Archive for the ‘Fran Drescher’ Category

ShopNBC’s Suzanne Somers’ Husband Tells All On Fran Drescher Show: ‘Rolling Off’ Her And Smashing Her Favorite Vase

December 4, 2010

Suzanne Somers' husband dished on her fight tactics

We’re behind on our freelance work and have to run, but here’s our quick takeaway from ex-HSN and current ShopNBC vendor Suzanne Somers appearance on HSN vendor Fran Drescher’s new talk show Friday.

There were two eye-opening moments, and pardon us for paraphrasing. One of the topics that Somers and her husband-business partner Alan Hamel were supposed to address was how you keep your business and romantic relationship separate when you work a spouse.

So Hamel started reciting a business-related chat he was having with Somers, and then said, “And then I rolled off her.”

The audience laughed at this description of business-related pillow talk, and Somers looked rather shocked by her Canadian hubby’s comment. We guess they don’t keep business and romance that separate, from what Hamel said.

Then Drescher, the host of “The Fran Drescher Tawk Show,” noted that Somers has been quite public about the fact that she is from a dysfunctional family. Then Somers and Hamel started describing their marriage, and Hamel said that his blonde wife used to throw things at him when they fought.

Not the most flattering revelation to make about your wife on TV.

But Hamel put a stop to Somers’ bad habit, he said, when during one fight he picked one of Somers’ favorite Chinese vases, threw it and broke it.

A rather sheepish Somers conceded that his husband’s smashing of the vase ended her throwing-things days.

Hmmmmm… We would have loved to have been a fly on the wall with Somers and hubby after their appearance.

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Former HSN Vendor Suzanne Somers To Appear On Current HSN Vendor Fran Drescher’s ‘Tawk’ Show Today

December 3, 2010

Actress-author-entrepreneur-ex-HSN vendor Suzanne Somers will be a guest on actress-HSN vendor Fran Drescher’s new daytime talk show today, Friday.

Maybe — not — Somers will dish about why she left HSN after more than a dozen years to join ShopNBC last year. The blonde was part of a wave of vendors who left, or were shown the door, when new HSN CEO Mindy Grossman came on board and started putting her stamp on the home shopping network.

Drescher’s program, which debuted on six Fox stations this week, is called “The Fran Drescher Tawk Show.” It airs on WNYW in New York City.

Drescher “joined the HSN family,” as the network likes to put it, this year with a skincare line, FranBrand. Somers is selling clothing, jewelry and skincare product on ShopNBC.

Lets's see, will Suzanne tell Fran why she left HSN?

Here is a description of today episode from the show’s website:

Fran Drescher’s not only naturally funny, but also a big believer in living a lifestyle that keeps you naturally sexy.

Today’s guests are all about staying lean, healthy and sensuous.

The iconic Suzanne Somers reveals how hormones and a positive attitude have kept her happy and youthful.

Then Fran has a rare in-depth interview with both Suzanne and husband/business partner Alan Hamel, who discuss their four-decade relationship and the challenges of keeping their business lives separate from their romantic lives.

Plus, Suzanne & Alan show Fran how to cook their favorite mushroom soup and the joy of growing their own vegetables.

Actress Fran Drescher, Part Of The HSN Family, Launches Her ‘Tawk’ Show Friday

November 26, 2010

Actress Fran Drescher is not only a skincare vendor on HSN, she is now the host of her own daytime program, “The Fran Drescher Tawk Show.”

The show debuts tomorrow, Friday, in a test run on six Fox-owned TV stations, including WNYW in New York City at noon. The other stations are KTTV in Los Angeles, WTXF in Philadelphia, KMSP in Minneapolis, KSAZ in Phoenix and WORL in Orlando, Fla.

Drescher is a cancer survivor and a rape survivor. To top it off, her ex-husband came out of the closet and said he was gay after they divorced. This star of the back-in-the-day hit “The Nanny” is resilient, to say the least. She started doing a natural skincare line, FranBrand, for HSN earlier this year.

So how did Drescher land her talk show gig?

According to JustJared.com, Drescher appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” and then got a call from its producers, Debmar-Mercury.

“When I was on your show, the people that make your show asked me if I wanted to do my [own] show,” Drescher told Williams, who resides in our town of Montclair, N.J. “We’ve been talking ever since. It’s gonna premiere Nov. 26 right after Thanksgiving.”

BTW, Drescher is referring to TV syndicator Debmar-Mercury, which produces Williams’ show and is now producing “The Tawk” Show,” along with the Fox Stations. And in that HSN “Six Degrees of Separation” thing, Debmar-Mercury is owned by the studio Lionsgate, which is headed by Jon Feltheimer, who is married to HSN “Hot in Hollywood” vendor Laurie Feltheimer.

