Chitchat: Reflecting on the end of Fringe

In the aftermath of Fringe's series finale, I exchanged some emails with friend of the site Cameron White.  Cory: Well Cameron, Fringe is over. The 13-episode final season had its ups and downs (which we'll get to), but the finale played it pretty straight. There weren't too many BIG surprises and the emotional beats carried the … Continue reading Chitchat: Reflecting on the end of Fringe

TV in 2012 Roundtable: Best Episodes

Welcome to the TV in 2012 roundtable. I’ve assembled nearly 20 of my fellow critics, scholars and friends to reflect and review the year in television. Between now and the end of the year, the group will discuss various topics covering the highs, the lows and everything in between. See previous entries of the roundtable here.  … Continue reading TV in 2012 Roundtable: Best Episodes

TV in 2012 Roundtable: Outstanding Single Moment

Welcome to the TV in 2012 roundtable. I’ve assembled nearly 20 of my fellow critics, scholars and friends to reflect and review the year in television. Between now and the end of the year, the group will discuss various topics covering the highs, the lows and everything in between. We kick things off today with … Continue reading TV in 2012 Roundtable: Outstanding Single Moment

“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

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Nice Words about Series That Didn’t Make My Top 30 of the Year

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: Nice Words about Series That Didn’t Make My Top 30 of the Year

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: The Top Episodes of 2011, 100-51

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: The Top Episodes of 2011, 100-51

TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: Most Disappointing Veteran 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: Most Disappointing Veteran Series

Season Premiere review — Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Zoom”

Chuck is one of those series that has trouble with season premieres, or at least it has been recently. Because the seasons two and three finales have suggested big changes for characters and for the narrative as a whole, the subsequent S3 and S4 premiere have been forced to deal with those changes. And because … Continue reading Season Premiere review — Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Zoom”

Chuck Versus the List of Greatness: Chuck’s 15 best episodes

Chuck’s somewhat-anticipated final season begins tonight. And although I already wrote a piece to celebrate the series’ return, I thought it would be best to stray away from the negative and focus a little bit more on the good times. In that vein, I figured the best way for me to do that would be … Continue reading Chuck Versus the List of Greatness: Chuck’s 15 best episodes

Chuck Versus the Final Season: Four things the series needs to do to make the final season great

It is hard for me to say this, but Chuck has been a disappointment. I’m well aware of the high expectations everyone had for the series after fans, critics and randos on Twitter decided that they wanted to spread the word and eat a bunch of Subway sandwiches. When you feel like you personally helped … Continue reading Chuck Versus the Final Season: Four things the series needs to do to make the final season great

#TVFail Entry 8: Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Mask”

The accused: Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Mask” The crime: Delaying the eventual union of the series’ primary romantic couple even further by pairing them off with new characters, subsequently creating a fan panic/outrage Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 8: Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Mask”

Test Pilot: File #20, Remington Steele

Test Pilot #20: Remington Steele Debut date: October 1, 1982 Series legacy: A well-made production and a somewhat forgotten forerunner to series like Moonlighting; Probably known best for launching Pierce Brosnon's career and little more Authorship is a really tricky thing and perhaps no more so than in the world of television. Numerous scholars have … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #20, Remington Steele