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The Rising Power of Streaming: Netflix is Now a Top Contender for The Emmys’

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Awards season is fast-approaching. This year’s list of Emmy nominations dropped Thursday and it’s becoming clear that top networks like HBO have something to worry about. Netflix’s vast expansion of original streaming content is growing and growing. And with that, so are the Emmy nominations. Netflix has nabbed a total of 112 noms for their originals, which just beat HBO’s 108. It’s impressive to say the least. Thanks to their originals—such as GLOW, The Crown, and Stranger Things to name a fewNetflix has jumped from their 2015 bottom spot on the nomination list to the top in 2018.

Why Netflix is Now a Top Contender for The Emmys’

It took Netflix about five years since they debuted their first original to climb to the top of the nomination charts. According to an article from The Verge last year, Netflix “has only climbed the ladder by strategically playing the odds. The company is almost doubling its nomination count every year, but it’s also producing a mind-boggling 600 hours of content and spending $6 billion a year to do so.” The success can also be attributed to the streaming interface allowing Netflix to track viewer habits, and thus provide more original content based upon viewer preferences. Well played, Netflix, well played.

 

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The Rising Power of Streaming: Netflix is Now a Top Contender for The Emmys’. Featured Photo Credit: Photofest, The Hollywood Reporter

 

Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale Recap

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The following contains spoilers from the Game of  Thrones Season 6 finale episode.

Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons is finally heading to Westeros. She’s got her dragons, ships, and army, and she’s coming for what’s hers, in the words of Cookie Lyon. Meanwhile in King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister now sits on the Iron Throne, after King Tommen commits suicide, which was triggered by Cersei setting wildfire loose on the Sept of Baelor and killing everyone inside. (Yay the high sparrow is gone! Noooo Margaery and Loras are dead!)
But Daenerys and Cersei aren’t the only would-be rulers, as Jon is now King in the North. But that’s not all, as Bran saw in his vision. Not only is Jon the King in the North, but he’s also the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen (R + L = J!) making him the true King of the Seven Kingdoms. Also happening Stark-wise, Arya is back in Westeros! She fed Frey his own sons a la The Help, then killed him, and now she’s heading to Winterfell. It’s a Stark Family Reunion.

“You’re in the great game now, and the great game is terrifying.”

As only five books had been written prior to season six, I was wondering how the book to television transition would go. This is not to say that the television show didn’t change or cut things from the books before (Lady Stoneheart, Arianne Martell, Daenerys and Tyrion actually meeting), but this was the first season where it would pass the books. And it was brilliant. From Jon and Sansa meeting up and deciding to take back Winterfell to Yara and Theon’s reunion to them meeting with Daenerys to the alliance of Ellaria and the Sand Snakes with Olenna Tyrell to, of course, the confirmation that Jon is Lyanna and Rhaegar’s son, season six was amazing, and season seven is looking to be better.
There are still many questions to be answered, specifically regarding Jon and Daenerys. Will they fight for the throne? Will they marry? When and how does Bran and Meera get back to Winterfell in order to tell him? Will Howland Reed, the only living survivor of that encounter at the Tower of Joy, show up? We’ll have to wait until April 2017 to find out.
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Traveling by Film and TV

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Traveling is an obsession of mine. Whether I’m visiting family in Florida, North Carolina, Mexico, Maine, or planning a cross-country road trip, I’m constantly keeping tabs on places I want to visit. When I’m watching a movie or TV show that shows me a new part of the world, I instantly mark the spot as a dream vacation. When I was studying abroad in London, I made sure to visit some of the Harry Potter filming locations, including Oxford University, where they also filmed some scenes from X-Men: First Class. And when I went to New Orleans this past year, I made a stop at the house used for American Horror Story: Coven. Here are five locations that I intend on visiting someday.

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Courtesy of Highclere Castle


Highclere Castle — Downton Abbey
Located in Hampshire, England, this residence of Lord and Lady Carnarvon is open to the public during the summer months. Though it has been used in a number of shows and films, it is most recently known as Downton Abbey, home to the Crawley family.

