Lori Acken

About Lori Acken

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

Interview: Simon Majumdar of Nat Geo’s EAT: The Story of Food

Interview: Simon Majumdar of Nat Geo's EAT: The Story of Food

Most viewers know outspoken Englishman Simon Majumdar from his frequent Food Network appearances as a judge on series like Beat Bobby Flay, Cutthroat Kitchen and The Next Iron Chef, and from his critically-acclaimed gastronomic adventure Eat My Globe: One Year to Go Everywhere and Eat Everything. Now Majumdar is adding his signature wit and insight to National Geographic Channel’s epic exploration of food and food history, EAT: The Story of Food, which airs its second and third installments tonight at 9/8CT. And the timing couldn’t be better for the brand-new American citizen, who set off across his newly adopted homeland … Continue reading

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Preview: Nat Geo’s ‘EAT: The Story of Food’


National Geographic Channel’s three-night event is a tasty treat that’s good for you, too! It’s the most food-centric time of the year, and to celebrate (and give viewers a long overdue break from the myriad cooking shows and competitions that make up food TV) National Geographic is serving up a tasty dish of its own. Yes, National Geographic Channel. And no, it doesn’t entail eating weird things in order to survive the wild. Well, mostly. On Friday, the network debuts its frequently funny, endlessly fascinating six-part miniseries EAT: The Story of Food, from the same folks who brought you Werner … Continue reading

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Broadway Bride: Sutton Foster goes for the gown on tonight’s Say Yes to the Dress


Broadway babies and Bunheads fans, you don’t want to miss tonight’s all-new Say Yes to the Dress, premiering at 9/8CT on TLC. Tony-winner and Critics Choice nominee Sutton Foster visits the Kleinfeld Bridal team seeking the perfect gown for her wedding to Ocean’s Eleven screenwriter Ted Griffin (the pair wed Oct. 25 in Santa Barbara). Foster scored Tony awards for her performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie and additional nominations for Violet, Shrek The Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone and Little Women. She is currently filming the upcoming TVLand original series Younger. The single-camera comedy — created by Sex … Continue reading

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Sleepless In America — NGC Reveals why the “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” mentality can kill you


Did you know that at this very moment there exists a single, enormously effective weight loss aid, chronic disease fighter, mental health booster and student achievement enhancer — and it’s available to everyone and free for the taking? All you have to do to reap these benefits is get eight hours of uninterrupted shut-eye. You just groaned, didn’t you? We humans are the only species that willfully deny ourselves sleep and — cellphones, remotes and tablets in hand and in bed — Americans are experts at it. Forty percent of the nation’s adults and a whopping 70 percent of its … Continue reading

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Fallen Star: Lifetime’s long-awaited Aaliyah biopic premieres Saturday

Fallen Star: Lifetime’s long-awaited Aaliyah biopic premieres Saturday

Aaliyah Haughton — better known as Aaliyah — was the multitalented Brooklyn native who paved the way for superstars like Beyoncé and Rihanna. By the time she boarded a chartered aircraft back to the U.S. after a 2001 Bahamian video shoot, the 22-year-old stunner was a platinum-selling recording artist beginning to make a splash in feature films. And when the dual-engine plane plummeted to the ground shortly after takeoff, killing everyone aboard, one of entertainment’s most promising stars was extinguished. Now Lifetime will chronicle Aaliyah’s journey — from her debut on Star Search at age 10 through the personal and … Continue reading

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Girlfriends Guide To Divorce: Marti Noxon and Lisa Edelstein on Bravo’s bold new dramedy


How you relate to Bravo’s new Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce will likely depend not on how you feel about The Big D itself, but how you feel about your own romantic connections — or lack thereof. And that’s just how the show’s creator Marti Noxon intended it. “For me, this show is much more about what it’s like to be men and women right now — and right now it’s really complicated,” says Noxon, who took over for Joss Whedon as showrunner on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then worked with Shonda Rhimes on Private Practice, Matthew Weiner on Mad Men … Continue reading

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We talk Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship with host Bobby Deen!

Holiday Baking Championship host Bobby Deen

It’s only natural that Bobby Deen would relish his role as host of Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship, premiering Sunday night at 9pm ET/PT. “Thanksgiving and Christmas are wonderful holidays for my family,” says Paula’s youngest boy of his food-centric clan. “We all gathered in Statesboro, Ga., every year for Thanksgiving at my Uncle Bernie and Aunt Glennis’ house and everyone would bring desserts. There was a 6-foot buffet table in the dining room that was covered from end to end with cakes and pies and gooey bars and any kind of cookie that you could imagine. That’s such a … Continue reading

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Family Matters: The Little Couple returns Dec. 2!

The Little Couple new season

For fans of Dr. Jen Arnold and Bill Klein — better known as TLC’s beloved The Little Couple — the show’s sixth season was equal parts harrowing and uniquely uplifting. Having traveled around the world in the span of mere months to become Mom and Dad to son Will, now 4, and daughter Zoey, 3, the couple learned they would face their biggest challenge yet — Jen’s mighty battle with a rare form of cancer. Though she bravely shared that journey with the TLC cameras, the new mom most memorably displayed an inspiring determination to not let the disease affect … Continue reading

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Miracles wanted: How to apply for TLC’s new divine intervention show from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey


Have you, a friend or family member experienced something that you can only describe as divine intervention? If so, TLC and entertainment super couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, producers of The Bible and Son of God, are waiting to hear all about it. Expanding on the success of its Long Island Medium and Angels Among Us, the network has partnered with the duo and Downey’s LightWorkers Media to create a yet-to-be-named reality series that explores the recollections of everyday people who have experienced the extraordinary. And they’re looking for those people now via an open casting call at LightWorkers … Continue reading

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Interview: Sue Aikens of NGC’s Life Below Zero: The Thaw


The next time you complain about the price of milk at your local market — or having to dash there to get it — consider what Life Below Zero star Sue Aikens endures to provide the grocery staple to the hunters, scientists and other outdoor enthusiasts she hosts at her “unique and twisted bed-and-breakfast,” Kavik River Camp, 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. “As a business, I have to have everything for the people that stay there be store-bought, brought-in, authorized and cleared foods,” Aikens explains. “So I have to plan for maybe 50 people a day. How much … Continue reading

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