If you've avoided Friday Night Lights because you're not a football fan and think there's too much pigskin on TV as it is, you're missing out on one of the best relationship dramas TV has to offer. Loaded with compelling characters and complex emotional relationships, FNL has at its center the marriage of Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his school guidance counselor wife Tami (Connie Britton), arguably the most realistic portrayal of a married couple on the small screen today.
Joe and Jill Biden have a strong relationship. Jill told Time that Joe has a romantic side to him and The New York Times described him as being head-over-heels in love with his wife after 30 years of marriage. When Biden introduced his wife at the Democratic National Convention he described her as "drop dead gorgeous." No matter who wins the election this November, the Bidens will continue to be an example of how a marriage should work.
This fall, the CW is hoping lightning will strike twice with its new version of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 – soapy, addictive fun, and appointment TV in the '90s. The new series spinoff features a new cast but follows a familiar new-family-in-town formula—with a few familiar faces. Buzz has been intensifying about the new cast members, too –a uniformly beautiful bunch– ever since the show's pickup was announced in May. Expect lots of life-in the-fast-lane behavior from other members of the junior set, including hot first loves and sexy teacher crushes.
This season's sexy new HBO series centers on the relationship of a telepathic waitress dating a 173-year-old vampire. Their romance takes the form of forbidden love, as steamy as the humid Louisiana bayou where the story is set. In their parallel universe, the invention of synthetic blood has allowed vampires to come out of the coffin, as it were, though only at night, but they remain objects of suspicion and prejudice.
From football to NASCAR, even men who can barely throw a wiffle ball are obsessed with sports. Yet, this fanatic phenomena isn’t so crazy as it appears. One guy explains how for most men, the obsession with sports starts early, when they dreamed about being Nolan Ryan and Jerry Rice and grew when later their dreams of playing professional sports was cut short. Guy’s, argues the writer, have had to settle for a lifetime of living vicariously through the wins and losses of their favorite teams: "We have been encouraged, if not pushed into, such pursuits, told to dream of becoming the next Tom Brady, LeBron James, or Derek Jeter. No one ever sends an eight-year old outside to play "write the great American novel" or "make an Academy Award winning film." If they did, we would have an entire generation of children arguing in backyards over who got to be Ernest Hemingway or Woody Allen instead of Manny Ramirez or Peyton Manning."
If you weren't in the workforce 46 years ago you might find the Emmy-nominated drama "Mad Men" to be a bit of a shock. Sexist pigs dominate the management at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency, where submissive secretaries are all too willing to accept a sexual advances from their superiors. Infidelity, child-bearing out of wedlock, and of course, drinking on the job are just a few of the sins viewers will be sure to encounter this season. Here, "Mad Men" stars reports on what's changed in the past four decades.
Elisabeth Moss, best known for playing presidential daughter Zoey Bartlet on the "West Wing," portrays young and sexy secretary-turned-copywriter Peggy Olson on AMC's "Mad Men." Since the show's first season, Peggy has changed significantly, especially in relating to the opposite sex. As the only woman on the creative staff, Peggy struggles to get into the boys' club. Here, the star discusses her character's journey and on-screen style. Although love and romance are the last things her character is looking for, Moss dishes on her own off-show dating life.
On the surface, Joan Holloway is a secretarial stereotype: the super-sexy, head-turning queen bee of the office, the one who's having a hot affair with her married boss. But as played by Christina Hendricks, Joan is so much more, and one of the many delights of "Mad Men," in its second season on AMC. "She's so fun because she's so different from anything I've ever played before, and the furthest from me," says Hendricks, whose resumé includes regular roles on "Kevin Hill" and "Beggars and Choosers" and guest spots on "Las Vegas," "Without a Trace," "Cold Case," "ER" and "Firefly." Hendricks loves that her character is self-confident and not a victim, while playful, sexual and confident. The sexy actress herself tells about her real-life romance with her live-in boyfriend Geoffrey Arend, and dealing with crushes at work.
Eyebrows rose all over Hollywood when Oscar winner Holly Hunter signed on to star in the TNT drama series "Saving Grace." Why would the star of The Piano, Broadcast News and Thirteen take on the weekly grind of TV in yet another police procedural series? "It's a dream come true to play somebody who doesn't have normal limitations,"says Hunter of her character, Detective Grace Hanadarko. "She doesn't censor her own needs, her own desires. I find it refreshing to have that to express," says Hunter. "In American movies nobody's talking about a woman's sexuality. You've got to search a little bit to find a good example. And in the pilot alone there were two very intimate examples of this woman's sex life. I have an appetite for it because there's so little exploration of that. There's some real intimacy to it and I love that."
