We all know ABC’s “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope is sharp, but it seems Kerry Washington was just channeling her own personal style. “People” magazine editors listed Washington — who’s up for a best dramatic actress Emmy — as the No. 1 best dressed woman in the world. “Vanity Fair” also bestowed Washington with a similar honor in July. “People’” also mentioned Solange Knowles, Zoe Saldana and Nicole Richie as 2013 top trendsetters. Be sure to watch Washington work the red carpet Sunday at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. In the meantime catch up on Scandal before its Oct. 3 season premiere. [Watch here]
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A softer side of NeNe?: I fought exhaustion to stay up and catch “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding” (I know, I know, it didn’t come on too late). It seemed fine although I found myself wondering how much of it was scripted. Judging from Twitter, most people responded favorably, too, while others called it “boring.” I agree, there weren’t a lot of fireworks in this episode but it wasn’t a snoozefest. Personally, I liked seeing Leakes peacefully interact with her aunts and uncle. Even though she came from a broken home, she was clearly loved. This differs from the over-the-top Leakes that people either love or love to despise. And I think people have gotten addicted to that Leakes personality. People wanted hilarious one-liners and there wasn’t anyone to dish them out on … yet. Between hubby Gregg Leakes’ feuding five children from a previous marriage and her “bridesmaidzillas,” this will definitely change. Yep, this will probably give people their “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” fix until it returns in November. Did you watch? What did you think? [Watch here]
“Queen Latifah” sets ratings records: Premiere week is looking pretty good for Queen Latifah’s new talk show. It’s the highest daytime television debut of the year and the second highest-rated premiere since 2009, when “The Dr. Oz Show” debuted, “US Weekly” reports. The show is lively and upbeat, and I look forward to seeing how it progresses. She also incorporates a humanitarian aspect that seems to go over well with her audience. Yesterday, she and longtime friend Will Smith tested their hip hop knowledge in a round of “Jeopardy!” with host Alex Trebek. Will it give me that gotta-rush-home-and-watch feeling that “The Oprah Winfrey Show” provided? That remains to be seen. I will tune in to see what’s happening with tomorrow’s guest Jamie Foxx. He’s always fun. [Watch here]
Oprah’s coming to a city near you: Apparently Oprah Winfrey misses her old viewers so much that she’s going on a speaking tour. Winfrey says she misses “the day-to-day connection” that her talk show provided. “That’s what I see in the future, in terms of my connection to an audience. I don’t think I will ever be sitting in front of an audience again doing a show like ‘Oprah,’” the media maven told “New York Magazine.” I know plenty of women (and even men) who would jump at the opportunity to see Winfrey share her wisdom in person. I remember seeing her give last year’s commencement address at Spelman College where she offered great advice to graduates. Can’t wait for Winfrey’s tour to start? Maybe “Oprah’s Lifeclass” will hold you over. [Watch Here]
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