Chitchat: Critiquing The Newsroom — and the critics who critique it

  Welcome to Chitchat, where friends and fellow critics join me to discuss pertinent TV-related issues. Aaron Sorkin’s latest television project, The Newsroom, has caused its share of controversy over the last month. While there was a great amount of anticipation for the HBO drama, the reviews haven’t been kind. Some of those reviews, and … Continue reading Chitchat: Critiquing The Newsroom — and the critics who critique it

Friday List: Nine half-baked True Blood spin-offs that would be better than True Blood

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: Nine half-baked True Blood spin-offs that would be better than True Blood

#TVFail Entry 9: The West Wing, “Isaac and Ishmael”

The accused: The West Wing, “Isaac and Ishmael” The crime: A rushed didactic response to the September 11, 2001 attacks 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 9: The West Wing, “Isaac and Ishmael”

Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: Reacting to a tragedy

If you’d like to check out previous posts in this series, visit the Surveillance Summer Watch page. It's been a long time since I've written about my West Wing viewing and that makes me sad. I haven't watched a whole lot of West Wing lately, and that also makes me sad. That is especially disappointing when … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: Reacting to a tragedy

Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: On Message

In only a few short days, I've plowed through the first 10(!) episodes of The West Wing. Benefits of graduating college ladies and gentlemen! I'm still trying to figure out exactly how to write about the episodes because straight recaps would be boring after the fact, and I'm still reading up on the various issues. … Continue reading Surveillance Summer Watch, The West Wing: On Message