ABC – Speechless  “…this was an attempt to write what I know. And what I know is the challenges, the ups and downs of growing up with a family with a sibling with special needs.” SCOTT SILVERI By V…

Source: Peerless…


Writer/producer Scott Silveri (L) and actor Micah Fowler speak onstage at the 'Speechless' panel discussion during the Disney ABC Television Group portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Aug. 3, 2016 - Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
Writer/producer Scott Silveri (L) and actor Micah Fowler speak onstage at the ‘Speechless’ panel discussion during the Disney ABC Television Group portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.
(Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

ABC – Speechless 

“…this was an attempt to write what I know. And what I know is the challenges, the ups and downs of growing up with a family with a sibling with special needs.” SCOTT SILVERI

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/23/16 – High fives all around. ABC premiered the new dramedy Speechless, Wednesday night in the crucial 08:30 slot following goliath lead-in Modern Family. Speechless will either serve as the left-hook in the most potent one two punch in broadcast comedy, or as a franchise series in the event the mighty Modern Family should falter. It will succeed in either function.

The premise is fresh and is clearly inspired by the success of recent movies and documentaries profiling the life of wheelchair-bound physics guru Stephen Hawking. One is tempted to begin this review with the word Minnie and end it with the word Driver. Because, it is her Alpha girl energy that drives this machine. However, behind Driver’s towering performance there’s a lot of first rate backup. The script is a filler-free affair that snaps and crackles from the lead roles on down to the featured extras.

Minnie Driver plays Maya Dimeo, uber-mom to three kids; one of whom, is a special needs child with Cerebral Palsy. Maya’s every waking hour is focused on the comfort and development of her son, J.J. (Micah Fowler) who is unable to speak, but who communicates just fine with a head activated apparatus that allows him to spell out words (ala Hawking). This pilot opens with Maya dragging her family to yet another town in a relentless search for the perfect school and nurturing environment for her son. Driver hovers and pounces like a mother lioness whenever her beloved is trivialized, patronized or otherwise denied equal access to a world unsuited to his physical disability. Driver’s Brit twang adds just the right amount of snot and polish to a character that is unique in American television comedy.    Continue reading “Peerless…”

Look to the Stars

Dakota Fanning To Light Empire State Building For International Day Of The Girl

Sep 21, 2016 01:30 pm

Dakota Fanning: Profile

Save the Children has announced that actress and Artist Ambassador Dakota Fanning will light the world-famous Empire State Building red on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in a special ceremony celebrating International Day of the Girl.

Marked globally by the United Nations, International Day of the Girl is a designated day for communities and policymakers to discuss how to end discrimination against girls and create opportunities for girls to reach their full potential. Worldwide, girls are frequently marginalized in their families, communities and societies. By lighting the Empire State Building red, Save the Children aims to raise awareness of these issues and illuminate the need to educate and empower girls around the world.

Fanning will be joined by Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s president & CEO, a group of girls from the New York tri-state area, who are Save the Children child sponsors, and a sponsored girl from South Carolina. On Oct. 11, the Empire State Building will light up beginning at sunset to recognize girls and the unique challenges they face globally.

“I am so honored to join these young girls and Save the Children in celebrating International Day of the Girl,” said Fanning, known for roles in notable films such as “I Am Sam,” “The Runaways,” “The Twilight Saga” and the upcoming “American Pastoral.” “As a child sponsor and Artist Ambassador, I am a passionate advocate for the world’s most vulnerable children, and girls in particular are at risk of being left behind. New York holds a special place in my heart, and there’s really no better way to honor girls and bring attention to the obstacles they face worldwide than by lighting up one of the world’s most iconic landmarks.”

Too often, girls are barred from the opportunity to learn, forced into marriage or even trafficked – limiting their lives and risking their futures. Save the Children believes it is possible to build a world in which every girl survives, thrives and realizes her dreams.

“Save the Children is committed to making a difference for every last girl,” said Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children. “Throughout the world, girls face higher rates of violence, poverty and discrimination. On the ladder of opportunity, girls are often left behind on the bottom rung. That’s why today – and every day – Save the Children is shining a light on girls. We are thrilled to celebrate International Day of the Girl with the help of Dakota Fanning, some of our powerful girl supporters and the Empire State Building. Together, we’ll do whatever it takes to empower the world’s girls so they can grow up healthy, educated and safe.”

Save the Children believes that reaching girls is a critical component of ending early marriage, preventable maternal and child deaths and ensuring our collective future. The Save the Children sponsorship program, in particular, helps provide girls and boys with the necessities for a healthy and successful start to their life – nutrition, early childhood and adolescent development, education and school health. To join Fanning as a child sponsor and learn more, click here.


Ray Romano Returns As Host Of International Myeloma Foundation’s 10th Annual Comedy Celebration

Sep 21, 2016 12:30 pm

Ray Romano: Profile

The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), the oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure – has announced the lineup for the 10th Annual Comedy Celebration, the foundation’s premier fundraising gala, taking place on Saturday, November 5 at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Actor and comedian Ray Romano returns to host a memorable night of comedy with featured performers that include Bill Burr, Jeff Garlin, Dom Irrera, Larry Miller, Kevin Nealon, JB Smoove, Fred Willard and more to be announced. All performers are subject to availability.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund and support the Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI). Renowned actor Peter Boyle died in late 2006 after a four-year battle with myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Through laughter, the event honors Boyle and raises money for research to find a cure.

In celebration of the event’s 10th anniversary, the evening will honor Boyle’s widow, Loraine Alterman Boyle, for her extraordinary work as the event chair for the last 10 years and unwavering dedication to raising funds towards a cure for myeloma. Since the first event in 2007, the annual celebration has featured over 50 celebrity comedians and musical performers, and raised over $5 million for the Peter Boyle Research Fund, which has supported the International Myeloma Foundation’s research. For the fourth year, the Fund is focused on the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative®, a bold approach to finding a cure for myeloma by detecting and eradicating the disease at the earliest time point.

Additionally, the IMF developed a research arm, the International Myeloma Working Group comprised of the top myeloma researchers from 35 countries, working collaboratively with one goal – to find a definitive cure for myeloma. This year the IMFhas achieved the unprecedented ability to launch two targeted Cure Trials.

The evening will include a pre-show cocktail reception and silent auction for VIPguests, the Comedy Show, and a Post-Show Party featuring a live swing band and dancing for VIP ticket holders. Tickets are on-sale now at

The International Myeloma Foundation 10th Annual Comedy Celebration is presented by Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Takeda Oncology and Janssen.


80’s Classics Rejuvenated For New Album Benefiting amfAR

Sep 21, 2016 11:00 am

Aloe Blacc: Profile

A collection of classic hits from the 1980s has been rejuvenated with re-imagined and updated versions by contemporary artists in The Time Is Now, a compilation album created specifically to benefit amfAR.

The 14-track album will be released on October 7 by Republic Records and Mass Appeal and is available for pre-order today.

Among the notable covers featured in The Time Is Now are the album’s first singles: a soulful rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” by singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc. Those who pre-order the album receive a copy of the track instantly. Check out the song here.

The album will also include a rendition of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” performed by Sugar for Sugar, consisting of Scarlett Johansson, Julia Haltigan, Holly Miranda and Kendra Morris. In addition, the band Lower Dens provides their updated version of Hall & Oates’ “Maneater”, while the pop rock group DNCE puts its stamp onTina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” Dita Von Teese and Sebastien Tellier revamp “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” by Culture Club, while the songwriting duo Marian Hill performs Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).”

The artwork for the album cover was designed exclusively for amfAR by the talented and generous British artist Tracey Emin.

The Time is Now is the brainchild and labor of love of executive producers Michelangelo Lacqua, internationally acclaimed music curator, Andy Boose, longtime producer of many of amfAR’s events, and Peter Bittenbender, CEO of Mass Appeal.

