An app to avoid spoilers

originalWhen you’re not caught up on a good TV show, it seems like spoilers are everywhere. When I was in the middle of a Mad Men binge a few years ago, I had to unfollow and unlike their social media accounts just to avoid them.

With internet and television going hand and hand these days, it’s getting more difficult to avoid spoilers, especially with the most recent trend of live-tweeting. 

Live-tweeting is not only common, but it’s encouraged by many networks, especially with the Nielsen boosts that accompany high volumes of internet traffic about specific shows.

For those of us living in fear of the spoiler, there’s a handy app called Spoiler Shield, which allows you to keep your newsfeed and Twitter timeline spoiler-free. This app has built-in shields designed to specifically prevent you from reading unwanted spoilers of shows you’re watching. Technology is the best.

What’s the best show to watch on Netflix?

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I have a lot of opinions on TV, obviously. This week, I reached out using social media to find out what others felt was the best TV show to watch on Netflix.

I wasn’t incredibly shocked to learn  many chose Breaking Bad as the best show, (I have smart friends). It was interesting how closely my friends and acquaintances choices mirrored many of the lists of suggestions you can find online.

I  took a screenshot of some of the feedback I received from Facebook, as well as information from a less than successful poll I publicized on both Facebook and Twitter.

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In case you hadn’t queued up anything recently on Netflix, these suggestions are an excellent place to start.

So, do you agree? Or do you see something that didn’t make the list? What do YOU think is the best show to watch on Netflix?

Game of Thrones adds 21 new characters

 

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Winter is coming. Eventually.

Eventually, we’ll get our fourth season of Game of Thrones, but as with everything, we want it now! The time between two seasons of a great show always comes with a period of rewatching old episodes and finding the best articles about what’s to come. 

Unless you’ve been reading the books, (yes, there are books), you’ll be surprised to learn the fourth season of Game of Thrones comes with not one, not two, but 21 new characters.   As this long, dark story expands, so does its cast, encouraging viewers to pay attention, and try to remember everyones name.

Unfortunately, if  you’re looking for a GOT fix to fill your void this winter, the DVDs for season 3 won’t be available until February, but they.look.awesome.  If you want to be ahead of the pack on season 4 spoilers, again, there are books. 

The Real World reaches an all time low

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After 28 seasons of ugly crying, drunken fights and overall trashiness, the Real World is changing its premise in a big way.

The 29th season of the Real World will start as it always has, with seven strangers living together in a gigantic house,  thrown into crazy social situations as chaos unfolds. And then, there’s a major twist.

After one month, the cast will leave their San Francisco home for a vacation,  to a house full of new roommates–all former lovers of each cast member. The second half of the season focuses on the cast living among their exes, with all the drama of the original Real World. The show is being renamed to “EXplosion.” (Ugh)

I had to check multiple sources to make sure this wasn’t something created by the Onion, because WTF. Reality shows have officially reached the bottom.

Finally: An Arrested Development soundtrack

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It’s hard for me to maintain a blog and not write four posts a week about Arrested Development. Seriously.

Bias aside, there’s no denying it’s one of the most innovative comedies to ever grace the small screen. (Sorry, can’t tame that bias.)

As many know, Arrested Development has a rocky timeline, from being canceled in its third season, to being beautifully resurrected on Netflix in 2013. Finally, we’re in an age where Arrested Development fans are heard, as creator Mitch Hurwitz and the wonderful people at Netflix are already planning a fifth season, and a movie. 

If you’re a super fan like me, you’ll be happy to know that the complete Arrested Development soundtrack will be released on Tuesday, November 19th. 

The show is full of subtleties, including a soundtrack of recurring background music and jingles. These tracks often add the perfect amount of emphasis and drama to this extremely dry comedy, and I’m sure it will be excellent. Besides, I’ve been dying for a ringtone version of “Getaway”, the faux-pop hit that played subtly throughout each episode of the newest season.

Not owning this gift of an album would be a huge mistake.

Behind the Scenes: SNL spoofs Wes Anderson

A couple of weeks ago, Edward Norton hosted SNL. It was overall a forgettable episode, but hidden between the mediocre skits was quite a gem.

In case you missed it, Norton and the cast of SNL did a tremendous job spoofing director Wes Anderson, most famously known for his quirky, idiosyncratic style of directing.

The skit was a fake Wes Anderson movie trailer, promoting a fictional horror film, “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders.”

SNL director of photography Alex Buono wrote a lengthy piece about the hardwork and time that went into shooting the trailer, a skit that painted an Anderson movie to near-perfection.

Take a look a the trailer yourself, and enjoy the parodies of some of Anderson’s most famous works (many of which feature Norton himself.)

Damon Wayans Jr. comes back to New Girl

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Who could forget how awkward it was when Damon Wayans jr’s character sort of just disappeared (and was then replaced)  after the series premiere of New Girl?

Although it seemed weird at first, it’s hard to imagine the series without his replacement, Winston, who was neatly added to the show just one episode later.

Now that Damon Wayans Jr’s schedule has freed up, the actor has made his return to New Girl, appearing in the most recent episode as Coach, the same character we were introduced to in the pilot.

After the episode premiered it was confirmed Wayans’ will continue his role on New Girl for the rest of the season.

The shows ratings doubled during last night’s episode, implying the return of Coach  only means more good things are to come for New Girl.

So, what did you think of Coach’s return? Are you happy to see him back?