Mark Stines

By Cindy Elavsky
Q: Can you tell me what Mark Steines has been up to lately? I miss seeing him every night on “Entertainment Tonight.” — Sara G., via email

A: Instead of seeing Mark every night, now you can see him for two hours each morning. Along with Cristina Ferrare, Mark co-hosts the Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family Show” every weekday morning from 10e/9c. I spoke with Mark recently about his new hosting gig, and he said he’s having such a great time on his new show that it doesn’t even feel like work. According to Mark: “I worked with ’ET’ for 17 years, and I was never this close to people there because it’s just such a big operation, and you feel like you get lost in it. This is a small show with a big heart. And Hallmark believes in us. We’re the cornerstone of their daytime programming, and I love it.”

And each day Mark is eager to discover what that day’s show will bring. “I used to have to go to the stars, now they come to me. And our show isn’t really star-based, in that regard. But when they do come on, we try to unmask that celebrity. We take them into the kitchen with us or we’ll do a DIY project with them. We’ll build something. We’ll make something. It’s always what I really wanted to do with celebrities, to see the other side of them. That’s what I like about this show.”
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Q: My sister-in-law told me that Laura Linney recently had a baby; I didn’t even know she was pregnant! — Janie F., via email

A: Aside from Laura’s closest friends and family, no one knew. Laura and hubby Marc Schauer welcomed a baby boy named Bennett on Jan. 8. It was the 49-year-old actress’s first child, and also the best kept secret of 2013. Since this past summer, she has kept a low profile, and never presented an opportunity to be photographed with a baby bump. Congrats to the new parents, and bravo for be able to keep this special time to yourselves!
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Q: This season of “Justified” has just been super so far. Can you tell me if it has been renewed for a sixth season yet? — Kyle L., Baltimore, Md.

A: The hit FX show indeed has already been renewed for another season; however, its sixth season will be its last. According to FX Networks’ CEO John Landgraf, the decision had nothing to do with the show having low ratings or lack of critical acclaim. The decision was made by showrunner Graham Yost and star Timothy Olyphant, as Landgraf explained at the Television Critics Association press tour: “We talked about it a year ago, and [Graham and Timothy] felt that the arc of the show and what they had to say would be served by six seasons instead of seven, and I regretfully accepted their decision.”

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