The real Fixer-Upper

Fixer Upper is an American reality-television home improvement show that airs on the HGTV television network. The television series follows Chip and Joanna Gaines, who serve as both the show’s hosts, as well as lead contractor and interior design respectively. The pair operates from their home base in Waco, Texas, specifically from Magnolia Homes, a home goods store that the couple runs from within their home, which served as the couple’s starting point before being signed to the HGTV television series in 2013.

The pilot episode of Fixer Upper aired in May 2013 with the full season following thereafter in April of the following year. The second season of the series began in early January of this year. With the release of the first season, it was quite clear that the show was here to stay. HGTV’s rating soared with the release of the first full season, and the second season only further bolstered that ratings surge. Similarly, the show has been highly rated on IMDb, receiving an 8.6 out of a total of 10. The second season of the show finished as HGTV’s as one of the network’s top performers, joining the ranks of top shows such as Brother vs. Brother and House Hunters. Allison Page, the general manager for both the HGTV and the DIY Network commented on the show’s immediate success, stating, “This level of performance for a relatively new series can only be described as spectacular!”

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Each season contains 13 episodes and follows the same basic premise for each episode. In each episode, the Gaineses come across potential home buyers looking for a particular home in the Waco, Texas area. Additionally, each of these potential buyers wants to live in one of the historic neighborhoods of the area, as opposed to living in one of the more modernized neighborhoods with newly constructed homes. The home buyer/s is then shown a total of three different potential-rich homes that are in dire need of renovating and an interior make over.

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At the end of this tour, the home buyer decides on a house, and then lets the Gaineses do what they love best: renovate and remodel. Over the next few weeks, sped up through the use of television magic, the old, dilapidated home is transformed from a heaping, dangerous pile of wood and metal with no signs of life, charm or beauty, into a fabulously designed home that’s a delightful mixture of old and modern charm and characteristic.

What makes the series so interesting is that the couple is particularly interested in renovating and remodeling the older neighborhoods in the central Texas area without scrubbing clean any of the character and design that makes these neighborhoods such desirable locations to live in in the first place. They each have a true and honest love of their work, and together strive to recreate the central Texas location by remodeling, reinventing and reestablishing the charm of these old neighborhoods.

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While the latest season of Fixer Upper won’t be out until the beginning of the next year, you can still watch full episodes of the previous two seasons on the HGTV website.

 

 

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Netflix DareDevil

Marvel’s Daredevil, oftentimes just Daredevil, is an American web series that follows the titular character, Daredevil, a vigilante desperate to set right all of the criminal wrongdoings in his hometown of Hell’s Kitchen. The series is produced by Marvel Television and originally on Netflix with the entire first season of the show premiering in entirety on April 10th of this year.

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The web series is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is the same canonical world as the Avenger’s movies and characters. The series takes place shortly after the events in the last Avenger’s film, Age of Ultron, and demonstrates the struggle that everyday neighborhoods face in the wake of superheroes and their destructive combat against super villains looking to destroy Earth and all of its inhabitants. In the aftermath of the battle with Ultron, many villainous families, especially in Hell’s Kitchen, have banded together in order to form a better working, more fluid crime syndicate. Naturally, this earns them the ire of a yet-named masked vigilante, oftentimes referred to by the various criminals and thugs within the show as “The Man in Black” or “The Masked Man.”

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Remaining true to its source material, the series follows the story and life of Matt Murdock who works as a lawyer in Hell’s Kitchen, New York by day and a masked vigilante by night. Most interesting about the main character is that he is blind, and has been since he was a child. A terrible accident robbed him of his vision, but left him, instead, with his other senses being heightened to compensate for such a catastrophic loss.

Throughout the series, Daredevil uses these amplified abilities and senses to fight crime, locate various people in and throughout the city, and determine if someone he’s interrogating is telling the truth. As Matt Murdock, he uses these abilities similarly. In one episode in particular, he’s able to determine when one of the jurors presiding over his case has been bought off. He uses this information to release her from Kingpin’s grasp and set her free from the case. In this regard, he is very much a living, breathing lie detector, though with far better accuracy.

