Archive for June, 2016

HSN Host Kathy Wolf Leaving The Network

June 30, 2016

There’s more turnover in the home shopping world, with veteran HSN host Kathy Wolf flying the coop!

We got a heads-up from a reader that Colleen Lopez had spilled the beans about classy Wolf, who we really like, exiting the No. 2 home shopping channel.

“Today I am toasting my beautiful friend and HSN Host Kathy Wolf on HSN!” Lopez posted on Facebook on Wednesday. “I still can’t believe tomorrow will be Kathy’s last day as an HSN Host. When I came to HSN 22 years ago Kathy was my very first friend – I will never forget the first time I met Kathy – her huge smile, warm heart and easy laugh made me feel welcome In my new ‘home'”

There was a photo of Lopez and Wolf lifting their cocktail glasses.

We checked Wolf’s Facebook page and didn’t see any word about her leaving HSN.

According to Lopez, we will be seeing Wolf “on TV again in the future.”

Do tell. still has Wolf listed as a host. It says that she joined HSN in 1992, and that she describes herself as a total soccer mom. Her hobby is “laughing.”

Mary Beth Roe Returns To QVC After Harrowing Crash

June 29, 2016

QVC host Mary Beth Roe, a fan favorite at the home shopping network, is back in the house. She returns today, Wednesday.

The sweet-natured blonde was off the air for about three months while she recuperated from a car accident. We just assumed she had suffered a few broken bones, or injuries along those lines, when we heard of her mishap.

But Roe described her accident, her injuries and her recovery in detail in a blog on It turns out that she didn’t have any broken bones, miraculously, but she struck her head several times when a drunken driver slammed into her car. It ended up being a four-car accident, and Roe feared her face would be so damaged that she would never be able to go on the air again.

She suffered a concussion, and that is nothing to sniff at. For several years we wrote a blog on concussions for an ex-boyfriend, who is now a TBI lawyer. We learned all too well the damage that concussions do to the brain, how former NFL players have developed permanent brain damage — with a number of them committing suicide.

Roe found out about concussions firsthand.

“I’ve learned more about the brain and the body than I ever knew before, and it’s been fascinating,” she wrote.

“I have a whole new appreciation for people with concussions. I now know how it affects your balance, memory, the way your brain processes thoughts, the fatigue it creates, the emotions that a concussion can bring on such as anger or sadness, and the sensitivity to light and sound.”

Roe also posted a photo of the crushed car that hit her vehicle.

She is a devout Christian, and she thanked God for protecting her.

Welcome back, girlfriend!

Catherine Malandrino Brings Line To HSN

June 27, 2016

A fashion designer whose work we admire, Catherine Malandrino, is coming to HSN, according to InStyle magazine.

Apparently the home shopping network did a breakfast preview of her French-themed collection in Manhattan last week. We were surprised to learn that the designer is French, we always assumed she was Italian.

Malandrino’s “French Rendez-Vous” collection will bow on the No. 2 home shopping channel on July 28. She will do five fashion lines, each one dedicated to a different city in France, InStyle reported.

Paris is up first.

InStyle liked what it saw. The magazine wrote that “the pieces are as crave-inducing as a baguette.”

Mmmmmmmmmm, we’re getting hungry.

“Home shopping is one of the few areas of retail that have remained almost entirely upbeat during this topsy-turvy time for designers,” InStyle wrote. “Malandrino’s approach will be distinguished by creating video travel guides to the cities she wants to feature, like Courchevel, her Alpine hometown, this fall, and St. Barts for spring 2017.”

QVC Reviewing Airing Of Racial Slur On Laptop

June 26, 2016

Well, this was one home shopping network demo of a laptop that really went awry. And thanks for the tip on this, kind reader.

According to, a viewer was recently shocked to see the “N” word on the screen of a cheapie laptop that QVC was demonstrating. At the time, the laptop screen was showcasing a website.

QVC Looking Into Why It Showed A Laptop With Racist Content On TV

The viewer emailed QVC with a screen shot of the offending image, but she didn’t get any response.

When contacted QVC, SVP of Brand and Communications Doug Rose issued an apology, said the incident was under investigation and added that the network was evaluating its live-streaming procedures.

HSN, Good Housekeeping Team On Entrepreneur Hunt

June 24, 2016

HSN has found another partner for its “American Dreams” initiative, the hunt to find the nation’s next great entrepreneur: Good Housekeeping magazine.

The chosen entrepreneur will be featured on the home shopping network to introduce their brand and in the magazine, reaching its 25-plus million readers.

The winner will also have the chance to have their product tested in the Good Housekeeping Institute, for the opportunity to receive the Good Housekeeping Seal for one year.

The seal, introduced in 1909, “is among the most recognized consumer icons in the world and is also backed by a limited warranty that provides a replacement or refund for up to $2,000 if a product proves defective within two years of purchase,” according to HSN’s press release Thursday.

We didn’t know about that guarantee!

“HSN’s has a long legacy of cultivating entrepreneurs and introducing innovative products,” our buddy, HSN President Bill Brand, said in a canned statement.

“Our customers look to us as a trusted source for discovering compelling new products, and the partnership with Good Housekeeping will allow us to further our reach. We know there is a strong synergy between HSN’s customers and Good Housekeeping’s readers, and we can’t wait to leverage our audiences to uncover solution-driven products.”

