Remember rich kid Blair Warner on the '80s sitcom "The Facts of Life"? In real life, Lisa Whelchel was far removed from her snobby character -- in fact, shortly after the series ended, she had blown through all of her TV earnings. Whereas Blair probably would have been devastated at the thought of living with less, the mother of three (and, more recently, one time "Survivor" contestant) tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" that losing it all was the best thing that could have happened to her. Well, as long as she's happy!
Lisa Whelchel reveals she blew through her TV money quickly
Tassler says there won't be changes to the casting process
Poor Aaryn Gries. While every "Big Brother" contestant hopes to grab more than fifteen minutes of fame, Gries lives on as the big embarrassment of the series. Thanks to Gries' bigoted comments last summer, President of CBS Entertainment Nina Tassler found herself peppered with questions about the former contestant (and, to a lesser extent, her equally tactless cast mates Spencer Clawson and GinaMarie Zimmerman). "I was mortified by the comments Erin made," Tassler said. "It was this extraordinary confluence of events [with the death of Trayvon Martin] that were dominating the air waves."
Halle Berry tackles sci-fi in new series
For those of you who couldn't get enough of the Steven King-spawned "Under the Dome" last summer, good news. During press tour, President of CBS Entertainment Nina Tassler announced that the show will be coming back for its second season on Mon. June 30. "It became the biggest scripted summer series in 21 years," Tassler said.
A camp classic loses everything that made it juicy reading
It seems that everyone I've talked to about Lifetime's "Flowers in the Attic" (premieres Sat. Jan. 18 at 8:00 p.m.) has some memory, good or bad, of the V.C. Andrews' Dollanganger trilogy. If they read the books, they had one of two reactions. They either ripped through them, binging on the glorious trashiness of it all, or they just read the incest parts -- and rolled their eyes at the purple prose. No one is ever going to call "Flowers in the Attic" good literature. Weird, yes, creepy, definitely, but good? Only in the sense that guilty pleasure, so-bad-they're-good kind of way. If you watch anything on Bravo now, you probably have a soft spot for "Flowers in the Attic."
Too much champagne makes for a memorable meltdown
So much happens in this episode of "The Bachelor," I say let's just cut to the chase. There's nudity, rubber fire hydrant suits, drunkenness and puppies. Only one of these is cute. You can guess which one, can't you?
Season 6 also set to include Linda Blair, Leah Remini and more
Don't let anyone say "RuPaul's Drag Race" lacks star power. The series, which is returning for its sixth season Mon. Feb. 24 at 9:00 p.m., will not only feature a new fleet of impressive drag queens and the inimitable RuPaul, but will squeeze some new celebrities onto the judges' panel as well.
After spending 2 years in a basement, she takes a chance on surgery
If you're struggling with your New Year's resolutions, know that whatever self-improvement you're attempting it probably pales in comparison to this woman's many challenges. In this exclusive clip from "My 600-lb Life" (Tues. Jan. 14 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC), we meet Olivia, a 46-year-old woman finally faces her excess weight after a suicide attempt and a long struggle with depression. She doesn't leave her Chicago basement for two years before deciding to make one last attempt at changing her life. She travels to Houston for life-changing surgery, and, as she says, it's one step at a time.
The 'Family Guy' creator had choice response to 'creative nerd' label
A 21st century continuation of Carl Sagan's heady 1980 series "Cosmos" may not be the pet project you'd expect from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, but it's just one of the surprises the new series, which will air on both FOX and Nat Geo networks, hopes will blow your mind.
Starring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (who became a Twitter break-out star for his comments about the scientific inaccuracies of "Gravity"), the new show is set to premiere Sun. March 9 on FOX and Mon. March 10 on Nat Geo. While the audience at press tour tried to show an interest in all things science, most of the questions were lobbed squarely at MacFarlane.
The 'wonder junkie''s last video has 2 million hits so far
"Brain Games," the Emmy-nominated Nat Geo show that returns for its second season tonight (Mon. Jan. 13 at 9:00 p.m.) promises more blow-your-mind revelations courtesy of host Jason Silva. Just as you'd expect from enthusiastic "wonder junkie" Silva, this is a TV series that is both smart and great fun (hey, Emmy nomination, people), and the second season explores a new array of topics on how we see, process and think about the world around us - with episodes devoted to attraction, trust, competition, colors, stress and more. Really, everything you need to know? "Brain Games." Okay, everything that's fun to know, at least. Watch this clip from the premiere to get a sense of it.
Bruce Wayne will be 'somewhere around 12' according to FOX's Reilly
During press tour, FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly addressed a flurry of questions (and limited his opening questions with an egg timer, which he ultimately reset). But in the onslaught of information, he confirmed some good news for "Batman" fans. The origin story "Gotham," which digs into the story of Commissioner James Gordon, is set to staff up in February and head "into script right after that," according to Reilly.