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Sarah’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2013: Bring on the Butt-Kicking Ladies!

In * Contributor article, * Miscellaneous, * TV Addict on December 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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(Article By: Sarah Stephens)

As always at the end of another year, it’s in our nature to look back and reflect on what we’ve learned over that year. What did we learn when it came to TV in 2013? It’s all about the ladies! From the grungy to the corsets, women in TV kicked ass this year and we’re bringing them straight to you in this rundown of the Top 10 Best Shows of 2013.

Now, not all of these shows are female-driven in concept but probably have a badass mama somewhere in the wings. What they all do have in common is great fun and even better writing. If shows like these are an indicator of what’s to come in 2014, I say keep them coming!

#CloneClubFTW! What was just supposed to be a sleepy little sci-fi-ish mystery over on BBCAmerica is really one of the most compelling can’t-miss-shows. Unraveling just how far the clone conspiracy goes is just the start. But Tatiana Maslany is the driving force behind why this show works. She plays ten, count them ten, separate roles as her own clone and does it masterfully. Thank the TV Gods that the HFPA finally noticed and Tatiana was nominated for a Golden Globe.

It really is the year of historical(-ish) dramas. SLEEPY HOLLOW liberally takes Revolutionary War America and cleverly weaves in what our Founding Fathers were REALLY up to, namely battling demons, witches and Apocalyptic Horsemen. Tom Mison plays a dreamy Ichabod but what’s really fun is Nicole Beharie, who plays Abbie and is Ichabod’s guide to the modern world. Savvy and tough, Abbie is down in the trenches with Ichabod and the chemistry between the two sizzles.

“Long may she reign” says the intro to CW’s historical drama REIGN and I have to agree. Playing on the story of Mary, Queen of Scots, REIGN is hits all the right notes-scandal, betrayed alliances, steamy courtly sex, and the clothes! But most fun to watch is newcomer Adelaide Kane, who plays Mary and manages to pull off playing a politically-minded queen and a 15 year old girl in love for the first time.

Tasty, tasty, tasty. Yes, I lumped the CW’s two vampire series together, but really, they still belong together. Mainly, eye candy and delicious evil plots keep these two on the top of the list. There’s no end to the amount of legend or myth that keep these plots twisting but really, do we want there to be? I’m all about guilty pleasures.

The show continues to be one of the best sitcoms. We love the geek culture references and the awkward but unrelenting Sheldon. But really what has made the show shine are the talents of Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler and Melissa Rauch as Bernadette, proving that nerd girls rule!

If the first season of ARROW was like a toddler learning to walk, the second season is like that toddler becoming Chuck Norris armed with ninja stars and a vendetta to execute. ARROW this season has been a high octane, dig-your-nails-in ride. Breaking open some of the ARROW comic book lore, ARROW isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. And who doesn’t love nerdy Felicity and all of her quips, which add much needed levity to Oliver’s somber take on the world.

Imprisoned for a crime a decade earlier, Piper is transplanted from suburban hipster life to prison life. Who she’ll be when she’s done her time is up to her. Driven by a fierce female cast, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK doesn’t just try to compare life on the inside to life on the outside. It takes a darkly funny and unrelenting look at who these women are because of the choices they’ve made and makes the viewer wonder if we really know ourselves.

Another one of NBC’s under-appreciated comedies, this season PARKS & REC gave plucky and ambitious Leslie Knope her dream of winning a city council seat and let her fail miserably at it. But it’s hilarious to watch Leslie pick herself back up, railroad against her arch nemesis Jamm and still have time whip up some waffles for a good Friend Day.

VIKINGS (History Channel)
Some (meaning, me) have called it GAME OF THRONES without the dragons and bickering aristocratic families. Part action-adventure, part-history, all parts savage and fun, VIKINGS is really better than the GAME OF THRONES comparisons.

While George R.R. Martin’s book series can’t always be labeled as “female character-friendly,” the team at HBO has done a good job making the ladies just as strong as the men. Give me Dany over a feuding Baratheon any day, dragons or not. But what really stood out this year was THAT wedding. You know, the Red Wedding that left viewers open-mouthed for days. Even those of us who knew it was coming still cried in anguish when Cat realized what was happening.

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Sarah Stephens’s first and longest running TV addiction is with Days of Our Lives, starting at the age of four. Now a grown-up entertainment and pop culture addict, Sarah lives in Los Angeles where she watches too much TV, chases after all things Disney and writes. Follow her on Twitter @SnowWhite22.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Scoop: A Reunion Is Coming

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Events, * Interviews, * Set visits, * TV Addict, * Video interviews, Vampire Diaries on November 14, 2013 at 11:55 am

One of the biggest and juiciest tidbits gleaned from the recent celebration on behalf of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ 100th Episodes was the fact that the 100th episode will be a reunion episode. But if anyone knows Mystic Falls’ history, it is not a high school reunion that everyone is talking about. It is a reunion of lost souls – the dearly departed killed off before their time. But just who is coming back to visit and for how long, that’s the mystery of the 100th episode.

During red carpet interviews this past weekend, the cast of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, along with a few familiar faces of characters long-gone, were on hand to talk about which of the show’s many character deaths hit them the hardest and who they would not hesitate to resurrect in a heartbeat to bring back to the show.

While none of the cast or even producers were willing to spoil the fun surprise of which of the killed-off characters would be making an appearance in the 100th episode, everyone sure had a fun time talking about which deaths rocked their worlds and who they wanted to see return on the show – whether for the 100th episode or in some future episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. Here is what each had to say:

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Clearly, favorites among the cast were Alaric (portrayed by Matt Davis), Aunt Jenna (portrayed by Sara Canning) and Vicki (portrayed by Kayla Ewell), but the surprise appearances of Malese Jow and Nate Buzolic makes one speculate as to whether there may be more surprise visits from either Anna or Kol on the Mystic Falls’ horizon.

The 100th episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is scheduled to air in January 2014, but with four more episodes this year to look forward to, the countdown is on to see what clues the show will tease before the big episode. Who is coming back and why, are the big questions. Is Bonnie hosting a reunion party on the other-side, or will these beloved departed characters get a chance to speak to their loved ones from the great beyond? Or better yet, who has some unresolved issues that makes he/she anxious to get back and sort out things before vanishing into the ether once more?

It is enough to tie a person’s brain into mind-boggling knots thinking of it all, but it is fun to contemplate the various scenarios and what that could mean for the future for each of our heroes. What message from the beyond do they crave to hear — or do they deserve to hear? Surely everyone has a few ghosts ready to haunt their days and nights for an episode or two. Death is just not strong enough to claim all these supernatural beings and we’re grateful for a chance to visit with a few once again. ‘Til then, all new episodes of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES air Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. on the CW.

[Note: This opportunity to interview the cast at their 100th Episode celebration was provided by and sponsored by Warner Bros. Television.]

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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Video: Candice Accola, Kat Graham and Sara Canning Reflect on 100 Episodes, Shocking Character Deaths and Wishful Resurrections!

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Events, * Interviews, * Set visits, * TV Addict, * Video interviews, Vampire Diaries on November 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm

At this past weekend’s grand celebration in honor of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ 100th Episode, stars Candice Accola, Kat Graham and Sara Canning talked about the remarkable achievement of making it to one hundred episodes, as well as commenting briefly on which character deaths affected them the most and who they would love to nominate for a resurrection on the show. Here is what they had to say from the red carpet:

(Video credit: Tiffany Vogt)

[Note: Attendance at this special event was provided by and sponsored by Warner Bros. Television.]

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