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TV Boyfriends We (Love to) Hate

 As you may know by know, I have strong thoughts on fictional characters: fictional crushes, fictional deaths that crushed me, and favorite couples. While I’ve shared my love for Pacey and Mr. Darcy, I’ve yet to share the TV boyfriends I loathe, but also have at some point liked.TV Boyfriends We (Love to) Hate- The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

TV Boyfriends We (Love to) Hate

Logan Huntzberger, Gilmore Girls

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To be fair, I actually liked Logan on the show and the damn reunion ruined him for me. So Logan turns up engaged and still hooking up with Rory. I mean yes, he treated Rory well and I loved that outing with the Life and Death Brigade, but at the end of the day, no one likes a cheater. C’mon man! Also, Logan seriously gives me Mr. Big vibes. (P.S. Keep scrolling)


Lucious Lyon, Empire

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Lucious has put Cookie through everything…including jail time. He is a terrible father. He loves them certainly, but good goodness. I’m still not over him putting Jamal in a trash can for wearing heels. As much as I kind of want Cookie and Lucious together, I know he’s bad news bears and will only do something else unforgivable. His problem is that he carries his hate, greed, and desire for power like a badge of honor. Over the course of the show, he has moments where he seems to temporarily let that go, but he picks it up again. Hopefully, the new Lucious fresh from a coma will be different. 


Fitzgerald Grant III, Scandal

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Say what you want. I am tired of Olitz and this isn’t because I am and will always be #TeamJake aka Pillow Lips. I was the happiest when Papa Pope read him to filth and I was most upset when she ran out to the White House Lawn to kiss him. That Olitz music kills me.

Fitz is domineering, arrogant, and child-like. Let’s talk about how they got together. Fitz seduced Olivia during the campaign despite her trying to be professional. That’s called sexual harassment people. As an employer you should not do that. Also, I guess I missed the obvious, he cheated on Mellie (and other women) to be with her. Thankfully, the upcoming seventh season is the final and I wouldn’t be upset if the chopper Fitz is on blows up on the way to Vermont.

Mr. Big – Sex and the City

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I can hear some of the complaints now, but I don’t care. I was never and will never be a fan of Mr. Big. Before I even mention that time he was a runaway groom, let’s talk about how utterly disappointed I am in him as a match for Carrie. As if it isn’t very obvious- I am very much still #TeamAiden. I’ll take him, Pete, and his lovely handcrafted furniture any day.

Mr. Big cheated on Natasha with Carrie. And we all know the saying: Once a cheater, always a cheater. There were definitely commitment issues on both sides, but Mr. Big was the worst. He basically only wanted Carrie when he couldn’t  have her. The minute she would move on, he would suddenly come back into the picture. I’d like to also casually mention he had not one, but two failed marriages. Bruh, it might be you.

One of the biggest pro-Big arguments I hear is that Aiden didn’t give Carrie butterflies. Well and this is more than just a comment about fictional relationships:

Did you ever stop to think those “butterflies” you’re feeling is just anxiety generated by an unreliable guy?

The other pro-Big sentiment: but he changed in the end. That’s all that matters. Let’s be real, he didn’t change which is why we have two SATC movies where their relationship is rocky and not some storybook ending.

Who are some of the TV boyfriends you love to hate or just hate? Leave a comment below!

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The Bachelorette: Let It Be Your Guilty Pleasure

The Bachelorette: Let It Be Your Guilty Pleasure - palmsinatl.comOk ya’ll. We have to talk about this season of The Bachelorette. Now I’m a pretty inconsistent watcher of The Bachelor/ The Bachelorette franchise. I basically decide if I’m going to watch based on who is cast as the lead. I mean sometimes they just choose big douche bags/ f*ckboys — I’m looking at you Juan Pablo! Or the bachelorette is just uninteresting. However, this season is probably the one I’ve been the most excited for and not only because the lead, Rachel Lindsay, is the

first black Bachelorette!

