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Watch This: The Bold Type

Confession: I guess I lied when I said I probably wouldn’t watch Freeform anymore after Pretty Little Liars ended. Well, I was wrong because something magical slipped into that 9pm time slot. My favorite show on television right now is Freeform’s The Bold Type. Yes, I love Game of Thrones in all of  its dragon splendor, but The Bold Type just speaks to me. The show follows three friends in New York City, working for a women’s magazine called Scarlett.  I want Jacqueline to be my life coach. I want to sit on the floor in that merchandising closet with my girl friends and figure out life – how to pay your rent when you just took a job that pays less than you were making, or commiserating when you had a meltdown and yelled at your boss in the middle of the office, or when you started a relationship that could actually be great and got scared and broke it off on an impulse. The acting is brilliant. If it were any other show, these plots delivered by any other actresses you would think it was cheesy. No. Here, they’re delivered with sass, wit, class. The execution is spot on. The writing is fabulous. Honestly, I wish I could be a fly on the wall in their writer’s room, just to pick these genius’s brains. (Hence why I follow them on Twitter.) The creators of The Bold Type found a way to combine the funny one liners from Pretty Little Liars, with the heart of girlfriendship of Sex and the City, and the grit of relatable dramas like This Is Us or Gilmore Girls. Sure there are jokes, there are quirky story lines, but at the end of the day it’s people taking care of each other. These girls are seriously going after their dreams, (kicking their heels off and running down city streets barefoot to go after what they want – style.) I think you could be a twenty something, thirty something, forty, fifty etc. something and find a way to relate to this show. The pep talks Jacqueline gives the girls, or they give each other, or their coworkers pass along – they’re pep talks we all need to hear sometimes. It’s a good reminder watching other people make mistakes, that one screw up isn’t the end of the world. Your most mortifying moments will be put behind you, and you’ll move on – growing thicker skin in the journey. As an extra perk the music is wonderful, and I’ve found new songs to obsess over every week. I can not tell you how refreshing this show has been. I look forward to Tuesdays knowing it will make me laugh, cry, contemplate, or push myself to change my circumstances. You can access FreeForm online and catch up on the episodes. It airs Tuesday nights on Freeform. No one is paying me to type this, or promote it, (though hey – I wouldn’t hate it, haha.) I’m just sincerely obsessed with this show, and want everyone I know to give it a shot! Don’t miss the latest episode airing tonight!

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Meg Says Listen to This: “Coming Down”

I have a bit of an obsession with television music supervisors. As in, I think they hold the coolest jobs ever and perhaps it’s an idealistic dream job of mine. One music supervisor I’ve come to particularly admire is Chris Mollere. I mean, I don’t know how long it would’ve taken me to discover “The Alchemy Between Us” if he hadn’t snuck it in during a pivotal episode of the ended too soon, Kyle XY. He’s the music supervisor for some of the best shows on TV right now: Pretty Little Liars, Chasing Life, The Originals and another old favorite of mine Greek. More recently I’ve admired his work on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. The other day, I was re-watching some season five episodes over at the neighbor’s house, and for some reason it was the first time that the Dum Dum Girls song “Coming Down” jumped out at me. I don’t know how I missed it the first time, maybe I was over thinking the story line and distracted, but the second time I watched the fifth episode it really struck me. I guess you could say I became a little entranced by it, and I don’t know how many times I played the song on repeat that week. Something about the sound, dreamy and ethereal is somewhat reminiscent of Mazzy Star in my mind. Some people don’t like when artists remind them of someone else, but I say “yes, please. Turn it up!” This song feels like a time machine, to another place, or a moment in memory. And I’m sure it’s different for every listener, as listening experiences should be – but I think it’d be near impossible not to have an inkling of an emotional connection to this song. If you haven’t heard it yet, check out the official music video here:

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Wordy Wednesday, Read This: “Fire with Fire”

I lucked out on a recent trip to the public library last Friday and was able to pick up three new titles I’ve been excited to read! Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian’s Fire with Fire (follow up to Burn for Burn,) Sarah Dessen’s The Moon and More and Tera Elan McVoy’s Criminal. As I mentioned earlier this week, I haven’t been reading for pleasure in a while. Actually, if you check out my reading log on my Tumblr account, it’s been quite some time. (Let me add though, that list is for books I finish reading. I can’t tell you the number of books I’ve picked up and read fifty or so pages of, but my attention span just couldn’t last this summer.) From these three choices I picked Fire with Fire to start. It’s pretty lengthy, (which is exciting when you’re a bit addicted to the author team – these BFFs to do great work together!) but I’m sure you’ll fly through it because it’s a great page-turner, leaving you on the edge of your seat, dying to find out what happens next!

