11. Ken Tucker
Twitter Handle: @kentucker
Writes At: Freelance (Formely of Entertainment Weekly)
We've loved Ken Tucker ever since we first heard him on NPR's "All Things Considered," back in the day in the back of our parent's station wagon. Like many on the Internet, we were dissapointed to hear he took a buyout and left Entertainment Weekly in February. Tucker has been not only a respected critic, but a vocal champion of many beloved works of art. His support of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, and Freaks and Geeks has earned him partial credit for helping these programs find an audience.
Since leaving EW, he's been writing for a number of outlets, inlcluding a wonderful post about evolution of the late-night landscape for Grantland. As a man regarded highly for his penchant for championing shows, it's a pleasure to read about the pleasure Ken Tucker takes in great television, as exhibited in this take on Homeland. Hopefuly, he can find a place to continue his work. Until he does, we'll keep listening to NPR and hoping Grantland can find him some more freelance gigs.