Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday October 30th 2015

Rick Egusquiza9:15AM (PST) – Rick Egusquiza, West Coast Editor of In Touch Weekly, Life and Style Weekly and Closer Weekly


Egusquiza is the veteran gossip hound famed for being the first one to break the story/scandal of political figure John Edwards’ extramarital affair – ten months before mainstream media jumped on the bandwagon.

A bartender turned Hollywood reporter/gossip guru, Rick joined the National Enquirer back in early 2000 by pure serendipity – being at the right place at the right time – but also for the mere fact that the very West Coast hipster-looking thespian has a unique certain je ne sais quoi that somehow makes him a people magnet – he’s everybody’s confidant.
Egusquiza is a walking encyclopedia of all things entertainment celebrity related. Like a sponge, he absorbs information at the speed of light, retains names and faces in a heartbeat, always got the perfect punch and/or comeback line, and of course is always in the know and in the now!
It’s nearly impossible to resist the captivatingly entertaining spell of this corky, bubbly, at times goofy, unique character who luckily for us is blessed with an infectiously great sense of humor, a contagiously energetic and hysterically comical personality. Needless to say, the camera loves him! The fit 45-year-old Cuban-American/New Jersey native has a very unique fashion style sporting his trademark signature attire- flip-flops and black-rimmed glasses – and an indelible “Joie de vivre” grin on his face. He’s appeared on numerous TV shows including Inside Edition, Geraldo at Large on Fox News and CNN to name a few.

There’s definitely something reassuring and contagiously appealing about Rick’s uber cool personality that impulsively draws you to him. Charming and charismatic in a non-threatening way, his ever-so approachable demeanor naturally makes him the perfect candidate to be the ideal “best friend” – and indeed, that’s just it…everybody loves Rick.

Kira Soltanovich9:15AM (PST) – Kira Soltanovich, Pop Culture Panel
The Kira Soltanovich Show

Kira Soltanovich grew up in San Francisco and began her comedy career in 1998. Kira’s television career began with a four year run as a series regular on the hit hidden camera series Girls Behaving Badly followed by an eight year run as a correspondent on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. As a stand-up, Kira has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call With Carson Daly, Last Comic Standing, Hello Ross! and The World Stands Up. In 2012, Kira taped her first special Here Comes Trouble.
Kira has also worked as a writer for performers such as Joan Rivers, Scott Baio, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. Kira is a recurring round table comic on Parental Discretion and has performed as a stand-up on both seasons of the series NickMom Night Out.

Kira’s three year old son inspired her to have her very own podcast, The Kira Soltanovich Show, where Kira interviews fellow comedians with kids and they discuss all things comedy and colic related. Kira can be seen currently on TruTV’s “How To Be A Grown Up”.

Dr. Carey Strom10:15AM (PST) – Dr. Carey Strom, Halloween segment


Founder and lead physician of Tower Digestive Health Medical Group, Doctor Carey Strom has been consistently voted one of Southern California’s Top Doctors as noted by LA MAGAZINE since 2008.
With a medical degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine, Strom moved to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in gastroenterology at the UCLA integrated training program. Before establishing his practice, Dr. Strom traveled abroad continuing his studies at the Middlesex Hospital in London. Upon his homecoming, Dr. Strom accepted a position as an associate clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine, and began his 25 year stint at Cedars-Sinai medical Center as Co-Director for the Endoscopy Unit. His vast catalog of specializations including the treatment of liver, gallbladder, and pancreatic diseases, as well as screening for colon cancer and the endoscopic treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, have earned his practice the respect of the medical community.

His notoriety as a physician, health advocate and Los Angeles socialite, led him center stage as a guest physician on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, on SHAPE UP YOUR LIFE WITH MARILU HENNER, and on KTLA CHANNEL 5.​

Betty Boyd Caroli11:15AM (PST) – Betty Boyd Caroli, author of the book, “Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President”

Lady Bird and Lyndon
Lady Bird and Lyndon Johnson: The Hidden Story

Betty Boyd Caroli is the author of First Ladies: Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, Inside the White House, and The Roosevelt Women. She currently resides in New York City and Venice, Italy.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday October 29th 2015

Michelle Visage9:30AM (PST) – Michelle Visage, author of “The Diva Rules: Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top”

The Diva Rules

Internationally renowned television personality, radio show host, platinum-selling recording artist, and now author, Michelle Visage has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry, across multiple mediums for the past three decades. Visage’s most current endeavor is her new book, The Diva Rules: Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top [Chronicle Books], which will be released on November 10, 2015, on Amazon and available everywhere books are sold. The Diva Rules offers her advice for living life to the fullest, and finding success no matter what hand you’re dealt. With her no-nonsense style and super sassy voice, Visage tells readers to “Keep Your Shit Together,” “Give Good Face,” and “Be Thankful You’re a Misfit,” in addition to 22 other invaluable life lessons on finding your power and sparkling your way to the top.

On the television front, Visage can be seen as a judge on the award winning and highest-rated television program on Logo TV show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, alongside RuPaul, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews. The reality competition show, which aired its seventh season on March 2, 2015, leaves fans wanting more each week with their rapid-fire quick wit, impeccable sense of style and signature sass, as they decide who will stay, lip-synch for their life or “Sashay Away”. Visage joined the show, which boasts over a million viewers every week and airs internationally in countries like Australia, Canada and the UK, in 2011 during season 3. Visage also tours the country as part of RuPaul’s Drag Race tour. Additional television credits include, competing on the fifteenth season of “Celebrity Big Brother” in the United Kingdom in early 2015, where Visage came in fifth place. Visage has also appeared on VH1 in the late 1990s/early 2000s, hosting live coverage of red carpet events such as “The Grammys” in 1998, the 25th anniversary re-release party of GREASE [Paramount] in 2002, and “The Viewer’s Choice Awards”.
Visage has been a staple on morning radio for the past 17 years, hosting and co-hosting programs on various stations such as WKTU 103.5 [New York], KHHT’s HOT 92.3 [Los Angeles], SUNNY 104.3 [West Palm Beach, FL], and 66 THE BEAT [Sirius XM], to name a few.
On the music front, Visage rose to fame as a member of the all-girl group Seduction in the early 1990s, with their platinum-selling album called “Nothing Matters Without Love”, that spawned multiple hits that climbed the billboard charts. Visage was also featured on the bestselling soundtrack of all time [35 million copies sold], THE BODYGURARD [Warner Brothers Pictures], with her remake of Bill Withers’ “It’s Gonna Be A Lovely Day”, that she wrote and sang. The song was immediately signed to Arista Records by Clive Davis himself.

Visage currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her two daughters.

Grae Drake10:15AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes

Fall Movie Preview Review special with Leonard Maltin airs all this month on Reelz!

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.

