Top 5 Being Oreo posts of the year… 2013

Looks like April was a busy month for Being Oreo this year with four out of my top five posts being published in that month alone!

Thought I’d do a list so you can all be reminded of your favourite nonsense I’ve talked about this year!

So drumroll please….

1. US Television: Spot the Hollyoaks cast

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All our homegrown talent sprouted wings this year and flew across the pond to star in some of the biggest US television shows of the year! Can you remember who starred in which show? I’ll give you a hint: there were dragons.

2. New couple alert: Ashley Benson and Tyler Blackburn

(AshBenzon Instagram)

(@AshBenzo Instagram)

I’m a massive Haleb shipper when it comes to Pretty Little Liars so when it appeared that these two were more than just on screen lovers I was ecstatic! But alas they are just really close friends occasional fuck buddies and nothing more than that despite what the pictures may tell. Ah well. I’ll just look forward to more Haleb on screen, oh no wait, they cast him off to the PLL spin off Ravenswood. Dammit. When is he coming back to Rosewood?

3. Single? My Top Five Rom Coms to make you feel good

I love every rom-com that has Drew Barrymore playing a journalist in it. In fact I love any rom-com that has a journalist as the female lead, they’re likeable, they’re non-threatening to the male characters and it means they are creative yet smart – a perfect career. That’s probably why my top five rom-coms include Never Been Kissed, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Going the Distance.

4. Taylor Swift: Why are you so annoying?

I have nothing against cat lady's but Taylor, you're just setting yourself up for a fall.

I have nothing against cat lady’s but Taylor, you’re just setting yourself up for a fall.

Kinda speaks for itself really.

5. Beauty: MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum

MAC Candy Yum Yum

I hate my face, I hate selfies as you can probably tell from this post. But I really love this lipstick colour it’s amazing.

Keep your eyes peeled for my Best Dressed of 2013 can it compete with last year’s?

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Look for less: Shay Mitchell at Teen Choice Awards 2013

I was browsing Zara earlier, and saw something more than similar to what Shay Mitchell wore to the Teen Choice Awards last week.

The Pretty Little Liars actress looked gorgeous in a Jenni Kayne monochrome jumpsuit with a deep cleavage. I think the look is just the right amount of sexy, and strays away from the Naya Rivera school of boob and and abs flashing.

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Shay Mitchell at the Teen Choice Awards

Zara has the same style two tone jumpsuit minus the deep v cleavage but the a similar trouser leg, and paired with jazzy stilettos like Shay you could copy her look for £70. It’s very tempting, and if you wanted to go that step further I’m sure a tailor could alter the neckline!

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New couple alert: Ashley Benson and Tyler Blackburn

Ashley Benson aka Hanna Marin from the ABC show Pretty Little Liars was seen cosying up to her on-screen boyfriend Tyler Blackburn aka Caleb Rivers, at Coachella this weekend fuelling rumours that the two are now an item.

She posted a picture of the two of them on Twitter the other day with the caption “my boo”, but I totally glossed over it! And now after pictures appeared on Zimbio of Tyler kissing Ashley I’m hoping that this on-screen duo have moved into an off-screen relationship because that would just be darn cute.

Tyler is so much hotter and much more sane than that tool James Franco who Ashley was supposed to be humping after the two hit it off whilst filming and promoting their movie Spring Breakers, but according to Ash it looks like this is just a rumour but there’s still hope!

Ashley Benson and Tyler Blackburn at Coachella 2013

Ashley Benson and Tyler Blackburn at Coachella 2013

(AshBenzon Instagram)

(AshBenzo Instagram)

It’s September… again. Television time!

I think its just the way I’m wired, or the fact my mum is a teacher, but September still feels like the beginning of a new year.

It always was when you were at school, college and then university. Now, even though I am *regretfully* not at any of these institutions anymore, my brain still works in school years.

It also helps that in the television world September is the beginning of new pilots and returning shows after the summer hiatus. Even though in this hiatus we were very gratefully given two of the best continuing television shows ever – Pretty Little Liars (PLL) and Teen Wolf (TW).

