#TVFail Entry 17: 30 Rock, “The One With The Cast of Night Court”

The accused: 30 Rock, “The One With The Cast of Night Court” (Season 3, Episode 3) The crime:  Embodying the big dangers with high-profile guest casting 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…… Continue reading #TVFail Entry 17: 30 Rock, “The One With The Cast of Night Court”

2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series

The 2011 Primetime Emmys are so close! September 18th to be exact. Up until the ceremony airs on FOX, I’ll be working through most of the major categories and discussing who could win, who should win and of course, who will win. I’ll likely be tackling two categories in each post, just so you know. Happy…… Continue reading 2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series

2011 Emmy Nomination Predictions

I’ve done my wishful thinking, now it’s time to make some last-minute official predictions for this year’s Emmy nominations. As you might notice, this “ballot” is much different than my dream one. This makes me sad, but oh well. I’ll have some reflections on the nominations after they are announced on Monday THURSDAY (thanks to Myles…… Continue reading 2011 Emmy Nomination Predictions

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

It’s that time again, folks. The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 14, which means I have almost an entire month to flood this space with hopes, dreams and predictions about what could happen come nomination time. To kick things off, I’ll be bringing back the Dream Emmy Ballot. It’s something I did last…… Continue reading 2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Test Pilot: File #12, The Marriage Ref

Test Pilot #12: The Marriage Ref Debut date: February 28, 2010 Series legacy: One of the worst television series to hit the airwaves in the last few years, a signal that we should all respect Jerry Seinfeld less. Test Pilot is back! It’s a new year, but the historical pilot analysis continues! In case you…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #12, The Marriage Ref

30 Rock, “It’s Never Too Late For Now”

Inspired by the sprawling, multi-armed conversation about the state of television criticism (see here, here and here, among other places), I’ve decided to take the next week or so to check in with the series that I watch every single week, but never actually write about. There’s been a lot of discussion about writing longer…… Continue reading 30 Rock, “It’s Never Too Late For Now”

Globes Go Glee (Again) — A Reaction to the Golden Globes

When I wrote my predictions for the television categories last week, I prefaced them by saying that I didn’t really know anything. I don’t follow the Globes as intensely as I follow the Emmys or even the Oscars, but I’ve taken a more detailed interest in award shows over the past few years anyway, so…… Continue reading Globes Go Glee (Again) — A Reaction to the Golden Globes

Aimless Prognosticating: Predicting the Television Golden Globe Awards, Lead Categories

I feel like I probably know the answer to the primary question of this post. We all know that the Golden Globe Awards are a crock, especially when in reference to television. I originally wanted to write a post discussing whether or not it was worthwhile to even predict the outcome of the Golden Globe…… Continue reading Aimless Prognosticating: Predicting the Television Golden Globe Awards, Lead Categories

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The 25 Best Series, 25-11

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 25 Best Series, 25-11

30 Rock, “Gentleman’s Intermission”

I haven’t written about 30 Rock at all this season (to the chagrin of one commenter who is clearly in L-O-V-E with it because I started out the season thinking it wasn’t going to be worth it and then even though this season has been generally awesome, didn’t really budge from that schedule. As any…… Continue reading 30 Rock, “Gentleman’s Intermission”

2010 Emmy Predictions: Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series

In case you didn’t know (because I sure as heck didn’t until I saw something the latest Entertainment Weekly), the Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sunday, August 29 on NBC. In the glow of some great nominations and not too many ridiculous slights (I’m resigned to the fact that Sons of Anarchy won’t get its due),…… Continue reading 2010 Emmy Predictions: Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series

TV Surveillance Last Minute Emmy Nomination Picks

The title to this post is somewhat misleading because I’ve actually had my “official” Emmy picks finished for a few days, aside from a few of the minor categories I wrapped up yesterday. However, thanks to my summer excursion into manual labor, this is the first time I’ve had a real good chunk of time…… Continue reading TV Surveillance Last Minute Emmy Nomination Picks

TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Lead Actor in a Comedy 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: Lead Actor in a Comedy Series! Two things before we get going: First, I’m only choosing…… Continue reading TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

2009-10 season wrap: 30 Rock

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be summarizing my thoughts on many of the series that ended just as the “official” television season came to a close recently. Overview: After a hotly uneven third season that was overwhelmed by guest stars and a lack of narrative through-line, season four of 30 Rock was somewhat of…… Continue reading 2009-10 season wrap: 30 Rock