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Frisky Q&A: Judge Lynn Toler On “Divorce Court,” Relationship Red Flags, And Settling

Judge Lynn Toler has practiced law for more than two decades, but her legal career has led her down a path few of her peers have traveled. She was elected judge of the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court at the age of 33, and while on the bench, she worked with several organizations focusing on battered women and domestic violence. In 2001, Judge Toler became the host of “Power of Attorney,” but you probably know her best as the judge on “Divorce Court,” a position she’s held since 2006.

Now, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I questioned Judge Toler’s abilities when I noticed my beloved Judge Mablean Ephraim was no longer on the “Divorce Court” bench. But I quickly realized that Judge Toler heard her cases with genuine concern and interest, and offered insight and practical solutions, when possible, for the couples’ problems. She truly is a fair and impartial counselor. So I was really excited to speak with Judge Toler who, along with having an extensive legal and academic career, has also written two books, My Mother’s Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius and Put It in Writing!: Creating Agreements Between Family and Friends, co-authored with Deborah Hutchison.

Keep reading to learn about her craziest experiences on “Divorce Court,” including the time Gary Coleman was a guest. Plus, the relationship red flags no one should ignore, and whether it’s OK to settle with a man who isn’t necessarily on your career and education level. Keep reading »

Tyra Banks’ New Gig: Commercial Director


On last night’s “America’s Next Top Model,” rather than have the final four model wannabes do yet another photo shoot, Tyra Banks challenged them to do what she called a “motion advertorial.” So, uh, what is that? One of those high-falutin commercials you sometimes see on fashion designers’ websites, complete with trippy visuals and moody music. The most exciting part of this challenge was that Tyra directed the commercial herself, making this her directorial debut. “I was really nervous about directing the girls in motion for the first time. I have to tell you that I have a whole new respect for directors through this process! It looks easy, but it ain’t,” she said. Keep reading »

A “Dallas” Reboot Is In The Works

For every television reboot that works, there’s one that fails miserably. The CW’s new “90210″ is now in its third season, while the Ashlee Simpson-tainted “Melrose Place” revamp disappeared after one. The rebooted “Knight Rider” tanked, while this year’s “Hawaii Five-0” is a mega-hit. Now TNT is resurrecting another beloved series of the past—”Dallas,” the very ’80s soap series about a family of oil tycoons in Texas. Rumor has it that Kiefer Sutherland of “24″ and hot Josh Holloway of “Lost” are in discussions to play a new generation of Ewings in the series. Meanwhile, Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing), Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing) and Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing) are in talks to reprise their classic roles. So will “Dallas” work in 2011? Guess we’ll have to see. But I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear about a “Dynasty” reboot any second now. [TV Guide, Digital Spy] Keep reading »

“Hellcats” Cram Session: The Internet Sure Loves Racy Cheerleader Photos

Bust out your pom-poms, ‘cause tonight is “Hellcats” night! Since The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick happens to be an expert on college cheerleading—after all, the show is based on her book, CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders—every Wednesday we have her sound off on how the show stacks up to reality.

Tonight on “Hellcats,” naked pics of squad co-captain Alice are leaked on the interwebs and quickly became the most-viewed pages on Lancer University campus. So how realistic is this plot? Unfortunately, extremely. Rebecca Manns of the University of Louisville knows first hand what this is like. When dirty photos of her ended up online in 2007, she quickly became the most Googled name of the week. Keep reading »

Queen Sophie-Anne’s House From “True Blood” Is For Sale

Wondering what to get me for the holidays this year? Here’s the perfect gift: Queen Sophie-Anne’s mansion from “True Blood.” The gorgeously ornate house with ocean views is easily my favorite set on the show because of its old-world decadence. And now the actual house is for sale. Sadly, the abode isn’t in Louisiana—it’s in Malibu—and it costs a pretty penny. Seventy-five million dollars to be exact. But hey, I’m worth it, right? Plus, the 20,000 square foot house comes complete with an indoor pool where I could swim laps and a lion sculpture found at the base of Mount Vesuvius. Now just get me Queen Sophie-Anne’s wardrobe and her ability to never age, and we’ll be good to go. [NY Post] Keep reading »

Gwyneth Paltrow Says You Can Stand Under Her Umbrella On “Glee”

Last night’s episode of “Glee” was super good. As in, Entertainment Weekly is already calling for Gwyneth Paltrow to win the Emmy for Best Guest Starring Role for her performance as substitute teacher Holly Holiday. And she was pretty darn great—how cool was it to see Gwynnie eat at Taco Bell and talk about her obsession with “Hoarders”? It’s like the Gwyneth we all wished existed in real life. Her crowning moment was a mashup of “Singin’ in the Rain” and Rihanna‘s “Umbrella” that she performed with New Directions while splashing through a water set. Above, watch Gwyneth stand under an umbrella-ella-ella with Mr. Schuester. Keep reading »

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