These are the mostly television related things that I am most thankful for this year. It has been another year of ups and downs and this is what helps get me through it all.
1. No Tomorrow
I wrote an entire post about why I think you should be watching this awesome new CW show, but mostly it just makes me laugh a lot. It is genuine and uplifting, and it is the show that I currently look forward to the most each week. I have actually decided that I am most like Kareema, only she says things out loud and I just think them, and I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Either way, it has been a great escape these last few months, and I appreciate that more than ever.
2. Lin-Manuel Miranda
Not only do I pretty much have the Hamilton Soundtrack, the Hamilton Mixtape, and the Moana Soundtrack all on repeat right now, but following Lin-Manuel on social media is the best decision I have ever made. Every day, he posts a ‘good morning’ and a ‘good night’ message, and they are always hopeful and encouraging. He is genuine, thoughtful, and supportive, and I just appreciate him. This awesome song from Moana was written by Miranda and sung by Dwayne Johnson:
3. Alfred James Band
When I lived in Philadelphia, I became friends with the Alfred James Band, and even though we have lost touch a bit since I moved to Texas, I was ridiculously excited when they released their second album recently. I had missed hearing these songs, and the album was everything I hoped it would be. I was especially surprised and touched after learning that one of the songs was written for me, and it reminded me that no matter where you go in life, a part of everyone you’ve ever met stays with you forever. You can listen to and download ‘Forgotten,’ as well as the rest of the album here:
4. Gilmore Girls
I probably will not have a chance to watch all four parts of the revival this weekend, but I am so excited!! A part of me is actually a little sad about it, only because I know that once I watch them, then it’s really over. The four words will have been spoken, and there will be no more. But I know that it will be amazing to be back in Stars Hollow with these characters and, for that, I am grateful.
Season 2 of this hilarious show was released one week ago, and I have already watched it twice. Like No Tomorrow, it just makes me laugh so much, and makes me wish I could be friends with Dylan, Luke, Evie, and Angus. It used to be called Scrotal Recall, which I think made some folks not want to watch the first season, but it really is fantastic and worth checking out.
6. Gina Rodriguez
In previous years, I have listed Jane the Virgin as one of the things that I am grateful for and, while it is still one of my favorite shows, this year I decided that it was the star of that show that I was most thankful for. Like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez is a light in this often dark world. She is kind and motivational to her fans, and she also supports her fellow performers. This year, she helped establish the Young Women’s Honors, which celebrates women who demonstrate confidence, intelligence and leadership, and will inspire others to follow.
7. Superhero Crossovers
It has not aired yet, but I am very excited for the four-night Supergirl/The Flash/Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow Heroes vs. Aliens crossover that is happening next week on The CW. Every time they do one of these, all the episodes are really entertaining, and I just love watching all of the different characters interact. I am excited to see Cisco and Felicity together again with the addition of Curtis, but am a little sad that Winn does not get to join in the fun.
8. The Potterverse
I have not yet had the chance to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but I did read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and it was fantastic. Just being able to step back into that world has been so great. It also means that Freeform has had more Harry Potter Weekends, and it is not possible to watch the first seven movies too many times.
Please share with me some of the things that you are thankful for this year, and have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!