Season Premiere review — Parenthood, “I Don’t Want to Do This Without You”

NBC’s Parenthood is a hard program to review in the traditional episodic context. The comfortable rhythms and moderate-wattage storylines are easily explained and the performances are always solid. Sometimes, like in the middle stretch of last season, the series kicks it into another gear and it feels like there is more material there to poke … Continue reading Season Premiere review — Parenthood, “I Don’t Want to Do This Without You”

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

It’s that time again, folks. The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 14, which means I have almost an entire month to flood this space with hopes, dreams and predictions about what could happen come nomination time. To kick things off, I’ll be bringing back the Dream Emmy Ballot. It’s something I did last … Continue reading 2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Parenthood, “Do Not Sleep With Your Autistic Nephew’s Therapist”

Inspired by the sprawling, multi-armed conversation about the state of television criticism (see here, here and here, among other places), I’ve decided to take the next week or so to check in with the series that I watch every single week, but never actually write about. There’s been a lot of discussion about writing longer form pieces on … Continue reading Parenthood, “Do Not Sleep With Your Autistic Nephew’s Therapist”

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 3 — Gleeful about the Emmys

In the third episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, Austin Morris and I discuss our issues with the second half of Glee before moving on to a lot of Emmy talk where we pretend that some of our favorites like Friday Night Lights, Fringe and Matthew Fox have a chance to be nominated. This one … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 3 — Gleeful about the Emmys