We’re calling this a teaser because there is no footage what so ever from the upcoming 7th season but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have chills watching this teaser. In 90 seconds they basically sum up all the biggest moments of the show leading up to this new season. You hear a lot of angry Khaleesi in there and you know it’s about to be her season. But, as we all know Winter is here, and that means there’s a bigger battle to be fought. I can’t believe we have to wait until July for this!!
In honour of International Women’s Day, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Toughest Women on TV. (This post was originally created in October 2013 – some rankings have changed based on the ending of several series – sorry Gemma Teller and Deborah Morgan) Click here to see who made the original list.
10. Arya Stark (Game of Thrones)
So Arya Stark made our original list as well, coming in at the number ten spot, it’s not that we don’t think Arya is the ultimate heroine, she embodies everything that is a heroine, we just think she has so much more potential. She’s been on this crazy journey since the moment they chopped off Ned Stark’s head in the first season. She made it over to Braavos, she was selling oysters and cockles, she was blind and learned how to become a master fighter, and now she’s ready to kick some Lannister butt. Just like Khaleesi, Arya is on her journey home and I’m getting goosebumps just writing this up because I am so excited to see her reunite with everyone. Or at least, check off some of those names on her list. She is the Kill Bill of our heroine list. Do you guys see Arya making it to the end of the show? I’m so curious about her fate just because I don’t know if I need her alive at the end to feel satisfied, but I definitely need her to see her sister and brother at some point before the finale.
9. Lisa Prince (Kingdom)
Lisa Prince makes this list because the actress Kiele Sanchez absolutely swooped in and stole the second half of the season. It was one of the most powerful and heartbreaking performances I’ve ever seen, because she decided to come back on the show and share the heartbreaking experience of losing her child in real life. Both the creator of the show and Kiele decided to write her ordeal into the show, her character Lisa was already pregnant. For a show that’s majority sweaty men fighting their faces off, I can’t tell you the amount of power Kiele brought as a female character to the experience of watching this season. As a woman, as a viewer, I felt every single moment she was portraying, in those quiet and silent moments they gave her, those were the scenes where you just knew she was no longer ‘acting’. I also want to give props to the creator of the show that believed in her story, he believed in it so much that he wasn’t afraid to share her story in a show that is mostly watched by men, and is about men. Over the remainder of the season she tries to heal, she tries to get back to #werklife, and her acting honestly was brilliant. She was always a side character before, but this season she showed how she could hold her own. Surrounded by a group of men with seemingly superhero strengths, she came out as her own heroine. We can dig it.
8. Maeve Millay (Westworld)
The first season of Westworld didn’t just see the rise of the host population, it saw the rise of some badass bi**** to. The character of Maeve (played exquisitely by Thandie Newton) starts off as a sort of secondary character. Playing the hostess of the town’s brothel she’s used to getting used and abused by men from both sides. But when she’s taken backstage to fix up her robot wounds, she wakes up in the middle of a procedure and quite literally wakes up for the first time ever. I mean by the end of the season we learn more about her motivations and how much she can control, but even still, her character became one of the most interesting elements of the season, and almost answered the question fans were asking from the beginning. What would happen if a host enters the real world? We don’t know what’s in store for Maeve in season two, but we know that wherever she ends up, she’ll keep fighting to protect herself and her freedom.
7. Ginny Baker (PITCH)
Ginny Baker aka the first female professional baseball player. This show is full of amazing characters, especially some strong female leads, but at the center of it all is Ginny who is introduced to the MLB in the first season. And no, she’s not playing with other females, she’s playing alongside the big boys, so you can imagine the dynamic you’ll be seeing as she comes into the locker room, and how she plays on the field. Honestly, this was one of my favourite new shows this year, it still hasn’t been confirmed for a season two, so we are crossing our fingers.
6. Queen Elizabeth (The Crown)
God save the Queen! Or Claire Foy because she’s absolutely killing it playing Queen Elizabeth II. Claire Foy plays the Queen in a naive, playful, but really smart way. One of my favourite lines of the season, is when the Queen’s father has just passed away and she’s on the way to his funeral and she reads a letter from her grandmother and in the letter granny writes something like, today you are mourning two people, your father, and yourself because the person you were before is dead. Because she’s obviously the Queen now and she needs to step up, and stepping up may require her to be a different person, or a different version of herself. I think her biggest struggle to be Queen will always be the challenge of not forgetting who she really is. Staying true to herself while having to play the heroine for an entire kingdom.
5. The Girls of Riverdale (Betty, Veronica, Cheryl)
It’s not that I couldn’t decide which one of these characters is the strongest, or which one will have the biggest impact. It’s that I think these three characters are seamless, in that together they make the show better, they make their individual characters stronger, they affect each other in a way that impressionable teenage girls would have on one another. It’s been said, Riverdale is definitely a coming of age story. The show is full of characters, all learning about themselves in their own ways, but these three women have the potential to really control the direction and tone of the show. All three of them prove that there can be so many more layers to a character. Their comic book counterparts are very one dimensional, and very dependent on Archie’s story. We don’t see that as much in the show, I think the writers have something really amazing lined up for us.
