When I bought NYLON’s television issue last week from mag nation, the staff member I was served by asked me if I’d been disillusioned by NYLON lately, ’cause he has.
I replied with the fact that I haven’t bought NYLON for at least six months because none of the content has appealed to me, so I guess that answered his question.
This month’s cover star, although a Gossip Girl cast member, Jessica Szohr (perhaps the coverline should have read “Phwoar! It’s Jessica Szohr?”) wasn’t the drawcard that most of my NYLON back issues were bought for.
No, it was its “television issue” billing, the yearly edition of which I have been buying for the past two years. And loving it, might I add?
My first brush with “the TV issue” was in 2008, when the new 90210 was making its debut, and Shenae Grimes, AnnaLynne McCord and Jessica Stroup and it blew my mind. It was all I could ever hope for in a magazine.
Last year’s edition featured True Blood’s Anna Paquin, and not yet being a True Blood devotee, skimmed past her interview, but enjoyed all the other TV-related matter in the mag.
So I had high hopes for this year’s edition. Some good points were seeing Summer Heights High’s Ja’mie inspiring a fashion spread (p. 88); a childhood flashback to Saved by the Bell’s Lisa, Kelly and Jessie and how to get their beauty looks (do we really want to, more to the point?!) on page 152; and my new favourite Glee club member, Brittany, played by Heather Morris, channelling Mad Men’s Betty Draper meets a Marc Jacobs ad campaign (p. 252).
Probably the best parts of the mag are the little, almost-unnoticeable-unless-you-know-what-you’re-looking-for, sidebars from television heavyweights such as Josh Schwartz (creator of The O.C. and Gossip Girl) (p. 86), Brad Goreski (assistant to Rachel Zoe on The Rachel Zoe Project) (p. 116) and Dennis Haskings, Mr. Belding from the aforementioned Saved by the Bell (p. 152) about their most loved television moments. Peaches Geldoff, divulging her favourite quirky shows (such as Freaks & Geeks) rounds out the issue, which could have been better.