Boob Tube Binges: When Calls The Heart, Grace + Frankie, Bonus Blogger Angst

Hey there, Supies!

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while now. Aside from the holiday weekend, I also experienced colossal technical difficulties! If you remember, my wireless adapter died a few months back and I haven’t had the chance to resolve that issue. Then around Sunday, my laptop’s battery started acting up as well. Grr!
And as if that wasn’t enough, my Kindle Fire DIED! It won’t turn on at all! And it was with a heavy heart that I sent it to gadget heaven. 
I was devastated and extremely angry over these turn of events not to mention the couple of books I’ve read in the previous days were dead as well. I’ll get to that tomorrow. 
So what’s a bored girl to do? Why watch Netflix of course! So here are the two shows I binged on during my mourning.
GRACE & FRANKIE (2015)
Netflix Original Series | Comedy | 13 Episodes | 25 mins. 
Tomlin and Fonda are geriatric magic! Am I allowed to say that? Let me preface it by saying that these two are certified GILF’s! I can only hope I look half as good as these screen legends when I’m in my 70’s. 
So the premise of Grace (Jane Fonda) & Frankie (Lily Tomlin) is this: these two are rivals and complete opposites in terms of their personalities. Their husbands (Martin Sheen & Sam Waterston) have been law partners for 20 years or so and after two decades, they came out of the closet and told their respective wives that they’re in love and planned on getting married now that they can. 
So how do these two ladies deal with the devastation of being divorced in their 70’s as their husbands openly flaunt their relationship? With much gumption, sense of humor, and pizazz! I found myself laughing so hard over the 13-25 min. episodes because Tomlin and Fonda are pure comedy gold together! The roles are made for these two, with Fonda as the uptight elitist snob, while Tomlin is the hippy, YOLO granny. There’s also a lot of heartfelt, super touching moments to balance off the funnies. I promise you’ll be hooked after watching the first episode. 
WHEN CALLS THE HEART (2014)
Hallmark Channel | Drama | Season 1 | 43 mins.
Westerns are really growing on me! I love the frontier setting, the costumes, the small-town scope of the plots, the colorful characters, everything! 
When Calls the Heart, based on Janette Oke’s Canadian West book series, is a story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young school teacher from a wealthy family back east, who moved to the west in a small coal mining town called Coal Valley. Soon enough, Elizabeth finds herself getting very invested in her student’s education, very involved in the town’s events, and crushing hard on a dreamy Mountie, Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing). 
When Calls the Heart was very likable and swoony! For a small town, Coal Valley is abundant with stories that are usually family related. On top of the domestic issues, there’s also a series arc pertaining 47 dead miners who perished in a “freak accident”. After investigation, it seems the company is responsible for it and by season finale, the town is split and the leads at the helm of the issue. 
My favorite part is the courtship between Elizabeth and Jack. It’s very old school in that the men and women are proper, flirtatious without crossing the lines of sexy, and rife with romantic tension. The romantic development between Elizabeth and Jack took almost the entire season that when they finally shared their first kiss, I was screaming like a crazy 15yo into a blanket! OMG! The feels! Squee!!! 
Season 2 priemered last monh and I am anxious to look it up on On Demand so I’m caught up with the episodes. 

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Boob Tube Binges Epic Edition: Marco Polo and World Without End

 

MARCO POLO
Epic – Historical | Weinstein Company | December 2014
Netflix Original Series | 10 Episodes | 1h/ep
I am not familiar with Marco Polo’s story except that he walked for a long ass time. I mean only a crazy, but awe inspiring, adventurer would dare travel from Europe to China on foot during the 15th century right? So after seeing trailers of the series and knowing that it’s being produced by the Weinsteing flucking Company, I know that MARCO POLO, an original Netflix series, is going to kick some major ass. 
And I wasn’t wrong. In fact I binged watched MARCO POLO on the weekend it came out last December (sorry, got lazy writing up a review. Better late than never!). Color me impressed because I totally suspended disbelief from start to finish. The casting is damn PERFECT, no caucasians pretending to be Asians or Middle Easterns. The producers know what they’re doing and didn’t spare a single dime in bringing to life Marco Polo’s epic adventure. Kublai Khan’s Empire is what I imagined it to be, it’s like the eastern counterpart of Ancient Rome where the population is very diverse, the culture so blended, but still very Asian. Gah! Perfect! 
P.S. The dude playing Marco Polo, Lorenzo Richelmy, is so adorbs. But the man eye candy doesn’t stop there. There’s quite a few hot dudes in the series that will appeal to your…ummm… worldly tastes in men.


