Upfront Week 2012: FOX’s Schedule and Analysis

This week is basically like Christmas for television nerds like myself. Frankly, it is better. Of course, I am talking about Upfronts, the time of the year where the networks bring new fall schedules (and sometimes winter/spring schedules that do not end up sticking) to advertisers. Thanks to the glorious nature of the internet and … Continue reading Upfront Week 2012: FOX’s Schedule and Analysis

#TVFail Entry 4: The Office, “The Banker”

The accused: The Office, "The Banker" (Season 6, Episode 14) The crime: Clip show. That is all. 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 were convinced had it all planned out (nice to see you … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 4: The Office, “The Banker”

Season Finale — The Office, “Search Committee”

Like many of the series I've written about this week, I haven't checked in on The Office for a bit. Thursdays are always busy for me and the series isn't in a position where it MUST be written about each week. I thought about writing something during Michael Scott's goodbye, but so many other people … Continue reading Season Finale — The Office, “Search Committee”

The Office, “Threat Level Midnight”

Inspired by the sprawling, multi-armed conversation about the state of television criticism (see here, here andhere, 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 The Office, “Threat Level Midnight”

Season Premiere — The Office, “Nepotism”

Going into Steve Carell's final season as Michael Scott, The Office is in a unique position. Though last season was definitely the worst thus far and Year 7 is rarely a whirlwind resurgence for a slumping long-running comedy, Carell's departure suggests that the series' writers will be faced with doing some of the things that … Continue reading Season Premiere — The Office, “Nepotism”

2010 Emmy Predictions: Writing for Drama and 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: Writing for Drama and Comedy Series

TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Writing for a Comedy Series

This week I'll be pretending that I have an Emmy vote and discussing my picks for all the major categories. Once it gets closer to the time that nominees are actually announced, I'll do an official "picks" column. Up first: Writing for a Comedy Series! Two things before we get going: First, I'm only choosing … Continue reading TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Writing for a Comedy Series