Four-time Oscar nominated actress Marsha Mason stops by to share stories of her incredible career and offer invaluable acting advice, and to tell us about her line of natural products called Resting in the River. Lisa Joyner and Chris Jacobs, host of TLC’s Long Lost Family join us to talk about the joy of reuniting adopted individuals with their biological family members, and their special connection to show, having both been adopted themselves. Finally, Dr. Robert Huzienga discusses his famous clients such as OJ Simpson and how concussions may have figured into his defense 20 years ago, Charlie Sheen and HIV awareness, and the work he does for contestants on The Biggest Loser.
Marilu talks with Jillian Rose Reed and Beau Mirchoff about the 5th and final season of their hit MTV show “Awkward“, as well as their new individual projects. Financial coach Chris Hogan stops by with tips to help improve your wealth, and to discuss his new book, “Retire Inspired“. Also, metaphysician and astrologer Sloan Bella joins us to talk about connecting with those who have passed on, and shares what’s in store for Marilu’s career this year.
Actor Jay R. Ferguson joins us to talk about his new hit show on ABC, “The Real O’Neals” and how it’s pushing the envelope of network television. Marilu and Jay also reminisce about working together on “Evening Shade” playing mother and son. Top 40 recording artist Lizzie Sider stops by to talk about her non-profit organization, “Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day” and her work as an anti-bullying advocate. Finally, Michael Damian gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his new film, “High Strung“, which is available for pre-order now on iTunes.
Marilu speaks with actor Richard Schiff and his wife Sheila Kelley, Founder of the S Factor. Richard and Sheila talk about how they met and have stayed together for 26 years, as well as Richard’s standout roles on shows like ”The West Wing” and DirecTV‘s “Rogue”. Donovan Green, celebrity fitness trainer and author of “No Excuses Fitness” joins us to talk about his new Chair Workouts app, designed to keep you fit by doing short, 60-second workouts. And ”Happy Days” alum Anson Williams stops by to talk about the iconic sitcom, how he scored the role of Potsie, and his latest project, “The Perfect Portion Cookbook“.
Marilu speaks with Captains Wild Bill Wichrowski and Keith Colburn about the new season of Discovery’s Emmy-winning show, “Deadliest Catch“, and what life at sea is really like. Talented author Patti Davis stops by to talk about her new novel, “The Earth Breaks in Colors“. She also shares how she felt when her father, Ronald Reagan, moved into the White House. Finally, David Michaels, Senior Vice President of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and Executive Producer of the Daytime Emmy Awards, gives us a backstage pass to what goes on behind the scenes of the ceremony, and a preview of what we might see this year.
Marilu speaks with actor turned filmmaker Alex Winter about his Kickstarter campaign to help save Frank Zappa’s legendary archives and make the definitive documentary about his life. Alex also discusses his popular films “Downloaded” and “Deep Web”, available now on iTunes and Hulu. Talented actress and writer Illeana Douglas stops by to share her unique stories of Hollywood, including how “Easy Rider” literally changed her life, why she went to a screening of “The Graduate” to meet Mike Nichols, and her $20,000 mistake on the set of “Goodfellas”. Finally, actor Dale Godboldo joins us to discuss his role in the popular TV show, “The People v. O.J. Simpson“, how cast members really feel about the verdict, and his legacy as the oldest Mouseketeer in Disney history.
In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae Drake was arranging movie outings for all her friends, she picked the movie. Through the years studying film at the University of Texas at Austin, being honored by Sundance and the Director’s Guild of America, and working as a filmmaker in Los Angeles, she realized how terrible she was at keeping her opinions to herself. The Popcorn Mafia podcast was born, and led to her becoming CNN’s movie critic. She also has dished the dirt with stars on HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, Fox News, G4’s Attack of the Show, and is a regular at the TV Guide Network and the Reelz Channel. Her passionate thoughts can also be heard on terrestrial radio all over North America. And just to note, she still won’t let other people pick the movies.
