8 New Summer Shows…

Here is the list of this summer’s shows that I am most excited about checking out. Not all of them will be winners, but they either have an interesting premise or a cast that excites me. Check out the trailers below and let me know which shows you are looking forward to watching!

1. Texas Rising premieres May 25 on History, stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Oliver Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trevor Donovan, Jake Busey, and too many more to list them all. This mini-series tells the story of how the Texas Rangers started. It probably will not be historically accurate, but it has a great cast and looks like it could be interesting.



2. Aquarius premieres May 28 on NBC, stars David Duchovny, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony, Emma Dumont, Claire Holt, Michaela McManus, and Brian F. O’Byrne. Taking place in Los Angeles in 1967, Duchovny plays a detective who is trying to track down Charles Manson and his cult of followers.



3. Sense8 will be released June 5 on Netflix, stars Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Brian J. Smith, Max Riemelt, Tuppence Middleton, Tina Desae, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Naveen Andrews, Darryl Hannah, and Freema Agyeman. This series is about a group of people around the world who are suddenly linked mentally. They now have to find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat.



4. The Astronaut Wives Club premieres June 18 on ABC, stars Yvonne Strahovski, Odette Annable, Erin Cummings, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Wilson Bethel, Kenneth Mitchell, Bret Harrison, Evan Handler, Desmond Harrington, Joel Johnstone, Azure Parsons, Sam Reid, and Aaron McCusker. Based on the Lily Koppel novel of the same name, this series tells the story of the real life wives of America’s astronauts during the height of the space race. This is another show that may not be entirely historically accurate, but that looks like a lot of fun.

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Quotes of the Week: May 10-16

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Once Upon a Time
Apprentice: The best way to show your love for those that are gone is to tell their stories.

Jane the Virgin
Magda: That smell is me, because I’m in prison.

Rogelio: There are many Jesus Christs. There is only one Jane.

The Flash
Wells: Trust me. This? This is gonna be fun.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Mac: Right now I’m in a crack-heads-first-ask-questions-later frame of mind.

Mac: It’s Gordon, right?
Gordon: And you are?
Mac: I’m the guy that kills Gordon.

Cal: You know, you’re better than I imagined. I imagined you perfect. You’re way more interesting than that.

Grace and Frankie
Frankie: Sometimes you say the things you need to hear.

Arrow
Barry: You guys have a hot tub? Nice!

Capt. Lance: The city is under attack. It must be May!

Felicity: Don’t fight to die. Fight to live.

Oliver: Can I say something strange? I’m happy.

The Vampire Diaries
Stefan: She was the only person I’ve ever met that believed my brother is worth loving. And she reminded me I believed that too.

Elena: Thank you for bumping into me that day in the hallway.

Quotes of the Week: May 3-9

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Once Upon a Time
Author: It’s a shame. I mean, writing a happy ending for the Evil Queen? Well, you…you’ve always been a favorite of mine. Very clear goals plus totally damaged personality with a self-destructive streak? A recipe for compelling. And, of all the characters I’ve written for, you really do get screwed over the most.
Regina: I’m well aware.

Cora: The only one standing in the way of your happiness is you.

Outlander
Jamie: I could bear pain myself but, I could not bear yours. It would take more strength than I have.

Ian: Well, if you’re goin’ to hell, I might as well go too. God knows, you’ll never manage alone.

Jane the Virgin
Xo: I thought you hated plays.
Rogelio: No, it’s different. Cool people like Bradley Cooper do Broadway now.

Narrator: Okay, that is definitely cute. I *do* love ducks.

New Girl
Winston: If I were off my rocker, would I take a weekly selfie with my cat?

Schmidt: Coach, I used to wish that you were uglier. I don’t wish that anymore. I only wish you the best.

The Flash
Joe: I can’t believe I’m down here looking for a supernatural gorilla. I’m terrified of *regular* gorillas.

The Goldbergs
Bill: We have a saying in Texas: Don’t blame the armadillo. Blame the armadillo’s dumb father.
Murray: We have a saying here: You’re bald!

Murray: This schmuck lives in Philadelphia, yet he roots for the Dallas Cowboys! Who does that?

The Vampire Diaries
Stefan: You can’t do this for me or for her. You have to want to be human for yourself.

Stefan: Uh oh, Elena’s human again. Am I sensing another brother swap?

Grace and Frankie
Grace: If anybody’s gonna sit on Ryan Gosling’s face, it’s gonna be me!

Frankie: What brand would you smoke if your husband turned out to be gay?
Store Clerk: Newports
Frankie: For the last twenty years.
Store Clerk: Luckys

Quotes of the Week: April 26-May2

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Game of Thrones
Brienne: Nothing’s more hateful than failing to protect the one you love.

