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Catch the pilot episode of A to Z on NBC. The show follows Andrew (a romantic who works for an internet dating site) and Zelda (a skeptic who is a lawyer). They will date for eight months, three weeks, five days, and one hour. And the show promises to offer “the comprehensive account of their relationship.” It sounds kind of ominous, but the pilot episode is delightful. The season premiers October 2.

The 66th annual Emmy Awards air this Monday night. Before you tune in to TV's biggest night, check out these predictions for who will win (and who should win). Personally, we’re rooting for Kerry Washington (Scandal), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The Unauthorized Save By The Bell Story is coming to Lifetime this Labor Day, and the movie trailer was has just been released. As much as we enjoyed the classic early nineties show, we’re not expecting the movie to be quite so rad. And after watching the trailer, it’s very clear that this movie is, as the title says, unauthorized.

Speaking of throwbacks, Ghost Busters is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of its release with a re-release. August 28 will be National Ghost Busters Day, and you can catch the restored and remastered movie in theaters Labor Day weekend.

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Check out this thought-provoking piece by Emily Esfahani Smith and Galena Rhoades on the merits of deciding rather than sliding forward in a relationship in The Atlantic. “The freedom to choose any relationship sequence has benefits,” Smith and Rhoades grant, “but it may also come at a cost long-term. Couples today seem less likely to move through major relationship milestones in a deliberate, thoughtful way.”

With all the Robin Williams posts out there, the one we keep coming back to is from Mara Wilson, who played the late actor's youngest daughter in Mrs. Doubtfire. She wrote a touching tribute to him this week on her blog.

What do Oprah Winfrey, Selena Gomez, and Chris Pratt have in common? They’ve all done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Explore the tangled web of celebrity ice bucket challenges with this intricate info graphic from TIME. Pick up the latest issue of the magazine to read more on how the ALS Association was able to raise more than $30 million dollars with this viral marketing campaign.

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Taylor Swift is back! The music video for “Shake It Off” is pretty adorable—or pretty annoying. It depends on who you ask. Some of us at Verily love Swift’s awkward girl-next-door-attempting-music-video moves (we’ve all done it)—and the real dancers in the video are flat out awesome. Others of us think Swift is selling out. What happened to the down-to-earth country crooner with teardrops on her guitar? (We can do without more twerking, thanks.) Nonetheless, the song will definitely set your toes tapping. You may even find yourself doing a little office swivel chair dance routine. Her album 1989 hits stores October 27.

The Black Keys’ “Gotta Get Away" was released this week on Spotify. The eleventh track on their Turn Blue album, the song has a catchy beat you’ll want to bop to and a fun folkish sound—perfect for jamming to while driving with the windows down during these final days of summer.

Country fans disappointed in T Swift’s latest single will rejoice for Blake Shelton’s new song, “Neon Light.” The distinctly country jam is the first song released from his upcoming Bringing Back the Sunshine album, due out September 30. And forget those divorce rumors: Wife Miranda Lambert publicly declares her love for the new tune and her hubby.