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2014 New Years Resolutions

While we all make our own New Years resolutions about dieting, getting to the gym, and working harder, let’s take a moment to think about what the people behind our favorite shows should be focusing on this year. There’s no way that our shows are perfect, so here’s what I think our favorite creators and networks should be thinking about in the New Year.

While we all make our own New Years resolutions about dieting, getting to the gym, and working harder, let’s take a moment to think about what the people behind our favorite shows should be focusing on this year. There’s no way that our shows are perfect, so here’s what I think our favorite creators and networks should be thinking about in the New Year.

Mindy Project

Stop ignoring your secondary characters. Mindy is getting progressively better, but it lacks balance. Yes, we need to focus on Mindy’s search for love, but there is a cast of characters that are often over looked. Focus on the group, not a singular character. It’s shows that utilize their great ensemble casts that make great comedies (see: Friends, The Office, Parks and Recreation).

NBC

Give Parks and Recreation another season. They always seem to be on the bubble. The gang from Pawnee is always under-appreciated. Why isn’t this the most watched comedy? With Leslie looking to find a new direction in her life, now is not the time to pull the plug. We’re already losing Ann and Chris; please don’t take them all.

Ryan Murphy

Just move Glee to New York already. Lima is growing stale, and the revolving door of bad characters (see: the nurse) are getting to be too much. New York has our favorites. Blaine can join. With Adam Lambert and Demi Lovato, the music in NY is better too. Do us all a favor and make the last season worth it.

Shameless

Kill Jimmy. Yeah, he was taken away on that boat, but who really knows his fate? Just kill him. His character was getting old. Let’s focus on the Gallaghers. There’s more important stuff to deal with.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Give Amy Poehler a damn Golden Globe.

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Our Top 5 Favorite Christmas TV Specials- Emily’s Picks

I hope everyone is having a holly-jolly holiday season! If you’re like me, then you just can’t get enough of the merriest time of year,but I know that some of you are most likely facing varying degrees of yuletide fatigue. Worry not, because I have the perfect remedy for the holiday blues ( besides 6 or 7 festive cocktails).

 

These Christmas TV specials are sure to get rid of those pesky humbugs, allowing you to feel merry and bright all over again!

I recommend marathoning all of these with some sugar cookies and a big steeping mug of hot chocolate. Tis’ the season after all!

Yes, I did try and cram as many christmas references as I possibly could into this article. You’re welcome. 

I hope everyone is having a holly-jolly holiday season! If you’re like me, then you just can’t get enough of the merriest time of year, but I know that some of you are most likely facing varying degrees of yuletide fatigue. Worry not, because I have the perfect remedy for the holiday blues ( besides 6 or 7 festive cocktails).

These Christmas TV specials are sure to get rid of those pesky humbugs, allowing you to feel merry and bright all over again!

I recommend marathoning all of these with some sugar cookies and a big steeping mug of hot chocolate. Tis’ the season after all!

Yes, I did try and cram as many christmas references as I possibly could into this article. You’re welcome.

1. ” How Lily Stole Christmas” ( How I Met Your Mother)

Remember when Ted called Lily a grinch ( we all know what he really said) and she took away their Upper West Side winter wonderland? Thankfully, everything was patched up by Christmas Day and if anything their friendship became stronger than ever before.Bonus warm and fuzzy points: Marshall helping the UPS man deliver his packages to ensure that people received their gifts in time for Christmas.
Remember when Ted called Lily a grinch ( we all know what he really said) and she took away their Upper West Side winter wonderland? Thankfully, everything was patched up by Christmas Day and if anything their friendship became stronger than ever before.Bonus warm and fuzzy points: Marshall helping the UPS man deliver his packages to ensure that people received their gifts in time for Christmas.

2.  “Arnolds Christmas” (Hey Arnold)

This the only Christmas episode of Hey Arnold ever produced and it is absolutely excellent.Arnold's persistence in reuniting lonely tenant Mr. Hyunh with his long lost daughter Mai is truly touching. ( not mention watching Helga secretly give up her cool as hell Nancy Spumoni snow boots to make it all possible)
This the only Christmas episode of Hey Arnold ever produced and it is absolutely excellent.Arnold’s persistence in reuniting lonely tenant Mr. Hyunh with his long lost daughter Mai is truly touching. ( not mention watching Helga secretly give up her cool as hell Nancy Spumoni snow boots to make it all possible)

3. “A Benihana Christmas” ( The Office)

Michael Scott deals with heartache the only way he can: Asian Hooters.  Episode highlight: Michael marked his Benihana waitress date so he could tell her apart from her friend. 
Michael Scott deals with heartache the only way he can: Asian Hooters.  Episode highlight: Michael marked his Benihana waitress date so he could tell her apart from her friend. 

4. “The One with the Holiday Armadillo” ( Friends)

 

Ross wants to share the history of Hanukkah with his son. So naturally, he dresses up as a giant Armadillo. Throw in Chandler dressed as Santa and Joey sporting a muscle Superman costume and you've got a wonderfully awkward holiday treat.
Ross wants to share the history of Hanukkah with his son. So naturally, he dresses up as a giant Armadillo. Throw in Chandler dressed as Santa and Joey sporting a muscle Superman costume and you’ve got a wonderfully awkward holiday treat.

5. “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” ( Community)

An emotional upheaval causes the already unhinged Abed to lose it right before the holiday's and just like that we are transported to a stop motion animated winter wonderland filled with songs and magic. I dare you not to feel a little bit merrier when it's all over. Please mind the Christmas pterodactyl. 
An emotional upheaval causes the already unhinged Abed to lose it right before the holiday’s and just like that we are transported to a stop motion animated winter wonderland filled with songs and magic. I dare you not to feel a little bit merrier when it’s all over. Please mind the Christmas pterodactyl. 

