Thursday, November 30, 2006

Amanda Eliminated From AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL - Down To Final Three

Amanda, a bookstore sales associate from Anaheim, CA, was the tenth girl eliminated during the seventh cycle of The CW′s hit dramality series AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL, reducing the pool from 4 girls to the final 3.

The girls headed to a local dance studio to learn how to work with a partner. They were each paired with a male dancer, and then taught complicated steps to a choreographed Flamenco dance routine. Amanda had difficulty picking up the moves, and the instructor noted that she looked awkward. "The idea of dancing just makes me nervous because I′m not a very strong dancer," Amanda said.

Miss J met the girls for dinner, and they were pleased to have the opportunity to talk with him outside of the judging room. Miss J recalled thinking in the beginning of the competition that Amanda and her sister were gangly. "Now that Michelle has gone, I think the competition has changed. I really want to be an individual," Amanda said.

The next day, the girls dressed in full Flamenco costumes and make-up before performing their new dance with a partner in front of an audience. While each of the girls felt the strain of the competition, Amanda′s insecurity also added to her nervousness. "Sometimes when you want it, you don′t get it because you psych yourself out," Amanda said. Though the instructor noted that Amanda looked more relaxed than the previous day, Eugena was chosen as the challenge winner.

The following day, Tyra and Jay met with the girls for their photo shoot. Tyra wanted the girls to continue to learn how to work with a partner and paired the girls up to float on their backs in water. Shortly after Amanda and CariDee began their photo shoot, CariDee′s body went into hypothermia due to the cold pool of water they were in, leaving Amanda to continue the shoot alone. As Tyra provided guidance to all of the girls, she had a difficult time having Amanda contort her body to look soft and graceful. "You don′t understand how awkward your hands are," Tyra told Amanda.

During the judging, Nigel and Twiggy both commented that Amanda has a unique, high fashion look, though there is something about her that is just a little awkward. "She needs to know her body, but she is too young," guest judge and photographer David Ruiz said. While Tyra considered Amanda to have strong potential as a model, she felt there was something a little too soft and meek about her personality. "It′s always hard when something good ends," Amanda said after being eliminated from the race to become AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL.

In addition to a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl, this year′s prize package for the winner of The CW′s AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL will include a contract with Elite Model Management and a cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen magazine.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Andy Baldwin Will Be New THE BACHELOR For ABC

ABC′S New BACHELOR Is Truly An Officer And Gentleman, Not To Mention A Doctor And A World Class Triathlete

Tenth Edition of ABC′s Popular Romance Reality Series Will Air in Spring 2007

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Andy Baldwin, M.D., 30, an undersea medical officer for a special operations dive unit stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, has been selected to star in the tenth edition of ABC′s popular romance reality series, when "The Bachelor" returns to the network in the Spring of 2007. In addition to his professional accomplishments, this Bachelor is also a world-class triathlete. Now this real-life ′officer and a gentleman′ faces the most exciting mission of his life -- finding true love.

Andy grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he was valedictorian in high school and a competitive swimmer who made All-American; he was even named ESPN′s National Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1995. His small-town upbringing in a family of modest means taught him a strong work ethic, so as a teenager he worked three jobs (paper boy, lifeguard and his own lawn mowing business), all with an eye towards paying for his college education. As Andy explains, there had never been a doctor or military officer in the Baldwin family before, so he set those professional goals for himself. He saved $25,000 for college before graduating high school, when the Navy offered him a full ROTC scholarship. He took it and went to Duke University, where he was a varsity letter winner on the men′s swim team and began training for marathons, all while taking a pre-med course load and earning a degree in biology, with a concentration in genetics. After graduating Duke with honors, he enrolled in the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, and was a surgical intern at Naval Hospital San Diego.

His move to the west coast inspired a new passion -- cycling -- and he combined this with his excellence in swimming and running to compete in his first triathlon in 2000, falling in love with the sport. He has since gone on to compete internationally in numerous Ironman, Half-Ironman and other triathlons and marathons, often ranking among the top 5 finishers in his age group. One of his biggest supporters at his races was his beloved Uncle Tom, who died of pancreatic cancer just one month after diagnosis. To honor his uncle, Andy established a fund to raise money for pancreatic cancer research, and has raised over $20,000 to date. In 2006 he was asked to serve as group surgeon for a team of 50 military personnel headed to Laos. His role during the mission was to take care of the medical needs of his team and to treat Laotian villagers in need of medical attention. The experience was unforgettable.

Andy′s achievements are matched by his good-natured personality, stunning good looks and self-deprecating sense of humor. He′s an unabashed romantic, has watched the series and believes that the show can help find him the woman who could become his wife. "Who doesn′t love the movie ′An Officer and a Gentleman′? We′re bringing the best parts of that romantic film to real life," said Mike Fleiss, executive producer of THE BACHELOR.

THE BIGGEST LOSER Will Be Returning For Fourth Season

NBC′S Popular Alternative Series THE BIGGEST LOSER Weighs In On A Fourth Season

Announcement Comes as Series Prepares for Live, Two-hour Season Finale on Wednesday, December 13

NBC has re-upped its popular weight-loss alternative series THE BIGGEST LOSER for a fourth season, it was announced by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.

THE BIGGEST LOSER is a valuable franchise and proven competitor in a very challenging time period," said Reilly. "The producing team has come up with unique ways to keep the series fresh and we anticipate the next cycle will continue to produce life-changing results for the contestants and jaw-dropping reveals for the viewers."

"We are thrilled to be continuing this franchise with NBC," said executive producer and Reveille CEO Ben Silverman. "Season four has not only been a strong ratings performer for the network but has also become even more important in teaching Americans how to adopt healthier lifestyle practices. The show is an inspiration to millions of people across the country as well as educational and entertaining."

"We feel very fortunate to have yet another year of helping overweight Americans reclaim their lives," said executive producer JD Roth. "Producing a show where people take responsibility for their life the old fashioned way, transforming themselves right in front our eyes each week on television, still sends a powerful message that it′s never too late to be the person you want to be."

Through the opening eight weeks of the 2006-07 television season, THE BIGGEST LOSER has averaged a 3.1 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers overall. THE BIGGEST LOSER has improved its regular time period, the Wednesday 9-10 p.m. ET hour, by 40 percent versus year-ago NBC results in the slot. The show′s most recent telecast on November 15 delivered NBC′s highest 18-49 rating in the Wednesday 8 p.m. ET hour so far this season despite airing opposite ABC′s "Dancing With the Stars" finale. All "Biggest Loser" telecasts this season have increased their 18-49 ratings with each succeeding half-hour.

The series will broadcast its third season finale in a special live, two-hour episode on Wednesday, December 13 (8-10 p.m. ET). This season, contestants from all 50-states competed for the chance at the "Biggest Loser" title. While 14 contestants were picked to stay at the ranch, the others were sent home but continued their weight-loss journey for a chance to return to the competition.

The finale will kick off by revealing each of the 34 state contestants′ newly slimmed down bodies. The contestant with the highest percentage of weight-loss will win a prize of $50,000. Later, the kicked-off contestants from the ranch will compete to see who has lost the largest percentage of weight since being sent home. The winning "loser" will take home a cool $100,000. Finally, the viewers will see how the four finalists continued their weight-loss journeys at home after leaving THE BIGGEST LOSER ranch, all culminating with the final weigh-in where one the four finalists will be crowned THE BIGGEST LOSER and win $250,000.

The first reality series in which everybody "loses," THE BIGGEST LOSER, hosted by Caroline Rhea ("Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"), challenges and encourages overweight participants to undergo physical makeovers, without any kind of surgery, in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000. The series has become a worldwide hit airing in over 65 territories and 20 countries. It has also produced a New York Times best-selling book and cookbook, Number One selling fitness DVD and a burgeoning online lifestyle club

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bravo Announces Third Season Of KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST

BRAVO Sticks With D-Lister Kathy Griffin, Renewing Her Emmy-Nominated Series KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST For A Third Season

There is no place like the D-List for Kathy Griffin, and Bravo concurs with a third season renewal for the acclaimed Emmy-nominated unscripted series KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST. Six episodes of her no-holds barred, one-hour series are set to return in 2007 on Bravo, it was announced today by Frances Berwick, Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, Bravo.

"Kathy′s unique style of comedy is brilliantly showcased with this series, and the new season will continue to show her D-List life in hilarious Technicolor, and her daily struggle to move up the celebrity food chain," said Berwick.

Even with a third season renewal of her series, the talented comic Kathy Griffin still revels life on the D-List. But with an Emmy nod for her Bravo series, is she finally getting A-List props? Naaaah! Life still holds its indignities for the talented comic, and in the new season, viewers will relish in fantastic new D-List adventures. Her career is on a roll and the comic is in better form then ever, which only serves up more challenges for the dog-tired Kathy, who must show more fortitude than ever to stay at the top of her game.

Returning this season are some of Griffin′s "peeps" including her assistant, Jessica, and her loveably wacky parents, John and Maggie Griffin. Look for a new motley crew of personalities to pop in on Kathy′s hectic life in the new season.

Picture This Productions will produce six, one-hour third season episodes of KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST for Bravo. The series is executive produced by Marcia Mule, Brian Scott, Lisa M. Tucker and Kathy Griffin.

Michelle Eliminated From AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL Last Wednesday

Michelle, a student from Anaheim, CA, was the ninth girl eliminated during the seventh cycle of The CW′s hit dramality series AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL last Wednesday, reducing the pool from 5 girls to 4.

Tyra surprised the girls with an intimate talk about the harsh realities of the modeling industry, noting it to be one of the most difficult industries because it is very difficult to improve on your product. Tyra expressed why the judges were tough on them, explaining that after the competition was over, she wanted the girls to be strong enough to handle anything and everything that came their way.

The next day, the girls met with Pancho Saula, the agency director of Elite Barcelona, who arranged 10 designers to meet them at "Go Sees." The girls were given a strict deadline to complete their "Go Sees" in which they were evaluated on a point system based on their personal appearance, runway walk, overall personality and portfolio. "I′ve never had this dream of always wanting to be a model," Michelle said. "I want it, but I don′t know if I have it." Later, Michelle was disqualified from the challenge for not arriving back in time.

The following day, Jay Manuel met with the girls at Monumental, one of the last remaining active bull fighting arenas in Spain for a photo shoot with Nigel Barker, in which they were to pose with a live bull. Michelle impressed both Nigel and Jay by being very natural and using her fear to look like a model. Once again, Michelle′s pessimism was a problem. "I never ever in my life envisioned myself being this close to becoming AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL," she said. "I want it, but don′t know if I have it."

