April 23rd, 2006

the arch of the eyebrows gives it away

How important is this? I don't really know.

Hi All!

Lots of people - including me - have been grumbling with the way Television Without Pity has been handling Supernatural. I decided to write an email to Sars, Wing Chun, and Glark (the head honchos at TWoP) about the situation.

On 4/6/06, I sent this email with the subject line "Supernatural / Drunken Bee / Demian":

Hi Mods!

I'm kunju on the boards. I'm writing to you (all of you - didn't know which one to pick) because there has been a lot of unhappiness with the way Supernatural has been handled on the site. Drunken Bee's recaps are alienating much of her audience (it has become a bit of a sore subject, as several posters' livejournal entries bear out). No one expects that a recapper and show will be a perfect match every time (though Couch Baron and Veronica Mars together really are glorious). But Drunken Bee seems to treat the show with a disdain that is not wholly merited, and with each painfully unfunny recap implies that no one but a shallow, brain-dead twelve-year-old girl could possibly enjoy the show on any level. She doesn't even seem to get any satisfaction out of ripping the show to shreds, the way Demian does with Charmed (which I don't watch, but for which I read the recaps religiously).

In addition, Drunken Bee absents herself from the boards. She neither posts nor steps in when a moderator would be much appreciated. Demian has posted more often on the boards than she has.

Demian's recap of the pilot episode was a thing of beauty. I've read it several times and I laugh every time. A number of posters have expressed a wish (on livejournal) that he be assigned recapping duties for Supernatural, especially since Charmed is winding down its long and painful run. I wanted to ask directly for this to happen. He evidently watches the show; judging by his recap and his contributions to the forum, he mocks it and enjoys it the same way most of the TWoPpers do. It would certainly be a better match than Drunken Bee, whose brief and disdainful recaps seem to exist for the sole purpose of convincing the world of the criminal stupidity of the show.

I know a lot of people were worried about being banned from TWoP if they expressed their feelings. I thought a private email was the best way to make our wishes known. Please believe me when I say there are at least fifteen other TWoPpers capable of writing this same email (the fear of being banned is all that's holding them back) and replace Drunken Bee with Demian.

Thank you very much,

I got no response from Wing Chun (fair enough - I believe the way it works is that Sars and Wing Chun split supervisor duties of shows, and it seems this show is Sars's), an automated response from Glark explaining that he doesn't really handle shows anymore, and this from Sars thirty minutes later:

Thanks for your comments -- keep reading!


I wrote back and asked for a little clarification - was that just an automated response or was she saying that things would change in the near future? I got no response to that email. pheebs1 told me she wrote in too and got absolutely no reponse at all. And that was the end of that.

Or so I thought until a few more people complained about Drunken Bee's recaps (which you can find here) and I shared my original email and got an overwhelming response. People offered to write in.

Now, I don't think this is the most important cause in the world, or anything close. But TWoP can be an influential place. Arrested Development's Mitch Hurwitz, Jason Bateman, and Will Arnett have all talked about lurking on the boards and even mention the site on the DVDs. Veronica Mars's creator (Rob Thomas) and most of the cast and a good portion of the crew post on the site, mention the site, and/or throw shout-outs to the site on the show. winterlive made the excellent point that TWoP's handling of shows might influence executives who make decisions about which shows to renew. The New York Times actually quoted part of Demian's fabulous recap of the pilot in a long article (1/22/06, "Things That Go Bump in Prime-Time") on the show and its appeal.

Let me say that I don't know a lot about the way TWoP works. I don't know if the assignments for next season have already been handed out. I don't know if the mods will replace Drunken Bee simply because we're unhappy. I don't know if Demian even wants the job of being the Supernatural recapper. But if enough of us write in, maybe we can get a recapper who actually gives a damn about the show, and the powers that be might take some notice. So I'd encourage you to read the recaps for yourself and if you're bothered by them, to write in (Sars's email is sars@televisionwithoutpity.com) and ask that some changes are made. And keep your fingers crossed for season 2!