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Meet the TV Squad Bloggers

by Keith McDuffee, posted May 5th 2006 12:09PM
Meet the TV Squad
That's right, kids! It's finally time we all introduce ourselves to the reading public, we, the hard working bloggers of TV Squad. Who are we? What else do we do? Where are we from? Favorite sexual position (yes please)? Now you can learn it all here!

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tom biroName: Tom Biro
Where do you write from? Bloomfield (and soon Belleville) New Jersey
What else do you do other than writing for TV Squad? Other than writing at AdJab and some other Weblogs, Inc. blogs, I have one of the cooler jobs in the world, getting to work on blogs and other new media things for a top 10 public relations firm in the U.S.
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen? I've had a few doozies covering 24 and The Sopranos, so probably something about getting Treos that blow people up or something.
If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be? Miami Vice. For some reason, I can't help but to keep watching it.
Most overrated and underrated TV show (current or past)? Overrated: Seinfeld. Sorry, but it got old after about six episodes; Underrated: while it's a "hit" now it's still underrated - House.
How do you like writing for TV Squad? Where else can you expound on television shows and have people actually pay attention?

ryan j. budkeName: Ryan j Budke (The j = Joseph if you're really that curious. The reason I use it, and as a lower case, is a totally different story)
Where (city/state/country) do you write from? Cincinnati, Ohio. Born and raised here as well, and while I've only "lived" in one other city, I've traveled all over the world.
What else do you do other than writing for TV Squad? Watch TV.
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen? The ones where people called me a "fat bastard" because of my "I want a date with Stacy Keibler" post hold a particular place in my heart.
If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be? The A-Team. No, Sports Night. Nope, Saturday Night Live. Nevermind, Lost. I really don't want to answer this question...
Most overrated and underrated TV show (current or past)? Underrated would probably be Sports Night. Overrated would probably be Friends or Desperate Housewives, both shows that I absolutely love, but they're not the "best of their time" as many proclaim them to be.
How do you like writing for TV Squad? I get paid to watch TV. It's my childhood dreams come true.

adam finleyName: Adam Finley
Where (city/state/country) do you write from? Minneapolis
What else do you do other than writing for TV Squad? Various freelance gigs
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen? Am I supposed to read those?

If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be? Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Most overrated and underrated TV show (current or past)? Overrated: Scrubs; Underrated: Those commercials where that guy keeps losing his loans to Ditech.
How do you like writing for TV Squad? There's some side effects, mostly hallucinations and ocular bleeding, but other than that it's pretty cool.

lacy hallName: Lacy Hall
Where (city/state/country) do you write from? Virginia Beach, Virginia
What else do you do, other than writing for TV Squad? I waitress at an Italian restaraunt, where I am an expert at carrying multiple plates of baked ziti. Also, in order to keep my youthful appearance, I must drink the blood of young boys regularly, so that takes up a lot of my freetime.
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen? An enraged Donnie Osmond fan once said that when I die, they are going to happily dance on my grave. Then they ended the whole thing with "God bless."
If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be? Law and Order including, but not limited to the Jerry Orbach/Benjamin Bratt years.
Most overrated and underrated TV show (current or past)? Overrated: Sesame Street; Underrated: Eerie, Indiana.
How do you like writing for TV Squad? I like it more than ice cream, but not as much as chocolate cake.

anna
johnsName: Anna Johns
Where (city/state/country) do you write from? Portland, Oregon
What else do you do other than write for TV Squad? I write for regional publications in Oregon, produce podcasts, and drink equal amounts of coffee and Pinot Noir.
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen? Anything from a crazed Constantine Maroulis fan. Or the people who ask me to get them on Trick My Truck.
If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be? CBS Sunday Morning. I love to spend a relaxing Sunday morning with Charles Osgood and a cup of coffee (do I have a problem?).
Most overrated and underrated TV Show? Overrated: The CSI franchise;  Underrated: Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
How do you like writing for TV Squad? I like it. I would love my job if Josh Holloway returned my phone calls/marriage proposal.

