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Little bit of an understatement coming: I've always loved television. And I mean LOVE television. (Not all television, mind, but that's what this blog is about--the good and the bad and the really hideous.) There's something so unique and rewarding about a medium that allows us to tell ongoing stories in a serialized format--a medium so diverse and filled with zillions of channels that it can bring us dramas like Lost and Gilmore Girls, reality shows like The Amazing Race, soap operas, sports, sitcoms and, yes, even dreck like Skating with Celebrities all in one box that sits, ever patiently waiting for some one to turn in on, in our living rooms and bedrooms.

Even when I was a little kid (a naughty one at that who wouldn't let my poor parents ever sleep), I was entranced by what the television could offer. Night after night, I would cry and fuss and the only time I would quiet down would be when they let me watch television with them. It was before my little brother came along, so I must have been about two years old, and I would watch with amazement and awe shows like Dynasty and Alice and Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days. Even then it seemed to me that, like the books I loved so much, television too was an amazing gateway to other worlds, some like ours and some extremely exaggerated (like, er, Dynasty).

Since then, I've been involved in a relationship with television--watching, devouring an ever-increasing and diverse array of programs over the years. Television and I have had our ups (the discovery at a young age of the brilliance of British telly) and downs (a cable-free college dorm, FOX: The Early Years) but my love affair with the medium has persisted and deepened.

And now, I even work in the medium: in the (sometimes, but not that often) exciting world of television development.

But that's not what this blog is about. (In fact, the less said about my job the better.)

Televisionary will instead be program reviews, features, short "news" items about the state of the industry or writing staff hires or casting info, ongoing columns, and in general just television-related items that strike my fancy.

So enjoy, put your feet up, sit back and relax. And if you don't like it, you can always change the channel.

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Anonymous said…
Is Jas sitting in the room with the producers, does he have spyware in writer's heads, or what?! The critics and producers will go crazy once they find Televisionary!! Jas rocks!

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Back in 2006, I founded a television blog called Televisionary (the very one you're reading now).  At the time, it was a little side-project that I stared while working in television development: something to do during the off-hours or (my infrequent) down-time or at my desk during my lunch breaks.  Over the next few years, Televisionary morphed into a full-time job as I watched almost everything on television and cataloged my thoughts, penning reviews, conducting interviews with talent, breaking news, and aggregating the day’s entertainment news headlines and major listings every morning. It got noticed by Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times , The Chicago Tribune and CNN, Deadline and Variety . Televisionary took on a life of its own. It became discussed in Hollywood and I was always surprised to discover that actors or producers or executives who read my TV blog. It was a secret at first, one that I eventually shared with a few friends before spreading outwards, thanks