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The series has been highly rated on multiple sites, including receiving a 9/10 on IMDb from over 100,000 viewers and critics, and a 75 (which denotes generally favorable reviews) from Metascore. Similarly, on Rotten Tomatoes, the show has received a 98% approval rating from 40 critics. The general consensus has been that “with tight adherence to its source material’s history, high production quality, and a no-nonsense dramatic flair, Daredevil excels as an effective superhero origin story, a gritty procedural, and an exciting action adventure.”

On the other hand, the series has received some flak for its seemingly disjointed layers of plot, that occur in and around Hell’s Kitchen, but don’t seem to concern one another in any form or fashion. Moreover, much of the story “feels indistinct, like disconnected chunks of a much-better-than-average cop show,” according to the New York Times’ Mike Hale, a self-proclaimed Daredevil fan who waited patiently for the show’s release.

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The first season of Daredevil is available for streaming on Netflix. The second season is scheduled to premiere next year.

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Inside Charmed

Charmed was an American fantasy sci-fi television drama series created by Constance M. Burge to be aired on the WB television network. Aaron Spelling and his production company, Spelling Television (responsible for such iconic shows as Beverly Hills 90210, 7th Heaven and Melrose Place) produced the series with Brad Kern serving as the showrunner for the entire duration of the series. Charmed ran from October 1998 until Maybe 2006, having featured 8 seasons with a total of 178 episodes, each running at about 45 minutes long.

 

The series received critical acclaim, specifically upon its premiere date which received an estimated total of 7.7 million viewers tuning in for the series premiere, making it the largest audience-viewed series premiere of the WB’s television history. Additionally, Charmed was the first primetime television series that focused around the lives of a witch coven, bringing to light an entire culture of pagan-based religions, and being partially responsible for the wiccan spiritual belief system becoming more mainstream. Moreover, the series has received praise for creating an all-female cast that is both realistic and charming on an individual level, with each of the actresses taking their character and bringing to life her individual quirks. The series holds a 7.0/10 on IMDb based on over 50,000 site users and audience members, while holding a similarly high rating of 8.8/10 on TV.com.

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A Normal Life

Although the series follows the sisters on their constant battle against the forces of evil, the most common themes of the show aren’t nearly as supernaturally inclined. They are daring vigilantes hoping to snuff out the last of an evil, magical organization. The most common theme the sisters struggle with through the course of the series is the sisters wanting to have a normal life, and how that fundamental need clashes inconsolably against their duties as protectors of world of innocents.

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Throughout the series, the writers maintain that theme as a central and primary source of tension between the Halliwell sisters and their position as the “Charmed Ones.” They were given a monumental task without any concern for their own personal wants and desires. Romance, friendship and personal development are typical themes of television series, while in Charmed, the complete and utter lack of such normal human desires is central to the development of the series and the characters as a whole. The Halliwell sisters must fight harder for such basic foundations of a “normal” life, and can rarely if even venture outside of themselves to find companionship or romance.

The Struggle of Good and Evil

Over the course of its many seasons and episodes, Charmed demonstrated the near-constant struggle that exists between good and evil, a theme that is readily thrown into many stories for the need to create tension. Charmed was different in its use of the age-old theme, however, and truly created a vile, wicked force behind which all things evil rallied, and pitting the Halliwell sisters against such a force as a testament of the ever-persevering nature of humanity. The evil within the universe of Charmed is known as the Source—as in, the source of all things evil, wicked and vile. Living up to its name, the Source acts as a constant challenge for the Halliwell sisters and pushes them well beyond the limits of their abilities. In this nearly poetic fashion, the writers of the show offer their audience members a gentle reminder that, while evil may never truly be defeated, as is the case within the universe of Charmed, there is much to be gained from pushing back against it.

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More interestingly, the same wickedness that affects and utterly devastates one of the sisters might not be so crippling a blow for either of the other two sisters. As the series progresses, the audiences and the evil that continuously seeks to destroy them gains a deeper understanding of what makes each of the Halliwell sisters tick. This knowledge allows the writers to create new, dynamic stories that are both unique to the Charmed sisters, and organic components of the story that don’t seem forced of trite for the sake of television drama. These aspects of the story and the sisters themselves allowed for a deeper respect for their constant struggle, not only against the evils outside of them that plague the very innocents they are meant to protect, but their own inner demons, as well.

