TBS Movie Extra - Michele MerkinMichele Merkin is not only featured in this months Maxim magazine, but she is on her way to becoming a household name. She can currently be seen on “Weekend Extra” for TBS, E!'s “Coming Attractions”, “Celebrity Extreme Dodgeball”, and the Style Networks 2nd highest rated show “Foody Call'.” She most recently hosted ABC’s hit summer reality show “The Next Best Thing.” She has lended her dating and style expertise to several talk shows, the most recent being “Tyra,” and countless radio shows. She has just finished shooting a pilot for NBC, and is currently negotiating a deal to host a late night talk show for E!, which would make her the “only woman in late night.”
Each week Michele helps make over an average guy by transforming him into a culinary Casanova on The Style Network’s hit half hour series “Foody Call.” This lighthearted series features a little cooking, a little decorating, and a lot of laughs, showing bachelors the way to a woman’s heart. The program airs every Monday evening.
Michele provides on-court commentary and interviews on the highly anticipated third season of “Extreme Dodgeball.” This season has celebrity captains and professional athletes team mates.
She has recently been seen hosting such shows as “Extra,” E!’s “Coming Attractions,” VH1’s “Love Lounge”, NBC’s “For Love or Money”, “E! News Live”, and was the popular Nintendo Video Game character Joanna Dark in “Perfect Dark”.
Born in San Francisco of Swedish descent, Michele attended boarding school in England before studying medicine at U.C.L.A. While there, however, she was offered the chance to model in Europe for such magazines as Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue. Success in that arena led her to do more than 75 commercials, ranging from soft drinks and hair care to finance and electronics. But it was hosting that fueled Michele’s passion and she would fulfill that ambition on such programs as “Red Eye” for VH1, “The Movie Fan Show,” “The Love Report” for Studios USA, “Close-up Hollywood,” “Buy TV”, “Movie Watch”, and “E! News Daily.”