Test Pilot: File #58, 24

Test Pilot #58: 24 Debut date: November 6, 2001 Series legacy: One of the defining and most innovative series of the aughts Afternoon folks. I apologize for the day delay with this post. My guest had his portion done on time, but I simply couldn’t make that deadline. It happens to all of us. Anyway, … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #58, 24

Test Pilot: File #55, Sleeper Cell

Test Pilot #55: Sleeper Cell Debut date: December 4, 2005 Series legacy: A well-received, but mostly forgotten product of a mostly forgotten time in Showtime's history Happy Wednesday ladies and gentlemen. Welcome back to another edition Test Pilot. Today, we begin our 13th theme, one that I am very curious to see play out over the next eight … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #55, Sleeper Cell

[Update] Test Pilot: Announcing the upcoming themes and files

5/25 Update: And they're all filled! Thanks people!   5/21 Update: Still a few open slots! Help me!   5/11 Update: I've updated the schedule with the requested spots. I still have many files open. Please consider joining me! After much consideration and the help of many of you (thanks by the way), I've crafted … Continue reading [Update] Test Pilot: Announcing the upcoming themes and files

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

Post-hiatus musings: I don’t want your stupid movies, cult television

After nearly a month, my fairly substantial hiatus here at TVS is over. I am happy to be back providing content for you folks on a regular basis. In my time off, I’ve missed all sorts of television, both viewing- and writing-wise. To combat that, I’ll be whipping up a number of random posts with … Continue reading Post-hiatus musings: I don’t want your stupid movies, cult television

#TVFail Entry 5: 24, “Day 6: 9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.”

The accused: 24, "Day 6: 9:00 a.m. -- 10:00 a.m." The crime: Showing us what happens when good episodes mean bad things Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed clumsy conclusions of series we were convinced had it all planned … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 5: 24, “Day 6: 9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.”

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Best (and Worst) of the Rest

2010 has been a fantastic year for television. This year brought us a slew of great new programs and if we include the second halves of all the series that debuted in the fall of 2009 (which I am for these features), we have probably just experienced the best run of newbies since 2004. While … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Best (and Worst) of the Rest

Season Premiere — Human Target, “Ilsa Pucci”

Writing about the Human Target season two premiere is particularly interesting to me for a few reasons. First of all, I have rarely, if ever, just jumped into a series without seeing most of the episodes leading up to said jump-in point. I literally can't think of any series that I've done that with in … Continue reading Season Premiere — Human Target, “Ilsa Pucci”

The Event, “Protect Them From The Truth”

After an improved second episode that provided some answers to the pilot's biggest questions, The Event proved in its third episode that it's more less out of gas already. The slight sense of mystery, intrigue and danger created in the first two episodes (however manufactured it might have been) is completely gone in "Protect Them … Continue reading The Event, “Protect Them From The Truth”

TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

This week I’ll be pretending that I have an Emmy vote and discussing my picks for all the major categories. Once it gets closer to the time that nominees are actually announced, I’ll do an official “picks” column. Today: Supporting Actress in a Drama Series! Two things before we get going: First, I’m only choosing … Continue reading TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Supporting Actress in a Drama Series