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Courtesy of Chatsworth House


Chatsworth House — Pride and Prejudice
This country home in Derbyshire, England acts as Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s estate in 2005’s Pride and Prejudice. With 105 acres of cascading fountains, gardens, farmland, and parks set near the River Derwent, this home is magnificently beautiful.
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Courtesy of MGM/Columbia Pictures


The Scottish Highlands — Skyfall
One of the most breathtaking scenes in Skyfall occurs when James Bond is driving to his old childhood home and goes through Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands. Due to the popularity of the site, however, guests and campers in the area have left trash behind, which is purely unacceptable and such a shame.
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Courtesy of hobbitontours.com


New Zealand — Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in various locations throughout New Zealand, so it’s hard to just pick one place to visit. The Shire and Hobbiton scenes were filmed in Matamata, and the set built for Hobbiton is actually now a permanent attraction for fans of the series to visit. Wellington was transformed into a number of LOTR locations, including Kaitoke Regional Park, which was the inspiration for Rivendell, and Harcourt Park became the Gardens of Isengard. There are a plethora of places I wish I could mention, but a quick Google search will help you plan a whole LOTR trip.
 
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Courtesy of Samantha T. Photography/Getty


Dubrovnik, Croatia — Game of Thrones*
This beautiful city on the Mediterranean Sea acts as King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. When visiting this city, you can explore on your own or embark on a Game of Thrones walking tour of the city offered by Viator.
*Just all of the locations used for Game of Thrones really
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Traveling by Film and TV was originally published in Cliché Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2015 issue

Emmys 2015 Recap and Winners

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Andy Samberg spoke the truth: there are so many shows and so little time.
In his opening number for the 67th Emmy Awards, Samberg opened with a pre-recorded, star-studded video in which he sang about the struggles of keeping up with TV shows this year. It really is hard to keep up with everything that is currently on air. Even I didn’t watch all of the Emmy-nominated shows. (I have the limited series nominees still to binge.)
But the wonderful video led into a monologue that hit some highs and lows. There were diversity jokes that were sadly necessary and political jokes that rightfully zinged Kim Davis and Donald Trump.
At one point, Samberg revealed the username and password for an HBO Now account for all to use. It worked. I was able to sign in, but with the entire world also signing in, watching a show is actually impossible. It did provide the Internet with some great trolls who changed his username, though.
The Emmys also spoiled the endings for all of the shows that went off the air this season as they tried to honor the final seasons. Hint for next time? Don’t play scenes from the final episodes. Thanks.
In a surprise appearance, Tracy Morgan announced the winner for outstanding drama series (Game of Thrones). Morgan was critically injured in a car accident in June 2014 that left him in a coma for eight days. He made minor public appearances until last night.  
History was made when Viola Davis became the first black actress to win an Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series and gave an amazing speech. She said, “Let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
Other amazing speeches came from Transparent’s Jill Soloway and Jeffrey Tambor, who won for best directing in a comedy and lead actor in a comedy, respectively. They both honored transgendered individuals and Soloway highlighted the inequalities faced by transgender people.
Jon Hamm (finally) became the only actor from Mad Men to win an Emmy for the show. It was well-deserved. He also crawled on stage sans stairs because why not?
Uzo Aduba became the first woman to win an award for best supporting comedy actress and best supporting drama actress for the same character. (She won last year for comedy for Orange is the New Black and this year for drama.)
But there were some disappointing losses. Tatiana Maslany, who finally received an Emmy nom for Orphan Black, lost to Viola Davis. I’m not complaining about Davis’ win; I am so thrilled about it, but I do hope Maslany can take an Emmy away at some point. She has an uncanny ability to play multiple characters at a time and deserves to be honored for it. It’s also unfortunate to know that comedy queen Amy Poehler will never win an Emmy for Parks and Recreation.
Overall, HBO took home the most Emmys with 40, followed by ABC with 14.
In comedy, Veep dominated with four of the seven awards for comedy series, and Olive Kitteridge led the limited series categories with six of the seven wins. And Jon Stewart’s team took home multiple awards for their final complete season.     .
Winners of the evening:
Outstanding comedy series: Veep
Outstanding drama series: Game of Thrones
Outstanding variety talk series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Outstanding variety sketch series: Inside Amy Schumer
Outstanding limited series: Olive Kitteridge
Outstanding reality-competition program: The Voice
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series: Jeffrey Tambor on Transparent
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Veep
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series: Jon Hamm on Mad Men
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series: Viola Davis on How to Get Away with Murder
Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie: Richard Jenkins on Olive Kitteridge
Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie: Frances McDormand on Olive Kitteridge
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series: Tony Hale on Veep
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series: Allison Janney on Mom
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series: Peter Dinklage on Game of Thrones
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series: Uzo Aduba on Orange is the New Black
Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie: Bill Murray on Olive Kitteridge
Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie: Regina King on American Crime
Outstanding directing for a comedy series: Jill Soloway for Transparent
Outstanding directing for a drama series: David Nutter for Game of Thrones
Outstanding directing for a variety series: Chuck O’Neil for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Outstanding directing for limited series, movie or dramatic special: Lisa Cholodenko for Olive Kitteridge
Outstanding writing for a comedy series: Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche for Veep
Outstanding writing for a drama series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for Game of Thrones
Outstanding writing for a variety series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Outstanding writing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special: Jane Anderson for Olive Kitteridge
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Game of Thrones Returns