Movies this week:

  • Burnt
  • Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
  • Our Brand Is Crisis

Ralph Sarchie10:30AM (PST) – Ralph Sarchie, Demonologist, “The Demon Files”

Demonologist ​​Ralph Sarchie ​​combats ​evil in THE DEMON FILES. Th​e​ three-part series ​premieres Sunday, November 1​st​ at 10/9c ​​on Destination America

Ralph Sarchie spent 18 years in the NYPD working out of the 46th precinct in New York’s South Bronx. He has since retired to take on his most important job, “The Work”, investigating cases of demonic possession and assisting in the exorcisms of humanity’s most ancient – and most dangerous – foes. Schooled in the rituals of exorcism, and an eyewitness to the reality of demonic possession, Sarchie has documented a riveting chronicle of the inexplicable that gives a new shape to the shadows in the dark. In his controversial book Beware the Night, adapted into the 2014 film “Deliver Us From Evil” starring Eric Bana, Ralph discloses for the first time his investigations into incredible true crimes an inhuman evil that were never explained, solved, or understood. During his days in the NYPD he went from skeptic to true believer, with his NYPD revelations as a powerful and disturbing documented link between the true crime realities of life and the bone-chilling ice-grip of a supernatural terror. Now, as one of the most respected demonologists in the field, Ralph has helped exorcise numerous families of the demons and other entities that infest their homes and properties.​

Dawn Lerman11:15AM (PST) – Dawn Lerman, New York Times Wellness Blogger, and author of “My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes”
My Fat Dad

Dawn Lerman is a board-certified nutrition expert and contributor to the New York Times Well Blog, as well as the founder of Magnificent Mommies, a company specializing in personal, corporate, and school-based education.

Her interest in healthy eating began at an early age, as she watched obese father struggle with yoyo dieting and fluctuating weight. Dawn became fascinated with the correlation between what we eat and how we feel. Fueling her passion was her mentor, her grandmother Beauty, who inspired her as a child to learn how to cook and taught her about the power of healing through fresh ingredients. Growing up, Dawn was also involved in show business, first as an actress, then as a producer and writer. She coauthored the popular book The Twelve Step Plan to Becoming an Actor in L.A., which became a regional bestseller.

In her thirties when her son was two years old, Dawn realized that inspiring other moms to make healthier food choices for their children and teaching them to cook was more than a hobby — it was a true passion. During this same period, her father was diagnosed with lung cancer, and she started investigating the correlation between diet and healing. This gave Dawn the incentive to return to school and earn a degree as a health practitioner. She is now recognized as a nutrition expert, counseling clients on weight loss, diabetes, high blood pressure, ADHD, and other diet-related conditions. Dawn lectures at schools and corporations as well as contributes to local and national media outlets.
Dawn is a mother of two children, Dylan and Sofia. They live in New York City.

Daisy Chain11:45AM (PST) – Galvin Scott Davis, Author/creator of the new animated short, Daisy Chain

Daisy Chain – Animated Film narrated by Kate Winslet

Galvin Scott Davis is the author of the ‘Dandelion’ series and an award-winning Director of one of Australia’s leading creative agencies, Protein. He is also a writer and director for Film and Television represented in the U.S and Australia. His short film ‘Brother’ won Best Film at the Beverly Hills Film Festival and Los Angeles Silver Lake Film Festival. He is the father of three very creative young boys and splits his time for film, writing and design between Sydney, Los Angeles and his birth home, England.​​

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday October 28th 2015

Kat Perkins9:15AM (PST) – Kat Perkins, “The Voice” Correspondent


Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. At just 15 years old, she made the move to the Twin Cities from rural North Dakota and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene.

Over the years, Perkins has performed and recorded with her bands Scarlet Haze, Northern Comfort, and SKITZOfrenic. Scarlet Haze’s third record came out February of 2012 and was produced by James ‘Fluff’ Harley of World Record Productions and the debut single features Guns N’ Roses guitars Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin, Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett (Foo Fighters, Korn) and her current musical director Eric Warner.
Perkins recently found herself in the national spotlight on NBC’s THE VOICE as a Top 5 contestant coached by Adam Levine (of Maroon 5). Her single, “Fearless” was produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts.

When not on stage, you can usually find Perkins nannying, writing, recording and constantly coming up with new projects as well as managing other bands in the business. She speaks at many schools also.

CARRIE9:30AM (PST) – Dean Pitchford & Emily Lopez, “Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience”

CARRIE: THE KILLER MUSICAL EXPERIENCE – now through Nov. 15th at the historic Los Angeles Theatre

Dean Pitchford

Dean Pitchford was born and raised in Hawai’i and graduated from Yale. He began his performing career off- and on-Broadway (Godspell; Pippin) before turning to songwriting, screenwriting and directing. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards (winning Best Song for “Fame”, co-written with Michael Gore), three Golden Globes (winning for “Fame”), seven Grammys and two Tonys. His songs – recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Cher, Peter Allen, LL Cool Jay, Kenny Loggins, Hugh Jackman, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler and Martina McBride – have sold over 70 million records. The musical stage adaptation (co-written with Walter Bobbie) of his original screenplay for Footloose ran for more than seven hundred performances on Broadway and is now being seen all over the world. Dean’s Young Adult novels, The Big One-Oh and Captain Nobody, have been published by Putnam/Penguin, and his performances of their audiobook recordings (released by Listening Library/Random House) were both nominated for Grammy Awards. His third novel, Nickel Bay Nick, is available now.

Emily Lopez

Emily Lopez is first and foremost ceaselessly grateful to everyone on the Carrie team, there isn’t a font big enough to write thank you with. She’s also a singer/songwriter/video artist whose work can be found somewhere on the Internet. She grew up doing community theater in the Inland Empire and has realized that if you work hard and follow your instincts, dreams absolutely come true.

Harriet Washington

Photo credit: The Gannett Company

10:15AM (PST) – Harriet Washington, Author of “Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We “Catch” Mental Illness”

Infectious Madness

Harriet Washington is one the nation’s foremost investigative science writers and has been Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. She is the author of Medical Apartheid, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award, and of Deadly Monopolies. A Shearing Fellow at the University of Nevada’s Black Mountain Institute, Washington has been a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University, held fellowships at the Harvard School of Public Health and Stanford University, and served as a visiting scholar at DePaul University College of Law. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, on NPR, CNN, and PBS, and in the New Scientist, Slate, American Scholar, Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and elsewhere.

Tasha Smith10:30AM (PST) – Tasha Smith, actress, “Empire”

The SHINING LIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH gala at The Maple Counseling Center, Thursday October 29th at the Montage Beverly Hills
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Tasha Smith is a multifaceted actress whose work brings style and intensity to the subjects she plays on the big and small screens. She currently stars in the Tyler Perry television series, “FOR BETTER OR WORSE”, on OWN for which she earned an NAACP Image Award nomination as “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series”. Smith’s memorable portrayal of ‘Angela’, in Perry’s box office hits, “WHY DID I GET MARRIED?” and its sequel, “WHY DID I GET MARRIED, TOO?”, alongside Janet Jackson and Jill Scott, sparked the creation of the spin-off series which is focused around her relationship with onscreen husband, ‘Marcus’, played by Michael Jai White. Smith was most recently appeared on the big screen in Lionsgate’s literary adaptation “ADDICTED”, with Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe. Additionally, Smith can be seen on Fox’s Lee Daniels hit hip-hop drama series, “EMPIRE” as well as the Starz series “POWER” in pivotal recurring roles.
Smith’s other film credits include Tyler Perry’s “DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS” (Lionsgate), as ‘Jennifer’ opposite Idris Elba and Gabrielle Union. Her performance still resonates with audiences and critics alike. Smith went on to co-star in the #1 box office film, “JUMPING THE BROOM” (Columbia), starring Paula Patton, Laz Alonso and Angela Bassett. She also appeared in the romantic comedy, “COUPLES RETREAT” (Universal), starring opposite Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman and Faizon Love, adding to her already impressive box office resume which includes; “ATL” (Warner Bros.) with T.I. and Mykelti Williamson, “THE GOOD MOTHER” (Sony/Screen Gems) with Angie Harmon and Joel Gretsch, “THE WHOLE TEN YARDS” (Warner Bros.) with Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry, and the sports drama, “THE LONGSHOTS” (Dimension/The Weinstein Company) with Ice Cube and Keke Palmer.
Smith is also well-known for her extensive work on the small screen; most notably, her critically-acclaimed portrayal of the drug-addicted, ‘Ronnie Boyce’, in HBO’s Emmy Award-winning mini-series, “THE CORNER”, directed by Charles S. Dutton. Smith has also guest starred on numerous popular television shows such as; “NIP/TUCK”, “MEET THE BROWNS”, “THE GAME”, “GIRLFRIENDS”, “ALL OF US”, “WITHOUT A TRACE”, and “STRONG MEDICINE”, among others.