During the judging, each girl was asked to tell the judges, one at a time, who has the most potential and who has the least potential to become AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL. While most of the girls chose themselves as the one with the most potential, Michelle noted that she was sometimes the weakest because she doesn't know exactly what she wants and she doesn't have the same energy and passion as the other girls. The judges agreed that while Michelle has the natural talent, she didn′t have the passion. "In this competition, passion is way more important than beautiful pictures," Tyra said before eliminating her from the race to become AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL.

In addition to a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl, this year′s prize package for the winner of The CW′s AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL will include a contract with Elite Model Management and a cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen magazine.

MSNBC Announces 16 Reality Documentaries For December Including NO PLACE FOR A CHILD

In an unparalleled programming move, MSNBC brings viewers 16 brand-new documentaries to air in the December "Doc Block." The "Doc Block," which airs from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET/PT on weeknights, includes individual stand-alone documentaries, as well as several MSNBC series. Premiering in December are three feature documentaries, "Beyond Conviction," "For God and Country: A Marine Sniper′s Story," and "No Place for a Child," as well as new episodes of "Headliners & Legends" featuring Ted Kennedy and Nelson Mandela. Also new to MSNBC in December is the "Crime and Punishment" series, produced by "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf, and more episodes of "Dateline NBC′s" "To Catch a Predator" series. In addition, Morgan Spurlock′s "Super Size Me" debuts on MSNBC on New Year′s Eve.

"Beyond Conviction" premieres December 3 at 8 p.m.-9 p.m. ET:

If you were the victim of a vicious crime, would you ever again want to come face-to-face with the perpetrator? That′s exactly what Lyndy and Angela, the principals in the documentary "Beyond Conviction," chose to do. When Lyndy was 20 years old, her brother Tim, assaulted and raped her in their home. Tim got 20 years for the crime, but the sentence alone wasn′t enough to satisfy Lyndy. For more than a decade she struggled to move on. That was also the case with Angela who was only four years old when her mother was murdered by a boyfriend. Her killer′s life sentence may have gotten him off the streets, but the sentence alone didn′t provide her with the answer to the most vexing question: "Why?"

"Beyond Conviction," which was recently featured on "Oprah," shows what happens when these women are given an entire day to question the offenders. Their extraordinary meetings, which are meant to help the victims find healing and resolution, are filled with confrontations, raw emotion, and even a bit of tenderness."Beyond Conviction" has been an official selection at many film festivals including The Vienna Film Festival, The LA Film Festival, The Leeds International Film Festival, and The Woodstock Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary.

"For God and Country: A Marine Sniper′s Story" premieres December 10, 2006, 8 p.m.-9 p.m. ET:

Nineteen and just out of high school, Matthew Orth is eager to fight for his country in Iraq. He joins the U.S. Marine Corps′ Scout Sniper Platoon and soon becomes an expert marksman, setting the record for a kill at the greatest distance - nearly of a mile. Day in and day out, Matt′s job is to identify key enemy targets, sometimes watching them for days - including seeing them interact with family and friends - and then, when the moment is right, to eliminate them. Although Matt receives plenty of physical training before being deployed, he says he never gets any formal psychological training.

In "For God and Country: A Marine Sniper′s Story," Matt tells and shows what it′s like to kill and how it feels to come home and be called an "assassin." Now, at 22 and a war veteran, Matt returns to the U.S. with deep emotional scars.

"No Place for a Child" premieres December 17, 2006, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET:

The child welfare system in America has been criticized as ′no place for a child,′ but in many cases, it′s the only place. Documented over seven years, MSNBC′s"No Place for a Child" tracks five children through the child welfare system to better understand its long-term effects on kids and their families. From the poignant courtroom dramas to the heart-wrenching placements in foster care and detention centers, our cameras follow these kids, searching for the answer to the vital question: has the child welfare system done what′s best?

"Crime and Punishment" series begins on December 4, at 10 p.m. ET:

From "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf comes the "Crime and Punishment" series beginning December 4th at 10 p.m. ET on MSNBC. "Crime and Punishment," which has been coined the ′real-life "Law & Order,"′ is an unscripted look inside the criminal justice system. Every episode features one or two real cases that the San Diego District Attorney′s Office prosecuted over the course of a year. The ten episodes airing in December include trials such as the rape of a young woman walking home from a bar, the abuse of a four-year-old girl, and a father′s murder of his infant son. "Crime and Punishment" premiered on NBC in June 2002.

"Lockup" series airs Mondays in December at 11 p.m. ET:

MSNBC presents four new episodes from the "Lockup" series beginning Monday, November 27th at 11 p.m. ET and continuing for the next three weeks in December. The "Lockup" series takes viewers inside America′s prisons where some of the most violent inmates are housed. The new series features Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex in Tennessee, Holman Correctional Facility in Alabama, Indiana State Prison, and Spring Creek Correctional Center in Alaska.

"To Catch a Predator" series airing Fridays in December at 11 p.m. ET:

MSNBC airs the latest four episodes of the successful "Dateline NBC" series every Friday at 11 p.m. in December. "To Catch a Predator" is a hidden camera investigation into the national epidemic of grown men using the Internet to solicit underage teens for sex. Each episode brings the investigation to a different American city.

Monday, November 27, 2006

BACHELOR ROME Finale Tonight - Lorenzo Choses Either Jennifer Or Sadie

It′s One Of The Most Dramatic And Romantic Nights Ever On ABC With A Special Two-Hour Finale Of THE BACHELOR: ROME Tonight

Lorenzo Faces an Excruciating Choice Between Jennifer and Sadie

Prince Lorenzo must make one of the most difficult decisions of his life, struggling with his final choice about who will be his future Princess, on the gripping two-hour special conclusion of THE BACHELOR: ROME tonight (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Network.

Lorenzo′s parents, Prince Francesco and Princess Amanda Borghese, fly to Rome to help their son with his difficult decision. Will his parents influence his choice? And shaking up things further, Jennifer and Sadie are blown away when their parents knock on their doors in Rome! For the first time in BACHELOR history, the final two women see each other again before Lorenzo makes his decision. The ladies and their parents all end up at the castle-together with Lorenzo and his parents. Both women are nervous about putting their hearts into something that might not happen, and Lorenzo is forced into a tricky balancing act.

Princess Amanda reveals that she has helped design the engagement ring that her son will offer to one lucky bachelorette, and even reads both women′s palms in order to try and see into their futures. Meanwhile, our bachelor chivalrously asks permission from both fathers to marry their daughters. But as the time ticks down and the women each have a final intimate date with Lorenzo, laying their hearts on the line, he dissolves into tears as he struggles with the prospect of hurting one woman.

In the final rose ceremony, emotions run high as the women await Lorenzo′s final answer. After the tearful and heartbreaking departure of one of the women, Lorenzo and the woman who has captured his heart reveal their love for one another. Which fortunate woman is about to have her life changed forever and have her fairytale come true?

The two remaining women are:

Jennifer, 24, teacher, who currently resides in Pembroke Pines, FL

Sadie, 23, publicist, who currently resides in Carlsbad, CA

Contestant Wins $740,000 On SHOW ME THE MONEY - Question About Sex Therapist Dr. Ruth

Contestant Won Nearly Three Quarters Of A Million Dollars Last Week On ABC′S SHOW ME THE MONEY

Paulara Hawkins, a personal assistant from Dallas Texas, won nearly three quarters of a million dollars on ABC′s wild new game show, SHOW ME THE MONEY, which aired last Wednesday, November 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).

Paulara Hawkins answered the following question to win $740,000:

Question: What sex therapist was born with the name Karola Siegel, and was once trained as a sniper?

Answer: Dr. Ruth

SHOW ME THE MONEY, is the a new high-octane variety/game show series hosted by Emmy-winning television legend William Shatner, who is accompanied by thirteen gorgeous Million Dollar Dancers with the answers.

SHOW ME THE MONEY is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. Endemol USA. Endemol produces hit series including ABC′s "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The series is executive-produced by Mike Nichols.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Lifetime Announces New Reality Series GAY, STRAIGHT OR TAKEN?

Lifetime Television Orders New Half-Hour Reality Series GAY, STRAIGHT OR TAKEN?

A Distinctive New Dating Show About Finding Mr. Right

18 Episodes from Endemol USA ("Deal or No Deal," "1 vs. 100," "Big Brother," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") to premiere January 2007 on Lifetime

Lifetime gives viewers the chance to put their women′s intuition to the test in GAY, STRAIGHT OR TAKEN?, a new series that puts a modern twist on the traditional dating show where one woman meets three men and through a series of dates, must decide who is gay, straight or already taken. Ultimately, she must select the one single man in order to win a luxurious dream prize for two or the prize goes to the man she incorrectly chooses, it was announced by Susanne Daniels, President, Entertainment, Lifetime Networks. The series will premiere Monday, January 8, 2007 from 8:00 - 9:00 PM with two half-hour episodes on Lifetime Television.

"I′m excited that we′ve found a new take on the popular reality dating show genre with GAY, STRAIGHT OR TAKEN? said Daniels. Adding, "And, for the record, I couldn′t tell who was gay, straight or taken myself in the pilot!"

"We′re always seeking to bring relatable programming to audiences," said David Goldberg, President of Endemol USA. "This show really turns stereotypes on its head. It′s a fun, wholly original spin on the dating show model, and I think Lifetime is the perfect place for this series."

"Everyone believes they′re masters at reading people," said executive producer Joe Livecchi. "This is the kind of show you watch with friends and yell at the television because you think you′ve got it figured out. No one will know for sure who′s who until the very last minute. That′s what makes it so much fun."

In each half-hour episode, one eligible single woman meets three men: one is in a relationship, one is gay and one is single. The woman spends time and interacts with each man in both group and one-on-one settings, hoping to gather enough information by listening and observing as they vie for her affections. In the end, she must determine who is gay, straight and taken. If she chooses the straight single guy, she wins an exotic trip for two with him. If she chooses wrong, the man she selects wins the trip with their significant other. In the premiere episode, 27-year-old realtor Jenner has three eligible suitors to choose from: Luciano, 32, an athletic and handsome bartender; Mike, 25, a down-to-earth club promoter and Chris, 34, a gregarious personal trainer. Through a series of activities with the men, including touch football, swimming, salsa dancing, yoga and massage, Jenner looks for clues about the men. Will she know who is gay, straight or taken? Will you?