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Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen Season 4 & Season 5, Episode 1.

Game of Thrones returns with a sputter of an episode to kick off its 5th season. Following the events of Season 4’s climatic finale, this episode is all talk, and not so much slice n’ dice. Even the deaths weren’t shocking–the characters that were killed off weren’t exactly fan favorites.  However, what this episode does manage to do is establish a variety of sub plots that are sure to have a huge payoff (come on dragon wars, come on). Interestingly, this episode begins with a flashback that follows a young Cersei breaking into a witch’s home (okay, she’s more of a fortune teller), and receives an ominous fortune.

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Man, they grow fast.

Among the storylines, we find the Lannister twins trying to keep it together before their father’s funeral. Cersei still believes Tyrion is the source of all her troubles, and a level-headed Jamie continues to focus her attention on the growing threat of the other kingdoms (Lannisters have been dropping like flies).  Tyrion Lannister, who, after killing the love of his life and his father, is smuggled far from King’s Landing, and Varys immediately recruits him into a conspiracy to retake the Seven Kingdoms (road trip storyline, alright!).  Daenerys encounters a secret rebel force in her new kingdom, which appears to spark her desire to Dragon it up–she has to remind people that she carries a big stick. Jon Snow is still bummed out about losing Ygritte, and tries his best to keep Mance Raydar from a fiery execution, he obviously knows nothing, and you can pretty much guess how successful he was in that venture.

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Jon, arrows can’t solve all your problems.


Other than the aforementioned setting up of new plots, this episode didn’t do much to keep my attention. I’m hoping this was a way of preparing the viewers for a feast of payoffs some time real soon, because, judging from the conversations in this episode, war is imminent and the minor characters who haven’t made any moves yet will soon have to, if they want to be part of this game of thrones.
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What to Watch During the Winter Hiatus

