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2017-2018 Network Television Trailers

Guess who’s back with television trailers and predictions. This girl! I love this! I haven’t actually seen any trailers for anything that isn’t a remake yet so I’m super excited. Let’s do this live and in color.

CW

Life Sentence

Thoughts: Well Lucy Hale found another job fast. I’m not a Pretty Little liars fan (or foe) but I do like Lucy Hale. Hale plays a millennial who had been living her life the past 8 years preparing for cancer to kill her but then finds out she is in remission. While it’s great news for her family it is a major mindf#ck because now she has to get a job and live life without people protecting her because of the “cancer card.”

Predictions: Besides the PPL fans who will be craving more of Hale I feel like this show has a built in following. I plan to give it a chance it reminds me of what might have happened on (gone too soon) Chasing Life continued. I could see it getting renewed and lasting 3 seasons. I know that is a super specific prediction but there it is.

Dynasty 

Thoughts: So this is obviously a remake of a classic show. I didn’t watch the original one. I did, however, watch part of the remake of Dallas and it seems a lot like that. I love the cast! Nathalie Kelley is an amazing actress with beauty and grace reminiscent of classic Hollywood.  How can you not love Alan Dale and Grant Show? That being said. This doesn’t look like something I’d want to watch. The trailer is hyper-sexualized and seems overly dramatic, but I’ve been lead to believe the dramatic form is true to the original’s form.

Predictions: This could go either way. Like with any remake there will be people who are so excited to see the new twist and others who will boycott it without giving it a shot. I don’t see it getting renewed. I think the show may premiere with high ratings and slowly drop over time.

Black Lightning

Thoughts: I had no idea what Black Lightning was when I hit “play” on this video. But man do I know now! I need this show in my life. I first thought….Great another superhero show on the CW… But it’s Levon Hayesssss!!! If you watched the short-lived but amazing Hart of Dixie you know what I’m talking about. Cress Williams has been on my television screen since the 1990s! I first became a fan of his on Living Single when he played Scooter, the love of Khadijah James’ life.  Then fell in love with him as the loveable town mayor in the CW’S Hart of Dixie. Okay, that was a tangent but I am so excited to check this show out.

Basically, it’s about a city that is constantly dealing with violence from a gang called the 100. Black Lightning was the savior of the city until he promised his wife he’d go into retirement because of the danger. As the 100 gets worse he realizes it’s time to come out of retirement.

Predictions: Personal feelings for Williams aside, I think this show will do well. CW has pretty much dominated the superhero network.

Valor

Thoughts: This looks really good. I see some familiar faces. Two members of the army receive a hero’s welcome after a mission goes bad. There are secrets and lies, captured soldiers and hot and heavy love scenes.

Predictions: While it looks really good, the CW keeps ordering shows that look like they should be (or have been) movies. I probably won’t watch it. I predict it won’t see season 2.

ABC

The Mayor

Thoughts: An aspiring rapper runs for the city mayor as a joke and wins! It looks like it could be funny, deal with social issues and have some warm moments.

Predictions: This show has already been causing some buzz. The media has dubbed it “Trump meets Blackish,” (A show about a person with no political experience wins an election and talks about racial issues in a humor way). I could see it doing well if it is on the Wednesday line up.

For The People

Thoughts: Based on the trailer I would describe this show as the first two seasons of Grey’s Anatomy meets the first season of How To Get Away With Murder. What does that mean? Baby lawyers getting their first meal at the adult table.

Prediction: I can’t pull the trigger on this. It has great minds behind it but I’m not exactly in love with any of the characters. Also, I thought that Notorious and Conviction would be big hits last year but both didn’t even have a full season. I think if given a good night it could get a renewal for a short season, but if I had to make a choice. I don’t see it doing well.

Splitting Up Together:

Thoughts: A couple decides it’s time to divorce after 12 years of marriage but to keep living in the same house. I feel like it’s been done before but I want to watch this show and love it. Jenna Fisher and Oliver Hudson!  Both wonderful actors. It looks funny and very ABC. You know, a show about the new normal for American families… it should be called Conscious Uncoupling.

Prediction: I am going to vote success. People love Jenna Fisher and this is a concept a lot of people can relate to, not the living with your ex part but trying to tow the line between previous spouse and forever parents.

Alex, Inc. 

Thoughts: I spent most of the timing watching this with a scrunched up face but did literally laugh out loud at the end. The premise? Man hates his job impulsive quits and tries to start something new.

