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Molly Ringwald Re: ‘Secret Life’ Sex Count, Drinking Game, etc.

Molly Ringwald ABC Family Photo

Molly Ringwald ABC Family Photo

“Secret Life of the American Teenager” has so much talk about sex amongst its teen — and adult — characters, internet pages are being devoted to keeping count of mentions of the act per show, including one installment where the S word was reported as being dropped a whopping 70 times. Some viewers have, not surprisingly, been using the show’s sex-laden dialogue as the basis of a drinking game.

“Obviously, I don’t counsel anybody to abuse alcohol at all,” says the show’s Molly Ringwald. “But, I think it’s kind of funny.”

Last week’s show had girls campaigning for masturbation as the safest sex of all, calling the act “Just Say Me.”

“The phrase ‘Just Say Me’ is said 50 times” according to one count-keeper on Tripod.com.

How does Molly feel when she reads some of those scripts?

“Maybe I’m blase, but nothing really shocks me,” she says.

Also: “I’m pretty liberal and I would rather have my daughter be educated about sex and talk about it as soon as possible. Obviously, she’s now too young, but when the time comes, I’d rather have an open dialogue about it,” says the mother of a six-year-old and a pair of six-month-old twins in real life — who plays the mom of title teen Shailene Woodley on the hit ABC Family series. Molly’s character has plenty of action herself, with a baby whose paternity is uncertain.

“Kids are just very, very sexually active today, and I think that for their safety and well-being, to have them be as educated as possible and not go underground with it is a good thing,” she continues. “What I don’t like is violence, particularly exploitative violence.”

The show certainly has an avid following. The phrase “can’t turn away” appears frequently on internet comment boards.

For the red-haired beauty hailed by VH1 as the No. 1 Greatest Teen Star (“Pretty in Pink,” “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club”), the series is “sort of the perfect job. It’s great to have when you have newborns at home. I only have to work one or two days a week, so it works out great. It’s sort of a mini-vacation when I get to go to work.”

THE ZAC TRACK: Nickelodeon’s newest star, James Maslow from “Big Time Rush” is already being likened to Disney darling Zac Efron — and Maslow tells us it certainly could be worse.

“I think that’s a pretty cool comparison. He’s worked very, very hard to be where he is,” notes Maslow. “I’ve yet to meet him. I think at this point, I deserve to meet him. I’ve been compared to him a lot,” he adds with a laugh.

“I’ve heard great things about him both personally and professionally, so I think it’s cool if people see me getting to his level. If, in a year or two, if I’m still getting that, I might get annoyed. I hope, eventually, I’ll establish my own name.”

So far, fans are tuning in steadily to the show about four best friends who unexpectedly fall into pop stardom. The role is a dream come true for the young star who has been singing since he was six.

“We’ve all become really, really close very quickly. I think it’s a unique relationship that we bring to music because we all have very different styles and voices. We can listen to it and pick out each voice very distinctly, and they seem to really compliment each other in a very cool way.”

The guys, who record their own music for the show, are even contemplating going on tour during hiatus. “Right now, nothing’s official as to when we’re going to go and where we’re going to go. It wouldn’t be until the summer because we’re filming. Until then, we’re going to keep releasing singles. At the end of the season, we’ll have our album, so if we can tour as well, it will just be icing on the cake, because I’ve always wanted to do that.”

THE BLUES: Joel David Moore of “Avatar” tells us he’s not much like his anthropologist character, Norm Spellman, in the record-breaking James Cameron blockbuster.

“I do keep up with the geeky stuff, though. I am a gamer, like video games. I’m into politics and stuff. I’m also a big Portland Trailblazers fan — one of the best things I do in my down times is watch the games and defrag a little bit. Even my wife likes me to watch — ‘Good, he can stop talking for awhile.'”

One gets the sense that they’re a couple who enjoy teasing each other. “She’s so supportive. She likes my avatar. She said, ‘God, Babe, your avatar has a big nose, just like you have.’ ‘Thanks, Babe. That’s the thing you noticed.'”

COMMON THREAD: “Project Runway” judge and Marie Claire Fashion Director Nina Garcia has drained the color from the faces of more than a couple of contestants with her sometimes brutally frank comments about their work. However, she maintains friendly acquaintanceships with some of the show’s successful design competitors.

“We shoot some of their clothes,” she says, referring to her magazine. “Leann (Marshall) had a very strong collection for spring. Alexandra Vidal has a beautiful evening wear collection — it’s a dream. And then, there is my favorite of all who won the All-stars, Daniel Vosovic. Yes, I see them.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

With Adopted Daughter, Joely Gets Used to Mothering Five

Joely Fisher was relieved when she learned that her Fox sitcom “Til Death” had been granted a fourth season — but she’s certainly had plenty of other things happening at home to keep her mind off business.  For one, she’s got five kids to look after, including a recently adopted daughter named Luna.

Joely Fisher and Brad Garrett in

“I have two stepsons who are 23 and 21.  Skylar, who I gave birth to, just turned eight.  I have a 3½-year-old daughter, True, who I gave birth to as well, and I have an adopted daughter now who is almost 11 months old.  I run the gamut of issues from 23 to 11 months.  I go from changing a diaper to double dating.  It’s crazy,” she notes, but Luna has certainly been a much-welcomed addition to their full house.

“We talked about it before and we told the kids this may happen, and it happened very quickly because we went through a private adoption [agency], and they work in particular with emergency cases where there’s a baby and it doesn’t have somewhere to go,” she explains.  “We had done all the proper channels but this baby came along and she was meant to be ours.  She’s a joy.  We’re all in love with her.”

