Young & Hungry is a comedy about a man and a woman who should be together, but just can’t seem to make it happen. On the first episode, Josh (Jonathan Sadowski) hired Gabi (Emily Osment) to be his personal Chef. The first night she cooked for him, they had a little too much to drink and slept together. Only problem, he’s engaged. The two of them decided to keep their relationship strictly a professional one.
As the season went on, Gabi and Josh started to grow feelings for each other, but he was getting married. She wound meeting a new guy and Josh set the date for his nuptials. Then as his big day approached, he realized he was with the wrong woman, but it was too late because Gabi left on plane with that other man.
She finally returned to San Fransisco, but she was still with that other guy who was half way around the world. Eventually, she realized she still liked Josh. But it wasn’t enough, so they continued to date other people…a lot of other people.
Then when last season ended, she was dating a new guy, Josh’s brother. But a grand gesture on Josh’s part made her re-evaluate how she felt about him. So when he showed up where she was at, she knew what she had to do. And that gets you caught up to tonight’s episode on Freeform at 8p.
Does Emily Osment want Josh and Gabi to get together and make it work? She recently told me when I visited the set, “I don’t want them to get together because I feel like it is that Rachel and Ross old tale of once they are together, the audience is satisfied and then what? Then you are just in a happy relationship and that is not good TV.” Then she added, “I think the writers are doing a very smart of job of planning when they get together, planning how long they are going to be together, what is going to tear them apart and who is going to be next. With Gabi there is always somebody, which I find very hilarious.”
Another thing she is enjoying, is the changes to the show since ABC Family became Freeform a few weeks ago. She revealed how it has changed the show, “We are pushing the limit now that we are on Freeform. The things we are able to do, the bracket has widened a little bit and we are taking that to our full advantage.” What does that mean? She said, “Well there’s a little more nudity. It’s a little more suggestive. It’s played more real.” Explaining, “If you think about it, anybody who’s dating in their 20’s and 30’s, come across a lot of topics that are sex related. I think we are kind of exploring that a little bit more. Which is funny because obviously we are a comedy and we are not going to play anything to real but the jokes that we make involving sex are pretty hysterical.”
If you thought Young & Hungry was pretty hysterical beforehand, it is even going to be even more hysterical this season. I don’t know how they are going to make this hysterical show even more hysterical, but I know that they will. That is enough of a reason to tune in.
Young & Hungry is back tonight at 8p on the same network but with a different name, ABC Family is now Freeform. I recently sat with the show’s star Jonathan Sadowski, who plays the multi-millionaire businessman Josh Kaminski, and he told me how that name change is going to affect his deliciously sweet sitcom. He said, “The show has been a little edgy for ABC Family, but we are definitely pushing the envelope this season. There are some scenes that are jaw dropping scenes.”
When I asked him if he could give me a hint, he said, “Scantily clad people!” Can we expect those scantily people to be Gabi (Emily Osment) and him finally together? He responded with, “You can expect that, whether it is going to happen or not, you are just going to have to tune in to see on season 3.” So what it is going on between the boss and his chef’s, on again, off again, in love with someone else, in love with another person and in love with that other person, relationship? He revealed, “I think it is evidently clear that we’ve expressed our feelings for each other over and over, just a series of near misses. I think if and when it happens, the writers know what they are doing.”
Sadowski loves the character that the writers created for him. He told me, “I mean who doesn’t like to get to play a multi-millionaire who is a big kid that loves toys gadgets.” Then he added, “I definitely share a lot of traits with Josh. We are big kids at heart, both kind of geeky. We are loyal to a fault, always protecting our friends and family. He’s a great character to play, I love it.” Why does he love it so much? He gleefully explained why, “I love playing Josh because he is a guy that people root for. Like I said he is loyal to a fault. He is honest. He is genuinely a great guy. Don’t get me it is wrong, it fun to play a villain too. This is a guy you want to be friends with. This is a guy you want to win. This is the guy you want to see wind up with the girl.”
Will he wind up with the girl? We will just have to keep tuning in every Wednesday at 8p to see if he gets Gabi. And if he doesn’t get her, then who will he get? He is definitely a catch for all the reasons that he listed and so many more.
Tonight at 9p, get ready for your latest TV addiction, Recovery Road on Freeform.