joel kellerName: Joel Keller
Where (city/state/country) do you write from? Suburban New Jersey.
What else do you do other than writing for TV Squad? I was an IT guy until recently, now I write full-time, for whoever will pay me (and some who don't).
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen? Whenever someone makes the effort to comment, just to say "WhO cAReZ!!!!!"
If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be? Scrubs, because it makes me almost pee myself from laughter just about every week.
Most overrated and underrated TV show (current or past)? Overrated: Twin Peaks. Never understood why people liked that show. It was like it was weird for weird's sake; Underrated: Perfect Strangers. That Balki was one funny foreigner!
How do you like writing for TV Squad? I like it. Like it a lot.  Especially 'cause saying I write about TV works soooo well with the ladies.

richard kellerName: Richard Keller
Where (city/state/country) do you write from?  Beautiful Bear, Delaware
What else do you do other than writing for TV Squad?  I work in the IT department of a very, very big bank and perform in an improv troupe -- Delaware Comedy Theatre
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen?  I don't read any comments because my ego is extremely fragile and I would end up naked, in a fetal ball if I saw one negative response..
If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be?  Scrubs
Most overrated and underrated TV show (current or past)? Overrated would be Lost. Underrated would be The Monkees (no, really!) and Scrubs.
How do you like writing for TV Squad? I feed vindicated!  Finally,. all of my years sitting in front of the television are paying off.

Keith
McDuffeeName: Keith McDuffee
Where (city/state/country) do you write from?  Worcester (Woostah) area, MA
What else do you do other than writing for TV Squad?  Playing with my son, geocaching, general geekery. If that's not geeky enough, I'm also the IT Manager for a software development company.
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen?  Anytime someone thinks I have anything at all to do with recruiting for American Inventor or that I'm one of the MythBusters (I wish!) And then there are all the Subtle Subtitles comments that I couldn't possibly pick only one from.
If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be?  McDuffee's Super-Fantastic Happy Half-Hour. Oh crap, that doesn't exist yet. OK, then I guess I'll settle for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Most overrated and underrated TV show (current or past)? Overrated: American Id... Ow! Stop throwing things! Underrated: Veronica Mars!
How do you like writing for TV Squad? Knowing  I'll be writing about a show later makes me view shows in a different way. And now I have an excuse for reading spoilers.

c.k. sample, iiiName: Clinton Kennedy " C.K." Sample III
Where (city/state/country) do you write from? Bronxville, New York, USA
What else do you do, other than writing for TV Squad? Lead blogger emeritus for TUAW and occasionally can be found posting on various other Weblogs, Inc properties.
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen? We have comments?
If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be? Big Brother... or Lost.
Most overrated and underrated TV show (current or past)? Overrated: American Idol; Underrated: The Greatest American Hero (EVAR!)
How do you like writing for TV Squad? It's just like ranting to my wife about TV shows I love, but TV Squad doesn't tell me to shut up.

Bob SassoneName: Bob Sassone
Where (city/state/country) do you write from? Boston, MA
What else do you do, other than writing for TV Squad?  Full-time writer, read, watch TV, play tennis, eat pizza
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen? "Wow, Bob Sassone's kind of a dick. Huh."
If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be?  The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Most overrated and underrated TV show (current or past)?  Most Overrated Show: CSI; Most Underrated Show: Boy Meets World.
How do you like writing for TV Squad? I work from home and get paid to watch TV. What's not to like?

Michael SciannameaName: Michael Sciannamea
Where (city/state/country) do you write from? Princeton, New Jersey
What else do you do, other than writing for TV Squad? I am the lead blogger for The Wireless Report.
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen? I can't recall any specific ones, but some people really take what is being presented on television as "entertainment" way too seriously.
If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be? That's a tough question, but I loved watching All in the Family as a kid, and still find it as the funniest and groundbreaking show ever to hit the small screen.
Most overrated and underrated TV show (current or past)? I didn't watch NYPD Blue with any regularity, but I always found it pretentious and way too overacted. I still can't believe it lasted as long as it did. I think The Odd Couple is the most underappreciated show ever. Despite it not getting great ratings when it was on the air, it's brilliant writing and even better acting make it a classic. Just watch the episode where Felix and Oscar go to a monastery for "peace and quiet" for a taste of how great this show was.
How do you like writing for TV Squad? I enjoy it very much. I love being able to share my opinions of shows I watch with others and seeing if they agree (or not).

jonathan toomeyName: Jonathan Toomey
Where (city/state/country) do you write from? New York City
What else do you do other than writing for TV Squad? I work as a Production Assistant at a talk show.
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen? I love this one. It's the first comment that I received in response to my review of SNL from 4/15/06. It's short, to the point... the man clearly disagrees with me.
If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be? That's tough, but if it came down to it, I don't think I could live without 24. I really just want to be Jack Bauer.
Most overrated and underrated TV show (current or past)? Most overrated: Desperate Housewives. I really don't understand what's supposed to be so great about this show. I've tried numerous times and just can't get into it.
Most underrated: Rescue Me. This show is just too good. Denis Leary is fantastic and the writing merges drama with humor incredibly well. More people really need to watch it when it comes back in May.
How do you like writing for TV Squad? I'm getting paid to watch TV. How could there possibly be a downside to that?

