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Last Night on TV: Mike becomes Harvey’s investment banker doppelganger

imageThree-piece suit, chauffeured black SUV, fast-talking sassy, know-it-all assistant…looks like Mike’s transformation into Harvey Specter is complete. Except that he’s no longer an attorney at law. And let’s be real, there’s no one as good as Donna, am I riiiight? 

BUT his new office is ROM-adjacent in Toronto! Sorry, I rarely focused on the backdrop on Suits, Toronto being masked as NYC; but now that I’m on the other side of the continent with 9 years of living in the T-dot in my rearview mirror, it’s nice to see parts of the city I recognize. 

Season four means an end to Harvey and Mike, dynamic duo, and more Harvey and Mike, power-tripping Olympics. They know each other too well but that won’t stop either man from taking the other’s challenge…or bait. Am I a fan of having them on opposite sides of the street? Not entirely. BUT I do know that something had to change after three seasons and this seems like a smart path to explore. I’m keen to get further down it.

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USA Network also welcomed back Graceland. I legitimately watched the whole first season and still couldn’t really recall how Mike, Briggs and the gang wrapped their whole drama with Jangles etc, just that Mikey was off to DC at the end of it. Oh, Aaron Tveit, you are dreamy as an FBI agent. The long of the short of it, Mike’s restless at his cushy East Coast gig and heads back to Graceland to flush out some of the Caza/Kaza cartel (as there’s a price on his head) and get his rockstar status back. 

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I really did miss the chore wheel. Mike must have too because he’s moving back into the house Sorry random blonde chick in DC. The bus line - and Paige - wins, though the rest of his “team” is not pleased about this. 

Meanwhile over on ABC Family, Melissa and Joey figured out their ageing teenager problem by giving Joe a bubbly 13-year-old girl who clearly will be moving in next season. Now they just need to make it down the aisle next week in the season finale. And Baby Daddy finally let Riley and Ben give it another romantical go. MAKE OUT ALREADY, YOU TWO! 

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Last Night on TV: Royal Pains’ premiere signals the return of more USA summer hits

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First up, Divya’s baby is SO RIDICULOUSLY CUTE. 

Do I have a lot to say about Royal Pains though? Not really. It was always one of those shows that I’d watch a couple episodes of, forget for months and then marathon 5 episodes to catch up half a year later. Covert Affairs became that too in the past year. So when the HankMed gang returned this summer, I was pretty sure I could keep up but also aware that I definitely didn’t see where they ended their last season.

What Royal Pains' return signals to ME is the return of other USA Network programming - namely Suits and Graceland - later this week. WOOOOO! (There’s still a White Collar shaped hole in my heart that only Matt Bomer can cure. Additionally, remember Fairly Legal? That was some good times.)

Lastly, on the subject of USA Network programming, why isn’t EVERYONE obsessed with Playing House?! I need you to be more “THIS IS THE GREATEST!” and less: 

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Summer also means the return of ABC Family fun! Hard truth: I’m never going to catch up on Pretty Little Liars so don’t come looking for A here. I’m sure it’s as cracked out as ever and I’d have CRAZY fun watching it - plus I love the leading ladies - but I just cannot. 

However, Catching Life premiered and ever since I ignored The Fosters (only to marathon 6 episodes and become totally hooked), I’ve vowed to give new shows a shot. (Though I will NEVER give Twisted a second glance; all of its promos have confirmed I made the right choice there.) 

Italia Ricci, who plays lead April, REALLY REALLY reminds me of Shiri Appleby (in general and specifically circa Roswell, but less whingy than Appleby’s Liz Parker), in a good way. Ricci really nails the whole direct, to-the-point, no nonsense girl but without being a bitch or socially awkward. It’s a fine line to walk these days. 

On the whole, cancer’s a tough plot point to make the driving factor behind a YA drama; but if there’s any network who can do it justice for its demo, I’d put my money on ABC Family every time. Switched At Birth and The Fosters are two of the best shows on TV that are dealing with real life drama and daily turbulence with characters of all ages, gender and race. Chasing Life easily has the potential to be representation for teens and 20-something adults fearlessly facing a battle of their own - whether it’s cancer or another disease that strikes down its victims without discrimination. Anything to help people cope and understand the struggles that so many face every day. 

At the end of the day, the MOST important takeaway from the premiere’s “scenes from the season” is the return of Scott Michael Foster to ABC Family! No longer will we have to rely on Greek reruns. 

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Last Night on TV: The dudes get bro-y in Connecticut and the Bachelorette has a tantrum

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Instead of the usual couch potato’ing, I was actually out in the world at a screening of Edge of Tomorrow for work. (It was surprisingly VERY good! 1) I can’t say no to a movie with Tom Cruise in a military uniform. He just cuts a very nice figure! 2) Emily Blunt is totally badass. 3) While the one-liner plot line sounds dumb, it’s actually a cool premise/storyline.)

However, during this whole alien invasion explosion-a-thon, my phone was blowing up thanks to my “I Wanna Marry Harry” group chat which had been co-opted by my sister and Dila as they both watched Bachelorette on ET. Spoilers aside, I knew I was in for a treat. An awkward one as Andi’s apparent tantrum tonight was directed at the now deceased contender, Eric, who unfortunately/fortunately comes across as a really nice guy.

