As a new season roles around, there’s one thing that I look forward to most: new television shows. The summer always brings about pilot season where major networks roll out their fresh new shows, whereas the spring brings about mid-season returns of the shows you’ve been waiting for all winter. Though some get cut by the network before they even get a chance (I’m looking at you Freeform), others go on to gain popularity with audiences across the world. However, sometimes we might miss these shows, labeling them as just another one season hit. So we binge watch for hours, most likely avoiding things we should be doing, to catch up with all of the hype.
When it comes to tv shows, I’m always a sucker for a good teen drama. The CW’s Riverdale fits that category perfectly. Based on the characters of the Archie comics, Riverdale centers on the life of Archie Andrews, his neighbor Betty Cooper, and his best friend Jughead Jones. The three friends seemed to live the normal small town life. That is until one Fourth of July weekend when everything turns upside down for the trio. The small town of Riverdale is shaken by the death of Jason Blossom, the high school’s star football player and the son of one of the most powerful families in town. While the trio tries to figure out who killed Jason, Veronica Lodge arrives. As the confident new girl from New York with a reputation of her own, Veronica shakes up the trio and their normal small town status quo. Although this series is just about over, there’s still plenty of time to binge the available episodes before the season finale.
My friends always like to tease me about my love for what they call “mom” shows. This basically means that I tend to fall in love with a show that’s usually aimed at an audience that’s made up of middle-aged mothers. But honestly, I have no regrets with this show. American Housewife follows the story of Katie Otto and her family as they find their place in the town of Westport, CT, filled with perfect mothers and their perfect children. However, Katie knows that her family, quirks and all, will never fit into the cookie-cutter Westport lifestyle, and she’s got a no-apologies attitude to prove it. This series will have you cracking up from the minute you meet Katie and her wonderful family. The Ottos are just your typical everyday family with the confidence and pride to be themselves.
If there is one thing that can keep me interested in a new show, it’s the music. Star, produced by Empire creator Lee Daniels, has plenty of amazing tracks to keep you watching episode after episode. The series follows Jude Demorest as Star, a young women with the hopes and voice to live up to her name. Despite being in the foster system from a young age, she never let her troubles dull her dream of being a superstar. With this dream, she tracks down her sister, Simone, and her new friend from Instagram, Alex, to travel to Atlanta. There, they find a woman by the name of Carlotta, played by Queen Latifah, who has been searching for them since they lost their mother. With the help of Jahil, a manager looking for the next big thing, the trio form a girl group and enter the Atlanta Next Fest contest. Through the ups and downs, these girls continue to shine and deliver some killer performance that will keep you dancing for days.
Famous In Love
It’s hard to imagine that after seven long years, the Pretty Little Liars series is finally coming to an end. Last week, they began airing the final ten episodes and my heart broke a little more with each minute. Like most fans of the show, I. Marlene King has put me through a rollercoaster of emotions with each episode. So when I found out she had a new show on Freeform, I was instantly hooked. Famous in Love stars former Disney Channel star Bella Thorne as Paige, a normal college girl turned Hollywood superstar. After booking a role on the movie Locked, Paige’s life goes through King’s signature rollercoaster as she deals with love, friendship, and her new rising stardom. From secrets and lies to big reveals, the show covers the true story behind the Hollywood blockbusters and “putting on a show.” The best part about this series? Even though it only premiered this past week, the first season in its entirety is available to binge on the Freeform app and the website. If you’re a fan of PLL like I am, you’ll binge the series in a day or two. Sorry in advance!
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