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My Interview: The Televixen, Melissa Girimonte

My favorite writer this week is Melissa Girimonte, Founder & Editor-in-Chief for TheTelevixen.com. Melissa is a big fan of my favorite vampire shows (True Blood and The Vampire Diaries) and one of the smartest writers on the web. She also does some amazing podcasting and theorizing. Be sure to follow Melissa on Twitter (@thetelevixen) for all the latest her brilliant mind has to offer.

Brilliant mind? You are way too kind …

You love television so much you were driven to create one of my favorite blogs on the subject. Of everything you’re watching right now, what is your favorite?

I’d have to say Fringe holds a very special place in my heart at the moment. The fourth season recently wrapped and I was sooooo happy to hear that it is getting a proper sendoff with a fifth season. I am so invested in each and every one of the characters and their journeys. I’m usually not one to “ship” a couple, but I absolutely adore Peter Bishop and Olivia Dunham together. Whenever something great happens for them (which is rare on Fringe), I can’t help but cheer and clap as if they were close friends. And Walter Bishop – how could you not want to just reach through the screen, smooth his hair and tell him everything is going to be alright?

Anything you are wishing you could give up?

I know I’m going to catch some serious heat for this one, but throughout the third and fourth seasons, I really wanted to say goodbye to True Blood. With a universe that rich with potential characters and storylines, they just seem to spend too much time on things I don’t give a rat’s a$$ about! Every summer, I say I’m not going to watch, and like clockwork, I get sucked back in by clever marketing and the hope that it will recapture the magic of its first two seasons.

With season finales upon us, which show had/will have the greatest cliff hanger? The saddest goodbye?

I’m expecting Revenge to end its season on a juicy note, and I’m nervous to see who’s going to meet their end on Game of Thrones. The saddest goodbye would have to go to Alaric Saltzman on Vampire Diaries. I may have cried and yelled at my television over that one. But there were also some sweet endings that left me smiling, like on Castle and How I Met Your Mother.

There have been a lot of great new shows this past season. Do you have a favorite?

Revenge is definitely up there. I never expected to get caught up in that web of lies quite so easily. The LA Complex was also a great little surprise. It’s been a long time since there was some really good, soapy fun on my TV, and this one totally fits my smut quota!

Is there one that you were expecting to love but just don’t?

Touch. It totally breaks my heart that it wasn’t what I hoped it would be, given my love of Kiefer Sutherland. They’ve played it way too safe to keep more people watching and that’s been its downfall in my opinion. Plus, I prefer Sutherland as the good guy with questionable methods!

What are your feelings on The Vampire Diaries Season 3? Do you have a stand out character and/or story line you just can’t get enough of?

Klaus was completely awesome all season and I really loved the little dance between him and Caroline. Some of those scenes had me reaching for the smelling salts because of major swooning! Elijah continues to rock as well, even sans side part. He just owns the screen whenever he’s on it!

What summer show are you most looking forward to?

Breaking Bad is at the top of my list. After last year’s jaw-dropping (pun intended) finale, I can’t wait to see where they go next. I’m also really excited for White Collar and Awkward. Oh, and there’s a new Canadian sci-fi series, Continuum, that starts at the end of May. It looks really promising!

Favorite television character of all time:

It’s a tie between Gwen Cooper on Torchwood and Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. A lot of people call Gwen a “Mary Sue”, but I have to disagree. She’s a strong, smart, gorgeous, butt kicking lady who faces unknown terrors head on, rocket launcher in hand, ready to help save Earth! And Lorelai Gilmore because I wish I could be as witty with words as she was.

Favorite television moment of all time:

I have a few. The phone conversation between Penny and Desmond in the Lost episode “The Constant”. I could watch that over and over again. Monica proposing to Chandler on Friends, her, down on one knee in the candlelit apartment when he thinks he’s missed his chance. The scene in the Angel episode “I Will Remember You” where Angel tells Buffy – after a moment of bliss and being a real couple – that he’s asked the PTBs to make him a vampire again because he can’t protect her. That exchange ruins me every single time! And finally, Jack and Ianto’s final scene together in Torchwood: Children of Earth. There isn’t a box of tissues large enough to sop up those tears!