4. Carrie Mathison (Homeland)
Honestly, Carrie is so good at being crazy, you just have to love her. People ask me if they should watch Homeland from the pilot episode, and I’m always like YAS! Duh!. But the show is really different from where it started. I’d like to say that Carrie has been the most consistent thing of the show, but I can’t because she’s legit crazy. There ain’t nothing consistent about a crazy person. But, the writers of do such an amazing job every season by throwing her crazy Carrie ass into different countries and situations, she shows how strong she is because she manages to save the world each time. I love that they slowed her life down this season. She’s back in NYC, she’s taking care of Frannie, and for what was basically 15 minutes of the first episode, everything looked to be pretty normal. And then there was Quinn, and crazy Carrie came out again, and every type of sh** hit the fan, but I believe in Carrie so much, that I know she’ll get out of it, she always does. Look, women are crazy, moms are crazy, but if you own it, and can still save the world from a massive terrorist attack, then you’re good in my books. Love you Carrie. Your baby daddy would be so proud.
3. Norma Bates (Bates Motel)
So I’m not a huge horror genre fan, although I’m obsessed with Ryan Murphy and everything AHS. I never got into Bates Motel. Well I tried a couple of times and then gave up. But everyone’s been talking so highly of it recently, I gave it another go, and now I’m hooked. Freddie Highmore does a psycho good job at playing Norman, but his mom – Norma is on another level. I think the most interesting characters are the ones that border on the line of villain/heroine. You get those beautiful moments in that middle area when you don’t know what the characters motivations are, you question their decisions, and you’re always on your toes. That’s Norma Bates. Played by Vera Farmiga, she honestly deserves all the awards. But so does everyone else on this list! She does such an amazing job at playing crazy so beautifully, Cersei is evil, and Carrie is crazy, but Norma is a mix of evil being beautiful. And I say beautiful because everything she does is rooted in her trying to be the best mother, she is so delusional, she believes she’s living in a beautiful innocent world with her son, but in trying to attain that she does some really fu**** up evil things. But in season four, you really see her for who she really is (because Norman’s away) she shows her true colours, and she is wonderful.
2. Fiona Gallagher, Shameless (Showtime)
Fiona Gallagher was on our original list, and it’s no surprise she still is. Her character has definitely grown over the past seasons, but this season saw a complete shift in her follow through. For a long time I think Fiona always knew what she had to do but could never actually do it. With most of the kids now older and able to fend for themselves, it gave Fifi a chance to focus on herself, her future investments, owning and managing her own business. It was amazing to see how far she’s come. Not all stories have a happy ending, especially in Shameless, the season had a super emotional ending with Monica, but it also saw Fiona make another brave and exciting decision. She’s in our number two spot because of all the things she achieved this season, there were a lot of different dynamics she had to deal with this season, in terms of her acting, and just her character, we loved it all.
1. Khaleesi, Game of Thrones (HBO)
I don’t think you have to be a Game of Thrones nerd to understand why Khaleesi will go down in TV history as the toughest character under 6 ft. She is the ultimate heroine, she is the mother of dragons, she will seek her revenge and it will be amazing. Also, she will stay on this list forever.
Seasons have come and gone. Winter is here. The end of season six saw Khaleesi set sail for King’s Landing, or wherever she’s about to dock her boat. Just as we suspected, the Greyjoys, you can really see how all these story lines are starting to intersect now. She’s got her dragons. She’s ready as she’ll ever be. Also, it’s perfect timing for her because King’s Landing had an explosive ending (I love saying that), with everyone literally blowing up – thanks Cersei.
- Cersei Lannister: That evil witch. Is she still considered to be a villian even after all her children are dead? Probably, yes, and even more so now.
- Michonne/Carol: I love these women, but The Walking Dead has been so boring lately I couldn’t even bother putting them on this list.
- Lena Dunham or Hannah Horvath: I had such high expectations for Girls, it is their final season, and I had wanted Hannah to be a more flushed out/successful character by now. Well I wanted that for all of them but Jessa’s still selfish, Shosh is still confused, Marnie is still crazy and Hannah is pregnant. So there’s that.
- Big Little Lies: Literally every woman in this show is badass.
What do you guys think? Are there any badass female characters you want to see on our list? Let us know – comment below.
It’s week five of The CW’s Archie comic book hit Riverdale. We’re still obsessed, if not even more obsessed. This week we recap Jason Blossom’s memorial, Cheryl Blossom’s all-white everything outfit, Betty’s new man, and Archie’s lack of quartback skills.
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We found this part of Riverdale’s third episode to be the highlight of our week. So before the new episode airs tonight, here’s our list of the funniest comments from Veronica’s sticky maple situation.
This post was co-written by The Sassy Gay.
