Fashion Hunters

Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Armani, Marc Jacobs. Not exactly brands you find at your neighborhood thrift store. But these are exactly the kind of brands coveted by the team at Second Time Around, a posh consignment store in New York City that hardly features thrifty prices.

Bravo’s Fashion Hunters features four fashion gurus on a mission. To convince as many socialites, celebrities, high-powered executives and wealthy fashionistas to sell their clothes to Second Time Around. The price negotiations are usually rough. No one wants to hear they’ll only get $2,000 for a dress they originally paid $15,000 for. But that’s the way fashion works, and with today’s economy most people will take what they can get.

While I think the concept has potential, I’m not a huge fan. It’s hard to relate to the women’s die hard fashion obsession, and I’ve never even heard of a lot of the brands they live for. It’s also hard for me to be sympathetic to a woman donned in fur and diamonds for getting less than she expected for her Dolce and Gabanna trench coat. From pouting to hissy fits to screaming matches, none of it seems justified for a (used) piece of clothing.

It’s hard for me to not like any show on Bravo (pretty sure this is the only one on the entire network I’m on the fence about), but maybe it’s just not for poor college students like me. I’m lucky if I have $50 to shop at Forever 21, making it kind of hard to relate to these people’s “struggles” to get enough money for their fashion treasures. It would help a lot  if the personal lives of those working at the store were featured more, instead of just their work life.

Check out these tips about how to get this season’s fashion on a budget from Bravo’s own fashion hunters. Although I’m guessing we have a different version of “on a budget.”

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The Walking Dead: Cherokee Rose

I admit it. I love The Walking Dead (I might’ve even had a dream last night where zombies were chasing me through Atlanta). That being said, I’m getting so fed up with this season. The group has barely moved from the farm all season, and even Hershel is begging them to move on (I guess the writers don’t get the hint). Maybe it’s something to do with the new writers this season, but things are moving painfully slow. At this point I’m so sick of them searching for Sophia I’d rather them just find her dead.

In this week’s episode, the gang has to try to get a walker out of the well without blowing it’s brains out, which would contaminate the water even more. After almost the whole episode is spent trying to get the rope around his neck (with Glenn almost getting eaten in the process), the walker ends up breaking in half anyways on the way up and all of its insides pour into their water supply. Storylines like these aren’t bad, but they’re dragged out so much it leaves me craving some real action.

After this ordeal, Maggie and Glenn head to the pharmacy to pick up some more medicine. They end up having sex after an awkward exchange in the feminine hygiene aisle, adding a humorous level of sexual tension to the group that’s refreshing in light of the heavy love triangle between Rick, Shane and Lori. Glenn was there in the first place to pick up a secret pregnancy test for Lori, and it’s revealed at the end of the episode that she is in fact pregnant. Can’t wait to find out who the baby daddy is!

Check out a preview of tonight’s new episode. Let’s just hope it picks up a little, or else The Walking Dead might lose the huge number of fans it has worked so hard to get.

The New Girl

Who would’ve though an indie film/music starlet would want to be on a prime-time network sitcom? Zooey Deschanel definitely took a risk taking time away from film to work on The New Girl, but it’s definitely paying off. The show is awkward, unpredictable and hilarious.

As the highest-rated scripted show for FOX since The Bernie Mac Show in 2001, The New Girl will be around for while. After just two episodes FOX ordered a full season of 24 episodes, an ambitious show of confidence in the fledgling series (plus it’s way cheaper to produce than high-budget flops like the recently cancelled Charlie’s Angels remake).

While Zooey Deschanel is clearly what piqued people’s interest initially (her 2009 Cotton ad seems to play even more since the series started), the guys who play her roommates hold their own against her bumbling, quirky character. After her boyfriend cheats on her, Jess moves in with Nick the bartender, who’s also a mess from his recent breakup, Schmidt the arrogant ladies man and Winston the basketball player. They all serve as a goofy yet believable support system for Jess.

What makes the series unique is the dynamic between Jess and the guys. “I wanted a girl sort of walking into a different world – a guy world,” says Liz Meriwether, the series creator. “Guys help you in a different way than girls can. You get that tough love.”

Here’s a look into how Zooey picked the adorable theme song, which she sings herself.

American Horror Story

I’ve been dying to watch American Horror Story ever since I heard about it. TV shows in this genre are hard to come by, and a lot of them don’t have the network freedom FX gives (ahem Supernatural on The CW) to be truly creepy. Although the show isn’t exactly scary (to be fair it takes a lot to scare me, especially on the small screen), its mystical characters are eery and leave you guessing what’s real, what’s not and who’s actually dead.

The AV Club compares the show with Lost (http://www.avclub.com/articles/home-invasion,63341/), which I don’t completely agree with but I can see some of the similarities. Just as in Lost, the main character is the location and because of this stereotyped characters are featured instead of well-developed, dynamic characters.

In the first episode, the Harmon family moves across the country to start a new life after Vivien catches her husband cheating on her. Their daughter, Violet, is a troubled teenager who cuts herself and is tormented by the girls at school. She finds solace in one of her father’s psychiatry patients, who her father tries to report to the police after explaining his school killing fantasies. Different characters wonder in and out of the house, where the previous couple supposedly died in a murder suicide, and it’s hard to know if anyone is actually real. Featured is an ever-present maid who Vivien sees as a decrepit old woman while Ben sees her as a hot young woman decked out in lingerie.

At the end of the episode, Vivien reveals she is pregnant again (they previously suffered a very late-term miscarriage that tore them apart), and I have a feeling this baby is not quite human.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to stay with the show yet, but it does have potential.

Here’s a look into the special effects that make the show so creepy.

The Walking Dead: Season 1

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So I know I’m a little late on this one, but I just finished Season 1 of AMC’s The Walking Dead just in time for the Season 2 premiere tonight. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this show, and given my affinity for horror movies I knew I had to try it. How much did I like it? I finished the entire season in one day (okay I know it’s only 6 episodes but still).

In a TV world where almost every new show is cancelled immediately, it’s great to see one with so much substance that not only critics appreciate but large numbers of viewers watch as well. The Walking Dead is about the end of the world, where zombies take over and the few survivors are left fighting for their lives (a lot like the movie 28 Days Later). The show has a cinematic quality, and the acting is very compelling. I also love that it focuses so much on the drama and conflicts between the characters, instead of just focusing on killing off zombies.

My only complaint about the show is that it seems pretty sexist. While the men yield guns, shovels and all sorts of weapons, all the women do is scream and cry when a zombie appears. This makes sense for the first couple episodes but come on! The world is coming to an end. It seems like the ladies and even the children would try to do something instead of just depending on the big strong men to protect them.

The remaining female characters aren’t exactly powerful women either. Carol is a meak, sad character who is beaten by her husband until he turns into a zombie and Andrea is reduced to a depressed, rambling mess atfer her sister dies. I’m hoping that in Season 2 someone will show up who’ll give the men some competition in the hero department.

I also find it very bizarre that Director/Executive Producer Frank Darabont apparently fired all of the writers from the first season. With a show this popular, it kind of seems like a recipe for disaster. Guess we’ll find out soon!