Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr
The first 40 episodes of The OnLine Network's reboot to air on TV
If you've been trying to watch the new episodes of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" on a tiny computer screen, take heart. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is hosting a summer fling for soap fans as the network has acquired the first 40 episodes of The OnLine Network’s reprisal of the two daytime soaps for an exclusive 10-week limited engagement.
Half-hour episodes of each show will air Monday through Thursday beginning Mon. July 15 with “All My Children” at 1:00 p.m. ET and “One Life to Live” at 3:00 p.m. ET on OWN.
"These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.”
Watch the promo and see Kelly Clarkson cry
TLC premieres a brand-new season of the reality series "Who Do You Think You Are?
" on Tues., July 23 at 9:00 p.m.. The network has ordered eight new hour-long episodes of the Emmy-nominated series NBC kicked to the curb.
Today, the network announced the full line-up of celebrities:
Two couples bomb, Nigel animates and there's even prancersize
"So You Think You Can Dance"
So tonight the top 20 dancers will be hoofing it for our amusement and, really, the approval of the judges. As we learned last week, the judges started planting the seeds in our minds early (actually, I think we can agree prematurely) about who should win (Anna is the beast) and who shouldn't. Not cool judges, not cool.
Hopefully tonight will shake things up a bit, as I hate to think that voters will follow direction so easily or that no dancer will defy expectations. Of course, that also means someone who isn't very good (Cyrus) can make it a lot further than logic would suggest thanks to a compelling smile and an engaging backstory. Fingers crossed for great dancing, period.
Gypsies may not do it better, but they definitely do it bigger
"My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding: Best Dressed Brides"
They're known for their cinched-up corsets, miles and miles of fabric, and enough bling to blind the average person. These are the over-the-top dresses featured in the TLC series "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding." Now, gypsy dress maker Thelma Madine, returns in an all new special to take a look back at her personal highlights, which you might, in fact, consider disasters. "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding: Best Dressed Brides
" premieres Wed. June 26 at 10:00 p.m.
Winning doesn't mean starring glumly into space or doing a sex tape
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To celebrate the July 15th premiere of her new summer talk show, “Kris," Kris Jenner has announced a contest seeking an individual who captures the "spirit, strength, love and entrepreneurial attitude" of the Jenner-Kardashian family. The winner does not, however, need to speak in a dull monotone or have a sex tape. Phew!
Bryden has a surprise for Des, and it's not a good one
The bachelors and Des are off to Munich, so… lots of beer, yodeling and sledding! Because "The Bachelorette" has never met a cultural cliche it doesn't like! This will be great fun, I'm sure, but the big nail biter in this episode is the dreaded two-on-one. As in seasons past, the most loathed creepazoid will be sharing the date with Des with a likable guy we doubt she'll pick.
Even though I'm fairly sure this will play out the way all of these dates play out (the creepazoid gets the rose and we scream at the television), I'm hoping against hope that Des fights back against producer manipulating her to follow the formula and actually kicks the jerk to the curb. And you know which jerk I mean -- Ben. It's not even anything I have against Ben (though I don't care for him a bit). I'd just like to think this show isn't as thoroughly predictable as it seems to be. Still, this episode starts throwing big curveballs before the first hour is over -- so I'll withhold judgment, briefly.
How do they compare to Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin's Kennedys?
Season two might include an episode about 'altered states of consciousness'
If you haven't watched "Brain Games
" on NatGeo yet, consider tonight's season finale (Mon. June 24 at 9:00 p.m.) a chance to have your mind blown. Dedicated to the fine art of lying, the show asks the question whether there's an upside to bending the truth -- and yes, you might be surprised. The show, hosted by Jason Silva, puts viewers to the test (don't worry if you flunk) and explains why our minds do the crazy things they do. I spoke to Silva about tonight's finale, and somehow we ended up talking about pot and porn, too.
"Naked and Afraid" becomes the network's highest rated premiere of 2013
"Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda"
It turns out that many, many people will watch if they think there's a chance you'll make a small splat at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. "Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda
" featuring "The King of the High Wire" making history as the first person ever to cross over the Grand Canyon delivered 8.5 million total viewers and a whopping 13 million total viewers during the walk segment. These ratings shattering records across numerous platforms, including social media. The special generated 1.3 million tweets, driving it to become the most social show across broadcast and cable in the U.S.
Murray the magician turns up his nose at a secret passage
"Four Houses" moves to Monday nights on TLC at 10 PM (ET/PT) beginning June 24. The 10-part series follows four designed-obsessed homeowners as they snoop, tour and score each other’s homes in hopes of having their home ranked number one and winning the $10,000 cash prize.