Varys: Someone who inspires priests *and* whores is worth taking seriously.

The Voice
CeeLo: Country is your core, not just your cowboy boots.

Jane the Virgin
Xo: Where is that music coming from?
Jane: Oh, from my pants.

Turn: Washington’s Spies
Robert: You are a boy, playing a man, playing a spy, and each one of them a liar.

The Flash
Cisco: This is so trippy. Like, Marty-and-the-Polaroid trippy.

Eddie: This all keeps getting crazier and crazier.

New Girl
Nick: You are the *least* qualified person to call themselves a doctor of love. Exhibit A: you dated me. I rest my case.

Nick: You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol. That’s science.

Schmidt: I just can’t stand to be in here any longer! Surrounded by these underpants! Red ones! And yellow ones! And blue ones! And pink ones! And this woman, with her brazier slash teddy! Underpants everywhere! They’re driving me nuts! I feel like I got underpants all over my body!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ward: This is great. We finally got the team back together!

Skye: I’m still happy I shot you.
Fitz: Yeah, me too.
Simmons: Shoulda aimed for the face.
May: Yeah.

iZombie
Ravi: Can we just talk about you being a zombie? Brain eating, being undead. These are things you can discuss at length with me, but I can’t give you the…girlfriend experience.
Liv: I don’t think that means what you think it means.

Clive: They didn’t get this at IKEA
Liv: No, this is what Rumpelstiltskin carves for you when you promise him your firstborn.

Dylan: Look, Beetlejuice, I don’t remember saying your name three times, so stay the hell out of my business.

Arrow
Ra’s: Oliver Queen is alive only in the past. He is forgotten.

Felicity: How did you get in here?
Thea: My dad’s a super villain and you…left your door’s unlocked.

Diggle: There’s only one thing left of him now.
Laurel: And what’s that?
Diggle: Us.
Thea: Gone but never forgotten.

Orphan Black
Donnie: We should have been drug dealers years ago!

Helena: Dirty Paul, who lays with my sisters. Even Rachel. Come inside. Have another.

Quotes of the Week: April 19-25

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Jane the Virgin
Rogelio: I don’t like to use the term ‘triple threat,’ because this suggests that I am only limited to three skills, but the fact is, in addition to acting and dancing, I’m a rather phenomenal singer.

Narrator: Run, Petra! Run!

Rogelio: I just wanted to say that I am truly sorry for not making love to you in Tampa.
Amanda: Thank you for saying that.
Rogelio: You’re so very welcome

iZombie
Liv: Slow your roll, silver-tongued devil.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Cal: Memory Lane isn’t always that fun to visit.

Younger
Diana: I need you to be on your game today, Liza, and then raise your game several levels to my game.

Strike Back
Sinclair: So, what’s my role? Apart from ‘sitting duck.’
Stonebridge: Grab the girl. She’ll make a perfect shield. No one’s gonna shoot you with her in the way.
Sinclair: Doesn’t sound very chivalrous, but I like it.

Martinez: What the hell’s he doing?
Scott: Somethin’ brave or somethin’ stupid. Can’t tell yet.

Arrow
Diggle: League of Assassins. You’re feared for your bravery and power. But all I see are a bunch of weak men running from their lives. Trying to escape. That’s not powerful, Maseo, or brave. That’s cowardly.

Ra’s: There’s one immutable truth about life: it is often more cruel than it is fair.

Orphan Black
Alison: I could beat her Donnie. I could beat her like a French meringue.

Ramon: What makes you think you have the stones for this line of work?
Alison: Oh, we have the stones.
Donnie: Yeah. Don’t doubt our stones. We have ample stones.

Helena: I met your brother. He’s ugly.

Outlander
Jenny: Do I have to do what I did when we were bairns? Grab you by the bollocks to make you stand still and listen to me?
Jamie: Do not try to shame me in front of my own wife!
Jenny: Well, if she’s your wife, I imagine she’s more familiar with your balls than I am. Don’t test me brother.

Quotes of the Week: April 12-18

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Once Upon a Time
Mr. Gold: Maybe you should take a piece of advice from a man who has pushed away every chance at happiness because it was never enough. If it’s within your grasp, if you know where it is and who it’s with, then you should run to it, grasp it and never let it go.

Game of Thrones
Daenerys: Angry snakes lash out. Makes chopping off their heads that much easier.

Varys: You could help another climb those steps and take that seat. The Seven Kingdoms need someone stronger than Tommen, but gentler than Stanis. A monarch who can intimidate the high lords and inspire the people. A ruler loved by millions with a powerful army and the right family name.
Tyrion: Good luck finding him.
Varys: Who said anything about ‘him.’

