Thursday, August 16, 2007

Is Hugh Hefner a Fundamentalist Mormon?

Let me begin by confessing that when it comes to television, it's probably time for an intervention. I spent 6 years without a tv by choice but when SO and I got together that was no longer acceptable, suffice it to say I've taken that access and run with it.

I love the show "Big Love" on HBO; I think it's clever and fascinating. "Big Love" is the story of Bill Henrickson, a fundamentalist Mormon involved in a plural marriage, who lives in the suburbs of Utah with his three wives. As polygamy is illegal and not accepted by society, the three wives live next door to each other, their backyards adjoined. The wives "share" Bill on a schedule, and in one episode the poor guy had to resort to Viagra to try to keep up his husbandly duties. The show is riveting as it depicts the feelings of the various members of this family; Bill, wives, and children.

One evening while indulging my tv addiction I happened across the reality show, "The Girls Next Door". "The Girls Next Door" is the story of Hugh Hefner, a fundamentalist hedonist involved in a plural relationship who lives in the hills of Hollywood with his three "girlfriends". Who doesn't know Hugh Hefner? He's had a string of beautiful women in his life over the years and married precious few of them. Hef is in his 70's or 80's and these three young women could easily be his granddaughters or daughters. I wonder what the real deal is with this arrangement?

Is Hef on a schedule with Holly, Bridget and Kendra? Is he downing Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis like so many M&M's? Are they happy or frustrated with this setup? So many questions, but like "Big Love" you'd have to watch several episodes to get the full picture, unlike the HBO show I'm just not willing to devote that much time.