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10 Random Questions with Crissy Calhoun

Not only does Crissy Calhoun (@crissycalhoun on Twitter) write one of our favorite Vampire Diaries recaps (which can be read at Vampire-Diaries.net) but she also writes our favorite unofficial companion (if you have not done so already, you can purchase all three books in the Love You to Death series on Amazon. ) You can read more about her and her passions on her blog: The Calhoun Tribune.

Favorite Color

I wish I knew. This one always stumps me when I have to answer security questions. Definitely not yellow. Sorry, yellow.

Do you read fanfic?

Not even once. Sad life I lead.

Last episode of television that made you cry

Usually it’s Parenthood. But the last episode of TV that made me cry made me weep and it was The Vampire Diaries‘ “Stand By Me.”

The drink you order when someone else is buying

Wait, am I supposed to order something different than I’d buy myself? Uh, bourbon on the rocks please and thanks.

Song you will never get enough of

“Break the Ice” by the one and only Ms. Britney Spears.

The name of your secret spy identity

Georgia tot Sint Jans.

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

Les Mis, and um… Didn’t dislike it.

Your favorite food to make for yourself

Cheese melt!

Favorite smell

Lavender

Waffles, Pancakes or French Toast?

Cheese melt!

First concert

That I choose to go to? Paula Abdul.

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10 Random Questions with Melissa Miller

My random questions this week are with my good friend and wonderful writer, Melissa Miller from Small Screen Scoop.com. Melissa has great taste in television (I know that because we like so many of the same shows) and gives good recap. You can read my previous interview with Melissa here. Also, be sure to follow her on twitter after reading her (more than) ten random answers below!

Favorite Color

Emerald green, usually. But I also like purple and grey. Not 50 Shades of it though.

Do you read fanfic?

Not really. But not because I’m not interested in some of it, especially the pieces my friends write or recommend. I just am so overloaded with work, that I barely acknowledge my kids exist sometimes as it is, so I have to give something up. That seems like a good one to drop.

Person you’d most like to have dinner with tonight

My best friends, Nicole and Erin. They actually haven’t met (they are from two different groups of friends, one in NY the other in CA) and I think it would be amazing if I could get them in a room together. Plus I miss them both terribly, so even if it was only 5 minutes and we could just hug for a minute, that would be amazing.

Last episode of television that made you cry

Inevitably the answer to this question is Parenthood, am I right?

The drink you order when someone else is buying

So, the only people that buy me drinks that are not my husband are my friends and I don’t like to make them buy me expensive drinks. Usually it’s red beers at The Peacock (or favorite dive bar) because they only cost $1.25, so we buy rounds for each other and it’s very cheap. We are cheap. Or, maybe, a Two Towns Incider. Wow… that answer is very “I live in Oregon.”

Song you will never get enough of

“Call Me Maybe.” No, wait, that’s not right. “Blackbird” by The Beatles is one of my all-time favorites. At least that is what just popped in my head. Ask me later, and I’ll probably answer another way.

The name of your secret spy identity

I’m mostly Russian, so probably something involving the name Natasha or Irina.

Tumblr. Yes or no?

I’m old and just can’t get into it. I want to… but do I need another time suck? Though I appreciate all of your pretty links on twitter, friends.

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

Les Miserables, and yes. Duh. TWO FOUR SIX OH ONE!

Favorite musical instrument

Depends on who is playing it. Is it a soulful guy, inevitably in a flannel? Then the guitar. Obviously.

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

Ummmmmmmmmmmm……… The only ones I would want to be on I’m not qualified for. Can I judge one? I want to judge Top Chef.

The movie you can recite the most lines from

The list that I could answer this question with is embarrassingly long. I’m not sure I even want to start naming them.

Ferris wheel, Roller Coaster or Arcade?

In this order: Roller coaster, arcade, Ferris Wheel of Death (I don’t like Ferris wheels)

Holiday you’d most like to abolish

Columbus Day

You’re a groupie. Who’s the band?

