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Baby Phat mogul Kimora Lee Simmons is getting her own show on Style Network. Scheduled to premiere this summer, the series will “peek inside the hip-hop halls” of her fashion empire, take us inside her personal life with her daughters (ex-husband Russell Simmons got no mention in Style’s press release), and promises “to open a lot of women’s eyes to the possibilities life has to offer.” No doubt, we’ll get a crash course in the former talk show host and model’s “fabulosity.” On MTV, what happens in Vegas … happens in Vegas again. The network has announced that, in addition […]

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Drew’s Back!

The highlight of last night’s two-hour Dancing With the Stars marathon wasn’t the repeat performance of Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson’s passionate paso doble, or the Big & Rich mini-concert, or even cohost Samantha Harris’s announcement of her pregnancy, if you can believe it. Getting the biggest reaction in the ballroom during the latest results show was, in fact, a surprise appearance by Season 2 winner Drew Lachey, who joined the pros for a ho-down to the country duo’s “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy). Fortunately, Fatone, Apolo Anton Ohno and Ian Ziering are good enough that the Drew visit […]

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Operation: Soul Mate Is About To Begin

Normally, I can’t stomach dating shows like The Bachelor, Joe Millionaire, Outback Jack or the awful Who Wants To Marry a Millionaire. All that oohing, ahhing and adoration from supposedly intelligent and accomplished women – over a guy they met an hour ago – turned my stomach. But this time around, the combination of Doctor/Triathlete/Philanthropist/Lieutenant McDreamy Andy Baldwin and the pack of alternately hilarious and relatable women of The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman has sucked me right in. Let’s recap: At last week’s drunken meet-and-greet, 25 lovely ladies in varying levels of evening gown undress fawned over “Andy! Andy! […]

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Make It Work, Chicago!

Today we have a very special treat. Or maybe just a special treat for me? Yesterday I hopped a train to the Chicago casting call for Project Runway — and I have a complete report from the trenches (also known as: a hallway). I even got a few moments with the endlessly quotable Tim Gunn, and did my best to avoid asking, “Where’s Andrae?” The first question came up when I ventured into the ballroom staging area and starting chatting up the folks in line. Does winning the University of Kansas’ own Project Runway — judged by Season 2’s Nick […]

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Court TV brings us “‘Til Death Do Us Part” from John Waters

I’d like to think that This Filthy World creator John Waters would approve of the fact that I’m writing this article during a two-hour layover in a dingy bus depot. The man who made a drag-queen combo of Clarabell the Clown and Marilyn Monroe a “Divine” star, and who reveled in the beauty of the depravity and dirt of his daily life in Baltimore, might find this circumstance especially apropos given the fact that just days ago I was weaving my way through the crew, cables and chaos of an elaborate location shoot at a chichi mansion in the suburban […]

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Pussycat NO!

Posted by TVita I was fully expecting to loathe the exhaustingly titled CW reality series Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll. After watching the premiere last night, I discovered that first impressions sometimes are right! From that first cringe at PCD creator Robin Antin’s collagen-packed lips, to the naivete of “tens of thousands” of young girls who seem to really believe it when they proclaim that the Dolls are “all about female empowerment,” to the completely gratuitous vomit shots, the show made my stomach turn. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for showcasing the talents of […]

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Famed “Mother Of Invention” Joy Mangano Is Back With A New Product For The Holidays

Joy Mangano, creator of such legendary products as the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers, has revolutionized not only people’s lives, but — as a mainstay on HSN and other shopping networks since the early days — has also revolutionized the electronic retailing industry. Can she do it again with some new products she is selling on HSN in time for Christmas? We talked with the woman who is an endless font of creativity and energy to find out: So, can you tell us about your new product? Joy Mangano: On Sunday, Dec. 10, [I am introducing] a brand-new item in […]

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A New Series Reveals The Family Life Of KISS’ Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons will be the first to tell you that he is a rock god. What Gene Simmons Family Jewels reveals is that he is also a loving father and — as much as he might protest — a devoted, if not completely faithful, companion to girlfriend Shannon Tweed, to whom he has been “happily unmarried” for more than 20 years. The series, which premieres Aug. 7 on A&E, takes a look at the personal life of the Demon, who’s known around the globe as a member of the band KISS and for his legendary pursuit of women (he recently […]

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The Fido Mansion: A Look At America’s Most Pampered Pets

Americans own approximately 61 million dogs and owners spend an average of over $2,000 a year to keep their pooches healthy, happy and well-fed. If you do the math, that adds up to a lot of kibbles and chew toys. But what about people who can afford to be far more lavish in pampering their prized poodles or indulging their Irish setters? Take a look at the homes they’ve provided for their faithful companions in the hourlong special Doggone Design, premiering Aug. 19 on HGTV. The custom-built doggie digs include pagodas, palazzos and miniature versions of their owners’ luxury homes […]