Happy Birthday, TVLine: Revisiting Our 10 Biggest Scoops From the Past Three Years

Although I still think we could pass for two-and-a-half (even two, depending on the lighting), TVLine is, as of today, three years old. Shocking, right?

Back when we started, Olivia Pope was but a gleam in Shonda Rhimes’ eye, Charlie Sheen had yet to embark on his Violent Torpedo of Self-Destruction Truth tour, and Netflix was just that red envelope that kept showing up in your mailbox.

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To put it mildly — and I speak now on behalf of TVLine’s whole Scooby gang (Matt Mitovich, Michael Slezak, Kim Roots, Vlada Gelman, Andy Patrick, Jason Averett and the much-missed Meg Masters) — it’s been a wild and wildly rewarding 36 months. And to mark the occasion, we’ve dug deep into our archives and unearthed our 10 biggest stories since our launch. (I suspect some of the finalists will manage to surprise you.)

Scroll through the gallery below and then, if the spirit moves you, wish us a happy birthday in the comments!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Eve says:

    What a whole load of Shonda Rhimes.

    • Jeremy Wilhm says:

      Happy Birthday TV Line! Congratulations!

      Now, about this list…These are your top 10 stories? Really? Nothing about any Blind Items? AMC forcing Breaking Bad to end after 5 seasons? Netflix becoming a major TV player with a slew of award nominations and programming? Walking Dead’s meteoric ratings despite the revolving door of show runners? Game of Thrones and the Red Wedding? Oprah’s retirement? The death knell for daytime soap operas? The death of Andy Whitfield and the recasting of Spartacus? The death of Cory Montieth? Dan Harmon forced out of Community only to come back again?

      None of these were bigger than the stories on this list? Hmmmm.

  2. jimbo says:

    Happy birthday, TVLine gang!

  3. Matt says:

    Why no Tru Calling??

  4. dax says:

    Happy B’day TVLINE! you are like the enabler for my TV addictions, but still love y’all! Keep up the Great Work!

  5. Gwen says:

    Happy birthday and thank you for this fun, amusing and spoiler-y website! I look forward to reading it every day.

  6. CC says:

    Wow, three Grey’s stories are in the top 10.

  7. Just Sayin' says:

    Meg’s left TVLine? When did that happen?

    Happy third, guys!

  8. Sara says:

    Happy birthday TVLine :) I remember the first time I laid my eyes on you. I fell in love instantly & quickly deleted the bookmark of another scoop site…have been faithful ever since

  9. JD says:

    No Chuck? I’m surprised.

  10. Vissy says:

    Happy birthday Tvline, the second website I open in the morning after Facebook! Don’t know what I would do without you!! Keep on the great work!

  11. Happy Birthday TVLine, I don’t know what I would do without you all.

  12. leigh says:

    Happy Birthday!

  13. Lynn says:

    Happy Birthday you guys! By far, my favorite website & the only one I get Twitter updates from. Keep up the awesome work!!

  14. katy917 says:

    Happy birthday TVLine, my second most visited website after Facebook! I stumbled upon you about 2 and a half years ago by pure accident (I was searching for news on Chuck!) and have visited several times a day, every day since :) can’t believe you guys have only been around for 3 years!!

  15. joey says:

    Happy Birthday TVLine! I’m happy and thankful to have found your website. always enjoy reading everything you guys post. here’s to many more birthdays.

  16. Mel says:

    Thanks, TV LIne, for the fun, angst, cathartic comments,laughs and most of all, the glorious scoopage. Keep them coming!

  17. Allison says:

    Happy Birthday, TVLine and many, many more!!! :)

  18. Kelly says:

    Happy Birthday! TVLine is my most visited website after Facebook as well! I also discovered the site searching for a recap of a show I’ve since forgotten, but was hooked as soon as I saw that Matt was one of your writers. He had been my favorite over at a previous site and I was delighted to find out where he’d landed. I still enjoy his writing, as well as that of everyone here, immensely. I also appreciate that you have managed to create a comments section environment that is generally respectful and intelligent. It is fun to read others’ theories and opinions on shows I enjoy. Thanks and keep up the great work!

  19. LOST says:

    Happy birthday from a loyal reader here! Thank you for feeding my TV addiction first thing in the morning and making me laugh every day.

  20. Amanda says:

    Three years? Heck, I remember when you were just a guest at the Dragonfly Inn!
    Happy Birthday, TVLIne. If it weren’t for you I’d have a lot more free time.

  21. Ed says:

    awesome site! started coming over here after TVSquad bit the dust…long time follower of Ausiello

  22. Laurie says:

    Happy Birthday TVLine! Michael I’ve followed you ever since I discovered your love of Gilmore Girls. I smile whenever I rewatch the episode where you made a ‘cameo’ at the Inn. I am pleasantly surprised that Army Wives was one of the moments you mentioned.

  23. MotorCityGirl says:

    Happiest Birthday, TVLine! Your gossip, scoops, and recaps keep this girl filled and satisfied. May you have many, many more <3

  24. Mark says:

    THANK YOU for being such a great daily destination !!
    Keep up the great work !!

