#TVFail Entry 8: Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Mask”

The accused: Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Mask” The crime: Delaying the eventual union of the series’ primary romantic couple even further by pairing them off with new characters, subsequently creating a fan panic/outrage 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 … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 8: Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Mask”

Test Pilot: File #20, Remington Steele

Test Pilot #20: Remington Steele Debut date: October 1, 1982 Series legacy: A well-made production and a somewhat forgotten forerunner to series like Moonlighting; Probably known best for launching Pierce Brosnon's career and little more Authorship is a really tricky thing and perhaps no more so than in the world of television. Numerous scholars have … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #20, Remington Steele

#TVFail Entry 2: House, “Simple Explanation”

The accused: House, "Simple Explanation" (Season 5, Episode 20) The crime: Presenting a terribly manipulative version of the "Very Special Episode" gimmick. 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 … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 2: House, “Simple Explanation”

#TVFail Entry 1: Lost, “Stranger in a Strange Land”

The accused: Lost, "Stranger in a Strange Land" (Season 3, Episode 9) The crime: Proving that the Lost creative team had no "real plan" to tell their story. 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 … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 1: Lost, “Stranger in a Strange Land”

Broadcast network power rankings — Week 1

Earlier this month, I wrote a post discussing the possible new features that would be coming to TV Surveillance and if you remember that (or just clicked on that link), you'll know that Broadcast Network Power Rankings was not something mentioned. Truth is, I had originally hoped to keep up with all the new series … Continue reading Broadcast network power rankings — Week 1

Welcome characters, knowing drama and more — Discussing branding approaches by cable and broadcast networks

A few weeks ago, a number of critics and TV-related folk were blowing up my Twitter feed with their discussion on the greatness of USA Network. In short, these folks were watching screeners of White Collar's second season and the first few episodes of the network's new series, Covert Affairs. They loved them. If I … Continue reading Welcome characters, knowing drama and more — Discussing branding approaches by cable and broadcast networks

The List: The five best moments of Smallville’s ninth season

I liked doing yesterday's list about Supernatural's high points of the season so much that I figured I could bash out a similar list on Smallville. Although I picked the number five because it was Supernatural's fifth season, bumping it to nine because this is S9 of Smallville would just be ridiculous. So let's stick … Continue reading The List: The five best moments of Smallville’s ninth season

The List: The five best moments of Supernatural’s fifth season

Tonight marks the finale of Supernatural's usually great, sometimes only good fifth season. Though it's been more inconsistent than the flat-out greatness that was season four, the series has handled the apocalypse pretty well on a CW budget and episode order. To celebrate and prime us all for what should be a wonderful finale, I … Continue reading The List: The five best moments of Supernatural’s fifth season