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


We here at TV.com 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 TV.com Mailbag. 

The concept is pretty self-explanatory. We've created a separate e-mail account for all of your queries and theories (tvdotcom.mailbag@gmail.com), 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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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?
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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.
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Is that a question?
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Just sent you my question...Is Summer Glau going to be joining Arrow as a regular???
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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?
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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.
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Thanks for the helpful reply! The first season of TVD is a little slow, but everyone says it gets better after. . .
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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 tv.com 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)?

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Yeah I've always wondered about the site stats as well.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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Mister TV.com, I have a spiritual question!

Do you think Harvey Pekar was reincarnated as Grumpy Cat?
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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!
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Trust us, we're working on it, we're as fed up as you.
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Also, please, please do keep flagging spam comments for us! It really helps speed things along.
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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!
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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?
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Look up Dan Harmon's XOXO speech. Every answer you need is there.
Dan Harmon, Community - XOXO Festival (2012) - YouTube
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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I can tackle that question every time, if you'd like.
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So asking what kinds of pets everyone has or what everyone had for dinner two nights ago are not appropriate questions? :P

I kid, I kid! No actual questions come to mind right now but I look forward to seeing what gets asked (and answered)! This oughta be fun.
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I can answer those questions in one answer: Two nights ago I had my cat Miles for dinner.
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I have a cat. And I had Filipino Pride Chicken and Ube Waffle from Maharilka in New York City two nights ago. IT WAS DELICIOUS. I also shared an order of arrzo caldo with two other folks and had a gin cocktail called Lorna Tolentino. Both of these things were also delicious.
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I mean if you want to know that stuff, sure!
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I was kidding, though now I am kind of curious about the pets... xD
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I have a dog named Stella. She's 2 years old, hates squirrels, thunderstorms, and and my brother's cat. She loves squeaky toys, sunning her boobies, and riding in the car. XD
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Do you love to sun your boobies as well? Pics!
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I have an 11 year old ridgeback x named Buffy <3
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I have a cat named Azeroth.
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Now, this begs the question whether your cat is an Alliance or a Horde member.
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I have a dog named Riggins.
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Texas forever.
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Relevant piece of information: I used to have a TV like the one in the picture.
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Did the plastic knob break after a decade or so, so it had a jagged edge on the thin flat part that you were expected to grasp when turning the channel?
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Boy, you people are old :)
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Eh, what's that, sonny?
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Yep!
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Guilty as charged. Well, not so much, just half a century.
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Yes, the first TV I had as a child came with this jagged edge. There were only four channels available, but I switched constantly. It was a 20-inch black and white Semp. It took a while to warm up, and after it was turned off, the image was reduced to a bright dot in the center of the screen. No remote, Obviously. Good times...
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So many good memories! My second TV had a remote but it was the size of a bedside cabinet and it was only about a 19" screen.
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@JT_Kirk, yeah, flat screens look fine, but if one thing inside breaks, you might have to replace the whole TV, while in older TV models it was much easier to just replace that specific part. My parents bought a 3D flatscreen recently and my mother preferred to get an extended warranty for that reason. What if it breaks down? Before that we didn't use to have the same concerns about warranty.

It is also interesting how we've caught up with new technology in the 21st century. I first saw a color TV in Mexico in '71 and was really impressed. We would only get those in Brazil a few years later. Now we get the latest gadgets in a matter of months, sometimes less.
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@Muderboy, it sounds like you invented the Remote VCR, not the VCR Remote. You should have seen the pile of VHS and Betamax machines I donated when I moved in '11, 15 years prior I had been taking VCR repair courses (didn't finish, I don't have steady enough hands for soldering well) and had a pile of each.

@mad-pac, oh man, you probably killed that TV a bit early cranking the color up high, or at least killed the tubes. I remember the tubes-checker machine at Thrifty Drugs when I was a kid, in the early '80s that thing was a relic.

@TrevPlatt, I hear ya. The most amazing thing about the chintsy fake wood paneling put on everything from the '70s and early '80s was that it was painted onto metal, so it would have looked BETTER without the stupid woodgrain but keeping the metal. Look at you all fancy with your ceefax button, I don't think I've ever seen a pre-'90s tv that had a closed captions button.

