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A New TV Squad Is Coming This April

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 29th 2010 5:04PM
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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.

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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.

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Jimmy

It's now well into May. Has the merger/redesign been delayed or canceled?

May 04 2010 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ashley Boyd

Will this new merger (essentially?) also automatically try and make me read about UK news? I know I live there but I come on this site to read about American news but if I click Inside TV it takes me to the UK 'branch' (as it were).

April 30 2010 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craig

Are they going to do the same thing with Cinematical and merge that with Inside Movies and give Cinematical a new look also? Also will you have a daily TV Show ratings report as a new feature?

April 10 2010 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MJ15

Like most of the commenters, I'm not very open to change, especially when it comes to website layouts. But compared to the other websites I go to who have made a new layout, it's okay. Not good, but just okay. It appears that you're still keeping the top to bottom scrolling way of looking at your new articles, which I like. The one thing I'm worried is that with this merger between the two AOL TV websites, TV Squad will feel more corporate and doesn't feel as good as it is now. But as long as you still bring out the good TV reviews, I'll do fine.

April 04 2010 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Corey D

Just create an RSS feed only for reviews. I can take the full feed now since there is a good balance. If there is going to be substantially more general news I'd appreciate a Review only feed.

March 30 2010 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

oh god no please I hate change

March 30 2010 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dee

Please keep the Blog roll...I use it everyday...good luck

March 30 2010 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
minkey

am I the only one to think this might be a set up for april 1st? when has anything getting together with AOL NOT been a joke?

March 30 2010 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel Keller

I thought about that when I was writing this post: "People might think this was an April Fool's gag." But it's not, believe me. It's big news that we just happened to release on March 29.

March 30 2010 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristi

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

March 30 2010 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ferley

I am scared

March 29 2010 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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