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.
The New York Times reported this weekend that Muslim clerics are increasingly agitated about depictions of premarital sex and loosened-up gender roles on TV. During the holy month of Ramadan, which is taking place right now, there have been an usually high number of programming canceled at the behest of religious leaders. But these programs aren't anywhere near as racy as Sex & the City and Desperate Housewives. No, these shows cover content that we often take for granted in the West.
I finally watched the CW's new 90210 last night, and it was better than I thought it would be. I saw the fourth episode, "The Bubble" (you can watch the full first and second eps on the CW website).The relationships on the show are for the most part pretty predictable. There's a love quadrangle between four high schoolers who are dating each other's ex's. (Which begs the question: are friends ex-boyfriends off limits? And can you be friends with your ex?) Then there are the old-schoolers, Kelly Taylor and Brenda Walsh. Kelly is teaching at West Beverly high and has a baby; check out the clip above to find out who the father is. Brenda Walsh is back in town too, but, at least in this episode, doesn’t have a romantic storyline.
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.
Have you seen the Calvin Klein ad that was banned in the United States? In the :30 spot Eva Mendes rolls around in white sheets and shows just a hint of nipple. The glimpse, which comes around the :15 mark, has been edited out of versions that will air on cable channels stateside. The uncut version will air abroad and, of course, on the internet, where you can find almost anything.
TLC's Must Love Kids stars three hot mamas -- Kristin (3 kids), Vanessa (2 kids) and Tracy (1 kid) -- hoping to fall in love. TLC sets the bachelorettes up with suitors one-on-one -- and then adds the rugrats. Will the kids like the men? Will the men like the kids? Drama ensures! Why didn't a network think of this years ago?
Man, oh man. You know it's bad when you'd rather be watching E!'s The Soup mock reality show women. In this case, Bravo's Date My Ex was that kind of second-hand embarrassment you just can't stand to watch, your finger poised on the "last" button on the remote should it get too unbearable. A little backstory: Slade and Jo were originally cast filmed on The Real Housewives of Orange County. I know little about this show. I do know that Jo and Slade were engaged, and she got all sorts of royal treatment. Slade appears to have gobs of money. Or at least gobs of credit. Regardless, Jo decided to break it off, leave the money Slade behind, and pursue a singing career in LA.
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.
Ok, is anyone shocked by this news? The NY Times is reporting that HBO is anxious to film a follow-up to the box office smash. Duh. While I loved the show when it was on I was wary about what the movie might hold. It wasn't the greatest film I'd ever seen, but it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. So much so that when I left I actually didn't mind the $10 I had paid for my ticket. Having said that, I'm really not up for a sequel. I don't want to watch any more awkward Miranda/Steve sex, and I was really happy with how all the ladies ended up. What more is there to tell us?
I watched the finale of the Bachelorette last night. WTF? I didn't think she had chemistry with either one of them, but what I really dont understand is how she got engaged to him when she said she was "falling in love" with about 17 other men at the same time. I mean, how did Jesse feel when he had to watch her crying over Graham and Jeremy? I love bad TV.
But this time around there's a twist: The Dating Game will incorporate the Web, with contestants going to an online dating site to find matches (uh, can't you do this on your own?), and The Newlywed Game will bring alumni back to face off against couples. By "alumni," I think they mean the original contestants the ones who have been together for more than 30 years. They better know their spouse's least favorite chore by now!
Tune in: This Sunday marks the final show for Sue Johanson's Talk Sex. The show was borne from a 1984 Canadian radio show, where Johanson spoke on practical advice and STDs. It blossomed into a full-fledged sex-talk show (vibrators, G-spots, and anal, oh my!) on the Oxygen network, which has hosted the program over the last six years.
A video camera in the bedroom: naughty way to spice up your sex life—or therapeutic tool to reveal deeper truths about your relationship? Both, says Michael Alvear, a gay Atlanta-based sexpert who spent three seasons with The Sex Inspectors, a British television show in which he and his co-host analyzed video footage of long-term couples. Their goal? To help the twosomes get their passion back, both in and out of the sack. Since it aired in 2004, the show has appeared on HBO and has been duplicated in about a dozen countries. I had a chat with Alvear to get the real take on what happens both on-screen and behind the scenes when the film is rolling—and to find out what you can learn by inviting an all-seeing camera into your bedroom.