Jennifer Williams was raised in South Orange, NJ, an upscale suburb just outside of New York city. Jennifer attended the university of Maryland and Fairleigh Dickerson university and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After graduating, Jennifer married NBA star, Eric Williams, and became a basketball wife.
Growing up Jennifer always dreamed of traveling the world and being an entrepreneur. Jennifer obtained her real estate license in 2005 and sold high-end property in New Jersey for several
Years. Jennifer is a principal owner of Flirty Girl Fitness, an upscale women’s studio with locations in Toronto and Chicago. Feeling the need to give back, Jennifer also co-founded project Save the World. This charity supports many different causes such as breast cancer, youth violence and most recently the devastating effects of the earthquake in Haiti. The goal of project Save the World is to save the world one mission at a time.
On the celebrity front, Jennifer was on four seasons of VH1’s “Basketball Wives”. The series offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous life of being the wife of a former NBA star, and at the same time the challenges that go along with it. Since airing in 2010, “Basketball Wives” has been one of the highest rated programs on VH1. Her love for the camera has propelled Jennifer into pursing acting and hosting as well. Jennifer is currently one of the co-hosts on “Just Saying” Fridays at 7 pm est on Black Hollywood Live. On the acting front, Jennifer has studied with Tracey Moore, Marishka Phillips and presently Tasha Smith. She recently appeared in “Forty to Life” with Leon Robinson and “The Choir Director” written by NY Times bestseller, Carl Weber. Jennifer will also appear in the much anticipated feature film, “Supermodel”, about the struggles of minorities in the fashion industry which premieres at the American Black Film Festival in June 2015. She has taken on theatre as well appearing in the stage play, “The Other Side of The Pillow” written by Zane who is a NY Times bestseller also. Next up for Jennifer is a new reality series on TVOne, titled “The Next 15” executive produced by Carlos King.
Jennifer is recently divorced from NBA star, Eric Williams. But despite the personal setback, Jennifer is looking forward to a bright future in her business endeavors and career path.
Alex Winter entered show business as a child actor on Broadway and came to prominence in movies such as Warner Bros’ hit THE LOST BOYS and the wildly popular BILL AND TED franchise. Winter has directed narrative features FREAKED for 20th Century Fox; FEVER, for Lionsgate, which screened at Cannes; and SMOSH: THE MOVIE, which opened in 2015 as the #1 comedy on iTunes. Winter is the recipient of the Charles Guggenheim award for his directing work. Winter’s VH1 Rock Doc DOWNLOADED earned nationwide critical acclaim at theatrical and festival screenings. His recent award-winning documentary DEEP WEB had a critically acclaimed world premiere at SXSW and a broadcast premiere in the U.S. on the Epix network. In September, 2015, it opened as the #1 doc on iTunes.
Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and professor at Harvard Business School. She studies how our body language speaks not just to others, but also to ourselves. Specifically, her research focuses on how adopting powerful, expanse postures (imagine Wonder Woman) helps us to be more present in high-pressure situations, changing our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physiology, and impacting how well – or poorly — we perform in job interviews, difficult conversations, public speeches, etc. Her TED Talk on this topic is the second-most-viewed of all time, at over 31 million views. She was one of Time Magazine’s 2012 “Game Changers”, Business Insider’s 2013 “50 Women Who Are Changing The World”, and in 2014 was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She teaches courses at Harvard on power, influence, and communication. Her book, PRESENCE was released by Little, Brown in December, 2015.
Shelly Peiken is a Grammy-nominated songwriter. She has been a prolific, behind-the-scenes force in the music business for more than two decades. Her songs have sold in excess of 50 million records. She is best known for penning culturally resonant anthems, including Christina Aguilera’s “What a Girl Wants”, Meredith Brooks’s “Bitch”, and songs recorded by Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, the Pretenders, Keith Urban, Cher, the Backstreet Boys, and many others. She lives in Los Angeles.