Special on Logo′s JACOB & JOSHUA: NEMESIS Rising to Air on MTV

Show Will Feature Behind-the-Scenes Footage from the Show and Showcase the Evolution of Nemesis′ Music

Logo, a division of Viacom Inc.′s MTV Networks, announced that a behind-the-scenes special based on its original series, JACOB & JOSHUA: NEMESIS RISING will air on MTV Sunday, December 3 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The MTV special THE MAKING OF JACOB & JOSHUA: NEMESIS RISING will take a unique look at the show, follow the evolution of Jacob and Joshua′s music throughout the season, and feature the music video of the Tracy Young remix of their hit song, "Number One in Heaven!"

The Logo series follows twin brothers, Jacob and Joshua Miller, as they attempt to make it in the cutthroat music industry and, at the same time, come out publicly about their sexual orientation.

MTV requested this special after viewing the already successful reality series currently airing on Logo. Since the debut of JACOB & JOSHUA: NEMESIS RISING, Nemesis′ website ( has seen a 1000 percent increase in unique visitors per day, and they continue to gain new fans everyday. Nemesis has catapulted into the next level of their career, and they have enjoyed regional, national and international success with countless publication features and covers. Jacob and Joshua had a four-page spread in the Advocate and covers of HX, IN Los Angeles, David Atlanta, Gay Chicago Magazine, and Mate Magazine out of Berlin. The series was also reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, Star Magazine,, and they appeared in segments on CNN′s "Showbiz Tonight," MTV′s "TRL," and VH1 News, to name a few.

Our own Elaine James from interviewed both Jacob and Joshua back in October about their hit reality series. Click Here to read this exclusive Q&A Session.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Exclusive Interview With Bianca Ryan 12-Year-Old Singing Prodigy And AMERICAS GOT TALENT Winner

Bianca Ryan, the 12-year-old singing prodigy who won the first season′s finale of AMERICA′S GOT TALENT released her much-anticipated self-titled debut album last week. With appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Martha Stewart Show just to name a few, Bianca was hitting the daytime talk show circuit promoting her new album.

Our own Elaine James caught up with Bianca last Thursday morning in this exclusive one-on-one interview, right after she had just finished up an appearance on the TODAY SHOW and was eating her breakfast backstage. (It was a sausage and cheese biscuit!)

Elaine James: America got a hint of you when you came in second on STAR SEARCH. Whose idea was it to try out for AMERICA′S GOT TALENT?

Bianca Ryan: My friends were telling me about it because Simon Cowell was involved with it. I found it online where you can look up auditions. Me and my dad and my grandma and my older brother went to New York where they were holding auditions. They called us up like a month later and flew us out to California for the real audition that you guys saw on TV.

Elaine James: Your debut album came out last Tuesday. What did you do to celebrate?

Bianca Ryan: We couldn′t really celebrate that much because we′ve been really busy. We haven′t had time to go to the store and see it yet.

Elaine James: Do you feel as though you need to "grow up" now that you are becoming famous?

Bianca Ryan: I′m still enjoying being a kid.

Elaine James: What other things do you enjoy besides singing?

Bianca Ryan: I love to dance and I really want to get involved with acting and stuff. I think it would be really cool to do a show on the Disney Channel or do like comedy movies.

Elaine James: Who do you look up to?

Bianca Ryan: Um...whatchamacallit? Like who I like as a singer?

Elaine James: Any role model of yours?

Bianca Ryan: I like Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Christina Aguilera.

Elaine James: What do you want to be doing 5 & 10 years from now?

Bianca Ryan: Hopefully still having my CD′s out and being in some like movies and stuff. That would be cool.

Elaine James: What would you want to do with your life if you weren′t singing?

Bianca Ryan: I probably want to be an actress. I just lover performing arts pretty much.

Elaine James: Were you involved a lot in school in any plays or shows?

Bianca Ryan: Um, before the show I had all the time and would do our school plays and stuff.

Elaine James: Do you have any advice for other young girls who look up to you and want to be singers?

Bianca Ryan: I would just say go for your dreams and stuff. I was an ordinary kid too. I was just singing in my basement. If I can do it then they could do it.

Elaine James: So what would you tell them to do; just be involved in school or to go as far as try out for TV shows?

Bianca Ryan: I′d just tell them to keep practicing, but you also have to do well in school and keep your grades up or else your parents won′t let you go.

Elaine James: I′ve heard you haven′t had a problem with that because you are still enrolled at your school and you keep up on the work.

Bianca Ryan: Yeah, I have like a tutor and I have my real school too. My school has been really supportive and they give me my work and I′ll bring it with me on the road. I want to stay in my school, because now I′m in sixth grade and that it when all the school dances start. This week will be my first one.

Exclusive Interview With Jaeda Young - Eight Model Voted Off On AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL

Last Wednesday night, Jaeda Young, a student from Parkersburg, Iowa, was the eighth girl eliminated during the seventh cycle of The CW′s hit dramality series, AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL.

During the judging, Jaeda warned the judges of her poor performance before they watched her commercial. "You were right to warn us. It was like watching a car crash," Twiggy said. Despite the judges′ appreciation of Jaeda′s beauty, they could not overlook that week after week she had been in the bottom two. "Some girls need a little bit more time," Tyra said before eliminating her from the race to become AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL

Our own Elaine James caught up with Jaeda in this exclusive one-on-one interview.

Elaine James: You said on the show that everyone is telling you to just get over your hair. Looking back now, was it silly to dwell on that, or do you still feel as strongly about it as you did then?

Jaeda Young: My hair was my everything, back then. Having my hair cut, it just made me find myself. I′m more than just my hair and I′m more than just my looks. I have an interesting personality and it′s opening my eyes to some new things.

Elaine James: So when did you come to this realization?

Jaeda Young: (Laughing) I didn′t realize it until I got home and was off the show. I wish I could have realized that earlier. I think I would have lasted a lot longer if I would have had the strength that I do now.

Elaine James: So what does it look like now? It is short or long?

Jaeda Young: It′s still short. It′s grown out a bit, but it′s still short. I think I′m just going to keep it this way.

Elaine James: How did it feel when you found out that you had to kiss the male model that hated black girls?

Jaeda Young: First of all, it was really upsetting and frustrating. Everyone else was getting an equal opportunity to learn the script and go over it and I′m not because he never went over it with me. So the next day I′m upset because I never really learned my lines and I′m upset and him and then there was his comment and then I′ve got to kiss him and it′s all in my head.

Elaine James: So it′s down to you and these other five girls. You′ve made it this far; did you start to think you had a chance to go all the way or were you ready to go home?

Jaeda Young: It was a mixture of both. I really wanted to go home, but I might as well go for the gold because I′ve made it this far and I′ve gone through all this crap and got my haircut. I′ve been uncomfortable for this long; I might as well finish it off.

Elaine James: At the judging, you and Caridee were standing in front of Tyra and she said you were the girl with nine lives in this competition. Did you know you would be the one going home?

Jaeda Young: Yeah, I figured I would. I was prepared for it because I know I didn′t do that well. I wasn′t surprised.

Elaine James: So tell me about your best experience and your worst experience on the show.

Jaeda Young: The worst was probably the second shoot when I had just gotten all my hair cut off. They were like, hurry up and practice in the mirror with your short hair and then they slap hair on me for the next shoot and tell me to model through the hair. My best time was hanging out with the girls and doing the impression of Tyra.

Elaine James: So what was your favorite shoot?

Jaeda Young: My favorite shoot was the runway shoot. I feel like I was really strong in that. The runway at first was so scary because you could fall in. It was so fun and I just loved it because it was exciting and trilling.

Elaine James: What′s next for you?

Jaeda Young: It′s depends. If I get offers for modeling jobs then I might move to New York or LA. If I don′t get offers right away, then I might just go back to school. I′ll do anything I can to be in the fashion world.

Elaine James: Who are you rooting for to win?

Jaeda Young: I′m rooting for Caridee. She′s got the best personality. Photo Credits: Tracy Bayne/ The CW Network

Monday, November 20, 2006

CELEBRITY FIT CLUB 5 To Return On VH1 For Fifth Season In April 2007

VH1′s Hit Fitness &Amp; Nutrition Series CELEBRITY FIT CLUB Is Back For A Fifth Season Premiering April Of 2007

Maureen McCormick, Dustin Diamond, Tiffany, Cledus T. Judd, Da Brat, Ross "The Intern" Mathews, Kimberley Locke And Warren G

Get in swimsuit shape for summer with your favorite celebrities with an all new season of CELEBRITY FIT CLUB. VH1′s popular fitness, nutrition and drama series is back for a fifth season premiering in April 2007.

Ready to shed their inhibitions′ and a few pounds the CELEBRITY FIT CLUB 5 cast is set to climb on the giant scales as they throw their weight around and compete for cash and prizes. This season′s cast includes Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch), Dustin Diamond (Saved By The Bell), Tiffany (pop star), Cledus T. Judd (country music artist), Da Brat (Hip Hop Artist), Ross "The Intern" Mathews (The Tonight Show), Kimberley Locke (American Idol) and Warren G (rapper). This spring will have them embarking on their own grueling fitness journeys while also working together to reach their fitness goals.

The cast for season five of CELEBRITY FIT CLUB 5 is our fittest yet so drill sergeant Harvey Walden IV has plans to work them harder than ever. Also back are nutritional & diet expert, Dr. Ian Smith and host ANT and this season we have a new psychotherapist, Stacy Kaiser.

VSPOT, VH1′s broadband channel will be home to a host of CELEBRITY FIT CLUB 5 exclusive content including, never-before-seen footage from the show. Can′t wait until April? VSPOT has hours of archived CELEBRITY FIT CLUB content from previous seasons available for on-demand viewing at VH1 Mobile also offers "Dr. Ian′s Diet Tips," daily alerts for mobile phones. Visit to subscribe now.

VH1′s CELEBRITY FIT CLUB 5 is a production of Granada Entertainment and VH1. Richard Hall ("Nanny 911") is executive producer and Tim Eagan as co-executive producer for Granada. Michael Hirschorn, Jim Ackerman, Matt Hanna and Caroline Perez are executive producers for VH1.

CAMPUS LADIES Enroll For Its Sophomore Year On Oxygen - Hollywood′s Top Actors And Comedians Joining As Guest Stars

Oxygen′s CAMPUS LADIES Enroll For Its Sophomore Year

Hollywood′s Top Stars Including Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes, Jason Alexander, Penny Marshall, Beverly D′Angelo, Janeane Garofalo, Mo′Nique and Others Join as Guest Stars for the Second Season, premiering Tuesday, December 5th at 11:00 PM EST

It′s back to school for Oxygen′s CAMPUS LADIES. The critically-acclaimed improv comedy series is set to return to Oxygen for its second season Tuesday, December 5 at 11:00 PM EST with ten half-hour episodes. The series follows Joan (Carrie Aizley) & Barri (Christen Sussin), two middle-aged housewives (one a widow, the other a divorcee), who decide it′s better to be a freshman at 40 than unhappy housewives forever and enroll in school in search for the wild college years they missed the first time around.

