1. The Harry Potter recaps up at What About Neville.
Have you seen these? They are so cool it makes me want to do a silly dance. The quick recaps of each book (and movie) use moving text to encapsulate the main idea of each story. They are smart, well-constructed, and totally fascinating, because I can’t stop watching them.
2. xx by The xx (“Heart Skipped a Beat”)
To say that I’m an audiophile is probably a bit of an understatement. I have a compulsive need to collect music, and most of the time, I feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of music I have to listen to and absorb. I can’t get to all of it, and even when I can, I don’t feel like I have enough time to really enjoy it. Sometimes I set my iTunes on shuffle just to allow myself to experience new songs. I’ve had xx by The xx for months now, but it wasn’t until a recent apartment-cleaning that I heard (and subsequently fell in love with “Heart Skipped a Beat.” Now I can’t get enough of the indie pop band from England. Their next album isn’t due out until next year, but I can hardly wait.
3. The Lying Game on ABC Family
The second Sara Shepard-created (I’m positive homegirl is using a ghost writer at this point, you guys) book series to be turned into a TV series on ABC Family, The Lying Game is about a set of identical twins named Sutton and Emma (both played by Alexandra Chando) who have grown up living very different lives. In an attempt to find their birth parents, rich-girl Sutton convinces foster child Emma to step into her life for a few days while she conducts a search. Once ensconced in Sutton’s privileged life, Emma realizes that her sister has a lot of dark secrets.
In theory, this show shouldn’t work. The series of books has Sutton dead (and narrating) while Emma slips into her life to solve her murder. I tried to read the first book in the series and was put off by the confusing narration (and how stupid the plot was). However, something about the TV show works, and it works well enough for me to keep coming back, week after week. I’m not sure how sustainable the series is, but it’s pretty fun entertainment for the time being.
4. The premiere of Fall TV
Back in May, after the Network upfronts, I posted about the new shows I was most looking forward to. This summer, I’ve discovered a love for some already-established shows (what up Parks & Recreation and Community?). September means the start of all my favorite shows and the potential for some new shows to fill up my shriveled little heart.
While I don’t often watch TV when it first airs (I’m rarely home and I hate commercials), I do like to know when things premiere. You’d best believe I have premiere dates in my Google calendar.
Some returning shows I’m looking forward to: The Vampire Diaries, Parks and Recreation (DUH), Community (Cool. Cool cool cool.), Happy Endings, and Parenthood.
New shows: New Girl and Ringer (SMG OMG) are the two I’m most excited about. (There are other shows I plan on checking out, but most of them are either embarrassing or destined to be cancelled quickly, and I’m just about at my embarrassment threshold for this post.)
5. Cougar Town
Jules (Courtenay Cox) is a recently-divorced 40-year-old woman living with her teenage son. She has a bunch of wacky neighbors. The sitcom focuses on the humorous pitfalls of dating in your forties.
This is perhaps the most embarrassing admission on today’s post. After resisting Cougar Town for two years, I ran out of stupid TV shows to watch on my computer before bed and decided to try this one out. I expected to hate it. I didn’t. While the beginning of the series has definite flaws (not being very funny, for one), it didn’t take long for the show’s writers to figure out that the best moments were when the entire cast was in the same room. The show now spends a majority of its time having the cast hanging out and drinking. The jokes about how much they love wine remind me of my relationship with my best friends, and there’s no denying that Cox has some actual comedy chops. Plus, the show has Busy Philips, whom I love.
Oh, gross. How embarrassing.