Genre Welcome?: Formula, Genre and Branding in USA Network’s Programming and Promotional Content (A thesis)

It has come to my attention that I have yet to link to a work that I spent the last year working on, my MA thesis. Thankfully, I busted my butt last summer and didn't have much to re-write or tinker with over this school year, but all sorts of other responsibilities kept me from … Continue reading Genre Welcome?: Formula, Genre and Branding in USA Network’s Programming and Promotional Content (A thesis)

Season finale review: White Collar, “Judgment Day”

As I was watching last night’s White Collar season finale, I just wanted to re-link to the piece I wrote about the series six weeks ago. “Judgment Day” embodied most of the things that make White Collar so great: The plots twists and turns didn’t exist just because it was a finale, they instead worked … Continue reading Season finale review: White Collar, “Judgment Day”

Hoeski! Hoeski!: On WWE’s treatment of women, CM Punk and Chris Brown and social media

If you follow me on Twitter, you likely know that I love professional wrestling. I get crap for it all the time, but I am not here to discuss why wrestling is unfairly disregarded as a cultural artifact or get into those obvious taste arguments. Instead, I am going to pretend that wrestling is as … Continue reading Hoeski! Hoeski!: On WWE’s treatment of women, CM Punk and Chris Brown and social media

Character depth welcome: On why White Collar is far and away USA Network’s best series

You may or may not know this, but I am in the midst of completing my MA thesis on USA Network and the “Characters Welcome” brand campaign (among other things). I say this to point out that I have spent a good deal of time with USA Network’s slate of programming over the past year … Continue reading Character depth welcome: On why White Collar is far and away USA Network’s best series

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2011: TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 22 — The Top TV Stories of the Year (The Year of the PR Nightmare)

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: TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 22 — The Top TV Stories of the Year (The Year of the PR Nightmare)

Test Pilot: File #24, Quantum Leap

Test Pilot #24: Quantum Leap Debut date: March 26, 1989 Series legacy: Well-respected science fiction series with a (surprising to me) rabid fan base It’s time for a new theme in the site’s most popular ongoing feature, Test Pilot. The primary reason I started this feature almost a year ago was so that I could … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #24, Quantum Leap

Mid-season finale review — Burn Notice, “Dead to Rights”

If you know me and you know this blog, chances are you’ve come across me discussing USA Network and its series before. At a certain point, I feel like my analysis and regularly frustrated view on how USA series like to use somewhat empty devices to keep moving the chains away from the lead characters … Continue reading Mid-season finale review — Burn Notice, “Dead to Rights”

Post-hiatus musings: USA Network edition (Burn Notice and Suits)

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: USA Network edition (Burn Notice and Suits)

Mid-season finale: White Collar, “Countdown”

I'm kinda-sorta coming out of my self-induced new series hiatus to talk about the mid-season finale of White Collar. I HOPE YOU PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE SACRIFICES I MAKE FOR YOU. But seriously, hiatus or not, I'd feel remissed to not talk about one of my favorite series as it comes to a temporary stopping point … Continue reading Mid-season finale: White Collar, “Countdown”

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 — Necessary Roughness, “Pilot”

Necessary Roughness is a weird program. The pilot episode doesn't particularly feel USA-like no matter how the cable giant wants to market the series and so much of this episode's story feels...complete. I'm never one to complain about a pilot episode actually feeling like a solid, standalone narrative, but I'm not really sure what Roughness presented … Continue reading Series Premiere — Necessary Roughness, “Pilot”

White Collar, “The Dentist of Detroit”

I haven't written about White Collar since the season premiere. This is disappointing. But you know what else is disappointing this season of White Collar. Perhaps it's just my personal taste, but I cannot get into this season's overarching plot. After the season two finale and this season's premiere, I voiced my concerns over the … Continue reading White Collar, “The Dentist of Detroit”

Series Premiere — Suits, “Pilot”

Apologies for the lack of punctuality with this review, I couldn't get to the Suits pilot until this weekend.  I had some substantial reservations about Suits coming into my viewing of the pilot. You folks know that I'm very intrigued by the USA Network brand and its programming formula and as I wrote about the other day, I wasn't … Continue reading Series Premiere — Suits, “Pilot”

Season Premiere — Burn Notice, “Company Man”

Season four of Burn Notice was not up to snuff but the last two episodes were very, very good. More importantly, after four years of moving the chains and delaying any resolution, the series finally pulled the trigger on bringing Michael in from the cold. Because of this (as I tweeted today), I'm very optimistic … Continue reading Season Premiere — Burn Notice, “Company Man”