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Pretty Little Liars
 

With school in session, it can be difficult to find time in your hectic schedule of classes, meetings and sports practice to sit down and watch your favorite shows when they are actually on TV. Count on Netflix Instant Watch for a great study break when you a get a minute (or 30). With so many hit TV series from so many years, it can be hard to choose what shows are worth your limited time. No sweat! We at ME picked out five of the greatest shows that will make your laugh, cry and smile!

 

 
1. Pretty Little Liars
Suspense, love, drama and friendships are all rolled into one tv series when a young girl named Alison is murdered in a small town. After her death, an unknown person stalks her four closest friends. Each episode draws you in more as her murder case builds and builds.  After a long day at school, it can be fun to become enthralled in this daring teen mystery.

2. Wonder Years
Kick back with this throwback show from the 90s. This series takes a look into the life of ordinary family matters and zeroes in on a young boy who is entering adolescence. While the style and trends might be a bit outdated, the stories are ones we can all identify with.

3. Melissa and Joey
While Melissa is having the time of her life being a hot young politician, she must learn to grow up when her sister is thrown in jail. Once she takes custody of her sister’s two teenage children, she realizes she cannot do it alone and decides to hire a guy named Joey as the new nanny. This half hour comedy will have you cracking up at the funny scenarios that Melissa and Joey find themselves in while trying to raise two teenagers.

4. Friday Night Lights
This drama gives you an inside look into the intensity of high school football programs in Texas. It shows the tough and exciting times that a specific Texas team goes through to prepare for a season while trying to balance school, girls, family and the will to win. Even though its drama from start to finish, all that matters to the boys on the show is when everyone is cheering their name when the lights flick on for Friday night football game.

5. How I Met Your Mother
In this series, you are led down a romantic journey of a man looking for the love of his life. The show is based on flashbacks, while its voice-overs are of Ted from the future telling his children the story of how he met their mother. As you watch the show and the romantic relationships that develop, you are also wondering who is the children’s mother.
 
These five shows will be sure to have you on an emotional rollercoaster with all the dramas, comedies, family moments and romantic stories. No matter what you’re going through, you can find relatable scenarios or just a distraction from daily life with Netflix’s instant watch TV shows.
Jenna Cusumano

Bunheads on ABC Family

Just as our tears dried from the series finale of Make It or Break It, (ABC Family, can you please give us a movie, so we can see the girls at the Olympics?) Bunheads comes along to fill the void with another series based on a talent we regret giving up at age 7. We can’t be the only ones who are sure we could’ve been a professional ballerina if we’d just toughed it out for a few more years, right?

Odds are, when you had that short-lived dream of becoming a professional dancer, you didn’t plan on being a Las Vegas showgirl. Well that, unfortunately, is what happened to Michelle (played brilliantly by two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster), a fast-talking, witty, self-deprecating dancer who’s gone from a revered professional to a second-rate showgirl.

Her unlikely savior is an admirer named Hubbell who she dismisses every month when he comes into town on business trips with expensive gifts. He’s actually more like a stalker than an admirer, but he hasn’t reached that dangerous stage where he parks his car outside her house just to be near her. After yet another disappointing audition, and too many drinks at dinner, she marries Hubbell and moves with him to his charming coastal hometown.

Michelle’s only problem with Hubbell is that he lives with his mother (“Like a serial killer?” she asks.) in a house full of creepy dolls and glass figurines. Her new mother-in-law, Fanny (Kelly Bishop from Gilmore Girls), who’s apparently told the whole town Michelle’s a stripper from Reno, Nev., runs a dance studio right next to their house.

As soon as Michelle starts interacting with the girls at the studio, showing them what a real dance audition is like and how much fun ballet can be, it becomes clear where the show’s charm—and conflict—will come from. While her mother-in-law is more on the traditional side with their training, Michelle’s more interpretive; both of which appeal to different girls, whose personalities come through in vastly different ways. The chemistry, both positive and negative, created between these distinct characters through their interactions in the studio make for the best scenes in the pilot episode.

Any of you old souls who adore The Way We Were (or big Sex and the City fans) will probably wait for someone to say, “Your girl is lovely, Hubbell.” It doesn’t happen, which is one of the biggest missed opportunities in television history. But since that’s the only downside to this show, it’s definitely worth your time. We can only imagine how complex the characters will continue to become as the show goes on.

