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What I’ll Be Watching: Sundays

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 both my Tivo and I will get the most out of the television viewing experience. This is my schedule for Sundays this fall (all times are Eastern):

8:00 PM on ABC – Once Upon a Time: I am really behind on this one and considering how busy Sundays are, I’m still not sure if I’ll try to catch up. I did really like the first half of the first season though so we’ll have to see. I’m a real sucker for fairy tales. (Premieres September 30th)

9:00 PM on ABC – Revenge: My favorite new show from last year. Cannot wait to see what kind of trouble those Hampton folks get into next. Who’s gone? Who’s coming back? And who is next on Emily’s list? (Premieres September 30th)

9:00 PM on AMC – The Walking Dead: The first part of the 2nd season was so slow that I almost didn’t come back after hiatus. So very glad that I did though. Shit got real, real fast! They’ve lost a lot of friends and enemies but that building behind them in the finale looks promising! And despite having the worst wife and kid left on the planet, I am still fully Team Rick. And Daryl. They should ride off together. (Premieres October 14th)

9:00 PM on Showtime – Dexter: I have loved this show since the beginning. Michael C. Hall is as close to perfection as it gets for serial killers I want to shirtless hug. I may even pick this one up to start recapping this year. It’s just too good not to talk about. Especially after watching the first two minutes of the premiere! HOLY CRAP!  (Premieres September 30th)

10:00 PM on ABC – 666 Park Ave.: I love the idea of this show. It looks spooky and mysterious and just a little bit campy. Plus it has One Tree Hill hottie Rob Buckly and LOST‘s beloved Terry O’Quinn. Not too shabby. (Premieres September 30th)

10:00 PM on Showtime – Homeland: A show that I have just recently started watching and LOVE!! The intensity is mind blowing! Really hope I am able to catch up in time for season 2! (Premieres September 30th)

Of course, this entire schedule gets thrown right out the window if either mine or my husband’s football team is playing on Sunday night. Go Broncos!

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 the one 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: Clarissa of TVOvermind.Com

My favorite writer this week is Clarissa (@clarissa373 on Twitter), managing editor for TVovermind.com and BIG Supernatural fan. Clarissa has written extensive and detailed articles about what should and/or might come next for all of our favorite Supernatural characters when season 8 begins in the fall (find those articles here) and she continues to work hard on a multitude of other projects. Despite her busy schedule, she was kind enough to take some time to answer a few questions for me about Supernatural and TV in general.

We’re all highly anticipating an 8th season of Supernatural. You’ve written your wish lists for all the main characters but what is the ONE THING you are most looking forward to seeing in S8?

The ONE THING I’m most looking forward to seeing is the Purgatory storyline, and everything that it entails. See what I did there? I made it more than ONE thing. The good thing about Supernatural is that it can occasionally revisit storylines without necessarily feeling repetitive. The Purgatory storyline give Dean an opportunity to revisit his Hell storyline which, in turn, gives him an opportunity to: (a) survive a terrible ordeal and, hopefully, find his purpose for fighting once again, and (b) gives Sam an opportunity to save his brother this time around, thereby repairing any remaining fractures in their relationship. The Purgatory storyline is an opportunity for both of the main characters to grow, even if it’s separately for a little while.

You have mentioned that you don’t think that Bobby should come back from the dead another time. Maybe I am seeing things but it looked a bit like his flask hadn’t totally burned. IF Bobby were to return, what would you like to see happen with him?

I really wish they had never killed Bobby in the first place, if only because they brought him back for what amounted to little discernible reason. I accept the fact that death is not necessarily a permanent state in Supernatural, but why kill him twice only to bring him back a third time in season 8 (assuming that happens)? It seems like emotional manipulation for the fans. That being said, if Bobby does come back, I want him to come back alive. If that means that God steps in and resurrects him – or the angels, like they did with Adam – then I’ll happily accept that as a permanent state. He gets reanimated and goes back to fighting with the boys. No more ghostliness, no popping up in Purgatory or Heaven, just straight-up living/breathing Bobby. And maybe he gets a night with Sheriff Mills, because God knows that man needs to get some after his recently hellish ordeal.

We both agree that Dean’s trip to Purgatory could be a great way for him to kind of snap back into his former, hot shit, less apathetic, hunter self. There are lots of monsters for him to fight. If ONE monster fight were to affect him more than any other, what monster would you choose?

