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Style Greenlights New Reality Series 'Too Fat for 15'

by Rich Keller, posted May 26th 2010 11:40AM
Style picks up a new weight-loss docuseries called 'Too Fat for 15'In an effort to further diversity its original programming content, the Comcast-owned Style Network has ordered a new docu-series that focuses attention on the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S.

According to Live Feed, 'Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back' will profile five extremely overweight children -- four teens and one preteen -- who attend Wellspring Academy, a weight-loss boarding school in North Carolina. Inspired by a documentary on Wellspring that aired on the network last year, the series will follow the kids, as well as their parents, as they go through the ups and downs of losing weight and living healthier lifestyles.

The addition of 'Too Fat for 15' is another entry in the growing trend of weight-issue series. The reality series 'Ruby,' which also airs on Style, focuses on the weight-loss challenges of Ruby Gettinger. The new series 'What's Eating You?,' which airs on Style's sister station E!, will focus on extreme eating disorders.

'Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back' will premiere on Style in August.

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Mel B Gets Her Own Show on Style Network

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 21st 2010 10:20AM

Melanie BrownFormer Spice Girl Melanie Brown has landed her own reality TV show on the Style Network. Billed as a "docu-comedy" the show, provisionally entitled 'The Mel B Project,' will follow her day-to-day life with second husband, producer Stephen Belafonte, and her two children from previous relationships.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Style has initially ordered 10 episodes of the show, which will start airing in the US in September. Salaam Coleman Smith, President of Style Network, described their latest reality star as "confident, hilarious, and outrageously entertaining."

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Teresa Fails to Make a Client's Hair Big on 'Jerseylicious' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 22nd 2010 12:30PM
JerseyliciousResidents of New Jersey know a thing or two about big hair, well, except for Teresa on 'Jerseylicious' (Sun., 10PM on STYL).

During the opening day of the salon, Teresa really annoys a customer. First, she used cold water to wash the client's hair, then she gabbed the woman's ear off and to top it off, she couldn't get the client's hair to the desired volume.

When the other staffers tried to smooth things over with the client by offering a gift card, the woman refused. We know she'll be going elsewhere to get her hair to the proper New Jersey proportions.

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Katie's got a new haircut; does it matter?

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 6th 2008 2:31PM
KatieEarlier this week, I was watching the CBS Evening News while I was at the keyboard. That means I wasn't really watching the TV screen; I was listening to the tube while working on the Mac. Therefore, I didn't even notice that Katie Couric had a new haircut. Then, from the other room, my husband called to me and asked what I thought. "Thought about what?" I answered.

That was how I heard the "big" news that CBS anchor Katie Couric has a new look. Really, what does it matter? Why should it matter? She's presenting the news, not selling hair gel or mousse, right?

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Style gives weight loss the spotlight in new series

by Erin Martell, posted May 22nd 2008 9:22AM
Style NetworkThe Style Network is taking on obesity issues with its newest reality series. The channel behind reality shows like Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane just ordered episodes of a new series called Ruby. Ruby will tell the story of Ruby Gettinger, an obese woman from Georgia, as she attempts to lose weight. Gettinger weighs five hundred pounds and is under doctor's orders to lose a significant amount of weight.

Actress Brittany Daniel, a personal friend of Gettinger's, will act as the show's consulting executive producer. She is also going to appear on the show occasionally. Style has ordered nine episodes of Ruby, a one-hour premiere and eight half-hour episodes. The reality series will air this fall.

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Style stages a Pantry Raid

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 21st 2007 5:41PM

canned foodI don't cook much, choosing to eat all of my food frozen, but I like the idea of Pantry Raid, a new series on the Style network debuting August 29 at 9:00 p.m.

Chef Michael Schulson will go into a person's house and try to whip up a meal using only food found in that person's pantry. As a bachelor who is slowly but surely learning how to make meals that don't require reading instructions on the back of a box, I find the idea appealing. Can you make something out of applesauce, hominy, pumpkin pie filling and rat poison? Because that's pretty much what's in my pantry.

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Goodbye Queer Eye

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 12th 2007 6:45PM

Queer EyeQueer Eye For The Straight Guy, the once hugely popular makeover show on Bravo, has been canceled by the network. The series will have one last season coming up (titled Queer Eye: The Final Season). Design guru Thom Felicia gets his own show on the Style Network later this year.

This isn't a big surprise. Not only had ratings been dropping the last couple of years but the "buzz" that this show once had vanished completely. Personally, I got sick of all the "theme" blocks of episodes they did, like when the went to other areas of the country or did weddings. Nothing bores me more than planning a wedding, which I'm sure will thrill my fiancee in the future.

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Good book: Cartoon Modern

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 4th 2006 3:01PM
fred flintstoneSometime ago I had a brief e-mail confab with Amid Amidi, a cartoon historian and writer who also worked for Spumco, John K's animation studio. We talked about a book he was working on titled Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation. That book is now available for purchase, and I recommend it to anyone interested in this particular era of animation and design. The book is filled with wonderful production stills and sketches from the television age, and Amidi goes into great details about the production studios (Hanna Barbera, Terrytoons, etc.) as well as all the great artists of that era who took a new direction from the animated images of the 30s and 40s and introduced a brand new modern aesthetic: Tom Oreb, Maurice Nobel, and the recently deceased Ed Benedict, who was able to create distinct characters for Hanna Barbera on a low budget that are still admired today. Amidi also has a Web site called Cartoon Modern, and he runs the Cartoon Brew site with fellow animation buff Jerry Beck.

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What Tiny Toons (didn't) teach us

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 21st 2006 12:32PM

hampton pigWhen a character is created for an animated series, it usually goes through several changes. Like any work of art, it takes several drafts before something is created that really works. In animation this is especially true, since the character most not only look good, but also be drawn in a way that allows optimum movement and flexibility. Sometimes characters actually change right before our eyes. The Bugs Bunny we recognize today looks nothing like he did when the character that would eventually evolve into him first appeared in the late 1930s. When Porky Pig first appeared in 1935's "I Haven't Got A Hat" he was positively gargantuan and rather grotesque compared to his thinner future self.

Animator Jeff Pidgeon wrote on his blog about working on Tiny Toons and coming up with the design of Hampton Pig. Apparently no one could come up with a design that executive producer Steven Spielberg liked, so a contest was held and Pidgeon's design found favor with Spielberg. However, his fellow animators didn't like the design because Hampton's body was too squat and difficult to pose and animate.

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