Liza Minnelli and David Gest aren't quite ready for their close-ups, as their weekly reality show — scheduled to premiere Nov. 30 on VH1 — has been delayed. Fans of the newlyweds shouldn't fret; the postponement is only by one day, with "Liza & David" set to air Dec. 1.
Liz Smith reports that the duo began taping their reality series last week at the famed Sylvia's restaurant in Harlem. Liza offered a rendition of "God Bless the Child" to the packed crowd at the homestyle eatery. Sylvia Woods, who runs the legendary restaurant, will cater the first dinner party/concert that will be part of the Dec. 1 "Liza & David" broadcast. On the menu: "barbecued ribs, grilled barbecued salmon, Louisiana fried catfish, Southern fried chicken, baked chicken, collard greens, black-eye peas, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, red velvet and coconut cakes, peach cobblers and banana pudding."
Guests for the premiere episode, the gossip maven reports, will include Destiny's Child's Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams; Luther Vandross; hip-hop artist Eve; Tommy Lee; Deborah Cox; Isaac Mizrahi; Mia Farrow; and music legend Ray Charles, who will offer a duet with Minnelli.
Liza Minnelli, an Oscar winner for her performance in Cabaret, was last on Broadway in a tribute to her late father entitled Minnelli on Minnelli, which she then took on a tour that was cut short due to poor health. Her marriage to David Gest earlier this year has reinvigorated both the star and her career. In addition to her Tonys for Flora, the Red Menace and The Act, Minnelli was awarded a special Tony in 1974 for "adding lustre to the Broadway season." Her film credits include "The Sterile Cuckoo," "Arthur," "New York, New York" and "Stepping Out." The singer is also a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress, who will release her newest album, "Liza's Back!" on Oct. 29.
—By Andrew Gans