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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts Who Love Orphan Black

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Can we please talk about Orphan Black for a minute? Because OMG it’s so good. While some series lag in its later seasons, Orphan Black just keeps getting better and better, adding to the Sci-fi mysteries and building a complex world that sweeps the viewer along with it. Tatiana Maslany is a force to be reckoned with, playing each clone with so much skill that you often forget she’s the same person. We clearly love Orphan Black here at BookTrib, so much that we’re still Jonesin’ for it, three years after it first premiered. If you’re not part of the Clone Club like the rest of us, it’s time to remedy that ASAP. Just look at this trailer for season…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Gilmore Girls Edition

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life finally has a release date and I could not be more excited. I’ve made no secret of my Gilmore Girl love and it’s only getting worse as we get closer to the reboot. How are we possibly going to wait until November 25 to find out what’s going on with Rory, Lorelai, Luke and the gang? I mean, just look at this awesome sneak peak: The new ‘season’ will be broken up into four 90-minute episodes, each one capturing a different season in Stars Hollow. When last we left our favorite small town, Rory had turned down Logan’s wedding proposal, Luke and Lorelai finally got back together, Lane had twins, and everyone else was being…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Scorpion Edition

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I do not understand why more people aren’t talking about CBS’s crime drama, Scorpion. Funny, smart and quick, it’s one of the best serial crime shows on TV right now. Which is not something I say lightly. Scorpion combines thrilling action with whip-smart characters and a cast that’s both charming and fun. It’s like an ensemble version of Sherlock. The show stars Elyes Gabel as Walter O’Brien, a hacking genius with an IQ of 197. He’s based on the real life Walter O’Brien, who claims to have hacked into NASA servers when he was only 13 years old. On the show, Walter and his buddies get recruited to help out the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Together they form Scorpion,…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Jane the Virgin Edition

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When I first heard the premise to The CW’s Jane the Virgin, I rolled my eyes and mentally wrote it off. A virgin gets accidentally knocked up? Count me out. I’m a romance novel (and TV) junkie, and I’ve read/watched enough ‘surprise pregnancy’ tropes to know that it’s not my cup of tea. But then I saw the cute trailer… And I decided to at least give the show a try. Two seasons later, I am 100 percent, officially hooked. Yes, there is an accidental pregnancy. But Jane the Virgin is also hilarious, quick, romantic-as-hell and just plain awesome. It’s like nothing I’ve ever watched before, blending traditional romance with over-the-top telenovela-style drama. But the show is highly aware of the campiness,…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Vikings Edition

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Lately there has been a huge rise in the number of historical shows on television. I’m a fan for a few reasons, but here are the main two: I love learning more about history and I love looking at shirtless, bearded men wielding swords. Ahem. Certain shows deliver more than others (in both departments), but if you want one that is both rich in history and filled with crazy hot guys fighting each other in minimal clothing, then Vikings is a must watch. I discovered this show in the second season and bingewatched all the episodes in about a day. The midseason finale of season 4 aired on April 21, with the second half of the season returning in July.…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Poldark Edition

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I have a problem. I’m obsessed with sexy historical shows and I just can’t quit. It started with Outlander, ramped up through Vikings, and crested along with Black Sails. It shows no signs of stopping, and honestly? I kind of don’t want it to. Especially when I get to watch shows as sexy and romantic as BBC One’s Poldark. If you’ve ever had an obsession with history, great makeout sessions and class differences overcome by love, then Poldark is the show for you. Based on a series of novels first published by Winston Graham in 1945, the show follows Ross Poldark, a British officer during the American Revolution, who returns home to find his father dead and his fiancée about…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Young & Hungry Edition

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I thought I was over laugh-track sitcoms with predictable storylines and a will-they/won’t-they romance that lasts for season after season. But then I watched FreeForm’s Young & Hungry, the most adorable sitcom ever, and I instantly fell in love. It’s predictable, sure, and the laugh-track plays over almost every scene. But it’s also a fun and bubbly romance about a young chef named Gabi who goes to work in the private home of tech-genius, Josh. The two are attracted to each other right away, which goes south when they sleep together the first day. The two decide to keep working together, and form a solid friendship along with a hilarious cast of sidekicks and friends. It doesn’t take long for the couple to…

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Books for TV Addicts: 3 books to read while Suits takes a vacation

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For years, I’d been hearing buzz about the highly-rated USA show Suits. Since I’ve never been a big fan of lawyer procedurals, I mostly ignored the hype. But then a friend informed me that Harvey Spector is one of the hottest characters on television. So, naturally, I decided to give it a shot. She was not wrong. Gabriel Macht’s Harvey is one of those rare characters who manages to be both powerful and sexy while still likeable and sensitive. Think Don Draper on Mad Men, but with more sports cars and less cigarette smoke. And he’s not the only good part of the show. Suits follows one of New York City’s top law firms as the partners battle for power…

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Books for TV Addicts: 3 pick-me-ups for dejected Forever fans

