My New Favorite Reality Show — Animal Cribs

It all started with an invite to a goat yoga party in Griffith Park. There I met the fabulous folks from Party Goats LA, and given a sneak peek at what would be in store in their episode of Animal Cribs, in which Antonio Ballatore and his crew build them a veritable goat palace. I became a big fan of those goats and of the show. Now in its second season, Animal Cribs follows Ballatore as he builds a variety of animal accommodations, including a den for dragons (of the bearded variety) and a bedroom for horses (so they wouldn't demand to sleep in their owner's bedroom—long story). I was fortunate enough to chat with him and get some tips for building your own critter creations. Check them out here.  

What Do THIS IS US and THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL Have in Common?

Randall, apparently. Sterling K. Brown just announced that he will be added to Season Three of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, taking on a role especially written for him. That should be interesting. Brown is known for his low and slow, deliberate delivery, while Midge belts it out a mile a minute. But as you recall, when last we saw the Mrs., she was ready to go on tour as the opener for a Johnny Mathis-type crooner, so who knows? It might be a good fit. Can't wait to find out. See the announcement on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwSKW3UhD9h/

Go JoJo — The Bachelorette is Now Doing Renos on CNBC…But Wait! There’s More!

CNBC unveiled a summer slate that includes “Real Estate Thursdays,” so guess where my recorder will be set? Premiering Thursday, July 25 at 9pm is Cash Pad starring Bachelorette couple-turned-home flippers JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers. In this eight episode series, the they'll partner with homeowners in Dallas, Austin, and Phoenix who are in serious need of extra income and hoping to turn their properties into thriving short-term rentals.  Whether they’re transforming a decrepit shipping container, a rundown airstream, or a garage in disrepair, JoJo and Jordan are up for the task of creating one-of-a-kind vacation hot-spots that will provide a life-changing financial boost for their homeowner partners. Next up is Listing Impossible, bowing Thursday, July 25 at 10pm. This should be a good one: When L.A.’s wealthiest put their multi-million dollar properties up for sale, they sometimes learn that the house of their dreams… isn’t anyone else’s. And as a result their very, um, unique creations can end up sitting on the market for years. That’s where superstar real estate agent Aaron Kirman and his team come in. To fix up the homes and attract the right buyers, they’ll need to tell these owners the cold, hard truth – something the rich and powerful don’t always like to hear. Here's a preview of these shows and more that CNBC will be running this summer: https://youtu.be/OyHiEOvQcF0

Now That Disney’s Announced Its Streaming Service, What’s a Viewer to Do?

I don't know about you, but my head is spinning with the myriad streaming services about to come online. If you want to see the best shows out there now, you already need to subscribe to Hulu, Amazon, Netflix and CBS All Access. Then my head almost exploded when Apple announced its forthcoming lineup—we'll soon be adding that to our lists. And then Disney comes up a new streamer carrying an irresistible list of content, all for just $6.99 per month. It's a deal, especially since they're gradually removing most Disney shows and movies from the other streamers. But damn! Add cable charges for HBO, Showtime and Starz, not to mention the time it takes to keep up with all these great shows, and you get dizzy (and broke). I understand there can never be too many options. I'm just saying that I'm going to have to resign myself to not seeing all the fabulous shows everyone's talking about. I'm resigning myself to a major case of FOMO. Anyone got a cure?

Castles! Getcher GAME OF THRONES Worthy Castles Right Here!

Did you know pundits are actually predicting that box-office numbers will be down this weekend because so many people will be staying home on Sunday night to watch the first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones? To up that game a bit, I've scoured the Realtor.com kingdom to find you 10 of the fairest castles in the land. Who knew there were so many elaborate, castle-style homes out there, and that they'd all be for sale at once? You must see them to believe them. The one below, for example, is not in Westeros, but in Texas. Definitely not the same difference. Click here to see the rest. Game of Thrones worthy castles

Can Sutton Foster Keep Getting YOUNGER?

I absolutely adore the TV Land series Younger, but I never imagined it could last so many seasons! The sixth is set to premiere on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 pm.
I'm well aware that the Darren Star show has been the #1 series on ad-supported cable for two consecutive years among women 18-49 and 25-54, but uber talented Sutton Foster is now 44, and while she's gorgeous, when the show started out she was playing about 10 years younger. Now it's almost 15, and the premise is being stretched just a little bit thin.
If the show keeps going after this season, I predict they'll bring in someone else to play the millennial imposter, and Foster will embrace her character's age. Any other options?

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Gets a Sophomore Season

If you're up for something wild, wacky and well produced, tune into superhero saga The Umbrella Academy on Netflix. And if you're bummed after you're done binging that it's all come to an end, fear not! Netflix has just renewed the series for a second season, and all your faves, including Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin Min, have signed on to return.

What's it all about? Here's the scoop:

On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by a billionaire who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his "children" to save the world. All grown up now, they family reconnects to sort out their differences and see that mankind abides.

Find out more at Netflix.com.

The Umbrella Academy

The Queen of Everything? Kelly Clarkson’s Talk Show is Sold in Almost All US Markets

Looks like it's going to be all Kelly Clarkson, all the time, everywhere. The country crooner's newly announced nationally syndicated daytime program The Kelly Clarkson Show has been sold in 99 percent of the US prior to its September 9 premiere. The show hosted by the Grammy-winning artist who got her start on American Idol, has been sold to more than 200 stations, including those in the top 165 markets.
The show will be produced and taped in front of a live audience on the Universal Studios lot in LA., after she's done judging The Voice. Whatever she's drinking, I'd like a glass!

Kathie Lee Gifford On Saying So Long

"I realized just recently that I'm in a state where I never dreamed I'd be. I'm a widow, I'm an orphan and I'm an empty nester and that just hit me like a ton of bricks. For the first time in my life, I have the time and the means to go and do anything I want to do." — Kathie Lee Gifford, on leaving Today.
Wow! That's excruciatingly honest! We wish you all the best, Kathie Lee! Time to go and do and say whatever you damn well please!
Find out more about what she told Jimmy Kimmel on the The Tonight Show about embarking on a new career at HollywoodReporter.com.

New Dark Girlfriend Comedy on Netflix Alert!

Watch the trailer (below) and you too will be intrigued by the all-new Netflix Original Series, Dead to Me, starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini launching globally on Friday, May 3rd. It's a dark comedy in which Jen (Applegate) is a sardonic widow determined to solve her husband’s recent hit-and-run murder. Judy (Cardellini) is an optimistic free spirit who’s recently suffered her own tragic loss. When the two women meet at a support group, they become unlikely friends despite their polar-opposite personalities. But as they bond over bottles of wine, Entenmann’s cookies and a shared affinity for The Facts of Life, Judy desperately tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life as she knows it. Dead to Me, created by Liz Feldman (2 Broke Girls, One Big Happy), is an addictive dark comedy that dives into the painfully unfiltered, weirdly funny waters of grief, loss and forgiveness. Sounds like something I'm going to love, and my husband will leave me to watch or with my girlfriends, over bottles of wine and Entenmann's cookies. See netflix.com/deadtome for more details. https://youtu.be/BwYBw1raC2o

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