On Momversation: Is Oprah Too Powerful?

The Queen of TV enters the Momversation when Heather from Dooce.com asks, “Oprah: cool or overrated?” Weigh in!  No pun intended.

Also in the conversation are Mindy Roberts from The Mommy Blog and Rebecca Woolf from Girl’s Gone Child.

On Momversation: What’s Up With Celebrity Kids?

This is not an advice-question for the Momversation team of mom-bloggers. But it’s one that I have often asked myself and friends: When did celebrity kids become such a big deal? And isn’t kind of weird? What’s the source?  Do people really want to know that much about small people who’ve done nothing to earn their fame? Are they not the Joe the Plumber of the tabloids? I found one article that says celebrity obsession is harmful to kids. But no study yet on what a fixation on Shiloh and Suri does.

What do you think?

Behind the Scenes: Why I Love Working in TV

When I had Vivien, I didn’t have a gig. I was okay with it, because I had long thought I wanted that first year with my baby. But when she was only 9 days old, I got a call to come in to do a comedy bit for CMT (the Country Music Channel), for a Christmas show. I was to be Mrs. Claus and improvise jokes based on silly videos I watched.

I walked into that studio with a smile on my face, thanking everyone I met. “Hi, Julie? You do makeup? God bless you! Fred, you do lighting? Oh blast me!” I might have kissed the guy who brought the bagels and fruit. And I almost cried when I realized I was going to get a paycheck for the day, as well.  When you haven’t earned your own money in a while after having supported yourself for years, it gets to you.

Even though I was dressed as Mrs. Claus, I was so happy to be out of the house for a few hours, to see that I could still make jokes and go through hair and makeup – even if I was in a white wig and a big red dress.

Well, here is a little peek at the behind-the-scenes of my present job, as host of the “The Fashion Team” on the TV Guide channel. I’m lucky to have a job and even luckier that they apply makeup when I get there.

Can’t Wait NOT To See This Movie

This is one of my biggest beefs with the movie industry: Violent and kids-in-peril movies are not going to get me out of my house, into a car, looking for parking, spending $12 a ticket and $5 for popcorn to sit next to strangers. The movie industry is hurting? Wah-wah, then quit making all these downers that scare me and keep me up at night! Bring on “Sex and the City,” or James Bond. That’s what this mommy likes.

Halloween at the Fashion Team

When Viv was younger (under 3) she was happy to be a model on my TV Guide show, The Fashion Team – or at least, she tolerated it. Now, not so much. It’s nice when she does the Halloween show, like she did last week, because the producers get her a costume and lazy mom (me) doesn’t have more work to do for the big day. But this year, Viv had really had it – and showed it on camera.

My Clip on Dr. Phil

For those that missed it, here is my very brief part on the Dr. Phil show about “extreme parenting.” It sounds so salacious!

This is longer than a usual Cool Mom bit: between two and three minutes, which, for me, is about as long a video as I can ever watch online. The mom I was backing up is Lenore of Free Range Kids.

Did I change the face of daytime TV? Nah, but it was fun to be on the show.

And I hope, someday, to fit in that yellow dress again.

Dancing With The Stars

I’m not ashamed to say I’m one of the 17 million that watches “Dancing With The Stars.” I have to TiVo it because I can’t stand watching the backstage interviews with that sub-par interviewer who has three questions she asks in rotation. “How much have you loved being on the show?” Sarah Palin should have Samantha Harris interview her.

Now, I taped this bit last week and I have to correct one thing. I said Brooke Burns when I meant Brooke Burke. I know the difference, but mucked it up. Burke is doing great on the show and she is a very nice person. I also neglected to mention what a star “Dame” Cloris Leachman is. She really made an effort Monday night.

If Rocco’s out, it’s not a shocker: that blouse will have cooked his goose.

Vivica A. Fox Visits Cool Mom

This is what a techno lame-o I am.  About a month ago, Vivica A. Fox, actress and host of VH1′s “Glam God,” visited my TV show The Fashion Team. She is good-natured and funny, so I asked her if she would speak to the Cool Moms on my new Flip camera. Yes, she said, no problem. Even though she is not a mom, she knows a lot about looking good on the fly, so I asked her about some simple beauty and style tips for the rest of us.

Then I loaded the Flip to the computer and the video was… a small black square. Oops. I had tech support come in (aka, my 14-year-old stepson, Oliver), and we downloaded it again. Here is where I should not have listened to my tech support, or maybe wait until he is out of 9th grade. He said I should delete the original on the camera and I did… uh-oh.

Later, a tech-savvy friend came over and said the problem was I needed to download something to read the file and now I would never get the video picture back because I deleted it.

May I say that when the Flip camera says I can just plug it into my computer and watch, I EXPECT that to actually happen? What’s with the download?

Fortunately, my tech-savvy girlfriend was somehow able to magically find this lost treasure of fashion advice.

Long story short… here’s the quick minute with Vivica A. Fox.

Guess Who’s On Dr. Phil!

I’m thinking of starting my own cable show called “My Life On The G-List” (I wish I were D-list). Anyway, when you are on the G-list, once in a while you get a cool glimpse into the A-list life. Such was my experience on Dr. Phil. Watch it Monday. I have to say, as much as one can make cracks about the syndicated dynasties like Dr. Phil, he actually gave very good advice and the right take on the show I was on. But when you watch this, you’ll see that Dr. Phil was holding out on me.

Moving to Canada

I think leftist political shows are usually funnier than right-wing parodies. The Daily Show versus that show on Fox for example.

But leftists as individuals can be a really humorless lot, taking themselves WAY to seriously. If anyone has seen Janeane Garofalo in the last couple of years, you know what I mean. So sometimes I think lefties need the piss taken out of them. As someone who grew up in alternative (hippie) schools, snacked on rice cakes, and still likes a swig of soy milk for comfort, I think I’m in a perfect position to do the skewering. Here is an attempt.