Posts Tagged ‘Charla Rines’

ShopNBC Host Katina Forte Marks The Latest To Exit Home Shopping Network

July 19, 2012

The hits keep coming at ShopNBC — as in hosts making abrupt exits. The latest one is Katina Forte.

One of our dedicated readers tipped us off Wednesday that Forte was gone. ShopNBC had posted the news on Facebook.

“Katina Forte is no longer with ShopNBC,” the network posted.”We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”

Former ShopNBC host Katina Forte

This exit comes just weeks after host Shawn Wilsie’s departure in June.

Forte seemed to be happy about leaving.

On Tuesday she posted on Facebook, “This is one of the happiest days of my life! I am so excited about what’s next! My dreams are coming true! Thanks for the love. You will be missed.”

Forte’s fans were not happy campers, however, and several mentioned on Facebook the abrupt exit a few years ago of host Charla Rines, who was very popular.

“This station only hires vapid hosts,” one person posted on ShopNBC’s wall.

“If you are let Katina go to make room for Charla, I’d learn to be OK with that,” another posted,

“Katina, head over to QVC,” wrote another.

“Kat got a better offer don’t worry about her,” posted another.

“What a scummy operation. Just carnival barkers and snake oil salesmen left, with the exception of two or three,” added another.

“First Charla, then Shawn, now Katina. Are you nuts? Good luck Katina,” posted another.

Thanks, Big Spenders, For ‘Gifting’ Us With A $24,000 Tanzanite Stone From Jewelry Television

December 16, 2011

For those who have been wondering what to get The Homeshoppingista for Christmas, here it is: A $23,767 tanzanite stone.

We saw this 32-carat beauty last night at some ungodly hour on Jewelry Television. At first we thought we were seeing things when we got a gander at the price onscreen for this loose gemstone.

We guess it is part of the Hidden Tanzanite Reserve that JTV has been touting. But why would anyone buy a gem like this, for the price of a car, without seeing it in person? Better yet, who has $24,000 to buy a gem?

It is a rectangular cushion cut, and has the gorgeous deep blue-purplish color of high quality tanzanite, for sure. But $24,000?

This is one of the highest-priced items we have ever seen on a home shopping network. The only thing that may have rivaled it in the past were some of Sonia Bitton’s one-of-a-kind diamond rings on ShopNBC, when she was doing diamonds, not CZ, and Charla Rines was still a host.

There’s a lot going on down in Knoxville. The network will be “introducing a new garnet with a beautiful color shift–Masasi Bordeaux Garnet,” according to its Facebook page.

Apparently, it “color changes from a honeyish salmon color to a sparkling Bordeaux. And it’s called Masasi because it comes from the same region as our now legendary Masasi Blue Color Change Garnet.”

JTV recently posted that it was also shooting a new branding campaign, and the photo of the shoot had an African-American model in it. That’s the first person of color we’ve seen even vaguely associated with this almost-all-blonde network.

ShopNBC Vets Charla Rines And Jim Skelton Land On Dish Network, DirecTV With Watch Show

September 21, 2011

Sassy former ShopNBC host Charla Rines, who was unceremoniously dumped by the home shopping network, is now working with another refugee from the Minnesota, Jim Skelton.

Rines, who is now in Florida, advised fans of her new gig on Facebook. She’s doing a show, “World of Watches,” with Skelton that airs on Dish Network, Charlie Ergen’s fiefdom, and DirecTV.

Watch Charla on World of Watches

Here is her post:

hi folks, again & again i ask forgiveness for not being on facebook regularly. i’m having a ball on lior is amazing. now on air with skelton. kick me! he’s funny & knows his stuff too! love miami. it’s cooled down a bit (thank goodness). met some incredible people here. my daughter is working & going to school. love that kid. mr. cheeks is enjoying having madison’s two cats @ the house (kidding). what else to say? join us on direct & dish sat/sun 6-9pm. the deals are fab!

