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Well, the summer is quickly approaching, and the Fall lineups are out, so it’s time to take a quick peek at what might be in store.

A few of my shows ended this year, most notably Big Bang Theory, but some of the upcoming shows look very intriguing!

Full schedule at the bottom 🙂


Sunday

8:00 PM — CW — Batwoman — Batman is easily my favorite DC character, and Gotham came to a fantastic close last year. I tried Supergirl when it first started on CBS, but I didn’t follow it to the CW. Ruby Rose will play Batwoman here and it should be very interesting! — TRAILER

8:30 PM — FOX — Bless The Harts — This show takes place in the King of the Hill universe…which means I’m less likely to watch…but I’m gonna give it a try!

9:30 PM — FOX — Family Guy

Monday

8:30 PM — CBS — Bob Abishola — Chuck Lorre’s newest creation

Tuesday

Wednesday

8:00 PM — CW — Riverdale

9:00 PM — CW — Nancy Drew — From very few shows on the CW to all of a sudden a bunch of them…but Nancy Drew has always left me curious, and despite the Sarah Shahi version getting canceled before launch a few years ago, I’ll still give this new iteration a go. — TRAILER

10:00 PM — ABC — Stumptown — Cobie Smulders comes back to TVs in this fast-paced show based on a graphic novel. — TRAILER

Thursday

8:00 PM — CBS — Young Sheldon

8:00 PM — FOX — Superstore

8:30 PM — CBS — The Unicorn

9:00 PM — FOX — The Good Place

Friday

Saturday


ONLINE SHOWS

There are obviously going to be a lot more announcements for Fall streaming programming…but here is what’s on my list upcoming in the next few months:

Designated Survivor — Netflix — June 7

Jessica Jones — Netflix — June 14

Mr. Iglesias — Netflix — June 21

Family Business — Netflix — June 28

Money Heist / La Casa de Papel — Netflix — July 19

Orange is the New Black — Netflix — July 26

G.L.O.W. — Netflix — August 9


With the streaming races heating up, the amount of content being thrown at us each week is reaching insane levels. And for every good/hit show out there, there are about 100 pieces of junk that hit our screens. And sometimes we stop and watch that junk because it entertains us.

But throw all those thoughts out the window and make Dead To Me on Netflix the next show you watch.

Christina Applegate (Jen) and Linda Cardellini (Bloodline)(Judy) are outstanding in this dark comedy, as we learn that Jen’s husband was recently killed in a hit-in-run, and she’s on a mission to find out who the driver was.
Meanwhile, Judy is going thru her own struggles, despite an intricate web of lies that she is seemingly weaving.

This show has a wonderful mix of story and comedy, as you get entrenched in their lives during the quick moving season.
I’ve heard from a few people who felt it was a little sluggish off the top, but once you get into it, it’s worth every second.

Dead To Me is created by comedian Liz Feldman, and has outstanding Executive Producers including Will Ferrell and the hilarious Adam McKay, and also stars James Marsden and the legendary Ed Asner.
By the way, should you want to hear more from Adam McKay, I would highly recommend the second episode of South Beach Sessions with Dan Le Batard, for a nice half hour discussion.

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I went into this movie with low expectations and high hopes. I had heard lots of good things, but with it being an animation I had no idea what was in store…and how good could it be already?

The answer: Very very good.

From the start it plays into its animation role perfectly, playing with the old school comic book thought boxes, and even poking fun at the stories of Spider-man past, showing all that’s been done before, and how this wouldn’t be just another one of those stories.

And then the fun begins as Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) takes on a new life, in a new school, and of course the bite of a radioactive spider, which makes him the second Spider-man in a world already inhabited by Peter Parker (Jake Johnson).

This movie is star-studded, with characters voiced by Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Tomlin, Zoe Kravitz, Mahershala Ali, John Mulaney, Nicholas Cage, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine, Natalie Morales, Oscar Isaac, Kathryn Hahn, and of course one of the last appearances for Stan Lee.

“I’m gonna miss him.” -Stan Lee
We’re gonna miss Stan Lee

But is this world already inhabited with Peter Parker? Or is this all part of an alternate universe that has been opened up by Kingpin, one with multiple Spideys, known as the Spider-Verse.
Spider-Man. Spider-Man Noir. Spider-Woman. Spider-Ham. Peni Parker.
And then you have all the villains you’d expect in Spider-Man, from the Green Goblin to Scorpion and Tombstone.

One of the other things that bring it all together, besides the strong story, and the great drawing styles that play in cels from an actual comic strip, is the solid soundtrack featuring artists like Post Malone, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj.

And sure, you’ll see some of the typical twists and turns before they happen, but that’s half the fun with a superhero movie, no?

Step Up: High Water is back with an absolute fire in its belly.

