Almost 2 years ago, I was hanging out on Twitter talking about how much I loved The Vampire Diaries when suddenly I found myself the recipient of a DM pointing me in the direction of my dream job. I did a test run and before I knew it I was hired to cover American Idol for TV Fanatic. And thus began my getting paid to watch television.
Every time I publish another review I think “is this real life?” Yep. it is. It really is as cool as it sounds. I’m doing what I love so even though it’s work, it’s still fun.
It isn’t always easy to write about what you’re watching, though, because fandoms are serious. If you dislike something that they love, they will come out of the woodwork to let you know. If you like something that they hate, they will get loud.
If they agree with you, you will hear nothing. Oddly enough, that almost sucks more than when they disagree with you because at least when they chime in to argue you know they’re reading. (Kind of like blogging…)
Since watching TV is my gig, here’s what I’m watching this fall. (I know, I know. I should’ve done this three weeks ago. Lame, Miranda.) Links on show titles go to their general pages on TV Fanatic in case you want to check them out.
Ems! Nolan! Fashion so forward they’re going meta this season with a new character who runs a fashion magazine! Revenge is so soapy bubbles might ooze from your screen as you watch, but you’ll come back week after week wondering who will get the infamous Red Sharpie X and whether or not Emily will end up with Jack. Or alone. Alone is always a possibility, I suppose.
Bones is in its 9th season. The show hasn’t been the same since Emily Deschanel’s real-life pregnancy was written into the show for her character, Temperance Brennan, but I just can’t quit you. While I do love the show and have watched since its beginning, I’m actually ready for Fox to put this one to bed. It’s time. They just wrapped up the story of the most omnipotent supervillain in the history of the Universe. Thank god. Let’s give everyone a happily ever after and ride off into the crime-solving sunset.
If you’re a fan of The Vampire Diaries then you know that the Original family got its own spin-off in the CW’s fall line-up. The result? Better storytelling for TVD because there are less characters competing for spotlight (so far) and more Daniel Gillies in my life. (Except for that pesky daggering thing…) The Originals follows a trio of vampire siblings to New Orleans as they attempt to take back the city from Marcel, Klaus’ former protege. Witches, werewolves, vampires, and mystical hybrid babies might sound like Twilight, but Twilight this is not. It’s a fun watch.
The Vampire Diaries
TVD just began its 5th season and based on the premiere, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty decent one for this vampire drama. (That could change at an episode’s notice.) Last season got bogged down in the quest for a cure for one and only one vampire which unleashed an evil immortal character named Silas, now played by Paul Wesley. Wesley has a serious talent for playing bad so I hope Silas sticks around for a while if for no other reason than Wesley’s fun to watch. Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore definitely doesn’t hurt either.
When Fox reupped Glee for a 5th and 6th season, I was sort of surprised. There are aspects which remain fun in that campy way that musicals have of being entertaining, but it’s not the show it once was. Right now the storyline in New York is infinitely more interesting than the one at McKinley which tells me it’s time for this show to grow up and move to the East Coast full time. Hopefully that’s the direction the show will take once the current seniors graduate. The Cory Monteith tribute episode is slated for this Thursday night and I already have my tissues ready.
Hands down Scandal is the number one show you MUST BE WATCHING. Must. The writing–actual mono- and dialogue and not just the arcs–is amazing. I expect nothing less from Shonda Rhimes, really. The casting is also some of the best on television. Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene is simultaneously entertaining and terrifying. Kerry Washington plays strong and broken like no one else. Seriously. If you’re not watching Scandal, cancel your plans for a few days and call in sick to work and get cozy with Netflix and catch up.
Coming soon: Almost Human
Almost Human is a J.J. Abrams series (Alias, LOST, Fringe) which all but guarantees it will be great. It’s set 35 years in the future in a universe so full of crime that each police officer must be partnered with a “synthetic.” Because it’s an Abrams’ creation, there will be a balance of science-fiction and heart. I’ll tweet about it after I watch the screener. (Job perk: Sometimes I get to see premieres and episodes before the rest of the world which is pretty neat.)
These are just the shows I’m watching for work. I’ll also pick up The Walking Dead (which will probably give me nightmares again) and The Following. I’m also thinking that this is the year I want to watch American Horror Story. I caught a preview and it looked scary good. And then of course there’s Breaking Bad which I’m watching on Netflix at the gym. Or will be watching whenever I’m able to get back to the gym.
What about you? What are you watching this fall?
The Many Thoughts of a Reader
Sunday 13th of October 2013
I haven't even caught up on revenge this season yet! So behind. HIMYM, 2 broke girls, Hostages, The Blacklist, Big Bang Theory, l&o svu, criminal minds, NCIS.. umm a lot.
Wednesday 9th of October 2013
We're TV watching twinsies! Shocking, I know. Only difference is Glee...I've missed two seasons and just can't make myself catch up. And dude, Wesley as a bad guy? Pretty much rocks my world.
Tuesday 8th of October 2013
I'm so glad that this tv writing gig worked out for you! And (ahem, humblebrag), I'm glad I sent you that DM two years ago. You're a great addition to their staff! And I'll be reading all of your reviews, as we're watching "your" shows this Fall and loving them. :)