On and off the big and small screen, Tasha Smith seems to naturally command attention. She takes time to share her inspirational life story through motivational speaking, as well as mentoring emerging actors through the Tasha Smith Actors Workshop (TSAW).
In her spare time, the Camden, New Jersey native loves to workout at the gym, cook gourmet meals, and entertain friends at her home. Smith resides in Los Angeles.

Tommy Spaulding11:15AM (PST) – Tommy Spaulding, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, keynote speaker, and leadership expert and author of the book, “The Heart-Led Leader: How Living and Leading from the Heart Will Change Your Organization and Your Life”
The Heart-Led Leader

Tommy Spaulding, the founder and president of Spaulding Companies, a leadership-development consulting firm based in Denver, is the author of the New York Times bestselling book It’s Not Just Who You Know. The former president and CEO of the global leadership organization Up with People and the co-founder of The Center for Heart-Led Leadership, Spaulding consults with and speaks to businesses and nonprofit organizations across the country.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday October 27th 2015

Kathy Sledge9:30AM (PST) – Kathy Sledge, Grammy award winning artist

New single titled KEEP IT MOVIN’ willo be released on iTunes and all digital platforms in November

Kathy Sledge is a Renaissance woman — a singer, songwriter, author, producer, manager, and Grammy-nominated music icon whose boundless creativity and passion has garnered praise from critics and a legion of fans from all over the world. Her artistic triumphs encompass chart-topping hits, platinum albums, and successful forays into several genres of popular music. Through her multi-faceted solo career and her legacy as an original vocalist in the group Sister Sledge, which included her lead vocals on worldwide anthems like “We Are Family” and “He’s the Greatest Dancer”, she’s inspired millions of listeners across all generations. Kathy is currently traversing new terrain with her critically acclaimed show The Brighter Side of Day: A Tribute to Billie Holiday plus studio projects that span elements of R&B, rock, and EDM. Indeed, Kathy’s reached a fascinating juncture in her journey.

That journey began in Philadelphia. The youngest of five daughters born to Edwin and Florez Sledge, Kathy possessed a prodigious musical talent. Her grandmother was an opera singer who taught her harmonies while her father was one-half of Fred & Sledge, the tapping duo who broke racial barriers on Broadway. Schooled on an eclectic array of artists like Nancy Wilson and Mongo Santamaría, Kathy and her sisters honed their act around Philadelphia and signed a recording contract with Atco Records. Featuring leads by Kathy, “Mama Never Told Me” (1973) and “Love Don’t You Go Through No Changes On Me” (1974) scored the group major hits everywhere from the U.K. to Japan, plus the Silver Award at the Tokyo Music Festival. At 15 years-old, Kathy was invited to perform with her sisters at the historic Zaire 74 concert conceived by Hugh Masekela.
However, groundbreaking producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (the CHIC Organization) completely revamped the group’s image. The #1 We Are Family (1979) album went platinum and earned plaudits from the rock press. The song’s sentiment also stuck a personal chord with Kathy, who recorded her vocals in one take. Gracing magazine covers and appearing on the era’s most popular music programs like Soul Train, American Bandstand, and Solid Gold, Kathy and her sisters continued working with top producers like George Duke and Narada Michael Walden.
After vetting offers from industry impresarios like Clive Davis and Terry Lewis, Kathy Sledge debuted her first solo project Heart (1992) on Epic Records. The number one club hit “Take Me Back to Love Again” was just one of many musical flavors on the album, which also included a few of Kathy’s original compositions. Though Kathy enjoyed singing with her sisters, the time as the four original sisters in the group has run its course. In the years since her cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Another Star” (1995), as well as several other single releases, Kathy Sledge has only expanded creatively as a solo artist, a process that O Magazine asked her to explore in her contribution to the magazine’s feature article, “Better Than Ever“ (2012).
One of her most highly lauded endeavors is The Brighter Side of Day: A Tribute to Billie Holiday, a show she premiered in 2010 that celebrates the musical legacy of Billie Holiday. Long before the recent resurgence of the late jazz singer’s music on Broadway, Kathy had sought to honor Lady Day, whose songs she’d been singing onstage since she was 16 years-old. Kathy’s tribute has been hailed as “a spine-tingling musical journey of an American icon” (NBC 10) and has also gathered momentum through rave word-of-mouth reviews.

Of course, Kathy Sledge is also inspired by a new generation’s discovery of the classic hits that bear her signature voice, a phenomenon exemplified by Will Smith’s charttopping sample of “He’s the Greatest Dancer” on “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” (1998) and her collaboration with Aristofreeks on the EDM-powered remake of “We Are Family” (2013). In tandem with the latter effort, she received the “Outstanding Contribution Award” at the 2013 Ibiza DJ Awards. Re-teaming with Aristofreeks, she co-wrote the infectious “Keep It Movin'” for the club and EDM festival circuit. While recording in Ibiza, Kathy also co-wrote “Everybody Get On Up” for Next Step, a trio that features original CHIC vocalists Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, and Norma Jean Wright. The release of “Keep It Movin'” and “Everybody Get On Up” inaugurates Kathy’s relationship with her new label home, Pacific Electronic Music (PEM).
Beyond posh Ibiza clubs and her regional tour of The Brighter Side of Day, Kathy has partnered with talented songwriters and producers in both rock and urban milieus. Written and produced by Grammy-winning duo Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barias (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Justin Timberlake), “A Little A Lot” finds Kathy in a contemporary R&B mode. Her appearance at the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in April 2014 generated her forthcoming project with Carmine Appice on an updated version of “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy”, the #1 song he co-wrote with Rod Stewart. In both music and her other creative pursuits, Kathy Sledge is setting new standards of excellence in her career. While sitting on the Board of Directors for Nile Rodgers’ We Are Family Foundation and serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda, Kathy’s also finishing up her first book No, Means Next. Just like Tina Turner before her, Kathy is hardly slowing down in this next chapter of her career. Tina Turner might have hung up her dancing shoes, but they’re a perfect fit for Kathy Sledge.​

Patricia Cornwell10:15AM (PST) – Patricia Cornwell, Best-selling author

New book, Depraved Heart ​- out TODAY (10/27)

Patricia Cornwell has sold over 100 million books. She sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. Postmortem, was the first bona fide forensic thriller. It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring in all things forensic across film, television and literature. The transition to literary superstar was not easy. At her first signing, held during a lunch break from the morgue, Patricia sold no copies of Postmortem and fielded exactly one question – an elderly woman asked her where she could find the cookbooks. Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d’Aventure prize – the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year. To date, Cornwell’s books have sold some 100 million copies in thirty-six languages in over 120 countries. She’s authored twenty-nine New York Times bestsellers.