Season 1 was one of the most creative things I had seen on “television”, and when Season 2 dropped last week, I was right back on YouTube Premium watching my favorite music show, especially now that Nashville is off the air.

The story for Season 2 can be a little jumpy at times, even within the same episode, with time jumps and random parts of the stories just missing, as one second a character is walking around, the next they are found dead or in jail.

But once you look past the story, which can be the show’s strength and weakness, it is something that Holly Sorensen (the shows creator) should be extremely proud of.

The easiest thing to look at is the music, with fresh new beats being dropped by Sage (Ne-Yo) and Rigo (Terrence Green), all under the production fingers of King (Eric Graise).

But then you get to the heart and soul of Step Up: The Dancing. And from there it’s all next level and absolute fire.

Odalie (Jade Chynoweth), Tal (Petrice Jones), Dondre (Marcus Emanuel Mitchell), and Poppy (Kendra Oyesanya) are all back, and add in the flair of Zo (Jeremy Copeland), for some of the best moves that have ever been in a TV show.

Just watching their moves will make your muscles ache, as they put their bodies to the limit, and have all the viewers shaking to Genesis.
They throw every ounce of their being into these songs.

Don’t forget the star power that Naya Rivera brings to the table, as well as guest star Ashley Greene, to help keep this cast very well rounded.

By the time you get to the show’s climax in Episode 10, you’ll be bouncing with Uncle Al.

Don’t sleep on this show, and if you’ve ever liked dance or the Step Up franchise, you need to go watch this on YouTube Premium. The fire and heat that this show brings, will leave you wanting to watch it over and over.

Here’s a little taste of the show:

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I may not have posted in a while, but I wouldn’t miss out on my Top Songs of 2018! This year was pretty decent for music, not as good as 2017, but anything is better than 2016!
In the past it has been Top 10, and last year it expanded to Top 20!

The list rules are simple enough: It must come out in 2018, and it’s usually limited to one song per artist, so I gotta break it down sometimes and pick favorites!

And as always, these are entirely my choices, and no other logic is brought into it.


19. Love Lies by Khalid and Normani

I’ve been so into your mystery
Is it because of our history?
Are you into me?
When it feels so good, but it’s bad for you
Can’t say I don’t want it ’cause I know I do
Come on over, I need your company
Cravin’ that synergy


18. Say Something by Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton

Everybody says, “say something that says something”
I don’t wanna get caught, up in the rhythm of it
But I can’t help myself, no, I can’t help myself, no, no
Caught up in the middle of it
Caught up in the rhythm of it


17. Close To Me by Ellie Goulding and Diplo feat. Swae Lee

And I don’t wanna be somebody without your body
Close to me
And if it wasn’t you, I wouldn’t want anybody
Close to me


16. High Horse by Kacey Musgrave

‘Cause everyone knows someone who kills the buzz
Every time they open up their mouth
Yeah, everyone knows someone who knows someone
Who thinks they’re cooler than everybody else


15. Don’t Leave Me Alone by David Guetta feat. Anne-Marie

I don’t wanna call and you not answer
Never see your face light up my phone
Never see you singing “Tiny Dancer”
Everytime my head hurts, everytime I’m low
‘Cause I don’t know if I would be alive today
With or without you like night and day
Everything about you uncomplicated
Here with you, everyday is a Saturday


14. Blow That Smoke by Major Lazer feat. Tove Lo

I got the keys to Heaven now
Baes all around and they got my mind spinning
Suddenly doors just open wide
Doors open wide
Blow that smoke and let me love that fire
I don’t need no memories


13. This Is America by Childish Gambino
The most powerful music video of the year propelled this song onto the list.

This is America
Don’t catch you slippin’ now
Look what I’m whippin’ now


12. Babe by Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift

You really blew this,
We ain’t gettin’ through this one,
How could you do this,
This is the last time, I’ll ever call you babe


11. High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco

Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Shooting for the stars when I couldn’t make a killing
Didn’t have a dime but I always had a vision
Always had high, high hopes
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Didn’t know how but I always had a feeling
I was gonna be that one in a million
Always had high, high hopes


10. Solo by Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato

I wanna f-woop, woop woop, but I’m broken hearted
Cr-cr-cry, but I like to party
T-t-touch, but I got nobody
Here on my own
I wanna f-woop, woop woop, but I’m broken hearted
Cr-cr-cry since the day we parted
T-t-touch, but I got nobody
So I do it solo


9. The Champion by Carrie Underwood feat. Ludacris

I am invincible, unbreakable
Unstoppable, unshakeable
They knock me down, I get up again
I am the champion, you’re gon’ know my name
You can’t hurt me now, I can’t feel the pain
I was made for this, yeah, I was born to win
I am the champion


8. Back To You by Selena Gomez

I wanna hold you when I’m not supposed to
When I’m lyin’ close to someone else
You’re stuck in my head and I can’t get you out of it
If I could do it all again, I know I’d go back to you