Tyler Hoechlin as Derek in Teen Wolf. Check out the hilarious recaps from Price Peterson over at TV.com

I will miss these shows until 2013, although the highly-anticipated PLL Halloween episode is just around the corner, and in their place comes some of my favourite returning shows and those new pilots that the American television channels hope will capture the right audience and keep those all important ratings.

Last year I listed my shows in an ingenious way and of course I’ll do that again with an update of those shows that failed to make my grade (or got cancelled)…

Wouldn’t miss if my life depended on it:

  • Fringe – sadly this is the fifth and final season for my favourite show. Pacey will rise again.
  • Revenge – this show has been bumped from ‘Could fall at the first hurdle’ to an absolute must-watch. Last year I felt that this might not do well because it had no big names, I couldn’t have been more wrong. This show ranks in my top five shows throughout the year. Solid storylines, fantastic acting from Madeleine Stowe as Emily VanCamp’s arch nemesis Victoria Grayson, top fashion in the form of Brit actress and my new style/life crush Ashley Madekwe, the boys and scandal. (Currently airing in the UK on E4)
  • Awkward – coming to its summer season finale soon this is just a funny funny show. #TeamMatty all the way.
  • Teen Wolf  – as mentioned above it is one of the best television shows MTV has come out with seriously worth a watch if not for all the abs and nakedness… Returns in summer 2013 😦
  • Pretty Little Liars – Just had its mid-season finale which was mind-blowing, jaw-drop to the floor, oh my god so good. Please watch from the beginning. (Airs on UK Really channel on Freeview, not sure when its returning)

Must-watch:

  • Supernatural – This show has been downgraded I’m afraid. I do love the show and have been a faithful Jared/Jensen fan for many years now, but this show is coming into its 8th season and it lost its juice way back in season five. I still watch it and every now and again there is a really good episode but I think it needs to be let go, gently.
  • The Vampire Diaries (TVD) – Towards the end of the last season I was seriously lacking in love for this show. I mean I still liked it but there were way too many filler episodes and not enough action episodes. There were poignant episodes that worked with the overall arc, but it fell flat until that finale. I’ve seen the season four promo trailer and with Elena *SPOILER* now nearing the undead kind of life there is hope yet! Will she or won’t she? Of course she will! Drink the blood Elena, drink it!

 

  • Dexter – I gave up on this show not so long ago, got back into it and the season six finale had my jaw firmly on the floor. Going into season seven Dexter’s dark passenger is possibly in danger of been uncovered by his sister. What will he do?
  • New Girl – I love this show, it’s so laugh out loud funny that I can’t get enough. I don’t watch many comedy/sitcom shows so this more than fills my quota. I love Zooey Deschanel. Jess and Nick need to be together.
  • Homeland – Woah. Double woah. Argh *hair pulling*. I’m looking forward to seeing how this show moves forward as the end of the first season saw Carrie possibly losing a vital piece of information.
  • Once Upon a Time – This show is a way of escape, and with a little wish that the fairy tale world really does exist. The introduction of Hook, Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Jack (of Beanstalk) and a possible new prince in the form of  Julian Morris hopping over from PLL has me yearning for its return.
  • The Newsroom – I’ll add this onto my list even though it’s on hiatus now until next summer. It took me until episode four to like this, the first few episodes were horribly shouty and a bit jumbled. The turning point was that episode and it defined what the show was about and how each episode was going to work, episode five was brilliant and gave our very own Brit actor Dev Patel the chance to shine because lets face it I DO NOT LIKE MAC. Emily Mortimer’s charcter is annoying to say the least, and don’t even get me started on Maggie (shouty, SHOUTY, and weak). The love quadrangle between Maggie/Don/Jim/Sloane is irritating and sometimes distracts from the news element that is at the forefront of the show and it wasn’t until the season finale that I even noticed Sloane liked Don(!) she doesn’t need a man she is too smart. Aaron Sorkin deserved GQ’s Writer of the Year!

Olivia Munn was on hand to award Aaron Sorkin with GQ Writer of the Year.

