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10 Random Questions with Carrie Raisler

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

Do you read fanfic?

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

Person you’d most like to have dinner with tonight

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

Last episode of television that made you cry

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

The drink you order when someone else is buying

Beer. I’m simple.

Song you will never get enough of

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

Tumblr. Yes or no?

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

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

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

Favorite musical instrument

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

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

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

The movie you can recite the most lines from

The Princess Bride

Holiday you’d most like to abolish

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

You’re a groupie. Who’s the band?

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

Best book you’ve ever read

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

Your favorite thing to do alone

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

First concert

New Kids on the Block. I’m old!

Cake or Bacon?

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

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Retro Recaps: The O.C. – 1×01, 1×02 & 1×03

I’ve really enjoyed doing recaps of old episodes of One Tree Hill over the past few months and the plan has always been to recap other old(ish) shows as well. The O.C. is and will always be one of my favorites. I try to watch all 94 episodes at least once a year and I quote it out loud at least once a week. Even to people who have zero idea of what I’m talking about. The characters and the music of The O.C. have become a part of me and I look forward to sharing that with all of you! Enjoy!

1×01 – “Pilot”

Most Quotable: Sandy: “… Have you given any thought at all to your future?” Ryan: “Modern medicine is advancing to the point where the average human life span will be one-hundred, but I read this article that said social security is supposed to run out by the year 2025, which means people are going to have to stay at their jobs until they’re… eighty. I don’t want to commit to anything too soon.”

“Welcome to the Darkside.”

“Way to salt his game Mr. Cohen.”

“Welcome to The OC bitch!”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: WhenMarissa has one too many, Ryan lifts her off of the sidewalk and carries her to a safe place to sleep.

Ryan Atwood Saves: Even after Seth blows his cover, Ryan rushes to the beach to save him from the ever oppressive Water Polo Team.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “Why do they even need a fashion show? Every day’s a fashion show for these people.”

Orange colored thoughts: This is one of few shows that I watched from the very beginning and never missed. This Pilot, to this day, is one of my favorite episodes of television EVER. And I have watched a lot of TV. Everything about it is iconic and memorable and burned into my brain better than if it had actually happened to me. It’s moving and sexy, fun and smart. I keep this episode on my iPod at all times and take it with me everywhere I go.

On My iPod: “Into Dust” by Mazzy Star, “Honey and the Moon” by Joseph Arthur & “California” by Phantom Planet

1×02 – “The Model Home”

Most Quotable: “I think the black turtleneck in August tipped her off.”

You know what I like about rich kids? Nothing!”

“We’re from different worlds.”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: Marissa is so disturbed by Ryan’s lack of music knowledge that she makes him a mix CD. Love letter of the turn of the century.

Ryan Atwood Saves: He stands up for Seth and punches Luke in the face. Again.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “Yeah, because everyone wants a brand new teenager.” “You know what I like about rich kids? Bam, nothing. Hey, Ryan, you wouldn’t consider me rich, would you? I’d be more upper middle class?”

Orange colored thoughts: This episode was the first great view at how the Cohen family actually functioned. All of their own neurosis and intricacies were laid out for us to see through not only our own eyes, but through Ryan’s as well. His face at the Cohen dinner table told the story. He had never had such an experience. Spending time with Ryan helps Seth find a place where he finally belongs: outside of the nonsense he was born into while still swimming chest deep in it.

On My iPod: “California” by Rufus Wainwright, “I’m A Terrible Person” by Rooney, “Caught By The River” by The Doves & “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley

1×03 – “The Gamble”

Most Quotable: “Well, I should be off. Got to find the next kid to jeopardize the community. Maybe a black kid. Or an Asian kid. Bye, ladies.”

“I never knew you to be an impulse shopper.”

“Ryan’s gonna stay with us now.”

“I’ll unpack later.”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: Luke is mostly a dick but he does try to help Ryan’s mom off of the floor.

Ryan Atwood Saves: When some juvenile delinquent (hello Weevil from Veronica Mars) goes after Kirsten, Ryan jumps in to protect her.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “Star Wars convention? I’m sorry, her top was off. You couldn’t at least have said X-Men for me?”

Orange colored thoughts: I was in love with this show from the very beginning but this is the episode that lays the first sturdy bricks on the already poured foundation. There are so many moving and emotional scenes that it’s hard to know where to start. We get to meet the Newpsies and see just how out of place Kirsten feels in her own community. We are privilege to exactly the kind of mess Ryan’s mom really is. Most importantly, this episode gives us our first Ryan/Kirsten moment. And, as a true O.C. fan knows, those moments come few and far between, each one more precious than the last.

