2013 TV Predictions Roundtable: The Biggest Story of the Year

After the success of the TV in 2012 roundtable, most everyone wanted to keep chatting about television, so we figured we’d roll it all over and talk about TV’s future in the coming months. This is the predictions roundtable. Cory Barker: Next, I thought we could do a little more prognosticating. What do you folks…… Continue reading 2013 TV Predictions Roundtable: The Biggest Story of the Year

Fall check-in: Fox

Hey all. It’s been too long. I’ve been really busy this fall and writing elsewhere (hopefully you’re following me over at This Was Television and TV.com). But frequent contributor Wesley Ambrecht decided to exchange some emails about the state of the broadcast networks with sweeps upon us. Up first is Fox. Wesley: Believe it or…… Continue reading Fall check-in: Fox

Test Pilot: File #58, 24

Test Pilot #58: 24 Debut date: November 6, 2001 Series legacy: One of the defining and most innovative series of the aughts Afternoon folks. I apologize for the day delay with this post. My guest had his portion done on time, but I simply couldn’t make that deadline. It happens to all of us. Anyway,…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #58, 24

2011-2012 season wrap: Fringe

The 2011-2012 television season has been over for almost a couple of weeks now, which means a sufficient amount of time has passed and we are primed to reflect. Over the next handful of days, I will be producing some pieces and lists looking back on the season that was. I missed out on a…… Continue reading 2011-2012 season wrap: Fringe

2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 episodes of the season

The 2011-2012 television season has been over for almost a couple of weeks now, which means a sufficient amount of time has passed and we are primed to reflect. Over the next handful of days, I will be producing some pieces and lists looking back on the season that was. I missed out on a…… Continue reading 2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 episodes of the season

Goodbye, House: Ranking the seasons of House

With House airing its series finale this evening, I thought it was time to bust out a list or two. I love House and I love lists. It seems only fitting. First up, one of the lists I “do best”: ranking the seasons. Obviously, the finale could have some influence on the placement of season…… Continue reading Goodbye, House: Ranking the seasons of House

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: FOX’s 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: FOX’s Schedule and Analysis

Test Pilot: File #38, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

Test Pilot #38: The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. Debut date: August 27, 1993 Series legacy: One of the more beloved one-season wonders, mostly for its curious mix of genres, styles and imagery Welcome back to Test Pilot guys and gals! With that extra-special Joss Whedon Theme Week behind us, it’s time to fall back…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #38, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

Review: House, “Nobody’s Fault”

I’ve said this a few times this season, but House has few good ideas left. Don’t get me wrong, I still like the series quite a bit, and I think this season has been mostly solid because the writers finally realized that the few remaining strengths of House are twofold: Hugh Laurie and moderately amusing…… Continue reading Review: House, “Nobody’s Fault”

Test Pilot: File #36, Profit

Test Pilot #36: Profit Debut date: April 8, 1996 Series legacy: Known for its dark, complicated story and even darker lead character; thought to be ahead of its time Welcome back to Test Pilot guys and gals! With that extra-special Joss Whedon Theme Week behind us, it’s time to fall back into the typical, but…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #36, Profit

Series Premiere Review: Alcatraz

Edit: A few folks reminded me that Abrams’ name is also on Person of Interest, which I totally forgot about. My points apply there as well, I think. J.J. Abrams has learned to put his name above television projects that fit a very specific kind of mold. He understands that his name, the mention of…… Continue reading Series Premiere Review: Alcatraz

#TVFail Entry 16: Arrested Development, “For British Eyes Only”

The accused: Arrested Development, “For British Eyes Only” (Season 3, Episode 2) The crime: Losing control of the series’ successful and innovative frameworks 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…… Continue reading #TVFail Entry 16: Arrested Development, “For British Eyes Only”

Test Pilot: File #33, Dollhouse

Test Pilot #33: Dollhouse Debut date: February 13, 2009 Series legacy: Bursting with potential, much of it untapped Welcome to 2012, friends, readers and fellow humans. Test Pilot grew into a popular (relatively speaking, of course) and personal favorite feature in 2011 and I think we have a bunch of really intriguing stuff coming up…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #33, Dollhouse

Test Pilot: File #32, Firefly

Test Pilot #32: Firefly Debut date: September 20, 2002 Series legacy: The defining cult series in contemporary television Welcome to 2012, friends, readers and fellow humans. Test Pilot grew into a popular (relatively speaking, of course) and personal favorite feature in 2011 and I think we have a bunch of really intriguing stuff coming up…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #32, Firefly