Worst Moms on MTV’s “16 and Pregnant”

5 06 2012

Another cycle of 16 & Pregnant wrapped up last week, and 12 new (more) girls are now well in to their first year of motherhood.

Since premiering in June of 2009, MTV has aired 47 episodes.  Initially, the New York Times reviewed the program, concieved (pun intended) by Lauren Dolgen, as “a documentary-style series about real-life Junos who are not scoring in the 99th percentile on the verbal portion of their SATs. Each week revolves around a different girl struggling with the challenges of teenage pregnancy, and if the first three episodes are any indication, no one opts for abortion or giving the baby up to a pair of well-established 35-year olds.”

The show recieved mixed reactions from audiences, with many religious and educational groups deeming it a vehicle for glamorizing teen pregnancy, though it steadily pulled in good ratings. The first season’s finale yielded 2.1 million viewers.

Season 1 featured six mothers-to-be; season 2 “A” followed 10,  season 2 “B” nine; season 3 covering 10 stories; and season 4 showcased 12 girls.

The obvious winners of the losers are Amber Portwood (Season 1; recently sentenced to a 5-year jail sentence stemming from December 2011 drug charges) and Jenelle Evans (Season 2; recently engaged, her half dozen arrests have played out in all the glossy tabloids) but being that I’ve seen every episode more than once (or twice, sometimes three times — I’m not pathetic, I’m dedicated and often too lazy look for my remote):  I know there are other young ladies worthy of our unsolicited judgement and disapproving head-shaking.

Ebony Jackson, Season 1.
Ebony seemed to have her act together, altering her life-plan of joining the Air Force and marrying her boyfriend Joshua Rendon. The two lived quietly on base in Little Rock, AK and seemed to be adjusting nicely to married life and parenthood on the first of MTV’s Where Are They Now specials.
In September however, news broke via various online outlets that the pair had been arrested for welfare fraud and endangering their two-year-old daughter, Jocelyn.  Josh and Ebony were reportedly charged with “endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug premise, unauthorized use of another’s property to facilitate a crime, and possession of a controlled substance.”
Just six weeks ago, Josh spoke out through TMZ — announcing the couple is expecting a second child and still working to regain custody of Jocelyn.

Lizzie Waller, Season 2.
I was pleased with the revelation in Waller’s episode that her boyfriend Skylar had cheated on her, thereby shattering her delusions of having “the perfect baby, the perfect family, the perfect life.”  Gag.
This girl acted like ‘Who wouldn’t want to have a baby instead of finishing high school?’ and proceeded to frighten her parents (and the viewing audience) with her choices to marry Skylar and raise her daughter Summer with NO money.

Emily McKenzie, Season 2.
Besides the fact that Emily has openly admitted, on camera, that she resents Daniel, her now-husband, and wishes for a life that doesn’t consist of diapers and laundry – – she took little responsibility for her own role in the conception of baby Liam.  Emily came off cold, frustrated and selfish throughout the episode (and subsequent appearance on the second Where Are They Now? special).
I felt bad for her initially, having been thrown out of her mom’s house upon revealing her condition and harshly judged by her strict, conservative, Southern father.  She had to enroll in homeschooling because her high school kicked her out for excessive absences. But her self-recorded “confessional” footage really tipped the scales from “Someone I’ll root for” to “Someone I don’t pity.”

Aubrey Wolters, Season 2.
This lazy-eyed, smack-talking, now 19-yar-old divorcee spouted grand aspirations for breaking the cycle and raising a healthy child with her boyfriend Brandon turned out to be little more than one of those girls you went to high school with who told anyone who would listen “I hate drama,” “If I have something to say to someone I say it to their face,” “I’m gonna do what I have to for my baby.”  UGH.
When we last saw her, Aubrey had delayed college in favor of working part-time and living with friends. Brandon had joint-custody of their son Austin and definitely seemed the more stable in their (broken) relationship.

