The following contains spoilers from the Season Four premiere of Younger.
Younger, for those unfamiliar with the show, is about a 40-something-year-old woman named Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) who has just separated from her husband and is looking to get back into the workforce she left to raise her daughter. When she is honest about her age, she received nothing but closed doors, but when she reaches the publishing firm Empirical Press to apply for an assistant position, she pretends to be 26 and lands the job. Thus, her life has been a series of elaborate and not so elaborate lies to keep the truth hidden ever since.
When we last saw Liza during the season three finale, the life she’s spent so long trying to protect was falling apart. Her boyfriend, Josh (Nico Tortorella), had just broken up with her though he was planning to propose, after seeing her kiss Charles (Peter Herman) in the Hamptons. They have one of the most emotional and heartbreaking fights of the season as Josh calls her out deservedly on her lies and her behavior. After losing her boyfriend, she decided to come clean to her work best friend, Kelsey (Hilary Duff) about her real age, daughter, and second life outside of work. Season three closed with this reveal and Kelsey feeling betrayed by one of her closest friends.
In the season four premiere, which aired last night, we see Kelsey walking down the street, suitcases in hand, reliving the explanation that Liza gave her for why she lied. On top of that betrayal, Kelsey finds out that Liza bought a book that she specifically asked her not to buy in order to keep her age a secret.
Meanwhile, Kristin Chenoweth shines in her guest spot as a confident and flirtatious woman who is pushing a book wherein the truth is subjective, operating under the belief that if you say something loud enough no matter what it is, it can be true. For the sake of their millennial imprint, Kelsey implores Liza to keep her secret from their bosses, Charles and Diana (Miriam Shor), leaving Liza to believe that Kelsey has forgiven her—that is, until later at the “29 under 29” Entertainment Weekly party that they strong-armed their way into. When Liza confesses her relief at Kelsey’s forgiveness, she learns that their comradery in the party was just business for the imprint, and Kelsey feels that Liza broke her heart and can never be forgiven. Shortly after, we learn that Kelsey has moved in with Liza’s ex, Josh, which is sure to create even more drama for the show that started out its fourth season with a bang.
What did you think of the Season Four premiere? Let us know in the comments below!
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Full disclaimer: Hilary Duff is my spirit animal. Actually, I just have the biggest girl crush in the history of girl crushes on her!
Okay. Now that that’s out in the open, it’s time to talk about what you really came to read about: Younger. If you’ve never heard of Younger before, maybe you just need to start watching TV Land. Before you stop reading and think, “Why on Earth would I watch TV Land? All they do is Happy Days reruns,” let me cut you off right there. TV Land has gotten with the times and fully rebranded themselves. They are now home to a whole bunch of shows that you need to take a chance on. Case in point: Younger.
This series stars Sutton Foster as the lead character who goes by Liza Miller. We’re introduced to Liza as a 40-year-old single mom trying to get her life back to “normal” after a failed marriage. She attempts to hop back into the working world. Seeing how difficult it is to get hired when you’re much older, she lies to her current employer by saying she’s a 26 year old. You can only imagine the trouble here. She befriends Kelsey Peters (Hilary Duff), works for a Devil Wears Prada-type of boss named Diana Trout (Miriam Shor) and finds herself a twenty-something-year-old boyfriend named Josh (Nico Tortorella). The only one who knows her secret is her best friend Maggie (Debi Mazar)… SPOILER ALERT: And now Josh.
Now that you’re familiar with this twisted show, let me explain why you should give it a chance. Where to even start? I think the big thing is that this show tackles ageism, which not many shows talk about except, okay, maybe Cougar Town? I’m nowhere near 40 years old, but I could only imagine how hard it is to get a job when competing with millennials, a very sought after hiree. The show not only speaks to audience members who were born with a digital device in their hand but to women who have to deal with getting looked past since they’re not young enough.
Men, look how hard it is for women of age to be accepted into society after reaching a certain age. Millennials, this show could be a reality check to you who feel like they can rule the world. Kelsey Peters portrays a driven, can-do/will-do anything type of character but I don’t know, sometimes I find myself thinking, “This is really what millennials are like. They feel like they are entitled to everything.” Granted, Kelsey paid her dues but there are some boundaries to be taken no matter what age.
