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Sometimes the radio can get really….redundant. The same song on two stations playing at the same time. Where is the variety? It seems that commercial radio has gone the way to the highest bidder or who can pay to promote the most. It’s a pay for play world. At least it seems that way. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Truth be told, if you were to ride in the car with me, you’d find my car radio tuned to NPR. And as nerdy as that may sound, it’s so much better than the same 10 songs played over and over again. Plus, I always feel a little bit smarter and a little more informed after listening to a segment of their various program.

While I’m working, I usually am listening to the 24-hour stream of This American Life, my favorite podcast. The stories based on a different theme each week are interesting and thought provoking. It’s the best!

If you’re looking to branch out of the same old songs on the radio or are looking for a new podcast to listen to here are my Top 5 Favorite Podcasts, which all happen to be from NPR.

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This American Life – If you want to get into listening to podcasts, I would say start with This American Life. It’s the podcast of all podcasts, and it’s been on the radio for 18 years. Ira Glass is the host and always brings interesting stories based on the week’s given theme. It’s interesting how the themes are interpreted from week to week. While you can catch the most recent episode on iTunes for free, past episodes are available for purchase. Or if you’re like me, you can listen to any given TAL episode (of their 500+) on their livestream.

Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me – This is one of my favorites that I usually catch on the radio on the way to Kroger. It’s a hilarious quiz show game based around current events. So, not only is it highly entertaining, but it’s also educational. Peter Segel and Bill Curtis host.

A Way with Words – I’m fascinated by language. Granted I’d rather never have to write another essay in my life for a class, but the origins of language and words and phrases is super interesting. Martha and Grant host this fun and informative show answering callers’ questions about the origins of words and phrases. I ALWAYS learn something new. Listen to this if you want to feel smarter.

Snap Judgment – Snap Judgment is a podcast I discovered when I was looking for new podcasts to listen to on iTunes. I also catch snippets on NPR, but I never know it’s actual airing schedule. It’s sort of like This American Life, in that it features real stories of real people, but the topics are often more controversial, and topics that make you think about how you would judge the situation. Hence the name Snap Judgement. Glen Washington is the host.

Ask Me Another – Ask Me Another is also a quiz show from NPR, usually featuring a special celebrity guest. The games are pretty fun and always different, and I often find myself playing along in the car. I discovered this podcast sometime last year when I was driving home from a photo shoot and was really happy to discover that past episodes are available for free on iTunes. It’s like one part fill-in-the blank, one part riddle, one part improvisation, and a whole lot of trivia. Ophira Eisenberg is the host.

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So I watch a lot of TV. A lot of it is done in binges (as is all the rage these days), and others I can’t miss (or try not to miss) on the actual day it airs.

If you’re into watching network TV like I am, here are my list of favorites, ranked by how much I don’t want to miss it.

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1. Parenthood
– I LOVE this show. The Bravermans seem like the “realest” family on TV. Between featuring real life issues such as cancer, divorce, domestic abuse, and autism, to name a few, as well as the smart and well-timed dialogue, not to mention the awesome soundtrack…it’s my favorite. Plus with Lauren Graham (Lorelai on Gilmore Girls) as Sarah Braverman and Dax Shepard as Crosby Braverman, the cast is just fantastic and they just feel like real family. I’m sad that this is their Farewell Season. If you haven’t watched Parenthood you can binge-watch to your heart’s content on Netflix! Parenthood airs Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC.
2. Once Upon a Time - I LOVE this show, too. It’s such a cool spin on the fairy tales that we all know and love. I’m interested to see what happens next. I have to give it to the writers of the show for carefully weaving all these stories together and having it play out through the season. By the end of each and every episode, I’m hungry for the next. This is another show that if you have never seen it before you can binge-watch on Netflix as well. I highly recommend it. It’s one of those shows that you have to pay attention to to make sure you get to know the characters, their stories, and their struggles. Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.

3. Revenge – This show. It’s totally a guilty pleasure. It’s exactly as the name suggests, about revenge. The story centers on Amanda Clarke/Emily Thorne played by Emily VanCamp (of Everwood and Brothers & Sisters) exacting revenge on the Grayson family who framed her father for channeling money to terrorists that brought down a commercial airline flight, sending him to prison, and later killed. She assumes the identity of Emily Thorne to wreak havoc on the Graysons. It’s juicy, twisted, and filled to the brim with revenge. It’s good. You can also find this series on Netflix. Revenge airs on Sundays at 10/9c on ABC.

