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

Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)


I received the book Prime Time, Prime Movers for Christmas and have been plowing through it over the last week or so. As these things go, reading a book about the big individual creative forces in television history has me thinking about contemporary writer/producers. Therefore, today, I debut a new occasional feature where I will discuss … Continue reading

TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 23 — The Worst TV of 2011

TV Surveillance Best of 2011

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 Podcast Episode 7 — A Collage of Pictures of Collages


In the seventh episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, Chris Ryan joins host Cory Barker for a lovely, friendly discussion about the pilot episode of American Horror Story. Remember, you can subscribe to the TVS Podcast on iTunes by following this link!

Pilot rapid-fire review: American Horror Story

American Horror Story Logo

The next couple of weeks are going to be insane. There are so many new series debuting and unfortunately, there is only so much time in the day for me to write about television while balancing my “real” life. You know, the one I spend on Twitter. ANYWAY, I’m going to try to touch on … Continue reading