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.
As a parallel to his real-life divorce, Larry David's character (also Larry David) on Curb Your Enthusiasm is getting divorced. TV Larry's wife Cheryl has had enough of his idiosyncrasies and miserliness. Irreconcilable differences are to blame for his real-life split.
Candace Bushnell wrote part of her novel at Darren Star's home. He wanted to help make it a TV show but was outbid. Now he has a similar show of his own. She feels betrayed. He may have felt slighted.
Some guys love sports so much that, well, it sometimes seems like they'd rather spend time filling out brackets than talking with you. Carrie Melago's boyfriend is obsessed with March Madness; in this essay she explores his love of college basketball, and her love for him. "Jon turned to me and smiled. 'Can you hand me the sports section?' he asked. I suppose I should have expected this: It is mid-March, the time when many a man's fantasy turns to college hoops. In the coming weeks, I knew from experience, there would be brackets to fill out and seemingly endless games to watch with hawk-like vigor. But that wasn’t all. For three weeks a year, Jon logs endless hours on the phone talking to friends, who discuss players as if they know them. Is J.R. Reynolds an old buddy from college I haven't met yet?, I’ll wonder. Oh, right, no, he’s a guard at U.V.A."
On Desperate Housewives, Doug Savant's character, Tom Scavo, is married to Felicity Huffman’s Lynette. He met his real-life wife is, Laura Leighton, as co-cast members of Melrose Place. Despite the auspicious meeting, the two have a totally normal life, perhaps discounting job-hopping through prime time dramas. But let the men leering at their Hi-Defs be dazzled by Eva and Nicollette. Let the women at the water cooler gossip about the beefcake of the week. Doug Savant and Laura Leighton have something you can’t find on Wisteria Lane or at the pool in Melrose Place: four great kids, a romance that’s survived both financial and health crises, and a life that will seem more familiar to Savant’s viewers than to his fellow castmembers. Up at five. Kids to school. Work. Home. A family dinner, if possible. Homework. Kids to bed. Read on to find out more.
Shoot-‘em-ups vs. cooking shows: we all know the old stereotypes about male and female television tendencies. But in front of the TV is where men and women gather, fight, and sometimes, bond. So are men really heartless channel-flippers and are women really emotionally engaged in the commercials? Does TiVo help ease the remote tug-of-war? Leslie Bennetts explores TV’s role as a bridge and barrier to intimacy and learns never to ask what happened in last night's episode of Nip/Tuck because she really doesn't want to know.