Kirstie Alley is one of Drescher's first guests

Drescher’s debut show will be “A Post-Thanksgiving Weight Loss Discussion,” with zaftig actress Kirstie Alley “tawking diet and organic food.” Mmmmmmm, we don’t know if Alley is the right person to talk about diets.

The rest of the episode will include healthy cooking with Chef LaLa and Dr. Ian Smith offering weight loss advice. He will put two members of “The Tawk Show” staff on a healthy eating plan.

Here is what WNYW’s website says about Drescher’s show: “Drescher’s new ‘tawk’ show will give viewers a look at the former star of ‘The Nanny’ in a new light. From celebrity headliners to political heavyweights, Drescher is ready to chat it up with the best of them beginning Nov. 26.”

Chef LaLa is also on the guest roster

In October the trade rag B&C wrote about the show, which will have a three-week trial period.

“I’m thrilled to be able to bring The Fran Drescher Tawk Show to daytime TV, which fits me hand in glove,” said Drescher in a statement, according to B&C. “It will cover all of my passions, everything from pedicures to politics. America will have a chance to see the real Fran Drescher, beyond ‘The Nanny.’ I’m the girl next door, a self-made woman who has been to hell and back a few times.”

No kidding, girlfriend.

The name of Drescher’s show, which pokes fun at her pronounced New Yawk accent, reminds us of our days at Multichannel News. Our tech writer based in Denver, a beautiful and razor-sharp blonde named Leslie Ellis, would delight in making fun of our accent when we saw her at trade shows.

Leslie, that sly puss, got a kick out of mimicking our pronunciation of “tawk.” It made us quite self-conscious. What a silly goose we were. We should have been celebrating our manner of speaking, just as Drescher is.

Fran Drescher, We Feel You On The Stirrups Thing

March 15, 2010

HSN vendor and comedic actress Fran Drescher, of “The Nanny” fame, never loses her sense of humor.

Drescher, who is a uterine cancer survivor, was cracking wise recently at a benefit for her charity Cancer Schmancer at the East Side Social Club in Manhattan, according to the New York Post’s Page Six Monday.

During the luncheon gathering, Drescher told attendees that she has had many visits with gynecologists.

“I’ve had my feet in more stirrups than Roy Rogers!” Drescher said.

Drescher sells a line of skincare products on HSN called FranBrand.

Sunday Wrap-Up And Home Shopping Dish: HSN’s Fran Drescher Turned Down Threesome With Warren Beatty, But Ex-HSN Vendor Janice Dickinson Was One Of The 12,775 Women He Bagged

January 3, 2010

Warren Beatty proposed having a threesome with HSN vendor/actress Fran Drescher, according to a new book on the legendary actor and skirt-chaser. And Beatty actually slept with model Janice Dickinson, a one-time HSN jewelry peddler.

That’s just some of the juicy gossip to be found in the Sunday papers today about the celebrities that sell their wares on HSN and QVC.

The dish about Beatty and Drescher and Dickinson is in a story that the New York Post did about a new tell-all biography on the actor called “Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America” by Peter Biskind.

Fran Drescher nixed threesome

Drescher, who will be on HSN today selling her line of skincare products, was up for a part in the 1987 bomb “Ishtar.” Beatty was having an affair with the movie’s leading lady, Isabelle Adjani, who complimented Drescher on her beauty.

And when Beatty suggested that the threesome have dinner that night, “just the three of us,” Drescher got the hint that he was not just talking about sharing a pizza. She declined the menage a tois offer.

Drescher shouldn’t have felt that special, however. The book claims that Beatty has bedded almost 13,000 women.

The Post’s Page Six also noted in its “Sightings” section that actress Charlize Theron was spotted buying a ring at the Me & Ro store in Los Angeles. Me & Ro do a jewelry line for HSN.

Sunday’s New York Daily News has a story headlined “16 Ways to Boot Winter” that includes a pair of boots from Stefani Greenfield’s Curations line for HSN. The boots are on clearance, at $99.

And finally, Sunday’s Parade Magazine, in its “Personality Parade,” talks about Ellen DeGeneres’ pets. The item mentions that DeGeneres owns a pet-care company named Halo. QVC sells the Halo pet food line.

HSN Gets Momentum From ‘Her Side’ Of The Business, Like Jennifer Stallone’s Firma-Face: Suzanne Somers Not Missed

November 12, 2009

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HSN CEO Mindy Grossman

Even though its third-quarter sales slipped a hair, HSN has momentum and is upbeat about the coming holiday season, according to company officials.

