I stopped buying it when it went to the larger format. i HATED the new set-up. All those charts and boxes, BAH! and no real info on the shows I wanted to see. A pox on their house.
We get it free at work...so yes, it is still published
At one point TV Guide was the number one selling weekly magazine in the country.
Because it was necessary, r3
R4. Reader's Digest was also the biggest-selling magazine for years--and it wasn't the biggest because it was necessary.
TV Guide wasn't necessary either. There were plenty of newspapers who featured a TV page with all the listings. TV Guide was helpful and filled a niche.
I just look at it online when I need to.
Zap2It.com is so much better than TV Guide could ever hope to be
There are still people alive who use it. They'll all be dead within 10-20 years and The Guide will be kaput.
[italic]TV Guide[/italic] made Walter Annenberg very rich.
What r8 said. TVGuide will be going the way of newspapers once the oldsters kick off in another decade or so.
They're transitioning to a more lifestyle focus. I see them slowly evolving to be a new InTouch.
[quote]I stopped buying it when it went to the larger format. i HATED the new set-up. All those charts and boxes, BAH! and no real info on the shows I wanted to see.
Same here. That plus the fact that the program guides on the cable and satellite systems finally improved to something useful spelled the beginning of the end of the once great resource.
I haven't looked at it in years and also stopped when they switched to the large magazine format. I used to always look forward to the Fall TV Preview issue but even that is just a shadow of what it used to be.
My father went food shopping on Friday nights. (He wouldn't allow my mother to spend his money, hence he did the grocery shopping) he would bring home the TV Guide and my sister and I would fight over who got it first.
It's like Reader's Digest.
It's read only by (a) people over 55 or (b) people in need of something to read as they are taking a shit.
They've got a web presence with interviews and articles and a regular column not in print from Matt Rouse, the resident critic, who is actually a decent critic and I think is also family. So when the print edition does go bye bye, there'll still be a TV Guide.
Did you ever find your missing issue, the one with Al Roker on the cover.
The Mannequin Maker Guy
Didn't Reader's Digest just file for bankruptcy?
[quote] They've got a web presence with interviews and articles and a regular column not in print from Matt Rouse, the resident critic, who is actually a decent critic and I think is also family.
They also have a soap column from Michael Logan, who is about 100 years old, also "family" (I think most male TV writers are) and still has a 1980s era perm hairdo.
When I was growing up, my family didn't buy it; we just used the TV listings thing that came in our city's Sunday paper, but it was pretty bare-bones. Therefore, when I had to go to the grocery store with my mother, while she was off shopping I would stand by the checkout counters and read TV Guide - it seemed so glamorous to me that it actually listed things like the entire cast list for that week's episode of Murder, She Wrote.
I hate them for eating up jumptheshark.com as a quick source for page hits and not even doing anything with the format. Of course, they can't bite the hand that feeds. Don't blame the site owner, good on him for making some money off it.
There's a blog that posted great TV Guide Fall Preview editions, with some scans of the pages. I must have killed 2-3 hours one afternoon reading up on all the old premieres.
Check it out at the link.
As a kid I loved TV Guide. The yellow pages in the back that listed all the movies for the week and the crossword were my favorite sections. Stopped buying it years ago and only glanced at it a few times on the check out when it went to a more magazine size. It is like any other "pop" rag now.
TVGuide.com still uses reviews they made back in the 60s. I always bought the weekly TV Guide back then. It was only 15 cents and well worth part of my allowance.
Thanks R23. Delightful walk down memory lane. I was a teen in the 80s. The annual fall preview was met with great anticipation by us couch potatoes! So funny to see the shows that made it and the ones that didn't.
Obviously the magazine as we knew it could not handle the number of channels we now have. The magazine would be 1000 pages. It used to be a big deal in the fall to see not only what the new shows were, but also to see the new schedule for syndicated reruns on the local UHF stations..M*A*S*H is on at 7:30, and Happy Days at 6:00!
my partner got a subscription for me.
don't read it for the TV listings, but I do pick it up now and then for the features - great piece on Breaking Bad in the last issue.
It's just like a poor relative of Entertainment Weekly.
When they went to the large format, they stopped printing regional issues, so there are no more listings for local stations. So if something's not on one of the national networks, you wont' find it in TV Guide anymore.
However, I read it just for my sweetie's recipes featured in each edition.
I didn't know it was still published. My grandparents always had a subscription and that's the only place I ever saw it - and they've been dead for 20 years. We always used the weekly guide out of the Sunday paper.