“The 1980s was a decade of revolutionary changes in the music scene, with an explosion of new sounds and rhythms, the ascendance of MTV, and the emergence of new musical movements on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Bittenbender. “Music also provided the soundtrack to people’s daily lives and was a source of inspiration and solace with the advent of HIV/AIDS. This album is a tribute to that extraordinary time.” said Lacqua. “The Time Is Now is a music-driven call to action in support of amfAR’s push to end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime.” said Boose.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, musicians have supported the fight against AIDSin countless ways, raising awareness and funds through benefit concerts, donated royalties and proceeds, and other contributions. Throughout its history, amfAR has enjoyed the steadfast and generous support of the music industry. In 1985, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder recorded a collaborative rendition of the song, “That’s What Friends Are For,” to raise money for amfAR. The song was Billboard’s number one single for 1986 and raised millions of dollars for AIDSresearch.

“The Time Is Now is a great example of our longstanding relationship with the music industry, and we are deeply grateful to the artists who graciously donated their time and talents to the making of this album,” said amfAR Chief Executive Officer Kevin Robert Frost. “With continued support for HIV research, and we are confident that we will ultimately find a cure for the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS today.”

The full track listing for The Time Is Now is:
“Take Me Home” (Phil Collins), Performer: Phantogram
“Bizarre Love Triangle” (New Order), Performer: Sugar for Sugar
“Under The Milky Way” (The Church), Performer: Metric
“Whip It” (Devo), Performer: Brazilian Girls
“Rio” (Duran Duran), Performer: Bebel Gilberto
“What’s Love Got to Do With It” (Tina Turner), Performer: DNCE
“Billie Jean”(Michael Jackson), Performer: Aloe Blacc
“Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” (Culture Club), Performer: Dita Von Teese and Sebastien Tellier
“Maneater” (Hall & Oates), Performer: Lower Dens
“Genius of Love” (Tom Tom Club), Performer: Chaos Chaos and Slow Magic
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” (Whitney Houston), Performer: Marian Hill
“Pride (In the Name of Love)” (U2), Performer: LP
“Lovesong” (The Cure), Performer: Yuna
“Dance Hall Days” (Wang Chung); Performer: Theophilus London


Sara Bareilles To Perform At NASCAR Foundation NYC Fete

Sep 21, 2016 09:45 am

Sara Bareilles: Profile

The NASCAR Foundation will host their first-ever NYC fete to celebrate 10 Years of Giving and to honor its Founder Betty Jane France, who passed away unexpectedly last month.

Grammy and Tony nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilleswill perform at the gala.

Expected to attend are honoree Mark Lazarus (Chairman, NBC Sports Group); Hosted by The France Family, including Brian France (CEO and Chairman of NASCAR) and Amy France; featured performer Sara Bareilles; NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Rusty Wallace; NASCAR Champions and Rising Stars including Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick, Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex, Jr., Julia Landauer, Mike Helton; and special guests Lesa France Kennedy, Krista Voda, Ben Kennedy, Adrienne C. Moore (Actress, “Orange is the New Black”) and many more.

The evening will honor those who have demonstrated admirable commitment to and support of children’s health initiatives through numerous awards, including first-everNASCAR Foundation Founder’s Award, honoring one who has made significant contributions to philanthropy through use of time, talent and resources – both personally and professionally – to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children; the Speediactrics Children’s Champion Award to a medical professional who has showcased significant contributions, leadership and dedication to enriching the lives of children; the Betty France Humanitarian Award, presented by Nationwide, to theNASCAR fan who has shown tremendous dedication to improving the lives of children in their communities;

The benefit will also launch of the Speediatrics Children’s Fund and present a live auction featuring the artwork of the 2015 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner Jeff Hanson.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
WHERE: Marriot Marquis
1365 Broadway (between 45th and 46th Streets)

MORE: For more information and tickets, visit


Deepwater Horizon Honored As A Got Your 6 Certified Project

Sep 21, 2016 08:45 am
A day before the film’s U.S. premiere at New Orleans’ Orpheum Theater, Got Your 6announced that Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” has been honored as a “6 Certified” project.

Deepwater Horizon Honored As 6 Certified Project
Deepwater Horizon Honored As 6 Certified Project

The campaign recognizes film and television programs that help normalize the depiction of veterans as leaders and community assets.

Based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the film chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon.Mark Wahlberg stars as Mike Williams, a veteran Marine who epitomized leadership and refused to leave anyone behind even when faced with dangerous circumstances. While Williams’ service is only mentioned once, his veteran character provides a strong and positive portrayal of veterans. “Deepwater Horizon” hits theaters on Sept. 30.

“The Marines have a saying, ‘Once a Marine, always a Marine,’ said Bill Rausch, Iraq War veteran and executive director of Got Your 6. “I’m an Army veteran, but I appreciate the mentality that Marines aren’t off duty just because they’re retired. Marine veteran Mike Williams refused to leave anyone behind during the Deepwater Horizon disaster, just like he would have done on the battlefield. We could not be more proud of Mark Wahlberg for his portrayal of Mike, and we thank long-time veteran supporter Peter Berg and the entire Lionsgate team for showing the world what veteran leadership is all about.”

“Former Marine, Mike Williams was portrayed respectfully and responsibly,” said Veterans in Film & Television executive manager Sarah Serrano. “His level-headed leadership, resilience, and even comic relief under immense pressure are the kinds of qualities veterans carry on long after military service.”

In early 2015, at an event featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, Got Your 6 launched the “6 Certified” initiative as a way to challenge industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families. Since the initial launch, projects such as Fox’s “Gotham,” FX’s “Fargo,” Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” NBC’s “The Night Shift,” and ABC’s “Modern Family” have all received “6 Certified” designations.

To become “6 Certified,” a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:

Research or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representations

Hire a veteran actor to play a substantial role

Employ a veteran writer to contribute to the narrative

Develop a multi-dimensional veteran character

Develop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themes

Have veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking process

After the project has met the requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company once the project enters post-production. After the submission is complete, the project is evaluated by the “6 Certified” Review Committee, a group of subject matter experts who review all submissions and grant “6 Certified” status.

The current members of the “6 Certified” Review Committee include: Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures; Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company; Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, HBO Programming, for Home Box Office; Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Tim Norman, director of human resources, DreamWorks Animation; Sarah Serrano, manager of Veterans in Film & Television (VFT); Seth Smith, director of campaigns and programming for Participant Media; and Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6

Additional information on certification is available at

The “6 Certified” program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran campaign that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The campaign believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”


Ban Ki-moon And Bono Speak At Conference In Canada

Sep 21, 2016 07:35 am
Praising The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a model of partnership that brings together people and development partners, governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by diseases, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week said such broad cooperation is also the key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in Montreal, Canada
Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in Montreal, Canada
Credit/Copyright: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

“Working together and transcending sectoral boundaries is the only way to tackle the interconnected challenges that determine human well-being,” Mr. Ban said in Montreal, Canada, where world leaders have gathered for the fifth conference convened to replenish the Fund, which was founded in 2002 and raises and invests some $4 billion annually to support programmes run by local experts in countries and communities most in need working to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Bono also spoke at the event.

Hailing the Fund’s past 15 years of achievement and looking forward to even more success in the critical years to come, the UN chief said that since it was established, the mechanism has helped to save some 20 million people.

“Its example of working for countries, communities and groups most in need provides a firm foundation for the new era of opportunity that began this year,” he said, noting that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a roadmap for people, planet, peace and prosperity through global partnership.

“We are now here to bring this global partnership to make this planet Earth and people more prosperous and live in a peaceful world. It is built on the principle of partnership, and its object is to leave no one behind, wherever you are coming from, no matter what ethnicity or belief you may have,” continued Mr. Ban adding that this is what Global Fund is about, and “I am very proud of role that UN organizations have played and will continue to play, together with you.”

Over the next 15 years, international organizations and partners must work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “for everyone, everywhere,” said the Secretary-General, noting that the 17 Goals are holistic, universal and integrated, encompassing, among others, gender equality, human rights, water and sanitation, education, governance, peace and stability.

