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ABC released a whopping 11 trailers for their new shows premiering next season. Six of them will air in the fall and the other 6 will be mid-season (or somewhere around there). After all of the cancellations that ABC made last week though, it makes sense that they would be adding so many new series to their fall lineup. Here’s hoping it pays off (RIP Suburgatory and Trophy Wife)! Here are my takeaways from the pilot trailers ABC released. To see my takes on the trailers for NBC and Fox, click here and here, respectively. (more…)

Yesterday I tackled the trailers for the fall pilots of NBC and now I’m going to take on the new Fox trailers. Fox announced series pickups for 13 shows and has only decided to air five of them in the fall. I won’t review the trailer for summer-starter Gang Related but the trailer has been released for those who would like to go ahead and watch that as well. Trailers for Seth MacFarlane’s new animated comedy Bordertown and the Becki Newton sitcom Weird Loners (both premiering mid-season) have not been released yet. (more…)

Earlier this week, NBC released trailers for their six new shows premiering during Fall pilot season and I’m here to take a look at them and offer my opinion on how they look. For me, fall pilot season can be a rather stressful time because I have to carefully choose what new shows I want to add to my already crowded TV-watching schedule. Granted, this may be a little easier this year after what happened last week. Nevertheless, I have to carefully decide what to watch based on 2 factors: 1) What I think looks at lease somewhat decent and 2) What I think will actually make it past a first season. Sometimes I miss a great show (The Good Wife) and sometimes I start a show that gets cancelled quickly (Trophy Wife, Bad Teacher). So throughout the week I’ll be going through the all of the new fall pilot trailers offering some of my opinions on whether or not any of them are worth watching. For those of you who don’t like to read, I’ll put a letter grade at the end of each trailer. First up: NBC.

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Bad Teacher

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CBS premiered its adaptation of the 2011 comedy Bad Teacher  last night and it was pretty good! It has some room to grow, but as far as pilots go it’s not the worst I’ve seen. Reading a lot of the reviews of the show’s pilot really got me thinking of just how much I’ve had to defend the movie over the past two or three years. Let me put it this way: I fucking love Bad Teacher. I thought the red-band trailer looked entertaining enough but then the reviews started pouring in and they were…less than kind. I really don’t understand people’s dislike for Bad Teacher (although some people must have liked it if CBS thought it merited a TV series) so I thought I would explain to all of you just why I love it (and think it’s infinitely better than a certain well-reviewed comedy that came out that same summer, Horrible Bosses). It has joined the ranks of movies like Clue, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and Drop Dead Gorgeous as comedies I can watch over and over again.

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You guys,  Pokémon is on Netflix. I know I’m showing my age here, but ZOMG. Netflix is an interesting thing. First of all, it is incredible how easily addicted  you can get to a show when you have every episode at your disposal for free (well, for $8 a month). I see a lot of articles on shows to catch up with using Netflix so you can join in on the current season, or marathon-ing old series that you may have missed in the past, but I never see anyone really talk about watching shows they used to watch as kids.

While browsing Netflix the other day, I saw the icon for  Pokémon: Indigo League and felt something flutter in my stomach. I’m a sucker for childhood nostalgia. Anything that reminds me of what it’s like to be under the age of 13 makes me incredibly happy. Chalk it up to a milder Peter Pan syndrome. Growing up can be a scary thing and the escapism I attain from watching shows from my childhood is extremely comforting. Make of that what you will and assign me any analysis you want. But while going through some of these episodes of  Pokémon I started to wonder if anyone else felt the same way I felt. Do any of you ever watch a show from your childhood to reminisce and feel nostalgic? If so, what do you watch? (more…)

3 Shows

The Olympics are finally over and you know what that means, don’t you? All of your favorite TV shows come back with new episodes! Whether you watch Scandal, Parenthood, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation,  Community, Suburgatory, Archer, The Crazy Ones, Cougar Town, Pretty Little Liars  or Trophy Wife (okay, those are all shows I watch, but whatever), you have a reason to celebrate this week now that those meddling Olympics are finally over. Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I will get on to the topic of this week’s post. There are three amazing shows that are all starting their sophomore seasons this week and you should be watching all of them. Granted, only one of them is available on Netflix streaming, so you might need to catch up on each of their respective first seasons via recap videos, or just jump in blind and connect the dots. I don’t really care, just watch these shows so they get renewed for a third season (as you can tell, I have a bit of an ulterior motive with this post). Click through to read about these phenomenal shows.

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Drag Me to Hell

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Full confession: I love horror comedies. Any movie from Evil Dead 2 all the way to the more recent Cabin in the Woods holds a special place in my heart. That is why it really bums me out that more people don’t like Drag Me To Hell. There are even horror buffs like myself, who swear by director Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy, who hate Drag Me To Hell. Since I fell in love with the sub-genre when I saw Critters (a hilarious ’80s creature feature that is essentially a rip-off of Gremlins) as a child, I have always tried to watch all of the horror comedies that came out (many of the ones that released nowadays see rave reviews but also very low box office numbers). Drag Me To Hell is one of my favorites, and I’m going to tell you why.

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Damages AdImage Credit: Sony Pictures

Welcome to a new column for Wine & Watch! As the title suggests, I will be posting about good quality shows that I believe will hook you into a binge-watching marathon. For my first post, I will attempt to convince you to start watching Damages on Netflix (all 5 seasons are available for streaming).

Damages had a bit of a rocky road throughout it’s 5-year run. Premiering in 2007 on FX, the show was welcomed with rave reviews, mainly due to its nonlinear narrative and, of course, Glenn Close’s second TV role (her first being on another FX series, The Shield). Close won 2 Emmy awards for her portrayal of Patty Hewes, a ruthless lawyer who will do anything (including break the law) to win a case. A then-relatively-unknown Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Get Him to the Greek, Insidious, X-Men: First Class) starred as Hewes’ protégé Ellen Parsons. Ratings declined as the seasons went on and the show was cancelled by FX following the conclusion season 3. Luckily for fans, DirecTV picked up Damages for a fourth and fifth season, giving the show an appropriate ending. Also, at only 59 episodes (13 each for the firsts three seasons and 10 each for the last two), it won’t take up too much of your time.

Click through for reasons you should start watching Damages right away!

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Best & WorstImage Credit:  Pop Junk

This is my first attempt at a best and worst list, so be gentle. I confess, I was not on my A-game this year when it came to seeing movies. I used to be one of those people that would see at least one movie a week in theaters in order to make sure I was on top of all of the entertainment news happening in the country. Unfortunately, due to post-college budget constraints I had to be a bit more selective on what I spent money on in the theater. I saw what I could but I’ll include a list at the end of this post of most of the movies I didn’t see just so some of you may understand my reasoning when selecting my best & worst of 2013.

Also, the horror genre tends to take precedence when I choose what movie I’m going to see at any given time so about half of my “best of” list consists of horror films. I hope you understand. So without further ado, I present to you my list of the best & worst films (that I saw) of 2013! ***Spoiler warning, I will be discussing main plot points (and in some cases, endings) of the following films.***

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