Although, this is important.  The Bachelor began in 2002 and The Bachelorette a year later. Neither show has had a black lead, although one Hispanic man has been the bachelor. Y’all it took 33 seasons –  33 damn seasons!! Interestingly enough, Rachel’s also the oldest (not old though) – she’s only 32. So why is Rachel’s race important?

Black women are often overly sexualized, but not seen as objects of affection or marriage material. There are studies that show black women on online dating sites have the lowest message response rate from men of all races, while being the most likely to reply to men.  To see the beautiful, intelligent, funny, black bachelorette be courted by men of all races vying to be her husband, is such a beautiful reminder for women that look like me that we are desirable and deserve the love we seek.

More about Rachel:

  • Rachel is a lawyer from Dallas.
  • She’s got an adorable dog named Copper… like Copper and Tod from  The Fox and the Hound. 

We’re only two episodes in and while I think you would be thoroughly entertained binge-watching these four hours of greatness, here’s a quick catch-up.  If you plan on watching and don’t want any spoilers here is where you need to stop reading.

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Rom-Com Fake Out: The Time Netflix Tricked Me

Rom-Com Fake Out: The Time Netflix Tricked Me - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comAll I wanted was a recommendation for a good rom-com and Netflix let me all the way down. Netflix actually tricked me. I thought no one understood me better than Netflix, but this relationship was a lie. So, if you’ll indulge me: I have a quick story.

Rom-Com Fake Out: The Time Netflix Tricked Me

Let me set the scene for you: It’s a Saturday night and no part of my body or soul wants to go out and drink or socialize with other humans. I had all the conversation I needed chatting with my four-legged bestie, Sgt. Pepper. I’d read a few chapters of a book and decided to Netflix it for the rest of the night. I had wine and about a half a pan of salted caramel brownies at my disposal and all I needed was a rom-com to pair with it.

As I scroll through my options, I realized I’ve watched everything hundreds of times. I know all the dialogue for Two Weeks Notice, so I have to skip that one. Leap Year. I just watched that…next. Bridget Jones’ Diary: meh…Renee isn’t going to do it for me. Next.  Hope Floats..Ok, Netflix I get it. You know I love Sandra Bullock. Step Up. Well, I just watched She’s The Man (the best Channing Tatum movie). So, I decide to skip that movie as well. As I continue to scroll I see a title I don’t recognize: Copenhagen and decide to give it a chance.

How Netflix Played Me

Now, here’s where everything starts to go left. The movie has 3.5 stars which is good enough for me, so I don’t really read the description. Big mistake. Huge!

The movie is about this 28 year old guy (this is important) named William. Moving forward, he will be referenced as homeboy. Homeboy is traveling to Denmark to find his grandfather. However, his only clue is an old letter he finds among the items of his deceased father who abandoned him. Homeboy doesn’t speak Danish and as a result needs help. He ends up meeting a nice girl who decides to help him with his quest. Homeboy clearly has issues with women. However, you see their chemistry and how she’s clearly quite different from all of the other women he’s encountered and is slowly changing him. It’s pretty cute. Here’s where it goes super sideways. Homegirl is 14. 1-4. As in illegal AF.

I’m now distraught and obviously felt the need to go back and read the description. Because how in the hammerhead halibut is this categorized as romance?  I thought this was called pedophilia. Netflix tricked me!!

Actual Description: An immature womanizer in search of Dad. It’s about time someone helped him grow up. Even if it’s a girl half his age. 

Thanks, Netflix! Now, that I’ve been flagged for watching this. My government job is now in jeopardy, but I felt like I might as well finish it since my name will forever be on a list. I might as well see how it ends. I think that there must be a twist. Surely, this 28 year old man knows better than to hang out with this, albeit mature,14 year old girl.

Here’s actual footage of me watching the rest of the movie:

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Me: Homeboy don’t you dare tell her you love her. She’s slamming shots. No, no, no. Cigarettes? Don’t you dare kiss her. Leave your top on, ma’m!!

Suffice it to say, I was and still am very disappointed in Netflix for that rom-com fake out.