Ruby Adams (Keenan Kampa) is a dancer from the Midwest with a scholarship to one of New York’s toughest performing arts schools. Johnnie Blackwell (Nicholas Galitzine) is an aspiring British musician, playing for money on subway platforms. Ruby’s world is classical and disciplined; Johnnie’s is improvisational and street smart. When these two young artists are thrown together, they immediately clash, but neither can deny the sparks that fly between, or their shared ambition of trying to make it in the most competitive city in the world. When Ruby’s scholarship is threatened, and Johnnie suddenly faces deportation, they join forces and enter a contest where winning—or losing– could change their lives forever. With the help of a dynamic dance crew called The SwitchSteps, they prepare to perform in a competition that unites their disparate worlds, and climaxes in an action-packed extravaganza that thrillingly combines hard hitting hip-hop with contemporary and classical dance.
As a filmmaker, Michael Damian has just completed the dance film “High Strung”, which he directed/wrote/produced. He also served as writer/director on the holiday romantic comedy, “A Princess for Christmas”, which starred Sir Roger Moore and Sam Heughan (Outlander) and was released by Lionsgate. Damian directed three films for 20th Century Fox: “Flicka 2” starring Clint Black, “Marley & Me: The Puppy Years” (which he also wrote), and “Flicka: Country Pride”. He directed, wrote and produced the feature film “Moondance Alexander”, which was also released by 20thCentury Fox. Prior to his recent work, Damian co-wrote, directed and produced the indie crime comedy, “Hot Tamale”, and television pilot “Red Eye” for France’s TF1 network.
Damian has enjoyed a prolific on-camera career and is most widely known for his 18-year run as Danny Romalotti on the number one-rated daytime television drama, “The Young and the Restless”. On the stage front, Damian starred as “Joseph” in the popular Broadway production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, which broke box office records in both Los Angeles and on Broadway and earned Damian a Grammy nomination. In addition to his Broadway career, Damian has released five albums and has had eight Top 40 hits including the number one single “Rock On”, which earned him gold records worldwide. Damian won the BMI Song-writing Award for his hit single, “Was It Nothing At All” and also has written and produced soundtracks for “Flicka 2” and “Flicka: Country Pride”, “Marley & Me: The Puppy Years”, and “A Princess for Christmas”.
Janeen Damian began her career as a classical dancer and at the age of 14, landed a scholarship to Balanchine’s School of American Ballet in New York where she studied for five years while also attending Professional Children’s School. She performed as a soloist with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and as a principle dancer with Mississippi Ballet Theater. She then moved to Los Angeles where she was the youngest dancer cast as a series regular on the Television series “Solid Gold”. She soon became one of Los Angeles’ most working dancers and performed on numerous TV series, movies, music videos and musical specials including The Academy Awards, Grammys, American Music Awards, Happy Birthday Hollywood, Warner Bros. Celebration, and more. Ms. Damian was also the lead dancer in Prince’s “Batdance” video and danced in Michael Jackson’s 3-D musical film Captain EO, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Some of her other on camera credits include the films; “Bugsy”, directed by Barry Levinson, “Annie”, directed by John Huston, “Footloose”, directed by Herbert Ross, and “Basic Instinct”. Ms. Damian also choreographed the TV series, “Party Machine”, as well as serving as its lead dancer and also played the recurring role of “Tiffany” on CBS’, “Capitol”. Ms. Damian then teamed up with her husband and writing/producing partner Michael Damian. They have written and produced 12 films. Some of her credits include the prequel “Marley & Me: The Puppy Years” for 20th Century Fox and the re-launch of the popular Flicka franchise. She also wrote and produced the holiday romantic comedy, “A Princess for Christmas” starring Sam Heughan (Outlander) and Sir Roger Moore, “Love by Design” (starring Jane Seymour), “Sweeter Side of Life” (starring her father James Best, and Kathryn Morris) and “Moondance Alexander”, for which she won Best Screenplay honors at L.A. Femme Film Festival.
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John Schneider has been described as a true Renaissance Man. Whether he’s acting, singing, writing hit songs or great scripts; the gifted storyteller has been entertaining us for 38 years.
