TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 23 — The Worst TV of 2011

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: TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 23 — The Worst TV of 2011

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

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

Season Premiere review — How to Make It in America, “I’m Good”

It’s nearly impossible not to compare How to Make It in America with Entourage. The two series share production teams and writers. They both follow the trials and tribulations of young men in modern culture. And they both feature a whole lot of last-minute “everything’s going to be alright!” moments. But after watching last night’s … Continue reading Season Premiere review — How to Make It in America, “I’m Good”

Series Finale review — Entourage, “The End”

“And with that, Entourage exited the television screen in the same way it arrived: With little dramatic stakes or character development.” This is basically what I assumed I’d be writing about Entourage’s series finale today. I never expected the series to randomly turn into something it is not at the end of the run (i.e., … Continue reading Series Finale review — Entourage, “The End”

Post-hiatus musings: HBO edition (True Blood and Entourage)

After nearly a month, my fairly substantial hiatus here at TVS is over. I am happy to be back providing content for you folks on a regular basis. In my time off, I’ve missed all sorts of television, both viewing- and writing-wise. To combat that, I’ll be whipping up a number of random posts with … Continue reading Post-hiatus musings: HBO edition (True Blood and Entourage)

Post-hiatus musings: I don’t want your stupid movies, cult television

After nearly a month, my fairly substantial hiatus here at TVS is over. I am happy to be back providing content for you folks on a regular basis. In my time off, I’ve missed all sorts of television, both viewing- and writing-wise. To combat that, I’ll be whipping up a number of random posts with … Continue reading Post-hiatus musings: I don’t want your stupid movies, cult television

#TVFail Entry 6: Entourage, “Adios Amigos”

The accused: Entourage, "Adios Amigos" The crime: Representing all that made Entourage pretty bad in its later seasons 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 planned out (nice to see you … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 6: Entourage, “Adios Amigos”

Season/Series Premieres — Louie, “Pregnant” and Wilfred, “Happiness”

I'm swamped tonight so this dual review is going to be a bit short. Apologies or you're welcome, depending on how you typically view my reviews! Comedies are supposed to be funny. This is a general rule that like to live by, but the world of television sure does love to muck up the already … Continue reading Season/Series Premieres — Louie, “Pregnant” and Wilfred, “Happiness”

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Best (and Worst) of the Rest

2010 has been a fantastic year for television. This year brought us a slew of great new programs and if we include the second halves of all the series that debuted in the fall of 2009 (which I am for these features), we have probably just experienced the best run of newbies since 2004. While … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Best (and Worst) of the Rest