Test Pilot: File #53, Parks and Recreation

Test Pilot #53: Parks and Recreation Debut date: April 9, 2009 Series legacy: On the shortlist of great contemporary sitcoms First impressions mean a lot in television, and that’s why writers, producers, studios, networks, etc. put more time, effort and money into pilots than they do just about any other episode that could possibly be…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #53, Parks and Recreation

Review: Parks and Recreation, “Smallest Park”

  I haven’t written about Parks and Recreation once this season. Various personal commitments typically keep me to two reviews on Thursday night/Friday morning, I’d frankly just prefer to discuss the likes of Community and The Vampire Diaries at those times. However, although I have enjoyed much of Parks and Rec’s fourth season, I’ve also…… Continue reading Review: Parks and Recreation, “Smallest Park”

2011 Emmy Nomination Predictions

I’ve done my wishful thinking, now it’s time to make some last-minute official predictions for this year’s Emmy nominations. As you might notice, this “ballot” is much different than my dream one. This makes me sad, but oh well. I’ll have some reflections on the nominations after they are announced on Monday THURSDAY (thanks to Myles…… Continue reading 2011 Emmy Nomination Predictions

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Supporting Actor 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 Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Parks and Recreation, “Harvest Festival”

I think “Harvest Festival” might be my favorite episode of Parks and Recreation ever. I’m not really confident in that opinion since I’m still basking in the afterglow of watching the episode twice in less than a few hours and I’m mostly confident that it isn’t the “best” episode ever, but good lord do I…… Continue reading Parks and Recreation, “Harvest Festival”

Parks and Recreation, “Indianapolis”

Because of my schedule, I don’t get to write about Parks and Recreation every week and that just makes me sad. I think I’ve settled in on a schedule where I write about every other episode, which is better than nothing, I guess. Although it’s moderately disappointing that I didn’t have time to write about…… Continue reading Parks and Recreation, “Indianapolis”

Parks and Recreation, “Ron & Tammy: Part Two”

Bringing back successful supporting characters is always a  bit of a crapshoot. If their initial introduction to the series and its world is so tremendous, it’s always going to be hard to top or create a story that lives up to the fans’ expectations. And one of the easiest ways to try to avoid any…… Continue reading Parks and Recreation, “Ron & Tammy: Part Two”

Parks and Recreation, “Flu Season”

There’s been a lot of hype about Parks and Recreation’s “Flu Season.” Showrunner Michael Schur has consistently said that it is the series’ best effort to-date, the critics were all buzzing about it once they received screeners near the end of 2010 and in general, this is supposed to be the episode for the series.…… Continue reading Parks and Recreation, “Flu Season”

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Top 60 Episodes, 50-41

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, 50-41

Hey, it could be worse: Reflections on the 2010 Emmy nominees

Fortunately, I was awake for the announcement of the Emmy nominees this morning. Unfortunately, I was working and had to rely on sneaky Twitter checks on my Blackberry. Nevertheless, my secretive viewing lasted much longer than expected thanks to a number of unexpected nomination announcements, which is a word that I never expect to pair…… Continue reading Hey, it could be worse: Reflections on the 2010 Emmy nominees

TV Surveillance Last Minute Emmy Nomination Picks

The title to this post is somewhat misleading because I’ve actually had my “official” Emmy picks finished for a few days, aside from a few of the minor categories I wrapped up yesterday. However, thanks to my summer excursion into manual labor, this is the first time I’ve had a real good chunk of time…… Continue reading TV Surveillance Last Minute Emmy Nomination Picks

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 3 — Gleeful about the Emmys

In the third episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, Austin Morris and I discuss our issues with the second half of Glee before moving on to a lot of Emmy talk where we pretend that some of our favorites like Friday Night Lights, Fringe and Matthew Fox have a chance to be nominated. This one…… Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 3 — Gleeful about the Emmys

TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Supporting Actor in 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. Today: Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series! Two things before we get going: First, I’m only choosing…… Continue reading TV Surveillance Dream Emmy Ballot: Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

2009-10 season wrap: Parks and Recreation

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be summarizing my thoughts on many of the series that ended just as the “official” television season came to a close recently. Overview: After a short first season that felt too much like an Office spin-off that didn’t quite know how to make its characters act like real people,…… Continue reading 2009-10 season wrap: Parks and Recreation