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Kendra's the biggest thing since Anna Nicole for E!

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 10th 2009 7:28AM
Kendra Wilkinson and Hank BaskettEverybody knows Kendra as one of Hugh Hefner's former girlfriends. The one-time stars of E!'s The Girls Next Door have left the mansion and moved on to their own projects. Bridget Marquardt has moved on to her own Travel Channel show, Bridget's Sexiest Beaches, while Holly Madison was just on Dancing with the Stars. It looks like E! went the right route by choosing to follow the youngest and wackiest of the bunch, Kendra Wilkinson.

Her self-titled new show premiered Sunday on E!, and Kendra set a ratings high not seen since the premiere of The Anna Nicole Show in 2002 with 2.6 million viewers. People love their former Playmates, apparently. As an admitted follower of The Girls Next Door; my wife has a thing for all things Playboy and I got sucked in despite myself; Kendra was always the girl that I found the most annoying. She was so childish and superficial... and that laugh! Oh my god, that laugh made me want to reach through the screen and strangle her! So no one was more surprised than me to find that I actually enjoyed this premiere.

She's still Kendra. She thinks she's ghetto, she's a slob of the highest order, she has no concept of priorities, and she still laughs like that, but she's actually growing up a little bit. Her interview segments are coherent and more thoughtful. But the first thing she bought for her new house was a stripper pole, which honestly doesn't come as a real surprise. Considering Kendra was still a teenager when she moved into the Playboy Mansion, filled with butlers and maids and pampering at every turn, she's never really learned what being an adult even means.

It actually looks like it might be fun to watch her learn. I like that she has a sense of humor about her own image. Even though it's her show, she's not above showing herself looking foolish; whether it's the constant shots of her thong riding high, or her dropping eggs on the kitchen floor because she has no idea how to carry the carton. I found myself wondering just how much growing we might get to see her do if the show lasts awhile, which, if those ratings hold up, it will.

At the end of the first episode, Hank Baskett, her fiance, came home to find the house still without furniture and yet with a stripper pole in the middle of his living room. Even though we only got to see the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver for a few minutes in that first half hour, right then I knew the show was going to work. His reaction to the pole? He was not nearly as enthused as Kendra; it showed that these two are definitely coming from different worlds. It might be fun to see them reaching a middle ground, or finding out they don't work as a couple at all.

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