7. This Feeling by The Chainsmokers feat. Kelsea Ballerini

They tell me think with my head, not that thing in my chest
They got their hands at my neck this time
But you’re the one that I want, and if that’s really so wrong
Then they don’t know what this feeling is like


6. I’m A Mess by Bebe Rexha

I’m a mess, I’m a loser
I’m a hater, I’m a user
I’m a mess for your love, it ain’t new
I’m obsessed, I’m embarrassed
I don’t trust no one around us
I’m a mess for your love, it ain’t new


5. Hunger by Florence + The Machine

And it’s Friday night and it’s kicking in
In that pink dress, they’re gonna crucify me
Oh and you in all your vibrant youth
How could anything bad ever happen to you?
You make a fool of death with your beauty
And for a moment


4. The Middle by Zedd feat. Maren Morris
Happy Now came in a close second for Zedd

Oh baby, why don’t you just meet me in the middle?
I’m losing my mind just a little
So why don’t you just meet me in the middle?
In the middle


3. Without Me by Halsey

I said I’d catch you if you fall
And if they laugh, then f**k ’em all
And then I got you off your knees
Put you right back on your feet
Just so you could take advantage of me


2. Body Talks by The Struts feat. Kesha

You can be cool, you can be shy
Say what you want, say what you like
‘Cause ooh, your body talks, your body talks
Ooh-ooh, your body talks
You can pretend you don’t wanna know
But I read the signs from your head to your toes
Yeah, you don’t need to say a word ’cause
Ooh, ooh your body talks


1. No Tears Left To Cry by Ariana Grande

Right now, I’m in a state of mind
I wanna be in like all the time
Ain’t got no tears left to cry
So I’m pickin’ it up,
I’m lovin’, I’m livin’, I’m pickin’ it up
Oh, I just want you to come with me
We’re on another mentality
Ain’t got no tears left to cry
So I’m pickin’ it up

From June 10th-14th I headed out on a road trip thru NY, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Montreal, Canada. Over the last two months, I’ve talked about most of the places I visited. Here is a full recap of the trip.


SUNDAY

I headed out on the road, for the most mileage of any day (and the most time spent sitting in the car).

Brooklyn–>Cooperstown — 200 Miles

Cooperstown, NY. Home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. I parked in one of their free lots, located 1/2-3/4 of a mile away from building, and walked on over. There is a trolley that makes its way around town that could be taken, and I also walked by LOTS of street parking that I could’ve stopped in instead, which I guess is an offseason perk to keep in mind.
When I walked in I was faced with a long line to buy tickets, so I did the modern day thing and logged in to their website, bought tickets there, and skipped right past the line.
The Hall is a great place to spend a few hours, and I particularly enjoyed the team lockers with more recent memorabilia.

Cooperstown–>Saranac Lake — 200 Miles

I headed to Saranac Lake for the night, a nice little town just outside of Lake Placid, and stayed at the Best Western.
Before I settled in for the night I drove around town and stopped by the Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage, just for an outside look as it was after-hours, and took some time to enjoy the views of the lake.


MONDAY

I always like sleeping in the city where I’ll be the next morning, even when it means driving those extra hours the night before…and this was no exception as I woke up just minutes from Lake Placid and was able to head to the Lake Placid Sports Complex as they opened up for the day.

Driving into the complex you drive past the ski jumps and are treated to views of the biathlon course as you turn into the facility.
Walking into the gift shop you purchase your tickets for the bobsled run and get to view a nice little museum as you wait for the tour bus to take you to the top. On the way up we had a few stops, showing the former track, and some good vantage points to take picturesque mountain views.
Once at the top, they gave me the option of walking down within the run or taking the bus back down…naturally I chose to walk down, and take in the Olympic course.

When I made it back to the bottom I headed into town and the Lake Placid Olympic Center. The Center has a tour, but having gotten there just after one started, I decided it wasn’t worth waiting around for the next one. Instead, I wandered around the building on my own. From the Herb Brooks Arena to the outdoor speed skating track, there’s a lot of history in this quaint town.

After that I made my first audible of the trip. When I had been at the top of the bobsled run the tour guide had pointed out all the sites from the games, including Whiteface Mountain, where skiing had occurred.
I headed to the mountain and drove to the top, a nice 5 mile drive up a decently steep road, with multiple stops available along the way for great scenics. But what you forget is, that when you get to the top (after a final few hundred foot climb), you’ll have even nicer views, especially when the weather is nice and clear…because it can get awfully cold at the top most of the year.

