Test Pilot: File #55, Sleeper Cell

Test Pilot #55: Sleeper Cell Debut date: December 4, 2005 Series legacy: A well-received, but mostly forgotten product of a mostly forgotten time in Showtime's history Happy Wednesday ladies and gentlemen. Welcome back to another edition Test Pilot. Today, we begin our 13th theme, one that I am very curious to see play out over the next eight … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #55, Sleeper Cell

2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 episodes of the season

The 2011-2012 television season has been over for almost a couple of weeks now, which means a sufficient amount of time has passed and we are primed to reflect. Over the next handful of days, I will be producing some pieces and lists looking back on the season that was. I missed out on a … Continue reading 2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 episodes of the season

#TVFail Entry 18: Dexter, “The British Invasion”

The accused: Dexter, “The British Invasion” (Season 2, Episode 12) The crime: Allowing its lead character to avoid major consequences and therefore damaging the narrative forever How much impact, both positive and negative, can one bad episode have on an entire series? How do long-running series continue onward in the aftermath of an episodic failure? … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 18: Dexter, “The British Invasion”

Talking about television is not ruining television

When you run in certain circles online or follow a bunch of people in the same field on Twitter, certain events or pieces become “things.” Over the last 36 hours, the “thing” has been Ryan McGee’s piece about The Sopranos and the HBO model’s impact on television narrative. McGee’s well-reasoned and detailed piece created a … Continue reading Talking about television is not ruining television

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best New Series

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Best New Series

TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: Most Disappointing Veteran Series

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: Most Disappointing Veteran Series

Season Premiere review — Dexter, “Those Kinds of Things”

Dexter is a series that I don’t really care about anymore. I’m not emotionally invested in anything that happens to any of the characters and the writers and Showtime have made it perfectly clear that they have no problem avoiding taking the series into the final stretch (i.e. putting pressure on Dexter and/or having Deb … Continue reading Season Premiere review — Dexter, “Those Kinds of Things”

2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Drama and Comedy Series

The 2011 Primetime Emmys are so close! September 18th to be exact. Up until the ceremony airs on FOX, I’ll be working through most of the major categories and discussing who could win, who should win and of course, who will win. I’ll likely be tackling two categories in each post, just so you know. Well … Continue reading 2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Drama and Comedy Series

2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series

The 2011 Primetime Emmys are so close! September 18th to be exact. Up until the ceremony airs on FOX, I’ll be working through most of the major categories and discussing who could win, who should win and of course, who will win. I’ll likely be tackling two categories in each post, just so you know. Happy … Continue reading 2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series

2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Writing for Drama and Comedy Series

The 2011 Primetime Emmys are so close! September 18th to be exact. Up until the ceremony airs on FOX, I’ll be working through most of the major categories and discussing who could win, who should win and of course, who will win. I’ll likely be tackling two categories in each post, just so you know. Happy … Continue reading 2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Writing for Drama and Comedy Series

2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Directing for Drama and Comedy Series

The 2011 Primetime Emmys are so close! September 18th to be exact. Up until the ceremony airs on FOX, I’ll be working through most of the major categories and discussing who could win, who should win and of course, who will win. I’ll likely be tackling two categories in each post, just so you know. … Continue reading 2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Directing for Drama and Comedy Series