Award-winning author Tanya Michaels doesn’t think of herself as self-destructive, although she does experience both weakness and addiction when it comes to shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Veronica Mars,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Project Runway.” When she’s not glued to the television, she writes funny, heartwarming romance novels and, under the name Tanya Michna, more serious women’s fiction.
Walking a Thin Line
By Tanya Michaels
from Grey’s Anatomy 101
This is one essay from the anthology Grey’s Anatomy 101
The 2005-2006 season’s smash hit “Grey’s Anatomy” swiftly eclipsed its “Desperate Housewives” lead-in, in ratings, in critical claim and in vocal viewer enthusiasm. What could have been just another hospital drama is elevated by sharp, clever writing, strong female characters and a stellar ensemble cast of multi-ethnic actors. With 20+ million viewers tuning in every week, “Grey’s Anatomy” was the new must-see television show of the year. From lighthearted relationship speculations to analyses of deeper themes, Grey’s Anatomy 101 gives new perspectives on all facets of the series. If Addison hadn’t showed up, would Meredith and Derek have stayed together? How is “Grey’s Anatomy” the first real 21st century show? Why is everything in “Grey’s Anatomy” so, well, gray? And what would Nietzsche have to say about George O’Malley? The writers in Grey’s Anatomy 101 give fans more of their favorite television show, delivering writing as smart, as funny, and as earnest as the show they love.
About the Author
Leah Wilson graduated from Duke University with a degree in culture and modern fiction and is currently senior editor at BenBella Books in Dallas. Leah is the editor of Perfectly Plum: Unauthorized Essays on the Life, Loves, and Other Disasters of Stephanie Plum, Trenton Bounty Hunter and the co-editor on Coffee at Luke’s: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest and Serenity Found: More Unauthorized Essays on Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity.