Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr
Heidi Klum takes center stage, but Howard Stern grabs focus
Though many of the panels at the NBC Summer Press Day have been sedate to the point of sleepy (with the exception of an annoying squeaking chicken for the Sprout kids' network), things became much more lively when the judges of "America's Got Talent" took the stage. When the initial questions were aimed at new judge Heidi Klum, returning judge Howard Stern had no problem making his opinion about that known.
When Klum explained how she was juggling "AGT" with her existing schedule, Stern said, "You're gonna judge, but you're gonna be neglecting your children." When Klum countered that wouldn't be the case, he kept gleefully hammering away. "You're gonna bring the kids while we're doing the show? All, like, ten of them? That's gonna be fun."
The fashion icon explains that 'girls just want to have fun'
At the NBC Summer Press Day, Betsey Johnson and Lulu Johnson were on hand to discuss their new Style network show, "XOX Betsey Johnson." Fashionistas quickly recognized the Mutt-and-Jeff mother-daughter pair, who, while both blonde, couldn't be more different. That disparity is, in part, what drives the show, which follows the pair as Lulu launches her own brand separate from her mother's -- but with her mom on board as an investor.
Porsha acts out, but Kenya really loses it when the men join the discussion
While the final part of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" season reunion covered lots of territory -- Porsha's singing skills, Apollo's possible text flirtation with Kenya, twirl T-shirts -- but really, all of that paled in comparison to Kenya being plunked firmly on the hot seat and, yes, melting the hell down.
The fledgling couple gets off to a rocky start, but do they make sense?
I'll admit that "Once Upon A Time" has grown on me, as the show has put some wildly creative spins on creaky old fairy tales. One character I was looking forward to being rebooted was Belle, who kicked things off in Storybrooke locked away in an insane asylum. Evil queen Regina didn't even bother to give her a Storybrooke personality, as it didn't matter -- she was tucked out of sight, and any of her rantings would just be chalked up to mental illness. It was a dark but promising twist.
Iyanla Vanzant may not be a doctor, but she still cuts to the core
Recently, Iyanla Vanzant has been given the task of fixing all things broken, from minds to marriages, on her OWN show "Iyanla, Fix My Life." (Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET). This is usually the job of a therapist, but as far as I can tell, the closest Vanzant comes to having those particular credentials is being the author of piles of self-help books, the recipient of a masters degree in spiritual psychology, a Yoruba priestess, and an ordained New Thought minister (yes, those are things, I guess). She calls herself a spiritual technician, which means she's about as qualified, at least on paper, to fix your car as she is your mind.
But none of that matters, as Vanzant has been touched on the shoulder by the mighty one, Oprah Winfrey, and that's as good as a doctorate, at least in TV terms. Still, even She can change her mind, and when it comes to Vanzant, She did.
It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now
Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too.
Salvador Dali, the '60s, lone wolves and more inspire the final 4
So, we're getting down to the wire (or the inseam) on "Project Runway," and in this episode, our final four get to head home, invite Tim Gunn over, spend way too much time alone thinking about concepts and French seams and whatever, make really weird choices, then head back to New York. I'm beginning to feel as if every collection we see at this stage, with a few notable fabulous exceptions, takes a left turn at crazy and hits the gas. This week's episode we again see a lot of WTF choices, and it doesn't make me look forward to Fashion Week at all.
It's prom night, but corsages are the least of anyone's worries
Ah, prom. I remember my prom (which wasn't even called a prom at my weird ass high school) mostly revolving around what to wear and finding shoes that did not make dancing a hellacious misery. Vampires and witches and werewolves (oh my) still have to worry about all that crap PLUS fret about the cure, Expressionism (not the art movement), white oak stakes and spooky shape shifters who get inside one's head. Really, no teenager can ever bitch about not being able to find the right nail polish to match her corsage ever, ever again.
Warning: don't let the cricket drive you crazy
Here's another CulturePop podcast for ya -- plus a cricket. But we'll get to that in a moment. Here's the rundown!
The on-screen and off-screen nice guy talks tone, Tessa
Jeremy Sisto seems to be one of those genuinely nice, normal guys who, while common in the real world, are like ridiculously rare in Hollywood. So it's fitting that he's been playing nice, normal George on "Suburgatory," which has a two-part season finale tonight (Wed. April 17 at 8:00 p.m.). A while back I had a chance to visit the set and talk to Sisto about the show, George's relationships with Tessa and Dallas, and why he's looking forward to playing something other than George for a while.