 

Day after day for the Halliwell sisters, and episode after episode for the audience members, the struggle between good and evil remained an ever-present theme. Unlike in many other shows, however, the evil was both cunning and manipulative and served as a tantamount challenge for the Charmed ones throughout the course of the series. Their struggle was intense and time consuming, and oftentimes left the sisters with emotional scars and doubts regarding their futures and their ability to continue fighting against so catastrophic and wicked a force. Of course, that does not mean that the sisters weren’t ever victorious in their battle against the ultimate force of evil.

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Rarely, though it did occur, when the sisters were able to beat back the forces of evil and temporarily cull their forces, momentarily vanquishing their foe, a serene calm would come to the Charmed sisters. They were given a moment to reflect on what was lost, and time to consider what was gained. They were given just the barest of instances in which they were allowed to live, breathe and simply be. Similarly, for the audience members so wrapped up in the tension of the series, these moments allowed a chance to reflect on their own lives and their own struggles with evils, perhaps not a figure as malicious as the Source, but equally as clever and destructive. These reflective moments forged a deeper connection between audience members and the fictional Charmed sisters. In these moments of calm, when the sisters could just be young women living their lives in San Francisco, the audience members could truly come to appreciate the constant struggle that the sisters mustered against the forces of evil, and loved them even more.

 

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (often referred to as just Buffy) is an American sci-fi fantasy television drama that originally premiered on the WB television network. The show features 7 seasons that spanned from March 1997 until May 2003, with a total of 144 episodes.

The series focuses on a young woman named Buffy Summers, the next Slayer in a long line of fate-chosen women called to fight against vampires, demons and other supernatural evils in order to protect the world. Throughout the course of the show, Buffy is at constant odds with her life as a Slayer and her life as a high school student, and eventually a college student. The show makes an effort to explore her emotional and psychological state while balancing these two aspects of her life, as is a common theme in many fantasy based television series where the role of good and evil is placed upon the unsuspecting shoulders of the series protagonist. Buffy’s character development is largely due to her successful balancing of these two completely different sides of her life in a manner that only she could accomplish.

An Influential Heroine

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been praised for its persistent and purposeful use of a multi-dimensional heroine as the series’ prime protagonist and primary force behind the ever-evolving story narrative. Buffy’s character serves as the catalyst of change for several overarching plotlines. This differs greatly from more modern television series where the protagonist is only ever reacting to, or responding to changes in his or her environment. By creating a force that acts upon and changes the universe as well as reacting to changes in the universe, the writers of the show created a character capable of enacting her will upon the story’s narrative and shaping it to be a reflection of her actions and personality.

As a character, Buffy stands as a role model for young girls and women across the world and not simply because she’s a bad ass who fights villains on a regular basis. To summarize Buffy Summers as such is to devoid her of the many other qualities that make up her character, and rob the young woman of her true potential. Buffy Summers is strong physically, but she is still human and capable of suffering physical pain. She is not immune to death, but she persists regardless of the near-constant threat to her life that is her role as a Slayer. Her perseverance and determination to survive is one the most defining features of Buffy as a character, and serves as an emotional boon born of her fiery personality. Her physical prowess as a Slayer serves as only one of her many empowering characteristics. Buffy is strong because she is determined, loyal and undeniably human in all aspects.

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A Myriad of Characters

Most remarkably, the series portrayed both female and male characters in a similarly realistic fashion—equipped with character flaws, concerns, fears and genuine wants and desires—without offering up one or the other to the stereotypical conceptualization of their genders. That is to say, the women weren’t perfect in every way, or emotionally unstable (at least not without a justifiable reason explained within her backstory) and the men weren’t oafish buffoons walking around with their chests swelling with pride (again, unless there was ample justification to do so as related to the character in question).

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The characters were organic in nature, and varied from one another in definitive ways. They were as much part of their universe as their universe was part of them. They lived and breathed in a world where vampires and demons existed, and behaved accordingly. What remained true to all of the characters within this universe, however, and what served to bind them together as a unique collection of various individuals was their ability to transcend the two-dimensional environment they were created for and become their own unique creations. The characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer were more than fictional caricatures of archetypes—they were refreshing replacements for tired tropes.

