TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best 30 Series of the Year, 30-16

  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. … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best 30 Series of the Year, 30-16

Raising Hope, “Romeo and Romeo”

I've been a big supporter of Raising Hope since the very beginning, but I didn't really feel like I was missing it badly since it has been off the air. But then I fired up the DVR to watch "Romeo and Romeo" late last night and I remembered how much fun these characters and this … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Romeo and Romeo”

Raising Hope, “Happy Halloween” and “Family Secrets”

One-hour blocks of a specific comedy series always annoy me. Either the block is filled with one full episode that stretches the material way too thin and ultimately makes you wish it was just 30 minutes -- like countless episodes of The office -- or the network has randomly selected to air two non-connecting episodes … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Happy Halloween” and “Family Secrets”

Raising Hope, “Say Cheese” and Running Wilde, “The Junior Affair”

If you're a comedy that desires to wrap things up with something of a happy ending each week, there's a fine line to tight-rope. As I've discussed relentlessly over the past few weeks, there seems to be a need to execute this approach in all the recent comedies, and that's fine, but it's really all about the … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Say Cheese” and Running Wilde, “The Junior Affair”

Raising Hope, “Dream Hoarders” and Running Wilde, “Oil & Water”

More so than new dramas, new comedies need time to grow, time to tinker, time to generally figure out what the hell the series is going to be about and where the jokes are going to come from. It's easy to hate comedies if they're not unbelievably funny from the get-go, but in practice, that … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Dream Hoarders” and Running Wilde, “Oil & Water”

Raising Hope, “Dead Tooth” and Running Wilde, “Into the Wilde”

I like the idea of writing up these FOX comedies together, so I'm going to keep it going, at least until one of them gets good enough to deserve a solo space. Both series had varying degrees of success in their pilot episodes and they both progressed with varying degrees of success. Neither series is … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Dead Tooth” and Running Wilde, “Into the Wilde”

Series Premieres — Raising Hope, “Pilot” and Running Wilde, “Pilot”

FOX doesn't have much like in the live-action comedy department. Aside from Arrested Development, there's been nothing to write home about from the biggest broadcast network around, and that's kind of weird. This season, the network is re-committing to the format with two series with famous pedigrees. And though it's better that I don't take … Continue reading Series Premieres — Raising Hope, “Pilot” and Running Wilde, “Pilot”

Fall TV “Preview”: Gauging my excitement for all of fall’s new series

The fall television season is just about to begin! To celebrate, I’ll be doing a series of fun features and previews for both returning and brand-new series. I have not seen any of the new pilots or premieres from veteran series, and thus the quotes around preview. No matter, that won’t stop me from doing … Continue reading Fall TV “Preview”: Gauging my excitement for all of fall’s new series

Upfronts: Musings on FOX’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 FOX’s schedule