10. CHERYL BLOSSOM – I usually pity the poor, but…
The Hollywood Heroine: I didn’t really feel no ways about this one, is it an insult? Is it just like side commentary? It makes me feel like she forgot the rest of her joke. She makes the number 10 spot because I assumed she would’ve taken a harder shot. Three dotted endings are so overrated. Next…………
The Sassy Gay: I feel like Cheryl’s gotta keep it lowkey with her insults. Being queen bee at school only works if you have followers. And V could snatch that crown if she’s not careful. This was rude but def not too bad
9. SIMON SILVERSTEIN – Justice 4 Veronica Lodge!…Said no one ever!
The Hollywood Heroine: LOL this was just straight up rude! It sounds to me like Simon would definitely be voting for someone like Trump so I already don’t like him. Also Simon, nobody would ever say Justice 4 Veronica Lodge because that just sounds stupid. So yeah, your insult sucked and your Instagram feed probably does to.
The Sassy Gay: SO straight up savage. Just point blank calling out V. This one got me – these Riverdale kids don’t let up
8. ADAM CHISHOLM – Who ordered the nasty girl? Not me…
The Hollywood Heroine: We have two Adams on this list, but this one seems to be the party pooper out of the two. This Adam is not down for the nasty which is kind of boring. You’re very G-rated Adam, and we’re sorry you felt you had to admit that.
The Sassy Gay: This Adam is SO rude. And “Nasty girl”? Was he watching the Trump vs. Hillary debates or something?
7. ADAM MCDONALD – Wait actually – I’d still go 4 it. Don’t mind sloppies
The Hollywood Heroine: On the other hand, I like this Adam more. He’s totally straight up, no shame in the game and he basically admits he’s down for the V regardless of the sticky maple sitch.
The Sassy Gay: Ugh so gross. Boys totally suck. I didn’t think people still abbreviated words with numbers. Adam’s gotta work on his comment game
6. LINA MURRAY – OMG. U gotta go V. Stop giving us a bad rap #stickymaple #BYE
The Hollywood Heroine: Who’s giving who a bad rap LINA? The last time I checked Beyonce told us all to be feminists so why you joining in on this slut-shaming Instagram post? Why don’t you stop giving women a bad rap and check what team you’re playing for. #girlbye
The Sassy Gay: HASHTAG STICKY MAPLE. Can we please make that a thing???
5. FRANKIE VALDEZ – Girrrrll…GET! IT! TOGETHER!
The Hollywood Heroine: I like Frankie, because Frankie legitimately seems like he/she is worried about V. Like Frankie just wants V to get her sh** together and win at life. So I’m okay with Frankie, but also Frankie – caps lock isn’t cool and you just sound really aggressive. We appreciate you Frankie.
The Sassy Gay: LMAO. Realistically he should’ve opted for the “U” version of GURRRRRRRL. And true, he’s lowkey rooting for her? Maybe??? (Just trying to be hopeful on these harsh ass comments)
4. ACE MCDONALD/MCDOLAND – [We can send this girl back to NYC but we have 2 buy another ticket 4 her eyebrows.] [Actually, make that 2 more tickets. 1 for each eyebrow]
The Hollywood Heroine: I love Ace because Ace felt like one comment wasn’t enough, so he clicked back to the comments section and dropped another shot at V. Also I died at this one because he was taking shots at her eyebrows, and that hits hard because we take our eyebrows very seriously. Her brow game is strong though so she shouldn’t worry. Also, looks like thats a typo – somebody getting fired in the graphics department.
The Sassy Gay: HAHAHAHAH. TWO COMMENTS! I love that he just came hard at her. One thing to note as well is when you watch that scene, there is a reaction shot of V reading them and she mouths “eyebrows”. DEAD.
3. BERK COOK- LEAVE R’DALE PLZ. U R GROSS. TAKE UR STICKY SELF BACK 2 NYC SO THE RATS CAN EAT U CUZ U DON’T EVEN HAVE AN APT ANYMORE.
The Hollywood Heroine: Okay this one had me laughing the hardest because he literally wrote an essay to insult her. He couldn’t even spell Riverdale in its entirety, and then legit went all the way to introduce animals and the fact that she doesn’t have a residence in NYC anymore. Berk Cook, you are amazing.
The Sassy Gay: Lol Berk. The most full storyfied insult I’ve ever seen. I also love that he is lit-er-all-y shortening a tiny town. Like whyyy?
2. MIKE GOLLIGER – Wow fam, how ratchet is New Girl?
The Hollywood Heroine: I think it’s safe to say Mike is a New Girl fan, because that sh** was properly capitalized like the TV show. But also, I love how family oriented he is when he’s slut shaming V on fake Instagram, he’s making her ratchet-ness known to all of his ‘fam’.
The Sassy Gay: AHAHAHAH. FAM, Riverdale trying real hard to be current with their slang. Good job, fam. Super current.
