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Tyra Banks Returns To Daytime Television

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Prep yourself everyone. Tyra Banks is getting back into the daytime talk show game. The 40-year-old tour-de-force is executive producing a new lifestyle show that will launch next year. She’ll also step in front of the camera and host the yet-untitled show which will explore topics such as fashion, beauty, entertaining and individual enterprise.

“With an extraordinary social media following and legions of fans built over her years on television, Tyra is more relevant than ever,” said Lisa Hackner, executive vp of daytime and syndicated programming, ABC Entertainment Group. “She is the ideal personality to infuse lifestyle content with fresh energy, humor, and the practical information the daytime audience craves.”

As most of you know this will be Banks’ second time hosting a talk show. The Tyra Banks Show, which ran from 2005-10 earned an Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Informative. This new show is on the heels of another recently announced project.

She’s teaming up with Carmen Carrera for TransAmerica on VH1. In August, Tyra returns for the 21th Cycle of America’s Next Top Model. Read what the former Victoria’s Secret Angel has to say about her new gig below.

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Tyra Banks has been a long-time supporter of transgenders. She’s featured a couple on America’s Next Top Model. For her latest project, she’s teaming up with RuPaul’s Drag Race standout Carmen Carrera for a new ground-breaking series for VH1.

TransAmerica will follow a group of Chicago women navigating friendship, careers and dating, all united by the fact that they are transgender. Carrera will relocate from New Jersey for the series to serve as a role model for the cast.

“Being a woman means everything to me,” Carrera said. “Before my transition I felt trapped, and now I’ve been set free. Carmen has arrived and I can’t wait to share my story.”

The eight-episode docu-series is slated to air either late 2014 or early 2015. Banks will executive produce alongside Gay Rosenthal (Behind the Music, Push Girls, Little People, Big World). Check out more details about the show and cast below.

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Based on the picture above, I’d say he has what it takes to be a bottom ;)

On America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks plays the dotting supportive mentor. On tonight’s Glee, Banks gets to channel her inner bitch by playing a tough modeling agent. Fittingly enough, her character’s name is Bichette. She reveals in the behind-the-scenes clip, her experiences as a young model with bitchy agents serves as inspiration for her portrayal.

If Banks isn’t enough to make you tune in to tonight’s episode, perhaps a shirtless Chord Overstreet will do the trick. Contrary to Bichette’s advice, I think Sam needs to gain ten pounds instead of losing it. More muscle preferably. He heads to New York with Blaine to visit Rachel, Kurt and Santana. Also on Glee tonight, the Gleeks pay homage to Billy Joel. Check out both Tyra’s BTS clip and “Movin’ Out” promo below.

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ANTM Cycle 20: Meet The Cast & Season Premiere Pics

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Typically, ANTM fans are treated to a new cycle every three to four months. With the ratings nowhere near as stellar as they once were, the CW decided to scale things back and only air it once a year. In the dog days of summer to boot. America’s Next Top Model finally returns to the airwaves for its 20th cycle starting on August 2. The catch-phrase for this cycle is “Who Will Dominate?” Hopefully for Tyra Banks’ sake, the ratings. Otherwise this could be the last go round.

Judges Tyra Banks, Kelly Cutrone, Bryanboy, and Rob Evans all return to the panel to discover fashion’s next big thing… yeah right. Johnny Wujek also booked another cycle as creative director for the photo shoots. For the first time ever, male models were allowed to compete for the crown. It’s about friggin’ time.

With guys now in the competition, the prizes were altered to reflect the new changes. A modeling contract with NEXT Model Management, a spread in Nylon magazine, a campaign with Guess and a US $100,000 cash prize are now the coveted prize package. Gone are campaigns with Nine West and Smashbox Cosmetics and having the honor as the face of the America’s Next Top Model perfume product “Dream Come True.” Check out all the hopefuls below. You know a guy is going to win this year. Just like when Sophie won the British Invasion Cycle. Check out the cast below, along with preview pics for the season premiere.

