TV in 2013: Best (Favorite) Episodes

Welcome to the TV in 2013 roundtable. Like last year, I’ve assembled a group of critics, friends, and television lovers to reflect on the year that was. Throughout December, we’ll discuss a variety of TV-related topics, covering the highs, lows, and everything in between. You can find all the entries here. Cory Barker: Next category: Best … Continue reading TV in 2013: Best (Favorite) Episodes

2012-2013 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Defining Individuals of the Season

Now that the 2012-13 TV season is “officially” over, I thought I’d get some folks together and talk about a bunch of different things that happened between September and May. This is the 2012-13 season wrap roundtable. Previously on the roundtable: Shows changing over the season Cory: When you think back on this season, who … Continue reading 2012-2013 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Defining Individuals of the Season

2012-13 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Falling Behind and Letting Go

Now that the 2012-13 TV season is "officially" over, I thought I'd get some folks together and talk about a bunch of different things that happened between September and May. This is the 2012-13 season wrap roundtable.  Cory Barker: There has been a lot of discussion this season about the glut of good TV. Alan … Continue reading 2012-13 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Falling Behind and Letting Go

TV in 2012 Roundtable: Best Episodes

Welcome to the TV in 2012 roundtable. I’ve assembled nearly 20 of my fellow critics, scholars and friends to reflect and review the year in television. Between now and the end of the year, the group will discuss various topics covering the highs, the lows and everything in between. See previous entries of the roundtable here.  … Continue reading TV in 2012 Roundtable: Best Episodes

TV in 2012 Roundtable: Favorite Musical Moment

Welcome to the TV in 2012 roundtable. I’ve assembled nearly 20 of my fellow critics, scholars and friends to reflect and review the year in television. Between now and the end of the year, the group will discuss various topics covering the highs, the lows and everything in between. See previous entries of the roundtable here.  … Continue reading TV in 2012 Roundtable: Favorite Musical Moment

TV in 2012 Roundtable: Outstanding Single Moment

Welcome to the TV in 2012 roundtable. I’ve assembled nearly 20 of my fellow critics, scholars and friends to reflect and review the year in television. Between now and the end of the year, the group will discuss various topics covering the highs, the lows and everything in between. We kick things off today with … Continue reading TV in 2012 Roundtable: Outstanding Single Moment

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

Upfront Week 2012: NBC’s Fall 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: NBC’s Fall Schedule and Analysis

[Update] Test Pilot: Announcing the upcoming themes and files

5/25 Update: And they're all filled! Thanks people!   5/21 Update: Still a few open slots! Help me!   5/11 Update: I've updated the schedule with the requested spots. I still have many files open. Please consider joining me! After much consideration and the help of many of you (thanks by the way), I've crafted … Continue reading [Update] Test Pilot: Announcing the upcoming themes and files

Chitchat: Does Parks and Recreation have a Leslie Knope problem?

I talk television with a lot of people. Friends, family, other critics on Twitter, vagrants on the street. I just love talking about TV. Because I don’t have the time and resources to do a podcast like I used to in college, I’m going to sort of replicate that experience in textual form in a … Continue reading Chitchat: Does Parks and Recreation have a Leslie Knope problem?

#TVFail Entry 17: 30 Rock, “The One With The Cast of Night Court”

The accused: 30 Rock, “The One With The Cast of Night Court” (Season 3, Episode 3) The crime:  Embodying the big dangers with high-profile guest casting 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 … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 17: 30 Rock, “The One With The Cast of Night Court”