Salon was the first publication that paid me for something I wrote, way back in 2003. I wrote for them a second time in January of 2004, but hadn't been back there in quite awhile. But this month, they published two of my TV-related essays:
Why I miss the unhinged Carrie on "Homeland" (12/10/12)
I've had some fun over the last couple of months writing for Fast Company's Co.Create site, mainly because I can put a spin on my usual celebrity and producer Q&As.
My posts for them are here. Highlights:
How "Top Chef" Creates its "food porn" (11/7/12)
The kind folks at Zap2It have asked me once again to blog about the Emmys, and I've been having fun with it. You can find my posts here. Highlights:
Interview with Max Greenfield (9/12/12)
Interview with Mayim Bialik (9/10/12)
Interview with Rob Corddry (9/4/12)
Interview with Margaret Cho (8/27/12)
Interview with Jared Harris (8/22/12)
Even though this is the first time I've posted in a while, I haven't been dormant in 2012. Here's some of the fun stuff I posted since late 2011:
Carlos Mencia: A Comedian's Act is Leaner, Not Meaner (New York Times, 11/25/11)
'Cougar Town' Creators Try DIY Promotion (New York Times, 2/12/12)
An encounter with Charlie Sheen at the Winter TCAs (XfinityTV.com, 1/9/12)
Gregg Henry Random Roles interview (AV Club, 7/23/12)
Jim Norton interview (AV Club, 6/29/12)
Bill Paxton interview (Vulture, 5/25/12)
Kevin Costner interview (Vulture, 5/23/12)
Eugene Mirman interview (AV Club 3/28/12)
Steven Van Zandt interview (AV Club 2/6/12)
Over the last few months, I've been making contributions to the "Chat Room" feature on New York Magazine's Vulture Blog... and not all of them have been about Breaking Bad! You can find my posts here.
Jason Gann of Wilfred (9/8/11)
Jonathan Banks of Breaking Bad (8/5/11)
William Shatner (8/1/11)
Vince Gilligan of Breaking Bad (7/15/11)
Ok, a few weeks ago I referred to a big surprise that was coming. Of course, it wasn't on the level of a big spoiler or anything; all anyone had to do to find out what it was was to ask. But what I decided was that the old TV Squad podcasts I used to do were so much fun that I wanted to start them up on my own. So with the help of Jason Hughes, who was my usual co-host on those old Podcasts, we've started Antenna Free TV.
For now, the new site will only contain the podcast; any musings by me or anyone else about TV can be found there (of course, I still get paid to muse about TV, but it's just scattered a bit). The plan is for Jason and I to do the podcast weekly with someone from around the TV landscape, whether they're a fellow critic, someone who manages a fan site, or maybe even a few people who work on actual TV shows. One thing is, though, we're going to shoot the breeze and generally try to have fun while we record the thing.
The nice folks at The AV Club (the "serious" part of The Onion, if you have to know) have been kind enough to publish interviews and reviews from me since February. I've also been able to contribute to a few of their group pieces, which are always fun.
Most of my pieces for them can be found here, though that doesn't represent all of my work there.
Dick Van Dyke (6/9/11)
Wyatt Cenac (5/13/11)
Paul Reiser (4/14/11)
Chris Elliott (3/13/11)
Tom Colicchio (3/16/11)
Bruce Vilanch (2/23/11)
Even though I'm no longer with AOL TV, I'm still writing about TV, especially during the all-important "Emmy speculation season." In fact, I'll be blogging about the Emmys for Zap2It right through the September 18 ceremony.
It was a fun ride for five and a half years, but my time at TV Squad and AOL came to an end in May. But I was a busy bee for them during that time (or a busy beaver, depending on your hurried species of choice), doing weekly recaps on a bunch of shows, including 'Glee' (whoo boy, did that get tough by the end of the season), 'Modern Family,' and -- of course -- 'How I Met Your Mother.'
