Monday, May 23, 2016

TV This Week: May 23 - May 29, 2016 ~ New and Returning Shows

We are one a big turnover week for TV with several shows ending for the season and a fair amount of new and returning series. I find it amazing how much TV has changed over the years, and summer felt for a long time that it was the land of reality TV only. This week we have reality shows with the twelfth season of The Bachelorette, and also the third season of Hotel Hell. It's not just reality, we also have doses of the strange with Wayward Pines Season 2 and the glorious drama of Bloodlines Season 2. We also have a new show this week: Private Eyes. And it's Canadian! I have missed seeing Canadian shows, and I'm looking forward to checking this one out.

I know it's Monday and therefore I'm late to the game on sharing some of the Sunday May 23rd Premieres. Over the weekend we had the series premiere of Preacher on AMC and Food Network Star Season 12 on Food Network Canada. I'm really impressed that the first episode of Preacher is available to watch online, and hope they will keep that up thought the show!

Monday May 24, 2016

The Bachelorette on CityTV and ABC (Season 12)

I'll admit I've never watched The Bachelorette, and I think I only ever saw one season of The Bachelor. I can understand how it can be a guilty pleasure show, and that's a fun thing to enjoy in the summer.

Tuesday May 25, 2016

Hotel Hell on Fox (Season 3)

Gordon Ramsey is back to help Hotels in trouble shape up and try and turn their businesses around. I find a lot of the promo for these kinds of shows is of the shock and scare variety, but I'm always impressed that the heart of the show is the *help* people improve and maintain their livelihood and dreams.

Wednesday May 26, 2016

Wayward Pines on CityTV and Fox(Season 2)

I missed out on Wayward Pines last summer, but I've recently been catching up on Season 1 and it is pretty fantastic! It's got a big time mystery vibe / conspiracy theory feel to it, compelling storylines, lots of different perspectives and it certainly keeps viewers on their toes. I'm thrilled that it's returning this week and I can't wait to see what happens in season 2.

Thursday May 27, 2016

Private Eyes on Global (Series Premiere)

A new Canadian show! WooohooO! Here's a description of the show:

"Private Eyes follows ex-pro hockey player Matt Shade (Jason Priestley) who irrevocably changes his life when he teams up with fierce P.I. Angie Everett (Cindy Sampson) to form an unlikely investigative powerhouse.

Matt Shade’s post-hockey career hasn’t exactly been a shining one. A stint in sports broadcasting led to lots of embarrassment and the kind of YouTube fame no one wants – and Shade sees working with Angie as an opportunity to redeem himself from his checkered past. And have a little fun, of course.

On the ice, he learned how to hustle, read people and anticipate their moves. Working with Angie, Shade discovers a fantastic rush of adrenaline, and realizes that he’s found a new home where his skills still matter. Meanwhile, Angie took over her father’s P.I. agency after his death, and she strives to keep his legacy alive. Each case is an opportunity for her to flex her smarts, strength, and strategic thinking. She’s straightforward, clever, and knows her business inside out. Angie may find Shade naïve and well, annoying, but his passion and heart bring something special to her successful one-woman business."

Now, I'm not a fan of procedurals, but this is totally Canadian so I can't wait to check it out.

Friday May 28, 2016

Bloodlines on Netflix (Season 2)

Like Wayward Pines, I was late to the game on the brilliance of Bloodlines. I'm actually not even halfway through Season 1, and it is one of the best series I've seen in recent years. The acting is on a whole other level for a TV series. Complex characters, difficult situations, and no easy answers. I have to get back to this one, pronto.

Finales this week include: Blindspot, The Voice, The Night Manager, Arrow, Supernatural and the series finale of Nashville. I am so sad that this is the final season of Nashville, especially as it was only announced recently that the show was not renewed. I hope we get a nice finish to such an emotional show. I'm also really excited to see what the finale will bring for Blindspot, which has been my favourite new show of this fall/winter TV season. Not too much long to wait and find out!

If you love TV, you can also check out my Where to Watch TV Online in Canada Listing and hear me chat about TV Musings over at my YouTube Channel.

Although I think Bloodlines is the best series we will be seeing this week, I'm more excited about Wayward Pines because I'm *this* close to finishing Season 1. Any way you slice it, we have lots of great TV choices this week.

What will you be watching?

