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Ask A TV Critic: Verne Gay

Sars: They're one of our favorites, absolutely.

Gay: I love that guy, he's wonderful. So that's number three, and then you gotta start thinking about the print edition. Now, at Newsday, we've got a two-day, three-day lead, so if I've got a column in Thursday, it's gotta be a column that's tagged to that night's show or a show that Friday. You've always gotta be thinking about a three-day lead time, and that then obviously is not a news-related thing -- that, in my instance, has often been a thumb-sucker, it's called "Off Camera," and it's usually sort of a larger take on something that just occurred to me. An example that comes immediately to mind: I did something on Isaiah Washington ["the piece originally appeared in amNY; to read it, you may have to pay an archive fee" -- Sars] -- this is going back in the spring, after the controversy -- and sort of predicted whether he'd survive the fallout, and it was an "Off Camera" and it said no, the guy isn't gonna survive. It wasn't tacked to anything, it wasn't tacked to that night's edition of Grey's Anatomy, but because it was a Thursday column, generically it was fine for Grey's, so, that kind of thing.

Then the fourth hat is -- and again, I think a lot of critics are exactly like me -- the big features that we do for the Sunday paper, and those tend to be about a thousand, twelve hundred words, and they can be on a much larger issue relative to television or what have you. And then you sort of start all over again. And then of course the fifth is a show-specific job; that then means, oh, a new show is coming on tonight -- let's say Power of 10. Then you'd look at Power of 10, if you're lucky enough to get a DVD, and write either for the Web or for the paper a straight review. "Oh, Drew Carey was spectacular, what a great show, Michael Davies has done it again," or "God, what a loser, God, I'm so bored with these bad shows" -- that kind of thing. So that's really the job: five hats, to use a bad cliché, and I'm exactly the same as every other TV guy out there, pretty much, except for those guys who spend most of their time on the Web. We all sort of have to do all the same things.

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Ask A TV Critic: Verne Gay

Sars: They're one of our favorites, absolutely.

Gay: I love that guy, he's wonderful. So that's number three, and then you gotta start thinking about the print edition. Now, at Newsday, we've got a two-day, three-day lead, so if I've got a column in Thursday, it's gotta be a column that's tagged to that night's show or a show that Friday. You've always gotta be thinking about a three-day lead time, and that then obviously is not a news-related thing -- that, in my instance, has often been a thumb-sucker, it's called "Off Camera," and it's usually sort of a larger take on something that just occurred to me. An example that comes immediately to mind: I did something on Isaiah Washington ["the piece originally appeared in amNY; to read it, you may have to pay an archive fee" -- Sars] -- this is going back in the spring, after the controversy -- and sort of predicted whether he'd survive the fallout, and it was an "Off Camera" and it said no, the guy isn't gonna survive. It wasn't tacked to anything, it wasn't tacked to that night's edition of Grey's Anatomy, but because it was a Thursday column, generically it was fine for Grey's, so, that kind of thing.

Then the fourth hat is -- and again, I think a lot of critics are exactly like me -- the big features that we do for the Sunday paper, and those tend to be about a thousand, twelve hundred words, and they can be on a much larger issue relative to television or what have you. And then you sort of start all over again. And then of course the fifth is a show-specific job; that then means, oh, a new show is coming on tonight -- let's say Power of 10. Then you'd look at Power of 10, if you're lucky enough to get a DVD, and write either for the Web or for the paper a straight review. "Oh, Drew Carey was spectacular, what a great show, Michael Davies has done it again," or "God, what a loser, God, I'm so bored with these bad shows" -- that kind of thing. So that's really the job: five hats, to use a bad cliché, and I'm exactly the same as every other TV guy out there, pretty much, except for those guys who spend most of their time on the Web. We all sort of have to do all the same things.

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