Hello, A.V. Club readers, it’s your old friend John Teti. You might remember me from Block & Tackle, the internet’s eighth most popular weekly NFL column. Or from that time I was editor of the site for a couple minutes. (I’m the George Lazenby of A.V. Club editors-in-chief.) It’s been a while since we met up here on the web, because early this year, my corporate superiors packaged me up in a moderately ventilated crate and shipped me to The Land Of Television.
In that marvelous Land, I have toiled to create a TV show that’s rather literally called The A.V. Club Hosted By John Teti. It airs every Thursday night on the Fusion network at 9 p.m., or at 8 p.m. if you have the good sense to live in the Central time zone. And I’m here to ask that you tune in, because I think you’ll have a fun time. We talk about the latest pop culture happenings, we teach you how to be an even bigger nerd than you already are, and I interview extremely famous celebrities. Extremely famous.
The A.V. Club community has been a bigger part of my career than most people understand. Every time I have tried something new and scary, you were there to root me on and give me confidence. When I started reviewing TV on the regular with my Project Runway writeups. When I tried to carve out a more thoughtful space for video game criticism and discussion with Gameological. When I launched a football feature on a site that had been largely allergic to sports. You showed up, you supported me, and I love you for it.
I need you to show up for me one more time. I need you to watch this show. It’s a quality show. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. TAVCHBJT has a great production team, and I’m so proud of what they’ve accomplished under sometimes ludicrous limitations. Plus, the A.V. Club editors contribute their expertise so that each episode reflects some of the glories you enjoy every day here on the site. Making the show has been the biggest challenge I’ve ever taken on, and I’m really proud of the results.
“All right, John, but what’s in it for us if we watch?” you ask, not because you are so cynical, but because you read the headline, and you know I’m here to bribe you. Here’s the deal. If at least 10 of you tweet me (@johnteti) a picture of yourself watching tonight’s episode of The A.V. Club Hosted By John Teti before midnight Central time, I’ll review this week’s episode of Project Runway here on The A.V. Club. The review will appear on Saturday, and it won’t be some 400-word capsule thing that I slap together merely to fulfill my obligation. I will review the shit out of that episode, like the old days. I really want to do this! Let’s make it happen.
Again: Simply tweet a picture of yourself watching tonight’s episode of The A.V. Club With John Teti before midnight Central, and don’t forget to tag me (@johnteti) in the tweet. The show comes on at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central. There’s a re-airing at 9 p.m. Pacific for the West Coast. Project Runway is on at the same time, as it happens, but you all know how to use a DVR.
Some answers to possible questions follow henceforth.
What if I’m shy, and I don’t want to post a picture of myself on the internet?It’s okay if we only see the back of your head, or your cat, or a stuffed animal. It just needs to be some entity from your household watching tonight’s episode of the show.
What if I don’t have Fusion in my cable lineup or a Twitter account?
Then you should lobby someone who does have both of those things. Fusion TV has a list of all the places you can find the channel.
What’s on the show tonight?
Thank you for asking! I talk about Apple marketing, film editor A.A. Dowd offers a beginner’s guide to the works of Stephen King, I interview the splendid Maria Bamford, and a food expert charts the rise and fall of pumpkin spice. Plus there’s more! We pack a lot into a half-hour.
If we do this, will you come back next week to offer another bribe?
If we don’t do this, will you be sad?
Okay, that’s all for now. I’ll see you on the airwaves, and then on Twitter, and then back here on Saturday for Project Runway hijinks.