2018/2019 Fall TV is here!

I’m a little behind in my highly-anticipated annual post on fall television. Please accept my apologies, friends. And for those shows that have already debuted? That’s what OnDemand is for.

What am I watching now? As I write this, I’m watching the series finale of Shooter (USA). Ballers (HBO), The Purge (a new one from USA), and Barry (Showtime) have also been in rotation. It seems like every year I’m less and less excited about the new shows. This year is no different. Maybe you know something I don’t? Tell me what I should be watching and help get me jazzed!

What will I be watching? Welcome back to my returning favorites:

  • The Deuce, HBO (Sept. 9, 8 p.m.)
  • Bull, CBS (Sept. 24, 10 p.m.)  
  • The Goldbergs, ABC (Sept. 26, 8 p.m.)
  • Modern Family, ABC (Sept. 26, 9 p.m.)
  • The Good Place, NBC (Sept. 27, 8 p.m.)
  • Law & Order: SVU, NBC (Sept. 27, 9 p.m.)
  • How to Get Away With Murder, ABC (Sept. 27, 10 p.m.)
  • The Simpsons, FOX (Sept. 30, 8 p.m.)
  • Superstore, NBC (Oct. 4, 8 p.m.)
  • Riverdale, The CW (Oct. 10, 8 p.m.)
  • House of Cards, Netflix (Nov. 2)

Two of my favorites will be returning mid-season:

  • Good Girls, NBC
  • Jane the Virgin, The CW 

And now for the new shows I’ll be adding to the DVR and following until I decide I hate them:

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Amazon (Aug. 31)

Author Tom Clancy introduced the character of Jack Ryan in a series of books before Ryan headed to the big screen in several films. Now the former U.S. Marine is featured in an episodic series for the first time, with John Krasinski portraying Ryan in this Amazon original thriller that centers on Ryan as an up-and-coming CIA analyst. He is thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time and uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication. That launches him into the middle of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

Kidding, Showtime (Sept. 9, 10 p.m.)

Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, is an icon of children’s television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds; when his family begins to implode, Jeff finds that no fairy tale, fable or puppet can guide him through the crisis.

The Good Cop, Netflix (Sept. 21)

The Good Cop is an upcoming American television drama created by Andy Breckman based on the Israeli show of the same name created by Erez and Tomer Aviram and produced by Yoav Gross. It will consist of ten episodes, and will be released on Netflix.

New Amsterdam, NBC (Sept. 25, 10 p.m.)

Dr. Max Goodwin is brilliant, charming — and the new medical director at America’s oldest public hospital. While he’s set on tearing down the bureaucracy to provide exceptional care, the doctors and staff are not so sure. They’ve heard this before, and no one else has delivered on those promises. Not taking no for an answer, Max disrupts the status quo and proves he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital — the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers Island and the president of the United States all under one roof — and return it to the glory that put it on the map. Inspired by Bellevue in New York City.

Single Parents, ABC (Sept. 26, 9:30 p.m.)

This ensemble comedy follows some single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. When the parents in the group meet Will, a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man, they see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses he has gone. The friends decide to band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about his own identity.

A Million Little Things, ABC (Sept. 26, 10 p.m.)

It has been said that friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things. That is certainly true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing that can save them from themselves. 

I Feel Bad, NBC (Oct. 4, 9:30 p.m.)

Emet is the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter. OK, she’s not perfect. In fact, she’s just figuring it out like the rest of us. Sure, she feels bad when she has a sexy dream about someone other than her husband, David, or when she pretends not to know her kids, Lily and Louie, when they misbehave in public, or when she uses her staff to help solve personal problems. But nobody can have it all without making a few mistakes — and Emet’s realizing that as long as she doesn’t become her mother, it’s all going to work out pretty great.

Camping, HBO (Oct. 14, 10 p.m.)

An obsessively organized and aggressively controlling woman gathers together her meek sister, her holier-than-thou ex-best friend, and a free-spirited tagalong for a back-to-nature camping trip to celebrate her husband’s 44th birthday.

The Rookie, ABC (Oct. 16, 10 p.m.)

Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan, who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of becoming an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives — including his own — but if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become successful in this new chapter of his life.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix (Oct. 26)

As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends; based on the “Archie” comic. (Think Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Riverdale!)

