A New TV Squad Is Coming This April
by Joel Keller, posted Mar 29th 2010 5:04PM
A big change is coming to TV Squad in April, and I wanted to let our loyal fans in on the plans ahead of time.
At some point next month, your favorite TV blog will be combining forces with the Inside TV blog from AOL TV to create a bigger, better TV Squad. In the process, we're going to be getting a new look, which is depicted above and in screen shots after the jump.
What does that mean for you, loyal TV Squad reader? Well, a few things:
A cleaner look: The new site's look will be a little less cluttered than our current version, which was redesigned eons ago in internet terms (2007, to be exact). This will allow for a more appealing viewing experience. It allows us to display bigger pictures and videos, and we'll be able to have some more flexibility with our format.
More voices, but a familiar tone: In addition to the TV Squad writers you know and love/hate, we'll also be incorporating the excellent writers at Inside TV. But don't worry; we'll still be the same opinionated dorks we've always been.
In fact, our writers will be more opinionated than ever. In the near future, expect to see longer-form opinion essays, critical pieces, lists, columns and other features from both your favorite Squadders as well as the Inside TV team. You might have noticed some of that already; expect more in the coming months.
More coverage of your favorite thing in the world: TV! One of the things I'm most excited about is that TV Squad will incorporate the blanket-like coverage of TV that our friends at Inside TV bring on a daily basis. For instance, if something happens on 'Lost' that we want to highlight, we'll have that scene posted, with commentary, before you've started your coffee brewing the next morning. But again, don't worry: the episode reviews that are TVS's bread and butter aren't going anywhere.
More video and audio: In addition to the 24-hour coverage, we'll also be featuring AOL's entertaining podcasts, like The Show Girl, Outside the Box, and Instant Dharma, along with our own (though the TV Squad Podcast is also going to be morphing into something better... more on that soon). In fact, you'll likely see more of the new Squad team than you ever thought you would, as we're going to incorporate more multimedia elements in the coming months.
There's more, but a lot of it is still in the works. For now, I'll leave you with a couple of screenshots; the views you see now are subject to some tweaking before launch (like getting my mug in that "Meet the Editors" box -- heh), but what you see in these shots is largely what the site is going to look like. Let me know what you think in the comments.