Question: I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Monday's Ask Matt. I think it is the first Ask Matt I've ever read where all the letters were talking about how great certain shows, characters, actors and storylines are. There wasn't one of the usual rants about how stupid network programmers are, how a certain actor is completely messing up a show, how a storyline is the worst idea in the history of the world or how someone can't believe you, a critic, would dare to like/dislike/watch/recognize the existence of a certain show. (OK, there was a comment about how bad The Return of Jezebel James is, but not much good can be said about that.) Can it be that losing our shows for a few months has reminded us how good most of them really all are? Like you, "I just love it when someone writes in to gush without embarrassment," and I hope we'll be seeing more of that in the coming weeks (with some criticism still mixed in, of course). Thanks for a pleasant start to my week!
Answer: I hadn't noticed, so I guess it was just a happy (emphasis on happy) coincidence. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I was working on that particular column while in beautiful, sunny Los Angeles — for the Paley Fest, from which I'm still basking in the afterglow — and maybe I just felt like accentuating the positive. Glad you enjoyed the change of pace. Now let's find something to gripe about. See you again on Monday.