Is Kendra the new Anna Nicole?

Kendra-Wilkinson_l On Sunday night, Kendra Wilkinson officially went from Hugh Hefner's Girl Next Door to full-fledged star of her own series (creatively titled—you guessed it—Kendra). And we mean star: The series enjoyed the highest-rated series debut on E! since 2002's The Anna Nicole Show.

So my first question is simply, why? I caught about ten minutes of the show but lost interest as soon as my inner feminist began begging for mercy while watching Kendra purchase a stripper pole—before furniture—for her new home. But there are a few reasons that may explain the big debut: Maybe E!'s built-in Girls Next Door audience tuned in in droves. Or perhaps Kendra's laugh has officially bled into our consciousness and seized the part of our brains that control the remote.

Or maybe audiences are desperate to find their new Anna Nicole. There are certainly similarities between the late model and Hef's ex: both are blonde, both are busty, both are bubbly and both are former Playmates (though, it should be said that Kendra is significantly more stable than Anna Nicole). It makes sense that both shows would find similar audiences, but it doesn't explain why Denise Richards: It's Complicated wouldn't fare as well on the network. After all, the former Bond girl (as Dr. Christmas Jones, no less) is also a busty blonde who appeared in Playboy, right?

Did you watch Kendra, PopWatchers? What did you think? Is Kendra the new Anna Nicole? And are blonde Playmates to E! what ginormous broods are to TLC?

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  • Ceballos

    Judging from that side-by-side photo, Kendra needs to step her game up in the “squishing her fake breasts together” department if she hopes to be the next Anna Nicole.

  • justin

    I like Kendra, she’s gorgeous.

  • Jody

    The girl is an immature, sloppy, brainless wonder. Beauty is skin deep, stupid goes right to the bone.
    Her room at the mansion was a pigsty, I am sure the house will be that way in no time at all.

  • Sandit Rue

    People tune in because Kendra is a likeable girl. She’s well intentioned and fun. Denise Richards has a miserable attitude.

  • Gatorgirl830

    Kendra is not a drug or alchohol abuser like Anna Nicole. Her big addiction is sports. She trains daily and plays golf, baseball, football, in addition to making fitness videos. She is now partnered with another fitness buff and light drinker Hank Baskett. Much of her camera work is a big act- I saw her on a couple of talk shows and she was actually a little shy and not at all full of herself. She did not grow up on a bed of roses before she found herself in bed at the PM. She shouldn’t be compared to Anna Nicole because she is blond or a former PB model. To my knowledge, Anna Nicole has never been interested in a fit lifestyle but if only she had some people around her that cared about her- at least Kendra does.

    • misty saint

      thanks someone needs 2 stick up for her

  • Trish

    Don’t compare Kendra to Anna Nicole. Move on. Kendra is her own funny person. She’s got a lot of spunk and athletic talent. She’s nothing like Anna.

    • bryan wynn

      Hahahaha, um Kendra has “ATHLETIC” talent? She is best known for having sex with a 90 year old man and posing naked in a MEN’S magazine. Why she and the other chics have their own show…..well….who knows…..E! is now run by GEEKS who couldn’t get any in high school nor college so now they leverage their positions as network execs to screw DUMB BLONDES who used to have sex with 90 year old millionaires….sounds familiar huh? R.I.P. ANNA NICOLE.

  • confidential

    From day 1 I’ve thought Kendra has a learning disability and her giggle is ther to comfort her moments of confusion. Its a little scary that she is getting a platform to act like dumb bood for the world to laugh at.


    I thought the show was head and shoulders above that wretched Denise Richards: I’m Constipated. What a waste of airtime. No wonder E! only renewed Richard’s show if she agreed to cut her salary to a 3rd of what she was paid in the first year. I think Kendra’s show has great potential, but they need to program it with something other than Denise.

    • misty saint

      how would u like someone 2 say that about u and i dont even know u how does it feel

  • Elizabeth

    I love Kendra, she cracks me up. I think it will be interesting in her new show to see her ‘grow up’ a little to be a wife, etc. I’ve got a lot more hope for Hank in helping her along the way that some athletes who marry the hot chick because they can :) And, I also give Kendra a little credit – I think she knows she can pull off the super-ditz and does, but I think she knows what she’s doing – its good reality E! TV.
    I never had any of those impressions about Anna Nicole.

  • GeeMoney

    Her laugh annoys the hell out of me, but since nothing else was on TV, I tuned into her show. Her fiancee is kind of hot!

  • jarrett

    kendra was never actually a playmate…

  • Flowerbomb

    I think it’s horrifying that this moronic whore is having a baby.

    • snugglebunny

      r u kidding me u would not be saying that if she was having sex with u

    • snugglebunny

      u r just and awful person

  • Flowerbomb

    It’s horrifying that this moronic skank is having a baby.

    • snugglebunny

      u guys and grils r awful really? Did any of you take time out 2 find out about her at least she was not fake in the show the girls next door she was her realy self.she tried 2 keep it real!

  • JC

    She goes from Hef to a hot black NFL player. Straight men will do anything for a pair of huge mamory glands on a ditzy bleached blonde.

    • snugglebunny

      what wrong with who she married she still looks better then u and has a hell of lot more money then u so whats the deal????????????

  • Laird vs. Clemens

    I guess she appeals to someone, but I don’t get it – what does she do? What is her talent? Why does she have a TV program?

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