Posts Tagged ‘The Venetian’

Brooke Shields’ Mom And Her QVC, HSN Cubic Zirconia

November 17, 2014

Catching up on my blogging here, after a busy week.

First of all, actress/model/New Jersey native Brooke Shields new memoir, “There Was A Little Girl,” has just been released. She spends a good part of it, apparently, talking about her alcoholic mother-manager, the late Teri Shields, who developed dementia and died.


According to Shields, when she went through her mom’s things she discovered a treasure trove of jewelry the woman had ordered from QVC and HSN.

“I have never seen so many cubic zirconia items,” Shields said.

This is her second book. Her first, “Down Came the Rain,” was about postpartum depression, and caused Tom Cruise to have a hissy fit, blasting Shields. He’s not a believer in medications. Our guess is that he has never lived through the agony of clinical depression.

We had a male friend whose friend had dated Shields. That guy says that Shields was the only woman he had ever dated who looked beautiful, without a stitch of makeup, when she woke up in the morning.

Next, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of “Jersey Shore” fame debuted her limited edition wedding fragrance, “Snooki Love,” last week on HSN. Polizzi will soon be wed at the gorgeous Venetian in Garfield. N.J., where our BFF Ann attended a wedding last week.

Next, HSN CEO Mindy Grossman was prominently featured in a Wall Street Journal story with the headline “Female CEOs Make Room for Female Directors.”

And maybe this is old news, but we didn’t know that high-end designer Tory Burch, whose clothes and purses we can’t afford (even discounted at TJ Maxx) is Ellen DeGeneres’s partner on E.D., a line of merchandise that recently premiered on QVC.|dc_29348692860_qvc&|dc_pcrid_29348692860_pkw_qvc_pmt_e&cvo_crid=29348692860&matchtype=e

The New York Times discussed the line, which kicked off with holiday housewares, Sunday in a story headlined “The Goop Effect,” a feature on Gwyneth Paltrow’s much-maligned lifestyle website.

The Goop story had a photo and interviews with Paltrow and Lisa Gersh, Goop’s new CEO. We know Gersh from our years covering the cable TV industry, as she was a co-founder of Oxygen, the women’s network.

Congrats on the new gig, Lisa.

HSN Inks Deal To Telecast Live Concerts From the Venetian In Las Vegas, Baby

January 25, 2013

HSN’s live Michael Bolton concert from Las Vegas isn’t a one-off for that venue, the home shopping network said Friday.

HSN and the Venetian Las Vegas have signed a multi-series concert deal to present “HSN Live From Las Vegas” with a kick-off concert featuring Grammy Award winner Bolton.

As we reported this week, Bolton will debut his newest CD “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A.” during a live performance on HSN with special appearances from such Motown greats as legend Smokey Robinson, Valerie Simpson (Ashford & Simpson), Martha Reeves and many others.

The CD featuring classic Motown hits including duets performed with Kelly Rowland and Melanie Fiona, along with exclusive room packages for The Venetian and The Palazzo and an exclusive six-track bonus CD, “Michael’s Greatest Hits Live,” can all be pre-ordered now at

The Venetian will be a venue for live HSN concerts

The Venetian will be a venue for live HSN concerts

The marketing partnership with The Venetian Las Vegas includes HSN Live concerts scheduled quarterly with various artists from The Venetian Theater and exclusive room packages at The Venetian and The Palazzo for HSN customers via TV, and HSN Mobile.

The HSN Live concert series has featured successful launches from some of the music industry’s biggest artists including Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett and most recently, Josh Groban, who introduced his new CD “All That Echoes” on HSN earlier this month.

“HSN has stepped up and provided exactly what artists and labels are looking for,” Bolton said in a canned statement. “HSN Live is a great platform with a built-in music-loving audience. HSN has delivered for great artists before me like Lionel Richie, Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart, and more and I can’t wait to put on a fantastic show at The Venetian with a tremendous group of amazingly talented artists and friends.”

And HSN corporate stuck its two cents in.

“HSN Live continues to provide its customers with unparalleled live music experiences from some of the music industry’s biggest stars and we are excited to welcome Michael Bolton to the HSN Live stage,” said Andy Sheldon, HSN’s executive vice president of television, live events and creative.

“We have seen tremendous success with our HSN Live concert series and are ready to take this innovative new music platform to new heights with our partnership with The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and there is no better place for live music than at these two amazing resort hotels.”

Bolton is hawking what we hope will be a juicy memoir

Bolton is hawking what we hope will be a juicy memoir

During Bolton’s concert, some of the additional Motown stars confirmed to perform or appear during the broadcast are Lamont Dozier, Brian and Edward Holland, along with acclaimed R&B artist Melanie Fiona, Orianthi and many surprise guests. The Motown Museum will be a benefactor of the event.

“We are proud to welcome Michael Bolton to The Venetian Theatre, which is home to some of the biggest names in music,” said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo.

“HSN’s customers will visit The Venetian and The Palazzo during a noteworthy year for us — a year of exciting new entertainment options, and new shows in every one of our four theater venues. Special events such as this prove that The Venetian and The Palazzo continue to be the center of attention on the Las Vegas Strip.”

Bolton is also releasing his autobiography, “The Soul of it All: My Music My Life” (Center Street/Hachette Book Group) thus month.

“Bolton offers a backstage pass into a fascinating life journey from anonymity to a world-renowned music career,” HSN said in its press release.

The hell with that! We hope there’s some good dirt about his sex life.

To support the release of the book and new album, Bolton will be making several television appearances including “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Rhe Today Show,” “Katie,” “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”

Bolton will also appear at The GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 12 for its “An Evening With…” series where he’ll discuss his long career, read excerpts from hia book and perform selections from the new album.

HSN customers will have the opportunity to pre-order a special two-disc set for $14.95, which includes his new release “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A.” and the HSN exclusive disc “Michael’s Greatest Hits Live,” featuring live versions of some of his biggest hits.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A. Track List:

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (featuring Kelly Rowland)
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (featuring Melanie Fiona)
Gotta Keep Dreamin’
Nowhere to Run
The Way You Do The Things You Do
You Keep Me Hanging On
What’s Going On
Tracks Of My Tears
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)

Michael’s Greatest Hits Live Bonus CD Track List:

Said I Loved You But I Lied (Reggae Version)
How Can We Be Lovers
Steel Bars
Time Love and Tenderness
How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
(Sittin On The) Dock Of The Bay