author of Joss Whedon: The Biography. mtv lifer.
i watch a lot of television. a lot.
and i talk about fandom and television in general a lot.
when not slacking off, i'm rambling at PopGurls.com
(not as much lately)

thoughts for today

sometimes people you consider friends do things to hurt you. 
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quite often, no. and if they abandon you afterwards, you feel blindsided, devastated and left with a mistrust of almost everyone. 

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exactly, Joan. thank you. 

sometimes they stick around, sometimes they don’t. and even though you know that you are better off without these people in your life, little things pop up from time to time that remind you of what happened and you’re flooded with anger and anxiety.
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sometimes you burst through it without a second thought:
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sometimes it breaks you for a little while:
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sometimes it fills you with the rage:

sometimes nothing makes any sense at all:

and sometimes it takes a long time to get through it:
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but you will.

until then, try to remember: 
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listen to Jeremy:
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and let Chloe be your guide:
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you got this.

Filming on the seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation is under way, and Plaza will be done by Christmas. “I’m more sad than excited,” she says. “It’s just been such a huge part of my life. When Rashida [Jones] and Rob Lowe left last year, it was kind of the beginning of the end. The last day she was on set, it was so sad, and we didn’t know what to do. So we all weirdly went on top of Amy [Poehler]’s trailer, on the roof, and sat there in a circle and drank wine and stopped to just look at each other. We have been together for six years. There’s no forced anything, we just 100% love each other.
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Aubrey Plaza (x)

Damn Plaza! There is only one way to tag this…

(via poehlaris)

this makes my heart hurt.

oh man… “Jerry’s Painting” is on WGN right now. 

Season 3 UST of Perfection, Depictions of Awesome Ladies, Ben Giving “How to be a Human Adult” Lessons to April and Andy, and “for me, it’s when the penis goes in.” 

i so miss this season of wonderfulness. (oooh! leslie’s about to run away with it and ben will sneak peeks at nekkid!leslie!)

And now you know why Amy Poehler never wins at the Emmys…
The Television Academy has been counting votes for Amy Phoeler this whole time, and it’s zero every year.

And now you know why Amy Poehler never wins at the Emmys…

The Television Academy has been counting votes for Amy Phoeler this whole time, and it’s zero every year.

slaughterhouse90210:

“Our friendship is made up of these brief frenzied exchanges, but the quality of our conversation, for all its feverish outpouring, is genuine.” ― Carol Shields, Small Ceremonies

slaughterhouse90210:

“Our friendship is made up of these brief frenzied exchanges, but the quality of our conversation, for all its feverish outpouring, is genuine.”
― Carol Shields,
Small Ceremonies

popgurlie:

TreyTech synced up Chris Pratt’s acapella take of Eminem’s part on “Forgot About Dre” — and it’s even more awesome. (esp the Andy Dwyer photo added in.)

Awesomesauce indeed.

I SO SO want an Amy Poehler/Chris Pratt rap battle now.

illustratedkate:

Parks and Recreation + Avengers AU!! All credit to Alycia for showing me this post and giving me ideas! (my apologies for the length of this post - i wasn’t sure how to arrange it so it’d be readable!)

mirtagevss:

prequel trilogy in one photo

mirtagevss:

prequel trilogy in one photo

sullenaquarian:

Somehow NBC fucking over Parks one last time makes perfect sense. And it brings up the chicken and egg question: did Parks do poorly in the ratings because of the constant time slot moves, hiatuses, and lack of promotion, or did NBC not bother promoting Parks properly and take it off the air for months at a time because the ratings weren’t good enough to treat it better?

hi! since i have other things to do, my brain has decided it’s far more important to answer your somewhat rhetorical question about promotion!

i preface this with the fact that i do not work for NBC, so this is just an educated guess: 

In general, TV ratings are down year to year - a lot of which is due to DVRs and time-shifted viewing. Parks has held its own, but it’s a show that’s going into its 7th season, and despite all the hype it’s had from critics and industry folks in the past three years, the audience hasn’t grown. That being said, its ratings have been pretty stable week to week, no matter when it airs or how much promotion it gets. Which means that the fan base, while small, is dedicated and dependable to tune-in whenever/wherever it airs, no matter how many promos NBC runs. 

As a fan, it’s ridiculous to have to hunt down when a show is airing, or when it’s coming back from hiatus. But as a network, NBC has 10-20 series that it needs to promote weekly, in addition to the local series that each affiliate has to promote. So the (minimal) time available for series promotion is of a very high premium and a network is going to put more time and money into promoting a new show because it needs to create audience, or a show in it’s 2-4th year because they have a financial investment in the series that’s doing well enough to be renewed and young enough to keep building an audience. Add to that the big event episodes (“George Clooney as Olivia’s new gentleman caller — or will he be her murderer? ON THE NEXT SVU!”), and the promo time available will be cut down for a solid series that does the same with or without promotion, without a huge narrative to hook new viewers in. 

Sometimes it’s not the lack of promotion, it’s just the fact that the show doesn’t have as broad of appeal. That’s not a comment on Parks — it’s just the frustrating state of affairs.

Just realized that I lost a follower, most likely due to my unhappiness with the Parks finale and the show in general. Which I understand — I was never a huge TWOP recap fan because it all felt so negative, and I’ve stopped following people on here because all they did was complain constantly about a show every week. I’d rather spend my time doing other things than hate-watching.

That being said, I’ve always said that being a fan doesn’t mean that you have love everything that someone/something does unconditionally. Usually it’s because you love a show so much that you can look at it critically, and seeing the flaws is just as important as seeing the beauty. 

I said a couple of weeks ago that I’m a big believer in “trust the tale, not the teller,” but I don’t trust the show at all. And the whole tone of the Parks and Rec time jump is what put me off. It looked different and it felt different, but nothing about those differences felt earned. I have no problem with resets in a TV show (I loved the Felicity spell plot line that created an AU by rescripting the final season of the show), but I find it hard to jump on board when they drastically change the tone and idea of a show without leading their audience into it with a plausible path.

(and not that anyone needs my permission, but just wanted to say to feel free to drop me if you’re bothered by my lack of Parks love. i don’t see my feelings changing any time soon.)