TV Spotlight: Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines was recommended to me as a big fan of both Twin Peaks and The X-Files. I can see the connection, but Wayward Pines is a bit more scary.

In this ten episode and only season, Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke, played by Matt Dillon, wakes up in a hospital in a strange town in Idaho after a car accident, and he tries desperately to figure out where he is and how to get back home to is family, while at the same time trying to find two missing agents.

He meets the oddly behaved sheriff, head nurse, doctor and other suspicious local residents while seeking the truth. Finally he realizes he is not being told the truth and he tries to leave the town – only he can’t. There is a wall keeping residents in… Or is the wall keeping something else out? The suspense leads to a terrifying reality that cannot be believed.

The show is based on the novels by Blake Crouch and the first episode was directed by thrill master M. Night Shyamalan.

New TV Shows @ AADL

The library is always acquiring additional TV shows and new seasons of them, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. A few new-to-AADL series are on the way, as well as many newly packaged in one box of your favorite shows, so be sure to check out what’s new! Here are some new-to-AADL series:

Zoo, Season 1
A global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. Jackson Oz, a young, renegade American zoologist who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa, notices the strange behavior of the animals. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, he is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there's no place left for people to hide.

Better Call Saul, Season 1
A spinoff of Breaking Bad, the series takes place six years before the events of Breaking Bad and features small-time lawyer Jimmy McGill. The series follows the exploits of Jimmy and the circumstances that lead to his metamorphosis into criminal-minded lawyer Saul Goodman.

Fear the Walking Dead, Season 1
It's a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark and English teacher Travis Manawa have managed to assemble.

The Code, Season 1
Several interweaving storylines that start with a mysterious accident and the death of an Aboriginal girl in the outback. Her former teacher, Alex, becomes involved with journalist Ned Banks and his brother, Jesse, a genius computer hacker, to try to unravel the mystery. When the brothers uncover video footage of the crime, they are targeted by powerful and dangerous figures that may be connected to the highest levels of national politics.

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.

Halloween Fun with Batman, Mickey Mouse & Monster High!

It's that time of year for Halloween tricks or treats in video form! The library has many children's videos with Halloween, spooky and monster themes, beyond your basic Scooby Doo! Be sure to have a peek and see what looks good to you and your little ones! Here are some of the NEW movies and TV shows headed to our collection:

Thomas & Friends: Thomas' Halloween Adventures & Thomas Gets Tricked
Are there really ghosts in the fog and mist on the Island of Sodor? Thomas,Toby and Henry believe there are! But things are not always as they appear. Gordon and Percy encounter other mysteries on the Island. Can Thomas help explain them? Join all of your Island of Sodor friends as they solve Halloween mysteries that are exciting all year round!

WordWorld: Halloween Fun
Sheep and Bear are lost in the jungle and must hunt for letters to create a map. Next, Duck breaks a lamp, a lever and Frog's log. Will their friendship be broken too? Then, Fly and Duck dream of becoming firefighters and go in search of smoke in WordWorld, but can they discover what's really smoke to find the fire? And, when PIG gets a pot stuck on his face, Sheep takes over his cooking show?

Peg + Cat: A Totally Awesome Halloween
It's Halloween and Peg and Cat have a big problem! Someone has left the park full of trash and the costume parade might be canceled. Don't freak out, Peg and Cat save the day by sorting and recycling. Then, they discover they've been trick-or-treating with a real, live tiger!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Monster Musical
Put on your favorite Halloween costume and get set for a spooktacular full-length adventure! Visit the creaky castle of kindly "Count Mickula" and help your Clubhouse pals solve a puzzling riddle: Who, or what, is making a curious clanging, banging noise? With the right Monster Mouseketools and help from YOU, this mystery will soon be history!

Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem
It's Halloween in Gotham. To celebrate, the city's spookiest villains have all joined forces and gone on a crime spree. Batman swings into action to stop them, joined by Green Arrow, Cyborg, Nightwing and Red Robin. But it seems that the fiends are working for the clown prince of crime himself: The Joker, who has a surprise of his own. A computer virus that makes all technology laugh and obey his every command! Can the heroes stop the virus before it turns all of Gotham into Jokertown?

Monster High: Boo York, Boo York
Its fright lights, big city when the Monster High ghouls head to Boo York. Cleo de Nile is invited to attend a fancy gala celebrating the return of a magical comet and, of course, she brings along her beast friends. But their trip isn't all fun and frightseeing because Nefera, Cleo's sister, uses the comets powers for her own spooktacularly sneaky plans. Can the monsters unwrap the mystery of the comet in time to stop Nefera?