I think I just realized something about myself. For someone who claims to not be invested in TV couples, I sure have an interesting choice of favourite TV moments!

The show you wished would have never ended:

I think that most shows that I’ve truly loved ended at the right time – Six Feet Under, Friends, Scrubs, just to name a few – but there are a few that I wish had at least another season, like Veronica Mars, Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Terriers. I think they still had some great stories to tell and their lives were cut way too short.

If you could say one thing to all of the current TV watchers what would it be?

I know it’s easy to stick with TV shows that are “safe”, like most procedurals out there, but once in a while, you should jump head first into a series with an intricate storyline. It saddens me every TV season that some really great shows don’t get a fair shake because people don’t want to become invested. TV watchers should be willing to take more risks. This is a great time to be a TV fan!

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My Interview: Price Peterson

The first thing you all should know about Price Peterson from TV.Com is that he has made me laugh harder than probably any writer I’ve ever read in my life time. He has an uncanny ability to break things down into pure comedy, whether they are supposed to be funny or not. Price does weekly photo recaps of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle as well as recaps for TV movies, award shows and other fabulous things. (These are just a couple of my favorites screen caps):

Please follow him on Twitter (@pricepeterson) for links to all of his recaps and for randomly hilarious tweets about just about everything.

Watching TV is the new, cool thing to do. Of everything you’re watching right now, what is your favorite?

Would you make fun of me and push me into a mud puddle if I said I really like the 2 shows on CW Thursdays?  I honestly look forward to those shows more than anything else, partly because I suddenly feel involved in the fandom and everyone has been really, really nice to me.  So first I get to watch the shows and see what happens, but then I also get to see what everyone else thinks, and I get to read the cool comments on my own pieces.  It’s this big weekly event that I love.  But as for other shows that are on the air right this minute, I truly love Game of Thrones (doesn’t everybody?) and New Girl and Girls.  I also really like Breaking Bad and Teen Wolf (different reasons) and True Blood (I know) and Homeland and Property Virgins.  And I’m really looking forward to QVC’s Christmas in July sale.  I will probably DVR as much of it as I can so I can watch it throughout the whole summer.

You compose amazing photo recaps for two “genre” television shows. Is there a show based in reality that you’d love to recap?

I honestly don’t think I would like to do that, because making fun of real people would make me feel weird and sad.  Like even when I’m poking fun at a bad movie or ludicrous moment from a TV show, there’s still a level of removal where it’s really nobody’s fault that it’s bad.  Except maybe the writer or director, but they can just sit in their infinity pools counting money so who cares?  I’ve learned that personally insulting an actor isn’t really my favorite thing to do (I love actors so much because acting looks really hard to me).  Making fun of a character is cool, but making fun of the actor is less cool (though I’ve done it and regretted it).  So if it were a reality show, as much as that stuff is staged, it’s still supposed to be a real person.  Usually I try to remember how sensitive to criticism I AM and behave accordingly.

Anything you watch that you wish you could just give up?

I’m not trying to brag, but I think I have a really good sense for when I won’t like something.  Either I’ll avoid it right off the bat or I’ll quit a show very quickly after I start getting a bad feeling about it.  Life is way too short (and there are so many GOOD shows) for us to have to endure anything we don’t like.  That being said, I’m not sure how much longer my Up All Night season pass will last.  Gotta clear up some room for the QVC Christmas in July sale, you know?  I’m hearing a lot of buzz about multicolored LED wreaths this year.

There have been a lot of great new shows this season. Do you have a favorite?

I don’t even care what people think of my taste levels, but I genuinely love New Girl and Girls.  I haven’t started watching Revenge yet, mostly because my bestie Lily Sparks (who recaps it for TV.com) has urged me to wait until the summer when I can marathon it while drinking a wheelbarrow of sangria.

Is there one that you were expecting to love but just don’t?

I really wish Ringer had been funnier. And that everyone on Falling Skies got killed off except maybe the son.

You bag on The Vampire Diaries a lot but we all know that you love it. Who is your stand out character for season three so far and why?

