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5 Questions With … Katherine McNamara Of “Shadowhunters”

Katherine McNamara is wowing fans of Cassandra Clare’s best-selling series The Mortal Instruments, in Freeform’s dark and action-packed new series, Shadowhunters. In the series, 18-year-old Clary Fray discovers that she comes from a long line of shadowhunters — human/angel hybrids who hunt demons. McNamara shares a lot of insight into her character and the shadow world in our interview, and one thing I wanted to ask the actress about is her character’s luscious locks. She shares, “[Executive producer & Director of the pilot ] McG and myself, and [Series creator/executive producer] Ed Decter, and all of the creatives on the […]

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5 Questions With Jessica Sula Of Freeform’s “Recovery Road”

Freeform bravely explores the world of teen addiction in its new drama, Recovery Road. In the series, 17-year-old Maddie is a highly functioning addict whose party-girl world comes to an end when she’s busted with booze at school. When she has to choose between rehab or expulsion, she begins a double life: normal teen by day and recovering addict in a sober living facility at night. Related: Recovery Road: A Gritty & Triumphant Look At Teen Addiction Jessica Sula is the actress taking on this challenging and beautiful role and I asked her our fun, and light “5 Questions,” which the joyful […]

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“Recovery Road”: A Gripping & Triumphant Look At Teen Addiction

Tonight, Freeform ventures into the real and really tragic world of teen addiction with its bright and hopeful Recovery Road. The drama chronicles the recovery process of Maddie, a high school party girl who chooses rehab over expulsion when she’s bound with booze at school. Now Maddie spends her nights at a sober-living facility with other recovering addicts, and attends high school by day while keeping her “secret life” from her friends. Related: Jessica Sula Answers Our “5 Questions” Jessica Sula stars as Maddie, and the charming young actress knows there’s a lot of pressure riding on her in this role. […]

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First Look: Freeform’s Shadowhunters

Freeform (formerly ABC Family) starts the new year with the premiere of a dark and complex fantasy drama based on The Mortal Instruments, the blockbuster young adult book series by Cassandra Clare. Shadowhunters, a sexy, action-packed fight between good and evil, follows the saga of 18-year-old Clary Fray as she discovers that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters — human/angel hybrids who hunt demons. This new discovery throws Clary into a dark and dangerous new world where she finds herself living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves. Katherine McNamara (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Fosters) stars as […]

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Recap: Monica the Medium Season Finale, “Stay or Go”

Tonight’s episode started with a notice that the episode would deal with the topic of suicide and included both a phone number and website for those considering suicide. Please, if you or someone you know has considered suicide, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or if you can’t remember that phone number in your moment of need, please call 9-1-1. On a hike (wow, State College is SO beautiful!) Monica confides in her sisters that she’s considering taking time away from college. They remind her that education is important. “If you left, you would never go back,” […]

Monica the Medium, Episode 9
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Recap: Monica the Medium, Episode 9 “Finals Week”

Sometimes I get so caught up and blown away by the lives that Monica touches, that I forget she’s a college student. It’s hard enough to attend classes and study and have a social life without a constant distraction like Spirit. This week Monica is elbow-deep in finals and is cramming for her last — and toughest — final. Dreaded Psychology. Oh Monica, your life would be much easier if you could get messages from Freud. Mitch is back in the picture; he’s contacted Monica for a date! Phew, because I was getting worried about the future of Mitchica. Monica […]

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Recap: Monica The Medium Episode 8 “Road Trip”

Tonight on Monica the Medium…Road trip!! It’s not a reality show if there’s not a road trip; it’s pretty much a TV rite of passage. The roomies are feeling stressed, so they’re heading to the lake for a long weekend of R&R. At the lake, Monica and roomies Ann, Julie and Krista are meeting up with a few others (boys!!!!). Krista challenges the roommates to have a tech-free weekend without social media (I love this idea, I’m totally stealing it 😜). The only way they can use their phones is to make calls and snap pictures. But when they say “No […]

Monica The Medium, Episode 7, “Missing Person”
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Recap: Monica The Medium, Episode 7, “Missing Person”

Tonight, on Monica the Medium, Episode 7 — Double dates, double psychics, three lives lost and one family’s desperate search for answers. Kristin has set up a double date with Monica and two guys named Clayton and Zack. They’ve chosen to do some very sporty things at batting cages. Monica is no Sporty Spice, but she and Krista see it an opportunity to buy Krista some new shoes. Monica is drawn to a poster in town about a missing woman and vows to help the desperate family. But she’s never done this before, so she calls her longtime mentor Maureen Hancock, […]

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ABC Family changing name to Freeform in January

It makes sense that ABC Family is changing its name to the more general name Freeform starting in January 2016, as the network has tended to veer away from what some may consider to be “family” programming for a while now (one of the only holdovers from the channel’s earliest incarnation as an arm of Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network is The 700 Club, which still airs in the wee hours on ABC Family). ABC Family president Tom Ascheim confirmed today that the rebrand builds on the channel’s existing strategy of “super serving ‘Becomers.’” I’m not sure if “Becomers” is a […]

Monica The Medium, Episode 6

Recap: Monica The Medium, Episode 6, “Bun in the Oven”

Tonight, Monica disrupts dinners and dreams about diapers, and I share a recent message that I got from beyond the grave. Monica’s Dad is coming! We met Mr. Ten-Kate via Skype in Episode 1, but now we get to see Papa in the flesh! Monica doesn’t get to see her dad very often, he’s been working as an Afghanistan-based contractor for several years, so this is a big treat for her. She hopes to show him that her dead-talking abilities are legit. (FYI-I’m obsessed with Monica’s olive moto jacket) She’s looking for acceptance from one of her parents. And, Monica […]