2. Alan Sepinwall
Twitter Handle: @sepinwall
Writes At: "What's Alan Watching" at Hitfix.com
Before everyone realized that TV was important, Alan Sepinwall was one of the most important television critics around. He's been in that recap game since the heyday of NYPD Blue. His longevity and insight have earned him the respect of critics and artists alike. As Emily Nussbaum put it, "Nearly every time that I've interviewed one of the major TV-makers, they've mentioned Alan, generally saying something awestruck along the lines of 'Sepinwall, that guy knows his stuff,' and thus making me jealous."
"What's Alan Watching" offers insight into major moves in the television world (like his in-depth coverage of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign) and savvy discussion of the material he finds most compelling. His recent piece on the success of The Good Wife's stunt casting is a great example of how he harnesses his years of experience to break down television moments he finds unique.
Sepinwall is also behind what might become the most important text tackling this era of television. He recent book, The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever is an authoritative look at an era of television dominated by "Great Male Curmudgeons" (another description courtesy of Emily Nussbaum), from Oz to Breaking Bad, written by a man who was there to review every single one of them. If you take the time to read even the small excerpt of the book that went up on Grantland chronicling the origins of Lost, you will learn that this guy does indeed know his stuff.