We're all old. Meanwhile, the TVs that used to last 20 years are gone to the curb in place of flatscreens that break down in 3 years.
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LOL @ both of you (and I hated writing half of that!).

I don't think the fake wood panelling style really took off that much over here, most TV were black plastic from what I remember. The remote had the 1-9 buttons, power, mute, volume up & down and a ceefax button. The first TV I can remember in our living room did have the knob missing though, so me and brother (the remote controllers) had to turn the jagged little plastic thingy.
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@Muderboy - So you invented a remote? Interesting. Pity you apparently didn't make any money out it your idea. Well, those things happen.

Anyway, when we first got a color TV (still with no remote, if I remember correctly) I used to watch Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and I remember the crewmen outfits were bright orange, so I used to crank the color all the way up because, you know, it was a color TV so I might as well see a lot of COLOR! The people looked like they were on fire. Same for Star Trek's shirts in primary colors.

As for cats, mine also likes to prance on the keyboard. The way to fix him is simple: lots of attention and kind words. Make him a priority from time to time.
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What I had written about was how in 1977 or 78, that I invented the VCR remote. Less than a year later someone invented a better one, so mine didn't catch on. I liked to save stuff without commercials like Star Trek so instead of putting my one-hour Betamax next to the TV, I put it by my chair so I could pause at the appropriate time. In retrospect it certainly was a waste of time. Did you know that a box of Video tapes weighs a metric ton--VHS or Beta--at least that's what the guy at the Goodwill said...
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@Muderboy, if you open the reply box again and type something, then hit CTRL+Z, it may return. This new CMS has an odd caching system. PS - I hate myself for using that @ sign. :-P

@TrevPlatt, an IR remote with a dozen buttons? Dang, you were ballin'! Our IR remote of that ilk (big metal thing with fake wood paneling wrapped around it) had 5 buttons - power, volume up/down, channel up/down - but that was the early '80s for me.
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@JT_Kirk, no it was an IR remote, huge thing it was, and it only had a dozen buttons - difficult to lose though! It was the first one I got for my bedroom in the late eighties but it was probably 10 years old by then. My parents kept turning it off when they went to bed because I used to fall asleep watching films. Good times!

@Muderboy, I know nothing about cats, sorry! Did you spell-check? Maybe he spotted a mistake?
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I just wrote a really good reply here, but apparently my cat didn't like it because I probably wasn't paying enough attention to him. So he reached over and hit the appropriate key and deleted it, then left in a huff. Can you fix my cat?
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Ha! Stupid plastic cheap knob design with the jagged edge, I knew it.

Trev, did the remote have a weird grille on the front? Those were sonic remotes, I think, they sound ultrasonic pulses instead of infrared light pulses.

How about corded remotes? Those were so frustrating, short range cord and then someone would inevitably trip over it.

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Meanwhile I still cannot send PMs and am unable to access the Forums :(
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Sent you a PM - if you're able to receive it, I'd love to get more info on the issues you're seeing. Thanks.
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Hi Pat, I've received your PM (and the older one a couple of weeks ago) but I can't reply to them. "Sorry. but you do not have access to send private messages" is what it says. I also cannot access forums (from the menu at the bottom or on shows' pages) - I get redirected to the homepage. It's the same case on Chrome or Firefox. I've logged in and out, cleared my cookies and all, nothing seems to work.
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Thanks for the info! We'll do our best to get to the bottom of it asap.
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Thanks!
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Yeah I've always had issues with log in. At the moment it doesn't hate me. Hope your problems get sorted out. I could comment for a few weeks and it sucked. I missed talking with everyone.
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sorry?
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Unresolved technical issues with my account.
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Am one of 3 million or so HELL ON WHEELS AMC fans. How about a shout out for a Season 4 renewal. This show gets better every year . Anson Mount and Common are killing it as the leads.
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Form that into a question of some kind, even a loose one, and you've got it.
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So, to be clear, are you going to do a special follow-up post with questions and answers for all to see then?
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Yeah!
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Oh, I thought you were gonna say "no, I'm just lonely."
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That would've been the case had I been in charge of this.
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