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Dear Ryan Murphy

Dear Ryan Murphy

Dear Ryan Murphy,

My name’s Matt Dentler, and first and foremost, I’m a big fan. Well, I’m a big fan of the show you created and run, Nip/Tuck. It’s no secret that I watch it all the time. I first got hooked during Season 2, and it’s been one of my regular TV-viewings ever since. Now, you’re in Season 4, and it’s really great. Way to get past the whole “Carver” storyline and deliver a promising season thus far. Last week’s episode, in particular, was really strong and compelling. I was skeptical at first about that whole Sanaa Lathan subplot, but it’s playing out nicely. And, adding reccurring characters for Peter Dinklage and Jacqueline Bisset, have been a good step in a great direction. The jury is still out on that Kimber/Matt storyline, but I’m optimistic. I’ve done my best to tune in every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. CST, to catch the new episodes. Until now. Mr. Murphy, it troubles me to say so, but we’re about to go to war.

You see, a few years ago, I co-created a TV series called SXSW Presents. The show puts a spotlight on little-seen festival circuit gems, and it used to air every Friday night, at 10 p.m. CST. Well, this season, we’ve shifted to a comfier slot: Tuesdays, at 9 p.m. CST. That’s right, Mr. Murphy, we’re about to go head-to-head. The season premiere of SXSW Presents is tomorrow night, October 3, on KLRU in Austin. Don’t worry, so far, we’re only airing in the Austin area. So, we’re not a national threat to your show. Not yet, at least. And, while it means for me that I’ll have to ally with my own interests and tune in to our program from this point on, I hope there aren’t any hard feelings.

Without a doubt, Nip/Tuck will have us beat in terms of sex and violence. You’re on F/X, and we’re on a PBS affiliate, so that makes sense. That said, I think our shows will cater to different demographics… but make no mistake, we want your demographic too. We won’t have plastic surgeons or supermodels, but we will have Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party and The Last Days of the San Jose. You’ll have guest stars like Rosie O’Donnell and Mario Lopez. We’ll have Janet Pierson and Paul Stekler. I don’t wanna brag, but your show is 60 minutes long, whereas we’ll bring the love for a whopping 90 minutes. That’s right, 60 minutes couldn’t even contain what we have in store.

So, I just wanted to write this letter and say that I hope there’s no hard feelings. Though, don’t be surprised if F/X is calling you and asking why you’re losing some of the Austin market. It’s just a little healthy competition. And, I will still religiously keep up with Nip/Tuck, just via Tivo. If you wanna religiously keep up with SXSW Presents, I don’t know what to say. We don’t yet have flashy DVD box sets… but we will.

Matt Dentler

P.S. Running With Scissors looks great, by the way, can’t wait to see it.

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