Lori Acken

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

Gypsy Sisters Season 3 premieres Aug. 21 on TLC

Gypsy Sisters Season 3 premieres Aug. 21 on TLC

The beautiful, brawling Stanley sisters and their extended clan return to TLC in the two-hour Gypsy Sisters Season 3 premiere, Thursday, August 21 on TLC. And it looks like Nettie and Kayla may have mended their fractious relationship — at least for the moment. Unless Mellie’s wearing a helmet for reasons that don’t involve skydiving or motorbikes. According to the press release for the new season, Stanley family ties are more tenuous than ever as Kayla’s 17-year marriage to Richard is tested even as she and Nettie try to put the fist-flailing and social media scandals of the recent past behind them. And while baby Richard … Continue reading

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Bravo announces three-part Real Housewives of New York City reunion

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Following tonight’s doozie of a The Real Housewives of New York City Season 6 finale, Bravo will air a three-part reunion beginning Tuesday, July 29 at 9pm ET/PT. Hosted by Andy Cohen, the reunion specials bring Aviva Drescher, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill, Ramona Singer, Kristen Taekman and Heather Thomson together to talk about the season’s plentiful jaw-dropping moments. On tonight’s RHONY finale — already much-discussed because of Aviva’s leg-tossing tantrum at Le Cirque  — Sonja confronts Harry and LuAnn about their alleged night together and Kristen unapologetically uses nepotism to land a modeling gig. After the finale  LuAnn, Ramona and Heather join Andy to talk it over on a special Watch What … Continue reading

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7 Questions With … Adam Richman of NBC’s Food Fighters

7 Questions With … Adam Richman of NBC's Food Fighters

On Tuesday, July 22, NBC will premiere its new food competition series Food Fighters, hosted by Man v. Food‘s Adam Richman and featuring home cooks attempting to best the efforts of top TV chefs for cash and bragging rights. In each episode, the talented amateurs will go head-to-head with the pros who try to outcook them at their specialty dish. With each pro they defeat — average Joes are the judges — their cash bounty grows even bigger. And it won’t be easy. Iron Chef’s Cat Cora, Top Chef Masters’ Elizabeth Falkner and Lorena Garcia, Road Trip’s G. Garvin, Ace … Continue reading

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Who Do You Think You Are? returns to TLC July 23

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Think you know everything about your favorite celebrities? TLC’s intriguing NBC import Who Do You Think You Are? unearths familial facts and secrets that famous folks didn’t even know themselves. Having already delved into the sometimes dark, sometimes delightful personal histories of Sarah Jessica Parker (who discovered that her 10th great-grandmother was accused in the Salem witch trials), Rob Lowe (who learned his fifth great-grandfather fought for the British in the American Revolution but died a patriot), Paula Deen (whose third great-grandfather was a slave owner) and others, the show’s emotional new season includes Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland), Jesse … Continue reading

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Marcus Lemonis: “I learn more about myself” on CNBC’s The Profit

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Marcus Lemonis, Chairman/CEO of Camping World and Good Sam and the star of CNBC’s The Profit says his entire business career has been about being accessible to people who need his help — even when his live-in girlfriend warns him that it’s going to burn him out. Speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Lemonis said he gets more than 1,000 email pitches a day, and culls even more from Twitter, but the entrepreneurial spirit is what drives him — in himself and in the struggling and prosepctive business owners with whom he works. It’s also … Continue reading

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NGC’s ‘Going Deep with David Rees’: Everything old hat is new again

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Leave it to the guy who (literally) wrote the book on sharpening pencils — and gets plenty of folks to pay him $15 to artfully sharpen a single Ticonderoga No. 2 — to spend his time at the Television Critics Association press tour teaching reporters to fold the perfect paper plane. And then cheerfully asking us to throw the finished products at him en masse. As the star of National Geographic Channel’s family-friendly new series Going Deep with David Rees, which premieres Monday, author/cartoonist/comedian David Rees sets out to shed fascinating new light on such mundane tasks as tying your … Continue reading

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LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian: Vh1′s LeAnn & Eddie is for real and for laughs

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Watching country crooner LeAnn Rimes and her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, calmly handle a grilling by reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour panel for their new VH1 docuseries LeAnn & Eddie, it’s clear that the pair have dealt with pretty much everything critics — TV or otherwise — have to dish out. • Preview the first episode of LeAnn & Eddie here Tabloid staples since their romance began on the set of the 2009 Lifetime movie Northern Lights (while both were married to others), the pair decided to create a reality show to give a tongue-in-cheek — but, … Continue reading

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Investigation Discovery’s Heartbreakers unites long-ago TV teen hearthrobs in killer true tales

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For TV viewers of a certain age, the idea of a brand-new show featuring The Brady Bunch’s Peter Brady and Melrose Place‘s Jack Parezi battling for the love of Growing Pains wallflower Carol Seaver could possibly blow your mind. But it’s about to go down. On Aug. 13, Investigation Discovery — ground zero for unabashedly campy TV that blends fact and fiction into lesson after lesson in what to avoid in a prospective life partner — will premiere the three-part summer series Heartbreakers, starring the aforementioned trio, Christopher Knight, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Tracy Gold, plus additional throwback faves Kevin … Continue reading

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‘The 90s: The Last Great Decade?’ three-parter premieres July 6 on NGC

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National Geographic Channel Takes An In-Depth Look At The Era That Brought Us Televised Warfare, The World Wide Web, Vanilla Ice And Springer. If the 1980s were America’s technicolor candy land, filled with shoulder pads and parachute pants, MTV and the Brat Pack, the 90s was the decade that grew us up a little and connected us a lot, in ways that both thrilled and horrified us. With television cameras in places they’d never gone before — courtrooms, war zones, emerging crime scenes — the line between news and entertainment blurred and then nearly disappeared, while, in the White House, … Continue reading

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Adam Richman series Man Finds Food postponed by Travel Channel

Adam Richman Man Finds Food Travel Channel

In the wake of perennial Travel Channel favorite Adam Richman’s controversial online exchanges with a few detractors, the network has pulled his newest series Man Finds Food — which was to premiere tonight — from its schedule. Though the announcement did not specifically state the reason for its decision, Richman’s recent, shockingly vitriolic adventures in social media with several people who challenged his use of the term “thinspiration” in interviews and  Instagram posts about his recent 70-plus pound weight loss are presumed to be to blame. Richman has since apologized for his comments and made his personal Instragram account private. The network has not said … Continue reading

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