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Recently, I’ve been feeling very inspired by the women in my life, including the TV characters I idolize on TV.
Many of these ladies represent strong, fierce and inspiring characters that are challenging the status quo and changing the conversation around women; fighting for, empowering and championing them in various situations.
And subsequently, they are changing the game while still finding a way to remain fashionable.
This is what I’d like to call a #BossBabe.
Did you know Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope was the first African-American female lead in a network drama in almost 40 years? Boss.
And while we still have a ways to go — 42% of major characters on broadcast, streaming and cable networks were women in 2017 — it’s a step in the right direction.
Best of all, their portrayals are rooted in reality. Despite their “dream jobs,” they encounter setbacks, navigate the challenges and normalize the burnout we all feel too often in our daily lives.
So, befriend these ladies and you’ll find they are relatable but also, an inspiration to crush it in both your personal and professional life.

1. Younger

 Younger

Younger tackles the ageist job market in New York City. Starting a new career is always difficult, but the older you get, the more you realize that the opportunities are scarcer. In fact, that’s what Liza, a newly-divorced single mom hoping to re-enter the publishing world at 40, quickly realizes.

After getting mistaken for a 26-year-old at a bar, she decides to keep up the rouse and finds herself unexpectedly re-living her 20s and befriending some kickass women. Love, lust, flings, secrecy, and sometimes questionable fashion make this one enticing show. The men aren’t too shabby either.

2. Scandal

Scandal

When Scandal first premiered, it was revolutionary mainly because of Olivia Pope, a powerful, intelligent and inspiring black woman. Olivia Pope quickly became a household name, and even if you’ve never seen an episode, you know who she is. Although the series lost its way roughly around season four, Olivia has always remained a focal point; a fixer, leader, game-changer and wearer of the White Hat In DC.

She went from running her own crisis management company to running all of DC! And best of all, she’s unapologetic. She goes with her gut and she gets it done, whatever “it” may be. And she doesn’t let any man or any relationship drama get in her way. So grab yourself a long-stemmed wine glass, pour yourself some red wine, grab a bowl of popcorn, and start binging.

3. The Bold Type

The Bold Type

This isn’t just your average TV show about the magazine industry. Besties Jane, Kat and Sutton lean on each other as they try to navigate life and find their own voices at Scarlet, the fictional international magazine based on real-life Cosmopolitan.

Though it may be sweetened up for television — their measly salaries would never afford them that wardrobe or those apartments — it deals with real issues that affect millennials; LGBTQ rights, restructuring in workplaces, climbing up the corporate ladder, terrible job markets, sleeping with co-workers, etc. They also find a role model in their boss, Jacqueline, whose character is loosely based on the former Cosmo editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles. In a world where women get pitted against each other, it’s nice to see a show where they lift and mentor each other instead.

4. Good Girls

Good Girls

Good Girls is the result of what happens when women push back and reclaim their power. Unfortunately, in this instance, it lands protagonists Beth, Ruby and Annie, into more trouble than before as they embark on a life of crime.

Think Bad Moms blended with Breaking Bad with a hint of every suburban mom. None of what they are doing is okay, but it’s refreshing to see women step up and take care of their families rather than relying on the men to save them. They walk a very thin line between hero and anti-hero and though you question their decisions, you know there’s a method to their madness. Trust us, it’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

5. Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

Manhattan’s elite were some of the first to teach us how to embraces ourselves in the face of social media scrutiny. The series kicked off in 2007 when Myspace was still considered the largest social media network before it was replaced by Facebook.

It was also a female world with the male cast acting as the supporting cast. Blair and Serena weren’t always morally righteous, but they embodied core values, class and an ambition that helped them navigate the business world. And by the end of the series, most of them grew into decent human beings, all things considered.

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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Summer TV 2021: 13 Shows and Movies Heating Up Your Screen

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Summer TV 2021: 13 Shows and Movies Heating Up Your Screen

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up!

As society reopens following the COVID-19 lockdowns, your summer itinerary likely includes hitting the beach and the pool, checking out local patios, throwing a BBQ, and catching some rays!

But after a long day of being out and about, there’s nothing better than settling in with a good, new show. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of new shows, movies, and seasons waiting for you this summer! 

From scandalous teen dramas to psychological thrillers — there’s something for everyone to binge-watch! 

