Test Pilot: File #12, The Marriage Ref

Test Pilot #12: The Marriage Ref Debut date: February 28, 2010 Series legacy: One of the worst television series to hit the airwaves in the last few years, a signal that we should all respect Jerry Seinfeld less. Test Pilot is back! It’s a new year, but the historical pilot analysis continues! In case you…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #12, The Marriage Ref

The waiting game: Watching and writing about today’s television comedy

The following paragraphs might not be full of original criticism or analysis or analysis of criticism. It’s just something I’ve been personally experiencing throughout this television season and I felt like it was time to write it down and hope for the best in terms of clarity and thoughtfulness. This seems moderately timely as well,…… Continue reading The waiting game: Watching and writing about today’s television comedy

Test Pilot: File #9, Joey

Test Pilot #9: Joey Debut date: September 9, 2004 Series legacy: One of the biggest failures in recent broadcast television memory, a giant signal to the world that spin-offs don’t always work. And Test Pilot is back! It’s a new year, but the historical pilot analysis continues! In case you have forgotten or are new…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #9, Joey

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Five Worst New Series

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: Five Worst New Series

Why not: Three reasons why NBC’s midseason schedule isn’t so bad

NBC released its midseason schedule today while I was in class, which in the age of Twitter is a major disappointment. Missing a big event like this means not getting able to revel in the jokes, jabs and gags on Twitter, and when the event involves NBC, the material is so much better to work…… Continue reading Why not: Three reasons why NBC’s midseason schedule isn’t so bad

Is it time to swap Community and 30 Rock?

Full disclosure: The following post is spurred on by my die-hard love for NBC’s Community. In less than 30 episodes, it is already my favorite comedy of all-time. That might be an irrational statement, but it’s the kind of series that’s tailor-made for my interests and sense of humor. It’s certainly not the best comedy…… Continue reading Is it time to swap Community and 30 Rock?

Over-Flow — Responses to Flow Conference 2010 panels: I can’t quit you, terrible TV

If you follow me on Twitter or caught up with a few of my delayed posts on last week’s television, you know that I spent the first few days of October at my first academic conference. The 2010 Flow Conference took place in Austin, Texasand it was generally awesome, particularly for a super-young television scholar (I…… Continue reading Over-Flow — Responses to Flow Conference 2010 panels: I can’t quit you, terrible TV

Broadcast network power rankings — Week 1

Earlier this month, I wrote a post discussing the possible new features that would be coming to TV Surveillance and if you remember that (or just clicked on that link), you’ll know that Broadcast Network Power Rankings was not something mentioned. Truth is, I had originally hoped to keep up with all the new series…… Continue reading Broadcast network power rankings — Week 1

Upfronts: Musings on NBC’s schedule

This week is one of the most exciting and hectic times for the television industry and those of us who like to pontificate about it — upfronts! All week the broadcast networks will be announcing their fall schedules for advertisers, which means all sorts of stories about pick-ups, cancellations and armchair quarterbacking from people like…… Continue reading Upfronts: Musings on NBC’s schedule