Monday, May 16, 2016

TV This Week: May 16 - May 22, 2016 ~ New and Returning Shows

It has been a quiet time for new TV on the actual TV, including not one new show last week. It's this time of year that I get really exciting about what will be on in the summer, and start to hunt down summer schedules but don't usually have too much luck. Then I remember, right now people aren't talking about the SUMMER schedule, as it's all about the FALL schedule. That's right, the fall. This week is the week where the US stations announce their fall line ups aka Upfronts. Today is NBC and Fox, Tuesday is ABC, Wednesday is CBS and Thursday will be The CW. Last year's Canadian Upfronts were in late May / early June and I hope this year they will be as well!

Before we get excited about the fall-new shows, let's stay here in spring with our sole new show of the week: Coupled, on Fox. Usually I don't share something that is only on a US station but now that I get all the US networks on my snazzy new antenna I can feel myself softening on that habit. Coupled is a dating shows, following 12 women to travel to Anguilla to meet men and we get to follow them around including being privy to their text conversations. Oh my, I wonder if the contestants know that when they are texting each other. I might check it out just because I love trying new shows, and I need something until UnReal starts up again!

Tuesday May 17, 2016

Coupled on Fox (Series Premiere)

Here is more on the show:

"Entertainment personality Terrence ``J'' Jenkins hosts the Mark Burnett-executive-produced dating series that follows 12 intelligent and professional women looking for love. The women travel to the Caribbean islands where they meet with eligible men and decide who they would like to know better. As the couples form, the cameras follow their stories, revealing whether they have what it takes to create something lasting. The show also gives viewers a peek into the couples' electronic communications, displaying their text conversations on screen."

If you love TV, you can also check out my Where to Watch TV Online in Canada Listing and hear me chat about TV Musings over at my YouTube Channel.

Although we are light on the new show front, there are lots of finales this week including Survivor, The Catch, Grimm and The Originals. Another season is coming to a close. What have been your favourites this year?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Quieter Week

I'm very tired today, but I wanted to drop in a quick post mostly to see if I could do a quick post. I can get all too carried away with and all-or-nothing mindset so I'm testing out what something in between that t would be. Just because I don't have a lot of energy, doesn't mean I don't have anything to share. I also find that if I leave posting for too long then I have way to much to update and the post gets crazy long (which actually happened again in this post).

I feel that part of getting back in the habit of blogging is also realizing that as much as I like regularity, it's not always the way in which things happen. For example, I've been recently sharing new and returning shows on Mondays, but this week there weren't any shows to discuss. I also recently started participating in Top 5 Wednesdays over on YouTube and have since decided it's not a great fit for me. I love YouTubing, and I've met some cool new people to subscribe too, but I noticed that every week I was taking a 'creative approach' to the question which made me realize that perhaps I'm not the demo for the group. And that's okay. Part of trying something new is being okay with it not working out and letting it go. That's HUGE learning for me. I like to stick to things once I start them!

On the TV front, even though there was nothing new this week, I still have some recent shows that I want to try out like the new British scifi series The Aliens. I'm also really curious about Hunters on Showcase. Both are totally up my alley. Hopefully I can watch the first episode to see if I'll like them. Last week I checked out Houdini and Doyle and really enjoyed it. The characters are fascinating, all three (yes, there is a third... Constable Adelaide Stratton), have achieved an impressive level of success in their respective fields but all are looking to achieve a higher goal. I find that fascinating. Plus it's gorgeous. I'm a sucker for great art direction and atmosphere, and Houdini and Doyle has lots of it. Speaking of beautiful shows, it's wonderful to have Penny Dreadful back. That one just comes alive on screen.

As I've been pretty tired these days, I've been doing lots of reading. I talk a lot about books over at YouTube, but I like to mention them here too. I recently finished Fire Touched, which is the 9th book in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I started this series last September, and it took me a while to warm up to it. The central character, Mercy, can shift into a coyote and has a day job of being a mechanic. Given that I've read nine books, I can now say I'm back on track of being a big fan. I do find it challenging to talk about books that are so far into a series because even a general idea of the plot can give away the results from major events int he previous books. Instead, I'll just say that I liked it and I like the direction this series is going.

I also got the audiobook of The Iliad out of the library. I've tried audiobooks a few times in the past without much success, but when I heard a sample of the narrator Anton Lesser and I understood what he was saying, and therefore quickly put on a request for the book. I started listening to it on Monday, and I am doing some art while I listen. So far, it's been a pretty good pairing although when I get really focused on the art I have to rewind the book to re-listen to a section. I hope I won't be doing that too often and if so I might have to switch to something less distracting to do as a pairing.