Some Q&As I did for them in 2011:
Mark Burnett (5/20/11)
Mike Schur of 'Parks and Recreation' (5/20/11)
Paul Lieberstein of 'The Office' (5/18/11)
Chris Colfer (5/17/11)
Damon Wayans (4/27/11)
Diane Lane (4/22/11)
Ryan Stiles (4/20/11)
Norm MacDonald (4/19/11)
Bill Lawrence (4/16/11)
Andy Cohen (4/7/11)
Bethenny Frankel (3/25/11)
John Oliver (3/23/11)
John Lithgow (3/17/11)
Heather Locklear (3/4/11)
Craig Ferguson (2/18/11)
William Shatner (2/3/11)
Stephen Merchant (1/21/11)
I decided to freshen things up a bit around here with a new theme, a new color scheme, and a social networking
toolbar at the bottom of the screen (UPDATE 6/20/11: I decided to change that to social networking buttons, which you can find right under my smiling mug on the top right). More surprises coming, including new links to more recent published pieces and... well, I'll let you know about the big surprise when it happens. Stay tuned!
Here's some of the Q&As I've been doing at TV Squad lately:
Chris Colfer from 'Glee' (4/27/10)
'Chuck' co-creator Chris Fedak (4/21/10)
Andy Cohen of Bravo (3/18/10)
Brian Williams (12/17/09)
Tracy Morgan (10/26/09)
Matthew Weiner of 'Mad Men' (10/9/09)
Earlier this year, Parade.com asked me to write a couple of TV-related quizzes:
24 Quiz (4/7/09)
Scrubs quiz (4/9/09)
Folks, I've decided to join all the kids and make my Twitter feed a bit more active (I was going to say "interactive," but you need to be "active" first before adding the "inter" part. I'm at @joelkeller. TV Squad, by the way is at @tvsquad.
Oh, and by the way again, I was successfully able to get my name on Facebook, so if you go to http://www.facebook.com/joelkeller, you'll find me.
I recently started doing interviews with various entertainment luminaries at The Daily Beast.
Amy Poehler: The Very Funny Interview - Amy Poehler jokes around and talks about Parks and Recreation. (4/9/09)
Denis Leary to the Rescue - Denis Leary (along with co-creator Peter Tolan) talk about the upcoming season of Rescue Me, and Leary talks about his autism controversy and the continuing comparisons to Bill Hicks. (4/7/09)
Josh Schwartz on Life After Gossip Girl - The prolific producer talks about his new web series, Gossip Girl spoilers, working on Chuck, and teenage angst. (3/23/09)
Bryan Cranston: Daddy Runs a Meth Lab - The Emmy winner talks about Breaking Bad, directing himself, and being the original re-gifter. (3/8/09)
What Holly Hunter Owes Tony Soprano - The Oscar-winning actress talks about Saving Grace, and how cable changed her career. (2/27/09)
What's Eating Kevin Bacon? - the actor talks about his HBO movie Taking Chance, about getting past his Footloose image early on, and about finally putting Bernie Madoff to rest. (2/19/09)
Will TV Slay Joss Whedon? - The geek auteur talks about Dollhouse: the rewrites and reshoots, the Friday night slot, how he's confident that this isn't another Firefly, and if Dr. Horrible will get a sequel. (1/28/09)
If you folks didn't already know, I'm the Editor-in-Chief of the AOL-owned blog TV Squad. It's been a heck of a lot of fun, and it's given me a lot of chances to talk to the best and brightest in the world of TV... and spewing my opinions all over the place.
Most recent interviews:
Amy Ryan (6/9/09)
Doug Benson (4/20/09) (get it?)
Bobby Cannavale and Sarah Paulson (joint interview fun!) (3/30/09)
Megan Mullally (3/25/09)
Dylan Baker (3/13/09)
My favorite interviews:
Bob Newhart (12/4/08)
Eddie Izzard (11/2/08)
Carter Bays of How I Met Your Mother (9/10/08)
Larry Willmore of The Daily Show (8/5/08)
Keith Olbermann (8/4/08)
Drew Carey (7/20/08)
Bill Lawrence of Scrubs (Warning: This one's an epic... 3 pages! But it's all great.) (5/22/08)
Penn Jillette (5/12/08)
Lewis Black (3/19/08)