3 S.R. Johannes: I heart Teen TV - let me count the ways!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I heart Teen TV - let me count the ways!

I am obviously a teen at heart. (Maybe in my maturity level too.)

Somehow I always fall in love the CW or Fox shows.

Why?

Good question: I will tell you my top 5 reasons (besides #1 these are in no particular order :):

1. Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder - Honestly do I have to say any more? All I can say is "Yes please!" OK so who cares if they are dead, who cares if they have fangs, and who cares if they have anger management issues - I say "the more to love them with". (Oh wait, all that stuff is pretend, right?)

2. Vampire Diaries - This shows takes a good bite out of my Thursday nights and I love it! Obviously, a natural follow-up to #1. The show is awesome and follows the amazing books of LJ Smith )who BTW was wayyyyyyy before Stephanie Meyer. Like in the 90s before. This shows manages to get me to have 2 heart stops, 2 jumps, and 1 squeal - in each episode! Yes the jumping out of the trees and popping up in mirrors is probably predictable - but hey call me slow.

3. Glee - This show makes me happy! Why? because I see my life as a musical anyway - really! (check out the post I did on my life's soundtrack). Every time Lea Michele (AKA Rachel) sings - chills run down my spin and goose bumps form on my arms. The inappropriateness of the Principal, Coach Sue, and others crack me up. Yes I love inappropriate humor (as long as it is not about me!:) Mr Shu is a cutie pie, the music rocks, but most of all, Jane Lynch (Coach Sue) is hilarious.

Jane - you had me at Best in Show!!!



4. Dollhouse - All I can say is Echo is a bada$$! I love her guts and the concept is so cool. I mean - a illegal and underground group of people who have their personalities wiped clean so they can get any new personas. Plus they all have eternal amnesia - what a world! How cool is that! Wish I'd thought of it! Oh yeah, and Joss Whelon (who wrote Buffy) - can't wait to see your episode on Glee!!! Maybe Coach Sue and Mr Shu can have a rocking fight scene.



5. CW and Fox Reality shows - Give me Top model, Runway, American Idol, or So You Think You Can Dance any day. I love seeing regular people make it. OK OK so maybe it's staged, but I'll take a fake "making it" over no "making it" any day. Makes me think everyone has a shot in this business if you keep pushing for it.



It gives me hope and I love the see the underdog win.

PS maybe tomorrow I will list my next 5! Yes, that's right, the teen list goes on. Maybe Ill even start a feature called Teen Tuesday where I will list another teen thing I love.

30 comments:

lynnrush said...

I totally love Vampire Diaries as well. I started watching Doll House, but lost interest. I might have to check it out again . . .

Jennie Englund said...

Hi Shelli,

Really? "Glee" can't be Number One?

Even with Coach Sue, and everything???

Serenity said...

I love the idea that real people have a shot in this business too! So fun. Weirdly, I love Dancing with the Stars though - which is technically people already in the business. But it's people who needed a boost of some sort, so that appeals to me too. Last night's dance to Taylor Swift's love story (my obsession with her is the teen-est thing about me for sure) made me cry!

Donna Gambale said...

I was 190% with you until the reality show thing. I rarely watch them... but only because I know I get addicted too easily. I have WAY too many Saturday afternoon ANTM marathons under my belt from college. But seriously, Vamp Diaries, Glee, & Dollhouse? Make my week. And I had no idea Joss was directing a Glee episode. After the crazy fun Buffy musical episode? CAN'T WAIT.

Anissa said...

I'm a big fan of Dollhouse, Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku. I guess I need to check out Glee. I've heard a lot of good things.

I missed the start of Vampire Diaries and hate starting in the middle. I'll have to catch up when it releases on DVD.

Great post!

Ami The Salami said...

I <3 Glee and The Vampire Diaries!! Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder are hot!

Susan R. Mills said...

I love teen T.V. too. It's a good thing because my kids are teens, and I'm pretty much stuck watching what they want to watch. I love it all!

Shelli said...

anissa - you can watch the episodes on the CW web site!!! :)

Jenny - these are definately not in any specific order - Jane is my fav!

serenity - I know, right? I cried too.