Returning shows:

  • Hart of Dixie – I have to admit I’m a huge OC fan and so watch this for Rachel Bilson, oh and Wilson Bethel’s abs.
  • Apartment 23 – Another comedy, with the best hook of them all James van der Beek plays an over the top version of himself. The. Best. Character. Ever. And also the possibility of a Dawson’s Creek reunion… well Busy Philips at least.
  • Glee – I don’t like Glee. I don’t like the singing, and I am really not a fan of the character Rachel, and Finchel (hopefully that will be ending in the new season). I do however love Santana and Brittany S. Pearce because they are funny. I still watch it for some reason.
  • Nikita – This show feels hit and miss sometimes, like it’s really good but then it’s just not. I’m not sure if it will get past season three, we’ll see as it managed to nab a renewal.
  • Gossip Girl – Thank god this is the final season. If I had written this three years ago I would have this show on the ‘Wouldn’t miss if my life depended on it’ list, now it sits down in the shows I will watch just to see what happens. The last season was such a ridiculous let down that I’m hoping the 10-episode final season will go out with a big bang.
  • 90210 – I’m not sure why I watch this because looking at AnnaLynne McCord’s body every episode makes me stupid jealous.
  • Surburgatory – This show is another funny one, and I loved the Clueless reunion with Alicia Silverstone and Jeremy Sisto in the first season. I like it actually but it’s got a way to go before it gets bumped up a list.

Wilson Bethel as Wade in Hart of Dixie

 

New picks:

  • 666 Park Avenue – I’m going to give this a couple of episodes, but by the sound of it the plot doesn’t sound strong enough. This could ‘fall at the first hurdle’.
  • Cult – I like the meta feature of this show, and I like Alaric Matt Davis. The idea is that journalist Jeff (Davis) is on the hunt for his missing brother who just before his disappearance became obsessed with a CW show called Cult. There’s lots of mystery around the show as it is believed it sends out subliminal messages and has a huge fanbase related to this, but as it has been pointed out, the show has apparently only aired a few episodes and in this day and age television shows don’t get a massive fanbase that quickly. I can put the errors aside if the show is good though.
  • The Carrie Diaries – This was going to happen in some form or another, the CW have placed an unknown fresh face as the centre of the show and are hoping for the best. AnnaSophia Robb plays a young Carrie in 1984, who when offered a internship at a law firm in New York snaps up the chance to get away from her Conneticut home life. She meets (Brit actress Freema Agyeman, Doctor Who) Larissa Loughton style editor at Interview Magazine and can’t get enough of her life and the life Carrie could have. There are plenty of issues that this show could throw up, especially the 80s dress code, and surprisingly Freema is probably one of the few mixed race actresses in a lead/supporting role on the CW…
  • Beauty and the Beast (2012) – Lending my support to a Smallville alumni, Kristin Kreuk stars as the beauty in this CW show, what I’m more interested in is how ugly an gruesome they will make the beast? Of course it’s the CW so probably not so much if the promo poster is anything to go by… (See below)
  • Arrow – Another CW show, and if you were a Smallville fan you’ll recognise the back story to the character of Oliver McQueen the billionaire playboy former orphan who goes missing presumed dead after a shipwreck and returns as some kind of vigilante. Green Arrow worked in Smallville as a support/sidekick/Justice Leage team member, but I do not feel ‘Arrow’ can carry a whole show by himself. Plus it’s not even the real Green Arrow, Justin Hartley has been replaced by a younger pretty brunette Stephen Amell.
  • Partners – Sophia Bush (of One Tree Hill fame) returns to television in what sounds like a fun show, don’t know if I’ll stick with it though.
  • The Following -Kevin Bacon on the small screen as a retired FBI profiler, tracking down a serial killer who has created his own cult of murderers. The premise sounds interesting, but some reviews of the Comic-Con screeners say there are major holes in the dialogue and that it’s basically “a Xerox of a copy of every serial killer movie, TV show, or novel of the last 20 years“.

Beauty and the Beast promo shot… I can just see a scar.

