Author

Kelsea Stahler
Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.
  • President Obama Injured? Nope, Someone Hacked AP's Twitter
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 23, 2013
    You can breathe a sigh of relief. Despite the pessimistic effects of a week spent mourning the loss of life at the 2013 Boston Marathon, the fates are not that cruel. The Associated Press' tweet about a White House explosion and the injuring of President Barack Obama is a fake.  Mere seconds after the hacked AP Twitter account posted "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured" at 1:07 PM EST, the tweet was removed — but that didn't keep 467 Twitter users from spreading the news via re-tweets.  Still, rest assured, America. It was a cruel (and poorly executed, to boot) hoax that only served to confuse a few hundred folks too click-happy to check their sources before re-tweeting. Also, word to the Internet: if the POTUS was injured, the word on that would be on such lockdown there's no way we'd find out about it as cavalierly as this. Of course, not everyone was left unscathed by the tweet: Wall Street experienced an incredibly fleeting "flash crash" when people started their short-lived panic over the White House's potential demise.  Still, the White House is in one piece and Obama is doing alright. He may have a hangnail or a charlie horse or something, but he's got some bigger fish to fry.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:President Obama Speaks Out About Boston Marathon Suspects'The Bible': What's the Deal With Obama Satan?'Argo' Wins Best Picture, Michelle Obama Shout-Out  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Gross: More Proof That Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Have Reunited
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 23, 2013
    Thanks to one ill-advised Instagram photo, the world is now on Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Reunion Watch. Thanks, Biebs. Now, we have to launch a full-on investigation into your personal lives. So far, we've come up with three solid pieces of evidence that Gomez is back to Beliebing.  Exhibit A: On Saturday, Bieber posted a short-lived photo of a girl who looks a lot like Gomez getting very cozy with his face on the very same day that Gomez was reportedly in Norway, where Bieber was performing. Curious? You betcha. Exhibit B: Now, there's even more proof that Gomez is backsliding right into Bieber's arms: a video of Bieber and a tiny young lady scurrying after him in a hoodie (presumably Gomez). Now, we can't see her face, but compounding this strange little scene outside of Bieber's hotel with Saturday's accidental Instagram creates quite a compelling case for the Jelena reunion. Teenage girls (and fans of Selena Gomez making sound decisions) are weeping in every city the world over right now.  Exhibit C: Twitter, you cryptic temptress. While Gomez is pretty good at keeping her tweets to things about her tour and loving her mom, the Biebs loves himself a good two-word tweet that leaves room for imagination. Just over the last few days, he's tweeted "Smiling" and "i see" followed by "all love." He could be talking about eating a great sandwich and "smiling" about it. He could have woken up from a great nap to "see" nothing but "all love" from his Twitter fans. Or, he's getting a little sloppy on Twitter. It may be totally nutty, but we're going with the interpretation that fuels romance rumors. Even if it's the kind of romance rumor that makes us want to curl up in a ball and weep. He spit in his neighbor's face, Selena! Is this who you want to spend your Norway vacation with? Or perhaps (fingers crossed) all his debaucherous behavior has been a reaction to his grief over losing Gomez, and now that she appears to be back in his life, he'll go back to a time of no marijuana smoking, no neighbor-assaulting, no complaining about lavish birthday parties and laws about underage drinking, and certainly no attempts to fight with paparazzi. Please?  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Are Justin and Selena Back Together?Selena Gomez Dumps Justin Bieber, World EndsSelena Gomez Disses Justin Bieber Badly  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Why Sundance's Brutally Honest Drama 'Rectify' Should Be Your New Favorite Show
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 23, 2013
    Sundance Channel's slate of original dramas continues to impress with its latest offering Rectify, from the producers of Breaking Bad. The story of a man who survives his run on death row thanks to new evidence that exonerates him after 20-something years in a cell block, knocking on death's door, is more than a fish-out-of-water story about a man returning to the real world.  It's an examination of what it means to live and love, and an exploration of truth. And it's rendered to completely moving, emotional, visceral perfection.  