Lori Acken

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

Nat Geo’s first scripted series is Genius

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard co executive produce Genius on Nat Geo

Today, National Geographic Channel announced plans for Genius, the network’s first ever scripted series. The ambitious anthology series is a partnership between the network, Fox 21 Television Studios (Homeland, The People v. O.J. Simpson), Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Television (24, Empire), OddLot Entertainment (Rosewater; The Way, Way Back) and EUE/Sokolow. Howard will direct the series premiere, with each season spotlighting one of the world’s most brilliant minds. Season 1 will focus on the guy whose name is synonymous with the idea of genius — Albert Einstein — and will be adapted from Walter Isaacson’s critically-acclaimed book Einstein: His Life and Universe by writer Noah … Continue reading

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Remembering Chyna: Channel Guide’s 2001 Joanie Laurer interview

Remembering Chyna: Channel Guide's 2001 Joanie Laurer interview

Shocked wrestling fans around the globe are mourning the loss of former WWE superstar Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, who passed away yesterday at the age of 46. And though I no longer know my WWE from my TNA, and couldn’t tell you when Raw stopped being War, you can count me among them. • RELATED: Remembering Chyna: Joanie Laurer Was the WWE’s Troubled Pioneer Back in early 2001, I was a fledgling wrestling fan — mostly because I was hopelessly in love with a major wrestling aficionado (who would become my husband years later) and if I had to spend a couple of hours … Continue reading

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Animal Kingdom — TNT releases new trailer for its summer sizzler (VIDEO)

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Summer just got a whole lot hotter! Today, TNT released a new trailer for its smoldering, action-packed summer series Animal Kingdom. The ten-episode drama, based on the critically acclaimed 2010 Australian film starring Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver and Blindspot’s Sullivan Stapleton, will air Tuesdays at 9/8CT, beginning June 7. The two-minute montage offers viewers a tantalizing look at the family-centric crime story, which moves the tale from Melbourne to Oceanside and stars a sexed up Ellen Barkin as Janine “Smurf” Cody,” matriarch of a (literal) crime family made up of her sons — scruffy, smart-mouthed testosterone cases Craig and Deran (Vikings’ Ben Robson, Pretty … Continue reading

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Confirmation — HBO and Kerry Washington revisit a real-life Washington scandal

Confirmation HBO Kerry Washington

Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill. Their names are synonymous with the very public hearings about very private matters that led Americans to rethink our collective perspective on race, workplace equity, sexual harassment, victims’ rights and adjudicating in the public eye. And to side-eye our Coke cans in the process. In 1991, more than 20 million TV viewers were riveted as the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by then-Senator Joe Biden, investigated claims that controversial Supreme Court nominee Thomas sexually harassed Hill when the ambitious young attorney worked for him a decade before. Twenty-five years later, HBO’s Confirmation — starring Scandal’s Kerry Washington … Continue reading

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Sue Aikens talks Life Below Zero Season 4 and reclaiming her life after injury

Life Below Zero Season 4 Sue Aikens Kavik River Camp

Sue Aikens is one tough cookie on National Geographic Channel’s Emmy-nominated hit, Life Below Zero — risking her life and sometimes ruining her body to maintain the solitary Alaskan lifestyle she loves at her Kavik River Camp 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. But you’d be hard pressed to find a more charming coffee date and conversationalist when Aikens does venture down from the 49th state, which she did to take part in a January press tour. I found her relaxing with a pair of the show’s producers in a Pasadena hotel restaurant, enjoying her time in the warmer climes — and greeting reporters she … Continue reading

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Where to find Merle Haggard tributes on TV

Where to find Merle Haggard tributes on TV

His mom and dad were the Okies from Muskogee — not their Bakersfield-born boy — but the loping tune about small-town pride made Merle Haggard a country music icon. Today, radio stations around the world are playing the song — which spent four weeks in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart in November and December of 1969 — to honor Haggard, who died today on his 79th birthday. Haggard’s manager, Frank Mull, confirmed that Haggard succumbed to the pneumonia that had plagued him for months, forcing him to cancer recent tour dates —  a foreboding sign to Haggard’s multi-generations of fans. “When I quit … Continue reading

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Fear the Walking Dead Season 2: The survivors set sail with Strand

Fear the Walking Dead Season 2: The survivors set sail with Strand

Season 2 is upon us, Fear the Walking Dead fans, so let’s take stock. Liza’s a goner — but Travis (Cliff Curtis) and Madison (Kim Dickens) are that much wiser about walkers. An already defiant Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) only knows that his dad shot his mom. The wounded Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) is also mourning her mother and doubting her dad. And Nick (Frank Dillane) just got elevated from epic screwup to Strand’s second in command as everyone prepares to board his yacht, the Abigail. We’ll come back to that last one in a minute. Fear’s co-executive producer Dave Alpert … Continue reading

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Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper — The famed mother-son duo look back with love

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Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper premieres Sunday, April 9, at 9/8CT on HBO. The documentary will encore on CNN April 29. Famed fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt — looking decades younger than her 92 years in a bright coral tunic, slim pants and oversize gold earrings — smiles at rapt reporters from a Pasadena hotel ballroom stage. On either side, giant screens beam her beloved youngest son, CNN newsman Anderson Cooper, into the room from Fairfax, VA., where, later, Cooper will host a town hall at President Obama’s request. Though he was supposed to be here beside her, his … Continue reading

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The Catch — Mireille Enos talks being the newest ShondaLand diva

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The Catch premieres Thursday, March 24 at 10/9CT on ABC. Shonda Rhimes — TV’s own Queen Midas — has made primetime empresses of Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis via her ABC Thursday night trifecta Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. Now, it’s time to welcome a new lady to the ShondaLand court. Mireille Enos — the stunning Texas redhead with the very French first name (say “Mee-RAY”) — plays savvy private investigator Alice Vaughan in The Catch, which takes over HTGAWM’s time slot this month. “Everybody around me was like, ‘You understand what’s happening to … Continue reading

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The Story Of God’s Morgan Freeman: “The biggest question we ask is about resurrection”

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The Story of God With Morgan Freeman premieres Sunday, April 3 at 9/8CT on National Geographic Channel. By his very nature — the soulful eyes and regal bearing, legendary voice and sonorous delivery — when Morgan Freeman tells you something, you believe it. You just do. Hence, the Oscar winner is frequently tapped to play noble sorts — doctors, lawmen, statesmen, even revolutionaries like Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X. Even God. And God is the reason Freeman is here today, seated beside his Revelations Entertainment partners Lori McCreary and James Younger in a Pasadena hotel suite. Not because he’s portraying God. … Continue reading

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