Test Pilot: File #57, The Unit

Test Pilot #57: The Unit  Debut date: March 7, 2006 Series legacy: Professionally made CBS procedural Hey party people. Welcome back to Test Pilot. Hopefully you've enjoy this theme thus far (if you haven't yet, please check out the files on Sleeper Cell and Over There). There are only four entries (as opposed to the now-fairly standard five) so we are … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #57, The Unit

Test Pilot: File #44, The Shield

Test Pilot #44: The Shield Debut date: March 12, 2002 Series legacy: One of the best cop dramas, and series, of all-time Hello, everyone. Welcome back to your favorite discussion of television pilots on the internet, Test Pilot. Today we conclude our survey of the contemporary police drama. Hopefully we have done a fine job … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #44, The Shield

Upfront Week 2012: ABC’s 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: ABC’s Schedule and Analysis

Season/Series Finale — The Chicago Code, “Mike Royko’s Revenge”

I'll be perfectly honest with you dear readers: I stopped watching The Chicago Code three or four weeks ago. With the end of the semester and various other things weighing me down, I had to free up some time and ditch Code was one of the things that helped me do that. I let episodes … Continue reading Season/Series Finale — The Chicago Code, “Mike Royko’s Revenge”

Surveillance Spring Stumping: Why FOX should renew The Chicago Code

It’s May, which means we’re very close to the network upfronts. Choices about which series live and which series die are probably being made right now by all the major networks. This of course means it’s time for fans and critics to start stumping for their favorite series stuck on the bubble between cancellation and … Continue reading Surveillance Spring Stumping: Why FOX should renew The Chicago Code

The Chicago Code, “Cabrini-Green”

The Chicago Code is so close to becoming a really great television series, but every week there are some random shortcuts or plot issues that bring individual episodes down just enough to annoy or frustrate me. This week's effort, "Cabrini-Green," is absolutely no different. There is so much to like about Code. I think all … Continue reading The Chicago Code, “Cabrini-Green”

Series Premiere — The Chicago Code, “Pilot”

Because Shawn Ryan's new police drama on FOX was up for the network's fall schedule last spring, it feels like we've been talking about and waiting for The Chicago Code (formerly Ride-Along) for a very long time and the anticipation has been building. This has probably only been compounded by the fact that Shawn Ryan's other … Continue reading Series Premiere — The Chicago Code, “Pilot”

Season Finale — Terriers, “Hail Mary”

I'm a little short on time, but I certainly wanted to get some thoughts about the Terriers finale out there. Even though I suggested it might be fine for Terriers to drive off into the sunset (to Mexico, apparently) after this one great season, I still approached the season finale, "Hail Mary," with some sadness. … Continue reading Season Finale — Terriers, “Hail Mary”

Value in departure: Why a Terriers cancellation isn’t the worst thing in the world (but it’s probably close)

Terriers airs its season finale tonight at 10 p.m. on FX. You should, without question, watch it. It is the best new series of the fall and probably my favorite new drama series of the post-WGA strike era. With this being the afternoon before said finale unspools, I could spend a thousand words imploring current … Continue reading Value in departure: Why a Terriers cancellation isn’t the worst thing in the world (but it’s probably close)