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My Interview: Writer, Dianne Sylvan

Dianne Sylvan is a well known author, blogger and tweeter. She has incredible insight on television, movies, and life in general. You will increase the value of your life by following her on twitter and by reading her blog. You can purchase all of her wonderful books on Amazon.com, including the novels in her “Shadow World” series. She was kind enough to take a time out from writing her next novel to answer some very important questions for me.

You write about vampires all of the time. Who is you very favorite vampire?

Aside from my own characters (I don’t think it would be fair to list any of them since I know them inside and out, so it would be like picking my friends first for dodge ball), I think I’d have to go with Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the beginning he was just a murderous badass, and a gleeful one at that; you so rarely get to see vampires genuinely enjoying what they are. Spike was a big inspiration for my own work because the vampires I write about don’t waste time feeling all mopey about being vampires; they’ve got stuff to do, people to shag, lives to save. So did Spike. A lot of people hated when he fell in love with Buffy, but Season Six was my favorite because it was so deliciously dark and twisted, and the Spike/Buffy relationship was the best part of that. I understood people feeling like they de-baddassified
the character, but I found his evolution toward sort-of-hero fascinating.

According to me, television is better than it has ever been. Of everything you’re watching right now,
what is your favorite?

That’s so hard to say because all of my shows are so different! I wouldn’t want to rate Castle against The Vampire Diaries or Grimm – it’s apples and oranges. But The Vampire Diaries is the show that gives me the most agony as well as the most ecstasy, so I think it comes out on top.

You recap The Vampire Diaries every week and share an amazing amount of insight. What about this
show inspires you to write?

I think two things made me start recapping: one, the shipper wars were driving me bananas and I wanted to offer an alternative (At this point I’m Team Wickery Bridge), and two, both the show and the fandom take themselves so seriously (not necessarily a bad thing) that I absolutely had to snark on it. As I’ve said on the blog, it’s important to be able to poke fun at the things you love, because if you can’t, you begin to lose touch with reality. Speaking as someone who lives in her own world most of the time, reality does still have its benefits – it’s where your real three-dimensional friends live.

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

Right now, no, but I definitely have in the past. I have this theory that all TV shows should have a maximum five-year lifespan. So many shows go on and on way past the point where they run out of story, but if every show had a time limit, the writers could plan the story arc and character evolution, leave a little room for surprises, and really devote themselves to those five seasons. Typically seasons two and three are the best, four and five are great, and after that it starts spinning its wheels – I’ve given up on two shows in the last few years right around that time because I just got tired of feeling jerked around by the writers. I was intensely devoted to both Supernatural and Bones, but finally, I just couldn’t do it anymore. I dreaded new episodes because I spent so much time throwing things at the screen. So I dragged myself away, and though I’ve heard both shows have gotten way better, I haven’t been terribly interested in going back.

As always, there have been a LOT of new shows this season. Anything you are madly in love with?
Anything you were hoping to love but just didn’t?

I try really hard to keep the number of shows I watch to a minimum, so I haven’t watched a whole lot of what’s new this year. But during premiere week, I had a boring evening with nothing to do, and I watched the pilot of Arrow fully expecting it to be ridiculous. It was awesome. I’ve become hopelessly hooked. I can’t even say why; there have been some cringe-worthy moments and stumbles like any infant show, but I just love where they’re taking it and some of the storytelling decisions have been fantastic. Even if I wanted to look away I can’t because they brought in John Barrowman. Plus Stephen Amell spends a lot of time shirtless, and that’s never a bad thing.

Vampire Diaries Season 4 is well under way. What has been your favorite part of the season so far?