Band of Ninjas. Because they are my friends and I love them.

Your favorite food to make for yourself

I make a pasta with just some garlic, olive oil, lemon, crushed red pepper and parm. It’s simple but if I need some comfort food, that always does it. Or, you know, cookie dough without any egg so I can just eat it. Because I’m a GIRL.

Best book you’ve ever read

What sort of sick and twisted person are you for asking me such a question, Erin?! HOW. DARE. YOU! Ha. Ummm…. Pride & Prejudice is my completely cliche and girly answer. Mostly because I can’t possibly try to think of a cooler or better answer.

Favorite smell

Anything that smells clean, like things that are labeled as “linen scent.” I love that.

Waffles, Pancakes or French Toast?

French Toast, I guess. But I’d prefer eggs and bacon. Mmmmm. Bacon.

Best GIF you’ve ever seen

The one of Kermit the Frog doing his crazy excited wavy hands thing. Because if I’m ever excited about anything, that is what plays in my head.

Travel and/or flight ritual?

Valium. Just kidding. I don’t really have one except making sure I have gum and something to read that doesn’t suck.

Your favorite thing to do alone

Watch Parenthood. People shouldn’t be in the room when I watch that.

First concert

I’m honestly not sure. I want to say something like The Beach Boys. My dad liked to take us to concerts for his favorite bands.

Cake or Bacon?

Maple bacon cake. So there.

Pajamas in public. Yes or no?

Soooo…. When you get older and have kids, if you wear PJs in public it goes from being “adorably quirky” to “giving up on life.” In other words, no. No PJs in public. MAYBE yoga type pants if I’m traveling all day, but in general, no.

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10 Random Questions with Carina MacKenzie

Most of you who follow my favorite TV shows know Carina MacKenzie of Zap2It. She has a seriously awesome job. She’s also a pretty awesome lady. I’ve chatted with Carina before about The Vampire Diaries Friday Night LightsOne Tree Hill and television in general. This time, Carina has agreed to answer a bunch of my random questions just for fun. And because she’s cool like that, she answered more than ten. Don’t forget to follow her on twitter for the latest news on all my TV faves.

Favorite Color:

Green. I don’t understand why green isn’t just universally accepted as the best color.

Do you read fanfic?

I used to, but not really anymore! People always tweet me links to TVD fan fiction but I’ve never read it. I did read a good Hunger Games one last year.

Person you’d most like to have dinner with tonight:

I hate myself because the first thing that came to mind was my dog. I’m going to die alone. (I would also really like to have dinner with Michael J. Fox. I’ve spent the last three years deciding what to ask him if I ever get to interview him. It’d be epic.)

Last episode of television that made you cry:

The Parenthood abortion episode, twice — when Drew went to his sister for help and when he went to his mom. Just a fantastic performance by Miles Heizer. He’s very underrated.

The drink you order when someone else is buying:

Wine. And I make them choose it. 

Song you will never get enough of:

“Thunder Road.”

The name of your secret spy identity:

Working on getting that declassified.

Tumblr. Yes or no?

No. Every time I go on Tumblr I regret it. I generally see people saying terrible things about me, and then I try to defend myself, and I end up looking like the asshole, not them, and then I have to go eat my feelings and then they call me fat and it’s a really vicious cycle. So obviously I keep coming back for more.

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

Zero Dark Thirty. I liked it when I watched it, but when I thought about it further I decided it was pretty overrated. 

Favorite musical instrument:

Acoustic guitar. I don’t know, I’m not musically inclined at all.

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

“True Life: I’m A Vampire Diaries Fan”

The movie you can recite the most lines from:

I can, quite literally, recite Back to the Future from beginning to end. I do it in my head when I can’t sleep.

Ferris wheel, Roller Coaster or Arcade?

Roller coaster.

Holiday you’d most like to abolish:

Even when I’m not single, I have always hated Valentine’s Day.

