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10 Random Questions with Carrie Raisler

Carrie Raisler  is a high class TV addict (One Tree HillSupernaturalJustified and hundreds of others) and she writes one of my favorite recaps of The Vampire Diaries. Be sure to follow her on Twitter (@TVandDinners) and check out her stuff at The A.V. Club. But first, read her answers to my random questions:

Do you read fanfic?

Back in my Dawson’s Creek fandom days, I used to read DC fanfic all of the time. I think it was the only way us Pacey/Joey fans could get through seasons five and six, honestly. Since then I haven’t read much fanfic at all, save a few Veronica Mars fics during the first season. I think I just had a hard time finding writers I liked and shows I was invested enough in to seek out fic after Dawson’s Creek.

Person you’d most like to have dinner with tonight

My mom. She lives in Florida and I miss her!

Last episode of television that made you cry

I just need to preface this by saying this answer is extremely embarrassing. It was the most recent episode of Smash, “The Phenomenon.” It is perhaps the most horrible episode of television that’s aired in 2013 so far, but there is one tiny, genuine moment of emotion at the end when Jimmy (who I hate!) is singing a song and it got to me. I’m not proud.

The drink you order when someone else is buying

Beer. I’m simple.

Song you will never get enough of

“Just Like Heaven” by The Cure. It makes me indescribably happy.

Tumblr. Yes or no?

I don’t tumbl at all. I don’t really understand tumblr. I had grand plans to start a One Tree Hill tumblr a few years ago highlighting all the insane things that happen on the show, but I only got so far as registering the site name (wtfonetreehill.tumblr.com) before throwing up my hands in defeat. Moral of the story: I am not good at learning new things.

Last movie you saw in the theater and did you like it?

Iron Man 3. It was fun! Whoever decided to cast Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark all those years ago should get All The Money, honestly.

Favorite musical instrument

Piano. I wish I could play better because it’s such a lovely, versatile instrument.

If you were forced to be on a reality show, which would it be?

The Amazing Race. I used to work in reality television and so I know what goes on behind the scenes at most reality shows. TAR is the only one I would ever even consider because at least you get to see the world and go on adventures.

The movie you can recite the most lines from

The Princess Bride

Holiday you’d most like to abolish

Halloween, but only for adults. This is a kid holiday, people! What are you doing?

You’re a groupie. Who’s the band?

Ryan Adams. That’s not really a band, but he’ll always be my favorite musician.

Best book you’ve ever read

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. Many years ago when I still lived and worked in L.A., I randomly picked up a coworker’s copy (we were on set and I was bored) and could not put it down. I went to a bookstore immediately and bought my own copy and devoured it. I’ve since bought several more copies because I keep giving mine away to people because I’m desperate for them to read it. It’s phenomenally compelling.

Your favorite thing to do alone

Watch TV. That way no one talks and interrupts the action. (Yes, I’m that person.)

First concert

New Kids on the Block. I’m old!

Cake or Bacon?

Cake. Cake is my favorite food, which explains a lot about why my pants don’t fit.

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What I’ll Be Watching: Tuesdays

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 Tuesdays this fall (all times are Eastern):

8:00 PM on CW – Hart of Dixie: (New Night!) This show is my palette cleanser. I watch so many shows full of angst, shows I get so involved in! It’s nice to have a one hour reprieve from that. Something fun and easy and even a little bit fluffy. And I get to see Rachel Bilson and Scott Porter, favorites from other shows. Also, there’s Wilson Bethel’s abs. Lots of his abs. (Premieres October 2nd)

9:00PM on ABC – Happy Endings: I only picked up this show last year and am now kicking myself for not having watched it from the start. Easily one of the funniest shows on television. And do not miss Stephanie‘s hilarious recaps of the show on OffColorTV.com. (Premieres October 23rd)

9:30 PM on ABC – Don’t Trust the B**** in Apt. 23: How can you not enjoy watching James Van Der Beek parody himself as a total douche bag? Every time Dawson’s Creek is mentioned a unicorn is born. Krysten Ritter is also huge fun. Even when her Chloe is a total bitch. (Premieres October 23rd)

10:00 PM on NBC – Parenthood: This show was one of my summer marathons and worth every minute I spent crying. An absolute heart warming masterpiece. Check out my full write up here. Cannot wait to rejoin the Bravermans in the next chapter of their lives. (Premieres September 11th)

10:00 PM on FX – Sons of Anarchy: My husband started watching this show from the beginning and it remains one of his faves. It’s so good that I found myself sucked in as well. So many questions after last year’s finale! Did Tara make the right choice? Where is Opie? And most importantly, how often will Jax have his shirt off? (Premieres September 11th)

*Programming note: My husband and I usually watch Happy Endings and Sons of Anarchy together on Wednesday evenings before prime time starts and because of this I may have a chance to check out Emily Owens, M.D. on The CW. Hopefully it’s light and cute and even mildly entertaining.

