Ask Alan: The best shows-within-shows, and cliffhangers that didn’t surprise

Happy Friday, everybody, and it’s a pleasantly surprising one for me. Due to some scheduling complications with our video team, I thought there wouldn’t be an Ask Alan ready for today. But it turns out the one I recorded earlier this week got completed before life got busy for the video guys. That said, there’s a good chance that this will be the last Ask Alan for a couple of weeks, and hopefully not longer than that.

In this one, I was asked to identify my favorite shows-within-shows – excluding ones where they were the whole point of the series, like TGS on 30 Rock, FYI on Murphy Brown, Sports Night on Sports Night, etc. – to talk about shows I wound up enjoying less because I was reviewing them weekly, and to identify other cliffhanger resolutions that were as unsurprising as what Game of Thrones did this week.

As always, you can watch the videos embedded at either the top or bottom of this post, and you can send questions to

Back soon-ish with the next one!