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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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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: 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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