Had a syndicated cartoon about television for 5 years, and have also sold to Emmy Magazine. I don’t watch that much TV, honestly! – but the TV I do watch I just love, and I almost always go over to TWOP to see what others think of it. (They usually agree with me, making me feel quite wise, and if they don’t…that’s why my keyboard has a backspace key.)
I discovered Television Without Pity after the first episode of Lost, which affected me so profoundly that I needed to connect with others, right away, to see if I was nuts to be this excited about television. For me, that’s when TV turned from good, to great. After Lost it was Prison Break, then Reaper, with a few others.
I am absolutely devastated today to discover that NBCUniversal is now dumping TV Without Pity – all the seasons, all the shows, the recaps, thousands or hundreds of thousands of perspicacious comments thrown into the trash. No archives.
I frequent this site more than any other, by far. It validates, respects, enthuses, affects the TV industry more than any other public media. TV has had the “sloppy seconds” stigma, compared to film, for decades, deserved or not; in contrast, TWOP gave so many shows new life, and if the shows were canned, dignity.
I worked in the studios, including on many TV shows for several years, so you’d think that behind the scenes would have ruined the fantasy and enjoyment, but not at all! My imagination continues just fine, even knowing some of what it takes to do a show. And thinking about a good epi after it ran was enhanced 10-fold by reading other insights and ideas by (some) smart commenters on TWOP. I even did some TV reviews myself.
SIGH. A sad day. And most of you DON’T have it together yet.
ID #a833z Caption: News anchor on camera says: This is Jack Hanson. My day was just fine, but it appears most of you don’t have it together yet.