Now Fisher is back to work with TV hubby Brad Garrett and the rest of their “’Til Death” team, and has high hopes that they can turn things around for their funny sitcom.

“We didn’t know whether we’d return.  It’s a show that most people stomped into the ground and thought was buried so it was a lovely surprise to hear we were coming back,” she says.  “Considering what’s happening in television, it’s a good thing.  There are great scripts coming and a new show runner.  And luckily there isn’t a whole lot of pressure.  We can only do better.  We can’t really go down from where we are.”

Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie (photo from Showtime)

Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie (photo from Showtime)

GOING THE EXTRA MILES: With her “Nurse Jackie” due to resume production next month, Edie Falco is bracing herself for the biggest challenge she faces as the star of the Showtime series – “the hours.”  The hours of work were really crazy long during the first season.  I didn’t have the stamina to start with, and I kind of worked up to it,” she admits.  “In the beginning, my knees would literally buckle at the end of the day.”

Even so, despite playing the title character, she balks at mention of the fact she is now carrying a show.  “I never thought of it as ‘carrying.’  Carrying has a ring to it that sounds sort of oppressive,” she says.

“Even when I was on ‘The Sopranos,’ I was sad when they’d talk about something funny that happened when I wasn’t there.  Now I’m in every scene, every day.  I’m a bit of a control freak, so it works out perfectly,” she notes with a smile.  “It’s as I would have it.”

Falco is looking great — tan and relaxed — these days.  She took a leave from her seaside family vacation to attend this week’s television critics press tour, where we caught up with her at the CBS-Showtime-CW party.  “I am resting up as we speak,” she said.

As for what viewers can look forward in the life of her pill-popping emergency room nurse to this coming season?   “More of the same.”  She smiles. “But a little bit different.  I’ve been offered opportunities to get a little peek into what’s happening next year, but I’m not interested,” explains the actress.  “I’ll wait until the scripts are ready.”

HE ADSJonathan Goldsmith is having a blast with his role as Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World.  He tells us he loves the character, is being greeted with a smile wherever he goes, and considers the hit campaign “an absolute blessing” in his life.  But as far as those internet sites in which people concoct their own funny “most interesting man” tidbits, he admits they’re not really for him.  “I have no computer skills,” says the avid sailor, who lives on his boat.  “People will call and tell me about them, and I’ve looked a couple of times.  But when one of them supposedly had me as a porn star, I tuned out.”  The journeyman actor has a long list of film and TV credits (“Go Tell the Spartans,” “MacGyver,” etc.) – but only his beer is XX-rated.

THE SECRET’S OUT: Looks like the big winner of “The Secret Life of The American Teenager” is John  Schneider, who departed the ABC Family series earlier this year and his character was snuffed out in a plane crash.  The Brenda Hampton-created drama started off looking almost like a TV counterpart of the touching, first-class film, “Juno,” boldly going into the territory of a 15-year-old girl’s surprise pregnancy.  But this season there’ve been some hilarious bits that, unfortunately, weren’t intended to be funny – such as baby John’s tremendous growth spurt.  It appears as if he went from newborn to at least a year old between seasons, a time jump that would have been okay, except it also means that Molly Ringwald’s poor character has been pregnant around 13 months or so, and counting.  And somehow the gang has moved from merely being obsessed with sex to soapy silliness surrounding sex.  A randier bunch would be hard to imagine – and that’s not just the high schoolers on the show, it’s the “adults” as well.

Those public service spots regarding teen sex are looking mighty disingenuous these days.

The shark’s been jumped.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Kagasoff: Dad’s Rights Issue to Heat Up on ‘Secret Life’

Daren Kagasoff

Daren Kagasoff

“The Secret Life of The American Teenager” is poised to leap into another hot button issue – father’s rights.  Expect friction to escalate over unwed teen father Ricky’s visitation with his baby son on the ABC Family Channel’s very hot teen serial, which just launched its second season.  That’s the word from Daren Kagasoff, who plays the cool-but-troubled high school lothario, Ricky, who impregnated fellow band member Amy Juergens (Shailene Woodley) in a one night stand.

Now they’re shooting episode 12 of the whopping 24-episdoe order for this season — an order that will keep the series troupe busy ’til the end of November.

Kagasoff offers up a teaser for what lies ahead, saying that Ricky, who’s been stepping up in an uncharacteristically admirable way to be responsible for his infant offspring, “is getting into more of a debate over who gets to baby sit the kid” – and may even take legal action in the matter.  However, Ricky “doesn’t want the court to find out” about certain things in his shadowy past.

“It’s definitely another obstacle for Ricky.  His main focus is the baby, and being the best dad he can be in spite of all his baggage, his cheatin’ ways,” says the amiable 21-year-old actor, who is up for Choice TV Breakout Star in the Teen Choice Awards.

“Secret Life” up for several Teen Choice honors on the show airing Aug. 10.  (To vote, visit http://www.teenchoiceawards.com.)

Kagasoff says he had no idea Ricky would be going from bad boy to mensh this year.  “None of us know our characters’ destiny.  Once in a while we talk to the creator (Brenda Hampton), but usually, we don’t know our fate until we open the scripts,” he says.

As far as criticism over the series’ preoccupation with sex, Kagasoff says, “I think you have some episodes that touch on sex more than others, but I give credit to the writers for the way they handle it.  In this day and age, as much as we might want to turn away from it, that’s what interests the young audience – sex.  It may sound stupid to say, but that’s why we’ve become a hit with them.”