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Wed
Aug 20 2014 3:59pm

“How Was the Sex?”: The Mindy Project Season 2 Deleted Scenes Released!

Today's our lucky day, fellow Mindy/Danny 'shippers! The Mindy Project Season 2 DVD set was released yesterday, and while this normally wouldn't be a news item, the DVDs contain some pretty delicious treats for fans of the Dandy romance, including juicy deleted scenes such as the amaaaazing one above. In it, Mindy tells Danny about the sexy dream she had about them the night before and then winds him up about how the sex was only just “fine” (!!!).

Honestly, it's actually probably a good thing that didn't air since 1) we'd probably all be ded from the feels and 2) it wouldn't have been possible to put off a Mindy/Danny kiss for much longer after this display:

(Gifs by anniedison via Tumblr—def check out the whole hilarious set!)  

What do you think? Let's squee together! (And feel free to share more tidbits—this girl has not yet received her DVDs in the mail, tragically.)

P.S. Expect a recap of the Season 3 premiere after it airs on September 9. To refresh your memory, watch FOX's Season 2 recap here.

Tue
Jul 15 2014 5:26pm

Arrow Season 3 Oliver/Felicity Scoop: Will They...or Won’t They?!

Note: Spoilerphobes, beware—this post contains mild SPOILERS for Arrow Season 3.

Fellow Olicity fans, our ship may be coming in sooner than expected!

In a just-released interview with TVLine, Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti reveals that, in Season 3, “Oliver believes he can finally have a private life and asks Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) out on a date.” He goes on to explain that Oliver's feelings for Felicity, whatever they may be, will be an “active part of the season this year.”

Sounds promising, right? But will it actually go in the direction we want? This show does love to play with our hearts, and we did just learn that Brandon Routh has joined the cast as a potential love interest for Felicity. Hmmm...

Can you see Oliver/Felicity as a long-term couple? This girl's just hoping against hope they aren't on-again/off-again, if they do, in fact, become a legit romantic item.

Mon
Jul 7 2014 3:52pm

Brandon Routh Joins Arrow Season 3—What’s Ahead for Olicity? (Speculation)

Brandon Routh as Superman in Superman ReturnsNews broke today that Brandon Routh (Clark Kent/Superman in Superman Returns) has been cast in Season 3 of the CW's Arrow as fellow superhero The Atom, a.k.a. Ray Palmer. More to the point for romance fans, he's rumored to be a potential love interest for Oliver Queen's girl Wednesday, Felicity Smoak, and thus another impediment to fan-favorite—understatment of the year?!—'ship Oliver/Felicity, or Olicity.

What does that mean for the pairing and the chances they'll eventually end up together? Let's speculate a bit, shall we?

Since the Season 2 finale continued to tease fans of the Olicity pairing (look for a post from me in the next few weeks about thoughts on the end of the season and more Season 3 anticipation), I'm still feeling pretty good about their odds in the long run. Although I fear the showrunners view Oliver/Laurel as Arrow's OTP (One True Pairing), I do believe they'll put Oliver and Felicity together at some point, and who knows? Maybe they'll be too fabulous to deny and the writers will come around to the idea of them as endgame. (I don't say that to get anyone's hopes up too high, but there is a precedent with Dawson's Creek, which was supposed to be Dawson/Joey-centric but which ended up telling the epic love story of Joey/Pacey.)

In the short run, Ray Palmer likely will keep Oliver and Felicity apart, but is that such a bad thing? I mean, I'd love to see Felicity getting some attention after all of the love interests Ollie has had, not least because I think it'd be good for Oliver to discover that Felicity won't wait forever for him to come to his senses. Plus, as much as I love their partnership, Felicity and Oliver still have some growing to do before they'd make a perfect romantic couple. Let them sow some more wild oats with other people; once they've done that, they'll be ready to embark on a serious relationship...with each other.

In other words: Don't jump 'ship just yet!

What are your hopes and fears for Arrow and, more specifically, Oliver/Felicity after hearing this casting news?

Wed
Jul 2 2014 8:16pm

World on Fire: Claire Meets Jack Randall in First Outlander Clip!

