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TV Criticism ft. Heather Mason (SyFy Fangrrls/Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls) & LaToya Ferguson (The A.V. Club/IndieWire) (PT81)

Alex and Nick invite Heather Mason (from SyFy Fangrrls & Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls) and LaToya Ferguson (from The A.V. Club & IndieWire) for a lighthearted conversation about the current state of TV criticism in the era of peak content and serialized storytelling.

What does TV criticism look like today? What is the process of reviewing a TV show? What can writers learn from critics? When are shows reviewed as a whole as opposed to episodically? How can critics review so much content in the era of peak TV? What are common misconceptions about TV criticism?

Plus, a special WonderCon 2018 reminder.

The Paper Team rates this episode “A+”…



WonderCon 2018 panel reminder (00:00:33)
A casual conversation about TV criticism (00:01:45)
Resources and Next Week On (01:14:18)


Paper Team is going to WonderCon 2018! Join our panel “Reimagined for TV: Writing shows based on popular IP” on Sunday, March 25 at 1:00PM in Room 209.


Heather Mason on Twitter
LaToya Ferguson on Twitter
The TV Sisters
LaToya Ferguson on Tumblr
SyFy Fangrrls
Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
The A.V. Club
Television Without Pity
“San Junipero” (3×04 – Black Mirror)
Scream (TV Show)
Teen Wolf (TV Show)
Pretty Little Liars
Scream Queens
The Strain
Rotten Tomatoes
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23
Great News
The Vampire Diaries
Hannibal (TV Show)
Sasha Alexander
Greg Beeman
Television Critics Association (TCA)
Grace and Frankie
Electric Dreams
Charlie’s Angels (2011 TV Show)
666 Park Avenue
Dave Annable
Rachael Taylor
Robert Buckley
The Slap
The Slap (US Version)
Jonathan LaPaglia

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

Paper Team is a podcast about television writing and becoming a TV writer.

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