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Romance With a Dose of Sweet Sugar and a Dash of Steamy Spice!

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Television Shows That Inspire My Writing

Happy June, friends! I hope your (early!) summer is off to an amazing start. Judging by my writing schedule, it's going to be a busy one for me. But I'll certainly try and get outside to enjoy the weather. 🌞

Whenever I'm working to meet a deadline, I like to take occasional breaks and watch my favorite television shows. There's a little bit of everything on my list. Comedy, drama, and of course, true crime. Keep reading to check out what's currently keeping me entertained and inspired!
At the top of my list is Abbott Elementary. I am in love with this show! The jokes, the comradery, the sarcasm and's all there. I come for the authentic representation of Philadelphia's public school system/huge hearts of the teachers, and stay for the slow burning romance between Janine and Gregory. My only complaint? There aren't enough episodes during each season! Tune in to ABC on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET to check out this gem. 💎
Another show that I absolutely adore is Grand Crew. It is laugh-out-loud funny, with uniquely written characters who are as quirky as they are intelligent. This group of fiercely loyal/brutally honest friends gathers regularly for wine and good times while hashing out their love lives, work woes, social issues, etc. Tune in to catch this fan fave on NBC every Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET.
You knew this one would be on my list. Who doesn't love Dateline? In my opinion, it's one of the best true crime shows on television, and trust me, I watch a lot of them. Keith Morrison and the rest of the crew are riveting as they take us down a rabbit hole of whodunit each week. Dateline sets the standard and will forever be a staple in my household. Tune in to catch it every Friday on NBC at 9 p.m. EST.
Here's a new favorite. Mean Girls Murders premiered on the ID Channel back in March, and the seven-episode first season did not disappoint. The show "explores the dark side of female connections and rivalry. Who are the queen bees and the wannabes -- and who thrives on jealousy and gossip?" There is a raw, authentic tone to this one that makes it stand out from the rest. I've learned about cases I'd never heard of and appreciate the unique way in which family members and friends of victims are brought on to discuss investigations from a personal standpoint. The show airs each week on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET.
How could you not love Sima Aunty from Mumbai?? This matchmaking guru has been in business for over 17 years and is responsible for uniting about 150 married couples. On Netflix's Indian Matchmaking, we get a glimpse into the life of both the matchmaker and her clients as she travels the world helping people find love. This show is both fascinating and entertaining as we root for these singles on their journeys to happily ever after. Side note: For those who've ever wondered about Sima Aunty's service fee, her prices range from anywhere between $1,330 to $8,000. 💰
Love, laughter and relatable drama are a few of the things that make Harlem one of my favorite shows. Led by the beautiful Meagan Good, she and her three besties spend their days sorting through relationship issues, career goals/setbacks, the ups and downs of family and so much more. If you haven't checked this one out, I highly recommend you do so as there's something for everyone. An added bonus? The way in which the show captures the beauty of Harlem itself. Catch it streaming on Amazon Prime Video!
If you do not enjoy being made to feel uncomfortable while watching tv, then you may want to pass on Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. I, however, find it hilarious the way this man gets into all types of trouble during each episode. Larry's hijinks are fresh and original, the cast is fantastic, and much of the dialogue has not been written in advance. It's generated by the actors, who simply go with the scene as it's being filmed. I think some of the best comedy comes from improv, which Curb Your Enthusiasm has proven to be true. The show airs on HBO, and not only will it be back for a 12th season later this year, but Sanaa Lathan will be making a guest appearance. Until then, you can catch past seasons streaming on MAX. 
I love a bad ass heroine who's flawed, complicated, intelligent and capable. Reasonable Doubt has all that and then some in its leading lady, Jax Stewart, played by Emayatzy Corinealdi. Jax is a fearless defense attorney living in Los Angeles who's struggling to figure things out as she co-parents with her estranged husband while working one of the biggest cases of her career (and dealing with past traumas). This drama brings a bit of everything, from love/dating and family dynamics to workplace situations and a twisted murder investigation. Season one is currently streaming on Hulu, and season two, which will star Morris Chestnut (YAY!) has already been greenlit. 🎉
A few honorable mentions are Yellowjackets on Showtime, 48 Hours on CBS, and Maya Rudolph's Loot on Apple TV+. If you've been looking for something new to watch, I hope this list helps! 


In case you missed it over on my social media platforms, I have been busy signing books for several organizations and giveaway recipients. 😊 I'm also prepping for two cover reveals. One is for Book 3 in my West Coast Crime Story series, 
HOMICIDE AT VINCENT VINEYARD (out 11/1), and the other is for my Harlequin Medical Romance, ER DOC'S LAS VEGAS REUNION (out 1/18/24). So stay tuned for those!

As always, thanks for stopping by. I'll see you next month, when we'll be celebrating Christmas in July! 🎄


  1. Great show recommendations!


    1. Thank you, Denise! I hope you found something new to watch. <3