New Life­time se­ries pits de­sign­ers against each other

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - TV CHANNELS - By Kat Mul­li­gan TV Me­dia

FASH­ION FOR­WARD» Call­ing all fash­ion­istas! Fans of “Project Run­way” know that no look is com­plete without hair and makeup, so it’s no sur­prise that Life­time’s lat­est se­ries is pro­vid­ing stylists and makeup artists with a plat­form all their own. “Amer­i­can Beauty Star,” hosted by stun­ning su­per­model Adri­ana Lima, ar­rives Thurs­day, Sept. 21, on Life­time, and chal­lenges stylists to push the bound­aries of beauty while show­cas­ing their unique skill sets.

The se­ries fol­lows 12 con­tes­tants — a group com­prised of hair­styl­ists, makeup artists and so­cial me­dia in­flu­encers — as they com­pete in a va­ri­ety of chal­lenges. These tasks force them to be­come beauty di­rec­tors and make quick, im­pact­ful aes­thetic choices for a va­ri­ety of de­mand­ing looks and editorial shoots.

Along their jour­ney, the con­tes­tants re­ceive guid­ance from celebrity stylist Sir John, whose sup­port helps each beauty ex­pert in­fuse their work with their own per­sonal style. Res­i­dent judges include for­mer Vogue beauty di­rec­tor Sarah Brown and world-fa­mous pho­tog­ra­pher Rus­sell James, who are joined weekly by a wide va­ri­ety of guests, in­clud­ing YouTube sen­sa­tion Michelle Phan and mod­els Be­hati Prinsloo and Christie Brink­ley, amongst others.

The con­tes­tant pool is quite var­ied and prom­ises an eclec­tic mix of tal­ent. Mitchell Hal­l­i­day is an 18-year-old YouTu­ber with a mas­sive fol­low­ing, thanks to his in­cred­i­ble makeup looks. Mean­while, Cather­ine Shim is an In­sta­gram star with an overnight law en­force­ment job. Kym Ni­cole Oubre is a celebrity makeup artist who jug­gles her stel­lar ca­reer with the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of be­ing a mom. Each con­tes­tant’s story is unique, and the tal­ent pool so var­ied, that it’s hard to know who will dom­i­nate the com­pe­ti­tion. For ev­ery sea­soned con­tes­tant, there seems to be a young up-and-comer whose in­ge­nu­ity may just see them sur­pass ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ex­pect plenty of shades and blowouts in the pre­miere sea­son of “Amer­i­can Beauty Star,” de­but­ing Thurs­day, Sept. 21, on Life­time.

DANC­ING CHAL­LENGE» Grab the se­quin, chif­fon and cha-cha heels, sea­son 25 of “Danc­ing With the Stars” swings onto ABC Mon­day, Sept. 18. Co-hosts Tom Berg­eron Erin An­drews are joined by judges Car­rie Ann In­aba, Bruno To­nioli, Len Good­man and Ju­lianne Hough as 13 cou­ples pre­pare to twist, dip and spin their way closer and closer to win­ning the cov­eted Mir­ror­ball Tro­phy.

“Danc­ing With the Stars” show­cases celebrity con­tes­tants as they’re paired up with tal­ented dance pro­fes­sion­als who guide their part­ners through chal­leng­ing rou­tines. The cou­ples must per­form pre­de­ter­mined dances with unique flair as they vie for points from judges and the au­di­ence votes that can carry them for­ward in the com­pe­ti­tion. These combo scores ul­ti­mately de­ter­mine which pairs move on, whit­tling down the num­bers un­til only the cham­pi­ons re­main.

While ABC has been tight-lipped about the celebrity con­tes­tants for this up­com­ing sea­son, the list of pro­fes­sional dancers has been re­vealed. Fan fa­vorites Mak­sim Ch­merkovskiy and Mark Bal­las are both back for an­other spin around the dance floor. The for­mer, bet­ter known as Maks, has been with the se­ries since sea­son 2 and has won the Mir­ror­ball Tro­phy once, with Meryl Davis in 2014. Bal­las, on the other hand, boasts a 14-sea­son run with the se­ries, and has been a fi­nal­ist seven times and cham­pion twice, with wins in sea­sons 6 (with Kristi Ya­m­aguchi) and 8 (with Shawn John­son). Other dancers re­turn­ing include Peta Mur­ga­troyd, Valentin Ch­merkovskiy and Wit­ney Car­son, along with Alan Ber­sten, who has made the jump from troupe mem­ber to pro.

Pre­pare for an­other sea­son of glitz, quick­steps and prac­tice-turned-per­fec­tion as “Danc­ing With the Stars” takes cen­ter stage Mon­day, Sept. 18, on ABC.

BIG HEARTS» Af­ter a brief hia­tus, the Klein fam­ily re­turns for sea­son 9 of TLC’s “The Lit­tle Cou­ple.” The lat­est sea­son pre­mieres Tues­day, Sept. 19, fol­low­ing an af­ter­noon marathon of the se­ries, pro­vid­ing plenty of time for view­ers to catch up on the fam­ily’s many ad­ven­tures, tri­als and tri­umphs.

“The Lit­tle Cou­ple” fol­lows the lives of Bill Klein and Jen­nifer Arnold, a mar­ried cou­ple who both have skele­tal dys­pla­sia. The Kleins have opened their home and hearts to the world sea­son af­ter sea­son, grow­ing more en­dear­ing as the years pass. The pair be­gan their on­screen lives in Hous­ton, Texas, where they’d hoped to con­ceive their first child and set in mo­tion plans for the cus­tom­ized build of their home. As the se­ries pro­gressed, the Klein fam­ily be­gan to grow. Sea­son 5 saw the adop­tion of their son, Will, and the fol­low­ing sea­son brought daugh­ter Zoey into their lives. Per­haps most touch­ing was Jen’s open­ness about her strug­gle with stage 4 chori­o­car­ci­noma, the jour­ney and treat­ment of which she agreed to have filmed so that others would un­der­stand the na­ture of this can­cer.

Sea­son 9 presents the fam­ily with new pos­si­bil­i­ties. A job op­por­tu­nity for Jen could mean a pos­si­ble re­lo­ca­tion from Hous­ton to Florida. Will and Zoey are non-stop laughs and chat­ter, with both chil­dren start­ing to push bound­aries and ask­ing dif­fi­cult ques­tions. Health con­cerns re­gard­ing Will’s bow-legged­ness find Jen anx­ious, wish­ing only the best for her chil­dren and feel­ing a bit help­less in the face of ad­ver­sity.

Jen and Bill are hon­est about the chal­lenges of par­ent­ing, but never shy away from ex­press­ing the ul­ti­mate joy that it brings. The love and strength of the Klein fam­ily con­tinue to prove that noth­ing will come their way that they can’t over­come to­gether.

TLC’s beloved se­ries, “The Lit­tle Cou­ple,” re­turns to tele­vi­sion Tues­day, Sept. 19.

Michelle Phan, Adri­ana Lima, Rus­sell James and Sarah Brown in “Amer­i­can Beauty Star”

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