Introducing IMJ’s NEW TELEVISION COLUMNIST – Novelist W.D. Prescott

Television has been important in my life.

I bet a lot of us Millennials could say that, but a bit more so on my part than most people. I was a sickly kid, I didn’t know it was due to a genetic liver disease until I was a teenager. I just thought I had the bad luck of being diseased. But as a kid it wasn’t really all that bad since I got to watch TV. While I had friends, I didn’t really socialize outside of school a lot except for my best friend, Pat. Even then, I was an introvert. But it was also hard to pry me away from He-Man, Thundercats, Transformers, Voltron, M.A.S.K., G.I. Joe, and other action cartoons. These were my Aesop’s Fables, with many of their “end of episode lessons”.

Actually, Aesop’s Fables were too since Nickelodeon had an animated show that featured them.

Now, I wasn’t a couch potato. I loved going outside. But when I did, I always imagined myself in those shows. Over time all the series became one giant super show in my mind. This was when I think a part me realized I love writing these stories with these characters I loved.

But it wasn’t just action cartoons that I loved. Mr. Wizard, Beakman’s World, and Bill Nye the Science Guy taught me everything I needed to know about science between the ages of 4-10. That made it that I never had to read anything in school until I was a sophomore in high school.

As I hit those teen years, music was becoming more important to me. But even then, I found out about a lot of the bands through TV, way back in the days where the “M” in MTV meant Music. It was also a really hard time for me, because this was when we found out that I was so sick due to Alpha-1 Anti-trypsin Deficiency.

The doctors couldn’t help me much because there is no cure. I was born with the worst possible outcome that I shouldn’t have even been alive at that point. Let’s say that it was not an easy revelation to deal with. I grew really depressed about it over time. And then one faithful night, MTV was replaying KISS Unplugged and I don’t know what it was but was like an instant therapy session.

I would also be remiss if I did not mention Dawson’s Creek. Premiering my freshman year of high school, it was one of those very eerie “art imitates life” moments. You see, I am Dawson; a geeky novelist Dawson, but Dawson nonetheless. By best friend was Pacey. There were even times when episodes mimicked our lives at that very moment. This is why, to this day, I always tell people if you want to know me, just watch that show.

I could keep going, talking about the 4 year TV silence during college or how TV made my liver transplant both torturous and easier. But I won’t. I’ll start running out of columns to write.

I love TV, it has been good to me. Despite people still having that “idiot box” view of the medium, it is as an important method of story telling as a novel. Bad books and TV have the same problems, just as great TV and books get the same things right. In the end, I don’t think the medium matters. It always comes down to the story that people connect with. That is where I’ll be coming from with my column and I hope you all enjoy what I have planned. - W.D. Prescott

Here’s a SNEAK PEEK at the logo for W.D.’s new column:

W.D. Prescott’s SCREEN BURN premieres Wednesday with his review of the new NBC Television Show AWAKE.

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15 Responses to Introducing IMJ’s NEW TELEVISION COLUMNIST – Novelist W.D. Prescott

  1. ktnish88 says:

    I also love a good story no matter the medium. But with TV being so darn convenient and affordable (for the most part) it is one of my favorite forms of entertainment. I am really looking forward to your column, W.D!

    • It is also why it it is the favorite for most people. A lot of the battles of trash vs. intelligent, art vs. entertainment, cultural significance, and so on are the exact same ones that every form of entertainment has has, from Shakespeare’s plays to YouTube.

  2. ed2962 says:

    Your comments are always insightful, W.D., looking forward to your column!

  3. Thanks Ed! I hope you enjoy it and I’m already looking for my next column target.

  4. Dont fuck with the Creek! Where my Katie Holmies at?! Yo.. and Charlie Conway ofcourse who first helped the Mighty Ducks defeat the Demons to then become the Pacey in the Creek :-D Like Ed, I enjoy your pressence here on IMJ, and your comments are always smart and insightful..I also like the personal approach you took in the introduction, but you gotta tell me: How’re you feeling right now (after the transplant)?

    • Two years out, I’m doing better. The first year trying to get all the meds worked out was a trial–and to be honest, probably worse than the operation. I still have this problem where I have no strength in my thighs, so all my weight feels like its being supported by my calves, and that is just getting in the way of a lot of things–like gainful employment. The doctors are trying to figure it out, but when you have to wait 3-6 months between visits, it taking longer than I would like. But it could be a lot worse, so I just push through, doing what I can to keep me busy.

  5. Hi Will!
    Glad to see you here on IMJ. Can’t wait for SCREEN BURN!
    :) Heidi

  6. kurumais says:

    this week ive been catching up on justified season 3 its making a very strong claim for just about the best show on tv. so far 3 seasons in all the casting has been pitch perfect. all the guest stars and supporting cast included

    • J.Jimenez says:

      I just finished the second season. It’s a great show. The back and forth with Raylan and Winona can get a little tedious at times, but like you said the cast as a whole is great. Need to start the third.

      • That’s a show that really interested me when it first was announced, but it was on FX. Not that FX is a bad station, but Comcast has it in a weird place in their Standard Definition listings here in the Philly area. So I just never really knew where the station was because I never came across it during my usual channel surfing. Now that I have an HD TV, it is listed in a better spot, but there were a lot of FX shows I never got into simply because of channel listing placement.

  7. J.Jimenez says:

    Being a mid 80s millennial and a latchkey kid, I also am very fond of television. Coming home from school and doing my homework in front of the tele was almost a ritual for most of my elementary and jr high school years. I don’t know what I would have done without it. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

    • Did you get excited as I did when Toonami first started up on Cartoon Network and started playing the old action cartoons from Fantastic Four to Thundercats? That started when I was in Junior High, I remember because I recorded an episode of Thunder Cats so I could pause the intro and trace the Thundercat insignia for my wood shop class project in 8th grade.

      • J.Jimenez says:

        Yes! I think toonami was my first real exposure to anime with Gundam & Dragon Ball Z, well, other than Speed Racer (still my favorite). I don’t remember Fantastic Four, I’m sure it was awesome! I was more into all the old 60s shows they would broadcast (e.g. Johnny Quest & Space Ghost).

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