Introducing the Mailbag: Send Us Your Questions about the New Fall Season, or (Mostly) Anything Else

By Cory Barker

Oct 14, 2013

We here at really enjoy hearing from you folks. And although the comment sections and our ever-growing number of community pages offer you the opportunity to get in touch with members of the staff with all your burning questions—TV-related ones, of course; please see your doctor about that other thing—there's still at least one more way for us to communicate. As a result, I'll be curating the brand-new Mailbag. 

The concept is pretty self-explanatory. We've created a separate e-mail account for all of your queries and theories (, and would love it if you sent things our way, starting RIGHT NOW. You can also send questions via Twitter; my personal account is @corybarker, and you can obviously shoot them to the official @tvdotcom handle as well. 

In general, there's no TV-related question or idea that we're opposed to answering or discussing. Got questions about ratings? Send 'em in. A grand theory about why Beauty in the Beast is actually an allegory about America's involvement in Syria? I'd love to hear it. 

Ideally, we'll have some sort of guiding theme or topic each time we do one of these suckers. So, for the first mailbag, it seems only natural to focus on the new fall TV season. You can ask whatever you want, but in case you need a little helping hand this first time, there it is. 

Okay, sound good? The mailbag is open as we speak. We're hoping to have some initial answers for you in a couple of weeks, so submit those Qs, y'all.

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  • efonsecajr Oct 15, 2013

    Is the brand new network from FX, FXX considered a success?
    What do you think about networks using twitter as a measure of ratings?
    What's a network that in the next 5 years will be considered the next HBO, in terms of quality level original programming?
    Do you think Aaron Paul is milking his Breaking Bad (Jesse Pinkman) fame and making bad career choices?

  • Vamps Oct 15, 2013

    There should be a way to delete old notifications or selected which communities or post you want notifications from. That way if you comment on an article but don't really care who likes or comments on it then you could unsubscribe or something from those articles.

  • CoryBarker1 Oct 15, 2013

    Is that a question?

  • JohnMessenger Oct 15, 2013

    Just sent you my question...Is Summer Glau going to be joining Arrow as a regular???

  • 2wksnotice Oct 15, 2013

    OK, so I have just started to watch The Vampire Diaries on Netflix. But I'm still in season 1. Do I have to catch up on TVD to watch The Originals?

  • ChanX95 Oct 16, 2013

    To get a better understanding of the characters that would eventually make up the cast of the Originals you'd be better off watching TVD otherwise you're just throwing yourself into the deep end. They also might hark back to events that occurred in Mystic Falls which might make you feel left out. Besides all that logic you should watch it because once you get over season one you're in for a fantastic, mental ride.

  • 2wksnotice Oct 17, 2013

    Thanks for the helpful reply! The first season of TVD is a little slow, but everyone says it gets better after. . .

  • Montana_Katana Oct 15, 2013

    Can we have some stats for this site? Like how many registered users are in existence, how many (roughly) are currently "active" and not just old userids from 2004, community with the most members, do user names just stay out there in the archives for eternity or do old abandoned accounts get deleted after a while, etc?
    Whatever happened to the AMERICA'S GOT CABLE series that was abandoned? (Still waiting for the FX vs AMC face-off)
    Can you also resurrect the podcasts?
    How many of us CW-junkies are real grownups (officially, at least) instead of teens?
    Write something about the appeal of teenager-ish shows (PLL, CW, etc) on the adult psyche (or something)?

  • Jossjunkie Oct 15, 2013

    Yeah I've always wondered about the site stats as well.

  • TrevPlatt Oct 15, 2013

    AMERICA'S GOT CABLE!!! I forgot all about that. I really enjoyed coming up with an arbitrary numbers based system to determine which channel won.
    Also, the rest of your questions are great. I think you're supposed to email them though. I think I'll just copy and past your comment, hopefully asking multiple times might get us some answers.

    p.s. I like PLL and The CW and I'm a 30 something male. I've no idea why, but I'm assuming it's something to do with wanting to be young(er) again?

  • noelrk Oct 15, 2013

    Cory, let's hear your opinions about the fall season...OF ANIME. How are you feeling about Kill La Kill? Is Diabolik Lovers a shameless cash in on the game, or is doing something really interesting? HasMeganebu! already seen us burn out the fujoshi-targeted series? Do you think Coppelion has a shot at being your show of the year?

    ...I'm done trolling you now.

  • stevei Oct 14, 2013

    Okay, I've got a TV related question. Why do the TV seasons keep getting pushed farther and farther into the fall and does it piss anybody else off besides me? It used to be that the new fall season started the week after Labor Day and everybody was on board. Now we have to constantly look to see when a show will start or return and possibly start one show only to go and drop it a few weeks later when a returning show bumps it. We also don't know whether they have cut our favorite shows number of shows per season by starting them late or do the execs plan to make them up later in the year. At least with my TV viewing, almost all the shows I watch have started late and I have no idea how their seasons will run and it really ticks me off.

  • torque_smacky Oct 14, 2013

    Mister, I have a spiritual question!

    Do you think Harvey Pekar was reincarnated as Grumpy Cat?

  • daniellecio Oct 14, 2013

    This has nothing to do with TV but I really hope someone from the staff sees this and something can be done about all the spam!

  • TVcom_editorial Oct 14, 2013

    Trust us, we're working on it, we're as fed up as you.

  • patsully Oct 19, 2013

    Also, please, please do keep flagging spam comments for us! It really helps speed things along.

  • daniellecio Oct 16, 2013

    Thank you! Oh also how after like 4 replies on threads the reply button goes away and you either have to PM someone or reply to an earlier comment again! I really do love this site, sorry for all the complaining!

  • JT_Kirk Oct 14, 2013

    Can I just email "why does the '13-'14 season suck so bad?" every day until the season is over? If I don't, will the network executives be smart enough to ask it?

  • torque_smacky Oct 14, 2013

    Look up Dan Harmon's XOXO speech. Every answer you need is there.
    Dan Harmon, Community - XOXO Festival (2012) - YouTube

  • JT_Kirk Oct 15, 2013

    Already saw it. Great video, doesn't explain why the majority of sitcoms and dramas and everything else sucks so much worse this year though.

  • safibwana Oct 14, 2013

    Actually, that sounds like something Cory could answer by telling us everything about how each network got to its current dismal state (or how scripted television got to its current dismal state. I imagine it has a lot to do with money.

  • Tjsmooth0 Oct 14, 2013

    I don't know that I would say scripted television is in a dismal state. I would say we have more amazing television shows now than ever before. Maybe the networks don't have a ton of amazing shows, but they have a few, and cable has many, even with the best show of all time just ending. We still have Mad Men, Justified, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Hannibal, The Newsroom, Rectify, etc...

  • safibwana Oct 14, 2013

    cable channels have one or two shows each that are "great". the entire 500 channels has probably fewer scripted shows that are "good" than in the 80s. So, the extremes are possibly up, but the overall is possibly down. It sort of depends on your metric for defining dismal.

  • Tjsmooth0 Oct 14, 2013

    Fair enough. I would disagree, but I can see your argument, and it's rather subjective. The 80's also gave us shows like Bosom Buddies, Small Wonder, The Ropers, My Two Dads, and so so many other bad sitcoms too. So maybe we should keep that in mind every time NBC comes up with some terrible show starring Sean Hayes. They also still have Parks and Rec, and somehow Community is still around. There's good tv, and there's bad tv, and that has always been true. I think we should be thankful we have so many great shows now and not worry so much about the bad ones. If they're truly bad they won't last long.

  • CoryBarker1 Oct 14, 2013

    I can tackle that question every time, if you'd like.

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