In the mere two hours of its premiere episode, Rectify drove me to tears four times, and not because of some sweeping musical cue that instructed "Hey, you're supposed to feel now," but because of the depth of honesty and the unyeilding truth of the characters' experiences. This isn't just a television show, it's an exploration of humanity in the face of some of the most ordinary extraordinary experiences we've seen on television of late. Daniel Holden (Aden Young) is awaiting his fate on death row for confessing to killing and raping his high school girlfriend when he was 18 years old. He's escaped lethal injection five times thanks to appeals, and with the reveal of new DNA evidence, he's exonerated and released after 19 years. It would seem that Daniel is lucky, escaping certain death a grand total of six times, but "lucky" is a word reserved for those whose formative years weren't stolen from them by (what appears to be) a false accusation and a forced confession. Daniel went from his senior year of high school and the most devastating loss he could have imagined to a five by eight-foot cell, where he would spend the next 19 years of his life. When he's released, he has a new family (a step father, step brother, and younger half brother), his sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) is now an adult and his mother is withering, and he's rudely confronted with the development of technology like computers and cell phones and the unstoppable changing of the times. Everything has changed except for one crucial element: the attitude of most of his former friends and neighbors. The evidence may have lifted the charge of rape and murder, but to the public, Daniel is still the worst kind of killer. And now, he's roaming free in their town.  The result is a series full of intrigue: Why is State Senator Roland so hell-bent on proving the DNA evidence is wrong and that Daniel is still guilty? What is the truth that the two young men who served as "eye witnesses" in Daniel's trial need to come forth and tell? What will Roland do with the intel the Amantha is sleeping with Daniel's lawyer, Jon? Is Daniel really innocent, or are we simply conditioned to see him through the same optimistic eyes that his sister Amantha and his mother see him? But these questions are simply the vehicle – the reason for motion.  The real beauty of the series comes from its ability to play out quiet, simple moments to sheer perfection and to play out the more vulgar moments honestly, but with full depth of meaning. One moment stands out, in which Daniel, consumed by the pressure of suddenly being thrown into a world he doesn't know how to navigate, leaves the convenience store – where callous teenage boys were sneaking silly Facebook photos with the man on the front of every newspaper and the top of every nightly news broadcast – to sit barefoot on the baseball diamond where he can feel the grass and the sun. It's the only form of normalcy he seems to be able to find in this new world, and it's a beautiful, perfect moment of television filled with more meaning than some lengthy monologues. In another scene, Daniel's insensitive, judgemental step brother believes Daniel is guilty despite his wife's reservations and the belief of his entire family, including Daniel's step father. He throws out an insensitive joke about conjugal visits on death row and it prompts Daniel to let this hooligan have it: he explains in graphic, yet restrained detail what it's like to be raped in prison. His words come without adornment, without sensationalism. There's no moment of shock over the audacity of his description. Instead, it's a moment of sheer pain. We're sent back into the mind of 18-year-old Daniel (someone who still seems to dicate much of 38-year-old Daniel's existence). He's a scared young boy, thrust into a viscious world created to quite literally chew him up and spit him out. We're not told exactly how brutal his tormentors were, only that "Justification is a slippery slope." The inmates knew he was in for rape and murder, and they took a liberal lisence with the young man. This is the broken soul whose "lucky" break has released him to the world.  While Young's perfect torment is all we could ask for as we explore his prison memories – ones that show he was more at peace on death row than he is as a free man – his cohorts help to fill out his full world of hazards and support systems. Spencer (who you may recognize as the school teacher who Don Draper left in his car once upon a time) plays the perfectly fragile sister to Young's Daniel, while J. Smith-Cameron adeptly plays his unraveling mother. There's not a single actor out of place in the whole set: the perfect complement to the series' beautiful direction and almost spiritual writing.  Rectify's plot may not pop in a quick summary on paper. It may sound like the same crime-driven drama of every other droopy series on network TV and cable, but what makes it something else altogether is its ability to find the piece of the puzzle that's yet to be properly explored, and Daniel's harrowing mental journey is just that. Watching Daniel and his family try to navigate the aftermath of an accusation that has robbed him of his life, though he may still be breathing, is one of the single most rewarding experiences on television this year.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:'Hemlock Grove' Doesn't Deliver on Its Gory Promise'Mad Men' Recap: Some Alone Time With Joan'Canceled' Doesn't Mean Canceled Anymore, And That's a Problem  From Our Partners50 Worst Celeb Mugshot Fails (vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Michael Shannon Reading That Insane Sorority Letter Is More Menacing Than His 'Man of Steel' Villain
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 22, 2013
      The "dramatic reading" of letters is a little played out on the Internet. Blah, blah, it's funnier when you read an emphatic letter more emphatically. We get it. But, when you combine the vitrolic force of that University of Maryland sorority email dug up by Gawker with the terrifying force (and a bit of froth in and around the mouth region) of Man of Steel villain-portrayer Michael Shannon, you get a (pardon my language here) f**king c**t-punt of a video. The result is so terrifying that I may or may not have just taken refuge under my desk for a few minutes. Shannon would be one intimidating mob boss/sorority girl.  In case you weren't anywhere near a computer or smart phone or some variation of device with even a dial-up Internet connection, "The Most Deranged Sorority Email Ever" from the leader of the University of Maryland Delta Gamma chapeter circulated around the Internet like wildfire last week. Apparently, this young "lady" was upset with some of her sorority sisters for their behavior — which included such offensive acts as exhibiting sportsmanship and not shamelessly flirting with the fraternity they were fated to mix with until the ends of time. The post quickly went viral and then, of course, was put into the hands of one Mr. Shannon, thanks to such sadistic highlights as: Are you people f**king retarded? That's not a rhetorical question, I LITERALLY want you to email me back telling me if you're mentally slow so I can make sure you don't go to anymore night time events. And: I've not only gotten texts about people being f**king WEIRD at sports (for example, being stupid s**ts and saying stuff like "durr what's kickball?" is not f**king funny), but I've gotten texts about people actually cheering for the opposing team. The opposing. F**king. Team. ARE YOU F**KING STUPID?!! I don't give a S**T about sportsmanship, YOU CHEER FOR OUR G**DAMN TEAM AND NOT THE OTHER ONE, HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN TO A SPORTS GAME? ARE YOU F**KING BLIND? This sorority girl was basically asking for one of the scariest men in Hollywood to do a dramatic reading of her letter, right?  Michael Shannon Reads the Insane Delta Gamma Sorority Letter from Michael Shannon Follow Kelsea On Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Michael Shannon Offers Creepy 'Man of Steel' Message'Man of Steel' Trailer Packed With Explosions, Big Questions'Man of Steel' Could Have a Second Villain  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Unhappy Hour Gets Happy: Lil Bub on Tour, Patton Oswalt in General and 9 Other Reasons to Smile
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 20, 2013
      Normally, I'd use Saturday afternoon to post a gripey list about all the horrible things that happened in pop culture this week and suggest cocktails with which to wash the bad memories down. However, what happened this week in Boston has put some things into perspective. While I'll never stop being a complainer, it seems appropriate and necessary to make Unhappy Hour a little happy this week. It's time to find the little bright spots in what proved to be a very bleak week for Boston and for the rest of the world. Let the happy commence! 1. Lil Bub's (above) movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, so you know that cute little cat is about to be all over our news feeds and (fingers crossed) televisions for at least the next week.  2. Patton Oswalt is a wonderful human and we love him. Just look at the amazing letter he wrote for Boston. Then he follows it up with not one, but two, hilarious pop culture parodies. Love that guy.  3. Gary Busey did this. (There's video.) 4. We now know what Henry Cavill's Superman looks like without a shirt. (There's also more details about what's going on in Man of Steel, or something.) 5. Jon Hamm made a pretty adorable video with Elmo.  6. Alison Brie also made an adorable video, but instead of Elmo, she made herself into memes.  7. We got our first peek at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire when the trailer debuted on MTV. 8. Peter Dinklage said some pretty awesome things in his Playboy interview. 9. Dove made us tear up by making us realize we're all more beautiful than we could ever know. 10. Amy Poehler just warmed all the hearts in America with her most recent Ask Amy video. Is your heart not warmed? Were you not tickled by the hilarity of Peter Dinklage and Patton Oswalt? Read this list again, friend. Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Lindsay Lohan, Your Hoodie Looks Like a Condom
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 19, 2013
    On a day like this, we could all use a little levity and nonsense. Luckily, Lindsay Lohan stepped out in this translucent latex-toned hoodie and, to say the least, it's got us thinking... with our minds in the gutter. But let's be honest: we can't help but see other things in this image. And most of them just happen to be dirty. It's Friday. What else did you expect? Option A: A Regular Ol' Condom Option B: Someone's Weenis  Quick Memory Refresher! Option C: Beyoncé Nipple-Suit Option D: Rubber Nipple On a Baby Bottle So, in conclusion: Great Job, LiLo! Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:All The Naked Ladies In 'Allure'Radiohead Fan Gets a Nipple Tattoo, ReallyPsy Steals Beyonce's Look  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'American Idol' Results: Which Little Lady Sang For the Save?
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 18, 2013
    American Idol saw its toughest cut yet on Thursday night when the bottom two came down to the country gals: Kree Harrison and Janelle Arthur. Ryan Seacrest revealed that Janelle received the least votes, making her the singer set to fight for the Save. She reprised what might have been her best performance ever on the show, "Keep Me Hanging On" as an accoustic ballad, but in the end it wasn't enough and Keith, Mariah, Nicki, and Randy elected to send the sweet little marshmallow right on home.  Of course, it shouldn't come as all that much of a surprise. Kree hit the bottom two because her performances weren't very Kree and Janelle was clearly in danger because of the sheer fact that she's not as dynamic as her competitors. Despite the fact that Miss Dolly Parton herself sent Janelle a (slightly insane) note about her performance, Janelle was the obvious candidate for elimination. She delivered a bit of a snooze with her Vince Gill ballad (albeit a very likeable, very sweet snooze!) and her Diva number was cheesier than Ryan's attempts at joking with the judges. Still, in normal Idol rules, they'd need to use the save or lose it by now. However, the judges elected to save it for another day. While I agree that Janelle didn't deserve the save (sorry, pretty girl!), that means that the Idol save gets to live a life longer than originally intended. The point at which eliminations get really painful, the top four, is supposed to be free of the save. It's supposed to be scary for our favorites when we reach each elimination round. We're supposed to be biting our nails and losing our minds. Now, because the Save hasn't been used and the Idol finale is scheduled for May 16, Idol faces a week of zero programming between the revealing of the top three and the finale without the save. This means that they've got to  simply adjust the rules and allow the judges to use the save at a later date than ever before. Unfortunately, that also means that we have to endure what will almost certainly be two weeks of of the top four wowing us equally, rendering us completely indifferent as to what happens for three straight episodes. Kree or Amber Holcomb will hit the bottom two next week and the judges will save them, then we'll watch what's basically a repeat of the same top four performances all over again. And we will be B-O-R-E-D.  For most fans, the decision has already been made. We've each picked our favorite contestant and until we find out whether she's made it or not, we're going to be twiddling our thumbs. What joy that we'll get to drag that process out for as long as possible.  It's wonderful watching Candice Glover do her thing (even Paula Abdul returned to Idol to tell Candice just how much fun it is watching her sing). Kree is always a treat and when Angie and Amber hit the right spots, they're fun too. But it's not about the girls not being good performers, it's about the competition hitting its predictable moment. It's about just wanting to know who wins already and having to wait almost a month to find out. And we're about to have to deal with it whether we like it or not.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:'American Idol' Recap: One Of These Girls Is Not Like The Others'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover Wins, Everyone Else Go HomeHow 'American Idol' Forced Me To Crush on Keith Urban  From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His Character? (Vulture)
  • Who's On 'Hemlock Grove'? Your Definitive List of Creepy Kooks on Netflix's New Series
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 18, 2013
    Hemlock Grove hits Netflix April 19 and there's very little known about the brand new horror series, aside from the fact that the NSFW trailer scared (and grossed) the hell out of everyone in the Hollywood.com offices. Producer Eli Roth really does have a way with blood... and guts... and maggots... and bones protruding from skin. You get the idea.  But we generally know what the series is about (werewolves), who it's from (Roth), why it's a big deal (Netflix's original programming slate), but who are all of these sexy (but also kind of terrifying) people bringing the book-to-series adaptation to life?  Famke Janssen Stars As: Olivia Godfrey, matriarch of the wealthy Godfrey family.Notable Qualities: Cold, disarming stare; Apparent insatiable lust, which probably makes her a bit of a MILF.I Know That Face...: Yes, you definitely do. She's the mutant who stole Wolverine's heart in the X-Men movies: Jean Grey.Crush Potential: She's a hot mom with a dark side. Do the math.  Bill Skarsgård Stars As: Roman Godfrey, son of Olivia and Dr. Norman Godfrey.Notable Qualities: Good at smoldering; often found fighting with his lusty mother; not averse to teaming up with presumed werewolf gypsies to solve murders.I Know That Name... Right?: Sort of. Bill is brother to True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård and son to Stellan Skarsgård. He's also got four names (Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård) and was in 2012's Anna Karenina with Kiera Knightley.Crush Potential: He's practically got a pedigree as the younger brother of Alexander, plus he's pretty damn handsome. Yeah, you'll be crushing.  Landon Liboiron Stars As: Peter Rumancek, a gypsy and quite possibly a werewolf.Notable Qualities: He's 17, considered "trailer trash" and a gypsy, and he teams up with the town's richest guy his age to solve a murder? You can bet his life is going to get all kinds of rough. It also means he's totally going to have sexual tension (and – we're guessing – then some) with Roman's sister.I Have No Idea Who This Guy Is: He's Canadian, so you guessed it! He was on Degrassi as Declan. American audiences may know him a little better at the son of Jason O'Mara's hero on the short-lived Fox Sci-Fi series Terra Nova.  Crush Potential: Tortured werewolf? Duh.   Penelope Mitchell Stars As: Letha Godfrey, another of the wealthy Godfrey brood.Notable Qualities: Pretty, blonde, likely to attract scruffy gypsy boys like Peter.I Have No Idea Who This Girl Is: The lovely Australian lady hasn't done much stateside, so this is a bit of a break for her. However, (fun fact) her cousin Radha Mitchell has had some success in the U.S. and is presently starring in ABC's Red Widow. Crush Potential: Look at that gorgeous face. Yes, dudes, there's crush potential. Dougray Scott Stars As: Dr. Norman Godfrey, husband of Olivia and father to Roman and Letha.Notable Qualities: Ruggedly handsome; he yells a lot in the trailer, so we're assuming as the patriarch of a wealthy family, he's seeking order in a world that's about to go completely nuts; owner of a biotech facility that could have something to do with the murder Roman and Peter are trying to solve.I Know His Face...: Do you like Drew Barrymore movies? Even the ones where she messes with history and fairy tales and murders a British accent while playing a French girl? Then you probably recognize this rascal from Ever After, Barrymore's strange twist on the classic Cinderella tale.Crush Potential: He seems a little sinister so far, but hey, whatever floats your boat. Lili Taylor Stars As: Lynda Rumancek, gypsy mom extraordinaire to Peter (could this casting be any better?).Notable Qualities: She's a gypsy and her son is telling people he's a werewolf. Prepare for sass. I Know Her Face...: You'd netter know her face, she was in such classic films as Mystic Pizza and Say Anything... plus she was a regular on Six Feet Under (if you didn't watch it, scurry over to Netflix right now, slacker). She also introduced the founding members of the band Veruca Salt to one another, so, you're welcome.Crush Potential: She's a pretty lady, but my guess is that's not what she's here for.  Nicole Boivin Stars As: Shelley Godfrey, youngest daughter of the wealthy, aloof Godfreys.Notable Qualities: She's apparently incredibly creepy, which is appropriate because you can bet the name "Shelley" (with an E) is an homage to Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. I Have No Idea Who This Girl Is: You wouldn't. This is her first acting gig. Freya Tingley Stars As: Peter's former friend Christina Wendall.Notable Qualities: She's a teenage girl who's mad at her best friend, who's a hot 17-year-old guy; the sparks will most certainly fly.I Have No Idea Who This Girl Is: This is her first project of note, through from the looks of the trailer, it may the start of many more.Crush Potential: She's pretty, she's young, why not?  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:'Hemlock Grove' Giveaway: Yay Free Swag!'Canceled' Doesn't Mean Canceled on TV, And That's a ProblemStudy: Women on TV Murdered More Violently Than Men From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His Character? (Vulture)
  • Yep. Conan O'Brien is Actually 50 And So Are These 8 Other Sexy Celebs
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 18, 2013
    You wouldn't think that a man who invented and profited off something called "The String Dance" would ever age. But it's true: Today, Conan O'Brien turned 50 and then we all turned to each other with expressions that can only be described as "WhaaaaaA?" followed by an auditory "No. Way." But 'tis true: Coco is half a century old.  Luckily, to offset the mind-blowing truth of O'Brien's age, we've got eight other celebs who've just entered the fifth decade of their lives. Okay, so that might blow your mind a little more. But you'll live.  Basketball Legend Michael JordanThat title almost works better when you're 50.  Mad Man About Town John SlatteryAge ain't nothing but a number, and this silver fox has still got it (even after puking on the floor at Sterling Cooper). Tom Cruise: Still Kicking Ass in Space at 50And still wooing ladies just a hair above half his age on screen too.  Straight Up, Paula Abdul's Still Got the MovesSeriously. Don't challenge this former Laker girl to a dance contest. You will lose. Steve Carell Wore Spandex in Burt Wonderstone and Got Away With ItBut he reminds me of my dad so that's all the commentary I can provide for this 50s clubber. Demi Moore, Is 50, Still Looks 30Life is cruel, folks. Okay, We Know Jodie Foster's 50After all, she practically hit us over the head with during her rambling Golden Globes speech this year. Forever-Duck Emilio EstevezHe'll always be our Mighty Ducks coach, even in 20 years when he's 70.  More:Five Awesome Things Peter Dinklage Revealed in His Playboy InterviewTilda Swinton Photo Shoot or 'Not Tilda Swinton' Tweet?Time's Most Influential People List Is Missing Someone Important  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Canceled' Doesn't Mean Canceled Anymore, And That's a Big Problem
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 18, 2013
    Happy Endings is hanging by a thread at ABC. Heroes has been canceled since 2010. Pushing Daises has been, well, pushing up daisies since it went kaput almost four years ago. But fans needn't worry. The word "canceled" simply doesn't hold that much weight these days. Any defunct show can find new life on another network like Cougar Town did on TBS when ABC tried to kill it, or change everything about itself to stay afloat like The Killing on AMC, or raise enough money on Kickstarter to make a movie to tie up loose ends like Veronica Mars. In fact, in the wake of Mars' revival, Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller tossed around the idea of a Kickstarter for his baby and more recently, MSN and XBox are eying ways to bring Heroes back to life. As it turns out, the afterlife is a fertile place for a fallen TV series. And while fans may be rejoicing, we're all losing out in the long run. It's something that's been a trickling process for years, and it's just now reaching a head. FX's Glenn Close-starrer Damages made the switch to what was then the new frontier on DirecTV when it was no longer lucritive for FX, and NBC sentenced the final season of Friday Night Lights  to the same fate. Now, we find budding original content providers like TBS and Netflix picking up network scraps like Cougar Town and Arrested Development, hoping for enough success to build future content upon. And while those scraps may have been great and have the potential to be great upon resurrection, they were still scraps. Remnants of television's circle of life. Things that tried and failed. And this new wave of reviving the dead is disrupting a very important balance. Writing, pitching, creating, and producing a brand new television show is a terrifying, tireless effort.  Networks see thousands of pitches before they even give out their handfuls of pilot orders – typically about 15 or 20. Once the pilot orders are fulfilled, maybe 10 become series, depending on the networks' needs. And after these series premiere, at least a third will be canceled after only a few episodes. Clearly, there's months of work (and mountains of money) poured into creating shows that the networks think (hope and pray) that audiences will latch onto. Why would a fledgling original content provider or cable network go through all of that legwork, when some canceled cult series is just sitting there, waiting to be revivied and loved by its hungry, saddened fans?  It's an opportunity too good to pass up. Yes, TBS and Netflix are coupling their revivals with original content like Men at Work on the comedy-skewing cable channel and House of Cards and Hemlock Grove on the streaming site, lending credibility to their content slate, but they're also leaning heavily on the security of the revived contents' built-in audiences. That's not so bad, right? Well, it's not so bad at first. But one trend inevitably begets others, and over at AMC, we're seeing the results of the trend in the form of a third season of The Killing, the show the Internet loved to hate. Rather than dumping the series and braving a brand new scripted program that could be the network's next Walking Dead, Mad Men, or Breaking Bad, we're looking down the barrell of a show we're not sure we want. True, it could work and it very well might for AMC, but the track record of the rebranded series is generally grim. If we hobble over to NBC, where the charming series Up All Night was retooled in the hopes of broadening its audience, we find the now demolished remnants of a series that had it almost right only to lose it all by trying to please everyone. Community was allowed to keep going with its meager cultish ratings, even after creator Dan Harmon was kicked out of the roost, but that series has become a deeply saddening shell of itself. Wouldn't we rather be exploring new possibilities, even if those possibilities turn out to be turkeys like Whitney or even CBS' canceled Partners, as long as there's some promise of finding something worthwhile? Wouldn't we rather reminsce about a series that we loved more than our own siblings than watch it go down in a whirl of flames and mangled parts?  