Much luck Charla.

Catch Former ShopNBC Host Charla Rines This Weekend On DirecTV

February 18, 2011

Former ShopNBC host Charla Rines has popped up again.

The spike-haired blonde, who was let go a year ago from the Minneapolis-based home shopping network, posted on her Facebook page that she will be appearing on DirecTV with a watch show this weekend.

“Hi there ladies and gents!,” she posted. “Haven’t been in touch in a while, sorry! i’ll see you this sat & sun nights 6-9 pm east on world of watches, direct tv 227, with lior. lior has a great line-up and great pricing. should be fun. not sure if they’re live streaming on the web. but when i find out i’ll let you know. miss you all. see you soon!”

Whadup With Startup EmVee TV? Is It Out Of The Home Shopping Game?

December 13, 2010

Whadup with EmVeeTV? Is it kaput?

One of our astute readers said that she couldn’t find the “boutique” home shopping network on her channel lineup any more, and that its website was down.

We went to the site outselves, and it said, “We apologize but our ecommerce site is currently unavailable. For customer service questions, please call 877-752-8103.”

We called that number at least a half dozen times, and the line was always busy.

EmVee TV debuted in January with carriage on the nation’s two major DBS providers, DirecTV and Dish Network.

At the time the network, based in Clearwater, Fla., described itself thus:

EmVee TV is a “boutique” home shopping network focusing on the sale of quality products that are unique, available in limited quantity or offered exclusively by Emvee TV, via television and On January 9th, 2010, EmVee TV began broadcasting to over 32 million homes on DirecTV and Dish Network and a 25 year old dream of founders, Mark Brown and Rebecca Moore came true. Mark and Rebecca have worked for and with the largest home shopping networks…

We used to cover DBS, and we have a call in to DirecTV to find up what if in fact EmVee TV is gone.

The network was profiled in the St. Petersburg Times in September. It was a glowing story about how well EmVee TV was doing, and had interviews with a backer who anted up $2 million for it. EmVee TV claimed that it was halfway to its goal of racking up $8 million in first-year sales.

We also believe that ShopNBC exile Charla Rines appeared on EmVee TV this year.

Former ShopNBC Host Charla Rines Is Pitching For Minnesota Jewelry Shop

December 2, 2010

Popular former ShopNBC host Charla Rines has picked up a gig pitching diamond earrings for a local jewelry store in Minnetonka, Minn. We say more power to her.

Rines, whose apparent layoff from the home shopping network earlier this year had her many fans in a rage, said on Facebook Wednesday that she is doing some work for Evergreene Jewelers.

“Hey Everyone – check out this fabulous pair of inside out diamond hoops!,” Rines posted. “I’m proudly associated with Evergreene Jewelers, and the best news is that they ship nationwide! These stunning hoops are the perfect gift for you! Call and speak with Liz to order yours!”

Also posted was a video of Rines, still sporting her trademark spikey short blond hairdo, at the jewelry shop. Rines talks to the owner, Liz, and hawks a pair of 1 1/4 carat inside-out diamond hoops, GH SI, selling for $1,950, down from $2,250.

The owner is throwing in a pair of cubic zirconia earrings and a jewelry travel pouch.

Ex-ShopNBC Host Charla Rines Does Stint On Australia’s TVSN For Isomers

September 22, 2010

Former ShopNBC host Charla Rines, who did duty at EmVee TV a few months ago, has another new gig.

On her Facebook page Tuesday Rines wrote, “Getting ready for my first show on TVSN in Australia as the Isomers spokesperson! Tune in at 8:30 eastern —”

Isomers is an anti-aging line that Rines often did presentations on when she was on financially ailing ShopNBC, which unceremoniously canned her early this year.

By the way, Rines had told us that she auditioned for this season’s “The Apprentice,” which features professionals who got laid off as part of the recession (we should have auditioned for that show, too). We think she would have been great.