John landed his first television role as Bo Duke in 1978 on “Dukes of Hazzard”. While working on the show, he starred in TV movies like “Dream House” and “Happy Endings”. He also played opposite Kirk Douglas on the big screen in “Eddie Macon’s Run”. By the time Dukes was wrapping up in ‘85, Schneider was already on his way to Country Music Stardom. He signed with MCA Records in 1984, and built a catalogue of hits including: “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know”, “Country Girls”, “What’s a Memory Like You”, “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight”, “A Memory Like You” and “At the Sound of the Tone”. Singing never got in the way of acting, as John continued landing movie roles in “Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster”, “Cocaine Wars”, “Stagecoach”, “The Curse”, and “Ministry of Vengeance”.
Throughout the 90s, the performer stayed busy with theatre and television. He was in off-Broadway musicals like “Brigadoon”, “The Will Rogers Follies”, and “The Music Man” He landed TV roles in “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman”, “Burkes Law”, “JAG”, “Walker Texas Ranger”, “Touched by an Angel” and so many other great shows. John was cast in 2001 as Jonathan Kent, father of Clark Kent in “Smallville”. The show continued on the air until 2011, earning John a whole new generation of fans from around the world. In 2013, John’s starring again on a hit TV series. He is Judge Jim Cryer in Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots”. The show continues it’s rating success, as a stand out hit for OWN.
Through all of his success in acting, John’s always had a passion for writing and directing. He’s focused more in recent years, on making his own films. His movie “Smothered”, a comedy horror story, has gotten great reviews. It’s set to be released in limited theatres, DVD and VOD in March 2016. While shooting “Smothered” on location in Holden, Louisiana, John had the idea to establish John Schneider Studios. He then purchased the 58 acres, because he wanted other filmmakers shooting on a budget, to have an opportunity to tell their stories. The location has two soundstages (with more being built), two production houses, an editing bay, theatre, a river, lake, swamp, bamboo forrest and lots more. (A portion of the movie “Hate Crime” was shot here. John stars in the film, and is listed as a producer.) John’s gone on to shoot more of his own movies at the studio, which he’s written and directed, including “Anderson Bench”, “Like Son” and “Inadmissible” and he’ll start on “One Month Out” in May of 2016.10:15AM (PST) – Nancy Jo Sales, author of the book, “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers”
Nancy Jo Sales is an award winning journalist and author who has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, and many other publications. She is known for her reporting on youth culture and for her profiles of pop culture icons. In 2000, she became the editor at Vanity Fair.
Actor, Producer and Philanthropist Dale Godboldo has been working both in front of and behind the camera for over 25 years, and can be seen in his portrayal of ‘Dream Team’ attorney Carl E. Douglas in Ryan Murphy’s highly anticipated FX television series, “American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson”. The series which is garnering attention for its depiction of the most publicized criminal trial in American history, will premiere on February 2, 2016. Douglas, the managing attorney of the Cochran law firm was a popular celebrity attorney and truly believed in Simpson’s innocence and fought passionately in his crusade against the issue of race and the LAPD.
After completing four seasons on the 90’s “All New Mickey Mouse Club” (alongside Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Keri Russell), Dale continued his acting career appearing in a dozen films including Marvel’s “Thor“, “The Sum of All Fears“, “Fame“, the Will Smith produced “Lakeview Terrace“, and the Brad Pitt produced “Year of the Dog“. Dale has also appeared in over 130 episodes of television, with guest star roles on “ER”, “Bones“, and Disney’s hit show “Good Luck Charlie“, and series regular roles opposite Jenny McCarthy on NBC’s “Jenny“, opposite Kristin Chenoweth on NBC’s “Kristin“, and 2 seasons opposite Wanda Sykes and Jurnee Smolette on FOX’s “Wanda At Large“.
