February 15, 2004 |
On UPN's competition series "America's Next Top Model," supermodel Tyra Banks is partly responsible for bestowing instant cover girl validity on a woman she and a panel of judges believe is worthy of fame and fortune in the glitzy world of beauty sales, runway domination and photographic notoriety. But the show, now in its second hit season, has been a source of newfound legitimacy for the 30-year-old Banks as well, since she's its creator and executive producer. It's part of a long-standing strategy of Banks' -- along with charity work and occasional acting forays -- to be more than just your average Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and Victoria's Secret catalog icon.
March 24, 2010
SERIES America's Next Top Model: The contestants take part in a dance-inspired photo shoot that challenges them to pose while simulating dance. Scott Patterson joins the judging panel and Season 3 contestant Toccara Jones tests the contestants' fashion knowledge. (8 p.m. KTLA). Great Performances: The new episode "Dance in America: NY Export: Opus Jazz," features 16 city kids portraying the New York youth experience, based on Jerome Robbins' "ballet in sneakers" (8 p.m. KCET)
August 1, 2012 |
Vanity Fair named the Duchess of Cambridge to the top of its international best-dressed list -- and is featuring her on the cover of its September issue. No, she didn't pose. The magazine is using a photo snapped at the 2011 BAFTA Brits to Watch gala. [Vanity Fair] Others on the list included Prince Harry, Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco, Colin and Livia Firth, Stella McCartney, Bill Cunningham and Jessica Chastain, among others. [Styleite] Then there's Vogue's best-dressed list for last week, which included Cate Blanchett, the Duchess of Cambridge, Samantha Cameron and Solange Knowles.
June 11, 2008
AT THE Envelope and, indeed, the Los Angeles Times, we love television so much that we track its every move. When shows peak and plummet, when they inspire and when they disappoint, we chronicle their progress. We love them all -- dramas, comedies, reality TV . . . ah, reality TV. That's where our passions really flare, and where the arguments can get ugly (in a good way). Here, some of our Show Trackers defend their favorites against the competition in our first Envelope Reality TV Smackdown.
June 17, 2010
Even though reality shows dominate prime-time TV, they have a relatively small presence at the Emmys. Programs are divided into one category for competitive shows, another for non-competitive, plus there's a race for hosts. Separately, there are nonfiction categories for series and specials more like documentaries. REALITY / COMPETITION SHOW Front-runners "The Amazing Race," CBS "American Idol," Fox "America's Next Top Model," CW "Celebrity Apprentice," NBC "Dancing With the Stars," ABC "Project Runway," Lifetime "So You Think You Can Dance," Fox "Survivor," CBS "Top Chef," Bravo Spotlight: For seven years, "Amazing Race" has zoomed past TV's top-rated show in this award race.
September 4, 2008 |
To build anticipation for its new spinoff of the teen soap "Beverly Hills, 90210," the CW kept a tight lid on preview copies and rolled out the show right after Labor Day, on a night with light competition. Both steps look pretty smart right now. Tuesday night's two-hour premiere of "90210" gave the struggling CW some of its best ratings ever, with an average of 4.9 million viewers, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. "90210," which follows new characters alongside such regulars from the old series as played by Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty, gave the CW its highest-rated night for a scripted series in the key demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds, with a 2.6 rating / 7 share.