Ken Tucker
June 25, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

How TV and movie actors differ

Why don’t TV critics talk more about individual acting techniques, the way movie critics do? — Colleen
TV series are so often about on-going plots that acting analysis can be neglected, you’re right. (Also, lotsa movies are one-sentence concepts, so there’s room to ruminate in this area.) Just within ”Everybody Loves Raymond,” you can see the difference between Ray Romano’s stand-up-comic simplicity versus Peter Boyle’s stage-trained shrewdness. In drama, compare the equal effectiveness of minimalism (”The X-Files”’ David Duchovny) versus more emotive acting by ”The West Wing”’s Martin Sheen.

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