Take Freaks and Geeks, for example. Its single, pristine season which ends with Lindsey Weir's optimistic journey of self-discovery is heralded as one of the best seasons of television ever. Yet, when it aired, almost no one was watching it. Now it's a legend, untainted by the hand of network notes meant to drive up viewership and simplify the beauty of the series in its original form. Freaks and Geeks was gone far too soon, but now, it will remain perfect for the rest of time. Its fans will remain fans forever, because no cheap resurgence will mar the perfect memory of the show. And the more our current slate of canceled shows are brought back in various zombie forms, the more fans will expect some way to continue their symbiotic relationship with their favorite series, rather than going through the normal withdrawal, recovery, and discovery of new material process. The Veronica Mars movie kickstarter is a slap in the face of an example of that: give the fans an opportunity to put their weight behind a project, and they will make it happen. Nearly six million dollars (or $5.7 million, to be exact) doesn't lie. But it's like that desire to see more of the happy couple at the end of a romantic movie: if we drag this out, is there the potential of witnessing the ugliness and the cracks that come with too much prolonged exposure? Isn't it possible to end on an unanswered question and let the moment where our imaginations run wild be the answer in and of itself? It is possible to end a TV show "before its time," however abruptly, and still do it justice. It worked for Freaks and Geeks  and Arrested Development, and it worked for Veronica Mars, even with that cliffhanger. As excited as I am for movie about the teen sleuth all grown up, it was actually a fitting end to the series to leave Veronica in a puddle of uncertainty. She leaves her troublesome on-again-off-again boyfriend, her father's fate as Sheriff hangs in the balance, and everything is uncertain. In a way, ending the series with any sense of closure wouldn't be true to Veronica's character. Her life is built on tumult, it's only fair that her TV journey ends that way too, just as Lindsey Weir needed to go off on her wild Grateful Dead tour and Michael and George Michael has to escape their terrible family members on a ludicrous yacht. And let's not forget, that while we all mourned the loss of shows like Freaks and Geeks, Veronica Mars, and the soon-to-be-revived Arrested Development, the conclusions of those series allowed the actors, showrunners, creators, and writers to muster up more creative juices and create other projects with potential. Freaks and Geeks creator Judd Apatow took his "failure" on the NBC series (and Undeclared, for that matter) and turned it into creative fuel for his formidable empire of comedy films, starring many of the actors who started on Freaks and Geeks. When Rob Thomas was no longer able to tell stories about Veronica, the teenage sleuth, he moved on to telling hilarious, adeptly crafted (albeit, equally cult-worthy) stories about cater waiters on Party Down, which became so beloved it's got its own slew of reunion/revival rumors. When Arrested Development went under, many of its stars built successful careers from their small screen success: Jason Bateman became the beloved everyman in big budget comedies, Michael Cera makes millions being awkward, and Will Arnett may not be able to hold a series, but he's become a beloved comedic actor throughout the industry. Not everything these folks have done is a crowning acheivement, but out of their faltering series came more creativity. Without these sudden steps back, many of these folks might have lived out their acting/writing/producing days on these shows, risking being branded one-trick ponies before they'd even streched their legs. Instead, they're people who reached out for something great and didn't quite grasp it. They are people who deserve a second shot, and they're people with the fire to make that happen. Generally, I try to avoid quoting old white guys to make a point, but in this case, Thomas Edison really gets it: He said, "If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." That sentiment is the fruit of the creative process. When something isn't working, whether that's because of the content itself or the mechanisms that produce and promote the content, it's an opportunity to stop, reassess, and figure out a way to make it better. In the case of television, it's not always that the content, jokes, and story lines are bad; it's that they're not clicking with the folks they need to click with. And while TV networks are getting better, bit by bit, at giving series more time to breathe and develop before they're given the axe, we have to, in turn, give them the opportunity to give us something new. We need to learn to leave our comfortable bubbles and let go of the shows that leave us, because that's when we're free to discover the next big thing. Think back to the moment at which you first fell in love with your favorite canceled series. Think of the bond formed with each character. The sudden feeling that you belonged in that show's setting. The urge to call it home. That feeling is magical, wonderful, and, when it's really good, it's almost transcendant. Why settle for the reheated leftovers of something you once adored, when you can create that bond with something you may love even more? Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Study: Women on TV Are Murdered More Violently Than Men'Veronica Mars': Jessica Chastain and 13 Other Surprising Guest StarsNine People You Didn't Know Were on 'Arrested Development' From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His Character? (Vulture)