Exams Tips for the TV Addict

Last year, for my IGCSE’s, I promised myself I wouldn’t watch TV regularly in order to focus on my studies. Everything worked out well in the end, but I didn’t exactly keep my promise. I ended up watching 3 full seasons of ‘2 and a half men’ – a show I don’t even watch by the way.

With exam season right around the corner, i’d thought i’d offer some suggestions that could help you during your dreaded exam months. If you’re like me, you have to watch TV no matter what. Quitting is not an option because, let’s face it, it doesn’t work. What you need is self-control. This is generally proportionate to how much you care about your exams. The more unprepared you feel, the more control you will have (this will be extremely evident the day right before the exam, procrastination is a b*tch).

There are two ways you can go about this, each with its own advantages and disadvantages:

1. The Top 5 Method – pick five of your favorite shows out of the lot and focus on those only, nothing else.

If you can manage to figure out which 5 you care about the most, the rest are simply irrelevant.You won’t be itching and going crazy reading tweets on other shows because you’re in the loop with those closest to your heart.

2. The Quick Escape Method – cut out all drama shows and watch only comedies. It’s quick, easy, and very rewarding in a stressful atmosphere.

Comedies last  on average 20 minutes and that is the perfect time for a study break or to grab a meal. The fact that you can watch while performing other tasks makes you less guilty about not studying. When your brain has turned into mush after a few hours of studying, doesn’t Modern Family sound like the perfect glass of lemonade on a hot day?

The Quick Escape method will probably let you log in more TV time (depending on the number of comedies you watch), while the Top 5 is much more concentrated. What’s important is that you do not stray. If you need to watch more, whatever you do, do not watch any of the shows you usually watch. Stick to old episodes/reruns or just starting a random new show you will not care about (i.e 2 and a half men). Once you start a show already on your schedule, you will have to tune back in every week which can be disruptive. I never used to watch 2 and a half men, and I just started on a random episode. It had no hold over me, and I was able to just watch it whenever. You need that because the TV shouldn’t control you, instead it should be vice versa.

It is fall, so a truckload of new tv shows are being dumped on our laps. Do not start any of the new shows. They are very unimportant in the scheme of it all and an added advantage is by the time your exams are done, you’ll know which are really worth watching from the reviews. Another tip is to be prepared for spoilers. Whether you like it or not, it’s going to happen, just don’t let it affect you that much. Accept it and move on. Whatever you read, it’s nothing like actually watching it happen. So when you do catch up after exams are over, I promise it’ll be okay.

That’s all the tips I have for now. I hope they are helpful, and most importantly, GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR EXAMS!

P.S: how great does Adam Scott look this season on Parks&Rec??! I know right!

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Fall TV Pickups: What I’ll Be Watching

When Fall is here, new tv shows are thankfully here as well. A lot of new shows have been picked-up and from that lot, I’ve taken the ones which I’ll most likely be watching and split them into 3 categories: For Sure, On the Fence, and Let’s see how the first episode goes. The first category includes the shows I’ll definitely be watching. The second category for shows which look very promising but I’m not too sure it’s my cup of tea but it might be for you. The last and final category for shows that look okay, sort of like a wildcard – the trailers don’t stand out that much but maybe a full episode would make me come on board, who knows. I’ve included links to trailers/previews for the shows that have been released them so check em’ out.

For Sure

Arrow (The CW) (Extended Preview)

Based on DC comics superhero Green Arrow, Stephen Amell plays Oliver Queen –  the billionaire playboy that was presumed dead until now. Katie Cassidy plays his love interest, and Paul Blackthorne plays her father the detective that wants to arrest the new vigilante in Starling City.

Stephen Amell’s abs and kick ass fighting scenes with arrows being shot perfectly make this very entertaining. He’s rich by day, and helpful by night. Add some drama into that and what you get is an awesome new show.

666 Park Avenue (ABC)

Cast:  Dave Annable (Brother & Sisters), Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Mercedes Masohn (The Finder), Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives), Terry O’Quinn (Lost)

Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor become managers of the apartment building owned byTerry O’Quinn (main antagonist) and Vanessa Williams. The show focuses on the tenants and how the new managers uncover the mysteries of this building, including its demonic forces.

I can’t really ignore a stellar cast like that, it was the first thing that drew me to this show. I will be thoroughly freaked out because supernatural drama and horror is not exactly my genre, but I’m pretty intrigued about this apartment building.