This simple decision served as the prime basis for strong, believable characters and amazingly captivating story narratives crafted and shaped by actual forces belonging in the preconceived world. The result is a dynamic universe that flourishes greatly with respect to its characters, who both make up and expand upon that very universe. Moreover, these stories are not linear and often interact and cross paths with other stories and other characters, much the same way as real life.

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Magic as a Metaphor

Throughout the series, magic and all of its many components typically stands in as a metaphor for real life struggles and conflicts. The writers of the series used various aspects of fantasy and horror to create a thematic method of drawing parallels between the lives of the characters within Buffy and the struggles the typical high school or college kid might have to struggle through on a regular basis.

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Of course, the goal of making magic to integral to some of the more overarching plots in the series was not to point to magic and automatically demonize it as evil. Magic was as fluid and as varied as those who used it. In fact, the magic itself wasn’t good or evil on its own. That stemmed from the users intention and how he or she went about using the gift of magic. For those who used magic in a wicked or selfish manner, the consequences were dire and physically taxing. On the other hand, for those who tended to use magic in an altruistic fashion, or for the sole purpose of helping others, the consequences were beneficial.

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In this regard, the writers were able to openly and freely use magic without having to malign it as a natural force of evil, or create “white” and “black” magic. Instead, they relied on the motivations of the characters to determine the intention of the magic, which ultimately creates a more flexible environment not limited by preconceived notions of good and evil.

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Emma Roberts Bio

Emma Roberts was launched into the world of acting from birth. With her aunt being Julia Roberts and her father being actor Eric Roberts, while it gave Emma a start in her career, she has since admitted that establishing her own career was tough at first. After many award, nominations, and countless performances, Emma has achieved her own career in acting and is now a well-known film and television star.

Emma Roberts was born in Rhineback New York in 1991. She gained attention instantly due to her family ties with the popular performers Julia Roberts and Eric Roberts. Emma began as a tween star with shows like Nancy Drew and her part in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous. It took her some time before she was able to establish a more professional, grown-up, and independent look, but she soon managed to do so with parts in Lymelife, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and Scream 4.

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Emma’s childhood was very tough. Eric’s girlfriend and Emma’s mother, Kelly Cunningham, took Emma with her when she was only one year old, and Emma soon became estranged from her dad. She did remain close to her aunts (her father’s sisters), including famed actress Lisa Roberts and Julia Roberts. She said her favorite times were spent with Aunt Julia and that was where her love for acting originally began.

Emma was only eight-years-old when her aunt helped her score a small and uncredited role in the 2001 comedy America’s Sweethearts. Emma loved her chance on the big screen, and at ten-years-old, she started auditioning for more parts. Her next performance on screen was seen in 2001 with the movie Blow, where she played the daughter of Johnny Depp’s character. She soon earned many other small parts in various films.

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Emma attended The Archer School for Girls in LA, but the majority of her education was received through homeschooling and tutoring while on movie sets. From 2004 up through 2007, Emma got her part in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous as the starring actress. She played Addie Singer, a junior high school student who wrote songs about her often-humorous and awkward life as a teenager. In 2005, the soundtrack was released in which Emma also got a part.

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Around that same time, Emma was beginning to get more and more film roles for movies geared towards a “tween” audience. In 2006 she made an appearance in Aquamarine, a fantasy/comedy about two friends who discover there’s a mermaid living in a swimming pool. The next year, Emma starred in Nancy Drew.

Her many performances, while geared towards younger audiences, brought her more and more recognition as time went on, and she soon scored more and more parts in family-friendly movies like Wild Child and Hotel for Dogs throughout the 2000s.

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Emma, excited to be performing but wanting to establish a more serious persona, chose to also take on more dramatic roles and made a transition into more adult-oriented films. In 2008 she was featured with Lymelife, an independent film by Derek Martini. In 2010, Emma was especially busy. Between her role as a self-mutilating teen in the comedy/drama It’s Kind of a Funny Story, she also got a role with the crime thrill 4.3.2.1. She scored a romantic role with the movie Valentine’s Day where she was featured alongside her aunt, Julia Roberts, and also appeared with Chace Crawford in the movie Twelve.

