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TV Reviews: Fall 2015

Calling all TV show junkies like me, below are my mid-mid-season reviews of my shows too far. If you’re judging me for how many shows I watch, you’re clearly not the target audience for this post, so just stop now and keep your mouth shut. If you’re loving me for how many shows I watch, we should clearly be friends and we have a lot to discuss.

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5/5 Stars

The Walking Dead – Oh my gosh, this season has been phenomenal. The best in a while. (Note: This rating is purely under the assumption my boy is alive.)

Jane the Virgin –Binged S1 on Netflix, and I’m so in love with Jane and Rafael and this show. And now Mateo, awwwww! [pictured]

iZombie – This is the most underrated show ever. I feel like no one is watching it, and everyone needs to! I need it to stay on air!

*NEW* Quantico – From the first episode I’ve been totally hooked. It’s so intense and the main girl is so gorgeous you can just stare at her the whole show.

 

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4/5 Stars 

Nashville – Good season so far, but so ready for Scarlett and Gunnar to get back together already and for Juliette to stop being ridiculous.

Mindy Project – This show started out so hilarious I couldn’t take it. However, the last few eps have been duds, so hoping it can come back strong. [pictured]

 

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3.5/5 Stars

Scandal –  FINALLY Olivia and Fitz are together together. Good season so far, but still not where it used to be. [pictured]

How to Get Away With Murder – They’ve kept me more hooked so far than I thought they could, but I’m still concerned about how sustainable the show really is.

Big Bang Theory – I laugh out loud every time I watch the show, but I hate how they married Penny and Leonard after all they’ve been through, so I guess I’m still a little bitter.

BLOOD & OIL - "The Ripple Effect" - The aftermath of the robbery has suspicions flying as all signs indicate an inside job at Briggs Oil. Wick scrambles to do everything he can to hide his involvement, but his accomplice may prove to be too much of a wild card and expose Wick's part in the crime that nearly killed his father. Meanwhile, the arrival of Hap's daughter, Lacey, stokes a rivalry with Carla, Hap's wife. Also, Billy continues to be seduced by Hap's world and jumps into another deal with him without consulting his wife, Cody, on "Blood & Oil," airing SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Fred Hayes) CHACE CRAWFORD

3/5 Stars

Empire – I think I gave myself too high of expectations. The first season of this show can never be beat, and that’s very clear this season.

*NEWBlood & Oil – Okay, to be honest, there are only three reasons I’m watching this show:
1. Chace Crawford aka Nate Archibald (Gossip Girl) [pictured]
2. Wilson Bethel aka Wade Kinsella (Hart of Dixie)
3. Scott Michael Foster aka  Cappie (Greek)

*NEWBlindspot – I would have given this even less of a rating if not for the last two episodes. It has potential, but they need to remove the cheese factor a bit.

SCREAM QUEENS: Pictured L-R: Billie Lourd as Chanel #3, Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin and Abigail Breslin as Chanel #5 in "Pilot," the first part of the special, two-hour series premiere of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Sept. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Dietl/FOX.

2/5 Stars – Officially CUT from the watchlist

Scream Queens – I watched the pilot on the plane to Europe and thought it was hilarious. Then, it went downhill so fast. I don’t know if it’s a comedy/horror/both/neither, and I can’t waste my previous TV watching time while they figure it out.

What are your favorite shows this season?
xo xo


TV Reviews: Empire, Revenge, Mindy Project + TWD

My TV obsessions are currently in full force as seasons are coming to a close and there are a lot of OMG moments. And guess what, I’m not a silent watcher.

I LOVE talking about my fictional best friends almost as much as I enjoy watching them. I get so excited when I finally find someone who’s as into a show as I am and wants to discuss. Case in point from Friday night – found someone (finally!) who watches Empire and it totally made my night. Case in point from Sunday – I have multiple text threads discussing The Walking Dead, including some live-texting. 

 So, I’ve decided to start a weekly recap post of my TV shows including my commentary. The shows will probably change from week to week. For example, PLL and Nashville aren’t in here this week, but they’re two of my favorites. You might watch these shows, you might not. You might enjoy my commentary, you might think I’m way too into TV. Either way, these posts are pretty much for me to get my OMG moments out and bond with any other diehard TV fans I just might not have met yet.

Grab some popcorn, and enjoy!

