Test Pilot: File #39, Kings

Test Pilot #39: Kings Debut date: March 15, 2009 Series legacy: Yet another one of NBC’s failed late-aughts drama series Welcome back to Test Pilot guys and gals! With that extra-special Joss Whedon Theme Week behind us, it’s time to fall back into the typical, but still lovely rhythms of the feature. Today, we continue…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #39, Kings

“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

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

Test Pilot: File #11, Knight Rider

Test Pilot #11: Knight Rider Debut date: September 24, 2008 Series legacy: One of the most disastrous remakes in an era full of disastrous remakes. Test Pilot is back! It’s a new year, but the historical pilot analysis continues! In case you have forgotten or are new to the site, here’s the general primer: In this bi-weekly…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #11, Knight Rider

Test Pilot: File #10, Heroes

Test Pilot #10: Heroes Debut date: September 25, 2006 Series legacy: A legitimate cultural phenomenon that flamed out within a year of its debut, now a major touch-point that critics point to when discussing both the failure of serialized television and NBC’s downfall. Test Pilot is back! It’s a new year, but the historical pilot…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #10, Heroes

Test Pilot: File #9, Joey

Test Pilot #9: Joey Debut date: September 9, 2004 Series legacy: One of the biggest failures in recent broadcast television memory, a giant signal to the world that spin-offs don’t always work. And Test Pilot is back! It’s a new year, but the historical pilot analysis continues! In case you have forgotten or are new…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #9, Joey