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Shipping Saturday: Jasmine and Aladdin of “Once Upon a Time”

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Once Upon a Time has made a name for itself reinventing our favorite fairytales and Disney stories. In the world of Storybrooke, Captain Hook is a sexy Irishman who gets the girl, the Evil Queen gets a shot a redemption, and Snow White and Prince Charming both kick some serious ass. Now, the show is bringing to life every 1990s girl’s favorite Disney couple to life with its retelling of the romance of Jasmine and Aladdin.

Since OUAT is taking a week off, let’s give a little love to a couple being reimagined in a whole new world.

They are adorable together.

Whether it’s flashbacks in Agrabah or current time in Storybrook, there is no denying that Aladdin and Jasmine have some serious chemistry. They are simply adorable whenever they are in the same room together. From witty banter to shared glances and almost kisses, the feisty princess and the savvy street rat can’t seem to fight their mutual attraction. They play-fight, they scheme, and they are not above doing a little late-night breaking and entering to help out their new friends. Even the other residents of Storybrook are taking notice. Sure, Aladdin and Jasmine try to play it off like they are just friends, but we all know better.

Jasmine helped Aladdin become a hero.

Aladdin was always an unlikely hero. He believed his destiny was to be a street rat, living off whatever he was able to scalage and surviving from one day to the next. Then, Jasmine burst into his life, the mysterious princess looking for a hero to help her save her kingdom. At first, he figured she had the wrong man, but, as they journeyed on, he started to see what she saw. Her faith in him never wavered, helping him to unlock the savior that lived within him. Even now that he has cut himself from his magic, Jasmine’s belief in him keeps his hope alive that one day he could be a great hero once again.

Jasmine’s emotions surrounding her reunion with Aladdin were clear.

It was heartbreaking to watch Jasmine in her desperate quest to try to find Aladdin in Storybrook, and it was absolutely gut-wrenching when she thought he was dead. The raw emotion that danced across her face showed that Aladdin was much more than a servant of her court or a potential savior of her kingdom. Her heart was breaking like when Emma watched Hook go to the Underworld or when Regina lost Robin. It was a princess watching her true love be ripped right out of her hands. Of course, Jasmine’s pain didn’t last long as Aladdin was really alive and just hiding out in town. You see her come back to life the second she sees him a the lake and runs into his arms. It’s moments like this that keep us believing these two are meant to be.

The show is taking the time to let their story unfold.

One of the best things about this updated fairytale is that OUAT is letting us watch the story of Aladdin and Jasmine unfold in real time. Instead of having them get together in the flashbacks, we get to take this journey with them. Sure, we saw their first meeting and the initial sparks in their Agrabah days, but the writers are taking great care to not rush anything in present time. These two picked up right where they left off not exactly friends but not exactly lovers. We get to watch them fall in love and watch the love between them blossom.

No matter how long it takes, Aladdin and Jasmine will always find each other. This is a love story for a whole new generation.

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5 Reasons Why Danny Warren is the Best Part of ABC’s “The Family”

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Deliciously dark with more twists and turns than a mountain road, ABC’s The Family has become my spring television addiction this year. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the show, it centers on the high-profile, politically-charged Warren family who’s lives are turned upside down when youngest family member Adam suddenly reappears after disappearing almost a decade ago. However, things aren’t always what they seem, and, as Adam settles into their lives, secrets begin to unravel and their fragile family begins to crumble even further.

Mystery, intrigue, and an edge-of-your-seat story about seriously complex characters, this show has just about everything you could want in a primetime drama. However, it’s the Warren’s oldest son Danny that keeps me coming back week after week. Played by the gorgeous Zach Gilford of Friday Night Lights fame, Danny is that bad boy with the heart of gold every girl wants to save. His lazy smile and laid-back nature provides a stark contrast to the rest of high-strung brood, and he rocks ripped jeans and old-tshits like no one’s business.

Not convinced? Here are five reasons why Danny Warren is the best thing about The Family.

He owns who he is.

