UPDATE: Watch the Today show video here.
A friendly tipster has sent us lots of goodies about the new show, but I’ll get to the best part first. You can read the other bios, and the show’s description, after the jump.
A word about the bios — Amy Laurent’s is ridiculously wrong, and clearly provided by her company. It’s like a big long advertisement. Which means that Donkey also provided hers. And I don’t think anyone did any fact-checking given these bios were updated just a couple of weeks ago, apparently — two weeks after Donkey was canned from TMS. Maybe this is always how it works for reality shows. Maybe the credentials/bios/backgrounds of all reality show stars are embellished and contorted by the stars themselves. I am not in TV so I wouldn’t know. But feast your eyes:
Julia Allison is an internationally syndicated columnist, television
personality, Internet entrepreneur, public speaker, and unabashed social
New York Magazine named her “the most famous young journalist in the city,” the New York Times wrote that she is “among the best known columnists of her generation,” and Newsweek dubbed her “The Marketing Machine.”
Her August 2008 WIRED magazine cover on personal branding outsold nearly every other issue in the last decade.
Allison got her start as a columnist while attending Georgetown University, writing the student newspaper’s first dating column. Since 2005, her popular and controversial column has been published in newspaper AM New York and Time Out New York magazine.
In March 2011, Tribune Media Services launched Allison’s weekly column, “Social Studies,” which examines the impact of technology and social media culture, and runs in newspapers around the world.
She’s also written for other publications including Newsweek, New York magazine, The Guardian UK.
Description of the show:
“Miss Advised” will follow three different relationship experts on the job and off, as they juggle their work lives (telling other women how to find love) with their personal lives (trying to find love themselves). As they explore advice topics on the job, the series will capture whether they follow their own advice at home.
Our experts each live in a different city, so the series will also reveal differences in the dating styles and habits from town to town. Is dating universal or does it have its regional differences?
While the Experts are in different cities, they are all at a similar place in their lives. So in each episode we’ll see them all tackle the same relationship issue – in their column or on their show… and in their personal lives.
Our Experts don’t just dish out tips at work, they also provide advice and support to those around them. When you’re an expert, everyone wants free advice! How does the advice they give affect the friends and family around them? While people are thrilled when the opinions suit them, but what about when people don’t want to hear what the expert has to offer?
As the Series progresses, we’ll watch as friendships and relationships are affected by our Experts’ advice… and stay tuned as our Experts love lives and careers both flourish and crash land!
Bios of Donkey’s co-stars (even in reality TV land, Donkey looks like a loser/slacker compared to these two):
Amy Laurent, a professional matchmaker for over six years and Founder & President of the exclusive Amy Laurent International agency, has earned nearly every top honor at successfully matching her clients with suitable lifetime partners.
In the past three years alone, she is credited with numerous marriages and pending engagements, while having a 85-‐88% success rate of her incoming clients find a serious relationship partner within the first 3 months of working with Amy. Consistently ranked as one of the top modern matchmakers in Manhattan, Los Angeles and Miami, Amy Laurent is in the business of providing full-‐service matchmaking.
Featured in publications such as the New York Times, Miami Herald, Oprah Magazine, Men’s Health & Cosmopolitan, this warm, welcoming, and dedicated professional puts people at ease immediately, and helps guide them through the biggest endeavor they will ever embark on: finding their life partner.
With Amy’s sound knowledge about how to match the right individuals, access to the most impressive single women on the dating scene and guidance on everything from finding one’s perfect match through her extraordinary, hands-‐on screening and networking skill, Amy works one-‐on-‐one with clients to make their life goals happen. Amy Laurent also enlists an elite, yet small team of highly qualified female associates who assist in locating suitable women and assist Amy’s clients with anything from arranging their dates to preparation for Amy’s VIP single events.
ALI’s unique business model is built on the fact that when people hire the Amy Laurent Agency, they get Amy and her talented staff exclusively. ALI does not have a large team which passes around clients from sales people off to various matchmaking representatives, where quality often suffers by means of a large or franchised dating service; nor does ALI outsource unqualified sales people to represent them in a large number of cities as a means of doing business.
Amy Laurent and her staff handle a smaller number of bachelors in order to be able to give each and every person they work with as much Last updated: 10/12/11 Relativity Real, LLC personalized service as possible -‐ which has resulted in a solid track record of incredible relationships with many happy clients.
Highly intuitive, organized, and results-‐oriented, Amy has a strong background in business. She initially worked as a national account executive in earlier years for a customs brokerage firm based in New York. Amy became a full-‐time executive matchmaker in late 2004, and launched the ALI agency officially in early 2005. Over the past six years, her strong social skills, customer service and organizational skills have been a great asset throughout her career and followed her to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and London where the ALI team touts their most impressive and latest success stories.
In addition to blogging for the Huffington post, Amy consistently appears on Fox News Strategy Room as a celebrity relationship and dating advice expert. She has made appearances for CBS, The Early Show, Good Day New York, Oprah and Dr. Manny’s Health show. Amy is OK Magazine’s relationship expert and writes commentary for In Touch and Life & Style Magazines.
Emily Morse is the host of “Sex With Emily,” a live radio show and podcast. The show launched in August 2005 as a podcast and quickly garnered a spot on iTunes’ most downloaded “Top 20 Podcasts” and has remained there since.
Following the underground success of the show, she began hosting the show over traditional radio airwaves on CBS radio in San Francisco. She now does a daily live streaming audio and video podcast and has a television show in development based on Sex With Emily.
Sex With Emily won the 2010 Home-‐Based 100 Award and earned the #1 spot in the Savviest in Social Media category. Emily has appeared as a guest expert or co-‐host on radio stations around the country, including the Jamie Foxx Show, Candace Bushnell’s Show, The Judith Regan Show, the Tom Leykis Show, Playboy Radio, Cosmo Radio, and Date Night on TMC, and she has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired News and was selected as one of the “Hot 20 under 40” in San Francisco by 7×7 Magazine.
She moved to San Francisco after graduating from university to work in electoral politics. After a few years, she decided to parlay her experience in politics into film. She directed and produced a documentary film about the 1999 San Francisco Mayoral election called “See How They Run.” The film was broadcast on PBS, played at film festivals around the country and even won a few awards.
She also produced and hosted shows for PBS, TMC, Court TV and Current TV and she played Caveh Zahedi’s girlfriend in his film, “I Am A Sex Addict.” She served on the board of the San Francisco Film Arts Foundation and was selected as a member of the PBS/Sundance Film Festival’s Producers’ Academy.
Emily is currently working towards her PhD in Human Sexuality at the Institute for the Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Psychology and studied improv at Bay Area Theater Sports (BATS) in San Francisco.
Her new new book, Hot Sex: A Graphic Guide to Sensual Pleasure will be released in September 2011.