2012-2013 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Shows We Will Miss The Most

Now that the 2012-13 TV season is “officially” over, I thought I’d get some folks together and talk about a bunch of different things that happened between September and May. This is the 2012-13 season wrap roundtable. Previously on the roundtable: Defining individuals of the season Cory: Every season, a number of shows say goodbye. Some … Continue reading 2012-2013 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Shows We Will Miss The Most

TV in 2012 Roundtable: Worst and/or Most Disappointing Show

Welcome to the TV in 2012 roundtable. I’ve assembled nearly 20 of my fellow critics, scholars and friends to reflect and review the year in television. Between now and the end of the year, the group will discuss various topics covering the highs, the lows and everything in between. See previous entries of the roundtable here.  … Continue reading TV in 2012 Roundtable: Worst and/or Most Disappointing Show

Fall check-in: The CW

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 (well now over, but still). We have tackled Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC. Finally, it's … Continue reading Fall check-in: The CW

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Nice Words about Series That Didn’t Make My Top 30 of the Year

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 Best of 2011: Nice Words about Series That Didn’t Make My Top 30 of the Year

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 18, Parts 1 and 2 — Broadcast Network Analysis Extravaganza!

In this episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, I'm joined by Wesley Ambrecht for an expansive, massive, two-part, four-hour podcast covering the successes, failures, schedules and developments of all five of the broadcast networks. Because this conversation went so long, we split it into two parts, both of which cross or come close to crossing … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 18, Parts 1 and 2 — Broadcast Network Analysis Extravaganza!

Surveillance Spring Stumping: Why The CW Should Renew Nikita

It’s May, which means we’re very close to the network upfronts. Choices about which series live and which series die are probably being made right now by all the major networks. This of course means it’s time for fans and critics to start stumping for their favorite series stuck on the bubble between cancellation and … Continue reading Surveillance Spring Stumping: Why The CW Should Renew Nikita

Gossip Girl, “The Princesses and the Frog”

Gossip Girl is not a good television program. Most of you already probably knew this. Hell, I knew this. Because of the series' pedigree (the Josh Schwarz/Stephanie Savage part, not the teen girl novel part), I watched Girl during the first season and found it to be moderately charming. Less so than The OC, but more … Continue reading Gossip Girl, “The Princesses and the Frog”

Test Pilot: File #7, The OC

Test Pilot #7: The OC Debut date: August 5, 2003 Series legacy: The pivot point for a new generation of teen dramas, a genuine cultural phenomenon that burned out very quickly and perhaps the most well-respect straight-up teen drama of all time. Welcome to the newest regular feature here at TV Surveillance, the fantastically titled, Test Pilot. … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #7, The OC

Test Pilot: File #5, Beverly Hills, 90210

Test Pilot #5: Beverly Hills, 90210 Debut date: October 4, 1990 Series legacy: The first teen drama to really explode on television (and perhaps the remotely successful teen drama, period), the origin for countless series of similar ilk and one of the biggest television-related phenomenons of all-time. Welcome to the newest regular feature here at … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #5, Beverly Hills, 90210

Upfronts: The most interesting timeslot match-ups

All five of the major networks have announced fall schedules and there are obviously a number of intriguing timeslot battles that will influence fans and the networks alike. I thought I'd take stock of the three most interesting match-ups folks will be talking about throughout the fall.Mondays at 9 p.m., Lonestar vs. The Event vs. Gossip … Continue reading Upfronts: The most interesting timeslot match-ups

Upfronts: Musings on the CW’s schedule

This week is one of the most exciting and hectic times for the television industry and those of us who like to pontificate about it — upfronts! All week the broadcast networks will be announcing their fall schedules for advertisers, which means all sorts of stories about pick-ups, cancellations and armchair quarterbacking from people like … Continue reading Upfronts: Musings on the CW’s schedule