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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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill – 1×01, 1×02, 1×03 & 1×04

Four weeks ago today we said goodbye to One Tree Hill for good and I wrote my final recap of the show. Or so I thought. Like many other OTH fans, I’m having a hard time letting go. So, starting today, I will be writing up the first eight seasons of One Tree Hill  from the beginning. I had such a great time recapping season 9 and have missed my OTH Wednesdays and my OTH Family so much that I’ve decided to go back and recap them all, 4 episodes at a time, every Wednesday for 44 weeks. I can’t seem to make myself stop watching it anyways so I may as well, right? I’m really looking forward to writing them and hope you guys enjoy reading them as well! XOXO

1×01 – “Pilot”

Overview: Half brothers Nathan and Lucas Scott find their separate worlds colliding when Lucas is invited to join the high school basketball team.

Random Observations:

  • Good LORD James looks so young. It’s rather shocking after watching season 9. Baby boy grew up very nicely.
  • Every time I see one of the players take off their over shirt thing, I think of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie and the coach that was always folding them on the sidelines. How awesome would it be to see Whitey folding shirts?
  • Peyton is gross. “Don’t bother showering tonight.” So she WANTS him to be stinky and sweaty when they bone later? No thanks (ok, maybe. It is James we’re talking about).
  • Junk is hilarious. I wish we would have had more of his commentary throughout the seasons.
  • So many iconic scenes in the Pilot. The bridge being the most iconic of them all I would say. I get chills every time I see it.
  • Karen has always been an HBIC.
  • Nathan’s nipple piercing. Who thought that would be a good idea? Hilarious.
  • Also, I am going to need to ask my guy friends if their girlfriends were allowed to shower with them in high school.
  • I love that Nathan has his own entrance song. It makes me laugh and roll my eyes at the same time. And it’s kinda hot.

Best Bit: I loved Lucas and Peyton’s convo on the side of the road. Knowing NOTHING about the show, I knew after seeing that, they’d end up together.

Ugh! Moment: Every time Dan Scott opens his mouth. What a douche bag.

Fave Quote: Lucas (quoting Shakespeare): “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune but omitted, and the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat and we must take the current when it serves or lose the ventures before us.”

Biggest Question: How exactly did Tim & Nathan escape punishment for the bus thing? Was it Dan? Principal Turner? Can anyone tell me????

On My iPod: “Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessional, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” by Jet, “Lapdance” by N.E.R.D, “Rest In Pieces” by Saliva.


1×02 – “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most”

Overview: Lucas struggles to find his place with the Ravens and with Nathan’s girlfriend.

Random Observations:

  • Nathan’s headphones make me laugh. As does the way he wears them. Thank GOD for ear buds. Did we all look that ridiculous back then?
  • How awkward is it when Dan yells “Son!” and Lucas turns around? Makes me cringe.
  • Nathan and Peyton appear to be trying to eat each other’s faces off while making out.
  • Nearly everything that comes out of Whitey’s mouth makes me laugh: “I’d stand up, but every time I do somebody kicks me in the ass for putting you on the team.” “Jagielski, when you find the pumps to match your skirt, you might meet us in the gym.”
  • “THUD Magazine” sounds like porn. Every time I hear it my first thought is some kind of Penthouse spoof.
  • How cute is it that Haley had a pet bunny as a kid? Hee!
  • The first two episodes have included a Dawson’s Creek references. Way to pay homage.
  • “Your art matters.” Another Lucas & Peyton moment that makes me smile.
  • Hearing Gavin’s “Belief” puts me in such a different OTH headspace that I forget that it plays on this episode. GREAT song.

Best Bit: Lucas turning to reveal that he had taken his last name off of his jersey. Such a bold move and proof that actions speak louder than words.

Ugh! Moment: “I didn’t invite you to come in. I just asked if you wanted to.” Peyton is such a bitch! And a total tease!

