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Republicans Hate 'Jersey Shore,' Love 'The Bachelor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 2:30PM
Democrat, Republican TV StudySnooki's poof apparently doesn't work its magic on Republicans.

A new study by Experian-Simmons found conservative-leaning viewers tend to favor reality programming like 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'The Bachelor,' 'The Biggest Loser,' 'MythBusters,' but one exception to that trend was 'Jersey Shore.' Also among GOP favorites is the History Channel's block of programming: 'Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy,' 'American Pickers,' and 'Swamp People.'

Two other popular liberal shows, 'Glee' and 'Modern Family,' topped the conservative list last year, but are no longer two of the favorite shows among Republican viewers, according to EW. They did, however, still rank high with those on the more liberal end of the political spectrum.

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Family TV Guide: 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 4th 2011 3:00PM
Two words to describe 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager': sex talk'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'
Network: ABC Family
Air Date: Mondays, 8PM ET
Starring: Shailene Woodley, India Eisley, Daren Kagasoff, Ken Baumann, Megan Park, Francia Raisa, Greg Finley, Renee Olstead, Molly Ringwald, Mark Derwin, Josie Bissett, Steve Schirripa, Jennifer Coolidge, Kathy Kinney
TV Rating: TV-14 D, for suggestive dialogue

What's It All About?
All it took was a one night stand at band camp to change Amy Juergens' life forever. Now with a young son, Amy spends her high school years as a teen mom while while trying to maintain a semblance of a normal teenage life.

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'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' Stars Tease Proposals, STDs and Drama

by Breia Brissey, posted Mar 28th 2011 1:30PM
Secret LifeIt's been a long time (nearly six months!) since 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' (Monday, 8PM on ABC Family) aired all-new episodes. Who better to refresh your memory than the stars of the show themselves?

We caught up with stars Shailene Woodley and Daren Kagasoff, who play teen parents Amy and Ricky, at the ABC Family upfronts to get the scoop on the new season.

The stars were tight-lipped, but Woodley did promise one thing would continue to make an appearance in the new episodes: drama.

"There's definitely a lot of drama," she said. "That's my go-to phrase to not say too much!"

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Bristol Palin is a Terrible Actress (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jul 6th 2010 1:20PM
In a case of art imitating life, Bristol Palin makes her acting debut playing a single, teen mom who befriends Amy at a music program on 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' (Mon, 8PM ET on ABC Family).

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Bristol Palin Reveals What She'll Tell Her Son About Abstinence

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jun 28th 2010 6:45PM
Bristol PalinIn one of the most fitting guest-star casting decisions ever, Bristol Palin (daughter of Sarah Palin) who garnered national notoriety for getting pregnant at the age of 17 during her mom's vice presidential campaign, is set to play herself July 5 on 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager.'

Palin will interact with the show's main character, Amy, who gave birth to a son after getting pregnant before her freshman year of high school. The girls will meet at a band camp for teenage mothers.

Another character on the show, Adrien, played by Francia Raisa, also just learned she is pregnant after a one-night stand and is deciding between keeping the baby or terminating the pregnancy.

Palin and Raisa talked to TV Squad about the cameo and their shared favorite TV show. Plus, Palin also spoke about the show's message against pre-marital sex and what she'll tell her now 1-year-old son, Tripp, about abstinence when the time comes.

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'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' - 'Get Out of Town' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 22nd 2010 1:20PM
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Get Out of Town
(S03E03) "Geez, you need to get a hobby. Or go back to having stupid, indiscriminate sex or something." - Ashley to Ricky, who's determined to get involved in Ben and Adrian's pregnancy issues

'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' is like so many other families and friendships, where if you look at it from the outside, it's easy to solve all of their problems. I kept saying to myself during this episode, if everyone would just talk to each other other, things would be so much better.

If Adrian had told Ben about the pregnancy, that would have helped his angst over, well, everything really.

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'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' - 'Accentuate the Positive' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 15th 2010 4:50AM
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Accentuate the Positive(S03E02) "Remember, I've been through this before ... with someone else who didn't have the flu." - Ashley to Adrian

That Ashley is one sad puppy, isn't she? I don't know if she's just being 15 or if she's clinically depressed, but she's definitely got some issues. Everyone around her -- well, if you count Amy, Adrian and Anne as everyone -- is getting pregnant, and yet, I'm still not sure she gets that it's a bad idea. Yes, she pressured her dad to let her get birth control pills, but that means she's thinking about having sex and, well, mistakes happen.

At any rate, wouldn't it be something if both Amy and Ashley got pregnant by the same guy?! It could happen! Ricky's sort of stuck on her at the moment.

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Family TV Guide: 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 14th 2010 6:00PM
The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Cast Photo
Mon., 8PM ET on ABC Family
FCC Rating: TV-14, D (for intensely suggestive dialogue)
Jane's Rating: OK for kids 11+, as long as parents talk with them about the show

ABC Family's tagline these days is "a new kind of family" and, apparently, that includes families where the teenagers are having sex. Whether that mirrors real life or not, the network definitely seems to be going for an edgier vibe lately, leaning more towards The CW than the Disney Channel.

