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

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: The Top Episodes of 2011, 100-51

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: The Top Episodes of 2011, 100-51

Review: Luther, Season Two

Luther returned for its second season on BBC America last night. The episodes aired this summer in the UK and I, well, procured and watched them during that time. I’m not going to write weekly reviews about this season’s four episodes for a couple of reasons: I don’t have enough time and I wasn’t particularly…… Continue reading Review: Luther, Season Two

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Top 60 Episodes, 60-51

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 Top 60 Episodes, 60-51

Luther, “Episode Six”

Luther started immensely strong and then unfortunately toiled away in solid, but not tremendously so procedural fare for a few episodes before then flipping the switch on the crazy last week. In the finale to this series’ six-part first run, that sense of crazy continued a nice pace without going too far off the deep…… Continue reading Luther, “Episode Six”

Luther, “Episode Five”

Luther has been in something of a slump over its past two episodes, and after episode four, I wondered if the last two episodes of this first season (I believe they’re doing a few 2-hour movie event things in the future) would be even close to as interesting as the first hour. Well, after “Episode…… Continue reading Luther, “Episode Five”

Luther, “Episode Four”

I started out loving Luther. You know this. But after a thrilling and frankly fantastic opening episode, the last three have been particularly disinterested in fully exploring the Luther-Alice relationship and at this point, the procedural story has to be really good to make me feel like I’m not losing something when Alice is only…… Continue reading Luther, “Episode Four”

TVS October-in-Review: Series Power Rankings

Because I love lists and various compiled features, I figured one thing I could start doing here at TVS is looking back at the end of every month. This new feature will include the once-dead, now-alive-in-a-new-form broadcast network power rankings, series power rankings (I can’t not, I just want to do them so badly) and…… Continue reading TVS October-in-Review: Series Power Rankings

TVS October-in-Review: The month’s best episodes

Because I love lists and various compiled features, I figured one thing I could start doing here at TVS is looking back at the end of every month. This new feature will include the once-dead, now-alive-in-a-new-form broadcast network power rankings, series power rankings (I can’t not, I just want to do them so badly) and…… Continue reading TVS October-in-Review: The month’s best episodes

Luther, “Episode Three”

After last week’s slightly disappointing effort, Luther’s third episode strikes a better balance between a specific procedural case, the budding relationship between John and Alice and the unraveling of John’s personal life. It’s still messy and sometimes scattershot, but there’s more good stuff happening here. One thing I’ve noticed about Luther thus far is that…… Continue reading Luther, “Episode Three”

Luther, “Episode Two”

Without Mad Men and Rubicon, Luther has become my only real appointment television for Sunday nights and thankfully, the second episode delivered a number of good procedural moments and a some nice developments in the ongoing stories with John and Alice. What’s interesting about the episode is that after a pilot that spends all its…… Continue reading Luther, “Episode Two”

Series Premiere — Luther, “Episode 1”

I had heard nothing but good things about BBC’s Luther, but I always hear good things about BBC productions and never get around to watching them. However, due to my undying respect for The Wire and particularly Idris Elba’s performance as Stringer Bell, I randomly decided to DVR the first episode of the gritty police…… Continue reading Series Premiere — Luther, “Episode 1”