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Stacy London To Produce New Fashion Series on TLC

Stacy London of What Not to Wear is executive producing, along with BBC Worldwide Productions, an eight-part series that will follow husband and wife business owners Lisa and Jim Dolan, and their Brooklyn-based, plus-sized clothing store, Lee Lee’s Valise.

The show will cover the duo’s work with clients to transform wardrobes and attitudes, as well as the “inevitable” drama of running a business. The series, which will air on TLC, is set to premiere in May.

Check out London discussing the success of What Not to Wear:

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Stacy London: ‘It’s not just about the clothes. It’s about the psychology behind them’

After nine seasons of jaw-dropping makeovers on TLC’s What Not to Wear, co-host  Stacy London attributes much of the show’s longevity to its “contributors,” or those bedazzled and medieval loving guests who agree to purge their wardrobes on national television.

“One of the things we say about the show is you get as much out of it as you put into it, and those women did,” London says of her favorites in our Media Beat interview. “They sort of let go of their old ideas about themselves, let go of their self-consciousness or their insecurities, and allowed the process to work. And that’s why the show, I think, succeeds, because it’s not just about the clothes. It’s about the psychology behind them.”

The former fashion editor also said she had no idea TV hosting would become her main gig. “I thought it would be 11 episodes and I would go back to styling, and that I’d be able to charge my clients more… And that was nine years ago — I haven’t had a client since.”

You can also watch this video on YouTube.

Part 2: What Not to Wear‘s Stacy London Takes Your Fashion Questions

Part 3: Stacy London Reveals How to Get a Job in Fashion

TLC Pulls Plug on Kat Von D Show LA Ink

Today TLC announced that it is cancelling Kat Von D‘s reality show. The fourth season of LA Ink, currently airing, will be the last.

News broke just days before the season premiere that Von D and Jesse James had ended their engagement. Show ratings couldn’t have been helped by the announcement. The new season revolves around the couple’s wedding preparations, now completely irrelevant.

Von D suggested via her Twitter feed that it was actually her choice to end the show:

Presumably Von D’s Hollywood tattoo shop, High Voltage Tattoo, will remain open, though there may be a drop in business now that the cameras are gone.

New Year, New Technology: 3D TV

3d glasses.jpgCould 3D TV be the hot new thing for the New Year?

Hot on the heels of news of ESPN‘s announcement of plans to launch a 3D sports channel in June, Discovery Communications, Sony and IMAX announced a joint venture that would produce the first 24/7 3D television network in 2011.

Discovery, which owns the Discovery Channel and TLC, will provide the network services for the venture, which will offer programming including “natural history, space, exploration, adventure, engineering, science and technology, motion pictures and children’s programming,” the companies said. Both Sony’s CEO Sir Howard Stringer and Discovery’s CEO David Zaslav called the project “groundbreaking.”

It looks like 3D channels are shaping up to become the TV revolution that HD has been for the past few years. More networks are likely to follow. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for Food Network 3D.

Press release after the jump

ESPN to launch 3D network in JuneUSA Today

Related: Former Fox Entertainment Prez Liguori Named COO At Discovery

(Photo via flickr)

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Bravo Appoints Animal Planet VP Holland In Charge Of Program Planning

WH.jpgIf there is a difference between wild animals and real housewives, Whitney Holland is in position to find out exactly what it is.

The former VP of Program Planning for Animal Planet today was appointed to the same position at Bravo, home of the “Real Housewives” reality show brand. In her new position, Holland will oversee Bravo’s short-term and long-term program planning rollouts. She will report to Bravo’s Senior Vice President, Program Strategy Jerry Leo, who will work with Holland to create and execute the network’s programming schedule.

Holland worked at Animal Planet before Bravo, and she served as director of scheduling for TLC prior to that. She also previously worked as vice president of Nielsen Entertainment, which she joined from Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television.