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'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' - 'Do Over' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 8th 2010 12:40PM
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Do Over
(S03E01) "I never thought of it as being on the hook, but this is good news, for both of us." -- Ben to Adrian, when she told him she's not pregnant

Season 3 of 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' premiered last night, and even though I've been watching the show since the beginning, the title still makes me laugh. There's really nothing secretive about these teens' lives. Everyone seems to know everything, including who's sleeping with whom, who's lying, and who is (or might be) pregnant. Well, that last one is a stickler, for sure.

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'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' Season 2 Episode 13 'You Don't Know What You've Got' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 5th 2010 5:47AM
Secret Life of the American TeenagerWhat happened on this week's 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' season 2 episode 13, 'You Don't Know What You've Got' -- in 100 words or less.

'Secret Life' is back, which means more sex, lust, and awkward conversations! While Amy and Anne consider extending their getaway with the babies, Ricky grows a spine and tells Amy to bring John home.

Meanwhile, the teens ditch school and head for the beach. Grace and Jack play cat and mouse, while Ben welcomes (or not) his Italian squeeze Maria. New counselor Dr. Bink (Mayim Bialik from 'Blossom'!) wreaks havoc and tries to live down her own past (really? taking a kid to the prom?)

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'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' Season 2 Return Date Set for January 4, 2010

by Lauren Metz, posted Nov 19th 2009 12:43PM
Secret Life of the American TeenagerTeens in couples therapy, teens with a baby, teens breaking up because one's pressuring the other to have sex. -- holy high school drama!

Well, get ready to see a whole lot more of it, because 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' is coming back a week earlier than expected, says the Hollywood Reporter.

The show -- which was originally scheduled to return on January 11 -- will now premiere Mon., Jan. 4, 8PM on ABC Family. Better yet: 12 new episodes have been ordered, which means there's plenty of nasty hallway glares to come.

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager: appropriate for 12-year-olds?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 5th 2009 9:38AM
The Secret Life of the American TeenagerFor my daughter's twelfth birthday, she decided to have four of her friends sleep over, and it turned out to be the same night that The Secret Life of the American Teenager season two was premiering. OK, she actually sort of planned it that way. All but one of her friends is allowed to watch the show, and she managed to talk her mom into it "just this once." I totally respect that. I write a family movie column and have kids of my own, so I'm fairly in tune with what is and isn't appropriate for various age groups.

I watched a few episodes of Secret Life last season, and while the subject matter isn't geared for little kids, it seemed OK for kids twelve and older. But this season, it seems like the show has really kicked the sex talk up several notches. Yes, I know it's a show about a teenager who gets pregnant and is forced to deal with the consequences. I'm ok with that. It shows kids that there are consequences, and that sex shouldn't be taken lightly.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 15th 2009 6:06PM
Burn NoticeHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I haven't jumped on the Blu-ray wagon yet. I know, I know, it's supposed to be "better," but I have all of these individual season sets that aren't Blu-ray and I don't know if I want to get rid of the older ones (or sell them) and get new ones. They'd really have to have a ton of extras (and ones that I'm interested in) on them for me to get them. A better picture doesn't really excite me. So I won't be getting the Lost sets being released this week.

But I'm on board for season 2 of Burn Notice!

  • Burn Notice - Season 2
  • Everwood - Season 2
  • Family Guy - Vol. 7 and 100th Episode Celebration
  • Generation Kill - Mini-Series (Blu-ray)
  • House of Payne - Vol. 4

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Yep, Roommates is atrocious - VIDEO

by Eliot Glazer, posted Apr 14th 2009 12:01PM
roommates abc family As a TV Squad contributor who, admittedly, could be considered a "niche viewer" (in that I watch few shows, but never miss an episode), I was naturally hesitant to check out Roommates on ABC Family. A friend guaranteed me that the show was not only as bad as one might expect, but that it was so utterly, bafflingly wretched that investing thirty minutes in it turned out way more entertaining than I'd expected, and not just in the so-bad-it's-funny way, either.

Roommates is so atrocious, its production should be considered a criminal offense, considering that, even as a basic cable program, hundreds of thousands of dollars (at the very least) have surely been invested in the show. And that's money that could have easily gone toward refugees or food banks or, say, into the budget of ABC Family's other critically lauded programming like Greek or Secret Life of The American Teenager.

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ABC Family assembles 10 Things cast

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 20th 2008 9:08AM
Ethan PeckIt's taken nearly 10 years, but the feature film 10 Things I Hate About You is being made into a TV show. Well, a pilot anyway. We'll see if it goes the distance. This project has a few things going for it:

1) It's on ABC Family, which has done a fabulous job with their programming. Have you watched the network lately? This is edgy stuff that's like the next step up from Nickelodeon and Disney Channel: Lincoln Heights, Greek, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager top the list.

2) The cast is great. Some you might have heard of, others not: Lindsey Shaw, Meaghan Jette Martin, Kyle Kaplan, Nicholas Braun and Ethan Peck. That's him, pictured. He's the grandson of Gregory Peck, and he kind of looks like him, doesn't he?

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