I think so far Damon’s character has been the best thing. He consistently gets the best dialogue, especially in the standout ep “Memorial,” which many people agree is the best so far this season. I love that he’s the one who asks the questions nobody else will ask, like whether Stefan wants to “cure” Elena for her sake or because he can’t love her as a vampire. I don’t especially want Damon and Elena to hook up because both brothers are way more interesting, smart, and enjoyable when they’re not with her. But the dynamic between the two brothers remains the best thing about the show. I love that their roles are so different from what was established in the first season – it’s not just a question of good brother/bad brother. It’s so much more complicated than that. Neither is wholly good or bad, and their dark sides bubble up to the surface over and over. I’m kind of hoping that we’ll get to see Damon go back off the rails…preferably for reasons unrelated to Elena. I think everyone’s done enough fretting and pining over Elena.

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?

I agree – unless you’re kicking puppies, your pleasures should never be guilty. Having said that, it’s surprising how many people my age give me the hairy eyeball when they find out not only do I watch a show about teenage vampires, I blog about it. I’m not into YA literature for the most part; my books are definitely for an adult audience. On the other hand I’m not into adult vampire shows like True Blood (I have a serious aversion to True Blood, in fact). But people who’ve never watched TVD think it’s just Twilight all over again, and if they had any idea how much more complex, mature, believable, and well-written it is, they might not make such a comparison. Not all adult women have to confine their viewing to medical and police procedurals.

Favorite television character of all time:

Willow Rosenberg from Buffy. Aside from the Buffster herself, Willow had the most dramatic and believable character evolution on the show, from awkward nerd to powerful witch to Darth Willow and eventually into her own woman. Two of my favorite episodes are the ones that feature Vampire Willow, an “evil, skanky, and kinda gay” version of Will from an alternate universe. As you might have guessed I’m a sucker for great character growth. All her doubts, insecurities, and strengths made her so real, and her goofy wit made her enduringly endearing.

Favorite Television moment of all time:

Oh, there are so many, but if I had to pick one right at this second I think that would have to be the moment in the season 4 premiere of Supernatural, Lazarus Rising, in which Dean, newly escaped from hell, first meets Castiel. That one moment completely changed the course of the show and turned its entire universe on its head – up until that point angels had never been mentioned, and bringing that mythology into the show was just a ballsy move on all fronts. A lot of people would disagree, preferring the monster-of-the-week format of the early seasons, but I love, love, love a good mytharc, and the possibilities that sprang up just in the wake of that one conversation made my little writer’s heart do a Snoopy dance. The phrase “game-changer” is way overused nowadays but that scene was definitely a game-changer.

The show you wished would have never ended:

I’m still pissed at the CW for cancelling The Secret Circle. Was it perfect? No. But it had so much potential – they really hit their stride midseason and that finale was amazing. Given some of the stuff they’ve kept on for years and years, it’s doubly galling that something smart and complicated with the potential to be even more awesome was thrown away…and has since been replaced with Beauty and the Beast, a wholly unnecessary remake that is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen on television.

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

Calm down, guys. Seriously. Between the ridiculous shipper wars and people heaping abuse on showrunners on Twitter, online fandom is really showing its ass these days. Imaginary people are not worth hurting real people.

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What I’ll Be Watching: Mondays

I could not be more excited for Fall TV to return! In preparation, as I do every year, I have put together my schedule by day, time and channel just to make sure that my Tivo and I will both get the most out of the television viewing experience. Thank God for Tivo because that means I can watch one show while my trusty friend records the other for later enjoyment. This is my schedule for Mondays this fall (all times are Eastern):

8:00 PM on CBS – How I Met Your Mother: I got pretty far behind on this one last season but not because I stopped loving it. I have been with this one from the start and I adore the cast. Something I need to get caught up on before the seasons starts!(Premieres September 24th)

8:00 PM on FOX – Bones: (New Night!) I have lost track of how many different nights and time slots this crime drama has had. But, no matter what I can’t seem to quit it. Really excited  to see how Booth is surviving without his girls and how B&B’s  relationship will change once they return. (Premieres September 17th)

8:30 PM on CBS – Partners: (New Show!) One of the few new comedies I am really looking forward to. Cannot wait to have One Tree Hill‘s Sophia Bush back on my screen. The fact that it’s from the creators of Will & Grace is just icing on the cake. (Premieres September 24th)

