See how ABC is promoting Shonda Rhimes’ Thursday takeover

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I’ve been a long time Grey’s fan, I live tweet the episodes (last season). I’ve never gotten into Scandal, though the few episodes I’ve seen have been super intense and good. I think if I started from the beginning I’d love it. I’m so excited for How to get away with Murder, I think it’s going to be a great show. Seeing this promo makes me more excited. Hope it’s a great night of TV.

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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As if the one-two punch of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal on one night wasn’t enough, this fall Shondaland will air three shows on Thursdays—otherwise known as “TGIT.”

In a new promo for the all-Shonda Rhimes night of television, ABC uses the casts of Grey’s, Scandal, and new drama How to Get Away with Murder to tout the block’s new slogan: Thank God It’s Thursday. It’s a nice nod to the network’s old Friday night TGIF block and even NBC’s former Thursday night domination with Must-See TV.

Are you ready for three hours of Shondaland? Watch the promo below:

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The Fosters

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Episode Date: 6.23.14

Episode Title: Take Me Out, 2×2

Rating: Like, a lot.

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

I enjoyed this episode because like all the others I’ve seen, there was drama hyped up for TV, but a realism of the way the world works.  People fight and are mean, hateful.  It’s like a snapshot of society today, and I really appreciate that.

In this particular episode Brandon struggled with his identity outside of playing the classical piano.  Brandon wanted to have a surgery that could fix his hand, or damage it greater.  This made him angry with his parents because he wanted to have his hand back to normal.  When Marianna, Jesus, and Callie go to an all-ages show, Marianna convinced Brandon to drive them.  This was where Brandon met a band that needed someone to play the piano.  It helped him realize he could have a part of music and love it.  He also met Lou and immediately, the audience realized this girl could be a potential love interest.  She’s off-the-wall, crazy, exciting and totally hates Brandon. It will be fun to watch it play out.

Callie had to deal with the fact that Robert Quinn didn’t believe she is his daughter and required a DNA test.  This upset her.  Callie also had a customer at work who repeatedly left big tips, in the form of one-hundred-dollar bills.  I knew this guy was either up to no good, or her father.  I bet on the father side of things because she’s had enough creeps in her life.  After he didn’t show up at the DNA testing, she looked for him online, and found out Robert Quinn was the man she met at the restaurant. Yep, totally called that one!  When he came back to the restaurant, she tore into him and rightfully so.  I hate that she gave him the five minutes he asked for. It complicates things.  I do love the casting of Robert, though. It took me back to the days of “Dawson’s Creek.”  However, I felt so badly for Callie. She was just trying to make it in life and get a fresh start, but everything seemed to be difficult.  Nothing could go smoothly for her and to me, that’s just not fair. Robert couldn’t give her the family she wanted. He had to give her a letter from his daughter, Callie’s sister.

After an outing with his friend to the batting cages, Jude dealt with his feelings being hurt.  Conner’s dad saw Jude’s arm on his back and forbid him to see him.  This hurt Jude because hearing a person’s judgment is difficult. Plus, Jude has this wonderful heart, and the way he sees the world is refreshing.  Jude’s a good person and shouldn’t have to deal with that.

Lena applied to be the principal at Ocean Side, and Timothy, the sperm donor for the baby she is now carrying, is leading up the team that will interview her.  To make matters worse, Timothy had declined to sign the donor agreement and said he wanted to be a part of the child’s life.  Obviously, the tension is there between the two who used to be friends. It’s hard to see Lena so upset, though she had every right to be mad at him. He went back on his word. There were other issues, this time between Lena and Stef. Stef made a choice without consulting her. She talked to Mike and they made a choice about Brandon’s hand. She thought Brandon had the say whether or not his hand was operated on, again.