Okay, so that wasn't really a quick post, was it? In all honestly, I had to take several breaks to finish it which is fine. Maybe that's a good approach to go with.

How do you approach blogging on tired days?

Sunday, May 08, 2016

stART: Creating As We Go ~ Episode 62

It's time for another episode of stART: Creating As We Go where my sisters and I share what we are getting up to creatively. I was going through a bit of a rough patch in this one, but hopefully the monster giggle fest offsets it.

See more at stART: Creating As We Go blog and YouTube Channel.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Henry IV Part I: The Hollow Crown (Watching Shakespeare)

I'm continuing on my Shakespeare journey, and after reading Henry IV Part I it was time to watch an adaptation, and I chose The Hollow Crown version starring Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Julie Walters, Joe Armstrong and Simon Russell Beale.

Although watching this version cleared up some of the things I felt confused about from simply reading the play, it also brought up new questions. I also re-watched Richard II before diving into this one, and that helped because it clarified some of the characters that are in both of the plays. There is still quite a learning curve, and I feel like I'm missing a few things. But I was able to get really grounded by watching this AWESOME video on what happens in the play, all with Finger puppet. Next time, I think I'll watch the finger puppet version of the play before watching a full on production.

Even though this one was tough and I like to alternate between the histories, comedies and tragedies, I know I'm going to go straight to Henry IV Part II because this one really does leaves you on the precipice of something bigger. As much as I'd love to switch gears, I know it would be helpful to continue on with the same characters. I might take a minibreak, but I'll get back to the Henry's soon enough.

Have you see The Hollow Crown version of Henry IV Part I. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

See the home base for My Shakespeare Project here.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Friday Reads for Friday May 6, 2016

Friday Reads is a ongoing YouTube community where people share what they will be reading in the week ahead.

Given it's the first Friday of the month, it was time to dive into some new choices for the month of May. So funny, because last week I was all about not racing to the finish line to complete things for the end of the month. Habit's take a while to change. Either way, I was exciting to pick from my bookstore-at-home shelves of unread books for what to choose next, including my non-fiction choice of the month. The books I mention are:
  • Paranormal State by Ryan Buell
  • Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #9
  • Evolve Two: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick

What are you reading this week?

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Path ~ TV Series Premiere Review

I'm continuing to love sharing thoughts on new TV series over at YouTube, and I'm happy to share here to. This time, I'm chatting about The Path. Now this show started a few weeks ago, but all current episodes are still available to watch online over at, so you still have time to jump into the show and I certainly suggested you do.

The Path is a psychological thriller that follows a religious group/cult, and there is definitely more than one mystery going on here. I was extremely engaged while watching the first episode and always curious about the deeper meaning behind what we were seeing. Everyone seems to have quite a story of how they came to the cult, but in large part that is left a mystery to us. I love that. They do not handhold the audience, but rather throw us into an already structured society and we are left curiously trying to figure out what the meaning behind each moment is.

Equally as impressive to the story, is the exceptional acting. I was blown away in this first episode. The cast includes Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy all of which do amazing jobs of showing us complex characters with unique motivations. I can't wait to see more into each of their character stories.

I highly recommend checking out the series.

The Path airs on Showcase and can also be seen online at

Have you checked out The Path? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Top 5 Wednesdays: Authors You'd Like to Meet At...

Another challenging subject for me in this weeks Top 5 Wednesdays, the question this week was: Author's You'd Like to Meet at BookCon or Book Expo America. I feel out of the loop because I had no awareness of the cons, and can't really engage in any fandom stuff in person these days so this one threw me for a few loops.

I did decide to go with a creative take on this, but hopefully one that kept with the spirit of the question which is authors who inspire a fan-like reaction in me. I hope that is close enough! Fandom is an an interesting topic, and it led me to talk a bit about the consumer/creator connection and how that can influence your experience of a work after having a fan encounter.

How about you? Have you met any authors you love? What was the experience like? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

April 2016 Reading Wrap Up

April was a mammoth reading month for me. I love the idea of wrap ups, but this month I struggled to put this in one vlog because I had 18+ titles. I am wondering if it's better to share in a different way. Some of the ideas I'm considering are wait until I read a few books in one genre or type and share them together, decide to talk more in depth but only about the books I really enjoyed, talk about them super briefly, discuss by rating.... so many options!

