2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series

The 2011 Primetime Emmys are so close! September 18th to be exact. Up until the ceremony airs on FOX, I’ll be working through most of the major categories and discussing who could win, who should win and of course, who will win. I’ll likely be tackling two categories in each post, just so you know. Happy … Continue reading 2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series

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

Season Finale — Raising Hope, “Don’t Vote For This Episode”

I haven't written about Raising Hope in a very long time, but that's mostly been a byproduct of my Tuesday schedule and other persona matters. In any event, I wanted to get down a few thoughts about the finale. For the most part, the first season of Hope has been pretty damn great. First seasons of … Continue reading Season Finale — Raising Hope, “Don’t Vote For This Episode”

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

Raising Hope, “Happy Halloween” and “Family Secrets”

One-hour blocks of a specific comedy series always annoy me. Either the block is filled with one full episode that stretches the material way too thin and ultimately makes you wish it was just 30 minutes -- like countless episodes of The office -- or the network has randomly selected to air two non-connecting episodes … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Happy Halloween” and “Family Secrets”

Raising Hope, “Say Cheese” and Running Wilde, “The Junior Affair”

If you're a comedy that desires to wrap things up with something of a happy ending each week, there's a fine line to tight-rope. As I've discussed relentlessly over the past few weeks, there seems to be a need to execute this approach in all the recent comedies, and that's fine, but it's really all about the … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Say Cheese” and Running Wilde, “The Junior Affair”

Raising Hope, “Dream Hoarders” and Running Wilde, “Oil & Water”

More so than new dramas, new comedies need time to grow, time to tinker, time to generally figure out what the hell the series is going to be about and where the jokes are going to come from. It's easy to hate comedies if they're not unbelievably funny from the get-go, but in practice, that … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Dream Hoarders” and Running Wilde, “Oil & Water”

Raising Hope, “Dead Tooth” and Running Wilde, “Into the Wilde”

I like the idea of writing up these FOX comedies together, so I'm going to keep it going, at least until one of them gets good enough to deserve a solo space. Both series had varying degrees of success in their pilot episodes and they both progressed with varying degrees of success. Neither series is … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Dead Tooth” and Running Wilde, “Into the Wilde”

Series Premieres — Raising Hope, “Pilot” and Running Wilde, “Pilot”

FOX doesn't have much like in the live-action comedy department. Aside from Arrested Development, there's been nothing to write home about from the biggest broadcast network around, and that's kind of weird. This season, the network is re-committing to the format with two series with famous pedigrees. And though it's better that I don't take … Continue reading Series Premieres — Raising Hope, “Pilot” and Running Wilde, “Pilot”