The best part is that just as you’re settling in your mind who these characters are and how this show will be in the future, a twist ending will knock you right out of your seat.

ABC Family’s Bunheads premieres on June 11 at 9 p.m. EST.
—Brianti Downing 

The Cast of Pretty Little Liars


It’s only been about three months since the season 2 finale of Pretty Little Liars, but just waiting another week for a new episode can be torture. Three months might as well be an eternity after the huge cliffhangers we were left with in the last episode.
 
All this time has given ME a chance to think about what’s happened on the show and what’s next. With a show so compelling, we obviously have a ton of questions, but we’ve cut it down to eight burning ones we can’t wait to find the answers to.
 
Don’t forget to join our Tuesday live tweets from @MyEveryzine starting June 5 at 8 p.m. EST to discover some of the answers with ME!
 
What happened to Maya?
Poor, Em. She’s only been in love twice and both women were murdered. If you’re a die-hard fan, it wasn’t hard to notice the parallels between the discovery of Maya’s body and Alison’s; something showrunner Marlene King said was intentional. Does that mean they were killed by the same person or for the same reason? When Emily went looking for Maya, an employee at the bus station did say he saw her talking to someone in a car with tinted windows. If you ask ME, this has ‘A’ written all over it. Shay Mitchell, who plays Emily, even alluded to the fact that ‘A’ did kill Maya (or at least Emily thinks so) in an interview, saying: “‘A’ has done other things before that have been quite serious, but now you’ve killed somebody who’s extremely close to [Emily].”


  
Have Aria’s parents changed their minds about Ezra?
In the season 3 promo there’s a very sweet moment between Aria and her boyfriend (and former English teacher), Ezra, in what seems to be his kitchen. But when they revealed their relationship to Aria’s parents last season, it didn’t exactly go over well. After her family did everything possible to alienate Ezra and make him go away, it’s hard to believe they’ve changed their minds. Since he left for a short time, him coming back would be a confirmation that he’s still in love with Aria, meaning dear old mom and dad are probably watching her like a hawk. With the way her father reacted to the situation, we have a hard time believing he’ll invite Ezra over for dinner anytime soon, even if he is allowing them to date.

 
Exactly how close are Spencer and Toby?

Don’t act like you didn’t see that butt grab when they kissed in the promo. Let’s also not pretend that you didn’t replay it three times. After keeping Spoby separated for what seemed like forever, we finally get to see the lovebirds together again. Since Toby’s shirt was off in the preview, Spencer was wearing nothing but a t-shirt and Toby’s hair is wet like he just got out of the shower, how close have they actually gotten? We don’t remember Toby being so frisky during their first relationship, which begs the question—did Spencer lose her V-Card?
 
What’s up with the teeth necklace Emily receives?

If you blink during the promo, you’ll miss the short shot of a teeth necklace Emily’s holding with a message that reads: “CANT SMILE” with what looks like a canine tooth separating the words. Creepy, right? There are other squares on the necklace, so it could be part of a larger message. We’re wondering whose teeth they are and if they taken from a live person or someone ‘A’ killed? Since ‘A’ is definitely capable of murder, torture wouldn’t be too much of a stretch.
 

Whose grave is dug up?

In the season 3 promo, the girls stand in front of an empty grave. Our first assumption is that it belongs to Alison, but it could easily belong to Maya or even Ian. If this show has taught us anything, it’s that you never know where this conspiracy is going to turn.
 
Who visited Mona in the psychiatric hospital at the end of season 2?

Although the main characters don’t seem to know yet, there’s apparently a team of people—not just one—who watch them and send the text messages. According to King, even though she didn’t participate in two things that happened to the girls, Mona is definitely ‘A,’ so whoever visited her at Radley Sanitarium probably wasn’t a shot caller, but definitely a partner in crime. The person was wearing a red coat, like what Alison wore when posing as Vivian Darkbloom to spy on ‘A,’ which seems too obvious of a clue for it to actually be Ali.

 
Did Garret really kill Allison?

We’re not on Garret’s team or anything, but it’s hard to believe he’s the only one who helped Ian kill Alison (That seems to be the story the police was going with after his arrest). For a girl so young, there were a lot of people who had the motive to murder her, including Spencer’s sister, Melissa, Jenna, Mona and even Alison’s brother, Jason.
 
Is Ali really dead?

