Best Three TV Shows You Might Not Have Heard About Before

If you are like me, you like to discover new things.  In this case, it’s TV shows that may not be in the mainstream but are great (and overlooked because not many people know about them).  There are so many of these types of shows.  It’s kind of frustrated because this usually means that the TV shows I really like don’t end up staying on that long.  They are  usually canceled because they don’t have the type of viewership that make network executives happy.

Hence the reason for this post.  I thought it would be nice to highlight the ‘underdogs’ of TV and let them shine in the spotlight for once.  There are lots of these shows that could be mentioned – so for this post I will probably add some honorable mentions at the end of the post.

Now on to the big reveal – here are my best three:

1.  Grand Hotel (or Gran Hotel – the Spanish title)

2. Legend of the Seeker

3. The Musketeers (BBC  version)

I came across Grand Hotel on Netflix.  I was at home sick and had watched a lot of the TV shows so I wanted something new.  I read the synopsis and decided to give it a try…and like that I was hooked.  For me, it was a Spanish-type version of Downton Abbey but with more intrigue, romance, and fiery latin tempers! (and kind-of like a soap opera – which I missed).  I’m telling you – I became obsessed and binged watched all of the episodes that same day.  Julio and Alicia – oh my god!  The two main characters from different ‘sides of the track’ let’s say and their story and the story of everyone involved with the Grand Hotel.  Its based at a hotel with owners, employees and guests contributing to the story.  I should note – its in Spanish – a language I can’t speak but there is subtitles – which helped.  There is a total of 3 seasons – only 2 are on Netflix right now – waiting for the last season to be added – hopefully that will be soon.

My second choice was easy.  Legend of the Seeker would have gotten the top spot before I had seen Grand Hotel.  It still remains one of my favorites.  It was only on 2 seasons but I just loved it (thanks to my sister for introducing it to me!).  For me, I loved this how (and still do) because of the main characters – Richard and Kahlan.   You need to watch this show…I’ve included the season 1 trailer but Season 2 is equally as good!

The third choice was The Musketeers (another one my sister suggested!).  Its a great show, full of action, mystery, romance and really good looking men!  It was another one that I binged watched and loved it.  So far it has one season but was renewed for a second one…and I can’t wait what adventures The Musketeers will be involved with.

Honorable Mentions:

My So-Called Life (still a classic and one that was gone too soon); Misfits; Undeclared; and Wonderfalls

 

 

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Best Three Ways to Fight Boredom

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Yes, this seems like a pretty funny topic but it’s something that I’ve come across hundreds, even thousands of times in my life.  I get bored.  I get bored with things I’m doing (namely work); bored with people (yes, I’m talking about the lady in the grocery store that needed to rant today at this teenage cashier – she made me bored – so bored, I tuned out and started to daydream in the line); bored of the routine of life – get up, shower, get dressed, have breakfast…I could go on but everyone has experienced this before.

So my time spent daydreaming also helped me with the idea for this post.

Boredom is a real and supposedly there are 5 types of boredom – check out the attached http://www.fastcoexist.com/3022134/there-are-5-types-of-boredom-which-are-you-feeling

So to combat my boredom I wanted to share some of the best ways you can.

1.  The minute you feel boredom creeping up, go to something – anything –  play a game, go for a walk, do the dishes, laundry.

2.  Do something ‘out of the ordinary’ for you

3.  Read

Yes the first thing I put on the list is a surefire way to alleviate boredom.  It takes my mind off the boardroom and gets me thinking and focusing on something else.  Games I find are great for this.  I’ve become obsessed with FarmStory 2.  It keeps me totally involved and I don’t feel bored anymore.  Walking my dogs also helps – just being outside – I’m forced to interact with nature and people.  Yes, even doing dishes – I get the music going and I get the dished done – plus I dance around.  Bye bye boredom.

My second best way is to do something ‘out of the ordinary’ for you as an individual.  For me, that is going to a mall.  I don’t like malls.  I go because there is lots to see.  It keeps me busy and not bored.

As for my last way, this is an old-fashioned way to cure boredom – reading.  Reading lets me escape into the story and consumes me – and I don’t feel bored anymore.  The only thing I caution is that you need to be reading something good otherwise boredom can creep back in.

Hope this helps! Continue reading

Best Three Reasons Why Celebrities Make Me Mad

imagesGYAQZI94There (see title of my newest post)…I’ve admitted my problem to the world (and the first step of any good program is to admit you have a problem).  Yes, celebrities make me angry.  Not all of them but a lot of them. 