Outlander
Jamie: You’re not normally a close-mouthed woman, Claire. I expected noisier displeasure… but, quiet anger can be very effective.

The Originals
Davina: It must *really* suck to have to be you all the time.
Klaus: It hasn’t been a picnic, honestly.

Jane the Virgin
Rogelio: Who cares if your eggs are too old. We’ll buy new ones.

The Flash
Caitlin: Is that a bird?
Cisco: It’s a plane.
Felicity: It’s my boyfriend.

Felicity: It’s kinda like I’m dating Barry, but in Oliver’s body.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
May: You’re worried that I don’t understand your choice. Well, sometimes that’s the price of doing the right thing. No one will understand, and it hurts like hell.
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Quotes of the Week: April 5-11

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

The Good Wife
Diane: The law is supposed to be fair, not impersonal.

The Originals
Klaus: Honestly, it’s all temper and no timing with this one. I, for one, am glad you gave her away so that I could be born. You should think of me as an upgrade.

Jane the Virgin
Narrator: There is a famous saying: if you can’t be with the one you love, love the identical twin of the guy you were cheating with.

Outlander
Jamie: I swear on the cross of my Lord Jesus, and by the holy iron which I hold, that I give you my fealty and pledge you my loyalty. If ever my hand is raised in rebellion against you again, then I ask that this holy iron may piece my heart.

Jamie: Seems I cannot possess your soul without losing my own.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Coulson: You always travel with whiskey and shot glasses?
Hunter: Never know when you need something to keep you warm on a cold night.
Coulson: Two glasses?
Hunter: The other one’s for the person keeping me warm…but in your case I’ll make an exception.

New Girl
Fawn: You don’t really strike me as the “networking” type. You’re more of a “follow a butterfly around for a day” kinda gal.

Schmidt: How about a fake beard? Get some double-sided tape, we can shave Winston’s cat…

iZombie
Blaine: I made you a zombie, but I would never make you a whore.

Younger
Maggie: Last time I was in New Jersey, it was illegal to pump your own gas.
Liza: It still is.
Maggie: Still? So, same-sex marriage is legal, but pumping your own gas isn’t?
Liza: Yup.
Maggie: I like New Jersey!

12 Monkeys
Ramse: It took time travel to create time travel. There are no straight lines.

8 Scenes in the Rain…

April showers bring May flowers and, while we have not yet gotten an April rain here in Texas, I thought it was appropriate to make my list of favorite scenes that take place during or just after rain storms.

1. Ross and Rachel’s First Kiss – Friends
While on a date, Rachel gets drunk and leaves a message on Ross’s answering machine telling him she’s over him. After he hears the message, Ross must choose between Rachel and his current girlfriend Julie.



2. Doug Becomes a Hero – ER
Doug is leaving County General for a private practice and after his last shift, his car breaks down in the rain. A young boy approaches his car and asks for Doug’s help saving his brother, who is trapped in a flooded storm drain.

3. Angel Turns Into Angelus – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
After narrowly escaping Spike, Drusilla and The Judge, Buffy and Angel return to Angel’s apartment, where they have sex for the first time. This moment of pure happiness causes Angel to loose his soul and turn back into Angelus.



4. President Bartlett Decides He’s Seeking a Second Term – The West Wing
The President is not dealing well with the death of Mrs. Landingham and he has also just announced to the world that he has multiple sclerosis. Now, everyone wants to know if he is running for office again.

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Quotes of the Week: March 29-April 4

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Once Upon a Time
Mary Margaret: Heroes do what’s right, not what’s easy.

Battle Creek
Commander: Are you okay?
Fontanelle: He lost a bet. He can’t hold his liquor like he used to.
Commander: Can’t fit into those chaps like he used to either.

The Flash
Barry: It’s okay! You’ve all been given an antidote!
James: That wasn’t very sanitary!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
May: She said she was working for S.H.I.E.L.D., Phil. The *real* S.H.I.E.L.D.
Coulson: What the hell does *that* mean?

Hunter: Sorry I’m late. An evacuation pod will wash up where and when it wants to.

New Girl
Jess: And then Pete says to..
Coach: Allen Iverson
Jess: “You want to keep sportsing on the..
Coach: Grizzlies
Jess: ..but if you want me to show you the money, then…
Coach: You gotta finish your career off with the ’76ers!”
Jess: And it was classic Pete.

Louise: I just think you’d be more of a success socially if you let people come to you.

Justified
Rachel: How bad is it?
Art: Well, I shaved.

