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31 07, 2010

Review: Heat Wave by Richard Castle

By | July 31st, 2010|Categories: Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Cal C.

Heat Wave, ostensibly written by Richard Castle, requires a little bit of background before I can dive into the review. Castle is a television show currently running on ABC starring Nathan Fillion as a famous crime novelist named Richard Castle. His previous series of crime novels finally came to an end with the death of beloved protagonist Derrick Storm, and Castle needs a new muse. He calls in a favor with the mayor and gets partnered with gifted homicide detective Kate Beckett. Together, they solve crimes, and it’s from there that Castle draws his inspiration for Heat Wave. ABC had Heat Wave written up and released, in large part as a promotional stunt for the show’s second season. As a marketing tool, it’s undeniably clever. The question, however, is whether or not it also

24 07, 2010

New on TV: No Ordinary Family

By | July 24th, 2010|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |9 Comments


We continue our weekend TV show preview with a look at the new ABC series, No Ordinary Family!

Check out our previews of Scoundrels and &#*! My Dad Says.

Written by Meg M.

ABC’s new series, No Ordinary Family, presents the life of an ordinary family, consisting of working parents Jim and Stephanie, and their children Daphne and J.J. After years of marriage and failed attempts to balance work and family life, Jim Powell, portrayed by Michael Chiklis of The Shield and the Fantastic Four film series, plans a vacation to reconnect with his family. This attempt to save his family goes horribly awry when their plane crashes in to the Amazon River.

The Powells survive the crash, but begin to discover they have tapped in to some strange new superpowers.

26 06, 2010

New on TV: $#*! My Dad Says

By | June 26th, 2010|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments


We continue our weekend TV show preview with a look at the new CBS series, &#*! My Dad Says!

Check out our preview of Scoundrels, which premiered on ABC on June 20th.

Written by Meg M.

Believe it or not, this fall’s new CBS series, $#*! My Dad Says, is based on the popular Twitter page of the same, uncensored name. The Twitter page was created by Justin Halpern, a writer who shares the outlandish musings of his 74-year-old father, Samuel. 1.4 million followers later, Justin has also released a best-selling book based on the project.

William Shatner plays Ed Goodson, a disgruntled war veteran and father to Henry, an out-of-work writer portrayed by Grey’s Anatomy’s Ryan Devlin. Henry has no choice but to move in with his opinionated father when he is

19 06, 2010

New on TV: Scoundrels

By | June 19th, 2010|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments


A while back, I wrote about the various shows TV networks were cancelling. Well, there are plenty of new shows to replace those that did not make it! Some are starting this summer, others won’t make an appearance until fall; we’ll discuss one new show every weekend to give you an idea of what’s coming up!

The show Scoundrels kicks of on ABC tomorrow, June 20th, at 9pm EST. Here’s a little preview:

Written by Meg M.

ABC has kicked off its summer schedule with returning favorites like The Bachelorette and True Beauty. The network is also bringing in three new scripted television series, including Scoundrels, a drama/comedy about the life of a family striving to live life on the straight and narrow.

When Wolfgang “Wolf” West is sent to jail, his wife Cheryl (Virginia Madsen, The Astronaut Farmer)

21 05, 2010

Hilarious Book Trailer by Tessa Dare

By | May 21st, 2010|Categories: Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , , |12 Comments

Tessa Dare is the author of historical romance books One Dance with a Duke, Twice Tempted by a Rogue and Three Nights with a Scoundrel. One Dance with a Duke hits the bookshelves on May 25th, and we will be reviewing Three Nights with a Scoundrel on August 3rd as part of Tessa’s blog

20 05, 2010

Are You Sad to See Them Go?

By | May 20th, 2010|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |16 Comments


I am a big TV junkie. My DVR is always overflowing with shows ranging from Grey’s Anatomy to Gossip Girl to Hoarders. I prefer scripted shows over reality TV, but I do enjoy many TLC shows, 16 and Pregnant on MTV and of course, The Bachelor (my DVR is already set for the new season of Bachelorette).

Every season, I dread the cancellation period, i.e. when the networks announce which shows will not be renewed for next year. The two shows I still pine after and that were, in my opinion, cancelled prematurely are Hyperion Bay and Dirty Sexy Money. They were gone just as they were getting interesting and left me with cliff hangers that would never be resolved – very

13 03, 2010

Off Topic: How to Dress Like You Have a Trust Fund Even If You Don’t

By | March 13th, 2010|Categories: Entertainment, Etc.|Tags: |2 Comments


bridie-clark-outdoorsBy Bridie Clark, Author of The Overnight Socialite

You know the type: It’s raining, or 3 am, or the middle of yoga class and this woman looks crisp, pulled together, ready for her close-up. Her hair is freshly blown-out, her jewelry is tasteful Cartier. Linen wouldn’t dream of wrinkling when she wears it. Seeing her, you envision a walk-in closet full of neatly folded Italian cashmere. She must be rich, you think. Her look would be impossible to achieve — or maintain — without a trust fund and a lot of free time.

14 07, 2009

My Sister’s Keeper: Book vs Movie

By | July 14th, 2009|Categories: Entertainment|Tags: |5 Comments


Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

My Sister’s Keeper is the first of Jodi Picoult’s best-selling novels to hit the big screen. This is a significant achievement for Picoult; former best-sellers The Pact, Plain Truth, and The Tenth Circle all aired as Lifetime Original TV movies.

My Sister’s Keeper is a multi-character narrated novel which follows the Fitzgerald family through one daughter’s hopeless battle with leukemia, the other daughter’s struggle to live up as Kate’s savior, and a son’s delinquent behavior which fails to get him noticed. When Anna no longer wishes to use her body to prolong Kate’s life, their parents find themselves on opposite sides, one willing to do anything to save Kate, and the other wanting to allow Anna