Monster High: Scaris, City of Frights
When Clawdeen Wolf gets the chance to apprentice for the legendary fashion designer Madame Ghostier, she and her best ghoul friends immediately pack their bags and hop on a plane to beautiful Scaris, France. As Clawdeen competes against two worthy opponents, Skelita Calaveras and Jinafire Long, her pals Frankie Stein and Rochelle Goyle uncover clues to a spooktacular secret hidden deep beneath the cobblestone street.

New TV Shows @ AADL

The library is always acquiring additional TV shows and new seasons of them, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. Here are some new-to-AADL series:

The Larry Sanders show, The Complete Series
Garry Shandling stars as Larry Sanders, a neurotic late-night talk show host flanked by his foul-mouthed producer and his bumbling sidekick, who are all train wrecks and ego off-air, but late-night's finest when the cameras are on.

The Sweeney, Series 1-4
Britain's first hard-hitting, police-based television series delves deep into the gritty encounters of The Flying Squad (nicknamed "The Sweeney"), the elite investigation unit of London's Police Force and the seedy underworld of organized crime.

Silent Witness, Season 1
While Cambridge police detectives interview witnesses who may or may not tell the truth, 'Sam' extracts revealing truths from calcified bones, decomposed and charred bodies, tell-tale bruises and overlooked fingerprints. Brace yourself for twists and turns in four gripping episodes: the suspicious drowning of a six-year-old girl, the apparently ritual killing of a young man, a death in police custody, and the fiery murder of a refugee's business partner.

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.

Emmy Awards Winners

Last night the winners of the 67th Emmy Awards were announced at its usual star-studded event, this time hosted by funny man Andy Samberg. The awards recognize excellence within various areas of television and emerging media.

Top honors went to Game Of Thrones for Outstanding Drama Series and Veep for Outstanding Comedy Series. Olive Kitteridge won for Outstanding Miniseries.

Outstanding Actor/Actress nods went to Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Viola Davis for How to Get Away With Murder, Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, Peter Dinklage for Game Of Thrones, Uzo Aduba for Orange Is the New Black, Allison Janney for Mom, and Tony Hale for Veep.

Be sure to check out the full list of winners to see who won for directing, writing, guest star appearances and more.

I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

One of the most recognizable figures to both children and adults alike is that sweet yellow bird known as Big Bird from Sesame Street. The critically acclaimed I am Big Bird is a documentary that explores the man behind the bird, or should I say the man inside the bird! Caroll Spinney has been Big Bird for over 45 years and he’s still going at it at age 81. You can meet his apprentices in this film!

The film explores Spinney's early interest in puppets that he got picked on for, and his later initial collaborations with Jim Henson, which of course lead to his career as a Muppeteer playing assorted characters and landing his roles as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. It’s a delightful story that reveals interesting information and tidbits about the kind hearted man that has helped create this iconic and beloved character. From reflections about his parents, his two wives, his children, with plenty of archival footage including clips of Spinney as Big Bird at Jim Henson’s funeral, and behind the scenes in filming Sesame Street and other shows he was on such as Bozo the Clown, it is indeed a special documentary, as Caroll Spinney is truly the heart and soul that encompasses Big Bird.

New TV Shows @ AADL

The library is always acquiring additional TV shows and new seasons of them, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. Here are some new-to-AADL series:

Izombie, Season 1
How many people can say that satisfying their munchies helps solve murders? Olivia Moore is a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life, until she's turned into a zombie. Stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to Seattle's morgue to access the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity, human brains. But there are side effects to Liv's new diet: flashes of the corpse's memories, including clues as to how they were killed.

Scorpion, Season 1
When Scorpion is on the case, saving the world is a no-brainer! Walter, the eccentric leader of a team of brilliant misfits -- a psychiatrist with a gambling addition, a mechanical prodigy with anger issues, and a "human calculator" with social anxiety, who save the world from problems only a genius could solve.

Happyish, Season 1
At 44, Thom Payne finds his world in disarray. At home he suspects certain meds are interfering with his antidepressants. And at work he now answers to a twenty-five-year-old with a Digital Age vocabulary. Is he in need of "rebranding," or does he just have a "low joy ceiling?"

