Media nerds rejoice: TV Tattle blog has returned
You probably have never heard of this site, unless you work in the TV business or are a serious media nerd.
But a legion of TV critics, fans, executives and industry types nationwide are breathing a sigh of relief at seeing these words: TV Tattle is back.
TVTattle.com is the name of a website maintained since 2000 by Norman Weiss as an unofficial compendium of the day’s TV-related analysis and criticism.
For critics, it’s where you can go to see if your ideas are shared by others. For executives, it’s where you go for a quick snapshot on how journalists and media reacted to your latest masterpiece. And for fans, it’s a compelling roster of some of the best writers covering television (excepting yours truly, who is also sometimes linked there).
Weiss, 35, shut down the site April 18, exhausted from working as a one-man-band handling advertising and content for the site as revenue dropped. And a curious thing happened.
“I got tons of emails,” said Weiss, noting he was surprised, in part, because past pleas for donations on the site itself got little response. “We sort of live in a Kickstarter world, so a lot of people suggested that (online funding website). But that would be a short term solution.”
Instead, Weiss talked to Alan Sepinwall, author and former TV critic at the Newark Star Ledger, about taking TVTattle to the website which housed his What’s alan Watching? Blog, Hitfix.com. Now Hitfix handles the advertising and pays Weiss a salary, allowing him to work on TVTattle full time.
Weiss’ site returned this morning, with links to stories about the “wedding” between Here Comes Honey Boo Boo stars not really being a wedding and the female co-stars for CBS’ Criminal Minds (Weiss said he looks for unusual takes on stories or stuff no one has really reported before, inspired by another ace aggregator of media news, Jim Romenesko).
I traded emails with a couple of screenwriter friends in L.A. just last week lamenting the loss of TVTattle – not just because it aggregated lots of TV stories, but because Weiss has a knack for choosing just the right pieces to feature.
“When you have one person doing it, it’s focused, sort of like a column,” he said. “I have hundreds of (website) bookmarks, hundreds of Twitter feeds, hundreds of RSS feeds. It’s not a part time thing.”