Cast Blog: #WWHL

The Book!

‘Tis the End of the Eighth Season

Ask, Believe, Receive A Kiss From Andy

Wish Upon a Giggy

Giving Thanks to WWHL

Weathering the Storm

Blue Cheese and Blunders

Pranks for the Memories

The Devil's Contraption

Jill Zarin Gets Fiesty on 'WWHL'

A Researcher's Dream!

To 300 More!

Watch What Happens Fire!

We're Back and Full of Surprises!

'Gossip Girl' Star Makes a Cameo on 'Watch What Happens Live'

The Weirder the Pair, The Better!

The Queen of Puns

Here Since the Beginning

The Housewife Wannabe

Bedazzled Legs, Anyone?

...And Nordstrom!

Why We Like Mike

When a Ginger Man Loves a Woman

The Locomotion!

The Body Roll

Take This Lollipop

Normal Office Conversation

From the Sky

Things I Need to Tell You

Happy Summer!

Andy's Career Advice

My Book!

How Did This Happen?

A Bravolebrity Bonanza

Viewer Mail: Andy Pleads the Fifth on Martha Stewart

Back from Vacation!

Pancakes!

Wednesday Morning

R.I.P.

Getting Myself in Gear

Viewer Mail: Andy's Most Difficult Guest

The Book!

Andy announces his forthcoming memoir.

 

I am excited to announce this morning that I've signed with Henry Holt and Company to write a book! It'll be a memoir, of sorts, about my intersections with pop culture over the years, from growing up in front of the TV as a kid in St. Louis to my years at CBS News, all the way up to today. The stories I've been saving up are funny and improbable and really define who I am today.  

This is something I've always wanted to do and, if you've read this blog much over the past seven years, you know that writing is something I enjoy. And, yes, I will write every word of it, I don't know how I could settle for anything less than writing it myself. I started last weekend and have much work to do (understatement) before it comes out next summer. 

Here are some titles that you will NOT see on the cover of my book:

A Million Little Mazels

Andy!

Curlytop!

Rainy Days and Mazels

Vicki and Me: My Secret Affair with the Queen of Insurance 

Every Which Way But Mazel

Stories Sarah Jessica Told Me 

Hope Over Heartbreak: My Battle with Rosacea

So the question is, what SHOULD I call it? Let me know if you have any brilliant thoughts... And in the meantime, here's the release that went out today:

BRAVO NETWORK EXECUTIVE ANDY COHEN TO PEN FIRST BOOK; HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY WILL PUBLISH MEMOIR OF HIS LIFE, IN AND ON TELEVISION, NEXT SUMMER

NEW YORK, August 8, 2011 – Andy Cohen, the executive vice president of original programming and development at Bravo and host of the network's buzzy, late night interactive talk show "Watch What Happens: Live," will add writer to his multi-hyphenated résumé. Henry Holt and Company will publish Cohen's book, his first, about his life-long love of popular culture and of television, both behind the desk and on the set, it was announced today by Stephen Rubin, Holt's president and publisher. The book will be published in summer 2012.

"Anyone who sees what Andy Cohen has achieved at Bravo knows the guy is a marketing genius," said Rubin. "What nobody knows as of yet, is that Andy is also a very seductive and compelling writer with a story to tell that will charm, shock and engage readers with its candor, honesty and wit. Andy is as irresistible on the page as he is on screen."

"I love to write and I’m thrilled that I get to share stories of my improbable intersections with pop culture that have enriched my life," Cohen said.

Growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Mo., Cohen knew two things about himself: that he loved popular culture and that, around the age of 12, he was gay. He suppressed the latter and fed the former. His media diet was a steady stream of 70s shows like "The Brady Bunch," "Laverne & Shirley," and "Donny & Marie." He had a passion too for the medium's stars like Farrah Fawcett, Mary Tyler Moore and Susan Lucci, many of whom he would later meet. By his twenties, he was out of the closet and out of St. Louis.  In 1989, his life changed forever when he landed an internship at CBS News in New York. With his irrepressible personality and sky's-the-limit attitude, over time he went from intern to producer, absorbing everything he could about the industry and the guest stars on the network’s morning show. His book will include many hilarious moments of mishaps on the set and while on assignment, and tell of his coming-of-age social life filled with antics and mayhem.

