Daily Tea: Deep Breaths (Open Forum The Lite Version Now With Less Doom and Gloom)

This is how I feel right now.

This is how I feel right now.

I thought we could use a lighter Daily Tea this weekend.  I don’t have a whole lot to say, I have been up all night the past few nights watching live feeds of Big Brother or TV.  I thought I would give a quick rundown of some summer shows I am watching. Please remember not to spoil any TV shows in the comments

Shows I watch when I can’t really focus on watching.

Sometimes I just want something on in the background that if I miss a few minutes, I still know what is going on. At this minute  it is  Dating Naked. (VH1) It is just as ridiculous as it sounds. Sometime you need ridiculous. I am still watching The Challenge Rivals III (MTV) but I have no idea why. Sometimes I need shows to have on the DVR when I am recording two things and don’t have time to focus on either one.  Mistresses on ABC used to be in the category, but it’s been sucking lately and I it comes airs on Tuesdays when I am super busy.

The Haves and Have Nots

The Haves and Have Nots

Shows that I’m watching this summer on the weekends when I can pay attention

Naked and Afraid (Discovery)  New season starts tomorrow night at 10. It’s the XL version where they have teams of four at four different camps for 30? 40? days.  They are in South Africa.  Unreal (Lifetime) love this show! The Haves and Have Nots (OWN) It’s Tyler Perry so it’s kind of… well theatrical but I got hooked on it. Tyrant is back on FX, I have the first episode of the new season waiting for me to have the mental capacity to focus on it. If you like stuff set in the middle east, it’s really good and you should find a way to start with the very first episode and binge this.  I am really behind on Orphan Black (BBCAM) has gotten a bit to deep and detailed for me. I have to be in the right mood for that.

There is more, but I really need to get a post up today.

So we can chat more in comments. What are you watching this summer?



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110 responses to “Daily Tea: Deep Breaths (Open Forum The Lite Version Now With Less Doom and Gloom)

  1. Actually don’t tell me why but I love naked and afraid!

  2. Michelle

    Big Brother and …….I got nothing

  3. Whyowhy

    Ooooohhh… I’ve been wanting to watch Tyrant. Is it good?

    I just started The Blacklist on Netflix. I like it a lot. I also have Animal Kingdom on the DVR. I need to get to that.

    Currently, I’m watching the final season of Bitten for a website I write DVD and bluray reviews cor. After that, I’ve got a few other movies to watch, including Room. I am looking forward to that one, even though it’s super depressiNguyen. I’m sure I will cry.

    On the DVR, I’ve also got Cake Wars, Cutthroat Kitchen, and Next Food Network Star. Plus a few movies I recorded off HBO.

    On the non TV side, the new neighbors are having a BBQ and there are cars lined up and down the whole street. They also have a pool. Damn them. Lol!

    I had friends over today and we worked on our scrapbooks. I’ve been up since 630 and was cleaning, setting up and baking. I made yellow cake cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and chocolate chip scones. Sooooooo good.

    Tomorrow is church and more movies for the website.

    • Calipatti

      ROOM, I’ve read the book and saw the movie, both good but no tears. I do not like the ending but others do.

      iRobot marathon season 1 today,
      Loved it but missed a lot of it.

      • Calipatti

        oops, Mr. Robot, I began calling it iRobot and can’t seem to shake it.

      • JKR

        ROOM got me. I went so far as picking up the book (before the movie) but the concept of the story through a child’s eyes was a little much for me.
        Ended up watching the movie, had bad dreams for days. That one got me. It was striking.

    • tamaratattles

      I used to recap The Blacklist but I don’t have time anymore and I can’t tape the show anymore because of scheduling conflicts.

      You should probably only read episodes you’ve watched, Because you don’t want to be spoiled,


  4. Devious Maids and Animal Kingdom.

    • Alyssa

      OMG yes!!!!! Animal Kingdom is so good. I also just watched season one of Mr. Robot and I found it amazing.

      • The next season of Mr. Robot starts next Sunday! I have Animal Kingdom saved, but haven’t gotten around to seeing it. I also like Outcast–scary!