Stef worked on the disappearance of Ana, the twins’ biological mother.  She believed Mike might have hurt her.  She talked to Dani about Mike falling off the wagon.  When Mike confronted her about “pumping Dani for information,” it’s clear both are upset.  It was also clear Mike might be hiding something.  It got more complicated when police found a body behind the halfway house that Ana had been last seen at.  Did Mike kill Ana? Knowing he was drunk made me wonder if he could have done it. He was drunk and angry, so it’s possible. I hope he didn’t, for Brandon’s sake more than anything.

The episode really kept the tension and stress high, but did it in a way that’s not constantly reminding you of it. Life is the same way, and I love that the show is a snapshot of it. I’m curious to see how Callie handles Robert and her sister, who wants to meet her. How will Brandon deal with his secrets and hand? How will the twins deal with the high school drama their lives are plagued with? How will Jude deal with Conner and how others see him? How will Stef deal with Mike and Ana’s disappearance? I’m watching. Are you?

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ABC developing drama based on Derrick Storm novels from ‘Castle’

Television Watcher:

If you thought Castle wasn’t awesome, then you were wrong. This just makes it a bit better.

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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This might get a little confusing: ABC is developing a drama based on a fictional character written by another fictional character from one of its shows.

ABC is in the very early stages of developing Derrick Storm, a drama based on the character at the center of Richard Castle’s (Nathan Fillion) other big franchise on the series Castle.

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Girl Meets World

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Episode Date: 7.18.14

Episode Title: Girl Meets Sneak Attack, 1×3

Rating: LOVE

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

This episode was one that felt original, but there were still obvious “Boy Meets World” connections.

Auggie is “growing” up, because he’s “this many” now (holding up five fingers) and he has a new best friend.  It’s really sad for me to see a sweet little boy who doesn’t want to wear his favorite jammies anymore, because I relate to Topanga and don’t want my baby to grow up. The storyline was so sweet! The new best friend was a girl, Ava, from down the hall.  When Ava came to visit Auggie, we find out she’s “this many.”  Ava is six, so she thought she could tell Auggie what to do. So, she told Auggie to give her his Mr. Googly doll.  Topanga had to put her foot down, and sent Ava home.

Riley had to deal with the fact that other girls liked Lucas.  The core group was Lucas, Farkle, Maya, and Riley. Now, there is another girl, who wants to date Lucas, named Missy.  Riley didn’t want to deal with this.  She likes Lucas, but she’s not old enough to date.  Then Riley humiliated herself by attempting to bop Lucas on the nose, and accidently put her finger in it.

No matter how weird (and she’s super weird) and out there (because she’s out there), Riley is a good person. She says what she thinks. I was super proud that Riley told Lucas flat-out she didn’t want things to change, and she didn’t know why.  I respect that so much, because so many girls have been told they can’t say what they want.

In the end, Lucas told Missy he wanted to be friends, not a boy who dated.  I think this is very important for the youth of the world.  Lucas, Farkle, Maya and Riley decided they wanted to still be kids and not grow up too fast.  Riley then taught this lesson to Auggie.  He then went back to wearing his Mr. Googly pajamas and ran around like a five-year-old.

The thing about this show is the lessons are taught in a comical way.  Riley had to learn girls will do mean things to each other over a boy. The writers also teach a great lesson that kids should be kids, longer.  I hope the current generation hears that message.

Outside of the messages and other good things for the generation today, this show is comedy gold, in my book.  There are so many funny moments I can’t even begin to write them all down.  One of my favorites though, is when Maya called Missy the bulldozer in the pink sweater.  It’s just really funny material without being dirty, sexual or hurtful.  It’s nice to see that on TV again.  Raunchiness has its place, and I’m glad that it’s not on “Girl Meets World.”  I’m watching. Are you?

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Girl Meets World

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Episode Date: 8.8.14

Episode Title: Girl Meet Popular, 1×6

Rating: LOVE

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

Thus far, the “Girl Meets World” episodes have been 100% amazing and unique. It’s danced gracefully around the fact it’s a spin off show with fans that span generations. However, this particular episode, finally took the opportunity to acknowledge the character I grew up with.