There is no there way to put it: Danny is a mess. He drinks too much, lacks ambition, and comes off way too brash. He’s the black sheep who can’t ever do anything right in his family’s eyes and will never be the perfect political son. Yet, he doesn’t really care. He knows he’s a screwup and takes full ownership of that. Where others try to cover up their sins, he revels in his. He makes mistakes, falls down, and crashes and burns, but he keeps getting back up. He’s living his life the way he wants too, not the way others think he should. No matter what he does, you know it’s going to be Danny’s kind of crazy ride.

He’s fiercely protective of his siblings.

Calling the relationship Danny has with his sister Willa complicated is a serious understatement. Some days it seems all they do is fight or trade snide remarks and judgements. However, when the chips are down, Danny’s the first one to step in and give Willa a hand. He talked her out of breakdown under her desk, warned Bridey to back the hell off when he found out she was hooking up with both of them, and was totally cool when Willa finally came out to him. He’s even warmed up to the newly-returned Adam, despite his suspicions of whether or not he’s really his brother, letting the boy drive his car and trying to keep things light during a sting. No matter how crazy things seem to get, Danny’s got his siblings’ backs.

He’s the comic relief.

In a a family as uptight and dramatic as the Warrens, there has to be someone who can show up and lighten the mood. This is where our boy Danny comes in. While the family is freaking out about getting last minute voters on election night, he’s on the phone order a couple dozen pizzas. When Willa needs to chill, his idea of therapy is hitting up a bar or lacing a convince store Slurpee with booze. When Bridey comes down for breakfast, he’s quick to reassure his family that it’s okay because she’s not a hooker. From eye rolls to sarcastic barbs, he’s free spirit, no-filter approach to situations makes for some pretty funny moments at the most unlikely of times. Hey, in a family where everyone is laser focused on some crazy goal, you still need someone who will order the pizza.

He see through all the bull around him.

It’s so easy to write Danny off as just a drunk. However, he’s not as dumb as he seems. He’s an expert a seeing beyond the crap people are trying to sell him. (Hey, in the Warren family, you kind of have to be.) He’s the first one to voice suspicion about Adam not really being Adam. He puts together the Bridey is hooking up with both him and Willa when he sees at the pink penguin he won for her on Willa’s bed. Even as a kid, he wasn’t afraid to call out his parents for ignoring the fact that, while Adam was gone, they still had two kids left. Sure, it may take him a minute or two to put all the pieces together, but he knows something’s up and he’s going to get to the bottom of it.

He’s the only Warren we can trust.

Between sister Willa’s scheming, mom Claire’s quest for power, dad John’s affair, and the sheer existence of brother Adam, it seems like all the Warrens have a skeleton or five in their closets. All of them that is except for Danny. Danny’s pretty much an open book who wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s so much of a train wreck that all his flaws are constantly on display. However, blatant bad behaviors are what make him the most upstanding member of the Warren clan. He’s the only one you can count on to not have some secret motive or screw you over. Sometimes, being the bad boy pays off.

Guy of the Day February Day 11: The Men of “How to Get Away with Murder”

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After weeks and weeks of waiting, our favorite Thursday night guilty pleasure How to Get Away with Murder is finally back on tonight. We have back our weekly dose of  mystery, intrigue, and the goddess herself Professor Annalise Keating. Of course, we also finally get our favorite sexy HTGAWM men back on our screen.

Really, is there a show out there with a hotter cast?

How we’ve missed chiseled god Billy Brown who plays the sexy tough as nails cop Nate.

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We’ve gone far too long without the ruggedly refined Charlie Webster as Annalise’s dangerous and sometimes deadly righthand man.

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Seriously, how did we last this long with the beautiful Brit Alfred Enoch as Wes not on our screen?

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Things just haven’t been the same with gorgeous jokester Matt McGorry on hiatus.

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And how we’ve waited to see Oliver portrayer Conrad Ricamora’s adorably bright smile.

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And, finally, how we have missed every little thing Jack Falaee and his snarky yet completely lovable character Connor.

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Welcome back, boys! Can’t wait to see what trouble you stir up.