During a third-quarter conference call Thursday, HSN CEO Mindy Grossman fielded questions from Wall Street analysts about the company’s outlook for the rest of the year. 

“We’re optimistic going into the fourth quarter and seeing the trends continue from third quarter across multiple categories of the business, whether it’s new innovations in technology or, as you mentioned, in the ‘Her Side’ of the business,” Grossman said.

“We feel that both from an inventory perspective and a product-pipeline perspective we’re very well positioned going and in the quarter from everything from our gift strategies all the way to some of the new product introductions that we have had a lot of success with consistently,” she said.

Net sales for the HSN network and Web site (excluding HSN Inc.’s Cornerstone unit) decreased in the quarter to $467 million, versus $471 million last year, down 1 percent. However, operating income increased 115 percent to $37.1 million compared to $17.3 million in the prior year.

Chief financial officer Judy Schmeling said that the “slight sales decrease” was a reflection of the 6 percent lower-average price point for HSN items in the quarter, incuding an 18 percent decline in the average price point for the Today’s Special, “rather than any sizable mix shift.”

The network’s return rate dropped to 19.5 percent in the third quarter from 20.3 percent in the prior period; and inventory was down 15 percent.

In contrast to HSN, QVC saw its sales rise slightly in the third quarter. Earlier this week, QVC domestic posted $1.098 billion in revenue in the third quarter, a 2 percent increase from $1.073 billion in the year-ago period.

At HSN in the third quarter, gross profit increased 8 percent to $168.6 million. Unit growth was up 6 percent.

The No. 2 home shopping network has seen growing success with its fashion, beauty and jewelry lines, the “Her Side” of the business, according to Grossman.

“We have transformed our fashion businesses, exited unproductive brands and invested in the creation and developmemt of proprietary lifestyle brands with talented individuals who can bring a unique point of view to our customers,” Grossman said.

She cited as examples red-carpert designers Bagley Mischka, actress Molly Sims, rock star David Bowie’s model wife Iman and tennis champ Serena Williams. There was no mention of actress-author Suzanne Somers moved from HSN to ShopNBC during the third-quarter.

“It is important to note that at HSN we don’t just buy brand,” Grossman said. “We partner with visionaries, experts and design authorites to build propriety brands and bring them to life in unique and compelling ways.”

The CEO cited the line by Stefani Greenfield, Curations.

“We are now recognized in the fashion industry as a destination with strong leadership, innovation and a successful track record,” Grossman said.

In terms of the beauty category, HSN has added brands such as Benefit and Lancome, as well reaping success with its proprietary brands, such as Jennifer Stallone’s Serious Skin Care and FranBrand, the skincare line launched this week kby actess Fran Drescher.

HSN’s launch of Serious Skin Care’s Firma-Face in just four days in September sold almost 100,000 units, and more than 60 percent of customers signing up for Autoship, to ensure regular delivery, according to Grossman.

HSN has adjusted its jewelry product mix, resulting in unit growth of 13% this quarter, she said. Silver and fashion jewelry continue to be strong, with sales up 30 percent over last year “as customers responded to our wider range of price points and new designer introductions,” Grossman said.

She added that she is looking forward to the launch of Molly Sims’ jewelry line, Grayce, later this week.

Despite the dire economny, there was a 7 percent growth rate in sales from HSN’s best customers.

“We have been very focued in that segment of our business, and what we are seeing is her continuing to buy across multiple categories,” Grossman said

She explained that HSN is offering “The World of Carlos Falchi” and “Global Chic” from Iman.

Those are “businesses that completely go across jewelry, apparel, accessories, beauty, etc.,” Grossman said, noting that HSN’s viewers are “buying across multiple categories and we’re seing the increase in that best customer in the number of purchases she’s been making.”

ShopNBC’s Suzanne Somers To Appear On ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ To Promote Her Controversial Cancer Book ‘Knockout’: P.S. Wendy’s Our Homegirl, As In Montclair

November 11, 2009

This should make for interesting TV: ShopNBC actress/author Suzanne Somers will be appearing on “The Wendy Williams Show” today, Wednesday.

The blonde Somers will be plugging her controversial new book about alternative treatments for cancer, “Knockout: Interviews With Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer And How To Prevent Getting It In The First Place.”

Williams’ syndicated show airs at different times of the day across the country, so we can’t help you on that one. In New York City it’s on two of Rupert Murdoch’s TV stations. It runs at 10 a.m. on WNYW and at 10 p.m. on WWOR.

But you can check the show’s Web site to see when and where it airs in your town.

Williams, by the way, lives in our hometown, Montclair, N.J. In fact, we saw her once in the Social Security Office on Bloomfield Avenue. She was tall, flamboyant and had big hair (a wig?), pretty much the way she is on TV.