WORLD WITHOUT END
Historical Drama | Sony Pictures | October 2012
Reelz Original Series | 8 Episodes | 1h/ep
WORLD WITHOUT END is the series sequel of Pillars of the Earth (and I’m kicking myself for not catching the series when it was on Netflix) based on Ken Follett’s novels. I haven’t read Mr. Follett’s novels but I do love drama set in medieval times. 

Set in England during the 1300s, the series chronicles the lives of ordinary citizens. Edward III leads the nation into the Hundred Years’ War with France, while Europe is bracing for the Black Death. Caris (Charlotte Riley), a visionary woman, and her lover Merthin (Tom Weston-Jones) build a community that stands up to the crown and the church.

Any epic fantasy reader will find this series hard to resist because of the premise alone. Once you see the drama unfold, it’s even harder to peel your eyes away from the screen! It’s like a dark-ages soap opera with bastards rebelling and saving the day, forbidden romances, enduring love. Then it takes a sharp turn to the left with murder, adultery, patricide, and rape to name a few. 
There’s so many threads to the story which resulted to WORLD WITHOUT END having mini lead characters. Caris and Merthin might be the MC’s but there are other couples and partners that make up this enthralling story. The hook for me was the arc involving the King. Oh man, oh man, oh man! It was 3am when I got to the episode that had the big reveal. And as sure as the sun is about to rise in a couple of hours I had a big jolt of adrenalin and delayed sleeping for another two hours just to see the climax and conflic-resolution through. Goodness gracious! The possibility of it actually happening in reality is not only scandalous, but tragic. 

So totally fangirling here and I’m aware that I’m being vague. It’s intentional and I hope I got y’all curious enough to at least check the first episodes of both MARCO POLO and WORLD WITHOUT END. The first one will at least impress you with the production, the second one will surely get you hooked! Happy watching!

Liking It: Salem TV Series

Salem
TV Series
Sundays 10/9c
WGN America
Historical | Paranormal

Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, ‘Salem’ explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.


As an avid reader of books about monsters that go bump in the night, it’s only natural that I would gravitate to TV shows of the same nature. SALEM is a new original series aired at WGN America every Sundays and as the show title and poster suggests, it’s about witches, warlocks and all kinds of sorcery in Salem, Massachusetts back in the late 1600’s. The show premiered last April 20 and it’s on episode 4 as of last night.
The plot is essentially an ill fated love story between Captain John Alden (Shane West) and Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery). They were lovers until Alden went to war and was captured. Meanwhile, Mary was dutifully waiting for him, pregnant, until news reached her that Alden was killed in battle. Distraught, Mary reached out to her friend, Tituba (Ashley Madekwe) who is a witch, they went to the forest and performed a rite that basically aborted Mary and Alden’s baby. Fast forward to a couple of years, Alden is alive and hastily went back to Salem for Mary. Unfortunately Mary is now married to Salem’s preacher and is currently the richest and most influential woman in town. She is now also a powerful witch leading her coven to greater heights whilst terrorizing the townsfolk. Alden, still reeling from the changes and his heartbreak, took it upon himself to get to the bottom of this witch-talk after his friend and mentor was accused and hanged as a warlock. He will now stop at nothing til he exposes the identity of these evil fiends. 
Two people in love but playing for the opposite team is the main gist of SALEM and the phrase “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” is very much evident in Mary’s character. I like SALEM‘s plot, if I were to focus on the flow, the intrigue and deception, I could totally get into the story. I mean the Salem Witch Trials is a very infamous and dark time in this country’s history so there’s already an element of fascination and curiosity given to the setting. The producers also aren’t holding back on the shock factor and special effects involving various livestock and wild animals with the expected hangings, exorcisms, possessions and various devil worship rites. It can be gruesome so proceed with caution before you start watching the show, some parts are crude and not for the faint of heart. The romantic angle is quite interesting too, a righteous man in love with the Head Bitch of town maybe formulaic but effective not to mention the moral conflict Mary is in while Alden’s love and loyalty to Mary is bound to be tested when the proverbial shit hits the fan. 
What makes me balk is the horrible acting! Goodness gracious! Clearly these actors are just eye candy but there’s much to be desired when it comes to the portrayal of their characters. I’m no film critic and this article is just a knee-jerk reaction to what I’ve seen so far and I’m not pleased. If I were to translate it in book-blogger-talk, I love the plot but I don’t connect with the characters because they’re flat and lack dimensions. I didn’t even recognize Shane West! Amongst the cast he is the WORST IMO like WTF is up with his voice projection? With Janet Montgomery coming a close second, I’m impressed with her haughty demeanor but given her backstory, I have yet to see her conflicted and vulnerable side to contrast with her Bitch side. A disappointment not only because West and Montgomery are the leads but they have no onscreen chemistry at all. As of this moment, I’m not rooting for these two, I could care less if they end up together or not. The supporting cast are hit and miss as well but compared to West and Montgomery, I’d say the secondary characters and their storylines are what’s keeping me watching at this point. They’re more interesting than Mary and Alden to me.
That said I’m a bit invested in the plot, maybe I’m a masochist but I’d like to know how this is all going to unravel because I want to see Mary Sibley and her cohorts hang and to be fair, I love the setting and the special effects and horror factor is on the same level as American Horror Story so it’s not all that bad. If only the main characters can improve on their skills, all would be well.
Click here to watch complete episodes of SALEM.