As an entrepreneur, Dale has been responsible for structuring millions in entertainment related projects, events, and distribution agreements with SONY, Arista, Lionsgate, Warner Brothers, The Billboard Awards, and Clearchannel. As COO of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, which is joint ventured with the principals of the $2B investment firm Cherokee Investment Partners, Dale is currently Executive Producing the “FLYY GIRL” trilogy of films with Lionsgate/ Codeblack (Starring Sanaa Lathan, penned by the Oscar-winning writer of “Precious”, Geoffrey Fletcher, and Produced by Dear White People’s Effie Brown), and Producing “SUPERSTITION: FINAL CHANCE“ with the creator of the hugely successful “Final Destination” movie franchise. Dale also owns a record label that released Tony Lucca’s (NBC’s “The Voice”) album “Shotgun” via Warner Elektra Atlantic (supported by Kevin Costner, Ryan Seacrest, JC Chasez, and Justin Timberlake). Dale operates his businesses under the brand, Dale Godboldo Enterprises.
Looking for ways to help the next generation reach their dreams, Dale formed the aptly named Always In The Club Foundation in appreciation of the training and mentorship he received as a young man on the Mouse Club. Dale has worked closely in developing programs with US Dream Academy, Arthur Wylie Foundation, Branson Centre Of Entrepreneurship, and Cherokee Gives Back. As part of the Philanthropy United team, Dale has fundraised for Unite4:Humanity and other events with Bill Clinton, Robert DeNiro, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Sean Penn, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charlize Theron, and Halle Berry, among others. Always In The Club recently became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and announced Project:NOW, a non-profit initiative that rapidly addresses the educational needs of at-risk youth in America. Its first fundraiser was held in New York with George W. Bush on September 24, 2014. The evening was hosted by “The Good Wife’s” Chris Noth.
Dale is currently a founding member of CGI LEAD alongside Chelsea Clinton and other accomplished young industry professionals, who are committed to the work of Clinton Global Initiative and mentoring the next generation of leaders. Other charitable activities have included fundraising for Kids In The Spotlight, volunteering for anti-bullying organization, Stand For The Silent, and serving as a judge for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition, where millions of dollars in scholarships have been raised to send outstanding young ladies to college. Dale has been honored by the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals for his work in the community, is a founding board advisor for the official Jamaica Film Festival, and is a lifelong member of Jack and Jill of America.
11:30AM (PST) – Melissa Ambrosini, author of the book, “Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love”
Melissa Ambrosini is an author, entrepreneur, speaker, and self-love teacher. In her signature straight-talking style, Melissa teaches women how to master their inner Mean Girl, smash through limiting beliefs, and ditch the self-doubt so that they can start truly living the life of their dreams. Named a ‘self-help guru’ by Elle Magazine, she is known for her inspirational live events, books, booming online community, her weekly Goddess Groups, game-changing online programs, her guided meditations, and keynote talks. Her mission is to inspire women across the globe to create a heart-centered life that is wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy and bursting with love.
9:30AM (PST) – Jillian Rose Reed & Beau Mirchoff, “Awkward.”
Raised in Northville, Michigan, Jillian Rose Reed was bitten by the acting bug at age seven. She began acting in children’s theater, first starring as Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. By the time she was twelve, she had performed in a total of 27 musicals and plays in her home state of Michigan. Reed later stepped outside of the theater to do commercial work. After shooting an ad for Ford Motor Company, she realized she wanted to pursue acting as a career and made the move to California. Reed acted in California while continuing to travel back and forth to Michigan.
She is best known for playing the sassy and fun-loving Tamara on MTV’s #1 scripted and critically acclaimed series, “Awkward”. Reed’s character stands out with her delivery of witty one-liners. She and the series have been praised by critics and fans alike. Reed was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series and was also named one of Buddy TV’s Best Summer Performances. The series along with the cast was recently nominated for Bingeworthy Television Show at the Young Hollywood Awards, where she was also a presenter. “Awkward.” is also a three time People’s Choice Award nominee, securing nods for both Favorite Dramedy and Favorite Cable TV Comedy, which they won in 2013. The show has been recognized with other accolades including the TV Guide’s Hot List. It has also been featured on numerous “Best of” TV Lists including: Variety, USA Today, Huffington Post, New York Times, and Time, to just name a few. The show is set to return for its anticipated fifth season this year and was recently nominated for a 2015 Teen Choice Award for Choice Favorite TV Comedy.
