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Watch Out for Falling Ships

Tonight is TVD finale night and I know that there are a lot of troubled minds out there, whiling away the hours until we know for certain what to stress about all summer long. My only hope for this last hour of season 3 is that the true fans really enjoy it.

Trust me when I say that there is a difference between good TV and TV I want to fall asleep to, watching  over and over and over. Sometimes they are one and the same but that is a rare thing to find. Take Buffy for example. “The Body” and “Hush” are two of the finest hours television has to offer. But neither gives me happy warm feelings that I want to carry with me through my dreams. Bad TV is not TV that upsets me, it’s TV that fails to make me give a crap.

I love that TV invokes such passion in people. In me! In us! I also hate that it becomes something that perpetuates hate and disharmony among those that take it too seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I take my shows very seriously! I just think that it’s important to remember that watching television is a leisure activity. If you are so upset about a show that you are willing to use one of your precious life moments to type out a death threat or a suicide note over a character, coupling or story line, maybe you should stop, take a step back and reevaluate what it is you’re really missing in your life.

I cannot imagine how difficult it is to write a successful television show. The thought of even trying makes my brain hurt. It is a true art form that is sometimes so overlooked. When I see gifted writers and show runners getting hate for the simple fact that people disagree with their art, with their passion, I take personal offence. I reflects poorly on everyone who has taken the time to watch. It’s impossible to please everyone all of the time. It’s also time consuming and exhausting. If your television show has stopped pleasuring you there is something you can do! STOP WATCHING! I know. It sounds really hard. But trust me, SO worth it! Farewell Glee and Gossip Girl!! You left behind sweet memories and less animosity! Thank you!

So, no matter what happens , keep these things in mind as you watch tonight and as you watch any other show you claim to love. Great television is not about warm bunnies tucking you in to bed and there are no ships that will return your dignity once it sails away. Happy viewing!

(dibs on the show about bunnies tucking brats into bed)

 

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My Interview: Melissa Leaman

This week’s favorite writer is Melissa Leaman. Melissa is the Film & TV editor for Portrait Magazine, a contributing writer at Off Color TV.com and a dear friend of mine. I had the extreme pleasure of getting to meet and hang with Melissa at last summer’s San Diego Comic Con and feel pretty secure in saying that she is a long lost sister if only by Television relations. Not only do we share love for The Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, we also share detest for shipper wars, political atrocities and chips with calories. Be sure to follow Melissa on Twitter and on her personal blog for more of the awesome I have come to depend on DAILY.

You watch just a bit of TV now and again. Of everything you’re watching right now, what is your favorite?

A bit! Oh how happy my mother would be if I only watched a bit. Hmm, now obviously, I can’t pick just one favorite show but perhaps I can squeak in with a top 2. Happy Endings is another absolute favorite. I’m a diehard Friends fan but there really hasn’t been a show to fill that void but still be unique in a long time. Enter Happy Endings. (There has to be a dirty joke in there somewhere). Brax is epicness incarnate and Jane is perfection. I’m always laughing when I watch & it’s become a can’t miss. Finally would be Vampire Diaries. I could go on and on but I will simply say that it is refreshing to watch a show that constantly outdoes itself by pushing plot lines, without sacrificing character development (with minimal exception). Even when I don’t like a character, I can understand exactly why the writers went in that direction. That’s rare in a show and highly commendable.

Is there a show you wish you could give up?

Gossip Girl. And Glee if I’m being honest. I despise both shows but there’s just enough there that sucks me back in. Specifically, Dan/Blair on Gossip Girl & the song performances, Naya Rivera & Dianna Agron on Glee.

Like me, you are a big fan of One Tree Hill. How do you feel about the final season so far? What are you expecting from the series finale?

I’m a little bored if I’m being completely honest. Granted, we both share a love for all things Naley, so the reduced scenes due to James Lafferty’s partial contract and Bethany Joy Galeotti having a baby, doesn’t help. But the previews and buildup made it seem like the show was going to be very intense this season, not so la-di-da, look at their happy lives. I would’ve preferred to jump into the chaos , rather than start so slow.

As for the finale, I definitely want everyone to be happy but I’d prefer a little drama beforehand. Season 8 has a perfect series finale so I’m not really feeling a complete repeat of that. Or perhaps something like the S4 finale, when it was the core group, back on the river court. I’d love to see all the kids playing basketball while their parents are sitting on the picnic table, cheering them on.

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

Revenge is easily my favorite of the new shows. I love the soapy nature and the fact that so many shows wouldn’t cross the lines this show is. It’s like the writers sit around going ‘wouldn’t this be a hoot?’ and then put it in the show. Plus Batman!Nolan is the greatest thing ever. Hart of Dixie is an extremely close second.

