"I've always been environmentally aware. I write on the backs of papers, recycle things. I don't leave the lights on when I'm not there," says Dean Cain, who recently narrated the documentary "Beyond Pollution," an investigation of the Gulf oil spill and its impact on the region that's making the film festival circuit rounds. Just in time for Father's Day, Cain stars in the June 16 Hallmark Channel movie "Operation Cupcake," playing an Army colonel having a bit of trouble adjusting to civilian life while on a two-month leave. "He's been away from his family for a while, and his 16-year-old daughter is now dating and his 11-year-old son is hanging out with somebody else's dad. He comes home and it's hard for him to get back into the groove." His wife's (Kristy Swanson) cupcake bakery is doing well and she's expanding to a second store, so she asks him to take over. "He tries to do it with military precision, but that doesn't work out so well," says Cain, who had fun shooting it. "It's got a lot of heart and family values in it, and laughs and romance too."
Cain has several other upcoming projects including "The Dog Who Saved Christmas Eve," a sequel to his ABC Family flick "The Dog Who Saved Halloween" which will air in November, and "Bounce," a VH1 pilot about basketball dancers. He'll also be a contestant looking for a love connection on an upcoming episode of Fox's summer dating series "The Choice."
Dolphin advocate Richard O'Barry (Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove") has reissued his book "Behind the Dolphin Smile" in a new, updated edition that is available at bookstores and online at EcoJoia.com, Mandala Earth and in ebook editions for Kindle, Nook and iPad.
Tune in: First Lady Michelle Obama brings her healthy eating crusade to television this week with several appearances starting with Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible" on June 13. Obama tasks Robert Irvine with upgrading a community kitchen in Washington, D.C., run by the nonprofit Horton's Kids and adding a vegetable garden like the one she instituted at the White House and writes about in her book "American Grown." On June 18, Obama appears on "LIVE! With Kelly" to discuss (among other things) the book, proceeds from which will benefit the National Park Foundation and care of the White House garden. In a cooking segment, Obama challenges "Iron Chef" Marc Forgione to whip up a dish on the spot from herbs and vegetables she brought with her from the garden.
Premiering June 18, the HBO documentary "One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss & Betrayal" explores America's canine obsession from some unique perspectives. Divided into three segments, it begins with a story of what happens when pets become aggressive; segues to an examination of grief via interviews with pet loss support group participants, a dog rescuer and a couple who had their dog cloned; and ends with a sad examination of the fate of unwanted animals. Scenes of mass euthanizations and horrific puppy mill conditions are hard to watch, but underscore the importance of spaying and neutering and rescuing pets from shelters.
Dads angling for something fun to watch on Father's Day can tune in to a marathon of "Monster Fish" episodes, airing all day on Nat Geo Wild beginning at noon and ending with a special pop-up episode at 8 p.m.
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