WRITER OF THE WEEK!
My favorite writer this week is Carrie Raisler from A.V. Club.com. Like me, Carrie is a huge TV addict (One Tree Hill, Supernatural, Justified and hundreds of others). She is also a Vampire Diaries recapper and an avid sports fan. Even when we don’t see eye to eye on a subject I can always count on her wit and sarcasm to make me smile or, more likely, laugh until I pee my pants. Be sure to follow her on Twitter (@TVandDinners) and check out her stuff at The A.V. Club to see exactly what I mean. You won’t be sorry. Trust me.
As most of the coolest people do, you watch a TON of TV. Of everything you’re watching right now, what is your favorite?
Sure, Erin, start with the hardest question in the entire world, why don’t you? It’s like choosing your favorite child, or sandwich. Impossible! If I must choose, at this very moment it has to be Justified, which hits almost all of my dramatic sweet spots in all of the best ways. I love its examination of class, its very specific language, its sense of humor, its intriguingly wobbly sense of wrong and right, and its wonderful exhibition of Southern accents and attitudes. But let’s face it: most of all, I love its Timothy Olyphant.
Anything you are wishing you could give up?
If I could stop watching 90210, I might throw myself a party. Complete with pony rides and a piñata. It is literally the worst show on television and yet I cannot bring myself to delete the season pass. Part of this is loyalty towards the original, which is one of my favorite shows of all time, but the rest of it is just plain denial because last season was actually really entertaining! Then they fired the showrunners (again) and sent everyone to college and rehabilitated their one good villain and it all became a complete nightmare. If I took my blood pressure during an episode I’m sure it would be high enough to put me in the hospital, yet I can’t turn away.
We are getting pretty close to February sweeps! Is there one show you are expecting to put out the best sweeps episode?
Sweeps are so different than they used to be. No one does big event episodes anymore. I want Brad Pitt on Friends, people! Of all the shows I’m following right now the two I expect to have the best episodes during sweeps are Parks and Recreation and The Vampire Diaries. Although neither are likely to pull any sweeps “stunts”, both are at really interesting places in their storytelling and totally know how to knock an episode out of the park.
There have been a lot of great new shows this season. Do you have a favorite?
As much as I love Revenge (and boy do I LOVE REVENGE) I’m going to have to go with Homeland. That is a show that came out of nowhere to completely captivate me. Claire Danes and Damien Lewis are absolutely incredible, both together and on their own, and the writing was consistently surprising. The best thing about it, though, is how it portrays a strong, complicated, smart, messed-up, stubborn, unique female character and isn’t afraid to show her in a negative light. It’s a rare thing indeed, and it is amazing.
I also want to give a quick shout-out to Misfits, which is not technically a new show but one I discovered this year and absolutely fell in love with. Every human being who likes things that are awesome should watch this show. (It’s on Hulu!)
Is there one that you were expecting to love but just don’t?
There are always so many I expect to love but don’t. This season the biggest disappointment for me was probably Terra Nova. It’s a show about dinosaurs! How do you screw that up?! Well, they certainly figured it out. Also disappointing is Ringer, which has a fun premise and is full of actors I love but is simply terrible. Writing about it every week for The A.V. Club is a good way to release pent-up frustration, though.
We are both huge fans of The Vampire Diaries. Who is your stand out character for Season Three so far and why?
This is a tough one because I think the show is in a really precarious place right now, and character dynamics are completely in flux. My MVP for the season thus far has to be Stefan, though. Paul Wesley is simply fabulous as playing Stefan’s darker side, so much so that I almost don’t want him to ever go back to the way he was before. Although I have major problems with Stefan’s little revenge quest against Klaus, the show’s willingness to essentially completely destroy its romantic male lead is pretty darn brave, and at every moment Wesley still manages to make him sympathetic. Good stuff all around.
Favorite television character of all time:
Veronica Mars. She’s smarter than me and I want to be her when I grow up. (Honorable mention: Pacey Witter, because he’s perfect.)
Favorite Television moment of all time:
Pacey kissing Joey by the side of the road in the “A Cinderella Story” episode of Dawson’s Creek. Not a “cool” choice, but it will always be number one in my heart.
The show you wish would have never ended:
Veronica Mars. Although the third season wasn’t my favorite, I could watch stories about those characters and that town for the rest of my life and never get tired of it.
Marathon-ing TV shows you’ve never seen is all the rage these days. Any you are looking to start?
I always feel like I’m on the verge of starting at least ten different shows, especially now that Netflix streaming makes it so easy. Right now I’m in the middle of catching up with White Collar, and next on my list whenever I get through the hundred hours of shows on my Tivo will probably be Strike Back and United States of Tara.
If you could say one thing to all of the current TV watchers what would it be?
Try things. Don’t judge something just because it has a horrible title, or features an actor you’re not usually fond of, or sounds like something you haven’t liked in the past. Just try it! I guarantee someday you will discover your favorite show this way, and if you don’t like a show after sampling it you can just stop watching. DVRs make this so easy. What do you have to lose?