  5. I have become addicted to Netflix! We’ve only had it since January and I don’t know how I survived without it!!! We went to a Celtic festival today and tomorrow headed to the zoo. Our zoo opened a “Penguinarim” that is AWESOME! I will have to check out the Haves and Have Nots-you peaked my interest! 😉

    • Sliceo'pie

      We travel every few months and bring the Roku everywhere- I know it’s lame but I have a bum knee and can only walk so many hours -I love to watch movies & a few shows in the early morning and at night when we get home. After we unpack I get my son to hook it up to the TV. in the condo or hotel where we’re staying. I’m binge watching, “Orange is the New Black” in Japan now. Next is, “Animal Kingdom”

  6. MARC

    Work par usual but I did see the new Daniel Radcliffe movie Swiss Army Man & its a great film #cryfest

  7. Margarett

    Cupcakes sound good!

    I’m just watching Olympic trials and movies…mostly on TCM. I do watch Next Food Network Star.

    Anything inside is good. As my grandmother would have said, “It’s hotter than billybedamned!”

    • Margarett

      How could I forget baseball? I watch an Astros game every day that they play!

      • Minky

        I need to start watching TCM again. It’s the only thing on TV that doesn’t make me wretch. 😊

        I’ve never been much of a TV watcher. The TV has become pretty much a living relic in my house. I just put it on for background noise while I’m doing something else, like cleaning and paperwork, and I’m usually not paying any attention to the show. Usually the Weather Channel.

        I like old shows: Twilight Zone, Columbo, Murder She Wrote, Alfred Hitchcock. Or animated stuff like South Park and King of the Hill.

    • Sliceo'pie

      I love TCM! I like Robert Osbourne- I love hearing stories about the stars and behind the scenes info on the making of the films. I’m over the moon that my 12 year old son loves films (my passion) and really likes the old one’s from the 1920’s & 1930’s – “Metropolis” and “M” are recent favorites.

      • Minky

        Sqweeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! I love both of those films! 2 of my absolute favorites. I also love “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and “The Passion of Joan of Arc”. Sooooooo GOOD!

        And if it weren’t for TCM and Osbourne I wouldn’t have ever seen them. They also showed some really “out there” David Lynch films from the 70s on Halloween night.

      • Minky–Re David Lynch, season 1 of Twin Peaks, perfection.

      • Sweet T

        M is a great movie. I love mr skeffington and gone voyager. Bette Davis is fantastic.

  8. SLM

    My husband and I LOVE Naked and Afraid, too!! And the XL edition is THE BEST!!!

    • Calipatti

      I enjoyed a season of Naked and Afraid then I began thinking of all that could crawl up their Vag••• and stopped watching.
      Plus the Why, why are people doing this. Survival yes, naked no.

      • Amanda

        Calipatti, I constantly think of that too. I could not imagine being out there with all those bugs and no vag*** cover. Who knows what can creep in there!

  9. BeetsWhy

    To all who have Netflix I can not recommend Wentworth enough. Absolutely addictive and outstanding! First three seasons are available but I must warn you to set aside a huge chunk of binge time, it is that good!

    • Beetswhy…..we are watching Bloodline on Netflix right now. It is so far from what I usually watch and is so “deep” I can only watch one or two episodes before I need a break! LOL Will definitely look into Wentworth.

    • SashaV

      I am going to have to check out Wentworth and Bloodline. New to Netflix so am excited to binge on some good shows (when I have time lol). I saw The Killing is on there. It is a great show. Love the relationship between the two lead detectives. If you like True Crime on HBO I think this was even better.

  10. mzjulesaz

    For me America’s Got Talent, Botched, Devious Maids, UnReal and my fav Tyrant.

  11. Mindymctx

    Baseball, Fixer Upper, Chrisley Knows Best and Kardashians. I should be ashamed, but I’m not–thanks for your updates TT–your site is the perfect mix of escaping reality and dealing with reality. Whether you realize it or not, you do an incredible job of keeping us all grounded. Thank you.

  12. alex1986

    I’m watching The Challenge Rivals 3 too. Every season I know less and less of the competitors because now they are coming from other MTV shows I don’t watch. I wonder if we can get a couple Teen Mom’s on The Challenge next season. I’m also slowly watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix, and my daughter has me watching Pretty Little Liars. Not too proud of that one!

  13. alex1986

    Oh! I’m excited Flipping Out is coming back next week, I love Jeff Lewis.

  14. Brittany

    Okay, I have been waiting to ask people if they are watching these shows. We have been watching Arranged, Teenage Newlyweds, and Escaping Polygamy. I also binge watched Parks and Rec and Orange Is the new Black a couple of weeks ago. I had no idea how good Parks and Rec was and OITNB made me cry. Like….ugly cry. I also realized I watch way too much tv.