The 21st century celebrity differs from celebrities of the past – nowadays we have the ability (thanks to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook) to know everything about them.  Do a quick search of celebs on Twitter – its amazing how many are on and are providing us with views into their world.  Celebrities of the past held a little more mystery and were a lot more private.  As Bob Dylan put it so eloquently – “the times, they are a changing” or have already changed.

The more and more I go through my ‘average’ existence, the more and more celebrities make me mad.  Maybe its because of what they are showing me of their life and realizing that my life will never be like that and unlike them – I will struggle day in and day out with the everyday ritual of life.  Trust me, this is not envy or jealousy (those are deadly sins – I wouldn’t go there) – its more of a growing anger – because celebrities have an immense influence in the world (and on people) and I sometimes which that was used for more good.

These are some of the best three reasons why celebrities make me mad

1.  The amount of money they are paid

2.  The amount of influence they have in society (and with the younger generations)

3.  How they use their money

Firstly, no person is worth a million dollars – that is ludicrous.  Yet some TV actors and actresses (Two and a Half Men, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, etc.) are and have been paid that some – per episode for their hit TV shows.   Someone please explain to me how they are worth that…because they are good actors – NO; because they draw in viewers – NO.  There is no actual logical reason for it.  Think of how many people will never see a million dollars in their lifetime – millions and millions of people.  This makes me mad.

They are paid to make appearances; to promote a brand; get expensive gift bags at award shows (for presenting) – LIKE THEY NEED ALL THAT SWAG – why not donate it? or refuse it?  I would like to know if anyone has ever done that before.  Here let’s give rich people stuff they can easily buy themselves!  Great logic…see it makes me mad.

My second reason is around the amount of influence celebrities have in this world.  I’ve blogged before about celebrities but lately this influence has just made me mad.  When I see the attention that Kim Kardashian gets – what has she ever done that is worthwhile.  NOTHING.  Sorry Kim, I’m sure you are lovely as a person but use that for something better.  Give away some of your millions (sorry a lot of your millions); try being a role model for young girls – female empowerment – use the business woman side to influence – not the crop top, bikini selfie pictures to get attention .   I hate to see when young kids can barely name the founding fathers or relevant people in history but they can name you every person’s name on Pretty Little Liars.

Finally, how celebs use their money.  All the pictures I ever see are celebs out spending their money – doing what you ask?  well that is easy – SHOPPING.  No wonder we are a society obsessed with what one another is wearing.  Sure, I know that celebs do provide to charity – but they could be doing so much more.  A $5,000 bag is not a necessity – that $5K could help a lot of people.

Sorry for the rant – but this ‘mad’ needed to be vented.

Best Three Super Bowl Commercials (this year)

Every year I look forward to what companies will dream up for the Super Bowl commercials.  They are always inventive, and usually funny (and of course over the top – remember Cindy Crawford drinking a Pepsi!).  To be honest, I’m not really a football fan, so its really about the commercials for me – that is the nice thing with technology (nowadays) – you can get access to these commercials even if you don’t watch the game – THANK YOU YouTube.

So here are the ones that I thoroughly deserved to be on this list:

1Budweiser “Puppy Love” #best buds commercial

2.  Jaguar ‘s British villains ‘Rendezvous’ 

3.  KIA Soul Hamsters

First – I think as probably do so many other millions of people – the Budweiser commercial was the cutest thing!  I love puppies and that one was just adorable.   Well done Budweiser – pull those heart strings a little more and the funny thing is – this commercial is for a beer company.  It won’t make me want to drink their beer (sorry!) but it was just so cute.

For my second choice (and because I have a weakness for British men and their accents) – the Jaguar ad was great.  It’s true – they are villains a lot in films but they make it sound so good to be bad!  I like that jaguar captivated that fact – and it is so different that other commercials.

Last but not least – is KIA’s Hamsters commercial.  This one was hilarious – I especially liked the one hamster shaking its ‘booty’ on the diving board.  This was creative and funny!

Best 3 New Fall TV Shows

The Fall TV Season is always an impressive display of television networks ideals of what viewers will want to watch.  Honestly, its amazing all the crap that is actually allowed on TV during the fall season.  These networks are ‘green lighting’ awful shows, really awful shows.  It always makes me wonder whether they test the pilots with focus groups…cause that would be a good idea.