Fave Quote: Haley: “She doesn’t want to go. She doesn’t want her high school sweetheart, slash your brother Dan, slash the jerk who abandoned Lucas, slash the father of Nathan, the team’s star player… Slash my wrists if I have to hear the story again. Let’s go!”

Biggest Question: I don’t think I ever realized that it was Whitey who told Dan to take the scholarship even though Karen was pregnant. Did Dan decide on his own not to ask her to come along?

On My iPod: “Belief” by Gavin DeGraw

1×03 – “Are You True?”

Overview: Nathan takes his hazing of Lucas to the next step by asking Haley to be his tutor.

Random Observations:

  • Even though Nathan is still a total dick at this point, I feel bad for him when he misses that basket. Fricken Dan, man. Blech.
  • Keith and the hissing. I DIE LAUGHING. Can’t believe I had forgotten about that.
  • Naked people in the back seat count now sits at 1.
  • Ok. How hilarious is Nathan’s pouting and whining? He looks and sounds like such a toddler. Arms crossed and everything. Someone call the waaamulance.
  • Haley is pretty much the cutest thing ever.
  • How did I never see Lucas throw his name sticker thing on the burning boat? It’s amazing what you notice on the 8th rewatch.
  • Still amazed that they were allowed to show that much nakedness on The WB. That is a LOT of skin not being covered by basketballs. Wowzers.
  • Nathan’s black socks with his black shoes make it look like he’s wearing dress socks with gym shoes. Drives me nuts. Don’t ask me why. And no, I will never get over it.
  • There it is!! THE moment! *squeeeeee!!!!* Our favorite couple has now locked eyes for the very first time.
  • Every exchange Nathan and Haley have between now and 1×08 makes me a bit giddy.  Just so you know. (Ok, fine, I’ll admit it, they ALWAYS make me giddy).
  • GAH! That cocky smile. KILL ME NOW.

Best Bit: I bet you’ll NEVER guess! “Don’t say I never gave you anything.”

Ugh! Moment: Dan. Again. His constant yammering to Nathan makes me want to kick him in the nads. When I’m done with that, I’ll kick all those booster women in the box. What a bunch of slunts!

Fave Quote: Haley: “The point is at the end of the day, all your bluster and BS don’t mean anything to math because math don’t care. And neither do I.”

Biggest Question: Why does Haley apologize to Lucas before she goes to see Nathan? For the lie she hasn’t told yet? For helping the enemy?

On My iPod: “How Good It Can Be” by The 88 and “You Dance” by Eastmountainsouth.

1×04 – “Crash Into You”

Overview: As part of his deal with Haley, Nathan invites Lucas to a party where he does exactly what Haley told him not to.

Random Observations:

  • HA! This is the game Nathan tells Haley about in 6×02! Finally I figured it out!
  • LOL at Haley’s hat. She’s too cute.
  • Haley is so smart. And so sweet. Trying so hard to get those Scott boys to walk in the other’s shoes.
  • Nathan sees Lucas outside with Peyton before he decides to put the Dan & Karen video in. Not sure I realized that before. Still, not nice.
  • Haley: “I am really fine.” Nathan: “You’re a little high on yourself aren’t you? Goin around telling people you’re all fine?” CORN BALL CITY!
  • I really loved Deb for reaching out to Karen that way. She “seemed” so stable and normal and sweet.
  • Nathan is the worst liar. If some guy gave my car to ANYONE I would beat his ass. And then he wants sex. Adorable (not really cute at all though).
  • I cannot help but laugh at Nathan & Peyton’s last fight. He legit seems floored that she would break up with him. He even includes a lovely, high pitched “WHAT?”
  • EEEP! Haley is caught in a lie! All for a good cause though, right?

Best Bit: Nathan’s moments of honesty with Haley. First, about the possibility of life being easier without basketball and then about needing basketball to get away from his dad . The first glimpses of his vulnerability.

Ugh! Moment: Also Nathan. The party game, the video, the car accident. Dick moves. Majorly.

Fave Quote: Peyton: “I guess I’m just a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a bitch.”

Biggest Question:  Does Nathan know that Peyton is the one who drew the comic because he’s the guy who left his hat on during sex?

