My Top 5 television lust men

Every once in a while, a television show comes along with a male character that I become so attached to, his fate becomes almost as important to my well being as my own and my friends/family members. I’m typically very attracted to these characters and want them as my own husband, boyfriend, lover etc, but because I know it’s not possible (they’re not real people and probably wouldn’t give me a second glance if they were), I pull for them to couple up with a female character on the show with whom I feel they have a connection. I thought it would be fun to list some my favorites here.

I wonder if you’ll share my adoration for these characters. I hope not, and do you want to know why? Because they’re mine. MINE!!!

Without further ado:

Gunnar Scott – Nashville.

I love him for so many reasons. For one thing, he’s sexy as all get out with an amazing smile. I love his tall, lean build. But I mostly love that he’s sweet, romantic, and not Mr. Smooth with the ladies. I’m attracted to creative types and Gunnar is a song writer and performer.  The only female character he’s allowed to love is Scarlett, and I’ve become angered when the writers have him temporarily bumping uglies with someone else. When I thought the show was going off of the air, my only consolation was that Gunnar and Scarlett kissed and made up in the middle of a concert during the series finale. I’m sure they’ll be torn apart in the new season, but true love will win out in the end.

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Jim Harper – The Newsroom

Jim is the epitome of dorky-cute. He has a quick wit and is brilliant at his job. He has strong principles and is stubborn. Like Gunnar, he’s not a player and doesn’t seem to be aware of his sex appeal. Also like Gunnar, his career as a news producer is creative. Since Jim was not available to date me, I pulled for him and Maggie to be together and was stressed out when he was dating Lisa and Hallie.

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Peter Quinn – Homeland

I fell in love with Peter Quinn the first time he made an appearance on Homeland during season two. This was well before he became a main character and when I had no idea how long his character would stick around. He was mysterious and brave and hot as hell. (Those lips!) And his growing love for Carrie only made him more attractive to me. Once Brody was killed off, I waited and waited for a Carrie and Quinn pairing until the end of season 4 when it seemed like it might happen. And then it didn’t. And now…well now I don’t even know if Peter Quinn is alive. Last I saw him, he was in a hospital bed with Carrie about to pull the plug. I can’t even.

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James “Sawyer” Ford – Lost

When I watched my first episode of Lost in 2011, I thought I was going to be team Jack (played by Matthew Fox). I was a big fan of Party of Five and excited to see Matthew Fox starring in another show. (Apparently not anxious enough to watch the series first run, but better late than never, right?) It became quickly clear that my loins quivered for Jack’s nemesis: Sawyer.  Sawyer was your typical bad boy: tragic childhood, trust issues, rough exterior with a huge heart. Sawyer won me over with his famous nicknames for the other castaways, like Freckles and Doc . And let’s not forget those dimples! Even though I was team Sawyer, I still wanted a Jack/Kate pairing as opposed to Sawyer/Kate. I’m not sure why, but the writers agreed with me, although not before letting Sawyer and Kate give into their attraction first. When I was deep into my binge-watching, my late best friend Alan would tease my crush on Sawyer asking if I’d agree to a three-way with Kate and Sawyer if it were the only way I’d get Sawyer in bed. I’ll never tell 😉

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Cary Agos –The Good Wife

Despite being Team Logan on Gilmore Girls, I didn’t have a crush on Logan. It’s not the actor himself to whom I’m attracted in this case at all. But Cary Agos had something, at least in the first few seasons when his moral compass was questionable. When he smiled, there was a little bit of the devil in the curl of his lips. When his eyes twinkled, he also had a bad boy vibe.  I never knew what he was up to and of how much he was capable and I liked it. I thought his chemistry with Kalinda was off-the-hook and waited impatiently for them to finally surrender to their attraction. It ended up being an anti-climactic pairing, but the tension kept me excited.

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And there you have them. I’ve been physically attracted to many other male characters on television shows past and present, but the five men above really did a number on me. What about you? Agree? Disagree? Who are your favorites?

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Finishing

I’ve always had a bittersweet reaction to finishing something. On the one hand, I am proud of completing a project I started, but on the flip side, I am often sad at the prospect of moving on to something new.

I own a Roku device for my television set and with it, I am able to watch old television shows that are no longer on the air. Most recently, I started watching Lost. Within one episode, I was completely hooked. I would spend rainy Saturdays on my couch viewing back-to-back episodes. When first-run shows were airing repeats, I would watch an episode of Lost instead. Before I knew it, I was beginning the sixth (and final) season. When it hit me that I only had five episodes remaining, I was beside myself and made it a point to spread out my viewing over as long a period of time as possible. I refused to watch more than one episode in a single viewing, if another show I had even the tiniest desire to watch was airing, I would postpone watching another episode of Lost to watch that show instead. But, at last, I couldn’t put it off any longer and I watched the final episode of the series on Saturday—not before watching the pilot episode of the series one more time. Saying goodbye to Jack, Sawyer(especially Sawyer), Kate, Hugo, Sayed, Jin, Sun and even John Locke, was very emotional as was reuniting with some of the original characters like Boone and Shannon.

