I love Oprah. I’ve been watching her since I was a pimply teenager looking for diet tips and ways to attract a boyfriend. My dream was to become a journalist and interview newsmakers and celebrities just like she does. I wound up a TV news producer and writer and — although I never got my own show or theme song — I thank Oprah for motivating me.
O and I have been through a lot together. Big hair, shoulder pads, and several body types. We’ve also taken a spiritual journey as we grew up and began to recognize the world outside ourselves. The cynical will snicker, but I believe she encouraged me to be a better person. Her shows prompted me to read great books, be more generous with time and money, and better understand my fellow man.
When I heard it was her last season, I wanted to make the pilgrimage to my hometown of Chicago to see her in person. I lobbied everyone I knew who might have a connection until I scored tickets. I booked my flight and shared my excitement with friends. Keep reading »
Okay, fine, I’ll admit it. I’m a little mad at The CW for canceling “Hellcats,” the show starring Aly Michalka and Ashley Tisdale as competitive college cheerleaders that happened to be loosely based on my book, CHEER!. That said, I’m getting over it because they are bringing two of my favorites—Sarah Michelle Gellar and Rachel Bilson—back to the small screen after years off the air.
After the jump, check out the network’s new offerings that we will absolutely be DVRing. Keep reading »
I love the adorable things Ellen DeGeneres has guests do when they’re on the show. Her latest brilliant idea? (Or at least, her writers’ latest brilliant idea?) While Colin Farrell was on the show to promote his new movie, a remake of the ’80s classic “Fright Night,” she and Colin dressed up in vampire costumes and hid in the studio bathroom, jumping out to terrify studio audience members. Cute. Also adorable—Colin’s reaction to Ellen asking him about playing a vampire. “It’s a novel idea in this day and age,” he joked. “When I heard they were making it, I was kinda like, ‘Oh Hollywood, what a bunch of unoriginal idiots. They’re going to destroy one of my favorite films. But then I read the script and I was like, ‘No. I like it.’” Hey, at least he’s honest. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Most networks want their own day for their upfront. But others don’t need to be queen for a full 24 hours—thus, Wednesday has become a catch-all day for presentations, which is strange because Friday appears to be wide open. Not only did CBS announce their fall television lineups this morning—TBS and TNT took their turns, too. And not to be left out in the cold, SyFy announced that they’ve picked up a new series, too. After the jump, the shows announced today that have me giddy to press the record button. Keep reading »
A genius promotional photo for NBC’s “The Office” features Pam, Jim, and the gang channeling Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Do they really all want to hang out on a Sunday afternoon? I’m not buying that. More important question: who will lead them in the office on Monday? I, for one, can’t wait to find out. [The Daily What] Keep reading »
Thirteen is technically an unlucky number. But at their upfront presentation this morning, ABC announced that’s the magic number of new shows they will be premiering in the fall and winter. There’s some fun-looking stuff on the lineup, too, from the much hyped reboot of “Charlie’s Angels” to the return of James van der Beek to network television. More after the jump. Keep reading »