Hi, my name is Zan and I’m a pop culture junkie. I can reliably name that show, movie, or song snippet and tell you who sings it, who she’s dating, who he’s rumored to be dating on the side. Television is my substance of choice: I grew up on Nickelodeon and Disney’s TGIF programming block, progressed to the WB’s teen dramas and spent a good chunk of my college education borrowing DVDs and learning how to stream shows (oh those dark pre-Netflix days!) so I could catch up on the really good stuff—The West Wing, The Wire, the second season of the American Office: you know, the classics.
I’m thrilled to be the Jewish Journal’s new television blogger. It is, as I think everyone agrees, a great time for TV, with the format really coming into its own creatively and narratively as companies like Netflix and Hulu open up new possibilities on the business side. Summer is traditionally a quiet season for new content but as we move towards a more year-round model there’s plenty to see and talk about right now, both old favorites returning and new contenders stepping up to the plate.
My plan is to try a mix of coverage, writing overnight recaps of what I’m watching (True Blood, MTV’s surprisingly dark and interesting Teen Wolf, ABC Family’s new show Twisted) plus some up-to-the-minute news and longer-form pieces on full seasons already aired.
So sit back, relax and tune in along with me—and please feel free to get in touch if there’s something I should be watching, covering or thinking about. I’m hoping to build a really interactive community here, so conversation is always welcome!