On My iPod: “Rain City” by Turin Brakes

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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: Price Peterson

The first thing you all should know about Price Peterson from TV.Com is that he has made me laugh harder than probably any writer I’ve ever read in my life time. He has an uncanny ability to break things down into pure comedy, whether they are supposed to be funny or not. Price does weekly photo recaps of The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle as well as recaps for TV movies, award shows and other fabulous things. (These are just a couple of my favorites screen caps):

Please follow him on Twitter (@pricepeterson) for links to all of his recaps and for randomly hilarious tweets about just about everything.

Watching TV is the new, cool thing to do. Of everything you’re watching right now, what is your favorite?

Would you make fun of me and push me into a mud puddle if I said I really like the 2 shows on CW Thursdays?  I honestly look forward to those shows more than anything else, partly because I suddenly feel involved in the fandom and everyone has been really, really nice to me.  So first I get to watch the shows and see what happens, but then I also get to see what everyone else thinks, and I get to read the cool comments on my own pieces.  It’s this big weekly event that I love.  But as for other shows that are on the air right this minute, I truly love Game of Thrones (doesn’t everybody?) and New Girl and Girls.  I also really like Breaking Bad and Teen Wolf (different reasons) and True Blood (I know) and Homeland and Property Virgins.  And I’m really looking forward to QVC’s Christmas in July sale.  I will probably DVR as much of it as I can so I can watch it throughout the whole summer.

You compose amazing photo recaps for two “genre” television shows. Is there a show based in reality that you’d love to recap?

I honestly don’t think I would like to do that, because making fun of real people would make me feel weird and sad.  Like even when I’m poking fun at a bad movie or ludicrous moment from a TV show, there’s still a level of removal where it’s really nobody’s fault that it’s bad.  Except maybe the writer or director, but they can just sit in their infinity pools counting money so who cares?  I’ve learned that personally insulting an actor isn’t really my favorite thing to do (I love actors so much because acting looks really hard to me).  Making fun of a character is cool, but making fun of the actor is less cool (though I’ve done it and regretted it).  So if it were a reality show, as much as that stuff is staged, it’s still supposed to be a real person.  Usually I try to remember how sensitive to criticism I AM and behave accordingly.

Anything you watch that you wish you could just give up?

I’m not trying to brag, but I think I have a really good sense for when I won’t like something.  Either I’ll avoid it right off the bat or I’ll quit a show very quickly after I start getting a bad feeling about it.  Life is way too short (and there are so many GOOD shows) for us to have to endure anything we don’t like.  That being said, I’m not sure how much longer my Up All Night season pass will last.  Gotta clear up some room for the QVC Christmas in July sale, you know?  I’m hearing a lot of buzz about multicolored LED wreaths this year.

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

I don’t even care what people think of my taste levels, but I genuinely love New Girl and Girls.  I haven’t started watching Revenge yet, mostly because my bestie Lily Sparks (who recaps it for TV.com) has urged me to wait until the summer when I can marathon it while drinking a wheelbarrow of sangria.

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

I really wish Ringer had been funnier. And that everyone on Falling Skies got killed off except maybe the son.

You bag on The Vampire Diaries a lot but we all know that you love it. Who is your stand out character for season three so far and why?

Yeah I really didn’t like it when I first saw it, and even when I first started recapping it I was very dubious about its charms.  Whether it’s a chicken-or-the-egg scenario or Stockholm Syndrome or the simple reason that TVD just keeps getting better, my love for this show is now  manifold.  Look, I have eyes and ears and a brain and a heart, so obviously Caroline is the best character overall.  But Season 3 belongs to Klaus in a big way.  I am legit scared that he’ll die or Joseph Morgan will get snapped up by another show because at this point Klaus’ absence would be devastating.  Like, turn him good, make him one of the gang, TURN HIM HUMAN, I don’t even care.  Keep him on my TV please!  Are you listening powers that be?  Please don’t stick us with this boring love triangle week in and week out.  Caroline and Klaus and Rebekah (and Katherine) are the ones I’m really coming back for.

I hate using the term “guilty pleasure” because I never feel guilty about TV but, is there something you’re embarrassed to admit you watch regularly?

No, nothing.  I do tend to watch A LOT of things based on how attractive the actors are, but that’s not against the law, right?  I am a tax-paying citizen and I like it when people look good!

What TV character (ever, in the history of TV) has made you laugh the most?