Ashley Salazar, Season 2.
Anyone who heard her story had to feel for Ashley, who spent the majority of her 90-minute episode trying to decide whether to surrender her infant daughter for adoption.  Complicating her already tough decision was the fact that the couple wanting desperately to adopt little Callie were Ashley’s own aunt and uncle.
This proposal would afford Ashley the openness and access to her child she wanted, but it would also prove too difficult a life-choice to cope with/move past with the child so prominently featured within the family. Ashley was suffering, which her family was understanding of; while her relatives were celebrating the joy of finally having a child, which the very same family was to be supportive of.
While it was openly discussed in her episode, Ashley showed little acknowledgement that her consistent blogging about her pregnancy and deliberation was accessible to her family and extraordinarily difficult for them to handle the feelings she wrote about.
Ashley, now 19, has since written a book, Bittersweet Blessing, about her experience (though reportedly it features little more info that what was shown on her episode).  She briefly attended The New School in New York City, but returned to Texas in favor of living by herself and pursuing online education.

Jennifer Del Rio, Season 3.
I hated this girl before her episode even aired. There were rumors online that one of the girls featured in Season 3 got pregnant specifically so she could be on 16 & Pregnant. Turned out, that girl was Jennifer.
Jennifer and her boyfriend Josh Smith have since broken up in a big way. Their families had no interaction on the episode, though a central theme in their story was how much Josh clashed with her wealthy, self-important parents.  Everyone had two-cents to put in on the situation, leaving Jennifer and Josh unable to come to any compromise over the rearing of their twin sons. The two were shown to have a physical altercation on the side of a rainy Florida roadway, which lead to Josh’s arrest for domestic violence. They have each since filed orders of restraint against eachother.
It was revealed on the second installement of Where Are They Now? that Jennifer basically picked up her kids and moved to Chicago, IL in an effort to escape the hostility surrounding her life.

Izabella Tovar, Season 3.
Izabella, like Emily (Season 2), was shown to have a flat affect when discussing her impending motherhood and relationship with the father of her child, boyfriend Jairo Rodriguez.
She doesn’t seem to even like Jairo for most of the footage, and resents the very act of being pregnant, hiding it from everyone but her immediate family for over 7 months.
Izabella seems to merely be following the advice of her parents, who come to terms with her situation long before she does, instead of carving out her own life as a mother. Poor Jairo lept through hoops to stay in her life during the pregnancy, meeting her parents demands for being part of their family, only to be hazily dragged along by Izabella.
She should consider herself lucky to have financially-stable parents and a present, interested partner by her side. MANY of the other girls featured on 16 and Pregnant would kill for that kind of support system.

There was no one outrightly unlikable in Season 4, though several are in for a rude awakening. Alex Sekella, Jordan Howard, Sarah Roberts and Devon Broyles all seem totally unprepared for caring for another human being and completely unwilling to give up their prior lives/fickle natures in order to succeed in motherhood; Consistently shown under the influence of outside opinions instead of stand up for themselves as adults now, and doing whats actually best for their infant children.

I sat here, week after week, listening to their same back and forth arguments about money and time, wondering throughout whether any of them had cable and SAW the other girls struggles. Wasn’t that the point of the show? To teach girls from 12-24 that having sex and following through with a pregnancy was fucking hard?!

We’ll see Dr. Drew’s take on this group of ladies tonight, when the Season 4 Reunion special airs at 10pm.


Jon Hamm VS Kim K: No One’s Really A Winner In This Situation

14 03 2012

I’m not sure someone who has had a sex tape “leak,” been married and divorced inside a 90-day period, and has been accused of plagiarizing designs on more than one occasion, should really be taking offense to someone else calling her an idiot.

No matter how much money is in her bank account, no one is accusing Kim Kardashian of good judgement.

I’m also not sure why this is making such a splash online and beyond. It is the sort of fare you would commonly hear in three cycles on E!, but definitely not what you tune in to HLN for.

Nonetheless it is being reported across the globe that in the April issue of (UK) Elle magazine, the “Mad Men” star discusses the frighteningly low IQ of today’s popular culture trends.  Hamm has been quoted as saying “Whether it’s Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being a fucking idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you’re rewarded significantly.”

This is not a new trend or issue, arguably the “dumb blonde” and “woe is me” routine by female celebs has existed for decades. Lest we not forget the last time this debate reared it’s airhead:  a 2003 episode of MTV’s Newlyweds in which former pop-star Jessica Simpson (seriously) asks her husband, boybander Nick Lachey, whether the tuna she is eating was actually fish. Or chicken? …Or fish?