I think it’s awesome to see Liza juggle these two completely different lives, but I feel for her when she has to lie through her teeth in order to keep up with this lifestyle. It’s not easy being young, but it’s not easy being old. You get to see the pros and cons of each life. When Liza learns something new in her 26-year-old lifestyle, the audience learns with her.
Another great thing this show is doing is really speaking to the digital world. Face it. We’re always on some kind of tech device, and we surround ourselves with social media or texting. The show and characters live in the same world as we do. They don’t act like hashtags, stupid terms like “ghosting” or weird Craigslisters don’t exist. It speaks to what’s relevant, what people are talking about. It pushes the boundaries to make it as relatable as possible.
It was just announced that a season 3 of Younger has been confirmed, which I was thrilled to hear about. The show has so much potential to become bigger than it already is. I cannot wait for more great storylines and genius writing.
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In the December 2014 issue of Health magazine, Hilary Duff talks personal health, including getting her pre-baby body back and her weight as a teenager.
According to E! Online, Duff, who is of Lizzie McGuire fame, describes the pressure placed on women to look skinny–even after they’ve just had babies!
Duff, who has a 2-year-old son named Luca, stated, “The second I had Luca, I went to go get my hair blown out at the salon, and I hadn’t stepped outside in, like, 15 days.” She added, “I was learning how to be a new mom, and I needed to go get my hair done. Then they’re like, ‘Hilary Debuts Her Post-Baby Body!’ I was like, I’m not debuting s—t right now. I’m just going on an errand run! There is way too much pressure on women these days. It took me a whole 10 months to build a baby.”
On how she lost her baby weight, Duff shared that she boxes: “I live in a cul-de-sac, but I have a big hill, so I would run the hill, then box in my cul-de-sac.”
Duff, who said she was trained by the “Disney mouse,” also told the magazine that when she was 17, she only weighed about 98 pounds: “I was totally obessessed with everything I put in my mouth. I was way too skinny. Not cute. And my body wasn’t that healthy–my hands would cramp up a lot because I wasn’t getting the nutrition I needed. That constant pressure of wanting something different than I had? I regret that.”
The star, who was formerly married to Mike Comrie, now accepts her body but admits that it’s not always so easy: “I have a very athletic build, and I am so proud of what my body has done for me. I had the best, healthiest, strongest pregnancy. And I feel good about myself. But I feel like I’m always in a 5-pound battle, because being 5 feet 2, everything is going to show on me!”
We’re so glad that Hilary feels good about herself and her body. Being in the media spotlight certainly doesn’t make that easy for a woman.
(Photos courtesy of E! Online)
Thinking back to a few years ago, some amazing, talented artists come to mind…so here are some singers we want to make a comeback!
Hilary Duff was like the older sister you never had for those of us who watched Lizzie McGuire and listened to her infectious music. I’d be lying if I said that I don’t still jam out to “Come Clean” and “Why Not.” I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a new Hilary Duff album, or even a Lizzie McGuire reunion!
Jesse McCartney saw massive success with hits like “Beautiful Soul” and “Leavin.’” From his days in Dream Street to his headlining tours, Jesse McCartney amassed tons of fans, who I’m sure wouldn’t say no to a chance to relive their childhood and go to a Jesse McCartney concert.
Danity Kane’s music is from a different part of our childhood than the previous two singers on the list, but that doesn’t mean we don’t miss them! “Showstopper” was one of the most popular songs of 2006, and you can’t even deny that you jammed out to “Damaged” whenever it came on the radio. In 2013, Danity Kane announced that they’d be reuniting, and we’re anxious to see how it plays out!
Teen pop icon JoJo made it big in 2004 with her breakout single, “Leave (Get Out”). The song reached number one on the Billboard pop charts when she was just thirteen years old! It’s been ten years since that release, and I think we’re all ready for JoJo to release another huge pop hit!
Ever since I first heard the song “On The Way Down,” I’ve loved Ryan Cabrera. He has such a unique, laid back voice, but I’m sad to share that he hasn’t released a new album in almost six years. I would love for Ryan Cabrera to make a comeback with a more mature, bluesy sound!
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