Hey Gals: 10 Returning Shows to Look Forward to This Spring and Summer

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 Finally! Some of our favorite shows are back to ease us into summer. 

1. Catastrophe (Amazon) - Season 3 premieres April 28

Catastrophe is the story of an American man and an Irish woman who have a one night stand while in London on business -- and get knocked up. They decide to get together and raise the baby. Hilarity ensues.

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2. Master of None (Netflix) - Season 2 premieres May 12

Master of None stars Aziz Ansari (from Parks and Recreation fame) as Dev, a struggling actor finding his way in NYC with the help of his (real-life) parents. Aziz is precious and this one is really fun to watch.

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3. The Bachelorette (ABC) - Season 13 premieres May 22

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What can I say about this that you don't already know? Rachel Lindsay is officially our first black Bachelorette and you can bet that ABC is going to milk that for all its worth. 

4. Casual (Hulu) - Season 4 premieres May 23

If I've told you once, I've told you four effin' hundred times: you need to be watching Casual. I love all my children equally except this one. This is my favorite. Let it become your favorite too. Hit up a buddy for their Hulu log in and get on board.

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5. Bloodline (Netflix) - Season 3 premieres May 26

Two words: Coach. Taylor. 

OK, so Kyle Chandler's name in Bloodline is actually John Rayburn, but he's still dreamy to watch. This is the final season to watch the Rayburn clan juggling their secrets, lies and dysfunctional family drama in the beautiful Florida Keys.

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6. Orange is the New Black (Netflix) - Season 5 premieres June 9

OITNB is back and it will be interesting to see where we go from...well, I don't want to spoil it if you haven't finished season four. Just watch. 

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7. UnREAL (Lifetime) - Season 3 premieres June TBD

The exact premiere date hasn't been released yet, but my research says it will be June. And this season we will finally get a female suitor! Season 2 was a little disappointing but with a new showrunner on board, we should be prepared for a wild season.

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8. Insecure (HBO) - Season 2 premieres July 23

Issa's life got real AF at the end of the first season of Insecure. Let's hope for more of the same. One of HBO's best new comedies. 

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9. Girlfriends Guide to Divorce (Bravo) - Season 4 premieres July TBD

This one slowly crept up the list as one of my favorite shows. Guilty pleasure? Perhaps, but there's also a lot to get out of this one - especially with the addition of Barbara, the character who holds the women's feet to the fire when it comes to what it means to be a loyal and empathetic friend. 

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10. Bachelor in Paradise (ABC) - Season 4 premieres August 8

The Bachelor without all the rules! Rumored cast members include: Chase McNary, Robby Hayes, Luke Pell, Wells Adams, Daniel Maguire, Vinny Ventiera, James Taylor, Kristina Schulman, Sarah Vandal, Whitney Fransway, Alexis Waters, Danielle Lombard, Taylor Nolan and of course Raven Gates and Corinne Olympios. 

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You have all the information, now get to work!

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FREE 2017 Printable Oscar Ballot and Bingo Cards | Academy Awards - Sunday Feb 26, 2017

Don't forget to download your FREE 2017 PRINTABLE OSCAR BALLOT and BINGO CARDS! 

This Sunday February 26 is the the 89th Annual Academy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Challenge your friends (and make a friendly wager) at your Oscar party with my 2017 Oscar Ballot and Bingo cards!  

Click here to download your 2017 Oscar ballot now. 

Click here to download 2017 Oscar Bingo Cards now.

Have fun!

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Where to watch the 2017 Oscar nominated movies now

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It's that time of year again! 

That's right it's Oscars time. Time to binge watch all the movies you missed that are now nominated for Academy Awards! 

I for one don't go to the movies much anymore. Yes, it's because I have a questionable attention span. Yes, it's because I don't like their "no cell phone" rule. But these days you don't have to wait too long before all the movies are available to stream (or buy on DVD, if you're "old school") in the comfort of your own home.

