Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)

I received the book Prime Time, Prime Movers for Christmas and have been plowing through it over the last week or so. As these things go, reading a book about the big individual creative forces in television history has me thinking about contemporary writer/producers. Therefore, today, I debut a new occasional feature where I will discuss … Continue reading Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)

TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: Most Disappointing Veteran Series

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: Most Disappointing Veteran Series

2010-2011 season wrap: Ranking the episodes of Glee’s second season

The other day, I mentioned that ranking the episodes of Community's second season was one of the most difficult lists I had ever done. Doing a similar list of Glee's second season was, well, less difficult. I wrote about Glee a lot this season and realized that I would really just be repeating myself if … Continue reading 2010-2011 season wrap: Ranking the episodes of Glee’s second season

Glee, “Special Education”

Glee's competition episodes should be a big event. Of all the things the series does really well, it's big, celebratory moments. Those moments don't require any subtlety and instead the series can just revel in grand gestures, lots of smiles and soaring hooks. The wedding sequences last week we just wonderful, despite the angelic rendering of … Continue reading Glee, “Special Education”