We know, we know. There was a corpse and an autopsy. But stay with us because we’re about to blow your mind. In the books, the girl everyone knows as Alison turns out to be her twin sister, Courtney DiLaurentis, who was sent to an insane asylum. Ali murders her sister in the book series and then goes into hiding. In the Halloween episode, if you look closely during the scene where Jason comes to Ali’s room you can spot a family photo on the wall of him and his twin sisters! Also in the episode, Ali tells a scary story about one twin killing another, which leads us to believe either she either killed Courtney or Courtney killed Alison and is impersonating her. If Alison actually is alive, it would explain how she keeps showing up in supposed hallucinations to help the girls. If they’re both alive, it’s also safe to assume that the person who visits Mona is actually Courtney DiLaurentis. We may soon find some answers because in an interview Sascha Pierterse, who plays Ali on the show, said there’s a situation concerning her character we’ll be introduced to in season 3.
 
Whether they answer our questions or not (We really hope they do!), this season is sure to be full of the twists and turns all Pretty Little Liar fans love. Plus, it’ll definitely give us more questions to discuss. Do you have any burning questions you’d like to see answered in season 3?
—Brianti Downing

Singer actor dancer and CEO Roshon Fegan

 

Dear Roshon Fegan,

May we call you Ro? Yeah, we see you, shaking it up on the dance floor of “Dancing With the Stars.” You’ve definitely got our vote (just never wear a wig again, k? <3 ME). Here are a few things to know about our newest crush.

He’s a Disney star
20-year-old Roshon plays Ty Blue, Rocky’s (Zendaya) big brother on the Disney Channel’s “Shake it Up!”  

Michael Jackson inspired him to become a performer
Roshon even dedicated a Samba to the first time he saw Michael Jackson perform. His saucy Samba earned him and his partner Chelsie Hightower an amazing 25 out of 30 points! Speaking of Chelsea…

Roshon has a girlfriend…
… it’s his life! “My life is my girlfriend at this point, you know what I mean? I’m taking care of it like it just like a girlfriend.” He went on to say everything in his life needs pampering and love… since you’re a fan, we at ME like to think he’s talking about you too!

 He is a true artist
On top of acting and dancing, Roshon performs and produces his own music! Witness his full-blown talent in his remix— ahem, we mean Romix—of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”


He started his own music label
Who says you have to wait for a record deal? The musical prodigy started 3inaRo Records with his dad, Roy Fegan. They released his EP “I am Ro Shon” In. Add CEO to the list of his titles!

He’s sexy and he [doesn’t] know it
As Roshon puts it: “I’m not as sexy as William [Levy]…but I’m getting up there, you know.”
—Ashlyee Hickman

 
Are you a RO-bot? Share your favorite video in the comments!

Justin Bieber Punks Taylor Swift on MTV's Punk'd

No need to wait for April Fool’s day, MTV will bring the pranks to you every week starting Thursday, March 29, with the revamped version of Punk’d. Tune in at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
 
Justin Bieber kicks of the series as host and head prankster. How do you rattle the hopeless romantic who is Taylor Swift? Convince her she’s just set an entire wedding on fire! That’s just the beginning, as different celebrities take turns as host, “This season Ashton Kutcher hands over the hosting reins to a new celebrity each week, including Justin Bieber, Nick Cannon, Miley Cyrus, Lucy Hale, Kellan Lutz, Bam Margera, Mac Miller, Heather Morris, Hayden Panettiere, “Punk’d” alumni Dax Shepard [and] Tyler, The Creator,” MTV blasts in their press release.
 
The unsuspecting victims are just as amazing, including “Glee’s” Dianna Agron, Zac Efron, Shenae Grimes, Ian Harding, “The Hunger Games” stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson *gasp for breath!* Rob Dyrdek, Khloe Kardashian Odom, Sean Kingston, Demi Lovato, New Boyz, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, “Teen Wolf’s” Tyler Posey, Darrelle Revis, The Wanted and more!
 
We found two sneak peeks for this awesoME revival. Tell ME: Who do you want to see Punk’d?
 

Watch: Justin Bieber Punks Taylor Swift

Get More: Punk’d, Full Episodes

 

Watch: Miley Cyrus Punks Liam Hemsworth

Get More: Punk’d, Full Episodes

—Ashlyee Hickman

Katherine McPhee auditions in 'Smash'

NBC’s new drama “Smash”, is just as punchy and fast-paced as its title suggests, taking us on the rollercoaster ride of producing a musical and picking its star.  The musical in question is “Marilyn the Musical,” a theatrical account of the iconic blonde’s life story, and the brainchild of Julia Houston (Debra Messing) and Tom Levitt (Christian Borle).  As for the star?  That remains a mystery, but the competition has been whittled down to two girls—Ivy (Megan Hilty), an experienced ensemble player waiting for her big break, and Karen (Katharine McPhee), a mid-western dreamer brimming with potential.


