2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 series of the season

The 2011-2012 television season has been over for almost a couple of weeks now, which means a sufficient amount of time has passed and we are primed to reflect. Over the next handful of days, I will be producing some pieces and lists looking back on the season that was. I missed out on a … Continue reading 2011-2012 season wrap: Top 10 series of the season

Test Pilot: File #44, The Shield

Test Pilot #44: The Shield Debut date: March 12, 2002 Series legacy: One of the best cop dramas, and series, of all-time Hello, everyone. Welcome back to your favorite discussion of television pilots on the internet, Test Pilot. Today we conclude our survey of the contemporary police drama. Hopefully we have done a fine job … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #44, The Shield

Season Premiere Review: Justified, “The Gunfighter”

I’m a bit short on time today, but I wanted to jot down a few thoughts on the very-good season premiere of Justified. When series take the kind of leap in quality that Justified did in its second season (although I maintain that somehow, we’ve retroactively decided the first season isn’t that great and that’s … Continue reading Season Premiere Review: Justified, “The Gunfighter”

2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama 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. Hey … Continue reading 2011 Primetime Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series

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

Season Finale — Justified, “Bloody Harlan”

"It's not your problem. Not today." I don't usually preface my reviews with quotes from the episode. It's something like a lot of good reviewers do (some regularly, some occasionally) and I guess it's a way for me to separate myself. The format of these kind of post-air reviews is mostly standardized now, that's my … Continue reading Season Finale — Justified, “Bloody Harlan”

Season Premiere — Justified, “The Moonshine War”

There was a lot to love about Justified's first season, but one of the things I found most impressive about those 13 episodes is how easily and quickly the series created the world of Harlan, Kentucky. Harlan is certainly a unique place and from very early on in the pilot episode, the series presented those … Continue reading Season Premiere — Justified, “The Moonshine War”

Musings on the Emmy submissions and the importance of the awards

This past weekend brought us the full ballots for this year's Emmy awards (PDFs for writing, directing and performing), which means we can now see who submitted what and try to deduce why. The one thing that I've learned over the past few years of following the Emmys very closely is that the submissions are … Continue reading Musings on the Emmy submissions and the importance of the awards