I would like to see him fight a “monster” from his past … ideally, Azazel. But I have all sorts of rules in my head about what should/should not be in Purgatory, and I don’t think demons would be there. But keeping in line with monsters from Dean’s past, I would pick Gordon Walker. Some fans argue that the show hasn’t always had continuous characterizations of its main characters, but I’ve always felt that secondary characters have had great continuity. Gordon was one of those characters who was consistently a nuisance and/or evil from day 1. The villains in Supernatural usually fall into a few categories: you have the big bads of the season(s) who stick around for a while, you have the monsters- of-the-week who can often be compelling, you have people like Meg and Crowley who have been long-lasting, but are occasionally allies, so sometimes it’s hard to see them as true villains, and then you have people like Gordon, who was always a villain and stuck around for a while, even if he was pretending to be a good guy. Like we’ve both mentioned, Dean’s trip to Purgatory could be a kick-in-the-pants for him, and what better way to get back to his fighting spirit then facing a (literal) monster from his past? And, more particularly, a monster from his past when he *was* an ass-kicking hunter.

Supernatural has had an AMAZING Technicolor dream coat of guest stars. If you could have one of the recurring characters back for an episode, who would it be and in what capacity?

I want John Winchester to return. I think that, out of all the characters who have died on this show, he is one character that still has an unfinished story. We learned most of what we know about John through his sons and I’d like the boys to have an opportunity to see their father one last time. More importantly, I’d like John to have the opportunity to see the men that his boys have become. A lot of people give John grief for the type of father he was, but I think he did the best that he could under the most terrible of circumstances. The fact that, in the end, he was willing to endure an eternity of Hell to save his eldest son’s life tells me what kind of a father he was. I appreciate Bobby’s place as a surrogate father in the Winchester boys’ lives, but before the show ends, I’d like to see John just one more time.

The 2011-12 Television season provided a large number of amazing shows. Other than Supernatural, was there one you loved more than all of the others?

I love so many shows, including dramas like The Good Wife, which I feel consistently delivers each and every episode. And The Vampire Diaries have been firing on all cylinders this season. But if I had to pick two shows that I loved more than all of the others, I would have to say Revenge and Once Upon a Time, and I love them both for very different reasons. For me, Revenge was a return to the true primetime soap opera. Does it have ridiculous scenarios? Of course it does. But it realizes that and doesn’t take itself too seriously. I like that this soapy drama proved itself to be must-see-TV. With Once Upon a Time, I liked that it was so different from anything else on television. The show had some problems with pacing in its first season, but I liked the fact that it took chances and delivered the type of show that can be watched by both children and adults. Josh Dallas riding a horse didn’t exactly hurt the show either.

Is there currently a show in your watch list that you wish you could give up?

Gossip Girl. No one seems to like it anymore – least of all the cast themselves. But I started watching it on day 1, and I’ll be there at the end (just like I was with Passions….shut up).

Sounds like there are a lot of great pilots coming to us in the fall. Is there a pilot that you are more excited about, above all others? If so, what can you tell us about it?

I’m most excited by three pilots right now: Nashville, Arrow and The Following. Nashville feels like a grown-up version of Dallas, but without all of the soapiness. I didn’t think I would like it, because I don’t like country music, but I adored the pilot. Connie Britton, who I didn’t really know until now, is sublime as an aging country music star, and all of the other characters fit perfectly into the story. Sure, there’s going to be an element of soap opera, but it doesn’t feel cheap. Arrow is the complete opposite of Nashville….a true super hero story. I didn’t really watch Smallville, but it’s a different look and feel altogether. I love Stephen Amell in the title role (staring at his abs isn’t exactly a hardship, if you know what I mean) and the whole show is a combination of fun/complex fight scenes and a compelling- enough story. I think that with Arrow, The CW has the next Vampire Diaries on its hands….finally.

Finally, I don’t know how to describe the wonder that is The Following except to say that the pilot feels like a two hour movie in less than 60 minutes. And that’s not an insult at all. It doesn’t feel crammed or rushed, it just feels *big*. The performances are stellar, the production value is terrific, and the story will scare the hell out of you. If the American public doesn’t absolutely adore The Following I will throw my computer at my television and declare myself done with the entire television industry.