New this season is the addition of some of Hollywood′s top actors and comedians joining as guest stars, including Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Penny Marshall, Beverly D′Angelo (Entourage), Janeane Garofalo (Reality Bites) Mo′Nique (Mo′Nique′s Fat Chance), Rob Corddry (The Daily Show), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Rob Riggle (The Daily Show). Campus Ladies also will feature guest spots behind the camera when Jason Alexander and executive producer Cheryl Hines direct episodes.

"These ladies created quite a stir last season," says Debby Beece, President, Oxygen Programming & Marketing. "CAMPUS LADIES proved itself as a new brand of comedy for women. We′re looking forward to hilarious new episodes this season with a great line-up of today′s hottest actors and comedians as guest stars."

The series is executive produced by Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), comediennes Aizley and Sussin, Paul Young, Peter Principato and co-executive producer E. Brian Dobbins of Principato-Young Entertainment (Reno 911!). Aizley and Sussin developed Campus Ladies while performing with the famous improv comedy troupe, The Groundlings.

Spend The Holidays With Janice Dickinson In CHRISTMAS WITH THE DICKINSONS

Silent Night? Not On Oxygen!

Celebrate the Season With Over-The-Top Supermodel

Janice Dickinson in One-Hour Special


Oxygen is bringing the holidays and hot models together for a celebration that only model-turned-mogul Janice Dickinson can throw with the premiere of the one-hour special CHRISTMAS WITH THE DICKINSONS, airing on Wednesday, December 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). From the Hollywood Holiday parade to Janice′s own take on The Twelve Days of Christmas, "the most wonderful time of the year" has never looked so fabulous!

In the special, Janice will lend her one-of-a-kind creative flair to alternative clothing line Ed Hardy as she headlines their float in the famous Hollywood Holiday parade. Meanwhile, her fledgling modeling agency is approached to audition male models for the yearly Beverly Hills "Hunky Santa" promotion. Janice′s holiday season continues with an over-the-top Christmas party, complete with an outrageous guest list and her own unique attempt to prepare a traditional meal. CHRISTMAS WITH THE DICKINSONS will culminate with Janice′s hilarious music video The Twelve Days of Christmas - featuring lyrics she′s made all her own.

"We took the traditional Christmas special and gave it a Janice-twist - instead of cozy sweaters and gathering in front of the fire, it will be haute couture and the Hollywood Holiday parade," said Debby Beece, President of Programming and Marketing for Oxygen. "Our audience has never seen the season look like this!"

The second season of THE JANICE DICKINSON MODELING AGENCY will kick off with new, one-hour episodes in January. The show, Oxygen′s most successful original series ever, follows over-the-top supermodel Janice Dickinson as she runs her own Hollywood modeling agency.

THE JANICE DICKINSON MODELING AGENCY is executive produced by Stuart Krasnow for Krasnow Productions, Kevin Williams and Janice Dickinson.

Janice Dickinson, credited as "one of the world′s first supermodels, is a model and photographer who has been featured on the covers of every major fashion magazine from Vogue and Elle to Harper′s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan. She is well-known for her appearances on AMERICA′;S NEXT TOP MODEL and is the author of two books No Lifeguard On Duty and Everything About Me Is Fake... And I′m Perfect.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Seven Girls Who Lie, Cheat And Flirt In THE BAD GIRLS CLUB On Oxygen

Rivalry, Revelations and Reality Rule in New Series From Groundbreaking Producers of The Real World

Oxygen and Bunim-Murray Productions Team Up For THE BAD GIRLS CLUB, Premiering Tuesday, December 5, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

What happens when you put seven "bad" girls in a house together - the type of girls who lie, cheat and flirt their way out of trouble and have serious trust issues with other women? Face to face with a direct reflection of their own bad behavior, will they want to change? Or will they remain stuck in the same old patterns of self-defeat? The groundbreaking producers of The Real World bring together a house filled with seven of these women in the new 22-episode, half-hour reality series The Bad Girls Club, only on Oxygen.

Bunim-Murray′s latest show premieres with a one-hour special on Tuesday, December 5, at 10 p.m. (all times ET/PT) and will settle into its regular Tuesday at 10 p.m. timeslot beginning the next week.

The seven girls, who range in age from 22 to 32, are unapologetic, independent women who recognize that their "bad girl" ways have hindered their relationships, careers and lives. The housemates are:

Aimee - an abrasive, aggressive girl with a mistrust of anyone other than her own family.

Jodie - a contradiction in the true sense of the word... conservative office worker by day turned sexy social butterfly by night.

Kerry - a country singer recently dropped by her record label and management for her irresponsible behavior.

Leslie - an adult entertainer who wants to change the path she′s on.

Ripsi - a judgmental, rich, spoiled "daddy′s girl" with anger issues.

Ty - a "hustler" who aspires to be a positive influence to girls who have struggled with rough childhoods like her own.

Zara - a small-town beauty and "wild child" who has a lot to learn about herself and the world.

"Jon Murray came to us with an idea - as the executive producer of The Real World he cast one so-called ′bad′ character every season," said Debby Beece, President of Programming and Marketing for Oxygen. "Usually those characters turned out to be the audience favorite and the center of attention. So he wanted to know what would happen if we put seven of these girls in a house together."

"We′ve found that by putting these girls in a house together and on-camera 24-7, we′re, in effect, holding a mirror up to them - now they can′t deny their behavior or pretend they didn′t mean it," said Jon Murray of Bunim-Murray Productions. "During their time in the house, the girls exhibit just about every kind of immature, spoiled, backstabbing behavior you can imagine. You love them - and when they′re at their most outrageous, you love to hate them. Finally, you root for them to cut through their defense mechanisms and make real friends."

Premiere of KANSAS CITY SWAT Debuts Tonight - First Episode Deals With Hotel Stabbing

A&E Network Presents The Premiere Of KANSAS CITY SWAT Tonight (Thursday, November 16) At 10:00 PM EST/PST, 9:00 PM CST

A&E′s newest installment in their successful SWAT franchise, KANSAS CITY SWAT, will premiere tonight (Thursday, November 16th) at 10:00 pm EST/PST, 9:00pm CST.

In the first episode of KANSAS CITY SWAT, Sergeant Joe McHale and his tactical team are called in to coax an unstable man out of his hotel room after he stabs a hotel employee. But when the man turns the knife on himself, McHale and his squad must act quickly to save a life.

Meanwhile, a buy-bust on an alleged drug dealer takes a dangerous turn when an unexpected vehicle catches Officer Mike Glass and his team off guard. Later that day, Glass and his squad serve a last-minute warrant that′s been years in the making. But, can they get to the alleged drug dealers home in time to take down the criminals?

Finally, Officer Glass gets to fulfill a promise to his daughter when he takes her shooting at the range.

Additional episodes of KANSAS CITY SWAT will air December 7th and December 14th on A&E.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Fireworks Erupt On THE BACHELOR: ROME: THE WOMEN TELL ALL Special November 20th

Fireworks Erupt On THE BACHELOR: ROME: THE WOMEN TELL ALL Special November 20th
A reluctant Lorenzo faces the fury of ten of the rejected women who spent this season of THE BACHELOR: ROME catfighting with one another in an effort to capture his heart. Ten of the most memorable Bachelorettes - including Lisa, Erica, Agnese, Jami and Desiree -- will confront each other one last time and dish the dirt on national television, as the women tell their side of the story in a reunion viewers won′t want to miss, on THE BACHELOR: ROME: THE WOMEN TELL ALL, Monday, November 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Erica - the socialite everyone loves to hate - stirs up more drama facing the women she repeatedly trashed, including fellow Texan, Jami. Agnese, who is on her first trip to the United States, also squares off with the inimitable Erica.

Emotions run to a fever pitch between these feisty women with exciting, never-before-seen moments and some outrageous out-takes, including Erica sounding off about the women and Lorenzo and the Bachelorettes getting wild at the house.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor: Rome: The Women Tell All" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Lisa Levenson are the executive producers. David Bohnert is the co-executive producer.

Season Finale Of LAGUNA BEACH Tonight With Live In-Studio Viewing Party

Season Finale Of LAGUNA BEACH Offers Fans Comprehensive Experience On Air, Online And In Virtual Laguna Beach

Live In-Studio Viewing Party Continues After One-Hour Finale at Lagunabeach.Mtv.Com With The Cast And An Exclusive Performance By Open Air Stereo

MTV: Music Television announced the live one-hour season finale of the popular reality drama "Laguna Beach" airing tonight (November 15) at 10:00 PM ET. MTV brings fans closer to their favorite Laguna residents with a live interactive finale. In a first-time, post show special, the cast will move the viewing party online to answer fan questions and introduce an exclusive performance by Laguna Beach′s very own local band Open Air Stereo who will perform live and exclusively on Fans can also get closer to Chase, Kelan and the rest of the band after the performance in an exclusive virtual meet & greet in "Virtual Laguna Beach".

For the first time ever, the cast of season three takes the stage together in front of a live audience with host Susie Castillo from MTV′s Times Square studio in New York City. Who is Cameron dating now? Will the girls play nice? Having the cast live on stage together for the first time promises some unexpected drama. The cast will take questions from the studio audience and fans at home can call 888-311-4343 with their questions during the show. Fans can continue the viewing party with the cast after the special by logging onto where the cast will answer questions and reveal the dirt they couldn′t show on TV.

On the November 15 finale episode, the seniors wave goodbye to their high school days as they face their graduation. With new beginnings on the horizon, emotions are running high in Laguna Beach. Cameron′s loneliness leads him into Jessica′s arms while Breanna and Rocky once again mend their friendship, much to Tessa′s distress. The cast prepares to part ways with tearful goodbyes as Kelan heads to college and Chase heads for LA to record an album with Kelan and the rest of the band.

MTV Networks′ "Virtual Laguna Beach" is a social networking platform that integrates television programming with virtual world technology. All events in-world are designed to let fans "live" out the storylines they see on-air by creating special environments that mirror the story arcs and themes of the television show. VLB is available for free download at

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Exclusive Interview With Anchal Joseph - Seventh Model Voted Off On AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL

Last Wednesday night, Anchal Joseph, a sales clerk from Homestead, Florida, Texas, was the seventh girl eliminated during the during hit reality TV series, AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL.