Lynn, donna and ami - yeah!!

Christina Lee said...

Shelli it's twins day for us b/c I just did a recent post like this (I am a teen at heart)--and just mentioned those hot vamp brothers again this week-LOL!!!!!

Stephanie said...

While I don't watch any of those shows, I am a sucker for a teen movie!! Zac Efron...YUM!!!

Splendora said...

Yep, I'm with ya. Guilty as charged. Glad I'm not the only adult thoroughly enthralled by teen drama. Don't even get me started on following them on Twitter! Oddly fascinating. Maybe it's because as a writer of YA fiction, most of my main characters are teens...yeah, I'm going with that. In the name of RESEARCH!! :)

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

I'm so with you on this. Love Glee and the Vampire Diaries. But I have a long history of being hooked on teen shows. Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, My So-Called Life--it's a problem really.

DL Hammons said...

I was rolling along with you until #5. That's a brickwall for me. I would have more respect for the concept if they changed the name from REALITY TV to STAGED TV. And besides, as soon as a camera enters the room, nobody is REAL.

ElanaJ said...

The only one of those I know is GLEE. I guess I'm not as teen as I thought. Le sigh.

Lisa Amowitz said...

Oh, me too, for sure. I love Glee and American Idol. It's the love of the coming of age tale. It has always been a powerful theme for fiction. I think it is a growing phenomenon in publishing. I teach college graphic design and ALWAYS use the awesome YA bookcovers as examples which sparks lively conversations. Many of my students who are aged 18 and up love YA and read it voraciously.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I'll never grow up--not me! I love teen stuff. And So You Think You Can Dance is awesome. I love what the dancers are able to pull off each time with the choreographers.

Cindy said...

I'm a big fan of reality shows, particularly Top Model and Project Runway. I tried Vampire Diaries, but it didn't quite hold my interest. Too bad because I loved the books when I was younger. Still do :D

~Ellie Kings~ said...

I'm into Smallville! Don't think they're teens anymore, but they sure act like it. We're all teens at heart!

jessjordan said...

Okay, we could share a t.v. Seriously. (So long as you don't mind a dose of House and Grey's Anatomy as well). Love all of this!

Shalonda said...

I'm right there with you. I am far from my teen years, but I am a teenager at heart. I love Justin Timberlake, Degrassi, almost the whole CW lineup, and, of course, YA novels!

Jessie Oliveros said...

I hope by your picture of David Cook following your statement that "some schmuck who stinks" doesn't imply that he is that because I love David Cook. I do.

Mary said...

Love Glee, veronika mars and american idol. Especially love glee.

Cindy said...

love thsoe shows! I met David cook! really sweet!

Kim Kasch said...

Love the Vampyre Diaries!

adrienne said...

My kids must be watching something else when these are on - I rarely see any of them. But I do get totally hooked on American Idol!

Suzanne Young said...

Teen Tuesday is a great idea!!! And I love Supernatural!!! I got totally hooked this year.

The one show that didn't stick for me--90210. Maybe the original is just too close to my heart.

Robert McKay said...

I'm totally with you on Glee and Dollhouse. I don't consider them teen TV. Well, I guess I could consider Glee teen TV, but Dollhouse is way too complex and into heavy issues to be considered teen TV.

I watched the first 3 or so episodes of Vampire Diaries, but I lost interest. It just didn't have the wit and such that I want from a show like that. The only good thing on the show for me was Ian. He was an awesome bad guy.

Oh, and if you're into these shows you should definitely be watching Supernatural. It's my favorite show on TV right now. It beats Dollhouse because it's in season 5 and has had more time to grow on me.

Kelly said...

I'm into Vampire Diaries too...but I need to catch up! I'm a few episodes behind!

Martha Flynn said...

You are like my TV BFF!!!

JenWriter said...

I love teen TV, too, especially Vampire Diaries right now. And I still watch my Buffy and Veronica Mars DVDs all the time.

Interesting you consider Dollhouse teen TV. Love the show, but I'd definitely put it in the adult camp. Lots of heavy issues, and none of the characters on the show are teens.