Cancelled:

  • Ringer – Poor SMG, she may be preggo with another baby but her show got cancelled. I admit I stopped watching it after about 9 episodes so it’s no loss, I just hope she finds something else to keep her on the tv!
  • The Secret Circle – Naaaawww I really liked this show and I really really really like Price Peterson’s recaps, as hilarious as the Teen Wolf ones. I was surprised it got cancelled, but it just didn’t get the ratings it needed to get renewed. Sad because the background story was intriguing, as well as the idea of killing off nearly all the adult characters.
  • Terra Nova – This was just so bad. I feel sorry for Steven Speilberg as a producer of the show, because it was his name attached to it that made me watch it in the first place. I had this idea that it would basically be a television series of Jurassic Park because it was set 85million years in the past. Obviously not.
  • Alcatraz – Gutted this got cancelled, I think the history of the show was so interesting even if the rest of the show was slightly predictable.
  • Pan Am – Think I watched two episodes before I got bored, I don’t think I’m suited to period television. Hence the reason I do not watch Downton Abbey.
  • Awake – I was going to give this a chance but then just forgot to watch it. I like Jason Isaacs and I would have liked to have found out which of his two worlds was the real one.
  • Charlie’s Angels – Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. WWTT?!Gl

Maybe…

It’s September already?

Those are the words falling miserably out of mouths up and down the country, and really we shouldn’t be surprised. It happens nearly every year, we sit on the edges of our seats waiting for that moment when the sun will burst through the seemingly never ending run of clouds so we can spend more than a mere minute outside with our loving friend vitamin D.

It never happens and September rolls around with us feeling even more glum than the beginning of the year when we promised we’d give up that thing we LOVE to make us lose weight or to pretend we feel better about ourselves (just remember that time is coming again soon, 17 weeks, don’t hate on me for pointing this out I loathe that time of the year).

BUT, what comes with September, is the start of the television season. You may think I’m crazy but autumn (or fall) is when the country is supposed to retire in front of the box snuggled up on the couch with no sun to distract them, no more balmy evenings but cold and rain to keep them inside to watch the latest offerings on the tele.

And as I’ve mentioned countless times before US television is what matters, although as the cold months draw in UK television is good, one show I’m looking forward to is the Body Farm a spinoff from the very greatly missed Waking the Dead. And all the other thriller, killer drama’s that appear lovingly on my screen.

Every year there are double the amount of programmes on US tv, brand new shows competing with veteran shows, those that win over audiences are the successors some with devoted fans prevail others never last beyond their second or third episode after when viewing figures fail to ignite.

I happen to have a tough schedule this year, with 30* shows currently on my timetable I don’t know how I’m going to manage. My fellow US tv lover has 40, and has just discovered the wonders of a livestreaming channel, and the joy of no sleep whilst watching The Lying Game at 2am in the morning (I do not have the fortune of being able to stay awake until 2am I have to rise at 7am to get ready for work, he currently works from home on his own hours).

Here’s a run down of my list, what I will without a doubt not be missing, what I will be giving a try, and what I think will fall at the first hurdle even though it has made it to my list.

Wouldn’t miss if my life depended on it:

  • Fringe (Fox) – my love of Josh Jackson would never waver (I love you Pacey).
  • Supernatural (CW) – J-squared always have a place in my heart.
  • Vampire Diaries (CW) – Ian Somerhalder, those eyes, that body (Sorry you always play a dead guy).

Must-watch:

  • Gossip Girl (CW)
  • Nikita (CW)
  • Family Guy
  • Dexter (Showtime)
  • America’s Next Top Model (CW)
  • Glee (Fox)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Desperate Housewives (ABC) – this is the final series (thank god).
  • One Tree Hill (CW) – just getting back into this show after ditching it when Lucas and Peyton did…

New picks:

