7 items from 2013
Sneak Peek new key art supporting Season 4 of the Emmy-winning comedy series "Arrested Development", debuting 15 new episodes May 26, 2013, exclusively on Netflix.
"...the 'Bluth' family, a formerly wealthy and habitually dysfunctional family, is presented in a continuous format, incorporating handheld camera work, narration, archival photos, and historical footage, set in Newport Beach, California..."
Several actors who had recurring roles in the original series reprise their roles for Season 4, including Henry Winkler as 'Barry Zuckerkorn', Ben Stiller as 'Tony Wonder', Mae Whitman as 'Ann Veal', Scott Baio as 'Bob Loblaw', Judy Greer as 'Kitty Sanchez' and Liza Minnelli as 'Lucille Austero'. New characters are played by John Slattery, Terry Crews, Erin Moran and Isla Fisher.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek an "Arrested Development" 'Blooper Reel' from Season 3 ...
- Michael Stevens
A former contestant from Season 2 of the extreme makeover/beauty pageant hybrid "The Swan" says the reality show ruined her life, and is speaking out about the celebrities who are slated to appear on Fox's two-hour special "Celebrity Swan."
At 34 years old, Lorrie Arias appeared on "The Swan" in 2004, and underwent more plastic surgery procedures than any other contestant -- going on to get a face lift, nose job, brow lift, upper lip lift with fat transfer, upper/lower eye lift, full body lift, breast implants, tummy tuck and liposuction on her knees -- but did not go on to compete in the beauty pageant component of the show.
Today, Arias told the New York Post that her surgeries were for nothing, since she's "a 300-pound mess of a person who is afraid to go outside.”
The former reality show contestant is speaking out about Fox's decision to revive the show, »
- Stephanie Marcus
When Zap2it was compiling a list of Fox's 25 worst shows to mark the network's 25th anniversary, "The Swan" was a no-brainer for inclusion. Here's what we had to say about it:
"Fox took the plastic-surgery concept of ABC's 'Extreme Makeover' and turned it into a pageant competition among women who radically changed their appearances, managing to offend lots and lots of people in the process. Somehow it earned a second season, but its ratings tanked and we were spared further horrors."
Alas, that part about being spared further horrors is no longer true. Reports say the network is reviving the format as a two-hour special -- with celebrities this time. (Presumably with the usual, very loose definition of "celebrity.")
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Casting is underway, although no one is as yet attached the show, which will give them the chance to, in the network's words, »
Remember that reality show "The Swan"? Well if you don't, you're about to.
Fox has ordered a celebrity version of the 2004 controversial makeover reality series, Deadline.com is reporting. The network has greenlighted "Celebrity Swan," a two-hour special of the plastic surgery show that will air later this year.
The original show featured two "ugly ducklings" each episode and followed them as they experienced a physical and psychological transformation over a three-month period with the help of a coach, therapist, trainer, dentist and cosmetic surgeons. The woman who looked prettier at the end of the process would compete in a beauty pageant at the culmination of the season. Hence, controversial.
According to Deadline, the creators behind the original extreme makeover show -- Nely Galán, her company Galan Entertainment, FremantleMedia and producer Arthur Smith -- will be back for the special, which will feature female celebrities looking to reinvent themselves for a comeback. »
- Leigh Blickley
Fox’s 2004 extreme makeover reality series The Swan is coming back in a celebrity version. The network has greenlighted Celebrity Swan, a two-hour special to air later this year. I hear FremantleMedia and producer Arthur Smith, who were behind the original plastic surgery series, will be back for the special, which will feature female celebrities looking to reinvent themselves for a comeback. They will undergo a physical, psychological and career “extreme makeover” with the help of a coach, therapist, trainer, cosmetic surgeons and a dentist as cameras follow them through the transformative process. Casting is currently underway through The Conlin Co. and no celebrities have been set, though I’ve heard the names of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and Happy Days alumna Erin Moran as possibilities. Production is slated to begin this spring. The Swan was created by Nely Galán, and her company Galan Entertainment will be producer on the celebrity special. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The 60-year-old spoke with the National Enquirer, telling the magazine that she doesn't want to complain too much, but she admits she has her fair share of problems.
The former actress was cast to play the fourth oldest child on "Eight Is Enough" back in 1977 and played the role of Susan Bradford for five seasons. Her career stalled once the series ended, and her last credit is the 1998 TV movie "An Eight Is Enough Wedding."
Today, Richardson is wracked with medical problems, living with diabetes and having suffered several strokes. She has a digestive problem that she said have caused her to lose all of her teeth, and her weight has plummeted to a mere 60 pounds.
"I had a series of mini-strokes. Then I discovered I had a rare disorder »
- Stephanie Marcus
Thank you, National Enquirer, for calling our attention to an issue we as a pop-culture society should come together to solve: The health and well-being of our national treasures, aged former sitcom stars. We first became aware of this issue last year, when it was discovered that Happy Days star Erin Moran was homeless and bouncing from motel to motel. Today, we learned that another beloved face from the ’70s and ’80s, Eight Is Enough’s Susan Richardson is suffering from a number of health problems and scraping by in a broken down trailer. The diabetic 60-year-old, who played one of Dick Van Patten’s eight children on the ABC show that ran from 1977-81, has had strokes and also an incurable digestive tract condition that made her lose her teeth, the Enquirer reports (via Radar Online). In addition to a pension, she’s earning a living by turning fallen »
- Sabrina Rojas Weiss
7 items from 2013
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