It's the little late-night talk show that could. Next week, Watch What Happens Live — the kooky, wildly unpredictable chat-fest hosted by Andy Cohen — marks its fifth year on the air. That's no small feat, considering its very humble beginning as a shoestring web series anchored by a largely unknown Bravo network executive. Since then, plenty has changed. For starters, Cohen has become a celebrity in his own right, with one bestselling book down and a second due in the fall. And the ratings have grown. About 334,000 people tuned in for the first televised episode in 2009; this spring, WWHL hit an all-time high of 3.9 million viewers, and it's up 7 percent over Conan this season. The star power is also higher wattage. Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan and Oprah Winfrey are among the guests who have partaken in the mélange of parlor games, free-flowing cocktails and general pop-culture revelry that's made the pint-size "Bravo Clubhouse" ground zero for countless watercooler moments. We sat down with Cohen in his Manhattan studio to relive the wild ride...read more
Entrepreneur and celebrity chef Martha Stewart brings viewers back into her kitchen for the third season of PBS's Martha Stewart's Cooking School. The 13-episode series teaches home cooks how to master a multitude of meals and culinary techniques in just 30 minutes. "It's not the typical dump-and-stir program," Stewart told TV Guide Magazine at a private cooking demo in the test kitchen at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's Manhattan headquarters, where she cooked personal pot pies for a room full of reporters. "We focus on one particular kind of cooking or one particular ingredient. I love to impart the ideas, and we have lots to cover."read more
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who has the best costume of them all?
That's the question the first annual Hub Halloween Bash aims to answer. The two-hour special, hosted by Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson, features children from across the country competing in a star-studded costume contest with the winner nabbing $25,000 and a walk-on role on the Daytime Emmy-winning series R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series.read more