[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD]

E M P I R E
[Season 1, Ep. 10]

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Why am I SO obsessed with this show?! I also CANNOT stop listening to the music on Spotify. {Especially “You’re So Beautiful” – The White Party version. I’m in love with Jamal’s voice.}

Okay so we did get a resolution in this episode to Jamal’s daughter + Raven randomly showing up for 2 seconds in one episode. She’s Luscious’ daughter, really?! It ended in gunfire, really?! It was a little overly dramatic, but I’m glad the arc didn’t last long; HOWEVER – Lola was the cutest little girl ever! And the song Jamal + Hakeem sang to her to get her to go to sleep?? I wanted to die. Also glad Naomi Campbell is out of there – I couldn’t stand her. But Cookie and Malcolm – I CAN stand. Omg, love it. Another thing I can stand – Jennifer Hudson. Let’s see more of her and Andre!!!

R E V E N G E
[Season 4, Ep. 15 – still 1 episode behind]

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This season has been killing it, yeah? I’d lost interest the last few seasons, but they’ve been stepping up their game. Let’s talk about a few things – namely, Jack. But first, Louise. I would LOVE for her to be part of the inside group. I wasn’t sure about her at first, but now I love her, and it was solidified with her perfectly played part of “Oh, this isn’t pilates??” *bats eyelashes* She’s too cute and keeps Nolan entertained with more than just Emily.

But let’s get to Jack. How he played Margot?! Oh My Gosh. Too freakin’ perfect. I knew he was up to something when he said “You’d do anything for your child,” but still! He was so believable. I had no clue about the bracelet. Way to go, dude. But, let’s talk about that speech with Emily at the end. WAAAAAAH. I was totally dying. Why, Emily, why?! You obviously love him. Yes, Ben is hot, but Jack is the love of your life! We all know this! He was the sweetest thing ever and totally got his heart broken. I can’t even.

T H E  M I N D Y  P R O J E C T
[Season 3, Ep. 19]

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Stephen Colbert is gold. Seriously, as a Catholic priest that was once wild and now pious? Gold. This episode was one of the funnier ones this season. Mindy and Danny are adorable as almost-parents. And Mindy is hilarious in church (reminiscent of one of my favorite scenes of her in church with Casey rapping). A few of my favorite lines include Danny quizzing Mindy on the Apostles and instead she lists the Beatles. Also, “There’s a sequel to the Bible, but not to Gone Girl?!” upon discovering the New Testament. LOL, classic Mindy. I also surprisingly have been loving the pregnancy arc. It hasn’t gotten too mushy or steered away from its core, and I can’t wait to see Mindy as a mom, mostly because I think we have a lot in common.

T H E  W A L K I N G  D E A D
[Season 5, Ep. 14]

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Okay, some major sh*t went down this week, and we are so ready for the finale in two weeks!! This was a very gruesome episode. Noah’s death was so violent and sad and disturbing and unexpected, UGH. I was actually more sad than I thought I would be, and especially when Glenn was sad. But Eugene carrying out Tara and pulling the van around to distract the walkers was awesome. 10 points for Eugene. And -10 points for stupid Alexandria guy.

A few more things:
Father Gabriel – WTF?? Not that I’m that surprised, but come ON. These people saved you!
Rick and Carol planning together is awesome. Yes, they’re planning to kill someone and yes, that’s bad. But I love them working together and can’t wait to see that guy get his revenge.
Why didn’t we see Daryl in this episode????

xo xo

[Read more posts about my TV obsessions here.]


A Griswold Charlie Brown Christmas Rap

Thanksgiving is over and I’ve officially moved on to Christmas. I don’t know what it is about this year, but I’m really getting in to the Christmas spirit. I turn the tree lights on the second I get home, and I’ve been listening to Christmas music more than usual, dancing and singing in the kitchen last night as I was preparing dinner. So I’m going to do a series of holidays posts over the next few weeks – holiday decor, gift guide, fashion, party tips, etc.

But first, I want to make sure all of YOU are in the Christmas spirit. Below are some of my top favorite moments from Christmas movies and TV episodes over the years. If you’re not in the spirit after this, you might just be the Grinch!

LOVE ACTUALLY

 

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NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION

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A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

xo xo


My Fall TV Guide

I love Fall. Who doesn’t? The weather, the comfy clothes, the pumpkin-flavored everything, but it also signals the start of something else – the return of Fall TV.

I’ll admit, I’m a little obsessed with my TV shows. If you watch any of the shows below, I’m always happy to discuss characters, plot lines, favorite episodes, etc. in as much detail as you wish.

A few of my shows have already started, a few start this week and a few are still a few weeks away, but in preparation, below is My Fall TV Guide.

Disclaimer: Potential spoilers below.

S U N D A Y

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Revenge {ABC – 9/8c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: Getting back to basics, cutting out a lot of the Initiative nonsense & Jack’s reaction to the news

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The Walking Dead {AMC – 9/8c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: Daryl becoming an even bigger badass & Rick letting others take control while he gets his act together

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How I Met Your Mother {CBS – 8/7c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: The end. Yes, this use to be one of my favorite shows, but I honestly feel like it’s been dragging on and I’m ready to let it go.

