Plot twists, cast changes, ratings ups and downs — they’re all steady fodder for Tweetage.
Josef Adalian | October 11, 2009 @ 12:41 PM
Last Updated: August 12, 2010 @ 10:46 PM
The twits have taken over TV land.
Twitter, the microblogging service that's exploded in popularity in the past year, rapidly has become an essential tool for anyone trying to keep up with the goings on in the small-screen world.
Just last week, many in Hollywood found out about NBC's stunning decision to dump "Southland" not from a trade paper but via a tweet from Shawn Ryan, the "Lie to Me" showrunner. He got a call from a friend on the "Southland" set and immediately let his 2000 followers in on the news.
And when "Saturday Night Live" newcomer Jenny let slip an errant f-word on her first show last month, the news was all over Twitter long before the mainstream media could react.
While there are plenty of film and music insiders on Twitter, the Twitterverse seems tailor-made for TV types.
The typical movie has a pop culture half-life of two weeks to a month before the world moves on to the next big release. But successful TV shows go on for years, with frequent plot twists, cast changes and ratings ups and downs — all of which provide steady fodder for tweetage.
Of course, just like primetime, the TV Twitterverse can resemble a vast wasteland of inane fan chatter and inaccurate rumors if you don't know which feeds to follow.
That's why TheWrap has assembled this list of 50 TV-centric folks worth checking out on Twitter. Follow this assortment of writers, producers, executives, bloggers — and yes, journalists — and you'll be on your way to being better informed about the state of the small screen.
Just having a well-known name wasn't enough to make this list, by the way. We looked for folks who updated their feeds on a regular basis (sorry, @BarbaraJWalters and @Oprah) and who provided interesting information on their feeds.
And while we wouldn't be presumptuous enough to include ourselves on the list, TheWrap is also on Twitter. Be sure to check out this reporter via @TVMojoe, our media reporter Dylan Stableford (@stableford) and the Big Boss Sharon Waxman (@sharonwaxman.) You can also get links to stories as they break via @theWrap.
Did we leave anyone off? Leave your suggestions for TV twits in the comments section.
Like his hit FX series "Sons of Anarchy," Sutter (pictured, top right) pulls no punches (on Jeff Zucker: "a rudderless buffoon") and takes no prisoners (he called CBS's "Three Rivers" "torture porn" and said of Roman Polanski, "Got a child stoned on quaaludes. F—ed her in the a–. His sentence should be the same … without the ludes.")
The former "Duckman" writer, who's just set up a comedy at Fox with J.J. Abrams, serves up acerbic asides about politics, showbusiness and reality TV. An unapologetic fan of "Big Brother," which is the reason we love him most.
The "Juno" screenwriter also does TV — specifically, Showtime's "The United States of Tara." Cody is self-deprecating to the extreme and also very funny. The self-loathing over "Jennifer's Body" has got to stop, however.
The CBS scheduling guru gives an insider's perspective on the daily grind of the TV business. He's also not afraid to let the Reporters Who Cover Television know when he disagrees with their take on something.
The Queen of TV Twitterers, Ryan is particularly plugged in on the sci-fi front with the latest news on geek-friendly fare such as "Dollhouse," "Supernatural" and the "Battlestar Galactica" universe. She also is an obsessive re-Tweeter, and clearly never sleeps.
Before you ask why the "American Idol" host is listed under journalists, remember this: News of Ben Silverman's exit from NBC broke on Seacrest's Twitter feed. The man is plugged in, and he's not afraid to share news when he hears it.
The New York Times' young turk of TV, Stelter (who created TV Newser while still in college) is hardwired into the Twitterverse, tweeting even more often than Ryan many days. Focuses on the big TV stories of the day, but also isn't afraid to share details of his private and professional life.
The L.A. Times Showtracker blogger is a great source for retweets of interesting TV features (hers and other folks'), reality TV gossip and the latest breaking news about popular shows. She's also a must-follow for anyone who's a fan of "Glee" or "Top Chef."
Scoop! From guest stars to plot twists, he's the reason the phrase "spoiler alert" was invented. Actors: If Ausiello didn't break the news of your casting, you might want to double check with your agent to make sure you really got the part.
The writer of the well-respected Surf Report e-mail brings her TV love to the Twitterverse, with retweets of breaking news and smart observations about the state of the small screen (both on-screen and behind the scenes).
A one-time TV development executive and avowed Anglophile, the man behind the Televisionary blog is never shy with a sharp opinion on the latest TV news or last night's episode of "Mad Men." He's also the best-fed TV type on Twitter, regularly sharing details of his latest amazing meal.
Variety's TV editor tweets his own stories and breaking news. But the real reason to follow him is for his snarky one-liners. Sample snarkiness: "NBC cancels 'Southland.' But in a twist, viewers had already canceled NBC."