  • Apartment 23 (Fox) – it has James van der Beek in it, as himself. Nuff said.
  • Hart of Dixie (CW) – Summer is back, sorry Rachel Bilson.
  • New Girl (Fox) – I love Zooey Deschanel.
  • Ringer (CW)- Sarah Michelle Gellar on my screen again, and with a really great show.
  • The Secret Circle (CW) – From the same author of Vampire Diaries LJ Smith, and the man behind both tv shows Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek, Scream)
  • *Terra Nova (Fox) – Forgot that this finally had an air date after being pushed back a few times, big CGI production, dinasours and produced by The Speilberg, I have to give it a try at least. (Sounds a little Primeval)
  • *2 Broke Girls (CBS) – I missed this when making the list, noticed it had Kat Dennings starring who I LOVED in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
  • *Pan Am – I don’t know why I forgot to put this show on the list, an original series following the Mad Men lead it’s set in the “Jet Age”. My only worry is I’ve never watched Mad Men because it didn’t appeal to me so I may lose interest…
  • Revenge (ABC) – the lead returns to the town she grew up in but noone recognises her… no big names. (REALLY GOOD)

    The Ringer

Could fall at the first hurdle:

  • Alcatraz (Fox) – only thing attracting me to this show its from the creators of Lost and has Hurley in it.
  • Charlie’s Angels 2011 (ABC) – I loved the originals, the movies were ho-hum, I’m not sure the gloss and glamour will work in the noughties without making it tacky but I am prepared to be swayed. AWFUL
  • Grimm (NBC) – great idea but is it strong enough to hold up for more than one season when there’s already a show like Supernatural that covers the ‘grimm’ aspects. A possible replacement if SN finishes after season 7?
  • Once Upon a Time (ABC) – same idea using fairytales, but the look of the show could be a let down.
  • Revenge (ABC) – the lead returns to the town she grew up in but noone recognises her… no big names.
  • The Finder (Fox) – this is a latecomer to my list so I’ll be applying last to join first to go if it fails to impress me.
  • Awake (NBC) – another one that I could let go, I just like the premise of living a life while you dream.

On hiatus:

  • Falling Skies (TNT)
  • Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)
  • Teen Wolf (MTV)
  • True Blood (HBO)

If there are any other shows that you will be watching that I haven’t listed and think it would fit into my schedule then let me know. I like having US tv buddies, discussing the ins and outs of the shows are much fun and can make you go crazy (PLL ha).

*Most recent additions

Pretty Little Liars

(spoilers)

The mid-season finale of Pretty Little Liars (PLL) just aired over in the US, and by golly it was a good’un.

But that’s no surprise because every single episode is so brilliant. I have honestly not watched a programme where I couldn’t guess what was going to happen at the end of it. PLL is one of those shows that has me hooked, and I’m going to go ahead and say better than Gossip Girl (that’ll no doubt come and bite me in the ass).

For those unfamiliar with it, PLL is a show based on a series of books by author Sara Shepard the first published way back in 2006 and the most recent in July of this year. It’s set in the fictional town of Rosewood, featuring a clique of girls who drift apart after the disappearance of their ‘leader’ Alison. They come together again when an omnipresent character ‘A’ begins to taunt the girls, Hanna, Aria, Emily and Spencer, about all of their secrets. And trouble soon follows.

The show follows the same vein, and in it’s second season has viewers hooked on finding out who ‘A’ really is. There are so many possibilities it makes for some exhilarating television. Each episode ends with a scene whilst the credits are rolling showing you what ‘A’ is doing, half the time I’m sure it’s a guy but then the storyline beckons to ‘A’ being a girl, it’s nowhere near possible to tell!

For the mid season finale it begins where it will end showing three of the girls in a police holding room after being caught, what it appears, red-handed (or dirt-handed if you so will). The drama builds as we return to the previous hours leading upto the girls’ incarceration. We see the girls each receive a doll with instructions on what they should do if they wish to see their therapist Dr Sullivan alive again, as in the previous episode ‘A’ led them to believe the doctor was dead or at least heading that way with a text stating “the doctor is out – A”.

But as Spencer points out it’s a genius plan, each of the tasks the girls must complete are their deepest darkest desires, although no reason appears as to why Spencer really wants to end her relationship with Toby… Aria must get rid of her teacher-boyfriend’s stalky ex Jacqui, Hanna must ruin her Dad’s wedding even though she has only just rekindled their relationship and Emily, well she doesn’t get anything. Yet.

