Bucket List: PaleyFest

The stars of Vampire Diaries at Paley Fest 2011. (Courtesy of Google Images)

I don’t have an organized bucket list of things I want to do (I should really get on that) but there are three things I can name off the top of my head: take part in a flash mob, visit Greece, and go to PaleyFest.

(Remember, my nickname of The Walking TV Guide? Yep, my TV addiction is no joke.)

PaleyFest, which is presented by the Paley Center for Media, showcases various television shows with panels. The panels consist of the actors as well as members of the creative team, such as the writers. The event takes place over two weeks in Beverly Hills, California.

This year, some of the shows being featured are Community, Once Upon a Time, Vampire Diaries, Modern Family, and Revenge.

What I find most exciting about PaleyFest is getting the inside scoop on what is to come in these TV shows. The panels fall at an appropriate time, as most shows are currently on hiatus right now (until April..sigh) and so the juicy tidbits being dropped by the cast and crew can hold us over in the meantime.

And although I am not able to attend PaleyFest this year, I can look forward to getting the play by play updates on Twitter as well as watch the livestream. Some of the shows I’m looking forward to catching are: Vampire Diaries, Modern Family, and Revenge. PopSugar, of the Sugar Network is also posting updates on its site.

What’s on your bucket list?

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The Art of Wallowing

Everyone has bad days. After all life is all about the peaks and valleys, the highs and the lows. What I find acceptable completely necessary is to wallow in it (high five to those that got the Gilmore Girls reference). I’ve found the best way to do this is to read a good book, get a good laugh, and indulge in a guilty pleasure.

A Good Book

I absolutely love starting a new book. Even more, a good book is synonymous with comfort and escape, two perfect things when you are not having the greatest of days. My current read, The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain, is exactly that. The Paris Wife, set in the 1920s, tells the story of the writer Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage to wife Hadley Richardson. Perhaps it is my last post, my love of historical fiction or literature that drove to me download this book. It is a great look back at what life was like the 20s and particularly in Paris: plenty of jazz and many decadent parties. Not a bad way to escape, right?

A Good Laugh

Modern Family is one of the best shows on television and they have the awards to prove it. I became hooked when it first came out and proceeded to get everyone I know hooked on it as well. It consistently makes me laugh week after week. Whether new or old episodes, I can always rely on the show to give me a really good laugh to snap me out of my funk.

A Guilty Pleasure

I discovered Pocky on a whim while at an Asian grocery store a few years back and since then I’ve been hooked. The chocolate with almonds are my favorite, but I’m not picky. Another of my guilty pleasures is the television show Revenge. I’m obsessed with the show and the pretty scenes and people serve as a wonderful distraction.

What are some of your tried and true methods to getting over a bad day?

Favorite New Shows

As a follow up to this post, I thought I would share two of my favorite new shows from this TV season.

Once Upon a Time, Sundays on ABC at 8 PM

The premise: the small town of Storybrooke is occupied from characters of fairy tales, only they do not know their real identity due to a

curse casted by the Evil Queen. Snow White’s daughter, Emma Swan, is the only person who can put and end to the curse or so her biological son says. She does not believe him. The best thing about this show is how the fairy tale world and the real world are so thoughtfully woven together. It is so great to see Snow White in her castle in the fairy tale world and to see the reality Snow White as an elementary school teacher. The little details are what make this show so fun to watch.

Revenge, Wednesdays on ABC at 10 PM

This show is my guilty pleasure. It is soapy, but honestly so addicting. Amanda Clarke moves back to the Hamptons to seek revenge on all those that wrongfully accused her (late) father of being a terrorist. It is so entertaining to see her taking down her filthy rich neighbors, one by one, in such elaborate schemes. The best part is that no one knows she is Amanda Clarke or that she is the one reeking havoc. I fully cannot wait until both of those things are revealed, which according to sources should be this season. Although I have to wonder how the show will go on after the big reveal. I am looking forward to finding out!

What are your favorite shows from this year? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!