Predictions: I am a Zach Braff fan and by a number of times his name is in in the trailer so is, Zach Braff. I want to like it but it looks bad. I don’t see it getting a renewed.

Other ABC Trailers: 

The Good Doctor

The Gospel of Kevin

Ten Days in the Valley

Deception 

FOX

The Resident

Thoughts: Can we please take a minute to talk about this cast? Logan Huntsberg, Emily Thorne, Raj? Okay maybe I’m just listing the character they played on different shows but I can’t help it. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Matt Czuchry (Gilmore Girls, The Good Wife), Emily VanCamp (Everwood, Revenge) and Manish Dayal ( 90210, Switched at Birth). Basically, another medical show, the twist these doctors are fighting against the status quo to make sure they are practicing good medicine and not just running a business.

Prediction: I want to like this and will give it a shot but this isn’t Fox’s wheelhouse. I don’t see it going well.

Ghosted

Thoughts: Two very different men get recruited to work for a top secret organization investigating paranormal activity or aliens… to be honest I’m not totally sure. It looks a little like Men in Black meets Ride Along. I do LOVE Adam Scott (Parks and Rec, Big Little Lies) and Craig Roberson (The Office, This Is The End).

Predictions: This show has great stars leading it but it doesn’t seem super interesting. Looks like it would also be better as a buddy movie. I’ll give it a shot but I’m betting cancellation.

LA to Vegas

Thoughts: Very Fox. It seems like it’s basically a group of airline workers who are forever stuck on the same flight from LA to Vegas. It looks funny but stupid funny.

Predictions: My first response is it will be canceled. However, I thought The Last Man on Earth was a stupid idea for a show but has had 3 seasons. I don’t watch it but still.

The Gifted 

Thoughts: I want to see this! It looks so good. I love the cast! Amy Acker (Angel), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Blair Redford (Switched at Birth). It looks action packed. I’m shocked Fox is hopping on the Marvel bandwagon but I support.

Predictions: I don’t know that it will be a hit but I do think it will get renewed.

Additional Fox Trailer:

The Orville 

NBC

The Brave

Thoughts: A doctor is kidnapped overseas. All the hotshots back home assume it’s retaliation but it turns out it’s strategic because they need her skills. It looks like a great movie. Sorry I know that is my go to but I don’t understand how this show keeps going longterm. Maybe the trailer is just about the first episode and each week they have a new mission? It does look interesting.

Predictions: NBC shows are always so hard to read. I don’t see it being a hit but it might gain an audience. If I have to absolutely choose, it won’t be renewed.

Law & Order True Crime: The Menedez Murders

Thoughts: So there is a good chance you’ve heard about the Menendez brothers before. I learned about this tragic and horrific double murder a few years ago when I caught the 1994 tv movie Menedez: A Killing in Beverly Hills. Basically, two brothers in Beverly Hills murder their parents, go on a spending spree, get caught and blame the murders on the physical, sexual and psychological abuse suffered at the hands of their father. A few months ago the story got some steam when ABC published a special Truth and Lies: The Mendez Brothers- American Sons, American Murders and again when Lifetime announced the new film, Mendez: Blood Brothers (June 11th) starring Courtney Love. So I was shocked to see NBC and Dick Wolf taking on the brutal storyline. It seems like instead of focusing on the brothers and their point of view this will be focusing more on the attorney who handled the defense,  Leslie Abramson.

Predictions: It’s unlike NBC to cancel anything Dick Wolf does (Sorry Chicago Justice). Also if The People Vs. OJ taught us anything it’s that America loves true crime documentaries. If they follow the theme of shows like American Horror Story and pick a new case each season, I think it could be a hit.

CBS

Me, Myself and I

Thoughts: Trying to think of the best way to describe this show. I would say a comedic version of This Is Us. You basically see the story of Alex as a young boy, a 40 something and then a 60 something simultaneously. It seems heartwarming. Great cast John Larroquette, Sharon Lawrence, Jaleel White and Bobby Moynihan. In all 3 phases shown it seems like his life is a bit of a mess but he keeps trying.

Predictions: I can see this doing well if it’s on the right night. I think it would do good on the same night as Mom and Life in Pieces. I see a renewal.

Young Sheldon

Thoughts: I will start by saying I have never seen a full episode of the Big Bang Theory. This show does look cute. I love the actor playing Sheldon (Ian Armitage, you may remember him from HBO’s Big Little Lies) and the character of his twin sister seems hilarious. The actress playing his mother, Zoe Perry had a major role in the most recent season of Scandal and for the most part I hated her voice. I don’t mean to talk badly about anyone and I thought it was a character trait but after seeing the trailer I’m not sure. She did an amazing job in Scandal, don’t get me wrong but it’s a bit of a turnoff.

