Test Pilot: File #54, The Vampire Diaries

Test Pilot #54: The Vampire Diaries Debut date: September 10, 2009 Series legacy: An exciting show that became so good it went from “criminally underrated” to properly celebrated in relatively short fashion First impressions mean a lot in television, and that’s why writers, producers, studios, networks, etc. put more time, effort and money into pilots … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #54, The Vampire Diaries

Test Pilot: File #46, The Incredible Hulk

Test Pilot #46: The Incredible Hulk Debut date: November 4, 1977 Series legacy: A generally well-regarded adaptation Welcome friends, to the second Test Pilot Special Theme Week. We had such great success with the week devoted to Joss Whedon-produced series back at the first of the year that I thought it would be fun to take another … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #46, The Incredible Hulk

“We’ve had a really bad fall” (and decade): On the fatal flaw of NBC’s development strategy and defeatist thinking

Note: This post is a longer (but barely) and hopefully more coherent version of my tweet explosion from Friday night. With the annual winter Television Critics Association Press Tour coming to an end and many of the season’s mid-season premieres here or right around the corner, I wanted to take a little time and talk … Continue reading “We’ve had a really bad fall” (and decade): On the fatal flaw of NBC’s development strategy and defeatist thinking

#TVFail Entry 15: Life on Mars, “Life is a Rock”

The accused: Life on Mars, “Life is a Rock” (Season 1, Episode 17) The crime: Trying too hard to be different from the original series 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 … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 15: Life on Mars, “Life is a Rock”

Series Premiere — Being Human, “There Goes The Neighborhood” Part 1

Syfy's Being Human is yet another one of 2011's UK remakes coming to America. Based on the subject matter and the cast, it is also the one I've been the most excited about, even though I haven't seen the original BBC series. I've heard a lot of good things about the British version of this … Continue reading Series Premiere — Being Human, “There Goes The Neighborhood” Part 1