Friday, April 9, 2010

4/09 - Richard Schlesinger , Catherine Bell, Claire Robinson, Paul Logan, Jaden Hair, Steve Evans

 Richard Schlesinger  CBS "48 Hours Mystery “My Mother’s Murder” 
In 2005, 39-year-old Jennifer Jackson was a single mother, working as a successful investment banker in Memphis , TN. She had a rather lavish lifestyle, living in a big home and spending most of her money on shopping sprees and her 18-year-old daughter Noura – a high school dropout. Jennifer and her daughter had a good relationship, but Noura wanted to live a partying lifestyle of which her mother did not approve. Noura would spend hours out at night, drinking and doing drugs.  On the night of June 5, 2005, Noura made a frantic phone call to the police. She said upon arriving home late from a party, she found her mother lying dead in her bedroom. Jennifer Jackson was stabbed more than 50 times. The murder sent a shock through the community. The police went on a desperate search to find the killer, but they were stymied due to the lack of physical evidence at the crime scene. So they focused their attention on Noura – who seemed very suspicious in the weeks after the murder. She told police conflicting stories about her activities in the hours before she called 911. And, just an hour before calling police, Noura bought bandages to dress a cut on her left hand. The bloody bedroom crime scene included blood DNA from at least two unknown females – but no blood matched Noura. That was her main defense. Could an 18-year-old girl really brutally kill her own mother? And if so, why was there NO physical proof that Noura was at the crime scene? Richard Schlesinger investigates on this week’s 48 Hours Mystery “My Mother’s Murder.”

CLAIRE ROBINSON  Food Network's  "Challenge"  (New Host)
Claire Robinson combines her passions for food and television in 5 Ingredient Fix, a Food Network series featuring delicious eclectic recipes made with five ingredients or fewer. She believes the best dishes feature carefully selected fresh foods with distinct flavors and a straightforward cooking style that also promotes healthy and seasonal eating. Claire also joined Food Network’s primetime lineup as the host of Food Network Challenge (as of April 2010), bringing her culinary knowledge and passion for the iconic show to its brand-new set and providing minute-by-minute details of the thrilling challenges. With a multiethnic background, Claire cites her French-speaking grandmother as a major influence on her love for food, a joy passed on through many generations. Born in Jacksonville, Fla., Claire (and her family) spent time in St. Augustine, Fla.; Houston; and New Orleans, but ultimately settled in Memphis, Tenn.

Catherine Bell - " Lifetime Television's "Army Wives" 
You Know Her Best for Starring in the Hit Series JAG.  In Her Current TV Role She’s on a Military Base Once Again, This Time with Co-star Kim Delaney.  Army Wives is Lifetime Television’s Highest Rated Series.  This London-born American actress is the daughter of an Iranian mother and a Scottish father. She was attending UCLA with plans to become a biomedical engineer but decided to drop out to become a full-time model. She thought she was too shy to act so she took an acting class only to find out that’s what she wanted to do. Her first role was as Isabella Rossellini’s body double in Death Becomes Her. From there she never looked back playing roles in television and movies like Bruce Almighty with Jim Carrey and Evan Almighty with Steve Carell.  In Army Wives, Catherine plays Denise Sherwood, one of five women living with their spouses and families on an Army base. The series takes a look at the struggles, dreams, and friendships of these women. The fourth season premieres on Sunday, April 11 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime Television.

Paul Logan - Syfy's "Mega Piranha"
Brady Bunch alum Barry Williams teams with pop singer Tiffany and Paul Logan to save Florida from a giant piranha. In Mega Piranha, premiering on Saturday, April 10, at 9PM (ET/PT), Barry Williams, 1980s singing sensation Tiffany and Paul Logan (Megafault) form an unusual alliance to stop a mutant strain of giant ferocious piranhas that have escaped from the Amazon and are eating their way to Florida. Paul Logan, (“Glen Reiber” on NBC’s “Days Of Our Lives”)  In addition to “Days of Our Lives,” Logan’s television credits include appearances on hit shows.  Logan has been training in the martial arts since age 13. He holds a black belt in Okinawan Go Ju Ryu karate. He has been training MMA for the past 6 years. Logan has appeared on the cover and inside of most fitness magazines and has been called Hollywood’s next action hero.

Jaden Hair -  National Pork Board
Are pork products healthy for you and what about all the health concerns they sometimes raise. An article in "Healthy Living" magazine states pound for pound, pork continues to be one of the most economical buys in the meat case, offering an excellent way to slim down consumers’ waistlines and their wallets. To spread the word, the Pork Checkoff teamed up with the Price Chopper supermarket chain earlier this year to develop a magazine article centered around pork and healthy living for the new year.   “This was our first time to get an article in Healthy Living Magazine, and Traci Rodemeyer, manager of pork information for the Pork Checkoff, helped us deliver several key points, including pork’s leanness, pork as a value protein, and a healthy, easy pork recipe,” says Ryan Mills, retail marketing manager, northeast division, for the Pork Checkoff.  The article noted that today’s pork is much leaner than it was 18 years ago, with the most common cuts of pork being 16 percent leaner, while the amount of saturated fat has dropped 27 percent.

Steve Evans "The Movie Guy"
Tips on the best & worst this weekend at the Box Office. Steve reviews and comments on all the latest from Hollywood and gets the story behind the film.A veteran of the industry, "The Movie Guy" says exactly how he feels about the movies that you will be watching this weekend. Mike Horn comments on the lineup of big screen offerings but does not always agree with what Steve has to say. This is the movie review program to listen to every week and get the "real deal".