Test Pilot: File #53, Parks and Recreation

Test Pilot #53: Parks and Recreation Debut date: April 9, 2009 Series legacy: On the shortlist of great contemporary sitcoms First impressions mean a lot in television, and that’s why writers, producers, studios, networks, etc. put more time, effort and money into pilots than they do just about any other episode that could possibly be … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #53, Parks and Recreation

#TVFail Entry 15: Life on Mars, “Life is a Rock”

The accused: Life on Mars, “Life is a Rock” (Season 1, Episode 17) The crime: Trying too hard to be different from the original series 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 … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 15: Life on Mars, “Life is a Rock”

2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Writing 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. Happy … Continue reading 2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Writing for Drama and Comedy Series

#TVFail Entry 4: The Office, “The Banker”

The accused: The Office, "The Banker" (Season 6, Episode 14) The crime: Clip show. That is all. 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 planned out (nice to see you … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 4: The Office, “The Banker”

No more questions: Parks and Recreation is already better than The Office has ever been

Note: I have not seen any of season three like many real critics. This argument is based mostly on season two and just a bit on my own assumptions/critical acclaim for season three. Even with my small profile as an "online television critic," or my time at my undergraduate university newspaper, the question I've probably … Continue reading No more questions: Parks and Recreation is already better than The Office has ever been

2010 Emmy Predictions: Writing for Drama and Comedy Series

In case you didn’t know (because I sure as heck didn’t until I saw something the latest Entertainment Weekly), the Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sunday, August 29 on NBC. In the glow of some great nominations and not too many ridiculous slights (I’m resigned to the fact that Sons of Anarchy won’t get its due), … Continue reading 2010 Emmy Predictions: Writing for Drama and Comedy Series

The List: Ranking the episodes of The Office — Introductions and Tier 5 [Episodes 115-93]

I've been re-watching The Office on DVD this summer in hopes of reminding me how good the series once was. I've accomplished that completely, but with TVS in mind, I'm always thinking about how I transfer what I'm watching into some sort of post or feature or whatever else. If you follow me on Twitter … Continue reading The List: Ranking the episodes of The Office — Introductions and Tier 5 [Episodes 115-93]

TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Writing for a Comedy Series

This week I'll be pretending that I have an Emmy vote and discussing my picks for all the major categories. Once it gets closer to the time that nominees are actually announced, I'll do an official "picks" column. Up first: Writing for a Comedy Series! Two things before we get going: First, I'm only choosing … Continue reading TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Writing for a Comedy Series

2009-10 season wrap: Parks and Recreation

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be summarizing my thoughts on many of the series that ended just as the “official” television season came to a close recently. Overview: After a short first season that felt too much like an Office spin-off that didn't quite know how to make its characters act like real people, … Continue reading 2009-10 season wrap: Parks and Recreation