Love to hate, hate to love: On contemporary comedy’s reliance on bickering

Yesterday during the ABC Wednesday comedy showrunners panel at the Television Critics Association gathering, Modern Family honcho Steve Levitan made a comment about how he would like to see the “far right” to not like his series’ two gay characters, Mitchell and Cameron. The implication from Levitan’s statement being that everyone has to love Mitchell … Continue reading Love to hate, hate to love: On contemporary comedy’s reliance on bickering

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 24 — The Best Television (and Voice Impressions) of 2011

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 24 — The Best Television (and Voice Impressions) of 2011

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best New Series

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best New Series

Just be funny: On why Happy Endings is the new Friends and how it’s hard to express that

One of the primary byproducts of today’s brand of online television criticism is the things that get left behind. Of course, there are literally thousands of programs airing right now that aren’t covered by the great, popular critics. There is only so much time in the day and clearly, television criticism has its aims, has … Continue reading Just be funny: On why Happy Endings is the new Friends and how it’s hard to express that

Friday List: Television’s most undervalued series

If you’re a regular reader of TV Surveillance, you know I love a good list. Or a mediocre list. Or even a horrible list. The point is I have a lust for lists. This fall, I’d like to provide you folks with more lists than ever and hopefully that will result in a weekly or … Continue reading Friday List: Television’s most undervalued series

Season Premiere review — Happy Endings, “Blax, Snake, Home”

I really love Happy Endings and I am stoked that the series was picked up for a second season. I just re-watched season one this weekend while trying to get my girlfriend to love it (she did!) and I forgot how comfortable the cast is with one another and how sharp the writing can be. … Continue reading Season Premiere review — Happy Endings, “Blax, Snake, Home”

Surveillance Spring Stumping: Why ABC should renew Happy Endings

It's May, which means we're very close to the network upfronts. Choices about which series live and which series die are probably being made right now by all the major networks. This of course means it's time for fans and critics to start stumping for their favorite series stuck on the bubble between cancellation and renewal. … Continue reading Surveillance Spring Stumping: Why ABC should renew Happy Endings

Series Premiere — Happy Endings, “Pilot” and “Quicksand Girlfriend”

Yay, another comedy about late-twentysomethings trying to find their way in the game of love! There's been much discussion about the stupidity of this year's Friends-riffing trend and at this point, it's pretty hard to muster up much enthusiasm for Happy Endings when we've already had to deal with the likes of Better With You, … Continue reading Series Premiere — Happy Endings, “Pilot” and “Quicksand Girlfriend”