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #88 + House Of Cards S2

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week’s reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron’s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning’s smash hit series, Fever. 

Bought
from Amazon (still 99c!)

Bagged

from Authors, Publishers & Tour Companies
WON: EveL Minion shirt from Eve Langlais & $10 GC from Stacey Kennedy
Loving Cara by Kristen Proby | Giving In by Maya Banks | The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros
Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger | Take This Man by Kelli Maine | Peacemaker by Marrianne de Pierres
Guarded by J.D. Rivera | Love, Your Concierge by Jessica Ingro | Savage Delight by Sara Wolf
STILL OPEN!

Leslea Tash is still looking for Goodreads/Blog reviewers to read BIRD AFTER BIRD. This is a full length contemporary romance novel with the release date still pending. If you are interested, leave a comment below with your email so I can contact you or you may visit Leslea’s FACEBOOK PAGE if you want to get in touch with her directly.

Leslea, aka Red Tash, is the author of TROLL OR DERBY. She’s has a wicked mind and even more wicked with a pen… errr keyboard… so you’re in good hands.

Big & Small

HOUSE OF CARDS season 2 premiered yesterday on Netflix and in case you’re unfamiliar, this critically acclaimed political drama is about former Congressman and now US-VP, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), who is a master political puppeteer. We watch him break and bend the rules, abuse his power and execute countless immoral machinations to serve his own greedy purpose and feed his ambition. He’s a villain you’d love to hate but can’t, if that makes sense.
HOUSE OF CARDS is very Machiavellian and I shiver at the thought that this is an (almost) accurate dramatization of what happens in D.C. Aside from the political game of chess, the side stories and other entanglements are quite entertaining to watch. It’s this big intricate web that Frank started and it’s slowly closing in on him. Frank’s hands, as well as his cohorts, are beyond dirty, and it’s quite fascinating how he keeps on dodging culpability effectively. My expectations are constantly challenged because Frank seems to keep getting away with barely any consequences.
The first episode was a big WTF just happened?! I spent most of the day watching more because it’s like crack, one isn’t enough. This season’s plot mirrors more or less what happened in the US government in the past 10 months or so ranging from shutdowns, foreign policy debacles and all sorts of disgusting politicking, it’s addictive! I’m halfway through and it took a huge amount of will power for me to stay away. I’m trying to pace myself but I doubt the weekend will end without me watching all 13 episodes.  


Last Week’s Reviews

Upcoming Reviews

Elisabeth Staab
win books, GC’s & swag
ends Feb. 20

Jennifer Estep
win a signed print copy of SPIDER’S REVENGE
ends Feb. 23

Maya Banks
win a print copy of LETTING GO
ends Feb. 25

Stacey Kennedy
win gift cards
ends Mar. 8

Check out these other fabulous blogs that participate in 
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NOTE: There’s a new linky created for this year and please note that you have to use your LABEL links (i.e. book haul) on the form below NOT the post link.