Predictions: Don’t ask me why but I feel like it’s going to flop. I mean it will probably have some steam because of Big Bang fans but I don’t think it will be a hit.

9JKL

Thoughts: First, I love this cast. In fact, this is probably my favorite new cast. Second, wtf does the name mean? I hate when a good show is ruined by a bad name (Selfie, anyone?).  I feel like people who watch CBS tend to enjoy these shows with wacky family dynamics. It has a good cast so it might get an audience. Basically, this actor loses his wife and his tv show so then he moves back home to his parent’s extra apartment. Putting him right in between his parent’s apartment and his brother and sister-in-law.

Predictions: In hopes of figuring out wtf the name meant I ventured into the YouTube comments and they were not good. I would give this show a chance but I don’t see it lasting more than 2 seasons.

S.W.A.T

Thoughts: Maybe because this is the last video and I’m just over it but man oh man why do we keep making all the movies into shows? Come up with a new idea CBS! But…. Shamar Moore! Love him! The trailer does look really good but it’s not really the type of show I’d watch.

Predictions: I don’t think that people want this. I’m sorry but the constant remakes are getting old. Not to mention the first S.W.A.T remake wasn’t a huge hit (depending on who you ask). I don’t see it lasting.

Addition CBS Trailers:

Seal Team

Wisdom of The Crowd 

Star Trek: Discover

I don’t feel like I am super excited about any of the new shows but there are a few I will be checking out for sure. What shows do you plan to watch? Tell me in the comments.

Things I Can’t Get Enough Of Lately V

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A new year means new obsessions. I haven’t done this in a while because I have been all business on the blog lately. Which is fun but that’s not how I am in my day to day life, I’m about business and about fun! You may notice that this edition of things I can’t get enough of lately is high on the entertainment side and that is because I spent a lot of the first month of the year sick and so I was looking for ways to keep myself entertained.

One Day At A Time

One day down of my antibiotics I decided to watch One Day at a Time, Netflix’s modern reboot of the 1970s/1980s sitcom that lasted nine years starting Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips (who makes an appearance in the reboot). I don’t think I’ve ever seen the original, but I will say that I really enjoyed this show. It was funny, and the characters are likable. They did a really good job highlighting real issues like mansplaining, veteran affairs, coming out in a minority household and so much more. It seems like a heavy show, but I think what makes it so likable is how they present these very real situations in a way that is approachable and relatable. Yes, the lead character has issues getting help from Veteran Affairs, and actress Justina Machado does a beautiful job delivering a heartbreaking monolog about it, but you still get to see that these dark moments aren’t all encompassing. The average person just takes things one day at a time. I think it’s a really authentic look into what a lot of average people face.

Scrappy Little Nobody

You know how you meet someone and you hit it off right away? then you discover that they worked at the same store as you, go to the same hair stylist, are also double jointed in their elbows or watch that super obscure web series no one else has heard of, and you just love them even more… that’s what reading Scrappy Little Nobody was like. I knew I loved Anna Kendrick; I knew if ever given a chance we would be the perfect duo of anti-social besties. Then I read her book and love her more than I thought possible. The things she says make you feel like you aren’t a total weirdo and that you will be okay. Also, it’s hilarious!

Talking As Fast As I Can

So I am proudly a part of the O.G. Gilmore Girls crew….excuse me while I get on my “I watched it when it the WB Network was still a thing” soapbox. So as such, I’ve been pretty much open to checking out anything with Lauren Graham or Alexis Bledel (Yes, even Bad Santa). I was so excited about reading this book. I didn’t have a large amount of, “OMG, my life!” moments in this book. I did really enjoy hearing about her life and the way she told it. I found myself laughing and crying. The way she recants her early auditions and days in college. How she talks about finding love and a level of comfort she didn’t know possible with Parenthood costar Peter Krause. The way she describes the days on the Gilmore Girls sets both times. How I had to stop myself from crying like a baby every time she mentioned the late Ed Harmon. Okay, maybe I did have some relatable “in my feelings” moment with this book. Lauren Graham has this way of describing people that make you wish you knew them and felt like you do at the same time, and that is a gift.