Jerri Blank from Strangers With Candy.  That show is basically my comedy Rosetta Stone.  Pretty much everything I find funny in the universe can all be traced back to that show’s 30 incredible episodes.  I still can’t believe that show existed and they got away with what they did.  I quote it all the time, to an almost annoying extent.  Strangers With Candy was so effed up that it seems silly getting emotional over it, but it’s definitely something I feel truly lucky to have been able to watch in my lifetime.  “Cancer?  That’s hilaaarious.  I should be a stand-up.  I’m sad.” – Jerri Blank

Favorite television character of all time:

Aside from Jerri Blank, probably Rayanne from My So-Called Life.  It should go without saying that both of these shows were on during really formative times in my life, so as an awkward and confused 8th grader, My So-Called Life occupied A LOT of my mental real estate.  But Rayanne was special in that (1) she was genuinely hilarious, (2) had a cool funky style, and (3) made tons of mistakes and was as realistically vulnerable as any supposed tough-girl I’d ever seen.  I wanted to be her friend so bad and I still think about what she’d be up to today.

Favorite Television moment of all time:

This is insanely difficult, how dare you?  But here’s the moment that got the biggest reaction out of me when I watched it:  The New Caprica “exodus” scene from Season 3, Episode 4 of Battlestar Galactica.  If you haven’t watched this show yet, first of all I’m very mad at you because you still get to see it for the first time.  But I’m talking about a 10 minute rescue sequence in which tons of disparate forces came together into this amazing, terrifying show of teamwork and bravery and I remember gasp-crying when it happened.  I mean I am generally VERY susceptible to crying during movies and TV shows, but I was so excited by this scene that I couldn’t breathe.  It was like the last five minutes of United 93 where I was so wrapped up in a piece of entertainment it took DAYS to recover.  So yeah, I’m a nerd AND I cry during TV/movies (but not in real life, weirdly) so this scene from Battlestar Galactica rocked me to my core basically.  Also I really enjoyed East Dillon’s victory at the end of Friday Night Lights Season 4.  And Locke getting up to walk in Lost Season 1.  And when QVC sold out of Mrs. Snowman glowing hood ornaments during last year’s Christmas in July Sale.

The show you wished would have never ended:

I like it when shows end, even good ones.  I like the closure.  I really wish more of our shows in America were like British ones, where each season kind of plays like a movie and the following seasons are like sequels.  So my answer would be like things that ended before they finished:  My So-Called Life, Veronica Mars, Freaks & Geeks.  Stuff like that.  But if Homicide: Life on the Street was still on, I’d watch it.  That’s pretty much the only procedural I’d never get tired of.

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

If you ever get in an argument with someone over whether something is good or bad… Whoever argues that it’s good is always the winner.  Celebrating something is so much better than shutting it down.  I mean, sure, I still hate Hart of Dixie, but if you like it then you win that argument automatically.  Liking = winning.

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My Interview: Carina MacKenzie

Carina MacKenzie of Zap2It has one of the coolest jobs ever. Seriously. As a journalist for Zap2It.com she gets to visit the sets of all my favorite TV shows, interview all of my favorite stars and attend some very cool television events. Not only does she have an awesome job, she’s also a pretty awesome lady. I’ve chatted with Carina before about The Vampire Diaries and Friday Night Lights and we’ll be talking extensively about One Tree Hill after it ends in April but in the mean time, since I LOVE talking TV with her, I thought I’d ask some general questions and share the answers with you! Don’t forget to follow her on twitter (@cadlymack) for all the latest TV news!

Speaking of One Tree Hill, what do you think of its final season so far? Anything you especially love? Anything you especially hate?

I think that thus far, a lot of Season 9 for me has been about behind-the-scenes stuff. It was a big deal for me to be able to visit the set this year. One Tree Hill is the only show I watch today that I watched when I was in high school. There’s something kind of profound, for me personally, about having been 16 years old and connecting to Brooke Davis and relating to her, and then nine years later being able to say goodbye to her with Sophia – it’s hard to put into words properly, but it makes me proud of myself and makes me appreciate those heavy-handed OTH life lessons.

As far as the storylines go, I’ve been a little frustrated by the fact that Brooke seems to be setting herself up to be disappointed by her father yet again. I feel like she’s learned better than that, though I can also relate to the idea on a personal level. I also hate, hate, hate any hints that Dan is to be “redeemed.” Paul Johansson is a fantastic dude but that’s not reason enough to redeem Dan Scott. He’s the WORST.

What I love: The Julian baby-in-the-car storyline. It’s a brave story that I haven’t seen on TV before, and it absolutely tears my guts out because it’s so scary, but that’s what makes it feel real.  Since the episode aired last week, I’ve thought about that final scene every day with a terrible, yuck feeling in my stomach. I’ve said it before – good TV doesn’t always make you feel GOOD, but it makes you feel SOMETHING, and that’s what this storyline is doing.