Actress Fran Drescher, who yesterday launched a skincare line called FranBrand on HSN, appeared Willlams’ show Monday.

It looks like you can catch a video of Williams’ shows, in case you miss Somers today and missed Drescher earlier in the week, on the show’s site.

Can Actress Fran Drescher Get Us A Young Boyfriend, Like Her’s? We’re Buying Her HSN Skincare Products To Find Out

November 10, 2009

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Fran Drescher

After enduring days of annoying promos, HSN viewers got to see actress Fran Drescher debut Tuesday morning with her FranBrand line of skincare products. And we have to say, we were impressed.

“This is my maiden voyage on HSN,” said Drescher, who has gained weight since “The Nanny,” but looks gorgeous.

“People are always complimenting me on how beautiful my skin is,” the comedic actress said, attributing her glow to her own skincare products.

But most importantly, cancer survivor and rape victim Drescher said she started the line because she became concerned about what she was putting on her skin after her “darkest hours,” when she was ill with uterine cancer.

She called FranBrand “a beautiful, natural extension of my advocacy,” with natural ingredients and eco-friendly glass packaging.

The beauty industry is self-regulating, which Drescher called “the fox guarding the henhouse.”

Drescher is also putting her money where her mouth is: 2 percent of the FranBrand sales will go to the Cancer Schmancer Movement, the actress’s nonprofit organization dedicating to ensuring that women’s cancer is diagnosed in Stage 1.

The FranBrand product jars also each have a “Franism” on them such as, “When you look for the good in others, you discover the best in yourself.”

The show kicked off with a description of Drescher’s work as a public-policy advocate for women’s issues, and HSN showed photos of Drescher with President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

But here’s what may get us to try FranBrand: Drescher keep making reference to her boyfriend, who uses some of her products.

Descher, 52, also said that her boyfriend is nine years younger than her, and that when they wake up together in the morning, he doesn’t think he’s in bed with an old woman, or words to that effect.

Hey, if FranBrand will get us a young boyfriend, we’re placing our order now.

Queens-bred Drescher even brough her small brown dog Esther to the show. We’re not sure of the breed, we think she may be a Pomeranian. The dog is in the promo, which is on HSN.com. If we are wrong about the breed, let us know.

At one point, Drescher said, “June 21st was the day I was cured of my cancer.” Mazel Tov, Fran.

And for those who want more information, here is Drescher’s Web site.

Stop The Presses: New York Daily News Discovers Celebrities Like Paula Abdul And Tori Spelling Have Lines On Home Shopping Networks Like QVC and HSN

November 8, 2009

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HSN's Bill Brand

The New York Daily News has discovered that a lot of celebrities are selling products on home shopping networks like HSN and QVC. Wow, what a scoop! Who knew?

The Sunday story is headlined “NYC’s Celebrity Fashion Obsession,” and features a photo of one of Susan Lucci’s HSN necklaces.

In the piece, the Daily News says that New York consumers are skeptical of goods that have been given the stamp of a celeb. The story then quotes Bill Brand, HSN vice president of programming, marketing and business development.

“If the celebrity doesn’t have a connection to the to the product they are selling, it won’t translate,” Brand is quoted in the Daily News.

He cited health-conscious actresss Fran Drescher’s new skincare line, which is about to debut. “It was natural for her to be doing a skincare line for us and it sells,” Brand told the Daily News.

The story points out that Lucci, Paula Abdul, Rachel Zoe, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Tori Spelling, Serena Williams, Tina Knowles and Iman all have products on home shopping outlets.

The Daily News does have a tiny scoop: that designer Isaac Mizrahi’s new line for QVC premieres Dec. 4 with “plaid-covered cheesecake,” whatever that means.

By the way, Brand is never asked about the reliability, or lack of it, when dealing with stars. For example, earlier this year Spelling and Abdul were scheduled to make appearances on HSN, but those shows were abruptly cancelled, without explanation.

Actress Fran Drescher May Need To Lighten Up For Her HSN Debut

November 4, 2009

HSN has started airing a promo for actress Fran Drescher’s new skincare line, FranBrand, which debuts Nov. 10.

The Queens-bred brunette with the memorable, or unbearable to some, voice talks about being a cancer survivor. In her inspirational pitch, Drescher tells viewers to “take control of your body.” 

Well, sorry to say this, but it looks like Drescher, whose big TV hit was “The Nanny,” should be taking better control of her body. Maybe it’s the way she was shot in a tight pair of jeans, but she is sure looking pretty broad in the hip area. 

We know we should not be saying this, but you will be thinking it when you see the promo. Like we said, maybe it’s just a bad angle.