Patricia’s novels center primarily on medical examiner Kay Scarpetta along with her tech-savvy niece Lucy and fellow investigator Pete Marino. Celebrating 25 years, these characters have grown into an international phenomenon, winning Cornwell the Sherlock Award for best detective created by an American author, the Gold Dagger Award, the RBA Thriller Award, and the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contributions to literary and artistic development.
Patricia’s literary career expands outside the realm of the Kay Scarpetta series – she’s authored a definitive account of Jack the Ripper’s identity, two cookbooks (Food to Die For and Scarpetta’s Winter Table), a children’s book (Life’s Little Fable), and a biography of Ruth Graham. She’s also developed two other series based on Win Garano, an upstart Boston detective, and Andy Brazil, an enterprising Charlotte reporter.
Fox 2000 bought the rights to Kay Scarpetta. Working with producer Liz Friedman, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and fellow Marvel EP and Twilight Saga scribe Melissa Rosenberg to develop the film and find Scarpetta a home on the big screen.

Though Cornwell now lives in Boston, she was born in Miami and grew up in Montreat, North Carolina. After earning her degree in English from Davidson College in 1979, she began working at the Charlotte Observer, taking whatever stories came her way and rapidly advancing from listing television programs to covering the police beat. Cornwell received widespread attention and praise for her series of articles on prostitution and crime in downtown Charlotte. From the Charlotte Observer, Cornwell moved to a job with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia – a post she would later bestow upon the fictional Kay Scarpetta. It was during these years that Patricia penned Postmortem and began submitting it to major publishing houses in New York, without initial success.
When not writing from her Boston home, Patricia tirelessly researches cutting-edge forensic technologies to include in her work. Her interests span outside the literary. Patricia co-founded of the Conservation Scientist Chair at the Harvard University Art Museums. She appears as a forensic consultant on CNN and serves as a member of Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital’s National Council, where she advocates for psychiatric research. She’s helped fund the ICU at Cornell’s Animal Hospital, the scientific study of a Confederate submarine, the archaeological excavation of Jamestown, and a variety of law enforcement charities. Patricia is also committed to funding scholarships and literacy programs. Her advice to aspiring authors: “Start writing. And don’t take no for an answer.”

The Giving Way to Happiness11:15AM (PST) – Jenny Santi, Philanthropy advisor and the author of “The Giving Way to Happiness: Stories and Science Behind the Life-Changing Power of Giving”

The Giving Way to Happiness

Jenny Santi was born and raised in Manila in the Philippines; has lived in London, the French Loire Valley and Singapore, and is now based in New York. Santi is a philanthropy advisor to some of the world’s most generous philanthropists and celebrity activists, and for five years beginning at only 28, was the Head of Philanthropy Services (Southeast Asia) for the world’s largest wealth manager. She holds an MBA from INSEAD, went to Wharton business school as an exchange student, graduated summa cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University, attended New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising, and is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. She is a frequent commentator on the topic of philanthropy and has been quoted in the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Redbook, Self, on Channel NewsAsia, and on BBC World News.

Bill Oberst, Jr.11:30AM (PST) – Bill Oberst, Jr., actor, “At Granny’s House”

Indie horror film ​”At Granny’s House“​ -​ opens October 30​th​ at Arena Cinema Hollywood

Known for a Daytime Emmy Award-winning performance in “Take This Lollipop” and a ratings-winning role on CBS-TV’s “Criminal Minds”, Bill Oberst Jr. is an American actor of German descent. His gentleness and his interest in things spiritual in real life are sharply at odds with his on-screen persona.

The Season 9 episode of the CBS-TV series Criminal Minds, “Blood Relations”, in which Oberst guest starred with Adrienne Barbeau and Tobin Bell, was the evening’s most-watched program on TV on its April, 2014 premiere. CBS later included Oberst’s character in their list of Criminal Minds’ “14 Most Notorious Serial Killers”. He is perhaps most widely-known internationally as the face of director Jason Zada’s “Take This Lollipop”, awarded a 2012 Daytime Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the category of “New Approaches-Daytime Entertainment”. Oberst has been seen by over 100 million viewers worldwide as an online stalker in the interactive application for Facebook users.
His individual award wins include a 2014 Best Actor Award at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, a 2015 Best Actor Award at Chicago Horror Film Festival, a 2015 Best Actor Award at the Dallas Twisted Tails Film Festival, a 2014 Best Actor Award at San Diego’s FANtastic Horror Film Festival, a 2014 Best Actor Award at Housecore Horror Film Festival, a 2104 Best Actor Award at the Tucson Terrorfest, a 2014 Best Actor Award at Los Angeles ZedFest Film Festival, a 2013 Best Actor Award at Pollygrind Film Festival, a 2012 Best Actor Award at Shockfest Film Festival, a 2012 Golden Cobb Award for Best Rising B-Movie Actor, a 2012 Baddest Villain Award at ZedFest Film Festival Angeles and the 2013 Monstey Award for Great Historical Monster Moments. His shared awards include a 2013 International Critics Award at the Deauville Film Festival, a 2014 Best Narrative Feature Award at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, a 2013 Audience Award at Phoenix Film Festival, a 2013 Audience Award at New Orleans Film Festival, a 2013 Copper Wing Award at Phoenix Film Festival, a 2013 Best Feature Award at Unreal Film Festival, a 2013 Narrative Feature Award at Pollygrind Film Festival, a 2012 Shocker Award for Best Feature at Shockfest Film Festival, a 2012 Best Ensemble Acting Award from Sacramento Horror Film Festival and a 2012 Best Ensemble Acting Award from Phoenix Film Festival.
Ron Chaney, the great-grandson of Lon Chaney, presented Oberst with the “Lon Chaney Award For Outstanding Achievement in Independent Horror Films” at the 2014 FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday October 26th 2015

Mark Gagliardi9:30AM (PST) – Mark Gagliardi, actor, Drunk Historian

One of the original and go-to narrators for ​”​Drunk History​”, and co-host of the ​”We Got This​”​​ podcast

Mark Gagliardi is best known as the original and frequent drunk historian on Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning “Drunk History”. He also voices countless characters in the wildly popular podcasts The Thrilling Adventure Hour and Welcome to Night Vale, and voices Batman on the reboot of DC Super Friends.

Steve Knopper

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​10:00AM (PST) – Steve Knopper, contributing editor to Rolling Stone and author of “MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson”
MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson

Steve Knopper is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and the author of Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age. A veteran music reporter, Knopper has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Wired, Details, and many other publications. He has been a featured expert source on NBC Nightly News, CNBC, and NPR’s Fresh Air, among other programs. He lives in Denver with his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Rose.

Suzy Favor Hamilton

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10:30AM (PST) – Suzy Favor Hamilton, author of “Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness”
Fast Girl

Suzy Favor Hamilton is a three-time Olympian for Women’s middle distance running. She is a sought-after public speaker – addressing eating disorders, mental illness, and the struggles that young athletes face – as well as a yoga instructor. Favor Hamilton lives in California with her husband and daughter.