“Working to end HIV, TB and malaria is intrinsic to the SDGs, and each of the SDGs has a bearing on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all, at all ages. That is why the Global Fund has sharpened its focus on human rights, key populations and gender equality in its new strategic framework,” he noted, adding that the Fund’s current report emphasizes the importance of schooling and equal education, equal opportunity for adolescent girls to prevent HIV.

He went on to stress the need to improve living conditions in crowded urban slums to fight tuberculosis, to address water management and sanitation to eliminate malaria and to help build strong and resilient health systems that are accessible to all people.

“Universal health coverage is one of the SDG 3 targets. This will need significant investment, and the Global Fund has an important role,” said the Secretary-General, explain that more than 40 per cent of Fund’s investments are for resilient and sustainable health systems, and that is set to increase, which is essential for sustaining gains already made, and for building on them.

Noting that the Fund has also been a strong driver of increased domestic health investment in many countries, he said the mechanism is a model of successful and broad partnership that brings together people, organizations, the private sector and local level actors in communities in need. Such partnership would be critical for achieving the new UN sustainability goals and tackling interconnected challenges.

“One emerging challenge is antimicrobial resistance. This threatens our response to all [AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria],’ warned Mr. Ban, telling the conference that this is such a threat to global health that world leaders are meeting to discuss the issue on 21 September in New York during the high-level segment of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.

“I urge the Global Fund to join this fight. And I encourage all partners to contribute generously to the Fund,” underscored the UN chief, noting that several partners have made significantly larger pledges in this Replenishment, and that there are commitments from many new partners, including a doubling of private sector contributions, largely because the Global Fund has already proven that it can deliver real results.

“We have the knowledge and tools to end HIV, TB and malaria by 2030. This is our target and ambition, and our vision to make this world better, this planet Earth healthier and environmentally sustainable, where everybody can live without any fear and also with human dignity,” Mr. ban concluded, calling for broad partnership and cooperation “to make this world healthier and better for all.”

Later in the day, Mr. Ban met with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. He thanked the Prime Minister for hosting the 5th Replenishment Conference and noted that it was destined to be a very successful event.

The Secretary-General also commended Canada for its commitment to the implementation of Agenda 2030, as well as on the issue of climate change. He expressed the hope that Canada would ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change before the end of the year, so contributing to the agreement’s early entry into force.

According to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also expressed concern regarding the tensions in the Korean Peninsula. They discussed the acute needs of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as well as Canada’s valued contributions to United Nations peacekeeping.


Spotlight: Maroon 5’s Charity Work

Sep 21, 2016 07:00 am

Maroon 5

Read more about Maroon 5’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s Celebrity Supporters

Sep 21, 2016 06:00 am
Encouraging interest in acting and improving the acting skills of interested persons though educational seminars, workshops, tapes and films.

Celebrity supporters

Screen Actors Guild Foundation has 63 known supporters, including George Clooney,Hugh Jackman, and Alec Baldwin

Areas of work

Read more about Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s work and celebrity supporters.

Celebrity Homes: Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace Is Europe’s Most Expensive Home

cardinPierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace is Europe’s most expensive home and currently for sale at $456 million; featured this week at

Free photos with listing agent permission available for your use at:  

“Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace”

Round houses were the architecture of choice for eons dating back before the Iron Age. They were built in Europe, Africa, Polynesia and almost anywhere humans congregated. In John Hawkesworth’s “The Flame Trees of Thika,” it was duly noted that Afrikaners believed evil spirits would collect and live in the corners of square homes and couldn’t understand the British penchant for residing in square buildings. Continue reading “Celebrity Homes: Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace Is Europe’s Most Expensive Home”

PlayBook Cocktails: An Evening with Representative John Lewis (GA-05)

playbook_leftBy Kate Kight

Washington D.C., (The Hollywood Times) 9/22/16 – Sponsored by Bank of America, Politico Playbook events are a staple bring together D.C insiders, political officials, and thought leaders to discuss current events. Free and often accompanied by an open bar, they are a favorite spot for interns to rub shoulders with D.C.’s elite. Continue reading “PlayBook Cocktails: An Evening with Representative John Lewis (GA-05)”

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival

Cinema Diverse opens its Ninth Edition on Thursday, September 22nd and runs throughSunday, September 25th. For the first time, we are screening films at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs and at Desert Cinema in Cathedral City.
Cinema Diverse is dedicated to advancing and further strengthening the diverse local gay community by presenting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema from around the world. It brings together film artists, film lovers and industry professionals for an exciting celebration of motion pictures that reflect, inform, enrich and often transform lives.
WHEN: September 22, 2016 @ 7PMSunday, September 25, 2016 @ 10PM
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poster-ginni-showCYBERSPACE – Award-winning journalist Ginni Saraswati is launching her brand new show “The Ginni Show – Curry, Comedy & Connectivity”.

The Ginni Show invites listeners to follow the hilarious journey life of a young Sri Lankan gay immigrant woman growing up in Australia.

The new show will feature guest appearances from familiar faces – especially Ginni’s aunties and 170 cousins … Oh and yes actual celebrities.

The Ginni Show is set to launch on September 28th at 9am with familiar voices scheduled to feature on the podcast.

It’ll be available weekly, every Wednesday. iTunes ( Continue reading “AWARD-WINNING RADIO HOST GINNI SARASWATI  ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT ONLINE PODCAST  “THE GINNI SHOW – Curry, Comedy & Connectivity””

Sue Wong Wins Best Designer Award During Emmy Season! 

The "Hollywood Game Night" host checked out the gorgeous gowns from VIP sponsor Sue Wong Couture at Doris Bergman's Seventh Annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party. Photo: Courtesy Of Doris Bergman
The “Hollywood Game Night” host checked out the gorgeous gowns from VIP sponsor Sue Wong Couture at Doris Bergman’s Seventh Annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party. Photo: Courtesy Of Doris Bergman

And Other Stories.–

by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/21/16 – The Primetime Emmys came and went as hard-working Virgo gave way to hedonistic Libra.  On the evening of Sunday, September 18th, 2016 television’s brightest stars were honored on the small screen by host Jimmy Kimmel at LA’s Microsoft Theatre.  At the same time, this reporter started hearing from dancers, musicians, photographers, and designers from all across the globe wanting to make their own mark on the world stage.
seAfter putting in another Emmy season appearance at the Doris Bergman Gifting Suite held at West Hollywood’s Fig & Olive, “Goddess Ambassador” Sue Wong was voted Best Designer of the Year by Best of LA Awards.  “What a great honor to be part of this glamorous tradition of Hollywood!” exclaimed Sue on her social media sites.
fashionWong’s mantra of Beauty-Magic-Transformation are fitting words indeed to carry us through this aesthetically conscious season.  For more beauty, please come join this reporter at the launch of the Intuition Issue  (Green Edition) of FASHION CONSCIOUSNESS Magazine at the Four Seasons Hotel located at 300 South Doheny Drive on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016!
SUE WONG: ALCHEMY & MASQUERADE GORGEOUS ARTY PHOTOS BY SAM FU #runway #fashion #catwalk #suewong #beauty #magic #transformation
SUE WONG: ALCHEMY & MASQUERADE GORGEOUS ARTY PHOTOS BY SAM FU #runway #fashion #catwalk #suewong #beauty #magic #transformation

This 1st Year Anniversary celebration will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Windows Lounge & Bar with exclusive drinks and enticing appetizers from all over the world.  The red carpet will begin at 7:30 and the dress code is semi-dressy.

FASHION CONSCIOUSNESS is the creation of another extraordinary émigré talent, Valeria von Leczycki Goncharova Barrett, a Belurusian-American fashion/costume designer and celebrity stylist.  One of her distant paternal relatives was Natalya Nikolaevna Goncharova,  the wife of Russian national poet Alexander Pushkin.

Fashion Week will only be the start of fall’s creative ferment!  HAMILTON is playing at the Pantages Theater located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard through December 30th on its first national tour.  Written by Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award Winner Lin Manual Miranda, HAMILTON is a true landmark of American culture with a talented cast of ethnically diverse actors in the roles of the Founding Fathers!

hamiltonThe story centers on the colorful character of Alexander Hamilton, who rose from humble orphaned beginnings to help make America what it is today.  Our nation abounds with rags to riches hero tales like these!
Transformation may take place through the magic of beauty.  Immerse yourself in the arts and abandon yourself to experience!

