The 2011-2012 television season has been over for almost a couple of weeks now, which means a sufficient amount of time has passed and we are primed to reflect. Over the next handful of days, I will be producing some pieces and lists looking back on the season that was. I missed out on a … Continue reading 2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 episodes of the season
The 2011-2012 television season has been over for almost a couple of weeks now, which means a sufficient amount of time has passed and we are primed to reflect. Over the next handful of days, I will be producing some pieces and lists looking back on the season that was. I missed out on a … Continue reading 2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 series of the season
Happy Monday, y'all! Although Upfronts came to a close last week, we're not done talking about it. Hopefully you saw my posts on NBC, FOX, ABC and CBS (sorry, I just couldn't get to the C-Dub), but today we offer you an extended look at all five networks' big scheduling-related decisions. My buddies Les Chappell … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 26 — Upfronts 2012
Well here we are folks. After three months of agonizing, waiting, Twitter campaigns, flash mobs and a whole lot of kvetching, Community is back on our television screens in one of the deadliest timeslots around. I was supremely excited for the series’ return, just as I was fairly sad that NBC made the (fairly logical) … Continue reading Review: Community, “Urban Matrimony and Sandwich Arts”
The accused: Arrested Development, “For British Eyes Only” (Season 3, Episode 2) The crime: Losing control of the series’ successful and innovative frameworks 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 clumsy conclusions of series we were convinced had it all … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 16: Arrested Development, “For British Eyes Only”
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: TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 22 — The Top TV Stories of the Year (The Year of the PR Nightmare)
Community is kind of screwed. Now, let me say that I don’t mean that the series is screwed in regards to its place on NBC’s schedule. That might be the case, but there’s no need to be upset about that tonight (and I still think Community is ultimately going to be fine). What I mean … Continue reading Review: Community, “Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism”
Just picture for a moment that someone who was randomly, in the off-chance, moved by the swell of online support for Community in the wake of NBC’s decision to “bench” it for a bit in early 2012 decided to watch tonight’s episode and it was their first experience with Community. Can you even begin to … Continue reading Review: Community, “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux”
In the latest edition of the podcast, I'm joined by regular guest Les Chappell for a timely, emotional reaction to the news that NBC has "benched" Community for the first portion of 2012. You can subscribe to the TVS Podcast on iTunes, if that's your kind of thing.
Halloween is a big deal for Community. Although the series was off to a solid start, “Introduction to Statistics” is the first great or borderline great episode the first season had. From Pierce’s ridiculous freak-out to Abed’s Batman costume/voice, “Statistics” nicely combined the series’ pop culture-soaked sensibilities with its thematic and character aims. Of course, … Continue reading Review: Community, “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps”
In this episode of the podcast, my buddy Noel Kirkpatrick from Monsters of Television joins me for a lengthy discussion of the opening four episodes of Community and The Good Wife's respective third seasons. Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, if you'd like.
Last night's episode of Community, "Remedial Chaos Theory" was an all-timer. The reviews for the complex, complicated alternate timeline-centric episode are all super positive (including my own) and most of those folks who were worried about the series' quality have reaffirmed their commitment. The episode was awesome, I'm glad that the fans are calming down … Continue reading Investigating Community’s alternate timeline possibilites
Do you really ever know if you’re the problem? How can you know? And if you do know, what do you to do to fix those problems? As we move along season three of Community, these are the big questions that one Jeff Winger has to answer. He – and admittedly, the rest of the … Continue reading Review: Community, “Remedial Chaos Theory”
The nature of the television sitcom is often, if not always, in direct conflict with substantial character development. Critics and people like me want to pull at thematic threads and discuss the big moments for our favorite fictional people, but when it comes to a sitcom, even one as complex, complicated and interesting as Community, … Continue reading Review: Community, “Geography of Global Conflict”
If you've read any of the articles, spoiler dumps and interviews with the Community cast and crew published since season two ended, you've probably gathered that season three is going to be more character-based and less "big event"-based. In the most simplistic terms, you could say that Community season three is going to be more … Continue reading Season Premiere review — Community, “Biology 101”