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Boy, did I get last week wrong. I thought for sure it was Kiara Belen’s time to go on America’s Next Top Model. Not only did she stay, but she ended up getting first call out (FCO). While I predicted that Nastasia might be in trouble, I didn’t expect Laura to narrowly escape elimination. I thought Laura’s Dreams Come True photo rocked. Apparently, it was too sexy. Whatever!!! Clearly, the judges had a collective brain fart. If you don’t want sexy, don’t have the models posing in skimpy white bikinis. Silly Tyra. Her photo was nowhere near as provocative as some of Calvin Klein’s fragrance ads geared towards the same demo.

Believe it or not, we’re finally at the end of Cycle 19. Typically, this is the time when the girls do their CoverGirl ad and commercials, but not this time. Smashbox Cosmetics has stepped in and so have Nine West. For the final assignment, Kiara, Leila (my favorite) and Laura pose with their pumped up kicks by Nine West. Last week’s photographer Jez Smith is back to snap the shots. This time around he gets into a bit of drama with Kelly Cutrone. I.CAN’T.WAIT. Who will out-bitch who? Check out the Nine West photos plus snaps from the dramatic final runway show below.

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And then there were four. Ding dong, Kristin Kagay the self-proclaimed reformed mean girl finally hit the road. Praise Jesus. If I had to endure another episode of her whining, I might’ve lost it. It’s so unfortunate that such a pretty girl has such an ugly attitude. I wonder if she’s kept her word and not connected with any of her former model roomies. After seeing her confessionals, I’m sure none of them want anything to do with her either.

Only a couple of episodes left til we crown the Cycle 19 winner of America’s Next Top Model. Who’s got what it takes to out smize the competition. Personally, anyone but Kiara winning will be a satisfying conclusion to ANTM’s first College Edition. That said, it looks like Laura has it in the bag. As much as I’m rooting for Leila, I really don’t think they’ll give the title to someone who was previously eliminated. Do you?

Based on the episode title, who do you think is going to freak out on horseback? My money is on Leila, given she was ‘attacked‘ by a dolphin last week. Side note, first dolphins and now horses. What species will Tyrant roll out next week? Check out this week’s pictures below.

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Typically the CW’s PR team releases the preview pics on Monday, but due to New York being crippled by Hurricane Sandy, the photos haven’t been made available til now. For all you readers who’ve been contacting us for them, here you go. Even Frankstorm couldn’t hold down Tyra Banks forever. Speaking of Miss Smize herself, it’s that time of the cycle where she gets behind the camera and photographs the remaining girls in black and white. Has she ever snapped them in color? And no, sepia doesn’t count. Hardcore ANTM fans help me out.

Given this cycle’s overseas destination, Kiara, Kristin, Nastasia, Laura and Leila find themselves in water yet again, for both the challenge and photo shoot. First, they pose with adorable dolphins and in some cases, very provocatively. Laura is giving major Sports Illustrated heat in her photo. Later in the episode, Tyra has the girls in cascading waterfalls. In the wise words of TLC, “Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.” Wise words indeed. Check out this week’s preview photos below.

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Not saying that latest America’s Next Top Model reject Brittany Brown is the best, but she definitely didn’t deserve to go before Kiara. The college hoopster needs to leave my screen immediately. I’m so over her. Like, sooooooo over her.

Who else feels a bit ripped off that Tyra didn’t reveal who was re-entering the competition last episode. The fact it was titled, “The Girl Who Comes Back” should’ve actually featured the girl who comes back. Don’t you think? Ugh, so annoying. Anyhoo, it’s so obvious Leila is coming back, especially when all the eliminated models were standing side by side. She’s clearly head and shoulders above the other girls in terms of potential.

It’s overseas destination time and the girls are heading off to Kingston, Jamaica. Seems like the CW cut Tyra’s travel budget drastically, considering Hong Kong, Morocco, Greece and Italy were the last four previous locations. I can only imagine where Cycle 20, featuring male models for the first time, will take us. Check out the photos from the next episode below.

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