ETA: Unfortunately, the clip has been taken down. We'll let you know if we find it again anywhere else!

You've seen the pictures. You've even seen the trailers. Now, see a clip from Outlander! Sony Pictures Television has released a scene from the first episode, rumored to be titled “Sassenach,” and in it we find Claire in the moments immediately following her fall back in time, during which she comes face-to-face with someone who looks very much like her husband but most certainly is not: Captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall.

(To see the video, press Play, then click through to Slide 9 of 76. The video should start playing automatically, and you should be able to expand the screen. If you have any issues, try watching the clip here.)

Outlander premieres on Starz on August 9! Look for a recap on H&H the next day. Plus, bookmark H&H's Outlander collection for news, discussion posts, special features, and more as we count down the days to a live-action Claire/Jamie romance in our living rooms!

H/t to OutlanderTVNews for first reporting on the clip

Wed
May 7 2014 11:19am

“I Wanna Go All In”: Thoughts on The Mindy Project Season 2 Finale, “Danny and Mindy”

Mindy/Danny magic hour pic by Michael Spiller via Mindy Kaling's InstagramThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s Season 2 finale (2x22), “Danny and Mindy.” Enjoy!

Heather:

That feeling of supreme satisfaction you get when you turn the last page of an epic romance novel? That smug smile that you just can't wipe away once the hero and heroine finally declare their love? That urge to tell the world to dive into this story now now now? The Mindy Project came through on all counts last night, wrapping up a two-season will-they-or-won't-they romance arc with multiple grand gestures inspired by beloved rom-coms and a happily-for-now so delightful and well-earned that fans can hardly even begrudge the summer hiatus ahead.

[Okay, that's a lie, we'll begrudge it a lot...]

Fri
May 2 2014 4:06pm

“People Disappear All the Time”: New Outlander Trailer Released!

Jamie and Claire in OutlanderA new trailer has been released for Outlander, an upcoming television series based on the Diana Gabaldon novels devoted to the epic love story of Jamie and his time-traveler wife, Claire. The show will debut on Starz this summer.

What do you think? Love the music (“Jungle” by Emma Louise), and while this trailer's focus is on Claire's feeling of displacement after she falls back in time (“I try to remember my husband”), we're also treated to some poignant new Jamie and Claire moments, like:

“You need not be scared, so long as I'm with you.”

“And when you're not with me?”

Not to wish away my life or anything, but...hurry up, summer!

Watch the trailer here. Stay tuned to our Outlander collection for more news as we get it, as well as recaps of the series when it premieres.

Mon
Apr 14 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (April 15, 2014)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny HanJenny Han
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Simon & Schuster / April 15, 2014 / $17.99 print, $10.99 digital

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Jenny Han's young adult novel To All the Boys I've Loved Before expertly blends heroine Lara Jean's development into an empowered young adult with her first taste of love for a sweet and memorable coming-of-age story.

[Love letters for everyone!...]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 5:15pm

“You’re My Best Friend”: Mindy and Danny [Spoiler!] in The Mindy Project 2x17

Danny and Mindy in The Mindy Project 2x17This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s episode 17, “Be Cool.” Enjoy!

All epic romance novels have a “delicious despair” period—that dark, dark time when every possible chance for a happy ending for your beloved pair seems doomed, and the ashes of all your hopes and dreams for them surround you. Still, you have faith that they will, in fact, pull it out of the fire and attain that glorious HEA. Somehow. Some way. After all, isn't that the golden rule of romance?

The Mindy Project, while not a romance novel, is often described as a romantic comedy series, and I 100% believe that creator/executive producer/head writer/star Mindy Kaling fully intends to follow the Mindy/Danny romance through to, if not an HEA, a “Happily for Now.” Which means that while “Be Cool” saw Danny break up with Mindy after only a few weeks of secretly dating—sending fans into a tizzy of delicious despair—their story is far from over. As in, it's most likely just gettin' started.

[Love conquers all...]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 6:33pm

Avengers 2 Speculation: Are Black Widow and Hawkeye an Item?

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as major speculation about and potential spoilers for next year's Avengers sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read at your own risk.

