MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012
“TEEN DADS, THE REAL STORY”
With only twenty percent of teen dads marrying their child’s teen mom, Ricki takes a look at how teen pregnancy is affecting the “baby daddies.” Ricki sits down with two 16-year-olds who are expecting their first child and think they have it all figured out…that is, until Ricki gives them a heaping dose of reality when she introduces them to struggling teen parents who were forced to abandon their college dreams and life goals to take care of their newborn.
Also, Ricki puts the confident teen dad-to-be through a “Real Care Baby” (a realistic infant simulator that mimics all behaviors of a newborn) field exam with disastrous results. Regular contributor Judge Lynn Toler (“Divorce Court”) weighs in on the issue.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012
“TRAPPED IN THE WRONG BODY”
Ricki introduces viewers to Dannann, a nine-year-old who, although identified as a boy at birth, from the time she could speak has insisted she is a girl. Her parents, Bill and Sarah, recount the ups and downs of struggling to come to terms with their child’s gender identity crisis, the effects on their marriage and their continued commitment to do what’s best for their child.
Ricki also takes a closer look at today’s transgender youth with Dr. Joanna Olson, an adolescent medicine physician who specializes in the care of transgender and gender non-conforming youth; Casey Weitzman, a family therapist who specializes in gender identity and sexual orientation issues; and Chris Arnold, director of “Trans,” a documentary that features stories of transgender people of all ages.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012
“SHE’S THE BOSS”
A recent survey conducted by Prudential Financial has concluded that the majority of breadwinners in American households are women. While these new statistics are liberating for women, it’s often causing an imbalance at home.
With the help of her special celebrity panel -- Kyle Richards (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), actor and author Dean McDermott (“Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood”), Nina Parker (correspondent for “The Insider”) and comedian Steve White – along with marriage and family therapist, Dr. Jennifer Musselman, Ricki explores how this “new normal” is affecting relationships, sex and our culture as we know it.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012
“THE HOTTEST BACHELOR IN AMERICA”
Ricki’s searching for the hottest bachelor in America and, with the help of her all-female studio audience and celebrity judges (author/relationship expert Steve Santagati, “Basketball Wives L.A.” star Laura Govan and “Last Comic Standing” finalist Laurie Kilmartin), she’s determined to find him!
This lighthearted hour brings six “Hunks with Heart” (all nominated by family and friends in an online survey conducted on the show’s website) together on Ricki’s stage to compete in a series of elimination challenges (“He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” to create floral bouquets and “Hot and Handyman” to determine who knows how to use his tools – to name a couple!) that will show the sexy, yet sensitive, side of these eligible hunks.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012
“HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”
Ricki and her guests are focusing on the spirit of giving, rather than receiving, by finding deserving families and doing nice things for them. Ricki surprises unsuspecting families who have fallen on hard times with help from Nathan Turner of Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorators" and Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo of the famed fashion blog Visual Therapy.
Among the recipients, the founder of “Thanks For Our Freedom” who is in desperate need of funds and supplies for active U.S. troops and a homeless woman who has chosen to use all of her available funds to keep her oldest daughter in college.