Check out our list below: 

 

Why Women Kill – June 3 (Paramount+)

In the second season, Allison Tomlan (Good Girls, Emergence) stars as Alma a meek housewife looking to join an elite garden club run by Rita Castilla (Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parilla) when she unearths a secret about her husband that flips her world upside down! 

 

In the Heights – June 11 (HBO Max)

From the man that brought you Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda does it again with a musical that celebrates New York’s mostly Puerto Rican neighborhood of Washington Heights and the lives and dreams of those living in it. Watch the first eight minutes below:

 

Kevin Can F**k Himself – June 13 (AMC)

Annie Murphy’s first post-Schitt’s Creek role is a promising one. She plays the role of a housewife perfectly, but she longs to break free from the confines of a sitcom wife and land the lead role while realizing that she wants to murder her husband. The series attempts something that’s never been done before as it alternates between “single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy.”

 

Elite – June 18 (Netflix)

Murder, mystery, sex, intrigue — Elite has it all. If you’ve seen the first three seasons, you know what to expect from the students of Las Encinas. If you haven’t, well, you’ve got some time to catch up before season 4 drops! 

 
 

Sex/Life – June 25 (Netflix)

 
Netflix’s new raunchy drama is inspired by BB Easton’s book, 44 Chapters About 4 Men. Billie is a sex-charged housewife who craves the wild days of her youth and can’t stop thinking about her former flame.
 

Gossip Girl – July 8 (HBO Max)

The series that shot Blake Lively to worldwide fame returns! Are you ready to return to the Met steps and read more tea from the private school teens? The new version of the beloved hit series taps into the role social media plays in the spread of gossip amongst NYC’s elite. We bet you’ll find yourself tuning in simply for the nostalgia factor. 

 

Fear Street: A Film Trilogy Event – July 2, 9, and 16 (Netflix)

Think of this as Halloween in July! Netflix has tapped into R.L. Stine’s novels for the three feature films, which will debut over the course of three Fridays. The movies are set in three different time periods — 1994, 1978 and 1666 — and focus on the haunted town of Shadyside, home to a spirit that possess people and forced them to commit murders. 

 

Virgin River – July 9 (Netflix)

Virgin River is a small town with lots of drama. And Mel is gearing up to find out who shot Jack in the upcoming third season, which teases “a funeral, a fire,  divorce, a hurricane, and a new romance.”

 

Schmigadoon! – July 16 (Apple TV+)

SNL’s Lorne Michaels brings together two of the greatest comics, Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong, for a six-episode musical series that parodies iconic Golden Age Musicals. The duo star as a couple that goes backpacking in hopes of reviving their romance when they stumble upon a town living in a 1940s musical. The worst part? They can’t leave until they find “true love.” Other notable names include Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada.

 

Roswell, New Mexico – July 26 (The CW)

After a long hiatus, season 3 of the teen drama returns with the town still reeling from the events of last year. Per the synopsis: “From near and from far, amidst breakups, reunions, scientific advancements and the impending death of someone they hold dear, our heroes must grapple with two central questions: Who enters our lives and defines who we are? And what power do we really have over our own futures?”
 
 

Nine Perfect Strangers – August 18 (Hulu)

Is there anything Nicole Kidman can’t do? Hailing from the author who also wrote Big Little Lies, this star-studded mini-series finds nine people (Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Shannon, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving and Manny Jacinto) who attend a health-and-wellness retreat where they find themselves “transformed,” and not in a good way. 

 

The Chair -August 27 (Netflix) 

Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh stars as Professor Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female chair of a university’s English department, in the six-episode satire. Oh also serves as executive producer alongside creator Amanda Peet. Much of the plot is being kept under wraps, but the synopsis teases that we’ll see the “trials and tribulations” of her role within the department. 

 

Only Murders in the Building – August 31 (Hulu)

If you love whodunit’s, you’re going to love the 10-part comedy starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez as three strangers who love crime stories and bond over a murder in their apartment complex on the Upper West Side. 

 
 
Other notable mentions: the final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on August 12, season 2 of Never Have I Ever, Betty, and Ted Lasso, the final season of Bosch, and Disney+’s Loki!
 
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What to Watch in June 2021 Guide: Loki, Elite, The Bachelorette and MORE!

