Archive for July, 2019

Healing for HSN Jewelry Maven Carol Brodie

July 31, 2019

Please send prayers, light and healing to HSN jewelry queen Carol Brodie. When it rains it pours, as the cliche goes.

First Carol was hospitalized, and nearly died, after eating “Better Than Pasta Spaghetti,” which contained a potentially lethal substance called konjac jelly or konnyaku. It’s been banned in Europe.

Here’s a good tip: Don’t eat it!

Then Carol’s beloved dog Buckwheat passed away this week. After losing a sphynx cat two years ago, we send our deepest condolences to Carol.

No question that losing a pet is like losing a human family member, and is worse in some ways. Pets offer unconditional love. We are in no way ambivalent about our feelings for them. It is devastating when they cross the rainbow bridge.

So get well Carol, and so sorry for your loss.

A Cheeky Lynn Murphy on HSN, And Michael O’Connor

July 31, 2019

Thank God we don’t work as a host on a home shopping network, so we can walk around with wrinkles on our face and some sagging. That’s apparently not the case in the electronic retailing world, at least for female hosts.

Let us preface this by saying that we have seen ourselves on the small screen, and it amplifies every facial flaw in a horrifying manner. That said, we got a gander at HSN host Lynn Murphy this week on a Chaco Canyon show after not seeing her awhile on air.

She is a blonde beauty, but she didn’t look right to us. Either she had the worse makeup done in history that night, or she had some kind of filler put in her cheeks. It gave a very unnatural appearance.

But it was not as dramatic as the work that HSN host Connie Craig-Carroll had done. We know she is gone from the home shopping network now, but we think she was gorgeous natural, without a visit to any doctor’s office.

On another note, the Chaco Canyon show had one of the most beautiful turquoise necklaces we had ever seen. It was very, very long — to the waist — with many large turquoise stones. We knew it would cost a lot, but checked out the price. It was $3,000, and apparently sold out!

And on yet another note, former QVC Affinity Diamond rep and ex-Jewelry TV vendor Michael O’Connor has turned up on HSN, doing its Passage to Gold shows.

He’s a real pro and we enjoy seeing him.

Wendi Russo Returns to Evine, And Libby Does a Cameo

July 23, 2019

Pardon us for being a little late on this but two former Evine-soon-to-be-ShopHQ-again hosts are back at that home shopping network.

Wendi Russo was the first one to return, with a full-time gig, and we rather enjoy her presentations.

And lovely Libby Floyd, who did a stint at Jewelry Television after exiting Evine, appeared back on the Minnesota-based channel earlier this month. We’re weren’t quite sure if she was permanent. But someone on Facebook said she was only appearing for a week, that she didn’t want to relocate from sunny Cali to frozen Minneapolis.

Smart move.

Floyd herself posted on Facebook, “Hey everyone! So fun seeing all my old friends at Evine/ShopHQ today and look forward to shopping with all of you this week.”

She did at least one show with jewelry vendor Michael Valitutti.

Evine Drops Jane Fonda and LA Studio

July 15, 2019

Evine has had some disappointing news in the past few weeks, as first reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

First, the No. 3 home shopping network has dropped its plans to feature a fitness clothing line frpm Jane Fonda. The actress remains a controversial figure because of her activities as “Hanoi Jane” during the Vietnam War, but we thought it was a gutsy move on Evine’s part to add her to its foster.

But Evine has a new honcho, and in an interview with the network’s hometown paper he said the deal with Fonda was dead.

http://www.startribune.com/eden-prairie-based-evine-nixes-deal-with-jane-fonda/512499362/

The new CEO, Tim Peterman, also said Evine decided to pulled the plug on the pact with Fonda after he closed down the network’s relatively new operation in Los Angeles. We were aware Evine had laid off a lot of staff in May, but don’t recall the channel saying it was getting out of LA.

We thought that LA studio/office was a brilliant move, one that would make it easier for the Minnesota shopping channel to attract vendors and talent and set it apart from QVC and HSN.

Home shopping veteran Steve Bryant has already blogged about these actions by Peterman being bonehead moves, and we could not agree more. At least Evine was trying to break out of the home shopping pack, but no so much anymore.

Evine continues to do on-location broadcasts, with one coming from Tucson, recently, for example. We enjoy those.

But why were the models in Arizona glad in cleavage-baring, tiny tops? We know it’s hot out there, but seriously? It raised our eyebrows more than a bit.

QVC, HSN Parent To Report 2Q Earnings Aug. 7

July 14, 2019

The owner of QVC and HSN, Qurate Retail Inc., will post its second-quarter earnings Aug. 7, the company said last week.

Qurate President and CEO Mike George and Executive Chairman Greg Maffei will host a conference call to discuss results Aug. 8 at 8:30 a.m.

Following prepared remarks, the company will host a brief Q&A session during which management will accept questions regarding Qurate Retail.

The second-quarter press release and conference call may discuss Qurate Retail’s financial performance and outlook, as well as other forward looking matters.

Interested in listening in?

Call ReadyTalk at (800) 347-6311 or (323) 794-2094, passcode 3591272, at least 10 minutes prior to the call. Callers will need to be on a touch-tone telephone to ask questions. The conference administrator will provide instructions on how to use the polling feature.

In addition, the second quarter-earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the internet. All interested participants should visit the Qurate Retail website at http://www.qurateretail.com/events to register for the webcast.

Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on the Qurate Retail website. The conference call will be archived on the website for one year after appropriate filings have been made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.