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by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 6th 2011 12:00PM
It's been too long! We are long overdue for an Ask Mo column. But the fall TV season has finally slowed down -- a little -- and I'll have some breathing space soon, and I plan to use that time to take on questions you have about new shows, returning series and upcoming programs.

Please leave your TV-related questions in the comment area below, or email your queries to me.

I'll pick as many questions as I can reasonably get to and post an Ask Mo column next week.

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Summertime Is Ask Mo Time: Talking 'Game of Thrones,' 'Psych,' 'True Blood' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 19th 2011 2:00PM
Thanks to everyone who posted or emailed TV questions! Let's get right to them:

Matthew: I have a little dilemma. I know you weren't the biggest fan of the first couple episodes of 'Game of Thrones,' but from the minute the pilot began, I have been in love with every second of the epic series. Anyway, my love for all things 'GoT' has made me insanely hungry for next season.

My question is, as someone who has never read the books, should I dive into the novels to satisfy my craving, even though I will effectively be spoiled for the rest of the run? Or should I stay with just the series until it ends? A friend already spoiled [an event] at the end of episode 9, and I couldn't help but feel cheated. What do you think?


Mo says: Hey Matthew, I was iffy on the first few episodes of 'GoT,' but I had become a big fan by the time the first season drew to a close. From about the middle of the season onward, I think the show generally went from strength to strength and the last few episodes of season 1 were absolutely terrific (you can find my weekly 'GoT' recaps here). Like you, I'm very eager for 'GoT' to return, but alas, we have almost a year to wait before that happens.

My gut-instinct response regarding the book question is...

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Ask Mo Time: Answers on 'Glee,' 'Fringe,' Pilots, 'Harry's Law,' 'Chuck' and Much More

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 3rd 2011 3:15PM
In this month's Ask Mo, I tried to answer as many of your excellent questions as I could. Let's get to it!

Matt: Is it true that Blaine will only appear in one of the final four episodes of 'Glee' this season? With Darren Criss being the biggest breakout star of this season, sidelining him seems crazy (and particularly insulting to Klaine fans). I'm hoping he'll appear in the finale and it's being kept under wraps. Any chance of that?

Mo says: It's possible. Blaine is not in this week's episode or the May 17 episode, but he's definitely in the May 10 episode. A Fox representative could not confirm definitively whether Criss will appear in the May 24 finale, in which New Directions heads to Nationals. But never fear, even if he isn't in the season 2 finale, I am betting the hunky Blaine will be appearing on the Fox show for some time to come.

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Got Burning Questions? Leave Your TV Queries Here

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 25th 2011 11:30AM
Can you believe it's been almost two months since the last Ask Mo? I can't.

Given how many weeks have gone by since the last time I solicited your questions, it's high time I did so again.

Please leave any TV-related queries you have in the comment section below. I'll answer as many as I can get to in a column that will be posted in the next week or so. (If you would be so kind, please try to check out the last few Ask Mos to see if your question has been asked recently.)

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Ask Mo: Answering Questions on 'LO:LA,' Sheen, 'Warehouse 13,' 'Chuck' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 8th 2011 4:30PM
Thanks for submitting a bunch of great questions here and via email. So let's get to those queries now.

Keith asks: What's going on with 'Law & Order: LA'? I read about cast changes, but the shows been AWOL for some time now.

Mo says: NBC just announced that 'LOLA' is coming back with a two-hour re-premiere April 11. As many fans know, there was quite a bit of cast upheaval in recent months, as well as job changes for the show's characters. So expect some major alterations when the show returns.

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Got TV Questions? Ask Mo Those Queries Here

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 1st 2011 10:30AM
It's time for another Ask Mo column. Please leave your TV queries below, and I'll get to as many of them as I can in a soon-to-be-published post.

If you'd rather email your queries, feel free to drop me a line here. I regret to say that I don't have time to reply to everyone who sends a question, but please know that I do read every email.

All my previous Ask Mo columns can be found here. Please give the recent ones a quick peek before leaving your query; your question (or something similar to it) might already have been answered in a recent column.

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Ask Mo Time: Answering Queries on 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Terra Nova,' 'Damages' and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 31st 2011 6:15PM
In one of last week's Talking TV podcasts, Ryan McGee and I took on several reader questions that were posed here. Below are answers to more questions I recently received on that post and via Twitter.

