TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 26 — Upfronts 2012

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

Upfront Week 2012: NBC’s Fall Schedule and Analysis

This week is basically like Christmas for television nerds like myself. Frankly, it is better. Of course, I am talking about Upfronts, the time of the year where the networks bring new fall schedules (and sometimes winter/spring schedules that do not end up sticking) to advertisers. Thanks to the glorious nature of the internet and … Continue reading Upfront Week 2012: NBC’s Fall Schedule and Analysis

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 6 — Lincoln Lee’s Glasses are Ridiculous

In the sixth episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, Tim Bavlnka joins host Cory Barker for a discussion of the very young seasons of Supernatural and Fringe. The two talk about why season seven of Supernatural is on the path to success and why season four of Fringe feels a lot like the exact opposite of that. Also: You can now subscribe to the … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 6 — Lincoln Lee’s Glasses are Ridiculous

From Route 666 to The Apocalypse: Ranking the episodes of Supernatural, Episodes 25-1

Throughout its six years on the air, Supernatural has had a substantial amount of good-to-great episodes, which made this list difficult to compile. However, like any long-running series, Supernatural has aired its fair share of missteps, problem children and downright horrible episodes. These things happen. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be discussing all the series’ … Continue reading From Route 666 to The Apocalypse: Ranking the episodes of Supernatural, Episodes 25-1

From Route 666 to The Apocalypse: Ranking the episodes of Supernatural, Episodes 99-85

Throughout its six years on the air, Supernatural has had a substantial amount of good-to-great episodes, which made this list difficult to compile. However, like any long-running series, Supernatural has aired its fair share of missteps, problem children and downright horrible episodes. These things happen. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be discussing all the series’ … Continue reading From Route 666 to The Apocalypse: Ranking the episodes of Supernatural, Episodes 99-85

From Route 666 to The Apocalypse: Ranking the episodes of Supernatural, Episodes 106-100

Throughout its six years on the air, Supernatural has had a substantial amount of good-to-great episodes, which made this list difficult to compile. However, like any long-running series, Supernatural has aired its fair share of missteps, problem children and downright horrible episodes. These things happen. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be discussing all the series’ … Continue reading From Route 666 to The Apocalypse: Ranking the episodes of Supernatural, Episodes 106-100

From Route 666 to The Apocalypse: Ranking the episodes of Supernatural, Introductions and Episodes 126-117

With summer upon us, I've been working on all sorts of summer-y features. I'm doing the classic series re-watch posts and hashing out various Emmy-related things to go live soon. But the summer wouldn't be complete without a ranked list of an entire series' episode catalog. Last summer, I took on both The Office and … Continue reading From Route 666 to The Apocalypse: Ranking the episodes of Supernatural, Introductions and Episodes 126-117

PCA/ACA 2011: SamGirls and DeanGirls: Anti-fan fans in Supernatural

This is the working draft of my presentation at this year's PCA/ACA 2011 conference on Supernatural fans. A few notes: If you recall, I asked for responses from fans, critics, whomever related to Supernatural and its fandom sometime in March. Of course, I quickly realized that adding in a lot of quotes and context from … Continue reading PCA/ACA 2011: SamGirls and DeanGirls: Anti-fan fans in Supernatural

The TVS List: Three broadcast series that need to be canceled

Note: I'm hopefully going to have more time to write things here over the next few months, so I'll be trying to bring back the weekly list feature. Trying. Anyway, here's the beginning of that attempt. It's spring, which means it is the time of year that everyone takes to the internet to stump for … Continue reading The TVS List: Three broadcast series that need to be canceled

Season Premiere — Supernatural, “Exile on Main St.”

Whereas the Smallville premiere had to prove it the series has direction in its final season, the Supernatural premiere has to do even more heavy lifting to even convince me it should exist as a series. I’ve already expressed my discontent with the series continuing on to a sixth season, particularly with the “back to … Continue reading Season Premiere — Supernatural, “Exile on Main St.”

Fall TV Preview: Four returning series that have something to prove

The fall television season is just about to begin! To celebrate, I’ll be doing a series of fun features and previews for both returning and brand-new series. I have not seen any of the new pilots or premieres from veteran series, and thus the quotes around preview. No matter, that won’t stop me from doing … Continue reading Fall TV Preview: Four returning series that have something to prove

Is Supernatural’s back-to-basics plan a good idea?

Note: Again, I'm looking to do more short-form column-like pieces here on TVS. This is one of them. All Supernatural fans know this, but for those uninitiated here's a quick synopsis of the background information needed for this piece. The low-rated CW series was always on a five-year plan, according to creator/show runner Eric Kripke. With … Continue reading Is Supernatural’s back-to-basics plan a good idea?

That’s a wrap: Extended thoughts on Comic-Con 2010 and what series are buzzing

As you hopefully know, I've been away for the last week or so, and for the last part of that trip, I was in San Diego for my first Comic-Con experience. Like I said in my return post, I enjoyed SDCC immensely. I had done lots of research on the event and asked questions of people … Continue reading That’s a wrap: Extended thoughts on Comic-Con 2010 and what series are buzzing

Emotion over “answers” — Discussing storytelling approaches in the finales of Lost and Supernatural

With the round of season finales out of the way for all the major broadcast television series, I've been thinking about which finales were the most effective and why. You know, because I have absolutely nothing to do with my life during the summer -- or any time for that matter. Anyway, what is most … Continue reading Emotion over “answers” — Discussing storytelling approaches in the finales of Lost and Supernatural