Programming Insider

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Series premieres: “Perry Mason” on CBS in 1957, “Adam-12” on NBC in 1968, “N.Y.P.D. Blue” on ABC in 1993 and NBC’s “Will & Grace” in 1998…Remember the brouhaha when then Vice President Dan Quayle criticized Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown for being a single parent?  “Murphy Brown” the sitcom responded to his comments in the fifth season-opener in 1992 in the episode titled “You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato”…Celebrity Birthdays: Horror novelist Stephen King is 69; Oscar nominee Bill Murray is 66; “Full House” star Dave Coulier is 57; Abby Lee Miller of “Dance Moms” is 51; Country singer Faith Hill is 49; “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host Alfonso Ribeiro is 46; Actor Luke Wilson is 45; Nicole Richie is 35; Former “Lost” star Maggie Grace is 33.

Did You Know?
“Will & Grace” is only one of three sitcoms historically where all of the lead actors won Emmy Awards.  The other two are “All in the Family” and “The Golden Girls.”

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Note: The daily overnight ratings analysis is back!

Tuesday 9/20/16
Night 2 of the 2016-17 TV Season

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 8.8/15, NBC: 7.3/12, ABC: 4.9/ 8, Fox: 1.6/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: + 9, CBS: + 5,ABC: -18, CW: -44, Fox: -45


“NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Bull” (CBS), “This Is Us” (NBC)

-Honorable Mention:
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine: (Fox), “New Girl” (Fox), “Scream Queens” (Fox), “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (ABC)

Ratings Analysis:
Two nights into the new television season and the immediate observation is the state of network television, which…based on the Big 3…is alive and well.

CBS led the Tuesday overnight households, with a clean sweep in the six half-hours care of the season-premiere of “NCIS” (9.8 rating/16 share), the series-premiere of drama “Bull” (9.7/15) and the season-premiere of “NCIS: New Orleans” (7.1/13).  But NBC is a lock for victory in adults 18-49 thanks to two-hours of “The Voice” (#2: 7.7/13 from 8-10 p.m.) and the series-premiere of “This Is Us” (#2: 6.5/11), which will remain in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour until Oct. 4th.  Effective Oct. 11, it moves to 9 p.m. into the season-premiere of “Chicago Fire.”

More specifically, the 9.8 overnight household rating for “NCIS” was nine percent below the 10.8/18 season-opener on the year-ago evening, and that translated into 18.19 million viewers and a 2.5 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.  The 9.7 overnight rating for “Bull” was 26 percent above the 7.7/12 for the season-premiere of former time period occupant “NCIS: New Orleans” one year earlier, with full overnight retention out of “NCIS.”  I’ll call this a spectacular start for “Bull.”  And the 7.1 overnight rating for “NCIS: New Orleans,” now at 10 p.m., was 15 percent above the year-ago series premiere of short-lived drama “Limitless” (6.7/12 on 9/22/15).

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour), click here


Fast National Data
-Monday 9/19/16: Click here


Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of 9/12/16
The clean sweep for NBC, of course, is a reflection of the return of “Sunday Night Football.”  And the steep declines for Fox are a result of the network airing the “Primetime Emmy Awards” during the year-ago week.

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 8.73 million (+ 1), CBS: 7.55 (+14), ABC: 5.11 (+20), Fox: 2.76 (-48), CW: 1.02 ( 3)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 2.4 rating/9 share (- 4), CBS: 1.9/ 7 (+12), ABC: 1.1/ 4 (+22), Fox: 0.9/ 3 (-47), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 2.9/ 9 (- 6), CBS: 2.4/ 7 (+14), ABC: 1.4/ 5 (+17), Fox: 1.0/ 3 (-50), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 1.8/ 9 (- 5), CBS: 1.4/ 6 (+17), ABC: 0.8/ 4 (+33), Fox: 0.6/ 1 (-54), CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Syndication Ratings Scorecard – Week of 9/05/16:
What follows are the top-rated shows in syndication (first-run and off-network) in households for the week of September 5:

“Judge Judy” (CBS Television Distribution): 6.8 rating; “Family Feud” (Debmar-Mercury): 6.2; Weekend Adventure (Disney/ABC-Litton): 5.6; “Wheel of Fortune: (CTD): 5.4; “Jeopardy” (CTD): 5.0; “The Big Bang Theory” (Warner Bros.): 4.7’ “Law & Order: SVU” (NBCUniversal): 3.6; “The Big Bang Theory” – Weekend (Warner Bros.): 3.3; “Entertainment Tonight” CTD): 2.8’ “Dr. Phil” (CTD), “Family Feud” (Twentieth) and “Modern Family” (Twentieth): 2.7 each; “Inside Edition” (CTD): 2.6; “Live With Kelly” (Disney-ABC): 2.5; “Two and a Half Men” (Warner Bros.): 2.4; “Ellen DeGeneres” (Warner Bros. – season premiere): 2.3; “Hot Bench” (CTD) and “Family Guy” – Weekend (Twentieth): 2.2; “Access Hollywood Live” (NBCU) and “Bob’s Burgers” (Twentieth): 2.1 each

Source: Nielsen Media Research


FX Renews “Atlanta” and “Better Things” for Season Two
FX has issued a second season renewal to recent entries “Atlanta” and “Better Things,” each with an order for 10 new episodes.  Debuting on Sept. 6, “Atlanta”  is the coming-of-age story following a man named Earn (Donald Glover) in his daily life in the city of Atlanta, as he tries to redeem himself in the eyes of his girlfriend and mother of his daughter, his parents and his cousin.  “Better Things,” from Pamela Adlon and Louis CK, centers on a single, working actress named Sam (Pamela Adlon) who has no filter raising her three daughters, Max (Mike Madison), Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward) in Los Angeles.  Sam also looks after her mother (Celia Imrie), who lives across the street.

Interesting footnote: Olivia Edward is the daughter of medium John Edward, whose presence as host of daytime talk show “Crossing Over with John Edward” is sorely missed.


Charlie Sheen to Star in Original Crackle Film “Mad Families”
Charlie Sheen will star and executive produce original Crackle movie, “Mad Families,” which began production in Los Angeles last week. Sheen stars as Charlie Jones, a loveable man-child with a heart of gold and a unique way of looking at the world in the multi-generational comedy directed and produced by Fred Wolf (“Drunk Parents,” “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser”) from a script by Wolf and David Spade.

The scoop: “Mad Families” centers on three families – one Hispanic, one African American, one Caucasian – who find themselves sharing the same camping space on a Fourth of July holiday weekend. When none of them volunteer to vacate the site, they try to figure out a way to cohabitate peacefully, but eventually decide on a series of competitions to determine a winner. As the families face off in a series of contests, Charlie quips and complains his way through the great outdoors, but ultimately, with the help of his fellow campers, ends up realizing what’s most important in life.

Online Series “Los Cowboys: Vida de Ciudad. Corazón de Rancho” to Air on Galavision Network
Corral360, one of the producers of bicultural content for Hispanic millennials, has announced that previously online-only reality series “Los Cowboys: Vida de Ciudad. Corazón de Rancho” will begin airing on cable today.    Galavision Network will air the series weekly on Wednesday nights at 10:30 pm. ET. “Los Cowboys” is an original docuseries about the duality people face when balancing work and family in pursuit of the American Dream.
The first season, which debuted in January 2015 on Hulu, followed a team of Mexican cowboys or “charros” living in Los Angeles preparing for their dream of competing in the Mexican national rodeo.  Ten episodes were produced.  Season two delves deeper into their everyday lives and examines the delicate balance experienced by so many who transition between two cultures (and two languages) every day.