10:00 PM on ABC – Castle: Just reading the title of the show gives shivers. Can. Not. Wait. When last we saw our favorite writer and detective, they had finally done the deed. In the hottest way possible. So, where do they go from here? (Premieres September 24th)

10:00 PM on NBC – Revolution: (New Show!) Mostly tuning into this one for my husband’s benefit. All of the advertising done during the Olympics really won him over. Have to admit, I’m a tiny bit intrigued. Plus it has Bella Swan’s dad in it. (Premieres September 17th)

Check out these helpful links to create your own master TV schedule:

My friend Kate (@katelinnea on twitter) has put together an extremely useful spreadsheet (this is what I used to make mine!). Check out many other wonderful things on her blog.

TV Guide also has things illustrated rather well with their annual Day-by-Day Schedule and their Premiere Calendar

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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: Vampire-Diaries.net

There is a well known truth within the fandom of The Vampire Diaries. If you want to know something about TVD there is only one place to go: Vampire-Diaries.net. They cover the latest and greatest from the books, the AMAZING show and the very talented cast. And the site runners are a very talented cast all in their own rights. Last year the extraordinary Red (@redcognito) and Vee (@dieslaughing) were joined by Abby (@AbbyGraham) and Kate (@katelinnea) and together the four of them rock it out on every level of class, creativity and care on a daily basis. Things on TVD are still in high season 3 gear but the V-D.net Crew  were sweet enough to take time away from their busy posting lives to chat with me about TVD and TV in general. Be sure to follow them on twitter (@tvdnews)  for all of the best TVD goodies.

As I mentioned, TVD season 3 is still racing ahead at full speed. Do you have a favorite moment of the season so far?

Vee: There have been so many moments so far his season. SO MANY. The phone call between Stefan and Elena in The Birthday, Stefan finding Elena in the closet in The End of the Affair, Damon and Stefan’s bar adventure in Ordinary People, etc. But if I had to go with the moment that took me completely off-guard and turned my TVD-loving world upside down? It would be Klaus telling Caroline what it could mean to live at the end of Our Town. I lost my ever-loving mind in those few minutes. I haven’t been that emotionally manipulated since Extreme Makeover: Home Edition went off the air.
Red: Anna and Pearl reuniting at the end of Ghost World. Call me a sentimental fool, but it was so satisfying to see someone get closure on this show. Anna was a fantastic character, driven by the single goal to free her mother for over a century, only to lose her again. It was a fitting send-off for her. They got their happy ending, and those are a rare commodity on this show.
Kate: It would have to be the speech Klaus gave Caroline about the reasons why she should live. It was really nice to finally see a vampire on this show interested in the world outside of Mystic Falls – and smart of Klaus to realize that beauty and art and travel would be the way to reach Caroline.
Abby: Elijah’s return. He didn’t just get out of the coffin,  he came in like a boss with a handful of hybrid heart. Melt down those daggers, please! Elijah needs to stay forever.

How about characters? Is there one that is standing out for you, more than others?

V: You know, Paul Wesley has really been owning this season, but I have to give huge props to Joseph Morgan for adding depth to Klaus without compromising the fear factor. I wouldn’t get too attached to seeing this new side of Klaus because I firmly believe we’ll see the master manipulator back at work very, very soon. And cheers to Mr. Morgan for making me readily eat all facets of Klaus with a spoon.
R: Caroline. She’s having to deal with the fact she’s a vampire and has forever on her hands, and yet also has to deal with the very human reality of being a teenager growing up in a very confusing world. She somehow manages to be adorably vulnerable dealing with everything that gets thrown at her, while also being so brave and strong, facing each challenge as it comes with style and aplomb. She’s come a long way since season one, and has the potential to go so much further.
K: Klaus Klaus Klaus. As they’ve made him more complex this season, he has become one of my favorites. I hope we can keep him around for a long time.
A: I’m calling a tie between Klaus and Stefan, because a lot of what stands out to me for season 3, they’ve done together or in spite of each other.  There’s no more “good guy/bad guy” stuff on TVD this season, everyone is both and all the shades are gray. I love it. I’ve had a blast watching Stefan go to town as a no-holds-barred badass, and I love seeing echoes of humanity that are surfacing in Klaus. Joseph Morgan and Paul Wesley have really shone.