During the judging, each girl was asked to act out the combination of a verb and an adverb. The judges were disappointed in Anchal′s lack of commitment in portraying her words: "dancing aggressively." Twiggy noted that Anchal always looked embarrassed when asked to do something. The judges agreed that while Anchal has a natural beauty, she had not shown them the level of commitment they were looking for.

Our own Elaine James caught up with Anchal in this exclusive one-on-one interview.

Elaine James: You were the 7th girl eliminated on the 7th cycle of the show. Are you superstitious at all? Do you think that is a good sign?

Anchal Joseph: No, I´m not superstitious whatsoever. I never really thought of it that way. That´s awkward. You´ve got me thinking now.

Elaine James: While you were on the beach doing volleyball in bikinis, you said that you don´t need to be in a bikini doing sporty moves. If you had your dream come true, what type of modeling would you be doing?

Anchal Joseph: I´m getting a fitness trainer to get my body in shape and be the way I want to look. I think that I can do any kind of modeling put in front of me. I´m not going to let my body discourage me. I will do any time type of modeling that they want me to do. I want to be a Victoria´s Secret model though! I want the wings. I´ll be happy for the rest of my life then.

Elaine James: When you tried out for the show, did you think you´d be doing such crazy things as doing a love scene with Fabio, jumping on NASCAR drivers and floating in midair above a giant fan?

Anchal Joseph: No, I never thought that I would be in a love scene with Fabio. I thought they would bring in another male model and then they bring in Fabio. They first time I said my name I spit in his eye and he laughed at me. I was like, "Oh my God!"

Elaine James: Do you feel as though you were portrayed accurately on the show? They seem to be focusing on your lack of confidence.

Anchal Joseph: I do have a lack of confidence. My friends know that this is the real me but they were mad at me because they didn′t think that I should have had such low self-confidence on the show. It was portrayed well. That is the real me; I′m not a mean person. I′m also not a big crybaby either, they just showed that the wrong way.

Elaine James: When it got down to you and the other 6 girls, were you ever starting to think that you just might make it to the end and come away with the win?

Anchal Joseph: Yes, after the giant photo shoot, I was like, "I can do this, I can do this." After hearing Melrose talk about me and I knew how inferior she was, just kind of pushed me a little further. I came her to accomplish what I was here to do.

Elaine James: When you got to panel, how did it make you feel when Tyra was lecturing you about not committing?

Anchal Joseph: I do have commitment. I want to do this. I think she was halfway right and halfway wrong. I want to do this and she doesn′t know what is going through my head and the only fault on my behalf was that I didn′t come out of my shell. It wasn′t my commitment; it was my shyness that got to me.

Elaine James: How did you feel when you saw the show & heard the judges say that like the CoverGirl foundation, you were whipped?

Anchal Joseph: I didn′t see the show. What′s that supposed to mean? It′s not that I was whipped. I was happy that I went home at that point. I was thankful for the opportunity and I′m really positive about everything. I′m not going to let that elimination bring me down. If it was my time to go, then here was a reason for me to go.

Elaine James: So what have you done since you′ve been home?

Anchal Joseph: Well, since we are not allowed to do anything, I went back to school and took a little break. I′m trying to get back to my regular body weight. I′ve gained a lot more self-confidence. Now, I′m working for a little bit and I′m wanting to see where modeling can lead me and what I can get out of it.

Elaine James: Who are you rooting for to win?

Anchal Joseph: I will be rooting for Caridee

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY Return For Second Season On Bravo January 16th

Bravo once again pulls back the curtain on the real-life Peyton Place that is an exclusive gated community in Orange County, CA with the anticipated second season debut of its hit docu-soap series THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY on Tuesday, January 16 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The second season will feature original real-life "housewives" Jo De La Rosa, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Lauri Waring. Joining the cast of personalities this season is Tammy Knickerbocker, a natural beauty who previously was among the wealthiest families in the community, but today lives a more modest lifestyle as a divorced mother of three.

"This season we go back to Orange County to continue to follow the engrossing stories of these real women and their families," said Lauren Zalaznick, President, Bravo. "Their experiences are filled with humor, heartbreak and conflict as they struggle to find balance and fulfillment in their demanding lives. This series is as much about uncovering the surprising troubles that can come with their privileged lives as it is about the material excesses of the O.C. experience."

The women′s lives are moving fast as they navigate their various family, career and community dramas. Their lives intertwine in ways you won′t believe, until you drop in for a visit. Secrets will be revealed and hearts will be broken as the women embark on new adventures and experiences, all set against the staggering wealth of this Orange County community. They are still living the good life, and with their newfound notoriety, they are more determined than ever to keep up appearances in one of the most stylish communities in the country. Think you can keep up?

* Jo De La Rosa is living at lightening speed and is increasingly drawn to the bright lights of Los Angeles. She is still torn between being young and partying and devoting time to her relationship with her ex-fiance, Orange County resident Slade Smiley.

* Vicki Gunvalson is still going a million miles a minute and remains at the top of her game with her lucrative insurance business. Her two kids are out of the house and at college, and although Vicki tries her best to let them make their own mistakes, her expectations for them still get the best of her.

* Jeana Keough is hotter than ever as one of the community′s most successful realtors, selling multi-million dollar homes and earning staggering commissions. She is working out marital issues with her often-absent husband, ex-major league baseball player Matt Keough, and attempts to keep her three wild teenagers in line.

* Tammy Knickerbocker is the newest "housewife" and is a hard-working single mother of three struggling to get back on her feet after a divorce and losing much of her family′s fortune. She previously lived in one of the biggest homes in the community, and is now renting what in Orange County′s standards is a more modest million-dollar abode. Her children are also struggling to come to grips with the changes in their family.

* Lauri Waring has a new man in her life, George, who pampers her with lavish gifts and adventures. George has four children from a previous marriage, and Lauri is learning to deal with the stress of blending two families. Her oldest daughter, Ashley, is floating along, while Josh struggles to get on the straight and narrow path.

Bravo′s THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY follows a group of sophisticated women and their families who lead glamorous lives in a picturesque Southern California gated community in Orange County. The Orange County "housewives" are accustomed the good life and will do everything they can to hang on to it. They each have their own personal story to share, from surviving an ugly divorce to choosing a career over a life of leisure, and they′ve granted Bravo an all-access pass into their lives, families, friendships, careers, and homes. The women take viewers along for the ride and into their real-life dramas that show how life isn′t always perfect behind the gates.

In its first season, THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY averaged a 0.7 HH coverage rating, 646,000 total viewers, 503,000 viewers 18-49 and 440,000 viewers 25-54. The series increased Bravo′s average in the time period (Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m.) by 19% in total viewers, 47% in 18-49 viewers and 26% in 25-54 viewers year-to-year. The program built on average by 39% on its 18-49 lead-in and by 42% among women in the demographic. The series also ranked as the youngest program on Bravo during its run with a median age of 34.4 and as one of the most upscale shows on cable′s most upscale network.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Rare Interview With Warren Buffett For A CNBC Special - WARREN BUFFETT: THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR

CNBC′s Liz Claman Sits Down For A Rare Interview With Warren Buffett For A CNBC Special WARREN BUFFETT: THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR On Monday, November 20 At 8:00 pm And 11:00 pm EST

In a rare interview with the world′s second richest person, Warren Buffet, CNBC anchor Liz Claman takes an inside look into his surprisingly simple life in WARREN BUFFETT: THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR, a CNBC one-hour special that will air on CNBC on Monday, November 20th at 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM ET.

The result is an hour-long fascinating look at the man and an opportunity for CNBC viewers to learn firsthand from the world′s most famous investor.

Buffet takes Claman on a personal tour of his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska from his grandfather′s store where he turned his first profit selling chewing gum and soda, to the $31,500 house he′s owned for almost a half-century. The unassuming billionaire says, "I like the way I was living when I was in my 20′s. I still like that way...I like to go home and put on a sweat suit."

Buffett owned his first stock at the age of 11, but admits, "I don′t know why I wasted time before that stock...I got started late."

In the hour-long special, Claman gets Buffett to open up on a variety of topics such as his gut instincts about business, his feelings about Wall Street, how he feels when he makes a deal, his surprising view about his own tax rate and his $31 billion pledge to the only person in the world with more money, his good friend Bill Gates.

So how does the second richest man on the planet measure success? "Well," Buffett says, "I would say success is really doing what you love and doing it well...It′s simple as that."

Buffett also offers insight into his famed company, Berkshire Hathaway, and what may happen when "The Oracle of Omaha," as Buffett is commonly referred, decides to step down.

Claman snared the full-day visit and interview with Buffett by making contact a year ago in preparation for writing her new book, "The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received" (Warner Business Books), published on Nov. 22. Although he didn′t agree to an interview for the book, he told Claman he was well aware of her work as co-anchor of CNBC′s "Morning Call" (10 AM-Noon). A year later, Claman called Buffett for an interview connected to CNBC′s pre-election coverage titled "Wall Street to Main Street." To her amazement and delight, Buffett invited her to Omaha. The result is WARREN BUFFETT: THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR.

WARREN BUFFETT: THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR not only airs on November 20th at 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM, but it will be rebroadcast on Friday, November 24th at 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM ET and on Sunday, November 26th at 10:00 PM and 1:00 AM ET.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Beyonce, John Legend, Jewel, Rob Thomas, John Mayer And Ciara To Help VH1 Save The Music

Beyonce, John Legend, Jewel, Rob Thomas, John Mayer And Ciara Help The VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC Foundation Gear Up For 10th Anniversary

Celebrities to Be Featured in New VH1 Save The Music Public Service Announcements Touting Importance of Music Education

Esquire House Benefit, VH1′s Big in ′06 Shopping Day, and "Dreamgirls" Online Auction Cap-off The Foundation′s 9th Year

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is turning up the music and churning out the celebs with new public service announcements (PSAs) -- all in the name of music education -- in an effort to gear up for The Foundation′s 10th Anniversary beginning in January 2007.

Beginning on yesterday, (Thursday, November 9) the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will premiere the first of its series of new public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Beyonce, John Legend, Jewel, Rob Thomas. Each PSA will feature one of these artists as they speak about the importance of music education. Additional PSAs featuring John Mayer and Ciara will roll-out in 2007.

In addition to new PSAs, The Foundation will close out its 9th year by hosting high-profile events and initiatives to raise awareness and funds for music education across the country including New York and Los Angeles.

VH1′s Big Night for a Big Cause: A Benefit for The VH1 Save The Music Foundation

For the fourth consecutive year, Esquire magazine has created the world′s most lavish bachelor pad Esquire House 360. This 17,000 square-foot Italian villa in Beverly Hills was built to mirror the editorial range of Esquire magazine and to reflect the lifestyle of today′s modern man.

