In a rare interview with Parade, Stephen King divulges his favorite TV shows and—No—It’s not Madmen.
At 65, King is still churning out successful novels. His latest, a whodunit called Joyland, comes out in June. He’s collaborating with John Mellencamp (Meg Ryan’s boyf) on a musical-theater production called Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. And a new TV series based on his book Under the Dome airs on CBS this summer.
For all his influence in entertainment and pop culture, when does this guy have TIME to watch TV?
His writing routine is 1500 words every morning—About 5 pages a day. He and his 2 author-sons still show all their work to Tabby, his brutally honest wife/editor.
After that, presumably, The King makes time for TV. What does he watch?
“Justified, Bates Motel, The Walking Dead. The best show of the year is The Americans. I don’t watch Mad Men. I think it’s basically a soap opera, and if I want soap opera, I watch Revenge. That show is crazy, but they have great clothes.”
OF COURSE STEPHEN KING WATCHES THE WALKING DEAD. I MEAN, WAS THERE EVER ANY QUESTION?
I’m so fascinated by this because Stephen King’s TV taste matches up so closely with my own. He is an interesting person and one of my favorite writers. I think he’ll be long-remembered as one of the greats.
What do you think? Is he too commercial to endure alongside the classics? Time will tell. He thinks some of his books have a pretty good chance at lasting:
“Fantasy has a better chance of lasting than a lot of other things. The Hobbit and the Narnia books . . . because they’re set in a fantasy world, they can remain relevant. So maybe things like Salem’s Lot and The Shining might last, the Dark Tower books . . . The idea of posterity for a writer is poison . . . You do the best you can.”
Stephen King is happy to be able to support his family through his writing. That’s always been his goal—You know, just like in The Shining. Ahem. And if you’re looking for something to do with the kids this summer, try reading them Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Stephen King’s mom read it to him when he was 6 years old.