A Festivus Giveway!

By Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal ®

The “Festivus” episode of Seinfeld will be airing today in syndication. To celebrate, Sony Pictures Television sent me my very own “Festivus” pole. But since it is the season of giving, I’m giving away this unique holiday decoration.

As you may recall, Festivus, the holiday started by Frank Costanza, celebrates feats of strength and the airing of grievances.  It is a “holiday for the rest of us.” Post below what you and your family do to celebrate the holiday season. You have until Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. PT to post your comment. I’ll pick a winner at random from the comments. You must live in the United States to be eligible to win.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!

The Second Annual December TV Gal Swag Giveaway!

By Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal ®

My family is coming to visit for holidays. My office doubles as a guest bedroom.

And therein lies the problem. Right now the floor to my office is covered with TV swag.

So it is time for the second annual December TV Gal Swag Giveaway. Remember, I’m helping you, help me.

Here’s how it works. Everyone who is a follower of my blog by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 15 will be eligible to participate.  Beginning, Tuesday December 17, I will give away one prize every weekday (except Christmas Day) until I’m out of swag. Each day, I will pick a number at random (generated by random.org) and give a prize to the person who matches the number on my list. For instance, if the number generated is 52, I will give it to the 52nd person who signed up to follow my blog. The first winner will get his/her choice of all 15 prizes. The second winner will get his/her choice of 14 prizes. You will be able to pick the TV swag item of your choice until there is nothing left on the list. Think of it as a modified Yankee Swap.

It’s okay if you’ve already won before, but this giveaway is limited to residents of the United States.

If you already follow my blog, you’re eligible. If you don’t yet follow tvgal.com, enter your email address in the top right hand corner to follow this blog.

Here’s what I’m giving away:

  1. Animation Domination (Fox) t-shirt and Valentine’s Day cards
  2. Being Human (Syfy) glass,bloody mary mix, mints and tea
  3. Capture (CW) sweatshirt
  4. CBS Sports stopwatch
  5. Community (NBC) gumballs and stress ball
  6. Dads (Fox) iPhone docking station
  7. Katie (ABC) tumbler and Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) coffee mug
  8.  Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic (book)
  9. Masters of Sex (Showtime)viewfinder
  10. Masterchef Junior (Fox) cupcake mix and muffin tin
  11. Schooled in Revenge (ABC, book)
  12. Sleepy Hollow (Fox) sweatshirt
  13. Raising Hope (Fox) soap on a rope and The Mindy Project (Fox) pencil holder
  14. Witches of East End (Lifetime) tarot card and candle
  15. X-Factor (Fox) cup and t-shirt

Remember to sign up to follow my blog by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 15 to be eligible to win.



‘The Goldbergs’ are Golden


Photo courtesy of ABC

By Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal ®

When I was younger, my mom lost me at the grocery store and had me paged over the store’s intercom.

Did I mention that I was 15 at the time? It was mortifying. She also used to embarrass me with her overwhelming use of coupons. I distinctly remember a time the grocery store owed her money. To a teenager, there may be no greater humiliation.

I share these anecdotes with you because similar situations were the storylines for recent episodes of The Goldbergs. The new ABC comedy is quickly shaping up to be one of the fall’s best new series.

Told from the perspective of 11-year-old Adam (Sean Giambrone) and narrated by Patton Oswalt, The Goldbergs takes viewers back to the 80s and celebrates shoulder pads, Pac Man, big hair, and giant camcorders. A time before smart phones, Facebook pages and DVRs. But the series has more than just nostalgia going for it. Much like ABC’s excellent and underrated comedy The Middle, The Goldberg captures the innate hilarity and poignancy that come with day-to-day family life.

The fact that it is based on executive producer Adam F. Goldberg’s real childhood – and several episodes are capped off with actual videos from his youth – makes the series that much more relatable. As I mentioned above, in two recent episodes, it felt like Goldberg may have been spying on my family when I was growing up.

And did I mention that the show is funny? Laugh-out-loud funny. That, as comedies including Dads and The Millers have shown us this season, is not so easy to pull off.

In between the guffaws are nuanced moments. Last week’s episode saw eldest daughter Erica (Hayley Orrantia) accuse her stay-at-home mother Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) of never having a job. Beverly promptly went on strike and the show explored the intricate relationship between mothers and daughters both touchingly and amusingly.

The performances are top notch.  McLendon-Covey is giving a transcendent performance as the family matriarch. She should already be on people’s Emmy nomination ballots. And I’m particularly partial to middle brother (and perpetual underdog) Barry (Troy Gentile) and the Goldberg grandfather Pops (George Segal). Whether you’re currently a parent or were once a child (so pretty much everyone), The Goldbergs is the little jewel in the fall schedule you may have missed. I’m on a one woman campaign trying to get people to give this show a chance. Won’t  you join me?  A new episode airs tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Oh and if you’re going to buy something, check with me first. I probably have a coupon for it. That’s right. I’ve become my mother.

Are  you enjoying The Goldbergs as much as I am? What’s your new favorite show of the season? Talk about it below.

I originally wrote this post for Antenna Free TV’s list of shows to binge watch over the holidays. Check out their complete list here.