Summer TV is in full swing. Is there anything you are watching right now that you are totally in love with?

I always love watching Pretty Little Liars during the summer. The truth is, I actually prefer to take a break throughout most of the summer because I watch so much TV throughout the fall-winter season that I feel like I need a break. Between Comic-Con and watching new pilots, I keep myself busy. Although, I have to say that I’m liking Breaking Pointe a lot more than I thought I would. I find it fascinating to watch the sheer amount of work these dancers put in to become professionals. Also, while watching stuff like Cake Boss makes me feel hungry, watching Breaking Pointe is a huge deterrent for snacking at night.

Now it’s time for the hard questions!!

Favorite television character of all time:

Buffy Summers. This actually wasn’t that hard of a question (although the next one is nearly, nearly impossible). To me, there’s two ways of looking at Buffy: on the one hand, she’s a supernaturally- gifted fighter, on the other, she’s a human being. In fact, Buffy is probably one of the most human – and, therefore, flawed – character I’ve seen in a long time. If you take the series as a metaphor for life (which you very often could), then Buffy’s characterization reveals that she’s a person like the rest of us – strong, brave, needy, funny, loving, and occasionally stupid…in other words, she’s a normal person.

I don’t always agree with her choices (the whole Spike storyline comes to mind), but I respect the fact that Joss Whedon and Sarah Michelle Gellar made her as human as they could.

Dean Winchester comes in a close second. Like Buffy, he’s a tragic hero figure who is so painfully human it makes him compelling to watch. I find that characters in genre shows – the kind of characters who are put in fantastical situations that you think could never be real – are the kinds of characters that are more human than the regular humans.

Favorite Television moment of all time:

It’s impossible to choose a single moment. I love the final moments of the LOST pilot, which is still one of my favorite pilots ever (followed very closely by The Following). When Charlie asks where they are, as the culmination to all of the crazy occurrences in the pilot, it feels like a big moment. Little did we know what it would lead to. That island would spawn some incredible (and, yes, silly) moments throughout its six year run, but I keep going back to those final moments of the pilot and thinking “we’re in for a wild ride”. I love two moments in Buffy: the scene where Buffy fights Angelus and then sends him to Hell, because it’s such a great fight scene followed by utter despair, and the moment in the finale where Buffy is getting beaten down and then finally stands up against The First Evil. The line Buffy delivers (“I want you… to get out of my face”) is so utterly *Buffy* that it always resonates with me. With Supernatural, there are so many incredible, emotional moments, but if I had to pick just one, I would say the final fight scene in “Swan Song”, when Sam/Lucifer is beating on Dean, and he’s just sitting there and taking it, brokenly telling Sam that he’s not going to lose him. Then there’s that beautiful (silent) montage of the brothers’ relationship, and it breaks my heart every time.

The show you wish would have never ended:

I wish Supernatural had never ended. Oh, we got another season? Wicked. Next question. But seriously, as much as there are many shows I wish had never ended (I think Angel ended before its time, even if I wasn’t crazy about every storyline), I think there’s a natural ending to most shows and most of the shows I’ve watched have ended at a time that felt right.

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

Please, PLEASE love The Following. Also, stop with the ‘shipper wars. Instead, concoct elaborate fantasies in your head whereby you are one-half of your favorite couple. Trust me; it will make you far happier than getting involved in ‘shipper wars.

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My Interview: The Televixen, Melissa Girimonte

My favorite writer this week is Melissa Girimonte, Founder & Editor-in-Chief for TheTelevixen.com. Melissa is a big fan of my favorite vampire shows (True Blood and The Vampire Diaries) and one of the smartest writers on the web. She also does some amazing podcasting and theorizing. Be sure to follow Melissa on Twitter (@thetelevixen) for all the latest her brilliant mind has to offer.

Brilliant mind? You are way too kind …

You love television so much you were driven to create one of my favorite blogs on the subject. Of everything you’re watching right now, what is your favorite?

I’d have to say Fringe holds a very special place in my heart at the moment. The fourth season recently wrapped and I was sooooo happy to hear that it is getting a proper sendoff with a fifth season. I am so invested in each and every one of the characters and their journeys. I’m usually not one to “ship” a couple, but I absolutely adore Peter Bishop and Olivia Dunham together. Whenever something great happens for them (which is rare on Fringe), I can’t help but cheer and clap as if they were close friends. And Walter Bishop – how could you not want to just reach through the screen, smooth his hair and tell him everything is going to be alright?