There is a lot happening on this season of TVD. Is there a story line you are wanting to see more of? One that you are sick to death of?
V: I recently offended a lot of people with my Matt Donovan rant on Twitter but I maintain that Matt Donovan should be in the center of the supernatural happenings. The “but he’s our resident human!” excuse does not fly with me anymore. I’m sick of him “choosing” to be on the fringes; it’s time for him to be in the center of it all. Look, Matt Donovan: You live in Mystic Falls and you know better than most that you live in Crazy Town. So you either leave (if you want nothing to do with it) or you nut up and get in the fray. Yes, you’re human and therefore vulnerable, but your life is never going to be normal. You killed yourself to talk to your sister, for crying outloud. Get in there, dude. We’re three seasons in and you’re killing me with the “just a high school kid” routine. Before it was kind of charming but now it’s just pathetic and lame, and Matt SHOULD NOT BE LAME.
R: I… uh. Vee stole my feelings about Matt! That boy is just all the more awesome for the fact he’s completely human in all of this, and his kickassitude needs to be more recognised. Also, for the love of all that is holy, STOP DAGGERING ELIJAH! The guy is turning into a pincushion, and someone that cool should not have so many sharp suits ruined by pointy objects.
K: I always want to see more of what long-unconscious vampires go through to adapt when they’re suddenly confronted with the modern world, so with all the Originals back, I’m sad that the show didn’t explore this more. And the ghost storyline is one that I could just never really get into.
A: I’m ready to be done with the “parent” storylines. It’s Mystic Falls. Everybody has absent parents who make terrible choices, and those parents inevitably make things worse whenever they appear. Whether or not they eventually come around –like Carol Lockwood and Liz Forbes- they’re still terrible parents because the kids are constantly in mortal danger, turning into monsters and never going to class. That said, on a show like this the parents are pretty much obligated to be terrible. Otherwise the sacrifice rituals have to be over by curfew or next week’s show is everyone sitting in their rooms because they’re grounded, during which time all the vampires (who also had terrible parents) will be out murdering everybody in town. I understand wanting to add depth and history to the characters, but I’m ready to move on from the agonizing reunion stuff.  I’d like to see more interaction between the Originals, the Salvatores, and Caroline. There’s a great stepladder of age, attitude and perspective going on there.

If TVD was canceled today, what is your dream ending?
V: My view on this is colored by the books but I believe the series should end with the death of Elena – by her making a terrible but necessary choice. The Vampire Diaries, to my mind,  is ultimately about the bond between the Salvatore brothers and I believe Elena’s death is inevitable. And I don’t think it should have a fix, as it did in the book series. It sounds weird to say, but I would love nothing more than to be a sobbing, hysterical mess on my couch during the series finale. And that would do it for me in a satisfying way.
R: As a book fan, I have to go with Vee on this one. It would be the ultimate nod to book fans, utterly tragic, and utterly compelling television. I admit it, 12 year old me cried at the ending of The Fury, and I would love to be able to revisit that emotion.
K: Honestly, I’d love to see all the vampires move to Europe or something and let Elena, Matt, and the other humans go to college and have lives.
A: I think I’m with Kate on this one. Close the chapter, not the book. Send them to college, to Europe, or just leave them quietly in Mystic Falls. Whatever happens to Elena, I see no need for any kind of romantic ‘endgame’ with one Salvatore or the other. I realize it’s a very unpopular opinion, but I honestly think that a final choice and domestic bliss would be a great disservice to the story. I’d rather we just never know.

