Test Pilot: File #17, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Test Pilot #17: The Mary Tyler Moore Show Debut date: September 17, 1970 Series legacy: One of the most well-regarded comedies of all-time. I have to apologize, sort of. I took a few extra weeks to figure out where I wanted to go with the next set of Test Pilot files. I thought about doing … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #17, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

It’s that time again, folks. The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 14, which means I have almost an entire month to flood this space with hopes, dreams and predictions about what could happen come nomination time. To kick things off, I’ll be bringing back the Dream Emmy Ballot. It’s something I did last … Continue reading 2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Season Finale — Raising Hope, “Don’t Vote For This Episode”

I haven't written about Raising Hope in a very long time, but that's mostly been a byproduct of my Tuesday schedule and other persona matters. In any event, I wanted to get down a few thoughts about the finale. For the most part, the first season of Hope has been pretty damn great. First seasons of … Continue reading Season Finale — Raising Hope, “Don’t Vote For This Episode”

Raising Hope, “Say Cheese” and Running Wilde, “The Junior Affair”

If you're a comedy that desires to wrap things up with something of a happy ending each week, there's a fine line to tight-rope. As I've discussed relentlessly over the past few weeks, there seems to be a need to execute this approach in all the recent comedies, and that's fine, but it's really all about the … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Say Cheese” and Running Wilde, “The Junior Affair”