TV in 2012 Roundtable: Most Surprising Show

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: Most Surprising Show

Upfront Week 2012: CBS’ 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: CBS’ Schedule and Analysis

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: Favorite Reality Competition Programs

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: Favorite Reality Competition Programs

#TVFail Entry 11: Survivor: Samoa, “This Game Ain’t Over”

The accused: Survivor: Samoa, "This Game Ain't Over (Season 19, Episode 14) The crime: Presenting a conclusion that flies in the face of everything the audience saw that season and maybe even the series' values as a whole Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 11: Survivor: Samoa, “This Game Ain’t Over”

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Best Reality Competition Series

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: Best Reality Competition Series

Season Premiere — Survivor Nicaragua, “Young at Heart”

I don't imagine that I'll be posting my thoughts on Survivor Nicaragua each week, but it seemed logical to check in on the season during its premiere. This is especially true because of the season's young vs. old gimmick and the participation of the famous football coach Jimmy Johnson. As expected, Johnson takes up a … Continue reading Season Premiere — Survivor Nicaragua, “Young at Heart”

Upfronts: The most interesting timeslot match-ups

All five of the major networks have announced fall schedules and there are obviously a number of intriguing timeslot battles that will influence fans and the networks alike. I thought I'd take stock of the three most interesting match-ups folks will be talking about throughout the fall.Mondays at 9 p.m., Lonestar vs. The Event vs. Gossip … Continue reading Upfronts: The most interesting timeslot match-ups

Upfronts: Musings on CBS’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 CBS’s schedule

Sandra deserved to win Survivor — Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the social game

Before we get going, some background: I stopped watching Survivor after Palau partially because I felt like I had seen all I needed to from the series and partially because I directed my love for television elsewhere. I returned for Samoa after I heard about the introductory destruction Russell was causing. I had a general … Continue reading Sandra deserved to win Survivor — Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the social game