Other than The Vampire Diaries, what is the one show you never miss?
V: I recently devoured all of The Good Wife and am now current with what’s airing. It is an INSANELY GOOD show and manages to defy categorization in a lot of ways. You can’t quite describe it in a pithy soundbite, nor would you want to. Every single character is so well-drawn and unique and ESSENTIAL. Close second: White Collar, by far the breeziest, most stylish show I watch, I think. Sometimes you just want candy.
R: White Collar. I am far too invested in this show, and the whole relationship dynamic between Peter and Neal, and by extension El. Castle is another one. Because who doesn’t want to have Nathan Fillion on their screen every week?
K: Oh, way too many, but my favorites right now are The Good WifeCastle, and White Collar.
A: Strange as it sounds, I don’t actually follow much TV.  There are plenty of shows I like, but in terms of watching each episode as it airs during the season, The Vampire Diaries is my exception, not my rule. For everything else I inevitably end up missing episodes and have to catch up later. If I miss too many, I give up and wait until there’s a whole bunch and then watch them all one after another in a glorious, productivity-defying weekend. Revenge and Castle are at the top of that list right now.

There have been a lot of great new shows this season. Do you have a favorite?
V: I have two. First, Revenge, which has quickly embraced its own OTT soapiness and become true appointment TV. It’s the perfect cocktail of bitchy, badass, and batshit. My television practically frosts over when Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp are onscreen, though Gabriel Mann (and his awkward yachting hipster wardrobe) really steals the show as Nolan. And Nick Weschler is so very, very pretty. Second – as anyone who follows my personal Twitter knows – is Game of Thrones, which I am UTTERLY OBSESSED with. I’m going into the new season now having read all of the books the series is based on and even though I know how things go down, it’s made me even more excited. So, warning to everyone who knows me: I’m going to be insufferable come April 1st. Aside from Vampire Diaries (obviously), I haven’t been this into a show since Lost.
R: The Finder. It’s so utterly quirky and amusing, and I kind of love having a mildly insane but lovable main character. It’s nice to not be able to predict the crazy turns. It’s also fantastic to not be bogged down with darkness and angst, which a lot of my other shows tend to have. I know for a fact that Game of Thrones will become an obsession, which is why (much to Vee’s frustration) I’ve been putting it off until I can get caught up and done with some other shows – I won’t have a life otherwise!
KRevenge! It’s way better than I ever expected, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it. My one frustration is that Emily is bothering to think about Jack OR Daniel when Nolan is RIGHT THERE BEING AWESOME.
A:  I’m anxiously waiting for The Borgias to return. Vee’s probably crying as I write this, but I just don’t care about its historical accuracy. It’s well written, beautifully shot, gorgeously costumed, and has a great cast. Honestly, Jeremy Irons could wear ugly pajamas, sit on a box and read the phone book aloud for an hour every week and I’d totally watch that show.

Is there one that you were expecting to love but just don’t?
V: Sadly, The Secret Circle – another L.J. Smith adaptation by Kevin Williamson. I genuinely loved the pilot and thought it had SO MUCH potential, but I gave up five episodes in. I have friends who say it’s gotten a lot better in recent episodes, but at this point I’ll wait for Season 1 to be over before giving it another go. If I bother to at all. Oh, and Ringer. What a colossal disappointment that show is.
R: Terra Nova. It started out so well, and then just failed to hold my interest. I hear that it perked up again towards the end of the season, but I’m failing to muster enthusiasm to give it another go.
K: Ringer. I tried. I really did. (Unlike everyone else, apparently, I’m rather liking The Secret Circle.)
A: The Secret Circle.  I also loved the pilot and was really excited about it when it first came on. I’m not sure what doesn’t work for me, but it needs a little more punch to pull me in as an adult viewer. The time slot is also a big problem, The Vampire Diaries is a really tough act to follow. I think TSC might have held me better if it aired on a different night.