However with all of the awful they shove towards us, there are some shows that really end up being great and become favorites – which is why I wanted to devote a post to those shows (with the hope that others agree and continue watching so that they aren’t cancelled.)  The next three shows have impressed me.  They are different, interesting and not the average show that would be on the networks – seriously how many cop and medical drama can be created.

1.  Sleepy Hollow

2.  Betrayal

3.  Hostages

imagesLet me begin with my favorite show of all this fall season and that is Sleepy Hollow.  I love this show and the actors – great casting job.  It is different and that is what I like with my TV shows.  I’m tired of all the old ones (except Scandal – I will never get tired of Olivia and Fitz).  Most people know the story of Ichabod Crane brought to life by “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, and of course the movie starring Johnny Depp.

Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane and Nicole Beharie as Lt. Abbie Mills are fantastic – such a great pairing.  They really make their characters come alive.  The show has it all – drama, comedy, romance, mystery, and thrilling action.  I honestly have not missed one episode and I actually request not to be disturbed when its on.  That is the signs of a good show.  Which is great because Fox just gave it a second season renewal (see article below).

The next best is Betrayal.  This is another show that has taken a concept – a love affair and explored all the drama, intrigue, hurt and betrayal that goes along with it.  You can see it in the characters eyes when they are with their family.  It presents the viewer with a love/hate relationship with the characters committing the betrayal and makes you think about your own values.    Is it wrong?  Could this be love? It will be an interesting season (if this TV show makes it to the end of the season).  Tune in if you haven’t been watching already.  I promise its worth it.

The last TV Show that I’m liking is Hostages starring Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott.  First because I have a huge crush on Dylan McDermott, there is a chance my view is biased.  However, its another show that is different.  The surgeon to the US President is being held hostage, along with her family by Dylan McDermott and his associates.  Its a great premise for the show and did I mention that I love Dylan McDermott.  Check it out. 

Best Three Things About Scandal (the tv show)

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For those of you who have not tuned in to Scandal starring Kerry Washington, you are missing one great tv show.  My sister was the one that recommended it to me.  I haven’t been that interested in tv lately, so if I’m going to commit to a show I need to know that it’s worth it.  In comes my sister.  She is great at knowing which shows I like and I have never been disappointed with her advice.  So I decided to download Season 1.  Oh my God!  Let me tell you, it’s been a while since any tv show has truly grabbed my interest and this show did!  I love the concept of the show.  For those that have not tuned in – here its the official description of the show:

Everyone has a secret… and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite and keeping those secrets under wraps. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia, a former communications director to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. She is hoping to start a new chapter in her life—both professionally and personally—but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past. Slowly it becomes apparent that her dysfunctional staff, who specialize in fixing other people’s lives, can’t quite fix the ones closest at hand-their own.

Olivia’s accomplished staff, who would follow her anywhere and do whatever it takes to save someone’s reputation, include Harrison Wright, a slick litigator; Huck, hacker extraordinaire; investigator Abby Whelan, don’t let that smile and red hair fool you, she’s as sharp as they come; and Quinn Perkins, the new young woman in the office who is in awe of Olivia, but is initiated in a trial by fire on her very first day on the job.

As Olivia Pope and Associates fights for the reputations and sometimes lives of their clients, Olivia’s former boss, President Fitzgerald Grant, the First Lady Millicent Grant, the President’s Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene, and the Assistant State Attorney David Rosen are never far from her beat. Her clients aren’t the only ones with secrets, though; surprisingly, she may need to exercise all her damage control skills on her own behalf.

As soon as I was done Season 1, I downloaded Season 2.  When I like something, it always makes it on my best three list and Scandal earns a rightful place.

1.  Olivia and Fitz

2.  The Associates (Huck, Stephen, Harrison, Abby and Quinn)

3.  The Clients

Olivia and Fitz.  There is just something about these two characters that add to this show.  The ‘one minute’ thing is so great.  Just when they look at one another.  Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn are amazing actors.  Its true when they say you just can’t help who you fall in love with and with these two that is the truth.  The scene when they’re on the bus and Fitz says that he wished he had met Olivia first…but in reality he is a married man.  Even though I hate to admit it, I’m not for affairs but with these two, you are just routing for them.   There is so much attraction, so much passion and love, I don’t care about the consequences – I just want to see them together so they can be happy!

The Associates.  Each one is interesting and have great stories (and secrets).  They make the show enen more enjoyable, which is always important in a show like this.  They are a family and they know how to get the job done.

The Clients.  On top of the characters and their storylines – there is always the stories of the clients and those are great and again make the show enjoyable and worth watching.