2013 TV Predictions Roundtable: Most Anticipated New Show

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: Welcome to 2013 everyone! Let's kick off the predictions roundtable with a discussion of the new … Continue reading 2013 TV Predictions Roundtable: Most Anticipated New Show

Test Pilot: File #54, The Vampire Diaries

Test Pilot #54: The Vampire Diaries Debut date: September 10, 2009 Series legacy: An exciting show that became so good it went from “criminally underrated” to properly celebrated in relatively short fashion First impressions mean a lot in television, and that’s why writers, producers, studios, networks, etc. put more time, effort and money into pilots … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #54, The Vampire Diaries

Upfront Week 2012: FOX’s 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: FOX’s Schedule and Analysis

Series Premiere review — The Secret Circle, “Pilot”

The Secret Circle is going to be around for a long time. With Kevin Williamson’s name on it and a cushy timeslot behind The Vampire Diaries, there is just no way this series isn’t a “CW-sized” hit. I am totally fine with this and I will certainly be watching Secret Circle all season. However, because … Continue reading Series Premiere review — The Secret Circle, “Pilot”

The Vampire Diaries, “Crying Wolf”

Trust is hardly earned in The Vampire Diaries universe. Deals are constantly being struck and destroyed and even the person closest to you probably isn't telling the whole truth. It's not always intentional, sometimes the lies for someone else's one good. Other times, a lack of information flow is fully purposeful and ultimately, dangerous. "Crying … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “Crying Wolf”

The Vampire Diaries, “Rose”

Last week's "Masquerade" was the high-point of a solid second season for The Vampire Diaries, but it was also something of a mini-finale for the swell of stories told in the first seven episodes. Tyler finally became a werewolf, Katherine was sort-of dealt with, Jeremy became a real character, etc. Therefore, this week's effort, "Rose," … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “Rose”

The Vampire Diaries, “Plan B”

Though I think this season is off to a slightly rocky start, I have to admit, I totally missed not having The Vampire Diaries in my life last week, and that's probably a bigger sign of its quality than anything else, especially on a jam-packed Thursday night. Thankfully, tonight's episode, "Plan B," is probably the … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “Plan B”

The Vampire Diaries, “Killed or Be Killed”

Apologies for not writing up last week's Vampire Diaries (again, at Flow), but I found "Memory Lane" to be a really great episode, perhaps the best of the season. It was only a matter of time before Katherine was humanized a little bit and frankly, I'm glad it happened sooner rather than later. I also … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “Killed or Be Killed”

Season Premiere — The Vampire Diaries, “The Return”

After my whirlwind, 2.5-day screening of The Vampire Diaries' first season, I have been chomping at the bit for more. So I can only imagine how those of you waiting since May felt. No matter when we watched first or how long we waited, I think it's safe to say that the season two premiere, … Continue reading Season Premiere — The Vampire Diaries, “The Return”

Far from sucking: Reflections on season one of The Vampire Diaries

From the beginning, I was skeptical of The Vampire Diaries. When I heard about the series during development season back in early 2009, I was more than ambivalent. And what shouldn't I have been? Its development came right on the heels of the Twilight phenomenon and just as True Blood was taking off. The whole thing … Continue reading Far from sucking: Reflections on season one of The Vampire Diaries