Telling the best original stories?: Discussing AMC’s brand development

I have been thinking a lot about television network/channel branding lately. Call it a dual byproduct of writing a MA thesis on the topic and the upfronts season, which always brings forth questions about whether or not a series is "right" for whatever it is a network or channel is trying to do. My branding-on-the-brain … Continue reading Telling the best original stories?: Discussing AMC’s brand development

Test Pilot: File #1, The Sopranos

Test Pilot #1: The Sopranos Debut date: January 10, 1999 on HBO Series legacy: The dawn of a new era for television, a cultural phenomenon in its early years, one of the 2-3 best drama series in the medium's history. Welcome to the newest regular feature here at TV Surveillance, the fantastically titled, Test Pilot. … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #1, The Sopranos

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

Innovations, er, “Innovations” from broadcast networks — Conclusions

Well, here we are. After nearly two months, I'm finally getting around to the conclusion section of my broadcast innovations research, at least for now. So now I'm left wondering, did we learn anything from all this?Obviously, I'm not so naive that I think any research I've done is reinventing even the smallest of wheels, … Continue reading Innovations, er, “Innovations” from broadcast networks — Conclusions

Broadcast networks and miniseries — Will it ever happen again?

Well, I guess that headline is partially dumb and misleading, because obviously the major broadcast networks will air a miniseries at least one more time in the future. I think. But what I meant by that headline is can the broadcast networks actually air a quality miniseries? Based on my in-depth (read: mostly from Wikipedia … Continue reading Broadcast networks and miniseries — Will it ever happen again?

‘Lost’ burnout and the frustrations of serialization

I hate to keep writing about Lost, but over the past few weeks, its return has been the best story that is being covered from all angles. Last time I discussed the end of Lost meaning the end of well-respected serialization on broadcast network television. Today, let's look at another reason why serialization, especially heavy … Continue reading ‘Lost’ burnout and the frustrations of serialization