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MTV Premieres Another RW/RR Challenge (Sans Road Rulers)

23 06 2011

Rejoice one and all, a new season of The Challenge is upon us!

Arguably the greatest moment of the season has already aired, in the first minutes of Rivals when host TJ Lavin walks forth from the shadows. Lavin suffered severe injuries when he crashed during an October 2010 BMX event in Nevada, and although he has recovered it was unclear whether he would be up to The Challenge (bad pun intended).

“The Real World” is the Godfather of the American reality show, and while in recent years it’s number of polarizing characters has waned, the kids from the early years still make an impact. We all miss The Miz, Mark and Coral, but Bananas, Kenny and Evelyn really do make the hour-long episodes worth your while.

If you are a ‘veteran,’ as they say, of MTV’s competition series, you will be particularly interested in this installment, as the disputes and tensions from locations past are at the forefront of Rivals. And there are plenty of beefs to go around, keeping in mind the many blowouts of  the Duels, Gauntlets and Infernos, to name a few. 

Those of you in the loop with the Challenge regulars will notice that not one Road Rule-r remains, as the cast members have largely aged-out of these type of shenanigans and no new season have aired since 2007.

Duos like CT and Adam, Aneesa and Robin, Kenny and Wes will face off in obstacles of endurance and activities of intelligence with only their greatest enemies to help in their quest.  The very agreement to participate requires a type of mature compromise not usually demonstrated on this show.

Overconfident rookies are a staple of every season, and Rivals is no different. The first challenge, in which the pairs have to jump from a platform over a waterfall for distance, novice guys and newbie girls took the top spots. (Jasmine/Jonna from RR:Cancun, and Leroy/Adam R. from RR:LasVegas)

In celebrating the win, Adam got a little big for his britches and confronted Ty, of The RR: Washington, DC. Adam swung, knocked over unfortunate bystander Mandi, and was immediately sequestered by field producers.  Almost as a consolation for his partner’s instability, Leroy was given a new teammate: best friend and fellow-Vegas alum, Michael.

Groundwork for alliances has already been laid, and new rivalries already sparked.  The teaser for this season, aired after episode one, looks like even the pros are going to be caught up in the usual dramatic nonsense. 


Auto-Tune: Destroying the Music Industry One Pitch Correction at a Time

30 03 2011

This will serve as an open letter to the likes of Ark Music Factory, and any ‘label’ who purport to be cultivating “undiscovered” teen talents.  Well done, you have made innocent kids the ridicule of the free world and worse, made them think they are really on their way to some kind of Miley Cyrus-Justin Bieber stardom.

I know someone is going to comment and call me a “cyber bully” but I am in no way trying to ruin the self-esteem of these girls! That said, it cannot be ignored that Rebecca “It’s Friday, Friday, Friday” Black, Alana Lee, Madison Bray and Abby Victor are decidedly less talented than the mainstream teenyboppers like Emily Osment, fellow Disney star Selena Gomez, Bieber and the Jonas Brothers.  Luck and opportunity have a great deal to do with success, but people who are paying thousands of dollars to any studio or agency don’t realize they are gambling with neither on their side.
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At least the gimmicky bubblegum singers of the 90s were in on the joke, and they profited handsomely. These songs blowing up online today, they have nowhere near the level of natural showmanship found on “I Want It That Way,” “Bye Bye Bye,” or “Genie In A Bottle.”
I can look back on my tween years with a grain of salt: I know they weren’t great, that they won’t go down in music history with the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Cher. 
I give my mom a lot of credit for putting up with all the shreiks I shreiked over BSB, NSync, LFO, the Spice Girls and Hanson. Their songs still bring a smile to my face and I can whip out a dance move or two, but they are just childish nostalgia. I assure, my tastes have improved with age.  I can only hope the same goes for the Ark girls.

It is sincerely freaking me out that at 22, I’m already having moments of “Oh, kids today.”

Anyway, the difference between the boybands and girl power groups of my youth? They had to at least be able to sing when they recorded. [Lipsynching in concert is a whole different animal.]

So here is where the real culprit in this whole do-they or don’t-they singing arguement comes in:  A U T O – T U N E .
The not-so-well kept industry trick, concieved by Antares Audio Technologies in 1997, is described on Wikipedia as a phase vocorder “used to disguise off-key inaccuracies and mistakes,” allowing “singers to perform perfectly tuned vocal tracks without needing to sing in tune.”

