The star of the animated hit "Yogi Bear," which won an Environmental Media Association award for its eco-friendly themes, Tom Cavanagh is pretty green off screen. "I'm completely supportive of that and setting the example so it's commonplace for the younger generation and not even something to think about," says the actor, who co-stars with Faith Ford and Gil Bellows in the Hallmark Channel movie "Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas," as a English professor from Boston, seeking solitude to finish his novel, who does a holiday house swap with a Washington widow and gets an unexpected visitor.

"He's a little ornery, petulant, self-absorbed. He's trying to do something and doesn't want Christmas to get in his way," Cavanagh says of the character. With two new projects on tap, "one directing and one acting, one's a film and one is TV," Cavanagh is also investigating TV pilot possibilities, "always keeping an eye out for something that might be the right fit." He's ready to climb on board the in-development "Yogi Bear" sequel, "if they'll have me. I take the back seat to a couple of animated bears," he says, "but I had a great time doing it and I'd love to be a part of it."


How does Howie Mandel keep it green? "I'm always conscious of leaving a zero carbon footprint. Sometimes I'll throw up a little bit and swallow that — it's recycling!" says the comic, whose reality-stunt show "Mobbed" returns to Fox on Nov. 23. "It's unlike any show on TV," he says. "If you have a message you want to tell somebody, family or a loved one — propose, break up, tell them you're having a child — we will convey it through a giant flash mob musical."


GBK's "Rock N' Royalty" gift lounge for the American Music Awards offered guests an eclectic array of covetable goodies and several unique opportunities to support some worthy causes. Drawing Hope displayed a pointillist portrait created by artist David Ilan containing over 40,000 dots, each representing a survivor of abuse or a supporter, part of the Points With Purpose project to help victims of rape and abuse. Another artist, Lin Evola, creates Peace Angel sculptures from melted down weapons donated by law enforcement agencies, with the goal of reducing gun violence by keeping weapons off the streets via The Art of Peace Charitable Trust. And 10-year-old J'Rose puts together Cuddly Bags gift bags for foster kids via agencies like Penny Lane and welcomes donations — contact her at or

Handicraft artist collective The IndiExhibit had visitors sign a skateboard for an auction to benefit VH1's Save the Music program, and Two Degrees, which makes natural, vegan, gluten-free food bars and donates a nutrition pack for each bar sold to feed hungry children, pledged to do the same for each freebie given at the lounge. Guests were asked to sign a photo of a Nepalese girl to be auctioned for Action Against Hunger.

Other vendors included Fanny Wang luxury headphones; NYX Cosmetics; SGP cell phone and tablet accessories; Robert Graham denim and sportswear; tees, tanks and hoodies from Land of Apparel; RevitaLash eyelash, eyebrow and hair growth stimulation products; My Pillow non-microbial, non-flattening pillows; and beanies and sportswear from Discrete Headwear.


Tune in: Learn how to avoid being chomped by Jaws when Nat Geo Wild separates shark fact from fiction in "Shark Attack Experiment Live," premiering Nov. 25.

Photos: Hallmark Channel (Tom Cavanagh), David Johnson/Fox (Howie Mandel), Tiffany Rose (GBK)

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