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Pop Culture Pet Peeve: All 'American' movies (and TV shows)

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Hustle. Beauty. Pie. Idol. Gangster. Dreamz. Gigolo. Virgin. Violet. Outlaws. Idiot. Girl. Boy.

They’re a collection of words (or, in the case of “dreamz,” almost-words) that seem to have little in common, until you put the word “American” in front of them. Then each becomes a title, and not just any title — an evocative, slightly ironic title which promises a story that could only happen in these United States, one offering commentary on our shared national experience and way of life. It’s audacious, patriotic, grandiose — sort of like America itself, or at least the idea of “America.”

Either that… or the work’s creators couldn’t think of a good title, so they picked out a random noun and slapped “American” in front of it.
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Molly Ringwald talks 'Breakfast Club' and drinking Kristen Stewart's blood in hilarious Reddit interview

Newsflash: ’80s icon Molly Ringwald is still cool. Like, really cool. The Secret Life of the American Teenager star just did an “Ask Me Anything” interview on social news site/intense Internet community Reddit, and by all accounts, it was a smashing success. Over the course of a few hours, Ringwald shared anecdotes from her John Hughes-directed heyday, proved she knows a thing or two about the site’s unique memes, and poked fun at Woody Harrelson, whose own AMA interview went disastrously wrong this past February.

Ringwald doesn’t have a project to promote; Secret Life is in the middle of its fourth season, and though she’s working on a jazz album, it won’t be released until next spring. Maybe that’s why she was so loose and funny on Reddit. Here, for example, is how she responded when a user asked about her famous Breakfast Club lipstick trick:

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It's Monday night at 8 p.m.: What are YOU watching? -- POLL

It’s time to cuddle up on the couch and cure that case of the Mondays. What’s your go-to? The coveted 8 p.m. ET power hour (or two in the case of Dancing With the Stars and The Voice) has everything: pretty people scheming on Gossip Girl, rascally teens getting up to no good on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, a newborn on Bones (they’re the cutest!), not to mention the aforementioned reality TV mammoths.

So, pop quiz, PopWatchers: We’re talking live, real-time TV watching. There’s a bomb in your computer, and it will detonate if you don’t tell us where your remote lands on Monday night at 8 p.m.* What do you do? What do you do?! READ FULL STORY

'Secret Life of The American Teenager' react: Those parents are crazy

The Secret Life of The American Teenager returned last night after a lengthy absence from the TV schedule, delivering all the angsty glory we’ve been missing. Ben’s new girl, Dylan, introduced him to marijuana, Grace drove another guy away by sucking face with Jack, and Adrian didn’t break up anyone’s relationship. Just kidding about the latter. We all know the spicy teen bride couldn’t resist throwing her sexual energy around, but at least she felt bad about it this time. Baby steps, ladies and gents, baby steps. READ FULL STORY

Bristol Palin on 'Secret Life': 'We're all teen moms'

Bristol Palin — daughter of Sarah, mother of one — makes her acting debut as a guest star on July 5’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Watch a clip from The Live Feed after the jump, and tell me if you thought there was going to be a major twist with her character, and that right after she recited “We’re all teen moms,” she would suddenly transform into a robot. The acting is pretty terrible, but hey, Bristol is just a responsible citizen of the good ol’ U.S. of A., doing her part for a television ratings stunt. Take a look, and tell us which daughter of a former politician you think should guest star in an ABC Family drama next! READ FULL STORY

'Secret Life of the American Teenager' season finale: Tackling abortion like few teen shows have

Secret-Life-AdrianImage Credit: Randy Holmes/ABC FamilyThe Secret Life of the American Teenager wrapped up its season last night with a shocker: Sex-loving-and-proud-of-it Adrian strongly suspected she was pregnant with Ben’s child after the two hooked up once in an effort to get back at their exes, Ricky and Amy (who, incidentally, have a baby from their own one-time stand, which is the basic premise of the series). Not only that, but Adrian repeatedly, eloquently, and unapologetically expressed her intention to have an abortion if it turns out she is (the cliffhanger left that open to question). “I am taking responsibility here,” she said when chastised for not doing so. “I’m not having a baby and ruining my life like Amy.” As Ben’s Christian friend Jack said upon hearing the news, “Holy Schneikes.” It was a gutsy move, to say the least — for the show as well as Adrian. READ FULL STORY

ShePop: Is Bristol Palin's upcoming cameo on 'Secret Life of the American Teenager' good for the children?

