March 2008 Archives
Same zip code, new attitude? Not sure if this is the worst idea of all time or just plain genius, but the CW is going ahead with a Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff most likely written by Veronica Mars mastermind Rob Thomas. While I worship the brilliant but cancelled Veronica, do we really need an updated version of this cheesy-but-classic teen drama? Was there not another clever, or at least new, idea in Thomas's gifted brain just dying to get out? Will there be a new Brenda and Dylan or, ugh, will we be following the antics of Donna and David's offspring? I mean, it worked for Degrassi, but I'm cautiously skeptical about this whole prospect. If anyone can pull it off it is Thomas, but it still just seems like a blantant way to captialize on the success of Gossip Girl with something familiar (though do teens today even remember the original 90210?)
If this really does happen, one can only pray that a nearly 50-year-old Gabrielle Carteris doesn't show up trying to still play a hip and young teen. That would be just plain old depressing, I'm sure there's a nice open spot on Dancing With the Stars available for her instead. But if there is a god in this wild and crazy world... please, please let Enrico Colantoni run the Peach Pit. Please? I'm begging. He could dole out sage advice to the spoiled teens while slinging burgers and maybe he could even investigate some crimes on the side. It would be perfect I tell you. Perfect.
A Special Message From Bravo Media
Almost one year ago, Bravo Media proudly announced that it had acquired Television Without Pity, praising it as witty, smart, sardonic, and no-holds-barred. Under the editorial guidance of co-founders Tara Ariano, Sarah D. Bunting, and David T. Cole, the site reached record heights in traffic over the past year as it launched new areas featuring blogs, photos, games, and original video, all the while still providing fans with the best show recaps and forums on the Web. It's no wonder that it topped EW's list of 2007's best TV web sites.
But now, after a decade of amazing work (stretching back to DawsonsWrap.com, their first project together), the site's founders have decided to pursue dreams and ambitions that will take them beyond TWoP. We will miss their passion, their voice, and their commitment, and we thank them for creating and nurturing a site that will continue to fulfill its mission to be the most opinionated destination for people who love to hate (and hate to love) television.
-- Bravo Media
A Note From the Founders
It is with no small amount of sadness that we make this announcement, but...here it is: the TWoP founders are leaving the site. Our last day will be March 11, 2008.
We really can't express how much we've enjoyed working here with, and for, all of you over the years, and how much we've always appreciated your encouragement and support. Television Without Pity is what it is because of its fantastic users, and you guys kept us going through some tough times (emotionally as well as fiscally). You've made the job fun -- and crazy, but, you know, in a fun way.
Television Without Pity is also what it is because of its awesome staff, so even though the three of us are moving on, that doesn't mean TWoP will stop offering some of the best content and commentary on the internet...and you won't want to miss any of it. But we'll miss you. Thanks again for everything.
-- Wing Chun, Sars, and Glark
As The Wire comes to a close, three TV critics past and present discuss which HBO series is the best TV drama ever: Matt Zoller Seitz argues for David Milch's Deadwood, Time Out New York's Andrew Johnston for David Chase's The Sopranos, and the Star-Ledger's Alan Sepinwall for David Simon's The Wire. The podcast was recorded in a diner, so if you're listening on headphones, look out for the crashing-dishes background noise, but it's a fun eavesdrop on an argument many of us have probably had.
I've watched exactly one episode of Deadwood and didn't care about it one way or the other, so I can only speak to the other two, but I considered Sopranos the best show ever for years, and resisted watching The Wire because people tended to praise it in a way that suggested that I was bound to be disappointed. I started watching The Wire in November; I've now watched every episode except the series finale, and in my opinion it's the better show -- considerably. I still love Sopranos and always will, I defended that finale and will continue to, but I rewatched some S2 eps recently and I couldn't believe how slow they felt. Every ep of The Wire feels jam-packed with story, ten pounds of awesome in a five-pound bag.
Anyway, you can find the podcast here, or at Seitz's or Sepinwall's blogs. Feel free to step to the comments there to cast your own vote, or discuss it here on our forums.
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