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About Bruce Fretts


Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer WeeklyBruce Fretts wrote TV Guide Magazine‘s wildly popular “Cheers & Jeers” column for 10 years. He came to TV Guide in 2003 and penned cover stories on such shows as ElementaryProject Runway and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Prior to joining TV Guide, Fretts spent 12 years at Entertainment Weekly magazine, rising from Researcher to Critic. He wrote hundreds of articles, including cover stories on such stars as Harrison Ford and Howard Stern and TV shows like Baywatch and Friends. He authored the magazine’s first book, The Entertainment Weekly Seinfeld Companion, which hit best-seller lists in 1993. 

A native of Arlington, Va., Fretts attended the University of Virginia. After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked as an assistant editor at American Heritage magazine, editing its first swimsuit issue. He has served as TV critic for WBGO-FM, the nation’s largest jazz station, since 1999. A die-hard Mets fan, he has written for Major League Baseball’s Insiders Club magazine as well as the All-Star Game and World Series programs, interviewing famous fans like Ray Romano, Denis Leary and Jimmy Fallon. He has been a contributor to Emmy Magazine for more than a decade, writing cover stories and features on Michael J. Fox, Jim Parsons, Lorne Michaels and more.

Fretts’ work has also been published in the New York Times, New York Magazine‘s, Fast CompanyNew York Daily News, Digital Spy, DuJour Magazine, the Sundance Channel’s website and You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.

Fretts lives in New Jersey with his children, Jed and Olive.

  1. Hello Bruce – I found your blog actually last week after seeing Hugo. I’ve signed up to follow and wish you well. I almost went to see We Bought a Zoo on Saturday night – it previewed here in Sarasota, but changed my mind last minute. I’m surprised that you stated the WBAZ didn’t pass the smell test – not because I believe it is a good film, but because the trailer made it look so promising.


    PS: read my post on the NYFCC Awards. I didn’t disagree, but thought they were way too early. I don’t think placing timing at the top of this list is valid.

    • bruceafretts permalink

      Hi Mike–Thanks for the follow. I’ll definitely check out your blog. And I agree about the NYFCC. I didn’t post about it because I haven’t seen some of the films (like The Iron Lady) yet, but I agree they should’ve seen everything before they gave out their awards.

  2. Julie Lynn permalink

    Bruce! The head of the VAFF just sent me your lovely article — as a producer of 5 to 7, I’m so grateful for any attention to our little movie-that-could … we’re hopeful that we can garner enough support to get people out to the film when it opens in April … THANK YOU! Julie Lynn

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