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Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #88 + House Of Cards S2

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week’s reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron’s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning’s smash hit series, Fever. 

Bought
from Amazon (still 99c!)

Bagged

from Authors, Publishers & Tour Companies
WON: EveL Minion shirt from Eve Langlais & $10 GC from Stacey Kennedy
Loving Cara by Kristen Proby | Giving In by Maya Banks | The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros
Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger | Take This Man by Kelli Maine | Peacemaker by Marrianne de Pierres
Guarded by J.D. Rivera | Love, Your Concierge by Jessica Ingro | Savage Delight by Sara Wolf
STILL OPEN!

Leslea Tash is still looking for Goodreads/Blog reviewers to read BIRD AFTER BIRD. This is a full length contemporary romance novel with the release date still pending. If you are interested, leave a comment below with your email so I can contact you or you may visit Leslea’s FACEBOOK PAGE if you want to get in touch with her directly.

Leslea, aka Red Tash, is the author of TROLL OR DERBY. She’s has a wicked mind and even more wicked with a pen… errr keyboard… so you’re in good hands.

Big & Small

HOUSE OF CARDS season 2 premiered yesterday on Netflix and in case you’re unfamiliar, this critically acclaimed political drama is about former Congressman and now US-VP, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), who is a master political puppeteer. We watch him break and bend the rules, abuse his power and execute countless immoral machinations to serve his own greedy purpose and feed his ambition. He’s a villain you’d love to hate but can’t, if that makes sense.
HOUSE OF CARDS is very Machiavellian and I shiver at the thought that this is an (almost) accurate dramatization of what happens in D.C. Aside from the political game of chess, the side stories and other entanglements are quite entertaining to watch. It’s this big intricate web that Frank started and it’s slowly closing in on him. Frank’s hands, as well as his cohorts, are beyond dirty, and it’s quite fascinating how he keeps on dodging culpability effectively. My expectations are constantly challenged because Frank seems to keep getting away with barely any consequences.
The first episode was a big WTF just happened?! I spent most of the day watching more because it’s like crack, one isn’t enough. This season’s plot mirrors more or less what happened in the US government in the past 10 months or so ranging from shutdowns, foreign policy debacles and all sorts of disgusting politicking, it’s addictive! I’m halfway through and it took a huge amount of will power for me to stay away. I’m trying to pace myself but I doubt the weekend will end without me watching all 13 episodes.  


Last Week’s Reviews

Upcoming Reviews

Elisabeth Staab
win books, GC’s & swag
ends Feb. 20

Jennifer Estep
win a signed print copy of SPIDER’S REVENGE
ends Feb. 23

Maya Banks
win a print copy of LETTING GO
ends Feb. 25

Stacey Kennedy
win gift cards
ends Mar. 8

Check out these other fabulous blogs that participate in 
Bought, Borrowed & Bagged:

NOTE: There’s a new linky created for this year and please note that you have to use your LABEL links (i.e. book haul) on the form below NOT the post link.

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Spellbound by Witches of East End? Not Quite