On My iPod: “Empty Apartment” by Yellowcard


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My Interview: Stephanie Pierce

My favorite writer this week is Stephanie Pierce (@sjopierce on Twitter) from OffColorTV.com. Stephanie has the BEST taste in TV.  Like me, she is a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries, Tim Riggins, Ron Swanson and she is the main reason I am TOTALLY obsessed with MTV’s Awkward. Along with recaps for Suits and The Glades, she writes the best Happy Endings recaps in the history of humans.  Stephanie will also be working with me and another friend on an upcoming, super fun project so stay tuned for that. In the mean time, read and learn why she is one of my favorite people.

You watch a LOT of TV because, like me, you are totally awesome. Of everything you’re watching right now, what is your favorite?

Are you kidding me with this question, Erin? Asking me what my favorite cookie is would have been easier to answer. It’s peanut butter by the way. Favorite show at the moment? Hmmm. Well, of course, I LOVE The Vampire Diaries but this season hasn’t exactly been my favorite (except for when Klaus drew Caroline a picture of a pony) and it would be a total cop out to say Happy Endings (but you all should seriously watch because it’s awesome). However, my favorite show on TV right now would have to be USA’s Fairly Legal. Why? Because it’s the one show that I watch purely for myself. Is it a show that’ll win all the awards? No, but it’s fun to watch with lots of lovable characters (and shirtless Michael Trucco) which is just what you need sometimes. Fairly Legal is my escape from the world and I can honestly say the most relaxing part of my week is Saturday morning when I’m lying in bed with my cup of coffee watching Fairly Legal on the DVR.

Anything you are wishing you could give up?

Glee. I hate that damn show so much but it’s like a car wreck you can’t look away from. There is nothing redeemable about the show with its preachy attitude and ridiculous storylines. I think the only reason I still tune in every week is to see how much further into the shitter they go. DAMN GLEE I WISH I KNEW HOW TO QUIT YOU! Also I really wish I could give up Weeds which pains me to say because I used to love that show SO HARD. After Nancy became queen of the slutty MILFs and Mexican drug cartels got involved, the show has gone downhill ever since. Plus I’ve never forgiven them for getting rid of Conrad. Silas, Andy, and Shane are the ONLY reason I still watch. They are perfect.

Finale time is around the corner. Is there a show you think will have the greatest cliff hanger? The saddest goodbye for the season?  

Probably The Vampire Diaries because let’s be real, that show does cliff hangers the best. Fringe might give it a run for its money though. That show leaves me with more questions than answers every single week but that’s Abrams for you. Saddest goodbye will for sure be House & One Tree Hill. I haven’t really watched it this season as Cuddy leaving sort of ruined the dynamic of everything for me but I have loved House for so long that when its series finale airs it will be like losing friend. I mean it won’t compete with how I felt sad and all alone in this world when Buffy, Alias, or LOST went off the air but I’ll still probably shed a tear. (Side note- I promise I’m not crazy enough that I think my TV shows or their characters are real. I just get super attached to good story-telling.) And One Tree Hill, well my dad and I stared watching the show together back when it first aired and while I’ve tuned in every now and then, he’s stuck with it the whole way. It will definitely be like saying goodbye to that last connection of my teenage years.

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

I really loved Fairly Legal and Suits when the premiered at the beginning of the summer last year on USA but my true favorite of this year is Showtime’s Homeland without a doubt. I mean it has Claire fucking Danes as its lead, how could one not love it?! Honestly though, this show is amazing and its writing leaves you gasping for breath at the end of every episode. I really don’t know how to describe this show except for batshit crazy good. And oh my god, their finale has me dying for its return. Thankfully, Showtime just announced its return in September so if you can catch up on it before then I highly advise it.

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

Ringer. As a HUGE Buffy fan I was expecting to fall head over heels for this show. Unfortunately, I fell right onto my ‘delete series recording’ button instead after the first episode. I just couldn’t get into it despite my SMG love and this is coming from a girl who owns ‘Simply Irresistible’ because of said love which might be one of the worst (read: BEST) movies ever.

I think we can agree that The Vampire Diaries has been amazeballs this season. Who is your stand out character for Season Three so far and why?

Klaus hands down. Here’s a character that when he was introduced I loved to hate him but I wasn’t overly attached whatsoever. If they would have killed Klaus off during the hybrid transformation in season two I would have been like, ‘Meh. So much for being un-killable.’ Enter season 3 Klaus and I cannot imagine the show without him. The writers have done a fantastic job growing this character from just the Big Bad into a character with depth and complexity that people can relate to on multiple levels. Basically Klaus went from this expendable chess piece into an absolute necessity for me. While Klaus is DEFINITELY villainous, I never want him to leave Mystic Fall if only because I want him and Caroline to run off to Europe where he spends his days drawing her pretty pictures. Gifting her pearl necklaces is optional. Seriously, the day they kill him off (and I know it well happen. I’m not delusional.) I will cry.