Though Reed is best known for her role on “Awkward.”, she has made numerous memorable appearances on the small screen. Reed had a recurring role on Showtime’s hit television series “Weeds” as Shane’s dark and rebellious friend, Simone. She has also been seen on popular shows including ABC’s “The Middle”, NBC’s “Community”, HBO’s “Hung”, and most recently Disney’s “Jessie”. These roles have allowed Reed to perfect her comedic chops. She further expanded her repertoire with a large guest role in the Jack Blackhelmed web comedy series “Ghost Ghirls”, as well as a lead in a Funny or Die short with Kurtwood Smith of That 70’s Show, where she showed off her dark comedic talents. Reed has also been generating a lot of buzz with national guest appearances on E! “Fashion Police”, “The Soup”, “Hello Ross”, “On With Mario Lopez”, and “The Arsenio Hall Show”. Things haven’t slowed down for Reed. She recently started production “off the record” on a new show with Maker Studios and Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets. She’ll be diving in headfirst to different aspects of our culture that relate to social issues, activism and gender. Reed is also entering a new phase of her career as she lends her voice to the upcoming Disney Junior series “Elena Of Avalor”. The story centers on Princess Elena of Avalor, a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy-tale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore. In order to make her way back to her rightful throne, Elena needs the help of her best friend, Naomi, played by Reed. The series is a spinoff of “Sofia the First” which has delivered the two highest rated telecasts in cable TV history.
Outside of acting, one of Reed’s biggest passions is giving back. She is a passionate spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association Los Angeles Chapter and was recently named to the Celebrity Cabinet for the national organization. She also serves as the official celebrity spokesperson and producer of Breaking The Chains, a global non-profit artistic-based charity that aims to provide awareness, understanding and support for those affected by eating disorders. The nonprofit personally hits home for her as her older brother lives with Type 1 Diabetes. Reed resides in Burbank, CA and in her spare time enjoys reading, hiking, listening to music, shopping at vintage stores, going out to eat, exploring new places with her friends. Jillian is the older sister to actor Robbie Tucker.
Beau Mirchoff always knew he wanted to be an actor. Born in Seattle, Washington, just two days later, his family moved home to Victoria, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island. Beau started his training as an actor at thirteen years old while living in Vancouver which required for him to take a two hour ferry-boat venture from his home on Vancouver Island to the mainland of British Columbia. He did this every week until moving to Los Angeles in 2009 where Beau began training at the Michael Woolson Studio where he still trains to this day. That same year he moved to Los Angeles, he landed the role of Danny Bolen on “Desperate Housewives”. Continuing his stardom on the small screen, Mirchoff starred opposite of Selena Gomez in a one hour special episode of “Wizards of Waverly Place”. He also played Rick Zondervan, alongside David Duchovny in NBC’s “Aquarius”. He also recently starred in the Lifetime movie “The Murder Pact”, alongside Renee Olstead, Alexa PenaVega, Michael J. Willett, John Heard and Sean Patrick Thomas.
Mirchoff can currently be seen on MTV’s #1 scripted and critically-acclaimed show, “Awkward”. He plays the heartthrob and leading male, Matty McKibben. The role earned him a Teen Choice Award in 2012 for “Choice TV Breakthrough Performance Male”. The series along with the cast was nominated for “Bingeworthy Television Show” at the Young Hollywood Awards. “Awkward.” is also a three-time People’s Choice Award nominee, securing nods for both “Favorite Dramedy” and “Favorite Cable TV Comedy”, which the cast won in 2013. The show has been recognized with other accolades including in TV Guide’s Hot List. It has also been featured on numerous “Best of” TV Lists including: Variety, USA Today, Huffington Post, New York Times, and Time, just to name a few. The show is currently airing its highly-anticipated second half of the fifth season and was recently nominated for a 2015 Teen Choice Award for “Choice Favorite TV Comedy”.