Honestly, if you haven’t read Burn for Burn go ahead, do yourself a favor and start there. Then when that’s finished, go ahead and read this one. Fire with Fire had some twists and turns I wasn’t expecting, and some I was anticipating. The psychological game, and how easy it is to get wrapped up in the story reminds me of my (perhaps a little bit unhealthy) fascination with Pretty Little Liars. 

If you’re looking for a fun, intense, suspenseful, maybe even a little bit super-natural on top of the regular perils of high school friendship and romance? Definitely give Fire with Fire a read! Lillia, Kat, and Mary are back at it again…now having to deal with the consequences of the plot twist of their plan from the first in this trilogy. But just wait until you find out what happens next…

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Watch This: “The Voice”

Everyone around me, literally everyone from my parents, to my boss, even my grandma was watching NBC’s hit show The Voice. All of these people told me several times, I don’t know why you don’t watch it – you will love it. For whatever reason (ok, there are a couple! 1) Tuesday nights at 8PM is reserved for Pretty Little Liars because as I’ve mentioned before, I am essentially a teenager on the inside and this is the time for long-distance girly fan friend chats. 2) While I love Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, I was  not very enticed by hearing Christina’s commentary multiple times a week. (She has some great songs, don’t get me wrong) I never really got into the show. I mean I saw a few random episodes last season, but nothing too concrete. This week? Problem solved! New season started, PLL is on hiatus until June and The Voice has welcomed two new judges Usher and Shakira. The season debuted on Monday night, but I was out at that running group and grocery shopping. Last night, I caught this week’s second episode. Let me tell you: instant addiction. There was some great talent on display on that show. I was definitely impressed. And my gosh! The judges chemistry is incredible. Like seriously? Reality TV show gold mine. Most people have their favorite morning shows. I have had a long time love for Matt Lauer, so mine is automatically Today. Kathie Lee and Hoda are always showing clips from The Voice (this week is no different,) and while I was always intrigued now I’ll actually be clued in. Also, they’ve had Carson Daley guest hosting all week. Since I’m in my twenties you know I’m from that, watch TRL on MTV every day after school generation and I like when he’s on TV like this.

If you haven’t watched The Voice yet either, it’s a singing competition show.  Right now they’re still in the “blind audition” stage, where talented singers from across the country preform on stage. The coaches are lined up in chairs, but their backs are to the performer. This forces the choice to be based off of talent and not looks. As each person sings, if a coach wants that person for their team they press a button and their chair swivels to face the singer. If multiple coaches want the same person for their team, then it’s up to the singer to decide! (I cannot imagine that pressure, hello!)

Once the teams have been formed than the coaches get to spend time with the singers, helping them develop their talent and giving them advice. Next the teams enter, “battle rounds.” Coaches have to pit their own team members against each other. They sing the same song on at the same time, and one person will be eliminated. When a singer is kicked off one coach’s team, they are up for grabs and another coach can “steal” them.

Next come knock out round where again team members compete against one another, but this time with only a few minutes notice. They really have to be prepared to impress their coaches. Whoever isn’t chosen in these rounds is unfortunately sent home.

The final round are live performances. The television audience votes for their favorite singers to keep, and the two singers with the least votes get sent home, until one person is named “The Voice.” (The Voice ABOUT.)

Last night I really loved “Midas Whale” (hey great name guys! Folky, nerdy, awesomeness.) and Sarah Simmons (she sang “One of Us” by Joan Osborne. Was I not just saying we neeeed to bring this kind of rock back in the picture?!)

If you’re behind the times like me, but are interested in this show: MONDAY & TUESDAY NIGHTS 8PM ON NBC! Also, re-watch highlights on their YouTube page. Or you can check out full episodes to catch up! As always, my parents were right and this is definitely worth giving a chance!

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Read This: “Stunning” you keep up with my blog, you’re already aware that I have a bit of an addiction to the Pretty Little Liars series. More so the television show than the books, but hey the season is on a hiatus so they’re a good filler in the meantime. I just finished reading the latest in the Sara Shepard series, Stunning. (Actually, there will be a new one released on Tuesday!) Of course, it’s dramatic as ever. A certain pretty little liar, had a secret pregnancy mentioned in the last one, and there wasn’t much plot given to the story so this one really shines light on that situation. There’s plenty of hub bub all around. Nothing like a rich, determined woman scorned. Will Em reunite with an old flame? And Just as Aria and Noel have gotten past the whole Klaudia situation there’s a new obstacle thrown in their path. Hanna is missing Mike, how scandalous will she go to get him back? And what would Spencer’s life be without some drama in the academia world? She’s got her eyes set on a prestigious eating club at Princeton. No one has forgotten about what happened in Jamaica. Is someone going to reveal that secret of theirs? We know Kelsey wasn’t A, so who is? This one wasn’t as spine chilling as some in the past, but of course I’m still curious to see where the story goes next! If you’re a fan, definitely check it out! There’s plenty of new secrets, drama, a little bit of violence, a lot of suspense, and surely new questions to be answered!