Maddie (Jessica Sula) seems to be your normal teenager, but she has a problem. She drinks a lot and has been doing drugs. One night, she wakes up on a strange lawn and she has no idea where her car is. You would think that she realized she hit rock bottom, but she doesn’t. It is not until her guidance counselor (Alexis Carra) confronts her mother (Sharon Leal) and her, and tells Maddie that she either has to get treatment or she will get expelled. With those options she decides to go to a sober living facility for 90 days.
When she is there she meets the other residents who are there for different reasons and are at different stages of their recovery. Some of them are repeat offenders and others are there for the first time. Each one of them, like Maddie, doesn’t think belonged there but now they know they do belong where they are at. Will Maddie accept that she has a problem before it is too late?
Those residents are her roommate (Kyla Pratt), who did so much meth she lost her daughter. Trish only wants her baby girl back, and she thinks if she does a reality show it will help. Wes (Sebastian De Souza) is the good looking bad boy, and he has taken a vow not to date anyone until he is sober for a year. Vern (Daniel Franzese) had a problem with cocaine and since he has gotten off of it, he has put on weight. Then there is Rebecca (Lindsay Pearce), Maddie’s former best friend and the girls don’t want anything to do with each other. Those are other residents and Craig (David Witts) is the one trying to keep them all sober which is easier said than done.
Recovery Road is an honest look at surviving addiction which is a lot harder than anyone thinks.
Over the weekend, Will Forte debuted his new look which was shaving all the hair off of the right side of your face and head. Well now, less than a week later, Keegan Allen showed off his new look which is a little like The Last Man on Earth’s. When did shaving only half your face become a thing? Let’s stop the trend now! Who’s with me?
Lucy Hale was on Live with Kelly and Michael this morning and they asked her about being a fan of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. She told them she will try eating anything once, so they decided to test out that theory. They gave her four options, chocolate covered larvae, ox tongue, grasshopper tacos and cold jellyfish, and she chose to eat the two dishes with bugs. Was the Pretty Little Liar grossed out by them? Not at all, until she felt like the grasshopper’s legs were stuck in her teeth. That would give me the willies.
You can watch a new episode of Pretty Little Liars on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) tonight at 8p.
Pretty Little Liars is jumping 5 years ahead for the second part of the 6th season on ABC Family/Freeform next month and now it looks like next season will be the last.
The show’s creator Malene King told Variety, “I think that this story when we’re back will end next year at the at end of Season 7.” Then when the trade asked her if that means the show will end in its 7th season, she told them “Correct.”
Fans of the show will be upset, but I am sure they are going out with a big bang that A will approve of.
Plus, these actresses have all become stars in their own right and it is time for them to move on to new projects. Not that this one isn’t good for them, it is just time.
UPDATE: Marlene King took to Twitter to deny that she said next season will be the last season of Pretty Little Liars. She said, “What I said was ‘This Uber A story that starts on January 12 will end when season 7 ends.’ I did not say PLL will end. Just sayin 4 real.”
Does it mean that show won’t be ending when the storyline ends? Only time will tell.
We have seen Monica the Medium help connect people to their deceased mothers, and tonight at 8p on ABC Family we are going to meet her mother.
Her mother is religious and talking to dead is frowned upon in Catholicism. Since her mom has found out about her daughter’s gift, she is learning to accept it. But how did she find out that Monica is a Medium? She told me her mom found out in the worst way. She explained, “She overheard me on telephone call, talking to one of my friends and telling them about my experiences.” Monica felt horrible because that is not how she wanted her mom to find out.
When her Catholic mom learned about her daughter’s gift, she was worried for her child. She is afraid that a bad spirit might disguise themselves as angels. Her mom just wanted to make sure that the spirits her daughter is talking to come from a good place and not a bad one. Her mother has witnessed the positivity that her daughter has brought on to others with her gift.
So in the years since her mother found out, she has come a long way. Tonight at 8p, you will see just as far.
While this is not the normal thing that mothers and daughters find themselves coming to terms with, all mothers and daughters can relate to trying to get the other one to see where they are coming from. That is what makes Monica the Medium so special, it is so relatable but with a twist.
Tonight at 8p on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth, it is time for Toby (Lucas Grabeel) and Lily (Rachel Shenton) to make a decision on whether or not to abort their baby with Down Syndrome.