  15. Bindijean

    Tiny House Nation, Battlebots, Penny Dreadful and Ray Donovan.

  16. I have loved UNReal since the first episode and am so glad it’s back. I have to have my dose Of Hotel Hell and Hotel Impossible, too.

  17. Mimi

    I am dying for Project Runway to start I think it premiers in August..If I want to watch something silly I love the Mindy Project and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt (sorry for wrong spelling)

  18. Right now…having the best time!! Watchin #UFC200!! da best of da best!!

    • Calipatti

      Samael, Uhmm, you want to tell us anything about you and Tre? Just noticed the photo. Lol

      • tamaratattles

        Um, It’s samael, who has been posting here forever and he likes Tre. He’s allowed to like her. He’s also super important to the TT Team. Anymore questions?

      • Calipatti

        TT , I know Samael has been around and I was just teasing. There is nothing wrong with liking Teresa, either. You know I am not mean.

  19. GildedLily

    Beginning Sunday I will be watching the 8 part series The Night Of on HBO. It’s about a Pakistani-American who is arrested for murders. It has received very good reviews.

  20. G.

    I’d delayed watching Man in The High Castle on Amazon for good reason and it’s excellent!

    I don’t want to spoil what’s just transpired on Million Dollar Listing NY and have been looking around for a place to discuss it. (Could we maybe have a space here?)

    Is anyone watching Billions? Is it good?

    • Matzah60

      Million Dollar Listing NY finale was one of a kind. It was definitely one of the best episodes I have seen and I was crying like a baby.

      • Mary

        Yes! MDLNY finale was a jewel of an episode. The last 30 seconds cherry on top
        Why can’t most Bravo shows be feel good rather than train wreck.

      • Calipatti



    • G.

      Apologies, I brought up MDLNY b/c I was hoping we might be able to have a thread about that and I should have instead emailed to ask instead. I didn’t mean to trigger spoilers, I’m very sorry about that. I’ve missed the MDL recaps here! (I know, too many shows when it’s a solo operation.)

  21. Rose

    Queen of the South, UnReal, Tyrant, and catching up on Suits and Devious Maids. Looking forward to Shooter.

    • Sweet T

      Queen of the south was a great book. The have a boat chase scene that is thrilling. How can you make reading a boat chase exciting? She did.

  22. Hi All. I am plowing through the Inspector Morse and Lewis series. The newest one, Endeavor is on Masterpiece Mysteries on Sunday night. I have a major crush on Detective Inspector Robby Lewis. The three series take place in Oxford England. Inspector Morse began in 1987 and ended in 2000. Inspector Lewis began in 2006 and I believe this is its last season. Endeavor began this year, I believe, though the time of the drama is in the 60s. I love dark British crime dramas and British dramatic comedy series.

    • Lisamia have you checked out Doc Martin or Murdoch Mysteries? You might enjoy them if you like British shows

    • blooshter

      Hi Lisa, endeavour has been on for a few years. Here are some you should try and get if you like our telly:

      The Frankenstein chronicles
      Houdini and Doyle
      Arthur and George
      The line of duty
      Happy valley

    • Sweet T

      I have seen each inspector Lewis episode at least three times. Love endeavor. You may also like the Poiroit episodes. Some of them make me cry any time he might find love. The murder in the orient express is fantastic but you can’t watch that one first. You have to watch the other episodes to see why that espisode is so challenging to his character.

      New tricks is another English crime show you may like. The characters are complex there as well. My life on Mars (the English version) is also great.

  23. Mary

    Somm: Into the Bottle
    99 cents rental on iTunes. Should have just bought it bc want to watch over & over again

    romantic, rewarding, rich history and characters in the wine trade
    It is the wine version of Jiro Dreams of Sushi which is another masterpiece

    • Mary

      Watched Trainwreck too. On HBO on demand. Amy Schumer did an excellent job of making me LOL before I had the chance to cringe. It felt so good to have been bad

  24. Beth

    I’m so happy that the latest season of The Great British Baking Show just started. It’s my ultimate comfort show.

    • Calipatti

      Yes ⬆️ This

    • Bridgett

      I finally remembered to dvr this season. I am also binge watching the earlier seasons on youtube…such a great show

    • I’m watching the first episode of this season right now and was going to post about it. I love this show!