Whiteface Mountain–>Montreal — 110 Miles

After I finished at Whiteface Mountain I headed on the road to Canada, with an easy border crossing and headed into Montreal. And despite climbing Whiteface earlier in the day, I decided to do the double and went up Mount Royal.
I faced my first French snafu, as I couldn’t read any of the parking signs to figure out if and what I would need to pay at the mountain lot.
I spoke to one of the locals, with a lot of hand gestures and bartering, we came to a mutual agreement of money as he gave me the remainder of his day pass.

Once I was done at the mountain I went and checked in to my hotel, the Best Western Brossard.


TUESDAY

As I headed into town, I faced rush hour traffic and accidents, and double-thought taking a hotel outside of town, just for the lower rates and free parking.

Parking was simple, with a few lots open throughout the day around the compound, and I started off at the Montreal Tower. The tallest inclined building in the world, taking the elevator to the top, which then provides nice views in all directions around the city.
After coming back down I took a very enjoyable tour around the Olympic Stadium, going behind the scenes of the swimming pool, polo pool, the tunnels beneath it all, and the actual venue.

I had originally planned on visiting the Observatory, but I quickly realized after visiting Mount Royal and the Tower, that I didn’t need yet another view within a couple of miles, of the same skyline.
As such, I had parked in the area of the Observatory when I drove downtown, which quickly became a mistake as it was nowhere near where I really wanted to be.
Where did I want to be? The historic stuff. City Hall, the markets, Notre Dame, and the Old Port.
The clock tower was a great little find at the end of the port, with a door tucked away in the back, and no charge to head in and go to the top.


WEDNESDAY

Wednesday was supposed to be a closely timed day, as I headed from Montreal down to Vermont.
The problem in Vermont is that things are spread out, with each thing about a half-hour from the next, and when only open for a few hours a day, it needs to be timed right, or else you can’t make it to all of them in one day.

But it started with a flat tire as I pulled out of my hotel, and I quickly went to Google to find a place to get it patched.
I found a Mr. Lube in a local Walmart, and despite pulling in at 8AM, the time listed as their “Open Time”, I quickly found out that times are fluid in Canada. The first mechanic didn’t roll in until around 8:15-8:20, and you had one person come every hour after…meaning that me, fourth in line, didn’t get out of there with a tire patch until 10:30AM, to head to my first destination two hours away.

Montreal–>Vermont Teddy Bear Factory — 95 Miles

As I passed back over the border into the US, I presented the US Border Agent with my Passport and Global Entry card. He promptly handed the Global Entry card back to me, saying “that just confuses my system…and then proceeded to pull my car over and do a full head-to-toe inspection.
After clearing that I was back on my way.

My first stop in Vermont was the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. While it’s mostly geared towards kids, taking a tour here gives a good insight on how the bears are cut and stuffed, and a little history into the company.
After the Teddy Bears I hightailed it over to the Quarry to try and catch their last tour of the day.

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory–>Rock of Ages Quarry — 55 Miles

The Rock of Ages Quarry had been an add the day before to my itinerary, and I’m super glad I did. Rocks aren’t usually a big interest of mine, but being able to see them cut it out of the mountain, and the factory where they turn it into monuments and other uses, was very cool.

Rock of Ages Quarry–>Ben & Jerry’s — 20 Miles

I drove a half hour back to the Ben & Jerry’s Factory, having passed it earlier to make closing at RoA, and instantly regretted making the journey.
They are open until later in the day than some of the other stuff, which allowed me to travel there after hours, but one of the things I had missed, due to the flat tire, was the Lake Champlain Chocolates tour.

But that didn’t deter me as I headed back on the road, for an almost three-hour trip down to Springfield, Mass.

Ben & Jerry’s–>Springfield — 180 Miles

In Springfield I booked a last minute Priceline hotel, staying at the La Quinta Inn & Suites.


THURSDAY

Springfield was a last minute addition to my trip, as I ended up a day early after Montreal became a Monday/Tuesday trip, instead of Tuesday/Wednesday. But despite that, thanks to Google Trips, I was able to plan out stuff to do.
But that couldn’t stop me from being a real New Yorker, and assuming there wasn’t parking at anything this day…walking a few miles throughout town, to locations that all had ample parking. Oh well! I’ve never turned down a walk before, so no reason to start then.

My first stop of the day was the Springfield Museums.
Located around the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, this is a grouping of five museums, in which the lady at the front desk was nice enough to count me as a college student for a little discount.
These five museums are a Science Museum, a Local History Museum, two art museums (Art and Fine Art), and one focused just on Dr. Seuss!
There was a school group on the grounds that day, and I based which building I went to with wherever they weren’t, and I did a good job avoiding people!

Afterwards, I headed thru town to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, where I surprisingly had a good time, despite it not even being one of the Top 5 sports that I follow.

Following that long day, I headed back to my car to go home…quickly discovering that New York City is the root of all evil when it comes to traffic, as my final 55 miles took two and a half hours to get thru.

Springfield–>Brooklyn — 150 Miles

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