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As we approach the holiday season, it’s now time for the yearly TV hiatus that takes place through the winter months. Our favorite shows won’t be back until January (some, in February!) And though this is an unfortunate time, it does mean that we have a little more time to catch up on what work or school keeps us from. There are a number of shows that I have become addicted to over the past few weeks that I will sorely miss, there are shows I cannot wait to return, and there are some shows that I want to start watching. I’ve come up with eight of the ones I’ve been sucked into, but there are so many I wish I could include. Though we may mourn for the shows we sorely miss, take advantage of this time! Here is what to watch during the winter hiatus:
Gotham; returns Jan. 5
With only 10 episodes to it’s first season, Gotham has covered quite a bit of ground in exploring Jim Gordon’s introduction to the Gotham police force, while also introducing some of Gotham’s most vile villains before they become the popular characters known today. With the case of the Wayne murder hanging over Gordon’s head, the corruption and violence in Gotham gives Gordon a reason to fight. It’ll be interesting to see who is introduced in January.
American Horror Story; returns Jan. 7
Since the Murder House miniseries premiered in 2011, the American Horror Story series has been praised since then. Each miniseries has different characters and a new story, but features many of the same actors. Now, I have never seen any of the American Horror Story series. The reason I’ve avoided it is because I know I can’t watch them by myself or I’d probably have a nightmare. My sister and I have decided to watch them over winter break, so I’ll be right there with you if you decide to start now as well.
Parks and Recreation; returns Jan. 13
This beloved comedy is returning for its seventh and final season on Jan. 13. Unfortunately, the season will only have 13 episodes. As much as I am saddened by this show ending, I can’t wait to see where the characters end up. You have plenty of time to watch the last six seasons and come to love these characters as much as I do.
The Flash; returns Jan. 20
A spin-off of Arrow, The Flash has 10 episodes to its first season, so it’ll be fairly simple to catch up. The season starts with an introduction to how Barry Allen got his powers and follows him as he learns how to control them. Towards the end of the season, there is a Flash/Arrow crossover, which is why I highly recommend catching up on Arrow.
Arrow; returns Jan. 21
Arrow is currently in its third season, so if you haven’t caught up yet, Netflix has the first two seasons. I can’t speak much to the newest season, because I got a late start and am only on season two, but what I have seen so far has been tremendous. The show flashes between the experiences Oliver Queen had to become the Arrow and what he is using his abilities for.
How to Get Away With Murder; returns Jan. 29
Well, this show has had quite the first season. From showing a murder through flashbacks and through the eyes of various characters to focusing on a larger case throughout the series to working on smaller cases, there was always something happening on the show. There are only nine episodes to watch from now until January, so you have no excuse to fall behind.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; returns March 3
I love the Marvel franchise, but I’ll admit that I wasn’t really impressed with season one, but this show returned with an incredible story for season two and has been on an upwards trajectory. The mid-season finale introduces a new Marvel character to the universe, who will be familiar to fans of the comics. Though there is a long break before its return, Marvel’s Agent Carter will be premiering on Jan. 6 and will air during the break.
Game of Thrones; returns Spring 2015
So I’m including this show on the list even though it has been off the air since June and won’t return for its fifth season until the spring, because if you haven’t started watching this show, you really need to. Game of Thrones is phenomenally put together and the storylines will drag you in. Also, you should probably read the books too if you don’t mind some spoilers, because they are amazing.

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#NowPlaying

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With summer finally here, you’d think I’d be out enjoying the gorgeous weather and the break from being indoors. However, being a true entertainment junkie, I find myself still glued to my electronics. Also, it doesn’t help that I can watch TV, listen to music, and read a book from my phone; let’s just say that my face has yet to bask in the light of day. Who needs healthy social interaction anyway? Especially when you can stay glued to a screen all day (totally joking—go make friends). Here’s what I currently have on rotation.

Listening To: Bangerz by Miley Cyrus

So we all know Hannah Montana-no-more has gone clinically insane circa Britney Spears 2007. Still, despite how repulsed I am by her new persona, I’m completely obsessed with her Bangerz album—though if you tell anyone, I’ll deny it. It’s very rare that I find an album where I like almost every single song, but believe it or not, this is one of them. However, this shouldn’t come as a surprise when she’s been collaborating with artists such as Will.i.Am and Pharrell. Album highlights include fan-favorites like “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” pretty vocals like “Adore You” and “Drive,” and of course finger-snapping beats like “Hands in the Air” and “Someone Else”; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The ill-fitting hairstyles, crazy antics, and unbearable new personality might turn you away from Miley, but there’s no denying that this album rocks!