As his rise to the top continues, Mirchoff is currently working on the Comedy NBC Pilot “Good Fortune”. Mirchoff plays Dave, the best friend to June, a hyper-structured young woman who, after a fortune teller predicts she’ll die in 3 days, decides she’s finally going to live her life with no regrets. When she doesn’t die but realize how great it felt to take risks, she adopts a new life policy along with a new full-time fortune teller. While taking a step away from the small screen, Mirchoff continued to focus on theatre. In 2012 he portrayed Treat in a production of Lyle Kessler’s “Orphans” at the Hudson Theatre. The following year he played Kent in Neil Labute’s “Reason’s to be Pretty” at the MW Theatre. Aside from theater his other notable films include: “Scary Movie 4”, “The Grudge 3”, “I am Number 4”, and “Poker Night” alongside Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Titus Welliver, and Ron Eldard.
Mirchoff is well accomplished outside of acting as well. He is the co-director with the Creative Works Theater Company. The group performs monthly staged reading of contemporary plays with the objective of introducing the public to current works, while also creating an environment for actors to get on stage. Mirchoff has a pet labradoodle and plays in a band called Jimmy’s Sound Cart. He is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan and loves scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, snowboarding and hiking. He is currently taking classes at Santa Monica College and UCLA Extension and will be transferring to UCLA next year for a degree in English.
To Ashley Gold, managing a pawnshop has always felt like home. With her first loan at age seven and her first sale at eight, she was born — and raised — a pawnbroker. After high school, Ashley went to Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business. First obtaining a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from MSU, then earned her Certification in Diamonds from the Gemological Institute of America. With her education behind her, Ashley returned to American Jewelry and Loan as the Manager of a 50-employee team and 50,000 sq. feet of retail. The excitement of her business attracted the interest of many in the media — especially those in the reality television industry. Many were excited about the prospects of showcasing the in’s and out’s of Detroit’s biggest and baddest pawnshop. That excitement spawned TRUtv’s most successful and highly rated show, “Hardcore Pawn”.
Ashley follows passionately the hottest trends in jewelry and fashion, a topic that she frequently blogs or speaks about in the media. And of course, she never skips a beat interviewing the who’s who in Hollywood on her weekly radio show, Pawn Chick Radio. Ashley travels the world doing appearances, appraising items, and spends time helping clients through her social media consulting practice.
10:30AM (PST) – Captains Wild Bill & Keith Colburn, “Deadliest Catch” on Discovery
Captain “Wild” Bill Wichrowski‘s motto is “hard work and honesty”, though he has been known to use unconventional methods — that partly explain the nickname “Wild” — to keep his crew going strong. While he has a potentially intimidating reputation, Bill can back up his words with the skills to get the job done. He has extensive experience as a naval engineer, boat electrician, and commercial fisherman. He is keenly aware of the risk inherent in his profession, one widely recognized as the world’s most dangerous job.
Absent for much of his son Zack’s childhood, Bill has spent the last few years cultivating a relationship with his boy. Passing life lessons to Zack may even take priority over fishing. Bill feels Zack improved dramatically last year and has the potential to move up to the wheelhouse, but not any time soon. That said, Wild Bill often favors deckhand, Nick McGlashan, who Bill feels is the epitome of a true crabber but cares deeply about Nicks struggle with alcoholism. After many years plying the Bering Sea in search of crab, Wild Bill is nearing the end of his fishing career. This season the captain needs to make sure he finishes strong and more importantly that he gets Zack prepared to fish when dad’s not around.
Bill is originally from Irwin, Pennsylvania, east of Pittsburgh. In the off-season, he and his wife, Karen Gillis, make their home in Sonora, San Carlos, Mexico. Bill enjoys sport fishing, travel, horseback riding, NASCAR and golf. He supports nonprofit projects including Wounded Warriors and breast cancer charities. In addition to Zack, Bill has a younger son, Jake Wichrowski, and a daughter, Delia Wichrowski.
