9:15AM (PST) – Tony Harris, Emmy Award Winning Broadcast Journalist Explores the Roots of Intolerance in Investigation Discovery’s New Special, “Hate In America” Premiering Monday, February 23 at 8/7c on Investigation Discovery
Tony Harris is a news anchor, television correspondent, and filmmaker currently anchoring Al Jazeera America’s (AJAM) 4pm and 6pm newscasts from Al Jazeera’s US headquarters in New York City. Previously, Harris anchored the flagship Al Jazeera Newshour from the company’s global headquarters in Doha, Qatar becoming the first African-American anchor to be based outside the U.S. for a global news network. Before his current position, Harris anchored NN Newsroom with Tony Harris for CNN and was a member of the teams that earned CNN George Foster Peabody Awards for coverage of the British petroleum oil spill and Hurricane Katrina, and an Alfred I. duPont Award for coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami.
9:30AM (PST) – Alan Thicke, Dancing Pros: Live!
Television audiences know Thicke best as psychiatrist and father Jason Seaver from ABC’s Growing Pains, now syndicated in over 65 countries. Last year’s Growing Pains: The Reunion was one of Disney’s highest-rated TV Movies. He starred as the dim-witted diva ‘Dennis Dupree’ on the NBC series HOPE & GLORIA, and has guested on countless episodics ranging from Just Shoot Me, Arliss, Son of the Beach, and Married with Children to Seventh Heaven and Outer Limits. He has also appeared on the CBS hit comedy How I Met Your Mother.
In theatre, Alan received rave reviews opposite Jason Alexander in the Neil Simon/Burt Bacharach musical Promises, Promises and for his Broadway debut as ‘Billy Flynn’ in CHICAGO-The Musical.
One of America’s most sought-after emcees, Alan has hosted event specials including THE EMMY AWARDS; ABC’s OLYMPIC KICK-OFF GALA; CBC’s NHL AWARDS; ABC’s DISNEY CHRISTMAS and EASTER PARADES; ABC’s and NBC’s FALL PREVIEW SPECIALS; the MISS UNIVERSE, MISS WORLD USA, and MISS USA Pageants;SHOWTIME’S COMEDY ALL-STARS; TV’s FUNNIEST FAMILIES and NBC’s WORLD’S GREATEST MAGIC. His series hosting includes ABC’s ANIMAL CRACK-UPS; the EMMY-nominated PICTIONARY; A&E’s TRAVELQUEST; Game Show Network’s ALL NEW 3’S A CROWD; and the current MIRACLE PETS for PAX-TV, and TODAY’S MANairing on CNBC.
As a headliner, Alan has played the main Vegas showrooms of the Hilton, Desert Inn and Sands, as well as Atlantic City’s Resorts International, numerous cruise ships, and corporate events for Borden, Nestle, Mattel, Baskin-Robbins, Brite-Smile, and the Tournament Golf Association.
As an author, LOVELY PARTING GIFTS, HOW TO RAISE KIDS WHO WON’T HATE YOU – the sequel to HOW MEN HAVE BABIES – The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide, a perennial favorite since its release in 1999 and now translated into Spanish, German, and Chinese. (Alan’s recorded version won an AUDIE AWARD, the Oscar for Books-On-Tape).
Alan wrote and/or produced comedy specials and series for BILL COSBY, FLIP WILSON, KENNY ROGERS, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, ANNE MURRAY, and BARRY MANILOW. He produced and wrote the revolutionary comedies FERNWOOD 2NIGHT and AMERICA 2NIGHT for Norman Lear.
Alan’s background in game shows is extensive. He produced CELEBRITY SWEEPSTAKES and WIZARD OF ODDS, launching the career of his friend Alex Trebek. WHEEL OF FORTUNE and THE JOKER’S WILD are among over 45 television theme songs composed by Alan, including FACTS OF LIFE and DIFF’RENT STROKES.
Alan is married to Tanya Callau and is a proud father of three sons: Brennan, Robin and Carter.
10:30AM (PST) – Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley, The Real Housewives of Orange County
‘Real Housewives’ star Gretchen Rossi’s in Fan Fest fashion show
Gretchen Rossi joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County in Season 4. The budding entrepreneur grew up in La Crescenta, California, and attended Baylor University in Dallas, Texas, where she studied Psychology. After struggling with their relationship last year, Gretchen and her long-time boyfriend, Slade, are stronger than ever. With her signature Gretchen Christine line taking off, Slade has started to veer into a new profession, hosting a local radio show. Simultaneously, he and Gretchen are focused on the well-being of his son, while also contemplating the future of starting their own family together.
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He may be called “Mr. Gretchen Rossi” behind his back, but Slade Smiley’s history with The Real Housewives of Orange County runs deeper than just his fetching fiance and minor squabbles with the other Housewives.
Slade grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and attended college briefly at the University of Alaska at Anchorage before transferring to California State University, Long Beach.
Slade Smiley spent a good deal of the 1980s racing bicycles competitively, and claims to have raced in the Tour de France once. He also had a fairly successful modeling career, shilling for brands like Adidas, Gillette, and Cherokee Clothing. Somewhere along the way, Slade even found time to become fluent in Japanese.
But his personal life was a bit less steady. In the 1980s, he was married to Rose Smiley and had one son, Gavin, who’s now in his early 20s. He has another son, 12-year-old Grayson, with ex-girlfriend Michelle Arroyo. Sadly, Grayson suffers from a serious neurological disease called diffuse fibrillary astrocytoma. He underwent an invasive surgery last year to remove as much of his brain tumor as possible and has been recovering well ever since.
In 2006, Slade joined the Real Housewives of Orange County with then-fiance Jo De La Rosa. According to Vicki Gunvalson, Slade and Jo’s addition was a total fluke after the two of them won an opportunity to appear on the show in an auction.
Unfortunately, Slade and Jo parted ways in 2007 when Jo decided to move to LA to pursue her music career. Strangely enough, the pair reunited (professionally, at least) for the reality show Date My Ex, in which Jo went on a series of dates and received advice about her various suitors from Slade and two of her best friends.
Following his breakup from Jo, Slade also dated RHOC co-star Lauri Waring briefly before really hitting it off with Gretchen Rossi in 2009. The two are still together and happily engaged now too! Gretchen threw convention to the wind and proposed to Slade on April 14 atop the AT&T building in LA.
Although tongues have wagged in the past about Slade’s money problems (his real estate business floundered during the economic downturn, and he’s been accused of being a deadbeat dad as well), he’s now gainfully employed as a talk radio host on Orange County station Playlist 927.
With a wedding to plan and babies to be had, Slade will continue to be a fixture on Real Housewives of Orange County for a long time to come!
11:15AM (PST) – Nigel Barker, fashion photographer and author of “Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion”
Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion
Nigel Barker is a fashion photographer whose images have been printed in many major magazines. The host of Oxygen’s The Face, Nigel was also a judge on America’s Next Top Model for nine years. He also directs and produces films and documentaries, many of which are devoted to his humanitarian work for organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He’s also the author of his new book, “Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion”. He lives in New York City with his wife, Cristen, and their two children, Jack and Jasmine.
11:45AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes
“Awards Season Winners and Losers” on Reelz on Saturday and Sunday (check local listings)!
In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae 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.
This week’s movies:
- THE DUFF
- HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2
- MCFARLAND, USA