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

Once Upon a Time. Not that I don’t enjoy the show, I do, but it hasn’t lived up to the expectations. I feel like if a show is going to set up a big mystery, there need to be developments on it. And nothing happens. I’ve told myself I’m spoiled by The Vampire Diaries but I really don’t think it’s measuring up.

To say that we love The Vampire Diaries would be a mild understatement. Who is your stand out character for Season Three so far and why?

Oh I hate you! How am I supposed to choose? I think each actor has stepped up their game but I’ll give the win to Joseph Morgan’s portrayal of Klaus. (Stefan & Caroline come very close but I feel like Caroline got her debut in S2, and Candice simply continues to knock it out of the park. And Paul Wesley has been brilliant this season but anyone who was paying attention could see that in little moments throughout the early seasons. ) Wow, tangent. So yes, Klaus wins for me. I wasn’t immediately frightened, creeped out or impressed by Klaus (something @abbygraham is happy to give me grief for) but this season has really changed that. He’s fast becoming one of my favorite characters and I’ll be very sad to see him leave. I’m desperately hoping for an Originals spinoff.

Favorite television character of all time:

Oz. With Caroline fast approaching him for a tie. She’s already beaten Buffy as my favorite female character (I can’t believe that happened) but she  hasn’t quite surpassed Oz. Oz, for anyone who’s crazy, is Seth Green’s character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love Oz. I have clips saved of nothing but Oz so I can watch his scenes over and over again. Oz is the guy who knows exactly who he is, who he wants to be, and doesn’t care a whit if others disagree. I find that incredibly inspiring.

Favorite Television moment of all time:

Easily from Buffy 3×1. No contest. Buffy’s a complete wreck at this point and has run away, going by the name Anne. Long story short, she ends up trapped with many other people in an alternate demon world. Everyone there has no life left in them basically. It’s like life just kept knocking them around and they finally gave up. So there’s this moment where the demon is asking each person who they are, forcing them to answer “nobody” & admit that they don’t matter. That’s when it clicks for Buffy. She is somebody. She can fight it or ignore it for a while but in the end, she knows exactly who she is, and that is someone who isn’t about to let anyone tell who she can be or how she can feel. So the demon asks her and she looks up at him & says “I’m Buffy. The vampire slayer. And you are?” in this fantastically snarky voice. The demon raises his club & then Buffy proceeds to kick his ass. I love that moment because it was such a defining moment for the character but it also taught me a lot. I was 16 during this episode & trying to figure out who I was compared to who the world told me I should be. Buffy gave me confidence to be myself. Anytime I start to second guess that, I watch the scene again.

The show you wished would have never ended:

Dallas. (Kidding!) Actually none.  I don’t always agree with how a show ends or maybe I’d hope for another season but I don’t think I’d want any show to have continued. I think of shows like My So Called Life or Freaks & Geeks and I doubt they could’ve been as great after 5 or 10 seasons. But if you forced me to choose? Friends. I think Friends could’ve pulled off a few more seasons without screwing up the show.

Is there a show you’ve never watched but always wanted to?

I feel like this question probably shouldn’t apply to shows currently on TV that I just haven’t figured out how to fit in yet. I think I’ll go with Everwood. I’m just worried about it. I’d never watched Felicity and I just started a few weeks ago and I’m kind of bored. There’s a sort of magic to old WB shows and rewatching them is wonderful but they don’t all hold up to today. So I’m kind of nervous that Everwood won’t be as epic as I want it to be.

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

Take a beat. It is so easy to get caught up in the drama of the actors, the fans, the show and more that it can be really easy to forget how to enjoy the show on its own merits. So I would say take a moment and remember why you fell in love. But more importantly, I would tell TV watchers to ask them a question about why they’re frustrated with a show or character. Is it because things aren’t going their way or because the integrity of the characters has been sacrificed? And integrity doesn’t have to mean being a good person in this case. Take Stefan on this season of TVD. I know it’s been frustrating for many to see him be the bad guy. But the way he’s being a bad guy isn’t actually different from how he did things as good Stefan. Damon plans. Stefan looks for the fastest solution to getting what he wants and does exactly that. The actions are scarier now but the motivations haven’t changed. That’s a case where fans may not be super happy, but the writers haven’t lost sight of the character. On the other end we have Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. The shippers can fight all they want but most of the fans I know are just frustrated that the writers have lost sight of who Blair, and indeed most of the characters are.

So I would say TV viewers should ask themselves why they’re upset. And if it’s just because you aren’t happy, take a beat, remember that you don’t own the show, and get over it. Or maybe take a break and come back to the show when you can marathon several episodes at once. Sometimes it helps to see a fuller story to fall back in love.  It’s just television people. It should be fun.

*And to non-genre TV watchers…don’t judge. A good story is a good story, regardless of what mythical or magical things might be going on.

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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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