Ever since TVLine was announced, a lot of people have come to Michael Ausiello and me with one main question: “Why another website about TV? And when is The Unit coming back? And how do you both have such nice hair? And what’s up with the whole Smurfs thing? And will there be a podcast? And when is Tru Calling coming back? And what do you think of Vanessa Bayer’s SNL impression of Miley Cyrus? It’s, like, pretty cool, right?”
The short answer is that this Internet thing seems to be catching on. As a result, you have been finding yourself with more and more entertainment news sites to surf. In turn, your time spent online is becoming increasingly valuable.
That is precisely why we created TVLine.com — to help TV enthusiasts cut through all the clutter and find a happy place where, more often than not, you will want to read most every post. Because mark my words, every story you find here is about TV. What’s coming up on your favorite shows? Who’s hired? Who’s fired? Why, oh why, did the writers kill off so-and-so?! When, oh when, will Castle and Bones hook up?! Wait, what?
Now, a snapshot look at the “core four” we have on board for launch:
Michael Ausiello will be the first to tell you he needs no introduction, and yet he’s also insisting that I make one here. Well, this marks my third time working alongside him, and I can attest that he is the man when it comes to breaking TV news. He knows things others don’t, and that’s why this works (to paraphrase a certain someone). Michael’s previous credits include Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide and a six-second scene on Gilmore Girls. His (cough) “origin story” can be found here.
Next up: You don’t launch a TV news site on the eve of American Idol‘s return without reality-TV expert Michael Slezak on your staff. You just don’t. So we couldn’t be happier to have this other Michael join us from EW, where among other things he hosted the very popular Idolatry and Realité webcasts. There’s much more where that came from, trust us.
Just as I was Ausiello’s first call to join the TVLine team, E! Online’s Megan Masters was my No. 1 choice to head up our West Coast office. Meg writes about television with an enthusiasm rivaled only by your own, and actors love talking to her the way I love peanut butter M&Ms. (Yes, that much. Scary.)
You can read more about Slezak and Masters in this press release.
And as for me? Aw, shucks. I’m coming off fantastic runs at TVGuide.com (where as a senior editor I hosted the Mega Minute and Getting Lost vodcasts) and Fancast.com (where I was a Big Tease; that was the name of my scoops column, perv). I appreciate quality TV and have little tolerance for any cheap dreck that lowers the bar for what merits prime-time real estate nowadays. Here’s more about me, because I just know you’re interested.
All of the above is a long-winded way of saying: Do your TV-craving self a favor and bookmark TVLine.com. We in turn promise to deliver exclusive news, fresh interviews, distinct and provocative viewpoints, exciting First Look videos and so much more.
And it will all be about TV.
Matt Webb Mitovich