Nearly two years have passed since Clint “Hawkeye” Barton and Natasha “Black Widow” Romanoff stole scenes and hearts in The Avengers, the end of which saw the pair of SHIELD agents/assassins driving off into the sunset together for parts unknown. Ever since then, many fans—myself included—have been dying to know if there actually is more than friendship between them (I made my case back in 2012 for why I believe they're TOTALLY in love) and how their relationship will be depicted in future films.

Based on new evidence gathered from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (in which Natasha had a part but Clint was mysteriously absent), interviews with the directors and cast about that movie, and a blind item posted by an entertainment blogger, I am inclined to think that not only is there more than friendship between them but we'll get to see at least hints of their romance on screen in Avengers 2. Basically, fellow Clint/Natasha fans, I do believe our ship is about to set sail.

Here's everything I know so far. Let's get to speculatin'. (And to be absolutely clear: This is JUST speculation based on rumors extrapolated from interviews and such, NOT actual knowledge of future films. Your guess about what will happen is as good as mine.)

[“Love is for children; I owe him a debt”...]

Wed
Apr 2 2014 1:42pm

Danny and Mindy Sneak Around in The Mindy Project 2x15 & 2x16

Danny and Mindy in The Mindy ProjectThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s Season 2, episodes 15 and 16, “French Me, You Idiot” and “Indian BBW.” Enjoy!

Will they or won't they? That was the question for a season and a half of The Mindy Project, but that is all over, friends: They DID.

And while the so-called “Moonlighting effect” is always a concern for shows with romantic elements (can you resolve the sexual tension between your leads and still create compelling television?), if the first two episodes after Mindy and Danny's kiss on an airplane are any indication, The Mindy Project has nothing to worry about there. If anything, Mindy and Danny's new relationship status—whatever that may be—seems to raising the bar for comedy and romance.

As “French Me, You Idiot” and “Indian BBW” illustrated beautifully, the kiss merely opens up a whole new world of complications, all of which are potentially comedic gold in the hands of the series' writing staff. Already you can't deny the benefits of more one-on-one time with Mindy and Danny, whose chemistry is downright electric, and the laughs derived from their very different approaches to life and love. The legitimate, down-to-earth, character-based issues between the two of them as both individuals and a couple can easily power years' worth of storylines, and we got a taste of that last night.

[Everything's fine and Dandy...]

Wed
Mar 26 2014 4:53pm

Jake Peralta Uses His Words in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 1 Finale!

NOTE: This post may contain SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, including last night's season 1 finale, 1x22, “Charges and Specs.” Enjoy!

As laugh-out-loud funny as Brooklyn Nine-Nine is, the series also has a lot of heart, and NYPD Detective Jake Peralta put his on the line for fellow officer Amy Santiago in the Season 1 finale.

After realizing he had feelings for her a couple episodes back and then pining for her all of last week's, Peralta finally confessed his feelings for Santiago—in a spectacularly awkward fashion for such a confident guy—before leaving for his undercover assignment:

I don't know what's gonna happen on this assignment, and if something bad goes down, I'd be pissed at myself if I don't say this: I kinda wish something...could happen...between us...romantic-stylez. And I know it can't, 'cause you're with Teddy, and I'm going undercover, and that's just how it is. Anyway, we're not supposed to have any contact, so I should go.

Awwwwww! That plus the earlier dance scene, where Jake teaches Amy a few steps while the two are posing as dance competitors, made for quite the romantic send-off. The wait for Season 2's gonna be killer!

Wed
Mar 26 2014 11:28am

Love Lessons from The Mindy Project’s Dr. Mindy Lahiri

Mindy Kaling as Dr. Mindy Lahiri in The Mindy ProjectDr. Mindy Lahiri bases the success of her love life around how closely it resembles a rom-com. Unfortunately, her dates and her life in general (while hilarious) lend themselves more to a tale of caution than a storybook. To celebrate the return of the charming, hilarious, and romantic TV comedy The Mindy Project in less than a week (April 1), allow us to present 10 lessons the show, via Mindy, has taught us thus far about love and dating.