On Friday, December 1, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will host an intimate cocktail party and concert fundraiser at Esquire House 360. The exclusive event will be hosted by Keifer Sutherland, Jaime Pressley, Wilmer Valderama, Tyrese Gibson, Omar Epps, Gary Dourdan, VH1 general manager Tom Calderone and Brain Graden, President, Entertainment, MTV Networks Music Group and will feature an intimate performance by Columbia recording artist Mat Kearney and Ironworks Recording Artists Rocco DeLuca and the Burden.

To expand Esquire House 360 beyond Los Angeles, an online charity auction hosted by Esquire and benefiting VH1 Save The Music will give visitors to the house and the general public the chance to bid on guitars signed by musical artists including Nick Lachey, Bon Jovi, Rob Thomas, Shakira, The Dixie Chicks and many more. Online users can bid on their favorite items through December 5th by visiting

VH1′s Big in ′06 Shopping Day

VH1 Save The Music, along with Robertson Blvd. boutiques Agnes B, Anya Hindmarch, Adriano Goldshmeid, Camper, Chan Luu, Curve, Diavolina, Erica Courtney, George Smith, Kalologie Skincare, Horn, Kiehls, Kitson, Kitson Kids, Kitson Men, LF Stores, Lisa Kline, Lisa Kline Kids, Lisa Kline Men, M.A.C., Madison, Nanette Lepore, Paige Premium Denim, Poleci, Scott Hill LA, Sky, Ted Baker, Tory Burch, Vionnet, WESC, and Yellowman, will host the second annual "VH1 Big in ′06 Shopping Day" in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 2 from 11:00 AM through 4:00 PM. Hosted by Cynthia Garrett, Courtney Jane Semel, Perez Hilton, Rebecca Bloom, Samaire Armstrong and Tova Bonem the event will be open to the public and will feature guest DJs and entertainment as well as activities, food a refreshments.

A percentage of the day′s sales from each store will benefit VH1 Save The Music′s work to restore instrumental music programs throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.

"Own a Piece of the DREAM" With A "Dreamgirls" Online Auction

Beginning November 20, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation is teaming up with Gibson/Baldwin Music Education, Paramount, and Dreamworks for the "Own a Piece of the DREAM" online auction in conjunction with the premiere of the film "Dreamgirls" which stars Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, and Eddie Murphy. Fans can bid on items from an "Ultimate Fan Package" where a winner and guest will be flown to New York City to attend the premiere of "Dreamgirls" to customized Gibson guitars signed by the cast of "Dreamgirls." Online users can bid on their favorite items through December 20th by visiting

Since it was established in 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has donated $34 million worth of new musical instruments to 1,400 public schools in 80 cities, improving the lives of more than 800,000 children.

About to launch its tenth year, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in America′s public schools by restoring music education programs in cities across the U.S. and raising awareness of the importance of music participation for our nation′s youth. VH1 Save The Music′s many honors include the Governors′ Award (a special Emmy Award), the George Foster Peabody Award for broadcast and cable excellence, and many Beacon Awards. VH1 Save The Music Foundation′s Platinum sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Curve Fragrances by Liz Claiborne, Grey Goose Vodka, JetBlue, and Nikon.

Anchal, A Sales Clerk Is Next To Be Eliminated From AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL

Anchal, a sales clerk from Homestead, Florida, was the seventh girl eliminated during the seventh cycle of The CW′s hit dramality series AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL, reducing the pool from 7 girls to 6.

The girls hit the beach with professional model and athlete Gabrielle Reece, who taught them about action modeling. As the girls posed in bikinis and dove for volleyballs on the beach, Anchal grew increasingly uncomfortable. "I′m not a very sportsy person. I don′t need to be in a bikini doing sportsy moves. I′m not very happy about it." Gabrielle commented that Anchal appeared shy. "I think it′s just a question of her getting comfortable knowing that she can do it," Gabrielle said.

The next day, the girls met with personal stylist and author James St. James and NASCAR driver Stanton Barrett to make use of their recent action modeling knowledge. They also were responsible for using a remote control to take their own photos. While most of the girls had fun with this unique photo shoot, Anchal again felt uneasy. "When it gets to my turn I′m so nervous," Anchal said. Even Stanton noticed her lack of passion and asked her how badly she wanted to model.

The following day, Jay Manuel met with the girls for their first CoverGirl assignment for the new TrueBlend Whipped Foundation cosmetic line. The girls were taken to a skydiving training facility and placed over a giant fan to keep them airborne for their photo shoot. Although Anchal was looking forward to the photo shoot, she did not impress Jay. "Anchal didn′t come off graceful," he said.

During the judging, each girl was asked to act out the combination of a verb and an adverb. The judges were disappointed in Anchal′s lack of commitment in portraying her words: "dancing aggressively." Twiggy noted that Anchal always looked embarrassed when asked to do something. The judges agreed that while Anchal has a natural beauty, she had not shown them the level of commitment they were looking for. "When you really want something, you show up hard. You show up strong." Tyra said before eliminating her from the race to become AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL.

In addition to a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl, this year′s prize package for the winner of The CW′s AMERICA′S NEXT TOP MODEL will include a contract with Elite Model Management and a cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen magazine.

The Dying Wish Of A Father Is Fulfilled On Next EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION

EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION Fulfills The Dying Wish Of A Father Who Recently Succumbed To Cancer And Wanted Nothing More Than To Provide A Happy And Safe Home For The Family He Left Behind

Ty and the gang builds a new and renovated home for the Koepke (pronounced kep-key) family of Campbellsport, WI, who recently lost their loving father, Matthew, to cancer, on EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION, Sunday, November 19 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

At the age of 41, Matthew was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in April 2006. Once the doctors became aware of the disease, the cancer had already spread from his left arm to his brain. He was expected to live another five years, but passed away only a few short months later, on August 21, 2006, leaving behind mother Christine and children Derek, Jayna, Mitchell and Johanna.

In addition to being a loving father, Matthew was an active community member who played a huge role in initiating and leading several local projects. Matt′s greatest achievement was the initial restoration of the old town Mill into an historical landmark that today is the center of community gatherings and the "heart" of the town. In addition to his work on the Mill Park, Matt was the President of Dundee Mill Park and helped build the Sportsman′s Lodge and baseball park.

Matt had dreams of renovating his home and finishing the renovations on the town Mill, but those plans were put on hold once he was diagnosed. He will be missed but never forgotten. Before Matt died, he had a chance to ask EMHE for one wish -- to take care of his family and give them the home they deserved.

While the Ty and the EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION design team, local builder Monarch Homes, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers remember Matt′s dreams and work together to transform the Koepke house into a dream home in a remarkable seven days, the family will go on vacation to San Diego.

The design team for this episode of EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION will feature team leader Ty Pennington, as well as Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders, Paige Hemmis and Preston Sharp.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

GAME ON! THE UNAUTHORIZED HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES Coming To CNBC - With Sony′s PlayStation 3 And Nintendo′s Wii

CNBC Presents GAME ON! THE UNAUTHORIZED HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES On Wednesday, November 15 At 9:00 pm And Midnight

It started in 1958 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York where a nuclear scientist with too much time on his hands created a crude system he called Tennis for Two and it grew into a business with annual revenues of $10 billion. On Wednesday, November 15th, as Sony and Nintendo prepare to unveil their newest game consoles, CNBC takes a look at the fascinating history of video games and goes behind the scenes of the industry′s most successful companies in GAME ON! THE UNAUTHORIZED HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES, an original two-hour CNBC primetime documentary.

The program, hosted by CNBC anchor Bill Griffeth, airs on CNBC on Wednesday, November 15th at 9 PM and 12 AM ET, just two days before the highly anticipated scheduled releases of Sony′s PlayStation 3 and four days before Nintendo′s Wii. CNBC will rebroadcast GAME ON! on Sunday, November 19th at 9PM and 12AM ET.

GAME ON! features exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in the history of the video game business, takes viewers inside the computer labs and inside the boardrooms of the world's most powerful companies to examine how the latest and most popular video games are created. GAME ON! shows the cutting edge technology and remarkable talent that goes into developing the graphics and sound effects that transport players into fantastic worlds of fantasy.

The program also includes riveting stories about the corporate power struggles that won (and lost) billions and how a single blunder helped destroy Atari′s $2 billion-a-year-empire.

GAME ON! is the third original two-hour CNBC documentary aired within four weeks. On Oct. 18th, CNBC presented INSIDE AMERICAN AIRLINES: A WEEK IN THE LIFE and on Nov. 1st, CNBC aired BIG BROTHER, BIG BUSINESS.

ESQUIRE: MAN AT HIS BEST On FINE LIVING TV NETWORK - With Actor Denis Leary And Atlanta Falcons′ Warrick Dunn

ESQUIRE: MAN AT HIS BEST - Impeccable Style, Six-Pack Abs, Lots of Money - Is This a ′Man at His Best′?

Actor Denis Leary, Atlanta Falcons′ Warrick Dunn, Miami Heat′s Alonzo Mourning ... Philanthropists Giving More Than Money


A "Man at His Best" doesn′t need to have washboard abs, bespoke tailored suits, or a two-comma paycheck, just a willingness to stand up and change the world for the better... John Wood, Denis Leary, Warrick Dunn, Travis Roy and Alonzo Mourning.

On Sunday, November 12 at 8 p.m., the FINE LIVING TV NETWORK presents ESQUIRE: MAN AT HIS BEST, an hour-long documentary profiling five philanthropists who have gone beyond writing checks to take a hands-on approach to helping others.

"Man at His Best" has been Esquire magazine′s signature for many years. The magazine speaks to the multi-faceted, successful man who is culturally plugged in. Esquire′s unique blend of intelligent service, stories with substance and the ability to both entertain and inspire continue to make it a "must-read" for tastemakers and influencers. And now, thanks to the Fine Living Network, it is a "must-watch" as well.

In gratitude for their participation in the show, FINE LIVING will be donating money to the following men and the charities they support. We hope you follow suit.

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John Wood, who was rich beyond his wildest dreams, outfitted with all the perks that come with being a high-powered Microsoft executive, and threw it away after backpacking through impoverished regions of Nepal. For Wood, urging friends to send books to Nepal simply wasn′t enough, so he quit his job and founded Room to Read, an organization that aims to end world poverty through education. To date, the foundation has opened more than 3,000 schools and libraries in Asia.