High-End Jewelry Designer Sonia Bitton Returns To ShopNBC — Hawking Cubic Zirconia

June 28, 2010

Well, luxury jewelry designer Sonia Bitton is back on ShopNBC — selling a line that’s in sterlng silver and cubic zirconia!

French Bitton, who once brought ShopNBC glorious pieces that were thousands of dollars — with high grade diamonds and set in gold — now has the Sonia Bitton for Brilliante Collection on the No. 3 home shopping network.

Brilliante is ShopNBC’s simulated diamond line, i.e. cubic zirconia, the item that gave home shopping a bad rap. QVC’s brand name for this fake bling is Diamonique, while HSN calls its Absolute.

Exiled ShopNBC host Charla Rines was a huge fan of Bitton’s work, and always wore one of her huge diamond rings on-air.

But when Rines got the boot in January, Bitton became MIA from ShopNBC, too. We believe Rines was working with Bitton at an Australian home shopping channel for a bit earlier this year.

This is all part of the de-evolution of ShopNBC, which once targeted affluent customsers with high-end jewelry.

IndieShop Lands A Wall Street Journal Puff Piece, Written By Christie Brinkley (Not), Who Is Coming To QVC

June 17, 2010

Christie Brinkley isn't writing for The Journal, but she is coming to QVC

IndieShop, the new home shopping network that will feature independent designers, got a big plug in The Wall Street Journal Thursday. Kudos to Trylon Communications, IndieShop’s PR firm.

The network, which will be cobbled together with paid programming purchased on cable networks across the country, was featured in the lead story of The Journal’s “Style” section, in a feature headlined “Crafts, Clothes and Clout.”

We misread the byline when we first read it, and thought times were so tough for model/divorcee Christie Brinkley that she was now freelancing for The Journal. But the writer was actually Christina Binkley. We need our contact lens cleaned.

Brinkley, however, does have a home shopping connection: She is bringing her jewelry line, already sold on Ross-Simons, to QVC.

Anyway, The Journal credits Melissa Perrucci, 42, a former Time Warner executive, with being the founder of IndieShop.

Former ShopNBC host Charla Rines said on Facebook that she’s about to land a job on a start-up network that sells luxury items. If it’s not EmVee TV, as we believe it is, maybe it’s IndieShop.

Ex-ShopNBC Host Charla Rines Says She’s Close To New Job At A Start-Up: Is It EmVee TV?

June 17, 2010

This mug may be back on the air soon

Loyal fans of former ShopNBC host Charla Rines, you may be seeing her back on the air soon — apparently selling high-end goods.

Rines, who was let go by ShopNBC in January, wrote on Facebook Wednesday that she may close to a deal for a new gig.

“Well, I’m close to putting my mug back on air at a small start-up,” she wrote. “If I can make this happen you ladies will have your luxury product back big time. all prayers welcome!!!”

One of our astute readers suggested that Rines may be heading to EmVee TV, which describes itself as “a boutique shopping channel.” It’s available on DirecTV and Dish Network. Former ShopNBC vendors the Ramseys are already on EmVee TV.

Here’s how the network describes itself:

EmVee TV is a “boutique” home shopping network focusing on the sale of quality products that are unique, available in limited quantity or offered exclusively by Emvee TV, via television and On January 9th, 2010, EmVee TV began broadcasting to over 32 million homes on DirecTV and Dish Network and a 25 year old dream of founders, Mark Brown and Rebecca Moore came true. Mark and Rebecca have worked for and with the largest home shopping networks…

Rines’s fans have been quite vocal about ShopNBC’s change in strategy, and they’re not very happy about the network moving away from peddling high-end jewelry to food, housewares, etc.

In a footnote to her Facebook post, Rines added, “Wow,this unemployment has got me cooking edible food. Madison and boyfriend are even eating my meals. I’m especially proud of my Chicken Kiev!”

Well Charla, unemployment hasn’t helped our cooking skills at all.