1. ANGEL ANGELINO – Go back to New York, you nasty doe
The Hollywood Heroine: Oh you nasty doe. I love this one just because it’s straight to the point and so savage. Also I love how somebody was like don’t write it with ‘though’ write it with ‘doe’. Amazing.
The Sassy Gay: I couldn’t stop laughing at all of these but this one killed me so hard. You’re right – so short and abrupt. No bull-sh, just full out shade
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If you’re feeling nostalgic about your high school days, or wish you lived in a small town, (don’t know if either of those are ever possible), but here’s why you should be watching Riverdale.
The Town of Riverdale
Let’s start off with the foundation for the entire show – Riverdale. Yes, Riverdale, the quintessential suburban town that exudes everything Americana, and the same town from the Archie comics. Executive Produced by Greg Berlanti, who is literally the producer of all the other comic book shows, and airing on CW that airs literally all the other comic book shows, we can agree Riverdale is in somewhat good hands. But, not every quiet suburban town is as pretty and cute as Stars Hollow. And the fact that every single character in the first episode threw the ‘In Cold Blood’ reference, we were forced to believe something really shady going on in this town. And it all starts with a white teen getting murdered on July 4th.
The B & The V
I think it was Cheryl Blossom who coined the name, Betty and Veronica, aka B and V aka the new Blair and Serena. So I never read the entire Archie comic series, but from what I know these two chicitas were fighting over the same man, and for the most part hated each other. Well, this version of Riverdale is all about Beyonce and feminism – really just feminism. Sorry I still have Grammy brain. B and V are truly best friends, they’re all about girl power and we’re down for this. Now, we probably know that somewhere along the seasons they’re going to fight over Archie, I mean it’s bound to happen – who doesn’t want a little ging in their life. But for now, getting to see them create a really true sister bond, it’s something that doesn’t get much focus on TV these days. Also, I’m banking on Betty being bipolar and cray cray, so can’t wait to see how that plays out.
New Zealand produced this generation’s real life Archie Andrews played by KJ Apa. He is so perfect for the role, it’s not just his mediocre acting chops (he has potential relax), he also looks exactly like Archie. With that ginger hair and that smokin’ bod, what’s not to like about the Arch man? With a huge secret (spoiler: he slept with his music teacher) we know he can handle an independent woman, and still charm the hell out of all the girls in his high school. My Archie forecast, I’m kind of over the teacher student affair story, so I’m hoping Archie falls for the Pussycat dolls singer who is obviously annoyed by his straight white maleness. Potential romance? I’m down.
They really went full throttle social outcast for the role of Jugghead. And I don’t mind it, I still think he’s cute in a really weird psycho killer way, but also his character is supposed to be like the wisest person in town. He always has this outsider’s perspective, and with his voice as the show’s narration you know he has Morgan Freeman wisdom potential. It seems like if there’s a secret floating around Riverdale, Jugghead’s probably going to know about it first (spoiler: Archie’s teacher affair) Also, Betty enlists Juggy to be a writer for the school newspaper, so it’s just all very cute, very high school-y.
Cheryl Blossom, aka Regina George, aka the twin sister of the white teen that got shot on July 4th, aka gossip girl. She’s not only gossip girl because she spreads all the gossip around Riverdale, but also doesn’t she sound like Kristin Bell from Gossip Girl? Kristin Bell was the voice of gossip girl – well she was the literal voice of gossip girl, not the figurative one played by Dan. (LOL, remember that? It’s still creepy to me after all these years) Anyways, Cheryl has a way of saying her lines in that weirdly intriguing fast talking way of explaining a back story, or when she’s convincing the audience as to why she showed up at the high school when B and V were in the middle of the B and E. (Betty and Veronica – breaking and entering, see! she’s so good at these tongue twisters) By the end of the third episode she’s not as villain-y, Cheryl joins the girl squad along with B and V, Barb Ethel (why can’t she ever have a non-grandma name?), and some other randos. It’s all about girl power right now and we love it.
I read a funny line today about the parents in the show and how their kids are exact carbon copies of themselves. So like Betty’s mom Alice Cooper is a journalist, and now Betty is working for the school paper. Or Archie’s dad played by Luke Perry is like a hot brooding confused loner/cool dude, and that’s exactly who Archie is. Veronica and her mom. Currently Jugghead has no parents. Cheryl and her parents, who just all have the same hair colour. So yeah, these parents are all up involved in the show, and so far Alice Cooper takes the trophy for most annoying parent. She’s so crazy and it was the best scene when Cheryl’s mom knocked her the f out. But let’s not forget about the big bag of money Veronica’s mom receives from big daddy.
As you can tell, there’s a lot going on in Riverdale. At the end of the day it still is a teen drama on the CW, they have a record of butchering shows down the line. But, from what we’ve seen and heard, (the writing is on point but I’m over the Blue Jasmine references) this show might have potential. It’s also one of the first shows to air simultaneously on Netflix, with episode releases weekly. So it has Netflix on its side, and a really good soundtrack. What else you waiting for? Start watching because it might win album of the year best new TV show.Follow @hollywd_heroine
The Top 10 Shows You Should Be Watching If You Didn’t Vote – Trump.
