Category: Pop Culture

Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Watching NASHVILLE

Can we talk about Nashville? Not the city—though I imagine it’s lovely—but the soapy melodrama that sets family secrets and professional feuds against the background of country music’s Hollywood. Y’all, I am from New England and yet this show makes me say things like “y’all.” It is so crazy and over the top, but so […]

The Final Rose: the Bachelorette Recap

Finale! Bachelorette history! Will Desiree go home without one of the 25 dudes she was destined to fall in love (or at least vague superficial attraction) with? We rejoin her in pensive mode on the deck of her Antigua suite, mourning the loss of Brooks. She recaps for us, explaining that when his mom and […]

Bachelorette recap: Caribbean Blues

I missed recapping the home visits, but I would never abandon you for the bitter end! Tonight, Des takes her top three gents to Antigua (finally, some truly enviable scenery). BUT…tragedy strikes even in paradise! The previews show Des telling us that she’s falling in love, and then weeping inconsolably to Chris Harrison. Whatever could […]

Bachelorette: Truth or Madeira

I tune in a speck late because I was watching the last of an awesome Futurama (done in 3 different animation styles, including a hilarious take on anime). But we’re here just in time to see the remaining Bachelosers riding a sloop with Desiree to Madeira, off the coast of Portugal. It does look beautiful! […]

Bachelorette: The Rain in Spain is Actually Tears

Bienvenidos, Bachelorette fans! Des and her seven swains a-sweating (oops, there are eight!) are in Barcelona this week, city of romance. (So far the sun-kissed boulevards and warm yellow stone are definitely more encouraging than Munich. Sorry, Germany.) I missed the opening minutes, but have joined in time to see clean-cut Drew get a one-on-one […]

Bachelorette: Three Is the Loneliest Number

Fresh off the Hurricane Sandy tour, our Bachelorette and her swains are ready to get the heck out of Dodge…and while it’s hard to imagine anyplace more romantic than storm-ravaged New Jersey, the producers are whisking everyone off to Munich! (I ask again, why no tropical locale? Surely this show makes enough money to afford […]

Bachelorette Recap: Stronger than the Snore

We’re back! I missed last week, alas, and we’re down to only 13 hopeful bachelors…”the 13 people who Des thinks she could spend her life with.” When did this show turn into a reverse Sister Wives? As we open the show, the Boys learn that they’re being whisked off to Atlantic City to begin the […]

Dudes become Daddies

It seems that love was very clearly in the air about nine months ago, seeing as how half of Hollywood either just gave birth or is about to. Plus there were a ton of first time fathers celebrating on Sunday with a whole new appreciation for a day devoted to them. Some want the world […]

Bachelorette Recap: The Right Reasons

As connoisseurs (and -seuses) of all things romantic, we here at XOXO After Dark are naturally watching The Bachelorette. Come back every week to see the latest recap of every fight, every tear–and of course, every rose. Welcome, Bachelorette fans or hate-watchers! I skipped recapping the first ep, but the short version is that Desiree, […]

When True Love Isn’t True, or Why I Love the Bachelorette

This site is about books, of course, but even a healthy diet of romance novels needs a little variety. Is it really such a big step to romance of the reality TV sort? That’s why I can’t wait for the new season of “The Bachelorette,” which airs on May 31. We’ll watch Desiree (good romance […]

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