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Video: What Does Glee Have to do with Carrie Brownstein?

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I love a good musical number and a good television show, though it’s rare that the two ever go together well. Aside from a brief stint in the early 2000s where it seemed like every TV show was doing a musical episode, most musical shows have bombed pretty horribly. Does anyone even remember Hugh Jackman’s Viva Laughlin? The few shows that have succeeded in bringing in large musical numbers are awesome: endlessly entertaining, surprisingly heartfelt, and always super fun to watch. Here are three of my favorites—plus one book!—to warm you up on these cold winter nights: Glee The quintessential musical show, Glee has set the standard for all TV musical shows. On top of the stellar musical performances (hiring…

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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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3 Fabulous Teen Shows and 1 Book that are Totally Cheesy

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Is there anything better than a super-cheesy teen show? The answer is obviously no. While “grown up” shows might have drama and romance, they never quite match the intensity —or ridiculousness—that the teens bring. I’ve been watching teen dramas since I was a little girl and decades later I still haven’t grown out of them (I probably never will at this rate). If you adore over-the-top drama, love triangles that never end and enjoy regular random accidents, then you might also be a teen show addict. Join me as I binge on three of my favorites—plus one drama-filled book: One Tree Hill Oh, One Tree Hill. You’re so over the top with your car crashes, teen marriages, pregnancies, more car…

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These 3 Behind the Scenes Shows Should Be on Your Watch List

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As a true lover of television, there’s nothing I crave more than a little behind-the-scenes info. Which is why I love shows that give us a glimpse of what it’s really like backstage: the fame, the fights, the romances and the daily grind of producing a television show. There’s a surprising number of shows that dive into the ins-and-outs of putting on a television program—and I can’t get enough of them. If you need some behind-the-scenes action as much as I do, here are three shows and one book that more than deliver on the backstage drama. Sports Night Aaron Sorkin is the king of behind-the-scenes television, showing us the inner-workings of live sketch comedy shows (Studio 60 on the…

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Binge on These Vampires Before They Binge on You!

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‘Tis the season for ghouls, goblins and those sexy-scary bloodsuckers who hunt in the darkness. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve got a thing for vampires—there’s just something irresistible about a super strong, kind of dangerous hottie who’s tortured by his own bloodlust. Maybe I need therapy. Regardless, I love a good vampire on television, and you should, too. So here are three vampire shows—and one book—to binge on in the dead of night: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel   If you haven’t binged these shows at least once already, we’re probably not going to be friends. I’m a big fan of creator Joss Whedon—by which I mean, I would have his babies and/or I might already have a shrine…

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3 Shows, and a Book, that Depict the Sexy Side of History

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I like my historical shows like I like my men: sexy, a little scandalous and shirtless as often as possible. Luckily, television has not disappointed me lately with the historical sexiness. Everywhere you look these days men and women are heating up the small screens in their corsets and pantaloons — or lack thereof. I’m not even picky about the time period, to be honest. As long as a show is filled with a healthy dose of historical romance, I’m hooked. So in appreciation of all of those (often literal) rolls in the hay, here are three sexy historical shows, and one book, that you desperately need to binge on. Reign If you’re looking for historical accuracy, stay far away from…

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Binge on These Frightening Tales from Around the Campfire

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To me, summer means beach days, barbeques and long nights spent hanging around a campfire. And aside from s’mores, any lover of camping knows that the best part is telling late-night ghost stories around the bonfire. Bonus points if you can scare even the toughest camper with tales of hitchhikers and newly murdered brides. Full disclosure: I’m a horror wimp. The first mention of ghosts and blood has me running for the safety of my sleeping bag. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love the thrill of being scared, that deep hollow feeling in your stomach that just maybe these creepy stories are real. While I haven’t quite mustered the nerve to read many horror novels, lately I have been…

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3 Bingeworthy Cooking Shows, and a Book, You’ll Absolutely Devour

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Confession time: I watch cooking shows in order to relax. There’s a calming factor in observing someone else make food—mixing up cake batters, telling you how much oil to pour in a pan. Rarely do I actually make the meals. Honestly, I don’t even watch for the recipes. It’s all about seeing the process: the chopping, the stirring, the sautéing and the eating. I don’t think I’m alone—why else would we become a nation obsessed with instagramming our meals? There’s something really satisfying about looking at food, both as it’s prepared and in its final presentation. So for my fellow foodies out there, here are three cooking shows (and one book!) to, well, devour. The Barefoot Contessa Out of all…

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