Raylan: You ever been down a mine?
Tim: I been to Mordor, but not through the mines.
Raylan: Is that a yes or a no?
Tim: No.

Younger
Josh: I’m gonna steal your cell phone for a second.
Liza: Wait a minute. Why?
Josh: Just relax, scaredy cat.
Liza: What are you doing?
Josh: I’m taking a picture of my junk…No. I’m adding myself to your calendar. Right here. Next Thursday.
Liza: Are you asking me on a date?
Josh: Is that a yes?
Liza: I don’t know. Let me see that junk shot first. Oh my god, I totally thought that was going to sound flirty, but it came out creepy.
Josh: It came out really sexy, if you ask me.

Arrow
Felicity: Please tell me you have a brilliant plan.
Oliver: I don’t even have a regular plan.

Felicity: What is wrong with me? He’s brilliant. He knows the plot to every Doctor Who episode. All thirty-four seasons. He looks like a Disney prince. I mean, he’s practically the perfect man.

Oliver: Just ask me what you want to know.
Lance: What do I wanna know. Well, was it worth it? All that pain and misery you brought back from that island. Merlyn. Slade Wilson. Wouldn’t it have been better if you had just died there?
Oliver: The reason I came back was to try and save the people of this city.
Lance: I hate to break it to you, but saving people isn’t your specialty. Tommy. Hilton. Your mother. My daughter. Well, now you set out killing Laurel too.
Oliver: I didn’t want her to be involved in this. I didn’t want anyone to be involved in this.
Lance: But you involved me. You spent a year making me look like a fool. You spent a year making me your accomplice. You have any idea what you’ve done? Huh? What you’ve done to all of us? To the people who you claim to care so much about?! You’ve made us criminals! You’ve made us liars and victims! You, Mr. Queen, are not a hero! You’re a villain! But you know that, don’t you?

The Goldbergs
Lainey: Tiffany is coming to *our* mall!
Erica: Sweet God, my life now has meaning!

Beverly: You gotta go up there and tell her she’s gotta go to college!
Murray: Why? You just told her she didn’t!
Beverly: Because, I’m the dream pusher, and you’re the dream smusher. That’s how this works!
Murray: This is a thing? I’m the smusher?
Beverly: Yes! I push, you smush! That’s the natural order of things!
Murray: I didn’t sign up for this! You smush for once. You know, it’s exhausting always having to be the bad guy.
Beverly: Well, it can’t be me! I’m the loving, supportive one. You’re the grumbling, grouchy one I always hide behind. Now go! Smush, smush, smush!

Bones
Booth: I don’t think tweets are meant to be profound, or anything like that. Except if they’re Flyers updates. That’s life or death.

Elementary
Sherlock: The things that I do, the things that you care about, you think that I do them because I’m a good person. I do them ’cause it would hurt too much not to.
Agatha: Because you’re a good person.
Sherlock: It hurts, Agatha. All this. Everything I see. Everything I hear, touch, smell. The conclusions that I’m able to draw. The things that are revealed to me. The ugliness. My work focuses me. It helps. You say that I’m using my gifts. I say I’m just treating them.

8 Books That Should Be TV Shows…

This is sort of two lists in one. It is not only a list of books that I think would make great TV shows, but also includes books that should have been made into TV shows instead of movies. I have recently gotten into Outlander, and have been watching The Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones and several others, so I started to think about what other books I have read that would make good television series.

1. Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
A little twisted and very funny, this first book, along with his sequels You Suck and Bite Me, is a vampire love story. New vampire Jody is trying to find her way in San Francisco, and figure out who turned her, and she finds help in the form of a writer turned Safeway night-clerk named Tommy.

2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I really enjoyed the movies, but there were so many minor stories from the books that were left out and so many character backstories still inside Rowling’s head that are slowly making their way onto her Pottermore website. Seriously though, where did Charlie Weasley go?!

3. What I Had Before I Had You by Sarah Cornwell*
This is a really great novel about a woman who has bipolar disorder. You see how she is dealing with her recent divorce and her son’s newly developed symptoms, as well as flashbacks of when she was a teenager and was starting to exhibit signs. While shows like Homeland and Shameless often depict the extreme symptoms, this gives a more authentic look at the realities of multi-generational manifestations of the disorder.

4. Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
This book, as well as Little Altars Everywhere, were two of my favorite books in high school…and, oh my God, I am just *now* discovering that a third book came out in 2006 that I did not even know about called Ya-yas in Bloom! My group of girlfriends and I even called ourselves the Ya-yas, and I was obviously TV Yaya. There were so many great stories about this group of four girlfriends, from childhood to adulthood, that would be awesome to see come to life in a series.

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