Grand Hotel, ABC (mid-season, likely 2019)

Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success.The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series.

The Gilded Age, NBC (mid-season, likely 2019)

When the population of the US doubled at the end of the 19th century, transforming America, disparities between rich and poor sparked passionate debate. Food, coal, steel and oil made fortunes for some, but seldom for the workers on the front lines of industry.

Abby’s, NBC (mid-season, likely 2019)

The oddball cast of characters that hang out at Abby’s believe everyone needs a bar to call home. Theirs just happens to be an unlicensed watering hole in Abby’s backyard, where the drinks are cheap and the laughs abound. But what really makes this place so special is Abby. She’s a tough cookie with no time for nonsense. She doesn’t allow cellphones, earning a seat at the bar takes time, and losing a challenge means drinking a limey, sugary, non-beer cocktail — and her regulars wouldn’t have it any other way.

Set those DVRs and tell me what I should be watching to help get me jazzed for the new shows!

{2017/2018} Fall TV updates: What I’m still watching and going to miss

Every September I write about my hopes and dreams for the upcoming fall TV season. Read last year’s post here.

And then around this time every year, as the shows are wrapping up for the season, I take some time to reflect on what I thought of the shows, and how I feel about their fate to return for next season. Read last year’s RIP fall TV post here.

What am I watching now? As I write this, I’m catching up on For the People. I’ve also been engrossed in Riverdale, Westworld, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Some of my favorites that left or likely will be leaving after this season: 

  • Vice Principals
    • It was only meant to be two seasons and got weird here and there, but I still miss it.
  • Scandal
    • It was time. I was surprisingly unfilled by the finale.
  • Designated Survivor
    • I figured it was nearing the end when they killed off Alex last season, but I still enjoy it!
  • Great News
    • I was fond of this show but never made it a priority. I guess I wasn’t the only one.
  • Quantico
    • I’m catching up on the current season and it’s weird. It’s time.
  • Timeless
    • This show is cute! I hope it stays on!!
  • Shades of Blue
    • I watched the first season sort of. No loss here.

And those who newbies that couldn’t make it work:

  • The Crossing
    • We’re catching up on this show and it’s good, but I’m definitely not hooked.
  • Law & Order: True Crime
    • The Mendez Brothers series was interesting. I’d like to see more stories.
  • 9JKL
    • This show was sort of cute, but ridiculous. It was time.
  • Alex, Inc.
    • I intended to watch this show but then didn’t. I guess I wasn’t the only one!
  • For the People
    • It is good but it does seem like it’s missing the mark. Maybe they’ll come back and turn it around?
  • Ghosted
    • Such potential. Such a disappointment.
  • Life Sentence
    • I thought the show was cute, and I’ll miss it. Lucy Hale’s duck lips though? Not right.
  • The Mayor
    • I gave up on this show less than one episode in. It was bad.

So, what’s on-tap for the summer TV viewing?

  • Nashville returns June 7
  • The Bold Type returns June 12
  • Young & Hungry returns June 20
  • Take Two premieres June 21
  • Westworld wraps up June 24
  • Making It premieres July 31 (I’ll still watch, even though I’m not on it. Jerks.)
  • Ballers returns August 12

Above renewal assumptions informed by Zimbio.

Tell me what else I should be watching!

Fall 2017 TV premiere dates

It’s about that time again: fall TV premieres!!! I don’t know about you, but I’m in a bit of a TV lull, so I’m eagerly awaiting all of the new shows to start and my favorites to return. (Plus, since I use Norwex to clean now, I have even more time for TV!)

What am I watching now? As I write this, I’m watching Shooter (USA), Ballers (HBO), and I keep re-watching Game of Thrones (HBO).  We’re also catching up on Homeland (we’re only on season 4. It’s been awhile since we have had Showtime…) and I just discovered that our new local library has House of Cards (Netflix). We’ll start back on House of Cards once we’re all caught up with Homeland! With Westworld waiting until 2018 to return, and GoT waiting until 2019, I’m hoping I love some of these new shows too!

