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TGIT Recaps – What to Expect From Your Fave Shonda Shows

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Warning: Major spoilers for the latest episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder ahead! Last Thursday was the ABC winter finales of all of our favorite Shonda Rhimes shows – otherwise known as TGIT. Thank goodness it was Thursday, indeed. The winter finale event kicked off with Grey’s Anatomy at 8PM, Scandal at 9PM, and How to Get Away with Murder at 10PM. Each show promised to deliver on the drama and reveals, leaving us waiting with baited breath for new episodes to return January 26th. And we weren’t disappointed. From characters getting shot to blood-soaked helicopters, last night was a real rollercoaster – and exactly what you would expect from a Shondaland production. If…

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2017 AMAs: Our Favorite Moments

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The American Music Awards are always an interesting event, bringing together almost every age group and every genre of music into one colorful night. It’s a show where the fans vote for their favorites, with more stripped down performances, and a night that’s mostly focused on the stars. The 2017 45th annual AMAs aired last Sunday on ABC, delivering some truly lovely performances and a few quiet moments that still somehow managed to steal the show. And sure, there’s been some lingering controversy (did Selena really lip sync?), but we’re more focused on the good stuff. Here are our top 5 favorite moments, as well as two books to tide you over until next year’s show: Diana Ross and Her Grandkids…

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Say Farewell to Scandal, The Middle, New Girl and Mindy Project: Books to Remember Our Favorite Departing TV Shows

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It’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to our favorite TV shows, especially after spending years falling in love with the characters and their lives. And while we hate to see one get canceled (#StillBitterAboutDeadwood), it’s also not easy to watch a beloved show come to an end by choice. At least they get to do it on their own terms though, giving us all a sense of much needed closure. This year we have to bid farewell to some great ones. These shows have been with us season after season, introducing us to quirky heroines, offbeat families, and kickass powerhouses. We’re definitely sad to see them go, and we’re already searching for a way to fill the void. For us…

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‘How to Get Away With Murder’: Books That Keep You Guessing Who’s Next

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Soapy and twisty, one of our favorites, How to Get Away With Murder, is everything you could want out of a Shonda Rhimes-helmed show. Complicated defense attorney Annalise Keating is the glue that holds it all together as she kicks ass in the courtroom, deals with her crazy and meddling students, and tries not to crack under the pressure of all those murders. Played by Davis, Annalise is the type of character we don’t quite fully like (or hate), but who we’re still rooting for anyway. Season 4 airs tonight on ABC and we’re already taking bets on just who might end up murdered this year. Davis was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for this year’s 69th Emmy…

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‘Pride and Prejudice’ Gets a Modern Makeover in ABC’s ‘Eligible’

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Last week, ABC committed to a pilot episode of Eligible, an adaptation of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Pride and Prejudice-inspired bestseller. Two CW alums and I. Marelene King, the showrunner of Pretty Little Liars, will work behind the camera to cast modern magic onto everyone’s favorite literary couple. Premiere date and casting announcements are still forthcoming. via GIPHY Lizzie Bennet and her brooding beau have made several trips to the screen throughout the past few decades. Most famously, Colin Firth played Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries before returning to the role in the more loosely based Bridget Jones’ Diary. Since Keira Knightley’s turn as Lizzie in the 2005 Oscar-nominated film, the Austen classic has also found its way to YouTube before…

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New Fall TV We Can’t Wait to Watch (and Books to Match)!

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The new fall TV shows are almost here and we’re already picking our favorites. From superheroes to thrillers, this year’s lineup looks like it’s going to be one of the best. Here are 5 new shows we can’t wait to binge on and the books we’re reading alongside them. Watch: Ten Days in the Valley, ABC This new psychological thriller stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, a single mom who’s struggling to balance work and family. When her daughter goes mysteriously missing one night, it sends her world into a tailspin, making her question everything. Dark and mysterious, Ten Days in the Valley premieres October 1st on ABC. Read: A Stranger in the House, Shari Lapena Lapena’s suspenseful read tells…

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Before She was a Chef, Julia Child was…a Spy?! A New TV Show Looks at Child’s Early Life

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Before she was a TV chef and cookbook author, Julia Child was a … World War II spy? Yep, you read that right. And in a recent announcement from Deadline, ABC revealed plans for an upcoming dramedy series based on Child’s double life. Helmed by executive producers Benjamin Brand and Adam Goldworm (Aperture Entertainment) and set for weekly one-hour slots, Julia will imagine a fictional scenario in which Child, after finding culinary fame, is drawn back to her career at an intelligence agency. While Child never did return to the world of covert operations, the show will draw from her real-life experiences during World War II. News of Child’s shocking history hit the media back in 2008 when the National…

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Battle ‘Ships: Once Upon a Time’s CaptainSwan vs. SwanQueen

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As soon as Once Upon a Time aired back in 2011, I knew I was a goner. Dark fairy tales? True love? Magic spells that take over an entire town? Yes, please. Since then, I’ve fully committed to the roller coaster that is this show: deaths, evil queens, magic beans that let you jump realms, and hearts getting pulled out of chests willy-nilly. But it’s not just the drama that keeps me coming back for more. No, the real draw is all the true love on the show, unabashedly hooking us hopeless romantics and basically making it impossible to stop watching (see what I did there??). For all of you non-OUATers, here’s a rundown on the overall plot: Emma Swan…

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5 Books ABC’s American Housewife is Definitely Reading on Her Couch!