Partners (CBS)

Cast: Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), David Krumholtz (Numbers), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), and Brandon Routh (Chuck)

FROM THE CREATORS OF WILL & GRACE, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan brings you something that will totally remind you of Will & Grace – and I say that as a good thing. I loved Will & Grace, and this is Verion 2.0 for me.

Louis (Michael Uri) and Joe (David Krumholtz) are BFF’s and partners in their architecture business. Sophia Bush plays Joe’s fiance, and Brandon Routh plays Louis’ boyfriend.

The Goodwin Games (Fox)

Cast: Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Scott Foley (Felicity), and Jake Lacy (Better With You)

FROM THE CREATORS OF HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas alongside Chris Harris bring you The Goodwin Games – a show about 3 estranged siblings who come together when their rich father dies. Who’s going to get the inheritance? Whoever wins the games, of course. But that’s not entirely the point, the games are supposed to bring them closer together, duh.

It’s such a cute little family show intertwined with flashbacks of their childhood memories and hilarious personalities.

The Mindy Project (Fox)

This comedy centres around Mindy played by Mindy Kaling (The Office), the OB/GYN trying to get her personal life on track. Trailer is hilarious, I can’t wait!

Go On (NBC) (Extra clip) – reminds me of community a bit

Matthew Perry (Friends) plays Ryan King, the sportscaster who joins a support group to help deal with the loss of his wife.

Reminds me of Community a bit in the sense that he and his support group will become a family soon. Besides that, I am a bit worried that Go On will suffer the same fate Mr. Sunshine did.

On the Fence

The Carrie Diaries (The CW)

Sex & The City Fans, this is for you! AnnaSophia Robb plays the young Carrie Bradshaw as we follow her life and learn how she turned into…adult Carrie Bradshaw. Sounds fun, and people are pretty interested to see 1980’s fashion.

Elementary (CBS)

Modern day take on Sherlock Holmes. Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) plays Holmes while Lucy Liu (Southland) portrays Watson.

Revolution (NBC)

J.J. Abrams serves as one of the executive producers on Revolution. It focuses a future without electricity. With power-hungry warlords everywhere, the show centres on the Matheson family who may hold the key to reverse the effects that happened 15 years ago.

The Following (Fox)

The Following revolves around blue-eyed man Kevin Bacon, an FBI agent forced out of retirement to catch a psycho serial killer (James Purefoy).

The Mob Doctor (Fox)

Due to a family debt to the mob, Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) has no choice but to be their doctor. It’s dangerous and wrong, but they’ll probably kill her brother if she doesn’t follow through, thus major conflict arises.

Last Resort (ABC)

A navy team forced to survive on their own when their country turns on them. Definitely check this trailer out, this show is really something.

Let’s see how the first episode goes

Chicago Fire (NBC)

Jesse Spencer (House) and Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries) play the two macho firefighters at odds with each other after their fellow firefighter dies. Other than that, the show follows the Chicago fire department as they fight fires.

Do No Harm (NBC)

Following the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde complex, Steven Pasquale is a neurosurgeon who struggles to fight his dangerous alter ego.

Guys with Kids (NBC)

A story about 30-year old “kids” with kids of their own.

Emily Owens M.D. (The CW)

Mammie Gummer comes to grips with the fact that her new adult life is just like high school all over again. Justin Hartley stars as her crush.

With a slew of new entertainment heading our way, it’s no wonder why Fall is my favorite season. Post your thoughts in the comments below on which show you’re more excited for.

This week’s Fall Finales & more!

90210 (Returning Jan 17)

After a “pep talk” from Liam, Annie finally got the courage to solve her own problems and now the inheritance money is so totally hers! Navid got bashed up by mob people and he’s in the hospital with Kat right next to him. Silver sees this and decides to commit to Professor Guy With A Kid. I guess once Navid finds out, his bones won’t be the only thing that’s broken. Let’s just see if Kat is still sticking around to pick up the pieces of his broken heart. Naomi can’t have it all and she finds out the hard way – by walking in on Holly & Austin after getting praised by her boss. And for the kicker: LIAM’S FACE IS TOTALLY BASHED!

He’s not going to die or anything, probably just sued for all his model money. Annie’s probably going to get a heart attack from this news. And I don’t think we’re going to see the last of “the chick who hit Liam but didn’t own up to it because she doesn’t wanna get sued”.
 

Gossip Girl (Returning Jan 16)

CAR CRASH ALERT! Everybody rushes to the hospital (am I the only one who thinks we see this too often on gossip girl?). The good news is that Blair is fine (although no word on the baby). Bad news: Mr. Bass might not be in such good condition as Blair. Charlie stresses out, because it’s all her fault, tells Rufus who she is and flees the hospital! Serena & Nate (best friends of the victims) vows to take down Gossip Girl once and for all using The Spectator.

