Love TV? Hate TV? Live somewhere in between those extremes?
Well, I've got something for you. Here are five wonderful blogs that cover TV in all its shameful glory. They're from TV insiders and outsiders -- both critics and the ones who create the content. They're all entertaining and well worth visiting on a regular basis.
I've been reading the TV-related writings of Aaron Barnhart since shortly after I first went online circa 1996. He writes about television for the Kansas City Star (and hooray for them for continuing to employ a TV critic!) but began his career sending out a daily email about the late night talk shows. He's come a long way since then but his coverage has been consistently smart and useful, steering me toward some great things over the years. His most recent project is a book, Tasteland, a guide to the 100 best TV shows to rent, buy or download. You can also follow him on Twitter.
David Bianculli wrote for newspapers for years but, unlike Aaron Barnhart, his paper decided to forego his services a couple years ago. In response, Bianculli set up this website. Filled with daily viewing recommendations and guest bloggers, it's worth a daily glance. Bianculli is also a regular guest hoston the wonderful NPR program, Fresh Air, and recently released a book about the classic Smothers Brothers TV show.
Ken Levine has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG and more, both as a writer and director. He's funny, informative and gives invaluable advice to would be writers.
John Rogers' blog discusses old movies, vintage guitars and, oh yeah, the TV show Leverage, for which Rogers is a writer/producer. Great ongoing behind-the-scenes look at the making of a TV show.
Time Magazine's TV critic, James Poniewozik, maintains this news/commentary site. He's also a great person to follow on Twitter.
What TV-related blogs do you follow?
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