Two days, 12 episodes — Entering Warehouse 13’s first season

Syfy's biggest hit since changing its name -- still can't get over that -- is Warehouse 13. The second season of the series begins Tuesday, July 6 and all the promos the various NBCU networks and channels have been running reminded me that I never watched the series last summer -- even though I wanted … Continue reading Two days, 12 episodes — Entering Warehouse 13’s first season

The slow burn versus the really slow burn — Evaluating responses to the distribution of answers in Lost and Fringe

For fans of serialized television, nothing is more important than answers. Though some might claim they love the characters or individual episodes, gun to head, most fans of Lost would probably say they're watching because they want answers to the questions that have been posed. What I've noticed this season by watching two serialized programs … Continue reading The slow burn versus the really slow burn — Evaluating responses to the distribution of answers in Lost and Fringe

What’s the future of serialization on broadcast TV?

I've talked a lot about serialization here on the blog, and it's just as popular elsewhere (check out a nice post from Myles McNutt on Justified), partially because it's the end of two major serial powerhouses in Lost and 24 and also because I think people just love talking about it. So why not continue … Continue reading What’s the future of serialization on broadcast TV?

Should NBC pause the ticking clock on ’24?’

Last week, rumblings were that 24 would finish out its eight-year run this May on FOX. Now, Ausiello is reporting that 20th Century Fox (the studio) is pitching the series to NBC, who obviously need space-fillers on its schedule. One question for NBC: why? Let's break this down a little bit. What are the primary … Continue reading Should NBC pause the ticking clock on ’24?’

Just end it already! Genre television and end dates

As we've all seen over the past month, the end of Lost has sparked a slew of different conversations about the future of television, formats, serialization, etc. One move that Lost proponents always cite as the turning point in the series was the agreement to end it all back in 2007. And now, that idea … Continue reading Just end it already! Genre television and end dates

The dead-end “dead” serial discussion: It’s not happening

I've talked a lot about serialized television lately, and it seems like a lot of TV critics and scholars have the same thing on their mind with Lost coming to an end. In the past few weeks, a slew of articles and columns have hit the web about the topic, with some writing the serials eulogy. … Continue reading The dead-end “dead” serial discussion: It’s not happening

‘Lost’ burnout and the frustrations of serialization

I hate to keep writing about Lost, but over the past few weeks, its return has been the best story that is being covered from all angles. Last time I discussed the end of Lost meaning the end of well-respected serialization on broadcast network television. Today, let's look at another reason why serialization, especially heavy … Continue reading ‘Lost’ burnout and the frustrations of serialization

Celebrating ‘Lost’ as a game-changer in television

Last week, I discussed why I personally thought we'd never see another television series like Lost. Well, the Lost creative brass kind of feels the same way that I do. In an interview with Jace Lacob of the Daily Beast, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse talked about the impact that their baby has … Continue reading Celebrating ‘Lost’ as a game-changer in television