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2008-08-01 09:00:41

By Aimee Dolloff, Bangor Daily News, Maine Aug. 1--Even after I told you I couldn't stand an hour of screaming, crying and whining on "The Baby Borrowers," I became interested (not entertained) and have been following the show for the past few weeks. At the end of last night's finale, in which each couple had moved up the age scale to take care of senior citizens, each gave a recap of what the experience had been like, followed by a short look at where they are now. Surprise! All of...

2008-07-31 00:00:31

By Teresa Wiltz A frazzled teen-ager drags a toddler by the arm, shrilling in disgust upon seeing that the tyke has pooped. Meanwhile, out of reach, the child's parents watch horrified on closed-circuit TV, saying: "You can't drag him by the arm! No, no, no, no, no! That's not good." In real life, such a scene might quickly result in caregivers upbraided, lawyers called and accusations of abuse. On television, it becomes a hit new show. The program in question is NBC's "The Baby...

2008-07-02 12:00:49

By Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 2--SPOTLIGHT 'The Baby Borrowers' 8 p.m. on NBC (Channel 5) The teen couples continue to struggle with their borrowed infants as the reality series -- tag line: It's not TV; it's birth control! -- moves to 8 p.m., bumping "Celebrity Circus" to 9. Desperate for a hit, NBC will provide a double dip of "Baby Borrowers," which drew just under 8 million viewers in last week's premiere, repeating the previous episode at 7 p.m. Calling...

2008-06-27 15:02:39

By Aimee Dolloff, Bangor Daily News, Maine Jun. 27--I made the dreadful mistake Wednesday night of watching part of NBC's latest, "The Baby Borrowers." In case you're not familiar, the show takes young couples on a whirlwind journey through life in six short weeks. They start with babies -- live ones -- that are provided as part of the experiment by their real parents. The real parents then watch by video feed as the young couples attempt to care for their children and step in when needed....

2008-06-26 09:01:55

By GINIA BELLAFANTE By Ginia Bellafante The New York Times To judge from the state of romantic comedy, the modern American couple reproduces first and reconciles to love later - morning sickness before mornings after. This reversal of order supplied a plot line during the final seasons of "Sex and the City" and the basis for the films "Knocked Up" and "Juno." In the new scheme procreating doesn't merely make us more responsible; it makes us more appealing and datable. You wonder if...

2008-06-25 09:02:57

By Scott D. Pierce Deseret News "The Baby Borrowers" (8 p.m., Ch. 5) probably ought to be required viewing for any teenager who thinks he or she is ready to be a parent. It will rather quickly disabuse them of the notion that, as one teenager said, "I don't think it's hard. It shouldn't be hard." Of course it's hard. And if teens had any idea how hard it is, they'd be far less anxious to become parents before they're ready. (Not that anybody is really ready to become a parent. But...

2008-06-25 06:00:00

By Robert Bianco When Shakespeare said "neither a borrower nor a lender be," little did he know what we'd end up exchanging. And that's the mind-boggling question at the center of The Baby Borrowers, TV's latest life's-a-joke assault on the boundaries of bad taste: Who in heaven's name would lend their infant out as a reality-show challenge? Yet there they are, five babies given to five teenage couples in a "groundbreaking experiment" that, as the show progresses, will find the same...

2008-06-25 03:02:31

One of the slickest, most innovative forms of birth control may be a new reality TV series. In "The Baby Borrowers," premiering tonight at 9 EDT on NBC, five young couples, ages 16 to 19, provide round-the-clock care to kids of various ages, a challenge that forces them to face real-life fear factors like dirty diapers, sleep-deprived nights and temper tantrums. Before you speed-dial Child Protective Services, keep in mind that the real mothers and fathers monitored the taped experiment...

2008-06-15 00:00:14

By Derrik J. Lang HIDDEN HILLS, Calif. -- It has all the trappings of a chatty viewing party for "The Hills," but with an after-school-special twist. In Sam Weidman's living room, the 17-year-old high school senior and about 20 of his friends have gathered to nosh pizza, drink soda and whisper about what's happening on -- and off -- his flatscreen TV. Lauren Conrad's latest escapades do not apply to this scene, or the similar ones taking place around the country. NBC and The National...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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