Fa­mil­iar face for ‘ Fash­ion Po­lice’

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY CALENDAR - By Amy Kauf­man amy. kauf­man@ latimes. com Twit­ter: @ AmyKinLA

Af­ter a year of tur­moil, E! is hop­ing Melissa Rivers can bail out “Fash­ion Po­lice.”

The ca­ble net­work an­nounced last week that Rivers, an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the se­ries, will join Gi­u­liana Ran­cic and Brad Goreski as one of the pro­gram’s co- hosts. The show will re­turn on Aug. 31.

“Fash­ion Po­lice,” which skew­ers celebrity fash­ion, has strug­gled to re­gain its foot­ing since main host Joan Rivers died last Au­gust. The pro­gram took a four- month hia­tus be­fore re­turn­ing in time for the Golden Globes last Jan­uary with Kathy Grif­fin in the el­der Rivers’ po­si­tion.

But then ev­ery­thing went hay­wire. In Fe­bru­ary, Ran­cic joked that she thought the singer Zendaya’s dreadlocks must smell like “patchouli oil” and “weed.” Then co- host Kelly Os­bourne pub­licly voiced her dis­ap­point­ment with Ran­cic and quit the show that month. In March, Grif­fin was a goner, telling her fans she didn’t want her “com­edy to con­trib­ute to a cul­ture of unattain­able per­fec­tion­ism.”

Melissa Rivers, who over­saw all that con­tro­versy, ad­mit­ted to The Times in April that the show had rushed back into pro­duc­tion.

“But it was awards sea­son. It made such log­i­cal sense,” she said. “But it was this weird val­i­da­tion that we re­ally were a fam­ily. The ma­tri­arch died. And what hap­pens when the head of a fam­ily dies? The sis­ters fight, and some­one tries to marry in — and that went re­ally well.”

Rivers said she was hope­ful the show would “find it­self,” not­ing this spring that she con­stantly sends text mes­sages to Ran­cic and thinks Goreski is “one of the eas­i­est peo­ple” she’s ever worked with.

In a state­ment, E’s Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of pro­gram­ming and de­vel­op­ment Jeff Olde said Rivers had “helped shape ‘ Fash­ion Po­lice’ into an iconic TV se­ries. ... We are pleased to now also fea­ture Melissa in front of the ‘ Fash­ion Po­lice’ cam­eras.”

Rivers sat in on the “Fash­ion Po­lice” panel oc­ca­sion­ally when her mother was alive and also did plenty of on- cam­era work with her mom on the red car­pet. She and her two co- hosts will be joined by a cou­ple of “ro­tat­ing celebrity guests,” E! said. The re­vamped se­ries will air for six episodes start­ing in Au­gust, in­clud­ing cov­er­age of MTV’s Video Mu­sic Awards.

Jay L. Clen­denin L. A. Times

MELISSA RIVERS is set for “Fash­ion Po­lice.”

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