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

Controlled madness: On The Vampire Diaries, Nikita and narrative pacing

This summer, I made my way through the first season of Nikita, a series I liked in the early part of last season but one I ultimately lost touch with because I was already watching 71 other things at the same time. Thursday nights are tough, you all know this. Generally speaking, I very much … Continue reading Controlled madness: On The Vampire Diaries, Nikita and narrative pacing

Surveillance Spring Stumping: Why The CW Should Renew Nikita

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 … Continue reading Surveillance Spring Stumping: Why The CW Should Renew Nikita

Series Premiere — Nikita, “Pilot”

Does the world need another iteration of the Nikita story? Absolutely not. Does the world need another television series about the twisty-turny lives of spies? Absolutely not. Do either of those facts keep the CW's Nikita from being a solidly executed pilot? Absolutely not. Nikita is a fun, surprisingly complex pilot episode that suggests an … Continue reading Series Premiere — Nikita, “Pilot”