Amy Ferris11:15AM (PST) – Amy Ferris, Editor of the book, ”Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue”

Shades of Blue
Shades of blue – Facebook

Amy Ferris is an author, editor, screenwriter, and playwright. She has contributed to numerous magazines and literary anthologies, and her memoir Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From a Midlife Crisis was adapted into an off-Broadway play in 2012. Ferris co-edited (with Hollye Dexter) Dancing at the Shame Prom, and authored the young adult novel A Greater Goode. Ferris has written for film and television, and was nominated for best screenplay for Funny Valentines. She serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Media Center and is an instructor for the San Miguel Writers’ Conference.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday October 23rd 2015

Grae Drake9:15AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes

Fall Movie Preview Review special with Leonard Maltin airs all this month on Reelz!

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.

Movies this week:

  • The Last Witch Hunter
  • Steve Jobs
  • Jem and the Holograms
  • Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
  • Rock the Kasbah

Cara Santa Maria

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9:30AM (PST) – Cara Santa Maria, Co-Host, “Brain Surgery Live with Mental Floss”

Brain Surgery Live with Mental Floss Premieres Sunday, Oct. 25, at 9 p.m. ET Live on National Geographic Channel

Cara Santa Maria is an American neuroscientist, science communicator, journalist and podcaster. She has written for the Huffington Post and was its founding science correspondent and host of the “Talk Nerdy to Me” web series. She currently hosts the podcast “Talk Nerdy”, and is a co-host of “TechKnow” on Al Jazeera America and “The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe” podcast. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy from the University of North Texas in 2004, before graduating with her Master of Science in biological science with a concentration in neuroscience from her alma mater in 2007.

Pam Franklin10:15AM (PST) – Pam Franklin, Author of “My Five Sisters: A Psychological Thriller Based on a True Story of Multiple Personalities”
My Five Sisters

Pam Franklin spent a lifetime trying to escape her past. Pam was born and raised in and around Jackson, Mississippi where she spent most of her life. At sixty-five years old, she decided to embrace her early childhood and write it down in a journal. The process was so cleansing she wanted to share her story with other people who had lived through the same type of abuse she had endured at the hand of her mentally unstable older sister.
In the back of her book, there are pages and pages of photographs with Pam and movie stars, including: Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Rob Lowe, Pierce Brosnan, John Travolta, Tom Selleck, Ryan O’Neal, Matt Damon, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lopez, and Billy Bob Thornton. She co-founded Franklin Designs in 1990 and is partners in Phoenix Entertainment, a theatre management company that operates 150 movie screens nationwide.

As a successful businesswoman for the past forty years, Pam feels her ability to overcome such a challenging childhood made her into the strong and versatile person she is today. When not working or writing, she spends time in Charleston, South Carolina with her daughter, Whitney, and her grandsons, Teague and Crews. She now resides in Celebration, FL with her husband of twenty-five years, Bobby.

Jim Beaver10:30AM (PST) – Jim Beaver, actor, “Crimson Peak”

Jim can currently be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak”. He plays Carter Cushing, a wealthy Buffalo industrialist who is a firm but loving protector of his daughter Edith (played by Mia Wasikowska)

Jim Beaver, who starred as the gruff but tender prospector Ellsworth on HBO’s hit Western series DEADWOOD and as the beloved demon hunter Bobby Singer on SUPERNATURAL, also played Sheriff Shelby Parlow on JUSTIFIED and gun dealer Lawson on BREAKING BAD, and has leading roles in the upcoming films THE FRONTIER and Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK, making him one of Hollywood’s busiest character actors and the proud “owner” of nearly 711,000 Twitter followers. A SAG Award nominee (DEADWOOD) and a Critics Choice nominee (JUSTIFIED), he previously starred as Sheriff Charlie Mills on CBS’s HARPER’S ISLAND and as “Uncle” Nick Vukovic on ABC’s DAY BREAK. Before that, he starred as quirky Vietnam Joe on HBO’s series JOHN FROM CINCINNATI, while simultaneously playing Carter Reese on HBO’s BIG LOVE.

A Vietnam veteran, Jim first came to prominence as Bruce Willis’s best friend in Norman Jewison’s acclaimed film about Vietnam vets, IN COUNTRY, and appeared in such hit films as MAGNOLIA, JOY RIDE, SISTER ACT, BAD GIRLS, SLIVER, BLUE CHIPS, GERONIMO, TURNER AND HOOCH, HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE, SILKWOOD, and SEMI-TOUGH. Other films include two Nicolas Cage movies, NEXT and ADAPTATION, and a starring role with Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet in Sir Alan Parker’s THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE. From 1996 to 2002 he appeared as Father Tim Jansen on NBC’S popular daytime drama DAYS OF OUR LIVES. For two seasons he played Mark Harmon’s partner, Detective Earl Gaddis, on NBC’s critically acclaimed drama REASONABLE DOUBTS. He followed that with two seasons starring as Edward Asner’s sidekick Leland on the comedy THUNDER ALLEY. He has guest starred on shows such as DEXTER, LIE TO ME, THE MENTALIST, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, THE WEST WING, NYPD BLUE, THE X-FILES, CRIMINAL MINDS, SIX FEET UNDER, LYON’S DEN, MONK, PHILLY, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, LOIS AND CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, MURDER ONE, MIDNIGHT CALLER, YOUNG RIDERS, PARADISE, MATLOCK, PERRY MASON, and JAKE AND THE FATMAN. He starred in the cable movies WARDEN OF RED ROCK and DIVIDED BY HATE and has appeared in other television movies such as THE COURT-MARTIAL OF JACKIE ROBINSON, EL DIABLO, FOLLOW YOUR HEART, and AMERICAN RIVER. He is the only actor ever to play different roles in consecutive GUNSMOKE productions.
As a stage actor, he has appeared all over the country in the classics as well as dinner theatre. He spent five seasons with the Dallas Shakespeare Festival, played lead roles in MACBETH and LAST MEETING OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE WHITE MAGNOLIA in national tours, as well as regional theatre roles such as Henry II in THE LION IN WINTER, Lachie in THE HASTY HEART, Starbuck in THE RAINMAKER, Sgt. Trotter in THE MOUSETRAP, The Inquisitor in THE LARK, and the title role in CHARLEY’S AUNT. He is a three-time Los Angeles Dramalogue Critics Award® winner for his work writing and acting in his own plays, VERDIGRIS, SEMPER FI, and SIDEKICK. He studied acting with Maximilian Schell.
In addition to his acting, Jim is a nationally recognized playwright and the author of two books of film history JOHN GARFIELD and MOVIE BLOCKBUSTERS, and is working on his third, an already controversial book on the life and mysterious death of TV’s original SUPERMAN, George Reeves. For television he has written episodes of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, TOUR OF DUTY, and VIETNAM WAR STORY, among others, and was twice nominated for the ACE Award® for cable television writing. For nearly ten years, he was film critic/columnist for FILMS IN REVIEW magazine. His video essays on film appear in the online BEAVER’S LODGE. His new book, LIFE’S THAT WAY, a memoir of his wife’s battle against cancer, was published to widespread critical acclaim.

A Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam and the former chairman of the board of Theatre West in Los Angeles, Jim is a Cherokee-German native of Laramie, Wyoming who was raised in Irving, Texas. He was married from 1989 until her death in 2004 to actress Cecily Adams, daughter of GET SMART star Don Adams. Jim lives in Los Angeles with their daughter Madeline.​

Dick N. Bolles

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11:15AM (PST) – Dick N. Bolles, Author of “What Color Is Your Parachute? – Job-Hunter’s Workbook”

Dick Bolles on LinkedIn

Richard N. Bolles has led the job-search field for more than 40 years. A member of Mensa and the Society for Human Resource Management, he has been the keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences. Bolles holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in physics from Harvard University, a master’s degree from General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City, and three honorary doctorates. He is the author of the worlds bestselling career book, What Color is Your Parachute?. The 2016 edition of the book is out now.

Andy Kindler11:30AM (PST) – Andy Kindler, Comedian

SHINING LIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH gala at The Maple Counseling Center, Thursday October 29th at the Montage Beverly Hills
Tickets available at

Andy Kindler is known in comedy circles as a troublemaker. Originally from New York, and now complaining from California, he annoys people all over the world.
Andy wa​s a frequent guest and correspondent for The Late Show with David Letterman. Each summer at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal he delivers the State of the Industry address to a packed ballroom filled with comics and Hollywood industry types. He is infamous for his scathing attacks on the world of entertainment, including the previously taboo practice of making fun of his fellow comedians. Just as the comedy boom of the nineties was imploding, Andy wrote the “Hack’s Handbook” for National Lampoon. This “how-to” guide satirized and exposed tired comedy formulas.

Andy currently recurs on IFC’s Maron, Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 and Fox’s hit animation, Bob’s Burgers. He was also a judge on the seventh season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and starred in two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials. Other noteworthy credits include the HBO Young Comedians Special, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Wizards of Waverly Place, Dr. Katz Professional Therapist, Home Movies and The Larry Sanders Show.
Andy is often recognized for playing the life-affirming character “Andy” on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.​

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday October 22nd 2015

Rob Shuter9:15AM (PST) – Rob Shuter, “Naughty But Nice” Gossip Columnist

Rob Shuter who hails from across the pond is one of New York’s most fun gossip columnist. He is a frequent contributor on The Today Show, Good Day New York, Fox 5, Dr. Oz, the Daily News among others. His website is called naughty but he always spread the word with a glimmer in his smile and a wink in his eyes.

Rob Shuter was born for celebrity news. Starting in public relations, he represented the likes of Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, P. Diddy and Jennifer Lopez. He then went on to become executive editor of OK! Magazine, making it the fastest growing magazine in the USA. Breaking stories such as the first post-breakdown interview from Brittney Spears, the weddings of Eva Longoria and Katherine Heigl and the pictures of celeb parents, Matthew McConaughey, and Jessica Alba, with their gorgeous babies, helped get Shuter to the top. He now devotes his time to getting the most recent star news out to his followers on and his other social media accounts. With tons of celebrity sources and relationships, Rob Shuter is the best and most reliable source for breaking celebrity gossip and news.

He is a frequent contributor to a variety of media outlets and lives in New York City with his Westminster winning Glen of Imaal Terrier.

Katie Hurley

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10:15AM (PST) – Katie Hurley, Author, “The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World”

Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, practices psychotherapy in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, and is a freelance writer for many online parenting publications. Her work can be found on EverydayFamily, Momtastic,, Yahoo Parenting, PBS Parents and The Huffington Post. Katie writes the parenting blog, Practical Parenting. Katie splits her time between Los Angeles and the Connecticut coast with her rock and roll husband and their two happy children.

DIFRET10:30AM (PST) – Meaza Ashenafi, “Difret”

Film DIFRET – In Theaters October 23, 2015

Meaza Ashenafi is one of leading women in Ethiopia, founder of and Executive Director of Ethiopian women Lawyers Association the first and the only one of its kind in Ethiopia also worked as Executive Director of the inter Africa group an independent organization dealing with political, Economic and security issues in the horn, as well as senior policy adviser at the African Child policy Forum (ACPF), beyond the legal, led a group of Ethiopian women entrepreneurs and professionals to establish the first women’s bank launched in July. This bank is expected to improve access to financial services to women and women entrepreneurs and impact on the perception and reality of women status in this country. Currently she is a chair of Enat Bank board of director. She awarded the African Leadership prize of the Hunger project in 2003 for the contributions of the Ethiopian women Lawyers Association under her Leadership and the International Women of Courage Award by the US Government in 2008. Her educational background covers a wide range of areas especially Law, International Studies and Gender studies.

Grit to Great11:15AM (PST) – Linda Kaplan Thaler, Chairman of the Ad Agency, Publicis New York, and Robin Koval, CEO and President of the Truth Initiative, authors of the book, “Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary”

Grit to Great

Bestselling authors of The Power of Nice and The Power of Small, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval return to reveal the surprising characteristic that 98% of the world’s most successful people have in common and how you can harness it to get ahead of the competition.

Linda Kaplan Thaler

Linda Kaplan Thaler is an Advertising Hall of Fame luminary, and creator of many of the industry’s most iconic campaigns, including Kodak Moments, and the hilarious Aflac duck. Linda was the co-founder and CEO of the Kaplan Thaler group, which quickly became one of America’s fastest growing ad agencies. She is currently Chairman of Publicis Kaplan Thaler, and the co-author of several national bestsellers, including Bang! Getting Your Message Heard in a Noisy World, The Power of Nice, and The Power of Small. She lives with her family in New York City.

Robin Koval

Robin Koval is the CEO and President of Legacy, the national public health foundation dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco and the creators of the award winning and life-saving truth® youth tobacco prevention program. Robin is also a leader in the world of advertising and marketing. She is a co-founder of the Kaplan Thaler Group, creators of the Aflac Duck and many other well-known campaigns, and was CEO of its successor, Publicis Kaplan Thaler. She is the co-author of three other best-selling books: The Power of Nice, The Power of Small, and Bang! Getting Your Message Heard in a Noisy World. Robin lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.

Judah Friedlander

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11:30AM (PST) – Judah Friedlander, comedian and author of the book, “If the Raindrops United”

New book, IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED, a hilarious and surprisingly profound book of drawings and comics that shows a new side of Friedlander. Out now!
Judah will be on tour in support of the October release of IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED. Find all dates at:

Judah Friedlander was a series regular on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning hit show 30 Rock for seven seasons (SAG Award for Best Ensemble). He won international acclaim for his portrayal of Toby Radloff in the award-winning movie “American Splendor”. He is the author of the bestselling instructional karate book How To Beat Up Anybody, featuring his photography and artwork. Friedlander is featured in Netflix’s just-released “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”, and his upcoming projects include a new comedy album and a stand-up documentary concert film. He will be a series regular on FOX’s 2016 primetime animated series “Bordertown” from executive producer Seth MacFarlane. But long before he became a stand-up comic and actor, Friedlander drew stuff.

IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED (Hachette Books; October 20, 2015) is a collection of hilarious and surprisingly profound drawings and comics that shows a new side of Friedlander’s “terrifically entertaining” (New York Times) comedy and marks a milestone in the career of one of America’s most inventive comedians. Hailed by Tina Fey as “one of the all-time great weirdos,” Judah’s drawings and cartoons push boundaries, exploring absurdities from American life and sex to history and human rights. Whether imagining George Washington in Las Vegas, plastic surgery for imperfect triangles, or the Keystone Pipeline as a sex act, Friedlander’s riotous drawings in IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED are laugh-out-loud funny, thought-provoking, and conversation-starting.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday October 21st 2015

Christopher Lloyd7:00AM (PST) – Christopher Lloyd, Back to the Future Day

Christopher Allen Lloyd is an American actor best known for his roles as Emmett “Doc” Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values, and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Lloyd has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award, along with being nominated for two Saturn Awards and two Daytime Emmy Awards. He has also done voiceover work in animation, usually cast as villains due to his distinctive voice.