My mixed emotions towards finishing things do not only apply to television, but to completing my novels. Saturday was a big day for me, not only because I watched the last-ever episode of Lost, but because I wrote the final chapter of my fourth novel (title to be disclosed at a later date). Although I have to go back and fill in some holes in the manuscript before I can truly say that I am finished with the first draft, writing the final scene—the final sentence—had a tremendous physiological effect on my mood and I almost cried. In fact, I wanted to cry. I was choked up not only out of pride, but out of sadness that my character’s journey was over and I am nowhere near ready to say goodbye to her or her friends, family, and romantic attachments yet. I suppose it’s a good thing that I have several rounds of edits to do before I even hand the manuscript over to my beta readers for their thoughts, make additional changes, submit to my publisher, and make more modifications based on my editor’s comments. Still, the book itself has been written and I’m sad. There are authors who write and publish three-four books a year but even if I was a full-time writer, I honestly do not think I would want to write more than one or two books a year because I get so incredibly vested in my characters and I enjoy getting to know them over a longer period of time. In fact, it takes me at least a month of writing a new book before I am “over” my previous novel and one hundred percent motivated to start over again. Interestingly, I am often like this with my love life as well—I do not move on quickly. Unless I am mistreated or disrespected and then all bets are off. I don’t expect my novels to mistreat me, although I can’t say the same for some readers/reviewers 🙂

Once I begin the editing stage of one book, I start thinking about what I will write next and that, too, can be very stressful. This time around, I am almost positive that I will be writing a sequel to Blogger Girl and so, while I will have to bid adieu to Maggie and her friends, I am very excited to say hello (again) to Kimmie, Nicholas, Bridget and the rest of the Blogger Girl family.

I heart television!

I have an unwavering devotion to the medium of television. Over the past couple of weeks, my regular television shows were on a winter hiatus and sadly, the Lifetime and Hallmark Channels ceased broadcasting their corny-yet-I-can’t-get-enough-of-them holiday movies. I’m not a fan of repeats unless they are for shows no longer on the air – I can watch repeats of Beverly Hills 90210 and Felicity from dusk to dawn – and there was no way I was going to forgo watching television until my favorite shows returned. So, what did I do? Fortunately, I own a Roku device which allows me to watch shows on Hulu Plus on my television set. Hulu Plus has episodes of so many shows that are no longer on the air. Without Hulu Plus, I never would have discovered one of my favorite shows of seasons past – Fringe. I love Walter Bishop, and his son Peter was kind of a hottie! I am also fascinated by the idea of an alternate dimension. This time around, I chose Lost since I never got into it when it was originally aired. After the first episode, I became undeniably hooked and am now already halfway through the third season. I even dreamed about Sawyer last night but, unfortunately, it was not one of those types of dreams 😦 I am dying to find out more about “The Others” and “The Dharma Initiative” and whether “Freckles” will end up with Sawyer or Jack.

Since many of the current shows are airing first run episodes again and others will start soon, I will have to limit my time watching Lost at least for a while, but rest assured, I will absolutely watch the entire series at some point. In the meantime, these are some of the current shows I am most excited to get back to:

The Following – I do not believe for a second that Joe Carroll is dead. I’m just really glad they didn’t kill off Mike the way they did Deb. Word to the wise: do not eat while watching this show. It is graphically violent but very addictive!

Revenge – I can’t believe the producers resorted to giving Emily amnesia. They should change the name of the show to Revenge of All of My Children at General Hospital since amnesia is a total soap opera cop-out! But I love it!

The Black List – It’s so obvious that Elizabeth is Red’s daughter but I like their relationship. And I have a huge crush on Elizabeth’s husband and hope he’s not actually a bad guy.

Downton Abbey – I mourned the death of Matthew, but I still anticipate Sunday nights with a fervor. Lady Edith is my favorite.

Parenthood – Every episode of this show moves me. Currently, I am concerned that Julia and Joel won’t be able to work things out. I also hope Drew loses that douche bag “friend with benefits” Natalie – hate her!

How I Met Your Mother – This season is really pissing me off but I’ve already invested so many years in it and I must see how it concludes. I’m hoping it won’t end with Ted simply meeting “the mother” since we’ve known who she is all season. I want to watch them fall in love.

Grimm – I like the chemistry between the characters more than anything else. It reminds me of the “Scooby Gang” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Another show to avoid watching while eating. Really gross!

Criminal Minds – This show is SICK and, once again, if you watch while eating, you might get sick too. But…I am riveted to my television screen.

The Mindy Project – Hilarious. I totally want Mindy and Danny to hook up already but the show would probably jump the shark if they did. The only thing that bothers me about this show is how easily Mindy meets guys in New York City who turn out to be “boyfriends” – completely unrealistic look at dating in NYC. But, again, hilarious. By far my favorite sitcom.

Castle – Nathan Fillion. ‘Nuff said.

Other shows I enjoy and watch when I’m around but don’t necessarily keep up with are:

The Goldbergs

The Millers

Marvel’s Agents of Shield

The Big Bang Theory

Law & Order: SVU

And, of course, there is the train wreck known as The Bachelor. I will admit that I skipped the first episode as the show only gets enjoyable to me when the competition really gets going. I also think I might be outgrowing it. If I hear another twenty-four year old talk about how she’s been looking for her soul mate her “entire life”, I might have to reach inside my television screen and kick her in the gut. I’d like to see a thirty/forty-something version that I might actually be able to take seriously, but I think that would defeat the purpose of the show. Oh, well.

What about you? What are you favorite television shows?