The New Girl is a comedy series that features Jessica “Jess” Day. Jess is an overly-cute and quirky elementary school teacher in Los Angeles. After catching her boyfriend in the act of cheating, she promptly sets out to find a new living situation. She finds an ad on Craigslist in an apartment inhabited with three young men Nick, Schmidt, and Coach. The main part of the series is about the adjustment that these three guys have to go through with their adorable new roommate. A slew of hilarious situations ensue as they all get to know each other and inhabit the same space. Zooey Deschanel, Jess, has been nominated for multiple awards for the premier season. She has been on the ballot for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
The Vampire Diaries is a show based on the young adult book series of the same name. It is a supernatural drama that takes place in a fictional town in Virginia where humans and vampires live together. Elena Gilbert is a local teenage girl who falls in love with Stefan Salvatore, a vampire. All seems well and good until Stefan’s devilish older brother Damon returns to town to seek revenge on his brother. The two brothers and Elena are trapped in a love triangle. Part of the reason that the two are so keen on Elena is that she closely resembles a long dead ancestor of hers, with who both boys were once in love with. Because of the town’s long history with the supernatural there is also a lot of drama created within the town between humans and vampires.
Body of Proof is a medical drama that follows the story of Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delaney). Megan Hunt is a former neurosurgeon who went through a tragic car crash and then accidentally killed a patient on the operating table. After that incident she resigned from her job, and she is making a fresh start helping to solve criminal cases on a medical level. It also follows the side plot of her trying to re-connect with her estranged daughter. She works with Detective Tommy Sullivan, a cop who used to have a relationship with Megan and is trying to re-kindle an old flame. She is supported by a team of forensic experts and lorded over by Dr. Kate Murphy, the Chief Medical Examiner.
Rules of Engagement is an American sitcom that follows the story of five friends, and their adventures in dating and marriage. All of the characters are in different stages of relationships. Jeff and Audrey Bingham have been married for a while. Jeff is the typical sports-enthusiast male, and Audrey is incredibly feminine editor at an interior design magazine. Adam and Jennifer are recently engaged and live together. Adam hangs on the words of neighbor, Jeff, for relationship advice. Jennifer, however, is usually keen to Adam’s ploys towards her and manages to maneuver around them. Russell is their womanizing single friend, who shows no sign of slowing down the “lady train”. He fits into the group seeing that he manages the company that Adam works for, a job handed to him by his father.
So You Think You Can Dance is an American reality program that is an intense dance competition. Open auditions are held so dancers from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to try out. After a multi-step judging process a final round of dancers are chosen to perform for the American public, and be voted for based on their acts. Each week a different style of dance is highlighted, and no matter what the original background of the dancer they must adapt to it. The judges from the selection round stay on board as advisors, but have no actual say in who gets eliminated. The prize that everyone is playing for is the title of America’s Favorite Dancer and $250,000.
Castle is a crime comedy-drama series. Richard Castle, a bestselling novelist, specializing in mysteries teams up with NYPD detective Kate Beckett to solve crimes in New York City. Castle is brought into the force to help solve a copy-cat murder that is similar to something in one of his novels. At first, Kate is incredibly unhappy with the situation. She feels that it is nonsensical to be working with a writer to figure out crimes, as opposed to another detective. Ultimately, romantic tension develops between the two as time goes on and they work together on case after case. There is also a sub-plot that involves the two working together to solve the murder of Detective Beckett’s mother.
A Gifted Man is a drama about Michael Holt, a conceited, handsome surgeon living in New York City. He is talented, but lives in his own self-absorbed world, obsessed with filling his life with material things. Despite all that he has going for him, he does not treat people as they should be treated. His life begins to change when he is visited by the spirit of his recently deceased ex-wife. She asks him to give up his lucrative job at the surgical clinic to run the free clinic to which she was completely dedicated. Her ghost is convincing enough because he follows through with the request and begins taking care of patients who truly need the help that a surgeon of his caliber can give.
Once Upon a Time is a fantasy drama that centers on the town of Storybook. Storybook, on the outside, seems like an average American small town. However, it is actually filled with characters from famous fairy tales who are currently under a curse cast by the evil queen, aka the mayor, and are not aware that they are who they are. Enter Emma Swan, a gun for hire type, who does not know that she is indeed connected to Storybook. She is from the same fantasy world where everyone else originates, but she managed to escape the curse as a baby. The son that she gave up contacts her, and she follows him to Storybook. Henry is the only person besides the queen who knows the truth about Storybook. It is up to the two of them to break the curse.
2 Broke Girls is a sitcom about two roommates, Max and Caroline living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their ultimate goal is to open a cupcake shop; however they are not currently financially secure enough to do so. To do so they are working as thankless waitresses together in their neighborhood. Max comes from a working class background, and Caroline comes from wealthier stock. The show chronicles the clashes of the different backgrounds in a humorous light. They are supported by a cast of zany co-workers from the restaurant. The end of every episode tallies how much money has been made during this episode to contribute to their dream of a bakery. The show has had quite a following, as it had been renewed by its network despite some resistance of acceptance from critics.
“Those who are unaware of history are destined to repeat it.” – George Santayana
Many people really enjoy looking into the past and seeing how humans acted, and reacted to certain situations. While reading about history is the prime source of getting the information many people wanted to see it live, and that is what helped launch The History Channel (now called just History) on January 1, 1995.
Programming for the History Channel covers a wide range of periods and topics. The subjects are vast and include: military history, medieval history, biographies, UFO, aliens, religious, apocalypse scenarios, and more. Many topics are organized into themes and there will be a marathon of that theme run over the course of a week or so. The historians really dive deep to make sure their shows are accurate and show as many artifacts and recreations so people will get the exact idea of how something might have happened from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, How Earth War Formed, and much more.
There has been a recent shift in programing that has added more reality shows such as Pawn Stars that has some longtime fans upset, but History has had a major ratings increase so do not expect to see such content leaving anytime soon.