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Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars recap episode 1: Meet the campers

WE tv’s new Marriage Boot Camp spinoff — Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars — is the product of the most solemn vow of reality TV stardom: Extend those 15 minutes of fame till death do you part. And for at least one of the fair-to-partly famous couples taking part, that last part may happen sooner rather than later. The first couple to arrive at the fabulous mansion that serves as home base for camp directors Jim and Elizabeth Carroll — the press release carefully calls them “experts” but doesn’t mention exactly in what, and neither sports any professional suffixes after their names — is former Bad […]

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Lifestyle

House of Curves: Kenyatta Jones brings plus-size fashion and plus-size personality to WE tv

House of Curves premieres Thursday, June 13 at 10/9pm CT on WE tv. Though she inherited her parents’ love of quality clothing, Atlanta-based clothing designer Kenyatta Jones didn’t grow up dreaming of making her mark in the world of fashion. Earning her undergraduate degree in political science and her Master of Business Administration, Jones launched herself into corporate America — and realized that as a plus-sized young woman, her clothing options did not reflect the confident, fashion-forward person she knew she was. “A lot of the clothes that you see in the plus-sized market are geared toward older women,” explains […]

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Interview

Cyndi Lauper talks Broadway, philanthropy and her upcoming WE tv reality show

If you still think of Cyndi Lauper as the rainbow-haired, helium-voiced pop music confection who defined ’80s girl power with tunes like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “She Bop” — well, you’re partially right. Her hair remains a canvas for her mood, and the voice is unmistakably Lauper. But in the decades since she burst into the pop culture lexicon with 1983’s platinum-selling “She’s So Unusual,” Lauper has evolved into an actor, author, Broadway composer and tireless philanthropist — all the while continuing to make music and a home life with her actor husband David Thornton and their […]

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Family

David Tutera Talks Season Five of WE tv’s “My Fair Wedding”

I had two wedding planners both times I tied the knot — my mom and my sister. And aside from the flower-bedazzled pointy-forehead thingie I wore on my head for the first one, they did a terrific job. But I still owe a debt of gratitude to WE tv’s maestro of matrimony, David Tutera, whose My Fair Wedding has been a four-season favorite for the network. Having undergone a pair of seriously crummy health crises in the underside of two years, I’ve spent plenty of time at home, plumbing my TV for a little good news, a little happily-ever-after. Which […]

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Family

Tonight on “Downsized”: It’s crying time

By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuideLLA After last week’s jewelry-sale-and-junk-van debacles, Laura thinks it’s time to enlist a third party to help her and Todd with their communication issues the way Dean has helped them with their financial issues. Todd balks at first, but gives in and agrees to go.

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On “Downsized” tonight: divorce drama and Dean saves the day

By Lori Acken Follow @ChannelGuide This week, we find out that the family’s insurance doesn’t touch the bills from Rex’s asthma attack, leaving the family with a brand-new, house-killing $24,000 debt. The ensuing stress, combined with the anniversary of her mom’s death, takes an emotional toll on the exhausted Laura — and ignites  battles with Todd that the kids fear may lead to divorce. But it’s Dean to the rescue again, with proactive suggestions for the couple (you might want to take notes, too) on how to manage Rex’s medical bills responsibly, and dent — but not break completely — the […]

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“Downsized” Sneak Peek: Rex is in the hospital and Bailey’s in big trouble

As the premiere episode made plain, even though there’s a dab of cash in the Bruce family bank account, it doesn’t mean that they’re free from financial and familial drama. After Rex’s “pyramid of Giza”-induced asthma attack results in a several-day hospital stay that the Bruce’s new insurance will likely not cover, Laura realizes that she was right and their finances aren’t stable enough to consider buying a home. She wants to cancel the bid she and Todd put on the fixer-upper Todd convinced her they could afford, but Todd believes he can make enough money to manage both. In […]

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Comedy

A viewer’s guide to non-wedding programming

For those of you who will for one reason or another be up at 4 am ET tomorrow with no desire whatsoever to watch the Royal wedding, we here at Channel Guide Magazine have you covered. For every network that is covering the over-hyped vows, there are countless others that are offering a potpourri of programming choices. With that in mind, here is what we are officially deeming our “Un-Royal Best Bets,” which is subjective at best when you consider that all of these shows are airing just after midnight on the West Coast and shortly before sunrise on the […]

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TV News & Program Updates

Royal Watch: Today’s (and tomorrow’s) royal wedding programming (4/28-29)

By Lori Acken It’s almost here! Today and tomorrow networks really go into overdrive with coverage related to the royal wedding, and coverage of the event itself. APRIL 28 The Making of a Royal Wedding — TLC, 8pm ET What does it take to pull off a once-in-a-lifetime event? Join TLC as we see some of the amazing choreography of logistics and details from security to dresses to meals as Britain prepares to host the wedding of the century. Countdown to the Royal Wedding — TLC, 9pm ET Royal experts and TLC’s Clinton Kelly and Randy Fenoli host a two-hour […]

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Reality TV

“My Fair Wedding With David Tutera” returns June 6 on WE tv

By Lori Acken For two successful seasons, party planner to the stars David Tutera has been wowing brides with bum wedding plans — and TV viewers who can’t resist a Cinderella ending — on his WE tv sensation, My Fair Wedding With David Tutera. For the third season, premiering Sunday, June 6, at 10pm ET (following the Season 7 premiere of the network’s signature series Bridezillas), Tutera is leaving the metro New York area that he calls home and taking the show on the road. “I’m very excited that we’re traveling for this season — two weddings in Dallas and […]