Kat Perkins9:15AM (PST) – Kat Perkins, “The Voice” Correspondent


Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. At just 15 years old, she made the move to the Twin Cities from rural North Dakota and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene.

Over the years, Perkins has performed and recorded with her bands Scarlet Haze, Northern Comfort, and SKITZOfrenic. Scarlet Haze’s third record came out February of 2012 and was produced by James ‘Fluff’ Harley of World Record Productions and the debut single features Guns N’ Roses guitars Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin, Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett (Foo Fighters, Korn) and her current musical director Eric Warner.
Perkins recently found herself in the national spotlight on NBC’s THE VOICE as a Top 5 contestant coached by Adam Levine (of Maroon 5). Her single, “Fearless” was produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts.

When not on stage, you can usually find Perkins nannying, writing, recording and constantly coming up with new projects as well as managing other bands in the business. She speaks at many schools also.

Sheila Hamilton10:15AM (PST) – Sheila Hamilton, Author, “All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness”
All the Things We Never Knew

Five-time Emmy winner Sheila Hamilton is the news director and morning show co-host at the top-rated rock station in the country, KINK-FM in Portland. She also serves as the public affairs director and hosts an award-winning weekend talk show. She is currently Portland’s #1 Radio Personality.
Hamilton began her career as an Associate Producer for public broadcasting, and spent nearly two decades reporting, anchoring, and producing commercial television for ABC affiliates in Salt Lake City and Portland. She was recently voted Oregon’s Best Radio Personality. She writes cover stories for About Face magazine and serves on the board of Girls Inc., an organization empowering girls to be strong, smart, and bold, and of The Flawless Foundation, a mental health advocacy organization. Sheila Hamilton lives in Portland, OR.

Peggy Albrecht11:00AM (PST) – Peggy Albrecht, Executive Director of the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House

On Saturday, October 27th, the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House will host its 26th annual Awards luncheon at the Beverly Hilton

Approaching her 87th birthday, Peggy Albrecht has first-hand knowledge of the rise from the depths of alcoholism. Her own sobriety began over 42 years ago. An executive at a Fortune 500 company, her alcoholism escalated and her world collapsed, almost to the point of suicide. Her brother took her to her first AA meeting on may 10, 1971 and she has been sober since that day.
Guided by the premise that “every woman should have a chance to fight the disease of alcoholism and find a new sense of dignity, integrity and self-esteem,” Peggy sets an example of service with compassion and tolerance. Under her guidance, Friendly House has grown in stature, strength and reputation with two thriving resident homes in Los Angeles, helping thousands of women achieve sobriety.

Walter Trout

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11:30AM (PST) – Walter Trout, blues guitarist

New album, ‘Battle Scars’ ​- out October 23rd

Blues guitar virtuoso Walter Trout triumphantly returns with new studio album, Battle Scars, on Provogue Records. Joyful, energized guitar-and-vocal performances frame the dozen original songs that narrate his hard-won, life-or-death struggle waiting for, and ultimately receiving, a life-saving liver transplant. With bristling energy, unflagging virtuosity and lyrics that cut to the core of human hope and willpower, Walter Trout’s new album, Battle Scars, chronicles his horrific battle with liver failure. But the 12-song set, which will be released worldwide by Mascot Label Group’s Provogue Records on October 23 also captures the international guitar hero, on a new high — playing and singing at the peak of his abilities, infusing even his darkest numbers with creative joy that sweeps like a beacon.

Contrast that to early 2014, when Trout was lying in a hospital bed without the strength to move or speak, unable to recognize his own children, as he observed his body waste away. But on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, Trout underwent liver transplant surgery and the slow process of healing began. Initially, Trout hoped to capture his renewal and positivity in the songs. After Marie, Trout’s wife and manager, suggested that he revisit the difficult experiences of his illness, the songs began pouring out. The first was “Omaha”, which resonates with smashing chords and vibrating low strings: a solo packed with pealing midnight howls. The lyrics tell a tale of a man haunted by death. The opening song “Almost Gone” is equally potent. As the fingerpicked introduction intones, Trout lays his cards on the table: “Now I get the feeling/Something’s going wrong/Can’t help but feelin’/I won’t last too long.” The fatalism is balanced by the music — from the exquisite roar of Trout’s harmonica that follows those words to the ebullient, soaring six-string that gives the tune a tsunami of uplift. Another key track is “Gonna Live Again”, which gets its organic grounding from Trout’s acoustic guitar and the gentle quiver of emotion in his voice.
“Battle Scars” is Trout’s 18th album released by the Netherlands-based Provogue label and his 42nd overall, counting his pre-solo-career recordings as a member of the historic groups: Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

Trout fell headlong in love with the blues in 1965 when his brother brought the first album by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band into his family’s New Jersey home, and Trout heard the twin-guitar magic of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, combined with Butterfield’s gut-deep harmonica-and-vocal performances. In his music-loving home, Walter was raised to the sounds of records by Ray Charles, Hank Williams, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, John Coltrane, Bo Diddley and many other musical giants.
Trout’s practical schooling started in earnest when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1973 and got gigs backing Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Finis Tasby, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, Percy Mayfield and Joe Tex. In 1981 he joined the remaining original members of Canned Heat. But the real turning point was his five-year tenure with British blues giant Mayall. Trout became part of the Bluesbreakers’ lineage of great guitarists along with Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. Trout founded his own band in 1989 and cut his debut album Life In the Jungle, rapidly becoming a star in Europe. His first U.S. release, 1998’s critically heralded Walter Trout, also made him a fixture of the American blues-rock scene.
Over the decades Trout has accumulated numerous honors. He is a two-time winner of the “Overseas Artist of the Year” title at the British Blues Awards, and is a three-time Blues Music Awards nominee. Trout’s six-string prowess earned the number six slot in BBC Radio 1’s “Top 20 Guitarist” listener’s poll, tying with Queen’s Brian May. Just prior to his illness, Provogue records was poised for a major “Year of the Trout” marketing campaign and worldwide tour celebrating his 25 years as a solo artist. The label released Trout’s then newly recorded album, “When the Blues Came Calling”, and reissued his catalog on 180-gram vinyl. Additionally, Provogue published his autobiography penned with British music journalist, Henry Yates: Rescued From Reality: The Life and Times of Walter Trout.
Trout is now moving triumphantly forward in his 50th year as a guitarist. He is in the midst of a global tour with his band: keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure, and new bassist Johnny Griparic, who joined in time to record Battle Scars in Los Angeles’ Kingsize Soundlabs with Trout’s longtime producer Eric Corne.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday October 20th 2015

India's Daughter9:30AM (PST) – Leslee Udwin, “India’s Daughter”

Film “India’s Daughter” opens theatrically this month

Leslee Udwin is an independent British filmmaker based in London. No stranger to campaigning films which proved to be powerful tool for change, she produced “Who Bombed Birmingham”, (starring John Hurt, for Granada/HBO), which directly led to the release of the ‘Birmingham Six’ after 17 years of wrongful imprisonment, as well as “Sitting Targets” (BBC Screen 2) which chronicled her real life struggles against Britain’s most notorious criminal landlord, during which she set a legal precedent in the High Court of England. Her feature films for her production company Assassin Films include award-winning films “West is West”, “Mrs. Radcliffe’s Revolution”, and “East is East”, (which was awarded the BAFTA award for best British film as well as 35 other prestigious awards worldwide). Leslee herself was awarded the London Critics’ Circle Producer of the Year Award.
Her first documentary and her debut as a director, INDIA’S DAUGHTER, was critically acclaimed around the globe and provoked a global discussion about gender equality and women’s rights. It has been awarded the Audience Award for Best Film in Biografilm Festival’s Contemporary Lives. Leslee herself won the Filmmaker of the Year Award in India’s NBC Newsmakers Achievement Awards.

