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Girlfriends Guide to Divorce Recap: “Rule 426: Fantasyland: A Great Place to Visit”

Before I get started on this week’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce recap, I want to pose a few questions, based both on reactions to the show around the office and around the web. How many of you never-divorced folks are still tuning in? If not, why not? And how many of you (especially you ladies) who have been through the uncoupling ringer recognize every emotional gut-punch Marti Noxon puts in her scripts — regardless of these women’s income, lifestyle and social standing — and find the show refreshingly honest and cathartic for it? And, given that, how odd is it […]

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The Coworkers’ Guide to Girlfriends Guide to Divorce episode 4

In which Ryan Berenz (11 years into Marriage No. 1, two preschool boys) and Lori Acken (nine years into Marriage No. 2, four grown kids) debate a few quagmires revealed in Girlfriends Guide to Divorce Episode 4 “Rule 426: Fantasyland: A Great Place to Visit.”  • Is Fantasyland a great place to visit? Lori: Given that my fantasies currently involve stuff like a 92% raise, black pants with no cat hair and just one flat surface in my house staying crap-free for more than an hour … I’m willing to go there. Fantasies one hopes will completely change one’s life? The distance between entry and exit is always […]


The Coworkers’ Guide to Girlfriends Guide to Divorce episode 2

In which Ryan Berenz (11 years into Marriage No. 1, two preschool boys) and Lori Acken (nine years into Marriage No. 2, four grown kids) debate a few quagmires revealed in Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce Episode 2 “Rule 174: Never Trust Anyone Who Charges By the Hour.” Never read the comments? Ryan: If you’re a celebrity or public figure, NEVER read the comments. They will make you weep for humanity. But if you’re a chump in an office blogging about a TV show, the comments give you reason to keep on keeping on. Lori: I can’t even handle the comments […]

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Girlfriends Guide to Divorce recap episode 2: “Rule #174: Never Trust Anyone Who Charges By the Hour”

Last Night’s Girlfriends Guide to Divorce was called “Never Trust Anyone Who Charges By the Hour.” You know, like lawyers. Or your dominatrix. Or a lawyer who knows your dominatrix. But we’ll get to that in a bit. • RELATED: Lisa Edelstein and Marti Noxon talk Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce on Bravo! What the episode is really about is a trifecta of issues only too familiar to those of us who’ve gone through divorce — lawyering up, dividing the dollars, and when standing up for yourself blurs into revenge. And to the show’s credit, it addresses all three with a […]

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The Coworkers’ Guide To Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce

Is it cool if the missus is the breadwinner? He said: Stay-at-home dads are awesome. Seriously dudes, support your spouse’s success and let her bring home the bacon (mmmm, bacon!). Plus, when people see me out with my boys at 2pm on a Tuesday, they exalt me. She said: Stay-at-home dads ARE awesome. Stay-at-home moms are awesome. Financial stability and good benefits are the awesome-est. Resentment in either direction? Not awesome. Is a strictly e-affair still an affair? He said: Yeah, it is. Even if you never physically see or touch the person you’re texting or Skyping, you’re still betraying […]


Girlfriends Guide To Divorce: Marti Noxon and Lisa Edelstein on Bravo’s bold new dramedy

How you relate to Bravo’s new Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce will likely depend not on how you feel about The Big D itself, but how you feel about your own romantic connections — or lack thereof. And that’s just how the show’s creator Marti Noxon intended it. “For me, this show is much more about what it’s like to be men and women right now — and right now it’s really complicated,” says Noxon, who took over for Joss Whedon as showrunner on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then worked with Shonda Rhimes on Private Practice, Matthew Weiner on Mad Men […]


Richard Blais on Hungry Games: “I’m learning more as a chef!”

It’s October — the burnished gold, bonfire-scented heart of autumn. So odds are pretty good you’re gobbling up anything you can get your hands on that’s all about the apples or labeled “Pumpkin Spice.” Even if, if you ask me, 90 percent of the latter tastes more like drugstore aftershave than anything related to actual pumpkin seasonings. So what is it about the mere mention of fall that makes us crave all things sweetly spicy. What is it that makes us crave anything at all? That’s the heart of the matter of Food Network’s fun and fascinating new series Hungry Games, hosted […]

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7 Questions With … Caroline Manzo

Caroline Manzo became one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s best-loved Bravo-lebrities with her outspokenness and fierce devotion to her family.  Now, the fiery redhead has her own show, Manzo’d With Children (Premiering Sunday at 9pm ET with back-to-back episodes). Manzo laughs when asked if there will be any similarities to Housewives: “it’s apples and oranges,” she says. “Housewives was based on drama, this show has a fair amount of, I’ll say “predicaments,” but there’s always a resolution and we do it, “our way,” as a family.” Caroline took time from taping the show, helping plan daughter Lauren’s wedding, […]

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Caroline Manzo is “Manzo’d With Children”

Fans of reality television first met Caroline Manzo on The Real Housewives of New Jersey and fell in love with her outspokenness and fierce protection of (and sometimes rivalry with) her family members. But Manzo never foresaw her fame as a reality personality. “When I got hired for Housewives, I thought, ‘I’m going to do one season and they’re going to kick my ass off because what do I have to offer?’” Fortunately, Bravo knows best and now Manzo is back, starring in her own show. Manzo’d With Children follows the matriarch, her husband Al and their three adult children […]

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E! and Bravo specials to remember Joan Rivers

In the wake of Joan Rivers’ passing yesterday at the age of 81, E! and Bravo will be remembering the comedian and actress with specials — appropriate, given the amount of time she spent on the channels, especially E! RELATED: E! STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF JOAN RIVERS E! will pay tribute to Rivers with Joan Rivers: Celebrating an Icon, debuting Sept. 5 at 9pm ET/PT. The one-hour E! News special is hosted by Jason Kennedy and Catt Sadler, who, according to a release, “will be joined throughout the hour by George Kotsiopoulos, Ken Baker and other members of the […]