Officially, the Liz Tells Frank fracas started in 2005, when a little show called Bones was just beginning its first season. I watched the pilot with my friend Frank (a talented and well-read writer/actor also living in Los Angeles) and while we both found the show amusing, Frank wasn’t sure he wanted to continue watching it. “Liz, do you think you could just TELL me what happens every week?” he said.
And so I started writing lengthy letters to Frank about what happened on each week’s episode of Bones, posting them to a private message board that he and I shared with a bunch of college-era friends. I eventually even started putting them on a blog, just for kicks. Because Bones did not lend itself to being taken seriously, my retellings were often snarky and full of omissions whenever I didn’t actually care what was happening. This quickly became the Liz Tells Frank house style.
I lost interest in Bones halfway through season 1 (though I have sworn to start watching again if Booth and Bones do actually start doing it), but the idea remained a favorite with friends, leading me to attempt a reboot two years ago, when Fringe came on the air. Once again I lost interest in detailing the details of yet another procedural (though to be fair to Fringe, season 2 of that show is wicked awesome), but the concept remained in the back of my mind. And now here it is, for your reading pleasure, with the approach of tackling a new piece of “classic” media on a week-to-week basis.
So far, all of the planned Liz Tells Frank topics are officially things that Frank hasn’t seen or read and does actually want to know about. He may also contribute to this blog from time to time. But that is no reason for you, humble reader, to not suggest something for him to learn about. So please do email or Twitter!