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Largest, most extreme Christmas trees in world profiled on TLC

By Barb Oates Follow @ChannelGuideBO “Extreme” anything is a good way to capture people’s attention, and TLC’s Extreme Christmas Trees lives up to its name by profiling the insanity involved in some of the biggest, most expensive and most dangerous undertakings when it comes to Christmas trees. If you Google “tallest Christmas tree in the world,” you’ll get over a million reports back that stake claim to some variation of the largest, biggest or best tree from Mexico to Dubai. According to TLC producers, Rio de Janeiro holds the record for the tallest tree on water (also known as the […]

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Remembrances 2010

Pernell Roberts (b. 1928) (actor) Although an accomplished stage actor, Roberts is best known to television audiences for his role as Adam Cartwright on Bonanza (1959-65), and as the title character in the series Trapper John, M.D. (1979-86) — a spinoff of the movie MASH — for which Roberts received an Emmy nomination. Zelda Rubinstein (b. 1933) (actress) She acted in many films and TV shows from the ’80s through the 2000s, but Rubenstein will be forever remembered as quirky medium Tangina in Poltergeist (1982) and its 1986 and ’88 sequels. Her unique voice was heard as narrator on another […]

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Gold Rush: Alaska Can Six Rookie Miners Find A Mother Lode?

Most don’t need to read the paper to know we live in hard times. We all know families struggling to get by, or others almost at the end of their rope. That’s the situation that each person in the reality series Gold Rush: Alaska faces. Underemployed, unemployed and most with families to support, each man is desperate enough to risk everything for a chance to strike it rich. And with the price of gold skyrocketing, the estimated $250 billion in gold buried in the Alaskan wilderness looked better and better. Led by Todd Hoffman and his father, Jack — who […]

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With 18 Contestants Returning And Anthony Bourdain Presiding, “Top Chef All-Stars” Delivers On Its Name

It may be a dish best served cold, but for the contenders of Top Chef All-Stars to have their revenge, they’re going to have to turn up the heat. After seven seasons of Top Chef, beginning Dec. 1, Bravo is dragging 18 of the best contestants never to win the coveted title back onto the show for Season 8, where they’ll don their aprons and do battle over the burners to see who can redeem themselves. As the series heads back to New York, there will be a new — and appropriate — face on the other side of the […]

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Jacqueline Bisset Visits Hallmark Channel For “An Old-Fashioned Christmas”

How do you make a sequel to a Louisa May Alcott story when there is no sequel in Alcott’s œuvre? Very carefully. In Hallmark Channel’s case, the follow-up to its successful 2008 holiday film An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving had to involve a proper script, the right setting and the right cast — and it would have to include Jacqueline Bisset, who starred as the strong-willed Isabella Crawford in the original. Well, they must have done something right, because she’s back for An Old-Fashioned Christmas, premiering on Hallmark Channel Dec. 11. What is it about this character that drew you back to […]