Nickelodeon Starts Production on “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”
Nickelodeon has begun production in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on original TV movie, “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library,” based on author Chris Grabenstein’s children’s book of the same name about a group of friends whose overnight stay in their town’s new hi-tech library turns into a daring, dangerous adventure of escape. The 90-minute, live-action TV movie stars Breanna Yde (“School of Rock”), Casey Simpson (“Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn”), Russell Roberts (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”) and newcomers AJ Rivera and Klarke Pipkin.  It premieres in 2017.


“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of ‘Big Brother 18’” by Douglas Pucci
After more than three months, 42 episodes and countless hours of watching the houseguests live and interact with each other, the 18th season of “Big Brother” on CBS has come to a close. A summer television staple since its inception in 2000, let’s take a deeper look.  For more, click here

The anatomy of a hit-making fall season by Marc Berman
From Campaign US: Year after year, CBS does it best and its new fall lineup is no exception

To accentuate the positive in this new television season, this week I’ll focus on CBS, which once again has put together the strongest primetime fall lineup. While no schedule is perfect (I have to take the network to task for not attempting to more aggressively program deadly Saturday), the Eye net is the poster child for programming done right. And this year’s fall season is no exception.

The network has enjoyed a viewership winning streak for the last eight straight years (and for 13 out of the last 14), and what’s been particularly impressive about its performance is that CBS has been dominating the coveted 18-49 adult viewership for two of the last four years. Once known primarily as an attraction for blue-haired geriatrics, CBS is now home to a strong potpourri of product that targets all age groups.

So, how did CBS accomplish this feat?  For more, click here


“Ancient Assassins,” which showcases the fatal tactics, immense physical strength and treacherous skillset of the most feared assassins, elite units and mercenaries throughout time, will open season two on American Heroes Channel (AHC) on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. ET.  The premiere episode, “Vlad The Impaler,” will feature Prince Vlad Dracula III, the inspiration for the fictional character of Dracula.

1. What Wednesday network series are you most looking forward to this season?  Click here
2. What network series are you most looking forward to on this first Tuesday of the 2016-17 television season? Click here
3. What upcoming new network drama are you most interested in watching this fall?  Click here
Series premieres: “Speechless” and “Designated Survivor” on ABC and “Lethal Weapon” on Fox.  Season premieres: ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family” and “The Middle;” “Survivor” on CBS; NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago PD;” and “Empire” on Fox. “Big Brother” concludes for the season on CBS.  For the complete primetime schedule for Wednesday, September 21, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Surviving Primetime

Which one of the following sitcoms produced the most number of episodes?

a) “Ellen”
b) “Maude”
c) “Reba”
d) “Rhoda”
e) “Roseanne”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following scripted dramas was regularly scheduled on Tuesday for its entire run?

a) “Hart to Hart”
b) “Hawaii Five-O” (the original)
c) “Judging Amy”
d) “Police Story”
e) “Remington Steele”

Is…c) “Judging Amy,” which aired in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour on CBS from 1999 to 2005.

Trivia All-Stars
John Brooker, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi, Art Salisch

Wit-less Protection Program

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (5827137f) Kevin James CBS 'Kevin Can Wait' Panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour, Day 14, Los Angeles, USA - 10 Aug 2016
Photo by Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock 
Kevin James
CBS ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour, Day 14, Los Angeles, USA – 10 Aug 2016

Kevin Can Wait on CBS

“When we set about trying to come up with a new idea, we definitely wanted to have some familiar notes in this show that the “King of Queens” audience would feel comfortable with and enjoy.” Rock Reuben

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/21/16 – The King of Queens is dead. So CBS thought transplanting that show’s star (Kevin James) into another series as a retired ‘cop gone mild’ would be money in the bank. I don’t think so. Every worn out, family sit-com contrivance is hurled at the wall in a desperate attempt to will this pile of comedic compost into a breakout hit.

Kevin is a wise-cracking ex-cop with a heart of gold; whose gluttony and alcoholism are presented as endearing social quirks. Erinn Hayes plays wife Donna, the beauty to Kevin’s beast. She’s a looker who clearly could have done better, but maintains her good humor as she tolerates Kevin’s arrested development and downward trajectory into heart disease and obesity. Kevin Can Wait panders to a Middle America viewership tired of Arugula diets, Michael Moore and hard news. Why CBS positioned the brainy and nuanced The Big Band Theory as lead-in remains a mystery. Continue reading “Wit-less Protection Program”




Matthew Weiner arrives at the Live Read And Series Finale Of "Mad Men" held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Matthew Weiner (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America, West today announced the results of its 2016 Board of Directors election.

The following eight members were elected to the Guild’s Board of Directors for two-year terms, effective immediately: Glen Mazzara, Matthew Weiner, Marjorie David (inc.), Jonathan Fernandez (inc.), Chip Johannessen (inc.), Zoanne Clack, Courtney Ellinger, Patric M. Verrone (inc.).



Candidates Elected to Board of Directors: Glen Mazzara (1,732), Matthew Weiner (1,597), Marjorie David (1,525), Jonathan Fernandez (1,480), Chip Johannessen (1,394), Zoanne Clack (1,393), Courtney Ellinger (1,281), Patric M. Verrone (1,175).

Other Candidates: Ligiah Villalobos (1,103), Ali LeRoi (791), David Slack (698), Keenen Ivory Wayans (667), Richard Keith (568). Continue reading “WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST ANNOUNCES 2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS”

Designated Survivor (ABC) – Kiefer Sutherland

kieferBy: Judy Shields

Beverly Hills, California (The Hollywood Times) 9/19/16 –  “I knew about the first designated survivor before I read the script, I knew about that policy.  I did not know that there was actually two.  There is a representative of each party, so in our scenario our party is democratic and I was a member of the cabinet and the republicans have a designated survivor as well.” Kiefer Sutherland told a group of journalists at the ABC after party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which he was a part of the first panel at TCA a few weeks ago.

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union

Designated Survivor premieres tomorrow night at 10:00 pm.  Click the link below for a sneak peek of Designated Survivor:

Kiefer told THT, TCA and other journalists that he knew Mark for twenty years and when his daughter was born he would walk her in the carriage across the street from Mark and they became friends and they became friends. “I have huge respect for all the work that he has done.  Having said that, I had no intention of doing a TV show and I was very busy, and I had to explain with some intelligence why I couldn’t do it and I caught myself on page 22 and I never sank a ship. I had to go back and start from the beginning because it was shaping so beautifully and remember getting to the very end of the script and realizing that I was potentially holding the next ten years of my life in my hands.” Continue reading “Designated Survivor (ABC) – Kiefer Sutherland”



THE PEOPLE v. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY "A Jury In Jail" Episode 108 (Airs Tuesday, March 22, 10:00 pm/ep) -- Pictured: (l-r) David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson. CR: Prashant Gupta/FX
THE PEOPLE v. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY Pictured: (l-r) David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson. CR: Prashant Gupta/FX

Combined 6 Primetime and 12 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Tops the Previous Basic Cable High of 8, And the Awards Totals of All Broadcast Networks, Basic Cable Networks and Streaming Services  

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Receives 9 Emmy Awards Including Outstanding Limited Series and Actor Emmys For Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown 

Baskets’ Louie Anderson Wins for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

LOS ANGELES, September 18, 2016 – FX Networks has received a basic cable record 18 Emmy® Awards, led by 9 Emmy Awards for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. The 6 Emmy Awards received by FX at tonight’s Primetime Emmy Awards, along with the 12 Creative Arts Emmy Awards already presented, topping the previous basic cable record of 8 (FX and Comedy Central 2015, FX 2014, AMC 2008) and the awards totals of all broadcast networks, cable networks and streaming services.