  25. Grace says:

    Happy Birthday TVLine!!!

  26. Cindy Hoffecker says:

    Happy Birthday TVLine!!!!!!!! My absolute addiction every day is to read this website. I can’t survive without it to keep up with all the changes on my fave shows.

  27. nate says:

    its only been 3 years??????

    • prish says:

      You stole my line! Only three years? I can’t believe it, either. Maybe I’ve been checking in enough for ten years. Love your site, TVLine. We’re real fans in this household. The husband is always craning his neck to catch the latest headlines, asking what’s up.

  28. wickedcool23 says:

    Happy Birthday TVLine! Hands down my favorite TV website and thank you for providing us with so many spoilers!

  29. Mark says:

    A very Happy Birthday TV Line and many, many, many more! Keep up the wonderful work TV Line!

  30. brenda says:

    ♫Happy Birthday ♫ Followed Matt Mitovich here from his previous web job. Like a bunch of others, I check this site many times a day!

  31. TW says:

    Happy Birthday TV Line! I’ve been a fan of Michael and Matt since their TV Guide days, and would follow them anywhere. Here’s to many, many more! Cheers!!

    • scooby says:

      Ditto. Fond memories of the TV Guide podcast so I enjoy the Spoiler Chat. Any self-respecting fan of Ausiello knew about his penchant for (and potential to be bribed with) Snapple and Smurfs long ago. Very much enjoying Slezak’s and Melinda Doolittle’s contributions. I’m guessing our weekly Idology episodes are coming soon. Happy birthday TVLine! :)

  32. Emy says:

    Happy Birthday TVLine!!!! It´s so telling that Lisa Edelstein leaving House is the only scoop related to this show that made the list. It didn´t last long after she left.

  33. Happy birthday, TV Line! thanks for your stories all these years.

  34. A says:

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for all the presents you have given me over the years

  35. Babybop says:

    Happy Birthday TVline! To think I wouldn’t have known about this site if I hadn’t started reading Ausiello’s EW spoiler column after I got addicted Bones… It’s been a great 3 years, Love to all of you! It was a rough year last year, but this site kept my spirits up.

  36. Douglas from Brazil says:

    Happy Birthday to all team, it’s been a great journey check it here to read the scoops,recaps,headlines.I wish all the best for all,

  37. Jerri says:

    Happy Birthday TV|Line!

  38. dude says:

    Three years already? Man. TVLine is my favourite website. I’ve been a faithful fan since day 1.

  39. Penny says:

    No gossip girl?! How’s that possible?

  40. Pat says:

    A “Very Happy 3rd Birthday” TVLINE. I love and enjoy your website and I look forward to reading and commenting on this site, for many more years to come. A big thank you goes out to all of you. Keep up the good work!

  41. DarkDefender says:

    Three great years, TVLine. For me the biggest shocker was John Noble’s Emmy snub each year.. Walter Bichop was my very favorite thing.

    Here’s to many more years… Now tell us the blind item death already!


  42. cjeffery7 says:

    “Brothers & Sisters Exclusive: Find Out What Would’ve Happened To The Walkers In Season 6” – i totally read WALKERS as The Walking Dead style walkers… LOL!

  43. cjeffery7 says:

    glad to see Chyler Leigh & Boy Meets World in the two top spots. =D

  44. Esaul says:

    Glad I followed after Ausiello left EW.

  45. Ally Oop says:

    Since that season finale of Grey’s when Lexie was killed off, I haven’t felt the same about Grey’s. Since then I’ve been slowly losing interest. Prior to that episode, Grey’s was one of my favourite shows. This year i’ts barely in my Top 20.

    • Tiffany says:

      I Agree. Had to quit Grey’s. Can’t stand anymore. I’m usually a loyal fan. It a shame, Grey’s will be only show on my top 10 list that I did stay til the end. I had perfect record until Grey’s. DARN IT

  46. Lysh says:

    I really don’t remember when I first started following this site or when I found it, but I feel like it’s been longer than three years. It’s still just a little adorable toddler. Happy birthday, TVLine! Thanks for everything.

  47. lll says:

    Happy 3rd birthday TvLine!!! I too stumbled across this website by accident and stayed faithful ever since. No matter how rough it gets in this reply area or how overjoyed we are about headlines TvLine has remained my constant (and everyone else’s). Thanks for the memories and here’s to many more years as a Tv leader in this industry.

  48. GeoDiva says:

    Happy Birthday TVLine! Followed most of you from EW and TV Guide and have enjoyed the ride. One question…..When did Meg leave?

    • ggny says:

      I dont think she did. I think he is referring to the fact she is on the West Coast when the rest of them are on the East Coast. I could be wrong though and if she did leave that sucks

  49. Whatever says:

    Congratulations TVLine Team ! Thank You for providing us with 3 fantastic years of scoops,spoilers and the latest in TV news.
    I’ve been reading your Spoilers & Scoops since the EW days ,Mr.Ausiello .
    I’m looking forward to your continued success here on TVLine.

  50. Rebecca Decker says:

    Happy Birthday! I’ve been following you forever- subscribed to EW just for you! Thanks for the spoilers especially for those who HATE waiting :)