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Fall TV is here and life just makes sense again. I can’t wait to dive into some new shows, especially as so many of them look both adorable and hilarious. Perhaps none look quite as adorable or hilarious as American Housewife on ABC, starring Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, an ultra-curvy outcast housewife who finds it impossible to fit in with the other suburban moms. Who are all size 2. And who only drink kale smoothies. Check out the charming trailer and just try not to fall in love: Mixon stole all our hearts when she played April on the insanely funny Eastbound & Down, so I can’t wait to watch her tackle this new role. I can already tell…

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Too Many Secrets and Lies! Books that Transport You to Creepy Small-Town America

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On March 1, 2015 ABC introduced us to Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe) and his quaint neighborhood. What started off as any other morning in small-town America certainly turned into a rabbit hole of dark twists and turns when the body of a 5-year-old boy, Tom Murphy, appears in the rainy woods. If you are looking for your next show to bingewatch, Secrets & Lies should be in your queue. Each episode takes you inside cookie-cutter homes with more drama than a Real Housewives reunion. I personally watched this show from start to finish in a matter of two days, which concerned my boyfriend considering all of my focus was finding who the cold-blooded killer was. Finally, when I reached the last episode and everything came…

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Did You Love Agent Carter? Try These 4 Books to Get Over the Cancellation

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There’s nothing worse than when your favorite TV show gets canceled. You spend years invested in the characters and love stories, waiting for that happy ending you know is coming. But when the network decides to cancel the show prematurely, you’re left to wonder and speculate as you pray for that rare 10-years-from-now-wrap-up-movie (here’s looking at you, Veronica Mars). It’s especially heartbreaking when it seems like another network might save it from cancelation, only to have your hopes dashed at the last minute. I recently had this experience with Agent Carter, which ABC canceled after just two seasons (sob, sob, sob). For a while it looked like Netflix might pick up the female-driven show, but as of August 2, they’ve…

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Deserted-Island Living: The Shows that Made Us Wish We Were Lost

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We all have fantasies of finding ourselves stranded on a desert island, forced to live off coconuts and pineapples, and create shelter out of palm leaves and discarded bamboo sticks. Just me? OK, fine. But you have to admit that the solitude and the excitement of tropical survival sounds a little romantic in this media-saturated, loud and crowded world we live in. Which is probably why so many television shows tackle the idea of what it would be like to be stuck on a deserted island. Some, like Arrow, show the brutal realities of how much it would suck, while others take a lighter tone. But regardless of your preference, these shows usually address some similar issues: how do you…

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The Antiheroes We Love to Hate and Can’t Stop Watching

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We’re so used to instantly recognizing our heroes on television: that do-good attitude, those all-American good looks. Even an initially prickly nature is usually smoothed out in the first few episodes, leaving us with a hero or heroine we will always root for. But what about those characters who never quite get redeemed? The ones who will destroy anyone in order to protect themselves? In this golden age of television we’re running into more and more antiheroes who we simply love to hate. I call them likeable jerks: those characters who are just a little smarter, more cutting and definitely more ruthless than anyone else around them. They use those smarts to succeed in business and relationships, and they don’t…

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Quantico is Heating Up Sunday Night TV

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Guys. I watched the first episode of Quantico (premieres Sunday, September 27 at 10 p.m. on ABC) and I have so many feelings they might burst right out of my chest. This show is good. Like, Alias meet Homeland meets How to Get Away with Murder good. It tells the story of a new recruit class at Quantico, the highly competitive FBI training facility. From the start, we bounce between the different characters and their stories, but the main focus is on new agent Alex Parrish, played by Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra. She wakes up in the wreckage of a devastating terrorist attack at Grand Central Station in New York City and has to recall her time spent at Quantico…

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You Are Now Entering Shondaland: Binge at Your Own Risk

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You know you’ve made it in TV when you’ve got three shows on the air, a stable of talented actors and actresses, and you’re basically a household name. Enter: Shonda Rhimes, the woman behind three of the hottest shows on television. It all started with Grey’s Anatomy, where the world was introduced to Meredith Grey, McDreamy and more juicy backstage drama than anyone could conceivably keep up with. Since then, “Shondaland” has taken over TV, with her strong female characters and compulsively watchable stories. Here are the three Shonda shows you should be bingeing—and one book!—to keep you occupied before the season premieres next week. Scandal Oh, Scandal. You complete me. Even when your storylines are ridiculously over the top,…

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Grey’s Anatomy’s shocking death shakes Shondaland

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It’s a beautiful day to save lives… or, you know, take them away. Shonda Rhimes, creator of the popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy is at it again—killing our favorite characters and ruining our lives. Now, if you haven’t watched the show, well, what are you doing with your life? Spoilers are everywhere and you better just bury yourself in a hole until you manage to watch the latest episode of one of Thursday’s hottest television shows. Eleven long seasons with Dr. Derek Shepherd: laughing, crying, falling in love with a marriage proposal on a stickie note–and what do we have to show for it? How about a gaping void in our fangirl loving hearts that can only be filled with…

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