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Reese and Kerry to Adapt ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ for TV

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Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel about trouble in suburbia is set to become a television series. It’s been a little over a year since we obsessed over Reese Witherspoon’s adaption of Big Little Lies, and now the star is bringing a second suburban drama to the small screen. Last week, Witherspoon announced that, in partnership with Scandal’s Kerry Washington, she will develop Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere into a television series. Both actresses are the founders of the Hello Sunshine and Simpson Street production companies, respectively. This is not a drill 🚨 @reesewitherspoon has teamed up with @kerrywashington to turn @pronounced_ing’s #LittleFiresEverywhere (our September Book Pick!) into a limited series!!! 🔥 Tap the link in bio for all the details… and don’t forget to read…

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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. Gif…

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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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10 Books Inspired by Television’s New Fall Season

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Next week, fall premieres begin! All our favorite shows will return for yet another season of laughs, drama, unexpected cliffhangers and celebrity guest appearances. We are so excited that most of the shows we love are returning. Some of our favorite new shows from last year return for their sophomore seasons, and some we have loved for years will have their final run. Inspired by the relationships, drama, humor, and plot twists, here we’ve put together a list of ten books that remind us of our five favorite returning TV shows. This Is Us (NBC) The Emmy-nominated show has become one of our favorites – and it’s easy to see why. This drama focused on the Pearson family has drawn…

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Shonda Rhimes Inspires Positivity with a Year of Yes!

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Shonda Rhimes just reminded me what happens when you spend a year saying, “Yes!” to life’s possibilities. In 2008 this became my mantra. It had been a bad year—major surgery, my employer cheated out of $90 million by Bernie Madoff, massive layoffs (including me), the end of a valued relationship. My son, who was in middle school at the time, dragged me to see Jim Carrey in Yes Man. Inspired, I decided to try to turn my life around by saying “yes” for a year. As Rhimes points out in her new memoir, Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person (Simon & Schuster; November 10, 2015), life takes on an…

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TV Pilots: Two that Nailed It and Two We Wish Could Have a Do-Over

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The new television season is upon us and we’re looking forward to some of the hyped new shows. But let the viewer beware—a pilot can make or break a TV series. I usually know within minutes if I’ve fallen in love or if I’m wasting my time. Which seems a little unfair: some of my favorite shows have terrible pilots, while some hooked me from the very start. So, based on extensive research (i.e., years and years of being a TV junkie), here are two of the best pilots ever—and two of the worst. The Best: Veronica Mars This pilot will go down in history as my favorite. Actually, so will the entire first season. Veronica Mars was pretty much…

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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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What does Kristin Gore have to do with Scandal, West Wing and House of Cards?

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What is it about political television shows that make them so compulsively watchable? Is it the thrill of imagining world leaders as real people, the consistently ambiguous moral codes or all those amazing power suits? I’m not sure what the answer is, but I do know one thing: give me a drama about the White House and I cannot look away. For me, this obsession started around Scandal’s second season, when I got to watch the President of the United States make out with Olivia Pope in a closet. There’s something very sexy about a powerful man getting reduced to jelly by an equally powerful woman. Luckily, there are tons of bingeworthy political dramas out there. Here are three of…

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Hail to the Chief: Women in power in TV and books

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We need to thank Olivia Pope for more than just her fabulous wardrobe. Since ABC’s Scandal (which features Pope as the lead character) premiered two years ago, major networks have been snatching up dramas and comedies starring strong, politically driven women. This fall’s television season brings us two new promising shows with women in power: Madam Secretary starring Tea Leone, and State of Affairs with Katherine Heigl. Add in Kerry Washington’s Pope and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Vice President on Veep, and the silver screen is bursting with females we’re proud to call role models. To celebrate these strong ladies, here are our four favorite shows starring women in politics, and the books to enhance your viewing experience:   Kerry Washington’s Scandal paired with…

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Be a gladiator (or at least dress like SCANDAL’s Olivia Pope)

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I’ve decided to invent a new season. It’s called sprinter—that awkward time of year when you’re praying winter will end and spring seems like a mythical promised land that is forever out of reach. This year, sprinter is brutal and it is lasting forever. Not only is sprinter filled with surprise snowstorms and temperatures stuck at 20 degrees, but it might also be the worst time of year for fashion. All I want to do is burn my wool tights and outerwear, and yet I’m stuck wearing them for the foreseeable future. I long for floral prints and sandals. In the meantime, I’m looking to my fashion icon Olivia Pope from ABC’s Scandal for some outerwear inspiration. If I have to…

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