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Television Without Pity, a fantastically snark-filled television recap site, has been acquired by Bravo for an undisclosed amount. As a longtime reader of the TWoP (since back when it was called Mighty Big TV and utterly fixated on the size of that guy from Dawson’s Creek‘s […]

Television Without Pity, a fantastically snark-filled television recap site, has been acquired by Bravo for an undisclosed amount.

As a longtime reader of the TWoP (since back when it was called Mighty Big TV and utterly fixated on the size of that guy from Dawson’s Creek‘s forehead), I have to admit I’m a little worried about it going corporate. BUT I’m on the conference call now and everyone’s assuring there will be “separation between church and state.”

“[W]e’ll continue taking shots at Aaron Sorkin, and we’ll still be covering shows on FOX and CBS and so on,” the TWoP heads write in a note to readers on their site.

Television Without Pity is the closest some show makers get to real interaction with their fans a la online video shows, as alluded to in this Variety piece on the deal, with writers and producers lurking in show forums and occasionally including shout-outs to TWoP coinages and criticism in their shows.

Sarah Bunting of TWoP said the acquisition will help the site add podcasts, audio, video, and additional shows (aside: let me know where the petition for covering the Office is and I’ll sign it).

A Bravo exec said on the call that the acquisition “literally almost doubles uniques to 2 million uniques per month.”

Television Without Pity has archives dating back to 1998. I highly recommend checking them out.

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  1. George B. “Agent0042″ Tuesday, March 13, 2007

    The folks at Television Without Pity have never been anything but honest and upfront with us. If they say that this will only improve the site, I believe them.

  2. What do you mean, “going corporate”? They did that long ago when they used to be part of Yahoo!

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  5. I noticed the “Note to users” is no longer on their site… I can’t really comment on whether or not the site has changed, because I’ve never heard of it before now, but it seems pretty interesting.

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