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Last night's episode of ABC's "What Would You Do?" featured a woman wants to marry her new boyfriend, a much younger man. The boyfriend tells her friends that he wants to get hitched for the green card, but he asks her them not to tell. What would you do in this situation?
For all of its ridiculous moments*, last night's episode of The Bachelor made us realize one thing: the single parent experience is growing increasingly mainstream. Jason, the bachelor and single dad in question, has 10 remaining women on the show; two of them are single mothers, and all of them are gaga for his divorced self. The latest US census showed single parent homes have held steady at around 9 percent of all households for the past fifteen years. Meanwhile, the increase in popularity of online dating and the prevalance of divorce have made dating with children a common occurrence. In our not-so-distant past, unmarried or divorced parents risked facing judgment from the state, society and religious institutions for their status.
Grey's Anatomy is back! In the first 2009 episode of TV's relationship soap opera disguised as a medical drama Derek and Meredith are blissful, Izzie tells Alex about Denny, Sloan and Lexie may have a future together and Christina rebuffs Owen.
Poll: Which Character On "Desperate Housewives" Is Living Your Love Life?: Lynette (Felicity Huffman) Gabrielle (Eva Longoria Parker) Edie (Nicolette Sheridan) Susan (Teri Hatcher) Bree (Marcia Cross) Katherine (Dana Delany)
Are you watching a ton of TV? Are you missing out on things like sex? If you're a grown-up there may be correlation between your sex life and the amount of time you spend with the boob tube. The good news is that you can change and you'll be much happier for it. Somehow teens can both watch racy TV and have plenty of sex. Not that we should let irresponsible teen pregnancy be a guide but they could be onto something.
Does the start of fall mark your transformation into a sports widow? Does spring fever mean the only home runs being scored are on the baseball diamond? And does March Madness leave you playing one-on-one, solo? If so, take a time out and watch Love U's "How To Enjoy Watching Sports With Your Man."
What if your future husband was a guy from your past, and finding him came with a deadline? That's the premise of The Ex List, a relationship dramedy premiering Oct. 3 that's based on a hit Israeli series. Elizabeth Reaser (last seen as Ava, Dr. Karev's patient-turned-lover on Grey's Anatomy) stars as the aptly named Bella Bloom, a florist who gets surprising news from a psychic. She's already dated "the one," and she's got a year to find him or she'll never marry.
Nicole Ritchie just had a baby, so Paris Hilton needs a new friend she can ring up to bail her out during her next DUI. Jezebel's got a clip from Hilton's new reality show, My New BFF (I'm proud to admit I didn't know there was such a thing!) in which the heiress plays a little getting-to-know you game of "I Never." You remember it from 9th grade sleepovers? "I never kissed a boy," "I never gave a blowjob," "I've never had sex"...
What if your future husband was a guy from your past, and finding him came with a deadline? That's the premise of The Ex List, a relationship dramedy premiering Oct. 3 that's based on a hit Israeli series. Elizabeth Reaser (last seen as Ava, Dr. Karev's patient-turned-lover on Grey's Anatomy) stars as the aptly named Bella Bloom, a florist who gets surprising news from a psychic. She's already dated "the one," and she's got a year to find him or she'll never marry. Is he a longtime love, a one-night stand, a boy she had a crush on in kindergarten? In the premiere, the ex is a hypersensitive musician (Eric Balfour) she dumped on his birthday seven years earlier, now an angry punk rocker. You can guess how that works out.
The "Real Housewives of Atlanta" premieres on Bravo tonight at 9/8c. It's the third take on the "Real Housewives" idea—Orange County and New York were the first and second respectively. The shows follow the lives of wealthy women and their families; according to Bravo, the Atlanta version will feature five "glamorous Southern belles" who "balance motherhood, demanding careers and a fast-paced social calendar."
I never thought there was anything weird about television advertising until someone started leaving the TV on in my office during the day. The commercials that followed the overcaffeinated yammering of the morning talk show hosts gave me a glimpse into what it must be like to be a woman. And it scared the hell out of me. Most women I know don’t live their lives in fear, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from watching the ads. On TV, women worry about stubborn stains. They face dilemmas about floor wax and carpet cleaners and toilet bowls and grape juice on T-shirts. The women I know have plenty to worry about, sure. They can’t afford their apartments. They don’t know how much to trust their boyfriends. They don’t know how they’re going to get ahead when the big dogs at work all wear suits and ties. But if any of them are watching daytime TV for a little escapism, all they have to do is wait for the commercials, and life turns ugly again, fast.
If you're a regular YourTango reader you might be familiar with open relationships. Jenny Block, YourTango writer and author of the book Open: Love, Sex and Life in an Open Marriage, has both a husband and a girlfriend. Dan Eldridge, who pens the blog "Marriage Without Monogamy," also has an non-monogamous long-term relationship. But YourTango isn't the only media outlet to tell the stories of people in open relationships. Set your DVR now, because tonight at 10/9c WE tv is airing an open marriage episode of their series, The Secret Lives of Women. The show focuses on four women with distinct non-monogamous lifestyles.