Our Top 5 Favorite Christmas TV Specials – Ryan’s Picks

Most shows tackle the holiday season. And with all of our favorites currently on hiatus, we can spend this time of year revisting ghosts of Christmas TV past. With the help of Netflix, Hulu, DVDs, and more, there is a wealth of Christmas cheer available from all of our favorite shows.

Most shows tackle the holiday season. And with all of our favorites currently on hiatus, we can spend this time of year revisting ghosts of Christmas TV past. With the help of Netflix, Hulu, DVDs, and more, there is a wealth of Christmas cheer available from all of our favorite shows.

Since Emily and I couldn’t agree on the best five, we’re going to be providing our own lists, which means double the Christmas fun.

5. “Afternoon Delight” Arrested Development

Come on! How else would you want to spend Christmas than at a Christmas party (make that two) thrown by your family’s company? This episode is full of creepily incestious renditions of “Afternoon Delight,” $1,400 suits, and… her? Like any episode of Arrested Development it’s out of its mind, and damn proud of it. “They’re laughing with me, Michael.”

4. “Ludachristmas” 30 Rock

30 Rock’s first dabble in the Christmas special leans heavily on the contrasting character traits of Jack and Liz. While Jack is upset that his mother (Elaine Stritch) has shown up for Christmas, Liz is excited to see her family at 30 Rock. Throw in a side story about Tracy with an alcohol monitor and Liz’s brother suffering from memory loss (Andy Richter), and you have yourself a delightfully bizarre Christmas.

3. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins” Bob’s Burgers

The Belchers inherit a storage unit only to find a man living inside. The kicker: he claims to be a mannequin brought to life. Thus begins the epic search for his long lost a love, an actual mannequin. As payment for the help, he puts on a variety of holiday display to help promote the restaurant. Despite the creepy, crazy plot, Bob’s Burgers manages to make it heartwarming, hilarious, and fantastic.

2. “The Best Christmas Ever” That 70’s Show

I often forget about That 70s Show, but when I remember, I’m reminded of the fun of the youthful rebellion in it. It’s “Best Christmas Ever” that is really a great example of this. It’s hilarious while remaining very truthful. The gang plans to throw a Christmas party, but they’re low on funds. To get money for beer they chop an enormous tree down at the side of the interstate and pocket the money for beer. We’re treated to a hilariously drunk Jackie, a Christmasy Kitty, and best of all an angry (once again) Red. This early episode also plays well for the Eric-Donna-Hyed love triangle.

1. “Christmas Party” The Office

Not only is this an amazing Christmas episode, it is among my favorite episodes of The Office as a whole. Michael’s immaturity really drives this episode, turning Secret Santa into Yankee Swap. He’s cruel to Phyllis for knitting an oven mitt. All the while it’s funny, but then you get that golden nugget, the beginning of the Jim and Pam love story. The fabled tea pot even makes a return in the show’s finale seven seasons later. It really taps into the truthfully awkwardness of working with people of exceedingly different personalities. Bonus points for Meredith flashing Michael at the end.

From Sport Techie: Insticator Is Changing the Way You Interact with Friends When Watching Live Sports

We have reached a day and age in which television is worth something more than casual entertainment. In 2013, not only can actors prosper in the entertainment industry, but you, the TV consumer, also have the chance by turning those hours of watching Breaking Bad and NFL Season Ticket into something big.

We have reached a day and age in which television is worth something more than casual entertainment. In 2013, not only can actors prosper in the entertainment industry, but you, the TV consumer, also have the chance by turning those hours of watching Breaking Bad and NFL Season Ticket into something big. Recent startup, Insticator.com, is an innovative social TV application that rewards you for your predictions of major television programs. Anything from Modern Family to The Walking Dead to professional sports is fair game on Insticator, as you work to rack up points and earn rewards, including sports tickets, iPads, and other electronic devices.

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Three Amazing Songs from Three Amazing Shows

We aren’t lucky enough to have soundtracks in our lives. Luckily enough, our favorite shows do. Great writing and acting help build strong moments in a show. The right music, however, helps create a moment that we never forget.

We aren’t lucky enough to have soundtracks in our lives. Luckily enough, our favorite shows do. Great writing and acting help build strong moments in a show. The right music, however, helps create a moment that we never forget.

“Let Your Heart Hold Fast”
Fort Atlantic

How I Met Your Mother
“The Final Page – Part 2”

It was a sensational moment for any HIMYM fan. Robin discovers the final page of the playbook, Barney’s play to win Robin’s heart. Robin’s yes to Barney’s proposal is made all the more satisfying paired with this heartwarming track. It’s currently one of my obsession songs, joining me on train rides, walks, and writing sessions. “Let Your Heart Hold Fast” on iTunes

“Keep Breathing”
Ingrid Michaelson

Grey’s Anatomy
“Walk On Water”

This episode of Grey’s was brutal (see Izzie drilling a man’s head with a construction worker’s drill). All the while, it managed to be compelling, which is in turn thanks to the always amazing music choices on Grey’s Anatomy. This episode shot me into the world of Ingrid Michaelson, a world from which I cannot escape. “Keep Breathing” on iTunes

“Leather and Lace”
Stevie Nicks

American Horror Story: Coven
“The Axeman Cometh”

“You don’t break Stevie!” This season of American Horror Story has been made all the more wonderful thanks to a slew of Stevie Nicks songs. Take your pick. Misty’s obsession with the Fleetwood Mac songstress is a uniquely tantalizing character choice. And leave it to Ryan Murphy to make outstanding music choices. “Leather and Lace” on iTunes