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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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‘Empire’ is Back: Books to Celebrate the Return (and Reign) of Cookie Lyon

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Taraji P. Henson is one of my favorite actresses. I have been a huge fan since the 90s. She, for the most part, has been a film actress, spreading her magic in films like Baby Boy, Tyler Perry’s A Family That Preys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning Hidden Figures.  One of her best known roles was in the film Hustle & Flow, for which she won an Oscar along with Three 6 Mafia in the Best Original Song category.  In Hustle & Flow, Henson played her role of ‘Shug’ opposite Terrence Howard’ lead role of ‘D-Jay’.  Over the years, Henson and Howard have been paired together in numerous films and their chemistry on…

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Premiered on FOX: Re-live it with Our Reads for Rosa

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With her dark hair and pink highlights, she’s mysterious, secretive, and highly intelligent. Last night, Rosa Diaz and the cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine returned to FOX. After last season’s twisting finale that no one saw coming, we’re all looking forward to seeing what Jake and Rosa will be up to! Despite the predicament that they find themselves in now, we’re sure it will be every bit as hilarious as the previous seasons. Season 5 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns to Fox on September 26th. Played for four seasons now by Stephanie Beatriz, Rosa is not only the toughest on the show, but notoriously hard to read. While we do know some things about her (she really likes the movie Robocop, and believes everyone should have their own…

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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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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts Who Love Prison Break

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When Fox’s Prison Break was cancelled back in 2009, I almost threw something at the TV. I was a huge fan from the start, and only fell harder during the show’s four seasons. I may have initially been enticed to watch by Wentworth Miller’s very sexy tattooed back, but I stayed for the mystery, the romance and the thrilling roller coaster that Prison Break took me on each week. Thankfully, the show has been rebooted (YAY!!), with season 5 starting Tuesday, April 4 on Fox. Check out this trailer to get you excited: It looks sooo good! (Also, has Wentworth Miller actually stopped aging? Because O.M.G.) The premise of the show was relatively simple at first: Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) is framed…

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

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It’s kind of shocking to realize that Bones has already been on the air for 11 seasons. 11!! Most shows rarely make it that far, and if they do, the quality starts dropping significantly (I’m looking at you, Grey’s Anatomy). But Bones has tapped into something magical, growing with its audience and delivering quality crime-fighting episodes for years. Now it’s almost time to say goodbye: the 12 and final season airs on January 3, 2017. The show has come a long way, from the early days of chemistry-filled banter between Bones (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) to their eventual marriage and the birth of their children. Along the way they’ve fought countless bad guys, solved countless crimes, and have…

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Gear Up for FOX’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Live with These Reads

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I first watched Rocky Horror Picture Show when I was in high school and my life was instantly changed. Dancing, crazy characters, outrageous flirting, and so much antici….pation. The 1975 musical film is about a young engaged couple, Brad and Janet, whose car breaks down near a creepy castle. When they search for help, they find the sexually ambiguous Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his servants (each more interesting than the last). The Dr. sets out to separately seduce both Brad and Janet, which leads to all kinds of trouble. I won’t spoil the ending, but picture lots of murder, catchy dance numbers, and Frankenstein-style hijinks with extraterrestrial influences. It’s awesome. It’s still one of my dreams to go to a midnight…

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5 Mind-Bending Books to Read Before Wayward Pines Returns

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It takes a really great show to get me hooked like Wayward Pines did. Just when you think that life in this strange town is settling into normalcy the very last shot of the final episode reveals some deeply disturbing occurrences. I was completely sucked into this series the entire time and I ran out and bought all the novels by Blake Crouch the day after the series finale. Even after I finished those amazing reads, though, I found myself wanting more stories about futuristic, sci-fi, and dystopian communities just to keep me satisfied. I went on a hunt for new books in the same twisted vein as Wayward Pines but I found myself going back to classic books and short…

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From Chicago Raunchy to Hollywood Perky: The Evolution of Grease

