October 26, 2009 in Features

Life’s a circus for Carnie

Lynn Elber Associated Press
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Carnie Wilson is opening up her life as a working mom in a new reality TV series.

“Carnie Wilson: Unstapled” is set to debut in January on GSN, which also airs “The Newlywed Game” hosted by Wilson.

A singer with the pop group Wilson Phillips and daughter of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Wilson, 41, said she’s comfortable being candid. Her 1999 obesity surgery was shown online.

“I’ve written two autobiographies and posed for Playboy. I think I’ve pretty much been out there,” Wilson said.

However, she added, “This is definitely the most exposed I’ve ever been.”

The reality series – a departure for the cable network that typically airs new and old game shows – is the result of viewer response to Wilson, said Kelly Goode, GSN senior vice president for original programming and development.

“Carnie is incredibly funny and earthy. … She’s a personality the viewers have fallen in love with,” Goode said.

Her dad may make an appearance on the show if his schedule permits, said Wilson.

Wilson, who has a newborn, Luci, and a toddler, Lola, said viewers will see her trying to shed some 50 pounds of “baby weight.”

She is a spokeswoman for liteandhope.com, a support site for those suffering from morbid obesity. The “Unstapled” in her show’s title is a play on Wilson’s gastric-bypass surgery, which can involve stomach stapling.

Wilson also makes a line of desserts for a Los Angeles area candy shop SweetHarts, owned by actress Melissa Joan Hart.

The birthday bunch

Actor Bob Hoskins is 67. Actress Jaclyn Smith (“Charlie’s Angels”) is 64. “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is 63. Actor James Pickens Jr. (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 57. Actress Rita Wilson is 53. Actor Dylan McDermott is 48. Actor Cary Elwes is 47. Singer Natalie Merchant is 46. Country singer Keith Urban is 42. Actor Tom Cavanagh is 41. Writer-actor Seth McFarlane (“Family Guy”) is 36. Actor Jon Heder is 32.

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