MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
Ricki sits down with individuals who survived a childhood that was ravaged by an extremely damaged mother. Wendy Lawless (author of The New York Times best-selling book “Chanel Bonfire”) recounts her mother’s neglectful and unstable ways and claims she was an alcoholic who used men and women to support her outlandish lifestyle and hated kids. Gregg Milligan (author of “God Must Be Sleeping”) survived an alcoholic mother who began sexually abusing him at age four and began prostituting him to strangers when he was eight years-old. Ricki also speaks to Claire, a mother who took extremes to save her daughter, Mia, from a life of drugs and crime. She and her daughter eventually came together to write the inspiring memoir “Come Back: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through Hell and Back” and a traveling memoir titled “Have Mother, Will Travel.”
TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013
“BRIDAL BOOTCAMP RESULTS”
Ricki checks in with the three brides-to-be who, six weeks earlier, began Ricki’s bridal boot camp to lose weight for their big days. Ricki paired them up with top fitness experts who guided them in exercise and nutrition. These women return to the stage to show their new appearance and amazing makeovers. Jenni struggled with weight her entire life but decided to give up her three favorite things (red meat, margaritas and cupcakes) when she decided to participate and was paired up with trainer Craig Ramsey. Crystal was embarrassed by her weight and determined to get in shape. Ricki paired her with health and fitness expert Dr. Ian Smith who also joins the conversation to share his weight loss tips. And, Lisa said her body changed when she turned 40 and she came to realize that she had to change her bad eating habits if she wanted to fit into her dream wedding dress. Her celebrity fitness trainer, Jeanette Jenkins, also takes the stage to share the health and fitness plan that helped Lisa prepare for her wedding day.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013
“PSYCHICS – JOAN MARIE AND A.J.”
Ricki welcomes more psychics to the stage to help audience members connect with deceased love ones. Joan Marie Whelan is a third generation psychic and intuitive specialist who’s been featured on radio shows across the country, including “Wake Up with Whoopi Goldberg.” She is also the author of “Soul Discovery: Nine Principles for Revealing Your Sacred Gifts.” Among her talents, Joan Marie claims she can interpret a person’s life from looking at one of their childhood photographs. Also providing readings is A.J. Barrera, an internationally known psychic medium with the gift of connecting the living with the dead who says communicating with the spirit world is just a thought away!
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013
“STANDING UP AGAINST YOUR FAMILY"
Today’s guests have taken a stand against their families at great costs. Ricki introduces us to one woman who, thirty years after the tragic incident, finally confessed to authorities that her own mother had murdered her stepfather. Ricki also speaks with Nate Phelps, the estranged son of Pastor Fred Phelps – the man at the helm of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, who encourages his congregation to picket institutions and individuals that support homosexuality or otherwise subvert behavior that they believe goes against God’s law (in 1993, Pastor Fred Phelps became the first – and only – person that Ricki kicked off her original talk show). And, a couple who believes their interracial marriage has caused family members to disown them.
FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013
“WHEN IT’S TIME FOR FORGIVENESS”
Today is about asking for forgiveness and learning to forgive. Ricki’s first guest left home one year ago without telling anyone or maintaining any contact. With the help of psychologist Dr. Ava Cadell, she now seeks forgiveness from her grief-stricken mother and her devastated brother. In addition, we’ll meet a couple trying to forgive each other for past discretions and three sisters who are struggling to forgive their stepfather – the only Dad they ever knew -- for murdering their mother. Along the way, we’ll find out if it is ever too late to apologize, can you make someone apologize and what makes for a good apology?