ABC FAMILY IS MOVING FORWARD WITH TORI SPELLING SITCOM: ABC Family will officially be playing host to a Beverly Hills 90210 reunion after giving the green light to Tori Spelling’s new sitcom called Mystery Girls. The comedy will reunite spelling with Jennie Garth playing former TV co-stars who team up to solve crimes. Production is scheduled to begin early in 2014 and debut on the network later in the year.
NBC ORDERS CRAIG ROBINSON’S PILOT: The Office vet Craig Robinson has nabbed a six-episode order for his comedy Mr. Robinson. Craig stars as a musician who takes a job as a music teacher at a middle school where he “puts the school’s rules to the test.” The sitcom will likely premiere in the fall of 2014.
SOAP STAR AND FORMER MISS VENEZUELA MONICA SPEAR HAS DIED: Monica Spear, Miss Venezuela 2004 and soap opera star, was shot and killed along with her ex-husband after their car broke down near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela on Monday night (January 6th.) The former couple’s five-year-old daughter was found alive in the car with a bullet wound to her leg after the family was reportedly attacked by a band of highway robbers. Monica was 29 years old. The family lived in the U.S. but were on vacation.
LEGO PREVIEWS ‘THE SIMPSONS’ SET: New information and photos have been released regarding the previously announced Simpsons Lego set. The kit is made up of 2,523 pieces to allow fans to construct the animated family’s home at 742 Evergreen Terrace. It also includes figurines of all five family members as well as their neighbor, Ned Flanders.
SARAH JESSICA PARKER DISCUSSES UPCOMING SHOE LINE: Sarah Jessica Parker recently chatted with InStyle about her upcoming line of shoes called SJP. She told the magazine, “If I’m going to ask people for their hard-earned dollars, I’d better be making shoes I want to wear. My real dream was a smaller line, my name, built in Europe, at a reasonable price point.” The SJP line will be sold at Nordstrom. It will also include handbags.
HONEY BOO BOO AND FAMILY INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT: Honey Boo Boo, Mama June, Pumpkin, Jessica Thompson, and Sugar Bear were injured in a car accident on Monday night (January 6th) after getting struck by a truck that allegedly sped through a red light. Pumpkin told TMZ that has severe chest bruises, Sugar Bear has a contusion on his back, Mama June also has back issues, and Alana AKA Honey Boo Boo has a headache. The family was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
CHARLIE SHEEN TRASHES ASHTON KUTCHER’S WORK ON ‘TWO AND A HALF MEN’: It seems Charlie Sheen is taking some time off from bashing Denise Richards to set his sights on Ashton Kutcher. After dissing his Two and a Half Men replacement on Twitter on Sunday (January 5th) by calling him Jon Cryer’s lame sidekick, Sheen kept it going the next day by slinging another insult. Charlie wrote, “hey Ashton sorry bro all good. now quit barfing on my old brilliant show. Remember Punk’d? how duz it feel? c harp.” The Anger Management star also included a mugshot of Woody Allen’s character from the film Take the Money and Run.
LILY TOMLIN MARRIES LONGTIME PARTNER: Comedian Lily Tomlin married her longtime partner Jane Wagner in a ceremony on New Year’s Eve. They have been together for 42 years. The pair started their relationship while working together on Lily’s 1971 album called This Is a Recording.
JIMMY FALLON DISCUSSES HIS MENTOR LORNE MICHAELS: Upcoming Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon appears in the new issue of Vanity Fair where he discusses how Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels has guided him through his life since his days on the sketch comedy show. Jimmy reveals, “Lorne helped me with everything — with relationships, with me getting famous. I was going through certain steps, and there were certain things I couldn’t talk to my dad about, because he wouldn’t know. Like ‘I have money now. Do I still rent? Do I buy an apartment?’ Or ‘I’m in L.A., and I have to rent a car.’ ’You should get a Lexus, because you want to be quiet.’ Or ‘Should I date this actress?’ ‘You can date her, but you probably shouldn’t marry her.’ And he’d be totally right.”
JENNIFER LAWRENCE EXPLAINS WHAT CAUSED HER FALL AT THE 2013 OSCARS: Jennifer Lawrence explains her infamous fall on the steps of the Oscar stage in the new “Movie issue” of W magazine. The American Hustle actress reveals, “I was at the Oscars, waiting to hear if my name was called, and I kept thinking, ‘Cakewalk, cakewalk, cakewalk.’ I thought, ‘Why is cakewalk stuck in my head?’ And then, as I started to walk up the stairs and the fabric from my dress tucked under my feet, I realized my stylist had told me, ‘Kick, walk, kick, walk.’ You are supposed to kick the dress out while you walk, and I totally forgot because I was thinking about cake! And that’s why I fell.”
Elle Magazine Under Fire Again
Elle magazine has found itself at the center of another controversy over the way they use Mindy Kaling on the cover of their “Women in TV Issue.” Mindy is on one of four covers which also feature Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel, and Allison Williams but Mindy is the only one who is pictured up close and in black & white. Both the Mindy Project star and reps for the magazine have responded to the backlash that the 34-year-old was portrayed differently because of her weight and ethnicity.
Elle released a statement saying, “Mindy looks sexy, beautiful and chic. We think it is a striking and sophisticated cover and are thrilled to celebrate her in our Women in TV Issue.” Kaling tweeted on Tuesday (January 7th,) “Wishing for more skin on my @ELLEmagazine cover? Chris Messina & I are naked on a brand new #themindyproject tonight, ya pervs! 930/830 FOX” She later wrote, “I love my @ELLEmagazine cover. It made me feel glamorous & cool. And if anyone wants to see more of my body, go on thirteen dates with me”
- Styleite’s Lauren Valenti addressed the controversy saying, “Kaling has said publicly that she’s a size 8, and while that’s an average size for normal women, it’s not exactly the Hollywood status quo. It would have been a powerful move for Elle to show a full-length shot, especially considering that they’ve landed in turmoil for failing to do just that with Gabourey Sidibe.”
- Elle also caused a stir back in October when Melissa McCarthy was featured on one of four covers for the “Women in Hollywood” issue but was the only one covered up in a large overcoat instead of a more form-fitting outfit.
PLL’s Lucy Hale Releases Song
Lucy Hale hopes to be taken seriously as a country artist with the release of her single “You Sound Good To Me.” The Pretty Little Liars actress released the song at midnight on Tuesday (January 7th) and explained during a Twitter Q+A that she hopes people will see her as more than just another actor-turned-musician.
The 24-year-old said, “It’s nice to get to finally be myself. I don’t have to hide behind a character, wardrobe or dialogue. I just hope people see me with a fresh pair of eyes & ears.” Lucy continued, “When I started this journey it was never for a hit single or one awesome album. I wanted it to be a lifetime thing. I want to create music as long as the world will possibly let me. I want to tour, see every place possible.”
- “You Sound Good To Me” took the top spot on the iTunes country chart within 12 hours of its release.
- Lucy will be appearing on Good Morning America on Friday (January 10th.)