4. Scandal – But seriously, who doesn’t love Olivia Pope? She is smart, sharp, and will fix any situation. It’s like she’s one part detective, one part lawyer, and one part public relations specialist…it’s about right. Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope, a Washington DC based fixer for politicians and celebrities. She can seemingly fix any bad press. Oh then there’s the part with the affair with the President, which makes me want to shake her for bad choices. It’s a fun, guilty pleasure show for sure. You can also catch Scandal on Netflix to catch up for the premiere! Scandal airs on Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC.

5. Criminal Minds – This is another show that I can watch all the time. It’s basically a show about the BAU – Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI, chasing serials killers (primarily) and building profiles to figure who they are and stop them before they commit another crime. I didn’t start watching this show until it was on reruns on A&E on cable, and I still usually end up catching episodes on-demand, but I’m glad I did. I think profiling people is fascinating. This show is FINALLY available on Netflix, too. Criminal Minds airs on Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.

6. Law & Order: SVU - This is the other show that I can watch all the time, even if I’ve seen the episode before. Law & Order: SVU is going into its 16th season this Fall. It follows Detective now Sergeant Olivia Benson as she works to solve various Special Victims cases. I don’t even know what it is about this show that sucks me in every time. My sister can’t stand the sound effects between scenes (if you’ve watched you know what I’m talking about), but it doesn’t bother me. I usually catch Law & Order: SVU on Hulu Plus, where you can catch up on all 15 seasons. Law & Order: SVU airs on Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.

7. Big Bang Theory – These nerds are my favorite. I could watch the Big Bang Theory all the time. Half the time I don’t understand most of the scientific things they are talking about, but after reading up on the show and interviews with cast members, I found that all of the scientific topics are real and accurate. Crazy. It’s the best way to pass a half hour with Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, and Howard. Big Bang Theory has moved back to Mondays at 8/7c on CBS. While it’s not available on Netflix or Hulu Plus, Big Bang Theory is syndicated and is on most days on TBS.

8. Two Broke Girls – These are my favorite diner waitresses turned baking entrepreneurs on television. The show features Max, a street smart high school dropout, and Caroline, a formerly rich, privileged business school graduate who lost all her money due to her father getting caught at the top of a Ponzi scheme. Max and Caroline become roommates, work at a diner, and thus are the Two Broke Girls. This show is written by Whitney Cummings who has super quick wit and sassy and sarcastic sense of humor. I think I find this show especially funny because some of things that Max will say are things that I might say. I really hope that they pick this show up n syndication so that I can watch more past episodes. It’s not currently available with full episodes that I know of, but Two Broke Girls will air Mondays at 8/7c when Big Bang Theory moves back to Thursday…after the Football season…I think?

9. New Girl – Oh Zooey Deschanel and your quirky brand of humor. I think it’s why this show works, that and she’s outnumbered by her male roommates who are all a mess in their own special ways. Zooey plays Jessica Day, the ever-optimistic school teacher who was jilted by her boyfriend (season 1) and moves in with three guys Nick, Winston, and Schmidt. It’s the adventures of late-20’s-early 30-year olds living in LA, trying to get buy…with a few hijinks thrown in. You can catch New Girl on Netflix and it airs on Tuesdays at 9/8c on FOX.

10. Grey’s Anatomy – Oh Grey’s Anatomy. I remember when you were a mid-season replacement about 10 years ago. HOW HAS IT BEEN THAT LONG?! Some of episodes have been ridiculous – like someone tell Shonda that a musical Grey’s was the WORST idea ever. But otherwise, I’ve really enjoyed the show. I know a lot of people jumped ship after George was killed off, but that’s the way that these shows work. I was really said when Lexi and Mark did, goodbye Little Grey and McSteamy, and a lot of time Meredith and Christina are super annoying in their friendship they only understand. What I find exciting about the show is the different weird, rare, scary cases. Like you’d think that working at that hospital was a terrible idea considering that cast members get into situations where they either die or almost die…every season! Sometimes it makes me wonder if Seattle is full or strange diseases and terrible natural disasters. Grey’s Anatomy sometimes feels like it’s losing steam, but I think with the evolution of new characters, interns, and residents, it probably has a few more seasons in it. It’s like an old reliable favorite. Something you can count on in the drama department. Grey’s Anatomy is available on Netflix, syndicated on Lifetime, and airs on Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.

