Showrunner Series: Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis, Flashbacks and Self-Awareness

Welcome back to the Showrunner Series, an occasional TVS feature where I discuss the work of one or more major television voice(s). When a great, popular television series says goodbye, members of that series’ writing staff are going to be hot commodities. They’re going to be asked to run their own series, pitch their own…… Continue reading Showrunner Series: Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis, Flashbacks and Self-Awareness

Test Pilot: File #33, Dollhouse

Test Pilot #33: Dollhouse Debut date: February 13, 2009 Series legacy: Bursting with potential, much of it untapped Welcome to 2012, friends, readers and fellow humans. Test Pilot grew into a popular (relatively speaking, of course) and personal favorite feature in 2011 and I think we have a bunch of really intriguing stuff coming up…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #33, Dollhouse

Test Pilot: File #32, Firefly

Test Pilot #32: Firefly Debut date: September 20, 2002 Series legacy: The defining cult series in contemporary television Welcome to 2012, friends, readers and fellow humans. Test Pilot grew into a popular (relatively speaking, of course) and personal favorite feature in 2011 and I think we have a bunch of really intriguing stuff coming up…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #32, Firefly

Test Pilot: File #31, Angel

Test Pilot #31: Angel Debut date: October 5, 1999 Series legacy: A mostly worthy spin-off of one of television’s most well-regarded series Welcome to 2012, friends, readers and fellow humans. Test Pilot grew into a popular (relatively speaking, of course) and personal favorite feature in 2011 and I think we have a bunch of really…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #31, Angel

Test Pilot: File #30, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Test Pilot #30: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Debut date: March 10, 1997 Series legacy: One of the most respected and beloved series of all-time; the beginning of a great career for Joss Whedon Welcome to 2012, friends, readers and fellow humans. Test Pilot grew into a popular (relatively speaking, of course) and personal favorite feature…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #30, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Test Pilot: Announcing the Test Pilot schedule through May 2012

Tuesday update: I’ve now filled each of these entries with a co-writer. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and shared this.  Hiya folks! Just as I did with #TVFail on Friday, I’ve decided to take this short burst of free time I have currently to plan the schedule for the Test Pilot feature. Constructing the schedule…… Continue reading Test Pilot: Announcing the Test Pilot schedule through May 2012

Series Premiere review — Ringer, “Pilot”

I am so glad that I haven’t seen enough Buffy to have any emotional investment in the characters or Sarah Michelle Gellar as an actress. Because if I did, I would probably be doing a whole of spin-control in my head today after I watched Ringer last night. I would be telling myself that pilots,…… Continue reading Series Premiere review — Ringer, “Pilot”

Test Pilot: File #22, Northern Exposure

Test Pilot #22: Northern Exposure Debut date: July 12, 1990 Series legacy: One of the most critically acclaimed and beloved dramedies of all-time It’s time for a new theme in the site’s most popular ongoing feature, Test Pilot. The primary reason I started this feature almost a year ago was so that I could have…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #22, Northern Exposure

Waiting for Superman, week three: What’s the legacy of Smallville?

With only five more weeks of Smallville, there are mixed emotions in the TVS headquarters. To work out those conflicting feelings, I’ll be writing a pre-episode piece every week from here on out until the final episode on May 13. You can the first two pieces here and here if you missed them. As we get…… Continue reading Waiting for Superman, week three: What’s the legacy of Smallville?

Test Pilot: File #2, The X-Files

Test Pilot #2: The X-Files Debut Date: September 10, 1993 on FOX Series legacy: One of the best science fiction television series of all-time, a major catalyst for modern fan cultures and the primary innovator of the use of “mythology” and its balance with standalone, procedural episodes. Welcome to the newest regular feature here at TV Surveillance,…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #2, The X-Files