Her world had sleek beauty ... and a sociopath

I'd like to live in Debra Newell's world ... or, at least, in the re-creation of it for the new "Dirty John" mini-series. She seems to have great taste in design, but maybe not in romance. The show starts Sunday (Nov. 25), with a glamorous look and great work from Connie Britton as Newell; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Step into Debra
Newell's world and you're surrounded by beauty that is sleek and
slick ... and maybe a tad impersonal.

Career options: Actors would make great con artists

Most of is have never really hear of Inbar Lavi. But on Tuesdays, you can see her do terrific work as a con artist in Bravo's "Imposters." Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Most actors need a
back-up plan, an alternate way to make money.

So this is
encouraging: Many would probably be really good at scams, grifts and

These "shahs" find the good (if chaotic) life in California

In Michigan, I've had a first-hand view of a vibrant Arab-American community.

In Lansing, where I live, that's mainly the Lebanese; they've been the area's leading lawyers, developers, business people and (a bit of a detour here) contemporary dancers. Elsewhere, people from other Middle East countries have thrived; you couldn't tell that, however, by what you see on TV.

Kathy Griffin: A fun verbal roller-coaster

Any conversation with Kathy Griffin soon turns into a fun roller-coaster. Today, she had a conference call, talking about the "Kathy" talk show that debuts Thursday on Bravo. Here's the story I sent to papers:


Kathy Griffin's life seems to have been
a talk-show-in-waiting.

Golden California -- from a Persian perspective

(A while back, I sent papers a story on the new
“Shahs of Sunset” series and its most interesting person, Asa Soltan Rahmati. Since then, one person has said his name should not be in the story; he is not married to Rahmati, he said, and he's not involved with her.

(The original confusion may have started with a Los Angeles Times article I mentioned in the story. Let's err on the side of making sure everything is accurate; here's the story, now with that that paragraph omitted.)