Emma briefly enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, but quickly dropped out when she realized her passion laid in performing. Shortly after she begun work with director Wes Craven with the slasher movie sequel Scream 4. She played fictional star Riley Banks in Celeste and Jesse Forever in 2011 and 2012, which was an independent romantic comedy that starred Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones.

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Emma Roberts was soon one of Hollywood’s busiest young actresses. In addition to her many film and TV parts, she was going to multiple auditions and getting many small parts. In the more recent years, she had released a string of films like We’re the Millers, Adult World, and Palo Alto. These films helped her make her way into more dramatic television roles, and she has officially managed to separate herself from her previous “tween” persona.

Emma said she focuses most of her time on her career and performing in general. She’s remained single for some time, even though she has been linked romantically with Zac Efron, and her Wild Child co-star Alex Pettyfer. Other rumors have spread that she was involved with Taylor Lautner (also a cast member in Valentine’s Day), and Chord Overstreet from the famed TV series Glee. Some have even said she has dated her co-star from American Horror Story, Evan Peters.

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While Emma has kept her personal life to herself, fans still love her both on-screen and off, and she is still building her dazzling career today.

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What Can We Expect from the TV adaptation of ‘Let the Right One In’?

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The A&E network recently announced that it had acquired the rights to the Swedish horror novel Let the Right One In, and is currently developing a TV series adaptation based on the bestselling novel. This TV adaptation is actually not the first time that the story has been adapted into a visual medium: it has, so far, been adapted three times, not counting the upcoming TV series. The book was first adapted into a Swedish film, also called Let the Right One In; it was later adapted again, this time by an American filmmaker, who titled it Let Me In; and it was, most recently, adapted into a critically acclaimed play.

Fans of the original book are already speculating on what the new TV adaptation might bring to the table—and what it might leave behind. Let’s take a closer look at what we can likely expect from A&E’s upcoming TV adaptation of Let the Right One In. Spoilers for the original book and films ahead!

Eli might get a new name—and a new gender

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This may depend on whether or not A&E decides to localize the story. If it still takes place in Sweden, Eli very well may retain their original name—but if the network decides it would like to translate the story to America, like Let Me In did, than Eli may be given a name that is more familiar to American audiences.

Another aspect of Eli that may get changed for television is his gender. In the original books, Eli is actually a boy who has been living as a girl in order to get protection from adult men; he reveals this to Oskar after Oskar accidentally glimpses Eli naked. This aspect of his character was kept intact for the Swedish film, but altered for the American movie adaptation. It is unknown whether A&E will decide to keep this revelation or go the route of Let Me in.

The violence will probably be muted

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A&E doesn’t shy away from horror, but the violence in the original novel could get quite graphic and, in the words of many critics, disturbing. If the show is adapted for the A&E network, they will need to tone much of it down in order to abide by Television content guidelines. Most of the particularly disturbing violent content is related to Eli’s past, as well as Eli’s later decision to live as a girl; some insiders have suggested that A&E may very well change the details of Eli’s past in order to keep this violence to a minimum.

The story may be continued or expanded

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A&E plans to develop the book into a TV series, but the book does not have a particularly extensive plot line. In order to suit the TV medium, the story may either be continued—meaning it will move past where the book, both films, and play end—or it could be expanded in order to give characters more fleshed out personalities and subplots.

 

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2 Things Orange is the New Black Season 3 Got Wrong

The third season of the hit Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black, was met with some pretty rave reviews by the shows many fans. And while season 3 did step it up in some ways, there were a few things about the show’s third season that just didn’t click. Let’s take a closer look at 2 major things that didn’t end up working in Orange is Jethe New Black season 3.

Cindy’s conversion had no lead-up

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One of season 3’s most memorable moments was Cindy’s passionate speech to the rabbi who was sent to the prison to “test” the prisoners for their proclaimed Jewish faith, which they initially only did in order to get the coveted kosher meals which were miles above prison fare in terms of quality. After the rabbi outed the prisoners for pretending to be Jewish, the show depicted Cindy working on a “conversion essay” and researching the Jewish faith in order to “retake” the test and, in her own words, get kosher meals. However, Cindy finally met with the rabbi again, he was not completely taken with her words—until he asked her why she wanted to be Jewish and she gave an emotional speech from her heart.

