Mandy Treccia

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Mandy Treccia was promoted to Executive Editor in 2016 after serving as Editorial Director from 2012-2015. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that.

Current Favorite network shows: The Vampire Diaries, The Flash, Supergirl, Timeless, Lucifer, Once Upon A Time, How to Get Away with Murder, Modern Family, Black-ish, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Cable Shows: Veep, The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Shadowhunters

Guilty Pleasures: I have no shame when it comes to TV

Soap: General Hospital

Recent Articles

Shadowhunters Obliterate My Love

We’ve reached the point of the Shadowhunters season where nothing is going well for our favorite characters. Call it the Dark Night of the Soul, All Hope is Lost, etc.—whatever term you prefer for the crushing sadness and defeat the hour provided. “Aku Cinta Kamu” means “I love you” and if you’re familiar with the […]

Shadowhunters Review: Halloween Hellscape

Oh, Alec. What did you do? The latest hour of Shadowhunters unfolded like a slow motion car wreck. We saw the bad stuff coming a mile away. Not just with Alec and Magnus, but with Clary, too. Magnus and Alec were not going to make it out of this magic drama without a major dark […]

Shadowhunters Review: Project Heavenly Fire

Victor Aldertree resurfaced on Shadowhunters. And, to the surprise of no one who’s been paying attention, he remains the worst. “Heavenly Fire” gave us the scoop on Project Heavenly Fire aka the Clave’s unsanctioned program for Downworlders. Izzy, being her usual genius BAMF self, concocted a plan: send Simon in as a fake prisoner, make […]

Shadowhunters Review: Stay with Me

We have to start with that dance. Shadowhunters opened with the kind of bait and switch that often makes fans roll their eyes. How many times have we seen a classic fake-out/dream sequence/hallucination that’s designed solely to lull the audience into a false sense of security? Too many to count, right? And clearly we knew […]

Shadowhunters Review: What Makes Us Better?

Shadowhunters gave us a lot to think about this week. It’s easy to get lost in the moral gray area between television and reality. When we’re watching TV, we might cheer for the villain—or the antihero—and it’s often easier to support their redemption than a real life murderer. Other times, we want to see the […]

Shadowhunters Review: Mad for Loving You

Shadowhunters dialed the creepiness factor to eleven million this week. Why are you so obsessed with your sister, Jonathan? And perhaps, more importantly, why is Clary falling for it? “A Kiss from A Rose” began with Jonathan and a Seelie disguised as Clary. In his version, she’s tired of her virginal persona and wants to […]

Shadowhunters Review: Force without Wisdom

The Downworlders are at war. Last night’s Shadowhunters brought Heidi back into the fold (Remember her? Sired by Simon, experimented on by Raphael?). She escaped Praetor and orchestrated a deadly fight between the Hotel Dumort vamps and Luke’s former wolf pack. Why? Revenge, boredom, insanity, any and all combinations of things—your guess is as good […]

Shadowhunters Review: Doing Things the Mundane Way

Is it too early to start complaining about pacing (again)? Say what you want about Shadowhunters (and it’s the internet so people will). The bottom line: it’s a fun show with great characters. The problem is that it could be an amazing show. The kind you count the minutes between episodes. But there’s that pesky […]

Shadowhunters Final Season Premiere Review: Aren’t All the Legends True?

Shadowhunters returned for its final season after a nine month hiatus with “Lost Souls.” The (technically) midseason premiere resumed a few days after the events of the finale. Clary’s “dead” and her friends and family are grappling with guilt and grief. Jace, Izzy, and Alec kicked things off on the hunt for an escaped Seelie, […]

Legacies Review: Will You Be My Boyfriend?

After its midseason break Legacies returned this week to give us long awaited answers. Naturally those answers led to even more questions. “Maybe I Should Start from the End” kicked off with Hope, Landon, and Ric waking up in the middle of a sunny field. “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” was Ric’s first observation. Except…when […]

Timeless Movie Review: Timing is Everything

It couldn’t have been easy to write a series finale for a show that’s cheated death twice. After all, the Timeless writers painted themselves into one hell of a corner with the season two finale. Relationship drama, Rittenhouse problems, betrayals, Lucy and Wyatt arriving from the future… Not to mention the unacceptable dangling thread of […]

Legacies Review: Family is Always and Forever

As promised in last week’s previews, “Mombie Dearest”brought the twins’ biological mother back from her untimely grave.

Legacies Recap: Political is Personal

Elections bring out the worst in everyone, don’t they? Once again Legacies reminded us that supernatural teenagers are not that different than the rest of us when power is at stake. In addition to pitting friends and enemies against each other, “Malivore” also delivered the biggest answers of the story so far. (And left us […]

Legacies Review: That’s What Heroes Do

It’s hero time. Lizzie channeled her parents and her stepfather (RIP, Stefan) to solve the mystery of her nemesis’ disappearance on Legacies. And, in what’s becoming a fun tradition, the villain of the hour proved rather unexpected. Not to mention super gross… Matt Donovan, annoying and self-righteous as ever, informed the Salvatore student body that […]

Legacies Review: Guardian of the Knife

That’s more like it, Legacies. While the first two outings of the series wobbled between character intros and mythology whispers, “We’re being Punk’d, Pedro” cemented the show’s worthy inclusion in this universe. Simply put: it found the sweet spot between character and mythos. Yes, it’s still weird there are suddenly dragons and gargoyles in this […]

Legacies Review: Playing the Dad Card

Unlike its predecessors Legacies promised to showcase a monster of the week. This week’s monster: a dragon. Seriously. A woman turned into an actual dragon. I’m torn between being impressed and rolling my eyes. On the one hand: Cool unexpected twist! On the other: really?! After nine years and two shows, both featuring characters that […]

Legacies Series Premiere Review: The Villain in Your Story

Legacies kicked off its season with the same question characters in this universe have grappled with since The Vampire Diaries began: Are we heroes or are we villains? The answer usually landed somewhere in the gray middle for TVD’s characters as well as those populating The Originals. We’ve seen heroes compromise their morals and we’ve […]

The Originals Series Finale Review: Because I’m a Mikaelson

Is there anything better than a full circle moment when it’s time for a story to come to its conclusion? When The Originals began during an episode of The Vampire Diaries in 2013, Elijah and Klaus sat side by side on a bench in New Orleans, contemplating the future. Elijah begged Klaus to see his […]