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How TV Criticism Has Changed ... And Where It's Going

by Joel Keller, posted May 27th 2011 2:30PM
Steve Carell in 'The Office' - 'Goodbye, Michael'Today is my last day with AOL, having served AOL TV and TV Squad in various capacities since November 1, 2005, and I've enjoyed every day of it.

What's been the most interesting thing about my time here, when Keith McDuffee hired me to blog for TV Squad right after it and the rest of Weblogs, Inc. (Engadget, TUAW, Joystiq, etc.) were bought by AOL, has been how the coverage of TV has changed in a relatively short period of time.

Think back to 2005. It doesn't seem like that long ago, right? Most media websites had matured to the point where their designs were slick, professional and well-done. Blogs were starting to become the prevalent form of communication on the web. Heck, sites like Television Without Pity had already been around for a half-decade by that point, giving us funny recaps of our favorite shows and letting us sound off on message boards.

But besides TWoP, the old TV Squad and a scattered few others, there wasn't much out there in terms of giving fans really in-depth critical coverage of the shows they love.

Now? It's all over the place, and most of it is of high quality.

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'Detroit 1-8-7' Season 1, Episode 1 (Series Premiere) Recap (VIDEO)

by Piet Levy, posted Sep 22nd 2010 5:15AM

MIchael Imperipoli and Jon Michael Hill in 'Detroit 1-8-7'['Detroit 1-8-7' - 'Pilot']

Regardless of the fact that 'Detroit 1-8-7' is filmed in Detroit, it's hard to imagine the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitor's Bureau being all too happy about the show's content. In the first episode of ABC's freshman cop drama, it took literally one second for the show, via narrator, to refer to the troubled city as the "birthplace of Motown and once the heart of the automobile industry. Now it has one of the highest murder rates in the country." Not exactly the kind of message you want on any postcards.

But if it's any consolation, there's a good chance any PR concerns may be a non-issue. If the show doesn't vastly improve from the ho-hum pilot, its days may be numbered.

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