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I recently read a witty review on the premiere episode of the American spin-off  for the series, Skins. In the mostly spot-on review, it was made clear that one of the most charming, and more importantly, authentic characteristics of the high school set show is the use of age-appropriate actors and actresses. The show uses teens to play teens. Seems simple enough. Until the article lists, with no shame, the true ages of many actors and actresses playing teen-aged characters.

I’d be naive to presume adults weren’t hired for teenage roles. 20-somethings frequently play confused 16 year olds (see: every (!?) show on the CW). And sometimes that adult can really create something special with the character, regardless of their real-life familiarity with parachute pants.

But, it does say something, or at least surprises me to learn, when I watch a show on ABC Family about 16 year olds, I’m actually watching someone twice the age of her character. Am I duped by their skills or am I suspending my disbelief because it’s a silly television show? Do I prefer the glitz of someone pretty or the authenticity of someone true to their age?

It’s hard to say, but it’s definitely something to consider…

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It’s holiday time folks.  This means everyone and their sister is traveling, through sleet and snow, to make it back to their childhood homes. Upon arrival they will embrace their loving family members, share gifts and stories of work triumphs, new friends and love. They will sip egg nog and have a nosh in the form of a snowman decorated sugar cookies. And it will be all fine and dandy.

EXCEPT FOR ONE THING.

There will be no new TV.

This, people of America, sucks. Now, let me lay out my obvious subjectivity on the matter. I recently spent the past week (many hours of which were in transit) with my family, avoiding the holiday airport craze, spending time celebrating my mother’s mid-December birthday.  Rather than braving the masses to celebrate an arbitrary DOB for someone I never met (no offense good people of the Christian faith), I felt this a wiser allotment of my time and a more rewarding family-related experience.

Having relayed my circumstances, let me now vent. I’m home. I’m rommate-less for the next week and half. I’m an avid TV watcher and work in the industry. Why must I be punished with reruns and reality television? Was I naughty? Because this is not nice. (ew, i can’t believe I’m leaving that in this post).

All I’m sayin, to the fine folks producing the regularly fabulous programming I commit to, is there has to be some sort of alternative. Throw me a commercial-free movie of my choosing. Give me some unaired clips from my favorite shows to choose from. Show me some pilots that didn’t make the cut. JUST GIVE ME NEW MATERIAL! Don’t take away my joy, simply because everyone else is not interested in tuning in for a week (all those conformists!, blargh).

I realize this is one of the lamer posts of my career, and quite possibly the lamest writing I’ve ever even ever considered, but I figured, WITH ALL THIS FREE TIME NOT WATCHING TV, I might as well DO SOMETHING ELSE.

With that, much love to everyone and safe travels & happy holidays.

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