Rotten Tomatoes Starting a New TV Section

By Will Ashton

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Whether you agree with critics or not, it is pretty safe to say that you have checked Rotten Tomatoes at least once or twice to gather what they have been saying about the latest films. Now, it looks like they are going to start spreading the love, as the site has revealed that they are starting a new section to the site that will be devoted to TV.

Beginning Tuesday, the site will be launching their new section of their site, which is just in time for the new fall TV season. Given how good television has gotten lately, it is no surprise that they want to spread the love (or hate).

“TV, creatively, is where it’s at right now,” Matt Atchity, editor-in-chief of Rotten Tomatoes, said. “There’s so much good TV and we want to be part of that conversation.”

For the most part, the site will be remaining true to how they rate films as they rate TV. Shows will be graded as fresh or rotten based on whether they have a score better or worse than 60%. The site will be listing all new scripted shows this season, as well as any show from the past four years that has been covered by major media outlets. This doesn’t include reality television.

The reviews credited will be those that rate the whole season, not just individual episodes. With older shows, like Mad Men, they will be going “back to the beginning” and gathering reviews from older seasons.

The reviews at hand, then, will be the ones that review the pilot and first couple episodes that are sent to critics. This is a pretty big problem, as quite a few shows change in quality and opinion over time, but Atchity assures that the Tomatometer will be updated as best as they can as more reviews and recaps are published.

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