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Friday night TV

So, my plan to hook up both of my Tivos to my one working TV -- and thus be able to record two shows at once --totally backfired when it turned out that both remote controls operate both Tivos.  I did not foresee this problem because the two Tivos are so different -- one of them is an old Series 1 I've had for six years and made by a totally different company.  So when I change channels on one, it changes channels on the other.  This blows.  But, in a last-second stroke of genius before FNL started, I realized that the older Tivo has an easily-identifiable eye, so I was at least able to blind it and keep it paused on FNL while I watched Moonlight.  Yay!  

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Finales

I'm 2 for 2 with series finales this year: The O.C. and Gilmore Girls both had satisfying (if predictable) endings, and both made me cry.  And I really don't cry at TV very often.

You know what won't be making me cry?  The series finale of Veronica Mars next week.  Because I won't be watching it.  And that's the saddest thing of all.
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So by now I’m sure you’ve all seen naty_’s scorchingly hilarious vid of VM:FBI, but I was talking to ladypuppyabout it, and I was shocked to learn that she was not familiar with naty_’s other work. I guess a lot of people who came to VM late are not aware of all the genius creative work –- vids, fic, and more -- that was pouring out of the fandom during season 1 and the following summer.   The thought of a VM fan having never seen “A Better Son” is bizarre to me.
 
Just when I had fished it out of my saved fanvids file and was about to upload it to yousendit, I realized that it might be on youtube, which it was. Then, overcome by a wave of nostalgia for Season 1, I started to see if my other old favorites were there. And several were. So for those newbies on my f’list who found this show on DVD, or for anyone who wants to take a stroll down memory lane back to when we were all pretty much on the same page about how much we loved these characters, I give you:
 
My favorite L/V fanvid: Bring Back the Sun by mgclark2 (ladypuppy says the song is cheesy; those of you who know my taste in music are forewarned). (According to the site, you can also download a high-quality version (34 MB)  here.)  And:  

My
favorite Veronica Mars fanvid  favorite fanvid ever favorite thing ever made out of moving pictures: Logan Echolls: A Better Son by naty_
 (I happen to believe that the moment this vid hit the fandom was the moment Logan became the central character of Veronica Mars (since he's the only one who has an actual arc).  But don't tell KBell.) 

Also, in proof that the internet hates me, I wrote up a long post two days ago addressing fandom issues, fanhate, issues with grave_watchers, etc. But since I had posted it to myself first and then attempted to change the date on it when I made it public, I screwed it up, and it ended up buried in the back pages of most people’s friends page. You can see it if you go to my journal. I won't give the direct link, since there are cuts for the extremely spoilerphobic, although there are no actual spoilers in it.
 
It’s weird that you can post a late-night rant about how much you hate the FBI idea and have it end up all over the internet, but when you write something thoughtful that you really do want people to read, it gets completely ignored. *sigh*
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Hello from your friend the evil overlord

In the land of Mordor, in the fires of MountDoom, the Dark Lord Sauron forged in secret a master ring to control all others. And into this ring he poured his cruelty, his malice, and his will to dominate all life.
 
Hello from Mordor. Excuse me for a sec while I get this ring off… *errrgghhhh* OK.
 
Yikes. This is what happens when you’re blissfully ignorant of goings-on in fandom. You live in a little bubble free from emo, where you get to enjoy making fun of a TV show without worrying about whether other people’s opinions are going to ruin the experience of the show for you. The people responsible for ruining my enjoyment of Veronica Mars are the people who work on Veronica Mars, because if you’ve read my earlier posts, you know how I feel about this “The network made him do it!” bullshit. This is all Rob’s baby. Coma baby.
 
I guess my fandom experience is just the opposite of everyone else’s. People on my f’list have said they’re getting de-friended due to all the hate. When *I* post a bunch of hate, my f’list doubles in size. Heh. This tells me that people are feeling what I’m feeling, and maybe looking for a place where they can say so. We all need an outlet of some kind.
 
