Test Pilot: File #39, Kings

Test Pilot #39: Kings Debut date: March 15, 2009 Series legacy: Yet another one of NBC’s failed late-aughts drama series Welcome back to Test Pilot guys and gals! With that extra-special Joss Whedon Theme Week behind us, it’s time to fall back into the typical, but still lovely rhythms of the feature. Today, we continue … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #39, Kings

Pilot rapid-fire review: Pan Am

The next couple weeks are going to be insane. There are so many new series debuting and unfortunately, there is only so much time in the day for me to write about television while balancing my “real” life. You know, the one I spend on Twitter. ANYWAY, I’m going to try to touch on each … Continue reading Pilot rapid-fire review: Pan Am

Post-hiatus musings: I don’t want your stupid movies, cult television

After nearly a month, my fairly substantial hiatus here at TVS is over. I am happy to be back providing content for you folks on a regular basis. In my time off, I’ve missed all sorts of television, both viewing- and writing-wise. To combat that, I’ll be whipping up a number of random posts with … Continue reading Post-hiatus musings: I don’t want your stupid movies, cult television

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Best (and Worst) of the Rest

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: The Best (and Worst) of the Rest

Why not: Three reasons why NBC’s midseason schedule isn’t so bad

NBC released its midseason schedule today while I was in class, which in the age of Twitter is a major disappointment. Missing a big event like this means not getting able to revel in the jokes, jabs and gags on Twitter, and when the event involves NBC, the material is so much better to work … Continue reading Why not: Three reasons why NBC’s midseason schedule isn’t so bad

The Event, “Protect Them From The Truth”

After an improved second episode that provided some answers to the pilot's biggest questions, The Event proved in its third episode that it's more less out of gas already. The slight sense of mystery, intrigue and danger created in the first two episodes (however manufactured it might have been) is completely gone in "Protect Them … Continue reading The Event, “Protect Them From The Truth”

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 Premiere — The Event, “I Haven’t Told You Everything”

Of all the big Monday premieres, I ended up saving only The Event for Tuesday, and well, I think you know why. I'm not sure there's any series that I have went into with more baggage in recent memory, and though I'm sure those frustrations colors my opinion of "I Haven't Told You Everything," it's … Continue reading Series Premiere — The Event, “I Haven’t Told You Everything”

Event pre-air musings: Haven’t we been down this road before?

On Monday, NBC's much-publicized The Event debuts. I should be excited. The series wants to fill the void left by Lost and 24 by creating a dense, complicated thriller with a global scope and some sort of secret ongoing mythology. It features a ridiculously cryptic title and is powered by an effective/stupid advertising campaign, much … Continue reading Event pre-air musings: Haven’t we been down this road before?

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