somber note, because the show has finally caught up to Maryen Lorrain’s Feb. 8 death. As each Pitt Crew mother-daughter … Continue reading

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The Little Couple sneak peek and photos: “San Fran, Here We Come!”

The Little Couple San Francisco

It’s Will whirling at the Wharf in tonight’s all-new episode of The Little Couple on TLC! Though it’s been less than two weeks since her final chemotherapy treatment, Jen — who serves as medical director of the Pediatric Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital — decides to take advantage of her invitation to be a keynote speaker at the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s international meeting in San Francisco. Because Bill wants to make sure she doesn’t overextend herself, the couple packs up the kids and makes a family adventure of the journey. And when Jen is done with her professional duties, … Continue reading

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CMT announces Dog and Beth On the Hunt Season 2 premiere date

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Dog and Beth On the Hunt Season 2 will premiere June 14 at 9pm ET/PT on CMT, the network has announced. Season 2 will feature 15 hourlong episodes that spotlight world-famous bounty hunters Duane “Dog” and Beth Chapman, their son Leland Chapman and Leland’s 19-year-old son Dakota traveling across America to help other bondmen upgrade their knowledge, skills and equipment and — as the title suggests — hunt down some of the country’s most dangerous and elusive criminals. According to CMT, the new season will feature Dog introducing the latest high-tech surveillance gear and ballistic gear, and a special episode … Continue reading

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