Meet Our Writers

Editors and Senior Staff:

Ashley Bissette Sumerel, Founder and Editor-in-Chief — Ashley is an English Instructor with degrees in Literature, Creative Writing, and Cultural Studies. She’s looking forward to the day when her daughter is old enough to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer with her. Ashley also writes for TV Fanatic.

Amanda Coyne, Associate EditorAmanda is a writer, teacher, and pop culture enthusiast with a love for 30 Rock and The Mindy Project. She is also the proud mother of two orange cats.

Lissete Lanuza Sáenz, Associate EditorLawyer. Writer. Columnist. Geek. Falls in madly in love with fictional characters, more often than not. Hates the color yellow, misogyny, and people who are late. Can always be found with a book. Watches an absurd amount of TV every week, often, while eating coffee ice cream. She has no regrets. You can check out her blog here: Absurday.

Christine Laskodi, Associate Editor — Christine eats, sleeps, and breathes Gilmore Girls, Parks and Rec, Hart of Dixie, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She can’t wait to introduce her own daughter to Lorelai, Leslie, Zoe, and Buffy. Christine can also be found writing about television at TV Fanatic and co-hosting The Shipping Room Podcast, where the topic is always ‘shipping TV couples.

Allison Nichols, Associate Editor  — Allison is in a love affair with television that doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. Slightly damaged fictional characters are her weakness. She loves to spend her free time curled up with a cat and a show to binge-watch on Netflix. Currently, she’s obsessed with From Dusk Till Dawn, The 100, and she’ll never be over her Gilmore Girls obsession. In addition to Tell-Tale TV, Allison also writes for Examiner and TV Fanatic.

Lyra Hale, Senior Writer — Lyra is a TV and movie enthusiast. It all started on a dark night when she turned on Fox and fell in love with the X-Files. It was all history after that as she got lost in Doctor Who, The Marvel Verse, and most recently, everything DC. When she isn’t sharing her love for TV and movies, she’s writing fan-fiction, taking care of her family, and puttering around her kitchen.

Becky Peters, Senior Writer — Becky is a television, literature, and pop culture enthusiast who spends more of her time exploring fictional worlds than she does living in the real one. Post-apocalyptic and dystopian settings are her kryptonite, and she has a strange soft spot for anything that involves the walking dead. You’ll often find her engrossed in shows like The 100, Shameless, The Walking Dead, or any one of the many other series that tickle her fancy.

Staff Writers:

Samantha Coley — Samantha is a long time internet, TV, and movie junkie. A freelance writer and podcaster for @thegiantist, she enjoys live-tweeting, blogging, good music, better television, roller coasters, dinosaurs, and space. Her current favorite television shows include: The 100, Scandal, Person of Interest, Supergirl, and The Goldbergs and there will always be a place in her heart for Battlestar Galactica, Leverage, and The West Wing.

Jennifer Knutson — Wife, mother, and TV enthusiast. Jennifer has a degree in Communications, a minor in English, a background in marketing, and a deep love for all story telling mediums. The TV obsession probably started from birth, but hit saturation level with Buffy The Vampire Slayer and hasn’t dissipated since. She has a weakness for dark & twisty heroes and selfless love stories. When she’s not working, raising her little human, or spending time with her spouse, she’s writing, analyzing, tweeting, and obsessing about all things Arrow. You can check out her blog here. 

Caralynn Lippo — Caralynn is a freelance writer and editor, but most importantly, she is a diehard TV addict. Her obsession began with late 90’s classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed, which she still tends to binge re-watch regularly at home in Brooklyn with her fiancé. Current favorites are Mr. Robot, You’re the Worst, iZombie and The Vampire Diaries. She also writes about TV for The TV Junkies and TV Fanatic.

Brittany Rae — Brittany is a writer and avid TV blogger. She trained at Vancouver Film School in screenwriting for television and film, and is a graphic designer and blogger in her free time. When she’s not watching the Food Network, she’s consuming every bit of sci-fi television she can get her hands on (current favorites include The 100, Person of Interest, and Doctor Who). She’s always up for female-led dramas and, of course, a literal interpretation of the phrase “Netflix and chill.” Check out her mishmash of a blog here.