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What to Watch June 2021 on Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and More

The weather is heating up and so are your TV choices!

There are plenty of exciting options coming your way in June, so there’s absolutely no reason for you to be bored this summer! 

Get ready to lounge by the pool and binge-watch these new shows and movies!

 

TV

Why Women Kill – Paramount+ (June 3)

The second season of the anthology series takes place in 1949 Hollywood and follows socialite Rita Castillo (Lana Parilla) and  meek housewife Alma (Allison Tolman). 

 

Sweet Tooth – Netflix (June 4)

Based on the beloved DC Comic, the Netflix series takes place in a post-apocalyptic fairytale about a hybrid deer boys adventures. Robert Downey Jr. serves as executive producer. 

 

Lupin: Part 2 – Netflix (June 11)

The heist continues! Per the synopsis: “Assane’s quest for revenge against Hubert Pellegrini has torn his family to pieces. With his back to the wall, he now has to think of a new plan, even if it means putting himself in danger.”

 

The Bachelorette – ABC (June 7)

Katie made quite the impression when she arrived on Matt James’s season with her trusted vibrator. She then earned the love of Bachelor Nation for being one of the only women in the house not to bully others. Now, she’s on her quest for true love! Will she find it?

 

Home Before Dark – Apple TV (June 11)

The second season of the mystery drama consists of 10 episodes released weekly. It finds a young journalist investigating a suspicious explosion at a local farm. 

 

Love, Victor – Hulu (June 11)

The Love, Simon spinoff returns for a second season and tackles the hardships of coming out, which makes it the perfect binge-watch for Pride month!

 

Loki – Disney+ (June 11)

Marvel fans, suit up! Loki is one of the most anticipated releases of the month! Thor fans will get a deeper look at Tom Hiddleston’s character and what happened to his character in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame.

 

iCarly – Paramount+ (June 17)

It’s beginning to feel like the 00’s in here! The iCarly reboot brings back Miranda Cosgrove and friends! Per the synopsis, it’s set to “pick up nearly 10 years after Nickelodeon’s original show ended and finds Carly Shay, the original influencer, and her friends navigating work, love and family in their twenties.”

 

Elite – Netflix (June 18)

It’s getting hot in here. A new mystery, new romances, and new drama unfolds at Las Encinas at the start of the new school year, which brings some new faces!

 

Too Hot To Handle – Netflix (June 23)

The second season of the reality competition is heating up summer as sexy singles face a $100,000 celibacy challenge.

 

Bosch – Amazon Prime (June 25)

The last handful of episodes of the series will arrive at the end of the month ahead of the IMDb TV spinoff!

 

Movies

False Positive – Hulu (June 18)
 
Justin Theroux, Pierce Brosnan, Ilana Glazer star in the part-comedy, part-horror movie about a couple with infertility issues who turn to a charming doctor and find out an unsettling truth about him!

 

Luca – Disney+ (June 18)

Let Disney+ sweet you away to Portorosso! In the animated film, two sea monsters inhabit human bodies and begin exploring the Italian Riviera! The Pixar film is the second to drop straight to the streaming platform without a theatrical release right after the award-winning Soul

 


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The CW Reveals Summer Finales for ‘Legacies,’ ‘Nancy Drew’ and More!

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The TV season is bleeding into the summer months. 

And we’re not mad about it at all. 

Typically, the summer season tends to be a bit dry when it comes to new shows, but due to the pandemic, networks were forced to be flexible with the schedule. 

The CW Sets Summer Premiere Dates for ‘Roswell, New Mexico,’ ‘Riverdale’ and MORE

As a result, we’re going to be lounging by the pool with plenty of new episodes to binge!

Here’s when all the summer finales will air:

Monday, May 24

9/8c Black Lightning

Wednesday, June 2

9/8c Nancy Drew

Thursday, June 24

9/8c Legacies

Sunday, June 27

9/8c Batwoman

Sunday, July 16

8/7c Charmed

Monday, July 19

8/7c All American

Tuesday, July 20

8/7c The Flash

Wednesday, July 21

8/7c Kung Fu

Thursday, August 12

8/7c Walker

Tuesday, August 17

 

9/8c Superman & Lois

And don’t forget to check out all the summer premiere dates on The CW that include Riverdale, Roswell, New Mexico, In the Dark, and The Republic of Sarah


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