I was holding off on my Fall channel surfing experience til maybe December but I have to make a small exception for Lifetime’s WITCHES OF EAST END. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the series is based on Melissa de la Cruz‘s The Beauchamp Family series. It’s about a family of witches who are Norse gods with complications thrown here and there to update the myth and root it to historical events like the Salem Witch Trials. I’m a fan of Melissa’s Blue Bloods Series (YA, Vamps & Fallen Angels) and I love how she mixes up her mythologies. I liked WITCHES OF EAST END the book but I’m a little iffy on its TV Adaptation.
First, Lifetime isn’t really known for its amazing shows, they have a handful of hits but it’s mostly B+ at best. So when I heard that the series is being adapted by Lifetime, I have my doubts but as I love Melissa, I watched it to support and celebrate her success. I’m a good fan like that. As for the cast, they’re not crown favorites but they’re great character actors to lend an air of credibility to the series. Mädchen Amick, Virginia Madsen and Julia Ormond anchors the show while Rachel Boston and Eric Winter gives it an air of familiarity for the younger demographic. 
Jenna Dewan-Tatum is the sore thumb in this line-up. I don’t care if you’re married to the sexiest man alive. Girl, you need to enroll yourself to more actor’s workshop or do intense method acting to hone your skills, you’re not plump to take on lead roles. Better yet, stick to dancing for now. This girl is HORRIBLE as Freya! Ugh! Her acting is the reason why I chose to write this piece specific to the show instead of a general one I initially intended. I can’t help but gripe and share my disappointment about the casting choice!
A good actor is someone who can sell their characters well like for example, Anna Paquin. She becomes Sookie Stackhouse when you see her in True Blood. She ceases to be Anna Paquin and you identify her as Sookie as if Sookie is a real person and not just someone she’s playing on screen. It transcends the story and gives the viewers suspended disbelief. Unfortunately my disbelief in this case is how the heck did Mrs. Tatum pass the audition?! Is it because of her last name?! Because her acting chops sure wasn’t it! 
Jenna Dewan-Tatum is play acting. It’s exaggerated and she’s trying too hard to give us a version Freya that’s more HS play than minor league TV. She didn’t study Freya and has a distorted adaptation of the character. Her portrayal isn’t convincing, I’m sure she can be a good actor given the right role unfortunately she totally tanks as the sexy, alluring, offbeat, witchy bartender. For the sake of the show and its longevity, I hope the network invests on honing her acting skills otherwise I foresee CANCELLED in glowing red letters in the horizon. 

Spellbound by Witches of East End? Not Quite

I was holding off on my Fall channel surfing experience til maybe December but I have to make a small exception for Lifetime’s WITCHES OF EAST END. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the series is based on Melissa de la Cruz‘s The Beauchamp Family series. It’s about a family of witches who are Norse gods with complications thrown here and there to update the myth and root it to historical events like the Salem Witch Trials. I’m a fan of Melissa’s Blue Bloods Series (YA, Vamps & Fallen Angels) and I love how she mixes up her mythologies. I liked WITCHES OF EAST END the book but I’m a little iffy on its TV Adaptation.
First, Lifetime isn’t really known for its amazing shows, they have a handful of hits but it’s mostly B+ at best. So when I heard that the series is being adapted by Lifetime, I have my doubts but as I love Melissa, I watched it to support and celebrate her success. I’m a good fan like that. As for the cast, they’re not crown favorites but they’re great character actors to lend an air of credibility to the series. Mädchen Amick, Virginia Madsen and Julia Ormond anchors the show while Rachel Boston and Eric Winter gives it an air of familiarity for the younger demographic. 
Jenna Dewan-Tatum is the sore thumb in this line-up. I don’t care if you’re married to the sexiest man alive. Girl, you need to enroll yourself to more actor’s workshop or do intense method acting to hone your skills, you’re not plump to take on lead roles. Better yet, stick to dancing for now. This girl is HORRIBLE as Freya! Ugh! Her acting is the reason why I chose to write this piece specific to the show instead of a general one I initially intended. I can’t help but gripe and share my disappointment about the casting choice!
A good actor is someone who can sell their characters well like for example, Anna Paquin. She becomes Sookie Stackhouse when you see her in True Blood. She ceases to be Anna Paquin and you identify her as Sookie as if Sookie is a real person and not just someone she’s playing on screen. It transcends the story and gives the viewers suspended disbelief. Unfortunately my disbelief in this case is how the heck did Mrs. Tatum pass the audition?! Is it because of her last name?! Because her acting chops sure wasn’t it! 
Jenna Dewan-Tatum is play acting. It’s exaggerated and she’s trying too hard to give us a version Freya that’s more HS play than minor league TV. She didn’t study Freya and has a distorted adaptation of the character. Her portrayal isn’t convincing, I’m sure she can be a good actor given the right role unfortunately she totally tanks as the sexy, alluring, offbeat, witchy bartender. For the sake of the show and its longevity, I hope the network invests on honing her acting skills otherwise I foresee CANCELLED in glowing red letters in the horizon. 

Channel Surfing, My 2013 Fall Shows

I don’t watch a lot of TV during Spring/Summer because I’d rather spend my spare time outdoors, out in the sunshine, firing up my allergies, than staying indoors doing nothing. 