Anything you are wishing you could give up?

I know I’m going to catch some serious heat for this one, but throughout the third and fourth seasons, I really wanted to say goodbye to True Blood. With a universe that rich with potential characters and storylines, they just seem to spend too much time on things I don’t give a rat’s a$$ about! Every summer, I say I’m not going to watch, and like clockwork, I get sucked back in by clever marketing and the hope that it will recapture the magic of its first two seasons.

With season finales upon us, which show had/will have the greatest cliff hanger? The saddest goodbye?

I’m expecting Revenge to end its season on a juicy note, and I’m nervous to see who’s going to meet their end on Game of Thrones. The saddest goodbye would have to go to Alaric Saltzman on Vampire Diaries. I may have cried and yelled at my television over that one. But there were also some sweet endings that left me smiling, like on Castle and How I Met Your Mother.

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

Revenge is definitely up there. I never expected to get caught up in that web of lies quite so easily. The LA Complex was also a great little surprise. It’s been a long time since there was some really good, soapy fun on my TV, and this one totally fits my smut quota!

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

Touch. It totally breaks my heart that it wasn’t what I hoped it would be, given my love of Kiefer Sutherland. They’ve played it way too safe to keep more people watching and that’s been its downfall in my opinion. Plus, I prefer Sutherland as the good guy with questionable methods!

What are your feelings on The Vampire Diaries Season 3? Do you have a stand out character and/or story line you just can’t get enough of?

Klaus was completely awesome all season and I really loved the little dance between him and Caroline. Some of those scenes had me reaching for the smelling salts because of major swooning! Elijah continues to rock as well, even sans side part. He just owns the screen whenever he’s on it!

What summer show are you most looking forward to?

Breaking Bad is at the top of my list. After last year’s jaw-dropping (pun intended) finale, I can’t wait to see where they go next. I’m also really excited for White Collar and Awkward. Oh, and there’s a new Canadian sci-fi series, Continuum, that starts at the end of May. It looks really promising!

Favorite television character of all time:

It’s a tie between Gwen Cooper on Torchwood and Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. A lot of people call Gwen a “Mary Sue”, but I have to disagree. She’s a strong, smart, gorgeous, butt kicking lady who faces unknown terrors head on, rocket launcher in hand, ready to help save Earth! And Lorelai Gilmore because I wish I could be as witty with words as she was.

Favorite television moment of all time:

I have a few. The phone conversation between Penny and Desmond in the Lost episode “The Constant”. I could watch that over and over again. Monica proposing to Chandler on Friends, her, down on one knee in the candlelit apartment when he thinks he’s missed his chance. The scene in the Angel episode “I Will Remember You” where Angel tells Buffy – after a moment of bliss and being a real couple – that he’s asked the PTBs to make him a vampire again because he can’t protect her. That exchange ruins me every single time! And finally, Jack and Ianto’s final scene together in Torchwood: Children of Earth. There isn’t a box of tissues large enough to sop up those tears!

I think I just realized something about myself. For someone who claims to not be invested in TV couples, I sure have an interesting choice of favourite TV moments!

The show you wished would have never ended:

I think that most shows that I’ve truly loved ended at the right time – Six Feet Under, Friends, Scrubs, just to name a few – but there are a few that I wish had at least another season, like Veronica Mars, Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Terriers. I think they still had some great stories to tell and their lives were cut way too short.

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

I know it’s easy to stick with TV shows that are “safe”, like most procedurals out there, but once in a while, you should jump head first into a series with an intricate storyline. It saddens me every TV season that some really great shows don’t get a fair shake because people don’t want to become invested. TV watchers should be willing to take more risks. This is a great time to be a TV fan!

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My Interview: Vampire-Diaries.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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My Interview: Melissa Miller

Some of you may not know this but one of my favorite things to do is to interview fellow TV writers/reviewers. I read so much about TV every day and through Twitter, I have become friendly with a great group of very gifted writers. Asking for exclusive interviews is one way I can confirm and show off the fact that I have the best taste in friends.

My favorite writer this week is Melissa Miller from Small Screen Scoop.com. Melissa is a fellow fan of The Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill and The O.C.  It must be said: she writes the best Sons of Anarchy recaps ever! She is also married to a man who wishes she watched fewer CW dramas. We have plans for a husband play date.

