NEW YORK, June 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Meredith Corporation's PEOPLE, the No. 1 brand in the United States celebrating entertainment and popular culture, today launched PEOPLE in the '90s, a new weekly podcast that takes a nostalgic look at the stars and stories that defined a decade. It is the third podcast from the iconic brand, which launched the daily PEOPLE Every Day podcast with host Janine Rubenstein in February.
Co-hosted by PEOPLE's deputy west coast editor Jason Sheeler (favorite year: 1994) and style & beauty director Andrea Lavinthal (favorite year: 1997), PEOPLE in the '90s transports listeners back to the days of grunge, car phones, and Tae Bo, reminisces about power couples (Brad and Jen, Cindy and Richard, JLo and P. Diddy), television shows (Beverly Hills, 90210, The Arsenio Hall Show, Frasier), and movies (Austin Powers, Cruel Intentions, Serial Mom) while revisiting overlooked, overhyped or underrated pop culture gold. Sheeler and Lavinthal catch up with their favorite stars and collectively swoon (again) over beloved, flannel-shirted couples during their weekly love letter to the 1990s.
Regular features in each episode of PEOPLE in the '90s include "Chasing Fabio," a weekly update on Sheeler's quest to land an interview with the elusive Italian-American hunk, best known for gracing the covers of '90s romance novels; "My '90s in :90" featuring A-list stars detailing what the decade was like for them; dramatic readings of scenes from iconic TV shows reenacted by Sheeler and Lavinthal, and more fun moments. LISTEN to TRAILER and SUBSCRIBE.
Each of the 12 episodes focuses on one print issue of PEOPLE from 1990 through 1999, along with the news and events that occurred during the week the issue hit newsstands. Today's launch episode, Elizabeth Hurley and the '90s Most Iconic Celebrity Couples, features an interview with the actress who initially gained international attention in 1994 when she accompanied then-boyfriend Hugh Grant to the London premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral wearing a black Versace dress fastened with giant gold safety pins.
"On the day, I realized I didn't have anything to wear if we were going to be photographed," Hurley tells Sheeler and Lavinthal. "I went by tube to their [Versace] office in Soho, and they said, 'We've only got one dress,' and they gave it to me in a little plastic bag, not hung up." LISTEN HERE.
When asked who was the ultimate '90s "It" couple, she responded, "Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow, I guess?" and mentioned frequently double dating with her best friend, actress Patsy Kensit, and Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher. "They were a fantastic couple for me in the '90s," she added. LISTEN HERE.
Next week's episode, Is 90210 the Most '90s Show Ever?, features an interview with Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling, who reminisce about catapulting to fame with the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210. Garth recounts being put in a zoo cage with co-star Luke Perry to escape crazy fans while Spelling opens up about being cast on her dad's show and suffering from "imposter syndrome."
"PEOPLE in the '90s is a unique podcast that leaves listeners with a perpetual grin," says David Flumenbaum, head of PEOPLE Digital Studio. "The high level of expertise, reverence for '90s pop culture, and chemistry from our co-hosts makes for a light-hearted and entertaining 30-minute escape."
In episode 3, Paula Abdul & The Legacy of Early '90s Pop, the choreographer and singer dished to Sheeler and Lavinthal about her relationships with Arsenio Hall and John Stamos, reveals the very strange place where her hit song "Straight Up" was recorded, and recalls the plane crash she says sidelined her for seven years (the one people still don't believe happened).
Episode 4, Jamie Lee Curtis & Remember All Those '90s Summer Movies?, features the actress explaining why she will never write a memoir. She takes listeners behind the scenes of her own major '90s hit film True Lies and reveals that she choreographed her iconic strip tease in front of Arnold Schwarzenegger. She also admits she didn't think she would have much of a career past 1995.
PEOPLE in the '90s is available wherever you listen to podcasts.
Weekly: 12 episodes; each approximately 22-30 minutes
Executive Producers: David Flumenbaum and Kim Rittberg
Production Partner: Pod People
Launch Sponsor Ecco Domani
Listen to TRAILER.
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