Denis Leary, the comedian and movie star, who started the Leary Firefighters Foundation after his childhood friend and first cousin died in a 1999 blaze that killed a total of six firefighters. Since establishing the charity six years ago, it has raised more than $5 million for firefighters in New York and Massachusetts. On this special, Leary expands his efforts further, donated 15 fire trucks to New Orleans′ communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Warrick Dunn, the Atlanta Falcons′ star running back, who founded Homes for the Holidays, which helps single parents afford proper housing by providing grants for down payments. The cause hits close to home for Dunn, whose mother, a policewoman, was killed in the line of duty during his senior year of high school. Since founding the organization in 1997, Dunn has helped 60 more than single mothers and 140 children.

Travis Roy, whose hockey career was cut short in 1995 after the freshman Boston University left winger was paralyzed from the neck down. After spending months in a hospital recovering, Roy founded the Travis Roy Foundation, to fund spinal cord injury research and help other spinal cord injury sufferers, distributing more than $1.3 million in grants over the last nine years.

Alonzo Mourning, future NBA hall-of-famer, who battled back from a kidney transplant to win a NBA title last year with the Miami Heat. But Mourning′s successful comeback on the court only tells half the story. The seven-time All-Star spent his teenage years in a foster home after his parents separated. To help other kids get the same opportunity he had, Mourning serves as chairman of the Overtown Youth Center, a state-of-the-art facility that helps at-risk Miami youth reach their full potential.

FINE LIVING TV NETWORK, the first and only TV network that helps you find ways to do more with your time and money, is the fastest growing cable network now in 39.8 million subscriber households, a 10.7 million increase from last year. FINE LIVING is available nationwide on DirecTV channel 232, DISH Network channel 113, or check your local cable listings. For more information, visit FINE LIVING′s companion Web site at

ESQUIRE MAGAZINE is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation ( and one of the world′s largest publishers of monthly magazines, with a total of 18 U.S. titles and nearly 200 international editions. Hearst reaches more adults than any other publisher of monthly magazines (76.3 million according to MRI, spring 2005). The company also publishes 19 magazines in the United Kingdom through its wholly owned subsidiary, The National Magazine Company Limited.

Anderson Cooper 360 Looks at Challenges Troops Face COMING HOME On CNN

Anderson Cooper 360 takes an in-depth look at the medical, personal and political ramifications when U.S. troops return home after their military service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The one-hour special, COMING HOME, airs on Monday, November 13, at 11 p.m. (ET). Cooper profiles an Iraq War veteran who is currently homeless and another young man battling post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - a tough reality for many men and women returning home.

In addition to Cooper′s reports COMING HOME will feature segments from CNN senior medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta about a new virtual reality treatment for PTSD, as well as the fascinating medical advances that are saving more lives at the frontlines than ever before.

Correspondent Randi Kaye profiles a soldier returning home and explores the challenges he faces as he readjusts to life with his family and kids. Kaye also takes a look at what war does to marriages and how the military works to keep families together.

Anderson Cooper 360 is a wide-ranging, unconventional news program that takes a full 360-degree look at the world′s events. The program showcases CNN′s worldwide newsgathering capabilities as well as Anderson Cooper′s unique sensibilities and perspective through a diverse range of live reports and interviews. Anderson Cooper 360 airs on CNN/U.S. each weekday from 10 p.m. to midnight. (ET)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

IN THE WOMB: ANIMALS To Premiere On National Geographic Channel With State-of-the-Art 4-D Ultra-Sonography

National Geographic Channel Takes You IN THE WOMB For An Unprecedented Voyage Into The Hidden World Of Animal Pregnancy

State-of-the-Art 4-D Ultra-Sonography Provides a Remarkable Look

Inside the Development of an Elephant, Dolphin and Dog

Shadowy black-and-white 2-D ultrasound pictures have for years shown expectant mothers pictures from in the womb. Now, advanced ultrasound technology is moving from the doctor′s office ... to the veterinarian′s. For the first time, viewers are led inside the wombs of three mammals - elephant, dolphin, and dog - to trace their vastly different paths from conception to birth and uncover evolutionary clues to the animals′ ancestral past by observing the fetus′ in-utero development.

Building on the success of last year′s critically acclaimed special, IN THE WOMB, the National Geographic Channel (NGC) presents IN THE WOMB: ANIMALS, an unprecedented two-hour world premiere special that takes you inside the hidden world of animal pregnancy in a way never before possible. Premiering Sunday, December 10, 2006, at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, the special features state-of-the art visual effects, computer graphics and real-time, moving 4-D ultrasound imagery to take viewers inside the unique world of animal fetal development. For the first time, these pictures shed light on how an elephant, a dolphin and a dog develop in the womb.

Witness a single cell less than half a millimeter across develop into a baby elephant weighing over 260 pounds. Watch as a dolphin fetus learns to swim inside the mother′s womb. And see the incredible images of a dog fetus exhibiting some of the same behaviors as your family pet ... while still in the womb. Finally, watch as growth inside the womb reveals the evolutionary path of these animals, such as when the elephant develops ducts normally found in freshwater fish, suggesting its ancestors once swam in the seas.

Far longer than a nine-month human pregnancy, elephant calves develop for almost two years in the womb Ñ the longest gestation period of all mammals. IN THE WOMB takes viewers inside the womb during all phases of development. At 16 weeks, the elephant fetus starts to look more like an elephant as the trunk develops and it looks plumper toward the rear. At almost a year, the trunk is growing longer than the legs.

By 14 months, the fetus′ characteristic elephant ears are visible, and will grow to almost two feet across to help regulate the body temperature of the fully grown elephant. Return at 19 months to find our elephant fetus covered in bristly hair and taking on a wrinkly appearance, as well as weighing more than 143 pounds and gaining over a pound a day. At birth, he will have grown to weigh nearly 260 pounds and be able to take his first steps in just minutes.

While a baby elephant quickly learns to walk after birth, the dolphin calf is born ready to swim and adapt to life under the sea. From conception to birth, the dolphin fetus will spend a year protected by the mother″s womb. Marvel as the dolphin fetus develops leg-like limb buds early in the pregnancy that simply disappear as the fetus grows. Scientists believe this is evidence that the dolphins′ ancestors once lived on land.

At about six weeks into the pregnancy, taking up more room in the uterus, the fetus curls its tail fin around its body. Two weeks later, 4-D scans show the dolphin fetus beginning to swim in its own private and protected world. During the next few weeks, it will develop flippers, a tail and a blowhole. By 29 weeks, the dolphin fetus is moving its eyes and using each independently, giving the dolphin a 320 degree field of vision. The dolphin must still develop ears, which look like tiny holes behind the eyes. After one year, the baby dolphin is born underwater, and must be able to quickly swim to the surface to take its first breath of air. When its muscles are fully developed, the dolphin will be able to jump 16 feet into the air and dive as much as 3,000 feet below the ocean surface.

While an elephant and dolphin fetus take far longer to grow in the womb, IN THE WOMB: ANIMALS illustrates the accelerated pregnancy of a golden retriever, which happens in just over nine weeks. Unlike elephants, which usually produce just one fetus at a time, dogs (all 400 different breeds) can produce multiple puppies in one litter. At 30 days, the dog embryo has reached the halfway point, and within days, the legs begin to form - the paws are paddle shaped and webbed with ridges. Soon, the dog fetuses will open their mouths and stick out their tongues in a panting-like fashion. They will also start to move so much that they can be seen from the outside as a rippling motion. And inside, the adjacent fetuses will be touching.

It isn′t until day 45 that the nose, the dog′s most advanced sense organ, is clearly visible. Approximately a week later, the golden retriever fetus will have a full coat of light cream hair, and soon the whiskers will be clearly seen. At 61 days, the mother prepares to give birth, which, for the entire litter, can take from less than an hour to as long as 36 hours. Unlike the elephant and dolphin, which must be able to able to swim or walk at birth, the pups are born helpless and blind, but with sensitive hearing and sense of smell to help them locate their mother′s teats.

IN THE WOMB: ANIMALS opens a window into fetal development in the animal kingdom, unlocking mysteries of one of nature′s most remarkable journeys - from conception to birth. And premiering Sunday, January 14, 2007, is a third In the Womb special as the National Geographic Channel premieres IN THE WOMB: MULTIPLES, which uses the same groundbreaking technology to take viewers into the extraordinary world of twins, triplets and quadruplets as they develop in utero and engage in their first interactions with each other while still in the womb.

FSN′s BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD Holds Open, Nationwide Casting Call In Search Of The Las Vegas Insider

FSN′S BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW Period and Las Vegas Launch Nationwide Search for New ′Las Vegas Insider′ Correspondent

Have you ever watched a big-time sports event from Vegas? The glitz and glam of the bright lights, the spectacle of the parties, and the energy of the crowds create a buzz that makes Vegas the best place in the world to watch sports.

Now FSN′s BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will give a viewer an opportunity to be a part of the Vegas scene during two of the biggest events on the sports calendar.

"There is no better place than Las Vegas to experience the excitement of game day if you can′t be at the game," said Terry Jicinsky, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. "The ′Las Vegas Insider′ will be someone who will not only report on the action but also epitomize the exhilaration and spontaneity that is Las Vegas."

Best Damn is looking for a talented, savvy viewer to be a "Las Vegas Insider" -- a correspondent who will file reports for the show -- LIVE from Las Vegas -- during the Super Bowl and NBA All-Star Game.

Starting this week and continuing until December 8, Best Damn will hold an open, nationwide casting call in search of the "Las Vegas Insider." Participants will be required to submit a one-minute video testimonial showing off their "reporting" skills and explaining why "Las Vegas is the best place in the world to watch sports."

The final selection of the Las Vegas Insider will be announced on Best Damn during the week of January 8, 2007. The finalist (and guest) will receive round-trip airfare and hotel accommodation for two (2) nights in Las Vegas to host two (2) Las Vegas Insider segments featuring the Super Bowl (week of January 29, 2007) and NBA All-Star Game (week of February 16, 2007).

"We′re pleased that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority turned to FSN and Best Damn to be a vehicle to market their great city," said Adam Holzer, senior vice president, advertising sales, Fox Cable Networks. "It′s a natural fit. Best Damn′s spontaneous, high-energy format truly embodies the spirit of Las Vegas, and the show′s advertiser-friendly format allows us to customize this promotion to fit our client′s needs."


Submissions should be no longer than one (1) minute during which entrants will introduce themselves and explain why they should be the "Las Vegas Sports Insider".

Entrants may audition in three ways:

Online: Submissions may be uploaded to the Las Vegas Insider website at (keyword: Vegas Insider)

Mail: Contestants can mail DVD or VHS submissions to: Best Damn Sports Show Period c/o "Best Damn Las Vegas Insider Search," PO Box 900, Beverly Hills, California 90213-0900

Live: Contestants can audition at a local Las Vegas Insider / Best Damn News Van tour stop. The van will visit high-traffic sporting events and gathering spots throughout Los Angeles (November 10-December 2), New York (November 10-30) and Las Vegas (December 3-8).