McPhee steals the show right from the start with her outstanding performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  The beautiful ballad gives ample opportunity for McPhee to play up the doe-eyed girl-next-door charm that won over the nation during her “American Idol” days.  Like her character, she has a light resume, but she plays the role with a heavy complexity.  Karen isn’t just another small town girl with big ambitions. Although she’s earnest and fresh-faced, she’s passion-driven, nearly to the point of destruction.  She’s bouncy and humble and endearing, but when her career is at stake, she’s ready to smear on the war paint and croon her heart out.  In ME’s opinion, she’s a top-notch Marilyn! Hilty’s Ivy, on the other hand, has a babydoll voice and sensual strut that bring her close to Marilyn’s level, but there’s something about her performance that feels a little less actress and a little more impersonator.


The pilot episode details each potential lead’s audition and ventures into the whole creative process of building a musical, proving once and for all that drama folks typically are quite a bit of drama themselves.  Smash’s previews make it look like “Glee” for grown ups, but it’s actually a very realistic and compelling drama about a musical, and is not really a musical itself.  There are no random bursts of song here, just the use of music when it makes sense (during auditions, rehearsals, etc.)  There are original songs galore; Based on these numbers, ME would so go see a Marilyn musical!
—Karina Stow

two broke girls

Two Broke Girls (CBS), Mondays at 8:30/7:30c

 

A sitcom about a feisty brunette surviving a waitress gig with a polar opposite co-worker in Williamsburg, Brooklyn? Count ME in!
 
The new fall show, 2 Broke Girls, premiered on CBS this Monday. The pilot focused on Max (Kat Dennings), a waitress working at a diner, who is unexpectedly met with a new waitress-in-training, Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs), a New York socialite who recently lost her trust fund and possessions, leaving her penniless and homeless (think Material Girls). Out of the goodness of her heart, Max lets Caroline stay at her apartment. Let the hilarity begin…or not?
 
The teasers made the show seem cool and funny, in a not-trying-too-hard kind of way, which definitely attracted viewers at first. But two minutes into the pilot, it became clear the show would not be the breakout gem of this fall’s tv lineup. Although a few jokes were laugh-out-loud funny, the pilot as a whole, wasn’t very memorable. And the forced pre-recorded stage laughter didn’t help much either. We’ve seen the odd couple routine done before in 80s and 90s movies. It’s time for something new!
 
Despite the cliché theme, the show isn’t totally hopeless. Clever one-liners and possible curve balls in the show (a love interest or two, perhaps?) can save the show from falling into a black hole. Yeah, ME’s first impression wasn’t a great one, but we’re willing to give 2 Broke Girls another chance. Guess we’ll just have to wait until next week!  
 
What did you think of 2 Broke Girls? Will you be tuning in next week?

— Grace Gavilanes

Photo by Monty Brinton, CBS

Click here to watch the series premiere


The Guys of the Buried life are getting cleaned up
At MyEveryzine, we love to get involved in giving ba
ck to our community as much as possible. When ME chatted with Ben Nemtin and Jonnie Penn from MTV’s reality TV series “The Buried Life,” they told us about a city beautification project they are currently working on with Orbit Gum and how YOU can take part and make a difference.

Even if you’ve never heard of The Buried Life or the four Canadian cuties who make up the group, they’re more than just four guys with a TV show on MTV. Getting their own show was simply an item on their list of things to do before they died, a
list they started completing years before landing it.

Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn are on a mission to cross off as many items on their bucket list and help a strangers cross something off of theirs.

Not only are they in development for season three of The Buried Life, they are also on a college speaking tour and working with Orbit Gum trying to pick a city in the U.S. to cross of #61 on their list: paint a mural. In addition to painting the mural, they are also taking part in beautifying that city and allowing anyone interested to get involved too. 

“Orbit kind of came to us with this cool proposition that they would help us cross it off and allow our fans
to get involved, which we always love to do.” Jonnie said.