Name: Annie Wu
Where (city/state/country) do you write from? Central Florida. annie wu
What else do you do other than writing for TV Squad? I go to school and pretend to be a good student. Any time not taken up by school is spent painting like an art snob or memorizing lines like a theatre nerd.
Craziest/funniest TV Squad comment you've seen? Hmm... I get a lot of comments from people that think I'm the star of the show I'm writing about. I'm never quite sure how to respond to these. Really, is "Annie Wu" that similar to "Jon Stewart"?
If you were only able to watch one TV show, what would it be? That's a tough one. I think I'd have to pick The Office (British version)... It never gets old. Or maybe The Daily Show because it's, well, daily.
Most overrated and underrated TV show (current or past)? Overrated? American Idol, without a doubt. As for the most underrated... I'm not really sure. All the shows I like are very well-appreciated by a solid following, either mainstream or cult.
How do you like writing for TV Squad? I absolutely love it. This is actually my first job (hey, I'm young, not lazy). Getting paid to write about things I enjoy sure beats bagging groceries like the rest of my friends.

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bleuhawaii

If you're into geocaching, there's a cool promotion going on right now in the Twin Cities called the MontanaGPSquest. It starts this weekend and there are daily caches/prizes. MontanaGPSquest.com has all the info.

Happy caching.

June 07 2006 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craven Morehead

(these TV squad people sure do resemble South Park characters. )

Best Performance on a TV show this past week: "The Cult" (song:She Sells Sanctuary)on the Jimmy Kimmle Show.

Most Commercials during a TV Show: "American Inventor"
(5 minutes of commercials for every 5 minutes of show)

May 06 2006 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
NYCBoi

i heart Wu!

come to new york city! best place to be a theater major (and blogger), bar none!

May 06 2006 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craven Morehead

wart remover, wart remover, wart remover...
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May 06 2006 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevbo

Oh my, how they've all grown! Right before our eyes. Why, it seems like yesterday they were reviewing TV shows! And now, look at them, they're ummm... reviewing TV shows!

Keep up the good work kids. It's pleasing to find similarly attentive viewers like myself all in one place.

Hope you get picked up for next season. Will there be a cliffhanger in the season finale of TV Squad?

May 06 2006 at 3:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kurifurisan

Hey Craven! I hope you're looking forward to the Lancelot Link dvd collection coming out later this year.


As for the TV Squad bloggers....I enjoy the site and you all should pat yourselves on the back for doing a great job. I'm from Gresham, OR and I think it's nice to have Anna represent the Northwest.

May 06 2006 at 2:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MosquitoControl

Impressive, one of you lives in my Hell (well, Bloomfield is close enough to Newark, where I currently live) and one in my Heaven (Boston, where I used to and soon will live again.)

May 06 2006 at 2:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Who pays you guys for writing this crap? It's the readers who keep this thing going.

May 06 2006 at 1:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emily

Hey Lacy, I am from Virginia Beach, too. You and Rudy Bosch have put our city on the TV map!

My only complaint - what happened to the ANTM recaps? That is how I found TVS in the first place.

The thing I have learned about stars - the more you get the harder it is to earn them.

Keep up the good work guys. This site is my all time favorite.

May 05 2006 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craven Morehead

a true TV connoisseur knows that Lancelot Link Secret Chimp (On ABC, from 9/12/70 - 9/2/72, 26-episodes) would be in the TV hall of Fame (if there was one).
"Northern Exposure" (1990-1995)--
was a TV show that actually tried "NOT" to dumb-down the show for general viewers... and is one of my all time favorite TV shows. Bob Sassone is probably the only TV critic here old enough to remember these shows.. "Boy meets world"...wtf?!

May 05 2006 at 8:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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