10. Let go of the fairy tale. We've only gotten a few glimpses of what oral surgeon Tom and Mindy were like as a couple prior to the series, but what we have seen suggests that even before Tom dumped her for a Serbian bagel girl “with more years to share,” Mindy'd been invested in him more as proof that fairytales can come true than 'cause she was ready for an honest-to-goodness long-term relationship. Even the way she describes their meet-cute (“Met in an elevator? My hair came undone? Are you kidding me? I'm basically Sandra Bullock!”) and subsequent accelerated romance (he moved in after a very brief courtship) are evidence that these two were not together for the right reasons. While Mindy's a wreck about Tom's betrayal at first, in the long run she's undoubtedly better off without him and in a more grounded relationship. (I'm Sandra Bullock gif via stuntedadults.com)

[+9 more important lessons...]

Mon
Mar 24 2014 11:49am

Mind. Blown. The Good Wife’s Heartbreaking Twist

Alicia in The Good Wife 5x15This post contains MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILERS for last night's episode of The Good Wife, Season 5's episode 15, “Dramatics, Your Honor.”

Do NOT read this post until you have caught up. You have been warned.

In a season already known for being a game-changer, The Good Wife somehow did it again, and no one saw this (shocking, devastating, horrifying) twist coming.

With absolutely zero warning this would be anything other than your average—if still terrific—episode of the delicious, morally ambiguous legal drama, the show in its final few minutes [highlight for spoilers]offed not only a major player but one-half of a fan-favorite couple.[/spoilers]

Suffice to say: If you're still reeling...you're not alone.

[Any chance this was all a nightmare?...]

Fri
Mar 21 2014 9:30am

First Look: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham’s Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (March 25, 2014)

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer GrahamRob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
Vintage / March 25, 2014 / $15.95 print, $9.99 digital

From Rob Thomas, the creator of the television series and movie phenomenon Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling mystery series that picks up where the feature film left off. 

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

In Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who’s part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark. With its sharp plot and clever twists, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Note: This post contains MAJOR spoilers for the Veronica Mars movie now in theaters and on video on demand. Do not read until you've seen that. There are also minor spoilers for the book itself below. You've been warned.

We're officially living in a post-Veronica Mars: The Movie world. Can you believe it? I still can't: After 7 years, the bitch is back. And whether or not a sequel's greenlit for the big screen, her story won't end there, as series creator Rob Thomas, along with co-author Jennifer Graham, have also written the first book in a new series of Veronica Mars mysteries, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line.

[Not so long ago, we became friends again...]

Sat
Mar 8 2014 11:00am

Judgment Day: Will Veronica Mars Choose Piz or Logan?

Veronica Mars: The MovieI don't know about you, but the closer we get to the premiere of Veronica Mars: The Movie (March 14, less than a week away now, baby!), the more excited—and nervous—I get. After six years of radio silence, we'll finally see Veronica and company back in action. And we may, fingers crossed, also finally see Veronica (Kristen Bell) make the be-all, end-all choice: bad-boy Logan (Jason Dohring) or nice-guy Piz (Chris Lowell)?

Until then, all we have is speculation. In the series finale, Veronica was dating Piz and told Logan that she and he were done forever. But nine years will have passed when we meet up with all of them again, and a lot can change in that time. Based on what we know about each guy at this point in their lives, and speculating about what the movie will add to the canon, let's see how Logan and Piz match up as Veronica boyfriend material, report card-wise:

History
Logan: B-
Piz: B+

Logan and Veronica's tempestuous relationship dates back to before the TV series began, as Logan dated Veronica's best friend, Lilly Kane, for years, while Veronica was dating his best friend and Lily's brother, Duncan Kane. Whether as a result of just hanging out all the time or something else, the two became good friends. Of course, things then went very wrong for them after Lilly's murder, when Logan blamed Veronica for her father's suspicion of the Kanes and Veronica was left reeling with the loss of yet another ally. Logan was a complete and utter ass to Veronica for quite a while, and Veronica took none of his shit. Even after the two of them became an item in late Season 1, theirs was always a very rocky romance. So while Logan excels in quantity of history with Veronica, that also hurts him, 'cause the quality was often less than stellar.