Reading: Brunbrunetteambitionette Ambition by Lea Michele

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to our readers. I love all things Lea Michele. In her debut novel—which is both memoir as well as a how-to for the young and ambitious—we get to hear revealing untold stories and never-before-seen images of the multi-tasking starlet. From beauty tips to fitness advice, Michele describes this as “the book [she] wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties.” I may have been newly inducted into my late twenties, but that didn’t stop me from pre-ordering my copy.

yoshiPlaying: Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS

If I told you that I prepaid for this game before its release date just so I could play it right away, would you judge me? Call me a #nerd if you will, but I have no regrets. This is basically a “midquel” between the original Super Mario 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES) and Yoshi’s Island (DS). It plays much like its predecessor, with the Yoshis helping to reunite Baby Mario and his kidnapped brother. What could be more adorable than diapers and dinosaurs? I’ll admit I still favor the original, but I’m happy to get my fix of flutter jumps, egg-tosses, and ground pounds.

gameofthronesWatching: Game of Thrones (Seasons 1-4)

Despite all of my self-proclaimed entertainment savviness, I will admit that I am usually the last person to know about a hit show (thank goodness for Netflix and on-demand).  So although HBO’s Game of Thrones just wrapped up its fourth season—and I’m sure it was phenomenal—this late bloomer is still waiting on Khaleesi’s dragon eggs to hatch. Though I’m far behind and social media has long-ago informed me of some of the show’s major events, there’s something fulfilling in watching the storyline from the beginning and at my own pace. Sure, I don’t have the excruciating, albeit exciting experience of waiting for the next episode week after week, but I have literally hundreds of hours of viewing pleasure at my disposal! And so far, I’ve been as enthralled as King Joffrey in a room full of dead puppies.

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The ‘Game of Thrones’ Continues

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Well, wow. Just three episodes in, and this season of Game of Thrones has already taken extreme to a whole new level. (If you haven’t caught up with everything yet DO IT RIGHT NOW, and SPOILER ALERT, do NOT read the rest of the post.)

As per usual, the Lannister family is annoyingly vicious, but not all is well within the family. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) came home to find Tywin (Charles Dance) wanting him to go back to Casterly Rock, Cersei (Lena Headey) rebuffing his attempts at incestous seduction, and Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) mocking his uncle/dad’s missing hand. But retribution for Joffrey’s disrespectful actions came early this season in what I like to say is “Joffrey getting what was coming to him.” (FINALLY!) But then Jamie raped Cersei in front of their dead son. Since airing, the scene has gotten quite a bit of backlash, and I have to say, it peeved me as well.

As someone who has read the books, this event creates a dilemma. In the episode, Cersei is begging him to stop. In the books, Cersei is urging him to keep going. By changing what happened, I’m concerned that the show is changing Jamie’s character. I’m hoping they don’t stray too far because Jamie’s transformation and growth throughout the series is a key part of the plot, and I want it to be right. Anyway, onto the next point.

We’ve been introduced to Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), who was in town for Joffrey’s wedding, but it looks like Oberyn is visiting for something more. As Oberyn put it, “The Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts.” If you aren’t in love with Oberyn yet, give it time; you will be very soon. We haven’t seen enough of him yet though, so I hope they give him his chance to shine.

Sansa (Sophie Turner) is on a boat with Littlefinger, and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is in the dungeons. What’s to come of them? Only time will tell, and so we are left wondering.

The future is also unclear for those we left behind in last week’s episode, what with Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the men at the Wall preparing for a Wilding attack, and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), who is still traveling with her dragons and army to new cities and kicking butt. I have to say, I am falling for Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman) and want to see more of him.

Last, but not least, there is Arya (Maisie Williams), who returned and proved herself to be one of the greatest characters ever written. Arya and The Hound (Rory McCann) headed off on their adventure post-Red Wedding, and little Arya showed that she could hold her own. She’s smart and tactful, but The Hound has a bad habit of ruining things, so it’s going to be interesting as they continue on their way.

