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Fall is here and you know what that means!

Television will be in full swing with our staple shows and a whole new set vying for our attention.

Today I will be breaking down my top ten favorite fall shows that I’m looking forward to, five returning and five brand spanking new, so let’s get to it.


Returning Shows

1. The Vampire Diaries

Premise: A Virginia high-school student falls for a new boy in class who is actually a centuries-old vampire struggling to live peacefully among humans. Based on the young-adult book series by L.J. Smith. (Taken from TV Guide)

TV Station: CW

Premiere Date: Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8/7c

Thoughts: The show is going into its 6th season and if you will remember in the season finale of season 5 two of our main characters died. That being said I am really excited to jump into season 6 and see how everyone is coping with the loss and all the drama season 5 brought along.


2. The Originals

Premise: A spin-off of “The Vampire Diaries” focuses on the original vampire family who return to New Orleans to reclaim the city they helped build that is now under the control of a diabolical vampire named Marcel. (Taken from TV Guide)

TV Station: CW

Premiere Date: Monday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c

Thoughts: The Originals is an awesome show and is kicking off its 2nd season. Get ready for twists and turns, Elijah’s gentleman ferocity and Klaus’ general tendency for blood. The baby is here and ready to roll, I cannot wait for this premiere.


3. Scandal

Premise: A former White House communications director opens a Washington, D.C. crisis-management firm in this drama based on the work of crisis manager Judy Smith, whose clients have included Monica Lewinsky and Justice Clarence Thomas. (Taken from TV Guide)

TV Station: ABC

Premiere Date: Thursday, Sept. 25 at 9/8c

Thoughts: Scandal is such an interesting show with so many twists and turns, you just can’t wait for the next episode much less the next season. I know she won’t be able to stay away but what will bring her back? Let’s find out together!


4. The Big Bang Theory

Premise: Two nerdy physicists share an apartment and an unlikely friendship with their beautiful neighbor with whom one of them is infatuated. Like the universe after the big bang, the show’s popularity expanded, thanks to breakout star Jim Parsons, along with the chemistry among the friends and the developing romance between Leonard and Penny. The addition of Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik in later seasons also enhanced the stories and relationships of the leads. (Taken from TV Guide)

TV Station: CBS

Premiere Date: Monday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c

Thoughts: The Big Bang Theory is a staple on my TV and I’m going to be really sad when it eventually bites the dust however until then I will enjoy the fun-filled season 8 that is on its way. Penny and Leonard, Sheldon and Amy, Wolowitz and Bernadette, Raj and….they really need to get Raj a partner, lol. I can’t wait!


5. The Newsroom

Premise: A drama set at a fictional cable-news network re-creates actual events to show how they’re covered by “News Night” anchor Will McAvoy and his staff. (Taken from TV Guide)

TV Station: HBO

Premiere Date: Monday, Nov. 3

Thoughts: While this gem of a show will not return to my screen until November, it is a must see. It is moving into season 3 and it is doing such a good job, I wish Will McAvoy was actually doing the news. What’ll become of the team after the scandal in season 2? I hope that lawyer lady is worth every penny.


New Shows

1. A to Z

Premise: A student of the How I Met Your Mother school of television, A to Z is a romantic comedy that chronicles a relationship from beginning to end, à la 500 Days of Summer. Mad Men‘s Ben Feldman stars (with both of his nipples!) as Andrew, a true believer in destiny and romance, while HIMYM‘s ever-charming Cristin Milioti plays the object of his affection, Zelda. (A to Z, get it?) Lenora Crichlow, Henry Zebrowski, and Christina Kirk round out the cast.

TV Station: NBC

Premiere Date: Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c

Thoughts: I’m a sucker for romance anything so of course I would want to watch a show chronicling love. Throw in the comedy and it’s a must see.


