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Television Without Pity, DailyCandy Will Shut Down April 4

Photo of Sam Adams By Sam Adams | Criticwire March 27, 2014 at 12:51PM

You've got eight days to reread your favorite TWoP recaps before the site goes dark.
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Dept. of It Never Rains But It Pours: Hot off the news that Entertainment Weekly is building a new business model on the backs of unpaid contributors comes word, via Recode, that NBC-Universal will be shutting down both Television Without Pity and DailyCandy at the end of next week. Adding insight to injury, the sites' archives will be taken offline, though the report promises they'll be "saved in the digital ether."

Layoffwise, DailyCandy's shuttering has the biggest impact -- 64 employees let go to Television Without Pity's three -- but the loss of the TWoP archives is gutting. From its early days as Mighty Big TV, the site, cofounded by Tara Ariano, Sarah D. Bunting and David T. Cole, the site essentially set the template for the modern TV recap. The writing was proudly snarky but often insightful, offering weekly insight into shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer in an era when many publication were still treating TV like a red-headed stepchild. TWoP's founders set up shop last year at Previously.tv, where they're still finding new ways to cover the ever-growing medium, but losing all that history hurts. Here's how some of Television Without Pity's contributors, many of whom have gone on to prominent media berths, are mourning the loss. Post your favorite TWoP pieces in the comments or send via Twitter to @IW Criticwire and we'll collect them here.


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