All Up In The Upfronts: The Fall TV Shows We’re Pumped For, Part 1

My dear readers, I have a confession to make: my name is Kate and I am a television addict. Even though my living room is less than 200 square feet, I have a 40-inch television. On Friday night, I briefly considered canceling my birthday party because I’d accidentally scheduled it for the same time as the series finale of “Smallville.” And truth be told, I am looking forward to the return of “True Blood” this summer as much as I am going to the beach. See, I love television. And yes, I would marry it if I could.

For my fellow television enthusiasts out there, this is a big week. This week, the major networks are holding their upfronts, grand events—think big presentations and musical numbers—during which they unveil their lineups for the fall and winter. NBC and Fox upfronts are today. ABC presents on Tuesday. CBS is Wednesday. And The CW takes their turn on Thursday. For advertisers, this is how they decide when they’d like to run commercials. For the press, it’s time to get the lowdown on what’s coming down the pipeline. And for television addicts, it’s a big old tease since most people won’t be able to actually watch the new shows until September. But who cares? It’s still like being able to see into the television future! So, every day this week, I’ll be bringing you five new shows that have me a tad bit giddy. Check out today’s offerings after the jump. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy Updates: “Almost Ex Friend” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Almost Ex Friend,” whose best friend of almost 20 years had been fading out of her life. Still, they remained on the same sports league, so avoiding each other completely was out of the question. After the jump, find out how she and the friendship are doing today. Keep reading »

Sage Sex Advice From John Waters

Copy that, John Waters. Reading is sexy. Books are like an aphrodisiac to me. I don’t think I would even be able to do it with a guy who didn’t have books. [Rachel Profiling] Keep reading »

Beagle Catches Ball — With His Paws!


My pup Lucca, while brilliant, well-read and a delight at dinner parties, is capable of only one dog trick — she can catch a ball in her mouth. Like any obsessed dog mom who thinks her pup s**ts rainbows, I have been pretty impressed by this ability. I am less impressed now that I have seen this video of a beagle catching a ball with his paws. Time to channel the Tiger Mom and get Lucca mastering this one ASAP. Lessons commence immediately! [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Dr. Peggy Drexler, Author Of “Our Fathers, Ourselves” About Women And Their Dads

Confession: I’m a bit of a daddy’s girl. My dad has always made me feel protected and loved, even if he hasn’t always verbalized it the way my mom does. In the back of my mind, I’m always comparing how well the men I date treat me with how well my father treats me.

But Dad also does some confusing stuff, too. When I got dumped over the phone a few months ago, I was at my parents’ house, and when I started crying, my dad yelled at me and told me to stop making such a big deal out of things. I was, like, “Ummm, what? I just got dumped.” Why was the sweet guy who mailed me Snoopy cartoons yelling at me to stop crying when I just got my heart broken?

Then I read Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family, by Dr. Peggy Drexler. Based on her interviews with 70 women, ages 20 through 40, she explores the relationships of fathers and their adult daughters: why grown women seek their fathers’ approval; why some of us are still a “daddy’s girl” even in adulthood; and whether we date/marry men “just like our fathers,” as the rumor goes. I also learned that my father’s reaction to my post-breakup behavior — hysterical crying, snot everywhere — was not at all uncommon. Fathers understandably feel powerless when their child is in pain (the same goes for mothers, too) and sometimes their knee-jerk reaction is to make the child stop showing how hurt they are. My dad was just being … a dad.

Dr. Drexler — who (unrelated but interesting) is married to the CEO of J.Crew, Mickey Drexler! — very kindly responded to several questions of mine about Our Fathers, Ourselves for The Frisky. Learn more about your relationship with your father after the jump! Keep reading »

Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon’s Twins Were Born Listening To “Fantasy”

On Friday, Nick Cannon sat down on the “The Gayle King Show” to talk about being a new papa to twins. “It was surreal for me,” he said of being in the delivery room. “Of course, it had to be a production and I was the production manager. I had a camera in one hand and was DJing with the other.” DJing, you ask? Apparently, Mariah wanted her babies to come into the world hearing a song sung by … herself. And not just any Mariah song, mind you—a live version full of audience applause. And thus, her babies emerged to the sound of her performing “Fantasy” at Madison Square Garden. For real.

Oh, and Nick of course talked about “dem babies“‘ names. Keep reading »

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