My habit of discussing TV online goes way back. I always feel like formative influences were a weird combination of TiVo, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Television Without Pity, all of which I think appeared relatively concurrently.
TV critics and writers I read online include Andy Greenwald, Willa Paskin, Alyssa Rosenberg, Mo Ryan, Matt Zoller Seitz, Margaret Lyons, James Poniewozik, June Thomas. Some of these people I also now know offline: we just had a Brooklyn drinks night where a bunch of TV writers gathered and argued drunkenly about Ryan Murphy. I find great stuff through Twitter links: I just read an incredible essay by Lili Loofbourow in the Los Angeles Review of Books, all about the "new girl" comedies. Sady Doyle has written some terrific gonzo takes on TV, not all of which I agreed with, but which I found provocative and entertaining. Same with Amanda Marcotte, Alex Pappademas, Lindy West, and a ton of other people, who I'm sure I'm forgetting to name—I love how swashbuckling and varied the voices can be online, as opposed to the more conventional structures of print magazines. The people at The A.V. Club are great, despite their horrible commenter threads. There are individuals on Twitter I go back and forth with regularly, sometimes in response to specific reviews, and I've learned a lot from that as well.
I often find myself going down rabbit holes. Sometimes it will be about current shows. Sometimes the A.V. Club or Vulture or something covers an old show or a conversation strikes up on Twitter about, say, old sitcom intro music, and then I’ll find myself going on YouTube and looking up all of the old YouTube clips, and then that will take me to some Wikipedia entry about what’s happening. I’ll end up going to TV Tropes, which is just incredible. I also find The Futon Critic helpful because they just cover what’s coming on the schedule, and I don’t have a strong industry knowledge.
I do watch TV news when there’s an emergency or an election, but I get really angry when I watch cable news. I wrote this really negative review of The Newsroom, but as it happens I share many of Aaron Sorkin’s opinions about cable news. I do think television is not a good format by which to deliver news by and large.
I have a TV and a TiVo. I was an early adopter of TiVo. Certainly for me it was just the most explosive experience when TiVo came out, and you could actually save or go back over television shows. I have an enormous amount of season passes. Also, because I’m a TV critic I get screeners. Some stations send you DVD screeners. Sometimes I watch them on my TV. Sometimes I watch them on my computer. Sometimes I watch them on my computer at the office. Some stations have streaming sites that you go to to watch the previews. I watch TV shows in a slightly agnostic, cross-platform way, which I feel really ambivalent about because I do feel some of the best shows coming out are much more cinematic and care much more about the visual aspect of TV and the fact that I’m watching some of those on a phone or a not so good computer screen is, you know, it’s not ideal, but it is the way that people watch and I want to watch the way that people watch.