You’re a groupie. Who’s the band?

Does Taylor Swift count? I’d be a groupie for Taylor Swift.

Your favorite food to make for yourself:

I pretty much don’t cook ever, but when I do I make super healthy chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. But seriously, I can’t cook. I get scrambled eggs delivered.

Best book you’ve ever read:

OK, so I have to qualify this answer. I tend to judge media by how much it hurts me, not how much I enjoy it. This is because I am a masochist, apparently, but also because I think that it’s easy for a book or a TV show or a movie to make someone feel great. It’s more of an accomplishment if a book or a TV show or a movie can make someone feel gutted and sad and alone, if it can make you feel changed. That said, the best book I’ve ever read is “Columbine” by Dave Cullen. It absolutely destroyed me and I thought about little else for weeks after I read it. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to just anyone, but it changed the way I see people and the way I react to tragedy. My favorite book that made me feel good is “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. I get something new out of it every time I read.

Favorite smell:

Voluspa’s Suede Blanc candle. It smells sexy.

Waffles, Pancakes or French Toast?

French toast.

Best GIF you’ve ever seen:

That is an impossible question to answer. Crying Dawson is up there.

Travel and/or flight ritual?

The last few plane rides I’ve been on I’ve done Twitter Q&As. People ask me the most random stuff. It’s amazing how time flies when you’re talking about yourself.

Your favorite thing to do alone:

Write.

First concert:

It was one of those Jingle Ball things in NYC; I went with my two best friends and my dad. Christina Aguilera was the headliner, Destiny’s Child was there, I remember Vitamin C, BBMak, and the band Fisher. Fisher was just a nobody band who experienced a tiny moment that year because their song was the song that played when Pacey and Joey boned for the first time. My dad was miserable.

Cake or Bacon?

Bacon. 

Pajamas in public. Yes or no?

I used to be a yes person, but I also used to wake up still-drunk a lot. No.

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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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Parenthood: Spend Time with the Bravermans

Finding a television show on NBC that I can really care about is pretty rare. Which is probably why I never gave Parenthood, the television series, a fair shot when it first started. And I’m really sad that that happened. Especially because this show seems to have filled some of the Friday Night Lights sized whole left in my heart. Most likely due to the many shared cast members and production staff. That alone should have drawn me to it right away.

Over the last 4 days of marathoning the first 3 seasons, I’ve really gotten to know the  family, the Braverman clan. I have bawled my eyes out and laughed my butt off. Both of which surprised me. For anyone who is used to a loud family, always talking over each other, always getting in each other’s business and always being the most important part of life, the Bravermans will make you feel right at home. For those who never had that, they will make you feel as if you always have.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a big fan of the 1989 movie of the same name, staring Steve Martin and I wasn’t sure how the series would stack up. It’s remarkable how well they’ve done, following those established character cues while also adding more depth, more heart and just the right amount of added drama. If you know the movie well, it will be easy to match each television character to its movie counterpart. And the casting of these counterparts is absolutely phenomenal. There is not a weak actor on the show, including the many familiar guest stars they have flowing in and out of the lives of the central family structure. Lauren Graham is flawless as is Mae Whitman who plays her daughter. Monica Potter and Erika Christensen are stunning, never failing to make me cry right along with them. Dax Shepard has blown away any expectations I ever had and the rest of the cast is equally recognizable and amazing. I have fallen in love with every single one of them, flaws and all.

People who know me, know that I am a big fan of over the top drama and crazy plot lines, even the ones that make me roll my eyes. The beauty of this show though is the subtly of the conflict and the realness of the story. Not one of the characters faces a problem that I myself or a loved one hasn’t faced. And it’s the family’s reactions to and resolutions of these conflicts that make them ever more endearing and heartwarming. No one is perfect. Bad things happen. But family always has your back.

The first 2 seasons of Parenthood are available on Netflix streaming and season 4 will be airing this fall on NBC. Time well spent.

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