May 29, 2015 |
More leave in Duggar exodus Reality show star Josh Duggar 's rapid transformation from conservative model of propriety and family values to alleged sex offender may very well end his family's TV career. Duggar, 27, bright son of the fam featured on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting , was accused of molesting five young girls as a teen (including his sisters). He reportedly was turned in to police by his father, Jim Bob, after he was caught in a young girl's room in 2005. TLC has suspended the show but hasn't actually killed it. Still, the show has been losing advertisers daily in a steady exodus led by General Mills Inc., Payless Shoesource Inc., Choice Hotels International, Ace Hardware, and David's Bridal.
April 28, 2015 |
NEXT MONTH, one local lucky lady will be the recipient of a first-ever summer block party hosted by the female-focused cable network TLC . The network recently asked its viewers to nominate their town and demonstrate why their respective neighborhood was deserving of an all-expenses-paid bash. Lisa Miller , a single mom from Northeast Philly's Pennypack section who recently went back to school for autism studies, won out over more than 5,000 applicants. The Duggar family, focal points of "19 Kids and Counting"; Kate Gosselin , of "Kate Plus Eight"; and several other TLC stars will join Miller at the Great Plaza on Penn's Landing on May 30 for picture-taking and autograph-signing.
April 19, 2015 |
When Donn T plays Johnny Brenda's on April 21 - the same day the soulful singer/songwriter releases her sophomore effort, Flight of the Donn T - she's going for a familial vibe. But not because she's Donn Thompson, the Philly-born sister of drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots, the acclaimed hip-hop group and Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon house band. "I write moments," said Donn T on Wednesday morning, fresh from having rehearsed until 5 a.m. "And this moment involves my family.
March 6, 2015 |
'Blurred Lines' went boom! AYK, the family of Marvin Gaye is suing Pharrell Williams , rapper T.I. , and Robin Thicke for a cut of the bucks from their 2013 smash hit "Blurred Lines," which has a musical bedrock said to recall Gaye's 1977 dance classic "Got to Give It Up. " Court docs reveal just how much money that smash made, and what the cut was. All in all, it made $16,675,690. Whoa! Thicke got $5,658,214, Pharrell got $5,153,457. T.I. got only $707,774, but that will still keep you in Doritos for a bit. Conrad Hilton flight-rage plea On Tuesday, Conrad Hilton , 20, youngest bro of Paris Hilton , agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a London-L.A.
March 4, 2015 |
The name Margaret Cho instantly brings to mind hot-button political activism and outrageous first-person humor, things you'll find in equal measure during her shows at Helium Comedy Club on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Whether as comedian, actress or author, Cho covers racism, feminism, abuse, LGBT empowerment, sexual liberation, corporate interference, bullying, and more. Her current stage show is titled "There's No 'I' in Team, but there is a 'Cho' in Psycho". She also has had a late-night talk show, All About Sex , which recently completed its first six-episode season on TLC, and documentaries such as Adventures in Comedy . Cho, 42, is still as passionate about stand-up comedy as she was when she first gained national attention in the early '90s for her frank takes on being young, bold, and Korean American.
October 29, 2014 |
FIRST, Mama June made Honey Boo Boo . Now, she just made a boo-boo. TMZ.com says that since June broke up with Sugar Bear last month, she's been dating so-far nickname-free Mark McDaniel , who served a decade in prison until last March after being convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2004. The molestee? Reportedly one of June's relatives. She does know how to pick 'em. With this new relationship surfacing, TLC is pondering whether it still wants to be in the Honey business.
October 29, 2014
'TIS HALLOWEEN week. Time to carve pumpkins, toast seeds, give kids who don't even bother to wear costumes artificially colored, high-fructose corn syrup in fun sizes - and wait to see which celebs act most inappropriately. What professional TV dancer will fake an ethnicity? Which young Royal will channel a war criminal? Who among myriad tired one-hit-wonders will use a kids' holiday as an excuse to show his soon-to-be ex-wife what she's missing out on? Check that last box off. This weekend, Robin Thicke , son of Alan , collaborator of Pharrell , performer on "The Bachelor," Miley Cyrus twerkee and soon-to-be-ex of actress Paula Patton , hit another TMZ low by dropping $2,800 on "skimpy greek bras and skirts" - for four gal pals.
October 26, 2014 |
TLC cancels 'Boo Boo' TLC on Friday canceled its absurdly popular reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo following reports that the show's feisty matriarch, June "Mama June" Shannon , is romantically involved with an old boyfriend, Mark McDaniel, 53, who was convicted and imprisoned in 2004 for molesting a then-8-year-old child related to her. Shannon, 35, is the mother of the show's main attraction, 9-year-old child beauty pageant contestant...
August 22, 2014 |
The word is out: The Jersey guys didn't take the cake, but they did the Garden State and themselves proud. Tuesday night's fourth season finale of the TLC cooking show Next Great Baker revealed that South Jersey's own Al DiBartolo, 39, and Manny Agigian, 34, of DiBartolo's Bakery in Collingswood, placed second out of 10 teams. Winners Al Watson, 31, and Lia Weber, 24, bakers from St. Louis, got $100,000 and the option of working for a year with "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro at his new bakery at the Venetian resort hotel in Las Vegas.
August 21, 2014 |
Local singer a finalist Well done, Candace Benson , 22, of Pottstown! Benson, a student at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, is one of two finalists still standing on Sunday Best . That's a gospel singing competition, a la American Idol , on BET, at 8 p.m. Sundays. Benson made the top two on Sunday, and next Sunday she'll go up against fellow finalist Geoffrey Golden . After the show, viewers will vote, and the winner will be announced Aug. 31. Good luck, Candace!