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Ask A TV Critic: Verne Gay

Sars: I am sorry. Enjoy the four or five months before we all get sucked back in -- although I don't usually tend to tag back in until the ridiculous audition rounds have been dispensed with, because I just can't...I can't watch that. Not anymore. And it just penetrates -- like when I'm making my blog rounds in the morning, and every other link, they just have, like, the Sanjaya sidebar.

Gay: It's...too much.

Sars: I'm sure he's a perfectly fine human being, but he can't sing and he's not that cute, and I can't believe that of all things, in a country at war, this is preoccupying...so many column inches, it's really quite --

Gay: It's pathetic.

Sars: But then again, I watch Making the Band 4. So I'm not better than anyone.

Gay: And that's something else, because now Diddy's gonna do a sort of a general vote.

Sars: I know! What a gyp.

Gay: Yeah! He's relinquishing his role, to do an Idol, it's like, "Hey, I got more important things to do." That's another thing you gotta pay attention to, by the way -- you gotta, you know, 'cause that's bloggable, and the fact that there's two million people that are totally into that show, and then it's like an all-boy band this season, that's stuff you gotta pay attention to really really closely as well. It's nuts, is what I guess I'm sort of saying, Sarah.

Sars: Do you watch any TV at all that's not for work? Or is it just kind of a busman's holiday at this point?

Gay: It's a busman's holiday at this point. I love Letterman, always will; Conan I really don't catch up with except on YouTube, and love that show as well; those are, I'm always amazed, and I'm a Leno fan, I think Leno does a great job too, although he's nowhere near, in my opinion, in Letterman's league. I think the guy, he's a blue-collar, hardworking, very talented guy who's kept that show going in a way that no one really expected him to, so I love the late-night shows, and to me they're watched mostly for pleasure -- when I watch them, and don't get me wrong, it's not every night. And I watch news -- the network, the evening as an example, the three network news shows, ABC, CBS, and NBC, endlessly lambasted for being out of date, or being old, or old-fashioned, or an anachronism in an online world -- to an extent that's all true, and it's completely un-true. I mean, I love those shows, I think they do a spectacular job, and I think Katie Couric has done a real good job too, I love watching the evening news shows when I can. I find they've reinvented themselves in a way that I think has made them as compelling as ever in many respects, so I'm a huge fan of the evening news shows, those are the programs I might watch without thinking, "Oh God, I've got to do work when I watch them" -- they're the one sort of format, if you will, that I sort of religiously watch, "religiously" being a relative term, and not think about, "Oh God, I'm going to have to a do a story on this."

Sars: Mine are PBS. It's like a safe place to hide. Sometimes it's a bit dry, but it's never going to be anything that I'm asked about, like, "Hey, didja see Frontline?" I'm not gonna have to have an opinion on it, I'm not gonna have to write anything related to it...that and very very off-brand reality shows.

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Ask A TV Critic: Verne Gay

Sars: I am sorry. Enjoy the four or five months before we all get sucked back in -- although I don't usually tend to tag back in until the ridiculous audition rounds have been dispensed with, because I just can't...I can't watch that. Not anymore. And it just penetrates -- like when I'm making my blog rounds in the morning, and every other link, they just have, like, the Sanjaya sidebar.

Gay: It's...too much.

Sars: I'm sure he's a perfectly fine human being, but he can't sing and he's not that cute, and I can't believe that of all things, in a country at war, this is preoccupying...so many column inches, it's really quite --

Gay: It's pathetic.

Sars: But then again, I watch Making the Band 4. So I'm not better than anyone.

Gay: And that's something else, because now Diddy's gonna do a sort of a general vote.

Sars: I know! What a gyp.

Gay: Yeah! He's relinquishing his role, to do an Idol, it's like, "Hey, I got more important things to do." That's another thing you gotta pay attention to, by the way -- you gotta, you know, 'cause that's bloggable, and the fact that there's two million people that are totally into that show, and then it's like an all-boy band this season, that's stuff you gotta pay attention to really really closely as well. It's nuts, is what I guess I'm sort of saying, Sarah.

Sars: Do you watch any TV at all that's not for work? Or is it just kind of a busman's holiday at this point?

Gay: It's a busman's holiday at this point. I love Letterman, always will; Conan I really don't catch up with except on YouTube, and love that show as well; those are, I'm always amazed, and I'm a Leno fan, I think Leno does a great job too, although he's nowhere near, in my opinion, in Letterman's league. I think the guy, he's a blue-collar, hardworking, very talented guy who's kept that show going in a way that no one really expected him to, so I love the late-night shows, and to me they're watched mostly for pleasure -- when I watch them, and don't get me wrong, it's not every night. And I watch news -- the network, the evening as an example, the three network news shows, ABC, CBS, and NBC, endlessly lambasted for being out of date, or being old, or old-fashioned, or an anachronism in an online world -- to an extent that's all true, and it's completely un-true. I mean, I love those shows, I think they do a spectacular job, and I think Katie Couric has done a real good job too, I love watching the evening news shows when I can. I find they've reinvented themselves in a way that I think has made them as compelling as ever in many respects, so I'm a huge fan of the evening news shows, those are the programs I might watch without thinking, "Oh God, I've got to do work when I watch them" -- they're the one sort of format, if you will, that I sort of religiously watch, "religiously" being a relative term, and not think about, "Oh God, I'm going to have to a do a story on this."

Sars: Mine are PBS. It's like a safe place to hide. Sometimes it's a bit dry, but it's never going to be anything that I'm asked about, like, "Hey, didja see Frontline?" I'm not gonna have to have an opinion on it, I'm not gonna have to write anything related to it...that and very very off-brand reality shows.

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