Sort of Goodbye
I may be gone for now but check out these podcasts:
The Angel Rewatch (with Derek and William)
Return to Stars Hollow: A Gilmore Girls Rewatch (with Cordia and Celeste)
As you can probably imagine producing podcasts takes a lot of time. An hour to watch the show, sometimes an hour to write, an hour to read and edit feedback, an hour to record, an hour to edit and post and prepare for the next one. Between "The Walking Dead" podcast and the Buffy Rewatch my spare time is well used up.
Over the years I had hoped to turn TheTVCritic into my second job. I wanted the time to make it more professional and try and suck in some more people who might initially be put off by views or presentation. But I haven't had time for that. As many of you know I have a day job and then I began "The History of Byzantium" podcast.
When it comes to TV, I am in the minority. I take my television very seriously and I've loved finding like minded people to share the shows with. So many of your comments have shaped my experience of each show or made me laugh or think. But the majority just watch TV and don't seek out podcasts or a serious analysis of a show's flaws. Whereas in the history world I'm able to be a part of the mainstream and find thousands of listeners who want to know more about what happened to the Romans after 476 AD.
As I'm sure you can imagine researching history takes even more hours of my time and has now become almost a full time job in itself. I just can't go on doing three jobs. I'm giving none of them all that I could and I have to prioritise the two which pay the bills.
So, what's going to happen is this: "The Walking Dead" podcast has come to an end. In a few weeks The Buffy Rewatch will join it. I will be back to cover "Game of Thrones" season four and plan on covering that show until it ends. I am invested in that show and am (obviously) very confident that it will end and end with a story that is at least complete even if I can't yet attest to its quality. As it's only on ten weeks a year I can just about squeeze it in and Roberto helps me a lot with the production process.
All my comedy reviews will come to an end. I will still publish written reviews for "Mad Men" and "The Walking Dead" as I am a completist and would like to finish both on the site. But I can't guarantee when those reviews will be up. And I don't expect you to swing by and keep commenting. I know for most of you the main lure are the podcasts. I am the same way, I rely on them to get me through the week.
I will always be here though. I'm sure when time allows I will still want to review "The Sopranos" and old "Simpsons" episodes or whatever. You can always tweet me or email me. And I hope this isn't goodbye for good. As much as I enjoy history it can't quite do what TV can do for me. It can't break into song, or make a disabled man walk. It can't host a seemingly pleasant wedding, open up a barn of undead farmers or talk about a problem dog. Watching and writing about American TV is still my first love. I hope I can get back to podcasts one day. But I don't know how long away that is. It could be a very long time. But even if I have to wait till I'm 70, know that I want to be at the microphone telling you all why you're crazy for giving a 72 when the episode was clearly a 58. Oh, how you'll miss me :-)
If you have any questions or comments send them my way. You've all been so kind to me over the years and it's been a pleasure to host such great comment and debate. Thank you all for listening. I don't remember when or why I coined the "enjoy your TV" phrase but I mean it. I may have groaned and grinded my teeth through eight years of "How I Met Your Mother" but I still enjoyed it. I still enjoyed seeing the rhythms of a sit com, however mangled, and watching the performances and thinking of all the ways it could have been done differently. I really hope that you do enjoy your television in whatever way you do. And that it can bring you pleasure the way it has for me.
Goodbye for now,
Robin Pierson (The TV Critic)