Like me and all of the coolest people, you watch a lot of television. Of everything you’re watching right now, what is your favorite?

This year I’m watching less TV than usual, actually, because I’m trying to read books and get more writing done. I think my TV schedule this season is the lightest it’s been since I was a freshman in college. Still, of the TV I do watch, the show I look forward to most each week is still Supernatural. Despite a lot of criticism, this is one of my absolute favorite seasons. I also adore Parenthood and every episode makes me cry. Of course, The Vampire Diaries is a favorite too. Covering a show can sometimes take the shine off it a little, particularly because a lot of fans don’t like the way I cover TVD, but I still love it.

Anything you are wishing you could give up?

I’ve cut most of the fat, honestly. I guess Glee is one that I don’t particularly love when I watch it. I haven’t forged an emotional connection to the characters because I think the writing is inconsistent. I still watch it every week, though, and I don’t have to for work, so that’s saying something.

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

Revenge. So much. As a Dawson’s Creek fan, I’ve got an affection for shows that recognize and embrace their schmaltz-factor instead of trying to be something they’re not. Revenge is just an hour of magic every week and they’re not afraid to go ultra-soapy – a mistress in a coma, stolen identities, all of it is just so unapologetically sudsy, and it works because of the talent involved. To use a frayed cliché, the writers and actors on that show “elevate the material” to a magical degree.

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

I expected to love Grimm, but I didn’t make it past episode 3. It’s not that it was a bad show or that it didn’t deliver on its promises, it’s just that It ended up being exactly what was expected of it and little more. It’s a flu-show now… meaning, if I ever get the flu and have to stay in bed all weekend, I’ll catch up on Grimm, because I can probably drift in and out of sleep and follow the story.

I’ve been hearing a lot of news about pilots ordered for the next season of TV. Any that you are excited about or hoping to see?

I’m sure people will say I’m biased about this but I honestly think I’d say this regardless of friendships: Kevin Williamson’s untitled project is chilling and magnificent and riveting. The twists at the end are bone-against-bone jarring and to be frank, I’m surprised this isn’t on HBO or Showtime. I hope they get the casting right (I’ve got approximately 47,000 ideas, and all of them involve Misha Collins) and I think that if they do, they’ll have a near-perfect hour of television.

We are both huge fans of The Vampire Diaries. Who is your stand out character for season three so far and why?

Oh, Stefan, easily. He’s been completely turned on his head. The layers they’ve given him have been incredible to watch and his mercurial temperament makes the show so watchable and surprising. He’s no longer the reliable Stefan we came to love, and as Elena tries to accept that, the audience does, too. Not to mention, Paul Wesley hasn’t missed a breath. He’s perfect.

Favorite television character of all time:

Pacey Witter, no explanation needed.

Favorite Television moment of all time:

This is too hard, so I’m going to say three. First, Pacey watching Joey sleep after busting his ass all weekend to help her save the Potter B&B. I still remember watching that scene as an 8th grade kid for the first time, and getting goosebumps, and just thinking to myself, “Oh. TV can do that.” The second moment is Coach Taylor’s speech from the FNL pilot. “We will all fall.” I could get that tattooed somewhere right now. It set the tone for the entire series and the series delivered. And, finally, the moment from The O.C. pilot when Seth gets out of bed to hug Ryan and Ryan doesn’t know how to hug back. He has no clue where to put his hands. It’s powerful.

(For the record, when you say “of all time,” to me it means “after 1999, before today.” I wasn’t allowed to watch TV as a kid so I missed some of the good stuff.)

The show you wished would have never ended:

I think every show has an expiration date, but (to jump on the bandwagon) Veronica Mars was really the only show that ended before I was ready to say goodbye.

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

Stop shipping and worrying about couples and just love your characters. If all that matters to you is who ends up with whom in the end, do yourself (and the public) a favor and turn off your television. Go outside. Find yourself a life. Come back for the series finale. You’ll get your answer, and you’ll have saved yourself six whole years of whining about fictional characters. They are fictional. Always remember they are fictional.

Also, be nice to the writers if the writers of your favorite show are so gracious as to give you an access point, like Twitter or a fanmail address. Remember this: Every tiny moment that came together to make you love a certain character or couple or story was strategically written to have that impact on you, so obviously, what the writers are doing is working for you on some level. Be nice. Be nice. Be nice.

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My Interview: Carrie Raisler

WRITER OF THE WEEK!