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Wow. This is a long post, and it’s late. I was supposed to take my grandmother to the grocery store today. You think I’m a bad person? You are all responsible for making an old lady go hungry. Shame!
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VM should die with dignity

ETA:

I'm re-opening this post because a lot of people linked to it, but I edited out anything that might get anyone in trouble.  My basic understanding (and I'm not 100% on this) is that *everyone* from the show, with the exception of KB, has been let go already.  It's not just EC and JD.  There is no possibility of the show coming back with a second season at Hearst.  Essentially, what Kristen Veitch has said so far is pretty accurate, but she got in a little hot water for coming out with it the way she did, since the network doesn't want the news out there yet (obviously, since fans are jumping ship right and left).  People are so mean to poor Wrongda.  (Today I know how she feels, but that's what I get for underestimating the power of the internets.)

And now back to our regularly-scheduled programming:

Just when you think you’ve safely disembarked from the House of Horrors ride that Veronica Mars has become, it pulls you back in. I want to let go, people. I really do. But it just won’t die, and its unending death throes have become too offensive to ignore.
 
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I can’t imagine that the CW is actually desperate enough to go for this idea. I really think that the show has already been cancelled, and this is just a last-ditch effort to come up with something else they might be willing to take in the event that the pilots suck and there are too many holes in the fall schedule to fill with reruns of America’s Next Top Model (though reruns of the Pussycat Dolls also do better than first-run VM eps).
 
But just in case, we need to email Dawn Ostroff and all the other decision makers to let them know how we feel about this decimation of what was once a great show. VM should be allowed to die with what dignity it has left, not turn into this offensive farce.
 
And so I invite you all to check out our new community for promoting the cancellation of Veronica Mars:

grave_watchers

We just opened up shop but will be posting information on the campaign very soon. Come on, Mars fans! This horse is suffering; let’s put her down.
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The Best Hour of Television Ever

Last night I watched The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, and it wasn't just out of curiosity about what had replaced VM.  The first time I met Robin Antin, I told her all about how her brother's failed WB teen drama Young Americans was my favorite show ever.  When I found out that Steven Antin (who not only created YA but also starred as Troy in The Goonies) was exec producing PCD along with Robin's long-time boyfriend McG (exec producer of The O.C. and Supernatural), I had to check it out.  These are two guys I admire for their ability to mesh tired formula with sheer audacity.  

I was freakishly surprised by how entertaining it was.  I could not stop laughing throughout the whole thing.  I had to make popcorn.  Seriosuly, I laughed so hard I had tears running down my cheeks.  I haven't had this much fun watching an ep of VM since 2.17. 

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If they re-air this baby sometime this week, check it out.  But it's not for the faint of stomach.

As for the ratings, I would say it's a moderate win for The CW.  PCD got a 1.7/4 in the 18-49 demo, off GG's 2.0/5.  That's a vast improvement over VM, whose highest rating in that demo *ever* was a 1.6/4.  But PCD failed to hold GG's audience, even though the competition was much less at that hour.  In the plus column, however, the ratings held perfectly steady at the half hour mark, which is a good sign for potential audience retention next week.

Ultimately, I don't think this has much of an impact on VM either way.  It shows that pretty much anything put in that slot can get better retention out of GG than VM did, but The CW already knew that.  It's possible that if PCD had bombed, things might've looked up a bit for VM, but it's doubtful.  The rumor is that the show has already been cancelled.  I've heard that rumor from multiple sources, and I believe it.  Of course, at this point, that may just be wishful thinking on my part.

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In Defense of the Networks

In my quest to become a one-woman unpopular opinions thread, I’ve chosen to tackle an issue that’s been bugging me for quite some time, and that is the tendency of fandom (not specifically VM fandom, but any fandom) to blame the network when a show has problems.
 
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My Big Fat Fall TV Overview, Part 1

This started out as my overview of the 2006 Fall Season, but it turned into an overview of the last six years of network television.  So beware.