Leslee is currently advising the United Nations Human Rights Commission on a global education mission (“Equality Studies Global Initiative”). In 2015 she was awarded Anna Lindh Human Rights Award as well as voted #2 Woman Of Impact 2015 by New York Times, right behind Hillary Clinton.

Julia Pimsleur

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10:15AM (PST) – Julia Pimsleur, CEO and founder of Little Pim and author of “Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big”

Million Dollar Women

Julia Pimsleur is the CEO and Founder of Little Pim, the leading system for introducing young children to a second language. Little Pim has won twenty-five awards for its proprietary Entertainment Immersion Method® and its products are sold around the world. After raising millions in angel and venture capital for her own company, she created her popular “Double Digit Academy” and online course “Further. Faster. Funded.” to help other women raise capital and get further, faster. Pimsleur blogs about entrepreneurship for; has been featured on Today, NBC Weekend Today, and Fox News; and her company has been highlighted in Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She won the 2013 Smart CEO Brava! Award for women entrepreneurs, serves on the board of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and has spoken about entrepreneurship at Yale, Stanford and NYU. Pimsleur is fluent in French and lives in New York City.

Marina Anderson11:15AM (PST) – Marina Anderson, Author of “David Carradine, The Eye Of My Tornado”
David Carradine, The Eye of My Tornado

Marina Anderson has been in the media worldwide. In addition to her solid body of acting work in the US and Canada, she was married and personal manager to legend/icon David Carradine. Marina’s memoir, David Carradine The Eye Of My Tornado, became a best-seller.

Marina is an established actress, jewelry designer (The Flying Goddess), published author (“David Carradine, The Eye Of My Tornado”), and freelance writer for various online publications including Headlines & Global News (her column “Celebrity Quick Chat”). Her company, The Media Hound PR, Marina specializes in book publishing, music and entertainment publicity/promotion, marketing and branding. Her clients include top celebrities, authors and musicians.
With starring, guest star and supporting credits, Marina has been seen in many unique and diverse roles showcasing her talents as a skilled, versatile actress in many comedic and dramatic film and television productions as well as webisodes, national commercials and voiceovers.. Her chameleon-like qualities range from murderers to moms, attorneys to bimbos (“Bones”, “The Mentalist”, “Dexter”, “Law & Order LA”, “Seinfeld”…)

Her passion is helping animals and is an advocate for domestic and wildlife protection. Marina is currently working on a film version based on her memoir and just finished her first children’s book, which stars her beloved collie, Lulu, daughter of Lassie VIII and a “green” book with music for kids.
Marina was voted YouTube’s #1 TV Executive from the four-million viewership web series Pure Pwnage, and co-lead in Sophie Chase, (which was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award — the first in the history of the TV Academy) Outstanding Achievement In Video Content For Non-Traditional Delivery Platforms (New Media, iPod, Broadband), Canada’s four Genie Award (Canada’s Oscars) winning film (including Best Picture and director) 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, directed by Francois Girard and co-lead in The Motion Picture Academy Award and The Carl E. David Award winning film short Legacy. She has also been cast in numerous film and top TV shows including: Bones, The Mentalist, Dexter (opposite Jennifer Carpenter), Law & Order LA, Desperate Housewives, Sex & Mrs. X (for Hearst/Lifetime opposite Linda Hamilton), Forever Knight, Dracula: The Series, and recurring guest on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (opposite David Carradine), Largo Winch, and CBC’s highly rated series Scales of Justice.
Many other television appearances include: Seinfeld, Big Time Rush, Jane By Design, Parenthood, Ghost Whisperer, Side Order of Life (Becca’s mom), 12 Miles of Bad Road, and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip and national on camera and voice-over commercials including Federal Express, Pillsbury crescent rolls, Jell-O pudding, Home Depot, Safeway markets, Thicker Fuller Hair, Pacific Horizon furniture, Alburtus Magnus College and more.
Film credits include starring and supporting roles: Natural Selection (stars Breaking Bad’s Uncle Jack – Michael Bowen), co lead role in Dangerous Curves (opposite David and Robert Carradine), Macon County Jail (opposite Ally Sheedy), Licensed To Wed, Wild Hogs, Rendition, Kiss Of A Stranger (opposite Mariel Hemmingway), My Little Hollywood (Sylvester and Frank Stallone, Dennis Hopper), Naked Movie (Christian Slater, Tori Spelling), Shepherd (opposite Roddy Piper), co-lead in The Donor/La Donneuse, American Reel, three films for famed director Walter Hill and more.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday October 19th 2015

Dr. Andrew Weil10:00AM (PST) – Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, and author of the book, “Fast Food, Good Food: More Than 150 Quick and Easy Ways to Put Healthy, Delicious Food on the Table
Fast Food, Good Food

Andrew Weil, MD, is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing-oriented approach to health care that encompasses body, mind, and spirit. He is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, a cofounder of True Food Kitchen Restaurants, and the author or coauthor of several bestselling books, including True Food, Spontaneous Happiness, Spontaneous Healing, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Eating Well for Optimum Health, The Healthy Kitchen, and Healthy Aging. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Lisa Arch10:30AM (PST) – Lisa Arch, host of Labor Games on Discovery Life

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Lisa Arch has an extensive hosting background and TLC could not be happier to have her host Labor Games. Previously Lisa has hosted TBS’ “Dinner and a Movie”, Oxygen’s “Pajama Party” and “Watch This” on the TV Guide Channel. She hosted Comedy Central’s “Reel Comedy” where she interviewed actors from the latest comedy feature films that were about to hit the big screen. Her interview subjects included Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley MacLaine, Robin Williams, Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd, Kevin Spacey, Jim Carrey and many more. Lisa also hosted on Style Network’s highest rated show, “Clean House”.

Lisa makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and their two dogs, Bogie and Spud, and their 20 year old cat, Misty. She spends her spare time serving on the PTA board, cleaning up after her family’s messes, and cooking mediocre meals.

Dr. Jane McGonigal

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11:15AM (PST) – Dr. Jane McGonigal, world-renowned designer of alternate reality games — or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems, and author of the book, “SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient–Powered by the Science of Games”

Jane McGonigal, PhD, is the director of game research and development at the Institute for Future and the author of The New York Times bestseller Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. Her work has been featured in The EconomistWiredThe New York Times, and on MTV, CNN, and NPR. Her TED talks on games have been viewed more than ten million times. She has developed resilience-building games for the American Heart Association, the World Bank, the Oprah Winfrey Network, the New York Public Library, and Nike. She lives in San Francisco.