Category: Pop Culture

Empire Recap: Jailhouse (Chris) Rock

The show begins with me demanding a credit from Time Warner Cable for interrupted service, so that’s not a great omen. But when the TV pixels settle down and start behaving themselves, there’s an outdoor “Free Lucious” concert in Central Park (presumably) in which someone in a gorilla suit descends to the stage in a […]

Who Will Win? Lauren’s Emmy Picks!

 Lauren, Gallery & Pocket book editor extraordinaire and podcast host gives us her picks for the 67th annual Emmys!  The red carpet should be starting in a few hours, so read her advice and cast your votes! I get very passionate about awards season every year and when they asked for a volunteer to talk […]

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The Bachelorette: A Trainer, A Sad Clown, and A Proposal

After an entire season spent watching the world’s most inappropriate/ ill-equipped Bachelorette make an enemy out of every woman in America, it’s finally here. THE. MOST. DRAMATIC. SHOCKING. BACHELORETTE. SEASON. FINALE. EVER. Or so Chris Harrison says. So far the most dramatic/shocking thing on this finale is Chris’s apparent run-in with a bottle of spray tan. […]

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Last night’s The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All mostly comprised of guys who barely had a role on the show pretending like they actually mattered by “voicing their opinions,” Kaitlyn in yet another sequin cutout dress (does her wardrobe include ANY dress that doesn’t have sequins or cutouts?), and lots of shots of the audience making expressive […]

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The Bachelorette: “Thar, She Blows!”

We kicked off last night with a recap of last week’s epi, so we got to re-live the oratory masterpiece that was Shawn “confronting” Nick about his questionable motives and behavior. Nothing new came out of this except I realized that Shawn has openly admitted to studiously watching the last season of the Bachelorette through […]

Honk if You Love Gronk!

Whether you’re a football fan or not, it’s likely that you know and love The Gronk. Of course, we’re talking about Patriots tight end Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski, of whom the New York Post has said, “One of the best tight ends the game has ever seen. Off the field, he’s unabashedly the cruise director of […]

Winter is Coming to Your Throw Pillows

If you’re like me, your weeks are noticeably more empty these days. Why? Because the little hour-long, nudity-and-violence-filled nugget of happiness that used to give you the energy to get through the week has disappeared. Now that Game of Thrones Season 5 has ended, each Sunday night I am reminded that I have to wait an ENTIRE […]

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The Bachelorette: Welcome to Porktown

So we all know last week ended with the news that the masterminds behind this show are switching things up on us and making Kaitlyn cut the group in half this week, give three guys fantasy suite cards, and only meet two of their families. This is no problem for K-Dawg because she’s pretty much […]

Intern Corner: ‘Shipping 101

XOXO After Dark is excited to have a new contributor. Welcome Kris! Warm hellos from the intern desk! I spend most of my days writing, including drafting galley letters and press releases for our upcoming romance titles! Which makes it impossible to not flip through the books or not let my eyes linger on a […]

Welcome to Whine Country: OC S10E3

In this week’s episode Heather launches her new line of “Champs” while not so accidentally declaring a favorite child and Susan is way off her game and looking really crazy. 1. When heather looks down her nose during the toast she looks like Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove. That said, I still love her. […]

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