2012-13 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Falling Behind and Letting Go

Now that the 2012-13 TV season is “officially” over, I thought I’d get some folks together and talk about a bunch of different things that happened between September and May. This is the 2012-13 season wrap roundtable.  Cory Barker: There has been a lot of discussion this season about the glut of good TV. Alan…… Continue reading 2012-13 Season Wrap-Up Roundtable: Falling Behind and Letting Go

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

Does a series’ ultimate failure negate a great pilot?

I hope everyone enjoyed the Awake pilot last night (or over the past few weeks, thanks to NBC releasing it online fairly early). If you haven’t read my review, please consider doing that. But amid all the beaming reviews and superlatives for Awake, big questions remain: Is it a series? Can the story be maintained…… Continue reading Does a series’ ultimate failure negate a great pilot?

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: Nice Words about Series That Didn’t Make My Top 30 of the Year

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: Nice Words about Series That Didn’t Make My Top 30 of the Year

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: The Top Episodes of 2011, 50-1

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: The Top Episodes of 2011, 50-1

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 20 — Be More Like Lost, Walking Dead

In the new episode of the podcast, I’m joined by The A.V. Club’s Zack Handlen for a discussion about the “mehs” of House season eight and the highs and lows of The Walking Dead season two. You can pre-order Zack’s new book on Amazon and also don’t forget to subscribe to the pod on iTunes.

The Walking Dead is weird.

I’ll just go ahead and apologize up front, folks. Thanks to a dozen professional and personal obligations, I haven’t written anything for TVS in what seems like forever. I’m pretty sure I remember how to do this, however, what I’m trying to convey in this piece is also sort of confounding, so who really knows…… Continue reading The Walking Dead is weird.

Quality television-by-the-numbers: On AMC’s continued misguided laziness

This is not a review for the pilot episode of Hell on Wheels. You see because I don’t think I could barely muster up more than 150 words about that initial offering. At the pilot stage, Hell on Wheels is dull, sloppy, clunky and generally trying to do way too many different things without accomplishing…… Continue reading Quality television-by-the-numbers: On AMC’s continued misguided laziness

Review: The Walking Dead, “Save the Last One”

That’s more like it. “Save the Last One” is definitely the best episode of The Walking Dead since the pilot and it might be one that I actually like more than that stirring initial offering. This is the kind of series that I hoped The Walking Dead would be and this is the kind of…… Continue reading Review: The Walking Dead, “Save the Last One”

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 13 — Boardwalking Dead? More like Bored, Walking Dead

In the latest episode of the podcast, I’m joined by Les Chappell and Andy Daglas for TVS’ first three-man pod. We discuss the second seasons of Boardwalk Empire (yay!) and The Walking Dead (ugh.). Remember, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, if you like that kind of thing.

Season Premiere review — The Walking Dead, “What Lies Ahead”

The Walking Dead was not a good series in its short, six episode season. The pilot is one of the best single episodes of television in the past few years, but after that, things devolved into a rudderless, repetitive and un-subtle mess. Dead was always going to have an uphill battle with its plot due…… Continue reading Season Premiere review — The Walking Dead, “What Lies Ahead”

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

Friday List: The best 15 television pilots

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: The best 15 television pilots

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

It’s that time again, folks. The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 14, which means I have almost an entire month to flood this space with hopes, dreams and predictions about what could happen come nomination time. To kick things off, I’ll be bringing back the Dream Emmy Ballot. It’s something I did last…… Continue reading 2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series