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Ask A TV Critic: Maureen Ryan

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"I don't get why people will think it has a chance"

Maureen Ryan is the television critic for the Chicago Tribune. Ryan has been with the paper for ten years as a writer and editor, and previously covered pop culture, the internet, the media, and music. Prior to joining the Tribune, she worked for the magazines Chicago Enterprise and Cinescape, and freelanced for Crain's Chicago Business, RollingStone.com, and many other publications. She was the original editor of The Official X-Files Magazine, and still has too much trivia about the first four seasons of that show lodged in her brain. She also created and wrote the music 'zine Steve Albini Thinks We Suck. Her TV site, The Watcher, which has been nominated for an Editor and Publisher Eppy award for Best Entertainment Blog, frequently mentions Kyle Chandler's hair.

Sars: What's the most common misconception you run into about your job?

Ryan: Everyone thinks I sit around and do nothing but watch TV all day long. If only! I usually watch at least one thing I have to review during the day, but much of my TV viewing happens in the evening -- after I've spent my workday writing, emailing with PR people and editors, doing interviews and working on my blog. There are days where I don't watch any TV at all between 9 AM and 6 PM -- that scenario is a lot more common than people think. It does sound like a nice life -- to sit on the couch with a remote in hand all day, without a care in the world. My job is incredibly great, but it involves a little more heavy lifting than that.

Sars: The one I usually get is that I watch everything on TV.

Ryan: Yeah, I get that too. I continually disappoint people when they mention their favorite show and I say I've never seen it. They look at me like, "What? You don't see everything? What's wrong with you?"

Sars: Especially if it's a "big" show. I don't watch Grey's Anatomy; that's caused some consternation.

Ryan: Yeah, I know what you mean. I force myself to watch some shows because they are so huge -- then again, sometimes once is enough. With some of the procedurals on CBS, if you've seen them once, that's more than enough.

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Ask A TV Critic: Maureen Ryan

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"I don't get why people will think it has a chance"

Maureen Ryan is the television critic for the Chicago Tribune. Ryan has been with the paper for ten years as a writer and editor, and previously covered pop culture, the internet, the media, and music. Prior to joining the Tribune, she worked for the magazines Chicago Enterprise and Cinescape, and freelanced for Crain's Chicago Business, RollingStone.com, and many other publications. She was the original editor of The Official X-Files Magazine, and still has too much trivia about the first four seasons of that show lodged in her brain. She also created and wrote the music 'zine Steve Albini Thinks We Suck. Her TV site, The Watcher, which has been nominated for an Editor and Publisher Eppy award for Best Entertainment Blog, frequently mentions Kyle Chandler's hair.

Sars: What's the most common misconception you run into about your job?

Ryan: Everyone thinks I sit around and do nothing but watch TV all day long. If only! I usually watch at least one thing I have to review during the day, but much of my TV viewing happens in the evening -- after I've spent my workday writing, emailing with PR people and editors, doing interviews and working on my blog. There are days where I don't watch any TV at all between 9 AM and 6 PM -- that scenario is a lot more common than people think. It does sound like a nice life -- to sit on the couch with a remote in hand all day, without a care in the world. My job is incredibly great, but it involves a little more heavy lifting than that.

Sars: The one I usually get is that I watch everything on TV.

Ryan: Yeah, I get that too. I continually disappoint people when they mention their favorite show and I say I've never seen it. They look at me like, "What? You don't see everything? What's wrong with you?"

Sars: Especially if it's a "big" show. I don't watch Grey's Anatomy; that's caused some consternation.

Ryan: Yeah, I know what you mean. I force myself to watch some shows because they are so huge -- then again, sometimes once is enough. With some of the procedurals on CBS, if you've seen them once, that's more than enough.

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