bristol-Leah-ReminiImage Credit: Palin: Robert Pitts/Landov; Woodley: ABC FamilyIf there’s anything pop culture has taught us recently, it’s that teen motherhood is, like, totally hard and stuff. As teen pregnancy rates rise for the first time in almost 20 years, ABC Family’s Secret Life of the American Teenager and MTV’s real-life version, 16 and Pregnant, have been doing their best to function as a kind of televisual birth control, exposing the down side of having a baby in high school. And the most famous teen mom of them all, Bristol Palin (pictured, left), has been on a relentless, if at times confusing (abstinence “isn’t realistic,” abstinence is totally realistic and the only option), publicity tour to educate America on how hard it is to be a teen mother like herself. So it makes sense that she’ll be making her acting debut on Secret Life this summer, playing herself, as a friend of Amy’s in a music program for teen moms. (Incidentally, who knew there were music programs for teen moms?) The question remains whether she’s gunning more for a teen mom pundit career as an outgrowth of Mom’s TV takeover, an actual acting career, or just a one-off dash through Hollywood. (Hey, I’d be on the show, too, if it meant an expenses-paid flight from Alaska to L.A.) READ FULL STORY

'Secret Life of the American Teenager': Amy kisses Ricky and tells

This season of ABC Family’s Secret Life of the American Teenager has been a lesson not so much in safe sex, like the first season, but a lesson in permutations: At the rate things are going, it seems nearly every guy in the cast will have dated every girl possible by season’s end. Despite surprise couplings like Grace and Ben and Jack and That One Friend of Amy’s, the big shocker came last week when Amy kissed — gasp — her baby-daddy, Ricky. Sure, they were just “practicing,” but could there be more romance in store for the young accidental parents? Amy herself, Shailene Woodley, stopped by EW.com to dish on the rest of the season.

Now that Amy and Ricky have kissed (again), do you think they have a future together?

Amy has so much dislike for Ricky based on his past. And Ricky gets really annoyed with Amy because she’s really spiteful. But they are a family because they have John. Amy has a confidante in Ricky and Ricky has a confidante in Amy. I think they would never hurt each other. I think deep down they both know it’ll never be a romantic thing, but sometimes they want to test it out because they think they should.

With all this juicy stuff happening this season, what more could possibly be in store?

There are like three weddings, though no teenage weddings as of right now. Ben is still confused as to what he wants to do about Amy. And Grace and Jack are still arguing about sex. They’re still trying to figure out if they want to be together.

How has it been having a toddler as your frequent costar now?

We have twins playing John now, and they’re so cute. They play with microphones and say hi to people behind the camera. Every single week the writers write something in the script for him where he says, like, “mama” and “dada,” and their mom has to be like, “They don’t even say that in real life.” So they haven’t had a lot of lines yet.

Have you watched MTV’s 16 and Pregnant? Do you feel like you understand what those girls are going through at all?

I’ve seen it a few times. It’s really sad what those girls are going through. It’s so weird to think that they’re going through what I pretend to go through. It’s trippy to think that people really deal with this stuff. I feel like the themes [on Secret Life] are realistic, but the way they present them are definitely artistically licensed. We definitely showed it was not glamorous, but I can’t believe what they go through on 16 and Pregnant. It’s crazy how awful their boyfriends are.

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'The Secret Life of the American Teenager': Things we learned from the season premiere

The Secret Life of the American Teenager returned to ABC Family for more crowd-pleasing teen-mom awkwardness, former teen star resurrections (and the Molly Ringwald Award goes to…Mayim Bialik!), and apparent continuing attempts to score a world record for “the most times any one television cast can use the word ‘sex’ in dialogue.” Here, a few things we learned upon the teen soap’s midseason premiere:

Ben may or may not be breaking up with Amy. With his Italian non-girlfriend on the way into town, he was freaking out. But his function was still, as usual, reduced to listening to a bunch of people tell him what to do all episode instead of actually doing anything himself. Um, who gave Madison and Lauren the authority to deem him unworthy to ditch Amy if he wants to? “The only way you are ever, ever getting out of this relationship is if she wants out,” Madison harangued him in the hallway. Why does this poor kid always get treated like he’s the one who knocked Amy up? Speaking of which… READ FULL STORY

'Cutting Edge': Is there such a thing as too much?

I’ve pondered this question deeply this morning upon hearing the news that ABC Family is making yet another sequel — the third now — to the 1992 sleepover favorite starring Moira Kelly and D.B. Sweeney. And I’ve decided the answer is: No. There is not such a thing as too much Cutting Edge. The fact is, I would queue up that old VHS tape (yes, it’s available on DVD — even in a Gold Medal Edition! — but I like to maintain the authenticity of the experience) right now and enjoy every minute of the he’s-a-tough-hockey-player, she’s-a-spoiled-figure-skater clashes just as much as the first time I watched it, despite the fact that I’ve probably seen it at least a dozen times. (To me, that means there’s plenty of juice for at least a made-for-TV sequel or three.) Please enjoy this trailer, in case you’ve forgotten how much fun it is — and reflect fondly on a time when a Pamchenko could solve everyone’s problems. (Surely you haven’t forgotten what becomes the couple’s signature — and totally physically impossible in real-life, as dissected brilliantly by The Onion‘s A.V. Club — move.)

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