The One With The TV Experiment

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"Awards are stupid, which is why I fully intend to decline this nonsense and recommend it go to Leslie because she works really hard and I don’t. However, she cares way too much about crap like this, which is why I can’t pass up this opportunity to tease her about it." -Ron Swanson (2.17)
I am not going to lie, I cried when they announced Amy’s name. It is about freaking time that her work, and by extension the show, was recognized. Leslie Knope is one of the most endearing, warm, and hard-working characters on TV and would obviously be nothing without Poehler’s heart. 

"Awards are stupid, which is why I fully intend to decline this nonsense and recommend it go to Leslie because she works really hard and I don’t. However, she cares way too much about crap like this, which is why I can’t pass up this opportunity to tease her about it." -Ron Swanson (2.17)

I am not going to lie, I cried when they announced Amy’s name. It is about freaking time that her work, and by extension the show, was recognized. Leslie Knope is one of the most endearing, warm, and hard-working characters on TV and would obviously be nothing without Poehler’s heart. 

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Angelina Jolie's 2013 Acceptance Speech

I remember being in college and seeing Angelina Jolie for the first time. I was home in between classes and watching TV and happened upon Gia. I remember sitting at the foot of my bed in disbelief at her performance. Her openness, vulnerability and fearlessness were refreshing, unique and captivating. I have been a fan of hers ever since. I imagine the qualities that I saw on display on my TV screen that day are not just present in her on-screen work but off-screen as well.

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Ten

I didn’t watch Grey’s Anatomy when it premiered in 2005, somehow it passed me by. When I moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2006 I brought Season 1 with me knowing that I would need something to occupy my time. It was a new city 3,000 miles from home and I didn’t know many people, I knew I would need the company. I instantly feel in love with the show.

Shonda Rhimes did then what I now know she does best. She created a language that was unique to the characters and the space they inhabited. While I watched Private Practice (because I am loyal) it never really did it for me and I believe that it is because it never accomplished the above. Even though Grey’s is a hospital ensemble, not that unique to TV, it felt really fresh in its approach. She created a vocabulary and she used that vocabulary to tell really great stories. In addition, Rhimes seems to kneel at the altar of the cliffhanger which is also pretty rad.

I got the sense that Rhimes was going for 10 probably around Season 6 or 7. It just seemed like the show had the legs to do it; a milestone many shows can’t even comprehend. I have never given up on Grey’s, I still really enjoy it. And I think Shonda Rhimes and the fine men and women of Seattle, who she hasn’t killed off, deserve my loyalty.

So, for my TV moment of the week, I present a clip from Episode 5 of Season 10. Meredith was never my favorite, I kind of found her annoying, but as the series moved along I have grown to really care for her. Her growth feels so authentic to me. I always loved Christina because of her confidence and her unwavering focus but mostly for her ugly cry (ugly criers need to stick together). This dialogue about motherhood and career and choices is relevant but it also really showcases the decade we have all spent together.

I have always felt (and said to anybody who would listen and Facebook) that the greatest love story of Grey’s was that of Meredith and Christina and after 10 years I am glad I am still right. 

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BTVS

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Say What You Want To Say

It must have been a few years ago that a friend of mine suggested I write a Television Blog. I always shook my head in agreement at the suggestion because it did sound like a pretty good idea, an almost inevitable one. I do spend a large portion of my time watching and reading about TV. However, I never actually did anything about it. I was either lazy, chicken shit, or a combinations of both. Most likely, the latter. 

However, I recently realized I finally had something to say. It was the Thursday of premiere week for most new and old TV shows and I had literally been waiting all day to get home. This was not an unusual feeling for me, the anticipation of TV programming is one that I am quite familiar with. And as I was sitting in predictable LA traffic, I envisioned a space for myself where I could share my feelings and opinions about TV. In retrospect this is a pretty lame reason, but, I can’t stress this enough, I love television. I love watching it, I love talking about it, and I love reading about it.  To me, TV is a sport. So I decided I was going to take my years of finely tuned viewing habits out for a spin.

Before we begin this journey though, lets be clear, I am a TV fan. I get excited by the characters, the stories, the shared community of TV. TV makes me feel less alone. And I will let you in on a secret, being alone is my greatest fear. And so I get invested in shows that move me. If you want to spend an entire day discussing how awesome it would be to live in Stars Hallow then I am your gal. Do you want to talk about how Jane Fonda is a revelation on The Newsroom pull up a chair. If you thought “Once More With Feeling” was one of the most creative and interesting hours of Buffy the Vampire Slayer you have ever seen, then lets grab a cup of coffee. However, to be super clear I don’t employ terms like “ship” or “end game” and I am aware that characters and actors are not the same thing. I don’t take to Twitter to yell at an actor because their character cheated on their wife/husband. I also have more than a working knowledge of the industry, so I get how things operate. I know that ratings are important. And I know that even the best show can get cancelled way to early or get tossed around by a network that has no clue what to do with it. I understand that there are a bazillion bad shows out there for every good one, and you know what, I don’t really care. I am a TV fan.*

So sit back, pour yourself a cup of coffee (in case you weren’t aware, coffee and TV is a perfect combo), get comfy on the couch and lets see where this goes. I have no clue what I am doing here, so let’s just hold hands and get through this together!

*Before I piss anybody off, let me state that I know that the medium isn’t perfect. There are massive deficits in representation amongst other things. And these shortcomings should not go overlooked, especially by a TV fan, and they don’t. But I have always chosen to concentrate on what TV does have to offer. And I do believe that it is moving faster and is drawing more creative and interesting voices than any other medium.