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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"

Sars: Jane's blog is a favorite of our readers'.

Ryan: Yeah, any time I get queries from aspiring writers, I send them to Jane's site.

Sars: I like to see what she's had for lunch, also.

Ryan: That is crucial.

Sars: I am snacky.

Ryan: It's funny how obsessed people can get with Jane's lunch.

Sars: Changing the subject, reluctantly... Is there a pan or a rave in your reviewing past that makes you cringe now?

Ryan: Oh yeah. That happens a lot. Sometimes I get excited about a pilot without really thinking hard enough about where the show's going to go. I wrote an early rave-ish comment about Six Degrees that ABC blurbed all over the place -- I think they grabbed the phrase "a touch of magic" from a fall preview thing I wrote. Nothing like seeing that on the tube every few minutes to make you reconsider your position.

Sars: Heh. I assume the original sentence was not "It could use a touch of magic."

Ryan: Also I don't regret my positive review of the Studio 60 pilot, but I thank God every day that my editor reined me in and didn't let me print something even more effusive. I talked about how S60 would sweep the Emmys after its first season. Gulp. Thank you, Scott!

I think sometimes it's easy to give a show the benefit of the doubt, and also sometimes during the fall months my brain gets so fried that adjectives just fall out of my brain.

Sars: What's the show you're most excited about for this fall?

Ryan: By far my favorite is Dirty Sexy Money. Overall, I wasn't really impressed with this batch of pilots. This was the only show where I thought, I can see where this will go, I like the actors, the writing is smart and these people have a track record I can trust (it's from Craig Wright of Six Feet Under and Greg Berlanti, who is now in charge of all of television).

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Ask A TV Critic: Maureen Ryan

Episode Report Card
Grade It Now!
YOU GRADE IT
"I don't get why people will think it has a chance"

Sars: Jane's blog is a favorite of our readers'.

Ryan: Yeah, any time I get queries from aspiring writers, I send them to Jane's site.

Sars: I like to see what she's had for lunch, also.

Ryan: That is crucial.

Sars: I am snacky.

Ryan: It's funny how obsessed people can get with Jane's lunch.

Sars: Changing the subject, reluctantly... Is there a pan or a rave in your reviewing past that makes you cringe now?

Ryan: Oh yeah. That happens a lot. Sometimes I get excited about a pilot without really thinking hard enough about where the show's going to go. I wrote an early rave-ish comment about Six Degrees that ABC blurbed all over the place -- I think they grabbed the phrase "a touch of magic" from a fall preview thing I wrote. Nothing like seeing that on the tube every few minutes to make you reconsider your position.

Sars: Heh. I assume the original sentence was not "It could use a touch of magic."

Ryan: Also I don't regret my positive review of the Studio 60 pilot, but I thank God every day that my editor reined me in and didn't let me print something even more effusive. I talked about how S60 would sweep the Emmys after its first season. Gulp. Thank you, Scott!

I think sometimes it's easy to give a show the benefit of the doubt, and also sometimes during the fall months my brain gets so fried that adjectives just fall out of my brain.

Sars: What's the show you're most excited about for this fall?

Ryan: By far my favorite is Dirty Sexy Money. Overall, I wasn't really impressed with this batch of pilots. This was the only show where I thought, I can see where this will go, I like the actors, the writing is smart and these people have a track record I can trust (it's from Craig Wright of Six Feet Under and Greg Berlanti, who is now in charge of all of television).

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