50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Melissa Maerz

This is just what the name implies: Each week, I ask someone interesting a question and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

Melissa Maerz in an Edgar Allan Poe maskThis is a pretty flingin’ flangin’ cool week, as I’m joined by Melissa Maerz, TV critic at a little outfit you may have heard of called Entertainment Weekly; she’s also a host on Entertainment Weekly Radio (Sirius 105). A graduate of Cornell University, Melissa has previously worked at the Los Angeles TimesNew York Magazine, and Rolling Stone, among others.

Like I said, pretty flingin’ flangin’ cool.

You can find her on Twitter as @MsMelissaMaerz, where she may be tweeting from the office in this picture but likely won’t be wearing the Edgar Allan Poe mask from Fox’s The Following. But hey, who knows.

What I do know is that The Following wasn’t one of the shows that made the cut when I asked Melissa:

You’re stranded on a deserted island, where there is inexplicably a TV that will let you watch every season of any three shows—and only those three. What are you watching?

I know I should pick something smart, like Carl Sagan’s docuseries Cosmos: A Personal Voyage; that way you’d imagine me sitting in the sand, contemplating the universe, instead of just getting tipsy on fermented coconuts. But honestly? I’d choose The Twilight Zone (because getting stranded on a desert island would feel a lot like getting trapped inside an episode), Naked and Afraid (maybe it would teach me how to weave palm leaves together into a halter-top bikini?), and of course, The Simpsons, so that I could while away the endless hours with the longest-running series of all time.

Mmm … fermented coconuts.

As for me, my list would probably begin and end with Seinfeld. And judging from my state of mind by the end of the Great Seinfeld Watch, you can probably add that to the list of reasons why you wouldn’t want to be in a real-life Lost scenario with yours truly.

Huge thanks to Melissa for stopping by this week and for significantly enhancing my radio-listening experience every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern along with the other “Women on Pop.”

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know. Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.

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