There were two storylines. Riley needed to be loved and popular. Topanga needed to not just do well, but do good deeds. These parallel stories worked well together. Again, there was a great lesson to be learned and honestly, it was another top notch episode.

Riley got invited to a party but Maya didn’t. She thought she was popular and was thrilled. When it turned out to be a geek party, at first she was appalled, but realized these geeks loved and adored her, so she became what she believed they wanted her to be, Harajuku girl. This caused her to dress wildly, with weird colors in her hair. Riley had to decide, if she wanted to be adored by a few for being something she wasn’t.

For Topanga, she struggled with the balance I think all people in their late 20’s and early 30’s struggle with. How did I get here? She was on the wrong side of a court case, and she knew it. However, she didn’t know what to do, and it took a blast from the past to remind her of her hippie-like roots. For fans of “Boy Meets World,” it was easy to know that the reflection she saw in the mirror was an acknowledgement of the weird little girl Topanga was. She called it the “inner her” and it made her happy. Topanga challenged her boss and because of that, she and Cory invested in a bakery. It’s because of this she wanted to do good deeds.

I identified with Topanga’s storyline more so than Riley’s, but then again, I’m the late twenty something who is wondering how I became this adult instead of the wild, free and fearless kid I was. I loved seeing Topanga as both the hard-nose shark of a lawyer, and the aura-reading girl from “Boy Meets World.” I’ll admit, I choked back tears during the flashback to the original show, when she first read Cory’s aura. Then again, I’m a sappy one with stuff like that.

I was so glad to see a similar storyline to a “Boy Meets World” episode. However, I’m afraid for the show. Thus far, the “Sneak Attack,” “Father Truth” and “Popular” have had some duplicated themes from the original show. They’ve stood on their own, but I wonder if my generation will we keep watching when it feels like they’ve been fed the same material.

The next episode seemed like a repeat of the “Boy Meets World” episode, “Career Day,” when we first met Chet Hunter, Shawn’s dad. I know the younger generation has seen some of the old episodes, so I hope they’ll have more problems that fit today’s youth. I don’t want them to keep repeating the same storylines, but I do want them to continue to teach Riley and Maya life lessons. As always, I’m watching. Are you?

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‘Sons of Anarchy’ gets official book — and series finale air date

Television Watcher:

I’m not happy this show is ending. Though I’m glad that Sutter is having the show run it’s course and nothing more. I’m going to be asking for this book for Christmas.

and we know when we will be saying goodbye to Sam Crow and Charming

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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With the final season of Sons of Anarchy set to begin in three weeks, it’s never too early to start thinking about the end. Fans can now pre-order the official behind-the-scenes companion book, Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector’s Edition, which will be released the day after the series finale airs. So according to Amazon, that means we’ll be saying goodbye to SOA on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Mark your calendars.

Creator Kurt Sutter wrote a special introduction for the 208-page hardcover book, which will cover all seven seasons of the FX drama and the series finale with photographs, cast interviews, and the stories behind how the show was crafted—right down to the music, props, costumes, makeup, prosthetics, and tattoos. The old ladies and rival gangs will also get their due. Plus, in case fans haven’t mastered biker lingo by this point (do not call it…

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Girl Meets World First Look: Minkus Returns to Spar With Topanga

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I’m just, my side hurts from laughing at this. I’m so glad that Minkus is back.

Originally posted on TVLine:

Cory Matthews’ bespectacled nemesis Stuart Minkus is returning to his world this Friday — but don’t ready your paper airplanes just yet.

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Ravenswood

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Episode Date: 10.29.13

Episode Title: Death and the Maiden, 1×2

Rating: Like

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

At the end of the last episode, the five main characters were in a car wreck. Miranda saw something standing in the road, so she jerked the wheel. What did she see? A figure, what I think was a dark, shrouded woman. This was not the first time something like this has happened. Remy in her research, found the pattern. A soldier comes home from war, without any injuries, and then five teenagers die in some sort of accident. So did they survive the car crash? Four of them did. The creepy lady from “Pretty Little Liars” pointed out to the Uncle was wrong.

