Your Fall TV Guide

I always get in a panic in the fall regarding television shows.

Time is precious… What should I be watching?  Am I missing out on something good? Will I waste my time with something bad? Should I just read a book?

Well, if you have asked yourself the same questions recently, let me help you with:


Remember back in the day when women would watch soap operas during the day and they would call them their “stories” or their “programs?”  My babysitter would always say, “Now Timmy, my programs are on at 12 so then we have to turn off cartoons!” (Maybe this was just in Wisconsin.)

Anyway, here are my favorite “stories” for the Fall 2013 season!

1. The Black List: Mondays on NBC

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You won’t have the Monday Blues anymore because after work you get to come home and watch The Blacklist!  I am hooked!  One of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, Raymond Reddington, surrenders and helps the agency with a list of the top criminals he knows of, but which the FBI doesn’t know exist.  He will only cooperate with rookie agent Elizabeth Keen.  Why? We don’t know, but I have my suspicions.  So much happened in the pilot, that I have high hopes for this show!

2. Hostages: Mondays on CBS

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Another reason to love Mondays; Hostages is on at the same time as the Blacklist so you will have to set your DVR.  I have to suspend belief a little bit with this show, because I don’t think the American people would know the surgeon that was operating on the President in such a public way…  However, I am hooked on this show too!  The family of Dr. Ellen Sanders, who will be doing surgery on the President, is taken hostage.  She is ordered by the kidnappers to assassinate the President in order to save her family.

3. Modern Family: Wednesdays on ABC

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I love Modern Family and sometimes I feel they steal story lines from my life, but it’s a great show and I always get a good laugh.  There are so many shows that revolve around crime that sometimes you need a good comedy and Modern Family is probably my favorite one out there right now!

4. GLEE: Thursdays on FOX

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If you watch one episode of  Glee this season, let it be “The Quarterback!”  It is a tribute show to Cory Monteith who, if you didn’t know, passed away earlier this year.  I cried like a little girl during this episode.  I commend the cast for being able to film it.  It made me want to pick up the phone and tell those closest to me that I love them because you just never know…  I have always liked Glee though and plan to watch it in full since it is most likely the final season.

5. Homeland: Sundays on Showtime

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This season has not started off the best for me, but I loved the first two seasons of Homeland so I am still giving it a chance. I can only see Clare Daines crying because she is in a psych ward so many times. Last year, Saturday Night Live did a skit on the show and it has never been more accurate than with the first couple of episodes of Season 3.

I am hoping it picks up though and would highly recommend the first two seasons of the show.

Lastly, I would like the TV gods to bring back Smash and The New Normal!  Thank you!


Those are my top TV shows for this season!  Let me know if I am missing out on any others!

See you on Tuesdays! ;)

Best Entree on Island

Nantucket is home to some of the best restaurants I have ever had the pleasure of frequenting.

However, I have a favorite restaurant!  The reason it’s my favorite is because its menu features the best entree I have ever tasted!  This may be a bold statement, but I can honestly say, it’s the truth!

The restaurant is the Pearl!


And the entree is the Wok-Fried Lobster!


It’s their signature dish and if you have ever tasted it you know why!  Let’s really dive into it, shall we?


The dish combines my favorite things: lobster and noodles with an asian inspiration!  Two claws and two tails of fresh lobster which is wok-fried to perfection. This isn’t your typical lobster people!  It has a crunch to it that is simply out of this world! This generous portion of my favorite seafood is served on a bed of lo mein, carrots and asparagus.  I always ask for extra noodles because they are amazing too! It also comes with an asian barbecue sauce on the side that adds to the overall flavor, but you don’t need it in my opinion. On a side note, the lobster is very easy to crack and this 30 year old grown man doesn’t have to ask his husband to do it for him which is always a bonus for my self-esteem! ;)


If I ever had to choose my last meal THIS WOULD BE IT!

(A close second would be the Beef Wellington at the Club Car.)

So the next time you are ON ISLAND make a reservation at the Pearl!  You will thank me!

See you on Tuesdays!

Book Club – Night Film Review and October Pick

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 8.39.43 PMAt the end of last month, I declared my very first “Tuesdays With Tim Book Club Pick” as Marisha Pessl’s: Night Film.

I was really excited about this book because of all the press it was getting.  Well, I was not disappointed.  I loved it!

Here is the publisher’s description:

A page-turning thriller for readers of Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Stieg Larsson,Night Film tells the haunting story of a journalist who becomes obsessed with the mysterious death of a troubled prodigy—the daughter of an iconic, reclusive filmmaker.
On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.
 For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.
 Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world. The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

 Night Film, the gorgeously written, spellbinding new novel by the dazzlingly inventive Marisha Pessl, will hold you in suspense until you turn the final page.

The number one thing I loved about this book is the character of Cordova: the fictional and legendary film director.  The idea of this elusive, creepy director who no one knows anything about was an ingenious creation by author, Marisha Pessl.  Especially because he is not a main character in the book.  Just the idea of him is.  In this day and age, people are hash tagging, tweeting and pinning to be known and discovered, but not Cordova.  Who is this man? What is he after? Is he evil? Misunderstood? 

Pessl spent a long time with this book (almost 10 years), but also with the world she built within its pages.  I love when authors make worlds so believable that you almost wonder if there really is a Cordova out there somewhere.  She makes the unbelievable, entertaining but also credible! She created this world by designing movie posters for each of Cordova’s films, previews for these films and also by adding screen shots of fake internet sites within the book.  It’s like a children’s book complete with pictures for adults.  It really adds to the reading experience!

There really isn’t much more I can say about this book without spoiling it, so I urge you to try it and you will get lost in the world of Cordova!

Today is the first day of October so my next book club pick is by the King of scary himself: Stephen King.

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Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and his brand new novel is the sequel to his 1977 classic: The Shining!  Do you remember it?  Whatever happened to the little boy with telepathic gifts at the Overlook Hotel?  Read it and give yourself a good scare this month of October just in time for Halloween!  And if you need a costume idea for Halloween, check out my post about Halloween Costume Inspiration.

Happy October! Happy Reading! and See you on Tuesdays!