Lori Acken

About Lori Acken

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

Interview: Jeff Ward of Lifetime’s Manson’s Lost Girls

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Manson’s Lost Girls premieres Saturday, Feb. 6, at 8/7CT on Lifetime. Most of us have seen their pictures. Three pretty young girls walking shoulder to shoulder in a courthouse hallway, looking serene as angels. Look closer and you notice crude swastikas etched by their own hands into their foreheads. They’re Manson’s girls — Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten — a trio of troubled young women seduced into the legendary cult leader’s “Family” by the promise of free love and free rein at the height of the hippie movement. And all three loved their leader enough to kill. Lifetime’s new original … Continue reading

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Vinyl — Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter spin a stunning rock ’n’ roll tale on HBO

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We like it, like it, yes we do! Vinyl airs Sundays at 9/8CT on HBO beginning Feb. 14. When Olivia Wilde was a kid, she crashed her journalist parents’ dinner party to demand that one guest vacate her spot at the family table. The interloper? Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. He told the upstart to go to bed. Several decades later, Jagger would witness Wilde’s mettle once again — on the set of their seductive new HBO series, Vinyl. Since 1995, Jagger had mulled a feature film that would delve deep into what he knew best: the gritty reality of the music … Continue reading

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Greg Nicotero talks The Walking Dead Season 6, Negan, The Saviors, THAT Glenn scene and more

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The Walking Dead Season 6 returns Sunday, February 14 at 9/8CT on AMC You picked a fine time to show up, Lucille! OK, so we’ve yet to see The Walking Dead comic’s infamous barbed-wire baseball bat and its equally insidious owner, Negan (welcome, Jeffrey Dean Morgan!). But we know the pair is out there, courtesy of a sneak peek of Daryl, Sasha and Abraham encountering a contingent of Negan’s acolytes — a.k.a. the Saviors — which aired just after the midseason finale. Atop it, Deanna’s dead, the wall’s kaput and Morgan just had to let that Wolf get away with poor Dr. … Continue reading

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Madoff on ABC: For Richard Dreyfuss, playing the disgraced financier is personal

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The two night miniseries Madoff premieres Wednesday, Feb. 3 and Thursday, Feb. 4 on ABC. • Missed Madoff Part 1? Find out how to watch it online here.  In the early 2000s, Richard Dreyfuss had an epiphany. Disheartened by the scarcity of the meaningful, character-driven films he preferred to make, and appalled by the civil and political landscape in which his teenage sons were growing up, Dreyfuss decided to scrap acting and head for England’s University of Oxford to learn how to resurrect the vanishing civics curriculum in U.S. schools. “To me this was such an easy call,” says the Oscar, … Continue reading

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Is Steven Avery guilty or innocent? Investigation Discovery special looks at the case

Is Steven Avery guilty or innocent? Investigation Discovery special looks at the case

Steven Avery: Innocent or Guilty premieres Saturday, Jan. 30 at 9/8CT on Investigation Discovery. RELATED: • Netflix’s Ted Sarandos calls “Making a Murderer” a “remarkable turn of events” • Dateline NBC special looks at the Steven Avery case Odds are, if you have a TV, computer or tablet, you’ve been sucked into the worldwide phenomenon that is Netflix’s original series Making A Murderer. If you haven’t watched it (and maybe even if you have), you probably wish your friends would just … stop … talking … about it. And if you haven’t heard of it at all, well, you’ve won a seriously impressive game of … Continue reading

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Catching up with Larry Black of RFD-TV’s Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion

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It’s near impossible to tune in to RFD-TV’s Larry’s Country Diner and not want to climb through the screen to share some pie and sociability with host Larry Black and his cast of amiable characters as they crack wise, reminisce about classic moments in music and television and generally have a fine time. • MORE: Larry’s Country Diner serves up generous helpings of country greats on RFD-TV. The 70-year-old, Alabama-born preacher’s son turned his love of music and rich baritone voice into a decades-long career as a disc jockey — during its heyday, the Larry Black Show aired on 125 radio … Continue reading

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Grease: Live — Julianne Hough is the one that FOX wants as its Sandy!

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Grease: Live premieres Sunday, Jan. 31 at 7pm ET on FOX Julianne Hough has been hopelessly devoted to Grease since she was a little girl. Growing up in a creative family, the Dancing With the Stars favorite says she and her siblings loved to act out the music-filled 1978 film that starred Olivia Newton-John as good-girl Aussie transplant Sandy and John Travolta as her greaser beau Danny. And though Hough’s three older sisters arguably had dibs on the best roles, she laughs, “I was in my own world, so I was playing Sandy regardless if I was supposed to or … Continue reading

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Toni Braxton Unbreak My Heart — the soulful songbird brings her own life story to Lifetime

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Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart premieres Saturday, January 23 at 8/7CT on Lifetime. Most people consider R&B star Toni Braxton an unmitigated success story — model-worthy looks, a two-decade-plus recording career, seven Grammy Awards and a popular WE tv reality show with her four outspoken sisters. Behind the scenes, however, Braxton has dealt with heartache, betrayal, illness and upheaval for most of her adult life, lending additional poignancy to the soulful songs that made her a star. In 2014, the singer released her memoir — titled Unbreak My Heart in homage to her 1996 Billboard No. 1 hit — which chronicled … Continue reading

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Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta features its first transgender bride Friday on TLC

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Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta will feature the series’ first transgender bride-to-be this Friday at 9/8CT on TLC. Precious Davis, an award-winning diversity expert, social justice facilitator and performance artist who currently serves as the assistant director of diversity recruitment initiatives for Columbia College in Chicago — the first woman of color to hold the position — arrives at Bridals by Lori with a challenge for Robin, Lori and Monte. In the episode, the classically beautiful Precious seeks the perfect gown for her 1,000-guest, royalty-themed wedding at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel. With her “chosen family” members Kenneth and Chadwick in tow, Precious hopes … Continue reading

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Supergirl news: The Black Mercy! Indigo! Cast and creators talk what — and who — is on the horizon

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The cast and crew of the freshman superhero hit Supergirl took questions from Television Critics Association reporters yesterday on the CBS soundstage that housed the series’ D.E.O. headquarters. The first query pertained to the series’ powerful Red Tornado episode which showed Supergirl unleashing a torrent of emotions in the face of a formidable opponent — and the realization that General Lane sought her help and then sabotaged her.  Supergirl herself, Melissa Benoist (dressed in Kara-appropriate prep wear and ponytail) took first comments. “That is one of my favorite episodes that we’ve done to date, just because of what I got to explore in that theme … Continue reading

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