[Update] Test Pilot: Announcing the upcoming themes and files

5/25 Update: And they're all filled! Thanks people!   5/21 Update: Still a few open slots! Help me!   5/11 Update: I've updated the schedule with the requested spots. I still have many files open. Please consider joining me! After much consideration and the help of many of you (thanks by the way), I've crafted … Continue reading [Update] Test Pilot: Announcing the upcoming themes and files

Does a series’ ultimate failure negate a great pilot?

I hope everyone enjoyed the Awake pilot last night (or over the past few weeks, thanks to NBC releasing it online fairly early). If you haven’t read my review, please consider doing that. But amid all the beaming reviews and superlatives for Awake, big questions remain: Is it a series? Can the story be maintained … Continue reading Does a series’ ultimate failure negate a great pilot?

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

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

Series Premiere — The Event, “I Haven’t Told You Everything”

Of all the big Monday premieres, I ended up saving only The Event for Tuesday, and well, I think you know why. I'm not sure there's any series that I have went into with more baggage in recent memory, and though I'm sure those frustrations colors my opinion of "I Haven't Told You Everything," it's … Continue reading Series Premiere — The Event, “I Haven’t Told You Everything”

Event pre-air musings: Haven’t we been down this road before?

On Monday, NBC's much-publicized The Event debuts. I should be excited. The series wants to fill the void left by Lost and 24 by creating a dense, complicated thriller with a global scope and some sort of secret ongoing mythology. It features a ridiculously cryptic title and is powered by an effective/stupid advertising campaign, much … Continue reading Event pre-air musings: Haven’t we been down this road before?

Innovations, er, “Innovations” from broadcast networks — ABC

Curious as to what this all means? Read my introduction to this multi-post series. Of all the networks I researched for this project, I think ABC's results surprised me the most. And that's not a good thing. So what is the format of these posts? I'm not exactly sure. I'll play ABC this way and … Continue reading Innovations, er, “Innovations” from broadcast networks — ABC

Just end it already! Genre television and end dates

As we've all seen over the past month, the end of Lost has sparked a slew of different conversations about the future of television, formats, serialization, etc. One move that Lost proponents always cite as the turning point in the series was the agreement to end it all back in 2007. And now, that idea … Continue reading Just end it already! Genre television and end dates

The dead-end “dead” serial discussion: It’s not happening

I've talked a lot about serialized television lately, and it seems like a lot of TV critics and scholars have the same thing on their mind with Lost coming to an end. In the past few weeks, a slew of articles and columns have hit the web about the topic, with some writing the serials eulogy. … Continue reading The dead-end “dead” serial discussion: It’s not happening