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Retro ‘Mad Men’ Fashion Coming To QVC

July 13, 2010

We met her on the set of “Mad Men” in LA, and Emmy-nominated costumer designer Janie Bryant is bringing a clothing line to QVC, according to AOL.

Thanks for the heads up, you dunces in West Chester. We had to find out about this news relating to one of our favorite, and Emmy-winning, TV shows from our sister Karen today.

Bryant will debut her line in September, which will have that Birdy and Joan 1960’s look.

“The Mod line will appeal to lovers of vintage fashion with its boleros, capelets and Jackie Kennedy-esque pillbox hats,” AOl said..

“Mad Men” will premiere its fourth season on AMC July 25.

We met Bryant during the summer Television Critics Association press tour two years ago, when AMC took the press to the show’s set in downtown LA. All the cast was there. We stalked Jon Hamm, who is not only good looking but charming and funny. He’s a Pisces.

Ex-ShopNBC Host Charla Rines, Tell Us What You’re Up To, Your Loyal And Irate Fans Want To Know

February 21, 2010

Charla Rines, your fans are pissed at ShopNBC

We wish we had heard the same kind of outcry and outrage when we got canned a year ago that Charla Rines has received from fans since ShopNBC let her go.

Our blog on Rhines’s unceremonious exit in January has received 33 comments so far. And they are still coming.

The posts are are from angry ShopNBC customers who say the loved Charla and her brassy humor. They are complaining that the No. 3 home shopping channel, under the leadership of ex-QVC exec Keith Stewart, has gone downhill, with pedestrian or shoddy merchandise. They say they have spent thousands of dollars for ShopNBC goods, but that they will no longer be watching the network.

Best of all, these Charla fans wish her well, and predict that she will land at a ShopNBC rival soon.

Wow, Charla must be feeling the love. After we got our pink slip, only about a half dozen people in the cable TV industry reached out to us immediately, including: Ed Carroll, COO of Rainbow Entertainment Services; Henry Schleiff, then head of Hallmark Channel; and Russell Howard of National Geographic Channel.

Did we hear any encouraging words, like Charla? No, we heard, “You’ll never find work in this economy” and “What are going to do?” When we asked PR “friends” if they thought we could do PR, the answer was no, we had no experience pitching stories to editors. No, just 30 years doing it as a reporter.

And in our volunteer PR work, we’ve gotten stories placed just on the strength of the press releases we’ve written, without even having to call and pitch anyone. But we shouldn’t take credit for that. The brave patients that we had interviewed, and their eloquent stories, sold the press releases to editors.

Anyway, we look forward to seeing all you cable folk in May at the cable show.

But back to Charla. People want to know what you’re up to. Contact us here, and we’ll get back to you offline.

It’s ‘Hot In Hollywood’ For HSN Vendor Laurie Feltheimer’s Husband, As He Faces Hostile Bid At Lionsgate From Carl Icahn

February 17, 2010

Laurie Feltheimer does a line of clothing and accessories called Hot in Hollywood for HSN. And things are indeed getting hot in Hollywood (well, technically, Santa Monica) for her husband Jon Feltheimer, who is CEO of Lionsgate Entertainment, the indie studio that produces shows like AMC’s “Mad Men” and movies like “Precious.”

Carl Icahn — the man that some call an “activist investor” and others call a pain in the butt — has made a hostile bid to increase his stake in Lionsgate. Icahn has been breathing down Jon Feltheimer’s neck since last year, when the billionaire investor griped about the acquisitions Lionsgate was making.

Lionsgate purchased TV Guide Network, and is now in looking to buy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Miramax Films.

We’ll spare you the boring financial details, but the bottom line is if Icahn succeeds in increaseing his Lionsgate stake to 29.9 percent, he would become its largest shareholder. As such, Ichan would be in a position to potentially oust Lionsgate’s current management or look to merge or sell the studio.

We interviewed “Felt,” as Jon Feltheimer is called, last year, and he seemed like a savvy guy. We wish him luck in his continuing saga with Icahn.

These are hot

Laurie Feltheimer, meanwhile, will be at HSN in Florida Friday with shows for her Hot in Hollywood line.

Dare we say it, but we spotted a motorcycle peep-toe bootie in gray that we really like, for $60.

Maybe Jon should send a couple of pairs of these over to Icahn.