You are what I consider a true connoisseur of Television. Of everything  you are watching right now, what is your favorite?

Oh, dear. I knew a question like this would be on here. And right off the bat! I apologize in advance to all the shows I love and I’m not naming. I still love you. Okay, I’m going to have to cheat a little. I’d say, as far as all-around quality goes, Sons of Anarchy and Justified are essentially tied. Each episode is somehow better than the last. Every actor is at their best no matter how little material they have in any given episode. They are both just solid shows. I am giddy with anticipation every single time I watch. Kurt Sutter and Graham Yost are brilliant masterminds behind two shows that screw with your head on a weekly basis and I love them for it. That being said, my favorite thing to watch is The Vampire Diaries. It’s a thrilling hour on a weekly basis and the addition of watching it “with” my Twitter buddies every week adds to the experience in a way that makes TV more fun than ever before.

What are you wishing you could give up?

First of all, I love how you phrased the question. It shows you are a true TV fanatic, because “giving up” a show isn’t as easy as just giving it up. Once you are invested, no matter how bad it gets, it seems impossible to delete that season pass, am I right? Anyway, one would be Desperate Housewives. I’ve watched from the start and it’s been getting on my nerves, but it’s ending, so… I can’t give it up now! Also, I haven’t been happy with House in awhile, and yet I’m drawn to it and can’t stop watching. I blame Jesse Spencer’s accent.

We are getting pretty close to February sweeps! Is there one show you are expecting the most from?

My initial response: The Vampire Diaries. However, they play every episode like a sweeps episode, so that seems too easy of an answer. I think the one I’m really looking for something HUGE to happen is Revenge. We already know the big reveal that catches us up to where the season started is slated to air in February so I want that episode, and frankly the ones that follow, to be massive. For a show that has only had 12 hours of programming so far, I’m almost shocked at how high my expectations are. But they are way up there. I want fireworks – literal fireworks, actually. It’s a party in the Hamptons thrown by Victoria Grayson on one of the soapiest night time soaps ever. If the figurative fireworks aren’t punctuated by literal fireworks, I’ll be disappointed.

Bonus answers: Chuck. The series finale airs during February sweeps. I expect it to be a perfect final hour. I need something to make me feel better about the show ending. I would also like a guarantee that I will see Zachary Levi will be on my TV again soon. Also, Supernatural because I always expect great things from that show. And not just because those Winchester Brothers are pretty pretty boys.

Is there a show you feel will disappoint?

Honestly, and I don’t want to sound like a really negative person, but I’m sure plenty of them will disappoint me. I find comedies have taken to just relying on stunt casting that feels forced for most of their sweeps episodes, so I’m sure that will be happening. Not included in that statement: Paul Rudd on Parks and Rec. That will be amazing. Beyond that, I fear that Gossip Girl will disappoint me most. I don’t have any specific reason beyond that I’ve been so frustrated with Blair this season and since sweeps will likely revolve around her, I fear disappointment. I hope I’m wrong though.

We are both rabid Vampire Diaries fans. Who is your stand out for Season Three so far and why?

While I think Nina is the stand out over all – I am convinced she has a twin sister that play Katherine – I think for season 3 specifically, I’ve got to give it to Paul Wesley. How flipping amazing is he as Ripper Stefan? I am in awe. I’m starting to think maybe someone else is playing this version of the character. He volleys back and forth between heartless killer to those subtle glimpses of the old sappy Stefan so quickly and seamlessly I almost get whiplash. In the best way possible, of course. He has transformed the character. My only complaint – Ripper Stefan doesn’t get quality time with his Vampire BFF Caroline. I want to see what Paul would do with that. Because so far this season it is clear he can do no wrong.

Favorite television character of all time:

Uh oh – another one where I’m starting to hyperventilate! There are some I want to name because they were deliciously evil or incredibly funny, or well, just hot. But I think I’m going to have to go with Lorelai Gilmore. I love Lorelai, first and foremost, because of the perfection of Lauren Graham. The fact that she was never acknowledged by any major award show for her performance of that character is, for me, one of the greatest TV tragedies. Lorelai is my favorite because she is perfect in her imperfections. She is a walking contradiction who made every person she came in contact with simultaneously infuriated with her and in love with her.  I wanted her to be my mom and my best friend. Mostly, I just wanted to be her. Even while being frustrating beyond words I was always in love with that character.

