Earlier this fall, the new fall television lineup was pretty much all anyone could talk about. That and fall fashion, fall drinks, clever Halloween costumes, their upcoming holiday travel plans, and what football team was likely to be ranked coming out of the preseason. Now that we’ve pretty much surged through fall and we’re now edging into winter, I have SO many things to say about this year’s fall lineup and you know I am going to break that down for you.
Masters Of Sex: Bad. Ass. Caution to those of you who are underage or squeamish watching naked people, but to those of you who can handle Game of Thrones, this will be a breeze. Lots of sex scenes (ahem, did you read the title?), but it is tasteful, and “all for science!” (as they say in the show). Essentially it stars Michael Sheen and Lizzie Caplan as Dr. Bill Masters and Ginny Johnson who delve into unknown science of human sexuality and the ever-beguiling orgasm. Very interesting topic, in my opinion, and very well acted. Supporting cast is genius with people I am unfairly not even going to mention because I have a lot of shows to get through. If you have Showtime or can somehow gain access to watching it, you must.
MARVEL’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Better than good, but not great. I say this mostly because of casting choices and it’s unfortunate lack of Thor, Ironman, and Captain, whom I have troubling crushes on. I digress. I have a serious issue with Chloe Bennet. Really do not like her. She bothers me for reasons I cannot pinpoint, but I watch the show anyway because I love the dynamic between the two science geeks and let’s face it, I can dig a good hour of superhero magic every week. I recommend.
The Goldbergs: Laugh Out Loud Funny and endearing. I have to admit, when I first heard about this I was on the fence. Then I saw series premiere and I stayed on the fence. Then I watched the second episode and felt myself falling off the fence because I was laughing and crying so hard. I can’t tell you everything about this show because there is too much, but watch it. And watch the credits, best part for sure.
Trophy Wife: Another show I was hesitant to like upon reading its description. Then I saw the first episode and I look forward to it every week. It stars Malin Akerman as Bradley Whitford’s new and third “trophy wife”. She battles it out with his two biological kids with Marcia Gay Harden and his adopted son form China with a hilarious, hippy-wife played by Michaela Watkins. To me, the show could have easily gotten lost, but manages to stay well-balanced, I think, solely with Marcia Gay Harden. Must see.
Lucky 7: I actually liked this show when it came out. A little slow, but I liked it. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to see it pick up because it has been “concluded”- a nice way of saying CANCELED.
Back In The Game: The only decent thing about this show was James Caan. I never liked Maggie Lawson in Psyche and she was worthless and annoying in this show. I watched this when my insomnia kicked in and I needed to get to sleep and I had an early alarm the next morning. Whoever decided to cancel this did all of us a huge favor.
Super Fun Night: I was reeaallyy excited for this show because I love Rebel Wilson. I hate it. So disappointed. The supporting cast is awful and Rebel is surprisingly vapid and grating, in my opinion. I read somewhere that ABC is struggling with producing it because Rebel’s writing is too raunchy. I won’t care (slash can’t wait) when they decide to cancel it. Pass.
Once Upon A Time In Wonderland: Whoever thought the CGI was bad in the original show, this show will be nails on a chalkboard to you. I can’t even write about this because it pisses me off so much. Why waste their money on such a poorly produced production. Just so many yucks. Yuck yuck yuck. Another show I have on hand to fall asleep to.
Betrayal: I can dig it. Not my favorite show by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s one I like to save to watch when I am bored and don’t want to commit to a movie on Netflix, but I don’t want to fall asleep. I am invested in it, but I don’t really care what happens. It centers around two married individuals who meet randomly one night and a fire is instantly ignited between them. If you have time, watch it, if not, don’t sweat it. You’re only missing corrupt business nonsense, a murder trial, an affair, and a jealous douchey husband. Oops, sorry! Didn’t mean to give the whole thing away.
We Are Men: SO UPSET THIS WAS CANCELLED. OKAY?! SO UPSET. First of all, I was really looking forward to Tony Shaloub’s return to the small screen. I love Cal Penn and Jerry McConnell. But who was this Christopher Nicholas Smith? What a cutie! This cast was great and as a woman, I thoroughly enjoyed the supposed-to-be-douchey-but-actually-totally-endearing sensibilities of these single, but looking men. I am very bummed I don’t get to see this story unfold.