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It was a hard pill to swallow. Just a day after the season finale, ABC announced that Forever wouldn’t get a second season. This surprised a lot of people, including its many fans and its star, Ioan Gruffudd. In fact, Gruffudd penned a heartfelt letter to fans of the show, explaining his disappointment in the decision and bidding farewell on a positive note. The show that follows an immortal doctor’s trials and tribultaions – whose father, played by the always excellent Judd Hirsch, fittingly own an antique store – turned out to be anything but “immortal.” But as Gruffudd says, “life is like that.” He described this as his “dream role” and to have it taken away must’ve hurt. It hurt…

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Books for TV Addicts: A cure for Broad City withdrawal

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There’s a reason everyone’s talking about Broad City these days. And I do mean everyone. From pop culture magazines to my sisters to the guy who runs the deli down the street—it seems as if I can’t go more than an hour without hearing about Abbi and Ilana and their adventures on the streets of New York. I’m guilty of this too, make no mistake. Just yesterday I texted my best friend: “Am I the Ilana or the Abbi in this relationship?” Turns out we’re each a little of both (just as it should be). So if you’re one of the few people who isn’t worshipping at the comedy shrine of Broad City, here’s a rundown on what makes this…

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Books for TV Addicts: Last stop, Harlan County

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Just because FX’s Justified recently wrapped after six seasons, there’s no reason to pack your bags and leave Harlan County, Kentucky. When people like Raylan Givens, Boyd Crowder, and Ava Crowder—not to mention the show’s fantastic supporting cast of miscreants and gunslingers—come into your life, they’re here to stay. Justified, based on award-winning crime writer Elmore Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole,” follows the exploits of U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens (played by Timothy Olyphant) as he doles out justice in his hometown of Harlan County, deep in Kentucky. His nemesis—and sometime ally—is Crowder, who commits nearly every crime one can imagine, and then some. Ava is the woman who loves them both and that they both, at various times,…

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3 TV shows and a book: Small town charm and romance

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Thanks to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, I can’t even remember the last time I watched a show when it actually aired. At this point, I’m addicted to the instant gratification of watching one episode after another while the hours tick by. Sure, sometimes you start to wonder if you should put real pants on, or if maybe that second pint of Ben & Jerry’s is actually a good idea, but there’s a real sense of accomplishment when you make it through an entire season of a show in one weekend. My favorite shows to binge are the ones you can put on in the background while you clean your apartment, or, uh, play a few hours of Candy Crush.…

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4 Books about Music City until Nashville returns

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I have always been fascinated by musical TV shows. I’ve watched Glee with, well, glee. I was probably the only person on earth who was sad when Smash got canceled. But no melodious show has hooked me quite the way Nashville has. Can you blame me? The music, the romance, the drama…did I mention the music? On Nashville it is unapologetically good. As in, downloading and playing on repeat for hours good. Just listen to this song and try not to love it:   Aside from the songwriting, there’s a never-ending roller coaster of drama to keep you hooked. The show follows a large cast, all at different stages of the country music industry. Legendary singer Rayna Jaymes (played by…

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Can’t wait for your favorite Scot to return? A wee list to tide ye over

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a diehard fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books. So I had very high hopes —and fears—for the television adaptation. But from the first episode of the new hit Starz series, I’ve basically been happy-dancing in my living room. Hot accents, a perfect Jamie, dreamy lighting, and a sex-scene that’s revolutionizing television—what’s not to love? The first season of Outlander has been split into two chunks, with the second half returning on April 4. Considering that the last episode aired in September, you can imagine my growing desperation. I need this show to come back on the air. Like, now. In the first half of season one, World War II nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall travels back…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Lit for Webheads

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The only thing better than rereading a favorite classic is—a modern web series adaption! Get the latest on current favorites, news in the world of web series, and discover a series you missed. WHAT’S HAPPENING On In Earnest, Jack (as Earnest) and Gwen are engaged, but her mother isn’t too happy about it. And it’s questionable whether or not Algie’s role play helped prep Earnest (Jack) for his interrogation. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Meanwhile on Green Gables Fables, Anne Shirley has survived the humiliation of being rescued by Gilbert Blythe. But will she survive her exams? Wednesdays. Things are starting to roll on Elinor and Marianne Take Barton. Are there too many men in Marianne’s life? Fridays. On Classic Alice, Ewan McBay has…

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Breaking Bad is gone? Here’s a book list to feed your addiction

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There’s something wrong with my TV. I mean, it’s working OK and everything, but is has a problem: like millions of TVs across the country, it no longer carries new episodes of Breaking Bad, the most thrilling, gripping, exhilarating, suspenseful, jump-out-of-your-chair-and-scream-holy crap! television series ever broadcast, and quite possibly the best piece of drama committed to film that I’ve ever seen. Walter White is long gone. Ditto Jesse Pinkman, whose elated shout of, “YEAH, B*TCH! MAGNETS!”  remains one of my favorite pieces of dialogue in television history.     Mike Ehrmantraut is off to Belize. Skyler is a mere memory, although her desperate cries of “Shut up! Shut Up! SHUT UP!”  still ring in my ears.     And Saul Goodman’s…

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