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.