“This is a historic night for FX Networks, one we share with an unbelievably talented group of artists who join us in pushing the limits on what television can achieve,” said John Landgraf, CEO FX Networks and FX Productions. “We thank the Television Academy and its members for this honor and congratulate all of our winners, as well as the nominees, our producing partners, all of the casts and crews, and everyone at FX and FX Productions. Fourteen years ago, The Shield won cable’s first primetime Emmy, setting in motion an era of excellence in scripted cable programming across the industry. FX has built on that legacy by teaming with exceptional creators with uncompromising vision and we join them in celebrating the achievements of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Fargo, American Horror Story: Hotel, The Americans, Baskets and Archer.” Continue reading “FX NETWORKS RECEIVES BASIC CABLE RECORD 18 EMMY® AWARDS”


is Event to Feature Professional Dancers Dmitry Chaplin, Chelsie Hightower, Tristan MacManus and Anna Trebunskaya Hosted by Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec & Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi

Tickets for Shall We Dance on Ice Now On Sale

LAS VEGAS (September 19, 2016) – The Mandalay Bay Events Center and Disson Skating are pleased to announce Shall We Dance on Ice in Las Vegas Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The event will showcase a journey of dance through the ages with dancing, ice skating and music. The show will also feature a live musical performance by the Goo Goo Dolls, who recently released their new album Boxes.  The show will feature top ice dancers and professional dancers who have choreographed numbers to the Goo Goo Dolls’ music.

Tickets priced at $99.50, $74.50, $49.50 and $39.50, plus service charges and taxes, are on sale now and can be purchased at any Mandalay Bay ticketing outlet, online at and, or by phone at (702) 632-7580.

The cast features the most decorated ice dancing team in U.S. figure skating history, 2014 Olympic Champions, two-time World Champions and six-time U.S. Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Following the Olympics, Davis and White competed in the 18th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars where Davis was crowned champion and White was a semi-finalist. Continue reading “OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS MERYL DAVIS & CHARLIE WHITE TO HEADLINE SHALL WE DANCE ON ICE FEATURING GOO GOO DOLLS AT MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER IN LAS VEGAS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11”

Look to the Stars

Celebrities Attend Voices For The Voiceless Stars For Foster Kids Event

Sep 16, 2016 01:30 pm
Darren Criss, Rosie Perez, Megan Hilty, Chita Rivera, Gloria Gaynor, Sherri Saum, and Stephanie Mills were just a few of the many supporters who attended and performed at last night’s 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless: Stars For Foster Kids event presented by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley.

Gloria Gaynor performs I Will Survive
Gloria Gaynor performs I Will Survive
Credit/Copyright: Getty Images

This special event brings together the brightest stars of stage and screen to raise awareness about the plight of kids in foster care, particularly those aged 13 to 21 whom many consider “unadoptable” because of their age.

Darren Criss attends the 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless
Darren Criss attends the 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless
Credit/Copyright: Getty Images

Additional guests included Caroline Rhea, Alec Mapa, BD Wong, Orfeh, Adrienne Warren, Michelle Collins, Lilla Crawford, Carole Demas, and Dale Moss.

Rosie Perez attends the 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless event
Rosie Perez attends the 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless event
Credit/Copyright: Getty Images


Kathy Griffin To Open Best In Drag Show 2016

Sep 16, 2016 12:30 pm
Best In Drag Show — the fabulous and long-running annual fundraiser for Aid For AIDS, a program of Alliance for Healing and Housing — has announced that Emmy and Grammy Award winner Kathy Griffin will open this year’s festivities.

Best In Drag Show 2016
Best In Drag Show 2016

The celebrity judging panel will include Academy Award nominee Melanie Griffith, Kathy Kinney (“The Drew Carey Show”) and Rutina Wesley (OWN’s “Queen Sugar”). Additional celebrity judges will be announced soon. Best in Drag Show will be held onOctober 2, 2016 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The pre-show party begins at 5:30pm and curtain is at 7:00pm.

Best In Drag Show benefits Aid For AIDS, a program of Alliance for Housing and Healing which is dedicated to preventing homelessness and hunger for men, women, children and families living with HIV/AIDS throughout Los Angeles County. The highly-anticipated beauty pageant spoof is filled with fun and comedy while keeping the focus on its cause — giving back to the community through fundraising. The six gorgeous contestants competing for this year’s crown are:

Miss District of Columbia Wanda Wumanz (Keith Lamont)
Miss Maryland Hannah Belle Lecter (Jay Fink)
Miss New Mexico Pokey Hanus (Brian Lexy)
Miss New Jersey Halle Peñe Pappas (Johnny Glasser)
Miss New York Sandy Claus (Jeffrey Ewell)
Miss Tennessee Sheena Turner (Victor Montoya)

Originally founded in 1989 by Alexis Pittman with a small group of friends in his West Hollywood living room, the Best in Drag Show (then called Battle for the Tiara) came to fruition. The first event raised $400 collected from 20 people, and the show was subsequently moved to larger venues due to its increasing popularity. The current version of the show has run since 2003 and has raised over $3 million to support the work of Alliance for Housing and Healing’s flagship program, Aid for AIDS.

Best In Drag Show is produced by an army of extraordinarily talented volunteers and staff from Alliance for Housing and Healing, Show Director and Producer Jeffrey Drew, Master of Ceremonies Patrick Rush, and generous support from sponsors including Presenting Sponsors Mark Honzel M.D. and KLEAN Treatment Centers.

The Patrick Rush Service Award, established in 2010 in honor of Patrick, will be presented at the show. The award recognizes the love and heartfelt dedication that Patrick has poured into the Best in Drag Show by removing the financial barrier for qualified students who demonstrate the drive and determination to reach their education goals, despite the challenges that are presented by a positive HIV status and ongoing addiction recovery.

For tickets and more information, please visit


Tamsen Fadal To Host 10th Annual Moving Families Forward Gala

Sep 16, 2016 11:00 am

Tamsen Fadal: Profile

Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family announced today the honorees and host for the 10th annual Moving Families Forward gala to take place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Monday, October 24th in New York City.

This year’s Ackerman Award Honorees are:· Blair Brewster – Entrepreneur, Ackerman Distinguished Service Award recipient.
· Gary Mendell – Founder & CEO,, Ackerman Partner Award recipient.
· Dana Vollmer – Olympic Medalist in Swimming, Ackerman Moving Families Forward Award recipient.

Tamsen Fadal, eight-time Emmy-winning Pix 11 News Anchor, will return to host the evening for the third year running. The event benefits the vital programs and ongoing services for children and families at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

“I support the Ackerman Institute for the Family because it helps conventional and unconventional families address and overcome deep and sometimes painful personal and societal issues,” says Tamsen Fadal. “Ackerman is a dynamic institution that is continuously evolving and keeping pace with today’s families in a society that is more complex every day. Family is important to me, and Ackerman believes that strong family bonds and communication are important to the strength of our communities. And I agree wholeheartedly.”

“We are thrilled that Tamsen Fadal is returning to host our biggest fundraiser of the year,” says Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family. “By generously giving of her time and talent to help lead our event to success speaks volumes about the importance of family in our society and our lives. I am grateful to Tamsen for lending her support and celebrity in this way.”

Blair Brewster, President & Founder of, and Entrepreneur will be honored with the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to honor Blair for his many years of board leadership, service and generosity,” says Lois Braverman. “Blair is one of those quiet and private individuals who exudes calm in times of crisis, and projects unflappable confidence and reassurance. He digs deep into issues and ideas and the Ackerman Institute has benefitted tremendously from his guidance, dedication and deep belief in our work. Kindness, understanding, commitment to family and leadership are the words that come to mind when I think about Blair.”

Gary Mendell, Founder & CEO, will be honored with the Ackerman Partner Award.

“A key ambition of Gary Mendell’s work is to reduce the stigma and shame associated with addiction,” says Lois Braverman. “And, that is something that the Ackerman Institute understands deeply and can get behind one-hundred percent. Gary’s work aligns so closely with our non-pathologizing approach to working with children and families in distress and seeing the family as the natural and often overslooked source in healing. We are honored that Gary is accepting the Ackerman Partner Award.”

Dana Vollmer, Olympic Medalist in Swimming, will be honored with the Moving Families Forward Award. Dana is one of the most gold-medaled female USA Olympians of all-time. She has five golds, one silver, and one bronze.

