A YOUNG WOMAN DEEPLY AFFECTED BY HURRICANE KATRINA IS GIVEN AN AMAZING SURPRISE WHEN HER SISTER ENLISTS THE HELP OF AN ELITE TEAM OF PARTY PLANNERS TO THROW HER AN UNFORGETTABLE 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTY, ON THE PREMIERE OF THE NEW REALITY SERIES "GET THIS PARTY STARTED,"
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 AT 9:00 PM ON UPN
Kristin Cavallari ("Laguna Beach") and Ethan Erickson ("Extra") To Host The Show and Special Events Firm Harrison & Shriftman To Lend Their Expertise
"Surprise 21st Birthday in Las Vegas" -- After losing everything in Hurricane Katrina, sisters Arin and Alexis Jones, both students at LSU, have selflessly devoted themselves to supporting their family and rebuilding their lives, putting all of their own plans on hold, including Alexis' 21st birthday celebration. For all of the sacrifices, Arin, wanting to do something special for her baby sister, enlists the help of hosts Kristin Cavallari and Ethan Erickson to plan the ultimate surprise party in Las Vegas that her sister has always dreamed of, on the premiere of the new reality series GET THIS PARTY STARTED, Tuesday, Feb. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on UPN.
After arriving in Las Vegas, host Kristin joins Arin on an elaborate scheme to distract her sister Alexis from learning the truth. Meanwhile, the elite party planning team, led by special events coordinator Lara Shriftman and host Ethan go to great lengths to create the most incredible 21st birthday for Alexis, including a surprise appearance by Grammy Award-winning artists Mary Mary.
UPN cameras capture the drama, emotion and excitement, as well-deserving people are surprised with very spectacular and extravagant events in their honor. Each week an elite team of party planners to the stars, led by special events coordinator Lara Shriftman of Harrison & Shriftman, along with hosts Kristin Cavallari and Ethan Erickson, work with one special individual's friends and family to make this vision come to life.
Honoring every aspect of life's celebrations, including birthdays, engagements, weddings, and the like, everyday people who have sacrificed for their loved ones, suffered a tragedy, or have hit a milestone in their lives are given the VIP treatment as they are thrown the ultimate bash never to be forgotten. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, these individuals share their incredible stories as they are treated to a variety of life-changing surprises and gifts. From the hottest clubs, celebrity guests, and trendiest style-makers all over the country, nothing is spared to make these dreams come true.
Most recently, Kristin Cavallari starred in the hit reality series "Laguna Beach." She has also appeared in numerous commercials and ad campaigns since she began acting at age 7. She is currently taking acting classes and is continuing to expand her acting career. A native to Laguna Beach, Calif., Cavallari resides there as well as in Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Ethan Erickson was a correspondent for the syndicated entertainment show "Extra." In addition, he has hosted episodes of the series "Coming Attractions," "GPS Adventures" and "Ethan's Date." For television, he had recurring roles on "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "Step By Step." He also guest starred on "Joey," "Friends," "Glory Days," "Beverly Hills, 90210," and the daytime series "The Guiding Light" and "General Hospital." Known as the voice of Southwest Airlines, Erickson does a variety of voice-over work and commercials. He has appeared in the feature films "Jawbreaker" and "The In Crowd" along with the independent films "Dorian," "Burn," "Two Bits & Pepper," "Love & The Art of Destiny," "Fear Runs Silent" and "New Testament." On stage, Erickson has starred in productions of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Here We Are" and "McKensie & Co."
Lara Shriftman and Elizabeth Harrison are co-presidents of Harrison & Shriftman, a prestigious publicity, special events and marketing company that builds brands in the fashion, lifestyle, film, publishing and entertainment industries. Harrison & Shriftman specializes in providing their high-profile clients with original ideas, customized service and personal attention through product promotions, special events and increased public awareness. The company has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, with activities that extend throughout the country, including the Hamptons, Las Vegas as well as the sites of major film festivals. Shriftman and her partner have written two books on producing fun and fabulous events, F�te Accompli! The Ultimate Guide To Creative Entertaining and F�te Accompli! Workbook, The Ultimate Party Planning Guide. Their third book, Party Confidential, focusing on high-end parties and how to make them at home, will be released in September 2006. Touted as experts in numerous lifestyle publications, the company's special events division has produced many highly publicized events, including movie premieres, product launches, fashion shows and charity events.
GET THIS PARTY STARTED is produced by Allison Grodner Productions. Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner ("Big Brother") serves as executive producer of the series.
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