TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The 25 Best Series, 25-11

2010 has been a fantastic year for television. This year brought us a slew of great new programs and if we include the second halves of all the series that debuted in the fall of 2009 (which I am for these features), we have probably just experienced the best run of newbies since 2004. While … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The 25 Best Series, 25-11

Glee, “A Very Glee Christmas”

If there's any series that should be able to integrate the overwhelming joy that is supposed to come from Christmas specials, it's Glee. The combination just seems so obvious, which is perhaps why I can't really say that I'll be too critical of this episode. But at the same time, there needs to be some … Continue reading Glee, “A Very Glee Christmas”

Glee, “Special Education”

Glee's competition episodes should be a big event. Of all the things the series does really well, it's big, celebratory moments. Those moments don't require any subtlety and instead the series can just revel in grand gestures, lots of smiles and soaring hooks. The wedding sequences last week we just wonderful, despite the angelic rendering of … Continue reading Glee, “Special Education”

Quick thoughts on Conan’s new show, Conan

After months of anticipation, loads of great Twitter bits, zero shows and 10,000 free t-shirts, Conan O'Brien finally debuted his TBS talk show, Conan tonight. Critics, fans and anyone with a remote interest in television of the late night variety wondered how Conan would mold his personality to the basic cable network, 11 p.m., etc. … Continue reading Quick thoughts on Conan’s new show, Conan

Fall TV Preview: Four returning series that have something to prove

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: Four returning series that have something to prove

2010 Emmy Predictions: Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series

In case you didn’t know (because I sure as heck didn’t until I saw something the latest Entertainment Weekly), the Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sunday, August 29 on NBC. In the glow of some great nominations and not too many ridiculous slights (I’m resigned to the fact that Sons of Anarchy won’t get its due), … Continue reading 2010 Emmy Predictions: Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series