Mom: Now this I could’ve lived without. Granted I am not really a huge Anna Ferris fan, but I was excited because I love Allison Janey (who also has an amazing supporting role in Masters of Sex). Don’t get me wrong, it’s cute and occasionally funny with it’s drunk slutty grandma/drunk slutty mom/pregnant teenage daughter/smart nerdy son/stupid boyfriends concept. I, personally, think its old and tired. Justin Long makes a fairly funny appearance that is worth watchign. Give it a shot and you can decide for yourself on this one.
Hostages: I dunno. Toni Collette is amazing, per usual. Dillan McDermott is smokin’ hot, per usual. But why was this not made into a movie? This plot line is too long for me. I give it three seasons, top, before I get bored and decide I don’t care if she keeps her family alive so whilst still not killing the President. I think the only reason I’m still watching is so I can see when Collette and McDermott’s finally hookup.
The Millers: This show has Margo Martindale. Why would you NOT watch this show. Will Arnett is fine, Jayma Mays is fine, Nelson Franklin is pretty funny, Eve Moon is down right annoying, Beau Bridges is hilarious, so too, is JB Smoove, but Martindale makes this show. You have to watch it, simply because I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t watch her every week. It’s only 21 minutes, guys. Give it a go.
The Crazy Ones: WATCH. Period. CBS’s only home run this fall. It stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as the uptight daughter of the hilarious ad exec Robin Williams and their chemistry is TO.DIE.FOR. They are supported by an amazing cast that includes James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, and the ever-underrated Amanda Setton- who is way too pretty to be such a goof. Love this show. It has the perfect balance of funny and adorable and I don’t think I have seen a cast mesh so well since Friends. The best part is during the credits when they play the bloopers!
Gonna pause here and let you breathe. I’ll be back with more fall TV series premiers next week!
As a young twenty-something woman I cannot live without makeup. That said, I hate wearing it! I also hate taking the time to apply it, however going to a school and working full time requires me to look the best I can… And that requires me to wear something. So I have assembled a few of the products I love and why.
1. Dr. Brandt’s BB matte with signature shinerase • $39
Why do I love this? The real question is why wouldn’t I love it? This amazing product acts as a moisturizer, SPF, and foundation. I have very sensitive, fairly balanced skin, but I am blessed with the fair Irish complexion that often leaves me with flushed cheeks. This product protects my skin from the wind and sun with a soft moisturizer and SPF 30. It doesn’t stop there, though! It evens out my tone and fully covers my skin to make it look fresh and balanced. My favorite part? It fights shine and is oil-free! So it keeps my skin healthy and beautiful. Love it!
2. SheerCover Duo Concealer
Unfortunately, due to the inconvenient age I am, I occasionally experience really painful cysts on my face. They’re usually flesh colored, thank goodness, but when they are irritated they can become slightly red. This concealer is the only one that I have found that has great coverage, but stills feels light enough that I don’t know I’m wearing it.
3. Make Up For Ever Crayon Sourcils Eyebrow Pencil • $19
When I was in middle school I had terrible anxiety. One of my manifestations was to chronically and subconsciously pull out my eyebrows and eyelashes with my fingers. Luckily, my eyelashes grew back quite nicely, but my eyebrows weren’t so lucky. It took years to get them back to decent shape, but now I am left with very fine, very fair hairs. So I have to color them in. Instead of using eyebrow mascara, I use a pencil because it allows me to fill in light spots without having cover my entire brow, making it look much more natural.
4. Lancôme Paris Artliner •$30
I love this eyeliner. I have used a few different kinds and always come back to the Artliner. Not only do I love - and use - all of the colors Lancôme offers, but the unique brush allows me to achieve many different looks with it. I never go without it.
5. Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara • $16
I love this mascara because it doesn’t clump. Pure and simple. It is relatively inexpensive, as far as “designer” mascaras go, and super easy to use. The size of the brush gives my already long and full lashes color and teases the shape. I don’t use eyelash curlers because I am afraid to pull out my eyelashes, but with this mascara, I don’t need it. The brush gently lifts and curls, making my eyelashes look long and full, but natural.
Well there ya have it! All of these products can be found at department stores or my personal favorite, Sephora. If you have any questions feel free to shoot me a message and I’d love to hear about your favorite products!