Yeah I really didn’t like it when I first saw it, and even when I first started recapping it I was very dubious about its charms.  Whether it’s a chicken-or-the-egg scenario or Stockholm Syndrome or the simple reason that TVD just keeps getting better, my love for this show is now  manifold.  Look, I have eyes and ears and a brain and a heart, so obviously Caroline is the best character overall.  But Season 3 belongs to Klaus in a big way.  I am legit scared that he’ll die or Joseph Morgan will get snapped up by another show because at this point Klaus’ absence would be devastating.  Like, turn him good, make him one of the gang, TURN HIM HUMAN, I don’t even care.  Keep him on my TV please!  Are you listening powers that be?  Please don’t stick us with this boring love triangle week in and week out.  Caroline and Klaus and Rebekah (and Katherine) are the ones I’m really coming back for.

I hate using the term “guilty pleasure” because I never feel guilty about TV but, is there something you’re embarrassed to admit you watch regularly?

No, nothing.  I do tend to watch A LOT of things based on how attractive the actors are, but that’s not against the law, right?  I am a tax-paying citizen and I like it when people look good!

What TV character (ever, in the history of TV) has made you laugh the most?

Jerri Blank from Strangers With Candy.  That show is basically my comedy Rosetta Stone.  Pretty much everything I find funny in the universe can all be traced back to that show’s 30 incredible episodes.  I still can’t believe that show existed and they got away with what they did.  I quote it all the time, to an almost annoying extent.  Strangers With Candy was so effed up that it seems silly getting emotional over it, but it’s definitely something I feel truly lucky to have been able to watch in my lifetime.  “Cancer?  That’s hilaaarious.  I should be a stand-up.  I’m sad.” – Jerri Blank

Favorite television character of all time:

Aside from Jerri Blank, probably Rayanne from My So-Called Life.  It should go without saying that both of these shows were on during really formative times in my life, so as an awkward and confused 8th grader, My So-Called Life occupied A LOT of my mental real estate.  But Rayanne was special in that (1) she was genuinely hilarious, (2) had a cool funky style, and (3) made tons of mistakes and was as realistically vulnerable as any supposed tough-girl I’d ever seen.  I wanted to be her friend so bad and I still think about what she’d be up to today.

Favorite Television moment of all time:

This is insanely difficult, how dare you?  But here’s the moment that got the biggest reaction out of me when I watched it:  The New Caprica “exodus” scene from Season 3, Episode 4 of Battlestar Galactica.  If you haven’t watched this show yet, first of all I’m very mad at you because you still get to see it for the first time.  But I’m talking about a 10 minute rescue sequence in which tons of disparate forces came together into this amazing, terrifying show of teamwork and bravery and I remember gasp-crying when it happened.  I mean I am generally VERY susceptible to crying during movies and TV shows, but I was so excited by this scene that I couldn’t breathe.  It was like the last five minutes of United 93 where I was so wrapped up in a piece of entertainment it took DAYS to recover.  So yeah, I’m a nerd AND I cry during TV/movies (but not in real life, weirdly) so this scene from Battlestar Galactica rocked me to my core basically.  Also I really enjoyed East Dillon’s victory at the end of Friday Night Lights Season 4.  And Locke getting up to walk in Lost Season 1.  And when QVC sold out of Mrs. Snowman glowing hood ornaments during last year’s Christmas in July Sale.

The show you wished would have never ended:

I like it when shows end, even good ones.  I like the closure.  I really wish more of our shows in America were like British ones, where each season kind of plays like a movie and the following seasons are like sequels.  So my answer would be like things that ended before they finished:  My So-Called Life, Veronica Mars, Freaks & Geeks.  Stuff like that.  But if Homicide: Life on the Street was still on, I’d watch it.  That’s pretty much the only procedural I’d never get tired of.

If you could say one thing to all of the current TV watchers what would it be?

If you ever get in an argument with someone over whether something is good or bad… Whoever argues that it’s good is always the winner.  Celebrating something is so much better than shutting it down.  I mean, sure, I still hate Hart of Dixie, but if you like it then you win that argument automatically.  Liking = winning.

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