TV in 2012 Roundtable: Best Performances of the Year


Welcome to the TV in 2012 roundtable. I’ve assembled nearly 20 of my fellow critics, scholars and friends to reflect and review the year in television. Between now and the end of the year, the group will discuss various topics covering the highs, the lows and everything in between. See previous entries of the roundtable … Continue reading

Season Premiere review — Parenthood, “I Don’t Want to Do This Without You”


NBC’s Parenthood is a hard program to review in the traditional episodic context. The comfortable rhythms and moderate-wattage storylines are easily explained and the performances are always solid. Sometimes, like in the middle stretch of last season, the series kicks it into another gear and it feels like there is more material there to poke … Continue reading

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Lead 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

Test Pilot: File #15, Sports Night


Test Pilot #15: Sports Night Debut date: September 22, 1998 Series legacy: Aaron Sorkin’s first foray into television! After a short hiatus, Test Pilot is back! Time for more historical pilot analysis – I know, contain your excitement. In case you have forgotten or are new to the site, here’s the general primer: In this … Continue reading

Parenthood, “Do Not Sleep With Your Autistic Nephew’s Therapist”


Inspired by the sprawling, multi-armed conversation about the state of television criticism (see here, here and here, among other places), I’ve decided to take the next week or so to check in with the series that I watch every single week, but never actually write about. There’s been a lot of discussion about writing longer form pieces on … Continue reading