Small Screen Stargazing: Michelle Obama, Mariska Hargitay, Matt Lauer and More

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Michelle Obama. Photo: ©PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM

First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to East Hampton! That’s what she told Ina Garten, who visited the White House for an episode of Cooking for Jeffrey. During an interview for the show, the First Lady said that come January, her first unofficial item of business will be dinner at the Barefoot Contessa’s home. The episode featuring the First Lady aired last weekend on the Food Network.

Southamptonite Ali Wentworth’s new show, Nightcap, premiered November 16 on Pop TV. Episodes will feature fellow East Enders Michael J. Fox, Mariska Hargitay and Sarah Jessica Parker. No word at press time if Wentworth’s famous husband, George Stephanopoulos, will make an appearance. The show has already been renewed for a second season.

Southampton’s Les Marshak will once again be heard on NBC as the live announcer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, as well as Christmas in Rockefeller Center on November 29. Marshak has introduced Matt Lauer and the other Today Show hosts every morning for the past 10 years. You’ll also recognize Marshak’s voice from past broadcasts of the Oscars, the Tony Awards and the Grammys. What a voice!

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of ABC’s The View, longtime South Forker Joy Behar, an original co-host of the daytime show, shared “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” with US Weekly magazine. What didn’t readers know? Behar made the first cast of Saturday Night Live in 1975, and she met Barbara Walters while doing standup at a birthday party for Milton Berle.

Martha Stewart, East Hampton’s favorite domestic diva, signed copies of her latest cookbook, Martha Stewart’s Vegetables: Inspired Recipes and Tips for Choosing, Cooking and Enjoying the Freshest Seasonal Flavors, at Stew Leonard’s in Farmingdale last Friday. In other Stewart news, Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, her cooking show with rapper Snoop Dogg, premiered on VH1 last Monday.

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