Jon Hamm, As Don Draper Of ‘Mad Men,’ Mocks QVC In ‘Saturday Night Live’ Opening Monologue

January 31, 2010

Mad Men's Jon Hamm brings Don Draper to QVC

We thought we’d died and gone to heaven when we heard Jon Hamm, who portrays the mysterious troubled anti-hero of AMC’s “Mad Men,” was hosting “Saturday Night Live” for a second time. It was even more fantastic when we watched the opening monologue last night, which was laugh-out-loud funny.

We’re having trouble posting the video clip, but we hope to get it up shortly. But here’s the link to it on Hulu.com.

Hamm was hilarious, and began talking about the roles he’d played before getting on the Emmy-winning “Mad Men” — including a supposed stint on QVC. Hamm started out by talking about his supposed role in the early 1990s on the teen sitcom “Late for Class,” where he played “Bonzo.” We see two high school kids standing by their lockers, and then we see Hamm — in character and wardrobe as Don Draper.

Hamm then says he next gig was on QVC. We’re shown a big-haired QVC host (was it supposed to be Pam McCoy or Mary Beth Roe?) virtually screaming and hawking a raft of turquoise jewelry. Once again, Draper walks into the scene.

“Calm down, you’re hysterical,” Hamm says, a la Draper. “I feel like I’m selling jewelry with a little girl.”

Hamm then slaps the QVC host in the face and walks off. “Wait, I love you,” the host calls out to Hamm.

“I should have sex with that woman,” Hamm says. He then goes on to describe what he says was a breakout career moment for him — doing stand-up on “Def Comedy Jam.”

Again, we see Hamm as Draper, with a cigarette and a drink, onstage before an African-American audience. He starts talking about women “with big bootys, adding “they need to wash their ass.”

Ending the monologue, Hamm says, “Believe it or not, that is how I got ‘Mad Men.'”

The last time “SNL” made fun of QVC was during Sen. John McCain’s presidential run, when he and his wife appeared and did a skit in which they were QVC hosts.

We’ve seen Hamm during the Television Critics Association press tour, and even went to the “Mad Men” set in LA with a group of reporters, but we never had the nerve to introduce ourselves. We eavesdropped on his conversations with other writers, and he was always charming, funny and self-deprecating. And gorgeous.

Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine Spotlights Jewelry, A Joan Rivers Purse And Laurie Feltheimer Shoes From QVC, HSN And ShopNBC

January 19, 2010

The February issue of Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine features four items fom QVC, HSN and ShopNBC in its “Great Buys Under $50” feature. The theme of the piece is great buys that are red.

The article, on page 96, cites two pieces from HSN. One is a pair of platform heels from Hot in Hollywood, the line done by Laurie Feltheimer, the wife of Lionsgate chief Jon Feltheimer. Lionsgate produces TV shows such as AMC’s great “Mad Men” and Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” The shoes go for $49.

The second HSN item is a $35 brooch from HSN’s V by Eva jewelry line.

The magazine also spotlights a $40 croc-patterned clutch purse from Joan River’s QVC collection.

Finally, O Magazine cites a Waltham bangle watch that ShopNBC sells.

The good news for shoppers is that the magazine says the watch is $32. But ShopNBC has it on clearance now, and it’s been reduced to only $20.

Oprah Winfrey And Home Shopping? Our Connection Is The Wife of Lionsgate’s Chief Jon Feltheimer, With Her HSN ‘Hot In Hollywood’ Line

November 8, 2009

We were trying to find a way to get Oprah Winfrey’s name into our blog, and we finally got it Sunday.

Laurie Feltheimer, who does the “Hot in Hollywood” line of clothes and accessories for HSN, did a bit of name-dropping during her shows. She was talking about the $50 skinny jeans she was selling.

“My husband has a new movie out,” Feltheimer said. “It’s called ‘Precious.'”

She is married to a gentleman we have interviewed, Jon Feltheimer, who is the head of the Lionsgate movie and TV studio.

Laurie said that “Lady O” was at the recent red-carpet premiere of “Precious.” Of course, she was referring to Winfrey, who is executive producer of the critically acclaimed movie. Winfrey wore skinny jeans to the event, according to Laurie.

“I was looking at her, and she looked so good,” Laurie said of Winfrey.

Laurie’s husband’s studio Lionsgate also produces the Emmy-winning “Mad Men,” which airs on AMC. The “Mad Men” season finale is Sunday night, and we can’t wait. Don Draper has had a rough couple of weeks, hasn’t he?