Test Pilot: File #28, The Comeback

Test Pilot #28: The Comeback Debut date: June 5, 2005 Series’ legacy: A flawed, lukewarmly received mockumentary that was perhaps a bit before its time For nearly a decade-and-a-half, HBO has been the biggest power player in the television industry. More than any other individual network or entity, HBO has shaped our perceptions of quality … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #28, The Comeback

Test Pilot: File #19, St. Elsewhere

Test Pilot #19: St. Elsewhere Debut date: October 26, 2982 Series' legacy: Another jewel in the MTM crown, one of -- if not the -- most-heralded medical drama of all-time Authorship is a really tricky thing and perhaps no more so than in the world of television. Numerous scholars have discussed the problems with analyzing television … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #19, St. Elsewhere

Over-Flow — Responses to Flow Conference 2010 Panels: The sitcom and happy endings

If you follow me on Twitter or caught up with a few of my delayed posts on last week's television, you know that I spent last weekend at my first academic conference. The 2010 Flow Conference took place in Austin, Texas and it was generally awesome, particularly for a super-young television scholar (I believe that … Continue reading Over-Flow — Responses to Flow Conference 2010 Panels: The sitcom and happy endings

2010 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Drama and Comedy Series

In case you didn’t know (because I sure as heck didn’t until I saw something the latest Entertainment Weekly), the Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sunday, August 29 on NBC. In the glow of some great nominations and not too many ridiculous slights (I’m resigned to the fact that Sons of Anarchy won’t get its due), … Continue reading 2010 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Drama and Comedy Series

2010 Emmy Predictions: Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series

In case you didn’t know (because I sure as heck didn’t until I saw something the latest Entertainment Weekly), the Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sunday, August 29 on NBC. In the glow of some great nominations and not too many ridiculous slights (I’m resigned to the fact that Sons of Anarchy won’t get its due), … Continue reading 2010 Emmy Predictions: Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series

Hey, it could be worse: Reflections on the 2010 Emmy nominees

Fortunately, I was awake for the announcement of the Emmy nominees this morning. Unfortunately, I was working and had to rely on sneaky Twitter checks on my Blackberry. Nevertheless, my secretive viewing lasted much longer than expected thanks to a number of unexpected nomination announcements, which is a word that I never expect to pair … Continue reading Hey, it could be worse: Reflections on the 2010 Emmy nominees