Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)

I received the book Prime Time, Prime Movers for Christmas and have been plowing through it over the last week or so. As these things go, reading a book about the big individual creative forces in television history has me thinking about contemporary writer/producers. Therefore, today, I debut a new occasional feature where I will discuss … Continue reading Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)

Review: Glee, “Pot O’Gold”

Well, I guess there was no way that could last. It’s been a while, but when the first three episodes of Glee’s third season aired nine months ago, it was somewhat staggering that all of them were pretty solid, with the last aired episode “Asian F” being one of my favorites in a very long … Continue reading Review: Glee, “Pot O’Gold”

Season Premiere review — Glee, “The Purple Piano Project”

Glee is a formulaic series. For all its insanity, uneven character work and ridiculous logic, we pretty much know exactly what to expect from the series on a weekly basis. Ryan Murphy and company have pin-pointed a few things that they think the audience enjoys and they just keep hammering away with them. This isn’t … Continue reading Season Premiere review — Glee, “The Purple Piano Project”

Season Finale — Glee, “New York”

Earlier this year, The A.V. Club's Todd Van Der Werff wrote a great piece with an unfortunate, yet completely valid headline. It reads, "Community and Glee are pretty much the same show." Obviously, the headline alone was enough to send the AVC community into a tizzy, but Todd's piece is basically completely on-point. The first … Continue reading Season Finale — Glee, “New York”

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, “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”