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Tune In: Fall TV Preview

Tune In: Fall TV Preview - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comMy intention was to write a fabulous fall TV and movie preview for you. However, all of the networks have excellent lineups for the fall. So I’ll have to stick to a fall TV preview this time and return with some thoughts on the highly anticipated movies for the fall and winter. I basically turn into a hermit in the fall. I looked at my original list which was three times as long as what’s below and realized I should probably attempt to go outside for reasons other than work. All of the shows below are ones that I currently watch or plan to check out if they’re new. Prepare your DVR accordingly!!

*All times below are Eastern Standard. Also, Scandal won’t be back until 2017 – le sigh.

Fall TV Preview: PREMIERING this Fall

Atlanta – 10 p.m. Sept. 6 (FX)

You may know him as a rapper or you may remember him from Community, but Donald Glover is creating and staring in this new show. On The Tonight Show he called it Twin Peaks, but for rappers. So expect weird odd characters.  Glover plays Earn, an aspiring rap manager for his cousin Paper Boi. Watch the trailer here.

Pitch –  9 p.m. Sept. 28 (FOX)Tune In - 2016 Fall TV Preview - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

Here’s a show to keep your eye on. Pitch will follow the debut of a female star in the MLB. You throw like a girl will take on a completely new meaning. Watch the trailer here. I’m not sure this one is going to last more than one season, but I think it’s something that needs to grace our screens and I hope to see it become a true story in my lifetime.

Divorce – 10 p.m, Oct. 9 (HBO)

It’s been 12 years since Sarah Jessica Parker graced the TV screen as Carrie Bradshaw. Now Queen SJP is returning to HBO with Divorce. The show follows Frances (Parker) and Robert, a long-married couple with two kids who decide to get a divorce after a particularly trying time. We’ll watch the couple as they go through the various phases of ending a marriage, from counseling to mediation and beyond. Can I relate to this? No, but I love SJP and I know she’s going to bring it!

Insecure – 10:30 p.m, Oct. 9 (HBO)

So if you’re going to check out Divorce you should just keep it on HBO for Insecure. You may know star and creator Issa Rae from her hit webseries: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and her book. When Insecure premieres, Issa Rae will be only the third black woman to create and star in her own TV comedy, following in the footsteps of Wanda Sykes and Sherri Shepherd. Okay, queen!! HBO originally ordered this series back in 2013, so I’m hoping that it lives up to the expectations. 

Fall TV Preview: Most Anticipated

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix)
Premieres Fri., Nov. 25

May 15, 2007 was the airdate of the last episode of Gilmore Girls.  However, it did not end the way its original creator, Goddess and Genius Amy Sherman-Palladino wanted. Over the years Sherman-Palladino has teased that she knew what the final four words of the show would have been. She’s also told us she never watched the final season. I don’t blame you, girl!! Praise Netflix for making this four part series happen.  As you may know, Luke and Lorelai are one of my favorite TV couples, but they didn’t get the ending they deserved. I’m excited to see what Rory and Lorelai have been up to and for some real closure. And, of course, I want to know what those final four words were. I’d like to say that I’m officially Team Tristan for Rory or a new guy. Actually, I’d prefer her to be happily single than see her with Dean or Jess. I’m still undecided on Logan because there’s a place in my heart for dear Mr. Huntzberger. Where you lead, I will follow.

Younger – 10 p.m., Sept. 28 (TVLand)

This will be the third season premiere for Younger, but I feel like it’s still a bit of a sleeper. If you watch this show stop what you’re doing now and tweet me because you are a cool person and we should be friends. This show (produced by Darren Star of Sex and the City) follows Liza, a recently divorced 40-year old mother who tries to rejoin the workforce, but cannot get hired. With the help of a friend and an updated wardrobe, she passes as a 26-year old and lands a job as an assistant at a publishing firm. She also meets the very fionnne Josh played by Nico Tortorella (stalk his IG- you won’t regret it), a tattoo artist, that thinks that they are the same age and they start dating. My only problems with this show are that the episodes are too short and there are only 12 in a season. Go binge watch the 24 episodes and watch with me this season!!