The Big Leap

Holy cow! I can’t even think how to put into words how much this book hit me like a ton of bricks. I pretty much listened to the audio version of it in a weekend and then randomly relisten or reread parts of it on Kindle. While it’s called The Big Leap, I think it should be called, Defining and Surpassing Your Upper Limits. Without going too into the psychology behind the book, the idea is we all subconsciously have an amount of happiness or success we think we deserve (this is a limit that normally reflects something that happens during our development) and when we start to get close to it or surpass it, we do something to self-sabotage. (I am giving you a very broad understanding.) The book just showed me how to recognize why I have some of the negative feelings I deal with and also makes me realize why I have trouble in certain areas of my life. I went back and forth about what mindset book I wanted to read and then Mariah Coz recommended it, and it is seriously something I plan to learn more about. I’m about to start reading Conscious Living which is also by Dr. Gay Hendricks.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl


Another book I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying this month is The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. I don’t know where I’ve been because I didn’t discover Issa Rae until a few months ago when on a whim I decided to give her show Insecure on HBO a chance. To be honest I felt an automatic connection with the storyline. While the title character and I live very different lives, there is something refreshing about seeing someone like myself on television. I don’t mean just a “black girl” I mean someone who is educated and not the stereotypes you see on television and film so often or the over correction of the former. But this isn’t a review of the show so I’ll continue, like most books written by actors or comedians you learn about her past and how she got to where she is, her struggles of being the “white” black girl or having people ask, “Can I touch your hair,” are all too relatable. To be totally honest even if you don’t identify yourself as an “awkward black girl,” or even black at all, it’s an amusing book and might be eye opening to some not so socially acceptable things that are somehow still typical behavior.

Journaling

When I was growing up I used to write religiously, I mean I write now (see blog for details lol), but I used to journal almost every night. Even now when I’m dealing with serious emotions, I’ll just start writing out my feelings, but it hasn’t been on a regular basis in a while. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a post I shared about how I was starting a nightly journaling routine. I have an alarm set every night and at the end of the night I write down four things:

  • Something I’m grateful for.
  • Something I want in my life or business.
  • Something I accomplished that day.
  • One goal for the next day.

I try my best to do this every night even when I have a hard time thinking of something. Every Sunday night I read the notes from the entire week. It takes about 5 minutes a night, but it allows me to end the day feeling focused, driven, accomplished and grateful. As someone who named her blog “All The Things I Do,” I believe that every aspect of my life should be celebrated, inspected and guided, so I don’t make myself obligated to only writing about blog or business things.
I’ve written things like, “I’m grateful for my wit,” on a day where I was feeling exceptionally clever. Other days my goal has been as simple as, “Get the laundry done.” It’s not about making a business plan or anything large scale but taking a few minutes to reflect and touch base with myself.

Beaches Reboot

Now before anyone goes on a rant about us silly millennials not knowing the greatness of the original, Beaches has been one of my all time favorite movies since I first saw it on HBO at age 10 and cried my eyes out. Besides my eternal love for Bette Middler, this film was a genuine embodiment of female friendship. Every time my family went anywhere remotely out of town I hoped I’d meet a girl and be lifelong friends… hopefully without one of us getting a horrible illness. That being said I’ll admit for the longest time I thought Barbara Hershey’s character died from exhaustion and I was worried that if my mom worked too hard, she might suffer the same fate… ah to be young again. Anyway, I was nervous to watch the reboot although I am a huge fan of Nia Long and Indina Menzel. I thought they did an excellent job of staying true to the theme of the story while updating it. Indina Menzel did a breathtaking job of covering the original songs that everyone relates to the film like Wind Beneath My Wings and The Glory of Love as well as some great original pieces, like Last Time, which literally brought tears to my eyes… Am I the only one who watches a story or movie and cries in happy parts because you know it’s all about to go to shit? Not going to lie I bought the soundtrack on Google Play.
Open your mind and give it a chance if you haven’t. Don’t go in comparing it to a movie that came out nearly 20 years ago, watch it for a modern story of friendship portrayed by two amazing actresses, one of which is an amazing singer.
My only objection was the story was slightly rushed given the original film was over 2 hours and the made for tv reboot was 2 hours with commercials.

So have you checked out anything on my list? Any new shows or books you love lately?

9 Gift Ideas She Won’t Ask For But Will Love

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I recieved payment to write this post but all opinions are my own. 