First things first, Andi gave Dylan the third degree over dinner about his nerves/hesitation sitting on a steam engine train. He did a stellar job opening up about his father’s death, sister’s overdose and other hugely emotional family history. Andi managed to muster a couple monotone “it’s okay”s and a “jeeeez” while he laid out his heavy baggage before her.

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Last Night on TV: My beloved Enlisted was BACK & a “bonus” ep of Bachelorette

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Oh, Enlisted, how I have missed you. Fox abused you so but I love you. And I’ve got my fingers crossed that these episodes being aired will find you a new home (Hulu? Amazon? Netflix? GET ON IT!). 

Also, it kills me that Prank War didn’t air where and when it was supposed to. It perfectly encapsulates the Hill brothers’ relationship. Geoff Stults gets to have fun being terrible at pranks. Chris Lowell steps up for what he does best: sarcasm, distain, and uttering the word “pubis.” Parker Young gets to be both somewhat ridiculously bone-headed but STILL smarter than his eldest brother. 

Hot off of their How I Met Your Mother final season cameo, Boyz II Men turned up on a very special Sunday episode of Bachelorette. Oy. But first, Nick got the first one-on-one date (which thrilled my sister as she feels he’s “the best”). While he and his lady fair walked on the beach, this intense intellectual conversation happened back at the mansion: 

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Essential summer TV viewing: “I Wanna Marry Harry” and why my friends are awesome

Due to being distance-challenged (read: I now live on the west coast and all my closest friends are in easterly time zones), FOX’s new summer reality show “I Wanna Marry Harry” has forced me to create a What’sApp group chat (aptly titled “important discussions”) so that we can all watch together while not at all together. 

So far, the first 20 minutes of commentary coming in on my phone is probably the best thing I’ve read today (though yes, it makes me incredibly homesick and sad that I’m not sitting in my apartment with everyone chatting and drinking wine): 

Miss you, ladies. xo. 

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Last Night on TV: Suits wraps up its third season with a whimpering bang

It’s the end of an era! Okay, that’s a titch over-dramatic on my part. But it was an emotional time for Harvey and Mike and therefore me as well. Fortunately investment bankers wear suits too, so there’s no name change needed for season four (as if they’d consider it).

However, it’s the dynamic back-and-forth between Harvey and Mike that MADE this show what it is. I look forward to seeing how they flush out this new situation (while maintaining the duo’s chemistry and friendship) in the new world. Series creator Aaron Korsch assured us all (via an interview with EW that you can read here) that this isn’t a move that will be quickly undone. Sets have been built, stories have been planned, and Mike’s getting his own Donna. (Though let’s be real, no one will ever out-Donna Sarah Rafferty.)

The finale proved just how fantastic Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht are at just BEING these two characters. Their scenes in this episode — the chair-throwing anger, the tearful anguished but logical plea to leave the firm — this is the primary relationship that this show thrives on and keeps fan tuning in week after week. It’s not Mike and Rachel; not Harvey and Scotty; not even Harvey and Donna; just Mike and Harvey till the bitter end.

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Last Night on TV: Did #SHIELD’s Hydra ep make sense if you haven’t seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

Seriously, show of hands. Does it work? I came out of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and immediately thought, “Did Joss Whedon just blow up his TV show? Because he just disbanded S.H.I.E.L.D. and he’s got a show about, uh, Shield…” Maybe he decided to cancel it before ABC did? I’d understand that.

That being said, the obvious reveal was still Ward’s allegiances. You knew, right? I was about 60% convinced when when Victoria started making her case that Coulson was Hydra citing Ward’s “emotional” execution last week. And then his volunteering to “turn the key” on his mentor’s jail cell really cemented it.

If this is the end of the show, at least it’s got a major plot to carry it to the end. And should we get a season two, well,…perhaps this is the way to get rid of Ward and fix some of the group’s chemistry and dynamics. (Is it too much to ask that the Skye mystery is also solved and that removes her from the team?)

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Last Night on TV: Something was missing…

Despite the less than stellar series finale last week, it was notably off-putting to not have a new episode of How I Met Your Mother this week. Just me?

In short, there was nothing to watch other than Bones and Star-Crossed, which is slowing moving from “cheesy bad but good” to straight up “um..this is just bad.” I can not fathom how Aimee Teegarden can make making out with Matt Lanter so unsexy. I’ve seen that guy have chemistry with everything including a wall on 9O21O. His acting may have some limitations, but I’ll buy whatever he’s selling here. The flaw is it takes two to kiss and Julie Taylor (as she will always be known - sorry Emery) alters between looking like she’s selling it too hard or ready to pull away mid-smooch.

That might have been her closest attempt at looking into it. Matt Lanter, you keep doing you. Oomph.

Honourable mention to Greg Finley (Drake - wait, is that his name?) and Jesse Luken (Eric). No, not because they’re hot; because I actually caught up on last week’s ep and then this week’s and someone in the writer’s room is doing a solid job giving those characters actual levels and depth. It’s a little surprising how much I’m enjoying their performances. Now could the women get more interesting please?

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