Happy Thanksgiving! Weâ€™re recapping the shows weâ€™re thankful for and sinceÂ you already know that I have mad, bad love for Haven, Hell on Wheels, and Covert Affairs, I wanted to give a special shout out to the good folks at the CW.
Full disclosure: I am 41 years old and nowhere near the CW demographic, but it’s the network I watch more than any other right now, so it’s getting a thank you.
In no particular order here areÂ eight reasons why I’m grateful:
I get to write about the show every week for you fine folks, so thatâ€™s the first reason, but itâ€™s also consistently good TV. Whether Iâ€™m on the edge of the couch or rolling my eyes, itâ€™s become appointment TV and introduced me to a set of writers, directors, and actors who are doing really interesting, compelling work.
This one is really growing on me every week, and a fandom that started from a position of defiance against the haters has now grown into genuine affection. I care about these characters. I look forward to the show every week. Iâ€™m happy when I remember itâ€™s Thursday. The general crime of the week is silly, but Iâ€™m hooked by the love story in the middle.
Iâ€™ve already covered my Stephen Amell problem here, but Arrow is evolving into a much better show than it had to be, given that it pretty much had a built-in audience at the ready in the wake of Smallvilleâ€™s graduation. Itâ€™s funny, itâ€™s dramatic, itâ€™s dark, and when you least expect it, itâ€™s sweet. Iâ€™m digging it.
The second season yanked me in and didnâ€™t let go and it was the one show I was on edge about last May when it looked like they might reboot the cast (they didnâ€™t). Iâ€™ve written here that theyâ€™re not always perfect, and they may have more players than they know what to do with, which is an easy enough problem to remedy, but when theyâ€™re on their game, theyâ€™re better than pretty much anything else out there.
#5 Loyalty casting
The CW is super loyal to its family. They cast from within a lot of the time, which is great if you love their actors (I do).Â Cases in point: Amell did a stint on TVD before Arrow, Kristin Kreuk was a regular of Smallville before Beauty and the Beast, Justin Hartley played a very different Oliver Queen on Smallville before donning scrubs in Emily Owens M.D., and Phoebe Tonkin lost no time in moving to TVD after The Secret Circle was shuttered. The best examples areÂ Jensen Ackles andÂ Jared Padalecki, who did time on Dawson’s Creek and Smallville (Ackles) and Gilmore Girls and an unsold MacGyver reboot (Padalecki) before landing at Supernatural.
#6 Canadian shoots
Beauty and the Beast, Arrow, Nikita, Emily Owens M.D., Supernatural, and the upcoming Cult all shoot in Vancouver or Toronto, which equals bonus casting. So, even if Iâ€™m not watching all of these shows, I love that the network is introducing U.S. viewers to an extraordinary repertory company of Canadian talent. Eagle-eyed viewers will recognize actors popping up on more than one CW show as well as USAâ€™s Suits and Covert Affairs, which also shoot in Toronto.
Although the cataloguing drives me bonkers, Iâ€™m appreciative that the website maintains a photo archive of episode stills of every episode of every show. At its end, you could scroll ten years worth of images for Smallville. Right now, you can look at over 1,500 pics from Supernaturalâ€™s 8-year stint.Â The downside? The photo directory requires sequential scrolling, without the benefit of thumbnail preview, and is front-loaded newest to oldest so you risk spoilers when you start at the beginning. I recommend searching â€œCWTV.comâ€ and the episode title and â€œimagesâ€ on Google and that takes you right into stills for the episode you want. If I had a wish list, theyâ€™d catalog them by episode.
Also bonus points to the siteÂ for streamingÂ full episodes the next day. Thatâ€™s extremely customer friendly when there are still pockets of the country without a CW affiliate. I found this out last week when I stayed in a hotel that didnâ€™t have a feed for me to watch Arrow.
#8 Promo monkeys
They canâ€™t cut a promo for sh-tâ€”theyâ€™ll use scenes that appear nowhere in the finished episode, or tease youÂ about something that never happens or is completely misleading and wrong or spoil something the writers worked really hard to have a killer reveal of. So, know going in that theyâ€™re not indicative of the actual episode, and youâ€™ll be fine. Where they get it right is in the avant-garde, artworthy promo shoots. Check out the PR shots (not episode stills) for The Vampire Diaries and youâ€™ll see some amazing work.
Now, if we could just get some of our cancelled one-season wonders like Hellcats or The Secret Circle on DVD, weâ€™d be besties.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Catching Up with Ted Lasso and Previewing Season 2
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] The not so dirty little secret about how I approach a new series is that I sometimes make a call based on the headspace I’m in at the time. It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a show after the first season and then binge…
Interview: Henri Esteve on Grown-ish Season 3
An interview with Henri Esteve, who plays Javi on Freeform’s Grown-ish. He talks about his season three experience.
For All Mankind Season 2: Talking with Wrenn Schmidt, Krys Marshall, Jodi Balfour, and Sonya Walger [Exclusive]
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the hooks of For All Mankind is that it’s very much a story about the women of NASA. In Season 2, we explore the journeys of the women in the program, either through their own service or through their family affiliations. Four of those…
Rosy McEwen Talks The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Season Finale [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers for the season finale episodes.] How’s everyone after that finale? I will freely admit I got a little misty in episode eight as John told Sara why he loved her, and later that he wanted her despite what he might forfeit, and then at the end when he…
Rosy McEwen Talks The Alienist: Angel of Darkness [Exclusive]
Hands down, one of the best surprises of The Alienist: Angel of Darkness is that the serial killer this season has been front and center alongside the cast as a fully-formed character. We’ve watched Libby Hatch devolve from a prim, mild-mannered nurse to a woman in a rage hell-bent on…
The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Relationship Recap: John and Sara
[Warning: Spoilers for “Belly of the Beast” and “Memento Mori”] If you’ve read me for a while (thank you!), you know two things — I lean way, way in on the characters I adore and I loathe love geometry arcs. So, I’m torn about where we are and where we…
Louriza Tronco Talks The Order Season 2 [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Season 2.] The Order’s second season is dark yet delightful entertainment on many levels, and one of its biggest sources of joy and snark is the sassy Gabrielle Dupres. Last season, she was assertive and deadly and fairly annoyed with the world. This season, she’s been…
Previewing Netflix’s Virgin River
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] Full disclosure: I have a Netflix account for my Mom, but I’m not a regular viewer. If I get a heads up on something, I’ll go look for it, but I don’t have a wander across its offerings, which, as I understand it, is how most…
Final Thoughts From the Killjoys Team [Exclusive]
This is the day of the week I’d normally hit you up with a Killjoys preview, but now that we’ve put the series to bed and released Team Awesome Force into the wild, I have one more treat for you–some final thoughts excerpted from my conversations with the Killjoys folks….
Michelle Lovretta Talks Wrapping Up Killjoys [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers for the series finale.] To quote Miss Jackson, “That’s the end?” Yes, friends, it is. And like I promised you, everything would be, was, and is alright. I went to the Killjoys source, series creator Michelle Lovretta, who wrote the last episode, to break down that delicious finale….
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…