August TV Favorites

Hi Guys! I am totes late on this post. I have had a hectic August to say the least, I just moved into a new place and the whole process was a pain in the butt. Finally getting settled in and hoping to watch some new movies. I feel like I haven't been watching much movies lately with the move and with our fave rental store shutting down. Yes, you heard that right, I was still renting movies from a video store. I will sometimes order one through DirectTV or through Amazon Prime, but the place I used to go to was like $2.50 for new releases! I swear this guy had everything under the sun, but he decided to retire and my whole movie watching routine has been thrown off. Luckily, we have another local rental store nearby, I tended not to go there because they close early and it is run by these really old, grumpy people, but I think I may have to suck it up and go in there. Ok, feel free to make fun of me! Does anyone out there, I mean anyone, Bueller, Bueller, rent movies from a video store still? Of course, I have not lost steam on my TV watching, so I have plenty of faves to report.

Ps... tomorrow I will be leaving for a mini-vaca to South Beach. Woo hoo, so excited and ready for some R&R and fun!

1. The Killing: Seasons 1-4 August should just be called The Killing month for me. I pretty much spent the past couple weeks binge watching this little gem on Netflix. I never caught it when it was on AMC, but I heard so many good things about it so I gave it a shot. I finished all four seasons and I have to say it was worth it. If you need a new show to watch and you enjoy crime dramas, then this would be perfect for you. Big thanks to Mesh for recommending this one. The show revolves around detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and  Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman), an unlikely pair that seem like opposites, but in reality are very much alike. The pair uncover and try to solve different murder investigations, while trying to keep their personal lives afloat.

Enos was so awesome in this show and I am definitely a newfound fan. Kinnaman was equally great and I cannot wait to see this Swedish actor break into more roles. He probably has the best lines in the whole show and I cannot get his voice saying "Linden" out of my head!

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2. The Leftovers At first I was on the fence about this HBO show. I wasn't sure if I was all in, but after about 3 episodes I was hooked. Totally original and different and mind-bending, this show keeps viewers on their toes. When you realize that the show was co-created by Damon Lindelof, one of the guys behind Lost, then that helps you understand the weirdness and mystery behind the show. The story is centered in the town of Mapleton, New York, three years after an odd occurrence where people suddenly disappeared and were never seen or heard from again. They call this phenomenon the "departure," similar to the biblical idea of rapture.

The people left behind are devastated to say the least and life as they know it, has been turned upside down. On top of this chaos, there is a group of people who dress all in white called the Guilty Remnants, seriously they look like they could work at The Cheesecake Factory, who do not speak, yet are spreading the idea that society should not forget about what happened in the world. Their presence is annoying and their cult-like behavior is so odd. The show centers around Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), his daughter Jill (Margaret Qualley) and his wife Laurie (Amy Brenneman) who has left them and joined the Guilty Remnants. There is a wide variety of actors on the show, since there are so many sub-stories going on at the same time, but overall a great cast. One of my faves has to be Carrie Coon who plays Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family and is angry and alone. If you liked the way Lost was formatted, then you will love this show!

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3. Witches of East End: Season 2 Ok I know what you are thinking, who the hell watches this Lifetime show? Yes, me of course. I absolutely love this corny show and to everyone who is one the fence about it, you should just give it a shot. If you like shows about witchcraft and sexy guys, then this one is for you. The show revolves around the Beauchamp family of witches. Led by Joanna (Julia Ormond), she rallies with her sister Wendy (Madchen Amick) and her two daughters Freya (Jenna Dewan Tatum) and Ingrid (Rachel Boston) in trying to just get through daily life and fighting the issues of the witch world they left behind. The women have lived through centuries and have been reincarnated various times. We get lots of flashbacks which is always fun to watch. There is also a male family of witches, brothers Dash (Eric Winter) and Killian Gardiner (Daniel Di Tomasso) as well, and they interact with the ladies of the show.

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4. The Real Housewives of Orange County I know this is a horrible pick to admit to, but I tell the truth here on my blog. The Housweives franchise is my guilty pleasure and I have no shame in admitting I love watching this. LOL! The only one I won't watch is the New Jersey ladies, I just can't stand them, they are so annoying, more so than the others.

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}}Melissa