I haven’t even done my commentary on the new shows yet, and already the networks are canceling shows and giving the old back nine to others.  Heroes gets the distinction of being the first official pick-up, and it’s already been joined by
Jericho and Ugly Betty. The winner of the dishonor of first cancellation is harder to call; Smith gets the official title, since it’s the first to be yanked from the schedule.  But it was a day earlier that NBC told the producers of Kidnapped to wrap up the storyline in 13 and then shipped it off to Saturday, the network equivalent of Hospice.  

And now CBS has already ordered up Smith’s replacement, a drama called 3 Lbs., to be on deck as of November 14th.  I haven’t seen it, but I read the original version that was in development last year, and it was a brilliant script, really deep, really made you think, like a Six Feet Under with brain surgeons.  And even just on paper, I could tell that the visuals would be stunning.  I can only hope this version is as good.

 

FOX and the CW have both made timeslot swaps, and that plus the cancellations makes my viewing schedule much simpler.  I can now Tivo The Nine and Heroes in the living room, where I prefer to watch TV1, whereas previously those were Tivoed in the bedroom to allow for Kidnapped and Runaway.  (For those of you wondering if I actually like any of these shows, I make it a policy to watch all of the new shows.  What I actually like is listed below.)  Plus, I no longer have any timeslots where I need to watch/record four things at once, which was a problem, since the most I can do is three, and one of those three has to be “live” -- sans Tivo – which is frustrating, since I’ve had Tivo for five years now, so it is impossible for me to watch TV and not pick up the remote and attempt to fast-forward through the commercials.


I’ve now seen all the new shows, at least the pilots, including the comedies, which I tend to watch only one or two of each year but this year sampled them all (almost). 

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Greetings, folkses.  Sorry I’ve been away for so long; I was actually hoping to kill this journal and the "depudor" identity altogether in favor of reinventing myself in a more anonymous fashion, but then I realized that I would rather just quit working in television and be able to post whatever the hell I want on the internet without fear of retribution.

 

So now that the new TV season is upon us, I have lots and lots of stuff to post, including my thoughts on all the new shows (hated them) as well as returning favorites: VM (yes, my love/hate lives on), GG (warning: I ‘ship Lorelai/Christopher all the way, and I loved the finale), The Office (which I must thank all of you kind people for getting me to check out – I got all caught up over the summer), and the wild card, The O.C., which I’ve rarely watched over the past couple seasons but predict (completely unspoiled) that it’s about to have the best season it’s ever had and will finally fulfill my dearest wish of a Ryan/Summer/Seth love triangle. (You didn’t think they killed off Marissa just because we hate her, did you?)

 

But before we get to that, I sold my soul to the devil so that I could get the Adults 18-34 demo ratings that the CW will be basing its decisions on, and I’ve been tracking them like crazy, because if there’s one thing I love as much as TV romances, its numbers on spreadsheets.  Beneath the cut you will find the demo ratings for all the CW shows that have premiered thus far, as well as my estimation of how VM will have to do to keep running with the pack.  You will also find the names of all the people currently on my ratings filter.  If your name isn’t there and you want it to be, please let me know, likewise if your name is there and you don’t want it to be, or if you’re waiting to be friended and would like a free opportunity to point out how rude I’ve been.  Future ratings posts will be filtered, since some of you can’t handle the truth.

I've watched the VM premiere on MSN but probably won't post my complete thoughts until after Tuesday, so if you don’t read TWoP and would like to see some of said thoughts, I’ve excerpted a post at rack_of_lamb. And while we’re on the subject, I should wish our Lambilicious community a happy birthday (Happy Birthday!) and point out that Michael Muhney is every species of awesome currently known to Man. 

And one other big shout-out to ladypuppy, my new best friend and, I believe, my first third-generation VM recruit, since I hooked playmayt, who in turn hooked her.  So I guess that makes her the Drusilla to my Darla. (Haha, Annette!  That makes you Angel, not Spike! :P)

 

OK, on to the serious stuff… 

 

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