Blogger needs to consider audience.


On the Entertainment Weekly website fans of entertainment shows, movie, and books can check out this website for TV recaps, and reviews among other things.

On the TV portion of the website there are many categories, and among those categories there is the TV watch category. The TV watch provides recaps for all current shows on television. For example as of right now dancing with the Stars, 24, and Glee are among the shows that bloggers will provide recaps for. The recaps provide all the fans a summarized version of what happened in the night be fore’s episode in case they missed the episode or at least part of that episode. In the case of the Desperate Housewives blogger’s recap rather than recapping the episode it seems as more of a way for Tanner Stransky to address how much he truly dislikes the show that all the fans that visit the blog post enjoy.

For example on the April 18, 2010 episode “Killing me Softly” when the blogger Tanner Stransky stated off the bat what he disliked about the episode.

“Yup, the once-hot Desperate Housewives just landed its own serial killer storyline. Wah-wah…”

This is clear from the start that Tanner believes the show he recaps is was “once-hot” there for meaning not so much anymore.,,20361950,00.html (This is the the complete recap)

The writer Tanner Stransky has written 963 blog posts for the EW website, and could be seen as an authority for having written so many blog posts. Even with this said it is seen as not only unfair to the fans of the show that generates over 10 million people a week, but to also the fans that read the blog recaps that Tanner has communicated to the fans a large amount of dislike in the show that he recaps week after week. In the examples above Tanner is shown both starting, and or ending his statement with something negative about the show rather than positive.

Fans of the show seemed to have picked up to this idea, and decided to comment under Tanner’s post on how they truly feel about him as a blogger. For example,


  1. Jeff Mon 4/19/10 01:30 AM

Why don’t we have a reccaper that actually likes the show??? Why is it necessary to bash the show the whole time?

This comment posted by Jeff proves the idea that not only does one person feel that Tanner dislikes the show, but  also at least 13 other people who commented directly under Jeff’s statement feel the same way. The EW website should stick to the way they have done it in the past, and present with the other bloggers stressing at one point or another that they genuinely like the show that is being discussed or at least some of the episodes of that particular show.

There is another example of this idea on the March 14th episode, “Time to Share” when Tanner started off the recap stating this, “But, as has been the case with the show lately, we really got bupkis. Zilch. A whole lot of nothing. This was one trip to NYC that was rather pointless.”,,20351582,00.html (This is the complete recap)

With tanner stating, “but, as has been the case with the show lately, we really got bupkis,” I as a fan of the show felt a lot different, and while the trip to New York may have seen “pointless” to Tanner a lot of the fans seemed to think otherwise. For example,


  1. 1. tg   Mon 3/15/10 10:56 AM

I agree that the recapper just simply hates this show. I’m not saying it’s the best thing on TV….but it’s far from the worst.

This is yet another fan that agrees that the EW would be better off if they picked a new recapper, because even the fans as stated above that are not the biggest fans of the show believe that the Desperate Housewives recap is in need of a more positive blogger.

A show that seems to get the complete opposite of recaps is Modern Family. The blogger for that particular show is Ken Tucker.

An example of Ken Tuckers statements for his recap for the April 14th episode “Has your significant other ever embarrassed you in a social setting,” is below.

““Typically terrific Modern Family last night, but the scenes in which Mitchell tried to impress a possible new boss (all praise to Justin Kirk), were almost too good — awfully squirm-inducing.” (This is the complete recap)

This shows the significant difference between Ken, and Tanner’s recaps. While Tanner states “the once hot Desperate Housewives” in the beginning of his recap Ken states the opposite in saying “typically terrific Modern Family” this shows the large significantly different blogger’s in how they recap their shows. In having a positive recap Ken receives the same amount of positivity from other fans of the show. For example,


  • jmo

Thu 04/15/10 11:53 AM

I love the show and could’ve watched a whole 1/2 hour of just Cam and Mitchell at the dinner party. Uncomfortable but brilliant comedy. Cam’s the man.

In order to keep the 197 people or more commenting, and reading the Desperate Housewives recaps Tanner should probably take a hint from Ken, and make sure that at least half of the blogs posted are somewhat positive otherwise the fans will lose interest in this blog and could even decide to make their own.


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