Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Great American Community launches new short-form platform

Have you heard about Great American Community’s free direct-to-consumer app, with its launch of 15 all-new original short-form series featuring well-known experts at the top of their fields? It could be news to a lot of people.

This unique programming offers fresh advice and inspirational stories from each host with topics in the field of cooking, fashion, lifestyle, gardening, pets, parenting, DIY, relationships, philanthropy, fitness, wellness and devotions, among others.

The app, which will be available in mobile app stores and on connected devices, will allow the viewing of multiple episodes of all series being available on day one and new episodes premiering on regularly scheduled days throughout the year.

From healthy cooking with Danica McKellar to organizing Christmas decorations with Cameron Mathison, each episode will focus on seasonal themes, celebrations and everyday moments, with new episodes premiering all year long — with no offseason.

In a press announcement, Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Great American Media, expressed the corporation’s thrill “to be launching Great American Community with fifteen new, always-on series that are topical, relatable and hosted by our growing family of recognizable talent.”

“This new platform represents an important evolution of the company’s digital strategy and gives our passionate fans a fun and engaging new way to interact with our stars in a trusted, family-friendly environment, 365 days a year.”

“The Modern Mom with Debbie Matenopoulos” features host Debbie Matenopoulos (“The View”) sharing delicious easy-to-master recipes, fashion and beauty advice, and all the tips and tricks she has learned in her two-decade career being a television host and lifestyle expert.

Larissa Wohl, a pet adoption advocate, will bring heartwarming and uplifting segments in her series with weekly animal adoptions and shelter spotlights, featuring people doing extraordinary things in “Giving & Caring with Larissa Wohl.”

In “Affordably Fabulous with Lauren Makk,” interior design expert Lauren Makk (“Design Star: Next Gen”) will share tricks and tips to achieve a fabulous life on a budget. We are sensing a pattern of tips and tricks on a number of these shows.

Beauty expert and daytime TV staple Kym Douglas (“The Ellen Show”) offers beauty and skin care tips, fashion advice, devotionals and ways to feel your most beautiful inside out — all presented with laughter and love in “Beauty and Blessings with Kym Douglas.”

“Eden Living with Shirley Bovshow” features landscaping artist and expert gardener Shirley Bovshow (“Welcome to Great American Christmas”) teaching you how to love and care for all the plants and flowers in your garden.

After the recent heat wave and the pleas for us to reduce watering outside, Bovshow’s advice for the care and attending to plants may come a little too late for many of us.

“A Beautiful Life with Lawrence Zarian” stars fashion maven, author and TV presenter Lawrence Zarian (“The Kelly Clarkson Show”), who will uplift and inspire women of every shape and size through fashion and sharing stories from his podcast.

Lifestyle expert Lizzy Mathis, founder of The Cool Mom Company, is a powerhouse who reminds mamas to put themselves first, reignite personal passions, and keep bringing that cool to motherhood in “All Things Cool with Lizzy Mathis.”

“The Sweet Life with Emily Hutchinson” features celebrity baking sensation Emily Hutchinson (“Christmas Cookie Matchup”) letting you know that everything you ever would want to bake is within reach as she shows you how to bake the most delicious and eye-catching creations.

Southern connoisseur, chef, author and podcast host Jamie Tarence (“Family Savvy”) shares all things Southern living from cooking and baking to fashion and beauty in her series “Southern Savvy with Jamie Tarence.”

Actress and author Mahalia McKellar (“Christmas at Grand Valley”) will share her knowledge as a certified meditation teacher and bring positivity and mindfulness to stress-filled days in “The Mindful Life with Mahalia McKellar.”

“The Good Life with Cameron Mathison” features TV star, host and presenter Cameron Mathison (“General Hospital”) bringing his passion for learning more about creating a healthier life and that knowledge to this series dedicated to a healthier you from the inside out.

One of television’s most beloved actresses, Danica McKellar (“The Wonder Years”), who loves being positive and helping others, will be sharing Bible Bits, Healthy Bits and Math Bits in “Bits of Joy with Danica McKellar.”

Actress and presenter Jill Wagner (“A Merry Christmas Wish”) gives a beautiful glimpse into her life living on a farm in Nashville, including tours of her property, working out, family life, and Soulful Sundays in “Farm and Family with Jill Wagner.”

Celebrity baker and chef Maria Provenzano (“From Scratch with Maria”) will teach you how to bake, cook delicious recipes, and craft for the everyday celebrations in your life in “Everyday Celebrations with Maria Provenzano”).

Everyday Adventures with Trevor Donovan” features one of television’s most recognizable faces, Trevor Donovan (“90210” and “Jingle Bell Princess”) sharing his love of acting, his dogs and the everyday adventures that bring him joy.

Great American Community is part of Great American Media, which owns the cable networks Great American Family and Great American Living.

Tim Riley writes film and television reviews for Lake County News.

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