The software has been used intentionally, to achieve a particular effect on the voice, to much success by artists from Cher (Believe, 1998) to Kanye West (808s and Heartbreak, 2008).  The topic of major names in music using the tool even garnered press from Time magazine in ’09– with writer Josh Tyrangiel declaring, “It’s like Photoshop for the human voice. Auto-Tune doesn’t make it possible for just anyone to sing like a pro, but used as its creator intended, it can transform a wavering performance into something technically flawless.”

Rap mogul Jay-Z included a track called “DOA (Death of Autotune)” on his 2009 album The Blueprint 3, and later commented that the device had crossed over from an aid in the arsenal of legitimate artists to a societal joke. 
“It was a trend, it was cool in the beginning. Some people made great music with it, now it’s time to move on,” he told MTV.

So why is something that is sort of shunned by the better part of the entertainment industry, or at least thought of as a last resort on your off-est of days, so beloved by the people coming onto the scene now?  Jason Derulo, Taio Cruz, and most recently Kim Kardashian, have released singles in the last year that were heavily and obviously put through the digital wringer before reaching our radio waves.

The issues with Auto-Tune have consistently reared their ugly heads– but this time the anger is geared toward the vanity labels and personal projects posted to Youtube.

Yes, I’m looking at you, Rebecca Black. 


*Joseph Birdsong, you’ve got some sweet editing skills, but you’re not innocent in this either.*


So what do we do?
Phenomenal songwriters like Taylor Swift don’t jump out of suburban high school every day.  Kids aren’t teaching themselves to play an instrument as much as they’re pretending to play one on GuitarHero(TM of Activision).

But does that mean we ought to settle for garbage like the “My Jeans” song by some girl with giraffe lips and grasshopper legs, who may or may not be Dustin Diamond’s illegitimate child?

Diamond, now 34 - Swerdlow, 12

 The only good thing I can say about her song, “My Jeans” (which I heard about last week from Tyler Oakley) is that this song is age-appropriate, but alas, her parent’s weren’t at the creative consultations that followed, which is evident by her current single, O.M.G., and its Miley Cyrus at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards-level disturbingness.

It scares me that most middle schoolers don’t have the sense to sift through their parent’s CDs or (gasp!) records and discover the magic that is Elton John, Styx, Heart, or Janis Joplin.  And I blame Auto-Tune for that; the under 19 set don’t even know music exists without digital airbrushing- and how could they when we have all been buying it?!!

MetroStation made me consider taking a pencil to the ear, but Rebecca Black and Jenna Rose… I could never have seen this shit coming. 
I almost miss that horse-faced nepotistic poseur Trace Cyrus.       Almost.

The Real World: Too Many Seasons

3 03 2011

MTV’s pioneering reality show, The Real World, will premiere it’s 25th season next Wednesday night.

As the intro goes: “This is the true story, of seven strangers, picked to live in a house, work together, and have their lives taped. Find out what happens, when people stop being polite, and start getting real… The Real World!”

Well this season seven lucky twentysomethings will be livin’ it up on MTV’s dime in Las Vegas. Exciting? Yes. But not because it hasn’t been done before.  This is technically the third time that the RW has filmed in Sin City- although it is only the second cast. 

In 2002-03, 28 episodes of the gang that inhabited a suite in the Palms Casino Hotel. At the request of the resort, all of the housemates were 21+ years old.  This season is remembered for it’s tumultous relationships, starting with a roommate threesome in the hot tub on their first night together.
In 2007, the same group was reassembled for what would become a six-episode series. MTV categorizes “Reunited: The Real World Las Vegas” as a “spin-off mini-series.”  It wasn’t a whole season, by any means, when compared to the length and content of the other 20+ installments, but I think it should count as one more reason the “Back to” concepts are tiiiiiired. (Of which there have been 2 seasons in New York, 2 in New Orleans. Yawn.)

So… I’m less than jazzed about the impending shenanigans. I’ve seen the drunk hookups in just about every season, and at this point the Thursday nights we spend at the Jersey Shore are definitely more risque- and entertaining.  