Lauren Busser — Lauren is a tomboy, vixen, maverick genius who spends her days as an Editorial Director and her nights as a crafter, blogger, and epicurian who can beat you in a game of Trivial Pursuit. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence and takes every project just a little bit too far. Her greatest wish is to figure out how to manufacture units of time.

Shabnaj Chowdhury — Shabnaj is a literature nerd and a TV obsessive. She loves all things pop-culture and spends much of her time enabling her coffee addiction and thinking about Jon Snow’s hair. Believing variety is key, some of her favorite shows include Friday Night Lights, The Leftovers, and Game of Thrones. Shabnaj also loves to write creative non-fiction and discuss the importance of diversity in the television landscape.

Charles Dulaney — Charles is a full-time fan of television and movies when he’s not swamped by his many cats. He’s also a proud Uncle who can’t wait to show his nieces and nephews all of J.J. Abrams’ TV work. He loves all things DC TV and Agents of SHIELD.

Katie Houlis — Katie is a recent college graduate who spent most of her free time at school binge-watching shows like Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fringe, and Hannibal. She has watched every single episode of Lost at least ten times each (yes, even “Stranger In A Strange Land”). Current favorites include a bunch of comedies, lots of superhero shows, and a few shows with quite a bit of murder in them.

James A. Windley — James A. Windley, Writer, Virgo, Loaded couch potato. James’ love of television began at the intersection when Saturday morning cartoons met to Xena: Warrior Princess syndications, and his head has been a mess ever since. He loves superheroes, drama (in life, not television), and misses when very special episodes were a thing.

Cade Taylor — Cade is a freelance writer who is currently going to college for a degree in journalism. When he isn’t busy with college, working, or writing, he enjoys staying home with his dogs and binge-watching Friends or listening to his favorite artist, Halsey. His current TV obsessions are Stranger Things, How To Get Away With Murder, AHS, and Teen Wolf.

Milka Väinämö — Milka holds a BA in film studies and is currently working on her master’s thesis, writing about what she truly loves: American sitcoms. When she’s not watching Netflix and adding names to her never-ending list of kickass lady heroes and fictional boyfriends, Milka’s probably obsessing over ice hockey, hanging out with her dog or blogging about books. Her favorite shows include Parks and Recreation, The Office, Gilmore Girls, Community and Arrested Development. Milka also writes for The Leaky Cauldron, a Harry Potter fansite.

Nora Williamson — Nora is pop-culture obsessed and has been since she was six years old– writing stories about going to Hollywood premieres and dating Christian Slater. Her current favorite shows include House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead and black-ish. She is a sucker for TV shows with forbidden love, bad boys and of course, a Big Bad. Nora may also be the only person on the planet who loves Fear the Walking Dead.

Amanda Steinmetz — Amanda is a TV junkie and film history buff, who spends her days as an overworked Hollywood assistant. In addition to her love of seeing strong feminist characters, she also admits to loving the angsty bad boy characters with hearts of gold, because let’s face it, they only exist on the screen. Amanda can also be found writing for TV Goodness and TV Fanatic.

Shadia Omer — Shadia is a total nerd and a lover of all things pop culture. She watches way too much TV for her own good. She has a passion for writing about entertainment, and when she’s not writing or trying to figure out her plans in life, you can find her on twitter talking about her faves, one tweet at a time.

Marisa DiPaolo — Marisa is a New York-based entertainment industry professional and fervent follower of all things pop culture. In her next life, she hopes to be a replica of Lorelai Gilmore, have the spidey-senses of Peter Parker, and marry Ron Weasley. In her present life, she writes about television for fun.

Ali Hanford — Ali Hanford is a producer, talent booker, and host of the podcast, I Can’t Even. She is also the mother of an adorable toddler who loves dancing to the music of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, even though it’s totally inappropriate.

David Edmalm — David is an educator and roleplayer who writes about his favorite TV-series. His favourite writer is Philip K. Dick. The theme he likes in a TV series is “What is human?” David has a blog of his own at, and he also posts at

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