Television

Korean Dramas: The Oncoming Wave

Korean Dramas: The Oncoming Wave

A motorcyclist pulls to stop in front of a building that says “Public Baths.” The driver jumps off the bike, takeout food container in hand, and, without a moment of hesitation, walks into the women’s section and starts setting out the order, calling the dishes out. Suddenly, it’s mass hysteria. […]

 
 

Project Runway’s ‘Problem Child’

Project Runway’s ‘Problem Child’

BY DANIELLE STROLIA On reality TV, there’s always that villain. That one person other contestants just can’t get along with, that one person that viewers are just waiting to watch crash and burn. Unfortunately for Kenley Collins, second runner-up on the fifth season of Project Runway in 2008, that person […]

 
 

Writing for Laughs

Writing for Laughs

Sitting comfortably on a bench in Washington Square Park, the spatial center of New York University, Monica Skoko seems very relaxed for someone just weeks away from graduation and jumping into a highly competitive job market: television writing. Perhaps it is the newly arrived spring weather, as flowers peek through […]

 
 

For the Love of the Spotlight

For the Love of the Spotlight

Perched on a barstool in a straight out of a Sex-and-the-City-style apartment on West 23rd, Stacy Kessler, an actress, model, host and lifestyle coach, tilts her head from side to side. Sasha, the stunning young woman doing Kessler’s makeup on this unseasonably warm February evening, is adjusting different lights to […]

 
 

Why We Still Love Lucy

Why We Still Love Lucy

Lucille Ball walked with confidence down Massachusetts Avenue on a chilly February day in 1988, heading to Harvard to claim her title of Woman of the Year at the Hasty Pudding festival. Then in her seventies, Ball could not believe that so many twenty-something students stood shouting their praise from […]

 
 

Who is Jason Christopher Peters?

Who is Jason Christopher Peters?

It was February 2008, and then-25-year-old Jason Christopher Peters felt like a prisoner. As a finalist for the competition reality show “Stylista,” he had been sequestered in a Los Angeles hotel with no phone, no computer, and no one to talk to except CW Television Network casting agents and producers […]

 
 

Call Me The Sucklord

Call Me The Sucklord

  Morgan Phillip’s studio, located above an art gallery in a Lower East Side tenement, looks at first typical for an artist with a wall covered in paint. However, instead of paint and markers, his table is filled with toys from “Star Wars,” “The Love Boat,” and other movies and […]

 
 

Heather Marter Played Her Cards and Won Love

Heather Marter Played Her Cards and Won Love

  A pivotal moment during the 25th season of the popular MTV reality show “The Real World,” takes place in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Dustin Zito, outfitted in a gray sweatshirt, basketball shorts, and a backwards baseball cap, waltzes from the kitchen to a bathroom. […]

 
 

Can The Glamazons Keep Growing?

Can The Glamazons Keep Growing?

For almost 15 years, Meryl “Lady” Finger has enjoyed the highs and suffered through the low of a performing career which has taken her from a national tour of a Broadway show to a cult following for her own musical revue to nation attention on the 2007 season of “America’s […]

 
 

Ryan Nickulas: Life Beyond “The A-List”

Ryan Nickulas: Life Beyond “The A-List”

How Ryan Nickulas stayed grounded before, during, and after reality TV By Karina Grudnikov Hairstylist Ryan Nickulas admits he always dreamed of appearing on television. His wish came true last fall when the West Village salon-owner appeared on the premier of “The A-List,” a new cable show that follows the […]