2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 episodes of the season

The 2011-2012 television season has been over for almost a couple of weeks now, which means a sufficient amount of time has passed and we are primed to reflect. Over the next handful of days, I will be producing some pieces and lists looking back on the season that was. I missed out on a … Continue reading 2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 episodes of the season

2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 series of the season

The 2011-2012 television season has been over for almost a couple of weeks now, which means a sufficient amount of time has passed and we are primed to reflect. Over the next handful of days, I will be producing some pieces and lists looking back on the season that was. I missed out on a … Continue reading 2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 series of the season

Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “Lady Lazarus”

It’s that time again, folks. This is the Barker Chappell Daglas Reviewing Agency. It’s time to reconsider our life insurance policies and sleep with our favorite WB starlets, as Les, Andy and I take on this week’s great episode of Mad Men, “Lady Lazarus.” Cory: Welcome back, gents. I'm sorry. I said I was out … Continue reading Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “Lady Lazarus”

Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “Signal 30”

Hey all, it’s that time again. This Sunday’s Mad Men was one of the strongest the series has ever done, and the Barker Chappell Daglas Reviewing Firm is here to break it all down for you. Enjoy this, or Les will challenge you to a round of gentleman’s fisticuffs. Cory: Les, Andy: Welcome back to … Continue reading Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “Signal 30”

Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “A Little Kiss”

The world doesn’t really need three more 4,000 word opuses on Mad Men each week, so Andy Daglas, Les Chappell and I decide to combine our powers for the sake of good (and brevity). After each new episode of Mad Men’s fifth season, the three of us plan to exchange a bunch of emails about … Continue reading Barker Chappell Daglas Mad Men Roundtable: “A Little Kiss”

Talking about television is not ruining television

When you run in certain circles online or follow a bunch of people in the same field on Twitter, certain events or pieces become “things.” Over the last 36 hours, the “thing” has been Ryan McGee’s piece about The Sopranos and the HBO model’s impact on television narrative. McGee’s well-reasoned and detailed piece created a … Continue reading Talking about television is not ruining television

Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)

I received the book Prime Time, Prime Movers for Christmas and have been plowing through it over the last week or so. As these things go, reading a book about the big individual creative forces in television history has me thinking about contemporary writer/producers. Therefore, today, I debut a new occasional feature where I will discuss … Continue reading Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)

TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: Worst New Series

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: Worst New Series

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 22 — The Top TV Stories of the Year (The Year of the PR Nightmare)

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 22 — The Top TV Stories of the Year (The Year of the PR Nightmare)

Quality television-by-the-numbers: On AMC’s continued misguided laziness

This is not a review for the pilot episode of Hell on Wheels. You see because I don’t think I could barely muster up more than 150 words about that initial offering. At the pilot stage, Hell on Wheels is dull, sloppy, clunky and generally trying to do way too many different things without accomplishing … Continue reading Quality television-by-the-numbers: On AMC’s continued misguided laziness

Season Premiere review — The Walking Dead, “What Lies Ahead”

The Walking Dead was not a good series in its short, six episode season. The pilot is one of the best single episodes of television in the past few years, but after that, things devolved into a rudderless, repetitive and un-subtle mess. Dead was always going to have an uphill battle with its plot due … Continue reading Season Premiere review — The Walking Dead, “What Lies Ahead”