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TV Worth Watching: The Next Generation
April 23, 2012  | By David Bianculli  | 14 comments
 

No, you’re not seeing things. Well, actually, you are. This is still TV WORTH WATCHING – but we’ve finally delivered on our promise for another relaunch. We’ve retained our old features, and added some cool new ones…

Some of it should be obvious. BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS are still front and center. We have a carousel at the top of the page now, delivering five stories in the space of one. And another five dispatches from TVWW contributors on the right column, right below our live Twitter feed.

Familiar features, from NEW THIS WEEK to TV WORTH BUYING, are back, joined by such new ones as THIS DAY IN TV HISTORY and TVWW SEAL OF APPROVAL.

In the coming weeks, we’ll introduce them all, and some new correspondents as well, all with the goal of serving you, and covering television, better.

Oh, and faithful readers should be especially happy about three new interactive developments. One, we’ve changed to a new, friendlier system for posting comments to blogs. Two, we’ve added, as promised, a place to comment on each day’s BEST BETS. And three, we’ve already begun soliciting and publishing reader reviews of specific shows – ones where they have specific expertise – in a new feature called EVERYBODY’S A CRITIC (at right).

All that, and a big commitment to social media – we’re even on Pinterest, if you’re Pinterested – and, as we like to say around here, but wait, there’s more.

For now, though, poke around and give the relaunched site a quick test drive. We’re glad you’re here. But it’s more than that: If you weren’t here, we wouldn’t be, either.

When TV WORTH WATCHING was launched in November 2007, my introductory BIANCULLI’S BLOG included the following paragraph:

“Theodore Sturgeon once posited what he called Sturgeon’s Law, which says that ‘90 percent of everything is crap.’ (In some citations, the wording is even stronger.) Certainly, that's true of television – but that remaining 10 percent still leaves a lot of room for enjoyment, education and inspiration. That’s the focus of this website: Instead of TV’s 90 percent problem, we’ll be devoting our attentions and energies to the 10 percent solution.”

That mission statement still holds true. It’s just that I have a lot more friends and colleagues in my foxhole, fighting the good fight. Each iteration of the website has swelled our ranks, which has been just swell. And I want to thank every writer, engineer, designer and editor, past and present, who has journeyed with me on this long and winding road.

When TVWW 1.0 launched, the same day as the 2007 TV writers’ strike, it was largely because of efforts by Eric Gould, who has designed every version of this website, and Chris Spurgeon, the web engineer who turned our ideas into actual web pages. Then writers began to come aboard for the ride, first as guest columnists – then, starting with Diane Werts, as fellow columnists.

When TVWW 2.0 launched in July 2010, our behind-the-scenes web engineer was Rich Baniewicz, and we’d expanded to a small stable of writers, with Diane as managing editor and overseeing DVD recommendations and other special features. More thanks, all around.

And for TVWW 3.0, effective today, behind-the-scenes special thanks go to Eric not only for the design, but for taking an active role to shape and amass what we feel is a major step in our ongoing evolution. And for Christy Slewinski, my former colleague and boss at the New York Daily News, who is taking on twin tasks: assignment editor to oversee the flow and content of all our content, and, continuing a job she’s done superbly for months, overseeing our social media presence.

Throughout, we have our writers – and on a site where content is king and perspective matters, I’ll put this crowd up against any roster, anywhere, of websites covering television, and be confident of our chances. And for 3.0, we’ve had an extraordinary draft, so there are new writers on the way.

As always during these launches and relaunches, though, the final round of thanks is saved for you. At TV WORTH WATCHING, I’m as proud of our readers as I am of our writers. Please take a moment to post a comment (it’s easier, I promise), and tell us what you think. Because what you think matters, and you’re why we’re growing the way we are.

Welcome to 3.0.  Kick the tires. Drive it around the block.

And let’s all hope it doesn’t crash…

 
 
 
 
 
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14 Comments
 
 
Mara
I am late to weigh in, but I am still getting my bearings in this new environment! I love the new version, but I wonder whether there is any way to show the number of comments on the page with the thumbnails of your blog posts. Reading comments is one of my favorite things about the site, and this would make it a lot easier to keep up.
Apr 28, 2012   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
Mara, I think that's a very reasonable request, and a very worthwhile suggestion. Now let's see if our web engineer agrees -- or if it's the back-breaking last straw. Wish us luck.
Apr 29, 2012
 
 
 
Angela
Even though I've pointed out a couple things that would be nice to have, or seem like possible glitches on here, everything I've seen so far on 3.0 is a big thumbs up.
I use this web-site every day. I don't even use my on-line guide anymore, that's how much I rely on this site. Thank you!
Apr 25, 2012   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
Thanks again, Angela. And I apologize for myself, and my awful humor, in my previous reply. Our comments and email system is a work in progress, but definitely progressing. Please, everyone, be patient as we eradicate the bugs, and all should be better. Soon. That's the theory, anyway.
Apr 26, 2012
 