What will I be watching? Welcome back to my returning favorites:

  • Vice Principals, HBO (Sept. 17, 10:30 p.m.)
  • The Good Place, NBC (Sept. 20, 10 p.m.)
  • The Goldbergs, ABC (Sept. 27, 8 p.m.)
  • Law & Order: SVU, NBC (Sept. 27, 9 p.m.)
  • Modern Family, ABC (Sept. 27, 9 p.m.)
  • American Housewife, ABC (Sept. 27, 9:30 p.m.)
  • Designated Survivor, ABC (Sept. 27, 10 p.m.)
  • Superstore, NBC (Sept. 28, 8 p.m.)
  • Great News, NBC (Sept. 28, 9:30 p.m.)
  • How to Get Away With Murder, ABC (Sept. 28, 10 p.m.)
  • The Simpsons, FOX (Oct. 1, 8 p.m.)
  • Scandal, ABC (Oct. 5, 9 p.m.) Final season!
  • Riverdale, The CW (Oct. 11, 8 p.m.)
  • Mr. Robot, USA Network (Oct. 11, 10 p.m.)
  • Jane the Virgin, The CW (Oct. 13, 9 p.m.)
  • Life in Pieces, CBS (Nov. 2, 9:30 p.m.)

And some of my favorites will be returning midseason:

  • Quantico
  • Nashville
  • Shades of Blue
  • Timeless

What new shows will I be watching? In addition to Law & Order’s new True Crime series (NBC, 9/26, 10 p.m.) and the Will & Grace revival (NBC, 9/28, 9 p.m.), there are a handful of other shows that have piqued my interest. All explanations are from Wikipedia unless noted below.

9JKL, CBS (Oct. 2, 8:30 p.m.)

Josh Roberts, a divorced actor, lives in apartment 9K, with his family living in adjacent apartments: his parents live in 9J, while his brother, sister-in-law, and their newborn baby live in 9L. This unique situation prompts him to set boundaries while bonding with his family members.

The show is loosely based on Feuerstein’s experiences while shooting the USA Network series Royal Pains; in real life, however, Feuerstein lived with his wife 9JKL executive producer Dana Klein while living next to his own family.

(I love Hank and I miss Royal Pains!)

Alex, Inc., debuting midseason

The series follows Alex Schuman, a radio journalist, husband and father of two, who decides to quit his job and start his own company.

A.P. Bio, debuting midseason

Jack Griffin is a philosophy scholar who missed out on his dream job. After that happened, he gets a job at Whitlock High School where he teaches Advance Placement Biology. With a class filled with honor students, Jack plans to misdirect Principal Durbin in order to use the students’ talents to get back at his job-stealing nemesis.

Deception, debuting midseason

After his career as a magician is ruined by scandal, Las Vegas illusionist Cameron Black becomes the world’s first “consulting illusionist” as he works with the FBI to solve odd crimes.

The Deuce, HBO (Sept. 10, 9 p.m.)

In New York, the violence of the drug epidemic is worsening. Twin brothers, Vincent and Frankie Martino, become fronts for the Mob while operating out of Times Square, which is also the home of “Candy,” a sex worker who turns to the now legal emerging porn industry.

For the People, debuting midseason

Set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, also known as “The Mother Court,” For the People follows brand new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country – all as their personal lives intersect.

Ghosted, FOX (Oct. 7, 8:30 p.m.)

The series will follow a skeptic and a genius “true believer” in the paranormal who are recruited by an organization called The Bureau Underground to investigate a series of “unexplained” activities that are occurring in the Los Angeles area, which are supposedly tied to a mysterious entity that could threaten the existence of the human race.

Homemade Project, debuting midseason

It’s going to be hard to watch, since I’m not on it, but I’ll manage… and start working on my application for next year!

Instinct, debuting midseason

A former CIA agent (Cumming) who has become a professor and author is asked to get back into the game when the NYPD asks for help to stop a serial killer.

Life Sentence, debuting midseason

When Stella finds out her terminal cancer is cured, she’s going to have to learn to live with all the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying.”

The Mayor, ABC (Oct. 3, 9:30 p.m.) (information from IMDB)

A struggling hip-hop artist runs for mayor to promote his mix-tape and wins.

Reverie, debuting midseason (information from IMDB)

A former detective specializing in human behavior is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences.

What should I be watching? Let me know if there are any shows I’m missing that you think I’d enjoy!