In other words, here are the top 10 shows that are as inclusive, inspirational, artistic and classy as it gets. If you voted for Trump, then you may not see the special sparkling light in these shows, but here’s to hoping.
10. Westworld (HBO)
I’m trying to keep all the HBO/Showtime big hitters at the bottom of this list, we all know how big their budgets can get, so they should be creating masterpieces each season. Having said that, Westworld and it’s freshman season made us look at our lives in a completely different way. What if we’re already on our loops? Expected to do exactly what was programmed into us…by society…? Mind blown right? There’s also a fearless leader involved played by Anthony Hopkins…and we all know how important a fearless leader can be these days. Am I right or am I right?.
9. Game of Thrones (HBO)
Real talk Game of Thrones can probably top this list, but since they win at everything else (except Golden Globes 2017) I’ll keep them at the bottom of this list. But seriously, at the root of this entire show lies some pretty bad ass women, some have fallen along the way, some have dyed their hair black only to realize ginger is totally their colour, and if you’re Khaleesi it took her losing the triple threat dragons to realize how strong she was. But also she really needs them so thank God they came back. Season seven is coming up, and so is winter, and so is a bunch of grown up Starks who we’re hoping kick some major butt this season.The women just rule in this show, don’t deny it.
8. The Affair (Showtime)
Again I’m keeping these really powerful big budget shows at the bottom of this list to give the newcomers a bigger spotlight. But there is so much to be said for probably one of the smartest shows on television. I’ve been a fan since the beginning, and this season, although we’re sympathizing with creepy Noah, it’s given an opportunity for wifey Helen (Maura Tierney) to shine bright like a diamond. Her performance this season has been beyond chilling. This show does such a great job at presenting the different perspectives, mainly between a man and a woman, husband and wife. But if you really look at it as something bigger, none of us see things the same. This causes huge confusion, major conflicts, but at the same time it’s also what makes us human. We all need to be able to live together, and not be shady. Duh.
7. Black Mirror (Netflix)
This show might be the most low key (aka unknown) on the list, it’s on Netflix, and each episode is about something different, but they all have something to do with technology and how crazy this world can get. At a time when there are a lot of unknowns, Black Mirror shows, what are world can be, and sometimes it’s really unnerving, and sometimes it’s really beautiful. I don’t want to get into each episode, I still haven’t seen them all, but the stand out episode has to be San Junipero, wait I can’t even tell you what it’s about! It’ll just spoil it, so go and watch it!
6. Shameless (Showtime)
What doesn’t Shameless talk about? There’s nothing that goes untouched with this show and this season brought us femme fatale Fiona, and Ian’s new boyfriend…that was a girl…and now is a boy. You know what this show does? This show makes it okay to talk about anything and everything. It makes it acceptable for anyone to do whatever they want, with whoever they want, it’s freedom, it’s crazy, but the world hasn’t exploded, it works, and it’s okay. And that is all. Just watch it. But you probably already are.
5. Kingdom (DirecTV)
Kingdom makes my list for one reason and one reason only – Kiele Sanchez. The second half of this season saw the return of Lisa Prince played by Kiele, and it was one of the most powerful and heartbreaking episodes I had ever seen. When Kiele has a miscarriage late into her real pregnancy, both creator and Kiele decided to include it into the show, because Lisa was pregnant as well. For a show that’s 98% sweaty men fighting their faces off, I can’t tell you the amount of power Kiele brought as a female character to the screen. A lot of her scenes where she’s breaking down, they felt so raw and honest, because I mean it did all happen to her. It was more empowering to hear that she wanted to tell her story to the world, there was nothing to hide or be embarrassed about. Over a few episodes she tries to heal, she tries to get back to #werklife, and her acting honestly was brilliant. She was always a side character before, but this season she showed how strong she is as an actress, as a character, and how big this show can be. It’s a show about MMA fighting, but put that aside and you realize all these characters are fighting for different things, maybe some of the same things, things that can resonate with us as the audience. But the point is, life can knock ya down, life might be shi*** for the next couple (4) years, but the fight just makes you stronger.
4. This is Us (NBC)
At this point you’ve probably heard about the show with the ‘special’ spin at the end of the first episode. Yes, it was that clever. This is not one of those shows that I’m tuning into every week, but I have been following and I just think this show is definitely breaking barriers. I really didn’t know how long the show would go on for, honestly it wasn’t about the quality of the show, I just didn’t think it would survive in a place like NBC. I just felt like to show some of the raw moments, they couldn’t be things that are shown on NBC, but nevertheless it has succeeded it’s first season right where it started. Then I saw they were nominated for a few Golden Globes and I was like damn. Now, I know all the politics involved with certain shows getting certain nominations, but still, the show is really good, the writing is funny and cute, and the actors just play their characters right. It’s like one big happy family, ahem ahem.
3. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
I feel like we’re always waiting for this show to return because we end up watching the entire season over a weekend. It’s just that good. You know, this season of OITNB really talked about some hard issues that have obviously been going on forever, but just had more attention in the last year. And not to say they don’t talk about hard issues, they always do, that’s what makes the show so special, but this time OITNB got HEAVY. The season finale ending, Poussey, it was a lot, it was shocking, disturbing, sad, it’s everything that can go wrong in our world, it’s what’s happening now, and it’s not fun to watch. I think it was that much more disturbing because it all escalated so quickly and it was characters behaving in ways we had never seen the behave before. How did it go from 0 to 100 so quickly? I think that’s a big question we need to explore further. When things escalate that quickly, you lose yourself in the jump, and when you add weapons to the mix, things happen that can never be reversed.
2. Pitch (FOX)
LOL, this show is on FOX so even if you did vote for Trump you might like it. JK JK, it’s about a female baseball player so you’ll probably think it’s disgusting. But honestly, this show really did a number on me this season. Yes it’s about the first ever female professional baseball player, but again, it’s so much more than that. All the characters in this show are dealing with different things. I’ll give you an example of when I knew this show was different. There’s one player on the team, and his wife is also a main character. Well, instead of making him that typical athlete who cheats on his wife, or making her the typical wife who’s getting cheated on but doesn’t mind because she’s got pretty things, they completely flipped it around and put her in the power seat. Instead, she’s the strong supportive WAG (lol just wanted to use that word), she takes care of her man, yes she did a detour with her own dreams to support her husband, but her character is sort of having this awakening where she’s like, now it’s my turn to do my thing. Roles are shifting, people are changing, it really sucks this show is on Fox though.
1. The Crown (Netflix)
God save the Queen! Or Claire Foy because she’s absolutely killing it playing Queen Elizabeth II. This show surprised me the most and that’s why it’s in the number one spot. I’m not into all this old school, Victorian era, stiff sh**. Never got into Downtown Abbey. Don’t hate. But, I gave this show a chance, and right from the start I was in. I can’t tell you exactly what it is, I know the acting is amazing, and the writing is really magical. They could’ve made this show really long and boring, but it’s clear, concise and kind of funny. Claire Foy plays the Queen in a naive, playful, but really smart way. One of my favourite lines of the season, is when the Queen’s father has just passed away and she’s on the way to his funeral and she reads a letter from her grandmother and in the letter granny writes something like, today you are mourning two people, your father, and yourself because the person you were before is dead. Because she’s obviously the Queen now and she needs to step up, and stepping up may require her to be a different person, or a different version of herself. If you’re a sucker for epic lines, trust me, this show will give you plenty. So just watch it. #imwithher
I know, there are so many shows out there that is making waves, there are so many different stories to be told, each one of these shows is bringing a different question to the table. What do you guys think? Comment belowFollow @hollywd_heroine
Not too many shows can say they had their run of 7 seasons, and have their 7th season be a strong contender. Unless your Game of Thrones, or Lost, but it was all a dream so does that really count? Or…The Good Wife (for those that watched, #notme). But to be frank, no pun intended, I didn’t expect much from Showtime’s 7th go around with Shameless. At the end of last season it felt like the writers were just going around in circles, Debbie being a teen mom, Lip flunking out of school, Freaky Fiona getting her freak on, it just seemed like these characters weren’t going anywhere, they were just in the crazy spiral they’ve always been in and the season started off strong, well for some, but then in the middle it kind of got boring? It got really sad on one end (Lip) and really exciting on the other (Fiona), so I never knew how to really feel. But then, something magical happened, Monica showed up again, and this time, just like every other time, you hoped this would be that existential moment she has, where she finally wakes up and saves her kids. And I guess in a way it was, she just lost went to sleep forever instead.
You know, as much as I hate Frank, I never hated Monica. Even though she was in and out of the seasons, any time she showed up I got my hopes up, even though the kids didn’t. I always gave her the benefit of the doubt, and I always wanted her to show up for her kids. But this season she shows up, and she admits to Frank she’s dying, and at first I was like okay great, this is going to be all cheese, but it was all so beautiful, so funny, and of course super sad. There’s something about Shameless, where you can be watching it and hysterically laughing, and then you get hit with a flood of emotion, and it’s this constant rollercoaster but it always works. After Monica and Frank’s wedding, I had a feeling that she wouldn’t make it out of the season, but I never thought they would have her dead in that moment. You think you know this show so you’re assuming she’s probably high or too drunk to get up , but then you see the panic on Frank’s face, his desperation, his pleading for her to wake up, it was just such a sad scene, but you’re still waiting for the joke to hit because this is Shameless after all, but it never does and the episode cuts to black.