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The speech was a good one, and the actress was impeccable; unfortunately, the show provided no lead-up to this sudden reveal that she was seriously considering converting to Judaism and that Judaism spoke to her heart. All of the scenes leading up to that point made it seem like she was just doing it to get kosher meals. Even a simple throwaway line about how “this Judaism is pretty interesting” to another inmate or a small moment that would imply that Cindy was in it for more than the meals would have improved the scene and Cindy’s new storyline.

Stella Carlin was a lifeless character

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One of the major subplots for the last few episodes of season 3 involved Stella, an inmate that hasn’t been seen before; Stella ends up flirting with Piper, who breaks up with Alex in order to have a fling with Stella. Stella ends up betraying Piper by stealing her money a few days before Stella’s sentence is up—and in return Piper plans contrabrand, including a deadly weapon, in Stella’s bunk; Stella is sent to maximum security while Piper points to a tattoo Stella gave her that says “trust no bitch.”

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While a lot happened in the Stella storyline, the character herself was simply flat and lifeless. She had no personality traits beyond being a bit snarky and cool; her past was never revealed and she was never shown doing anything but flirting with Piper, making snide comments about Alex, and generally appearing not to care about anything. If Stella had been introduced earlier in the season, things might have gone a lot smoother—as there would have been time for her to be integrated better into the ensemble past, and we could have gotten a glimpse of her personality.

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So You Want to Have A Downton Abbey Dinner

The popularity of Downton Abbey has sparked a wave of loyal fans who want to capture a bit of that Downton Abbey elegance in their own homes. And what better way to capture that Downton Abbey flair than to host your very own Downton Abbey dinner? It’s not as impossible as it seems! All it takes is some prep work, dedication, and of course, a few episodes of Downton Abbey to refresh your memory. You should consider the following tips that will help ensure that your Downton Abbey dinner is good enough to impress the Duchess.

Consider cutting down the number of courses

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Edwardian dinners could have as many as 10 courses, and sometimes even more. Unless you have a professional cook and an army of friends willing to lend their kitchens, this is very difficult to pull off—not to mention a bit of a stomach buster!

Instead of aiming for every course, try to par it down to 5 courses—or 3 (soup, entrée, dessert) if you want to be a bit more modern. If you’re aiming for 5 courses, your best bet will be to serve, in this order: soup, appetizer, entrée, cheeses/dessert, coffee/tea. You should also serve a small palate cleanser in between the appetizer and entrée, as it was common etiquette to cleanse your palate before the entrée dishes in a meal.

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Edwardian meals are not too difficult to make for anyone with a bit of know-how in the kitchen, and many of them are delicious to the modern palate.

Brush up on your Edwardian etiquette

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You won’t be a social pariah if you break the rules at your dinner, but part of the fun of a Downton Abbey dinner party is acting the part. Before the dinner, you and your guests should brush up on Downton Abbey etiquette to make things even more authentic.

Take the time and effort to set the mood, Downton Abbey-style

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It’s not a Downton Abbey dinner party without the right atmosphere! It would be a waste to cook a delicious multi-course Edwardian meal, only to serve it on a bare dinner table while the TV blasts in the background.

To set the mood, you should:

  • Cover your table with a nice white tablecloth, preferably with decorative lace on the edges.
  • Set up according to formal Edwardian place settings: utensils should be lined up from the outside-in, meaning the first course on the outside and the last on the inside; wine glasses should be presented on the upper right hand side of the setting; butter and any dips or condiments should be placed in serving dishes, not dispensed from bottles or tubs.
  • Consider using candle light and dim bulbs for lighting; light bulbs in the Downton Abbey age were not nearly as bright as they are today, so consider using some dimmed bulbs or even candle light to achieve that look of period lighting. Candles can be a safety hazard, so be sure to display them properly—or forego real candles for fake ones!
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Inaccuracies in Wolf Hall that Drive Historians Mad

The BBC’s television series adaptation of Wolf Hall, based on the Hilary Mantel book series of the same name, was met with mixed critical and viewer reactions. Some critics praised the serious atmosphere of the show, which seemed to match the very descriptive world featured in Mantel’s writing; while others criticized the show for being too long, too boring and—in some cases—just to inaccurate. Many Tudor historians and viewers with knowledge of the era were particularly frustrated with some of the inaccuracies in the show, including the inaccuracies listed below.

