#TVFail Entry 12: Friday Night Lights, “Last Days of Summer”

The accused: Friday Night Lights, “Last Days of Summer” (Season 2, Episode 1) The crime: Releasing Landry the Killer onto the world, running away from the things that made the series so previously successful Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 12: Friday Night Lights, “Last Days of Summer”

Series Finale — Friday Night Lights, “Always”

One LAST TIME, this is the review I wrote during FNL's DirecTV run. I will be completely honest with you, I've avoided reviewing the last handful of episodes of Friday Night Lights because it's just been too damn hard to let go. From "Fracture" onward, I've basically been left in a heaping ball of my … Continue reading Series Finale — Friday Night Lights, “Always”

Clear eyes, full hearts: Ranking the top 25 episodes of Friday Night Lights

Note: I posted this list right before the Friday Night Lights finale aired for the first time on DirecTV. I'm re-posting it now just in case you're watching on the NBC schedule. No spoilers, but the finale, "Always," would be at or near the top of the list had I edited it.  Tomorrow night, Friday Night … Continue reading Clear eyes, full hearts: Ranking the top 25 episodes of Friday Night Lights

Checking in with Friday Night Lights Season Five

Again, these posts were written during the DirecTV run. They're being reposted here now. I haven't written about FNL in a while (I think since episode three) because of odd scheduling and also because I've been a little frustrated with things. It's not that season five has been bad, I just didn't feel like the … Continue reading Checking in with Friday Night Lights Season Five

Series Premiere — Off The Map, “Saved By The Great White Hope”

Yesterday, in my discussion of the Lights Out pilot, I talked a lot about the enjoyment of something familiar, but well executed. That conversation could just as easily apply to ABC's new medical drama, Off The Map but the resulting discourse would certainly be more negative than the one about Lights Out. As expected, Off … Continue reading Series Premiere — Off The Map, “Saved By The Great White Hope”

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Top 60 Episodes, 10-1

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: Top 60 Episodes, 10-1

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 3 — Gleeful about the Emmys

In the third episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, Austin Morris and I discuss our issues with the second half of Glee before moving on to a lot of Emmy talk where we pretend that some of our favorites like Friday Night Lights, Fringe and Matthew Fox have a chance to be nominated. This one … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 3 — Gleeful about the Emmys

PLUG: Can Zach Gilford garner an Emmy nomination?

It looks like TV Surveillance alone cannot hold my television commentary! Starting now, I'll be occasionally contributing to TVOvermind.com. Don't worry, TVS lovers, I'll still be doing most of my heavy lifting here. Anyway, my first post for TVOvermind is now live and in it I tackle the chances that Friday Night Light's Zach Gilford can … Continue reading PLUG: Can Zach Gilford garner an Emmy nomination?

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