Test Pilot: File #43, Boomtown

Test Pilot #43: Boomtown Debut date: September 29, 2002 Series legacy: A well-respected but barely-watched entry into the police procedural genre Good afternoon! Hey there, party people. Welcome back to the internet’s most popular discussion of television pilots, Test Pilot. We’re still chugging our way through an exploration of the contemporary police procedural. Before you … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #43, Boomtown

Test Pilot: File #40, NYPD Blue

Test Pilot #40: NYPD Blue Debut date: September 21, 1993 Series legacy: Descendant of Hill Street Blues, one of the catalysts for an era of grittier police dramas Hiya, folks! Welcome back to Test Pilot. This is our 40th entry and that’s simply crazy to me. Thanks to everyone who has read or written with … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #40, NYPD Blue

Test Pilot: Announcing the Test Pilot schedule through May 2012

Tuesday update: I've now filled each of these entries with a co-writer. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and shared this.  Hiya folks! Just as I did with #TVFail on Friday, I've decided to take this short burst of free time I have currently to plan the schedule for the Test Pilot feature. Constructing the schedule … Continue reading Test Pilot: Announcing the Test Pilot schedule through May 2012

Test Pilot: File #19, St. Elsewhere

Test Pilot #19: St. Elsewhere Debut date: October 26, 2982 Series' legacy: Another jewel in the MTM crown, one of -- if not the -- most-heralded medical drama of all-time Authorship is a really tricky thing and perhaps no more so than in the world of television. Numerous scholars have discussed the problems with analyzing television … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #19, St. Elsewhere

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”