Thomas Moore is depicted as a “stereotypical” Tudor family man

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In the show, Thomas More is characterized as the stereotypical male head of a Tudor household, who held his son (John) above his three daughters, Cecily, Elizabeth and Margaret. In the show, he treats them with less friendliness and consideration than he does his son, and on several occasions reminds them that they are females and there found bound by “God’s law” to be lower than men.

In reality, however, Thomas More was an incredibly forward thinker when it came to the treatment of his daughters and his wife. For example, more ensured that his daughters received the same type of education as his son—meaning they were taught in Greek and Latin (considered political and therefore “male” languages) as well as science and mathematics. He was also well known as a loving and affectionate father, particularly to his three daughters.

The tapestries and other decorative objects are faded and dull

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In the show, the magnificent tapestries, paintings and other decorative objects filling the homes and castles of the elite are all fairly drab and faded. This adds to the overall dark and even bleak look to the show. Some of the decorative objects in the show are contemporary—meaning from Tudor times—while others are modern reproductions; all, however, have the same dull look.

In reality, these decorations would have been vibrantly colored. The court of Henry VIII in particular was well known for being bright and colorful, as the king had the means to order the very best in tapestries and other decorations. The show’s frontrunner admitted that the dull decorations were a deliberate choice because “audiences would be used to seeing them faded.”

Cromwell frequently extracted confessions under torture

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The show’s version of Thomas Cromwell is perhaps its most criticized element, since the show takes great pains to depict Cromwell as a misunderstood, somewhat soft-hearted and even modern man who is pushed into doing things on occasion. In the show, for example, Cromwell is shown to be horrified at the idea of a confession being gotten under torture—but in reality, torture was commonly used to get confessions and Cromwell himself ordered it employed during his “investigation” of the supposed misdeeds of Anne Boleyn. This is just one example of the show choosing to gloss over the actions of the real Cromwell in order to make him more “good” on the show.

 

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Why Many Viewers Prefer Under the Dome’s TV Incarnation

The television adaptation of Stephen King’s Under The Dome novel has been a surprising hit–and perhaps even more surprisingly, it was renewed for a second and now third season. This was particularly shocking to fans of the original novel, since it meant that the show would not be wrapping up the storyline in 13 episodes, but continuing into two more seasons which would almost certainly guarntee new additions, removals and general alterations to the plot of the original novel.

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The TV adaptation of Under the Dome has the same general plot as the novel: a small town is suddenly surrounded by a mysterious dome, which has strange powers which can affect the town and the people living in it. However, there are many aspects of the original novel that were removed or otherwise altered for the TV show–and plenty of things created just for the series.

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under-the-dome-cast-1024x379Some of the most notable differences include Dale’s status–in the original novel, he is actually a resident of Chester’s Mill; but in the TV series, he is a stranger, and is first shown burying an unknown body. Another major difference is Julia Shumway’s personal life: in the book, she is a 40-something divorcee of ten years, but in the series she is a married young adult. Linda Everett also underwent a major character-lift for the TV adaptation–while in the book she is a married mother of two who works part time at the station, she is a full time officer in the series who has no kids and is only engaged.

Perhaps one of the most notable differences is the radical alteration of Junior Rennie’s personality. In King’s book, he is a sociopath–this is revealed to be because of a brain tumor–who kills a young girl named Angie McCain. But in the series, he develops a relationship with Angie—although this later becomes twisted when he is consumed with jealousy after seeing Angie talking to another man. Instead of killing Angie, however, he holds her hostage.

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These changes may seem radical—and some are—but many viewers are actually enjoying the TV series more than the book. The reason why boils down to the greater amount of character development, tension, and twists that the TV series is offering when compared to the original book. The different life stories for many characters has allowed for them to develop in more distinct and noticeable ways than they did in the book, despite its long length; and the major changes to some characters, such as Dale and Junior, have resulted in more complex and ultimately more satisfying (and in Junior’s case, more twisted) character relationships and arcs than the book version of the story provided.

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Not every fan of the original book is happy with these changes—particularly as the show goes into its third season—but as the show’s great ratings and critical reviews have shown, sometimes it does pay to alter the original material.

 

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