Cohen's vitae is an A-list of dream jobs in television. Aside from "CBS This Morning" where he rose from producer to senior producer, he also worked as a producer for the network's "48 Hours." He is a recurring commentator on pop culture for NBC's "Today," MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and for HLN's "The Joy Behar Show." Before Bravo, he was a vice president of original programming at TRIO, a division of NBC Universal. As an executive producer, Cohen won an Emmy Award in 2010 for Bravo's "Top Chef"; a Peabody Award in 2004 for the TRIO documentary "The N-Word"; and received 11 primetime Emmy nominations for many of his Bravo series including "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (2005), "Project Runway" (2006, 2007 and 2008) and for "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (2010 and 2011). He was named by OUT Magazine as the "hottest blogger of 2006." He graduated from Boston University in 1990. Cohen resides in New York City.

Rubin acquired world rights, audio and first serial for the book from Creative Artists Agency on behalf of Cohen. The book will be edited by Holt executive editor Gillian Blake, who was the editor of the New York Times best-selling memoir by Rob Lowe, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends," published in May.

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Ask, Believe, Receive A Kiss From Andy

WWHL’s Research PA dishes on one seriously unique work week.

Hey guys! My name is Laura and I’m a Research Production Assistant here at WWHL. For the first 3 seasons on this unbeweavable show, I was the permanently glittered hands crafting the crazy fun props and prizes gifted to the guests. You name it, I’ve bedazzled it! (No but seriously: pacifier, pickle, ‘fro pick, condoms, whip, hookah, mannequin leg...the list goes on!) This past season, I closed down my crafting corner and now I have the pleasure of helping Megan, Christie, and Lindsey with research and interactive. Every night, I get to read all of your amazing questions for our guests and help make sure that Andy’s got a stellar selection on his cards. But who cares about me?! On to this crazy week of shows!

Sunday: Kim and Reza did NOT disappoint.  They served up some wig wearin’, stache sportin’, truth tellin’ realness.  Kim rocked “The Farrah” like only she can, not to be outdone by Reza’s gloriously quaffed upper lip.  I swear that man’s mustache is the 8th wonder of the world...

There’s something so refreshing about two guests truly unafraid to tell it like it is and it makes for great TV.  Reza musta had Santa on the brain ‘cause he couldn’t keep from dropping those Ho, Ho, Hos! And say what you will about Kim, but that lady just wants to be home with her hot hubby and you can’t hate a ho for that!  

Monday: Let’s be real for a second: I’m 23 and I’m not even gonna PRETEND to be ashamed that I used to drink up every drama filled minute of Laguna Beach and The Hills. So of course I was LIVING for Kristin Cavallari’s confession that it was a big pile of producer induced drama. Shocking? Eh, not really. Exhilarating for the teen in me? Abso-freaking-lutely. There’s no shame in my game, hunny!




Taylor Armstrong was on her absolute A-game and she totally wins for my favorite one liner of the week: “The only thing uglier than a drunk woman is a drunk woman’s 40-yr-old ass flying through the air!” And please let us not forget the arm wrestling. Oh my word, the arm wrestling.  

Epic.  

Tuesday: Truly, there are no words for the amazingness that was the luscious lipped Lisa Rinna and Jeff Lewis and therefore I simply gift you with this kisstacular clip:




You’re welcome. 

Wednesday: I really think that one of the things that is so unique about WWHL is our unexpected guest combos. You never know who will end up in those chairs!  So when I saw ‘Carmen Electra and Billy Ray Cyrus’ on the calendar, my achy breaky heart skipped an achy breaky beat.

When Carmen slinked into the studio I couldn’t believe how amazing she looked. Does that woman age?! She was KILLIN’ it all night long complete with sex appeal and sock bun. I admit I was bummed when Billy Ray plead the fifth on the Miley Ex-BF question. I mean really, who wasn’t hoping for a little juice on a JoBro?! But fear not! Carmen saved the day (and all the imaginary swimmers) by teaching Andy and Billy to patrol the beach, slow mo style!

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Thursday: Apparently agelessness is going around because Jane Fonda looks SPECTACULAR. She and Sandra paired up for the perfect storm of hilarity and the show ended with my favorite new holiday tradition: Secret Sandra! 

And may I just add that the legendary, Oscar winning, fitness flaunting Miss Fonda went home wearing a menorah hat? So yeah, my life is complete. 


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Love and Light ;)
Laura