As a first generation crabber, Captain Keith Colburn fishes with a desire to prove himself and the constant stress of maintaining a round-the-clock costly operation. At the age of 22, Keith left behind his life as a Lake Tahoe ski bum to seek his fortune up north. He jumped on a plane with his best friend and landed in Kodiak, Alaska with no experience, a tent and $50. With only a hazy, but romantic vision of working at sea and the rumor of big paydays, Keith was determined to try something new and exciting. He started as a true greenhorn on the crabber Alaska Trader. Keith was instantly hooked by the fishing lifestyle and the camaraderie of being part of a crew working together against the elements. While initially looking only for adventure in Alaskan waters, Keith decided to make it a career. In 1988, three years after he arrived, he became a full-share deckhand on the Wizard. He earned his U. S. Coast Guard license in 1990 and moved from the deck to the pilothouse. Two years later, he received his masters (captain) license and has remained there as the skipper.
Keith trusts and loves his crew though he doesn’t always show it. This is Keith’s boat and he is the undisputed leader. Whatever the cause, someone or something is bound to set this ticking time bomb of a skipper off — though the veteran captain is trying to be more even-keeled. Now returning to the boat, Keith may need to temper his dogged work ethic (and his temper too) or hand over more control to his veteran crew — neither of which are appealing options to the skipper. The fleet often receives him with mixed fanfare, but whether the captains love him or hate him, everyone respects his ability to fish.11:15AM (PST) – Matt Haig, author of “Reasons to Stay Alive”
Matt Haig is the internationally bestselling writer of five novels, including The Dead Father’s Club, The Humans and The Radleys. He has also written award-winning children’s books. His work has been translated into thirty languages. REASONS TO STAY ALIVE, a runaway bestseller in the UK, is his first work of nonfiction. He lives in England.
Joe Mantegna has received critical acclaim for his award-winning and highly praised performances on the stage and in numerous film and television productions. He was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Awards for his role in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Glengarry Glen Ross”. His long-standing association with Mamet includes the premieres of “A Life in the Theatre”, “The Disappearance of the Jews” and “Speed The Plow” on Broadway. Mantegna has also directed a highly lauded production of Mamet’s “Lakeboat”, which enjoyed a successful theatrical run in Los Angeles and he later directed the film version starring Peter Falk, Robert Forester, Andy Garcia, Charles Durning, Denis Leary and George Wendt.
In the world of film, he has starred in over 100 films. Among them “The Godfather III”, “Alice”, “Celebrity”, “Liberty Heights”, “Bugsy”, “Forget Paris”, “Uncle Nino”, “Nine Lives”, “Searching for Bobby Fisher” and “Baby’s Day Out”. He starred in the critically acclaimed Mamet films “House of Games”, “Homicide”, and “Things Change”, for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. Always the baseball fan, Joe conceived and co-wrote the Off-Broadway play “Bleacher Bums”, which earned him an Emmy when it was subsequently produced for television. Joe is a three-time Emmy nominee, first for his work in the HBO special “The Rat Pack”, where he was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Dean Martin. For his role of Pippi De Lena in the CBS mini-series, “The Last Don” and finally in 2007 for his work in the USA network series, “The Starter Wife”. In 2008 Joe won the Best Actor Award for his work in “Elvis and Annabelle” from the Newport Beach Film Festival.
In recent years Joe has stared in the critically acclaimed CBS series’ “First Monday”, “Joan of Arcadia”. For the last 22 years, he has been the voice of Fat Tony on the Fox series “The Simpsons”. Joe also lent his voice to Disney/Pixars 2011 smash hit “CARS 2”. April 2011 Joe received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to his childhood idol Errol Flynn. In May of 2012 Joe was appointed the National Spokesperson for The U.S. Army Museum, to lead the fundraising campaign to build the long-planned National Museum of the United States Army. In 2014 Joe received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to the community and craft of acting.
He currently stars as David Rossi on the CBS hit drama “Criminal Minds” as well as hosting and producing duties on “Gun Stories” for the Outdoor Channel. Current film projects include, “Bronx Bull”, “Kill Me Deadly” and “10 Cent Pistol”.