And this year I've done all the work for you. I've compiled all the movies that have been nominated for the "fun" awards (because who really cares about the technical awards? I sure don't) -- Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay -- and given you the low down on where you can watch them. This is all you need to know to kick ass on your 2017 Academy Award Ballot.

Oh, and to keep y'all educated I also included the five movies nominated for Best Documentary Feature. Let's all learn a little something, shall we?

Now get your snacks ready and get to work!

“Arrival” (Denis Villeneuve) 

Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Fun nomination(s): Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay
Where to watch: In theaters now. Releases on Amazon and iTunes January 31 and on DVD February 14.
Click here for official trailer

“Fences” (Denzel Washington)

Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen Henderson
Fun nomination(s): Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay
Where to watch: In theaters now. Releases on DVD in March (TBD).
Click here for official trailer

“Hacksaw Ridge” (Mel Gibson)

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn
Fun nomination(s): Best Picture, Director, Actor
Where to watch: Releases on Amazon and iTunes February 7 and on DVD February 21.
Click here for official trailer

“Hell or High Water” (David Mackenzie)

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, Chris Pine
Fun nomination(s): Best Picture, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay
Where to watch: Available now on Amazon and iTunes.
Click here for official trailer

“Hidden Figures” (Ted Melfi)

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Fun nomination(s): Best Picture, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay
Where to watch: In theaters now. Releases on DVD in April (TBD).
Click here for official trailer

“La La Land” (Damien Chazelle)

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Fun nomination(s): Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Original Screenplay
Where to watch: In theaters now. Releases on DVD in April (TBD).
Click here for official trailer

“Lion” (Garth Davis)

Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman
Fun nomination(s): Best Picture, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay
Where to watch: In theaters now. Releases on DVD in March (TBD).
Click here for official trailer

“Manchester by the Sea” (Kenneth Lonergan)

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler
Fun nomination(s): Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay
Where to watch: In theaters now. Releases on Amazon and iTunes February 7 and on DVD February 21.
Click here for official trailer

“Moonlight” (Barry Jenkins)

Starring: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monáe
Fun nomination(s): Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor & Actress, Adapted Screenplay
Where to watch: In theaters now. Releases on Amazon and iTunes February 7 and on DVD February 28.
Click here for official trailer

“20th Century Women” (Mike Mills)

Starring: Annette Benning, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning
Fun nomination(s): Best Original Screenplay*
Where to watch: In theaters now. Releases on DVD in April (TBD).
Click here for official trailer

“Captain Fantastic” (Matt Ross)

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn
Fun nomination(s): Best Actor
Where to watch: Available now on Amazon and iTunes.
Click here for official trailer

“Elle” (Paul Verhoeven)

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte
Fun nomination(s): Best Actress
Where to watch: Releases on DVD January 30 and on Amazon and iTunes February 28.
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“Florence Foster Jenkins” (Stephen Frears)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
Fun nomination(s): Best Actress
Where to watch: Available now on Amazon and iTunes.
Click here for official trailer

“Jackie” (Pablo Larrain)

Starring: Natalie Portman, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup
Fun nomination(s): Best Actress
Where to watch: In theaters now. Releases on Amazon and iTunes February 21 and on DVD March 7.
Click here for official trailer

“Loving” (Jeff Nichols)

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga
Fun nomination(s): Best Actress
Where to watch: Available now on Amazon and iTunes and on DVD February 7.
Click here for official trailer

“Nocturnal Animals” (Tom Ford)

Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Fun nomination(s): Best Supporting Actor
Where to watch: In theaters now. Releases on Amazon and iTunes February 7 and on DVD February 21.
Click here for official trailer

Best Documentary Feature Nominations 

“13th” (Ava DuVernay) Available to stream now on Netflix.
“I Am Not Your Negro” (Raoul Peck) In theaters now. Releases on Amazon and iTunes June 13.
“Fire at Sea” (Gianfranco Rosi) In theaters now. Releases on DVD in March (TBD).
“Life, Animated” (Roger Ross Williams) Available now on Amazon and iTunes.
“O.J.: Made in America” (Ezra Edelman) Available to stream now on Hulu and WatchESPN.

