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

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

Smallville reaches 200: An ode to the undervalued fans

Tonight, Smallville airs its 200th episode, becoming only the 79th scripted series to reach that milestone in the history of television. This is a massive deal, but for the most part, the industry's biggest and critics are ignoring it. There's no Entertainment Weekly or TV Guide cover. Alan Sepinwall isn't writing about his favorite moments … Continue reading Smallville reaches 200: An ode to the undervalued fans

Over-Flow — Responses to Flow Conference 2010 panels: I can’t quit you, terrible TV

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 the first few days of October at my first academic conference. The 2010 Flow Conference took place in Austin, Texasand it was generally awesome, particularly for a super-young television scholar (I … Continue reading Over-Flow — Responses to Flow Conference 2010 panels: I can’t quit you, terrible TV

Test Pilot: File #2, The X-Files

Test Pilot #2: The X-Files Debut Date: September 10, 1993 on FOX Series legacy: One of the best science fiction television series of all-time, a major catalyst for modern fan cultures and the primary innovator of the use of "mythology" and its balance with standalone, procedural episodes. Welcome to the newest regular feature here at TV Surveillance, … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #2, The X-Files

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

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 2 — Reflections on “The End”

In the second episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, John Barnett and I talk for a good 2.5 hours about "The End," the finale episode of Lost and also reflect on the series as a whole. We've planned another podcast in the near future to do some wrapping up, but if you're still jonesin' for … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 2 — Reflections on “The End”

Shippers and anti-fan fans in Smallville fandom

Ed note: This is paper/project about Smallville fans that I recently completed for a media audiences course at Indiana University. “[C]learly anti-fans construct an image of the text – and, what is more, an image they feel is accurate – sufficiently enough that they can react to and against it.” – Jonathan Gray[1] Most texts … Continue reading Shippers and anti-fan fans in Smallville fandom

The slow burn versus the really slow burn — Evaluating responses to the distribution of answers in Lost and Fringe

For fans of serialized television, nothing is more important than answers. Though some might claim they love the characters or individual episodes, gun to head, most fans of Lost would probably say they're watching because they want answers to the questions that have been posed. What I've noticed this season by watching two serialized programs … Continue reading The slow burn versus the really slow burn — Evaluating responses to the distribution of answers in Lost and Fringe

‘Chuck’ versus the Ridiculous Fan Reaction

FACT: NBC series Chuck has a ridiculously active fanbase. For anyone who doesn't know, the fans -- which included critics like Alan Sepinwall and Mo Ryan -- of the series helped organize a slew of "Save Chuck" campaigns last spring, including pilgrimages to Subway, a sponsor of the show, and a number of social media-related outputs. For … Continue reading ‘Chuck’ versus the Ridiculous Fan Reaction