Letters to My TV Shows and #ROW80

The fall season has premiered on television! I have several shows I watch–mainly when I take a lunch break at my computer and want something to do while shoving food into my mouth, but also because I enjoy them and they teach me about story.

Today, I’d like to write a few brief letters to let the TV shows that I track know what I think of them after the kick-off of the new season.

Dear Bones: Thank you for showing that just because the couple finally gets together, the tension doesn’t have to end. In fact, thank you for not breaking them up, which seems to be the go-to plotline for plenty of other shows that didn’t know what to do once the two main characters finally revealed their feelings for one another. As we know out here in “real life,”  relationships have sufficient tension and conflict as well, and these characters have extra tension given who they are and the way they work together. Keep finding ways to draw our interest in, and remember that, while I enjoy the romantic aspects of the show, I mainly watch to figure out how the case is solved. This is, after all, essentially a mystery show.

Dear Big Bang Theory: I don’t know why I’m still watching. It seems the romantic relationships have overshadowed some of the funnier plotlines that revolved around the scientists’ workplace and friendships. Yes, these characters are interesting and funny, but I want them to actually do something. I’m waiting . . . 

Dear Castle: Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle still gives James Bond a run for his money in the category of Suave. Keep bringing in the ensemble too–as this show has some of the best with detectives Ryan and Esposito, medical examiner Laney, daughter Alexis, and the coolest mother ever with Martha. That is all.

Dear Grimm: I vacillate with your show: Sometimes I’m eager to watch, and then I’ll go for a while without and have to catch up. Why is that? I want more, more, more from Nick. He needs to shift into being proactive with this Grimm thing, instead of just reacting every week to what’s thrown at him. If it wasn’t for Monroe, I’d probably be gone already.

Dear Hart of Dixie: I wouldn’t want to pick between those two men either. Can Zoe Hart have both? That’s kind of the plot of my young adult novel, so I can give you tips if you want. On a completely different note, I’m eager to see another side to Lemon Breeland. I hope you do more than just tease with that possibility.

Dear How I Met Your Mother: You have about 2-3 episodes to resurrect my interest in your show. Glimpses of a yellow umbrella and the yo-yo relationship of Barney and Robin ain’t gonna do it. I am looking for growth in the main characters. Isn’t that the point? To see how the challenges of life push these characters to grow, all the way until Ted finds his one, true love? So far, I have only seen real growth in Marshall and Lily–who moved into a committed marriage, wrestled with career and family choices, dealt with the death and reintroduction of their fathers, and are now entering the new phase of parenthood. Meanwhile, Ted is still groping in the dark for his dream date; Barney’s interactions with stripper Quinn demonstrated how shallow and self-serving he still is; and Robin is ambitious in career and clueless in love. So fix it. This season. Or I’m gone.

Dear Raising Hope: You are the funniest sitcom on TV today. Martha Plimpton should have won the Emmy. And Cloris Leachman should get an Emmy, a raise, and a host spot on SNL. Move over, Betty White; Cloris is a queen of comedy! Thanks for the laughs.

That’s it. I don’t watch all of these shows when they air. I catch up here and there when I can. Because, of course, my priorities are my family and my goals.

Let’s see how I did with my ROW80 goals this week. If my week was a TV show, would anyone watch?

Editing: SHARING HUNTER MILLS, young adult contemporary novel.

  • Complete full rewrite. Rewrote two chapters last week, so I’m progressing here.
  • Revise using Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS system.
  • Deliver to beta readers.


  • Post Sunday ROW80 updates, Amaze-ing Words Wednesdays, and Deep-Fried Fridays. Done.
  • Send interview questions to two guests I have lined up for my blog. Done.


  • Write two short stories. I did not work on this one. I’d like to move this goal up in priority, at least getting in 1k a week.


  • Read one writing craft book. Still deciding which one to read.
  • Attend workshop with Margie Lawson in Houston on October 13Looking forward to this workshop on Saturday!
  • Work through lessons of Scrivener online course a second time. Loved Gwen Hernandez’s course on Scrivener software. Finished it last week, so I’ll start combing back through this week.


  • Nothing special here. Just read. A lot. Currently reading No Apology by Mitt Romney. I read Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama in 2008. I like reading the presidential candidates’ books to see where they’re coming from.

Non-writing goals

  • Exercise twice a week. Done! Walked four times this week, including the Race for the Cure on Saturday.
  • Sort through photos and complete at least one album. (I stopped scrapbooking five years ago, and it’s piled up into a big mess. Moving into digital albums.) Organized some photos on my computer, so I’ll give this one a thumbs-up.

Now how was your week? What would you like to say to your TV shows based on the new season’s premieres? Do you have any writing craft book recommendations for me?

Be sure to cheer on my fellow ROWers! You can find them HERE.

20 thoughts on “Letters to My TV Shows and #ROW80

  1. I can honestly say I don’t watch any of those TV series. I wanted to watch some of those, but I don’t want to spend too much time watching TV and I already have my I-can’t-live-without series LOL I also don’t watch as they come. I record them and watch later, when I have some spare time.
    You’re doing well with your goals! Keep that up!
    Have a great week!

  2. I hardly ever watch TV, but I can so agree about TBBT! And I like your observations about Bones (remember Moonlighting??). If my week were a TV show, it’d be so boring, viewers would probably switch to infomercials. Then again, my husband’s pretty entertaining…

    Sounds like you’re making headway on your goals quickly – keep up the good work!

