Fun Things to Do
Listen to “When Everything Breaks Open”
It’s good to have friends. Singer-songwriter Matt Morris got a recording deal from his former Mouseketeer pal Justin Timberlake, who heads the label Tennman. With Timberlake serving as coproducer on Morris’s debut album, the native of Denver, Colorado, produced a powerful collection of songs with pop, rock, and R&B influences. Standout tracks include “Don’t You Dare” and “Just Before the Morning.”
To buy: $10, itunes.com.
Watch “The Deep End”
Five law school grads, including doe-eyed Dylan (Jack and Bobby’s Matt Long, shown with costar Leah Pipes), jump in to new jobs at a cutthroat Los Angeles law firm, where they must learn to swim before sinking their careers. Premieres January 21 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Read “A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents”
Despite its depressing title, the latest novel by Liza Palmer has heart and humor. Five years after her beloved mother’s death, Grace returns to her hometown to join her brothers and sister at their estranged father’s bedside. There, she’s reminded of the importance of family―even an imperfect one.
To buy: $14, amazon.com.
Tune in to “Being Erica”
In the vein of 13 Going on 30, 32-year-old misguided Erica (Erin Karpluk, shown) relives regretful moments of her past so she can make positive changes in the present (like trading in her dead-end job for a book editor position). Watch a marathon of first-season episodes on January 17, starting at 11 a.m. ET on Soapnet, then tune in to the premiere of season two on January 20 at 10 p.m. ET.
Read “Keep Calm and Carry On”
With New Year’s resolutions to keep, thank-you notes to write, and bills to pay, 2010 is already more stressful than you’d like. Instead of throwing up your hands in defeat, look to this pocket-size book for motivational sentiments from notable figures. (The book takes its title from a slogan on a British poster during WWII.) One musing from Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
To buy: $9, amazon.com.
Watch “Life Unexpected”
In her quest to be emancipated from the foster-care system, snarky 15-year-old Lux (Britt Robertson, shown, center) is reunited with her birth parents, a single radio host and a bachelor bar owner (Shiri Appleby and Kristoffer Polaha, respectively) who had a one-night stand in high school. Premieres January 18 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
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