Favorite television character of all time:
V: This question will haunt me until the end of my days, but I’m going to settle on Lucas Buck from American Gothic. I’m not sure sinister has ever been so sexy. My crush on Gary Cole persists to this day because of that show and character.
R: Jack O’Neill, Stargate: SG-1. His snarky sense of humour gets me every time.
K: Josh Lyman of The West Wing.
A: Lucas Buck, American Gothic. (True story: Vee & I had no idea until this interview that we’re both totally obsessed with this show.)

Favorite Television moment of all time:
V: Probably the Six Feet Under series finale. I bawled through the last 10 minutes as if a loved one had died. And I’ll be damned if Sia’s “Breathe Me” isn’t a major cry-trigger for me entirely because of this finale. As far as I’m concerned, it was the most perfect final episode of a TV series, ever.
R: There are so many to choose from. One that sticks out is the Babylon 5 finale, Sleeping in Light, with John and Delenn’s goodbye as he heads off into space to die after his extra 20 years were up. Given all they’d been through together, it was just heartbreaking. TV moments that can actually make me cry are my favourite, because it’s a sign I’ve not succumbed to total cynicism quite yet.
K: The ending of Studio 60′s “The Focus Group.” It has dancing and a perfect song choice (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”), which are two of my favorite things to see on TV, and it manages to perfectly encapsulate the characters, relationships, and themes of the show in one short scene. Plus it has Bradley Whitford and Matt Perry rolling around in the sand together.
A: I can’t pick a favorite moment, there are too many. I can say that the final montage of the Friday Night Lights series finale were probably the most satisfying of all time.  It was a perfect end to the journey that characters and audience had been on together. It left me feeling uplifted and happy, which was a nice change after the endless tears I cried during the course of that damn show.

The show you wished would have never ended:
V: There are many, MANY shows I wish hadn’t ended or that I believe ended too soon, but by far the most FRUSTRATING was Carnivale. The end of Season 2 (its last) was balls-out incredible and truly set up the ultimate arc of the show – but that’s it. That’s where it ended. Every time someone mentions that show, I want to weep for what might have been. And I think of it often because Tim DeKay, who played Jonesy, is now on White Collar. So every week, I clutch a throw pillow and softly moan, “Whyyyyyyyyyy.”
R: Stargate Universe. I am still bitter over the fact that SyFy cancelled a show with such good characterisation (Robert Carlyle was awesome as Rush, and I never could decide if I loved him or hated him) and interesting storylines in favour of Sanctuary, of all things.
K: Sports Night. The premise and format would have allowed it to go on indefinitely (unlike several of my favorite shows that have natural ending or turning points when a specific milestone is reached), and when it ended, virtually all of the relationships, romantic and otherwise, were left ambiguous in a way that I would have really liked to have seen explored.
A:  American Gothic. It’s been 17 years and I should probably get over it, but I just can’t forgive CBS. That show was brilliant, creepy, perfectly cast and Gary Cole was fan-freaking-tastic in the role of Lucas Buck. Introduced today, the show would probably be a smash hit, but it was a few years too early and got axed before it really got a chance.

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

V: HAVE FUN. I feel the need to say this on Twitter a lot, but it’s really true: Fandom – If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong. So, SO wrong. Understand that you have no control over what unfolds on your screen, so either enjoy it or don’t and move on. That’s all.
R: Don’t get attached. The characters either get killed off, or the show gets cancelled. Either way, you’re left heartbroken and watching shows on repeat on DVD and lamenting that there were never enough episodes.
K: IT’S JUST TV. Seriously. It’s supposed to be entertainment. If a show itself or your interactions with other fans are causing you pain or stress, just turn it off. With all the very real problems in the world and in everyone’s lives, why create more for yourself?
A: Keep it classy. It must be a nightmare trying to make a show with people breathing down your neck all the time, trying to find everything out before it airs and then complaining about it as soon as it has. If we want great TV shows (or movies, or theater, or books) we have to give the people creating them time to do the job right. We also need to remember that they are people, with feelings, and treat them accordingly.

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