Who’s keeping up with the Goldbergs? There’s a new reality TV family coming to the small screen and it stars the extended family of comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg.
According to reports, 44 Blue Productions signed an exclusive deal with Whoopi’s production company One Ho Productions to develop a series around her daughter Alex Martin as she tries to reinvent herself personally and professionally. The show will also follow Martin’s three children — now in their teens and 20s — her husband Bernard, and their best friends, Ron and Leisa (the daughter of actor Lee Weaver).
“I wanted to tell the story of two best friends who experience all of the major phases of a woman’s life together,” “The View” host said of the project. “Alex and Leisa have been friends since they were 17 and are both children of famous people, and are now approaching 40. My daughter just became a grandmother and her daughter just turned 24 and they are just trying to figure their lives out. This is really the story of an all-American family for a new generation; it looks a little different than the storybooks, but it’s filled with love and laughter. It’s very funny to watch them.”
“To say that Alex has a gift for frankness and humor is an understatement – and she clearly comes by it honestly,” said Stephanie Drachkovitch, the co-founder and executive vice president of 44 Blue Productions. “Plenty of women face similar family dynamics, but they find support from their families and friends – in this case it’s Alex’s BFF since high school, Leisa. They keep each other honest and real!”
Tom Leonardis, the president and executive producer of One Ho Productions, added that “watching Alex navigate the unexpected turns of her life and that of her family is anything but ordinary.”
“She and Leisa have basically raised their families together, putting their own humorous spin on the adage that ‘it takes a village.’ This family is funny, authentic and relatable – they just happen to have a famous family member who they look to for advice and the occasional reality check,” he said. “Their story of multiple generations living together is one that will certainly resonate with viewers, and we’re eager to explore this phase along with them.”
Whoopi will serve as an executive producers, along with Stephanie and Rasha Drachkovitch, Tom Leonardis and Alex Dean.
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1. 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Fit Mom
Hello beauties! Here comes the day to honor the most fabulous women in the world - our Mothers. So if your Mommy is a fit lady and you still haven’t found the perfect gift for her, then look no further - these 10 RAD gifts are sure to make your Momma want to sweat.
2. Fitbit Flex
Nothing says I love you Mom like some new arm candy. And if your Mother is a FitGirl fashionista you most adorn her with the Fitbit Flex. This slim and sassy fitness device will track your busy Mom’s steps, calories burned, quality of sleep and so much more. Sport Chalet has plenty to chose from so hurry up and get her one already. Price: $99 http://www.sportchalet.com/
3. Noble Vines Wine 1 Red Blend
Let your Mother know you appreciate her “sweat now, wine later” motto with a decadent bottle of wine. With rich aromas of blackberry, black cherry, and hints of spice, Mom is sure to be satisfied and relaxed after a glass of 1 Red Blend from Noble Vines. Price: $14.99 http://www.noblevines.com
4. Philip Stein Horizon Bracelet
Let your leading lady know that her well being should be fashionably represented with a new Horizon Bracelet from Philip Stein. This innovative accessory is the perfect combination of fashionable design and wellbeing technology. Pick her favorite metal and band color and you have a winning gift sis. Price: $225 - $260 http://philipstein.com/
5. Bell Helmet
If your Mother’s is a bicycle babe then allow her to show off her skills on two wheels with a new RAD helmet. The Faction helmet is one of my favorite multi-purpose helmets to date. It is the perfect fusion of style and function and the color options are plentiful. Price: $40 - $45 http://www.bellhelmets.com/
If you are looking for an affordable yet adorable fitness fashion line to up your muscular Momma’s wardrobe with then check out Fabletics. The price is not only right, but the styles are out of sight. Your gonna love the interactive experience this online store provides and with new members getting 50% off I am not sure why you are still reading this. Price: Varies http://www.fabletics.com/
7. Mason Jar Set w/Swatchbook
Gone are the days of “canning” being for your mother’s mother only. If your Mother is into clean eating then she will be grateful to bring back this trend with some new canning jars from Ball. Think she will be lost making her own jam? Well then throw in the recipe swatchbook “Pick a Pickle” by Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson too. Price: Jar prices vary. Swatchbook $14.95 http://www.freshpreservingstore.com/
8. Manduka Yoga Mat
If your Mommy is a yogi then upgrade her yoga mat game with the one of a kind Manduka mat. This innovative top quality mats are the first ever 100% reclaimable and recyclable mats ever. Thanks to PLUSfoam, once her mat is worn, she can send it back in and get a discount on her next mat knowing that it will not end up in a landfill. Price: Starting at $48 http://www.manduka.com/us/
9. Dr. Scholl’s DreamWalk Products
Comfort is key for your fit Mother I am sure, so save her toes from the discomfort of her sassiest heels with this full line of solutions for heels, flats and everything in between. She will love you forever for showing her that she can tame her shoes and stop sacrificing her personal style for the sake of comfort! Price: $12.99 each http://www.drscholls.com/Brand/dreamwalk
10. Mizuno Wave Rider 17
If running is your Mom’s sweaty preference then she has probably ran in Mizuno’s Wave Rider 17 at some point in her running career. This award winning and runner's favorite running shoe for 16 years has been refined even more. This neutral shoe is lightweight yet supportive enough to handle high mileage. Oh and the colors are more gorgeous than ever this time around. Price: $114.99 http://www.mizunorunning.com/
11. FitnessGlo Subscription
Fitting fitness in is tough for most folks, especially busy Moms, so allow her to sweat in the comfort of her own home and on her own schedule with a FitnessGlo subscription. At only $12 month and with a wide variety of classes, styles and durations available she will certainly appreciate such a low cost fit membership. http://www.fitnessglo.com/