TV Spotlight: Get Sherlocked

The success of the acclaimed Sherlock show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman has spawned many new fans of all things Sherlock. Part of that is digging up other versions of detective Sherlock doing his thing. There are many television and film adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke that are now in the catalog! Have a peek .

The Sherlock Holmes Feature Films Collection

Sherlock Holmes: The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Who is your favorite Sherlock?!

Celebrated Actress, Writer, and Producer Cindy Williams Discusses Her Career And Her New Autobiography: “Shirley, I Jest!: A Storied Life”

Sunday August 9, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Actress, writer, and producer Cindy Williams is one of the most recognizable names and faces of 1970s & 1980s television.

Best known for her starring role in the hit TV show "Laverne and Shirley," she also had lead roles in such iconic films such as "American Graffiti" and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation."

While millions have been entertained by her good-natured personality and comedy antics, she has rarely spoken about her life in entertainment, and how she came to star in one of the most popular shows of all time.

Join us for this truly special event at the Downtown Library as Cindy sits with local radio personality Lucy Ann Lance to discuss her life, career and new book Shirley, I Jest!: A Storied Life. In this hilarious and heartfelt book, she shares some of her most memorable stories including her role as Shirley Feeney in the iconic TV show "Laverne & Shirley." She shares stories of her experiences in her personal life (growing up in a blue-collar family) and show business as well as her encounters with entertainment giants such as Gene Kelly, Lucille Ball, Little Richard, Cary Grant, Jim Morrison, Ron Howard, and many more. Of course, she also talks about her professional partnership and personal relationship with her co-star and friend Penny Marshall.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale by Literati Bookstore.

New TV Shows @ AADL

The library is always acquiring additional TV shows and new seasons of them, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. Here are some new-to-AADL series:

Empire, Season 1
Drama about a family dynasty that follows the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife battle for this throne.

Harry, Season 1
Still grieving his wife's suicide, Detective Harry Anglesea returns to Auckland's Major Crime Unit after bereavement leave in his native Samoa. Although he's eager to jump back into the job, his self-destructive behavior hints that he may not be ready. His thirteen-year-old daughter, Mele, is even less ready for life as normal and desperately needs her father's attention. Harry and his boss, DSS Jim "Stocks" Stockton, soon become engrossed in a high-profile case.

The Last Man On Earth, Season 1
The year is 2022, and after an unlikely event, only one man is left on earth: Phil Miller, who used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank. Now, in his RV, Phil searches the country for other survivors. He has traveled to every city, every town and every outpost in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and has found no one, which leads him to the painful realization that he is almost certainly the last living being on the face of the earth.

Gotham, Season 1
When rookie Gotham City detective James Gordon, dedicated to restoring his crime-ridden metropolis back to its decent and illustrious past, catches the case of a murdered socialite couple, he promises their shattered, surviving son Bruce Wayne he'll find their killer. It is an obligation and an obsession that will cost him dearly, and set the stage for the gritty and exciting world of Gotham.

The Flash, Season 1
A fast-paced super hero drama that follows the high-speed adventures of Central City Police scientist Barry Allen, an everyday guy with the heart of a hero and the genuine desire to help others. When an unexpected accident at the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator facility strikes Barry, he finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds. While Barry has always been a hero in his soul, his newfound powers have finally given him the ability to act like one. With the help of the research team at S.T.A.R. Labs, Barry begins testing the limits of his evolving powers and using them to stop crime.

Fresh Off The Boat, Season 1
It's 1995 and 11-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie Huang has just moved with his family from Chinatown in Washington D.C. to suburban Orlando. They quickly discover things are very different there.

Jane The Virgin, Season 1
Jane Villanueva is a driven young woman studying to become a teacher, nursing a dream to be a writer, and supporting herself with a job at a hot new Miami hotel.

NCIS: New Orleans, Season 1
In a city that keeps surviving disaster; one elite team is dedicated to making our shores a little safer. Dwayne Cassius King Pride knows every corner of the Crescent City from his days as a deputy. Now, his mission has higher stakes as he leads an elite crew that tackles crimes that threaten national security. The Big Easy is in good hands with a supremely professional team with a passion for justice.

Detectorists, Series 1
Charming comedy-drama from BBC Four that tells the story of Andy and Lance, members of the Danebury Metal Detectors Club. As Andy pursues a degree in archaeology and Lance considers being a musician, they spend their days searching through fields with their metal detectors, dreaming of finding a fortune.

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.

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