Quality television-by-the-numbers: On AMC’s continued misguided laziness

This is not a review for the pilot episode of Hell on Wheels. You see because I don’t think I could barely muster up more than 150 words about that initial offering. At the pilot stage, Hell on Wheels is dull, sloppy, clunky and generally trying to do way too many different things without accomplishing … Continue reading Quality television-by-the-numbers: On AMC’s continued misguided laziness

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 13 — Boardwalking Dead? More like Bored, Walking Dead

In the latest episode of the podcast, I'm joined by Les Chappell and Andy Daglas for TVS' first three-man pod. We discuss the second seasons of Boardwalk Empire (yay!) and The Walking Dead (ugh.). Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, if you like that kind of thing.

2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Directing for Drama and Comedy Series

The 2011 Primetime Emmys are so close! September 18th to be exact. Up until the ceremony airs on FOX, I’ll be working through most of the major categories and discussing who could win, who should win and of course, who will win. I’ll likely be tackling two categories in each post, just so you know. … Continue reading 2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Directing for Drama and Comedy Series

Season Finale — The Walking Dead, “TS-19”

For series with a fairly high concept and only six episodes to fill out the first season, the season finale of The Walking Dead was bound to be at least partially unsatisfying. There's just not enough time to introduce the concept, the characters and really make the audience feel (especially those who aren't familiar with … Continue reading Season Finale — The Walking Dead, “TS-19”

The Walking Dead, “Tell It To The Frogs”

After a generally miserable second episode that felt like the boring middle part of a mediocre zombie movie, The Walking Dead had something to prove to me. Could it tell stories are entrenched in any sort of character focus? Could it take its countless stereotypes and make them into characters? Basically, I'm concerned there's nothing … Continue reading The Walking Dead, “Tell It To The Frogs”

Series Premiere — The Walking Dead, “Days Gone Bye”

Even as someone who has never read The Walking Dead in its comic book form (well, aside from the first issue in preparation for this series) or really been that much of a fan of the zombie genre in general, I still found myself excited for AMC's newest series. These feelings of excitement stemmed not … Continue reading Series Premiere — The Walking Dead, “Days Gone Bye”

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