Test Pilot: File #44, The Shield

Test Pilot #44: The Shield Debut date: March 12, 2002 Series legacy: One of the best cop dramas, and series, of all-time Hello, everyone. Welcome back to your favorite discussion of television pilots on the internet, Test Pilot. Today we conclude our survey of the contemporary police drama. Hopefully we have done a fine job … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #44, The Shield

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 22 — The Top TV Stories of the Year (The Year of the PR Nightmare)

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: TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 22 — The Top TV Stories of the Year (The Year of the PR Nightmare)

Season Premiere review — Sons of Anarchy, “Out”

“We’re not a gang, we’re a motorcycle club.” Like many of you, I come into this season of Sons of Anarchy with complicated feelings. As I’ve discussed a few times, I found the third season to be pretty tepid, but I don’t think I was as disappointed as most – if only because I didn’t … Continue reading Season Premiere review — Sons of Anarchy, “Out”

Fall Television “Preview”: Four series with problems to solve

With September upon us, the fall television season is just around the corner. At random times over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting some preview-like pieces about what is to come over the next few months. Just like last year, I haven’t seen any of the season’s new series – no pilots or anything. … Continue reading Fall Television “Preview”: Four series with problems to solve

How much can a great ending save a mediocre (or worse) season?

Tonight, the finale to Sons of Anarchy's third season airs on FX. It's a 90 minute episode that, as you can see, showrunner Kurt Sutter has been hyping on Twitter. The last two Sons finales have been pretty damn great, as have the other extended episodes of the series so I should be filled with … Continue reading How much can a great ending save a mediocre (or worse) season?

Sons of Anarchy, “Widening Gyre”

If you've been following along with my thoughts on season three of Sons of Anarchy, you probably recognize that I"m a little cold on this season -- and I think, for good reason. Things have been really slow-moving and honestly, at some times, boring. I've said previously that I totally understand where Kurt Sutter and … Continue reading Sons of Anarchy, “Widening Gyre”

Season Premiere — Sons of Anarchy, “So”

Damn, what a way to usher in the new television season. At the end of Sons of Anarchy's second season, all the fissures in the SAMCRO and Teller-Morrow families had been put aside to face more external threats, ones that left Half Sack dead, Gemma on the run and Jax's son, Abel, abducted. Most viewers … Continue reading Season Premiere — Sons of Anarchy, “So”