So she’s dead, in the season finale the kids take her to the hospital but she’s been dead, and I don’t think the sad part is Monica being dead. The sad part was seeing all the kids like finally realize this surprising feeling they had towards her that they buried each time she would let them down. I think they all realized hating her was so much easier. But who can deny that your mom keeping 70k worth of meth for your inheritance is pretty badass. I think the only thing I would’ve wanted differently, first off I think she could’ve been in the show a lot more, there were so many different dimensions to her as a character, from Frank’s speech at her funeral it sounded like she was the reason for all of this craziness, so you would think she would have all the answers as to why? Whereas Frank always seemed like he was just following, well from his story it did turn out that way, that he fell in love with her and followed her to the ends of the earth. So yeah, a few unanswered questions.
So even though season 7 didn’t end well for Monica, it looked like the Gallaghers are heading to a good start for season 8, who doesn’t love a good montage ending.
Started off on tinder, now she’s paid off the house mortgage, drives a Rav4, and is the new owner of an apartment building, and possibly new man?
Memorable mentions: Returning her and Liam’s portion of the Monica meth, she hides it under Monica’s body in the casket, and then literally punches her mom in the chest with tears in her eyes. Also major tears in our eyes to. Ugh.
Started off in AA, ended off in the AA. I loved his ending, I hated him during the season, he got kicked out of school, didn’t want to go back, and then when he got the sliver of a chance to go back, he realized how much he wanted it and the school denied him everything. He went to a really dark place this season, and I’m really hoping that’s as dark as we see Lip. In the ending montage he shows up at AA again, and looks super happy to be there. Yay. Again, tears in our eyes.
Memorable mentions: I have to say, my heart sank when he admitted in the season finale that he really fucked up. I think he knew it, internally, he knew it all along, but he kept thinking he could find another way, but hearing him say he messed up, it was all on him, it was really huge.
I freaking love Ian. Ian was my man this season, he just seemed like he had his sh** together, until Mickey escaped prison. Aside from his new boyfriend, meh, when Mickey returns Ian is super confused and runs off with his first love, but right before they cross the border Ian backs out, and says ‘this isn’t me anymore’
Memorable mentions: Leaving Mickey at the border, in a cheap wig and dress.
Didn’t really like this whole Debbie teen mom thing, but she pulled through this season, even making up with Fiona, and overall just seeming more mature. Not quite sure about her choice in welding, but here’s to her. Maybe she’ll get an etsy account and make a lot of money.
Memorable mentions: Her and Monica busting up her baby’s grandmother’s house that seen was hilarious.
Carl surprises me each season. I love how level headed he’s become. He quit his drug running business, fell in love, fell out of it, paid for his own circumcision surgery, and then decided to go to military school. Amazing. He returns in the season finale to cook a bacon breakfast, and just be there to support his family. Also he offers to sell of the meth to his corner hood friends.
Memorable mentions: His whole journey this season, he really stepped up and was trying to be the man of the house, choosing to go to military school, he’s what you would call a ‘sick kid’ in all the good ways.
Liam gets to go to private school because of Frank, this was one of the coolest moments of the season. Big ups to daddy Frank for finally doing something good.
I want to believe something changed in all the Gallaghers after Monica’s passing, but like many seasons before things just kind of fall back into place. I’m hoping, and it seems like the show might be coming to a close soon, that the writers are taking these characters slowly towards the sunset.
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I have to admit, ever since Friday Night Lights went off the air I’ve been waiting for the next best thing. Mixing drama and sports can be a perfect combination for prime time success, but it has to be done right, and FOX’s PITCH is doing everything right, right now.
We’re talking about episode five, which is the dreaded ‘trade deadline’ episode, I mean for the audience it made great TV, and as a viewer you feel the anxiety of checking your phone constantly to stay on top of all the trade rumours. I did appreciate how right from the start, the show explains that Lawson (MPG) and Ginny won’t get traded, Lawson is an MVP A-list player, and Ginny is obviously the first female pro baseball player, so they’re basically safe for the deadline. Blip on the other hand, isn’t. And I know there really isn’t anyone else Ginny is close to on the team, but it seems like they keep using Blip as hostage to force the high stakes, and I don’t know how I feel about this. Like it’s getting a little old and we’re only on episode five.
Is one of, if not the most intense time in professional sports, both for managers and players. Oscar, played by Mark Consuelos is the Padres’ GM absolutely kills it in this episode. Up until now he hasn’t really been a threat to our favourite characters, and he’s the GM he really should be. But in this episode, and after some pressure from Kevin Connolly’s character, he turns up and has to somehow get rid of a $2million salary cut, somehow, someway, Mark Consuelos can do this. Okay let’s go, the ticker is now ticking! In the Padres deliberation room, they’ve laid out a list of all the players they currently have, and then a list of potential players they want. So visually, we can see what’s going on, who’s being traded, cool, this is all easy to understand. But just when things start to get a little confusing and a little to number-y, Ginny calls Eliot who gives her a ‘basically if Alfonso Guzman-Chavez gets traded, Blip might get traded to’ and so now that’s the only name you need to remember. Cool, thanks, this is super easy. Back at the clubhouse, everyone is still on their phones, some old man on the team gets traded multiple times over the course of the episode, nobody really cares.
