Carina MacKenzie of Zap2It has one of the coolest jobs ever. Seriously. As a journalist for Zap2It.com she gets to visit the sets of all my favorite TV shows, interview all of my favorite stars and attend some very cool television events. Not only does she have an awesome job, she’s also a pretty awesome lady. I’ve chatted with Carina before about The Vampire Diaries and Friday Night Lights and we’ll be talking extensively about One Tree Hill after it ends in April but in the mean time, since I LOVE talking TV with her, I thought I’d ask some general questions and share the answers with you! Don’t forget to follow her on twitter (@cadlymack) for all the latest TV news!
Speaking of One Tree Hill, what do you think of its final season so far? Anything you especially love? Anything you especially hate?
I think that thus far, a lot of Season 9 for me has been about behind-the-scenes stuff. It was a big deal for me to be able to visit the set this year. One Tree Hill is the only show I watch today that I watched when I was in high school. There’s something kind of profound, for me personally, about having been 16 years old and connecting to Brooke Davis and relating to her, and then nine years later being able to say goodbye to her with Sophia – it’s hard to put into words properly, but it makes me proud of myself and makes me appreciate those heavy-handed OTH life lessons.
As far as the storylines go, I’ve been a little frustrated by the fact that Brooke seems to be setting herself up to be disappointed by her father yet again. I feel like she’s learned better than that, though I can also relate to the idea on a personal level. I also hate, hate, hate any hints that Dan is to be “redeemed.” Paul Johansson is a fantastic dude but that’s not reason enough to redeem Dan Scott. He’s the WORST.
What I love: The Julian baby-in-the-car storyline. It’s a brave story that I haven’t seen on TV before, and it absolutely tears my guts out because it’s so scary, but that’s what makes it feel real. Since the episode aired last week, I’ve thought about that final scene every day with a terrible, yuck feeling in my stomach. I’ve said it before – good TV doesn’t always make you feel GOOD, but it makes you feel SOMETHING, and that’s what this storyline is doing.
Like me and all of the coolest people, you watch a lot of television. Of everything you’re watching right now, what is your favorite?
This year I’m watching less TV than usual, actually, because I’m trying to read books and get more writing done. I think my TV schedule this season is the lightest it’s been since I was a freshman in college. Still, of the TV I do watch, the show I look forward to most each week is still Supernatural. Despite a lot of criticism, this is one of my absolute favorite seasons. I also adore Parenthood and every episode makes me cry. Of course, The Vampire Diaries is a favorite too. Covering a show can sometimes take the shine off it a little, particularly because a lot of fans don’t like the way I cover TVD, but I still love it.
Anything you are wishing you could give up?
I’ve cut most of the fat, honestly. I guess Glee is one that I don’t particularly love when I watch it. I haven’t forged an emotional connection to the characters because I think the writing is inconsistent. I still watch it every week, though, and I don’t have to for work, so that’s saying something.
There have been a lot of great new shows this season. Do you have a favorite?
Revenge. So much. As a Dawson’s Creek fan, I’ve got an affection for shows that recognize and embrace their schmaltz-factor instead of trying to be something they’re not. Revenge is just an hour of magic every week and they’re not afraid to go ultra-soapy – a mistress in a coma, stolen identities, all of it is just so unapologetically sudsy, and it works because of the talent involved. To use a frayed cliché, the writers and actors on that show “elevate the material” to a magical degree.
Is there one that you were expecting to love but just don’t?
I expected to love Grimm, but I didn’t make it past episode 3. It’s not that it was a bad show or that it didn’t deliver on its promises, it’s just that It ended up being exactly what was expected of it and little more. It’s a flu-show now… meaning, if I ever get the flu and have to stay in bed all weekend, I’ll catch up on Grimm, because I can probably drift in and out of sleep and follow the story.
I’ve been hearing a lot of news about pilots ordered for the next season of TV. Any that you are excited about or hoping to see?
I’m sure people will say I’m biased about this but I honestly think I’d say this regardless of friendships: Kevin Williamson’s untitled project is chilling and magnificent and riveting. The twists at the end are bone-against-bone jarring and to be frank, I’m surprised this isn’t on HBO or Showtime. I hope they get the casting right (I’ve got approximately 47,000 ideas, and all of them involve Misha Collins) and I think that if they do, they’ll have a near-perfect hour of television.
We are both huge fans of The Vampire Diaries. Who is your stand out character for season three so far and why?
Oh, Stefan, easily. He’s been completely turned on his head. The layers they’ve given him have been incredible to watch and his mercurial temperament makes the show so watchable and surprising. He’s no longer the reliable Stefan we came to love, and as Elena tries to accept that, the audience does, too. Not to mention, Paul Wesley hasn’t missed a breath. He’s perfect.
Favorite television character of all time:
Pacey Witter, no explanation needed.
Favorite Television moment of all time:
This is too hard, so I’m going to say three. First, Pacey watching Joey sleep after busting his ass all weekend to help her save the Potter B&B. I still remember watching that scene as an 8th grade kid for the first time, and getting goosebumps, and just thinking to myself, “Oh. TV can do that.” The second moment is Coach Taylor’s speech from the FNL pilot. “We will all fall.” I could get that tattooed somewhere right now. It set the tone for the entire series and the series delivered. And, finally, the moment from The O.C. pilot when Seth gets out of bed to hug Ryan and Ryan doesn’t know how to hug back. He has no clue where to put his hands. It’s powerful.
(For the record, when you say “of all time,” to me it means “after 1999, before today.” I wasn’t allowed to watch TV as a kid so I missed some of the good stuff.)
The show you wished would have never ended:
I think every show has an expiration date, but (to jump on the bandwagon) Veronica Mars was really the only show that ended before I was ready to say goodbye.
If you could say one thing to all of the current TV watchers what would it be?
Stop shipping and worrying about couples and just love your characters. If all that matters to you is who ends up with whom in the end, do yourself (and the public) a favor and turn off your television. Go outside. Find yourself a life. Come back for the series finale. You’ll get your answer, and you’ll have saved yourself six whole years of whining about fictional characters. They are fictional. Always remember they are fictional.
Also, be nice to the writers if the writers of your favorite show are so gracious as to give you an access point, like Twitter or a fanmail address. Remember this: Every tiny moment that came together to make you love a certain character or couple or story was strategically written to have that impact on you, so obviously, what the writers are doing is working for you on some level. Be nice. Be nice. Be nice.