Not only that but I find Fall/Winter programming to be more interesting.  It’s during these seasons where TV bigwigs pull out all the stops in terms of plot, casting, special effects, etc. Makes staying indoors worthy and cozy.

There’s a LOT of new shows coming soon and here are my top to-watch list:

FOX September 16, 2013 9/8c
SLEEPY HOLLOW the series has a time travel element to it. If you’re not familiar with the plot, Ichabod Crane wakes up in our century and his buddy, The Headless Horseman, rode shotgun with him. Aside from the obvious paranormal elements in the series, it also hints at a possible (though light) racial theme as Ichabod teams up with an African American detective and as per timelines, Ichabod lived during a time where the views about women and African Americans are different than it is today. Interesting combination, we’ll see if Fox walks the straight line on this one.
CW October 3, 2013 9/8c
I used to watch Vampire Diaries until Nina Dobrev started to annoy me so I quit by Season 3 (sorry fans! Nothing personal). Then I became acquainted with THE ORIGINALS and the whole myth behind the these vampires (I haven’t read the books) and totally digged it. Plus Klaus is so divine and the perfect anti-hero, he reminds me so much of my beloved, Lestat de Lioncourt. I’ll watch this just for the man candy alone.
Lifetime October 6, 2013 10/9c
I love Melissa de la Cruz and enjoyed the premise of WITCHES OF EAST END the book with Norse mythology woven into the Salem Witch Trials, etc. I have to be honest though, I’m skeptical about this adaptation because it’s in Lifetime, a network notorious for B-rated TV movies and sappy romances. I can only hope that the focal point stays on the supernatural than on the romance.
FX October 9, 2013 10/9c
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I wasn’t a fan of American Horror Story: Asylum. I love creepy and eerie but a bunch of psychos is a different kind of fright and crazy altogether. Still I love how Ryan Murphy & Co. switches it up every season and I am LOVING the theme for season 3, Witches in New Orleans! Not only are the production crew geniuses but the cast is brilliant! AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN will star series regulars Jessica Lange and Evan Peters, who totally owns the show,  and they are joined by Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Emma Roberts with Taissa Farmiga rejoining the cast (Violet, Murder House). Powerhouse!
ABC October 10, 2013 8/7c
Once Upon A Time the first story arc, incorporated the Mad Hatter on the show. This season they’re going down the rabbit hole with a couple of tweaks. It’s still more or less Alice In Wonderland but it’s set on modern time with the trademark flashbacks to the world before Evil Queen Regina cursed the land. I read that there’ll be crossovers with the original show so series fans will still get their fill. From the series synopsis, ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND reminds me of Splintered (A.G. Howard). I think it has something to do with Alice being not right in the head which was one of Howard’s theme in the book.
CW October 17, 2013 9/8c
A touch of historical on my TV line up! REIGN follows the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. I love watching royal historical shows like this because I’m very entertained by the costumes, hypocrisy, intrigue and all the pomp and circumstance of the time. I wasn’t impressed by Starz, The White Queen so hopefully REIGN will prove to be a better show.
P.S. Lee of Rally The Readers, tune in to this!
NBC October 25, 2013 10/9c
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as DRACULA Victorian England!
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers!
Need I say more?

Channel Surfing, My 2013 Fall Shows

I don’t watch a lot of TV during Spring/Summer because I’d rather spend my spare time outdoors, out in the sunshine, firing up my allergies, than staying indoors doing nothing. 

Not only that but I find Fall/Winter programming to be more interesting.  It’s during these seasons where TV bigwigs pull out all the stops in terms of plot, casting, special effects, etc. Makes staying indoors worthy and cozy.