Toby is 21 and he is barely making enough to pay his rent as he works as a DJ. Lily, his neighbor with benefits is pregnant with their child and it has tested positive for Down Syndrome. She is a teacher and is also barely making ends meet. The reason why she got the test is that her brother has it, so she knows what it will be like to raise a child with it. Now the two of them have to decide what to do.
On tonight’s episode, Toby tells his parents about the baby. His dad (DW Moffett) freaks out and tells him to have an abortion. His mom (Lea Thompson) on the other hand is supportive. Bay (Vanessa Marano), his sister thinks he should also terminate the pregnancy, but he should do his research before he makes a decision he can’t reverse. Bay takes him to a school with children, who have Down Syndrome, and he gets to see kids like his future child for himself. After the visit, he makes his decision.
Now it is time for Lily and Toby to decide what to do. By the end of the episode, we will know what choice they make. There will be tears from them and from us during this well played out episode that explores both sides of the emotionally charged topic. I can’t praise them enough for how well done this episode is and I think everyone should watch it.
A few months ago, I started talking to a cousin I didn’t really know I have. She told me she teaches kids with Special Needs. Her classroom used to be filled with children with Down Syndrome, but as time has gone on there are less of them in her classroom. When I asked her why, she explained to me that because of genetic testing a lot of them are being aborted. When she told me that, it made me sad because I want to someday adopt a child with Down Syndrome. They are beautiful human beings that are full of love and joy. It saddens me that families are opting not to have them (I just need to say, I am pro-choice), but I can understand why they wouldn’t. Tonight’s episode shows both sides and why their decision is right for them and only them. A choice you want to see them make for themselves.
Last week, America fell in love with Monica the Medium and tonight at 8p on ABC Family Monica Ten-Kate continues to share her amazing gift with us. If you missed what that is, you can watch the series premiere above or I can tell you that 21 year old is a Medium and helps to connect loved ones with their lost ones.
Since she is 21, that means that she probably has known since she was a kid that she can talk to dead people. Believe it or not, she told me she didn’t realize that she has this special ability until she was in high school. Here she is going through the normal struggles of being a teenager, and then she starts hearing voices. What was she thinking? She said, “At the time I wasn’t even sure what it was and then I realized what it was. ” Then she added, “It was people’s deceased loved ones.”
Did she tell people as soon as she realized what it was? She explained, “I suppressed my gifts for a long time. Really, it’s the fear of saying, I might be talking to the dead and what people would think about that?”
When did she know she wasn’t going crazy? She answered that question by saying, “I think there is a difference between just hearing random voices and hearing voices and seeing things and feeling things when it pertains to a particular person you are with. Then when you repeat it and everything is connecting with them and they are crying.” She elaborated, “It’s not that I am crazy. There is a reason why this is coming through because it is there loved ones and they are supposed to hear a message and receive that healing.”
Then when she was in college, she came out of the closet and told people that she is a Medium. Before then, she was afraid what people would think. When she told most people about her gift, they told her it makes sense.
So she took their reactions and said, “I don’t care what people think or say, there’s a reason why I was given this gift and I want to start sharing it with more and more people.”
Now, just a few years later, she is sharing it with millions of people on the ABC Family Docuseries about her gift and the people she is sharing it with. You get to see her in action and people reacting to the marvelous way she gets to heal them by letting them get a message from a loved one that they never thought they would hear from again.
But Monica the Medium isn’t only about her being a Medium, it is about her searching for a man she can love and the people around her that she loves even when they are driving her a little crazy. That is what the living do after all!
So watch her tonight and every Tuesday at 8p on ABC Family as tries to deal with the living and the dead at the same time. Not an easy task, but she makes it enjoyable to watch.
Tim Draper really wants a million people to watch StartupU on ABC Family tonight at 10p, that he is willing to donate a million of his own dollars to charity if that happens. That’s right, all you have to do is watch the show from the comfort of your own bed and several charities will benefit from it.
What is StartupU? It is like being on Shark Tank, without just having the money thrown into your lap. Draper is the founder of Draper University and he offers courses to people who want to be Entrepreneurs. The seven-week program teaches the fundamentals of launching a startup company under the mentorship of America’s business leaders. Then when they are done, they pitch their ideas. So far 150 past students have seen $15 million invested into their ideas.
Tonight, you can watch as one class hopes that not only will they graduate with plans on how to make their good idea work, but also some funding to make that great idea a reality.
So do some good and learn a little bit tonight at 10p and watch StartupU on ABC Family. I know I will be watching.