  3. I eat lunch and watch tv too. Yes, we are sisters from another mother, lol. As I was reading your bit about Bones, I was thinking the same thing about Castle. I completely agree, just look at J. D. Robb, I’ll say no more, b/c it obviously can be done. Grimm, I’m currently 2-wks behind. I’m sure I’ll catch up, I guess I just have to miss it more and then I will probably watch back to back episodes to catch up. Strange.
    I’ve gotten some feedback from the submissions I sent a couple weeks ago and they’ve had me thinking. Finally, I had a new idea develop this morning, mass was helpful for 2-reasons today, lol. Now for the plotting and figuring what to change and where to add. I’ll be in surgery too. You get to hang with Maggie next weekend, awesome! Scrivener, I haven’t gotten it yet, I should though right???
    You had a fabulous week, Julie. I just wrote a giant comment, sorry. You gave me a lot to say. Hope you have another great week and have fun with Margie, looking forward to reading about it.

    1. Giant comments welcome, S.J.! Hope your surgery goes well. I am excited about seeing Margie in person and learning during her workshop. Scrivener is wonderful! It really is a word processing software designed for writers with all kinds of features we naturally want, and quite a few tools I hadn’t thought of that I now plan to use! Hope you enjoy the Grimm episodes. I like the show enough to keep watching, but not enough to be eager about watching. Does that make sense?

      1. Yes, that’s pretty much how I feel about Grimm. Interesting that were both in the same place with it. Don’t know what I’d do w/o my DVR and hulu, probably not watch.

  4. Loved your letters to your TV shows. Bones did it right! HIMYM is still working on it. Love Castle! I’m going to check out Gwen’s Scrivener classes–I just got the software. I figured that a first draft of a WIP was the best time to start a new app, so thanks for that tip. Good luck with your goals.

    1. Yes, Bones has done it well! I also think Castle may manage it well too. Hope you enjoy the class with Gwen. I really think it was worth my $30. What she taught me will save time and help me knock out my WIP edits more effectively. Best wishes for your week, Diana!

  5. Actually, I think my letters would go to the two new shows that have me sitting on the edge of my seat with all the excitement… Revolution and Last Resort are suspense filled and exciting the way 24 & Prison Break were in the beginning.
    I feel the same way about Bones and Castle (love those guys), and I have the same concerns about my favorite genius scientists (though I’m starting to believe that Penny is the smartest one of all).
    I’d also like to thank Covert Affairs for keeping things interesting by killing Jai off in the first episode, then making us fall in love with Simon, the bad guy spy, only to kill him off…then teasing us with the possibility of Auggie and Annie, only to back off.
    And please, White Collar, never change Neal Caffrey…but don’t destroy his relationships with Peter or Mozzie. That’s an awesome three way bromance.
    Glee- Not sure what to say to you guys…except, I’m not sure how I feel yet. So far, I’ve loved all the previous seasons more. The new kids have potential. Rachel and Kurt in NY is interesting…but I miss my other people. Not enough Puck, no snarky Santana…
    Thanks! This was fun!

    1. I think my hubby started watching Revolution. We talked about trying it together, but we don’t have much time for that. I don’t know what Last Resort is. I need to look that up. And yes, Penny is the wisest of the BBT bunch, even if she isn’t the smartest. I have a friend who keeps telling me to watch White Collar, so maybe I’ll give that a try next summer when the regular shows are off. Have a wonderful week, Kitt!

  6. You’ve noticed that “The Big Bang Theory” is missing a lot of its original charm, too? They’ve really pulled the tail out of the few jokes they have (Leonard’s on-again/off-again romance with Penny, “Amy’s horny and Sheldon thinks he’s Spock,” Raj can’t talk to women, Howard is still a Jewish prince who has his mother do everything even though he’s married to Bernadette) and need to get back to the science laughs. They need to bring back Kripke in the worst way.

    Nice work on the goals, by the way.

    1. I’m glad you said that, John, because I had wondered if it was just me missing the BBT charm. (Kripke was hilarious.) Maybe they should hire us to write an episode or two. 😉

      Thanks, John! Have a great week.

  7. Julie, I like your letters to your fave tv shows. I may borrow your idea one day for a blog post of my own. We don’t watch the same shows so hopefully you’re okay with that.

    The ROW80 goals are progressing nicely, and I like the idea that you’re joining the digital scrapbook gang.

    Have a terrific week. Keep writing!

    1. Oh, please, borrow away! I’d love to hear your take in a blog post. I like hearing what others think of the stories they read or watch. Thanks for the encouragement, Jolyse! Have a lovely week.

  8. I gave up on “Bones” a couple of years ago because I felt the way you feel about “Big Bang” – too much relationship (for all the characters; you could shoot me in the head over Daisy and Sweets), not enough challenging casework and friendship, which to me was the core of that show at the beginning. I still love “Big Bang” although I agree it should get back to a little more science, a little less sex. And every woman in America should get a “Free Pass” for an evening with Richard Castle. Especially if he brings his space cowboy outfit. 😉

    1. Yes, the space cowboy outfit is awesome! LOL. I loved that one episode of Castle where he opened with that. 🙂

  9. RE: Your thoughts on Grimm… Are you inside my head? Seriously, that’s EXACTLY what I think and what I do. I have two eps to catch up on right now, and although I want to watch them…I just find myself drifting toward other shows instead. But Monroe will always keep me coming back. Always.

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