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

Why not: Three reasons why NBC’s midseason schedule isn’t so bad

NBC released its midseason schedule today while I was in class, which in the age of Twitter is a major disappointment. Missing a big event like this means not getting able to revel in the jokes, jabs and gags on Twitter, and when the event involves NBC, the material is so much better to work … Continue reading Why not: Three reasons why NBC’s midseason schedule isn’t so bad

TVS October-in-Review: Broadcast network power rankings

Because I love lists and various compiled features, I figured one thing I could start doing here at TVS is looking back at the end of every month. This new feature will include the once-dead, now-alive-in-a-new-form broadcast network power rankings, series power rankings (I can't not, I just want to do them so badly) and … Continue reading TVS October-in-Review: Broadcast network power rankings

Broadcast network power rankings — Week 1

Earlier this month, I wrote a post discussing the possible new features that would be coming to TV Surveillance and if you remember that (or just clicked on that link), you'll know that Broadcast Network Power Rankings was not something mentioned. Truth is, I had originally hoped to keep up with all the new series … Continue reading Broadcast network power rankings — Week 1

Event pre-air musings: Haven’t we been down this road before?

On Monday, NBC's much-publicized The Event debuts. I should be excited. The series wants to fill the void left by Lost and 24 by creating a dense, complicated thriller with a global scope and some sort of secret ongoing mythology. It features a ridiculously cryptic title and is powered by an effective/stupid advertising campaign, much … Continue reading Event pre-air musings: Haven’t we been down this road before?

The Emmys to split into two shows? Other suggestions for TV’s biggest award night

Just one day after the Emmys aired, the Hollywood Reporter ran a story that speculates the Emmys could be split into two different shows in the future. Under the possible (and let me stress that word) deal, one telecast would air on the usual rotating trolley of broadcast networks and focus on the comedy, drama … Continue reading The Emmys to split into two shows? Other suggestions for TV’s biggest award night

Welcome characters, knowing drama and more — Discussing branding approaches by cable and broadcast networks

A few weeks ago, a number of critics and TV-related folk were blowing up my Twitter feed with their discussion on the greatness of USA Network. In short, these folks were watching screeners of White Collar's second season and the first few episodes of the network's new series, Covert Affairs. They loved them. If I … Continue reading Welcome characters, knowing drama and more — Discussing branding approaches by cable and broadcast networks

Upfronts: Musings on FOX’s schedule

This week is one of the most exciting and hectic times for the television industry and those of us who like to pontificate about it β€” upfronts! All week the broadcast networks will be announcing their fall schedules for advertisers, which means all sorts of stories about pick-ups, cancellations and armchair quarterbacking from people like … Continue reading Upfronts: Musings on FOX’s schedule

Innovations, er, “Innovations” from broadcast networks β€” FOX

Curious to what this all means? Read my introduction to this multi-post series. My goodness, epic apologies are in order. I remember (barely) when I started this project and hoped to run through the past five years of development for the four major broadcast networks in less than a week. Well, here we are nearly … Continue reading Innovations, er, “Innovations” from broadcast networks β€” FOX