 
 
Angela
Ran out of room. First request: A way to go back and edit a comment once it's written but not posted. Once I reach the posting limit, it won't let me go back and edit a word. I'm on a Mac, using Leopard. Now it seems to be working fine, and now it's not. Something's up with that.
Still, I'm totally impressed with 3.0. Yessss!
Apr 25, 2012   |  Reply
 
 
Angela
Wow! I love the way this new site looks. I also love the font you guys chose for us to type our comments, nice and big for older (not old) eyes.
I'd gush a lot more about what I think is go great about this 3.0 version but eating dinner and trying to type at the same time is challenging. I was too excited for all of you and us to wait until later
Apr 25, 2012   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
Take your time, chew properly, and write back any time. But I must say (well, I really shouldn't, but I can't resist), it's quite a picture imagining you reading our site while masticating...
Apr 26, 2012
 
 
 
Len F.
And I knew you when!!! Nice job. Anything new from Clooney?
Apr 24, 2012   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
Len, it's STILL when -- but thanks. Clooney news? He never writes, he never calls... But seriously, there's nothing ahead but a long wait, and, for me, very measured expectations. Happy enough just to be considered.
Apr 24, 2012
 
 
 
Sally W.
Wow - 3.0 is going to take some getting used to. The layout looks easier; I will have to do some more tire kicking and test driving. Thanks for continuing the great work! (so much tv to catch up on...!).
Apr 23, 2012   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
Thanks, Sally. Let us know what you think. (You're good at that anyway -- as are your thoughts.)
Apr 24, 2012
 
 
 
Erin
Really enjoy the new look and thrilled that the tagline I suggested is kinda, sorta the tagline that made it to press! Really like TV We're Watching and This Day in TV History. If it weren't the end of the semester, I'd make my grad students run a usability and user experience test of the site.
Apr 23, 2012   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
So happy you like the changes, Erin -- and thanks for the tagline! (We're going to be rotating among several, so don't take it personally when yours has to take turns with others.) And wow -- in the fall when classes resume, if you assign your grad students to test drive and evaluate TVWW, we'll gladly send the class a box of invaluable TV freebie swag. And by "invaluable," we pretty much mean "without value." But still...
Apr 24, 2012
 
 
 
Bob
I've been with you from the beginning thanks to your Fresh Air plug. I'm a late 50's reader that considers your site a must every day. Thanks for providing a place for outstanding journalists/journalism. While the new design is a little busy for my 20th century sensibilities, I'll adjust(my don't I sound the fogey). Great work!
Apr 23, 2012   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
Thanks, Bob -- for being with us from Day 1. (I don't even know what day THIS is, but it's well past 1000.) And I get the fogey feeling, believe me. As the great radio newsman Edward R. Murrow said when shifting to TV with the 1951 premiere of See It Now, "This is an old team trying to learn a new trade." But we're reinforcing ourselves with some young blood, and it helps...
Apr 24, 2012
 
 
 
Kathy Muisiner
I like it....I like it! Kudos to the whole team!
Apr 23, 2012   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
Kudos right back! We like you, too!
Apr 23, 2012
 
 
 
Thirteen
Where is the "link of the day"?
Apr 23, 2012   |  Reply
 
Marie
I second this. The new design is very nice (good job!) but I can't seem to find the link of the day/random link amazement.
Apr 23, 2012
 
 
 
Ryan
This is awesome, love the new layout!
Apr 23, 2012   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
Thanks, Ryan. Every compliment, like every reader, means a lot!
Apr 23, 2012
 
 
 
jan
(continued) So I love that there is no longer the unreadable captcha thing, but discovered that I don't so much like the limit on characters. :-) Must go check out the rest of the website now.
Apr 23, 2012   |  Reply
 
David Bianculli
It IS easier, I swear. Look! And for me, too. And I know, I've promised this as often as that kid cried "Wolf" (or that the wolf cried "Kid"), but it's everyone's goal around here to get me ahead on Bets. And now that the website's relaunched, I should be able to... Thanks, by the way, for the nice comments!
Apr 23, 2012
 
 
 
jan
I was glad to see the Best Bets for two days listed and hope that continues. It allows me to program my DVR more effectively. And I didn't have to look around too much before I found the blog, which is what I immediately missed when I first saw the new design. Now I'm checking out to see if it really IS easier to comment (I HATED the captcha thing.
Apr 23, 2012   |  Reply
 
 
David Bianculli
Hey, look -- it works! 3.0 is a reality! - DB
Apr 23, 2012   |  Reply
 
 
 
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