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The Walking Dead – 9 p.m., Oct. 23 (AMC)

This summer I’ve had so many arguments conversations with strangers about who meets their fate via Negan and Lucille. Remember, if it’s Daryl we riot!! I’ve watched the trailer so many times and read every clickbait article that claims they know who dies. They don’t know. I just need this question answered so I can throw things and then start a long, grieving process. Unless, it’s Aaron (then I won’t care as much).

Fall TV Preview: Oldies but Goodies

Grey’s Anatomy – 8 p.m., Sept. 22 (ABC)

Every year without fail I hear: “Oh my God is that still on?” The inevitable follow-up question is “Why do you still watch it?” Well let me tell you why. Meredith is my person. Alex is my person. Bailey and the Chief they are my people. And until Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital formally Seattle Grace-Mercy West blows up (Don’t you dare do it, Shonda) I’ll be with them.

Some other returning shows:

  • Dancing With the Stars –  8 p.m., Sept. 12 (ABC)
  • The Voice – 8 p.m., Sept. 19  (NBC)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  – 10 p.m., Sept 20 (ABC)
  • Empire – 9 p.m., Sept. 21 (FOX)
  • Blackish – 9:30 p.m., Sept. 21 (ABC)
  • How to Get Away With Murder– 10 p.m., Sept. 22 (ABC)
  • Once Upon a Time – 8 p.m., Sept. 25 (ABC)
  • Quantico  – 10 p.m., Sept. 25 (ABC)
  • Shameless – 9 p.m.,Oct. 2 (Showtime)
  • The Mindy Project  – Oct. 4 (Hulu)
  • Jane the Virgin – 9 p.m., Oct. 17 – (The CW)

Fall TV Preview: Hot Mess

If you’re looking for some trainwreck shows, might I suggest:

  • 90 Day Fiancé – 9 p.m., Sept. 11 (TLC)
  • Rob & Chyna – 9 p.m., Sept. 11 (E!)

Not that I need anymore shows to watch, but share which fall TV shows you’re most excited about in the comments below.

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TV Guilty Pleasures: Binge Watch This

Hi. My name is Donni and I like to binge watch shows on Netflix and my DVR currently only has about 30% recording space left. TV is my guilty pleasure. I judge the costuming, music and writing. In my head, I’m the late great Roger Ebert. If I could get a job reviewing TV shows (and attending music festivals) I’d be the happiest person in the world. Besides the usual suspects that I’ve blogged about previously – Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Empire and Orange is the New Black – I’ve got a ridiculous list of shows that I currently watch or plan to binge watch on Netflix. You know how there’s always that one friend or coworker that’s like: have you seen [insert show here]. A typical response is to smile and nod, perhaps say no and keep it moving. I actually go and research the show and see if it’s worthy to add to my list.

Y’all I promise that there isn’t a Donni imprint on my couch. I get out to walk my dog and I leave my apartment fairly often. Admittedly, the cold weather has caused me to turn down a lot of invitations to go out. When it warms up in Atlanta and officially becomes eat-on-the-patio weather, I will not be stopped. However, my love for TV will go on. If you’re looking for some new shows to check out or need a new show to binge watch this weekend – I’ve got a list for you. P.S. Stick around until the end of the post for a giveaway announcement 🙂

Binge Watch This

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) –   Season 2 Returns April 15

This Tina Fey-produced sitcom is hilarious. I’d been eyeing it on Netflix for a while and finally hit play and am so glad I did. Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) is a woman who was held captive for years in an underground bunker by a crazy priest (Oh, hey Jon Hamm). The first season follows her as she attempts to start her life anew in New York City.  Playing Titus Andromeda, Tituss Burgess steals the show.  His character, Kimmy’s roommate, is a struggling performer whose dream is to land a role on Broadway. He even put on his own low-budget performance of The Lion King. The entire cast is great, but I found myself laugh-crying to many of his lines.

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P.S. The theme song will definitely get stuck in your head.

