How much can a great ending save a mediocre (or worse) season?

Tonight, the finale to Sons of Anarchy's third season airs on FX. It's a 90 minute episode that, as you can see, showrunner Kurt Sutter has been hyping on Twitter. The last two Sons finales have been pretty damn great, as have the other extended episodes of the series so I should be filled with … Continue reading How much can a great ending save a mediocre (or worse) season?

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

Emotion over “answers” — Discussing storytelling approaches in the finales of Lost and Supernatural

With the round of season finales out of the way for all the major broadcast television series, I've been thinking about which finales were the most effective and why. You know, because I have absolutely nothing to do with my life during the summer -- or any time for that matter. Anyway, what is most … Continue reading Emotion over “answers” — Discussing storytelling approaches in the finales of Lost and Supernatural

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?

Thank you, Shawn — Celebrating the performance of one of wrestling’s greatest

I'll say it, I love professional wrestling. Have ever since I was six years old way back in 1994 when I randomly started watching on a semi-regular basis. Through the Monday Night Wars, the WCW buyout and the current "PG" era of the WWE, there's one individual that kept me coming back every week -- … Continue reading Thank you, Shawn — Celebrating the performance of one of wrestling’s greatest