She’s been as dumb as a Bundy and as brilliant as a starship captain — we always love Katey Sagal, no matter who she is. Born into a show business family and becoming a singer/songwriter, Sagal worked with such superstars as KISS’ Gene Simmons, Bob Dylan, Olivia Newton-John and Bette Midler. After dabbling in TV acting a bit, Sagal shot to her own stardom when the fledgling Fox Broadcasting Network launched it’s first sitcom, Married… with Children, back in 1987. Peggy Bundy would anchor her family during the show’s crude, edgy 11 seasons. After Peggy, Sagal worked in several shows and won further praise, but viewers know her best today as the voice of Turanga Leela, ace pilot on “Futurama,” and as the tough cycle gang matriarch on “Sons of Anarchy.”
In just five years, the small frozen yogurt shop started by Shelly Hwang and Young Lee near Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood has become a pop cult icon all its own. Franchises dishing out the tart taste of Pinkberry fro-yo spread quickly across the country — 80 shops so far — and celebrity magazines filled their paparazzi pages with photos of Taylor Swift, Ashley Tisdale, Rob Lowe and others downing a dish and praising its alure. Want some Pinkberry? OMG OMG OMG yes.
Alton Brown is probably the Food Network guy with whom you’d most like to grab a beer. As the cheeky and helpful expert guide to improving your kitchen IQ, the Good Eats host is a fun hybrid of TV goofiness and cooking mastery. According to his bio, Brown walked away from his career as a cinematographer and video director to train at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt. His show Good Eats soon followed, as did his award-winning cookbook I’m Just Here for the Food and role as the blow-by-blow color commentator on Iron Chef America. As Bill Nye is to science, so Alton is to food — our go-to source for common sense and uncommon taste. In Alton we trust.
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