Do you have that special lady in your life who does so much for everyone else but never asks for anything in return?
Are you that special lady? I am all about balance, and I know that as go-getters and hard workers often women slip through the cracks and don’t ask for what they want.
I experienced it, “Dia what do you want for Christmas?”
The truth is my most honest answer to this question would probably be, “Sleep” or “Someone to pay some of my bills.” But since I haven’t become friends with Oprah yet I know those are probably off the table. The holidays are a great time to give back, and if you want to tell everyone just to donate to charity in your name, more power to you, but I know a lot of people who would make the donation and still want to get you something tangible.
Or maybe you are just a regular person who knows your kids will get you a spatula or a homemade card and you like the idea of treating yourself to something fun…
Or maybe you aren’t that lovely lady, but you know someone who is, and you want to give her a small show of gratitude. This woman might be your mother (my mom was impossible to shop for growing up, one year she asked for a spatula. This year she upgraded and asked for a kitchen aid mixer…still stuff you use to make things for your family.), it might be your wife, girlfriend, sister, boss, best friend or just the person’s name you drew for the office Secret Santa pool, whoever that lady is I’ve rounded up some great gift ideas from Uncommon Goods to choose from.

Tea To GoTea to Go Infuser Mug
I am a huge tea fan! This infuser travel mug makes it easy to brew coffee on the go. You can add fresh fruit, use tea bags or loose leaf tea. It’s also super cute!

Gift for men this holiday season

Flavor Fusion Water Bottle

Flavor Fusion Water Bottle
So as I mentioned above I am a huge tea fan, part of the reason I got into tea was that I try to avoid drinking soda. To avoid soda I’ve been opened up to trying all kinds of beverages like kombucha, sparkling waters, teas and you guessed it, infused water. I always find it amazing how much of a difference fruit can make to water. I have always been the type of person who drinks a lot of water, but I always feel like infused water is next level, even if it’s just cucumber or lemons. One thing I like about Uncommon Goods is you get to know a little bit about the product’s creators on some of the products. A teenager created this bottle because he wanted to create an alternative to sugary drinks for satisfying his sweet tooth.
This bottle was designed in a way that promotes long-term use and lowers the risk of second-hand flavor or staining.

Wine Cork Candles

Wine Cork Candles

I will admit I am that single girl with three flower vases full of wine corks, so this is right up my decorating alley. I also think that the candle wax droplets has this sexy dark old-timey Dorian Gray feel to them.
Crimson Heart Umbrella

Crimson Heart Umbrella

This umbrella just too adorable! I feel like it’s something Audrey Hepburn would have used in a movie. It’s flirty and fun. Can’t lie with this I’d probably want to burst into a musical number if I had this umbrella.

Holiday gift ideas for women

Warm or Cool Face Mugs

Warm or Cool Face Mugs
These are so freaking cute, I don’t care how old you are. They remind me of Stonehenge but with snacks lol and in fun colors. I can’t be the only person who has to do a juggling act to trying to get their phone, tea, snacks and whatever else to their couch in one trip. This consolidates two of those things.

Aromatherapy Shower Kit

Aromatherapy Shower Kit
I know a lot of people go to a warm bath for relaxation but can I be honest? Sometimes taking a nice relaxing bath requires work, I have to clean my tub deep prior to taking a bath, make sure my bath pillow is inflated and that the water temperature is hot enough that it will stay warm for a while but not so hot it’s like I’m boiling myself for a big tub sized pot of Dia broth. I have back issues as the result of a bad car accident and a bath never relaxes that upper back the way steaming hot water from the shower head does. This kit allows you to enjoy the calming effect of aromatherapy without the work of a bubble bath.

Hand of Buddha Jewelry Stand

Hand of Buddha Jewelry
This beautiful handcrafted stand is the perfect place to house your favorite jewelry when you’re not wearing it. This piece is part of Uncommon Good’s Handmade Designs Partnership; the partnership works with locals in India to not only provide a constant source of income for crafters but provide benefits for the communities as well. You can learn more about that here.

Luxury Herbal Booties 

Luxury Herbal Booties

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like your feet might fall off? Maybe you were showing a visiting friend around all the tourist attractions in your town, perhaps you were visiting every bridal store in the city while your best friend looked for the perfect dress, or maybe you work retail (much love your way), wouldn’t it be great to end that day by treating your feet to some luxury? These Herbal booties are filled with natural herbs that are meant to promote relaxation. They can be heated in the microwave or chilled in the freezer depending on your need. It’s like a mini spa day for your feet!

Which one of these do you think you’d like? What would be a lovely gift for someone to get you, that you wouldn’t get yourself this season? Tell me in the comments.