Fall check-in: The CW

Hey all. It’s been too long. I’ve been really busy this fall and writing elsewhere (hopefully you’re following me over at This Was Television and TV.com). But frequent contributor Wesley Ambrecht decided to exchange some emails about the state of the broadcast networks with sweeps upon us (well now over, but still). We have tackled Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC. Finally, it's … Continue reading Fall check-in: The CW

Test Pilot: File #54, The Vampire Diaries

Test Pilot #54: The Vampire Diaries Debut date: September 10, 2009 Series legacy: An exciting show that became so good it went from “criminally underrated” to properly celebrated in relatively short fashion First impressions mean a lot in television, and that’s why writers, producers, studios, networks, etc. put more time, effort and money into pilots … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #54, The Vampire Diaries

2011-2012 season wrap: The highs and lows of Supernatural season seven

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

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 26 — Upfronts 2012

Happy Monday, y'all! Although Upfronts came to a close last week, we're not done talking about it. Hopefully you saw my posts on NBC, FOX, ABC and CBS (sorry, I just couldn't get to the C-Dub), but today we offer you an extended look at all five networks' big scheduling-related decisions. My buddies Les Chappell … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 26 — Upfronts 2012

Review: The Vampire Diaries, “Bringing Out The Dead”

Boy, did I pick a great episode to check in with The Vampire Diaries. After what I thought was a fairly weak midseason finale by typical TVD standards, the series bounced around a little bit in its first three episodes of 2012. That’s not to say I didn’t like them or that they didn’t include … Continue reading Review: The Vampire Diaries, “Bringing Out The Dead”

TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: Worst 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 Worst of 2011: Worst 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

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 16 — Welcome to the Seventh Annual Winchester Brother Angst-Off!

In the latest episode of the TV Surveillance podcast, I am joined by friends and former guests Tim Bavlnka and Chris Ryan for a wide-ranging discussion of all things Fringe season four and Supernatural season seven. As always, I'll remind you that you can subscribe to the TVS podcast through iTunes, if you'd like. Please take a moment to … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 16 — Welcome to the Seventh Annual Winchester Brother Angst-Off!

Review: The Vampire Diaries, “Homecoming”

Let me just put this out front: I enjoyed the fall finale of The Vampire Diaries’ third season. “Homecoming” was an entertaining episode with a number of truly fun and thrilling moments. If this were just about any other series, I’d be talking about how insane and well-plotted this episode was. But this isn’t any … Continue reading Review: The Vampire Diaries, “Homecoming”

Review: The Vampire Diaries, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

I haven’t discussed the last two episodes of The Vampire Diaries here on the blog, but you probably don’t have to make much of a guess about how they were received in the Barker Complex. If anyone was concerned about how Stefan’s departure from Mystic Falls would be handled, you’re probably laughing at your past … Continue reading Review: The Vampire Diaries, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Friday List: Television’s most undervalued series

If you’re a regular reader of TV Surveillance, you know I love a good list. Or a mediocre list. Or even a horrible list. The point is I have a lust for lists. This fall, I’d like to provide you folks with more lists than ever and hopefully that will result in a weekly or … Continue reading Friday List: Television’s most undervalued series

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 6 — Lincoln Lee’s Glasses are Ridiculous

In the sixth episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, Tim Bavlnka joins host Cory Barker for a discussion of the very young seasons of Supernatural and Fringe. The two talk about why season seven of Supernatural is on the path to success and why season four of Fringe feels a lot like the exact opposite of that. Also: You can now subscribe to the … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 6 — Lincoln Lee’s Glasses are Ridiculous

Review: Supernatural, “Hello, Cruel World”

Sorry for the delay in this review folks. I’ll probably not be talking about Supernatural until Monday this season and I’m still not sure how often I’ll be able to write something at all. Fridays and the weekend are tough. Holy crap. “Hello, Cruel World” is not only the best second episode in Supernatural’s run, … Continue reading Review: Supernatural, “Hello, Cruel World”