"The Closer" has been a cable TV ratings hit since its debut in 2005, and its success has a lot to do with its star, Kyra Sedgwick. It's no surprise that Sedgwick has earned two Emmy and three Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal of deputy police chief Brenda Johnson, as she's made the quirky character a fascinating figure. Brenda, who is divorced, hesitated to commit to her fiance in the past but accepted his proposal during a medical crisis. "The deeper I get into the character, the more nuances I find," says Sedgwick, enthusiastic about playing Brenda for another 15 episodes. "It's always fresh because it's always new." As the season begins, she and Fritz—with the emphasis on Fritz—are planning a wedding, and dealing with cohabitation, but it won't all be smooth sailing. In their biggest fight to date, they'll fight about work. "They love each other a lot, but there are a lot of issues, "Sedgwick points out.
What happens when your best friends are guys and you start to fall in love with one of them? That tricky little dilemma is playing out this season on "My Boys," the TBS comedy series about a female sportswriter with a successful career and a posse of close guy friends. Jordana Spiro plays P.J. Franklin, who has a crush on her poker buddy, Bobby (Kyle Howard), though he remains unaware of it. This season, P.J. plans a wedding for one of her boys, but she won't be walking down the aisle with him. Will the so far unlucky-in-love P.J. get a new love interest this season? Here, Spiro tells about the series, why she blames unrealistic expectations for failed marriages and high divorce rates, what attracted her to her show-business boyfriend, and being one of the boys—in real life and on-screen.
Vacations, in my world, are a time when rules do not apply, when you can have two scoops of ice cream for dessert every night – heck, when you can have dessert with breakfast. So in my world, I treat my brain to a vacation, too. I want ice cream for my brain. I want happy endings, laughter, sparkling plots, memorable characters, and blissfully good writing. Behold my "Guaranteed Brain Vacation Reading List" and give your brain a vacation summer with these can't miss, classic selections– books in various categories that have stood the test of time in their perfection for beachside, mountainside, poolside, or even commuting-and-wishing-for-vacation-side reading. Looking for a summer read in the category of: queen-of-good-vacation reading, eccentric-and-hilarious-family dramas, hot-blooded-men-and-warrior-women-seek-adventure-and-action novels, past-perfect-historical-romantic fiction, or better-ab-workouts-through-laughing books? Read on...!
"Sex and the City" may be the splashiest example of a movie about the love and sex lives of women over 40, but it's not the only one. A little indie drama called "How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer" explores that theme as it tells the story of three generations of women in a Mexican-American family and the sexual awakening they experience during one hot summer in a dusty Arizona border town. The movie stars a pre-"Ugly Betty" America Ferrera as a teenager about to lose her virginity to the new boy in town and Elizabeth Peña as the woman in the middle, a lonely, divorced butcher shop owner whose passions are stoked by the local lothario. The heat—literal and figurative— is palpable, even in an air-conditioned theater. Here, Peña tells what drew her to the script immediately:"Women's sexuality no longer exists after 38, 39, 40. The only thing that might come close is Desperate Housewives, and that's a comedy. This movie allows a middle-aged woman, and a woman in her seventies to be sexual. We're allowed our sexuality back." She also dishes on her other movies and aging in Hollywood.
There are two words that make most men cringe: Wedding Season. Why is that? Is it a fear of commitment? Is it a desire to avoid the battle between Bridezilla and Momthra? We're not entirely sure,but ever notice how every movie with a wedding is automatically labeled a chick flick? Well we tracked down a few of the best wedding movies out there for the dudes. They prove that weddings aren't necessarily the beginning of the end, and they can even be fun. In order to make the list, the movie had to be mostly about a wedding (or series of weddings), it can't just have a tacked on wedding at the end (like the latest installment of certain adventure-archeology series). Also, the movie has to be something that a straight guy would watch with one of his buddies (buffer seat optional). From "Honeymoon in Vegas," to "Father of the Bride" these classics will let you have your cake and eat it, too. Wedding cake, that is..
"It's different from any part I've ever played before," Lana Parrilla observes about her role as the sexy Trina Decker in CBS' summer series "Swingtown." No doubt about that. After all, the show, set in Chicago in 1976, is about a couple of swingers—in the wildest sense of the word—who initiate their new neighbors into their sexually permissive lifestyle. The titillating pilot, capped by a wife-swapping party, was designed to hook viewers and get them talking—if not protesting. "It will obviously raise some eyebrows, but at the same time I don't think we're exploiting any more than 'Desperate Housewives' or 'Lipstick Jungle,'" Parrilla points out. "The sex is there, but there's a deeper element to the show. There are the relationships and familial aspects. You see how the children are affected by their parents' lifestyle. And there's a lot of heart to our show." Here, the sexy star dishes on shooting on-set intimacy, researching orgies, and the three words that describe her: "Good in bed." Just kidding..."