Archive for September, 2016

Evine Watch Guy Tim Temple Gone

September 30, 2016

Tim Temple has left the house as an Evine host.

Temple, a frequent participant on the home-shopping-watch network segments on timepieces, announced his departure on Facebook on Tuesday.

“Effective as of today Evine and myself are parting company,” he wrote. “Have always been and remain grateful for the support and friendship I have felt from you the viewership over the years. Please feel free to stay in touch here via social media; wishing you all well moving forward.”

The exit of Temple, an accomplished photographer, prompted a flood of comments from his fans and criticism of Evine. Temple is a veteran of both HSN and Shop At Home.

We have to admit that we’re not that familiar with him since we don’t watch many watch shows. But we do admit to having an Invicta from Evine that we wear nearly every day.

“So sorry to hear this Tim,” someone posted. “Your wit, knowledge and the energy you brought to your watch shows was a pure joy to watch and experience. Best of luck in everything to come.”

“I have always held you in the highest regard, not solely due to Evine, but more because of your knowledge of watches/horology and the fact that you’ve always been a multi-faceted artist,” wrote another fan.

“There are clearly not enough people like you anymore…musicians, photographers, etc. Evine has been slipping for quite some time but now it seems as though they’ve really f’d up.”

Yet another fan posted, “You were the best host they had. Period. I truly hope you go onto another network, stay in the business of broadcasting and particularly marketing watches, various brands perhaps. You are going to be missed on the EVINE broadcasts. This is not good news to wake up to. Meanwhile, yes, I know I speak for many when I say we will stay connected with you on social media.”

Dr. Sevinor Off HSN After Crack Arrest, Says N.Y. Post

September 28, 2016

According to Page Six, one of HSN’s skincare vendors is in hot water — and off the network.

The New York Post’s gossip column reported that Dr. Sheldon Sevinor, a well-known plastic surgeon, was recently arrested in Massachusetts on charges of possession of crack cocaine.

Sevinor has also surrendered his medical license.

Frankly, we are not familiar with him or the line he does for HSN, Sevinor Skincare Solutions. But now, according to Page Six, his products are no longer on That’s no surprise after his arrest.

Selvinor was a frequent guest on national talk shows, including Oprah and “The View.”

Drug addiction is a tragic affliction, so we feel sympathy for him and all involved.

Want To Be An Evine Live Host?

September 27, 2016

Here’s your chance for fame and fortune in the home shopping world, folks.

The No. 3 channel Tuesday announced that it is hosting a national talent search at Mall of America, America’s largest retail destination, next month.

The “Born to Host” open-casting call will be held at the Bloomington, Minn., shopping center on Oct. 16, where viewers can audition for a spot on Evine’s host team.

Guess people like us who make snarky comments about hosts will get a chance to see how hard the job really is.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for those out there who feel they were born to be a host on our channel,” Nicole Ostoya, Evine’s chief marketing officer, said in a canned statement.

“We have a lot of star power at Evine and we need equally talented personalities to help them tell their stories here at our network. It’s going to be a truly one of a kind event. We can’t wait to meet contestants and watch their Evine ‘Born to Host’ auditions live.”

Taking place on a Sunday, the “Born to Host” event will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time in the mall’s Rotunda.

“Serious” (as opposed to “silly”) candidates must be 18 or older and should come prepared with an item to ‘sell,’ a head-shot and a resume.

Candidates will be prescreened then, if qualified, will have an additional three to five minutes to present their item in front of a panel of judges. There will be call-backs after the event with an invitation to visit Evine for an in-studio audition.


Not afraid to freeze your butt off in Minnesota?

For more information on the event, what to expect and how to prepare for an audition, visit

Here are some of the tidbits from the website:

To Bring:

“Something to sell to an audience. Plan an item in a category we support, such as jewelry, fashion, beauty, watches, home goods, etc., but if you have a better idea, go for it, just avoid anything that needs plugging in.”

Audition details:

“Approved candidates will … have 3-5 mins to wow the judges with your ability to sell your item.”

“Be yourself, have fun and bring it. Note: You’ll need to role-play, so plan on some interaction with our on-air talent.”

“Candidates who pass the audition will receive a call back and an invitation to Evine Studios on Monday, Oct. 17, for an on-camera audition.”

Other good things to know:

“You are auditioning to be on TV so, please present yourself as one of our hosts would, i.e., wardrobe, hair, makeup, accessories, etc.”

Zendaya Steps Up For QVC FFANY Shoe Sale

September 27, 2016

Actress-singer Zendaya — one of those one-named divas like Madonna and Cher — will be appearing in TV and print PSA’s to promote QVC’s 23rd Annual “FFANY Shoes on Sale” charitable event, the home shopping network said Tuesday.

During the three-hour broadcast, set for Oct. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., more than 170 donated shoe styles from more than 80 brands will be on sale to raise money to fight breast cancer.

All the shoes will be offered at half the manufacturer’s suggested retail price with a minimum of 80 percent of the purchase price benefiting various breast cancer research and education institutions.

“Like most women, I love a great pair of shoes, and I especially love scoring a great deal,” Zendaya said in a canned statement. “Being a part of QVC Presents ‘FFANY Shoes on Sale’ allows me to share my passion for shoes with my fans while also demonstrating how fun it can be to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.”

The event has generated more than $50 million to date for breast cancer research and education institutions.