Favorite Television moment of all time:

Well, here is the moment where my ooey gooey romantic center is revealed. My favorite television moment of all time is…. (insert drumroll sound effects)…. When Jordan Catalano held Angela Chase’s hand in the hallway on My So-Called Life. Yep. As a 14 year old girl, I could not possibly have thought of anything more romantic or moving then a guy like Jordan holding any girl’s hand in the hallway at school. Although, honestly, at 31, I’m still finding it difficult to think of anything more romantic or moving. But the simple sweetness of that moment is only half of why it’s my favorite television moment of all time. It also marked a turning point in my television watching. Before that show TV was something fun, interesting, whatever. I liked it. But I was never changed by it. My So-Called Life changed me. I felt more about those 19 episodes than I had about every other television show I’d watched in my life until that point. That moment in the hallway on that episode was like this explosion in my head. Suddenly I realized television can be so much more than just some silly thing to kill time. It can be art. It can speak to people. I was forever changed by that moment and that show.

The show you wished would have never ended:

After that last answer you’d think it would be My So-Called Life. But let’s face it, if that show had lasted they would have screwed it up. My show that I wish would have never ended: Friday Night Lights. I wanted to follow Coach and Tami Taylor until they both died together holding hands in an old age home. I wanted to see Julie and Matt get married and have a bunch of adorable kids because I think the Taylors would be amazing grandparents. I wanted Gracie Bell to grow up and be a beautiful smart girl who didn’t have people yell “Gracie Bell Taylor is a slut” at her. I wanted to see Tim’s house when it was finished. I wanted to see Becky and Luke live on a farm and have cute little kids/farmhands. I wanted to see Smash win a Super Bowl, get the disco ball trophy on Dancing With the Stars and then be a commentator on ESPN. I wanted to meet all the other kids whose lives Coach and Tami would change over the years. Basically, I just want to know what happens with every single character that was ever on the show for the rest of their lives. That show was perfection even at its worst. And I think if it had lasted 40 years that wouldn’t have changed. I still ache for it. And if you are reading this and haven’t seen an episode, go. Right now. Watch it. And so help me, if you say, “I don’t like football” I will find you. Y’all will love it. Clear Eyes. Full Hearts….

Is there a show you NEVER watch with your husband?:

Well, as you know, most CW shows would have to make that list. Although he does enjoy Supernatural and Nikita – the two that are a little more male friendly, I suppose. Especially Nikita. Maggie Q kicking butt in tight fitting clothing? Yeah, guys will like that. But the shows I tend to pause if he enters the room: Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill. I love them. I’m not ashamed. But of all the shows I watch that are easy to mock openly when seen out of context (or frankly even in context), those are probably it. By the way my husband would like to interject and say, “The O.C.” which I’m currently in the midst of a rewatch. To him I say, “Stay out of it, Nick Lachey.”

Is there a show you never watch WITHOUT your husband?:

There are actually quite a few. We make a point that if we both enjoy a show we will always watch it together. Awwww. Aren’t we adorable? But I’d say the ones he loves best, and therefore are the most important to watch together are: Justified, Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead. He doesn’t get as invested in shows as I do, but those three shows are a big deal for him. He loves them, and the more frustrating they get, the happier he is. It’s fun to watch him watch them.

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

If you aren’t having fun, you’re doing it wrong. I love TV. A lot. I am extremely over-invested in the characters and their lives on all of my favorite shows. I appreciate shows that get lauded with accolades and shows that are the guiltiest of pleasures. I dissect them, and study them, and talk about them ad naseum. But here’s the kicker: I’m always having fun. If two characters get together that I don’t want to get together I get sad/annoyed/frustrated, but I don’t claim to hate the show and threaten the writers to fix it. I just hope for the best, and go with it. Fandom is an amazingly powerful– Nina Dobrev getting that People’s Choice Award is proof of that – and I have nothing but respect for people who love a show that much. But when the Fandom stops having fun watching their show, things have gone awry. Whether you watch just a couple shows on occasion, or obsess over dozens of them that you just possibly can’t miss – remember to enjoy yourself! It’s TV for goodness sake!

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