TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 14 — Times Were Different Then, Man

In this episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, host Cory Barker is joined by his good friend Adam Lukach for a discussion about Hell on Wheels, a recent piece Cory wrote on AMC and a short chat about Showtime's Homeland. Don't forget, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, if you'd like.

Test Pilot: File #23, China Beach

Test Pilot #23: China Beach Debut date: April 27, 1988 Series legacy: A well-respected, but sort of forgotten series It’s time for a new theme in the site’s most popular ongoing feature, Test Pilot. The primary reason I started this feature almost a year ago was so that I could have a solid excuse to … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #23, China Beach

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama 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 Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama 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 Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Telling the best original stories?: Discussing AMC’s brand development

I have been thinking a lot about television network/channel branding lately. Call it a dual byproduct of writing a MA thesis on the topic and the upfronts season, which always brings forth questions about whether or not a series is "right" for whatever it is a network or channel is trying to do. My branding-on-the-brain … Continue reading Telling the best original stories?: Discussing AMC’s brand development

2010-2011 season wrap: The top 10 series of the season

The 2010-2011 television series officially ended last week. Obviously, there will be a lot of great television coming in the summer months ahead and it is sort of silly to stick to the ancient constructs of the broadcast television season (which ran from September 20, 2010 to May 25, 2011 this season), but I’ve never … Continue reading 2010-2011 season wrap: The top 10 series of the season

Stuck in the middle — The failure of the complex, restrained television series

Let's play pretend for a moment (since I planned on writing this column had this thing we're pretending about actually happened), if you don't mind. Let us assume for the sake of argument that AMC's fantastic new drama series The Killing didn't open to nearly 3 million viewers, which is a sizable success for the … Continue reading Stuck in the middle — The failure of the complex, restrained television series

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

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Top 60 Episodes, 30-21

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: Top 60 Episodes, 30-21

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Top 60 Episodes, 40-31

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: Top 60 Episodes, 40-31

TVS October-in-Review: The month’s best episodes

Because I love lists and various compiled features, I figured one thing I could start doing here at TVS is looking back at the end of every month. This new feature will include the once-dead, now-alive-in-a-new-form broadcast network power rankings, series power rankings (I can’t not, I just want to do them so badly) and … Continue reading TVS October-in-Review: The month’s best episodes

Season Finale — Rubicon, “You Can Never Win”

When Rubicon debuted, it clearly wanted to be a 24-style conspiracy thriller with '70s leanings, but the pilot didn't seem too interested in focusing on the characters as much as the multi-layered plotline. Once Henry Bromell came on and figured out what the series should be by episode four, Rubicon became a totally different and … Continue reading Season Finale — Rubicon, “You Can Never Win”

Rubicon, “A Good Day’s Work”

Rubicon has been working with an intense, slow-burning formula for a while now and that's been wonderful to watch. The pieces have been slowly coming together in the background while individual episodes have focused more on the quirky characters working at API. That's been an effective strategy on an individual episode level, but really rears … Continue reading Rubicon, “A Good Day’s Work”