I’ve watched The Real World fairly religiously since season seven which filmed in Seattle… which, now that I think about it, aired in 1998 when I was nine. That doesn’t seem kosher.  

I probably shouldn’t have been developing fierce, lasting attachments to <Julie (New Orleans), The Miz (Back to New York), Brad and Robin (San Diego), Isaac (Sydney), and Ryan (Brooklyn)- when most people children were obsessing over Pokemon cards and whether you could stay up to watch the TGIF line-up on ABC.

Oh well. As much as I love this show, there have been more seasons in the last five years that really had no stand-out “love em or hate em” characters. It seems as though since MTV has begun pumping out a one and a half to three seasons in a year- the quality of the cast and the situations have been lacking.  Additional changes to the reality show that started it all, include the implementation of a collaborative job, beginning in season 5/Miami; a shift from 30 to 60 minute episodes in season 20/Hollywood; and the practice of casting eight roommates instead of seven that took effect in season 21/Brooklyn.

”]Personally, I suspect that the format of The Real World began to change because of the loss of co-creator and executive producer Mary-Ellis Bunim in 2004. Bunim was an emensely talented and creative producer, having a hand in several daytime programs in the 1980s, then Road Rules, Making the Band, and The Simple Life- which made Paris Hilton & Nicole Richie household names.

I wonder if any of the ammendments to the structure of the show that were made after the 2005 season were things that Bunim would have (or had) objected to. It makes me sad to think that a project so extraordinary, ground-breaking really, that she created has grown into something she perhaps never intended it to be.
I’m sure that MTV is still making a ton of money off of this franchise, otherwise they wouldn’t have renewed it through season 26, but it has to be considered that a new crop of MTV watchers- the (gulp) Bieber crowd- are the ones discovering The Real World, as opposed to the angsty 90s kids who are now well into their 30s. And this is who MTV is catering to. Yikes.

The simplicity of the early RW days are long gone, but does that mean the concept has to be corrupted?
Castmates, most notably Irene McGee, have spoken out about the (in)authenticity of the process and the manipulation by the assorted producers and crew having significant influence on the relationships and the show- thereby negating the “real” in Real World.

Its understandable that in 25 seasons, which works out to 179 individuals featured (more if you take into consideration the people who replace castmates who leave or are forced out), there are going to be people who just don’t touch the audience or are overshadowed by bigger personalities in the house. Some manage to paint themselves as so low-key, they lose the attention of the camera crew and have full adventures viewers will never see (SIMON, Paris).

It is however, somewhere in the realm of unforgivable to think that what we are watching is in any way staged or scripted. It would be entirely counterproductive to the premise and promise of “The Real World.”  Editing tricks and re-enactments of situations are a hazard of this vein of the entertainment industry, but they aren’t worth the risk: Your audience can (and usually will) find out and turn on you.  [See: MTV’s The Hills, 2006-2010]

I wish that MTV would take a step back and look at their product.  Is there going to be any loss if they go back to filming/airing one season of The Real World per year?
I think that it would be more beneficial for them, as the anticipation would build up for this hysterical, tragic, controversial, alluring television show would be greater if we had to wait for it.  Now, in my cirlcle anyway, it’s like “Oh yeah, there’s another Real World starting.”  Not even a hint of “I can’t wait to see this season!”

The only MTV show that we wait for, count down to, and enjoy every single episode is True Life.  Even when the issue of the night is a little boring, or a little foreign and off-putting, you still get something out of it. You’re mind is getting opened- and isn’t that what MTV started out to do in 1981? Reach people through their interests in music and show a certain universality of the generation by expanding the perspective with which they view and interact with our social climate?

Examining it today, I would say that MTV has surrendered it’s mission and it’s method- all that is available on “Music Television” are poorly written, pseudo-scene melodramas (Skins, My Life as Liz) and the only music videos are shown at 3am featuring a certain few Top 40 darlings-  and they sacrificed their longest running, highest earning show in the process.  

It’s the end of the (Real) World as we know it, and I feel fine…

Yet Another Blog About MTV “Skins”

28 01 2011

I saw “The King’s Speech” recently, and just as the credits began to roll, my grandmother leaned over and asked “Don’t American’s write anything anymore?”

“Good point, I guess not,” I told her.

