TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 18, Parts 1 and 2 — Broadcast Network Analysis Extravaganza!

In this episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, I’m joined by Wesley Ambrecht for an expansive, massive, two-part, four-hour podcast covering the successes, failures, schedules and developments of all five of the broadcast networks. Because this conversation went so long, we split it into two parts, both of which cross or come close to crossing…… Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 18, Parts 1 and 2 — Broadcast Network Analysis Extravaganza!

#TVFail Entry 14: CSI:, “19 Down”/”One to Go”

The accused: CSI:, “19 Down” and “One to Go” (Season 9, Episodes 9 and 10) The crime: Embodying the internal tension between character and procedural in contemporary network crime series 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…… Continue reading #TVFail Entry 14: CSI:, “19 Down”/”One to Go”

Test Pilot: File #25, L.A. Law

Test Pilot #25: L.A. Law Debut date: September 15, 1986 Series legacy: One of the most popular and well-respected legal dramas of all-time It’s time for a new theme in the site’s most popular ongoing feature, Test Pilot. The primary reason I started this feature almost a year ago was so that I could have…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #25, L.A. Law

#TVFail Entry 7: Moonlighting, “I Am Curious…Maddie”

The accused: Moonlighting, “I Am Curious…Maddie” The crime:  Destroying the series with the consummation of the unresolved sexual tension and setting a precedent for countless other series to either do the same or avoid resolution for far too long Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very…… Continue reading #TVFail Entry 7: Moonlighting, “I Am Curious…Maddie”

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

Test Pilot: File #17, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Test Pilot #17: The Mary Tyler Moore Show Debut date: September 17, 1970 Series legacy: One of the most well-regarded comedies of all-time. I have to apologize, sort of. I took a few extra weeks to figure out where I wanted to go with the next set of Test Pilot files. I thought about doing…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #17, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Surveillance Spring Stumping: Why FOX should renew The Chicago Code

It’s May, which means we’re very close to the network upfronts. Choices about which series live and which series die are probably being made right now by all the major networks. This of course means it’s time for fans and critics to start stumping for their favorite series stuck on the bubble between cancellation and…… Continue reading Surveillance Spring Stumping: Why FOX should renew The Chicago Code

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Top 60 Episodes, 50-41

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 Top 60 Episodes, 50-41

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Top 60 Episodes, 60-51

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 Top 60 Episodes, 60-51

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Most disappointing veteran series

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: Most disappointing veteran series

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Best Reality Competition Series

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: Best Reality Competition Series

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Introductions

I love the last few weeks of the year. Not because of Christmas, New Year’s Eve or any of that other nonsense. Nope, I adore this time on the calendar because of all the “Best of” lists. If you’re a regular reader of TVS, you probably know two things about me: I love lists and…… Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Introductions

Test Pilot: File #8, Gossip Girl

Test Pilot #8: Gossip Girl Debut date: September 19, 2007 Series legacy: Shinning beacon in today’s slate of teen dramas Welcome to the newest regular feature here at TV Surveillance, the fantastically titled, Test Pilot. In this bi-weekly feature, I will be joined by a rotating batch of guest writers in an analysis of, you…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #8, Gossip Girl

Season Finale — Terriers, “Hail Mary”

I’m a little short on time, but I certainly wanted to get some thoughts about the Terriers finale out there. Even though I suggested it might be fine for Terriers to drive off into the sunset (to Mexico, apparently) after this one great season, I still approached the season finale, “Hail Mary,” with some sadness.…… Continue reading Season Finale — Terriers, “Hail Mary”

Test Pilot: File #6, Dawson’s Creek

Test Pilot #6: Dawson’s Creek Debut date: January 20, 1998 on the WB Series legacy: The catalyst for the late ’90s second wave of teen dramas, the beacon of success for the middling WB network and seemingly, one of the most derided series in the teen drama genre. Welcome to the newest regular feature here…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #6, Dawson’s Creek