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You think you know Grease? I guarantee you have no idea just how much the original musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey had to evolve to become America’s rock-and-roll love letter to the world. The original, which premiered in 1971 in Chicago, was based on Jacobs’ high school experience in the Windy City. It was raw, raunchy and at times downright vulgar and explored subjects that were usually sanitized during the 1950s—teenage pregnancy, gang violence, teen rebellion, class conflict and good ol’ S-E-X. When Grease glides onto the sound stages of the Warner Bros. this Sunday, January 31 to bring us the live broadcast of what is generally considered the most popular American musical of all time (it’s certainly…

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5 Books to Get You Hyped for the Return of The X-Files

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The truth is still out there, The X-Files fans! If you’ve been living under a rock since 1993, it’s a show about FBI agents who investigate unexplainable occurrences like supernatural murders, spooky mutant monsters and alien abductions. It’s one of the longest-running science fiction series in TV history, and features two of the most memorable characters in pop culture: Special Agents Fox Mulder, the zany and sarcastic conspiracy theorist, and Dana Scully, the skeptical realist who performs way too many autopsies. While the original series ended in 2002, the show is returning for a six-episode miniseries run on FOX starting January 24, to the alternating delight and anxiety of the sci-fi thriller’s die-hard fans. Either way, series stars Gillian Anderson…

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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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Top 5 Reasons Why We Wish Empire’s Cookie Lyon was our Mom

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If you’re not watching Empire, get yourself over to FOX On Demand ASAP, because you’re seriously missing out. For the few people who have been living in caves, Empire is the beloved bedazzled primetime soap Dynasty (1981-1989) reimagined for the 21st century. (It’s probably no surprise that show creator Lee Daniels was a huge fan of Dynasty growing up.) Empire brings all the drama, conflict and bling, minus the shoulder pads and big hair, with an updated twist. This sudsy treat is about an African-American family who owns one of America’s biggest (fictional, of course) recording enterprises. During Season 1 Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) was released from prison, where she went to take the fall for her husband, hip-hop titan…

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Andy Samberg is Making Us Watch the Emmys

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The 67th Emmy Awards air on FOX this Sunday, September 20 at 8 PM EST, showcasing the best of the best in television for the year. Expect stars, slinky gowns and hopefully a few musical numbers from host Andy Samberg (Yay!). To get everyone pumped, here are the top five things we’re looking forward to in this year’s show. The Red Carpet We can’t be the only ones who like the fashion parade on the red carpet way more than the actual ceremony. The Emmys are like a slightly watered down version of the Oscars—still glamorous, but with a few more risks thrown into the bunch. Either way: dresses, tuxes, shoes and jewels? Sign us up. Mad Men Mania The…

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Breathlessly awaiting Sleepy Hollow Season 2–here’s your perfect reading list

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No television show left its characters in more peril at the end of Season 1 than Sleepy Hollow. Crane buried alive! Abbie trapped in an otherworldly doll house! Katrina at the mercy of the Headless Horseman! Frank in prison for murder! Jenny trapped in a crushed car! And the Cranes’ long-lost son revealed to be none other than War, a Horseman of the Apocalypse. My fingernails are getting worn to nubs from hanging onto the edge of that cliff. Sleepy Hollow is a heady mixture of American history, the Book of Revelations, horror, unexpected family drama and yes, humor. It asks a wacky question: What if the American Revolution was really a battle against the forces of evil to prevent…

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Live Interview with Rob Delaney: Mother, Wife, Sister, Human, Warrior, Falcon, Yardstick, Turban, Cabbage?

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Welcome to Booktrib’s Live Chat with ROB DELANEY, father, husband, comedian and writer of his debut novel Mother, Wife, Sister, Human, Warrior, Falcon, Yardstick, Turban, Cabbage? He discusses his new book, and the hilarious and heartbreaking true stories inside of them.   Who is that hairy guy in the green Speedo?   He is the author of an endless stream of beautiful, insane jokes on Twitter. He is sober. He is sometimes brave. He speaks French. He loves women with abundant pubic hair and saggy naturals. He has bungee jumped off of the Manhattan Bridge. He enjoys antagonizing political figures. He listens to metal while he works out. He likes to fart. He broke into an abandoned mental hospital with his…

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