By Mandi Bierly
Updated May 08, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT
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After sitting through one too many episodes of Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty, I thought I’d redeem myself by avoiding Tori & Dean: Inn Love. I was successful until last weekend, when I got sucked into a marathon on Oxygen. Pretty sure I can pinpoint the exact moment I realized I couldn’t not like Tori Spelling’s hubby Dean McDermott — that’d be when he caught a squirrel in a cage, brought it into their bed and breakfast, set it on a table, leaned in to it and said something like, “Don’t freak out. You’re going to meet Tori Spelling.” Dean doesn’t come off quite as everyman as Nick Lachey, but he gets it. As does Tori, surprisingly. She’s smarter than Jessica Simpson (but just as helpless at eight months pregnant).

Seeing as how Oxygen just greenlit a second season of the reality show — which will continue to follow the couple (and newborn son Liam Aaron) as they run that B&B in Fallbrook, Calif. — I know I’m not the only convert. Should your defenses be weakened, there’s another marathon tonight starting at 7 p.m. ET, and leading into the season finale at 10:30 p.m. Tori goes into labor. You’re welcome.

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