My favorite writer this week is Carrie Raisler from A.V. Club.com. Like me, Carrie is a huge TV addict (One Tree Hill, Supernatural, Justified and hundreds of others). She is also a Vampire Diaries recapper and an avid sports fan. Even when we don’t see eye to eye on a subject I can always count on her wit and sarcasm to make me smile or, more likely, laugh until I pee my pants. Be sure to follow her on Twitter (@TVandDinners) and check out her stuff at The A.V. Club to see exactly what I mean. You won’t be sorry. Trust me.

As most of the coolest people do, you watch a TON of TV. Of everything you’re watching right now, what is your favorite?

Sure, Erin, start with the hardest question in the entire world, why don’t you? It’s like choosing your favorite child, or sandwich. Impossible! If I must choose, at this very moment it has to be Justified, which hits almost all of my dramatic sweet spots in all of the best ways. I love its examination of class, its very specific language, its sense of humor, its intriguingly wobbly sense of wrong and right, and its wonderful exhibition of Southern accents and attitudes. But let’s face it: most of all, I love its Timothy Olyphant.

Anything you are wishing you could give up?

If I could stop watching 90210, I might throw myself a party. Complete with pony rides and a piñata. It is literally the worst show on television and yet I cannot bring myself to delete the season pass. Part of this is loyalty towards the original, which is one of my favorite shows of all time, but the rest of it is just plain denial because last season was actually really entertaining! Then they fired the showrunners (again) and sent everyone to college and rehabilitated their one good villain and it all became a complete nightmare. If I took my blood pressure during an episode I’m sure it would be high enough to put me in the hospital, yet I can’t turn away.

We are getting pretty close to February sweeps! Is there one show you are expecting to put out the best sweeps episode?

Sweeps are so different than they used to be. No one does big event episodes anymore. I want Brad Pitt on Friends, people! Of all the shows I’m following right now the two I expect to have the best episodes during sweeps are Parks and Recreation and The Vampire Diaries. Although neither are likely to pull any sweeps “stunts”, both are at really interesting places in their storytelling and totally know how to knock an episode out of the park.

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

As much as I love Revenge (and boy do I LOVE REVENGE) I’m going to have to go with Homeland. That is a show that came out of nowhere to completely captivate me. Claire Danes and Damien Lewis are absolutely incredible, both together and on their own, and the writing was consistently surprising. The best thing about it, though, is how it portrays a strong, complicated, smart, messed-up, stubborn, unique female character and isn’t afraid to show her in a negative light. It’s a rare thing indeed, and it is amazing.

I also want to give a quick shout-out to Misfits, which is not technically a new show but one I discovered this year and absolutely fell in love with. Every human being who likes things that are awesome should watch this show. (It’s on Hulu!)

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

There are always so many I expect to love but don’t. This season the biggest disappointment for me was probably Terra Nova. It’s a show about dinosaurs! How do you screw that up?! Well, they certainly figured it out. Also disappointing is Ringer, which has a fun premise and is full of actors I love but is simply terrible. Writing about it every week for The A.V. Club is a good way to release pent-up frustration, though.

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

This is a tough one because I think the show is in a really precarious place right now, and character dynamics are completely in flux. My MVP for the season thus far has to be Stefan, though. Paul Wesley is simply fabulous as playing Stefan’s darker side, so much so that I almost don’t want him to ever go back to the way he was before. Although I have major problems with Stefan’s little revenge quest against Klaus, the show’s willingness to essentially completely destroy its romantic male lead is pretty darn brave, and at every moment Wesley still manages to make him sympathetic. Good stuff all around.

Favorite television character of all time:

Veronica Mars. She’s smarter than me and I want to be her when I grow up. (Honorable mention: Pacey Witter, because he’s perfect.)

Favorite Television moment of all time:

Pacey kissing Joey by the side of the road in the “A Cinderella Story” episode of Dawson’s Creek. Not a “cool” choice, but it will always be number one in my heart.

The show you wish would have never ended:

Veronica Mars. Although the third season wasn’t my favorite, I could watch stories about those characters and that town for the rest of my life and never get tired of it.

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

I always feel like I’m on the verge of starting at least ten different shows, especially now that Netflix streaming makes it so easy. Right now I’m in the middle of catching up with White Collar, and next on my list whenever I get through the hundred hours of shows on my Tivo will probably be Strike Back and United States of Tara.

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

Try things. Don’t judge something just because it has a horrible title, or features an actor you’re not usually fond of, or sounds like something you haven’t liked in the past. Just try it! I guarantee someday you will discover your favorite show this way, and if you don’t like a show after sampling it you can just stop watching. DVRs make this so easy. What do you have to lose?

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