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

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?

That’s a wrap: Extended thoughts on Comic-Con 2010 and what series are buzzing

As you hopefully know, I’ve been away for the last week or so, and for the last part of that trip, I was in San Diego for my first Comic-Con experience. Like I said in my return post, I enjoyed SDCC immensely. I had done lots of research on the event and asked questions of people…… Continue reading That’s a wrap: Extended thoughts on Comic-Con 2010 and what series are buzzing

2009-10 season wrap: V

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be summarizing my thoughts on many of the series that ended just as the “official” television season came to a close recently. Sorry for the delay folks, it was my birthday this weekend and things kind of snowballed on me. That means we’re skipping over How To Make It…… Continue reading 2009-10 season wrap: V

2009-10 season wrap — Introductions

With the television season officially coming to an end tonight at 11 p.m., it’s time to look back. You know, because it’s never too early to look back. Especially when things like summer viewing and Emmy ballots are coming soon. But seriously, over the next few weeks, I plan on posting capsules on a number…… Continue reading 2009-10 season wrap — Introductions

Upfronts: Musings on ABC’s schedule

This week is one of the most exciting and hectic times for the television industry and those of us who like to pontificate about it — upfronts! All week the broadcast networks will be announcing their fall schedules for advertisers, which means all sorts of stories about pick-ups, cancellations and armchair quarterbacking from people like…… Continue reading Upfronts: Musings on ABC’s schedule

PLUG: V, “Hearts and Minds”

I won’t repost my thoughts on V here because they’re so late and really exist in a format that I don’t follow for most of my recaps. However, if you feel frisky, you can peep my thoughts on last week’s effort before tonight’s airs on ABC at 10 PM.

Innovations, er, “Innovations” from broadcast networks — ABC

Curious as to what this all means? Read my introduction to this multi-post series. Of all the networks I researched for this project, I think ABC’s results surprised me the most. And that’s not a good thing. So what is the format of these posts? I’m not exactly sure. I’ll play ABC this way and…… Continue reading Innovations, er, “Innovations” from broadcast networks — ABC

The dead-end “dead” serial discussion: It’s not happening

I’ve talked a lot about serialized television lately, and it seems like a lot of TV critics and scholars have the same thing on their mind with Lost coming to an end. In the past few weeks, a slew of articles and columns have hit the web about the topic, with some writing the serials eulogy.…… Continue reading The dead-end “dead” serial discussion: It’s not happening