Charlie running away? GOOD, bye bye Charlie. I’ve been wanting off my tv screen ever since she got into the picture.
Nate & Serena taking down gossip girl? This is going to be so good. And probably unsuccessful? I don’t see gossip girl going down because nobody is ready to rename the show “the spectator”
And as for Chuck? He’s not going to die, but he has been a lot of accidents now don’t you think? The guy has like nine lives or something. But seriously gossip girl, stop making cliffhangers where we think we’re going to lose Chuck. ENDANGER SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE OKAY.
It has been confirmed that Chuck will be attending the Royal Wedding. Blair goes back to Loui….why and how?
 

Nikita (Returning Jan 6)

Michael & Owen (under Nikita’s orders) plan to go after the guardians while she secures the black box from Yuri. Yuri & the black box just reached The Udinov Mansion, where Alex has just stumbled upon HER MOTHER. WHO’S SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD.

Great twist and all, but why do you want to mess up Alex’s head more than it already is? It saddens me. And everyone else takes advantage of it. They pity her, but they get what they want. I want her to be stronger, to just take control of her past and be wise about her future. Anyway, now we’ll get Yuri, Nikita, Alex, Mommy, and Evil Guy who took over Zetrov all under one roof ya’ll. I will not ever think that Mommy is the one who actually ordered the division strike team to kill her husband and daughter so I’m ruling that out because I’m sane. Maybe the only reason she’s alive is because Evil Guy likes her? Who knows. Once Nikita finds out that Alex is there, I’m hoping she trusts Alex enough and actually goes after the bad guys.
 

Revenge (Returning Jan 4)

This episode really showcased a more vulnerable side to Emily Thorne, caught looking like she wants to cry numerous times. Who would blame her? Nolan & Takeda practically abandoned her. Her feelings for Daniel are all mixed up. AND, the same lawyer who chose not to defend her father is now working on Victoria’s divorce.

I guess we know who’s getting the red marker of death next….
Also look out for Daniel proposing soon *squeal*!
 

** Previous Fall Finales **

Grey’s Anatomy (Returning Jan 5)

This one’s really heartwrenching….Henry’s dead 😦 Teddy doesn’t know 😦 Chrstina’s the one who couldn’t save him 😦 and Owen…well Owen has to keep it all together and be The Chief. Also, Meredith and Alex walk out to a road full of dead bodies, which is totally a doctor’s nightmare.

WAY TO GIVE EVERYONE PTSD GREY’S ANATOMY. Talk about some serious emotional trauma. And on top of all the pain, there’s going be a huge strain on Teddy & Christina’s relationship + Owen’s relationship with both. My guess is that Owen’s going to focus on being The Chief and The Chief ONLY when Grey’s returns.
 

House (Returning Jan 23)

House dwells on his father’s belonging. Park asks Chase out on a date…which is really weird. For everybody. Especially Adams. And finally, Foreman chooses to embark on a relationship with a married woman.

Someone’s going to find out about Foreman’s relationship, and depending on who I can’t wait to see what their going to say about it. It’s probably going to be someone unlikely finding out….or they just cut to the chase and House has dirt on Foreman which will be a fun ride.
 

The Vampire Diaries (Returning Jan 5)

STEFAN’S THE BIG BADDIE NOW (the good kind – the kind that’s not under Klaus’ orders)! YES! BEST THING EVER! Rest of the season will just be a game between Stefan and Klaus for the title of Big Baddie. SO FUN. They’ve already cast Klaus’ other brothers, and ooohhhh they are so pist at Klaus! No idea what’s going to happen with the whole Elena-Stefan-Damon thing, but Caroline’s bday is coming up soon and there’ll probably be some Tyler drama after their breakup.
 

Private Practice (Returning Jan 5)

The 2 hour finale ends with Amelia back and happy from rehab. The only cliffhanger we have to hold on to is if Addison is going to have a baby or not. And after turning in to those 2 hours, I honestly don’t really need such a big cliffhanger. It was a brutal, eye-opening, game changer of an episode for Amelia Sheperd and the viewers. The episode also opens up to the many troubles of all the couples (Violet & Pete, Sam & Addi, Cooper & Charlotte – so basically EVERYONE), and we learn that Jake lost his wife to addiction problems.

Next Week’s Finales: Glee, New Girl, Once Upon a Time, & Psych