For those of you who have read the books, you might be wondering how the rest of the season is going to play out in terms of following the books. I, for one, am a little nervous, but I can’t wait. The anticipation is killing me.

Featured image: HBO via The Hollywood Reporter 

Drama Junkie: The Best of TV

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Everyone wants to spend their summers lying in the sun on a relaxing beach, but for the unexpected thunderstorm or the unbearable heat wave, television can be a girl’s best friend–especially using on-demand services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime. Of course there are always reality shows to check up on, but these top five dramas will keep you wide-eyed and begging for more.

madmenMad Men, AMC

Set in the early 1960’s, we zoom in on the life of Don Draper, a creative director at Sterling Cooper advertising agency in Manhattan. Draper spends his days working, drinking, womanizing, and occasionally checking in on his cookie-cutter suburban family.  As the following six seasons unfold, we learn more about his not-so-perfect family, his various affairs with city women, his colleagues at the ad agency, and his secretive past.  The show is not only gorgeous to look at, but it gets you thinking about how things have changed–but also stayed the same–since this iconic time in America’s history. The seventh and final season is expected to air next April.

breakingBreaking Bad, AMC

All girls–even good girls at one point or another–have a thing for a bad boy, right?  Meet Walter White: loving husband, proud father of a teenage son with cerebral palsy, high school chemistry teacher, and recently diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.  As a way to cheer him up, Walt’s brother-in-law and DEA officer, Hank, takes him on a drug bust and Walt notices a former student of his, Jesse Pinkman, fleeing the scene.  With hefty medical bills rolling in, Walt beings to panic about his family’s future financial stability.  When Walt learns how much money the DEA raked in from the drug bust, he contacts Pinkman and dips his toe into the hazy world of cooking and distributing methamphetamine.  The four seasons that follow may give you heart-palpitating anxiety attacks, but it is oh-so worth it. Tune in to final episodes of season five on August 11th.

walkingdeadThe Walking Dead, AMC

In a post-apocalyptic world, zombies have taken over all major cities and only a few uninfected citizens remain on the run for their lives.  Former sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes reunites with his wife and son and takes on the leadership of the group they are traveling with.  Aside from battling brain-hungry “walkers” on a daily basis, members of the group must also grapple with the drama of everyday life and the ethical dilemmas that come along with risking your own safety for the good of society… or what’s left of it.  Watch out for the return of the zombies when the fourth season airs in October.

downtonDownton Abbey, BBC

Travel back in time to England circa 1912 to Downton Abbey; the estate and home of the wealthy Crawley family headed by the Earl and Lady Grantham and their full staff of servants.  The first season begins with news that the heir to the family estate has died in the sinking of the Titanic. The majority of the first season revolves around rekindling relations with the Earl’s distant cousin Matthew Crawley and his mother, along with the drama of the three Crawley daughters in search for suitable husbands.  While the day to day drama of the upper class may not interest everyone, the secrets and betrayal of the servants’ lives is sure to engage any viewer.  Murders, back-stabbing sisters, and secret affairs collide in this old-fashioned soap opera.  The fourth season is expected to air in January, 2014.

gameofthronesGame of Thrones, HBO

Even If you’ve already seen social media spoilers of what happens in this blockbuster series, it’s still worth it to dive head first into Game of Thrones.  In a fantasy medieval times, we are introduced to the honorable Stark family of the North.  Within the first few episodes, it becomes apparent that there has been a murder at the Capitol in King’s Landing and Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark, the head of the family, is forced from his home.  Stark is called upon by his dearest friend, King Robert, to work for him amidst the abrasive Lannister family to protect Robert, the throne, and the fate of the seven kingdoms. Across the seas, Viserys Targaryen and his sister Daenerys are working diligently to return to King’s Landing with an army to reclaim the throne that was stolen from their father.  While it may seem overwhelming at first to keep track of all of the different families and houses and cities, you’ll begin to understand the rivalries and allies as the show goes on.  In the meantime, you won’t be able to help yourself from falling in love with the characters and wishing death upon some of the others.  The fight for the throne will return in 2014.