[Veronica's choice...]

Fri
Feb 28 2014 12:46pm

“I Want the Whole Damn Thing”: April’s Choice in Grey’s Anatomy 10x13

April in Grey's Anatomy season 10Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Grey's Anatomy, including last night's Season 10, episode 13, “Take It Back.” Enjoy!

Just when you think you've got a handle on Grey's Anatomy, creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes  (also the boss at H&H favorite Scandal) throws you for another loop. And that is exactly what happened in last night's midseason premiere.

Back in December, fans of the Jackson/April (nicknamed Japril) pairing were thrilled to see Jackson confess his love for April in front of all of their friends and her family. The catch? He did so at her wedding to another man! So viewers were left wondering: Would April choose fellow doctor and best friend Jackson, or her paramedic groom, Matthew? Last night, we got our answer and then some.

[Team Matthew or Team Jackson?...]

Wed
Feb 26 2014 11:15am

I’m Here for Philip/Elizabeth: 4 Reasons to Watch The Americans

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in GQThe Americans Season 2, here we come! FX's series about a pair of Russian KGB spies posing as a married couple in the U.S. during the latter years of the Cold War is set to resume tonight, and if you haven't yet caught up, you really must. Why? This show is romantic suspense at its best, as it turns out that agents Phil and Elizabeth Jennings (played by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) may actually be falling in love with each other after 15 years, many many missions, and two kids.

The whole first season is currently streaming on Amazon Prime, so feel free to quit reading and check it out at any time.

...Need more incentive? Let's get to it. Allow me to present 4 (mostly Philip/Elizabeth-related) reasons why, given the opportunity, this show will hook you good:

1. Theirs is a love story in reverse. If you thought your relationship was complicated, wait'll you hear how Philip and Elizabeth got their start: In Season 1 we learned that fifteen years before, these perfect strangers (seriously, they'd never even met before) were paired for a long-term KGB mission in the U.S., where they were ordered to pose as a married couple and, eventually, produce a few kids to really sell their cover in between all the covert ops Moscow assigned them. Can you imagine? So, really, it wasn't at all surprising to learn that in the years since, they hadn't exactly fallen head over heels for each other, despite the fact that they did, indeed, bring two children into the world and into their “family.” Except, in the Pilot episode, after Philip ruthlessly snapped the neck of a man who raped Elizabeth in training years ago, feelings started to come to the surface for both of them after all.

[+ more reasons to watch...]

Sat
Feb 22 2014 5:22pm

Cover Alert: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham’s Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line!

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer GrahamEntertainment Weekly has revealed the cover for Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line from Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham, a mystery novel set after the events of the film. The cover itself doesn't give much away, but the book's description drops a few clues about where the end of the movie will leave Veronica and friends.

Here's the official cover copy [POTENTIAL SPOILERS]:

The first book in an original mystery series featuring twenty-eight-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends—Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas—Veronica is ready to take on Neptune’s darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.

See what I mean? (Anyone interested in speculation, let's discuss in the comments!)

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line will be out on March 25, a few days after the Veronica Mars movie, which was funded via a spectacular Kickstarter campaign last year, premieres on March 14.

Wed
Feb 12 2014 2:39pm

Veronica Mars Gets Some LoVe from Entertainment Weekly!

Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring as Veronica and Logan in Veronica MarsEntertainment Weekly gave Logan/Veronica (LoVe) shippers an early Valentine's Day treat today—our favorite pairing will be on the cover of the February 14 issue of the magazine in advance of the Veronica Mars movie's premeiere next month!

Believe it or not, it gets even better. Fans of EW's Facebook page can also watch an exclusive video of stars Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring reenacting the “epic love” scene from the Season 2 finale of the show. One twist: they're playing each other's characters! It's hella cute.

Veronica Mars: The Movie will be in select theaters and video on demand beginning March 14.

For more on EW's Veronica Mars cover story, check out the PopWatch post “This Week's Cover: 'Veronica Mars' lives!” Plus, go to the EW Facebook page (you'll have to “Like” it for access to the special content) for the exclusive video and this pic that really shouldn't be as hot as it is omg...