It seems simple enough for Aria and Spencer to carry out their tasks, and a teeny bit awkward for Hanna who halts the wedding mid-ceremony. Emily’s task meanwhile has surfaced, as she was driving to the ceremony her satnav starts to play up, noticing the doll on her backseat it claims it will take Emily “to her”. Who are we thinking? Logically the doctor, deep down, Alison… We see Emily turn up at a barn with a car running inside, and you immediately sense the danger she’s in after the barn door closes shut but does she take her STILETTO heel off her foot and smash the window to turn off the engine? No she does nothing of the sort, she passes out and just when you she’s going to be the next victim she gets dragged out by ‘A’.

Now this is the part that I think has a reveal in it and probably always has (in the title song), it’s a bit Harry Potter-ish too. As Emily is passed out, well we’re led to believe she is anyway, she sees Alison who tells Emily she always favoured her blah blah and when Emily asks if she knows who ‘A’ is Alison’s reply is “two can only keep a secret if one of them is dead”. So tell me if I’m reading into this too much or in the wrong manner but is Alison saying she isn’t dead but someone else is, and that’s how she is keeping the “secret” or is she still dead and the other person that is actually ‘A’ the person who killed Alison… I’m confusing myself.

Meanwhile the girls have completed their missions and have received an address, the same address where Emily is and find her and wake her up. A shovel is leant against the barn along with a note that says “You will need this” along with some coordinates that must be the location of Dr Sullivan. Only it isn’t, it’s a trap, the girls were set up by ‘A’ and cornered by the police with their hands on the shovel that is revealed to be the weapon that killed Alison. If we go back to about episode eight where Spencer finds (oh so easily) Alison’s postmortem report we see that page five was missing, and noone knows what’s on it but duh-du-duuhhh Jenna and Garrett do.

What’s that you say? Jenna and Garrett are the ones behind this. Oh, yeah I knew that all along, she hates them for making her blind of course it’s them that set the girls up and got them arrested. But wait no that’s way too easy. I reckon they’re acting alone on this part, they were there on the night of Alison’s murder and tried to set Jason up but they didn’t kill her they just moved the body… that’s why they wanted page five’s trace evidence reports destroyed so noone would think it’s them and no way have they been keeping tabs on the girls’ all this time they’re not THE ‘A’ just one of many. **

I mean how does the return of Detective Wilden fit back into this, as Spencer’s Mum points out he has some strong evidence against them, something apart from the shovel? Either that or he’s another NAT member and helped out Garrett and Jenna, maybe that’s what Garrett refers to when he says “this will get you a promotion”… And as another thought on Garrett, he says that Jason’s worked out that he didn’t kill Alison but that he doesn’t know they wrote the note. He doesn’t actually say anything about the killing. (But then again if Garrett waited months to get into the storage room, I’m assuming it was for the shovel, so the police already had it as evidence because Det Wilden even says “We’ve known all along what the murder weapon was”, so they had it and haven’t realised it was taken out of the evidence storage room and the girls were using it? Huh?)

The fact that the usual ‘A’ scene rolls at the credits tells us that Garrett and Jenna can’t be the only ‘A’, when ‘A’ has Dr Sullivan at some sort of roadside diner and the doctor replies with “I’ve done what you asked me to do” and then receives an envelope from ‘A’. At first it seems like money, but Dr Sullivan surely wouldn’t be motivated to do something for money in return, and ‘A’ so easily lets her go she must have something substantial on her that would warrant Dr Sullivan to lie about where she was to the girls and for her not to return to tell them what she had found out.

And then comes the killer hook, as the waitress comes over to fill ‘A’s coffee cup she comments: “How you doing tonight pretty eyes?”. Now if I’m going to read right into this, the way the waitress speaks to ‘A’ it has to be someone younger than herself and it has to be a girl. What person would say that to a guy? Hmm. But then it goes back to the books because if you like to spoil yourself and want answers ahead of the game they state that Mona is the first ‘A’, it fits, but like Marlene King show executive says more than one ‘A’ is a “plausible theory“.

 

** I’ve just realised Jenna says “she deserved to die like that” which kind of implicates them in Alison’s death…