(Click movie title for official trailer.)

And as an added bonus I've already created an Oscar ballot for you. Click here to download a 2017 Oscar Ballot now.

Good luck!

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*This might not be considered a "fun" nomination, but I included in because "20th Century Women" and Annette Bening got ROBBED.

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10 female characters who are kicking butt on TV right now

As you all know, I love TV (and I watch a lot of it). I also love bad ass females. I love bad ass female actors who play bad ass female characters. So - brilliantly - I decided to put all of these things together so I can gush over some ladies and maybe inspire you to watch these shows!

Here is my list of my favorite performances of those bad ass ladies who got shit done this year on the small screen - 5 drama and 5 comedy.

[Note: I picked characters from shows that I currently watch (or still watch); there are plenty more actresses out there doing their thing in a boss-like fashion (e.g Keri Russell, Claire Danes, Mindy Kaling, Kerry Washington, Wonder Woman etc.) but there are so many to choose from I had to just stick to what I know. Cool?]

Enjoy.

DRAMA

1. Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson, "The Fall" (BBC2)
Gillian Anderson is probably most known for "The X Files." Until now! "The Fall" is three seasons of the most intense serial killer vs. unwavering detective drama that you could ask for. Set in Belfast, Ireland, Stella's adversary is Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan of "Grey" fame) and she wants to take him DOWN. This clip is from season one to avoid spoilers. Season three just completed on BBC2 and Netflix. Each season is about 6 episodes so it's easy to catch up!

2. Constance Zimmer as Quinn King, "UnREAL" (Lifetime)
Not the most likable character to hit Lifetime (or TV in general, for that matter), but Constance Zimmer's "Quinn" is somewhat twisted example of a smart, fierce and aggressive business woman who doesn't take shit. We can all learn a thing or two from her. Catch up on Lifetime.

3. Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)
I am not a faithful follower of "Game of Thrones," but Cersei can't NOT be on this list. She is the ultimate boss. She is the QUEEN boss. Sure she is wicked and she fucks her brother, but you have to be in awe of Lena Headey's performance. She scares the shit out of me.

GOT is heading into it's 7th and final season. Catch up on HBOgo.com.

5. Thandie Newton as Maeve, "Westworld" (HBO)
"Westworld" is my favorite new drama and Thandie Newton as "Maeve" steals the show for her portrayal of a "host" who knows too much. That's all I'll say because YOU HAVE TO WATCH! 

The series finale is scheduled for next Sunday December 4. Catch up on HBOgo.com.

10. Carrie Coon as Nora Durst, "The Leftovers" (HBO)
"I lost EVERYONE. I lost EVERYTHING." Oooooh so good. This clip is from the first season so I wouldn't spoil anything if you need to catch up. An interesting, often confusing show, "The Leftovers" is chock full of great actors and Carrie Coon is at the top of the list. Catch up on HBOgo.com.

COMEDY

6. Issa Rae as Issa Dee, "Insecure" (HBO)
I reeeeeeeally got into "Insecure," one of the newest comedies from HBO this season. Issa Rae is captivating to watch as she navigates relationships and her career. Her struggles come through so authentically, and she raps too! Watch Season one on HBOgo.com.

7. Natalie Zea as Robin Randall, "The Detour" (TBS)
I'm sure you've seen Natalie around - she spent five seasons on "Justified" on FX;  two seasons on Fox's "The Following;" and a few episodes on "Californication" on Showtime. She always plays a feisty chick and "The Detour" is no exception. (I've told you before to check this one out - it's like "Vacation" for TV.) Click here to learn more about The Detour and catch up. 

8. Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox, "Better Things" (FX)
My fave new comedy of the year, "Better Things" is the L.A. based, Pamela Adlon-driven version of "Louie." Adlon's "Sam" is crass and straightforward as she singlehandedly raises three daughters,  supervises a drunk, aging mother and manages her career as an actor in Los Angeles. She is my spirit animal. Find out how to watch on FX.

9. Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Fleabag, "Fleabag" (Amazon)
I love this description of "Fleabag" on Amazon: "Fleabag is a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman, as she hurls herself at modern living in London." How can you resist? "Fleabag" is one of the best new characters on TV. Watch season one on Amazon.com.

10. Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, "Veep" (HBO) 
Can't have a list of bad ass women without a little JLD. So, last but not least...the pièce de résistance: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer. Her performance on "Veep" should be homework for any aspiring comedian. She is the best. The end.

(P.S. Catch up on "Veep" on HBOgo.com.)

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10 things I loved about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

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It came and (unfortunately) went: Netflix's much anticipated return of "Gilmore Girls" debuted Friday. Four episodes representing each of the four seasons, each about an hour and a half long, brought us up to speed on Lorelai and Rory and Luke and Emily and all the characters in Stars Hollow we've missed since the series ended in 2007. But compared to how long we've been waiting, four episodes went by in the blink of an eye. 

The "revival" wasn't perfect (dancing montages? anything with Taylor or Kirk?) but it was quirky and fun yet heartbreaking and real all at the same time. It brought our favorite characters closure in some areas and opened up new stories in others.

Here are my favorite parts. And obviously, this is full of spoilers so if you haven't watched yet go do that first.  

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1. Rory hit a rough patch. As much as I do find it hard to believe that a Rory Gilmore-type - an uber-motivated, super smart, doesn't take no for an answer, Ivy League grad - would not already have a solid career trajectory at 32, it was refreshing to see the girl struggle. Struggle builds character and it makes her more and more like Lorelai as she gets older.  

2. Logan's still an insufferable dick. I'm glad they didn't try to make us believe he had changed. I was disappointed to see Rory sneaking around with him (ugh) but glad it was just a symptom of her "not-so-mid life crisis." And she did control her exit from him, which I loved. 

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3. It wasn't all hearts and flowers for Lorelai and Luke either.  Although I think the "Wild" idea was a little bit of a distraction from the precious time we had with the episode, it was good to see Lorelai take some time for herself to figure out what was best for her. And a cameo from Peter Krause wasn't too shabby either. 

4. Tons of cameos. In addition to series regulars we were hoping to see (Dean, Jess, Sookie, Christopher, Lane, Logan, Logan's dad, Finn etc, Digger, Babette, Gypsy, Kirk, Paris, Headmaster Charleston) we got Roy Choi, Rachael Ray, Mae Whitman, Sutton Foster, Paul Anka, Carol King, Ray Wise, Jason Ritter and of course, Peter Krause.

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5. Jess may be Rory's soulmate (much to Lorelei's dismay). Will Jess help Rory raise her baby, even though it's either Logan's or a Wookie's? And even though they are now technically cousins? The way he looked at her longingly through the window makes us believe there's more to their story to come.

6. Emily Gilmore finally became human. She was a witch to Lorelai through much of the four episodes, but once she dealt with her grief and stopped putting on a show her heart grew a couple sizes. And she moved to Nantucket! 

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7. A Lorelai and Rory fight and subsequent silent treatment. Again, my favorite parts of this show are the rough bits and seeing scenes of Rory clashing with her mother - in a cemetery no less - are captivating. Having the Gilmore Girls butt heads from time to time makes the show more realistic.

8. Rory's conversation with Christopher. It was heartbreaking. And I honestly didn't get why she was grilling him until the end (I'm slow), but it was real and it was authentic in the midst of all the Stars Hollow silliness and that's what has always made me love this show. 

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9. The wedding. Although the sap in me believes Luke and Lorelai went through with the full Stars Hollow wedding, I loved that they got married in the middle of the night in private with just Rory (and a sleepy Lane) by their sides. It was just perfect. 

10. The hint at new story lines. A new location for the Dragonfly? Will Michele stay? Will Suki come back? And for fuck's sake: Rory is prego?!? I'm happy they left the door open for more episodes, but we need to know when that will be! What happens next?!

Did you love it too? What were your favorite parts?

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