      Unfortunetly, bravo aired a “peoples couch” with kids and they showed them watching the final episode and spoiled the winner for me.

  25. I watch a lot of the shows listed here – love Unreal,Southern Charm, Dating Naked, Coupled, Arranged, all the Housewives (with the exception of Potomac and Atlanta), Little Women of LA and NY, Return to Amish, you name it. Never sank to the level of Honey BooBoo, or the show about all the drunk Southern kids. One show I like which surprised me is Greenleaf, on the Oprah Winfrey channel. Not usually a huge fan of hers, but started watching all the old episodes and they are awesome. Great acting, and good characters.

  26. I am obsessed with The Haves And the Have Nots. The show is so juicy and the dialogue & subject matter is so scandalous & ratchet that I would have never expected to see it on Oprah’s feel good network. It’s clear that Oprah LOVES Tyler Perry to give him free reign to go there with the storylines/characters. I live for some crazy ass Veronica & hooker Candice.

    • TexasRHOAFan

      I am fascinated with The Haves and the Have Nots. I feel it is like a really good, juicy soap opera. I miss the old soap operas of yore. All My Children, One Life to Live, etc.

  27. Calipatti

    Yes, seems Tyler Perry has freedom to do as he wants. Oprah has so much respect for Tyler Perry, it makes sense.

    I’m also watching ID channel, American Ninja Warrior, Grimm, a variety of shows. Two Chicks and a hammer, Tiny House, Endeavor, most British crime dramas, Mountain Men, Life Below Zero, Last Alaskans, Actors on Actors, I can’t watch all of these but I try, often depends on my mood.
    I’ve changed my viewing habits away from most “dark” shows, my favorite shows, but I’m going for a happy face. Just shoot me!

  28. Amy V

    Animal Kingdom and Unreal are everything. Infact the television series of Animal Kingdom far out weighs the movie.

  29. All the shows on OWN especially The Have and Have Nots,Greenleaf, Flex and Shanice came back this Saturday, I love OWN. I like Investigation Discovery all the shows are good and interesting; and TV1, Fatal Attraction, Unsung; Bravo, waiting for RHOA to return; WeTV1 Braxton Family Values. I also found this cute show about Gabby Douglas and her family Douglas Family Gold. If nothing is on that I like, I always have epidsodes of Matlock and the westerns are on the INSP channel or TNT, Law and Order marathons, CSI Miami, CSI NY, Justice Central is always good too.

  30. Dee

    I just saw a good movie called NonStop with Liam Neeson. It was riveting!
    Oh I am getting tomatoes off my plant. They are small but good. Maybe next year I will actually get some real tomatoes, they say 3rd times a charm :)

    • tamaratattles

      Dee, this is the worst year EVER for me and tomato plants. I have some kind of fungus in the ground where I plant that they say take six years to die. I have been obsessed with fixing the dirt because I have poor alternatives for planting. I just watered the cheat plant it was one of those Home Depot plants that comment in a big pot for like $12 or something. I think I bought a bush Goliath. I always have a cheat plant as a back up because of my soil and my desire to plant mostly herilooms who are harder to grow. Always have a backup if you want to ensure tomatoes. The cheater plant is doing very well giving me a real tomato ever 2-3 days but it has caught the same issue.

  31. Theresa

    Courtesy of everyone’s watch lists, I have just overloaded my dvr. I keep the TV on a lot for noise but don’t watch much other than a handful of shows. Now I am going to have tons to watch

  32. JustJenn

    I’ve mostly been watching old reasons of real housewives on Hulu that I missed when I didn’t have cable for a few years.

    Other than that my neighbor cop contested his order and in his response requested a judge and the case was assigned to that judge for the gearung, not the judge who granted it in the first place! People are urging me to call the news, but I’m not sure if that would be of any help. All I want is for him to stay away and leave everyone alone ffs.

  33. A Little Birdie

    I somehow got addicted The Haves and the Have nots. It is extremely over the top but I can’t turn away. Greenleaf is better written and really good too. I tried watching Unreal. I didn’t watch 1st season, will I be behind?

    Devious Maids, Mistresses and a bunch of other random things round out my week. I just started working from home so I sometimes tape and watch or have it on for my background noise during the day

  34. rebecca

    I’m sorry to hear about your tomato plant, TT. Mine has also succumbed to a fungus and the summer heat. This was my first attempt at growing a tomato and I’ll admit it was a failure. I hope to have better luck with a fall planting. The great thing about gardening is that we can always try again.