(Look back at some of my TV viewing plans here: 20162015 | 2014 | 2013)

 

 

{Christmas craft} Reindeer food

Over the weekend I cleaned out the abyss that is my sprinkle/frosting/everything cabinet and found a bag of Christmas sprinkles from a cookie decorating party in 2008. (EIGHT YEARS AGO!) Thankfully, I knew how old they were since I dated the bag. Nice work, self.

Anyway, I had been perusing Pinterest and came across a “recipe” for reindeer food.

Reindeer food

Reindeer food is completely inedible for humans but will be quite a delight for the birds! Err, I mean, Santa’s reindeer.

The recipe is simple: whatever you want (that birds enjoy).

I went with ~ 1/2 cup of oats (buy them in bulk!), 1/4 cup of bird seed, and some of all the sprinkles I had in my everything cabinet.

Reindeer food

It’s really easy to make, and if nothing else, do it to make room for a new set of holiday sprinkles!

I had fun and I know Michael’s daycare friends will love their packages of reindeer food tomorrow!

Beautycounter visits the Island

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Over the weekend I hosted a Beautycounter party with a few of my girlfriends. Think Stella & Dot or a Tupperware party, but with natural beauty products instead.

If you want to try out Beautycounter, you’re too late for their debut at Target, but you can order from my link! We all agreed that we want an introductory sample-sized kit of Beautycounter favorites, but it doesn’t currently exist, sadly.

I’m still figuring out exactly what I’m going to order, but here are the items I have my eyes on:

  • Nourishing cream cleanser ($26)
  • Nourishing day cream ($43)
  • Balancing face oil ($68)
  • Rejuvenating eye cream ($58)
  • Daily shampoo ($22)
  • Daily conditioner ($26)
  • Touch up skin concealer pen ($32)
  • Lengthening mascara ($29)
  • Winter warmth color palette ($58)

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About Beautycounter

Beautycounter is committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what is legally required in the United States. Their Never List is made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that they never use as ingredients in our products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.

While all Beautycounter ingredients are sourced with a higher standard of safety and quality in mind, it is well recognized — and accepted by regulatory authorities around the world — that incidental, trace levels of a chemical may inadvertently be introduced a cosmetic product due to the complexities of the supply chain and manufacturing process.

Check out this shortened, pocket-size version of their Never List that you can use for easy reference.

To compliment the Never List, the Environmental Working Group has a Healthy Living App that provides ratings for 120,000 food and personal items. I have downloaded the app but haven’t had the nerve to scan yet– I’m too scared!

Questions? Reach out to my friend CariAnn at www.beautycounter.com/cariannwitsoe

 

Fall 2016 TV premiere dates

The DVR has been emptied and programmed and I’m ready to plop down and spend a considerable amount of time watching… What, you ask?! Let me tell you…

First, I’d like to take a moment and pour some out for my shows that aren’t returning this year. (Did you see that Nashville is coming back!? Thank you, CMT!!!)

Next, I’d like to welcome back my returning favorites:

  • The Goldbergs, ABC (Sept. 21, 8 a.m.)
  • Modern Family, ABC (Sept. 21, 9 a.m.)
  • Superstore, NBC (Sept. 22, 8 p.m.)
  • The Blacklist, NBC (Sept. 22, 10 p.m.)
  • How to Get Away With Murder, NBC (Sept. 22, 10 p.m.)
  • The Simpsons, FOX (Sept. 25, 8 p.m.)
  • Quantico, ABC (Sept. 25, 10 p.m.)
  • Jane the Virgin, CW (Oct. 17, 9 p.m.)
  • Life in Pieces, CBS (Oct. 27, 9:30 p.m.)
Print your fall premiere guide here!

Print your fall premiere guide here!

And finally, I’ve done a bit of research and I’ve included these new shows in my list this fall: (All show explanations are from Wikipedia except for Divorce. That explanation comes directly from HBO.)

Designated Survivor, ABC (Sept. 21, 10 p.m.)

On the night of the State of the Union, an explosion claims the lives of the President and all members of the Cabinet except for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman, who had been named the designated survivor. Kirkman is immediately sworn in as President, unaware that the attack is just the beginning of what is to come.

The Good Place, NBC (Sept. 22, 8:30 p.m.)