The collaboration will culminate at the end of August when 100 finalists will descend on HSN’s St. Petersburg headquarters for three days of judging and finalist selections by an executive panel of industry professionals.

Ten finalists will be selected in September and be featured in the December issue of Good Housekeeping, on newsstands Nov. 15. The public will be invited to vote on their favorite product beginning Nov. 16, and those votes will be taken into consideration in choosing the final winner.

HSN and Good Housekeeping will partner in determining the winner based on ingenuity, quality and public response of the product. The winner will also appear in Good Housekeeping’s April 2017 issue and will be invited to sell their product on-air at HSN following the issue’s release.

“Readers come to Good Housekeeping for the lowdown on the latest technologies and innovations,” said Jane Francisco, Good Housekeeping’s editor-in-chief.

“When they see the GH Seal, they know that product has been rigorously tested and vetted by a team of expert scientists and engineers — giving them confidence in their purchase. Over the past 130 years, it has never offered an opportunity to entrepreneurs in this capacity and we are thrilled to see all these talented inventors present.”

QVC Queen Joan Rivers Honored, Auctioned

June 21, 2016

The late-great Joan Rivers, the queen bee QVC jewelry vendor, is still making a lot of news.

She has been in the press because her daughter Melissa is auctioning some of her possessions, including Faberge jewelry, at Christie’s.

In addition, Rivers will be honored on Wednesday at the Kennedy Center, with its “Celebrating Joan: A Tribute to Joan Rivers,” at the District of Comedy Festival.

The Washington Post interviewed Melissa about these events, doing a Q&A.–her-daughter/2016/06/16/dfe810d2-2f1f-11e6-9b37-42985f6a265c_story.html

Writer Roger Catlin asked Melissa whether Joan’s jewelry was still being sold on QVC.

“Absolutely,” Melissa told the newspaper. “The president of our company is on air, and, knock on wood, it’s doing great. She was a style icon. And the level of taste continues, which is fantastic. What’s so funny is that she has fans [of her QVC line] who don’t even know she did ‘The Tonight Show.’”

HSN’s Cenia Paredes Designed Gowns For ‘Hamilton’ Gals For Tonys

June 21, 2016

Since we are half Puerto Rican, we couldn’t be more thrilled and proud of the success of Lin-Manuel Miranda and his literally revolutionary, game-changing Broadway play, “Hamilton.”

Miranda’s work just won 11 Tony Awards, and on Sunday The New York Times did a story about how his family members from the commonwealth and the isle of Manhattan all stayed at the swanky Mandarin Oriental hotel the weekend of the awards.

The article mentions that his mom, Luz Towns-Miranda, a clinical psychologist, and wife, Vanessa Nadal-Miranda, a lawyer and scientist, both wore gowns by New York designer Cenia Paredes to the Tony Awards.

The story also says, as we have already blogged, the Latina Paredes will be selling pieces from her clothing line on HSN starting June 24, this Friday.

Nice plug!

QVC Lauded For Safety In N.C. Center

June 17, 2016

Who says we never write anything good about QVC?

The North Carolina Department of Labor has given the No. 1 home shopping network’s distribution center in Rocky Mount, N.C., a Gold Award, the state’s highest annual honor for workplace safety.

The award recognizes public and private companies across the state that maintain exemplary safety records, including an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average for their industry (as measured by days away from work, restricted activity and job transfers).

This is the fifth consecutive time Rocky Mount has won the Gold Award, and sixth time overall.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our team members at QVC,” said Bill Stanulis, Rocky Mount general manager. “This award is a direct reflection of our safety culture at the site, as well as the work, dedication, care and commitment that our team members are displaying every day towards safety.”

As someone who has written a number of stories about safety violations at North Jersey companies, endangering workers, we tip our hat to QVC.

Ex-QVC Host Lisa Mason’s Husband’s Cancer Comeback

June 17, 2016

Anyone need to hear some good news? We sure do.

Well, it looks like former QVC host Lisa Mason’s husband Gino is making a miraculous recovery from his brain cancer.

Mason has posted a lot of photos on Facebook of her and hubby in South Carolina, at the beach, and he looks fantastic!

“Now, that’s a great looking man!” Mason wrote. “Cancer continues to shrink! Thank you so much for loving and praying for us! We are just living each day with joy and gratitude. So thankful for the little things! God bless you!!!”

Keep those prayers coming.

JTV Host Misty Mills To Open Restaurant

June 12, 2016

Jewelry Television host Misty Mills is becoming a restaurateur.

She is co-owner of an upscale Italian eatery, Merelli’s, that will be opening in July in Knoxville, Tenn., according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.–382534061.html?d=mobile

The story doesn’t mention that Mills is a JTV host, and we don’t know if her new venture will affect her gig on the home shopping network.

Here is her bio from JTV’s website:

Misty Mills is a long-standing member of the Jewelry Television® family. She starting out selling Beanie Babies in June of 97 but her love of all things that sparkle quickly shone through and she started selling fine jewelry by July of 97.

Misty stays up-to-date on the latest trends so she can offer helpful advice to JTV viewers.

“I love bringing affordable luxury to everyone. You don’t have to spend a million to look like it! And I truly enjoy being their personal shopper.” When Misty is at home, she is a devoted mother to her only son, Jonathan, who has grown into an outstanding young man.”