The only fatality in the car crash was Miranda. Poor Caleb! He lost his friend, the one Hannah asked him to stay behind to protect. However, that is when things got really spooky. In the last episode, it seemed like a ghost (the shrouded woman) was toying with Miranda, and now that she’s dead, things got spookier. It also seemed there were things at play that the audience isn’t privy to, yet. The adults have issues with each other. We see the results of these issues, but not the background. Luke and Olivia being in the same car as Remy really set the parents off.

Caleb went into a dream that wasn’t really a dream. Miranda was there and showed him why she reacted the way she did. It went from okay to weird, from there.

How? Well, Miranda is dead, but she communicated with Caleb. So, while she’s dead, she hasn’t left us yet.

The teens talked to each other a few different times, as they tried to figure out what was going on. However, as of now, it seems like they are still being dragged other directions. This gave Remy the time to figure out what was going on, and she’s the first to discover the parallels between several tragedies in the town and the return of a soldier.

At the very end of the episode, Caleb saw Miranda. He thought she came back. The funny part about these scenes was Caleb believed Miranda came back, but the fact she’s dead sort of seemed to confuse him.

I like the drama, mystery and dread in the show. There are crazy stories, but they feel as if they could happen somewhere in Creepyville, USA. What I don’t like about the show are the over-the-top mysteries. They’re in your face. However, I do want to solve it. I’m watching. Are you?

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Watch the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ final season trailer (with actual footage)

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All I can do is fangirl over this promo. I mean really. This final season of Sons will be one that I might not make it through.

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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After a round of ominous 20-second teasers, FX has released the first trailer for Sons of Anarchy’s final season with actual footage. “The desire for revenge is a part of grieving,” DA Patterson tells Jax. “In my world, violent desires will never become real. In yours, it’s a very likely outcome.” Watch it below: 

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Girl Meets World

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Episode Date: 7.25.14

Episode Title: Girl Meets Father

Rating: I LOVE

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

I loved this episode! Maya struggles in school, Cory can’t handle Riley growing up and choosing a dance instead of riding the final run of the Coney Island Cyclone. The episode deals with parent and child relationships and it was great.

Cory’s and Auggie’s relationship is the most adorable thing in the world. It reminded me of Cory’s relationship with young Morgan, on “Boy Meets World.” I’m sorry. I’ll stop making those comparisons, I promise. However, the relationship is so cute and special! The whole “Auggie tells me stuff” is adorable when he hears what Riley has been talking to Topanga about. The super-spy upgrades are like pudding, totally sweet and never enough.

Both Maya and Riley deeply hurt Cory by saying there is nothing left for him to teach them. However, because this is a good family show, Cory doesn’t react with anger and continues to teach them. Topanga and Cory talk to the girls and lead them onto a path where they have learned something and have become a better people for it.

Maya failed a test and felt like he was saying she wasn’t worth the trouble of teaching. This hurts her, since her dad has a new family she’s not a part of. Cory took care of Maya like a daughter. He, Topanga, and Riley show Maya she is worth the time and they will always be there for her.

Topanga and Cory are amazing parents, and an even more incredible couple. The way they work together and understand each other is amazing and one-of-a-kind. Between the two of them, they solve the problems in the 30 minutes of the sitcom and the kids learned a lesson. They’re the guiding hands that have Riley’s and Maya’s best interest at heart.

What I really love about “Girl Meets World” is that I sit down with my husband and three children and each of us love the episodes. I don’t have to worry about cursing or storylines I’ll have to over-explain because it was too mature for her. I also love the characters. Danielle and Ben reprising their roles of Cory and Topanga is nothing short of brilliant, and Sabrina and Rowan are great as Maya and Riley. They have immense emotional range and great acting skills. They have made these characters people I care about, and that is another thing I love about the show. It makes me care. I’m watching. Are you?

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