After she is struck and killed by a tractor-trailer carrying erectile dysfunction products, a woman named Eleanor wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. But when she is told by her mentor Michael that she is in “the good place” because she did a good deed by helping get innocent people off death row, she realizes that a mistake has been made and they think she is someone else.

Stuck in a world where no one curses or gets drunk and everyone is always nice, Eleanor finds herself caught between staying in the afterlife or trying to find a way to return to the mundane life she had back on Earth, as her entry into this spirited realm has caused a disruption since her arrival and she has to hide her not-so-perfect mortal behavioral past from everyone so they won’t send her to “the other place.”

Notorious, ABC (Sept. 22, 9 p.m.)

The show is based on real-life criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and Larry King Live news producer Wendy Walker. It’s a drama that goes behind the scenes of the murky relationship between criminal law and the media as an influential attorney and a TV producer manipulate the headlines and public opinion

MacGyver, CBS (Sept. 23, 8 p.m.)

A reboot of the 1985–1992 ABC series of the same name. Angus “Mac” MacGyver creates a secret U.S. government organization where he uses his extraordinary talents for problem solving and his extensive knowledge of science to save lives. I vaguely remember the original and still think of it when I use duct tape. I’m looking forward to this!

Westworld, HBO (Oct. 2, 10 p.m.)

Described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” the series tells the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld. I’ve heard great things and enjoy most HBO shows, so I’m in.

Timeless,  NBC (Oct. 3, 10 p.m.)

Timeless is about a time-traveling criminal who steals a time machine in order to change the course of American history and destroy the country. It sort of looks like Forever, a show I really miss, so, I’ll give it a shot.

Insecure, HBO (Oct. 9, 10:30 p.m.)

Insecure is an upcoming HBO original series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, which is partially based on Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl.

Divorce, HBO (Oct. 9, 10 p.m.)

Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in the new comedy series, Divorce. Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. 

The Great Indoors, CBS (Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m.)

Jack has made a name for himself as an adventure reporter for the magazine Outdoor Limits. His days of exploring the world end when the magazine’s founder, Roland, announces its move to web-only publishing and assigns Jack to supervise the millennials who make up its online team of so-called journalists. I love Joel McHale!

A.P.B., FOX (Coming in 2017)

A tech-billionaire is given control over a Chicago Police district, hoping to close the file of a murder of a loved one. The story is loosely based on the New York Times-article “Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans?”

Let’s not forget about my favorite mid-season returners in early 2017:

  • The Catch
  • Grimm
  • Nashville
  • Pretty Little Liars (final season!)
  • Scandal
  • Shades of Blue
  • Sleepy Hollow

Let me know if there are any shows I’m missing that you think I’d enjoy! We upgraded our DVR this year, so we have the space, even if I don’t have the time to watch live!

(Look back at some of my TV viewing plans here: 2015 | 2014 | 2013)

Football season… already!?

So, it’s September. Along with Brandon’s last school year starting, Michael turning one, and fall TV and weather returning, it’s time to dust off our football gear and get ready for the NFL and NCAA football seasons.

We’re Seattleites who support the Seahawks, but the Broncos are our main NFL team. (And here.)

Of course, we have to dress the part!

We've got Bronco spirit!

We’ve got Bronco spirit!

Michael outgrew last year’s outfit (he was so little!)…

Our little fan watching the pre-game

Our little fan watching the pre-game

And this year’s arrived last week.

Michael's 2016-17 Bronco outfit is here!

Michael’s 2016-17 Bronco outfit is here!

While we were ordering Bronco gear, I went ahead and updated my look too: new orange sweatpants! Brandon has been an avid Bronco fan since he was in utero and he has a plethora of game day attire. My sister gave Brandon this Bronco sweater for his birthday this year, so I imagine we’ll see it a lot this fall!

Since the Broncos are the reigning football world champions, we’ll of course be celebrating the season kick off and SuperBowl 50 rematch on Thursday.

I’m thinking something easy and delicious, probably pulled pork. Maybe pulled pork tacos? Or nachos? If you have any great ideas, I haven’t made the menu yet, so I’m all ears! Please share your great plans for the 2016-17 NFL (and college! Our fan photos will come soon!) season and enjoy! Go Broncos and go Seahawks! (That’s for you, Peter and Molly!)