2. Jane the Virgin

Premise: Come on, it’s all right there in the title: Gina Rodriguez stars as a young woman named Jane, and Jane is a virgin! What more is there to know? Well, okay, there is the fact that she’s pregnant because she was accidentally artificially inseminated by her gynecologist. Whoops! And to make matters even more complicated, Jane has to decide whether or not to keep the baby after discovering the sperm specimen belonged to cancer survivor Rafael (Justin Baldoni), who’s not only a former crush of Jane’s, but also her new boss.

TV Station: CW

Premiere Date: Monday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c

Thoughts: Jane is Mary but instead of her baby being an act of God and the savior of our world, it’s a mishap in science. I think this is going to be funny and sweet, heart-wrenching and amazing.


3. Gotham

Premise: Described as the origin story of future Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon, Gotham is Fox’s effort to get in on TV’s comic-book craze.Southland and The O.C. alum Ben McKenzie stars as Gordon, a fresh-faced police detective whose life begins to change when he and his partner, the brash Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), start investigating the murder of the parents of none other than a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). However, the noir crime drama isn’t just about Gordon’s rise through the ranks of Gotham City’s PD; it also promises to tell the origin stories of several DC Comics’ villains, including Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), and the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith).

TV Station: Fox

Premiere Date: Monday, Sep. 22 at 8/7c

Thoughts: I saw the title and immediately went Batman! We’re going to follow Batman! We’re Smallvilling Batman! *happy dance* Then I realized what it was actually about and thought, that could work too, lol. I love superheroes and I just think this is going to be an interesting series.


4. Flash

Premise: The CW’s highly anticipated Arrow spin-off stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who becomes the fastest man alive, aka The Flash, after an explosion at the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator bestows him with superhuman speed. More lighthearted than its parent series, The Flashis set in Central City, where Barry works as a forensic investigator and uses his special power to help fight crime. He’s aided in that endeavor by Det. Joe West (Law & Order‘s Jesse L. Martin), a cop who also serves as Barry’s surrogate father; Barry’s real father (TV’s original Barry Allen, and Dawson Leery’s dad, John Wesley Shipp) is in prison for allegedly murdering Barry’s mother. Rounding out the cast are Candice Patton as Iris, Joe’s daughter and Barry’s BFF; Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes as S.T.A.R. Labs scientists Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon; Rick Cosnett as Det. Eddie Thawne; and Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells.

TV Station: CW

Premiere Date: Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 8/7c

Thoughts: Superheroes are literally taking over our screens and I for one am happy about this. Flash doesn’t get as much attention as he should and I think this series will showcase his awesome humor and resourcefulness. I can’t wait for it to begin.


5. Madam Secretary

Premise: Tea Leoni plays a former CIA agent whose former boss, now the president of the United States (Keith Carradine), asks her to take on the role of Secretary of State after an accident claims the life of the office’s previous occupant. Using her no-nonsense, unconventional attitude toward politics, she shakes things up in Washington, D.C. while also juggling her home life as a wife and a mother. Tim Daly and Bebe Neuwirth also star.

TV Station: CBS

Premiere Date: Sunday, Sep. 21 at 8/7c

Thoughts: I’ve realized that I really like political dramas and so I’m looking forward to all the twists and turns and cover ups that will happen in this series.

What shows are you looking forward to this fall?

Did any of these make your list?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy viewing! 🙂



Hey guys! It’s Friday!

Time for another LONG awaited lol, My Happy Playlist.

So this week I’ve been really into:

1. We Are Young – Fun feat. Janelle Monae

I first heard this song on Glee and I was like I know this song, I should know this song…but I didn’t know the song. Then YouTube was promoting it and I watched the video but I thought the video was so weird and not what I thought the video would be about at all. Finally I heard it on the radio and started singing along, it got stuck in my head and the rest is history.


2. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

I first heard this song on a NOW That’s What I Call Music ad and I was singing along like I knew so, maybe that wasn’t the first time, or maybe it’s one of those one listen and you’re hooked songs. Either ways I loved it, I looked it up on YouTube and the video was so fun, I just had to have it. Makes me smile all the time. 🙂


3. Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran

I believe it played in the ball scene in Vampire Diaries, season 3 but I fell in love with it watching a fan video with the song. Then I fell in love with the lyrics. Oh, how I love hearing it, makes we want love indeed especially with all the Vampire Diaries hotties. Swooon! 🙂


4. Call Me, Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Apparently this song is a hit and has been sweeping the nation by storm with endorsement from the Biebs himself but the first time I heard it was when Guy Ross interviewed her on NPR’s All Things Considered Weekends podcast. They played it in the background, she explained her inspiration, i.e. her boyfriend and I immediately went and looked it up on YouTube, it’s been a fav ever since, such a catchy song. The video is hilarious and twist at the end, lol. It’s gone so viral a bunch of celebs did parody videos on it, I like the one Selena, Justin, Ashley Tisdale and a bunch of their friends did, hilarious. 🙂



5. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

I don’t even know where I heard this, probably one of my friends made me listen to it, but at any rate I love it, so slow and heart wrenching, makes me think. The video is….there, like she’s just walking slowly and singing, there really is nothing special about it. I’ve been told its in the Twilight movies, that won’t make me watch ’em but if that makes you want to listen to the song, all the better. 🙂


Well that’s what’s been helping me move my feet this week.

What about you, what are your favourite songs this week?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy listening! 🙂

As all avid Vampire Diaries‘ fans will know, the series returns tonight January 5th on The CW at 8/7c. In honour of its return I will finally give my thoughts on the books that inspired the series.

This book series comprises of at least nine titles by L.J. Smith and a couple spawned from the TV series but I will only be talking about the original three, The Awakening, The Struggle and The Fury.

The first thing I noticed when I started reading is that it’s dramatically different from the TV series. Now I am aware that the books came first but as I watched and fell in love with the series first, I see the changes as such. Elena is a blonde, ultra popular stuck up people user, Bonnie is a weak, whiny red-head, Caroline is a bitchy, vindictive brunette and there is a best friend that doesn’t make it to the series named Meredith. Jeremy has magically morphed into a four-year-old girl named Margaret, Aunt Jenna who is not Aunt Judith is engaged, the Salvatore boys can shape shift if they have enough power gained from drinking blood, Katherine is all-powerful, and Mystic Falls is now Fell’s Church and more importantly not the birthplace of the Salvatores.

Even with these changes and others not mentioned I still thought I could enjoy the story however I found the characters to be weak, annoying, and very unlovable especially when compared to their stronger counterparts in the TV series. The story was interesting at best, not spectacular but interesting enough to carry me through the three books. I did end up figuring everything out before they were revealed but unfortunately it didn’t bring me as much joy as when I guess a twist in the TV series plot. There is one twist that I did not see coming and hopefully neither will you, as it does keep you interested in the story L.J is trying to convey.

I didn’t enjoy the books very much, partly because of the differences and partly because the characters are so weak. There are other books as I stated before but the way The Fury ended was so final that I can only see a gimmick being used to put the story back on track to do six more books and at the moment I’m not in the mood for a gimmick. I highly doubt I’ll ever return to it but if I do, I’ll be sure to let you know if it gets better and grows into its own.

I give The Vampire Series, Part 1, a 2, 2.5 out of 5. My suggestion is to just watch the show. They take what this book wanted to be and did it so much better. Julie Plec and her fleet of writers do a great job every episode pulling you in, making you sweat, building the story and the romance that I think the books lacked for the most part. The acting is amazing, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, everyone the cast is just AMAZING!

So thumbs down for the book, thumbs up for the show but as we couldn’t have the show without the books I do appreciate them being made, I just wish they were better.

Love any shows or movies based on a book?

Have you read the books and been disappointed?

Let me know in the comments below.

Don’t miss The Vampire Diaries this evening at 8/7c.

If you haven’t started watching you should, it’s awesome, it’s just in its third season, I know you can catch up.

Happy viewing! 🙂


P.S. I wasn’t able to publish this post this morning. Hope you enjoyed the episode. 🙂

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