Cast of The Buried Life with the Orbit LadyFinding Inspiration
Inspiration for painting the mural came from a town that the boys grew up near, Chemainus, British Columbia, Canada. Jonnie said the city has tons of murals. The guys were glad that Orbit came to them with this opportunity to cross off their list item while getting their fans involved. They said hope to get as many people involved and have it be more of a collaborative effort than their own project.

“I’m particular to world murals that have one person from another culture, one animal from all the different type of continents of the world. I think that’s the basic mural, which is to represent the entire world. That may be what we may want to do.” Jonnie said.

“The goal is to make a big epic mural of all time. We’re trying to top all of them.”

You don’t have to buy Orbit Gum to get involved. From now until the end of May, everyone can vote for the city they’d like the guys of The Buried Life to go help out. Those who vote can also win a $5,000 cash prize.

“Also, when you buy a pack of gum and you enter a code on the web site, fifty cents is donated to the Keep America Beautiful foundation which helps clean up America,” Ben said. “It’s kind of like we cross off our list item and we’re giving back up to $300,000 to this foundation.”

When the crew picks the city, they’ll announce the details on how everyone can join in to help them clean up and paint the mural.

“The four of us aren’t very good drawers, so we’re going to need a little help with it. I think it’s going to end up being very abstract,” Jonnie said.

Continuing to Make a Difference
This is not the first time that the guys have helped out organizations aimed toward making a difference. Duncan started his own charity, OA Projects, which creates soccer programs in third world countries affected by war.

“They bring soccer equipment and cleats and set up soccer camps in third world countries in Uganda and Ecuador, so we’re big supporters of that,” Ben said.The Buried Life: Making a Difference

Also, in season two, they get involved  with “To Write Love on Her Arms” and help a girl who suffered from depression get her life back on track. “That’s something that’s important to us and what we do to try raising awareness.” Ben said.

On the college speaking tour, the guys want to inspire others to go after their dreams and live life to their fullest potential.

“Our goal from the beginning is to ask as many people on the planet, ‘What you want to do before you die?’ and if people have something that they want to share, they can go to our Facebook page and there’s over a million people now who have posted one thing or a couple things on their list.” Jonnie said.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at some footage from “The Buried Life” shot while working with Orbit Gum at Orbit’s YouTube Channel.
-Marjorie Yan


Photos courtesy of Orbit Gum, Wrigley

Sam ClaflinYou may already know him as the studly prince from Snow White and the Hunstman, but Sam Claflin is about to win over the hearts of many more a teenage girl as Finnick Odair in the second installment of The Hunger Games series Catching Fire. Finnick is a Games contestant with a swimmer’s physique and a tragic love story.  Like Finnick, Sam is totally crush-worthy.  Move over Josh and Liam! Here are ten things to know about the confirmed Future Finnick:

1. He’s a Cancer, born on June 27, 1986, which for all you zodiac followers, makes him most compatible with Taurus girls and Cancer chicas.
 
2. He has an accent! Born in Suffolk, England, the 26-year-old has a swoon-worthy British lilt*.
 
3. He used to be a jock! He planned to pursue a career in soccer (or football, as they call it good ol’ Britain), but an ankle injury kept him from signing on with Norwich City.
 
4. He knows his craft! The green-eyed Brit graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2009.
 
5. He’s an underdog!  Sam has only graced the big screen twice – as William in Snow White and the Huntsmen and as the kind-hearted missionary Philip in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
 
6. He considered taking on Shakespeare. The actor contemplated touring in a theatrical production of Macbeth, but changed his mind when he was given his role in The Pillars of The Earth. While attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, he played Silvius in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, as well as Dorimant in Man of Mode.

7. He has a heart of gold! On January 14, 2011, Sam participated in Good Morning America’s Warm Coats, Warm Hearts Coat Drive. There’s nothing more charming than a guy who’ll get involved with charity!

8. Along with his role in Catching Fire, Sam is set to act in three films scheduled for a 2013 release: two dramas—Mary & Martha and Belle—and an international thriller called Overdrive.

9. He models too! You can catch him in guyliner, artsy sweaters, and fishnet in series of photos that appeared in the February issue of Wonderland Magazine.

10. Sam beat out actor Max Irons for the Pirates of the Carribean role of Phillip, a young missionary.  You may know Max Irons as the wealthy wanna-be-beau Henry in Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried.
—Karina Stow

*Lilt: the attractive inflection of a person’s voice. Who said studying for the SAT isn’t fun 😉

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