Why We’re Writing

Well, hello there. Welcome to our television world.

Television, now in the heyday of its Third Golden Age, is no longer just an idiot box. It’s a medium with some of the best (and, admittedly, some of the worst) that American culture has to offer. It’s diverse, interesting, and entertaining, with something to offer everyone.

We really enjoy television. I suppose that since we’ve decided to start a website devoted to talking about television, that could go unsaid. But what’s important here is HOW we enjoy television. Not only do we enjoy watching television, but we also enjoy thinking about it and then discussing it. We like analyzing how it’s created, what it contributes to our culture, and what problems it has. Social media has made television into a conversation both among fans, and between fans and creators. We know we have something to add to that conversation.

Before starting Writing on the 4th Wall, we weren’t professionals in the entertainment industry. We didn’t work in production. We don’t live in New York or Los Angeles. We were simply viewers who found ourselves engaging in long, drawn-out conversations about the TV we watch. We also read a lot about television, and we talked about that too. We were fans. There’s value in analyzing television from the outside the industry, because that’s where most of us are. Sometimes we’re silly, and sometimes we’re serious, and sometimes we’re snarky – and you probably are too.

Writing on the 4th Wall, then, is a website devoted to discussion, commentary, and criticism about television. We probably won’t have many casting scoops or much breaking news, but what we will have in steady supply is a place for you to engage with us about the shows we all love. We’re television omnivores with diverse tastes, and we’re going to make an effort to talk about a wide variety of serialized programming (and television events) from a variety of platforms. Some of the best TV isn’t found on your cable box at all, with internet players like Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, and even Yahoo claiming a stake in the programming game. So, next to articles about the latest HBO or AMC watercooler phenomenon (which we probably love too), you’ll see coverage of TV for kids, internet-based shows, foreign television, obscure niche programs, sports, TV history, and even some reality programming. If we watch it, and it make us think, we’ll write about it.

Hopefully you’ll join in with us here. We welcome and invite comments, feedback, ideas. Is there something that you think we should be covering? Did you read an article and think it had interesting ideas? Are we ignoring a corner of the TV world and you think we’re missing out? Let us know! TV is best when you engage with it, and we’re at our best when we’re engaging with you.