As promised, we're back in my Jersey office, and back on a Friday schedule for this week's Ask Alan. In today's show, I talk about characters, like Ross from "Friends," who changed a lot from their initial characterization; about what it means when you see the star of your favorite show listed among its executive producers; and about the ways in which my job as a TV critic has become more like it was when I started doing this 20 years ago.

You can watch it in the video embedded at the top and bottom of this post.

Thanks, as always, for the great questions. Keep 'em coming to

Alan Sepinwall has been reviewing television since the mid-'90s, first for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, The Star-Ledger, and now for HitFix. His new book, "TV (The Book)" about the 100 greatest shows of all time, is available now. He can be reached at