Her question could not be more relevant, as adapted versions of UK successes “Trading Spaces,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” and “The Office” fill our TV programming.

The latest transplant? A cast of reckless teens on “Skins.”

Usually I won’t even skim the NY Times- I know its basically sacriligious for a journalist, but I just don’t like it!- but one of my professors brought David Carr’s latest column to my attention earlier this week.

“Skins Suggests Error of MTV’s Ways” doesn’t go so far as to brand this series “dangerous-” as the Parent’s Television Council did- but Carr, as a parent of a 14-year-old, acknowledges that “MTV and its corporate parent erred when they decided that conjuring a show out of piles of semi-nude teenagers would be lucrative, harmless fun.”

Carr goes on, “Now that MTV is back on its heels, you will hear arguments that ‘Skins’ merely describes the world that we already live in. There’s something to that. MTV didn’t invent ‘friends with benefits,’ oral sex as the new kiss or stripper chic as a teenage fashion aspiration. And MTV didn’t employ the teenage star that posed semi-nude in Vanity Fair; the Disney Channel is the one in business with Miley Cyrus.”

This article is just great, logical journalism.  Much better in tune with the actual goings-on of today’s typical American teen than anyone over at the PTC.

 As someone who was a “typical American teen” not so long ago (like 3 years ago, really) I can attest that while I knew kids in high school who were doing some less than intelligent, not so safe, fairly unhealthy things after the bell rang- I think that “Skins” was an egregious misrepresentation of our nation’s youth.

Plus, the acting was terrible.  More offensive than the content of the show, really.

UPDATE:  In the week since “Skins” premiered, with 3.3 million viewers, four advertisers have rescinded support for the program.  Additionally, after the second episode aired on Monday night, “Skins” lost 52% of their audience.

MTV Is Not The Enemy

23 01 2011

Lately it seems that every time there is a spike in this or that small town’s teen pregnancy rate, the finger is pointed at MTV– instead of the poor quality of this nation’s sexual education program’s.

With the Gloucester, MA “Pregnancy Pact” not yet out of memory, CNN covers a story out of Memphis, TN in which 90 students at Frayser High have (or are about to) become parents.

On the heels of the Frayser story came a sparkling gem of insight from Kim Kardashian’s personal blog, “…shows like ‘Teen Mom’ are all of a sudden making teen pregnancy seem cool in the eyes of young girls. The kids from these shows are all over the news, even on the covers of magazines, and have become almost like celebrities, but girls, these are not people you should idolize!”

Amber Portwood, whose story has been featured on both “16 & Pregnant” and [it’s spin-off] “Teen Mom,” beat me to the punch with her response to this glaring hypocrisy.  “She [Kardashian] made a sex tape when she was younger and she wants to bash the girls on ‘Teen Mom’?” Portwood told E! News.

The statistics on teen pregnancy available through the CDC and The Candie’s Foundation websites are startling, and sort of indisputable, but as a viewer of the MTV programming in question- I can attest to the lessons learned from watching harsh realities that all of the girls are living.

Although the evidence suggests the rate of live births to women under 19 are the highest they’ve been in a decade, I have a hard time believing that any teenage girl- regardless of maturity, economical status, and family history- would want to live the lives of the “Teen Mom’s”: Maci, Farrah, Catelynn, and Amber or Leah, Kailyn, Chelsea and Jenelle.
I tune in (guiltily) each week and no matter how it sounds- I am thankful for what I have, and what I don’t. Whatever happened to me that day that may have been stressful or expensive, is not nearly as difficult to face as what these girls have done to themselves. 

Is there entertainment value to the trials and tribulations of teen motherhood as shown by MTV? Of course. They wouldn’t bother filming if there weren’t 2.5million people watching every week!
I totally realize and acknowledge that there are tricks and bending of truths to any reality show, but “Teen Mom” isn’t “The Hills”- you can’t really script a story for these girls to follow. They’re a little busy with their babies to fake custody issues and near poverty!

I commend MTV for opening the eyes of the ever younger sexually active America, and for encouraging them to educate themselves- as it is clear that our schools and (many) parents cannot or will not.
Their decision to pair up with longtime host of “Love Line” and established practicioner Dr. Drew Pinsky was a stroke of genius. He is medically knowledgable, compassionate, and understanding of the contemporary social climate.