Reality Series DIRTY DANCING Is Announced By WE TV - Hosted By Cris Judd

18 Women Dance, One Has The Time Of Her Life As WE TV Presents The Original Series DIRTY DANCING Hosted By Cris Judd

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the cult dance classic - Star choreographer Cris Judd hosts the sexiest new dance competition on television

Audiences fell in love with "Baby" twenty years ago when the movie hit theaters. It is an American classic, the DVD a best seller, and now DIRTY DANCING, the WE TV Original Series hosted by Cris Judd, is poised to make its World Premiere Wednesday, December 6 at 10:00pm ET and PT / 9:00 CT.

Over an emotionally stirring and physically demanding eight weeks, eighteen women will get the chance to compete for a professional dance contract -- but only one will live out her dream. DIRTY DANCING consists of eight one-hour episodes.

The seductive dancing and fairytale dreams that had people around the world wishing for a romance like Johnny and Baby are captured in this new true life series from WE TV. Who better to host this sultry dance-off than celebrity choreographer Cris Judd, who has worked with some of the music industry′s hottest dancers, including Jennifer Lopez, Usher, ′N Sync, Michael Jackson and Paula Abdul.

"When I was approached by WE tv, I knew immediately this was something I wanted to be a part of," said host Cris Judd. "DIRTY DANCING is one of the classic dance movies of all time, and plenty of dancers have dreamed of someday becoming Johnny or Baby. Watching these women rise up to the challenge, struggle with defeat, revel in victory and passionately follow their dreams, has been an amazing experience."

DIRTY DANCING brings 18 young women and 6 hot male professional dance instructors together at a secluded camp in Southern California. Through a series of energetic and emotional performances and personal interaction, each male instructor will pull one woman out of the corner to be his partner for the final dance off, just like "Johnny" chose "Baby." Each week′s episode centers on a specific dance style - from tango to salsa, ballroom to hip-hop - and with the dancers dancing for their dreams. The winning couple, selected by a panel of judges including choreographers Jackie Rios, Eddie Garcia, and Keith Young, will win a professional dance contract.

Everyone has something at stake. Can Salsa champ Rodrigo lead an overly passionate partner to success, while Jonathan tries to stir up Tango heat with an emotionless Cecile? Will hottie Paul be able to choose just one of three sexy, alluring partners? Is Ryan going to choose a mature, experienced woman, or an adorable inexperienced "Baby" - type he′s favored since day one? Will Artem′s search for true love prove fruitful? And will Brandon really be able to put his ego aside? With the mounting pressure and anxieties to stand out, who will fit in? And will they really have the time of their lives?

TLC Announces TRIAL BY CHOIR - Task Of Mentoring 24 Boston Teens With A Passion For Music

TLC has announced a new documementary series TRIAL BY CHOIR that attempts to turn a diverse group of Boston Teenagers into a Choral Ensemble.

Jerome Kyles quieted naysayers to realize his dream of becoming a musician and a vocal instructor at the esteemed Berklee College of Music. Now, Jerome has taken on the task of mentoring 24 Boston teens with a passion for music - but varying levels of talent - and turning them into a traditional choral group.

Youth counselor Kate Benjamin works side-by-side with Jerome to provide emotional support to these teens - and her motives for mentoring hit close to home. Kate grew up on the same tough streets that many of these teens did, and now, she′s on a mission to help save these teens from a life that nearly killed her.

TRIAL BY CHOIR follows Jerome and Kate as they strive to make a difference in the lives of these teens. As individuals, they must learn to make the most of their natural voices - and, together, they must learn how to sing as one chorus. Given a common passion and something to prove to themselves and their communities, can these teens work hard and pull together as one chorus?

TRIAL BY CHOIR, a six part documentary series, premieres on TLC Sunday, November 26 at 10:00 pm EST.

Wrestling Superstar Bill Goldberg to Host BULLRUN On Spike TV

Wrestling Superstar Bill Goldberg to Host Spike TV′s BULLRUN

Renowned Car Enthusiast to Host New Spike TV Series
Premiering in Spring, 2007

Wrestling icon -- and devoted car enthusiast -- Bill Goldberg, takes his passion to the streets as host of the new Spike TV series, BULLRUN, premiering in Spring, ′07. BULLRUN, based on the same-named international automotive rally, features 12 teams of two drivers who use their own cars in a rally that takes them across America.

"These BULLRUN contestants better bring the same intensity, passion, and love for cars that I have or they are going to be left in the dust," said Goldberg.

Bullrun puts real people behind their favorite wheels in an all-out rally across North America, competing for big prize money, the 2007 Bullrun Trophy, and even bigger bragging rights waiting at the finish line. Making this a true test of strength and endurance, drivers will only be given route information after each leg of the competition, and will be forced to "switch gears" several times in planning their strategies. Facing unforgiving terrain, auto challenges and the knowledge that one team will be eliminated at the end of each episode, drivers are fueled by a love of their own cars and driven by the ultimate desire to win.

From classic muscle cars to exotic automobiles, BULLRUN will feature some of the hottest, coolest, and fastest tricked-out cars ever assembled on television. In addition to racing to their next destination, each team will also be put to the test with competitive, extreme auto challenges with their own cars. If any of the cars break down, contestants will need to handle the repairs themselves or face elimination.

Bill Goldberg was an All-American football player at the University of Georgia and played four years for the Atlanta Falcons from 1991-1994. He joined WCW Wrestling in 1997 and subsequently became one of the most popular wrestlers of his time. The former WWE and WCW World Heavyweight wrestling champion left the ring to pursue acting in 2004, starring in movies such as The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler, Santas Slay and also had guest starring roles in HBO′s Arliss and CBS′ Yes Dear. Goldberg spends his free time indulging his passion for cars. Currently numbering 23, his collection includes everything from racecars to dragsters to restored American (muscle) cars. He loves all forms of auto racing including NASCAR, Formula 1 and NHRA drag racing.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

AMERICAN IDOL Returns For Sixth Season January 16th

Who Will Be The Next AMERICAN IDOL?

Television′s No. 1 Show Returns For Its Sixth Season

With A Two-Night, Four-Hour Season Premiere

Tuesday, January 16, And Wednesday, January 17, On Fox

Tune In for the Good, the Bad and the Outrageous AMERICAN IDOL Auditions from Across the Country

Television′s biggest event, AMERICAN IDOL, returns for its sixth season with more talented singers than ever before and more of the outrageous auditions that have everyone talking in a special two-night, four-hour season premiere Tuesday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Jan. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Starting Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, the audition shows will air in their regular time periods, Tuesdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

The search for the next superstar began last summer, as AMERICAN IDOL traveled to Los Angeles, San Antonio, Birmingham, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York City and Seattle. Over 100,000 people turned up at the auditions for Season Six of AMERICAN IDOL.

Host Ryan Seacrest is back, and judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson return to lend their professional expertise, personal comments and sometimes tough criticism to a new crop of aspiring singers. Some will get the judges′ approval and others will hear the cold, hard truth! Guest judges Olivia Newton John, Carol Bayer Sager and Jewel also joined the road trip this season. Find out what these celebrity judges had to say about the talent around the country and who gets the "gold ticket" to Hollywood.

Episodes featuring audition cities will air on three consecutive Tuesdays, Jan. 16, Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, and three Wednesdays, Jan. 17, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31. The lucky few who got past the judges in the audition cities will be highlighted in the semifinal round, which will air on Tuesdays, Feb. 6 and 13 and Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and 14.

Last year′s phenomenal, record-setting season culminated in the crowning of Taylor Hicks as the fifth American Idol. Hicks joined previous winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia and Carrie Underwood as holders of the coveted title. In total, AMERICAN IDOL artists have sold 10 million singles and 23 million albums since the show first aired in 2002. Now the stage is set to turn a sixth singer′s dream into reality.

Billy Bush To Host New Reality Show GREASE: YOU′RE THE ONE THAT I WANT

Bush To Be Joined by U.K. TV Personality/Theatre Star Denise Van Outen, Who Will Serve as Co-host

Billy Bush ("Access Hollywood") has signed on to host NBC′s upcoming talent competition series GREASE: YOU′RE THE ONE THAT I WANT, which will premiere Sunday, January 7. Bush will be joined by co-host United Kingdom TV personality and theatre star, Denise Van Outen, as the series searches for the next Sandy and Danny to headline the new Broadway production of the hit musical GREASE. The announcement was made by Craig Plestis, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment.

"Billy is the perfect host for GREASE," said Plestis. "He is one of the most experienced and talented live TV hosts around today and will have great chemistry with Denise, who brings a wealth of theater knowledge to the show."

Bush is co-anchor of "Access Hollywood," the daily entertainment newsmagazine currently in its 11th season. He joined the program as East Coast Correspondent in December 2001, and was promoted to co-anchor in June 2004. In addition to his on-air duties at "Access Hollywood," Bush covered the red carpet for the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and Grammys, and hosted ABC′s live pre-show for the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Academy Awards.

British TV host and West End actress Van Outen played Roxie Hart in the hit musical "Chicago" on the West End in London selling out all performances of her incredible 20-week run. She reprised the role on Broadway where again she was a sell-out. In 2003, Denise continued her winning streak on the London stage and starred in a revival of Andrew Lloyd-Webber′s "Tell Me On a Sunday," which was re-written especially for her. The show was hugely successful running for nearly a year before going on a 10-month tour around the U.K. in 2004. Denise got her big break as a TV host in 1997 when she joined the U.K.′s hit morning show "The Big Breakfast." More recently, Denise has resumed her TV career, securing a lead role in the ITV drama "Where The Heart Is" and co-hosting the hit morning show "This Morning" in 2005.

NBC will search for the next Sandy and Danny in GREASE: YOU′RE THE ONE THAT I WANT, a new talent competition series from BBC Worldwide Productions scheduled to debut early next year where America will ultimately get to choose the two leads for a new Broadway production of GREASE. The new production of GREASE will open on Broadway in June 2007 and will be directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall ("The Pajama Game"), who will also be a judge on the TV series along with Jim Jacobs, the co-creator of GREASE and renowned theatre producer David Ian. Paul Nicholas and David Ian Associates, Nederlander Presentations and Phoenix Productions will produce the musical.

The final stop on the show′s casting search will take place on Friday, November 10 in Los Angeles at Venice High School ("Rydell High"). For more information on casting, visit for details.