  • Quantico (ABC) – Currently airing season 1

Quantico follows Alex (Priyanka Chopra) and her fellow FBI trainees as they try figure out whether she or one of her classmates engineered the biggest terrorist attack in the US since September 11th. Each episode flashes forward and backwards as we learn about the characters and get more information on the attack. If you’re going to watch this show you’re going to have to overlook the fact that everyone is entirely too beautiful. On an unrelated note: I have a serious girl crush on Priyanka Chopra – who has been a major force in Bollywood for years. She’s gorgeous and she beat Jimmy Fallon in a wing eating contest. Hello #WCW.

  • Once Upon A Time (ABC) – Currently airing season 5

Once Upon A Time brings the the heroes and villains from fairy tales to life. There’s romance, a lot of drama, a lot of humor and again your favorite Disney characters are brought to life. It’s so interesting to see how the characters are in this setting compared to how Disney, likely, first introduced them to you. How can you really be mad at a show that has a really hot Pinocchio, Snow White is sort of a bad ass, and you get to take trips to the Enchanted Forest? I dare you to binge on seasons 1 – 4 on Netflix.

  • Love (Netflix) – Season 1 streaming

In this Judd Apatow creation, “nice guy” Gus (Paul Rust) get his heart broken and the show follows him in the  aftermath of the breakup. Gus meets the very complicated Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and relationship mayhem ensues. Love definitely feels like a Apatow production, think Forgetting Sarah Marshall with a sprinkle of Knocked Up. 

  • You’re the Worst (FXX) – Binge watch the first 2 seasons

If Judd Apatow isn’t your cup of tea, I’ve got a similar option for you – You’re the Worst. My friend literally forced me to watch this (Oh, hey Toni!) and I’m glad she did. The main characters – music publicist Gretchen Cutler (Aya Cash) and egotistical author Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere)— are quite simply awful people who we watch fall in love. It’s basically a super unconventional rom-com with some hilarious secondary characters that will keep you entertained.

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC)Currently Airing Season 3

I’m a bit of a nerd. I have a running list of all of the upcoming comic book movies that are in the pipeline. This show is like the perfect place holder in-between Marvel movies. (Side note- We’re less than two months away from the new Captain America movie.) Also, no list of TV show recommendations would be complete without at least one Joss Whedon production (Buffy, Firefly, etc.). If you like or even are slightly interested in any of the movies in the Marvel Universe (Thor, Iron-Man, Avengers, etc..) you’ll probably dig this show.

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  • Nashville (ABC) –  Season 4 Returns March 16

Lennon and Maisy are reason enough to watch Nashville. These girls can saaaaannng. Nashville is basically a soap opera with a country backdrop. The series follows Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) Nashville’s original queen of country as she tries to stay relevant in the ever-changing music landscape and deals with family drama like no other. Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) is the younger (troubled) country singer that’s trying to claim a place at the top of Nashville and Hollywood. Throw in the added drama of closeted country singers, newcomers trying to break into the biz and the coolest cameos and you have a wine and popcorn bingeworthy affair.

  • The Mindy Project (Hulu) –  Returns April 12

When Fox cancelled The Mindy Project, I took it personally. I love Mindy Kaling and her brand of humor. Do I sometimes question the choices her character- Mindy Lahiri – makes, yes. However, the pop culture obsessed OB/GYN and her coworkers give me life. Nurse Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) is also probably one of the funniest characters on TV.

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“Number two sexiest female organ: the butt. Number one sexiest female organ: the brain. The ba-donk-a-donk and the ba-think-a-think.” – Morgan Tookers

Can Morgan just be a real person so that we can be friends?

Old Faithfuls

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Seven seasons of Buffy Summers!! Take it slow folks and revel in the genius of Joss Whedon and one of the best love triangles of all time (Team Spike 4eva!).
  • One Tree Hill – Please refer to the Nathan & Haley portion of the favorite TV Couples post.
  • Parenthood – I highly recommend that you spend 103 episodes with the Bravermans and make sure you have plenty of tissues on-hand. The cast and story lines are phenomenal. I even love the opening credits: May God bless and keep you always.

I could probably and will likely write a part two for this as I’m already thinking of some faves I didn’t list. Anyways read more for the giveaway details.

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