By Jayanti Jha

The wise Gossip Girl once said, “Take time to stop and smell the flowers. It’s true that all good things must come to an end. August is no exception. They don’t call it Fall for nothing.”

But if you, like us, are tired of watching and rewatching Gossip Girl, we at Little Black Book Delhi are telling you how to spend your time wisely as you mourn the end of another Delhi summer and get ready to welcome the Fall in all its glory.

This is the LBBD TV Guide 2.0. And yes, god bless Star World HD.


ENGLISH SHOWS | Torrents & on TV


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Masterchef Australia {Reality} | Food lovers, rejoice! Your favourite TV show is back. And this time it gets more interesting.  Judges Gary Mehigan, George Colambaris and Matt Preston return with a ‘Girls vs. Boys’ themed edition of Masterchef that promises to keep your evenings occupied.

Channel | Star World;  Time | 9 pm {Monday- Friday}

Parks and Recreation, Season 4 {Comedy} | With a cast that includes comedians as brilliant as Amy Poelher, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza, this is one of the most fun shows on TV today. The focus is on Leslie Knope {Amy Poelher} and her staff at the parks and recreation department of the fictional town of Pawnee. It’s uplifting and positive and the sort of show where you grow to care for the characters over a period of time.

Channel | Comedy Central India; Time | 11:30 pm (Monday-Wednesday)

The Mindy Project {Drama} | The Mindy Project is one of the highest rated shows on TV today. The series follows the life of obstetrician/gynecologist Mindy Lahiri {Mindy Kaling} through personal and professional obstacles – a good late-night watch.

Channel | Comedy Central India; Time | 11:00 pm {Monday-Thursday}

The Ellen DeGeneres Show {Comedy} | For when you need a pick-me-up – Ellen’s sense of humor, combined with real stories of real people, celebrities and audience participation are some of the elements that make the show stand out and justify its 32 Emmy awards.

Channel | Zee Café; Time | 3 pm {Monday-Friday}

House of Cards {Political drama} | Twice Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey {The Usual Suspects, American Beauty} plays a Democrat who is out to exact revenge from those who betrayed him, as he was passed over for appointment to Secretary to State. While season 2 is still in production, season 1 is captures the underbelly of the government and politics. But if you are still hung up on the BBC miniseries of the same name, you may, may be a tad disappointed.

The Hour {Period drama} | The Hour is centered around a new current affairs show being launched by the BBC in the summer of 1956, focusing on major events of the time like the Hungarian revolution and the Suez crisis. A stellar cast of Ben Whishaw {Skyfall}, Dominic West {The Wire} and Romola Garai {Emma} play the title roles in this BBC series.

Homeland {Drama} | Homeland returns for a third season this fall. The series focuses on Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer, who suspects US Marine Nicholas Brody of working for the Al Queda. Taut, well written and with some very good performances, it is one of the most lauded shows today.

Louie {Drama} | The show is on a year long break at the moment, so that the director/editor/actor/producer, Louis C.K, can collect enough material for the fourth season, making it the perfect time to catch up on the past seasons. It’s the story of a newly divorced man, working in the entertainment business as he struggles to raise his two daughters in New York City – Warm, funny and very Woody Allenish.

Sherlock {Drama} | Martin Freeman. Benedict Cumberbatch. Together. For a lot of us that’s reason enough to watch this BBC production. But for those of you who still need convincing – think Sherlock Holmes in modern times. Season 3 will be out soon.

The Americans {Drama} | Created by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg, The Americans, set in the Cold War period of the 80’s, traces the lives of two Soviet KGB officers – Elizabeth {Keri Russell} and Philip Jennings {Matthew Rhys},  who are posing as an American couple in Washington D.C. and their neighbor Stan Beeman {Noah Emmerich}, an FBI Counter-Intelligence agent. What makes ‘The Americans’ so watchable is the fact that it presents heroes who are also villains and that conflict makes it stand out from other crime dramas.

Orange is the new Black {Drama} | Whether Orange is the new Black is debatable, but this definitely is the new show that everyone is talking about. The show stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, a woman imprisoned for transporting drug money. It is based on Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman, a memoir about her experiences in prison. Orange is the New Black shows how prisoners try to find meaning in their lives between those walls, while trying not to lose contact with the outside world.

Orphan Black {Science fiction} | The series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of her clone, Elizabeth Childs, after the latter commits suicide. The series has managed to trigger many a debate on the ethical and moral implications of human cloning. New on the block and gaining popularity, this is not a bad show to check out.



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24 {Serial Drama} | The Hindi adaptation of the English show by the same name is produced by actor-producer Anil Kapoor who played Omar Hassan in the English version of the show. Kapoor will also play the lead actor {on the lines of the character of Jack Bauer} in the Hindi version. ‘Delhi Belly’ director Abhinay Deo is directing the show, which is written by two stellar screenwriters – Rensil D’ Silva {Aks, Kurbaan, Rang De Basanti} and Bhavani Iyer {Black, Guzarrish, Lootera}. Mandira Bedi, of the noodle strap fame, also stars in the show. From the looks of it, it promises to be a cracking show.

Channel | Colors; Time | To be revealed

Kaun Banega Crorepati {Reality} | A childhood favourite, this is the show that will never get too old for. If you are spending your weekends at home, might as well spend them with Amitabh Bachchan.

Channel | Sony Entertainment; Time | 8:30 pm {Friday-Sunday}


About the Author | Jayanti is a part writer, part business student to the world, but in reality is a hippie at heart who wants to buy an auto {because commuting in Delhi is so expensive!} with a TV fitted inside.With Tata Sky.