A full release about Holland’s new move, after the jump

(Photo by David Lang)

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As Jon & Kate Head Toward Divorce, Is It Time To Back Off?

jon&kate.pngAfter proclaiming that the “Jon & Kate + 8″ marriage scandal was single-handedly helping to bring a dying media back to life, we thought it only fitting to add our voice to the cacophony of opinions making noise after last night’s “J&K” episode revealed the couple’s plans to divorce.

While watching last night’s very special one-hour episode, we couldn’t help but agree with Kate Gosselin: the show and it’s publicity did not cause this couple’s problems. It may have sped up the process of a total break down in communication, but it also gave the family the means to survive. Maybe Jon wouldn’t have had to quit his job if he had to support the family, but he probably would have grown to resent his wife for something else instead. And without the show, Jon certainly wouldn’t have been able to afford those pretty diamond earrings he was wearing last night, not to mention the hair plugs and the exciting life he now leads. Do you think a 32-year-old, balding man with eight kids would be able to attract 20-something girlfriends without the allure of reality show fame?

Regardless of what the inner workings of Jon and Kate’s relationship might be — before or after the cameras began to capture their every move — what’s at stake is a brand and empire that they have spent the last few years building. It seems that neither one of them wants to let all that hard work go to waste, so both Jon and Kate said last night that filming of the show will continue, even as they try to figure out custody, alimony and all of those lovely things that come with the splitting of assets.

Did you watch “Jon & Kate + 8″ last night?(polls)

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New Sites: It’s HerHollywood. We Just Live In It


Felica Devers, a longtime Hollywoodphile-turned-segment-producer, has launched

The new site is aimed at women “working and desiring to work in the film and television fields,” and Devers hopes it morphs into an online community of industry women with Hollywood news and a vibrant job board.

Devers told FBLA the site is a natural extension of her love for all things Hollywood.

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Angela Shapiro-Mathes To Head TLC


Discovery Communications has hired Angela Shapiro-Mathes to head TLC. She was President of Fox Television Studios.

TLC has been rudderless since David Abraham left in February, and the new head of Discovery, David Zaslav, wants an LA presence for TLC. The network’s mandate used to be “lifelong learning for viewers who want to grow up, not old”, which makes it sound like a bran cereal.
Now, TLC is supposed to get more appealing to women. How the addition of American Chopper to the line-up helps accomplish that isn’t clear.

TLC has been known for re-treads of BBC shows, as well as a mish-mash of programming with Miami Ink, Big World, Little People, and Fake Baboon Ass and House Demolition Challenge.

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In The Trades: Big Winds, Big Burps


TLC will offer a tough-love model reality show, hosted by tsunami survivor Petra Nemcova. So when walking in high heels proves too much for the hopefuls, they’ll have to listen to her story about having survived hell and high water to make it to the catwalk. Tommy Mottola, a force of nature himself, and Dave Broome (Biggest Loser) will EP.

Justine Timberlake will host The Kid’s Choice Awards. He’s won “best burp” twice. That sexy sure repeats on ya, don’t it?

Army Archard marvels at Eddie Murphy’s Norbit. Murphy plays Norbit, Rasputia and Mr. Wong. Why have just one group mad at you when you can have dozens?


The WGA has assembled an all-star team to negoiate their new contract. Marc Cherry, Bill Condon, Susannah Grant and 15 others will hammer out the terms. A committee of bigshots should mean all parties concerned will take this very seriously. New media reuse rights and what WGA members can get paid for those will be an important issue. Right now, they get bupkis.

Adam Sandler will star as a reluctant Mossad agent in You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, written by Sandler, Judd Apatow, Robert Smigel. Sandler’s character fakes his own death so he can move to the Apple and become a hair stylist. But is it good for the Jews?

Harold Perrineau, of Lost, will co-star as a former Jesuit turned shrink whose bestest pal ever is an exorcist in CBS’s pilot, Demons. It’s not a comedy, which is a pity. Barbara Hall created this monstrosity.