I considered that possibly grouping books by month was losing meaning, but then I remembered that I do actually have a Reading Plan to read 1 book at a time of a bunch of different genres/types/categories. Now, I am tracking this monthly but I'm not holding myself to read one of each of the categories by month because some books take longer than that. For this vlog, I decided to share the books I read for my priority categories. Given that still is a lot, I wonder if there is a better way. I will continue to noodle that one.

Books Mentioned:

  • Canadian: Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
  • Non-Fiction: An Improvised Life: A Memoir by Alan Arkin
  • Book Club *: The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles
  • Book Club Alternate: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Those Books / Book to TV Adaptation: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Those Books / Book to Film Adaptation: The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Shakespeare: Henry IV, Part 1 by William Shakespeare
  • Science Fiction: Zero World by Jason M. Hough
  • Lumberjanes, Issues 1 - 8
  • The Quest of Iranon by H.P. Lovecraft

* The Vaginal Fantasy Book Club had their Hangout for The Magpie Lord.  It's their 50th episode, Congrats Ladies!.

How about you? Do you like to sum up what you've read by month? By year?  By series?  Or a different mechanism?   I'd love to hear how you wrap up your reading (or if you don't worry about it at all) I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Monday, May 02, 2016

TV This Week: May 2 - May 8, 2016 ~ New and Returning Shows

Michael Weston as Harry Houdini, Rebecca Liddiard as Constable Adelaide Stratton, and Stephen Mangan as Arthur Conan Doyle
in Houdini and Doyle

It's a cascade of new and shows this week with something new to watch on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and two shows on Friday. That's a lot to take in. And I know there is a lot that I will be taking in! This week looks amazing with new and returning shows from historicals to science fiction to comedy. Something for everyone!

Monday May 2, 2016

Houdini and Doyle on Global (Series Premiere)

I've been looking forward to Houdini and Doyle for ages now. It is inspired by the real life friendship of the title characters, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It's called a crime scenes, which makes me think it will be a little on the procedural side but it's also noted to be supernatural which means it's gonna be a bit out there. Sounds perfect to me. The commercials have been running during Elementary, which kind of trips me up to see a character version of the creator of Sherlock Holmes while watching something about Sherlock Holmes! Talk about meta. I will definitely be checking this one out.

Tuesday May 3, 2016

Person of Interest on CTV (Final Season)

I wish I had watched Person of Interest from when it started, but I think my TV line up was very full that year! It sounds like such an interesting concept with a mysterious computer and always seeming to have to run in and fix something in the nick of time. I know the final season timing had been up in the air for a long time, so I hope the fans are super happy that now they can settle in for the series as it sums up.

Wednesday May 4, 2016

The Aliens on Space (Series Premiere)

The Aliens had me at "from the creators of Misfits". Honestly, that was enough to get me to watch the show. If you need more info, here is the description:

"The Aliens takes viewers into the depths of Troy, the lawless, illicit paradise full of parties, drugs, violence, and some very bad people. The aliens who inhabit Troy appear almost identical to humans but are tagged by Border Control in order to be identified. They are allowed out of Troy to perform menial jobs as long as they have been disinfected and return before curfew."

The Aliens stars Michael Socha (Being Human UK), Jim Howick (Horrible Histories) and Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) and is a mere 6 episodes long. I can't wait to watch it!

Friday May 6, 2016

I don't always know when Netflix series are coming out, but they have been sharing the details on these two so I'm happy to share them as well.

Marseille on Netflix (Series Premiere)

I think it's pretty cool to have a French Netflix original series. They are bringing us some really great content these days. Here is more on Marseille: "French drama series follows the race for mayor in the titular city." Okay, so that isn't a lot of information. It looks like a political/crime thriller to me from the trailer. The cast includes Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Magimel and Géraldine Pailhas

Grace and Frankie on Netflix (Season 2)

I really want to check out Grace and Frankie. I'm not always a fan of comedy, but I have heard this series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin is top notch. I am thrilled that a series about female friendship got renewed and now is back with Season 2. I hope to check it out.

If you love TV, you can also check out my Where to Watch TV Online in Canada Listing and hear me chat about TV Musings over at my YouTube Channel.

That's the shows for the week. I'm super crazy excited about The Aliens, and Houdini and Doyle. What are you planning on checking out?

Cast of The Aliens