More Ginny Flashbacks:
We learn about Ginny and why she hates the trade deadline more than anyone else! Back in the minors, or whatever the league is called when you’re still in high school, Ginny makes a friend with a lanky kid on the baseball team. They bond over In Living Color and the common ideology of never dating one of your teammates. Cute. Somehow this flashback relates to the present, Ginny doesn’t want Blip to get traded, but Ginny needs to calm down. Blip’s got a wife and two kids who are just as worried, she needs to check herself. But Blip gets to her first, when he barks back at Ginny for asking too many questions, and then wine night is ruined with Blip’s wifey telling Ginny she should leave. At the end of the episode we find out that her friend’s father was the drunk driver who killed Ginny’s father, which is so heartbreaking, but I don’t get how all of that relates to the trade deadline. Him leaving the baseball team had nothing to do with being traded. He was moving because his dad went to jail and he had nowhere else to live. So I was just like, what? Sure, I’ll take it.
Back to the intensity that is the countdown ticker and Mark Consuelos. Well first, it’s Ginny because she whines about Blip leaving to Amelia, and then Amelia gets all Beyonce on her and tells her she needs to stand up for what’s right, and tell Mark Consuelos that she wants Blip to stay, or else she’ll walk away from the team!! Gasp. So that’s exactly what Ginny does, except she’s not Beyonce, and Mark Consuelos is suffering from a bad tooth ache, a weird Kevin Connolly, the trade deadline ticker, and a $2million salary cut, so you can imagine how furious he gets when a rookie player walks into his office demanding him to keep Blip on the team. He basically says, and this is so amazing because this is what I think of baseball, Oscar (Mark Consuelos) says something like, we pay players to essentially play a kid’s game, and we pay millions of dollars to have them go wherever we want them to go. And it was like ‘woah, Ginny just got shot down, hard’ and on top of that, now Blip is in Oscars’ trade sights. In the end, Oscar manages to come in under budget, the deadline is now closed, Blip and Ginny hug it out, the old man who got traded at the front of the episode is now back in the locker room, but Tommy who has a son and a wife, got traded. If you want us to care about a character don’t introduce us to his family 7 minutes before trading him to another team. Meh.
The Love Triangle:
I don’t really know if this is a love triangle, I don’t really know how I feel about this. I do know that Amelia (Ali Larter) and Mark Lawson (MPG) are a hot couple. Like they’re hot together, and it’s super-hot that Lawson buys Amelia a mouth guard so she can sleep over at his house. But what isn’t hot is Amelia when Lawson calls her a groupie, and then spends the rest of the episode making it up to her. The writing between these two is amazing, it’s sexy and entertaining without being Fitz and Olivia cheesy, and I love this. Anyways, at the end of the episode Amelia pulls Ginny to the side and is basically like, ‘me and Lawson are seeing each other, didn’t want you to find out from anyone else’ and Ginny gives the ‘I’m a cool girl, so do your thang’ response, but when she turns around you see this look of like ‘wtf’ from Ginny, and then she totally ignores Lawson’s call, so wtf, is this a love triangle or what??
What are your thoughts guys? How’s the season going so far? This has to be my number one favourite pick of the season. For a show that could’ve easily done everything wrong, they are doing everything right. Let’s hope it stays that way.Follow @hollywd_heroine
But seriously, is four episodes going to be enough? When i first read about Netflix’s revival of one of our generation’s classic television shows (I was in elementary school when it aired so it’s a classic for me) I was beyond excited. I wasn’t watching it religiously when it aired, but getting to see them again on Netflix brought back the nostalgia (Netflix’s grand plan).
Gilmore Girls always reminds me of fall, cinnamon-y spiced lattes (before pumpkin spice was a thing) and family! Some of their best moments were at the dinner table when Rory and Lorelai were at her moms. If you’ve ever had a overbearing/loving grandmother, you’d know these scenes are the funniest. Kelly Bishop is queen.
The reunion special will be a four-part special that takes place over the four seasons, from the looks of the trailer it seems like everyone’s back. Even Sookie St.James (Mellisa McCarthy) is coming back after reports said she didn’t hear about the reunion in time, you know, because she’s a big star now and all. But we love her and glad she’ll be back. In between getting away with murder, Paris (Liza Weil) also returns to Stars Hollow, and all of Rory’s men appear in the trailer, so you know it’s about to go down.
If you haven’t heard, Rory’s grandfather played by Edward Hermann passed away in 2014, and it seems like our girls are going to be dealing with his death. I can’t imagine how hard it must’ve been to return to set and not have him there. It reminds us of how much time has passed since the show ended in 2007, and jeez we’re getting old.
Check out the trailer below. The four-part special airs on Netflix on November 25th.