“Each year, we look forward to collaborating with the Fashion Footwear Association of New York and providing our customers with a unique shopping experience that not only celebrates the joy of discovery but also the joy of giving back by standing as one against a disease that affects many,” QVC’s top honcho, President and CEO Mike George, said in his canned statement.

“It is an honor to have Zendaya’s support this year and we have no doubt that her captivating spirit will endear her to viewers across the country.”

Beneficiaries for the 2016 QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” event include: The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania; The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program; The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine; and The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

Fox Biz On Joan Rivers’ Legacy At QVC

September 25, 2016

Two years after the passing of comedian and QVC queen Joan Rivers, her fashion jewelry line on the No. 1 home shopping network appears to be going strong. And you can credit David Dangle for that, her cohort in the collection.

Fox Business recently did a story on Rivers’ legacy at QVC, and dapper Dangle offered his insights to the jewelry he launched with Joan.

First of all, he is a two-time Emmy winner, which we never knew.

At the time Rivers’ jewelry debuted on QVC, with a bee pin as her signature, she also had a daytime talk show. Everyone was taken off guard when her QVC items became a hit, Dangle told Fox Business.

“The line instantly became a resounding success,” according to Fox Business.

“At that time, there were just four employees and the business was operating out of Rivers’ dressing room at CBS (CBS). With the demand outpacing the supply, Dangle was forced to create a more organized and forward thinking environment.”

The rest is, as they say, history.

Non-Guru Tony Robbins Brings His Spiel To HSN

September 25, 2016

Worried about your marriage, your love life, your career, your retirement, your future, all of the above? Need an inspirational boost? HSN has just the guy for you.

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins, yet another refugee from QVC, is coming to the No. 2 home shopping network this week.

We saw the on-air promo late last week, and seemed to recall Robbins selling his tapes on QVC awhile back with host Rick Domeier.

(Update: After writing this, we were told that Robbins has previously on HSN more than 10 years ago.)

Robbins — the nationally known life coach and author — is slated to premiere on HSN at 10 p.m. Friday.

This charismatic character was also the subject of a Netflix documentary, “I Am Not Your Guru.”

Reba McEntire Debuts Country Cosmetics On HSN

September 23, 2016

Country music star Reba McEntire has joined the celebrity parade to HSN.

A kind tipster clued us in to HSN’s Facebook post about McEntire debuting a makeup line called Reba Beauty next Thursday on the network.

“She’s put over 20 years of experience as a performer, using only the best cosmetics,” HSN wrote. “Reba, in collaboration with her long time makeup artist Brett Freedman, brings iconic glamour to your makeup bag, helping you achieve a glamorous look at home! Watch her live on Beauty Report 9/29 at 7PM ET.”

Fan reaction was generally positive. already has come of the makeup online.

QVC’s Dan Wheeler Gets A Special Delivery

September 22, 2016

Nice-guy QVC host Dan Wheeler has been through a lot this year, losing his beloved wife Beth to cancer. He shared his pain over her death publicly and emotionally on Facebook.

Wheeler had some good news to share on Thursday, writing a post about his new granddaughter accompanied by a photo of the pink-clad newborn.

“She was born on the 21st night of September which was the day Beth and I met and also our favorite song ever by Earth, Wind and Fire,” Wheeler wrote. “I could not have scripted this any better. God is good and Beth is surely smiling down from heaven.”

The little one doesn’t have a name yet.

“Name is TBA but her middle name will be Elizabeth after her precious Gam in heaven!” Wheeler wrote. “Kirstyn, baby and her whole family are doing fine!”

Congrats to all!

Daisy Fuentes Brings Apparel To HSN

September 21, 2016

Has Daisy Fuentes been on HSN before?

Maybe this just went over our heads, but we don’t remember the Latina celebrity ever doing an apparel line for the No. 2 home shopping network. We knew she had a line for Kohl’s.

In any event, Fuentes will be on HSN Thursday night with Colleen Lopez to hawk her clothing collection.

A ‘Fresh’ Blog On Home-Shopping Cliches

September 20, 2016

Anyone else sick of hearing cliches from home-shopping hosts?

We wrote a post on Facebook on this topic a few months ago, but never blogged about it. But our Facebook friends added a lot of great ones to the list we already had back then, and we’re adding those suggestions here.

(And writing this blog sure beats going through the piles of medical bills we’re getting for our broken ankle.)

What we’re talking about here are the catch phrases that we repeatedly hear from many hosts and vendors on QVC, HSN, Evine Live and Jewelry Television. Granted, talking non-stop about merchandise for hours is a real skill, and we mean that seriously.

But for those of us on the other side of the fourth-wall, it gets a little tiresome to hear the same phrases over and over again, particularly during presentations on jewelry and fashion.

Do any of these sound familiar?


“Pop of color”

“A dollar a day”

“Jeans and a crisp white blouse”

“Knock your socks off”

“Buy more, save more”

“Love, love, love”

“Let me give you a tour”

“You can gift this”

Now, pair these words with HSN vendors. Come on, we know you know these.



Finally, name the HSN host who is guilty of saying, “There’s an argument for picking up at least a couple.”

That one was suggested by one of our Facebook friends, who wrote, “I have to laugh. Yes, why not ‘pick up’ two or three $100 rings at a pop, never mind we don’t receive HSN’s discount or freebies (I must assume) that the hosts enjoy!”

We know we’ve missed some of these repeated words and phrases, so please add your suggestions!