“Dana’s accomplishments as a world-class Olympian and at home are a testament to the strength and resilience that she derives from her family to overcome challenges and to give her the confidence to follow her dreams no matter how difficult the journey will be. As the “momma on mission,” we all can connect with her, and that makes her special,” says Lois Braverman.

Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chairs are Alice K. Netter and Deborah Werner. They are supporters of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and its work on behalf of the well-being of children and families of our communities. This year’s Gala Planning Committee members are Martha Fling, Vicky Kahn, Gisella Lemos, and Leslie Roberts.

Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.

To purchase tickets to the Moving Families Forward gala call 914-579-1000,, or go online here.

Revlon To Host Annual Philanthropic Luncheon

Sep 16, 2016 09:45 am

Rashida Jones: Profile

Revlon will hold their annual philanthropic luncheon at Chateau Marmont on September 27, in support of women’s health.

The event will honor Dr. Dennis J. Slamon, Director of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program at JCCC, for his outstanding achievements in cancer research. In addition to honoring Dr. Slamon and his contributions, the luncheon serves to raise awareness for Revlon’s 2016 philanthropic initiatives including their 2nd annual LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge.

Hosted by Revlon Chairman Ronald O. Perelman and Revlon CEO Fabian Garcia in addition to Rashida Jones, Peggy Lipton, Cassandra Grey, Barbara Schumsky, Kelly Meyer, Jennifer Meyer, Sarah Meyer, Carson Meyer, Shelli Azoff, and Allison Azoff Statter, with Revlon brand ambassadors Halle Berry and Alejandra Espinoza, honoree Dr. Dennis J. Slamon, artist Curtis Kulig, and attendees Courteney Cox, Erin Foster, Sara Foster, Melanie Griffith, Elaine Irwin, and more.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

WHERE: Chateau Marmont
8221 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Programming Insider

Monday, September 19, 2016
The New TV Season Begins!
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Mary Tyler Moore “made it after all” in her self-titled CBS comedy, which premiered in 1970.  It aired for seven seasons and spun-off “Rhoda,” “Phyllis” and “Lou Grant.”  Other series premieres: “Highway to Heaven” on NBC in 1984, syndicated action/adventure “Renegade” in 1992, “ER” on NBC in 1994, “Judging Amy” on CBS in 1999, and Eye net sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” in 2005…Celebrity Birthdays: Adam “Batman” West is 88; “NCIS” star David McCallum is 83; Former “Emergency!” star Randolph Mantooth is 71; Oscar winner Jeremy Irons is 68; Model Twiggy is 67; “Real Housewife” Kim Richards is 52; Country singer Trisha Yearwood is also 52; NBC’s Jimmy Fallon is 42; Daytime soap star Alison Sweeney is 40.

Did You Know?:
Although “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” is credited for being the first sitcom to focus on a single, independent woman, that accolade actually goes to “That Girl,” which starred Marlo Thomas and aired on ABC from 1996-71…“ER,”which ran for 15 seasons, was the top-rated show in all of primetime in the 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1998-99 seasons.  Overall, it finished in the Top 5 from 1994 to 2003 and is the longest running medical drama in the history of television.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Note: The daily overnight ratings analysis is back!

Sunday 9/18/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 10.7/17, CBS: 8.3/13, ABC: 7.2/12, Fox: 1.3/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +443, CBS: +102, NBC: -13, Fox: 87

-Ratings Analysis:
The dramatic percent shift for ABC and Fox last night was a result of Fox airing “The Emmy Awards” on the year-ago evening.  That said, “The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards” on ABC, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, dipped to an estimated 8.4 rating/13 share in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m., which comparatively was down by three percent from the 8.7/14 on Fox on the year-ago evening.  That 8.7 overnight rating translated into 11.87 million viewers, based on the Live + Same Day data, which was an all-time low for any Emmys telecast.  For the complete listing of winners, click here

The “Sunday Night Football” match-up on NBC was between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, and it was below average (but still very dominant) at an estimated 13.7/22 in the household overnights for the primetime portion.  One year earlier, the Seattle Seahawks at the Green Bay Packers scored 16.3/27.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was “Football Night in America” at a 2.0/ 4 (#4) at 7 p.m., a 4.9/ 8 (#2) at 7:30 p.m. and an 8.7/14 (#1t) in the 8 p.m. half-hour.  As a reminder, results for any live event are always estimated.

Individual program averages on CBS are approximate due to an NFL Football overrun, which scored a 14.6/26 (#1) in the 7 p.m. half-hour.  That led into a later version of “60 Minutes” (which included some of the football overrun) at a 9.9/17 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by part one of “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey” at a very respectable 7.1/11 from 8:30-10:30 p.m.  A repeat of “NCIS: Los Angeles” capped off the night for CBS with a 3.6/ 6 from 10:30-11:30 p.m.

Fox was in all repeats care of two episodes of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: avg. 1.6/ 3 from 7-8 p.m.) and “The “Simpsons” (#4: avg. 1.2/ 2 from 8-9 p.m.), and “Family Guy” (#4: 1.3/ 2) and “The Last Man of Earth” (#4: 0.9/ 1) from 9-10 p.m.

For the overnight breakdown by network and individual show, clickhere

The Best and Worst of Summer TV: Click here


Fast Affiliate Data
-Friday 9/17/16: Click here
-Saturday 9/18/16: Click here

Live + Same Day 
-Monday 9/12/16: Click here
-Tuesday 9/13/16: Click here
-Wednesday 9/14/16: Click here
-Thursday 9/15/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


A&E Orders Docuseries “Little Funny”
A&E Network has ordered the new docuseries tentatively called “Little Funny” from This is Just a Test, Telepictures and A Very Good Production.  From executive producer Ellen DeGeneres, “Little Funny” will follow 11-year-old up-and-coming comedian Saffron Herndon as she sharpens her stand-up act.

The scoop: Saffron, or Saffy, as she prefers to be called, is not like most 11-year olds. She spends her nights performing at her local comedy club and her days trying to understand why her friends don’t get her jokes. Her dream is to be a famous standup comedian with an illustrious career like her idol, Ellen DeGeneres.

“Little Funny” is produced for A&E Network by This is Just a Test, Telepictures and A Very Good Production. Executive producers for This is Just a Test are Aengus James and Colin King Miller.  Executive producers for A Very Good Production are Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Colleen Conway Grogan.


68th Primetime Emmy Awards: And the Winners Were…
“The People v. O.J. Simpson” on FX was the big individual series winner at the “68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” with nine Emmy Award wins including Outstanding Limited Series and acting trophies for Lead Actor (Courtney B. Vance), Lead Actress (Sarah Paulson) and Supporting Actor (Sterling K. Brown) in a Limited Series or a Movie.  But “Game of Thrones” has now won more Emmys than any other primetime TV show in the history of television.  The HBO fantasy drama won three awards last night, pushing its lifetime total number of Emmys to 38 – one more than NBC sitcom “Frasier,” the previous all-time record holder.  “Game of Thrones” was named Outstanding Drama, with wins for Writing and Directing in a Drama Series.

HBO’s “Veep” was also a repeat winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus was named Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row.  Jeffrey Tambor, meanwhile, took home his second consecutive Emmy Award for Amazon’s “Transparent.”  And Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series went to Rami Malek for USA’s “Mr. Robot” and Tatiana Maslany for BBC America’s “Orphan Black,” both first time winners.

Overall, and including the Creative Arts Emmy winners, HBO stood well above any competitor this year, with 43 wins.  Next was NBC at 12 (including “The Voice” for Outstanding Reality Series).

While The Emmys, of course, took time to remember the departed, with individual pieces for Garry Shandling and producer Garry Marshall, a major oversight in the “In Memoriam” listing was “The Waltons” creator Earl Hamner, Jr., who got an early start as a writer on “The Twilight Zone.”

For a complete listing of the winners at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, click here

Lady Gaga to Headline the Super Bowl LI Halftime Show
Pop music superstar Lady Gaga has officially signed on to perform at Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on February 5, 2017. The event will be televised on Fox.

