#TVFail Entry 3: Heroes, “How To Stop An Exploding Man”

The accused: Heroes, “How to Stop an Exploding Man” (Season 1, Episode 23) The crime: Failing to provide a satisfying conclusion to a much-hyped season of serialized drama Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed clumsy conclusions of series we…… Continue reading #TVFail Entry 3: Heroes, “How To Stop An Exploding Man”

Event pre-air musings: Haven’t we been down this road before?

On Monday, NBC’s much-publicized The Event debuts. I should be excited. The series wants to fill the void left by Lost and 24 by creating a dense, complicated thriller with a global scope and some sort of secret ongoing mythology. It features a ridiculously cryptic title and is powered by an effective/stupid advertising campaign, much…… Continue reading Event pre-air musings: Haven’t we been down this road before?

AMC breaks bad with its schedule — No Breaking Bad until July 2011

Breaking Bad ended its otherworldly third season in early June, leaving its fans breathless and wanting more just like the meth addicts the series’ Walter White cooks for. Unfortunately, it looks like we will all be waiting just a little bit longer than expected. As Deadline is reporting, season four of the critically acclaimed series…… Continue reading AMC breaks bad with its schedule — No Breaking Bad until July 2011

Does anyone actually believe Ryan Murphy?

Note: I’ve been missing my old IDS gigs where I bashed out weekly 500-600 word columns and I feel like the blog needs more time sensitive material that’s not just post-air analysis. Thus, I’ll be trying to write something of a weekly column that will touch on one specific item in the industry. I hope…… Continue reading Does anyone actually believe Ryan Murphy?

Welcome characters, knowing drama and more — Discussing branding approaches by cable and broadcast networks

A few weeks ago, a number of critics and TV-related folk were blowing up my Twitter feed with their discussion on the greatness of USA Network. In short, these folks were watching screeners of White Collar’s second season and the first few episodes of the network’s new series, Covert Affairs. They loved them. If I…… Continue reading Welcome characters, knowing drama and more — Discussing branding approaches by cable and broadcast networks

We were all witnesses (To the death of sports media)

Note: This post was written almost totally last night. I was simply too tired to edit it. Thus the words “tonight” and “today” refer to yesterday (Thursday). I didn’t want to be full of vitriol tonight. I didn’t want the co-opted media “event” crafted by LeBron James’ “team” and ESPN get me down. ESPN always blows…… Continue reading We were all witnesses (To the death of sports media)