“The Nate Berkus Show” to premiere Sep 13, includes two-part special with Elizabeth Edwards

I’m so excited for “The Nate Berkus Show” to finally have an air date of September 13, 2010 on NBC owned and operated stations.  I was always a fan of Nate, but he particularly touched my heart when he bared his on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” after losing his partner in the December 26, 2004 tsunami.  He and photographer beau Fernando Bengoechea were vacationing in Sri Lanka at the time.  I don’t think anyone watched that episode without reaching for several Kleenex.  For more, read Nate Berkus’ own account in People “Surviving the Tsunami.” I’ll definitely be putting my request in for tickets to see “The Nate Berkus Show” live taping in NYC.  ~Ifelicious 😥

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Elizabeth Edwards, whose personal story of survival has resonated with women across the country, will sit down with daytime host Nate Berkus during the September 13th premiere week of “The Nate Berkus Show” to reveal how she is turning the page on the past and beginning a new chapter in her life focusing on her relationship with her children, as well as her love of design. Last year, the estranged wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, opened the doors to Red Window, a home furnishings business in Chapel Hill. The store, whose name was inspired by a shop run by her mother in Japan, is home base for a portion of Edwards’ interview with Berkus, a design expert, and the perfect spot to discuss how Edwards is using her passion for design to reclaim her life. In addition, Edwards opens the doors of her home to the show; and is scheduled to join Berkus in-studio on the New York set of his nationally-syndicated series in a very uplifting segment, where the two plan on paying it forward to another woman who is looking to reclaim her life.

Commenting on the time he spent with Edwards, Berkus said: “I found Elizabeth to be incredibly honest, funny and just a pleasure to be around. Her passion to build a new life for herself is nothing if not inspiring. And, the fact that we both love design, gave us an instant connection.” He added: “Being around her reaffirmed my love of strong women. They take their lives into their own hands and aren’t bound by any parameters or rules. I think viewers will be happily surprised by her candor, pure wit and love of life. To have the opportunity to sit with her and share her story, in her own words, is why I wanted to do my show – so viewers can see not only who people are, but who they aspire to be. I believe aspiration can happen at any time in one’s life — who better to demonstrate that fact than Elizabeth. ”

Terry Murphy, the nationally-syndicated show’s executive producer, said: “Although ‘The Nate Berkus Show’ is about much more than celebrities and headline makers, Elizabeth’s story and connection to Nate’s love of design made for great storytelling and that’s why it was a good fit for our show. Nate and Elizabeth’s conversation was truly revealing and the content of the interview is fresh, untold and will make a difference in the lives of viewers. From her very useful light-hearted tips on how to bargain shop to the overall message that you can survive the storm and reclaim your life to find a new normal that works, I am sure our audience will be able to relate to her as a person.”

(source: Sony Pictures Television)

The Nate Berkus Show is a collaboration between Sony Pictures Television and Harpo Productions.

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