#TVFail Entry 16: Arrested Development, “For British Eyes Only”

The accused: Arrested Development, “For British Eyes Only” (Season 3, Episode 2) The crime: Losing control of the series’ successful and innovative frameworks 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 had it all … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 16: Arrested Development, “For British Eyes Only”

Chitchat: You’re probably too excited about this Arrested Development news

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: You’re probably too excited about this Arrested Development news

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

Raising Hope, “Say Cheese” and Running Wilde, “The Junior Affair”

If you're a comedy that desires to wrap things up with something of a happy ending each week, there's a fine line to tight-rope. As I've discussed relentlessly over the past few weeks, there seems to be a need to execute this approach in all the recent comedies, and that's fine, but it's really all about the … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Say Cheese” and Running Wilde, “The Junior Affair”

Over-Flow — Responses to Flow Conference 2010 Panels: The sitcom and happy endings

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 last weekend at my first academic conference. The 2010 Flow Conference took place in Austin, Texas and it was generally awesome, particularly for a super-young television scholar (I believe that … Continue reading Over-Flow — Responses to Flow Conference 2010 Panels: The sitcom and happy endings

Raising Hope, “Dream Hoarders” and Running Wilde, “Oil & Water”

More so than new dramas, new comedies need time to grow, time to tinker, time to generally figure out what the hell the series is going to be about and where the jokes are going to come from. It's easy to hate comedies if they're not unbelievably funny from the get-go, but in practice, that … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Dream Hoarders” and Running Wilde, “Oil & Water”

Raising Hope, “Dead Tooth” and Running Wilde, “Into the Wilde”

I like the idea of writing up these FOX comedies together, so I'm going to keep it going, at least until one of them gets good enough to deserve a solo space. Both series had varying degrees of success in their pilot episodes and they both progressed with varying degrees of success. Neither series is … Continue reading Raising Hope, “Dead Tooth” and Running Wilde, “Into the Wilde”

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

Series Premieres — Raising Hope, “Pilot” and Running Wilde, “Pilot”

FOX doesn't have much like in the live-action comedy department. Aside from Arrested Development, there's been nothing to write home about from the biggest broadcast network around, and that's kind of weird. This season, the network is re-committing to the format with two series with famous pedigrees. And though it's better that I don't take … Continue reading Series Premieres — Raising Hope, “Pilot” and Running Wilde, “Pilot”

Fall TV “Preview”: Are there any broadcast hits in this group?

The fall television season is just about to begin! To celebrate, I’ll be doing a series of fun features and previews for both returning and brand-new series. I have not seen any of the new pilots or premieres from veteran series, and thus the quotes around preview. No matter, that won’t stop me from doing … Continue reading Fall TV “Preview”: Are there any broadcast hits in this group?

Fall TV “Preview”: Gauging my excitement for all of fall’s new series

The fall television season is just about to begin! To celebrate, I’ll be doing a series of fun features and previews for both returning and brand-new series. I have not seen any of the new pilots or premieres from veteran series, and thus the quotes around preview. No matter, that won’t stop me from doing … Continue reading Fall TV “Preview”: Gauging my excitement for all of fall’s new series

Upfronts: Musings on FOX’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 FOX’s schedule