TV in 2014 Roundtable: Best Episodes

Greetings! Welcome to the TV in 2014 roundtable. I’ve once again convened some of my friends to work our way through the year that was in television. I’ll be posting a few of these conversations the rest of the month, and you can find all of them here. Cory: We’re into the second week of the TV in…… Continue reading TV in 2014 Roundtable: Best Episodes

TV in 2013: Standout Performances

Welcome to the TV in 2013 roundtable. Like last year, I’ve assembled a group of critics, friends, and television lovers to reflect on the year that was. Throughout December, we’ll discuss a variety of TV-related topics, covering the highs, lows, and everything in between. You can find all the entries here. Cory Barker: Let’s move on…… Continue reading TV in 2013: Standout Performances

2012-2013 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Shows Changing over the Season

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: Falling behind, letting go Cory: Moving on to our second topic, let’s focus on…… Continue reading 2012-2013 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Shows Changing over the Season

2012-13 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Falling Behind and Letting Go

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.  Cory Barker: There has been a lot of discussion this season about the glut of good TV. Alan…… Continue reading 2012-13 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Falling Behind and Letting Go

2013 TV Predictions Roundtable: The Biggest Story of the Year

After the success of the TV in 2012 roundtable, most everyone wanted to keep chatting about television, so we figured we’d roll it all over and talk about TV’s future in the coming months. This is the predictions roundtable. Cory Barker: Next, I thought we could do a little more prognosticating. What do you folks…… Continue reading 2013 TV Predictions Roundtable: The Biggest Story of the Year

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

TV in 2012 Roundtable: Most Surprising 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: Most Surprising Show

Fall check-in: CBS

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 and…… Continue reading Fall check-in: CBS

Upfront Week 2012: CBS’ Schedule and Analysis

This week is basically like Christmas for television nerds like myself. Frankly, it is better. Of course, I am talking about Upfronts, the time of the year where the networks bring new fall schedules (and sometimes winter/spring schedules that do not end up sticking) to advertisers. Thanks to the glorious nature of the internet and…… Continue reading Upfront Week 2012: CBS’ Schedule and Analysis

Chitchat: Bays, Thomas and How I Met Your Mother are just trolling us, right?

I talk television with a lot of people. Friends, family, other critics on Twitter, vagrants on the street. I just love talking about TV. Because I don’t have the time and resources to do a podcast like I used to in college, I’m going to sort of replicate that experience in textual form in a…… Continue reading Chitchat: Bays, Thomas and How I Met Your Mother are just trolling us, right?

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

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Top Networks 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: Top Networks of the Year

Test Pilot: File #29, Lucky Louie

Test Pilot #29: Lucky Louie Debut date: June 11, 2006 Series legacy: Louis C.K.’s first major foray into television, and one that should be forgotten For nearly a decade-and-a-half, HBO has been the biggest power player in the television industry. More than any other individual network or entity, HBO has shaped our perceptions of quality…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #29, Lucky Louie

Guided by Moments: On Watching How I Met Your Mother in its Elder Years

How I Met Your Mother is one of those series that I watch every week, but never find time or inspiration to write about here on TV Surveillance. I don’t feel the frustration that some people do and I also don’t feel the overwhelming support and connection to the series. This is probably because I…… Continue reading Guided by Moments: On Watching How I Met Your Mother in its Elder Years

Pilot rapid-fire review: Whitney

The next couple weeks are going to be insane. There are so many new series debuting and unfortunately, there is only so much time in the day for me to write about television while balancing my “real” life. You know, the one I spend on Twitter. ANYWAY, I’m going to try to touch on each…… Continue reading Pilot rapid-fire review: Whitney