what I’m watching

You all know that I love my shows. I admire people who don’t own televisions and spend their spare time reading and cultivating new skills… but I will never be one of those people. I admit it: I love television — my shows make me blissfully happy — and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. So there :P

Growing up, summer tv used to be all about the reruns. Now, there are more non-traditional seasons on many networks, which means new shows to dig into throughout the year; summer reruns also create the perfect opportunity to catch up on shows that were new last season that I haven’t yet seen. (When new seasons begin, it’s hard to know what is worth watching and what will be canceled within a month… so sometimes, I wait to hear what the buzz is before I start watching!)

Right now, this is what I’m watching:

This is an obvious one as I’ve been a die-hard fan since season 1, but it’s still worth a mention. Ever since superstar and clear front-runner Alex Wong got hurt and had to leave the show, season 7 has become anyone’s game. I think it’s safe to say that I’m rooting for Lauren to win, as she impresses me more each week and I think she’s an absolutely stunning dancer. I love Kent because he’s just so darn cute, but I don’t think he’s the best dancer (although the tween girl votes will most likely push him into the finals). If José doesn’t go home soon, I might seriously lose my mind. I’m sorry, but he has no technique and does not belong on that stage anymore! Otherwise, I love watching each week and I especially love seeing the all-stars perform (I think a Twitch and Allison show would be my dream come true). What are your thoughts on this season so far?


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I heard some really positive things about this show via Twitter, and I admit to having been intrigued when I started seeing commercials a few months ago before it premiered. Don’t let the fact that it’s on ABC Family fool you into believing it’s for teeny boppers — seriously, this show is amazing. Great drama, great characters, and juicy mystery. The story revolves around four high school friends after the disappearance of their “queen bee,” and follows their lives a year later (complete with flashbacks that give a glimpse into what really happened). I have been DVR’ing and finally just watched the first several episodes last weekend, and I am hooked. So good! (Any other fans out there?)

I was late to the party on these three Wednesday night gems; Nick and I caught on towards the end of the season and fell fast for these hilarious comedies, so we’re doing our best to catch up on all the episodes we missed. I don’t know what I love more: Cam and Mitchell’s banter and general adorableness on Modern Family; every word out of Brick’s mouth on The Middle; or Jules’ goofy circle of friends on Cougar Town and their wine-guzzling ways.


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Okay, so I’m cheating a little — this hasn’t started yet, but in just a few hours season 4 will finally begin and I. CAN’T. WAIT. How will things go with Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce? Will Betty come back to Don, or is she with her new beau for good? Will I still loathe Pete Campbell? What will Joan be wearing, and could she be any awesomer? I would watch this show for the sets and clothes alone, but the fact that the writing and characters are amazing is just the cherry on top. Welcome back into my life, Don Draper!

What are you watching this summer?


  1. Brooke! I thought I was the only person over the age of 25 (oh fine, pushing 30) who was watching PLL! So glad to see I’m not the only one. Did you know they’re supposed to be somewhere on the Main Line? I finally picked up on that. I have also heard that the books are just as good…

    And yes, Mad Men!! Amen sister!

  2. Pretty Little Liars had me sucked in from the beginning! I love how it always leaves me wanting more. So many questions followed by more questions instead of answers. I love it!

  3. I’ve been so unhappy with SYTYCD this season. The new format seemed like a good idea initially — and I shouldn’t complain about a chance to see Allison Holker dance again (I love that girl) — but it seems like it’s working the contestants to death and causing a ton of injuries. When Billy got injured too last week, the show just became “can you dance okay enough to outlast the ones who really can dance?” Lame.

  4. OMG! I’m so happy other people are watching Pretty Little Liars!! I love that show! I was telling Sean (my husband) that I wish it was on more than once a week. Sigh, but it’s good.

  5. Brooke–I’m right there with you on Mad Men. Unfortunately, I can’t watch Season 4 until my husband and I are done watching season 3…we’re so close! Only 5 episodes left and I can finally start enjoying the new goodness.

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