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“Man Shops Globe” Host Keith Johnson Didn’t Shop Around for a Boyfriend

7 October 2009 9:02 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Keith Johnson may be an expert shopper, a buyer for the high-end specialty retailer Anthropologie and the host of the new Sundance Channel program Man Shops Globe, but he didn’t have to shop around for a boyfriend.

They became boyfriends at age twelve.

“We met in grade school,” Johnson tells of his partner Glen Senk. “We moved in together when we were 18. I’m 53. It’s quite a long-term relationship.”

Man Shops Globe features Johnson, a “found objects buyer,” as he travels the world looking for interesting and unique items for Anthropologie, the clothing and home furnishing store owned by Urban Outfitters that now has 90 stores in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

It was his partner who got the Johnson the job in the first place. A former Williams-Sonoma executive, Senk took over Anthropologie in 1994 when it had only a single location, soon bringing Johnson in »

- Brent Hartinger

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Sundance Channel presents shoppers' paradise: "Man Shops Globe" Oct. 7

6 October 2009 8:57 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Sundance Channel will take viewers around the world to explore and search for the most unusual and unique artistic objects, furniture and textiles each culture has to offer this Wednesday, October 7. .Man Shops Globe. is a new, eight-part original series featuring Keith Johnson -- the buyer-at-large for the eclectic retail shop, Anthropologie -- following him from flea markets in Paris to remote villages in India and obscure art studios in Turkey in his quest for the most unique and unusual decorative objects from around the world. Johnson also mingles with the local artisans to gain an understanding chat about their inspiration behind each piece, and gain some inspiration for himself. In the premiere episode, Johnson navigates »

- April MacIntyre

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'America's Got Talent' recap: Waking up (to rejection) in Vegas

29 July 2009 10:10 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

After a lengthy audition round that made Transformers 2 look like a short film, America's Got Talent has finally moved on; winging its way to the City of Sin for two "callback" episodes that will determine the Top 40 acts. Vegas, baby, Vegas! It's screamingly appropriate that last night's episode -- so dismal for many contestants, so euphoric for others -- would take place in the easy-come, easy-go capital of the United States. Mere minutes into the show, our judges announced to the throng of 160 hopefuls gathered in an airport hangar (?) that 40 of them would be sent packing immediately, not even given the chance to perform in this second round. In five weeks this show has done little to surprise anyone watching, but the judges' decision here was as much a shock to the contestants as it was to us at home. "We've worked our hardest and...and we »

- Henning Fog

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