I told you I watch a lot of TV. It’s ridiculous. And all this without a DVR. Thank you on-demand and Hulu Plus!

What are your favorite can’t-miss TV shows? Did I miss any?

Note: I also have favorites on cable, but that would make this list 3 miles long! Haha!

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Let’s be honest. I watch a whole lot of TV. It’s probably my greatest vice and guilty pleasure. I’ve pretty much always watched a lot of TV. Growing up, my parents let me watch TV while I did my homework (I got good grades so they couldn’t really argue) and stay up on school nights to catch that 10pm time slot (here in Texas they are at 9pm, which is nice!).

And now that there are things like DVR (which we don’t have), services like On-Demand and Hulu Plus, and show episodes on the network sites, you never have to miss a thing!

This week, the new seasons premiere. Fox premiered their shows last week because they like to be all ahead of things.

Here are the 5 new TV shows to check out:

Red Band Society – I caught the pilot of this show on Hulu Plus and I think it has some promise. The show is set in a hospital where kids and teens are living there due to their illnesses, ranging from cancer to eating disorders to chronic diseases. It’s narrated by a boy who is in a coma. It features Octavia Spencer (Minnie from the movie, The Help) as Nurse Jackson and Dave Annable (from Brothers & Sisters) as Dr. McAndrew, as well as a whole host of new teen actors. I think it definitely has potential. Red Band Society is on Wednesdays at 9/8c on FOX.

How to Get Away with Murder - I’m a big Shonda Rhimes fan, so I’m excited that Thursdays on ABC will essentially be Shonda Rhimes Thursdays. I started watching Grey’s Anatomy a decade ago (gosh that makes me feel old!), I watched Private Practice when it was on, and I’ve loved Scandal (even though I feel like shaking Olivia Pope for her choices!), and well, it seems like Shonda is a hitmaker. So, I’m super excited about How to Get Away with Murder, starring Viola Davis (Aibileen from the movie, The Help). I only know it’s about a crimonology class and I’m super intrigued about it. I can’t wait for Thursday! How to Get Away with Murder is on Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.

The Mysteries of Laura – I’m a Debra Messing fan. I loved her on Will & Grace back in the day and I thought she was pretty good on the short-lived Smash from a few years ago. I caught a sneak preview of The Mysteries of Laura on Hulu Plus, and the show is pretty good. It’s like a happy medium between crime drama with comedic elements. Debra Messing plays Detective Laura Diamond with the NYPD, juggling her pending divorce and twin boy pre-schoolers. This show making it is going to depend on the reviews. I enjoyed it, but I would guess that it could go either way. Hopefully it at least stays around for the first 13 episodes. TV Networks are SO FAST to drop shows, even the promising ones. Mysteries of Laura is on Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

Madam Secretary – I love a good show that based in the White House. I’m a huge fan of House of Cards (though it makes me slightly depressed if it’s at all an accurate representation of our government!). I’m definitely going to check out Madame Secretary. I believe the premise is that actress Tea Leoni, is chosen as the next Secretary of State by the President, and everything that comes with the new role. I’d be naive to say that this doesn’t look like a nod to the former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, but of course played out in a whole new way. It should be pretty interesting to watch, especially with today’s political climate, and if any of that is reflected in the show. Madam Secretary is on Sundays at 8/7c on CBS.

Stalker – Two of my favorite crime dramas are Criminal Minds and Law & Order: SVU. Actually, I could watch either show all day, every day. What that says about me, I’m not sure, but I’m a fan of these crime shows. CBS is releasing a new crime drama called Stalker, produced by Kevin Williamson of the Scream movie series. The show stars Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott as the detectives investigating stalking cases as part of the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. Based on the trailer, it seems to have just enough creepiness to keep it interesting. I’ll for sure be checking this show out. Stalker is on Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS.

5 New TV Shows to Check Out This Fall Catie Ronquillo Photography

These are my picks of the list of new shows premiering this Fall.

What shows will you be checking out?

Next time, I’ll share the TV shows I’m most looking forward to returning!

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One of my goals this year was to photograph a ballerina. Ballet senior picture ideas? It’s a unique twist on just your custom senior portrait session.

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