There’s a LOT of new shows coming soon and here are my top to-watch list:

FOX September 16, 2013 9/8c
SLEEPY HOLLOW the series has a time travel element to it. If you’re not familiar with the plot, Ichabod Crane wakes up in our century and his buddy, The Headless Horseman, rode shotgun with him. Aside from the obvious paranormal elements in the series, it also hints at a possible (though light) racial theme as Ichabod teams up with an African American detective and as per timelines, Ichabod lived during a time where the views about women and African Americans are different than it is today. Interesting combination, we’ll see if Fox walks the straight line on this one.
CW October 3, 2013 9/8c
I used to watch Vampire Diaries until Nina Dobrev started to annoy me so I quit by Season 3 (sorry fans! Nothing personal). Then I became acquainted with THE ORIGINALS and the whole myth behind the these vampires (I haven’t read the books) and totally digged it. Plus Klaus is so divine and the perfect anti-hero, he reminds me so much of my beloved, Lestat de Lioncourt. I’ll watch this just for the man candy alone.
Lifetime October 6, 2013 10/9c
I love Melissa de la Cruz and enjoyed the premise of WITCHES OF EAST END the book with Norse mythology woven into the Salem Witch Trials, etc. I have to be honest though, I’m skeptical about this adaptation because it’s in Lifetime, a network notorious for B-rated TV movies and sappy romances. I can only hope that the focal point stays on the supernatural than on the romance.
FX October 9, 2013 10/9c
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I wasn’t a fan of American Horror Story: Asylum. I love creepy and eerie but a bunch of psychos is a different kind of fright and crazy altogether. Still I love how Ryan Murphy & Co. switches it up every season and I am LOVING the theme for season 3, Witches in New Orleans! Not only are the production crew geniuses but the cast is brilliant! AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN will star series regulars Jessica Lange and Evan Peters, who totally owns the show,  and they are joined by Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Emma Roberts with Taissa Farmiga rejoining the cast (Violet, Murder House). Powerhouse!
ABC October 10, 2013 8/7c
Once Upon A Time the first story arc, incorporated the Mad Hatter on the show. This season they’re going down the rabbit hole with a couple of tweaks. It’s still more or less Alice In Wonderland but it’s set on modern time with the trademark flashbacks to the world before Evil Queen Regina cursed the land. I read that there’ll be crossovers with the original show so series fans will still get their fill. From the series synopsis, ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND reminds me of Splintered (A.G. Howard). I think it has something to do with Alice being not right in the head which was one of Howard’s theme in the book.
CW October 17, 2013 9/8c
A touch of historical on my TV line up! REIGN follows the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. I love watching royal historical shows like this because I’m very entertained by the costumes, hypocrisy, intrigue and all the pomp and circumstance of the time. I wasn’t impressed by Starz, The White Queen so hopefully REIGN will prove to be a better show.
P.S. Lee of Rally The Readers, tune in to this!
NBC October 25, 2013 10/9c
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as DRACULA Victorian England!
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers!
Need I say more?

Downton Abbey Season 3

It’s finally here!
Downton Abbey Season 3 is finally here!

So why am I fangirling like this?
Well Downton Abbey has got to be one of the most addicted shows I’ve ever seen. It’s like soap but with rich aristocrats living in huge houses garbed in the finest duds. To me the most fascinating part are not only the stuff that happens upstairs, with these crazy aristocrats keeping up appearances. But also the people running the house downstairs, the butler, maids, cooks, valets, their lives are as rich and intriguing as their employers.
There has been rumors about a character dying and we, fans, are hoping that it won’t be the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley aka Maggie Smith. She has undoubtedly some of the best lines on the show uttering snappy comebacks, unfiltered observations and backhanded compliments without blinking an eye. With the equally haughty Shirley Maclain joining the cast playing Martha, Lady Cora Crawley’s American mother, I’m sure these Dames will rival that of Matthew and Mary Crawley’s storyline. 
Last season we were left with Matthew Crawley proposing to Mary and finally the latter has come to her senses and accepted his offer for her hand in marriage. So I’m truly looking forward to the wedding, it ought to be fabulous, and Sybil’s return to Downton pregnant after marrying their chauffeur, Tom Branson, and staying in Ireland for a bit. 
Aside from the various romances going on, this season we’ll see if the Crawley’s survives the Great Depression with their assets tied to Lady Cora’s inheritance. If Bates and Ana have their HEA or if the fairytale ending is only endowed on the Crawleys. My personal hope is that the middle daughter, Edith Crawley, gets a fair shot at her own happy ending. The past two seasons were rough romantically for her but from the preview it looks like Lady Edith’s got her eye on a former suitor. 
Watch Downton Abbey Season 3 Preview on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.
The first of 9 episodes (including the Christmas Special) will be aired tonight. Check your local listings for the schedule.