Favorite television character of all time:

Michelangelo from Ninja Turtles or Doogie Howser. Just kidding. It’s a tossup between Buffy Summers, Pacey Witter, Sydney Bristow, and Coach Eric Taylor. I will not choose so don’t even try to make me.

Favorite Television moment of all time:

I’m not sure I have a favorite FAVORITE but when Joey and Pacey are talking/reading to each other on True Love at the end of the season 4 premiere, “Coming Home”, is a moment that always stands out to me. I’ve had an obsession with sailboats ever since.

The show you wished would have never ended:

Most people would expect me to say Buffy but really it’d have to be LOST. There are no words to truly explain my love for this show. It was frustrating on so many levels but at the same time so rewarding. I like shows that make me think and question everything I know about it which is something LOST did better than anyone. You never thought for certain you had everything figured out. It still might be the only that left its viewers intentionally with so many questions left unanswered but that openness I think allowed fans to enhance the story in how they saw fit and you have to kind of respect that. I know a lot of people were upset with how it ended but I personally was okay with it. That final scene with a certain character’s eye closing- BEAUTIFUL. Oh and The Black Donnellys totally deserved a longer run than a 12 episode first season. I still think it’s one of the best hidden gems TV has created.

Marathon-ing TV shows you’ve never seen is all the rage these days. Any you are looking to start?

Vee from Vampire-Diaries.net loaned me The Good Wife season 1 and 2 a while back because of our mutual love of Matt Czuchry. I’m dying to start it up but it’s just been sitting there next to my TV waiting for me to pop it in once I find some free time in my crazy life. I’m hoping in the next week or so my life will have calmed down enough to so oogle Logan Huntzberger properly and to see what everyone is talking about.

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

Have fun and don’t take it all so seriously. TV shows provide entertainment and escape from everyday problems through engaging stories which is why we love it. If you aren’t having fun thus missing out on good storytelling because you’re too worried about who’s going to end up with who or if a story isn’t going how you want it to then you’re doing it all wrong. Also don’t be afraid to try new shows even if you think you won’t like them because they might end up surprising you. I repeat HAVE FUN. I cannot stress this enough.

Ps- if you ask me all these questions next week, all my answers are likely to change.

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My Interview: Carina MacKenzie

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.


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My Interview: Carrie Raisler


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?

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The Right Way to Die

I just recently re-watched episode 7×17 of One Tree Hill. At the end, Nathan & Jamie arrange an early Christmas so that they can celebrate one last holiday with Haley’s dying mother.

These kinds of episodes always lead me to ask dozens of questions. Questions of myself and others.

I lost my own mother 10 years ago, very suddenly. My loss was not like that of Haley James Scott. There were no last Christmas thoughts. My loss was closer to that of Buffy Summers. There was no warning. No sickness. One day she was there. The next day, she was not.

I am often asked, “Would you have preferred a sickness so that you could say goodbye, rather than the sudden end?”

It feels like a game of “would you rather” and the options are having my right arm or right leg chopped off. Is there a right answer?

For me and Buffy and Dawson Leary there is the knowledge that our loved one didn’t suffer. They were there and then they were gone. We, of course suffer all of it. But for those that we loved, there is no pain, no second guessing, no, “what if”.

My Aunt lost her husband two years ago. And not in the most pleasant of ways. Am I glad she was able to say goodbye? Absolutely. But I would never wish the pain of watching a loved one suffer the way that he did on anyone. Ever.

Do I wish I had even 10 more minutes with my mother? To ask her all of the questions, to tell her how much she meant to me? To thank her for all of her sacrifice? To find out how she made her special soup? Of course I would want that. But never at the expense of her suffering.

I can imagine that there is a sense of closure people get when they know ahead of time that someone will die. Everyone wants the chance to say goodbye. But I can imagine that there is also the horror of watching someone you love melt into nothing right before your eyes.

The last image I have of my mother is her standing on our lawn, waving goodbye, yelling for us to be safe,  as we headed off for a camping trip.

There is no right way or good way or easy way to lose someone. All you can do is close your eyes, take a deep breath, and thank the world that you had them even for a minute. And then LIVE.

Ten years later, I still do it, every day.


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