  35. I’m watching Devious Maids, The Challenge, Have and Have Nots, All the new version of old game shows on Sunday night, and Oprah’s Greenleaf, which is so good!

  36. RealE

    I also always ask myself why I watch the Challenge show yet still do. Dislike the newer casting from whatever that love show is. Perphaps it’s to see if Bananas will ever lose and be properly called out.
    Orphan Black is amazing and you will not regret catching up. But it does get complicated so I understand needing to be ready.

    I am excited for Mr Robot to start. This second season will be the decider for me if I’m in or out with it. The acting is pnenomenal and I just hope the storyline can keep up. It sorta reminds me of Ray Donovan which is another show that lost me as the seasons went on.

  37. JKR

    Anyone watching Peaky Blinders on netflix or Outlander? The time period escape is refreshing, especially after how disturbed I was with reality tv recently (translation:southern charm)
    Tried to get into teenage newlyweds, that was discouraging.
    My guilty pleasures, the little women franchise, is coming back. It’s a trainwreck but I can’t help but watch.
    TT- I know you recap teen mom, I know MTV was planning of doing a 16&pregnant series in the teen mom format. Any idea what happened to that?

  38. A Little Birdie

    I am sitting here watching the Next Food Network star and I see a familiar face. Ana from Real Housewives of Miami is competing. I miss Miami…

  39. TexasRHOAFan

    It was difficult for me to get into “Tyrant”. It’s a hard watch, yet riveting and good, but hard. I felt the same way about that border show, “The Bridge”. It was soooo grim.

    Presently I am watching “Angie Tribeca” on TBS. It’s the kind of spoof, hilarity I need while waiting on “The Blacklist”, “Blindspot”, “Elementary”, etc. to return in new seasons.

    • Margarett

      I loved “The Bridge”. It wasn’t a show that a person could multitask while watching.

      One of my favorites isn’t on right now…”Madam Secretary”. I am amazed how current/relevant it is. Especially considering that it must be taped several weeks ahead.

    • SashaV

      I really thought The Bridge was good too. It was a real eye opener though to the harsh side of life.

  40. Sweet T

    I’m really enjoying Wayward Pines. It was supposed to be a one season show but they made a season two which goes in a different direction and is really good.

    The premise is a FBI agent is sent on a search for a missing FBI agent. On his way he gets into a car accident and wakes up in the forest. He stumbles into a small town where everyone is being monitored and no one is allowed to talk about the past. He tries to leave but the main road is one endless loop. He starts to try to figure out what is happening and it is good and mysterious.

    If you do watch definitely start at season one or else you miss the thrill.

  41. Cat

    Checking in…from the library. I had to take an online census. Damn, even the government is all up in my business these days.

    I don’t have cable, so I can’t watch most of what everyone else watches. And I don’t have a channel listing, so I tend to just surf until I find something I like.

    My biggest escape are the old shows: Gilligan’s Island, and shows like that, are favorites. Quantum Leap. Then there are the crime shows, like Law and Order, Criminal Minds, and Bones. I also like true crime, like Forensic Files. If I can, I will catch an old movie. Sunday mornings, I have become hooked on the old Sherlock Holmes movies. And I will usually always watch a musical. I refuse to watch anything Disney or Disney related.

    I also watch Zoo, although I am beginning to become bored with the plot. Brain Dead is a new favorite.

    The only things I miss on cable are American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and Shark Week (I love the Sharknado movies!) I get reruns of The Walking Dead, but am about a season behind. I did watch some on Netflix, but even that isn’t current, so I stopped paying for it.

    I just like tv in general.

    As for real life, yesterday, I woke up to Jesse snuggling next to me. And later, Calli climbed up into my lap. We are making progress.

  42. JKR

    Well, I know it’s been quiet over here and I would be best off to wait for the new daily tea post- but I had to get this out. No one seems to be as stuck as me (in my real life.)
    I work in a specialized section of racing. Since yesterday, I’ve received two blows to our racing community. Two guys paralyzed in a week and a half. One 16 (waist down) one 25 (neck down).
    I am heartbroken, so affected I want to curl up and cry. As a mother, as a friend, as a stranger. No amount of money I can donate will amount for the empathy I feel. The world is cruel.
    Also, I realize it is a risk. But much like other tragedies in life, you never expect it to be you. Your friend. Your son. Your daughter. Christ, it hurts.

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