Katie71483 asks: Do we know yet when NBC is going to air the fifth season of 'Friday Night Lights'? I can't wait and at the same time am completely dreading the end. Have you seen any of it? Is it worthy sendoff for one of TV's finest shows?
Mo says: The 60-minute series finale of 'Friday Night Lights' airs Feb. 9 on DirecTV, but fans will have to wait awhile to see the show's fifth and final season on NBC. A representative for NBC said Monday that season 5 of FNL will begin airing in "late spring" on the network; a more exact date should be announced soon.

Here's the odd thing: The show's season 5 DVD set will be released April 5, so it seems that the fifth season is likely to air on NBC after it's already out on DVD.

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It's 'Ask Mo' Time: Answering Questions on 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation,' 'The Good Guys' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 17th 2010 1:30PM
Welcome to the latest edition of Ask Mo! Thanks, as always, for your good questions (by the way, one of them, which was about 'Fringe,' was answered here). Let's get started, shall we?

From Matt Notley: Are you as excited about 'Game of Thrones' next year as I am?

Mo here: Heck yeah! I've been avidly waiting for each behind-the-scenes featurette, photo and blog post from the 'GoT' team. George R.R. Martin, author of the book series on which the HBO show is based, noted on his Not a Blog that production had recently ended on the first season of the show, and he also said there might be some news on the show in early January (though 'GoT' itself reportedly won't premiere until some time in April).

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Ask Mo: Answering questions about 'The Event,' 'Fringe,' 'Spartacus,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Lost' and more!

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 19th 2010 1:15PM
Welcome to the third installment of Ask Mo. Thank you for your great questions! Sorry if I didn't get to your query, but I'll be doing another edition of Ask Mo in early December, and I'll try to tackle more questions then. Of course, feel free to leave new queries in comments below as well. (Previous editions of Ask Mo are here and here.)

Tardispilot: Do 'The Event's' sagging ratings mean we've seen the end of 'Lost' clones, or will there be more next season?

Lyle: Why are all these 'Lost' clones failing to captivate audiences ('The Event,' 'FlashForward,' etc)? In your opinion, what made 'Lost' stand out and what are these other shows missing?

Tree: What is your take on 'The Event'? I'm trying to decide if I want to continue investing time in it. I like the premise, but I don't feel an emotional connection to it like I did to 'Lost.'... Should I continue watching?


Mo says: I'll try to take on these questions one by one. I think we'll continue to see networks trying out shows with supernatural flavoring, although there appear to be fewer of those kinds of pilots in the pipeline, thanks to the rocky receptions of shows like 'The Event,' 'FlashForward,' 'Invasion,' etc. I don't think the networks will stop making those kinds of shows, but I think they will probably keep missing the point regarding what 'Lost' actually was when it started.

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Ask Mo: Answering Your Queries on 'Caprica,' 'Chuck,' 'Walking Dead' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 2nd 2010 6:20PM
From Harvey: I was just wondering if you had any thoughts about 'Caprica' and the way the cancellation was handled. I can't remember ever being this [angry at] a network and I don't know if there's any point to even trying to save the show or if I should just move onto the boycott idea. ...Basically, what I'm asking is, do you think that there is any good will left at Syfy to wrap up the story (because we know that the season ends with a cliffhanger)?

Mo says: I got a lot of questions and tweets about 'Caprica' during the past week, some of which contained a certain amount of strong language.

I get it: I understand that it hurts when a show you really like gets canceled, and it's very rare for a cable show to get pulled from the schedule before it completes airing the episodes in its current season. I'm sure that for 'Caprica' fans, the sudden yanking of the show adds to the sting.

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Ask Mo: Answering your questions on 'Justified,' 'Mad Men,' 'Doctor Who' and much more

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 26th 2010 2:45PM
I recently asked you to hit me with questions, via the comment area of this post and email. I didn't get to all your great questions in the list of answers below, but look for more discussions of some issues and topics that you raised in next week's 'Talking TV with Ryan & Ryan' podcast. Thanks for all the great queries -- and don't fret, I'll be soliciting your questions again soon!

Cyloncaprica: I love 'Justified.' Nothing against Walton [Goggins, who plays Boyd Crowder on the FX show], but the lack of Jacob Pitts and Erica Tazel bothered me a bit. Hopefully the creators find a way to integrate their characters a little bit better [in season 2].

Mo says: Nobody felt worse about the sidelining of actors Pitts and Tazel than 'Justified' executive producer Graham Yost. I spoke to Yost at the TCA Summer Press Tour in August, and he winced when I mentioned that we hadn't seen much of them later in the season.

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