The Grammy-award winning artist’s current single, “Perfect Illusion” was released on Sep. 9. That song is from her upcoming album, “Joanne”, Gaga’s first solo album in three years, set for an Oct. 21 release.  Lady Gaga is not a stranger to the Super Bowl stage, having sung the Star-Spangled Banner at the start of Super Bowl 50 back in February 2016.  Recent artists to have headlined the Super Bowl halftime show were Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Katy Perry and Madonna.

Casting News
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“BrainDead”) has joined the cast of the upcoming third season of FX drama “Fargo.”  She will play Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing, and she joins previously announced Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon.


Showtime Cancels “Roadies”
Showtime has opted against a second season of Cameron Crowe’s musical drama “Roadies,” which followed the behind-the-scenes crews that bring tours to life. The series, which starred Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Imogen Poots, concluded its 10-episode run with just over 500,000 viewers based on the Live+3 Day data from Nielsen on August 28.

Writer and director Crowe announced the cancellation in a post on his The Uncool site. “Though we could tell a thousand more stories, this run ends with a complete ten-hour tale of music and love,” Crowe wrote. “Like a song that slips under your skin, or a lyric that keeps speaking to you, we hope the spell of “Roadies” lingers. It was life-changing experience for all of us.”

“Roadies” is now the third music-related television series to be axed in recent months following HBO’s “Vinyl” and FX’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” “Nashville” was also canceled by ABC, but CMT has given it new life for a fifth season.


“Kevin Can Wait” Review: Kevin James Returns for Another CBS Sitcom 
From The Wrap: Considering the successful run of “The King of Queens” on CBS back in the day, it’s no surprise that Kevin James is back again on the network in another multi-camera comedy, playing essentially the same regular-guy character.

This time, James plays Kevin, a recently retired police officer living in Massapequa, New York, with his wife and three kids.  Like Doug Heffernan, the lovable lug on “King of Queens,” Kevin is a happy-go-lucky guy who likes to eat and have a good time.  He has a trio of buddies, also recently retired cops, and his wife is Donna, played by Erinn Hayes (“Childrens Hospital”).  Life Leah Remini, James’ wife on “The King of Queens,” Donna is the sensible member of this partnership.  For more, click here

Best New Network Series to Watch this Fall by Douglas Pucci
A new batch of prime shows will soon arrive at our television sets (and mobile devices). With many varied options, here are the top five new programs to look forward to this fall season:

5 – “Bull” (CBS) – Tuesday 9 p.m. ET
Michael Weatherly remains on the same network and the same night, Tuesday, in this new legal drama starring in the role as Dr. Jason Bull, head of a major trial consulting firm tasked to construct advantageous juries for their clients. The series is based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw. While it is, in essence, another attempt by CBS to re-introduce the know-it-all witty smart aleck (a la “The Mentalist”), it works somewhat effectively here with Weatherly whose Dr. Bull character isn’t as flawless as he appears. “Bull” probably won’t attain the buzz from the supposed “in” TV crowd (this is CBS, after all, which caters to older viewers with its scripted dramas), but it’s certainly a suitable fit on the night, sandwiched in between Weatherly’s former show “NCIS” and its recent spin-off “NCIS: New Orleans.”

For more, click here

1. What network series are you most looking forward to on this first night of the 2016-17 television season? Click here
3. What upcoming new network drama are you most interested in watching this fall?  Click here
The new TV season begins! Series premieres: CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” and two episodes of NBC comedy “The Good Place,” which is being previewed out of the season premiere of “The Voice” at 10 p.m.  Other season-openers: “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and Fox dramas “Gotham” and “Lucifer.”  For the complete primetime schedule for Monday, September 19, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
A Quartet of Emmys for One Role

Last night, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding lead Actress in a Comedy for HBO’s “Veep.”  Which one of the following five actresses also won five Emmys for playing one particular role?

a) Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)
b) Valerie Harper (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Rhoda”)
c) Mary Tyler Moore (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”)
d) Doris Roberts (“Everybody Loves Raymond”)
e) Jean Stapleton (“All in the Family”)

The answer to Friday’s question…

How many times was Susan Lucci nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as Erica Kane on ABC daytime drama “All My Children” before she finally won in 1999?

a) 15
b) 17
c) 19
d) 20
e) 21

Is…c) 19.  But lovable “La Lucci” ended up getting an endorsement deal based on her historical losing streak!

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Larry Collins, Bob Eisenstaedt, Ellen Foust, Jan Frazier, Maureen Goldman, Kerry Hughes, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Joe Rubi, Carol Teichman

Winter and Kotler

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Actress Ariel Winter attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Ariel Winter attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Ariel Winter wore $500,000 worth of Harry Kotlar diamond jewels to the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.


Harry Kotlar:

Spanning six decades of beauty, art and perfection, Harry Kotlar is recognized as the premier source for the highest quality diamonds. Founded in 1948, Harry Kotlar began his career as a diamond dealer and supplier. With a natural charisma for business and a great appreciation for cut stones, Kotlar’s business began to flourish, quickly securing his legacy in the world of luxury. Now under the esteemed leadership of his grandson, David Weiner, Harry Kotlar continues to produce collections that evoke old-world artistry with modern sophistication. In 2003, David continued to advance the Harry Kotlar collection by launching two of the designer’s now hallmark designs, the Artisan Pave collection and the Kotlar Cushion cut diamond. For more information, please visit


Hall and Hamel

Zuri Hall wore a Hamel gown and Le Vian diamond rings to the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.


Melina Harris created the fashion house Hamel with the intention to develop designs that would project and inspire eternal beauty for women wearing HAMEL.

When this Belgrade based fashion designer began almost five years ago her vision was to bring designs to life that would illuminate the female figure by focusing on the elegance of a woman’s shape and curves. Comfort was also important as well. Melina wanted to design clothes that she herself would wear, and being that she traveled a lot she made fabric selections for the dresses she was making that could be thrown into luggage and easily pulled out and worn to that evenings event.


•Instagram: @hamelbymelinaharris

Le Vian:

Considered one of the oldest jewelers in the world today, Le Vian’s glittered archive tells the story of a family’s steadfast integrity and love of gemstones and quality. Capturing the eyes of ancient royalty and the most famous celebrities on today’s red carpet, Le Vian’s® designs are regarded as works of art. Artisans craft rare natural fancy color diamonds including Pink Orchid Diamonds™, Sunny Yellow Diamonds™, Blackberry Diamonds™, Vanilla Diamonds™ and Chocolate Diamonds® into innovative designs, combining colors of gems and flavors of gold with intricate detailing and a passion from days gone by. Master gem cutters then utilize Le Vian®’s proprietary and innovative cuts to brilliantly reveal the exceptional beauty of each gem. For more information, please visit

•Instagram: @Levian_jewelry


•Twitter: @Le_Vian

Nash and Butani

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Actress Niecy Nash attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Niecy Nash attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Niecy Nash wore Butani diamond earrings, Pasquale Bruni sapphire & diamond ring, Hearts on Fire diamond bracelets and a Le Vian sapphire & diamond bracelet to the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater onSeptember 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.



Founded in 1969, Butani has established itself as an internationally renowned designer of haute couture jewelry. The company has built a reputation for creating personalized handcrafted jewelry, with the belief that each jewel tells its own story. With a passion for beauty, perfection, and commitment to consistently reach new heights in haute couture design and attentive service, Butani has continued to design and create breathtaking jewelry that represents an expression of individuality, lifestyle and a desire for elegance. For more information, please visit

Pasquale Bruni:

After being drawn into the allure of jewelry as a young boy through workshops in Valenza, Itally, Pasquale Bruni has stood for high quality since creating his namesake jewelry collection in 1976. With a keen eye for detail, Pasquale Bruni has created fine Italian-made jewelry under a brand name that has become synonymous around the world with passion and unmistakable Italian taste, style, and creativity. With his vision and tradition now proudly carried forward by his children Eugenia Bruni, the Creative Director of the brand, and Daniele Bruni the company’s gemologist, each new collection continues to display a distinctive style that is both unconventional and harmonious. For more information please visit

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