T U E S D A Y

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New Girl {Fox – 9/8c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: Nick and Jess’ relationship & *fingers crossed* building Winston’s character more

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The Mindy Project {Fox – 9:30/8:30c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: The transition from a rocky, but enjoyable first season to a consistently hilarious second season

W E D N E S D A Y

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Modern Family {ABC – 9/8c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: Lilly’s show-stealing one-liners

Nashville

Nashville {ABC – 10/9c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: More Scarlett and Gunnar, More Scarlett and Gunnar, More Scarlett and Gunnar – I cannot plead enough.

T H U R S D A Y

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The Big Bang Theory {CBS – 8/7c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: Sheldon and Amy Farrah Fowler taking it to the next level … or so I hope!

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Glee {FOX – 9/8c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: The opening Beatles’ tribute episode & hopefully rekindling my dying passion for the show

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Scandal {ABC – 10/9c}
What I’m most looking forward to this season: The daddy dearest storyline & developing the other characters more, specifically “Baby Huck”

Still unsure about new shows on the air (we already have a lot on our plate), but high potentials include Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

What shows are you most excited for this season? xo

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10 Things I Missed Out On in College by Not Going Greek

Currently our summer shows include Parks & Rec and Game of Thrones, but before that there was Greek. Greek follows a college freshman as he decides to go from geek to Greek, much to the dismay of his popular sister in a sorority. It’s funny, it’s heart-warming and it makes you very nostalgic for your college days.

While I wasn’t in a sorority, I learned from the show several things I missed out on by not being in the greek system, for better or for worse.

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1.  Secret/forbidden parties (especially those Great Gatsby themed in the basement)

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2. Drama over rivalry houses

3. Crazy house mothers and b*tchy presidents

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4. Sharing a bathroom with hundreds of girls

5. Hazing (including being duck-taped to a wall in the quad)

6. Annual spring break trips

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7. Spending too much time and effort on functions/parties/competitions

8.  Everything that rush entails

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9. Shots from an ice luge

10. Buttoning yourself and your house up for parent’s weekend

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You might also enjoy: How One Tree Hill Saved My Marriage, 10 things I want to do in NYC, thanks to pop culture


10 things I want to do in NYC, thanks to pop culture

1. Blare this song as my plane is landing into the city

2. Have a beer at MacClaren’s (How I Met Your Mother)

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3. Have lunch on the steps of the Met (Gossip Girl)

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4. Break out into song and dance in Central Park (Glee)

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5. Share cosmos and gossip at a swanky bar (Sex in the City)

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6. Longingly peer into the windows at Tiffany’s (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

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7. Stay at the Gansevoort (Kim and Kourtney Take New York)

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8. Enjoy a winter in the city and a summer in the Hamptons (Revenge)

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9. Work at a magazine publication with a horrible, but brilliant boss (The Devil Wears Prada)

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10. Go undercover and solve a crime or two (White Collar)

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What have you always wanted to do in the city?

XO


Life on Wisteria Lane

I’ve never been one to feel like I have to explain my decisions publicly, and despite what it looks like that’s not what this post is about.

Everyone has a way to relax after a long day, whether it be reading, watching movies, playing video games, etc. and ever since I’ve gotten Netflix mine has been watching tv shows by the season and my latest obsession is one that has gotten a lot of groans — Desperate Housewives.

Though on the surface DH is about neighborhood gossip and drama, I’ve actually learned quite a lot from this show. I spoke to this idea that tv can teach us things in my post about my Christmas break obsession Veronica Mars.

So, to all you Desperate Housewives naysayers out there, this post is for you.

1. It is very important to have a group of girlfriends you can trust.

2. You never know what happens behind closed doors.

3. If you want to test your marriage, open a restaurant.

4. Children need spankings.

5. Everyone has a secret they are willing to protect in some way or another.

6. A smile does not mean a person is happy.

7. If a husband and wife are committed to one another, there is never a fight they can’t overcome.

8. Always introduce yourself to your neighbors, baked goods in hand.

9. Stick by your significant other even if he or she is in a coma.

10. You never know what someone could be hiding in a basement.

11. Truly decide what it is that you want in life before you go after all of the wrong things.

12. Forgive and forget. Don’t let something major happens before you realize who is important in your life.

13. Always be bold and stick up for what you believe in. No matter what anyone else says.

14. Nobody’s perfect.

15. A plumber is never just a plumber and a pharmacist is never just a pharmacist.

 

Editor’s Note: I am only finished with the third season. No spoilers please.