Genre Welcome?: Formula, Genre and Branding in USA Network’s Programming and Promotional Content (A thesis)

It has come to my attention that I have yet to link to a work that I spent the last year working on, my MA thesis. Thankfully, I busted my butt last summer and didn't have much to re-write or tinker with over this school year, but all sorts of other responsibilities kept me from … Continue reading Genre Welcome?: Formula, Genre and Branding in USA Network’s Programming and Promotional Content (A thesis)

Series Premiere — Suits, “Pilot”

Apologies for the lack of punctuality with this review, I couldn't get to the Suits pilot until this weekend.  I had some substantial reservations about Suits coming into my viewing of the pilot. You folks know that I'm very intrigued by the USA Network brand and its programming formula and as I wrote about the other day, I wasn't … Continue reading Series Premiere — Suits, “Pilot”

Brand transition? — On what’s at stake for USA Network this summer

I am entirely enthralled by television network/channel branding. You might know this about me. You might also know that I'm writing my MA thesis on the topic, specifically USA Network's branding. USA is such an interesting case because they are just so damn successful, even though up until now, their programming has been generally formulaic. … Continue reading Brand transition? — On what’s at stake for USA Network this summer

Season Premiere — Covert Affairs, “Begin the Begin”

Although they are known for their lightweight, summery nature, I like basically all of USA's series. I guess I'd have to like them a lot to write my entire MA thesis about them. But even though I'll watch almost anything USA Network puts on the air, there is certainly a clear distinction between what I … Continue reading Season Premiere — Covert Affairs, “Begin the Begin”

Aimless Prognosticating: Predicting the Television Golden Globe Awards, Lead Categories

I feel like I probably know the answer to the primary question of this post. We all know that the Golden Globe Awards are a crock, especially when in reference to television. I originally wanted to write a post discussing whether or not it was worthwhile to even predict the outcome of the Golden Globe … Continue reading Aimless Prognosticating: Predicting the Television Golden Globe Awards, Lead Categories

Season finale — Covert Affairs, “I Can’t Quit You, Baby” and “When the Levee Breaks”

I've intentionally stayed away from writing up my thoughts on Covert Affairs in recent weeks after the Auggie episode, but even if I did write each week, it'd feel like I was banging the same, boring drum every time. You know, kind of how the series has done to us over the summer. That said, … Continue reading Season finale — Covert Affairs, “I Can’t Quit You, Baby” and “When the Levee Breaks”

Covert Affairs, “Communication Breakdown”

It's weird, I am actually excited to write about Covert Affairs today! Of course, that feeling suggests that there is also something wrong with the series, doesn't it? "Communication Breakdown" is, by far, my favorite episode of the series so far. On one hand, I feel much better about the series moving forward because hey, … Continue reading Covert Affairs, “Communication Breakdown”

Covert Affairs, “Houses of the Holy”

Last week, I ranted about how I didn't really enjoy Covert Affairs that much, mostly because of Piper Perabo's performance. I still feel that way, but for whatever reason, "Houses of the Holy" at least kept my interest a little more than the post-pilot efforts. I literally cannot explain it, but I totally enjoyed this … Continue reading Covert Affairs, “Houses of the Holy”

Covert Affairs, “No Quarter” and “In the Light”

I mistakenly forgot to post thoughts on the last few episodes of Covert Affairs, which I certainly apologize for. But in another way, I know why I didn't post anything -- the series isn't really offer up much to talk about. I didn't love the pilot episode like I did the pilots for Burn Notice … Continue reading Covert Affairs, “No Quarter” and “In the Light”

Covert Affairs, “Walter’s Walk” and “Southbound Suarez”

Once again, Comic Con delayed my watching and recapping of Covert Affairs, so here's your double shot of analysis. I honestly don't know if I'll have a lot to say about these two episodes of Covert Affairs. "Walter's Walk" was fine, "Southbound Suarez" much less so, but even in the good moments, I can't do … Continue reading Covert Affairs, “Walter’s Walk” and “Southbound Suarez”